Here are two stories that I received by e-mail on Tuesday (24th January 2012), that challenge us all … to step up and out …
These stories demonstrate that we can all do this walk with God in radical obedience and touch people’s lives dramatically “as we go” … where ever we are … by stopping and listening and acting …
They will challenge the “mature of faith” to step up into it and encourage “the new” to give it a go …
These stories are from a new friend who, with her husband and family, have quickly embedded themselves deep into my family’s hearts … they, as a family, have been deeply impacted by God, especially in the last week or two, and are now stepping out in radical obedience as they listen to God’s heart and His promptings…
My friend writes:
So many amazing things have been happening for me I have to share a few with you.
I went to church 2 weeks ago at OLA, I saw a lady that I knew a long time ago. She looked very unwell, was in a wheel chair and had lost her hair. I felt so strongly I needed to pray for her, so I did. While I was praying I got messages to tell her, I so wanted to approach her and tell her so many things but I could not find the courage. Two weeks passed and it has been on my mind everyday, I have prayed for her and have still felt strongly I needed to speak with her.
Yesterday I downloaded music (Isi de Gersigny) “You are Beautiful”, I followed what I was being told to do and just went with it. I got in the car and drove to her house which is so very very strange as I did not have the address but I found her. I knew that she lived around P… Street, E Street, maybe S Street but had no house number. God took me to her home. I didn’t even ring the door bell I just stood there and her husband opened the door and invited me in. He said he remembered me and sees me at church which I was surprised.
He turned the tv off and together the 3 of us sat and prayed. I told her what I needed to tell her, she wept and her husband told me what I said was exactly how he felt towards his wife. That she is beautiful, an angel in the eyes of God. He put the cd on and she held my hands as the tears flowed.
I left feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, her husband thanked me for coming, I felt no embarrassment just peace.
Later the same night R and i went to the supermarket. While collecting the groceries I saw in the corner of my eye a lady shop lifting. I questioned why did God just allow me to see that, what am I supposed to do with that information. I wandered through the supermarket asking for guidance, asking God to help me make the right decision.
Going through the register this same lady was in front of me, she was very thin and had the appearance and energy of someone who was struggling with life. Her grocery items came to a total of around $75, she opened her wallet to pay. I stepped forward (R was thinking what are you doing D, but did not say a word). I looked at the lady and said “i do not want you to get in trouble, but I saw what you did”. I asked her to return the goods onto the counter and i would pay for her shopping. She reached into her top and pulled out the stolen item (a big block of cheese). Her eyes filled up as she told me it was survival that made her do it and that she didn’t really want to and felt terrible. I paid for her shopping. We then stepped to the side and held hands and prayed, she looked me in the eyes and said you have my word I will never ever ever do that again. She raised her arms in the air and wept as God touched her heart. Rick and I left the supermarket, got in the car and felt that “too drunk to drive feeling”. We sat quietly and thanked the Lord for creating the unspoken mutual understanding that R and I both have that will allow us to step forward and help others knowing that I have R’s full support and vice versa that he has mine.
Thank you for giving me the strength to follow my heart.
I think that these two stories say it all …
It’s time for the Army of God to rise forth … It’s time for the goodness of God to be revealed … Its time for us all that believe to enter into the fullness of our destiny as laid down lovers of a good God …
It’s time to walk as a fully authorised Bride of Christ, where ever we go, what ever we do, because …
God IS Good!
How much is missed by our busyness? There are opportunities everyday if we just open our eyes to the world around us. There was a lady when I was an intern a long time ago who wold go around town and pray as she was led. She prayed all over the place and God used her to make a difference in lives. Great stories..thanks for sharing.
Congratulations, your blog has been nominated for The King of Kings Friendship Award. See my blog at http://237blessed.wordpress.com/ for further details.
🙂 You may already have been nominated for this award (if you haven’t then you should have been). In any case I hope you accept this as another token of encouragement that you are doing wonderful work in the Name of our Father and Savior. Walk in His Goodness forever
Hi 237Blessed I have not been nominated for that award and I am very touched that you would do so! Thank you very much! We are still away on holidays so I will be able to set it up when back … Having a beautiful beach holiday in Aussie style 🙂 A friend has been praying with me on those prayer assignments … We will keep believing and standing in agreement with you! Many many blessings, God is Good!
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P.S. thank you again for the encouragement … it really does make a difference!
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smile. gr8. Does ur friend attend Bethel Church in Redding California?
No she lives here in Melbourne Australia around the corner from me 🙂 BUT she loves many of the speakers our church has had out from Bethel, Redding, Califormia
My DNA sings with joy at Bethel teaching!
Much of what I have learnt is Bethel influenced!
My friend has chosen to step into who she is like so many Christians are around the world!
God is awakening His army to rise forth and release Heaven on Earth! As I sense you do! 🙂
Oh ok. I am also influenced much by Bethel. Thats why i asked. Ok. Cool.