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Teaching Them to Obey in Love

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Teaching Them to Obey in Love

‘Those who love me will keep my word’

Great Commission series
by Geoff Waugh (2016)

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Contents:

Introduction

1 Love God:
Faith in God – God our Father
Follow Me – Jesus our Lord
Filled with the Spirit – God’s Spirit our Helper

2 Love Others:
Love one another
Serve one another
Encourage one another

Conclusion

Introduction

Jesus was wholly obedient in different ways at different times as a child, a student, a carpenter, a teaching rabbi, a healer, a sacrifice. We can obey in our different situations.   

The Great Commission is a call to obey everything Jesus commanded. That’s not easy! But Jesus reminded us that he now has all authority in heaven and on earth and he is with us to the end of the age:

‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:18-20)

This book is about learning to obey Jesus as we love God who loves us totally.  Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15, 23).  The greatest commandments of all are to love God and love others.   …

We encourage Christians, especially leaders, to obey what Jesus told us to do. All Christians love to speak and sing about Jesus but we may not follow his instructions. So I wrote a mission book about how Jesus trained his followers: Jesus the Model for Short Term Supernatural Mission.  It’s the first in my Great Commission Series and this is the second book in that series.

Jesus taught his followers to do what he did.  He commanded them to love one another as he loved us. He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, to heal the sick and to cast out unclean spirits.  I hope this book will help you do what Jesus told us to do. 

Jesus said that all the commandments could be summed up in two: loving God and loving others.

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it:

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 ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40).

Jesus described our neighbour as anyone, especially those in need.  He said that we would keep his commandments because we loved him.

Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. (John 14:23)

God our loving Father expects us to believe in Jesus, his Son, to trust him and to obey his teaching and instructions.

And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment (1 John 3:23).

What is obedience?

Jesus told a parable about two sons whose father told them to work in his vineyard (Matthew 21:28-32). One son said he would go but he did not. The other son said he would not go but changed his mind and went. The one who said ‘No’ but then went was more obedient than the one who said ‘Yes’ but didn’t go.  The story shows how we can repent, change our mind and obey.

Jesus’ parable of the two sons encourages us to repent, turn around, and obey even if previously we did not. Often we may feel guilty that we are not obeying Jesus fully and wholeheartedly.  When we pray we may remember how we disobeyed or were half-hearted or reluctant to obey. We can repent, and obey.

Some of Jesus commands seem hard for us to obey: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you; whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me; carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; sell your possessions, and give alms; those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples (Luke 6:27-28; 9:23; 10:4; 12:33; 14:33). And that’s just a few of his instructions!

We’re not all called to be Saint Francis or Mother Teresa. But we are called to follow Jesus – and that’s a challenge. Jesus’ instructions can shape our attitudes and actions. We may live it out in different ways in different places, but his commands will always guide us as we are led by his Spirit. Jesus was wholly obedient in different ways at different times as a child, a student, a carpenter, a teaching rabbi, a healer, a sacrifice. We can obey in our different situations.   

Our obedience springs from love and flows strong in God’s love.  We love Him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).

Jesus reveals himself to those who obey him in love: “The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love them and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to them. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by them and make Myself real to them.]” (John 14:21 Amplified)

 

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A Jesus the Model Globe

 An Incredible Journey by Faith

The Great Commission Series

A Great Commission MissionGreat Commission Mission
The Teaching of Jesus on Mission
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Miracles in PNG highlands by Johan van Bruggen

Miracles in PNG highlands

A selection from Flashpoints of Revival and Revival Fires
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Kambaidam, Papua New Guinea, by Johan van Bruggen

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Then came Thursday, August 4, a miserable day weather wise, although we had great joy during our studies. Evening devotions not all students came, actually a rather small group. I too needed some inner encouragement to go as it was more comfortable near the fire. We sang a few quiet worship songs. Samson, a fellow who by accident became one of our students last year, well, this Samson was leading the devotions. We had sung the last song and were waiting for him to start. Starting he did, but in an unusual way. He cried, trembled all over! … Then it spread. When I looked up again I saw the head prefect flat on the floor under his desk. I was praying in tongues off and on. It became quite noisy. Students were shouting! Should I stop it? Don’t hold back! It went on and on, with students praying and laughing and crying not quite following our planned programme! We finally stood around the table, about twelve of us, holding hands. Some were absolutely like drunk, staggering and laughing! I heard a few students starting off in tongues and I praised the Lord. The rain had stopped, not so the noise. So more and more people came in and watched!

