Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

The year is 2015 and still there are those in the world who do not know the simple plan of salvation. It has been some 2000 years since our Lord gave His life and shed His blood on the cross for our sins and made it possible for us to be saved. There is so much false doctrine out there in the world today that I think most Christians get overwhelmed and really wonder if people care about their souls any more. We become frustrated because others will not listen to the truth of Gods word. We know in our hearts and minds that there is no other name by which we are saved. Our simple Gospel message seems to fall on def ears or so we think.

Folks if we the truly saved allow ourselves to just give up then we are no better than those we try to reach. We must remember that we are planters and tenders of the field that is our purpose to spread the simple Gospel just as they did back in the first century.

Let us strive to remember the words of Paul paying close attention to verses 6, 7 and 8………… 1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
1Co 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
1Co 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
1Co 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

We must keep planting the seed of truth, we must continue to water where others have planted, we must understand that even if we do not see the fruits of our labor that God will give the increase. We will not reach all but we MUST try! We can not faint in our duty of spreading Gods word. Yes, there will be many we will have to turn over to their own lusts and have nothing more to do with them. Yes many will come in among us as hungry wolves to destroy the faith. We must stand against such and proclaim only the word of God putting such people out of our churches.

Friends, we are instructed to fight the good fight of faith. Eph_6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph_6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Do not allow the Devil to discourage you, do not look out there on the world and think it is hopeless. As long as you have the word of God and a voice the field is truly ripe unto harvest.

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