God's Holy Spirit is moving upon the earth in a supernatural way giving us insight and revelations about how much He really loves us, and what real love means. God is Love. To know God is to know love.

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"Seeking God, Finding Love"


Love is a Spirit

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
(1st John 4:7-13)

      The Lord spoke to me on April 19, 2001 that He was now taking His church, the body of Christ, to a new level. We have been in the mode of moving into God’s presence, but now God’s presence is going to move us. Experiencing the presence of God has taught us to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and better able to recognize His voice. What we before recognized as the experience of God’s presence we will now recognize as God’s love, because God is Love. We will now become much more sensitive to God’s heart as He manifest and reveals His love, to us, and through us, touching others.

      God’s presence, which is the presence of Love, will no longer be an occasional experience. We will now learn to be moved by God’s presence, and with God’s presence, so that we can remain in God’s presence. Just as faith without works is dead, so also love requires action. We will now learn to live in God’s presence as we learn to walk in obedience to His voice, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love. When we are walking in God’s love His joy will remain in us. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:10-11) 

      The early rain began falling with the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit into the believers of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the book of Acts. The early rain germinates the crop to begin growing; the latter rain perfects the crop for harvest. We are beginning to experience sprinkles of the latter rain now. The Lord is now actively calling and recruiting laborers for the harvest. He is now answering the prayers to send forth laborers into the harvest for truly the harvest is plentiful. Now is the time to say Lord here I am send me.

      This new level will be a season of God’s glory. The glory of God is the revelation and manifestation of His love. God is now going to pour out His love in and through believers in Jesus Christ in a greater way now than before, because the need is greater now than before, and the hunger is greater now than before. God is preparing the church for the greatest outpouring of His Holy Spirit since the day of Pentecost. This new level of experiencing God’s love will be a consuming fire inside of His people; it will bring about unity in the body of Christ and will be a sign to unbelievers. Many signs and wonders that followed the first outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit will happen again. However, this time on a much more grand scale, as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed throughout the whole world. Many will be ushered into the kingdom of God during this season of Glory.

      God began to give me life-changing experiences of His love on a trip to the Philippines at Christmas time in 1996. As I experienced God’s love, I began to know and understand God and His ways with new insight. I began to behold His glory. Every revelation that I have had since then has been built on the revelation that God’s love is manifested in the form of compassion through obedience to Him. We can only express true love to God and our neighbor if we are in Jesus Christ, who is Truth; and only as we are moved by the influence of His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love. This is true worship of the Father, worship in Spirit and Truth.

MANILA

       The air was heavy with the heat and humidity of the tropics, much different from the weather in Idaho where I had been the day before. There we had two feet of snow on the ground and very cold temperatures as we were having a strong winter there. It was December 23, 1996 at about 10:00 PM. I retrieved my luggage from the carousel and began to make my way through the International Airport in Manila, Philippines. I was a stranger in a strange land but I felt the peace of God in me, and His protection surrounding me, “because of the prayers of people in Idaho”, I thought to myself. A friendly man quickly approached me and took my bags. He asked where I would be staying. I told him and he loudly repeated the information to a man up ahead of us, who then relayed it to another man, each proclaiming, “Hyatt Regency”. As we passed each one they would smile and point the way. We were soon outside and a taxi from the hotel drove up in front of me. I was quickly helped in and whisked away.

      I was traveling to meet my fiancée who lived on another Philippine Island in the city of Iloilo. It would be another plane trip to get there but I was unable to get a flight out until Christmas day.

      The next morning, Christmas Eve, I awoke and went out on my balcony to see how Manila looked in the daylight. The traffic was heavy on the main road in front of the hotel. The weather was sunny and already hot at 8:00 AM. The air was clear but did have a slightly acrid chemical smell to it. I was in a nice area with a hospital next-door and large modern hotel next to it. However, across the street there was a reclamation project where they were bringing in dirt and garbage to fill in the ocean to give more land and space to the crowded city. Out in that area I could see people living in squalor conditions.

