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Power for Evangelism & The need for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost

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Baptism of the Holy Ghost is an experience a Christian man and the Christian church cannot do without.

In this article which is part of the series concerning the need for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, we will discuss ‘Power for evangelism’.

Simply put, evangelism is the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witnessing.

Witnessing Christ and the gospel was a direct commandment from the Lord Jesus to all Christians. It is written in Mark’s gospel:

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. – Mark 16:15-16

The commission to evangelize the world and reach out to the unsaved is the sole reason the Church is in the world.

Missions is the heartbeat of God; evangelism is the way of the saved; we were saved to save others.

Many Christians and Churches do not acknowledge the importance of the Holy Ghost and His baptism in evangelism and missions.

It is mostly because there is no awareness of the spirituality of evangelism. Also, it is because they have not known the power of the Holy Spirit in soul wining.

However, the Bible is plain, and agrees that we need the Holy Spirit and His Baptism for effective witnessing.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

Jesus messaged his followers to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism to come from God. And in the passage above Jesus said: “…after that this power is come upon you, you shall be my witness”.

Another bible passage that supports that above scripture is John 15:26.

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. –John 15:26

Here is the sequence: Jesus came to witness the Father. The Holy Spirit came to testify and reveal Christ to us.

We are to witness Christ, but having not truly known Him or the expanse of grace available to us through Him, the Holy Ghost has revealed Him to us. And what the Holy Ghost reveals is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what we preach.

For instance, Jesus came in the name of the father, worshiped on Sabbath and obeyed the laws of God. For he was sinless to the law and none of His message was about grace. It was all about righteousness, holiness, the kingdom of His father, His Father’s personality.

Meanwhile the apostolic message and the epistles were all about Jesus. Even things that Jesus did not discuss when he was with them, they knew and spoke of.

Paul the Apostle of Grace was not with Jesus but He knew so much about Him and the expanse of grace we have received from God through His Son. He knew because the Holy Spirit had witnessed Christ to Him; and what the Holy Ghost revealed was what He preached.

And now, if the Holy Spirit is the first and true witness of Christ, we cannot do evangelism or witnessing without Him.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves an overflowing presence of the Holy Spirit in a man’s life in a level that such man begins to manifest the gifts of the Holy Spirit of which the initial evidence is speaking in tongues.

A man with an IQ of 200 will perform better than a man with IQ of 100. Such is the distinction between an ordinary born again Christian and a Christian living a life of fire.

Also, we must understand that Jesus said the power comes after the baptism and not before it. Salvation comes with being born again but the fire and power comes with the baptism.

Evan Roberts of the Welsh Revival

Evan Roberts of the great Welsh Revival preached and said: “Your strength will fail you if you are not baptized by the Holy Ghost and His Power”. He was speaking to believers who knew not that they need the Baptism of fire and power.

Boldness for witnessing

Perhaps one of the greatest gift of the Holy Spirit is the power to witness the gospel of Christ. And in this power lies boldness to witness.

After Jesus was resurrected and was no more readily with the disciples, although there were still sporadic visits from him, the disciples went back to fishing.

They had been there from the start to finish. They saw everything, they saw Elijah and Moses on the transfiguration mountain. They witnessed His greatness and power; and at a time heard directly from God when He said: “this is my beloved son in whom I am pleased, hear him”.

They knew the teachings, the prayers, the move of God and resurrection story, such that we can say that they were fully loaded.

However, when Jesus was no more readily with them, they abandoned everything.

One would expect them at least to try and raise themselves huge followers and tell them about Jesus, but they could not do anything.

They were fearful, timid, uninspired, passionless, had zero zeal for the God and zero burden salvation for the world. They were pretty much useless without Jesus.

This reminds me of the statement of Jesus: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”- John 15:5

Hence they could do nothing because Jesus remained not but was gone. It remained same until they prayed in the upper room and the Holy Ghost came like a mighty wave.

On that day, in Holy Ghost revival, they became exactly what they should be and the Christian Church was born.

Suddenly the fear was gone and the boldness was born.

Apostle Peter preaching boldly after Holy Ghost Baptism

Peter denied his Lord three(3) times for fear of being arrested. After the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, he did not wait to be asked a fourth time about his faith and Master. He had only seen men ridicule them and he “lifted up his voice” in power and made the first Christian evangelism. An about 5-mins witnessing that converted 3000 souls.

The bible has said it clearly:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Boldness to preach Christ is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and it comes upon men of the Spirit.

