Nov. 4, 2021

Joy on the Sidewalks

Joy on the Sidewalks

The mininstry at abortion centers is a spiritaully heavy ministry. Abortion centers certainly aren't places of joy. However, as believers in Jesus we can have joy in spite of what is happening in these dark places. In this episode, we talk about how we can have joy and shine forth the joy of the Lord at our local abortion centers.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.600 --> 00:00:05.799 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours. And Me, 2 00:00:06.160 --> 00:00:11.830 Lord, I am yours, I am yours. I'm welcome to the Gospel 3 00:00:11.869 --> 00:00:17.429 Center Pro Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage and challenge you 4 00:00:17.550 --> 00:00:21.699 in pro life ministry and always were the focus on the Gospel. Stay tuned. 5 00:00:23.699 --> 00:00:36.609 I felt show passish, touch your heart. Use Me. Welcome back 6 00:00:36.689 --> 00:00:41.369 to the Gospel centered pro life podcast. We appreciate you guys listening. We're 7 00:00:41.409 --> 00:00:44.850 glad to be able to bring these podcast episodes you guys and help encourage you 8 00:00:44.890 --> 00:00:48.170 guys and your ministry on the sidewalk. And, as always, we want 9 00:00:48.170 --> 00:00:50.799 you guys to reach out to us if you've got questions, if you've got 10 00:00:50.840 --> 00:00:54.960 subject episode and so we'll give you, guys our email addresses at the end 11 00:00:54.960 --> 00:00:57.159 of this episode so that you can reach out to us and give us what 12 00:00:57.240 --> 00:01:02.280 your suggestions are for future podcast or clarification that you might need on other subjects 13 00:01:02.320 --> 00:01:07.590 that we covered other I listen. We're not perfect. Vicki's close to perfect. 14 00:01:07.790 --> 00:01:11.590 Yeah, she's not quite there yet, and so maybe we said something 15 00:01:11.670 --> 00:01:15.829 that confused you and you need clarity on something or whatever. We would certainly 16 00:01:15.829 --> 00:01:21.060 love to clarify that and answer any questions that you have, and so we'll 17 00:01:21.140 --> 00:01:23.659 again. We'll give you our email addresses at the end of this but Vicky, 18 00:01:23.780 --> 00:01:30.420 introduce our topic for today. The I love this topic. It is 19 00:01:30.700 --> 00:01:38.370 talking about where and how, or even do you find joy in sidewalk ministry, 20 00:01:38.609 --> 00:01:45.689 on the sidewalk, and unequivocally I can answer yes, and I think 21 00:01:45.730 --> 00:01:49.920 I have said before on past podcast that when I was going through the hardest 22 00:01:49.959 --> 00:01:53.959 time of my life, which was a period of a few years actually, 23 00:01:53.480 --> 00:01:59.760 I was a sidewalk counselor at the time and I can say with absolute truth 24 00:02:00.359 --> 00:02:04.709 that the greatest joy I found in life was on the sidewalk and I think 25 00:02:04.909 --> 00:02:08.389 that this podcast is going to help people to understand how that could be, 26 00:02:08.469 --> 00:02:13.789 because here you are on a sidewalk where babies are dying by the dozens, 27 00:02:13.870 --> 00:02:15.819 by classroom fulls, every day that you're out there, if you're at a 28 00:02:15.860 --> 00:02:21.379 busy place like we are, and it's a grievous place, there's no doubt 29 00:02:21.379 --> 00:02:25.620 about it, and you're watching some of the deepest darkis sin that is behind 30 00:02:25.860 --> 00:02:29.740 every one of those will not every one of those stories, but behind many 31 00:02:29.860 --> 00:02:34.009 of those stories of the women going into a board, you are facing down 32 00:02:34.729 --> 00:02:38.930 at the gates of hell. It feels like you are standing toetetoe with Satan 33 00:02:38.009 --> 00:02:43.930 himself. Yeah, and how in that kind of an environment, they it's 34 00:02:44.009 --> 00:02:49.199 often physically very difficult three or four hours usually that we're out there, usually 35 00:02:49.240 --> 00:02:57.840 in really extremes of whether. How do you find joy? But but I 36 00:02:57.879 --> 00:03:00.310 would say, I mean go ahead, one of the things up, because 37 00:03:00.310 --> 00:03:04.909 I think I text you about this subject. Yeah, US cover this subject, 38 00:03:04.909 --> 00:03:08.150 as I think it would be a blessing. Yeah, is you just 39 00:03:08.349 --> 00:03:14.539 the need for us to to really shine forth the joy of the Lord at 40 00:03:14.580 --> 00:03:17.099 that place? Yeah, so that we're not just out there. I mean 41 00:03:17.219 --> 00:03:22.900 kind of to me it was like we want to be compelling, we want 42 00:03:22.900 --> 00:03:27.169 to compel, we want we want to encourage the women that are going into 43 00:03:27.169 --> 00:03:29.569 the abortions in a minute there, going into the abortion center, to come 44 00:03:29.610 --> 00:03:31.810 and talk to us. And so if we're just out there as a bunch 45 00:03:31.810 --> 00:03:38.050 of gruffs, they're just angry at abortion. We're angry, and we talked 46 00:03:38.050 --> 00:03:40.520 about this in our podcast about motivation. Like the anger and the hatred for 47 00:03:40.599 --> 00:03:45.039 abortion can't be our motivation, right. We've got to be motivated by love 48 00:03:45.120 --> 00:03:47.599 for God yeah, and so of the love of God and the joy of 49 00:03:47.639 --> 00:03:53.919 the Lord kind of exudes from us, then the hope is that it will 50 00:03:53.960 --> 00:03:58.270 spill over onto others. Now, of course that's got to be tempered with 51 00:03:58.310 --> 00:04:00.789 the fact that they're murdering babies inside of there, and there's certainly an appropriate 52 00:04:00.870 --> 00:04:05.469 response. Is Weeping in anger can be an appropriate response to what's going on 53 00:04:05.550 --> 00:04:09.069 out there. And yes, so I don't mean to say that we need 54 00:04:09.150 --> 00:04:12.939 