Why Are We Wise to Win Souls?

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The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Pro 11:30)

We cannot save anyone ourselves, but God has sent us out to share the Gospel even compelling them to come to the Saviour. (Luke 14:23)

Who are the wise? Those that win souls to Christ.

Why are we wise to win souls?

Because we save a precious soul from hell

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Mat 16:26)
 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jud 1:23)

 Because it brings us joy

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psa 126:5-6)

 Because it brings heaven joy

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. (Luk 15:10)

 Because He promises His presence when we go

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Mat 28:19-20)

 Because it brings us rewards

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (1Th 2:19)

Because it bring us fruit that is eternal

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: (Joh 15:16)

Because it bring answers to prayer

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (Joh 15:16)

We all may not be smart, but we can all be wise! – Let’s be soul winners.


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The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.. (Pro 11:30)

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The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. (Pro 11:30)

The first part of this verse refers to the “tree of life”.  God pictures several things as the tree of life.

The tree in the Garden of Eden was the original “Tree of Life”

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9)

WISDOM is a tree of life.

She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. (Pro 3:18)

A WHOLESOME TONGUE is a tree of life

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (Pro 15:4)

The word translated here as “wholesome” has a definite connotation for being curative in nature.  A tongue that speaks health and strength from the mouth of God to the heart of the saint can certainly have curative affects for the broken hearted, the burdened, and those in the agony of discouragement.

The TREE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS in heaven along the river is a tree of life.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Rev 2:7)
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev 22:2)

The Fruit of the Righteous is the tree of life

The truly amazing truth that we learn from Pro. 11:30 is that the natural fruit (product) of the righteous IS a tree of life.  Who are the righteous but we that have been washed in the blood, redeemed, and justified by the Lord on the cross of Calvary? The saved!  OUR fruit IS a tree of life.

May we live so our fruit is close to the ground for all to reach.  Free for the hungry. We are to not only make it available, but ever present.

Mediate on that truth. Remember that truth as we make our way around the our communities, coffee shops, and acquaintances.

Be ready to share the Gospel with all those are near and of an open heart and willing spirit!

Watch for the next post on on this verse,  “Why is Winning Souls Wise?”


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Letting God Arise in Our Giving – Pt2

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And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much. (Exo 36:6-7)

How was it that Moses could get people to give so much?  Too much!

He used no high pressure sales tactics.

He did not have a smooth 14 step plan to work the crowd into an emotional giving fervor.

He did not use guilt as a tool to pry more money out of them.

So how?  Why?

The answer was not in what Moses did, but who the givers were!  God had brought them to the place where in their hearts they wanted to LET GOD ARISE  in Their GIVING!

They knew who they were.

They Were a Redeemed People.

They remembered the cost of their redemption. – The blood

They knew the care of the Redeemer – God’s provision, protection, and His presence

They recognized the change in the redeemed.

•They had changed masters.

 •They had a changed location.

•They had a changed destination.

They Were a Repentant People 

Shortly after the crossing of the Red Sea, as Moses was on the mountain receiving the law from God, they had turned to worshiping idols and indulging in immorality.  When Moses returned, they were chastened severely and repented of their sins and God restored them to Himself and renewed the covenant.

As chastened people, they were a fruitful people.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Heb 12:11)

 As a repentant people, they were a careful, zealous people.

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2Co 7:10-11)

 As a restored people, they were a joyful people.  Joyful people are a giving people.  

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psa 51:10-13)

They Were a Responsive People

 They responded to God’s call.

Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass, (Exo 35:5)

 They responded to the need.

And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD’S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments. (Exo 35:21)

See yourself? Redeemed, repentant, and restored?

Remember your changed condition and God’s goodness, provision, and forgiveness? May we, like them…

LET GOD ARISE  in OUR GIVING!


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Letting God Arise in Our Giving

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 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much. (Exo 36:6-7)

Some pastors might want to preface these verses with “Once upon a time..” But this amazing passage shows what giving can be accomplished for the work of the Lord if the hearts of His people are right!

