January 04, 2008
What she told me in the wake of the email was so encouraging. It had been just about a year since she had surrendered to Christ and she hadn't had any suicidal thoughts since her conversion (she had had some before she met Jesus). She was actually thinking about the very issue of whether she had really been changed since becoming a Christian and on that very day, I was prompted to send her a detailed list of verses that answered the exact question she was pondering.
A coincidence? Not in the Kingdom - there aren't any!
I sat down to see what if the word was accurate, and to my shock the man had a deviated septum. I explained to him that God wanted to heal it. I got another word for him about a shoulder problem, which he also had. It was at this point that I decided to go after the shoulder first to increase faith and then we'd pray for the deviated septum (something I have never seen healed).
Isaac and Ravished joined us and Isaac began to give prophetic words the Lord was giving him for these men (which I trust he'll blog about).
To make a long story short, we never got to pray for the deviated septum. I prayed for his shoulder a couple of times and didn't see improvement. My faith building exercise didn't work out the way I had wanted.
Next we moved to a coffee shop and continued talking, but sadly the conversation shifted more towards a debate about the differences between Islam and Christianity. The whole thing didn't end very well.
I didn't follow the dicate we value - demonstrate the Kingdom 1st and Talk 2nd. "The Kingdom of God is NOT a matter of words but of power". I am praying we'll get a second chance with these guys - we'll go after the deviated septum. If it isn't healed, we won't speak any further. If it is, then we'll preach away!!!
Ultimately another felt a word I had gotten about a problem in the left ear was for his son. A door was opened and these men want us now to come and minister to some of their friends who need healing.
When we ask God to speak on behalf of others (especially non-believers) we are always required to take the risk (which is exercising faith) to see if we have heard accurately. The more we do it, the better we get at discerning the Lord's voice. In this case, I was so sure that God had spoken that I just waited and kept asking. At the end, one of them took the risk to respond to the word and receive prayer. What about the other words that no one claimed? I can't know for sure unless I have further contact with these men, but I know that one or two of the other words of knowledge were for men in that room but they weren't willing to speak up.
We have got to be willing to look foolish - I can't tell you how many times I've given a word in a church setting and NO ONE responds. It looks pretty bad. However, every time someone comes up afterwards and says, "that word was for me but I was nervous to stand up...".
January 03, 2008
Several days later we had the opportunity to pray for another woman whose knees were giving her problems. She also experienced relief from pain!
We are thrilled to see God's kingdom being expressed here in North America as well!!!
M and her daughter, E, then invited me to join them for lunch. While at the restaurant, M returned from the washroom and said, "I just have to tell you -- I had no foaming (in her urine) when I went to the washroom!" She was very excited, and so was I!
The following day I dropped off some goods for a couple of Filipino friends, and they both said that they wanted me to pray for them before I left. I was happy to do so, and when I went to take the first young lady's hands -- trying to be discreet as we were in front of a supermarket -- she moved my one hand to her head and said that was how I was to pray for her! Well!!! Almost instantly an intense heat began to pour off of my hand (and my hand was not actually touching her head, only her hair) onto her. She felt the heat as well, and I felt anointed as I prayed for her! Words came with great ease and accuracy. God is so amazing! What an adventure when we partner with HIM!!!
December 30, 2007
Well, who should call me on the day after Christmas but Sacha. We agreed to get together for coffee today at a coffee shop near my house. I gave Isaac a ring to see if he was interested. He was game and asked, “So are we just going to ask this guy why he wants to become a Christian?” So, the bar was set.
So tonight we meet at the coffee shop. And while Sacha and I are making small talk, Isaac is getting a download from Jesus. So we try out the words on Sacha. After like a dozen spot on words, I say to myself, “Batter up!” See, in the Glory I have this gift of Apostolic preaching, so it was time to bring it on. So, I asked Sacha if he understood why Isaac knew all these things about him. And he said, “Yes, it is a great gift from God.” I said, “Right!” And I told him that God was drawing him to Himself. That he loved him and that he wanted to bless his life. I explained that all the prophets were dead—all of them except Jesus. That Jesus had a job while he was on this earth and that right now he was alive and still at work. His work was to give life and give it abundantly. I explained that if he wanted to experience this life it was available. We have this commission and authority to overturn the works of the devil and release the Kingdom of God. If he was willing he could experience that right now. He was willing to receive prayer—he had a number of afflictions from difficulty sleeping to disturbing dreams to frequent headaches. Isaac prayed first in English and then I prayed in Arabic. We prayed for God’s peace to come on him and for him to experience freedom and God’s blessings. We prayed that he’d sleep well and without troubling dreams. The whole while we were praying, he was kinda fiddling with the paper wrapper from a drinking straw. I’m thinking to myself, “This guy’s getting nothing. His jacket is too thick—nothing’s getting through.” He was wearing one of those downy winter coats and we were laying our hands on his arms.
So, afterwards, I ask, “Did you feel anything?” And he says, “Yeah, just as soon as that guy (Isaac) placed his hand on me, this lightness kinda bubbled up from my feet to my head. And my head cleared up.” I’m thinking, “That’s great, but what about when I prayed?” He went on, “When you placed your hand on me it was like water was trickling into me from your hand up my arm and into my chest.” Isaac and I are like good thing we asked ‘cuz we’d have never known from looking at you.
I explained that we Christians have the Spirit of God living in us and that he springs up from our lives and flows out of our lives like a river and that was what he felt. Sacha happily received a New Testament in Arabic and we are looking forward to an update from him on how well he sleeps tonight.
A few days ago, a woman came to the food warehouse where we would distribute the food and clothing. She was so happy with all that she had received – the donations to the warehouse had been particularly generous that week. However, as she was about to leave the Lord gave me a word of knowledge about a problem in her left shoulder. She had that problem and it was painful at that very moment. We asked to pray, lay hands upon her and the King gave her one more gift for Christmas – a healed shoulder. All the pain was gone.
I learned so much just watching the faces of those who came in need. There is a brokenness and willingness to receive that makes all the difference.