Afraid to share their faith.

Do not be surprised if, in a church of 22,000, you can only find 300 who are prepared to reach out to the lost. Sadly, most Christians are afraid to share their faith with nonbelievers and would rather stay home than tell others how to find eternal life. Such reluctance among churchgoing Christians is a tragedy, but it will leave you with an army (small though it may be) of soldiers who keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to present the gospel message to the unsaved.

These soldiers know that the fear they battle isn’t from God. They are aware that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12), and they are the ones God will use for His purposes.

Judges 7:3 Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ ” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. 4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.”5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.”6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water.7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”

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God has spoken.

“Abraham’s removal out of his country, out of Ur first and afterwards out of Haran, in compliance with the call of God: So Abram departed; he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but did as he was bidden, not conferring with flesh and blood (Gal. 1:15,16). His obedience was speedy and without delay, submissive and without dispute; for he went out, not knowing whither he went (Heb. 11:8), but knowing whom he followed and under whose direction he went.” Matthew Henry

God has spoken to every Christian—to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature. We must not be disobedient to the heavenly vision.

Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

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How wonderful will that day be!

How wonderful will that day be! The knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea (see Hab. 2:14). In the meanwhile, we have a limited time to take the living waters of the gospel to this lost and dying world. Don’t waste your life chasing things that don’t matter. Pray that God gives you such love for the lost that it will swallow your fears.

Zechariah 14:8 And in that day it shall be— That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.

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Saved from hell!

“And when I have gone to the last city and preached my last sermon, and when I have offered my last prayer for the last sinner, when this old body of mine is worn and ready to crumble back to dust, and when my loved ones have gathered around my bed and the death gurgle is heard in my throat, when the old world is receding and heaven is opening a way, I stand in the presence of Him whom I have preached and loved and have not seen, I want the first one-thousand years to sit at His feet and say, ‘Thank You, Jesus, for saving me that dark and stormy day from a drunkard’s and a gambler’s hell.” E. Howard Cadle 

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.8 “Vanity tof vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.”

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Know: There is an afterlife.

If someone asks how you know that there is an afterlife, tell them that you have the greatest authority on earth. If you have the word of a king, that is something to stand on. But we have the Word of God, and that can be relied upon with absolute certainty.

Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power; And twho may say to him, “What are you doing?”

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Turned off by worship?

“Every glimpse that is given us of heaven and of God’s created beings is always a glimpse of worship and rejoicing and praise because God is who He is… Any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” A. W. Tozer 

Revelation 5:4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

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Thought & attitude crimes.

The idea that merely thinking could be a crime does seem absurd. But thought and attitude crimes are a reality in our society. In a hate crime, one is punished not just for committing a specific crime against someone, but for his supposed thoughts toward that person. If a man beat up a heterosexual, for example, he would deserve one sentence. But beating up a homosexual, if it could be proved that he once expressed a negative attitude toward homosexuals, would get him a substantially increased sentence. Also, students who mention wishing for the death of a teacher or fellow student are taken seriously and punished. They could merely mention it on Facebook or in texting, for instance, and immediately be in trouble—because it shows the intent of the heart, even if they are not actively planning it.

If you are caught thinking about assassinating the President of the United States, you will find yourself in serious violation of the law. Again, you don’t have to commit the act. You simply have to be thinking about it, and express that thought verbally or in writing. Some may argue that conspiracy to murder the president is different because it is a serious crime. And that’s the point. They don’t consider pornography of the mind to be a serious crime. God does. Man’s moral standards are extremely low, while God’s are incredibly high. He is so holy, He requires perfection in thought, word, and deed. If we burn with unlawful sexual thoughts toward another human being, God sees that as adultery (see Matt. 5:27,28). And if we have a seething hatred in our heart for another person, God sees that as murder (see Matt. 5:22; 1 John 3:15).

He judges the thoughts and intents of our heart, and He will see to it that the guilty get their just dessert. Adulterers and murderers will end up damned in a terrible place called hell.

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he

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