As a Christian, we are blessed with 4 Ps. Those that are not Christians also need these 4 Ps. As you walk in these 4 Ps, there will be opportunities to share with your neighbor how these 4 Ps are helping you. We can use them as talking points to tell them about the benefits of giving your life to Jesus.
1. Person (Jesus)
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13
We are entering an era with a new focus – a focus on Jesus. It is an era to end out the age and welcome Jesus’ second coming. Holy Spirit is focusing us back on Jesus and what he is doing. He is focusing his bride – the church, Christians – on the bridegroom Jesus. This is crucial to understand.
“Let us be glad and rejoice and honor him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen.” And the angel said, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” Revelation19:7-9
He is asking us to remove hinderances and distractions in our life that keep us from walking with Jesus closer. Distractions are everywhere and growing! Distractions have drawn the hearts and focus of his people away from him. Every day, we scroll social media, listen to a podcast, binge on endless television shows and movies. We have many options of what to pay attention to daily. We live in a multiple-choice culture. There are so many options.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-41
He wants to walk close with us, not just at meetings like Sunday morning. What are we giving our attention to? Even in working, he wants to walk with us. But we have compartmentalized him to a subsection of our life, effectively excluding Him.
Holy Spirit is asking the church to make Jesus the center of what they do. We need to evaluate if our ministries are pushing people to Jesus or simply keeping them busy. He wants to be the focus of our ministries.
Jesus wants an encounter with everyone.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
We can tell people that Jesus wants to walk with them, too. Everyone can encounter him if they will ask. We can give people hope with this statement.
2. Prophetic (Voice)
Romans 8:14 (NIV) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
As a Christian, you can hear his voice. That is what I mean by the word prophetic. There is nothing as exciting as hearing God speak to you. His voice gives us identity, love, and direction.
But when someone prophesies, he speaks to encourage people, to build them up, and to bring them comfort. 1 Corinthians 14:3
As God speaks to you, he will speak through you to others. You can prophesy to unbelievers. When you encourage and build up people, it shows the love of Jesus to others. When that happens, you have a door to introduce them to Jesus. Prophecy shows people the heart of God! He is not mad or sad at them.
3. Principles (Bible)
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
Currently, western society has largely rejected the principles of the Bible. Even Christians who say they believe the Bible often neglects it. Everyone follows some set of principles or philosophy. The principles we follow consciously or sub-consciously determine how stable and prosperous your life is. Most people in the West have principles based on secular humanism. This is where you do what you, as an individual human, want to do. In other words, do what you want without regards to what God thinks.
This lifestyle has produced the chaos, family problems, and societal upheaval we have. As a Christian, when you base your life on the principles of the Bible, you will have a different outcome. Your life will be based on the rock – the rock of Jesus. It will be based on a book that has changed every society for good over the last 2000 years that has believed in it.
We are living in a post truth society, a postmodern society. It believes there are no absolutes. This has led to confusion, lack of direction, and lack of purpose.
Fools mock the need for repentance, while the favor of God rests upon all his lovers. Proverbs 14:9 (The Passion Translation)
When we interact with people that have broken lives in some area, we can share with them how the principles of the Bible will bring stability. They don’t have to be a Christian to follow these principles. But if they do, their life will improve. When they see how the principles improve their life, it will often be followed by wanting to know the God of the Bible.
4. Promises (Blessings)
Promises are things God has promised to us that require a supernatural component from him to happen. Christianity is wonderful. We get to go to heaven after we die, but we also get to experience His promises here on earth. Promises reveal there is a God and a supernatural God walking with us.
There are many, many promises of God in Scripture. In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. Because God is faithful, the recipients of the divine promises can have full assurance that what God has pledged will indeed be realized.
Numbers 23:19 (NIV 1984) God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Some of the Biblical Promises given to us as Christians when we follow Jesus
Salvation – John 4:13-14; Circumstances Work Together for Good – Romans 8:28; He will Be with Us in Trials – 2 Corinthians 1:3–4: New Life – 2 Corinthians 5:17: Abundant Life – John 10:10; Maturity – Philippians 1:6; Peace – Phillipians 4:6-7: Rest – Matthew 11:28-30; Physical Needs Met – Matthew 6:31-34; Power to Overcome – Acts 1:8; Health – 3 John 2
As your life is blessed beyond natural means because of the promises of God, you can share with others that walking with God will give them the same promises. People want rest, peace, and the promises listed above. As you walk in them, it will be a draw to others that there is a supernatural God and they need him.
In closing, as a Christian, walk knowing you are blessed with the Person of Jesus, ability to hear prophetically his voice, opportunity for stability in your life as you follow his principles, and enjoying his promises!