Dear blessed ones,
It’s already the second month since we‘ve started worshiping God every workday at the worship room in Kaunas. During this time the Lord was changing my understanding in many spheres and for this I’m very grateful to Him.
In the beginning I had a presumption that starting this kind of ministry is not very difficult, but I can honestly admit that I was wrong. It turned out that the fact that Kaunas has a lot of worshippers and that I know most of them means nothing. Many people still don‘t have a revelation of why we need continuous worship. So, it is evident that in Lithuania we don’t have enough teaching on this topic. I want the Church in our nation to understand the power in worship and praise.
Farewell to uninvited guests
After moving to the house on the hill, we‘ve started an intense clean-up process. We moved the furniture from one room to another, tidied-up and were preparing for the beginning of the ministry. During the first week I was sleeping alone but everyday many would gather to help, and we would not only work very hard, but would find time to worship Lord Jesus.
One day something very interesting and strange happened. We were sitting and talking after worship when we heard a loud pounding as if someone had just run across in the same building. There were no other people in the house only the three of us and we were all sitting in the same room. I was asked, “What was that?” Without thinking I said, “Probably the neighbours.” But then I thought to myself – what neighbours? This is our house and there are no neighbours! ...
The same day, only a bit later, another family arrived. After worship we all sat in the same room on the second floor. While we were discussing something, we heard the same strange noise – as if someone downstairs had just run across the room. My friends asked, “What was that?” The scenario was the same and automatically I answered, “Probably the neighbours.” But then I thought – what neighbours? This house does not have any connections with the neighbours.
I understood what neighbours these were the same night when I woke up and heard footsteps. At that time there was no one other in the house. I started feeling very uncomfortable, so I quietly murmured: “Satan, get out of here.” The minute I spoke these words I heard the doors squeaking in the distance. Full of fear I sat in my bed, covered up with my blanket and started worshiping Jesus. I decided not to concentrate on the devil, but I directed all my attention to Jesus and decided to worship Him as much as it will be needed.
While I was singing the first praise song I felt God’s presence surrounding me and the fear, little by little, started to melt. After singing the song I became quiet… Two seconds did not pass, and I heard footsteps in the silence. I didn’t understand where these sounds were coming from, but I knew one thing – I will worship my God. Songs were pouring out from my heart and the presence of God in my room was becoming stronger. The atmosphere was electrified, and the presence was tangible. I wasn’t thinking about those strange noises which had disturbed my sleep, but I was thinking about the Lord who has saved me from sin and death. I was singing songs to Him from my heart for about an hour. I remember that it was after 6 a.m. when I lay down and fell asleep. After that no one dared to disturb my dreams and the new day brought many changes.
One that day two sisters came together with a young lady who was a student and 2 years ago she had invited Jesus into her heart, but she wasn’t yet baptised. She consciously wanted to submit her life to Jesus and to be baptised by diving into water. The girl wanted to be baptised in water according to her faith just like it’s described in the Bible. So that evening we all gathered in the upper room and were worshiping. Up to that moment, every time we would gather to worship the Lord, we would always hit an invisible spiritual ceiling. We would never have a breakthrough in worship since there were spiritual forces which blocked that. But that evening a breakthrough happened. Or maybe the breakthrough happened the night before when I was singing to the Lord in my bed? I only know that after that, everything changed: the sounds disappeared, and the Spirit of the Lord started pouring out in a marvellous way.
I don’t know the whole history of the house and who lived here during the last few decades, but the fact is that someone in this house had opened a spiritual door to unwanted guests. Maybe someone had practiced spiritism or magic and invited demon spirits, but the name of Jesus Christ is much more powerful than any other name on earth and everyone on earth, in heaven or below must bow down to our Lord. Thus, where Jesus is being worshipped, all other spirits must flee. Do you realise that our Lord disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them on the cross? Jesus has given us authority to overcome all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means will harm us. (Philippians 2:9-10, Colossians 2:15, Luke 10:19)
The course of the ministry
During the two months of this ministry, 8 worship leaders were serving. However, two sisters drew back and now there are 6 of us and there are a few others who are thinking of joining. I understand that there is a lot of spiritual opposition, so we are constantly praying for people who would join us in the realisation of this vision.
Usually there are about 5 or 8 people coming to our worship gatherings though sometimes there are only 2 or 3, but the Scriptures say that even where there are 2 or 3 gathered in His name, Jesus is with them and amongst them. The biggest meeting with 20 people happened when Vilnius BURN organizers came to “heat” the spiritual stove which is also called “pečka”. But God is faithful, and He doesn’t look to the quantity of people but to our hearts. He pours out His Spirit always when we call upon His name and shows us His glory every time when we seek His face. And I’m very grateful to all brothers and sisters from other cities who come to support us and to worship together because this is a huge encouragement.
One interesting note. When people were filling the worship room questionnaire, most of them wrote that they could serve either from 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. and it so happened that we gather for worship every morning and every evening at exactly those times. One sister, who is serving with prophetic anointing, said that this is what happened during Ezra’s and Nehemiah’s times when Jerusalem was being restored. First, they restored morning and evening services. Actually, we didn’t plan this, but the Lord ordered everything in such a manner:
And they set the altar upon its bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily beareth our burden, even the God of our salvation. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord!
(Psalms 68: 19,32)
Winter is coming, and I know it will be a wonderful and blessed time of spiritual search. I am sincerely grateful for your prayers and support of this ministry. Today I want to share about a few prayer needs:
We sincerely thank for your prayers and support. You are welcome to come so that we could worship our Lord and King Jesus Christ together.
JOSEPH VARGHESE K
12/8/2017 12:04:45 am
GOD will bless you and keep you.
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