June 11, 2020

The Three A's - Helping Abortion-minded Women Trust the Lord - Part 2

The Three A's - Helping Abortion-minded Women Trust the Lord - Part 2

In this second part of last week's episode, we talk about the three A's to helping an abortion-minded woman trust the Lord. What are the three A's? Well, I guess you'll have to listen. www.sidewalks4life.com


In this second part of last week's episode, we talk about the three A's to helping an abortion-minded woman trust the Lord. What are the three A's? Well, I guess you'll have to listen.

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Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.600 --> 00:00:06.440 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours. Send Me Lord. 2 00:00:06.919 --> 00:00:11.150 I am welcome to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. This episode is 3 00:00:11.230 --> 00:00:16.030 part two of an episode we recorded last week about helping abortion minded women trust 4 00:00:16.070 --> 00:00:19.670 the Lord. So stick with us as we continue to cover this vital topic. 5 00:00:23.699 --> 00:00:35.700 I felt show passis touch your heart. Well, welcome back to the 6 00:00:35.770 --> 00:00:41.570 Gospel Center pro life podcast. In Our last episode we talked about trust and 7 00:00:41.890 --> 00:00:46.729 how us, a sidebot counselors and other people in other pro life ministries are, 8 00:00:46.929 --> 00:00:52.039 in one sense, in a challenge of helping an abortion minded mom convey 9 00:00:52.520 --> 00:00:56.200 the trust that she has in the abortion clinic to us, what we're saying 10 00:00:56.200 --> 00:00:58.960 and ultimately to the Lord. It's not about us, it's about the Lord, 11 00:00:59.479 --> 00:01:02.880 but we are his representatives there in front of the abortion clinic, and 12 00:01:03.039 --> 00:01:06.510 so in one sense we want them to trust what we're saying right. And 13 00:01:06.590 --> 00:01:08.069 so we talked a little bit about how, you know, we need to 14 00:01:08.109 --> 00:01:11.790 be accurate and what we're saying. We need to make sure that we're not 15 00:01:11.870 --> 00:01:15.390 reinforcing some of the lives that the abortion industry and the abortion clinic is told 16 00:01:15.430 --> 00:01:18.980 them that we're a bunch of angry protesters so we want to make sure we're 17 00:01:18.980 --> 00:01:21.819 acurable, we're saying, make sure that we're our demeanor and the way that 18 00:01:21.939 --> 00:01:25.939 we come across is not just angry and in viscious, like what they're told. 19 00:01:26.340 --> 00:01:29.620 Right. So there's some practical things and then we talked about some of 20 00:01:29.659 --> 00:01:33.930 the scripture, about God's word, talking about how we're to trust in him. 21 00:01:34.090 --> 00:01:38.129 You know, another challenge that we have is we're coming against people whose 22 00:01:38.409 --> 00:01:41.650 hearts and minds have been crafted by the ways of the world and we're trying 23 00:01:41.650 --> 00:01:44.090 to get them to stop trusting the ways of the world and trust the ways 24 00:01:44.129 --> 00:01:47.560 of God. Yeah, and of course there's a strong encouragement, which is 25 00:01:47.599 --> 00:01:49.719 hopefully what you're always going to get from us, that we need to be 26 00:01:49.959 --> 00:01:53.680 wielding the sword of the spirit, we need to be using the word of 27 00:01:53.760 --> 00:01:57.599 God to show these moms that they can trust God and we need to, 28 00:01:57.640 --> 00:02:00.680 you, be using testimonies. Again, I think that is a powerful way 29 00:02:00.000 --> 00:02:04.829 to get these women to see that God can be trusted in their situation. 30 00:02:05.790 --> 00:02:08.430 So in this podcast we're going to talk a little bit about the the practical 31 00:02:09.110 --> 00:02:14.710 and we'll get into some scripture and and talk about again what God's word says. 32 00:02:14.750 --> 00:02:17.020 But because God's Word is very practical. Yeah, I shared some some 33 00:02:17.180 --> 00:02:22.180 proverbs in the last episode that I think of practical proverbs that help us and 34 00:02:22.419 --> 00:02:25.460 just practical interactions with people. But three things are going to be talking about, 35 00:02:25.500 --> 00:02:30.770 as we're going to be talking about as it pertains to trust and trying 36 00:02:30.770 --> 00:02:37.849 to gain an abortion minded woman's trust, is attitude, atmosphere and action. 37 00:02:38.330 --> 00:02:43.009 Did so three a's. Maybe that'll help you guys that are listening to emory, 38 00:02:43.129 --> 00:02:45.639 to remember, and I'm sure you want us to break that down. 39 00:02:45.680 --> 00:02:47.960 So we're going to try to break that down as best we can. And 40 00:02:49.120 --> 00:02:53.000 so first is attitude. You want to you want to jump on that way? 41 00:02:53.080 --> 00:02:58.789 Yeah, yeah, well, these women are coming feeling fear, hurt, 42 00:02:59.469 --> 00:03:08.389 desperation, trauma, crisis, despair and an impossible situation in their eyes 43 00:03:08.990 --> 00:03:13.819 they are facing, whether we agree with it or not. I never do 44 00:03:13.979 --> 00:03:17.259 agree that it is impossible, but in their eyes it is, or they 45 00:03:17.300 --> 00:03:22.659 wouldn't be there. A mother doesn't come to kill her child unless there is, 46 00:03:22.699 --> 00:03:28.370 at least in their eyes, however misguided, some sort of reason that 47 00:03:28.650 --> 00:03:32.289 they can't overcome without killing their child. Yeah, they say. That's what 48 00:03:32.449 --> 00:03:37.090 they say. Anyway. That's what they tell us. So we need to 49 00:03:37.210 --> 00:03:44.000 remember that when we trust in the Lord, he is our confidence. Yeah, 50 00:03:44.159 --> 00:03:50.039 and we have something to offer them that they don't have and that they 51 00:03:50.280 --> 00:03:59.389 desperately need, and I think that attitude of Godly confidence and confidence in God 52 00:04:00.229 --> 00:04:06.430 is really important and I have seen that in a practical way played out on 53 00:04:06.509 --> 00:04:14.219 the sidewalk, oftentimes with new, sometimes younger counselor sidewalk counselors that are out 54 00:04:14.259 --> 00:04:16.860 there for the first few times. They are not confident. I know I 55 00:04:17.060 --> 00:04:20.420 wasn't Romes first out there. I was very self conscious. I didn't know 56 00:04:20.540 --> 00:04:25.170 I had something of value, because I didn't at that point. Honestly, 57 00:04:25.290 --> 00:04:29.689 I really didn't know that I had anything of value anyway, and I approached 58 00:04:29.889 --> 00:04:33.930 the women tentatively, even, maybe a little bit, well, more than 59 00:04:33.970 --> 00:04:38.720 a little bit, fearfully. Yeah, that is not what they need. 60 00:04:39.800 --> 00:04:46.120 As as an experience counselor now I learned more and more and more that if 61 00:04:46.160 --> 00:04:54.629 I just jump into my interactions with them with confidence, I have something that 62 00:04:54.829 --> 00:04:59.670 you desperately need and I am confident that if you will hear me out, 63 00:04:59.790 --> 00:05:01.709 you will feel better. In fact, sometimes I'll say that if you will 64 00:05:01.829 --> 00:05:06.110 just hear me out. I promise you you will feel better. Yeah, 65 00:05:06.110 --> 00:05:11.100 then you feel right now. So that confidence, I think, is an 66 00:05:11.180 --> 00:05:16.819 absolutely critical attitude for any effective yeah, I'd bought counselor where do we get? 67 00:05:17.579 --> 00:05:23.009 Because we're maybe people are listening, we're talking to people who maybe don't 68 00:05:23.050 --> 00:05:25.930 have a lot of confidence. Right, they want confidence, they want to 69 00:05:25.970 --> 00:05:28.730 be a witness for these babies, they want to be a voice for the 70 00:05:28.769 --> 00:05:30.850 voices, but that's one of the reasons why they're listening to us, because 71 00:05:30.889 --> 00:05:35.160 they're not confident and go out there and do anything right. So how can 72 00:05:35.240 --> 00:05:41.160 we have an attitude of confidence when we don't feel very confident? Yeah, 73 00:05:41.160 --> 00:05:45.600 and I can, I really believe like I I can speak to this because 74 00:05:45.759 --> 00:05:51.949 I am by nature very shy, very by it, very socially awkward, 75 00:05:53.149 --> 00:05:59.029 okay, and very introverted. That is my natural bent. Yeah, and 76 00:06:00.149 --> 00:06:04.259 so I had to overcome all of that when I came out here, and 77 00:06:04.459 --> 00:06:12.420 it wasn't me that overcame it. It truly, truly is the power of 78 00:06:12.579 --> 00:06:15.819 the Holy Spirit. Yeah, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus 79 00:06:15.899 --> 00:06:21.250 Christ, the Holy Spirit in dwells you and you have the power and strength 80 00:06:21.410 --> 00:06:26.209 of God. Yeah, and I have seen that over and over again. 81 00:06:26.769 --> 00:06:33.560 But on a very practical level, when we step out in obedience to God, 82 00:06:34.600 --> 00:06:41.560 our faith grows and our confidence grows. When we're in sin, we're 83 00:06:41.600 --> 00:06:46.000 not confident, yeah, because we're shriveled up in the the horror of sin, 84 00:06:46.120 --> 00:06:51.269 the effects of sin. But when we're walking with God and obediently taking 85 00:06:51.310 --> 00:06:58.189 the next step, then I do believe he gives us that confidence and we 86 00:06:58.470 --> 00:07:01.740 see it in our own life. I I managed to walk in obedience despite 87 00:07:02.259 --> 00:07:06.420 whatever struggles I'm FAC seeing. Yeah, now I can offer it to them. 88 00:07:06.660 --> 00:07:10.980 You know, one story that comes to mind as I think about confidence 89 00:07:11.019 --> 00:07:13.579 and I think about our confidence in the Lord. And you know, I 90 00:07:13.660 --> 00:07:16.730 think we have to be careful because our confidence should never be in our flesh 91 00:07:16.730 --> 00:07:19.850 or on binstom. So hopefully you guys aren't. I mean we've already talked 92 00:07:19.889 --> 00:07:23.490 a lot about trusting the Lord, not trusting the wisdom of the world, 93 00:07:23.529 --> 00:07:26.490 so hope you're not picking that up from us. We're talking about confidence in 94 00:07:26.529 --> 00:07:30.199 the Lord and confidence in the Lord's ability to move through us, and a 95 00:07:30.279 --> 00:07:34.079 story that comes to mind is the story of David, actually shepherd boy who 96 00:07:34.079 --> 00:07:39.639 ultimately becomes a giant slayer right, and we sort of think maybe in our 97 00:07:39.759 --> 00:07:44.990 in our you know, veggie tales watching world, that you know this David 98 00:07:45.389 --> 00:07:48.389 comes to Goliath and that's where it started for David. But no, not 99 00:07:48.629 --> 00:07:54.589 so. David started when he was in the shepherding role. He started out 100 00:07:54.629 --> 00:07:58.819 in the field with the sheep and protecting them. Yeah, he even shares 101 00:07:58.939 --> 00:08:01.740 how he had killed a lion, how he'd killed the bear. So he 102 00:08:01.860 --> 00:08:05.139 started with the wild animal. He started small. I mean lions and bears 103 00:08:05.180 --> 00:08:09.980 are pretty scary. Yeah, but he started. I mean there's no comparison 104 00:08:09.220 --> 00:08:13.889 to a line and a bear with a huge man with a spear the size 105 00:08:13.930 --> 00:08:16.410 of a weaver's beam who could lop your head off and one swing. Right. 106 00:08:16.769 --> 00:08:22.009 But he was building his confidence feeling. Confidence steps through experience, and 107 00:08:22.050 --> 00:08:24.449 that's what I encourage you guys with. Do something. Less you do nothing. 108 00:08:24.970 --> 00:08:28.319 If you, if it's in your heart to come out to the sidewalk 109 00:08:28.560 --> 00:08:31.839 and go out to an abortion clinic, can be effective. Step out in 110 00:08:31.920 --> 00:08:35.120 faith, go out there and pray. Maybe that be. That would be 111 00:08:35.200 --> 00:08:37.799 your first time going out to an abortion clint he just go out there and 112 00:08:37.919 --> 00:08:41.789 pray and then maybe the next time you go out there and hold aside and 113 00:08:41.870 --> 00:08:45.149 maybe the next time you go out there and you say one sentence. I 114 00:08:45.230 --> 00:08:46.429 don't know what that looks like, but I'm just telling you, when you 115 00:08:46.470 --> 00:08:50.990 step out in faith, then God will use you and God will grow you 116 00:08:50.110 --> 00:08:54.629 and God will stretch you in ways that he otherwise wouldn't if you didn't step 117 00:08:54.629 --> 00:08:58.500 out in faith. So our confidence should be in the ward and we learn 118 00:08:58.659 --> 00:09:01.419 to be more and more confident in the Lord as we step out more and 119 00:09:01.539 --> 00:09:05.500 more in faith and put ourselves in uncomfortable situation. Now that's key. That's 120 00:09:05.539 --> 00:09:07.779 where I was going to go with it, where your you led my thoughts, 121 00:09:07.980 --> 00:09:11.850 was you have to be willing to be stretched. Yeah, got to 122 00:09:11.889 --> 00:09:16.330 be willing to be uncomfortable. Yeah, and you've got to remember this thing 123 00:09:16.929 --> 00:09:20.049 is not about you. It's right and about your right. The the pro 124 00:09:20.210 --> 00:09:26.440 life issue, the issue of abortion, the Gospel, none of that's about 125 00:09:26.559 --> 00:09:28.879 you. It's about Jesus. It's about his glory, as we have to 126 00:09:28.919 --> 00:09:33.159 put ourselves the I'm like you, Vicky. You shared that you're extreme introvert. 