Revival – 2 of 4 – Evangelism
I realize that I have addressed several complex issues within the overall Christian movement with my previous post on Revival. Some of these items have been traditions Christians have clung to for many years without valid questioning. So, readers might have some confusing thoughts and feelings about what I wrote. I thought I would go into a little more depth and hopefully readers will grasp the truths being set forth. I will address each one in a separate post.
Evangelism, Jesus style:
The unsaved person is drawn toward repentance, and thus salvation, through the goodness of God(Romans 2:4). The goodness of God is displayed to the unsaved person, through those of us who believe. God desires to will and to do of His good pleasure, through us(Philippians 2:13). God desires for us to step out in faith and become partakers of the divine nature(2 Peter 1:4) displaying His goodness to the world. One of the good pleasures of His will is that we all would become adopted as His children(Ephesians 1:5; verses 1-12 is a list of the other good pleasures of His will). We, as saved individuals, are supposed to prove out the good and acceptable will of God(Romans 12:2) for the unsaved person. You have to know what that will is in order to do so. God’s will is found in His Word. As saved people, we must know the word in depth and be able to prove out the will of God for the unsaved person. That is how the unsaved person experiences the good pleasure of God’s will and can see that His ways are acceptable and pleasing. Revival is not the Evangelistic approach expected by the word of God.
Typically Christians expect that God is going to be the one going, moving, working, and we are somehow supposed to figure out what He is doing and partner with Him. The purpose of Christian Revival is to seek His presence so that He shows up and moves among His people so that we can participate. This concept of experiencing and partnering with God paralyzes a believer and causes them to legitimize their own unbelief because it is not what the Word calls us to. What happens is the newly saved person is not facilitated in how to partake of the divine nature, let God work as the believer goes, and so their experiences in life accumulate to not matching the outcome indicated in the word. The new Christian is taught how to handle this by other believers who have walked in the same path; it must be His sovereignty, His will, Him trying to teach something, you gotta just press in more, or we deserve it for something we have done(discipline).
Christians have typically not been taught how to explain how and why life seems not to match up to the word. They have also not been taught to how to make life outcomes match up with the word. Christians have gone down this path for so long they have begun to believe these traditions rather than take scripture at face value. I am here to tell you today, it is possible to understand why life might not match up to the word, as well as how to influence life so that it does match up with the outcome the word says is possible.
The Abide Project is designed to explain to people how to know and understand God’s will, experience dominion over the works of the devil, and how to influence life situations with the power of the Holy Spirit, thereby proving the good and acceptable will of God.
It is the will of God that the saved person demonstrates the goodness of God’s will. That is why God gave the saved person His authority(Luke 10:19), and the ability of His spirit(Acts 1:8). Jesus, with that same authority and ability spoke to every aspect of life to reconcile it to be the way the Father desires, the way it would be in heaven. He told wind to stop, waves to calm, water to become wine, a fig tree to die, demons to go, people’s bodies to be healed, food to multiply, and tormented minds to be sane all for the purpose of pointing people to God, to the fact that He was the Messiah, and that God’s will was good intentioned. God, also gave saved people that ministry and word of reconciliation(2 Corinthians 5:18-19). We are charged with reconciling the unsaved aspects of this world, which is crying out and expecting it(Romans 8:19). We do that by establishing the Kingdom of God wherever we go, in place of Jesus being down here trying to do it by Himself. That is why Jesus taught us to pray, “God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven”(Matthew 6:10). Expecting that God is going to come and sit Himself down on a church house and draw people to that place, which is the typical mindset of Christian revival, exalts itself against the truth of the word.
We use the power and authority on behalf of Christ, in His stead, as His ambassadors(2 Corinthians 5:20) to perform these reconciliation tasks. We reconcile people’s bodies through healing them from sickness and diseases. We reconcile their hearts and souls through trans-formative teaching and preaching(also called prophecy in the NT – explaining the divine words of God found in the bible), and faith based exploits demonstrating how the name of Jesus is above all other things. We reconcile their minds by casting out any demonic influences(confusion, lies, anger, pain, witchcraft, etc.) and imparting truth, love, peace, etc. to their whole being. The keys of the kingdom for doing this have been provided, they are binding and loosing(Matthew 16:19; Matthew 18:18).
The saved person is supposed to be able to walk in all these things as a demonstration pointing to who God is, proving out His gracious, good, acceptable, and pleasing will for mankind, so that they will be drawn to repentance. This is Faith based biblical Evangelism. God has done His job to prepare us to work on His behalf, then He went away, and is going to return someday to see how well we have established His kingdom here on earth as it should be in heaven. That is the essence of every kingdom parable in the NT. The path of Christian revival has not been working effectively or efficiently in establishing His Kingdom or mature Christians, because it does not line up with the truth or commands of the Word.
The Abide Project is designed to teach people how to effectively bind and loose the works and efforts of the devil with the authority and ability of the Holy Spirit establishing the kingdom of God and showing forth the will of God in the lives of the unsaved.