Greetings, beloved ones in Christ;
A short while ago, I shared a brief testimony about Edward, an 83 year old homeless man who was delivered from poverty and homelessness (pretty much overnight) by way of the word of the Lord. I feel though, that I should share with you here a few more details about how this came about, and this simply so that you might be ENCOURAGED in your faith knowing that you too can speak forth the creative word of the Lord into the lives of hurting, lost, and needy people.
Let me dive right in here by just saying that this whole thing with Edward started one Thursday night when the name of a particular “Bar and Grille” (of all things) was quickened to me by the Spirit. Now, I had never been to this place before. I had never even heard of this place before, but I knew in my spirit that I was to head out for this place ASAP, so I did that with a brother in the Lord (Tim).
Tim and I were surprised when we first got to this bar, for when we got there we had no witness to even go inside, but rather, we just felt that we should move on by the place and walk on down the street for a ways. We then walked for a couple of city blocks until we came upon a small, dark, and empty city park.
At first I thought that there was no one in this park, but then I saw a beautiful white-haired old man who was sitting on the ground leaning against a tree. Tim and I knew immediately that to this man we were sent. The bar was clearly just a way that the Lord used to bring us to this particular man. This man’s name was (is) Edward.
Anyway, we went over and talked with Edward for a while and we helped him out with a bit of money, too. I couldn’t help but to keep looking into Edward’s eyes at this time and tell him just how beautiful he looked to me and tell him that he should never forget that he is a child of the King. He then smiled at me, and at one point he told me that the way that I was looking at him was the way that a Nun that he once knew also used to look at him. I took this as a nice compliment.
We talked with Edward there in the park for a while, and we all prayed together there. The witness of the Spirit at the time was for us to simply pray for God’s favor and provision for Edward. So we did that, and then after a while Tim and I felt led to move on.
The Holy Spirit then led Tim and I to another man and his family that night who were in the midst of a great family crisis, but I’m not going to try to share on any of that here. After all of this, we returned home.
The very next day though, I awoke with a tremendous burden still for Edward. I knew that I had to meet with him again, but I knew that I would not be able to catch a bus into the city until late that afternoon. This created a bit of a problem for me, as later on that evening there would be no return bus available for me. I would be stranded in the city.
The Lord worked this out though, and this by providing for me a free room at a downtown hotel. God provided a free room for two nights, actually, and because of this I was able to spend several days and nights with Edward, and I was then also able to dial in quite precisely to what the Father wanted to do in Edward’s life and situation.
Now, I’m going to have to cut this a little bit short here, but I will tell you that the night before Edward was delivered from the streets, the Father spoke to me that He was going to perform a miracle in Edward’s life. I was told then to just believe for a miracle. The Father told me to go and TELL Edward that the very next day he would not only be free from homelessness, but that he would have his own apartment! I was also directed to tell him that was he was going to come into a large sum of money. Edward then said to me, “David, I truly believe that you are a man of God, and I have no reason to believe that what you say won’t come to pass. I know that God has sent you to me. Why me though? And why now?”
God then gave me a lot to share with Edward as to the reasons for the things that he has suffered and as to the reasons for his soon coming deliverance. I feel to keep these things just between Edward and myself and the Lord for now, though.
Anyway, after sharing all that was given to me by the Holy Spirit to share with Edward that night, I went back to my hotel room to pray. I woke the next day with great excitement and anticipation in my spirit for what was about to happen. I knew that Edward was somehow going to be delivered on this day, but I didn’t have much of a clue as to how it was going to happen. Let me tell you how it happened…
When I met with Edward in the park that last morning, I felt led to ask him if he had a number for any social workers who had worked on his case before. He then fished around in his shopping cart for a while and came up with something. It was a piece of paper with the telephone number of a woman written on it. I knew that I needed to contact this person right away.
Now this person (Val) worked for the Department of Social Services and had lost all contact with Edward many months prior to this phone call. She was a Christian sister, so when she asked me how I had found Edward, I simply told her that the Lord had led Tim and I right to him by His Spirit, that we’re involved in this sort of thing quite often as led by the Lord.
This sister then went on to tell me that she had sent away many months prior to this to the record department in the state of Mississippi to try to get a birth certificate for Edward. She had not been able to help him very much because he had no I.D., but she then went on to explain that she now had his birth certificate in her possession, and that this (birth certificate thing) was a VERY BIG DEAL, because since 2004 the Social Security System has been depositing $700/month into a bank account for Edward! The truth was that with the identification, Edward would be able to access close to $40,000!!! Oh, how I was rejoicing to see Father’s plan for all of this come together!!
I then made arrangements with “Val” to meet with her that I might be instrumental in getting her together with Edward. When the three of us finally did come together, the first thing that we did was to PRAISE GOD and THANK HIM for what He was doing in Edward’s life. We also then asked for His divine direction in all that we had yet to do in Edward’s situation.
Beloved, one door after another was opening for us in the spirit and in the natural, but this only happened after the Father’s will was proclaimed in the situation by the creative word. Edward not only now had access to a bunch of money, but the Father also made way for him to move into an apartment that very same afternoon! Absolutely everything that the Father had me proclaim to this beautiful man the night before was coming to pass right before our eyes! God was doing the miracle that He said He would do … if I would just believe for it … and would also speak forth the word (given to me) to bring it all about!
Anyway, beloved friends, there is a whole lot more to this story which might be a blessing for me to share with you, but I feel that the Holy Spirit is now leading me to briefly share with you just why it is that I have written what I have written here already …
Though I mentioned to you before in a previous e-mail about the wonderful things that the Father did in Edward’s life, I felt that I needed to share with you today just a little more about all of this to encourage you THAT YOU AND I HAVE AUTHORITY AND AN ANOINTING GIVEN TO US FROM THE HOLY ONE TO CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES! IF WE WILL JUST WALK INTIMATELY WITH THE FATHER AND MAKE OURSELVES AVAILABLE TO HIM TO BE USED BY HIM FOR HIS PURPOSES, THEN HE WILL REVEAL TO US HIS HEART AND HIS WILL FOR PARTICULAR PEOPLE AND FOR PARTICULAR SITUATIONS AND HE WILL THEN HAVE US SPEAK HIS WILL INTO EXISTENCE IN THESE VERY SITUATIONS! THIS, BELOVED, IS ALL ABOUT US SPEAKING THE CREATIVE WORD OF THE LORD!
What I am sharing with you here is simply about a measure of REIGNING in Christ. Many of us have learned how to be somewhat intimate with the Father, but there also must come a time when out from this intimacy comes deliverance for others. Beloved, we are not becoming intimate with the Father just for the sake of that intimacy, but are being brought to a place of great intimacy with the Father so that we can SET HIS CREATION FREE!
This is about all that I feel led to say on this, for now. Bless all of you.