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The Soul Winners Dependence on the Holy Spirit

Jesus said in John 16:7-11:

7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for eternal life.  The Holy Spirit is the One who regenerates us and He causes us to be born again (John 3:3-7).  Paul the Apostle wrote in Titus 3:5-7:

5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The Spirit of God regenerates us.  He brings us the life of God within us and He gives us eternal life that was purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).

It is thus the necessity of the soul winner to depend upon the Holy Spirit in evangelism.  People are not going to be saved because of a cute sermon or a powerful illustration or a rock concert.  People will repent only when we preach the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.  Salvation does not come through manipulation or by us arguing people into the kingdom but by the grace of God applied to the sinner’s heart through the Spirit of God.  We should pray then for the Holy Spirit to be with us and upon us as we proclaim the Word of God.  God has promised us in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word will go forth and not return to Him void until it accomplishes all that He sent it out to accomplish.  When God speaks, things happen.  God created the world and the entire universe by merely speaking it into existence from nothing (Hebrews 11:3).  When God speaks to the sinner, He breaks through each and every time.  His Word is able to convict and convert.

Yet this doesn’t come just because are accurate in our exegesis.  It takes a total dependence upon the Holy Spirit.  We need, as the old saints of God use to say, the unction of God.  We need the unction, the anointing of the Spirit of God to see souls saved.  I urge you saints of God to be active in preaching the gospel to the lost whether through gospel tracts or through open air preaching or prison ministries or any other ministry (Matthew 28:19) but never stop depending upon the Holy Spirit to do His work among us.  Sinners will not cry out to Jesus because of your methods or your programs but they will cry out to Jesus for salvation when the Holy Spirit comes in power.  Jesus promised in John 16:7-11 that the Spirit would convict the world.  This is prevenient grace.  This is the enabling grace of God, the Spirit of God, who draws sinners to the Savior (John 6:44) and He brings conviction of sin and He brings regeneration (Acts 16:14-15).  We cannot be saved apart from the Spirit’s work.  We must depend on the Spirit of God.

I pray that the Holy Spirit will be your comfort and also you would depend upon Him to reach people with the gospel (Mark 16:15; John 20:21).  Jesus promised us power through the Spirit (Acts 1:8) and I pray that we would once again cry out to Jesus for souls to be saved for His glory.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/25/2012 at 8:36 PM

Posted in Evangelism, Holy Spirit

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