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Forward On Your Knees- Part 1

Lisa Walker Ed Walker Keith Mulligan Joyce Mulligan



  • July 8, 2015
    12:15 PM
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Our trying to remove one of them. Just work through us make this not about us but your spirit just working through us to share the testimonies that we have brought today. Thank you for how you've blessed in the past. But Lord we pray that that blessing will continue today and that you will use us in whatever way you see fit. We pray this in Jesus' name amen. What I'd like to do today with you share a series of testimonies where God's power through prayer has broken some kind of chain. And the first chain of it like like to talk about him breaking is my personal testimony about something that happened to me and it was about fear all my life I separated from the fear was a phobia. And for those of you that are thinking what is that. That's the fear of public speaking. Anybody have that. When I was in high school in speech class I would be scared to death when the teacher would make me give a speech when I was in college taking speech and then marketing classes which I took an emphasis in marketing and they would make me speak. I would be scared to death and turn white heart beating out of control a little sweat. You know how it is those of you that have this issue. It doesn't mean that it's real you know but it feels just the same as if you're on something really tall if you have that particular fear or something really small. We have this particular fear. Anyway it feels real. Well the story that I'd like to relay to you is that because of this fear I would never take a job in our local church that required me to do any public speaking. Some of you may relate to that and various pastors. Would come and go and they would say we want you to be an elder and I would tell them Well if the Lord wanted me to be an elder he would have acquit me to speak because as an elder you're going to get up and speak from time to time up in front and so that would you know go back and forth in the years past and I never took a job that required any public speaking. One day I was working in my shop on a large piece of farm machinery and it was clear underneath getting all dirty trying to fix something there and I had a pastoral visit our pastor decided to come right at that very moment not one years back to have a pastoral visit but that's when he chose to come so I hate myself in this piece of machinery wiped off as much grease and I could and you know we began to chat. He was the man that got right to the point and he said I need you to be an elder and I said you know I said I I can't speak in public. Scares me to death. He looked me right in and he said it's because of your own foolish pride that you can't speak in public. I felt like I'd been whacked right in the channel you know. He said I want you to pray about this. So I thought OK I'll pray about this and just as he was leaving he turned around and he said to me Oh and by the way I need you to be the head elder. And then I really object events that I have I think this is an elder How do I know how to be a head elder the first elder and he said oh don't worry T.V. and besides I'll help you out. Do it with you. Within three short months that pastor had to retire because of cancer. And as I prayed Actually I should have told you that in a minute but as I prayed I felt like the Lord wanted me to do this. So I kind of stepped up in faith and I began trying to do elder job. Every week when I would need to be on the platform I would go through the same thing sweating heart beating wildly out of control. And every week I would sit there and just dread going up on the platform and people would tell me oh don't worry it's going to get easier. Has anyone ever heard that that has this issue. It's going to get easier. It never did in fact it got worse. I got to the point where I dreaded it so much that I would think to myself you know I think I have a little sort through going on here and I think and feel it. I think I'll stay home today when you can and need your help to go to church. Well one day I was sitting there on the platform at that time we had a formal service and the Elvis was marked out on the platform and they would sit in their chairs until their particular part of the service started and I was sitting in my chair waiting for my particular part of the service. Same thing sweat boiling off the same sticking out of my neck heart beating out of control and I thought I'm going to stroke out right here on the platform and that's going to be the end of it at least I'll be out of this. But I've had enough and I prayed this prayer Lord. You got to fix this right quit not eloquent but it was a hard cry and the moment that I prayed that it was gone. Now for me this testimony which I don't share too much anymore is very personal because sometimes when we go as elders and we pray for someone to be keeled of a certain disease and those of you that are elders of pastors know what I'm talking about what you always hear or the physicians there their medicine worked this time and they're OK Oh they got over it they're OK there's always an excuse. But for me I know this wasn't getting better it was getting worse and when it was just gone and no this was the power of prayer such as it was but a heartfelt cry as a prayer that God loves to answer. I'd like to bring Lisa she has a story about God breaking the chains of death. How do you have a prayer partner and thank God wherever you are whatever you're doing. Get a prayer part as we mentioned earlier I was a public health microbiologist and as I was working in the health department I got myself a big prayer partner doesn't somebody or somebody that loved the Lord and was interested in prayer and we decided we would take a break and we would pray for different individuals in the health department different issues and it got to be known that we were praying that people would bring their requests. So it's one individual by the name for Gina. She's one that was very special to us. She had two children already she had to send that she wanted she loved children and she wanted to have another child. Well Regina had an extenuating circumstance she only had one kidney so it's a little bit. Difficult for her to have a pregnancy it's a little bit dangerous. So she decided well maybe we should talk and she talked to her husband and he wasn't interested. But she didn't give up she talked to him for about a year and finally he conceded. Let's adopt one month after they decide it will adopt before they had time to demonstrate she found out she was pregnant or she was elated and all of us at the Health Department were elated because we knew that she wanted to have a child and we were praising God for that and a couple months later she made in a pot with her doctor as you know they have periodic appointments and now they do a