Shallow Christian?

P1250034 copyP1240982 copy P1250040 copyThere is a depth available in God that those who hunger for God will find! The Lord said, “Seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all of your heart” There is a condition to finding Him, there is a condition for the satisfaction of our souls in God. The condition is; “When you seek Me with all of your heart.” The Lord leaves very little, in fact no room for complacency in that statement. There is a wonderful promise, lavish and abundant in the Lord, He has given us great access to Himself, but the access is through faith and perseverance. He has invited us into a wonderful wrestling match, a wrestling match with Himself! We see the results of these wrestling matches in those who would not give up all throughout the scriptures. And this invitation resounds again and again; it is the call to return to the knowledge of God. It is deep calling unto deep!

There are a lot of practical things that we can do in response to this invitation from God: pray, fast, read the Bible, read a certain chapter or certain verses in the Bible over and over for a dedicated period of time, RWSSP, pray in tongues for extended periods of time, daily set aside time to meet God, turn on anointed praise and worship not simply to listen to but to get lost in God’s Presence with. So many helpful tips, but we just have to do it! Stop considering the idea of seeking God and start!!!

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, and those who come to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Exciting adventures and encounters with God await those who will diligently seek Him! So what are we waiting for, what hinders us from getting lost in the Beauty of this Man? King David said, “One thing I have desired of the Lord”. Could this be a key to depth in God we are missing today? Are we hindered by the fact that we desire more than One thing? Is our divided heart hindered by distractions from being able to pursue the knowledge of God?

I am presently focusing on our responsibility to seek after God. Initially and throughout our walk with the Lord it is the Father who draws us to the Son (John 6:44), but once we are in we need to begin to actively pursue Him. We are not going to go into deeper encounter with Jesus Christ by sitting in front of our computers looking at Facebook all day. Neither will we go deeper by sitting in front of television. Maybe neither of these are a distraction for you, whatever it is, if there is something that is an escape in your life that you run after instead of the beauty of Jesus, it will hinder your experience in God. I’m not being legalistic I am being realistic! You don’t get to know someone by being distracted with everything else but him. Much of the impurity that we face in our hearts is not simply sexual; it is diluted desire. Desire that is not “One thing” oriented is not pure. This is a pretty strong message that I wish I could say I am living out perfectly, but God’s word calls us to it. I am sharing partly from my experience but primarily from a need in my own heart for encounter with God that longs for whole-heartedness, for the sake of knowing Him.

Sometimes what distract us are those things that are gain to us. Sometimes it’s just the passion and drive to make a name for ourselves, to be recognized; building our own kingdom. Serving ourselves instead of the Lord. Serving ourselves instead of others.

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:7-14

I believe that there are people alive today that are embodying this message, not that they are perfect but if you cut them the will bleed out pure unadulterated passion for Jesus. They have willingly laid down earthly treasures, reputation, and legitimate pleasures for the sake of knowing Jesus. As Paul said in Philippians 3 “I count all things as loss for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” I can remember seasons of my life when I so desired to know God that I lay down many things to position myself to encounter God as much as possible. I would pray the prayers that people were afraid to pray, “God send your fire”, understanding that His refining would prepare me to go deeper into His Presence. Still today, I ask God for patience, humility and all of those things. I know people are joking often times when they talk about not praying those kinds of prayers, because of the means that God uses to produce that fruit in us, but I am not joking when I say that I do pray those kinds of prayers.

But I admit that I have not been taking full advantage of the resounding invitation to go deeper, I’m not saying either that I have given up the search, but I am aware of great weakness in this area in my life. We cannot depend on yesterday’s encounters with God; we need to press on toward the upward call of God in Christ.

How to Steward Hunger

For some time around February and March of this year, 2014, the Lord had been convicting me that I was not being a wise steward of my time, spending more than I should on Facebook. I am not saying by that that I was spending hours on it, but that I was spending more time than was productive. God was convicting me that I should not read status after status that my friends posted and I did not need to check continually throughout the day to see if somebody had commented on my status or liked it. Since the 21 Days of prayer and fasting the Prayer Furnace did back in April and into May I have experienced an awakening of hunger in my heart for the Lord. I looked back after this awakening in my heart and was amazed at how dull I had grown, or as they would say in Puerto Rico, how “pasmao” I had been. Amazing how 1-2 compiled hours of social media affected my hunger and desire for God! I still loved Jesus and served him and prayed. But I realized that my prayer life had been negatively impacted. I found that the things distracting me actually hindered my experience with God, at which point I shifted how I used my time.

Hunger for God has to be stewarded. If we do not act on the desires to “draw near to God” then not only will we miss out on the encounter that was available for that moment but also we will quench that desire. The more we act on the desire to pursue God the more that desire and joy will increase in our hearts. We can actually direct our appetites. That is why some foods are acquired tastes. When I was vegan some years back due to reading some health books I stopped eating processed foods and sweets. I began to loose the taste for unhealthy things that used to really enjoy and began to enjoy foods that I used to dislike, like carrots, I found them to be very sweet and still like them to this day although I am not a vegan anymore. The problem that many of us face is that we trained our appetites according to the love of the world. We have a hard time enjoying the Bible because we are so full with so many other things. We eat 5 bags of Dorito chips and then are disillusioned when we cannot find enjoyment in the 5-star restaurant. David meditated on the Word of God continually and he said about it, “How sweet are your words to my taste, they are sweeter than honey…” Try it! Began to read and meditate upon the word of God, pick a Psalm, the Gospel of John, or the Book of the Acts of the Apostles and read it over and over! You will find that you will begin to enjoy it more and more!

There are a lot of things that can distract believers that are not sinful “per se.” The word pleasure is not a bad word and does not equate sin. Eating a delicious Chipotle Veggie Bowl with guacamole on it is very pleasurable. It’s also healthy! Playing a sport, winning a game, watching a play, spending time with family and friends all of these things are good. Even watching a wholesome movie… you know, one of those movies that actually uphold Godly values rather than violence, sensuality, witchcraft, profanity and things that we sometimes think that since we are not actually doing them it is somehow ok to watch them… Oh, excuse me… I am now stepping off of my soapbox. J Back to what I was sharing, there are actually things that are pleasurable and not sinful. Some term these “legitimate pleasures” because they are things that are good for followers of Christ to engage in.

