Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 11, 2011

The Divine Power of God

Today’s sermon on The Divine Power of God went ok. One man from Ethiopia told me he sensed God’s power in every word and said he had not heard a sermon like that since coming to America 3 years ago. Others seemed blessed and I’m glad. I’m only sorry I did not have time to tell a couple of great stories. One is about a young man who is now raising support to work with Asian Access in Japan. He told me his story when we met a couple of months ago and said it is ok for me to use it for God’s glory. 1 Peter 2:9 says “but you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” So our job as believers is to declare the excellencies of God wherever he takes us. The story I wanted to tell is about Gary (not exactly his real name). Gary has had a long time burden to serve the Lord among the people of his ancestors in Japan. I met him for tea and we talked for about an hour and a half about his journey. He got a great opportunity to go to a job interview at Warner Bros studios. Gary is really into prayer. He sensed that God wanted him to tell the whole truth when he went for the job interview at Warner Bros. He knew this would probably kill any chance of a job at the studio since he was planning to work for only a year and then go to Japan as a missionary. At the interview he was nervous because he really wanted the job but knew if he told them he was only available for a year then they would not hire him. Finally, he told the interviewer his plan to go to Japan in a year. The man said he could not hire Gary based on that info but would talk with the VP. That VP wanted to interview Gary and ended up not only giving him the studio job but hearing significant parts of Gary’s testimony in the process. This is the kind of boldness motivated by love that God requires of obedient disciples. It is only in hours in the Lord’s presence that our hearts can be changed sufficiently to risk for God to this level–and see God do something amazing!


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