Adventures in Singapore… Jesus heals a man at a Hindu Temple!

In my last blog I wrote about sharing the love of Jesus in Singapore with my friend Jeff Yuan inside a Buddhist temple.  Two Buddhist ladies were healed in the temple and the Kingdom was demonstrated in power. (if you missed it you can read it below) As we were walking along on streets and celebrating what Jesus just did, we were looking for other places where we could show the love of Jesus.  We spotted a Hindu Temple and stepped inside.

If you don’t know much about Hinduism they believe that all paths lead to God.    As we walked in the temple I saw a shrine built to a Indian guru.  His name is Sai Baba.   When he was 14 years old he claimed to have gone through a mystical transformation and that he was the reincarnation of a spiritual teacher.  He claimed to have spiritual powers and many Hindus consider him to be a god.  He has over 6 million followers worldwide.  He gave a lot of money away to charity and he was well respected because of this.  I don’t know if it’s true or not but several men came forward during his life and claimed that Sai Baba sexually abused them.   Sai Baba died in 2011.  There is a picture of the Shine built to him below…

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A shrine built to the Indian guru, Sai Baba, in the Hindu Temple.

It broke my heart to see people walk into the temple and worship this dead indian man like he was a god.  There were a few Hindu workers sitting around a table in the temple so we started chatting.  I asked them what they believed and they told me that all religions are equal and they all lead to the same God.  After listening to them share their beliefs I respectfully shared mine.  I shared my testimony of how Jesus set me free from the power of sin and death and gave me new life.  I went on to share how Jesus claimed to be the only way to heaven.  I told her that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God and how we must all come to one of three conclusions about Jesus…

Either Jesus was  1) a liar… because he claimed to be the Son of God and claimed to be the only way to heaven. 2) OR He was a crazy person.. confused about His identity and who he was.  3) OR He was who he said he was, the Son of the living God.

We had a respectful conversation.  I offered to pray for her that she would have an encounter with Jesus, but she declined.  As I was about to leave the temple I suddenly received a sharp pain in my right shoulder.  At first I didn’t understand what was happening, and I told Jeff that I wasn’t sure what was wrong with my shoulder, but I just started having intense pain.  Right then I saw an Indian man step out of his car and start to walk up the temple.  Jeff pointed to his direction and all the sudden it made sense why I was having the pain in my shoulder.  It was a word of knowledge showing that Jesus wanted to heal this man’s right shoulder.  I stepped out in faith and went up to the man and said, “sir do you happen to have any pain in your right shoulder?”  And he said, “well actually Yes I do!”  He looked puzzled as to how I knew that.

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Asking the Indian temple worker if he had pain in his right shoulder…

He told me that three weeks before he was working in the Hindu temple and he tore his right shoulder and he was in a lot of pain.  I said, “sir I believe that Jesus wants to heal you right now,” and I asked if I could pray for his shoulder.  He agreed so I laid my hand on his right shoulder and said, “In the name of Jesus be healed.”

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Praying for his right shoulder to be healed in Jesus name.

I asked him to test it out to see if his shoulder was any better…  A huge smile came across his face and he said, YES! It feels much better!  He was very surprised and very grateful.  Right after I prayed for his healing the pain I had in my right shoulder left!  

I went on to share with him that there is power in the name of Jesus.  I said you could have used Buddah’s, Mohammad’s, or any other name and nothing would have happened… but there is power in the name of Jesus because He is the only name under heaven by which men can be saved.

I shared with him how we must turn from our sin and put our faith and trust in Jesus.  I told him that Jesus could forgive him of all his sin and give him eternal life.  I shared my testimony and about Jesus being the only way to heaven.  I asked him if I could pray for him to have an encounter with Jesus and he agreed.  So once again I laid my hands on him and prayed that he would have an encounter with Jesus Christ.  After I prayed for him Jeff and I went on our way.   This all happened within the gates of the Hindu temple.

Light shines the best in darkness.  We need to stop being so afraid of demons and other religions and start being the light that God is calling us all to be.  We need to love people like Jesus did, and we need to step out in faith.  If God can use me he surely can use you.  The more we step out in faith the more amazing God adventures we will have!  If lived out right… serving Jesus is the greatest adventure you can ever have!

