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Easter, The Multiplication of Martyrdom

So, we are here in Cambodia now.  It seems that Wifi is much harder to come by in the day to day happenings that take place than it was before.  We have been here nearly a week, but have not updated and for this I apologize.  However, such is the life of those who are on adventure for the Lord.

Our travels here were uncertain and unplanned. After trying to reach our contact for two weeks and still not hearing from him, we came knowing that this is where we were supposed to be. The Lord rewarded our faith and when we got here, we were able to get ahold of our contact Both, and he took good care of us in Phnom Penh.  Good Friday, we went out with some of his family to a nearby mountain and got to pray over the nation from a high vantage point. Here, every high mountain in covered with temples and idols to demons. However, we claimed this mountain and the area for the Lord, and prayed that He would change the hearts of the people from darkness to the Truth.

Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh

Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh

After talking with Both and his pastor, they invited us to share with their church on Easter Sunday what God revealed to us to be praying for Cambodia and lead the people in prayer.  At that time, I agreed to it even though God had not spoken anything yet.  But, the testimony of the Lord is that He is forever faithful to His word, and He revealed three areas that we are praying over Cambodia, and are important for all of us to pray for ourselves and our nations.

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Jeremiah preaching at Living Hope in Christ Church

First, God spoke to me from Matthew 9:35-36 that Cambodia is the heart of Southeast Asia, and as such, the Christians should be praying that they would receive the heart of compassion of the Father.  Every time Jesus did miracles (feeding the 5,000, raising Lazarus from the dead, raising the widow’s son to life) it was because He was moved with compassion for the people. In the same way, we must be continually praying that God would give us His heart of love for Him and for His people.  I remembered that last time I was in Cambodia two years ago, this was one of the main things I was praying for myself.  It makes sense that this would be an important point of prayer for the nation.

Second, God continued speaking to me from vs. 37-38 of the same chapter in Matthew.  The harvest here is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  So, we need to be praying that God would send forth laborers into the harvest and be willing to go as He calls us to go forth.  It is interesting that the word Jesus uses here for sending forth the workers is the same one in Greek that is used when He is casting out demons.  God is calling His laborers to go forth with power and purpose into the harvest to reap the souls that He rightfully deserves and bought and paid for with His blood!

Lastly, God began to speak to me that we are all called to be martyrs!  For us, when we think of martyrs, we think of those who have died for being Christians.  But the Greek word we get martyr from literally means “ones who gives witness of what they know to be the Truth”.  We know more than anyone else what and Who the Truth is, and therefore, we are called to share it in the same way Paul was (Acts 26:16,18).  The Christians in the early church were so willing to share the witness of what they knew to be true that they did not care what persecution, trouble, life, or death became of them.  So many early Christians gave their lives as a witness for what they knew to be true, that we took the word and have used it for those who die for the Gospel.  This is how we overcome the enemy as it states in Revelations 12:11 “…By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony.”  Jesus was The Faithful Witness unto death (Rev 1:5) and we must follow His example no matter what the outcome may be.  For the people here in Cambodia, surrounded by Communism and Islam, there is much more to lose than people in the US.

Jeremiah and Bandol

Jeremiah and Bandol

I want to call you to not just pray for Cambodia, though this is something I ask you to do, but to pray and apply all of these areas to your own life.

Pray that God will give you His heart of compassion and love and that everything you do will flow out of that same love!

Pray that God will send forth laborers with power into the ripe harvest, and be willing to be one of these, as He speaks, that He may receive the reward He bought and paid for with His blood!

Pray that God would help you to be a faithful witness to everyone around you of what and Who you know to be The Truth, and that He would use you just like Paul “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” Acts 26:18.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Believing is Seeing!!!

Being here in Mizoram with my friend once again is an amazing dream come true. The last time I ministered with him was almost two years ago in India, and here we are once again side by side. Though this man of God is six years younger than me in the physical, he is so much further in the spiritual than I am in many areas. I love ministering with him for several reasons. For me and the giftings that God has most strongly placed in me, my friend is a great ministry partner. His gift of healing and the level he walks in flows in the Spirit with the gift of Faith that I have been given, and these complement each other well. Because of this, great things happen so much more when we are around each other than when we are alone.

Sage and Jeremiah before ministry time

Jeremiah and his friend before ministry time

As we gathered together one night to host the presence of God, He spoke to me in worship. I laid my open hands on the floor in front of me. I felt that as I bowed before Him, He was fitting my hands with something. I pictured that giant tanks of something were attached to my hands. As I asked Him what this meant, He spoke that tonight, He was going to heal blind eyes through my hands. I did not know exactly what to do with this. This has never happened through me before, but at that moment, I had a choice whether to believe Him or not. Somehow, God strengthened me to believe this word, and I brought it to my friend who was leading ministry. I told him what I had heard. Later, he got up and told people to come forward for healing. He then specifically called all the people who were blind or had any sort of eye problems to come and have me pray for them and shared this word. Honestly, I was a little anxious and this moment, but somehow I was able to believe this word from The Lord.

“Did I not tell you, that if you believe that you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40. This is what Jesus said to the people concerning Lazarus, and I felt this was exactly what was happening during this situation.

Because of my belief in the Word of The Lord, He was able to show His glory through me. No less than 6 people came to me asking prayer for their eyes with varying degrees of eye problems. Each and every one of them was completely healed. One of the last people that came to me came and asked prayer for the anointing to increase in her life and that she would grow in The Lord. I noticed that she had glasses on and asked if I could pray for her eyes as well. After praying for the other things, I took off her glasses and prayed over her eyes. When I got done, she could see perfectly and never put her glasses back on, but she took them with her. I saw this same girl the next day and offered up a praise to The Lord because her glasses were nowhere to be found.

I share this testimony because I want you to know that I am no one special, I have never seen blind eyes opened before. I am the same as you. I just believed that when God spoke this word to me, He would do it. I did nothing but believe. I want to encourage you in your life to listen to the Lord and believe what He speaks. If I had not believed, I would not have brought the word to my friend, and never would have asked this girl if she wanted prayer for her eyes. But, because I believed, I was able to see the glory of God working through my very own hands!!!

Listen to The Lord, believe that words that He has spoken to you, and prove it through your actions by stepping out on the truth of these words. Jesus says in John 14:12 “to the one who believes, the things I have done and greater he will do!!!” When we believe in what The Lord speaks, whether in His word or to us personally, we will do great and mighty things!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!