I will talk about what happened when we preached the gospel, shared testimonies (my testimony can be read here) and when people have been prayed for in the street at different places in Sweden, recently. I went with the leader of a ministry called “Ontheredbox” in Gothenburg, but it exists in other cities and countries as well. Read more about it here.
Street preaching is something that is close to my heart, but also evangelism overall. But maybe specifically street preaching, since there’s not so much of it in Sweden and other countries as well. The fish is out there, and we can’t just sit and wait that it’ll come to us in our churches, but we need to go them. Jesus wants to make us fishers of men (Matt. 4:19).
23/8 Stora torget (“Great square”), Uppsala
In Uppsala, there were a lot of people who got to hear the good news about our Savior Jesus Christ and not least the people from the election booths (political party booths) just a few yards away.
Here, I got to share my testimony open-air for the first time. Daniel beside me translated to English. I’ve preach open-air once before, though (with amplifier), but not with testimony.
It went well, even though I didn’t have an amplifier, but my voice was better than expected anyway.
When Jacob Bock preached, an aggressive man came who didn’t like the message, and Oscar got the opportunity to talk with him about Jesus and about the forgiveness of sins and also got to pray for him. The man told Oscar that he was dying and had a short time left to live and wanted to get right with God after the conversation.
During the sermon before this one, a bypassing heckler came and threw a tennis ball at Daniel when he stood at the box and preached, but it missed.
24/8 Sollentuna, Rotebro, Stockholm
I preached and shared my testimony here. Oscar, who also preached, talked with a man (not a muslim) who told him that he had seen Jesus in a dream. It was obvious that God led him to us, to hear the preaching.
This man passed while Daniel was preaching, and he got to talk with Oscar and said “Now I understand”. Oscar got to pray for his healing, because he had pain in the body. He felt better after the prayer.
25/8 Frölunda torg (“Frölunda plaza”), Gothenburg
We (Oscar & Jonathan) were at Frölunda plaza and preached. We had some good conversations. A little drunken heckler came when I was preaching, and we got to talk with him afterwards. He was an alcoholic, we prayed for him that he would be set free from this, and he felt better after this. Pray that he will be completely set free from alcoholism and get saved and that Oscar and the other people living in Gothenburg will meet him again. We also talked with a Christian man who was an alcoholic before he was saved. He told us he met Jesus as a great light in a surgery room and after this he was delivered from some sickness he had.
We prayed for his future walk with the Lord and that he’d receive boldness and power to be a witness for Him.
Oscar also got a conversation with a young orthodox guy after his preaching, who liked what Oscar said. Oscar explained that we can’t be justified through works (which he seemed to understand). This guy didn’t read the Bible, so he was given a Gospel of John and some tracts.
Oscar also told him about the importance of not keeping your faith personal, but to be salt & light as Jesus said, and to witness to others about Him.
During one of my sermons, a drunk man came towards me with a bottle of booze in his hand and it seemed like he wanted to offer me some of it and Oscar said he thought I was drunk.
All glory to God!
I was saved some point at the end of the summer 2011, I was baptized in water 26/11-2011. I wasn’t a true follower of Jesus Christ before, I had a dead faith. I believed (only with a mental assent though), what Jesus had done on the cross and so, but it wasn’t a living faith and I never really thought about what he had done for me. If someone asked me I would certainly not have been able to answer what the cross really is about.
I almost never prayed or read the Bible. My life testified that I was spiritually dead, that I had no relation with God, which true faith involves. The computer was my god, because everything you put before God is an idol for you. I used to be gaming (playing a certain computer game most of the time) all day long, basically as much as I could. Back then I would say that gaming is my life.
When I was 15 years old, I started to read a Bible that my mum gave me. She told me I would get like 29$ (but the equivalent in Swedish currency). So I thought that if I read a little bit from time to time, eventually I would be done reading what she told me to read (not the whole Bible), like in 1 year or so maybe, and thus receive easily earned money.
First I started to read merely for the money, but God grabbed ahold of me, His word grabbed ahold of me, I was touched by much of what I read. A spiritual hunger was awakened inside of me, and God drew me to Himself.
When I read the Bible I would experience peace and joy. My eyes were opened, I knew what I read was true. I was usually very anxious and afraid in the night since I was a child, and I took medicine for my anxiety and for sleeping problems for many years.
Some medication which would even induce hallucinations and which I would get high upon and which I would abuse a bit.
I was also very afraid of the dark and had to have a light on, and I would also often sleep with the TV on. But I was delivered from this when I read the children’s Bible and when I got saved.
