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

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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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I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours. Send Me Lord. I am welcome to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. This episode is part two of an episode we recorded last week about helping abortion minded women trust the Lord. So stick with us as we continue to cover this vital topic. I felt show passis touch your heart. Well, welcome back to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. In Our last episode we talked about trust and how us, a sidebot counselors and other people in other pro life ministries are, in one sense, in a challenge of helping an abortion minded mom convey the trust that she has in the abortion clinic to us, what we're saying and ultimately to the Lord. It's not about us, it's about the Lord, but we are his representatives there in front of the abortion clinic, and so in one sense we want them to trust what we're saying right. And so we talked a little bit about how, you know, we need to be accurate and what we're saying. We need to make sure that we're not reinforcing some of the lives that the abortion industry and the abortion clinic is told them that we're a bunch of angry protesters so we want to make sure we're acurable, we're saying, make sure that we're our demeanor and the way that we come across is not just angry and in viscious, like what they're told. Right. So there's some practical things and then we talked about some of the scripture, about God's word, talking about how we're to trust in him. You know, another challenge that we have is we're coming against people whose hearts and minds have been crafted by the ways of the world and we're trying to get them to stop trusting the ways of the world and trust the ways of God. Yeah, and of course there's a strong encouragement, which is hopefully what you're always going to get from us, that we need to be wielding the sword of the spirit, we need to be using the word of God to show these moms that they can trust God and we need to, you, be using testimonies. Again, I think that is a powerful way to get these women to see that God can be trusted in their situation. So in this podcast we're going to talk a little bit about the the practical and we'll get into some scripture and and talk about again what God's word says. But because God's Word is very practical. Yeah, I shared some some proverbs in the last episode that I think of practical proverbs that help us and just practical interactions with people. But three things are going to be talking about, as we're going to be talking about as it pertains to trust and trying to gain an abortion minded woman's trust, is attitude, atmosphere and action. Did so three a's. Maybe that'll help you guys that are listening to emory, to remember, and I'm sure you want us to break that down. So we're going to try to break that down as best we can. And so first is attitude. You want to you want to jump on that way? Yeah, yeah, well, these women are coming feeling fear, hurt, desperation, trauma, crisis, despair and an impossible situation in their eyes...

...they are facing, whether we agree with it or not. I never do agree that it is impossible, but in their eyes it is, or they wouldn't be there. A mother doesn't come to kill her child unless there is, at least in their eyes, however misguided, some sort of reason that they can't overcome without killing their child. Yeah, they say. That's what they say. Anyway. That's what they tell us. So we need to remember that when we trust in the Lord, he is our confidence. Yeah, and we have something to offer them that they don't have and that they desperately need, and I think that attitude of Godly confidence and confidence in God is really important and I have seen that in a practical way played out on the sidewalk, oftentimes with new, sometimes younger counselor sidewalk counselors that are out there for the first few times. They are not confident. I know I wasn't Romes first out there. I was very self conscious. I didn't know I had something of value, because I didn't at that point. Honestly, I really didn't know that I had anything of value anyway, and I approached the women tentatively, even, maybe a little bit, well, more than a little bit, fearfully. Yeah, that is not what they need. As as an experience counselor now I learned more and more and more that if I just jump into my interactions with them with confidence, I have something that you desperately need and I am confident that if you will hear me out, you will feel better. In fact, sometimes I'll say that if you will just hear me out. I promise you you will feel better. Yeah, then you feel right now. So that confidence, I think, is an absolutely critical attitude for any effective yeah, I'd bought counselor where do we get? Because we're maybe people are listening, we're talking to people who maybe don't have a lot of confidence. Right, they want confidence, they want to be a witness for these babies, they want to be a voice for the voices, but that's one of the reasons why they're listening to us, because they're not confident and go out there and do anything right. So how can we have an attitude of confidence when we don't feel very confident? Yeah, and I can, I really believe like I I can speak to this because I am by nature very shy, very by it, very socially awkward, okay, and very introverted. That is my natural bent. Yeah, and...

