April 21, 2013
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March 26, 2013
(10) But although the Spirit manifests itself through marvels like these, it is no less effective in heightening the religious and the moral powers, which operate with such purity and power in certain individuals that they bear palpably the stamp of their divine origin..."(251-2, The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries).
Harnack was not a Charismatic. He wasn't even an evangelical. He was a liberal German Lutheran theologian that approached Church History as objectively as possible and these were his remarkable conclusions.
These are the very same conclusions that we are witnessing today. It is powerful manifestations of the Holy Spirit, through prophecies, healings, visions and dreams, exorcisms, trances and/or other supernatural encounters or experiences that are bringing muslims, hindus and followers of other false religions to Christ. In this blog we have recorded literally hundreds of examples that corroborate Harnack's conclusions.
March 22, 2013
1. I approach N at Starbucks to pray for her because I think she is limping. It turns out I am wrong but that she does have shoulder pain. I pray and God heals her.
2. N is very surprised/excited because she had just got a Bible and was about to start reading it. She declares that this "is no coincidence." It turns out she lives 5 min. away from me.
3. N comes over for dinner and tells me that her older sister became a Christian 11 years ago after she was visited by Jesus in person (he showed up in the flesh in her room). She had to leave her Middle-Eastern country as a refugee and now resides in the United States.
3. N comes to our Friday night worship meeting and gets radically touched by God. She receives several accurate prophetic words and more healing. At the end, God decides to perform a sign/wonder and covers Nr's hands with sparkly gold dust. The gold dust is what touches N most.
4. Throughout the week, N begins asking God to "send her Jesus to tell her the truth."
5. N gets called home to her own country suddenly for five days and discovers that her entire family, including her Muslim brother-in-law turned to Jesus years ago. She is the last one left. They have been very careful about sharing this directly, due to security.
5. N comes back to our country and has a difficult week. She receives prayer and feels the peace and love of God.
6. N comes to Friday night again and again, she has an amazing time. She feels God's presence touch her with peace and she tastes the joy of the Lord for the first time (aka Holy Laughter).
7. A friend asks if N would like Jesus in her heart. Nr shares that she has been inviting him in every single day. The friend explains a bit more and Nr decides that she would like to go through deliverance and get baptized.
8. On the way home, we talk about gold dust again. N says, "This is real. You pray and stuff happens. Why don't more Muslims believe this?"
N will go through deliverance and receive baptism on Easter Sunday.
Please pray for her continued growth.
March 19, 2013
- YOU'RE O.K. WHEN YOU LOOK LIKE JESUS.
- You are O.K. when the dictates of flesh are so crushed by the Spirit of God in you that they have no voice.
- You're O.K. when you've surrendered in the secret place.
There's a [so-called grace] doctrine that's coming out there. It's really spreading out there. Be careful! It says that men don't have to even repent; they're already saved; there's no hell, [because] God's mercy endures forever. And it's sweeping [the Body of Christ] because people want an easy out without the stewardship of life. They just want to party. Be careful! It will be like in the Days of Noah and they'll be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage and then the rains will come. It's in your Bible. "But haven't we supped with you? Haven't we walked in the streets with you? Haven't we…" It's not about a party. It's about transformation. It's not about 'easy grace'. It's not about saying, "Well, everything's fine. God knows my heart". No, God knows your life! It [the Bible] says you'll be judged for your deeds, for your life before Christ, not your heart BECAUSE YOUR HEART REVEALS YOUR LIFE! It's a cop out. My life lived IS my heart revealed. Hello. I'm not being mean right now; I'm being realistic. I'm being real. Come on, Jesus talked like this because He loved us enough. He says, 'You're either for me or your against me. You're either gathered to me or your scattered'…"
March 16, 2013
- “After I had arrived in Ireland, I found myself pasturing flocks daily, and I prayed a number of times each day. More and more the love and fear of God came to me, and faith grew and my spirit was exercised, until I was praying up to a hundred times every day and in the night nearly as often”.
- "But I pray those who believe and fear God, whosoever has designed to scan or accept this document, composed in Ireland by Patrick the sinner, and unlearned man to be sure, that none should ever say that it was my ignorance that accomplished any small thing which I did or showed in accordance with God's will; but judge ye, and let it be most truly believed, that it was the gift of God. And this is my confession before I die.
