A Surprise Conversation #3 (Day 5/10)
Church By Phone
Dr. Murdock is driving with some minister friends
Dr. Mike Smalley is in the car with Dr. Murdock…
[don’t forget to journal about
your surprise conversations…!]
Remember that surprise conversation.
This was initially going to be
on The Law of Influence…
But God is talking to Dr. Murdock
so much about this:
A Surprise Conversation
In fact, people all over
the world are already
sending in their testimonies:
> homes are being reunited
> families are being
healed and set free
> businesses are having turnarounds
Where you decide to use your
faith is where you’ll see miracles
in your life.
Remember: miracles are not
according to God’s whim or fancy.
God reacts to faith.
Miracles are the fruit of faith,
the proof of your faith.
Some say, God if You love me,
You’ll give me a miracle.
God replies, If you’d
believe Me, you’d see it!
God’s got a qualified group
of people in front of Him
and He’ll qualify you to
receive from Him.
Become persuaded that
faith becomes ecstasy in
the heart of God.
The only thing God does is speak.
The only thing God does is talk.
He loved words so much
He called Himself the Word.
Conversations create marriages.
Conversations destroy marriages.
Conversations launch World Wars.
Conversations stop World Wars.
Conversation is the
seed for earthly events.
Conversation is the birthplace
for every human experience.
James 3:3-5 (KJV)
The brother of Jesus, James,
says that our tongue is like
the rudder of ship.
A huge ship is controlled
by a small rudder.
A rudder decides whether or not
the ship will reach its destination
Be swift to let God use you, to give
birth to a surprise conversation.
A woman who’d been
married 5 times went to a well.
And Jesus went into
a surprise conversation with her.
An entire city came to Christ.
An Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8, is
staring at the words, just baffled by
a passage in Isaiah, when suddenly
the Spirit of God drops off the Spirit-
filled Deacon, Phillip, and a surprise
conversation ensues, culminating in
the eunuch being saved and baptized,
and Phillip is caught back up by/into
[note: Check out this PDF/paper I found
looking for references to the Ethiopian
eunuch entitled “A Divine Appointment”
Is that not a fitting title?? 🙂 ]
And according to Josephus, the
Jewish historian: that eunuch
led 90% of Ethiopia
to Christ. [could not confirm
this but here’s the Wikipedia
Christianity in Ethiopia
Any help would be greatly appreciated!]
A surprise conversation.
Praise God, praise God!
It’s gonna happen.
It’s gonna happen:
Between now and April 9th, every
single partner of this ministry who
walks in obedience to God’s voice,
is going to hear, have, experience a
If God wakes you up in the middle of
the night, initiate the conversation.
If God tells you to make a
telephone call to someone,
initiate the conversation.
Non-reachers are the most
powerless humans on the earth.
A non-reacher disqualifies himself.
What a joy, what a joy to have Dr. Mike Smalley, one of our board members
of The Wisdom Center–one of our decision-makers, that we respect highly.
He’s built over 60 churches around the world. He’s one of our favorite men of
God at The Wisdom Center and our conferences. He’s traveled thousands of miles with Dr. Murdock around the world, including a trip or two ago to Nigeria. Just a marvelous blessing of a man. He’s going to share on “A Surprise Conversation”:
[Dr. Mike Smalley begins sharing]
As we walk in obedience to the
Spirit within us, we will have that
God is no respecter of persons.
Every time you hear a testimony of something incredible that God’s done for someone, know that God is willing to do that for you too because He’s no respecter of persons.
Something that happened to
Dr. Smalley several years ago
that was a surprise to him:
While Dr. Smalley was shaving, all of a sudden the Holy Spirit came into the room and began a surprise conversation.…
In a matter of seconds, the Holy Spirit shared how Dr. Smalley was overlooking an opportunity in a financial area that the Holy Spirit was providing for him….
He whispered into his heart two small
changes that he could make in his lifestyle….