      I would soon discover this was typical of Manila, right next to beautiful buildings there could be a temporary homeless village constructed from scrap pieces of wood and cardboard. Next to nice homes, there could be a squatter neighborhood of the very poor. The population of Metro Manila is estimated to be about eleven million people. More than ten percent of the country’s population resides in or near Manila. Manila is a modern large city that has wealth and extreme poverty living side by side.

      I did not know anyone in Manila and I had nothing to do. I decided to have a hotel taxi show me around the city. I had brought with me some Christian tracts and candy to give; I was hopping for an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. 

      The taxi driver began taking me to tourist and cultural sights, but I quickly became bored. I asked him to, "take me to the poor people, the poorest of the poor". I remembered seeing on TV a garbage dump in Manila where adults and children were foraging for survival. I learned from the driver that place had become famous around the world and an embarrassment to the Philippine government so they had closed it down. But we did not have to go far to find people in severe poverty, they were everywhere.

      Having been raised in the United States, and not having traveled overseas before, I had never seen such poverty except on TV. On TV it seemed unreal, but here I could actually relate to the people and their conditions. While observing the plight of the people I often thought how fortunate even our pets are in America, and how blessed our people are and how much we take for granted.

      I had the driver pull over and I opened my window to give some candy to a few kids along with a tract or two, they were well received, as I would say, "Merry Christmas". My favorite tract was titled, "Somebody Loves Me", I would hold it up and say can someone read this. Even though it was in English often a kid would yell out, "Somebody Loves Me", with always an emphasis on the, "Me". I learned how to say Jesus Loves you in their language and would proclaim it while handing out the gifts. It was mainly a picture story tract but it got the message across that, "Jesus Loves You", and at the end it gave the salvation message.

      The children, their parents, and even their grandparents were so happy to receive these gifts; I have never seen such appreciation before in my life. For many of them this was the only Christmas present they would receive, a piece of candy, and a little tract about God’s Love. Often the tracts were more popular than the candy, even though the people were hungry, they had a deeper hunger and that was to know God.

     Thus began a day and a journey that has changed my life forever. I began to realize that this was the most fun I had ever experienced in my life. To be able to make so many people, so happy, with so little, I was amazed. The parents were so appreciative to see their children receive something for Christmas. I soon ran out of candy and had to buy a large box full. For the rest of the day and into the night I gave. We went from group to group looking more often for smaller groups because five kids could almost instantly multiply into fifty, and we were sometimes overwhelmed by the masses.

      The feeling that I had while doing this was so good and so awesome that I could only describe it as being in the presence of God. A few months later when I was trying to describe it to my fiancée in a letter I wrote, "The faces of hungry children needing food, clothes, and Jesus are always in my mind. Not an hour goes by without me thinking about them. I remember telling you that I left my heart in Manila with the kids that I met there, and it is still true. With the thought of them, and the experiences I had there comes the feeling of the presence of God and an anointing that goes from my heart throughout my whole being. I have never felt God in me like this before. Some times during the day I will have to deal with circumstances that bring me back down into the cares of this life, but a few minutes later I might remember Manila and I am back into the Holy Presence of the Most High God. I was trying to think of a way to explain this feeling, of course words are inadequate, but it is like electricity surging through me. I asked God to tell me what it is and He spoke one word into my spirit, “compassion”".

      When the Lord spoke the word “compassion” to me it was the beginning of my understanding of this “feeling”, which I now know is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Rom 5:5) 

      I was experiencing God’s compassionate love flowing through me touching others, that is what the anointing is. (Luke 4:18 KJV)  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor… I knew that the feeling I was experiencing was not coming from me, it was much greater than me. It was coming from God, I was experiencing a taste of His love. The experience of true love is the joy that comes from God when you put His benefit and the benefit of others before your own benefit.

