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Scripture: Isaiah 9:3
You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
Insights: I mentioned it yesterday regarding the warfare language of Isaiah nine. In today’s verse notice the expansion of the nation. Notice the division of spoils. After Jesus invaded the world, which we discussed yesterday, He expanded His reign. It is for this reason we have language like multiplication of nations, an increase of gladness, gladness of harvest and division of spoils. All four of these phrase explicitly indicate growth or expansion. Jesus kingdom will grow. In fact, this growth is one of the primary, if not the primary, reason you are still on the earth if you have been born again. The Father has chosen us, His children, to be His mouth piece in this world. We are commissioned by Him to expand His kingdom. The way we do this kind of work is through evangelism. We tell other people about what Jesus has done for us and then ask them if they would like to meet this same Jesus you know. The problem in the modern western world church, however, is that it takes seventy-five of us to introduce just one person to Jesus. What this means is that in a calendar year, if your church is running seventy-five, then you will probably only have one outside conversion in that calendar year. Is this number a result of seventy-five people talking to this singular individual? The answer is a resounding, “NO!” The reason is because probably only one in that seventy-five are actually out there actively and intentionally sharing their faith, and even with them, not consistently. I am guilty of this fact myself. Beloved, let me encourage you to pray to the Lord of the harvest and ask Him to send out harvest workers. After you have prayed that prayer, then step out your door and become one of those workers. May we see many come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ in this coming year.
1. How are you helping to expand the Light, Jesus Christ, into the world?
2. Have you personally encountered this Light and experienced His salvific work in your life?
Prayer: Father, thank You for saving me from my sins. Let Your Spirit fall on me and may I be bold in proclaiming the gospel to those in need of You. Amen.
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