David Yanez

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Almost Out of Grace Book Trailer shows that relationships can get out of control

View the new book trailer for Almost Out of Grace


Relationship, romance, love and friendships they define us. They build our lives. We spend a lifetime searching for that special someone. When we finally find them we try to build a life together. But things seem to always fall apart. You sit wondering why does this always happen to me? Almost Out of Grace will help you understand these questions and help fix your relationships. Read the leading relationship book in Christian couples lives today!


Have your ever felt that you let God down in the way you handled your dating or marriage relationship? How about that déjà vu feeling? That you’ve had the same (bad) experience before, but you can’t help repeating what you know doesn’t work. Emotions about our relationships are constantly shifting from highs to lows. If we know we are not in the right relationship, we still try to convince ourselves or our partner otherwise. Sometimes that convincing leads us away from God, Christian friends, family, and the church. Does this describe you? And if it does, do you ever wonder if all your rationalizations and poor choices have exceeded the limits of God’s patience with you—so that you are almost out of grace?

If so, I’ve written this book for you.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Release of Wee Boys From Glasgow Don't Cry

Wee Boys From Glasgow Don't Cry is now available at bookstores and retailers..You can also order directly from us in the USA or UK. This marks the official opening of RevMedia Publishing UK branch! Our goal is to have a branch in every country we print directly.


In 2005 we started publishing with my first book. It wasn't until 2009 we revamped our vision launched into a new hybrid publishing system we pioneered for both the author and publisher. In 8 months we have released 6 additional books and added 3 more authors to our family..This is only the beginning. Amen

Monday, October 25, 2010

Three Spiritual Generators

I wanted to share with you a letter from Overflowing Cup Ministries. It was written by my friend, Gerald Davis, a very strong man of faith. I truly believe you will be blessed with this article. Please feel free to visit his website and participate in supporting his ministry www.geralddavis.org

THREE SPIRITUAL GENERATORS

My dear special friends and partners of Gerald Davis Ministries,

I haven’t written to you for a season. Our ministry has experienced some time consuming changes. We have moved our residence and office, after 30 years on the horse ranch, to a new location. Please note our new address: [Gerald Davis Ministries - 9955 Tulip St. Conroe, Texas 77385]. The old address: [P.O.Box 1286 New Caney, Texas] is no longer active. Please make this change in your system, and use only our new address when communicating with us from this time forward. Some of our mail has been returned to the sender because of this change. Please accept our apology for this inconvenience if it has affected you.

THREE SPIRITUAL GENERATORS

MOTHER TERESA

Someone asked mother Teresa, “What is the first thing you want to say to God when you see Him?” She is said to have replied; “I want to say to him, - You have a lot of explaining to do.” We will probably all have a chuckle at that. It isn’t hard to understand what would prompt such a comment. We will never reach a perfect understanding of all things until we “know as we are known” in Heaven. The following thoughts are some observations that you may find interesting. After studying the word and testing it in my own life and ministry for the last 57 years, with some disappointments and some successes, I have come to understand these basic, fundamental truths about our Heavenly Father and His ways of going with His children.

Mercy is a generator

God’s mercy is “from everlasting to everlasting.” And again, “His mercy endureth forever”. Anybody is subject to receive mercy from the Lord if they cry out for help. Many scriptures and many bible stories as well as modern day stories are witnesses to people receiving God’s mercy when they cried for help. You didn’t deserve it and possibly didn’t have faith for it; i.e.; “Oh God, if there is a God somewhere out there would you please help me now” or “Oh God, if you will get me out of this mess I will believe in you forever.” David wrote in the Psalms, ”this poor man cried and the Lord delivered him out of all of his troubles.” and “out of an horrible pit”. Mercy ‘generated a miracle’. It has happened time and again. We have all benefitted from mercy. Mercy is the unmerited favor of God. Mercy is often granted to someone because of another person’s prayers. Consider Abraham praying for Lot when he was in Sodom. The person receiving the miracle didn’t know what happened or why things suddenly worked out. God gave them mercy because of an intercessors prayers and petition. Mercy is what God’s people need as we cry out on behalf of our beloved Nation right now. Someone appropriately stated, ”More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