lot of ultrasound to check the baby make sure everything's OK check the growth and all that kind of stuff and she went to this one appointment and she had a technician did an ultrasound on or and the technician checked and checked and checked and there was no heartbeat. Well at this point she should have a nice strong heartbeat while much to Regina's dismay the lady told her I'm sorry you're having a miscarriage. We will give you two weeks to finish the miscarriage and if you had miscarriages and I have it's a devastating thing she will give you two weeks to finish and then we'll have you come back and we'll check you to make sure that everything is clear and if it's not then we will you know do what they call it dilation and cure a touch which is abbreviation of D.M.C. and that's cleaning everything else though. So in that two weeks are different Regina was just and fair and my friend Ellen and I prayed and prayed for her. We just asked the Lord to sustain her lift her up just get her over this disparity in or of the work that gets through to Spirit does and when the time came at the end of two weeks she was. Get old for the next appointment and my friend in Ellen and I are constantly praying for her for strength. And I remember my friend Ellen saying in prayer God you can resurrect this baby if you want. And I remember I remember thinking wow that's a good prayer. OK God I agree. You know where to read on earth I will do what you ask if it's his will of course. So I said God I agree with you. You can resurrect his faith and work in this situation according to YOUR MONEY POWER. Well she went to the next next appointment. This time she was going to a specialist for her high risk maybe because she had the one kidney I'm not sure why but she went to a specialist and the doctor took her in a book or as a formality. They do an ultrasound and they went in and they did an ultrasound and the doctor was just like this baby is why this baby is alive. She said look I have been horrified. We were about to do with decency which would end up worse than an ally baby. God can do anything can and the doctor said my colleagues have seen miracles but I have never seen a miracle and this miracle got in the race for mythic Canty. But we'd like to emphasize after each of these stories that we tell you none of this would have happened without prayer and prayer is nothing more than a connection to the source of power. A few years ago I was at our local care meeting. And I was sitting in the audience listening to the speaker. I don't remember which speaker and I don't remember what he was saying but I remember being so touched that I made this promise to God I said Lord I'll do whatever you want me to do. Just give me the courage to do it. Since that moment we haven't really had a minute's rest. God has figured out a lot of things for us to do some of which you'll hear a bit more of. But the next item was so unexpected especially for two people our age that we have to share this with you. This is about breaking the chains of abuse. Abuse is a horribly tragic common event in this miserable world. Some of these sitting here know way more about this than I do. And I have to tell you that I didn't know anything about it until just two years ago. This story starts with a young girl who started attending our church. Her name was Danielle. We didn't know her. She came once with her mother and her sister but her mother and sister never came after that but this young girl she was about fourteen at the time maybe thirteen. She was regular every week there she was. Her mother would bring her when she could get her to. When Danielle look at talk her mother and to bring her but when she couldn't talk or mother into bringing her she lived actually close. Where she could walk. And I'm not sure she ever missed. She was always there. After a while what course got the Church got to know her the church family got to know her and someone thought to themselves we should ask this child if she would like to be in our advent of school that we have right close to the church and so they asked her and she said yes. So her eighth grade year are the biggest part of her eighth grade year she was in our school. And as that school year began to draw to a close she had gotten rather close to some of the church members. But Lisa and I spent a certain quite a bit of time actually travelling with Joyce and Keith and so we're not in our church as often as we used to be and we really didn't know her that well. One Sabbath afternoon and we had been speaking at a church close by about an hour away from where we live and we were driving down that so up in the mountains we were driving down the mountain home and I don't know how pastors do it but after I speak I'm always tired and I want to go home. But we felt like we needed to go and visit certain family that we hadn't seen for quite a while. And so we went back and forth a few times and finally we decided we should do that. So as we were visiting with this family there was a knock at the door and Danielle's mother was there. I'm not sure we even knew that it was her mother when we saw her because we hadn't seen her only but once and she came in the house and said that she had a request. She said that her daughter was living in an. And safe environment. And that she won and someone from the church to take her. There were three couples there and listen I've been by far the oldest and not the same not from the same culture. She's she was a Spanish. And so we were expecting one of the other two couples to perhaps agree to do this but no hands went up. And so Lisa turned to me and she said we could do this. And I thought about it for just a minute and I thought you know prayer is a lot more than just speaking to God it's also doing what he asks you to do. And so I thought OK we can do this. And I was worried about this for a lot of reasons as you might guess because you don't really know what you're getting into not only with the child but with the family that she is coming from. So I clung to the promises of Isaiah fifty eight which my paraphrase basically says if you help those in need I have your back. I was clinging to that problem. We are seeing people we are. It might be a step or two apparently that got that right directly at the right after graduation night at the end of that school year she was told that she was coming home with us. She hadn't heard about this before that day. She was scared. And we were confused why she was NOT hadn't been told. But she came home with us and she started living with us. The. When was this we were only going to be there a week or two. I can't remember and then we were already scheduled to go see my sister and brother in law who actually just flew in today and are and are in the audience and so we we told her right from the start she'll have to stay with another family for a week. Well we do that. And one of those other families that she was staying were also from her same