WORD, POWER AND SPIRIT - PART 4
WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 2021
The Holy Spirit is our unseen partner in evangelism or any moment we share Good news with sinners. His presence is the answer to every question in an unbeliever's mind and his salvation. He connects to our heart as we preach the message to others and so, we must share the Good News being aware of this.
Reference: 1 Thessalonians 1:5 New Living Translation (NLT) "For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true..."
An unbeliever is by nature, spiritually dead. He has the sinful nature which causes him to sin at will. But when we've shared the Word and they received the miracle of salvation, what happened is that they became born again by the quickening work of the Holy Spirit. Although we share the Word with them, our words are seed planted for their salvation. Once they receive our words with meekness, the Holy Spirit uses it as an instrument to convict them of sin and make them alive to God. No amount of Good news shared or persuasion can bring a sinner to Christ, unless the Holy Spirit touches the sinner's heart. In other words, it is the Holy Spirit that gives them full assurance that what we said was true (see referenced Scripture above).
In 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT), we read that the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, to keep them from seeing the glorious light of the gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. Although faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard when we share about Christ, because of this spiritual blindness, some do not understand the message. However, when the Word is shared and the influence of the Holy Spirit catches up with the unbelieving heart, thereby liberating their minds, it melts the hardened heart and brings that person to the realization of the gospel truth. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, the lost cannot believe or even understand the gospel shared with them.
Guiding the lost souls in the prayer of salvation leads them to Christ and as they become born again, they receive the new life of God, which is the eternal life. That way, the inward supernatural work of the Spirit, through regeneration makes them alive to God and creates within them the God-kind of faith. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - John 3:5; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:15-39; Acts 22:16.
Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of His role in the fulfilment of the Great Commission. I'm grateful for giving me the ministry of reconciliation through the glorious gospel of Christ, which extends a call to salvation to everyone who hears its message. By the Holy Spirit, I dominate and influence any situation from the vantage position of boldness to bring God's elect to salvation, in Jesus' Name, Amen!