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Impacting India – Video Update #8

God gave us so many diverse opportunities for ministry in India, our 7th stop in the journey of faith that we are on!  We preached at churches and taught DTS in a YWAM school.  We also prayed for hundreds of people at a prayer and intercession conference, spoke to a doctor’s assembly, fasting and prayer meetings, house visiting, leper colonies, workers camp, homeless ministry, orphanages, and many other incredible things!  In all, we saw over 150 healings and even more people being touched by the presence of God!!!  Here is a recap video of our time there as well as some ways that you can partner with us in prayer for the nation of India!!!

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The Cost of Commitment

I shared in the previous post the message of the Call to Commitment that we as followers of Christ are called to walk in.  After I delivered this word to the church, the Holy Spirit came upon me in a powerful way.  As I sat there, He began to speak to me that for the people in the church this message would cost them much more than it would ever cost me.  He said that this would even cost some of the hearers their very lives.  As the Lord spoke this to my heart, I began to cry and be moved in my spirit for the people.

Jeremiah and baby

Here in India, Hinduism is predominant, and Christianity is the minority.  It is legal to be a Christian; however, it is against the law to share your Christian faith.  This being the case, we are international lawbreakers!!!  For us, the worst thing that would happen to us is that we would be deported.  However, the nationals we minister with every day, face much more life changing consequences.  They can be fined, beaten, imprisoned, or even killed in keeping with the law.  This persecution causes the people here to make a complete commitment to Christ every single day fully knowing the cost of their actions.  In America, often we will face the “persecution” of people mocking us, calling us names, saying mean things to us, treating us poorly…  Here, when the people turn from hinduism or islam (both of which are much more prevalent than Christianity) they will be completely disowned from their family and possibly village.  This along with physical persecution causes Indians to truly understand the cost in following Christ before coming to Him.  By the time they are willing to come to Him, they know that there is no turning back and give themselves completely to His service.

In spite of all this persecution, the church in India is growing and thriving in a mighty way.  Too often, in the US, we will make the half-hearted commitment to the Lord and easily turn back from doing the great things for Him that we were all designed to do before we were born.

How would each one of our lives be different if our commitment was true and full; and no matter what happened to us, our families, or our lives, we pressed in and were completely committed and obedient to the Lord???

What would the day to day changes be, in full commitment to Christ, that would cause us to be “persecuted” in our school, work, and even church?

When we seek to be committed to the Lord in such a way, the enemy will come in and try to make us do far less than the great exploits that Daniel spoke about.  The devil will try to use anything he can to keep us from being fully committed and doing great things for the Lord.  These are just three key lies the enemy has used against great men of God to keep them from being used greatly.

3 Lies that Make us Ineffective

  1. Too young (Jeremiah 1:5-10)  Here, Jeremiah buys into the lie that he is too young to do what God is calling him to.  God encourages him that He will be with him and do great things.  The rest of this book proves the great things Jeremiah does when he overcame this lie and committed fully to the Lord.
  2. Past sins that are too horrible (Jonah 3:4-10)  Jonah gets a call from the Lord and simply does not want to do it.  He runs from the Lord, and his heart is so hardened against the Lord that it takes three days in the belly of a fish before it is softened enough to repent.  Jonah grudgingly carries out the command of the Lord and offers a simple eight word proclamation to Nineveh.  As a result, over 120,000 people turn to the Lord and the whole city is saved.  God used him in spite of His unwillingness and blatant disobedience.  In the same way, God can and will use you if you are committed to Him no matter what the past held for you.
  3. Excuses, Excuses (Exodus 3-4)  When God comes and supernaturally speaks to Moses, Moses gives Him any and every excuse that he can come up with. He says “I am nobody,” “I cannot speak,”  and “Use someone else”.  God continues to destroy all of these lies, and Moses is used to free an entire nation of people.

Sadly, people are so steeped in the wisdom of this world that even in the church, they can rely on their own insights and miss the wisdom of the Lord.  When we were preparing to go out on this mission we knew that God had clearly given us a word to “Go”; however, there were many good Christian people that advised against it.  These counselors knew us and wanted the best for us, but I understood later that they had no investment in our lives.  The people that we called to pray and fast with us for a week, all gave us the confirmation that we were to go.  The ones that listened fully to how God had called us and the word that He had spoken to us understood and have encouraged us along the way.  The Lord had called us and we had to choose whether to follow Him in full commitment or to do what made sense.  We do not know yet the full outcome of our obedience, and I pray that we are always able to follow Him in what he calls us to do no matter how others will end up treating us.  In the end, we have been obedient and the Word of God has gone forth.  Whatever things that come from this mission, whether great or not, we know that we have been obedient to the Lord.

