Pennsylvania pastor Bruce
Ladebu pays up to $500 each to free children from cruel exploitation.
friend Bruce Ladebu is a pastor, but he has never been comfortable behind a
desk or a pulpit. A former adventurer who has explored Arctic islands and
tracked timberwolves in the Canadian Rockies, he prefers to take his faith
outside the American comfort zone. That’s why he ended up in Central Asia two
weeks ago on a daring 12-day mission to rescue chidren from slavery.
work is not for the squeamish. He has watched 4-year-old children work 14
hours straight in 120 degree heat in crude brick factories or fabric mills.
Some of the children are chained to looms and forced by their owners to urinate
in pots so they won’t run away. On his most recent trip Bruce met a boy who had
been burned with acid by his owners. The child had developed an infection and
was given no medical care.
Several years ago, I accompanied my niece Shae and two of
her girlfriends to a Girls of Grace conference. The event, sponsored by
Christian recording artists Point of Grace, was geared to the needs of teen
A newspaper reporter called me the other day to solicit my opinion on an
elderly woman’s so-called “divinely inspired concoctions.” Her little
shop of mystic wonderments peddles oils, herbs, sprays and candles that
claim to bring love into your life, and even get others to obey your
As the reporter described the woman’s mixtures,
supposedly potent enough to solve any problem known to man, I couldn’t
help but see mental images of the Apostle Paul wrestling the beast at
Ephesus. But I digress …
The elderly woman has 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a
divination sanctum littered with statues and images of various saints. A
necklace adorned with charms of the tools each saint works with dangles
from her neck, according to the reporter’s observations.
Jesus called us into friendship, not just with Him
but also with His followers.
I don’t like goodbyes, especially
on the mission field, because sometimes I get emotional. Last week it was
I had spent six days with a
church in Tarapoto, Peru, and I invested a lot of time and energy encouraging
the people—especially some young adults who are emerging leaders. When it was
almost time for me to go through the security checkpoint at the airport, about
18 of these men and women burst through the lobby doors and gathered around me
and my translator, Diego.
Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that changed America forever. Who among us will ever forget the image of those blazing,
crumbling towers? Who could forget the gruesome sight of those who jumped to
their deaths from the 110-story towers or the images of ash-covered New Yorkers
in the streets? Or the days and weeks of sorrow that followed as the death toll
climbed during search-and-rescue efforts?
But has America really changed since that day? Or have we too quickly forgetten
and gone back to business as usual?
Did you know that when you speak from your spirit man you
overcome? All of the testing you are going through is linked with the word of
your testimony that comes out of your mouth, and is produced at the end of your
testing. Your spirit man is like the Ark of the Covenant, where the testaments
were placed and secured for all mankind. When you endure the enemy’s
temptations and your own soulish carnal ways, your spirit man develops an
First, let’s make sure we share the same definition of the
word testimony. All of them are
essentially the same thing: the story of a person’s spiritual journey.
Basically, testimony is defined
as someone’s personal spiritual narrative. And while our testimony includes
parts of our biography, that isn’t the heart of it. Let’s set aside the
definitions dealing with legal or courtroom testimony and focus on the
Testimony is evidence in support of a fact or assertion,
proof, or a public declaration regarding a religious experience. To testify
means to express or declare a strong belief, to make a statement based on personal
knowledge in support of an asserted idea, to declare publicly or make known,
and to bear witness or provide evidence for.
The Word of God is full of people who testified to the
power, majesty and mercy of God.
Joseph testified to
his brothers when he said: “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But
as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to
bring it about, as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do
not be afraid” (Gen. 50:19-21).
Job told the Lord,
“I know that you can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be
withheld from You” (Job 42:2).
David said, “I
sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
Mary declared, “For
He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name” (Luke 1:49).
before he was stoned, said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:56)
Paul said to the
Philippians: “Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and
to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:12-13).
One thing all of these testimonies have in common is that
each one of the speakers directs our attention to the Lord. Our testimony, like
our worship, is meant to magnify the Lord—not our own ego. Only when Jesus is
exalted will our testimony bear the witness of the Holy Spirit.
There are times when your soul needs to hear what your spirit
has to say. In 1 Samuel 30:6, when David and his men found that Ziklag had been
burned and their wives and children had been captured, David “strengthened
himself in the Lord.” In fact, the ones who were with David wanted to stone
him. They obviously had not been fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, so David
had to strengthen himself. His soul really needed to hear what his spirit had
Have you ever had to encourage yourself? At times like that
you want to be sure that you have a well-nourished, strong, healthy spirit that
has been fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, because there may not be anyone
else around. If you had to encourage yourself, if your spirit had to encourage
your soul, how would you do?