culture with young kids that we thought might be a better fit. And she stayed there all week. And when we came back she came back to live with us and I remember one day we were walking down the driveway we have a long driveway. And I said to her you know sweetie it's OK if you want to live with the other family they have now agreed that yes they would take her. I'm not trying to push you. But if you'd rather live with them they're younger they're probably more fun they have kids. It's OK if you want it you know they can speak Spanish if you want to stay with them. And she turned and looked at me and she said no I want to stay with you. And I thought she was just trying to be nice and so I said well why do you want to stay with with me. And she said because you're my dad. I didn't understand at that moment why she said that. But later on as she became comfortable and trusted us she told me why. And the fact that she even came to our church became quite surprising to me. And what it happened is she had a drain and in that dream she saw our church. She didn't know what building she saw. She just. I saw building. She didn't know where it was never seen it before but one day her school bus. For some reason deviated from its normal path. On the way my way home from school. And can you guess where it went right past the church. And she was looking out the window. Which were you know teenagers probably amazing too. And she thought she saw the building and she recognized. And so that's why she started coming to our church. And in this dream she also saw the principal's face of our little Christian school. She had never seen him before she did news know who she saw. But when she started coming to church he of course was there in our church from time to time and she saw us face and she knew what she had seen and the minute someone asked her if she wanted to be in our school she knew she was supposed to be there so she said yes I did everything for him and pray. She also had seen our house. She has seen our dog sits in the back of my head. I guess the Lord didn't want to scare her with the promise but she knew that that's where God wanted her to be so that's why when she turned to me and said No I'm just I want to stay here. That's why she said because you're my dad. But it wasn't without difficulty. There are social workers. I mean the the situation that we had we did not have a formal arrangement at this point we were just helping the family as best we could she would go home sometimes on the weekends when her mom was close by. Her mom would move around and one weekend when she went home and we picked her back up we would usually pick her up in the afternoon so she could go to school the next day and do homework with her I was sitting doing homework with her and we were sitting close like this. And I could see in her ear that there was blood. But she's a teenager and you know they have skin issues sometimes and I kind of brushed it aside. But about that moment the phone rang and I don't speak Spanish but you can tell angry in almost any language. It was her mother calling and she was angry. And when she hung up I asked Danielle I said Aren't you supposed to be with us. And she said well there's something my mother doesn't want you to know. And then she turned a little bit in her chair and she lifted up the back of her shirt and it was covered with bruises. And with a little more investigation with Lisa checking things out she was covered from head to toe with bruises. Apparently her mother had come home drunk from partying and for whatever reason had decided to beat her with a curling iron. But the big flat ones you know the flat iron. And she beat her with this flat iron. And when she fell to the ground she was kicking her. And injured her shoulder which is still not quite right when she fell to the ground and then eventually all the while screaming I'm going to kill you and then drug that side by the hair where it was cold. Left her there for a few moments probably better than that because she could get up and tell a neighbor grabbed her by the gear again Drew Agger back inside their little apartment which had a bathroom too tiny for someone to lie down and made her stay there the rest of the night. And that's what had happened and that's what she showed us. Well I briefly thought to myself I don't want to be at odds with the family. I'll just let the school catch tomorrow. But you know what I realized by tomorrow there was going to be one more suspect and I was going to be here. So we called the sheriff and began a journey taking us into a world that I had never known before. Some of your familiar with this world but Child Protective Services got involved and in fact that night we spent hours trying to sort things out. And the sheriff came in and he said she can't stay with you because if her mother came and asked for her child we had no formal arrangement. We would have no reason to deny that. And he said it wasn't safe. He insisted that she go to a safe house. And so we told her and she began to cry. Line. It's one way or her and me together watching out for her go to the sheriff one part time. And I hope to get it. And we're expecting that precious prayer for forty pounds. God can best help. And there's a heart problem and they can't leave us leave her with us but we. They tell us that it usually takes many weeks of not months to be certified as a foster parent and we told them that we were willing to become her foster parents but you know you have hoops to jump through they have to do inspections and every other thing a background check and lots of things. So the next day after they took her we drove to her school to tell them that we were no longer her guardians and she is now in foster care. And we went out. We've actually got to see her the Lady of the safe house took her to school and so she gave us a huge heart. Ottar when a carjacking like that the current that harms my car started. Oh yeah social worker called and said can you gotten home at five o'clock. We were about an hour away from home and it was around three nations. Yeah we can be harvest five o'clock A.M. or. And I said that course as you know no one to work for every step of the way. And even though that of the answers I think critically brain they way we got here those came she said of the how the changing of the year and want to sign it and say OK So paper saying OK now I can get it and you know you love and we're going to bring back some of this is five o'clock six point one o'clock when you know we have less than twenty four hours per day. There's lots of great things we could tell you about her story but I want to skip ahead. We've now had her two years and I want to skip ahead to something that just happened. And so I want to get them here. Here's something that happened to break years and it went on. Don't hear everything was at the time that we would like to have we hadn't the world. At the court system which I didn't know