Beautiful young woman sitting on a rock contemplating the blue evening sea.

Lifted Up on the Rock of the Word

The Bible, the Word of God, is our only infallible source of hearing the voice of God, wouldn’t you agree?

With our culture of “information overload,” it’s sometimes good to get back to the basics.

The Bible contains God’s wonderful bedrock of established Truth (Truth with a capital, “T”)!

I’ve been meditating upon Psalm 27 a lot recently. The Psalmist wrote prophetically of Jesus Christ, our Savior:

“In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me upon a rock, and now my head will be lifted up above my enemies round about me” (Psalm 27: 5-6a).

Wonderful! You are hidden in the secret place with Jesus. He is symbolized here as a ROCK upon which you can continually come, and with His perspective, be lifted up above your enemies, and re-align yourself with Truth.

Practical Application:

Here is a short list of just 5 “needs” that you might currently be facing. On the right is “the answer” of that need, some “Truth with a capital T” for you to memorize.

Whatever the need, there are answers in the Established Word!

The Need // The Answer

Healing // Isaiah 53: 4-5, I Peter 2:24

Encouragement // Psalm 27, 2 Corinthians 4

Repentance // Psalm 51, I John 1:9

Peace // Psalm 23, Philippians 4: 6-7

National Crisis // 2 Kings 19: 14-19, Revelation 12: 11

Develop a daily discipline of study of the Word, memorizing certain passages, and spending quality time in the presence of the LORD meditating upon His Word! Be lifted up upon the ROCK!

-Carl Wesley Anderson

***A short excerpt from Chapter 1, Way #1: The Established Word, from, “Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice” available here: http://www.borntoblaze.com/lovespeaks

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The Man From George Street

Carl’s Note: Many years ago the LORD called me to serve the believers of Australia, & as a result I have been invited there many times & personally walked & prayed along George Street near the Sydney Harbor. You will be inspired by the following true life story from Dr. Francis Dixon.

Your life & evangelistic witness makes a daily difference for eternity!

This story is a little longer than most of my Posts, (still only about a 5 minute read), but it’s worth the effort. -Brother Carl

“I was a widely-traveled pastor in England (from Lansdowne Baptist Church). One night in church I asked a man named Peter to share his testimony.

Peter got up and said, “This is how I was saved. I was in the Royal Navy.

“I was walking down George Street in Sydney, Australia and out of nowhere stepped a little old gray-haired man and he said to me,

‘Excuse me, sir, but could I ask you a question? I hope that it won’t offend you, but if you were to die today, where would you spend eternity? The Bible says that it will either be in Heaven or it will be in Hell. Would you think about that, please? Thank you, God bless you, and Toodle-oo!’

“Then the man left. I had never been confronted with that question – I couldn’t get it out of my mind; I got back to London, I sought out a pastor, and I became a Christian.”

Several weeks later we had a revival in the church and Noel, one of the visiting revival team, shared his testimony,

“This is how I came to know Christ. I was in the Royal Navy and I was walking down George Street in Sydney, Australia and out of nowhere stepped a little old gray-haired man. He said to me,

‘Excuse me, sir, but could I ask you a question? If you were to die today, where would you spend eternity?’

What he said bothered me and later, I sought out a Christian, and I was converted to Christ.”

Several months after that I was in the city of Adelaide in eastern Australia and I thought that I would share the testimony of Peter and Noel.

A man in the congregation jumped up waving his hands and said, “Well, I’m another – the same thing happened to me. I couldn’t get what he said out of my mind and I became a follower of Jesus.”

I then went to western Australia for a revival meeting and shared this story and afterwards a deacon of the church came to me and said,

“Dr. Dixon, I’m another, I’d never been asked that question, and later I prayed to receive Christ.”

I went back to my home church in England and shared about Peter and Noel and the man in Adelaide and the deacon from the western part of Australia. When I finished, a young lady came up to me and said, “Pastor Dixon, I’m another, this man said the same thing to me and later I became a believer.”

