Dec. 23, 2021

How To Stay Engaged on the Sidewalk

How To Stay Engaged on the Sidewalk

Ministry in front of an abortion center can be intense. As we’ve talked about in the past the spiritual warfare can be overwhelming. However, there are times when ministry in front of the abortion center is boring and you don’t really feel like you’re having an impact. In this episode, we talk about how to stay engaged on the sidewalk even in those times when there’s not a lot of interactions.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.120 --> 00:00:03.839 We think about the rapture in the blast of the trumpet when Jesus Returns. 2 00:00:03.960 --> 00:00:08.189 But what if it's a boring day on the sidewalk of an abortion center? 3 00:00:08.429 --> 00:00:11.669 Nothing's going on, you're thinking, Oh Gosh, why I'm even here, 4 00:00:11.830 --> 00:00:16.230 and all of a sudden you hear the trumpet blast and Jesus Returns. We're 5 00:00:16.390 --> 00:00:20.390 better to be found right and standing in front of an abortion clar yeah, 6 00:00:20.550 --> 00:00:23.460 I mean can the with the son of man when he returns? Will he 7 00:00:23.539 --> 00:00:29.420 found faith on the earth? Not? Will he find excitement and enthusiasm and 8 00:00:30.339 --> 00:00:33.460 you know somebody that can argue a good point with a pro board, but 9 00:00:33.500 --> 00:00:38.890 will he find faith? I Am Yours, I am yours, I am 10 00:00:39.170 --> 00:00:44.369 yours. And Me, Lord, I am yours, I am yours. 11 00:00:44.850 --> 00:00:49.969 I'm welcome to the Gospel Center Pro Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, 12 00:00:50.600 --> 00:00:55.000 encourage and challenge you in pro life ministry and always were the focus on 13 00:00:55.039 --> 00:01:03.679 the Gospel. Stay tuned. I felt show passish, touch your heart, 14 00:01:03.469 --> 00:01:14.909 use me love. Hey, they're welcome to the Gospel centered pro life podcast. 15 00:01:15.829 --> 00:01:19.939 We are here with WHO? I'm here with Daniel Parks, who, 16 00:01:19.420 --> 00:01:25.019 Yay, is back in Charlotte. Yes, happy to have him back and, 17 00:01:25.980 --> 00:01:32.140 as always, this subject which was one that kind of arose from practical 18 00:01:32.260 --> 00:01:36.930 things we experienced while being out on the sidewalk. One of those is is 19 00:01:37.530 --> 00:01:42.769 that there are many times when you see nothing happening, no fruit, apparent, 20 00:01:44.209 --> 00:01:49.000 apparently no fruit you yourself or in a position where there's not many women 21 00:01:49.359 --> 00:01:53.640 coming in and out, no one's talking to you. Frankly, it's boring. 22 00:01:53.640 --> 00:01:59.400 Yeah, and so how do we stay engaged during those times? Because 23 00:01:59.439 --> 00:02:02.430 those times are going to come where there's not a parent action and I think 24 00:02:02.469 --> 00:02:07.189 it is very we just we have lost people. I no doubt they've told 25 00:02:07.270 --> 00:02:13.310 me we've lost him because they're bored. Yeah, which kind of boggles my 26 00:02:13.469 --> 00:02:16.460 mind. But I think because I do have the perspective of being out there 27 00:02:16.500 --> 00:02:24.219 for many years and it's never boring for me, and I hope that we 28 00:02:24.419 --> 00:02:30.889 will give you an idea of strategies in this podcast for how you can stay 29 00:02:31.009 --> 00:02:35.250 engage. So that really isn't the thought that comes in your mind. I'm 30 00:02:35.250 --> 00:02:38.250 so bored, right. Yeah, yeah, I mean most people are thinking 31 00:02:38.289 --> 00:02:42.969 about especially if you haven't ever been out to an abortion center and you're thinking 32 00:02:42.969 --> 00:02:46.039 about going out there, your concerned probably is like I'm going to be overwhelmed 33 00:02:46.039 --> 00:02:50.039 because they're going to be so much stuff coming. There's going to be you 34 00:02:50.280 --> 00:02:53.240 hear US talking about these pro abortion people out there yelling at you. You 35 00:02:53.560 --> 00:02:57.439 maybe got the women coming into the abortion centering droves and you thinking that's going 36 00:02:57.479 --> 00:03:00.509 to overwhelm you. And all this stuff is happening in certainly that can be 37 00:03:00.629 --> 00:03:05.030 the case. Yeah, but there are also times when there's not a whole 38 00:03:05.110 --> 00:03:09.229 lot going on. Yeah, there's no real interactions with anybody. Maybe the 39 00:03:09.270 --> 00:03:13.060 parking lot's kind of barely full, or maybe it's really I mean there are 40 00:03:13.060 --> 00:03:15.780 days where the parking lots really full, when there's just no engagement, no 41 00:03:15.900 --> 00:03:20.340 one stopping and talking right, no one's even cussing you out. Yeah, 42 00:03:20.580 --> 00:03:24.979 and so there are times when it's just there's a temptation at least, or 43 00:03:25.060 --> 00:03:29.770 you're just bored. You're just you feel like you're just standing on a sidewalk 44 00:03:30.449 --> 00:03:32.689 in in front of a building and there's not a whole lot of act that 45 00:03:32.770 --> 00:03:37.210 things happening. And you know, could be the position that your team has 46 00:03:37.289 --> 00:03:40.289 placed you. And we do have positions that I guess are technically more boring. 