The Testimony of a Wretched Man

The Testimony of a Wretched Man
Wretched Man That I Am!, an illustration by Grace Ellen Schiel. Used with permission.

My name is Josh Lachapelle, I’m 22, and this is my story.  The testimony of a wretched man.

I, like many, had grown up in church as a kid, hearing the typical Bible stories, going to Sunday School and such. I never really thought much of it, just being a kid. I thought they were very interesting stories, but I can’t say I thought anything beyond that. I always knew God had to exist, cause it was the only thing that ever made sense. Theories like the “Big Bang” or Evolution, or whatever else, just never made sense to me.

When I hit my early teenage years, I stopped going to church, stopped caring about anything to do with God, and just lived my own life. I was a rebel towards my parents, I developed a bad mouth, for a chunk of my teenage years I smoked cigarettes and pot, drank frequently, blasphemed, and other various things of those sorts. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve broken every single one of the 10 Commandments, multiple times, and in more than one way. I was the worst of the worse.  I’ve hated, lusted, committed adultery, lied, stolen, blasphemed, swore countless times, the list goes on and on.

Now, that being said, as bad as I was, I didn’t think I was as bad as the rest of the world. I mean, I always had some level of morality, that I figured was above the average person in the world. I always cared for people, and never liked to see people hurting, things like that. So hey, I couldn’t be THAT bad, right? I mean after all, I wasn’t doing things as bad as some people! Was I ever wrong. . .

So for years, all of my teenage years, I lived that way.  Just going on, living my life, without a care about God or anything to do with God. Whenever people tried talking to me about God (especially my Mom, who has been praying for me for countless years), I gave a cold shoulder, I didn’t care, didn’t want to hear it, and shut them out completely. I believed God was real, at times I thought about it and I knew I didn’t want to end up in Hell, yet I didn’t care, I was cold and hard hearted to the things of God. In one way I hated how immoral and twisted the world is, yet I was part of it.

October 31st, Halloween night, at 11:30 P.M., a date and time I’ll never forget. I was in bed, listening to some music, just like any other night. But I just so happened to be listening to a Christian rock band I hadn’t listened to in years. The song I was listening to, I had heard multiple times before, but this time, when they sang this line, “I’m at war with the world cause I, ain’t never gonna sell my soul, I’ve already made up my mind, no matter what I can’t be bought or sold.” Then the line, “I’m awake, I’m alive, now I know what I believe inside. . .” Suddenly, out of no where, all these thoughts started piling into my mind at once. Thoughts like, “if I hate how immoral and twisted the world is so much, why am I being a part of it?!” Then the sudden realization of “I’m so filthy, so twisted myself!” And then, “I’ve broken God’s Law, I’ve sinned against Him, and I’m doomed, I’m headed straight for Hell!” One after another, all these thoughts just started piling into my mind, to the point it overwhelmed me, I realized how much of a wretched, twisted, broken, evil, sinner I was, how doomed I was without God, how without His grace I wouldn’t even be breathing, and so I just broke down.

I cried so hard, with the realization that I’ve broken God’s holy Law, that I’ve sinned against the God of the Universe, the God who gave me life! What a wretched sinner, what a wretched man! How could I have done something so horrible?! I cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness. I didn’t just ask, I begged, I pleaded! I was on Hell’s doorsteps, I was hanging by a thread, dangling, within a split second, I could be dead, and in Hell! I didn’t want that! I didn’t want to be an enemy of God, I wanted to be on God’s side, not the world’s!

So I cried out to Him, begging for His forgiveness and mercy. I told God, I didn’t want to live this way any more, I didn’t want to live for the world, and against Him! What’s the point in that?! Matthew 16:26 says “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” I realized that. What good is it, if I please myself, gain the world, do everything that’s satisfying to my flesh, yet burn in Hell for eternity over it? That’s not worth it! I was sick of being a part of something I hated; immorality. I begged God, to forgive me, to change me, and that I knew there was NO way I was doing this on my own, that it’d only be by His grace that I’d be able to change! I told God, I wanted to serve Him, I wanted to do what’s right in His eyes, what’s pleasing to Him, and not to myself. I wanted to live for Him alone. Not for me, for the world, or for anyone else but Him. If I were to die for the name of Christ, I was willing. Because at that point forward, nothing has mattered more than Him.