Several weeks after that, I was attending a conference in northern England where I shared this growing story.

Afterwards, a man came up to me and said, “Dr. Dixon, well, I’m another. I was on a business trip to Sydney and this obnoxious, spiteful little man stepped out of a shop doorway, offered me a religious pamphlet, and accosted me with a question,

‘Excuse me sir, are you saved? If you die tonight, are you going to Heaven?’

“I tried to tell him I was a Baptist Elder. He wouldn’t listen to me.

“I came home and told my pastor, thinking he would sympathize, but he agreed! He had been disturbed for years knowing that I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus…and he was right. I made Jesus my Lord and Savior!”

A year later I went on a world speaking tour and one of the stops was India. I was at a missionary conference and spoke on the topic of personal evangelism.

I thought to myself, “What a perfect illustration!” I went through the story and afterwards a missionary came up to me and said, “Dr. Dixon, I’m another, it happened the same way for me and I trusted Christ soon after.”

After India I went to Jamaica. I was at a meeting with a group of pastors. I shared this story with them. A pastor came up afterwards and said,

“Excuse me, Dr. Dixon, I’m another, the exact same thing happened to me and later, I was converted and went on to seminary.”

Next I stopped in Atlanta, Georgia to speak at a Naval Chaplain convention. Here for 3 days I spoke to over 1,000 Naval Chaplains.

Afterwards the Chaplain General took me out for a meal and I asked the Chaplain how he became a Christian. He shared that he was a reprobate drunk in his days in the Service, and while doing exercises in the South Pacific, they stopped in Sydney Harbor.

“I got off a bus on George Street, blind drunk, and this ghost-of-a-man jumped out in front of me, pushed a pamphlet in my hand and said,

‘Sailor, are you saved? If you die tonight are you going to Heaven?’

“The fear of God hit me immediately.

“I was shocked sober, ran back to the ship, and sought out the Chaplain. He led me to Christ. I soon began to prepare for the ministry under his guidance. I am now in charge of 1,000 chaplains who are bent on soul winning.”

Well, do I need to tell you where I went next?

I went to Sydney, Australia.

I sought out a Christian friend of mine and told him the stories and asked if he knew a little gray-haired man on George Street?

“Oh, yes! Everybody knows him. That’s Mr. Frank Jenner. But he’s very old now and he’s in the hospital confined to his bed.”

I asked my friend to take me to Mr. Jenner. We went to the hospital and I introduced himself. As I was giving specifics of each story, Mr. Jenner began to weep.

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Frank Jenner

And he wept and he wept.

I asked, “What’s wrong?”

And Mr. Jenner said,

“When I came to Christ, I promised Him that I would share Jesus as a simple witness to at least 10 people a day. In my retirement years, the best place to do this was George Street. I got lots of rejections, but a lot of people courteously took the tract.

“In over 40 years of doing this, Sir, I have never heard of one single person coming to Jesus…until today.”

Mr. Jenner died two weeks later.

–A true account, shared by Dr. Francis Dixon before his death, 1985.

Real X-Ray Vision: the gift of discerning of spirits

What if you could be a REAL Superhero by operating in the very special gift of the Holy Spirit known as ‘the discerning of spirits’?

You can! You can enter a gateway and see into the spirit realm, day or night.

It’s God’s way of elevating your life into the realm of the Spirit, and seeing things as they really are through prayer and discernment.

What is your favorite Superhero? I might be a bit old-fashioned, but I still love SUPERMAN (and SUPERGIRL). In particular, their ability to see things that no one else around them could see.

X-Ray Vision.

God has developed His own X-Ray Vision for His people!

There are 4 gifts of the Holy Spirit which the Apostle Paul lists in 1 Corinthians 12 that are available to every believer (who is operating in them by faith) to help you hear the multi-faceted voice of God.

