As we are winding down our trip to Asia, returning to US soil May 3rd, we are excited that the message of Christ and His highest priority for us is reverberating throughout the world as many are sensing big changes coming up with earth shaking, shifting events that lead us to believe Jesus is returning soon.
The central theme is GET LOVE: Let the love of God (agape) be shed abroad in our hearts. They will know we are His disciples in that we have agape for each other. Agape covers a multitude of sins (though not a license to sin). Agape is the number one thing; so first things first; second, third things will take care of themselves if we have first things first….His Agape. It is this agape that gives us His grace. Grace is not given so we can sin….grace is given so we have the ability NOT TO SIN! By His grace, through faith, we are saved from our sins!
Second, I see that He desires His church to not just talk about holiness and righteousness; but to truly begin to walk and participate with Jesus who has provided us with His holiness and righteousness….but we must take hold of it!
Third, as we His Church, begin to walk in the authority He has given us by participating with Him in 1 & 2 above, then the exploits of the church will exponentially increase; thus bringing glory to His name. His death, burial, and resurrection (which we will be celebrating soon) provided this for us. The early church experienced it as we read in the book of Acts. We can too! But we must have the same ingredients as they for this to happen.
Why did the works of Christ happen in His life? His disciples recognized these works were happening every time Jesus returned from either a “wilderness prayer”, or a “mountain top prayer”; then finally they had the courage to ask Him how they too could experience this power and do these works. He gave them their request beginning in Luke 11:1. Yes, the works of Christ must begin on our knees in prayer, honoring the Father (not clamoring Him about our earthly needs….but first, seek Him).
The early disciples carried this truth as we read in the book of Acts. They not only went to the room of prayer to receive that which was commanded and promised by Jesus (Acts 1 & 2); but also continued going to the this room during the hour of prayer that was set aside for the purpose (Acts 3 and on)…..PTL! This same pattern in our life today will give these same results as we continue to walk faithfully in the fear of the Lord.
Look what happened to Jesus for us…to accomplish His work on earth with His authority (Mt. 28:18-19):
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Every once of blood gone! Jesus is dead!
But look at the above verses a little closer. This was no ordinary death! This was a…….
- veil tearing!
- earth quaking!
- rock splitting!
- grave opening!
….death. But death could not hold Him! This was a POWERFUL death!……resulting in a POWERFUL RESURRECTION!
LET US, THE CHURCH….WALKING IN LOVE, HOLINESS, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, PARTICIPATE WITH HIM IN THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION! AMEN!
It is the same power that raised Christ from the dead that now dwells in us! We have work to do Church! Let us get on our knees and get busy! There is a war on….let us pick up the weapons of our warfare and move forward driving the enemy out…and take back our land, our country, our government! PTL! Amen!
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our friends in America, Costa Rica, Philippines, and Malaysia for all the support and prayers that you extended to Sarah and I. A BIG THANK YOU! We will be seeing some of you soon….PTL. It has been a long, but worth while, fruitful trip. You who have prayed are part of all that took place! THANK YOU AGAIN!
In His love, and ours,
Wayne & Sarah (from Baguio City, Philippines)
We are in Virac, Catanduanas, Philippine. This is about the end of the first part of the Philippine portion of the extended trip. Mar. 22 we leave for Malaysia for 5 weeks. We return to the Philippines for 5 more weeks beginning Mar.28. Returning home May 3. [map:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Virac,+Catanduanes,+Bicol,+Philippines&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=36.178967,79.013672&ie=UTF8&geocode=FfgyzwAdWJ1nBw&split=0&hq=&hnear=Virac,+Catanduanes,+Bicol,+Philippines&ll=13.603278,124.203186&spn=1.388126,2.469177&z=9 float=left]
Last night we went to a Full Gospel church (The Rock Family Church) with approx 45 souls (packed out).
I spoke on “More Laborers” in conjunction with the Martha’s and the Mary’s in the church today Luke 10:38-42). They both received Jesus into their “house”, but only Mary sat at is feet to be intimate with Him….the reason why there is more Martha’s than Mary’s (the few laborers, Lk 10:2). I also included the importance of being FILLED with the Holy Spirit inorder to have boldness and to be an effective witness for Christ.
