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Fried Bananas from Heaven

Two Women, Two Stories, One God

My Story:

At a recent conference, I was sitting looking at my iPhone and not paying close attention to what was being said. Suddenly, the Holy Spirit whispered to me this is for you. I began listening. The speaker had just shared stories of miraculous healing and the dead raising in his church in Indonesia, which is the largest Christian church in a Muslim nation. Now he said, “Let’s practice!” He called for anyone who had a headache or pain in their head to stand up. I have an intermittent issue with tension headaches and the Holy Spirit had just told me this was for me, but I did NOT want to stand up. I waffled. Others stood around me. I waffled until the last moment. I stood up. You just don’t not obey the Holy Spirit. That’s not cool.

When I stood up, I was uncomfortable. My mind whirred with 1,000 thoughts: what will others think? What’s going on here? Is this legitimate, in line with scripture? Who’s in charge? What will people think? In an attempt to quiet this storm, I decided to focus on Jesus alone. I pictured Him across the stadium and gave all my attention to Him. Then He asked me why do you picture me so far away? I’m right here with you.

So by now people are laying their hands on me to pray and I can feel Jesus with them, laying His hands on me also. He was right there with us, among us, one of us. As I bask in His presence suddenly, yet subtly something shifts. Their hands become His hands. We are the body of Christ. He is our head. My dear brothers and sisters were the physical hands of Jesus touching my head, touching my shoulders, touching my back. I could feel Him physically because they were His hands touching me.

I am changed. I’ll never be the same. The headaches are still here. But I know Jesus is with me like I never knew it before. He’s in those who surround me. And He’s in me. I’m glad I stood up.

Her Story:

The pastor from Indonesia shared this true story of a blind woman in his church. There was a woman who was blind before she ever met Jesus. So she had never seen a Bible. Had never read the Word herself. One day she approached a pastor and told him she could see a vision of the Bible. He asked what book she was seeing, she answered Joel 2:12-14. He opened his Bible and asked her to read what she saw in her vision. She read:
12 But there’s also this, it’s not too late—
God’s personal Message!—
“Come back to me and really mean it!
Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”
13-14Change your life, not just your clothes. 
   Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. 
   He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love, 
   always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now, 
   maybe he’ll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all’s said and done, 
   there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!
As she read, he read and the texts were identical. Then he turned to her, stunned and said, “This is the passage I am preaching from today. The Lord is on you, you are preaching today.” She preached. The presence of the Lord came down and many people repented and were changed for life.

It just gets better.

This blind woman’s father was a Hindu priest. When she refused to deny Christ, he kicked her out of the home. She suddenly found herself blind and homeless and afraid. So she asked God for help. Their conversation went like this:

Her: God, how can I eat?
Him: My Daughter, don’t be afraid. You will eat, but you must work.
Her: How can I work? I am blind.
Him: You will sell fried bananas.
Her: How will I sell fried bananas? I don’t know the recipe.
Him: I will give you the recipe for fried bananas from heaven.
(She then saw a vision of the recipe)
Her: But how will I know when they are done frying?
Him: My Daughter, don’t worry. I will show you when they are done.

So she gathered the supplies she needed and began to fry bananas. When the first batch was done, she felt a hand take her hand and guide her. Every time the bananas were done, God took her hand and helped her scoop the bananas out of the hot oil. She sold so many fried bananas from heaven that she made the equivalent of 1,500 dollars per month. This is 10 times more than the normal wage in her village.

Two women, two stories, one God. God our Father, God His Son and God His Holy Spirit. Touching hearts. Changing lives. Caring for His own. Do you know this God? He loves you, knows you, cares for you. He longs for you to know him closely. Longs for you to share your life with him. You don’t have to be physically blind for him to talk to you personally. Take me for example. I wasn’t physically blind, but I was blind to the truth. This most patient God, extravagant in love… Experience this love yourself. It’s available, just start the conversation.

Praises:
Fritha is feeling better than she has ever felt in her life! Glory to God!
Our every immediate physical need has been taken care of!
Team Season starts again mid-November on through the summer!

Prayers:
For Jeff to be restored to full strength (he’s a bit under the weather, but he deserves a turn, don’t you think :)
For God to increase our committed financial support to meet our goal of 100% funding.
Team Season starts again mid-November on through the summer!

Info:
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