      I first began analyzing this awesome feeling that special Christmas Eve night when I came back to the hotel. I had felt God’s presence many times before but not this intense. I had fallen in love with all the Philippine people, the masses. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the love that I was feeling matched up with the love described in 1stCorinthians chapter 13 of the Bible. Because it was totally unselfish, it was in no way self-seeking, it was the pleasure of giving with out wanting or expecting anything in return. I did not care if anyone even thanked me, although many did, and when they did it was like icing on the cake. But the real pleasure came from giving and not receiving.

      This wonderful emotion was flowing from my heart, not my head; it was a gut feeling. I thought that this must be what Jesus declared in (John 7:38 NKJV)  "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." The next verse tells us that He was speaking of the Holy Spirit.

      I wondered, could it be that these rivers flow from God, through His Holy Spirit in our heart, and toward the people that we have compassion for.  And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1) Now we know that the throne is also called the throne of grace, the mercy seat, mercy is compassion and grace is a result of God’s compassionate love.

      Jesus says “rivers”, in the plural form, shall flow out of your heart. I thought to myself, could it be that one river flows to each person that you have compassion for and thus compassion for many would cause many rivers to flow through you? That could explain why I was so overwhelmed with the presence of God and the feeling of His compassionate love, because I had never felt compassion for so many people before. Several times the New Testament records that Jesus was moved with compassion for the multitude. I was experiencing that kind of moving compassion.

      I began to understand that compassion is the best word that we have in English to describe true love, the kind of love that God is. This revelation from God that compassion is true agape love, and true love is compassion, is changing my life. When the Holy Spirit began to speak these things to me, “I said Lord if this is true show me from your written word, the Holy Bible.” He has, and continues to do so. I read all of God's word now in the light of this revelation; everything about God seems to relate to His glorious compassionate love, even His judgments. Every revelation that I have had since then builds on this revelation of understanding God’s love. Our word compassion more accurately describes the kind of love that God is, and the love that He desires us to have, because this kind of love is not an emotion, it is a Spirit, the Holy Spirit.

      Experiencing God’s love, His compassion for the poor, caused me to know God in the most intimate way that I had ever experienced before. He made sure that justice and help were given to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?" asks the LORD. (Jer 22:16 NLT)  The more of God’s love that we experience the more intimately we know Him, as the veils are removed from our heart.

      The glory of God is the revelation and manifestation of His love, (there is more about this truth in a later chapter). We are transformed into the image of Christ by seeing Him more clearly, by knowing Him. This happens through manifestations and revelations of His love by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor 3:18 NKJV)  The next verse tells us that this ministry is through experiencing God’s compassion. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. (2 Cor 4:1 NKJV)  The word mercy here is the Greek word eleeo, which means to have, obtain, receive, and show compassion.

      Paul tells us that through experiencing Christ’s Love we can be filled with all the fullness of God. To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:19 NKJV) This seems to be a contradiction “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge”, but there are two different words for “know” and “knowledge” in the original Greek. The first word “to know” means an intimate knowing, to perceive, to feel, to experience, the word is even used in the way that a man knows a woman. This is a heart-felt intimate experience. The second word “which passes knowledge” means head knowledge, or science. God’s Love is beyond human understanding; it is only spiritually discerned because it is the manifested presence of God’s Holy Spirit.    

      As we obey Jesus’ instructions that are given to us through His voice, the Holy Spirit, we then live in and experience God’s love as we obey Him. The ultimate joy that can be experienced on earth comes from abiding in God’s love because we then experience His joy in us. Jesus says, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.” (John 15:10-13 NKJV) 

      I believe the whole scene of the cross was a setup planned by God so the He could demonstrate the greatest possible love for us, His compassion for us. I believe the purpose of evil and suffering in the world is so God can rescue us from it and thus demonstrate His compassion. (Romans 11:32 NIV)  For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy (compassion) on them all. I believe that God created man so that He could have a recipient of His loving compassion. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. (Psalms 103:13-14 NIV) 

      This concept of true agape (love) being an emotion from God’s heart that we are able to feel and experience was a challenge to my theology. I have been taught, and had taught other people that love is not a feeling, but a commitment to another person, governed by a set of behaviors that are listed in the great love chapter 1stCorinthians chapter 13. However that is not true because in the verse (1st Corinthians 13:3) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. So without the “feeling” of God’s loving compassion, that is the Spirit of Love, the Holy Spirit, guiding you while giving, the gift is worthless. And we know that God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV) Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.

