I was recently struck with the simplicity of the Gospel, and its supernatural power to transform and bring new life. As redeemed messengers of the Gospel, we have confidence in the power of the Truth.
There are times the message does not seem to get through, and we start doubting the power of the Gospel. That, my friend, is a lie and a trick from the devil! Never doubt the power of the Gospel of Jesus. Isaiah 55:11 promises that the word that is sown will not yield an empty return. Praise the Lord!
While wrestling with this during a recent dry time of evangelism, I was reminded of who we are in Christ through Ephesians 1:3-14. Read it and be renewed in vision for ministry!
The Holy Spirit reminded me that the message I was sharing had power, but I was not completely surrendered and connected to Christ, the source of the power. Instead of operating out of a works-based method, I should have been passionately sharing, out of a love for God, the blessings I had in Christ.
The list is long.
Verse 3: We are blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing;
Verse 4: He chose us in Him;
Verse 7: In Him we have redemption and forgiveness according to the riches of His grace;
Verse 8-9: He has made known the riches of His will, which He set forth in Christ; Verse 11: In Him we have an inheritance; Verse 13—the clincher: In Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!
Wow, where was I? That gets me going. Colossians 2:10 also says, “You are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life.” That’s it! We are part of the Gospel story, making it personal.
That “fullness of life” is for us and everyone who hears our message. He chose us, forgave us, redeemed us, made known to us His purposes, sealed us, and blessed us.
I had known this truth but had not been living and embracing the reality of it in my life. It is definitely safe to say that this reminder has cured my “dry spell in witnessing.” Suddenly, the powerful message has become more powerful, confirmed through the testimony of Christ in Me.
We cannot go forth on our own strength as God’s messengers. We must be free from our own ideas, completely surrendered to God and filled with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit does the work, but as I have heard our DNI president say,“Sometimes He uses us to do the work.”
I want to conclude with a reminder from T. Austin Sparks. “A believer is one in whom Christ is implanted, and God never looks at Christ in a limited way.” There is never a limit to the power available when we are in Christ and involved in kingdom work.
“A readiness to believe every promise implicitly, to obey every command unhesitatingly, to stand perfect and complete in all the will of God, is the only true spirit of Bible study.” Andrew Murray