Harvesting Souls Mission (HSM) is a non-profitable registered mission organization. Our goal is to reach whole of India with an emphasis on the most unreached Northern India through five – fold Ministers (Eph.4:11) to plant brand new indigenous churches. Jesus said to them, “Go in to all the world and preach the good news to all creation (Mark 16:15)”. “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14). God wants that the Gentiles should be joint-heirs, and of the same body, and joint-partakers in His promise in Christ by the gospel (Ephesians 3:6).
1. How the Lord leads us.
The Lord has been speaking with Baiju Yacob since 2010 through Prophetic utterances, dreams and vision regarding an end time harvest mission in India and calling him to reach out most unreached places. Since this was a new and deeper experience he started praying to God with all earnestness .The Lord began to reveal the plan and of the same gradually. Now he is fully convinced about the call of God in his life and committed for a down to earth labor for the Master. Since the Lord has begun and repeatedly confirmed the plan he shares it with same minded persons who will stand with him for this divine cause.
The need of preaching good news in the unreached places of India and plant churches among them is so huge. …The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few…
- Population over 1.21 billion people in an area 1/3 size of USA.
- Fastest growing nation in the world.
- More than 4,635 people groups. 3,000 cast & and sub-castes.
- Speaking 1650 dialects and 18 major official script languages.
- 330 million gods are worshipped.
- A sun worshipper stares into the rising sun until he eventually goes blind.
- Second – largest Muslim population country in the world.
- 141 Muslims prostrate themselves in prayer towards Mecca five times a day.
- Hindus – 84%, Muslims – 13%, Christians – 3%.
- 70% of the population is functionally illiterate.
- One third of world’s poor children are in India, 35% of school – aged children are not attending School.
- The national mortality rate is 48.6 per 1000 live births.
- Hospitals are miles away women and their children often die before reaching medical help.
- Over 750 million Indians live in 600,000 rural, impoverished villages on less than $2 a day.
- Hundreds are sick and dying without food, clean water, sanitation and accommodation.
- India comes within 10/40 window countries.
Why the Emphasis on North India
- India has 1.21billion people, capturing second place in the world population.
- 40% of the total Indian population lives in the Northern part of India.
- 80% of Christian presence is in the Southern India, where as 20% of the Christian population is said to be in all North, North West and North east India put together.
- The North has always played a strategic role in deciding the present and the future of the country.
- The North has served as a good launch pad to spread out and control the rest of the country.
- North India is the most unreached area.
These facts propel us to take an immediate action to propagate gospel of Jesus Christ among the among the unreached at the earliest.
2. What we believe/Statement of Faith
About The Bible
We believe in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian faith and living.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is true (fully) God and true (fully) man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all.
About The Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict the world of sin. He also regenerates the believing sinner, indwelling, guiding, instructing, and empowering us for godly living and sacrifice.
We believe that the man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore destined for eternal death. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
About Future Events
We believe in the visible, personal, glorious, imminent return of Jesus Christ, His bodily resurrection of the dead, the rapture of the church, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.
About The Church
We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
3. Our Vision
- To establish indigenous healthy growing churches that will make a significant gospel impact within the culture, people groups, communities, multiple generations in India.
- To establish strategic partnership with existing ministries to facilitates more and more batter church planting movements in various regions of India.
- To grow our churches through effective evangelism and gospel centered discipleship that produces both born again experiences and subsequent transformation of the whole person, whole families and whole culture.
- To recruit, train, and send native workers who have a definite call from the Lord and intense commitment for the end time Harvesting of Souls.
- The Great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ is carried out through preaching the glorious gospel of the blessed God in villages and streets, city and nation-wide.
To recruit, and send native missionaries that reach out Indian regions with the love of God in Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel through holistic ministry that compassionately meets the needs of the people, bring about practical change through community development, awareness and humanitarian efforts using carefully planned activities to promote communal unity, build nation ,uplift the poor and restore the dignity of the oppressed and downcast, evangelizes the lost, disciples the saved, and establishes saved ones into the body of Christ and ministry of local indigenous Christian congregations.
Our Core Values:
- Infallible Word of God and to be guided by His Holy Spirit.
- Power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.
- Supernatural lifestyle of all believers in every day Christian wall.
- Prayer and fellowship.
- Centrality of the gospel.
- Primacy of missions.
- People-focused ministry.
- Evangelism, Discipleship, Spiritual Impartation and church-planting
- Training, equipping, and mobilizing leadership.
