I was given more revelation last night about how to proceed with JESUSĒ EVANGELISTIC MINISTRY. Hi, Iím glad to be back and since Iím on vacation from my job I figured I would ask God to use me as much as He can before the holidays. So, Iím determined to share some powerful stuff that will aid us in our quest to be a powerful Evangelist like Jesus.
The Research, The Practical Application
In my last article we drew out 10 different events that took place before Jesus entered Public Ministry. This demonstrates that we must be mindful that we will go thru similar patterns of development and training before God calls us out into Public Ministry. We will obviously need to fast and pray and be used to minister to people like Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, people in the city, deal with religious hypocrisy, fellowship with other disciples (believers) and be used to do a miracle here or there. Then step out into full blown Ministry. This how God did it with Jesus and this is how God used me.
What eventually brought Jesus out into Public display was the arrest of John the Baptist (Luke 4:14). This tells us that God has a continuous system of ministry. Remember Elijah left-- Elisha was being trained and prepared to replace Elijah and Elisha smoothly entered into the position God had for him as the Prophet of Israel.
While Jesus was ďWaiting on GodĒ He went thru several things before He went Public. Jesus even picked up where John left off by preaching Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt.4:12-17). Mark wrote that Jesus said Repent, and believe the gospel (Mark 1:14-15). All this happened in Galilee.
Jesusí Mission Statement
I know many churches have their statements of faith and by laws on how they function and itís to give people an idea of how they operate (who about 85% of the people that attend there donít even know what it means or enough scripture to know what it means). Iím not saying this to sound rude, the reason for me mentioning the Mission Statement is to point out that we must consider Jesusí Mission Statement. Jesus has His Mission Statement thatís timeless and power-packed to bring people into the kingdom of God and we need to take a closer look at that Statement.
Jesus left Galilee victoriously after many wonderful things happened there to face a tuff crowd His own people in Nazareth that He grew up with and He entered the synagogue and open the Old Testament and read a portion of scripture from the Prophet Isaiah;
1. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,(Currently Anointed with Power)
2. Because He has anointed Me(The reason for the Anointing)
3. To preach the gospel to the poor;(The social status to be reached)
4. He has sent Me to HEAL the brokenhearted,(This is inner healing)
5. To proclaim liberty to the captives (Deliverance Ministry)
6. And recovery of sight to the blind, (Physical and spiritual Blindness to be restored)
7. To set at liberty those who are oppressed;(Deliverance from demonic oppression)
8. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Preaching the Gospel)(Isaiah 61:1-2)
The Evangelistís Mission
Jesus has a God ordained Mission (TODAY). Jesus read that Mission Statement from the book of Isaiah to share with His congregation at Nazareth 2000 years ago (which remains the same TODAY). After reading it, the scripture didnít go over well with the assembly there. Itís mind-blogging to hear a powerful passage of scripture and then be told that this scripture has come true at the moment in question; That Jesus is the person whoís (Anointed) for such a task to minister in a powerful way to demonstrate Godís kingdom. Of course, Jesus was kicked out (like I was by my Pastor in 1993).
However, he made an interesting parallel before they ejected Him He spoke about Elijah and Elisha who was in Israelís darkest hour in history and people outside of Israel were touched and healed by Godís power and no one from Israel was healed (See Luke 4:16-27). This ticked them off and they wanted to throw Him off the cliff.
The Secret of the Mission
Let me share something that Jesus revealed to me. I never heard any minister explain it to me as Jesus broke it down to me.
1. Jesus said to me that the Mission spoken in Isaiah 61:1-2 is still in operation today. It never ceased. What changed is that He is the Head of the church and we are the Body of believers who are to be directed by Him. This is supported by various scriptures and the commission He told His disciples to continue (Matthew 28:19-20). Then the fact that Jesus never changes the bible says Heís the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Then we have the book of Acts that demonstrates the ongoing mission.
2. Jesus just explained to us why people donít get Healed because of unbelief, being offended, and failure to be open to the gospel (the Word of God). When Jesus said what He said-- He was quoting scripture that was and is still applicable then-- as it is today. Let us not fall into that negative behavior pattern and evil attitude like the people of Nazareth. Be open to receive the word of God thoroughly researched, clearly interpreted and practically presented.
3. Jesus explained why God anointed Him; to preach to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to restore the sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord (Isaiah 61:1-2). We must understand Godís purpose for sending His servant and be prepared to hear what that servant has to say.
In the book of Acts Cornelius and his entire household were so impacted by the vision of the Angel and the fact that everything the Angel said to him was true--when they found Peter, and hereís Peter right in front of them preaching the gospel. It was so amazing that they believed everything Peter preached and they were simultaneously born-again and Baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues and were then baptized in water (Acts chapter 10). Their faith was so intense and expectant that if Peter would have said hop 3 times they would have done it.