I pray that you are encouraged to be committed no matter what the cost may be or the tests that may come.  Whether we are ever tested as the Indians are or not, we must stand as truly committed followers of the Lord no matter what!!!  We are designed to truly carry out great and mighty things.  James 5:17 tells us that Elijah was man just like us.  There is no difference between us and this great man of God.  Wherever he came from and whatever the Lord took him through, he stood the cost of commitment, and God did great things through him.  For us, the choice is the same as every one of these men in the Bible.  Leonard Ravenhill said once that sometimes “the enemy of the best is the good.”  We can do many good things, but if we settle for these because they are easier or require less of a commitment, we are not doing the best that God has for us!!!  You have been created the best, by the Best, for the best!!!  Never settle for only the good, press in for the very best!!! Never back away from your commitment!!!  Always stand for the Lord in every situation!!!

Are you conquering the lies of the enemy that will hold you back from being truly committed to Him?

Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any lie that has caused to you settle for less than the best He has for you.  Examine the cost of following Him into the great things He has for you and ask Him to strengthen you to walk in the very best ways!!!

The promise of the Lord is that if you are completely committed to Him you will be strong; and just like Daniel, Jeremiah, Jonah, Moses, and Elijah, you will do great things!!! 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Original Heart-Breaker

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yesterday we went on our first house visit here in India.  Jeremiah and I joined some of the World Race girls that were going to visit Pastor James at his home/church in the slums.  When we arrived there, we were very much welcomed.  The Pastor’s wife began making chai tea (as is usual and much to Jeremiah’s delight) for us and gave us cookies to eat with them.  We were greeted many times by new people that were coming in the room, many were family but many were people who had been with them and been told we were coming.

After Pastor Daniel translated for us the family’s testimony and how they had come there, they sang some worship songs in their language; and the pastor’s son, who is a composer, played the piano with them.  When they had finished their songs, they asked us to sing.  Prior to this day, I had made mention to the people on the team in a conversation that I am a person of all worship and if you want it, I probably have it.  So upon being questioned this, every person seated against the wall, one by one, went down the line looking for someone to lead the worship until all eyes were on me; since none of them were musically gifted.  Possessing the secret knowledge that I taught myself to play the guitar many years ago, and once played in the youth band at church, but have not played in almost two years, I find that all reliance is upon me to share the joys of American worship with these intrigued people.  Since there was only a keyboard there, of which I taught myself chords over one year ago but have no idea how to make it sound pretty, I decided that I would let the gifted ones lead worship by playing some songs from my phone.

After worshipping a little bit, we were offered more chai and biscuits according to the Indian hospitality.  Very quickly, we transitioned into prayer time.  We learned that soon the government will come and bulldoze all of the land in the area and build on it.  The homes that are there have been built on government soil so they are choosing to displace 500 families to attain their desire for expansion.  Pastor James, his family, and the people there are among those being displaced and will soon have no place to go.  Believing that God is a God who answers prayer, we began praying for he and his wife and children.  He has dedicated his life to serving the Lord and helping others come into relationship with Him.  After praying and laying hands on them, I saw that the room was full of people wanting prayer.  One by one, people and families were coming forward desiring prayer.  Jeremiah had told me in the past that here, people are hungry for prayer; and you really are there until you have laid hands on and prayed for every person.  It did not seem as real to me until that moment.  Pastor James kept calling people from other rooms to come in for prayer and they kept coming.  He called in his son’s wife, Rebekah to come and told us that she and his son have been trying to have children for 4 years with no change, and they want prayer that God would see their desire and reward them.  When laying hands on Rebekah and praying for her, I became very overwhelmed with the Spirit and the Father’s heart, to tears.  The Lord really touched my heart in praying for her and I truly believe that the reward of new life will be brought to them.

My heart melted when Pastor James asked another woman to come from one of the rooms.  She came out holding her newborn, 15 day old, baby girl.  She stood in front of me and handed me her daughter.  She wanted prayer for herself and her baby girl that they would have good health and blessings.  From the moment she placed that precious girl into my arms, whatever the Lord had begun doing in me in praying for Rebekah, He just broke me down.  I have never felt so broken when praying over someone before, and I could not contain the tears and sobbing over this beautiful baby.  She had the markings that the doctors or people place on newborns’ heads and hands, marking them for hinduism.  The enemy through that is trying to lay claim to this precious life, but in Jesus name, she belongs to the Lord.  My greatest prayer for her more than health was that the Lord’s hand would be upon her so richly that she would never know a day of her life where He was not with her and Lord over all in her life. Indian Baby When we finished praying for everyone, we had to be dragged out of there to leave because we were so engulfed by the people.  Some followed us outside and one of the elderly gentlemen wanted prayer for the pain in his leg, so Jeremiah and I prayed for him.  Indians passing by in the street were flocking to Jeremiah and I shaking our hands, wanting pictures, and talking to us.  I realized when looking back at this all, what it must have been like when Jesus went to villages and vast crowds followed Him, even if it meant searching everywhere until they found Him.  On the way back to the house, I was so undone over what the Lord had done in my heart in being in an area where there was nothing but desperation in the people, that I cried the whole way back.  The words that kept scrolling through my minds was how the Bible says over and over again that ‘Jesus was moved to compassion’, ‘Jesus wept’, ‘Jesus felt sorry for them’, ‘Jesus was amazed.’  I see now that this is the lifestyle that He lived, and the lifestyle He calls each one of His believers to follow, a life of brokenness for His people.  I truly know now how I am to live the rest of my life, moved to compassion and ever-increasing brokenness.