anything about. We just to give you an example how often you can find yourself in child protective services court. We were in court last summer from April to August nine times the social worker that they assigned her. Eventually after a first couple of temporary ones by the way I think we're on our tenth or eleventh social worker and two years. I was determined to send her back to our mother in spite of the fact that the lady had been arrested and other things. She was determined to send her back and then tell us in despair every time this lady would come she would be scared to death because she thought this was going to happen to her. She was so fearful. And every time we would go to court she was just mentally almost even physically shut down for two or three days because she was in such fear and this would go on month after month week after week after or. Well we would try to get to court early. And the reason that we would is because if you're a minor you don't have to sit in the courtroom. You can actually sit back in the judge's chambers. They don't allow foster parents back there so she would have to sit by herself but that was better than facing her family she was petrified. And so we would get there early enough that she could get down this narrow hallway and into the judge's chambers before her family would come. Well a month ago was the last court date that we have gone to and as we were going to the metal detectors I noticed the lady right behind me was her lawyer her court appointed lawyer. Now this lady is done. A little to help or hinder for that matter she just hasn't been hardly I mean and bald and the fact that I recognized her was a God thing and the fact that I remembered her name was a God thing and I turned to an every And I'm putting my doubt that contrary to get to the metal detector there and I realize this woman probably has many many children many many cases and she probably has no idea who I am so I turn to I think that oh by the way and Walker and you know Daniela's foster parent just so now I know now we have never seen this lady out in the lobby prior to this. We've been on this lovey many times we've never seen her and here she is. So we get to the metal detector and just as we get to the metal detector Lisa notices that her mother and some of her family members are already there and they are sitting in their tiny hallway that she has to go down. And I think I'm on my car. And I mean Ripka. I mean I just want to be honest with you and that means standing out there in the lobby. I'm complaining and bored. How many times does this child have to go through this why does she have to go through this again. Well anyway. And you can get it. And so they quit the Caribbean and gave her that offices there Richard Chambers are. And this time was different. That's the thing we have no idea what's going on but anyway be back with her. But let me suggest chamber that's the way I feel sitting back. Tell me the judge said to her and all you have to say I'm on my own. How did we mention all I can think of is that ran to the restroom and bath and that's the same length of time. Got anything past a family attorney that shows just how God ordained to be there and not only that are many hundreds of House members. First of all you know how I know that that's not going to get people sitting in the hallway. He said I saw what happened and I'm not going to put you back in that nexus of events that came together there. And the judge's chambers the door would be like on this side of the hallway and the bathroom door was here. So you figure out four feet what an instant he was in that hallway how God can make that come together as remarkable. Then after much much greater than much sleep and accord. Oh and by the way I've got to tell you about that. That social worker that had every intention of sending her back after we prayed she quit and we got another lady who was much much better. So I don't come up against the Lord if you have issues. You might might might lose your job. Anyway I am sitting out in the courtyard of the court courtroom and nothing is happening except I'm becoming best friends with the the bailiff because he's bored to death there's no one in there except he and I I found all kinds of things about him and there we sat for thirty forty minutes. Nothing is happening. No one is in there and I'm thinking really what's happening here or what was happening we find out later is the judge called all the attorneys back into his chambers and he informed the defense attorney for her mother I'm not going to send her back. You can go out and tell her that I'm not going to send her back to you and you can tell her yes we will wait the sixty days that's required by law for her to file an appeal. But she might as well not bother because I'm not going to send her back. And then she came he came back into the little room with Danielle was and he said Have a good life. And so and so on and so now we're now. I mean yeah you know who we left the only thing I just want to add that many patients I have had planned and quickly felt like I had stolen this child. They didn't get a lot here and you know when it is time to come and be and a chance to get out there and got got them here hearted loving towards towards the end you know towards you know the right time when things happened. This is a story we felt was maybe meaningful to some sitting here because you've gone through some of these experiences. Actually we were going to give the time over the duration keys but they're telling me to tell you one more story. Now I know this is probably unlikely but are there any farmers here today. Anybody that likes gardening. Anybody that has a house plant. The point is all of god's green growing things need water. And we don't have a lot of that in California these days which is where we're from and our wells are going through. We're having all kinds of problems and being a farmer that's kind of the issue to me because we have a number of different wells on. When they go dry the field dies and I had one particular Well last year that was pumping about as much air as it was water and we needed to put that pump a little further down into the well and I know probably well pump these terms don't mean anything to you but oh well it's nothing more than a hole in the ground with a pipe around it doesn't cave man and the pump is actually the part you put down in that hole to draw the water up. Well I thought my brother in law was there you know. I asked him if he and I would go out and pray over that well so we went out and we stood around that well you know a couple of elders something should happen here right. And we prayed over that when I placed my prayer was I don't know about his but and guess what happened. Nothing nothing happened. Not to denigrate my dear brother in law who sitting here smiling at me but nothing happened and I was disappointed. But to be honest with you I'm always the one that is surprised when