Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Frontline Chronicles :: July, 2019 :: Dead Man on the Street :: Nathan & Dawn Pietsch

Dead Man on the Street

 By Nathan D. Pietsch

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Note: The following testimonies, videos, and photos are for the Glory of God and His Goodness. It is wonderful to partner with the Heavenly Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit to help people move from dark to light, bondage to freedom, and struggle to destiny.

When Dawn and I drove into the French Quarter to street preach, the road was blocked by the police. We knew something significant had happened. We could see a person lying on the ground covered by a blanket. We knew it was a dead body. My heart started pounding. I took a deep breath and told Dawn I was going to pray for him.

I walked up to the police officer and said, “I’m a pastor, can I pray for this guy?” The officer replied, “Sure, but this is a crime scene and I can’t let you come any closer.” I was 15-feet away from the man on the ground. I asked if it was a gun shot wound, but the officer said it was a drug overdose.

I began to pray out loud and speak to the dead man. I quoted Matthew 10:8: “Jesus said, ‘...raise the dead...’ ‘"James," I command you to come back to your body and start breathing in Jesus’ name.’” I continued praying even though the police and others were there. I thought for sure he was going to sit up and start breathing. As the morticians were bagging him, I asked the officer if I could lay hands on James. The officer denied me.

After they left, Dawn and I continued to pray for him in the car. We prayed that if he didn’t come back to his body that God would save him. I spoke to James, “If you are being carried to hell, call out to Jesus. Call on the name of Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to save you.” As soon as we prayed this, we both felt a peace fall over us. Is it possible for a person to get saved shortly after they die? I don't know, but we felt released to stop praying.

Dawn and I also got to preach and minister at a church in Mississippi. They are lovely people there. We had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting them again. I preached a message that I entitled, "Your Day of Destiny." You can watch the sermon in its entirety on YouTube by the following link: https://youtu.be/qu1JAUYd7DM.

The Warnings of a Hurricane

By Dawn R. Pietsch

July was an interesting month. Hurricane Barry, a big storm with a huge storm surge was threatening us in New Orleans. What should Nathan and I do, we asked ourselves? Do we stay in New Orleans, or do we leave and heed the warnings of the approaching storm? We chose to leave, as the doors opened for us to go to Mississippi and do ministry work. We were also able to see our good friends who live there.

Hurricane Barry did not hit as the weather people anticipated. Was that because they missed it, or was it because it was an answer to many people's prayers? Too often we believe it was a false alarm, not believing in what we prayed in faith. An unbelieving heart is not good, it sides with doubt and fear.

Doubt and unbelief tosses us like a wave. It causes us to doubt God's goodness, believe lies, and do things in our own strength, instead of God's strength and power! The Bible says in James 1:6:

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

I encourage you to "check in" with the Lord to see if doubt, unbelief, and fear have crept into your situations.  Doing regular maintenance on yourself is very valuable. We, as believers in Jesus cannot afford to lack in any area of dependency upon God. It needs to be His will, and His way in our lives, if we are to live victoriously.