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The Plague Has Begun

“And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.” (Numbers 16:46-47)

Like so many others, I believe we crossed a line when the Supreme Court legalized Gay Marriage. And I don’t believe we are ever coming back. We are rolling toward judgment like a great stone wheel.

Korah, Dathan, and Abiram had risen up against Moses and had been judged. Korah was from the priesthood and the other two were from one of the other tribes – this was a rebellion that came out of both church and congregation. The judgment that had come upon them had been dramatic and sure — there was no wondering who was right and who was wrong – and yet it had not satisfied the people. They wanted out from the strict religion of Jehovah, and Moses was the obvious target.

The very next day, the whole congregation rose up against Moses and Aaron and kindled the wrath of God. There would be no sweet-talking God out of this one. The pleas that Moses had used the last time were not going to work this time. God was mad.

There was only one hope. Send Aaron into the midst of them holding up the incense of prayer. It is the only thing that can stop the judgment of God once it has been determined. Prayer moves God.

I have never gotten much traction on the evangelistic circuits in America. I guess I don’t have the message that they are looking for. Repeatedly, the Lord has counseled me to stay separate and keep my edge sharpened. Let others travel those circuits.

A cutting message of holiness and the fear of God is not a “feel good” message. It calls for brokenness, repentance, and a crucified walk in God, the Cross instead of the Crown, tears instead of blessings, and repentance instead of rejoicing. It calls for judgment in the earth.

Instead I hear, “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” Excuse me, but can you tell me where that is at, because I’m reading in Psalms 5 that He hates the workers of iniquity and despises them. True, He loved the whole world so much that He gave His Son, not that we would not perish, but that we should not.  But He says in Proverbs 1 that if we refuse the fear of God and the way of righteousness, that He will laugh and mock at us when our destruction comes. I do understand that the Lord does not wish for any to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance, including homosexuals, but there is also a limit to His mercy.

I have to wonder about homosexuals when they say they were created that way because the Bible clearly states that it is God who has turned them over to a reprobate mind, not some genetic flaw. They were not born that way. He did that to them because they rejected the mercy and love of God that would have drawn them to salvation. Homosexuality is also the only sin in the New Testament that the Bible says is worthy of death. Romans chapter 1. Read it for yourself.

When we say that God loves the sinner, are we hinting at a more permissive Gospel than the old judgmental one that our forefathers believed in? Have we made our own golden calves like the Israelites made at the foot of Mount Sinai? Are we dumbing down the Gospel so that we can sound nice? Are we so worried about offending someone that we take no care about offending God by changing His Word and the very core meaning of righteousness?

Doesn’t God love the homosexual? It’s all about love, isn’t it? Does that include homosexual love? But the Word of God clearly says that God loves those who love Him, and that the love of God is determined by the keeping of His commandments. Over and over again, God tells us in His Word what He says love is — the keeping of His commandments. He implores us in Jude to “keep yourselves in the love of God”. How? By keeping His commandments.

God loved the whole world so much that He paid the ultimate price to give us the chance at salvation, paid for by the most precious substance in the Universe, His Son’s blood. He had to sit and endure all those long hours as He watched His only begotten Son be tortured, beaten beyond recognition, and brutally nailed naked to a wooden cross … for you. If you reject that after knowing the price that paid for your soul, is it any wonder that you stand in jeopardy of damnation and eternal fire? You can maintain that God still loves you if you’d like, but I would imagine it would be small consolation as you are plunging into the fires of Hell.

What are we afraid of? Why don’t we call sin what it is? Why mollify judgment? Tell them the truth, for heaven’s sake, and let them know they are headed to Hell. That is what love is.

To smooth down the message with sweet-sounding slogans is not love, but is the very hate that you are so afraid of and keeps them from the repentance that would have saved them.

May we answer the call to stand boldly between the dead and the living, to proclaim the truth of God’s righteousness.

“And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.” Numbers 16:48

 

Brother Dale, dale@revivalfire.org

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Manasseh

Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of this great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.”  2Kings 23:26

I am always struck by the bedrock determination of the judgments of God.  It is written that God is not a man that He should repent, but for some reason, that is a difficult concept for us to grasp because we have assimilated the idea that if we say we are sorry, all will be forgiven and everything will be OK.

