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The simple purpose of this broadcast is to encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to share your faith in Jesus Christ with those who are lost around you. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 which reads: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
Paul’s boasting wasn’t that he preached the gospel (he had to do that), but that he was able to do it without asking his hearers for support. Remember that Greek culture, which the Corinthian Christians were so approving of, looked its nose down upon all manual labor. Even though the Corinthian Christians seemed to think less of Paul because he worked with his own hands to support himself, Paul was not embarrassed by this at all. He will boast about it!
Paul’s ministry was not just a matter of choice or personal ambition. It was something he was called to do, something he had to do. He did not just have “preacher’s itch.” He was called to preach and felt compelled to fulfill that call.
Our soul winning quote today is from Mother Teresa. She said: “Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 63 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World (Part 2)
Ministry After Hurricane Katrina
One August 23, 2005, Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic Ocean over the Bahamas and crossed into southern Florida causing damage and death. After going out into the Gulf of Mexico and gaining strength, Katrina crashed into southeast Louisiana and tore its way to central Texas. By the time it had finished, 1,836 people had lost their lives in the hurricane and in subsequent floods, making Katrina one of the deadliest hurricanes in history. Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States causing over $100 billion in damage. The most severe loss of life and costliest damage was in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
A disaster relief worker from Ohio told the inspiring story of a man and his family who were displaced by the hurricane. The man, a longtime resident of the New Orleans area, was forced to flee New Orleans like thousands of other people. He and his family packed up the few possessions that were left and moved to northern Louisiana.
There the man was greeted by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministry teams offering hot meals, clothing, showers, and other amenities. The government provided shelter for his family in a small trailer.
Within a couple of days of arriving, the family was invited by a disaster relief worker to attend an evening Bible study. The man and his family were not accustomed to worship services and admitted they rarely attended church. Nevertheless, because of the genuine love they had been shown through the disaster relief ministry, they went. Over the next several weeks the man and his family surrendered their lives to Christ. The father was later quoted as stating, “I know it sounds crazy, but I praise the Lord for Katrina…If not for the hurricane, I would never have met Christ…I have lost everything of material value but gained much more in return!”
In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World.
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Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can be a part of the church in this life and in the life to come. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!
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.