Can You Rule Your World?


Can you rule your world? Yes, one can rule that which is delegated to one as a position of authority. On the other hand one cannot usurp someone else’s realm of authority. There are spiritual and physical laws pertaining to authority. The spiritual laws of course trump the physical laws.
 
Whatever authority you have by design from God Almighty you are free to operate in with the understanding that authority is a stewardship, not a self-willed dictatorship.
 
Parents have authority over children, yet that authority does not extend to abuse. Police have authority over citizens, yet in America that authority does enable violation of Constitutional Rights. God has authority and His authority is His Will – period. The Will of God is the Word of God. To discover your God-delegated authority one must take a walk in His Word – known to Christians as the Bible.
 
With that in mind The NeoConservative Christian Right is posting a Christian Treatise on Authority written (or actually excerpted) by Dutch Sheets.
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Who is Ruling Your World?

By Dutch Sheets
CBN.com

 

 

CBN.com – A few years ago I was given a double-billed cap with one bill pointing to the left, the other to the right. The words on the front of the cap, "I’m the leader, which way did they go?" are intended to prompt the obvious question, "Who, really, is in charge?" I loved the humor in spite of the not-so-subtle and obviously asinine aspersion it cast on my leadership skills.

That question in one form or another is asked throughout the world millions of times a day. I recall the day our dog, Mercedes–she’s a Boxer, so ugly she needed a classy name–tried to assert her dominance over me. She was young, and the two of us were in a season of trying to establish who would rule our house. I was lying on the floor watching a football game, and she, very ceremoniously I might add, sauntered over and sat right on my chest. She then stuck her chest out, head up, and looked disdainfully at me out of the corner of her eye, glancing proudly at everyone else in the room. Easy to interpret: I’m in charge here; you will submit to me. (Maybe it was because I was wearing the cap.)

Mercedes is quite large, and at that time she was already full grown. Having her plop down on me was uncomfortable, not to mention humiliating. The guffaws of my wife and daughters didn’t help matters much. Of course, girls do stick together. I took authority over the situation immediately, commanding Mercedes to get off of me. As I’m sure you’d assume, she obeyed her master–and within two or three minutes promptly removed herself! I won that power struggle and have been in charge ever since.

But it is not only people and their dogs that struggle with the "Who’s in charge?" question. It is at the heart of all conflict on earth. The question was born in the heart of Lucifer when he tried to sit on God’s chest in heaven, and it spread to earth when he passed the question on to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan spewed his poisonous deception, and our foreparents also tried to sit on God’s chest. We humans have been wearing a double-billed cap ever since, thinking we’re in charge, all the while stumbling around, wondering which way to go. It seems that at every level and in every arena of life, power struggles occur:

  • men and women wrestle over control of relationships.
  • parents and children struggle with who will rule the house.
  • siblings quarrel over toys, clothing, tv, and a host of other issues.
  • businesses connive to corner various consumer and investment markets.
  • sports teams vie for first place.
  • democrats and republicans strive for the domination of america.
  • leaders of nations war over control of lands, people, and wealth.

Everybody wants to be in charge!

Who is ruling your world? I’m not referring to the big one, as in planet earth. At least not yet. I’m talking about the world you live in every day, your personal world. I’m speaking of your home, family, job, health, dog–well, okay, maybe not your dog. God doesn’t intend that any outside force dominate you. He has given you jurisdiction over your life.

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God began dealing with me a few years back about governing my world. And He wasn’t referring to Washington, D.C. He was talking about the gray matter in my cranium–my thoughts as well as my house, my finances, my health, and so on. In ever-expanding circles He began to teach me about governing the world around me. God did actually want to use me to influence cities, states, and nations, and has since sent me to Washington dozens of times, to all fifty states on an amazing prayer assignment, and on numerous other prayer journeys.

I want to share with you what He has taught me. I’m certainly not implying that I have full understanding of this or any other aspect of truth. In fact, much of my learning has come through paradigm-stretching assignments and frustration-prompted questions. Desperation often births inspiration, like the day at the airport …

I was about to break out in hives I was so tense. It was during a prayer tour to all fifty states that Chuck Pierce and I conducted in 2003–2004.

I left my home early, as I frequently did, to fly to another state where I would speak and lead large prayer gatherings that evening and the following morning. That day I wasn’t flying my normal airline with which I had special "go to the short line, receive preferential treatment, and get your upgrade" status.

