I come to you today humbly and broken to confess my weaknesses. Though I am broken and weak God has proved Himself faithful to His word.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I also come with an exhortation and to provoke you to love and good works. It is my prayer that you will accept this today.

What is the greatest giant in our life? Fear? Lust? Greed? Anger?

God is the biggest giant

God is the trump card of our life. It doesn’t matter what giant we may be facing—addiction, lust, guilt, lying, failure, invading armies, whatever—God trumps our giant. He will always trump the giants—every single one of them. But we can so quickly forget that He is there.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong IN THE LORD, and in the power OF HIS MIGHT. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11

I wanted to share how God humbled me and encouraged me during this trip to Las Vegas. The first day I set out to evangelize on the strip I was gripped with fear. I had walked 2 whole miles and was so nervous and afraid that I did not handout a single gospel tract, nor did I speak to a single person. I was so upset with my self and ashamed of my weakness. However, I did leave a few tracts here and there when no one was watching. I kept praying asking God why this person who can so boldly stand at an abortion mill and preach on the street corner is so gripped with fear in Las Vegas.

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” Galatians 6:3

You see God was disciplining me. He knew that I was falsely relying on myself and He removed His strength from me. He also began to teach me and restore me. That night I ran into a street evangelist who holds a sign that says “Trust Jesus” and waits for people to talk to him by the Bellagio. I spoke to him for several hours and he greatly encouraged me. He gave me three books he had written and so far I am impressed with his understanding of scripture and I have found no fault in him as is prevalent in many of today’s street evangelists. I did not confess my fears to him that night. I was still ashamed of my weakness rather than glorying in my weaknesses and His strength.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast IN THE FAITH, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

The next night I was scheduled to meet with Ronnie who I ended up spending the remaining nights preaching with. The local abolitionist society referred me to him so he asked me instantly if I wanted to start preaching. He was expecting a bold abolitionist street preacher. I was terrified. I explained to him my condition and how I had been ashamed before God and pleading with Him to give me strength and courage.

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? HOPE IN GOD, for I shall again praise Him For the help OF HIS PRESENCE.” Psalm 42:5

Well needless to say God came to my rescue as I surrendered my fears to Him and He lit a fire in me to take home to Nashville. Watch the videos below and judge yourself what God can accomplish through weak and feeble people such as ourselves. Our strength and boldness comes not from ourselves but from Christ in us. This was even true of the Apostles, it is true for all men and women who choose to live a life of faith in God, trusting in His strength and His power and His wisdom and His knowledge.

“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31

“….but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea andSamaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

See what I needed to learn was not to rely on my previous experiences of boldness and courage but to continue to rely on Christ in me at the moment and His promises. You see I had previously placed my trust in Christ during my evangelism and street preaching but this time I was putting my faith in my previous faith. This is NOT Biblical faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

 

Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him. “It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. “It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him. (‭Daniel‬ ‭2‬:‭20-22)

How much wisdom does God have?
All wisdom!

How much power does God have?
Quite a bit of power? Most power? Almost all power? No, you know those answers don’t even come close. Daniel 2:20 declares that He has all—ALL—power.

Hear the wise words of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

“There is no better way of giving a proof of the truth of the Gospel than that we should “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,” than that we should triumph and prevail.

To live aright is difficult, and when we see someone who is succeeding, someone who can stand against the enticements and insinuations of evil, someone who is not carried away off his feet by the popular thing, someone who remains steadfastly for truth and for everything that is worthy, we are greatly encouraged. It undoubtedly has a great effect on those who are looking on.”

You can put on the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, and strap on the cleated boots of salvation—but if you aren’t first “strong in the Lord,” (Ephesians 6:10) you’re going down. You will be defeated, and the giants in your life will use you for a football.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Apply your faith today. Establish in your mind  and in your heart the immutable power of God and His sovereignty. Pray He grants you the power and ability to establish this foundation deep within your being that you may not be of those who shrink back.

“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. BUT M Y RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:35-39

You may listen to this today. You may think it a wonderful testimony. But will you apply it and be edified by it? Will you examine yourself today or will you wait for God to discipline you like He did me? I have always told my children that there are two ways to learn, the easy way and the hard way. Being disciplined by God is not pleasant at the moment.

“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” Hebrews 12:11-13

This is my exhortation to you today. Walk by faith, not by sight. Lean not on your own understanding. Affirm in your mind and your heart before God that you serve Him – the absolute and sovereign God who has revealed Himself in Scripture.

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25

Faith without works is dead

“The people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32

I can not tell you how edifying this trip has been and how glorious it has been to boldly proclaim Gods truth to these people despite all my weakness and faults.

Here are the videos from this trip.