A Frontline Ministry
This season is all about Jesus. I pray that you get more of a thrill worshiping Jesus this Easter season than even being with your grandchildren at an Easter egg hunt. Jesus is truly the Reason for this season! I pray that you’ve been born again, for Jesus says unless you’ve been born again you will never see the kingdom of God. As we witness here on the streets of Gatlinburg, we notice that a lot of people have never been born again. They may be members of some church, but they have never totally allowed Jesus to take control of their lives. There is a lot of head knowledge about Jesus, but little heart knowledge. It breaks my heart to see so many that are living for themselves, and this world. I hope that you get to witness to someone this season and lead them to the Lord Jesus through His precious cross. Only through the shed blood of Jesus can you and I, or anyone find forgiveness for our sins.
Looking past Easter a bit, in Chapter 1 of the Book of Acts Jesus is telling the disciples they need to wait and receive the Holy Spirit before they go out to witness. Jesus proved Himself to them as He was with them 40 days after He rose from the grave. The word of God says that He spoke to them about things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Can you imagine all the things that He must’ve said? And then He talked about the Holy Spirit coming upon them and giving them power, I mean God Almighty power! If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are a stick of dynamite in the hands of God! When you go out to witness in the power of the Holy Spirit you know something is going to happen to someone! You may not know what that is, but you are excited just to wait for something to happen!
Every time Mark Martin and I go out on the street, we pray for God to move mightily through us and our testimony. We believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Like the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto the salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek. I pray that you are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Paul talks about it again in the book of 2nd Timothy where he says that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. And he adds, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.”
Years ago, I used to spend as much time as I could with Evangelist Arthur Blessitt. Arthur used to tell me that the reason more people were not out witnessing openly for Jesus is that they are simply ashamed of Him. They don’t want to be identified with Him in all that He would ask them to do and to be. I hope that’s not true, but the older I get the more I wonder. Jesus says if you’re ashamed of me here, I’ll be ashamed of you before my Father who is in heaven. This Easter season before we celebrate, we may have to get down on our knees and repent of our sin of silence before God. BTW there are now over 363 million people in North America, with 350 different languages and more than 14 religions. 273 million of these people, at our back door so to speak, have no relationship with Jesus! I hope this next week or two you will get alone with the Lord and make sure that everything is laid bare before Him, and you know you are His child, and that He loves you most dearly. The Awesome love of God!
After Jesus told the disciples they would receive power after that the Holy Ghost would come upon them and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. After He had said these things while they were looking at Him, He was taken up and a cloud received Him out of their sight. As they were looking there, two angels came and told them Jesus shall come again in the same manner as they had seen Him go into heaven.
One reason we are able to celebrate Jesus every day of our lives is because we know that one day He is coming back and He is going to take us to be with Him forever. No man knows the hour or the day, only the Father knows. I can look around and see signs that would indicate that His coming again could be very soon. We look around and see how evil the world is getting and we think that Jesus must be coming back real soon.
But think about Nineveh and what happened when Jonah finally repented and started preaching a message of repentance to the King and the people of Nineveh, one of the most wicked cities on the face of the earth. We know that when the message of God was presented by Jonah in the power of God, the people of Nineveh believed, even proclaiming a fast and put on sackcloth as the king even sat in ashes. The king knew the evil of the people and the violence that was in their hands. Being scared that God was going to destroy them in 40 days, they repented as the king questioned, “Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?” The Bible says that God saw their works, that they had turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said He would do to them; and He did it not. I pray that you and I will see a mighty move of God in the very near future not only for our nation but for the nations and peoples of the world! Keep believing and keep praying!
We are at the point to where we (DCEA) need to sell a 12 passenger Ford E350 van, or as I would like to do, give it away to another ministry. It has 83,000 miles on it and is in great shape. We used it to take people on our New England “GLORY STONES” Christian Heritage Tour (contact Sue or David if you would like to go). We find that most folks would rather fly to Boston and be picked up there. For small groups we can use our new van, for larger groups we can rent a van in Boston, thus saving expensive insurance and upkeep on an additional van. Pray we do what God wants done with this asset. Also, I have given away several cases of the outstanding book we use on this tour, The One Year Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten. If you would like to have your own copy, please let me know. As funds are available, I will get one to you. I believe you will be most blessed to use it daily.
I will be leaving in a couple of days working in New York City with our mission team from our church. Please pray that we see souls saved and that the church we are working with will reap a harvest from all our efforts. The following week Mark Martin and I will be going to Exuma in the Bahamas to work with the Reverend Cedric Smith and John James doing street ministry during the Bahamas National Family Island Regatta held in Georgetown, Exuma. After that we will try to do the events in Memphis and possibly in Indianapolis. We’ve had big crowds here during Spring Break that we’ve witnessed to and we anticipate even larger crowds of tourists this summer. If you have time to help us on the streets, we will supply you with excellent gospel tracts. Thank you for your prayers and love.
David and Sue Cobb