ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE?
The Sunday Service on 12 July 2020 was an opportunity once more for the people of God to praise Him, glorify His holy name and bring to remembrance His promises, while looking forward to the best that is to come!
Following, evangelist Maria Sachpazidou in her message entitled “ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE?”, stated that many people today seem to want to know the purpose for which they were created and the calling of God for their lives. However, once they find out, they are not willing to pay the price or any cost for that matter, in order to succeed in their calling!
She then compared two biblical characters from the Gospel of Luke 18:18-23 and 1 Kings 19:19: the rich young man and Prophet Elisha. When the young ruler met Jesus Christ, he learned the calling of God for his life, but he was unwilling to pay the price! On the contrary, when Prophet Elijah called on Elisha to become his disciple, Elisha left everything and followed him, as he was willing and ready to pay any necessary price! Thus, the evangelist stressed that in order to fulfill our calling, our genuine willingness is a necessary prerequisite! She made it clear that if we want to experience something we have never experienced before, we must be willing to do something we have never done before!
Reading the words of Jesus Christ from Mark 8:34, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”, the evangelist added that every Christian that wants to follow Jesus Christ must pay a price! Indeed, it is costly to put off our old self and put on the new man in Christ Jesus! It costs our selfishness, our pride, our time, our effort, our commitment, and much more! Along the same line, it was costly to the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, but they were willing to pay the price – they left everything and followed Him! The evangelist emphasized: “Your life will not change until you change something you do daily”. So, we must be willing to let go of the old habits that make us who we are today, in order to become what we want! In conclusion, evangelist Maria urged us all to keep our vision at the forefront of our minds and to pay the price, by saying: “The day you sacrifice everything that is an obstacle on the road to your calling is the day your life will begin to change!”.
HIS ADDICTION TO VIDEO GAMES LED HIM TO THE BRINK OF INSANITY
On Sunday, 12 July 2020, 17-year-old Nikos Athanasiadis from Veria visited the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations Thessalonica, to share his testimony and also give a lesson of life to the attendees, especially the young ones.
Even though young Nikos was born in a Christian family, he had no personal experience with God. Since he was a young boy he always felt an inexplicable sadness, which caused him to feel bad about himself. At the tender age of eight, he decided to discover the world by playing video games daily. Although he usually played an hour a day, his mind was always busy with virtual reality. When he became ten, he started playing horror games secretly from his parents. From that moment on, his thoughts and his mood were affected. More specifically, the spirit of fear entered his life and he began to have illusions. He used to see scary, monstrous creatures not only in his dreams but in the physical as well. He was also afraid of the dark. Later on, he would hear voices talking to him, and he would also have discussions with those voices, which led him to deeper sadness and isolation from his family.
Because he could not play those particular games at home, he went to the internet café shops every day with his friends and he drank energy drinks, doing what young people do nowadays. Drinking energy drinks resulted in him having heart complications along with arrhythmia. That was how thoughts of death entered his mind. He made some efforts to stop all those bad habits but it was impossible because of his friends’ influence. His addiction to electronic games grew more and more until he reached the point of being in an internet café for 9 hours day in and day out. In order to have the money to do what he pleased, he started stealing from his friends and his parents.
As time was passing and he was hanging out with friends, he started smoking up to 2 packs a day at the age of 15! His situation had gotten even worse… The voices in his mind became louder and louder and he suffered from depression. As he felt more and more trapped, he decided to visit a psychologist because he was embarrassed to talk to anyone about the voices he heard believing they would think he was crazy. However, instead of getting better with the help of the psychologist, his condition worsened. He started experiencing anxiety attacks. At the psychologist’s office, he met various people who had similar or even worse problems than he did. He got especially attached to a young man who was into witchcraft, fortunetellers, witchdoctors and so on. That friend of his predicted the future and he had a demonic influence on Nikos. The result was that he became even more disobedient to his parents as well as his teachers, he swore, he had fights, he was extremely angry. He did not return home until early in the morning, he did not care about his schoolwork and he did not care about his future at all.
He was overcome by depression by then. Believing that he would be free from the burden he felt, he added another one: the use of drugs. Money was not enough, so he had to steal in order to buy everything he wanted. He was headed to destruction. Nightmares, fear, anger, negative thoughts of death and depression had become his company. Furthermore, he heard voices as if someone was standing next to him! He experienced anxiety attacks many times every day, during which he could not breathe, he was delusional, and he almost went insane. His parents being deeply sad about their child’s downfall were not able to trust him. He also lost his friends… At school, the teachers disappointed as they were, had to expel him because of his unacceptable behavior. Everything in and around him was collapsing…
Desperate as he was, having the seed of God planted in his heart since he was a child, he asked advice from the man of God Harry. The man of God advised him to come to the church daily, so he could be under a positive influence. Nikos decided to do the right thing for the first time in his life. Obeying the advice of the man of God Harry and listening to the teaching of the Word of God, his life began to change radically! He stopped the use of drugs and he quit smoking! His addiction to electronic games came to an end and the voices he used to hear disappeared! The anxiety attacks, the anger, the spirit of death, the arguments and the depression turned into joy! His relationship with his family was restored! Moreover, he started doing his homework again, his performance at school increased dramatically and his teachers, acknowledging his effort, helped him to pass the class. In addition to the above, not only did he received his piano and harmony certificate, but he did with an excellent grade!