...so I had to overcome all of that when I came out here, and it wasn't me that overcame it. It truly, truly is the power of the Holy Spirit. Yeah, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit in dwells you and you have the power and strength of God. Yeah, and I have seen that over and over again. But on a very practical level, when we step out in obedience to God, our faith grows and our confidence grows. When we're in sin, we're not confident, yeah, because we're shriveled up in the the horror of sin, the effects of sin. But when we're walking with God and obediently taking the next step, then I do believe he gives us that confidence and we see it in our own life. I I managed to walk in obedience despite whatever struggles I'm FAC seeing. Yeah, now I can offer it to them. You know, one story that comes to mind as I think about confidence and I think about our confidence in the Lord. And you know, I think we have to be careful because our confidence should never be in our flesh or on binstom. So hopefully you guys aren't. I mean we've already talked a lot about trusting the Lord, not trusting the wisdom of the world, so hope you're not picking that up from us. We're talking about confidence in the Lord and confidence in the Lord's ability to move through us, and a story that comes to mind is the story of David, actually shepherd boy who ultimately becomes a giant slayer right, and we sort of think maybe in our in our you know, veggie tales watching world, that you know this David comes to Goliath and that's where it started for David. But no, not so. David started when he was in the shepherding role. He started out in the field with the sheep and protecting them. Yeah, he even shares how he had killed a lion, how he'd killed the bear. So he started with the wild animal. He started small. I mean lions and bears are pretty scary. Yeah, but he started. I mean there's no comparison to a line and a bear with a huge man with a spear the size of a weaver's beam who could lop your head off and one swing. Right. But he was building his confidence feeling. Confidence steps through experience, and that's what I encourage you guys with. Do something. Less you do nothing. If you, if it's in your heart to come out to the sidewalk and go out to an abortion clinic, can be effective. Step out in faith, go out there and pray. Maybe that be. That would be your first time going out to an abortion clint he just go out there and pray and then maybe the next time you go out there and hold aside and maybe the next time you go out there and you say one sentence. I don't know what that looks like, but I'm just telling you, when you step out in faith, then God will use you and God will grow you and God will stretch you in ways that he otherwise wouldn't if you didn't step out in faith. So our confidence should be in the ward and we learn to be more and more confident in the Lord as we step out more and...

...more in faith and put ourselves in uncomfortable situation. Now that's key. That's where I was going to go with it, where your you led my thoughts, was you have to be willing to be stretched. Yeah, got to be willing to be uncomfortable. Yeah, and you've got to remember this thing is not about you. It's right and about your right. The the pro life issue, the issue of abortion, the Gospel, none of that's about you. It's about Jesus. It's about his glory, as we have to put ourselves the I'm like you, Vicky. You shared that you're extreme introvert. Yeah, people don't believe it. I don't know why, because I feel like I convey that I'm an introvert. I I don't like being around people. Yeah, but I tell people I'm a crucified introvert. Jesus says, take up your cross and follow me. I know I can't be a witness like he's called me to be if I'm going to stay at home and be in my own little shell and be an introvert. Yeah, if I'm going to share the Gospel and obey what God's telling me to do in his word, to go in all the world in Preace's Gospel, I got to make myself uncomfortable, I got to be a little socially awkward sometimes, I gotta put myself out there and step out and faith, because then in that I learned more and more to trust in the Lord. And then what happens in very ribly and what happened with me, and I think it happens with everyone who truly trust that God is going to use you if you just will be willing and obedient and step out in faith and he will use you as he desires, is is it gets easier and you do things that you never, yeah imagined. I never imagined I would do this or that I would ever speak on a microphone or get get in front of a crowd or even show up on a Saturday. I remember telling you I allowed to do this, but I'm never coming on a Saturday. It's crazy at there because they're nuts. Yeah, and and I think that I, maybe you've experienced that as well, that I'm still more you do it and watch God work and help you through that uncomfortable situation, the more you realize I can do it with godsolutely. I can't do it without them. Yeah, we with him I can. You're not going to get all of the confidence that you need in this area of Ministry by staying at home and no praying. No, no, you want and you're not going to get it as much as we do with trainings and stuff like that, and we have the sidewalks for life site. You're not going to get it the reading articles on sidewalks. Right, you need some of it, some confidence and some knowledge and all that stuff, but you really have got to just step out there on the sidewalk. You really got to just take that step of faith and maybe it is working in a pregnancy center, maybe it is working out a maternity home or whatever it is, whatever God's called you to, you got to just step out and do it, put yourself out there and watch God do amazing things. And then when you learn confidence in him more and more and you look back and you say, how in the world did this fruit come out of my life, then who gets the glory for that? Yeah, God, God gets you've got a testimony. You've got a testimony that is going to be able to instill your confidence now, which is not yours, it truly...