I cried out for nearly an hour, feeling so desperate, so ashamed, so dirty, so wretched, so broken, so helpless, in such intense need of a Savior. Begging God to change me, knowing it’d only be by His grace, and with His help, that I’d be saved, and able to change. It then felt like a huge weight was then lifted off my shoulders. Like I was saved, like I was born again, like I was forgiven! Matthew 11:28-30 says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Part of me wondered, is this really real, have I actually been saved?! Well the next few days would prove so. Certain bad habits were broken, my bad mouth, which I used to barely be able to say one sentence without swearing was now gone! I found myself replacing those bad words with other things that weren’t vulgar, and it seemed to come so naturally! My views changed, I didn’t want to live for myself any more, pleasing myself, I wanted to live for God, pleasing Him! I didn’t want to do anything that would displease God in anyway. I had new desires, I was made a “new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Suddenly I had such an intense urge to read God’s Word, The Bible. All these stories and phrases I heard growing up, suddenly came to life and made so much sense! God opened my eyes, turned on the light, and truly saved me. I couldn’t believe the changes in me. I couldn’t believe how much of God’s Word I was actually understanding!

Since that day, I’ve been growing more and more in my faith. I’ve read  God’s Word every day without fail, not cause I feel obligated, but because I actually want to! Every day I pray that God continues to grow me, sanctify me, continue to give me the desires of His heart, and let His will be done in my life, rather than my own. Every day I also pray that He’ll use me for His purpose and will, and that He’ll continue to give me such deep understanding and wisdom of His Word, so I can walk according to truth, and nothing else. He’s been kind enough to grant me much of these things, and not a day goes by that I don’t thank Him. I have so much to learn yet, so much that’ll take a life time, and even eternity to really grasp and comprehend, but I’m so grateful God’s been showing me the truth of His Word, and giving me understanding of it so fast. All I desire is for the truth, to understand it, to know it, to know Him more and more each day. It’s a miracle that God would save someone like me, someone who was such a corrupt, evil, wicked, twisted, sinner. God demonstrates His love and kindness by saving people who don’t deserve it. Which in reality, no one deserves it.

The fact is, if you’ve lied even once, even a white lie, you’ve broken God’s law. If you’re not saved, answer these questions, and be honest with yourself. Have you ever lied? Even a small one. If you have that would make you a liar. Have you ever stolen anything irrespective of it’s value? Simply taking something that didn’t belong to you? If you have that would make you a thief. How about using God’s name in vain, have you ever done that? If so that’s called blasphemy, and it’s very serious. It’s taking the name of the God who gave you life, and using it as a curse word to express filth or disgust. Now here’s the one that gets a lot of guys, even girls. Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-28: ““You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Have you ever looked at someone with lust? If so you’re an adulterer at heart. If you’re like me, and you answered yes to all 4 questions, you’d be considered a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, and an adulterer at heart, and that’s only FOUR of the Ten Commandments!

As loving and kind as God is, He’s also very holy and just, and must punish guilty sinners. If you died right now, and God judged you by those standards, do you think you’d be innocent or guilty? Well if you’ve broken His Law, that should mean you’re guilty right? So where should God send a guilty sinner, Heaven or Hell? Just like a guilty criminal goes to jail, a guilty sinner would be sent to Hell. It’s a harsh reality. Well, maybe you don’t believe in all this God stuff, maybe you say it’s not real. Let me give you a couple analogies to ponder. If you look at your house, how do you know someone built it? Well it’s common sense of course! A building needs a living, breathing being; a human, to build it. It obviously can’t built itself! Well the same thing works with the world/universe and God. The world couldn’t have just appeared, or came from carbon and chemicals, or a Big Bang, or whatever other theory you may believe in. There had to have been a living, breathing being; God, who created it all. Nothing can’t create something. It’s just not possible. Maybe you say, well where did God come from? Well, He’s God, He is, was, and always will be. It makes a lot more sense to say God was always there, who created the world, than to say carbon and chemicals came from no where and somehow made this very complex, intelligently designed, world we live in.

