CAN WE KNOW GOD IS REAL?

Nabeel Qureshi, ex-Muslim turned Christian apologist, died in 2017 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. The 34-year-old left behind a wife and two-year-old daughter.

Qureshi published three books, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, and Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward, and No God but One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity.

Qureshi made the official announcement of his cancer diagnosis August 2016.

“This is an announcement that I never expected to make, but God in his infinite and sovereign wisdom has chosen me for this refining, and I pray he will be glorified through my body and my spirit. My family and I have received the news that I had advanced stomach cancer and the prognosis is quite grim,” he said in a Facebook post.

Qureshi continued to share the gospel and updates on his treatment through videos on his social media page.

In the last video before his death, he said he hoped he leaves behind a legacy of love.

“As you consider my ministry, I hope it leaves a message of love, of peace, of truth, of caring for one another,” he says. “Our God is a God of love.”

Listen to Nabeel on “Can We Know if God is Real”.

FROM FORTUNE TELLER TO FAITH IN JESUS

Amanda (not real name) and her husband come from a small Muslim village in Northern China. Amanda had a secret. She was a fortune-teller. Word began to spread that Amanda was exceptionally good at her ‘craft’ of fortune-telling, and people travelled from other villages to ask guidance about their future and seek solutions for their problems. But then Amanda was struck by a mysterious illness. One day she awoke and was unable to move any of her limbs. Her husband rushed her to hospital, but the doctors were unable to diagnose the problem. “I was so afraid,” Amanda recounted. “Somehow I just knew God was punishing me. I knew I must have done something to displease him.” Amanda’s sister was a Christian and visited her in hospital.

She told Amanda, “Jesus is the only Saviour for all mankind.” That night Jesus revealed himself to Amanda in a dream. “In the dream, I was in a taxi and it was very dark outside,” Amanda recalled. “We were driving into complete darkness. Suddenly, three men wearing white robes with radiant light all around them appeared on the right-hand side of the car. I couldn’t see their faces, but they told me it was time for me to make a choice. As quickly as they had appeared, they were gone. “Then two men wearing black robes appeared to the left of the taxi. They approached me and tried to entice me to join them on their side of the car. Something drew me inexplicably to the pure white robes, so I got out on the right-hand side of the taxi.

“I woke from the dream and knew immediately that one of the men in white robes was Jesus, and that I was to follow Him. I prayed right there in my bed and immediately the paralysis left my body. It has never returned.” Miraculously, her husband experienced the same dream months later, and also came to faith. Amanda’s ‘craft’ has been changed by her encounter with Christ. Now, when people come to ask for wisdom and solutions to their problems, Amanda points them towards Jesus. She prays that he will illuminate their lives with his truth and love.  But Amanda’s conversion hasn’t been free of persecution. When her father-in-law found out that she had become a Christian, he lost his temper and began to treat Amanda and her children with contempt.

“On one occasion, I had to go out, so I left my children in the care of their grandparents,” Amanda shared. “When I came back, I found bruises on their faces. My heart just broke.” To this day, Amanda’s children are afraid of staying with their grandparents. In spite of the persecution from her relatives, Amanda continues to share the gospel with others. Many have found the Lord, and up until the coronavirus crisis began, they were meeting once a week to read the Bible and pray together. Even in the hardest places to follow Jesus, his light is continuing to shine through believers just like Amanda.

PROPHETIC DREAMS ABOUT SOON COMING EVENTS IN THE USA.

I am sure that many of you reading this post will have viewed or read about the frightening prophetic dreams which Pastor Dana Coverstone of Living Word Ministries Assemblies of God in Burkesville, Kentucky has shared on YouTube. He spoke about three prophetic dreams he had and their relationship to current as well as near future world events. Many evangelical Christian leaders have commented on the content. From my perspective Coverstone is a longtime pastor who has not previously sought publicity nor does he come across as arrogant [or] trying to build up his ministry. I urge you to watch the video and reach your own conclusion, but I saw no reason to doubt Coverstone’s heart in this video.

INTRODUCTION TO END TIMES SCRIPTURES

This is a great series of eight videos to introduce any one to “End TimesScriptures. Please use them to educate yourself first, then share them with your circle of family and friends. I will share one, with my take on each, over the next eight posts.

