Romans 4:17-21 “(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Hebrews 10:36 “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:”
Precious saints God wants you to claim your rightful inheritance in Him and for you to walk in the fulness of your calling. But unfortunately, many believers today sadly settle for second best and never enter the destiny of their promise land. So the question arises; if a believer doesn’t possess a promise, does the difficulty come from God or from the believer? Off-course, God has never been wrong or at fault with anybody. The major problem is always with men who fail to understand and comply with the conditions to God’s promises. Now this does not mean we will be free from trials for the scripture tells us in Psalms 34:19 that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers them from them all”
Now for us to fulfil God’s purpose in our lives we need His Holy Spirit to complete, and He is very reliable. The Bible clearly records that God has never failed to fulfil any promise that He made, no matter the magnitude (Read 1 Kings 8:56, Num. 19:22). So, what does it take to possess all that God has promised us? Let's consider a few conditional points to activate divine covenant promises upon our lives.
1. Personalize God’s promise: A divine promise can come to you directly from God through a dream or vision and must always be confirmed by His Word. For instance, you could also be inspired by the Holy Spirit to pick out a scripture that addresses your situation. It is personalized through prayers, and we confess daily until is so deep within our spirit man. When the word becomes flesh in you (meaning deep in your spirit man), the Holy Spirit validates it for you. God says it, you believe and personalized it, then God will settle it.
2. You must exercise your faith: God only fulfilled the promise of Isaac because Abraham had strong faith in Him despite all the discouraging factors that surrounded the promise (Romans 4:19-20, Hebrews 6:11-12, Psalm 27:13-14, Isaiah 40:31). The Bible says, “But was strengthened in faith”. You can strengthen your faith by reading first God’s word, listening to utterances, worship lyrics, by reading or listening testimonies of others, and listening to gospel messages etc.
3. Activate praise and glorify God in speech and praise: This is a deliberate attitude of praising and worshipping God concerning the truth of His promises and evident fulfilment. This is also accompanied with prayer and fasting (Luke 18:1-8) along with and patience (Hebrews 6:11-12).
None of God’s promise our lives shall fail us ever in Jesus Mighty Name. Wait for the Lord patiently in faith and always remember that waiting is never wasted, because God will show up at the right time precious saints and you shall testify in Jesus Mighty Name! (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
TODAY'S REVIVAL STORY
1965 – September: Soé, Timor (Nahor Leo) (West Timor)
Now my wife Aida is from the Eastern side known as Timor Leste (East Timor) and this revival below from the West side had even crossed over eventually to the East Timor. Because of the religious spirit in this strict dominant Catholic country, some reports have been recalled saying that servants even walked on water to cross the rivers dividing the east from the west. Yes, many testimonies occurred with those that originally received the flame of fire from this revival with some of the original converts being thrown into jail after preaching the gospel in the streets and villages and many prison inmates coming to Christ when they were in prison. I will share more stories from Timor Leste (east Timor) later, as I spoke to some of the original Pastors that started spreading the Pentecost experience in the 60’s. But today I want to focus on the west side revival.
Spirit movements of revival influenced many thousands of people in Indonesia during the troubled and politically uncertain times there in the sixties. Much of it happened outside the established church, with a later acceptance of it in some churches. Thousands of animistic Muslims were converted, the biggest Christian impact on Islam in history.
The Indonesian government and army’s victory over the attempted Communist coup opened the way for the savage killing of 400,000 suspected Communists or sympathizers, so the numbers of nominal Muslims and Christians multiplied. This external motivation explains only part of the rapid multiplication of the church during this period, however. Many nominal animistic Muslims turned to the church not out of fear but out of revulsion toward their fellow Muslim’s slaughter of suspected Communists.
The Indonesian Bible Institute, established by Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade missionaries in 1959 at Batu in East Java experienced revival in the sixties with deep repentance, confession, renunciation of occult practices, burning fetishes and amulets, and a new humility and unity among staff and students. Individual students and teams engaged in effective evangelism in many islands.
A team of Indonesian students accompanied by a German Lutheran missionary teacher visited Timor during 1965 and saw evidence of revival beginning which burst into unprecedented power in September 1965. Christians and new converts burned amulets, pastors and leaders broke with animistic practices, prayer meetings multiplied, giving increased, heavy drinking of palm wine, and chewing the narcotic betel nut was curtailed, and youth, traditionally the hardest to reach became the most responsive. They formed evangelistic teams of their own to take this new- found gospel of deliverance to outlying villages.
This revival spread in the uncertain days following the attempted communist coup on the night of 30 September and 1 October 1965 in Indonesia when six of the eight Indonesian army generals were killed and mutilated, with only Suharto and Nasution narrowly escaping execution. General Suharto became acting president, keeping the popular President Sukarno without power till his death in 1971.
At the time of the coup a powerful revival movement had begun in Timor at Soé, a mile-high mountain town of about 5,000 people where Rev. Daniel pastored the Reformed Church. A young man, Nahor Leo, was convicted by a vision of Jesus, destroyed a hidden amulet, and confessed publicly in the Reformed Church on the evening of Sunday, 26 September. The church experienced a Pentecost style Spirit movement.