God creates does a great miracle. So I guess my little faith I was thinking yeah that's what I was expecting. Which is probably why the Lord doesn't do more miracles for us. In the meantime I generally give the Friday worship at our little advantages. And I found that the kids so much enjoy the Bible stories that after trying to other things. I started at Genesis and got a revelation telling the Bible stories. And when we end up in Revelation we started Genesis together and yet take several years but the particular story that I was telling them this week was the Joshua praying for the Lord stop the sun when I had never noticed before in that story until I was preparing for the worst it's time that I was going to have with the kids was that it says that Joshua prayed this prayer in front of all Israel. Never noticed that before. You know if I'm going to pray for the Lord to stop the sun I'm going to do that my car just in case it doesn't work nobody knows you know. Yeah yeah OK you know no big deal. But no Joshua stands in front of all Israel and he prays for the Lord to stop the sun the stuff of the sun's kind of a big deal. Least it is for me and I thought to myself you know what would have happened to Joshua got a chosen not to stop the sun. He's kind of the newly elected G.C. president right there. How long do you think he would have held onto his job. I think they would have said well God clearly doesn't favor you and you're not too connected with the Lord you don't even know what to pray for so let's have a real election. It's a bold prayer and I got so excited about praying bold prayers I realized what a bold prayer this was and I started talking about Rainbow prayers and I got so excited about this that or maybe a week or so later it was my turn to do a little pocket prep meeting I was talking about ballplayers hold that thought. So this well is not doing well. This pomp in this well is not producing hardly any water and I'm afraid this field is going to die. Why and it's our livelihood and some of you know what it's like to have businesses or have jobs and to lose a job you know it's scary. And so of course I'm praying about it still and we try many different things we try to put that well or that pump down in that well with a smaller part with a smaller pump because it wouldn't go down into the well and it still wouldn't go down into the well and so they took it all out and they put a camera down inside that well to see what the problem was and what they found out is that well had collapsed at a certain spot and then the metal part that casing was it wasn't open anymore. And so when they would try to put that pump down in that well you could hear it hit clank and they tried three times to different things little tricks spinning smaller this or that nothing happened. Clank. You could just hear it. I can still hear that sound in my my head wasn't a good sound. And these guys knew this pump wasn't going to go in the ground so to die. But I told them I want to try one more time and I want to be standing there. This wasn't some place where we lived I want to be standing there when the crane operator is trying to put it in there and the hole deeper because I want to be able to say to him I want you to drop it. Get it up a little distance and drop it. I was hoping it would force its way through that collapsed area. Now he isn't going to do that because it's an expensive piece of machinery and if the damage is that he's going to get in trouble. But if the owner is standing there saying Drop it. Well he's. Off the hook. So few weeks later on Daniel's birthday which we were supposed to be going someplace they called me and they said the pump crew is out at the pump and they've been trying to get that same pub down further into the well for about forty five minutes ago and there was essentially a call to say I'm so sorry. See and I said please leave them there. I'm paying by the hour anyway so what's another ten minutes to drive out there. Please leave them there. I want to meet them there so they left the crew there and I began to drive over there spent a ten minute drive as I said on the way. I'm praying Lord please help us get this this pump deeper into the well known twice. But the strongest thought you know the kind of but that comes in your head that you know didn't come from you. That kind of thought you know voice but that kind of thought if you pray with the man of this crew the pump will go in the ground and I've been impermanent Street a long time and I prayed with hundreds of people this week I prayed with hundreds of people maybe some of you into prayer room and I'm pretty comfortable praying with people. But this was different. These are not religious men in fact a little smashed finger or any other thing and there is a torrent of bad words and I begin to argue with the lawyer. That's what I did best apparently. What I don't want to play with them and he says to me if you don't pray with them pumps not going around. So now I'm driving. Thinking I don't really need this field and God has a sense of humor. I have an absolute knowledge that he has a sense of humor because you know what he says to me. Weren't you the guy talking about their prayers. Yellow That was me. So at this point I have arrived where this field is in this pomp and I park my pickup and I walk out to where they are. The pump in the world is the world it is turned off I tell you tell you that because these well rigs are noisy but it was dead silent and one of the men started walking over to me and he was basically apologizing saying you know we waited for you we're done here and before I left my narrative by what does looked at him and I said Are you a religious man and I'll never forget the look in his face he looked at me like what kind of a question is that we're talking about parts I mean it was almost a look of horror and shock mixed together. And before he could answer a word and before I lost any courage more courage I put my hand on his shoulder and back my head and I said Lord help us get this pup on the ground. Yes I know it's not a five part prayer not a not a point where it's not how they diagram it in the first seven aren't even going to know. But it was a fervent prayer. These three guys who just look at them but you know if you've got a crazy guy the best thing to do is just go ahead and try. So they fired up the world really and they began to try and put it in the ground and you could hear it claimed it was the same thing once. Why and what do you think I'm doing. I'm praying and this time it's really for and I've sent or you told me you told me that if I prayed with these guys this pup would go in the ground. And yes it was a pretty pathetic prison on a technicality. It was a trick. And the minute I finished that prayer it started going down. It didn't go fast it was as if my angel reached over and just pushed down. There was no noise there was no clank no grinding nothing. These men were absolutely