- Encouragement of churches and pastors.
- Integrity, Accountability, Transparency and the Team Work.
- Spirit-Filled Servant Leadership and Stewardship
5. What is a Christian?
Christian means a person who follows Jesus Christ. Jesus is considered God’s son and the savior of the world as described in the Bible. He was such an important person that all of human time and our date and calendar system is centered around his birth. This is why we have BC (before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini meaning “In the year of Our Lord”).
Why do we need Jesus?
First, it would seem reasonable to understand the need for God and the nature of God. Then we can understand the Son of God. We discuss the existence of God and the nature of God on other pages.
Assuming we believe in God and understand his supernatural, infinite qualities, then we can understand the following. God created supernatural beings, such as Satan and other angels. They were made a little higher than humans and are able to exist beyond our physical experience or, in terms of science, beyond the realm of Quantum Mechanics. They have the ability to make choices. Satan was prideful and decided to rebel against God. Because of Satan’s rebellion, God put him on the earth along with mankind. Man was also given the ability to make decisions for themselves and were put in charge of taking dominion over the entire earth. God made a law, telling Adam that they should not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan then deceived Eve, and Adam followed her to disobey and sin against God by eating the forbidden fruit. Since Adam sinned, Adam lost his place of dominion. Adam allowed Satan to take his dominion and so Satan ruled over mankind and the rest of the earth.
God is perfect and therefore could not look upon or communicate with mankind now that they had sinned. God’s perfect nature of Justice required that there be a payment for mankind’s sins. Jesus, God’s perfect and only son, was sent to earth to pay the price for our sins by dying on a cross and redeeming us from God’s punishment by resurrecting from the dead. His death and resurrection also bought back mankind’s dominion over the earth. Now, Satan must obey us as long as we are followers of Jesus Christ and operating according to God’s will. Under Christ, God has given us the keys to his kingdom! But, Satan still has the ability to tempt us and cause a lot of trouble on the earth if we are not vigilant in our faith.
Therefore there are two supernatural sphere’s of influence or kingdoms on earth: God’s kingdom of love and grace (i.e. supernatural favor and power) and Satan’s kingdom of fear and inferiority. If we are followers of Jesus, we can choose at any moment which kingdom we will follow. Those who do not follow Jesus automatically default to exist under Satan’s kingdom of inferiority and fear.
Which kingdom do you want to live in?
You can call out to Jesus right now and determine to turn from your wrongdoing and start to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord of your life. Now you will have the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit within you to tread on the devil and overcome fear, intimidation, worry, anxiety, discouragement, and all sins or evil that try to pull you in and entangle you.
6. Following Christ
If you have decided to follow Jesus Christ and have turned away from your old life of sin, then you are now born again and live in his kingdom of light, love and supernatural favor and power. God’s infinite love and infinite power through the Holy Spirit now resides within your spirit. The spiritual realm is superior and above and beyond the physical realm just like Quantum Mechanics is above and beyond the physical realm. The physical realm is like virtual reality and the spiritual realm IS reality.
When Jesus died and resurrected from the grave he utterly defeated Satan and all of his authority on the earth. On the cross, Jesus forgave you and canceled the power of sin and Satan’s kingdom over you. Jesus then went back into heaven to sit on his throne at the right hand of his Father. He then raised you up in a spiritual sense and seated you alongside himself in heaven far above the devil and every name or power on earth. The spiritual realm is now your new reality. The physical/flesh is secondary and follows after the spiritual realm.
It is awesome to live in Jesus’ kingdom with all of God’s supernatural love, blessings and provision. However, those of us who are trying to follow him can feel pulled back into Satan’s kingdom of darkness, fear, inferiority, insecurity, worry, discouragement, and anxiety, etc. It is very important to be able to determine when Satan is trying to pull us back into his kingdom.
Let’s Create a Vision of the Path Ahead of You as You Follow Christ
Keep it fixed in your mind every day and every moment that you are dealing with two kingdoms. Even though you have been translated into the kingdom of light and love, the kingdom of darkness is always there ready and waiting to try and pull you back in. Satan is not happy that you chose to repent from sin and follow Christ. He wants you back!