Maybe your argument is that, well I can’t see God, therefore He must not exist. So let me give you yet another analogy. If I were to strongly believe gravity weren’t real, because I don’t believe in it and can’t see it, would that change it’s reality? I mean after all, I can’t see it. If I walked off a 6 story building, I’d hit that ground just like anyone else. Even if I yelled “see I told you it’s not real!” while flying past the 2nd story. Just cause I didn’t hit the ground the split second I walked off, doesn’t mean it wasn’t real. Fact is, a few seconds later I’d hit the ground just like anyone else would. Not believing in God won’t make Him any less real. We’re all going to face God when we die, just because He’s patient right now, doesn’t mean He’s not there. He’s not willing that any should perish, but those who die in their sins will have to face God’s wrath and punishment, and that’s a very scary thought.

Romans 1:18-32 tells us that NONE are without excuse. Mark 10:18 tells us no one is good but God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 tells us that no fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus says in John 14:6 ““I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” In the beginning of Luke 13 we’re told unless we repent we will likewise perish. We’re told over and over again, in order to be saved, we must repent and put full trust in the Savior, who is Jesus Christ.

Jesus was born fully man, yet fully God. He lived a perfect, sinless life, the life neither you or I could achieve. He was then beaten and whipped so bad He was not even recognizable as a human being! He was mocked, spat on, had a crown of thorns smashed onto His head (these are not little thorns, these are long thorns), and finally He was nailed to a cross, with a sign above His head which read “This Is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” He took the full weight of our sins upon Himself on that cross, being a living sacrifice for our sins. We violated God’s Law, we are the liars, thieves, blasphemers, adulterers, fornicators, and more. Yet Jesus paid our price. Wow.  Romans 5:6-11 talks about how Christ died for guilty sinners. Verse 8 says: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” And that’s exactly what Christ did. He suffered for our sins, He took the weight of our sins upon Himself. So that we could be free, if we simply repent, and put full trust in Him and not in ourselves. But that’s not it! He was then raised from the dead on the third day, conquering and defeating death and sin, and He now sits at the right hand of the Father.

So if you aren’t saved, please think about these things. It’s so very important. You never know when you’ll die. 150,000 people die every single day, and you could be next. Don’t wait to repent and put full trust in the Savior. Tomorrow is never promised, the next hour isn’t even promised.  If you sincerely repent and put full trust in Christ, you’ll have the price Jesus paid credited to your account, having your slate wiped clean, you’ll be forgiven, made a new creation, and given new desires which will want to do what’s pleasing in your Creator’s eyes.  If you’re not saved, I hope and pray God uses my story to save you yourself! And if you are already saved, then I hope and pray somehow God uses this to inspire and encourage you!  Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!. . .”

Now, go and serve your King!

– Josh Lachapelle, a wretched man saved by a merciful, loving, and holy God

Make an Effort

 

“Can anything good come from Nazareth?  Asked Nathaniel, “Come and see”, said Philip. (John  1:46)

Nathaniel had asked this question after he had been given an authentic eye witness report about Jesus by Philip.  Philip told Nathaniel, “ we have found the One Moses wrote about in the law, and about whom the prophets also wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Joseph.”  Giving testimony about Christ is what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do when Jesus comes into our hearts.  Because we are saved by the free grace of God, the Christian is to witness for Jesus wherever he goes and to everyone he meets. Evangelism is an on going activity.

Immediately after salvation, changes in the Christian`s life that take place are obvious.  The joy of salvation leads us to rejoice in being with our Savior and to share the gospel with those who are still outside of God.  Philip followed Christ’s example by freely giving his own gospel encounter to Nathaniel and inviting him to see for himself Jesus of Nazareth..  Perhaps Nathaniel had some misconceptions about the town of Nazareth.  Did he have a preconceived idea about it?  We are not sure.  But the geographical location is not what matters the most.  Whether we live in a town or in a countryside, what we do need is Jesus the Nazarene.