Now consider this about mercy: You cannot always rely on mercy! Although God’s mercy endures forever, it may not work on your situation everytime. “He has mercy on whom he will have mercy.” The volition of God determines mercy. God, the great judge of all the earth, is constantly making judgments concerning each of his children. I have learned that you can’t just go through life as a child of God depending on mercy to carry you to victory. God expects his children to educate themselves on his word and about what pleases him and learn to walk in faith “according to knowledge”. It is called growing up in Christ and becoming mature in spiritual things. He “carries the lambs” and “leads the (adult) sheep.”

Could this answer to why some of our cries for miraculous deliverance seem to go unheeded? Mercy functions under the canopy of HOPE. I don’t have all the answers, but I try to keep watching and staying open to learn. I hate losing and suffering failure. I know you do too! “My people (not the devils crowd), but my people, are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. What we don’t know is what is hurting us. I say it again; mercy is God’s unmerited favor.

FAITH IS A GENERATOR

The just shall live by faith”. Oh, how we thank God for Mercy. But mercy is unpredictable. That is why God gave us grace by which to live our Christian lives. Grace is totally dependable and reliable. When we live according to grace we can always be certain of triumphant lives. I have learned that we control the level of grace that we live in. How so? I think I can explain that to your satisfaction.

We already know we receive from God because of what Jesus did and not what we have accomplished. We feel unworthy, but God “has counted us worthy to be partakers” by grace. Grace meaning; - Jesus got what we deserved, and we got what Jesus deserved. There is no way to take that into our earthly, limited and finite minds except by faith. This is why I call faith a generator. Faith generates grace!

Meditate the following verses that will verify this statement: “Therefore it is of faith that it might be by graceand again, “Wherefore we have access into this grace through faith” and again, “for we are saved by grace through faith.” These are three witnesses from the scriptures that address this fact. Faith generates grace! When Jesus addressed a person crying out for help, he said, “according to your faith so be it (grace) unto you”. He was referring to grace when he said “it”. Remember this, “Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”.

Is it any wonder why the word tells us; “without faith it is impossible to please God”? He is obviously limited on what he can do for us unless we apply faith to what he has promised for us through Jesus sacrifice.

The faith life is an unending battle, and is a challenge to the old nature. It is not comfortable to the natural intellect. For that reason it can become a boring and uncomfortable subject to meditate. I can say that because I deal with it too. No wonder the man cried to Jesus; ”help thou mine unbelief.” It can only come through supernatural help.

Grace doesn’t come to us because we do everything right. Air doesn’t come into our lungs because we do right. It comes into our lungs because we breathe. So also is grace generated by faith. “He that comes to God must believe—“ As our faith grows we increase in the benefits of grace. When we go from “faith to faith” (little faith to great faith) we advance from “grace to grace”(less benefits to more benefits). “And nothing shall be impossible unto you”. “Fear not little flock, it is the Fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom”.

God loves to give good things to his children, but he is limited to our development in faith. These thoughts are not presented to cause discouragement or condemnation on us, but to help educate us. None of us have arrived, certainly not I, but we “press forward toward the mark for the prize”. Faith Generates grace! Selah!

OBEDIENCE IS A GENERATOR

The thing that prompted me to write this article is my meditation on this particular issue. I have come to see and believe that obedience probably causes more of the continual protection and blessings and goodness of God than we have ever come to understand. Obedience to the written word of God, and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice through a fertile and sensitive conscience will generate favor with God. “They that are led by the spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”

If I have the favor (approval) of God it is said in the word to be “like the early morning dew”, or like “the rain in due season”, or like the “former and the latter rain”. The favor (approval) of God will make to grow whatever we sow. “Fear not little flock, it is the fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

I have asked this question of several audiences; “if God had to make the choice of hearing you pray for one hour, or of watching you do something he told you to do, which one do think He would choose?” Instinctively we know He would choose obedience. “Study to show yourself approved of God a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Shame is coupled with losing. Glory is coupled with winning.