Here is a simple definition of this gift:

“It’s a supernatural enablement to see into the spirit world. By this insight, inspired by the Holy Spirit, you can discern the glory of God, the risen Christ, hosts of angels, or even Satan and his demonic forces.”

Besides being found as a gift in Paul’s list to the Corinthians, we find this gift in operation through the Spirit throughout both the Old & New Testaments:

Ezekiel saw the glory of God next to the river, Isaiah saw the Throne, Jesus saw Satan, “fall from Heaven like lightening,” Stephen beheld the risen Christ and the glory of God just before he was martyred, and John the Revelator saw the visions of Christ.

“The telescope may reveal the galaxies of space,” wrote Howard Carter, “and the microscope the mysteries of the minute, but only the discerning of spirits can introduce us to the spirit world.”

So how can you grow in your operation of this gift?

By faith, of course!

Begin to pray and ask the LORD to activate this gift in your inner spirit.

It is especially effective in discerning good and evil in people and places you travel, and helping you to stay on a good course of action at all times. Combining this gift with your prayer life is a BOOST to your supernatural experience and a very present “help” in time of need when you are praying for other people to be free from addiction, physical healing, or even demonic oppression.

I have met some people who have never “seen” in the Spirit realm but have “sensed” both angels and/or the demonic realm by operating in this gift, which tells me that the LORD is creative as He operates this gift through you.

Some “see” and others “sense.”

I remember reading an extraordinary story of John G. Lake, a pioneer healing evangelist in the Pentecostal days. He was discouraged by many people who were not being set free in prayer in his services. So one evening he operated in this gift and saw into the spirit realm. He beheld a whole army of demons, trying desperately but suddenly unable to stop the power of God’s Spirit in operation above his own church building.

The glory of God won the battle, and the darkness lost. What an encouragement for this man who had labored in prayer for an answer. Healings and miracles broke out and the discouragement he had felt lifted–from that very hour!

A final word of encouragement from Howard Carter,

“If one covets the greater gifts, and the LORD is pleased to bestow them, you will be led deeper into your spiritual heritage, and will witness the gracious, yet unlimited, power of God in operation. A consciousness that has become truly united with God in His work is able to continue the beneficent ministry of the MASTER which commenced 2,000 years ago.”

So go ahead SUPERMAN or SUPERGIRL, and trust God for X-Ray Vision!

Carl Wesley Anderson, June 5th, 2018.

***To learn even more about this Way, or any of the 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice, visit https://borntoblaze.com/lovespeaks

Become a Dreamer of Dreams!

Have you dreamed lately?

I only ask because dreams are one of the 7 Common Ways that Love Speaks, from my new book, Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice.

In fact, they fall as #11 in the book, and if you have faith to believe it, God is communicating nightly with you in your dreams and in visions of the night seasons.

Did I say, “nightly”?

Really?

Yes. Quite possibly.

That means tonight!

Throughout 6,000+ years of salvation-history, God has been dialoguing with us through the amazing prophetic language of our dreams in the night. From Genesis to Revelation, from Revelation to today, dreams are consistently one of the most amazing ways of Love Speaking.

Dreams can be either literal or symbolic. Most often, I believe they are symbolic, and they are made up of parables and metaphors.

Jesus utilized these tools of communication to teach vast truths, and the Book of Revelations’ visions contain them, too.

Our dreams are filled with metaphors.

Here’s what Adam Thompson and Adrian Beale have to say about this from their amazing book, The Divinity Code (published by Destiny Image, Shippensburg, PA, 2011), page 72.

“God speaks to us in parables because they relate to us and have greater potential to be anchored in our minds. He also encodes His wisdom using metaphors because they are more readily received, they create a hunger in us for the interpretation, and they bypass our heart’s natural self-protective tendencies.”

You might remember those dreams that God gave Pharaoh and how Joseph was filled with the Spirit and properly interpreted their symbolism to help prepare all of Egypt for coming famine.

