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Sharing the Gospel with Everyone

 

 Sharing the Gospel with Everyone

Missionary Jim Kilgore

 

There is an adage that says that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. But when you think about it….this familiar cliché’ is not entirely accurate. With the right deductions and a good accountant, many people have managed to avoid paying any taxes at all. But everyone will face the ultimate certainty that we all die. Death is an unavoidable reality for all people. 

The rich die as well as those that are poverty-stricken.  The rich man in Luke 16  died just as the beggar Lazarus had died. The educated as well as the illiterate face death.  Children died as do the elderly.  According to the following website,  https://www.quora.com we learn these facts about death. 

  • 3 million people die each year
  • 151,600 people die each day
  • 6,316 people die each hour
  • 105 people die each minute
  • This means that each time your heart beats, TWO people slip off into eternity.

 

I often ask people I meet what I consider to be the most significant and important question in the world. “If you were to die today, are you 100% certain that you would go to Heaven, or would you honestly say, I just do not know?”    Why ask a such a question?  Because of the clear teaching of Scripture on the CERTAINTY of death, yet the uncertainty as to WHEN each person will die.   Hebrews 9:27 warns us of death and facing God in judgment. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”  I firmly believe that Jesus could remove all Christians from this world at any second (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), but until that happens, man will continue to die.  Therefore, God cautioned us to “…Prepare to meet thy God…” in Amos 4:12.   

 

Death is No Respecter of Persons

I have seen the young as well as the old die.  No one knows the day nor the hour of their death, so God implores each person to make the spiritual preparations today.  II Corinthians 6:2, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.)”

  • The following message was sent to me by a godly friend in India.  “One of my students, a 10-year old girl went to be with the LORD for eternity today, just now. She trusted and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior during the VBS (Vacation Bible School) conducted in our school last year, (Nov.6-10, 2017).”  I asked the cause of her death, and his reply was “Cause of death is unknown! A sudden death, black spot spotted all over her body.”  Her funeral will be tomorrow, January 6, 2018, in India.

 

  • This is the second 10-year-old to die in the last 12-months that I am aware of.    In the Philippines, I was soul-winning with a pastor when we came upon a casket.  I asked to go and have prayer with the family. As we approached the home, we noticed there were two caskets.  The one we saw was the 38-year-old husband and father.   The second coffin was for his ten-year-old son that died that tried to save his father’s life.  The son tried to rescue his father from the electrocution.  But the young man was likewise electrocuted while pulling the wires off his dad.   Both died from the incident.     I am uncertain as to the spiritual condition of the father and his son, but at the casket, God allowed me the opportunity to lead six adults one of whom was the wife and mother, to Jesus Christ.  The events of that day led me to thank God for all the parents, grandparents, godly teachers, and youth-workers investing in the spiritual welfare of our young people. 
  • We seem to think that death only invades the ranks of the elderly and aged.  Yet at the age of 38 death wrapped its ugly arms around my first wife, Cathy Kilgore.  I am so grateful that as a CHILD Cathy had made her decision to accept Jesus Christ as her only hope of going to Heaven.  II Corinthians 5:8 reminds us of a blessed and comforting truth.  “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 

 

  • I was in Bohol, Philippines four years ago when I took three people to go soul-winning with me.  The first house closest to the church had three people sitting in their yard.  We were invited to sit and talk with them when I turned the conversation to spiritual matters.  All three made their decision to accept Jesus Christ as their only hope of going to Heaven.  None of us sitting there knew that the elderly lady would die just three weeks later.  I learned of her death from her Grandson that is a Baptist Pastor in Cebu, Philippines.  He wrote, thanking me “For doing what he SHOULD be doing, sharing the Gospel with my family.” 

 

  • Three years ago, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA, I went to visit a man in the hospital and was honored to lead him to Jesus Christ only to learn that he died two weeks later.  We just do not how much time a person has so we must share the Gospel daily.  The opportunities surround us to evangelize those that may not know how to prepare to meet God.  They are crying out as the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30-31, “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

 

  •  She Died 24 Hours Later.  Over one year ago in Hong Kong (2016), I had scheduled a meeting with a 35-year-old lady that was a friend of one of our Church members.  This meeting was to take place on Skype at 10:30 am Asian time.   At 10:15 some of her friends came to her asking her to attend a birthday party celebration with them.  She agreed and told our church member the following, “Please  tell the Missionary that she will meet him the following Sunday at 10:30 to hear How to go to Heaven.” 

