I live in Australia. Have for nearly 40 years. Prior to that, I lived in England for 40 years. I left England in June (summer) with a temperature of 20C. I arrived in Australia on 1st August after six weeks in the USA (wonderful people). On August 2nd, second day here in winter it was 20C. Summer UK 20C, Winter Australia 20C. Wow, I was in heaven. No more days coping with freezing temperatures as I drove around seeing my customers. I remember one day getting into my car at three in the afternoon and driving home. I was soooooo cold.
In our first house that we bought I remember standing on the back balcony watching a sheet of flames steadily moving towards us. There were a road and a row of houses between us and the flames and if they crossed the road we were gone.
As we watched the flames reached the edge of the road and instead of jumping it a wind change happened and it suddenly veered west and the flames ran down the road on the other side. That was close. Coincidence? I don't think so.
We were hosting a minister from the UK and we took him to Ballarat for his next meeting. On returning he recounted a remarkable story. Amidst the fire, the meeting still happened and afterward, the fire was tearing through the town. The minister and some of the people took to higher ground and watched a wall of fire rush down a particular street. One of the people watching who had attended the meeting had a house in that street. One by one the fire engulfed the houses and when it got to his, it went vertical up the side of his house, horizontal over his house and vertical down the other side.
At the end of the day, his was the only house that was standing. Coincidence? I don't think so.
In the latest bush fires, the people of Mallacoota were forced onto the beach to stay alive. Even that was not guaranteed as the flames came rushing down towards the beach. The owner of a guest house in town was amongst them and he was a Christian.
God said to him "pray." So he did quietly. "Louder," said God. So he did. The people could hear him. "Join me in prayer," he told the people as the flames were moving slowly towards the beach. Many did.
"Pray for an east wind, "God said, so they did. Moments before the flames reached the beach, an east wind blew. The flames turned right and went westwards down the beach. Coincidence? I don't think so.
Isreal Falou, the rugby player that was sacked because he quoted scripture on Facebook that a certain homosexual did not like because it was the truth said that the unprecedented fires was payback for the legalising of same-sex marriage and abortion. Of course, the atheists, homosexuals, and left-wing media launched a scathing attack on him for suggesting such a thing.
Making such a condemnation of him did not stop the fires by the way. No, they grew in intensity and burnt out vast amounts of land which some were saying who wanted to make mileage out of it was the largest ever experienced. It wasn't, the bush fires of 1973 were larger.
The firies fought desperately and gallantly to contain the blaze. Some lost their lives as a result.
But the real saviour was God. Following the devastation that followed the fires, the heavens opened and doused the flames. In some areas the amount of rain was unprecedented. Coincidence. I don't think so.
Thank you to all those believers who gave themselves to prayer and asked God to stay his hand for the good of the believers that were in the land. Even if there were only ten, God came to our rescue.
The atheists, homosexuals, and left-wing media can laugh, but it does not alter the fact that our God reigns and he does answer prayer and without him we are toast (pun intended).
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