Hit The Streets
by Becky DeWitt
Recently, I attended a two week revival at my church headquarters in Charleston that challenged me to do something in a way that I never even imagined. The challenge is to win souls for Jesus Christ, but with a new compassion. You may say that as a Believer, that is a part of the Great Commission. But like many in the Body of Christ, I was beginning to fall asleep on the pew inside the four walls. Because of the hunger within, I had gotten tired of church as usual. I know deep within that there is more that we have yet to experience.
One night while standing at the altar as a prayer went forth into the atmosphere for the fire and passion of evangelism, there was a change. I heard the Holy Spirit whisper a name, Bill Sunday. Now, I had heard of the great evangelist from the early 1900’s, but have never read or researched anything about him. I was prompted to go to the internet to look for more information. Well, the first thing that I found was a sermon from 1922 entitled “He That Winneth Souls Is Wise.
As I read this sermon, I received and impression for the “one”. Everyone does not receive salvation at the altar inside the four walls. Notice I did not say church, because the Body of Christ holds the position of the church. I know from first hand experience. No one led me to the altar. No one gave me the words to the sinner’s prayer. For the state of mind that I was in at the time, the only thing that could lift me up and out was to call out to the Father. There are some who receive Jesus through one on one conversation. Maybe that “one” is the “one” who will be used to win thousands. Have you ever thought about the “one” in that aspect?
The book of Acts gives a glimpse into the movement of the early church. Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire despite persecution. This move of God has been continuous for centuries. It will never die, but only intensify through the fires of the Holy One that have yet to be imparted, received, and manifested as the time grows closer to the return of the Lord. Anyone who attempt to hinder or frustrate this move are in for the awakening and conversion that will boggle their minds.
Jesus gave instructions to the disciples not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: 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.” (Acts 1:8). These were the last words that Jesus spoke unto them before His ascension. Can you even imagine the Holy Spirit waiting for Jesus to return to His heavenly abode so the He could receive the tag to enter into the earth realm in a new way? Remember the Holy Spirit was at the beginning of creation hovering, moving, and waiting for the Lord to speak before He would began the construction process. Unlike the days of the Old Testament, now He would be able to dwell within this creation. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:4).
Those who waited in the upper room did not stay there. They were to be witnesses to the entire world and not to each other. The church has to come out of the upper room and get into the market place. You cannot be a witness in the upper room because the people who are there are just like you. The people outside are waiting for you to come out.
Now when they came out of the upper room, they came out! They came out with a new thing, speaking in other tongues the wonderful works of God. They could not contain themselves as the fire burned within. Can you imagine being at the mall and all of a sudden this group of people comes through speaking mysteries that you hear and understand flooding your very being?
It is always noted that Peter spoke to give those who were in confusion an explanation of what had just happened. His words that day led to the conversion of over 3000 souls. Can we take this to the mall or even to the football stadium? “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47).
Everyone else in the upper room may not have had the opportunity to speak to a crowd. Maybe the language that they spoke was just for one or a few. What language will you speak to the one or few that are assigned to you? As a result of this experience, I wrote my first tract for witnessing. I asked the Lord to give me the words that would reach the “one” for salvation. I understand that there are many who need salvation. But maybe while speaking to the “one”, I would have spoken to many.
“The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a Christian author, Becky DeWitt’s writings reveal trials and tribulations as well as edification to the soul. Her books express the need to talk about Jesus Christ from the ordinary everyday perspective with titles that are uncommon and the cover art as well. Recently, her company, Blood Drop Inheritance Group launched into the area of Christian greeting cards.
Promise Cards are uniquely designed with words of divine inspiration. Currently, the different collections are located in local hotel gift shops in Myrtle Beach, The Lighthouse Christian Book Store in Conway, Jasmine Dreams – an organic Tea Shop in Surfside Beach, Balsa Bill In Myrtle Beach,The Eagles Nest Shop in Loris, and other locations in the surrounding area.
She has published four books with Brentwood Christian Press, with the latest, “Lips-Sacred or Scarred; Take Your Mouth Off The Mess and Use It For A Miracle”, receiving a review on the Publisher’s Review Page. Her articles are also published in the Christian Voice, the local area Christian magazine. She has just published her first children’s short story, Destiny’s Closet. Becky is a member of Tree of Life Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Elaine W. Green. Becky lives and works in the Grand Strand Community of Myrtle Beach, SC.