At the end we invited those who had never accepted Jesus. Six souls came forward to receive Jesus. they had been invited by the members. PTL! After this we invited all who wished to have the free gift of the Biptism in the Holy Spirit to come forward. Approx’ly 25 came forward….after about an hour in which the Baptizer Jesus did a tremendous work filling about 3/4 of them full…very full! It was phenominal! I have video and photo’s of this. It was awesome to say the least. To God be the glory!
Tonight we go to the final church service (in another area) on this Island. We pray for more moving of the Holy Spirit.
Fri. (your Thur.) we return to Manila for a Sunday service before departing for Malaysia on Feb.22.
Thanks for the prayers. They do a lot of good.
We had a tremendous time during our stay here in the Cebu area. Actually we did no ministry in Cebu City. We traveled 3hours north by bus then another 1 1/2 hour ferry ride to Bantayan Island on the far north end of Cebu in the southern Philippines. We were there working with the Assembly of God (3 different Churches in three towns). Roger Diez, pastor and his wife Bebie, pastora were our host.
Sunday Feb. 6 was our first full day of ministry…..and full it was. We were in the home church of Roger and Bebie. The morning service was awesome worship team leading us into His presence. Can you believe they gave me an hour and a half…..and I took it…he, he. The subject was our “union” and “oneness” with the Father and His Son Jesus…..and how to stay there. Included in a portion of this message was out of Luke 10 concerning Mary and Martha (Marty and Martin for the men….I couldn’t be a respecter, right?). Anyway, it brought some laughter and kept it light hearted….also helped them to remember my point which the Lord had shown me for the first time on these scriptures. It must have worked; because after service we heard many during their chatting groups the word’s “Mary” and “Martha”. There were a lot of chuckles among them……an impact is what was desired. THE LORD IS GOOD…..HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER!
On this Sunday it did not stop there as the request was for me to do an afternoon seminar for about 40 of their leaders (it’s a fairly large church) with an “impartation” time after to individuals as the Spirit wills. The subject was THE TEN PILLARS OF CHARACTER. After about two hours we had the worship team come up. During worship the Lord would lead Sarah and I (one her, another time led me) to various individuals. We typically had a Word of Knowledge and for some a confirmational prophet word…and of course prayer for them. We had the pastor and his wife along with us for verification and judgment of all that took place. By God’s grace it all worked out well with many lives touched by the power of His love……and verified.
Monday the 7th we did an evening seminar on TEAM LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES. As it was a rural small church still with a dirt floor, six leaders came forward for special prayer and impartation……along with two other pastors that attended. Again the Lord’s grace and love was present to do a work in their lives.
Tuesday the 8th…yes, another evening seminar this time on BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. In this small AG church 20 (most all who were in attendance) came forward to receive this very special gift. Over a period of time, 35-45 min. a good share of them received. PTL.
WELL, we are back in Cebu City awaiting our Flight tomorrow morning (11th) back to Manila. Again, thank you for your prayers.
Everything went great on our trip……weather, luggage, flights being for the most part on time. We stayed with Lisha Monday night….Lori was over for dinner and said goodbye’s. Lisha took us to the airport at 5:45 am.
Leigh met us at the airport in Seattle where we went out to a quaint little breakfast place in Burian. We were gone for about three hours (just the three of us) before returning to SEA-TAC.
We arrived in Manila at 11:15pm Feb. 2nd (remember were are now 16 hours ahead of PST). We got to the Nativadad Guest House via taxi….got in bed by about 1 AM. Up now at 7 am having breakfast here at the Natividad. They have great food at very good prices….their homemade whole wheat bread (like my mother used to make) being what tops it off with their homemade pineapple jam! Yummie.
We will be going to the mall soon for me to get a haircut, renew our Asian cell phone sims card, and various other things I suspect.
Bye for now….and thanks for the prayers and support