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There Is No Limit

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg

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The more we yield to the Lord and what He knows is best for us and those whose lives we affect by our decisions, the happier we and those others will be. That’s why yieldedness to God’s will is one of the most important things any of us can ever learn.

It reminds me of what an evangelist once told a former shoe salesman turned preacher: “Dwight L. Moody, there is no limit to what God can do with a man who is yielded and willing to do His will!”

Moody looked him in the eye and replied, “By the grace of God, I am determined to be that man!”—And he was!

A short while later, Moody moved to Chicago where he began telling others about Jesus and what He had done for him. Moody was soon so thrilled to find that he could lead other folks to the Lord, that he quit the shoe business and began serving Him full time. He went on to become one of the world’s greatest evangelists. By the time he died in 1899, Moody had led tens of thousands of people to Jesus, and started a number of the ministries that are still going strong today.

But what if Moody had not determined to yield to the Lord? What a sad loss it would have been, not only for him, but also for millions who have since heard the Gospel as a result of that single, resolute decision!

The same holds true for each of us: If we are not yielded and open to God’s will in our lives, if we are not willing to do whatever He may ask of us, we’ll never be all that God wants us to be or accomplish all that He wants us to do. That would be very sad, not only for us personally, but also for all those that the Lord wants us to reach and help with His love.

“But,” you may argue, “I could never do anything great for the Lord, like Moody did! I’m no flaming evangelist or outstanding soul winner.” Well, neither was Moody to begin with. He was just a poor farm boy and a below-average student that never made it past the fifth or sixth grade, who became bored with life on the farm and moved to the big city of Boston. After several weeks in the city, he set a new goal for himself: to become a big businessman and to make $100,000 [the equivalent of today’s millionaire]. Giving his life to God’s service was the last thing on his mind!

In fact, when Moody was first saved, he was so completely ignorant of God’s Word and truth that one church committee refused him membership. Some of his friends later said that of all the people they had known, they could hardly think of anyone who seemed less likely to ever become a strong Christian, much less to go on to do what he did for the Lord.

But when Dwight Moody found Jesus and realized how much the Lord had given for him, then he determined to give his life to the Lord and to do whatever God would ask of him. The Bible tells us, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). This is the secret of success of not just Moody, but of every man or woman whom God has ever used to the full: They drew close to the Lord and relied solely upon Him and His power and His Word for guidance, strength, and inspiration.

Despite all of our faults, weaknesses, and inabilities, there really is no limit to what God can do with us if we will simply turn our lives over to Him and be willing to let Him make us what He wants us to be. Of course, that is a very big “if,” because we each have our own free will, and we can choose to either yield to Him and “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33), or we can seek first our own desires and plans and ways. The choice is ours, and whether or not we have His full blessing and His help will depend on whether or not we are willing to give Him first place in our lives.

Many Christians today seem to be more concerned about having God accept what they want to do than they are about accepting what God wants them to do. They’re trying to put their programs across to God, to get Him to sign His name and give His approval to their plans. The question they should be asking themselves is not, “Can I present my program to God for His signature?” or even, “Am I willing to be presented with God’s program for my signature?” but rather, “Am I willing to sign a blank sheet of paper and let God fill it in without my even knowing what His program is going to be?” That’s the real test of yieldedness!

If you’re willing to be what God wants you to be—not what you are, but what God wants you to be—then He can mightily use you. God knows you can’t do it yourself. You have to turn your life, your mind, your heart, your everything over to the Lord and let Him make it for you! When you finally get to the point where you surrender to Him, where you let go of your own way and let God have His, then God has a chance to step in and do it—and He will! Just give Him a chance.

When you’re giving your all to the Lord, then you don’t need to worry about anything. Your entire life is in His hands, under His loving care, and the Devil has nothing that He can get a hold of or lay claim to. In fact, to really overcome the Devil, submission to God’s will is exactly what the Lord requires. “Submit to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

But as long as there are any areas of your life that you’re not willing to yield to the Lord, if there’s even one little part that you refuse to surrender, the enemy of your soul can use that against you. This is why God’s Word tells us to give no place to the Devil (Ephesians 4:27).

It’s like the story of Huddersfield: A rich landowner decided to buy the entire village of Huddersfield, and over time he bought every piece of land in the area—every piece, that is, except one little plot. One stubborn old farmer refused to sell his tiny piece of land, and nothing would change his mind. The landowner even offered the farmer much more money than his property was actually worth, but the farmer was so fond of his land that he absolutely refused to sell. When the landowner finally gave up, he tried to encourage himself by saying, “What difference does just one little plot of land make? I’ve bought everything else, so Huddersfield is mine. It belongs to me!”

