E-Team during the Holidays
December 21, 2009
Ephesians 6:12-20 (New King James Version)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
While you may not be armed with guns and neck chains like Mr. T. and the A-Team, you are armed with the weapons of spiritual warfare.
The E-Team has formed in Southwest Missouri.(Still accepting Christian believers to join. Those of you around the country, especially the Way of the Master people, pray for this group. WOTM people you are apart of the SW Missouri team in Spirit through your prayers.)
I will be leaving tomorrow. One day on the bus, then I arrive in Joplin, Missouri in the morning. I am so excited to see family. It has been last Christmas since returning home. It will be a blessing to see family and friends. More exciting, God has allowed me to join with others in Southwest Missouri to share our faith(evangelizing) in Jesus.
Doing evangelism back home comes with different scenarios than in Knoxville. Evangelizing in my hometown, I will share my faith with those I know more personally than the three years I have lived in Knoxville. Joplin-area is quite smaller than Knoxville. I am not intimidated by the fact of being potentially being rejected by acquaintances.(It is not me or anyone on the Evangelism team being rejected but many will reject the salvation message of Jesus and Him Crucified.) I am just an instrument in the Lord’s hand. Places to evangelize are smaller and limited than Knoxville.(Yet, everyone in all areas, both small and large, need the message of Jesus saving them from their destructive paths.)
If you share your faith in Jesus, prepare to be rejected. If it happened to God and the men he used in the Bible, we should expect the same to us.(I Samuel 8:7 is a great example of people rejecting God as their King.) We will get caught in the crossfire due to being the messengers. We should not be afraid of rejection. Evil man can only do so much to us.
Matthew 10:27-28, 32 (New King James Version)
27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
This verse in an encouragement to the believer sharing their faith.
Merry Christmas to all. Remember the greatest gift you can receive, if you are not a Christian, is accepting Jesus as your Savior. Just turn away from you selfish lifestyles and put your trust in the truth of Jesus Christ.