Yesterday I went on a prayer walk and passed out tracts. When I'm drawn to someone while walking, It's clear that God is directing my footsteps. This is what happened yesterday as I walked towards Anderson Drive....I saw two women sitting on a bench engaged in conversation and my heart was drawn to them. I gave them a tract and shared the gospel with them. God just wanted them to know how much He really loved them. He wanted them to hear why He wakes them up, why He spared their lives and why He is keeping them today, why He sent His Son and why they are searching for satisfaction but never finding it....What they are looking for is "Real Love" Love that comes from Jesus. God was really demonstrating His love for them as I spoke softly to them. They were so receptive as I shared Jesus with them and invited them to church. I praise God for allowing me to meet these two women....they need my Jesus and He wants to rescue their lives from sin because He Loves Them! I told them that!
Walking away I pondered in my heart how God had me speak in such a warm and quiet manner to them. When I'm ministering to the "tough street element" I sometimes remind myself of my Dad who would sometimes proclaim what God told him to say straight up and raw. "It's appointed once for a man to die, and after death comes judgement...YOU WILL MEET GOD and You will answer to Him for rejecting His Son Jesus! These women faces seemed hardened by a lifetime of hard living, but God had me approach them in a much softer way.
God is teaching me that I must be sensitive to His voice and listen for instruction in how to approach people. Sometimes He sends the gospel in the form of fire and sometimes it's a quiet conversation. He showed me that He knows each and every person because "All Souls Are Mine." ( Ezekiel 18: 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.) That verse alone drives me to share the gospel. I praise God for their receptiveness to the gospel. And for everyone who took a tract yesterday! And I thank God for more on the job training in approaching people.
Continuing on my walk I praised God. I realize that He urges me on because He loves these people of Salem...He's at work here!
The message was loud and clear!
Today in the streets of Salem, NJ the Lord had a running theme for the young teens, the younger adults and the old heads....God wanted them to know that it's not too late to take what He has given them and go be what He planned for them to be....But they have to Give Jesus their lives and make Him Lord of all in order to overcome the wicked one who would steal, kill and destroy everything God gave to them.
On Union St, there were some guys hanging out...I had prayed while walking that everything I said came straight from Him and help them receive the truth. I walked up to this guy to give him a tract and he just looks at it, "What's this?" "It's just reading literature I said. "He gave me a hard look and said, "I'm Muslim. No." Smiling, I said, "And I'm just a harmless lady." I shoved the tract closer to him and he took it. The tract read, "This Is Your Life" I said, "Thank you" And walked away. I thought about what I said and I began to praise God for the clever way He led me to get this guy to take a tract. What threat could a harmless lady pose to a towering, menacing looking Muslim in dark shades when the sun was no where around? If he only knew....I began smiling as I thought to myself..."I'm harmless to you, but I can chase a thousand!!!! I'm bloodwashed, I'm as bold as a lion, He has taught my hands to war and my fingers to do battle....I'm more than a conqueror!!! "devil I got your harmless!!!" In the end, he will read the truth of the gospel in that tract....Praise God because God chose that one just for him! I handed out more tracts on Union St and headed to Olive. That was good! Thank you Lord!!!
Olive Street! Busy! Guys hanging out....but I saw one young guy who looked strung out and I hadn't seen him since last summer when I told him some things about what God was going to do in his life. I asked him, "Do you remember me?" He said, "Yea" I told him that everything I told him about Jesus saving him, that he will live for Him and lead others to Jesus still stands. "No matter what you are doing today. You will be saved."
I asked him if I could hug him and he hugged me...He is heavy on my heart....I give him to Jesus right now and I believe what you said Lord, You will save him and death will not beat you to him...in Jesus Name! Amen.
I walked up to a group of young people and began to talk to them about the abilities and gifts God had given them. I was able to give them a mini sermon on what those gifts were to be used for in their lives. I talked to them about growing up in Salem and having musical talent and how the Bible says, "Don't neglect the gifts that are in you...but give yourself wholly to them. I talked to them about dropping bad habits and everything that would hurt their chances for success. I talked to them about giving their lives to the One who gave them their gifts and talents and watch what He does with their lives....I told them I have traveled the world and it is because God opened doors for me to use the gifts I have and those gifts made a way for me in this world. At the end of my mini sermon I told them that we just had church! They were so polite, accept one who kept being distracting but I ignored her and so did her friends after a while. Their gifts....that's what God wanted me to remind them about.
I spoke to a group of guys up the street and the Lord had me talk to them about almost the same things...only because they were older, the Lord wanted me to let them know that they can still be all He has destined to them to be....missed opportunities have happened but God still has a plan for them....because they are still here. Again, they were all ears, quiet and listened!
God wanted these people, young and older to know that they were fearfully and wonderfully made! That He has a purpose and a plan for their lives...the thief wants to destroy everything God has given them and their only way to win is to give their hearts to the One the devil fears....Jesus!
I thank God for helping me, being with me and shining through me....I couldn't do this without Him!