But the stubborn old farmer overheard him and said, “Oh, no it doesn’t! We own Huddersfield. It belongs to you and me!”

Don’t let the Devil be able to say that of you to God! “Aha! Look, God! He’s yielded everything except this one little thing! Even though he belongs mostly to You, a little bit still belongs to me!”

To have real peace of heart and mind, you must commit your all to the Lord. Then, when your will is in perfect harmony with God’s will, He will bless you with His perfect peace. A dear old hymn says:

You have longed for sweet peace,
And for faith to increase,
And have earnestly, fervently prayed;
But you cannot have rest or be perfectly blest
Until all on the altar is laid.

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.
—Elisha A. Hoffman

So give your all to Jesus. Ask Him to take and use you for His glory, and He will—as much as you will let Him. “There is no limit!” You are His child, and He loves you and will always do His best to make you happy and useful to Him, so that you may bring others the same life and happiness that you have found in Jesus. Do your best for Jesus by yielding to Him today!

 
 

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Question: Some months ago, I suffered a personal loss that made me wish I were dead. I often still feel that way. I know it’s not right, but sometimes I can’t help being angry with God for having let this happen to me. My friends don’t understand either. They sympathized at first, but then they started telling me to get on with my life. Lately they’ve been avoiding me. I’ve never felt so miserable or so alone. What can I do?

It sounds like you’ve been through a lot! Heartbreaks like the one you experienced aren’t easy to get over—especially if you try to do so on your own or turn only to earthly friends for sympathy and comfort. At times like this, it’s important to remember that Jesus understands what we’re going through, and that His is the best kind of sympathy—full of hope and solutions and an extra large measure of His unfailing love. But sad to say, when these situations have been going on for some time, our own attitudes can sometimes hinder the Lord from showing us all the love He would like to. Bitterness is often the main culprit.

“Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you,” the Bible warns, “for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives” (Hebrews 12:15 TLB). Bitterness is a serious spiritual problem, but the Lord has a solution that is both simple and sure: “Call upon Me in the day of trouble [and] I will deliver you” (Psalm 50:15).

The best way to keep weeds out of your garden is to not let them get planted there in the first place; the best way to prevent bitterness from springing up in your life is to not let any critical or resentful thoughts take root in your mind and heart.

But what if those negative thoughts are already there?—And what if they’ve been there long enough to take root? Your best hope is to call on Jesus, the Master Gardener, to help you rid your garden of those pernicious weeds. You can’t do it yourself, and even He can’t do it without your help and cooperation. The two of you must work together.

You must first be willing to confess your own wrong attitudes in the matter, and truly want to be delivered. Pride, self-righteousness, criticalness, resentment, vengefulness, spite—all of these are sins that not only lead to bitterness, but also keep you in that state. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Regardless of the circumstances that led to your bitterness, you must be willing to admit that the real problem now lies with you. Then you must completely let go of those ill feelings toward the Lord or others.

To let go, you must first forgive. To obtain mercy, you must be merciful; you must stop holding other people’s mistakes and faults against them (Matthew 6:14-15). If that sounds humanly impossible, that’s because it is. You must ask Jesus to give you enough of His love to mercifully forgive those who have wronged you—and He will. “Love will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). Do those things, and you will also experience the Lord’s mercy.

What then? How do you keep the weeds from invading your garden all over again? You plant flowers in their place and tend them diligently. Make a conscious effort to think only positive, loving thoughts. Read, absorb, think about, and apply God’s Word to your daily life and interactions with others. His Word will put your life back on a positive course and keep it there. Start with Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Ask God to show you His good purpose in every situation, including those that led to your bitterness, and He will. Happy gardening!

Bitterness Kills
Bitterness is very much like the South American vine known as el matador—”the killer.” Beginning at the foot of a tree, the vine slowly works its way to the top, and as it does, it kills the tree. Bitterness may appear harmless when it is small, but if it is allowed to grow, its tendrils of resentment, malice, and hatred will put a stranglehold on the heart and soul.

 
 

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Saving Grace

By Maria Fontaine

free-bible-studies-online-anchorAt some time or other, everybody feels dirty and spiritually icky. None of us feel like we deserve the Lord’s love. And if we’re walking by sight and not by faith, going by how we’re feeling instead of trusting God’s Word, of course we’re going to wonder how the Lord could possibly love us or want us.

