Read and Believe
America is in great need of a mighty wind to usher in a Holy
Ghost revival across our nation. We have many churches, but few are
filled with the power of God. Manís wisdom has replaced the position
Godís Holy Spirit once held in our places of worship. The power of
God released in our midst is the convicting evidence He is near. It
used to be that Christians, when faced with urgent situations,
joined hands and prayed, and the power of God was released. The
Bible says, ďAnd my speech and my preaching was not with enticing
words of manís wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of
power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in
the power of God.Ē I Co 2:4,5.
The American church has been slowly changed to parallel our
growing society. We are a country filled with trained people in
manís wisdom. In most of todayís churches the first one called upon
when there is a need is the expert specializing in the slot.
Christians, we have been robbed of a great gift! We have fallen into
the trap of depending on manís wisdom rather than the power of God.
When you experience the power of God you know that Heaven
has touched you. It brings heart change that is deeper than any
manís wisdom can reach. Manís wisdom cannot transform the soul; only
a touch from Jesus changes the whole person. Wisdom does not come
from learned men, but rather from the Spirit of God. ďThe fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy
is understanding.Ē Pr 9:10.
The disciples were for the most part unlearned men who were
transformed by knowing Jesus. The Bible says, ďNow when they saw the
boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned
and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them,
that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was
healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.Ē Ac
A preacherís words should be backed by the power of God to
bring miracles into difficult situations. Just like we print money
but it is backed by gold, or was backed by that amount in gold. It
is kind of like that with modern day Christians. Our preaching about
Jesus should be backed by the power of God. The problem is many
preachers across America no longer believe that the power of God for
miracles is available today although the Bible tells us, ďJesus is
the same yesterday, today and foreverĒ. Heb 13:8.
Godís power entering situations on earth has always been
dynamic. In the Old Testament, in the story of the magicians and
Moses, we see Moses depending on the power of God to complete the
huge job of bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. Following Godís
orders Moses went back to Egypt to lead the Jewish people out.
During his audience with Pharaoh he threw down his rod and it turned
into a serpent. The kingís magicians said they had the same power.
They threw some rods down, and their rods became serpents. Moses
knew the power of God, so he was not deterred. Mosesí serpent
swallowed the other serpents up, demonstrating the genuine power of
We were greatly blessed to pastor an Acts 2 church in
Auburn, California in the 70ís and 80ís. We all didnít know any
better so we believed God for everything that was written in the
Bible. It was the time of the Jesus Movement and we were in the
middle of it in Northern California. Hippies came to the mountains
and got saved. Many were dramatically delivered and became great
Ralph and I had no formal training as pastors, but we were
discipled by a believing pastor into ministry. We read the Word of
God and believed. Our church moved as a united body in prayer and
fasting. And we saw miracles! And we grew.
One day we got a call from one of our elders. He had gotten
hurt and broke his arm. The broken bone was poking at his skin. He
called for Ralph and the elders to come and pray. The men went and
prayed and before their eyes the bone went back in place and Carl
was healed. Would he have gone to a doctor? Yes, if that was what
God had directed, but they believed and prayed first and God
answered their prayers.
Ralph and I later completed our college with earned Masterís
degrees. It is interesting that since our college input we have to
deal with being more careful not to fall into the trap of manís
wisdom more than ever before. It was so simple to read and believe.
As our church grew into a strong body of believers people
who needed deliverance came for help. Whenever the power of God is
moving demoniacs are always drawn. Some are seeking deliverance and
others to cause distraction.
Homosexuals began coming to our church for deliverance. One
college professor came and sought deliverance. He was tormented with
his life style and wanted to be set free. The elders fasted and
prayed and then came together and prayed for him. As they prayed he
began to speak in another voice that said, ďI have been with him
since he was born. He will die without me.Ē The men commanded the
spirit to leave the professor. All of a sudden he ran outside and
began throwing up violently. After he quit throwing up he laid on
the ground like a dead person. When he woke up he was speaking the
words, ďI am free, I am free.Ē He was free indeed and was able to
walk as a straight man.
The demonic that mocked Paul was dealt with by the power of
God. ďAnd it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her
masters much gain by soothsaying The same followed Paul and us, and
cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God,
which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days.
But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command
thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out
the same hour.ĒAc 16:16-18. An interesting thought is Jesus
commanded the spirit to come out of her and then it says he (the
spirit) came out the same hour.
I experienced something like that while in China. I led in
a team of 17 believers for mission work in an orphanage deep into
China. We were praying in our hotel room in preparation for the next
day of visiting the orphanage. As we prayed we felt God was leading
us to prayer walk the prison. There was a prison just outside the
city and we knew it held thousands of Christians who were imprisoned
for their faith. As we prayed the impression increased that we
should prayer walk that prison.
We decided to go there and prayer walk quietly. We got into
taxis and traveled outside the city limits to the village beside the
prison. Then all 17 of us got out and quietly walked around the huge
prison grounds, which was about 8 blocks. As we quietly walked a
woman came and began heckling us. She was clearly a stirred up
demonic. I told my interpreter to ignore her and keep quietly
walking and praying. I whispered to every one to bind the spirit
within her in prayer. We did that and she wandered off.
If you want to see the power of God released into a
situation gather a united church body for a fast. I am not talking
about giving up a few choice things, but going without food for a
set time. We saw God move in great ways in our Acts church. We
fasted as a church body setting aside time to gather together to
seek Godís face. It was usually a 1-3 day fast. Most of the older
children also fasted because they were excited about seeing God do
something. One time that stands out to me was a young couple that
was part of our fellowship. The wife was 5 months pregnant when the
doctor told her the baby had died. He wanted her to go in and have a
DNC to remove the dead baby. The couple could not come to grips with
that so they came and asked for the church to fast and pray for them
because they had decided not to have the DNC. The doctor had warned
the wife that she could get infection and be in danger, but they
felt they wanted to trust God so we all gathered for prayer and
fasting. I remember the great peace of God that came upon the
fellowship of about 300 believers. Seemingly nothing changed and the
wife was in danger according to manís wisdom, but 3 weeks later she
birthed the dead baby boy at the hospital. She miraculously had no
complications and the doctor told her they could try again for
The medical field has grown and the power of God in healing
has diminished. Not that there is anything wrong with doctors, they
are a great blessing and we are very thankful for them in our lives.
But we need to seek God first for His touch.
While in China many times I heard testimonies of healing and
deliverances. They read the Bible and believed and the power of God
The world is full of counterfeit powers that are not of
God. It is interesting to note that wherever there is a counterfeit
there is always something genuine. In the Bible it tells us in the
later days there will be seducing, deceiving spirits to lead
Do you listen to manís wisdom or the voice of God? It is
easy to listen to manís wisdom, but it takes fine-tuning to hear the
voice of God. It takes fasting and seeking His face to see His power
released. It takes waiting on Him and staying in His presence while
things are pressing in for your attention. Those who are hungry for
revival will press into God. I am hungry for revival and a genuine
awakening. Are you?