It doesn’t work if I approach the word in an effort to make it fit my understanding. I will never ‘rightly divide the word’ until I approach it as inarguably correct, regardless of my understanding. I know that my natural thinking is not in sync with the way God thinks. I must believe it first, - and then ask that my understanding will adjust to the word.

I heard this in my spirit one day during a time of great frustration; “If you will always concentrate on being a blessing you will seldom have to pray to receive one.” That opened me up to an entirely different attitude. I can never walk in obedience to God if I have to make the word fit my understanding before I embrace it. It is not comfortable to the flesh to discipline it to this principle. It is difficult to even think this way, much less to do it. But when we make up our mind to trust the word at that level, we enter into a favor that causes good things to come to us even when we didn’t ask for it, or even think to ask for it.

I have come to understand this: God wants to give good things to his children even more than we want to receive it. He can think up things that will please his children that we haven’t even thought of. “He daily loads us with benefits” and wants to bless us until we “don’t have room to receive it.”

One of the main reasons God created man is so he would have some children to give his goodness and possessions to. Read the creation story again. Time and again God repeated these words after creating Adam and Eve; “Let them have—.“ God, by His very nature is a giver. He couldn’t give if no receiver existed. He created the earth and all it’s wonderful glory and beauty and wealth, and then created man so He would have children to give His creation to. But it is freely divided with those who agree with (obey) him. Remember the forbidden fruit. St. Peter offered; “If you do these things you will never fall.” Failure and shame is sure to follow disobedience. Satan goes about “seeking whom he may devour.” He finds an opening to do his dirty work when he finds a disobedient child of God. He hates us! I don’t mean to bore my readers, but hearing these things and meditating them now is certainly easier to deal with than the failures and disappointment that come to us when we don’t heed them or know them.

Ponder this statement from the word; “It shall come to pass that before they call I will answer.”

God is obviously eager to bless His children. Make sure your heart agrees with God and listen for revelation and the voice of the spirit. God is so quick to forgive where we have been wrong.

I am convinced that far more blessings come to us because of obedience than through petition. Selah!

SUMMARY:

MERCY GENERATES MIRACLES AND DELIVERANCES AND SPECIAL FAVORS - but we can’t live our lives depending on it.

FAITH GENERATES GRACE WHICH ALWAYS CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH- but it requires constant feeding and developing.

OBEDIENCE GENERATES FAVOR WITH GOD - the benefits are consistent and daily but requires absolute trust.

When we read our bibles and approach it to believe it, it works like ‘weed and feed.’ It feeds our faith and

Kills our doubts.

Ps. 90:2- 1 Chron.16:34 - Ps. 34:6- Ps. 90: 2 - Eph. 2:8 – Rom. 5:2 – Rom. 1:17 – Rom. 4:16

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Marketing Your Book

One thing that all authors and publishers must accept is that it takes a huge personal effort in marketing your book. Marketing takes everyone who cares about this project to get behind it with a plan. This is an everyday plan to work on something that pertains to marketing your book.

I believe that a three year commitment to push each literally work must be embraced by every one involved. Sometimes there might be that one exceptional work that just takes off like a rocket to best seller status. That work may even be featured on hit shows and news interviews but that doesn't happen for everyone overnight. It takes hard work to make a best selling author. I believe it literally takes a team effort to make some serious authors be made known to the public.

First thing to remember is that your literally work is just the vehicle you will be using to get your real item your selling out there. That real item is YOU. People buy books not only because they like the stories but because of who is writing them. Your book will open up interviews, articles, speaking engagements and book signings. It is your job to make the audience aware about YOU.

Things that are needed to market are right in front of you a computer, internet and phone. These are the essential tools that every power sales team use everyday. There is no majical formula on how this works or what you should do. It's simple find target groups of people, shows and stations that are interested your subject matter or expertise. Yes expertise! People believe if you write a book on a subject that your an expert in the field. That is at least one automatic mystique that you have working for you.

