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700 Club Interactive - March 17, 2017

Jane Hamon shares how to understand and interpret dreams and visions. Read Transcript


Gordon: IS GOD

Gordon: IS GOD

SENDING YOU A MESSAGE?

I HEARD THE LORD SPEAK

TO ME AND SAID, IT NOT

JUST A DREAM.

GET UP AND PRAY.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

TO LEARN TO DISCERN THE

VOICE OF GOD.

Gordon: ON TODAY'S

"700 CLUB INTERACTIVE."

Gordon: WELL, WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE

PEOPLE WHO NOT ONLY DREAMS

WHILE YOU SLEEP, BUT YOU

ALSO REMEMBER IT THE NEXT

MORNING?

WHAT IF THROUGH A MESSAGE

IN THAT DREAM FROM GOD?

AUTHOR AND PASTOR JANE

HAMMOND SAYS GOD OFTEN

SPEAKS THROUGH DREAMS

BECAUSE IT HAS HAPPENED TO

HER.

Reporter: YEARS AGO,

JANE HAMMOND DREAMED HER

BROTHER WAS IN TROUBLE AND

DECIDED TO PRAY.

THE NEXT DAY SHE FOUND OUT

HER BROTHER HAD BEEN A CAR

ACCIDENT BUT SURVIVED.

JANE REALIZED GOD WAS

SPEAKING TO HER THROUGH

THAT DREAM.

AFTER STUDYING SCRIPTURE,

SHE SAYS THAT GOD HAS VERY

SPECIFIC REASONS FOR

SPEAKING TO US THROUGH OUR

DREAMS.

IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER,

I BELIEVE THAT IF GOD IS

SPEAKING TO YOU, IT IS

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO

LEARN TO DISCERN THE VOICE

OF GOD.

Reporter: IN HER

BOOK, "DREAMS AND

VISIONS," JANE EXPLAINS

HOW TO INTERPRETER OUR

DREAMS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND GOD'S

VOICE.

Gordon: OKAY.

LET'S KICK IT OFF WITH,

YOU'VE HAD A DREAM --

SOMEBODY HAS HAD A DREAM,

AND THEY'RE WONDERING WHAT

IS THE MEANING OF THE

DREAM.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM?

I WOULD TELL THEM THAT

THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS

THAT GOD WILL SPEAK TO YOU

IN A DREAM OR IN A VISION.

NUMBER ONE, RAISING THE

AWARENESS TO PEOPLE, THAT

GOD ACTUALLY CAN BE

SPEAKING THROUGH A DREAM

OR VISION.

I REMEMBER WHEN I HAD MY

VERY FIRST DREAM, I WENT

TO MY PASTOR, AND HE HAD

NO IDEA THAT THAT COULD BE

ONE OF THE WAYS THAT GOD

WOULD SPEAK TO YOU AND

COMMUNICATE HIS MESSAGE

AND COMMUNICATE HIS WILL

TO YOU.

SO MY PASSION REALLY IS

TO, NUMBER ONE, RAISE THE

AWARENESS TO PEOPLE SO

THEY KNOW GOD IS SPEAKING

AND THAT GOD CAN SPEAK.

THE SECOND THING IS TO

KIND OF TAKE THEM THROUGH

A STEP BY STEP PROCESS OF

LEARNING TO HEAR THE

MESSAGE AND DISCERN THE

MESSAGE THAT GOD HAS FOR

THEM IN THE DREAM.

Gordon: WHY HAVE WE

LOST THAT?

BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE.

IN THE OLD AND NEW

TESTAMENT, GOD IS CLEARLY

SPEAKING IN DREAMS,

CLEARLY SPEAKING IN DREAMS

TO UNBELIEVERS, NO

NEBUCHADNEZZAR, TO

PHARAOH.

HE IS HAVING THESE KINDS

OF COMMUNICATIONS.

BUT IN OUR WORLD TODAY, WE

TEND TO DISMISS IT.

WE TEND TO SAY, I HAD TOO

MUCH PEPPERONI.

WELL, I DO BELIEVE IN

PIZZA DREAMS, TOO, SO

THOSE CAN HAPPEN AS WELL.

BUT LEARNING TO DISCERN

WHICH IS GOD AND WHAT IS

THE PIZZA THAT YOU ATE

LAST NIGHT.

THERE KIND OF CAME A TIME

IN HISTORY WHEN MOST OF

THE WORLD ACTUALLY

EMBRACED THE FACT THAT

GOD, OR IF IN A PAGAN

CULTURE, GOD SPOKE IN

DREAMS.

