PROPHECY, DECISION & PRAYER – January 15th, 2016
Gulu, Uganda – Day 2 of 3
“Pastors jumped to their feet shouting that they will not surrender to the devil, but that they will serve the Lord with life and power!”
On the second day – in the middle of my teaching on the Kingdom and the Church – I found myself speaking prophetically to the pastors about them being in a critical time for the church in Gulu and really for all of Uganda. The church had gone thru great persecution and violence and confusion (first Idi Amin, and then worse violence and horror by Kony and the LRA) and had survived by hiding (understandably!).
There has now been law and order for some time, yet the church is still functioning in fear and apathy – in danger of becoming just another empty nominal religion instead of the vital, victorious Bride that Jesus wants her to be. Once again the response was powerful. Pastors jumped to their feet shouting that they will not surrender to the devil, but that they will serve the Lord with life and power!
As I gathered the meeting back to focus, I told the pastors about what the Lord had spoken to Lyle’s and my heart on the first day, about the church being in the valley of decision, and that their decision this day could well determine what happens to the church in Gulu, even Uganda, for the future ahead [as the ones with spiritual authority in the nation]. I then asked them to make a decision before the Lord as to how they were going to function – first in their own hearts and minds, then in their actions in ministry.
Again the response was so powerful. But not with shouting, rather with an intense seriousness. I then had them pray for one another, and it was another moment where you felt as if the roof was going to lift off the place!
I am so humbled and blessed to be with these amazing saints.
REPENTANCE & DELIVERANCE – January 16th, 2016
Gulu, Uganda – Day 3 of 3
“…the presence of the Holy Spirit was so powerful. The response from the pastors was swift and strong.”
The third morning, I began to teach on Making Disciples. Not sure how it happened, but the morning turned into a time of personal deliverance (at first) from generational curses, lies, sickness and poverty. Again the response made it obvious that it was right on target for those present!
The ministry then moved to the pastors asking forgiveness for the neglect of spouses and their families. Repenting from all known sin got dealt with as well, including gossip, jealousy, envy, resentment, competitiveness against other pastors and leaders in the Body. We took the authority given to us as blood-washed and redeemed sons of God to pluck up, destroy and block every generational thing not born of the Spirit from ourselves, and our families, churches and ministries.
Again the presence of the Holy Spirit was so powerful. The response from the pastors was swift and strong. I did not “talk them into” anything. The Holy Spirit was doing an amazing sovereign work of freedom.
So much happened it is hard to remember it all. Lyle told me that he was struck by the deep intensity of the pastors. Many were kneeling on the floor, some standing, some sitting but bent forward like they were in travail.
God did a great work at that meeting. I was then able to finish the teaching about Making Disciples.
The night before I had taught on anointing. Again a very strong response.. The Holy Spirit really moved powerfully. Some went down under the power, others went to their knees but it was not like they decided to kneel. I could “see” the Holy Spirit press them down on their knees. Many others were standing to simply receive. The pastors’ hunger was strong and the Spirit really responded.
Many received visions, some were obviously being delivered and set free. You could really feel the presence of the Lord there. It really seemed that everyone had been powerfully touched by the Spirit.
The teaching on Making Disciples hit a chord with the pastors. Many of them, including the key senior leaders, approached me afterward and said (this is a quote from Pastor Michael Oryem who pastors the largest church in the area and was on the seminar planning committee), “This teaching on making disciples is what the church in Uganda is missing. This is what we must do to recover from the decades of persecution and slaughter. This will make the church strong again.” Many pastors and leaders made comments along those lines.
The Lord is on the move here! Many leaders expressed that they feel that this seminar was very redemptive and will bring great healing to the church.
I am so grateful to be part of what God is doing in this nation.