2014. október 22., szerda

Making disciples

After our prayer time at Green Sage, inspired by the Spirit we headed out to a little African American area downtown. There was one man there waiting on his sister to pick him up for work. It turned out that he was almost 100% blind ever since his birth. After sharing with him the story of Bartimaeus, he let us pray for him. He felt the Spirit of God strongly on him and appreciated our prayer very much. He shared with us that he had a rough past, but was in a need of God's touch very much. Since God loves to heal, we pursued with him to let us pray for him more for further physical healing, but he did not want to. We believe the the Lord has His timing and I am excited to follow up with him.

On out way to Prichard's park we did some follow up with some of the guys, whom we ministered to a couple weeks ago. Eventually as we were praying for a man who had diabetes, 2 other people from the park - as they saw us praying in a circle joined us. One of them was a lady we never met before, she just saw the children of God coming together to seek His face! That was an amazing experience.

The majority of the people we meet on our outreaches are people who at some point of their lives embraced the free gift of salvation, but decided to leave the narrow road and their lives crashed. I strongly believe that the Lord's calling for us on the streets is mostly to find these lost sheep, these prodigal sons and daughters and call them back from the pigpen to the Father's house, so they can have their inheritance and He can have His inheritance in them.
That's making disciples (Mt 28:19) -- helping these people by the grace of God to become followers, real followers of Christ.

We need labourers... there are many prodigals. On the streets of Asheville, at your workplace, at your school, in your neighbourhood. Maybe you are one...
God loves us with all His heart, mind, soul and strenght. There is only one worthy response to that kind of love. To love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strenght. And that involves stepping out in faith. Give in to the voice that calls you to share your faith with that neighbour or classmate who does not know Jesus. Obey the Person who calls you to pray for that coworker you meet every day and does not have Life in him. Remember, the same Spirit works in you that raised Jesus from the dead.

Join us on our next outreach on 11/4 Tuesday ad 8:30 at Green Sage downtown Asheville and we will help you to take the first steps.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Jesus needed to grow in wisdom and physical stature as a child. Do you? Billy Graham and John Wimber did not start as pro evangelists. Everyone has to have his/her time of learning and making mistakes. It actually takes a lifetime.

Why not to start now?

2014. október 6., hétfő

LOTS extension

This post is meant to be an encouragement to those who are struggling with sharing their faith, because they don't feel like they are mature or prepared enough.
To me Love on the Streets has been a real personal blessing, because it gives me a platform to freely share my faith with strangers, thus it is also a practice that I bring into my everyday life.

Just as our devotion time in the morning is a jumping board into a spirit of prayer, so all day we can share out thoughts and feelings with the Lord, participating in an organized outreach is a place, where we see how others do it, we can practice it and also have grace to get it wrong or mess it up.

After a few outreaches, I thought I would give it a try to share my faith with my classmates using the Time to Revive Bibles. After I prayed for them and they experienced some physical healing, I led them through the verses and both of them responded with obedience to the Holy Spirit and they-as it turned out - RE-commited their lives to Jesus. One of them just a few weeks later decided to get baptized and his faith and obedience rubbed off on his high school friend, who also recommited his life to the Lord.

Both of them got baptized in Asheville French Broad River. It was a great honor to me that they chose me to baptize them.

With this story I want to ancourage you to step out and join us on Love on the Streets or the outreach of your local church and become part of the harvest. Let sharing Jesus with words and deeds become part of your daily life.

In Jesus