Faith to Raise the Dead
I must tell you about my failures first. My deepest successes have come out of my deepest failures. Nobody likes that kind of preaching (laughter). Monsoons came. I was fresh in Mexico. I didnít have any work at all. I had a lot of time off. When you donít have any work you have lots of free time. Iím not the kind of person who likes that much free time. I like to be busy, busy, busy. I had a small group of street people, probably 25 of them. They didnít have daddies. I was just preaching Jesus to them. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I was taking them to the river for fishing and messing around with them, just doing stuff. Monsoons came. I didnít understand monsoons then, but I understand them now.
There was a tap at my gate and one of the fellows from the group came and said you need to get your flippers on because one of the guys from the group fell in the river.
Monsoon rivers swell up really fast and they are real treacherous and are very bad. He was in there. Heíd been in there an hour. The young man asked if I would please help. I grabbed my flippers and ran down to the river. I stripped down, put my flippers on, and dove right in.
The water was muddy murky and there was a whirlpool. There were four of us in the water. They were sure that the boy was down in there somewhere. Every time I came up for air there was over a thousand people on the bank. They were screaming orders at us. Iíve learned lots of lessons in this stuff over the years. Donít tell me where to go unless you get in the water with me! If you get in the water with me, and youíre going to suffer, and youíre going to let it beat on you then Iíll listen to you. If youíre going to stay on the bank and we donít know but a little but weíre willing to try and youíre notÖ shut up.
When I was in the water I was caught up in a willow. You know what they are with long skinny limbs. When youíre in water theyíre like tentacles and you by and they wrap you up and they wonít let you go and itís scary. Well it caught me up and thank you Jesus I was able to break all those limbs and get away. It marked me up a little bit, but thatís okay. When I was reaching out trying to get away I touched a body, broke him loose and brought him up. We put him up in the boat and we were trying to decide what to do. All these people on the bank were trying to tell us all these things. We got him out and laid him on the thing. Right in the middle of all that mass confusionÖ the mother was screaming, the dad was wailing, and the familyÖ it was rough, it was rough. I donít like being around it but you have to sometimes. We laid him down. Right in the middle of all of that Jesus spoke to me to pray for him. ďI will raise him from the dead.Ē
Youíre right. It was an awesome moment but I disobeyed. I was standing in the midst of all this confusion and pain. Do you understand what I am at that moment. I am a doorway of power, but because of what was before me in the faces of men fear gripped me at the same time as faith did, doubt and unbelief. My King was asking for fruit. Let me tell you I was bent over like this. I walked off. Oooh, thatís a bad feeling. I wouldnít suggest that you do that either. It doesnít go very well with you in a few minutes. I can still feel the hurt and the emotions of the moment because I disobeyed God Almighty. Listen to this. I live with this every day. I condemned that 14 year-old boy to eternal damnation. He was not born again.
By the time I made it home the demon riding my back had made his job pretty complete. I was useless. I began to blubber and go into confusion and doubt and condemnation was huge and all sorts of other demons and deceptions had settled in. There was a cloud I could not see through and could not sort out the emotions of had gotten a hold of my spirit because I had submitted to it because of one thing Ė the fear of man. You can take your intimidation and go back to the hell you came out of with it. Not any more for me. No sir. No sir.
I wonít eat that any more. Itís a bad and sour pill. Itís not for me. Thatís why I seem aggressive to you. Thatís why I can seem overpowering and intimidating. I wonít allow certain things that have eaten my lunch in the past to even get at the table. Theyíre not even allowed to sit up with me. They can go to hell. Right now is fine. (woohoo)
I went through a month of the most miserable days of my life. And finally thanks be to God for a good woman. My wife is really tiny but sheís really feisty. Sheís a good lady. She comes marching in there. She grabbed me by the collar and she saidĒ now then listen to meĒ. I didnít want to because I was rolling in the mire of it. I didnít want to hear her. I didnít want to hear anybody. She said ďthis is what youíre going to do.Ē I didnít have a choice. I wasnít the king anymore. She said ďyou will either go out there and win souls like Jesus told you to do and you will let the devil fall off of you and you will forgive yourself and youíre will let God forgive you or letís go home.Ē That was God talking to me. She was the only one strong enough to tell me. I looked at her and said ďokayĒ. So I got up and got a few tracks and I went out fired up that big olí four wheel drive and I went out and felt a little bit better. Then the next day she helped me get in the truck again and I was a little bit better. Finally after awhile, probably another month, I was running at full speed again. But now I have the most valuable lesson of all. I am failure without obedience to the name of Jesus. Yahoo. That makes me powerful because I know what the bowels of failure and hell are all about Ė total destruction for the human body and soul. Total annihilation of what little ministry there is. You must realize that Jesus is your source. Jesus is your mainstay. Without Him you are nothing but with Him you can do anything.