silent. They put on another joint because each joint that you had is twenty feet. They put on another joint they don't drop two because they had no real expectation success and down it went again real slow. Now they turn well read back off the pump and gone down quite a ways further into the well and now I'm a lot more courageous man. You've seen a mighty miracle here today and they knew it. They said yes we have. And I said You guys are going to be in church on Sunday and one of them looks at me and he says don't you go to church on Saturday. They know that because I'll never let them work on mine mine mine properties on Saturday. I said Yes you're welcome to come on Saturday. Well they work Saturdays and we've never seen them and I don't know why that were one of those three men to see that mighty mare I don't know why but a week or two later I saw them again they were working on a different. I'm of mind and they wouldn't talk about it when one or another of them were together. But when one of them was over here the other guy came to me and he said as opposed to I said well what do you think it's working fine. And a few minutes later the reapers happened the other man came to me you know he doesn't want the other guy to see that he wants to know how the pump wants work and you know it's working fine. A week or so after that I was at the office and even at the office one of the men said to me we we started talking about that well and he knew it was a mighty Americal to what God chooses to perform in our lives. I don't know why God chooses to perform certain things in our lives. I don't know and sometimes he chooses not to. My wife and I have had health issues at times and we prayed and we've asked them lower playfield this issue. Some of you have been through this too. Until this moment that answer's been no. But sometimes God chooses to answer a prayer that you pray so that others will know and hear about him so pray pray pray even if it's not that five part prayer which I love so much and use pray one quote simple earnestly leading prayers always bring them to our side as a mighty helper as a mighty helper. A revival need be expected only an answer to prayer. Have you heard this before. Every tribal need be expected only an answer to prayer. Personal corporate your church. If that means a revival prayer going to churches. This is because some individual one person since earnestly for the blessing of God He hundreds and thirst after God and asks in faith and receives accordingly. He goes to work in earnest feeling his great dependence upon the Lord and circles around us to see for like blessing and a season of reflection upon the hearts of men. I like to challenge you to be that one person. Go back to your church where ever it is go back to your home. Be that per warrior. The real deal not just the one that goes to permit him which is good. Go to permitting to be the real deal and see what God wants to do through you. When I got to be served. Let me tell you I don't see it was the most exciting thing that it ever happened to me in my entire life and it was a week ago. It was in the world and it happened yesterday. I have been living in the prayer room and how it plays well today when LATE EDITION write me. So I started to break away here and are starting a revival. Anyway we were starting to pray for revival and for a few minutes we just got to do something with something in our church and she was for her. We kept praying and praying for her. And so I started to get excited and you could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. And then another person and they started happening here and they started praying with us to do so only Boston three of you know right and back to June and wanted to write from their way and they started crying. We all started radio. We were we had doubts and all of a sudden we broke out and couldn't help it. It was just I mean we were reading and writing a revival because everyone is afraid of revival You know that's one thing everybody for and you only find wasn't anything else. And then and then two more and then we were all huddled around each other and we were all praying for reminding and they want to pray for me my whole life. So there I don't know how many letters there were praying together. I think they were in a circle and I think you and I know. But you know there are always dear god. Ministry about how my ministry and her life. But I prayed. You know I had grace at the table and prayed a little bit in the morning but I knew how to Pastor. I knew how to do everything a pastor did. So why didn't I run on my own steam much of my life. Half way through my ministry we got a call to a large church. I would say where and how and I heard about that sure. And one of the things I heard about it is that looking back over the last five pastors that they had some such which was built they'd all been to either pushed out or moved out or encouraged to leave and I didn't say you know I can handle that. Well well so we went down to this church and we started Sabbath after Sabbath just proved what I mean the world as we knew it and not that church was almost dead. I mean there were probably one half to one third of what there should have been in church and usually in churches today if you got about half your membership at an age where you had probably a quarter of the membership and they brought out what is normal. Then they were desperate. They were hurting and there was scrabbling or fighting going on all the time so I said well I'm going to take all the courses I can on how to grow a church. I don't want to see those trucks burned out and I want to see if they don't on Saturday morning. So I took all consequences a Fuller Theological Seminary type and also whatever teleporting I took every course that ministers could take just about and then I came back to my church and I tried to put them into practice and after a year of trying to put them into practice nothing happened absolutely not. It happened. So discouraged and not just a little contrary very discouraging right. I came to the point where I actually went to newspaper looking for a job straight time something happened from late. You're only the end of the problem and I believe the word. It was like I got out there and I'm going to die and the doctor and I said Are you sure I don't like that with an answer was yes I am I Have they done everything everything. And I can with whom I can grasp. And I opened it up to their face for praise for you no problem. And I hope I have to do this you know. I realized that I had no worst game. I had a relationship with God I thought it was God I prayed for Dad and I pray in the morning and then when I was in trouble I don't pray that it was because the Angels. Just your emotions. Me. First I started with a particular point we saw with trouble and so we knew prayer had something to do with it all. So we made contact with some really top speakers a new area of prayer and then