Are you known more for what you’re AGAINST or for what you are FOR?
The words preach, preached, and preaching appear 138 times in God’s Word. Protest, protested, protesting appear just 7 times. See a picture?
Jesus and His apostles came to preach the kingdom of Heaven and didn’t spend much time protesting the paganism and darkness of this fallen world. Think about this: Do you walk into a room and complain that it’s dark OR do you simply flip the light switch and turn on the light?
The earth was already under the blanket of darkness after the fall of mankind (Genesis 3, 6, etc.). When Jesus and His holy apostles came on the scene in the perfect timing of the Father, they shone the light of truth which began to pierce the darkness. Perhaps when we individually begin to see that Jesus came to bring the solution, we will begin more to apply it ourselves. Instead of cursing the darkness we will simply do more shining the light into it. Here’s a verse that captures this truth of why Jesus came and the way He operated:
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:18
TURN on the light precious saints – let it flood the dark hearts around you!
Why not use the energy God gives you preaching Christ than giving Satan glory by wasting all your time protesting his evil works? If they are so evil, why not apply the solution – Christ!
BIBLICAL FACT: Acts 17 Mars Hill – Paul didn’t condone falsehood and neither did he waste his time going on a tirade against their paganism …. He preached Christ and called them to repent.
—- Protest or Preach? Did the earliest saints protest or preach Christ, His Word, and His Gospel? It’s sad to see that so many are identified by what they are against instead of being identified with Christ by preaching Christ and His glorious Gospel.
Is Jesus calling you to a more authentic, cross walk with Him?
WHEN is a human being forgiven? When were you forgiven? When you repented and put your faith in Christ, right? …. The LORD doesn’t expect sinners to stop sinning! NO, He expects HIS people to grow up and go preach so the lost sinners can be saved … let’s wake us saints, let’s grow up into Christ (Ephesians 4). … SAINTS, Let’s Stop Protesting and Start Preaching …. Repent.
Let’s Grow Together! Sign up here to begin receiving the Moments with Our Master email devotional that is sure to help you grow in His grace and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 1:2; 3:18). It’s sent out for the edification of the body of Christ. Sign Up HERE.
If we would receive a greater portion of God’s grace – His divine influence on our hearts – we would cease making an issue out of these type things and simply use this season and the occasions afforded to minister His Love and truth. As a born again New Testament believer we are “ambassadors for Christ” and celebrate the coming of Christ into the world – and also died on the cross, was buried, and rose again from the dead! (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20) … Matt 1-2, Lk 1-2, etc. 1 Tim 1:15….. Why not use this season as an opportunity to share the first coming of Christ and preach the second coming. Share the 10 Commandments to convict the sinner and then the saving Gospel (Good News) of Christ! It’s good to be aware of the pagan aspects of this season and avoid them and just use it as an opportunity to spread God’s love and truth by communicating His Word as we are brought together with friends and family. Preach! Use this as a springboard saints – YES, Jesus was born and YES He came to die to give us life! (John 3:16) Preach! Pray for open doors – open hearts to receive His Word! Ask the LORD and He will surely open up many opportunities for you to communicate His Word. Just watch. “Here I am LORD, send me!” (Isaiah 6) WHY DID JESUS COME? Let Holy Scripture answer this all important question! PREPARE: Memorize specific Bible versions and own them – until they just roll off your lips effortlessly! (Proverbs 22:17-21)
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15
Look, we are surrounded with pagan idolatry every single day of the year and yet, did God call us to make that the main issue or preaching His holy Law to convict and Blessed Gospel to save?
STOP PROTESTING AND START PREACHING! … Some who pretend to be spiritually mature seem to develop their identity around what they are against instead of taking EVERY opportunity to obey God by “preach(ing) the word” in and out of season! for which we shall all give account (2 Timothy 4:1-4). Please share.