Africa: Grace or complicated techniques.

March 27, 2009

My last blog ended with my meeting at the home of Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. A lot has happened since.

Jesus really showed His love for the city of Kisumu. The third night there were so many miracles I don’t know where to start: blind, deaf and mute were healed, tumors vanished and paralysis was healed. There was one story after the other, and there was no end of the celebration. Each evening as I gave the salvation call the entire crowd responded. The counselors were working overtime to get the follow-up material to each one. One night I asked the people, “what is your worth?” In answering my own question I shared, “you are only worth what someone is willing to pay for you.” Then I spoke about the great price God paid for every soul. As I looked across the vast audience, I saw people convulsing in tears as God’s love was revealed to them; this is the work of the Holy Spirit. On the biggest night people were packed for a 100 meters in each direction. As soon as I get home, I will send you a nice photo so you can rejoice in what happened.

Our TV team has been working hard to capture some of the individual stories. Led by our producer, Megen Thurber, they visit in the homes of some of the people touched by God. In the weeks to come those documentaries will be ready.

Wherever we go there is a clash between the message of God’s grace (the unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God through Christ), and a host of legalistic mindsets. There are so many prayer techniques and revival and breakthrough paths that I get tired just thinking about them all. One preacher is worse than the other in cooking up complicated systems of blessing. When the people hear the simple but incredibly profound proclamation of JESUS as the one who has done it all and our job is simply to receive from HIM, they can at first hardly believe it. Then the truth sinks in and joy takes over. We are not trying to get God to do anything: we are receiving what He has done. God is not angry with the world because He already punished the world’s sins in the flesh of Jesus. Now it’s time to repent (turn around) from self-reliance and self-righteousness to HIM, who has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. Let me hear from you! -Peter

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