Well, maybe it will be forgiven, but that doesn’t mean it will be OK.  I’ve heard it said before that the judgments of God are like a great stone wheel, rolling slow but sure, crushing all wickedness under it.  Simple apologies do little to stop great stone wheels.  Once judgment is set, it is set.

But ingrained into our culture are two things that are unique to the modern age:

  1. The lack of the fear of absolute rulers, and
  2. The lack of the fear of judgment.

We cannot grasp the fear that ancient peoples had for kings and emperors because democracy and the rise of the common people have eradicated their absolute power.  We can read about the chilling fear and trembling that was upon the people who stood before these great monarchs, but our minds have no reference point to be able to grasp what that must have been like.

The lack of the fear of God’s judgment is similar.  As successive generations water down the Word of God (just like it describes in the Book of Joel), we get farther away from the stark lines of the fear of God that our forefathers once possessed.  Either we are more enlightened than they were back then, or we are just plain stupid.

The judgment of God that was placed upon Judah because of Manasseh was proclaimed AFTER Manasseh repented before God and had come back to try and make things right with Him.  His efforts gained him a reprieve, but it did not stop judgment.

So it shall be with us.  America was established on the Old-Fashioned Gospel that was based on the fear of God, but it has morphed into a theologically scholastic plastic shadow of what it once was.

Where our services once thundered under the anointing and power of God, we now have animated social gatherings for Christians to listen to our pastor’s opinion of Scripture.  We call it church.

Where we once looked upon God with fear and trembling, we now talk about “awesome respect for our Daddy” as we sit in His big, comfy lap.

Where we once emphasized righteousness, we now languish in a warm, fuzzy concept of Love.

And where we once believed that judgment, once set, was sure, we now have convinced ourselves that because God loves us so much, surely He won’t do all those terrible things to us.

But the great wheel continues to turn.

After 50 million abortions, the rise of the predominance of homosexuality, the rampant saturation of lust, and the success of greed and corruption in our society, you have to ask yourself how it is that you really think God is just going to ignore everything and forget the mountains of sin that we have heaped upon ourselves. If the Lord were to halt judgment, would He not have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah?  And if He did, could we really rely upon Him to be righteous? I fear that He really is righteous, and that He means exactly what He says, and therefore great judgment is determined upon us as a fallen nation and world.

And, to me, the proof of that coming judgment is how few of us believe it.

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“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”
Psalms 96:5

When I look back on the revivals that have happened throughout history, I see certain elements that have always been evident. I’ve put many of them in my book, “Four Steps to Revival”, but there are a couple that I don’t think I have emphasized enough – holiness and prayer.

Today’s messages are all about grace and love and mercy, not holiness. And who could argue against that? What wonderful things they are! How great and wonderful is our Salvations that rely upon the grace, love and mercy of God. We would be so lost without them? But is that all there is? Or are we using Grace to minimize the effect of sin, and thereby turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, like it says in Jude 1:4? Have we been so focused on receiving blessings that we have ignored the call to a crucified walk in the sufferings of the Body of Christ? Has this loving modern gospel offered us so much comfort that we have refused the Cross in our pursuit of the Crown?

Every revival in history has been preceded by a time of deep, broken-hearted repentance and remorse for our worldly sinful ways. Desperation, weeping and howling at the altar as it is described in Joel chapter 2, is what brings God’s attention to our cry for revival, not the singing and dancing of a superficial worship that bears no marks of the Cross. The Church is complacent in her mediocrity and feels no shame or remorse. She has a “whore’s forehead”. She refuses to be ashamed (Jeremiah 3:3), and therefore the harvest has been witholden and the revival has not come. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.

The other thing missing is prayer. Revivals are birthed in the labor room of deep, prevailing prayer. The men and women of God that brought forth great moves of God would contend and wrestle in brokenness before God for hours and hours. Four and five hours every day, crying out to God relentlessly was not uncommon. Four or five hours every day! I know of no one in 45 years of ministry that has prayed like that, and yet you will see it in the early labor pains of every revival. How is it that we can be so foolish and cavalier to think that we can just snap our fingers and bring forth a microwave revival – no price, no pain, no tears, no ripping and tearing of our souls. Just waggle our finger in the air with a Howdy Dowdy wooden grin and say “Praise Jesus”.

