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Tell her "God hates mommies and daddies” (what?!)

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"I'm not going to embarrass myself by saying that You hate mommies and daddies. I can't."

Graham Cooke received this message from the Holy Spirit, and overcame his own doubts about whether it would serve God's love to speak it out loud, and who spoke it in a room full of people. It's amazing what happened.


[Graham Cooke] tells the story of being invited to a church in England. Following the Sunday morning service, the pastor invites him to his house for dinner. When he arrives at the house he is introduced to some of the church elders as well as to a young lady whom he is told is soon going to be sent out by the church as a missionary to China. Following the meal, the pastor then asks if he would pray for the lady. First, however, the young woman shared her vision for China and what she hoped to be doing. It was then time to pray. Immediately [Graham] bowed his head, and the Lord spoke a clear word into his spirit. "Tell her I hate mommies and daddies." This man has a good sense of humor and thought to himself, sometimes I detest this gift. Why can't I be a teacher? The Lord, however, kept impressing this thought upon his mind, "Tell her I hate mommies and daddies."

He then shared some valuable insight into the "prophetic" realm. He said, "the mind receives information, the spirit receives revelation, and the mind and the spirit don't always agree." The Bible says, "the natural mind understands not the things of the Spirit of God, because they are foolishness" (1 cor. 2:14)And his mind was saying, "This is foolishness. This doesn't make sense. Why should I tell her that you hate mommies and daddies, and I'm not going to embarrass myself by saying that You hate mommies and daddies. I can't." His mind could not fathom what the Lord was saying to him.

Not wanting to give the word because he didn't understand it, he stalls for time hoping the Lord will release him and give him another word. This causes the pastor to think that he hasn't made himself clear, so he says, "If God gives you a word, feel free to share it."

The man looks at the young lady, and says, "God has told me one thing. He wants you to know that He hates mommies and daddies." Suddenly, all the color drains out of her face, and she became livid and lunged at him. He prayed, and she collapsed in a heap on the floor. A little while later they begin to talk to her, and for the first time in her life she begins to open up some very deep wounds, and she said, "when I was a little girl for many, many years, my grandfather, two uncles and a friend used to sexually abuse me. When my grandfather used to come into the room, he would always take the lead, and he would say to me, 'We are going to play mommies and daddies.'"

God said, "tell her I hate mommies and daddies."

All of a sudden, all that pain, she was able to get free of. She had carried it, the shame, the embarrassment of not being able to express to anybody what she'd been through, and yet there was a call of God upon her life. Here she was, wanting to serve God, and yet in a sense she was bearing this heavy burden. Suddenly she was set free.

Right now God is challenging us to listen to Him. We have been amazed at what we once passed off as a random pain in our neck, or random fleeting thought is actually God communicating to us from His infinite knowledge. The more we listen to our senses the more we may realize many times its actually God telling us secrets.

Editor's commentary: Two minds were necessary to make this amazing event happen: God's and Graham's. We know all about God. He can do anything. In fact he could have communicated "I hate mommies and daddies" directly to the woman had He wanted to. But He chose to involve a human. Why?

We can make some educated guesses. First, by involving a human, he seems to communicate to us that humans are not an incidental part of his plan for creating the body of Christ on earth. Rather, we are an integral part. We ARE the body of Christ on earth.

Second, that He not only relies on us for carrying out good deeds, but He relies on us to have faith, heroic faith. Faith that is so strong it can believe a message is from God even though all our human experience says the message is idiocy. If Graham had given in to his 'better judgement', the woman would not have been freed of the weight of this horrible memory. If Graham had given in to his 'better judgement', we would not have this extremely clear example of how we can be used as instruments to carry out God's will.

I admit to being in the group of people who almost always give in to my 'better judgement' and presume that an impulse or thought, especially one that would embarrass me if I talked about it, cannot possibly be from God. One of the reasons I pay attention to these stories is to help me gain that faith that I see in other people like Graham.

This is an excerpt from the book "Surviving the Anointing" by David Ravenhill. David gave us permission to use this story. But he asks that the credit go directly to Graham Cooke.

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