Commanding Mosquitos

YkBjQWFQcgMany years ago, a missionary arrived in Mombasa on the coast of Kenya. This was a man of God who sincerely believed that God is his healer. He would not take any medication because he fully trusted what the bible says in 1 Peter 2:24: “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

In the coastal area of Kenya, malaria is a killer disease. After a little time, the man became extremely sick and almost died. Soon after his wife got malaria and came close to death. Neither took any medication, and their lives were spared by the healing power of God.

When the man recovered, he prayed one day, “Lord, it cannot go on this way. We are constantly dealing with sickness.”

In his spirit, he heard the Lord say, “I have given you authority. Why don’t you speak in authority to the mosquitos?”

He stood and went into the yard. Lifting up his hand, he said, “I command every mosquito to leave this yard. From now on no mosquito may be anywhere in our yard in the name of Jesus!”

From that time on, not a single mosquito was ever seen in that yard. They did not have any problems with malaria as long as they lived there. Even their successor who took over the house when they left wrote them years later, “We still have no mosquitos here.”

Ephesians 3:20,21 in the NKJV says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Your problems are not too big for God!

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Don’t be afraid. I am with you!

colorful sunsetAlthough he had never been there before, Private Ivan “Vanya” Moiseyev knew what awaited him at the Major’s office. The Communists endlessly called him to headquarters for talks, trying to “re-educate” him and to talk him out of his faith in God.

During one of those dreaded walks to see the Major, Ivan enjoyed the bright morning. So bright that he didn’t notice at first, a bright star falling from heaven. Like a comet, it came closer and became bigger and bigger and bigger.

He looked up to see an angel above him, bright and powerful. Ivan’s heart filled with joy—and fear.

The angel hovered about 200 yards above the ground, walking in the air above Ivan. Then the angel spoke: “Ivan, go. Don’t be afraid. I am with you.”
Ivan couldn’t speak, but his joy was like fire within him. When he reached Major Gidenko’s office, Ivan knocked quietly. Another round of questioning and re-educating ensued. But no matter what Gidenko, the head of the Political Directive Committee, tried, Ivan stayed true to God even in the midst of great suffering.

Ivan was put in refrigerated cells. They clothed him in a special rubber suit and pumped in air until he scarcely could breath.
Ivan, now 20, knew that the Communists would kill him. On July 11, 1972, he wrote to his parents, “You will not see me anymore.” He then described a vision of angels and heaven which God had sent to strengthen him for the last trial.

A few days later, his body was returned to his family. He had been stabbed six times around the heart. He had wounds on his head and around the mouth. His entire body showed signs of beatings. His lungs were full of water, indicating that he had been drowned.

Colonel Malsin, his commander, said, “Moiseyev died with difficulty. He fought with death, but he died as a Christian.”

The father of this Christian hero writes to us, “May it be that this living flower which gave the fragrance of its youth on the cross should be an example for all faithful youth. May they love Christ as our son has loved Him.”
Revelation 12:11 in the NKJV says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

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The ‘God who has a son’

YkNrQGZbdAOne Vietnam village was never taken by rebel forces during the Vietnam war. A few years before the rebels attacked this village, one of the ladies traveled to Taiwan on a business trip. During her taxi ride from the airport, she saw a church with a cross and asked the driver, “What is the meaning of that cross?”

The driver answered, “O those are the people that worship the God who has a son.”

The terrible day came when the rebels marched in to attack the village. They took one by one and killed them in front of the rest of the villagers. Each one cried to his god and died. When they got to the lady, she called out to the ‘God who has a son’.

An army of angels appeared in splendor. The rebels ran away for their lives and never returned.

From then on, the village prayed, “God, send us someone who can tell us about the God who has a son.”
Twenty-five years later missionaries arrived. When the villagers heard the gospel, they danced and celebrated for more than two hours.
Jeremiah 33:3 in the NKJV says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.“
Have you called on God? He loves to answer when we call on Him with a sincere heart.

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The man spared in Auschwitz!

Z0xkQGVYAuschwitz was the first German concentration camp to become an extermination camp.  The gas chambers were in constant use.  But because of the great influx of new prisoners daily, the Germans began to use firing squads as well.

One day, the commandant selected ten men from one barracks to be executed by the firing squad.  One of those selected was the father of a large family.  When he was pulled from his place in the line, he fell to the ground, begging the commandant to spare his life.  The commandant was unresponsive until the man standing next to the fallen one, a Catholic priest named Maximillian Kolbe, stepped forward to offer his life in exchange for the man on his knees. Surprisingly, the commandant agreed to such an arrangement. But instead of being led away to the firing squad, Father Maximillian was thrown into a tiny damp cell where he suffered the agonizing death of starvation.  Today Maximillian Kolbe is honored by millions of people because he died in the place of one man.  Jesus Christ, through an agonizing death on the cross, died not for one man, or a few, or even several-but for all men.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (NIV)

Jesus gave everything for you.  Are you giving everything for HIM?