Now, his life has completely changed as he testifies! His vision for life has come back, and he is working regularly and diligently to achieve the goals he has set for his future! Jesus Christ changed the course of his life and now peace and joy rule his life! Nikos advised the young people who want to explore the world of sin that the only thing that can really make someone happy is doing the will of God. Finally, he promised to follow God forever and to glorify Him through the talents He has given him!
In this life, it is once again confirmed that no one is above influence. We must choose our friends wisely because we need people who add and multiply to our lives. In other words, we need good, inspired and informed people to achieve our dreams and objectives. These people will build our lives, broaden our horizons, and have a positive influence on us!
THE SPIRIT OF DEATH WAS LOCATED AND EXPELLED
Mr. Mikaele Zerai, a resident of Switzerland, traveled to Greece and came to the SCOAN Thessalonica on Sunday, 12 July 2020, with the certainty that God Almighty is Able to set him free from his bonds. As he patiently waited for God’s time, he was preparing his heart through worship and prayer.
Later, he stood in the prayer line believing that his suffering would end, while observing the movement of the Holy Spirit working wonderfully on the people around him. As the man of God Harry approached him and prayed for him, he gave him the following prophetic message: “The spirit of death is chasing you, they want to kill you, they want you to die at this age. You hear a voice speaking to you, telling you that you must commit suicide!”.
Mr. Zerai immediately confirmed the prophecy and added that even last night this voice was disturbing him causing him fear, so he had to call the prayer line for help. Then, the man of God Harry continued the prophetic word, saying: “This is what the Spirit of God noticed in you. I am telling you what you are passing through. The spirit of death is chasing you and wants to claim your life. It wants to clear you. Sometimes in the night when you sleep, you would just wake up suddenly and have the thought: ‘Just go and kill yourself’. If you are walking on the road like this and you see a car passing, you want to jump in front of it to kill you”. This was followed by the anointed prayer by the man of God Harry, during which Mr. Zerai was once and for all delivered from the spirit of death!
Immediately afterward, Mr. Zerai, obviously happy and moved, confirmed once again the prophetic word he had received from the man of God Harry. As he explained, he was constantly worried and felt that there was no meaning in life – in fact, it was as if he was not living – that is why he wanted to die. The problem started in 2014 when he started watching pornography and masturbating. Since then, his suffering began. So, seeing him sad, a friend of his suggested that they find and smoke marijuana, in order to get rid of the unbearable situation he was living in and to feel better. However, as soon as he smoked marijuana, fear invaded his life! In fact, due to his bad emotional condition, he overdosed on marijuana and was found in the hospital where he was detained until he recovered. Seeking a way out and relief from his sad condition, he later visited a doctor, who diagnosed him with depression but without finally finding a solution to his problem.
He was tired of his life, and that is why he wanted to end it. He hated himself and all he was thinking about was the way he would die. He studied various ways of suicide and tried to fall in front of a moving car, but he hesitated. Afterward, he stopped and blamed himself for not doing so, since in this way he thought he would find redemption. Every time a car passed in front of him, he saw it as an opportunity to get rid of his meaningless life. Something pushed him to do it, telling him: “Do it, do it, since you are tired of your life, you are a zero and you have nothing!”. In fact, he explained that before coming to the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations Thessalonica, he had already prepared a rope, a chair and a table to hang himself in his house, if the Spirit of God would not locate him and set him free. In addition, he left some of his money to some people, to keep it and give it when he would die where he had told them. He had organized it all before leaving his home because he could not bear to live in frustration again and not receive his deliverance. He had no choice, he was tired, frustrated and in despair. His last hope was to be located by the Spirit of God, as he characteristically said!
However, as it turned out, God’s plan was not to end his life. The Spirit of God located him and right after the prayer from the man of God Harry, the suicidal thoughts that flooded his mind and heart disappeared! Joy took their place and he immediately felt free! Furthermore, he believed that all his problems were solved immediately after the prophetic word he received. Relieved, he stated that as soon as he returns home, he will burn all the items he had prepared for his suicide! After the wonderful freedom Mr. Zerai received, he promised to follow Jesus Christ, to make the Word of God the standard for his life and to sin no more!
Whatever situation you are in as a Christian, never for a moment acknowledge that God’s ability cannot put you over! Remember, there is not a problem that Jesus Christ cannot solve and never a sickness He cannot heal – whether it is mental or physical!
HEART DISEASE CURED THROUGH PROPHECY
Ms. Margarita Asenova from Bulgaria visited the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations Thessalonica, on Sunday, 12 July 2020, to take part in the prayer line, in anticipation to receive her own share of blessings. God met her in her place of need and eliminated the danger that lurked in her life!