...is in the Lord. You're going to be able to instill that in the women, and that's what they need. They need confidence that I don't have to kill my baby. I am strong enough in God to do what God has brought me to, and he has brought me to this pregnancy and this child is there. Yeah, I mean simple dynamic of you can't give what you don't have, and so asside walk counselors. And so in one sense we're saying you need to have confidence right and another sense we're saying you're not going to have all the confidence you need right away. You need to step out of faith. You got to start somewhere and God will build that in you. But just for starters, right out of the gate, we've got a fact. We've got to have our foundation of what we believe about ourselves and the ministry we are called to in our effectiveness. All that in the word of God. And if you are a Christian, you have every reason to have confidence in the Lord. The Bible says that the spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives in you. If you're a child of God, you have the spirit of God and that is enough for you to take a step of faith out there on the sidewalk, take a step of faith into a pregnancy center, whatever capacity, and let God do his thing through you. So I want to encourage you in that. I don't want to know this to be a point that discourage you, but we do need to convey confidence, and so we have to be convinced in our own minds that we have in us what they need. And maybe that's just the simple thing. These women coming to an abortion clinic, coming to a pregnancy center with a crisis pregnancy situation going on, they don't have confidence in the Lord. They don't know the Lord. You have what they need, and not you and yourself, but in you the spirit of Christ dwells in you. Is The hope of glory Christ Jesus Christ in You, the hope of glory, right. Yeah, so that's attitude. Okay. Next is atmosphere. Atmosphere, okay, what does that mean? And, yeah, Cain. Remember, guys, we're speaking primarily from the context we're in, which is being at an abortion clinic on the sidewalk. Right, another a, but not a good A. Yeah, exactly. So we're talking about atmosphere, and what we're really talking about is that atmosphere that is around you. Or, from lack of a better term, maybe it's a pagan term aura. Is that a pagan term? I think that is. I don't know if we have any more. Yeah, I don't know if we have an aura or or like Karma, you know, payment when people say that. So maybe or is not the right term. But what I'm saying is the what's in the air all around you? They feel. What do you feel coming from these people? Yeah's at you, and there is a certain an atmosphere that we create. It's one of the reasons why that when we train our sidewalk counselors and one of the reasons why we would encourage you, guys. You need to be smiling, need to be happy. Yeah, the joy of the Lord. Now, listen. We're in front of an abortion clinic. We see here in Charlotte thirty we've seen recently some days were forty five babies are dying in there. With the women going in. We see the women come out with tears in their eyes. They're broken from what they've just done.

