We Must Preach the Gospel ( by Fenny West)

We Must Preach the Gospel


We Must Preach the Gospel;
 
Go out and tell the untold,
Tell them about the Good News,
How Jesus took our place as Lamb,
How He took our sicknesses and sin,
How He Redeemed us, set us free,
How He paid in full the price, 
How He made the ultimate sacrifice. 

We must Preach the Gospel;
Go out to the highways and byways, 
Drawn, compelled by the love of Christ,
Letting our light shine in the darkness, 
Going out as His hands and feet,
Going out as His epistle and voice, 
Going out as His megaphones and trumpets. 

We must preach the Gospel
It is for this reason we were born.
Those who have found bread, 🍞 
Must share the bread with others.
Those who have been saved, 
Must, in turn, be saviours and co-labourers.
Those who have been healed,
Must go out and heal others.
Those who have received peace,
Must go and be instruments of peace.
Those who have been reconciled, 
Must go and be Ministers of reconciliation. 

We must preach the Gospel
Because it’s the power of God for salvation,
Deliverance, transformation, promotion, 
Elevation, progression, healing, health, 
Prosperity, increase, empowerment,

 establishment, great inheritance,

settlement, endowment and fulfilment.

We must preach the Gospel, 
To show we are selfless,
To show we love Christ,
To show we are obedient, 
To show we are His disciples, 
To show we are the light of the world;
A city on a hill that cannot be hidden;
The salt of the earth that gives flavour. 

We must preach the Gospel;
Great are they that publish the Good News.
“Open your mouth and I will fill it.”
Everyone has a testimony.
Just Go and share your testimony.
Tell them what God has done for you.
You are an ambassador. 
Be not intimidated.
Be not ashamed.
Be not restrained.
Be not constrained.
Be not afraid or dismayed.
If God be for you
Who can be against you? 
Plant the seed at every opportunity. 
Water the seed at every opportunity. 
And be assured that God will give the increase. 

 

We must preach the Gospel!

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matt28:18-20

Philip Preached the Gospel

26   And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

27   And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

28   Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29   Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

30   And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

31   And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

32   The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

33   In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34   And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

35   Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

36   And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37   And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38   And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Acts8:26-38

Paul and Silas Preached the Gospel

29   Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30   And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31   And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32   And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33   And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34   And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Acts16:29-34

Peter Preached the Gospel

19   While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.

20   Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?

34   Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

35   But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

36   The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)

37   That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

38   How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

38   How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

39   And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

40   Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;

41   Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.

42   And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

43   To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

44   While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

45   And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts10:19-21,34-45

Power of Your Testimony ( by Fenny West)

Power of Your Testimony

Power of Your testimony

Paralyses your enemies

Puts them under your feet

Guarantees their defeat.

Power of your testimony

Causes your foes to cower

Gives you untold victory

As your adversaries shudder.

Power of your testimony

Trumpets death knell in hell

Discomfiting principalities

Giving you a harvest that tells.

Power of your testimony

Lifts you to a higher plane

To make your mark in history.

Leaving all your foes slain.

Power of your testimony

Positions you for overcoming

Places you for hegemony

Plants your feet for winning.

Power of your testimony,

Brings God great glory.

As you share your victory story

Your opponents will be sorry.

Power of your testimony,

Will birth other testimonies

Bring great inspiration,

Trigger multiple motivation.

Power of your testimony

Is beyond comprehension.

It will assuage your promotion

Increase others’ faith and expectation.

Power of your testimony

Powers the engine of your success

Power of your testimony,

Propels you into excellence.

My testimony stems from my trials

And my trials birth my triumphs.

This applies to you too

As you look to the Faithful and True

11    And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Rev.12:11 1    I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.Ps89:1 8    Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;Ps81:8

Persevering in Persecution

Persevering in Persecution

We Will Win the War on Our Knees

I got this text message yesterday:

“Please pray4 the 22 Christian Missionaries families that will be executed by Islamists in Afghanistan Please Pass as fast as u can so that many will pray! PLEASE.”