 

  • I was flying to Tokyo’s Narita Airport during 2017 when our plane nearly crashed due to the severe weather and high turbulence.  People were screaming lime one would in a horror movie.  I looked into the faces of many screaming and hysterical people.  The lady sitting next to was doing the sign of the cross.  We had seconds before the crash that seemed inevitable. But God in Glorious Grace spared each life aboard the plane.  As we landed roughly, the Pilot did a magnificent job of preventing the plane from crashing.  Once we were safe, all of the passengers on board that I could see was clapping like their favorite team had just won a championship.  I turned to the lady sitting next to me and asked her if she had died would she had gone to heaven.  She said, probably not. I asked her if I could tell her how she could know, but she said she was okay. 

She represents so many people.  She had just stared death in the face, and God allowed her another opportunity to make her decision for heaven.  Like King Agrippa, she was ALMOST persuaded to become a Christian but chose to reject the Son of God for Salvation.  Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS CHRIST?  

In Romans 10:13 God has made you a PROMISE.  The promise is conditional upon your willingness to sincerely call upon Jesus Christ in simple faith, receiving what He has done for you while on the Cross, to pray your sin debt.  Romans 6:23b, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

 

 

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Christian, Know Your Enemy

 

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Christian, Know Your Enemy

I Peter 5:8, “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

The Child of God must come to terms with a truth that is of paramount importance. The Christian life is not a playground, it’s a battleground. The Christian is a very definite target in the center of the battlefield, and yet most aren’t even aware that there’s a spiritual war going on. We have an enemy to face every day that we live.

Our greatest adversary, Satan, is on a mission to destroy God’s people and discredit the Cause of Christ. He is as a roaring lion and not as some playful pet. He wants to devour you, so you must be aware and alert at all times. 

Paul, in writing to the Church at Ephesus warned: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” (Ephesian 5:15).  But who is this enemy hat has waged war on the Believer? 

 

Three Facts About Your Enemy

 

First, Ezekiel 28 makes it clear that Lucifer was a Created being, an angel, given the assignment of guarding the mountain of God, and had somewhat to do with music. He is created, and thus is limited. He is not like God. He is not all knowing, all powerful, and cannot be every at the same, as can God.

Second, Satan is not only a Created being, but he became a Corrupted being.  Ezekiel 28:15,  “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”  Ezekiel 28:17  “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness… “    He is a fallen powerful angel who led a rebellion of a third of the angels of Heaven and now seeks to destroy all that is good and God ordained.

 

Finally, Satan is also a Condemned being.  Ezekiel 28:16, “I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God…”   Isaiah 14:15: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

As a believer, you have a choice to make. You may choose to live a life of victory, or you may choose to live your life in defeat.  Satan’s goal is to have the Christian live a life of continual defeat.

 

WHAT IS A DEFEATED LIFE?

 

  • It is a life without fruit. We are commanded by the Lord to bear fruit. Jesus said, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8).

 

  • It is a life without power. If the power were present, the life would not be defeated. Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me. . .” (Acts 1:8).

 

  • It is a life dominated by the flesh. The Corinthians were defeated Christians. Paul called them “babes in Christ.” They were carnal, not spiritual.

 

  • It is a life directed at times, by Satan. Are you saying that a Christian’s life is never directed by the evil one? If so, you are speaking against the Word of God. Simon Peter said to Christians, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. “—I Peter 5:8,9.”

 

The defeated life is dominated by the world, the flesh and the Devil. These are the three enemies that work for the constant defeat of a Christian. The devil will continue to put pressure on in different forms. He does this in three ways.

 

Christians Must Understand How Satan Uses Two Main Tactics to Defeat Them

 

Our EXTERNAL enemy is the World, society apart from God. Our world is in no way friendly to the cause of Christ. Rather, Christians are viewed by the world as the problem, not the solution. The world caters to the lust of our flesh, our eyes, and pride. Media caters to these three, as does entertainment, and certainly advertisers.

One fast-food chain in America desires to appeal to what they call, “Thee Young Hungry Guy (YHG).   Their target in advertising are the men ages 18-40. Therefore, in their attempt to draw them into their restaurants, they often use semi-nude women in their commercials, who at times moving around with sexual gyrations to capture the interest of this ‘YHG’. This is what our External enemy does.

