Good Morning All,
We are so blessed to share with you all what happened this last Sunday!! Our church is just about 3 months old and it has been so wonderful to watch the Lord bring in those people into the church to join with us to bring the LOVE of Christ to the community, and this is exactly what happened on Sunday! There are about 14 of us that attend church regularly and we all did our part in arranging an outreach to the AA & NA groups that meet in the church building during the week. When they got out of the meeting Sunday, we had Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips and Sodas waiting for them. We put a sign out front saying FREE FOOD, so people who walked or ride by came and stopped in to eat. We then had a great service with a couple new faces who stayed and then…………….
What happened next will always stay with me!! After service we took about 125 hot dogs and went under the bridge where about 50-100 homeless people live! As we pulled up all eyes were upon us. Pastor Rick said a couple of words and we began giving out hot dogs…. One lady hugged me and said thank you, I haven’t eaten in 2 days……….
When you experience something like this your whole view of things change! Sometimes we are so focused on what we lack, we don’t realize how much we truly have, till you see someone that doesn’t have hardly anything.
We know of another place in St Petersburg where there are even many more homeless people living and we are believing that the Lord will show us how we can bless and minister His Love to them!!
ARE YOU HANDS OPENED OR CLOSED?
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Sometimes we are so focused on our need or our lack we don’t realize we have something in our hand that will bless someone else!!
And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God
As God is our provider we need to listen to him and be that vessell fit for the masters use!!
As you read the following scriptures it is very evident that God will take care of the poor and the needy, that His heart is ever turned toward them.He hears their cries and sends help? Are you willing to be the vessell he uses to bring them the answer?
For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
What is God telling us to do??
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
What benefits and harvest do you receive when you follow Gods word on this subject?
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Passage Isaiah 58:7-8:
7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.
I hope that these scriptures have opened your eyes and your hearts to see our Fathers heart in these situations.
God Bless you as you go out and allow God to use you in mighty ways to provide for others!!