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Tonight, in family devotions, I was reading to my kids from a Bible storybook about Cain and Abel. In this author’s rendition of the story, Cain’s offering was rejected because it was not his best, while Abel’s offering was the best he had to give and therefore acceptable to God. I think that somehow this writer missed the entre point of the Biblical story. In fact, I believe the reality is quite the opposite.
Cain’s offering was the fruit of his labor, the work of his own hands. When God rejected it, “Cain was exceedingly angry and his countenance fell” (Gen 4:5). Cain was so frustrated because he had indeed brought his best to God…and yet his best was not good enough. God said, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” “Do well?” Cain must have thought. “I’ve done the best I can do.” Perhaps Cain knew in his heart that he had worked longer and harder than Able ever did. Through sweat, tears and hard manual labor Cain had worked the thorny soil to bring this offering to the Lord. Yet God was pleased with Abel’s gift and not his own. Cain could not understand and soon his frustration boiled over into murderous rage.
Dear Partners in the Harvest,
Here are the results of last week’s Gospel Crusade in Otukpo, Idoma Land, Nigeria: Our Africa-Director informed us that last week 713,590 people responded to the Gospel, received Jesus as their Savior and completed a Decision Card. This crusade was our “out of season-crusade”, because it took place in the Rainy Season, but as you can see, the Lord held back the rain and gave us a full harvest. All Praise be to God!
“Oh, that someone would give me water to drink,” sighed King David, “from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!” When three soldiers overheard his wishful musing they reached for their swords and disappeared into the night. They had not been commanded to act and were under no obligation to do so, but driven by a force more compelling then any duty call – love for their King – they broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew out the water and brought it to David.
David was so touched by this exploit that he could not bring himself to drink the water…instead he poured it out before the Lord. It wasn’t the risk they had taken that impressed him. Soldiers were all required to risk their lives, but this was different. They did not do this for Israel, for Judah, for the war or even for the battle. This was a personal offering for David and certainly the most costly gift he had ever been given.
If you were suffering from terrible, chronic headaches and you went to see your doctor, he might write a prescription for something like Fioricet. “Don’t worry,” he’d say. “There’s a pill for that problem.”
If you had high blood pressure, the doctor might prescribe something like Benazepril. “There’s a pill for that problem too.”
If you were suffering from anxiety, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder, he might prescribe something like Prozac. For every problem he has a pill. And if that pill causes another problem…don’t worry, he has a pill for that problem as well.
We have just returned from the final meeting of this Gospel Campaign here in Otukpo, Nigeria. Even though this is our rainy season campaign, the Lord held back the rain and we had a full and uninterrupted harvest. Tonight the attendance climbed to 280,000. I preached the Gospel and then prayed for the sick and pronounced a blessing over Idoma land.
One lady who was healed from diabetes yesterday brought her report from the doctor confirming her testimony. Then she told me, “I am a Muslim.” When I asked if she knew who had healed her she shouted, “JESUS!” Then she told the crowd, she would follow Jesus the rest of her life. We see in these meetings how salvation, healing, deliverance and Holy Spirit Fire all converge under one heading…The Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are all a part of the same glorious gift that God offers to “whosoever will.”
I feel at a loss for words to describe what happened tonight. It seemed to me as if Heaven came to earth. God’s glory invaded that crusade ground in such an extraordinarily powerful way. Tonight after the prayer for salvation, the Holy Spirit descended and thousands were filled to overflowing. Many began to speak with other tongues as the Holy Spirit gave utterance. Demon possessed people were set free. Miracles of healing began to take place and others fell to the ground under the power of God…it was holy chaos! The Holy Spirit spoke to me to break the curses, and as I did, the crowd erupted in dancing, singing and shouting. All the pastors on the platform began to dance. It was genuine, uninhibited, undignified, and spontaneous rejoicing. I’m sure that all of Heaven was dancing with us, as long-awaited Jubilee came to Idoma land.
Another mighty harvest of souls has just come in. The crowd grew again to 220,000 and the atmosphere was electric. We are all basking in the afterglow of what God has done right before our very eyes. Tonight I told the people, “Righteousness exalts a nation…” The hand of the Lord will lift up any nation, tribe or people that will repent and turn to Him. This happened tonight in epic fashion. The Lord not only saved but also healed multitudes of people.
Tonight we heard many incredible testimonies from deaf people that were healed…including children. A couple of them were deaf since birth – one for the last 11 years. Tonight their ears popped open, and they were instantly healed.
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, and tonight that power invaded the crusade field again bringing a torrent of salvation and healing. The crowd grew to 200,000, and as they prayed the prayer of salvation, there was such evident passion and sincerity. The sound of their voices seemed to shake the earth, and I must admit, I was very moved as well.
Then the Holy Spirit began to move in miracle power…
It’s rainy season here in Nigeria, and torrential downpours are commonplace. Holding open-air meetings in such conditions is a risky business, but we are determined to snatch a million souls out from under the nose of the Devil. Tonight, in spite of heavy afternoon thunderstorms, more than 125,000 people turned out for the very first meeting of this Great Gospel Campaign here in the city of Otukpo. It is clear that there is an insatiable hunger for the Gospel that will not be denied.
The sense of expectancy was palpable as Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke took the microphone to preach. He spoke about, “The Mirror of God”, from the book of Exodus 38:8 and explained that the Word of God is a mirror that allows us to see our uncleanness when we look into it. The message of the Gospel rang out as clear as a bell; sin and salvation, repentance and faith. The response was overwhelming and many thousands were born again into the family of God.