Last night on television I heard a preacher say something to the effect of “when you walk out of church, do you walk out saying ‘what a great speaker’ or ‘what a great God’ we have?” Automatically I started going down my mental checklist of preachers and teachers I’ve heard. Needless to say, there were some on each side of the spectrum. In some cases I walked away with a checklist of things I can do to improve both my Christian walk and my life in general and others I walked away with an overwhelming feeling of God’s glory and mercy. In either case, these are God’s anointed ones and His business. The Lord doesn’t need my help.
Then, to my horror, I turned the table around and asked myself the same questions. After reading this blog, does one walk away saying ‘what an inspirational writer she is’ or ‘what a great God she has’? The only inspiration I ever want to offer is “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ” Matthew 6:33. The only thing I have to offer anyone is my testimony of what the Lord has done in my life and the love He has given me to share with others. The emptiness I see in people today is the manifestation of years and years of self help methodologies leading people to look inward instead of upward for the help they need. The checklist of how to’s which leads to self righteousness or condemnation as opposed to the Word of God which, like a mirror, reflects our true nature causing us to humble ourselves .
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a method. The term “the Gospel” is defined as “the teachings” of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, He is the Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning and the End…Jesus Christ is alive. The Gospel of Jesus Christ or “the teaching” of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified if you will, is to provoke us to seek a relationship with our Saviour. The Gospel of Jesus is not to merely duplicate His ways to achieve His rewards but to seek a relationship with Him because of what He has done for us. To attempt to understand the supernatural revelations of the Word of God in the natural is futile.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20.
There is no excuse, out of the millions of Christians in the world, to leave discipleship up to a few. We disciple others with our testimony of what the Lord has done for us and what HE can do for them. Not HOW He did it in us so they can try to duplicate what He did in us in themselves. When we witness of what the Lord has done in us, we must also exhort them to seek God for His will. The enemy will try to distract, deceive and discourage us from being a witness or seeking God’s will. Satan knows how dangerous we are to the kingdom of darkness when we are in God’s will and purpose. The enemy knows he will be exposed and defeated when we have a relationship with Jesus. Satan knows that our Lord Jesus Christ has the keys to his kingdom and his defeat was sealed on the Cross of Jesus Christ.
Our relationship with Jesus is what transforms us, not religion of man. Man made religion and traditions has no authority what so ever over the enemy. The enemy is not under our feet when we are seeking self help instead of God’s help. It is purely God’s goodness and love for us that keeps even the lost from being completely destroyed by the enemy, in hopes we will turn to Him. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. If it wasn’t for God’s goodness and love, His protection over us, satan would have killed us a long time ago. The only power we have over the enemy is in Jesus name with our faith in His Cross.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. ” Romans 13:11
Our salvation is up to us. The faith of one will not save the other. It is ultimately up to the person being convicted by the Holy Spirit to accept the call. As for me, I can only tell you of how big my God is and pray you answer His call for a relationship. “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.” I can’t tell you how but I can tell you “Who” saved me. Jesus Christ is His name. YOU are the one who feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit. This is the power of God. He is the one who delivers us. I pray you respond. – Donna Warren