Biblical end-times prophecy is like a jigsaw puzzle and all of the pieces must fit together perfectly to reveal God’s bigger picture of redemption. Many believers in Jesus Christ today sense that His return is coming soon. Unfortunately, the subject of His return and the spiritual preparation necessary to weather the coming great apostasy are rarely discussed in churches. God has given us prophetic details and instructions for a purpose and it is time to wake up and pay attention. This 8 session Bible study on the End of the Age is meant to be a warning and a wake-up call to those who profess His name. Session 1 is an introduction which should convict you of the importance of these “End TimesScriptures.

ARE WE TRULY LIVING AS GOD INTENDED?

Consider this verse in Ephesians. Able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.Ephesians 3:20

What about this verse? With the indwelling Holy Spirit Paul tells us “we have the mind of Christ.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ1 Corinthians 2:14-16

How about this verse? We are a new creation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Created for good works that we should walk in them. Are we?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Have you developed a relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Christ made it possible for our Heavenly Father to send the Holy Spirit to indwell your spirit, to be your counsellor, teacher and comforter. Proverbs 20:27 tells us that our spirit was always intended to be the lamp for the Holy Spirit.

“The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.”

Do you grieve the Holy Spirit and or quench His work in your life?

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30

Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19

How important it is to understand that the Holy Spirit is a person with whom you need to relate to, just as you do with Jesus and our Heavenly Father. It is important we understand the roles each of them has, and we operate with them. For example, Jesus taught us to pray to our Heavenly Father and we do so in the name of Jesus. Why? Because Jesus made it possible for us to come back into a father, son/daughter relationship with our Heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit’s role is to produce the Fruit of the Spirit (9) in our lives, to provide the ministry gifts (9) and to sanctify us, to make us like Jesus.

The Holy Spirit will empower us to do the good works we were created in Christ Jesus to do. But just as Jesus said to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane, not my will but yours be done, we likewise need to say to the the Holy Spirit not my will but yours be done this day and everyday until Jesus returns.

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LET’S RESPOND ANEW TO CELEBRATE PENTECOST SUNDAY MAY 31ST

PRAYER: Lord give us a burning desire for souls. Break the bondage of idolatry in our nations, and release heaven’s justice. Help us pray for deep repentance for ourselves first, knowing that it is the way to salvation. Use us as an instrument of intercession to birth revival. Show us how we can participate to bring revival in our own nation. Pour out Your spirit afresh upon us, just like you did on the day of Pentecost. Come like tongues of fire and baptise us in your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

ASK FOR A FRESH OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THIS PENTECOST (SHAVUOT)

As we count down the days to Shavuot, we need to remember what God promised in Acts 2:17-18. It says,In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” God wants to empower us to fulfil Jesus end times command “And this gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

Shavuot marks the time when the Lord gave instruction to His people at Mount Sinai. It was also when the Holy Spirit came in power to equip and empower us to do the work God requires us to do and to ensure that we stay aligned with Him in His Kingdom purposes.

It is time to prepare your heart for something new as Shavuot approaches. The Holy Spirit wants to do a new thing in your life. He is always doing something new, sadly, so often it is chastening. He can do so much more if we desire more of Him.

Pentecost, The Outpouring of Holy Spirit and The Feast of Harvest ...

Are you ready to receive the new thing?

Let us not forget what Jesus reclaimed for us at Passover. God is ready to move us into new levels. Come receive fresh oil and new wine.

REPENT & ASK

Repentance cleanses you, prepares you to move into new levels of faith. Repent of unbelief, doubt, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any false teachings that are operating in your life. He is your counsellor, comforter and teacher. Come into agreement with God’s Word, know He is sovereign in all things.

TRUST & OBEY

The words of the old hymn now come to mind “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”

If you have not already planned to celebrate Shauvot/Pentecost can I suggest you get together with a few of your trusted brothers and sisters in Christ to do so. I am confident He will launch many of you into a new level of service for Him which also means a new level of intimacy with Him.

