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The call to bring revival to a nation is not something that can be accomplished through any strength or wisdom that we possess in ourselves. No matter how badly you want to plunge into the fray and proclaim liberty in the land, the power to bring the presence and power of God that will ignite the Church is not something that can be flippantly learned in Seminary or produced with any carnally designed program. Only God can do that, and only in complete surrender are we able to lend ourselves as crucified vessels that He can work through.  Frank Bartleman, in recounting an encounter he had with the Lord, wrote that the Lord told him after he had received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, “If you were only small enough, I could do anything with you.”

Ah, here’s lies the crux, almost a Catch-22 if you would.  How does one maintain, or better put, achieve that place of true humility so that God can use you to do His mighty works?  On the one hand, we strive to get to that place of righteousness to have power in God while at the same time, try to be stay in that broken, crucified walk in God so we can be yielded to His power.  How does one strike that perfect balance?  Sounds simple … or is it?

David had it; Saul did not.  Perhaps that was because, for Saul, it was always about Saul. When he was little in his own eyes, he was found hiding amongst the stuff, but a couple years later, he was such a big shot that he didn’t think he had to wait on God’s prophet.  For David, on the other hand, it was never about David; it was always about God. Because of that, he was able to take on Goliath as a kid, and later as an adult with just a couple other guys, the entire Philistine army.  (2Samuel 23:9)

Any man of God who has had the power of God work through him will immediately be attacked by the enemy. Whether it is miracle healings, dynamic preaching, or supernatural revelation, no sooner does one experience the touch of God’s hand than that little wisp will pass through the back of his mind that, yes it was God’s power, but … ahem … He did choose to use you!  Satan will lightly sneak those thoughts in as subtly as he can. Obviously, if you think about it hard enough, you will recognize the devil’s handiwork, so he keeps as light a touch as he can … and then another … and then another, merging them ever so slightly into the several streams of your thoughts until he can find an anchor somewhere in your heart to attach his lines of vanity and plant his seeds of pride.

The challenge that faces a man of God who desires to be used in a supernatural way, therefore, lies in how to be “meet for the Master’s use” (2 Timothy 2:21) and yet keep his ego and self completely invisible.  God does not bestow His power on just anybody.  He may work through anybody, but He is careful to whom He entrusts His power. We must be careful that our desire to be used by God is not rooted in our own self-image or desire for position in God, but entirely upon the promotion of the kingdom of God.  As I Corinthians 13 tells us, you can all the faith to move mountains, but if you do not have charity, it is worth nothing.

Easily said; not so easily achieved.  Any fool can spout off religious platitudes that boast of unearned righteousness and spirituality, but it is an entirely different matter to fight your way through the spiritual swamp of fleshly ego and pride that you have to negotiate through to arrive at that place where God can use you.

I often hear young Christians naively spout off that they have been called to be a prophet. My first response is to tell them to pray and beg God to change His mind and please choose someone else because you will die a thousand deaths before you enter into that calling.

Ego, pride, and self-awareness must be burned out of you before you are ready to enter into that place of real power.  God will give it to you in pieces – just enough to lift you up so He can break you down again.  Line upon line, one step at a time, until you gradually become empty of self.  Jacob had his Laban, Joseph his prison, and Moses his desert, and you will have your desert place of cauterizing fire to take the “you” out of you so God can fill you up with Himself.  His goal is not to change you, but to kill you.  You are to be purified into transparent glass so that when people look at you, it is not you that they see, but the fire of God that is in you.

And so with the power that works through you, there is a deep innate understanding that it is not you but God who is working through you to do these miracles. You are nothing but dust and ashes; you don’t even own the breath in your body. You are dead in Christ, crucified to the world, numb to pride and arrogance. Any place that Satan could have gotten hold of has been broken away. You have finally surrendered to God.

When you are no longer mindful about yourself or your spiritual place in God – when you just simply do not care anymore – then you are finally “meet for the Master’s use” and ready to wield the power of God so that He, and He alone, will get the glory.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
(2 Timothy 2:20-21)

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Mornings are gorgeous out here in Namanga. There’s a cool, refreshing tropical feeling in the air every morning. And each morning, little spider monkeys come out to entertain us for food. Almost like street kids who dance on street corners for change. They will come and take a banana right out of your hand.

But by mid-morning, they are gone. Back up into the mountain that is right behind us. It makes you wonder what other animals are up there. The whole area looks exactly like west Texas – arid scrub brush littered with short hardy trees – but instead of mesquite, these are acacia trees. And instead of Armadillos, they have monkeys; instead of deer, lions.