March 15, 2013
I have watched many Christians radically change their theologies when circumstances challenge their convictions. Years ago some friends of ours became hyper-Calvinists when their teenage son went of the rails. It somehow in a twisted way became God's will! A leading Christian leader in the U.K. changed his position on homosexuality after years of "experience" with Christians struggling with same sex attraction. Just recently a Christian politician in the U.S. changed his position on gay marriage because his son has come out as being gay. Circumstances changing people's theology and convictions - it seems to happen all the time.
This never seems to be truer than when it comes to healing the sick. We all know that Jesus healed everyone who ever came to Him and asked. It is an argument from silence to say that there were those He didn't heal (but that argument is made all the time). And yet, a heart-breaking loss of a loved one to cancer or some other disease and people often will begin to allow life and circumstances to shape their theology - it is often subtle, it is often long-term but it for many seems inevitable.
Then there are the world-changers who don't allow adversity and loss to deflate them, or stop them as they contend for the fullness of God's Kingdom to be manifested in and through them. Lost battles, diseases that aren't healed, deaths that are clearly untimely don't derail these types - they compel them towards greater faith, and an attitude that says "Next time we aren't going to lose this same battle".
There are so few who are like this - so many of our popular pastors, teachers and theologians have made their names by essentially growing into greater and greater unbelief in their respective journeys of faith and they call it "balance"! I would just prefer honesty. It is their experience that has dictated their theological conclusions and not the life and ministry of Jesus as our example. I don't have to name names because it is essentially every single one.
Thank the Lord for men like Dan Mohler who won't sell-out to experiences of life that would lead him to compromise the clear teaching of God's Word. He is truly one of those world-changer, revolutionaries who isn't allowing loss to cripple his future into a disillusioned, cynical place of the kind of unbelief that the Bible demands we repent of!
You can find the message at this link - http://www.jesusgarage.com
February 18, 2013
I was meeting with an Iranian man (former muslim) who came to Christ when
a man in white appeared in his room 4 years ago. Because I was traveling
to America the next day, he asked me to bring him a nice hearing aid. "I
didn't know you had a hearing problem," I said. He told me that for a long
time he had poor hearing in one ear, and when he had a cold he could
hardly hear anything at all.
I prayed for him 3 times during our meeting, but nothing changed.
At 11pm that night he called me 3 times. I answered the 3rd time, assuming
by then that it couldn't wait. He excitedly told me, "I'm better! I'm
better! I can hear! I don't need a hearing aid anymore!" We rejoiced
together over the phone. God loves his children!
I spoke with him again today and he is still healed!
February 15, 2013
I can't wait to follow up with her.
February 09, 2013
I'll post what happens in Part 2 after we meet.
February 01, 2013
January 26, 2013
This is a testimony shared last night from one of our community - "I went to the clinic on Sunday, January 20 to get my sick leave paper signed. After seeing the doctor, I had to go to the pharmacy to get the medicine that the doctor prescribed to me. When I got to the Pharmacy area, I had to wait in a queue with 10 to 15 people standing in front of me. as I was waiting for my turn to come, an old lady who I believe was in her late 60s/early 70s tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to let her know when my turn was over because she could stand for long as she had bad knees. I said "ok" and I looked away from her. then I thought to myself, "Did she just say that she had a knee condition?" I immediately left the queue and sat down beside her and asked her why her knees were hurting; if she had fallen down or hurt her knees in a way or the other. "No", she said. "I have bad knees because I'm old." I told her that just because she was old she doesn't have to have bad knees. then I leaned towards her and whispered in ears "I'm a healer, I know how to take your pain away." As soon as I said that, she looked in astonishment and asked "Are you a Christian?" "Yes", I said. "I'm going to ask God to take away your pain". then she said, "but I'm a Muslim, can He still do that?" I said "Yes, He loves you and he doesn't want to see you in pain." when I said that, she grabbed my hand and put it on her knee and said "Go ahead, please pray for me. I know that ONLY Christians can heal people." I commanded the pain to leave and released strength over her knees and asked her what she was feeling. she said that she felt something but she couldn't explain it. I told her that it was Holy Spirit healing her knees. I could tell that she was touched by God's love because she kept telling me "You are like my daughter, you are like my daughter, please remember me in your prayers". she stood up, thanked me, got her medicine and left the clinic.
