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Are You In Love With Christ?

"Evangelism: A 40 Day Devotion & Preparation" by Randy Loubier offers a journey for the everyday Christian to fall in love with Jesus.

Not as much an evangelism guide as it is a devotional journey to propel your life into Christ. Evangelism is probably not what you think. It’s time to think differently about evangelism, like the apostles.

With a focus on delivering peace and good news, coupled with Faith, Prayer and Thanksgiving, believers are equipped to embody the role of proclaimers of peace and bearers of glad tidings, impacting lives with the message of salvation. Here is an insight on the seven habits of an active evangelist:

Outward Facing, Pointed at Unbelievers

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands His disciples, saying, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." This mandate calls for an outward focus, a deliberate effort to reach out to those who have yet to hear the good news of salvation.

Speaks Out Loud

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 10:14, "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?" This verse emphasizes the importance of vocal proclamation in the spread of the Gospel, highlighting the necessity of speaking out loud so that others may hear and believe.

Daily Bible Reader

In Psalm 119:105, the psalmist says, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."  This verse stresses the intimate bond between believers and God, highlighting the reliance on Scripture for direction and stability. Daily reading of the Bible deepens our understanding of God's character and His redemptive plan, leading to enlightenment and transformation. As advocates for the Christian faith, it's our responsibility to share this truth, encouraging others to embrace the life-changing power of daily Scripture engagement.

Poor in Spirit, Rich in Christ

Jesus's teachings provide a plan for a blessed existence, proclaiming the Kingdom's coming and revealing the entryway: "Blessed are the poor in Spirit." To be 'poor in Spirit' is to acknowledge our reliance on God, yielding our desires to His. It's not about insecurity but about discovering strength in weakness, as Paul affirms in 2 Corinthians 12:9, where he writes, "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." This verse summarizes the paradox of being poor in spirit yet rich in Christ, finding strength not in self-sufficiency but in dependence on the grace of God.

In Frequent Communication with the Holy Spirit

In John 14:26, Jesus promises His disciples, saying, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. This promise shows a picture of constant companionship and support, reminding believers that they are never alone in their journey. This serves as a lovely affirmation that the Holy Spirit is ever-present, ready to instruct, console, and guide at all times.

Constantly Delivering Peace and Great News

Isaiah 52:7 proclaims, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'" This verse brings out  an evangelist as a messenger of peace and bearer of good news, spreading the message of salvation wherever they go. By praying over it daily and being mindful of opportunities to share it with others, individuals can embody the role of bearers of peace and conveyors of good news, echoing the message of salvation and the reign of God.

Faith That He Answers Prayer, and Thankful

Philippians 4:6-7 advises believers, saying, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." The passage encourages continuous thanksgiving and bold intercession for others, fostering a deeper connection with God and experiencing His peace. Bold and persistent prayer, coupled with occasional fasting, strengthens faith in God's responsiveness to prayer. Through this intentional approach, believers cultivate steadfast confidence in God's ability to bring life-changing results.

In conclusion 

Let's embrace the call to an active and outward-focused faith, grounded in Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As believers, we're tasked with sharing the life-changing message of the Gospel with those around.

To equip ourselves for this important mission, I urge you to dive into "Evangelism: A 40 Day Devotion & Preparation" by Randy Loubier. This resource offers practical insights and spiritual guidance to prepare our hearts and minds for effective evangelism. Let's commit to daily devotion, constant prayer, and intentional outreach, trusting in God's provision and guidance every step of the way. Together, let's shine the light of Christ in a world hungry for hope and salvation.

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