A couple of months later I was in a small village in Mexico. A little Indian fellow ran up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and said ďBrother David, my son is about to die.Ē I said I have to go first to preach the gospel and after I preach I will go and lay hands on the sick. Does your Bible say something like this in Psalms 107 it says ďGod sent His word to healĒ - around verse 19 or 20. The Word has to go first, thatís just my opinion. It isnít always that way but this time thatís the way it was. I went to church and cranked up my little Coleman lantern. Youíve got to get this Ė grass roof, dirt floor, a brand new fledgling church. See this Ė youíre winning. Youíve got a few converts here in an area that for who knows how many millenniums that the demons have controlled it. Thereís a gospel light there with an ability to take over everything that it touches. Yes thereís oppression and the pressures are very real and it doesnít feel good, but it doesnít matter. It doesnít stop the power of God. You get it?
Church was good. It was wonderful. After I was putting up my little light. Iíd done my thing. Iíd preached the gospel. It was what I was supposed to do. The man sat on the bench. When I got up to preach he listened. Now he says to me ďBrother David, youíve got to come and pray for my son.Ē I got my backpack. The scene is awesome. There arenít any Americans within several hundred miles. There isnít any way of telling. Iím in this jungle scene. The trees are humungous. The smells of the jungle. Houses here and there. The only way you can tell thereís a village is that every once in a while a dog will bark. Thatís the only way you can tell that itís there. Everything is black Ė itís like being under a canopy with all the trees. My little lamp isnít throwing much light. Iím thinking ďGod this is awesomeĒ. Darkness is all around us and we have this little light. This is God. The Gospel is power. It helps people to see how to walk down the trail. Itís wonderful.
Iím walking with these guys and Iím going by different houses and I heard this lady over there wailing. Ooooo Oooooo. I thought ďI wonder what that is man?Ē The closer we get the louder it gets. Weíre headed to the noise. I get a little closer and the Indian brother walks up into the house. Itís his house. He walks back out. Now responsibility hits you. Are you ready? Because he got right up in my face, little bitty Indian fellow. He said ďmy son is dead and you are going to do something about it.Ē Woops. How many of you have read the latest book on how to raise the dead? There isnít one.
Responsibility, severity, scripture verses are running through my mind. Fear is gripping me again. Doubt, unbelief. Guess what I donít have this time? What I donít have is the direct commandment from Jesus to me ďraise the dead.Ē I didnít hear it this time.
Things are going to get more complicated and Iím going to go after some your pet religious clichťs. I go in this hut. The hut is small. They donít waste things there. I walked in to go into the door. When I walked in their house is made up of sticks wrapped up with vines out of the jungle. I get inside and there are two or three candles burning. The first thing I see is a woman in the middle of the floor, rocking back and forth and just screaming. Thereís a little body stretched out Ė her son, nine years old. Heíd been dead for four hours. I look to her right and there are two black magic warlocks standing there. Standing beside them are two spiritist healers. You have two elders from the town that are anti-Christ. They are against Jesus. Youíve got the warlocks and the spiritists - plenty of demons there. The sister was born again. When she looked up and saw meÖ I donít have to tell you how concerned I looked. You have this dead boy there, you have these warlocks, you have these anti-Christs, youíve got the spiritist healers there. Itís time to be serious. So what do you do? Pray, believe, receive ďall things whatsoeverĒ. Is this true? Are you starting to see how I think there because itís in the Bible thatís why. The scriptures in the both the Old and New Testaments began to go through my mind about how people had been raised from the dead. I didnít know what to do. There was no other book than the Bible. Iíve come to find out thatís the only book. I literally did not know how to go about what I was doing. I did not have a direct word from God come into my spirit. I did not have an angelic visitation or manifestation. I did not have a finger on the wall. I didnít even have a bird peepingÖ.
I had two spiritist healers, two black magic warlocks, and two anti-Christs and all of them were chanting evil spells on me. Now if I was an American I would think ďwell the spiritual airways arenít clean so I canít pray Ė praise the Lord.Ē
For us to wait on the spiritual airways to be clean I would never pray. Iím working whatís called pioneer work. There has never been anyone praying there before so all the airways are contaminated by the demon forces. What do you think we have the Holy Ghost for? Let me say something thatís really remarkable. There isnít a devil big enough to stop Jesus. Thatís really the truth. Your emotions donít have anything to say about what is going on. Donít you listen to your emotions, youíll always be in trouble.