Nazareth is situated on the southern range of Lower Galilee, about ten miles from the plain of Esdraelon.  Since Nazareth is located in a basin, you cannot see the surrounding countryside.  But the moment you climb to the edge of this basin….what a view you have! (Unger`s Bible Dictionary, page 857)

The Son of God raised Nazareth to a higher level, not only because he lived there, but also, because of what He declared about Himself.  For example, according to Paul`s testimony before the people, Jesus was revealed under the title of “I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.” Acts 22:8.

If today we testify about the Savior to someone, we need to be able to prove that Jesus is the Messiah that is promised in the Old Testament.  No one sees Jesus in His physical form, so His example should be seen in us.  In Jesus’ sermon on the mount, He exhorted us to shine for Him.  Let`s look in Matthew 5:16 to see what He said:  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Three Crosses in my Heart

 

     When our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on a hill outside the walls of Jerusalem, He died as a voluntary substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His death once and for all He accomplished eternal salvation for those who would believe in Him. But He not only died FOR sinners, He died WITH sinners in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy (Isa. 53:12). He was numbered with the transgressors in the persons of the two criminals who were crucified on either side.

     As there were three crosses on the hill that day, we discover in Galatians 5:24 that there are three crosses in the hearts of those who belong to Christ by faith. Paul writes that “those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”. The tense of the verb he employs strongly emphasizes that this crucifixion is a fact. It is a gospel indicative that takes the crucifixion of the flesh out of the realm of conjecture, dispute, and mere possibility and establishes it as a “fait accompli”, an irreversible accomplished fact. Christ accomplished it for His people on that central cross on the hill. The Spirit applied it to our hearts the moment we believed. The flesh has been crucified with its passions and desires on either side.

     It is vital that Paul’s use of the term flesh is rightly understood. Flesh can have different nuances in Scripture but generally there are three main meanings. One, it can refer to material human nature, our flesh and bones bodies that we inhabit, for example, the circumcision of the flesh that he speaks of in Gal. 6:12,13. Second, it can mean mortal human nature, this frail and fleeting existence under the curse of sin that will inevitably end in death. For example, Isaiah reminds us, “All flesh is grass and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades” (Isa. 40:6,7). And third, the use that is before us, namely malignant human nature, the flesh which is thoroughly evil, the factory of sin in our hearts.

     The flesh is a dangerous and relentless foe. Galatians 5:17 declares that “the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary (opposed) to one another”. The flesh cannot be cleaned up or improved. It cannot be reformed. It cannot be fenced in by legalism or beaten into submission by asceticism. It is an internal rebel enemy that seeks to dominate and control our lives. And it does not operate alone. It has partners in crime. On the one hand, the flesh has passions that aid and abet it. These are carnal feelings such as pride, envy, anger, bitterness, hatred, and so forth that our natural self loves to coddle and pamper and to dwell on. These are feelings that are never satisfied but constantly cry out from within, “Feed me. Flatter me. Fulfil me”. Then the flesh has another accomplice, its desires, those lusts that draw us into sin. James tells us that “each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed, that when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is full grown, brings forth death (James 1:14, 15). The things that the flesh desires to conceive are adultery, uncleanness, idolatry, murders, drunkenness, and so on, sinful practices that are marks of a life untouched by the Spirit of God. Consequently, the enemy within is a three-headed monster , the flesh with its passions and its pursuits.

     The only answer to such a monster is to slay it, and the good news is that the flesh has already been crucified in the hearts of those who belong to Christ. Romans 6:6 says, “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin”. Paul adds, “I am crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20). In other words, the answer to the flesh and the foundation for growth in holiness is our union with Christ in His death. He died not only to save us initially but to drive us on in the process of sanctification, that process of becoming less and less like our sinful selves and more and more like Christ. The message of Galatians is that Jesus is not only our righteousness, He is our sanctification.