127 00:09:33.279 --> 00:09:35.440 Yeah, people don't believe it. I don't know why, because I 128 00:09:35.480 --> 00:09:39.309 feel like I convey that I'm an introvert. I I don't like being around 129 00:09:39.389 --> 00:09:45.470 people. Yeah, but I tell people I'm a crucified introvert. Jesus says, 130 00:09:45.509 --> 00:09:48.269 take up your cross and follow me. I know I can't be a 131 00:09:48.350 --> 00:09:50.950 witness like he's called me to be if I'm going to stay at home and 132 00:09:52.230 --> 00:09:54.779 be in my own little shell and be an introvert. Yeah, if I'm 133 00:09:54.820 --> 00:09:56.700 going to share the Gospel and obey what God's telling me to do in his 134 00:09:56.779 --> 00:09:58.940 word, to go in all the world in Preace's Gospel, I got to 135 00:10:00.019 --> 00:10:03.700 make myself uncomfortable, I got to be a little socially awkward sometimes, I 136 00:10:03.779 --> 00:10:07.049 gotta put myself out there and step out and faith, because then in that 137 00:10:07.370 --> 00:10:11.649 I learned more and more to trust in the Lord. And then what happens 138 00:10:11.730 --> 00:10:15.370 in very ribly and what happened with me, and I think it happens with 139 00:10:15.649 --> 00:10:20.490 everyone who truly trust that God is going to use you if you just will 140 00:10:20.009 --> 00:10:24.600 be willing and obedient and step out in faith and he will use you as 141 00:10:24.720 --> 00:10:30.919 he desires, is is it gets easier and you do things that you never, 142 00:10:31.000 --> 00:10:35.440 yeah imagined. I never imagined I would do this or that I would 143 00:10:35.440 --> 00:10:39.190 ever speak on a microphone or get get in front of a crowd or even 144 00:10:39.230 --> 00:10:41.909 show up on a Saturday. I remember telling you I allowed to do this, 145 00:10:41.070 --> 00:10:45.590 but I'm never coming on a Saturday. It's crazy at there because they're 146 00:10:45.590 --> 00:10:48.389 nuts. Yeah, and and I think that I, maybe you've experienced that 147 00:10:48.429 --> 00:10:54.259 as well, that I'm still more you do it and watch God work and 148 00:10:54.500 --> 00:10:58.860 help you through that uncomfortable situation, the more you realize I can do it 149 00:11:00.059 --> 00:11:01.860 with godsolutely. I can't do it without them. Yeah, we with him 150 00:11:01.940 --> 00:11:05.330 I can. You're not going to get all of the confidence that you need 151 00:11:05.450 --> 00:11:09.610 in this area of Ministry by staying at home and no praying. No, 152 00:11:09.049 --> 00:11:11.409 no, you want and you're not going to get it as much as we 153 00:11:11.610 --> 00:11:15.769 do with trainings and stuff like that, and we have the sidewalks for life 154 00:11:15.809 --> 00:11:18.639 site. You're not going to get it the reading articles on sidewalks. Right, 155 00:11:18.679 --> 00:11:20.600 you need some of it, some confidence and some knowledge and all that 156 00:11:20.639 --> 00:11:24.759 stuff, but you really have got to just step out there on the sidewalk. 157 00:11:24.799 --> 00:11:26.480 You really got to just take that step of faith and maybe it is 158 00:11:26.559 --> 00:11:30.600 working in a pregnancy center, maybe it is working out a maternity home or 159 00:11:30.639 --> 00:11:33.629 whatever it is, whatever God's called you to, you got to just step 160 00:11:33.669 --> 00:11:37.950 out and do it, put yourself out there and watch God do amazing things. 161 00:11:39.029 --> 00:11:43.269 And then when you learn confidence in him more and more and you look 162 00:11:43.309 --> 00:11:48.580 back and you say, how in the world did this fruit come out of 163 00:11:48.980 --> 00:11:52.740 my life, then who gets the glory for that? Yeah, God, 164 00:11:52.820 --> 00:11:56.779 God gets you've got a testimony. You've got a testimony that is going to 165 00:11:56.899 --> 00:12:01.649 be able to instill your confidence now, which is not yours, it truly 166 00:12:01.730 --> 00:12:05.490 is in the Lord. You're going to be able to instill that in the 167 00:12:05.610 --> 00:12:09.769 women, and that's what they need. They need confidence that I don't have 168 00:12:09.889 --> 00:12:13.809 to kill my baby. I am strong enough in God to do what God 169 00:12:15.330 --> 00:12:18.440 has brought me to, and he has brought me to this pregnancy and this 170 00:12:18.559 --> 00:12:22.519 child is there. Yeah, I mean simple dynamic of you can't give what 171 00:12:22.639 --> 00:12:26.480 you don't have, and so asside walk counselors. And so in one sense 172 00:12:26.519 --> 00:12:28.919 we're saying you need to have confidence right and another sense we're saying you're not 173 00:12:30.029 --> 00:12:31.669 going to have all the confidence you need right away. You need to step 174 00:12:31.669 --> 00:12:35.870 out of faith. You got to start somewhere and God will build that in 175 00:12:35.990 --> 00:12:39.950 you. But just for starters, right out of the gate, we've got 176 00:12:41.029 --> 00:12:43.460 a fact. We've got to have our foundation of what we believe about ourselves 177 00:12:43.779 --> 00:12:46.860 and the ministry we are called to in our effectiveness. All that in the 178 00:12:46.980 --> 00:12:52.259 word of God. And if you are a Christian, you have every reason 179 00:12:52.460 --> 00:12:56.899 to have confidence in the Lord. The Bible says that the spirit that raised 180 00:12:56.980 --> 00:13:01.730 Christ Jesus from the dead lives in you. If you're a child of God, 181 00:13:01.250 --> 00:13:05.649 you have the spirit of God and that is enough for you to take 182 00:13:05.690 --> 00:13:09.009 a step of faith out there on the sidewalk, take a step of faith 183 00:13:09.049 --> 00:13:13.919 into a pregnancy center, whatever capacity, and let God do his thing through 184 00:13:13.919 --> 00:13:16.080 you. So I want to encourage you in that. I don't want to 185 00:13:16.159 --> 00:13:18.960 know this to be a point that discourage you, but we do need to 186 00:13:18.000 --> 00:13:22.600 convey confidence, and so we have to be convinced in our own minds that 187 00:13:22.960 --> 00:13:26.230 we have in us what they need. And maybe that's just the simple thing. 188 00:13:26.789 --> 00:13:31.509 These women coming to an abortion clinic, coming to a pregnancy center with 189 00:13:31.549 --> 00:13:35.909 a crisis pregnancy situation going on, they don't have confidence in the Lord. 190 00:13:35.149 --> 00:13:39.950 They don't know the Lord. You have what they need, and not you 191 00:13:41.110 --> 00:13:46.379 and yourself, but in you the spirit of Christ dwells in you. Is 192 00:13:46.539 --> 00:13:50.379 The hope of glory Christ Jesus Christ in You, the hope of glory, 193 00:13:50.419 --> 00:13:54.809 right. Yeah, so that's attitude. Okay. Next is atmosphere. Atmosphere, 194 00:13:56.210 --> 00:13:58.009 okay, what does that mean? And, yeah, Cain. Remember, 195 00:13:58.009 --> 00:14:01.090 guys, we're speaking primarily from the context we're in, which is being 196 00:14:01.169 --> 00:14:03.330 at an abortion clinic on the sidewalk. Right, another a, but not 197 00:14:03.450 --> 00:14:07.409 a good A. Yeah, exactly. So we're talking about atmosphere, and 198 00:14:07.490 --> 00:14:11.440 what we're really talking about is that atmosphere that is around you. Or, 199 00:14:11.639 --> 00:14:15.440 from lack of a better term, maybe it's a pagan term aura. Is 200 00:14:15.480 --> 00:14:16.720 that a pagan term? I think that is. I don't know if we 201 00:14:16.799 --> 00:14:20.320 have any more. Yeah, I don't know if we have an aura or 202 00:14:20.679 --> 00:14:22.799 or like Karma, you know, payment when people say that. So maybe 203 00:14:22.879 --> 00:14:26.669 or is not the right term. But what I'm saying is the what's in 204 00:14:26.750 --> 00:14:31.350 the air all around you? They feel. What do you feel coming from 205 00:14:31.429 --> 00:14:35.549 these people? Yeah's at you, and there is a certain an atmosphere that 206 00:14:35.710 --> 00:14:39.940 we create. It's one of the reasons why that when we train our sidewalk 207 00:14:39.980 --> 00:14:41.620 counselors and one of the reasons why we would encourage you, guys. You 208 00:14:41.700 --> 00:14:45.659 need to be smiling, need to be happy. Yeah, the joy of 209 00:14:45.700 --> 00:14:48.139 the Lord. Now, listen. We're in front of an abortion clinic. 