This being stewardship month, allow me a few posts along this line to encourage and challenge us to be more obedient and faithful to the giving to God’s work. Below are some thoughts from a recent sermon entitled, A Giving People.

The Type of Offering Given

 It was a Personal Offering (Ex 35:5)

Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: (Exo 35:5)

Notice the source of the offering, “from among you.” God’s work is almost always provided entirely by God’s people. Moses could have used the old joke about the preacher standing up in the pulpit to promote a new building project; 

The preacher said, “I have some good news and some bad news.  The good news is that we have more than enough to start and finish the building of our new building”.  The people erupted into praises and amens.  The preacher then said, “The bad news is that is all still in your pockets”.

It was a Willing Offering (Ex35:5)

..whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD..

Moses did not use high pressure sales tactics or guilt to make the people give. The giving was a result of a willingness of the people to bless the Lord.

It was a Stirring Offering (Ex 35:21)

And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, …

The word God used to express “stirred” means “lifted up, burning, or carried away”.

Thus we see they were carried away in their giving.  They were burning in their hearts to give. They were excited and lifted up in spirit to give.

It was a Pointed Offering (Ex 35:29)

The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the LORD, …

It was given unto the Lord. Not to Moses. Not to the deacons. It was given to the Lord!   When we realize we are not giving simply to the church or to a project but directly to the Lord, we will be more joyful and generous in our giving.

It was an Ongoing Offering (36:3)

… And they brought yet unto him free offerings every morning. 

We are to give regularly and continuously to the Lord.

– Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, ..(1Co 16:2)
– Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, ..(Mal 3:10)

It Resulted in an Abundant Offering (Ex 36:5-6)

And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much. (Exo 36:6-7)

If we can put these principles to work in our heart and giving system, we too can enjoy the blessings and benefits of an “over the top” offering for the work of the Lord.

Let God Arise in Our Giving


Watch the sermon A Giving People

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…men ought always to pray…

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1)

A 2013 Pew Research survey found  more than half (55%) of Americans said they pray every day.  23% said they pray weekly or monthly and 21% seldom or never. Even among those who are religiously unaffiliated, 21% said they pray daily. Another survey we conducted in 2012 found that 76% of Americans agreed with the statement “prayer is an important part of my daily life,” a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the last 25 years.

Who am I to argue with a Pew report? That being said, after 29 years of ministry, I believe that the number of people who truly pray is much smaller than the survey suggests.

By praying, I am speaking about more than a passing word of thanks before the evening family meal or a Nehemiah type quick “shout out” prayer when the boss calls you into the office unexpectedly.  Real prayer is a time where you stop all else and spend time speaking to God and listening for His voice.

We know we ought to pray.  We know we need to pray. We know we are expected to pray.  We know that it would be of great benefit to ourselves, our church, and others if we would pray.

We know it is important to pray.  We also know that a powerful consistent prayer life is one of the greatest challenges for most Christians.

There will be other posts to follow speaking about how to pray, but today, allow me to just let the Scriptures speak to us about Christ’s prayer life. Our example.

When did Jesus pray?

 Jesus prayed in the early evening.

 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. (Mat 14:23)

 Jesus often prayed all night.

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12)

Jesus regularly prayed in the early morning.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. (Mar 1:35)

 Jesus prayed and gave thanks before meals.

 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. (John 6:11)

 Jesus prayed before making major decisions.

 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; (Luke 6:12-13)

 Jesus prayed in times of trials and temptations.

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  (Mat 26:36-39)

 Jesus prayed for others even when He Himself was in great distress and agony.

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. (Luk 23:33-34)

 When do we pray? Do we pray?


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Developing Character in Our Children

 


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Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. (Jer 18:3)

As mentioned in an earlier post, we are not born with good character, it must be chiseled into us.

God makes different personalities, but He has only one character to aspire to, the character of His Son, Jesus.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son,… (Rom 8:29)

Good character must be:

Molded

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. (Jer 18:3) 

It is a work.