Now its up to you start calling and sending copies of your book to these target groups. A press kit may be good to have to send to those that request it. Also because I do own a Christian Radio Station I get several request every week from artist, authors and agents asking to be on the air to promote themselves. One thing I request from them is a list of questions before we air the interview live or record. Why this helps? It gives me a preview of what the interview would be like, allows me to build my show around the questions and assures me these people are professional. TV and Radio host are needing guest to be interviewed all the time. So if your work is something that they can create a show out of while keeping the cost low because your free. Your book is now a win for the both of you. Remember that your the best promoter for your book.

Besides working the phones and emailing people about your book consider sending press releases in several regions announcing your book to the public. Several media outlets monitor these release blasts. You never know which one might find your book appealing. Who knows what the next subject of the Oprah show would be you might have just wrote that one book they are looking for. Let you local media know about your work contact local papers, tv and radio channels. Before you go across country work the area that you live in. Keep the cost down. The beauty of most interviews is they can be done on a phone from your home or office.

Take advantage of the internet create a blog, get involved in social media networking, join groups and most definately create a website for yourself and a seperate one for each book you write. A free quick $300 lesson on websites and internet traffic is that the information meaning verbage, links and media on a website will drive traffic to the site. Why? Websites use spyders to gather information on websites that connect words and interests together for search engines. You want as much verbage online about your work and about you as an author that would create enough activity in search engines about guess who YOU.

Create a commercial for your book one for 30 seconds and the other for 2 minutes. These will come in handy to send out to media interests in the future. You can stream these videos everywhere including your own site. Make an informercial for your book. Informercials have made fortunes for "Pitchmen" George Foreman and Billy Mays. In fact George Foreman was reported to make over 250 million in Foreman Grills which he owns. That's 5 times what he made in his career as a heavy weight boxing champ.

The point I am trying to make is that personally you can do more than you think in promoting your book. Until you get a name like James Patterson, JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, Stieg Larson, John Grisham and Elizabeth Gilbert. You personally will need to market your name and your book as often as you can.

Everyone is not able to afford the financial commitment needed for commercial marketing via magazines, mass postage mail outs, bookstore reps, radio and TV campaigns. This is the key reason why publishers do not take on literally work not recommended from published authors. There is much cost involved in selling books. If you can't afford to hire someone to do this type of marketing for you then guess what you have to do it yourself.

My best advice is work all the other options before commiting your budget to commercial marketing. These are just some ideas on marketing but out of all the books and seminars I have seen these are the most recommended basic ways to start Marketing Your Book.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Reaching the Unreached is Reachable

Reaching the Unreached is Reachable

By David Yanez


I use to work with a ministry about 15 years ago whose theme was “Reaching the Unreached Millions.” My thought was at that time was “How many are actually unreached?” Back then the figures showed close to 2.5 billion people in China and India had not yet to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This ministry would hold mass crusades attracting millions each night to hear the salvation message of Jesus. Millions is a huge number. After 15 years you would figure it would be done already. Yet I still see the same numbers today as I seen back then floating across my television and computer screen. 2.5 billion lost is still massive to attempt to reach. Why hasn’t it been done yet? I am sure that the 2.5 billion lost number has moved a bit down by now. Maybe even 1.7 billion or something like that. Why not a massive dent? Especially after massive crusades have been held not only by my ministry friends but also the top evangelist of today. Many of these crusades by top ministries had millions in attendance each night.

My answer is simple mass crusades are not being held in the most remote locations. Yes they are being held in India and China among other needed areas. But they are not huge massive crusades in the jungles where most unreached live and work. In fact most crusades are in populous metropolitan areas where all the amenities for video, staging and sound system are readily available. Holding a crusade in the remote areas needed to reach costs more and brings fewer crowds. The cost to get lights, tents and a sound stage in a jungle is triple than in a city.

