THE SECRET OF POWER

“And you are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Lk 24:48, 49)
No preacher can preach effectively without the unction, the anointing of the Holy Spirit resting on him like a mantle. A true preacher needs this Baptism of fire, gripping his soul, burning his heart and pouring eternal life thru his words.
Listen to the great man of God, E. M Bounds:
“Unction is simply putting God in His own word and on His own preacher. Unction is that which distinguishes and separates preaching from all mere human addresses. It is the divine in preaching. This unction comes to the preacher not in the study but in the closet. It is having distillation and answer to prayer. It is the sweetest exhalation of the Holy Spirit. It impregnates, suffuses, softens, percolates, cuts and soothes. It carries the word like dynamite, like salt, like sugar. It makes the word a soother, an accuser, a revealer, a searcher. It makes the hearer a culprit or a saint; makes him weep like a child and live like a giant. Opens his heart and disburses gently yet strongly as spring opens the leaves. This unction is not the gift of genius. It is not found in the halls of learning, no eloquence can woe it, no industry can win it; no religious hands can confer it. It is the gift of God, the signet sent to His own messengers. It is having His own knighthood given to the chosen, true and brave one who has sought this anointed honor through many an hour, tearful wrestling in prayer. It takes a divine endowment to break the chains of sin, to win estrange and depraved hearts to God, to repair the breaches and restore the church to her old ways of purity and power. Nothing but this holy unction can do this.”
(E. M. Bounds: 1835-1913)

O friends, get alone with God and shut yourself up with the Ancient of Days until you are endued with power from on high. It may take a week; it may take months but lay hold of God until He imparts his Holy Spirit upon you in a baptism of fire. Then you shall see the transformation in your preaching and in the hearts of your hearers! Souls shall be saved, all for the glory of God!

GARDEN ROSES WITH MY BELOVED

I am alone, yet not alone!
I hear Your voice, clearer and stronger, pure balm for my soul.
I do not have to explain.
It is enough that I feel You.
And You are real.
And You are mine!
This is my story!
This is my song!
With words or silent…this is my life and my song!

Garden Roses

“I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling”

(By Austin Miles)

COME TO JESUS! BE SAVED TODAY!

Guatemala-Sinkhole
Listen friends, in Florida and other places in this world, there is a phenomenon called sinkholes. The ground is sand and it gives way and it caves in, entire houses have sunken without warning into these deep sinkholes. If you are outside of Christ, you are sitting on a sinkhole for beneath you is hell and its torments and only the grace of God can keep you out of hell at this very moment. God could end your life this minute if he chose to and open the ground beneath you and drag you down to hell.
Surrender your life to Jesus Christ today!
“It was hard for me
to understand all this!
Then I went to your temple,
and there I understood
what will happen
to my enemies.
You will make them stumble,
never to get up again.
They will be terrified,
suddenly swept away
and no longer there.
They will disappear, Lord,
despised like a bad dream
the morning after”
(PS 73:16-20)

Surrender your life, totally and unconditionally to Jesus Christ, today!
There is no safety outside Christ!
You who is going astray, listen and come back to God!
I call you to come to the Cross, to the Blood of Jesus, to the throne of mercy and grace! God loves you!

As for me and my family, this is our declaration:
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand”
(Keith Ward)

The prayer of Manasseh

HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
The sermon was about king Manasseh (2Chr 33), the most evil king in Judah, who shed much innocent blood in Jerusalem, was involved in witchcraft and gross idolatry. He was captured and sent to Babylon, carried like an animal, naked, with a hook in his nose. Against all odds, he repented in his prison cell and God showed mercy to him. He eventually returned to his throne in Jerusalem and proved his true repentance by good deeds honoring God.
The anointing was strong enough for us to go ahead and pray for a murderer and his family. We prayed for the young man Michael Adebolajo, an English man of Nigerian descent. Last week he killed a British soldier in London. He was brought up in a Christian home, his parents are committed Christians (I read in the news). He left his Christian heritage and became a radicalized Muslim. In Hebrew, his name ‘Michael’ means ‘who is like God?’ His wicked and senseless act of murder will surely be punished with a life imprisonment. He will have enough time to reflect on his life. We prayed that just like king Manasseh, he will make peace with God before he dies. For God’s grace is sufficient and nothing is impossible with Him!
Then we read the following prayer:

THE PRAYER OF MANASSEH
This is a prayer found in some ancient Jewish writings)
“Thou who hast made heaven and earth with all their order; who has shackled the sea by thy word of command, who has confined the deep and sealed it with Thy terrible and glorious name…
At whom all things shudder, and tremble before Thy power, for Thy glorious splendor cannot be borne and the wrath of Thy threat to sinners is irresistible…
Yet immeasurable and unsearchable is Thy promised mercy, for Thou art the Lord Most High, of great compassion, long-suffering, and very merciful, and repents over the evils of men….
Thou, O Lord, according to Thy great goodness have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against Thee; and in the multitude of Thy mercies Thou hast appointed repentance for sinners, that they may be saved…
Therefore Thou, O Lord, God of the righteous, hast not appointed repentance for the righteous, for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, who did not sin against Thee, but thou hast appointed repentance for me, who am a sinner.
For the sins I have committed are more in number than the sand of the sea; my transgressions are multiplied, O Lord, they are multiplied!
I am unworthy to look up and see the height of heaven because of the multitude of my iniquities.
I am weighted down with many an iron fetter, so that I am rejected because of my sins, and I have no relief; for I have provoked Thy wrath and have done what is evil in Thy sight, setting up abominations and multiplying offenses.
And now I bend the knee of my heart, beseeching Thee for Thy kindness.
I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I know my transgressions.
I earnestly beseech Thee, forgive me, O Lord, and forgive me!
Do not destroy me with my transgressions!
Do not be angry with me forever or layup evil for me…
Do not condemn me to the depths of the earth…
For thou, O Lord, art the God of those who repent, and in me Thou wilt manifest Thy goodness; for, unworthy as I am, Thou wilt save me in Thy great mercy, and I will praise Thee continually all the days of my life.
For all the host of heaven sings Thy praise and Thine is the glory forever.
Amen!”

KING MANASSEH – GREAT SIN AND GREATER GRACE

(2Kg 21; 24:3, 4; 2Chr 33)
The story of King Manasseh is very interesting. He is considered to be the most evil king who ever ruled Judah. The sins he committed publicly are the worst described in the Bible. But in the same time, we find the grace and the mercy of God prevailing at last, seen in a wonderful conversion, to the glory of God. The theologians call him ‘the prodigal son of the Old Testament’. When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, one of the reasons given is because of the extent of Manasseh’s sins.
His father was King Hezekiah, one of the best kings in the land of Judah. He was a humble king, man of faith, of revival, of prayer and wisdom. Manasseh’s mother was called Hephzibah, whose name means ‘My delight is in her’. From her name we can say that she was also a woman of God.
Manasseh became king at the age of twelve. He ruled the nation for fifty five years, more than his father or even king David, his ancestor. His life story reveals two extreme doctrines: The sinfulness of sin and the glory of God’s grace for man.

1-THE SINFULNESS OF SIN
*Gross Idolatry:
The depth of the sins of Manasseh is beyond description. He betrayed his godly heritage. Immediately he became king, he reversed all his father’s reforms. He rebuilds the shrines his father has destroyed. He ‘borrowed’ idols from the pagan nations and built altars for Baal and Asherah. He worshipped the sun and the stars. He brought idols and strange altars inside the temple of the Lord, provoking Him to more anger.
*Corrupt Leader
He leads the whole nation into idolatry, becoming even more evil than the neighboring nations, about which God said should be destroyed. No sin is private. Sooner or later, a sinner shall influence others around him with ever-increasing wickedness.
*Child Sacrifice:
God forbids human sacrifice (Lev 18:21; 20:1-5; Deut 18:9-13).The pagan nations around offered their children to their gods, hoping for blessings in return. Manasseh offered his own son in the fire to appease the gods.
God places such a high prize on human life that if an unborn baby in injured by another man and the child dies, the murderer should be killed too (Ex 21:22). The practice of abortion is a form of child sacrifice to the ‘god of convenience’.
*Practicing witchcraft:
God forbids the practicing of occult religions, the skill to influence events with the power of evil spirits. A witch is to be condemned to death (Lev 19:31; 20:6)
*Shedding of innocent Blood:
God said that each man who kills another should also be killed. This law of ‘life for life’ is because man is created ‘in the image of God’. Killing a man means ‘killing’ God (Gen 9:6).
Manasseh murdered anybody who told him to repent. He killed all the prophets’ of God with the sword, until ‘their blood filled Jerusalem from one end to another’. History says that Manasseh killed the great prophet Isaiah. Because so much innocent Blood was shed, God said that He ‘is not willing to forgive him anymore’.