That kind of prayer brought forth men and women of great power and authority. Know anyone like that today? Me neither. The ones I knew are all dead. All we have left are some nice pastors with nice messages for nice people. There are no John the Baptists left to challenge us, no Elijah’s to call down fire, no Martin Luther’s, Billy Sundays, Wigglesworth’s, or any of those who walked with true God-given authority to call us to our knees in broken repentance and crushing prayer. And yet Jeremiah cried out that the effectiveness of a true prophet of God was seen in his ability to bring the people of God to a place of true repentance (Jeremiah 23:22), not in their ability to entertain us with message of peace and love.

But what difference will this article make? People will read this and bob their heads up and down like apples in a barrel of water, and then go on the same ways they have been accustomed to. Same ol’, same ol’. Like water, we always seek that level that we are comfortable with … until something terrible comes along to rattle us out of our apostasy.

Something terrible is coming that will shake to the roots our modern Christianity with its Pollyanna attitude of personal blessings, sweet Jesus and a love and mercy that excuses sin and dismisses the fear of the Lord. But we don’t believe that because we don’t want to. And so we will not listen. And as a result, we are destined to face it.

The Lord once told me as I was watching this modern Christianity run in their hypnotic trance straight for the edge of a cliff, that even if they could hear me – which they could not – they will not listen. They are too set in a doctrine that they want to believe and like the children of Israel at the foot of Mt. Sinai, they are given over to the golden calves that they have created for themselves.

“And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” Exodus 32:3-4

 

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A Christian gentleman I know committed an indiscretion recently with a young prostitute who approached him at a café. He had been a Christian for years and had never even entertained committing adultery.  He knew what this young woman’s intentions were, nevertheless he thought he might witness to her to see if he could convince her to give up her sins.  Unfortunately, the opposite happened.

After a short while, as she began to reel him in, he was overcome with waves of lust that were drowning him. Before long, he was kissing her and then roaming with his hands, eventually succumbing to oral sex in a nearby alleyway.

When it was over, he was devastated. This was not like him. He would never have done such a terrible thing.  How on earth did this happen? It was almost like a hiccup in reality.  But it really did happen, and it happened to him.  What’s more it can happen to anyone.

He cried to the Lord for forgiveness, but would God really forgive him, or would he be terribly punished and see his testimony as a staunch Christian be destroyed? He didn’t feel worthy and had nothing to offer as payment or ransom, but he appealed to the Savior anyway.  Just maybe God would have mercy and forgive him even though there was no excuse for what he had done.

He read the Psalms where David struggled with the same sin.  But David was the apple of God’s eye. Of course God would forgive David, but what about him?  He was just a regular guy, nothing special, and even though he had spent his life as a strong Christian, there wasn’t anything that suggested that God would bestow upon him any special favors.  He had committed sin and would have to pay the price, whatever that would be, and that was that.

But God doesn’t think like us.

This opens up a depth about forgiveness, sin, our need for a Savior, and what Jesus really did when He went to the Cross.  He didn’t die because we deserved it, neither did He die because we asked. When we were still in sin and rebellion, He shed His blood for us.

He did it because He is God.

Our friend now has a deeper compassion for those who fall into sin.  Now he understands how easy and compelling lust can be, and how quickly it can take complete control over you.  And which sin is worse? Lying? Hate? Gossip? Unforgiveness?  Spiritual pride?  So how do we judge someone who has fallen to lust? Can we exercise the same compassion that has been shown to us?

When I got saved, I never had that overwhelming thankfulness of being forgiven.  I just said the prayer and joined the army.  I have acknowledged but never understood the mercy of God and how thankful we all should be.  But begging God for forgiveness and for another chance changes the whole picture. Grasping this desperation for forgiveness causes David’s prayers to leave the poignant realm of poetry and become a desperate cry from the very essence of our lives. “Oh God, if you will just pass over this sin, how thankful I would be!  Please give me another chance!”

