King Agrippa was almost persuaded to be a Christian. (Acts 26:28)
A lot of us were almost persuaded by the news, that Hillary couldn’t lose, she would become President.
We are constantly under the influence of media, pictures, sound, TV, radio, opinions of pastors, friends, families, commercials, where to eat, what to buy, what to drive, think, believe.
So many trying to persuade us to their way of thinking. (Matthew 27:20 Barnabas)
First instance of persuasion. (1 Kings 22)
“Who will persuade Ahab?” (A lying spirit)
There are several truths, personal truths of which, you cannot persuade me to leave.
Yamaha makes the toughest piano, it keeps a tune even with temperature changes and different hands playing.
Toyota is the toughest and longest running car I have ever owned. This Honda may come in second.
I am saved, safe and secure in the love, and covered by the blood of the Lamb.
These things I know. Can I persuade others to know and believe also?
We have a job. Our calling, our election, is to persuade people of the truth, the love of the Gospel.
God is not far away, impossible to know, to commune with, He is not just a wrathful, vengeful, unforgiving… scary God
Does that mean God is Love, that we can do as we please and He will accept us?
NO, NO, a thousand times NO. His love, forgiveness, mercy is true and available to whosoever will walk with Him.
This is the only requirement, a change of heart, direction, and intentions.
The trick is to realize, people already know the truth, they have the need, the longing for a Savior. (Acts 26:26)
We have all received a measure of Faith, the Faith to believe. Will we activate it? Allow it to blossom and grow?
The second trick is to understand what we are fully persuaded of?
Salvation, absolutely… we are persuaded.
Healing, Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.
Raising the dead, that’s a mile too far.
The Lord used to do these things, when the Apostles were alive, when those who knew and were touched personally by Jesus, walked the land.
How do you explain Paul? One born out of time. (1 Corinthians 15:9)
He met and walks with Jesus, as we do. John 14’s promises are ours, we must, reach out, open and believe.
To persuade we must be persuaded.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We need to be honest, don’t be afraid to not know why or how GOD heals, saves, comforts and loves.
Our Job is to share, pray, teach, to use our powers of persuasion. It is the Holy Spirits job to reel them in.
We need to be willing to plant, water and harvest.
We need to know what we know… Woman at well, the Legion, didn’t know anything, but what had happened to them.
Be ready and willing to shake the dust off your feet.
I leave you with scripture, it speaks louder and clearer than I.
“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
“And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.”
“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.”
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
I long to be the Servant of Christ. Amen