We had two more services here today. The afternoon service was full, but the evening service was packed again. These people are serious. Both services lasted around 3 hours, but no one wanted to leave. Not even close. They are determined to have what I have promised them is in the Word of God.

The Massai are a very different kind of people. They live secluded lives very close to the land and the animals. Lions fear them and will leave whenever a Massai is near, but the other tribes in Kenya look down on them as almost sub-human and uncivilized. They are almost correct. The Massai are very different, their culture is very dark, and the Massai religion is very demonic. Nevertheless, when they get saved, they get saved hard. Their transformation from darkness to Light is no little thing and they take it much more seriously than most others.

You can tell. These revival meetings have brought people in from the bush because they have seen what this message has done from when I have been here before, and they are desperate to get more.

It’s not the excitement or the fervor that makes me feel a difference here amongst the Massai. It is a very different anointing from God that I feel. It is hard to describe on paper, but it is almost as if God is a co-conspirator with me, secretly whispering in my ear to not worry, He’s got this. He has brought me here to speak to His people. He has the message and the anointing. All I have to do is show up and open my mouth. He will take it from there.

And He does.

What a service! This is just like last night. Something broke open in the heavenlies. I have no idea what, but everyone here can feel it. God has brought them hope. A real vision for God always has to be planted with a hope in your heart before it can ever be established by your faith.

That’s what He has done. He has given them a Light in the darkness.

Brother Dale (dale@revivalfire.org)

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Well, we are two days down, and a whole bunch yet to go. So far so good.

Services both yesterday and today were … um … I’m trying to choose between “electrifying” and “wild”. It depends on which side of the Atlantic you are from.

Richie, the young man who is traveling with me, is looking wild-eyed at what he is seeing. He expected the song service to be lively. He has come from a Pentecostal background, his family being intimately involved in the Brownsville revival, so he knows what it is to have the Spirit of God fall on a service. This was much more than he had ever experienced, but he was at least prepared for it.

To the folks here in Africa, it was simply an anointing of the Holy Spirit. This is Africa, and they know how to praise the Lord here with everything they have. And everything they have, they give to their worship in singing, dancing, and praise. To many of us sedate Americans, it would seem wild, but them it is just God.

But it was the closing prayer that Richie was really not prepared for.

After the message was done, instead of praying with the congregation, I handed it over to Pastor Kibedi. (Actually it is now, Archbishop Kibedi. He has grown immensely in God during the last 12 years that I have known him.)

Kibedi started praying … and praying … and praying. As the intensity grew the passion started to rise and spread throughout the entire church. The closing prayer became 45 minutes of fire. People were praying at the top of their lungs, crying and calling out to God with everything in them.

For them, this was transforming; for Richie this was wild! You just don’t see anything like this in America. Too bad for us.

It would be easy to think that this was just “wild fire” – all emotion and bluster – but after 12 years out here, I have learned that while this might be too much for our polished services in America, this is very real for Africans. They deal with God on a very different level than we do.

As the service ended, several answered the call, crying and weeping for individual repentance, rededication, and healing. Their hearts had been deeply broken and affected. God is their Father and they are so softhearted toward God that they cling desperately to their deep, personal relationship with Him.

This is the stuff that I live for. This is the real Gospel at work. Call it crazy; I call it God.

We have a ways to go. Richie will see this many times before we board the plane for home. It may seem wild to him now, but I have a feeling he will look at it more as the supernatural anointing of the Holy Spirit by the time we are done.

And then, like myself, he will have to figure out how to explain what this is like to the folks back home. Good luck on that one, Richie.

Brother Dale

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“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”  (Eph. 3:20)

I went to go pray over a friend of mine who was in serious condition in the hospital. We had prayed for him a couple months ago when he was slipping over the edge into death, and the Lord answered mightily. I was on the phone with his wife as we were praying, and about 15 minutes into it, we both experienced the power of God come down in a finality that established the victory like slamming a standard into the middle of a battleground. It was done! God had answered!

Needless to say, the next morning, instead of dying as everyone expected, he immediately took a major turn toward life. Prayer had literally pulled him back from the dead.

Three months later, however, he was still in the hospital. It was up and down, back and forth. This week he is chipper and doing well; next week he is faltering. We had prayed him back from the dead, but now it was time to bring him back to life, real life.