I started follow my dad to church, and I saw that people there had something I didn’t have. I felt an emptiness, about my computer gaming and things in my life that had me bound.
I saw that people there were genuine, and worshipped God with joy and had a peace that I didn’t have. I got touched by seeing this and really felt the presence of God.
I would often watch pornography, but once at a meeting in my dad’s church, I noticed how the desire for this was gone after the meeting. During the meeting, I was touched by the worship and would cry and experience peace, joy and freedom. However I wasn’t completely free from pornography, I still struggled with it, so I started seeking freedom from this, from Jesus. But as I kept going to church, I kept noticing how my desire for this sinful habit was removed.
I had deep conviction over this sin in my life, for example when I read at a Christian website about how this is a sin before God. The Holy Spirit convicted me of this sin.
Jesus set me completely free from my sins as I surrendered to Him and repented of my sins.
After I was saved, I started getting drawn away from the computer game more and more, because it didn’t give me the same pleasure any longer, no real pleasure compared to God, it just felt empty.
I also felt that God drew me away from this life of gaming. I was hungry for more of God, and nothing of this world can satisfy that hunger, none but God. Eventually I stopped completely with computer games. In autumn 2012 I sold my gaming computer.
I started reading Christian teachings, Christian books and spent a lot of time in prayer in communion with God, especially in the night, surrounded by His presence and love, and I rejoiced in worship to God within me.
Healed from food problems, problems with the growth and social confidence
I’ve also had problems with the food even since my childhood. I ate very little most of the time, in my childhood, however, it was better in my teenage years many times, but still bad. I had very bad appetite, but some of it was because of medicines I took. But I still had problems with it even in my teenage years, when I stopped eating some medicines. I also had problems with the growth. The doctors said I would only be like 4,9 ft tall, but my mother proclaimed that in Jesus name I wont. Today I’m around 5,7 ft tall!
I also had a hard time in school, in my childhood and early teenage years. I often got into fights with people, I would also bully people many times for no real reasons and was a generally hateful guy towards others many times. There were many phone calls home from school, from teachers, to my mum. But when I got saved, I got filled with God’s love towards people, and received a new heart.
My salvation also resulted in transformation at the social level. For example, one of my spiritual counsellors from my church prophesied that I’d blossom like a plant/flower. What’s cool is that just that day, I told my dad that I wanted to have a plant in my room (I had never told my dad that before). So I got to chose a flower that I wanted to have in my room. This was before this counselor came to my house and prophesied over me (he had never been in my house before), and this was before he saw the plant. So he had not seen it before I told him that we bought it on that same day. So this was a confirmation of his prophecy.
Some months later, someone who spoke with my mum said something like this about me to my mum: “he’s like a flower that has blossomed”, so I saw that as a fulfilling/confirmation of the prophecy, since she used the same words. I had become more socially confident and open as a person. Apparently the one who said this could see a transformation in me.
Once, my mum told a woman (I wasn’t there at that moment and I’ve probably not talked with her before) that I have become a Christian, and this woman said she had shivers when she said that, and really felt that.
My vision of Jesus
Something that has contributed a lot to my faith is something that happened to me when I was around 5 years old:
I saw Jesus when I was around 5 years old. It happened as I woke up crying after a nightmare. I saw Jesus (the room was dark), and he was shining. His face was shining with light. But not as bright as His eyes shined. He looked straight at me, and his eyes radiated so much love, grace, humility and compassion towards me. I couldn’t see his eyes because of the light from His eyes/in His eyes. Bible verse: “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2 NKJV)
This verse about Jesus in the Bible described it really well. Also these verses below:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, 2 Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,” (Psalm 104:1-2 NKJV)
He said to me: “You don’t have to be afraid, Jonathan”. With a rather still voice, the most humble and nicest voice I’ve ever heard. But at the same time mighty and echoing. It could be described like this:
“His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;” (Revelation 1:15 NKJV)
My mum had prayed to Jesus that He would tell me that I don’t have to be afraid. Because I had been afraid many nights and dreamed nightmares. But I didn’t know she had prayed this, until I was 16 or 17 years.
Another great story of revival in Congo, with some similarities with some accounts in my last post regarding revival in Congo, read it here: Suffering and Revival in the Congo – the Story of Helen Roseveare.
There are also books written by her and there’s also an audio sermon series by Helen Roseveare: http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=26238&forum=16
I also read another article earlier today about revival in Congo: http://www.heraldofhiscoming.com/Past%20Issues/1996/April/they_paid_the_price.htm
I read about a Swedish Baptist missionary called Aron Andersson (1901-1985), in his book “I kärlekens tjänst” (in Swedish).
