Series: The Heart of God—People: Winning Souls

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I was praying about the direction for our church and the month of March. March as in marching and i began to see people moving in procession going forward as into battle. The battle was for what God’s heart beats for. His heart beats for souls. Humans to come back into relationship with the Father. It’s like a father hoping and waiting and longing for his lost children to come home.
God loves people. God loves humanity. Some very disturbed religious people make out God to be this angry, vengeful, judgmental God who is ready to destroy the world.
God loves people. He sent Christ to restore the relationship from God to man. Now that the price has been paid, God wants people to be healed, filled, restored, lifted up, loved, etc.
I lived most of my life looking from the inside to my inside. Everything is about me and my life and my wants and my desires, its was really all about me. When I received Christ, He conversion really changed me. I went from selfish, self consumed to serving, other conscientious. I do life from the inside looking outside.
Jesus seen the needs of the people and was moved with compassion. He was moved (ACTION) with compassion.
“The fruit of the [consistently] righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise captures and wins souls [for God–he gathers them for eternity].” PROVERBS 11:30 AMP
The Fruit which grows from the righteous life. Righteous life is a life that is surrendered to God. Right with God. Our fruit is a tree of life. Our fruit provides seeds that will sprout into Amazing God life people. Our life grows fruit. Fruit has seeds that will reproduce themselves.
God sent Jesus to earth to reproduce Him in others. Jesus said things like you see me you see the Father. Our witness, our compassion, our sharing our faith is a tree of life. God made us to be full of seeds so we are sow our faith, sow our love, sow our hope, sow our encouragement, sow our invitations, sow, sow, sow.
He who is wise captures and wins. Wise means in Greek here godliness, holiness, worships, respects God. Those who worship, respects, godly, holy they use these two words.
Captures to take by force, seize, to gain control, take possession of, as in a game or contest. This word is not referring to the people. This word is saying there is a contest, a tournament, a match for the souls of people. There is a battle, a war, a contest for the souls of humanity. There has to be a force and power behind winning souls.
There was a battle for my life and coming to Christ. People were praying and fasting for me. God had prompted people to invite me over and over. He inspired people to share their faith with me in the craziest places, bars, night clubs, navy guys, over and over. I thank God the enemy did not win when it came to me.
Prayer, fasting, believing, expecting, then inviting, inviting, over and over, it is a challenge to capture souls. The enemy tries to confuse them, manipulate them, keep them from coming to knowledge of God.
“My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you strays from the truth and falls into error and [another] one turns him back [to God], let the [latter] one know that the one who has turned a sinner from the error of his way will save that one’s soul from death and cover a multitude of sins [that is, obtain the pardon of the many sins committed by the one who has been restored].” JAMES 5:19-20 AMP
We are talking about the eternity of a life. God is calling us to take over, get into the battle for lives. God provided years ago that if I took care of His Business, He would take care of my business. He has over and over again and again.
He rescued my son, he healed my daughter over and over again. He lifted my wife out of bed who all the doctors said she would never walk right without many, many surgeries. No surgeries and she is walking and even begin to run.
He causes money to come. He causes people to come and support. He protects us from those that have sought to harm us. He protected our good name. Over and over and over, I will share my faith.
People are feel broken, lost, hurting, weak, depressed, we have the hope called Jesus. I shared my faith the other day and the man was going to come to church this Sunday. I was praying for all the seeds I had planted this week. He contacts me and wants all my contact information. I sent him a Word God gave me for him. The next day he sent me a text saying he was taking his family on week vacation to reconnect with them and to reconnect with God.
Wow!!!!! It is a war, not physical but spiritual to keep people in the darkness of life. To keep them in fear, hopeless, depression, to keep them believing there is not escape or way out.
If we are to afraid of rejection or we think we cant help anyone because we have problems, God said he would cause the rocks to cry out if we don’t’ worship. He would cause a donkey to speak if we don’t. Can you imagine animals, maybe your pets sharing faith with your family, friends, co workers because we won’t. Crazy huh. No rock or donkey is going to get my reward.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was causing the growth. So neither is the one who plants nor the one who waters anything, but [only] God who causes the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one [in importance and esteem, working toward the same purpose]; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”

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