As I stood in the long "NO preferential treatment and NO upgrade" line of this other airline, things became more chaotic by the minute. I don’t know if the employees were learning a new system, their computers were malfunctioning, or just what was happening. But everything was in total confusion. I wanted to pass out double-billed caps to all the workers and sit on somebody’s chest!
I was already running a bit late, and after waiting twenty minutes with the line not moving, I was getting pretty uptight. My stomach was knotting up, and my anxiety level was rapidly increasing.
I wasn’t the only one.

People started pushing their way to the front. Others were shouting from where they stood about not wanting to miss their flight, for the workers to hurry up, etc. And, believe it or not, the workers were beginning to become unnerved and belligerent also! I had never seen anything like it. One lady began to shout about not missing her plane and then began pushing others out of the way as she bullied her way toward the counter.

I remembered a story about my friend and Bible teacher John Dawson, who once had a frustrated and obnoxious lady behind him in an airport line. He decided to witness God’s love to her by giving her his place in line. I prayed to receive the "John Dawson anointing" but it didn’t work. By this time the "Dutch Sheets anointing" was too strong–she wasn’t getting my position! (I’m just as Christlike as John, it’s just that God has given me a more intense personality.)

My next thought was to beat her up, but I could see the headlines: "Preacher on Way to Prayer Meeting Pummels Lady in Airport." Then I took a closer look and decided I couldn’t have whipped her anyway. She was big and mean–looked like someone from the WWE! We all backed out of her way as she marched forward.

By this time I had decided I would miss my flight and Chuck would have to do the meeting alone. Then in great desperation but no real faith, I decided to pray. "Lord, do something to stop this chaos and get me on my flight," I whispered.

As clearly as I have ever heard Him, the Holy Spirit responded, "You know this is all about you, don’t you?"

"I didn’t do anything," I replied in surprise. "Don’t blame me!"

"This is all about Satan trying to hinder your assignment," I heard.

Remembering 1 Thessalonians 2:18: "We wanted to come to you– I, Paul, more than once — and yet Satan hindered us," I realized the possibility. All this confusion and anxiety is about me and my assignment? I thought. No way.

Yet I knew I was hearing the Spirit as He said, Yes, it is.

"Well, do something about it," I quietly whispered.

But He was trying to teach me something. No, you do something about it. Move in the authority I have given you and command the demonic hindrances of your assignment to be ineffective. Declare that you have favor and will get to your meeting on time.

I did as instructed and then heard, "Now, go over to your right, to the end of the counter, and wait." This ticket counter was on the end of a row next to a wide thoroughfare. I stood at the end of the counter which, naturally, ticketing agents didn’t even use.

Almost immediately, though, an agent walked over and said kindly, "Can I help you, sir?"
"Yes, I’m on flight number so and so." I handed her my driver’s license, she checked my luggage, gave me a boarding pass, and I was off to my gate–where I was immediately upgraded to first-class!

I was pretty pumped. "Whatever you’re teaching me, I sure do want to learn it," I told the Lord. "This is nice."

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God has given you jurisdiction over your world–under His authority, of course. He wants you, not sin, demonic powers, negative circumstances, or any other outside force to govern it. I realize this was an extraordinary experience, and I, like Paul, have been successfully hindered a few times.

Even so, God doesn’t want the devil or any of his agents ever to sit on our chests.
The question of who’s in control is a governmental issue. We often think of government only in its civil sense, but Webster’s defines govern as "to direct and control; to regulate by authority; to influence; to direct; to restrain; to steer or regulate the course of; to exercise authority; to maintain the superiority."

To exercise authority is to govern. Praying with authority, therefore, is "governmental intercession." So in essence, this is a book about government–not politics, but prayer! Politicians and government officials legislate through man-made laws and rulings. We legislate through spiritual laws, principles, and activities.

One of Scripture’s primary themes is governmental authority. The primary biblical struggle is over the questions "Who will rule humankind?" and "Who will rule the world?" We will see as we progress that the answer to the first determines the answer to the second–yes, in many ways the war is about you and me and who we listen to–we are going to help answer the question of who is in charge of the earth. In this earthly war over who is going to rule it, you and your double-billed cap are caught right in the middle!

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Excerpted from Authority in Prayer: Praying with Power and Purpose by Dutch Sheets, copyright © 2006; ISBN 0764201808.

Published by Bethany House Publishers. Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

Assimilatio Dei


I do not know the title of the devotion I am about to post. So I entitled after the blog in which I found this wonder meditation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
 

Oh Lord, your Splendor breaks past human minds,
for no good beneath you can be multiplied
To measure your existence.

