Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:2
Read: John 15:1-2
As seen in Revelation 3:8 and according to 2 Corinthians 12:9, if your strength is small but Jesus is with you, you will achieve more than the fellow who has greater strength but lacks His backing. When God backs you, He will make things easy for you. In addition, if He is the One who opened that door for you, no matter what the enemies do, they will not be able to shut it. God can open to you the door of missionary opportunity. From the example of Apostle Paul, while at Ephesus, the Lord opened opportunities to win souls to him in spite of the opposition. One way God rewards soul winners is by creating more opportunities to witness. For those who are shy to preach the Gospel, know that the most challenging step is to win the first soul. You will find soul winning much more easier after you take in your first catch. It is commonly said that practice makes perfect. When you win souls, the anointing to rake in more is released. When last did you win souls to Christ?
Moreover, you will also notice that the more you turn down an opportunity to win souls to Christ, the more difficult it becomes to speak to next soul that comes your way. When this continues, Satan will permanently shut your mouth for a whole month, or for a period. This is bondage! If the mouth the Lord gave to you to declare Him to men is used for everything else other than that, you are in bondage. A lot of Christians have been delivered from sin but need deliverance from the spirit of fear refraining them from preaching the Gospel. Do not deceive yourself that you are pleasing God when you do not win souls. You displease God big time! If your position as a pastor or senior pastor is the excuse for not winning souls, it is better you quit that office and regularly win souls than retain the office without winning souls.
You are won to win others. Go out and win a soul today!
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