Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #165
Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #165.
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. 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 John 1:12 which reads: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
The contrast with rejection is acceptance. Not everyone rejected Jesus when He came. Some accepted (“received”) Him. To these He gave as a gift “the right” or authority (Gr. exousian – ex-oo-see’-ah) “to become” God’s “children” (Gr. tekna – tek’-na). Receiving Jesus consists of believing “in His name.” Believing therefore equals receiving. “His name” summarizes all that He is. To “believe in His name” means to accept all the revelation, of who Jesus is, that God has given. Because that revelation includes the fact that Jesus died as a substitute sacrifice in the place of sinners, belief involves relying on Jesus for salvation rather than on self. It does not just mean believing facts intellectually. It involves volitional trust as well.
Our soul winning quote today is from William Booth. He said: “Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 30 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.
Chapter 4, Impartation – He Gave Himself Away
Receive ye the Holy Spirit. – John 20:22
Jesus wanted His followers to obey Him. But in recognizing this truth, He realized that His disciples would discover the deeper experience of His Spirit. And in receiving His Spirit they would know the love of God for a lost world. That is why his demands were accepted without argument. The disciples understood that they were not just keeping a law, but were responding to One who loved them, and was willing to give Himself for them.
His was a life of giving—giving away what the Father had given him. He gave them His peace by which he was sustained in tribulation. He gave them His joy in which He labored amid the sufferings and sorrows about Him. He gave them the keys to His Kingdom against which the powers of hell could never prevail. Indeed, He gave them His own glory, which was His before the worlds were made, that they all might be one even as he was one in the Father. He gave all He had—nothing was withheld, not even His own life.
Love is like that. It is always giving itself away. When it is self-contained, it is not love. In this sense, Jesus brought clearly into focus before his followers just what was meant when “God so loved the world”. It meant that God gave all He had to those He loved, even his “only begotten Son.” And for the Son, in incarnating that love, it meant renouncing His own right of living and giving His life for the world. Only in this light—when the Son is put in place of the world—can one even begin to understand the cross. Yet in this realization, the cross of Christ is inevitable, for the infinite love of God can express itself only in an infinite way. Just as man by his sin had to die, so God by His love had to send His Son to die in our place. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
In our next episode, we will look at Impartation -.The Compulsion of Evangelism
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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.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And 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.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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 live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!