I have to admit that it is very hard for me not to be more of a serious person these days. Sure I certainly like to joke around a lot, ask anyone that knows me. But deep in my heart I have a passion to reach the lost. That is what I have been called to do. To allow God to use me in such a way.
But there is a problem that I have that I cannot seem to gain traction on, and maybe you can relate. It is a problem that I cannot solve. Is it just me, or is it getting harder and harder for the lost to be reached these days? Not only is it harder, it seems that on most occasions, the enemy has entrenched himself further into the spiritual battle ground. Even though Christ has already won, it is hard to stand by and watch from abroad as the enemy wins souls.
The lost see us living like hypocrites. They see us shun them, turn our noses up at them, and living contrary to the Bible, yet claiming to be a Christian. When we should be following Christ and calling people to Him, we are leading people away.
I have struggled with many things over the past. But God has recently made it very apparent that I have harbored sin in my heart. He convicted me of having the wrong attitude against those who hate Christians and everything that we stand for.
In watching so many people rising up against Christianity in recent times, sometimes I thought to myself: “yeah, right back at you buddy.”
God made it apparent recently, in a Master Life Discipleship Bible study class that when I truly follow him, I need to understand Ephesians 6:12: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Battling for souls. There is the answer.
The answer lies simply in the power of prayer and letting Jesus portray his personality in us. We need to get out-of-the-way!
When we submit ourselves daily to the Masters will, he takes full control and envelopes himself within our utmost being.
What does it take to allow Jesus to take control of our personality?
What it requires is reading the Bible. Not the “read the Bible in one year” plan.
It takes consistent and intentional scripture memorization.
It requires a good understanding of God’s amazing grace. We will never fully grasp this on this earth.
It requires daily confession of your sins. If you have accepted Jesus in your heart, every sin that you have ever had or will ever have is already forgiven.You are forgiven but because you cannot live a totally sinless life, it is good to confess on a daily basis. This allows for better fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is what gives you the power to turn away from sin.
It requires a daily quiet time. Every morning when I get up, I get up intentionally early so I can start my day with prayer, reading and meditating on God’s word. God’s word is like food for our soul.
Look at what John 6:33-35 says about this: For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
We are called to be disciples of Christ. Not a teeter totterer.
When we put on the full armor of God we are enabled to fight the spiritual battle in the days ahead.
Ephesians 6:11-20 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
When we let Jesus portray himself within us and equip ourselves with the armor of God, then we are thoroughly equipped to do every good work that we are called to do.
Armor up and watch what God can do through you.