With all that has been said, I have to say, a pleasure that is not technically sin is not “legitimate” if it takes our gaze away from our Beloved. In other words idolatry does not belong on a list of “legitimate pleasures”. Television does not equal sin but idolatry does. If idolatry is in your equation with television (or fill in the blank), then there is a problem. Some for the sake of comfort will allow for things in their lives that are actually destructive to them. The love of the world truly is enmity with God. For the sake of comfort Lot moved his family in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13:5-13). Comfort is not bad, but if it is at the expense of nearness to God, than it is not worth it. It’s time for the high places, the altars of comfort, to be torn down in our nation, in the church.

One of the things that feed boredom most in our days is the entertainment industry. I can remember sitting in front of a television for hours on Saturdays while growing up and those TV programs were powerless to deal with the boredom that I was trying to escape. Boredom is the fruit of idleness; it is the evidence of barrenness (fruitlessness). Distraction cannot cure purposelessness; it can only increase it. Right now I am mostly speaking about a heart posture with which we sometimes go to entertainment. I understand that not every time a movie is watched that what I am describing is taking place; however I do believe that too often the details of this description are the reality. Lack of faith and lack of diligence (diligence – disciplines motivated by purpose) I believe are among the greatest hindrances to seeking God and to doing so with joy.

He Rewards those who Diligently Seek Him!

We see the results of “with all of your heart” kind of joyful seeking in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Elisha, Mary of Bethany and many others that we look up to from the scriptures. These men and women did not give up! If they found they were off track they would get right back on and continue to seek God. They sought His Presence, His blessing, His promise, His rewards, His face, but it all pointed to Him! Jacob wrestled with God for blessing, he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” I want to seek all of God, His face, His hands, everything!

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”

Hebrews 11:6

This verse tells us about something that pleases God. Faith! I have found that often times I encounter God according to the level of expectation, faith, with which I come to Him. I did not say that I encounter God a certain way that I expected to, but that I encountered Him according to the level of faith I go before Him with. When I decide that I am going to set time aside to encounter God I am not trying to fulfill a quota of quite time, I am going in with “One thing” in mind.

Encounter-less times of prayer should not be an option for us. I believe that we need to set our expectation to meet God high, I don’t want to be satisfied with an intellectual experience that my 21st-century-brain can wrap around. I want 1 Corinthians 2:9-12! I want an experience with God that requires the spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to enter into. I believe that tonight the Lord is calling us to return to Him. We have seen that nothing else has satisfied or can satisfy.

The last verses from Jeremiah 29 spoke hope to the Jews in captivity, but I believe reveal to us an aspect of God’s heart and reveal a principle that endures to this day. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord…” Let us return to the Lord! Let us seek Him with all of our hearts!

But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-12

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“For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Jeremiah 2:13

“Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.”

Hosea 6:1-3

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”

Jeremiah 29:11-14

Impromptu Song 1: Deep Things

Recently I recorded a spontaneous song and considered deleting it after I had recorded it. Someone encouraged me to keep it and so I did. The pastor of Revival Scene Community Church in Lynchburg, VA, suggested that I began to post improvised songs online and I liked the idea. So here we are, the first of many of these songs.

I named the song “Deep Things” in reference to 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 It is my desire to experience the deep things of God, the deep things that the Holy Spirit searches out and reveals. Enjoy this song, Deep Things.

RivahFest Trip Report

On Saturday June 21, 2014 a small team from the Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace went to RivahFest in Tappahanok, VA to worship the Lord and lead others in worship from the Gospel Stage at the Festival! The Lord began to move during the time in Tappahanok and as a result many were healed and transformed by the Power and Presence of God! Below is a video with testimonies and pictures from our time there!

(Music on video is by Kim Hager who led the team)

Puerto Rico Summer 2014 Update

The second part of the trip in Puerto Rico was very powerful! I had a great time with my family in Corozal and went to a beach in the northwest corner of the island. Azaryah and I had some good times of prayer during that time and returned to the church in Rio Grande 3 days later to film interviews of Azaryah and I that they would air on their TV program, as well as film us playing music together. This was an awesome opportunity that the Lord gave us and an awesome thing about it is that the Lord had told me about it before we went down to Puerto Rico. I had the opportunity to share several testimonies of the Power of God to encourage viewers and give Glory to God! He alone is Worthy of Praise! P12407102014-06-04 14.52.52

The same night after we had filmed for the TV program I had the opportunity to preach at the church’s youth meeting. It was a good time and I especially enjoyed to see God move and heal as the youth prayed for one another. After I had preached and ministered on the violin I had the youth pray for those who were in pain and a young man’s knee was healed. For some weeks he had been unable to bend his knee without pain and had been unable to kneel. After one of the young people prayed for him he was able to bend his knee and move it around painlessly! Praise the Lord!!!
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The following day, the retreat for which I had gone to Puerto Rico begin. Azaryah and I taught two workshops and I had the opportunity to preach the last session of the retreat. The Lord moved throughout the whole retreat and there was a wonderful freedom to worship the Lord and enjoy His Presence! During that last session there was such grace for preaching on me that I ended up preaching a lot longer than I realized. Sadly since the time flew by I did not realize that I had run out of time for an altar call. The Lord moved anyway and I know that he had His way!
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Throughout the whole trip I witnessed and heard testimonies from those we ministered to that were the fulfillment of some of the things that we had been praying into for that trip. We saw hearts awakened to the Lord, bodies healed and several young people be delivered of bondage in their lives!
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After the retreat, Azaryah and I ministered again at the church on Sunday morning with our instruments (Cello and Violin). The service that morning was great and we continued on to get some lunch afterward. That afternoon we went to pray for an elderly lady that had been sick. When we arrived all her children but one had met at her house to pray for her also. It turned out to be a powerful time divinely appointed by the Lord! We all worshipped the Lord together and prayed for the elderly woman. Madeline, the wife and mother of the family that hosted Azaryah and I, felt that we should also pray for the children of the elderly woman that were there with us. When we did the Holy Spirit begin to minister deeply to them! They were weeping as the Holy Spirit was coming upon them. They shared with me after the whole ministry time that the words that we had given them and all that took place was the answer to months if not years of prayer. It was a time of reconciliation and forgiveness in the family! Praise the Lord! I love divine appointment like these!
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I was invited to speak at the youth retreat for the church and so I will be flying back in the end of July! 2014 Puerto Rico Trip to be continued!