to pretend to be full of joy out there and be smiling ear to ear 55 00:04:13.060 --> 00:04:16.860 when we don't really we're not really joyful. But I think this podcast hopefully, 56 00:04:17.540 --> 00:04:20.779 if you do have a problem being joyful out there, will encourage you 57 00:04:20.860 --> 00:04:27.610 to be joyful and kind of the outflow of that would be that that magnetic 58 00:04:27.810 --> 00:04:31.930 nature of joy and life. And because we want love life, we want 59 00:04:32.009 --> 00:04:34.730 to show that we love life, not just that we hate abortion, we 60 00:04:34.810 --> 00:04:39.000 hate death, we love life and we want our presence to be one of 61 00:04:39.120 --> 00:04:43.600 joy. And so I'll just practically share with you as in Washington state and 62 00:04:44.000 --> 00:04:47.040 spending time with our missionary there, who's awesome woman of God and just doing 63 00:04:47.040 --> 00:04:54.550 an amazing work there in Washington state. Washington state that mean like across the 64 00:04:54.589 --> 00:04:58.149 United States of America. This is the case, but I think him Washington 65 00:04:58.189 --> 00:05:01.389 state it's even even thicker like this, this darkness that looms over that place. 66 00:05:01.509 --> 00:05:04.750 You just a lot of deception, witchcraft and all that stuff. And 67 00:05:05.829 --> 00:05:09.660 what I found was I was there in front of one of the plan parenthoods 68 00:05:09.699 --> 00:05:13.620 there just doing my thing, doing what I normally do. And you know, 69 00:05:13.660 --> 00:05:15.740 if I'm if I'm ministering at an abortion center on a busy road, 70 00:05:16.339 --> 00:05:20.850 I'm going to be smiling and waving at everybody that comes by. And I'm 71 00:05:20.889 --> 00:05:27.529 doing that not just because I'm some you know, some Hick that they just 72 00:05:27.649 --> 00:05:30.930 wants to be smiling away and all the time and how a y'all doing? 73 00:05:30.050 --> 00:05:32.810 You know, not, not because of that. I'm really doing that because 74 00:05:32.850 --> 00:05:36.360 I want to build relationships. Yeah, that's that's that's at the end of 75 00:05:36.399 --> 00:05:41.120 the day. That's what I want to do and in particular, I want 76 00:05:41.160 --> 00:05:44.399 to build relationships with the men and women that are coming into the abortion center. 77 00:05:44.399 --> 00:05:46.519 I want to gain their trust. And who do you trust more? 78 00:05:46.720 --> 00:05:50.149 Someone that has, you know, has a really sour look on their face 79 00:05:50.310 --> 00:05:54.670 that looks like a gruff that's just like, you know, looking at you 80 00:05:54.829 --> 00:05:59.910 like you're like you're Weirdo, or somebody that's smiling and waving. Right. 81 00:05:59.990 --> 00:06:01.589 Who Do you who would you be more inclined to stop and talk to? 82 00:06:01.629 --> 00:06:05.899 You somebody that's happy, smiling and waving. And so I don't know who's 83 00:06:05.939 --> 00:06:09.579 going to be pulling into the abortion center right. I don't know of all 84 00:06:09.620 --> 00:06:12.420 the traffic that's passing by, I don't know which ones are going to take 85 00:06:12.500 --> 00:06:15.819 that turn into the abortion center, because I'm trying to smile, wave and 86 00:06:15.899 --> 00:06:18.649 make eye contact long before they get there. And so, since I don't 87 00:06:18.649 --> 00:06:21.569 know who they are that are pulling in, I'm going to do it for 88 00:06:21.610 --> 00:06:26.569 everybody. So I'm joyful and listen, this is not a put on fake 89 00:06:26.689 --> 00:06:29.529 joy. I have the joy of the Lord, even in front of a 90 00:06:29.610 --> 00:06:33.160 place of death, because at the end of the day, I know Jesus 91 00:06:33.560 --> 00:06:39.519 like I know the God who made the heavens and the Earth, and I'm 92 00:06:39.639 --> 00:06:43.600 his child. Yeah, right, in his Holy Spirit, the same spirit 93 00:06:43.680 --> 00:06:47.629 that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of me. I have the word 94 00:06:47.670 --> 00:06:51.990 of God, like God has given me his word to read and to meditate 95 00:06:53.149 --> 00:06:58.629 on. I'm in fellowship with him, and that stuff gives me joy. 96 00:06:59.269 --> 00:07:02.660 I actually believe that stuff right, and so, even in spite of all 97 00:07:02.699 --> 00:07:05.699 that's going on in the world, all the terrible stuff, and the end 98 00:07:05.699 --> 00:07:10.300 of the day, I know God and I know he's going to right all 99 00:07:10.379 --> 00:07:14.180 the wrongs, even what's going on inside of there. And so I don't 100 00:07:14.220 --> 00:07:15.649 have to be angry, I don't have to be full of you know, 101 00:07:16.250 --> 00:07:20.769 even fear or whatever of the future, because I know the one. This 102 00:07:20.889 --> 00:07:23.610 is kind of Cheesy, right, I don't have to be afraid of the 103 00:07:23.649 --> 00:07:26.329 future because I know the one that holds the future. It's such a good 104 00:07:26.410 --> 00:07:29.089 line. Enough, it's a good it's a good line, but it's true. 105 00:07:29.129 --> 00:07:31.920 That is good. I'm in covenant with him, right, and I 106 00:07:32.040 --> 00:07:38.439 can be joyful and that joy can show on my face and that joy can 107 00:07:38.480 --> 00:07:41.279 actually compel others to stop and talk to me. And I'm telling you, 108 00:07:41.399 --> 00:07:46.470 people are more inclined to talk with you if you're joyful, if you're if 109 00:07:46.509 --> 00:07:48.310 you're full of life. Because I'll tell you who's not full of life. 110 00:07:48.949 --> 00:07:51.750 The people inside the abortion clinic, right, right. I mean we know 111 00:07:51.870 --> 00:07:58.230 plenty of people that worked in the abortion industry that quit and they're not happy. 