May 29, 2010
Chapter Ninety-eight: The Holy Spirit confirmed on the third day
On the third day after Jack first received the prompting of what to proclaim, he attended an international meeting wherein a very senior intercessor and encourager from a faraway nation was invited to preach. he was an elderly frail looking man who told the participants that he had been near death so many times and had enough dying practice so he was not afraid to die. His countenance was that of a man ready to meet His Savior in heaven, filled with the Shalom peace, the joy and hope of glory of Jesus Christ.
He opened his sermon by making a statement that he was moved by the terrible suffering mankind went through when he first started serving the Lord. All his life as a preacher he was motivated by one thing, that is, to turn the situation around. Jack was moved to tears (together with many others as those on his right and left were weeping uncontrollably!) when this elderly man spoke his mission in life. He had been a pastor for fifty years. His first statement can be summed up in the same passage describing the Lord Jesus, in Luke 4:18,
“ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;”
The speaker continued and shared the key to his ability to fulfill the assignment given to him by God. 2 Corinthians 4:9-10 “persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
The speaker started a simple but true Gospel about the Savior Jesus. How He was crucified and died for us. How He took away our sins and curses, how He healed all our diseases.
Based on the fact that Jesus had already died for us, he gave the participants a five-fold blessings:
“I am righteous. I am holy. I am healed. I am blessed. I am a child of God.”
Jack was indeed touched to hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the cross, the crucifixion, the salvation, deliverance and healing.
Three days ago he woke to find that he needed a great miracle within the next five months. He was led in the spirit to proclaim the passage in Luke 4:18, in his diary. He wrote, “Jesus was anointed to deliver me from the following: poor, broken-heart, under captives, blind, oppressed. I am accepted by the Father in heaven as a child of God.
It is amazing that the Holy Spirit has led him to hear this message. On that day he slept for four hours, woke at 4.00am, traveled from 5.15am to 6.30am. He had a cup of coffee, hanged around a subway and then decided to go to the meeting place, waited from 7.30am to 8.45am standing or squatting on the ground in the open. He managed to get in a side hall and looked at a screen (the source who was supposed to bring him his ticket was delayed by someone, so he could not get into the main hall). After the four hours meeting he waited for transport and reached home by the evening. By the time he went to bed it was 1o.30pm. He was sustained for over 16 hours under divine fitness and energy.
Jack has recently been prompted in his heart to share the words of God in his blogs by grouping verses that witness Jesus. The next day he was led to publish verses on the ‘blood’ of the Lamb. On the third day he rose at 4:00am after sleeping for four hours. He woke with the urgent reminder of the center focus of the Gospel, the cross. He prayed about it and then left for the meeting.
The speaker’s sharing was a confirmation that he heard the Holy Spirit message correctly, that is, in the end time Christians have one important assignment, that is, to share the Gospel.
Another wonderful thing happened at the meeting. He found a book called, “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” and he was asked to do that lately by the Holy Spirit!