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“Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.” Acts 19:13

It always sounds so easy. Just say the words, clap your hands twice, click your heels, and kazaam!

I am so tired of hearing that all we have to do is speak positive words and it will bring life or blessings or healing or whatever we are trying so desperately to believe. But that isn’t faith talking; that’s presumption. Motivational speakers like Zig Ziglar may sound inspiring and fill you with neat sayings that make you feel good, but that doesn’t make them prophets of God. The power of positive thinking does not equate to the power of the blood of Jesus.

Those sons of Sceva in the above chapter of Acts saw all the miracles that Paul did and naturally figured that if they did the same things and said the words that they would get the same results. Except they were missing the one thing that made all the difference – the power that only comes through a crucified walk before God in deep, broken subjection to the Spirit of God. Everyone wants to be a prophet, but no one wants to pay the price.

Instead we grasp for shortcuts in our lives. We hypothesize. Just say the words, and it will come to pass. “This will be your year of blessings and prosperity …” Oh, wait a minute. Didn’t we hear that last year? And the year before?

Or how about this? “Call those things which be not as though they were …” And so we run around speaking things into the air to make them happen. But that’s not faith either; that is sorcery. You go to Hogsworth to learn that.

Faith has to be built (Jude 1:20); it is not wished into being. And there is a price for it, just as there is a price for everything in God. Anything other than that is just wishful thinking and will not produce lasting and full results. Every great man or woman of God had their 40 years in the backside of a desert before they were ever brought forth by God to exercise His power.

Ah, but that’s not what we want to hear, is it? We want everything to be quick ‘n’ easy in our microwave society. Snap your fingers and be healed!

And the demon taunted back to the sons of Sceva, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”

He knew who Paul was. I’m sure Paul was famous in hell. Why? Because Paul, unlike Sceva’s lightweight sons, had paid the price in blood, tears, and prayer. He had stormed the gates of hell armed with a faith that had been built one block at a time, and he had declared victory in the blood of Jesus Christ over everything Satan had thrown at him. Oh yes, that demon knew who Paul was … and he feared.

But empty words of presumption based on a theological faith without any suffering, blood, or effort will not turn back the tides of darkness. Faith is built one precept at a time, and power in God is brought forth out of the crucified depths of prayer. There is a price for power in God, and it is not cheap or easy.

That is why we see so many false prophets running around the church today, like Pied Pipers declaring all the things that our itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3). Our church world has become little more than a revolving social circuit of entertaining speakers speaking great swelling words of encouragement to a church that instead is in desperate need of repentance. Instead of bringing us into the fear of the Lord, they are leading us in the power of positive thinking. In doing so, are leading us away from the altar of repentance which is the one place we need to be in order to see revival.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20

 

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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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