47 00:03:40.439 --> 00:03:45.840 There just they're up the street cars may or may not stop for the 48 00:03:45.919 --> 00:03:50.520 people, and so they will have long periods of time of just zero interaction 49 00:03:50.560 --> 00:03:54.039 and they don't see a soul. So what what do we do? And 50 00:03:54.520 --> 00:03:59.189 I do want to make the point that first of all, we admit it's 51 00:03:59.229 --> 00:04:02.870 not easy. It is not easy when you're not in getting any kind of 52 00:04:03.069 --> 00:04:08.830 traction, you're not getting any engagement with anyone. And and all of us 53 00:04:08.870 --> 00:04:12.099 want to be heroes, I think bottom line, we do. We want 54 00:04:12.139 --> 00:04:15.659 to be a hero before God, we want to be used by God and 55 00:04:15.860 --> 00:04:18.980 and we want to be where the action is. And I just I want 56 00:04:19.019 --> 00:04:23.980 to say it is okay to desire that. But what do you do when, 57 00:04:24.569 --> 00:04:27.529 in the article that I put out, I said when, when the 58 00:04:27.810 --> 00:04:31.610 sidewalk ministry in your area is more of a slog than a jog, in 59 00:04:31.769 --> 00:04:35.970 other words, it's just it? And there are some whole areas sometimes, 60 00:04:36.009 --> 00:04:42.480 I mean there are some of our sidewalk missionaries that really are in a very 61 00:04:42.519 --> 00:04:47.040 quiet, small abortion center where it's hard to reach the women. Yeah, 62 00:04:47.279 --> 00:04:53.629 and they really do have minimal interaction. Yeah, I'll tell you, sometimes 63 00:04:53.670 --> 00:04:58.310 it's well, for me at least, it's easier when it is loud and 64 00:04:58.750 --> 00:05:01.790 rock us out there and I'm getting yelled at by pro boards. Then when 65 00:05:01.790 --> 00:05:05.709 there's nothing going on, yeah, and I'm up the street holding a sign 66 00:05:05.750 --> 00:05:11.060 or offering literature and there's no engagement, it's like yeah, for me that 67 00:05:11.980 --> 00:05:15.420 that's a time of testing. It is, and by God's grace of pass 68 00:05:15.540 --> 00:05:23.170 the test, I've learned to be faithful. I'm not sure how practical we're 69 00:05:23.170 --> 00:05:26.089 going to get in this, but I'll get real practical right now, okay, 70 00:05:26.850 --> 00:05:30.410 and just say sometimes I'll put my air pods in and I'll listen to 71 00:05:30.569 --> 00:05:34.839 some preaching, I'll listen to the word of God and I'll pray. Yeah, 72 00:05:34.959 --> 00:05:38.319 now I'll keep my eyes open, of course, when I'm praying and 73 00:05:38.879 --> 00:05:42.160 I'm ready. If there's somebody that's going to stop and take my information, 74 00:05:42.240 --> 00:05:45.079 I've got it in hand. I'm ready to go. And I think the 75 00:05:45.199 --> 00:05:49.389 main point of this, of this article and of this podcast episode is going 76 00:05:49.430 --> 00:05:56.829 to be to they focused and really you being there is obedience to the Lord 77 00:05:57.069 --> 00:06:00.310 and it's important that you're there. You're holding up a standard of truth, 78 00:06:00.709 --> 00:06:04.339 you're shining a light in a dark place, even if there's not a lot 79 00:06:04.379 --> 00:06:11.139 of activity there, and the moment that someone approaches you or that someone who 80 00:06:11.779 --> 00:06:16.540 needed to hear your word. When they're there and you're there and you engage 81 00:06:16.620 --> 00:06:24.449 with them, it is all worth every moment of of no interaction. I 82 00:06:24.529 --> 00:06:31.810 will tell very briefly story that just happened where woman's was called me and was 83 00:06:31.879 --> 00:06:39.480 very upset, in fact suicidal post aboard of and said that had there been 84 00:06:39.519 --> 00:06:43.720 anyone on the sidewalk when she went to kill her baby in an abortion, 85 00:06:44.399 --> 00:06:48.230 she would not have and and now she deeply, deeply regretted it. And 86 00:06:49.310 --> 00:06:55.389 that story went. It was so sad, but it really pointed out to 87 00:06:55.470 --> 00:07:00.189 me the necessity of us being there and if we're not there through the boring 88 00:07:00.269 --> 00:07:03.540 moments as well or the less exciting moments as well, we might not be 89 00:07:03.740 --> 00:07:09.019 there when women like that show up. And then who is going to speak 90 00:07:09.339 --> 00:07:13.180 on behalf of of her, of her baby, and Pointer Back to God? 91 00:07:14.019 --> 00:07:16.449 So some of the practical things I do, because you're right, Daniel, 92 00:07:16.529 --> 00:07:24.769 this is more almost like the philosophical underpinnings of how you endure ministry when 93 00:07:24.889 --> 00:07:27.569 a whole lot is in going on. But one of the practical things I 94 00:07:27.730 --> 00:07:31.720 do I also pray. I I also will read scripture on my either on 95 00:07:31.800 --> 00:07:35.839 my iphone or I'll I've got my Bible sometimes with me, not always. 96 00:07:36.439 --> 00:07:40.839 But one of the other things I do is I pace, I walk back 97 00:07:40.959 --> 00:07:45.870 and forth, and that keeps me moving, just the fact that I'm moving. 98 00:07:45.910 --> 00:07:47.750 First of all, it saves my back. It hurts to stand still 99 00:07:47.790 --> 00:07:51.750 for three hours and I think that's true of not only old people but also 100 00:07:53.509 --> 00:07:58.980 but also very young and it's still hurt your back. So I'm always doing 101 00:07:59.220 --> 00:08:05.060 something and and I'm trying to focus on God at God while doing that. 102 00:08:05.660 --> 00:08:09.379 But that does help me. That helps me rather than just standing there, 103 00:08:09.379 --> 00:08:13.810 yeah, waiting for something to happen. But I do think, looking biblically, 104 00:08:16.050 --> 00:08:18.370 is there anyone in the Bible that we could look at who had a 105 00:08:18.490 --> 00:08:24.209 ministry that maybe could be described as not a whole lot of action happening and 106 00:08:24.329 --> 00:08:28.240 kind of boring and in some ways, the Ministry of Jeremiah? Yeah, 107 00:08:28.240 --> 00:08:35.159 it fits the built. So Jeremiah ministered for forty years and saw almost no 108 00:08:35.320 --> 00:08:39.919 fruit. Yeah, almost none. He spoke to people who ignored him or 109 00:08:41.000 --> 00:08:45.669 they did do things exciting like throw him into assister and and, you know, 110 00:08:45.789 --> 00:08:50.669 and and wait for him to like drown in the mud or or starve 111 