During the prayer line, as the man of God Harry stood in front of Ms. Asenova, he gave her the following prophetic message: “Pray for your heart, because many times you feel a very strong pinch as if a needle is passing through your heart. It is a strong pain… If you are not delivered from this, you may go to sleep one night and not wake up. While you are sleeping you may die, go to Heaven”. Then, the man of God prayed for her in the name of Jesus Christ and rebuked the disease. Immediately, Ms. Asenova was shocked as she felt a force coming out of her ears and realized that she was now delivered and healed!
Immensely emotionally moved, she confirmed that the prophetic word she had received was absolutely true. In particular, she stated that for a few months now, she had indeed felt pinching in her heart that pierced her like a needle, just as the man of God described. In fact, sometimes she woke up at night from the intense pain she felt in her heart. As she mentioned, she believes that the prophetic word brought the solution and the blessing of God in her life! Now, full of gratitude to Almighty God who kept her alive until the moment of her healing, she promised to serve Him for the rest of her life.
No matter how difficult your situation may be, look beyond your situation to where Jesus Christ is! When you stay in faith in Christ Jesus, that is when you can hear God’s voice most clearly!
THE SPIRIT OF GOD EXPOSES THE DEMONIC IDOL THAT GAVE HER DISEASES
The eternal Word of God ensures us from Genesis to Revelation, that when your focus is on God, you will be calm, calculated and determined, even when everything around you is unquiet. Believing God as the only way to salvation, Ms. Craviolini Germaine defied the distance from Switzerland, along with other obstacles, and came to God’s presence to find a solution to a series of unexplainable problems she was facing in her life. Being assured that God is Able to give her a new life; she took part in the prayer line asking for His immediate intervention.
Ms. Germaine lived a life full of grief and hardship without knowing the reason for everything that was happening to her and her siblings. Yet, on Sunday, 12 July 2020, the Lord had set a divine appointment with her, and His light shined in every dark area of her life, exposing the unclean spirit that took away the joy from within her. A while before it was cast out of her body in the name of Jesus Christ, the man of God allowed the unclean spirit to confess everything it had caused so that the attending audience would know that the devil and his demons are not mere fictional stories, but a spiritual reality. With the stranded congregation watching, the unclean spirit confessed through the woman saying: “I am the idol of the family! I destroyed her whole family. No one should succeed in her family… I also gave her many sicknesses, she cannot do anything!”.
After the man of God Harry prayed for her, he delivered her from the demon that was destroying her life. Then, the man of God, wanting to shed more light on the evil works of the devil, spoke the following prophetic words: “God is giving you a second chance in life, you cannot afford to disappoint God! All that happened to you is because somebody disappointed you…There is a man who disappointed you in life and because of that you go and disappoint other men too. But you cannot disappoint God, He is your Creator! So live the rest of your life for the glory of God”.
Without having fully yet realized the huge amount of mercy God showed in her life, Ms. Germaine confirmed what the demon said as well as the words of the man of God. Initially, she explained that when the man of God approached her she felt like electricity was running all over her body and she was also shaking. At the same time, she felt angry and severely cold like she was in a freezer. Regarding her turbulent life, everything started getting worse and worse when her father, who was involved in spiritual matters, brought home a plant that was supposed to protect them from all bad things. When Ms. Germaine asked for more details about this plant, she found out that it was not just a plant but a snake and a dragon that would protect them. Whereas she and her mother saw it as a plant, her father and the people who knew them saw a snake or a dragon! Whatever house they tried living in they were thrown out by the owners and they had to face the harsh criticism of the people who called them witchdoctors! When her mother asked her father to remove that demonic plant from their family, it was already too late! The destruction had already begun and the consequences were obvious in their lives. Her brothers, although they studied, they never managed to get their degrees. On the contrary, they all work very hard trying to survive, while they all suffer from various diseases… Her sisters still find it hard to start their own family!
Ms. Germaine found herself being the center of all disasters! She had terrible nightmares with snakes that were trying to bite her. Still, the demonic attacks were not limited in the spiritual area of her life. She started suffering from a series of diseases and nobody was able to understand why all these unpleasant incidents were happening. She had to have an operation on her back 3 times; in addition to that, she was diagnosed with a cervical syndrome, multiple fibroids, sinusitis and hemorrhoids. All those health problems made her unable to work for a long time. In fact, she was hospitalized for six months and afterward she had to stay in a wheelchair for some time. Yet, the worst of all was the fact that her partner did not tell her that he was suffering from the incurable disease of HIV/AIDS and the disease was transmitted to her! When she was diagnosed with this particular disease, she started hating men and she felt such a big disappointment that she wanted to get revenge on men for what was done to her, which was exactly what the man of God prophesied.
Indeed, only God was Able to put an end to Ms. Germaine’s problems and heal every wound of unforgiveness, disappointment and pain! Having forgiven everyone who had disappointed her and being full of joy and anticipation for the bright future ahead, she promised to serve God along with her family and to remain faithful to Him until the last day of her life!
The following photographs are proof that the age of miracles has not passed. The Miracle Worker is still Alive. His name is Jesus Christ!