The doctors say that perfect eyesight is 20/20 – vision.
When I read Acts 20:20 one day it brought a vision that changed my life. From that day I have followed the 20/20 vision! It says:
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Yes – for the past 19 years of my Christian life, Acls 20:20 has been the perfect vision for me and I believe it is the perfect vision for the Church.
I have preached and taught the Word of God publicly and from house to house.
Paul said, he preached the gospel in two ways: number one, publicly; number two, from house to house.
Every ministry has these two aspects and so should every Christian.
Many people want to begin their ministry publicly. They come to our crusades, see the mighty works of God and the gospel being proclaimed and say: “Brother Rambabu, I want to be in full time ministry too.” And do you know why? It’s because they are awed by the public ministry – the huge stage, bright lights, crowds running into thousands, posters with my name on, miracles, healing – all caught on video to be broadcast to yet more thousands! This is the life for them, they say.
My sister-in-law always used to say that we had such a fun-packed life, travelling from place to place in planes, trains and buses, staying in hotels, eating different kinds of food. All we had to do was preach and come home -simple! She thought it was wonderful. My wife Vinita tried telling her that it was not as easy as she thought. So we took her along with us for one crusade. She could not wait for it to end so that she could get back home! Never again, she vowed!
I’ll explain why. We often have to get up at 5 a.m, sometimes we don’t get dinner until midnight, and we are fortunate if we get five hours of sleep each night! Our time is in such demand by people who want to talk or be prayed for, and we have such an exhausting schedule. In the four or five days when the crusade is on we have to give all our energy and resources to those we have come to serve.
If you only want the public recognition, you don’t have 20/20 vision. Paul said he was preaching from house to Rouse and also publicly. I began my own ministry by going from house to house, speaking one to one. When I was an engineering student 1 would be at college from Sam to 5pm, come back home exhausted only to face a lot of flak because of my faith. Even so, I would still take my bicycle tnd go and find someone to preach the gospel to. For Instance, I would make friendship with high school Students and tell them about Christ. The right vision is house to house and publicly – that is 20/20 vision. There is no public ministry without one-to-one ministry.
Why is it that so many are very casual or lazy about
sharing the gospel? Why don’t they care enough to bother?
I tell you, it’s because they don’t realize just what happens
when they preach the gospel.
Once you grasp this realization, you won’t be able to
stop your legs from running to tell the gospel of Jesus to
some perishing soul.
When we preach the gospel, we set in motion ripples
which I call “gospel ripples”.
1. The son of God is revealed:
You have to take on board that Christianity is not just information but revelation. You can never understand Jesus Christ through your own wisdom and knowledge, or convince anybody of who Jesus is through the mind alone. You will never win anyone to Jesus with arguments. You may convince them in their mind and they may agree with you that Jesus is the Savior and God, but they will never give their lives to Him. I know so many people who believe all that I say about Jesus to be true, yet don’t give their lives to Him.
Myriads of people, who are born into good christian homes, know that Jesus is God, that He died on the cross for all sinners, that He rose from the dead and will conn-again, and they have never worshipped idols. Yet they are not born again.
All this shows that mentally they know God. But that is not salvation because they have not yet had a revelation from God. You can never understand God through your mind. The gospel of Jesus is a revelation that brings all this information to life, and this happens when we preach the gospel. Matthew 16:13-17 tells us:
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the Prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus replied. “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.”
That was a revelation for Peter!
Today we are born again because we have a revelation. Christianity is a revelation. And how does it come? By preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every time I go anywhere to preach, I ask God, “Lord, flesh and blood cannot reveal the truth to people, only you can do it. Father, today when I proclaim the gospel, please give them the revelation of Jesus.”
In 2 Corinthians 4:4 the Bible says:
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
The “god of this world”, who is the devil, has blinded the minds of people so that they will not get the revelation t)f the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why I come against the god of this world, break his power and ask God to free my listeners to comprehend the truth about Jesus. Then, as I stand before the people and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, this revelation dawns in people’s lives.
