December 28, 2009
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I told him where to find me and that I was a follower of Jesus - sowing widely and giving him a way to find me. Now I will pray that he takes the next step to hear more about the Jesus who touched his shoulder.
Hephzibah and Beulah our siblings in the Lord were invited to the Kenya National Day Celebrations dinner in the muslim country we live in hosted by the Ambassador of Kenya the other night and asked us if we (Praise and me) would like to join them.
During the celebration Hephzibah, Beulah and Praise kept moving around asking the Lord to lead them into touching people lives in a supernatural ways… I kept looking around for an ideal spot where we could manifest Gods Kingdom on earth.
The Holy Sprit led me to a corner between the Juice and the water table and said "wait here". Hephzibah, Beulah and Praise came back a testimony of a healing. I started to get a feeling that we are in for a greeeeeaaaat night!
I started getting words of knowledge and kept asking people around me only to get negative replys…I yet asked the Lord what's happning... how come everybody is saying no…to which He replied "get ready".
I saw a waiter and asked him if there was a need for a prayer in his life he said that his right heel hurt badly for quite some time we prayed his pain stopped in his right heel his left heel started to pain we agreed to prayer for his left heel. God touched him he got healed we asked him if any of his colleagues had a need for prayers that we would be right here… I couldnt believe what I saw... he went to all his colleagues and started to point to us... soon we saw a line of waiters wanting prayers (well they would take turns from their work).
At the same time when we prayed for a Kenyan gentleman on getting healed he went to his friends and told them what happned…. from then on they came forth with infirmities and went fort healed....it was a free for all… the Holy Sprit was FLOWING we were have a heavenly feast of healings..... soon I dint know who or what I was praying for... but this I knew people just kept saying I am healed couple of guys started jumping around after prayers saying "no pain, no pain".
In the rush 2 guys demanded that I pray for them at the same time (one guy says me another says no its gona be me first) the Holy Sprit asked me to get one to pray for the other… one did other got healed… people had their eyes popping out by then at that time a lady who had been watching us for quite some time came over and asked me if I could spare a few moments in private she said that she wanted to do a confession and desperately wanted to find God…. Hephzibah and Praise led her in the sinners pray with a hug of love and she gave her life to God… I saw peace on her face.
In all this a gentle man came up to us and asked us who we were Hephzibah smiled and said that we are Ambassadors from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Beulah saw gold dust and oil oozing out of a couple of people hands.
It was truly a day of independence for many as they received their freedom in the Lord… couple of people asked where we worship and one did come over yesterday while some are expected next week...we are looking foward to our next invitation....but as DJ says we have no problem gate crashing any where to have a healing service.
Then I noticed this other woman in front of my wife and I and a word of knowledge came for a specific part of the head where I believed she had a headache. When I told my wife about it, she was getting the exact same word (but didn't know who it was for). Sure enough the woman had a headache in that exact area and she was healed. The Holy Spirit ministered to her in a powerful way - she could hardly stay on her feet!
At lunch, a word of knowledge came for a left foot problem for our waiter. He had the problem, he was healed and then he looked at us and said, "you are healers"! We gave the glory to Jesus!
The day just kept getting better as we gathered to share testimonies - the testimony of the week was when some of community decided to go to the National Day Celebration for the country of Kenya (they weren't Kenyans, but so what!) God shows up and starts healing people. It got a bit crazy and one of the Kenyans even joined us in our meeting tonight after see all that God did. Why didn't I ever think of crashing the National Day Celebrations of other countries to have a healing service? Sounds like a God idea to me!
December 09, 2009
So what do I do? I am not really in an environment where I can pray. So I just put my fingers lightly on the place where he said the break was and where the pain was. I just began to pray silently. I took my hand away and asked him what he felt happening. He told me it was "tingling". I said, "Great, God is healing your hand". I told him where my office was and asked if he would stop by the next day to tell me how it was doing.
That was that - I was in almost an impossible place to pray for someone and yet God made a way. Now I can't wait to tell him about the Jesus who touched his hand!
December 08, 2009
We'll definitely have a chance to follow up with her because she works for our friends' new landlord!
December 07, 2009
December 05, 2009
prophetic gifts were flowing - words of knowledge, words of destiny
people were getting set free - some powerful freedom from demonic torment
healings - haven't even gotten heard all the testimonies yet
God's manifested presence - people were having incredible encounters with the Holy Spirit
my only real concern now is "what are the neighbors going to think"?