The editors of Tyndale House Publishers, hearing of unusual revival reports from Timor, sent Don Crawford, a trained reporter, to investigate the revival in Indonesia, especially in Timor. He reported this way:
Calls to enter an evangelistic ministry came to young people in unusual fashion. Nahor Leo, a high school athlete with a reputation as a rebel, was stirred by a dynamic challenge to Christian service given by the headmistress of a Soé school. Later, studying in his room in Pastor Daniel’s home with two fellow students, he suddenly called out, “Who turned out the light?” Assured it was still burning, Leo stumbled to his bed. “I’m going to rest.”
He slept a few minutes. Then, as if wrenched from the bed, he fell to the floor and appeared to be struggling with an invisible force. Leo groped his way to his clothes box and thrust his hand to its bottom, then pulled up the root of a plant which was wound with red string. “Yes,” Leo muttered, as if answering the unseen visitor, “this is my djimat.”
Leo’s companions recognized the strange object as an instrument of witchcraft. “It’s true,” Leo spoke again. “I have used it to ask the spirits to help me win races and to attract girls.” The unusual conversation continued for a moment. Then Leo collapsed on the floor.
“What’s the matter? Who were you talking to?” one of the boys shouted. Leo slowly turned his sightless eyes toward his companions. At length the white-faced youth replied, “I saw the Lord. He made me reveal the djimat I had never given up. He told me he wanted me to serve him alone. And . . .” his voice trembled . . . “he told me I must have Pastor Daniel pray for me – or I will die. Would you get him, please?”
Pastor Daniel came swiftly at the desperate summons. After a prayer of confession, the fetish was burned. Then, reminiscent of the Apostle Paul when he was ministered to by the man of God, Leo’s sight was restored. And, like Paul, Leo became a persuasive evangelist, inspiring others to follow the Christian way.
It was the zeal of young leaders like Nahor Leo who formed wide-roving evangelistic teams that fanned the religious fire in Timor, Mr. Daniel told me, and continuing “signs and wonders” have fuelled the flame. For in every case of a supernatural occurrence, there has followed a significant turning to the Christian faith.
On Sunday night, September 26, 1965, people heard the sound of a tornado wind and saw flames on the church building which prompted police to set off the fire alarm to summon the volunteer firefighters. Many people were converted that night, many filled with the Spirit including speaking in tongues, some in English who did not know English. By midnight teams of lay people had been organized to begin spreading the gospel the next day. Eventually, about 90 evangelistic teams were formed which functioned powerfully with spiritual gifts.
Nahor Leo, the young man who testified that night in the Reformed Church, chose 23 young people who formed an evangelistic group, Team 1. They gave themselves full time to visiting churches and villages and saw thousands converted with multitudes healed and delivered. In one town alone they saw 9,000 people converted in two weeks.
Another young man, Mel Tari witnessed this visitation of God and later became part of Team 42. He reported on this revival in two widely read books. Healings and evangelism increased dramatically. Specific directions from the Lord led the teams into powerful ministry with thousands becoming Christians. They saw many healings, miracles such as water being turned to wine for communion, some instantaneous healings, deliverance from witchcraft and demonic powers, and some people raised from death through prayer.
The teams were often guided supernaturally including provision of light at night on jungle trails, angelic guides and protection, meagre supplies of food multiplied in pastors’ homes when a team ate together there during famines, and witchdoctors being converted after they saw power encounters when the teams’ prayers banished demons rendering the witchdoctors powerless. Crawford, who gives the most cautions report, gives examples:
“I had already heard about some of the early Soé miracles from my missionary friend in Kupang, Marion Allen of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In visits to Soé during dry seasons he was able to investigate the happenings there. He had told me that almost every type of New Testament miracle had been repeated in the Soé area. One evangelistic team, for example, had gotten to their destination by walking across a flooded mountain stream. At first, they had dismissed the feeling that they should walk on the water even though it had come to the team leader after prayer about the problem. After three successive prayer sessions, with the same apparent answer, the leader took a tentative barefoot step into the water. When he did not sink, the others followed – to the amazement of stranded travellers who witnessed the strange event from both sides of the stream.
“Another team, desiring to celebrate the Lord’s Supper but having no wine, were in a similar fashion instructed to use water from a nearby spring. As at the wedding Christ attended in Cana, the water, when drunk for the communion celebration, had become wine. On a hike around the Soé area, Sardjito [the Bible School principal] showed me the spring from which the water-turned-to-wine had come.
“Mr. Allen had talked to both major participants in another drama. An elderly woman among the mourners at the funeral of a young boy felt a strong impression to pray for the lad’s life. At first, she resisted the impulse. The boy had been dead several hours and, in that climate, it was imperative that an unembalmed body be buried soon after death. But her feeling persisted. When it came time to put the lid of the wooden coffin in place, she felt compelled to act. She asked if she could offer a prayer. The ceremony was stopped to humour the old woman. While she was praying, the boy stirred, then rose up.