You and I are likewise filled with the Spirit in these “Last Days” and God wants each one of you to get better at both recognizing how He is speaking to you through dreams and properly interpreting your dreams.

Learn to do both!

How do you learn to interpret?

The #1 way is: read your Bible & be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Sounds simple, right? Read your Bible more and more often, as God utilizes the Word as His primary source of leading within dreams (for the believer).

And you need the Holy Spirit, as He is the Great Interpreter of your dreams!

For example, if you see an EAGLE tonight in your dreams, it could mean one of a dozen Scriptural possibilities for you, including,

God, the LORD Himself, yourself as a Seer/prophet, being lifted by the Spirit (achieving something not by human effort), strength, wisdom, or judgement, or many more!

And here are some Scriptures that have an EAGLE as these possible interpretations:

Isaiah 40, Matthew 24, Exodus 19, I Samuel 9, 2 Samuel 1, Deuteronomy 28 & 32, Psalm 103, Revelation 12, John 20 & Daniel 10 (and there are even more).

Dreams can build faith, bring illumination, confirm direction, or even be warnings from the LORD.

Here’s a great story from the life of evangelist Reinhart Bonnke.

One night, both he and his brother Jurgen had the same dream, thousands of miles apart, and neither one of them knew it at the time.

In the dream, Jurgen was crossing a huge suspension bridge and then falling into an abyss.

After this dream, Jurgen asked God in prayer to confirm that it was indeed a warning from Him by verifying it in some way through his brother.

In the mail soon after, Jurgen received a letter from Reinhart, detailing the dream, with the same night as he had received it. The witness of the two dreams led Jurgen to receive Christ as his Savior!

Recognize and expect that tonight could be a night of dreaming with God!

Try praying this tonight as your head hits the pillow,

“LORD, speak to me tonight in my dreams! Meet with me as I sleep, and help me know Your ways.”

Become a Dreamer of Dreams!

Carl Wesley Anderson, April 14th, 2018.

Learn even more through reading Chapter 11 of my book, “Love Speaks.” You can purchase it here: https://borntoblaze.com/lovespeaks

Don’t Let Go of the Rope!

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (NLT, Psalm 32:8).

This morning (March 15th, 2018) I stumbled upon an old story from the great English preacher, Charles Spurgeon, and it encouraged me. Let me share it with you.

“We were at the foot of Mount Blanc in the village of Chamouni. A sad thing had happened the day before. A young physician had determined to reach the heights of Mt. Blanc. He accomplished the feat and the little village was illuminated in his honor; on the mountain-side a flag was floating that told of his victory. After he had ascended, and descended as far as the hut, he wanted to be released from his guide; he wanted to be free from the rope and insisted on going on alone.

The guide remonstrated with him, telling him it was not safe; but he was tired of the rope, and declared that he would be free. The guide was compelled to yield.

The young man had gone only a short distance when his foot slipped on the ice and he could not stop himself from sliding down the icy steeps. The rope was gone, so the guide could not hold him nor pull him back. Out on the shelving ice lay the body of the young physician.

The bells had been rung, the village had been illumined in honor of his success; but alas, in a fatal moment he refused to be guided; he was tired of the rope.

Do YOU get tired of the rope? God’s providences hold us, restrain us, and we get tired sometimes. We need our Guide, and shall, until the dangerous paths are over. Never get disengaged from your Guide.

Let your prayer be,

“Lead Thou me on.” -C. H. Spurgeon

So let me encourage each of you reading this during this month: the LORD is your Guide! Don’t let go of the rope! Seek Him daily in His Word, and be in continual prayer. Be assured, you are on the best possible pathway for your life.

Trust your Guide & keep on going…

Until next month, remember Psalm 32:8, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

Brother Carl of https://borntoblaze.com

If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going

“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised” (Hebrews 10:36).