We just see the enemy ravage these people's lives and kill these babies. Just so grievous and so it's hard to convey an atmosphere of life and joy and peace and all of that. However, because we have confidence in the Lord, because he's in us, the joy of the Lord is our strength and we can convey and should convey on our faces the joy of the Lord, peace, hope. Right are. The atmosphere around us should be one of hope. It should be one of life, rather than the atmosphere. To contrast it with the atmosphere and the abortion clinic. What is it? We've heard from abortion workers, we've heard from MOM's that have gone into the abortion clinic. It's an atmosphere dead. They say it smells like death. I've had so many tell me that it smells like death, death, darkness. Yeah, they can feel it. Going in, even people who are not necessarily, you know, spiritually minded or whatever, and one's see in the atmosphere, and I want to contrast the joy of the Lord with some people looking at what happens on the pro choice side. They'll sometimes be dancing, playing music and and laughing and yeah, is is that joy? And I would challenge that. No, that's mocking. I think it's mocking the God and and God's desire for what will actually happen there. So that is that is not what we're talking about. We're not talking about dancing and ridiculing right. Yeah, you know, and you know, and even with and I've had people who I did a podcast a long time ago with Andrey Gonzalez with love life, talking about worship and prayer in front of an abortion that I kind of even had Christians say something like worship and prayer, prayer, of course, but worship, worship music in front of an abortionally, like I said, even appropriate. Yeah, and I think there's are some inappropriate ways of worship out there. I don't think we need to be playing happy dancy songs. I think there needs to be a somber, not a depressing, atmosphere. mean we play music. We set up an amplified speaker where we play worshipful, melodious and worship worshipful music, hymns and that sort of thing, and it does set the atmosphere, just naturally fills the atmosphere with with music that honors God and all of that. And so that's, you know, a practical atmosphere thing. And even now, as we're out there on the sidewalk, maybe having your phone, not in a way that distracts you, but having your phone playing and worship music. I think that's very appropriate. I think it puts us in the right mindset and we can tap into the joy of the Lord. Yeah, and yeah, there is a certain amount of like you said, with the proborts and stuff. It's just mockery and all of that. So of course we're not talking about that. We are talking about a soberness. We're talking about an attitude and atmosphere of seriousness, but also of joy. Yeah, because again, we want those women to come to us, we want them to trust us. Right, that's what this is all about. We want because if we just have an...

...atmosphere around us, we're just we're just gruff and we're just angry and we're angry at abortion it were condemning. You know, that's why we say our motivation to be out there on the sidewalk has to be out of Love, love for God first and then love for our neighbor it. We cannot be motivated by hatred. And I understand. Listen, we should hate abortion. Yeah, we should hate the abortion industry, not the people, but the industry itself. We I hate that thing. It's terrible. Still destroyed millions, millions, millions of lives. Yeah, but that can't be my motivator, right. If I'm motivated by hatred for abortion or playing parenthood, for the abortion industry, for the lies that they tell, if that's my motivation, then the atmosphere arounds me, around me, is going to be one of just what they've got inside of there. And so what we're saying is, if we want these women to trust what we have to say, then we can't have the same atmosphere around us that they are filling inside of that abortion clinic. Yeah, we need to have an atmosphere of life and peace, like I said, joy of the Lord and also, I think another very critical point of our the atmosphere we create is one of compassion. Yeah, and and you said that kind of with the with we have to love, love artus are as as ourselves. So have compassion towards them and they will feel that. Yeah, we want to help them and we truly do want to help them, and we should be able to show that through not only what we're going to get into next, how we do actually off her help, but just through our facial expression, the words that we use. Avoiding name calling, absolutely, because that's not showing compactilon. One of the things to before we move on from this point, that I you warn our people here locally, in that is, I talk to people nationally, because there can be some contentious situations in front of abortion clinics that create a very unhealthy right atmosphere out there. Yeah, with people arguing with one another, right provifers, people with different methodologies, people with different theologies, you know, the the Protestants arguing with the Catholics. Yeah, and I understand there's disagreements there. There's some some issues that we need to talk about. We need to talk about the truth, we need to talk about the scripture. Yeah, but I think there's a context for that and I in front of an abortion clinic, arguing about theological issues and stuff, as much as we might be well meaning in that, it creates an atmosphere of content, and that atmosphere of contention is no different than the contention that those women feel in their hearts and they already have in their lives. And so you're offering to them an atmosphere of they already got and they look out the window or they came walking down the street. Are they pull down the street and they see fighting and striving. Well, listen, I just came from that in my house, these people that are all for me, quote help. They can't do anything for me because they got the same stuff going on with yeah, why is that guy going on with me? Yeah, why should I trust them? Right? So we need to be careful with that. Again, I think there are conversations that need to be had, and I've had plenty of those conversations, theologically and all that. Yeah, but we need to...

