Archive for the ‘joy’ Category

A “Hit and miss” life

January 28, 2012

But the “Hit” is always temporary.

What’s the definition of a “Hit and miss” life? Going through out life and always trying something new. Always running after something different. Always waiting for the weekend and thus miss living through out the week. Going from one job to the next. Going from one house to the next. Going from one relationship to the next. Always wanting, but never finding true peace, true contentment, true joy and satisfaction. In the end, it will be a wasted like.

Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they may have life more abundantly” (Jn.10:10b). The “abundant” life is living for God and experiencing Him while your on this earth. Then life takes on real peace, contentment, joy and satisfaction. It’s the only way to have and to experience it.

Pursuing Life

May 25, 2011

The physical existence of life here on earth consists of being alive physically, but yet, dead spiritually. Why? Because of our sins, which produce spiritual death in us. Our inner spirit searches for life, while the physical man tries to find life in physical pursuits. One will spend their whole life trying to find true contentment, peace, love and joy, but will never find it outside of receiving the Spirit of God. Why? Because the Spirit is true love, joy, peace and inner contentment.

“I Refuse!”

March 7, 2011

 

Like I have said many times, it’s all by choice. You and I can choose each day how we want to live. I am not talking about circumstances that are beyond our choice. In life, there are many things that happen to us that we have no choice over. But, we must not camp there. We must take a hard look at our life, and see how we are living. Are we satisfied? Are we content? I am talking about deep down inside. Only we can answer these questions. We can all put on a real front to the outside world.

The main reasons why most people are not truly satisfied, is because first off, they are living for themselves. Our world cries out for us to live more for ourselves than for anyone or anything. It is and has raised, more self-seeking individuals then ever before. It yells out to us, “it’s all about me”.

So, we must ponder within ourselves what must change? I have lived on this earth for X amount of years, am I truly satisfied? Do I enjoy daily living? Or, is the only time I enjoy living is when I am off doing my own thing? Off somewhere besides work?

In my life, I have found out what makes true peace, contentment, joy and satisfaction. It is coming into a relationship with our creator. It is getting to know Him on a personal basis. I am not talking about some religious siff-coat life. I am not even talking about church going. While, church can be good and encouraging, that is only 2 to 3 hours a week, out of 168. I am talking about daily living for something other than ourselves.

Besides this developing relationship with God, which has to do with people, life takes on real meaning and purpose. You began to live for God and for others. Does this mean that it will always be easy? No. But satisfying? Yes. I have tried both in this life, and I can truly say that not living for myself is far more meaningful and purposeful.

If you have been living for yourself up until this point in your life, why not choose to change? If you’re not truly happy and content with daily living, then what have you got to lose? I can’t stress enough that I am talking “Daily living” here. Not “evening living” or “weekend living” or not even “vacations” or “retirement”. No, I am talking “Daily living”.

The following is a song by Josh Wilson. You can go to the video at the end and hear it. God bless you!

Sometimes I,
I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone’s alright
When I know they’re not.
This world needs God
But it’s easier to stand and watch.
I could pray a prayer and just move on
Like nothing’s wrong.

But I refuse.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately,
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of you, oh God.
So, if you say move,
Then it’s time for me to follow through,
And do what I was made to do.
Show them who you are.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

To stand and watch
The weary and lost
Cry out for help.
I refuse
To turn my back
And try and act like all is well.
I refuse
To stay unchanged,
To wait another day,
To die to myself.
I refuse
To make one more excuse.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move, but I refuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY4iILWisIg

Experiencing God while your living

March 4, 2011

To me, this is the single most worthy reason for coming to Christ and receiving life through His name!

Christ said, “I have come that you might have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.” (Jn.10:10) The abundant life is experiencing God each and every day that you live. It’s waking up in the morning, and saying to God, “all right, what do you have for me today?”  “Who do you have for me to meet today?” “What do you want me to do today?” Where do you want me to go today?” “I can’t wait!”

So many people today are down and depressed. Why? Because they have yet to come to God through Christ, than experience God as they set about their day. Their day could be going to work. It could be filled with the usual run around and get things done kinda day. Or it could be just staying at home with a occasional trip outside. Whatever the case is, it doesn’t matter if you are living for God. Life then takes on meaning and purpose. What are we (God and us) going to experience today? It should be every believers question each day? Anticipation should swell up within each one.