I have had a really, really tough few years of receiving cancer treatments. Last month I was ready to give up. There have been several moments like this in my journey with cancer.

What did I do?

I’ll return to this in a moment. For now, let me encourage you with a short story that was sent to me by a warrior woman of great faith, Pastor Dorothy Langstaff. She’s been an inspiration to me for over 2 decades.

She sent me this in the midst of my cancer battle, so I am passing it on to you, along with some closing comments.

“In 1952 young Florence Chadwick stepped into the Pacific, just off Catalina Island, determined to swim to the mainland of California. She’d already been the first woman to swim the English Channel—both ways.

The weather was foggy and chilly; she could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam for 15 hours.

When she begged to be taken out of the water, her mother, who was in a boat alongside, told her she was close and that she could make it.

Finally, physically and emotionally exhausted, she stopped swimming and was pulled out. It wasn’t until she was on the boat that she discovered that the shore was less than half a mile away.

At a news conference the next day she said, “All I could see was the fog…I think if I could have seen the shore I would have made it.”

What about you? Are you going through a fog right now? Keep going.

Are you going through misunderstandings, financial hardships, or relational issues? Keep going.

So last month I had another PET-CT Scan which looked clean, and I was expecting to be told I could stop the immunotherapy Treatments with their side-effects. Upon closer inspection, my Oncologist saw what he thought could be a remaining tumor, and recommended I stay on the Treatment.

I decided to endure.

Sometimes you are called to walk a journey of faith with the sun shining and the birds singing. Joyful days!

Other times, (and I think these are common so that God can stretch your faith and prove Himself to you), you walk into a fog and there seems no end of it.

Will the fog ever lift? Yes. Someday. It might not be today.

Is HIS GRACE really sufficient for you, personally? Yes.

Take fresh courage today.

Believe the writer of Hebrews. “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

As Winston Churchill once very possibly declared,

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going…”

By Carl Wesley Anderson, 11/11/2017

https://borntoblaze.com

Does God Check His Voicemail?

Carl here. I grew up in a Lutheran world where prayer was pretty much practiced as leaving a message on voicemail for God to check later: you pray, you’re pretty sure someone is listening up there, and you go about your business.

Easy, right?

Obviously, God must have had a lot of unheard messages on His voicemail, because all around me, nobody seemed to be listening for a reply to their prayers.

That would be much harder. That kind of prayer life would require responsibility on my part. Far too easy to just give God a call and leave Him a prayer message.

When I became a true follower of Jesus, I began to realize that not only was He listening to me, He was responding!

Responding in love!

Love Speaks (that is a catchy title for a book, right)?

Many Christians believe they have never once confidently heard a reply from the Lord after they left Him a prayer voicemail. And why is that? According to Scripture, there could be multiple reasons. Here are just 3, along with possible solutions:

  1. Sin BLOCKS the communication lines. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).

    The answer: repent! I actually practice a daily repentance for my sins. Repentance to the Father, in Jesus’ name, brings you into intimate fellowship with Him, and positions you to hear in fresh ways from the Word and the Spirit.

  2. We don’t EXPECT Him to answer. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

    The answer: start believing that not only will God hear you, He has wonderful plans ahead, and He is planning on prospering you!

  3. Maybe He’s being QUIET: “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior, He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy (Zephaniah 3:17).

    The answer: learn to listen to His quiet love all around you, and be secure in this stillness!

So does God check His voicemail?

The answer is NO: He doesn’t even have a mobile phone!

What’s way better than all the instant communication, mobile phones, and the personal assistant of Siri (for all you iPhone users..)?

I mean, seriously, what can be better than Google or Siri on the information highway?

How about:

GOD IS ALWAYS PREVIOUS.

Meaning: He is Providential; He is Omniscient; He is Omnipresent; He is ALMIGHTY!

Memorize this verse and remember it the next time you go to prayer and are thinking of leaving a voicemail:

“It will also come to pass that BEFORE THEY CALL, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I WILL HEAR” (Isaiah 65:24).

