Friday, February 16, 2007
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
—Hebrews 4:12 I have always felt that when I preach, especially at Harvest Crusades, I should generously quote Scripture, because I believe there is authority in the Bible. There isn’t authority in the words of Greg Laurie, unless Greg Laurie is quoting the Bible. My authority comes from God’s Word. So I quote it.
People may not like what I am saying. It may bother them, but I have heard story after story of people who made a decision for Christ a week, even a month, after a crusade’s conclusion. I have even heard a few stories of those who were converted in the parking lot following a crusade. A seed was planted. Then it became fruitful, even though it was a little later than we thought it would. God’s Word will not return void, so don’t be afraid to quote it. God says of His Word, “I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11).
As young Stephen lost his life, the devil could have whispered in his ear, “Look at you. You gave up your life up for nothing.” But a little seed had been planted. And unknown to Saul of Tarsus, it was about to bear fruit.
Here were two young men, both standing up for their convictions. One was very religious. One was genuinely spiritual. Stephen was humble, saved by the grace of God. Saul was self-righteous, proud of his works and deeds. Stephen was defending the gospel, while Saul was persecuting it. But Saul ultimately carried out Stephen’s task. He ended up taking his place and carrying the torch that Stephen once did.
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