Not much sleeping that night! They talked and talked! And that was not the end. Of course the school has changed completely. Lessons were always great, I thought, but have become greater still. Full of joy most of the time, but also with a tremendous burden. A burden to witness. …

What were the highlights of 1988? No doubt the actual outpouring of the Holy Spirit must come first. It happened on August 4 when the Spirit fell on a group of students and staff, with individuals receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit on several occasions later on in the year. The school has never been the same again. As direct results we noticed a desire for holiness, a hunger for God’s Word which was insatiable right up till the end of the school year, and also a tremendous urge to go out and witness. Whenever they had a chance many of our students were in the villages with studies and to lead Sunday services. Prayer life deepened, and during worship services we really felt ourselves to be on holy ground. …

We have been almost left speechless by what God is doing now through our students. We realize that we have been led on and are now on the threshold of a revival.

Acts 2 all over again

A young student, David, in his early twenties from the Markham Valley had a growing burden for his area of Ragizaria and Waritzian which was known and feared as the centre of pagan occult practices. He prayed earnestly. As part of an outreach team he visited nearby villages and then went to his own people. He was concerned about the low spiritual life of the church. He spent a couple of days alone praying for them.

He was invited to lead the village devotions on the Saturday night at Ragizaria. Johan van Bruggen told the story in his circulars:

Since most of the Ragizaria people are deeply involved in witchcraft practices, David made an urgent appeal for repentance. Two men responded and came forward. David put his hands on them and wanted to pray, when suddenly these two men fell to the ground. They were both praising the Lord. Everybody was surprised and did not know what to think of this. David himself had been slain in the Spirit at Kambaidam in August 1988, but this was the first time that this had happened to others through him. The next morning during the Sunday service scores of people were slain in the Spirit. Said David, “People entered the church building and immediately they were seized by God’s power. They were drunk in the Spirit and many could not keep standing. The floor was covered with bodies.” It did not only happen to Lutherans, but also to members of a Seventh Day Adventist congregation (former Lutherans) that were attracted by the noise and commotion.

David reported that there was a sense of tremendous joy in the church and people were praising the Lord. Well, the service lasted for hours and hours. Finally David said, “And now the people are hungry for God’s Word and not only in my village, but also in Waritzian, a nearby village. And they want the students to come with Bible studies. Can we go next weekend?”

We all felt that some students together with Pastor Bubo should go. …

Pastor Bubo told me, “Acts 2 happened all over again!” For three days all the people were drunk in the Spirit. God used the students and Bubo in a mighty way. On Saturday night the Holy Spirit was poured down on the hundreds of people that had assembled there. From then on until the moment the school car arrived on Monday noon, the people were being filled again and again by the Spirit. There was much rejoicing. There were words of prophecy. There was healing and deliverance. And on Monday morning all things of magic and witchcraft were burned. Everybody was in it, the leaders, the young, yes even little children were reported to be drunk in the Spirit. … The people did not want to go and sleep, saying, “So often we have had drunken all night parties. Now we will have a divine party until daybreak.”

This area had been a stronghold of evil practices. Many people received various spiritual gifts including unusual abilities such as speaking English in tongues and being able to read the Bible. People met for prayer, worship and study every day and at night. These daily meetings continued to be held for over two years.

That revival kept spreading through the witness and ministries of the Bible School graduates.

Acts 3 all over again

In November 1990, Johan van Bruggen wrote:

This is what happened about two months ago. A new church building was going to be officially opened in a village in the Kainantu area. Two of our last year’s graduates took part in the celebrations by acting the story in Acts 3: Peter and John going to the temple and healing the cripple.

Their cripple was a real one a young man, Mark, who had his leg smashed in a car accident. The doctors had wanted to amputate it, but he did not want to lose his useless leg. He used two crutches to move around the village. He could not stand at all on that one leg. He was lying at the door of the new church when our Peter and John (real names: Steven and Pao) wanted to enter. The Bible story was exactly followed: “I have got no money, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Well, they acted this out before hundreds of people, among them the president of the Goroka Church District and many pastors and elders. Peter (Steven) grabbed the cripple (Mark) by the hand and pulled him up. And he walked! He threw his crutches away and loudly praised the Lord! Isn’t that something? What a faith!