 

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The Word of Wisdom: unlocking your destiny

Have you ever wondered how to flow in perhaps the greatest of all the spiritual gifts, the word of wisdom? The following devotional blog is an excerpt from my new book, Love Speaks, and is “Way #16” out of the 21 ways to recognize God’s multi-faceted voice.

Just what is the Word of Wisdom? First off, Paul wrote, “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:8).

A simple definition: A supernatural revelation of the mind and purpose of God communicated by the Holy Spirit. When the Lord specifically reveals His purpose to an individual, that person receives it through a word of God’s wisdom. It is His wisdom flowing to you, and is oftentimes like a heavenly plan.

In the Old Testament, the whole range of Messianic prediction, and predictions concerning nations, cities, and individuals came to the prophets by the word of wisdom.

In the New Testament, the glorious new covenant truth with the order and rules of the church of Jesus Christ, as well as the predictions of Agabus (in the Book of Acts) and the Revelation of John on the Isle of Patmos, came through this gift.

The word of wisdom transports one to the very council chamber of the Almighty. 

It will help you put together a “pattern” that is like a heavenly plan, filled with God’s wisdom, and fitted just for you!

I look at the word of wisdom like the piece of the puzzle that is the linking piece.

Sometimes in life, as you are seeking God’s will, it’s like you are putting together pieces in a puzzle. In front of you is the picture, and the detail, of the portion of the puzzle you are fitting together. But perhaps you are lacking a key piece. And then, suddenly, you have eyes to see that one key piece.

The moment you fit it in place, it unlocks five or ten more pieces instantly, and together the part of the picture you are working on is complete and perfect.

The word of wisdom is that key piece that unlocks a number of others and helps you move forward into your destiny and fulfilling God’s will for your life by His direction.

“The Most Startling of Guidance”

Let me turn to an example from Loren Cunningham, founder of one of the world’s best known missionary organizations, Youth With A Mission, or YWAM. His book, Is That Really You, God? has become a classic on the subject of hearing God’s voice.

Here is an excerpt from a pivotal time in Loren’s ministry where God gave a word of wisdom to impart a blueprint.

They had fulfilled some amazing vision up until this point, but were waiting upon the Lord for guidance as to what His plans were for their future.

“The breakthrough started one amazing night in Hawaii. I had decided to stay up all night and pray, asking three of the school staff to join me. The four of us walked to a small, wooden annex about 10:00 p.m., turned on the light and went in. We knelt down on the rough floor beside some folding chairs.

Here is some of what came forth from the Spirit.

-The word Kona. Kona was a place on the Big Island, but we had never been there.

-The idea of founding a University.

-A white ship anchored in a bay.

Later that morning, I went in to a classroom of 92 students and asked them all to wait upon God in silence. I was praying for confirmation to some of these words.

Here is what the students, led by the Holy Spirit, saw.

-The letter K and then the word, KONA.

-A picture of a “big place,” like a University.

-A picture of a white ship anchored in a bay” (excerpt from, “Is That Really You, God?” by Loren Cunningham, YWAM Publications).

I know what you might be thinking. “You can’t write this stuff!”

What’s the end of this story?

These words and guidance came forward as a kind of blueprint for the future days of Loren’s ministry and the destiny of YWAM.

In the coming years, they moved to Kona, founded a University that is still impacting thousands of youth in over 100 nations, and they obtained a white ship called the Anastasis.

Upon this actual ship, my wife Sarah Elizabeth originally received her missions training, through YWAM, when she was only 19 years old.

And it all began in that all-night prayer meeting and morning “waiting upon the Lord” session as a word of wisdom confirmed from the Holy Spirit!

