TEA BAG PRINCIPLE
In February, on the last day that Brother “H” and Randy were together in Uganda, they prayed and discussed God’s Plan for His Church (GPHC) training in each of the 54 countries in Africa. Randy mentioned that he sensed God wants us to bring this training of leaders so the entire continent might be aflame with God's grace. “H” then mentioned a mental picture he had when contemplating this the night before. He said he saw a big cup of black tea, and he saw a hand holding the string of the tea bag. This picture led him to pray, asking God, "Whose hand holds the tea bag?" He sensed God saying, "The hand is Mine." “H” said, as tea filters throughout the entire cup of water, he prayed the tea of GPHC would filter throughout all of Africa.
What a graphic illustration in today’s language of the parable in Matthew 13:33 about the “leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leaven”. As the leaven permeates through the flour, so tea permeates the water in a cup. How fitting to see what God is doing in this world through the gospel. Eyes with no faith only see the disaster this world is in. Eyes full of faith see the power of God working to impact every people group with the gospel.
Paul prayers for the saints at Ephesus, “having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you… and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,” (Ephesians 1:18–20). This is our prayer for the church everywhere. When spiritual eyes are opened, we become willing to cooperate with God’s plan in reaching the unreached with the “GOOD NEWS”!
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