November 21, 2016
Diagnosed with throat cancer in 1964, I faced a crisis in my life. I found myself constantly praying the same thing: "O God, I know You can heal, because of all the evidence in Your Word, as well as the other miracles which I have seen with my own eyes. But ... the problem is ... You can ... if You want to ... Is it Your will to heal me? All I am asking for is a positive yes or no." I picked up my Bible and read from Romans 8 verse 26, "We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us ... according to the will of God." That was it! It came with certainty to me that God had said yes. I would be healed by a miracle.
'Hosanna in the Highest' used by kind permission of www.vinesong.com
November 7, 2016
At the mention of the Name of Jesus, the very presence of God will fill your life, setting you free. The very Name of Jesus brings hope: His Name means salvation and deliverance. His Name is filled with power and glory. Upon hearing His Name, demons have to flee, sickness will be healed. In your biggest crisis, in the time when you feel that your life is at an end, call upon His Name and He will answer you. If only you would believe in Jesus, you would see the biggest miracle of your life.
October 31, 2016
I want you to learn the importance of prevailing in prayer. When I was in that communist prison, and the guards were cursing me, saying that I would never get out alive, I began to pray. This is how I prayed: 'O God, 2000 years ago, Paul and Silas were in prison, they prayed, and You caused an earthquake which broke open the prison doors and released their chains. O God, if You could do it 2000 years ago, I want You to do it now and set me free!' You know the story. God worked a miracle and sent the British Prime Minister. I want you to realise that You can have the same power with God when you prevail in prayer. This is what happened with Jacob in the Bible, he wrestled with God all night, toward morning he said, 'I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me.' God responded, '...for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed' (Genesis 32:26-28).
October 3, 2016
I want you to learn how to pray, and when you pray, how to get an answer. Recently I found myself asking the question we all ask, WHY? Why this? Why that? And I was asking, why is it that people pray and don't get an answer? Then it was as if the Lord said to me, "It's because they give up asking". The Scripture teaches: 'Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking reverently and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened' (Matthew 7:7-8, AMPC).
September 26, 2016
So many people know the Lord's Prayer, they can say the prayer, they can sing it - but they don't know the reality of the words. I want you to read Luke 11, because Jesus did not end with the 'Amen' of the prayer, but actually continued, "Which of you has a friend and shall go to him at midnight and say, 'Friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine has come and I have no food in my house to give him.'" Jesus is talking about prayer! He says, eventually, if you keep knocking, your neighbour will give you what you ask, not because you are friends, but to stop you banging on the door! I want to show you the greatest lesson in prayer: don't take no for an answer, keep on asking, God will answer you!
September 19, 2016
If I could give you a gift, I would give you this verse from Jeremiah 33:3, 'Call, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things you know not.' I want you to learn to call on God - and He will answer you! Not only will He answer, but the reason I love this verse, and the reason I pray over this verse, is because God says, when He answers, He will show you great and mighty things you don't know; He will open up heaven and show you His glory. "O God, I call unto You, You have promised that You will answer me, and when You answer me, You are going to show me powerful things, something bigger than I can ever dream about."
August 22, 2016
Every time I need a miracle in my life I have to fast and pray; I stay up late at night, get up early in the morning; I pray, and I pray, and I pray. And God answers prayer! When I pray I expect an answer. My God is different to any other god in the world, because my God is a prayer answering God! When I was praying over my lung cancer in 2003, one passage was such an encouragement. In Jeremiah 33 God speaks to the prophet: at the time Jeremiah was locked in a prison - He wasn't sitting in luxury watching a televangelist, he was in a prison! - And God says, "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Look, if you are in a 'prison', if you want a miracle in your life, begin to pray! Cry out to God. Pray without ceasing!
This verse in Jeremiah should encourage us to pray: not only does God promise to answer our prayers, but He promises that the answer will surprise us, that He will show us things unimaginable! If you need God to work a miracle which is far above what you can imagine, call upon Him, He'll answer you!
'God Answers Prayer' & 'Holy Ghost Fire' used by kind permission of www.vinesong.com
July 25, 2016
The Bible says, 'Jesus the same yesterday, today and forever.' That's the only bit of the Bible I don't agree with. Listen carefully. In my life, the Jesus I know today is not the Jesus I knew when I was first a Christian. The Jesus I know today is a thousand times stronger and more powerful, more wonderful, than the Jesus I knew 70 years ago. The Bible says He's always the same, but to me, the Jesus I know becomes stronger every day, more powerful. Ten times more powerful this year than He was last year. A hundred more times powerful than He was a few years ago. A thousand times more powerful than when I was a young man! So who is right and who is wrong? I've discovered the truth! God doesn't change, I change. The change is this, I know God better!
May 16, 2016
My heart's one desire is to see Jesus, to experience His Glory here on earth. All through my early days, before I became a pastor, an evangelist, all the time I was growing up, when I was in school, when I was in church, Psalm 63:1-2 was the most important verse in my whole life! I said what David said, "Oh God, You are my God, I will seek for You from the early part of my life, I will search You out, Oh God, wherever You are, in Heaven, on earth, I will search for You, Oh God! I want to know who You are, I want to find You!" I want to see God's Power and Glory, not just in the sanctuary, but in the battlefield of my life; I’m desperate for His presence in the midst of my tribulation: my sickness, my financial trouble, in my prison cell. My cry to the Lord is show me Your glory. I want to see His glory as never before! The God that I serve, the God we sing about and worship - that God - I want to KNOW Him, I want to find Him, I want to SEE Him! Not just to sing, not just to worship - I want to SEE His Face, I want to SEE His power, I want to SEE His Hands! That's been my vision, my dream for 70 years - and I want more! And more!
May 9, 2016
In the Lord's Prayer we are taught to say, 'Hallowed be Thy Name'. What does that mean? I have never understood until my time in prison for Bible smuggling. But it was as if the Lord said to me, "This is where you worship." But HOW could I in the circumstances I was in? I tried to 'praise' God through clenched teeth. Can you imagine?! I was in rebellion, there was no reality. HOW could I praise God in the depths of hell? Suddenly, as I began to say those words, 'Praise the Lord', it was if the roof of the prison opened. I could hear the angel choirs, I heard the music of Heaven, I sensed the glory of Heaven - something happened in that cell. The glory of God came down! It was as if I was transported into Heaven and the glory of God came on me. I leaped up off that stool and began to run around that cell, singing, shouting, "Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, HOW great Thou art!" The glory of God filled my soul. Never in a church or prayer meeting have I ever experienced the glory of God, the very presence and power of God - as I did in that hell on earth.
'So real to me' & 'I behold Your glory' used by kind permission of www.vinesong.com