A few minutes later as I was leaving the clinic, I saw her struggling to get down the stairs. I asked where she was going and if I could walk her to that place. she said yes and held my hand and we walked together. as we were walking she asked me "Do you know Isaa?" I answered "Yes I know Jesus". she said, "You call him Jesus but I call him Isaa, I know that Isaa sent you here for me." I said "Yes He did because He loves you." she said "You don't know me but came down sat beside me and prayed for me and now you are walking me to the supermarket. I know that Jesus sent you to help me." she then told me a testimony of her hindu friend becoming a christian.
Her friend is from India, when she was in this Gulf country 2 years ago, someone did witchcraft over her and cursed her with a sickness that deformed her face. she went to different doctors to get treatment but no one knew how to heal her. then someone told her that Christians heal people and that she had to go to a church or meet with a Christian to be healed. she went to the Catholic Church and kneeled down before a statue of Jesus and cried out for help. when she did that Jesus appeared, toucher her face and she was instantly healed. She ran to the priest and told him what had just happened to her. at first the priest did not believe her but she insisted that what she was real. He told her that Jesus wanted her to give her life to him. she gave her life to Jesus and has been following him since that day. Praise God!!!!
After telling me the testimony, she hugged me and said "ONLY Christians heal; ONLY Jesus heals. I don't know you but I know that you are here with me because of Jesus." I said "Yes, I don't know you but I know Jesus and Jesus knows you and He loves you!!" she was so blessed by God's Love.
January 25, 2013
January 19, 2013
A very interesting thing was happening at that time. Christians WERE RECORDING the miracles and keeping a written record. In other words, they were "blogging" in their own 5th century manner!
January 18, 2013
January 14, 2013
January 03, 2013
January 02, 2013
December 30, 2012
At first it was a bit of a slow start. I tried to connect with a group of four Emirati muslim men who were sitting next to us. I had a word of knowledge about a neck problem and yet none of them said it applied to them. As I explained further and spoke about the way we pray for the sick and see all types of conditions healed, they were extremely polite but clearly not interested. They even surprised us by buying a pastry we had ordered after they had recommended it and I offered the Kingdom yet again. Again, no interest in having us minister to them. One of them said a very interesting thing, albeit completely false, when I told them yet again that according to our Christian faith we are commanded to pray for and actually heal the sick wherever we find them (see Luke 10:9). He said, "In Islam we are commanded to do exactly the same thing". I can't tell you how many times I have heard a muslim completely contradict or in this case "invent" an supposed teaching/tenet/belief in Islam after hearing what we Christians believe (famously when I tell them that we are commanded to love our enemies they will often say that Islam commands that as well when in fact the command in the Qur'an is to slay them). After so many muslims have been healed and willing to receive prayer for healing in the past week or more, it was a bit frustrating that these lost men, who undoubtedly had a number of health issues just judging by their ages, were so totally uninterested in receiving from us.
To be fair, muslims consider Christianity to be a corrupted religion and that we are corporately deceived which when I think about it that way I should be more amazed when they do allow us to pray with them and for them. I would never allow a follower of a false religion pray for me or my family. I think also that the encounter with these men illustrates something else. God freely allows His creatures to reject His offer of love because love never coerces or manipulates and His essential nature is that of love. God's love persuades and draws but unlike what some Christian theologians have mistakenly taught His grace is not irresistable. These men were being drawn. God was persuading. In addition to the word of knowledge for the neck (which I believe was actually for one of them but they simply wouldn't acknowledge it) there were other words of knowledge pointing out some of their other pains and conditions. I was probably a bit over zealous to "make something happen" due to their fact that they belong to some of the most unreached and unresponsive people groups (the tribes/families of Emirati Arab muslims) in the world. I guess I was trying to hold the door open and the Lord although grieved was simply allowing them to do what so many of His creation has been doing for thousands of years, resisting Him.
December 29, 2012
Our day began again in a mall. it was quite windy and since it felt like a sandstorm was brewing we decided to take things inside. The first person we ministered to was an Emirati muslim woman. I got a word of knowledge for her and one of our women approached her to pray for her. They needed some help with Arabic and so I came back and we saw the Lord heal her as we prayed for her in Jesus' Name and speak to her about the Kingdom. It was funny when an over-protective, and zealous Egyptian muslim who worked in the shop close to where this woman worked came over to check things out. I knew what he was up to and so I just offered him any healing he needed. He wasn't open at all and actually was a bit sarcastic so we moved on knowing that she would tell him what God had done for her.