Arrebatando La Doble Porción!

photo-2¿Cuántos queremos la doble porción? Y cuántos estamos dispuestos a pagar el costo de la doble porción? Cuando pensamos en la unción y la doble porción, a veces oramos y le pedimos a el Señor por esa unción. Ayunamos y nos consagramos por 10, 21, o 40 días esperando que esa doble porción se manifieste en nuestras vidas. Muchos han orado, ayunado, y han buscado al Señor por cierto tiempo y se han desilusionado cuando no han experimentado los resultados deseados. Pero si verdaderamente entendemos qué es lo que estamos pidiendo, entenderíamos que esta búsqueda no se acaba cuando recibimos la porción que queríamos, sino que continúa por el resto de nuestras vidas.

No deseamos simplemente una cosa, sino una Persona. Queremos más y más de la persona de Cristo en nuestras vidas. No solo algo que nos da poder, sino alguien que está con nosotros. Alguien quien nos protege, alguien quien nos guía, alguien quien nos sana, alguien quien nos ama, alguien quien nos cambia, alguien quien merece todo nuestro ser. Alguien a quien nosotros no sustentamos, pero quien nos sustenta a nosotros! Cuando Dios nos llena, nosotros no lo sostenemos a Él, Él nos sostiene a nosotros!

Esta búsqueda por la doble porción, por la unción de el Espíritu Santo, nunca se acaba. ¡Dios nos ha atrapado en esta búsqueda!  Y seguiremos yendo de gloria en Gloria. Tenemos que seguir buscando de Él y no soltarlo hasta que nos bendiga. Me viene a la mente, a demás de Eliseo recibiendo el manto de Elías, este ejemplo Bíblico: Jacob recibiendo la bendición del  Ángel de Jehová. En estos dos ejemplos Bíblicos vemos que Jacob y Eliseo no estaban dispuestos a darse por vencidos hasta que recibieran lo que Dios tenía para cada uno de ellos. Jacob no soltó al Ángel de Jehová y Eliseo no dejó a Elías.

¡Jacob recibió una doble porción de bendición! La primera fue con engaño, pero la segunda fue peleando. Y no fue peleando con cualquier persona, sino peleando  con Dios! Primeramente él le compró la primogenitura a su hermano Esaú con un plato de lentejas rojas (Génesis 25:29-34). Pero más tarde con la ayuda de su mamá, engañó a su papá Isaac para recibir la bendición que él le iba a dar a Esaú. Jacob estaba determinado a recibir bendición y prosperidad, trabajó por 14 años para tener sus esposas Lea y Raquel, y trabajó 6 años por el ganado. Cuando se iba a ir, juntó el ganado de tal manera que se fue de la tierra de su tío Labán rico. Trabajó veinte años para su tío y Dios lo bendijo de acuerdo con la bendición de su padre Isaac.  Cuando regresó a la tierra de su padre Isaac, Dios le visitó en Peniel.

Genesis 25:29-34

29 Cierto día, Jacob preparó un guiso, y Esaú, que volvía del campo, cansado, 30 le dijo a Jacob: «Por favor, dame a comer de ese guiso rojo, que estoy muy cansado.» Por eso fue llamado Edom.[a] 31 Y Jacob le respondió: «Pues véndeme hoy tu primogenitura.» 32 Esaú dijo: «¿Y para qué me sirve la primogenitura, si estoy a punto de morir?» 33 Jacob le dijo: «Pues júramelo hoy mismo.» Y Esaú le hizo un juramento a Jacob, y le vendió su primogenitura. 34 Entonces Jacob le dio a Esaú pan y el guiso de lentejas, y Esaú comió y bebió; luego se levantó y se fue. Así fue como Esaú menospreció la primogenitura.

Génesis 28:1-5, 

1  Entonces Isaac llamó a Jacob, y lo bendijo, y le mandó diciendo: No tomes mujer de las hijas de Canaán. 2 Levántate, ve a Padan-aram, a casa de Betuel, padre de tu madre, y toma allí mujer de las hijas de Labán, hermano de tu madre. 3 Y el Dios omnipotente te bendiga, y te haga fructificar y te multiplique, hasta llegar a ser multitud de pueblos; 4 y te dé la bendición de Abraham, y a tu descendencia contigo, para que heredes la tierra en que moras, que Dios dio a Abraham. 5 Así envió Isaac a Jacob, el cual fue a Padan-aram, a Labán hijo de Betuel arameo, hermano de Rebeca madre de Jacob y de Esaú.

Genesis 32:22-31

Jacob lucha con el ángel en Peniel

22 Y se levantó aquella noche, y tomó sus dos mujeres, y sus dos siervas, y sus once hijos, y pasó el vado de Jaboc. 23 Los tomó, pues, e hizo pasar el arroyo a ellos y a todo lo que tenía. 24 Así se quedó Jacob solo; y luchó con él un varón hasta que rayaba el alba. 25 Y cuando el varón vio que no podía con él, tocó en el sitio del encaje de su muslo, y se descoyuntó el muslo de Jacob mientras con él luchaba. 26 Y dijo: Déjame, porque raya el alba. Y Jacob le respondió: No te dejaré, si no me bendices. 27 Y el varón le dijo: ¿Cuál es tu nombre? Y él respondió: Jacob. 28 Y el varón le dijo: No se dirá más tu nombre Jacob, sino Israel;[b]porque has luchado con Dios y con los hombres, y has vencido. 29 Entonces Jacob le preguntó, y dijo: Declárame ahora tu nombre. Y el varón respondió: ¿Por qué me preguntas por mi nombre? Y lo bendijo allí. 30 Y llamó Jacob el nombre de aquel lugar, Peniel;[c] porque dijo: Vi a Dios cara a cara, y fue librada mi alma. 31 Y cuando había pasado Peniel, le salió el sol; y cojeaba de su cadera.

Lo que le dijo el Ángel a Jacob fue, “27 Y el varón le dijo: ¿Cuál es tu nombre? Y él respondió: Jacob. 28 Y el varón le dijo: No se dirá más tu nombre Jacob, sino Israel;[b]porque has luchado con Dios y con los hombres, y has vencido.” Jacob no se iba a dar por vencido, no le importó que podía morir a manos de su hermano por quitarle la bendición, o que Labán su tío lo haya engañado varias veces, o que estaba peleando con un varón celestial!!! Jesús dijo, “Desde los días de Juan el Bautista hasta ahora, el reino de los cielos sufre violencia, y los violentos lo arrebatan” (Mateo 11:12). Jacob perseveró, el luchó con Dios y con los hombres, y venció! En el reino de Dios hay que ser “ afrentaó”, afrentaó por las cosas de el Señor! Pablo le dijo a los Corintios que desearan ardientemente los dones de el Espíritu Santo (1 Cor. 12:31). Wow! Ardientemente!!! Hay que desear las cosas de el reino de Dios, y es bueno desearlas!