The Kingdom of Love and Light
In your heart, do you want to be loved perfectly and accepted for who you are? Welcome to the Kingdom of unconditional love and acceptance and blessings beyond imagination! God the Father does not see your sins any more. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross paid the price for your sins. Jesus blood now covers all of your sins. Otherwise, our perfect heavenly Father could not even look at you never mind accept you. Now, because of Jesus, God the Father has now adopted you into his family and you are now seated with Jesus at his right hand as he rules over the nations. God is not angry with you. In fact, he is delighted with you. His Spirit is at work within you if you seek him out and invite him in and allow him to transform you. We can be transformed daily from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. This is called the sanctification process.
You are now God’s agent working in the world to transform it into his kingdom and to bring as many people to Christ and into his kingdom of love and light as possible.
When you know you are loved perfectly and accepted completely by an infinitely powerful and loving God, why would you need or want anything else? Since God gave his only begotten Son to save you, why would he withhold anything else? Why would you need man’s approval? Why would you crave physical comforts? Why would you have any need at all? Why would we ever sin?
The Kingdom of Darkness and Inferiority
Satan’s kingdom feels natural and comfortable to our old physical nature in the flesh. Our emotions, desires, and passions were controlled by this kingdom. We felt worried and anxious about finances and bills and worried about what people thought of us and worried about safety and worried about our health. We craved comfort in relationships, money, and things. We felt hurt and angry when people offended, rejected, or disrespected us. We were never 100% sure that we were loved. We felt unforgiveness and bitterness and wanted to retaliate. We were afraid of rejection, afraid of the dark, afraid of failure, afraid of success, afraid of people or circumstances, etc. We were discouraged when things didn’t go the way we hoped or when we had losses or theft. We were insecure and never sure if we were good enough or perfectly accepted. We had addictions to food, love, pleasure, alcohol, drugs, sex, etc.
Even though we have been set free from our old sinful self, our minds need to be renewed and transformed daily from our old habits and ways of thinking into the Lord’s kingdom of light and love.
One Rule: Love
How do we get out of the kingdom of darkness, fear, and inferiority and all of our bad habits and get transformed into the new kingdom of love and light? There is one rule, the golden rule:
Love your neighbor as yourself. – Leviticus 19:18.
God is also our neighbor and he first loved us. Jesus broke the golden rule out into two priorities:
1) Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
One Action: Love
1) We love the Lord by spending lots of time each day praising, thanking, and loving him and studying the Bible and putting what we learn into practice.
2) We love our neighbors by carrying others burdens. Find out what peoples’ needs are and lend a helping hand.
That’s it. It’s so simple to be a Christian yet so few seem to do it. The reason people don’t do it is because it is the opposite and counter-intuitive to our old habits and the kingdom of darkness. But the interesting and awesome thing is, when you spend a lot of time loving and praising the Lord, you become filled with his love, peace, and glory and that love comes bursting out of you like rivers of living water to love and bless everyone else around you in the world. The love, peace, and glory of the Lord is under your control. It is the Lord coming near to you because you came near to him. The scripture says, in James 4:8, Come near to God and he will come near to you…”
7. Advancing the Kingdom
Following Christ by studying the Bible and putting it into practice and spending lots of time each day praising, thanking, and loving the Lord will lead to supernatural joy, peace, love, and a sense of glory beyond imagination. However, it will not be easy at first. There will be a lot to overcome while keeping yourself disciplined and pressing into a deeper relationship with God and greater blessings too. You will need to continually invite the Lord and his transforming power to come into different areas of your life to transform your mind, soul, and heart from the old kingdom and old “fleshly” habits into his kingdom with godly habits by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our Purpose in Life
The only reason we exist is to glorify and please God and to advance his kingdom as his ambassadors and his children on earth as it is in heaven (as it says in the Lord’s Prayer). We were not created by God to selfishly fulfill our own purposes and just consume his resources. Now that Jesus ascended back into heaven and gave us his Holy Spirit, we as Christians have been given responsibility and stewardship and authority over the earth to establish his kingdom as representatives of heaven.
We are here to develop our faith and advance his kingdom by bringing all mankind together into unity under Christ.
