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Spirit Led Evangelism

Posted by Joshua-777 , 30 July 2011 · 219,884 views

My intentions are not to present a method of witnessing, but to provide a deeper understanding, give you core elements of evangelism, and inspire you to be lead by the Spirit while witnessing.

When you witness to someone, regardless of what method you use to witness, you are trying to convey one point. The core of the gospel, that Jesus died on the cross and rose again and those who believe in Him will have everlasting life. Here are a few verses that display this.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

1 John 5: 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

That is the core of the gospel. It’s all about Jesus. Whoever we witness to, we testify of Jesus, His work on the cross, and what He’s done for us. The gospel is not complicated, it’s simple. We need to be careful not to complicate it, or trail off of the message. Paul said to the Corinthians, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Cor, 2:2)” We should take Paul’s example, when we witness, we need to keep it on Jesus and the simplicity of the gospel, and if the conversation sways, always bring it back to Jesus.

There’s something to be careful of; it is so easy to cloud out the message by witnessing our theology, but we are not witnessing a theology, we are testifying of a living God who interacts with His children. We need to be careful, our theology lacks the power to save, but our testimony is in our Savior, and He is mighty to save. This is why personal testimony is so important we witness. Someone can debate our theology, but not so much our experiences. When we testify of what the Lord has done for us, it shows that we don’t worship a God who is distant, or blindly follow a religion but we serve a personal God. We know Him; we have a relationship with Him.

Our hearts must to back up our message. When we witness, we are presenting ourselves as an examples of Jesus to an unbelieving world. If we claim to be changed by the love of God, and our hearts don’t line up, we will hinder our witness and cause further spiritual damage to the person we’re witnessing to. We must present the gospel in love. People can tell if we are presenting something out of love, or if we are selling them something to believe in. In 1 John 4:8 says that God is love. Jesus is the image of God; so therefore, Jesus defines what love looks like. We need to become His love. John 13:35 says, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Love is proof you’re a believer. Love is the reason why we have come to know such an amazing Savior, and this love is our greatest witness of Him. I like what Todd White said, “My mission is not to go up to somebody and get them to pray the prayer, my mission is to love them into the Kingdom so they want what I have. “ Like Jesus, We need to have a heart moved with compassion, and really love people.

So how can we really love people as Jesus loves them? Romans 5:5 says, “love is poured out on our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” So love comes by the Holy Spirit. That means love is more than just a choice we make, but the love of our Savior flows through our heart by the Holy Spirit and it will impact anyone who we are around. This love comes from a deeper intimacy with the Lord. Heidi Baker, a missionary in Mozambique said, “All fruitfulness flows from intimacy.” This is such a powerful statement. As we fall deeper in love with Jesus, all fruitfulness will abound. We will develop His heart, and His love for people. This is a key to being led in His Spirit.

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God

Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

We have His Spirit in us. Think about that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us. When we witness, we should not base our witness on our own efforts and wisdom but by our obedience to the Lord as we are led by the Holy Spirit. Various methods of witnessing have their place, and can be powerful tools to use, but our confidence shouldn’t be in our strategy but in the Lord. Paul made the point a few times that the Kingdom comes in power. We need to learn to press into the Holy Spirit, depend on His power, and allow Him to lead us.

1 Corinthians 2: 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

Intimacy with the Lord is Key to walking in His Spirit, and His Spirit moves in power. Here are some ways to be in a place of intimacy to be led by Him. Be in consistent prayer, praise, and worship. Pray from your heart, when we worship and soak in His presence it opens our heart to be led by Him and changes our heart to be more like him. We need to continually renew our minds in Him, in prayer, worship, and His word. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Make your focus on His lead instead of your own. Get to know His Word, the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, and if we are not grounded in the Word we will not be grounded on the field.

There are many ways the Holy Spirit will speak to us and lead us. One way is a strong urging in our heart. We’ll be walking and we’ll see someone and then Holy Spirit will urge our heart to talk to him. We need to learn to recognize and obey when the Holy Spirit prompts our heart. Other times, Holy Spirit will give us a word of knowledge about the person. A word of knowledge will be like a word that pops in your heart and it’s concerning things of the present and the past. It could be direction like turn around, or go here; it could be personal information about the person, like if their daughter needs prayer, Holy Spirit will say “daughter" leaving you with an open door to witness. A word of wisdom is similar. This is where the Holy Spirit gives you a revelation concerning the person’s future. The Holy Spirit reveals to you where the person is at in life or ministry and what the Lord has planned for them. It’s an impartation of knowledge concerning the future. Other times, the Holy Spirit will bring scripture to our mind or the right words to say when we witness. There are many other ways the Holy Spirit speaks to us; these are some ways that are most common in evangelism.

