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Losing Your Cool Card

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February 10, 2021 1:00 am

Losing Your Cool Card

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February 10, 2021 1:00 am

How do we evangelize well? And how do we have joy and confidence while spreading the Good News of Jesus? Mike, Stu, & Robby talk about it!

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But before we went out for the summer. There was a lady who actually came to her room and she sorry guys I got something to tell you she's like I know you guys are all cool. You're in college or whatever, but you're about to have to lose your cool card and she said because when you're out there going door-to-door selling books she's like you get a have to come to eat your pride a little bit and you not always get a look so cool. And sometimes you're here, you have to feel a little silly but you have to press on in your knocking feel so cool anymore, but the cool thing is about that is that by the end of the summer.

What I learned is by doing the things that were really tough and a really difficult by going door-to-door selling people something, my confidence actually sort and so I was thinking cool car and I said cool carpal disc relates to the gospel. A lot of times when we want to go share the good news with somebody or maybe we you know, I know Rob years, we've all had the point where we said you know we seen somebody room talking and something tells us we need to share Jesus with this person. One time something can happen to us. Heart starts beating. We get the butterflies in the stomach and Stu. I know you do this with a lot of what how would you advise people you know it's interesting because we have three different industries of of going way back to our roots. Mike Robbie Gilmore and myself where I'm sure you had people say if you can sell books door-to-door you can sell anything that right right Robbie, I'm sure you had people say if you can sell cars we can ratchet up if you can sell used cars or whatever you can sell anything and I'm convinced if you can sell radio and I started out selling ads on the radio here and see it. It's in right right people. People are wanting to know what is Outlook like will I can look at my newspaper ad in my yellow page ad which really didn't exist anymore, but what is a radio ad look like in course that's the beauty of the theater of the mind. Think about something deeper selling books you can sell anything selling car using sell rating this if you follow Jesus you can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. That right there takes invincibility and it puts it all on God himself, you know it does it makes him cool and so often when I'm thinking about Michael card which I probably think about too much on the social media and all that stuff and we have a little bit of success, and that we think oh well, you know, I just signed a book and then they thought I was someone else you're not you, but the fascinating thing about that is, is when you think about weight who is cool when Jesus Christ is cool. You know what he's made us cool because were in him, but my identity. My pleasure, my people pleasing is to please him right and in the make much of Jesus.

And when's that becomes the prerogative of the motive, then all the cool car talk, which makes sense on up to in general and on a physical motivational level like a lady very successfully motivate you guys that talked me to say you had a knock on the door to a stranger when you go deeper into the kingdom and think you know, I might on the other side of that door could be someone who's complete eternal trajectory is changed forever because I have the opportunity to present them Jesus Christ right. I'm not presenting them to become a Democrat or to become a Republican or to vote for a candidate or to buy a book or to buy radio ad or to buy a car, which who cares what you know how that could in any way and that could be either here nor there.

Or that could really destroy my self-confidence. I'm presenting them with with the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The water of life. The, the bread of life who will you can change them forever, so hence acceptance is accepting me as accepting him rejection is a reject me interjecting him, but then we do want to get into keeping them given myself out of the way right. Maybe I should have little mouthwash and ortho a little, you know, breath mint note. Maybe I should dress somewhat decent. You know, maybe I should have good hygiene and good comportment so that I am not stumbling block maybe don't yellow steppers maybe ask questions, or maybe I pray beforehand, Lord you have to work your because if you don't work unless the Lord builds house, they labor, labor in vain. That's right in and I'm looking looking at a couple of verses right here.

Galatians 69 through 10. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family believers.

Second Corinthians 816 through 17. Thanks be to God who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you for Titus not only welcomed our appeal that he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative.

Romans 1211 never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord and and so Robbie I know you been doing this for quite a while used to sell books but what, what get you excited in the morning. You know what is thrown out. I remember even gone selling seeds you know him as comic books, you could get old army men and stuff if you sowed seeds door-to-door and it it's a pretty scary proposition that you don't seem one bit because you're standing there and having people trying to sell seeds or are reading cards or whatever it is that you tried to sell but we used to teach some because I probably trained more wealth way more than a thousand car salesman of my life, maybe 2000 and so one of the things that always told people and I think it's so relevant here when you talk about fervor is the first and most important sale that you will ever make is the one that you make to yourself because you're completely sold on Jesus and that's the fervor that you know you experience him this morning you had an encounter with God today. Then something flipped her switch.