So, begin to believe that when you are sincere in seeking the Lord about guidance, you can see the guidance arrive through the remarkable gift of the word of wisdom. -Carl Wesley Anderson

**To learn more about, “Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voiceplease visit: https://borntoblaze.com/lovespeaks

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The Green Martyrs of Ireland at the Ends of the Earth

Never heard of the once-renowned “Green Martyrs” of Ireland?

Neither had I, until I studied Thomas Cahill’s excellent book, How the Irish Saved Civilization. In it, he shares how Ireland was unique in religious history for being the only land into which Christianity was introduced without persecution: there was no shedding of blood. There were no Irish “red martyrs” as St. Patrick and others brought the reality of Jesus to the Irish with little or no opposition.

People became Christians through a gospel of both the love and power of Jesus Christ: even the Druid priests were converted when they saw the power of God displayed above the dark powers they were accustomed to.

The Irish monks in their ingenuity thought up another form of martyrdom that did not require persecution and bloodshed: they would come to call themselves, “Green Martyrs” and give their whole lives dedicated to worship and prayer.

The Green Martyr was one who followed the cost of discipleship that Jesus laid down, the “deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow me” kind of commitment that leads to a self-sacrificial existence.

They chose the most remote corners of the Island, places like Skellig Michael, a rocky outcropping some 8 miles southwest of the tip of the Irish coast. Literally, “the ends of the earth” as their maps simply did not go any further than this point.

To this day you can still see the ruins of perhaps the best-preserved ancient monastery in Ireland.

I was taken out to this island on a boat trip to celebrate my 23rd Birthday while on my first missionary journey many years ago.

Skellig Michael is an ancient outpost of continuous prayer, consisting of a collection of beehive stone huts surrounding a small oratory building.

Skellig Michael on the Skellig Isles

And here’s a little secret (you read it here first: Star Wars Episode 7 was filmed there with Luke Skywalker on Skellig Michael! The monastery ruins were featured briefly at the end of of Episode 7 and will open Episode 8 when released later this year)!

I think God is shining a spotlight on a very special “place” on the earth, known only to Him for 600 years. For generations, rotations of 12 monks came to live here and dedicated their lives to study, prayer, fasting, community and worship.

It’s kind of like the original 24/7 model of prayer. It links current movements like Pete Grieg’s 24/7 Prayer Community based near London, or Mike Bickle’s IHOP Community based in Kansas City, or even the radical expressions of worship coming out of Bethel’s Redding Community or Jesus Culture.

Perhaps without realizing it, all of these modern movements have their roots in the ancient “Green Martyrs” of Ireland!

So here are 3 possible applications to becoming a modern “Green Martyr” (without having to move to Skellig Michael in Ireland):

1. Cultivate a lifestyle of radical commitment to God in prayer.
You can learn to cultivate a daily, hour by hour dependence upon the Spirit by new levels of self-control and self-discipline. Pray more! Pray fervently. Fast & pray, too. Try checking in with the Holy Spirit every hour of the day.

2. Read & meditate on scripture, daily.
The monks did. I visited the ruins of Nendrum Monastery, between Belfast and Downpatrick in Ulster, Northern Ireland. It contains the best-preserved ancient sundial in Ireland, where I noticed there were 8 markers which marked 8 distinct times of the day that these men and women of God would pause in their lives, pray, and meditate on Scripture. Try this: set some markers on your mobile phone to alert you to pause and pray throughout your day!

3. Find a spot in your home to dedicate as “holy space” to God.
The Christian Celts called these places, “thin places” because the veil between Heaven and Earth was so thin and they could sense the glory and presence of God lingering there. This could be a prayer room, or even a favorite chair where you commit to daily communing with the Spirit of God, interceding for others, or just reading Scripture. And the more time you spend in communion with God, the more you personally carry a “thin place” with you, wherever you travel, and can bring the presence of the King of Kings to others who need Him.

Remember the “Green Martyrs” and become one, in full devotion to Christ! -Carl Wesley Anderson, founder, https://borntoblaze.com

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before You” (Psalm 22: 27).