Here are a few testimonies about how the Holy Spirit has lead me.

One night I was walking home from Walmart, and I saw a lady pumping gas. The Lord told me to go talk to her, I knew she needed prayer. I was obedient and walked up to her. I said to her, "The Lord wanted me to talk to you, would you like prayer for anything?" She broke down and started crying, her husband just passed away and she really needed prayer.

The first time I've got a word of knowledge from the Lord, I was witnessing to a girl, and the Holy Spirit put on my heart that she was molested by a minister at a young age. I didn't know what to do so I just asked her, and she started crying. She was molested when she was 7 in a confession booth, and that caused her heart to harden against the Lord. She gave her life to Jesus that night.

One night, I was praying and searching the scriptures for something deep and profound, and the Lord kept bringing me to verses that I already knew and I was confused why the Lord was showing me them. They were milk, I was looking for meat. The next day I went to work at Walmart, I was stuck as door greeter. There was a new cart pusher named Jon. I started talking to him about the Lord and he seemed really interested in what I was saying. He then started asking me all kinds of questions throughout the day and the Lord gave me the verses to answer the night before. That night we talked for two hours, and then I asked him if he wanted to accept the Lord in his heart, he said yes, and I told him that this prayer isn't going to save him, giving his heart to Jesus will. Then he accepted the Lord in his heart.

This last testimony, I'm going to share, not to bring the focus on miracles, but to give an example of how the Lord can lead.

I was working one day and an old couple walked in. The Lord told me arthritis, right leg. When the couple was leaving, the lady stayed behind with her groceries and the husband went to get the car. I asked her if she had anything wrong with her right leg. She said no and told me her husband had arthritis in his left leg really bad, and she had arthritis in both her legs. I asked her if I could pray over her, and she said yes. I commanded the arthritis to leave in Jesus name, and she instantly was better. Then, I was able to help her out with her groceries. I went to their car and helped them load up their stuff, I asked her husband if anything was wrong with his right leg. He said that he had arthritis really bad in his leg, so I asked if I could pray over him. I rebuked his arthritis, and he said it felt a little better. I asked him if I could pray again. He told me that these things take a while to heal. I prayed over him again, and he had a look of total shock, the Lord fully healed him. I saw them a few weeks after this and they were totally arthritis free.

As I said earlier, we need to depend on Him instead of our own efforts. This goes with reaping the harvest also. When we witness to someone we need to have in mind that it is not us who saves them, but it’s the Lord. It’s not us who can convict them, but the Holy Spirit. John 16:8 says the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, He’s better at it than we are. When we are filled with Him, He opens the doors and leads us. We are vessels for Him to flow through, We lamps for His light to shine. We need to recognize it’s His work and be humble and obedient.

I’ve noticed one of the biggest traps in witnessing is basing our success on reaping the harvest. Don’t do this! When you do this, the enemy will use it to discourage you. We must base our success on our obedience to the Lord, because it’s His harvest, if we are blessed to lead someone to the Lord, it’s His doing. Sometimes we will plant a seed, sometimes we’ll water a seed that’s already there, and sometimes we’ll be watering when the Lord makes the seed sprout.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”

Ok, one last point to keep in mind while witnessing is that there is a spiritual war going on behind the scene. Everyone you witness to, there is a spiritual battle going on for their souls. Be prepared for this. When you witness, light is invading the darkness exposing what is really there. Be bold, and don’t worry about offence. You will encounter people under demonic oppression, and this can lead to hostility when the gospel is presented. You will also encounter the enemy sending people to interrupt your witness, or try to get you into a debate. Keep grounded in the Lord and stay led by Him. Your battle is not against flesh and blood but against the demonic forces of this age, and you’re power is the same power that rose Jesus from the dead, the Holy Spirit living in you. The enemy is looking for a stage, and he will try to gain control the situation through fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind”. The way to combat fear is love. John says in 1st John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” This battle is not about a power showdown between good and evil, but an invasion of love.

