from The Foursquare Church

  • 75-year-old woman follows God’s call to the Middle East
    I am still amazed that, although I am 75 years old, I will be deploying from the U.S. to the Middle East as a Foursquare worker in October. How incredibly surprising!God’s hand leads us all of our lives, from our earliest beginnings until we’re living in the prime of our calling. I have seen His hand as a ribbon of grace throughout my entire life, beginning with my earliest years, spent in the Middle East while my father worked for the government. That was an amazing time for me, going to school and loving the people and food. There’s a special love in me for the land of my childhood. Their language—the sound and syntax of it—delights my heart. Not long ago, I visited some friends working for God there, in a country where it’s estimated that only 1 percent of the population believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were sitting together, talking, and I said, “You know how much I love you both, and if there was ever anything I could do for you …” One of them answered, “We’ve always wanted you to come here for a season and help us.” My heart leapt with joy. We prayed together, and I heard the Lord’s voice warmly speak: Wouldn’t you want to come to the land of Aslan? For me, with my lifelong love of C.S. Lewis’s stories, that question was the signaling seal of God’s guiding hand in this decision. When the Lord calls us, He puts it in others to recognize and endorse that call. When Ted Vail, director of Foursquare Missions International (FMI), found out what I’d heard, he was thrilled: “That’s perfect for you!” The whole Foursquare team has been an incredible blessing, encouraging me as I prepare to transition out of my job and even helping me make a support page.My prayer is: “Lord, give me direction. I’m so happy and honored! Give me dreams, visions and clarity. May Your Word confirm Your plan.” We all have very human emotions God has given us—that’s good, not bad! Emotions talk to us and give us signals as part of our call. Because we’re finite, we need to place our emotions on the altar before the Lord, and submit our will and dreams to Him. My prayer is: “Lord, give me direction. I’m so happy and honored! Give me dreams, visions and clarity. May Your Word confirm Your plan.” God is faithful to give those emotions and our calling back to us in pure form, assuring us that we’re not holding on to them improperly. Also, obstacles are part of any journey. But our King knows what to do with those, too. In John 16:33, He said: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (NKJV). If you find yourself in a similar situation, take those obstacles to God and ask: “Are You putting these here so You can give me redirection? Or are these just hellish, mean discouragements from the enemy?” Our Lord’s instruction does not cause condemnation. If God is speaking, we’ll have freedom in redirection. If it is the enemy, we’ll feel burdened. Statements such as, “You’re not worthy,” “You can’t do this,” or “You should be afraid,” are not God’s voice. Do not listen to words of discouragement.He designed me to be this age and to deploy now for His reasons and glory. Where I’m digging deep into my trust in God is regarding my home. I’m a special assignment worker, which means that I’ll be gone for a year or two and must rent my house until I return, and I have cats that will need care while I’m away. Another area of challenge will be leaving family and friends for a season. It’s still a bit nerve-wracking and faith building, but the Lord will take care of my practical needs! As I take this step to follow His call, I know firmly: He designed me to be this age and to deploy now for His reasons and glory. In Judges 5:21, Deborah sang: “O my soul, march on in strength!” I love that verse because I feel that. Through all of the travel and years, God has given me the strength to march on! Feel called to missions too? Sheridan Michael (name changed due to security risks in deployment nation) has been serving The Foursquare Church for more than 10 years and has traveled to 29 nations in the past 17 years. This story was written from an interview with Rachel Chimits.
  • Sidelined
    Why would God bench His best player?In Acts 24:27, the apostle Paul had been benched—locked up in prison for at least two years in Caesarea. He was sidelined. How could this be the Master’s plan? History reveals that, from the limited relational interaction that Paul was allowed, there came forth a mature, healthy community of Christ-followers. The church of Caesarea later became known as a theological epicenter. Fast-forward to 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicea, where many scholars believe that the Bishop of Caesarea, Eusebius, was responsible for providing the statement that was adopted as the Nicene Creed. Paul couldn’t have known that being a faithful servant in prison would have such a strategic significance in God’s long-range plans. When I am feeling emotionally sidelined, or when I am not “seeing” great accomplishments for the kingdom, I must remain grateful and faithful. I can’t see God’s big picture, but my obedience and faithfulness matter. His plans are much greater and better than my limited view. He is at work! This Week’s Prayer Focus [5 in 5] Personal Prayer 1. Pray for an “open-handed” attitude as you live out life, family and ministry. Remember Proverbs 16:9: “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” (NIV). 2. Pray out thankfulness and gratitude, recalling and speaking forth the Father’s faithful gifts to your life. This provides sanity and gives a healthy perspective. 3. Pray that your eyes may be open to the small and powerful. Those kingdom “wins” that are happening around you will help build your faith and courage, when you notice them. Foursquare Focus 4. Ask God to give Foursquare churches “missional eyes” to see the harvest beyond our own fields. 5. Ask God to provide congregants who are “of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom,” whom God might appoint to send (Acts 6:3, NKJV). Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.