Their testimony was given at a meeting of elders when Kambaidam was discussed. Mark was a most happy fellow who stood and walked firmly on his two legs. He also had been involved in criminal activities, but in this meeting he unashamedly confessed his faith in the Lord Jesus.

Later I talked with them. Steven (Peter) told me that the Lord had put this on his heart during a week long period of praying. “I had no doubt that the Lord was going to heal Mark, and I was so excited when we finally got to play act! And Mark? He told me that when Steven told him to get up he just felt the power of God descend upon him and at the same time he had a tingling sensation in his crippled leg: “I just felt the blood rushing through my leg, bringing new life!” Mark is now involved in evangelistic outreach and his testimony has a great impact.

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Bougainville Revival, South Pacific, by Royree Jensen

Amazing revival stories from Bougainville in the South Pacific.  New Testament events still happen. Walking on water to witchcraft island and back.  Magic discovered and destroyed.

Selections from revival stories in South Pacific Revivals. Share this page to inform and bless others – great stories for messages, youth groups and study groups. See links below to share on your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Linkedin & Emails.

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Jensen Sons of ThunderBougainville Revival – South Pacific Royree Jensen (Sons of Thunder, 2009) tells the story of powerful revival in Bougainville, east of Papua New Guinea, during the decade of war from 1988, sparked by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) to defend their land and culture from devastation caused by mining.  Spiritual leaders were worried about the western evils that arrived with the mining: pornography, alcohol abuse, drugs, smoking and immorality.  Here are selections from Royree’s story. Friday, November 6, 1987 marked the first supernatural revival event.  It was at this time that the crisis was about to boil over. The stories of that day and the period of time that followed have been told to me by Papa Luke, a genteel man – white haired, 73 years of age, a school teacher, world-travelled. He lives on Saposa Island, 30 minutes by banana boat from Buka Island.  He was a small boy during World War II and can remember the time when the Japanese invaded his island.  Having lived through so much turbulence, Papa Luke now spends most of his days sitting with God.  When we finally found him, he was sitting by the ocean reading his Bible.

