Friday, May 5, 2017

Contend for the FAITH

Last Sunday we were in downtown Los Angeles at ‘Fiesta Broadway’ where thousands of people walk Broadway and if anyone wishes to be a missionary to Mexico, this was the place to be. 
 
 
We stood right in the middle of the street and just staying at one location because everyone is walking and they will come to us. 
 
 
 
We passed out over 2000 tracts and several Bibles and great conversations, this guy below had many questions and was starting to doubt God and what timing we met.
 
This next guy wanted to start a race riot or a one man ‘black lives matter’ rally as he had issues with God and the white man. After a while LAPD showed up and he walked off
 
 
The message on Broadway was BROAD is the way in hellfire as per Matthew 7:13

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat”
 
That day many were saw the banners, heard the preaching and received tracts, pray that the Lord will send more labors to reap this harvest.
 
 
 
 
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
 
 
Often times our critics will accuse us that our preaching will turn people away but what most will never see is all the smaller conversations that happen on the sideline as a direct result from that style of preaching. 
 
 Those smaller conversations are a direct cause from exposing the sinner of his sin. Hoe these pictures will shed light as we can both soul win and soul warn.
 
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”
Isaiah 55:7
 
Picture 1:
Was in Las Vegas where the husband had questions and that night the Lord gave answers, within minutes he was crying. His wife said she knew him since they were kids and NEVER saw him cry. She was Catholic and he knew they should be going to a Church that reads the Bible.
 
Picture 2:
Was in Salt Lake City, where this Mormon once Muslim had seen me preaching outside Mosques on youtuube and saw what happened at Dearborn and prayed to one day meet me. He did and after that encounter he was considering leaving the LDS Church
 
Picture 3:
Was in San Diego where this woman heard the preaching, saw the crowds reacting and the police keeping people from attacking us. So she stood and watched, later she had questions and the Lord delivered answers. Before she walked away she asked for prayer and was thankful
 
Picture 4:
Was in Washington DC outside a Mosque where I spent time with this Muslim going into the Mosque and leaving the prayer service. He said he never met a Christians like us and agreed we have a different God and I still had my head
 
 
Picture 5:
Outside the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, where the game had already started and this person had a ticket, yet wanted to more information about the God of the Bible and his soul. His friends left him to go inside the game but he had questions and that day God responded.
 
Picture 4:
Was in downtown Los Angeles during an event at Convention Center, this guy stood around and watched…..walked inside….came out again…..stood around…..walked back inside…..came back….then stood around….after a while he decided to talk. All he knew about God was God is love, that day he received the full gospel.
 
 
GOT FIRE????
 
 
 
In the book of Revelation Jesus spoke to seven (7) actual Churches (NOT ages) in Asia and warned each one that they could have their light removed.
 
“….and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent”
 
Five out of seven were told to ”repent” and that was the early Church, how flawed are we today?
 
This post is to encourage and exhort readers to witness and preach for Jesus and DO NOT quench that fire from Holy Ghost be a verbal witness for the King of Kings.
 
Many Christians today are in the witness protection program and keep Jesus to themselves. 
 
 It is a shame a bumper sticker will testify more about Jesus than someone saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.
 
You do not need to raise a banner and use a megaphone like me, but you can wear a Christian shirt, perhaps put something on your car and in doing that, you will find yourself in conversations.
 
Take tracts with you when you go shopping and place them next to objects on the shelves or place them at a gas pump when fueling your vehicle. 
 
 But you need to have them on your person, in your purse or car, ready for use.
 
Do your neighbors know you are a Christian and people at work know your faith or is that only a Sunday thing?
 
There are many ways to evangelize, one way is not the only and right way. There will be a number of those who say their way is the right way, their tracts are more anointed than others and if signs are used, their signs are more scriptural. The method on how they preach is more loving and fruitful. I say just be used the way God wants you to be used in sharing Jesus the Christ in public, keep that LIGHT burning.
 
You do NOT need to be an evangelist as Paul told Timothy do the work of an evangelist.
 
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry”
2 Timothy 4:5
 
You might have another ministry but that should not stop you from sharing your faith. Remember Stephen in the book of Acts, had a ministry to “serve tables” yet he was killed for preaching a very hard, name calling message in public.
 
Do not quench the Holy Ghost and believe God has only called you to preach against abortion or sodomy. 
 
Do not limit the Holy Ghost to one topic and cannot address other matters.
 
The Holy Ghost can use you beyond worship and children’s ministry, IF you do not quench Him. Your flesh will tell you ‘No’ not that, don’t go there, that’s dangerous, those are the places He may want you.
 
Serving God is not a vacation in Cancun but somewhere your flesh would never go because you may be in harms way.
 
I know a number of street preachers who have told me, their wife does not allow them to preach against Islam and stand outside a Mosque. 
 
 Last I read, we are DEAD in Christ and dead men don’t talk, case in point, read what happen to these men of God.
 
Simon-Peter, was eventually martyred in Rome during the reign of the emperor Nero. Peter asked to be crucified upside down, so that his death would not be the equal of Jesus and the Romans supposedly obliged.
 
Andrew, went to Patras in western Greece in 69 AD, where the Roman proconsul Aegeates debated religion with him. Aegeates tried to convince Andrew to forsake Christianity, so that he would not have to torture and execute him. But when that didn’t work, apparently he decided to give Andrew the full treatment. Andrew was scourged, and then tied rather than nailed to a cross, so that he would suffer for a longer time before dying. Andrew lived for two days, during which he preached to passersby.
 
James the son of Zebedee was arrested and led to place of execution, his unnamed accuser was moved by his courage. He not only repented and converted on the spot, but asked to be executed alongside James. The Roman executioners obliged, and both men were beheaded simultaneously.
 
Philip, the first of Jesus’ disciples, became a missionary in Asia. Eventually, he traveled to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, where he was scourged, thrown into prison, and crucified in 54 AD.
 
Bartholomew supposedly preached in several countries, including India. In one account, “impatient idolaters” beat Bartholomew and then crucified him, while in another, he was skinned alive and then beheaded.
 
Thomas preached the gospel in Greece and India, where he angered local religious authorities, who martyred him by running him through with a spear.
 
Matthew: According to legend, the former tax collector turned missionary was martyred in Ethiopia, where he was supposedly stabbed in the back by an swordsman sent by King Hertacus, after he criticized the king’s morals.
 
James the son of Alphaeus was elected by his fellow believers to head the churches of Jerusalem, was one of the longest-lived apostles, perhaps exceeded only by John. At the age of 94, he was beaten and stoned by persecutors, and then killed him by hitting him in the head with a club.
 
Thaddaeus was crucified at Edessa in 72 AD. Simon the Canaanite preached in Mauritania on the west coast of Africa, and then went to England, where he was crucified in 74 AD.
 
John was the only one of the original disciples not to die a violent death. Instead, he passed away in Patmos after being boiled in his old age, sometime around 100 AD. And so many cannot make the time to acknowledge God because they are too busy.
 
And lastly, Jesus told His disciples those men who gave everything up to follow Jesus, to confess Him before men and IF they deny Him, He will deny them.
 
 
Do you still have the same zeal you had when you were saved or has that fire been put out?
 
THE LOOK!!
 
 
Need to see a visual of Ezekiel 3:8-9
 
“Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house”
 
 
Why would God want watchmen to get that game face on and preach to those rebellious people and not go out with a smile, hugging sinners and giving out water and just saying ‘God love you.’