BE inspired by the true story about a rough Brooklyn neighborhood that gets transformed. A man transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he would soon lead. He walked around the church grounds for 30 minutes while it was filling with people. Only 3 people said hello to him, most looked the other way. Looking hungry, he asked people for change to buy food, he only got looks of disgust. Clad in rags, he was told by the ushers that he needs to sit in the back of the church. He said hello to people but was greeted with cold stares by Christians who were judging him. He listened to the church announcements and he watched people around him continue to stare and make him feel unwelcome. The elders of the church went to the podium to introduce the new pastor. The congregation stood up and looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The guy they shuffled to the back of the church began to walk down the aisle.
All the applause stopped and the church was silent. With all eyes on him….he walked up the altar and reached for the microphone. He stood there for a moment and then recited elegantly, a verse from the bible….“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for Me.’ After the pastor read, he told the congregation what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and bow their heads in shame. “Today I see a gathering of people here but I did not feel the presence of Jesus. The world has enough people that look the other way. What the world needs is disciples of Jesus that will follow His lead, and do what He says. He then dismissed service “Go out and humbly present Jesus to the poor, the sick, the lame, the rejected…as Jesus did. When Pastor Jim began preaching there were about 20 members, it grew to over 10,000 members through soup kitchens, and bible studies for the hungry. Great Audiobook reveals details that include transformation, deliverance and revival. “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” by Jim Cymbala. The website of this church will amaze you with fabulous discipleship resources.
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Oh Father God, King of the universe we worship Thee for Thy words of promise and for the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. Bless us Lord with Your continued mercies. The temptor comes to destroy our faith in the victory of Jesus. As pilgrims on the narrow road, we are not yet fully sanctified, but we are fully equipped and justified by Thy grace. We desperately need Jesus to forgive us any measure, any inkling of doubt. Thank You Jesus for Thy constant intercession that we might be effective in our quest to bring Thee glory. We are emboldened with the gifted authority to exercise the miraculous dunamis power within us. Lord thank You for revealing Thyself to us with conviction as needed. We rightly receive conviction as Thy assurance of our salvation. We believe that there is no condemnation as we operate through Jesus Christ. Give us dreams and visions as we need … bring us back to the cross with thanksgiving. Thy amazing supernatural Ways are perfect. Draw us to the throne of grace, deliver us from pride. In the Jesus mighty name we ask the Holy Spirit for continued discernment that we may choose to repent of doubt and return to the Lover of our souls fully restored. We are here Lord use us for Thy glory. AMEN ❤️
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