00:08:50.750 --> 00:08:52.710 to death. So there were moments that were, I guess, exciting for 112 00:08:52.789 --> 00:08:58.700 him, but a large part of his ministry was just speaking to people who 113 00:08:58.139 --> 00:09:03.100 ignored him. Yeah, who didn't listen to him. Yeah, proclaiming the 114 00:09:03.220 --> 00:09:07.460 Truth and not really getting a response from the people. Yeah, now I'll 115 00:09:07.500 --> 00:09:13.289 say all the Bible tells us, and Second Corinthians five or seven, we 116 00:09:13.450 --> 00:09:16.009 walk by faith and not by sight. Yeah, great, first a lot 117 00:09:16.090 --> 00:09:20.129 of times we want to see the results of what we're doing. We want 118 00:09:20.129 --> 00:09:24.679 to see that their interactions. Think was John Wesley, great revivalist preacher in 119 00:09:24.919 --> 00:09:30.600 England who actually even came to America, who said he would much rather someone 120 00:09:31.080 --> 00:09:33.200 be cursing him, spitting at him and throwing things at him, because at 121 00:09:33.200 --> 00:09:37.720 least he knows that they hear what he's saying. Yeah, then someone to 122 00:09:37.759 --> 00:09:39.269 ignore him. And I think that's the same for us as we're out there 123 00:09:39.309 --> 00:09:43.470 on the sidewalk. But we have to remember, and I'm going to say 124 00:09:43.509 --> 00:09:46.789 this and I hope for you guys listening it, it actually will sting a 125 00:09:46.830 --> 00:09:50.629 little bit, okay, because it's intended to you're not out there for you 126 00:09:50.110 --> 00:09:54.460 right, you're not out there to feel needed. You're not out there to 127 00:09:54.539 --> 00:09:58.740 feel important, you're not out there just to engage people. You're out there 128 00:10:00.460 --> 00:10:01.860 because God called you to be out there. If indeed he did call you 129 00:10:03.100 --> 00:10:05.659 to be out there, and I believe that that he did, if you're 130 00:10:05.659 --> 00:10:09.129 out there, yeah, and so think of it in those terms. Let 131 00:10:09.129 --> 00:10:13.169 that sting you a little bit. You're not there for you. You're important, 132 00:10:13.450 --> 00:10:18.250 you're made in the image of God, you're Christian, you belong to 133 00:10:18.289 --> 00:10:22.240 him, you're important to the Lord Right, but at the end of the 134 00:10:22.279 --> 00:10:24.279 day, you're not out there because you're important. You're out there because God 135 00:10:24.480 --> 00:10:26.720 called you to be out there. Out there to shine a light, and 136 00:10:26.799 --> 00:10:31.240 I just want to inject also just a little bit of faith. Maybe this, 137 00:10:31.559 --> 00:10:33.320 hopefully this, will help you. I think it will. Again, 138 00:10:33.320 --> 00:10:39.070 we walk by faith and not by sight, and if we believe, and 139 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:41.669 I do believe that, as believers, we are a city set on a 140 00:10:41.750 --> 00:10:46.190 hill, we are a light. Jesus said, you're the light of the 141 00:10:46.230 --> 00:10:50.259 world. You have a light that you're shining whether whether people are looking at 142 00:10:50.299 --> 00:10:52.779 that light or not, or appear to be looking at that light or not, 143 00:10:52.820 --> 00:10:56.779 you're still shining a light. You're standing there in faith believing that God 144 00:10:56.059 --> 00:11:01.059 is honoring what you're doing. Listen, faithfulness is tested not when it's fun 145 00:11:01.139 --> 00:11:05.330 and exciting. Faithfulness is is tested when it's not fun and it's not exciting, 146 00:11:05.370 --> 00:11:09.009 when things are kind of boring. Right. Faith is tested when we're 147 00:11:09.049 --> 00:11:13.450 in the desert, we're in the valley, our faithfulness to the Lord and 148 00:11:13.570 --> 00:11:16.570 what he's called us to. But again, I want to encourage in your 149 00:11:16.610 --> 00:11:20.480 faith that, even though you don't think anything's happening out there on the sidewalk. 150 00:11:20.519 --> 00:11:26.679 A story that I share oftentimes is a story of a friend of mine 151 00:11:26.799 --> 00:11:31.039 who, in this was I mean probably I think twelve years ago or something, 152 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:33.870 as I remember, but a friend of mine. We were it was 153 00:11:33.950 --> 00:11:37.990 one of those kind of boring days with not a whole lot was going on 154 00:11:37.149 --> 00:11:41.470 on the sidewalk and a friend of mine named Brett just to at it. 155 00:11:41.549 --> 00:11:45.669 He was going to pace the sidewalk and just pray. And this brother knows 156 00:11:45.710 --> 00:11:48.379 how to pray and say he's not just praying like quietly to himself, although 157 00:11:48.379 --> 00:11:52.779 if you do that that's fine. I think it's past that that he's prying 158 00:11:52.820 --> 00:11:56.100 out loud. He's pretty but there's no outward nothing happening right, nothing really 159 00:11:56.139 --> 00:12:00.580 going on. Right. Well, we find out, like I don't know 160 00:12:00.659 --> 00:12:05.090 how, how many weeks or so later, that actually a young lady inside 161 00:12:05.090 --> 00:12:07.409 of that abortion center was in the waiting room and she peeked out of the 162 00:12:07.450 --> 00:12:09.809 blinds. I don't know if you sometimes, if you look at the abortion 163 00:12:09.850 --> 00:12:13.330 center on Latrobe and you look at the blind sometimes you'll see the blinds come 164 00:12:13.370 --> 00:12:18.279 open. You'll see just like a little gap in the blinds got I've recognized 165 00:12:18.360 --> 00:12:20.639 that now. Back then I didn't, but you paying attention to that. 166 00:12:22.080 --> 00:12:24.600 But apparently she did that look through those blinds. She saw him out there 167 00:12:24.639 --> 00:12:28.320 on the sidewalk praying and that's what