I mean I just assure you if you have an encounter with Jesus. These can open your mind up your heart up for something and then, because you been sold right in the word sold is not a manipulative Titus all but just like a man you've been encouraging whatever and so you actually have been loaded right with a great sale for today and I was used to do sales meeting every morning is that was part of what we did to try to we call that loading their lip.

It seemed to be able to have something that was cool.

That offer customers a day while it's the same exact thing from my perspective as is I get into the word of God and he's gonna love my lip for the day and those of the kind of things because it says in acts and this is one of those things I just got down my Selectric got down there because of Ted Burton who was Christian business men's committee has memorize these verses that like Steve's parents did, but this one was in a you will receive power from on high to be my witness right and asked what when you've actually witnessed something today. You have power like this is what happened to me today and it's pretty exciting for me to be able to share that stuff. Even in my new podcast I just started about six weeks ago was called by the wonders so every day out.

God loves my lip and I come in here and record the if it really talk about the Saturday really doesn't feel like a job you know it it when I first became a Christian I sent people's will. You have to tell people about Jesus was like what something I've got to do but now it's like after being a Christian all these years it's it's something that I get to do it and I'll tell you a story.

I was at the pool the other day and when I was at the pool there was this little two-year-old kid or whatever and the teacher was teaching them how to swim and all of a sudden this little kid started yelling and screaming and also the body was there. She looked at the kid she turned around and ran outside what I thought about was this is Proverbs 34 through six. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight or Philippians 412 I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in every and all situations. Proverbs 2410. If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength will it would've been really easy for the mother to come back in and in and talk to the kittens out to get you out and you don't have to scream anymore and she would've felt better in the minute and he would've felt better in a minute there never would have been any true growth you know anything.

But if we went out and every single person that we ever talk to about Jesus, oh my gosh, for you to talk to is going to be very, very rare. Her John MacArthur talk about so I sat next to on a plane and somehow they figured out he was a minister. They look and they should Jesus write you a your Mr. Atlas and Evan try to figure out how to get saved. Can you help me get saved feeling superior MacArthur's like no, that is, is never been set up like me before the no ice interesting. I was just at a Christian school product.

A lot of Christian schools growing up and I challenge the kids to know God and make God known and I challenge them from the last words of Saul in acts nine, the first words of Paul Paul said okay God, who are you, Lord, who is Jesus know God, know him and then what you want me to do will make him known. You know you can take easier to take the gospel everywhere right aggressively intentionally ambitiously think about the stuff we are quick to talk about, like if I'm vegan everyone to know that before I got the room right if I'm in Crossett.

There was good to see my flexing my muscles there in the right thing was stuff that gets you excited about what Houck said about are we about the gospel as much as it is as it is if if you guys after this chapel got your lab in the science class and a couple of whizbang science kids get together with a professor is a brilliant professor and you just stinks come together in the lab and somehow you get the molecular compounds together to create the cure for cancer. I mean the real cure.

I mean some sort of syrup liquid some sort of serum that you can put on any kind of cancer. It will kill. It's real, it's bona fide, it's proven. You've tested out and it's in a high school lab at a small well good size Christian school, but no in a small town which is a work on it. What can happen here. Suddenly everyone in the school is famous. Suddenly we are doing fundraisers anymore. We got more money coming here were famous we are well known in how how long will it take for us to get the message out to the world that we have the cure for cancer and how excited will or will be nice thing about this while we don't have the cure for cancer people that get that or other diseases or there to die of other things right. We have the cure of sin, we have the knowledge of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. We have the answer to all of life's questions. It's it's a name it's a person is Jesus. He came died and rose from the dead to give us life.

We can present him we can present information you that could transform your life forever. As I said kids while behind the center bushel. While we aggressively telling people this is the greatest news ever in Jesus said, go Joe's the first two letters of the word gospel go make disciples go preach the gospel right you'll receive power Holy Spirit was going ask what you'll be my witnesses. You can it go in and infiltrate and in fact and super spread the word of God. So how intentional, who I asked God for today. Lord open one door for me to share Jesus by the way, I've never had that prayer gone unanswered.