      In the world the word love has lost its true meaning. It is almost always self-seeking and selfish. Many people when they say, "I love you"; they really mean I would love to have you meet my needs. Even parental love has become corrupt in many homes, where the parents seek to get their needs met through the child. All forms of abuse and neglect come from a lack of compassion, agape love. Marriages have a tremendous failure rate usually caused by each spouse seeking what they can get from the other, instead of what they can give.

      True love only comes from God, because He is Love. There are counterfeit forms of love, joy, and peace, that the world has to offer, these appeal to our physical being. But only from God do we experience true love through His Holy Spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23 NIV) There is only one fruit of the Spirit, which is love. All the other characteristics, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, come from experiencing God’s love through His Holy Spirit.

      When you are moved by compassion (true love) you do not give in order to receive from the other person, rather the reward is the experience of God’s joy along with His other blessings that come from obeying His commands to love. The experience of compassion is it’s own reward. Blessed are the merciful (compassionate): for they shall obtain mercy (compassion) (Mat 5:7 KJV). 

      When you give a poor homeless person a sandwich they receive the sandwich but if you give it in God’s compassionate love guided by the Holy Spirit then you receive the presence of God flowing through you, the Lord becomes your portion, your reward. This is why it is more blessed to give than to receive. When we give on Earth we receiving a blessing from heaven. The giver always gets a greater blessing than the receiver. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!" (Lam 3:24 NKJV) 

      Receiving from man can cause you to feel very empty and unsatisfied, receiving from God is the greatest reward. "And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. "Therefore be merciful (compassionate), just as your Father also is merciful (compassionate). (Luke 6:34-36 NKJV)

 

Christmas Day

 

      The next morning, Christmas day, I had some time before catching the plane to Iloilo City to see my fiancée, so I packed my bags and checked out of the hotel. I had about an hour before I needed to be at the airport so I hired a hotel taxi. I was anxious to get back out on the street and give out Christmas presents, with the little time I had left. Just down the road from the hotel we went past some people camping on a grass island that divided the main street from a business frontage road. I asked the driver to turn around and go back to those people. He made a loop around the block and came up to the intersection across from our destination.

      At the intersection there were three boys two were laying under a "No Littering" sign, and the other, a younger boy about six years old, had his hand out begging to the cars going by. When the driver stopped there I threw out some candy and said "Merry Christmas". The younger boy quickly came to the car with his hand out. He had a very serious look on his face, probably hungry, and focused on survival. Next the middle size boy came he was probably about eleven years old. He was very thin, very dirty, probably had not been clean since the last monsoon rain, his clothes were ragged and filthy, his skin was darker than normal from living under the sun, he was slow, somewhat lethargic from malnutrition. He held out his hand and said "Merry Christmas". I gave them candy and tracts, thinking how insignificant to meet their needs.

      The other boy was bigger, probably about fourteen years old, he said, "Thank You", and as he was getting up the taxi driver bolted across the busy intersection, and we were gone. That was where those three boys spent Christmas day. I still think about them and wish I had done more. But I was overwhelmed, they were so typical of so many kids in Manila, I pray for them often. Those kids and many others that I briefly met made lasting impressions in my heart, causing me to feel that I left unfinished business in Manila.

      We made it across the intersection over to the island where the people were camped. We would call it camping, but for them this was home, a piece of cardboard for shelter, sometimes only a blanket to lie on. They were evenly spaced, a few feet from each other for privacy. Some dwellings had the whole extended family including, a grandma; some had just a poor woman and her young children. This was where they were spending Christmas day.