And He does.  Wow.  He didn’t have to, but He does.  Why?  Because he delights in mercy?  Because He is love incarnate?  Yeah, okay, but I still don’t understand why.  We didn’t keep the rules and we should be punished.  And maybe we will be … but maybe we won’t be.  That strict adherence to the rules is not the Grace of God.

That’s the nature of the Cross, that He gave his life with no conditions. We had nothing in our hands to give – no reimbursement, no ransom, no special deeds or talents, nothing worthy … nothing but our hearts.  And He forgave us because He loved us.

I still don’t understand, but I sure feel a lot better.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

(Isa 55:8-9)

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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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The message of revival that I have been bringing is predicated on the prophesies that are in the Book of Joel, both those about the last great revival that is coming and those about the times leading up to it.  But the foundation for the whole message rests upon a base of 6 vital principles of revival.  These principles never change. Throughout time, they have been the bedrock foundation that all revivals have been based upon.

The first principle to understand is that revival is not about feeling good, having exciting church services, or receiving wonderful blessings. It’s not even about the miracles or the outpouring of the Spirit. Those are all results of revival, not the core focus. Revival is about winning souls – first, foremost, and always. The primary reason God sends revival is so that the Church will rise up and shine the Light of Salvation to the millions of lost souls who are on their way to Hell. God is not willing that any should burn in Hell, but He uses His Body to bring that message of hope to them.  Jesus said that if He be lifted up, He will draw all men unto Him, and that is what revival is all about.

The second principle of revival is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about you. The Gospel is about others, others, others. The Church has been flooded with messages that are all about what God can do for you, how Jesus wants to bless His people, and all the blessings and good things that God will give you. It’s almost as if all we want to talk about is not how we can serve God, but how He can serve us. Gone are the admonitions about taking upon us the sufferings of the Cross, walking that crucified walk in subjection to His Will, and the call to sacrificing it all for the Cross.

We have to take our focus off of ourselves and place it on others.  This is the very essence of Charity in 1 Corinthians 13.  Agape is not just a “love” that is little more than some warm fuzzy emotion; it is love in action, the giving of yourself out of love so that souls can be saved. If you don’t grasp this concept, you will never be able to understand the Cross. Jesus died to save sinners, and He calls us to that follow Him into that same calling.  “Deny thyself, pick up your cross, and follow me.” Until you get your focus off yourself, God cannot begin to bring revival.

The third principle to understand is that there is a price to pay for revival. Nothing in God is free. And the price for revival is high – so high, in fact, that that is the reason why true Holy Ghost revivals are so rare. You cannot expect to sit in church and wait for God to drop a revival into your waiting lap – it will not happen. At some point, you will have to get up and do something … but if you do nothing, nothing will happen. God will not send His precious souls to a people who do not care enough to answer the call to battle and fight for them. If you draw nigh unto Him, He will draw nigh unto you. There is a price to pay.

The fourth principle is very like the third in that revivals have to be prayed in. This is not a light statement. Throughout history, before every revival you will see the saints laboring in intense prayer, sometimes for years, before God begins to move. And not the light, easy-going “little talks with Jesus”, but the ferocious contending before the Throne of God that moves the Almighty. We must be as desperate as Rachael in Genesis 30:1 when, as a barren wife, she cried out to her lord, “Give me children lest I die!”  Prayer moves God; but if you want a great move of God, it takes great prayer.  If you want it to rain, you have to pray like Elijah.

The fifth principle is that no revival comes without repentance. If the cry for revival is not accompanied by true heart-rending repentance, then nothing will change and we will remain stuck in the same apostasy that killed the last move of God.  Two good examples are in Nehemiah and Daniel.  Nehemiah was the king’s cupbearer and heard of the desolation of Jerusalem. Before going to the king in supplication to restore the city of God, however, he first fasted and prayed day and night in repentance for the children of Israel.  Daniel likewise, when he read Jeremiah’s prophesy that after 70 years, Jerusalem would be restored, did not call his friends to sing and rejoice, but rather, he fell to his knees in repentance for his people.  Daniel knew that even though it was written in the Word of God, revival would not come without repentance.

