A GREATER MISSION IN LIFE

Nicky Cruz – June 22, 2019

 

Today’s families — both Christian and non-Christian — are under enormous pressure to conform to society’s views. Both parents and children are struggling beneath the strain of a world gone mad with sin and temptation. At times it seems we are in a war so one-sided we have to hold on, stay in the battle, fight for the integrity of the family — and fight for the souls of our children.

The greatest thing any parent can do for their kids is to lead them into a relationship with Jesus and then mentor them in their faith. Without Jesus, our children are left with no foundation to build on, no measure of right and wrong, no real purpose for their lives. They are forced to look to the world for their value system, and the world always comes up short.

There is an answer to the ills of our culture. There is a way to put an end to violence and hopelessness in every home, school, and neighborhood. We can do it by bringing families back together and introducing them to the power and person of Jesus — by calling on the power of God’s Holy Spirit to redeem our past and redefine our future.

Parents, you can train your children for service in the kingdom as soldiers in a war against spiritual poverty. Building on the foundation of Jesus instills a sense of hope and purpose within a family. When children fall in love with Jesus and allow him to instill in them a sense of passion and a resolve to live for him, they have no time for teen rebellion. They have a greater mission in life.

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20).   (Click to Source)

Nicky Cruz, internationally known evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.  

A FERVOR FOR CHRIST

Nicky Cruz
June 1, 2019

 

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Oh, that each of us could have the fervor for living for Christ that filled Paul. Singlehandedly — at the direction of the Holy Spirit — he spread Christianity across the Roman Empire. He did not care if he lived or died, he just wanted to advance the kingdom of God.

Christians today have developed a false faith — a faith without commitment. We are busy running around to Bible conferences and retreats, searching out the most eloquent expositors of the Bible, and racing to weekly Bible studies to fill our heads with more outlines and formulas. Meanwhile, millions of hurting people all over the world are dying without hope. We are called to reach out to them.

What is commitment all about? It simply means to devote ourselves unconditionally to the Lord and his work. We stick with the job before us, despite circumstances. It means teaching a Sunday school class every Sunday — no matter what — and allowing the kids in that class to become the most important youngsters in the world to us. It means interceding for them and taking time during the week to find out what is bothering them.

Commitment does not take into account convenience, or the changing whims of emotion. True commitment remains an enduring thing, that which can be counted on. Sadly, most Christians do not even know how to be fully committed to the Lord. They are too caught up in their own lifestyle. And too many want to be entertained in church — not committed.

We run the risk of becoming like the church at Laodicea mentioned in the book of Revelation — lukewarm, do-nothing Christians. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So, then, because you are lukewarm … I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). Ask the Lord to renew the spirit of commitment within you so that you will be that dedicated servant he wants you to be. (Click to Source)

Nicky Cruz, internationally known evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.  

Are You Available for God’s Use?

Nicky Cruz – May 4, 2019

 

How many of us truly understand what it means to walk in the Spirit of God, to live with the passion of Jesus, to trust in God with a faith that is raw and genuine and powerful? A faith that knows no limits and fears nothing? A faith that can stare the devil in the eyes and say, “You can go no further! You have no more control over me! You are weak and exposed and impotent!” A faith that can move any mountain, no matter how high or wide or difficult. Yet that is the kind of faith that God demands of those who want to see his power. It is the only thing that can activate the true might and authority of the Holy Spirit in lives.

If you want to change the world, begin by letting God change you. By letting the passion of Jesus become your passion. By letting the Holy Spirit be your only guide and mentor every step, every minute of the day. By allowing God to set your heart on fire for him.

As believers, we have been given a gift greater than we could ever imagine or ask for. We have been entrusted with the most powerful blessing we could ever receive — the gift of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit! He lives within us, directing us, guiding us, empowering us for great and mighty things. And filling us with faith.

One of the greatest things about following Jesus is that you do not have to be rich or famous or a great speaker or evangelist to walk in faith and make an impact on the world. You just have to be willing to let God use you. You just have to be available when God needs a servant to teach or touch or help another person in his name. You just have to be there. And how encouraging it is to know that any one of us can do that. (Click to Source)

Nicky Cruz, internationally known evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run

 

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Facing the Enemy with Courage

Nicky Cruz – April 20, 2019

 

Whether we believe it or not, it is a fact that Satan is on a mission — a mission as simple as it is single-minded. He is out to steal our passion and he is determined to accomplish it. Imagine how effective he can be if he can carry out this one task — this one pursuit. This one thing he desperately needs to achieve.

If Satan can steal our passion, take away our excitement for Jesus, keep us from getting caught up in thoughts of winning souls and reach the world for Christ, he can effectively keep his dominion on earth intact. He knows that truth, and he works with every fiber of his being to see it happen. In far too many ways he is succeeding.

Too often Christians fret and complain about the future; they cry and moan about Satan’s many victories in the world, how he is winning so many battles and gaining so much momentum in this country, as well as around the world. They talk as if Satan is destined to win. “We’re losing our kids to the culture,” they say. “Our churches are dying in numbers, and our society is growing more evil by the day.” I see it myself but I know that when Satan is winning, it is because the people of God are cowering in retreat instead of standing up and facing the enemy with courage. They are giving up too easily. The Word of God tells us, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).

I long to see a day when Christians stand shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm, in this war with Satan and finally draw a line in the sand, right in the middle of his path. You can be a part of this army of soldiers rising up against Satan in this day. Let your heart be ignited by the Holy Spirit and become a warrior in this huge battle for God. The war is being waged, so take up your sword and find your place within his ranks! (Click to Source)

Nicky Cruz, internationally known evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in 1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.  

“NICKY, JESUS LOVES YOU!” – David Wilkerson Today

“NICKY, JESUS LOVES YOU!”
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
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I am not against using modern methods in ministry. We employ many such things
in our ministry but we do not receive our direction from these “ministry
tools.” We spend time on our knees, seeking the Lord for direction in every
area of outreach. Yet, prayer is a lost practice among many ministries today.
They rely on computers and modern methods rather than on Christ.

Today, “experts” have taken over the reins of the church. Sin is seen in
psychological terms and called a “disease.” A drug addict is said to have a
“weakness.” Altars have been replaced with counseling rooms. Prophets of
holiness have been replaced by psychologists and social workers spouting the
latest man-centered jargon. In short, Jesus is being dethroned—and Freud is
being exalted.

Fifty years ago God led me to start a ministry to drug addicts and alcoholics
in New York City. We had no money and no how-to books, only total dependence on
the Holy Spirit. A sign in our offices read, “No one shines here—only the Holy
Ghost!” During our chapel services, we prayed, “Lord, our help isn’t in
psychology or psychiatry, but in the Holy Spirit. We can’t work on the head
unless you change the heart!”

Nicky Cruz, one of the first gang members we encountered, was a killer at
heart. A psychiatrist we knew took an interest in his case. After spending an
entire day with Nicky, the psychiatrist decided Nicky was incorrigible,
hopeless. (Little did this man know that Nicky delighted in confusing all “head
doctors.”)

Yet Jesus had other plans for Nicky, and Christ accomplished in five minutes
what the experts said could not be done. Nicky was not psychoanalyzed; his head
wasn’t examined. No, God sent an arrow into his heart and that arrow was the
truth of the gospel: “Nicky, Jesus loves you!”

In a single moment, out went Nicky’s heart of stone, replaced with a heart of
flesh. Nicky wept, hugging us all. He was supernaturally transformed by the
power of God after society’s experts had written him off.

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