How To Win A Soul 7
John 3:8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
We cannot know where the Holy Spirit comes from to do His saving work or where He goes. I shall make a clumsy effort to explain it.
Many individuals who were filled with the Holy Spirit gave me many passages from the Bible. Some planted the seed (the Word of God) and some watered it. And then one day in 1985 there was a radio preacher that gave me one more verse from the Bible. The Holy Spirit reaped my soul through the Word of God which had been planted and watered and finally through that man.
Remarkably, now that the Holy Spirit lives in me, He uses even me to plant, water and reap. When I was new at witnessing and sharing the gospel, people were getting saved. I naively thought it was because of me. It was in spite of me. It was because of the Holy Spirit who lives in me reproving them of sin, righteousness and judgment and because of the Word of God that I and others gave them.
John 16:8: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Isaiah 55:11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Salvation is like losing an argument with the Lord. When we lose the argument with the Lord, it is not just Him that wins. We win too. It is saying Lord, you are right and I have been wrong. It is saying Lord make me what you want me to be rather than what I want to be. It is saying Lord I need your will for my life instead of my own. I thought folks were getting saved because I had won an argument with them but it was because God had won an argument with them. In fact, we are instructed not to argue with them.
2 Timothy 2:24-26: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
The truth is that I have never won a single soul. But the Holy Spirit and the Bible have won many souls through me and numerous other sowers of the Word as well as those that have watered it. Those folks were saved because the Holy Spirit reasoned with them and they agreed with Him.
Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
They believed that they were lost sinners in need of Christ and His forgiveness so they received Him. We need to let the Word of God and the Holy Spirit do their work of reasoning or arguing with lost men. They have all gone astray in different ways. We don*t know in which ways but the Holy Spirit knows.
Isaiah 53:6a: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; . . .
If they are anything like me they probably committed tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of sins. What we need to tell them is the right way, which is receiving Christ and surrendering to Him. I don*t recall a single one of the individuals who have received Christ in my hearing getting specific about their sins. The only sin that will condemn them is rejecting Jesus and wrestling with the Bible. Unless they bring up some certain sin, the sin of rejecting Jesus and the righteousness of receiving Him are usually the only things that we should deal with when sharing the gospel.
There are some Christians who have a burden for people involved in the same sins that they were involved in. They try to become expert at sharing the gospel with them. I did that too and failed miserably. The Apostle Paul had a great burden for his fellow Jews but shared the gospel successfully with far more Gentiles than Jews. The Lord did sprinkle in a few Jews for Him to share the gospel with successfully.
I was saved from the hypocrisy of a particular denomination that did not preach the whole counsel of God. So I had a special burden for other individuals involved in that hypocrisy. When the Bible commands us to go into all the world, I believe it means to individuals that are guilty of all manner of sins, not just the sins I was guilty of. He has permitted me to share the gospel successfully with far more individuals who were involved in different sins than I was. And He has given me the opportunity to share the gospel successfully with a few of those who were involved in the same hypocrisy that I was. If I had focused all my attention on the idolatry of that people group I would not have been very useful to the Lord.
I was not saved because that radio preacher knew anything specific about my hypocrisy because he did not. He did not even know who he was preaching to. He simply shared with me that I needed Christ. None of those involved in my particular hypocrisy were saved because I had shared something specific about their sins either because I had not. I simply shared with them their need of Christ.
The reasons we need Christ are many and complex but knowing that we need Him is simple. I heard of a little lad that was having trouble memorizing the 23rd Psalm. After trying to memorize it for a long time when the time came to recite it, he said simply, The Lord is my shepherd and that*s all I need to know. Knowing that they need Christ is what all lost sinners need to know. That is what they all have in common. What we ought to share with them is Who met our need and Who wants to meet their need. With the gospel of Christ, intellectuals can lead people with limited intellect to Christ and people with limited intellect can lead intellectuals to Him.
1 John 5:11 -12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Many of the individuals we might share the Word of God with have probably heard much it before and the Holy Spirit has probably spoken to them before and shown them His life-changing work in the lives of many others.
I ask the Lord to lead me to individuals who need the Word of God to be planted, watered or reaped in their hearts and lives. He answers. If you are saved, He will answer that prayer for you as well. When I received Christ, He made me a new creature that wants to be used by Him. Essentially what I do is present my body to Him and He uses it. My body includes my mind and my voice.
Romans 12:1-2: 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. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Some Christians seem to doubt John 7:38 but soul winners believe it and prove that they believe it.
John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.