“And he said unto the, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
I want to welcome all of you to our 48th Annual Missions Trip to Daytona Beach, Florida. You are not here by accident, but the Lord has made it possible and He will change your life for the better through this experience.
We will have the opportunity to witness to people from all over the world. This is what we are commanded to do as seen in our text. (Mark 16:15) The commandment to witness to the world carries with it two very important promises which are unchangeable.
The first promise is the PROMISE OF HIS POWER TO PRODUCE. Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” After Jesus was raised from the dead (Matthew 28:1-3) He transferred this Power of the Holy Ghost to His disciples. Luke 24:49 “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” We see this fulfilled in Acts 4:31 and this promise is for all of us today so that we might have boldness to win the lost to Christ. It is not convincing people to become a Christian. We cannot talk somebody into being saved from his or her sin. There must be the planting of the seed (Word of God) in the heart of a lost person and the power of the Holy Spirit works in his or her heart with convicting power to draw them to salvation in Christ. We must have His power upon us to produce.
The second promise is the PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE TO PREVAIL. Matthew 28:20, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” No matter how people react to our witness, we have absolutely nothing to fear and we have confidence in His promise “I am with you always”. We have the presence of our Savior, Jesus, with us no matter what happens; therefore, we must have this in our heart.
NO FEAR NO MATTER WHAT. NO FEAR.
Because of His promise, “I am with you always,” we can overcome all fear that Satan can throw at us and prevail in every situation that is presented by the world and the devil.
This can be one of the best weeks of your life if you will do 3 things.
- Surrender your vessel. Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
- Have a clean heart. Ask the Lord, as David did in Psalm 51:10a “Create in me a clean heart, oh God:”
- Witness with a right attitude (spirit). As David did in Psalm 51:10b “and renew a right spirit within me.”
Allow the Lord to use you to His glory.