Many people doubt that God exists.
Some people seem to think that God is dead. They think God isn’t watching us. He has closed his eyes and won’t even see what we do. These are some words of Psalm 10
But God is alive. He is the God who made the heavens and the earth. He revealed himself to Abrahan, Isaac and Jacob. His son Jesus came on earth to destroy the works of the devil. He forgave people their sins, delivered and healed all who were sick. He told his disciples go go and do likewise in Mark 16.
“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.””
Mark 16:15, 17-18 NLT
God’s glory is seen in his creation. He is Almighty God. He is alive to help anyone who calls to him.
I believe in God and his son Jesus. I pray for the sick as Jesus said.
I want to tell you some recent news of healings that were done through the name of Jesus.
Last year when Brendan and I were in Israel I gave a lady, called Jackie, my book Staying Alive. She read it and started praying for her cousin in South Africa who had fourth stage breast cancer. She sent her my book. This year I hear from Jackie that her cousin is healed of cancer. Praise God.
One of my daughters is a sister in charge of a unit for expecting mothers who want to have a natural birth. Mid wives deliver their babies. It gives the women the choice how to have their children. They can go to the main hospital where they can get an epidural to ease pain or have a Caesarean section where the doctor operates to deliver the baby. In the midwifery led unit the midwife encourages the mother through her labor until the final push when the mother is fully aware of the delivery of her baby. She will experience pain but the joy of having new life soon makes her forget about all her pain.
My daughter was on night duty some time ago. She helped a mother deliver her baby naturally. Everything went well during the birth but the infant did not breathe after it was born.
My daughter gave the baby mouth to mouth resuscitation and continued working with the baby as the ambulance took the baby to the main hospital. She would have been praying quietly for the baby. When my daughter handed the baby over to the doctor in the hospital he did not give the baby much chance of survival. The baby was not able to breathe on his own. Hannah had to return to speak to the mother and comfort her.
I happened to call my daughter that evening. She was crying. She was sad about the situation with the new born baby. I prayed with her and we agreed in prayer that the child would live and return home with his parents in Jesus name. I bound the spirit of death and prayed that Jesus would touch the baby and give him life. Another daughter had prayed for the situation as well. Three days later the hospital got in touch with Hannah to tell her the baby was doing well and would get home soon. Alleluia.
Last Sunday she was helping in another delivery when the doctor did not expect the baby to live after a difficult delivery. Hannah had to comfort the mother and other mid wives who were involved. The baby was taken to another unit to be looked after. Hannah came home to visit with us that afternoon. She was upset again. I said lets pray again. God helped the other baby, he can help this baby too. We prayed.
The report came back the baby recovered and got home. This time Hannah told her colleagues that her mum prayed for both the children who survived. They have seen the power of prayer. Jesus said “Let the little children come to me.”
So I don’t doubt there is an all power full God. I believe in Jesus.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.
When Pastor Thampy from India visited with us recently, he shared stories about following the call of God in his life. He was kicked out of his home when he chose to believe in Jesus and share his message of forgiveness to those around him. He went for days without food. The leaders in his town didn’t want him there either. They spoke to his landlord and told him not to rent the room any more to Thampy. He was kicked out of his town. He was doing what Jesus told us to do. Go and tell people the good news.
This was just the beginning of his forty five years serving God. He has been kidnapped, threatened with death, maligned, accused and beaten. When his wife met him, God asked her, “Was she willing to suffer for the gospel?” She said yes. They have both suffered in their service for God. But their ministry has borne fruit, fruit that has remained. They have established Churchs, schools, orphanages, homes and bible schools throughout India.
Thampy is not afraid to face people who do not believe in Jesus. He talks to them to convince them Jesus is the truth. He is anointed to evangelise the poor people who have not heard of Jesus in India. They listen to him. When God sends one to a people he will equip that person to get the job done. No sacrifice is needed to please Jesus. Some of the people in India offer their children as a sacrifice to their gods. They are seeking forgiveness for their sins. They can find no relief. only more pain and broken hearts. Jesus became a sacrifice on the cross to forgive our sins. All one has to do is believe in Jesus, receive the Holy Spirit and walk in freedom from condemnation and guilt.
Thampy and his wife are an example of a couple who are willing to deny themselves and obey God’s calling on their lives. Pastor Thampy has know the resurrection power that has rescued him from troubles and has know why it means to share in the sufferings of Christ. God has delivered him out of many situations when he could have died. He didn’t die but is staying alive to declare the works of the Lord. As a result he and his wife pray for others and the resurrection power moves to deliver from demons and bring healing and salvation to those who are hungry.
Many Believers think signs and wonders, like Jesus did when he was on Earth are not for today. But Jesus said to go and his disciples will do even greaters works than Jesus did himself. Go with Thampy to the tribes of India and you will see the signs and wonders. Demons come out of people. Healings happen just like Jesus said. They get filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. One’s mind will change.
Thampy prayed for a friend of ours who was suffering from cancer. He had been living on puréed food for months. He was failing. After the meeting he had tea and a piece of cake with no ill effect. He continues to eat well. I believe he is healed from cancer and the doctors will confirm it soon.
Slovakia is in Central Europe. It’s people are peaceful but have suffered from other empires in Europe that have ruled over them. Hungarians, Austrians, Turks, Germans and Russians have ruled over them through the centuries. Recently the Slovaks celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of their liberation from communism.
We stayed in a hotel on the last two nights of our stay in Bratislava. The dining room was like a museum. I was amazed at the animals that are displayed there. On one wall were the hides of a bear, two leopards and two wolves.
I thought of the scriptures from proverbs,
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. (Proverbs 28:15 NIV)
The Slovak people have had their share of others ruling over them. The symbols of the dead animals remind me that those oppressors are not ruling over the Slovak people any more. There is a new generation of people who are recovering from the former oppression and with God’s help are being set free and are prospering.
Pope John Paul 11 said that Slovakia will help the rest of Europe. How can a humble people influence the rest of the nations around about. By their example of love, humility and forgiveness. As they know God’s love they reach out to others.
Branio is a Worship leader who plays the guitar and sings in Slovakia. He was having a week of meetings throughout the country while we were there. On the Thursday night he fell and broke his wrist. That would have meant he could not have continued the scheduled meetings. Fifteen people gathered around him and prayed for him. He could feel cracking in his wrist and the pain ease. He composed himself and tried to play his guitar. His wrist worked as normal. He did not have to go to hospital. He continued with his appointments for the rest of the week.
The prayers of many brought him healing. God healed his arm. There are signs and wonders happening in Slovakia. There is joy and freedom instead of oppression over the people. The lion and the bear are defeated.