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Adventures in Singapore… Jesus heals a man at a Hindu Temple!

“The Secret to Fruitfulness”

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Luke 5:1-11

This blog came out an early morning conversation and prayer time with the CfaN apprentices, Eric Gilmour, and David P. I want to encourage you to read the whole thing. I know it will be a blessing to you…

Read Luke 5:1-11

1 “One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”

Often we can work really hard in ministry, but often we don’t get the results that we want to see. We want to be fruitful and be successful so we try new ideas, strategies, and methods hoping that something will work.

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We often think if only we can find the right idea or strategy then we will be fruitful for the kingdom

In verse 5 Simon had been working really hard in his human strength and ability to catch fish, but he came up with nothing. Not a single fish. Then in verse 4 Jesus gave some instruction, ““Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon thought it was pointless at first, but when he implemented what Jesus told him he caught more fish than he could handle. In fact, he caught so many fish that his nets were breaking and he had to get help from his fishing buddies!

“Like Simon when we work hard and do things in our own strength we often come up short, but when we respond to the words of Jesus and implement what he tells us we will be fruitful!” (verse 6)

“There is fruitfulness in the Word of the Lord.”

Often the word of the Lord won’t make any sense to our natural mind. It didn’t make any sense to Peter to keep on fishing because he fished all night and caught nothing. Sometimes the Word of the Lord will look like foolishness to us and the people around us, but there is fruitfulness in the Word of the Lord if we will trust and be obedient.

“When we are close enough to Jesus to hear his voice, and we take the time to listen, and when we implement what he says we will get a harvest. Our good ideas and strategies are pointless and go nowhere if it’s not what God is telling us to do. Fruitfulness comes from abiding in Jesus and once he speaks, we need to act!”

Reinhard Bonnke often says that when God speaks to him he jumps! He doesn’t waste any time. If he is not sure what he is supposed to do in a given situation he will lock himself up in prayer unless he hears from the Lord. Once he hears from the Lord he implements what God tells him. He feels the eyes of the Lord are on him to see if he will respond to the word of the Lord.

“When God speaks we need to act”

Sadly instead of abiding and spending time in the secret place of prayer for direction many believers immediately implement whatever ideas come from their own mind or they will look at what other successful ministries are doing and copy it. We cannot rely on human strength and ideas in ministry… we must rely on the Word of the Lord. I believe that as we enter into these last days that accurately hearing and responding to the voice of God will be a matter of life and death. We cannot afford to waste any time and energy into things that God never told us to do. There are to many too be reached!

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“The Secret to Fruitfulness”

The secret to hearing the voice of God…

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I have been seeking God wholeheartedly for 17 years.  In the last 17 years I thought I had prayer figured out.  Throughout the years I’ve had a steady prayer life.  I often taught others how to pray.  My goal was always to pray for 1 hour a day.  Sometimes I would look forward to this time… often I would not.  I clocked in my time… in and out.  I never understood how someone could pray for several hours a day.  How was this possible?  How could someone possibly enjoy this?  It seemed too hard, difficult, and EXTREMELY BORING.  Perhaps you can relate.  In the past I always saw prayer as a discipline, and while I still think this is true to a certain extent- I never realized that I could actually crave spending time with God.  In the past it was more of a duty, but now I am really enjoying prayer.  Things are changing within me and God is leading me into a new intimacy with Him.  So what changed?  With the help of my friend Eric Gilmour (author of the book “Union”)  I have discovered contemplative prayer.  Contemplative prayer is quieting your soul from all the distractions of life and meditating on Jesus.  It’s adoring Him and listening.   This is very scriptural form of prayer.

Psalm 37:7  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”

Psalm 62:1   “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”

Psalm 77:12  “I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

Psalm 131:2  “But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

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When is the last time you got in your prayer closet and you just waited before the Lord in complete silence… having no agenda but just to be with Him?

I never practiced this and yet scripture gives us dozens of examples that point to this type of prayer.  It seems that I often had my list and my agenda in prayer, and I wan’t taking the time just to adore him.  When friends are comfortable with one another sometimes no words need to be spoken.  You can just enjoy the company of that person without feeling any pressure to perform and make something happen.  So it should be with Christ.  Sometimes no words need to be spoken.  We can be in his presence and adore Him.  (Psalm 62:1)

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