I have seen just about every miracle healing I can think of from  blind, crippled, paralyzed, barren, broken bones, even one man who was virtually dead, but I still have no idea how it works. Or why.  I have listened to all the theological experts (who, by the way, rarely have done this themselves) explain how the whole process works, but I am still clueless. I can only step into the situation, lay hands and pray, and wait for God to do something miraculous.

And He does. Many times, an entire line of people who have come forward will get healed – every last one of them! But there are those times when you pray your guts out, and nothing happens. Burned into my memory is the picture of me in Africa holding a child that was brought to me with malaria. I prayed harder that morning than I had ever prayed, but, on the way to the hospital that afternoon, the baby died. You can’t question these things; you just keep going and keep doing. God is in charge.

In spite of all that I have seen, I am still intimidated and a little scared when I am asked to pray over someone. I don’t know how it works, I don’t always feel something when it does, and who am I anyway to drive my way into the Throne Room of God to demand this thing? This past weekend, however, the Lord was pressing me hard. Go and pray. Exercise your authority that I have placed upon you. Have the guts to believe Me and establish the promises that are planted in the Word of God.

Yikes! This has now taken a very different tack. This is no longer a mission of choice – this is a campaign of battle to establish the will of God. This is now a commission, not a request. The honor of God is on the table. He said it; we have done it; it is finished. Go!

And then the above scripture came to me. “Exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…” I get that part. God is sovereign. Everybody knows that. What has that got to do with prayer?

Ah, the “rest of the story”, so to speak, is in the other part of the verse, “according to the power that worketh in us …”

All of a sudden, this is not a work of chance or wishful thinking. It is not about tossing out some anemic prayer requests and hope that it works. And if it doesn’t, oh well, it must not have been the will of God. No excuses, no backdoor exit, no nebulous theologies. NO MORE EXCUSES!

What did God say? Then have the courage to believe Him! As a friend once told me, “Act like you believe the Bible.” That’s it. It’s as simple as that. Just step off the edge of the cliff and let God catch you.

The catch in this, however, is predicated on that one little turn of a phrase, “the power that worketh in us.” This is not a free-for-all; there is a price to pay for the kind of power that God requires. This is not a matter of “works”; this is a matter of power. And we are required to do what it takes to get that power in God so that we can, in turn, exercise it so the world can see how great God is.

I have said before that your place in God is determined by your depth of prayer. The oil for your lamps is gotten on your knees before God in deep, broken subjection. The deeper your prayer, the deeper you go into His bleeding side. That “secret place in God” that David speaks about in Psalm 91 can only be found in a place that is nailed to the Cross.

The troubles and pain in the valleys, the sufferings of the Cross, the crucified walks, the brokenness and surrender all lead to a place in God that cannot be found in the mountaintop experiences and pleasant times that we celebrate in church. This is the price we pay for that deeper walk in God. Pain and sorrow open wounds that take us into a depth in God that laughter never will. It also brings us into a walk of righteousness because the closer we get to God, the more we approach His holiness and are finally able to understand the fear of the Lord. Righteousness establishes the promises of God, and a crucified walk that takes us into the sufferings of the Body of Christ brings us to that place of righteousness, not because pain cleanses us, but because it opens depths in our soul that brings us closer to God.

Walking in this kind of depth establishes a confidence of faith and power in you that you never had before. It exposes your understanding to realize that time and space are not real. They are unrealities that tie us to this world. Only when you understand that time and space are not real will you ever be able to believe God for the impossible.

Walking in the power of God blasts demons, breaks chains, destroys obstacles, and heals the sick. God has given you power to heal the sick – He didn’t ask you to ask Him to do it. He told you to do it. Now you understand; now you are empowered to exercise that which is “exceeding abundantly above all” because we have a power that works in us which has been forged in the fires off the altar of God – the same altar that accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that is covered with His blood.

That is where the power comes from – His blood on the altar of the suffering of the Cross.

But …  you have to go get it.

Are you wondering about why things are so weak? Are you, like Gideon in Judges Chapter 6 wondering about where the miracles are? Why are our altar calls so empty? Why are services more like a college lecture than a supernatural experience with God? Where is the power?

It starts on your knees … and goes down from there. Power in God only comes from a depth of prayer that is washed in the agony of His blood.
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Wisdom of Men

Lately, I’ve been breaking my own rules.