Here's a reason right here. We talked about this on Saturday.

Ezekiel 33 739 Son of Man.

I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel to hear the word that I speak and give the morning for me when I say to the wicked, you wicked person you will surely die and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin.

You yourself will be safe. So when I hear him saying is, is that if we have the cure for cancer which is Jesus coming to cure it. We have eternal life, and we don't tell anybody about that.

What is that say he's gonna hold his camp. If we tell people about it and they don't respond positively were off the hook. You, that's what.

But even bigger reason in this is what we were talking about before Robbie was we talk so much about me think so much about this, but when I started to it and I really started thinking about this recently, and I'm sure you study this Robbie, but when you think about the wonders and how glorious it would. It's good to be to get to heaven. I want to tell people about that what you think. Robbie Susan was absolutely beautiful that the word go is in the word gospel. But if you look at the word go. In Hebrew, which is all over the place. If I could just come and give you the inside of that word.

It's like planting a seed that becomes an oak of righteousness and submits a letter called is that it when you see it you know it means righteousness. And there's a seed involved in going so what you're doing is you're planning seeds because II can't save anybody. But what what I can do you know what God enables us to do is at least tell the story of what's happened in my life with what's what I've seen happening what I've witnessed in a with Christ. But in doing so you know I don't want people to think I've got a lead, always people to Christ, and that isn't what it says because you're not responsible for people response which you are responsible to do is to plant seeds in seven Jesus told them the parable of the sower, which is the more I study that the more I realize it's really a picture of what we are because we are dust, and so this is not a parable, necessarily, you are dirt so if people plant seeds in your dirt. If it's good dirt. It will take root and the next thing you know, you become an oak of righteousness and and so unfortunately Satan is going to try to come and take the seat up.

He hates seed he's going to try his best to do that you got hard so you got all sorts of other things. So it's it's kind of cool that we get to look at people like you would farmers like what we love somebody and we have an opportunity right to kinda begin the tilt up their soil so that when we do plant seeds which are clearly the word of God which is why love both you guys you guys have Scripture after Scripture that you can fire it just to Robbie that plays the soil plays right into one of the greatest soloing versus ever my favorite verse Proverbs 1130 which says the fruit of the righteous is the tree of life, and he that when his souls is wise. So there is a reproductive component to being a believer and if you notice Luke. I think it's 1310 somewhere in there in the Luke passage of the parable. He says you know that this is the fruit.

This is a seed. The sign of the good soil is it's not just productive but it's reproductive on the Chinese church of interview people who have been with underground members of the church who have seen them in prison who seen the oppression and all that and but they seen the fire of God in these dear saints eyes and they told me that in China among believers. If if within a year of you converting to Christ.

If you haven't been a part of a church plant that's three more to Christ than they consider you an infantile Christian like it is. It is not a badge of honor. In other words, everywhere there going there leading folks to Christ.

There's 20,000 people come to faith in Christ.

Every week in China. There, praying that will get saved now that number I've heard is as low as 12 is highest 30s always parks a word 18 to 20,000 a week, but there are people in China that are praying that she, we in the West will wake up and that we will start you know like Robbie said how my Palmyra super spreader of the sea, the gospel, I have you I have the vocal cords and I have the bodily ability in the Holy Spirit of God living enemy in his power to take the message of Christ to people who are hurting it as that message ever been needed in history.

What's my legacy. I I kill over tomorrow and go to heaven. Who's there my funeral that I brought to Christ whom I intentionally bring in a crisis starts in my home. That's the hardest part, people you know right but my talking to you looking for opportunities to bring to him yet. There was a there's an old expression in the set. I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn you know I mean if there is some hard-won summits that you can't sell a dream if you're living a nightmare. You know it there. There is a verse, and you probably know this truth. Anybody ask you for the hope that you have within you always be willing to give an answer and pastor Chad Harvey we had on before. He said the problem is, for many of us were talking about its requested that we and I know Robbie you say when you wake up in the morning you spend time in prayer and I see you when I see Stu if you're excited there's something different about you. If you're Christian and you're indistinguishable people can't tell the difference between you and the unsaved person now. Not saying you have a bad day or whatever but I'm saying over the course of your life. If there's no difference between you with Christian and non-Christian, and I wonder if there some? That people might have about you was looking at Psalm 11 it says in the Lord. I put my trust.