      As soon as we had come across the street another young beggar boy greeted us with his hand out. I held out a handful of candy, I saw excitement on his face and his eyes got big as he put his hands together to receive it all. Poor street children learn to beg early in many cities, but you have to be very careful about giving money because it may go to an alcoholic parents bad habit. The money could also be used to buy paint solvent or some other toxic substance to sniff. Some storekeepers sell it in small quantities to kids. Sniffing is cheaper than food and will kill the pain of hunger much longer. It seems to be accepted as a safe substitute for drug use.   

      In Philippines the government has a major campaign against drugs, but nothing about sniffing solvents. One teenage boy bragged to me that he did not use drugs as he was sniffing solvent; he was surprised when I told him that most drugs were less harmful than solvent, which causes immediate brain and lung damage. But when you are a hungry child that has no food, no hope, and no one that cares, solvent then seems to be a good escape.   

      We went down a little further to a small group of people I said, "Merry Christmas" and threw out some candy. There was some shrills of excitement from the group. A boy and his mother came to the car they were both very happy to receive Christmas presents, with big smiles on their faces they both told me several times "Merry Christmas, Thank You". Next a teenage girl came and a young man, then another young boy ran to the car, determined not to be left out, he was so happy to get the tract and start reading, that I had to call him back to get some candy. They all received the candy and tracts with great joy.

      Down a little further we stopped again, an old lady with no teeth came, then a mother carrying her baby, a man, a woman, and another woman with a baby. When the parents received they immediately gave to their children, it gave them some satisfaction to be able to give something to their children for Christmas.

      We went down the road a little further and three boys all about eight years old came to the car, I gave them some tracts, they were thrilled, happier than some kids who had just received the latest video game for Christmas in the United States. One looked at the cover and said “it is beautiful”, as he read out loud "Somebody Loves, ME!” Then he opened it to the last page and saw the picture of an angel carrying a little boy to heaven. At this he got ecstatic and said "OH WOW", anxiously he showed this to his friends they were all very happy to receive this little book. One boy ran to show it to his mother, especially pointing out the last page. Then two more women with babies and an older woman came and received. We then went on to the next group of homeless people.

      As I looked back down the street I saw the people in small groups eating candy and intensely reading the tracts. What an awesome sight, it was my favorite scene in the Philippines and I saw it many times, I would always look back when we were driving away to see it. The poor have no TV, no radio, and no books, but many of them can read, and if they can't there is always someone close by with nothing to do that would be happy to read it to them. Books are of great value, even a little comic book tract. One day at a garbage dump in Manila I saw a boy out in the middle of the dump sitting on the pile of garbage, he had just found a treasure, a book. It was mangled and many of the pages were stuck together, but it was a book, and he was happy to find it. He sat there reading what he could, and delicately separating the stuck together pages.

      How often I wished I had Bibles in their own language to give them. Some people say you have to be careful who you give a Bible to there because they might sell it. But my response is that is still good, at least it will get to someone who wants a Bible but could not afford one from a store. God's Word will not return void; it will accomplish what He desires. Even one in the dump in Manila would not stay there very long. Let's get God's Word out to people now, let's take the Gospel to the poor. In the United States most of us have Bibles gathering dust on a shelf, it would be better to put it into the economy of the poor than to be wasted here. The people who sell it could eat for a day, and the person buying it gets the Word of Life.      

      We continued on moving from group to group, giving to the people. The candy ran out just about when I needed to head for the airport. In less than an hour we had given over a hundred people a better Christmas than they would have had otherwise, and if any had accepted Jesus from the message on the tract there was a celebration in Heaven also.

      It was definitely the best Christmas I had ever experienced, the presence of God flowing through me in rivers of compassion. Any more glory, any more of God's presence, would have required me to die and go to heaven, where I could experience more; the human body can only take so much.

