What a stressful day today in the streets of Jerusalem where four of us went out and did street evangelism. Two of the men did open mic preaching and the women did more one on one evangelism and prayer. We passed out many Hebrew, Arabic, and English Bibles and prayed with many lost. The Jews in one of the five locations that we preached met us with great opposition, but thankfully no one was seriously hurt.
One of the street evangelists from India was pushed down to the ground and kicked in the chest twice. I think most of us were spit and cursed at, and at every location the police eventually escorted us out. One man tried to ram me and the Indian preacher with his electric wheelchair. He was severely agitated to hear the message of Yeshua Ha Mashiach and His New Covenant. I will never forget his beet-red face screaming profanity at us. Finally the police escorted HIM away.
What the LORD wanted us to experience this afternoon were the great personal risks of carrying the Gospel message. He wanted us to understand that many lives would be touched, but the message would also anger many… I didn’t hear anyone scream “blasphemers!” but many got right in our faces and store owners called the police. We were very careful not to go back to the places that we were escorted out of and peacefully moved on to the next locale.
I spent much time reflecting on the apostles and what they endured as we were out today. I even contemplated the Stoning of Steven, which occurred approximately 1/2 mile from where we were. The disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and had courage and zeal to profess that Yeshua was the Son of God, about His resurrection, repentance, and salvation. They obeyed the Gospel call and knew the associated risks.
I pray that every time any of us go out and speak on behalf of the Messiah and the HOPE that we have in Him, that we are bold and courageous and do not cower to fear and scare tactics. We must be willing to count the cost when we go to the harvest fields and be filled with the JOY OF THE LORD who is our strength and our shield. It really is a great blessing to serve the LORD anywhere that He calls us, amen?
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.
Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?