I’ve always said, “Stick to the basics. You can’t go wrong with the basics.” It seems God has a tendency to simplify things, while man always tries to complicate everything. God urges us to trust completely in Him and rest in Faith, while we set off to build a tower of Babel.

We want everything explained and figured out. I guess that makes us feel a bit more secure in our own knowledge and wisdom, and yet, the wisdom that God admonishes us to have is to simply fear God and keep His commandments. Unfortunately, that’s too simple for most of us.

The struggle is best seen in the doctrinal disputes over the timing of the Rapture, Eternal Security, the King James vs. the NIV, and even the very existence of the Trinity. We even want to know if God is a He or a She, or if David and Jonathan were homosexual lovers – and the quest for the Knowledge of Good and Evil goes on and on and on.

Is it any wonder that Jesus spoke in parables to confound the wise?

Few Christians question their core beliefs. Most believe what they have been taught to believe. Ask anyone why they believe in the Oneness doctrine, and they will most likely mumble some passage that someone told them. Question someone’s belief in Eternal Security and they will relate an anecdote they’ve been taught about giving gifts. Challenge someone’s belief in pre-tribulation rapture and they will point to some movie or a set of novels they have read.

Is that the point? Do we just believe what we’re told because it sounds good? Or do we go to the other extreme and become completely wrapped up in complicated analyzations to prove our presupposed beliefs?

I believe that sound doctrine is the bricks by which we build our house of safety to protect us from the winds of Satan. Each brick is important and needs to be straight, but it is only one brick in the wall. If enough bricks are out of place, the wall will collapse and Satan will blow the house down. Doctrine is important and demands our attention, but is that the main focus of our Salvation?

One of these modern theories has caught my attention lately, and I made the effort to research all the points made by each side of the argument. (I know, I know, I should be immune to this already, but hey, I was curious!) After pouring over reams of intelligent suppositions, arguments, counter-arguments, and the ramblings of theological gymnastics, one point became very clear to me – mankind is really stupid!

No matter how sophisticated we may be, let us never lose sight of the fact that God made us out of dirt – and that includes our brains.   Paul was as educated as anyone, and he said he knew nothing but Christ Jesus, and Him crucified. He came “not with the enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power so that your faith would not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

The Bible tells us that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Instead of wresting the scriptures to match what we want to believe, or swallowing whole what somebody else tells us because it sounds good, why not give it to God and let Him reveal His Truth to us in His time? That’s the difference between Faith and Presumption.

I can just picture the Lord sitting up there watching all this scrambling around and shaking His head in disbelief.

Want to know what God’s opinion is?

“He that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)

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In ten weeks’ time, Dale and I visited over 10 cities in four different countries, had from one to four services each at 21 different churches, and held 10 women’s meetings!

Our first stop was at Noah’s church in Uganda. Dale, Noah, and Daniel, an evangelist who came along to experience what revival is like in Africa, held crusades in 2 villages, one street crusade, and Sunday services in Noah’s church. In these villages over 400 souls got saved. Both these areas have not had churches established there because of the Muslim influence and witchcraft/demonic activity, but we planted a church in each place that is still thriving. At one of the meetings, a man was supernaturally delivered from a demon possession (he was completely insane, rolling on the ground, eating dirt, with cuts and scars from cutting himself). He got saved and has continued in the newly established village church! It was an incredible deliverance and testimony. When all the people saw this happen, they started bringing all their idols in to be burned. It was just like the Book of Acts! I visited the Ladies of Hope for two days and toured the recently purchased orphanage buildings and the school.

Our next three weeks were in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Goma, the first city we visited, we held services in six different churches, ministered to three different women’s groups, and visited a refugee camp church. The spiritual oppression is heavy there; you can feel it as soon as you cross the border into this dark country. We battled issues regarding jealousy among pastors, greed, hotel problems, government corruption, and the after effects of a country battered by many wars. While some people we met were only interested in what they could get from us, some pastors took the Four Steps to Revival message to heart and put it immediately into practice. They prayed for the unsaved souls and then went out witnessing to bring them in! We were so encouraged by their hunger and zeal it made the hardships easier to overcome.

