Prison Doors Opening?
Col 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.
I would ask you dear folks to pray for us ROA missionaries, “… that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ …”. We have no need to wonder what such mystery is, for God has revealed it to us: Col 1:27 “To whom God would make known … this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Christ living in us is a great mystery to the lost, but He living in us is the very enabling to we need to effectively speak forth the mystery. We long for prison doors to open once again that we might speak about Christ who died for our sins, rose from the grave and took up residence in us. This is the mystery of Christ which MUST be proclaimed.
God has opened one door of utterance: we have a one-night, open-air revival service on Thursday, September 10th, at Haralson County Jail, in Bremen, GA. This will be our first revival meeting with inmates since mid-March this year! I’m really excited about it! We also have our annual South Carolina Blitz coming up the first week of October. I’ve been told that the final decision by South Carolina prison officials will be made the first week of September. Please do pray for this great door to open by God’s grace. We normally minister in 10 different prisons with around 100 ROA missionaries and volunteers. What an opportunity to “… speak the mystery of Christ …”!
And please pray for our neighbor. On Sunday afternoon, He told me he won’t believe unless he can see the Lord. I explained to him that God’s way was not to show Himself like he wished for, but rather we must live by faith. I didn’t think of 2 Cor. 5:7 (“For we walk by faith, not by sight”) until after I left. As a Godsend, that Sunday night, our pastor used Psalm 27:13 in his sermon. It says, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” God says we must believe to see, not see to believe. I’ll bring that verse up to Jerry the next time I see him.
I was blessed to preach at the Atlanta Baptist Rescue Mission on Thursday night, August 20th. The Lord gave liberty, touched the hearts of three men, who came forward at the invitation to repent and trust Christ as Savior. It’s great to know that the Spirit of God is still using me, bless His holy name.