...be careful for the atmosphere that we set right, you know. Yeah. So let's move on to that third one, right action, action, and in this what we're talking about is, you know, again, as the previous podcast, we talked about the Actions Of God, the faithfulness of God, the things that God has done, cheering the testimonies and that sort of thing. But those testimonies flow out of the actions, out of the actions that we do. The we really what we're getting into, the resources. That's right. The Hell how we act on what we say. That's right, and so this is important that. Yeah, we need to give accurate information, we need to convey that God has trustworthy, that their resources to help and we need to follow up with what we say we're going to do. That's right and that's that's massive. It's a huge part of trust. If you say you're going to do something and you don't do it, you have just really a roaded yeah, trust and you're going to have to start all over again and it's hard to rebuild. So we don't tell our counselors. If you make a promise her statement, be sure that you follow through on that so that they know that they can trust you. They've had a lot of deceit and discouragement and betrayal in their lives most of the time. Yeah, absolutely, the women that I meet. So that's part of it and this is one of the reasons why we need to be careful in the language that we use. We do so when we're standing out on the sidewalk. We don't need to have okay, so an example, we had the podcast couple of weeks ago about adoption. Right, yeah, and I've heard people on the sidewalk, well intending people call out, I'll adopt your baby, and I had one one lady actually did actually know. I'm sorry, it was a young man who did it. Said Yeah, I'll adopt your baby and then he came out to me and said I didn't even talked to my wife. I mean, what if they really want me to adopt their baby? Like, I probably shouldn't have offered it. You're probably seingna offered it is right. I mean that's maybe an extreme example. Yeah, and you know those stories, unfortunately, are very few and far between, and I'm sure you know God would have orchestrated thing something after he would have worked something out. But we don't need to offer things that we can't fulfill. And we you know, we might be tempted to do that because it's going to save the baby, but we don't need a lot to lie to save the baby. Right. God's again, God's the one that's doing the saving. God's the one that's doing the change in the hearts. Yeah, but they do need help, they want solutions. They are in a place where they feel like there is no solution. There is no solution other than abortion. I heard that over and over again. This is what I have to do. Yeah, and so we need to dispel that lie that abortion is their only choice or at all a valid or good choice with well, what are some other solutions that can lead them to a different choice, the choice for life? And so you know, that's where we get into our resource list, our general resources and and we have a long list of help in every area of whatever these MOMS raise, any any of the obstacles that they...

...raise, and that is such an important point in establishing trust. oftentimes they will come over when we have offered something and they'll come over to one of us and say, okay, tell me, what kind of housing do you have? Yeah, and and the want to see a list where they end, and so we have to be ready to show them. Yeah, we said we'd offer you a housing solution. Let me show you, yes, list of housing that we have. Yeah, absolutely, and it is hard work to dig for those resources. It's hard work to find those resources and we certainly again don't want to offer resources that we really don't have available, but Google is a very useful tool. Yeah, and final resources. We've been able to find. Guys, you'd be amazed at the ministries that are available out there. We one story, I don't know if we ever shared this story, but it's a powerful story, of the young lady that was drug addicted and pregnant and didn't have housing, and we were able to find a housing ministry that takes pregnant drug addicted women. It's even better than that. So she had come to the Lord on the RV also, yeah, and she had submitted her life to the Lord and she said it was the most piece she had ever felt in in her entire life. And so, and we didn't have she's pregnant. She's now a brand new believer. She, or at least she has, submitted her life. Yeah, we're at the seed has certainly been planted. She's drug addicted and and she has no money. So I googled pregnant, Christian, drug addicted. There was one more thing in there. I don't remember what it was, but there were four things. Oh, I go North Carolina. Okay, that's where we lived. Yeah, all right, and I get those were my search words and Google and what came up was a place perfect. It was Christian, it was for drug addicted women, it kept them for like three years, it would train them in in every area. But Google failed me. It was in Kentucky. It is in Kentucky, and so I said, I know you guys aren't going to go for this. Her mom was with her, but call them because maybe they'll know of some place here in North Carolina. And they they called them. I called them first and they said we have one bed. I said, well, these people are in North Carolina and we need a place in North Carolina and they said, well, we'll transfer Medicaid and within I think two or three days, that woman was there. Yeah, yeah, in Kentucky. So that's that's pretty amazing. It was a miracle. It was. Now, in that situation, though, did you convey to her, well, we're definitely going to find you a maternity home that will take you right away? Good, good question, because when when they came out of the abortion center, the the mother of the drug addicted girl said, if you can find me a place today for my...

