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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #176
TEXT: Matthew 10:24-28
In this series on facing conflict as a Christian, we are working our way through Matthew chapter 10 in which Jesus gives a series of instructions, admonishments, and advice to his disciples who are about to go out on their own and preach the Gospel. He tells them how to handle conflict as Christians. Today, we are going to look at three commands regarding the aspect of fear in our life as believers.
1. We are commanded to go forth fearlessly. Jesus tells us to “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.” Who are those whom we should not fear? We have seen from previous verses that Jesus is referring to government and religious leaders who are hostile to the preaching of the Gospel.
2. We are commanded to speak out boldly. In verse 26, Jesus says, “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” It could be said that the disciples were undergoing a three-year period of private training with the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus spent a lot of time with His disciples getting them ready to carry on His work once he returned to Heaven. What He tells them in this verse is that even though they are receiving this instruction in private, there will come a day when they will stand on street corners or in revival tents or in storefront churches or on platforms before thousands of people and preach the Gospel.
3. We are commanded to fear God only. Finally, Jesus tells His disciples, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” There is a positive and negative aspect to fearing God that is embodied in this verse. The positive aspect implies that we should hold God in holy reverence and respect. The negative aspect implies that it is within God’s power to hurt us far more than any man can hurt us: While man can only hurt us physically, God can destroy us physically and spiritually.
The world may beat us up now, but it will bow before Jesus later. They may ridicule us now, but they will repent before Jesus later. They may criticize us now, but they will cry out to Jesus for mercy later. They may hate us now, but they will humble themselves before Jesus later.
It may seem like the world is winning, but in the end we will be on the winning side. Let us go forth boldly and fearlessly to preach the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Holy is the Lord” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and “God is Good” by Regina Belle
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.