The last principle is a little different than the others.  It is not about something we need to do, but rather what God provides for us. I have noticed that every revival is started by someone who has a vision for revival. There is always someone who is lit on fire by a vision that is greater than what he sees around him. He is the lightning that starts the fire. Gideon sought the face of God in secret and would not compromise with the Church that had been taken over by the world, and because of that, the angel told him to go in that strength and he would deliver Israel.  Jonathan was willing to climb up the rocks on his hands and knees to take on the enemy, no matter what the odds, because he believed God could deliver them.  In every place where you see a picture of God’s deliverance and ensuing revival, you will see a man of God who looked beyond his circumstances and believed God for revival.  All the other conditions for the fires of revival may be there, but it takes a man or woman with a vision to strike the first match.

Revival is coming, folks. Where it will strike first and how fast the fire will spread is a matter of conjecture, but wherever it strikes, you will find all of the above underlying it.

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I’m sitting on the porch of my hotel listening to Country & Western music in the middle of the Ugandan jungle. The contrast strikes me as funny. I have this feeling come over me that I’m coming home. Soon.  Just a few more things to do before I leave.

Yesterday we drove 4 hours out to western Uganda to visit the Pygmies. A couple of years ago when we visited this area, we sparked a move amongst the churches here to reach out to the lost and bring them into the House of God.  I have preached the message that revival depends upon our obedience to the Great Commission, not the other way around. The prophet Joel is very clear that the reason God has cut off His Spirit – the corn, the wine, and the oil – from the house of God is because we have let the harvest of the field perish. Simple. Fix that, and God will restore us.

The pastors here realized that they had oppressed and persecuted the Batwa (Pygmies) because they considered them as sub-human, even to the point of killing them as if they were varmints. All of a sudden, Holy Ghost conviction crushed them to their knees to cry for forgiveness and sent them out to save the lost.

It worked. Pygmies, for the first time in history, began to get saved.  It started with a couple of parents and a healing miracle for their son and has grown now to multiple churches here in the forest.  I was at one yesterday and watched as 15 more came down to the altar to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

There is so much more that needs to be done. They are desperate for survival because the government has pulled them out their forest homes and dropped them off in the surrounding villages with a tiny plot of land and some mud huts that are crammed together. They do not have sufficient land to grow food and no skills to make a living, so they are starving.  Sickness is rampant among them, but there is no medical clinic anywhere near, so they die in alarming numbers.  There is little hope.

What can I do? I purchased a couple big sacks of maize for them, but what happens when that is gone? I tried to buy them some Bibles, but the price out here is $25 each, a price I cannot afford. I will have to wait and get them in Kampala and have them shipped. I am just one little guy with no organization or church supporting me.

A large Baptist church in Waxahachie has said they want to get involved – oh, they feel the burden! They want to come out here and help with this wonderful move of God  – but almost a year later, there is not even a single dollar bill or even a whiff of interest in extending themselves past the empty wind of inflated words. What does Proverbs say? “The talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”  Talk is cheap.

I have heard people say that we have enough of our own problems here in the U.S. without sending our money to foreign countries to help those in need there. But I am reminded of Mordecai’s chilling words to Queen Esther:

“Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:13-14)

Just as Esther was a type of the church that is insulated behind the palace walls of comfort and prosperity, so we of the Western world would do well not to ignore God’s warning to us lest we fall into the trap of Laodicean prosperity of being rich and increased with goods, but not realizing that we are, “…wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”.

America has had a rich history of bringing the Gospel to the entire world. We had set the world on fire at one time, but now there are but glowing embers where once a flame burned with holy zeal.  Our restoration, revival, and even our salvation relies not upon our previous laurels and accomplishments, but on a determined zeal to reach out again to the lost and fulfill the Great Commission that God placed upon America to be a light to the world, city on the hill to bring the Gospel to a dark world in these last days just before Jesus returns.

If we miss the time of our calling, enlargement and deliverance for the world will arise from another place, but we will face the judgment of God reserved for the unmerciful.