It’s just a fact that we’re all dirty and sinful. But when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin. He’s perfect, and He can’t accept sin, but when He looks at us He sees Jesus. “Our lives are hid with Christ in God. We’re crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live; yet not us, but Christ liveth within us.” (Colossians 3:3; Galatians 2:20) Jesus is our mediator. Jesus is the one who gets us through to God. We’re too imperfect, too bad, too sinful—that’s for sure—but we’re not too sinful for Jesus!

Jesus paid the price and took all our dirtiness and our imperfections and our sins on Himself. We are all too dirty for God. It doesn’t make any difference to our salvation whether we’re more or less sinful than someone else. As long as we have been saved by Jesus’ blood, He’s forgiven us—for past, present, and future sins—and He sees only Jesus’ righteousness.

The degree of our sinfulness doesn’t really matter to the Lord; all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and if salvation and God’s blessings were dependent on our own righteousness, we’d all fall short. (Romans 3:23) But thanks to Jesus, we don’t have to worry about it or feel that it keeps us from God. It doesn’t, because Jesus has paid the price for our sins, and we are no longer separated from the Lord because of them. He says that even our righteousness is as “filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6) Jesus is the only one who is good and clean and perfect, and we’re bound together with Him and we’re one with Him, so God only sees Jesus, and it doesn’t matter how sinful we are as compared to others. We’re all His children and He loves us all.

Once the Lord has made our hearts clean and Jesus lives within us, it doesn’t matter how awful we have been or how dark our sins are. The Lord accepts us the way we are. Sometimes we’re tempted to feel that we have to try to be good enough for Him or earn His love or try to be a martyr to prove how much we love Him, which only leads to condemnation, because our works are inadequate.

If you’re worried about being close to Jesus, do you know what kind of person He says He’s really close to? God’s Word says, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart.” (Psalm 34:18) So the more desperate you get, the more broken you get, the closer He becomes to you.

Often when we’re in the most broken condition and in our most desperate situation, we feel His presence more too. We feel the Lord then because we’re hanging on to Him for dear life.

When we’re only looking to Him, we can then see Him a little better and even feel Him a little better. When you’re in that state and you know you’ve made a mess of things and you’re sorry, that’s when the Lord is nearest to you. In other words, when you are bad and filthy and feel as if you’re covered with mud, that’s when He’s closest to you—not farthest away. Even if you don’t feel it, you know it by faith because He said it, and if you know by faith that He’s close to you when you’re bad and broken and sorry, then you know that it doesn’t come as a result of your somehow earning it.

You know He loves you in spite of how sinful you are. He has compassion and mercy on you. He loved us so much and died for us because we are sinners, (Romans 5:8) and the weaker we are and the more we need Him, the closer He comes to us and tries to help us. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13–14)

You might wonder, “Why would He ever want to be close to me?” I don’t know why He’d want to be close to any of us. But He does, and He’s said so over and over in His Word. You just have to believe His Word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Why would the Lord want any of us? We’re all in the same sinful category. We’re all in the same boat as far as the Lord is concerned. But the Lord knows that and He still loves us and wants to be close to us because Jesus came to save us, and that’s God’s plan. He loves us. We don’t have to know exactly why. I admit it’s difficult to understand why He would want any of us. But He does, and that’s what He says in His Word and that’s what we have to believe. We don’t have to find out all the reasons behind things and analyze why things are the way they are.

You don’t have to worry about why you haven’t had faith in the past; the past is over and done with. The important thing is to start doing what you’re supposed to be doing right now. Why worry about the past? It’s over and done with. There’s no reason to cry over spilled milk and there’s no reason to condemn yourself. The Lord doesn’t condemn you. He just wants you to turn around and do better now.

He just wants you to believe that He loves you, and He wants you to read His Word and believe it and receive it and let it transform you. It’s the simple truth, but I’m sure you can make it pretty complicated if you try to figure it all out. I think that’s often why the Lord gives us personal prophecies and messages. It’s wonderful, and is such a tremendous thing just to think that the Lord gave you that prophecy, direct for little ol’ you, despite all your failures and weaknesses. That in itself shows how much He cares about you and loves you. That shows how special you are to the Lord.

