VIDEO NFL Quarterback Says He Heard God’s Voice, Saved 3 Lives

‘Someone in here is going to commit suicide unless you say something’

NFL quarterback Derek Carr

NFL quarterback Derek Carr

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr shared a powerful story about the day God spoke to him and helped him save the lives of three people who were desperate and about to commit suicide.

video of Carr’s testimony posted to Facebook Saturday has gone viral, with nearly a million views and more than 15,000 shares.

In the video, Carr explains why he believes it’s so important to be obedient to God, especially when the personal stakes are high. Carr said he was speaking at a large event with his brother where hundreds of people were in attendance.

At the end of the event, a pastor announced an altar call for his church.

“As clear as day, the Holy Spirit tells me, ‘Someone in here is going to commit suicide unless you say something,’” Carr recalled.

That’s when the NFL quarterback became conflicted: Should he really stand up during an altar call and announce that God told him someone in the room was going to try to kill himself?

He thought, what happens if it’s a false alarm and I look “silly” in front of a large crowd of people?

“I know what I’m supposed to do, but I’m trying to question myself because that’s a big step,” Carr said. “That’s a lot of obedience to step out there and do that.”

Then the football player mustered up some courage and interrupted the pastor, grabbing his microphone.

Watch Carr tell his story:


 


 

 “I said, ‘Someone in here, it got so hard, to where you are going to end your life and you are going to kill yourself and commit suicide tonight. And I’m just here to tell you that Jesus loves you, that I love you, that He has a plan for your life.’”

Suddenly, a man in the crowd pointed to himself, Carr said.

The quarterback began to tear up. He called out, “Is it you?”

The man said, “Yes.”

Carr recalled: “He came up and he was bawling his eyes out, just standing there. And I was able to hug him and tell him how much I loved him. And tell him how much God loves him, how much Jesus loves him, how much of a plan God has for his life.”

But that wasn’t the end of the story. Not even close.

Carr prayed with the man, gave him a hug and then turned around.

That’s when he spotted his brother praying with a young man who was crying profusely. Another person had been contemplating suicide that evening.

“We were able to go over there and just love on him and pray for him right there,” Carr said. “And I was like, wow, two people. That was amazing!”

He continued: “I sat down. I never felt so exhausted. I’ve played football games all my life and never felt so exhausted. I sat there and I was just tired. For whatever reason, I was just exhausted after we prayed for them, and it was amazing.”

Carr then left the event and headed for the parking lot to get into his car.

“This kid who was just standing there, he had his phone out,” he said. “He was like, ‘That suicide thing you were talking about, that was me.”

The boy said, “I was going to kill myself tonight.”

Carr said he hugged him, too.

“I had never met these three people in my life,” he said. “And I just told him how much I loved him. I told him how much God loved him, how much Jesus loved him. And I just told him, ‘Whatever you’re going to do, don’t do that. Whatever you were thinking about doing, don’t do that – because God has allowed you to be here tonight to hear His message and to take a different path with your life.”

When he finally got into his car and left, Carr said he remembers thinking that he’s “never experienced anything like that in my entire life.”

And, of course, he gives all the glory for saving those three lives to God.

“All it was was being obedient,” Carr said.

by CHELSEA SCHILLING

http://www.wnd.com/2017/08/nfl-quarterback-says-he-heard-gods-voice-saved-3-lives/

Knowing Whom to Trust

There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 27:1

Last year when British politicians needed training in self-defense from stalkers, political extremists, and terrorists, they turned to the Israeli Mossad for lessons in security techniques. No one wants to mess with Israeli security forces. That was true 3,000 years ago too, which is why the shepherd-boy David sought refuge among the Philistines when being chased by the armies of Israel under the command of King Saul. According to the story in 1 Samuel 27, David was tired and terrified; and he sought safety in the wrong place.

He learned his lesson. In Psalm 20, he later wrote: “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble…. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”

Regardless of the level of fear and danger we feel, our ultimate help comes from the Lord, not from horses, chariots, or the Philistines. Perhaps the Lord will use others to help us; but we must always keep our eyes focused on Him. Jesus said, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). The Bible assures us, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Romans 10:11).

Oh, the blessings of God that will come to you if you will learn to believe God. It is absolutely necessary that you learn how to believe God. Adrian Rogers

Rely on the Source

1 Kings 17:8-16

From God’s perspective, being in need can have spiritual benefits. For example, people often look to economies and markets as their basis for financial security. But if the bottom drops out, they’re in a position to discover the reality that all provision comes from God’s hand. The Lord uses various instruments to meet needs, but He alone is the source of all we have.

