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Begrudging Satan

Satan seeks to do three things:

  1. Hurt God.  Since Satan cannot hurt God directly (frontal assault), he will seek to hurt God by hurting the lives of those God loves.  When an adversary knows he cannot hurt you directly, he will seek to attack and hurt those you love.
  2. Damn as many souls to hell as he can.  The only joy or satisfaction Satan will have in eternity is seeing the multitudes of souls he successfully damned to burn in hell forever (Isa. 14:9; cf. Ezek. 31:2-8, 15-18; 32:2-8, 18-32 especially v. 31).  What an awful thing how anyone could be so depraved and sadistic that the only satisfaction they have is knowing the number of people’s lives they’ve ruined forever. That is the depraved character of the devil.  “The depths of Satan” is the pleasure and satisfaction he derives from seeing people suffer.
  3. Since Satan knows he can never damn the soul of someone who is already saved, he will do everything he can to keep them from leading others to Christ.

I want to begrudge and deprive Satan of any pleasure or satisfaction.  Therefore, I’ve given my soul to Christ and seek to live to please God.  I’m going to do all I can to win souls to Christ, so Satan cannot damn them.

I never want to give Satan any reason to be happy!  How about you? What has the devil ever done for you except cause you trouble and seek to damn your soul?   Let’s give the devil a “black eye?”  You can start by giving your soul to Jesus Christ!  Then, live for Christ the rest of your life and win others to Christ, so Satan cannot have them. He’ll hate that!

HOW TO RAISE THE DEAD

A Pattern for Soul Winning

When Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.  And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. —2 Kings 4:32-37

Elisha’s miracle of raising this dead boy back to life teaches us several lessons about our job as soul winners. The unsaved are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). Every time a person is won to Christ, he has been raised from the dead. We are in the business of raising the dead.

It was God who restored the son’s life, but He used Elisha as the means to do it.  So it is with raising sinners from spiritual death—God uses human instrumentality to accomplish the winning of souls (James 5:20; 1 Cor. 9:22).

Notice the same procedure Elisha performed is how we are to raise those who are dead in trespasses and sins.

I. Elisha was empowered by God’s Spirit.  Salvation is a spiritual work, and spiritual work requires spiritual power (Zech. 4:6)

II. Elisha had to learn from the example of Elijah (vs. 29-31). Elisha’s first attempt to raise the child by sending his assistant with his staff failed because he didn’t follow Elijah’s example (cf. 1 Kings 17:17-24). Most people learn to win souls by watching how someone else does it.

III. Elisha did not quit when he failed the first time (v. 32). The lesson of non-success is not to quit the work, but change the method.Elisha went himself, instead of sending his representative.

IV. Elisha prayed (v. 33). We must pray for that lost loved one, neighbor, classmate, friend on the job, etc.

V. Elisha began to act (vs. 34-36). After prayer, he went to work!  Elisha made personal contact.  He stretched himself fully upon the child. He threw himself entirely upon the task. He was earnest. You cannot pull branches from the burning without getting close to the fire!

  • Eye to eye—mouth to mouth—hands to hands. If we are going to win souls we must meet the sinner on his level…

(1) EYES—Try to see things from his perspective.

(2) MOUTH—Speak in terms he understands.

(3) HANDS—Enter into his work and interests.

  • The flesh waxed warm (v. 34). But he didn’t stop until life was fully restored.  We must look for more when we see a sinner warming up to the gospel.
  • Upon seeing a sign of life he paced the floor (v. 35). He was praying intensely.  We must first make personal contact with the lost soul. Then we must pray for them fervently and faithfully.
  • Elisha’s perseverance as he again stretches himself upon the child. What was good once is good enough to attempt twice.

CONCLUSION: The eyes opened (v. 35)! This is our job (2 Cor. 4:4; Acts 26:16-18). We are dealing with souls who are dead… blind.

How earnest are you about winning a soul to Christ and raising them to walk in newness of life?

SIGNALS

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. —Matthew 26:48

A signal is a gesture, action, or sound that is used to convey information or instructions. Judas used a kiss as a signal to the enemies of Christ to indicate who they should arrest.

Our actions send various signals all the time.  The way you live sends a signal to those around you without you saying a word.  Your actions tell others your beliefs even when your lips don’t say them.

James says your faith, or lack of faith sends a signal— “A man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Peter said the actions of a wife can win her husband without her saying a word (1 Pet. 3:1). As one preacher put it, “Your life is your message.” What message is your life sending?

For example: When you refuse to support missions you are sending a signal that the work of missions is not important. When you skip a church service you are sending a signal that whatever I’m doing at the time is more important than what is going on at church.

When you neglect reading your Bible everyday, what signal are you sending?

When you seldom spend time in private prayer, what signal are you sending?

I recently came across the following quote: “Any religion that does not consider itself valuable enough to share it with nonbelievers is fated to crumble from within.” Who said that? It was not a preacher. It was not even a Christian.  It was spoken by a Jew, Yosef Abramowitz, as a warning to fellow Jews that if Jews fail to proselytize it sends “a signal that Judaism isn’t worth spreading to others.” [Taking on the Southern Baptists, in Moment, Dec. 1999, pp. 34-35]

The same thing can be said of Christians. When we fail to spread the Gospel, we are sending a signal that the Gospel isn’t worth spreading.  When we don’t tell others what Jesus has done in our lives, we are sending a signal that Jesus is not worth sharing with others because He hasn’t made a significant difference in our lives. Think about it!

What kind of signals is your life sending?

Looking Good

Let your light so shine before men, that they may SEE your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. —Matthew 5:16

“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles… that they may by your good words, which they shall BEHOLD, glorify God…” —1 Peter 2:12

A young boy was trying to make some money selling apples at a public market. He would approach people with his basket of apples, and ask, “Apples! Would you like to buy an apple?” He wasn’t have much success.

One businessman who noticed the boy’s disappointment approached him and asked to see one of the apples.  He took the apple and began to polish it conspicuously on the sleeve of his jacket. He then began to stroll casually among the people eating the apple and commenting on how delicious it was.  Then he told the boy to try again.  In a short time he sold every apple. The difference? The apples had been made attractive to the potential customers.

This is a lesson to all of us of how we can interest others in the gospel of Jesus Christ: We must make it attractive to them—show them the difference it has made in our own lives. The Apostle Peter wrote that a wife could win her unsaved husband to Christ without saying a word, just by living a holy life before him (1 Pet. 3:1). As Paul wrote in Colossians 4:5, “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without.” We are Christ’s “living epistles, “known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:2).  Since “man looketh on the outward appearance,” we should therefore “polish” our outside so others will want what we have on the inside.

The beauty of a changed life can attract others to the One who makes us beautiful. You are a walking advertisement of the Gospel of Christ.  Make it look good!

The Great Commission

The Great Commission

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. —Matthew 28:18-20

These are among the last words Jesus spoke on earth before ascending back to heaven. They are our standing marching orders.  Notice four things in this passage:

First, it begins with Christ’s POWER— “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” We operate under the authority of Christ. It is His command and we simply need to obey.

Second, it fulfills Christ’s PURPOSE— To go and make disciples among all nations. Every country is a mission field and every person is a potential disciple of Christ.  Think about this as you go about your daily business.

Third, it outlines Christ’s PLAN— We win the lost, baptize them, and then teach them to go and do likewise reproducing themselves. Thus God’s work is multiplied.

Fourth, it reassures us of Christ’s PRESENCE— “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  He is with us at all times, in all places, and in every circumstance. We have nothing to fear.

This is not just the job of foreign missionary. It is the responsibility of every Christian.