The contacts for a city crusade are easier to make and are more available then those in remote areas rarely visited by ministries. In fact for the right amount of funds and time a crusade drawing millions of people is feasible for almost any ministry. To hold a conference in the unreached areas requires personal contact with native pastors and native coordinators. These contacts are not easy to find nor are they easy to maintain over great distance.

My other answer to the reaching the unreached is that out of experience millions can be reached. But not by mass crusades alone effectively. Don’t get me wrong the mass crusades have its effect by reaching a massive audience and demonstrating Gods power. The relationships with the individual are missed by mass crusades. Personally putting together a team that will be focusing on developing relationships with native pastors and multiplying their efforts is the key. Holding pastors conferences regularly throughout remote areas will build strong, educated and faithful leaders.

Recently, I did some missions work in India that produced some extraordinary results. God’s power moved in a conference and crusade night designed for just the local pastors and families. Today these pastors are completely dedicated to working with my native leaders. My leaders are reporting a revival of sorts happening in all the villages they visit. Many of the pastors heard of the great movement of God in our Crusade and Conference that they are eager to work with us. I believe a movement is happening in remote areas that have been hurting and hungry from God not only in India but also around the world. My friend Pastor Malcom Burton just came back from China with similar reports of the movement of God and revival everywhere they visited. I quote a portion of his personal email he sent to me “Our advantages are mature insight, mobility and money.”

Now is the time to move in missions. God has built us to take His Word forward. I have worked both sides of the mission’s arena massive crusades and building the pastors. I believe the unreached can be reached by sending the trained native missionary with support and guidance into the remote areas.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Past Loves__Relationships

Past Love
By David Yanez

Many of you may fit into this scenario: you have someone tucked away in the back of your mind who means something special to you—someone who meant a lot to you years ago. Every now and then, you pause for a few minutes to wonder him or her. Where is he? What is he doing now? Is she happy? Did she ever get married? Does she wonder about me? These questions are just a few that may flit across your mind. You may be in a relationship with someone whom you’re madly in love with today. You’re happy with whom you chose to spend the rest of your life building a family. You may enjoy every part of your life to this point. So why do you think of that long-ago person? Why does he or she just pop up in your mind from time to time? Why are you still interested in his or her well-being?
Are these thoughts wrong? Is this fair to your current relationship? Should you feel a bit guilty? All these questions have different answers for different people and situations. So before I give you those answers, let me ask a question. Why does this person haunt you? Why is he or she imprinted into the back of your mind? Why, after all these years, do you still care? I believe because at one time your love was pure, uncontaminated, and untainted by life. You genuinely loved him or her with all your heart. You may have even planned a future together at one time. This person was to be the one with whom you expected to spend the rest of your life.
Always on my mind...
Do memories of that old flame flare up when you are doing something or about to do something you thought you would be doing with him or her? Maybe you’re about to have a baby. Maybe you’re reaching a certain age you expected to be with him or her. Maybe you just took a vacation to an exotic place. Or you could be buying your first house. Whatever it is, you always thought you would be with this other person at this point in your life. These are
101a few reasons he or she stays on your mind. To put it simply, you still daydream about having a life with your “first love.” That’s why this image seems stapled onto your forehead at certain times.
You should feel guilty only if you do something to evolve your daydream to reality. If you try to hunt down this person to set up a secret rendezvous, you have a problem. Any innocent meeting can result in an opportunity to have an affair. Any time you act out a fantasy or dream outside your marriage, it becomes a sin. Your loyalty belongs to your spouse, unconditionally. Simply put, God doesn’t share us with any other; why should our spouse have to? You are one with your spouse no matter who comes back from the past. No matter what you shared with your old flame, it’s in the past. No matter how familiar you were with that person, it’s still the past.
No matter what you do to not think about this person, it will be impossible to stop. He or she will always be in the back of your mind. That’s okay! As long as you keep your past loves there—in the past.
Don’t feel guilty
As long as you keep your past love in the back of your mind and don’t try to build a romance with him or her, you can be guilt free. At one time, this person meant the world to you, so it’s natural to have a general concern. Remember to keep the concern in its place at all times. Know where you’re at today. They enemy wants you to be tempted. Wondering is natural, but don’t try to insert this person into your spouse’s place. The fantasy always looks better than reality. And the reality is, that old relationship didn’t work out.
Yes. You may have been in love. Something about that person was extra special and touched your heart. Deep down, you have a spot for them that won’t easily go away. But eventually, my friend, you need to let it go.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

