Saturday, November 30

Winning The Lost ... Count The Cost In Truth In Love!

Beloved, let us love one another: for Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knows God. He that loveth not knows not God; for God IS LOVE (1 John 4:7-8)."


Christ Jesus explained Love to His Disciple known as "doubting Thomas" in John 14:5-6 saying, “Thomas said unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus said unto him (Thomas) I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me." The more our personal relationship with Christ Jesus grows, so does our becoming one with The Godhead, and Three-In-One Holy Trinity. We must pursue The Lord God with all diligence, not for what He can give us but for Who He IS, not for what's in His Hand but for what's in His Heart!
In order for us to successfully love people, we must first love ourselves. If we don't love ourselves in the way God Loves us, looking through His Eyes, all we will be able to do is perpetuate a false show of love, which is not love at all... it's manipulation. It is really an attempt at receiving from people, or from the arm of the flesh, what can only be received from God Himself.
Can you see why our own personal and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus and the Gospel He preached is key to our being able to win the lost God's Way? Misrepresentation of Father God and the Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ is at the root of the Church's condition today. We have got to stop and realize that people are desperately craving more than a group of church-goers who've been put through a ten-step evangelism program for knowing how to march down the strip and hand out tracts on a busy Saturday night.
We live in a generation where multitudes of people have either made bad life choices or are from dysfunctional backgrounds, and they are desperately looking for God's Love. "Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest (Matthew 9:37-38)."
I don't mean these people are just looking for someone to love them "on occasion". God knows better than anyone, we already have way too much of that going on in the churches today. Because human love is being expressed much more than God's love, so many people leave Sunday services each week hurt and lonely rather than encouraged and truly appreciated. "Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain (Proverb 25:14)." Remember, the only love that will bring wholeness to a life is God's Love, and the only place that we can get God's love is from God Himself!
We have lots of good sermons being preached and lots of miracles taking place around the country, especially in Sunday services, but, frankly, there is not enough of God's Love being given away. As important as good preaching and sermons and miracles may be, they fall short of what Jesus calls each and every one of us to do in order to be seen as successful disciples in the eyes of God. We must be vessels for the distribution of God's Love to others, if we are going to be His disciples!
Jesus said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:34-35)." He could not have made it any clearer than that!
But just how do we "love"? Listen to the way Paul teaches us to love, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Charity, it profits me nothing. Charity suffers long, and is kind; Charity envies not; Charity vaunts (boasts) not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the Truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is Perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face-to-face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, Charity, these three; but the greatest of these is Charity (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)."
What people are desperately craving is to have someone who, truly knowing and showing the Love of Jesus Christ, will come up and rescue them from the chains in which they are bound. And, believe me, there are people everywhere praying for those who are Christ-like to emerge and prove to them that they are really loved by God! Paul said, "For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19)."
What we do not need today are more evangelistic outreach programs being performed by people who do not know God personally. What we do need more Christ-likeness. "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering (Colossians 3:12)." For those who claim to be Christians to start being Christ-like is all it would take.
Jesus gave us another key to winning the lost God's way when He said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me (John 12:32)." This not only applied to the time of His crucifixion, it also applies to us now, maybe even more.
You ask, "Keith, what do you mean?" Well, in order to make Jesus visible in the sight of other people, to those who are lost, the members of the Body of Christ must lift Him up in their own life and lifestyle, first. I like the phrase "magnify The Lord" because when we magnify Jesus, it means we make HIM big in the eyes of those who see Him small. We, individually, must magnify The Lord in the eyes of everyone with whom we come into contact.
