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DIE TO RAIN – EXPERIENCE RESURRECTION
PART 3 IN A SERIES
Jesus taught, “Except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.” [John 12:24]
If YOU will DIE to that thing, or to those things, about which God is speaking TO YOU, you will see resurrection!
One day God spoke to me to go preach in the open air in a large metropolitan area during a torrential downpour of rain. I thought, “I only have one suit … and one pair of dress shoes!” I would always wear a suit and tie when I preached.
It was raining so heavily for such a long period of time that the water was coming over the curb onto the sidewalk. People were actually taking off their shoes and carrying them across the streets.
I was not using a loudspeaker or amplification equipment, just preaching into the loud rain with my voice to the passersby. On the way home my good black shoes were turning white, my suit was drenched, and I wondered, “Did anyone receive Christ or have a miracle?”
About four days later a man called me from about 1200 miles away (about 2000 kilometers) and said, “I can’t get your name out of my mind.” (An attorney I knew had told him about me and the Lord kept bringing my name to his mind.) He asked me, “Do you need anything?” I answered him. “I don’t need anything; Jesus Christ takes care of all my needs!”
He said “Well, I want to do something for you anyway. Can you meet me tomorrow at the South Coast Plaza?” I told him I would and the next day he took me shopping for clothes. Every time he would give me a $100 travelers cheque I would tithe out of it. He said, “You don’t have to tithe out of that; I’ve already tithed. That’s you money to spend.” I told him, “That’s O.K. I know Who blesses me and I’m going to tithe to God.”
I walked out of that shopping center with eight (8) changes of clothes and a new pair of handsome kidskin shoes!
I DIED to the rain (to my one suit and one pair of dress shoes) … and God brought resurrection: eight changes of clothing!! There was an important reason God wanted me to go preach, even if I didn’t SEE it that day.
Another time when God asked me to go preach in a heavy rainstorm, I didn’t SEE anything happen at the time. However, in a few days a lady called me (I don’t know how she obtained my phone number) and said, “You don’t know who I am, but I was driving down Broadway and saw you preaching in the rain. My husband is blind and he was with me in the car. I described you to him and he said, 'I would like to meet that man.'" She was amazed because she told me, “My husband doesn’t want anything to do with preachers.” She said, “Could we meet you somewhere?” [Note: the lady had mentioned seeing me preaching in the rain to a friend in her city who miraculously knew who I was (when the lady described me) and knew my phone number.]
I felt the Lord impressing me to invite them to my home for dinner. When they came to dinner, the Lord allowed me to lead the man to Christ. About six months later I heard a loud knock on my door. It was the lady’s husband. He came in and hugged me and told me that about two weeks before he had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, and healed so that he could now see!
I died to the rain … and God brought resurrection power.
What is God asking YOU to DIE TO? Is it that power play in your family or at the office, is it your impatience or your ego, OR is it that interpersonal relationship at your synagogue, your church or your ministry? What is it about which the Lord is … or has been … dealing with you? Is it a person or thing? I promise you on the authority of God’s Holy Word that if YOU will DIE to that, God will bring forth resurrection life!
Remember, the Holy Spirit is God’s agent on earth to supply the resurrection power of Christ!
Pray NOW … obey God, and yield to Him. Die to that situation, person, or thing … and then watch God bring resurrection life and multiply it around the world!
I trust this teaching will help you.
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