 

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The Sign of Jonah

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In ministering to a church recently, I prayed for God to manifest a miracle of healing right in their midst so that this church could really see and believe. These were good-hearted people who honestly wanted to hear what I had to say and, in some cases, hung on every

It is a difficult thing to trust your life to something you can’t see.word I spoke.  They believed me about the abundance of miracles that I had experienced in Africa; they applauded all the wonderful things that had been done and the souls that had been saved; they even hungered for the marvelous outpouring of the Spirit that had been poured down on the services over there … they just couldn’t seem to take that extra step of faith off the edge of that secure religious cliff they were on and have enough blind trust to fall off into the invisible hands of God.

So I prayed for God to manifest a supernatural miracle right before their eyes so they could see. Sounded like a good idea to me. But when I took it to prayer, the Lord answered me back with,

An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas”  (Matthew 12:39)

Yikes! Kinda harsh, aren’t you, Lord?  But I remembered back to when the Lord spoke to me several years ago when I was praying for the churches and complaining that they were really nice people. His answer to me then was, “I will spue the lukewarm out of my mounth.  And you think they’re nice?”  Ooops.

Well, if they were so “nice”, why weren’t they cut to the heart for the lost? Where was the fire? Where was the kind of zeal that had eaten them up? Where was their brokenness at the altar of prayer? If th

ey were so “nice”, why were they so complacent and lacksidaisical?  Why were they so much like the Church of Laodicea in Revelations?

I thought back to the rich man and Lazarus.  The message there was that we have the Word of God, but if we won’t hear the Word of God, we wouldn’t listen to someone even if they came back from the dead.  Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, but how many of us have forsaken our ways that are so cemented in this world to take up a challenge of ferocious faith to hold up the Blood Stained Banner?  Oh, we say we do … and then we make excuses of why we do not.

It is not miracles that we need to see, but the reproof of the Word of God.  Proverbs 1:23 encourages us:

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” (Proverbs 1:23)

(The rest of that chapter in Proverbs is not so “encouraging” but rather terrifying.)

But hey, we read what we want and believe what we choose, and that, more than anything else, determines our level of faith.  We determine our own level of faith.  Miracles won’t do it.

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I just got this letter from Pastor Noah, who has been ministering with me over the last few years.  I made several grammatical corrections, but left most of it as he wrote it so that it would retain the feel or his original letter:

“Dear Servant of God, I would like to share with you what the Lord is doing through this Year trip in the countries that Dale and I visited.

We visited Burundi in March where we gave 2000 booklets of Four Steps to Revival , plus several boxes of Bibles which we donated to Pastor Domitiane of Africa for revival ministries.

This Pastor had a vision to start 86 churches in all the whole of Burundi; the Bibles we got from Pastor Tony and the booklets we got from Dale did a great job.  Pastor used Dale’s book to teach the church those practical steps in the booklets, to keep the church on fire.  In 7 months’ time, they have Planted 62 churches in the whole of Burundi. The Bibles did a great work because they could not have preached so much like this without these tools in their hands.

                RWANDA

At the crusade we did in Rwanda, there were 5000 people, whereby 360 people responded to faith. I was able to visit this church later, sent By Dale to take the bibles and more booklets, which was sponsored by Pastor Tony too.  I found that they had brought another Pastor to help this lady pastor by the time we went there.  Because of this one trip that Dale and I made there, so many people have gotten saved that they no longer fit in that building.  Instead they have resorted into planting several churches around it.

One of the great exciting testimony is that the Hutus who would not come to this church saying that it was dominated by Tutsi tribe, have been reconciled and now they are serving God together.  Over 50 Hutu are fellowship with Tutsi here! Wow, Dale knows what it means for a Tutsi to sit and eat with a HUTU.

Hutu are the ones who killed many Tutsi in Rwanda from that time. There has been a huge gap between these tribes.  It has been so hard to see this thing break and that people are able to sit together and worship the lord together! When you hear that this is happening in this church you realize that this people responded to this Message.  Please, Rwanda desperately needs your prayers to have this deep bitterness leave their Heart. Some revenge is still going on into some families between some tribes. Dale, you remember when you were in Rwanda, they sent a bomb which killed a big number of people in Hutu Tribe where we had conducted a conference. Reconciliation is going slow but sure because the spirit of God is moving changing their Hearts as they yield to the spirit of God.