India Feb 2010 Crusade and Pastors Conference

My friends I have seen some great things over the years. I knew Gods hand was in this work he sent me to do overseas here in India. We are in Hyrakud, Orissa a small town surrounded by a huge man made lake and mountains. The roads are very narrow and treacherous at times. Everybody that is on the street jockeying for position includes cows, pedestrians, motorcycles, buses, cars, bikes, vans and your every day mutt. In fact when I was in New Delhi on Friday I seen packs of dogs just roaming the street bothering anyone who was on the streets at the time. Crazy!
Tonight was a wonderful welcome from my host and their ministry. We left Houston on Thursday afternoon around 4pm. Since then we have taken 2 planes for 15 hours, a train for 26 hours and a van for an hour. Including wait time it was about 50hours of travel in two days. We arrived at the Church campus around 4:30pm. We were very tired and hungry. Really we were exhausted! But once we pulled up there were 150 people waiting at the main gate. They started singing for me as I walked up from the car. They played drums, cymbals, tambourines and bells as I walked up. Put a lay on my neck then several people just started hugging me like crazy. Amazing how you’re humbled by such a loving gesture. The mother of my friend who brought me out here stood in the middle of the courtyard with her hands in the air yelling “Thank you Jesus!” The pastor/bishop of the several hundred pastors represented was so happy that I came to visit and minister. In fact they have been praying for 6 years that God would send them a preacher with a heart for their pastors they disciple.
I was so tired going up there to preach this evening. My feet were heavy and I couldn’t lift my hands very high. But to see their love and excitement moved me to pray “Lord give me the strength and oh yeah let me do a great job.” It’s hard to preach a sermon after 50 hours of travel with an hour’s notice. I basically prayed for a few minutes as I unpacked then took shower got ready and went downstairs to preach. I actually put my sermon together in 5 minutes.
A strong spirit of heaviness was upon the service. People just looked tired! A huge Hindu festival called “The Festival of Colors” is kicking off throughout the Country this weekend. In fact one of the factious parties is celebrating directly across from us in an open field with a huge bonfire. We had several spiritual resistances to overcome before getting here to minister. Our luggage carrying the sound system we donated was raising a red flag on getting on the plane. We had to reorganize the packing of all our bags at the check in counter before we left. Then my friend our crusade organizer who is from India was almost deported when he checked in at customs cause of his travel visa. But on both occasions God gave us favor. This a special time for me and my friends to see us work together to reach and empower these pastors and believers here in Sambulpur, India.
Its 10:15 at night I am sitting down to my first meal in 2 days. Up till now I had been eating two or three samosa treats a day. Samosa treats are fried shell with spicy potato inside. Not that food wasn’t around but there was no time to stop in between transportation. Rice and curry chicken never tasted so good.
Before I preached God did tell me that he was going to give me something back while I was on this trip. I had a feeling I knew what it was. On this first night I could see I was right. He gave me back the evangelistic rope a dope preaching. You know what I mean that crusade swagger and fired up preaching for miracles to happen. I could feel it! He also told me when I asked Him how to preach to these Indian pastors. He said preach to them like when you were younger speaking to the Spanish churches. So I geared myself mentally to go for that atmosphere. It worked I even slipped in a few hallelujahs and Gloria Dios by accident. No one seemed to mind. I laid hands on half the crowd. No apparent spiritual manifestations but I know the week is young. Plus God brought them the Word of God in all its wonder!
I see where the money went to do this entire conference. We had 250 pastors, 150 people of exile from families because of serving Christ, plus families, college students and pastors of campuses. Total crowd was 500 or more. Not bad for first meeting night. Those exiled people just showed up at campus gate. No one gave them directions and they just showed up this morning. God sent them here. I believe it. We only prepared food for 250 people! All 500 ate plus ministry workers including leaving left overs for the cows!!
Lots of love, Lots of honor, Lot of respect is what the Indian people have shown and sown in my life.