May be you’re one of the hordes of people who don’t want to preach but will pray: “Oh Lord, save people! God, please save them!” But how will they be saved unless they hear the gospel? Nowhere in the New Testament did Jesus teach us to pray that people will be saved. But he told His disciples in Matthew 9:37 and 38:
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
What should you pray for? What is the need? Laborers! That’s who God needs! When you use a sickle on a ripe crop, immediately you get the harvest. The crop is ready for harvest but there are not enough workers to gather it in. And who are the laborers? We are! Do you know how you came to be part of that workforce? It’s because somebody prayed for you and you are an answer to that person’s prayer.
I’ve been preaching this gospel for the past 19 years. I am so addicted to doing it that if I stop for ten days or so, I have withdrawal symptoms! Once I was feeling very frustrated because I had not preached for ten days. I was so irritable that my wife Vinita finally couldn’t take it am longer. She suggested that I stand up on a chair and preach the gospel to her and my son.
Once you are addicted, you cannot sit still – you just have to preach the gospel, and in doing so, you bring the revelation of Jesus to people.
2. We minister the power of God to people:
Paul says in Romans 1:16 (a):
“I’m not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of every one who believes: . . .”
It’s a common mistake to think that after someone preaches the gospel, God sends the power. But the Bible-says that the gospel “is the power of God”. If someone gives you a machine gun, you need to be trained before you can handle it, don’t you? But our wonderful God told you on the day you were saved: “I’ll give you my power to handle!”
What is that power? It’s the gospel! When you preach the gospel you preach the power of God to the people!
I was once interrupted in the middle of my preaching in India by a woman of about 50 who suddenly got up and ran towards the platform. She wanted to shake my hand and give me an offering. I told her to wait until I had finished preaching, so she went back and sat down again, and when I had finished preaching and prayed for the sick we invited people to give testimonies. This woman came back to testify, and I asked her why she had run up in the middle of my preaching. She said, “I have a 27 year old daughter who was born deaf and dumb. I brought her to the meeting yesterday, and when you prayed for the sick she began to hear, but she could still not speak. But today as she sat beside me listening to you preach, she began to leak and call me ‘amma, amma’ (mummy, mummy).” Praise God! But how did the miracle happen during my caching? The previous day her deaf ears were opened id that day as the gospel was being preached, the gospel entering her. The gospel entering her was actually the power of God entering her. When it entered, the dumb tongue was released and she was able to speak.
In another Indian city during a gospel crusade, a little :ven-year-old girl who was lame and had never been able i walk was carried into the meetings by her grandmother. ,s the gospel was preached, this little girl suddenly stood ip and began to run all over the place. I have seen countless people get healed while the gospel is being preached. Why does it happen? Because the gospel is the power of God. It makes me so irritated when anyone says: “Oh! He’s only preaching the gospel”. They don’t inderstand that it is the Power of God!
So every time you preach the gospel, whether from house to house or publicly, you preach the power of God. Before I begin to preach I always declare boldly, “I’m not here to preach a dead God. Jesus Christ whom I preach is not dead but alive. If you have not seen miracles in your I life, you will see them in the days I am here with you. The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dumb will speak and the lame will walk.” I always start a crusade with this declaration. Once a pastor asked me: “How can you make such a bold statement?” I said, “I am confident in the gospel I preach”. At that the pastor said, “Rambabu, you are over-confident and one day you will learn a lesson!”
Yes – I am over-confident, not in myself, but in I he
glorious gospel I preach.
Preach this gospel anywhere – it will never fail!
How do you know that the gospel works? That’s simple. If you take a gun and load it with bullets, how do you find out whether it works or not? Yes – you just lire and you’ll soon know the answer! To find out whether the gospel works or not, just preach it! Release it! And sec ii working.
I challenge you to step out with confidence in the gospel of Jesus as you share it. I don’t have confidence in myself. Nor do I rely on the electricity, the sound system or the music to bring the power. I thank God for all these, but my faith is not in them. It is in the gospel I preach.
