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Hi there, I pray that what I am about to share with you blesses you, admonishes you and propels you to action whether you are a believer or an unbeliever.
When Christ died on the cross, the curtain covering the holy of holies was torn into two and now we can boldly go into the presence of God (Matthew 27: 50-51). The same thing happened in the kingdom of the darkness. The gate of bondage flew wide open.
Jesus went down there and took the keys of death.
I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades (Revelation 1:18).
He took the keys and open the gate to those prisons of the devil.
We were bound to sin and were chained to death, but Christ open the gate and we can freely walk out of the prison.
The thing is, many people are still in prison, though the door is open and we can freely walk out and receive Jesus as our Lord and savior. However, many are unaware that the gate is open.
They do not know that Jesus is the gate, the door, the way and it is open to all who want to walk through it.
The worst part is, many do not even know that they are imprisoned to sin and chained to death. So they see no need to leave in the first place.
You cannot walk out of a prison or desire freedom if you do not know that you are in prison.
You cannot desire freedom from sin and death if your actions do not seem sinful to you.
Many are in the world and are totally oblivious about their sinful and death-filled lifestyles.
I can personally say that I was like that too.
When I was in the world as an unbeliever, I saw no wrong in my sinful lifestyles. I saw no wrong in masturbating, watching pornography, gossiping, having selfish ambition, being prideful, lying, stealing, jealousy, envy, etc. I didn’t see anything wrong with those things.
So, I desired no freedom from them.
I didn’t know I was imprisoned to sin, I didn’t know sin was my master, and death was my penalty, and hell was my destination because I have not put my faith in Jesus.
I did go to church, got convicted once in a while, repented, went for altar calls but before I know it, I was back to my usual self. No Change. I was still bound. I didn’t know the gate was wide open and all I had to do was stand up, say yes, believe, and enter through the gate into the kingdom of God.
I had no idea that Jesus had already paid for my sins. I didn’t know that he had set me free and I was only bound because I was oblivious to the freedom that was readily available to me.
So the devil kept on lying to me and you. He kept on deceiving us as he still deceives many today.
I can only picture his face when the gate flew open when Jesus died on the cross. I can picture his panic at the thought of losing all his captives. “Oh my, they will all leave. And I will be the only one in hell.” But to his utmost disbelief, many didn’t realize the gate was open and stayed inside the prison. Stayed bound in chains without shaking off the chains. So he said to himself, “Oh my, they don’t know. They are not leaving. I better keep deceiving them. They are so oblivious about the great redemptive work of God for them. I have to keep up the pretense. I must continue roaring like a tormenting lion. I must keep making them feel like they are living their best lives in this prison. In fact, I am going to disguise this prison as a palace. I will make this earth, this world looks like the best place to be. I will make them work their lives out trying to make money, feel accepted and appreciated by others, fighting for likes, comments, followers, I will make them hate their bodies, their lives and desire that of others. I will make them do all they can to build a mansion for themselves in this prison while thinking it’s a palace. They will continue to chase after the world. I will give them fame, influence, money, beauty, and prevent them from wanting to leave this prison to seek after Jesus. While some of them, I’ll make their lives extremely miserable, inflict them with diseases, depression, anxiety, pain, and push them till they commit suicide. I’ll keep them from praying, they will be so tired and exhausted from crying and pain, they won’t be able to call unto Jesus for help. They will become accustomed to pain and suffering. They will hate themselves, hate others, and hate God.
I will cover their eyes with a veil. I will deafen their ears. I will harden their hearts. They will be totally blind and deaf.
“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise, they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.”
I (the devil) will deceive them till their death and they will never think of getting out. Though the gate is wide open. I will make them see Believers as foolish people who imprison themselves to their faith in Jesus. I will make them see Believers as those who refuse to enjoy their lives, as hypocrites, liars, rigid, strict, religious people. I will poison their mind so the truth will sound offensive and irritating to their ears. While lies will be sweet and savoring to their ears. I will make them think they are totally free meanwhile they are in bondage. I will make them see Jesus as their enemy meanwhile I am their worst nightmare. They will love me and hate the one that gave his life for them. They will be my playfield. I am spending eternity in hell anyway, I might as well play with them, deceive them and take as many as possible with me.”
The Bible says, the devil’s schemes are the same (2 Corinthians 2:11). They do not change. Lies, deception and unfortunately they still work.
I think about it like this and the need to share the gospel is more urgent to me than ever.
This is why the greatest command given to us is to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.
Love Others – When we love others as much as we love ourselves, we would not want them to end live their lives as devil’s play toys and end up in a place meant for him alone. That is why we are commanded to go into the world proclaiming the good news, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age – Matthew 28:19-20.
This is why we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). No ministry is greater than this. This is the foundation of all our service and ministry as Christians. Spreading the gospel should always be our first priority. Sharing the news about the death and resurrection of Jesus and its significance in the life of man is imperative. That is our gospel. That JESUS IS ALIVE. Because he is, we are.
We have this hope in us that is needed by all and we can’t keep it to ourselves. Keeping the hope of the gospel to ourselves is selfish.
The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are very very very few.
We must go back into the world. Not as people of the world this time, but as spiritual beings, as sheep among wolves, so as to SHOUT & SCREAM to others that the only GATE IS OPEN.
Jesus is the gate, the door, and the way to the Father.
JESUS IS ALIVE. Come out of your prison. Wake up, this world is not a palace, but a prison. This is not our home. This world is temporary. Don’t relax. This is not your best life. This world is coming to an end. WAKE UP. Believe in Jesus and be saved.
The Gospel is the most urgent and important message since Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection and it still is.
The gate is open and we are free.
But we need to be AWARE of it.
How do people become aware of it?
By letting them know.
You are saved, so you could point others to the Savior (Jesus Christ).
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
We have all been sent into the world and given the ministry of reconciliation. So we must go out and preach, so people can hear and believe.
No Christian can afford to be a reserved or private Christian. You are needed to take the good news to others. So they can see and taste that the Lord is good.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17.For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
I must Preach the Gospel
You must preach the gospel
We must preach the gospel.
Woe to us if we don’t.
God help us.
We must not be held back by what people will say.
We must not shrink back by what they will think.
We must bring life, love, and truth to them.
We must go out and plant and water and pray to God to bring growth.
We might get some soil, manure, and dirt (AKA, Persecution, suffering, rejection, etc) on our face and body but that’s okay.
We must take it all joyfully.
We must take it all for Jesus.
One more soul for Jesus.
One more soul must know that the gate is open and you can come out of the prison of Satan into the freedom of Jesus.
God help us all.
God is with us (EMMANUEL).
We can be strong and courageous because we know the one who is in and with us.
The one in us is greater than the one in the world. So we can go out and do all he has called us to do. FEARLESSLY.
We live by faith. We are Believers. We Believe.
In the next part, we will discuss some practical ways to preach the gospel.
You are Eternally Loved.