210 00:14:48.500 --> 00:14:54.169 We see here in Charlotte thirty we've seen recently some days were forty five babies 211 00:14:54.730 --> 00:14:58.409 are dying in there. With the women going in. We see the women 212 00:14:58.490 --> 00:15:01.009 come out with tears in their eyes. They're broken from what they've just done. 213 00:15:01.049 --> 00:15:05.169 We just see the enemy ravage these people's lives and kill these babies. 214 00:15:05.330 --> 00:15:11.639 Just so grievous and so it's hard to convey an atmosphere of life and joy 215 00:15:11.799 --> 00:15:16.440 and peace and all of that. However, because we have confidence in the 216 00:15:16.519 --> 00:15:20.399 Lord, because he's in us, the joy of the Lord is our strength 217 00:15:20.429 --> 00:15:24.909 and we can convey and should convey on our faces the joy of the Lord, 218 00:15:26.549 --> 00:15:30.309 peace, hope. Right are. The atmosphere around us should be one 219 00:15:30.309 --> 00:15:33.669 of hope. It should be one of life, rather than the atmosphere. 220 00:15:33.990 --> 00:15:35.500 To contrast it with the atmosphere and the abortion clinic. What is it? 221 00:15:35.620 --> 00:15:39.500 We've heard from abortion workers, we've heard from MOM's that have gone into the 222 00:15:39.539 --> 00:15:43.220 abortion clinic. It's an atmosphere dead. They say it smells like death. 223 00:15:43.379 --> 00:15:48.980 I've had so many tell me that it smells like death, death, darkness. 224 00:15:48.059 --> 00:15:52.090 Yeah, they can feel it. Going in, even people who are 225 00:15:52.129 --> 00:15:56.529 not necessarily, you know, spiritually minded or whatever, and one's see in 226 00:15:56.610 --> 00:16:00.049 the atmosphere, and I want to contrast the joy of the Lord with some 227 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:07.360 people looking at what happens on the pro choice side. They'll sometimes be dancing, 228 00:16:07.720 --> 00:16:11.559 playing music and and laughing and yeah, is is that joy? And 229 00:16:11.600 --> 00:16:18.629 I would challenge that. No, that's mocking. I think it's mocking the 230 00:16:18.789 --> 00:16:22.590 God and and God's desire for what will actually happen there. So that is 231 00:16:22.870 --> 00:16:27.309 that is not what we're talking about. We're not talking about dancing and ridiculing 232 00:16:27.549 --> 00:16:30.629 right. Yeah, you know, and you know, and even with and 233 00:16:30.750 --> 00:16:34.580 I've had people who I did a podcast a long time ago with Andrey Gonzalez 234 00:16:34.620 --> 00:16:37.820 with love life, talking about worship and prayer in front of an abortion that 235 00:16:37.899 --> 00:16:42.620 I kind of even had Christians say something like worship and prayer, prayer, 236 00:16:42.700 --> 00:16:45.940 of course, but worship, worship music in front of an abortionally, like 237 00:16:47.019 --> 00:16:49.809 I said, even appropriate. Yeah, and I think there's are some inappropriate 238 00:16:52.009 --> 00:16:55.570 ways of worship out there. I don't think we need to be playing happy 239 00:16:55.610 --> 00:17:00.690 dancy songs. I think there needs to be a somber, not a depressing, 240 00:17:00.769 --> 00:17:03.920 atmosphere. mean we play music. We set up an amplified speaker where 241 00:17:03.960 --> 00:17:10.200 we play worshipful, melodious and worship worshipful music, hymns and that sort of 242 00:17:10.279 --> 00:17:15.869 thing, and it does set the atmosphere, just naturally fills the atmosphere with 243 00:17:15.109 --> 00:17:19.150 with music that honors God and all of that. And so that's, you 244 00:17:19.230 --> 00:17:23.349 know, a practical atmosphere thing. And even now, as we're out there 245 00:17:23.430 --> 00:17:26.950 on the sidewalk, maybe having your phone, not in a way that distracts 246 00:17:26.950 --> 00:17:30.940 you, but having your phone playing and worship music. I think that's very 247 00:17:30.980 --> 00:17:34.500 appropriate. I think it puts us in the right mindset and we can tap 248 00:17:34.579 --> 00:17:37.460 into the joy of the Lord. Yeah, and yeah, there is a 249 00:17:38.059 --> 00:17:41.900 certain amount of like you said, with the proborts and stuff. It's just 250 00:17:41.059 --> 00:17:44.730 mockery and all of that. So of course we're not talking about that. 251 00:17:45.130 --> 00:17:49.529 We are talking about a soberness. We're talking about an attitude and atmosphere of 252 00:17:49.930 --> 00:17:53.890 seriousness, but also of joy. Yeah, because again, we want those 253 00:17:53.890 --> 00:17:56.609 women to come to us, we want them to trust us. Right, 254 00:17:56.970 --> 00:18:00.759 that's what this is all about. We want because if we just have an 255 00:18:00.759 --> 00:18:03.880 atmosphere around us, we're just we're just gruff and we're just angry and we're 256 00:18:03.920 --> 00:18:07.839 angry at abortion it were condemning. You know, that's why we say our 257 00:18:07.920 --> 00:18:11.359 motivation to be out there on the sidewalk has to be out of Love, 258 00:18:11.720 --> 00:18:15.390 love for God first and then love for our neighbor it. We cannot be 259 00:18:15.509 --> 00:18:19.549 motivated by hatred. And I understand. Listen, we should hate abortion. 