Imagine yourself in immense anguish, terrified, lonely, wretching in
pain, and worst of all no hope of anything better to come. You've
been condemned to the darkness of Hell, because you were deceived by
that crafty serpent into believing that what he offered was better
than anything else. No one was able to tell you any different, no
one understood you, no one reached you with the Light. You are
subject to God's wrath and His indignation for eternity. Frightening
Romans 2:5-9 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart
treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and
revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to
every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance
in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal
life; But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and
anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first,
and also of the Gentile.
This my friends is the death that the lost souls of the world have
to look forward to. This is why God calls us, to help Him bring
these souls to Light before they end up in this miserable place,
captive of darkness and death forever. We are all called according
to God's purpose. His purpose is to save souls. He needs you to be a
willing vessel. He needs you to reach out to these souls.
The following study, will bring you to understand the lost soul, as
well as to see how God can use you to reach these souls. Testimonies
either from your own past experiences, or from someone you know, who
has been through something similar, could just be the one spark
needed to Light the Fire for Jesus that these souls are missing in
their life of darkness.
Are you ready to be of service, but not sure what step to take to
reach a soul? It is my prayer that this study, will help you in your
calling to witness to these souls walking in the Valley of the
Shadow of Death.
Part 1: Identifying the Lost Soul
So how do we know if a soul is lost? Well they live under a veil of
blindness. They do not believe in Jesus Christ. They are perishing.
I John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness
in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because
he believeth not the record that God gave of His son. I John 5:12 He
that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.
They have no promise of eternal life. The gospel is hidden from
II Corinthians 4:3-4 But, even if our gospel be hid, it is hid to
them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the
minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Lost souls work and live in the flesh. They don't know the Spirit so
their actions are fleshly.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and
such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you
in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the
kingdom of God.
The heartbreaking part is that these souls living in the flesh are
not only hurting themselves with a condemnation of death, but they
are hurting souls around them with their participation in fleshly
activities. What's more most of these souls don't feel that they are
wrong for their behavior, as they have accepted it as "life". They
don't know about forgiveness and mercy as they are captive to all
the lies Satan has shared with them over and over. It is part of
their day to day worldly life. They don't know any different. They
don't know Truth. They are servants of sin. Their promised wage is
Romans 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lost souls are enemies of Christ, they place value in worldly
things, they find greatness in their shameful acts and deeds.
Philippians 3:18-19 For many walk, of whom I have told you often,
and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the
cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
Sad isn't it?
Lost souls sometimes are aware of their sins, and are aware of God's
judgment but choose to continue in their wickedness. These souls are
deeper in darkness and even harder to reach. They include those who
know of the Truth but have chosen to turn away and not receive the
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and
worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is
blessed for ever. Amen
Romans 1:29-32 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder,
debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God,
despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient
to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without
natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment
of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not
only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
What's more lost souls can often be identified by the company they
keep. There are many "hate" groups and ungodly organizations within
the world, that lost souls tend to gravitate towards. See everyone
likes to have "friends" and often lost souls tend to associate with
other lost souls who participate in the same type of sinful
activities that they do. They also find pleasure in the sins that
their friends commit as well as their own. Lost souls fear what they
don't know, so they aren't going to want to make friends with
"Christians, lest they become one." So naturally they will shy away
from Christians, even persecute them and hate them. It's not that
Christians have done anything to them personally, it's just that
Satan whispers to them, and they listen and become afraid of what
they don't know. Unfortunately, most lost souls when asked why they
belong to this group or that, will tell you because my friends
belong to that group, and for no other reason.
Lost souls are hurting souls, looking for an end to their pain.
Usually they will seek temporary relief. They will find this in
various quick fixes such as drugs, pornography, or even self harm.
The temporary relief these souls find, often leads them into a
deeper darkness called addiction.
Another type of behavior that lost souls experience is depression
and a feeling of hopelessness. They will close themselves off to any
type of feelings they have, in an attempt to stop the pain brought
on by no one caring about them. These souls also, may hate
themselves. They have no self-esteem, and they feel their life is a
nightmare. These souls will just be waiting for an end, which may
lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.
A lost soul can also believe that they are saved and tell people
that they are saved, when in reality their heart tells the truth
that they are not saved. These souls sometimes may even know
scripture such as the Pharisees and Sadducees did. These souls think
they know God, but instead they only know about God. These souls as
well can be very difficult to reach, as they have preconceived ideas
about the Truth and believe they already know. Paul also known as
Saul was an example of this.
During the time that Jesus was on earth, He was persecuted by many
people. The Pharisees and the Sadducees are two examples of these
groups of people. They were two very different groups that refused
to believe in Jesus. Pharisees believed in the law, and
resurrection, and angels. Sadducees only believed in the first 5
books of the Bible, and did not believe in angels or resurrection.
