11 Dec 2013 by Jason Law CM –
Recently, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was blessed with a 12-day extensive rally by Pr Robert Ssesanga, and on last Saturday night, 7th of Dec, he conducted a miraculous healing session in FGA KL. Pr Robert is a man who walks closely with the Holy Spirit, something that is reflected in his multi-faceted ministry in the area of the Spirit’s work. Besides baptizing followers of Christ in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, he also ministers in Prophetic Meetings, as well as Miracle and Healing sessions, done with the help of the Spirit of God.
Before the healing session, Pr Robert shared a Word of encouragement with the church. He entitled his message ‘The Acts of the Holy Spirit’, and he talked about the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as the work He does. In his message, taken from the early chapters of Acts, he defined miracles as God’s divine interventions in the affairs of men.
As an opening passage, he shared the profound thoughts of the prominent English Bible scholar, translator, author and clergyman, J.B Phillips:
‘It is impossible to spend several months in close study of the remarkable short book, conventionally known as the Acts of the Apostles, without being profoundly stirred and to be honest, disturbed. The reader is stirred because he is seeing Christianity, the real thing, in action for the first time in human history. The new-born Church, as vulnerable as any human child, having neither money and influence nor power in the ordinary sense, is setting forth joyfully and courageously to win the pagan world for God through Christ. The young Church, like all young creatures, is appealing in its simplicity and single-heartedness. Here we are seeing the Church in its first youth, valiant and unspoiled – a body of ordinary men and women joined in an unconquerable fellowship never before seen on this earth.
Yet we cannot help feeling disturbed as well as moved, for this surely is the Church as it was meant to be. It is vigorous and flexible, for these are the days before it ever became fat and short of breath through prosperity, or muscle-bound by over-organisation … They did not hold conferences on psychomatic medicine, they simply healed the sick….
It is of course possible that the translator has had his head turned by too close a study of these artless and energetic pages, but nevertheless he feels after such study that the Holy Spirit has a way of short-circuiting human problems. Indeed, in exactly the same way as Jesus Christ in the flesh cut right through the matted layers of tradition and exposed the real issue; just as He again and again brought down a theoretical problem to a personal issue, so we find here the Spirit of Jesus dealing not so much with problems as with people ….”
… this is the story of Spirit-directed activities and there is what appears to be from the human point of view an arbitrariness, even a capriciousness, in the operation of the Holy Spirit. Of course from the real point of view of God’s work is neither arbitrary nor capricious – and this will be plain to us one day.”
Most people, including secular historians, know that the Early Church wasn’t a sophisticated one. They didn’t have grand buildings to worship in, sophisticated technology, globally-known speakers to motivate, or even a simple, convenient way to worship. In fact, the early Church was under intense persecution. Yet, we also know that the greatest growth of the Church occurred in those early years. The note of importance here is how much the Holy Spirit moved and was involved in the Church. The Early Church grew remarkably under such intense pressure, not just because the early Christians were strong, devoted, believers, but also because they placed their hopes and trust in the Spirit who empowered them.
In Acts 2 v14 onwards, after the day of the Pentecost, we find Peter preaching boldly and eloquently to a massive crowd. This was the man who denied Jesus three times out of fear. Something had happened to him, and it changed his whole character. In Acts Chapter 3, Peter performed a miraculous healing on a beggar. Pr Robert shared that the beggar thought he needed alms, but God knew his need better, and employed Peter to bring him to restoration through the Holy Ghost (‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you’ – Acts 3:6) God knows what we need more than anyone else, and He meets us at our point of need. When saints gather in the name of Jesus, miracles happen. Miracles, however, need a point of contact. We call this point of contact faith. We need to forget fear and desperateness and have faith.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
In Acts 4, we find 5000 saved in one day. In Acts 5:15, we find that even Peter’s shadow healed many. This may seem like a huge number, impossible for us mere normal Christians to achieve. (‘Who are we to compare to Peter, after all?’) Pr Robert shared, however, that what happened in the Book of Acts can still happen in our days. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The God we worship is the Doctor of Doctors. He never fails. But while God is a miracle worker, He often uses our hands. The reason Peter’s shadow had such power was because Peter was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. As a minister, Peter yielded to the Holy Spirit.
As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
Pr Robert exhorted Christians not to live a lifestyle that only does things after trouble falls. God wants us fully-given to Him. The answer to witchcraft and the powers of darkness is the supernatural power of God. We have the answer and should impart it. When God teaches us, it is an impartation. Obey His instructions, and signs from God shall follow, according to our hunger for God. We must be hungry in our walk with God.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
As Christians, we shouldn’t have a defeated spirit. The devil comes to steal and destroy, but in God we have life, and life abundantly (John 10:10). The Spirit of God appeared to powerful people like Darius, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Pharoah, and many times He protected His children from harm from these powerful people.
Saul of Tarsus, the most zealous persecutor of Christians, was converted by His Spirit, and became Paul, the most anointed and influential propagator of the faith Christians had ever known. When Paul and Silas were locked up in prison, they only prayed and sang hymns to God, and God supernaturally set them free. Paul converted the family of the prison warden (Acts 16: focal point v25-34). God wants us to move from glory to glory if we only conform to Him. Pr Robert’s final exhortation to Christians is, just like the call for the first disciples in Luke 5 (focal point v9-11), as His children, we are also called to be ministers for God.
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people."
There was an extended healing session that night. The deaf could hear again, the lame walked on their own, and many ailments and diseases were healed. The joy and impact of the session was indescribable by words, and only the photos can tell of this impact effectively.
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