It always has to do with people. Why? Because, people are the object of His love. “For God so loved the world”, that’s you and I, people. The apex of His creation, people. So, if God is going to bless you today, people are going to be involved in it. He is going to lead you to people. Why? If you have a relationship with God through Christ, and you are living that out, then He is wanting to have you share it with others. Again, because He loves people. He wants them to be blessed. He wants to impart life into them. Not physical life, but spiritual life. That is what Christ meant, when He said, “I have come that they might have life, and life more abundantly”.

So, no longer do you need to set about your day with your head down, saying, “oh no, here we go again today, off to work” “Can’t wait till the weekend” “I wish it was Sunday again” “Can’t wait for the next meeting”. No, you don’t have to live that way any longer! Come to Christ! Receive forgiveness for your sins that separate you from God! Then start a relationship with Him that has to do with experiencing life while your living! Then you can look forward to each and every day! Why? Because now you are truly living! You have received life! You have been born again through Jesus! A spiritual birth has taken place! Now you have true life that’s worth living!

Weights, Sins and Distractions

July 2, 2010

If you are like me, the further we go in our walk with God, the more intense the battle gets. If we are not pressing into Him and His Kingdom above all else, then there is no real battle. The closer we get to fulfilling His will on this earth, the more we experience major distractions, major roadblocks that try and detour us from our goal of fulfilling His will while on earth. Christ is our supreme example.

Our text is found in Hebrews chapter 12, verses 1-2.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

It starts off with the reference of the “witnesses” of faith, found in chapter 11. Witnesses such as “Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses etc. We are to consider their faith in this battle of faith. They all died in faith, but did not receive the promises that where told about in their day. They seen them “afar off”. They were “persuaded” by them. They “embraced” them.(11:13) This is faith! It is, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (11:1)

It is the same with us today. It still takes faith for us also who have received the promises. We are not of those who physically lived with Christ, so we must take Him by faith just as those who have gone before us, and the witnesses that are recorded in God’s word. It all takes faith.

Continuing on, applying it personally…..”let me lay aside every weight”. The word “weight” here means, “one, other”. We can read or understand this as, let me lay aside every one or other. This can be a person or persons. This can be a place or places. This can be a thing or things.

“and the sin” (or sins). Let me lay aside every weight, every sin.

“which so easily besets me”. Some translations use “ensnares” instead of “beset”. The word “beset” means, “a competitor, thwarting (as in a racer) in every direction. If we jump down to the end of this verse, we will notice that the writer of this is referring to a “race”. This is the race course of our life that is laid out before us.

So do we have a “competitor” or someone or something that is biding for our time? Someone or something that is trying to “thwart” us off the course that God has given us to run?

“and let me run with patience”. The word “patience” here means, “cheerful or hopeful”. It also means, “endurance, constancy, patient continuance (waiting). By God’s grace we can and need to run our race with “patience”.

“the race that is set before me”. The word “race” here means, “an effort, a fight”. This nails it right down. It takes effort, real effort to run this race. It is a real fight all the way. Like I said in the beginning, it gets tougher as we go. That is of course, if we are still doing God’s will here on the earth. It’s not enough just to be “saved”. You and I have a race to run. We have a God given course to run. Do we know personally what that course is? The course is God’s personal plan and purpose for your life. And like I have said on numerous occasions, “it’s more than eat, sleep, go to work and go to church on Sunday or Saturday”. It’s the life He has personally designed for you. It’s not our own choosing, our own making. We don’t (or should not) enter our “new life” by thinking or deciding that, “I think I will do this”, “I think I will do that”. This life should not be a “hit and miss” kind of life. It is not something to be treated haphazardly. He has gifted you with talents to be used for His Kingdom, His plan and purpose. It is up to us to make sure we know that we know, what this is.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author (Originator) and finisher (Perfecter) of my faith”. He is the ultimate One who we should be “looking to”. Too many are following man and his ideas and teachings. Dead religion follows the books of dead men and women that were meer flesh and bones like you and I. Yes, they may have been inspired, and their teachings having much good to benefit from, but we must stay with Jesus and his teachings. We cannot be deceived, or led astray if we will follow Him.

