I so enjoyed the poems and songs submitted by followers on this blog the last few weeks before Easter. Thanks to those who contributed and a special thanks to those who walked with us by reading the blogs, “liking” the site, and following the pathway of the cross the last few weeks.
Last week I spoke to a friend of mine named Tim Williams. Tim is from Polk County, Florida, and Tim is seeing the entire county transformed. How? Community outreach by various churches in that county, prayer and intercession at the “gates” or main entrances into his county, and by BILLBOARDS! Yep, we’re back to billboards again. (I can’t get away from that, can I?)
COMMUNITY OUTREACHES In community outreaches, the various churches come together to give out food to the unemployed and/or homeless. They call themselves “The Gathering Place”. Tim said, “We don’t preach from the stage. We have worship music going on. Ministry is face to face, feet to feet, loving on people, being examples of Christ. Some ask why are you doing this? He (Jesus) did it for us. We’re building relationships with people.”
PRAYING AT THE GATES Tim and his team prayerfully went to the entrances of the city on the main highways and roads that bring outsiders into their county. At each city gate, Tim’s prayer group put oil on the roadway and prayed:
9 Evil people will be sent away,
but those who trust the Lord will inherit the land.
10 In a little while the wicked will be no more.
You may look for them, but they will be gone.
11 People who are not proud will inherit the land
and will enjoy complete peace (Psalms 37:9-11 NCV).
Can I tell you that the newspapers report that the crime rate has “unexplainably” gone down in Polk County, Florida?
BILLBOARDS God spoke to Tim’s hearts about putting up billboards. I was so
surprised to find out that the billboards with the cross on it had stopped 2 suicides. Tim says God spoke to him to put up billboards through the following scriptures:
10 Go through, go through the gates!
Make the way ready for the people.
Build up, build up the road!
Move all the stones off the road. (Obstacles such as drugs, pornography, prostitution, etc….)
Raise the banner as a sign for the people.
11 The Lord is speaking
to all the faraway lands:
“Tell the people of Jerusalem,
‘Look, your Savior is coming.
He is bringing your reward to you;
he is bringing his payment with him.’ ”
12 His people will be called the Holy People,
the Saved People of the Lord,
and Jerusalem will be called the City God Wants,
the City God Has Not Rejected (Isaiah 62:10-12).
God searches the earth looking for people whose hearts are going hard after him. When he finds someone who’s faithful to him, he will trust that man or that woman with his message, his work, his plan of redemption.
Are we ready? Are we inspired? Will God find us seeking Him–what I call spending time under the Tree of Life?
I’m guessing that when God moves in your county or in mine, he won’t wave a magic wand and make it all happen. I think God will look for a person. He’ll look for a man or woman who’s willing to work, willing to obey Him, happy to serve and do all that is in God’s heart to do.
What do you think? Will God change your county in your lifetime? Are there prayers or scriptures that you pray concerning your realm of influence? Please share with us.