 

Our INTERNAL enemy is our Flesh, the old sin nature. Once we got saved, the Spirit of God came to live within us (Romans 8:9), and now there’s a war going on inside us! The battle is over control of the new Believer. Our text states that each Christians faces the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let me describe our enemies in the following manner:

The lust of the flesh is an overwhelming desire to do something. The devil preys on the Christian’s mind here. Paul said, what I want to do I don’t do, and what I don’t want to do I find myself doing!   The pride of life is an overwhelming desire to be someone or something. The devil preys on the Christian’s emotions here. The lust of the eyes is an overwhelming desire to have something.

The Devil preys on the Christian’s will here. So Satan focus on the Christian’s mind, will, and emotions in order to defeat him. Satan knows that he cannot take away a Christian’s salvation, for this is an Eternal transaction (Romans 6:23; Matthew 19:16; John 3:15-16; John 10:28; Titus 1:2). Therefore, he goes after the next best thing, the Christian’s testimony.   This is what Paul seemed to fear in I Corinthians 9:27 when he penned these words, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

 

Our INFERNAL enemy is the Devil. He’s real, he’s on the earth, and he has quite a following, both demonic and human, (I Peter 5:8).

 

Avoiding Two Common Mistakes as You Deal with the Devil

 

First, do not maximize his influence. Don’t pin everything on him. Satan can tempt, but he cannot FORCE you to do anything against your will. Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Second, do not make the mistake of minimizing his influence. Many Christians become easy prey because of ignorance of the devil’s devices. He does not possess the same powers as God. He is powerful, but he is limited.

 

 The first time Jesus came to earth, there was a flurry of demonic activity everywhere. And Jesus is coming again, and Satan knows his days are numbered, and his time is short. No wonder the Bible predicts another big surge of demonic activity, increasing up to the end! His eventual fate is sealed. Revelation 20:10 makes it very clear where the Devil will spend his eternity, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

 

 

 

How Does Justification Impact My Daily Life? (Part Two)

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How Does Justification Impact My Daily Life?    (Part Two)

 

Romans 5:1-5:  “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

The above verses teach us how our Relationship with God has Been Dramatically Affected because of Justification.  We were once at war with God and was considered the enemy of God.   Romans 5:10: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”  We were at war, but now we have peace with God.  Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Access to God in the Old Testament


In the Old Testament, inside the tabernacle (tent of meeting), and the temple, were the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place, (also called the Holy of Holies).  This is where only the High Priest could go once a year to offer sacrifices for his sins, and also the sins of the people. When Jesus died on the cross, three of the Gospels state that the veil separating the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was torn in two.

This indicated that direct access to the presence of God was now available for all believers. The word access only appears three times in the New Testament. It simply means introduction or entrance. Each time it is written in the Bible it is referring to Jesus and what He accomplished for believers.

 

Justification impacts our Daily Lives by Providing Access to God. 
 

  • Romans 5:2: “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”  
  • Ephesians 2:18: “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
  • Ephesians 3:12: “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

The unsaved person does not have access to God, because he has no standing before God.  However, those of us  that have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, we were given admittance into the very throne room of God.  We read in Hebrews 4:16 where a gracious invitation has been extended to ALL Believers.  “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”    What a privilege and honor it is to have right of entry as one that has been saved and justified.

What Does Access To God Really Mean For the Believer?
 

 Access means that you can approach God at any time. You now have direct access to God. You don’t have to go through anybody else in order to approach God. You don’t have to confess you sins through anybody else. You don’t have to fellowship with God through anybody else. You must simply read your Bible, talk with the Lord, and fellowship directly with him.

Access means that we can bring any and all our requests to our Heavenly Father with whom nothing is too hard for Him to do.  Matthew 19:26 teaches us of the Power of God. “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”    Jeremiah 32:27 asks a question that you and I have asked when passing through difficult times. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?”  But the answer is given in Jeremiah 32:17, in which Jeremiah boldly proclaims, “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

This Access to God Is INTO Grace


Romans 5:2, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand…”  What does this mean to the Christian?  It means that our standing before God is one of the Glorious Grace of God and not as a result of keeping the law.