came to our our church and they spoke and our hearts were so good that we both came to the point where we stood and we committed to spending an hour a day and forever. So we did this. Weeks when our nothing great was happening in the Church same thing was happening. And finally after I can't recall several months or a couple months I got up and I just shook Singapore up on what was happening in our own lives. All of us when we saw the church come online we had a lot of other people coming up front saying that they too wanted to start spending another day he was gone no we suggest that's a good title not a time starting out ten minutes might be the best time for you. It all depends. But anyway our elders started to have an experience with the Lord. Well Cooper appropriate group and Bible study groups that the under-developed of churches told me there will be no evangelistic meetings we went to church we had evangelist it really is we saw baptism starting to come in and we spent another several years at that church and they were some of the most exciting years of our lives. It was a happy church a church a Love the Lord and we're sharing the good news of Jesus Christ it was because of us. It was because a player to God and clarity and is a means to communicate and love God It's not an end it. I was with me and I started co-workers coffee and you know police are searching bridges. So we just started listening to repave and we left and the coffee and responsibility is the same thing is now very god started out with praise praising on. Now I am not sure I said I had so much I after this life and I never had heard about everything on light was talking about him and his book and all the original post hate. So I started to open and I started in God and you know I mean everything like all go down. Eric Eric praising God pray for well I praise the Lord I was being praised because I went out with me praising God and praising God because when you will wish you well when you're sad at all times and so I couldn't sleep after thanking God I can't stop in fact we are several years later and we start. Right out. Well this is a radio station and we didn't really know what we were going to do or what really happened that day I don't know I think we had an artist overstuffing you know what your husband or wife. I think that would happen. And when the radio station and we we didn't know it and we started out by praising God and we ended up raising go but it was amazing. Everybody knows me and often. And then from there so. MARTIN And I chose me. You know sometimes I don't like Tyler and yesterday. No way. It's a little you who are you know. And I looked at myself in the world and and the job I have had done. I used to go and talk about myself all the time. I mean this is what I did. And I stand by that. Yes And people are watching movies do and that's to think about doing a selfie. Well I started to talk about God now. Probably argue about the word nation and I was working in heart related in something I woke up and got my money that way. Help the rest between here or when they you know. And so I started helping. I started trying to help them and they start with you probably the thing started to ask questions and I didn't say anything happened. How often you are. Well it's working the way and I don't want to live in a time when that little bit late that was telling with children and I've worked in the I mean you talk to her about God so I try to talk to God see anything about God at all in the house and talk to God and what's right here. She didn't even know what farewell. So I think God will forgive us for our sins and so I said How do you mean. You just like to talk to look for them. And I said well you can only you can use in hospital in one thing. So it's a difficult time. Please. And she told him my God forgive me and I get away from her purse her face are all heart. I will do you harm. But it is hard to sell out your flesh and your heart less. I think it will give you an alpha life here and do hard. And I think that. And so if I didn't have that piece of paper tiger and she was going all she's going to die. And she had a very I mean I don't mean it happened after I started spending time with God And yeah I've instructed the same things you want to do. Children mostly do well. Children three kids were really sharp and carried all the books they could that my mother had worked for the A.B.C. is what every children's book that there was and given to us and our kids read but one of arch one of our children was only able to read. We didn't know it and never had it written work and so one day he came home from school he said Dad how come I study two and three hours at night and why one French study maybe ten minutes. They get A's and I give D.S. I was frustrated I had no idea what to do. Time was when he was in elementary school. He became more and more discouraged. There is one thing he could do and I was play sports. He became very good at basketball and racquetball of baseball as neighbors in a paper he kept up of self worth that way worked up a hospital when he was old enough and was able to buy a car but he worked at the hospital in the grounds department and it came to me when they said that I don't do this all my life I want to go to college and I want to make some money. OK So anyway he finally graduated from from high school went on to the Pacific Union College and heard a business course and he had to take statistics a whole lot of other things he became discouraged. He couldn't make it as your moment praying and praying and praying for this young guy for a long time because we knew a lot of ways you could go through college it was an impossible situation. We prayed and prayed. He came to the point in his experience he had bought a little car B.M.W. an older one and if you don't you see it there. Up in the mountains and there are very curvy roads and cliffs over the side. He came to the conclusion is going to get in this car straight over a cliff. We didn't know just what went wrong later. And then you begin to think about mom and dad and the experience they had of spending time with God the Son I'm going to try that. So he took the desire of agents and he started reading at this point in time he was a freshman in college he had a sixth grade reading level sixth grade. She began to read our ages. He would underline every word he didn't know what on some pages that was ten words. He declined from the dictionary and he'd memorize flat and you draw a little picture and he went all the way through desire of ages that way at the end of the time we went through desire it just he had been converted. His local level of all that was part of his sixth grade up to the college level and he was to bring the other kids calculus and he was able to fit it took a lot longer to go to school he was able to go through finish college what little extra course there and the Lord knows one of them anyway if you've got children. Never