Once I was preaching in another country and the interpreter was hopeless. He made a lot of mistakes, including translating “Jesus loves you” as “the devil hates you”! The guitarists weren’t much better and were out of tune. My miserable interpreter also struck fear into anyone, who dared to move around by glaring at them angrily. While I was speaking, he would go over to the side of the platform and give instructions to people before coming back to translate. To cap it all, he then whispered in my ear, “Today it is very, very dry. I don’t think anything will happen.” I looked at his face and said “Relax!” I finished preaching the gospel and gave a call for salvation, and was filled with joy when I saw many precious people weeping as they came forward to give their lives to Christ. And we saw a lot of miracles too.
That evening the translator told me, “If I had been you, I would have stopped the meeting and run away!” I told him, “My faith wasn’t in your translation or the guitars or sound system or anything else. It was purely in the gospel of Jesus Christ!”
Somebody told me they’d heard me preach the same Gospel for the past 12 years, and I replied, “Praise God!” _ was a good testimony – the gospel has been the same .’ two thousand years, and that same gospel is the power of God to this day, so it’s just as well I hadn’t changed it! We read in 1 Corinthians 1:18, 20 – 23:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through foolishness of what was ” preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom,…
Here the Jews are asking for miraculous signs and the Greeks look for wisdom but in answer to that Paul said;
…But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Paul says that for those who seek miraculous signs and for those who seek wisdom, there is only one answer and that is the message of Christ and Him being crucified. That message is the gospel. It may look foolish to the unsaved but it is the power of God.
When I was a hindu I used to ask mockingly, “If Jesus Christ is God then how can God die?” It sounded completely crazy to me, and I used to taunt the Christians I knew, “Look at your God with a crown of thorns. How pathetic He looks! Look at our gods with golden crowns’ But now I know that God’s power lies in the cross, which is the centrality of the gospel message. Hallelujah!
Do you want to see the power of God in your lilc’ Then preach the gospel! Sometimes when I go to lead ;i crusade, I preach for four days and then on the last day I encourage the local pastor or an evangelist to preach (lie gospel. I tell the people it is not Rambabu who heals but God. Rambabu comes and Rambabu goes, but they need to know that God is the one who works miracles. I tell the pastor or evangelist that whether I preach or they preach, the power of God will be released because it is the gospel which is the power of God! There have been times when the local man has preached and prayed, and there have been more miracles and displays of God’s power than when I have spoken and prayed. What does this show? It is no! who preaches it, or how it is preached, but what is preached that’s important.
In the 12 years that I’ve been preaching the gospel, not one crusade has been a failure! Now please don’t think I’m boasting by making a statement like that, because it is not faith in myself that brings the success but my faith in the message of the cross — the power of God.
3. The gospel brings life to the dead:
Ephesians 2:1 says:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…
That’s you and me who are being talked about – we were dead in our sin. Thank God we were born again and we are alive today. But the world around us is still dead, can it be brought back to life again? Let’s see John 5:4-25, in which the Lord Jesus is talking to the Pharisees the disciples:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
In verse 25 Jesus was talking about a time that had already come. The time when the dead would hear the Voice of the Son of God and live was “now”. They had to hear that voice in order to live again. Jesus was not talking about the second coming or the resurrection because he lid the time was already here. It is today that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God.
How will they hear the voice of the Son of God? What is the voice of the Son of God? It’s the gospel. Every time you preach the gospel a dead world is hearing the voice of the Son of God!
A dead world will only hear that voice if you and I [preach the gospel – the voice of the Son of God.
Jesus said that everyone who heard the voice of the Son of God would live. Once upon a time you and I were dead in our sin and today we are alive because we heard the gospel and became alive. Every time I stand before a f crowd, I’m excited, because it is not my voice they are hearing but the voice of God’s Son. What a blessing for those who preach the gospel!
