Lesson 7
How to grow and be led by the Holy Spirit for evangelism

The Holy Spirit in evangelism.

Ever since Adam and Eve ate from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, there has been a battle between good and evil in claiming the hearts and souls of men. Satan, in absolute rebellion against God for throwing him out of heaven because of his evil, now wants to hurt God by taking as many human beings, whom he knows God loves, down to hell with him. There are two types of people on earth.

The first type: -
Those who know they need God and want to go God’s way. People like Abraham, Noah and the apostles. Jesus was the most perfect example who kept God’s commandments. In John 14:31 Jesus says,
'But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave Me commandment, even so I do'.

The second type:-
The second group feel that they have no need of God. They set their own standards and laws. They are in rebellion against God because they believe they can make it on their own. People like Cain, Nimrod and Esau. The devil is the most perfect example of this. In Isaiah 4,14 he said,
'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.'

These two types of people have continued to this day.
World thought has, therefore, taken one of these two routes. Firstly the route of those who believe in the One True God, known as the Triune God ( three Persons in One: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).
Secondly those who exalt man and not God the Creator (humanism). This leads to three phases : – rationalism meaning that man is reasoning and not depending upon God. This leads to existentialism which, through philosophical thinking, assumes that one is in charge of one's own life and destiny, some philosophers even question the existence of God. This leads to searching spiritual phenomena and the occult, which can lead to Satan worship and ultimately lead to the spirit of anti-Christ.
Right now in the west, we are already into the phase of existentialism, and many are practising occultism. This is the same old humanism, and man's reasoning was the same before Jesus came to earth. Protagoras, a Greek philosopher (490BC-420BC) once said, “man is the measure of all things”. This is man trying to do the work of God. Protagoras influenced Plato and Aristotle in their thinking. Soon this “man is god” philosophy spread over this world, being well received by the rebellious proud hearts of sinful mankind. Do you see this happening again today?
What did God do about it? Something happened to give early humanism a powerful setback,

Galatians 4:4-7,
'But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir'.

In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son. JESUS, THE SON OF GOD APPEARED IN HUMAN FORM. His life here on earth, His death and resurrection shook the known world, and the course of history was greatly changed.
A “living” relationship with Christ changed thousands of lives as the early church spread the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Many discovered that the only meaning to life was found in Christ, and in Him alone was love and life everlasting. The saving power of Christ reached the masses, and with this experience, the awful darkness was lifted from man’s mind.

As 2 Corinthians 4:4 explains,
'In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them'.

Unfortunately during the renaissance period humanism again appeared into human history where people saw God as an interfering God giving us commandments and laws to live by, while they wanted to make their own decisions instead. This mindset has continued to this day, Man has now turned his back on God and replaced the law of Moses with ungodly laws instead.
New Age movements include elements from Buddhism, philosophy, Hinduism, East Asian religions, spiritualism and freemasonry to name just a few.
What is God doing about it?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:14,
' And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come'.

Jesus tells us in Mark 16: 15-20,
'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover'.

The Holy Spirit has promised to comfort us, promised to help us, and we will succeed for the Lord Himself will confirm our message of the gospel with signs and wonders following.
As we preach the gospel, Jesus is right there with us, confirming His Word to the lost with signs, wonders and healing miracles that follow each one of us. Over and over again the Lord does it. Every single time, Jesus is there to heal the sick and to confirm His message. Jesus is alive, He is moving, every single meeting, no matter how small or large it is. I have watched the Lord heal the sick, set people free and bring them to salvation. That is why, I can never stop preaching the Word of God whilst I am here on earth. When you step out in faith and do the same? You will not want to stop either.
I believe that the state the world today is the same as it was prior to the first coming of Christ. Could this sinful state usher in Christ’s 2nd return? John the Baptist was the first forerunner of Christ ,

Matthew 3:1,2,
' In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'.

I believe that, as we preach the gospel message, we will see the Holy Spirit move in a greater and greater measure. As the Holy Spirit moves more and more powerfully, in healing and miracles, in preparation of the greatest event in all history – the second coming of Jesus! We, you and I, are His fore runners let us run with this gospel.
In Ghana, Africa, at a pastor’s conference, the Holy Spirit came down upon us in power and revealed to us His heart for the lost. He said through a prophecy,

‘Who will stand before me, who will go. I have given you my prophets, I have given you My Son, I have given you the Holy Spirit, but you are sitting in your houses while millions are going to hell. Why are you still sitting in your houses when people are dying under the evil one . Go! Go! take up your cross and go out and share my message and you shall succeed for I am with you.’

These pastors received this word literally. They did not waste a day, it was 1st Dec. 2005 when they received this prophecy, by 22 Dec. 2005, these pastors had reached 200 villages for Jesus, many of them by bicycle. This is 10 villages reached per pastor in 20 days, let’s follow their example.
In John 14:12, Jesus tells His disciples,
'Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father'.

This verse is for us now in this age, because Jesus has gone to the Father.

Matthew 9:36-38, is for us now, because Jesus has compassion.
'But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto his disciples, 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'.

The Lord has commissioned you and me to go out as His labourers into His harvest. He has given all we need through His Holy Spirit to accomplish His work. We shall succeed for Jesus shall go with us. We are on the winning side, it is impossible to loose, because a battle is already won. Jesus won the battle on the cross. Let us go forth and proclaim the victory we have in Jesus and Jesus will do the rest. People will be miraculously, saved, healed and delivered in front of our eyes as Jesus does it.

*There are two types of people, who is the best example of both types?
*What did God do about it?
*What is the New Age?
*Why is evangelism so important?

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