(Meditating on Psalm 62)
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:6-8)
David had surely tasted the mighty power of God to deliver not just a few times. Because of David’s strong and true faith in God and a heart that rests in His power alone to save, he was a fearless warrior. Empowered by God, he charged against his enemies, advancing in the name of the God of Israel. Because David was in one mind and in one heart – God only was his rock and his salvation– he triumphed over his enemies.
Our democratic government has its own enemies, dangerous enemies: communism and communists. It has been battling with insurgency since the late-60’s, if I’m not mistaken. But in the late-80s to early-90s, Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry fearlessly launched its campaign against communism. Prayers with fasting were continuously offered for the victory of the campaign.
Through the years, countless rebels were converted to Christianity and they continue to serve the Lord and live in peace with all men to this day. This past summer, a JMCIM outreach launched another campaign to bring the Gospel to NPA (New People’s Army) strongholds. Using the same slogan printed in leaflets: “Beware! Communism is Satanism! We hate communism but we love the communists”, they boldly entered towns and distributed the invitations for the upcoming crusades.
When they reached the town of Zinundungan Valley in Rizal, Cagayan where it is known to be thick with NPA rebels, the police and the army warned the preachers and workers not to go up the mountains (for this is where the rebels live). But the workers insisted that the rebels must be reached. They planned to go up at night, for it is known that the rebels don’t go out during the day.
The workers were composed of preachers and prayer warriors who had fasted for 18 up to 40 days. So, they went up after dark, and it was too dark one could feel it, for there was no electricity in the place. Of course, they felt fear, being humans, but they were empowered by the Spirit of God.
They began to hike up the mountain with only the light from a flashlight. One couldn’t see either side of him. When they had to ford a river and the shoe of one of them was stuck in a rock, fear descended upon them that one declared, “If we will get out of this place alive, I will treat you to 2 gallons of ice cream.” (They were trying to lighten up their scary situation). Another dared the same, promising 2 gallons of ice cream as long as they would go out of that place alive. And then, still another one. The ordained preacher that was leading them was thinking silently and counting 6 gallons of ice cream in all.
They reached the dwelling places of the NPA rebels. They knocked on every door. A rebel, hood over face, would open the door slowly, rifle ready. A leaflet/invitation would be handed to him, he would read it with a flashlight, stare at the worker from head to toe silently, keep the leaflet and look again at the worker, as if to say, “You won’t be harmed.” Oh, Halleluiah!
Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Pure love for God and complete obedience to His Word, and genuine love for the unsaved would make one really courageous.
At 3 0’clock in the morning, after they had given out the invites to the rebels and had descended from the mountain, the workers were feasting on 6 gallons of ice cream.
The crusades in Rizal, Cagayan and all its neighboring towns saw the NPA rebels gladly handing out their guns and rifles to the workers as they went into the water to receive baptism in the name of Jesus. Halleluiah!
The “enemies” are actually hungry for love. They are hungry for God.
God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy;
For You render to each one according to his work. (Psalm 62:11-12)
To God be ALL the glory! Amen and Amen!
(This summary is based on the testimony of beloved Ordained Preacher Danny Cuarteros).
- Beyond the Fear of Man
- God Brings Back the Captivity of His People (with over 20 photos of crusades – testimonies of God’s unequalled power and faithfulness)