The more filled we are, the bolder we get. For surely a gas fire is stronger than kerosene fire even though they are both petrochemicals.

There are Christians who are not bold to represent Christ among sinners who hate God and the ways of the Just. They fear hate, slander and persecution. These so called Christians are only bold in a Christened environment or in their homes or in the Church.

Peter was there, the disciples were once there. It is absolutely normal to fear death, persecution and trials. But it is also a sign that we are not where God wants us to be. For after the Holy Ghost was come upon the disciples, they received boldness and power. Therefore we need the baptism for witnessing without fear.

We are indeed lucky that Christianity is a global force accepted in many societies. And also, with the freedom of religion in many countries, we are most lucky. Else, many of us would have been exposed for how weak and fearful we are to live for Christ. We would have known how powerless we are to preach and witness out faith.

Only the Holy Spirits baptism can give men the boldness to witness Christ.

Burden for menPure Passion for Evangelism

Burden for God’s work is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Burden for men is a gift that comes with the presence of the Holy Ghost and with Pentecostal experience, it is pure fire passion.

There are men who evangelize for fun. There are people evangelizing to fulfill all righteousness and in so doing please God. There are people evangelizing because they were called to do it. There are also men who evangelize as a form of spiritual exercise. All these are valid reasons why men evangelize but men like Paul had the passion and burden.

Paul was told that chains and persecution awaits him in Jerusalem and He replied: “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 21:13.

And when he recounted his sufferings for the gospel He said: ” I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I face death everyday. ” –1 Corinthians 15:31.

Brethren, there is a burden for witnessing and it is not equal in every true Christian. A born again without fire baptism could show some level of it, but with fire baptism, rivers of fire-passion will flow through his/her heart.

There are men whose burden outweighs the others as the Spirit has given them the strength. Such men are full of tears and passion for the lost and perishing sinners. It is not a gift you can give yourself, it is the pure work of the Holy Spirit.

The disciples were battered left and right, they were harassed and flogged in the public but they never stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When persecutions broke out against the early Church, Christians were scattered about the world and wherever they went they couldn’t help themselves but continued to recruit men into life. For they were men of fire.

The early church birth and forged in Pentecostal fire carried a spiritual ark full of passion for witnessing. Men and women with pure passion to evangelize and all that mattered was the commission of the Lord.

Meanwhile a preaching of 2 hours is not enough to convince the Church of today to witness Christ. And it is worst that Christians who claim to have been filled with this power don’t come to evangelism outreach.

Show me a baptized Christian who does not care about the mind of He whom he claims fills his heart and I’ll show you a Christian man who does not truly know the baptism of fire.

How can God who is full of passion for the lost and perishing world live in a man and even welling up to baptism, and yet such a man cannot feel this passion even if it is a little?

Is there fire without smoke? Is there a burning bush without flames? Can fire burn at a spot on a ground full of fire consumable items? Can a single tree burn without affecting the grasses at the base? This is why I tell you my brethren for whom my God has great zeal for, that there is a question for any man baptized by this Fire and Power and yet has no passion and burden to evangelize.

Even more, as long as many trees cannot burn without affecting grasses on the ground and consume many other plants and even animals, so a Church forged in the fires and power of the Holy Ghost cannot be silent for evangelism and missions.

Burden for evangelism, passion for the lost is a gift of the Holy Spirit. We must ask for it if we don’t have it and we must endeavor to be men of the Spirit’s fire.

Grace for soul wining

A man who has the Boldness, and the Burden only needs one more thing – Grace.

Grace is the ultimate; it is everything we need. We can achieve nothing without grace; the struggle is endless and never yielding desired result without it. Grace complements human efforts. What others struggle to achieve, with lesser effort, we will achieve it.

In evangelism and soul wining, grace is very much important. An evangelist with grace to convert millions will definitely convert millions while one with grace to preach to a thousand will only preach to a thousand.

From red-hot revival and baptism of fire, Peter rose up and converted 3000 souls in less than 5-mins I believe. Meanwhile we preach for an hour and only few are saved and that is if there be any who is truly saved.

I mean, these days we mostly have people crying for the sin they have done prior to the preaching and not to be saved from sin entirely. That is the reason we go back and the same sin continues to defeat us.

The reason why we are achieving little is that we have little grace for our evangelistic outreach, preaching and sermons. There is grace in the Holy Ghost, and when a Christian man is burning for God in overflowing glory, the grace is much on Him.