We traveled to Bukavu, Congo on a 3 hour boat ride, which was a lot of fun! While in Bukavu, we ministered in two different churches. The Penuel Church was amazing. Our translator was one of the best in both ability and spirit. We spent four days there where I met with three different women’s groups, and Dale did a radio program, a TV broadcast, four revival services and the Sunday service. The Spirit of God moved in some powerful ways during those services. One woman who had been crippled for three years was healed…she made a point of finding Dale two days later to make sure he knew and saw her! Someone in the congregation was baptized in the Holy Spirit right during services! Many other testimonies of having the Lord touch them and feeling the anointing of the Spirit were told to us the last day we were there. They did not want us to leave. What a blessing!
As we crossed the border into Rwanda, you could feel the spiritual oppression lift off us. The people in Rwanda have a lot of issues because of the genocide 20 years ago. While we were there, the 20 year Memorial Service was held for the Genocide victims. We watched the service and heard the speeches on TV. All meetings were cancelled that first day across the whole country.

We had services in Kigali, Gitarama, and Cyangugu for a total of four churches. A woman who was deaf was healed in Pastor Robert’s church. At another church, our translator (and Noah’s brother) Emmanuel was so excited about the message of Revival, that he was getting the rest of his church excited! He was ready to start a fire under his pastor and everyone else! Pastor Isaiah had already taken the Four Steps to Revival message that he heard from Dale last year, and was conducting street crusades in several cities. Isaiah is a famous Gospel singer in Rwanda and he would take some equipment, set up on a corner, and start singing. Crowds would come and at the end of the “free concert” he would preach and souls would get saved!

We had a women’s conference out in one of the villages and about 250 women showed up! I am humbled by the women who endure such oppression with little spiritual nourishment. They were starving to have someone tell them they could endure and overcome and feel the Lord actually loved them.

Our last three weeks were in Nairobi, Kenya. Pastor Daniel was thankful that we came to the slum area that his church was in to preach a message that challenged his congregation. He is ready to organize another conference with many other pastors for this coming fall! Then we travelled to Namanga to preach at Pastor Samuel’s Maasai church for two days. Back in Nairobi, we ministered with Pastor Gideon, who was already on the path to revival. His church already had witnessing groups going out to win the unsaved to Christ. But after hearing Dale preach, he got down on his knees along with his whole congregation to ask for forgiveness and seek God’s power to win more souls! Our last church service was with Pastor Kibedi. During that service, several children were dedicated to the Lord and they had Dale ordain four new pastors.

Altogether, there were a total of 45 services and 12 women’s meetings. Many churches were energized, over 600 souls asked Jesus Christ into their heart, two crippled ladies were healed, many other illnesses were healed, a demoniac was delivered, and a deaf woman was healed. Even before we left some of these cities, we were hearing of more souls getting saved and women gathering together to read Bible and strengthen each other. In the Congo, the Lord showed the pastor that an American and a Ugandan would come together and bring revival in their church. Two weeks later, Dale and Noah were there! At another church in Rwanda, a woman who was a prayer intercessor praying for revival said that Lord told her He was sending someone from America … two weeks before we showed up. This has happened again and again and it just shows how hungry they are for revival and how desperate their need is for someone to come and show them the way.

We have planted seeds of revival everywhere we have gone. I know God is on the move to raise these people up with hope and vision to carry this message forward and to spread it across the land. I’m just so glad that I got to be a part of this to watch the hand of God move.

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It’s been a busy couple of days.

We had two days of crusades in a remote area of Uganda where somewhere between 400 to 500 souls gave their lives to Christ. This was a witchcraft-dominated area where satanic worship had a stranglehold on these people and where no churches have been able to survive. We were not sure how the battle would go, but we knew the power of God was more than capable of expelling the darkness.

And it was.

Not only that, but these people were starving for the Light. When satanic darkness covers an area or a town, there is a sense of oppression on everything and there is a satanic grip on people’s souls that will not allow them to escape. Only the power of God can break it. But the people have to want it in order for it to work.

We had preaching from Evangelist Daniel Norris and myself and we showed the Jesus film in the evening. Deliverance had come, Truth shone, and souls were saved at each session. And from what I have just heard, they are still coming. Two days later, the people are still there and don’t want to leave because the Spirit of God has covered that place. A church has been birthed in the midst of the darkness and liberty has been declared where chains had once held these people captive.

I gotta tell you, we are having lots of fun.

But there is one story I’d like to share with you before I close. Often there will be one particular person that puts an exclamation point on the whole crusade. For this one, it is an old man who crawled in during one of the messages.

It was obvious that this guy was either drunk or crazy, but I couldn’t tell which. He seemed harmless sitting there in front of everyone, scratching at the grass around him. And then I felt the Lord direct me to lay hands on him and cast out the devils in him, and if I did not, they would kill him.