It is a work with a specific end in mind.  As the potter works the clay, he has the finished product in mind.  Thus every movement of his hands are with that finished product in mind.

So with molding the character of our children, every day our decisions and work with them must be made with the desired character in mind.

Modeled

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1Co 11:1)

It is an old saying but a good one, “More is caught than taught”.  Children mimic us in our words and our actions.  They copy both the good and the bad. The phrases we say, the way we handle difficult people and circumstances, are often a reflection of our parents.  So be careful.  What you do may be UN-doing what you said.

So if we want to mold good character we must model good character.

Mentored

Mentoring is relationship based.

From a tradesman apprentice to a CEO mentoring a bright new executive, the best mentoring only occurs when there is a good and honest working relationship.

 Mentoring is teaching.

We must not only be imparting our knowledge but also sharing our experiences.

Mentoring is coaching.

This includes teaching, yet it is more than teaching.  It is setting the standards for performance and reminding the players of the fundamentals constantly.  It is the transferring of experience. It is disciplining.  It is directing.  Let’s coach our children in good character

Mentoring is on purpose

Mentoring has a plan

Mentoring is ongoing

In summary, to develop good godly character in your child;

The textbook is the Bible, the role model is Christ, the goal is Christlikeness, our helper the Holy Spirit, and the power is in prayer.


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…and he restrained them not…

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For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.(1Sa 3:13)

During the sermon Sunday night from 1 Samuel chapters 2 and 3 called, “Growing On,” we saw that Eli failed in the disciplining of his children.  He reproved them but he did not “restrain” them.  (Watch the sermon it if you wish – Growing On – LBC Sermon).

 Proper discipline of our children should be:

Christlike

Our disciple must be, above all things, as God instructs. “What would Jesus do?” holds true in the area of Child discipline as well.

 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. … For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. (Heb 12:6-11)

Compassionate

Discipline must be done in and with love.

…whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, Heb 12:6

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.     (Pro 13:24)

Consistent

Here a quote I heard recently. “That which is inconsistent is nonexistent.”  That is to say, if we are not consistent in our approach and use of discipline, we are not disciplining at all but rather provoking.

 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.(Eph 6:4)

Clarified

Instruction must  proceed and accompany discipline. The child must understand that they are not bad, but what they did was bad or wrong.

They must be trained how to deal with the issue or situation correctly in the future. The child should walk away from the experience with a clear understanding of what was wrong, why it was wrong, how to make it right, and how to keep doing right.  If these are not in place, punishment and not discipline took place.

Character Correcting

We do not discipline for accidents but we do for attitude. (Unless the accident occurred in the act of wrong doing, then the wrong doing must be addressed.)

Do not discipline with the intent of punishing for failures of the past, but for framing the future.

Calm and Controlled

If you are disciplining out of anger, you are likely to get out of control.  It is when we are angry and act too rashly or too quickly that we can go too far in our corporal discipline.

So, before you administer the” board of education to the seat of learning”, consider giving yourself a “timeout” to calm down and to prayerfully determine the appropriate response to the infraction.

Calculated

The rules should be clear and established. The child should understand the ramifications for the breaking of the rules will be administered in an appropriate, predictable, and measured manner. (Luke 12:47-48)

The negative consequences for the misdeed, must be calculated to be greater than the pleasure enjoyed by the performance of said act. (Pro 20:30)

Confidence conveying

The child needs to have confidence that they are loved and valued.  They need to have the confidence that after prayer they have been forgiven by parent and God.

The child needs to hear the confidence the parent has that they are good kids and that they can and will do the right thing next time.

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1Jn 1:9)

These are just a few thoughts to help us evaluate our disciplining practices. Do not be too hard on yourselves. Keep growing as a parent and keep loving your kids as God loves us.

Be sure to adjust these guidelines to be appropriate as to age, offence, and circumstances.

Remember, the only perfect parents are those that do not have children.


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