Street ministry is something I have done for years. It has been an enjoyable experience for me because I get a chance to meet people from all backgrounds of life. I’m always asking people “have you received Jesus as your Lord and Personal Savior. Many of them would say, “Well I go to church and I’ve been baptized.” That’s all good but going to church and being baptized alone does not qualify one for salvation. The person goes down as a dry sinner and come up as a wet sinner. If the individual never believed in their heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess Jesus Lord over their life according to Romans 10: 9 and 10, (there are other salvation scriptures as well) the individual is still not saved. I’m reminded of a situation that happened to me years ago. I visited this particular church because I knew something was missing in my life and me not knowing I needed a Savior at the time. At the end of the service the pastor asked the congregation to check with the person next to them to see if they were saved or have he or she received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and if not extend the invitation for them to receive Him. This person who was in leadership position asked me was I saved. I said “I don’t know if I’m saved or not” I said “what do you mean saved”? Sad to say, the gentlemen couldn’t tell me what it meant neither could he lead me to Christ so I left the church lost and confused even the more. There are so many people today who feels the same way I felt years ago. They go to church on a regular basis; they been baptized, sing in the church choir, serve on the usher or deacon board, and etc., but they really don’t know what it means to be saved. The only thing I knew is that I joined the church to become a church member, paid church dues, received prayer, and join the church choir. Nothing wrong with all of that, but we can’t leave out the most important part of the message “Salvation” and there’s no healing and deliverance without Salvation. I was reading a story once where God showed this person in a dream (true vision) that “many people (people who went to church on a regular basis) believed they were saved and going to heaven. The Lord showed the person that some of them had never given their life to Christ. They were being deceived into thinking just because they went to church, sing a song, and listen to a pastor, they would be safe from that place called hell (eternal darkness). Some thought they were saved because they were good people or had given to the needy. In the dream / vision she stood in horror watching people slide off a dump truck into a big black hole. As they fell into the hole they screamed for help as burning and in agony and terror on each face. She turned the other way and looked up to see Jesus with His hand on the shoulder of a man. She somehow knew the man was a pastor. This pastor was very happy because Jesus was taking him into heaven. Just then Jesus turned him around so that the pastor could see the people (the lost souls in the black hole). The pastor’s smile then turn to tears when Jesus said, “these are the ones you didn’t tell the truth about Me when you had the opportunity.” The pastor received Jesus as Lord, but he never extended the invitation to the congregation (flocks). He preached a good shouting sermon but many of the flocks were still lost. They never believe and confess Jesus. Jesus came to seek and saved the lost. Do not assume that everyone in your congregation is saved. You might have visitors who came just for that purpose to give their life to the Lord, but the invitation was not extended. Can you imagine how that person might have felt when they left your church? They felt good for the moment, but as the hour passed the darkness is still there. I encourage you to open the doors of the church for Salvation. I come across too many people who have never confess Jesus as their Lord and personal savior, especially those that go to church on a regular basis.. They all have the same story. Jesus went to the cross that all would be saved and spend eternity with Him. Let’s not His work be in vain! We have been given the same mandate as John the Baptist as he baptize and won many souls to the Kingdom of God. The Harvest is right but the labors are few. My prayer is for God to send more labors into the harvesting field. God bless you. Tamike Brown
TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE STREETS! FREE PRAISE AND WORSHIP CELEBRATION! APRIL 27TH 2019. Young people this is for YOU! Cordele GA near Sunset Homes (aka) the Projects!
John 13: 3–5, 12–14 (NLT) 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. 12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. Jesus came to this Earth to serve mankind and demonstrate how we should live a supernatural life. Even though He worked great miracles, raised the dead, healed the sick and set the captives free, He had no problem washing the feet of His disciples. And do you know what makes you excellent in God’s Kingdom? Is being a servant. Servanthood must be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. Jesus said in Mark 10:45 (NLT) that 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus had no problem taking on a servant role. Jesus was totally committed to the things of God. He put His feelings aside to meet the needs of others. And our Heavenly Father requires us to serve Him in Excellent. The only way you can serve in excellent is that something in you is already excellent by nature and not by definition. And that’s the Holy Spirit. And as a born again believer, excellent is already in you. Psalms 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Everything God did was excellent. Serving God requires you to change your attitude; you have shift the focus from yourself to someone else. It challenges your flesh, but it develops your character. In other words, we have to become God-focused instead of self-focused. We have to be willing to serve God in excellent for the sake of furthering the Kingdom of God. It might be inconvenient for you at time, but be willing to be inconvenient to help someone else. Look for opportunities to help someone else. It’s all about advancing the Kingdom of God and Excellent is on the inside of you and God wants to use you. A servant has a great attitude, and serves the Lord with joy. A servant’s heart is revealed in the little things you do. People of excellence are true to the Word of God, and serve Him first and foremost by being obedient to His Word. When you cultivate a servant’s heart you position yourself for promotion and increase that only comes from God. Daniel 6:3 then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Everything Daniel did was excellent. It was noticeable by others and those in leadership positions. He excel! He did his best! And because he had such an excellent spirit God promoted him above everybody else. Jesus, our greatest champion, Philippians 2:7 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: We should always be asking what we can do for others, rather than what others can do for us. The foundation of Christianity is love because God is love. When we learn to become servants, we build our character and cultivate the love of God in our hearts. God has always shown His love to us through serving us. His excellent act of servanthood was sending Jesus to die for our sins John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This great act of serving mankind is why we, in turn, should serve Him and others. God will not force you to serve Him; the choice is yours. But you have to present yourself instead of waiting for someone to ask you to serve, or for a miraculous sign to show up. If your heart is not willing to serve Him, ask Him to help you in this area. And ask yourself, “Am I living to please God or myself? It’s all about serving Him, the Almighty One. He will never forget what you have done to serve Him and others. By making a quality decision to walk in His love, and put His agenda before your own, you will be an authentic demonstration of the character of Jesus, and reap rewards here on Earth and in Heaven. Selfishness is the mindset that says, “Me first.” But servanthood says, “You first.” Be a servant for the Kingdom of God!