El Señor dijo a través de el profeta Malaquías que El aborrecía a Esaú, pero amaba a Jacob (Malaquías 1). ¿Qué produjo este amor por Jacob? Jacob mintió y engaño varias veces. ¿Qué hizo que Dios estuviese tan agradado con él?  Porque Jacob era un “afrentaó”.  Esaú estaba distraído con cosas temporales, mas Jacob estaba distraído con cosas eternas. Dios había, por decir, preparado un flan bien rico pero Esaú quería un twinky viejo. Jacob reconocía el valor de las cosas celestiales que el Padre, nuestro Padre había preparado, y por eso no estaba satisfecho con el “twinky” viejo, y haría cualquier cosa para tener ese pedazo de flan rico que el Padre preparó con gran amor. Jacob valoraba lo que Dios valoraba, hasta hizo trampa para recibir eso que grandemente deseaba, arriesgó su vida, quitándole esa bendición a su hermano quien la menospreció. Claro, no es que seamos tramposos, pero que ardientemente deseemos la doble porción.

Jacob luchó con hombres para recibir esa doble porción. Pero por afrentaó, luchó con Dios para obtener más todavía! La bendición que le dio su padre no era solamente recursos naturales, sino el favor de Dios y la responsabilidad de que Jesús viniera de su linaje!!! Mateo 11:12 Desde los días de Juan el Bautista hasta ahora, el reino de los cielos sufre violencia, y los violentos lo arrebatan.”

Hebreos 11:14-16 dice, “Porque los que esto dicen, caramente dan a entender que buscan una patria; pues si hubiesen estado pensando en aquella de donde salieron, ciertamente tenían tiempo de volver. Per anhelaban una mejor, esto es, celestial; por lo cual Dios no se avergüenza de llamara Dios de ellos; porque les ha preparado una ciudad.” Dios se deleita en aquellos que creen que el verdaderamente recompensa y recompensa grandemente. Hebreos 11:6 dice que sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios, y cuando venimos antes de El debemos creer que El es, y que el recompensa a aquellos quienes lo buscan diligentemente.

En Hebreos 10 de el versículo 32 al 39, el autor de Hebreos exhorta al pueblo de Dios a no darse por vencido!

Hebreos 10:32-39

32 Pero traed a la memoria los días pasados, en los cuales, después de haber sido iluminados, sostuvisteis gran combate de padecimientos; 33 por una parte, ciertamente, con vituperios y tribulaciones fuisteis hechos espectáculo; y por otra, llegasteis a ser compañeros de los que estaban en una situación semejante. 34 Porque de los presos también os compadecisteis, y el despojo de vuestros bienes sufristeis con gozo, sabiendo que tenéis en vosotros una mejor y perdurable herencia en los cielos. 35 No perdáis, pues, vuestra confianza, que tiene grande galardón; 36 porque os es necesaria la paciencia, para que habiendo hecho la voluntad de Dios, obtengáis la promesa. 37 Porque aún un poquito, Y el que ha de venir vendrá, y no tardará. 38 Mas el justo vivirá por fe; Y si retrocediere, no agradará a mi alma. 39 Pero nosotros no somos de los que retroceden para perdición, sino de los que tienen fe para preservación del alma.

¿Cuál fue la victoria de Jacob y de muchos que le agradaron al Señor? Continuó hasta recibir la promesa!!! Tenemos que desear las cosas del Señor mas que cualquier cosa de este mundo! No nos demos por vencidos y arrebatemos la doble porción!

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I’m in Puerto Rico!!! Trip Updates and Prayer Requests

Ministry Trip to Puerto Rico (First Few Days)

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The Lord has already been on the move as we have been in Puerto Rico. This past Friday, my friend Azaryah and I came to Puerto Rico to minister at a church, visit family, and minister at a retreat! We have had the opportunity to visit El Yunque, swim in the beach, play music, explore old town San Juan, and more things. We had the privilege, while we were working with the church our first 3 days in Puerto Rico, of staying with a wonderful family who love the Lord. Now we are in Corozal, my mother’s hometown, with my uncle’s family. It is so good to be with my family and I know that the Lord has something in store for them, already this morning as I was praying and praising God the Lord let me see that there were angels all over the garage where I was praying! I am excited to see all that the Lord will do! I want to focus on some of the highlights of the trip so far and also let you know how you can be praying for us.

Milagro de Amor

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The church that I am co-laboring with in Puerto Rico, Iglesia Bautista Bethel, holds a special miracle service about once a month called, Milagro de Amor (Miracle of Love). Throughout the years of holding this service God has done mighty miracles and they have witnessed people being healed of cancer, even one testimony that I can remember, a person being raised from the dead. Azaryah and I joined the worship team with our instruments and experienced the power of God moving through the music. At one point during the service a lady came up to me and testified about a miracle of healing that she had experienced back in the summer of 2010 when Jon Shinkle and I prayed for her. Here is the testimony that we wrote from our experience that year and she testified that she has been well since that day, “One had intense spasms in both of her shoulders and she said she felt like she had heavy blocks on her shoulders; but when we prayed, the Lord completely healed her and took all the pain away! Praise God! She said she felt like she had been completely renewed, and the next day she told us she was able to sleep that night with no pain or discomfort!” Testimonies are always so exciting! God is worthy of recognition, remembrance and praise!

Visiting San Juan

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When we visited San Juan in the afternoon I was longing to play some music there on my violin to release the sounds of heaven that shift the atmosphere and usher in the blessing of God, as well as to enjoy the time of playing music! Because we would be walking around for a while I decided against carrying my violin all over San Juan and at times regretted the decision when I saw great spots to play music. I had a great time hanging out with friends, from Puerto Rico, some newly met. Finally at the end of the night around 9pm we went back to the cars where I would meet my cousin to come to Corozal. I decided then that I could play some music briefly before we left so I grabbed my violin and when I found a quite place that did not have other music I decided I would play there. Suddenly I began to hear young people singing and playing the guitar. It sounded like worship to me! And it was!!! They joyously invited me to join them when they saw me carrying an instrument and I gladly joined them!!! It was such a powerful time and I got to do what I was longing to do, worship Jesus with my violin and release the sounds of heaven!!!

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Now I am in Corozal with my family and I am expecting great things! Lord move mightily and touch my family with Your Love, fill them with Hope in You!