“To many observers the fact that the “dead” boy is alive today represents a miracle. But to the believers in Soé the miracle lies rather in how the event was useful in bringing a large number of animist worshipers to faith in Christ. Sardjito and the Soé church’s two pastors, Rev. Daniel and Rev. Binjamin Manuain, all asserted that such occurrences – as well as the testimony of those who had been delivered from the grip of witchcraft – spurred a remarkable growth of Christianity on the island. From Indonesian statistical sources I learned that in the first three years of the movement the Christian population of Timor grew by 200,000.”
The teams learned to listen to the Spirit of the Lord and obey him. His leadings came in many biblical ways:
1. God spoke audibly as with Samuel or Saul of Tarsus,
2. many had visions as did Mary or Cornelius,
3. there were inspired dreams such as Jacob, Joseph or Paul saw,
4. prophecies as in Israel and the early church occurred,
5. the still small voice of the Spirit-led many as with Elijah or Pauls missionary team,
6. the Lord often spoke through specific Bible verses,
7. circumstances proved to be God-incidences not just coincidences,
8. often when leadings were checked with the group or the church the Lord gave confirmations and unity as with Paul and Barnabas at Antioch.
The American wife of Mel Tari, Nori Tari noted that revival phenomena in Timor were neither obvious nor advertised, even though continually occurring, because the people live in greater awareness of spirit powers, do not talk about miracles except to a spiritual advisor or mentor, and do not expect everyone to be healed. They acknowledge God’s sovereignty, especially in what may happen, when and how it happens and to whom it may happen.
The Reformed Church Presbytery on Timor recorded 80,000 conversions from the first year of the revival there, half of those being former communists. They noted that some 15,000 people had been permanently healed in that year. After three years the number of converts had grown to over 200,000. In those three years over 200 evangelistic teams were formed. On another island with very few Christians, 20,000 became believers in the first three years of the revival.
These people movements can be studied from a range of perspectives beyond the scope of this thesis, such as the political, social, economic, and historical dynamics involved. However, a crucial element of the Timor revival was the perceived authority and power of the Christians’ God over animistic gods and the confrontation with the authority and the magical powers of the local shaman. Significant church growth, people movements, and evangelism continually demonstrate such a power encounter between God’s Spirit and local gods or spirits.
Precious saints, I know revival is at our doorstep and it is time for us to make ourselves available to serve the Lord 100 percent. Today is the first day of 3 days of revival serves in South Africa and we are believing for a great move of God to sweep this nation like never before. Will you join with me today and pray that South Africa may encounter the genuine End-time repentance revival that will prepare the remnant for His soon coming.
PRAYERS FOR TODAY'S FASTING PROGRAM
Let us pray saints:
1. Lord, let not one of Your promises within our lives fail this month and in 2023 in Jesus Mighty Name.
2. Lord help us to wait patiently upon You in faith always and remind us that waiting is never wasted, because You will show up at the right time in Jesus Mighty Name!
3. Lord we ask through the name of Your Son Jesus that you destroy every work of the devil delaying the fire of repentance revival coming to our lives in Jesus mighty name!
4. Pray that God will reveal His requirements for genuine revival in your life, family, church, community, and nation. Ask God to start that revival in your own heart and life that repentance revival will flow.
5. Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed to you and run with it. What actions will you take after this fasting day?
6. Pray for an alertness and an awakening from spiritual slumber, do that you may be ablaze. Ask the Lord to awaken the remnant body of Christ and draw more saints into the Body of Christ.
7. Declare readiness over God’s people for radical change that will come from a powerful move of God!
8. Decree that lives are being characterised by an increasing hunger for a new move of God in Jesus mighty Name!
9. Ask God to do a fresh work within our heart this weekend, that just as you moved in Indonesia West Timor, that you will start with us today and do great things in Jesus Mighty Name!
10. May revival come to each of our homes and change family members to be on fire for God in Jesus Mighty Name!
11. Lord we pray for Pastor Robert’s Meeting in South Africa that has started today, may You come and visit Your people as You have promised in Jesus Mighty name!
12. Any principality in the heavenlies delaying your progress and Gods messengers be removed in Jesus mighty name!
13. Any agent of satanic delay in my (office, home, school, place of work, city, and nation), withholding my promotion/graduation, revival may they be completely removed and rendered powerless in the mighty name of Jesus!
14. Father we ask that you please send angelic reinforcements from the 3rd heavens to release our blessings and arrest all demonic hindrances in the 2nd heavens, in the mighty name of Jesus!
15. Father for my shame, troubles, and delay, I shall receive double honour, in the mighty name of Jesus!
16. I refuse to give up until my testimony gives birth to many other testimonies and revival comes to my home, church, city, and nation, in the mighty name of Jesus!
17. Lord let your Holy Spirit fire fall upon each person's home today and be with Pastor Robert as he travels to Namibia next week to stir revival in the hearts of Your remnant in Jesus Mighty Name!