December 02, 2009
Later on in the evening a guy named moosa a pakistani muslim who has been meeting with us for prayers.... and God has been healing him from frozen shoulder, pain in the wrist, palm, stomach, knee, ankle and toes ( somehow all his pain was in the right side of his body) and yeah both his eyes weak eyesight ... i say God has been healing him because everyday he leaves us completely healed and he comes back the next day saying a slight pain has returned in a place or 2 and no sooner do we start praying he claims total healing makes me want to guss that he likes us talking to him about Jesus and so he makes excuses to hang around with us....
the Lord began to speak yet again while we were there - words of knowledge about an ear condition, a knee condition, a stomach condition - Jesus touched each of these conditions in 3 different people in the house.
we also go to pray for a skin disease, a man's hand, a girl struggling in her studies, a man's calf - and there were other things that I can't remember.
The bottom line is that when the Lord begins to move, it seems that He moves numerous things!! It is just so amazing that He partners with us in these Kingdom works.
November 29, 2009
purpose is important, structure is important (however, God blesses many different structures, much to the surprise of those who believe they have God's 'ordained' structure:) and relationships are important.
however, having all of those elements in place and NOT having His Presence would mean nothing! I believe that the priority of Scripture was that the Presence of God was there - and the other things were all secondary. Moses seemed to get this when he uttered, "UNLESS YOU GO WITH US". He wanted God's Presence and nothing else mattered.
Nothing wrong with being "seeker sensitive", but if we are not first and foremost "sensitive to His presence", what are we exposing the seekers to? I've spent much of my life around "seeker sensitive" Church models - and sadly, the desire for the "presence of the unsaved" seems to often become more important than the "Presence of the one who can save them"!
whatever we are doing - however we are gathering, whoever we are leading, no matter what 'methods' we are using - let us be sure that we are pursuing the Presence of God first and foremost.
November 28, 2009
At one point, when I was calling out a word of knowledge for lower back pain, one of our new Lebanese visitors come up to me and asks, "How did you know? I didn't tell anybody"! I explained that God showed us and after a several prayed for him he was totally healed - all the pain left. He was so excited and can't wait until next week's meeting!
One of the other healings that took place was for a teenager's ear - again there was a word of knowledge for it.
At one point, there was even gold showing up on people's hands, and then on a couple of women there was 'oil' too. This really got all the young people excited - they got out their cameras.
There was a special manifested presence of the Lord last night - whenever that happens (be that in the Scriptures, or today) things of supernatural nature take place. I guess we can become accustomed to meetings where so little is happening that a meeting like last night appears 'unusual' - I propose that it is the meetings with little or no supernatural occurrences which are in fact 'strange'!
I gave a word of knowledge about a problem in the upper leg/buttocks - an Indian teenage girl responded and was healed. she was thrilled as she is an athlete and it affected her running. I got another word of knowledge for a wrist condition as one of the men in the class walked up to me - he had that problem and we the Lord healed his wrist! A couple of others also testified that they were healed - a few conditions were not healed, which was disappointing.
Others also got words of knowledge, called them out and began praying for people who responded. Overall the meeting was such a picture of "body ministry" - the Body ministering to the Body (not Somebody ministering to the Body/one man show model).
November 22, 2009
November 20, 2009
this muslim family is wide open to the Kingdom!
Probably the craziest people on our team head to the morgue - they REALLY wanted to get a chance to lay hands on our friend's body and saw an opportunity! sure enough, healing breaks out AT THE MORGUE too amongst the muslims who work there. because of the favor, our friend got to 'help transfer the body from the refrigerator into the wooden casket - so he gets his chance to pray (which in no way could have happened had everything gone according to plan).
All I can say is this crazy Kingdom lifestyle messes up EVERYTHING - even funerals. We know that our dear friend who is now with Jesus was enjoying her funeral more than any of us! What a place for God's Kingdom to come.
November 17, 2009
After praying once, he was honest - nothing happened. Second time - same thing, nothing! He said there might be a little improvement, but I think he was just being nice. I got my friend to pray as well. Still no noticable results. Finally, something just rose up inside me saying "this can't NOT happen". 2 muslim men who need to see the Kingdom?! After praying again, he said it was 50% better. Now we were getting somewhere. We prayed again and I specially prayed that it would jump from 50 to 75%. After praying again, he says it is 80% better! At that point, his friend asked us to turn off the video camera. We did and after one last time of prayer, it was 90% healed! At that point, I think we had worn out our welcome - after praying 5 different times!
