Beautiful wheat

“Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked.”No”, he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do.” Matt.13nlt

The tares have no fear or regard for the Master they claim to serve; they are disobedient to the words of Christ. They proudly pull up and kill the wheat, thinking they do service to God by killing ‘tares’. The real tares are ugly because they disobey the Lord they claim to serve, killing the precious wheat of God.

The wheat have respect for their Lord and Master; they are obedient to the words of Christ. They do not pull up and kill the tares, but they are the ones killed by the tares. They suffer like Jesus and wait for the harvest with obedience and humility and love and trust. Beautiful wheat.

Preparing For the Age to Come

Jesus spoke of the age to come. Are we preparing for this? Are we preparing for the judgment seat of Christ and living in light of eternity? Are we confessing our sin to Him? Are we living a life of continual and increasing repentance? Are we putting to death the deeds of the flesh, killing sin, taking up our cross and following Him? Are we putting to death SELF? Is our cry, “Not my will O Lord but THY will be done!”? We are exhorted to not sin willfully nor walk after the flesh. Are we devoted to Him, living for Him, suffering for Him? Are we listening to Him? Do we obey Him? Paul talked about pressing on toward the goal for the prize. Are we being sanctified through trials and suffering? Are we reproached at all for obeying and representing the Lord Jesus? Are we being tried and purified by His refining fire- now? Are we abiding in Him and bearing good fruit? Are we obeying His commandments and walking in the Spirit? Are we staying on the narrow road? Are we loving and serving the saints of God? Are we bringing people to Jesus and making disciples? Are we doing whatever He is telling us to do? Are we loving NOT the world? Are we separating ourselves unto Christ? Are we doing the deeds and will of our Father?

When He is done wiping the tears from our eyes, after the fire has burned through to judge the quality of our work, then whatever worthy part that remains, we shall lay that down at His feet. And then.. the age to come.

Audio: Have you heard this yet? The Judgment seat of Christ

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2Cor5:9

Witnessing and the Holy Spirit

Over the last few weeks I was within the hearing of some anointed Gospel street preaching (as well as Bible preaching in church) by men filled with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no true witnessing or Gospel proclamation. I’m exhibit A of the train wreck that occurs when attempting to witness without the power of the Holy Spirit.

There is so much to this extremely important topic; it is vital to learn it and live it if we are to be useful to God as His vessels. He fills His clay pots with the Holy Spirit. Only then are they used. This gives God all the glory! We know all true believers are indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit. I am speaking here of the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit for fruitful service, which comes by faith, prayer, repentance and obedience. Here are a few quotes from “The Church’s Greatest Need”, by E. Reisinger.

The Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual witnessing and all spiritual worship; He is also the “Divine Agent of Evangelism”.

The power of the church for her external work will be proportionate with the power which dwells within herself.

Gauge the power of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers and you may fairly judge their influence upon unbelievers.

We ourselves, must first drink of the living water before the rivers of living water will flow out to the unconverted.

Without the Spirit there will be no conviction. Without the Spirit there will be no conversions. Without the Spirit there will be no Spiritual growth. Without the Spirit all preaching and witnessing is in vain.

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost produced powerful evangelistic preaching.

The answer is Spirit-breathed, Christ-centered, Bible preaching in the power and unction (anointing) of the Holy Spirit. Only the Spirit can bring conviction.

..if He does not so work we should search ourselves to see what it is that hinders, and whether there may not be somewhat in ourselves which vexes Him, so that He restrains His sacred energy and does not work among us as He did before. (He is referring to repentance.)

No acceptable action of the Christian life can be performed without the Holy Spirit.

The Bible makes two things very, very clear in connection with the fulness and power of the Spirit. First, prayer (Luke 11:13). Secondly, obedience (Acts 5:32).

The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods but through men. He does not anoint plans but men.

Knowledge comes by studying. Power comes by prayer and fasting.

Everything that grieves the Spirit must be put away. (He is again referring to repentance of sins.)

We will not have the power of the Holy Spirit without importunate earnest prayer (Acts 1:14 preceded Acts 2; Luke 11:9-13).

You might also like to see the post, The Power of the Holy Spirit, and listen to The Holy Spirit is the Witness, by Joseph LoSardo.

Obedience and Love

Thursday night on the Ambassador’s Alliance radio show, Tony Miano reminded us that our motivation in speaking to others of Jesus -of course ultimately glorifying God- must be obedience to Christ and love for people. I’d also like to add: Our love for Jesus and gratitude to Him, and His love for us. Motivation check time! Is it obedience and love?

Jewish believer witnessing to Jewish girls visiting from Israel.

Jewish believer witnessing to Jewish girls visiting from Israel.