THE BIBLE IS ACTUALLY AN

EASTERN BOOK, NOT WESTERN

THINKING.

AND SO THE BIBLE IS

ACTUALLY FULL OF DREAMS.

THERE ARE ACTUALLY 50

DIFFERENT OCCURRENCES IN

THE SCRIPTURE WHERE GOD

SPOKE TO SOMEBODY IN A

DREAM OR VISION, FROM

GENESIS TO REVELATION.

SO THIS WAS A PROLIFIC WAY

THAT GOD SPOKE IN THE

TIMES OF THE WRITING OF

THE SCRIPTURES.

PEOPLE ACCEPTED THAT, THEY

UNDERSTOOD THAT, AND THEY

EMBRACED IT.

AND THEN AS HUMANISM CAME

IN, HUMANISM KIND OF

STARTED DISMISSING THE

SUPER NATURAL OR THE

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY THAT

WOULD HAPPEN AT NIGHT WHEN

YOU SLEPT.

AND THEN YOU COINED THE

PHRASE, "IT'S JUST A

DREAM."

SO IF IT IS JUST A DREAM,

YOU JUST DISMISS IT AS

IMAGINATION AND YOU DON'T

PUT ANY VALUE ON IT.

Gordon: WHAT CLUES OR

KEYS DO HAVE YOU FOR

PEOPLE FOR DREAM

INTERPRETATION?

WHAT SHOULD THEY GO TO?

ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS

THEY NEED TO DO IS TAKE

THE OPPORTUNITY TO

ACTUALLY RECORD WHAT THEY

HAVE DREAMED OR WHAT THEY

HAVE SEEN, IF IT'S A

VISION.

ONE OF THE THINGS I SAW IN

THE SCRIPTURE WAS THAT

WHEN PHARAOH HAD A DREAM,

WHEN NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD A

DREAM, WHEN THE BUTLER AND

THE BAKER IN THE PRISON IN

EGYPT HAD A DREAM, EVERY

ONE OF THEM EXPERIENCED A

STIRRING OF THEIR

EMOTIONS.

THE DREAM WOULDN'T LEAVE

THEM.

IT LEFT A LINGERING SENSE

OF SOMETHING IMPORTANT IN

THE DREAM.

AND SO I THINK THAT IS

ALWAYS ONE OF THE

INDICATORS THAT GOD IS

TRYING TO GET OUR

ATTENTION.

EVEN IF YOU THINK ABOUT

NEBUCHADNEZZAR, HE DIDN'T

EVEN REMEMBER WHAT HE

DREAMED.

BUT HE REALIZED THAT WHAT

HE HAD DREAMED WAS

IMPORTANT.

AND SO THAT'S WHY HE

PURSUED THE WISEMAN,

TRYING TO HELP HIM PRODUCE

THE DREAM.

SO PAYING ATTENTION TO

WHAT YOU FEEL WHEN YOU

WAKE UP, TO THE EMOTIONS

THAT ARE INVOLVED, AND

TAKING THE TIME TO

IMMEDIATELY SIT DOWN AND

CAPTURE IT EITHER ON PAPER

OR A VOICE RECORDER, AND

THEN JUST WORKING THE

PROCESS.

Gordon: WHAT ABOUT

RECURRING DREAMS?

ARE THEY SIGNIFICANT?

YES.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD TWO

DREAMS.

PHARAOH HAD TWO DREAMS.

JOSEPH HAD THE TWO DREAMS

OF THE SHEEPS OF GRAIN,

AND THE SUN AND THE MOON

AND THE STARS ALL BOWING

DOWN TO HIM.

A RECURRING DREAM IS A

PRETTY GOOD INDICATOR THAT

GOD IS TRYING TO GET OUR

ATTENTION.

IT SAYS IN JOB THAT GOD

SPEAKS IN ONE WAY OR

ANOTHER, BUT MANY TIMES

MAN DOES NOT PERCEIVE IT.

IT IS FAIR TO SAY IN OUR

BUSY LIVES AND SCHEDULES,

WE MAY JUST GET TOO BUSY

TO HEAR GOD.

BUT THEN IT GOES ON TO

SAY, THEN IN A DREAM, IN A

VISION OF NIGHT, WHEN MEN

ARE SLUMBERING ON THEIR

BEDS, THEN GOD SPEAKS TO

THEM IN THEIR DREAM AND

INSTRUCTS THEM TO KEEP

MAN'S SOUL FROM THE PIT

AND TO KEEP MAN'S LIFE

FROM PERISHING BY THE

SWORD.

