I wholeheartedly believe in divine encounters. I had one this afternoon as I was at a stop light. There was a young man standing on the corner holding a sign that said, “Just Hungry”. My heart ached. I almost never carry cash but today I had a little. I know people say never to give out cash to people on the street but I don’t care. I wanted to treat that man with dignity and respect. I rolled down my window and he came over to my car. He was fully coherent. I didn’t detect any alcohol and at that moment he definitely wasn’t under the influence of any other drug. He was tall, had long dark hair, and a beard. He could have played a role as Jesus in a church Easter production. As he said “God bless you” his open mouth revealed missing teeth. I looked him in the eyes and said, “Do you know how much Jesus loves you?” He smiled and said, “Yes ma’am. With tears in my eyes I said “I’m so sorry you’re in this situation but I know Jesus loves you.” I asked him his name and told him mine. I said, “Bobby, I’m going to be praying for you.” He thanked me several times and I said goodbye as the light changed to green. I have no idea why that young man is in that situation. A lot of people say they’re just taking advantage, or that they’re going to buy alcohol or drugs with the money. It’s not for me to judge. It’s for me to love and pray. I am praying for his salvation and for God to send other people across his path to minister to him. God has a destiny for Bobby.
My entire life I’ve dreamed of traveling to other countries. I’ve longed to stand on the top of majestic mountains and take in the views as far as my eyes can see. So far, that hasn’t happened and I’m okay with that. Each time I see something on TV about another country or see a beautiful view I think about how much I would love to see it in person. For years my immediate prayer is, “God I don’t care if I ever see that as long as I can see You face to face and know You more intimately with each day.” If I had to pick one scripture as a theme for my life it would be Exodus 33:11, Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. In fact, ministers that didn’t even know me have quoted that verse while prophesying to me. Today as I drove away from Bobby I could sense in my heart the Lord saying, “You just saw My face in Bobby.” We all know the verses in Matthew 25:37-40 (Message) “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to Me.’ When I sensed what the Lord was saying to me, it meant everything to me. God longs for us to know Him intimately. Part of that is being His hands and feet on the earth. It’s knowing His heart and not wanting to pass by those who are hurting. I can’t think about Bobby without crying. It’s God’s heart that longs for him to be saved, healed and whole.
We pass by people like Bobby all the time. They aren’t holding the sign that says, “Just Hungry” but without Jesus they are desperately hungry. They are lost and on their way to an eternal hell. If you’re like me you desire to please God, and to know Him more and more. Intimacy with God is found in fellowship with Him, worshiping Him, reading His Word and reaching out to His children. I pray that each one of us will take every divine encounter that comes our way. It’s been almost 9 years since God spoke the following to me. As I was thinking about Bobby He brought it back to my remembrance. I may or may not see Bobby again on this side of eternity but I believe he will fulfill his God given destiny.
Step Out and Reach Out
August 26, 2006
Acts 10:38 (NLT) And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
Don’t you know the same anointing that was upon Jesus is upon you? Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit AND power. I have anointed you, My precious child, with the Holy Spirit AND power, also. Purpose in your heart to do good everywhere you go. Step out with boldness as you have never done before. Be willing to do what I impress upon you to do and you will see tremendous results. You will see things with your eyes that you’ve imagined for years. Do you want to see people get out of wheelchairs? Do you want to see supernatural healings and deliverances? Do you want to see people made every way whole? Step out in faith and watch what My anointing is capable of doing. Lift up your eyes to the harvest; it’s all around you. People all around you are in great need of the Answer that lives within you. People need My love. Would you rather have the approval of man or My presence? Would you rather have a powerless Christianity, all comfortable and free of inconvenience? It’s your choice. You get to decide. Do you want My Spirit without measure? As you yield to the promptings of My Spirit, I will increase and you will decrease. I’m waiting for you, My child, to step out with the holy boldness of someone who trusts Me. Step out with the holy boldness of someone who knows the power, love, goodness, and mercy of their God. Step out with the holy boldness of someone who knows that I’m longing to use them. I’m longing to pour My love and power through you. You have to step out like never before. Do it regardless of the inconvenience, disapproving looks, and fear, and I will manifest Myself in and through you. Step out of the four walls of the church building and reach out to My lost children I’m so desperately longing for. I promise I will use you. I’m relying on you, My child. You cannot fail, for I am with you. There are times you will be rejected, but Jesus was rejected too. Step out and reach out because of your heart of love for Me and the lost and dying multitudes. Time is so very short, My child. The end is near. Eternity is closer than you realize. I want My children with Me. As you step out and reach out, I will step in and take over with My glory. The signs, wonders, and miracles that I’m going to pour out in the grocery stores, your workplaces, restaurants, and everywhere you go, will be because you’re stepping out and reaching out. Everywhere you go, begin claiming souls for My Kingdom. Look for special opportunities to do good. As you do good, I will open doors of ministry and then My glory will manifest. Don’t be afraid to lay your hands on people and pray. People are afraid to do this for two reasons: the fear of man or fear that I won’t show up. The answer for this is very simple: Get over your fear. Do it afraid if you have to. Get over your fear of man. Get over your fear that I won’t show up. I promised a mighty outpouring of My Spirit in the last days, so don’t be afraid. I’ve anointed you with the Holy Spirit and power. You can trust Me to do that which I’ve promised to do. Once again I say that, as you step out and reach out, I will step in and take over with My glory.