Paul the apostle was a Pharisee before He was brought into the
Light. Paul associated with the Pharisees because that's what He
knew. He didn't know Truth. Paul was a lost soul when he was a
Pharisee. The company Paul kept identified Paul as being under the
law and not under grace before his conversion.
The dwelling place of lost souls is described well in
Job 10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the
shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as
Chaos and confusion surrounds them at all times. They wander through
the Valley of the Shadow of Death, looking for comfort and normalcy,
yet not finding that which they seek.
These souls can be possessed of evil spirits. These spirits control
them, causing them to seek answers and power in the evil of the
world, through enchantments, witchcraft, wizardry, and the
consultation of familiar spirits. The dark power makes them feel
like they are in control of something. It binds them even more
deeply in the darkness. Some will go as far as to make deals with
the devil, and become worshippers of the evil one. They will even
perform ritualistic type offerings to the devil. This can be through
idolatry, sacrifices, and black masses.
The identity of a lost soul is lost in the evil that they serve.
They are prisoners of darkness, and they have been deceived into
believing lies. They are bound by layers of chains, brought on from
walking in the world's evil for a number of years. These chains
often have locks that have rusted over the years, and the keys have
been lost. Jesus is the only bolt cutter that can break through
these chains. God needs YOU to bring the Truth to the lost souls of
the world. He needs you to help Him bring them into the Light. He
needs you to help Him break them out of captivity.
Are you ready to be of service? If so, then I pray that you will
continue on to Part 2.
Part 2: Called to Darkness
Why Me? What can God use a no good sinner like me for? How can I be
a witness to anyone? I mean I've sinned so badly, and my past is
just horrible. Sound familiar?
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
So if all have sinned and none are righteous, then YOU are the same
as everyone else who has been saved by Grace. So that puts you on
equal ground with all others who He has called. He will use you, if
you will answer His call.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall
I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
So why would God choose you? How about for your testimony. What
testimony you ask? Well your life testimony. See throughout our
lives, we go through many trials and tribulations, as well as walk
in darkness ourselves until we come to know the Light. Some of us
walk in darkness longer than others, but once we are touched by
Jesus, then that darkness is turned into a testimony by which God
can use us to reach other lost souls.
Proverbs 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls ...
Your life experience, and what changes God has brought about in you,
is a true witness. You are now an example of who Christ is, and what
He can do for others.
I John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness
in himself ...
Ok, so you have a testimony and the ability to be a witness. So how
about a calling? Well we are all called to work for the Lord in
spreading His word to the world. It's the Great Commission, that
Jesus left us with.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of
the world. Amen.
God has called you to tell others about Him. He wants and expects
our service in telling others of His love and mercy. Lost souls also
expect us to share God's love with them. If we don't tell them then
they just might not ever have an opportunity to hear God's word from
God doesn't need you to be educated, or smart to answer His calling.
He doesn't need you to be wise or strong. God chooses those who are
often weak by themselves. This way He can be strong in them as they
answer His call.
I Corinthians 1:26-27 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that
not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble,
are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world
to confound the things which are mighty.
God only needs a willing vessel, one that isn't proud but will
humble themselves to what He can do with them.
I want to share a story with you.
There was a Christian man named Joe who would go to the gym daily to
work out. Every day when Joe was there he would run into a lost soul
named Roy. Roy and Joe worked out side by side every day for 2
years. They would talk about what they did every day, about their
families, and their jobs. They became friends. Roy started going
through a very rough time in his life, and he became unable to
afford to work out at the gym. He began to struggle with finances,
family problems, and his job. Roy was feeling very alone during this
time, and he wasn't able to spend time talking with Joe daily
because he couldn't go to the gym. Then one day Roy was really at
his lowest, and he encountered a street preacher who introduced him
to Jesus. Roy and the street preacher would talk daily for a couple
of months, and then Roy grew to know and love Jesus. His life
burdens became easier and his financial struggles decreased. He was
able to go and join the gym again. When he came back to the gym, he
saw Joe again for the first time in a long time. He began to tell
Joe about what had happened to him, and to also tell Joe about his
introduction to meeting Jesus. Joe looked at Roy and said, isn't
life awesome when you have Jesus. He makes things so much easier.
Roy looked at Joe in awe and asked Joe how long he had known Jesus.
Joe said he had known Jesus for years. Roy in turn says, you knew
Jesus all this time, and never told me about Him? Joe responded
with, well we had only known each other for about 2 years.
