Proverbs 23 5-23-18

Personal testimony is an excellent way to share our faith. It connects!

Proverbs 23:9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.

Most people who don’t know the LORD are content and set in their ways. They aren’t interested in the things of God or in being righteous (the very definition of a fool). It takes the Holy Spirit to bring conviction in order for them to become interested.

John 6:44a “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,”

Matthew 11:27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Jesus came to pay for the sin of the world categorically. He paid for ALL sin. Forgiveness is offered to all (see John 3:16). Why do so many refuse to receive His gift of eternal life? Evidently, they don’t want a relationship with God through the Son. They will not believe in the One God sent. But, some do and will; we must look for them. Ask the Spirit to reveal in whom He is working and join Him in His work. God knows who will accept Him and He will call them.

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

Our verse for the day is a warning to us to be discerning of when and how we share the Gospel. We cast the seed of the Gospel when we share insights and anecdotes about our faith. Doing so reveals a real and personal relationship with the Lord, which is usually attractive to lost folks–not always, though. We need to be sure we are being prompted to share. We are also to be sensitive to people’s situations and feelings. We are to be Christ to them and He was “gentle and humble in heart (Matt. 11:29),” so we should be, too.

Let’s be obedient to the Spirit today as we walk in step with Him, sharing our faith to all with whom God prompts us.

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