Satan seeks to do three things:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? — Luke 15:4:
Gerhard De Toit of the Canadian Revival Fellowship tells of a missionary who was witnessing to a cancer patient a the hospital in Japan. This missionary would come everyday and plead with him to receive Christ. But the patient continually rejected the Gospel.
After going everyday for a week the missionary got discouraged and decided he wouldn’t go to the hospital that day. However, the next day he decided he would try one more time to win the patient to Christ.
When he went to the patient’s hospital room, the room was empty and the bed neatly made. He asked a nurse where the patient was. The nurse said, “Oh, he died night. Did you know him?” The missionary said he had been visiting him recently. The nurse said, “The only thing he left was this little diary. Would you like it?” The missionary took the diary and began to read some of the entries.
The dying man wrote about the missionary who visited him everyday and told him about Jesus. The last entry in the diary read: “I am looking forward to the missionary coming today. When the missionary comes today I will receive Christ.” But the missionary never came that day.
Never give up on seeking to bring that lost soul to Jesus.
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!
How To Have a Convincing Testimony
How should we then live? —Ezekiel 33:10
One common question many Christians wonder about is this: How can I live so others will want to be saved also.
The old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” But, that is not entirely true. If you salt his oats and he’ll get thirsty and want to drink.
That is also true of a Christian’s witness and testimony. Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.” You cannot force anyone to get saved, but you can make him thirsty for what you have. Here’s how:
There are two things the unsaved watch for in a Christian: (1) They look to see if you are genuinely happy and have an unshakable joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. No one wants to look like they’ve been sucking on dill pickles. A cheerful countenance is a powerful influence. Is the joy of the Lord exhibited in your life? (2) They look to see how you respond to tribulation and hardships. They want to see if the things that make them miserable also make you miserable. There is no more powerful testimony to an unsaved man than when he sees a Christian get “slammed” by some adverse situation, and that Christian still maintains his joy and positive outlook. That will put an unsaved person under conviction better than more than any other single thing. That’s what convicted Saul at the stoning of Stephen.
Can the unsaved around you see these two things in your life?
A Brand Snatched from the Burning!
Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? —Zechariah 3:2
While no one knows how soon until they will die, it is certainly true that an unsaved person is just one step away from hell (1 Sam. 20:3). The longer someone lives without Jesus, the less likely they will get saved.
Yesterday I received a testimony from one of our missionaries who we support as a hospital chaplain. Eleven years ago he visited a lady in the hospital who was 87 years old at the time. Her name was Ethel. He had not seen her again until recently. Her daughter contacted him and asked if he would come to visit her. Ethel was now 98 years old and wanted to talk about “her relationship with God.”
When he visited her, it was evident God was dealing with her about salvation, and the missionary chaplain lead her to Christ. Praise God! No one is ever too old to get saved!
I just got an email from him that Ethel just went to be with the Lord exactly two weeks after she got saved at 98 years old. She was only 14 days away from hell. She was literally “as a firebrand plucked out the the burning” (Amos 4:11).
Dear friend, every unsaved person is as good as in hell unless someone reaches them with the saving Gospel of Christ before it is too late. Remember, the Gospel is only “good news” if it reaches the lost soul in time!
Who do you need to witness to? You may be their last chance to hear the Gospel.
Others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire. — Jude 23