Archive for April 2011

1) Eyesight miraculously restored 2) Do people really get saved on the streets?

April 20, 2011

1) Eyesight miraculously restored

2) Do people really get saved on the streets?

1)  I’ve been able to share Christ with people on the streets recently not just through healing and prophetic evangelism, but through what has been termed “presence evangelism” where people can encounter God’s love through His tangible manifest presence as they receive prayer. I never want to debate the reality of Jesus Christ with people, I believe that is fruitless, but when you get God’s heart of compassion for people, for their eternal destiny and their temporal needs, God can use you as a vessel to reveal who He is, and how much He loves them. When people encounter God’s manifest presence, their heart will be open for you to share what Jesus did for them.

I met one man in town last week who is wheelchair bound as a result of his left leg being partially amputated. I shared about The Father’s love and spoke out prophetic words that touched his heart. I asked him about any physical needs and he told me that he had pain in his chest as a result of bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, and a painful leg. I told him to expect heat on his chest, and as I prayed he confirmed that God’s presence touched him, and the pain in his chest went away. He also testified that his breathing was improved.  I asked him if he wanted to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. After he had prayed to accept Christ, he told me that he wanted to come to our next church service. He invited me to his house to pick him up to go to church that evening. I went with a friend, Darren to see him. We met his mother and sister. We were able to pray with his mother. He then told us that he had close to no vision in his left eye. We prayed for him there and then. Immediately he told us that his vision was much better. He has now been coming to church, and received a bible, and wants to live the rest of his life for Christ.

A few days later he confirmed much improvement with his leg, his breathing, his chest, and his vision. He went to see the doctor who was amazed by his improved vision and leg. He told his doctor that Jesus had healed him! Here’s a question. Is it possible that his leg and foot could grow back? Yes, and I believe he has the faith for it too . I did pray for his leg to grow back. He felt tingling, but we haven’t checked to see if there’s any growth yet. Have amputees received miracles in history? Yes, one of the most famous being the story of a man without a foot having shoes purchased for him by Smith Wigglesworth as an act of faith and the foot growing back overnight. In His glory realm, where faith works through love all things are possible with God. Consider John 14 verse 12 and Romans 8 verse 19. Greater works revealing Jesus Christ must manifest through His church in the end days.

2) Do people really get saved on the streets?

If someone prays to receive Jesus on the streets are they truly saved? It is one thing to make converts, quite another to see the fulfilment of Matthew 28 verse 19 where disciples are made. Any form of evangelism, whether it be on the streets or in crusades can see people accept Christ gladly, but if people do not make Jesus Lord as well as Saviour and there is lasting fruit then frankly that person cannot be saved ultimately. in 1 Corinthians 6 9-10 we see a list of people excluded from Heaven. If someone accepts Christ, but there is no repentance, no change then the seed of salvation is lost. The parable of the sower ( Mark 4, Matthew 13, and Luke 8 ) of Jesus tells us that the gospel is a seed that needs to be watered or it can be lost. When we get born again Holy Spirit comes to live in us. He refreshes us and waters us to make us grow as we yield to Him. We become dead to sin, dead to the old as we are made alive in Christ. God looks at the heart.  People can be saved before they have found a church, but if they do not get plugged into a church then they are living below God’s best for them, and the seed can be stolen because there is no accountability. We were not made to be isolated. Yes salvation is a work of grace and not based upon our works ( Ephesians 2 verse 8 )  but there needs to be some evidence that we are Spirit filled believers.

It has not been straightforward to see people that have been converted on the streets come to our churches and become disciples, but when God transforms a city or region with breakthrough revival and an outpouring of His glory that can change very quickly. Nonetheless people need to go to church where they can enjoy good relationships that nurture and encourage a deeper walk with God.  As we see from the gospels discipleship is about relationship. Jesus required His disciples to give up everything, and follow Him. In return, they entered into joyful fellowship with Him, and were taught by Him. Disciples must be teachable, and need The Word and The Spirit to flow symbiotically in their lives. If someone receives a miracle on the streets Jesus has been revealed to their hearts. If they receive Christ they should be encouraged to keep in contact with the person who prayed for them because many people can feel reticent about going to a church where they don’t know anyone.  If that’s not possible then it is important not to be discouraged, and know that good seed has been sown. We all have a mandate to fulfil Matthew 10 verse 8 as a demonstration and proclamation of the gospel of The Kingdom regardless of other mountains of influence we are called to.  We are all called to heal the sick. We may not always see people we have witnessed to come to our church. They might go to a church where they have a Christian friend or family member who has been praying for them for years, and we have just been there to reinforce what God is doing to draw them to Himself. We could be just one piece in the puzzle, but an important piece nonetheless. Also, as we pray for people and God comes, I believe it can cause a shift in the atmosphere over a town, especially when in conjunction with prayer and fasting for a move of God where we live. When His Kingdom comes, there is a shaking, and transformation occurs. Of course it is wonderful when people do get born again and come to our church and are open to being discipled, something that all new believers need. I have been blessed to see this  happen on several occasions,  but would love to see more people knowing the ongoing glorious transforming power of The Holy Spirit for a lifetime and not just for a day. I believe that as we contend for strategic divine appointments we will see more converts become disciples. We are moving into a season of harvesting harvesters. Yes it’s preferable to invite people that we know to church because most come in that way, but there are many who have no believer in their circle of family, friends, and work colleagues, so who will tell them about Jesus unless we do? Yes there are other mountains of influence to reach people for the gospel besides signs, wonders healings and miracles but consider this. What happens when these increase through His church? The potential cannot be underestimated.

In conclusion, I believe that people do get saved on the streets. It happened in the book of Acts. It’s happening today. Divine appointments are there for us all. Let’s always remember that it is God who brings the increase though, and pray for the harvest:

1 Corinthians 3 6-7  “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.7. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.”

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