Don’t Be Afraid
Our Elders are focusing the Congregation's attention on preaching the Word to the lost. We have had powerful lessons from the pulpit and in classes encouraging us and preparing us to spread the gospel. This is stimulating our desire to seek and save the lost. But this may have stirred up questions as to whether we can say the right things to those we want to teach about Jesus and Salvation. So Fear not for GOD is with you.
Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
I Think, I Believe, GOD Says
The first two phrases we frequently hear people use, and we use them regularly. I think I will go to the store later. I believe you can pass that test. Common expressions, we all use these. But we aren't talking about life or death decisions, or more importantly eternal life.
When it comes to talking to someone about GOD, Christ, and Salvation, there is a difference. If I say, “I think there is a GOD,” then how does that make me any different than someone who says, “I think there is no GOD”? That's me relying on my own intellect, rather than relying on the word of GOD.
Again, most people aren't impressed that you believe there is a GOD, especially when they don't. That is in the realm of opinion to them. However, GOD expects us to declare to Him and the believers that we believe. So in this situation, “I believe” has life changing consequences for us and a new life in GOD. GOD tells us that from our belief comes righteousness, and from our confession comes salvation.
Romans 10:10 (NKJV) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 John 4:15 (NKJV) Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
How do we tell someone about Jesus? How do you say “I believe” to someone? It is a tough world out there, and none of us relish the harsh response to our words. I know many think that using these phrases might soften our perceived harsh or unyielding stance to the person who does not believe. But in reality, it might set back your discussion and diminish the effectiveness of your message. But when you can say “GOD Says,” then in reality the honest person you are talking with might focus more on the message than the messenger.
The message is... John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
So just like Jesus answered Satan's temptation in Matthew 4 by saying “it is written,” we can be unafraid by saying “God Says,” when we speak to unbelievers about their Salvation.
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
Do not be afraid, be ready.