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ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PREPARE THEIR HEART

SATURDAY 28 MAY 2022


Every unbeliever has an emptiness within, which only God can fill, and as a born again Christian, He can use you to fill it if you are all out for the gospel. Some of us believe that some particular people are difficult to win to Christ but its not always true. Don't let the fact that someone is up against the knowledge of Christ or comes across as a fierce atheist keep you from telling them about Jesus.

Reference: Romans 10:18 New International Version (NIV) 'But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: "Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.'


Once in a while, people ask me, "Didn't you hear me?", especially while they engage me in some sort of conversation. They want to find out if I'm really paying attention to their conversation. But here, the kind of hearing Paul is talking about is beyond just listening and paying attention. It's a hearing influenced by the Spirit of God.


In our verse for today, Paul recited Psalm 19:1-6 precisely, which speaks of the heavens declaring the glory of God. The same happens when messengers bring the good news of God's salvation. Beloved, you are the messenger, sent of God to those in your world who haven't yet known the Lord; don't let them keep living without hearing the message of this glorious Gospel in your world. But as you reach souls for Christ, its not everyone that quickly pays attention and accepts the message for their salvation. So it's not just a matter of sharing it to their hearing. Paul puts it plainly: "Did they not hear? Of course they did." It's a matter of paying attention and responding committedly!


We must understand that there are two decisive responses to the Gospel from unbelievers as you witness for Christ. People either respond by believing and accepting Christ as Saviour, or they refuse to believe. Those who accept the gospel will embrace Jesus as Lord by faith and receive Him to dwell in their heart at that point. But here's the secret: before you talk to them, pray that the Holy Spirit will open their hearts to receive the message and then go ahead and sow the seed of God's Word into their lives. That is the effective way to ensure that the gospel influences lives and bear fruit.


Colossians 1:6 (NLT) says, "This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace."

Beloved, the Good News changes lives because it is the power of God unto salvation. However it's not enough to develop the inner motivation and burning passion to make the Gospel known to others, it's equally important that we pray ahead of time for God to prepare their hearts and open their understanding to hear and receive the it by faith and by His grace. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Psalm 19:4; Matthew 24:14; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:8-9.


Guided prayer: Thank you heavenly Father for the increased grace and ability to fulfil the ministry of reconciliation by reaching out to those in my world. As I engage the help of your Spirit in relation to sharing the Gospel, men's hearts are conditioned to respond to the Word and receive their salvation by faith. Thank you for your Word which is full of glorious light and exerts the power that transform lives as it shines brightly in the hearts of men in Jesus' Name. Amen!




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