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A Light in the Darkness

The Land Down Under.  Kangaroos, boomerangs, and Steve Irwin.  These are the things we think of when envisioning the Outback.  My wife and I have been in Australia for more than a week now, and this is the first official blog about Australia.  We have been involved in a flurry of activities interspaced with moments of rest.  Things with us are busy and yet chill as the culture here denotes.

Chillin on a rainy day at the Sydney Opera House.

Chillin on a rainy day at the Sydney Opera House.

We are ministering in a small town called Byron Bay.  This area is known for a lot of things… none of which are listed above.  There are beautiful beaches here, lots of surfing, a lighthouse, and cults.  That’s right.  Maybe the Lord prepared us for the culture here by having us visit a cult our last Sunday in Cambodia.  It seems that there is a longing for the spiritual things here that exhibits itself in many ways.

New Age is rampant as well as many other cults that deceive people from the Truth.  Maybe this is because Byron Bay is the most Easterly point in Australia.  It is called the Eastgate, and because of this the enemy wants to take this city as his own.

As strong as the darkness is here, the bright light of the Son is all around.  We have visited two churches here that are solid and on fire, walking in the salvation, healing, and deliverance that Jesus called His people to.  The YWAM community has been here for more than 10 years and God is placing them in the perfect position to destroy the influence of the enemy in this place. Even as we visited the Lighthouse on the cliffs at Eastgate, God spoke to me about the spiritual lighthouses that are here.  There is so much light here that the darkness will not last for long. The gates of the enemy will not be able to stand against the Kingdom of God that is rolling forward here.  It is interesting that the people here, even the ones that are so involved in the dark things, are open to talk and share, and that is what we have been doing.  We listen to their deception and pray, then they sit and listen to the Truth that we have to give.  When the darkness is placed next to the light of the Truth, it becomes clear which one is the light.  There is no denying the light and the darkness.

Photo: Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset.  Photo cred. Murray Vanderveer

Photo: Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset. Photo cred. Murray Vanderveer

We got to talk with three surfer-hippie types.  One from Australia, one from Germany, and one from Norway that were all living in a camper van by the beach talked with us about the Truth. In the end, they did not miraculously choose to follow Christ, but the Truth was spoken clearly and seeds were planted.  We did not beat them over the head with the Truth so they would be defensive and not listen to anything we said.  We listened to them and then spoke the Truth without compromise.

It is Holy Spirit’s job to give us the words to say and do the working their hearts.  Nothing I say or do can change a person.  I speak and act in obedience, and God will use me to plant, water, and sometimes harvest.  It is much more fun to harvest and bring a soul into the Kingdom… but it is always a result of Holy Spirit!!!

God has made you to be a light no matter where you may be!!!  The darkness may be dark, but the light is always brighter!!!

Pray and ask Holy Spirit how you can be a light and speak the Truth.  Then, be the Light of the World that Jesus calls you to be (Matthew 5:14-16).

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Know the Truth

Our time in Cambodia was different from every other place that God has taken us to, as has been the pattern of our journey thus far.  One of the things that remain the same is that God never fails to bring about God appointments where ever we go.

This little guy decided to join us on the bus and fell asleep on me.

This little guy decided to join me on the bus and fell asleep on me.

Last Saturday, Jeremiah and I went to an internet cafe for breakfast so we could do some work.  Soon after ordering drinks, the electricity went off and we found ourselves in the presence of a woman trying to get us to buy cookies to benefit the children of Cambodia. Jeremiah asked her what they do for the children and she said that they do a reading program. Jeremiah responded, saying that we believe unless you are helping them spiritually as well, you are not really helping them at all.  She said that they do help them spiritually, that they too were Christians.  She then invited us to her church for service on Sunday morning.  Later on that evening, Jeremiah said that he felt that there was an open door with this woman and we would go to her church.  Though no one on the base had heard of this church, we made a deal that we would try and find it and if not, we would have church together.

After a little trouble finding the church (It was not at Omega Hotel, but at Alpha Hotel…perhaps we should have started at the beginning and not the end,)  we arrived at the small gathering of people all dressed in the same white clothing.  Their church service consisted of watching and partaking in a pre-taped service from the Philippines, at their home church.  It did not take long for us to realize that this was no ordinary church service, but it was in fact, a cult that we had been invited to.  There were so many red flags within the first 10 minutes and throughout the 3 hour service.  During the service, I asked Jeremiah several times about leaving, but he said he felt there was someone to talk to.

The pastor of the church essentially spoke a message of repentance, through instilling fear that without repenting, horrible things would occur.  That you must repent and your life has to be completely given over to the Father and King, and live accordingly to the will of the Father.  He also spoke primarily on God’s love, reading all of 1 Corinthians 13.  Through many things, this man had now become the “Appointed Son of God”; basically, Jesus had not finished the work. Jesus came for the Jews, but God had appointed him to come for the Gentiles.  After the service, the leader of the church tried to get us to come to a meeting to hear more but he would not share the beliefs, saying that it was too complicated.

The Truth is, what Jesus preached was not complicated.  It is simple and made for everyone to understand. God sent us there to speak Truth where there was deception.  No, we did not see a change immediately, but planting Truth will always win out in the end, because Jesus is The Way, THE TRUTH, and The Life.  The problem with this cult and many others is that the people heard the message one man was given through spoken word, dreams and visions, and they followed him. There was no Bible there during his time of receiving this.  The Bible says ‘the enemy disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14).  Paul warns us over and over again in Romans to beware of false prophets and teachers.  Though this man taught from Scripture, he was not teaching the whole Bible and from the Lord, thus leading 6 million people astray.

The point of the photo always stood out to me.

The point of this always got me.

 Joshua 1:8 instructs us toStudy this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”  We must study and know the Bible by spending time with God and receiving revelation from Him. Then when the enemy comes, we will be able to recognize it and bring to light what is moving in the darkness.  Have you given yourself wholly to studying the Word and receiving all the God wants to give you through it?  Are you familiar with the Truth and able to discern when something is not Biblical?  If not, I urge you to learn the Truth; and the best way to do this is by spending time with Jesus and reading His Word and receive the life and joy that comes from this devotion!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!