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Ministry Essential in Bringing Healing to the Hurting

Did Jesus Come to Attack Fallen Mankind?

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to SAVE (rescue) sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15

WHAT did Christ come into this fallen world to do?

Christ chose to come and die for us rather than live without us.

Let’s reckon with the fact that we are not geniuses for seeing the sin in others in this fallen world. It’s universal, it’s everywhere and yet, let us ask ourselves: WHY O WHY did Jesus come and die on that cross?

What did Jesus do when He saw sin? – He died for it! Christ died to bring those sinners (us) back to Himself. Now, let us ask ourselves how we view those currently alienated from God for their sin?

Perhaps when we begin to realize that our own sin is the sin that should concern us the most, this will being the transformation of our disposition (Matthew 7:1-5; Galatians 6:1-2, etc.).

God has been infinitely merciful to us and expects us to return that blessed, undeserved divine mercy on others, amen? (Matthew 10:8; Ephesians 4:32)

Memory Verse:

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

HE forgave you so you can help others be forgiven (Matthew 5:7; 10:8).

“Freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8

We should cease ministering to others until we can do it out of absolute concern and love for those we are privileged to minister to in the wisdom of Christ (Galatians 6:1-2; Colossians 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

“LOVE MERCY” is a divine command (Micah 6:8). Love Mercy [podcast] 

DO you love the truth? Today, let us LOVE the truth about God’s MERCY! Truth Lovers who Lack Mercy [podcast] 

When He “gave himself a ransom for all,” were our Savior’s hands clinched IN ANGER or were they open WITH DIVINE COMPASSION when nailed to that cross for our sins? (1 Timothy 2:4-6) The open hands of Jesus ON THAT CROSS signified His welcome, His love, his compassion, his mercy, and his willingness and joy to die to reconcile men to God – “for the joy that was set before Him.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Visiting a Hospital

What would you think if you walked into a medical care facility and you were attacked by the staff? Would their attack facilitate your healing?

When a sick, an ailing, hurting patient enters a hospital, are they met with those who care and tend to their health, to make their state better? Or, are they attacked by the nurses and doctors as they enter the medical facility?

“Administer” is defined in the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary this way:

“To act as minister or chief agent … To dispense, as to administer … To afford, give or furnish; as, to administer relief, that is, to act as the agent. To administer medicine is to direct and cause it to be taken. To give … To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to add something; as, a shade administers to our comfort.”

WHEN the body of Christ ad-ministers the truth of God, may it be in His wisdom and love …. just as a mother tends to her beloved child in a time of sickness, nurturing and nourishing them to health. Good nurses administer medicines, etc. with great desire to see healing in their patients. They administer what is needed to bring healing to their patients. Surely they aren’t rudely shoving needles in people with a furious countenance, right? Picture that for a moment. How long would that nurse have her job?

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit Through His Body to the Saved and the Lost

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.” 1 Timothy 4:6

Have we asked God to grant us an heart of flesh, a heart that desires to see people reconciled to Him? Have we, His children, not been given by God “the ministry of reconciliation”?

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Corinthians 5:18  

EVER BEEN THERE? There are times when we are to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints” and other times when the enemy is trying to get us to take the bait, to bite on something minor and not be quiet, listen, and meekly minister the Word and love of God (Jude 3-4; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). May God bless each of His children to be led by His Holy Spirit in each instant and glorify Him, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God has chosen to use His saints to minister to each other and to a lost world of sinners He desires to be saved.

“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; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:14-16 

Sons of Thunder

We learn from how Jesus taught His original disciples. When some had rejected Christ, His disciples desired to call down fire, judgment upon them.

“And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.” Luke 9:54-56

Shall we begin today, asking our Father to grant us a tender heart towards others?

When He grants us His desire for us, an heart of flesh, will we not then administer and not attack?

Jesus came to bring peace between fallen man and God (Colossians 1:20).

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21  

Lost souls, groping in darkness, cannot possibly find God by themselves. They must be found of Him, by Him. They cannot possibly receive divine ministry from other lost souls. No, as far as instruments of God’s love, fallen mankind is exclusively dependent upon God’s people administering the reconciling truth of His blessed Gospel!

When faced with unbelief and an attack, what is the proper godly response? To attack? No. How about lovingly sharing a verse of Scripture?

When on the topic of the Bible itself, when doubt is cast upon it, I sense the Holy Ghost quickening my spirit to simply administer His truth because that person only believes the lie due to a lack of hearing the truth. Selah saints! So, lovingly communicating the divine words of 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21 flows and the effect on the hearer is nearly always visible. The seed of God’s Word is being planted, sown in the hearts of the hearers and we know God’s Word is the healing agent needed and never returns to Him void but rather always accomplishes His will, amen?

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

Let us remember saints that we cannot talk anyone into being saved. We cannot argue them into salvation, nor can we make that decision for them. We are seed sowers and it’s God Himself who convicts and draws men to Himself.

“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 

This loving administration of the truth of God, with deep concern for the hearer, is in contrast with self-righteously attacking people with God’s Word… which was never done by Christ or His holy apostles or the early church. Jesus was “moved WITH COMPASSION” on the lost (Matthew 9:35-38). What moves us as we reach out to those yet without the Great Shepherd?

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21

We can easily win an argument and lose a soul. May God bless His children with an excellent spirit, a winsome disposition, and the deep desire to see men reconciled to God.

TODAY, your calling from God is to elevate Jesus and others, and deny self (Philippians 2:3-5).

When the cross is working in our lives, it will crucify all God-less attitudes and instill in us the very “mind of Christ.” (Philippians 2:3-5)

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that WINNETH souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

We must never have the ungodly “Well, I told them!” attitude. As we leave a conversation, let us be quickened to lift that beloved soul up to the LORD in prayer. Remember, they live in this fallen world just as we do saints and are therefore subject to the same evil spirits that seek to deceive and damn every human soul. Winning a soul over to GOD’s truth is done carefully and with God’s love.

How are we viewing struggling, weak, fallen saints and lost sinners? Are we presently possessed with the heart of God, with His stated perspective towards them – his desire to save, to forgive, to restore them?

Think with me for a moment … When looking down from Heaven upon fallen mankind, did our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the eternal Word look scornfully upon fallen mankind (us)? No. They looked lovingly AND they are “Holy, holy, holy.” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8) Whew! Selah!

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth (displayed, exhibited) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

The Wisdom of God in His Saints

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:17-18

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I come to You now. While I was yet alienated from You in my sinful state, You sent Your only begotten Son to come and die for my wretched, rebellious soul. I deserved nothing but Your rejected and damnation for my sins. While I shook my fist in Your holy face, You loved me to life by crucifying Your only begotten Son on that cross for me. You raised Him again from the dead to justify this sinner in Your holy sight. Father, please, right now, rebuke my hardened heart and ruthless attitude.  Please cleanse the evil from my heart dear Father. Please, grant this vessel to be possessed with an heart of flesh LORD Jesus and to minister the victory of Your healing to Your people and the lost souls of this world! Fill this heart with Your love, Your compassion, and Your perfect wisdom. Please open doors for Your beautiful Word of love, the Good News of Your Son to be administered through this life You gave. Please use me Jesus! In the name of Jesus Christ I ask You LORD.

Approaching Sinners with Compassion [podcast] | Evangelism | God of RestorationAngry Street Preacher Warning

The Christian life will not work without the power generator of the cross. Let the addiction begin – as the resurrection life of Christ fills, teems in, and works through His crucified saints! (2 Corinthians 4:10-12) Are you ready to exchange your sin, guilt, misery, and shame for Christ’s resurrection life? Cross – Resurrection Gospel Life

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