Uh, are you talking to me, Lord? Am I imagining this? I mean, it wasn’t like I heard the voice of God or anything – just a real strong feeling that gripped me inside.

Okay, so what’s the worst that could happen? After all, I have done this before more than once, and it is all very real. Especially out here in this satanic hellhole.

So I did. And yup, you guessed it, as soon as I laid hands on him, a battle started between me and the demons inside this guy. After a while, they would calm down as if he was going to sleep, trying to fool me into thinking they were gone. But when demons come out, you can feel the release and there had been no release. As soon as they realized that I wasn’t fooled, it would start up all over again.

This went on for a long time (don’t know how long), but when it was done, it was done. I could see the massive scars on his head, neck and body from where he had been cutting himself and would have continued until he had killed himself. Just like the Lord had told me.

As soon as he came to, we prayed him through the Sinners Prayer to keep those demons from entering back in. (For those of you who do not believe in the Sinners Prayer, I wonder what you would have done with someone like this.)

It turns out, this man had been possessed for years from a witch who had cast spells on him – a long tormented story. He was a demoniac like what met Jesus at the Gadarenes. Now he is at the church, saved and in his right mind, ready to serve the Lord.DSC_0952 (640x427)

We could have missed this whole thing. We could have stayed in town and not ventured so far out into the back country. We could have succumbed to the fears that many people had about this satanic area and left them to their own problems. After all, they chose to surrender to the powers of darkness. Or I could have pulled back from stepping out in faith so that I wouldn’t have to worry about embarrassing myself and the Gospel when nothing happened. And if we had not followed the leading of the Lord, there is a certain man in a village that once was under the curses of Satan who would never have seen the

Light. There is no telling how many souls will be saved from the testimonies of not only this man, but of the hundreds of people who experienced the liberation of the power of Salvation in their little town.

There’s a lesson here about surrendering it all to God and believing that if you will just step out in faith, you will see God move. But you have to be willing to give it all to Him and let Him do whatever He will do. And when you do, He will meet you at your faith, and you will see miracles.

If you don’t step off the edge of the cliff, you will never learn how to fly.

 

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What a day we’ve had!

Cindy and I are on a 10-week tour of 4 different countries here in Africa.  We’ve come to Uganda to install an Internet-based system for me to be able to preach live over Skype to a projector wherever Noah, my partner here in Uganda, wants to set it up.  This would enable us to preach in many of the remote villages here that no one ever visits.  It also enable us to show videos like the Jesus Film as an evangelistic tool to win souls.

We tried it out last night in an outdoor crusade around the local church. We set up outside in the market area and people came from everywhere to watch the film and listen to the preaching. Dozens came down at the altar call. Most of them were kids, who will come down anytime you call them, so it was hard to say how many people actually came down to the altar to give their lives to Christ but there were plenty.

The next day was Sunday. I joked with Daniel, the brother who came to install this projection system, that services can last a couple hours here.  They lasted for four.

It started out the usual way – lots of singing and praise.  Africans love music, singing, and dancing.  Give them an opportunity to sing and they will raise the roof!

As I got up to bring the message, I could feel the energy and excitement begin to roll. I felt like I had just my finger in a socket and plugged myself in. Again, scores came down to the altar to pray. They are so hungry to see a move of God, not only in their church and their country, but in their own personal lives as well. Crying out to God, they lined up 4 and 5 deep in front of the altar.

How do you put a measure on passion like this?  I can deliver the same message in America and barely get a stifled yawn. Maybe some amens and some ataboys, but no impassioned repentance or broken hearts to turn from our complacency.  We are going to miss this coming move of God if we do not allow our hearts to be torn wide open.

But services were not finished. A few more songs and then the pulpit was opened for my companion, Daniel to preach.  Daniel is a much in-demand evangelist with the Steve Hill Ministries, and wow can he preach!  Excitement rose again and people came down to receive the Holy Spirit. You could hear us a mile away as the passion rose, hearts broke open, and the Spirit of God dealt with these people.

After it was over, everyone felt as if they had gone through a wash and rinse cycle. You felt clean and drained.

Tomorrow, we start in a village and hour away in which there are no churches because the witch doctors have chased them all away.  Any attempts to plant a church there has been threatened, burned, and hammered with satanic curses.  Pastor Noah, our host in Uganda, has contacted the churches in all the surrounding areas that we are coming and asking them to join us there. We are about to establish a stronghold for God in the midst of this darkness and they are coming to be part of it.  This is war and this is how we fight.