...drug addicted daughter to go then I will get her out of that pregnancy center. Yeah, and I couldn't promise, but I said I can't. I was honest. I said I can't promise you that, but I can promise you that we will try our hardest. Yeah, and and that was enough. That was enough for her. She went and got her daughter out and our whole team was making calls. We were calling all over the city and I was googling and then this, this place came up and it all worked out. So, you know, brought that point up because even with our baby shower ministry, for example, and this is not a ministry promotion podcast, guess it just speaking from our experience. Yeah, you will our baby shower ministry, though we promise, make certain promises. Will give you a baby shower, we will give you many of the things you need for your baby close up to two years, but we don't promise will give you all the diapers that you need. In all this, we make sure that they know we're going to do the best we can give them a lot of diapers. We do, and we never had a woman that's been disappointed when we've been a baby show. Usually just over. Well, sure, we're reasonable and our promises, because one of the things that you can do to if you've tried to gain trust from an abortion mounted woman and you've gained a little bit of that trust, you can chip away that trust yourself about making unreasonable promise and she might even know in her mind that there's no way they can deliver. Yes, yeah, now, and I do want to caution people not to be discouraged if sometimes what they hear is different from what you said, because, yeah, I had an experience where our counselors, I know that counselor, and she had been calling out and I actually wasn't on the sidewalk at the time, but a couple left the abortion center and listen to her and agreed to call me to find out about our resources. And when they called me, they hou seen was the big issue and they asked about that and as I talked with them about what we could do and what we could recommend, he hung up on me and they went an aborted their child. So they had in there. I know our counselor did not say this, but in their own head what they heard was we would pay all of their housing costs so that they could move to a new apartment. Now we I've never ever heard our councilor even remotely suggests anything like that, of course, but that's what they kind of heard and we can't help that. They're not. You can't help it. You have convey the truth and if people, you know, hear something else, that's not your fault. But it is our job right to convey the truth and with our actions, be be honest, be consistent with the scriptures. We are supposed to help and as much as we're able to. Yeah, but that doesn't mean I mean we're told from, you know, the pro abortion crowd, that if we convince a mom to keep her baby, we need to provide for every one of her needs all the way up to eighteens life actually through college. Usually it's,...

...to hear, you know, a ridiculous notion rights, not even you know, remotely. Only is it not possible. You would have to imagine these women actually want that. And they don't mean most of these women. When they're in a crisis situation, it's one, one emergency situation and they need a voice of truth to step in. Just like that card I read from the young lady a couple of weeks ago. She just needed that Voice of someone speaking truth to her other than her own voice that was telling her to a boys what she said. And so many of these women that's what they want. They want someone to come in and because there's that fight in their heart, they know the right thing to do, but they don't want to do the right thing. They want to do the right thing, but they don't. They want that. You know, it's that fights, that that war that's in the heart, and what we're trying to do is tip that scale to life. Yeah, and we do that and ultimately to the Lord. And we do that and gain their trust by being truth, will be in forthright, having a proper attitude of confidence. Yeah, create an atmosphere of compassion, mercy, grace and then acting on what we say and acting on their behalf, coming to their aid and as much as we can. And you know, God does amazing things. Yeah, through that. Yeah, he does. And there is a there's a lot of great stories in the biomesure that can support this message. But but one of them that we've used a lot because it's so good. Yeah, it is, is the parable. Well, it's not a parable it's a story, a true story of Jesus walking on the water. Yeah, yeah, and this is there's actually sent three different gospels. Yeah, but it's what I'm going to be reading from his mark, chapter six and verse Forty Five. Immediately he it's Jesus, made his disciples get into a boat and go before them to the other side to Bethesna. So he's going up to the mountain to pray. He sent his disciples on their way and maybe they're wondering how you going to get their Jesus, but they know it's Jesus, so they just they figure he'll make away right, so that they obey, which is very good. Yeah, should. Yeah, but they get caught in a storm and it says now an evening came the vote. The boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land and he saw them straining to row, for wind had come against us. So there's this storm and the picture is for an abortion minded woman, there's this storm in her life and the waves are tremendus. There's a few seas against hers. Is Huge. Everything is against tonight. I'm a Kayaker. I know if you are trying to row against the wind, it is hard. You feel like you are getting nowhere. Right. Yeah, so here they are in the midst of this sea, the wind and the waves beaten against them, and it's night too. I got a man. That's all my goodness. So and so here's Jesus seeing this take place, and here's what the Bible says and says. Then he saw them straining it at rowing for the wind was against them. This is verse Forty Eight. And now, about the Fourth Watch of the night, he came to them walking on the sea and would have...