God can use ordinary means or remarkable methods to supply our needs. Through God’s unusual ways, Elijah had learned to live by faith—such as the time he’d been fed by ravens. Now God sent him to Zarephath, to a starving widow with no ability to feed him.

Every financial need is an opportunity to learn to walk by faith, recognizing the Lord as our source. Prosperity can lead to a sense of independence that blinds us to how inadequate we actually are to provide for ourselves. We’re totally dependent upon the Father whether we know it or not.

Believing God would provide, Elijah witnessed His miraculous intervention. We may not see the Lord perform a supernatural work in our financial situation. However, we can be sure that just as God fulfilled His promise to Elijah, He’ll likewise be faithful to His Word in our situation, supplying “all [our] needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Are you focusing on the instrument or the source of your provision? The means God uses may change, but His faithfulness endures forever. He’s infinitely more reliable than any employer or 401(k). The Lord is inviting you to trust Him and live in both the adventure and security of a life of faith.

Paul’s Missionary Journey

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:8)

The apostle Paul was undoubtedly the greatest missionary of all time. It is well to take note of his missionary strategy, for it was designed to reach the greatest number with the highest efficiency. In the first place, although he by no means neglected his Jewish countrymen, his calling was to all peoples of the world.

As much as possible, he tried to “preach the gospel in the regions beyond” where it had never gone before (2 Corinthians 10:16), “not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation” (Romans 15:20).

He especially concentrated on great cities, particularly the major seaports. He had come from the large city of Tarsus himself, and he preached in the great capital, Rome, and in Athens, the world’s cultural center. Philippi was the “chief city” of Macedonia (Acts 16:12), as was Corinth in Achaia and Ephesus in Asia Minor. Antioch, Troas, Thessalonica—all were great seaport cities. Establishing solid churches in such cities would provide centers for carrying the gospel throughout the world.

In considerable measure, his ministry in these cities seemed to reach people of special ability or opportunity to teach and influence others, such as the philosophers at Athens, the proconsul Sergius Paulus at Paphos, the honorable women of Berea, the school of Tyrannus at Ephesus, and others of like significance.

Most important of all were his writings. Paul wrote half the epistles of the New Testament. He traveled at least 15,000 miles and preached to many thousands of people, but his written words have been read by countless millions over 1,900 years. HMM

“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest.”

1 Samuel 2:12-26

1 Samuel 2:12

Yet they were priests and teachers of others. Sad was it for the people to have such ministers. Let our hearts go up to God in gratitude for the great blessing of holy teachers, who practise what they preach. Eli’s sons were worse than the worst, when they ought to have been better than the best of common men.

1 Samuel 2:13, 14

Not satisfied with the breast and shoulder, which were the perquisites of the priests, according to the divine law, they seized a part of the offerer’s share of the flesh, and took it before the Lord’s portion had been burned upon the altar.

1 Samuel 2:15-17

Godly people were shocked by such profane greediness, and were grieved by the rudeness of those who ought to have acted with holy courtesy. If ministers become haughty, domineering, and self-seeking, the people will soon loathe the worship. All this involved Eli’s sons in great sin.

1 Samuel 2:18

It must have been a lovely sight to see the little lad actively engaged in the service of God, wearing the livery of the Great King.

1 Samuel 2:19

Remembering that while Samuel was little he could render no very useful service to the tabernacle, she undertook the expense of his clothing, and thus showed both her care for the Lord’s house and her love for her dear boy.

1 Samuel 2:21

But while this holy child was living near to God, Eli’s sons went from bad to worse, till at last Eli spoke to them of their great sins.

1 Samuel 2:23-25

They had gone so far that the Lord had resolved to destroy them, and therefore would not grant them grace to repent. Eli ought long before to have put an end to the wickedness of his sons by far stronger measures. Such a tame rebuke as this, which came so late in the day was of no use whatever. Had he chastened his sons betimes, he might have saved their characters and their lives. Children should be grateful for parents who will not let their sins go unpunished. It would be a dreadful thing for a curse to come upon a family, because the sons and daughters were not restrained from sin. A dear little girl who died believing in Jesus affectionately thanked her mother on her death-bed for all her tender love and then added, “But, dear mother, I thank you most of all for having conquered my selfwill.” Children sometimes think their parents needlessly severe, but when they grow up they will bless them for not indulging them in sin.

1 Samuel 2:26

A sweet way of growing, but to do this a child must be gracious, obedient, and kind.

 

A Supernatural Endowment For Those Who Work on the Front Lines!

2 Corinthians 12:12

During Paul’s day, the problem of false apostles was so rampant that he felt it necessary to validate his ministry by pointing out the “signs” of an apostle that were evident in his life. In Second Corinthians 12:12, Paul gave certain indicators to help us determine whether or not a person is truly apostolic.

