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Don’t Just stand in the Gap!

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Unblocking the Wells of Salvation!

Isaiah 12:2-3 – Behold,God is my salvation,I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah the Lord, is my strength and song;He also has become my salvation.’”3 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.

John 7:37-38 – 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

 

Reflection: Earlier this week I read a comment on a blog that said: We cannot call ourselves disciplers if we are not teaching people to spread the gospel. And if we are not spreading the gospel ourselves, there would be a huge gap in the process of discipleship that Christ has called us to. Many in the church world will tell you that they are called to be intercessors! They might even say, we are standing in the gap, meaning we are praying for others. Being an intercessor is a great responsibility and God can and will call on individuals to pray because he knows that they will be obedient to him.

However, the other side of prayer is to be obedient and willing to do whatever it is that needs to follow that prayer. When we pray for revival or more people to get saved, we should also be asking the Lord what is our part. Many times the answer is right in our bible, but we fail to go to our bible for the answer.

It seems to me that it’s pretty common sense that Evangelism & Discipleship go hand & hand. However, I think sometimes because of the fear of man, we tell ourselves that we're not evangelist, so therefore we are not called to win people to Christ. We may not have the "calling of an Evangelist", but as a born-again Christian we are ALL called to take the gospel message to others. But it can't just stop there. Jesus taught the disciples what to do and they trained others to do the same. So why is it that we want to separate discipleship from evangelism? For example how can I teach someone to climb a mountain, if I've never climbed a mountain myself? We aren't just called to stand in the gap, we are called to unblock the wells of salvation! That means we actively go after the lost & teach others to do the same! If we fail to recognize that evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand, we will not have the multiplication or the maturity in Christ that will prepare us for his coming.

Many times when I have inquired about what a church is doing to reach the lost,I hear, about how much they are praying for revival or how much they are believing God to move in a mighty way! My response is, you’re praying & that’s good, but are you obeying, obeying The Great Commission? That is when the conversation reverts to missions & how we sent this one here & that one there & how we've built houses and fed & clothed many! My response is great you are feeding the hungry & clothing and sheltering those that have no homes, but who is reaching the lost in your city? Who is going after the lost in your own home town? Usually an answer follows something like this. We go door to door & invite people to go to church, we do that around Christmas, Thanksgiving & Easter. And my response is, great, you invite people to go to church, but do you give them the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ when you are speaking with them? I believe that we should never pass up an opportunity for those that don’t know Christ, to receive Him as their Lord & Savior! And the response I might get, we give them food, help them with their work around the house, but we don't won't to offend anyone or seem like we are pushing our religious beliefs on them! We just want to love on them. And then I usually contain myself because the word that comes up in my spirit is WHAAAAAAAAAATT?

We want to love on them but we don’t want to offend them??? Folks, what is more important than a person’s salvation? We seem to forget, that as the Body of Christ, EVERYONE is called to reach the lost! We have a tendency to relegate it to a few, radical, on fire, sisters or brothers in the body of Christ and leave it up to them to do all the work. It’s often been said that 20% of body does 80% of the work! After all, the bible tells us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Yes, the laborers are few, because they are sitting complacent in the pews!! I've discovered that you are either a participator or a spectator! You are either a kingdom builder or a castle builder. You will either be a sold out for Jesus or compromised by the world! You can’t live on both sides of fence, trying to accommodate man & still please God!

We have to make up our minds that we are NOT going to waste the precious life that God has given us, on a wheel that goes round & round but never goes anywhere! They can call us radical, soul winner or on Fire for God! It really doesn't matter, we should not be interested in impressing man! We should be more interested in touching & changing people’s lives for eternity! Regardless of whether they believe it or not, we shouldn't give a rip! If we read our bibles, He said GO into all the world & preach the gospel! We go by His authority, by His word & we also know that every place that the soul of our foot shall tread, He will give us! We have to step out of our comfort zones! We pray, We GO and we take territory for Jesus & we teach others to do the same! As a Christian, You will make a decision to be popular & loved by the world or to effect & change people’s lives for eternity. There are no short-cuts and you must be prepared to pay the price! What is the key to revival? OBEDINECE TO FOLLOW & CARRY OUT THE GREAT COMMISSION!