Papa Luke

Both teacher and story-weaver, he began to talk, vividly recalling the day the revival began, in the circular story-telling style of the Melanesian people. “Before revival came up, I wrote a drama about God that mixed the culture with the Word of God. We had a drama group of young people who travelled around Buka area. Around this time, nine people got sick from black magic.  Out of the nine, five died and four were left. “My cousin Salome was one of the four people who didn’t die.  She was brought to the hospital in Buka but she didn’t recover, so she was referred to Arawa General Hospital. She didn’t recover there.  The Indian doctor told her and her husband that he had seen witchcraft in India and knew that this poison came from the witchcraft.  The doctor discharged her and she came home. “They had a ritual ceremony where they asked for the sorcerers to release her by making a sacrifice to free her. She was meant to get better but didn’t improve.  After black magic failed, her brother, the chief, requested for the drama group to come back to our village and pray. “By Sunday morning, my cousin was still sick.  My family brought her to the Lotu (church service).  They prayed for deliverance and healing.  She got healed immediately along with the other three who were still sick.  Five dead.  Four healed.  On that Sunday, many spiritual gifts fell.  Everyone received a spiritual gift – all different kinds of gifts. “Now the group went to the island where Salome and the others got sick.  They were going to heal the island of the witchcraft that had killed the people.  They put their hands into the ground without having to dig and they pulled out the poison.  Their hands went through the ground to the exact spot of the bones or whatever artifacts had been used for the witchcraft. Their eyes were closed but the Holy Spirit led them to these places.”  (As he told me this, he shaped his hand as they had shaped theirs – like a rigid blade extending straight from the arm.) Walking on water “Now things became wild, exciting and interesting.  Supernatural things began to happen.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, my cousin Salome discerned that there was some witchcraft poison on another nearby island (a burial site) that was put there by a sorcerer.  We began to pray.  While we prayed, fifteen people stood with their eyes shut.  Still with their eyes shut, they began walking on the water from our island to the nearby island.  The Holy Spirit led them while they walked.  When they reached the other island, they put their hands into the ground and pulled out small parcels of scraped human bone.  This powder was being used by sorcerers in their witchcraft rituals.  They brought these parcels of scraped bones back to our island, still walking on top of the water with their eyes still shut.  They did not swim. “We prayed over the parcels and threw them away into salt water.  This broke the power of witchcraft.  We don’t know how they did the walking on the water except by the power of God.  Plenty of people saw them walking on the water.  There were plenty of eye witnesses.  The distance between the two islands is one kilometre. “The effect that this had on the island was that we became very excited about God. Many became Christians and worshipped God.  … “For one week, we fasted, prayed and read the Bible. “First we went back to the island where our 15 people had walked. We found more black magic – enough to fill a 10kg bag of rice.  We prayed over it and threw it in the water.  A big flying fox with legs like a man settled on top of the house where I was staying with another pastor.  We could feel the wind from his wings.  We rebuked this evil, black magic.  It was powerful and even those who were praying fell down.  This battle went on for quite a while but the people in our church were skilled in deliverance and intercession and eventually we started to win over this black magic. “Two days later, we visited the island where the school children had died.  We circled the island in a small boat worshipping God.  We were all a little bit afraid.  First people who could discern black magic went ashore.  Then those who could fight black magic went ashore.  Then we all went ashore. “We stood together and worshipped God.  Then we split into two groups, heading around the island in opposite directions.  Just before we joined up, one team stood under a tree and looked up.  They saw a live bird that they knew was part of black magic.  They said, ‘In the name of Jesus come down.’  The bird died and began to fall.  By the time it hit the ground, only the skeleton of the bird was left. “One month before, some plantation workers had been on the island.  A man had sat under that tree to rest.  He took sick, went to hospital and died.  However, after we fought the black magic, it was okay.  Even today, 20 years later, people live there and no one gets sick.  There is good food, good fish and everything grows.  It is no longer a witchcraft island. “These things marked the beginning of the revival.  Demonic spirits were being chased out of our land.” More miracles Albert was a young Christian during the crisis.  