We must have that same anticipation and expectancy when it comes to the supernatural things of God being introduced to usóif we desire to experience a miracle.
Preaching and Healing the Brokenhearted
Iím going to take a practical approach to teaching this topic of Godís Mission Statement in Isaiah 61:1-2. Jesus said what God anointed Him to do. So when He calls us to do the same thing as Evangelist we must know how to present the topic of Healing the Brokenhearted. We cannot just say Jesus heals, saves and delivers and leave people in the air to figure out what in the world were talking about.
Preaching about this topic is as simple as sharing a bible story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4, when Jesus supernaturally reveals the secret of her heart that she had 5 husbands and the one she currently has at home is not her husband. We can take-off from that particular encounter and preach a powerful message that will impact many women who find them-selves with a replacement boy-toy at home.
Then minister to them the healing power of God thatís available because theyíve encountered many scars and wounds from previous relationships that failed and as a result are brokenhearted and they repeatedly numb the pain in their heart by shacking up with another man.
The teachings I shared so far to heal the brokenhearted are;
1. The Identity Crisis Barrier 1
2. The Replacement Barrier 2
3. Good Girls, Bad Experiences
4. Single and Alone
These teachings are designed to heal the Brokenhearted. I still have so much more but I have to teach what God tells me to teach. I may get back to teaching more about it next year God willing.
Forgiveness a Big Part of Inner-Healing
We can also minister healing to people who have Broken-hearts by sharing how God forgives and they must also receive Godís forgiveness and exercise forgiveness toward those who have offend or betrayed them, if not inner-healing cannot take place (Matthew 6:14-15).
Renouncing It (Undo It)
Renouncing words, bad habits, evil acts and ungodly relationships is a Christian practice thatís design to break the emotional and spiritual ties and associations we have confessed and professed by action in the past. When we call ourselves stupid, dummy, jerk, B-word, and any other thing we pronounced --that we are a dummy for example. If we donít stop we will begin making dumb moves and stupid things.
It would seem like we had a bad day, but in reality we are living out what we say about ourselves. Paul high-lighted this and said;
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every manís conscience in the sight of God (2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV). Paul renounced everything that was evil and deceptive. We sometimes say things that may seem harmless because itís a cultural lingo to sayówe fail to acknowledge how damaging those words really are to our minds and emotions.
Iíve heard of many controversial stories in my family and among my friends in the past. I heard how someone was accused of sleeping with someone. An act of fornication or adultery, whatever the relational status it was a lie until the rumor began to spread so much that it frustrated the person to actually go and sleep with that person to be spiteful in their vengeance to say ďyeah, now Iím sleeping with him or herĒ.
When we say something we usually act on it is my point. So in order to be released from the words spoken unwisely, Jesus calls it idle words that we will give an account for on the day of judgment if we donít renounce it now and ask for forgiveness and seek to be healed inwardly (Matthew 12:36-37).I know that when Jesus said this He was referring to the Pharisees that were accusing Him of casting demons out by the power of Beelzebub, and the condemnation they faced by speaking idle words or saying something that they did not supernaturally understand about the deliverance ministry that Jesus operated in --but they failed to acknowledge is extremely dangerous.
However, when we speak unwisely by saying (God damn it!). Are we really paying attention to what we just said? The Pharisees damn Jesus by saying in detail that He was operating under evil powers. When we say anything negative we will suffer the impact of those words. Solomon said it this way; death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21).
We must have a controlled tongue that thinks before it speaks and knows when to be silent and gives wise advice when given permission. We need to have a caring tongue that seeks to encourage people by speaking words of truth and power. Because having a careless tongue and condemning everything even one-self; and a conniving tongue thatís geared at slandering people and gossiping and twisting the story around to make others look bad will bring trouble into our lives. Letís learn to speak life by speaking positive.
Confessing ItóThe Sin Factor
We cannot hide behind our excuses for being angry at someone and wishing them hurt, harm and danger even death for some. We can be angry but not sin the bible says (Psalm 4:4/ Ephesians 4:26). Paul goes even further to make a practice point of going overboard with our anger. Paul said, donít let the sun go down on your wrath and donít give place to the devil to use you to go overboard (Eph. 4:26-27). We can go overboard by wanting those who offended us to be dead-- then saying it.
John told us if we sin we are to confess it and be cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). That means when we ask God to forgive us we must confess all that we know to be sin. The more we know what is sin the more detailed we can be in our confession of it; However, if we are young Christians just say forgive all my sins, iniquities and transgressions in thought, in word and in action that I may have committed against You Father, in Jesusí name I pray.
I will continue Jesusí Mission Statement as an Evangelist in my next article may God bless you to receive this teaching, amen.