Exampling Sidewalk Evangelism

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Yesterday I happened upon a divine appointment while walking for exercise. I’ve found that talking with folks along my route is a great way to keep walks interesting and to practice following the leading of Holy Spirit and loving people I’ve never met before. So I tend to keep a lookout for potential encounters as I go. Here’s what happened:

When I caught up to this man I just up and asked him if anyone had told him about Jesus Christ. It’s the first thing I said to him. He was willing to talk. He said he knew about Him. I asked if he’d received Jesus into his heart. Still with an open attitude that surprised me, he went on the say that he had been raised to know God but had not walked down that path as an adult. He’d taken a different route. We were quiet for a moment. Then I said, “Maybe it’s time to reconsider that decision.”

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Feel Like Giving Up? Part 2

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Reappointed

Believers, let’s resolve to never give up; never give up on walking with God.  Never give into despair, doubt and unbelief. Never cut our years short or decide to embrace a misguided lifestyle, with its dark feelings, as an intentional way to spend time. Keep on resisting evil. Keep on choosing hope.  Move away from the downside and toward the upside and the goodness of God. To be trapped in difficulties, not knowing precisely how to get free, is one thing; to love darkness and embrace it with gusto as a chosen lifestyle is something altogether different.

 

I am writing to anyone held captive to one sort of problem or another; people longingdirectory-466935_1280 for victory and not sure where to find it.  God has great compassion for you and He is more than willing to help.  As for the other group, those who have abandoned themselves to dark activities; I assume those folks who love missing the mark do not “feel like giving up” and would never read this article. On the other hand, people who “feel like giving up” are seeking change, looking for answers and want hope, encouragement, and light; they’re looking for ways to move forward into a better future. Those are the folks I’m speaking to.

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Feel Like Giving Up? Part 1

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Recently a discouraged young man told me he felt like giving up. Every day he battled the same old problem. It was a tough struggle and victory seemed illusive. Can you relate?  If not, likely you know someone who can.  Many people are in this situation; folks all around are battling overwhelming enemies of various kinds. I am not speaking here of human enemies but of enemies such as addiction, poverty, rejection, failure, fear, lonliness, lust, inner brokenness, anger, depression and lack of purpose; enemies in the unseen realm.

Rather than soaring on the heights this man found himself dwelling in a low place, a valley-of-decision. Would he succumb to the pressure to give up, or not?  What is the way through a dry place, a fiery trial such as this?  Is there a way out?  Is there hope for the future? Yes!

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Street Encounters

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 Healing a Toe

It’s a beautiful sunny day, not too hot; time to get outside for an exercise walk. I headed into a local park, walking on a meandering path of asphalt past a Hispanic couple seated on park bench. Being somewhat observant, I noticed the woman’s leg was extended, up on her man’s lap.  As I passed by I inquired how they were doing. The typical answer of “fine” came back, and it didn’t look like this is really the case. I pursued it a bit more by commenting on the woman’s leg. That’s when the couple opened up to some extent. It seems the man had accidentally stepped on the woman’s toe and she was in pain. The toenail looked clouded. I offered prayer.

 

Opening up some more, they both agreed. I explained that I would be praying in the name of Jesus; that I have an anointing from God to release his healing to people; and that it’s God who does the healing, not me. They still agreed.  The man said they are Christians and that he believed me. He meant it. I placed my hand gently over her toe and left it there as I spoke with them some more. After a few minutes I asked the woman how her toe was feeling. She said the pain was gone. The man’s face lit up with surprise and pleasure all at the same time. Continuing to leave my hand there a while longer, I went on to tell them about where revival is going on locally so they can visit if they’d like. I got the impression they aren’t in a fellowship anywhere so I hope they visit the place I told them about, or go somewhere else for support. After this encounter I walked onward and into several more street encounters; encounters of precious ones with different needs and God gave me different things to say each time.

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Contending for Complete Healing

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The Story of a Woman

The other day I spoke with a woman who had an ongoing health condition that’s been giving her back pain for years.  She said lately it had been getting worse. I offered to pray for her for healing. Though seeming somewhat surprised by my offer, she agreed to receive healing ministry with the laying on of hands. After we finished I asked her the following question, “If your pain level had been a ten at its worst and if zero equals no pain at all, what is your pain level now?”

 

She replied that her pain level had dropped to a five. So her condition improved quite a bit but she did not experience complete relief, not to the point of zero pain. Experiencing partial improvement without complete relief would tend to bring some questions to mind, questions I wanted to address with her before she had the chance to ponder them and perhaps come to the wrong conclusions. She could wonder, “What do I make of this? I still feel pain. I’m not all the way better, what am I to think?  Is this all the healing I’m going to get? What’s going on here?

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