Habakkuk 1:5 "Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told."~ God, Hab. 1:5
If you had told me I would experience firsthand the liberation of captives from the slavery of occult practices I would have been sure you were talking about my trip to Uganda or Honduras or even to the Dominican Republic.
But if you'd said I'd do so in a highly developed country in Western Europe I would never have believed you.
The battle is not yours; it's the Lord's!
In February 2013 our church plant's 1st convert and baptism was a former witch.
Then another in September 2013. Both have been drawing their friends and former fellow witches into small groups and learning about Jesus Christ. In December two of our teaching Pastors helped a practitioner of the dark arts of Freemasonry (at a high level in the Paris region) renounce all ties to those practices. All 3 of these people were led by the Holy Spirit, with no prompting from us, to burn all the implements, tools, books, and clothing tied to their occult enslavement.
Then the 2nd Sunday of January 2014 as we prepared for Training of Spiritual Warfare the next day (Mon and Tues.) the Pastor and his wife intervened for a couple they had met 7 years ago. Atheists who met the Monges, and forgot them, UNTIL they began to experience unexplained events in their home together with their children. Doors slamming, objects moving violently, and a blurry menacing figure that appeared and disappeared. The whole family was frightened. As they considered solutions, surely the Holy Spirit reminded them of the ONLY evangelical Christians they had met. 7 years ago. So they called the Monges, agreed to come to service that Sunday. They were moved at the Service. But when the Monges came over to pray and work with them to break ties to the occult, the couple BOTH ended up praying to receive Christ. We never planned it and certainly don't seek it out but we are discovering the reality that INTO the void created by rejecting God and the Church during the French revolution, Satan has been busy deceiving and enslaving the French with a wide variety of occult practices ranging from Tarot, Wicca, white magic, "energy manipulation", Freemasonry(European), Black magic and the list goes on.
What is so gratifying is that because we preach Christ crucified, resurrected and actively at work to build His Kingdom we are seeing captives liberated and lives transformed from out of ALL kinds of backgrounds, no matter how dark! Unexpected and unbelievable until one re-considers God's own words to the nations in Habakkuk. What is exciting is that all we are doing is asking Him to use us to liberate France and to see growing, thriving churches(people, not buildings) in every town and every city, in every neighborhood and in every corner of France and Europe and the world. His Kingdom Come.