The Holy Spirit is our guide and counselor in all matters

There is a mistaken notion prevalent among many Christians that we are to boldly blast everyone we see with the Gospel. However noble this idea is, in our current culture it is very rarely effective.
When one looks at how the apostle Paul and how he spoke to different people and in different situations, it is very plain to see that he did not use one set speech to witness. When in front of Jews, he adjusted his message to reflect their heritage and the Old Testament. When in front of Gentiles, such as in Acts 17, he spoke more as a philosopher than a preacher. When speaking to Felix and other individuals he customized his message to be one of giving his personal testimony.

Paul did not just read from a script or pass out tracts. He asked the Holy Spirit what to say and then did as he was led. I believe this, coupled with the power of God in manifestation, allowed Paul to see the dramatic results he saw in so many different settings.

In our day and time very few people want to get yelled at, scolded for their lifestyle choices or have fingers wagged at them. For the most part people today are not interested in the bold straight forward way of being witnessed to that was effective even one generation ago. The times they have changed, and that is for sure.

It is interesting to note that to effectively speak the truth in love, it pays dividends to know to whom you are speaking and a little of their situation. Obviously one would take an entirely different track when speaking to a Doctor than to a drug addict living on the street. The same would hold true when speaking to an elderly person vs. a teenager.

Back in 1971 when I was 18 years old, I remember simply approaching kids my age and telling them that God loved them. More times than I can remember that is all it took to open the door for a beautiful witnessing opportunity. Just ten years later the same technique was met with shrugged shoulders and apathy. Now that same technique would probably get you thrown out of school or even arrested.

The only way to effectually speak the Word of God is to bring each situation to the Lord and ask for guidance and direction. Every person and every situation is different and God certainly knows what will work for each person, if anything even will work. Allowing the Holy Spirit to be our guide and counselor is allowing the Holy Spirit to be exactly what He is.

I firmly believe that whether speaking to a multitude or talking one on one with someone, the Holy Spirit can guide and direct our hearts to say the right things and as long as our hearts are pure, to do what is indeed loving and kind. God knows this sick and dying world needs us speak the truth in love, but sometimes we must slow down and follow the prompting of our Counselor, the Holy Spirit.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

Amen and amen. I know of much damage that has been done because in their zeal, people have run ahead of the Holy Spirit and said/done things THEY thought was best rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through them. We must always remember in dealing with others that the Holy Spirit is not the Accuser... the enemy is. I believe it is vital that we pray and ask God to only allow His words to pass through our lips, rather than our own. We need to pay attention to what we say and do!

Blessings!

K :princess:

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Jesse Clark @jsclark5768 ·

I think you really hit the heart of the matter blessings. I have of late been thinking that we 'witness' too much by telling people who don't want to hear something like a car salesman trying to sell a crappy car. Yeshua when he was present had no problems delivering messages that drove people away. He wasn't trying to sell anything, he simply witnessed the truth and those that wanted the truth responded and those that did not, walked away. I think we do too much selling and trying to trick or dramatize people into faith, when the truth is that we present it and let the spirit lead them.

But I think you point out the deeper issue. Even if my job is only to witness and not sell, what of the 'market' that doesn't know that it wants? Did the woman at the well come to Yeshua for the truth or did Yeshua come to her with the truth? We need the Spirit to tell us when we are approaching swine with pearls, and when we're approaching ground that needs tilling or watering. Without the Spirit, witnessing becomes merely a work of the flesh.

in Yeshua,
Jesse

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There is a mistaken notion prevalent among many Christians that we are to boldly blast everyone we see with the Gospel. However noble this idea is, in our current culture it is very rarely effective.
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The above statement could be very true in the developed countries where people think they have heard ad nauseum, the gospel or anything they dont want to believe - they think themselves more highly than they are to their detriment, and we should leave such alone who prefer to remain blind as captives to the devil, and as we get tired and would not cast pearls before swines.

However, the statement is untrue where many have not heard of the gospel in third world countries and in the slum areas where they would drink from the fountain of life once the streams of living water begin to flow among them, once the gospel of peace and the good news is shared abroad in their hearts. Christians may be doing good work but an endless flow of good deeds in disaster response in these countries without the gospel message is of none effect, dead and pointless perhaps an erroneous attempt to win salvation by good works like those from other religious traditions.

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

[quote][b][i]The only way to effectually speak the Word of God is to bring each situation to the Lord and ask for guidance and direction. Every person and every situation is different and God certainly knows what will work for each person, if anything even will work. Allowing the Holy Spirit to be our guide and counselor is allowing the Holy Spirit to be exactly what He is.[/b][/i][/quote] I think this is at the heart of this blog for I don't believe it is about so much as how we present the Gospel but rather whether or not we are following the leading of the Holy Spirit when we do so.

Blessings!

K :princess:

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Jeremy Neal @disciplea01 ·

You really get to the heart of the matter. I think some Christians aproach evangelism with the style and mentality of telemarketers...and we all know how much we love to have our day interrupted without regard to our interest or lack thereof. It can at times can seem downright rude. It's curious how well-intentioned Christians can justify such univited intrusions, often producing an adverse effect. On the other hand, Holy Spirit directed ministry seems to be right on track, but does require a little more time in the prayer closet, and the word. There can be no doubt that reaching the unsaved with the good news is of the upmost importance; however, we must follow the mold Jesus set for us. His witness wasn't pushy and forceful toward those who had no interest. Rather it was purposed, effecting result either in onlookers, or the recipient of His words. It was constantly guided by the Holy Spirit. We must be careful to fashion our witness after God's truth. Jesus did not come to save the world. If he did, then He failed. No, He came to offer an option for those who would receive Him willingly. God the father and Son were successful in all they did, yet everyone was not saved. We know God wants all men to be saved and none suffer seperation from Him. This is why hell must enlarge itself with each fallen, lost soul. What we must remember is that our goal, in terms of witnessing to those who do not share a personal relationship with Jesus, is to present an option...plant the seed...and sometimes water. Salvation is left to God, and we do not need to sacrifice respectful, Holy Spirit guided witnessing techniques in a futile effort to produce the growth.

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