How God’s Kingdom Works
Everything in God’s kingdom works by the seed-harvest principle. Seeds represent the word of God or an act of faith and the soil represents man’s heart. When you plant a seed of faith or begin trying to apply a biblical principle, the best result you can expect to see at first is nothing. This is the opposite that what is taught by many “faith” pastors asking for donations. When you plant seeds in your garden the same thing happens. Nothing. You can go out day after day and nothing appears to be happening. This is the way a relationship with God usually works when first trying to develop it. Whenever you start praying or praising the Lord (or developing a biblical principle in your life or sewing a tithe or gift into a ministry) the best result you can expect early on is nothing! If the soil in your heart is hard at all, which is true about most of us, then the process is harder. In this case, man could trample your seed or birds (the devil) could come and give your trials. But these are actually proof that you are doing the right things and you are a child of God! Perseverance in faith through trials and believing there will be a harvest is a primary way to develop our faith.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. – NIV
We Have Been Given the Keys to the Kingdom
When we become born again, the Lord gives us the keys to his kingdom. This means that we have the authority to loosen or release and walk in every promise that God has given to us according to his will.
Matthew 16:1 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – NIV
From Glory to Glory
As you develop in faith and intimacy with God, you will feel more and more consistently like you are existing in God’s glory and going from glory to glory. It’s like being on a different plane of existence above it all with a constant feeling of supernatural elation (i.e. love, peace, and joy, etc.) But, you need to keep your mind in the Kingdom with Kingdom thoughts. You are not in the old fleshly temporal life anymore. You have entered into eternity. Think about 1,000,000 years from now and looking back at your time on earth. Laugh at your momentary trials as though you were now way in the future.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him – NIV
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – NIV
Following God’s Will
When you get direction from God, it will be as though a vision of God’s peace is opening before you. God’ peace does not mean a feeling of earthly comfort. When Jesus was in Gethsemane he obviously did not feel comfortable when thinking of going to the cross to be nailed to it. Yet he had a peace about it and he also felt joy as he looked forward…. For the joy set before him he endured the cross… -Hebrews 12:2, NIV
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – NIV
When you get a human vision of doing something you want in your flesh, you won’t get the same supernatural sense of God’s peace. You might feel a human sense of comfort or some other human emotion other than God’s peace. It is very important to learn to discern the direction of God.
7. Advancing God’s Kingdom
The golden rule, love your neighbor as yourself, is the “point of the arrow” and the “fuel” of Kingdom advancement.
In whatever situation you find yourself, either secular or Christian, you are there to solve problems and to advance the Kingdom. God’s primary goal is to bring everyone into complete unity under Christ. Therefore, peacemaking is something that should always be on your mind as your primary objective. Another word for peacemaking is team building or teamwork or unity, etc.
There are three areas of love that are always involved in advancing the Kingdom. They are building up others, acceptance of others, and humility towards others. Hurt and anger produce the opposite of these. When a person is angry in the “flesh” they feel self-righteous and want to tear down, reject or pull away form another person.
In everything you do even with your enemies there should be an attitude and intention of building up, acceptance, and humility. These three simple attitudes and intentions will invoke the power of the Holy Spirit to go before you in love and advance his kingdom. Obstacles will move out of your way as long as you are also following the leading of the Holy Spirit and staying in his will of peace and love.
Whoever Comes Against You Will Benefit You
Isaiah 54:15,17 whoever attacks you will surrender to you…no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.- NIV Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – NIV Your Enemies Will Fall Before You
When you are operating in the Spirit, anyone who comes against you will be defeated before you.
Psalm 64:8 He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
Exodus 23:22-23 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.
Anything and Everything Works for Your Good
If you are walking in the Spirit according to God’s purpose then everything works for your good. However, if you are not sure if you are walking in doubt or you are just doing what you want to do, then this is not necessarily true.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Ungodly Discouragement, Fear, Worry, and Anxiety, etc., Are False
The Lord commands in many scriptures: “Do not be discouraged”, Do not be afraid”, “Be anxious for nothing”, “Do not worry”. Therefore it is a sin to do these things. Since everything works for our best, there is no reality in any of these things. They are simply idolatry and we should eliminate them from our lives and thoughts and communication by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Nothing Can Touch Us Unless it Will Glorify God and Raise Us Up
In John 7 Jesus brother’s were mocking him and taunting him to go into a Jewish feast. However, the temple guards were swarming around looking for him to capture him. He went right into the feast, obviously by direction and timing of the Holy Spirit, and stood up right in the middle of it and challenged everyone. Then he left and no one touched him! Imagine doing this crazy sort of thing. Would you walk right into a hostile environment, if the police and other people were swarming around looking to capture you, and then stand up in plain view and loudly start speaking and challenging everyone? Nothing can touch you when you are in God’s will and dwelling in praise and prayer in the secret place of the Most High.