encouraged her to choose life. She said, 168 00:12:28.320 --> 00:12:31.789 I knew that guy was praying for me and for my baby, and 169 00:12:31.909 --> 00:12:33.429 she chose life. She got connected in some way. I don't know all 170 00:12:33.429 --> 00:12:37.309 the INS and outs of the story. That was one of those kind of 171 00:12:37.350 --> 00:12:39.909 boring days and he just decide, you know what, I'm out here, 172 00:12:41.470 --> 00:12:43.549 there's death going on in there, this is a dark place. I'm going 173 00:12:43.590 --> 00:12:45.899 to shine the light. I'm just going to pray. Right. So what 174 00:12:46.059 --> 00:12:48.779 was he doing? He was walking by faith and not by sight. We 175 00:12:48.860 --> 00:12:52.940 could have packed it up and said, you know what, there's nobody's listening 176 00:12:52.019 --> 00:12:56.059 to us. Let's just knock the dust off off of our feet and let's 177 00:12:56.059 --> 00:13:00.610 just go on. Yeah, we didn't do that that day, praise God. 178 00:13:00.730 --> 00:13:03.649 Yeah, we decided to. He decided to pray and to press and 179 00:13:03.850 --> 00:13:09.409 walk by faith. And I'll say it's helpful again, practically speaking. This 180 00:13:09.570 --> 00:13:13.840 is why we say if you're going to volunteer, it's good to have kind 181 00:13:13.879 --> 00:13:16.120 of a set time. If you're organizing teams on the sidewalks, good to 182 00:13:16.120 --> 00:13:20.279 have a set time. For us it's three hours, nine to twelve. 183 00:13:20.000 --> 00:13:22.879 I think it's really helpful because when you get into those boring times, at 184 00:13:22.879 --> 00:13:26.840 least you have a time. Okay, I'm going to be here until twelve 185 00:13:26.879 --> 00:13:31.230 o'clock, whether I see out results or not. And if you're maybe the 186 00:13:31.309 --> 00:13:33.549 team lead is given you a particular position to stand in and it's a boring 187 00:13:33.629 --> 00:13:37.629 position. Press into that, be faithful, to stay that three hours, 188 00:13:37.990 --> 00:13:41.940 and I might even just intentionally put my flesh in check by saying, okay, 189 00:13:43.100 --> 00:13:46.139 I'm supposed to be here till twelve, I'm going to stay till o 190 00:13:46.379 --> 00:13:48.340 one, right, just to tell my flesh, yeah, you're in subjection 191 00:13:48.419 --> 00:13:52.220 to me. I'm going to stay by faith. So again this want encourage 192 00:13:52.220 --> 00:13:56.370 you guys. Like God's doing some stuff. You never know what God's doing 193 00:13:56.409 --> 00:13:58.690 behind the scenes. Like that story I shared. There are women that come 194 00:13:58.769 --> 00:14:03.289 to the abortion center. They're driving up to you know, wherever you're at 195 00:14:03.850 --> 00:14:05.769 on that that road, you don't see it, you don't know about it, 196 00:14:07.009 --> 00:14:09.210 but they see you out there praying. They see you out there just 197 00:14:09.289 --> 00:14:11.519 bored out of your mind, maybe listening to some scripture, but you're out 198 00:14:11.519 --> 00:14:15.000 there praying. They see you and they know why you're out there, and 199 00:14:15.120 --> 00:14:18.720 so they keep driving and you won't find out about that life that was saved 200 00:14:18.360 --> 00:14:22.120 and that mother, possibly who came to the Lord. Maybe she went to 201 00:14:22.200 --> 00:14:24.669 church that next Sunday and got saved. Who knows? Yeah, again, 202 00:14:24.750 --> 00:14:28.710 we walk by faith and not by sight. Yeah, you won't find out 203 00:14:28.710 --> 00:14:31.029 about that story until you stand before the Lord. So encourage you guys. 204 00:14:31.110 --> 00:14:35.389 Be Faithful. God's called you there. It's not about you, it's about 205 00:14:35.429 --> 00:14:39.019 him, and it walk by faith in that here. Yeah. Yeah, 206 00:14:39.100 --> 00:14:43.259 so and and Jeremiah, when he was clearly called by God. He's spoke 207 00:14:43.379 --> 00:14:46.179 with God and God said he was calling him to this ministry and told them 208 00:14:46.179 --> 00:14:50.860 exactly what he was going to do. And Jeremiah even tried. He kind 209 00:14:50.899 --> 00:14:52.690 of fought it. He said, I tried to be silent, but then 210 00:14:52.889 --> 00:14:56.649 in that verse where he talks about being silent, he said it would in 211 00:14:56.809 --> 00:15:00.809 my heart. It becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones. 212 00:15:00.850 --> 00:15:05.009 I'm weary of holding it in. So he did press through that and and 213 00:15:05.490 --> 00:15:11.440 speak anyway. And to your point again, just a couple of days ago 214 00:15:11.440 --> 00:15:16.600 a very similar thing happened. Where we've been out there, of course, 215 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:22.509 sometimes totally ignored apparently, and and we just continue to do our thing and 216 00:15:22.629 --> 00:15:26.990 a woman drove by and stopped who told me that she has just over the 217 00:15:26.149 --> 00:15:31.110 many, many weeks that she had been going to a chiropractor up the street. 