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The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me ... Luke 4:18-19

Divine Note #17 – April 27, 2009

Luke 4:18-19 (New King James Version)
18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me
to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.

Have you ever talked to someone about asking Jesus into their heart? Have you shared your gift of salvation with your family, friends, coworkers or neighbors lately? Chances are that you haven’t! It is time to get "unglued from your personal church pew" as keynote speaker Donna Partow said at the Celebration National Spring Conference over the weekend. Invite others to experience the personal power that Christ can bring into their lives!

If you are reading this e-mail, you have probably asked for and received the free gift of salvation. You probably attend church regularly, read the Bible, attend Bible study, you probably help out at church and you may even be part of a small group. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH! You must get out of your comfort zone and ask people who have been placed in your personal mission field if they have received Jesus in their heart!

We have an obligation to share what Christ has done for us with everyone around us! Once you are saved, it’s up to you to ask the Holy Spirit to move in your life! Do it now – ask Him to show you how you can minister to those around you! The women who attended the conference were commissioned to do God’s work by the power of the Holy Spirit! It’s not about you! It’s about the Kingdom Work, as Donna calls it, that we have been assigned to do for our Lord Jesus! One of our other speakers said, “Don’t do a poor public relations job for Jesus!” She quoted statistics from a news magazine story about how people are falling away from “religion” in America. Jesus is not about religion, He’s about personal relationship and power!

START YOUR KINGDOM WORK TODAY
Because God’s work is important and we all know many people who are living in silent desperation, you are challenged to take action now!

1. Are you equipped to share the prayer of salvation with the people around you? If not, you must learn how to do it and once you learn, please share it!

2. If you are reading this and you do not know for sure if you have been saved, please ask for the free gift of salvation (Romans 10:13). Here’s a sample prayer that I use from one of my favorite pastors, Dr. Charles Stanley.
Father God,
I know I need you but can never get to you on my own. I receive your son Jesus as my personal savior. I believe he took all my sins onto himself when he died on the cross, conquering death for my sake and giving me access to you. Thank you for forgiving me and for sending the Holy Spirit to transform my life.

3. If you are a leader, you must commit to equipping the people around you to share the precious gift of Jesus! It is so critical to get out of your comfort zone and it’s your kingdom job anyway!

4. You are encouraged to get an accountability partner to share your experiences and receive encouragement.

Sisters, the time is NOW! Jesus can’t keep waiting for us to get out of our church pew or comfort zone! Tomorrow is not guaranteed! You have TODAY to share the gift of eternity with those you know and those you love! He has empowered you through the Holy Spirit, now please go out and share God’s priceless gift!

I hope you feel the power of His Holy Spirit and share what He has done for you. Feel the Big God Hugs this week!
Love,
Blanca

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