Prayer Points for This Time of Ministry in Puerto Rico

On the plane to Puerto Rico the Lord said to me, “Watch and see what I will do”. This message from the Lord encouraged me greatly and produced worship in my heart! I believe that part of this message that God gave me is an exhortation for me to Watch which in the scriptures often has to do with prayer and waiting upon the Lord. I want to invite you into this Watch for Puerto Rico.

The things that I believe that God has assigned us to reap in Puerto Rico as well as to labor (Watch) for is: Awakening, Healing, and Deliverance. God has sent us to reap that which we have not sown and to sow that others may reap (John 4:38). Awakening – People’s hearts returning to the Lord, to seek Him with all that they are! This happens as the Word of God runs swiftly and is glorified. Healing – I believe that God wants to heal physical bodies and produce joy and rejoicing in the hearts of His people as He reveals His Power and Love! Deliverance – I believe that God wants to set people free from every weight: depression, loneliness, negative mindsets, belief that God is disappointed with us, not trusting in His love for us or others, and more. And to set people free from the sin that easily entangles: addictions, sexual immorality, bitterness and more.

Spiritual Breakthroughs to pray into:

  • Awakening (Pray: 2 Thessalonians 3:1, Colossians 4:3-4, Romans 10:17)
  • Healing (Pray: Isaiah 53, Mark 16:15-18, Matthew 8:3)
  • Deliverance (Pray: Isaiah 61, Psalm 139:23-24, Romans 12:1-2)

Events to pray for: I will be in Puerto Rico for another week and will be ministering to youth on Wednesday night, preaching at the retreat as well as ministering through the violin, and then on Sunday not sure what it will look like.

Other things to pray for:

  • That the Lord will protect us spiritually and physically, and give us strength and peace as we travel and minister (Psalm 91)
  • For the “Greater Works” (John 14:12)
  • That the Lord will bless my family with His touch (Joshua 24:15, Hebrews 1:14)
  • That the Lord will touch hearts and will transform lives (John 3)
  • That God would give me the words to speak when I preach, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and the ease to express in Spanish what the Lord shares with me! (Pray: 2 Thessalonians 3:1, Colossians 4:3-4, Romans 10:17)
  • That the believers we come in contact with through ministry or divine appointments will be encouraged in their faith and empowered to live in greater surrender before the Lord! (Ephesians 4:29)
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To the Fame of His Name!
Sebastian Angulo

Look what the Lord has Done! Awaken the Dawn 2014

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Outreach at a park during Awaken the Dawn

I have barely caught up on all that took place at Awaken the Dawn and here I am now writing about new experiences in God! I am currently writing about what the Lord is doing in Puerto Rico! I will give you some quick highlights from ATD and then move on to what is happening now! I was blessed with the opportunity to preach during one of the morning sessions at Awaken the Dawn! Ronnette Cooper and I shared a session Friday morning where we taught on prophecy and healing. To view the video recording of that session click here or visit http://www.awakenthedawn.net/webstream and look for the Friday morning session! There were so many testimonies of healing taking place that morning and throughout the rest of the conference. One family friend was healed of a painful digestive condition where her stomach was in pain every time she ate and after. She was healed of the pain Friday morning of the conference and from that point on did not experience the terrible pain when she would eat! Glory to God! I also had the privilege of leading a young man to the Lord who had been dabbling in the occult. I would love to share the experience in more detail some time but will say that after he gave his life to the Lord and repented of his sins (the occult, addiction, and other sins), the Lord healed him of a terrible pain that he had been experiencing on his side. I felt pain on that same side while I prayed for him and I knew that it was demonic, but the Lord delivered him and as he was overcome by the power of God on the floor he testified that all of the pain was completely gone!!!

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About a hundred people went out to preach the Gospel all around the city of Fredericksburg, below are some of the testimonies of healing and salvation during that outreach!

 

God Moves Across Virginia!

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God is Good! His lovingkindness is everlasting! I praise God for all that He has done in my life in the past years and last couple of months! I want to catch you up on some of what the Lord has been doing and testimonies of healing!!! Also I want to let you know about Awaken the Dawn! It’s coming up! 

Awake VA Tour
In the second week of April a team from the Prayer Furnace traveled to various university campuses across Virginia preaching the Gospel and ministering to students! We also ministered to various groups: praying groups and churches. We had such a good time seeing the Lord move and use us! In UVA we were able to preach the Gospel to over a hundred students while we were doing an outreach! On the grounds of UVA we went to the amphitheater to play music and worship Jesus. Over a hundred students were gathered in the area where the music and what was shared from that stage could be heard clearly. It is amazing how the acoustics work in an amphitheater. So we took advantage of the position and were able to share the Good News!!!
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I was blessed with the opportunity to minister to a group of women in Charlottesville along with some of the ladies in our team. I was able to minister with the violin over every woman there and afterward because of lack of time preached probably one of the shortest messages I have ever preached! Praise God it was powerful!
One night as I ministered on the violin over a lady that had scoliosis, the tightness and pressure left her back! I came to find out later when someone shared with me what she had told them about her experience! God is Good!
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One of my favorite things about this Tour was how the Lord spoke to us through dreams and led us! I can think of at least 4 dreams, off the top of my head, that the Lord gave us and as we went we would see their fulfillment.
In Virginia Tech we saw well over 15 manifestations of healing in different students!!! It was amazing! One of them is a football player for Virginia Tech. After he was healed, he began to pray for many other students and God was healing them! Some of his teammates that were there that night said that they would share these testimonies with the football team there!!!
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So many wonderful things happened! I had the opportunity to preach the Gospel at VCU in a large area with a compass on the floor that they call a “freedom of speech zone.” As I began to feel from the Lord that I should preach the Gospel someone who did not know what I was sensing asked me to stand in the very middle of the compass and play my violin. There must have been over 40 people that sat through the message and heard the Good News! God is Good! We were able to engage with many in conversation and share the Love of Jesus!
Healing Testimonies!
At the Prayer Furnace we have been praying in this season especially for the power of God to began to manifest more in healing! We began to pray for different members of our community that need healing! One person that we were praying a lot for was Sarah. She had been fighting disease for many years and some years back found out that she had lymes disease. We visited her house almost on a weekly basis to pray for her healing. She was at a point that it was hard for her to even walk. We kept going in faith and praying for her during prayer meetings. Almost a month back the Lord broke in!!! While she was praying with her husband one Monday night the power of God fell on them and she began to shout, praise and jump up and down! The doctors did not know if there was any hope and she had had a seizure that could have killed her less than a week before the breakthrough. But God had His way in her body! The next time I saw her I was shocked at how much energy she was displaying!!! She has experienced that over 80% of the symptoms have ceased since that breakthrough!!! Praise the Lord!!!
Another person in our community that had been sick and we had been praying for was scheduled for a surgery this week. When she showed up for the surgery they opened her up and the problem they were going in to fix was not there!!! The doctor was shocked and said that they had never seen something like that! The doctor said, “There must have been a lot of people praying!” God is good!
Prayer Room 2014
During our Prophecy and Healing Service in the prayer room this past Tuesday night 2 people experienced relief in their bodies that had been having a lot of tension in their necks and shoulders. One shared that they had been having a hard time breathing and that in order to relax her body she always had to take medications. But as she sat receiving prayer she began to feel the muscles throughout her body relaxing. She knew that the Holy Spirit had touched her!!! Praise the Lord!
Awaken the Dawn!
I want to invite you to come to Awaken the Dawn on May 22-25th. It is free but you have to register to come! This conference has been catalytic in the lives of many people that I know, including myself, to spark a life of Love and hunger for Jesus. Many have encountered the presence of God and been transformed. Come this year!
Also leading up to Awaken the Dawn our prayer room is open all day from Monday to Saturday! We are going 24/6 So if you want to come pray at 3am or 4am or 8pm we will be there!
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Thank you for taking the time to read this update! If you have any prayer requests or thought you would like to share with me feel free to email me at sangulo@theprayerfurnace.org. If you would like to have me come and minister at your church or group you can also contact me via the same email from above.
To the Fame of His Name!
Sebastian Angulo