I FIND IT IS SO IMPERATIVE

THAT WE LISTEN TO THE

VOICE OF GOD BECAUSE GOD

WILL GIVE US IN SIGHT, HAD

HE WILL GIVE US WARNINGS.

HE WILL GIVE US

ENCOURAGEMENT.

I THINK HE WILL EVEN

IMPART GIFTS TO US AS WE

SLEEP.

Gordon: ONE OF THE

VERSES THAT CAME DO MIND

IS "MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR

LACK OF VISION."

IN AMERICAN CULTURE TODAY,

I THINK TO A DEGREE WE'VE

LOST THE SENSE OF AN

OVERALL PURPOSE.

THE AMERICAN DREAM HAS

SORT OF BECOME A JOKE.

AND PEOPLE ARE TALKING

BADLY ABOUT IT.

AND I'M SENSING PEOPLE ARE

LOSING A SENSE THAT THERE

IS A HOPE AND A FUTURE.

ARE YOU SENSING THAT?

IS THAT COMING THROUGH IN

WHAT YOU'RE SEEING IN

AMERICA TODAY?

I AGREE.

I FELT LIKE THE LORD SAID

TO ME A COUPLE OF YEARS

AGO THAT WE WERE COMING

INTO A TIME WHEN GOD'S

PEOPLE WERE GOING TO

BECOME SO SENSITIZED TO

HIS MOVE AND TO THE MOVE

OF THE SUPER NATURAL AMONG

HIS PEOPLE: DREAMS,

VISIONS, SUPER NATURAL

THINGS THAT GOD WANTS TO

DO, SIGNS AND WONDERS AND

MIRACLES ACTIVE IN THE

PEOPLE OF GOD TODAY.

I FELT LIKE THE LORD SAID

THE REASON FOR THAT IS SO

THAT HE COULD RESTORE HOPE

TO HIS CHURCH, SO THAT THE

CHURCH CAN RESTORE HOPE TO

THE WORLD.

AND I THINK THAT THE WORLD

HAS LOST HOPE.

AND I THINK IT IS REALLY

UP TO THE CHURCH TO GIVE

IT BACK.

BUT IF THE CHURCH HAS LOST

HOPE, IF THE CHURCH HAS

LOST ITS ABILITY TO

DREAM -- NOT JUST SPEAKING

OF SLEEPING DREAMS, BUT

DREAMING OF WHAT GOD HAS

SAID CAN BE OURS, I THINK

WE'VE GOT TO HAVE OUR HOPE

RESTORED SO WE CAN RESTORE

HOPE TO OTHERS.

Gordon: THAT IS A

WONDERFUL WORD.

AMEN.

Gordon: BECAUSE I

LOOK AT AMERICA TODAY, AND

IT IS VERY TEMPTING TO

SAY, OKAY, JUDGMENT IS

COMING.

RIGHT.

Gordon: IT IS VERY

TEMPTING TO SAY WHAT WE'RE

SEEING IN OUR INNER

CITIES, WHAT WE'RE SEEING

IN THE RACIAL DIVIDE, WHAT

WE'RE SEEING IN FEDERAL

DEBT, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN

FOREIGN POLICY, WHAT WE'RE

SEEING IN JUST THE OVERALL

CLIMATE WHERE ANYTHING

GOES --

RIGHT.

Gordon: -- THERE IS

NO RULE, ANYTHING GOES,

AND THEN YOU PUT ON TOP OF

THAT ISLAMIC TERRORISM,

AND IT CAN GET TEMPTING TO

SAY, OKAY, IT IS TIME TO

GO TO THE MOUNTAIN CAVE

AND WAIT.

RIGHT.

RIGHT.

Gordon: BUT WE REALLY

NEED TO BE THE SALT AND

LIGHT.

WE NEED TO COME IN AND

SAY, THERE IS HOPE.

WE CAN TRANSFORM.

WE CAN CHANGE.

I KNOW IN THE NATURAL,

THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF

THE WORST SPIRITUAL

CLIMATES THAT I'VE SEEN IN

MY LIFETIME, THE WORST

NATURAL CLIMATE FOR THAT

MATTER.

BUT I FEEL SUCH A SENSE OF

EXCITEMENT INSIDE OF ME.

I FEEL LIKE WE'RE LIVING

IN THE TIME OF ISAIAH 60,

WHEN IT SAYS, ARISE,

SHINE, FOR YOUR TIME HAS

COME.

THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS

SHINING ON YOU.

AND DARKNESS IS GOING TO

COME, BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF

THE DARKNESS, GOD IS GOING

TO RISE ON US.