112 00:07:59.060 --> 00:08:01.540 Their job is not a fun job. The whole place. The atmosphere 113 00:08:01.540 --> 00:08:07.779 inside the abortion clinic is darkness, it's death, it's really heavy inside of 114 00:08:07.819 --> 00:08:11.100 their we know because we've heard from thousands of women that have been inside of 115 00:08:11.139 --> 00:08:16.089 the abortion clinic and many workers that worked inside of the abortion clinic. Again, 116 00:08:16.569 --> 00:08:18.129 so we know it's dark and they're not full of joy inside of there. 117 00:08:18.610 --> 00:08:26.410 So why not really help create a stark contrast between plan parenthood or, 118 00:08:26.009 --> 00:08:30.439 you know, a preferred woman's house and er whatever abortion clinic is created a 119 00:08:30.519 --> 00:08:35.559 start contract between the atmosphere inside of there with the atmosphere that's outside, with 120 00:08:35.679 --> 00:08:39.559 the Christians that are out here who love Jesus and the love people. So 121 00:08:39.039 --> 00:08:43.590 that's that's kind of what came to mind as I thought about this subject and 122 00:08:43.710 --> 00:08:46.990 why I kind of shot that takes everybody, you to encourage you hate. 123 00:08:46.990 --> 00:08:50.830 We need to do an episode about this and basically you have just summarized the 124 00:08:50.909 --> 00:08:56.980 entire article and one very eloquent couple of minutes there. But Um, it's 125 00:08:56.259 --> 00:09:00.700 report. We can wrap it up right now now. We actually have a 126 00:09:01.139 --> 00:09:05.620 lot of scriptural support and honestly, you did touch in a general way on 127 00:09:05.860 --> 00:09:09.620 on everything that scripture points out but I do want to say if you don't 128 00:09:09.980 --> 00:09:13.769 have that joy, you're not going to last. You will not last out 129 00:09:13.809 --> 00:09:18.610 there. We do need to tap into that joy in order to be sustained 130 00:09:18.690 --> 00:09:24.360 out there. So so I just the way I what I did after Daniel 131 00:09:24.440 --> 00:09:28.039 had this this inspiration, and what I did was I did a word study 132 00:09:28.080 --> 00:09:33.159 of joy in the Bible. And there's hundreds, hundreds and hundreds of versus 133 00:09:33.240 --> 00:09:37.360 about joy, to the point where I had to just like just I couldn't 134 00:09:37.360 --> 00:09:39.909 even read them all. I had to just cut off after I did like 135 00:09:39.110 --> 00:09:43.590 twenty. I thought, okay, that's better enough. But they they point 136 00:09:43.750 --> 00:09:46.950 out, I think each verse I tried to pick once that pointed out a 137 00:09:46.990 --> 00:09:54.059 different aspect of where that joy comes from and and how it could be applied 138 00:09:54.139 --> 00:09:56.340 at our at our work on the sidewalk. So let's give that a shot. 139 00:09:56.379 --> 00:10:01.259 I'll kind of give you the summary of what I've found in a verse 140 00:10:01.460 --> 00:10:05.779 and then you can read the verse and and expound upon it. But but 141 00:10:05.059 --> 00:10:15.250 the first one is it is in adversity and opposition that's strange and joy are 142 00:10:15.370 --> 00:10:18.690 built. And so just think of that adversity and opposition. While we certainly 143 00:10:18.730 --> 00:10:22.840 see plenty of that out on out on the sidewalk. Yes, we do. 144 00:10:24.159 --> 00:10:26.320 Yeah, and so James and James Won. Yeah, I love this 145 00:10:26.399 --> 00:10:31.720 passage. First two counted all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials 146 00:10:31.759 --> 00:10:37.190 of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness, 147 00:10:37.710 --> 00:10:41.669 and let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and 148 00:10:41.789 --> 00:10:45.909 complete, lacking in nothing. So and he's talking about people, he's talking 149 00:10:45.909 --> 00:10:48.750 about Christians that are being persecuted, some of them unto death. He's saying 150 00:10:50.860 --> 00:10:54.899 take joy, count it all joy, and that word joy, I think, 151 00:10:54.059 --> 00:11:00.100 is very intentional, that even though we don't feel good, maybe even 152 00:11:00.139 --> 00:11:03.529 outwardly, because of persecution or whatever, we can be joyful in the fact 153 00:11:03.570 --> 00:11:09.690 that we know the Lord and that God is using even when someone persecutes us 154 00:11:09.690 --> 00:11:13.210 or calls US names or whatever, God is using that to test our faith 155 00:11:13.409 --> 00:11:18.919 and to produce, produce steadfastness to make us more like Jesus. All right, 156 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:20.559 yeah, so it's going to strengthen us and it helps you to look 157 00:11:20.559 --> 00:11:24.519 at those trials, I think, in a very different way, instead of 158 00:11:24.559 --> 00:11:28.279 saying woe is me, look at what I'm enduring out here. It can 159 00:11:28.320 --> 00:11:33.190 be lucky me, look at the opportunity to grow in my strength in the 160 00:11:33.309 --> 00:11:39.830 Lord and my stead fat, fat steadfastness and in my faith. So there's 161 00:11:39.870 --> 00:11:45.190 a shift that happens when no, when you know there's a there's a passage 162 00:11:45.230 --> 00:11:48.419 in acts. I believe it's in acts, chapter four, Gush, it 163 00:11:48.500 --> 00:11:52.100 could be a little later on. You guys probably who are listening, probably 164 00:11:52.379 --> 00:11:54.539 more than I do, but you know know the passage when I mention it. 165 00:11:54.620 --> 00:12:00.740 That where Peter and John were beaten for speaking the name of Jesus, 166 00:12:00.820 --> 00:12:05.129 preaching the name of Jesus, and it said they rejoice because they were accounted 167 00:12:05.250 --> 00:12:09.090 worthy to suffer for his namesake. So they rejoice. They were happy that 168 00:12:09.129 --> 00:12:13.889 they were beaten. That's kind of hard, but they saw things from an 169 00:12:13.889 --> 00:12:18.559 eternal