How did Jesus conquer the “cross?” How are we to conquer the “cross” that we bear?

“who for the joy that was set before him”. The word “joy” here means, “calm delight, calmly happy or well-off”. Christ had always the calm delight deep within as he faced the cross. As I have prayed, and am praying, “Father, give me the “Joy” that your Son had, to face the cross”. When we think of being joyful, do we think of being “calm?” What comes to my mind, is the flesh verses the Spirit. True joy is of the Spirit, and it is calm, peaceful. What is made out to be joy is often fleshly, hyper. A lot of times it just comes down to having had one too many “mocha’s”.

“endured the cross”. The word “endured” here means, “stay under, remain, undergo, bear, have fortitude, persevere, abide, suffer”. Wow! this hurts! I thought that once we come to Christ, it’s all good and easy. I thought we can now “enjoy our best life now”. Well, it’s certainly going to be way better than living a life of sin, which is death, but it now is going to have it’s cross to bear. As we go forward, He will show us things in our life that must go, if we are to reach our goal and finish the race laid out before us. And do it with “joy”. If Christ could not have bore the cross without it, what makes us think that we could?

“despising the shame”. The word “despising” here means, “to think against, ie, dis-esteem. Christ had to “think against” the shame of the cross. It was the ultimate of it’s day. Our cross may not be physical, but it still carries “shame” as far as the world sees it. Our “staying under”, our “suffering” for Him, is distasteful to the world. We will and should be suffering “shame” for bearing the cross of Christ. What about our own cross for which we should bear?

The word “shame” here means, “disgrace”. As we carry our cross, we will be “disgraced”. In this world, like in Christ’s time, it’s a disgrace to be cross-bearing. The world laughs. It makes fun of. It ridicules. How are you fairing? Do you notice?

“and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. This is Christ’s rightful place. If we finish our coarse, we too can have our place around the throne of God with Christ at the right hand. How awesome is that going to be! Just a few more days on this earth of pain, sorrow, hurt etc. then we can escape to a far better place.

Just like the Patriarchs before us…….. they “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out of, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Wherefore, God is not ashamed to be called  their God: for He has prepared for them a city.” (11:13-16)

Are you looking forward to “A CITY?” The CITY OF GOD? or is this earth your home? Do you truly want to leave here? Do you love it here? Can you truly say, “this earth is not my home. I’m just passing through”

God bless you as you go!

Losing our life to gain it

January 7, 2010

Unusual concept isn’t it? It certainly isn’t what the world out there teaches.

Jesus said and taught, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mk.8:35)

This is some hard stuff! This is some hard teaching! It goes against our very being! When one starts this process of “losing their life”, it’s very likely that there will be times when they stand up and yell, “I want my life back!”  Such was the case of one who was very close to me. There will be times when we will be faced with the very decision of what shall I do, give up or not. In our natural man we don’t like giving up. We are naturally stubborn and we want our own way. This is very evident even at a very young age. Watch two year old babies sitting down on the floor with one toy. Or even if each has their own toy, what happens? That’s my toy!

When we are on this course, this path of abandonment, we will all be faced with times of real struggles. Now of course, if you haven’t been on the path yet than there is no real battle. We will look at this and scratch our heads and try and figure out what it is I am talking about.

You might say, I go to church every Sunday. Sometimes twice a week. If fact, I am on the worship team. I pray. I feed the homeless. While all these things are good and amiable, they are not “reckless abandonment”. This abandonment will always take the “road less traveled” than the masses.

The following quotes (in quotation marks) are from the book, “God in the flesh” by Dan Everts. Published by InterVarsity Press. Highly recommended.

“Not everyone is called to leave his or her vocation, of course”. Some are definitely called to do this and must obey this if they are to fulfill God’s intended plan and purpose while here on this earth.

“Our reckless abandonment should look as varied and unique as we are. leaving a fishing company,” (as did some of his disciples did). Some are definitely called to leave their business and follow Him.

Others it may be, “cracking open your prized alabaster jar of nard, walking into synagogues to preach about Jesus, caring for the poor in the name of Jesus rather than caring for our bank accounts in the name of leisure……”

“The call is always from Jesus and is as varied as we are. But the response is the thing. When we see Jesus clearly, our own cares melt away. And we will do whatever he says.”