LET’S JOIN THE USA IN A NATIONAL DAY OF REPENTANCE APRIL 30TH

The goal of Jeff Daly and the National Day of Repentance is to have the political leaders of the USA call for a Day of Repentance.  The United States has not had such a Day for 102 years, since 1918. As Jeff declares, this is needed today more than ever.
April 30 was honoured by President Lincoln in 1863 when, in his third call for a national day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” Lincoln declared: “We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.  We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.”  God saw His people repenting.  Within days, a miracle happened: a Confederate general was shot by his own sentry and was unavailable for the Battle of Gettysburg. The union forces won; the nation was preserved; God’s Plan for the United States was advanced.
April 30 was then honoured by Senator Mark Hatfield, calling for a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer for April 30, 1974.  Hatfield, using Lincoln’s language,  sought a spiritual refocus for the nation stunned by the Watergate debacle.  Hatfield’s motion was unanimous approved by the Senate, but was not picked up by the House; the Day was not held.
April 30 always precedes the USA National Day of Prayer, the first Thursday of May.  Many appreciate having a day of personal repentance, removing old sin patterns, adding Holy Spirit power prior to our national prayers. God protects and heals a nation when He hears from heaven and watches His people, not just pray, but also cry out for Him for His help, as they repent.
” When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:13-14
The move towards repentance is growing.  This Sunday, key leaders including Pastor Bob Perry in Nashville  are holding a “sacred assembly” over the phone line:  3pm CDT/4pm EDT  (515)-604-9774; access code 557346#
 
Next Friday, May 1,  many, from many nations, are signing up to  support the nation of Malawi in a Global Day of Repentance.  www.globalrepent.com
Thus April 30, next Thursday, will be an excellent Repentance Day for all of us. You plus the Lord can have your own repentance day. The Lord has to love it when you and I spend time with the Holy Spirit, repenting. The more we repent, the more we abide in Him.  As we, His Bride, repent we cleanse that much more, ready for His soon coming as the Bridegroom.

AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST

Jesus is returning to this earth to rule and reign for 1000 years. Most of the O.T. prophets were shown a latter days restored Israel with a descendant of King David ruling the nations from His throne in a restored temple in Jerusalem.

The true Biblical Gospel involves much more than us being forgiven of our sins, it also involves us being enlisted into the service of a King that will shortly rule over this earth with complete dominion and authority.

THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM: The extent of the detail given in the Bible on a restored Jerusalem and new temple is inspiring. As well, incredible detail is given on Millennial governance, geography, ecology and healthcare. We also know that Satan is bound for most of the thousand years. He is released at the end and incredibly, he is able to raise an army “whose number is as the sand of the sea” (Revelation 20:8). Even with Jesus ruling and reigning with a rod of iron and the resurrected saints reigning with Him, Satan is still able to raise an army of enormous size. Just as he was able to convince one third of the angels to rebel with him in heaven, sadly, he is similarly successful with the inhabitants of earth during Jesus Millennial reign.

I have felt called to do a power point sermon on the Millennial Reign of Jesus and will make that available shortly here and on http://www.powerpointsermons.net.

GOOD NEWS: GOD’S WAKE UP CALL IS WORKING

Considering the content of my last post, GOD IS FORCING CHURCH TO CHANGE, I was delighted to read the results of the recent Joshua Fund Survey.

A March 20 National Survey indicates that nearly half of the country now believes that the deadly coronavirus pandemic sweeping the Nation and the Globe is a “wake-up callfrom God, and one-third see this as the “last days” foretold by the Bible.  This new key finding was revealed in the Joshua Fund’s survey. According to the survey, some 44% believed that the current pandemic is a “wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God” and “signs of coming judgement,” said the Joshua Fund, a charitable organisation created to mobilise Christians to “bless Israel and her neighbours in the name of Jesus.”

According to Joel Rosenberg, creator of the Joshua Fund, “millions are turning to God, the Bible, and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.”  One-third of respondents of this poll also said they fear the end really is near. The Joshua Fund said that “29% said they believe that this crisis indicates that ‘We are living in what the Bible calls the ‘last days.’”

However, as can be seen from the following chart, 63% of the non Christian respondents said that the crisis has not changed their mind. They still have no interest in God or spiritual matters. Sadly, 50% of Christian respondents said they have no more interest in God or spiritual matters as a result of the pandemic.