Now in this story, Roy was given another opportunity to hear about
Jesus, but what if He hadn't. What if Roy had died before being
given this opportunity. Would Joe have had Roy's condemnation on his
hands? We are expected to share our knowledge of Jesus with the
lost, despite our fears or our lack of experience. If all God
expected of us was to come to know Him and love Him, then He would
take us home to be with Him as soon as we were saved. But God
expects more. He expects us to answer His call.
How do I answer my calling you ask? Submit to the Lord and ask Him
to show you the path He would have you take. Be willing, ready and
prepared to go. Have compassion for the lost.
Matthew 9:36-37 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with
compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad,
as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The
harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.
Step up and allow God to use you. You don't have to fill out an
application for employment, you don't have to pass any test. All you
have to do is have the love of Jesus down in your heart, and want to
tell others how they can have that love. God will do the rest.
Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour
what ye ought to say.
If your ready to step up, and aren't sure what direction God wants
you to take, ask Him. Spend some time praying and meditating with
the Lord, and then listen to His direction. Make sure you are truly
ready for the answers that He gives, becomes sometimes He will ask
you to do things that may require giving up your current lifestyle.
It's important to be accepting of His plans for you.
Everyone's calling varies to some degree. God has a particular
purpose designed just for you. He already has a place lined up in
His ministry, and is just waiting for you to step out and tell Him
your ready to work.
There are lost souls all around the world, who are dying to hear
about Him. Won't you be part of the Body of Christ who's arms are
If so then let's continue on with Part 3.
Part 3: Seeking Out the Lost
The people we choose to associate with often have qualities and
attributes similar to those we posses. When one becomes a Christian
they enjoy a New life built around Jesus. This often means that
friendships of the world become less and friendships in Christ are
more. The problem that can arise from this is that we spend so much
time in Christian environments that we don't lend occasion to place
ourselves into a setting where God can use us to reach the lost.
When you ask God to use you as a vessel, He is going to need you to
not be wary of sitting with the lost. In fact Jesus, was criticized
by the Pharisees for doing just this, and His response sheds light
on why Christians need to step out and spend time with the blind.
Luke 5:27-31 And after these things he went forth, and saw a
publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said
unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And
Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great
company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. But
their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying,
Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus
answering said unto them, they that are whole need not a physician:
but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance.
Jesus is saying that spending time with sinners is the only way in
which we can give them directions in how to find the Great
Physician. It's all about stepping out of the comfort zone, and
doing something unexpected.
So where does one find a lost soul? Well most anywhere, from the
neighborhood you live in, to the grocery store, to jailhouses, to
bars, and the list goes on. The thing is, you have to make yourself
available. If your passing up one lost soul, then the question truly
becomes how much do you care about finding the lost. It's very easy
to sit in your church pew, and hope that God will send a lost soul
through the door to be saved, but the reality is these days that
fewer and fewer people are actually coming through the open doors of
churches. That is why it is up to us to get up and bring the gospel
to them. All God asks is that you seek out the one lost soul and
bring them home. It's ok to leave the ninety-nine saved souls to
find the one who is wandering around aimlessly in the darkness.
Matthew 18:11-13 For the Son of man is come to save that which is
lost. How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them
be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth
into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so
be that he find it verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that
sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Go and seek. Lost souls aren't going to line up at your front door
and ask you to tell them about Jesus. It just isn't going to happen.
In fact, Jesus sent the twelve disciples out to preach that men
should repent. They didn't just set up a building and put a sign out
front saying, if you want Jesus you have to come here. Go and find
the lost souls that God will lead you to and plant some seeds.
How do you know if the one you are seeking out is one that God wants
you to witness to? Well the Holy Spirit will tell you. He will open
your mouth, and He will speak through you. Sometimes this will
happen so very unexpectedly. You might be just talking with someone,
and all of a sudden the Spirit will come upon you and have you share
your Faith. You don't have to plan it, as He has it all planned out
In fact, Jesus sent the twelve disciples out to preach that men
should repent. They didn't just set up a building and put a sign out
front saying, if you want Jesus you have to come here, and they
didn't have a script in which to read from when preaching.
Mark 6:7-9 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send
them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey,
save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: but
be shod with sandals: and not put on two coats. Mark 6:12 And they
went out, and preached that men should repent.
Jesus sent the disciples in search of the lost. He sent them in
small groups of two, in which to witness, as well as asked them to
take nothing with them, but His love. Jesus was in control, and He
knew that the disciples didn't need anything but Him in which to
reach the lost.
When you seek out lost souls, sometimes you have to be subtle at
first. You have to find a way to bring about trust in the "group".
Often one can do this just by offering a peaceful word in passing
until your presence in that particular place is accepted. Then you
can begin to witness, but again your witnessing might be limited to
just revealing your own Faith, until your acceptance is established.