Lord, I have believed and even seen
that none who trust in you can be confounded,
For every word that goes against your truth
Has already been refuted many times.

And therefore, Lord, all men must seek for you
and seek to share in your divinity.
For your wisdom has already been poured out-
A font of life that cannot cease to flow.

Oh Lord, we know the way your wisdom leads the mind-
Your "immaterial" is a negation of "matter"
Your "Pure" is a negation of "the mixed"
Your "infinite" negates all things we see
That have their beauty only in the lines.

And therefore, Lord, just as you’ve moved my mind,
so also move my heart- it can go further.
Just as my mind negates what it first knows,
So let my heart negate what it first loves.

Then Jesus, I’ll have done all that you asked,
And done my part to gain the life of God.

Ramblings of My Conscience


There is a point in which the sanity of one’s consciousness is entertained. This often happens to me in the review of my existence.
 
I have led a life that has been both righteous and unrighteous. This paradox often places in question the personal sanity of my mind. How can one be both righteous and unrighteous?
 
Thank God the Word of God is there to read! This is the place in which sanity returns. There is comfort and consolation in the Word of God.
 
It is in the Word that I find out that there is not one person who is righteous. All humanity has been born into a carnal or sin nature. The Bible disputes secular humanism which states that humanity is born good. One does not have to be a genious to observe the untruth of that belief system. A baby from birth needs to be taught right from wrong because its nature is to do wrong. Yes it may be cute when the ankle biter is crawling, however as the ankle biter grows uncorrected wrong goes from annoying to corporeal punishment.
 
In the Word of God the Believer in Christ Jesus discovers that the only righteousness to acquiere is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It is the Blood of Christ that totally cleans sin and unrighteousness. The path to follow is to learn to stay away as much as possible from that which re-stains. The Blood always cleanses the stain. It is the crimson Blood of Jesus that cleans the stain to be white as snow. (1 John Chapter 1)

Court Allows Suits Over Genetic Screenings


Abortion is ungodly murder. I personally find exceptions; such as a birth defect. I am on the fence with rape. Though child is probably born unwanted by the mother, the child is a soul created in the mind of God. Adoption is the best course for life.
 
Now here is something I never have thought of: Prospective parents that had genetic tests performed to have knowledge of the existence or not of genetic or birth defects.
 
The doctors gave the prospective parents the all clear. The unborn child was defect free. Then the kid was born. Guess what? The child had defects of a genetic nature.
 
The Parents are sueing for a wrongful life!
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Mar 4, 12:29 AM EST

Court Allows Suits Over Genetic Screenings

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
Associated Press Writer

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Parents can sue a doctor if a genetic screening misses a severe or fatal condition that would have caused them to seek an abortion, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The 4-3 decision limited such lawsuits to costs associated with a pregnancy and the birth of the child, saying such parents could not sue for pain-and-suffering damages or repayment of the costs of raising a disabled child.

The decision was a partial victory for a Kentucky couple who sued a Cincinnati obstetrics practice and hospital that provided genetic counseling and told them their fetus did not have a genetic disorder that the mother carried. The 8-year-old boy born in 1997 has the disorder and can’t speak or crawl.

The finding overruled a lower-court decision that Richard and Helen Schirmer could sue for the costs of raising their disabled son.

Justice Maureen O’Connor, writing for the majority, noted that the Schirmers had indicated they would have aborted the child if they had received the correct diagnosis. As a result, she said they could not sue for costs above those of raising a child without a disability, since that was never a possibility.

Life without the impairment "was never a possibility in this situation," O’Connor said. "The crux of this case is a comparison of nonexistence versus existence, albeit impaired."

The case was the first time Ohio’s justices had issued a definitive ruling on a claim of "wrongful birth." A handful of states allow such claims by parents seeking compensation for the financial burden of caring for a severely disabled child or the emotional trauma of watching a baby die shortly after birth.

Ohio and several other states have previously rejected a different type of claim, called "wrongful life," in which the disabled child is the plaintiff.

Attorney Frank Woodside, who represents Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, said the decision was correct.

Doctors had no involvement in the actual defect, he said, and the law doesn’t allow damages if the disabling condition existed from the point of conception.

A message was left with the attorney representing the Schirmers.