The word “signs” in Second Corinthians 12:12 is the Greek word semeion. This word was used in secular business to describe the official written notice that announced the final verdict of a court. It also described the signature or seal applied to a document to guarantee its authenticity and a sign that marked key locations in a city. This secular word was carried over into New Testament language, as used here by Paul.

Paul used this word to declare that certain official signs exist as the final verdict to prove a person’s apostleship. These accompanying activities are like a signature or a seal that authenticates and guarantees that a person truly is an apostle. If you see these particular marks in a person’s ministry, you can know that you are standing on or near bona fide apostolic territory.

Paul says, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you….” In this verse, Paul uses the word “apostle,” taken from the Greek word apostollos, a compound of the words apo and stello. The word apo means away, and the word stello means to send. When compounded together, it means to send away. It is the idea of being commissioned and dispatched with authority and power and sent as a personal representative of a powerful figure or as the official representative of a government.

But notice Paul says, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you….” The word “wrought” is the Greek word katergadzo, a compound of the words kata and ergos. The word kata is a preposition that carries the idea of something that is subjugating or dominating. The word ergos means work. When compounded together, it presents the idea of a work that is totally consuming or dominating—a work that takes every ounce of one’s being.

We know from Scripture that Paul was not afraid of work. He even referred to the work of the ministry. In addition to glorious moments when Paul experienced spectacular visions, revelations, and special demonstrations of power, he worked hard in his ministry. He referred to this very hard work when he said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

This Greek word used here for “laboured” is kopiao and depicts the most difficult, most exhaustive type of work. We could even call it hard labor. Because Paul used this word to describe his own work ethic, it tells us that Paul was not afraid of hard work. He was willing to do anything and everything to accomplish the task God had given to him.

So the first thing we discover in Second Corinthians 12:12 is that apostolic ministry demands the highest level of commitment and work. This isn’t a calling for those who want a lifestyle in which they can take it easy. It is a demanding, all-consuming, and dominating call that requires every ounce of a person’s life. Apostolic ministry includes:

  • Going into territory where the Church is nonexistent.
  • Dealing with aggressive and hostile governments.
  • Facing the opposition of false religions opposed to one’s very presence.
  • Pushing the evil forces of the demonic realm out of the way.
  • Taking converts from the bleakness and blackness of paganism and turning them into living, breathing members of the Body of Christ.

All of this is involved in the calling of the apostle. This divine call is not for the light-hearted but for the extremely committed.

This leads us to the first sign—the first criteria that Paul lists as evidence of true apostleship. He writes, “Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience….”

Considering the hostile forces at work to stop apostolic ministry, it shouldn’t surprise us that Paul lists patience as the first major sign or characteristic of apostolic ministry. The word “patience” is the Greek word hupomeno. It is a compound of the words hupo and meno. The word hupo is a preposition that means under, and the word meno means to abide or to stay. When the two are compounded together, the compound word portrays a person who is under some type of incredibly heavy load but who refuses to stray from his position because he is committed to his task. Regardless of the load, opposition, stress, or weight that comes against him, he is not going to move. He is going to stay put in his spot and not surrender it to anyone for any reason!

One expositor translates hupomeno as the word endurance. Another translates it as staying power. My favorite translation of the word hupomeno is hang-in-there power!

It is interesting to me that Paul lists this as a sign of apostolic ministry. We usually think of wonders and miracles as signs of apostolic ministry. But before Paul mentions anything about what we would normally deem supernatural, he first mentions a person’s supernatural ability to hang in there and to stay put regardless of what forces come to stop him.

This tells me that God causes supernatural favor to rest on apostles, enabling them to stay on the front lines and out on the cutting edge. Apostles face huge challenges in order to take new territory for God’s Kingdom. But because His grace is on them so strongly, they are able to endure it and stick it out, even when it becomes very difficult.

I personally know that what the devil has tried to throw against us in our ministry in the former USSR often sounds so far out and unbelievable that people wonder if what we relate about our lives in this part of the world is imaginary or the stuff of fantasy. When they hear me recount the things we’ve faced, they shake their heads in disbelief and amazement that we could live in such circumstances. Yet we have experienced such grace upon us to do what we are called to do that we don’t even realize how terrifically difficult some of these ordeals have been. Only when we see the disbelief on others’ faces and hear them express their concerns for our welfare do we realize the significance of what we have been up against.

You see, God has provided us with a supernatural grace, a divine favor, a special endowment of hupomeno—what others call hang-in-there power, staying power, or supernatural endurance— to do what He has called us to do. I am so grateful for this incredible endowment from Heaven on our lives, because without it, we would be unable to do what we are doing. But this divine ability works so strongly in us that we haven’t just survived; we have flourished in our environment.