When folks look at us they must see the Love of God in action. The only way that this can take place is by our being in partnership with God. For example, "Philip said unto Him (Jesus), Lord, show us The Father, and it suffices us. Jesus said unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me hath seen The Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us The Father? Believest thou not that I am in The Father, and The Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but The Father that dwells in Me, He doeth the works (John 14:8-10)." It is our individual responsibility, being a believer in Christ Jesus, to take God's Love and the godly examples that our leaders in Christ have imparted to us, and practice them as an individual lifestyle, with Christ and in oneness with God.
Having said that, I must make this very important point on behalf of faithful leaders of churches everywhere. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the leadership's job to go out, by themselves, and win the lost. It is the leadership's job to be teachers and examples to the Body of Christ as they go out and win the lost. Sadly, this is not practiced in most established churches today. Sadly, the enemy appears to have been successful in convincing the congregations everywhere that, somehow, putting financial tithes and offerings into the offering plate during morning and/or evening services meets a responsibility they have that then removes their accountability to The Gospel when it comes to telling others about Christ Jesus. For any and every one who is in the Body of Christ, no matter what congregation you may be a member of, Jesus commands us to, "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 28:19-20)." How can we go into all the world and teach all nations? If the job is left up to only a few faithful leaders in our churches, we can't! Each and every one of us has the responsibility to do the work, and not any one of us is exempt.
Take a listen to what Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus concerning the leaders over believers in The Church. (Please read this very slowly.) "And He (Jesus)  gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of The Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the Truth in love, may grown up into Him in all things, which is The Head, even Christ: From Whom the whole Body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of The Body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:11-16)."
You see, if we are going to be effective at winning the lost in these last days, we must do everything necessary to make sure that our partnership with God is strong! I once heard a very wise man say, "The best thing we can do to help the poor in this country is to not be one of them." That same thing applies where leading the lost in spiritual things is concerned.
We want to encourage you right now, pick up the phone and call someone to speak about life, real Life in Christ, letting that person know just how much they mean to The Lord and to His Church and to you. Make it your goal to befriend someone who is outside of the circle of friends you already have. Make it your goal to share with them the wonderful things that God has done in your life and how the results He brings, and has brought so many times, has blessed you in your life with Him. Watch how that also results in blessing the newly-befriended one... and you!
We encourage you to meet with the Person of The Holy Spirit in the pages of God's written Word, asking Him to help you develop an increase in your desire for befriending others. Ask Him to help you develop more of a w-a-n-t to let go of fleshly desires and worldly things so you can apply more of your attention and daily drive toward the increase of God's Love that fills your heart and life so that, as a result of your increased Oneness IN God, IN Jesus Christ, and IN Him (The Person of The Holy Spirit), you will have more of God's Love to pour out to others. Remember Revelation 12:11, "And they overcame him (the devil) by the Blood of The Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
To become truly effective at winning the lost in these last days, we get to take and use these last opportunities, each day, to write down and share our testimony of doing everything we possibly can to strengthen our partnership with God, the most important partnership and relationship of all. Now, go win the lost God's Way, with God's Love! You never know when the current opportunity in front of you is the last opportunity you will have to introduce a person to Jesus Christ and The Heavenly Father. "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise (Proverb 11:30)." We've got to reach out God's Way, to love the Way God does... winning the lost, God's Way! And, no matter what...
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In Matthew 6:33, Jesus gives us the starting place where it all must begin, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God (the Kingdom that IS God), and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." And in Matthew 22:35-40 are the very keys we've got to pursue and possess for winning the lost, from Jesus Himself, "Thou shalt love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."  So, let's begin to love by looking through God's Eyes, by reaching out the way God does, and by... winning the lost, God's Way!


