I am currently enrolled as a student in what I think is a most wonderful curriculum, The Urban Ministry Institute. I chose to share my class experience, (GOD’S WONDERFUL GRACE) with the guys living in the homeless shelter during evening chapel. There were several reasons as to why I made this decision.
First: The large majority of my chosen audience was guys who have momentary given up life’s struggle. Men whom for various reasons have decided to fight no longer, succumbing to the seductive lure of drugs, alcohol and guilt. Guys who have been deceived by the Enemy into believing there is no hope.
Second: I also at one time was a client in the same homeless shelter. I knew these men personally, sharing food, crimes and drugs. I too at one time was deceived by the Enemy into believing the lie of hopelessness.
I stood before the men and boldly declared the salvation of the Gospel and it’s saving grace. Before them I boldly preached of how I am compelled to share with the world how Yahweh has had compassion on me and how he has broken the death grip of Satan. And even more important, they too through faith and belief in our LORD and SAVIOR can become heirs to the kingdom. I shared of GOD’S great mercy and how he is pleading with every sinner to come to him and be forgiven. I read from Isaiah 1.18 where the LORD extends this invitation to the sinner:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
Snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
I was well received by my peers and I felt like a servant of GOD preaching salvation to the poor and downtrodden. Many came to me after chapel and expressed how happy they were for me. I prayed with them that they might understand that this grace is not just for me but that it is free to all believers willing to confess in the LORD CHRIST.
“Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the LORD
hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
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