A Church full of the presence and fire of the Holy Ghost is stronger for evangelism and soul wining than a weak Church without the fire presence of the Holy Ghost. And as long as the overflowing and overwhelming presence of God remains unseen in the life of most Christians, we will have a hard time obtaining an overwhelming grace for evangelism.

That grace that can convert 3000 persons with just 5-mins witnessing is what we need in these last days and it will come with revival if we ask in prayers.

We must not underestimate a Church on fire. For one will chase a thousand, two will chase tens of thousands; but a Church on fire has grace in abundance.

Finally brethren, I Ogba victor a messenger of Jesus Christ remind believers that we cannot do without the Holy Spirit and His baptism. Our strength is too small for His work and it will fail us in this journey, but the strength of the Lord is sufficient. Amen!

The Gospel of love and Why the Churches cannot convert her youths for God

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They call it the gospel of love, I call it gospel of hate. They say it is from God, I say it is from the pulpits of hell. They think it is God’s message, I think it is why the modern Church and American Churches cannot convert her youths.

I met an American transgender in a Christian online group who was transforming into a man. She had claimed to have heard a voice as she was drunk-driving and filled with many thoughts as to why Christians did not accept her way of life.

After that voice she decided to become a baptized transgender Church goer. I am unapologetic as to why I have not used ‘a transgender Christian’.

For a Christian is a person like Christ. Christ is not a transgender, a gay or a homosexual.

I did not believe her story one bit. I have seen people tell lies that God said one thing or the other to them, but it was all lies. I have seen one who claimed to have died and saw God and hell but had later confessed that it was all lies. Such is the state of men’s heart.

The true reason for which I did not believe her story was because she had no repentance and salvation.

I know my bible and I know the power of Salvation. I absolutely was, and am sure, that Jesus can save her from that grave sin and wickedness against God.

On that very post was another testimony by a former Homosexual. He testified that on the day that he genuinely cried out to God and surrendered, that power had come into him to overcome the lust for men. Now that is what salvation is about; that is what Jesus does when He comes into a man’s life.

Any Church goer who remains the same after coming to Jesus still needs to undergo sanctification and experience what salvation is.

I have seen Jesus give me power to overcome sins that I could not break on my own after I prayed and cried unto him. When repentance is seen in us and a genuine plea for mercy and help is heard by God, power comes to help us overcome sin.

But this beautiful lady had no repentance, penitence or salvation. And so I was convinced that she was seeking acceptance in sin.

I was concerned. I said to myself, that even if she was telling lies, I was going to help her come to the truth. And If she was telling the truth which I doubt, I was still going to guide her rightly to turn away form that sin. Perhaps God had brought her forth that I may teach her what Jesus can do for her if she genuinely cries out for mercy and repents from her evil ways.

There are many voices that men hear that are not from God. Sometimes the devil could mask as an angel of light to deceive us. We may also hear human voices who are presently in the spirit realm (children of darkness).

Whichever it was, I was in that conversation to reprove her. I was there to lend her the helping hands of Jesus Christ my saviour.

It was during that processes that I had discovered that she had no plans of changing her ways but would rather go full trans. Then I opened her eyes to the scripture in Titus 2:11.

11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13  “Titus 2:11.

One of the intriguing part of that post and comment thread and what struck me the most was that the ‘Christian’ moderators warned against any rebuke concerning her none-transformed life.

The moderators did not want anyone to tell her that we are not saved in sin but from sin. They did not want anyone to tell her that she was derailing from the truth of the bible. They shunned hurting her with the truth. Truth as it is provable from the scriptures that God will judge all Homosexuals and those who engage in unnatural sexuality.

The moderators wanted us to love instead. They wanted us to love her to her death and condemnation.

But that which they called love was wickedness in disguise. For the love of God turns a man from sin unto righteousness.

One of my American Facebook friends made a post and said: “why not we preach just love“. In other words, our message should be only about love.

Brethren, I present to you what I call ‘the gospel of love’.

It is that gospel that loves a man too much that the man loses sight that judgement is at hand. It is that gospel that puts aside the whole counsel of God and His truths but only portrays the love of God.

The gospel of love is void of the call for repentance and penitence for sin. It’s result is without the plea and cry for mercy and grace. The gospel of love does not tell a man of the power to help him live above sin that is in Christ; but rather, it teaches that as sinners we are loved by God and that even if we continue to sin, the love remains.

