Winning the Lost without a Word
1 Peter 3:1-2 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. NKJV
I must admit that this verse of Scripture is a rebuke to me because of the disposition it puts forth that has the ability to lead a lost soul to Jesus Christ our Lord. I all too often think that if I do not have just the right word from Scripture to say and in the right way to a specific person that I have failed miserably. Or I will desire to leave a gospel track and then pray that God would use it to pierce the heart and repentance and faith would take place. It rebukes my often half-hearted prayers for people that need Christ and my impatience in persistence in fervent prayer. I know that this word is true because it comes from God the Holy Spirit through Peter and surely Peter was speaking also of a truth that he had witnessed personally along his pilgrimage. I don’t think Peter is saying here that a person can be saved apart from hearing a clear gospel message and it being energized by God the Holy Spirit, but he is saying that much heart softening can be accomplished by a person living their life daily in reverence and awe of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I heard the following testimony that sums up every word spoken above by the great Apostle Peter and it goes as follows: A woman and her husband both were lost but the woman heard the gospel and got saved and loved our Lord Jesus dearly and lived in said reverence and awe before her unsaved husband day after day for many years. She would daily pray for his heart to be softened to hear the gospel for years. She would walk to Church every time she went and her dog would follow her there and sit underneath her seat during the service. Her husband despised her new found love for the Lord Jesus Christ and did not like sharing her affections with Him and it would make him very angry but he observed her chaste conduct and her submission to him as head of the house was much more evident after she knew the Lord.
Well, the woman became ill with some disease and she prayed for healing and fought the disease with all that she had but one day lost her battle and went to be with our Lord. Well, the husband was grieved and saddened for a long time after her death but he noticed that their dog would leave the house every Sunday at the same time and come back at the same time each Sunday. Finally, one day he decided to follow the dog and find out where he was going for this time period. He followed and found the dog would go to the Church and sit under the same seat that his wife sat in every time and he went and heard the gospel and was saved (born again) all because of a wife who loved him so much that she prayed every day for his salvation and our Lord Jesus Christ answered her prayer after her death.
Psalm 143:1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. NKJV
“You cannot intercede if you do not believe in the reality of the Redemption; you will turn intercession into futile sympathy with human beings which will only increase their submissive content to being out of touch with God. In intercession you bring the person, or the circumstance that impinges on you before God until you are moved by His attitude towards that person or circumstance. Intercession means filling up "that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ," and that is why there are so few intercessors. Intercession is put on the line of – "Put yourself in his place." Never! Try to put yourself in God’s place.
As a worker, be careful to keep pace with the communications of reality from God or you will be crushed. If you know too much, more than God has engineered for you to know, you cannot pray, the condition of the people is so crushing that you cannot get through to reality.
Our work lies in coming into definite contact with God about everything, and we shirk it by becoming active workers. We do the things that can be tabulated but we will not intercede. Intercession is the one thing that has no snares, because it keeps our relationship with God completely open.
The thing to watch in intercession is that no soul is patched up; a soul must get through into contact with the life of God. Think of the number of souls God has brought about our path and we have dropped them! When we pray on the ground of Redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.” Oswald Chambers
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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