There can be miracles…

I saw miracles last night.

Not coincidences, not “God things,” MIRACLES.

A couple of weeks ago, God told my friend Sarah to stop and talk to a man who was sitting on a bench on the square.  She was obedient, and met Nathaniel, a 20-something-year-old man with a history of sexual immorality, Satan worship, and a general indulgence of every kind of sin.

Nathaniel hears voices and believes (as do we) that he is possessed/tormented by demons.  I think the second day Sarah met with him, they prayed for 4 hours, in which time the demons of confusion, murder, anger, and lust were cast out by the name of Jesus.  Since that time, Sarah, Dustin, and a number of other friends have been talking and praying with Nathaniel.

Last night at communion, we met for the express purpose of praying over him.  Last night I heard a man who two weeks ago could not speak the name of Jesus or read Scripture talk about how much he wanted to serve and worship God.  But he was still afflicted with anger and condemnation, believing the lies that God would not accept his service and love, that God did not want him.  Before last night, Nathaniel could not remember why Jesus went to the cross.  Even if you tried to have him repeat a simple sentence, he could not do it.

So last night we laid hands on Nathaniel and prayed for him and spoke the truth of Scripture to him.  People prayed that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, that we know love by this, that He laid down His life for us.  By the time we ended, he could speak of the crucifixion, he was consumed with singing praise to the Lord, he sang the words “no anger for me, at least not from you,” and told us that he felt free as he had never felt before.

As I type, Sarah and Nathaniel are on their way to Denton Freedom House, a Christian men’s home created to help free people from bondage.  It’s basically a six-month intensive discipleship program, but there are concerns about accepting Nathaniel because of his criminal record.  Please pray in faith that Nathaniel will be accepted.  His heart is so pure, he so greatly desires to bring glory to God.

His life is already glorifying God.  The things that happened last night, the joy that entered that house, I cannot even begin to explain.  All I know is that even if I never feel the Spirit that strongly again, dayenu.

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  1. Dad

     /  April 20, 2009

    Words fail me. Dayenu, zei gazundt!

  2. eliseannpetrosky

     /  April 22, 2009

    love love love love

  3. eliseannpetrosky

     /  April 22, 2009

    this is emily, but Elise would probably say something similar, more poetically.

  4. Molly

     /  April 22, 2009

    i’m gonna need to hear this story from your actual mouth. or someone’s.
    i love you, rachel

  5. 100fold

     /  April 23, 2009

    What a great testimony to God’s love and the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. I’m so blessed that you guys are working and delivering people in the world just as was done in the early Church. Thanks for sharing and being an encouragement to me and other believers. God is active and alive even today!


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