The man who had asked us to turn off the camera began to act be a bit suspicious so we decided to leave. When he asked us if this was our "hobby" (to pray for the sick), I said, NO, we have been commanded to do it! Its our obligation as Christians.
probably the most powerful thing was to see the man's daughter-in-law just get overwhelmed by the Fear of the Lord. She just began to weep! It was so beautiful. That was exactly what I did when we saw our first blind eye healed!
November 14, 2009
at the same time, this afternoon we lost a dear friend and member of our community to cancer. That makes 3 close friends this year who have died untimely deaths. God hates cancer with a passion and Jesus paid a price to see it healed. Losing battles to cancer is an illustration of injustice. We've seen cancer healed and worldwide God is healing cancer at an ever increasing rate.
What do we do with loss? Do we retreat? Do we change our theology? Put it on God, in the name of sovereignty? Or do we let it propel us in a spirit of righteous indignation to contend all the more for the ministry of Jesus to be reproduced in and through us? We won't slow down until we are seeing Christ's words fulfilled - "if you believe in me, the (very same) works that I am doing, you shall do also". He wasn't lying. We must wage war on our unbelief and press forward UNTIL His words are true in our experience!
November 12, 2009
I introduced my Indian friend as "a healer". My muslim friend had a foot injury that was causing pain. "Healer" went to pray and the foot was healed!
Next was the Bangladeshi muslim man who worked for the Gulf Arab muslim. "Healer" had gotten a word of knowledge for a right ankle problem. The Bangladeshi man had the problem and was healed!
That wasn't all - "Healer" got another word of knowledge for an Egyptian muslim man who was also in the office. I prayed for him in Arabic - he felt the presence of the Lord touching him. We'll have to follow up with him because it also wasn't bothering him at that the time.
What's amazing about "Healer" is that getting words of knowledge is a whole new experience for him! It was like we went out and he just immediately began flow in the word of knowledge. The days of acceleration are here!
As we were walking out of the mall, an Asian muslim woman saleswoman offered to let us try some cologne. We stopped and the word of knowledge for the right wrist came back. She had the problem - we prayed and she was healed! All the pain left her wrist. She was busy but we'll follow up with her as well.
next stop - visiting a Gulf Arab muslim friend who reads the Bible and has come to Church
November 08, 2009
I asked if I could pray for him and he agreed. I prayed for once and he said it improved. I prayed again and all the pain left on one side. He took off the neck brace to check it out. There was still pain in the back of his neck. I asked if I could pray again. He agreed. I prayed once last time and ALL the pain left! At this point, I shared a bit more about my faith and why we pray for the sick. I asked him if he was going to put the neck brace back on - he said, "I don't need it anymore". At that point, he looked at me and said, "I'm shocked right now"! He and his friend left.
I'm glad I took the risk and asked him what was wrong - I think he'll be back to find out more about the Jesus who healed his neck!
November 06, 2009
confined to a wheel chair, we prayed for he and his wife. this was the text message I received the following day about what the Lord did:
the man "slept peacefully, various pains drastically reduced, vision lot better, total body movement increased. joy and happiness in (their voices). Her (the wife's) back and neck healed".
Rejoicing in what the Lord has done!
November 04, 2009
October 31, 2009
yesterday the group waited on the Lord, He started to give words of knowledge (one for a right ear problem, another for a knee problem, and a third for a headache). the people who got the words prayed for the people with those particular conditions and each one was healed.
we also got to get an update from an Indian woman who we had prayed for last week with a neck brace - she was completely healed! one of the class members from Lebanon followed up with this woman (who had another back issue) and she was healed. This led to about 3 other healings as the woman whose neck and back had been healed took her to her friends!
October 29, 2009
Before I continue the story, I have to say that I've had a love/hate relationship with praying for the blind. I prayed for a number of blind people before seeing two blind eyes open about 5 years ago. Since then, NOTHING. Believe me when I say it hasn't been for the lack of trying. The dilemma I have is this - God's Word says "the blind WILL see". It doesn't say they "might", or they "could", or "if it's God's will", or "when it's God's timing", etc. The WORD is clear. It is our experience that is lacking.