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© 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Lent Is a Time for Restoring Authentic Faith


I have been a Christian a number of years. The Churches I have gone to don’t practice the seasonal rituals of episcopate and traditional mainline Churces. I wish they had, because "Lent" is an authentic moment of faith that can actually strenghthen our walk with God. I found this article on "Lent" that should be meditated and acted upon by all Christians – no matter the denomination.
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Lent Is a Time for Restoring Authentic Faith
Ethicsdaily.com
Jim Evans
03-03-06
 

For millions of Christians this past week marked the beginning of our most Holy season–Easter. We start with Ash Wednesday, a day devoted to recalling God’s embrace of our humanity. Many believers wear the mark of the cross, made with ash and oil, as a reminder of just how costly God’s grace has been. We hear the words as the ash is applied, "Remember, you are dust."

Thus begins the season of Lent–a 40-day vigil devoted to reflection and repentance. Lent is often trivialized as a time when Christians give up some bad practice, like eating chocolate or drinking coffee. But Lent is more than just giving up something. For Christians, Lent is a time to take on something–we are challenged to take on a renewed faith.

 

Properly understood, Lent is a time for Christians to reclaim and restore the meaning of their faith. For far too long now segments of the Christian church have allowed the faith to become narrow and judgmental. In many quarters Christianity has become synonymous with meanness and the harsh treatment of a select group of sinners, so defined.

 

But a proper understanding of Lent will not allow such behavior to stand. The long journey to the cross is intended to remind us that we are all sinners. Traditionally, in Christian theology, all sin carries the same weight. In fact, one of the books of the New Testament makes the bold claim that when we fail at one point of the law we violate the whole law. For any of us to live as if we were above such failure makes a mockery of the cross.

 

The purpose of all this is not to crush us under a weight of guilt. The theological claim that all of us are sinners is intended to put us in touch with God’s grace. And accepting as true that no human is without sin, that no one among us may claim moral superiority over any one else, creates the possibility for real community. We are the community of the broken, and the restored.

 

Unfortunately, sometimes we forget. We forget that forgiveness is a gift that comes to us freely, not as some sort of reward for personal righteousness. We forget that we are forgiven and accepted by God, but that does not mean we are conferred with some exalted status or have some special privilege. If we are to take seriously the words of Jesus, it is not privilege and status we are given, but a call to humbly serve others.

 

The season of Lent recalls these themes. We are confronted with the dark places in our lives–dark places that remain even after grace has come. We are also confronted with the challenge of the Gospel imperative to love God and our neighbor. And we are reminded that our neighbor is anyone who is in need. Just because someone is a sinner does not mean we are exempt from loving them. Love your neighbor, Jesus said, as you love yourself.

 

Putting an angry, judgmental face on Christianity betrays the grace that gives us peace. But when we put a human face on our faith, the same way God did, then the possibility begins to emerge that we may actually be able to live together. Not as a community of morally superior beings, but as humble human beings who all share the same needs and hopes.

 

James L. Evans is pastor of Auburn First Baptist Church in Auburn, Ala.

Keep The Faith


Hebrews 11:1

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Faith is a substance that one cannot see, but it is a substance. Faith encourages the manifestation of the unseen. The eye of Faith is the spiritual that perceives God’s Word and transfers the Word into the realm of sense perception.

A wise person once told me, "Those who can see the invisible can do the impossible." Now friends, that is FAITH.

Hat tip to A life Worth Living Blog.

“Truth and Tactics Concerning Temptation”


Temptation is the spiritual plague of Christianity. The only way to overcome temptation is the application of the Word of God via the vehicle of the Holy Spirit. Thank God for Jesus.
 
I actually received this word from the Elijah List Email in which I participate. I have heard James Goll minister, he is used mightily by the power of God to transform lives.
 
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"Truth and Tactics Concerning Temptation" 
–James Goll
February 4, 2006
Encounters Network
www.jamesgoll.com
 
Five Foundational Truths

Concerning Temptation

At times, it is important that we have a firm foundation in our life, family, and ministry. In times of transition, it is also imperative that we re-look and even re-establish a solid foundation in our lives. I want to redefine some moral boundaries so that we do not become deceived by the enemy. Sound good? Then proceed ahead with me to look at Five Foundational Truths Concerning Temptation.

1. God Tests, but Never Tempts

Whereas, God may test our faith, but He never tempts us.

James 1:13 states:

"…Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone." James 1:13

The purpose of divine testing is to sanctify and strengthen. James 1:2-4 tells us:

"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." –James 1:2-4

The purpose of satanic tempting is to deceive and destroy (John 10:10).

2. Temptation Begins in the Flesh

Temptation almost always begins in the flesh.

James 1:14 explains, "But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust." Our flesh sets fire to sin. Satan then simply fans the flame higher.