Let's think about where we have to travel to find these souls. They
are obviously located on the path of darkness, within the Valley of
the Shadow of Death. This is a very desolate pathway, as there isn't
any light, therefore everything around them is death sealed. You
probably remember this pathway from your own time of walking it and
searching for the way out. In order to bring the Light to these
souls, we have to venture into the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
What does venturing onto this pathway mean for you? It means that
you have to get down on a level that they can understand. It means
that you have to reach them in the deepest corners. Some are harder
to get to than others. Those that haven't been hurt as much or as
deeply, can often be reached just by an occasional visit to this
pathway. Others who are hidden in the farthest corners of the
valley, may take more time to reach as well as more visits. Just
remember to commit as much time to reaching these souls as you
wanted Jesus to give you when He was bringing His message into your
Jesus says Go and teach all nations. He doesn't ask you to stay
home, and He doesn't say wait. He says get out there and go.
Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you, and, lo, I aw with you always, even unto the end of
Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The timing in which you travel on the pathway must also be left to
God. If you choose to go on your own, without God's blessing you
will not be able to minister effectively to the lost. What you say,
will often fall on deaf ears, as the Holy Spirit has to be with you
in order for these souls to be touched with ears that can Hear.
Seeking the lost, is God's business. He gives the directions and
asks that you willingly follow them.
If you are willing to follow the map that God has drawn for you to
travel as His vessel in spreading the Good News in the darkness,
then let's head out and continue on to Part 4.
Part 4: Reaching the Heart of Darkness
So how do I reach these souls, who are walking in the valley of the
shadow of death? Well it actually takes different strokes to reach
different folks. You have to be versatile and adapt. Sometimes we
would love for people to just "change", but we know this is not the
reality. It really all begins with the planting of a good seed.
Let's take a look at this parable that Jesus spoke:
Matthew 13:3-8 And he spake many things unto them in parables,
saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some
seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and
forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And
when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no
root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns
sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and
brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some
This parable shows what happens when seeds are sown both bad and
good. So how do we know if we are sowing a seed of good?
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening
withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper,
either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
We don't know how the seeds we sow will grow. We are just asked to
sow the seed and not withhold our hand. Can we check our own fruits
to make sure our seeds are worthy seeds to be thrown? We can if we
- sharing the Truth, and only the Truth
- checking our heart, to make sure it is purified in Jesus
- checking our testimony, to make sure it glorifies God and not
- checking our witness, to make sure that our actions are Godly
- displaying actions that others can see Him within us
- speaking with sound doctrine.
Psalms 51:10-13 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a
right spirit within me, Cast me not away from thy presence, and take
not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy
salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach
transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Titus 2:7-8 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good
works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound
speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary
part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say about you.
A seed will be one that is often curious. Once planted that seed is
going to look for ways to grow roots. This makes it ever so
important that you are witnessing with a sincere heart of the Lord.
Souls who are in the darkness, are not going to be easily trusting.
They may even test you, to see if you will turn away from them by
doing bad things.
Now let's talk about ways to plant good seeds. Show kindness and
understanding. Many lost souls only see hurt, pain, and hate all
around them. They don't encounter hope and love through the kind
actions of others very often. Kindness will open someone's eyes and
their heart. They will want to know why you can be kind to someone
like them. This is where the opportunity of planting the seed of
Christ in their heart will become available.
Comforting and compassion are some other ways to reach lost souls.
As they are wandering alone in the darkness, they often bare
feelings of pain and suffering. If we are to reach out with an
understanding ear, and offer them our time to listen and give them
support, this will be noticed greatly. Again they will want to know
why you care to listen to their problems, which again is opening a
door for you to witness.
Jude 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
You can make a difference, by allowing the Holy Spirit to pour out
His compassion on these souls. He can plant seeds if you are willing
to be His vessel.
Some souls are going to be more difficult to reach. Sometimes it
takes fear to reach these souls. The souls that the Holy Spirit
reaches through fear are usually very deep in the darkness. They are
to the I don't care what happens to me stage. We often have to reach
out to them and pull them out of their own self-inflicted harm.
Jude 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire:
hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
We may be afraid of these souls. They might be physically violent in
their tendencies. But, we have to be bold with our speech, even if
we are persecuted for doing so. We already have our promises waiting
for us, so we have nothing to fear as long as we are allowing God to
control our witness.
When planting seeds one must be tuned into the voice of the Holy
Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be the one who will help you discern
which souls you are being called to reach out to. Not every soul has
your name on them so to speak. God uses different souls to reach
different people. That is why our life experiences often differ so
much. Each person's testimony is created through these experiences
to be one that God can use to plant seeds in lost souls. These souls
that we are sharing with are often going through what we have
already experienced. We can relate and we know how to talk to these
souls in order for them to Hear God's word.