The key is, “when we see Jesus clearly.” It’s going to take time alone with Him to see Him clearly. It’s not going to happen as we rush through this life and then put the brakes on only when Sunday morning arrives. Then the brakes are on for Jesus, but only for two hours then I am off and running again. If we only stop to see Him when the church doors are open, we’ve missed it all together.

It must be a daily spending time with Jesus. This is certainly not easy. Especially for those who have children and families to care for. But it still must be found. It is going to have to be cut out each day with determination and discipline. It going to be hard,but He has promised all that we need if we seek Him first.

As I look back on my walk with Him, there were times when I just didn’t want to “cut out” anything more. My walk consisted of “normality”, lack of desire and very little passion. We might have to cut out such things as TV, the computer, meetings in the evenings etc. For some it might even be “Monday night football.” God forbid!

This abandonment is personal, but must be done. As we seek Him out. He will reveal more to us as we go. It’s a process. He has a personal road map for us to follow, and it just might be vastly different than those we know. It could very well be the “road less traveled.”

My personal experiance has been one of many abandonments. Some could be classified as “reckless”. If having never had some of these experiences, I’m sure I would be one of those “comfortable Christians” not willing to step out by faith into the unknown. Not popular today by any stretch of the imagination, and certainly not taught.

However, I can truly say that it hasn’t been easy. It’s hard stuff, and it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier. But, I can truly say that through it all, I have experienced true joy and true satisfaction. A life submitted, a life lost to Him is worth it all.

True abandonment takes place when His will is done, not ours. When He shows us over a period of time what must go in our lives, then by His grace and strenght we leave to follow Him, words cannot express the joy that arrives in our obedience. Basically, it is true life when we pursue what we know that we have been created for. If we don’t know, then we must stop and find out.

Jesus did just this. He experienced life as the Father had purposed for him. He did the Father’s will. But it comes with a price tag. Jesus paid the ultimate price by giving his life a ransom for all. He is asking us to give our lives to Him. Our all to Him and follow Him. Will we do it? Are we doing it?

Are we losing our life for Him and His Kingdom? Once again, I am not talking about two hours on Sunday morning with a bible study thrown in. I am talking our whole lives!

May God bless you as you give your all to Him!

African joy

October 17, 2009

Today as I was sharing the Gospel, the Lord gave me the “African children” as an example of those who have very little, but true joy springs forth from them.
I like being in the Spirit, because it takes you places that you never have been.

I know that it was from the Lord, because it just popped in as I was sharing about “True life, true joy, and true contentment”. It can only come through having The Spirit of God in us and it being activated. It is life!

Christ said, “I have come that you might have life, and life more abundantly”. This has nothing to do with material possessions. Some of the most joyful, happy and contented people in the world are those who have very little.

“Abundant” living is a life in The Spirit of God while here on the earth. Nothing else even comes close.

Check out this video. Look at those little children in the white dresses.(about one quarter into it)

“looking unto Jesus”

September 30, 2009

What is the “cross” that you bear? It may take time to come to your own personal realization of what your cross to bear is, but in following Christ you will have a cross to bear. And not only to “bear”, but to take it up and follow Him. To follow His example of bearing the cross.

By a “cross”, I do not mean something in our life that comes and goes such as little aches and pains. Little difficulties that we all have in life is not our cross in which we are called to bear. A cross that was given to us, was not something that we sought out to find one day.

It was given to us by God, by no choice of our own. It was personally designed for us to bear. Why? So that through it we would become all that God has and wants for us while on this earth. This would be a pain, a burden, something tangible for us to continually take to His cross and there die to it daily, or in some cases, moment by moment.

It is easy for us to look at someone else and see their cross in life. Some are very obvious for all to see. Others are mainly unseen to outsiders. Does one persons cross carry more weight than others? Good question isn’t it?

However, we only get to walk in our shoes in this life. We can only truly relate to what we have experienced. What we have gone through. This is why it is such a blessing when we come across someone that has gone through similar circumstances as we have. And I say here, “similar”. That is because, each cross may be very similar, but it is still very different. Why? Because each person is different. Each circumstance is different. Each cross is different.

