December 4, 2010
t was very nice weather conditions for the 2010 Knoxville Christmas parade. There were thousands of people for the festivities. Thank you for the prayers.(I found a free parking space!)
Prior to the parade, people were lined up all down Gay Street. I went up and down the both sides of the street handing out as many Christmas themed tracts. When I ran out of the Christmas theme tracts(estimate 90). I distributed what I had in my satchel.(estimate 100).
I had a limited time to distribute. Once the parade starts, all focus goes towards the floats. In these situations, you do not have time to go into deep conversations. It was cool, after I had stopped passing out tract, a group of young grade school kids were handing out Christmas tracts. Awesome to see the Lord send in reinforcements.
After the parade, I journeyed to Old City(bar district in downtown Knoxville). I have found a corner(Jackson and Central streets) to do open-air preaching. Across the street was an art show. People were outside smoking(Cannot smoke indoors in Tennessee). So there was a little bit of a stable congregation.
A homeless couple stand next to me and listened to the Scriptures being read. I paused for a bit to catch my breath. The man told me to keep on preaching cause they liked what they heard. So I took the gospel tract I was using for a place holder and read it to them. The tract had about 80% Scripture with the rest explaining the verses and the sinner’s prayer. I started to read John 3:16 and they quoted it from memory along with me. He asked me to pray for him and his wife. So I did.
Both of them had alcohol on their breath. I have read and listened to others about not evangelizing to people with alcohol in their system. People say it is a waste of time because they are not cognitive to their surroundings. Thankfully, I following the leading of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, cause I shared Jesus to them. If Jesus and the disciple evangelize to those demonically possessed(people with the cognitive capabilities in bondage to demonic forces. ) and get deliverance and put their faith in Jesus, then the Lord can breakthrough the most drug addicted person to receive the Gospel.
Luke 4:18-19 (English Standard Version)
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Street Evangelism is heavy spiritual warfare. I am thankful for the prayers and I can tell when someone prays for me. Prayer is a great weapon to disarm the enemy. Prayer reminds us the Lord goes before us, behind us and surrounds us. It is all the Lord in Evangelism. The Evangelist is just an instrument in Evangelism. I am thankful the Lord gives me opportunity to serve in Evangelism.
We can use all the help while in the trenches of spiritual warfare. Evangelism has many different branches. Just ask the Lord for direction in helping those sharing Jesus to the Lost. You can always start by praying.(Spiritual grenades which make the demonic forces temporarily disabled. )
To those in Knoxville, we saw how the Lord did great wonders with the Franklin Graham Crusade. Just don’t let it stop with the Crusade. We still have to follow the Great Commission until the Lord returns.