      I will never be satisfied with a Christmas in a comfortable home, delicious dinner, and receiving gifts from people, again. I was now addicted to God’s compassionate love, His Holy Spirit, flowing through me, nothing else would ever satisfy me, nothing else could ever compare. When we learn this, and teach our children how to receive the presence of God, through giving in compassion, they too will not be satisfied with toys that are usually boring the day after Christmas. My first Christmas in Manila keeps on giving to me; I get blessed every time I time I remember it.

      On the ride to the airport I was absorbing and thinking about all of this. I had touched so many people's hands, and they were all dirty, and sometimes wet. I looked at my hand and wondered how many kinds of dirt, and how many different diseases are possibly on my hand. The thought did not scare me at all; it felt good to have their dirt on me. I was invincible; I felt the presence of God surrounding me, and in me. In Isaiah Chapter 58 it tells about doing acts of compassion and then your health shall spring forth quickly. Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. (Isa 58:8 NIV) God’s compassionate love is the river of life that flows from the throne; it is the best prescription for health, and the best medicine.

      But I decided to wash my hands at the airport; after all I did not want to spread anything around. The domestic airport was not as nice as the international airport. I checked in and they gave me a front seat on the plane, “because I was an American” I thought to myself. In general the Philippine people treat Americans with respect and admiration. One time while going by the American Embassy in Manila a taxi driver told me that, "We have another name for the American Embassy". I said, "Oh, do you call it the American Consulate?" His reply was, "No, we call it the gateway to heaven." as he laughed.

      Americans are considered rich, and we are compared to most of the people in the rest of the world. But God’s judgments of His people are based on what they do with what He has given to them. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; (Luke 12:48 NKJV) Is the Church in America being a wise steward of the resources that God has given us to reach the world? Are you a wise steward of what God has given you?

      Pastor, what is the greatest need of your church? Is it a bigger more beautiful building or is it more of God’s presence, more of God’s love in your congregation? I felt the presence of God in a dump near Manila greater than I have ever felt God’s presence in even the most beautiful church building. God does not just sit on a throne in heaven, He also lives in a garbage dump, and I met Him there. "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isa 57:15 NIV) 

      I feel drawn back to that dump and back to the poor that I met on the streets in Manila more than I feel drawn to any church building. It is the presence of God, the anointing of His love, the Holy Spirit, which draws people in and then transforms them into the image of Christ.  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (1stJohn 3:17 KJV) God’s love dwells in people and churches that express His love to people in need.

      What ever we do to the least of His brethren we do to Jesus. When we allow God to express His love through us we are in true worship of Him, worship in Spirit and Truth, and His anointing will then flow. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, (Isa 61:1-2 NIV) 

      Many places that I went in the Philippines I seemed to get special treatment, even in the bathroom. I went into the bathroom at the airport to wash my hands. There were two attendants in the bathroom, when I finished washing my hands I began looking for paper towels to dry them with. Quickly one of the attendants ran into a stall and pulled a wad of toilet paper from the dispenser and brought it to me. Being polite, I said, "thank you", water plus toilet paper makes a white pulpy mash that sticks to your hands. Seeing this the attendant ran to get more. Eventually if you do this enough times you get your hands dried and can remove the pulpy mash. I never did figure out if this was his job, or if he was just being nice, or just hoping for a tip. But what ever his motive the Philippine people in general are very gracious, hospitable, and considerate of others.

      We boarded the flight on Philippine Airlines. It was a good thing that the Lord had removed my fear of flying before this flight. The plane looked old and well used. When I was in Japan some of my fellow travelers were talking about how they would not fly Philippine Air because of safety concerns, and some of them were Filipinos. But it was a beautiful day, and the views were beautiful of the ocean and the Islands that we went over. Besides, I still felt higher than the plane from experiencing God’s compassionate love. When the Holy Spirit of Love comes in, fear must flee. Now in a short time I would be meeting my fiancée, the most beautiful girl in the world. I would be spending time with her, while getting to know each other better on a beautiful tropical Island. Could life get any better than this? I was on the mountaintop but the valley was still ahead.

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