TANZANIA

Dale and I visited many places in Tanzania But I was excited yesterday to hear from Aman Minja who coordinated our meetings in Arusha.  Outside the town, the Bethel community church in Arusha was under a spirit of confusion with the leadership when we reached there.  Things were tough for each of us because there was a strong resistance.  The people seemed as if they were not ready.  We called this an ice brea , it was a breakthrough for me and Dale.  (Note from Dale: this was a cold church where it felt like we were facing a wall of ice. I had a breakthrough on the 3rd day, but not like we’ve had in many other places.)

When we left, we prayed and asked the lord what was going on, but now after some months later, this people have picked those books (Four Steps to Revival) and read them.  Minja says that they have realized the times.  This people have a done a great job than others.  Never despise a day of a small beginning.  Where you could not expect that anything good could come, that’s where it will come from! The church is full now. Not only that, but the pastor is saying that after Dale left that place something unusual broke. Even the people that had gone back come back to the church. They have set evangelism program, people are always up there each Saturday winning souls to the Lord.

                                              UGANDA.

The Lord has been doing a great work in Uganda; one of the exciting things is when Pygmies have come to the Lord.   Their fellowship is doing great!!! Some point to laugh at! Mr Kule happened to meet a Witch Doctor, whom they could consult whenever spirits would raise up against them. He heard him talking about a God he met who is more powerful than the Bachwesi spirit and ancestral spirits. He was telling people all the good things that Christ would do in their lives if they had accepted Jesus.

When the witch heard about this, he confronted Him and threatened to send curses on him that He could die.  Kule says that He had those spirits coming beating his house.  He heard His son crying saying that something was squeezing Him in the neck. He began to cry and scream.  Guess what, Kule says that He raised up and got hold of the Bible since the Pastor had told them that the Bible the word of God, is a shield and is the sword, He picked the bibles and begun to call the name of Jesus, laying the bible at the bottom of the son.   There and then Satan left the kid!

From there He got excited; he went telling everyone what His lord has done.  My prayer is that such people who have a great faith in the Lord could be treated with a lot of care and see what the Lord wants to  put into this people.  I like their zeal so far.  I believe if this people could be exploited well, they could in turn become a great blessing to this community.

 MBARARA COMUNNITY CHURCH,

Our church is doing great.  The fellowship that was started by sister Cindy has turned to be a great thing in this community.  These ladies are reaching their fellow ladies with Gospel which has provoked men to also do something,

Last week I was inspired the Teaching of Pastor Tony’s teaching about when you believe God but don’t share your faith. This inspired me too. I shared it with the church and felt they need to do it.

This week we have the former prostitutes who come to the Lord has asked us if we could go and share the same message with their friends who are prostitutes, and many ladies responded to faith.

We are moving nearby next week and we need your prayers that the spirit of God will Go before us.  I am glad that the hearts of people are so hungry for the lord.  The field is ready but the haves tors are very much few , please Lord send harvesters who could Join you in the field… you don’t need to hear the story of these ladies and reasons why they are doing this Job,,, you wonder in the world why do such terrible things happen into people’s Life. Dear Lord you come that the people may have life and life in abundance!!!

My heart’s cry is that if the Lord would provide, we could rent a building and put (Jesus) ,the church ,in the midst of such huge Darkness.  Kids are everywhere in this area, the only thing is known here is murder, raping, theft, fighting’s.  This people named the whole community Sodom and Gomorrah. Every evangelist has given up on this place.  Kids are running up and down worried, scared for their life because people here practice child sacrifice.  They are worried since there is no one who cares about them.  They struggle hard to live.  Something good needs to be planted here.

Who will shine the torch into this Darkness?  Please servants of God, you have been with us in many areas, and you have heard our need and responded positively.  I pray that as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and send gifts to our friends, how I pray   that we shall hear the cry of this place , which has not seen and tasted the Light that change its name and take this ground too for the Lord.

Let us give them Jesus as the gift. Please consider to carry it as your burden, let us pray and break through.  How I pray that we Plant the church in this place no matter what!