perspective and they were able to rejoice because they were counted worthy to suffer 170 00:12:18.639 --> 00:12:24.000 for the name of Jesus. They loved to Jesus and they were able to 171 00:12:24.039 --> 00:12:26.559 be identified with him in that way and they were joyful. Man, that's 172 00:12:26.679 --> 00:12:31.669 tough, but the Holy Spirit can give us strength to be joyful even in 173 00:12:31.710 --> 00:12:33.470 the midst of being beat with the rods like they were. Yeah, and 174 00:12:33.629 --> 00:12:41.789 actually that feeds into the second general principle of joy. The Holy Spirit brings 175 00:12:41.909 --> 00:12:48.500 joy and the Holy Spirit is present in every believer. And on that sidewalk 176 00:12:48.580 --> 00:12:52.220 the Holy Spirit is there. Yeah, absolutely. We know the fruits of 177 00:12:52.259 --> 00:12:56.740 the spirit. The fruit of the spirit is love. WHAT'S THE NEXT ONE? 178 00:12:56.820 --> 00:13:01.929 Joy, peace, patience, kind that's goodness, faithfuless, gentleness and 179 00:13:01.049 --> 00:13:05.169 self control. The Holy Spirit working in US again. This is the spirit 180 00:13:05.250 --> 00:13:11.169 that raised Jesus from him the dead. This is the Holy Spirit. The 181 00:13:11.529 --> 00:13:15.399 what the third person of the Trinity, right, what we identify as the 182 00:13:15.480 --> 00:13:20.480 third person of the Trinity? He's God living inside of us. Yeah, 183 00:13:20.639 --> 00:13:26.200 this same God who created all things, who, you know, some people 184 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:30.110 joke and say God has a sense of humor. He does this. This 185 00:13:30.309 --> 00:13:33.070 God, the God of the Bible. Yes, there's a heaviness, there's 186 00:13:33.070 --> 00:13:35.710 a weightiness to his presence. Right, he's not to be trifled with. 187 00:13:35.789 --> 00:13:39.789 He's holy, he's other than he's different than we are, but he's also 188 00:13:39.830 --> 00:13:45.379 a god of joy. And to the point where here the Holy Spirit of 189 00:13:45.460 --> 00:13:52.980 God, the fruit, the outflow of his working is joy. And so 190 00:13:52.139 --> 00:13:56.169 we can be joyful in the midst of trial, we can be joyful in 191 00:13:56.210 --> 00:14:00.210 the midst of darkness and death, because we know him and we have him 192 00:14:00.250 --> 00:14:03.649 in US right. So similar truth, and this is our third one, 193 00:14:03.769 --> 00:14:09.840 is that we cannot serve without the help of Jesus and our joy is full 194 00:14:11.440 --> 00:14:18.639 when we rely on him. where else do you rely so heavily upon the 195 00:14:18.720 --> 00:14:24.389 Holy Spirit then in an impossible ministry like this young yeah, yeah, absolutely. 196 00:14:26.149 --> 00:14:30.190 It's like put yourself out there so that you're beholding to the Lord. 197 00:14:30.269 --> 00:14:33.149 If you do ministry and you're involved in things that you can do in your 198 00:14:33.190 --> 00:14:37.590 own natural giftings as not a whole lot of joy in that right. But 199 00:14:37.669 --> 00:14:41.220 if you push yourself out of your comfort zone and you watch the Holy Spirit 200 00:14:41.299 --> 00:14:45.059 move through you, there's a lot of joy and just looking back and seeing. 201 00:14:45.139 --> 00:14:48.659 I mean we had an experience yesterday where we did a one hour journey 202 00:14:48.700 --> 00:14:52.450 with some pastor or some leaders out on the sidewalk, and that's where we 203 00:14:52.529 --> 00:14:56.250 take pastors and leaders out to kind of show them the Ministry of Love Life 204 00:14:56.250 --> 00:15:00.210 and kind of talking through just have some time to pray. There's a really 205 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:03.690 sweet moment in the Lord's presence where we are praying. We are praying for 206 00:15:03.850 --> 00:15:07.039 God to protect those babies inside the building and for women to run out of 207 00:15:07.120 --> 00:15:11.759 that place. Thirty minutes later, this young lady comes running out of that 208 00:15:11.879 --> 00:15:16.279 place, just as she prayed. Yeah, it's like thirty minutes after we 209 00:15:16.399 --> 00:15:18.200 pray, Sam, it was Presus, like you prayed. Yeah, so 210 00:15:18.320 --> 00:15:20.909 she comes running out of that place and it's like we get to look back 211 00:15:20.909 --> 00:15:24.590 and we know it's God's work. Right, God did the stuff. It 212 00:15:24.750 --> 00:15:28.629 wasn't us, right, but I'm like, this one brother who's out there 213 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:33.669 called me. He's like joy, like you, just in his voice, 214 00:15:33.750 --> 00:15:35.620 like that was miraculous, I was amazing. God, let us be a 215 00:15:35.740 --> 00:15:39.259 part of that. It was all the work of the Lord. But God 216 00:15:39.379 --> 00:15:45.779 uses prayer and God uses people, so we were counted worthy to be part 217 00:15:45.820 --> 00:15:50.450 of that whole situation, and that's so amazing and brings so much joy. 218 00:15:50.649 --> 00:15:54.850 But never would we've been able to experience that if we didn't put ourselves on 219 00:15:54.929 --> 00:15:58.889 the line, make ourselves uncomfortable and just being out there on the sidewall and 220 00:15:58.009 --> 00:16:02.250 depend with ourselves in an impossible situations. Right, and but the God, 221 00:16:02.370 --> 00:16:06.639 who's the God over the impossible, will do make possible what we think is 222 00:16:06.720 --> 00:16:11.360 impossible. And I love the verse that that we connected with this one. 223 00:16:11.480 --> 00:16:15.799 John Sixteen Twenty Four. Yeah, until now you've asked nothing in my name. 224 00:16:17.039 --> 00:16:21.389 Asked and you will receive that your joy may be full. This is 225 00:16:21.429 --> 00:16:26.190 US asking the Lord so that our joy may be full, bringing our petitions 226 00:16:26.269 --> 00:16:30.309 before God so that our joy may be full. God wants to give us 227 00:16:30.429 --> 00:16:33.419 fullness of joy and he'll do it. That's so much what you described. 