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Monday, October 21

Winning The Lost ... We Can Only Give From What We've Got!

Beloved, let us love one another: for Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knows God. He that loveth not knows not God; for God IS LOVE (1 John 4:7-8)."


Think of what the church in this country could do if every one of our members possessed God's passionate Heart for uniting Him with His People. We have to play a more effective role in winning the lost, as well as encouraging currently-active believers in the church. Rather, millions of dollars are being squandered away on things like the construction of facilities, the purchase of buses and other equipment, and developing exorbitant programs that, for the most part, never come to be fully utilized for the purpose for which they were acquired. It's just bad stewardship!
The church in this country needs to sober up to the Mind of Christ Jesus. Church leaders having their own agendas need to drop their plans, stop favoring those who can finance or facilitate the fulfillment of those ideas and dreams, get on their faces before God, and become a part of His Plan for His people... as "individuals" first. People and the promotion of their individual relationship with The Lord God must be as important to us as it is to Him. Therein is the bottom line in this whole thing of God's Design for winning the lost... His Way!
Folks in the church, all of us, must seek to fulfill the Will and Dream of The Lord God. We must learn to love His people, all people, no matter their social standing, skin color, or level of income. The church in this country has been contrary to the Will of God for way too long.
The triumphal return of Jesus Christ is near, and it's the church's responsibility to inform the lost. It all boils down to this... it is due time the church in America finally wakes up and becomes The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ! We must throw off any garments that have been stained with the putrid stench of religion, and begin to seek The Lord God's Thoughts, Will, and Ways. “Keep yourselves in the Love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (Jude 1:21-23)."
How do we pursue winning the lost God's Way? We start by pursuing a close and personal relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ, making our main objective to become Christ-like. We begin reading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Gospel Jesus Christ preached, daily, asking for the tutor-ship of The Person of The Holy Spirit, asking Him to explain each verse of the Gospel for what the prophets truly meant when they wrote it down. “Thomas said unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus said unto him (Thomas) I AM The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me (John 14:5-6)." The more our personal relationship with Christ Jesus grows, so does our becoming one with The Godhead, with The Three-In-One Holy Trinity. We must pursue The Lord God with all diligence, not for what He can give us but for Who He IS, not for what's in His Hand but for what's in His Heart!
Christ Jesus said, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My Disciples. As The Father hath Loved Me, so have I Loved you: continue ye in My Love. If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My Love; even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide in His Love (John 15:4-10)."
To make our personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus the main objective in our personal life, it takes pursuing Him, first and foremost. As we are diligent in going after God for Who He IS, and we discover more and more about Him and His Heart, then our heart grows to love what He Loves, to hate what He hates, and to increasingly desire Him, His Will, and His Ways in our own heart's desires. It's truly remarkable that way our Father God meets every desire of our "heart" for every life-giving "thing" we need. It's all-consuming that way He makes all the things be added to our heart by His Nature. Jesus teaches us about this in Matthew 6:33, saying, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." The same way, by seeking to reach out to others from what matters to God and His Heart, all of the things that matter to the lost become fulfilled in Him and His Heart of Love.
If our desire to reach out to others is birthed from anything other than our deep and abiding love for God, then our efforts will only be in vain. When the things that God loves becomes the very things that we love, then our efforts to reach out will never be in vain, nor misleading. It is a deep and abiding love for others that repels any outreach efforts born out of religion. The general epistle of 1 John 4:7-8 explains how crucial it is that our desire to reach out to others be born of deep and abiding love for God first, "Beloved, let us love one another: for Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God IS LOVE (1 John 4:7,8)."
There are foundational steps that one must take in order to win people with the Love of God through Christ Jesus. Remember, it is not our love, but Christ's Love, that breaks bondages. In order to give His Love away, we must acquire it from Him first. Anything else, from anyone or anywhere else, is counterfeit.
"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him (Jesus) a question, tempting Him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matthew 22:35-40)." So, how do we reach out for Christ Jesus in winning the lost, God's Way? We love them the way He does! That may sound simple but, truly, it's more difficult than we might imagine.
Why is winning people God's way so difficult? God's way entails befriending those He Loves, and He loves all people, not just some people. We can't just befriend the rich people, God Loves all people. We can't just befriend the pretty people, God Loves all people. We can't just befriend the popular people, God Loves all people. To befriend all the people God Loves is difficult for most of us.
Why do we find it difficult to reach out to all people with God's Love? Because we live in a day and time when self-hatred and feeling insecure has grown into a full-fledged epidemic, sadly, even people in the church have grown in self-hatred and insecurity. But, what does this have to do with loving others? Everything!
You may be asking yourself, "What does Keith mean by saying John 12:32 applies even more now, today?" In order for Christ Jesus to be made visible to the lost world, the members of The Body of Christ must lift Him up in their own daily lives. I like the phrase "magnify the Lord" because it means "we show Christ Jesus BIG in the eyes of those who see Him small". We, as individuals, must magnify The LORD in the eyes of everyone with whom we come in contact! When someone looks at us, they must see the Love of God in action! The only way that this can take place is by our being in partnership with God.
People not knowing God enough to know just how much He Loves them is a deep-rooted spiritual problem in the church body today. As a direct result, the things we do outside of the Love of God ultimately misses the mark. Believe me, when a person sees themselves through the eyes of God, and realizes how much they mean to Him, then is when healing and wholeness will be soon to follow. I believe that most of the church in America has become impotent concerning winning the lost God's way because the vast majority of its members do not have an intimate relationship with The Lord God. As a result, they are like the blind leading the blind. "And (The Lord Jesus) spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch (Luke 6:39)?"
