Is There Blood on Your Hands?
We had our Times of Refreshing on Friday night. This is a once month service based on 1 Corinthians 14:26 where believers share a song, a scripture, a prophecy, or whatever the Lord gives them spontaneously. We always leave inspired by what the Lord does in us. There is usually a theme that arises as we proceed in the meeting. During this meeting on Friday the Lord emphasized to us the need to stir ourselves up in evangelizing our neighbor. One brother shared that he noticed people becoming calloused toward sin in their lives and thinking nothing of going to hell as a result of their behavior. When he presented them with the wages of sin and the free gift God offers, they were not interested. This is the work of demons spirits in our day as people allow their minds to become blinded to the truth. Another read from Ezekiel 3:18-19 where the Lord said, “When I say to the wicked, you shall surely die, and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” We are responsible to minister to those around us as the Lord leads us. If we do not, then their blood is on our hands. Kenneth Hagin relates a story in one of his books of an unsaved man in his community he went to see who was ill with a terminal condition, but who that day was up and sitting on his front porch. The man was not a Christian, and the conversation opened an opportunity for brother Hagin to minister to him about salvation, but he didn’t do it. The Lord urged him, but he just did bring it up. A short time later, the man died, and brother Hagin said he remembered the conviction rise up in him to share Jesus with the man, but that he just didn’t do it. He said he thought no more about it. Not long after the man’s death, Brother Hagin was conducting a meeting, and at the close of the meeting during a time of prayer, he had a vision and Jesus appeared to him. In the vision, he said Jesus pulled back what looked to be a curtain and he saw this man in the flames of hell. Jesus told Brother Hagin that he was holding him personally responsible for this man going to hell since he had felt led to talk to him that Sunday night, but refused to yield to the leading to do so. We are responsible to minister to those God brings into our lives. The Lord wants to stir up evangelism in out day. Jesus said that the love of many believers would grow cold because of the increase in sin. We should look for and believe for people to minister to each day. If each believer in America would do his or her part to win souls on a daily basis, we could change the course of our nation rapidly. As goes the church, so goes the nation. All believers have been called into the ministry of reconciliation. The great commission has been given to every member of the body of Christ. Let’s repent for the times we’ve failed to witness as the Lord has directed. And let’s begin today to look for opportunities to be the salt and the light we’re called to be!