I believe we can claim this land back to Jesus, by preaching and touching the ground with the hands of love, when He loved the World He gave His son.  We are His hands and feet.  YES WE CAN CREATE A DIFFERENCE AND CLAIM THIS LAND BACK TO HIM!!!

Thanks to you Brother Joseph and your dear wife, for being a great blessing to people of God in Africa.  People are so excited, Rev Sadi is so glad, His son is still ill, but the fear of death has gone, there is a great hope of healing a upon his son ,  How I greatly appreciate you all Praise the Lord because you a great warriors in the Kingdom !! You have given us Hope. Praise the Lord. I trust you and am proud of you , grateful to the Lord because of you , your prayers and your generosity is going to do a great Work of shining a light in this community.  Christ came for this very people.  I love you.   You are always in my prayers,

In his love and prayers,  Brother Noah Kamanzi (noahkamanzi@yahoo.com)

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Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.”
(Isaiah 8:7-8)

Hezekiah was one of Judah’s best kings. 2nd Kings says that there was none like him amongst all the kings of Judah. Then why did this happen to him? Sennacherib, the king of Assyria swallowed up the entire breadth of Judah, reaching all the way up to the neck, even the very gates of Jerusalem. That was good news for the folks shuttered up in Jerusalem, but it must have been hell for everyone out in the countryside and all the other cities. If Hezekiah was so righteous, then why did God allow this to happen to the rest of Judah?
The answer goes back to his father Ahaz, the wicked king who ruled before him. Ahaz was facing sure destruction from Rezin, king of Syria, and Pekah, the king of Israel, but instead of calling upon the Lord for help, he hired the king of Assyria to pull them off him. In gratitude, Ahaz took a trip to Damascus to meet him and, I guess, to thank him for his help.
While he was there, he saw a pagan altar that impressed him so much that he sent the design back to Uzziah the high priest to have one made just like it. It must have been real nice and shiny because he set aside the Brazen Altar that was before the House of the Lord and replaced it with this new modern version. He instructed the High Priest that all the offerings and sacrifices would now be done on this shiny, new modern altar, but had the audacity to say that when he wanted to inquire of the Lord, he would go over and use the old Brazen Altar that now sat on the north side of the Temple. He discarded the established way the Lord had set down to initiate a new, modern way that was based on pagan worship.
Sounds crazy, right? But have we not done the same thing in dismissing that old-fashioned Gospel of the fear of the Lord for a new and gentler modern Gospel of peace, love and prosperity? Did not Jeremiah cry out, “… ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.” (Jer 6:16)
I’m sure Ahaz had plenty of justifications. After all, it was Solomon’s design, wasn’t it? So what’s the harm in upgrading it a little bit? Besides, the Brazen Altar was getting old and burnt around the edges and probably needed some touch ups and a new paint job. This new one was bright and shiny. And yeah, it was patterned after a pagan altar, but it’s not like he was going to offer up his children on it as a burnt sacrifice. So what was the problem?
When we operate outside the fear of the Lord, we set the stage for our own judgment. Isaiah’s resulting pronouncement against Judah came to fruition, not in Ahaz’s generation, but in his son’s. Hezekiah felt the full impact of Ahaz’s foolishness and had it not been for his extraordinary righteousness before God, Jerusalem would have no doubt been overwhelmed.
Many times in the Bible when the great stone wheel of judgment would begin to roll because of their sins, God would raise up a solitary man to stand in the gap for His people — Noah, Joseph, Elijah, Gideon, and many of the judges. Hezekiah was just such a man to stop the full brunt of his father’s sins so that the seed would be preserved to bring humanity to the ultimate of saviors, God Himself in the form of His Son Jesus Christ.
Mercy is not free; neither is it cheap. And although God delights in mercy, He is first and foremost a righteous God and there is a price to pay for sin in the form of judgment. If we, as a people, ignore the warnings against a lighter version of the Gospel, all the while making excuses and justifications for our shiny new altar, we will face the same results our fathers have faced. Let us pray that God will raise up unto us a way for repentance to stave off the results of our lack of the fear of God.

“O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.”
(Ezekiel 13:4-6)

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