Ephesians 6:12 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.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

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Guest_pizzamaker_*
Aug 04 2011 03:08 PM
Thanks Joshua. May God continue to bless and use you.
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RedeemedDisciple
Nov 11 2011 12:24 PM
All Honor and Praise be to Our Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

May God keep blessing you and fill you with his Spirit,, Thank you, i have enjoyed word you wrote. It has being an inspiration and a blessing to me.
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Good word Joshua. I am always amazed when people yield self to God and let Him use them as His channel.
May you ever be blessed in Him.
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Nanette Tron
Jan 13 2012 03:58 PM
My name is Nanette and I want to thank Joshua and his friends on his witnessing piece tribute. I am a believer and I found it a blessing. I believe the name Joshua is a blessed name , I named my son Joshua too. Blessed , Blessed. My husband is going to start canvassing the neighbor witnessing with the Spring Forest Baptist Church that he is a member of. They are going to go door to door to get people to receive Christ and join and visit the Baptist Church please pray for them that they receive blessings. God Bless and thank you...... Nanette from Texas
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GREAT
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but we are not witnessing a theology, we are testifying of a living God who interacts with His children. We need to be careful, our theology lacks the power to save, but our testimony is in our Savior, and He is mighty to save. This is why personal testimony is so important we witness. Someone can debate our theology, but not so much our experiences. When we testify of what the Lord has done for us, it shows that we don’t worship a God who is distant, or blindly follow a religion but we serve a personal God. We know Him; we have a relationship with Him.
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Do Not Worry About Your Life
'Do Not Worry About Your Life' – Jesus
Have you been worrying about your life? Have you been wondering where the money's going to come from? I confess I have – a lot. In fact, I have even been talking to practically everybody I meet about it too.
'I don't know what I'm going to do this summer,' I've been saying. Substitute teachers may not collect unemployment in the summer in Kansas, I have learned. Oh, great. So… 'What am I going to do?' I have been asking God.
'What's it gonna be? Wal-mart greeter, grocery check-out clerk? Lord, you know I can't be on my feet standing in one place all day…and, especially, not for minimum wage.' Sound familiar? Surely, that is not – or is it? – worrying about my life?'
Oswald Chambers' (My Utmost For His Highest) devotion for January 27 shook something loose in me that I pray will get your attention as well. I recommend that you look it up and let it soak in. Read More
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Meaningful1
Apr 26 2012 09:07 PM

but we are not witnessing a theology, we are testifying of a living God who interacts with His children. We need to be careful, our theology lacks the power to save, but our testimony is in our Savior, and He is mighty to save. This is why personal testimony is so important we witness. Someone can debate our theology, but not so much our experiences. When we testify of what the Lord has done for us, it shows that we don’t worship a God who is distant, or blindly follow a religion but we serve a personal God. We know Him; we have a relationship with Him.
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These are also my personal sentiments. Each of us have a personal relationship with God and we can only honestly share according to our personal experience with him. We cannot boast in or about religion but we can certainly make our boast in the Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are indeed overcomers by and in our testimonies; others gain strength and conviction by our testimonies. I believe also that this is one of our greater spiritual assets.
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Yes in spirit filled evangelism we must get to the core teachings of the Gospel, but don't water them down. Some people get addicted to the feel good spiritual consolations.
Our Lord said "unless you deny me take up your cross and follow me you cannot be my disciple, whoever loves his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake will find.
Blessed are you when men utter falsehood and every wicked thing at you for my sake, great is your reward in the Kingdom of heaven."
Also we need to act. Christ seperated the sheep from the goats and said to the goats, "depart from me into the lake of fire prepared for the Devil and his angels I was hungry and you did not give me to eat, was naked and you did not clothe me, in prison and you did not visit me...when you failed to do it for the least of my people you failed to do it for me."
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Our Lord at the end of time will condemn those who did not feed him, care for him when he was sick, visit him while he was in prison, clothe him when he was naked. In that quote from Jesus, he clearly says the sheep were justified by their actions and the goats were condemned because of what they failed to do for Christ in the poor and needy.
Of course, people can be saved at the last hour through faith, but that isnt an excuse to be lazy
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Thank you Joshua!
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This is a post that says so much. Joshua this post is right on target. I believe at times we tend to underestimate the devil. there is definitely a battle going on, this battle is just as real as what we see in the war torn countries today. Thanks for this insightlful post. This has given me ideas to use in my witnessing.
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For all those interested in evangelism, kindly check out www.daghewardmills.org. He is is doing alot of work in West African through his Evanglism campaign called Healing Jesus Campaign. They are currently in Dakar Senegal. He has also wrote many books on Evangelism. One of my favorites is " Tell Them". In that book he shared 120 Reasons why you must be a soul winner. You can purchase e-copies. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be on you all who look to do what our master Jesus did. " You must be a soul winner because soul winning is the heartbeat of God"
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Miss Agapelove
Jul 30 2012 02:55 AM

