November 27, 2011

waging war on personal unbelief

this is definitely a theme of this blog, but there is no doubt that "unbelief" is my biggest, single problem as I seek to live this Kingdom life of the miraculous.

even as many of us will wage war on other things in our lives in this season, be that war on consumerism as Christmas approaches, or the war on our waistlines and fitness levels as we are confronted with our massive amounts of our favorite foods along with weather that makes us prefer our couches, let us recommit ourselves to warring against our unbelief - our unbelief that circumstances won't change, that sicknesses aren't going to be overcome or even that our unbelieving family members will ever open their eyes to see the truth of who Jesus really is.

this is the season TO BELIEVE - to dare to think that God will invade our lives and relationships even as He invaded the Palestinian countryside so long ago.

surprising encounters for a hindu man

a few months ago my wife led a hindu woman to the Lord.  over the past few weeks her husband has attended several "Encounter God" meetings.  The first one he was more of an "observer", but in the last two meetings God has met him in remarkable ways.  this past week he was taken into a visionary experience where he saw Jesus.  He knew after it that he has a "choice" to make.  The other option in the dream was a demonic presence.  He is now actively seeking.  We are watching in amazement as God does things that we have personally never encountered (i.e. the quality/type of visions).  

I feel so "cheated" that I had no idea that God would pour out His Spirit on unbelievers in such remarkable (and truly Biblical!) ways.  Seeing them come to faith is so much easier when God Himself is pointing them to Himself and confirming the Word they are hearing.

fundamentalist muslim healed, asks for phone number

while out with my son, I walked by a muslim man and got a strong word of knowledge for the left elbow.  it was one of those words that was unmistakable!  I walked 10 feet past the man and stopped telling my son to hold on a minute.

i approached the man who was clearly a fundamentalist muslim (long beard, short mustache, bruised forehead).  i asked him if he had a problem with his left elbow which he did.  I proceeded to tell him that God showed us he had this condition and wanted to heal him.  I held his elbow and prayed a quick prayer for healing in Jesus' Name and the release of God's Kingdom.

he began to test it out and it was pain-free.  he seemed a bit taken back and wanted to get my phone number.  I haven't heard back yet, but I am sure I'll hear from Muhammad soon.