I was woken by the Lord at 4 am to pray. I tried to go to bed but I couldn’t sleep. So I started to pray about tonight’s message for the crusade. Because there was such a strong heaviness of the spirit I prayed for guidance on how to break through. I recalled a paragraph from Burnie Davis’ book that said sometimes you can preach about miracles and testimonies to cause God’s miracle working power to manifest. I decided in my heart that exactly what I was going to do.
While praying God told me to preach on the name of Jesus and what it did for me! He reminded me that they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. So I wrote a sermon on the 8 things you get from Jesus. Bullet pointed out I put eight things with scriptures and beside them my testimonies. The crowd went silent when I took them through the names of God. Then I took them through how the only name in the bible that makes demons tremble and devils run is JESUS. I took them through eight things Jesus does for you that the word shares. Also I testified of each point I made. I wanted the name of Jesus shouted, spoke and cried for the next hour. I believe that when you’re in an area with predominantly fanatic religions that the only thing that can assist and if you allow me to say “works” is the name of Jesus.
Nothing else you can preach or say will do the work the name of Jesus can. This experience has proved my belief on this matter. My other thought is that I wanted miracle working power to hit this meeting. Stirring up the gift through experience and faith is what we did. About midway through our prayer service I felt God’s presence begin to fall on this place. Amazingly!
I sit today humbled at the amazing hand of God. He moved so strongly in our meeting. Several people were healed and blessed by His Holy presence. My body is drained from preaching and ministering prayer to the many hundreds that came forward. Equipped with an awesome translator I tried to hear to as many needs as we could to make sure we prayed specifically for the needs of the people.
India sent a message to my spirit about me personally. When I got here I thought I did pretty good getting alone with the Lord. After being in India for just a week I learned that getting alone meant getting away from everything. That includes any access to the kids or immediate family internet, TV, cellular phone and personal errands. This was a bit odd for me not to have access to any of those things on a daily basis. Being away from my kids and wife were the hardest things probably although I did miss the constant ability to text. Sometimes we get use to having so much activity because we are keeping informed or being available to be reached. That when we think we are getting away to spend time with God we really are not giving Him all the attention.
This week in India I felt a welcoming presence and gentle visit by the Holy Ghost. It wasn’t overpowering or abrupt. It was more a gentle breeze or even a slow entrance into the room. It was loving and warm. I felt alone with Him but also full of His presence. I conversed, meditated and prayed the normal way that I usually do. The difference was the hearing and confirmation of things. Every morning I would be awake about 4am. I think the time zone thing was affecting me more than I knew. I also am use to get up at that time to get to work in the morning so I thought that may be the reason for the early wake ups. God’s presence slowly ushered its way in the room. I almost felt like He came in through the open window. So I left a window open for Him every night. I didn’t want to miss his presence or my time with Him. I just wished it didn’t start at 4am. I guess that’s better than 3am like when I was in the Navy. Each morning I believe He gave me the word He wanted me to share with His 400 pastors in the evening crusade and pastor’s conference.
During these times I would lift up the services, pastors, crusade workers, volunteers and everyone attending. I would lie in my be relaxing with the Lord on my mind. Something about dwelling on Him that open our hearts and minds to His will. I will always remember my time spent here as well as the joy it brought me to my walk with the Lord.
An update when I got back from the trip...
I preached at a local church in Sambulpur on the way back from India. A great move happened that night almost like an overflow from the crusade night. The pastor left me an email that reported something amazing. “..everyone in our services was healed and testified on the following Sunday service after you left.” In fact people from all over the place inside the church and outside the church were healed and testified..” He then closed his email with this quote..” He healed them all..” God did some wonderful things in India with the very little we had financially. God can use what you bring you just have to bring it.
Amen