Healing the Land

In the spring of 2000, in South Bend, Indiana, there was a drought.

Through some bargain book sale, I had purchased a copy of the book Healing the Land: A Supernatural View of Ecology by Winkie Pratney. After reading the book, I concluded 2 things: God can heal the land, literally, and one way He does this is as we fast and pray and humble ourselves. As the LORD says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

God made a promise, so I wanted to take Him up on that pledge. Many times in my life I had fasted in a half-hearted manner. To focus in, I decided to fast for 1 whole day. After taking my medicine one evening and having a light snack, I started fasting. By late afternoon & early evening of the fast I was thirsty and hungry … so I drank a little water and ate a small snack.

I felt horrible. I had failed.

Ok, if I failed the first day, I will try again. So I again took my medicine, ate a small snack and drank some water and went to bed.

The next day was the middle of the week. I went to work in the morning and studied in the afternoon. I was a little tired, but determined to fast. It was going to rain, I just knew it. When I walked out of the house that evening to go to the midweek Bible study and prayer meeting, I overheard the news.

“It looks like it isn’t going to rain again,” the weatherman said.

“What does he know!” I thought.

Then I went outside and realized, Oh, it doesn’t look like it is going to rain.

I drove to church in a somber mood. I listened to a devotional on the resurrection and spending time with the Lord. Then we spent time in prayer. In the group of 3 that I was in, I got to pray first.

My pride had to be confessed. I had to admit my stubbornness and my impatience and a number of other sins. They are too numerous to list in this short testimony. Basically, pride was the big one. We prayed intensely for the various needs mentioned in the Bible study common time and for the needs we each had.

When we lifted our heads and talked, we were the last group to stop praying. The newest member of the prayer group said, “Now that was some prayer!” I was still saddened by the realization about how arrogant I had been.

After the service dismissed, we walked outside and headed home. As I walked to the car, something was different. The air smelled different. There seemed to be a fresh air, but I wasn’t sure quite what it was. As I drove along the familiar way back to the house, I noticed that the streets were wet. It had rained!

My heart was joyful. Few times in my life have I been as flooded with pure joy. God had heard the cries of His people!!

I realized that my life, however small and insignificant, really does make a difference in the earth. As the season continued, the rains continued.

Since then and following the talk about the threat of global warming, I wonder, “What if God’s people around the world would humble themselves and pray and seek God’s face? Could it be that there would indeed be a true healing of the whole earth? The most important thing that we can do for the environment is surely to repent and return to the Lord and rest in Him.”

 

 

 

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God in Tears (John 11:35)

Broken dreams

shattered darkness

burst hot air balloons

and in the midst

of sorrow and mockery

tears break the eye

God weeps

over life lost

over paradise lost

over love lost

in a moment it is over

for a death is over

for now

we see

amazing

Grace.

 

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9 Ways to Pray for Unreached Peoples

Pray for doors of relationship to open up to share the good news among unreached peoples.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts of the unreached to hear and embrace the gospel.

Pray for persons of peace to emerge who will create a bridge to unreached peoples.

Pray for opportunities to meet physical, educational, social and spiritual needs.

Pray for translation of Scripture and gospel presentations into their language.

Pray that God will demonstrate his power over evil spirits that enslave the people.

Pray for God to show himself supernaturally through dreams, visions, miracles.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide workers to those he has prepared.

Pray “to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

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A Dialogue Between Love & Beloved

Love, why are you so hard to find?
Beloved, why do you look so hard for me when I am with you?
Love, if you are with me, why must I cry out to you before you do anything?
Beloved, have you ever asked me to do something, that I did not do?
Love, if you will help me, why do you take so long to come?
Beloved, remember what happened has happened when I came before?
Love, but you didn’t do what I expected you to!
Beloved, nor did you honor me as Love.
If you are Love, why did you not defend me?
Did you listen to what I had said?
I submitted to you already, Love, and you did nothing to save me from harm!
Did I not suffer with you?
But why must I suffer?
Why do you make me suffer?
Love, I hate you!
Beloved, you are my only beloved.
I will abandon you!
I hate divorce.
I curse you, Love!
And so Love was rejected. The life of Love was spilled out and spread through all the earth, so great was the life of Love. After many years, Love invited the Beloved home, and kept her chaste in his Castle. At last, she will cry out, in the midst of her enemies:
Love, I need you I cannot live another Day without You!
And Love will meet her. What a rapturous moment that will be, when Love and Beloved shall meet and all the earth shall come together to celebrate their love forever. Words cannot describe such joy, so I will leave you to dream with me of such glory.
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Bear One Another’s Burdens

Oh, how I wish that I could hear your cries,
and wipe the tears from both your glist’ning eyes:
As if by listening, calm your aching sighs,
As if to mourn for every death you’ve died.

I’d want to take away a bit of pain and hurt
and wash away from wounds the stinging dirt.
And then make known the Father’s worth,
His love, and how He gives you noble birth.

We’ll trust Jesus for healing that will come
and thank Him for the victory that He’s won.
The Spirit helps us in the race we run
and guides us to the Kingdom of the Son.

We bear each other’s burdens: laws are kept-
For we have shared the loss for which we’ve wept.

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Character Speaks

Don’t be a fly in the ointment of love’s perfume, whispers the beloved.

Don’t lie to me, cries every soul.

Don’t act like an imperial cheeseburger, laughs the mockers.

Don’t lose heart, urges the hopeful.

Don’t tell me what to do, insists the weak but independent.

Don’t put me down, pleads the ordinary.

Don’t control my life, communicates the free.

Don’t work against us, harmonizes the chorus of the cooperative.

