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June 4, 2013

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Sharing God’s Word means trusting the power of the message not ourselves

by Dave Malnes

A part of being God’s ambassador and by being a new creation in Christ is that we redirect our confidence away from ourselves and place it squarely in the power of God’s Word.

Sharing the message of reconciliation between God and all people is really not about us, but about God. As a result, we can place our whole confidence in the power of the message, not ourselves. We withstand the temptation to judge the effectiveness of the message, by how a person responds. Some will accept God’s message, most will reject it. Our job as God’s ambassadors is to simply deliver the message trusting God’s promises that His Word is at work.

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It’s like a good farmer who plants their seed in the spring. He has great confidence that those seeds he planted will turn into a crop. With that same trust and confidence, God’s ambassadors know that every time we share a message of what Christ has already done for us, we plant seeds in the hearts of souls expecting a harvest according to God’s timing. With eager expectation we can boldly deliver messages that rely solely on the power of God’s Word — leaving the results to God for that is His business.

Consider the following verses.

Romans 1:16-17: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Isaiah 55:10-11: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

We can go to the Lord in prayer with praise and thanksgiving for His powerful Word and wonderful promises.

“Lord, as we come before you with thanksgiving for being commissioned to share your message. We give you praise that we can place our complete confidence and trust in the power of your Word. As we trust in the wonderful promise that we are 100% forgiven and fully accepted by you as your dear child, we trust that your Word alone is what creates the same faith in others. Thank you Lord, Amen.”

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  1. Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Hansen
    Jun 4 2013

    Hi Dave,
    You certainly have a wonderful way with the truths of God’s Word. I absolutely LOVE the second paragraph of this article! The neatest part of it is that I learned that lesson so powerfully from you and Mark during our Provo 2012 activities. You said it repeatedly, in many different ways during the workshops, but then it was proven from time to time as we knocked on doors, – most often found wonderful, eager minds which the Holy Spirit had prepared for us, – but sometimes they would say: “I don’t want to talk to you”. Then is when the power of your teaching kicked in, and the phrase that came to mind were the words of the Prophet Samuel as he was visiting the house of Jesse (in I Samuel) looking to anoint a new king, and when he saw those handsome sons of Jesse, he said “The Lord has not chosen that one!” So when that door closed, it was sadness in my heart, but complete understanding of the principle you had taught us – – “the Lord has not chosen that one”. I never felt “rejected” or spurned, – but rather, just sad because that person was not going to open his heart that day. My hope was that some day (perhaps this summer) someone may knock again, and this time he would listen.
    Thanks for being such a good teacher, and helping me learn a “life lesson” that will stick with me till the end.
    Yours, in His service,
    Jerry Hansen

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    • Dave Malnes
      Jun 5 2013

      Thank you so much, Jerry, for your amazing words of encouragement. When we bring messages of reconciliation from the King, it’s quite difficult when those messages are rejected and exceptionally uplifting when they are received positively. Ultimately, it’s the work and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are just his ambassadors conveying an all-important message. Appreciate your comments.

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