3. To Be Tempted is Not a Sin!

Temptation, in and of itself, is not sin! Jesus was repeatedly tempted (Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15), but He was sinless.

Martin Luther once stated, "You can’t prevent the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair."

"A temptation only becomes sin when we accept it, when we fondle it, when we enjoy it." –a quote from Martin Lloyd-Jones.

4. The Essence and Strength of Temptation

The essence and strength of temptation is two-fold:

a. The enticement to satisfy legitimate needs through illegitimate means.

b. The enticement to push virtues to the extreme of religious legalism with unquestioned acceptance. 
 

5. The Problem of Giving into Temptation

The more often we say "yes" to a temptation, the more difficult it becomes to say "no." Sin is addictive and habit forming. It builds to ever increasing dimensions. It has a hardening effect on the soul of the individual (Hebrews 3:12-13). It is a lie at the core. It offers one thing and produces another.

Satan Especially Likes to Tempt Us…

1. When our faith is young–when the Christian is newly or recently converted (I Timothy 3:6).

2. When our faith feels strongest–when we think we are invulnerable to sin (I Corinthians 10:12).

3. When we are in an alien environment and culturally unaware of the enemy’s schemes in a given region.

4. When our faith is being tested in the fires of affliction:

a. Physical affliction (Matthew 4)

b. Spiritual affliction (Job 2:1-10)

5. Immediately following great spiritual highs and lows. Heed the lessons of Elijah in I Kings 18 and 19.

6. Perhaps Satan’s most effective tactic in tempting us is to put his thoughts into our minds and then blame us for having them.

a. See I Chronicles 21:1, Matthew 16:13-23, John 13:2, and Acts 5:1-3 on Satan’s ability to put his thoughts into your mind.

b. "When thoughts or inclinations contrary to the will and ways of God creep in, many dear Christians mistake these miserable orphans for their own children and take upon themselves the full responsibility for these carnal passions. So deftly does the devil slip his own thoughts into the saints’ bosom that by the time they begin to whimper, he is already out of sight. And the Christian, seeing no one but himself at home, supposes these misbegotten notions are his own. So he bears the shame himself, and Satan has accomplished his purposes." –William Gurnall author of The Christian in Complete Armour

c. The devil’s scheme is to speak in the "first person" and trick us into thinking that the statements are about us.

7. A related tactic of temptation is for him to launch his accusations as if they were from the Holy Spirit. How do we distinguish between satanic accusation and Divine conviction? Remember: God’s conviction eventually releases "hope," while the enemy’s fruit of accusation ultimately is condemnation.

When Too Much of a Good Thing Becomes a License for Licentiousness/Lawlessness

Most of us won’t often be tempted to commit blatant sins such as robbery, murder, or rape. Satan is too clever and subtle for that. He knows that we will recognize the flagrant wrong in such temptations and refuse to act on them. Instead, his tactic is to entice us to push something good beyond the boundary of the will of God until it becomes sin.

He treats us like the proverbial frog in the pool of water–gradually turning up the heat of temptation, hoping we don’t notice that we are approaching the boundary of God’s will and jump out before something good becomes sin. When those boundaries are erased, then the devil typically moves on to other expressions and temptations that previously we would not have even considered.

The following statements reveal the sinful results in a number of areas where we are tempted to take the good things that God created beyond the boundary of God’s will:

1. Physical rest becomes laziness

2. Quietness becomes non-communication

3. Ability to profit becomes avarice and greed

4. Enjoyment of life becomes intemperance

5. Physical pleasure becomes sensuality

6. Interest in the possessions of others become covetousness

7. Enjoyment of food becomes gluttony

8. Self-care becomes selfishness

9. Self-respect becomes conceit

10. Communication becomes gossip

11. Cautiousness becomes unbelief

12. Positiveness becomes insensitivity

13. Anger becomes rage and bad temper

14. Loving-kindness becomes overprotection

15. Judgment becomes criticism

16. Same-sex friendship becomes homosexuality

17. Sexual freedom becomes sexual immorality

18. Conscientiousness becomes perfectionism

19. Generosity becomes wastefulness

20. Self-protection becomes dishonesty

21. Carefulness becomes fear

22. Spiritual compatibility becomes illegal soul ties

23. Freedom becomes an occasion for the flesh

24. Improper intimacy in relationships breeds false spiritual union

25. Encouragement turns to flattery

26. Pursuing goals becomes a "driving spirit"

27. You are more impressed with the words coming out of you than you are the Word coming into you. (Prophetic words become a replacement for the written word.)