218 00:15:31.629 --> 00:15:35.269 She had heard and seen these people, but she didn't know, she 219 00:15:35.350 --> 00:15:37.860 didn't even know what was an abortion center. She didn't know what it was 220 00:15:37.940 --> 00:15:41.019 all about. And said I'm just wondering what's going on here, because I've 221 00:15:41.019 --> 00:15:43.580 been wondering for weeks. I've seen you guys out here for weeks and and 222 00:15:45.500 --> 00:15:48.740 so I told her and then I told her, you know, one and 223 00:15:48.820 --> 00:15:52.289 four women have have had an abortion and here's here's some information that that you 224 00:15:52.409 --> 00:15:58.049 could share. If you ever know someone in a and I'm playing pregnancy and 225 00:15:58.090 --> 00:16:02.289 she started crying and for thirty years she had carried the secret of her own 226 00:16:02.330 --> 00:16:06.679 abortion. This was the first time she had spoken to someone about an abortion 227 00:16:06.759 --> 00:16:08.559 she had thirty years ago, and I was able to point her on a 228 00:16:08.600 --> 00:16:14.399 path of healing. It's because we were there and seeing. So sometimes it's 229 00:16:14.559 --> 00:16:18.230 just you showing up. Is that is what God has called you to do, 230 00:16:18.389 --> 00:16:22.830 and then you know, give the results to him. Yeah, another 231 00:16:22.950 --> 00:16:29.269 thing that that Jeremiah realized as as he was ministering, when the fruit was 232 00:16:29.350 --> 00:16:34.820 seemingly absent, was that the what you what you said earlier. The absence 233 00:16:34.860 --> 00:16:41.019 of visible fruit is not surprising to God and very may well may have a 234 00:16:41.139 --> 00:16:47.490 divine purpose. So so God himself tells Jeremiah and Jeremiah D and twenty seven. 235 00:16:47.490 --> 00:16:49.809 You shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen 236 00:16:49.850 --> 00:16:52.690 to you, and you shall call to them, but they will not answer 237 00:16:52.730 --> 00:16:56.610 you. He's warning Jeremiah. Yeah, but God, all his purposes, 238 00:16:56.730 --> 00:17:02.679 always prevail. He wasn't just doing that, putting Jeremiah in front of people 239 00:17:02.679 --> 00:17:07.240 who would not listen just to frustrate Jeremiah. There was a purpose in that. 240 00:17:07.680 --> 00:17:11.400 JEREMIA didn't discover what that was necessarily until the end. But but there 241 00:17:11.640 --> 00:17:15.789 is a purpose, sometimes even in silence. Yeah, and even in the 242 00:17:15.869 --> 00:17:19.349 lack of the visible fruit. Yeah, absolutely. And again it kind of 243 00:17:19.390 --> 00:17:26.430 gets back to that principle of Jeremiah's call in his ministry was not about him, 244 00:17:26.430 --> 00:17:29.829 right, it was about the Lord. I think of I think of 245 00:17:29.950 --> 00:17:33.380 Noah mmm, who God called to build the arc. And and of course 246 00:17:33.460 --> 00:17:37.539 we know that part of the story, but we don't realize that from the 247 00:17:37.660 --> 00:17:41.819 point that God called him to build that arc and again, a boat in 248 00:17:41.900 --> 00:17:45.609 the middle of a desert, he never seen rain, as we've seen rain, 249 00:17:45.849 --> 00:17:48.890 right. It never seen water in abundant yeah, and the time frame 250 00:17:49.329 --> 00:17:52.490 from when God called him to do that to win it actually reigned was like 251 00:17:52.569 --> 00:17:56.450 a hundred and twenty years. Wow. And this man was called not just 252 00:17:56.529 --> 00:18:02.480 to be a builder of ships but actually a prophet, like he was prophesying 253 00:18:02.880 --> 00:18:07.119 and warning the people that God's judgment was coming. And in the middle of 254 00:18:07.160 --> 00:18:10.599 the desert, watching a man build a boat. Yeah, and you can 255 00:18:10.640 --> 00:18:14.869 imagine the mockery that this guy's under and all this stuff, but for the 256 00:18:14.950 --> 00:18:18.589 most part people were just ignoring the guy. Yeah, but he did what 257 00:18:18.710 --> 00:18:22.309 he did because God called him to do it. He was faithful in it 258 00:18:22.829 --> 00:18:26.619 and God honored him and saved him, not just him but his family, 259 00:18:27.019 --> 00:18:32.140 from the judgment that was to come. Right, Bible says, I'm paraphrasing 260 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:33.779 a little bit because I can't uote the scripture exactly, but Jesus said, 261 00:18:33.940 --> 00:18:38.779 when the son of man returns, will he find faith on the earth? 262 00:18:40.900 --> 00:18:44.410 I want you to personalize that. When the son of man returned. Me 263 00:18:44.490 --> 00:18:45.730 Think about that. Okay, this is this is cool to think about. 264 00:18:47.890 --> 00:18:51.769 We think about the the rapture and the trumpet and the blast of the trumpet 265 00:18:52.009 --> 00:18:55.839 when when Jesus Returns. Okay, the exciting stuff. We can we can 266 00:18:56.200 --> 00:18:59.240 in the air with him, we can debate about when all that takes place. 267 00:18:59.400 --> 00:19:04.039 But what if it's a boring day on the sidewalk of an abortion center? 268 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:07.799 Right, nothing's going on, you're thinking, Oh Gosh, why I'm 269 00:19:07.839 --> 00:19:11.069 even here, and all of a sudden you hear the trumpet blast, right, 270 00:19:12.710 --> 00:19:18.509 and Jesus returns. We're better to be found right and standing in front 271 00:19:18.549 --> 00:19:21.670 of an abortion clear. Yeah, I mean can this with a son of 272 00:19:21.750 --> 00:19:23.900 man. When he returns, will he find faith on the earth? Not. 273 00:19:25.059 --> 00:19:30.700 Will he find excitement and enthusiasm and you know somebody that can argue a 274 00:19:30.779 --> 00:19:33.500 good point with a pro board, but will he find faith? and faith 275 00:19:33.619 --> 00:19:38.250 is tested out when we don't feel like it, when we don't we're not 276 00:19:38.450 --> 00:19:42.170 excited. It's really when faith is tested. And certainly our faith can be 277 00:19:42.289 --> 00:19:48.210 tested in the fire of opposition and all that stuff, but some of the 278 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:52.880 most difficult times of testing for me is when I'm bored, when I'm in 279 00:19:52.960 --> 00:19:56.920 the desert. Yeah, you know, Paul talks about US redeeming the time, 280 00:19:56.359 --> 00:20:00.039 and that's why I would give you guys this encouragement. If you're in 281 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:04.839 that scenario, get some podcasts. They can help you grow in the Lord. 282 00:20:06.000 --> 00:20:08.549 Some messages, some preaching, some things that you can put on your 283 00:20:08.589 --> 00:20:12.190 air pods. Maybe this one. Yeah, yeah, maybe play our podcast. 