John 5:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my
word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and
shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto
life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now
is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they
that hear shall live.
The only way a lost soul can hear is for them to listen to what is
being said to them. When you are planting seeds, you are the vessel
that God is using to speak to these souls. Your testimony can open
doors for these souls to know that there is a way to be free of this
dark shadow that's been following them around for so long.
Some souls will refuse the planting of the seeds we sow. Ever soul
has a choice. God does not force Himself on anyone. God is love, and
love doesn't force anyone to do anything they don't choose to do.
When a soul makes the choice not to hear our shared words, then we
may have to back off and pray that God sends another soul to
intercede and try again. Don't let this discourage you, as this just
might not have been the one that God wanted you to reach. God will
use you, but at times you may find yourself up against a wall when
ministering to lost souls. Just keep your faith that God has another
plan for that soul, and continue planting seeds in new souls that
the Holy Spirit leads to cross your path.
Lost souls all around the world are waiting to be tossed a seed that
will shed Light on the darkened pathway in which they now travel.
Won't you be the one to throw them one?
Part 4: Continued - Reaching the
Heart of Darkness
Unchaining the Difficult Soul
I want to share a story with you ...
Mark 5:1-9, 15-19 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into
the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of
the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an
unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs: and
no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he
had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had
been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces:
neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day,
he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting
himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran
and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said,
What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I
adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said
unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he
asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is
Legion: for we are many. And they come to Jesus, and see
him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting,
and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with
the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit
Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends,
and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath
had compassion on thee.
Now let's look at several things about this story. First this man
could not be tamed by anyone. They had tried chaining him up, and
eventually had banished him to live among the tombs and mountains,
because they gave up on him getting better. What's more it says he
was always crying and cutting himself. Does that sound familiar?
Souls crying out and cutting? Bet you can name a few souls you know
that almost fit this man's description as they are always crying
about something. The main thing is that we have to be sure we don't
push them away, just because they do cry a lot. Sometimes it can be
trying when dealing with just such a soul, but that's when you have
to refresh your virtue. When you allow someone to drain some of your
virtue, then fill it back up, lest your faith becomes weak. Another
thing to remember when dealing with these souls is your own past,
before you knew Jesus. Bet you did enough complaining then too.
Might even have cried out a lot. Sometimes we tend to rebuke others
so much we don't hear from God anymore. We just don't want to deal
with the soul, as we deem they will ask too much from us.
Now let's talk a bit about how we work with a difficult lost soul.
- We have to pray. We need to ask the Lord to help us reach this
soul, and to shine His light through us, so we can reach this soul
in a Jesusly way.
- We have to surrender to the Lord. We have to allow Him to do the
talking and not let our own thoughts muddle what the Lord is doing
- We have to be and stay patient. We can't push a soul away, just
because we are tired, or hearing the same thing again from them for
the 100th time. Never know when the 101st time they might just see
Him. Also don't push them away because their problems seem too
overwhelming for you to be able to offer them any help. If your
patient then their problems will never be too much.
- Be longsuffering and enduring. If they yell at you and curse at
you, remember they are a lost soul and don't know any better. Be
able to handle their anger as somehow through that anger the Lord
has been able to reach many troubled spirits.
- Be a friend. What is a friend? Someone who is there through all
things. Someone who sticks by us and helps us when we need it.
Someone who doesn't mind our 3 am phone calls. Someone who puts up
with our bad moods and our good ones. Build a friendship with this
- Love them. Love can overcome anything. Love is what brings a soul
from the darkest pit to the brightest light. Love hurts when a soul
hearts, and love is happy when a soul is happy. It forgives and it
- Be a good listener. Many of us are so time restricted that we
sometimes forget to sacrifice our time to listen to another. It's
important when working with a difficult soul that we allow them to
vent, and we listen without responding harshly or impatiently.
- Offer words of encouragement. Let them know that Jesus loves them,
and that you love them, and that things are going to be alright even
if they are going through tough times. Don't say to them, well
everyone has tough times, cuz that's not what they want to hear,
they want a sympathetic heart to share with them.
- Develop trust and honesty. As you spend time with this soul, they
will begin to trust you. If you say your going to do something, make
sure you follow through and do just that. When they can trust you,
then they will know it's ok to Trust the Jesus in you.
- Sometimes you may have to be stern. You know how a parent has to
get with their children? When you are working with a lost soul,
there are times you may have to be tough with them, and say look I'm
not gonna let you do that. Your gonna get up right now and push
through. It's not that we are angry at them, instead they can be so
stubborn if we don't push them a little they might be lost forever.
- Don't argue with a lost soul. Arguing with a lost soul, just makes
both of you angry. Instead reason with them, and if they begin to
argue, change the subject.