228 00:16:33.620 --> 00:16:37.340 You asked in that prayer for the woman, for that people would run out. 229 00:16:37.379 --> 00:16:41.019 The woman ran out and your joy was full because not only had you 230 00:16:41.100 --> 00:16:45.940 seen the power of God, but you had seen his gracious response to a 231 00:16:45.019 --> 00:16:51.049 specific prayer. Doesn't always work that way, but it it. When it 232 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:55.370 does, my goodness, the joy is is, as this verse says, 233 00:16:55.409 --> 00:17:00.440 your joy is full. The presence of God is very strong when we face 234 00:17:00.559 --> 00:17:07.839 a ferocious enemy, which there is no I mean we are facing Satan. 235 00:17:07.880 --> 00:17:10.519 Like I've said, we are at the gates of hell when you're in sidelock 236 00:17:10.599 --> 00:17:15.910 ministry. So when you are in the presence of God, when he is 237 00:17:15.069 --> 00:17:23.589 coming against his most forceful enemy, Satan himself, there is a fullness of 238 00:17:23.670 --> 00:17:29.990 joy. Yeah, absolutely, Psalm Sixteen Eleven, you make known to me 239 00:17:30.099 --> 00:17:33.539 the path of life in your presence is the fullness of joy at your right 240 00:17:33.660 --> 00:17:40.140 hand or pleasures for Evermore. Here's a point that we've touched on so many 241 00:17:40.180 --> 00:17:42.180 times and we're going to keep on touching on. Yes, we're in the 242 00:17:42.259 --> 00:17:45.930 presence of the Lord. Wherever we go on the sidewalk, the Lord is 243 00:17:47.049 --> 00:17:51.210 in US and his presence is there and sometimes you can like tangibly feel the 244 00:17:51.289 --> 00:17:56.410 presence of the Lord, like God's doing something miraculous behind the scenes. But 245 00:17:56.809 --> 00:18:02.359 I will say we need to be personally in our walk with the Lord, 246 00:18:02.599 --> 00:18:06.480 in his presence, because there can be a heaviness in our lives. But 247 00:18:06.599 --> 00:18:08.880 when we get in the presence the Lord between us and and the Lord, 248 00:18:10.079 --> 00:18:14.829 spending time in prayer with the Lord, his presence, as he touches our 249 00:18:14.869 --> 00:18:18.509 hearts, as he speaks to us through his word, I mean not. 250 00:18:18.750 --> 00:18:22.710 I'll all sometimes getting my prayer, calls it, and put some worship music 251 00:18:22.789 --> 00:18:26.980 on the just worship him and just getting refreshed in his presence brings joy and 252 00:18:27.019 --> 00:18:30.099 I can go and I can go on the sidewalk in this very dark place, 253 00:18:32.339 --> 00:18:37.339 but I can minister enjoy because I just had an encounter with my father 254 00:18:37.539 --> 00:18:40.619 right he just spoke to my heart. He just spoke something fresh to me 255 00:18:40.779 --> 00:18:44.529 through his word and energized me, and so I can minister out of that 256 00:18:44.730 --> 00:18:48.890 life that he's put in me and I can minister enjoy even in spite of 257 00:18:48.930 --> 00:18:52.490 the death and there the darkness is going on inside of that place. Yeah, 258 00:18:52.490 --> 00:18:56.720 and so it's very important for anyone involved in this kind of ministry, 259 00:18:56.759 --> 00:19:02.160 really any ministry that especially such a FO cult ministry, to have a regular 260 00:19:02.319 --> 00:19:07.480 time where you are intentional, intentional about spending time in the presence of the 261 00:19:07.599 --> 00:19:11.069 Lord. Yeah, and you know church, of course, but I think 262 00:19:11.109 --> 00:19:15.789 an alone time with with God is really, really important and that's what Jesus 263 00:19:15.950 --> 00:19:19.990 models himself. And for me it's so it's getting in in nature in my 264 00:19:21.069 --> 00:19:23.619 Kayak, on long hikes, on my bike, on long walks, something 265 00:19:23.740 --> 00:19:29.180 where there's no one around me and I'm surrounded by the beauty of his creation 266 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:33.059 and I'm not worshiping the creation, but it just brings me more in touch 267 00:19:33.180 --> 00:19:37.730 with the Creator and that's when I'm probably most closely feel his presence and I 268 00:19:38.049 --> 00:19:42.450 need a lot of that time, and even more so if I'm at on 269 00:19:42.529 --> 00:19:48.130 the sidewalk more. Yeah, yeah, yeah, absolutely. We knew the 270 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:52.329 passage give us this day our daily bread. We Need Mana from heaven. 271 00:19:52.369 --> 00:19:55.559 Yeah, and we need it every day. Every day we need to be 272 00:19:55.680 --> 00:19:57.839 spending time in the presence of the Lord. Yeah, every day. Whatever 273 00:19:57.920 --> 00:20:02.680 that looks like. I mean for you it's on your Kayak. For me 274 00:20:03.079 --> 00:20:04.720 it's in the morning when I get up, and I do think that, 275 00:20:04.920 --> 00:20:07.789 and I'm pretty sure you do this. Like we get up, we spend 276 00:20:07.829 --> 00:20:11.710 time in the word, we stem spend time in prayer. Right, some 277 00:20:11.829 --> 00:20:15.789 people spend more focused time in prayer and in my early part of my walk 278 00:20:15.869 --> 00:20:18.710 with the Lord, my most focused time you. I'd get up in the 279 00:20:18.750 --> 00:20:22.299 morning, read some scripture and do your quick prayer to start my day, 280 00:20:22.380 --> 00:20:25.339 but my most focused time was actually in the evenings before I went to bed. 281 00:20:25.420 --> 00:20:26.579 It was just it was a bleed best time in the presence of the 282 00:20:26.619 --> 00:20:32.059 Lord and inner jazz and refreshed me in his presence. So whatever that looks 283 00:20:32.099 --> 00:20:34.099 like for you guys, there's plenty of books out there about how to get 284 00:20:34.140 --> 00:20:37.250 in the presence of the Lord. But listen, if you're involved in this 285 00:20:37.369 --> 00:20:41.609 ministry, what do we say? Be In the word and be in prayer, 286 00:20:41.730 --> 00:20:44.809 be in church. He's your three means that God has given to help 287 00:20:44.930 --> 00:20:52.279 us to stay fueled. And if you're walking in you kind of a lack 288 00:20:52.359 --> 00:20:56.799 of joy in your life, maybe you need to examine. Am I really 289 00:20:56.799 --> 00:21:00.319 spending time with the Lord? Am I really spending time with this God of 290 00:21:00.480 --> 00:21:03.710 joy, this God who, you know, the Holy Spirit, that the 291 00:21:03.789 --> 00:21:07.869 fruit of his Holy Spirit is one of those fruits is is joy right? 