At Long Last
Isa 40:29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
I found v. 31 to be experientially true in my life this month. Since mid-March I have been “… waiting upon the LORD …” to give me a revival meeting among the imprisoned. He moved powerfully upon born-again Sheriff Mixon, of Haralson County, Georgia, to allow my colleague Richard P., and me to preach a one night only, outdoor service at the local jail. Security was high that night; the sheriff called in seven additional officers, because the whole jail population was invited to come. 108 inmates, male and female, signed up to come, and 90 showed up; the largest crowd I’ve ever preached to there! This was the first time I’ve ever held a preaching service at a jail or prison where male and female inmates were allowed to attend! The ladies were all seated together separate from the men. They had a shortage of chairs, so many inmates were supplied with army blankets to sit on.
Much prayer went into this meeting, and I feel it was a tremendous success. I preached the first message. The Spirit of God gave me great liberty to preach. Richard P. then brought a convicting message, gave the invitation, with 19 men and women responding in repentance and faith to trust Jesus as Savior. This harvest of souls was all-the-more remarkable because of all the officers who were there; a dozen officers, Sheriff Mixon, and Captain Kirby were in attendance. Usually when officers are standing around in a service, the inmates are reluctant to make a public profession of faith, for fear of persecution. So I thank you for praying for this meeting. It’s unclear if we will be allowed another one, but I can tell you that the sheriff was very pleased with the results. Please pray for those who made profession of faith, that they will act in accordance with their new birth.
I was blessed to preach one night this month at Atlanta Baptist Rescue Mission with our church. There were around 30 men in attendance, and three men came forward during the invitation, and called upon Christ in repentance and faith for salvation. Only God can do these things!