The Safe Place

Yesterday I again found myself in a face to face encounter with the unseen forces. I had two long conversations with S., a homeless woman my age, who was pushing her packed shopping cart with her three pet rats. It turns out she is one of those who has, since a little girl, been the victim of the satanic torture, abuse, terror and mind control of the wicked earthly “powers that be” that the Lord speaks of in Ps. 2 and Ps.21:11.

She was filled with paranoia, fear and hate for those who have hurt her. As she gripped her mace can, she told me exactly how she got her bruises and burn marks. Her STD was affecting her whole body. Demons were speaking wicked lies to me; I was speaking Truth of God’s Word to her. This shut up the demons, but she was listening. God wanted me to just show her His love, and build trust. There was much more to these conversations than I can possibly articulate here.

She lamented that the evil men who have tortured her have gotten away with it. I assured her that they ultimately will not: that God will judge all sin, evil and wickedness. The demons in her told me that this is not true, but I again answered with Bible Truth of God’s righteous character, and again, this shut them up and she was listening. I could see this Truth gave her a bit of hope.

The Lord wanted me to tell her where the safe place is. “There is no safe place!”, she insisted. I assured her there was a spiritual safe place: the large loving arms to hide under, the big cupped hands to hide in, the safe shelter to run to, the hiding place that is the Lord Jesus.

Celebrate Ramadan

So what are you doing for Ramadan this year? The Jewish high holidays are also right around the corner. These holidays make for wonderful conversation opportunities. There are people from the Middle East all around you, and they have not yet heard the Good News. God has brought them here –to you–so they could hear the Truth of Jesus and join the redeemed sons and daughters of the LORD.

If you pray and ask Him, He will give you opportunities. He will also give you courage.

The Lord has filled you with His Spirit and has sent you to bring the Gospel to those who are brokenhearted over their sin. He has sent you to declare freedom and forgiveness to those held captive by the devil to do his will. He has sent you to those who are prisoners of sin, spiritual blindness and spiritual death; to proclaim Jesus: the salvation of the LORD.

Ramadan_Post_PhotoThe Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD. Isaiah 61:1-2

Related post: Mosque.  See also: Contextualization.

Keys to Biblical Evangelism

Here is an interesting article by Mike Ratliff:

Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:4-5 WEB)

Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control through methodology. The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism, on the other hand, is totally numbers or results based, and, therefore, uses methodologies to boost perceived effectiveness by increased numbers of “decisions for Christ.” The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism assumes that God is helpless to save anyone outside of their efforts. It ignores passages such as John 3:5-8 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 WEB)

In this passage, Jesus tells us that people are Born Again by the Spirit and His work in this is like the wind which no one can control or perceive.

Read the rest of the article here.

God Uses Ordinary Christians

The Lord uses words to bring people to Himself. Everyone who is a true Christian either read the gospel in the Bible, (or gospel literature) or heard the gospel through someone speaking. In my case, I got a Bible in the mail. God led me to read John and parts of Isaiah, and that is how He opened my eyes to see. Reading His Word, He gave me repentance and faith. That is how He saved me. I don’t really know exactly who addressed that Bible to me, and put it in the mail. But God used somebody. He used an ordinary Christian.

It is an amazing thing that it is His plan to use ordinary Christians to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. This brings glory to Himself. The gospel is not about us, it is all about Him. It is not our message; it is God’s message. We have nothing to do with it; we just deliver the message. We get no glory, all the glory is God’s. Also, the results have nothing to do with us; we just share the message. It is the Lord that brings the results (whatever they may be), by His own power. This brings glory to God too.

Moses was an ordinary saint, just like you and I. God wanted Moses to open his mouth and deliver a message to Pharaoh. Moses squirmed and fussed to God. He did not feel qualified to do such a thing. Guess what? He was right. He had no ability to commend himself. He could not rely on “natural talent”. But God promised to help him, be with him and teach him what he should do and speak.

Maybe God wants you to mail a Bible to someone. Maybe He wants you to write down some scripture, and give it to someone. Maybe He wants you to verbally share the gospel with someone in your community. Maybe He wants you to preach Christ “open air”, on the street. He wants you to deliver His message.

But are you shy? Not a gifted speaker? Feel awkward in a social setting? Feel unsophisticated? Not one of the “glamorous people”? Are you a simple, ordinary Christian? Good. God wants to use you.

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world, and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are, that no man should boast before God. 1 Cor.1:26-29.