HIS GLORY WILL BE SEEN ON

US.

AND THEN WE'LL SEE KINGS

AND NATIONS COME TO THAT

LIGHT.

I'M, STRANGELY, VERY

EXCITED ABOUT THE SEASON

WE'RE IN.

Gordon: I'M TAKING A

DEEP DIVE INTO ISAIAH

MYSELF RIGHT NOW, AND I'M

LEARNING THAT HE IS THE

PROPHET OF COMFORT, AND

SPECIFICALLY THE PROPHET

OF COMFORT FOR THE LAST

DAYS.

I HAD A DREAM LAST

NIGHT, WHEN I FLEW INTO

THE PROGRAM, I SAW THIS

HOUSE AND IT WAS AN OLD

NEW ENGLAND-STYLE HOUSE.

IT WASN'T MY HOUSE.

IT WASN'T OUR CHURCH.

IT WAS KIND OF AN OLDER

HOUSE.

AND IT HAD SUFFERED DAMAGE

FROM A STORM.

AND WHEN I WAS SURVEYING

THE DAMAGE OF THE STORM,

HUGE CHUNKS OF THE ROOF

HAD BEEN, LIKE, LITERALLY

RIPPED AWAY FROM THIS

HOUSE.

AND I KNEW WHAT I WAS

LOOKING AT, I WAS LOOKING

AT THE HOUSE OF OUR

NATION.

AND A COUPLE OF THINGS

STRUCK ME.

THE ROOF IS WHAT COVERS,

IT IS WHAT GIVES SHELTER,

WHAT GIVES SAFETY AND

PROTECTION TO THE WHOLE

HOME.

AND I WAS TALKING TO THE

PEOPLE ABOUT THE DAMAGE,

THEY SAID 400 MILE-AN-HOUR

WINDS DID THIS.

YOU AND I BOTH KNOW 400

MILE-AN-HOUR WINDS WOULD

HAVE COMPLETELY LAID THAT

THING FLAT.

BUT IT WAS STILL STANDING.

AND SO I FELT LIKE THE 400

WAS THE LAST 400 YEARS OF

THIS NATION.

AND HOW THERE ARE TORN

CHUNKS OUT OF IT.

BUT WHAT IMPRESSED ME WAS

THE FOUNDATION WAS STILL

THERE.

A ROOF CAN BE REPAIRED.

A FOUNDATION IS A WHOLE

DIFFERENT THING.

Gordon: THE BIBLE

EVEN SAYS THAT, WHAT DO

THE RIGHTEOUS DO WHEN THE

FOUNDATION IS GONE?

EXACTLY.

BUT WHEN THE ROOF IS

REPAIRED -- I REALIZED,

THERE IS HOPE FOR AMERICA

BECAUSE THE FOUNDATION IS

STILL HERE.

WE MAYBE HAVE GOT SOME

WORK TO DO, BUT THE

FOUNDATION IS STILL HERE.

I FELT SUCH A PROMISE FROM

THE LORD IN THAT DREAM.

Gordon: WELL, LET'S

BREAK OUT THE TARP.

THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

Gordon: LET'S GET

SOME PRAYER COVERING

GOING, AND LET'S PRAY FOR

AMERICA.

AMEN.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW

GOD COULD BE SPEAKING TO

YOU THROUGH YOUR DREAMS,

JANE'S BOOK IS AVAILABLE,

AND IT'S "DREAMS AND

VISIONS," AND YOU CAN GET

IT ANYWHERE WHERE BOOKS OR

SOLD.

> COMING UP, A BABY IS

BORN WITH A BIRTH DEFECT

THAT MAKES IT NEARLY

IMPOSSIBLE TO ELITE.

EAT.

EAT.

AND SEE HOW YOU HELPED

TURN HER LIFE AROUND, WHEN

Gordon: WHEN MARJORIE

WAS BORN, HER PARENTS WENT

THROUGH THE GAMUT OF

EMOTIONS.

THEY WERE IMMEDIATELY IN

LOVE WITH THEIR BABY GIRL,

BUT ALSO FULL OF FEAR

BECAUSE SHE NEEDED SURGERY

THEY COULD NEVER AFFORD.

Reporter: IN THE

VILLAGE OF ISABAL, IN THE

GUATEMALAN COUNTRYSIDE, I

MET A 6-MONTH-OLD LITTLE

GIRL, MARJORIE, AND HER

DAD AND MOM.

WHEN I SAW HER FOR THE

FIRST TIME, I FELT HAPPY

AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME.

I HAD NEVER SEEN A BABY

LIKE THAT.

