97 healed and more than 120 confess faith in Christ, 90 believers trained in The Elijah Challenge - July 20th 2011
We trained over 90 believers in The Elijah Challenge method of healing the sick using the power and authority of Jesus name. During the training 52 people were healed and during the crusade that followed another 45 people were healed giving us a total 97 people healed in one day. (In this crusade we had 34 more people healed than in any previous crusade). I preached a Way of the Master sermon about sin, judgment and righteousness through Christ. I finished the lesson by asking them “how do they know that what I told them about Christ Jesus was true?” I told them I could prove that it was true that very night. I used the story of the “Paralytic” man lowered through the roof in front of Jesus. From this story, I explained that Jesus can forgive sin and the proof was that he healed the crippled. This indicated that sins being forgiven and being healed both have the same sources of power and authority, the sources is Jesus.
I then told them if Jesus heals tonight that they should put their faith and trust in him and turn from sin in repentance. I explained that if Jesus heals people tonight they have no option but to believe in him and to follow him. I also told them that if Jesus did not heal people at the crusade they should not believe in him or follow him. I told them that if Jesus heals people they must follow him. I repeated over and over that “the God who heals is the God who is real!” If Jesus heals, that proves he is real and that he can forgive their sins and raise them from the dead and give them eternal life in him. If he does not heal then they should continue on in their sins and never think about God again. I asked the whole crowd is this a fair deal? They all agreed! Like the nation of Israel did with Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
Then we called for those who needed to be healed to come forward for healing. We took authority in Jesus name and people were being healed all over the place; vaginal bleeding, tumors, cist, back pain, blindness, poor vision, headaches, fevers, body pain and weakness, breast tumors, crippling knee pain, strokes, blurry vision and even children who had been injured while playing were healed. We had only three people who were not completely healed and even these three all stated they were 50% better.
I then reminded the group of our deal and my boast about Jesus that “The God who heals is the God who is real.” I had those who wanted to follow Jesus now raise their hands. Over a hundred hands went up. I had them put their hands down and I explained that following Jesus meant pain, trial, tribulation and persecution and that what was done to Jesus would be done to those who followed him. I then asked how many want to follow Jesus still? The same hands went up. I had them put their hands down and I explained how Jesus had been humiliated and suffered hanging on the cross for them and he requires us to die to ourselves and take up our cross and follow him. I asked again, who here wants to stand for the Christ who died for them. Everyone stood-up again. I told them if you’re serious and you intend to follow Christ all the rest of your life, turn from your sins and previous way of life, and you are willing to die for Christ if necessary, then come forward.
Over 120 people came forward and raised their hand again as they publicly confessed their acceptance of Jesus,.. some wept and many were full of joy. Even the three who were only partially healed came forward to foamce llow Jesus. I explained how they need to be disciples and read their Bibles, pray, worship Jesus daily, and fellowship together with God’s people.
We tried to release the crowd three times but they would not disperse they just wanted to stay and bask in the beauty of the power of Jesus name, his presence and the experience the joy of being God’s people. It was another amazing night! We serve an awesome God. The local pastors who were present began to network with the throng of new believers. We were exhausted but it was a good exhaustion. The feeling of being used powerfully to advance the Kingdom of God! This was the largest number of miracles (97 people healed) and the largest number of people who have confessed faith in Christ at one of our crusades (more than 120 people-we could not count them all-both both of the people counting lost track at over 120 people).
Praise God and thank you to all those who prayed and gave to make this crusade happen. Deliverance starts tomorrow morning.