Foreword by Daniel Kolenda
As a teenager I volunteered to work on the prayer team for one of Carlos Annacondia’s evangelistic crusade in Orlando, Florida. I had heard stories about his ministry for years and I had read his well-known book, Listen to Me Satan, but nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed. After the altar call had been given, Evangelist Annacondia began to take authority over demonic spirits, commanding them to leave in Jesus name. “Fuera, fuera!” (“out, out”) He shouted. “Ahora, ahora” (“now, now”) “En el nombre de Jesus” (“in the name of Jesus”). I was slightly surprised that demons also knew Spanish. Then again, even someone who didn’t know Spanish, like myself, could recognize the authority in his voice. All over the building demons manifested. We carried those demonized into an adjacent room and prayed with them until they were totally free and born again!
Years later friends of mine who had visited one of Carlos Annacondia’s crusades in Argentina told me that when they first arrived someone asked them if they wanted to know the key to this move of God. They were led behind the platform and when they looked underneath the stage they could see intercessors – including Carlos himself and his wife Maria – interceding fervently for souls. As I have come to know Evangelist Annacondia and his family, I have been so impressed by their humility and passion for God and people. They have not lost the fundamentals that made their ministry so powerful. They are still in the midst of a mighty move of the Spirit, even after so many years. What an amazing example they are to us.
In Matthew 13:52, Jesus said, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Jesus contrasted the scribes – whom he often rebuked along with Pharisees and Sadducees – with scribes in the Kingdom of Heaven. The former group simply copied old writings. But Kingdom scribes are different. They are not simply human copy machines. They are masters of a house in which there is a treasure room full of truth at their command. They are able to bring forth priceless treasures to give and to impart at will. As we follow Jesus in discipleship, those lessons we learn in the Spirit become treasures we own. Those things we have discovered as we have paid a price to walk with the Holy Spirit over mountaintops and in down in deep valleys – they are more than bible studies – they are treasures. No one can take them from us – we own them. But we can give them to those with hungry hearts.
Paul told the Romans that his ministry in their midst had the ability to impart gifts that would make them strong (Rom. 1:11). Paul also told the Philippians, who were connected with him in ministry and who sat under his teaching, that they were partakers in his grace (Phil. 1:7). It is an amazing thought that we are actually able to tap into the grace, the supernatural empowerment, upon someone else’s life, simply receiving from them.
When I read a book like this one, from a man like Carlos Annacondia, I don’t see it as merely a Bible study. I see it as a treasure from a disciple of Jesus who has paid a price to follow him over many years and many decades. What he learned at so great a price, he offers through this book for anyone who will simply open their heart, humble themselves and receive. Someone said, “You teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are.” When it comes to the treasures in this book, you can rest assured that you are receiving from a man who lives what he teaches and who has seen great fruit as a result of these principles. If you put them to practice in your life, you will see great fruit also. As you read this book, read it with an open heart. As you do, you will receive a gift and become a partaker of supernatural grace. May the Holy Spirit use the truth on these pages to impart a gift to you that will establish and strengthen you.
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
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