Yes in spirit filled evangelism we must get to the core teachings of the Gospel, but don't water them down. Some people get addicted to the feel good spiritual consolations.
Our Lord said "unless you deny me take up your cross and follow me you cannot be my disciple, whoever loves his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for my sake will find.
Blessed are you when men utter falsehood and every wicked thing at you for my sake, great is your reward in the Kingdom of heaven."
Also we need to act. Christ seperated the sheep from the goats and said to the goats, "depart from me into the lake of fire prepared for the Devil and his angels I was hungry and you did not give me to eat, was naked and you did not clothe me, in prison and you did not visit me...when you failed to do it for the least of my people you failed to do it for me."

Amen Sister....x
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Miss Agapelove
Jul 30 2012 03:10 AM


silviawang, on 21 February 2012 - 10:22 PM, said:

but we are not witnessing a theology, we are testifying of a living God who interacts with His children. We need to be careful, our theology lacks the power to save, but our testimony is in our Savior, and He is mighty to save. This is why personal testimony is so important we witness. Someone can debate our theology, but not so much our experiences. When we testify of what the Lord has done for us, it shows that we don’t worship a God who is distant, or blindly follow a religion but we serve a personal God. We know Him; we have a relationship with Him.
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These are also my personal sentiments. Each of us have a personal relationship with God and we can only honestly share according to our personal experience with him. We cannot boast in or about religion but we can certainly make our boast in the Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are indeed overcomers by and in our testimonies; others gain strength and conviction by our testimonies. I believe also that this is one of our greater spiritual assets.



I also agree sisters.....Love & Blessings your sister in Christ ....May God Bless you both richly....Amen
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Theodore A. Jones
Aug 18 2012 12:11 PM
"For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous."Rom. 2:13
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Hello everybody... My name is kazeem, I saw in my dream this MIGHTY HAND coming out of the sky twice and again i saw the jesus christ Head also .. I was really scared and I gave my life to Jesus as my lord and personal saviour....Pls has anyone seen things like that in their dream.... or is there anywhere in the bible that a mighty hand coming out from the sky ? plaese help me out because am still learning the bible and i pray our lord will bless we all xx
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Luanne Marie
Jan 05 2013 01:57 PM
I agree with this entirely. I am so glad to run across someone who really teaches what the Spirit tells. " I’ve noticed one of the biggest traps in witnessing is basing our success on reaping the harvest " On quoting this, I see that there are so many Christians who base the successes of their "Religion" on how many have been saved and how many sit in the seats of the building. " Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God
Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
We have His Spirit in us. Think about that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us " I know that this is the only way we can be saved. Saved from the one who rules this world into a life of everlasting peace with the one who made this world and His son Jesus Christ. "There are many ways the Holy Spirit will speak to us and lead us. One way is a strong urging in our heart. " When I first became a Christian, as I think all Christians do, I wanted so badly to be someone who was like Jesus's Apostles, and the Holy Spirit put into my heart a longing and desire to be like Christ. I sensed the Lord telling me to "Follow Him' (Jesus). I even wrote a song about it. I also sensed very strongly that I would not find Jesus in a religion, but only in my heart as the spirit leads me to find Him. I did not read that anywhere, I just sensed it. And then after studying on my own, (I did not have a church to go to around me), I found out that ALL Christians should feel that way and never lose their first love. The desire to be a Disciple, or some to even minister, is normal in a newly born Christian. And it's important to follow that even if (and I am not minimizing this btw) all you ever do is talk to a few people about Jesus. Disciples do not have to be ministers or preachers of great crowds. Sometimes, just being "me" as I walk with Jesus, gives people an insight as to who I am with Christ and how I am. And I've seen that as a living witness. Great topic. thanks and God Bless.. Luanne
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victorcourville
Mar 01 2014 07:29 AM

Thanks Joshua. very good words of Wisdom and we can learn from this.

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branchesofHim
Apr 28 2014 09:30 AM
Praise God for creating you and yielding wholeheartedly to His will. Time is short and many are heading to an eternity without Jesus. So lets all pray, live and share the Love of Christ. Shalom!
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be blessed man of God.

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