Psalm 91 :1-16, 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge–
10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – NIV
The basic principle: We are infinite, immortal beings given the keys to heaven to bring God’s kingdom on earth and nothing can touch us that is not going to bless us as long as we are in God’s will and flowing in his living water. And how do we do that? We love and praise him continually and for at least an hour of concentrated time each day. All “bad” things and trials work together for our good in God’s kingdom. Whatever the devil does against you ends up to advance God’s kingdom and advances you too! if you are walking in the Spirit, have forgiven everyone, and are in God’s will. Thus, rejoicing in trials and hardship in reality occurs because you know that whatever bad happens is to your advantage and to advance the Kingdom through you! God glorifies you every time the world or the devil try to tear you down as you glorify the Lord.
Why does God protect us? For one reason: obeying the first command to love the Lord with everything we’ve got!
Psalm 91:14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.”
Look at every situation as an opportunity. When anyone comes against you, don’t skip a beat. Expect an opportunity. Expect a miracle. Seek God for wisdom. When we have a bad boss or a bad president or bad governor or anyone else we think is bad, wake up! There is an opportunity ready to happen for those who love God and are called according to his purposes and who do not accept any fear, worry, anxiety, or discouragement.
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – NIV
Action Plan! Get into prayer and praise and loving the Lord with all the time and energy you can put into it. Seek Holy Spirit transformation in every area of your life. Get together with others and hold each other accountable to doing all these things. Proclaim all of these promises and keep following the scriptures as you watch them slowly come into reality in your life. You will do mighty exploits for God.
We love the proclamation that says: “(Psalm 37:23) The favor of God causes us to be in the right place at the right time.”
This is what we have experienced in our lives. We could give you example after example of kingdom advancement. If we act in faith and God’s love in the flow of the Living Water of the Spirit, according to the scriptures below, the kingdom is always advancing before us and around is. Period. We are placed in any and every situation to do one thing: advance His kingdom for his glory.
Evil only has two choices (Ezekiel 47):
1. Be transformed into good (by the Living Water coming out of us).
2. Get pushed out of the way (into a smelly marsh by the Living Water).
That’s it. The kingdom advances and nothing can stand before it if we do everything right!
Many times failure occurs because we have left out a thing or two. Here are some verses that may be helpful as necessary tactics for God’s blessing/reward that are actually commands from the Lord so we don’t even need to pray about if we should love others by doing the following, but we pray and ask the Lord how to do it in each circumstance.
God’s love is always expressed in three basic attitudes/actions:
1. Acceptance of others (the way Jesus accepts everyone: repentance, turning to Christ, following Christ).
2. Humility towards others.
3. Building up others (like a sports coach encouraging and correcting).
Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
Romans 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
A way to test this is may be: What if someone asked our enemies if we have done good unto them, could it actually be shown that we have done good unto them?
Here’s one of the biggest problems I have found in successfully advancing the Kingdom… We don’t communicate in a biblical way and so we don’t have success. Here are some important verses:
Proverbs 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
Matthew Henry’s commentary has this interpretation of Prov. 26:5: “We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate.” In other words we turn peoples words and arguments around against them end any argument in love, like Jesus did.
Proverbs 18:7 The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
So again all we do is communicate like Jesus did. He took the things people said and used their own words against them in love to end an argument….
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
How do we demolish arguments, etc., using these scriptures?
Example: “Abortion is a woman’s choice.”
Our Prov. 26:5 response to abortion activists: “Are you not stereotyping women as unable to reason and are you not assuming they are just irrational and emotionally-driven if you block them from gaining more knowledge and information about their bodies, etc? How is an ultrasound machine not showing the ultimate respect for the intelligence and enlightenment of women to make rational choices?”
Our Prov. 26:5 response: Hey, let’s make the name of our clinic. How about: Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices!
Example 2: “Gay marriage is about celebrating diversity.”
Our Prov. 26:5 response: Isn’t male and female diversity of the sexes? Thus, one man one woman is the ultimate celebration of diversity! How are two men an example of diversity?
There is No Resistance to the Kingdom of God
Luke 21:15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
Apparently, the expectation of correct words gained through biblical principles, like Prov. 26:5, etc., by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, will remove any resistance! Thus, in reality there is NO resistance out there to the Kingdom advancing. Maybe the Church has failed so miserably to advance the kingdom simply because we do not Hear, Listen, and Obey.
No resistance means that the Kingdom advances!
Psalm 64:8 He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
Action! Let’s go out and believe these things and practice this kind of communication.