 
 

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Sailing Home

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I am standing on the seashore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. I stand watching her until she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, “She is gone.” Gone where? The loss of sight is in me, not in her. Just at the moment when someone says, “She is gone,” there are others who are watching her coming. Other voices take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!” That is dying.
—Henry Scott Holland

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Where is there a country without sin, crime, lawlessness, bloodshed, disease, death, sorrow, or heartache? Heaven is one “country” where there is an absence of all the problems that are common to any other land, for in God’s country there are no barriers, no walls or curtains to divide; no race barriers; no soldiers, because there are no wars; no policemen or prisons, because there is no crime; no beggars, because there is no poverty, only plenty for all; no hospitals or physicians, because germs, diseases, disabilities, and sickness are unknown; no undertakers, because there is no death; no separations or broken homes, only love and harmony. What a country! Doesn’t the thought of all that make you homesick for Heaven?
—H. Lockyer, adapted

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Very often people come to me and say: “Mr. Moody, do you think we shall know each other in Heaven?” Very often it is a mother who has lost a child and wishes to see it again. Sometimes it is a child who has lost their mother or father and wants to recognize them in Heaven. There is a verse in Scripture in answer to this, and that is: “We shall be satisfied” (Psalm 17:15). It is all I want to know. We will see all those we loved on earth up there, and if we loved them here, we will love them ten thousand times more when we meet them there.
—Dwight L. Moody

Beyond

It seemeth such a little way to me
Across to that strange country—the Beyond;
And yet, not strange, for it has grown to be
The home of those of whom I am so fond. …

And so for me there is no sting to death,
And so the grave has lost its victory.
It is but crossing—with a bated breath
And white, set face—a little strip of sea
To find the loved ones waiting on the shore,
More beautiful, more precious than before.
—Ellen Wheeler Wilcox

 
 

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Answers to Your Questions

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Question: I know I drink too much. It started with a couple of beers or a drink or two to help me unwind after a hard day at work, but then it became a habit. Now I can’t wait till after work, and find myself drinking more and more. I’ve tried to stop, but can’t. Can you help?

When our habits begin to harm us or others, they move out of the realm of habits into the realm of vices—and it sounds like that’s what’s happened to you.

What you may not realize is that once a habit has become a vice, it’s often more than just an ingrained reaction or physical dependency; it’s a spiritual problem. The Bible refers to the Devil as our adversary, who is out to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). What better way to accomplish this than to get us to pull the trigger ourselves, through our destructive habits? Self-destructive habits would be a better term.

The Bible warns us to not “give place to the Devil” (Ephesians 4:27). When we “give place” to him in our lives, it’s like having an evil boarder in our house: He’s not in control of the house, but he annoys us and can cause us trouble and all kinds of damage. We tell him to leave but he won’t, so finally by the authority and the law—in this case, the authority of the Word and the name of Jesus—we need to have him thrown out.

Unfortunately, many Christians go for a long time without getting complete deliverance from deep-seated vices and bad habits. They don’t recognize that their problems are spiritual as well as physical, so they don’t take spiritual authority over these spirits and get rid of them.

You have to admit your problem, first of all, and then you have to understand that a spiritual force is binding you to that vice—a force too strong for you to overcome on your own. Then you have to want to be free from it badly enough that you turn to the Lord and earnestly pray for His help. It’s often also helpful to confess your problem to others and ask them to pray with you against the evil forces that have you bound, and to help you resist temptation when it comes—which it will!

When you pray for deliverance (and later, as you pray to continue to resist temptation), quote to the Lord promises He has made in His Word. When you do this, it shows you have faith in Him and what He has pledged. Never doubt for a moment that He is going to answer, and He will! No matter what the bad habit or how serious it is, Jesus can set you free!—And “if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

 
 

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Stand Out!

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George was a sailor on an oil tanker, and like most sailors he was often at sea for weeks at a time.

Once when George’s ship was in port, he met John outside a bar. The two talked, and eventually John, who was a dedicated Christian, led George to receive Jesus as his Savior.

“Now that you’ve asked Jesus to come into your heart, George, your life is going to change,” John said.

“How’s that?” asked George.

“Well, it says right here in 2 Corinthians 5:17, ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” George leaned over to take a closer look at the verse John was pointing to in his pocket-sized New Testament. John continued reading. “Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.’ So I want to prepare you, George, that when you go back to your ship, it’s not going to be easy. You know as well as I do that sailors are a tough and wild bunch.”

“That’s for sure!” No sooner had the words left George’s mouth than two drunken sailors and two local men tumbled out of the bar and continued their fracas.

“Most of your old friends don’t believe in God or Jesus,” John went on, “and they don’t particularly care for those who do. But, George, you’ll no longer be the ornery, foul-mouthed brawler you used to be. You’re going to be so different that your old friends probably aren’t going to want to have anything to do with you. They may even persecute you.”

