May 2010 Newsletter
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by Sid Roth
“I could have gotten more. If I had made more money. I threw away so much money. You have no idea. I didn’t do enough… Why did I keep the car? Ten more [Jews] right there. This jewelry — two people… I could have gotten one more person and I didn’t!”
These were the poignant words of Oskar Schindler from the movie Schindler’s List. He had rescued nearly 1,200 Jews from Hitler’s ovens. But all he could think of after the war was, “I could have gotten one more person and I didn’t!”
This is the same way I feel about our Jewish evangelistic ministry. God has entrusted us with amazing tools to plunder hell to populate heaven.
To date, we have mailed more than 130,000 copies of my Jewish evangelistic book, They Thought for Themselves, to more than 130,000 Jewish homes in North America through our Project 77 outreach. We have mailed or distributed more than 700,000 of these books to Jewish people throughout the former Soviet Union. There are now over one million copies of the book in print!
Only God knows how many Jews have watched our television show, heard our radio broadcast, visited our website, or attended one of my worldwide evangelistic lectures on the supernatural.
But at the end of my life, I don’t want to be like Oskar Schindler and say, “I could have gotten one more person and I didn’t!”
Last week this email arrived in response to our evangelistic Jewish book mailing:
“Initially I would have mailed this type of book back to you. But curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to read a few chapters. This turned into not being able to put the book down and for the first time in many years I opened the Bible and read your suggested texts about Messiah and how it can only be Yeshua! This came as a great revelation to me. Please advise me of any congregations in [my area].”
My goal this year is to mail one million evangelistic books to one million Jewish homes in North America. This is ridiculous in the natural, but now God is stretching my faith to mail two million books to two million Jewish homes in North America. In addition we are printing another 100,000 Russian books for Jews in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere.
I know our television show has the key to unlock the hearts of Jewish people worldwide. The Jew was created to live in the supernatural. Do I dare tackle a new tool? God has downloaded to me the ingredients of a secular television special showcasing the supernatural.
I can’t do anything without God’s help. Will you pray and partner with me at this set time that God is pouring out His Spirit on Jewish people?
Blessed Shavuot (Pentecost),
The Doorway to the Supernatural
Brenda Kunneman with Sid Roth
The following are excerpts from Brenda Kunneman’s special CD, The Doorway to the Supernatural.
Sid: I have a burden. When I was a brand new believer in the Messiah in the 1970s, I came in at the height of the Charismatic movement. It seemed that everyone was being filled with the Holy Spirit with the manifestation of speaking in supernatural languages. And then, when I began ministering as an evangelist, I would pray for people to be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit and I would pray for healing. As time went by, there were not as many people getting saved. Little by little, I began to emphasize physical healing more than praying for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
What I noticed is that the same thing that was happening to me was happening to many others. And the same thing was happening in the churches. Then there was the whole move of the “seeker sensitive” churches in which they de-emphasized speaking in supernatural languages and manifestations of any kind. The Charismatic churches saw how successful the seeker sensitive churches were in attracting people and, gradually, many started pulling back on the supernatural. If I were to go into a typical Pentecostal or Charismatic church today and ask how many pray in unknown tongues daily, my guess is that only a small percentage of people would raise their hand.
I believe God wants a renewed emphasis on being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in supernatural languages. Brenda, how important is it for you and your husband Hank to pray in supernatural languages?
Brenda: It’s the lifeblood to our walk with God. The more we personally pray in tongues, letting the Holy Spirit flow through us, the more miracles we see and the more of God’s presence we feel. Believers are hungry for the tangible presence of God that comes and just sweeps through people’s lives. What we couldn’t do in hours of teaching, the Holy Spirit can do in someone’s heart in a moment.
I believe if we are not careful in our Charismatic churches, we are going to raise up a generation of powerless Christians. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to stand against the kingdoms of darkness in this world.
Isn’t it just like the powers of darkness to distract the church from the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the very time when we need it the most?