292 00:21:07.910 --> 00:21:11.710 And so it's been a time in the presence of the God who brings joy, 293 00:21:11.789 --> 00:21:15.710 in the presence of the Lord and your presence, there's fullness of joys 294 00:21:15.910 --> 00:21:21.660 is vital to us. Exuding that joy is exuding the right words that sound, 295 00:21:21.819 --> 00:21:25.660 yes, very good words. That's Ella, Daniel, and you'll get 296 00:21:25.779 --> 00:21:30.819 extra credit. No, it's yeah, yeah, I also have a warning 297 00:21:30.740 --> 00:21:36.450 what you point out. It's not just abiding in his presence, you know, 298 00:21:36.609 --> 00:21:38.849 through prayer or wherever you find God, a per closet, whatever, 299 00:21:38.930 --> 00:21:44.170 but but abiding in his word, because that's how he speaks very tangibly to 300 00:21:44.250 --> 00:21:48.160 us. His word is it's written. He's written what we need to hear 301 00:21:48.279 --> 00:21:52.519 and know. And and so I think it's very important that again, it 302 00:21:52.640 --> 00:21:56.559 be intentional, that you see you fine time when you are alone with God, 303 00:21:56.759 --> 00:21:59.519 no distractions, no TV on, and for me. It's early, 304 00:21:59.559 --> 00:22:03.789 early morning, nobody else is awake. I sit down with coffee and breakfast 305 00:22:03.910 --> 00:22:08.390 in and open up my Bible and and that's when I absorb so much of 306 00:22:10.349 --> 00:22:15.980 what God is saying to me. So really important for for every one of 307 00:22:17.859 --> 00:22:22.299 us who are involved in sidewalk ministry. There is sorrow for you, like 308 00:22:22.460 --> 00:22:26.619 you said early on. Therefore, there is grief, there is sorrow in 309 00:22:26.940 --> 00:22:33.930 in this ministry, but we have a hope. We cannot forget that hope 310 00:22:34.609 --> 00:22:41.130 that will see Jesus in the end. And in the end all things will 311 00:22:41.170 --> 00:22:45.839 may be made right and no one can steal the certainty of that joy. 312 00:22:47.119 --> 00:22:48.519 I just read, by the way, this is a little bit off topic, 313 00:22:48.559 --> 00:22:52.319 but it's true too. This morning in my Bible study it mentioned a 314 00:22:52.400 --> 00:23:02.390 movie where the line was if, if it's not all right, it will 315 00:23:02.430 --> 00:23:06.549 all be made right in the end, and if it isn't all right, 316 00:23:07.470 --> 00:23:11.750 it's not the end. And that's just a movie line, but it's actually 317 00:23:11.950 --> 00:23:17.460 theologically kind of true. In the end it will all be made right and 318 00:23:17.619 --> 00:23:22.180 we can be joyful in the midst of all those setbacks and that whore that 319 00:23:22.259 --> 00:23:26.299 we often see on earth, because we know the end of the story, 320 00:23:26.660 --> 00:23:30.529 and there's a couple of good verses that that go along with with that thought. 321 00:23:32.410 --> 00:23:34.769 Yeah, so, John Sixteen, twenty two. Yeah. So, 322 00:23:34.970 --> 00:23:40.289 also, you have sorrow now, but I will see you again in your 323 00:23:40.329 --> 00:23:44.720 hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you, no one, 324 00:23:44.960 --> 00:23:48.279 knowing to no one, and nothing containing this present. Right. Yeah. 325 00:23:48.519 --> 00:23:52.960 Absolutely. Also, I'm thirty verse five, for His anger is but 326 00:23:52.119 --> 00:23:57.390 for a moment and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping May Tarry for 327 00:23:57.470 --> 00:24:03.029 the night, but joy comes in the morning. Amen. Yeah, so 328 00:24:06.309 --> 00:24:10.299 this is the day that God has appointed for us. Right, we all 329 00:24:10.539 --> 00:24:15.339 have today, right now. We're not guaranteed anything else. We can rejoice 330 00:24:15.619 --> 00:24:21.019 in that simple fact. We can rejoice in that day and be assured that 331 00:24:21.220 --> 00:24:26.890 God wants us there at that very place, at that very moment, speaking 332 00:24:26.009 --> 00:24:32.529 those very words and finding joy in the hours that he has given us to 333 00:24:32.569 --> 00:24:36.329 serve. I mean, nothing is an extent nothing. Nothing isn't that. 334 00:24:36.410 --> 00:24:40.519 God doesn't make mistakes. US being there in front of that abortion center is 335 00:24:40.880 --> 00:24:42.160 if God has called you there, and of course, if you're there, 336 00:24:42.359 --> 00:24:48.200 you probably believe he has. That's where you're supposed to be, and there's 337 00:24:48.279 --> 00:24:51.880 joy knowing that you're in the place where God has appointed you to be. 338 00:24:52.799 --> 00:24:56.269 Amen. Yeah, some one eighteen, verse twenty four. This is the 339 00:24:56.390 --> 00:25:00.750 day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 340 00:25:00.990 --> 00:25:03.950 A man, we can rejoice and be glad. Yeah, there is 341 00:25:03.109 --> 00:25:08.980 joy in discovering the strength of God when our strength fails us. We have 342 00:25:10.099 --> 00:25:14.660 