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Monday, November 24, 2014

How Jesus Won Souls

You want the Holy Spirit to help you win some soul to conversion in Christ. Note how Jesus won souls: He always gave them Good News.
Take for instance, the crucified thief on the cross (Luke 23:34-43): Jesus' last chance to win somebody before He had to die! What did He tell the thief? "You will be with Me in Paradise!" simply because the ex-hate-filled man asked to be "remembered." Jesus gave the poor wretch Good News.
Consider again the woman taken in adultery in John 8:1-11 (don't cut the story out of your Bible!). Did He tell her, "Lady, if you will keep straight from now on, God will forgive your sins and then He will accept you"? He gave her Good News: "I do not condemn you! Go and sin no more." I take your condemnation upon Myself; I am paying the price for your sin; I lift from you this burden of guilt, because as the Lamb of God I bear your guilt Myself. His command to "sin no more" was more a promise than a stricture. With this message, she was able to "go and sin no more." She never fell again! Jesus saved her right then and there.
Consider Cleopas and his friend on the path to Emmaus (the story begins in Luke 24:13). They were so overwhelmed with discouragement that they would have given up their faith in Jesus as "the Savior of the world" if they had not gotten help just then. He gave them a Bible study incognito that was full of Good News. He saved them. Go thou and do likewise with some soul who needs Good News.
--Robert J. Wieland

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