We need to encourage people to get filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul says we edify ourselves by praying in the Spirit (1 Cor. 14:4). Well, I want to be edified, don’t you? I want to be filled. Jude says we build ourselves up “on our most holy faith” (v. 20). I want to be filled with faith.
Sid: I looked up the word ‘edify’ in the Greek and what it’s equivalent to is charging up a battery. So if you don’t pray in tongues your spirit isn’t charged up and activated to be able to launch you into the supernatural.
Brenda: It really is the doorway to the supernatural. It was the supernatural on display in the books of Acts that brought people in by the thousands. Multitudes were saved, people were miraculously healed. We have to let the Holy Spirit flow with the evidence of speaking in tongues. It was the doorway on the day of Pentecost. It was where it all began. And we need to keep that battery charged. It’s going to be the surge of electricity so that when we do lay hands on people, all of a sudden legs are going to grow out. When we command people to be healed they will get up out of wheelchairs. When we speak to disease, it will flee. That’s the fuel that we need.
Sid: Many people read the New Testament and they get a little confused because they don’t realize there are different manifestations of tongues. There is one tongue that is for a supernatural sign to the unbeliever. There is another tongue to edify yourself. And they don’t realize that, just like there are different rules for baseball and basketball, there are different rules for the different manifestations of speaking in tongues.
Brenda: That’s exactly right. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul talked about the gift of tongues in a public assembly. That was a different setting for tongues. In the public assembly if someone is standing up speaking to the congregation, it only makes sense that he or she needs to be heard. But when everyone is worshipping and lifting their voices together in the Spirit, I don’t worry about what the others around me are saying. So there is the private use of tongues where a believer worshipsor prays in the Spirit and there is the gift of tongues, where someone is giving a message in tongues for a public assembly. Sometimes people get confused with that. Rather than learn to flow with it, many people just avoid speaking in tongues altogether.
I always like to go back to Romans 8:26 where Paul says, “likewise the Spirit also helps our weaknesses.” We don’t know everything. I don’t know what’s going on with my relatives in another city. At that moment, unless I call them on the phone, I don’t know what’s going on with them, so I have limits. We are not all-knowing. We need the dependence on the Holy Spirit that can bypass our own human limited understanding. The Spirit comes to help our weaknesses because we don’t know what to pray for as we ought. I don’t know what’s going on in someone’s heart. I can say generic things like “God bless them I don’t know what they’re facing.” And that’s all nice. But let’s think about this for a moment. When I pray in tongues for somebody, I’m not limited by what I don’t know is going on in their mind or their heart. Afterward, I have had people I prayed for in tongues tell me they had a breakthrough.
What an incredible tool to overcome and defeat the power of the devil!
What a way to intercept the princes of darkness concerning people’s lives. Here’s the beauty of it — the devil doesn’t know what you’re praying. The Bible says only God can understand it. Thank God we can pray things out and keep the devil blind to what’s going on in the realm of the spirit! It’s like “CIA operations” in the anointing and in the spirit that we can be praying things out and keep the devil ignorant.
If you will step out in this by faith, you will see the greatest dimensions of God come to your life that you have ever known. God will use you. This is your door. This is your opportunity to be used by God. Connect with Him and have Him move in your life. When you do you will have the power to overcome things that you have struggled with for years.
Your pastor will not always be there to help you in a crisis. Sometimes, no one will be available to help you. But you can be with you and the Holy Spirit with that dimension of power, and He can lead you and guide you and work through you.
If we are not putting this into practice we are missing the greatest dimension of the supernatural that there is. It’s time we bring this back in churches. Otherwise we are missing the best gift that I believe the Lord had to offer — the filling of His Holy Spirit!
Brenda Kunneman is co-founder of One Voice Ministries and pastors Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha, NE with her husband, Hank. She ministers in conferences and churches both nationally and internationally. Listen to Brenda’s radio interview with Sid here.
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