He adds:  “I now see, feel and walk on the power of God.  I didn’t know these things when I was a young Christian but I saw it in others.  There were those who were operating on the high voltage power of God.  These were people who would walk through a hail of bullets and not get hit.  I would say that the host of heaven caught some of the bullets for me. “There was one instance in 1993 when I was leading a group of chiefs from up in the mountains to sign a peace agreement.  I was not doing this job of my own accord but because it was my job to do.  I prayed to my God, “The fighting is all around us and I am a Christian.  If You are going to go with me, talk with me tonight, Papa God. I don’t want to lead them through the bullets. “At 2 a.m., my elder son who was three spoke in English.  He did not know English.  He said, ‘Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, you can go.’  He was fast asleep.  Fifteen years later, the memory still brings tears to my eyes and a reverent awe of God.  This was not the time of meetings, conferences, mobile phones or encouragement.  This was a hard time and we only had God. “I woke up in the morning with peace.  That day, 15 of the chiefs started to run back to the mountains.  I told them that God was with us and that not one single man must run away even if there is gunfire.  I told them that, if one runs, then the guns will get us but that if no one runs, we will all be safe. “There was a place called Ambush Corner always maintained by BRA.  They knew where I was taking these chiefs and why.  They didn’t want anyone to sign peace papers.  I was in the front of the line.  The Holy Spirit stopped me and I heard a voice tell me to take the chiefs to one side.  I stopped them and said, ‘We are about to enter Ambush Corner and I am afraid that there are people ready to kill us.  However, last night, I felt the peace of God.  Don’t run but stand strong beside me.’  We walked ahead and the BRA descended upon us.  I said to them, ‘In Jesus’ name, I am a servant of God.’ “They pointed their weapons to the sky and fired them off, then they pointed their guns at us but the guns wouldn’t fire.  The chiefs kept following me saying that the peace must come from God.  The peace we enjoy today in Bougainville is because of that document. “One time, I was holding my son on my shoulders going for a tramp.  We came to a flooded river which was odd because there had been no rain so we took another route.  Later I found out that there was an ambush waiting to kill us.  The unnatural flood changed our direction.” During the late 1980s when war erupted, life was going on in its exotic daily routines in the jungle.  Yet there was one clan leader who decided to stay in his village, 2 kms from the coastline and about 80 kms from Panguna Mine.  Such villages were caught between flying bullets.  Pastor Ezekiel made a home there called Aero Centre.  Here are just a few stories that have been told directly to me some ten years since the guns were laid down. A boy’s story: “During the crisis, PNGDF men entered the little house I lived in with my mother.  I was 12 years old.  They demanded kerosene and food at gunpoint.  My mother was a Christian and so she began to pray.  They held a gun to her head but she said, ‘No’.  Kerosene was more valuable than gold for us.  Without it, we couldn’t run our home.  The soldier pulled the trigger.  The gun didn’t go off.  All this time, I watched my mother.  They pulled the trigger a second time.  The gun didn’t go off.  The soldier went outside our hut, pulled the trigger and it went off.  The gun was loaded and it exploded.  These soldiers realised that God was with my mother.  They quickly ran away.  We kept our kerosene.” By the time that 12 year old boy told me this story, he was a young man, yet the awe of God was still on him.  He had witnessed his mother’s faith in God and he is still walking in the fear of God. Ruth, a vivacious school teacher recalls her experiences of being a woman during the crisis and the revival: “In the time of the crisis, God helped my family in a big way.  We had no money to buy clothes, food and soap.  God showed us how to use coconut and lemon to wash our clothes to make them white as snow.  He showed us how to use coconut oil from our own coconut trees for our lamps.  Before the crisis, we used to buy kerosene for our lamps.  Now there was no money and no kerosene.  Salt was also not available so He showed us how to cook our food in salt water from the ocean, adding grated coconut for our flavours.  Sometimes we would boil the ocean water until all we had left was the powdery salt.  In these ways, God showed me that He loved women in their domestic situation; that even in a crisis He could provide all we needed by looking after our clothes and our bodies. “God also blessed the ground during the crisis.  Food that we hadn’t planted appeared – sweet potato, yam, taro, casava, chinese taro, banana and other fruit.  This didn’t just happen in one place.  It happened all over the island.  In fact, there is now a category of sweet potato called crisis kaukau!”  …

