Our venue was the first floor of a college house on a popular college street. We had live music, food and drinks. But all of that was forgotten as I stared into a situation brand new to me. Preach to the street? Fine. Whatever. I nervously asked the Lord what testimony He would like me to share and He led me to share the first testimony in my book, Life Resurrected. It’s a resurrection testimony.
I quickly asked Him to fill me with courage as I opened my mouth. It felt like a struggle with the first couple of words as I was trying to overcome my own anxiety but then something wonderful happened. The Holy Spirit took over. The words of the testimony began to flow out of me, echoing off of the surrounding buildings. It didn’t matter that the street was almost empty. I had no idea who was listening but it didn’t matter. The gravel on the sidewalk was going to listen to what the Lord had to say.
My testimony finished but the Lord wasn’t done. He led me to begin talking about spiritual resurrection. I don’t remember what was said but it was a lot about intimacy with the Lord being resurrected. Hope being resurrected. I couldn’t see anything amazing happening out there but I knew the Love of God was flowing out into the crisp evening air. And then it was over and I handed the microphone back to my buddy. I was just blown away by the experience.
A couple of hours later a young man came over to the house we were gathering at. He told us that a friend of his had come over earlier that night and wasn’t doing so well emotionally. She was a young woman who had been through some tough things. He said that they both ventured out onto their porch when they heard me sharing.
My eyes widened as he told me that when he looked over at his friend, he literally saw something dark lift off of her as she shuddered. She left quickly after that but sent a text message to him with instructions to go to the house where the guy was speaking and let him know that something left her. She wanted her friend to let me know that she doesn’t hate herself anymore. In an instant she had felt more joy than she ever had. In an instant she’d found herself free and in the arms of Jesus.
I was shocked. God delivered the young woman with nothing more than the words of some crazy guy preaching to the street. Nobody laid hands on her or even prayed for her yet she was set free and finally knew God’s love for her. My mind was reeling. How does God do that!? Just amazing!
There is no magic formula folks. Only faith, courage and obedience that flows from love and compassion. If we can just have those things we can see God do extraordinary things through ordinary people like us.
Jesse and Kara Birkey
Jesse and Kara Birkey are committed lovers of Jesus who seek to show others the extraordinary life of Jesus is available for everyone. They have authored two books, been featured in films and seek to serve the Lord in whatever ways they can. Follow their blog here.
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Life Resurrected, Extraordinary Miracles through Ordinary People has been endorsed by Sid Roth and Mark Virkler and is a collection of inspiring stories making it clear that the extraordinary life of Jesus is available to all who love Him. It’s also the testimony of Jesse’s life, the road he travelled bringing him into the arms of Jesus. Get the paperback here. Get the Kindle Version Here. View the trailer here.
Marriage What’s the Point? One couple finds meaning in a crazy mess is the story of their marriage—The tragedy and the restoration. They bear their hearts in an attempt to get others to bear theirs and finally receive the freedom they’ve longed for. Get the paperback here. Get the Kindle Version Here.
Jesse is also featured in the film DeadRaiser, a movie shining the spotlight on resurrection testimonies across the nation. Find more information here.