Thirsty for Change

“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6 NLT)

Jesus went around everywhere revealing what the justice of God looks like. He healed the sick. He cleansed lepers no one would touch. He made a way where none seemed possible. That, my friends, is the inheritance we have picked up when we laid down our lives to follow Christ.10830707_587807737986351_8069300916476972256_o

For those who would like to volunteer this year at Project Warm, we would like you to pray through Luke 6:27-42.

“Love your enemies! Do good to them without expecting to be repaid.” Why? because this looks so strange to those who have never known love. “… for He is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”  Lord, fill us with thanks and keep us from being the wicked who pass judgement when we have received mercy, who steal and refuse to give back what you have given us.

Jesus came to bring justice to the world. He left and put his Holy Spirit inside of us so that we would be empowered to bring that same justice to those who have been imprisoned by fear, lies, and their past. Today is the day of salvation. As Jesus loved the leper in Luke 6:12-15, we love. He touched. He forgave. He healed.

There is no fear in perfect love. Jesus pronounced forgiveness as people came to him. Why? Because they came to him. That showed faith. We pray those who come to Project Warm will receive God’s forgiveness and healing, complete healing, body, mind and soul.  We offer them the divine exchange – to let go of the old so that they can receive new. They don’t come with much in the way of physical belongings, but they come with mindsets that keep them in captivity to defeat. Like chipping away at an old wall, we invite the Holy Spirit to lead and work through volunteers and donations, and the warm, safe sleeping environment, to open hearts to let go.

Jesus didn’t come to get justice against man. He came to get justice against the devil, who had been stealing, killing and destroying from his children since the Fall of Man. He came to take back the keys of authority and hand it once again to man. I pray we will love without judgement this year, so that we will not be judged. I pray we will not speak or think thoughts of condemnation, because those will come back at us. God is on a rescue mission, not just for the guests at Project Warm, but for us. He wants to see the Body of Christ lifted up out of religious mindsets, self-righteous thoughts and fear.  Who are we to judge who is worthy?

Isaiah 64:6 “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”

Over the years, we’ve shared the gospel with many men at Project Warm. One of the hardest mindsets to move past is, “I’m not worthy, you don’t know what I’ve done.” Jesus offered forgiveness because they came. It wasn’t what we’ve done that made us worthy. It is what HE did. It’s true that men die in their sin when they don’t receive what Christ offered. It hurts to see old lies of rejection keep people from freedom. It hurts to see them die suddenly, as we have, after years of prayer and conversations. Do you know how DEEP the rejection of a father reaches into the heart of men? May their ears be open to hearing what you’re really like God!

As the guests come this year, what will we offer?
What would change your mind?

Have you seen the mercy of Jesus? What did it feel like. Come, share that. Give time to listen. Respond without judgement. Yes, it can be hard. But it’s not an option if we want people to want what we have. Choose the way of Christ. He said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” That is who he chose to spend time with.

So, what are you doing with your time? Can you spare some?

We have a unique opportunity, a warm, comfortable place to get to know people and a chance to show them what healthy community looks like. Even thought they don’t have much, it’s hard to let go of what we know for something we can’t understand. Every volunteer who shares their time, bringing love and direction helps break down those walls of rejection. We ask them to lay down the life they were never meant to live for the one God has dreamed of for them. It can seem impossible for them, but we can pray for the step they need to take right now. Ask them to take the next step and encourage them to pray, to turn from their old life and to receive from God.

Then, tell them about Hope. Hope Ministries is right next door to us. They offer a program for life change and teach a way that most have never known. They spend every day reclaiming what the devil has stolen from those who have been born into poverty, abuse or who have no place to go. It is a place of true Hope and life change founded on Christ’s love. They help change minds every day so hearts can receive.

God, let your justice come, one step at a time, one volunteer at a time, one prayer at a time. Fill your people with generosity and love, with kindness and a sense of justice, so that we don’t tolerate what God would not tolerate.

The volunteer calendar is open. The link is at the top of this page. If you are a believer in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit and able to show the love of Christ without condemnation or judgement, we’d love to have you volunteer. We do require that you are an active member of a Christ centered church who believes Jesus Christ is the son of God, who came in the flesh as the Messiah, the savior of the world. He still heals and works miracles through his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thank you God for the miracles you have planned to work through your kids this year and for your kids. We love you!  Amen.