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Holy Coincidence, Batman!

Have you ever bumped into somebody you know in a kind of “chance encounter,” enjoyed amazing fellowship with them, and wondered, “Was this God’s guiding hand?”

If so, you’ve enjoyed Way #13 (out of 21 possible “ways”) that LOVE SPEAKS: a “Holy Coincidence, Batman!”

A simple definition: “The idea that your Heavenly Father has gone before you on your journey and prepared a surprise person or people, in the normal circumstances of life, to stumble upon.”

I use the word stumble in the definition because that is how we perceive the situation; in the most incredible of odds against it, there in front of you is someone familiar. And God put them there.

Recently whilst in England I met & became instant friends with a wonderful couple, Julie & Nigel, who are worship leaders, at a Conference. I did not even think to ask them where in the country they lived. I assumed London.

A week later, I had traveled 200 miles away to the south of England, and I was meeting Eric Delve, a dear friend and former mentor in evangelism, for a meal at a pub. We decided to go to this particular pub, (literally out in the country, in the middle of nowhere) quite spontaneously.

In fact Eric had driven 90 minutes from his home just to meet me in this unfamiliar place.

Soon after settling into a table near the fireplace, I looked up and noticed this rather familiar-looking couple arrive and settle in next to us. I stared at them for a moment and thought, surely I know them?

And sure enough, it was none other than Julie & Nigel!

It turns out that in all the thousands of places in England to go for a cup of tea, they actually lived quite near this pub, and there they were!

Eric wisely said, “Our Chief Sponsor has drawn us together in order to surprise us with a joyful meeting; He has re-arranged the pieces on the chess board!”

And so HE had. We enjoyed several hours of wonderful fellowship.

The odds would be, in the natural, one-in-a-million that we would all have met at that particular place and that particular time together. We all felt the love of God the Father for us.

holy coincidence, batman!

Holy Coincidence, Batman!

So, Divine appointment = Divine love!

God arranges His divine appointments to display His love for you personally.

That is a Holy Coincidence, Batman!

One of my favorite Revivalists of the 20th century was an Irishman named J. Edwin Orr. In the 1930s, the Father put a hunger for revival into this young man. With only a bicycle and a little money, but with a huge heart and massive faith in the provision of the Father, he set out upon a journey. His mission was to sow seeds of prayer for revival for all of the United Kingdom.

He shares a story to illustrate a “holy coincidence” in his own words,

“On the night of the 19th of March, we were approaching Edinburgh on our bicycles. I was traveling at the time with a brother, Stanley. We were singing the chorus as we rode, ‘No, Never alone!’ It was getting rather late, 10:30 p.m.

“Where are we going to sleep tonight?” Stanley asked suddenly.

“I’m sure I don’t know,” said I.

“What are we going to do about it?” he persisted.

“Why worry?” I replied. “Our Father knows all about it.”

So we rode on, and prayed simply that the Father would provide us with bed and breakfast.

“Well,” said I, “it is rather late to expect hospitality, but I feel that Father will provide it. We’ll visit a certain acquaintance of mine at Merchiston Grove and see if the Father gives us an exceptional sign, and if so we’ll know that we are not imposing in accepting hospitality.”

“When we arrived at the house, we made a remarkable discovery.

“These friends, who had seen me only once before, had THAT DAY received from South America a letter enquiring for me. The letter was lying on the table when I turned up at their front door! Delightful hospitality was offered and enjoyed.” –J. Edwin Orr, “10,000 Miles of Miracles in Britain” published originally in 1932.

So from this day on, begin to recognize that in every “divine appointment” there is the handiwork of your personal Father making the situation wonderful, so that you will know His love and direction for you.

Holy Coincidence, Batman!

***This Blog Post is an excerpt from, “Love Speaks: 21 Ways to Recognize God’s Multi-Faceted Voice.” For more info or to order your own copy on Amazon, click here.