   Does this mean that the believer can just slip his or her life into cruise control, passively sit back and assume because one’s flesh has been crucified, growth and victory is automatic? Not at all! This is why Paul underlines our part. “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh”. As we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as crucified (Gal. 3:1), we then by the Spirit live out what we know to be true (Gal.5:25). Jonathan Edwards wrote that we act out what Christ has authored. * If we attempt to mortify the deeds of the flesh apart from the cross of Christ, we are in fact seeking to be our own saviours, we are disregarding our union with Him, and are heading for despair and defeat. But knowing that the flesh has been crucified thanks to Christ, the Spirit energizes us to act it out, to thrust the monster through with the weapons of the Word and fervent prayer. The promise is, “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Instead of the ugly fleshly passions and desires dominating us, there will be the attractive fruit of Christlikeness (Gal. 5:22,23). Our union with Christ in His death does not contradict nor negate our necessary crucifixion of the flesh. Rather it creates it. It enables it. It guarantees its success.

 

*p.131  Acting the Miracle  –  Edited by John Piper and David Mathis                                                                                                                                                 

The Power of a Godly Life

Jesus Christ is the most significant human figure in all of history. Because God became flesh, the truth of the incarnation is simply far beyond what anyone could imagine or even understand. But it does not stop there! Those who receive salvation by faith, quickly learn that regeneration creates a new desire, a thirst for righteousness, which can only be quenched through spiritual growth. And with that growth comes power since God the Father enables His servants to experience spiritual fruitfulness in their labours for Him. Someone once said that the biggest room in the world, is room for improvement, and unless we are mistaken, every Christian can stand to grow spiritually
preach1 Paul taught Timothy about the value of godliness in his first letter to him. A metaphor is given whereby the value of physical exercise is compared to that of godliness and with predictable results (1 Tim. 4:8). Only a life of godliness can prepare the soul for heaven. If lives are not fixed on Christ and His Word then is it any wonder, that many have succumbed to Satan’s lies and have and will turn away from the faith due to false teaching ( vs.1). Truth is what leads people into a godly life and Satan wishes no part of it. That is why Timothy is exhorted to teach and preach the truth to the congregation, even the public reading of Scripture (vs.13) since it is the Word that teaches against sin and instructs the soul in the ways of righteousness. Whatever fickleness may be found in today’s hearers, nothing is more urgent for people to listen to than the gospel. It is unfortunate that many leave off teaching doctrine for fear of alienating people. In a post modern world our church members, who are reeling from a culture that is anti-authority, possess no real sense of objective knowledge, and where individualism reigns supreme, need to be reaffirmed that Christ is still on the throne and leading His people. Only the gospel can promote godly living in the day and age that we live in.

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The actual value of a godly life and the vigilant pursuit of it is what follows from vv 7 to the end of chapter four. Timothy is told to exercise himself with a view toward godliness. The root word in Greek, which is where we get our word gymnasium from, is the word for exercise and involves the rigorous exertion of either body or mind. If you are going to spend time at doing anything rigorously, and remain committed to it, then it seems quite probable that you are convinced of its importance. The reason godliness is essential is given in verse eight where it speaks of its value in this life and the life to come. As much as physical exercise has limited value, mainly for the body; godly living, on the other hand, affects all things and every area of life. The intrinsic worth of godliness affects the way we think about life, the things we do in life, and the goals we aspire to in life; essentially, all is affected.  You see the infinite worth of godliness in everyday practical matters, and still even more so in things that regard eternity. Discerning between false and true and choosing the right course of action, you are essentially valuing the things that God does and thereby are living godly lives. What is valuable in this life prepares us for the life to come. Inasmuch as living morally upright lives is the outworking of our salvation, it provides assurance that we are spiritually adopted sons and daughters. Also, our own lives may help save that of others through our example and influence which may lead them to embrace the gospel.