...passed them by. So he would have went right by them. And this is the picture of, you know, God knows the situations, he knows the situations these women are in and he's come to that situation. Right. That's the picture of the sidewall counselor like. We've come to that situation, we've come as a presence there, but that presence, Jesus, is not always going to come to the rescue immediately because he's waiting for them to be true, trusting toward him. Yeah, and you know, welcome him to say hey, help us are something. Yeah, exactly, to reciprocate what God has done and God's presence there, or he would he would have walked, would have right why don't? That's just monumental to think about that. Yeah, that he truly that's the real choice. The choice is not between, you know, death of the baby or life of the baby. The choices. Will you just let Jesus Walk Right by and not reach out to him? Will you trust him or will you trust the Lord? Are you going to keep rowing yourself? You know, I've actually said no, when you're not going to get anywhere, keep rowing in the sea, going around and around and around in a surfle with the wind and the way beaten against you. Are you going to invite Jesus into the situation? Right, and that's ultimately we all know the story, right. I don't think I'm conveying to anybody a story that they haven't already heard. Yeah, Jesus would have passed by, but then they saw Jesus, they thought he was a ghost. And that's so it's a lot like what we're dealing with. You know, we're dealing with an abortion amount of woman going into a situation. She's wind and waves against swirling around. She's going into the abortion clinic. She looks at US and says we're scary ghost. You know I'm saying, yeah, yeah, but if she would just and again, it takes the grace of God, it takes the spirit of God moving her heart, she would just see. You know, it's actually the Lord, through his people, has come into this situation and he wants to intervene. Would you just trust him? Yeah, you know, and of course we know in this situation, Peter says, well, Lord, if it's you, then command me to come out and walk on the water. And we know that it's you. And if it's you, and and don't mean to interrupt, I think I love that, that that question. If it's you, so and I think of the women wondering, are you who you say you'll be? Can I trust you? Can I trust us, first of all, that the intermediaries? Yeah, and ultimately, can I trust God? Is it you? If it's you, then and then I will step out on the water and of course we know what happens he steps out, Jesus is will come. He steps out as he's long as he's looking at Jesus, he's all right. When he takes his eyes off of Jesus, then he begins to sink and it's much like that picture of those abortion minded women, except, of course, in this situation. A lot of times they've not even initially had their eyes on Jesus right, but we want to help them to look to him. Ultimately, it's not about us, it's not about them look at us and trusting us, but we are God's representative and you know,...

...into the story is Jesus ultimately gets into the boat. They're safe on the other side, the storm calms and all of that, and that's what God can do in these situations with these MOMS if they would put their trust in him. And so I think that pretty much is what we want to convey to you guys. Would encourage you guys with, and that we focused a lot from the sidewall councling aspect and we've got a lot of folks that are listening that are doing sidewalk counseling or there want to get involved in sidewalk councling. We do want encourage you guys to be confident in the Lord, step out in faith. Let God use you. Go to our website, www dot sidewalks, the number four lifecom be encouraged to step out on the sidewalk, step out yourself, as Peter did, onto that water, keep your eyes signs Jesus, and she's right. You can't give what you don't have. If you want these women to fix their eyes on Jesus and trust in him, you got to do the same. But if you do, you're going to walk and water, you going to see God do some amazing things. Yeah, and the testimonies that you may have heard from us, God's going to do those things through you if you'll trust him in that way. So with that we want to wrap this thing up, but we do appreciate you guys listening and until next time, God bless me love for love, give me our loft for gratitude. I know it will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious. And some met you.

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