Don’t wallow in your filth, weeps the doctor over his patient.

Don’t die in your sins, preaches the peasant priest.

Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought, expounds the humble missionary.

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Moment by Moment

Moment by moment I live by Your mercy.
Moment by moment, by what I have heard.
Moment by moment I live by Your grace.
I live by Your spoken Word.

CHORUS:
I wait for You every dim evening
I wait for You all the night long.
I wait for You early each morning
I wait each day with a song!

Moment by moment I live by Your Truth.
Moment by moment I will understand.
Moment by moment I live by Your love,
Live by Your upholding hand.

Moment by moment I live by Your life.
Moment by moment I live by Your bread.
Moment by moment I live by Your blood.
By Jesus our risen Head.

Moment by moment I face You as Judge.
Moment by moment I live in Your court.
Moment by moment I face You as King.
Walk with You, Sovereign Lord.

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Redeeming Clothes: Putting off Sin; Putting on Christ

It is no exaggeration to say that one can trace the whole outline of Biblical theology and salvation history through the motif of clothing. — “Garments,” Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. Downers Grove: IVP, 1998, p 318.

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A Cry

Torn between right and wrong,
I find myself dancing a wayward song
I find myself weak, though once strong.

Torn down, abandoned and forsaken by myself
and all my friends, my foes, yet not God Himself.
I take His dusty book off of the shelf.

I find my way has wandered far
I wanted to be among the stars
I wanted to claim a noble heart.

Instead, I find I’ve forgotten joy.
I have forsaken truth for petty toys.
I have ignored His Word and heeded noise.

God, leave me not alone.
Hear my aches and pains and groans.
Shine upon my heart and strengthen weary bones.

Lord, lift me up upon Your cross
Let me rise with you and count this life as loss.
Let not my sleep disappear amid the storms that toss.

If that is you, I dare to ask,
Call me forward in a simple task.
Let me drink deep the Supper’s fruity flask.

Let love again hold up my soul.
Let truth again make me pure and whole.
Let your Spirit reach each part and make me full.

Tears wash away my vanity.
Tears waste away my veil of sanity.
Tars soil my claim to chastity.

A deep stain exposes the wretchedness of my eyes.
A deep pain reveals the confusion of my cries.
A deeply planted grain grows out of the depths of mind.

Faith that the Word of God remains true.
Hope that the resurrection of Jesus applies to me and you.
Love that changes my life and impatient, cruel view.

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More Than Dreams

http://morethandreams.org/

The Video series More than Dreams describes the lives of several people who dreamed dreams that evidently came from the Creator and altered their lives. If you wish to learn how God speaks to people today, visit the sight and watch as 5 people have their lives transformed by Truth.

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Some years ago, I also had a dream that altered my life permanently. I suppose some would attend to my description of seeing Jesus risen from the grave and take this as evidence, but I prefer to boast of how the vision of the Lord who Loves has changed my life.

There have been days when I have been kicked and spat at. Still, I chose to love those who would want to be my enemies.

There have been days when I had no money and needed money for rent. Still, I chose to thank God for His provision.

There have been days when I was sick and alone in the hospital, despised and rejected. Still, I chose to encourage my neighbor because I had hope in the one who raises the dead.

There have been days when I was accused of violating social norms. Still, I chose to share the word of Christ and live in light of eternity, rather than just live for today.

There have been days when I labored all day and did not receive any short term gain. Still, I looked to the Lord of Heaven and He rewarded me and provided for my daily bread.

There have been days I have had to go hungry for long periods and days when I have politely eaten more than enough. Still, I have learned to be content in the Messiah as my meat and my mind's fullness.

There have been days when no one wanted to talk to me. Still, I listened to the hurting and crying and cried out to God on behalf of the nations.

There have been days when I could not get out of bed or have been run through extreme tests in the labs. Still, I remember my brothers and sisters who are persecuted for righteousness sake.

There have been days when I wondered when my hopes and goals would be fulfilled. Still, I labored on and journeyed on towards my goal.
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How are we able to persevere despite much difficulty and opposition and labor?
Only by grace.

Grace is essentially the presence of Jesus in our lives. He never leaves us and never forsakes us and never abandons us. Jesus walks with us to the end; by faith we walk with Him if we keep in step with the Spirit.

Perhaps my favorite verse in all the Bible that sustains me in hard times is that Grace is enough for you for power is perfected in weakness.

Yes, I have had visions. I have seen mighty and powerful answers to prayer that shook the heavens. I have seen provision come in amazing ways. I have talked to many people and traveled to places that are only dots on the map to most people. But it is grace, God's rich grace, that sustains me.

The Lord continually nourishes me with His Word. Do you have this assurance that speaks to you in the watches of the night and in the heat of the day? Do you tune into the Truth 24/7 or do you tune into the world's channels? Do you listen to the voice of the Lord or are you distracted by the world's voices? Does the devil drive you like a goatherd or are you moved by the Spirit of the Living God?

"Jesus, speak to me today, tonight, tomorrow, and to eternity. Let me see Your glorious and gracious face that I might be changed to be more and more like you. You, Lord, are my friend. Since you are the Friend of Sinners, I must confess that I am a sinner. I trust that You not only died for my sins, but that You rose to grant me new life. You have seen my adultery, my hastiness, my wastefulness, my adulteries, my lies, my theft, my pride, and my impatience. I look to You, Lord Jesus to remove all those and grant me a perfect integrity that comes from You alone. Father in Heaven, we praise Your name for Your faithful mercy, which is renewed daily. In the name of the Prince of peace, Who is our Comfort and Who has sent us the Comforting Holy Spirit we pray. Amen."

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