Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Ephesians 6:10 which reads: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Vance Havner. He said: “I know that some are always studying the meaning of the fourth toe of the right foot of some beast in prophecy and have never used either foot to go and bring men to Christ. I do not know who the 666 is in Revelation but I know the world is sick, sick, sick and the best way to speed the Lord’s return is to win more souls for Him.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 34 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
“Evangelism Is…Spiritual Warfare”
The Devil Hates You — The Devil is a fallen angel who lives to exalt himself by opposing God. He opposes God by doing everything in his power to keep people out of the kingdom of God and cause Christians to become ineffective.
The Devices of the Devil — In Ephesians 6:11, Paul refers to “the wiles of the devil.” Satan uses several strategies to render Christians less effective at evangelism. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 Paul states that we can keep the enemy from having an advantage over us if we are not ignorant of his devices. What are some of those devices?
1. Denunciation/Accusation/Condemnation. Satan continually casts condemnation at us. When it comes to doing evangelism, he whispers in our ears such accusations as: You can’t do it. No one will listen to you. You don’t know what you are talking about. God won’t use you. You aren’t good enough to share your faith.
2. Defilement. Satan is the original tempter. He strives to tempt us into sinning so we will feel too guilty to share the gospel with anyone else.
3. Deception. The enemy will lie to us constantly with the goal of putting us in bondage and causing us to be inactive in sharing the gospel. When it comes to evangelism, he tells us such lies as: Those people don’t need God. Why tell them? It won’t make a difference anyway. It’s not your job to win the world for Christ. There is plenty of time to do evangelism later. If you tell them about Jesus, they will never talk to you again. People will think you are some religious nut.
4. Distraction. The enemy is content with our doing almost anything other than evangelism. He will persistently attempt to get our focus on noneternal things.
In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is…spiritual warfare.