Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The miracle of salvation

Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. (Colossians 2:12)
We are buried with Christ in Baptism and rise with Him to new life. Baptism is symbolic of the death of all your past life - it is buried in the water. Then as Christ rose from the grave and from death, so we rise with Him, through faith, out of the water. When I asked to be baptised in water as a 12-year-old boy, I was buried with Christ, and when I came out of the water, I was a new born baby! My life is in Christ - He is my hope of glory! This is why the Word of God says you are a new creation: the old has gone forever and you have been made new! Your old sinful life is dead and buried in the water! Nor does it matter what your ancestors did or didn't do, when you pass through the waters of baptism, you died, and then rise to new life in Christ!

Look at Colossians 2:12 - buried with Christ in baptism and raised with Him through your faith. This is clearly symbolic of the death of all your past life, buried in the water. Then as Christ Jesus rose from the grave and from death, so we are to rise with Him, 'through faith', out of the water. It was the same extraordinary step of faith for Jesus, who died in absolute belief that He would be raised in three days. Our baptism must be a demonstration of that same faith.

The miracle is that Jesus died, then rose again, now He cannot die ever again, He is immortal. I am the same! I died with Christ and rose again, but in my case, spiritually rather than physically. Therefore, I am immortal and cannot die... not in the physical sense, but spiritually! This is the importance of water baptism which the Bible says is symbolic of this death and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).

It is interesting to see there is another symbolism in water baptism (1 Corinthians 10:2). When the Israelites came out of Egypt to worship God, they were led not by the easy way but the strategically-planned hard way, through the Red Sea. Why did God decide on this longer route? Well, so many times after they came out, the grumbling Israelites would have gone back into pagan Egypt! They complained about lack of food and water, about hardship and so many other things, that often they would have gone back. But they could not. The Red Sea stopped them, it became a barrier to prevent them returning to the old life in Egypt. Their only way through had been by a miracle which opened the waters and, in His master plan, God used the same water to destroy their enemy. It is the same with the Blood of Christ and water baptism. It is to remind every baptised believer that we cannot easily go back into the old life because when we believe and are baptised in water, this reminds us that God has made a barrier, the power of the enemy is broken, the devil has been defeated. Praise God, Satan cannot touch us, we are on the other side, Christ stands between us and Satan, water baptism is the evidence!

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Monday, 8 August 2016

Christ the Solid Rock

The Bible says it is 'Christ IN you, the hope of glory'. He is our strength, hope and deliverer. It's on Christ the solid rock we stand.

I've been filled with the Holy Spirit and I expect to see the power of God. We have to believe that He can work miracles. But in order to receive we need to spend time alone with Him; in the Bible, throughout Jesus' ministry, He would withdraw to the desert to pray; how much more is this necessary for us. It is only in these times of prayer and worship that we receive His strength. God is our answer; He is our power; God is our strength; He is our hope and deliverer; God is everything!

The Bible says it is 'Christ IN you, the hope of glory'. - That is the 'secret' to my faith, to seeing miracles in my life; I have Christ IN me, I have the Holy Spirit IN me! I do not want any new doctrine or teaching - I want the Bible believing, miracle-working, powerful Gospel according to God's Word!

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Monday, 1 August 2016

There is power in the Bible

There is power in the Word of God that transforms and revolutionises our lives; it is a power to heal the sick, raise the dead and bring new life to a troubled soul. That is why, when we declare the Word of God, miracles happen. It is not us, it's God fulfilling His Word. It is so easy to know what is in the Bible, but then dismiss it. We read it, study it, preach it, 'spiritualise' it, until there is a danger that we make it mean something else. But everything in the Bible can happen today! Don't limit God. I want to challenge you to a new kind of faith. We are commanded to go in and possess all the blessings which God has promised. Get into the Word of God, search for and mark every promise that you want in your life, and then claim them by faith!

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Monday, 25 July 2016

God's Power is Greater!

In 1972 I was thrown into a communist prison when I was found, on my way to Russia, with 5000 Russian Bibles in a secret compartment in my tour bus. But I'm an evangelist, so I carried on preaching the Gospel in the prison! I faced the same problem the church faces today: how could I convince these people, these criminals, of the truth and the power of the Gospel I was preaching? The difference between our faith and other religions, is that our God is alive and He is a prayer answering God. I determined I would not stay for the ten years I should have spent in the prison. I was determined to prove - in the 20th century - the truth of the power of the Bible. But how could I get out? In my praying I remembered Paul and Silas, and Peter. I said, "Oh God, if You could get them out of prison, send an earthquake, break the chains, set them free, You have the same power today, get me out of this prison!" In my life I'm attempting to prove that the power God had in the Bible is still available today! He's the same God! I was determined to pray my way out of the prison! But it was impossible! It's a long story, but briefly, within one year, God worked a miracle, answered my prayer and I flew home, to London, with the British Prime Minister! As a result, I was invited to speak in the Royal Albert Hall to 10,000 people, and for two years I traveled the world telling my story to two million people!

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 times more 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? Is the Bible right or me? I've discovered the truth. God doesn't change, I change! The change is this, I know God better. Every year, every day I understand Him more and more! It's like a big picture. Curtains are drawn so that you can't see it. And somebody is slowly opening the curtains. And you begin to see a little, then more and more and more. That's what God is like! It's not God who changes, it's your knowledge of God, your understanding of God. Next year my God will be bigger than He is this year! Why? I will know Him better!