What the devil says, whether itís in your mind or your spirit, whether itís what youíre seeing, feeling, tasting, touching, has nothing to do with what the Word of God says. What those warlocks are saying has nothing to do with power of God. They cannotÖ CANNOTÖ stop heaven. In remembered what Jesus did. Iím a simple fellow. Iím sitting there and scriptures are running through my brain. I figured Jesus probably did it right.
Iíll show you. Ready? This hand was on the little boys head. Then I decided to see if heís only half-dead. Maybe I can find a faint heartbeat. That surely would be easier. I looked all over the little boy for a heartbeat or a faint pulse. It wasnít there. So I said ďOh well, heís all the way deadĒ So I started praying.
Now people always have questions about this raising the dead. What did you pray? How did you pray? How long did you pray? What does it matter? The name of Jesus is what matters. The particular method I used was probably wrong, but thereís this thing called grace and mercy. It comes from heaven. You throw yourself on that all the time so as to give Him all the glory and everything will work out usually. So I started praying for him. I prayed in English and that didnít work. I prayed in Spanish and that didnít work. So I prayed in Indian, that didnít work. I prayed in tongues, that didnít work. I was fresh out of languages. So what could I do? I told you I could not attribute it to anything but the name of Jesus. As I was sitting there I was frantically going from one language to another, a few syllables in one end then the other. In every language the name of Jesus was prevalent and thatís what matters. How longÖ I donít have any idea. I know I began to sweat pretty hard, but it was a hot night Ė about 100 degrees there at 10 or 11 oíclock at night. I was praying and sweating, and holding onto the little boyís arm.
Heíd gone stiff on me and lost all his color. All of a sudden, now listen to this itís pretty fun. Iím praying and the little boy had on a little t-shirt and the dad and I saw that it bounced. It went to-to. I looked up and the daddyís eyes were as big as mine because he saw it too. Now the devils are still chanting and theyíre still cursing God and me and everybody else. For some reason it didnít bother the Holy Ghost, what do you think about that? That Mighty Holy Ghost came in there and thumped that heart on that little boy and kicked it all off again. In just a few minutes the little arm got limber. And the color came back. He got warm again. Wow! Today is the same day of salvation as it was then. Today is the day of power and resurrection. Today is the day of Glory. Today is the day of visitation.
You see I donít know why God would let me touch that little boy. I donít feel like the right person. I feel underqualified. I feel lots of things. I feel under-studied. I feel lots of things, but it doesnít seem to bother the Holy Ghost how I feel. As long as I call out to Jesus in faith. As long as you believe ďwhatsoever you ask in prayer believingĒ you shall receive. Thatís what I believe Ė okay? Thatís what the bible says.
Listen I didnít know what to do next. His little eyes opened and looked at me. Almost all the little children are afraid of me because Iím big to them and Iím little itty bitty. This little boy had such peace. I reached down and got him. I picked up this boy who had been dead for over 4 Ĺ hours. You remember what the bible says that Jesus did with the children. He always brought them to their mother. Most of the time he said to them ďgive them something to eatĒ. I was able to take that child over to his mother. I laid it in the motherís arms. She was as astounded as I was. Jesus came there because of His compassion for that lady (and he helped me too).
I was so astounded that it worked. It really, really works. Itís wonderful. Hereís what I told that lady. ďMaíam hereís your son back from the dead by the power and the Glory and the Blood through the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.Ē In my opinion as a man who has been around the world several times, been in some of the greatest services that there will ever be. I have personally been where 21 people have been raised from the dead. Thatís awesome but it pales compared to your ability to be in His presence. He ordained His disciples first to be with Him. Youíve been called and your obedient, but the most important thing you can ever do is spend time with Jesus.
I may be the most simple man youíve ever met but youíve never met any man in our generation that have touched as many dead man and had them get up as I have. You might not like the way I dress or talk but spending time with Jesus is number one. Donít ever forget that. After people spent time with Jesus then He sent his disciples forth. Donít go unless Jesus sends you. Get with Him and heíll send you to preach.
After that they healed the sick and cast out devils. The most valuable thing you have is to seek Jesus. Itís not how well you speak. Itís not how well you pray. Itís not how well you heal the sick. Itís not the number of demons you can cause to flee when you walk in. Itís how well you can speak ďI love you Jesus. I need you Jesus. Absorb me Jesus. Possess me Jesus.Ē
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