Let me encourage you to nourish your spirit, worship, and
minister in the power of the Holy
Spirit. Exercise your spirit, resist the devil, run with endurance and walk in
the Spirit. And keep your spirit in fellowship with the Holy Spirit so that you
are becoming more like Jesus and are connected to others who are doing the
The blood and the word of your testimony will overcome the
world, the flesh and the devil. You are
empowered to overcome, and you win in the end!
Adapted from Time to Defeat the Devil by Chuck D. Pierce, copyright 2011, published by
Charisma House. As the church undergoes another historical shift, Dr. Pierce
reminds you to stay connected to the Head and shows you how your defeats in a
former season can become victories and triumphs in the next. To order a copy,
click on this link.
PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 9-12-2011
This week encourage
yourself in the Lord by declaring His Word and testifying of His goodness,
faithfulness and omnipotent power on your behalf. Speak the Word over your circumstances
and use it as you pray concerning every aspect of your life. Pray that
Christians would repent, and unite in purpose to fast and pray for revival, the
nation, and the spread of the gospel. Continue to pray for protection over our
nation and our allies, as well as our military and their families. Remember
Israel and ask for more laborers for the ripe harvest fields. Pray that
President Obama would continue to seek God for wisdom as he leads the nation in
these perilous times. 2 Chron. 7:14
To enrich your prayer
life and learn how to strategically pray with power by using appropriate
scriptures, we recommend the following sources by Apostle John Eckhardt: Prayers that Rout Demons, Prayers that Bring Healing, Prayers that Release Heaven on Earth and Prayers that Break
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Some say you can smell the spirit of death. I wasn’t born again when my great-grandmother was on her death bed—discerning of spirits wasn’t in operation—but I somehow still knew it was the last time I would see her.
And she had something important she wanted to tell me.
I want to share those same words with you; words with eternal implications. But I first want you to understand the spirit from which they came.
My great-grandmother was born in the 1800s and lived to be nearly 100 years old. During her lifetime seven states joined the Union. She lived through the women’s suffrage and several world-shaking wars. She also lived through the Azusa Street Revival, witnessed the rise of a young Billy Graham and witnessed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Mama Norris, as she was affectionately known by hundreds, was also a pillar of the church. She helped plant a handful of churches in the small Florida town she called home. (I still have her Bible in my room and relish to read all of the Scriptures that she underlined; Scriptures that touched her heart.)
Rosh Hashanah is one of the highest holy days on the Jewish
calendar. God works in times and seasons and never does anything
haphazardly. Over the last 10 years since God first launched us into the prophetic
healing ministry, I have noticed that each September has been spiritually a
significant month for us. It was in September 2002 that our ministry was
birthed, and with each September since God has brought a significant change and
transition. September marks the first month of the original Jewish calendar,
with Rosh Hashanah marking the first day of the New Year. The Jewish feasts and
holy days mark important times and seasons in the Spirit. God still works
in line with His original calendar.
Mrs. Smith has actually been the premier apple pie maker in
our home. My wife makes the best coconut cream pies in the world from
scratch, which is the only way I will have pie. Since I don’t like apple pie,
it never bothered me to just let Mrs. Smith handle that area.
This is the third and final article from our recent Are You Ready?
video series. In the first two
articles we looked at how God warns and deals with nations in great sin,
then at what God has been saying to America about the economy, natural
disasters and what's to come if America does not change. We saw that America is
like a prodigal raging down a path of self-destruction. Today
we share what we believe is God's solution for America—what it
will take to turn our country from its current path of destruction back to God
and His restoration.
Are you a content, satisfied, joyful Christian? If you are, can you say that you are consistently content, satisfied and joyful? I know few Christians who are consistently content. I used to be one of the discontent.
I grew up in an abusive situation and experienced a lot of disappointment, discouragement and discontentment because of it. For many years I believed good things wouldn’t happen to me and that it was better to expect nothing so I wouldn’t be disappointed. Well, it didn’t work, and I was still miserable anyway. See, I was expecting nothing, and nothing is what I got.
It was a breakthrough for me when I realized that God truly loves me unconditionally and has good plans for my life. He wants to bless me and be good to me. But He also wants me to trust Him and put my expectation in Him so He can do great things in my life.
Beware. It’s prophetic word of warning to be on your guard; a verbal alert that danger lies ahead. But are modern-day Christians bearing in mind the Scriptural admonishment to “beware” in these last days?
