equip confession of our mouths is tremendously important — it actually determines so much about how we live our lives. After all, Man was made in God’s image and God is a creator. How does God create? In Genesis 1:2, it said, “God spoke and said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.” Creation happened through the word coming from God. In verse 6, He spoke and the firmament came into the waters and in verse 9, He spoke land into being. So, too, day and night, the fish and the birds, all living creatures including Man — God spoke and all these were created. I believe there is a creative power about the words we speak, so be careful of how you use your tongue. God has made us in His image, which includes the ability to speak life prophetically, so we need to start speaking up. There is power in praise, power in being positive, and we need to realize the power of a good confession as we use our tongues. Let me share with you my personal experience on this. My wife and I have been pastors of the church in Liverpool, England, for the past 13 years and it has been marvelous. The very first people we ever met in the city gave their lives to Jesus Christ. The lady that sold us our house asked us what were we doing in the city, and I said, “I’m coming to start and pioneer a church.”
keys and, let’s be honest, it’s not the building that makes a church, it’s the people. And the people kept coming, and the church grew and grew. We went from absolutely nothing to more than 500 “raw converts” in the span of five to six years. While that’s not many for Singapore’s standards, it was many for us; there were no ‘church transfers’ but they were all offthe-street-turned-believers. Many still had tattoos of “Liverpool Football Club” on them, and the grandmas had tattoos and boots and colored hair! It was a very unusual church, but it was fantastic. Then something happened. It seemed as if all hell was let loose. At this time, a 21 year-old girl named Gwen came in and gave her life to Christ. Gwen was an ex-drug addict and a single mum, and she also had cancer. As a church, we prayed for her but nothing seemed to happen. She got worse and, to cut a long story short, she died. It rocked us as a church — one that was full of faith, believing and prophesying — and negativity crept in. What’s worse, her non-Christian parents, who were involved in some “shady, dodgy stuff”, rang up the No. 1 selling newspaper in the U.K. and said their daughter had been going to a church that didn’t believe in doctors or medicine because they’d found some books she had that talked about faith.
She replied: “I’ll never, ever go to church.” The lady came to our first meeting and got saved and, later, her two daughters too. She is still serving Jesus today. And our next-door neighbors? They got saved too. As for the city of Liverpool, there are full of characters. We had all kinds of TV personalities and models getting saved, and our church is housed in a former nightclub! The owner of the nightclub gave his life to Christ and handed me his
My wife and I had no idea this was happening when we went to Gwen’s funeral, but quickly realized the extent of the family’s hatred when Gwen’s brothers chased us off with a “big shooter”, a big gun. That Sunday, the newspaper published a two-page spread with my photographs and the headline “This Evil Cult Kidnapped our Dying Daughter”. While the news of me being labeled a cult leader circulated throughout the U.K., things got worse.
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