God knows us way better than we know ourselves. He alone knows what we can handle in life. He also knows, that in what stage of life could we handle this cross. We may have gone years and years in our life with no real cross to bear. Life up to this point has been relatively easy and good. Oh, there has been some real difficulties, some real challenges to face and overcome, but when “the cross” comes, it out weigh all previous crosses that we thought were tough.

This morning when I was thinking about my cross, I was blessed to have God encourage me with his word. In time of need, there is nothing like His Word and Spirit to uplift us and give us the strenght to carry on.

God gave us his Son for many reasons. I would think that they would be countless if we tried number them. But one good reason is that He alone was our example to us who are in this flesh. He also lived on this earth and lived in this flesh. He knows better than anyone else, what “cross bearing” is like. Why? Because he is “the cross bearer”.

He yells out at this moment, “come unto me all ye” that have crosses to bear! “place them upon me!”

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,” (Heb.12:1). If we are temped to take out the violin and start a “pity party”, we must go to the scriptures and check out those who have gone on before us. Hebrews the 11th chapter is a good place to start.

“let us lay aside every weight,”. Every care, every concern, every burden and every cross.

“and the sin which so easily ensnares us,”. Any and every sin must go, if we are to go forward in this life. Why? Because it “ensnares” us. It traps us. It ties us up and we are soon in bondage again. We are to “lay” them all aside at the feet of “The cross of Jesus”.

“and let us run”. Wow! Now that we have done all of the above, we can “run”. The weight has been taken off. No longer a back pack full of bricks.

“with endurance the race that is set before us”. Christ alone gives us the endurance. We all have a personal “race” set before us. A personal course that includes a cross. A cross that we are called to “take up” and follow Him. (12:1)

And now for the key!
“looking unto Jesus, the author (originator) and finisher (perfecter) of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured (where have we seen that word before?) the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (12:2)

Here is our example! Jesus The Christ! Author and finisher of our faith!

How did He “endure” the cross? How are we to “endure” the cross?
Through “the Joy” that is set before us!
Father increase the Joy! We must have this “Joy” to be able to “endure” this cross!
The true joy that we will someday sit at Jesus’ feet at God’s throne. That’s joy unspeakable and full of glory!
Amen!

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#4)

November 5, 2007

All of this four part testimony took place in one day. It just goes to show you what God wants to do through all those who avail themselves and want to be used of God for His glory and His Kingdom.

After Dan stood up, we all hugged on him and such joy was in our hearts. Now here was a man who just a short time before, was totally intoxicated from drinking wine. Now he was sober and in his right mind. Praise God!

I have tried to do my best with God’s help to describe what took place, but words do have a limit.

He then asked if he could sing another song, we all said “by all means, let her go”. It was awesome to hear him sing every verse with passion and clarity. By the time he finished, we all knew something was about to break loose.

He yelled out, “DO YOU MIND IF I PREACH?” We smiled and said, “GO FOR IT”. First he started out with his testimony about how God had just delivered him from alcohol. Then he went into The Gospel. It was right on, every word. He shared also about seeking God while He can be found. He told the crowd how that God had said to him, “will you just seek me, I am here if you will seek me” It was awesome!

About that time a lady starts shouting and she walks over and tries to stop the flow of what God is doing. (this is almost standard procedure, the devil does not want things like this to take place so he fights hard.) This other brother goes over to her and finally gets her to go somewhere else.

Out of nowhere, walks up this lady and she says, “can I buy you guys some coffee?” She had been watching all that took place. She takes out her tablet and takes our order. Off she went, and returns with four large coffee’s. What a blessing she had been to all of us. She smiled and hugged us all, and off she went. God bless her richly!

Dan(the brother that just received Christ) continues to preach several times. Many were listening as they waited for the train. About that time another brother walks up and recognizes Dan. He said that he was with the local rescue mission. We then proceeded to tell him all that happened. His eyes began to water. He was very thankful. He said to Dan, “Are we now going to see you in church on Sunday?” Dan said, “You Bet”. Thank you God!

It was time for me to leave and catch the last bus out for the night. All six of us gathered in a circle and lifted up prayer and thanksgiving to God for what He had done that evening.
As another brother was finishing prayer, I heard the sound of Satan again. I looked over across the way, and sure enough his messengers had come to try one last time.