This is like the day of Pentecost, but in our time (you could say).
The gift of tongues haven’t ceased. Here’s evidence of it in our time:
Revival in Basakata, Congo in Africa (1934)
After a fetisch priest had been converted and was together with Aron Andersson and a teacher, the Holy Spirit fell. The teacher began to speak in new tongues and delivered a message that the Spirit of God wanted to visit them. The converted fetisch priest began prophesying out of the Old Testament, even though it had not been translated to their language yet. He quoted men in the Bible, and spoke about their experiences.
What is remarkable is that a few days before this happened, they had spoken about the Book of Acts chapter 2 in a Bible study.
This led to a greater revival where both christians and pagans fell into distress over their sins. Piles of idols and troll medicine were gathered to be burned up, which happened in many villages.
A friend to Aron at the same missions station tells how the distress over sin got so big for many, that they almost feared they would lose their mind. Hundreds of people had their hands raised towards the sky and cried over their great sin. There were big, strong people that shook with weeping. Many fell to the ground and rolled about or laid down like they were unconscious. All cried at the same time: “Our sin is so awfully great!”
NOTE: That people fell unconscious due to guilt of sin is said to have happened once when John Wesley was preaching.
People began to recompense for stuff they had stolen. A man saw an axe between him and God each time he tried to say a prayer. After they had made up with these thefts, they got peace with God.
People began speaking in new tongues, and this happened in languages that the missionaries there could understand. Flawless French, and also English were spoken. Someone delivered a prophetic message in Swedish. All those languages supernaturally given by the Holy Spirit.
SOURCE: The book “I kärlekens tjänst” by Aron Andersson.
SOURCE for the event that is said to have happened as a result of John Wesley’s preaching: Bible Teaching Ministries
To pray for unsaved people is pleasing to God:
(1 Timothy 2:1 KJV) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable [pleasing] in the sight of God our Saviour;
Words within [ ] are mine. It’s an alternative translation, see ESV.
Here’s a piece of advice of how one can pray for unsaved people in accordance with the word of God:
I lift up (name of unsaved person(s) ) before you, Father, and pray that you will lead (name) to salvation, that you will draw him/her to Jesus (Joh. 12:32) through your Holy Spirit, and give him/her knowledge of sin and of the truth (Rom. 3:20;1 Tim 2:4;2 Tim. 2:25), conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment (Joh. 16:8). I pray that he/she will receive a receptive heart for your word, and that it will fall in good soil, be received, and bear good fruit (klicka här). I pray that you give him/her repentance, that he/she may recover her/himself out of the snare of the devil (2 Tim 2:25-26) and that you open their blinded minds, so that they see the light of the gospel (2 Kor. 4:4).
I pray that he/she will receive time to repent, according to your grace and mercy. I also pray that you will send out laborers into your harvest (Luk. 10:2). In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen (Joh. 14:13).
Other verses: klicka här. Which means ‘click here’ – I translate from a swedish version that I wrote first, and it takes too much time to add new/change hyperlinks, I think.
I usually don’t pray exactly like I wrote above, but in a similar way. I also add some stuff, which I’m not sure if ALL of it can be supported by the Bible, but neither do I believe it’s unbiblical (that it goes against the Bible):
– I pray that the Father sends warrior angels, guardian angels and angels of service to do fight for them and to be around them.
– I pray that they receive (that God gives them) a spiritual hunger and thirst after God’s word, and after Jesus. (For example, if someone seems to be drawn by God, or especially muslims, or hindus or people involved with occultism). Hindus and muslims – especially in accordance with their feasts/festivals, where they in some/all of those (or at least muslims) engage in more prayer, fasting. Then I believe this is a good thing to pray for them.
– If I know/think that someone is being drawn by God, or similar, I usually pray that they will seek the Lord with all their heart (Jer. 29:13).
– I pray that Jesus will reveal himself to them, and meet them. Through a dream/vision or another way, like the revelation of The Holy Spirit, is what I have in mind.
– If you’ve prayed for an unsaved person for a longer time, that you’ve already shared the gospel with, you can pray that God sends someone to ‘water’ (1 Kor. 3:6-9).
When praying for mission- or evangelisticefforts, a country, or similar, one can pray for example:
I pray that your word will prosper and grow through your power, and that it will be confirmed with signs & wonders, be received, and bear good fruit in (name of place/country), through (for example – name of a missionary/evangelist) and that your word will multiply, so your kingdom can expand and so your name will be glorified, and so that souls will be saved. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Based (a part of it): klicka här, including a few verses that I already linked to/cited above.