Some in Timothy’s day had considered him too youthful due to his age, but Paul instructs him to show his critics his true state of maturity through a godly life and in so doing, may not only change their opinion of him, but may also help lead them to Christ ( vs.16) In order to do so, Timothy is to set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (vs.12) The essence of godliness is that it must be found both in our conversation and our practice together. Our words and deeds must never be competing forces. Where our talk is more than what our lives can support then it will detract from the gospel. Sometimes, the word hypocrisy is heard among evangelicals. In vs.2 false teachers are labelled “hypocritical liars.” They speak piously and learnedly to cover up their ignorance and immorality. They wished to be thought of as wise, trustworthy, and desired respect from their followers, but in fact were not deserving of such. For Christians, it is quite essential that as we speak the gospel that we live by it since we ourselves are the life of our teaching. The Christian life is about consistency. Paul makes it clear that godliness is to occupy every aspect of our lives where our speech and personal behaviour are to be one and the same and to blend into Christ’s life like a shadow does into its form. Yet, the quintessence of godliness has not left much of an impression on the public so far; probably because the gospel message has been marred by halfhearted living. George Barna conducted an opinion poll about what people wished for their christian leaders to be like. Here are some of his findings:  Many wish for the church ministers to be a modern day business manager. Character is not as essential as personality is, and being socially gregarious is more desirable than ability. Fun and attractive messages were preferred over sound exegetical sermons. Prayer and practical knowledge of God was not as important as is charisma and likableness.1   It would seem that Christians have some work to do before they can convince others what it means to be a godly man or woman.

Vigilance is required for a godly lifestyle. We are confident of this since in the remaining four verses of chapter four Paul directs our attention to the pursuit of godliness. Stress is placed runners 1on five verbs, all basic to a common activity: devote, be diligent, give yourself, watch your life and doctrine closely, persevere in them (vv.15,& 16); which leaves the distinct impression that effort is required if godly living is in sight. In part, we may see why Paul is so insistent. In his writing to Timothy, apart from those he had previously said would fall away from the faith, he identifies a few who have already made shipwreck of their faith, such as Hymenaeus and Alexander, from a larger group whose names are not given (1:19,20). The temptation to succumb to the onslaught of Satan is great. Sometimes it comes almost imperceptibly. The old adage that water will settle on the lowest part of the floor can be said of some Christians who seem satisfied to compare themselves with others in their pursuit of godliness, especially, if that other is less than passionate about their love for Christ. To pursue godliness in this anemic fashion can only lead to disaster. It is not the kind of perseverance that Paul speaks of here in vv.15 and 16. To point to other metaphors that Paul used, he illustrates participants in the christian life as those who are are running a race, and who must run as though to win it; or boxing, just not flaring away at the air but precision punching in order to win the contest. (1 Co. 9:24 – 27). All this requires discipline, persistence, and focus to complete God’s goal for the believer. Now I wish for you to listen to a man who in his own words fell short of doing a better job in his christian life.

When I look into my heart and take a view of my wickedness, it looks like an abyss infinitely deeper than hell. And yet it seems to me that my conviction of sin is exceedingly small and faint: it is enough to amaze me that I have no more sense of my sin. I have greatly longed of late for a broken heart, and to lie low before God.2

It may surprise us but Jonathan Edwards, who by all account was esteemed highly by his peers for the manner in which he lived, spoke these words about his ministerial and personal sins.

A godly life requires a twenty-four hour commitment so that its influence may be felt in our outreach. Our faith is never wanting or without power or substance when God blesses our work. In a little booklet titled Words to Winners of Souls author Horatius Bonar observes Bible prayerthat “a ministry of power must be the fruit of a holy, peaceful, loving intimacy with the Lord.”3  In reaching souls for Christ he adds that “our power in drawing men to Christ springs chiefly from the fullness of our personal joy in Him and the nearness of our personal communion with Him. Personal godliness is the means to achieve success with men’s souls.”4 To reduce it to its simplest form: Godly living pleases God, and where God is pleased with us, He then is quite happy to empower us to change the lives of others with the gospel. That is the power of a Godly life.

1 God in The Wasteland – David Wells

2 Words to Winners of Souls – Horatius Bonar pg 36, 37

3 Ibid pg – pg 13

4 Ibid pg– pg 13