28. Success-motivation becomes boastful pride of life

29. Emotional Healing ministry becomes a "rescuer mentality"

30. The Healing Touch becomes a "familiar touch or spirit" in a wrong place and with a wrong motivation


By James Goll
Encounters Network
www.jamesgoll.com

EVANGELICAL INFLUENCE ON THE RISE IN THE MIDDLE EAST


Here is a hat tip to the Joel C. Rosenberg Blog. He is reporting that Mohammedans are converting to Christianity. In the Sudan in particular a million former Mohammedans have converted to Christianity because of the violence and atrocity of Islamofascist Arabs. Posted from SlantRight Blog .
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**Below is the relevant information. To read the entire post of Joel C. Rosenberb the link is HERE.


Did you know there are at least ten different evangelical Christian satellite TV networks now beaming their programming into the Middle East? Or that evangelical Christian websites in Arabic and Farsi are springing up by the hundreds and being visited by thousands every day, including Saudi sheikhs and Iranian mullahs? Did you know that more than one million Sudanese have become followers of Christ just since 2001. Not despite of the genocide, but because of it.

"People see what real Islam is like and they want Jesus instead," one Sudanese leader told me. Indeed, the church there is growing so fast new pastors are having to be trained in make-shift seminaries held in caves!

I just got back from three months in the Middle East, working on a non-fiction book about the future of the region, including a chapter on the future of Christianity in the lands of its birth. Many in the U.S. and European media erronously report that Christianity is dying in the lands of its birth. But I found just the opposite to be true.

I had the privilege of meeting with some three dozen Arab and Iranian evangelical leaders from all over North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Their message was unanimous: more Muslims are turning to Christ today that at any other point in human history.

It is a story the Western media isn’t reporting but the Muslim media is beginning to. Stories are popping up throughout the region quoting Islamic leaders alarmed by the growing number of Muslim converts to Christianity, and the growing influence of evangelicals.

A leading Saudi cleric, appearing on Aljazeera, tried to sound the alarm back in December of 2000. "In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity. Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity," warned Sheikh Ahmad Al Qataani to a stunned audience. "Every year, six million Muslims convert to Christianity."

Those numbers are wildly exaggerated, but he’s got the trend right. And all of the evangelical leaders I met with say the numbers of Muslim converts to Christianity has only accelerated since 9/11.

In Cairo, I visited the largest "church" in the Middle East. It is held in an enormous cave, just below an Egyptian military facility. Some 10,000 new and growing followers of Christ worship there every weekend. More than 20,000 assembled there in May for an entire day of prayer — all asking God to turn Muslims to Jesus. What’s more, the sermons and worship services were broadcast by SAT-7, the leading evangelical satellite TV network, allowing millions more from Casablanca to Kabul to hear the gospel, some for the first time in their lives.

Perhaps, then, it should not be so surprising that for the first time in the 54 year history of the National Prayer Breakfast, a Muslim King was the keynote speaker. Jordan’s King Abdullah II not only gave brief remarks at yesterday’s breakfast, he later delivered the main address at the luncheon for some 3,000 clergy members and political leaders. It was an intriguing sign, I believe, of the influence evangelicals are having in the Middle East these days.

"We behold with horror and disgust the recent targeting of Christian churches in Iraq, breaking with a 1,400 year tradition of Christian-Muslim friendship and mutual acceptance amongst the Arabs of the Levant," said King Abdullah. He quoted from Psalm 34:14, saying we must all "Seek peace and pursue it," and the words of Jesus urging all men to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love their neighbors as themselves.

"September Eleventh; the train bombings in Spain; the underground and bus bombings in London — these outrages have led some to believe in a ‘Clash of Civilizations,’" said the King. "Nothing could please extremists more; that is their view of reality. Its falsity is made clear to all by the extremist bombings in the Islamic world — in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and more. Almost every day Muslims are killed by extremists in Iraq. Their targets are not Christians, not Jews, not Americans or Europeans, but indigenous innocent Muslims."

"Extremists, of any religion, who teach intolerance and violence, mutilate Scripture to advance their cause," he went on to say. "Together, we have a duty to this generation and many to come, to witness to the positive role of faith in public life. Humbled through that faith, strengthened by that faith; we can, with God’s help, create a more just and peaceful future. It begins by standing together — and upholding the principles transgressed by those who oppose us. As the Bible says: Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12)"

When was the last time you heard a Muslim King quote the Apostle Paul?

Aslan really is on the move.