Sunday, March 30, 2014
Preaching The Word Causes A Separation And A Decision To Follow Jesus
Friends, as you read today's bible study Jesus is telling us all to go everywhere and preach the Word of God to cause people to make a decision to follow Jesus as God. According to the prophet Joel there are multitudes of people everywhere on this earth that need someone to tell them the Word of God so they can be saved and make a decision to confess Jesus as God and believe in their hearts that Jesus died for them on the cross and rose again. Joel 3:14 says Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
I pray in Jesus name people can see the vision of lost souls in many nations that need to hear the preaching of the Word of God about Jesus as God. Friends, Jesus wants us to be concerned about lost souls everywhere and share the good news of the gospel about Jesus everywhere we go. Jesus told us at Matthew 9:37 The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest. When the Lord asks at Isaiah 6:8 Whom shall I send, and who will go for us, let us all respond like the prophet Isaiah and say Here am I, send me.
Notice that when Paul and Barnabas preached the Word of God it caused a separation of believers and unbelievers in Jesus and caused people to make a decision to follow Jesus. This is why it is so important to preach the Word of God to allow lost souls to make a decision to accept Jesus as Lord. Acts 14:1 says And it came to pass in Iconium, that they (Paul and Barnabas) went both together into the synagogue of the Jews,and so spake (note that as they spake the Word of God it allowed lost souls to make a decision to follow Jesus), that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
What we learn from Paul and Barnabas as they preached and so spake is that a separation occurred as Jews and Gentiles decided to follow Jesus, while at the same time Jews and Gentiles rejected Jesus. The separation that occurred was not between male and female, Jew and Gentile, or black and white. The separation that occurred was between the saved and the lost.
Friends, God's filing cabinet has only two sections called saved and lost. In one section of God's filing cabinet we see saved spanish, chinese, indian, black, and white believers, while in the other section of God's filing cabinet we see lost spanish, chinese, indian, black and white unbelievers. The only thing that matters when it comes to eternity is whether you are saved or lost. Notice that there is no separation in eternity because of a person's race, background, or religion. The only separation that occurs out yonder in eternity is between saved people and lost people.
Neighbor, pay close attention to the warning above and get off the fence because Jesus rejects people who are lukewarm fence straddlers and make no decision to follow Jesus as God. So many people coast along in life and put off making a decision to accept and follow Jesus as God. Jesus gave us a warning at Revelation 3:15 and said I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot; So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
I pray in Jesus name people everywhere reading this will today make a decision to get off the fence as a lukewarm straddler and accept Jesus as God and become saved. 2 Timothy 2:19 says Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having his seal; The Lord knoweth them that are His. And let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart from iniquity. Friends, decide right now whether you're saved or lost, but don't just straddle the fence. Jesus rejects fence straddlers but will save anyone who will confess Jesus as God and believe in their heart that Jesus died for them on the cross and rose again.
All throughout the bible we see that people had to make decisions to follow Jesus as God and be saved or reject Jesus as God and be lost. Pictured above we see that Moses drew a line in the sand and said those on the Lord's side step over here and those who did not step over that line were swallowed up and went to hell in a shirttail. Friend reading this what side of Moses' line are you on? I pray in Jesus name everyone who reads this will step over Moses' line to be with Jesus as God in peace forevermore.
Numbers 16:23 says And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying Speak unto the congregation saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah Dathan, and Abiram. And he spake unto the congregation saying, Depart I pray you from the tents of these wicked men and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram chose not to follow God and as a result were swallowed up as the earth opened her mouth as they went to be forever into the pit of hell.
Numbers 16:31 goes on to say And it came to pass as he (Moses) had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them. And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them went down alive into the pit (hell) and the earth closed upon them and they perished from among the congregation.
Another place in the bible where people had to make a choice to follow Jesus as God or reject Jesus as God occurred when the prophet Elijah said at 1 Kings 18:21 How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God follow him; But if Baal then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Everyone reading this anywhere, we have to make a choice today about Jesus. Are you for Jesus or against Jesus. Jesus said at Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.
Joshua 24:15 also says And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Matthew 6:24 also says no man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other; Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Friends after you read these scriptures make up your mind today if you are for or against Jesus. Find out today right now if you are saved or lost; find out if you are going to heaven or to hell. Quit coasting along as a fence straddler making no decision to follow Jesus as God because this will allow the devil to drag you to hell by deception. Friend reading this, right now get saved and say Jesus you are God and I believe you died on the cross for me and rose again.
What I want everyone to learn from this bible study is that only what we do for Jesus as we preach the Word of God will last forever. As you look at the picture above Brother Bob asks all my friends in the many nations, can you name your great grandparents? Most people can't which proves that most people will be forgotten in three generations. But if someone lives for Jesus like Brother Bob and writes a book for Jesus, three generations later people might say I personally did not meet Brother Bob but I'll remember him for all the things he said about Jesus from a one bedroom apartment in the poorest section of Reynoldsburg Ohio USA.
Great men of God like DL Moody who lived in the 1800's are remembered for their writings about Jesus more than other great men of the 1800's who did nothing for the Lord Jesus. I might not have personally met a great christian writer from the 1600's named John Bunyan who wrote from prison about Jesus but it will be an honor to meet John Bunyan soon in the kingdom. The world might cast away John Bunyan and Brother Bob as outcasts but the Word of God written by John Bunyan and Brother Bob will last forever. Hebrews 11:38 tells us that the world rejected John Bunyan who was considered not worthy, but according to Jesus John Bunyan is worthy and will be remembered and rewarded greatly in the kingdom for all his service to Jesus on this earth and his blessed book pilgrim's progress.
Only Jesus and the Word of God will last forever. This is proven by Matthew 24:35 that says Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Psalm 119:89 also says Forever O Lord thy Word is settled in heaven. Friends realize that we all are like a vapour that appears for a little time and then we're eternally yonder somewhere. James 4:14 says Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Make the most of your time and do something today for Jesus and win lost souls to our Lord Jesus.
To close out today's bible study, Brother Bob wants to share a blessed testimony of a sister who won her lost drunken husband to Jesus. After this sister got saved and began to go to church, her drunk husband accused her of chasing a deacon and cheating on him. One day after the husband got drunk, he took a gun and pointed it at his wife saying if you go to church today, I'm gonna kill you. The wife said pull the trigger and I'm going to heaven; Don't pull the trigger and I'm going to church. The husband threw the gun down and rolled out on the floor and got gloriously saved. I hope someday to meet this blessed woman of God and bless her greatly for her witness for Jesus who knows my good friend Pastor Sonny Mull.
As always, it is a great blessing to write these bible studies for Jesus and I pray in Jesus name that these bible studies bless multitudes of people with the joy and peace of knowing our Lord Jesus. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.