- Don't let feelings and emotions get in the way. Sometimes we can
let our flesh take over and we loose sight of the goal. Leave your
emotions out of the Lord's work, lean on Him to keep everything in
perspective in dealing with a lost soul.
- Most of all don't give up. It's easy to just quit and say, I can't
reach this one. But in reality, maybe if you were to try one more
time, that just might be the time this soul hears.
Remember that God can change the heart of even the hardest souls.
Allow Him to use you to do just that.
Let's continue with Part 5.
Part 5: Harvest Time
The harvest begins to ripen when the seeds you have planted have
turned a once hardened heart into a heart filled with love for
Jesus. This is a joyous time, as a sinner has returned home. In
spite of where this sinner has wandered, and in spite of what this
sinner has done, Jesus welcomes them back with open arms. This is
the time of redemption for the once lost soul, who has now been
Jesus tells a story about a prodigal son, that shows just how
faithfully He waits on that one lost soul to come home to Him.
Luke 15:11-32 And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the
younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of
goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And
not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took
his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with
riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty
famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and
joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into
his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly
with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And
when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my
father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I
will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I
have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy
to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he
arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off,
his father saw him, and had compassion and ran, and fell on his
neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be
called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the
best robe, and put it on him: and put a ring on his hand, and shoes
on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf and kill it: and let
us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again;
he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder
son was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he
heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and
asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is
come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath
received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in,
therefore came his father out and intreated him. And he answering
said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither
transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never
gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as
soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with
harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto
him, Son thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was
meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother
was dead, and is alive again and was lost, and is found.
This story shows how the Father waits for His lost children, that He
does not leave but that the child wanders away. But, notice when the
lost son returned home, the Father was there waiting and welcoming
him back home. The father was excited and threw a party with his
friends. The family of God should also rejoice at a sinner who
When all those seeds you plant become ripe and the soul is ready to
accept Jesus, He will be there to hear their prayers of repentance.
When the prodigal son admitted that he had sinned, and felt that he
wasn't worthy of being his father's son anymore, the father readily
forgave his son. God through the death of Jesus Christ does the
exact same thing for all who turn to Him with a repentant heart. See
God knows the heart, and if the heart is true, then the soul is
redeemed in love and given all the promises He has waiting for them.
Many lost souls wonder at how God can forgive them, and usually this
comes from their on unforgiveness towards oneself. This is when we
can share with them the story of the prodigal son, and how not only
was this son, forgiven but he was welcomed and loved without any
thought given to his past behaviors and actions. Lost souls have to
accept God's forgiveness, just as they have to believe in Jesus and
call upon Him.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Lost souls sometimes believe that they have sold their soul and are
condemned forever, but in reality, no one can truly sell their soul,
unless they never come to Jesus. If a sinner is searching for Jesus
and finds Him, then they still have the offer of redeeming love that
they can choose to accept. The enemy of one's soul, cannot own that
soul unless that souls chooses to allow him to. Everyone is
guaranteed a second chance at receiving Life until the day of their
fleshly death. In other words a lost soul is given a lifetime to
choose to accept Jesus. This means that God waits patiently with
arms wide open.
Do you remember that feeling that came upon you right after YOU
became aware of your acceptance of God's grace in your own life? How
you felt at peace, and were deeply in love with Jesus? How you were
so passionate for the one who had forgiven you and set you free from
your past? This is the feeling that every lost soul experiences when
they too become aware of their own love for Jesus. They finally feel
the weight of the shadows being lifted away from them, and the Light
brightening all around. They are guaranteed eternal Life and are no
longer walking the pathway of death. They are now saved and become
part of the Body of Christ.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.
Those that choose to follow Jesus are given eternal life. Of course,
every soul has a choice as to whether or not they will follow Jesus
or not. Sadly enough, there will be some seeds that may grow looking
as if they will become fruitful, only for you to find out later they
were not good fruit, but awful weeds. This doesn't mean you should
blame yourself, as God knows their heart, and He also will see that
they chose to turn from Him. This means that no one could reach
them, as they were given the right to choose. At harvest time, God
separates the good fruit from the weeds. He knows that the enemy
will also sneak in and plant weeds amongst the fruit, therefore
causing a need for separation at harvest time. Yes, often God will
wait until harvest time to do the separating, as to keep from
harming a good fruit by trying to pull weeds that might be tangled
in the fruit. Again, this does not mean that you have done anything
"wrong" in your witnessing. You have to remember that the enemy is
going to throw stumbling blocks, to try and hold on to these lost
souls instead of giving them over to God. Some lost souls are going
to choose to stay with the enemy, as the will not be reachable.