Refreshing His Church!

An update on some of what the Lord has been doing in my life recently! Sorry that I have not updated many of you on the new things that have been going on!!! A lot has been taking place! God is moving. Already this year I have had the opportunity to preach and minister at 3 churches this year and God has brought refreshing and healing to many!

First I preached at a hispanic church in Northern Virginia! The Holy Spirit poured out during that time. One young woman felt a strong wind come over her after I had preached about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. It was a wonderful time!

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to preach at a Russian church in Columbus, OH. It was an 8 hour drive there and afterward an 8 hour drive back but it was worth it! One young person warned me about their church that they would not clap, say amen, or really respond in any way when I preached because they normally don’t. I found them to be funny warnings but it did give me an idea of how the church normally responds to messages. I later asked a person on staff how they do altar calls to make sure that I don’t step on the way they do things and he told me that people don’t normally respond to altar calls. He told me that I could try it if I wanted to but that people would not respond. When I finally did get to preach the Lord moved powerfully! Many were encouraged by the Lord and those who were loosing hope or had none were strengthened! People clapped their hands, said “Amen!”, responded to the altar call, laughed with me! It was a fun and wonderful experience to be in the midst of God’s plans to refresh that congregation! One man had pulled his hamstring  and was in a lot of pain from it. As we prayed for him all of pain left! Praise God! It was a beautiful church and they received me with great love and hospitality! I will copy some links to the bottom of this update so that you can view the message I preached at the church on youtube!

This past weekend was amazing! Many were ministered to prophetically through words and music! A church entered afresh into expressions of love and adoration for our Lord Jesus! Some that had never danced before the Lord danced before the Lord, there was a sense of freedom to Love the Lord without restraint! The Lord is Good!!! Many were healed, we have counted that somewhere around 75 people were healed of various conditions: carpel tunnel, scoliosis, fibromyalgia, and other things! One lady I prayed for felt the power of God come all over her so that she could not stand anymore. The severe tension that she felt from the top of her head down to her ankles loosed. She could feel the numbness that was on her arms sliding off and leaving out of her hands! God is Good! Another person that I prayed for had had chronic pain in his arms, legs and joints for months. After praying several times the pain was gone and he told me that he had not felt that good in months! Hallelujah!!! I was also blessed financially and a lady purchased for me an expensive wireless mic that was worth over 300 dollars so that I can be empowered in other congregations to minister prophetically through the violin over people with out being tied on stage to a cable! God is so good to me and to His children!!!

Ministering on Violin in Smithfield

Praise the Lord!!!

Links to the message at the Russian Church out of Philippians 4 are below. The message is called “Overcoming Despair”

Knowing God (Excerpt from before I actually started the message :] )

Overcoming Despair

Pt. 1 Rejoice in the Lord

Pt. 2 Gentle Spirit

Pt. 3 Prayer and Thanksgiving

Pt. 4 Finally brethren… Whatever is pure…

Pt. 5 Ministry time on Violin 1

Pt. 6 Ministry time on Violin 2.

Turkey Trip Summary! (October Newsletter)

Come King of Glory!The Lord did such amazing things while we were in Turkey! It was so exciting to be a part of What God is doing! This was one of the best trips that I have been on. Knowing a little bit of the language was very helpful and I believe the Lord used this to enhance my experience there as well as to facilitate some of the breakthroughs I experienced there. The prayers from our community and all of you who were lifting us up in prayer was extremely felt and results seen in every aspect of our trip. The Lord really blessed us.

I want to thank all of you who gave financially and partnered with the Lord in making this trip possible! Also I want to thank all of you who prayed for us! Your prayers were heard and as you read on you will see some ways in which the Lord answered them, though there were so much more than I am able to write!

The purpose of our trip to Turkey primarily was to pray and strengthen the Lord’s servants there! We participated in a worship and prayer meeting that went around the clock for 121 hours. Out of the context of continual worship and prayer outreach overflowed and God moved with power! We visited 4 different cities in Turkey and connected with believers in each to pray, worship and encourage. We were in Antalya for a week and briefly went to Izmir, because Ephesus was close by we visited the ancient ruins. After Izmir we went to another city where we ministered to youth and led prayer meetings; we were there for about 3 days. Finally we finished our trip in Istanbul where we met and prayed over the city; we were there for a day and a half.

I made many connections both with local Turkish people as well as with people that are ministering in that nation! One of the Turkish people that I connected with that was not a believer, told me via Facebook after I had left his city that he had become a Christian!!! I’m going to tag along some updates that I wrote throughout the trip and will finish with a summary for the rest of the trip!

Update from Antalya

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I am presently in Antalya, Turkey! A city through which the Apostle Paul traveled! This is a more westernized city in Turkey and is a place where many people go on vacation: to drink, party, see some sights and swim in the Mediterranean beaches.

