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The Holy Spirit Evangelizes

The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin and awakens them to a newness of life. The Holy Spirit is the communicating factor of evangelism. The Holy Spirit is more important than a PA system is in communicating to your physical ear—he is the PA system of the soul.

Dwight L. Moody, the gifted evangelist, once went to London and the entire city responded to his preaching. Thousands were converted to Christ because of his ministry. A reporter from the London Daily Times went to the services one night to observe Mr. Moody and to see the secret of his success. When he heard Mr. Moody, he was shocked at his poor use of language and his appearance. In the morning edition of the newspaper he wrote: “Mr. Moody is overweight. He is very rough in his appearance. He has a nasal tone and speaks in a very high voice. I see nothing in Mr. Moody to account for his success.” When the evangelist read the story in the paper, he remarked to a friend, “That’s the secret of my success.”

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Today's Devotional

Senseless Tragedies

Once we buried a young lady who was only 21 years old. She was killed in a head-on collision while on her way to church. The night before the funeral, my daughter asked why God allows things like this to happen.

I wish I knew. Things like this have puzzled saints, wise men, and philosophers since the world began.

There is simply no one easy answer as to why tragedies like this happen. The answer may lie in the fact that God made us free. He created us with the ability to make our own choices, and choices always involve consequences. If we are careless or foolish in our choices, or if others are, we may suffer because of them. If God did not allow us freedom, we’d be less than people. We’d be robots.

This may be the only explanation we will ever have for some suffering. However, we do not have to know why things happen in order to be victorious over them. On the cross Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) But the heavens were as brass. God was silent. He didn’t even answer his own Son. Jesus might have despaired and become bitter against God. But instead he said, “Father, into thy hands I commend [entrust, hand over] my spirit” (Luke 23:46).

This kind of faith is far more important than any answer we might receive. In our lives, as in the life of Jesus, it is faith that makes the difference between victory and defeat.

So keep believing in God no matter what. Commit your life to him and regardless of what happens, God will help you.

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