By Melissa Fisher, itinerant minister on Patricia King’s team
Congratulations! You are in the army of the Lord! It doesn’t matter if you enlisted or were drafted; you’re in!! A part of this privilege is to reach out to others as much as we can. Time here is short and there are so many that need to know the Lord!
Recently, I was thinking about the “Y2K” incident that had so many people in fear. During that time people thought all their money would disappear, that the stock market would crash, that the world would end etc. Personally I was unsaved at the time and thought the world would end. In fact, my mom told me the world would end in the year 2000. Seriously, I was worried. What’s more, I did not know what to do about it. No one preached the true gospel to me. No one ever approached me to tell me about Jesus’ love. In fact, the college I was going to at the time had preachers that would roam the campus and tell everyone that they needed to repent or go to hell. Now, even if I wanted to do this “thing” called repent, what did that really mean? Even if I knew what that meant, I am not sure I would go up to the mean guy yelling out words of curse over me to do it. Call me crazy.
What is interesting, is such a time is upon us again. Many think the world is coming to an end in the year 2012 (according to the Mayan calendar). The big difference between now and 2000 is prosperity. In 2000 the whole of America lived in a certain level of wealth and blessing. Today, that is not the case. People no longer have the security of their money and this has taken fear to a whole new level. What does this mean for the body of Christ? Harvest time!!!!
I have said it in a few of my previous blogs and I will say it again, it is an Isaiah 60 time! When the world get’s darker and more uncertain we get to be the ones to “arise, and shine” and provide solutions! This is a time to start going back to those friends, neighbors and family members who once did not want to hear what you had to say about Jesus; many of them will have developed a “listening ear”. This is a time to start offering hope to the ones who have not heard and this can be done ANYWHERE; not just on a formal mission trip, but right where you are on a daily basis.
Recently, I was doing an outreach in a mall and me and the group I was with drew pictures and wrote scriptures to give to whomever God highlighted. It was an amazing success! I made a “formal invitation to the heart of God” (half picture/half writing) for someone and when I found her not only did she say it made her day, but she had just been diagnosed with Lupus. I got to pray for her healing and it was an amazing testimony to her daughter who was with her. It was truly a God encounter. Another of our team ministered to a store worker who broke down into tears because she was so in need of a touch from the Lord. Another ministered to a lady cleaning the table who also broke down in tears because of the level of love, honor and appreciation that was released.
People need to hear from God and God needs you to be the vessel. You can do it! You do not need a major prophetic word or to know someone’s address and birth date in order to be effective. All you need is the genuine love, and compassion of the Lord and you are well equipped. If you will yield to Him He will do the rest. By the way, today is great day to start! Go and let His perfect love flow that will cast out the fear of this lost and dying world. Again, YOU are in the army of the Lord!!