I've learned that there are many different types of people. So far, I have met four different types in relation to the Gospel. While we need to bring the word to everyone I worry when we take just one approach without seeking His guidance. As long as we speak the truth in love - we are in His will.
While the type of preaching called hard truth is needed to counter the 'feel good' heresy - we also need to understand all the different methods Jesus used to teach. From the Sermon on the Mount to the words of love spoken to the woman whom he rescued from stoning. Only the Lord knows each heart and we need to be listening to His leading for how to speak to each heart.
Whenever the Lord leads me to share the truth with someone I find that He has shown me four different types of hearts and He guides me in speaking to each one.
1. There is the person who sincerely believes they are saved because theyhave never been told the true gospel and they need to simply hear the truth in love. The Holy Spirit confirms it to their heart and they are then truly born again.
2. The person who has been reading the word of God - who has been given the light of truth and is in the process of hardening their hearts to it by cherry picking the scriptures and finding like minds at other churches to confirm their heresy. They are deluded into thinking that if they can find others who see it as they do then it must be true - obviously a lie from the pit. Only God can prick this heart and sometimes He uses us to help. They need to let go of the things of this world and trust in Jesus for their temporal and the eternal joy.
3. The person who sees the truth and refuses to let go of the world and
lashes out at God and Christians in their rebellion against Him and in their
love of self and the world. This type has a small window of hope and they need a 'sharp shooter' to penetrate that quickly closing window. Each arrow they allow in, I’m afraid may be the last one they let in before they close their heart forever.
This person may be someone who was seriously betrayed in life when they put their trust in something or someone which they learned was a complete lie and they refuse to make that mistake again. For me, it was the lie of santa clause and while many laugh – it actually stole away all of my trust as a child – the very heart we need to trust in God. I vowed to never trust in anything I couldn't see or touch again. Praise God He was able to reach my heart even still.
4. The alcoholic or drug addict or other who is beaten down by the world and satan in told that they do not fit in and they are not worthy. Unfortunately these people are convinced that God would never love them nor has He shown them any love because their lives have been terrible. The 'Job's friends Christians' of the world have told them that if they have a bad life then they have unconfessed sin or are not tithing properly.
Neither of these are true. Our treasures are in heaven and we live in a fallen world so bad things are going to happen to everyone. And NO ONE is worthy. These beaten down people are also ones who hear the conviction of the Holy Spirit the loudest and will not compromise their integrity to become 'successful' in the definition of the world. They would rather numb their hearts with drugs or alcohol and sadly even die than harden it for all eternity in order to 'fit in.'
There are many hearts with many different stories but they are all the same in one way – they are not happy. Even those who think they are really have no idea how far from true happiness they really are.
What is the definition of peace? It is not the absence of conflict in the world between people but peace is the end of conflict against our creator and reconciliation with Him. That is where true peace really is found.
Are you at peace?
True peace occurs when truth prevails – whether it is in your heart or in your home, city, or country.
If you want to know the true peace that can only come by being reconciled to God then go to this link where Steve has done a great job of explaining what to do: http://www.prophecyheadlines.com/?page_id=792