2-THE GREATER GRACE OF GOD
It is almost impossible to imagine how God can forgive such a man like Manasseh. But this is the truth, God’s grace cannot be imagined, it has to be experienced. Like with the Prodigal Son, God finds a way to touch this rebellious man. He allows the King of Assyria to attack and capture Manasseh. He is brought to Babylon as a trophy. He is paraded naked publicly, with a hook in his nose. All people mock him. He is then imprisoned there. A historian says that he was fed with pigs’ food. It is there, face to face with death, humiliated beyond words that Manasseh repented of all his sins. God knows how to arrest his wayward son.
Against all odds, he remembered the God of his fathers and ‘he sought Him’ until God was ‘moved’ by his prayer. Miraculously, his captors showed hi mercy and allowed him to return to his throne in Jerusalem.
It is this grace, this kindness shown to him that led him to godly sorrow, repentance and salvation.
‘And Manasseh knew that the Lord is God’
Afterward he publicly proved his conversion by destroying all the idols he brought. He then, like Elijah, repaired the altar of Jehovah and offered acceptable burnt and fellowship offerings. He became a true leader, encouraging the nation to turn back to God. The people did not listen to him and continued to serve the idols. His son Amon was a wicked king and ruled just two years. But his grandson Josiah was one of the best kings of Judah.
God does not despise a truly broken hearted man!
No sinner should despair that God is not able to forgive him.
Where sin abounds, grace abounds so much more (Rom 5:20)
Each of his sins should have been punished by death. But God intervened and his mercy triumphed over judgment.
In the lives of sinners like Manasseh, we see the glory of God’s grace which is found in Christ alone. God is sovereign and He can forgive whosoever He desires. Grace seems unfair to other people. It looks like partiality. But God has the right to do what he wants to do with His resources of mercy and grace. At the Cross we find forgiveness and peace. The Blood of the Lamb speaks pardon on behalf of ‘the vilest offender who truly believes!’
Come to the Cross, O, sinner…Come home!

Revival prayer

“O Great God, are the Ancient of Days. You are Holy and You are worthy to be
praised. Give us the grace, O Lord, to seek Thy face in desperate and prevailing prayer. Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit to pray in the Spirit so that kingdoms will be shaken for Thee.
O Great God, forgive us for our selfish enterprises, our wasted time spent on useless things, things that don’t matter, things that You see as dust in light of
eternity.
Help us, Lord Jesus, to be persons of prayer. Mighty persons of prayer that you empower to perform Your purpose. Help us to shake the very gates of hell with such power that we push back the darkness in our communities and usher in Your presence in a Holy Ghost revival that will grip this nation with the awful solemnity of Your presence.
Come, O Lord, and take the field in a great revival of religion, I pray.
Come pour Your Spirit upon this dry and wasted land.
Come save our children.
Come save our grandchildren.
Come, Lord Jesus, and once again permeate our sanctuaries with Your presence and Your preeminence.
I pray in the strong name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen”
(E. Johnston)

prayerou

(E. Johnston)

THE TRAGEDY OF RELIGIOUS PRIDE

‘He who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment’
‘Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin].’ (1Cor 10:12; PV 18:1; AMP)

A proud man thinks too much of himself. A Christian becomes proud thru success in ministry, spiritual gifts, money or fame. Pride and rebellion were the original sins in this universe. Lucifer, the chief angel became proud and wanted to be like God (Ez 28:11-19). So, the author of all pride is the devil. We are warned against the hidden sin of pride!
Religious pride often manifests in breaking away from the body of Christ. In Hebrew, the word ‘separates’ in the scripture above (PV 18:1) means to be isolated, lonely, divided, to divorced, to be out of joint or to be scattered abroad. We are commanded to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3). Proud people ignore and hate this command.

