Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Break Free in Las Vegas

Break Free made its first trip to Las Vegas last weekend. We made some connections with a few Christian bboys out there and wanted to partner up with them in an outreach. It was my first time to sin city and I must say the devil really has a strong hold on that place. As we were getting closer to the city I could feel sense darkness in my spirit. A good friend of mine, Mike Williams, opened up his heart/home to us to crash for the weekend. Mike also, hooked us up with doing an outreach with his church in the downtown area called freemont street. Like, I said when you bring the light of the gospel into darkness; the devil will put up a fight. In a nutshell, we were constantly harassed by security as we stood our ground in proclaiming Jesus as Lord. We were serving about 20 feet away from a palm reading caravan. There were perverted and strange street performances all along the area but since we were sharing Christ we were hit the hardest. I couldn’t help but think of Ephesians 6 when Paul talked about the spiritual warfare. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” After we were getting discouraged of the devils flaming arrows hitting us, we started to quote scriptures like these. “ Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the World.” We had no more problems because the Word says when you resist the devil he will flee from you. Praise the Lord, He gave us the grace to stand our ground and preach the gospel against much opposition. Our team as a whole probably handed out over a thousand gospel tracts and had many good one on one conversation’s. The dancing was a great tool in order to draw a crowd to reach more people. Jesus was and is victorious!!! Our prayer is that revival would take place and that Las Vegas would no longer be known as sin city but saint city!!

Brea Wellness Festival- Brea, CA

Break Free had the open door to serve at the Brea Wellness festival at the Brea Community Center. I (Josh) work there part time and my co-workers offered me an opportunity to set up a table to promote the gospel. The dancing drew people to our table and we handed out almost all of our gospel tracts and had many good one on one conversation’s about how to come into a relationship with Jesus Christ. There were tons of vendors and hundreds of people who made their way through the community center. It was a great opportunity to proclaim truth. I have my degree in exercise and wellness and so I have heard many times the different aspects of wellness such as emotional, mental, spiritual, physical ect. And the most important element to wellness is definitely the soul. Humanity can’t do anything to get rid of the spiritual disease called sin. No works, church going, or so called moral goodness we could do can get rid of sin. We have all sinned and broken Gods moral Laws (lying, stealing, lust ect.) and sin has a consequence (Romans 3:23, 26). It separates us from a relationship God wants to have with us and it will send us to hell if we don’t turn from our sin and accept by faith Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross for forgiveness. God is love but He is also a God of justice who must punish sin. I think of what Jesus said “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his own soul? What can a man give in exchange for his soul?” No matter how much you accomplish in this life or how successful you are, where will you spend eternity? If you died today, is your life right with God? “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: That while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Jesus paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay. You can be forgiven of your sins, go to heaven when you die, and have a relationship with God as a free gift if you repent (turn from sin) and Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the son of God to forgive you. He is the reason we exist, to bring him honor and glory He rightly deserves! Once you do that you will pass from death to life spiritual. Then you are made spiritually well!]