God Speaks Through Other People
The depth of God’s love amazed me! My husband and I were driving to the Maximum Security Juvenile Justice Center in east Tampa to minister to the youth incarcerated there, as we had for many years. The Lord spoke very clearly to me during the 45 minute trip from home to the Center. He said, “There will be someone in the meeting tonight you must give this message to: ‘Someone is planning to do something that will either cause you to go to jail for the rest of your life or you will be killed in the process and go to hell!’” It jarred me; it was so emphatic and abrupt.
I knew I had to speak it forth and thought of how I would weave it into the end of my ministry talk. My husband ministered to the youth immediately after our praise and worship time. I had been praying from the moment I had gotten to the Center. I was winding down my ministry talk and I said what the Lord had asked me to speak. “God said to me ‘Someone is planning to do something that will either cause you to go to jail for the rest of your life or you will be killed in the process and go to hell!’” “He is warning you in advance so that you can abort what you are planning to do.” All the youth were stunned and exceptionally quiet. After my announcement, it was time for our one-on-one prayer time and a line formed in front of both my husband and me. The second person in my line, Danny, was a blonde haired, blue-eyed young man 16-18 years of age. He had a chunky build and was close to six feet tall, so he had to lean over to whisper to me that he was the one I was speaking of. He said that one of his friends had been killed a few nights earlier in a gang related shooting. Danny was in the Juvenile Justice Center at the time as was another friend, Mike, who had just been released the day before. Danny and Mike were both plotting to kill the young man who had performed the “hit” on their friend after they both got out of detainment.
I was astonished. My husband and I had both spoken to the group about the love God has for them in spite of what they had done. His wanting to intervene before a horrific crime was committed that would destroy 3 young men’s lives was truly an act of love. I sternly assured Danny that God was not playing games. It became very apparent to me why the Lord had told me the person would “either be apprehended and sent to prison for the rest of his life or he would be killed in the process and his soul would go to hell”. The fear of God fell upon Danny and he began to weep on my shoulder. I told Danny he and Mike must abort their plan to kill this young man. God was clearly warning him there would be no way out for him if he went through with it.
Overnight I tossed and turned with the responsibility of knowing there was a plan to murder someone and I was not completely sure it would be called off. The next morning I called the night shift manager at the Juvenile Justice Center whom we had worked with for many years. I asked if we could come back in to counsel with Danny. He gladly agreed. The next night my husband and I returned to make sure Danny was going to cancel the planned attack. We were amazed when we got in the room to speak with him. Before we could say anything, Danny, looking excited, bounded over to us and told us what had happened the day after I had prayed with him. His friend Mike, who had been released earlier, called him and told him that his uncle Vic was a Christian, and he had come to visit him. Uncle Vic had told Mike word-for-word the exact message I delivered to Danny on the same night we had gone to the Juvenile Justice Center. Mike told Danny he knew they had to cancel their plans. Danny looked relieved and surprised that the Lord would go to such lengths to protect him and Mike from making a horrible mistake that could affect the rest of their lives and their eternity. We prayed with Danny again, and left knowing the Lord had given me a Word of Wisdom to spare his life. I felt deeply humbled and amazed. I knew I was only a messenger, but what a privilege it was to be a conduit between the Lord and someone else, especially when it draws someone closer to the Lord.
As a review, How God Speaks Part 1 was through His Creation. Part 2 was through His written Word- the Bible. Part 3 was through an internal voice and Part 4 through other people.
Many times the Lord has spoken to someone I knew, and they called me to encourage me or sent me a card to let me know they were praying for me. Early in my Christian walk I did not realize someone encouraging me at just the right time was orchestrated by the Lord. Since then, I have watched similar things happen with other people I knew. Many have reported how God touched them through someone else’s obedience. I have heard testimonies of people praying for a specific need, only to have someone knock on their door within hours of their prayer, giving them the very thing they had prayed for. The Lord had heard their prayer and answered it through another individual.
There have been times when I was in a church service and the Pastor or Bible Teacher spoke the exact answer to something I had prayed about. I have also been called forward in a service where a Prophet has spoken a word over my life that confirmed something the Lord was telling me He wanted me to do. I have known Apostles, who have seen the call of God on people’s lives and led them in the right direction, helping them grow in their Spiritual gifts. God has also led Evangelists to the right field of harvest with the timely message for the people, so that they can hear the Word of Truth and choose to believe in Jesus Christ and what He did for all mankind. The Lord loves working through a man or a woman to reach mankind. The only requirement is being a willing vessel to listen and to obey.
The Old and New Testaments of the Bible are filled with many testimonies of those like Moses, Noah, Deborah, Ester, Abraham, David, Joseph, Elijah, Elisha, Elizabeth, John, Peter and Paul who are only a few examples of God speaking through others. None were qualified except for the fact that God spoke to them and they obeyed. One of my favorite stories and probably the most profound is when Mary, the sister of Lazarus, anointed Jesus with oil.
Matthew 26:6-13 “Now when Jesus came back to Bethany and was in the house of Simon the leper, A woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very precious perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, For what purpose is all this waste? For this perfume might have been sold for a large sum and the money given to the poor. But Jesus, fully aware of this, said to them. Why do you bother the woman? She has done a noble (praiseworthy) and beautiful thing to Me. For you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me. In pouring the perfume on My body she has done something to prepare Me for My burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news (the gospel) is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told also, in memory of her.” See John 11:2.
This story has a powerful impact when considering the Lord God used someone who was not in the 5-fold ministry, perhaps not well educated, and of no prominence in society. In addition, she was a woman. Although Jesus had been preparing his disciples for His coming death on the cross, it was not computing in their brains. They were only looking through their natural eyes and could not envision a time when He would not be with them. We do not know if Mary fully understood about Jesus’ coming death, regardless, she ministered to her Lord in a mighty way. I can’t recall another instance of anyone ministering to Jesus during his ministry. Her thoughts were not to receive from Him, but to minister to Him and she touched His heart mightily. I believe the Holy Spirit, through the love of God the Father for His Son, moved on Mary’s heart to anoint Him before His horrible humiliation and death on the cross. It was Father God reaching out to His Son through a common woman who received no respect for her deed except from Jesus.
His own disciples failed to minister to Him through prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane when He asked them, before His arrest and crucifixion. Prior to that, they were often concerned about their position of authority in the Kingdom and among each other. Most of them deserted Him during His trial and crucifixion. I don’t mention that to demean or dishonor them, because they eventually all gave their lives for the sake of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but at a crucial time, He had a need and it was Mary who met it.
The Bible is not a book of stories about super-heroes. It is the history of God’s story as He interacts with mankind. It is the testimony of Who God is, and how His Kingdom operates apart from the natural world we live in. God is the Super hero, mankind is flawed and incapable unless the hand of God is upon them. Mary, moved by God, ministered to her Lord just prior to His gruesome death on the cross and God made sure her story would be told throughout the millenniums until the Lord returns.
The Lord would use us all if we would let Him. It has nothing to do with being more spiritual. Humility is a willingness to trust the Lord and not our own instincts or thoughts. If He chooses to use us, humility makes us willing to submit to His direction. His invitation goes out to all, “For many are called but few are chosen”. Matthew 20:16. It is actually pride that prevents us from submitting to and obeying the Lord. When we no longer care what other people think, and we’re not focused on what would happen if we failed, then we can be used in mighty ways to touch others, and even the Lord Himself.
God speaks through nature, His Word, internally in our hearts and through others. These are not all the ways He speaks. Our series will continue. My question is, are we listening?