The Word of God declares in Romans 10:15:
… “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
When you go to heaven, you might see beautifully framed photographs of the men of God. But the strange thing will be that it might be their feet rather than their faces that you see. Why is that? Because the Bible never says that my face is beautiful, but that my feet are beautiful. If you are a preacher of the gospel, God looks at your feet and calls them beautiful.
During the second world war, there were few Americans who were in the prisons of Japan. One day they heard a bomber aircraft and realized when they looked through the air vents that the Americans had come to invade Japan. Then they heard the sound of the prison door being opened and saw young American soldiers banging the prison doors open with their feet. The moment their cell was opened the prisoners fell at the feet of the soldier who opened their door, kissed his boots and exclaimed joyfully: “These feet told us we were free!”
Each one of us was in prison but somebody’s feel brought us freedom one day. Someone brought the gospel to you and made it possible for you to have your freedom.
In 1983 an elderly Australian man preached the gospel to me. I don’t know where he is now, but I would love to meet him again. I met him only once after I was born again, but I want to thank him for coming all the way from Australia and preaching the gospel which set me free. His feet brought him to my town to proclaim my freedom to me.
You and I are only free because someone shared the gospel with us and we heard the voice of Jesus. There is a whole world out there waiting to hear the voice of the Son of God. God will not speak from heaven. They will only hear when a child of God preaches the gospel to them.
Never look down on the gospel or the one who preaches it. It is not a negative or unimportant job and it is never boring hear the gospel. I really wish I could sit down in a crowd to hear the gospel again and again. My wife is so blessed because she has heard it over and over again for the past tight years and she will continue to hear it throughout her life. She has no choice! But she tells me that each time it is wonderful. Why? Because it is the voice of the Son of God.
4. We set the stage for the Holy Spirit to move:
We all want to see the Holy Spirit move powerfully. (Well, His way is prepared for Him by us preaching the gospel, so go ahead and preach it! After I have spoken, I tell the Holy Spirit: “I have set the stage, Holy Spirit, now please take over!” I then wait in eager anticipation to see What God will do!
When he starts moving, miracles will happen. The gospel is never preached without miracles following. However you portray Christ in your gospel message, that is how the Holy Spirit will manifest Him to your listeners. If I say that Jesus saves and only present Christ as the savior, the Holy Spirit will work and prove to people that Jesus will forgive sins. That is why many people will see souls saved when they present Christ as the savior, but nothing more than that. They don’t preach the gospel in all its fullness and thereby fail to present Christ in His fullness. Since they present Christ only as savior but not as healer, deliverer and restorer, they fail to see the Holy Spirit delivering people from witchcraft or other powers, and healing the blind and deaf.
They claim, “Well, I don’t have a healing ministry.” When you preach Jesus only as savior the Holy Spirit will move to prove what you have said and people will get saved. But when you present Jesus not only as savior bin also as the healer, you set the stage for the Holy Spirit id demonstrate how Jesus can heal too.
Some preachers talk only about healing and don’t present Christ as the savior, in which case healing will take place but people won’t get saved.
You need to present all these attributes of Jesus savior, healer, deliverer and miracle worker. Then you create the right setting and you will see all these things happening before your eyes. Present Jesus in all His fullness.
In Mark 16:19-20 we read:
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
When I read these verses, it released me from so much pressure. What struck me was that “He sat down”. So what is Jesus doing now? He is sitting at the right hand of the Father after finishing all His work. In verse 20, the disciples went out and preached (after Jesus sat down). Jesus sat down, the disciples went out. People have reversed this in their minds; they sit down and expect Jesus to go out. Then they moan, “Nothing’s happening in my life. God only uses other people, not me.” Remember -Jesus sat down, they went out. So since Jesus is sitting, you should go out!
Where are we told the disciples preached? Everywhere! What does everywhere mean? It means everywhere.
It’s no good claiming: “1 can preach here but not there,” or “God will use me here but He won’t use me there.” The disciples went everywhere. And wherever they went, the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it.
