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When Evangelizing, Be Led By The Holy Spirit!

Posted by Job on July 3, 2007

From Edited Messages on Acts by J. Vernon McGee

So often we are rather brisk and even crude in our witnessing. Because we find it difficult, generally when we do it we are very amateurish. We do it so abruptly and in such a way that often it offends people. We need to be led by the Spirit of God.

I believe that the finest kind of evangelism today is prayer evangelism. I mean that we should begin by praying for an individual. Then the day will come when we need to put legs on the prayer. Ask God to lead you. Friend, I know that He will lead you. If you have been praying for a loved one, or a friend, or a stranger, don’t just go to him in your own strength and in the power of the flesh. If you do, you will fail. Let God be the One to lead you.

When I was a student in college, I was very zealous to be a witness for God, but I was rather timid about it, and, very frankly, I wanted to be sure I had the leading of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t have any money for bus or train fare, so I did a lot of hitchhiking. One time when I was out on the highway, a man in a brand new Model A Ford drove by and stopped fifty yards past me. Then he motioned for me to come on and get in. He said that he always looked over a hitchhiker before he picked one up. He introduced himself and told me he was a salesman for drug companies. He was going all the way to Memphis and he would be glad to take me all the way, but he did need to stop at several drug stores on the way to get his orders from them.

As we rode along, we talked of everything under the sun. Under my breath I was praying, “Lord, I’d like to witness to this man, but You will have to open the door for me. I’m not going to broach the subject because if I do, he’ll think he has some religious nut in the car with him. If I open the door, he will probably open the car door and tell me to get out.” So we rode along some more and just talked and talked.

We got about sixty miles from Memphis and we had run out of conversation. There was a lull, and I was still praying, “Lord, we’re getting near Memphis and there still hasn’t been a door open for me. I’m not going to open it because I’m afraid he’ll throw me out. You open the door for me if You want me to witness.” We rode on for about ten more minutes, and then out of a clear sky he said, “You know, my wife and I went to church yesterday.” He looked at me and laughed, and I laughed. Then he said, “I don’t go very often. But that preacher said the funniest thing. He said Jesus was coming to this earth again. What do you think about that?”

Well, friend, I told him. Then I told him all about the first coming of the Lord Jesus. Finally I said, “The second coming of Christ means nothing to you now. You’ve got to come to Christ and accept what He did for you the first time He came if you are to have an interest in His second coming.” This man was wide open. He drove me to the dormitory where I stayed at the college. He parked there and said, “I want to see you again.” So I just blurted out, “Wouldn’t you like to accept Christ as your Savior?” He said, “I sure would,” I told him he could do that right there in the car. So we bowed our heads in prayer. I prayed and then asked him to pray, and he accepted Christ.

Now I’ll be honest with you, I would never have opened my mouth if the Lord hadn’t prompted him to open up the conversation. We need to be led by the Spirit.

Also, see this powerful testimony by someone who was changed by Vernon McGee’s Through The Bible Ministry (http://ttb.org). We are all about providing proof that God can save, deliver, and heal here!

Deliverance from Addiction

Dear Thru the Bible,

Through the last three years that I’ve been listening to Thru the Bible there have been many changes in my life. I was a hard-core drug addict struggling with a life-consuming addiction to methamphetamine, I.V. use. I thank Jesus for the brothers and sisters that He sent into my life to bring me to the foot of the Cross. Of these, one was our dear brother, friend, and teacher J. Vernon, who through solid Bible teaching helped me to have the courage and strength I needed to overcome strong temptation. I’ll always remember I was digging a power trench with an excavator, and I can’t remember exactly where J. Vernon was teaching from, but I was convicted to quit my last addiction: cigarettes. I’ve been clean from meth for three years and from smoking and alcohol for two years and three months. May our Savior Jesus continue His blessings for your ministry.

From Oak Harbor, Washington

Please see this other testimony of someone whom God gave hope through a difficult situation:

Emerging from Devastation

Before we began airing Thru the Bible in Tagalog to the Philippines in 2003, our Trans World Radio (TWR) broadcasting partners visited local churches and developed relationships with pastors. This testimony was received from one of those pastors who ministers to our radio listeners in the Bicol Region.

Every year there are 20 to 30 typhoons that visit the Philippines, and half of those will surely hit the land of Bicolandia. Before the year 2006 ended, three successive typhoons…smashed Bicol region and the land was totally devastated. 

During the devastation I had done nothing but pray for God’s mercy and protection for all His people. After the violent winds, heavy rains, and flashing flood stopped, my wife and I decided to roam around the city of Sorsogon to see the damage. My heart was seemingly broken when my very own eyes saw the heartbreaking scenario of the damage. Thousands of families became homeless. Most of them were hopeless on how they would survive from that tragedy. People were seeking a hand that could help them recover. During that time, I did not know what to do to help them. But of course I believe that prayer is and should be the first step towards action. So I extended my prayers for them.

I was amazed with the goodness of God when our brethren from TWR sent financial help for these victims of tragedy. My team and I conducted house-to-house visitation asking of the immediate needs of those families. The following day we returned with something to help them. I cannot forget that day, for I observed how God works in the lives of those people. Along with those helps, we also shared the gospel with them. Most of them accepted Jesus in their lives.

The following Sunday, I was so surprised when many of those people we helped attended our worship service. From then on they became regular attendees in our church. I was also amazed when I came to know that some of those people are avid listeners of Ang Paglalakbay. And so we took the opportunity to start Bible studies in their respective houses. Most of our discussions are related to topics being aired on the program. Praise be to God! Now I do not agree with everything the late Dr. McGee preaches, such as his assertion that Christians cannot be afflicted or tormented by demonic influences. But this shows that even Christians that disagree on certain issues that are not “foundational” can edify one another in areas which they agree!

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