OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF PREACHING THE GOSPEL Part 2 – by Bishop Wale Ajayi

God is everything I need Him to be. I am never stranded, never disappointed and never afraid. He is my healer, my deliverer, my protector, my friend and my advocate.

Scriptures says when God gave Jesus, He gave everything along with Him (Rom.8:32). So, the gift of Him is everything. When I have Jesus, I have everything.

God is not an idol. He is you Father. The Bible didn’t say if He gave Jesus, what can He not give…. as if He is holding other things. No! when He gave you Jesus, along with Jesus He gave everything. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” Not gifts but gift.

Who is this gift? Jesus! And when He gave you Jesus, along with Him He gave all things.

Receive healing, health, joy and peace right now!

Prayer is how you receive what God has already given so you can share in the joy of receiving. Prayer is the communication of your faith to receive, and faith is born from His love.

So, I pray because I know He loves me.

We are not serving an idol. We don’t struggle in the place of prayer. Look at the prophets of Baal. That is how you know the difference between Christianity and juju. Look at how Elijah prayed for God to show up. Elijah was going to call fire but he instructed them to pour water first. You know water quenches fire. So you know this fire is not normal fire – fire that licks water.

When you put your faith in Jesus, you joined the “I am community.”

I am because He is. I am anointed, I am blessed, I am holy and I am righteous.

Why do you say that? Because He is. I am not because I am trying to be. I am because He is. Why are you righteous and blessed? Because He is.

Why are you more than a conqueror? Because He won.

God is not a terrorist or a bandit. He does not make us dread Him but reverence Him. Any prophecy from anybody that makes you fear your village people, mother-in-law, Satan, cousins, wife, husband, children or wall gecko is not from God. The dread of God will make you an unprofitable person, (Matt. 25:24).

It is important to have an accurate knowledge of God and the accurate knowledge of God is found in Jesus (2Cor.4:6).

The Bible does not show me God without showing me Jesus. It shows me Jesus first, then I see God. (Rom. 5:39, 1John 5:20).

There is no fake N2,000 note because there is no real N2,000 note. Therefore, the fake exists because of the genuine. The truth exists before the lie. Satan lies to you because there is already an existing truth about you.

The truth of the Word says you are healed, you are blessed. The lie of the devil is that you are sick based on doctor’s report. That is not the truth. The truth is what the Word says.

King Asa in his disease, trusted physicians more than God. God does not want you to trust doctors more than Him. Take the medicine given to you but remember health comes from God.

Preaching the Gospel is the assignment given to us. It is a privilege God has given to us. It is how God brings every sphere of influence under His rule/ under the headship of Christ and this only happens by the preaching of Christ. That is why Paul said I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16).

The Gospel is the strategy and the strategy is the Gospel. Church is about the gospel. Church growth is the gospel. We are here because of the gospel. If you take the gospel out of this, it becomes a town union. It becomes entrepreneurship. No gospel, no ministry. The gospel is the ministry.

Until the people hear what Jesus did, they cannot be saved. The part we come in is to help announce what Jesus did. What we are called to do in the preaching of the gospel is as important as what Jesus did on the Cross. Until people hear what Jesus did, they cannot be saved.

As believers, sometimes we have this fear of announcing the gospel. When Paul wrote to Timothy in 2Timothy 1:7 about fear, in context he was talking about preaching the gospel.

The first thing we need to do in the preaching of the gospel is to understand the subject.

Like an apprentice with the master, learning the subject, (Acts 4:13). When they know the subject, they speak boldly about it. Mark 3:14 says Jesus called His disciples to be with Him first before sending them out. They were with Him.

Christ is the subject and the curriculum. Christianity is not about concepts and ideals. It is about a person – Christ.

How do we learn Christ? From Scriptures. We learn Christ by the Gospel; not the gospels. The gospels include Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Gospel is the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus (1Cor. 15:1-3).

Where do you learn the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus? You learn it in the epistles. To learn Christ, you must know Romans to Philemon. Master them before reading the Gospels and then study the Old Testament. Get a Bible version you can understand well. God is not stuck with King James Version of the Bible.

Jesus before He ascended into the Heavens instructed the disciples to wait to be endued with power from on high – the Holy Spirit, who will enable them to preach the gospel (Acts 1:8). You can’t walk up to a solider and use your clear eyes to slap him. Something must be controlling you. Jesus was showing us that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will be in control. There is a boldness that comes with the man who is filled with the Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirit fell upon Peter in Acts 2, he spoke loudly (Acts 2:14). This is the same Peter that denied Jesus. There is boldness that comes with being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Now, there are those who are already filled with the Holy Spirit but are not bold to preach the gospel.

Acts 4:31 says “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

We see in Acts 2 that the disciples were already filled with the Holy Spirit but in Acts 4 they were filled again.

Did God pour the Holy Spirit again? No! The first time He was poured out was in Acts 2. The second time He was poured out was in Acts 10.

In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon the Jews and in Acts 10 the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles. God didn’t want the Jews laying hands on the Gentiles so that the Jews will not say “we gave them the Holy Spirit.”

In Acts 8, the Jews laid hands on the Samaritans because Jews and Samaritans are the same people. God was using that to bring the thought to the mind of Jews that they are not superior to the Gentiles.

Ephesians 5:18-19 says “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

This matter of being filled is not a one-time experience. This filling is not coming from the outside but from the inside. What is already in should be stirred up.

2 Timothy 1:6 says “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”

Fan to flame, rekindle the gift of God – the Holy Spirit which is in you. Paul laid hands on Timothy and he received the Holy Spirit. Now Paul is telling Timothy “for effective preaching of the gospel, stir up the Holy Spirit in you.”

Being filled with the Spirit takes away the intimidation. Remember only a drunk man can walk up to a soldier and give him a slap.

How do I stir myself up? One way is by prayer, (Acts 4:31).

I am not talking about your “prayer life” or prayers. Just pray. Ask the Father to help you evangelize and give you boldness to talk to people.

Another way is to remind yourself of the subject. If you don’t do this, when it is time to evangelize, you will ne dragging your feet. No matter who you are. (2 Peter 1:12-13, 2Peter 3:1-2)

There is a reward for every soul won.

I told you we are saved by grace but rewarded by works that grace enables us to do. In your sphere of influence, you were planted there by God to take the Gospel there.

Bishop Wale Ajayi

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