Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

The greatest privilege we can ever have is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. When did you last share the gospel? When did you last lead someone to Christ? When we live our lives to share the good news, we “enjoy” the Christian life far more than we can ever imagine. It becomes an adventure of divine appointments and supernatural connections. We become sensitive to the voice of the Spirit and the needs of the person. We see God open doors in amazing ways! It’s as if in the midst of enjoying our choice food and drinks of the Spirit-filled life, we have abundance to give to those who have nothing prepared! Each day we live like that is a “God day”.

That’s what Nehemiah said: “This day is holy unto the Lord!” meaning whenever people respond to God, that moment is forever set apart in the heart of our eternal Father for Him alone to enjoy. In fact the people wept with joy when they heard the Word. When was the last time you wept with someone because he received the gospel you shared?  When was the last time the love of God swept into your heart for the lost? When we experience such divine moments we begin to live again for the eternal. Excitement surges back into our daily walk as Christians! We can’t wait to see how God will surprise us each time! We return to the primacy of the great commission again. And the joy of the Lord becomes our strength!

In this Year of Strength, God is calling us to be strong in evangelism. Talk about what God has done in your life. Be prepared to someone why he/she needs Jesus. Tell them how Jesus can make a difference in their lives. Ask if you could pray for their needs. Encourage them to pray to receive Jesus into their hearts. Give them a tract. Invite them to your cell and to Skyline. And be prepared to follow the person up. Even if they reject you, never grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!

Dr Philip Lyn

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