What I am describing is just as supernatural as any other kind of supernatural sign and wonder. Anyone who can do what we do day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year—and do it joyfully and successfully—is definitely experiencing something that is truly supernatural. It is a sign from on High of a divine endowment.

My wife and I have seen the lame walk, deaf ears opened, demons expelled, and even the dead raised through the prayers of our apostolic team. But I consider hupomeno on our lives to be just as supernatural as any of these other signs and wonders we have experienced. In fact, I really believe it is more significant than the other signs and wonders.

Supernatural signs and wonders come and go, but the supernatural ability to endure and joyfully succeed in difficult circumstances is a grace that comes and stays continuously. This quality of patience, endurance, staying power, or hang-in-there power is part of the divine equipment for this job. It is a divine grace that is just as supernatural as any miracle or wonder!

You may not be called to be an apostle, but perhaps you are living in a difficult or challenging situation. God makes miraculous grace available to you to help you victoriously live for Him where you are. If you need staying power to stay put where He has called you; if you need hang-in-there power to help you hold fast in that tough place; or if you could use a supernatural dose of endurance to help you endure to the end—all you have to do is ask!

When this supernatural grace or endowment starts to work in you and you are suddenly empowered beyond your natural strength to endure in the midst of turmoil or adversity, you’ll realize what a supernatural gift it is! So if this is the need you are facing in your life today, I urge you to stop what you are doing; then throw up your arms, lift your voice, and ask Jesus to fill you with the endurance you need. Take the time to praise Him for filling you to overflowing. As you do, He will give you exactly the dose of staying power you need to live victoriously for Him where He has called you!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I thank You for filling me with supernatural endurance to do the job You’ve given me to do. In the midst of all the problems, hassles, and challenges that have come against me, I am very aware that I wouldn’t be able to do it without the divine gift of endurance You have placed in my life. Others may think I am strong, but I know that much of my strength and fortitude is due to what You have done inside me. So today I give You praise, and I thank You for continuing to strengthen me until I bring this assignment to a victorious end!

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that God is filling me with supernatural endurance to stay put until I have successfully done everything He has asked me to do. He gave me this assignment because He believed I could do it. He filled me with endurance to help me stay put and to be strong enough to finish it as I ought. I therefore declare that I am strong; I am filled with fortitude; and I will do precisely what God has asked me to do!

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Have you ever experienced a time when God supernaturally filled you with a divine dose of endurance that gave you the exact amount of strength you needed at that moment?
  2. If the answer is yes, what did it feel like when you received that supernatural strengthening? How did you know it occurred? What were the immediate, tangible results of that inner strengthening?
  3. How is your strength level today? Have you been feeling like weariness is trying to get the best of you, or do you feel strong and ready to keep forging ahead? If you are battling fatigue, don’t you agree that it would be good for you to stop today to ask the Lord to refill you with another dose of endurance?

 

Heroes

Recently, I was the guest in a home that displayed a surreal painting entitled “Hollywood Boulevard.” The mural depicted Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando while in their prime: Virile, lusty, cocky, and ready to take on the world!

 

Presley died prematurely of alcohol and drugs. Dean expired in a car accident while driving under the influence. Marilyn Monroe took her own life, and many years later one of Brando’s deeply troubled progeny ended up in jail after murdering a peer during a jealous rampage.

 

Like it or not, our heroes do reflect our deepest values. Heading today’s heroes are the likes of Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, and Demi Moore, of business, sports, and entertainment fame.

 

Do you ever wonder what lies behind their public image of virility, brilliance and unimaginable achievement? Ever wonder how they get along with their spouses? If they sleep peacefully at night? Ever wonder what it may have cost them in terms of relationships with their children to achieve their dizzying pinnacle of “success”?

 

The playwright Clarence Day reminds us that “life is but a dream and things are not what they seem.

 

Let me ask you: With whom are you traveling in the secret crevices of your mind? People highly esteemed by this world’s values? Or with those individuals steeped in God’s Word, who have chosen the less-traveled path of humility, integrity, faithfulness and commitment to the highest moral and spiritual standards?

 

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)

 

The illusion is that somewhere out there an erotic, avant-garde lifestyle awaits, that will garner me charm, thrills and never-ending excitement; a life that will somehow circumvent the gnarly truth that one reaps what one sows.

 

The reality is that only in Christ will the longings of the restless heart be satisfied: “In Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble… ” (John 16:33)

 

I have every confidence that by His grace you and I will discern between the two and wisely respond accordingly!