give up on them. Never give up. Gone where once you forever. So it was a really nice if you just remember to pray for me it was four years ago. Yeah it's got that call. Our And I have no idea that they were going to ask me to page in that plane and with the current president asked me to do that I've gotta be kidding. No they can play nowhere in the world to me play. And I hope I can tell you right now no way. I don't write it out and I will tell you by Friday. Well crime scene unfolding. I mean I prayed about it and so that's OK I said OK because you've got to show me in Scripture. You know yes and no I don't know. So I can purchase or three forty and you know it's and my. Well when with you and so ever since that day I don't hardly find god like letters for them. I don't hold anything done before and every time I think OK I'm going to be polite. You know I have a plea going to do that and is doing that parent time I saw with oh god because all the time it's only one thing I can do this I'll let you know you have to do a little in way after that first limbs we treat women and three and prime ministry director. I had the covers off and all the way home. I was very tired when I was driving home. I was exhausted and I had to go and I did. Kyra but I didn't really tired and I only really you know what have you ever. Well that's what happened. And I was only my as well as slightly down in my car. And I can't sleep. And I looked around and crashed near the top of a car crash and and I are there. And I had a little highway or I was I didn't know fine. Why do you think hard to stop. And I didn't already know that you're going to love them and all the audience here and you know you know what. And I pray God please car. Please. I mean everything after they are not split like oh my God we're taking time to hurt by that time. And finally the door open and I saw a car and I actually. I'm sorry. And his car was there and wife and I could explain the So how do you think that when it went back. Yes you know and I can see that. And he actually formed and still one big eyes that I passed out. I had the like that and I honestly think a lot of what I said I don't know and the air in the tire and it would turn me out fight beyond. I don't care if I don't know. Few inches to the right. I'll be here today. The taxpayers I mean they can save my life and life saved my life and I have no idea that we give them a life of their life. Do I still have that love for God that I had when I first started spending time with God. Do I feel like hers. I had that I had and they thought I could do what it takes pains to have a better relationship with you. I thought I have a good relationship with you. But you know that experienced is mainly these a time when the woman think about spending more time with him and I burst you know when I first started spending time with God When the Bible through the Web touched me more than anything else. When Jesus was in the garden with me and he was there and how the disciples went to sleep here knowing the story and you know he could have said. But yet both people everybody was first taking him every penny was first making you know. He did it he did it for you and you know that if you have been the only person on it. Or he wouldn't die for you and for me and I thought back on my life even my life earlier. I've been a pastor's wife for many years but I had to go through a rebellion. I just call me a rebellious pastor's wife that's not too cool with that but I had him for a while probably for three or four years when my husband was a pastor. But I want to tell you something my mother was praying for me. I had people praying for me and if your kid's only billion right now and you think there's no hope for them I would tell you that God is speaking to their hearts because all that time. Well I was going through that rebellion I experienced God speaking to me but I didn't listen all the time I wasn't listening. I kind of was listening but not really. It you know that time that that it happened to me but I didn't want to tell you that when you're praying for your kids it just made me go back to that time. But God wants us to have a revival in our lives every one of us and I was right when I was playing yesterday with all those women from around the world realize that every one of us wants a revival we all do. He's a powerful and he wants to dance for us than we can even imagine in our church. You want to do you sing for us. And he's not going to try now I don't even have time to tell you about it but I just want to go with this quote. And you've all heard it before but you can hear it again. A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs to see first whether there was the Ernest hurt to obtain the blessing of the Lord not because God is not willing to be still with blessings upon earth but because we are unprepared to receive it. So first words were unprepared to receive in our heavenly Father if we're going to get his Holy Spirit to them and ask him they're not Ridley parents to give good years to their children that's exciting isn't it. He wants to give the Holy Spirit as one of them to give to our kids but I want to buy confession humiliation returns and her was there to put the conditions upon which God has promised to grant of his blessing and I don't need be expected only in answer to prayer. Then I know that the reason why you guys are all here today is because you love the Lord with all of your heart and you want a revival in your life and you want a revival in your church. So I just wondered if we could all stand right now and give our hearts to God and other times given you kind of are hiding in a greater way and time wise to him because I want to do that on a daily basis myself and I know you do too. And. The time that we need to give him any. He will answer our prayers and you know have a think things happen in your life. Gotta. I just want to thank you for being the only God that you are God or the king of the universe and you're going to do mighty things for us. I will become an ongoing After think and I just praise you for that. Thank you so you got that loves us so much that you say that you're going to listen to die on the cross for us and that's OK. All of us will be caught up in the clouds of glory and not to be caught up in the clouds of glory to God in our families we were the friends we want everybody to go with us we're going to go just ourselves. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU promise that all we have to do is ask and believe that this is a confidence we have and we ask you know that you know this way I ask you have the answers to the petitions we have asked of him you Father God to you in the name in the media with you by audio the website dedicated to spreading God's word and free sermon audio and much more. If you would like to know more about your course if you'd like to leave the W W W.


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