The World's Need and the Only Answer
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I want you to turn with me to Joel, chapter 2, verses 28 through 32. We are studying today, "The World's Need and the Only Answer." In praying over this message I raised the question about why we do not win more souls to Christ. I was speaking to an associational meeting not long ago of Christians from Baptist churches, and I spoke on the subject of Soul-winning, the NEED for every believer to become an individual soul-winner for the Lord Jesus Christ. The question came to me, "Why is it that more Christians are not winning souls? What do we NEED most, to meet this great challenge of this lost world that is crying out to God, multitudes perishing without God and without hope? What is it that we need in the church? What do I need? What do YOU need as an individual Christian in this hour? How are we going to reach the needs of this poor, needy world?" And I came to realize that the NEED of this world, the world's CRY for a Redeemer, for Salvation, for JESUS, will never be met unless WE CHRISTIANS have an OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
It is very obvious that we do not win souls because we have not courage and power to do this great work! We have not courage and power because we are not filled with the Holy Spirit! It is His business to give us the courage and power to be witnesses for Christ. So, what we need is to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
You remember Paul in Ephesians COMMANDS the Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God. That means to be totally possessed of God's Holy Spirit. When a bucket is filled with water, there is no room for anything else in that bucket. And when our lives, yours and mine, are filled with the Spirit of God, there will be no room for anything else. We will be God-possessed people. We will be God-intoxicated people. In studying one great passage in the Bible, in the Book of Ephesians, the Apostle Pa ...
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