When I read this, it really released me. It was like the Lord saying: “We are now going to share the responsibility. I will sit at the right hand of the Father and will work with you, you go every where and preach the gospel.”
Is this so difficult to follow? Preaching is your duty, miracles are His duty. So wherever I go, 1 feel totally relaxed after I finish my part of the bargain. I can be sure of one thing: when I do what God wants, He will do what He said He would do. Does God lie? It’s so important to grasp this truth, or you will be under so much stress wondering whether miracles will happen or not.
It does not matter how much you pray, if you don’t preach the gospel then you will not see the miracles and you will not see people saved and delivered.
And make sure you preach the right kind of gospel. Don’t make threats like: “If you wear gold you won’t go to heaven” or “If you drink Pepsi and eat ice-cream you won’t go to heaven” or even “If you don’t wear a white dress you won’t go to heaven”. Preach it right and He will work!
Many people don’t understand the power contained in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 2:3-4 says:
… how can we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
Please don’t take your salvation lightly – you have-received a great salvation. The Bible warns of neglecting such an incredible opportunity. Jesus was the first to preach the gospel – this salvation was first announced by the Lord Himself!
God underlined it with signs and wonders. The excitement of preaching the gospel is still fresh in me because the gospel is so beautiful. It is the very heartbeat of God.
5. We repay the debt.
Suppose my friend takes a hundred rupees from me. He now owes me that amount of money. If I then ask him to pay me back my hundred rupees and if he gives it back to me, is he doing me a favor? No. He is just fulfilling his duty by repaying his debt.
The Bible says in Romans 1:14 (KJV)
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
Paul recognized that he owed the gospel to the Jews and the Greeks, to the wise and the foolish.
You and I don’t do anyone a favor by preaching the gospel to him. We are repaying a debt. By going to different nations around the world, I’m not doing my listeners a favor. I’m going there to repay my debt.
In the early days of my ministry I heard a tape preached by Kenneth Copeland from which I understood that it was God’s will that we stay out of debt. I made it a principle in my life to run my family and my ministry without getting into even the smallest debt. Thank God that to this day I have lived up to that principle. But there is one debt that is heavy on my heart – and that is to preach the gospel to people.
Understand friend, that you are a debtor. Even if some one wakes you up in the middle of the night and asks you to tell him about Jesus, then you are still obliged to do it. You’re not doing him a favor – you are just repaying your debt. There is no greater debt on a child of God than the requirement to share the gospel. I’ve read in newspapers of farmers who have committed suicide because they could not repay their debts. The burden was so heavy on them.
Paul was saying in the verse we looked at: “I am a debtor, I owe the gospel to the people.” So what did he do? The answer is in Romans 1:15:
“That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel.”
Paul was eager to repay his debt. You also owe the gospel to others – so be eager to repay your debt too. After I have preached, I thank God for enabling me to repay my debt. You should be eager to share the gospel with your neighbors, colleagues and classmates. These people do not know that you are their debtor – if they did, they would grab you by the collar and make you to tell them about Jesus! Don’t be complacent just because they don’t know, remember that God knows that you owe the gospel to them. He reminds us in Proverbs 24:11-12:
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Dose not he who guards your know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
Don’t be the wicked man who “borrows and does not repay”, as Psalm 37:21 tells us.
A man sentenced to death for murder was visited by a priest the day before he was to die. The priest read passages from the Bible, including John 3:16, 17:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”
As the condemned man listened to this and all the other verses the priest was reading about the love of God and Christ’s coming for the sinners, he suddenly turned to Ihc priest, grabbed his collar and shouted: “Is that what you believe? If I had believed this earlier, I would have crawled on my knees and elbows on the roads filled with broken pieces of glass to tell the people the truth I believed!”
Look at all those who are ready to be suicide bombers for the cause they support so militantly. They are dying for something useless, because they believe it is the truth. But you know that the gospel is the truth, and what are you doing? Happily relaxing as if it is not your responsibility? You assume some minister or evangelist will do it for you! Make sure you are always eager to repay your debt!