260 00:18:19.589 --> 00:18:22.789 Yeah, we should hate the abortion industry, not the people, but the 261 00:18:22.869 --> 00:18:27.900 industry itself. We I hate that thing. It's terrible. Still destroyed millions, 262 00:18:27.980 --> 00:18:32.619 millions, millions of lives. Yeah, but that can't be my motivator, 263 00:18:32.660 --> 00:18:37.339 right. If I'm motivated by hatred for abortion or playing parenthood, for 264 00:18:37.539 --> 00:18:41.609 the abortion industry, for the lies that they tell, if that's my motivation, 265 00:18:41.849 --> 00:18:44.329 then the atmosphere arounds me, around me, is going to be one 266 00:18:44.369 --> 00:18:47.170 of just what they've got inside of there. And so what we're saying is, 267 00:18:47.529 --> 00:18:51.730 if we want these women to trust what we have to say, then 268 00:18:51.769 --> 00:18:53.849 we can't have the same atmosphere around us that they are filling inside of that 269 00:18:53.849 --> 00:18:57.880 abortion clinic. Yeah, we need to have an atmosphere of life and peace, 270 00:18:59.079 --> 00:19:00.480 like I said, joy of the Lord and also, I think another 271 00:19:00.519 --> 00:19:07.599 very critical point of our the atmosphere we create is one of compassion. Yeah, 272 00:19:07.640 --> 00:19:10.549 and and you said that kind of with the with we have to love, 273 00:19:10.829 --> 00:19:15.190 love artus are as as ourselves. So have compassion towards them and they 274 00:19:15.349 --> 00:19:18.509 will feel that. Yeah, we want to help them and we truly do 275 00:19:19.069 --> 00:19:22.910 want to help them, and we should be able to show that through not 276 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:27.180 only what we're going to get into next, how we do actually off her 277 00:19:27.259 --> 00:19:33.220 help, but just through our facial expression, the words that we use. 278 00:19:33.579 --> 00:19:37.140 Avoiding name calling, absolutely, because that's not showing compactilon. One of the 279 00:19:37.220 --> 00:19:42.210 things to before we move on from this point, that I you warn our 280 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:45.890 people here locally, in that is, I talk to people nationally, because 281 00:19:45.890 --> 00:19:51.369 there can be some contentious situations in front of abortion clinics that create a very 282 00:19:51.410 --> 00:19:56.000 unhealthy right atmosphere out there. Yeah, with people arguing with one another, 283 00:19:56.279 --> 00:20:00.880 right provifers, people with different methodologies, people with different theologies, you know, 284 00:20:00.920 --> 00:20:06.680 the the Protestants arguing with the Catholics. Yeah, and I understand there's 285 00:20:06.720 --> 00:20:10.549 disagreements there. There's some some issues that we need to talk about. We 286 00:20:10.630 --> 00:20:11.869 need to talk about the truth, we need to talk about the scripture. 287 00:20:11.869 --> 00:20:15.589 Yeah, but I think there's a context for that and I in front of 288 00:20:15.630 --> 00:20:19.910 an abortion clinic, arguing about theological issues and stuff, as much as we 289 00:20:19.990 --> 00:20:23.619 might be well meaning in that, it creates an atmosphere of content, and 290 00:20:25.460 --> 00:20:30.099 that atmosphere of contention is no different than the contention that those women feel in 291 00:20:30.140 --> 00:20:33.180 their hearts and they already have in their lives. And so you're offering to 292 00:20:33.220 --> 00:20:37.650 them an atmosphere of they already got and they look out the window or they 293 00:20:37.690 --> 00:20:40.569 came walking down the street. Are they pull down the street and they see 294 00:20:41.009 --> 00:20:42.769 fighting and striving. Well, listen, I just came from that in my 295 00:20:42.849 --> 00:20:47.289 house, these people that are all for me, quote help. They can't 296 00:20:47.289 --> 00:20:48.849 do anything for me because they got the same stuff going on with yeah, 297 00:20:48.849 --> 00:20:52.480 why is that guy going on with me? Yeah, why should I trust 298 00:20:52.519 --> 00:20:55.680 them? Right? So we need to be careful with that. Again, 299 00:20:55.720 --> 00:20:57.200 I think there are conversations that need to be had, and I've had plenty 300 00:20:57.240 --> 00:21:00.440 of those conversations, theologically and all that. Yeah, but we need to 301 00:21:00.480 --> 00:21:03.549 be careful for the atmosphere that we set right, you know. Yeah. 302 00:21:03.589 --> 00:21:07.589 So let's move on to that third one, right action, action, and 303 00:21:08.430 --> 00:21:11.789 in this what we're talking about is, you know, again, as the 304 00:21:12.109 --> 00:21:15.230 previous podcast, we talked about the Actions Of God, the faithfulness of God, 305 00:21:15.390 --> 00:21:19.180 the things that God has done, cheering the testimonies and that sort of 306 00:21:19.259 --> 00:21:23.220 thing. But those testimonies flow out of the actions, out of the actions 307 00:21:23.539 --> 00:21:27.099 that we do. The we really what we're getting into, the resources. 308 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:30.180 That's right. The Hell how we act on what we say. That's right, 309 00:21:30.259 --> 00:21:33.289 and so this is important that. Yeah, we need to give accurate 310 00:21:33.329 --> 00:21:37.930 information, we need to convey that God has trustworthy, that their resources to 311 00:21:38.009 --> 00:21:41.890 help and we need to follow up with what we say we're going to do. 312 00:21:42.210 --> 00:21:47.160 That's right and that's that's massive. It's a huge part of trust. 313 00:21:47.519 --> 00:21:51.039 If you say you're going to do something and you don't do it, you 314 00:21:51.240 --> 00:21:55.480 have just really a roaded yeah, trust and you're going to have to start 315 00:21:55.519 --> 00:22:00.799 all over again and it's hard to rebuild. So we don't tell our counselors. 316 00:22:00.839 --> 00:22:03.990 If you make a promise her statement, be sure that you follow through 317 00:22:04.589 --> 00:22:07.589 on that so that they know that they can trust you. They've had a 318 00:22:07.670 --> 00:22:12.789 lot of deceit and discouragement and betrayal in their lives most of the time. 319 00:22:12.950 --> 00:22:17.740 Yeah, absolutely, the women that I meet. So that's part of it 320 00:22:17.779 --> 00:22:18.859 and this is one of the reasons why we need to be careful in the 321 00:22:18.900 --> 00:22:22.059 language that we use. We do so when we're standing out on the sidewalk. 322 00:22:22.980 --> 00:22:26.180 We don't need to have okay, so an example, we had the 323 00:22:26.220 --> 00:22:30.289 podcast couple of weeks ago about adoption. Right, yeah, and I've heard 324 00:22:30.289 --> 00:22:36.410 people on the sidewalk, well intending people call out, I'll adopt your baby, 325 00:22:36.849 --> 00:22:38.569 and I had one one lady actually did actually know. I'm sorry, 326 00:22:38.569 --> 00:22:41.809 it was a young man who did it. Said Yeah, I'll adopt your 327 00:22:41.849 --> 00:22:44.480 baby and then he came out to me and said I didn't even talked to 328 00:22:44.519 --> 00:22:48.480 my wife. I mean, what if they really want me to adopt their 329 00:22:48.519 --> 00:22:51.119 baby? Like, I probably shouldn't have offered it. You're probably seingna offered 330 00:22:51.200 --> 00:22:53.400 it is right. I mean that's maybe an extreme example. Yeah, and 331 00:22:55.319 --> 00:22:57.279 you know those stories, unfortunately, are very few and far between, and 332 00:22:57.359 --> 00:23:03.109 I'm sure you know God would have orchestrated thing something after he would have worked 333 00:23:03.150 --> 00:23:06.470 something out. But we don't need to offer things that we can't fulfill. 