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Monday, 11 July 2016

God is moving by the Power of the Holy Spirit

My God is the greatest and most powerful God in all the world and He is about to work the greatest miracles of all time. Yes, we are about to write the sequel to the Acts of the Apostles - yes, we are about to see the fulfilment of the Book of Revelation. And let me shout this loud enough to wake even the dead and bring Elijah back - Jesus is coming soon! I want you to know that, as for me, I believe the Book - 'in the last days I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh says the Lord' - Joel 2:28. I personally am ready to go. I am fired up, filled up, powered up, on my feet, ticket and sword in my hand, ready to go now. No power on earth or from hell can stop me. I'm not too old, too poor, too tired, too weak or ready to quit! If God could use Moses, David, Elijah, He can use me. I have the same Holy Spirit power they had, I believe in the same God, and I am already filled with revival fire. No more waiting - the urgency of the crisis alone is call enough - I have already seen the power of God in action, received a ten-fold more powerful anointing, preached the Gospel, won the lost and dying, healed the sick...!  We must get back to the authority of the Bible. When God answers, He does it by a miracle. The only real evidence of the reality of God that I find in my Bible is the miraculous.

In these last days God is saying to the church, NOW, "I am prepared to do something greater, bigger, more miraculous than anything that has ever been seen before in the earth, or in the church." God is about to do the greatest miracles the world has ever seen. He's going to raise up men like Elijah, men with an anointing to do the greater works than Jesus did! - John 14:12. Why? Because we are living in the days of the return of Christ, when we're going to see Revival Fire bursting on the church, until we are working and believing and moving into spiritual victory - all in the preparation for the glorious return of Jesus!

People will ask, "Has anybody ever seen or heard anything like this before?" God is moving today by the Holy Spirit, but we haven't yet seen the REAL Glory of God, what He CAN do, but it WILL come! Yes, before Christ comes, in my lifetime, God is going to reveal His Glory on earth! I'm determined to see it!

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The power of God to deliver

'I have surely seen the affliction of my people, and have heard their cry; I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver' (Exodus 3:7-8). When I had lung cancer, who did I call, who could I go to for help, I went to the Lord. He was the only one who could deliver me from my sickness. I seen the power of God to deliver; yes, He has healed me twice of cancer and from a communist prison, but I have also seen Him deliver men from the power of sin. I once preached in a Siberian prison to all 1400 inmates, desperate men: 200 multiple murders, 400 serious sex offenders and 800 even worse criminals. The commandant said he was an atheist, that God could not change these men, that I was wasting my time. But, faced with the crisis of this challenge, the Holy Spirit came on me and God transformed the prison that day. All 1400 criminals repented and twenty of those convicts are now pastors and some of the best evangelists in Russia today were saved that day in that place!

Whatever your circumstance, wherever you are, whoever you are, God says, 'I have seen your affliction, I have seen your suffering, and I am come down.' God is not talking in the past tense or some distant date in the future, He is speaking in the present tense. 'I am come down…' This is the miracle of our God: every time we are in distress, every time we are in trouble, God always comes to rescue. Just as God delivered the Israelites from Egypt and led them into their Promised Land, so God, by His grace, delivers us out of our spiritual Egypt into our land of abundance.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

God changed my life

In 1964, only three and a half years after my first visit to Jerusalem, I lost my voice. Unable to preach in my church, I went to the hospital to be told I had throat cancer and needed an operation. I didn't have time for an operation and, believing God for a miracle because I had seen so many healings in my ministry, I prayed for 3 months. Then, because my faith was strong, I told the doctors that I was healed. They laughed at me, they said that there is no God and the cancer was now so big, I must have an operation within 3 days to remove my vocal chord! I went home in shock - I was an evangelist, a missionary in Israel - and, only 32 years old, my ministry was finished!

I fell on my knees and said, "O God, teach me how to pray!" - It's one thing to pray when they say you have cancer, it is totally different when you only have 3 days before they take away your voice! I remember crying out, "Oh God, I haven't yet seen Your power in my life! Oh God, my dream, my vision is not fulfilled! Oh God heal me! I've seen so many miracles! But now I need a miracle!" My church members said, "It is so easy for David to see God work miracles when somebody else has cancer. Now he's got it!" At the end of that day I was not healed.

The next day I changed my prayer to the most dangerous one of my life: "Oh God I believe you are telling me my ministry should be in Russia. If You want me to leave my home, my family, then I need a miracle! Take this cancer out now!" I went to the Word of God. The relationship I have with God is that I say, "Lord, if You want to talk with me, tell me direct and show me in writing, in Your Word!" Men lie, but God is not a man, He cannot lie! The Bible is the most powerful book in the world! All the power and authority that God has is revealed in His Word! - What He says He does! I turned to Romans 8, and read: "When we don't know how to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for us, according to the will of God." In that moment, I knew I had the answer. It was the will of God!

Next morning, I went to the hospital. There were three doctors, they put the instruments down my throat, pulled them out - three times - and they were angry and began to accuse me, "Who did it? Who operated? - Somebody has cut it out with a knife! The surgeon who operated has left a scar!" I said, "The God you don't believe in, He did it last night!" God had touched my throat, and touched my life! Now I had to tell my church that I would leave and go to Russia!

In 1961 I went to Jerusalem seeking a new anointing, a new fire, three and a half years later I received this fire when He healed my cancer. My experiences with God have never been in a church or a conference, but step by step, trusting God through every mountain and valley. 'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff protect, guide and comfort me' (Ps 23:4 AMPC).

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