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What do you see, the dog or the leash?

YkRmRmZbcAHave you come across a very fierce dog that growled and barked as if he wanted to tear you apart?  It is always very comforting when you see that it is chained to a powerful leash, so he cannot get to you.

Picture this… He started to walk out of the house to get to his daily routine.  As he opened the door, paralyzing fear gripped his heart.  Trembling, he quickly shut the door and ran back into the house.  The man of God was praying in his room.  Normally, he would not disturb him, but this was an emergency.  His shivering hands knocked on the door.  “Come in!” was the response coming from the room.  He walked into the room, his face white with fear.  “What happened to you?” the man of God asked.  Struggling to get the words out, he said, “There are armed soldiers outside, many of them.  We are as good as dead!”  The man of God walked over to the window and looked out for some time.  He then turned around and said, “There are more on our side than there are against us! Why are you so afraid?”  Seeing that his servant was captivated by fear, like the hypnotized prey of a snake, Elijah prayed, “LORD, open his eyes”.  Suddenly, he had a supernatural revelation!  He could see what the human eye could not see.  All of heaven was on their side!  Protecting angels in fiery chariots surrounded the mountain, standing guard and ready at any time to release the judgment of God on the hostile army!   He no longer focused on the “dog”, but now he saw the “leash”!

2 Cor 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (NIV)

Did you know… The greatest tactic of the devil is deception.  He tries to make a mouse look like an elephant, robbing you of all perspective.  So many believers allow fear or tough situations to paralyze their calling.  Remember, wherever there is motion, there will be friction!  Expect challenges, as you venture to be obedient to God!

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The selfless gift!

bunk bed isolated on white background with clipping pathWe stood admiring a beautiful high-quality wooden bunkbed displayed at a garage sale.  This is exactly what we had been looking for.  We had recently moved to the US from Africa with just 6 suit cases. Our girls had been sleeping on mattresses on the floor.  The bed they had now, was a junky futon that they had to share.   We looked at the price of the bunkbed only to be discouraged.  It was more than we could afford.  I stood talking with my wife Simone.  How could we come up with the money for the bed?  Finally, we came up with a plan to pay the price. What happened next deeply disappointed us.
I went over to the owner to purchase the beautiful bed, but he answered in a matter of fact voice, “Sorry that bed is already sold.  It just needs to be picked up.”

My heart sunk. We definitely could not afford a new one and this one was taken right from underneath our noses.  Simone and I stood there looking at the bed.  We had missed the opportunity.  We started to walk to our car trying to come to terms with the lost opportunity when a lady stopped us.  Simone, my wife, knew her from the Christian School where our girls were going.  She said, “I saw you were looking at the bunkbed.”

We answered “Yes, but someone else has bought it.”

She answered, “I bought it because my father is coming to stay with us.  He has a terrible heart disease.  I need that bed for my sons, so we can make room for my father.”  But what she said then blew me away.  I had never heard of such a thing before.

She said, “God just spoke to me right now.  I need to give you the bed!”
We were so grateful.  I pulled out my wallet to give her the money for the bed, but then she surprised us again.

She said, “No, the Lord told me to pay for it. Just take the bed with you.”
I learned later that it was not that she was wealthy, that family really had to make ends meet, but she gave a gift she actually needed herself.

As we were getting ready to drive away with our beautiful bunkbed, she said, “please just pray for my dad’s heart condition.”  We stood and prayed for him.  As we prayed in Florida, her fathers’ heart in Colorado was touched by God. He was completely healed!

2 Sam 24:24 But the king (David) replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (NIV)

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Just change the label!

ZENlRGdQA distinguished Methodist minister in Australia once preached on sin. One of his church officers went afterward to the pastor’s study. The man said, “Dr. Howard, we don’t want you to talk so plainly as you do about sin, because if our boys and girls hear you talking so much about sin, they will more easily become sinners.  Call it a mistake if you will, but do not speak so plainly about sin.”
The minister went to a utility closet and pulled out a small bottle of strychnine clearly marked “Rat Poison.” He said, “I see what you want me to do. You wanted me to change the label. Suppose I take off this label of poison and put on some milder label, such as ‘Essence of Peppermint.’ Don’t you see what might happen? The milder you make the label, the more dangerous you make the poison.”

1 John 1:8-9 in the NIV says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Do you lightheartedly excuse your sin or have you been purified from all unrighteousness?

(Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, Green, Page 340)

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