Hi everyone, I am now blogging at www.goforsouls.com/blog. I have had that site for a while now but have never been able to find a way to blog from it. But now I have! Keep an eye open as theres going to be some great posts coming up talking about the recent GFS at the Factory and some teaching on Power Evangelism!
Have you ever heard something so rediculous, something so horrible, something that you stand so hard against that you utter in sheer desperation and determination, “Over my dead body!” I read a quote today by Charles Spurgeon that says that very thing,
“If sinners be dammed, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one GO there UNWARNED and UNPRAYED for.”
I love his heart for the lost. Here we see that the knowledge of the reality of hell is so real it creates such a burden in Spurgeons heart that he says, “Over my dead body!” If people I know and love are going to go to hell, it will be over my dead body. I will do all in my power to prevent people from going to hell! I will spend hours in the prayer closet, I will preach with my words, actions and tears! I will fast, I will sacrifice, I will do anything! I would rather die trying to save these people than allowing people them to simply drift into the pit of misery. Or as William Booth said,
“If I thought I could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I’d learn how!”
But heres the thing, Jesus Christ did say “over my dead body.” He was nailed upon the cross and died for our sins. And Hallelujah, He rose again three days later! He now offers all people hope and salvation, if only they would turn to Him and be saved. Lets join in with the greats of the Christian faith and say “Over my dead body!”
Jesus, thank you that you died and rose again to save us! It is becasue you put your body on the line that we can be saved. Now, I devote my life to putting my body on the line so that others may come to know your love and salvation!
Charles Finney wrote this in a booklet calle,d “How to promote a revival.” When He speaks of breaking up the fallow ground he is speaking of calling people to repentance by preaching the law… Check out the full article here but read the following and ask yourslef if you are willing to break up the fallow ground. ..
1. It will do no good to preach to you while your hearts are in this hardened, and waste, and fallow state. The farmer might just as well sow his grain on the rock. It will bring forth no fruit. This is the reason why there are so many fruitless professors in the church, and why there is so much outside machinery, and so little deep-toned feeling in the church. Look at the Sabbath-school for instance, and see how much machinery there is, and how little of the power of godliness. If you go on in this way, the word of God will continue to harden you, and you will grow worse and worse, just as the rain and snow on an old fallow field makes the turf thicker, and the clods stronger.
2. See why so much preaching is wasted, and worse than wasted. It is because the church will not break up their fallow ground. A preacher may wear out his life, and do very little good, while there are so many stony-ground hearers, who have never had their fallow ground broken up. They are only half converted, and their religion is rather a change of opinion than a change of the feeling of their hearts. There is mechanical religion enough, but very little that looks like deep heart-work.
3. Professors of religion should never satisfy themselves, or expect a revival, just by starting out of their slumbers, and blustering about, and making a noise, and talking to sinners. They must get their fallow ground broken up. It is utterly unphilosophical to think of getting engaged in religion in this way. If your fallow ground is broken up, then the way to get more feeling, is to go out and see sinners on the road to hell, and talk to them, and guide inquiring souls, and you will get more feeling. You may get into an excitement without this breaking up; you may show a kind of zeal, but it will not last long, and it will not take hold of sinners, unless your hearts are broken up. The reason is, that you go about it mechanically, and have not broken up your fallow ground.
4. And now, finally, will you break up your fallow ground? Will you enter upon the course now pointed out, and persevere till you are thoroughly awake? If you fail here, if you do not do this, and get prepared, you can go no further with me in this course of lectures. I have gone with you as far as it is of any use to go, until your fallow ground is broken up. Now, you must make thorough work upon this point, or all I have further to say will do you little good. Nay, it will only harden and make you worse. If, when next Friday night arrives, it finds you with unbroken hearts, you need not expect to be benefited by what I shall say. If you do not set about this work immediately, I shall take it for granted that you do not mean to be revived, that you have forsaken your minister, and mean to let him go up to battle alone. If you do not do this, I charge you with having forsaken Christ, with refusing to repent and do your first work. But if you will be prepared to enter upon the work, I propose, God willing, next Friday evening, to lead you into the work of saving sinners.
“I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls!” – 2 Corinthians 12:15
William Booth asked his soldiers to ask themselves a number of questions to make sure they were keeping right with God. One that sticks out is number six, it says, “Am I doing all in my power for the salvation of sinners? Do I feel concern about their danger and pray and work for their salvation as if they were my children?”
Here we see the spirit of Salvationism. The Spirit is the same spirit that the Apostle Paul had when he said he would spend and be spent for others souls. So many of us spend and be spent to get something in return for ourselves. Often its money, respect, power, friends, fun and so on. But the Bible reminds us that we are to spend and be spent for others. Ask yourself these questions today, “Are you spending all you have on the salvation of souls? Is your life spent on the salvation of souls?”
Jesus, thank you for great examples of people who have spent all that they had on souls. Help us to live in a way that we would love people so much that we spend our life on them. Let us be spent on caring for people and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Amen
A few days ago I wrote “REPENT” in the dust in the back of my car. I thought it might be funny and might make people think, but I never expected what happened this afternoon. As I hopped out of the car with a few friends one of them asked what “REPENT” meant. So I told him it meant to turn around, and I said in this case it means turn away from sin and turn towards God. I then asked if he had ever done this, and over the next few hours in between Football highlights of Port Powers 2004 Premiership, we discussed what repenting looked like. Then came the crunch, “Do you want to repent and believe?” And he said yes! Hallelujah!
It is so easy to forget that the gospel is not necessary our words. We forget that the word of God is powerful, more powerful than any other book, words or letters in the alphabet. The church has forgotten that the word of God is supernatural and cuts deep into peoples hearts. So as you go about your day today or tomorrow, (depending when you read this) do not forget that the word of God is alive, sharp, and the power of God to save!
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” – Matthew 4:17
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Romans 1:16