Dr. Smalley listened to that instruction, and didn’t argue or try to negotiate with Him, but was obedient….
And within 10 days, Dr. Smalley had $17,000 (cash) extra in his hand….
…from one conversation.
If you’re needing today for God to
bring you a special harvest, wrap
your faith around the fact that God,
the Holy Spirit, will talk to you too.
He’ll talk to you about what to do
with your finances, and about your
He’ll not only talk to you about seed sowing, He’ll talk to you about being faith-filled in your expectation for a harvest from the seeds you’ve planted in the past.
God will talk to us…during unexpected moments, like being awakened in the middle of the night….
Many years ago, Dr. Smalley
was in New Zealand….
And the offerings really mattered
at this point in his life. He was
a young evangelist.
Now, he’d never really received good offerings before in New Zealand, but he felt God tell him to go, so he went, and was there for 10 days….
And this particular trip was the first time there that, everywhere he went, there were incredible offerings, and he was about to get back on a plane and head back to America….
And while he was alone in his [condo] room, the Holy Spirit spoke to him, and reminded him of a leader who had mistreated him in that country a year earlier….
And the Holy Spirit nudged him, and said, “I want you to take every penny that you’ve received on this trip”–which, again, was quite a bit!–“And I want you to take it to the home of the man who’d done you wrong a year ago, and I want you to sow it into his life,” and Dr. Smalley “died 10,000 deaths…”. 🙂
He didn’t like this man.
This man actually owed Dr. Smalley
money–a lot of money….
In fact, that was the last man
he wanted to take an offering to,
much less everything he’d just
received over the previous 10 days…!
And so, he wrestled with that for two or three hours, alone in a condo (where Dr. Smalley had been staying in New Zealand, of a couple that–to this day he’s never even met–had just gotten married and were on their honeymoon)
And Dr. Smalley finally said, “Holy Spirit if You’re really working with me to sow everything I’ve just received over these past 10 days into this man that I don’t even like, then wake me up in the middle of the night at an exact time” and he went to sleep, with no one else in the condo there to wake him up. He was staying there all alone….
And he went to sleep, and then in the middle of the night he opened his eyes, rolled over in bed, and looked at the digital clock beside the bed–and it was the exact time he’d requested the Holy Spirit to wake him up.
That was a bittersweet wake-up call, because now Dr. Smalley knew what he needed to do the next day….
So he responded to that Divine surprise moment, and delivered every penny the next day to that man saying, “The Holy Spirit told me to bless you,” and to this day, the man who received the 10-day’s worth of offerings from Dr. Smalley (who was expecting the man to weep and cry and want to be his best friend now) hasn’t even said thank you….
So Dr. Smalley flew back to Dallas–and he didn’t tell anybody about what he’d done, it was just between him and the Lord–but when he got home….
“Heaven exploded over my head” and within days there was an extra $20,000 in extra support that had come into his ministry. And it became, at that time, the largest month he’d ever had in his ministry….
Because he’d honored a surprise conversation from the Holy Spirit.
A few years later, Dr. Smalley was
on a plane, going to Africa to start
And as he was walking
onto the plane in London…
And, looking two or three rows ahead, he noticed a young African girl (about 25 years old) who was sitting down in the seat next to where Dr. Smalley would be sitting, and as he was putting his luggage in the overhead compartment above their row of seats….
The Holy Spirit–Who’d never done this prior nor since–spoke to him saying, “She is ready to accept Christ”.
It stunned Dr. Smalley because it was so clear, so sudden, so “out of the blue”….
But Dr. Smalley knew His voice, and so he sat down, and after a couple hours he started a conversation with her, told her what he did for a living, and shared with her the Gospel, thanked her for listening, and then went back to reading his book…
About 30 seconds later, she reached her hand across, grabbed Dr. Smalley by the arm and said, “My God, I’m lost! If what you say is true, don’t leave me hanging like this! Tell me how can I meet the Jesus you just talked about…?”….