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. –Psalm 7:11

I do not say that there is no love for sinners. But the love of God to a sinner is to lead them towards repentance and salvation. God’s love is not for us to remain in our sins because love will not be considered on the day that the Lord will judge all men starting from those in the Church. For it is written:

“I will forsake my house, abandon my inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies. My inheritance has become to me like a lion in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.Jeremiah 12:7-8

So you see, God loves us truly but His love does not cancel His judgments. On that day our deeds and holiness will count.

Who truly does love?

A Christian meets a man who is derailing and condemns his sin and tells him that God is willing and ready to help him change like I did to the transgender. The sinner could be an outsider or could be a Church goer because we have sinners in the church. This sinner who has been reproved and told of judgement hates this Christian man and says there is no love in him.

A modern Christian and a preacher of love meets this sinner and embraces him without revealing his sin and condemning it. This modern preacher even welcomes this sinner into the Church but does not reprimand him and tell him the truth of the bible.

When this sinner dies and comes to judgement without plea and help, having not been told that God’s love will not pardon sin and that Church goers who sin will be faced with a stiffer judgment.

If he is condemned for sin and evil as it is written: “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book“; what would be her thoughts about the Christian man and Preacher of love?

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There is no love Gospel greater than John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave us His son”, is love. “That whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”, is a warning for judgement and a call for salvation.

If this is what Jesus preached, what does the modern Church goers mean when they’d say: “do what Jesus would do”, “just love”?

For in truth, if we will preached like Jesus and do exactly as he did, we would have been able to turn our countries and nations upside down like Jesus did and He became a sign. Christianity would have been a sign.

Did not Jesus call for repentance when He told the harlot caught in adultery and was about to be stoned: “Go and sin no more“?

Did not Jesus tell the Pharisees: “You will die in your sin if you don’t believe and is converted”?

Did not Jesus preach and said: “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”?

If these were the preaching and teachings of Jesus Christ, why should we not tell sinners to repent of their sins? Why should we preach ‘just love’?

John the Baptist preached: “Flee ye from the judgement that is coming.” He was hated by religious scholars just like holiness preachers will be hated by the preachers of the gospel of love. But he shook the nation of Israel and baptized many. The military trembled when they heard him roar: “flee now, for judgment is coming”!

Unfortunately for us and the kind of Gospel we preach today, our neighbors who are deep into sin, witchcraft, idolatry and wickedness are so happy to see us. They take us for a joke because we have made the counsel of God a complete joke.

And I ask again, what do modern Christians mean when they say: “Do what Jesus would do, just love, don’t condemn, just accept them the way they are”?

Oh! I know why they preach the gospel of love. It is because when they preach love no one will say they are hard on them. When they preach only love no one will call them judgmental and hateful people. Because when they preach love they will not be hated but will be accepted. Did not Jesus say we will be hated by the world? Any Christian man who does not want to be hated must drop from this boat of life. For the Church was called out to be a sign that will be spoken against.

They don’t preach the whole counsel of God because they want to grow mega churches and become bishop of big churches. They don’t want to lose that member who pay mega tithe. Men and women who don’t care about God’s will or His word; they only care about themselves and how the world honor them, but the true honor which comes from God they ignore. Such men will not escape judgement unless they repent.

My brethren, the gospel that Jesus preached, the gospel that Paul, Peter and the Apostles preached, the gospel that the prophets of old preached, the gospel that brought glory days to America and the nations, it was a hard take. It was a sign which was spoken against, a sword that pierced through our souls revealing our deepest secrets. We cried and cried because the heat was much but we found God as a result. It was not effective in causing men to like them but it was effective enough to birth revival.

The gospel of love is not effective against men who hate God.

There are so many haters of God in America, there are so many haters of the truths of God all over the world. They indeed have heard about God and His love, but they have willfully chosen to hate God.

An example of a pure God hater who is all out to destroy Jesus and Christianity.

Even in the Church are men who hate holiness and righteousness. They cling unto God’s love and live in gross sin and immorality. I see them online everyday; they bear a form of godliness but are totally sold to the flesh.

They don’t want to ever see a Holy Christian man or woman. They deride virgins and righteous people. Yes! One said to me: “I hate you” during an argument. What did I do? I reproved her of evil.

These are the kind of people we have in the society, and what they need is not just to be told about God’s love because they don’t care about God, His love or His word.

What they need is for us to put tears in their eyes exactly the same way that we were caused to weep for our sins and we experienced salvation.

A sister just gave her life to Christ some weeks ago, for she said to herself: “I can’t afford to suffer in the world and suffer in eternity”.

