Exhort God’s people, and share the Good News.

Scripture:
And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. – Luke 3:18

Observation:
Many people had gone out into the Judean wilderness to see this man called John the baptist. He was a prophet of God sent to prepare the hearts of Israel for the reception of their Messiah. Many thought him to be the Messiah, but he was only the messenger preparing the way for the King. John, being a prophet, foretold many things to come about the Messiah and led people to be forgiven of their sins through faith and baptism in water. John also exhorted (encouraged) the people and shared with them the Good News of the coming Messiah.

Application:
Are you a believer of Jesus and his disciple? Let this passage be an encouragement (prophetic statement) to you that you can and will be sharing the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus with the lost of this world. Moses desired that all of God’s people were prophets. Paul tells us to seek the greater gifts of the Spirit like prophecy. Prophets are sent of God to encourage and build up people in the most holy faith not to judge or condemn. Yes, the occasional “Woe unto you” message may be sent as in the days of old, but God’s prophets always had a word of redemption in their messages, even the doomsday messages. God is not in the business of tearing people down, particularly his own. Share the Good News of Jesus with sinners and encourage your brethren when you speak to people. You will surprised at how God can use you to prophesy.

Prayer:
Father, always help me to make sure that prophecy is in the proper context and directly from you. There are many in the world today claiming to hear from you, but they are really wolves in sheep’s clothing. Protect the hearts and minds and spirits of your true prophets as they deliver your message to your people. Pride can so easily build up in the heart of one speaking on your behalf. I know, I’ve been there. Help me  to remain humble before you and to share only what I know to be from you. Paul taught me to prophecy to the level my faith will allow, but I ask you to increase my faith! Thank you, Sir. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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