So George went back to his ship, and it was a few months before it returned to that port. George went ashore, and it wasn’t long before he ran into John, who was passing out tracts. One could hardly miss him. His smile seemed to light up the whole street.

The two greeted each other and John asked how it had gone on the ship.

“Oh, fine—just fine!” George answered.

“I told you it was going to be difficult to be a Christian there, didn’t I?”

“No, no,” replied George. “It wasn’t hard at all!”

“You mean they didn’t persecute you or make life miserable for you?” John asked.

“Oh, no! You see, they never even found out that I was a Christian!”

That’s NOT being a real Christian! If you believe in something, you talk about it. Whether it’s your football team or political party or your work or whatever it is, if you believe in something, you talk about it. And if you really believe in and love Jesus, you’re going to talk about Him and share His love with others.

Jesus said that if someone has a candle, he doesn’t hide it—he doesn’t sit alone in some corner and hope nobody will find out that he’s become a Christian—but he puts the candle on a stand so that it gives light to others (Matthew 5:15; Luke 8:16).

Once you’re saved, it should be impossible to hide the love of God and the truth of Jesus. Once you have known His love and have Him in your heart, He wants you to try to share His love with others and to help them find Him too. That’s the least you can do for Him, the one who gave His life for you!

Unfortunately, too many Christians today are afraid to do anything that would make them stand out as being peculiar or different from the crowd. They’re more concerned about preserving their reputations than they are about helping others or taking a stand for Jesus. But there is really no such thing as “neutrality” for the Christian. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30).

True Christians are more concerned that others find the love and happiness and truth that they have found, than they are about the rejection or ridicule they might receive from those who won’t receive or believe what they have to say. They’re not “chameleon” Christians who change color with every crowd and melt into the surrounding world. They’re not afraid to show some conviction and moral courage.

Jesus “made Himself of no reputation” (Philippians 2:7) and was “despised and rejected by men; a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. … He was despised and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3). He was willing to do and go through that so you could know God’s love. Are you willing to do the same, if necessary, so others can find that same love?

The Bible says, “This is how we know what [God’s] love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16 NIV). We ought to be willing to do whatever we can to win as many others to Jesus as we can, while we still can, for “the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).If we truly believe that, we’ll do it!

There is a true story about a woman whose son was appointed his country’s ambassador to one of the world’s most powerful and influential countries at the time. But when she heard the news, instead of being overjoyed, the woman nearly wept. “Just think,” she lamented, “at one time he might have become an ambassador of the Gospel and the kingdom of God, but he settled for being an ambassador of a mere earthly nation that’s here today and will be gone tomorrow.”

Think of that! He could have been an ambassador for the King of kings, Jesus! He could have been an ambassador not just to one little country, but to the whole world. He could have been an ambassador from the greatest kingdom there ever will be, the only one that will stand forever, and he could have had a special place in Heaven with God’s other messengers (Daniel 2:44; 12:3; Matthew 16:27).

There is no higher position or greater honor than to be a messenger of God’s love and salvation. That position is open to you. Will you take it?

Stand up for Jesus today! You’ll be glad you did, and so will God and all those who find Him and His love through your witness.

 
 
Be a wise witness.

Of course the Lord expects us to exercise wisdom in how and when and to whom we witness. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves,” Jesus told His disciples. “Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). We owe the message of God’s love to everyone, but especially to those who will believe and receive it. The Lord doesn’t mean for us to cause ourselves unnecessary trouble by giving the message to people who we know won’t receive it and possibly even persecute us for it. The whole purpose of witnessing is to win others with the Lord’s love, not antagonize or offend.

 
 

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One More Soul to Save

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free-bible-studies-online-anchor[Jesus] said unto them, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
—Mark 16:15

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Whatever we do, we must not treat the Great Commission like it’s the Great Suggestion.
—Charles R. Swindoll

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My father was a minister for over fifty years, serving mostly in small, rural churches. He was a simple preacher, but he was a man with a mission. His favorite activity was taking teams of volunteers overseas to build church buildings for small congregations. In his lifetime, Dad built over 150 churches around the world.

In 1999, my father died of cancer. In the final week of his life the disease kept him awake in a semi-conscious state nearly 24 hours a day. As he dreamed, he’d talk out loud about what he was dreaming. … He relived one church building project after another.