334 00:23:06.950 --> 00:23:10.549 And we you know, we might be tempted to do that because it's going 335 00:23:10.589 --> 00:23:14.099 to save the baby, but we don't need a lot to lie to save 336 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:17.500 the baby. Right. God's again, God's the one that's doing the saving. 337 00:23:17.539 --> 00:23:18.940 God's the one that's doing the change in the hearts. Yeah, but 338 00:23:19.019 --> 00:23:22.460 they do need help, they want solutions. They are in a place where 339 00:23:22.500 --> 00:23:29.289 they feel like there is no solution. There is no solution other than abortion. 340 00:23:29.410 --> 00:23:30.769 I heard that over and over again. This is what I have to 341 00:23:30.849 --> 00:23:37.329 do. Yeah, and so we need to dispel that lie that abortion is 342 00:23:37.450 --> 00:23:41.839 their only choice or at all a valid or good choice with well, what 343 00:23:41.000 --> 00:23:47.200 are some other solutions that can lead them to a different choice, the choice 344 00:23:47.279 --> 00:23:52.960 for life? And so you know, that's where we get into our resource 345 00:23:52.079 --> 00:23:59.430 list, our general resources and and we have a long list of help in 346 00:23:59.710 --> 00:24:03.829 every area of whatever these MOMS raise, any any of the obstacles that they 347 00:24:03.869 --> 00:24:11.259 raise, and that is such an important point in establishing trust. oftentimes they 348 00:24:11.299 --> 00:24:15.700 will come over when we have offered something and they'll come over to one of 349 00:24:15.819 --> 00:24:19.660 us and say, okay, tell me, what kind of housing do you 350 00:24:19.740 --> 00:24:23.140 have? Yeah, and and the want to see a list where they end, 351 00:24:23.259 --> 00:24:27.210 and so we have to be ready to show them. Yeah, we 352 00:24:27.329 --> 00:24:30.170 said we'd offer you a housing solution. Let me show you, yes, 353 00:24:30.329 --> 00:24:36.250 list of housing that we have. Yeah, absolutely, and it is hard 354 00:24:36.329 --> 00:24:40.160 work to dig for those resources. It's hard work to find those resources and 355 00:24:40.240 --> 00:24:42.720 we certainly again don't want to offer resources that we really don't have available, 356 00:24:44.440 --> 00:24:48.640 but Google is a very useful tool. Yeah, and final resources. We've 357 00:24:48.680 --> 00:24:52.519 been able to find. Guys, you'd be amazed at the ministries that are 358 00:24:52.519 --> 00:24:55.829 available out there. We one story, I don't know if we ever shared 359 00:24:55.910 --> 00:24:57.309 this story, but it's a powerful story, of the young lady that was 360 00:24:57.430 --> 00:25:03.710 drug addicted and pregnant and didn't have housing, and we were able to find 361 00:25:03.750 --> 00:25:07.859 a housing ministry that takes pregnant drug addicted women. It's even better than that. 362 00:25:07.980 --> 00:25:11.299 So she had come to the Lord on the RV also, yeah, 363 00:25:12.180 --> 00:25:15.180 and she had submitted her life to the Lord and she said it was the 364 00:25:15.259 --> 00:25:18.980 most piece she had ever felt in in her entire life. And so, 365 00:25:19.619 --> 00:25:26.609 and we didn't have she's pregnant. She's now a brand new believer. She, 366 00:25:26.849 --> 00:25:29.410 or at least she has, submitted her life. Yeah, we're at 367 00:25:29.490 --> 00:25:36.400 the seed has certainly been planted. She's drug addicted and and she has no 368 00:25:36.559 --> 00:25:42.599 money. So I googled pregnant, Christian, drug addicted. There was one 369 00:25:42.680 --> 00:25:48.200 more thing in there. I don't remember what it was, but there were 370 00:25:48.319 --> 00:25:52.990 four things. Oh, I go North Carolina. Okay, that's where we 371 00:25:52.069 --> 00:25:56.670 lived. Yeah, all right, and I get those were my search words 372 00:25:56.789 --> 00:26:00.869 and Google and what came up was a place perfect. It was Christian, 373 00:26:02.309 --> 00:26:06.140 it was for drug addicted women, it kept them for like three years, 374 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:11.220 it would train them in in every area. But Google failed me. It 375 00:26:11.380 --> 00:26:15.460 was in Kentucky. It is in Kentucky, and so I said, I 376 00:26:15.619 --> 00:26:18.460 know you guys aren't going to go for this. Her mom was with her, 377 00:26:18.049 --> 00:26:22.569 but call them because maybe they'll know of some place here in North Carolina. 378 00:26:22.609 --> 00:26:26.130 And they they called them. I called them first and they said we 379 00:26:26.289 --> 00:26:30.890 have one bed. I said, well, these people are in North Carolina 380 00:26:30.930 --> 00:26:32.960 and we need a place in North Carolina and they said, well, we'll 381 00:26:33.000 --> 00:26:37.480 transfer Medicaid and within I think two or three days, that woman was there. 382 00:26:37.559 --> 00:26:41.400 Yeah, yeah, in Kentucky. So that's that's pretty amazing. It 383 00:26:41.480 --> 00:26:44.279 was a miracle. It was. Now, in that situation, though, 384 00:26:45.359 --> 00:26:48.750 did you convey to her, well, we're definitely going to find you a 385 00:26:49.190 --> 00:26:53.549 maternity home that will take you right away? Good, good question, because 386 00:26:53.750 --> 00:26:56.990 when when they came out of the abortion center, the the mother of the 387 00:26:57.029 --> 00:27:03.180 drug addicted girl said, if you can find me a place today for my 388 00:27:03.420 --> 00:27:07.660 drug addicted daughter to go then I will get her out of that pregnancy center. 389 00:27:07.700 --> 00:27:11.380 Yeah, and I couldn't promise, but I said I can't. I 390 00:27:11.539 --> 00:27:15.380 was honest. I said I can't promise you that, but I can promise 391 00:27:15.460 --> 00:27:19.369 you that we will try our hardest. Yeah, and and that was enough. 392 00:27:19.690 --> 00:27:22.089 That was enough for her. She went and got her daughter out and 393 00:27:22.769 --> 00:27:27.690 our whole team was making calls. We were calling all over the city and 394 00:27:27.849 --> 00:27:32.880 I was googling and then this, this place came up and it all worked 395 00:27:32.920 --> 00:27:36.319 out. So, you know, brought that point up because even with our 396 00:27:36.359 --> 00:27:41.160 baby shower ministry, for example, and this is not a ministry promotion podcast, 397 00:27:41.359 --> 00:27:44.470 guess it just speaking from our experience. Yeah, you will our baby 398 00:27:44.549 --> 00:27:47.910 shower ministry, though we promise, make certain promises. Will give you a 399 00:27:47.990 --> 00:27:49.869 baby shower, we will give you many of the things you need for your 400 00:27:49.869 --> 00:27:53.029 baby close up to two years, but we don't promise will give you all 401 00:27:53.069 --> 00:27:56.990 the diapers that you need. In all this, we make sure that they 402 00:27:56.109 --> 00:28:00.180 know we're going to do the best we can give them a lot of diapers. 