Posts Tagged ‘satan’

I’ve been waking up every morning with an impending sense of doom. The devil keeps trying to tell me that I’m going to die in Africa on this trip. It’s like waking up in a dark and cloudy morning until I shake off the cobwebs and realize who’s talking to me. When I’m fully awake, I feel like answering him with, “Promise?”

Nope. Not this time. Or the next one either. I consider it an encouraging thing for Satan to threaten to kill me. That means two things – one, I’m not going to die. He’s a liar, so the opposite must be true.

The other is that he is scared.

Lately, I have been hearing a lot about sacrifice and of willingness to launch off into the unknown. It’s scary to some people. Common sense tells you to be organized, responsible, and ordered. Be an adult. Leave the wild and crazy stuff to others. But I’m not so sure that isn’t what God asks of us.

Calm and placid hearts never shake kingdoms, start revolutions, or move mountains. That is only for those with outrageous faith and an unrealistic vision; the ones who don’t choose the beaten path, the easy challenge, or more responsible way. They are the ones who believe God in spite of whatever the world tells them. They are addicted to the fire of vision and inspiration of God. They believe in the impossible because that’s where God leads.

Satan can’t control them, he can’t predict them, and he can’t stop them. So, of course he’s scared! There is no telling what God can do through someone who casts all common sense aside to leap off the cliff into God’s hands, trusting in Him who died so they can live.

Faith is not defined or described by common sense. There is nothing common about the kind of faith that destroys all the barriers that the world has constructed to corral and limit Christianity to the barriers of their church walls.

I believe that a true Holy Ghost revival is powerful enough to change the world, solve social problems, cure disease, relieve the poor and afflicted, and bring peace to this world. The devil agrees. That’s why he is scared.

I am heading to two countries where I have brought this message of revival. Both places have strong leaders who believe the same thing that I do and believe it so much that they are willing to take it to those same extremes. Their torches are lit, the power of God is responding, and the fire is starting to burn.

Of course Satan is scared. That impending doom is his.


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Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be able to see all the invisible things that go on in the spiritual world. You know there is activity there by all the crazy things that happen on this side of the veil, you just can’t see them.

For instance, every time I head out on for another round of revival meetings in Africa, all hell breaks loose. As soon as I purchase the tickets, we start battling some of the weirdest stuff. It has gotten so bad that the owner of the computer store that fixes our computers started laughing at me this time. “Nope, I’ve never seen this problem before with anyone else. You must be heading out on another trip, aren’t you.”

I always used to figure that the more intense the battles were, the greater the mission was going to be. I’m not sure that’s necessarily true anymore. I think it’s just gotten to be routine for the devil to go into high gear whenever he see the next itinerary come up. Old habits die hard.

This trip hasn’t been any different. This time, the trouble followed us all the way to Nairobi, but usually, everything smoothes out as we get into gear. We still have battles, but it is as if everything shifts and the old crew of demons is dismissed while the next crew takes over.

You think I’m kidding, but there is a definite difference in the kinds of things that happen once the campaign has begun. Before I leave the States, everything just seems to be designed to drive us crazy. Once the campaign has started, however, trouble happen all around me, even to those who are helping us in the campaign, but not to me. It’s as if I am in a bubble while a war rages around me.

Does it happen like that all the time? No, but it happens enough to form a definite pattern. And enough to make you wonder what is really going on in the invisible world of the spiritual realm. Are there generals and privates in Satan’s armies? Do they map out battle plans, send out spies and special ops? Do they have pictures of us posted on their Post Office wall as the 10 Most Wanted? What is really going on behind the scenes?

I don’t know. God never put any graphic descriptions in His Word for us to ponder on other than to admonish us to put on the whole armor of God because Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour and that he would be loosed on the earth in the last days. I guess that’s small stuff for Him.

Instead God pointed us to focus on having mercy on the lost who do not know Jesus, and who have never known the freedom of salvation. That’s the big stuff. Our job is to push through the smoke and fire and hold up the Great Commission as our battle cry. Let God be our rear guard to cover us as we take the battle to the enemy to hold up the Blood Stained Banner and claim victory.

No its not easy. And I don’t know what is going on in the subterranean world. I guess we’ll see it all when we finally pass through the veil. In the meantime, however, we have the weapons of prayer to bring to bear upon the enemy.

The rest is just small stuff.

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To learn to wait upon the Lord is crucial, especially when the Lord has just opened a new door for you.

To ignore that would be, as in the case of Saul, fatal.



Brother Dale


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Ten years. That’s how long it has been since I first came to Africa to preach revival.

Ten years. Sounds like a long time and makes me feel old, but honestly, the years have just flown by.  I can’t tell you how many trips I have made here, but I can tell you that my passport had to have a bunch of extra pages added to it, and it is nearly full. 

I never did keep a count of all the churches I’ve preached at, how many pastors I have ministered with, or how many souls have been saved.  It never seemed pertinent for some reason. Looking back, I can see that I would have just lost track after a while. I’m not too good with keeping details like that. 

I can’t tell you for sure what kind of impact I have had here.  I know it has to be something deep and wide, but I can’t point to anything concrete that would show the extent that this message has traveled.  I know there are many pastors – some of whom are reading this column – who would vehemently disagree because they were there and saw the Spirit of God at work during those revival meetings and witnessed the results. Nevertheless, I am still a relatively unknown with no established ministry.  Of course that was never the point anyway. I didn’t come here to build my ministry; I came to build theirs.  Still, it would be nice to know.

And now I am about to launch off into a new adventure. In a few days, I will be heading into the Congo, right into the area that has seen so much warfare these last 15 years. If there was ever a place that needed God, this would be it. The devastation from so much warfare has created an intense need for God in these people.  They are desperate for relief.

This will call for a very different message than I usually bring. There will be no need here to reprove them about an easy-going, lazy “church as usual” attitude. That message of reproof is reserved for calmer areas of the world with established churches that are settled back on their lees and have lost their zeal and fire.  No, there is no lacksidaisical spirit here that would be a barrier to a move of God.  What I expect to find instead are deep, festering spiritual wounds that are debilitating their faith in a God who seemed to be missing in their time of horror. I have had people from Rwanda ask me where God was while a million people were butchered in 100 days. That is a tough question to answer when looking into the face of someone who had to watch as their little children were hacked to pieces, tortured, butchered and raped in front of their eyes.

Satan had his holiday and reigned supreme over these people during that time and through the years since.  But now it is time for God to burst through the darkness. We are going into the midst of a fog of despair to bring hope. I don’t have all the answers – I don’t even have most of them – but I do know that the only hope and salvation for them is through the Blood of Jesus Christ, and that somehow through all the pain and suffering that these people have been through, God will reign supreme over Death, Hell, and the grave. 

This next month should be a high water mark in my ten year campaign. I expect to see the power of God revealed in ways that overpower and exceed the intensity of pain.  The glory will outshine the darkness, and we may see God move in ways that have not been seen since Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem.

Pray for me.

Brother Dale

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