KEY SCRIPTURE: Mat 5:6 WEB “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
For the next couple of days, we would be looking at men of God in our era, either living or dead how they received the anointing of God, to be a blessing to their world and generation. God has used so many men, just as He worked through men and women in the bible era.
For our consideration today, we would look at the evangelist Thomas Lee Osborne ( 1923-2013)or popularly known as “T L”. He was born in Dec 1923 on a small farm near the Pocasset township of Oklahoma. At the age of 19 years, he was married to Daisy Washburn who was 18 years. They were motivated to go to India as missionaries. (According to Matt 28:19,20) but could not prove to the Muslims, the truthfulness of the message they preached. After ten months they came back to America to find real answers to this challenge.
They fasted and prayed. They also read biographies and searched the bible. They prayed for power and tried to contact men who were been used by the Lord for the miraculous but could not make the connection. Men like Charles Price died before meeting him. The woman of God Amie McPherson could also not be contacted. He said he cried bitterly about the departure of these men and women of God. He asked who would fill the auditoriums with the power of God. His concern was the many who are sick, suffering, and molested by the devil. God will always tell the concerned. The hungry and thirsty would be filled. Matt 5:6.
He heard a lady preach about the great transformation that one receives when he sees Jesus in person. He desired it, and by the next morning, Jesus visited him in person at 6 am in his room. From then he knew he was not serving a dead God.
He also went to a meeting in which the man of God (William Branham) commanded demons to depart, and people were healed. He said he heard a thousand voices say to him you can do that. From then, he resolved to read the bible believing whatever it says, and doing whatever the Lord asked him to do. He would also expect Jesus to do what He promised to do.
From then he organised meetings calling for the sick, maimed, and diseased. He began to see miracles. Blind eyes were opened, lepers were cleansed, and all kinds of miracles that medicine had no answers to were wrought by him. He went back to India and could now show them that Jesus is alive. For over forty years he travelled the globe bringing the glad tidings of the gospel to over seventy nations with mighty miracles.
What brought him into this encounter of the anointing of the Holy Ghost?
1. He was desperate to have God’s power to set every oppressed man free.
2. He followed after God, in prayer, fasting, and searching the word.
3. He acted on the truth and God confirmed his words.
Thank you, Father, I desperately follow you to see your power, and to be a blessing to my generation. I submit fully to your word and place all my trust in it. Thank you, for blessing me with your power.
THOUGHT: SINCERE SEEKERS ARE ALWAYS SATISFIED.
Mat 4:19 KJV” And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Deut 11:13, 14 KJV” And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.