Proverbs 8 1-8-20

Concerning Creation, we take it on faith; concerning Evolution, they do, too, because it’s just as unverifiable. The difference is that we have the Holy Spirit confirming the truth in us. They don’t have anything–not even science!

My [Wisdom of God] mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.
All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.

If we want to believe something, then we hope that it’s true and look for reasons to believe. If we don’t believe something, then we resist anything that may prove it’s true. The atheist/Evolutionist has this against him: He does not want to believe in God, nor will he consider any evidence of argument that might prove God’s existence.

20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. John 3:20

Why? Because “the Light has come into the world [Jesus], but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil (v.19). They follow the ways of this world and of the ruler of he kingdom of the air [Satan], the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient (Eph. 2:2). 

The true question is, “How does one move from the enemy’s camp to God’s camp?” Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,” and “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” John 6:44, 65.

So, how does a person who has believed Satan’s lies and is in his camp come to his senses and come to Christ?

The first step is the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Enter the grace of God!

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’” Isaiah 65:1

Jesus calls all people to have a willingness to receive a different perspective concerning God, creation, and salvation, and He usually calls them through His ambassadors, His Church, but He also calls to people in dreams, visions, and even face to face as He did with Paul on the road to Damascus. However the Gospel is presented, it is God who initiates a relationship with people.

The next step is for a person to open his mind to the possibility that he is wrong and that there may be another way. There is a process given to us that reveals a battle that goes on in each person:

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:6-7

  1. If a person maintains a proud heart, then God will NOT draw near to him.
  2. The devil tries to divert the conversation, distract the person, and distort the Spirit’s invitation. The person must resist the devil and he will flee. The way to resist is by submitting himself to God. He has this promise that with just a little inclination, God will draw Himself to that person!

As Christians, we must look for ways to introduce truth. Ask the Father to give you a springboard from which to spring into a conversation. The idea is not so much to present facts, but to get to the Gospel as quickly as we can. I have found that little comments about stuff I have learned that is shared at an appropriate moment can start a conversation about the Gospel, or at least, an aspect of it. Statistically, a person is exposed to aspects of the Gospel an average of seven times before he is ready to make a decision. We may be one of those times.

Today, let’s open our minds to the sharing of the Gospel through conversation with people everywhere: a checker at the store, a teller at the bank, a fellow line-stander, etc. In all cases, a word can be shared concerning truth about Jesus, Creation, proof of the validity of the Bible through archeology, biology, astronomy, etc. We could even share Jesus’ own words or a testimony of what God has done in our lives that is pertinent to the conversation. The Holy Spirit will connect us with the person; we just need to be looking for His guidance to that person and for the right analogy, story, fact, or whatever He leads us to share.

Abba, my greatest desire is to share You with someone. I KNOW who You are and what You have done for me and for the entire world, and it is this message that I want to share with others. I want them to know You as I know You–or even better! I want them to experience the love, joy, peace, hope and grace that I experience every waking minute. Knowing You is truly heaven on earth. I can hardly wait to get to Your place and experience it on a whole different level! In the meantime, lead me to others so that they can experience You, too. I’ll be looking for opportunities today, Lord. Amen.

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