6. We perform the duty of a priest:
Not everyone in the Old Testament was a priest. But praise God, the New Testament teaches that every born Igain child of God is a priest. A priest’s duties are Worshipping, praying and interceding for the people. In Romans 15:17-19 Paul says:
Therefore 1 glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done – by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, 1 have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
Paul had decided to proclaim the gospel where no one else had preached. He didn’t want to follow others, but to go to unreached places. Now, why does he say that? Going back to
Romans 15:15-16, Paul says:
I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again, because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Priests have a duty to proclaim the gospel. Now that you are a born again child of God, do you agree that you are a priest! If so, then a priest has to offer a sacrifice before God. That sacrifice is the souls you win for the Lord! And the way to win them is to preach the gospel. It is the duty of a priest to preach the gospel, win souls, and present them before God!
7. Angels watch us preach the gospel:
Whether you preach the gospel to one person or to 100,000, the same miracle will happen. Some find they can preach with great power and zeal in front of a large crowd, but if they find themselves in front of only ten people, the words just don’t flow as well. Just remember that every time you proclaim this message, you have some spectators – they are the angels of God.
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 1:10-12:
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
What does Peter mean when he says that even angels long to look into these things?
The desire of angels is to watch people preaching the gospel and people being saved. Every time I preach I imagine that the whole of heaven is watching me intently. You attract the angels’ attention by sharing the message.
Do you want to see angels ministering? Then preach the gospel and you’ll have a whole army of angels standing ready to minister.
Gulbarga, a district in the Indian province of
Karnataka, was supposed to be a hard place spiritually.
Christians in the town told me that nothing ever happens
there, so from that day I couldn’t wait to preach the gospel
I got my chance about four years ago. I arrived in the town and was in my hotel room praying. When it was time for me to leave to go and preach I was all set and the Organizers arrived to take me to the ground. As I walked Out of the room I suddenly became aware of two people coming and standing next to me, one on my left and one on my right. I turned and looked to both sides and almost didn’t believe what I saw. There were two angels there, so enormous that they stood higher that the roof. I was terrified as I made my way to the ground with them walking beside me. There was a huge crowd of people at the meeting and as the worship was going on, again I sensed somebody coming and standing on either side. When I opened my eyes, there they were again!
The anointing was so strong on me that day that many people were saved and God performed many miracles. After the crusade I went back to my room, knelt and thanked the Lord, and I asked Him why He sent His angels? He replied that they were my guardian angels. The Lord said: “Before I gave Jericho to Joshua, I sent an angel before him. Joshua saw an angel with a sword. In the same manner I have sent angels before you to take Gulbarga.” After a while my team workers arrived and I was so excited about what I had to tell them. But before I could begin, one team member said he wanted to tell me something first. So I let him go first, and he said that as he was playing the keyboard he suddenly saw someone standing beside him. When he looked he saw angel1, standing beside him on either side. Many others in my team had also had angelic encounters. The Lord said to me that the angels had come to protect us, to give us the victory and also to hear the gospel!
They came from heaven to hear the gospel being preached? Doesn’t that emphasize to you that the gospel is not something trivial – it is the heartbeat of God! The angels love to see the gospel preached and they rejoice when one sinner is saved.
What an amazing privilege it is to preach the gospel! That is why Paul said. “‘Woe unto me if I do not preach the gospel.” I am proud to preach it. Nobody made me do it. I received a taste of the Lord and ever since that moment I have wanted to tell everyone about him.
Do not be ashamed of the gospel any longer. It is the same gospel that you heard and were saved. Blow a trumpet and declare it from the rooftops! Raise your voice boldly and do not hold back. Know the joy of seeing people saved, the kingdom of God being built and Jesus being glorified.
‘Dare to preach the gospel
Dare to Win!
From the book ‘Dare to Win’ by P.S. Rambabu. All rights reserved by the author. Reproduced here by permission of the author.