284 00:20:12.269 --> 00:20:15.950 Why? You have there on the subtle maybe now's the auld. That's 285 00:20:15.950 --> 00:20:18.630 right. You can get caught up on some some episodes of the podcast. 286 00:20:18.910 --> 00:20:22.619 Listening to the scriptures. Redeem the time. But you think about that, 287 00:20:22.740 --> 00:20:26.859 if the Lord returns and you're there on the sidewalk, you're not going to 288 00:20:26.900 --> 00:20:30.460 be sad that you are fade fill in that and I believe God's going to 289 00:20:30.539 --> 00:20:34.299 honor that in either way. The eye of the Lord is in every place, 290 00:20:34.380 --> 00:20:37.890 like he sees you there on the sidewalk. He's with you there and 291 00:20:38.210 --> 00:20:44.210 in you're holding up the light of who he is. The truth of just 292 00:20:44.329 --> 00:20:47.970 your presence is holding of the truth that abortion is wrong. Yeah, to 293 00:20:48.089 --> 00:20:49.599 those who are going inside of that place. And I love that idea of 294 00:20:49.759 --> 00:20:53.440 redeeming the time because that goes right into one of the next things that I 295 00:20:53.559 --> 00:21:00.559 think is a key point that Jeremiah discovered is during that time of waiting, 296 00:21:00.920 --> 00:21:08.230 of apparent inaction, Jeremiah was told to tell the people that they were to 297 00:21:08.430 --> 00:21:11.630 seek the welfare of their city when they were in exile, while they're waiting 298 00:21:11.789 --> 00:21:15.269 to return. Desperately. They all want to return to to Jerusalem, and 299 00:21:15.349 --> 00:21:18.339 he's saying, but you're not, you're not going. You're not supposed to 300 00:21:18.420 --> 00:21:25.420 just sit back and wait doing nothing. Your to build your houses, bare 301 00:21:25.539 --> 00:21:30.980 children, Plant Gardens and seek the welfare of the city. So He's saying 302 00:21:30.779 --> 00:21:36.650 just what your are saying during that time, during the periods of waiting for 303 00:21:36.769 --> 00:21:42.450 the action to begin, redeem that time, use that time wisely and seek 304 00:21:42.529 --> 00:21:47.839 the welfare of the place where you are planted. Yeah, so, whatever 305 00:21:47.960 --> 00:21:53.119 position you're in on that sidewalk, use that time as best as you can 306 00:21:53.920 --> 00:21:59.759 to fulfill what God has put you there to do. There is a purpose 307 00:21:59.960 --> 00:22:04.029 for you and and use that time wisely. Yeah. Yeah, and you 308 00:22:04.109 --> 00:22:10.869 can use that time if you're maybe you're on a busier street just you're not 309 00:22:10.950 --> 00:22:12.670 getting a whole lot of interactions with the abortion center, but there's a lot 310 00:22:12.670 --> 00:22:15.980 of people, foot traffic or whatever that's coming by. Maybe get you stuck 311 00:22:17.019 --> 00:22:19.099 a tracks and just hand out some Gospel tracks. I mean, certainly you're 312 00:22:19.140 --> 00:22:22.619 there because they're murdering babies inside of that building, so you don't want to 313 00:22:22.619 --> 00:22:26.380 lose your focus on what's going on inside of there, but if you've got 314 00:22:26.500 --> 00:22:30.250 some Gospel tracks you can hand out, hand out some Gospel tracks, take 315 00:22:30.329 --> 00:22:33.130 time to pray. Pray for the course, the people going into the abortion 316 00:22:33.250 --> 00:22:37.730 center, the people that work there. But even as cars are passing by, 317 00:22:37.930 --> 00:22:41.529 maybe you see one person you recognize that car. Maybe they're they're the 318 00:22:41.569 --> 00:22:45.880 person that flips you off of every day going to work or whatever. Maybe 319 00:22:45.920 --> 00:22:48.119 they're just somebody that God's put on your heart to pray for. Pray for 320 00:22:48.279 --> 00:22:52.200 that person. Just take that time to spend in prayer. Redeem that time 321 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:56.039 as a lot of ways you can reading that time. Yeah, I will 322 00:22:56.119 --> 00:22:59.710 say this is something I wanted to mention earlier and just kind of get a 323 00:22:59.710 --> 00:23:03.710 little side track. Didn't mention it, but if you've been maybe your team 324 00:23:03.710 --> 00:23:04.910 lead is told you, Hey, I want you to hold this position. 325 00:23:07.069 --> 00:23:11.509 You know, I know in at one of the abortion clinics in southern California 326 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:15.019 there's folks that minister on the Front side of the parenthood building and then there's 327 00:23:15.019 --> 00:23:18.900 folks that minister around the backside, because people go in and out both both 328 00:23:18.940 --> 00:23:22.460 areas. Mostly they come out in the back and in the front side and 329 00:23:23.140 --> 00:23:26.250 you know, maybe on the front side there's not a whole lot of interactions 330 00:23:26.329 --> 00:23:30.650 at the end of the day. You know in most the interactions happen around 331 00:23:30.650 --> 00:23:33.369 the back. The temptation can be, even though you've been asked to be 332 00:23:33.450 --> 00:23:36.130 out in front, is like I'm bored here, so let me go around 333 00:23:36.170 --> 00:23:38.009 back. And for me, because that is a temptation for me, if 334 00:23:38.009 --> 00:23:41.200 I'm maybe up the street a little bit on the trobe and there's action taking 335 00:23:41.240 --> 00:23:45.200 place down there, I want to I want to abandon that post, yeah, 336 00:23:45.400 --> 00:23:48.720 and go down where the action is. Often Times, though, as 337 00:23:48.759 --> 00:23:51.640 soon as I band in that post, as soon as I go around behind 338 00:23:51.680 --> 00:23:52.839 the build instead of in the front of the building where I was asked to 339 00:23:52.880 --> 00:23:57.750 be, inevitably a car pulls up. I'm miss an interaction. Exactly what? 340 00:23:59.269 --> 00:24:02.869 Don't let that be you take take me as an example not to follow. 