403 00:28:00.259 --> 00:28:03.140 We do, and we never had a woman that's been disappointed when we've 404 00:28:03.140 --> 00:28:07.460 been a baby show. Usually just over. Well, sure, we're reasonable 405 00:28:07.539 --> 00:28:10.859 and our promises, because one of the things that you can do to if 406 00:28:10.940 --> 00:28:14.809 you've tried to gain trust from an abortion mounted woman and you've gained a little 407 00:28:14.809 --> 00:28:18.650 bit of that trust, you can chip away that trust yourself about making unreasonable 408 00:28:18.690 --> 00:28:22.369 promise and she might even know in her mind that there's no way they can 409 00:28:22.410 --> 00:28:27.000 deliver. Yes, yeah, now, and I do want to caution people 410 00:28:27.279 --> 00:28:33.599 not to be discouraged if sometimes what they hear is different from what you said, 411 00:28:33.960 --> 00:28:37.000 because, yeah, I had an experience where our counselors, I know 412 00:28:37.200 --> 00:28:41.990 that counselor, and she had been calling out and I actually wasn't on the 413 00:28:41.029 --> 00:28:45.789 sidewalk at the time, but a couple left the abortion center and listen to 414 00:28:45.829 --> 00:28:51.710 her and agreed to call me to find out about our resources. And when 415 00:28:51.750 --> 00:28:56.660 they called me, they hou seen was the big issue and they asked about 416 00:28:56.700 --> 00:28:59.740 that and as I talked with them about what we could do and what we 417 00:28:59.819 --> 00:29:03.940 could recommend, he hung up on me and they went an aborted their child. 418 00:29:04.579 --> 00:29:10.289 So they had in there. I know our counselor did not say this, 419 00:29:10.450 --> 00:29:15.410 but in their own head what they heard was we would pay all of 420 00:29:15.529 --> 00:29:18.690 their housing costs so that they could move to a new apartment. Now we 421 00:29:18.970 --> 00:29:22.769 I've never ever heard our councilor even remotely suggests anything like that, of course, 422 00:29:22.890 --> 00:29:26.559 but that's what they kind of heard and we can't help that. They're 423 00:29:26.599 --> 00:29:29.880 not. You can't help it. You have convey the truth and if people, 424 00:29:30.240 --> 00:29:33.119 you know, hear something else, that's not your fault. But it 425 00:29:33.279 --> 00:29:38.470 is our job right to convey the truth and with our actions, be be 426 00:29:38.670 --> 00:29:44.630 honest, be consistent with the scriptures. We are supposed to help and as 427 00:29:44.670 --> 00:29:48.390 much as we're able to. Yeah, but that doesn't mean I mean we're 428 00:29:48.470 --> 00:29:52.380 told from, you know, the pro abortion crowd, that if we convince 429 00:29:52.420 --> 00:29:56.420 a mom to keep her baby, we need to provide for every one of 430 00:29:56.460 --> 00:30:00.059 her needs all the way up to eighteens life actually through college. Usually it's, 431 00:30:00.220 --> 00:30:03.619 to hear, you know, a ridiculous notion rights, not even you 432 00:30:03.740 --> 00:30:07.140 know, remotely. Only is it not possible. You would have to imagine 433 00:30:07.170 --> 00:30:10.130 these women actually want that. And they don't mean most of these women. 434 00:30:10.130 --> 00:30:15.250 When they're in a crisis situation, it's one, one emergency situation and they 435 00:30:15.410 --> 00:30:18.690 need a voice of truth to step in. Just like that card I read 436 00:30:18.809 --> 00:30:22.799 from the young lady a couple of weeks ago. She just needed that Voice 437 00:30:23.680 --> 00:30:27.640 of someone speaking truth to her other than her own voice that was telling her 438 00:30:27.680 --> 00:30:30.359 to a boys what she said. And so many of these women that's what 439 00:30:30.480 --> 00:30:33.880 they want. They want someone to come in and because there's that fight in 440 00:30:33.960 --> 00:30:37.190 their heart, they know the right thing to do, but they don't want 441 00:30:37.230 --> 00:30:38.869 to do the right thing. They want to do the right thing, but 442 00:30:38.910 --> 00:30:41.190 they don't. They want that. You know, it's that fights, that 443 00:30:41.430 --> 00:30:45.230 that war that's in the heart, and what we're trying to do is tip 444 00:30:45.309 --> 00:30:49.339 that scale to life. Yeah, and we do that and ultimately to the 445 00:30:49.460 --> 00:30:53.140 Lord. And we do that and gain their trust by being truth, will 446 00:30:53.140 --> 00:30:59.980 be in forthright, having a proper attitude of confidence. Yeah, create an 447 00:30:59.980 --> 00:31:06.569 atmosphere of compassion, mercy, grace and then acting on what we say and 448 00:31:06.809 --> 00:31:10.569 acting on their behalf, coming to their aid and as much as we can. 449 00:31:11.329 --> 00:31:15.329 And you know, God does amazing things. Yeah, through that. 450 00:31:15.730 --> 00:31:19.359 Yeah, he does. And there is a there's a lot of great stories 451 00:31:19.400 --> 00:31:25.480 in the biomesure that can support this message. But but one of them that 452 00:31:25.559 --> 00:31:29.559 we've used a lot because it's so good. Yeah, it is, is 453 00:31:29.920 --> 00:31:33.789 the parable. Well, it's not a parable it's a story, a true 454 00:31:33.869 --> 00:31:37.750 story of Jesus walking on the water. Yeah, yeah, and this is 455 00:31:37.829 --> 00:31:42.269 there's actually sent three different gospels. Yeah, but it's what I'm going to 456 00:31:42.309 --> 00:31:48.180 be reading from his mark, chapter six and verse Forty Five. Immediately he 457 00:31:48.460 --> 00:31:51.900 it's Jesus, made his disciples get into a boat and go before them to 458 00:31:51.940 --> 00:31:55.259 the other side to Bethesna. So he's going up to the mountain to pray. 459 00:31:55.420 --> 00:31:57.259 He sent his disciples on their way and maybe they're wondering how you going 460 00:31:57.339 --> 00:32:00.539 to get their Jesus, but they know it's Jesus, so they just they 461 00:32:00.619 --> 00:32:02.730 figure he'll make away right, so that they obey, which is very good. 462 00:32:02.769 --> 00:32:07.650 Yeah, should. Yeah, but they get caught in a storm and 463 00:32:07.809 --> 00:32:10.170 it says now an evening came the vote. The boat was in the middle 464 00:32:10.170 --> 00:32:14.890 of the sea and he was alone on the land and he saw them straining 465 00:32:14.930 --> 00:32:16.519 to row, for wind had come against us. So there's this storm and 466 00:32:16.599 --> 00:32:21.759 the picture is for an abortion minded woman, there's this storm in her life 467 00:32:22.279 --> 00:32:25.119 and the waves are tremendus. There's a few seas against hers. Is Huge. 468 00:32:25.319 --> 00:32:29.680 Everything is against tonight. I'm a Kayaker. I know if you are 469 00:32:29.880 --> 00:32:34.869 trying to row against the wind, it is hard. You feel like you 470 00:32:34.990 --> 00:32:37.230 are getting nowhere. Right. Yeah, so here they are in the midst 471 00:32:37.230 --> 00:32:42.950 of this sea, the wind and the waves beaten against them, and it's 472 00:32:42.990 --> 00:32:45.099 night too. I got a man. That's all my goodness. So and 473 00:32:45.220 --> 00:32:51.980 so here's Jesus seeing this take place, and here's what the Bible says and 474 00:32:52.059 --> 00:32:54.259 says. Then he saw them straining it at rowing for the wind was against 475 00:32:54.299 --> 00:32:58.059 them. This is verse Forty Eight. And now, about the Fourth Watch 476 00:32:58.099 --> 00:33:00.529 of the night, he came to them walking on the sea and would have 477 00:33:00.769 --> 00:33:06.289 passed them by. So he would have went right by them. And this 478 00:33:06.529 --> 00:33:09.609 is the picture of, you know, God knows the situations, he knows 479 00:33:09.650 --> 00:33:15.319 the situations these women are in and he's come to that situation. Right. 