touched on that on on past podcast. It's not our strength, it's it's 343 00:25:14.779 --> 00:25:19.460 the student of God. And when we recognize that, our strength will fail 344 00:25:19.500 --> 00:25:22.769 us. All of us are going to get old like me, and you 345 00:25:22.890 --> 00:25:26.450 are going to find that you are not as strong as you used to be 346 00:25:26.690 --> 00:25:32.569 and and things are falling apart. So your strength will fail and if your 347 00:25:32.730 --> 00:25:37.200 joy is built on you being strong and able to conquer the world, that 348 00:25:37.359 --> 00:25:41.680 will end. Yeah, it's kind of goes back to that whole one about 349 00:25:41.480 --> 00:25:45.359 kind of putting ourselves out there and seeing God do the impossible through us. 350 00:25:45.359 --> 00:25:51.109 Yes, is that we learned that the strength that is needed to accomplish the 351 00:25:51.150 --> 00:25:55.109 mission that God has called us who comes from him. And so here this 352 00:25:55.230 --> 00:25:57.670 passage in the AMA eight hundred and ten, which is a powerful passage scripture, 353 00:25:59.309 --> 00:26:02.710 it says, then he said to them go your way, eat the 354 00:26:02.789 --> 00:26:06.819 fat and drink the sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready 355 00:26:07.819 --> 00:26:11.059 for this day is wholly to the Lord. Do not be grieved, for 356 00:26:11.140 --> 00:26:14.779 the joy of the Lord is your strength. Yeah, the joy of the 357 00:26:14.859 --> 00:26:18.170 Lord. Now there's a heaviness. This is Nehemiah. This is Nehemiah sharing 358 00:26:18.329 --> 00:26:22.170 with the children of Israel how they had turned away from God, and this 359 00:26:22.210 --> 00:26:26.009 is like revival breaking out and they these people are broken and they're fasting and 360 00:26:26.490 --> 00:26:30.569 praying before the Lord because, you know, they're praying for the Lord to 361 00:26:30.650 --> 00:26:36.599 restore his people and restore Jerusalem. Leave. That's the context here, and 362 00:26:36.759 --> 00:26:38.160 the am I encourages them. Yeah, I mean, there's a time to 363 00:26:38.240 --> 00:26:41.920 weep and all that. Right, we know that in scripture, but he's 364 00:26:41.960 --> 00:26:45.519 saying the joy of the Lord is your strength. Be Joyful in God, 365 00:26:45.640 --> 00:26:49.269 like we are his children, we know him, so let the joy be 366 00:26:49.430 --> 00:26:52.670 your strength. Yeah, and so guys on the sidewalk. Yeah, again 367 00:26:52.710 --> 00:26:56.190 it's heavy inside of there. They're killing babies and the church is not risen 368 00:26:56.230 --> 00:27:00.549 up in the number that she needs to rise up, and that can be 369 00:27:00.630 --> 00:27:03.940 heavy. And we want our nation to turn back to the Lord and repentance 370 00:27:04.140 --> 00:27:08.819 needs to flow across the land and restoration to God. But let's let the 371 00:27:08.940 --> 00:27:11.900 joy the Lord be our strength. Even in spite of that, that we 372 00:27:12.099 --> 00:27:15.490 know him, that God is still doing something in this earth. Babies are 373 00:27:15.529 --> 00:27:21.329 being saved at places of death, the Gospels being preached right souls are coming 374 00:27:21.369 --> 00:27:23.329 into the kingdom, not as many as we would like, but they're still 375 00:27:23.410 --> 00:27:26.890 coming into the Kingdom of God and we get to be a part of that. 376 00:27:26.410 --> 00:27:30.319 So let's let the joy of the Lord out there be our strength, 377 00:27:30.400 --> 00:27:33.240 let it be our energy, what energize them with, what gets us up 378 00:27:33.279 --> 00:27:36.519 in the morning and gets us out there on the sidewalk with the joy the 379 00:27:36.599 --> 00:27:40.240 Lord be that strength. Yeah, and so we have an article out and 380 00:27:40.519 --> 00:27:44.079 we're not going to go over the rest of it because, well, we'll 381 00:27:44.079 --> 00:27:47.789 let you read those in the article. I'm going to go all the way 382 00:27:47.829 --> 00:27:49.950 to the last point in the article, but you all can look at that 383 00:27:51.109 --> 00:27:56.269 article that comes out with this lots of really great verses and I think it's 384 00:27:56.349 --> 00:28:03.420 given you a taste of of the fact that scripturally there's no doubt we should 385 00:28:03.460 --> 00:28:07.619 have joy in ministry for the Lord. But all these passages, I'll just 386 00:28:07.700 --> 00:28:11.099 say you guys need to read the article because, yeah, all of these 387 00:28:11.180 --> 00:28:15.529 passages, in the points that are that are kind of made and then reiterated 388 00:28:15.529 --> 00:28:18.930 by these passages of scripture are powerful. Just talking about joy, I mean 389 00:28:18.009 --> 00:28:25.329 joy is a common word throughout all of the Old Testament and the New Testament 390 00:28:25.369 --> 00:28:29.279 and of course we know, listen in light of what's going on around us. 391 00:28:29.279 --> 00:28:30.640 We live in a dark world. There's there's babies that are dying, 392 00:28:30.680 --> 00:28:34.480 people are going people are going to hell, there's death and sickness and all 393 00:28:34.519 --> 00:28:37.160 that stuff. When we know that, we have to grapple with that, 394 00:28:37.279 --> 00:28:42.750 we have to deal with that. Jesus certainly knew that. Jesus experienced darkness 395 00:28:42.789 --> 00:28:48.630 and death and all the things that the fallen world has to offer. And 396 00:28:48.750 --> 00:28:52.950 yet Jesus was was a joyful guy. I don't see Jesus, and read 397 00:28:52.990 --> 00:28:56.660 about him in the New Testament, as just he's some gruff that walks around 398 00:28:56.660 --> 00:28:57.940 with a chip on his shoulder all the time, just mad at the world. 