Reporter: THE WORST

PART ABOUT MARJORIE'S

CLEFT LIP AND PALATE WAS

IT MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR

HER TO EAT.

THAT LEFT HER UNDERWEIGHT

AND MALNOURISHED.

SHE HAS TROUBLE EATING.

SOMETIMES THE MILK DOESN'T

GO INTO THE STOMACH, BUT

INTO HER LUNGS.

Reporter: MARJORIE'S

PARENTS GOT HER THIS

PROSTHETIC PALATE, HOPING

IT WOULD HELP HER EAT.

IT IS A HARD PIECE OF

PLASTIC.

IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE, AND

IN FACT, IT MAKES HER

CHOKE EVEN MORE.

AND IT WOULD JUST BE A

TEMPORARY FIX ANYWAY.

MARJORIE'S PARENTS KNOW IF

SHE HAS TO GROW UP WITH A

CLEFT PALATE, SHE WILL

HAVE NO HOPE OF A DECENT

FUTURE.

> WE LEARNED ABOUT

MARJORIE'S CONDITION WHEN

A RELATIVE CALLED CBN.

WE STARTED BY BRINGING HER

FORTIFIED MILK AND

VITAMINS SO SHE COULD GAIN

THE WEIGHT SHE NEEDED FOR

SURGERY.

HER PARENTS COULDN'T

BELIEVE SHE WAS FINALLY

GOING TO GET THE HELP SHE

NEEDED.

I FEEL NERVOUS SINCE MY

DAUGHTER WAS GOING TO HAVE

A SURGERY.

Reporter: A MONTH

LATER, MARJORIE WAS

CLEARED FOR SURGERY.

CBN COVERED ALL OF THE

EXPENSES.

I AM SO HAPPY AND

THANKFUL TO GOD BECAUSE

THE SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS.

Reporter: AFTER

RECOVERING FOR ABOUT A

WEEK, MARJORIE COULD

FINALLY EAT NORMALLY.

SHE HAS GAINED WEIGHT AND

GROWN, AND HER FUTURE IS

NOW BRIGHT.

I THANK CBN FOR LETTING

THE MIRACLE OF PUTTING A

SMILE ON MY DAUGHTER'S

FACE TO OCCUR.

THANK YOU.

I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE HAS

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE NOW.

IT'S SO EXCITING.

MUCHAS GRACIAS.

THANK YOU, CBN, FOR MY

DAUGHTERS SURGERY, AND MAY

GOD BLESS YOU.

Gordon: IF YOU'RE A

MEMBER OF "THE 700 CLUB,"

YOU'RE PART OF THAT

SURGERY.

IF YOU'RE NOT A MEMBER,

JOIN WITH US.

JOIN IN EVERYTHING WE'RE

DOING.

IT IS REAL EASY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SAY,

YES, I WANT TO BE A PART

OF IT.

IT IS JUST $20 A MONTH, 65

CENTS A DAY.

SO IF YOU WANT TO, GIVE US

A CALL.

1-800-700-7000.

SAY, YES, I WANT TO JOIN

"THE 700 CLUB."

WHEN YOU CALL AND JOIN,

I'VE GOT SOMETHING FOR

YOU.

IT IS OUR GIFT TO YOU.

IT IS CALLED "THE GOSPEL

OF JOHN."

AND IT IS AN AUDIO VERSION

READ BY MY FATHER.

AND SO OFTEN WE READ THE

WORD, BUT THERE IS

SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS

WHEN WE HEAR IT.

AND IT GETS INTO OUR

SPIRIT.

IT IS A DIFFERENT

EXPERIENCE FOR YOU.

SO IT IS THE GOSPEL OF

JOHN.

MY FAVORITE GOSPEL.

IT'S CALLED THE GOSPEL OF

LOVE.

AND IT IS YOURS WHEN YOU

JOIN.

SO IF YOU'D LIKE IT, CALL

US: 1-800-700-7000.

> COMING UP, THE STORY

OF A SOLDIER WHO'S TRUCK

RAN DIRECTLY OVER AN

I.E.D.

I FELT MYSELF BEING

THROWN OVER LIKE A

RAGDOLL.

I COULD SEE THE SMOKE AND

I COULD TASTE IT IN MY

MOUTH.

Gordon: FIND OUT HOW

HE SURVIVED AND THEN MADE

HISTORY, AFTER THIS.

Gordon: WITHIN THE

U.S. MILITARY, THE GREEN

BERET HAS BEEN CALLED A

BADGE OF COURAGE.

ONLY THE MEMBERS OF THE

ARMY SPECIAL FORCES CAN

WEAR THE SYMBOL OF

EXCELLENCE.

