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Luke 14:21… “So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” (KJV).
The words “being angry” refers to “being angry for the last time.” Will God shut out people from one of the last great movements of His Spirit because of disobedience to His call? He sends His servants to go to the ones outside of the church, to the people of the cities and of the streets. The Lord is sending His people out to move into the enemy’s strongholds. The churches that are growing are the churches that are reaching out to the hurting.
This is the time for evangelism’s finest hour. When the Lord judges the doings of mankind, He first looks to see what His people are doing. Before the angels came to Sodom, they came first to the man of God, Abraham, then to Lot, whom the Bible calls a righteous man. When Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed it was not so much for the sin that was there (and there was lots of sin there), but rather because of what was not there. There were hardly any righteous people there. The fate of these cities rested in the righteous (Genesis 18:23-33). God has great concern for cities and He has given a call for the church to reach the inner cities. In Revelation 1:20, Jesus tells John that the churches are God’s lampstands in the community. In Revelation 2:5, the Lord told the church in Ephesus to repent and return to their first love or He would come and remove their candlestick. Any church that does not do the will of God has no reason to stay alive. It does not embarrass the Lord to shut down a ministry or a church if they are not doing His will. And what about Ephesus today? It is nothing but ruins, a testimony of failure in repenting and returning to rebuild the foundation Paul laid down. Jesus told the Ephesus church to return to its first love, Christ.
God has never planned for believers to live in anything else than the calling He established for them. The words “bring hither” in Luke 14:21 means “to lead or to bring people into what’s going on.” When churches abandon the inner cities, they take their skills and anointing with them and the city falls into disarray. God is saying, “It’s time to get back in.” The invitation is going out to people of the streets, to the “poor”, i.e., people who have been reduced to beggary and people who can’t make it economically. The call goes out to the “maimed”; i.e., to the ones who are deprived of some member of the body, who are handicapped and depend on the help of others. These are the ones who have lost their hope of ever making it in life. Society has cut them off and they are considered outcasts. The call goes out to the “halt”; i.e., someone crippled in their feet, their physical movement hindered, or one who is crippled spiritually and unable to function in things spiritual. The word “blind” is used to refer to someone who has no physical sight, but it also refers to having no spiritual sight. They live in darkness and are unable to perceive truth. God is calling His people to go out on to the streets of the cities and compel them to come in. God is targeting these kinds of people in the end times and he is pouring out His grace upon them.
Luke 14:23… “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (KJV). The word “compel” is a powerful word. It’s the word for the last hour. The word means to “convince” the lost to come in. The refreshing of the Spirit on the church in the end times is for “compelling” the people of the streets to fill up God’s house. God has a last-hour thrust for the church to sweep in the suffering mass of lost humanity. The anointing in you will help to “convince” them to come to Christ.
Isaiah 61:1-3 speaks about our day and the anointing to preach good tidings to the “meek” (those bowed down in affliction), to those are “brokenhearted” (those who are mentally defeated and are unable to govern their own lives), to the “captives” (those who are prisoners to habits such as drugs and immoral things), to those who are “bound” (no liberty because the flesh is too strong), to those who “mourn” (laden with grief that drains their peace and joy). All of these sit in great darkness and in the shadow of death.
The call to the church is to bring them to the Light, to the great supper. Instead of seeing drug addicts and pushers on the streets, we need to start seeing future deacons, future leaders, future preachers, and evangelists. We need to see Jesus Christ transforming their lives as only He can do it. Ironically, God said to the rich Laodicean church that they were wretched, blind, miserable, and poor (Revelation 3:17). Why? Because, being satisfied with their own wealth, they wouldn’t go out to save the poor. They became spiritually what the poor were physically.
Isaiah 61:1-2… “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD (KJV). That’s where the power goes. The anointing is the greatest when you are ministering to the hurting. Jesus said in Luke 14:13-14 that when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind.
Pastor George Belobaba
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