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CONVICTED TO MAGNIFY JESUS!
I have found a spirit within myself that God has even convictions for those of his service, such as my own self. I was called in to bondage to God by the Son,Jesus Christ through the word of God. When I say bondage, I do acknowledge being a prisoner of the Lord. Being a prisoner of Jesus has been placed up on me not by my own will, nor by any man’s will, but by God. I first became of interest of the word Evangelist, and without an earthly definition, God taught me that the meaning of an Evangelist is, “to be chosen by God for service outside of the ordinary Sunday worship services in the manmade church. To be gifted with and hold a passion for God’s work in the streets, and even in the presence of those who would surely be complete strangers to the evangelist of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in this world”.
The Apostle Paul quickly became one of the greatest artists to pen text in the Bible, to me. This may very well be because of the life that I once lead in comparison to that life of the Apostle Paul; nevertheless I do give all the glory to God that I am what I am. God would bring his prisoner into a very beloved friendship with him, in God’s own season, and I would pen to you that this season is at hand. I have also somewhat mine own convictions to pen to you that you may know the works of God much more so than you do now in this ministry.
The word “CONVICTION”, is a word that will never cease from one who serves the Lord. I have found many spiritual laws within mine own self that we all are convicted at some point in life but our sentence may differ concerning God’s will in our life, as well as our own obedience to serve in God’s will. I would that you bear the witness of a true testimony in Christ Jesus, as we move forward in the text of this message. Much of my text up until this point in this ministry has been that God would expose a true conviction of you the reader as well as myself the author. I find the law here that God is moving forward in this ministry that we together may use our convictions to magnify the Son, Jesus Christ. Let’s study!
I have found that the book of Philippians would serve as a great starting point in the study on the Evangelist page. The author of this book was none other than the Apostle Paul (1:1). This book would more than likely have been written by Paul while Paul was in Rome, and even so in prison. His freedom while in custody to receive attendants (2:25) and gifts (4:18), to write letters, to arrange for the trips of his associates (2:19-30), and to entertain friends (4:21) fits well with his Roman imprisonment. This book was written to the saints of Philippi by Paul because the church of Philippi loved Paul so much and was worried about him while he had been placed in prison in Jerusalem where he appealed to Caesar, and was moved to Rome. The Church of Philippi had been founded by Paul and consisted of the gentiles. This church which Paul founded was growing in love for 5 years and had yet to even lay eyes on Paul. This would mean that Paul built a church with a pen through Jesus Christ and those who evangelized his message from the Author to the Church. Now that Paul was in prisoner and had only seen this church in Philippi twice, there was a fear from those who loved him and longed for his return to them, fearing that he may be put to death. However Paul was more concerned about the Philippians than they were of him.
Philippians 1: 12, “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;” Here Paul is saying that the fact that he has been placed in prison is not because of his wrong or their right but, it is because of God’s plans to spread the gospel through him. It is so often that we find ourselves able to convict others for their own wrong doings to us, that we will fail to see the blessing God makes available when someone does us wrong. I would that the next time someone does you wrong, that you will take the time to thank God for the gospel of Jesus that God’s will expose to you, the good meant by God of the wrong done to you by man.
1:13, “So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places”. Here Paul tells the Philippians clearly that he acknowledges that he is where he is, plainly to preach Christ to even those who have put him there in jail. I find the law that so often many people will praise the Lord when things are going good and will call on the Lord when they desire that things will get better, preachers will preach to the police in church on Sunday, but will walk away from the same sermons and not preach if the police put the preacher in jail. It is vital that we know when we have been called into bondage with Jesus Christ, for it is only then that one can carry God’s word where ever he may go.
1:14, “And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear”. The best way to explain this text is that even though the judge may place God’s prisoner in prison, God knows the prayers of the jailer who will be held responsible for the care of the prisoner. I find the law here that the gospel which those who work and serve someone who has done you wrong, desires to have in their life, will be made present to them by you, the one who has been placed in jail for nothing. I would that you bear witness with my pen today.
1:15, “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:” It is here that Paul will begin to convict very important people of the Church, including myself. I find the law that many minister have been convicted here of their own focus of the preaching or teaching of another, of Jesus Christ, forgetting that the most important words of this Bible text is “Jesus Christ”.
1:16, “The one preach Christ of contentions, not sincerely, supposing to add afflictions to my bonds”. Here Paul acknowledges that there are those who preached with selfish ambitions, and they may even hope that their preaching now would birth an envying thought or produce a jealous spirit in Paul. I find the law here that those would have been without understanding that Paul was yet still [preaching the gospel in the jail of Rome, and gifted to touch ones that only God would allow Paul’s labor to touch.
1:17, “But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel”. Here Paul acknowledges that there are those who preach from love and that still abide in the love of Christ with him, even though he was in prison. I can imagine the number of converts that we would have from prisons and county jails today, if we continue in Christ even with those in such situations today. However many people with neglect to preach and teach Jesus to their own love ones who are in jail, and will even reframe from communicating with them. So many people sit at home and say that they can’t wait for a love one to be released not knowing that without the gospel given to them that they may very well go right back in once they are released.
1:18, “What then? Notwithstanding, everyway, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice”. It is here that I would find mine own greatest conviction of ministry, that such a conviction will be the conviction to magnify Christ. It matter not why another preacher preach and teach Christ, as longer as it’s about Jesus Christ.
1:19, “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the spirit, of Jesus Christ,” The spirit of Jesus Christ can be defined in John 6:63 and Paul states that the only thing of concern to him is that it’s all of the spirit of Jesus. It is here that Paul acknowledges that even the preaching of Jesus and prayers to Jesus done by others will work towards his own salvation.
1:20 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death”. I find the law here that when one is truly convicted by Jesus, then there is no pretend or shame in what you are about, and that there is peace and joy in all things,
WHEN YOU ARE CONVICTED TO MAGINFY JESUS CHRIST!
There are so many young men and women of this world who are living in the need of our help right now. Our jails are overfilled with good people, and I say good because all that God made was good. I find the law that there are countless brothers in jail right now for a lack of knowledege and spiritual guidance. Many people talk about the bad or wrong which may be present due to a crime committed by a jail inmate, but so few will truly focus on seeking out the good in a person who is lost without Christ.
Young World is presently mounting a spiritual rehab program which will help our communities to understand how to help the lost ones and make our society a much safer and caring place to abide in. Our inmate rehab program will consist of indepth counseling inside the county jails, and precise counseling for those being released from jail. We will also focus on the caring for those families who may be encountering severe hardship due to a supportive family member being removed from society due to crime.
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