MIKE FAIRFAX IS AMONG THE

ELITE, AND HE DIDN'T STOP

BEING ONE OF AMERICA'S

BEST EVEN AFTER HE NEARLY

LOST HIS LIFE.

Reporter: MICHAEL

FAIRFAX DIDN'T GIVE MUCH

THOUGHT TO WHAT HE WOULD

DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL.

HE THOUGHT EVEN LESS ABOUT

GOD.

IT WAS PROBABLY THE

FURTHEST THING FROM MY

MIND.

THE ONLY THING I WAS

WORRIED ABOUT WAS HAVING

FUN, AND GOING TO THE BARS

AND DRINKING ALCOHOL.

GOD WAS THE FURTHEST THING

FROM MY MIND.

Reporter: AFTER

GRADUATION, MIKE ENLISTED

IN THE ARMY, AND JOINED

THE SPECIAL FORCES KNOWN

AS THE GREEN BERETS.

MIKE AND HIS TEAM WERE

DRIVING ALONG A RIVER BED,

AND THEY WERE ON A MISSION

TO INSPECT A POLLING SITE

FOR AFGHANISTAN'S NATIONAL

ELECTION.

MIKE WAS DRIVING.

ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE

WAS A LOUD -- VERY LOUD

SOUND.

AND IT WAS TOTALLY

DEAFENING.

I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS

HAPPENING.

Reporter: MAJOR SAM

ROBINS WAS IN THE

PASSENGER SEAT.

I THINK IT ACTUALLY

MIGHT HAVE KNOCKED ME OUT

FOR A FEW SECOND.

AND I WAS COMING TO, SO TO

SPEAK, AND LOOKING UP AND

SEEING OIL AND GUNK OVER

THE WINDSHIELD.

Reporter: THEY HAD

RUN OVER AN I.E.D.

I COULD FEEL MYSELF

BEING THROWN ABOUT INSIDE

THE VEHICLE, LIKE A

RAGDOLL.

I COULD SEE THIS SMOKE

JUST BILLOWING OUT, THIS

REAL, THICK, GREY SMOKE,

AND I COULD TASTE IT IN MY

MOUTH.

THIS GREAT FEAR STRUCK ME.

AND THE FIRST THOUGHTS IN

MY MIND WAS, PLEASE, GOD,

DON'T LET ME DIE.

THE NEXT THOUGHT IN MY

MIND WAS, I'VE GOT TO GET

OUT OF THIS VEHICLE BEFORE

IT BURNS TO THE GROUND.

MY RIGHT LEG FELT VERY

NUMB.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG

WITH IT.

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT.

THE METAL BROKE THROUGH

ON THE RIGHT SIDE, AND

ENDED UP BREAKING HIS LEG.

Reporter: MIKE WAS

BLEEDING OUT AND HE HAD A

PARTIALLY COLLAPSED LUNG,

AND HIS RIGHT EYE WAS

HANGING OUT OF ITS SOCKET.

IT WAS THAT FEAR OF

DYING.

I WAS, LIKE, GOD, PLEASE

DON'T LET ME DIE.

Reporter: MEDICS

SLOWED THE BLEEDING UNTIL

THE MEDEVAC CHOPPER

ARRIVED.

THEY FLEW HIM TO GERMANY.

BY THEN HE HAD GONE

THROUGH 20 UNITS OF BLOOD.

AND THE ARMY FLEW IN HIS

WIFE, PAULA, TO BE WITH

HIM.

I SAT DOWN BESIDE HIM

AND STARTED TALKING TO

HIM, TO LET HIM KNOW I WAS

THERE.

Reporter: PAULA WAS

BY HIS SIDE WHEN MIKE WOKE

UP.

THE FIRST WORDS I HEAR

IS, YOU KNOW, HEY, BABY,

I'M HERE TO TAKE YOU HOME.

SHE SAID YOU PROMISED ME

YOU WERE GOING TO COME

HOME.

Reporter: MIKE WERE

YOU STILL IN CRITICAL

CONDITION.

HE AND PAULA WERE PUT ON A

PLANE, HEADED BACK TO THE

STATES.

LYING ON A STRETCHER, HE

CRIED OUT TO GOD AGAIN.

I WAS SO SCARED OF

DYING.

I WAS STILL THERE, AND MY

HEART WAS RACING, AND MY

BLOOD PRESSURE WAS THROUGH

THE ROOF, AND MY HEART

RATE WAS THROUGH THE ROOF.

AND I DIDN'T WANT TO DIE

WITHOUT ACCEPTING JESUS

CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR.

