A Burning Fire in My Bones

In 1773 John Wesley preached the gospel to an audience of 32,000 people in an open field with no microphone at the age of 70! Can you imagine? God says to us today, “GO into all the world and preach the gospel” He’ll take care of everything else! This is just a photo to help you envision speaking to a crowd without a microphone!

 

 

This past weekend I spoke at three different churches.  As I walked to the podium at the first event I started to cry when I saw the large audience. Every time I speak I am reminded of where I came from and how He uses me in spite of myself.

I was painfully shy as a child.  I was so shy that I rarely spoke at school and had very few friends.  I mean in order to have friends, you’ve got to communicate, right?  I choose not to.  From the time I was in elementary school, I would envision myself with imaginary walls all around me and I liked those walls. Well, the school thought something was mentally wrong with me because I didn’t talk.  So, they put me in a class for retarded children.  I know, that’s a bad word but it was the word they used for us in that class.  I hated the class.  I didn’t want to be in it.   I knew I needed to get out– but I couldn’t overcome my fear of talking to people.

One night as I prayed and asked God to help me overcome these fears, I felt a surge of strength rise up in me.  I started to read the Word,  something started to  burn in my heart, I couldn’t hold in. Even though I was terrified of my next words I said, “Give me to strength to overcome my greatest fear and I will speak of You forever.”

Well, I got out of that class the next day.  I was only in 6th grade but I knew in my spirit that in my weakness He was made strong. The road ahead of me was terrifying, but through Him I was going to be a speaker for Him!

I’ve been speaking for Him ever since that day. You would never know it, but that introverted little girl is still inside me.  Every day I am reminded of Jesus’ command to all believers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

In order to accomplish this, we will always have to go outside of our comfort zone.

No matter what my insecurities are, this is a mandate on my life- and every Christian.

Every time I speak for Him, I am brought to tears before I speak asking (God) that He would use me in spite of my weaknesses.

Over the weekend  I saw people weep as they came to Christ.  People made radical decisions to turn their lives around and others wept because they finally understood how much God loved them. Oh my goodness, it was the greatest!

One of the places where I spoke had three times more people show up for the event than had registered!

At another place, almost the entire audience came forward at the end of the service for prayer and decisions.

The Lord’s presence was powerful- long after the events were over and throughout the ministry time.

Oh my, I wish I could tell you all the exciting things that happened.

In between all the great things was the traveling… A flight was delayed.  The plane broke down and traveling time equaled 21 hours…  There were other circumstances that must go unmentioned.

But, God did what He wanted to do in spite of me or any other circumstance! Hallelujah!   That’s what I always find amazing: the harvest is great- He just needs us to “Go.”  He provides everything else; the words, the ability , the power, and the conviction on the listeners.

On my way home I read the biography of John Wesley.  He offered the hope of Christ to millions of people in the 1700’s.  He rode by horseback a quarter of a million miles, preaching forty thousand sermons in open fields, churches, and barns.  Oh my goodness, I want the Word to be like a burning fire within my bones like Wesley, unable to contain it.

 With no microphone he preached in open air to thirty-two thousand people!!! 

Jesus, set us on fire for You and for laboring in the harvest—for it is truly great!

 Somebody asked John Wesley,

“How can you impact so many lives through the Gospel?” Wesley responded,
“It’s simple, I set myself on fire and let the world see me burning.”

But His Word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, I could not.” Jeremiah 20:9

There is Power in the Name of Jesus

View from our house to the barn

There is power in the Name of Jesus

There is power in the Name of Jesus! One day, one glorious day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is LORD! Philippians 2:10-11

I had to get up and run around the house after I wrote those words! Until that day He has given believers authority to use the name of Jesus with power and authority.

Last weekend I had the honor of going up into the mountains with an amazing church for a women’s retreat. Our theme for the weekend was, Our Identity in Christ. On Saturday morning I was telling the story of what happened to Dale when his heart stopped after our car accident at Christmas. I told the group at the moment it happened that I commanded Dale in the Name of Jesus Christ to be healed and to live. http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/06/death-brings-life-to-5000-people/ After the morning session a woman came up to me and said, “When you said, ‘In the name of Jesus. . .’ my hip/leg pain started to heal. I’ve had this pain for quite a while, and I could feel it being healed when you said the words, “In the name of Jesus. . . “

She emailed me this week and said she is thanking God every day for the healing. I got another email from a woman who came to the retreat with kidney stones. She said she had her kidney scanned Monday after the retreat and the stone was crushed.

There is something powerful about that name, Jesus. I don’t know what’s going on in your life. But this I know-when I call on the name of Jesus, circumstances change. Satan hates it when we call on Jesus’ name.  You may be “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:8,9) when you call on the all- powerful name—Jesus.

In the name of Jesus there is power!

 

 

Acts 4:12, “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 5:41, “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

2 Thessalonians 1:12, “That the name of our LORD Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the LORD Jesus Christ.”

John 14:13, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Acts 2:38,”Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Col. 3:17, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; . . .they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Luke 10:17,The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

Sharon Minister’s to Coptic Church of Egypt

 

I didn’t know anything about The Coptic Church of Egypt, I had never met anyone who was a member of it.   I’m an evangelical Christian…  One day I got an email from a lady hosting a one day conference for her Coptic Church. She asked me to be their speaker for the event, I said, “Yes.”

 

When I drove up to the church, I was amazed at the ornate gold dome on the top of the building. Walking inside was like visiting an art gallery- everything from outside to inside was beautiful. The first person I met was the lady who had invited me.  She opened her arms wide and hugged me. She said, “Come quickly, we have no time to lose.  You’ve got to meet the rest of the ladies on our committee.  They are so excited to finally meet you.”

Quickly they all gathered into a huddle, and grinning ear to ear they shared how I was chosen to be their speaker. They had never had a speaker who was not Egyptian, nor from the Coptic church.  However, at their initial planning committee for the conference, they suggested everyone come back the next month with a speaker suggestion to bring to the table.  Then they would narrow down the options.

The next month, the entire committee met and everyone on the team brought the same name to the table, Sharon Glasgow.  They were amazed and knew this was not from their own ability.  Immediately, the leader of the team brought this to their Senior Priest for approval.  He looked at my website, and approved me as their speaker.

They instantly became my sisters in Christ.  It was an amazing day of power and ministry.  Jesus was glorified and the Holy Spirit filled the audience. When the conference was over the committee came to me and said, “When can we do this again?  A retreat for the weekend?”

So, we all gathered together again- just a few months later at a retreat center in the mountains.  We worshipped, prayed, ate yummy Egyptian food(made by the men), ministered, loved on one another and ate the Word of God into the wee hours of the night. Our time together was indescribable.  I love my Coptic Church friends.

Egyptian Christians currently make up 10% of the population in Egypt.  They are the largest religious minority of that country. The Copts have endured much persecution in their history.

A Prayer for the Egyptian Christians:

Lord Jesus, protect Your people of the Coptic Church of Egypt.  Bring many to salvation through Your name.  Fill them with Your power and Your Glory.  In Jesus’ Name Amen!

 

Pray for Christians in Egypt

 

 

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Spring has finally arrived! I’m so glad you came to visit me! If you’re looking for a christian speaker for a retreat, conference or special event who’s a little more than energetic, I’m your speaker! I get excited about how the Holy Spirit works. I stand in awe of His power and I can’t contain the message that He is giving me everyday!

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Sharon Glasgow