Pastor Ezekiel & Janet

Another leader, Pastor Ezekiel, had been a United Church pastor since his training for the ministry.  He had received the spiritual experience known as the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at the time of his salvation.  … Pastor Ezekiel was told to close down his Bible School.  Because of the crisis, all of the schools on the island had been closed down and he was to comply.  He refused.  He said that it was not his place to close it down.  God had opened it and God would have to shut it.  He was viciously beaten as a result of this decision, and on a number of other occasions.  Over 500 people, including many women, have graduated from his Bible School.  Many are now missionaries in other countries. Another extraordinary side effect of the crisis was the subsistence diet.  Many times I have heard it said that they came out of the crisis 10 years younger than they used to be because all the refined food was taken out of their diet.  They ate from the soil. “ Our bodies got healthy and strong.” Prayer Mountain A Prayer Mountain emerged deep into the crisis years. Its origins were mysterious and its role in the crisis and in the revival was equally other-world. A contributing factor to the glory of God over Bougainville and to the revival has to have been this Prayer Mountain.  In Bougainville and in other parts of the world, it is not uncommon for a geographical site to be set aside as a prayer mountain.  However, when I began to hear stories of this one particular Prayer Mountain, I knew that God had met with this people in a rare manner, not unique, but certainly rare. Pastor Ezekiel’s strength and focus on God encouraged others to become giants in faith also.  David Gagaso is one such giant.  This strong and good looking young man with a soft, melodic voice was the one who received the word from God about this mountain. David made a choice as a young man to live an uncompromising life of faith in Jesus Christ.   He was diligent in his pursuit of spiritual things leading him to a series of miraculous experiences.  Phenomena in the night sky, visions, and voices helped him locate a certain mountain on which he, his brother and friends built a bush house for prayer.  This became known as Prayer Mountain.  … He said, “In that bush house, the presence of God came down.  The place was totally covered and filled with thick fog and smoke.  We could hardly see other people in this little house.  Pastor began using Prayer Mountain, hosting prayer seminars and prayer programs. “We began to see manifestations of God. People began to receive songs and others saw angels.  We were lost in prayer and fasting.  … “In 1999, we replaced the bush house with one that had a tin roof.  At the opening service for that house, I felt the presence of Jesus Christ as we were worshipping.  Everyone was flat on the ground, face down.  Even the musicians were on the ground with their instruments.  It was an awesome incredible experience for me that I will never forget.  We had to stop the whole service because we enjoyed God’s presence so much.  It took us a very long time to come back to the rest of the service.  We could not pray or dance or sing but could only be flat on the ground before the presence of God. “Normally before people set foot on Prayer Mountain, the sky would be clear.  When people entered the prayer house, cloud would cover up the whole place even though there were no other clouds in the sky. “We never slept at Prayer Mountain, but would always come back to the foot of the mountain to sleep.  … David paused and then continued. “Our experience in the crisis produced people who can be involved in missions.  We are not scared about any situation.  We learn language easily; we eat anything or nothing; we sleep anywhere; we need nothing; we carry fire. “I personally believe that God is going to raise up very aggressive missionaries from our island.  One of the things I believe is that the Church should be involved in mission.  Our Church in Bougainville is now reaping what we were planting up there in Prayer Mountain. We prayed for Africa and now we have missionaries there.  Same with Indonesia.  We are becoming the answer to our own prayers.  I myself am about to go to a place that is not safe for Christians.” Jane took up the story.  “Prayer Mountain was where the Spirit of God fell.  Things happened that are foreign to the western mind. “It started when we took Bible School students up to Prayer Mountain for a retreat.  We planned to be there for two weeks, praying and fasting, before sending them out on a ministry trip. “At the time of this two week stay on Prayer Mountain with the students, we were not thinking in terms of a revival.  We were just being obedient to why we believed God had established Prayer Mountain. “Soon, people were lifted up off the ground during worship and prayer.  One girl was lifted up, flew past me and landed outside the building.  Other students went through the wall, breaking it on their flight, landing outside. “We tried to stop them; to quiet them down; to bring them back inside the building.  But there was a fear of God and a fear of the unknown.  We were afraid that if we stopped it, we would be touching something that was God. “One time Ezekiel was up on Prayer Mountain.  On his way back to Aero Centre, he met two ‘white men’ who were glowing.  They asked him where he was going.  He said, ‘Home’ and then passed them.  He turned around.  They were gone. “Another time a group was cleaning the building at the top of Prayer Mountain.  They arrived to find footprints all around the house.  You must understand that this is not a place where anyone lived and those on cleaning duty would have seen anyone leave the house on their way up the mountain.  They knew straight away that these were the footprints of angels.  … Ezekiel’s adds:“Before Prayer Mountain, and into the second year of the crisis, people were singing worship songs to God.  The sound of the singing was heard around the mountains. “When it was time to be in church, people would run to the front of the church, casting themselves down on the smooth rocks that were alongside the front of the church.  There were times when the dirt floor of the church was indented by the banging of heads in repentance and worship. “Then came Prayer Mountain.  We stopped at the bottom of the mountain to confess our sins and if we didn’t do this well enough on the first stop, such conviction would come on us that we would stop again.  Finally we would reach the prayer house at the top of the mountain and the presence of God would come down.  We wouldn’t talk but could only whisper because of the awareness of the Holy Spirit.  The day came, after the building was completed, for its dedication. I put a big ceremony on the doors and then we went inside.  When we were about to sing the first song we found that we couldn’t stand.  We were prostrate on the floor before God.  Prophecy after prophecy came. “We had not expected this.  The prophecies spoke against the war.  In fact, when the Peace-Keeping Forces arrived in Bougainville, God reminded us of the prophecies from that meeting.  What is more, we were praying on Prayer Mountain when they arrived in Bougainville.  … Pastor Ezekiel told me of its final days.  “By 1999, a prophetic message came that we had to leave the mountain.  God began to speak from John 4:21-24.  The message of those verses came to me as, “I am no longer just in that mountain.  Meet Me here as you met Me on the mountain.” “This process of obedience gave us further understanding of the holiness and presence of God.  “We began to question God. “Why are we not experiencing what we experienced before?” “Then God began to give us the understanding that Prayer Mountain was not just for ourselves but was for taking the Gospel to other people.  He spoke to us about mission.  Now we were to plant churches and experience things that used to only happen on Prayer Mountain.  We have done this.  For instance, we now even have missionaries in Africa. “We had to learn about the omnipresence of God.  Some young people went back to Prayer Mountain to try to get back what we had experienced but nothing happened.  It was a time and a season and a place for a specific purpose. “In 2000, we launched Christian Missionary Fellowship in Bougainville.  We are now sending missionaries into PNG and to the rest of world.” More of this story is told in South Pacific Revivals and fully in SONS OF THUNDER

