God will strike”Egypt” again! The next time, it will be the entire world. At midnight, the judgment of death will pass over all, yet we shall be unhurt. We are safe under the blood of the Lamb. The blood has been applied to the doorposts of our heart; it has been applied to our forehead and our hands. The blood of the Lamb redeems us and protects us from the wrath of God. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! His blood was shed for us! Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. His blood is on us. We belong to Him; He owns us. We are marked by God!
And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. from Ex.12:13
Project Ezra is an outreach ministry dedicated to the public reading of the Bible. Believers simply present the Word of God by reading it aloud in a public place where there are people gathered or walking by. This is a wonderful ministry because it gives glory to God through the public exaltation of Christ and the proclamation of God’s Word. This Bible reading often provides the reader with an opportunity to then preach the Gospel to groups (crowds) in the public venue, or to share the Gospel one on one with people who stop to listen and then ask questions.
On Saturday God gave me the opportunity to read Isaiah 53 to ten teens and homeless older people hanging out downtown, which led to opportunity to share the attributes of God, the Law and the Gospel of Grace, and also answer questions regarding the Gospel, the Deity of Christ and the Atonement. One teen asked me, “What is sin?” Others asked about doing “religion”, such as “being a good Catholic”, in order to be justified. Later five more teens joined the group and asked what we were talking about. “We’re talking about how we can have our sins forgiven.” They listened and asked questions for almost an hour. I was overjoyed to see their humble attitude as realization of sin appeared on their faces, and as they heard of the hope of the Grace of God in Christ.
Here is a video of a sister reading a Psalm in public, which was followed by Gospel preaching by another believer. This is an evangelism ministry that can be done alone or with other brothers and sisters. Pray first for His power and courage before you go and ask the Lord to lead you to the people He wants to hear the Word of God. May God be glorified as His Word accomplishes what He desires.
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.
He was crushed for our iniquities.. Is.53:4.. The LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief..Is.53:10 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Is.53:11
The LORD was pleased to crush Him.
Washer (in this 6 part Friday devotional video) discussed the imputation of our sin by God onto the sinless Christ who was crushed under the wrath of God, achieving our justification; our being declared righteous in Christ.
He spoke of how churches and ministers in the USA do not understand the Gospel; they are Gospel ignorant. He exhorts them to teach the knowledge of God and the Atonement, for “the Gospel is everything”.
Washer expounded on the event of the cross: the Atonement, with emphasis on the Love of God for men. He spoke of how this Atonement results in NO MORE guilt and condemnation for the justified, and that Jesus, in His great love, was willing, able and glad to take it for us.
This talk ended with a reminder of the beautiful meaning of Abraham and Isaac: how YHWH provided God’s only Son, the Lamb of God, as the sacrifice. “God, my God!, I know that You love me; You have not withheld Your Son, Your only Son from me.”
As believers we are called to share the Gospel. In fact, we are commanded to. It is said that only 2% of the church actively share their faith. This implies that most of the church is living in disobedience. Many don’t share their faith as they feel unequipped and don’t know what to say. They are afraid as they don’t know what the response will be. The other problem is the fear of offending people when speaking about sin, judgment, and hell. They say, well I just want to speak the words of Jesus and the love of God. Yet Jesus spoke more about hell and judgement than anyone else in scripture. Men must be warned of the realty of judgement and hell. Only Christ can save them, and without Christ they are doomed.
We must plead with men with all of our might and show them what they are in the eyes of God, in their unregenerate state. We must also pray that the Holy Spirit would convict them of sin and bring them to repentance. Unless the Spirit convicts them they are still blind in their sin and the Gospel in foolishness to them. Men some how think that they are good people in their own eyes. Yet Scripture tells us that all have sinned and that there is no one who is righteous. It is only through the grace of God that a man may be saved. It is because men think so highly of themselves, that they have such a low view of the Gospel and their absolute need of a saviour. When man’s eyes are opened to his total depravity, only then can he understand how God demonstrated His love for us. While we were sinners, disobedient unto God, and enemies of God, God sent His son Jesus Christ to shed His blood to reconcile us unto God that we could be saved from the wrath to come.