“Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.” (Psalm 85:4-7 – Evangelism Through the Power of a Holy Life)
The power of a holy revived life is great in evangelism. Revival comes when God’s people seek forgiveness and a new sense of God’s love. All people believers are to seek that constant spiritual renewing that they may be holy people, powerful in God’s hands. Holy lives are vital to evangelism and revival.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, the power associated with a holy life are powerful, because the work evangelism requires is upheld through revitalized believers that are bold in taking their salvation witness to a multitude of people, that may have never heard anything like what will be presented to them in a truthful and loving way. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it!”
“Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.” (2nd Chronicles 33:16 – Evangelism Through the Power of a Holy Life)
Manasseh was the king of Judah, and his return to the Lord was genuine. These were freewill offerings, not mandatory offerings. Obedience reflects the sincerity of his prayer. The principle of排estoring the altar�means the restoration of holy living and worship. We cannot worship on a 都trange altar�and expect God to honor our witness. Powerful evangelism grows out of a yielded life, lived wholly unto the Lord.
“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome. I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:13-17 – Evangelism Through the Power of a Holy Life)
Paul described three elements of his life which gave power to his evangelism efforts: a sense of obligation, eagerness and pride instead of shame in the gospel. Christ’s death for him put Paul in debt, under obligation to witness. The sense of obligation made him eager to pay the debt and preach to all people. He was on fire for the gospel. Thus he took pride in the gospel and could find no reason to be ashamed of it. His life centered on the gospel(Greek – euangelion, the root of the English word evangelism).The gospel was powerful good news putting people in right relationship with Christ and thus providing salvation. This produced a righteous life dedicated to sharing the gospel with others.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s vice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:29-30 – Evangelism Through the Power of a Holy Life)
John the Baptist understood that task that God had given to him. Upon the encounter with Jesus, he fully understood his task was almost completed. He was filled with joy, and knew that he was to take a lesser role and allow Jesus to take the lead from this moment on. The power of a holy life is vital to effective evangelization. Humility is a strong characteristic of such a life. John exemplified that quality. He understood his position in the light of the person and ministry of Jesus. Humility is an honest evaluation of oneself in the light of Christ. Do you know the task Christ has for you, and if so, are you moving to allow Him to work through you?