Thursday, November 12, 2009

Preach the Gospel to the Blind and Lost

I was thinking about salvation and how God works with us to bring people to repentance and enter into His kingdom. When I read Acts 26:16-18 this gave me an answer of how we can preach to the lost when the god of this world has blinded the eyes of the unbelieving. 2 Corinthians 4:3,4

Paul is able to open their eyes Acts 26:16-18 to make a choice for Jesus. All that was given to Paul is given to us for we are asked to follow his example. Philippians 3:17 If we were not given what Paul was given then we would not be able to do what we are asked to do! We can also ask for grace and mercy to accomplish what is needed. Hebrews 4:16 There is no limit to what God will give. Ephesians 3:20 All of God's resources are available to those who believe according to the purpose of God. John 14:14 And it is God's will that all come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 So the ball is in our court. Are we going to live for the purpose of God or just please ourselves?

How can they believe with out a preacher? Romans 10:14 As we go and preach we are opening their eyes. People have the choice of accepting the gospel or rejecting it. Romans 10:16

Unfortunately Satan understands the power of the Word of God. He waits to snatch the word immediately after it is heard. Luke 8:12 This can be counteracted by our prayer in spiritual warfare.Psalm 24:7-10

We can reason with the lost about their sin and the consequences of ignoring the offer of salvation. Isaiah 1:18-20 Explaining God's love for them may open the eyes of their heart to receive and believe. John 1:12 I think reasoning with people instead of just saying they are lost and condemned would be more effective.

Since Satan is a defeated foe Luke 10:18,19 as we walk in the light we can express our victory and bind the enemy in prayer. Matthew 18:18, Psalm 2:8,9

Reaching out to the lost is not my natural choice. But it's God choice. I want to follow God not my flesh and I want to walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:6 So I continue to pray that I will follow God's leading and lead the lost to salvation. I want to reject my comfort zone and embrace the leading of the Spirit. But there is a time to stop praying and go. Exodus 14:15