The Invisible Fire

The year was 1990. I was working as a field supervisor with the then Rakai Project (Now the  Rakai Health Sciences Program  in Uganda, East Africa. My job involved a lot of travel up-country to supervise various field teams. At the same time I had a lot of hunger for God. It was always my practice, after the day’s work, to lock myself up in my room, pray, and seek God’s knowledge by reading the Holy Scriptures in the Bible. This particular evening the moment I held my Bible to find where to read, something supernatural happened. The room abruptly caught an invisible fire.. Temperature rapidly shot up, though this heat was not the type that consumed earthly material. It was mainly my spirit and soul that I felt like melting in this fire. It was as if there was a powerful beam of heat radiating from the ceiling of this room onto my body below. I remember lifting up my eyes to check on the source of this mysterious fire but I never saw anything except the usual lonely small bulb that was lighting up the room. I thought that maybe the house had caught fire, but there was no visible fire or smoke around. Moses saw fire in a burning bush but in this vision I never saw fire with my naked eyes. By now my whole body had become weightless and I began feeling like flying out of the house into the clouds above. Soon my spirit sensed that this was the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit. The presence of God was so strong that three days later, after this vision, when I went back home 150 kilometers away, the very first words of greeting I spoke to Florence emanated such power that she was immediately filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit as well. She quickly told me how she felt in her heart, wondering where I had got such spiritual power. Back to the vision, I felt like I had lost most of my natural senses and much of my immediate surroundings.

The Seven Mysterious Scriptures

My only focus now was the Bible I was holding in my hands. Supernaturally (just like I have described in the previous section) I was led to open seven specific Scriptures in the Bible. They followed each other in a logical order that must have only been chosen by the divine intelligence of the Holy Spirit. I had no pen there and then but the Holy Spirit enabled me to remember all the seven as well as the order in which the Lord presented them to me. These seven Scriptures will always remain imprinted on my spirit until I appear before my Fathers white throne on the Day of Judgment. The Scriptures in the exact order the Lord gave them to me are Luke 22:31-32, Job 1:6, Job 2:1, (Job 1:9-10), Revelation 12:10, Mathew 4:1, and Luke 11:4. Three Scriptures from the Old Testament, and four from the New Testament. Soon I realized that all the three Scriptures from the Old Testament were from only one book – the Book of Job. The Holy Spirit made me understand that the book of Job is unique in the whole Bible. Unlike any other book, it reveals to us what happens both in the natural and in the supernatural, and it reveals to us in great detail the interaction between God and Satan, as the latter tempts believers even today.

Going back to the seven Scriptures, I realized that they had some hidden message, which I could not understand. I felt like those people in the book of Daniel who saw a divine handwriting on the wall but could not understand what had been written. As I was wondering what these Scriptures meant, the Holy Spirit interpreted them to me into the message I am going to share with you. During this interpretation, I felt like there was a river of clean precious ideas  flowing from the very throne of God into my mind. God was giving me an important message to reveal Satan’s tactics, showing how God’s children can protect themselves from temptations and trials. By the end of this message it should be easy for you to prevent temptations from taking place in your life. It will be easy for you to detect the traps Satan has laid before you. You will overcome them and glory will go to our Father in heaven. I believe that if Job had known the facts in this message, and if he had put into practice what Jesus tells us to do in the last chapter of this book, he wouldn’t have gone through all the trials that he faced. This message is made up of only those Seven Scriptures I have mentioned. Any other Scripture I refer to is just used for illustration.

God sends a messenger to Africa

Initially I did not know how to put together this message because I needed different Bible versions and other Christian reference books to prove whether everything the Lord had given me in the vision was correct. God saw my need and he started prompting a stranger 9,500 miles away to help me. In the coastal city of Carlsbad, in San Diego’s North County, Southern California, lived a humble God-fearing Spanish-American Christian lady whose son had spent more than a year on internship in Africa. At the very moment I needed the reference materials, the Spirit of God started prompting this lady to visit her son. “I felt within my parental heart a great urge to visit Robert” she told me later. “At first I was so afraid because I have never been to Africa but God’s prompting was too much that it drove away all my fears” she said. As she prepared for the long journey and started packing her bags, she heard a voice, within her heart, instructing her to include in her luggage two boxes of different Bible versions, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries and other Christian reference books from her home library. The voice instructed her to give the two boxes to any serious Christian she finds during her trip. What I didn’t know at that time was that the son this lady was visiting was actually one of the young American interns called Robert who worked with our Project. A few days after arriving in Uganda this lady asked her son whether she knew of any devoted Christian around. Robert mentioned my name simply because I always shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with my fellow staff members and with expatriates. From this experience I realized it is very important to openly identify yourself with Christ and to always witness to nonbelievers. As a result, the following day I was surprised when this lady came to my office with two boxes with all the reference Bibles and books I needed to write this message. In addition she gave me some initial funds that enabled me to start this ministry.

Later I realized that printing and mailing Christian literature was expensive, so I prayed to God for help. The Lord mysteriously led me to open my Bible. The page I randomly opened had Mathew 13. Then, supernaturally, verses 45-46 jumped out of the page into my eyes:

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it”                                                                                                              NKJV

The Lord was telling me that the message he had given me was precious and that I had to do everything possible, even if it meant selling some of my personal property, to ensure it is developed and sent out to the body of Christ.

This is the stranger (left) God used to bring me all the Bibles and other reference books I needed to write this message. Here she had requested us to take her to the River Nile because of its Biblical significance. My wife Florence is on the right holding our son Daniel.
This is the stranger (left) God used to bring me all the Bibles and other reference books I needed to write this message. Here she had requested us to take her to the River Nile because of its Biblical significance. My wife Florence is on the right holding our son Daniel.
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