Current news headlines warn us to beware of the stock market; to beware of partisan politicians; to beware of Muslim extremists and so on, and so on, and so on. To be sure, society offers us so many ominous cautions that it’s easy to see how men’s hearts could fail them for fear as a sinful world waxes worse and worse (Luke 21:26).
Although godless fear mongers often issue notices to “beware” that are motivated by greed and power, there is wisdom in warnings that originate from a pure and godly source. And the New Testament is full of such red alerts. Beloved, there are flashing sirens throughout the Word of God to warn us of danger all around—but the first place we need to look is within our own hearts.
Listen, much is written about the Beatitudes, as well it should be. (The Beatitudes are the foundation of kingdom living.) But the Bible also warns us to "walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). Walking circumspectly means to consider all circumstances and possible consequences. So when the Bible says to “beware,” we should abandon our pride and receive the word.
An earthquake rattles Washington, D.C., and a fierce
storm ravages the East Coast. Is God speaking to us?
a doomsday prophet, and I don’t believe every hurricane, earthquake or drought
is God’s judgment. But I did pause to ponder the significance of the freakish 5.8-magnitude quake that jolted the East Coast last week.
The White House was evacuated, the Washington Monument was
closed indefinitely because of cracks, and the National
Cathedral’s central tower was seriously damaged.
Have you ever been stuck? If you’ve ever driven a 4- or
5-speed car and tried to shift gears you know what I mean. It’s not always
easy. Sometimes it can be frustrating and what is meant to help propel you to
another place instead hinders your journey.
Francis Chan’s book Erasing Hell is a
prophetic reminder that we can’t compromise the gospel.
California pastor Francis Chan is
one of my heroes, partly because he has given most of his book
royalites—reportedly $2 million—to charity. Another reason I admire him: He’s
written a new book about hell at a time when many Christians are questioning
the idea of eternal punishment. The guy has some chutzpah.
His new book Erasing Hell
(David C. Cook) is a direct response to Love Wins, the controversial
book by celebrity pastor Rob Bell of Michigan. While Bell’s book flirts with
universalism and suggests that a loving God would never send anyone to hell,
Chan’s message is blunt and biblical—yet without a hint of self-righteousness.
This short but noteworthy prophetic word about the recent riots across England is from Sharon Stone, European apostle for Christian
International Ministries, an organization pioneered by Bill Hamon of
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. She relayed this message to Hamon upon being asked what the Lord was showing her about the volatile situation.
"Due to the
imminent collapse of society, we regret to announce we are closing at
6 pm tonight." This notice was written on a
sandwich shop window during England's riots and looting. Here we have natural prophetic voices and spiritual prophetic
voices blending throughout this disorder, declaring a broken
society where an entitlement mentality based upon excessive benefits
has led to criminality.
None of us wish to leave work, return from college, or visit
our family and walk into a lion's den of anger, a fiery furnace of strife, or
an atmosphere of tension. I suggest there are four methods that can help you
make your home a dwelling place of peace and joy.
Editor's Note:Ken Malone shared this prophetic word with us, which was given
during a recent meeting in Tampa, Fla., and judged to be for America
and the American church. It is about the ending of a season from June
until the end of September 2011 and of the Lord's ekklesia
entering a new erabeginning in October
that will position the church for the future.
June through September 2011
are finishing months—months in which the body of Christ must
finish well. Beginning the first of October (which is Rosh
Hashanah), we will move into a new era.
God has something sobering to say to us through the
death of this popular preacher.
Tims’ story had a great beginning. As a young man he met Jesus and was saved
from a life of crime and drugs. He and his wife, Riva, moved from Baltimore to
Orlando, Fla., in 1996 to launch a church that aimed to restore families and pull
teens out of trouble. New Destiny Christian Center grew fast, mostly because of
Tims’ passionate preaching. He was soon a regular on Christian television.
things unraveled in 2009 when Tims was caught carrying on a yearlong affair
with a stripper he met in France. He admitted to an “indiscretion” and got a
few weeks of counseling, but he didn’t take serious time off for
rehabilitation. Riva divorced him for his infidelity. The billboards that once
featured photos of the happy couple were changed. By 2011 the roadside ads
featured a shot of Tims by himself, with this slogan: “A Family Church Meeting
If you’re accustomed to praying in the power of Holy Spirit, you’ve probably experienced seasons of spiritual warfare. Sometimes it may seem as if all hell is breaking loose—literally.
People may seem to get mad at you for no reason. Others may begin gossip campaigns. Your car breaks down and the kids act up. Your husband says you are spending too much time in prayer. Your friends tell you to back off—that you’re just no fun anymore. In these seasons, problems can feel as though they are pouring into your life from every angle, and you can end up feeling misunderstood, confused, rejected and alone.