The Turkish people are very friendly and open to conversation! As long as I start a conversation people are willing and delighted to engage in it. Sometimes the language barrier prevents us from continuing in a conversation, I will then say to them “gule gule” which is a way to say goodbye or another appropriate phrase :) But amazingly I have been able to communicate the things that I need to and sometimes even more! It has been such a blessing to be able to communicate with people even just basic things in communication. I have been studying Turkish since the end of April and it has certainly payed off!

I have written a few updates via Facebook about the different power encounters that we have had on the streets!

Jamming in Turkey!!!

One of the fun experiences I have had was when my friend Peter and I were walking to the harbor, the one that Paul about 2000 years ago traveled through! On our way we passed by a man and Peter felt that we should pray for him! We found out a little later that he was actually a “fortune” teller! We engaged him in conversation in Turkish since he spoke very little English, though I also speak very little Turkish :) The Lord showed me that he had pain in his shoulder. I asked him in Turkish if he had pain in his shoulder and when he confirmed that he had significant pain in his shoulder, asked him if he wanted the pain gone! When we prayed for him all the pain completely left!!! He called his friend to come down and told him what happened. His friend needed healing in his back and so we prayed for him once and the pain decreased. After we prayed for him a second time all of the pain was gone! He knew English and asked me why we were doing that. I said to him, “Because Jesus told us to go heal the sick! He told us to go and preach the Gospel and heal the sick. This is the Gospel, Jesus came to the earth…!” I proceeded to preach the rest of the Gospel to this man!! Somehow he left before I got to invite him to surrender his life to Isa (Jesus). I tried to speak with the first man we had talked with about giving his life to Jesus but had a hard time communicating so we left.

We continued on our way. I stopped at a shop selling natural dried apricots (not like the dried apricots that we have in the states) and the guy was trying to trick me into buying more than I wanted. Finally I said to him, “If you let me pray for you I will buy these from you.” And he allowed me to pray for him! It was fun. On our way back from our venture we passed the man that was a fortune teller again and he wanted us to pray for a young man who was Muslim! He also had pain in his shoulder and when he asked who we would be praying to I said “Tanrı” which means God in Turkish, I did not want to say Allah :) I prayed for him in the name of Jesus and he was healed!!! I told him that Isa healed and then he said in a questioning way, “No, Muhammed…” So I told him again with motions to move his shoulder, and asked him again if there was any pain. When he said “Yok (no more)” I again reaffirmed that it was Jesus who healed him!!! Hallelujah!!!

Update from Izmir

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As I begin to write this update I am presently on a bus leaving the ancient city of Ephesus. In between our ministry commitments we have taken 2 days to rest and decided to go today to Ephesus! It was such great time seeing the ancient city and being aware thatwe were in a place where the Hoy Spirit had moved powerfully during Paul’s ministry, so that thousands of witchcraft books wereburned and all of Asia, that is modern-day Turkey down to Syria – ish, heard the word of God! Handkerchiefs were put in contact with Paul’s skin and they were used to heal the sick! Acts 19 records that God performed great miracles through the hands of Paul!

We finished the “Mega-Burn” in Antalya! Over 100 hours of continual worship and prayer of which our team helped to facilitate and participate in. We are in Izmir and will be praying with some believers before we go to a conference where we will be ministering to youth!

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This whole trip has been an amazing experience! Knowing the little bit of Turkish that I know and many from the team also having studied before coming has helped us to engage with the culture as we have been able to talk a little with people that we have met on the streets and with young turkish believers. Being able to engage better with the culture has given us a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment, which has been very helpful for our hearts. Last year, being hindered by the language barrier when I went to Turkey, I often questioned why I was there and if my ministry there was important. Praise God, it was important and God did a lot through our worship,praise,intercession and ministry to believers that are laying down their lives to serve the Turkish people! However again, being able to communicate with the people has been such a blessing to my heart.

How The Lord moved in Antalya also was an encouraging experience! many were healed on the streets and in the church! There was such a grace to evangelize and see God move!!! The wisdom of night and day prayer was being justified! As praises were going up,truly blesings were coming down on the people of Antalya! I have been able to keep in touch with some of the ones that experienced The Lord’s power on the streets through Facebook! I hope for some of those to be continuing friendships and even family as they come to believe in Jesus Christ! One friend that I am not sure if he is yet a believer thanked me in a message for praying for him!

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The harvest is ripe! “Lord! Send Laborers!!!” Seeing thousands and thousands of people every day as I walk through the streets has been gripping my heart recognizing that the vast majority of them do not know Jesus, maybe one or two had a dream and are secretly following The Lord but most have no idea! And it’s not just in Turkey but all over the world and even in the United States!
Izmir, the city we are in, is ancient Smyrna! One of the Seven Churches addressed in the Book of Revelation, and a church that was not rebuked by Jesus in His address!

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ’ (Revelation 2:8-11 NKJV)

A great promise was given to those who overcome in this church!

We stopped by a house of prayer in Izmir and got to pray with precious believers there! The presence of God fell on us powerfully in the short time that we had with them! They had a beautiful blue banner on the wall that said in Turkish “Welcome King of Glory!” I wanted a picture of that banner mainly so that I would remember the text. I forgot to take a picture of it before we left but found out that somebody else had taken a picture of me with that banner on the background! That is the picture that I put on this Newsletter :)

A summary of the rest of the trip

The day after we went to Ephesus we rode out to a city close to Izmir where we participated in a conference for people that are serving the Lord in Turkey! We had a great time there and were able to lead several times of worship and prayer in which the Lord met us and those who were there! At the conference one of our primary assignments was to minister to the youth! It was such a powerful time and the Lord did so much. We would have loved to be with them for a longer period of time! Our last night there we listened to one of the young guys play some of the songs that he had written and they were amazing! We found out in that time of fellowship that he had not yet received the gift of tongues. So we prayed for him and he received it! We talked about singing in the Spirit and he later affirmed that he had felt that he should sing in the Spirit, so we all begin to sing together and the presence of the Lord was so sweet! As we sang in the Spirit he felt a sensation of water and wind coming on him at the same time. It was a beautiful experience!

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We then headed out to Istanbul for the final part of our journey! In Istanbul we did some sightseeing. We went over to a mosque called, “The Blue Mosque!” It is a beautiful structure, though a little menacing from the outside. The atmosphere was pretty intense and almost intimidating. I began to sing of the beauty of Jesus and by the time we finally made it inside I could feel things shifting in there! The oppressive atmosphere did not immediately disappear but I could sense it shifting! That was a fun experience! We also visited the “Hagia Sophia” (Picture is below) which used to be a church.

