October 16, 2010

"Did you use magic or something?" man asks me.

after hearing an amazing array of testimonies last night from a number in our community, I was encouraged as I went into a Middle Eastern mall today. While ordering something to drink, I got a word of knowledge about a problem in the hand of one of the employees. Then another word of knowledge for a problem in the rib cage. Both of these words were accurate. I then had this person put their hand on their rib cage, prayed and the pain left. Then another employee asks me "Did you use magic or something?". I explained that it was not magic but God's power through prayer. Finally, before leaving, I got to have the healed employee put her hand on her lower back - which was also hurting and prayed for God's power and peace to come. After testing it out, she said it was much better. I then was able to give her the phone number of a pastor from her country so she could pursue God with others.

October 12, 2010

"...and your old men will dream dreams" - Acts 2:17/Joel 2:28

why do we even call this blog the "Joel 2 Generation"? Because we believe that we are living in the days that these things are being fulfilled in a greater and greater measure. What began to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, continues to unfold.

Tonight we were meeting with a Gulf Arab man who began to tell us about some of his recent dreams. He's been reading the Bible and has had incredible exposure to Christians throughout his entire life. I am hesitant to call him a muslim, because his thinking about God is far more Christian than islamic.

This man had a powerful dream and wanted to understand it. I believe that God gave us understanding to help him interpret some of the elements - a powerful interpretive key being the "fruits of the Spirit". This opened a door to help him understand that salvation cannot come through the law (an key islamic doctrine). The things we got to speak about this evening ere simply incredible.

We are trusting that God's outpouring of His Spirit on this man will now include a heavenly visitation by an angel or even the Lord Himself!

October 10, 2010

muslims are getting more shocked by the "revelation" than by the healings!

this has been a bit of a theme recently, but when we have been getting "words of knowledge" for muslims who are subsequently healed, they seem to be more amazed by the "revelation" that the Lord has given than by the healing miracles themselves.

two experiences this week with muslim women confirm this. both of them were quite literally shocked at how "we knew" they had a particular problem.

I find it quite interesting that this reveals a 'suspicious' similarity between islam and the thinking of some conservative Christians. orthodox muslims don't believe that God speaks any more (i.e. the canon is closed!). This is an uncomfortable parallel in my mind to the thinking of some Christians I know - those who don't believe in the continuation of the revelatory gifts.

I guess at the end of the day, I wonder what my conservative Christians friends even do with what we are seeing happen amongst muslims. How are we "discerning" the illnesses/pains of complete strangers? How are they then getting healed? If it isn't God and His Kingdom, WHO IS IT? If it isn't God, WHY WOULD the kingdom of darkness be active in pointing muslims to Christ and His Kingdom???!!!

I guess I would love to see some of my Christian brothers and sisters as impressed with what the Lord is revealing and doing as the muslims we meet. If only.