How can you say to my soul fully as a bird to your mountain for look the wicked. Been there, though they make ready their arrow on the string that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do. The Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord's throne is in heaven. His eyes behold his eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence his soul hates upon the wicked he will reign Cole's fire and brimstone was a bad word in the Bible, fire and brimstone in a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup for the Lord is righteous.

He loves righteousness his countenance.

Behold the upright and when I'm looking in there actually saw verse where it says the Lord tests the righteous was that many beautiful places in Texas for really Morgan Snyder with heart ministries tells a story about this pastor that passed away and he had a son that was in his 20s, and when I really got up in their talk about this pastor. What a wonderful man he was the son said to one of the deacons there, or he sound like is a really nice guy was adamant that an you know that that kinda tells us that right, what, where, were living in our own homes right we will actually be living the good news like you know God is given us.

That kind of peace where we can relate to our families or children are wives so you know that that story is always just kind of stuck like yeah a lot of people say Robbie yeah one of my kids say one of my wife say and you know what would it be like to spend eternity without those I dearly, dearly, dearly love because I don't take the time for that as well so there's clearly a balance that is just critical to ask and there's no way to navigate this by the way out. Thanks to without God's help is like there's no can do this for God help me to see what it is that I can do to clearly be the king that God wants me to be over my own house to be Jesus to my own kids to be Jesus you know to my wife, Robbie, I think you put the test in testimony must first rework you know first four letters of intent, testimonies, testing course, James account, all joy when you phone is these test knowing the trial of your faith works patience, but don't short-circuit the process. Let patience have her perfect work that you know you there's no golden parachutes in the middle that you lean into God living in the God and you come out you know, more purified than gold. There's a refining that happens that shows the Lord's love.

You know any good separate chastening, which is the Lord's discipline from testing which is which is what were in this whole world is a test and things are there uppity anti-everyday me Mrs. someone I heard someone say they might call Christians a designation of domestic terrorist. Imagine soliciting your domestic terraces lock him up because he used that Bible which they are trying to your forces right now. Try to make the Bible hate speech so as they come for your Bible with a online version. They take all the verses the Bible out there. All the imprecatory verses that are negative or not politically correct know so believers, there's never been a time for us to anchor into the rock of ages. Jesus Christ is the key. That's pretty good and and how do we respond when we face persecution, not if, but when to be a smaller level partner level but acts chapter 5, verse 40 at this they yielded to Gamaliel they called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and release them know they were flogged. That was a series they were beaten. The apostles left the Sanhedrin rejoicing that they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the name every day in the temple courts and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ, and you know I was thinking about my wife's her mother. Her favorite song was Psalm 139 God is with us wherever we go, says the Lord you have searched me and known me, you know my sitting down to my rising up. You understand my thought afar off.

You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. There is not a word on my tone but to hold a Lord you know it all together you have hedged me behind it before and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is high I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your spirit, or where can I flee from your presence. If I ascend into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, behold, you were there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me in your right hand shall hold me if I say, surely the darkness shall follow me. Even the night shall be, even the night shall be light about me.

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day the darkness and the light are both alike to you for you formed my inward parts you covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skill wrought in the lowest parts of the earth your eyes saw my substance being get on it in your book.

They all were written.

The days fashion forming when as yet there were none of them help precious also are your thoughts to me.

Oh God, how great if I should count them they would be more in number and the number the same when I wake I still with you all know that you would slay the wicked. Oh God, apart from me there for you bloodthirsty men. They speak against you wicked your enemies. Take your name in vain do I not take them a Lord and who hate you, and do I not love them to rise up against you. I hate that with perfect hatred I count the mine enemies search me oh God, my heart try me and know my anxiety and see if there is any wicked way in and lead me in the way everlasting God, this is the Truth Network.

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