The Earthquake

By Barry Johnson

This is the incredible story of how the presence of God can defeat evil rising up against us.

We returned to East Africa the year after a powerful witch doctor had a dramatic salvation. He became our son. We poured into him all that we could teach him about God’s Word, so that he could grow as a young believer. His radically transformed life affected the whole village and many were saved. But now, the forces of hell who he publicly renounced, fiercely opposed us. As our flight landed in Uganda, once again, in this land so far from our lives in America, there was a place in our hearts where we felt we had come back home. We made our way through the village to the missionary compound high up on the hill and slept peacefully that first night.

But, when I woke up the next morning, I felt an evil assault rising up against us because of the conversion of the witch doctor. I alerted Barry and we immediately began to pray and worship. In my heart, I ran with desperation into the presence of the Lord. There I knew that the fierce demonic attack would be crushed. Then, the instant I began to play the harp, this is what the Father showed me:

“The darkness began to tremble the second you and Barry began to worship Me. The mountains of evil opposition to your return to Africa began to crumble into dust, and the demonic assignments that have been sent against you began to be dismantled. For My Word says: ‘In My presence the mountains quake and the hills melt away. The mountains crumble to dust in My presence, as I sweep away your enemies in an overwhelming flood, and pursue your foes into the darkness of night.’” Nahum 1:5-8 NLT Personalized

After a short time, our worship faded and we knelt down, side-by-side, and prayed. Then Barry left the room, only to return moments later with a stunned look on his face, as he told me:

“I felt the earth moving under me and the bed shaking while we were worshiping. I didn’t know what was happening. I just thought maybe the bed was unstable. But, when I left you I found out that the whole building was shaking so violently that the family on the top floor quickly came downstairs to make sure they were safe. The mother explained to me: ‘The instant you began to play the harp, God’s presence came so strong that there was an earthquake.”

We later found out that this building was the only place in the village where there had been an earthquake that morning.

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