We must understand that grace means that GOD has provided for us; whereas the Law means that we are attempting to DO something in order to please God.     It is a magnificent truth to know, that we are living by grace, rather than by the bondage of the law.

A good friend of mine reminds us, “If you doubt your salvation, it is probably because you think you had something to do with it. News Flash: You didn’t.”  

 

Comment from a Pastor’s Wife in Pakistan

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Notes from a Pastor’s wife serving in Pakistan:

A wonderful message of encouragement.We surely need to reflect upon what God did for us in the past..He can do far above than our expectations …his plans are far greater than ours.Pastor maybe i am not a big preacher as you are…but I have Jesus in me…Just sending you a message on Trusting God When You Don’t Understand….. I like to learn…blessed to have you and your teachings.God is using you and will bless countless through you.amen

Pastor Kilgore’s Comments: Sister, I am a servant of our Lord desperately wanting to add value, hope, and encouragement to as many people as possible across this world. I am a little shot serving a great big God which is daily humbled by what God, through “each” of His servants is able to do for HIS glory!
Continue serving God faithfully and He will “continue” to bless your work in Pakistan!

Don’t let your Dream Die

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This post was inspired by my youngest son John.  I hope it provides the intended encouragement to propel you towards the achievement of your dream.
I have often said, “Don’t allow your dream to die.”  Yet how easy is it to become sidetracked with  “stuff”.
Today,  my encouragement for you is for you to answer a most personal question:  “What dream, ambition, desire do you have hidden deep within your heart?”  It has been secretly begging to Resurface and have the fire and passion Rekindled.
Now that you have responded to this inner prompting, you have two choices: ” Will you Respond to, or Reject this project?  Will mankind be blessed or left to guess what great things you might have accomlished in their lives?
Today, you must move from “I Wish to I Will; from merely Dreaming to Driving Daily towards your Dream”.
If you’re ready to drive, one great piece of advice is:  “Reflect your dream in your daily agenda”.  I normally say in my Mentoring sessions: “Failure happens, but success is planned.  Success comes as a result of DOING the crucial tasks daily!
Are you ready to Plan for the accomplishment of your Passion?

Yesterday ended at Midnight

Paul told us in Philippians 3:14 -16 that we are to ” forget those things which are behind and  reach forth unto those things are before.”
To simplify the principle, Author and profound Speaker, John Maxwell once said,  “Yesterday ended last night.” I believe that we  must set aside memories of yesterday’s performance and focus on today’s opportunities!
Yesterday affords us the opportunity of learning lessons yet may  blind us to the opportunities presented by our Heavenly Father.

There is no way that you can move FORWARD if you are trapped in the PAST!

Remember, yesterday ended at midnight !

Warning, Witnessesing, and Winning the Unsaved while there are yet Opportunities!

The Bible states  in I Corinthians 7:29:  “But this I say, brethren, the time is short.”  “The time is short.”   This means that your time is short and that my time is short.  The time is short!  It also means that in light of this truth, you and I MUST do all that we can while we can for the cause of Christ.  We must not delay; we must not meander;  we must not approach the work of Christ as though we have many years left .

We have a Biblical obligation to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to each unsaved man, woman, and child.  But why the urgency?

  • Did you know that each time your heart beats two people have slipped off into eternity?    This means that 125,000 souls died every day!
  • Furthermore, this means that 875,000 enter either Heaven or Hell every week.

Again, the Bible says, “the time is short.”  I once heard a godly Preacher reveal a rather startling fact he had read from a magazine article.  It said, “only 2% of the world’s population claims to have placed their faith in Jesus Christ and expect to go to heaven on the basis of what Jesus has done for them.   If this article is accurate, it would mean that 98% are going to hell when they die!!  John 14:6 says, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  What a tragedy to reject Christ and spend eternity separated from God when it does NOT need to happen.  The Bible emphatically states in II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

At the rate the modern Church is winning the lost to Christ, it would take over 4,000 to win each person IF we had the ability to stop all births and all deaths during those 4,000 years.   What a shameful fact.

My question is to you, how long, if ever, has it been since you have personally won a lost soul to Christ?

Another personal question, would you know how to win an unsaved person to Jesus if one asked YOU to?

If not, I would like to help you.  Please leave a remark with a way to get into contact with you and I can teach you how to win a soul to Jesus.

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