  • A call to action
    Powerful words from Isaiah 61:1 launched a movement. The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed (NLT).  I read these words, and I just want to go. Go, and see the Spirit move in my life and the lives of others. Verse 4 shows us what happens when a bunch of healed and freed folks are equipped with the Good News. We are to rebuild—rebuild that which has been neglected for generations. We are to rebuild families, churches, cities and institutions. This anointing is not just for churches, but also for all nations. “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matt. 9:37, NKJV). Let’s pray that laborers will come forth and be filled with the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord. This Week’s Prayer Focus [5 in 5] Personal Prayer 1. Pray the Lord will show you how you personally can answer the Great Commission to reach all nations. 2. Ask the Lord to free those being held captive by sin in your community. 3. Consider ways the leadership in your church can mentor and influence the next generation of leaders. Foursquare Focus 4. Ask the Lord to show all Foursquare church leaders the right individuals with whom to build fruitful kingdom partnerships. 5. Pray The Foursquare Church worldwide would be attuned to hear God’s voice, that when He calls any of us to mission, we are ready. Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.
  • Preparing for the unexpected
    Trials in ministry should not defeat us, but motivate us.God does not hide the fact that sooner or later in life we will face difficult situations. In September 2017, I was diagnosed with cancer of the vocal cords. This was an unexpected trial. I immediately began the first of 28 radiation treatments, and for a period of four months, I lost my voice. I was not able to do what I love doing most: preach the word of God. Like Paul, who lost his eyesight, God gave me resources to deal with this trial. One of the most powerful resources is the Holy Spirit, who prepares and guides us through the unexpected. I found out three things during my trial: My daily prayer with God had been an investment, preparing me for the unexpected. My time alone with God helped me overcome fear and prepared me to face trials with an attitude of faith. A transformation by the Holy Spirit was taking place in my life and ministry, even before healing happened. God chose to heal Paul through Ananias in Acts 9:15-17. And three months after my diagnosis, I received news that my cancer had been eradicated. The healing power of God works when we pray, and the Holy Spirit guides and transforms us through trials. This Week’s Prayer Focus [5 in 5] Personal Prayer 1. Lord, help me pass through trials. I place my trust in You. 2. Father God, reveal Yourself to me during trials. Be present in my life. 3. Holy Spirit, transform me with Your power when I go through trials. Foursquare Focus 4. Lift up the volunteer leaders, teachers and ministry workers who keep churches running smoothly all summer. Pray for their lives to be enriched and blessed in their service. 5.  Ask God to provide rest and respite this summer for all pastors, so they may be recharged with the Word. Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own. Preparados para lo inesperadoLas pruebas en el ministerio no deberían derrotarnos, sino motivarnos.  Fidel Fernandez Dios no oculta el hecho de que tarde o temprano en la vida enfrentaremos situaciones difíciles. En septiembre del año 2017 fui diagnosticado con cáncer en las cuerdas vocales. Esta fue una prueba inesperada. Inmediatamente comencé el primero de 28 tratamientos de radiación y por un periodo de 4 meses, perdí mi voz. No pude hacer lo que más amaba: predicar la palabra de Dios. Como Pablo, quien perdió su vista, Dios me dio recursos para lidiar con esta prueba. Uno de los recursos más poderosos es el Espíritu Santo, quien nos prepara y nos guía a través de lo inesperado.  Me di cuenta de tres cosas durante mi prueba: Mi oración diaria a Dios había sido una inversión, preparándome para lo inesperado. Mi tiempo a solas con Dios me ayudó a vencer mi temor y me preparó para enfrentar las pruebas con una actitud de fe.  Una transformación por el Espíritu Santo estaba ocurriendo en mi vida y ministerio, aun antes de mi sanidad.  