2013-10-19 17.01.04Lastly we met with a house of prayer in Istanbul and had an amazing time of prayer with them! A couple of dreams were partially fulfilled that night. The house of prayer overlooks the city of Istanbul, it was great to pray over the city as we were looking right over it! In one of Ronnette’s (one of our team leaders) dreams some months back we were over the city of Istanbul! Also somebody had had a dream of a prayer meeting that mirrored all that we did that night, even down to children drawing and coloring on paper! Randy’s kids were drawing and he had used their drawings as an object lesson while he taught!

The prayer for us were definitely felt and experienced on our trip!!! So many other fun things happened but for the sake of space I will not put them here! I will however update the 2013 Healing Testimonies and will include the testimonies of healing that we experienced on the streets in Turkey!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this extensive summary. Let’s continue to lift the church of Turkey up in our prayers and pray that the Lord will add to them!!!

To the Fame of His Name!

Sebastian Angulo

My Turkey Experience Pt. 2!!!

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As I begin to write this update I am presently on a bus leaving the ancient city of Ephesus. In between our ministry commitments we have taken 2 days to rest and decided to go today to Ephesus! It was such great time seeing the ancient city and being aware thatwe were in a place where the Hoy Spirit had moved powerfully during Paul’s ministry, so that thousands of witchcraft books wereburned and all of Asia, that is modern-day Turkey down to Syria – ish, heard the word of God! Handkerchiefs were put in contact with Paul’s skin and they were used to heal the sick! Acts 19 records that God performed great miracles through the hands of Paul!

We finished the “Mega-Burn” in Antalya! Over 100 hours of continual worship and prayer of which our team helped to facilitate and participate in. We are in Izmir and will be praying with some believers before we go to a conference where we will be ministering to youth!

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This whole trip has been an amazing experience! Knowing the little bit of Turkish that I know and many from the team also having studied before coming has helped us to engage with the culture as we have been able to talk a little with people that we have met on the streets and with young turkish believers. Being able to engage better with the culture has given us a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment, which has been very helpful for our hearts. Last year, being hindered by the language barrier when I went to Turkey, I often questioned why I was there and if my ministry there was important. Praise God, it was important and God did a lot through our worship,praise,intercession and ministry to believers that are laying down their lives to serve the Turkish people! However again, being able to communicate with the people has been such a blessing to my heart.

How The Lord moved in Antalya also was an encouraging experience! many were healed on the streets and in the church! There was such a grace to evangelize and see God move!!! The wisdom of night and day prayer was being justified! As praises were going up,truly blesings were coming down on the people of Antalya! I have been able to keep in touch with some of the ones that experienced The Lord’s power on the streets through Facebook! I hope for some of those to be continuing friendships and even family as they come to believe in Jesus Christ! One friend that I am not sure if he is yet a believer thanked me in a message for praying for him!

The harvest is ripe! “Lord! Send Laborers!!!” Seeing thousands and thousands of people every day as I walk through the streets has been gripping my heart recognizing that the vast majority of them do not know Jesus, maybe one or two had a dream and are secretly following The Lord but most have no idea! And it’s not just in Turkey but all over the world and even in the United States!

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Izmir, the city we are in, is ancient Smyrna! One of the Seven Churches addressed in the Book of Revelation, and a church that was not rebuked by Jesus in His address!

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ’ (Revelation 2:8-11 NKJV)

A great promise was given to those who overcome in this church!

I will again update at a later time! Please continue to pray for us that The Lord would open a door for His Word!

…To be continued…

If you have not had a chance to read my first blog about this trip below is the link to it :)

https://sebastianangulo.com/2013/10/13/the-lord-is-moving-in-turkey/

The Lord is moving in Turkey!!!

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I am presently in Antalya, Turkey! A city through which the Apostle Paul traveled! This is a more westernized city in Turkey and is a place where many people go on vacation: to drink, party, see some sights and swim in the Mediterranean beaches.

The Turkish people are very friendly and open to conversation! As long as I start a conversation people are willing and delighted to engage in it. Sometimes the language barrier prevents us from continuing in a conversation, I will then say to them “gule gule” which is a way to say goodbye or another appropriate phrase :) But amazingly I have been able to communicate the things that I need to and sometimes even more! It has been such a blessing to be able to communicate with people even just basic things in communication. I have been studying Turkish since the end of April and it has certainly payed off!

I have written a few updates via Facebook about the different power encounters that we have had on the streets!

Jamming in Turkey!!!

One of the fun experiences I have had was when my friend Peter and I were walking to the harbor, the one that Paul about 2000 years ago traveled through! On our way we passed by a man and Peter felt that we should pray for him! We found out a little later that he was actually a “fortune” teller! We engaged him in conversation in Turkish since he spoke very little English, though I also speak very little Turkish :) The Lord showed me that he had pain in his shoulder. I asked him in Turkish if he had pain in his shoulder and when he confirmed that he had significant pain in his shoulder, asked him if he wanted the pain gone! When we prayed for him all the pain completely left!!! He called his friend to come down and told him what happened. His friend needed healing in his back and so we prayed for him once and the pain decreased. After we prayed for him a second time all of the pain was gone! He knew English and asked me why we were doing that. I said to him, “Because Jesus told us to go heal the sick! He told us to go and preach the Gospel and heal the sick. This is the Gospel, Jesus came to the earth…!” I proceeded to preach the rest of the Gospel to this man!! Somehow he left before I got to invite him to surrender his life to Isa (Jesus). I tried to speak with the first man we had talked with about giving his life to Jesus but had a hard time communicating so we left.

We continued on our way. I stopped at a shop selling natural dried apricots (not like the dried apricots that we have in the states) and the guy was trying to trick me into buying more than I wanted. Finally I said to him, “If you let me pray for you I will buy these from you.” And he allowed me to pray for him! It was fun. On our way back from our venture we passed the man that was a fortune teller again and he wanted us to pray for a young man who was Muslim! He also had pain in his shoulder and when he asked who we would be praying to I said “Tanrı” which means God in Turkish, I did not want to say Allah :) I prayed for him in the name of Jesus and he was healed!!! I told him that Isa healed and then he said in a questioning way, “No, Muhammed…” So I told him again with motions to move his shoulder, and asked him again if there was any pain. When he said “Yok (no more)” I again reaffirmed that it was Jesus who healed him!!! Hallelujah!!!

…To be continued!