Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Man with Covid-19 was dying, then God sent a cleaner

Man with Covid- 19 was dying then God sent a cleaner. 

Recently, Lee was in critical condition because of Covid-19.

Here is his narration of his experience:

"It was two nights in the hospital where I didn't know whether I will make it or not. 

I was under incredible pressure, was on drips and procedures. 

I remember those night I was crying to the Lord to help me and supernaturally just do something that would encourage me and bring me through. 

I remember the next day I had a night from hell. And you have to understand in the isolation ward when no one else can get in, when no one else, no pastor, no friend, no family members. When no one else was allowed in God sent a cleaner. 

And all of a sudden the cleaner had come in, he was like a ray of sunshine.

And he began to chat to me and he asked me how I was and say to me about hanging in there. 

And then we got to chatting and we got talking and he turned around and said to me that he was a missionary in Nigeria for 14 years and he began  to tell me how God had saved many many souls through his ministry and just these last couple of years he'd found himself back home in Northern Ireland. 

"And he's encouraging my heart and he's telling me about souls and about the love of Jesus the love of God. and I'm just sitting going wow". 

When God needs to reach you He knows exactly who is the right person. And in that moment of time,it was a cleaner. 

When no one else could get in, God sent a cleaner. He left that day and he says this as he stood at the door. He said, "Son, an I pray for you?", I said, "absolutely". 

As he began to pray at the door he couldn't touch me. And as he was praying he began to ask God the Holy Ghost to visit me. He began to ask God to heal my body and touch my lungs. He stood at that doorway and he pleaded with God Almighty to spare my life and to continue to use me. 

And then he left. 

And what was incredible was, after he left, he periodically would walk past my window and give me a thumbs up. That night I remember I started to turn around. "Could it have been the prayer of a cleaner?". 

As Lee's strength returned he found his appetite was also returning. 

That night I began to desire a packet of prawn cocktail crisps. And I asked the lord because no one could get to me. I said , "Lord, is it possible if you could get me a packet of prawn cocktail crisps and a can of coke?".

Because that night began to turn.  The next morning the cleaner came and he brought in a bag, and in that bag was two oranges, a can of coke and a packet of prawn cocktail crisps. 

"Don't tell me that God doesn't know. God knows our every need he knows our every desire!". 

And he just passed the bag through the door, he couldn't come in and he just said "It's just a gift from the Lord".

I sat up I ate the crisps 

God is a God who is personal. And He knows the deepest desires of our hearts and He knows our needs. 

I want to encourage you out there today. God knows what you need of. He knows your heart's desires. He is an incredible saviour. Never underestimate what God can do to you. 

Thank you to that cleaner, you know who you are. If you ever see this, thank you for hearing the voice of God and reaching someone like me.

And for you that are saved keep your eyes upon him, turn your eyes upon Jesus. And for you who doesn't know Jesus Christ, I would encourage you lift up your eyes and look up to heaven and with a cry from your heart say " God be merciful to me, a sinner". 

And Go home justified as if you have never sinned. 

May God bless you and may you know the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Ghost. 

What a Saviour!.


To see the full story visit The Ark Church Belfast
Lee is a Pastor at the church.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Run your won race and wish others well

I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about 1/2 a kilometre ahead. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him. I had about a kilometre before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster.
Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 metres behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of an Olympic competition. I was determined to catch him.
Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him. On the inside, I felt so good. "I beat him" Of course, he didn't even know we were racing. After I passed him, I realized I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn. I had gone nearly six blocks past my turn and I had to turn and go back.
Isn't that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important?
We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our given destinies. The problem with unhealthy competition is that it's a never ending cycle.
There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, etc. But realize that "You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone."
Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving. Take whatever you have, the height, weight and personality. Dress well and wear it proudly, you'll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny.
Run your own race and wish others well.

If you're not dead yet, you're not done yet

Dear Ones -
This is a line my (73 year-old) mother said to me the other day, while she was issuing a gentle warning not to fall into the trap of letting your life get smaller as you get older.
She was talking about how frustrating she finds it that — somewhere around the age of 50 or 60 — she watched as so many of her peers stopped making goals and long-term plans for adventure and exploration in their lives. Instead, they began shutting down, and making their lives smaller, and their minds smaller, too. She got so weary of listening to them making self-deprecating jokes about how old they were, and how much their bodies hurt, and how bad their hearing and eyesight was getting... She felt they had surrendered to age far, far, far too soon. My mom said, "Nothing is more frustrating to me than listening to people who are still vital saying, 'Well, at our age, you have to be careful...'"
No. She begs to differ. As you get older, there is no more time to be careful, and no more REASON to be careful — at least as my mom sees it. Instead, this is time to seize as much life and joy and adventure and learning and novelty as you possibly can. As my mom said, "I hate seeing people slide themselves into the grave far before their time. Death will come when it comes — but it's crazy to sit around waiting for it. If you're not dead yet, you're not done yet."
My mom thinks that everyone should have a five-year plan for their lives, and also a ten-year plan, and a twenty-year plan — and that every few years you have to revisit your plans to see if your goals and aspirations have changed...and that you should never stop making these plans, even as you age. (Especially as you age!) She has shared with me the travel she wants to do in the next 20 years, and work she wants to finish, the projects she wants to begin, the cultures she wants to explore, the people she wants to enjoy, her fitness goals...
It's inspiring.
I have heard people speak of their lives as if they were finished at 30, done at 40, washed up at 50, too late to start over at 60, no more chances at 70...
But are you still here?
Then you aren't done yet.
Don't make your life smaller as the years pass. If it's time to start over, then it's time to start over. If you aren't where you planned to be, then it's time to make a new plan.
Today, I ask you all to share the most inspiring stories you know (from your own life, or the lives of others) about people who refused to be done yet, because they aren't dead yet.
Rise up, everyone, and keep rising.
We are still here. There is much to be done and enjoyed.
Let's go.