Dios eligió sanar a Pablo a través de Ananías en Hechos 9:15-17. Y tres meses después de mi diagnóstico, recibí noticias que mi cáncer había sido erradicado.  El poder sanador de Dios funciona cuando oramos, y el Espíritu Santo nos guía y transforma a través de las pruebas. Enfoque de Oración de esta Semana [5 in 5] Oración Personal 1. Señor, ayúdame a pasar por las pruebas. Pongo mi confianza en ti.  2. Padre Dios, revélate a mí durante las pruebas. Está presente en mi vida.  3. Espíritu Santo, transfórmame con tu poder mientras paso por pruebas.  Enfoque Cuadrangular 4. Levante en oración a los líderes, maestros, y obreros voluntarios en el ministerio que sirven en las iglesias durante el verano. Ore que sus vidas sean enriquecidas y bendecidas en su servicio. 5. Pídale a Dios que provea descanso y respiro este verano a todos los pastores, para que puedan sean revitalizados con la Palabra. Comparta sus pensamientos. Vea los comentarios a continuación, y añada el suyo.
  • Cancerous tumor miraculously vanishes after prayer
    “I’m good. Doing great,” I told my pastor, Barry Mulock, almost without thinking.Pastor Barry, senior pastor of Thrive Church (Glendora Foursquare Church) in Glendora, Calif., knew I had gone in for a biopsy, but I wasn’t ready to admit the results. I saw the look on the doctor’s face when she examined me. I could not imagine what the diagnosis of breast cancer might do to my husband, Jason, and my kids, Zachary (15), Trinity (12) and Imani (9). For a full year, I hid the truth that a grapefruit-size tumor was growing inside me. As a preschool teacher for 15 years, I expended a lot of energy. Suddenly, I was always tired. Sure, I was in my 40s now, but I knew my lack of focus was a symptom of a bigger issue. My throat began to swell, and my arm hurt all the time. Finally, Jason and I went to Pastor Barry for prayer. Reluctantly, we all agreed that Jason and I should step down as children’s ministry leaders at our church so that I could take care of myself. We prayed for God’s healing, and I made the necessary appointments with my doctor. Pastor Barry gathered our church leadership, who declared God’s healing over me in prayer for more than three hours. It was powerful and uplifting. “Lord, we pray you would cause this tumor to explode,” Casey Lynch prayed as she put her hands me. Casey had experienced a similar situation as mine, and she was now cancer-free. She could identify with what I was facing and prayed with such force that it should have made demons fearful. I was overwhelmed by the power of God. I couldn’t catch my breath and felt as though someone had hit me in the chest with a brick.Since my healing, our church has experienced a resurgence of miracles, and I have had the privilege of praying for people who, like me, were hiding life-changing diagnoses.The next morning, I was at the clinic for my MRI. Wearing only a robe, I nervously waited in a room with a bunch of other women waiting for results of their own. Jason had to stay in an outer waiting room, not knowing what was happening to me or the results of my test. Technicians took an image of one side, where the tumor had first been detected. Then, they took a picture of the other side, just to be sure. I could tell they were perplexed. Surprisingly, I felt supernatural peace. The Lord had given me Proverbs 3:5-6 to stand on: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV). I assured the Lord that I was fine with whatever outcome He had in store for me. If I lost my breast, I was OK with it. I gave my body completely to the Lord. Three hours later, my doctor confirmed that the tumor growing inside me for a year was gone—a miracle had occurred. Particles of the tumor were visible throughout my chest area like “shrapnel” that was left behind. The tumor had exploded, just as Casey prayed. I saw the images with my own eyes. The doctor kept the pictures to share with other specialists because my situation was so unusual. Since my healing, our church has experienced a resurgence of miracles, and I have had the privilege of praying for people who, like me, were hiding life-changing diagnoses. Praise God, He has performed miracles in their lives, too. Now I want to let the whole world know that Jesus Christ heals today just like He has always done, and always will do, when we fully trust in Him.

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