Our churches are filled, in large part, with thousands of precious people who are bound in the chains of self-hatred. Those people are trying to love others and that will never work. It's just a fact, you simply cannot give to others something you haven't got. You can only offer the Love of God to others when you've got the Love God has for yourself. The only cure for this terrible problem is to the pursuit of "oneness with God"! We must abide in God if we are ever going to be able to love and befriend others for the reasons that God does, and wants us to!
The Love of The Lord God is the expression and the fulfillment of The Great Partnership between God and the Believer. Without Jesus Christ, on the outside of a partnership in oneness with Him, we can do nothing. In Partnership with Christ Jesus, in oneness, we can do all things. He strengthens us. You see, only "in partnership with God through Christ" will we be able to fulfill His Will and His Plan for our lives, "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being... For we are also His offspring  (Acts 17:28)." You see, it is our being "in" Partnership with God, first, where we must live, that is where we can win people to Christ the right way, God's Way. In other words, in Him is where we must live, and that doesn't mean by periodic visits!
Let's take a look at the word "abide" (refer back to John 15:4-10). To abide in means "to dwell in" or make your dwelling there. Thus, abiding in God means that we live our lives, or make our dwelling there, on a 24/7 basis in God. It's not a geographical place of residence, like a house location with a street address. It is a mental and spiritual state of being, described by Luke, "And when He (Jesus) was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you  (Luke 17:20)." This message is what we find in Paul's message to the Romans, "For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in The Holy Ghost  (Romans 14:17)."
Righteousness, peace, and joy are inward qualities of the heart. They are within us. Furthermore, they are not qualities of human nature, they are the fruit of The Spirit which, as Paul notes, they are "in The Holy Ghost".
Question: If we do not abide in Father God, in Christ Jesus, nor believe in Him wholeheartedly, how can we expect to be able to present Him to others accurately? After all, how can we successfully lead someone to a place where we have never been ourselves? The "place" I am speaking of is found in oneness, in Partnership, with God Himself. Let me explain further, using an experience from my personal life of corporate-level sales.
I spent many years in businesses selling expensive items, like corporate-level graphic services, motor yachts, sport boats, and recreational vehicles, just to name a few. In the early part of my sales career I realized that there are three keys to becoming successful in the sales profession. First, you must wholeheartedly believe in the product or services you are selling. Secondly, you must have firsthand knowledge of the products. Thirdly, you must be able to effectively communicate the knowledge and information, passionately, to a prospective buyer. If you don't believe in, and are not passionate about, the product or service you are trying to sell, your customer will not believe or have passion for it either.
How did I obtain my confidence and knowledge about the products that I sold? I invested a whole lot of time making long and sometimes grueling trips to the facilities where the product was manufactured. Once there, in the facility, I took time to study the production line at each point of the product's construction. Next, I spent time with the factory sales rep's and the engineers that designed the products. by the time I finished at the factory, I left there with an intimate knowledge of every phase of the product's features, benefits, construction techniques, materials it was made of, and more. To add even more details to the information I had gained, I would also bring each product's specifications sheet home with me, to memorize as much as possible at night. Not only did I have the common knowledge of the sales profession, I was determined to "be" the sales professional who truly believes in the product we are selling, the one who had the unmatched potential for making the sale!
No matter what it is that you set out to present and promote, whether it's the sale of a boat or the pursuit of oneness with Christ Jesus, you must have an intimate knowledge of what you advise and advertise, in order to represent it with true passion and confidence. If you do not have an intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the product you're selling, you run the risk of misleading prospective buyers, misrepresenting what your customers can expect, and leading the company into court battles that inevitably promise to be very costly and damaging. False advertising is against the law of the land; the abomination of misrepresentation is against The Law and Prophets of God! There's no way but the right way, no matter how you slice it!
Can you see why our pursuit of becoming one IN God with Christ Jesus through the Gospel Jesus Christ preached is key to winning the lost God's Way? Misrepresentation of God The Father and the Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ is at the root of the Church's condition today. We have got to stop and realize that people are desperately craving more than a group of church-goers who've been put through a ten-step evangelism program for knowing how to march down the strip and hand out tracts on a busy Saturday night.
What people are desperately looking for is the Love of God The Father, and God's Love only comes from God Himself by coming to Him by The Way, Truth, and Life... Jesus Christ! Those who know The Love of God are able to express HIS LOVE to others because of the way they are able to see themselves and others through God's Eyes of LOVE. The lost are desperately looking for those who represent God's Love because they operate in The Love of God. At the root of the lack of God's Love in the church communities everywhere is the misrepresentation of God and His Gospel that Jesus Christ preached. We must realize that human love is from a human vessel, but God's Love comes only from a Christ-like vessel. When we pursue God (Love, Himself) and The written Gospel that Jesus Christ preached (God's Love sent in human flesh, the Life of His Son) we are in pursuit of becoming "one" with Him, then wholeness will come with Him in us, and He begins to enable the rescue of those in prisons and chains of bondage. So, in order to be there for giving the Love of God, we must first have the Love of God ourselves. We can only give the Love of God through Jesus Christ when we've got the Love of God through Jesus Christ ourselves. Make it your goal to befriend people who are outside of your own circle of friends, and share with them all that The wonderful Holy Spirit brings to light in all those times God has answered your prayers and walked and talked with you in your life. The results will bless both you and them, as your hearts become filled with gratitude that compels you to offer up thanksgiving to Him, for Him, and for everything He IS and does. Remember...
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus gives us the starting place where it all must begin, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God (the Kingdom that IS God), and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." And in Matthew 22:35-40 are the very keys we've got to pursue and possess for winning the lost, from Jesus Himself, "Thou shalt love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."  So, let's begin to love by looking through God's Eyes, by reaching out the way God does, and by... winning the lost, God's Way!
As you hold on to this thought, Part II "Winning the Lost...We Can Only Give From What We've Got", we look forward to giving you the final thoughts, Part III "Winning the Lost...Count the Cost in Truth in Love", coming very soon. Thank you for reading and sharing.


  

  

  

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