One night near the end … Dad suddenly became very active and tried to get out of bed. Of course, he was too weak, and my wife insisted he lay back down. But he persisted in trying to get out of bed, so finally my wife asked him, “Jimmy, what are you trying to do?” He replied, “Got to save one more for Jesus! Got to save one more for Jesus! Got to save one more for Jesus!” He began to repeat that phrase over and over again.

During the next hour, he said the phrase probably one hundred times. “Got to save one more for Jesus!” As I sat by his bed with tears flowing down my cheeks, I bowed my head to thank God for my dad’s faith. At that moment Dad reached out and placed his frail hand on my head and said, as if commissioning me, “Save one more for Jesus! Save one more for Jesus!”

I intend for that to be the theme of the rest of my life. I invite you to consider it as a focus of your life, too, because nothing will make a greater difference for eternity. … [God] wants his lost children found! Nothing matters more to God; the Cross proves that. I pray that you will always be on the lookout to reach “one more for Jesus” so that when you stand before God one day, you can say, “Mission accomplished!”
—Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

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The preeminent requisite for any missionary must be the same driving passion which motivated the apostle Paul and all the apostles and all the martyrs and every great man or woman of God—in fact‚ that irresistible compassion which should motivate every child of God in everything you do, everything you say‚ everywhere you go, with everybody‚ and which that great fanatical apostle summed up in these few famous and ringing words which have cried out from the heart of every true Christian in every true good deed he has ever done‚ and for which indeed he is willing to die: “The love of Christ constraineth us!” (2 Corinthians 5:14)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” (John 3:16) and “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “Hereby perceive we the love of God: because He laid down His life for us‚ and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

If you go in God’s love, you cannot help but win them, as so many of you already have. You have already found that God’s love is the answer to everything. It saves souls, forgives sin, satisfies hearts, purifies minds, redeems bodies, wins friends, and makes life worth living. It’s the only truth, the only way, and the only peace.

The only way to win the world is with the love of Jesus. We’ll keep on winning if we keep on loving them with His love. Love never fails! Let’s win the world with His love! Long live love!
—David Brandt Berg

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Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
—Acts 1:8

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[Jesus’] plan called for action, and how He expressed it predicted its success. He didn’t say “you might be my witnesses,” or “you could be my witnesses,” or even “you should be my witnesses.” He said “you will be my witnesses.”
―Charles R. Swindoll

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Jesus Christ told His followers they should be His witnesses to “the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8) and to “go and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:19) which is the essence of winning souls. As our Father in heaven does not want anyone to perish, (2 Peter 3:9) all Christians should be eager to heed this call and have a passion for winning souls. …

But how can we gain a passion for spreading this good news and winning others to Christ in these difficult days? … It starts by having Jesus Christ front and center in our own lives. Indeed, our passion for winning souls will increase as our passion for Christ Himself and our walk with Him becomes stronger. Two of the best ways to strengthen our Christian walk are to read His Word daily and to pray continually. When we fill our hearts and minds with Christ, we can’t help but have a passion for sharing Him with others.
The most enthusiastic laborers are those who have a heart that is on fire for Christ, and this should actually be easy when we consider the magnitude of what our sinless Savior did for us at Calvary. …[This] should motivate us to win as many people to Christ as possible, especially when we consider the brevity of life that the apostle James aptly calls “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14) Once we cross the eternal horizon, there is no going back, and the time for winning souls will be over. Thus, not only is the harvest great and the workers few, but, on top of this, our time is very limited.

In these challenging times we certainly don’t have to look far to see many in despair, and yet even in the midst of this chaos, Christians can find solace in God’s Word. If a Christian finds himself in one of life’s trials, for example, he knows our sovereign Lord either put him there or is allowing him to be there. Either way, the Christian can make sense of this turmoil by realizing God has a purpose for our trial, for we know that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28) Further, if life occasionally doesn’t make sense to us, that’s okay, for we know to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and to not rely on our understanding of a situation. (Proverbs 3:5–6) Enduring life’s hardships that inevitably come our way is a lot easier when we know that God is in control.

Our lost brothers and sisters can find this same comfort when they put their faith in Christ. However, as Paul explained to the Romans: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.’” (Romans 10:14–15) The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, and which guards our hearts during these difficult times, (Philippians 4:7) can guard theirs too, once they let Him in.

There can be no better calling than working on behalf of the One who died so that we may live. Jesus said “you are my friends if you do what I command,” (John 15:14) and His command was that we obey Him and that we love each other as He loved us. Clearly, then, our love for Him is best exemplified when we passionately and tirelessly work to share His love with others.
—From gotquestions.org

 
 

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