STRENGTHEN AND HOLD UP THE CITY
This week has been great. As we wind down our last few days here, we have accomplished a lot. In fact, more than we expected.
We came here this week on this missionary trip to accomplish two things. (1) To provide a blessing for one of GOD’s youngest servant by treating my granddaughter to a trip to Disney. (2) We were here on assignment for Christ – to enter into a region we did not know in order to pray over this city/state concerning the things that was on the heart of the LORD. We were primarily here to do what we all are supposed to do as Christians, what we all are called to do, which is to “... go and make disciples of all the nations.... Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you....” (Matthews 28:19-20).
PHILIP, THE DEACON
Like the deacon Philip in Acts, chapter 8, who obeyed the voice of an angel, when the angel of the LORD told him to travel south and go down to the city of Samaria. Philip obeyed and made a special trip, even though he DID NOT know where he was heading. He was open to the call and he headed in the direction he was given although he did not have all the details ahead of time. He still went where the angel sent him, which resulted in his ministry being expanded and him achieving great success. Philip was so successful on his missionary tour that even the apostles – Peter and John, later had to go down to Samaria to help Philip expand the teaching work about Christ in the region (Acts 8:5-17; 26-40).
OUR FLORIDA TRIP THIS MONTH
Similarly, how the LORD spoke to the hearts of my minister partner and myself about taking this trip to Florida several months ago. Initially, this trip started off as just a family vacation to surprise and treat my granddaughter to Disney. Then a month or two later, all that craziness started to happen with the leadership at Walt Disney whose corporate meeting footage were leaked to the public about their agenda to indoctrinate our children with the LGBT agenda. My ministry partner and I were enraged by this, to the point, we both were in the process of cancelling our trip with our travel agent and request for a refund. Or at least, plan a trip to a different location.
But right before we did so, an angel of the LORD intervened and spoke directly with Felicia. Instructing her not to cancel the trip because the LORD had plans for us upon our arrival there. For months, that was the only instruction we had, which was what Felicia received from that angel. It was not until the week of the trip, just a few days before our departure, that we received updated instructions from that same angel of the LORD.
The week before leaving for our trip, we got together with certain members of our ministry team and prayed and fasted for 3 days together concerning our trip. It was during that time that same angel of the LORD returned and informed me that the LORD has called us HIS missionaries to the nations. To go wherever HE calls us to go. To preach whatever HE says preach. To teach and witness to whomever He points out to us. To say whatever the LORD says say.
And the LORD did just that in many ways, in the least places I expected. For instance,
We all have to be mindful that the church is not called to preach to a church building and the people in it. But to the streets, in the city halls, to the homes of the people, on the highways and byways. We are commanded to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of the LORD everywhere we go or should I say, everywhere the LORD sends us. We are to mimic Deacon Philip in the book of Acts who not only went south to preach based on the word of an angel. But he even “... found himself farther north...” as “... he preached the Good News... in every town along the way....” (Acts 8:40)
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