“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” Mark 16:20
They were not preaching 40 days of purpose. They were not preaching any form of self help actually. They were preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captive and oppressed (Luke 4:18). They were declaring “…Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:1-2). The good news of righteousness, freely given, was proclaimed in the assemblies (Psalms 40:9). They were “determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. ” 1 Corinthians 2:2. By design and with purpose, they were not resorting to philosophy of the world. They were preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were winning souls to the Lord.
Who are “they” anyway? They were the ones Jesus anointed to spread the good news. Jesus laid the foundation and they spread the word. They were the apostles who started the early church. The ones who made disciples and exhorted others in the body of Christ. Not for gain but for Christ’s sake. The Lord confirmed the gospel they preached because they preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was able to draw the sinners through the Gospel that was preached.
I saw a picture yesterday attached to an article about Islamic law being taught in schools in America. In the picture there were dozens of young, non muslim children of all different ethnicities bowing down on a prayer rug in a muslim mosque….all in the name of education. Of course, to the spiritually discerned, this was heartbreaking and sickening. Last night on the Grammy’s ACDC was rocking the house singing “Highway to Hell” while the audience had on their devil horns. Then Madonna came out singing in her matador costume with her masked bulls (devils) declaring to live for love. My spirit was overwhelmed with grief for our young ones. I asked my husband if this is “new” or have my eyes just been veiled. We concluded both. As my eyes have been unveiled, so too has the demonic become more prevalent in the world today.
The lost come in all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds and social statuses according to the worldly standards. The lost look at “us” (Christians) when such things as children on prayer rugs and singers with devil horns appall us and feel we are judging them. When in fact, we are the very ones praying for them. We don’t judge them but God will…and that is precisely why we pray for them. We pray they see His mercy before they see His judgment.
I heard a girl say she did not believe in the after life so she was determined to make this life all it could be. I’m sure this is the deception of many. The enemy knows if he doesn’t mess with her “too bad” she will never have a reason to seek God. Satan knows that by default she belongs to him and to hell she will go.
However, it seems that sometimes we (Christians) forget one thing in our despair for the lost. Just as they (the lost) have not chosen Jesus, neither did we (Christians) choose Jesus. Jesus CHOSE us…all of us, including the ones in hell right now, on the highway to hell and the ones on Calvary Road. The ones in devil horns and even the girl who doesn’t believe at all…Jesus chose to call His friend if they will accept. Our love for Jesus, who paid for all souls, is the reason we pray for the lost. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit , and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:15-16.
Jesus chose us to go out and preach HIS Gospel to the lost, not worldly wisdom. It is only through His Gospel that He will confirm His Word, not a counterfeit program but God’s program. The miracles, signs and wonders will not come from Him until His Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified is preached. ” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. The Lord isn’t going to give up on them, He chose them. Because our Father chose them too, I pray His Gospel out of our mouths snatches their souls from the gates of hell. I pray the lost see the choice they make by not making a choice. I pray the lost hear the cries of the souls of the children on the prayer rugs and see them as they are being led to the slaughter by the enemy. I thank the Lord for choosing us. I praise the Lord for not giving up on us. I praise the Lord for His mercy on the lost in hopes that all will come to salvation. I thank you Lord. – Donna Warren