And at about 36,000 feet, flying above the desert of North Africa, Dr. Smalley led her to the Lord–just like the Holy Spirit had told him prior to taking his seat on that flight.
Dr. Smalley has a number of other incidents where God has shown up in his life in a strong way–with a surprise conversation from the Holy Spirit.
And Dr. Smalley is really believing that by April the 9th, you’re going to have a surprise conversation with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not follow.”
Or biggest challenge as Christians is not hearing from God,
it’s crucifying our flesh enough to obey what we hear.
Dr. Smalley relates how Dr. Murdock has taught us that many times, even though
God’s instructions to us may seem illogical to our minds, they’re never impossible to follow if we use our faith.
Again, if you and I could just grasp the pleasure it brings God when we use our faith–when we obey His voice.
Think about the scripture in Hebrews that talks about how he who comes to God must just believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
God said, That without faith it’s impossible to bring Me joy, but if you want to bring me joy, just believe that I exist–and believe that I will reward you, if you seek Me.
There’s going to be a supernatural encounter that you’re going to have with the Spirit of God in a matter of days.
And Dr. Smalley believes it’ll be something that you’ll write in the back of your Bible–something that you’ll tell people about for many years to come.
It’s a surprise conversation with the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Smalley prayed with a young man that within 24 hours he’d have a Divine encounter with the Holy Spirit.
They asked God for a Divine encounter that he’d never forget.
He woke up the next day & the Holy Spirit nudged him in a surprise way while he was getting ready for work and said, “Don’t go to work today. But instead, go and visit your cousin.”
The young man reasoned with the Holy Spirit, “If I’m late for work I’ll get in trouble with my boss.”
The Holy Spirit said, “I’ll take care of your boss. Just go straight to your cousin’s house.”
The young man reasoned back, “How about I just call him?” But he knew the voice of the Holy Spirit, so he drove to the country just outside of Dallas…
He got to his cousin’s house and nobody answered the door. So the young man said, “Well, Lord, he’s not even here. Nobody’s here…”
He went to get back in his car, and the Holy Spirit said, “Check the barn.” So the young man went to the barn….
The young man went into the barn and found his cousin there, who had just finished writing a suicide note, getting ready to wrap a noose around his neck and kill himself. He was less than 60 seconds away from committing suicide.
The young man grabbed his cousin, grabbed the rope, talked to his cousin, and led him to Christ.
He brought him to one of Dr. Smalley’s meetings that night. Both of them gave their testimony publicly, and today the young man, Brad, who had the surprise encounter with the Holy Spirit to go to his cousin’s house, he Pastors a church in Dallas, TX.
When the Holy Spirit surprises you it changes everything:
It changes the way you see your past
It changes the way you see yourself
And it changes your expectation for the future.
Let’s get in agreement that we believe in a surprise conversation in our lives by April 9th.
[end of sharing by Dr. Smalley]
Dr. Murdock is working on finishing his book on “A Surprise Conversation” right now.
It may be that you need to initiate the surprise conversation, like the blind man yelling out to Jesus as He walked by.
Sometimes those around you will try to mute the surprise conversation.
Remember the woman with the issue of blood.
Remember when God started taking to young Samuel, the son of Hannah?
God scheduled that surprise conversation.
Sometimes a surprise conversation is needed to correct somebody who is off-track.
The prodigal son.
He had a negative surprise conversation with his father initially, but later he had a surprise conversation with himself in the pigpen, after the Holy Spirit brought conviction to his conscience.
[And went back to his father, and had another surprise conversation as his return was not only accepted, but celebrated…!]
Sometimes a surprise conversation is the seed for glory and victory in your life.
Jesse looked at his youngest son, David, and told him to bring some food to his brothers who were fighting against the Philistines.
And look what happened with Goliath!
Sometimes God may stir you to face, to confront a Goliath in your life.
Nehemiah had a surprise conversation with the king, who allowed Nehemiah to go and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem & even sponsored his work!
Often, a surprise conversation sets in motion Divine provision.
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