Let's look at a parable Jesus told:
Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying,
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in
his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tare among
the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and
brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants
of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow
good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto
them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou
then that we go and gather them up. But he said, Nay; lest while ye
gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both
grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will
say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind
them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
We are called to share the Truth of the Word with the lost. We
cannot make them accept Jesus. God will bring in the harvest, and at
this time He will choose those that choose Him. If you have planted
good seeds, then you have done all that He would expect. After that,
it becomes a matter of heart between a soul and God.
Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you there is joy in the presence
of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
That one little seed that you planted, finds a place to set in and
take root. With some tender loving care through watering and
fertilizing, the seed begins to sprout leaves and bloom, and turns
into a beautiful piece of fruit, ripe for the picking. Along comes
the Harvester and plucks the fruit off the tree. Oh what joy fills
the home of the Harvester when the family sees the fruit being
brought home. God is well pleased when His lost children come back
to Him. God is also well pleased in His servants who helped bring
forth the Harvest.
Now that we spoke a bit about how the enemy will sneak in and plant
tares amongst the good fruit, let's continue on to step 6 where the
battle is waged for a soul.
Part 6: The Battle Against Persecution
You can almost expect to be persecuted when you are reaching out to
lost souls. The enemy will not be happy with you. He is going to
come after you in every direction possible to try and get you to
quit sharing with the lost. One can easily become discouraged when
witnessing to the lost, because it is very virtue draining work. The
darker the soul that you are trying to reach, the more virtue you
will loose when ministering to them. Satan is going to be waiting
for an opportunity to attack you when your virtue is lowest.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We don't realize how much is going on around us in the spiritual
world all the time. There is a whole realm of spiritual battles
being waged, and when we travel into the realm of darkness, reaching
out to lost souls we are actually waging a spiritual battle to reach
the darkened soul with Light.
As you evolve in your fight against persecution, Satan is going to
evolve as well. He will try and find different ways to make you
battle weary. When working with a dark soul, one can become tempted
if they are not careful, to not become of the world. As a Christian
you are in the world, but not of the world as Jesus has separated
you with His blood. The word still holds a lot of temptation and
when Satan sees you walking in the world of darkness, he's
definitely going to try and dangle a carrot in your direction just
as he did Jesus.
Let's look at the temptation of Jesus for a moment, and how Satan
tried tempting him with different things.
Matthew 4:1-3 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty
days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the
tempter came to him he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that
these stones be made bread.
Of course with Jesus being so hungry Satan tried to first tempt Him
with food. The thing is Jesus wasn't caught up in that trap, as He
kept His focus on God, and the task at hand.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, man shall
not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of
the mouth of God.
We have to do the same, Satan knows when we are weak, and when he
comes to pull us away from reaching lost souls, and serving God, we
have to fight as hard as we can, and this means relying on God's
strength to do so. We can't fight the fight alone either, God has to
be behind the Sword. There is no way to avoid the fight, so we might
as well fight to win.
Satan tempted Jesus a second time which Jesus again refused to tempt
the Lord thy God
Then Satan tried a third time by offering Him power.
Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding
high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and
the glory of them: And saith unto him, All these things will I
give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Here is where Satan is tempting Jesus to take the shorter route,
even if it's full of road hazards, and will eventually come to a
dead end. Jesus knew what Satan was doing, and He also knew that the
power would be His over all the world, and rightly so, if He but
wait on the Lord. And again Jesus never let His focus waiver from
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, satan:
for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only
shalt thou serve.
Now the really cool thing ....for all the temptations that Jesus
endured, and through Him never loosing site of His father, Jesus was
immediately taken into the care of the Lord, when the temptation was
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came
and ministered unto him.
We have to remember that we are called to do a very important job
for the Lord. We have to put aside our trials, and continue to do
that job regardless of what we are going through.
Satan is not bigger than God, so when you begin to doubt your
calling, or want to just give up and quit your calling, remember the
temptation of Jesus. What all He endured to complete what He was
brought into the world to do. We too need to be resilient like
Jesus. God will be there to send angels to minister to us during our
times of Spiritual Warfare, if we don't loose site of the job we are
called to do.
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have
wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? And if in the
land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how
wilt thou do in the swelling of the Jordan?
Every trial we endure is a lesson, to make us stronger, and more
able to endure Spiritual warfare in the midst of sharing God's truth
with the lost. God doesn't want us to be weary, He needs us to all
finish the race. Many lost souls are counting on our strength and
faith in God to be stronger than any persecution we may face.
We need to learn to set our trials aside and keep to the task the
Lord has given us.
When your faith in the Lord is strong, you will not want to stop
telling others about Jesus, even if you are under threatening times.
