SID: And what would have happened in his life if you hadn’t gone out on the streets to do something a lot of people don’t want to do? Just talking to people about Jesus.
RYAN: He would tell you himself that “I wouldn’t be here today. I wouldn’t have made it.” I mean, he’s doing work in Israel now, in Brazil, all because he was going into a bar, we say “Wait, wait, wait. Just one second. We want to talk to you.”.
SID: Comment on, anyone can bring the kingdom to anybody, anywhere.
RYAN: See, if you’re born again, when you walk into a coffee shop, that means healing just walked into the coffee shop. Miracles just walked in the coffee … Everything in that coffee shop.
SID: But what if you’ve never seen people healed when you pray?
RYAN: It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has a plan and he has a purpose for everybody in that coffee shop. And you are coming in to get a cup of coffee, but little did you know that that man sitting in the corner is suicidal, and you have the joy of the Lord living in you.
SID: Okay. Give me a real-life experience of you going into a coffee shop.
RYAN: It wasn’t too long ago, I went into a coffee shop and the barista, she looked like she wanted to hurt me, to be honest with you. She had this angry look on her face, and my flesh just wanted to get the coffee and go. She was just having a bad attitude. And as I was grabbing my coffee, I thought “You know what? No, no, no.” And I said “Are you okay?” She says “I have migraines.” And I thought “Well, you know, no wonder you’re so crabby.” And I say “Can I pray for you?” I didn’t go into this religious rhetoric, are you this, are you that, you go to church? I just said “Can I pray for you?” She goes “Yes.” I may have said I was a pastor. I grab her hand and I felt the presence of God shoot through me into her hand. I said “What do you feel?” Because she had her eyes on me, she goes “I feel so tingly.”.
I said “That’s the presence of God.” I said “But how’s the head? How’s the migraine?” She goes “Gone.” And then two days later I go back to that same place to see her. She runs and grabs another coworker and says “See, see, that’s the man that prayed for me. That’s the one that prayed for me.” That’s all you got to do to bring the kingdom and carry the presence of God.
SID: You say that these divine appointments are so easy. Do you always get positive responses?
RYAN: Oh, my goodness, no. In fact, one time, many years ago, I was in the park and we were just sharing Jesus with everybody around. And this man walks up to me yelling and I said, “What’s wrong?” And as I put my hand on his shoulder to say everything’s okay, he punched me in the face so hard he knocked me out cold. Sid, look at this face. I need all the help I can get. He punched me so hard my head actually hit a concrete water fountain that woke me up. And a satanist, Sid, that I had been ministering to, ran over to me and said “Can I help?” For a split second I thought “What do you mean?” But as God is my witness, I mean, he sucker punched me, Sid. He knocked me out cold. Had no anger, no nothing. I got hurt physically.
SID: Only God could have …
RYAN: Only God could do that.
SID: Because he’s in you.
RYAN: That’s right.
SID: You carry his presence.
RYAN: You carry his presence, absolutely. It was awesome.
SID: It seems like almost every day you’re having these divine appointments. What about me? Am I Swiss cheese? I mean, why do you have divine appointments all the time, and most people don’t? Why?
RYAN: Because they’re just not looking for them. And see, I’ve learned a huge secret, that if I’m focusing on my bills, my health, my problems, I walk into a coffee shop, I’m not going to have any kind of joy for anybody else.
SID: Nothing left.
RYAN: No, there’s nothing left, even though Jesus is in here. So what I’ve done, and that’s what we did in the CD set, is teach people how to break through all the drama and junk of this world and get full of Jesus no matter what your bills look like, no matter what … See, Sid, there’s a time in my own marriage that we were down to baked potatoes. Twice. There’s only so many times you can slice and bake and mash a potato. Eventually you just start throwing them at each other. But what I’m saying is I’ve been there, done that. And you got to get to a place where, you know what? I’ve lived long enough to know that Jesus has always seen me through everything, and I’m not going to let these problems bother me. I am just like everybody else. And you listening, you’re just like everybody else. It’s time to just let go of everything that’s tethering you to this world and say “You know what? I’m a carrier of the presence of God. I’m going to get through this in Jesus’ name.”
SID: Tell me about the restaurant you went in with the lady with the nice smile. I mean, this sounds little, but that’s the type of thing you can do.
RYAN: We walked in, we were seated, and she just had a big smile. I said “I just want to tell you, you have a very nice smile.” She said “Oh,” and so …
SID: And by the way, isn’t that something you could do?
SID: Of course you could.
RYAN: And that’s what I teach in the book. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman “Can I have a drink?” Anybody can say that. And then her life changed forever. So we sat down, we dialogued a little more, and every time she would walk away, the Holy Spirit would say “Ask her this.” She walked away one more time. The Holy Spirit said “Ask her about her father.” And now, Sid, see, I have a open door in her life because I’m just loving … I valued her. She’s worth it. I’m not just “Give me my food.” She’s worth my time. I feel like crying right now because everybody’s worth it.
And so she came back that last time and I said “Can I ask you a personal question?” Because I had a right to, because of how far I’ve gone with the conversation. And I said “Can you tell me about your father?” She started to weep. She goes “He molested me. He molested me.” And so we ministered to her. Her whole countenance changed. She was free of that. The joy of the Lord hit her, all because we just said “You have a nice smile.” And then she was touched forever. I heard this saying the other day, “Love people until they ask you why.” Just love people, and doors will fling open for you. Absolutely.SID: Well, now listen to this. Ryan went to heaven to learn how to love. And when he tells us what he learned in heaven, many of you will feel rivers of love flowing out from the screen itself, or in the studio audience from Ryan. It’s the supernatural atmosphere of heaven. Be right back.