September 10, 2015

A new song

Written by  Julia*

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“I had a dream recently which scared me …”

We were sitting outside in a nearby park doing our regular Bible study with a new believer from a Muslim background — we call her Song* — when she suddenly changed the subject.

“… In my dream, a snake wrapped around my leg and bit me, and when I woke up, there was actually a bite on my leg. I thought my house was haunted, so I went with my relative to the local Baba (a spiritual person to whom people go for guidance at the local shrine/tomb of a Muslim saint). When I told him the dream, he immediately silenced me and told me not to tell anyone else about it or harm would come to me. I was scared, so I listened. Now enough time has passed, that I thought it may be safe to tell you.”

Of course, I was disappointed that Song had gone to the Baba instead of coming to tell us about the dream. I began to pray for wisdom in how to disciple her in this area. I didn’t want to just tell her, “This is wrong,” because where is the growth for her in that?

Song began to describe how the Baba can tell the future, and even do miracles because he has a lot of jinn with him. (Jinn is used to describe spirits, both good and evil.) I asked, “Are they good jinn or bad jinn?”

“I don’t know,” she replied, “but everyone goes to him for help. I suppose they are good … he says that he has the spirit of the Muslim saint of the shrine.” At this, I felt that I could teach her that anytime someone says they have the spirit of a dead person, it is actually an evil spirit. I also told her that whenever someone tells you to hide something, you can know that it is not right, because God is light and wants everything to be brought into the light so that the blood of Jesus can wash it clean.

We talked further and when it was time to pray, on her own initiative, Song prayed, “I’m sorry for going to the Baba. I didn’t know that it was wrong. Wash it away with the blood of Jesus.”

After this, a teammate and I went to Song’s small one-room house to pray. When we first arrived, we took time to listen to the Holy Spirit for how to pray. I sensed it was important to sing and worship in the house. My teammate saw a picture of Song’s house becoming a lighthouse in the neighborhood. She felt that there was another older woman who would come to faith, and that together, she and Song would share the good news with many. We told these things to Song and she prayed, “May it be true that my house would become a lighthouse, and I could share with other Muslims what Jesus has done for them.”

On another occasion, Song had a bad headache, and from the look on her face, it seemed she was experiencing a spiritual attack. We all began to pray for her at our house of prayer. The day before, I had written a short song in Urdu as I was thinking about her. So I said, “Sing this with me: ‘Mere dil Tu ne saaf kar di … (You have cleansed my heart and filled me with Your Spirit).’”

As Song joined in, praising God for what He has done for her, her face immediately changed and her headache left. We call her Song because we believe that God has many new songs of worship to release through her.

It has been a joy and an honor to walk with this dear woman in a discipling relationship. It is exciting to walk with her and the Holy Spirit on her journey into greater wisdom and revelation and the wholeness that God is committed to bringing about in her life. mm

Julia* and her family serve with EMM in South Asia.

*Names have been changed for security reasons.

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