THE TRAGEDY OF HAROLD CAMPING
Harold Camping was born in 1921. His parents came to America from the Netherlands. They attended a good Bible believing church in the US. Harold was a very intelligent, humble, hardworking Christian man. He graduated from the University of California as a civil engineer. He had his own company and made a lot of money. He was also known as a serious Bible student.
In 1958 he bought a radio station and named it Family Radio from where he started preaching daily messages. He became infatuated with a particular doctrine: the second coming of Christ. He said that he received revelations that Jesus will come back in his life time. He used mathematical calculations and predicted that the rapture shall happen on the 6th of September 1994. When he failed with that prediction, he later adjusted and said that the church era was finished spiritually. He advised people to leave their churches that all the pastors of organized churches are agents of the devil. Many people believed him and abandoned their congregations, just like himself. Later he said he has received another revelation that Jesus is coming on the 21st of May, 2011. He sponsored hundreds of billboards all over America warning the people. Many serious men of God wrote him letters that he is in error; that he is making a fool of himself and of his profession of Christ. He never answered any of these letters of rebuke.
After 21st of May, 2011, he was disappointed and he said that he is still looking mathematically for the correct date of rapture. Then he had a stroke and could not talk fluently anymore.
Because Camping failed in his two predictions, the organization of atheists in the US is now spreading the message that Jesus will never come again. The devil has succeeded in confusing even more people.
This year he sold its prominent stations and laid off veteran staffers, with net assets dropping from $135 million in 2007 to $29.2 million by the end of 2011. Since the incorrect prediction, donations have dropped 70 percent, ministry insiders told the newspaper. Records indicate the network took out a loan to keep going. What a tragedy…

Why did Harold Camping fail so badly? What can we learn from his mistakes?
The most important lesson is the warning against pride. He was a Christian believer attending a good church for many years. He made money with his business and invested it in his ministry as a radio preacher. After he bought his radio station, he stopped going to church and he stopped identifying with any other pastor. He isolated himself spiritually. He never quoted any book he read, he never gave credit to any mentor, teacher, book or commentary of the Bible. He became like a spiritual island without any covering, without any desire for accountability or counsel from others. Spiritually exposed and vulnerable, little by little, he fell into more doctrinal errors. For example he said that salvation if not by faith in Christ but by works. He said that the Cross of Christ was not a real event, only a spiritual revelation from God…
He is now an old man of 91. He was never involved in adultery. He is still married to his wife of many years. He did not start his radio for the sake of wealth, for he had money before he entered the ministry. He did not preach the false gospel of prosperity just to make money. A man like him is difficult to find fault with, humanly speaking.
But the devil deceived him. He called himself a great Bible teacher, forgetting that those are judged by God by a higher standard (Jam 3:1). He did not submit to any other Christian man or pastor at least for the past 30 years. He became proud and so, he fell!
Lastly, let’s pray for him, that he may come back to the Cross of Christ, truly repent and make peace with God! He is now an old man of 92 still alive. God has not finished with him!

Let’s pray for ourselves that God will search our hearts for the hidden sin of pride and help us to repent of it! No man is an island. Our words and actions influence people for better or for worst. We direct them to Heaven or to Hell!
This scripture below has helped me a lot all these years! I keep short accounts with God about my behavior and the doctrines I preach. I am also very careful and sensitive about the unity of the Spirit, praying always about my submission to my pastor and husband. I do not trust myself, my wisdom or my gifts. I trust only God, Jesus Christ, who died to save me. I humbly give thanks to God who has called me to ministry! I fear and honor God! I recognize the unity of the Body of Christ to where I belong!
Jesus Christ is Lord!
‘Look well to yourself [to your own personality] and to [your] teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you’ (1Tim 4:16; AMP)!!!
In Jesus name,
Amen!