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The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

I believe the hardest part of evangelism is getting started. But once you get started, and once God starts speaking through you, it can be one of the most joyful things you have ever done. To think that God almighty would speak through someone like you or me is indeed a great privilege. It is an honor to go and tell others about Jesus. And I love all the challenges that I face from day to day in doing so. God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is Good!

The gospel was not designed to be hoarded; it was designed to be shared. You were blessed to be a blessing. Therefore as you take in, you need to give out that message again so others can come into a relationship with God. One of the greatest joys you will ever experience, next to knowing the Lord himself, is when you have the privilege of praying with someone to accept Christ. You start seeing the radical, even visible, changes that will take place in your life. We are told in Proverbs 11:25, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” It is refreshing as you give back and help other people.

We have a choice either to evangelize or fossilize, and a lot of people have chosen the latter. While it may be true that we are not all called to be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. And the place to start is at the beginning. We reach the world with the gospel one person at a time.

You can personalize Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) by going to your world. Go to your workplace. . . . Go to your family. . . . You have a sphere of influence. You have a group of people who will listen to what you have to say. Go to that world—the world to which God has called you. It was very scary to make a decision in which I originally did not know or understand but, it was very easy to make it once I found the Lord. Once you find your personal Jesus, your life will change. You will be blessed immensely and you will prosper. Remember, the road to a life with God is not an easy road but, it is very rewarding once you’ve traveled it a few times. You will be tested, you will suffer but, you are not alone. We are all the children of the Lord.

May the Lord continue to Bless you all today!

 

Brother Jonathan

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
Romans 5:1–2

A wealthy, well-dressed man was walking down the street when he passed a homeless man. He stopped for a second, turned around, and said, “Excuse me. You look familiar. Do we know each other?” The man said, “Yeah, I’m Steve. English—third period. Remember?”

“I do remember you, Steve.” The man could see that his former classmate had fallen on hard times. So he pulled out his checkbook and wrote a check for $500. He said, “Listen, I want you to have this. Let the past be in the past. I want to give you a fresh start. I hope this helps.” Then he turned and left.

The next day, he walked down the same street and found Steve still there. When he asked what happened, Steve told him, “Well, actually I never cashed the check. I went down to the bank, saw all of those well-dressed people, and I thought they would take one look at me, think that I forged this check, and refuse to give me the money. I just didn’t think it would work. So I didn’t cash the check.”

The man said, “What makes that check good is not your clothes or your appearance. What makes that check good is my signature. Now go and cash it.”

In the same way, our worthiness is not what gives us access to God. It is based on the signature of Jesus Christ, written in His blood over our lives when He gave us salvation. We don’t have to live in constant fear of what God thinks about us. We don’t have to do things to earn His approval. We don’t have to worry about where we will spend eternity. This is all covered in Christ—and this is what God has done for each of us. But… Remember, my dear brothers and sisters, just because our sins are covered with the Blood of Christ doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all in sin.  The Lord needs you to lose yourself, turn away from sin and to the Lord instead.  If you fall, He will always be there to pick you back up and get you going again.

Today, remember, it is not by your deed’s that gives you Salvation… it is by the Blood of Christ. You can never earn approval from God by your works only. It has to be a combination of several things, but it starts with faith and it all starts from your heart.

May you all find comfort in the Lord today. 

Brother Jonathan

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