Satan, take notice. We are about to rip your black grimy fingers from off these people and break forth with the blinding Light of Jesus Christ in an area where you have never before been challenged.  You can scream, you can rant and rave, but you can’t win. We claim the victory in the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost and we will establish a landmark for God that you will not soon forget.

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Here are the Youtube videos of four revival services in Maypearl, TX on Oct 26th and 27th.

Session 1 – Principles of Revival and Something is wrong with the Church

Session 2 – Repentance and Soul-Winning, the secret of revival.

Session 3 – How to Build a Fire in the Church

Session 4 – Joel chapter 2 – the coming Last Great Revival

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“But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”   (Acts 13:14-15)

And so they did.

This formula seemed to have worked fairly well just before in Cyprus, so why not try it here on the mainland? Pretty much it amounted to run down a quick history of the Messianic story, dismiss the Levitical covenant that these Jews had invested such an abnormal amount of intense obedience to, explain to them that all they have to do now is believe in the Nazarene, toss out the blood sacrifices, and ask God to forgive them.  Pretty simple.

And oh, by the way, if they didn’t, they would burn in Hell.

Unfortunately, unlike Segius Paulus on Cyprus, the response from these Jews was a little less than accommodating.  What a surprise.  But it was Paul’s classic answer that clinched it for them,

“For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him… Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.”  (Acts 13:27, 40-41)

Budda bing.  Budda bang.

Paul would not have been a good used car salesman, but he certainly made his  point – the old religious system was finished and God was moving in a brand new direction.  Not that God had not given them plenty of notice – the Old Testament is full of distinct and revealing prophesies – it’s just that they never saw it.

But it is always that way.  The religious rulers had read the voices of the prophets every Sabbath but never heard what they were saying.  Why was that? Were they just more comfortable with a religious spirit that had constructed rigid limits?  Or were they bent on following their own hearts rather than surrender to the leading of the Spirit of God when it led in ways that they did not like?

Whatever the reason, that same religious tendency to reject any new stirring of the Holy Spirit still continues today.  Just recently, I spent a few weeks in eastern Congo bringing a message of revival to several churches that were part of a large denomination there.  The results were explosive – over 700 souls came to the altar, churches were revitalized to go back out and bring in souls, and a general spirit of rejoicing was ringing in their services for the first time in decades.  Pastors told me that it had been years since anyone had gotten saved at their churches, but now they were excited with this new message to bring in the lost and start the wheels of revival rolling.

Guess what happened next.  The elders rose up and told these pastors that they were not allowed to do that.  In this denomination, you have to be saved for 6 years before you are allowed to witness or minister to others.  They warned the pastors that if they continued to send their people out to the streets to bring in the lost, they would kick those pastors out of the denomination.

Huh?  Am I hearing this right? This denomination, which had been forged in the fires of its own revival a couple generations ago, now could not recognize a moving of that same Spirit that had fashioned it years ago.

And the pastor’s response?  “We are lit, no more going back, no more fear or worry, we going forward, we are pursuing it.  We are determined to see Congo being revived for change and transformed for God’s glory.”

Go get ‘em, Pastor! Forget these religious Pharisees who would try to stop a genuine move of the Holy Ghost!  Ring the bell of Freedom and declare liberty to the lost. Let every devil in Hell be put on notice that we are not going back to the stifling consort of religious ritualism but are moving forward into a new day of revival.

Think this is only unique to the religious Pharisees of Jesus’ and Paul’s day, or that this is happening in Africa but never here in America?  Think again. The Bible is full of warnings to the Church in the last days that there will be a famine for hearing the Word of God and that the people will be starving for pasture and not be able to find it.  There will be a great falling away in the midst of a swarm of churches who will heap up to themselves the teachers to tell them the things they want to hear, and turn their ears away from hearing the truth.

As Pogo warned us, “We have met the enemy, and it is us.”

Revival is coming.  It is written in the Book of Joel; it shall come to pass.  But it is not coming to the churches. It is coming to a new generation of believers who will throw off denominational constraints in favor of a freedom in the Spirit that will lead into a new sense of holiness and righteousness in the fear of Almighty God.  God will raise up a Gideon Generation to become Joel’s Army to bring the greatest revival of all time just before Jesus Christ returns.

But the churches will miss it because they are stuck in the mire of religion.

 

 

 

 

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