Let's look at Peter and John. They were telling others about Jesus,
and they were healing people in Jesus name. This is what happened
when Satan tried to get the people to stop them from preaching and
teaching about Jesus.
Acts 4:13-21 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled;
and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they
could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded
them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among
themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? For
that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to
all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly
threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at
all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But peter and John
answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God
to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we
cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding
nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all
men glorified God for that which was done.
So if you will notice Peter and John refused the demands of those
who threatened them, and God saw them through and they were let go
to continue on. They never gave in to the demands, and they were not
afraid, as they knew that the Lord was with them, and that if He
called them to do His work that He would surely protect them while
they were doing so.
Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and
in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Facing persecution comes with the territory when one shares the
gospel with the lost souls. Be prepared to face this persecution,
fight the good fight and finish the race. Lost souls need you to be
strong and persevere.
Let's finish up with Part 7.
Part 7: Fruits of Thy Labor and the Next Step
Let's begin the final part of our study, by looking at what God
receives from a once dark-hearted soul becoming a Light-hearted
Luke 18:35-43 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto
Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And
hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told
him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus,
thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before
rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the
more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and
commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he
asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he
said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him,
Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he
received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the
people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
God receives glory when a lost soul follows Him. He also receives
praise from all those who bare witness of the lost souls redemption.
Everything we do in our calling should be about bringing glory to
God. In a soul's salvation one can find the glory of the Lord.
Psalms 21:5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and
majesty hast thou laid upon Him.
So what are you going to receive after you answer God's call to
reach souls in darkness? Well first you should receive joy in your
heart from knowing that your Lord is being glorified.
You will also receive the reward of the inheritance.
Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the
reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
You will also receive blessings for being fruitful in your labor for
Hebrews 6:7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh
oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is
dressed receiveth blessings from God.
But what is more, than all of these is that you are storing up
treasures in Heaven, and that will be greater than anything you
receive here on this earth.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break
through nor steal: For where your treasure is there will your heart
You can only imagine what treasures you can have stored up waiting
for you, when God calls you home. You just never know, you might
even hear the words, "well done my great and faithful servant".
One thing you really need to remember is not to seek rewards from
man. This is prideful and will not bode well for you. You will
receive great rewards, if you will remain humble and know that God
sees all that you do. Your labors do not go unnoticed. He sees
everything you do in His name, and it pleases Him.
So where does one go next? When one has planted a seed that has
grown and ripened for the harvest, that doesn't mean it's time to
quit. There is more work still to be done. When you love Jesus, you
also love others. A whole world of sinners is in need of that love.
The next step is to go and bring forth more fruit.
John 15:8-9 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much
fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so
have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
John 15:16-17 Ye have
not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye
should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:
that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give
it to you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.
So out of love and the quest for God's glory we go out and continue
reaching for more lost souls. God chooses each of us, so that we can
become a vessel for Him. The world is full of souls who are being
led astray by Satan. The battle for these souls remains a fierce
one, and God needs you to set forth and continually fight to tell
others of His love and forgiveness. The harvest is truly much, and
yet fewer and fewer members of the Body of Christ are reaching. They
are leaving it to others, but in reality, God needs each and every
one of us to do our part.
Sharing God's Love
by In the Light Poetry
Sand seeping through my hands,
time is slipping away.
Needing to make my time on earth count,
passing quickly ... day by day.
So many lost souls.
So much to be done.
Reaching out with my words
light the world like the sun.
In motion I send them
to all parts unknown.
Hopeful words to touch the heart
of someone who feels alone.
God's love shining through me,
like the sun through a cloud.
Hope passed one to another,
Like words spoken aloud.
Many gifts are there for giving
yet the very best is love.
So share it with the whole world,
as God has from above.
When you are called to share God's love with the many lost souls
that wander in darkness, you are giving them Jesus who represents
hope, life, forgiveness, friendship, and eternal life. Be willing to
take the next step, and the next and the next. Make your witness a
never-ending one, until God calls you home. Be willing, step up and
step out, and when God says, who shall I send, volunteer and say
here I am, Lord, send me. Bring Forth a multitude of fruit.
You have been introduced to the darkness that lost souls encounter
on a daily basis. They have no way out of this darkness, except that
someone should bring them the Light. Their fate will be determined
upon their death, and the only hope that remains for them, is that
Christians answer their calling and tell them that Jesus is the way
Everyone has a choice, whether it be the lost soul who has the
choice between Life and Death, or whether it be the Christian who is
being called to minister to the lost souls answering the call or
not. The fact of the matter still remains that if you know the Truth
then you are obligated to share that Truth.
Are you being called to be of service to Him in the world of
darkness? You should now be better prepared to step out and be His
willing servant. Choose to answer His call. Dying souls are counting
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