The Apostle Paul said that ‘the love of Christ compelled him to go places he never thought he would go and to do things he never thought he would do’.  Has the love of Christ touched your heart to the degree that you would count the cost and live a life of radical abandonment, being a laid-down lover for Jesus?  Would you be willing to leave everything behind, when He calls you, and to follow Jesus wherever He takes you and to whomever He brings you?  This was the life of Jesus’ disciples, and if we are true followers of Him, our lives can be no different!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!

Idolatry In India

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The days have gone by quickly since we left Kosovo last Thursday and now we find ourselves being in India for almost a week. We were joined here at the house late Sunday evening by a team of 30 people from World Race.  They have been traveling to different countries for 7 months now serving and partnering with local ministries in each country.  India is their stop for this month and then they will be off to Nepal.  Prakash and Ravi, the leaders here, have organized different ministry things to do; Jeremiah and I feel that some of our time here will be partnering with them in what the Lord is doing here.

Yesterday was the first day of really experiencing Indian culture through being taken to one of the largest hindu temples here.  This experience was all new to me and I did not know what to expect.  Almost all of India practices hinduism and there are over 2 billion gods that the people worship.  It is nothing to go down the road and see 5 temples or places of worship, even at the trees and in the median of the highway.   The moment I stepped outside the van, I began having pain in my left knee as if I had twisted it, though I had not.  The deeper I went into the temple, the stronger the pain grew.  It did not take long for me to discern that there was something evil taking place in the spiritual there; and I knew this because of the unexplained pain.  I was not ready for what I would see when we went through the dark tunnel with signs explaining how one would get to heaven, who god is, and all of the other beliefs.  Upon exiting, I was blinded by such bright light reflecting off of the gold sculpted idol at least 4 stories tall.  It was surrounded by grey pointed stones that enclosed the worship area and it bore a trident and a snake wrapped around its neck, among many other disturbing things.  It felt as if I was walking into a spiritual prison.  After going through all of the required processes of removing shoes, skipping the hand washing and surpassing the priest waving smoke on us, we entered the main worship area where one is able to see the god in all its “glory.”

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By this time, the pain had increased and spread down my lower leg to my foot.  I was praying against it but told Jeremiah, and he said that he had a headache and his left leg was hurting as well.  During debriefing later, we discovered that many people experienced headaches and pain.  We spent time in silent prayer over the area, the people of India, and that God would tear down every idol and make His authority as the One True God known to them.  My heart broke for the people that the enemy has deceived so many into believing they have to do all of these things for a god to hear them and bless them.  The enemy has counterfeited what God has done and perverted the truth.  This was extremely evident to me when seeing the babies and children with markings on their head from birth.  It is as if the enemy has tried to lay claim to the children when they don’t have a choice and are brought up in these beliefs.  He tries to show it by the physical markings on them.  Oh that God would come in His power and wash away all of these things!

During our journey, God had me begin reading from 1 Samuel and in the Gospels for my daily readings.  I am finding more and more that in what I have been reading, I am seeing it in real life as we go along.  I finished 1 and 2 Kings, which is all about how the kings did not do what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and established idol worship, defiling the Temple of the Lord and making it a place of idolatry.  After more than 200 years of disobedience to the Lord, King Hezekiah was brought forth and destroyed every ounce of idol worship and evil that had been established, and brought back worship of the Lord.

In prayer over India when we arrived on Friday, the Lord gave me the verses, Isaiah 56:7-8, “I will bring them to My holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in My house of prayer.  I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices because My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations.  For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel says: I will bring others, too, besides My people Israel.” and Micah 4:5, “Though the nations around us follow their idols, we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.”  There was once a move of God in India, just as in King David’s reign; but the enemy has come in with lies that have deceived many.  I believe these are prophetic words for India and pray that God would raise up people to speak truth.  I pray that the power of God would triumph over the works of the enemy bringing forth freedom and life to the people here.

This is my prayer for America as well, that every physical and spiritual idol would be torn down and the reign of the Lord would reside in each heart!  India is a Threat Level 3 when it comes to missionaries.  This means that we are viewed as hostiles with the intent of converting and disrupting the way of life here; we are dangerous and the word of the Lord is not welcome here.  America is a place of freedom and of resources that are meant to be given out and shared.  Let this be an encouragement to you that if you aren’t able to go out physically to other nations, that your prayers are just as and more important than anything!  A lifestyle of Radical Prayer brings forth revival.   Do you have the passion and determination to pray radical prayers and to give of your time, resources, and efforts for the people of the world?  If so, ask the Lord to take you to even deeper levels and how you can give love more!

Blessings,

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!