1345. Occurrence given to Raymond Aguilera on 25 June 1999.
Letter to e-mail list:
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
I have been trying to prepare myself for the upcoming Israel mission trip the past week. I have been praying, reading the Bible, and spending quality time with the Lord everyday, and trying to keep my focus. It feels like I am inside a spiritual military foxhole with bombs and bullets flying over the foxhole. The spiritual warfare has been intense the past few weeks, but the past few days this inner strength has been coming upon me. Yesterday, even my throat, which has been giving me trouble, began to cough madly for about a half an hour and when I was finished coughing my throat seemed to be healed. The pain just left.
And this spiritual inner strength keeps getting stronger and stronger the more I read the Bible. I will be leaving on the July 10, so I have about two weeks left before I head off for Finland and then to Israel on the 19th. I keep seeing this strange vision, as if I can see myself in this spiritual fox hole - I take a long DEEP breath - and jump over the embankment and run as fast as I can with my swinging sword. I have no idea what is out there in the spirit, but the Lord said to go - so I am going. I wish I could better explain myself in what I see, but there are no words to explain it.
I have no doubts of not having enough money or where we are to stay. The only thing I can think about is where will I anoint the ground, but even that I know the Lord will show us. For He has already given us the first place (outside of Tel Aviv the first day). So I guess all that is left to do is to jump over the embankment, swing that sword and LET THE LORD DO THE FIGHTING!
Yours in Christ, ray
PS: We will still need a prayer cover during this Israel mission trip. God bless.