Archive for May, 2009

Today in the Healing Rooms I was overseeing our encounter room. My main goal was to get people healed before they got prayer. All morning I was encouraging the people that they don’t need someone to come pray for them, but that they can just get healed on their own. Why? Because Jesus already paid for their healing. While some stuff was happening (people were getting healed) it wasn’t nearly what I was believing for. However, near the end of the day a woman came up to share that she had just arrived and as she walked through the door I called out a word of knowledge for a recurring problem with the ankle that causes it to be weak. She shared how she had a ganglion cyst on her ankle when she arrived this morning. However, she demonstrated in front of everyone what she couldn’t do before when she had the cyst. Praise Jesus! I wanted people to get healed before they got prayer and this woman got healed before she even filled out her paperwork as she walked in the door.

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Posted: May 13, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Ephesians 4:11-13

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

For those who think the age of the apostles is past, do you think that the body of Christ has become mature? I won’t even ask if the body has attained the whole measure of the fullness of Christ because most people don’t even know it is in the Bible. And most of the people who do know this verse probably don’t even think that it is possible. As I have heard it said, we need to increase our faith so that we can become like Nazareth, the city known for its unbelief.

What a huge concept. We are supposed to attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ! Wow! Kind of makes you think that your big aspirations aren’t so big after all.

God’s Presence

Posted: May 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

For those of you who don’t experience God’s tangible presence on a regular basis (which in my book is several times per day), you are missing out. If you have no idea what I am talking about, start taking time to rest – sit down or lay down, but you can even do it standing up – and turn your heart to God. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and take some time to think about Him and see how your body reacts. Having daily encounters with God will change your life.

Mountain Moving Faith

Posted: May 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

I often dream about being out on the streets in a big city when all of the sudden God begins to move big time. People start getting healed left and right or all their sicknesses and then lots of people give their lives to Jesus. This morning was one of those days. Then a thought came to my mind that God probably wouldn’t do it because it would be too much for me to handle. Then the Holy Spirit took me to two different verses. The first was Matthew 10:1.

“He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”

Continuing to read in Matthew 10, Jesus tells the disciples, “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” So basically Jesus gave the disciples the authority they needed and told them to go preach and do the stuff. In the same way, Jesus has given us authority over those same things. You might not think so, but remember this was even before the cross. If you don’t think the cross has power this kind of power, you might want to re-examine your faith.

Several years ago I wondered why God didn’t heal people in the US and thought that I would have to travel to Africa or China in order to see a miracle. Then I found out that there was this little town in California where people are getting healed. Not only that, but they go and minister in other places and people get healed there as well. So, although in general American Christians have little faith for the miraculous, there is still some stuff going on. The switch for me didn’t happen overnight. It took months before I started to see people get healed. It took even longer for my faith to increase to where it was normal for people to get healed when I prayed for them.

I then found myself in the story of where the 72 others that Jesus sent out return with the spoils and are excited that they can cast out demons. In Luke 10:18-20 Jesus responds to them with this:

“He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'”

I realized that God just gave me a key. If you are happy that you have a relationship with God then you will see the miraculous sustain. An anointed person is not necessarily a person of character. The people who are grounded in relationship with God instead of starving for power will last through the temptations and lies that come. Just after Jesus was baptized and God said, “This is my son whom I love, in Him I am well pleased,” the devil comes in and tries to get Jesus to prove it by doing a miracle.

So, you realized that Jesus gave you authority and you also understand that having deep relationship with the Lord is key to sustaining a life of the miraculous, but what happens if someone doesn’t get healed? Without trying to create a doctrine on it, check out Matthew 17:14-21. Jesus casts the demon out of a boy whom the disciples couldn’t help. When the disciples ask Jesus why they couldn’t do it, His response is, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

The third key is faith. We can’t believe lies and expect God to move regardless of our unbelief. Sure it happens, but there is definitely a better way. When my expectation was that nobody could get healed in America, I didn’t see anyone get healed here. However, I had so little faith that even a trip to Africa didn’t produce any miracles – although I didn’t pray for anyone to be healed and didn’t need any miraculous intervention. In the past three years I have always seen God move according to my faith. Sometimes I can feel either the faith or unbelief of a person having an affect on what happens, but most of the time I see people healed I had faith for that miracle to take place. It hurts me to see situations where I have faith and the anointing is there and because people have become offended at God they don’t expect anything to happen other than sympathy and prayer. When Jesus went to His hometown it says that the people were offended and that Jesus could not do many mighty miracles there, only heal a few sick people.

I believe that we limit God by our own unbelief and by the lies that we believe. We tend to think that God would not do something that is good because it is easier to think that than be held responsible for answering if nothing happens. It is easier to just say that we don’t hear God than to be held responsible for what He tells us or for continuing to listen until we hear Him. It is much easier to create a doctrine that says that God doesn’t heal because then if someone dies we can say that God works in mysterious ways rather than rather than be confronted with the idea that we need more faith, presence, and power.

Take some time to re-kindle the fire on your dreams that may have been put out by believing a lie. Just repent, change the way you think, and start realizing that God wants to use you in greater ways than you can even imagine if you will only believe. Allow your faith to rise up and before you know it, those far off dreams will be here and now because nothing is impossible for those who believe!

Trust

Posted: May 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

I love to ask God what He thinks about things. However, the second part of a question is always the answer. Trusting what God says to be truth is one of the most important things we do as believers. It doesn’t stop at trusting what the Bible says. It doesn’t stop at trusting what your pastor says. We need to learn to trust what God says to us personally. When we trust Him, our natural becomes supernatural. There is no other way.

God is doing something big with honor right now. Not only are we called to honor those who we think deserve it, but also those who we think don’t deserve it. Many times we miss out on what God has for us because we fail to honor the person who it is coming through. We reject the message because of the messenger. This should not be.

Additionally, we can gain a lot from honor the gift on another person’s life. We can step into their anointing when we honor the person and what God has done in and through them. Tonight while talking with friends on this matter we came to realize that while impartation is great, there is another realm that can be realized that doesn’t require traveling to have someone lay hands on you. That realm is honor. If we honor the person as what God has called them instead of the lesser thing that we see them as, we gain their reward. We have access into the same encounters and the same gifts. When we honor the anointing, we gain access to the anointing.

The things that we receive by faith, we actually receive. We don’t receive a gift of air on our hands from God, we receive a tangible gift that can be used. Receiving our healing is not just something for us to say, it is actually something to manifest in our bodies. In the same way, when we receive impartation through honor, by faith, we actually receive that impartation and can use it. When we receive, we have something that we didn’t have before and it is stewarded based upon our personal choices of how to use it.

So good!

Posted: May 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

Tonight I was leading a Healing Tent behind City Hall. Not too many people were there, but everyone we prayed for got breakthrough in something. It was awesome. One woman asked us to pray for her sinuses and then the Lord showed me she had a stomach problem before she had even finished talking. Then after getting words of knowledge for her ears, heel, knees, hip, back, neck, and ankle (I don’t think I am forgetting any) she was getting completely rocked. Praise God that if you come to Him asking for one thing, He’ll give you a lot more than what you asked for!