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He woke up totally healed, by Daniel Kolenda

cfan1Have you ever drifted off to sleep . . . and suddenly woke up totally HEALED?  When you’re sitting in the presence of God, it can happen.

In fact, that’s exactly what took place on night 3 in our Great Gospel Campaign in Accra, Ghana.

It was one of those nights that is hard for me to describe. As always, our emphasis was on the preaching of the Gospel of salvation, to which many thousands responded.

But when the Gospel is proclaimed the inevitable result is miracles.  Even though I hardly said anything about healing, the Holy Spirit loves to confirm the lordship of Jesus and manifest His Kingdom through supernatural demonstrations.

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”  (Mark 16:19-20)

And on this one particular night, we saw so many hearings: A man blind for ten years healed. A woman with an issue of blood healed. A deaf man healed. A lady threw her walking stick away. A woman took off her neck brace. I even danced with the woman who had been crippled.

But the most moving testimony came at the very end. A man, who had been deaf for almost two years, had just arrived in town by train. He had a long lay-over for his next connection so he unwittingly ventured into the city center (Independence Square, where our campaign was being held).

He was a Muslim. He had no intention of coming to a Gospel meeting. He could not understand anything that was going on anyway … so he laid down and went to sleep. (He was about to make a divine connection.)

When he woke up, to his utter amazement, he could hear!  He came to the platform and stood before me trembling, overcome with emotion. He had a look of shock on his face. “My name is Mohammed,” he said, and he  proceeded to tell me his story.

I asked him if he knew who had healed him and he said it is “The messenger of the Almighty God  .. Jesus.” The whole thing was so raw and fresh. I could see he was struggling to come to terms with what he had just realized. “Jesus is, Jesus is … he is a God,” he said, as though the thought had just occurred to him.

He said, “Even the Koran says if you do not believe in Jesus Christ you are not a good Muslim.” He seemed to be trying to justify this to himself.

But I wanted to make it clear for the thousands watching this unfold. “Jesus is not just a messenger.” I said, “He is the SON of the living God. He is the Way, He is the Truth and He is the Life…”

He jumped up and down and shouted, “I thank God. I thank. God. I can hear. I can hear.” By the end of our conversation, he seemed to be settled and completely sure, but he desperately wanted to get the message to his wife.

So he boldly announced the name of the city where he lives and in his own words he said, “My wife is not watching this  … but I persuade anybody who knows me and sees my face    …  that my name is Mohammed (he also shouted his last name) and you can tell my wife that Jesus is the Son of God. And tell her that I am healed. I am healed. I can hear. I can hear.

I wish you could have seen the crowd. No football team has ever received such enthusiasm – they were jumping and dancing and shouting with joy unspeakable and full of glory. It is a moment I will never forget.  YOU HELPED TO MAKE THAT MIRACLE MOMENT HAPPEN for that dear man. Your prayers and your financial support make you a key part of EVERY single miracle o salvation and healing in our meetings.

cfan2There are more men and women (just like Mohammed) who need to find out that Jesus is the SON of God; that He can save their souls; forgive their past; and heal their hurts.

Please ask the Lord what you should give and sow into this soul-winning soil … and make your next gift a personal act of obedience to His leading in your heart.

You have no idea just how much your prayers and gifts matter. But God does … and He sees and knows how to supply, bless and multiply every seed that you sow …  according to His word.
(2 Cor 9:8-10)

Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, 2014
http://www.cfan.com

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http://danielkolenda.com/2014/12/31/mohammed-confesses-jesus/

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