341 00:24:03.430 --> 00:24:06.990 Stay firm. Now, God has taught me. Stay where you've been 342 00:24:07.029 --> 00:24:08.750 asked to be. Yeah, be there, unless, of course, you 343 00:24:08.990 --> 00:24:11.539 got to go to the bathroom or something like that. Right, but be 344 00:24:11.660 --> 00:24:15.299 there. Be Faithful in that. You can. God will honor that. 345 00:24:15.619 --> 00:24:18.859 Yeah, especially if you're you know you've been asked to be there. It's 346 00:24:18.420 --> 00:24:22.700 they didn't ask you to stay in that position just to be mean to you. 347 00:24:22.819 --> 00:24:26.970 It's because it's a necessary position. So stand firm and what your leadership 348 00:24:26.049 --> 00:24:29.650 is told you and asked you to do and with the Lord has called you 349 00:24:29.690 --> 00:24:32.529 to do, got to honor it. Yeah, that's great and and of 350 00:24:32.650 --> 00:24:34.769 course, one of the most famous verses and in Jeremiah, think it's in 351 00:24:34.769 --> 00:24:37.839 Jeremiah twenty nine, for I know the plans that I have for you to 352 00:24:38.000 --> 00:24:41.200 clears the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you 353 00:24:41.240 --> 00:24:45.160 a future and a hope, and I think we apply that often times to 354 00:24:45.240 --> 00:24:48.519 the people that were ministering to, but I think we also need to apply 355 00:24:48.599 --> 00:24:52.759 it to ourselves. God has a plan for us. In the position that 356 00:24:52.839 --> 00:24:57.589 we're at, we he has planned that are again to to work out his 357 00:24:57.750 --> 00:25:06.670 good purposes and the we should be faithful to trusting him that wherever he is 358 00:25:06.750 --> 00:25:11.700 placed us is where we're supposed to be and something wonderful will happen if we 359 00:25:11.980 --> 00:25:15.059 remain true to that. I know what I tell the people that go up 360 00:25:15.099 --> 00:25:18.299 the street. We often give that example here at the trope. That's maybe 361 00:25:18.500 --> 00:25:21.609 the boringest, yeah, and maybe not, but I actually like it. 362 00:25:21.690 --> 00:25:23.569 It's one of my favorites. But I what I will tell them. As 363 00:25:23.609 --> 00:25:26.930 you may have not a single person stop. You may have zero interactions, 364 00:25:27.089 --> 00:25:30.809 but the one that does is going to be critical because if someone stops up 365 00:25:30.849 --> 00:25:36.920 there, it often is a safe so maybe you're going to wait three months 366 00:25:36.960 --> 00:25:41.200 before it happens, but when it happens it's a really important place for you 367 00:25:41.319 --> 00:25:45.920 to be. Yeah, absolutely. Does you know don't lose sight of that. 368 00:25:45.599 --> 00:25:52.150 Yeah, he's always there. Here is another key point. That God 369 00:25:52.230 --> 00:25:56.150 is there, he's always working and his plan will not fail. and One 370 00:25:56.230 --> 00:26:00.710 day the fruit of faithfulness will be revealed. You know, you said, 371 00:26:00.750 --> 00:26:03.190 well, we walk by faith, not by sight. That is very true, 372 00:26:03.579 --> 00:26:07.940 but one day there will be sight. Yeah, one day it will 373 00:26:07.980 --> 00:26:11.500 be revealed and one day we're going to find out that all those people that 374 00:26:11.619 --> 00:26:17.539 never spoke to us, that still saw us, that there was something planted 375 00:26:17.579 --> 00:26:22.329 in their life that later turned them towards the Lord, so that there is 376 00:26:22.369 --> 00:26:27.849 a hope in a future also, and we will get to see, yeah, 377 00:26:29.009 --> 00:26:33.920 the the results of our faithfulness one day. Yeah, absolutely, and 378 00:26:33.960 --> 00:26:38.759 I think kind of as we wrap this up, another practical tip for you 379 00:26:38.880 --> 00:26:44.319 guys in the practical thing that you can do is encourage each other. Yeah, 380 00:26:44.440 --> 00:26:48.910 because it can be so easy to get discouraged, and a way that 381 00:26:48.990 --> 00:26:52.069 we've encouraged the teams that are under us to do this is to create a 382 00:26:52.150 --> 00:26:57.869 social media group or some way of communicating with each other where you can share 383 00:26:57.869 --> 00:27:04.099 scriptures, you can share encouragements and, you know, maybe you're you're at 384 00:27:04.180 --> 00:27:07.220 one of these kind of boring scenarios you have some of these boring days you 385 00:27:07.259 --> 00:27:11.900 can see what God is doing and some of the other days during the week 386 00:27:11.900 --> 00:27:15.220 or some of the other abortion centers in your city. It's a way for 387 00:27:15.259 --> 00:27:18.410 us to all stay connected in it and it's not easy always to remember because 388 00:27:18.410 --> 00:27:21.930 we deal with our own discouragement. It's not always easy to remember that we 389 00:27:21.970 --> 00:27:26.289 need to be encouraging each other because we want people to be encouraging to us 390 00:27:26.329 --> 00:27:30.359 right. But you know, sometimes we're encouraged in our spirit is lifted. 