Tonight, I may have had my own plans to preach the Word of God from the street corners but the Lord had different plans. Though my desires were good He gave me over to others in need. As Kevin and I went out this night, I felt so encouraged to be led by the will of God. Not my own desires but His. I can only do so much by myself but am able to do miracles with the Holy Spirit in my life. We walked down 8th street, on our way to a corner to pass out tracts when I saw a homeless man. We had gotten some muffins from the coffee house for free and handed them out to him and other homeless around us. We knew they needed food desperately so we did what we could for their sake. I pray that more people will ache inside when they see homeless. May there be more people that see their struggles and do something to help them. Even a bottle of water can go along ways. While talking to this gentlemen, I encouraged him to seek God first and then He will be able to see the hand of God in his life. God knows the struggles he is going through and just wishes he would come to him in his brokenness. I prayed that God would be with him and give him strength. The next homeless man needed money for a friend of his. She was in desperate need of being evicted from her home. After much time of talking and lifting him up, I asked that his prayers would continue not only for himself but for her. We then prayed for them both that God would direct their paths.
As we walked, I felt compelled to sit down and talk with as many homeless as I could. I felt so bad for them and just hoped to lift them up. There was a group of teenagers, sitting with the homeless, in which I asked them if they read the Bible. They said it had been a while since they read and gone to church. I encouraged them to find a good Bible believing church and to read God’s word often. I then asked if I could do a Bible study with them. They thought it was interesting for me to ask but said yes. I then asked them if they had a Bible, in which one of them did and one didn’t. So I gave a Bible to that young man. We then proceeded to read from John 1. How Jesus is the 2“light of men”. 2“That all men through him might believe”. The young man followed along, while the other listened. It was amazing to read and encourage everyone around me to come to Jesus for light and direction. Next to them was another homeless I decided to sit next to and talk with about God. She said she believed in God differently. How the earth and her dogs were her gods. The way she was raised, people shunned her because of her parents. It was hard for her to believe with so many people ridiculing her. I was sorry this had to happen to her. I then lifted up our Father in heaven and Jesus, the Son of God. That Jesus came to save us from our sins. He is for everyone, no matter their lifestyle. I then asked if she had a Bible, in which she did not but wanted one. So I raced to my car and grabbed one and delivered it to her. She was so encouraged to finally read the Bible again.
Upon coming back and delivering the Bible to this homeless lady, I read from Proverbs 3. How God teaches us to 1“write them upon the table of thine heart” His commandments. In this we 1“find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man”. How we ought to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”. And lastly, 1“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil”. I encouraged her to seek the Lord often. To not dwell in sin but be made righteous through the blood of Jesus. This evening was surely a gift from God. Its purpose was to listen to others. Lend an ear and bear each other’s burdens. For those that are suffering, lift them up to God for peace. God encouraged me to share the Word of God with them. His words would give them the comfort they need. I could only say so much but His words have the power to change their lives.
Let us pray:
I pray that everyone I met this evening felt uplifted and at peace. I pray that their sorrows might be lifted. There are so many people in need of love and I am grateful, Lord, that You brought me here tonight. It was Your love that came from my heart into theirs. I can do nothing but what You do for my life. Thank You for using me for Your kingdom. May the seeds of this harvest be nourished and bring forth much fruit. Lord, make ready a new generation of believers that have a heart to serve You. Break their hearts that they follow You deeper. Find rest in my heart always. I love Your presence. I love seeing lives change because of Your love. I trust in You Lord. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Proverbs 3:1-7 (KJV)
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
2John 1:1-9 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.