Next I asked an Egyptian muslim woman for some directions (she also worked in the mall) and God interrupted with a word of knowledge about back pain in a particular part of her back. she had had a back problem there since her childhood. I began to speak to her about our mandate to heal the sick and how God speaks. she kept saying, "but I'm a muslim". I told her that God loved muslims too :) and wanted to heal them! I shared that we see people from all religious backgrounds healed. one of our women came over and was able to pray for her when she finally agreed to let us pray.
After this we were all enjoying another Starbucks and the team began to minister to the employees. one of them received prayer who also wanted to attend our meeting that night. I saw a group of three Filipinos sitting near to us and decided to inquire about their Christmas and find out if they'd be willing to let me give them a present! (or presents). they had just come from Church and I offered to pray for anything that was hurting or injured. They didn't have any issues but they said they had a friend with a "slipped disc" in the back. I asked if we could get her on the phone. they agreed and soon were calling her at the hospital where she was on-duty. As they were calling, I got a word of knowledge for an additional condition, something in her stomach. They confirmed she also had a chronic stomach issue as well. I took the phone and had the woman lay hands first on her stomach and prayed. Next I had her do the same for her back. I didn't inquire about the stomach after prayer but ALL PAIN left her back and as I handed the phone back she was crying. these friends of hers came over afterwards to our table and thanked us again for bringing healing to their good friend. When I think about their response - I asked THEM if they had any needs and they instead asked for something for their friend instead, it was very Christ-like and in the true Spirit of Christmas to not think about themselves but of someone else in need.
Next a Filipino guy was coming by who had some tattoos on his arms. I asked him to come over and told him that my friend could interpret his tattoos and tell him things about his life. I love having the mind of Christ that sometimes gets crazy thoughts - but I'd heard of Christians doing this before and even though we'd never talked about it, I figured the team could prophesy over him using the tattoos as the launching pad. Sure enough an accurate prophetic word about the kind of guy/friend he was and the role he played amongst his friends. We gave him some further prophetic words to encourage him in his walk with the Lord.
Our next stop was a restaurant in another part of the city for lunch. As we arrived, I noticed two Emirati muslim guys walking to their car and I inquired if the Lord had anything for them. I got a word of knowledge that one of them had a left knee problem and went to inquire. Just as they were getting in their car, I asked them and sure enough the driver had a problem with his left knee in the back. It had been hurting him for a couple of days. I had him lay his own hand on the area and told him that God was going to heal him. I prayed a quick prayer in Arabic and clearly asked in the Name of Jesus. I asked him to take his hand away and it was completely healed! No more pain. I don't know what was more surprising - the healing or the revelation that the Lord revealed to a Christian that he actually had pain in a specific part of his body. He took my number and I told him that I would like him to meet some of my friends who live in his city. Praying for this healing to lead to more interest in the Healer Himself!
In the restaurant, staffed almost exclusively by Arab muslims (Syrians and Egyptians), we offered to minister to anybody who had pain. I had a word of knowledge about back pain and so our waiter went to find one of their employees with that condition. Two of us were able to pray for this man's back and share with him the source of all sickness/pain (the kingdom of darkness) and God's intention to heal the sick out of His great love for people. We didn't really get to pray for any others, but I asked several times. I made it clear that we loved to minister to sick people/hurting people and since our friends visit this restaurant on occasion, there will be opportunity to follow up with these men.
At that point, we broke into three different groups with one continuing on in another mall, where that had the chance to meet with and encourage a local Emirati Christian who I also got to meet later that evening. My son and I headed off to a father/son activity - surfing in the desert at the world's best wave pool and our third group drove up to the top of a 4,000 ft. mountain and although I don't know the details, got to pray for people there and saw at least two people healed.
Our day ended with a house church meeting that included the operation of many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit - there was prophecy, there were tongues and the interpretation of tongues, there was healing, we did some deliverance from demonic torment. It was just an incredible time to be with other believers and to encourage them with some of our testimonies. The Emirati Christian was also there and that was just a huge highlight of our trip to be with one of the few known national believers. He had been tortured for his faith and yet with great boldness he was following Jesus and having an impact reaching others with the Gospel. It is one of the great honors to meet with those who have literally given up everything to follow Christ and who have also been persecuted (in his case institutionalized in a mental hospital and given electric shocks to the head and seriously drugged) for their faith in Jesus. He came to learn from us, but as it ALWAYS the case, I learned by for by being with him and hearing his story. Pray for his continued protection and for God to use him to reach his own people who are deceived and imprisoned in the false religion of Islam.