391 00:27:30.839 --> 00:27:33.880 I can say that way when we lift the spirits of others, when we 392 00:27:33.920 --> 00:27:37.519 encourage others, sometimes we're encouraged and you know, we kind of create this 393 00:27:37.720 --> 00:27:44.869 culture within our sidewalk teams of encouraging each other, of Hey, I see 394 00:27:44.950 --> 00:27:47.269 what you're doing, I see your faithfulness. God sees it, but I 395 00:27:47.349 --> 00:27:49.869 see it too and I'm blessed by it. Yeah, and you know, 396 00:27:49.910 --> 00:27:56.589 I'll say practically speaking and kind of give a shout out actually Elijah, who's 397 00:27:56.630 --> 00:27:59.460 over the window over abortion clinic, which is one of these abortion centers that's 398 00:27:59.579 --> 00:28:03.059 really boring here in Charlotte. It's really hard. It's high traffic area, 399 00:28:03.460 --> 00:28:07.099 the building is far away from the sidewalk right and it's it's really hard to 400 00:28:07.140 --> 00:28:10.819 engage. They do have some engagements from time to time, but it's really 401 00:28:10.819 --> 00:28:15.529 hard to sign. Ministry there is one of the most important. But I 402 00:28:15.650 --> 00:28:21.329 will say just that brother's faithfulness and being there for a long time really in 403 00:28:21.450 --> 00:28:26.049 Charlotte, that kind of has been the hidden the hidden place of darkness in 404 00:28:26.130 --> 00:28:27.799 our city. We all know about pretty see. Yeah, and we didn't 405 00:28:27.880 --> 00:28:32.359 really know that until we had a liesh out there. Yeah, I know 406 00:28:32.559 --> 00:28:36.319 you'd person centers kind of like you know, it's the monstrosity, is the 407 00:28:36.440 --> 00:28:40.519 giant, it's the Goliath, it's mocking the children of Israel, right, 408 00:28:40.720 --> 00:28:44.150 like that story goes. The window is kind of hidden over to the side. 409 00:28:44.309 --> 00:28:47.630 Yeah, and this brother has really been faithful over the past couple of 410 00:28:47.670 --> 00:28:52.670 years being out there, being that standard, that that that light shining. 411 00:28:52.710 --> 00:28:57.500 And I'm telling you, I know practically, but also in faith, that 412 00:28:57.660 --> 00:29:02.059 there are babies, I don't know how many babies that are saved. Yeah, 413 00:29:02.180 --> 00:29:04.460 because of course the signs that are out there, but just his presence 414 00:29:04.500 --> 00:29:07.980 out there and the presence of the team God's build a team, slowly but 415 00:29:08.099 --> 00:29:12.410 surely, out there on that sidewalk. Gosh, we're going to hear when 416 00:29:12.450 --> 00:29:17.130 we stand before the Lord. We're going to hear if babies that were saying. 417 00:29:17.130 --> 00:29:19.009 We're going to hear if people maybe they weren't even coming to the abortion 418 00:29:19.089 --> 00:29:22.730 clinic. Yeah, but we're just driving by and never, never even knew 419 00:29:22.730 --> 00:29:26.039 it was an abortion clinic. Right. But women that are considering abortion, 420 00:29:26.079 --> 00:29:30.880 maybe they're on their way to their job or whatever, and they see elies 421 00:29:30.000 --> 00:29:33.039 out there, they see his team out there, they see the signs that 422 00:29:33.079 --> 00:29:37.319 are out there and they turn away from abortion before they even for they even 423 00:29:37.359 --> 00:29:41.869 really know that they were even planning on making an appointment exactly. And again, 424 00:29:41.910 --> 00:29:45.349 that's that's walking by faith and not by sight, and that brother doesn't 425 00:29:45.390 --> 00:29:48.230 he does it well, and so just wanted to give a shout out to 426 00:29:48.309 --> 00:29:52.579 him because of that as a blessing. It's an encouragement for all of you 427 00:29:52.619 --> 00:29:57.019 guys across the country. You're there, maybe you're one of these abortion centers 428 00:29:57.099 --> 00:30:02.259 like latrobe, where it's crazy and you're intimidated by that and that's getting a 429 00:30:02.259 --> 00:30:04.380 little discouraging, or maybe kind of the opposite end of the spectrum, mirror, 430 00:30:04.420 --> 00:30:07.410 one of these abortion centers where, you know, maybe patients are just 431 00:30:07.569 --> 00:30:11.650 trickling in. There's not a whole lot of places or times where you can 432 00:30:11.730 --> 00:30:18.250 engage with the people going in what God has called you to. Be Faithful 433 00:30:18.329 --> 00:30:22.599 in it. God will honor it. Do it by faith and put it 434 00:30:22.640 --> 00:30:26.359 in God's hands and don't give up. I think the final lesson that all 435 00:30:26.400 --> 00:30:33.319 of us have to remember is don't give up. Don't don't quit because it's 436 00:30:33.440 --> 00:30:37.509 not the exciting, you know mission that that you thought it would be, 437 00:30:37.910 --> 00:30:42.029 or for any reason. Don't give up. Don't quit. Jeremiah did not, 438 00:30:42.829 --> 00:30:47.950 and in the end he he was faithful through all those years, and 439 00:30:48.190 --> 00:30:51.140 that that should be us as well. Don't, don't give up. Finish 440 00:30:51.259 --> 00:30:55.059 the race that God has called you to, no matter what. Yeah, 441 00:30:55.339 --> 00:30:59.099 Amen. Yeah. Well, guys, we appreciate you listening to this podcast 442 00:30:59.140 --> 00:31:02.220 episode. We'd appreciate if you would share this episode. Maybe it will be 443 00:31:02.259 --> 00:31:06.450 an encouragement a challenge for someone. Maybe it's an encouragement and challenge for you 444 00:31:06.569 --> 00:31:07.730 and you know that someone else will be blessed by it. Share it with 445 00:31:07.849 --> 00:31:11.970 your team, if you have a sidewalk team where you serve and reach out 446 00:31:12.009 --> 00:31:15.130 to us if you have questions. Maybe have other subjects you'd like for us 447 00:31:15.130 --> 00:31:18.599 to cover. We'd love to try to cover those subjects. You can reach 448 00:31:18.680 --> 00:31:21.640 me, Daniel at Love Life Dot Org. You can reach her, Vicky 449 00:31:21.720 --> 00:31:25.119 at Love Life Dot Org. And until next time, God bless God, 450 00:31:25.240 --> 00:31:41.589 bless Y'all our love for love. Give me our love for gratitude. I 451 00:31:41.910 --> 00:31:51.299 know it will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious in some you