There stood three of them all dressed in black with their long coats, yelling out loud about Satan and saying all their usual junk. They had known what just took place, and they were there to stop it. TOO LATE. THE WORK OF CHRIST HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE. PRAISE HIM!

I pleaded THE BLOOD OF JESUS and we finished prayer and went on our way.

I trust this testimony was a blessing to you. This is just a drop in the bucket of all that God wants to do in these days. If you are not yet a part of what He is doing in the earth today, you need to be. Pray and ask Him, he will show you. He is about people. People are the apex of His creation. He loved them all so much that He gave His Son to redeem them back to himself.
May you be blessed also as you go out and do your part for Him and His Kingdom.
Amen.

To God be the glory, for great things He is doing!(Part#3)

November 4, 2007

In the last post, I had forgotten to mention that on my way to the city in the train, I needed to stop off and use the bathroom at a local store. After that, the Lord wanted me to go to a bus stop close by that I had been to several times before.

After praying, I jumped in and started to preach The Good News on one corner. One young kid didn’t like it, so he sounded off. (I spoke with this kid later, he is one step closer to Christ now) Then a young black guy came over to talk. He listened real well as The Holy Spirit moved upon his heart. It took probably close to an hour before he made the move to receive Jesus. But he did! Praise God! He went off changed by the power of God!

I called him that night on the way home. He said that he was at home resting. Now this was Friday night close to 8:00pm. He was saved from drugs and may have been either in a gang, or had came out of one. But glory to God he is changed! He said to me as we parted on the phone, “pray for me, I just want to live”. That tells it all.

Back to where I left off in “Part#2”.
It was 4:00pm at the train stop and it’s Friday night and there are people in need of hearing The Gospel everywhere as they wait for the train to go home from work. I started in and before long James showed up. We took turns preaching and God’s Spirit was moving as several came up to either take a tract or talk.

Then the distractions came once again. This young guy who had a plastic cup full of wine, starts to scream and yell and gets in our faces. James calms him down as I finish. I went over to him and tried to talk with him. He seemed surprised that I would have come over to talk with him after all his yelling and carrying on.

As we talked, God through His Spirit began to speak to him, a little at a time. He said he had to go use the bathroom, and asked if I would be there when he came back. I assured him I would. I miss out from time to time, but I knew there was hope for this guy. He came back with more wine and seemed to be even more intoxicated. What I really liked about this encounter was that the fact that he was still drinking, but God was still coming after him. I could see transformation taking place.

Now James comes up to talk to him, and gets real straight with him. The guy blows a gasket big time, screams and yells. The crowd turns and begins to listen in as to try and figure out what is going on. The guy storms off. I thought we had lost him then. James begins to preach again.

Minutes later he returns in a huff. I with the help of God, calm him down, and once again we(the Spirit and I) start to share Christ with him. He shares a lot of his problems and fears. Now, it was pretty obvious that this guy was a outcast by others, by the things he shared with me. But God was loving on him big time. I could see His love being poured out on our soon to be brother.

He takes off to smoke a cigarette across the street. I shared with James what was taking place. When he returned glass in hand, James apologizes for some of the things that he had said earlier. They hugged and forgave each other. It was powerful to behold.

James starts in again, sharing God’s love and power to change lives to the crowd. The guy who I will call Dan, comes over to me again. This time I am noticing that he is listening more and getting closer to The Kingdom as we spoke. All of a sudden, HE TAKES THE CUP OF WINE AND THROWS IT 30 FEET DOWN THE BRICK WALKWAY. Wow! I was taken back! HE THEN BEGINS TO SING THE SONG, “CREATE A PURE HEART IN ME, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME” He sings every word of the song. I noticed that he was sobering up as he was singing. God was moving!

He finishes the song and immediately DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND STARTS TO REPENT BEFORE GOD AND CONFESS. It was really powerful to hear him repent before God and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to be his Saviour and then his Lord. I knelt down with him and prayed for complete deliverance through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. (now remember, this is all taking place in a public square with lots of people standing around watching and listening) Praise God!
We finally stood up together and gave praise to God! He is Born of The SPIRIT OF GOD!

I will continue with “part#4. Wait and see what happens next. It’s a real testimony, glory to God!