399 00:28:59.059 --> 00:29:03.859 He certainly called Sinsin, he certainly confronts wickedness and evil, but he 400 00:29:03.940 --> 00:29:07.180 seems in his interactions with with the disciples and just in general, to be 401 00:29:07.299 --> 00:29:11.849 a joyful man right, and so he's our example. And why was he 402 00:29:11.930 --> 00:29:15.130 joyful? Well, because he spent time in the presence of his father. 403 00:29:15.289 --> 00:29:19.690 So these passages of scripture and the encouragement that we given to you guys hopefully 404 00:29:21.089 --> 00:29:23.009 have been an encouragement for you guys to get in the presence of the Lord 405 00:29:23.009 --> 00:29:30.279 and just have that that joy of the Lord Exude from your person out there 406 00:29:30.319 --> 00:29:34.400 on the sidewalk and be a person with joy on your face and joy in 407 00:29:34.440 --> 00:29:37.789 your eyes joy in your heart. Yeah, and let's let's let's do one 408 00:29:37.910 --> 00:29:41.549 more. Let's let's give one more. It's at the very end, it's 409 00:29:41.589 --> 00:29:45.630 the very last one, because I think that would be a good closing thing 410 00:29:45.789 --> 00:29:52.349 to think about. There is joy in knowing that we're pleasing God by our 411 00:29:52.430 --> 00:29:56.420 faithfulness and ministry. Yeah, and I think that that gives you a whole 412 00:29:56.460 --> 00:30:02.059 new perspective again, when you're facing all the persecution, and you know, 413 00:30:02.099 --> 00:30:06.859 our lives are usually not on the line, but it's definitely persecution out in 414 00:30:07.210 --> 00:30:11.049 front of an abortion center and rejection. But you can have joy because you 415 00:30:11.170 --> 00:30:15.170 are there pleasing God, you are being faithful in doing what he has called 416 00:30:15.250 --> 00:30:21.250 you to do, even when it's painful. Yeah, absolutely, and it 417 00:30:21.440 --> 00:30:25.880 really kind of speaks to that pleasure that a child has in doing what they 418 00:30:25.960 --> 00:30:29.319 know pleases their father. You know, I think about my kids. If 419 00:30:29.359 --> 00:30:32.160 they ever did clean their room, which they don't do very often, but 420 00:30:32.200 --> 00:30:34.640 if they ever did, I can imagine a scenario in which they would come 421 00:30:34.710 --> 00:30:38.190 and actually, this has happened. They just got done clean in the room. 422 00:30:38.190 --> 00:30:41.509 They know it looks they're like. They come in and say, Daddy, 423 00:30:41.710 --> 00:30:42.430 come and look at my room, come and look at my room. 424 00:30:44.069 --> 00:30:47.750 They're happy that they did the right thing, even without being asked, and 425 00:30:47.990 --> 00:30:51.900 there's joy in that, in pleasing their father. That's kind of a natural 426 00:30:51.940 --> 00:30:55.740 example. But then we see this example in Matthew, Chapter Twenty five and 427 00:30:55.819 --> 00:30:59.140 verse one, and it says his master said to him, well done, 428 00:30:59.180 --> 00:31:02.819 good and faithful servant. You've been faithful over a little. I will set 429 00:31:02.900 --> 00:31:07.450 you over much. Enter into the joy of your master and turn to God's 430 00:31:07.569 --> 00:31:11.609 Joy. Yeah, and there's joy in doing. I mean, just imagine 431 00:31:11.650 --> 00:31:15.250 that scene in heaven. But God says well done, good and faithful servant. 432 00:31:15.250 --> 00:31:18.200 That's what we're after, right, God saying well done, and just 433 00:31:18.319 --> 00:31:22.160 imagine the joy that we're going to have in that. Well, we can 434 00:31:22.240 --> 00:31:26.640 have that joy now, knowing that what we're doing is an obedience to God, 435 00:31:26.839 --> 00:31:29.319 given a voice to the voiceless. Right, we know that what we're 436 00:31:29.359 --> 00:31:33.750 doing is pleasing to the father and that we are in extension of his work 437 00:31:33.869 --> 00:31:38.109 in the earth, pleading on behalf of the fatherless, of the orphan and 438 00:31:38.190 --> 00:31:41.670 the widow. Right, God is a father to the fatherless and we are 439 00:31:41.750 --> 00:31:45.990 being his hands in his feet. We are being extent, an extension of 440 00:31:45.910 --> 00:31:49.299 what he desires to do to protect the innocent, and we can have joy 441 00:31:49.779 --> 00:31:53.380 in that. And so, guys, a hope that this, this episode, 442 00:31:53.420 --> 00:31:56.660 was an encouragement, do you guys, to go out there to minister 443 00:31:56.779 --> 00:32:00.700 out of joy, not, of course, losing the reality of what's happening. 444 00:32:00.900 --> 00:32:04.049 We will never lose that, that babies are dying, that people are 445 00:32:04.130 --> 00:32:07.890 headed for hell like that's a reality that needs to be heavy on our parts. 446 00:32:07.970 --> 00:32:12.450 But even in spite of that reality, we can have joy and knowing 447 00:32:12.569 --> 00:32:15.079 God, knowing that he's going to right the wrongs, that we belong to 448 00:32:15.160 --> 00:32:19.720 him. His Word is enough, he is sufficient to do the work. 449 00:32:19.839 --> 00:32:22.559 His grace is sufficient to empower us to do what he's called us to so 450 00:32:22.720 --> 00:32:27.200 we can minister out of joy. So hopefully this was a blessing and, 451 00:32:27.559 --> 00:32:30.390 as we talked about at the very beginning, we want you guys to reach 452 00:32:30.430 --> 00:32:32.190 out to us if we can, if we can bring some encouragement to you 453 00:32:32.269 --> 00:32:36.190 guys, if we can do a podcast episode, that would be a blessing 454 00:32:36.230 --> 00:32:37.309 to you. If you have any questions for us, you can reach out 455 00:32:37.309 --> 00:32:40.390 to me, Daniel, Love Life Dot Org. You read reach out to 456 00:32:40.470 --> 00:32:44.700 her, Vicky at Love Life Dot Org. We'd love to help you and 457 00:32:44.740 --> 00:32:47.819 answer any questions that we can. But until next time, God bless got 458 00:32:47.900 --> us.