480 00:33:15.440 --> 00:33:17.440 That's the picture of the sidewall counselor like. We've come to that situation, 481 00:33:17.559 --> 00:33:23.839 we've come as a presence there, but that presence, Jesus, is not 482 00:33:23.920 --> 00:33:29.470 always going to come to the rescue immediately because he's waiting for them to be 483 00:33:30.269 --> 00:33:35.230 true, trusting toward him. Yeah, and you know, welcome him to 484 00:33:35.349 --> 00:33:38.950 say hey, help us are something. Yeah, exactly, to reciprocate what 485 00:33:39.150 --> 00:33:44.579 God has done and God's presence there, or he would he would have walked, 486 00:33:44.619 --> 00:33:49.579 would have right why don't? That's just monumental to think about that. 487 00:33:49.900 --> 00:33:54.180 Yeah, that he truly that's the real choice. The choice is not between, 488 00:33:54.660 --> 00:33:58.410 you know, death of the baby or life of the baby. The 489 00:33:58.450 --> 00:34:04.890 choices. Will you just let Jesus Walk Right by and not reach out to 490 00:34:05.410 --> 00:34:08.329 him? Will you trust him or will you trust the Lord? Are you 491 00:34:08.409 --> 00:34:12.119 going to keep rowing yourself? You know, I've actually said no, when 492 00:34:12.119 --> 00:34:15.840 you're not going to get anywhere, keep rowing in the sea, going around 493 00:34:15.960 --> 00:34:19.480 and around and around in a surfle with the wind and the way beaten against 494 00:34:19.519 --> 00:34:22.920 you. Are you going to invite Jesus into the situation? Right, and 495 00:34:22.000 --> 00:34:25.110 that's ultimately we all know the story, right. I don't think I'm conveying 496 00:34:25.150 --> 00:34:29.349 to anybody a story that they haven't already heard. Yeah, Jesus would have 497 00:34:29.389 --> 00:34:31.150 passed by, but then they saw Jesus, they thought he was a ghost. 498 00:34:31.469 --> 00:34:35.349 And that's so it's a lot like what we're dealing with. You know, 499 00:34:35.429 --> 00:34:37.739 we're dealing with an abortion amount of woman going into a situation. She's 500 00:34:38.059 --> 00:34:40.940 wind and waves against swirling around. She's going into the abortion clinic. She 501 00:34:42.019 --> 00:34:45.059 looks at US and says we're scary ghost. You know I'm saying, yeah, 502 00:34:45.219 --> 00:34:46.739 yeah, but if she would just and again, it takes the grace 503 00:34:46.820 --> 00:34:50.380 of God, it takes the spirit of God moving her heart, she would 504 00:34:50.380 --> 00:34:52.170 just see. You know, it's actually the Lord, through his people, 505 00:34:52.289 --> 00:34:57.650 has come into this situation and he wants to intervene. Would you just trust 506 00:34:57.690 --> 00:35:00.610 him? Yeah, you know, and of course we know in this situation, 507 00:35:00.769 --> 00:35:02.849 Peter says, well, Lord, if it's you, then command me 508 00:35:02.969 --> 00:35:06.369 to come out and walk on the water. And we know that it's you. 509 00:35:06.650 --> 00:35:08.440 And if it's you, and and don't mean to interrupt, I think 510 00:35:08.440 --> 00:35:15.039 I love that, that that question. If it's you, so and I 511 00:35:15.199 --> 00:35:19.880 think of the women wondering, are you who you say you'll be? Can 512 00:35:20.079 --> 00:35:22.630 I trust you? Can I trust us, first of all, that the 513 00:35:22.829 --> 00:35:25.429 intermediaries? Yeah, and ultimately, can I trust God? Is it you? 514 00:35:27.030 --> 00:35:30.030 If it's you, then and then I will step out on the water 515 00:35:30.070 --> 00:35:32.989 and of course we know what happens he steps out, Jesus is will come. 516 00:35:34.590 --> 00:35:38.300 He steps out as he's long as he's looking at Jesus, he's all 517 00:35:38.340 --> 00:35:42.460 right. When he takes his eyes off of Jesus, then he begins to 518 00:35:42.500 --> 00:35:45.980 sink and it's much like that picture of those abortion minded women, except, 519 00:35:46.019 --> 00:35:49.739 of course, in this situation. A lot of times they've not even initially 520 00:35:49.780 --> 00:35:53.210 had their eyes on Jesus right, but we want to help them to look 521 00:35:53.250 --> 00:35:57.889 to him. Ultimately, it's not about us, it's not about them look 522 00:35:57.929 --> 00:36:00.570 at us and trusting us, but we are God's representative and you know, 523 00:36:01.289 --> 00:36:05.480 into the story is Jesus ultimately gets into the boat. They're safe on the 524 00:36:05.559 --> 00:36:08.440 other side, the storm calms and all of that, and that's what God 525 00:36:08.519 --> 00:36:13.320 can do in these situations with these MOMS if they would put their trust in 526 00:36:13.360 --> 00:36:16.840 him. And so I think that pretty much is what we want to convey 527 00:36:16.880 --> 00:36:20.949 to you guys. Would encourage you guys with, and that we focused a 528 00:36:21.070 --> 00:36:24.190 lot from the sidewall councling aspect and we've got a lot of folks that are 529 00:36:24.190 --> 00:36:29.550 listening that are doing sidewalk counseling or there want to get involved in sidewalk councling. 530 00:36:29.630 --> 00:36:31.940 We do want encourage you guys to be confident in the Lord, step 531 00:36:32.059 --> 00:36:36.380 out in faith. Let God use you. Go to our website, www 532 00:36:36.500 --> 00:36:40.059 dot sidewalks, the number four lifecom be encouraged to step out on the sidewalk, 533 00:36:40.380 --> 00:36:45.420 step out yourself, as Peter did, onto that water, keep your 534 00:36:45.460 --> 00:36:47.289 eyes signs Jesus, and she's right. You can't give what you don't have. 535 00:36:47.409 --> 00:36:50.929 If you want these women to fix their eyes on Jesus and trust in 536 00:36:50.969 --> 00:36:52.449 him, you got to do the same. But if you do, you're 537 00:36:52.489 --> 00:36:55.170 going to walk and water, you going to see God do some amazing things. 538 00:36:55.289 --> 00:36:59.489 Yeah, and the testimonies that you may have heard from us, God's 539 00:36:59.489 --> 00:37:01.639 going to do those things through you if you'll trust him in that way. 540 00:37:02.199 --> 00:37:05.760 So with that we want to wrap this thing up, but we do appreciate 541 00:37:05.800 --> 00:37:14.039 you guys listening and until next time, God bless me love for love, 542 00:37:16.750 --> 00:37:25.869 give me our loft for gratitude. I know it will cost me my life. 543 00:37:30.539 --> 00:37:32.940 Nothing's too precious. And some met you