John writes in the book of Revelations that he heard a voice in Heaven saying, “now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And [the Tribulation Saints] overcame [the enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death (Rev. 12:10-11)”. When I was praying about what tools and drills that we need to practice in, these verses came to mind. We see here that the two things the Tribulation Saints overcome the enemy with was the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. The Lord was showing me that those are two key tools that we need to use when I comes to walking in victory in this battle that we are facing. In this post we are just going to focus on the blood of the Lamb, and in next week’s post we will dive into the word of our testimony.
We see all over scripture that the Lamb is Jesus. The Lamb or Lamb of God is mentioned several times throughout the pages of the Bible. John the Baptist calls Jesus the Lamb; John records in his account that “the next day John [the Baptist] saw Jesus coming towards him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29)”. The blood of the Lamb points back to Jesus on the cross. What John is saying here in Revelation, is these Tribulations Saints were using the blood of Jesus, or the Gospel message as a weapon against the enemy.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a tool to use and that we must know how to wield correctly. There is difference between knowing the Gospel and being able to use the Gospel. When you break down the root of what Gospel means, it is simply good news. It is the good, and I would say great, news that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died on the middle cross, buried, and then three days later, beat death and the grave by raising back to life. The good news that Jesus fulfilled every prophecy that was said about Him. The good news that Jesus Christ is not dead but defeated death so He could have a personal and intimate relationship with you and me! That is the good news that we need to know how to use!
There is a lot of us that would say they know the Gospel and when the pastor shares it on a Sunday morning, it is easy to nod your head and kind of tune out because you have heard it so many times. But what if the opportunity came to share the Gospel message with a microphone at an even, what happens when God blesses you with open doors to share the good news to a friend or family member over coffee? Would you feel confidant or terrified that you wouldn’t know what to say? I strongly believe that God wants all of us to not only know that Gospel, but know how to effective share it, and be confidant that He is with you every step of the way! Paul exhorts his son in the faith to “preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching (2 Timothy 4:2)”. We need to be ready no matter what to share the Gospel!
Now that we know that being able to share the Gospel is something that we should be doing here are some tools that will help you become more comfortable with using this weapon in this battle! Sharing you faith and sharing the Gospel is a scary thing to do, but I believe that it is something that we are all called to! These are things that I have found to be helpful, if you have some helpful tips as well, feel free to comment below!
Romans Road: this is a great tool that makes sharing the Gospel super easy and not too scary! Romans Road is a list of scriptures all from the book of Romans that walks someone through salvation in Christ. This is an awesome tool when talking to someone one on one by letting them read the verses themselves and asking them how they feel about each one. This lets them really reflect and really process what the Holy Spirit is trying to convey to them!
#1. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
#2. Romans 3:10 “As it is written: there is none righteous, no not one”
#3. Romans 5:12 “therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”
#4. Romans 6:23 “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
#5. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
#6. Romans 10:9-10 “That is 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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”
#7. Romans 10:13 “for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”
#8. Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit”
Admit, Believe, Forever Receive: This tool I learned from teaching VBS at my church several years back and this one really stuck with me! I like this because this is easy and simple to remember!
#1. Admit that you are a sinner who needs saving and that you can not do this on your own.
#2. Believe that Jesus is the only one who has the power, the authority, and the love to set you free from sin and death.
#3. Forever receive eternal life with God, and life more abundant on the Earth.
My challenge to you this week is to take a notecard and write down what helps you share the Gospel. Write down the Romans Road verses, the Admit, Believe, Forever Receive, or whatever helps you gather your thoughts on how to share this good news! Take that notecard and keep it with you, in your wallet, in your bible, or in your car! This will act as tool on your tool belt to be able to take it out and use it whenever God opens that door of opportunity!
My second challenge to you this week is a little scary. Take your notecard and practice sharing the Gospel. Just practice with you spouse, your kids, a close friend, or even in front of your mirror. The more you practice sharing the Gospel, the more comfortable you will be with it and the more you will be freed up to let the Holy Spirit lead you into more places for the Kingdom!