Matthew 10:7-8

As you go, preach, saying, "the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Stirring the embers

I have much empathy for backsliders having been one for 8 years in one season of my life. One of my favorite things on outreach is when we meet one who's in that place of indecision and warfare, because we know what it's like. The joy is when we can help one come back to the Lord.

Tuesday night at Colony Place we approached six people hanging out on a porch. As we preach the gospel of the kingdom they slowly left one by one until only one was left, a backslider named teeyan. 

He had been away from the Lord for a while and had gone very far into sin. He was in that place of wanting to live for God but  feeling like he had gone to far into sin. We strongly encouraged him that if he had the desire, it's not to late. It's God who puts that desire in us.

It felt like we were rescuing a drowning person trying to convince him to grab the life line. After about 15 minutes he finally began to reach for it and respond to the Lord.

By the time we were about to leave we all joined hands in a circle and he was actually praying for us. As we all continued to pray you could sense the embers in his heart beginning to burn for the Lord again.

Lets continue to pray for him as he's about to face some more critical decisions in his life. Awesome Jesus!

On our way out we stopped to encourage and pray for some of our people. They shared with us what God's been doing in their lives this week thank you Lord!

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