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.

We are the light of the world!

Piedmont Park is one of the darkest neighborhoods were in right now. The way the enemy has gripped this neighborhood is truly disturbing. Young men and women with so much potential are deceived, bound and blinded by the darkness in alarming numbers.

If we are the light of the world and if their are thousands of believers in this city how can conditions like this exist? Maybe we to have become deceived, bound and blinded.

As we approached this neighborhood in the early evening a few police cars were just leaving, people were out on the street in numbers and obviously something was going on.

As we started to talk to people they looked at us like "what are you doing here" and some even said "this isn't a good time." Well I believe we were right on time. The enemy had drawn all these people out of their homes to see a fight, and now they were going to see and hear about the kingdom of God.

We got to minister to at least twenty people as we made our way around, and what the enemy meant for evil God was using for good.

One thing I've noticed is even our very presence in a neighborhood changes the atmosphere and even the behavior of the people. Many times people are convicted and try to hide their sin or apologize for what their doing as we love on them with the gospel.

The neighborhood is a circle of about 50 buildings and as we approached the end their was a group of about 15 people getting out of control. We kind of nudged our way into the middle of them and just declared that "Jesus is King and His kingdoms on the earth". 

As we began to pray and share with people, one woman pointed out a 13 year old boy very drunk and stumbling around. Very heartbreaking to see this culture being past on to the young kids. This women wanted prayer for deliverance from a spirit of addiction.

We  prayed and broke the spirits power. When we were done she tried to light up a cigarette, well, her lighter wouldn't work at all. You should have seen the look on her face as she said "I didn't mean cigarettes, just alcohol." Awesome Jesus!!! this really got her attention as we shared the reality of God's power.

As we were leaving it was almost dark and things were getting crazy again with people coming out of their homes. As we drove off 7 police cars and 1 ambulance came racing in. It felt as though the host of angels we brought in with us were leaving with us and the darkness was again taking dominion.

The light in us is more powerful then we think, if we continue to let it shine the kingdom of darkness doesn't stand a chance!

 Let us with cheerful courage boldly take the land!

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