Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Do your best to be clear...

..and to help unbelievers understand the truth about salvation. Too many of us are unclear and don't know it. I've been there before. And too many don't ever prepare to be clear, but speaking the truth in their language and being understood is very important ...especially when witnessing for Christ. Hey that's a given, but lot's of people that we Christians witness to will put up a roadblock to the Gospel sayin' they must put off making a decision now, because there are things in the Bible that their minds struggle with and don't understand.. knowing that's not the real reason and that they are not ready yet. 

Of course Christians must be very careful to discern who really does want to overcome objections in their own mind and who simply wants to "put it all off" for another day (as the enemy would love to see happen - God says now, today is the day of salvation, but Mr Lu-Cifer likes to encourage the sinner to put it off until "tomorrow"). Yeah, we want to presure no person to make this most important decision if they don't want to, and as I've already mentioned, for many this type of excuse is merely their smoke-screen fro the purpose of buying time for more sinful pleasure and to throw God's witness off. But in reality ..and contrary to what they've said, it's often the things they do understand in the Bible.. yes, understand all too well. Perhaps they don't feel like giving up their selfish ways at that time, or feel like telling you outright that they love pleasure more than allowing Christ to be Lord of their life. What person really feels like dying to their own way.. at anytime? My flesh doesn't, but I am always glad when I obey the Lord anyways. You know how people in the world tend to love darkness rather than light in the Lord. It would appear that the majority of men aren't willing to come to the light to have their deeds exposed for what they really are. But what does the Bible say about it? It says, “But prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (Jam. 1:22, nasb). And “Jesus replied, ‘But even more blessed are all who hear the Word of God and put it into practice’" (Lk. 11:28, nlt).
“It will greatly help you to understand Scripture if you note – no only what is spoken and written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows.” ~ Miles Coverdale 
“We approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world.. it is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us.” ~ J.I. Packer 
“When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ‘It is talking to me, and about me.'" ~ Soren Kierkegaard
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