Groaning of the prisoners

When I went to India 8 years ago now I did not know what God had in store other than I knew He was sending me at Pentecost. I knew He wanted to fill people with the Holy Spirit. Those things happened. God filled pastors with His Spirit and power, men who had been hungering for that experience for years but had been blocked by the head of their denomination. But their hunger touched God and He sent little old me that year.
But I want you to look at the featured picture above. See that little baby held by the concerned mumma with the blue scarf? She came for a miracle that night.
It was very late when I arrived at that village. We got there after 10pm and I preached till midnite. The people had been waiting for us patiently. When it came time to pray for the sick I believed God to heal this little one’s affliction. The child screamed and cried. Nothing appeared to happen to him and I did not sense anything from the Holy Spirit. I felt like this is totally out of my depth of faith!!
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That night I could not sleep because I felt badly for the mother and the baby. I groaned desiring to see God heal instantly these kinds of things. My heart was broken for her.
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I do not know what happened to the baby. I heard the next year that the village wanted me to come back again. They had never seen a white preacher before. But by the next year I was well into a pit of depression, which I had struggled against on and off for years. My faith was shot full of holes and doubts assailed my mind.
During that trip to India I saw Jesus heal and save and baptise many people….but since that time I have seemed to be put in a dark place and have not preached or prayed for anyone since.
I know that many do not believe in healing like this…or they will say that maybe God does not want to heal that baby….or maybe I am a false prophet that Jesus has not sent….whatever.
I look back and am amazed that I even went there considering where I am at these days. But God knows what He is doing. Perhaps this post will stir someone else to ask the Father about going somewhere. Quite often it is in the going that things happen.
The fields are white unto harvest though people….ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest…. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Mat 10:7,8
More pics of that trip HERE
 

Author: Dennis Rhodes

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