I SAID, LORD, PLEASE

FORGIVE ME FOR EVERY BAD

THING I'VE EVER DONE IN MY

LIFE.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR

EVERY TIME I'VE TURNED MY

BACK ON YOU.

I SAID, JESUS, PLEASE WASH

ME IN YOUR BLOOD.

PLEASE WASH EVERYTHING

I'VE EVER DONE, WASH IT

AWAY.

I'M SO SORRY FOR NOT

LIVING MY LIFE FOR YOU.

I'M SORRY FOR ALL OF THE

BAD THINGS I'VE DONE, FOR

TURNING MY BACK ON YOU.

I, IN AN INSTANT AFTER

THAT, I HAD THIS

OVERWHELMING SENSE OF

CALM.

Reporter: SOMEWHERE

OVER THE ATLANTIC, HALF

WAY BETWEEN A WAR AND HIS

HOME, AND RIGHT BESIDE HIS

WIFE, MIKE FAIRFAX

SURRENDERED HIS HEART TO

JESUS CHRIST.

AND I FELT LIKE I WAS

BEING CARRIED, AS YOU

WILL, LIKE A CHILD OR

SOMETHING.

AND I WAS TRYING TO LOOK

UP TO SEE WHO IT WAS.

IT WAS THIS BRIGHT,

SHINING LIGHT JUST GLOWING

BEHIND THIS PERSON'S HEAD

THAT WAS BASICALLY

OVERSHADOWING THE FACIAL

FEATURES AND EVERYTHING.

AND -- BUT I KNEW WHO IT

WAS.

IT WAS JESUS.

I KNEW WHO IT WAS.

Reporter: MIKE

ENDURED FOUR AND A HALF

MONTHS OF REHAB AND SKIN

GRAPHS.

BY 2008, MIKE WAS JUMPING

OUT OF PLANES AS THE FIRST

AMPUTEE TO GRADUATE FROM

THE ARMY'S GRADUATE

SCHOOL.

BUT HE SUFFERED FROM

POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS

SYNDROME FOR ALMOST 10

YEARS.

I WAS JUST -- I WAS

BROKEN.

THAT'S THE ONLY WAY I

COULD EXPLAIN IT.

I WAS TOTALLY BROKEN.

I COULDN'T FUNCTION.

I HAVE A WIFE AND FOUR

KIDS, AND I WASN'T THERE

FOR THEM.

I COULDN'T EVEN BE AT

WORK.

I WAS LEAVING WORK AT

11:00 AND CLIMBING INSIDE

OF THE BED BECAUSE I

COULDN'T FUNCTION.

Reporter: IN 2014,

WITH THE HELP OF A

CHRISTIAN GROUP RUN BY A

FORMER GREEN BERET, MIKE

LEARNED HOW TO FACE PTSD

HEAD-OWN.

IT WAS PART OF GOD'S

PLAN.

THE WHOLE TIME HE WAS

BREAKING ME AND MOLDING ME

AND BREAKING ME AND

MOLDING ME.

THERE ARE SO MANY PROGRAMS

OUT THERE THAT WANT TO

HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD,

BUT THERE IS ONE THING

THAT IS MISSING, AND

THAT'S GOD.

Reporter: TODAY, MIKE

AND PAULA LIVE TOGETHER

AND MIKE IS RETIRED.

HE PLANS TO START HIS OWN

MINISTRY.

HE ESPECIALLY WANTS TO

HELP THOSE WHO STRUGGLE

WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDER.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE

ONLY PERSON WHO CAN TAKE

ALL OF THAT JUNK OUT OF

YOUR HEART.

BECAUSE GOD IS THE ONLY

PERSON THAT CAN GIVE YOU

JOY.

NOT HAPPINESS; JOY.

BECAUSE IF YOU LIKE IN

WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY AND

YOU LOOK AT THE DEFINITION

OF JOY, IT SAYS A SOURCE

OF EXTREME HAPPINESS.

AND GOD IS THAT SOURCE.

DO YOU WANT TO LIVE

HAPPIER, OR DO YOU WANT TO

LIVE WITH JOY IN YOUR

HEART?

Gordon: YOU CAN LIVE

WITH JOY.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT PERMEATE

YOUR VERY BEING.

THERE CAN BE A WELL

SPRINGING UP INTO NEW

LIFE.

FOR YOU, FOR MANY OF US,

HAVE YOU GONE THROUGH SOME

KIND OF TRAUMATIC

SITUATION?