Homosexuality is by no means a recent development. All the way back in the book of Genesis the Bible tells us about Sodom whose men came to the door of Lot crying out “…Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally” (19:5 NKJV). Of course the entire city was destroyed, not exclusively because of this sin, but homosexuality was a part of their overall wickedness. The Law of Moses was explicit regarding what was and was not proper sexual behavior. Among those things that were restricted were: premarital relations (Deuteronomy 22:23-29), adultery (Deuteronomy 22:22), incest (Leviticus 18:6-18), bestiality (Leviticus 18:23) and homosexuality. Here is how the law read with regard to homosexuality: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). The punishment for disobedience to this law was also clear: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surelybe put to death. Their blood shall be upon them” (Leviticus 20:13). After the conquest of Canaan an incident much like that which occurred in Sodom took place in the city of Gibeah. The men of the city surrounded the house of one of its citizens demanding, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!” (Judges 19:22). This bizarre incident led to the man giving his concubine to the men of the city, whom they raped, abused, and killed. This uncontrolled lust led to a national war. Many in the religious world have misunderstood the fact that Jesus never addressed homosexuality directly to be a sanction for its practice in the Christian age. Nothing could be farther from the truth! As proof of this consider two points: 1.) Homosexuality is fornication and 2.) The apostles taught the Lord’s commandments. In Matthew 15:19 and Mark 7:21 Jesus includes within a list of many others sins “fornication” (“sexual immorality” NIV). He draws the conclusion at the end of this list, “All these evil things come from within a man and defile a man” (Mark 7:23). The same word is used in Matthew 19:9 and Matthew 5:32 in which Jesus grants (as the sole cause for divorce) that “fornication” is a justifiable reason to put away one’s mate. The word translated “fornication” is the Greek word porneia. According to Thayer it means “Illicit sexual intercourse in general” (532). The Bible makes it clear that while Jesus was on earth He was in full compliance with the teachings of the Law of Moses (Galatians 4:4, Hebrews 4:14,15 and Matthew 5:19). When Jesus condemned “fornication” He condemned all the Law of Moses defined as fornication, including homosexuality. Further, it is clear that Jesus promised that after His departure the Holy Spirit would be given to His disciples to guide them “into all truth.” (John 16:13). Even when the Apostles taught they could say, “…The things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37). That being the case, it is abundantly clear from the writings of the apostles that homosexuality is condemned. The Apostles’ Doctrine: The book of Revelation condemns “fornication” seven times. Revelation (2:21; 9:21; 14:8; 17:2,4; 18:3; 19:2). The Apostle Paul spoke eleven times of “fornication. (Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 7:2; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3). Further, some of the most clear statements in the Scripture condemning homosexuality are made by the Apostle Paul. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 he includes “homosexuals” and “sodomites” in a list of those who “…Will not inherit the kingdom of God.” In 1 Timothy 1:10 Paul describes the behavior of fornicators and sodomites as that which, “Is contrary to sound doctrine.” In Romans 1:24-27 Paul traces the thinking which leads people into such practices describing it as “vile,” “against nature” (1:26), and “shameful” (1:27). All of this makes it abundantly clear that a person cannot participate in this type of behavior and have any hope of eternal life with God.