What changed her was not the gospel of love for she knew that God loved her. What changed her was the knowledge of the righteous judgments of God.

The American society needs fire men who will ring judgment to their ears all day long, all week long and all years long. The American society and the present world needs men who will preach repentance, salvation and the consequences of not yielding to God’s word. We need men who will teach us the power of salvation because Jesus saves from sin.

Not that we should rule out God’s love from our message, but we must also teach the consequences of not accepting it. And to those who have accepted we must teach that: “he who mentions the name of the Lord must depart from sin”. – 2 Timothy 2:19

The gospel of love, watered gospel, diluted gospel, week gospel; it is why the Church as a unit has become powerless to shake our nations for God. And it is also why we don’t have revival.

Hear this word of God as a final warning you who is guilty of causing the Church of God to lose it’s power by teaching the gospel of ‘just love’:

18WHEN I SAY UNTO THE WICKED, THOU SHALT SURELY DIE; AND THOU GIVEST HIM NOT WARNING, NOR SPEAKEST TO WARN THE WICKED FROM HIS WICKED WAY, TO SAVE HIS LIFE; THE SAME WICKED MAN SHALL DIE IN HIS INIQUITY; BUT HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THINE HAND. Ezekiel 3:18

The Lord’s Prayer practical praying model

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Teach us to pray the disciples asked Jesus. For they have monitored his prayer life; they have seen Him go all night praying in power and great glory, they have seen His great burden for prayers, but they knew not how to pray like Him. They probably knew how to ask for forgiveness, they probably knew prayer of thanksgiving. But Lord! “Teach is what you spend all night doing” they said.

I believe Jesus would have put on a warm smile knowing that they have just asked of Him one of the most important subject matters. Oh! Yes! Prayer is larger than earthly life to a man who wants to inherit eternal life.

Jesus look at them and started. He said: “When you pray say:”

1. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name

The beginning of all forms of prayer is with thanks and praises unto God. Praises may come in form of songs or uttered words to magnify the majesty of Him who we stand before. God delights in praises and thanksgiving.

In this part we magnify His name. We thank Him for our life and that of the people around us. We thank Him for His provisions, thank Him for the battles and challenges we have faced and the once we still face. We thank God for His glorious plans for us and the Church. We do this with all our heart to make God know that we acknowledge His Omnipotence.

2. Your kingdom come

The plan of God since creation has been for His Kingdom to come upon man. Praying this prayer is a reminder to God of His eternal promises. We have to soberly remind God of our many groaning and pains for His kingdom. We have to practically tell Him: “Oh! Lord Come quick”.

Will it make Him to come quicker? Yes! For there is absolute no prayer we pray that is not answered by God if we are what we are supposed to be. If the Church was what it is supposed to be, we can make rapture closer when we cry out and say “Thy Kingdom Come”.

3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan, He has a will and He has a purpose. A plan for us, a plan for the church and a plan for the world. This prayer is very important. We have to pray hard with tears for the will of God to be done in our lives, in the life of the Church and in the world.

It is here that we seek guidance and direction in life. It is here that we tell God not to desert us; else, we will fall out of His divine plan and purpose.

In this prayer point or topic we also bind and destroy powers that fight against the will of God, and powers that try to lead us out of God’s plans. What do I mean?

In 1 Chronicles 2, Satan rose up and manipulated David with pride. Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. This act annoyed God; so he punished Israel.

The will of God was for David to continue trusting in God, but Satan manipulated him out of God’s plan and will. There are many people like David who are under spells and manipulations of the powers of darkness. These powers has caused them to sit out of the God’s plan. We need to break the jinx and manipulative energy of Satan and his warlocks in our lives.

In Daniel 10:13, Daniel spent days and times before God in prayers. God had answered him and sent an angel to reveal to him secretes. The Prince of Persia who is the head of demons in Persia resisted the Angel. It was so until a greater angel came and overcame the ruler of darkness in Persia and Daniel got his message.

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There are powers of darkness that does not want us to reach the place God wants us to reach. There are powers that contend with our visions and purpose in life. There are powers that fight the will of God for our brothers and sisters. There are powerful spirits that contend with the Church concerning God’s will.

Take a look at the Church, do we really think that we are where God wants us to be? There is absolutely no way we are where God wants us to be. Hence, there is dire need to pray until we are in the right position as individuals, as family members and as ‘the church’.

This practical prayer point is as vast as the Spirit shall give us inspiration and utterance. But it is started by saying “Oh God! Let your will be done in my life as you have planned it in heaven”. Amen!