MAYBE IT WASN'T AS BAD AS

WHAT MIKE WENT THROUGH,

BUT HAVE YOU GONE THROUGH

SOMETHING THAT ROBBED YOU

OF YOUR JOY?

ROBBED YOU OF YOUR OUTLOOK

ON LIFE?

ROBBED YOU OF THE THING

THAT GETS YOU UP IN THE

MORNING, GETS YOU OUT THE

DOOR?

WHAT WAS THAT THING?

SOMETIMES IT IS EVEN

PAINFUL TO GO BACK AND

LOOK AT IT.

BUT WITH GOD, YOU CAN LOOK

AT IT.

AND MAYBE SOME OF YOU ARE

ASKING THE QUESTION, WELL,

WHERE WAS GOD WHEN THAT

WAS HAPPENING TO ME?

JUST AS MIKE PROBABLY

ASKED THAT QUESTION, WHY

DID I GO OVER THAT I.E.D.?

WHAT HAPPENED?

WHERE IS MY LEG?

WHY IS MY EYE HANGING OUT

OF MY FACE?

WHAT HAPPENED?

WHY DID IT HAPPEN?

WELL, HERE IS THE SOURCE

FOR YOU, AND IT IS THE

SOURCE OF JOY.

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT

WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY

OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH,

YOU GET THE ABILITY TO

FEAR NO EVIL BECAUSE YOU

KNOW THAT HE IS WITH YOU.

NOW, MIKE HAD A DIRECT

ENCOUNTER WITH A LIVING

GOD.

HE HAD JESUS LEANING OVER

HIS COT.

HE WAS CRYING OUT TO HIM.

HE THOUGHT HE WAS NEAR

DEATH, AND JESUS APPEARED

TO HIM.

MANIFESTED TO HIM.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS

WILL DO THAT FOR YOU.

HE WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF

TO YOU.

IT MAY NOT BE IN THE SAME

WAY OR IN THE SAME

EXPERIENCE THAT MIKE HAD,

BUT HE WILL.

AND THE GREEK WORD THERE

IS LITERALLY HE TURNS ON

THE LIGHT.

AND IN THAT PROCESS, YOU

GET TO SEE THAT HE IS WITH

YOU.

THAT HE HAS GOT YOU.

THAT NO MATTER WHAT'S

GOING ON OR WHAT HAS

HAPPENED TO YOU, HE IS

ABLE TO SEE YOU THROUGH.

AND HE IS ABLE TO GIVE YOU

JOY.

TRUE JOY.

NOT SOME KIND OF MADE UP,

MANUFACTURED JOY, BUT

TRUE, SPRINGING UP FROM

YOUR INNERMOST BEING, A

SOURCE OF JOY SO THAT YOU

CAN LOOK FORWARD TO LIFE.

AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE

IN THAT MEMORY.

YOU CAN LIVE EXPECTING A

GREAT FUTURE, A GREAT LIFE

AHEAD OF YOU.

HOW DO YOU GET THIS?

WELL, IT'S ACTUALLY REALLY

SIMPLE?

YOU DO THE SAME THING THAT

MIKE DID.

YOU ASK FOR IT.

HERE IS MIKE, HE IS NEAR

DEATH, AND HE STARTS

CONFESSING, AND HE SAYS, I

WANT TO BE FREE FROM ALL

OF THESE THINGS.

LORD, FORGIVE ME.

FORGIVE ME.

SET ME FREE.

HERE IS A PRAYER FOR YOU.

IT IS A VERY SIMPLE ONE:

JESUS, IF YOU'RE THERE, IF

THIS IS REAL, IF YOU CAN

REALLY GIVE ME JOY, IF YOU

CAN REALLY HEAL ME FROM

THESE MEMORIES, IF YOU CAN

REALLY FORGIVE ME, COULD

YOU SHOW ME?

COULD YOU SHOW UP FOR ME?

IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

ANSWER IT.

IT'S NOT A PRAYER YOU DO

JOKINGLY.

IT'S NOT A PRAYER THAT YOU

DO CURABLELY. CASUALLY.

BUT IF YOU PRAY THAT WITH

ALL OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL

HEAR AND HE'LL ANSWER YOU.

THE BIBLE PROMISES WHEN

YOU SEEK HIM WITH ALL OF

YOUR HEART, THEN YOU'LL

FIND HIM.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH

THIS, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US:

1-800-700-7000.

> WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS

WORD FROM ACTS: "IN THE

LAST DAYS, GOD SAYS I WILL

POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL

PEOPLE.

YOUR SONS AND YOUR

DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY.

YOU'RE YOUNG MEN WILL SEE

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