It’s very vital that we hit the grounds running this year to reach the lost souls for the Kingdom of God. It’s time to do the “Greater Work” and reach out to those souls that are struggling with a “Crisis Identity” which today is known as homosexuality or the LGBT lifestyle. This is the “Greater Work” we have been commissioned to do. This can be a very sensitive topic for many people to talk about yet along witnessing to them. Even among the Christians in our churches today from the pulpit to the pew, on the job, with friends, family members, love ones, and etc., it can be a very touchy matter to talk about. However, it has to be dealt with. We have to reach these individuals with the Word of God and with the love of God because our Lord and Savior is soon to return. And we have to ask ourselves “WHY” is this such a sensitive or touchy topic to talk about? Is it because we all know in our hearts what the word of God says about this particular sin? Whether you’re a believer or not a believer of God’s Word we know what the bible speaks concerning this sin. Of course sin is sin, but this particular sin brought great damnation among the people of God in Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 19 clearly states what happened to those people in Sodom and Gomorrah that was living this lifestyle. God said if they continue to lust after one another He will turn them over to a REPROBATE mind. (Romans 1: 27-28). Man lusting after man and woman lusting after woman. A reprobate mind is when you believe what you are doing is alright and there’s nothing wrong with it regardless of what the word of God says about it. The enemy wants to kill, still, and destroy the people by attacking their minds. The enemy wants to give them a temporary feel good that will bring about a life time sentence in the pit of hell. He’s doesn’t won’t the people to know the truth of God’s word because he has a plan to destroy God’s people. He knows the truth of God’s word will save them. The enemy knows what the word of God’s says about this particular sin but yet he wants to blind the minds of the people to make them think its ok for man to lust after man and woman after woman. If this sin is not brought “under” subjection to the Word of God it’s going to bring great damnation upon those individuals that are living this lifestyle. When they reject the truth of God’s word they are rejecting to be saved. As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man (Luke 17:26). We have been commission to do the “Greater Work”. This is the “Greater Work” the “Crisis Identity”. This is a deadly corruptible disease and we must give them the truth of God’s Word. We must talk to them about this and show them what the Word of God says about this disease. It’s not acceptable in the eye sight of God, and it should not be acceptable to us to a point where we make the individual think its ok to live this life style. The Word of God tells us to compel them to come. It’s never too late for healing and deliverance. God wants to save them from the destruction that lies ahead. It’s time to go beyond the four walls of the church and snatch these souls out of darkness. If we’re going to reach people for Christ why not reach out to those individuals that are struggling with this sin. It’s a huge population and the enemy continues to spread this deadly disease like wildfire! It’s a big deception to make the people think it’s ok to live this life style. We talk to, laugh with, and smile in their faces every day to make them think they are heaven bound when they are hell bound. If they don’t repent and turn to Jesus for help they’re headed in a direction called “Broad Wide” that leads straight to pit of hell where they will spend eternal life. God didn’t tolerate this sin back then He’s surely not going to tolerate it now. We must do the “Greater Work”. This is the “Greater Work” that we have been commission to do. Jesus said He came to seek and save that which is lost. (Luke 19:10) And when living this type of lifestyle the individual is considered lost. Don’t let the blood be on your hand (Ezekiel 33: 1-11) and (Ezekiel 3:18). Share the Word of God. If you approach the person the right way he or she will listen. If you come to the person with your nose and lips all turned up and ready to crucify he or she they will balk and you just lost a soul. Always walk in the love of God. However, never become comfortable with accepting that lifestyle that will make the individual think its ok to live that lifestyle because it’s not ok. Real love will share Christ with the individual. One of the biggest excused that is used today to keep the Saints from witnessing to these people is that one would say “I’m not judging”. It’s not judging at all. It’s an excuse for sharing Christ with the individual. God Word will stand now and in the end. Give them the Word of God. And we have many modern day Sodom and Gomorrah Cities and Nations in this world today and it’s spreading like wildfire. This is the ‘Greater Work” that Jesus was speaking of In (John 14:12). This is the “greater work” Yes we have to do the greater work. This spirit is running rampant among our family members, churches, nations, and the world at large. It’s contanious! The harvest is so rotten now to a point where we must labor a little longer in the field. Yes, this is the “Greater Work” not the miracles, signs, and wonders you been looking for. It’s the Salvation of these people Souls that is at high risk. It’s a reason why Christ said we will do the “Greater Work” because He knew this would be the one sin that would spread like wildfire and the Saints would be challenged and afraid to witness to. We haven’t yet begin to do the greater work until we reach out to these group of people. All we’ve been doing is scratching the surface preaching to each other and reaching out to the so call already righteous, saved, sanctified, fill with the Holy Spirit, Fire Baptized, and tongue talking believers while this deadly disease is destroying God’s people. The signs of the times let us know we’re on the brink of something and Christ Return is soon. Saints of God someone is waiting for the light of God to show up to set them free. We are the light of the World that represent Christ. In 2019 let’s represent Christ and bring these lost souls into the Kingdom of God. Our God is a forgiven God. He will save their souls from the pit of hell if they repent of their sins and allow God to heal them. We have been “Commission to do the Greater Work! The Crisis Identity! It’s time to get busy Saints! For more information about this crisis identity spirit click the link below that will direct you to the “Overcomer tab”. Blessings!