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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE. Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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2 months 1 week ago #10277 by thaiwohvista
MESSENGER NOT THE MESSAGE

Read 2 Kings 20:12-21

MEMORISE: And Hezekiah was attentive to them, and showed them all the house of his treasure-the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armoury- all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them (2 Kings 20:13)

EXPOSITION
Every believers is commissioned to witness for Christ. He is not the message but only a witness, the subject of witnessing is Christ, the story of His birth, ministries, suffering, death, burial, resurrection and His second coming, it is the GOSPEL the message of salvation. Christ is to be introduced to unbeliever not the messenger. It is the MESSAGE not the MESSENGER.
Gospel is revealing God through Christ telling man the whole purpose of God for him. It is unveiling God's redemptive plan; it is reflecting God to man through Christ mirror's. It is unfortunate today that the witness has turned himself to the message. He talks all about self achievements: travelling, education, popularity, marriage, etc, but not Christ - the True Gospel. The only thing today's preacher forgets to talk about is the message. He has usurped the message. The credentials of the gospel belong not to you but the Master. What do you have that is not given? He is the source of our achievements as Christians.
Apostle Paul should be an example to the end time Christians and preachers. We are expected to use every opportunity to witness Christ. He presented Christ to King Agrippa through his defence. Acts 26. He preached Christ in Rome to a multitude.
King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:12-17 had a great opportunity to show God of Israel to the envoys of King of Babylon. Instead, he showed his wealth, strength, influence, encounter and power. He talked about self not about God. He never enjoyed the consequences.
Gospel is not about us but Him, His story and His salvation power. If we are going to make any impact in the area of evangelism and get people to cross over to Christ, today's preachers must stop introducing themselves to unbelievers but Christ who they need.
Christians should focus everyone's attention on God, rather than using every situation to make us look good. We should turn every situation to a powerful witness for the Lord. We must have courage to speak for Him whenever the opportunity arises.

PRAYER POINTS:
1. I receive new power for evangelism in Jesus' name.
2. The spirit of arrogance that has made me the centre of my evangelism/teaching die in me.
3. Ignite the fire of true evangelism in our nation oh Lord!

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Proverbs 22 - 23.

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