ARTICLES >> BE YE DOERS OF THE WORD
"But be ye DOERS of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22
"Go Ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
It has been 2,000 years since the Lord Jesus Christ COMMISSIONED every believer to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to EVERY creature and yet, over half of this world's people have never heard of Jesus, never heard the Gospel, never owned a Bible. "My brethren, these things ought not so to be."
Part of this great Faith and Love message being preached and taught in these Last Days that is often not emphasized enough is the Great Comission, and our part in it.
Doing the Word includes going out and witnessing, passing out tracts, preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons and meeting the needs of lost humanity. (Mk 16:15-20; Mt. 10:7,8)
The believers' faith confession includes confessing Christ before men. (Mt 10:7,8)
Not being moved by feelings or sense knowledge includes witnessing when you don't feel like it. (II Cor. 5:7; Rom 1:16)
The authority of the believer includes tearing down satan's strongholds and delivering the unsaved from the kingdom of darkness. (II Cor 10:4; Jude 23)
Walking in prosperity is for giving to the Gospel and establishing the covenant, as well as having your needs met. (Dt. 8:18; Mk, 10:29,30)
If you walk in Love you HAVE to tell others about Jesus, for there is no greater way to show your Love for someone. (John 3:16)
If we are to be truly DOERS of the Word, we must be doers of the WHOLE WORD, and do our part to see that the Gospel does get preached to everybody, everywhere. Jesus said, "Go YE into all the world..." We can go personally and we can go by prayer and by giving. We can go and we can send. EVERY believer has the OPPORTUNITY and RESPONSIBILITY to go into all the world through the ministry of intercessory prayer, and the ministry of giving. "Freely ye have received, freely give."
"Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY SO." (Ps 107:2) "But ye shall receive POWER after the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME... unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not only for speaking in tongues and for us to be blessed, but to GO OUT and SPREAD THE GOSPEL! "And He COMMANDED us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be the Judge of living and dead." (Acts 10:42)
Many people talk about this being the Last Days, but very few ACT like it (especially when it comes to witnessing).
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, LIFT UP YOUR EYES, AND LOOK on the fields; for they are WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and GATHERETH FRUIT UNTO LIFE ETERNAL." (Jn 4:34, 35)
Thousands die daily - over 100,000 per day. We cannot ignore the need. Over 10,000 people a day die from starvation alone! "If thou forbear to deliver those who are drawn unto death, and those who are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?" (Pro. 24:11, 12) Many people complain about current world and national conditions, while all around us are people in need - in need of salvation, crying out for Love, the Love of Jesus. Who will tell them??? It is up to you and me.
"Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard." (Pro. 21:13) Perhaps this is one of the most overlooked reasons for unanswered prayer???
"The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. PRAY YE, THEREFORE, the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth laborers into his harvest." (Mt. 9:37,38) I recently heard Kenneth Hagin say on a tape, "Jesus told us two things to pray for. If a person is not praying for these two things THEY ARE NOT IN THE FULL WILL OF GOD: 1) Pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you. 2) Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest." Jesus commanded us to pray for those who despitefully use and persecute us. Romans 12:5 says we are all one body. We should be praying for the leaders of the Communist and Arab-Moslem world, and our Christian brothers and sisters and the unsaved in these countries. Pray the Lord of the harvest. John Wesley said, "God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it." WE are commanded to pray for those persecuting the body of Christ and for laborers for the harvest. I Timothy 2 tells us to pray for "ALL men, for kings and for ALL that are in authority."
"Money seems almost almighty in its power to do things and make changes. Many are losing a GREAT OPPORTUNITY of preaching Jesus to their fellows by their habit of giving." (S.D. Gordon) "GIVE, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) The great promises of God supplying ALL our need in Phillipians 4:19 and the hundredfold return in Mark 10:29, 30 are made to those who GIVE into furthering the Gospel. The utter joy and fulfillment of giving to spread the Gospel and "laying up treasures in heaven" knows no bounds! If we really believe "Jesus is the answer for the world today", we'll invest our money into the work of spreading the Gospel.
Proverbs 11:30 declares, "He that winneth souls is WISE." Jesus said "Go YE into all the world and preach the Gospel." Every Christian is called, in fact COMMANDED, to witness and win souls. According to the Word of God the lost cannot be saved without a witness. (Rom. 10:13, 14) God has done His part, now it's up to you and me. It is your and my RESPONSIBILITY to tell others about Jesus and turn many to righteousness. The beautiful thing is: it's a JOYFUL, EXCITING PRIVILEGE! Only a soul winner knows the utter joy and victory of delivering souls from death and hell and tearing down satan's strongholds!
I believe the Number One Reason more Christians do not witness is FEAR. Fear, and lack of knowledge of HOW to lead someone to the Lord, hinder many sincere Christians from ever opening their mouth or passing out a gospel tract. Remember, "You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you!!!" "Be ye doers of the Word!!!" We are more than conquerors, and together, we are going to win this world for Jesus and usher in His Return! Glory!