I am in Yuma preaching for Pastor Kevin Foley. Once again, I really enjoyed the drive down to Yuma from Prescott. Last night I preached an ministry sermon that was followed by an outreach to a parking lot that has become the hangout for young adults with nice cars. The church gathered at one spot and began preaching to the folks across the parking lot. Some young guys had picked up a hearse (coffin included) on Craigslist for $1400. The church assembled on one side the Philistines on the other. One man started revving up his Harley to drown us out, but a “Hallelujah” sister crossed the abyss, as a David approaching Goliath, to offer him a tract which caused him to flee the scene. With the last testimony the police arrived to inform us about the local ordinances concerning noise. The bull horn was silenced as the church moved across the parking lot as a wave of Marines hitting the beach. There were no fights, no arguments and 3 people actually prayed with people from the church.
The young man I was talking to: ex-army, born again in Iraq, Catholic without attending church, reservist, had arrested people from some church that disrupts military funerals for the sake of peace as a military policeman, known by the local cops, explained to everyone on their side the rules of engagement: we were allowed to talk to them, but if it bothered them and they clearly asked us to stop talking to them and we continued, then we would be considered harassing them.
No one was harassed, but as I looked over the spiritual battlefield I could see small bands of fighters pressing through the spiritual darkness to bring light to the lost. How is that for a Peretti style, although I would love to see him add more. That night and every night we as Evangelical Christians stand on the promise of God:
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void ,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. NKJV
For the real lawyers out there the question is: When we speak the word of God is that the same as God speaking the word of God?