 Then in my research I found out the following:

“The Islamist agenda to bring Nigeria under the ‘House of Islam’ versus the election of a southern Christian as President has caused much unrest. The Islamist group, Boko Haram, has claimed the lives of at least 800 Christians. The decisions of local government, especially in the twelve northern Sharia states, mean that Christians experience restrictions in schooling, threats of abduction, forced marriage, as well as denial of employment, clean water and healthcare. It is
dangerous to convert and for churches to integrate new converts.

The future does not look bright with emerging links between al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and Boko Haram making more violent persecution likely.”

Please Pray:

        Give thanks that believers are responding to recent pressure with increased prayer, evangelism and care for MBBs

        That Christian youths will resist the temptation to respond with violence to Muslim attacks

        For Open Doors workers providing emergency support and trauma counseling to victims of attacks.

http://www.opendoorsuk.org/resources/worldwatch/nigeria_north.php

“ Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group persecuting Christians in Nigeria, has been linked to terrorist cells in Mali. Since Boko Haran began its armed insurgency against the government in Nigerian, over3000 people have been murdered. Many of Boko Haram’s victims are Christians. Boko Haram believes that Northern Nigeria should be a separate Islamist state where the strict form of Sharia Law should be implemented. As Boko continues to fight for an Islamist state, Christian continue to be convenient targets.”

http://www.persecution.org/2013/01/18/security-forces-link-christian-persecution-in-nigeria-to-terrorist-cells-in-mali/

Persecution of Christians is real and rife in Nigeria and in many Islamist countries and we in the west need to wake up from slumber. We need to treasure our freedom to worship and read the Bible and not take it for granted.

We should uphold our brethren who under the line of fire in prayer like the early Christians did.

Peter Freed from Prison

5     Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.Acts12:

Let us pray that those persecuted will remain courageous and radiate the glory of the Lord such that their persecutors will be convicted and converted as it happened with Paul and Silas.

 

23   And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.

24   Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

The Philippian Jailer Saved

paul & silas hands and fet in stock

25   But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

26   Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

27   And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

28   But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

29   Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.

30   And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31   So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

32   Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

33   And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

34   Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. Acts16

paul & silas what must I do 2

  paulpersecuting christians 1 

Pray that those persecuted will be so bold that their persecutors will acknowledge that they have been with Jesus.

The Name of Jesus Forbidden

13   Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

14   And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

15   But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,

16   saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.

17   But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”

18   So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

19   But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.

20   For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

21   So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.

22   For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

 

Pray that, like the early Christians were jolted and fired up to pray ‘dangerous’ prayers, we too will rise up and intercede and fight on our knees, realising the Church is the only army that wins wars on its knees.

 

Prayer for Boldness

23   And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

24   So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

25   who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘ Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?

26   The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’

27   “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together

28   to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

29   Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,

30   by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

31   And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Acts4:23-31

 

Persecution of Christianity

Is Prevalent, rising, real and rife

So intercede with importunity

For the Lord to use it for His will.

 

May Christians be jolted from slumber

And begin do battle on their knees

And see an increase in their number

That the name of the Lord will be exalted.

 

May persecution spread the gospel

Causing the Church to expand her land

As the saints are not afraid to tell

The Good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Prayer for Boldness

23   And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

24   So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,

25   who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘ Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?

26   The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’

27   “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together

28   to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

29   Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word,

30   by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

31   And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

 

We can see how persecution worked for the early Church

Acts 8: Saul Persecutes the Church

stoning of stephen

1     Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

2     And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.

3     As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

Christ Is Preached in Samaria

4     Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

5     Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.

6     And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7     For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.

8     And there was great joy in that city.

It can happen again as we pray trust the Lord to use us in a special way in these times.

paul converted

Paul was breathing murder and causing havoc but God arrested him as he was on his way to arrest torture and imprison Christians. And what more? He who was the greatest enemy of the Gospel became its greatest champion, propagator and trophy and wrote 13 best-sellers of all-time.

©Fenny West2013

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/in-this-brand-new-year-2/