So there you have it - my dilemma, and I'm buying ice cream from a blind Syrian muslim man. So I grab his hand (in public) and begin to pray for God to heal his eyes. Then I think - "why don't I have my hands on his eyes?" So I let go of his hands and put my hand on his eyes and begin to pray in Jesus' Name. As far as I could tell, absolutely nothing happened. I told him I will come see him tomorrow to see if there is any change. You see there is another dilemma I am facing - I also believe that when a Spirit-filled, Kingdom messenger puts his/her hand on anybody in Jesus' Name something has to happen. How can it not?
Pray for my dilemmas!!!
October 28, 2009
Just today I finally got the feedback from him. He confirmed that the word had been accurate. I think he'll be back!
i followed up with today and there is still one thing she cannot do - she can't jump up and down on it. I guess we'll set up another prayer appointment. she had said before I even prayed that "you will pray UNTIL I am healed". I love it when muslims prophesy!
October 25, 2009
October 23, 2009
I called out one word of knowledge that the Lord had given me at the beginning of the meeting - then when it came back later, without praying for the person with the actual problem, the Lord HEALED her! fun, fun, fun.
October 22, 2009
Finally, I overcame whatever hesitation/fear of man issues that were trying to hold me back and ask him what is wrong with his knee - specifically his left knee. He was seriously taken back by this question - saying "what has God willed?" over and over again in Arabic. I just got really bold and said, "When you walked into this shop, the Lord spoke to me by revelation and showed me that you have a left knee problem". And a problem he sure had - metal rods in the knee (a quad accident). I knelt down to pray for him (which he was more than willing to have me do - unlike the two hesitant, fundamentalists earlier!. I told him that I wanted him to call me in the next day. I explained that God was going to do something remarkable - why else would He have shown me such a specific problem? He agreed with the reasoning. I even told him that I wouldn't be surprised if God removed the metal rods - to show His Glory.
That was a really good shop visit - especially after all the wrong words. The critical truth, keep swinging the bat until you get a hit!!!
it was just good to be out, following the Wild Goose (the Celtic term for the Holy Spirit). I always say that "we don't go home, UNTIL we see SUPERNATURAL things happen". Since we went home, you know what has happened! here are some of the things we saw happen.
1) saw a couple of Bedouin muslims and one had a cane and his foot was in a cast. OF COURSE we stopped them. after asking about what happened (he burned the bottom and top of his foot - don't ask how!), I knelt down and just basically began to pray. I knew there might be some resistance had we a) spoken Arabic to them and b) if we asked them first for permission to pray (Note: conservative muslims don't want Christians praying for them!). I snuck in with English and began praying before they even knew what had happened! While I was praying, one figured it out and said to his friend in Arabic, "he's reading over you" (the expression they use for what I was doing, which basically comes from their practice of reading their scriptures over a sick person). Then he tried to say, "NO, NO" (as in I shouldn't be doing it and his friend shouldn't be allowing it). To which I looked up at him and said, "YES, YES" and just continued to pray. Basically, the Lord gave us a fun encounter with these guys. I gave them my number and asked him to call me tomorrow to let me know what had changed.
2) i'll have to say that I found a high percentage of my words of knowledge were NOT words of knowledge tonight - it happens, I'll get over it. the wrong words, did turn into some opportunities though - you've gotta love the way God can redeem ANYTHING! This happened with the picture that I had of Starbucks. We ended up finding a guy on the stairs - the manager (a Christian from India). He needed no prayer when we first met him. None of the words of knowledge fit for him either. we left. At the end of our evening, we came back and found him again. He had said, "I knew you guys were going to come back" (he really seemed to have a prophetic gift - for which I encouraged him to read 1 Cor 14. When we returned, he said he remembered he had a shoulder problem. Columba prayed and he felt the Holy Spirit touching his shoulder. After this, the Lord began to give me a number of prophetic words for him about his wife, and some other things. It was really fun to FIND OUR TREASURE and call out his destiny.
More in the next post
October 18, 2009
last night I was in the same place and asked a man if he had a wrist problem (I was getting another word of knowledge). Then he says, "you prayed for me and my leg was healed". That was the first I had heard about the miracle.
This story illustrates a powerful truth - we keep praying for lots of people and often we don't see immediate results. We sow widely and leave the results with the Lord. Every now and then, He lets us sees what has happened. Heaven is going to be an amazing place because we will discover ALL that God did - even when we thought nothing had happened!
October 16, 2009
if that wasn't enough, tonight after sharing these testimonies and worshipping, the Lord began to give more words of knowledge (right foot, left knee and sinus pain headache) and proceeded to heal each one. Also, a shoulder was healed too!
A day where we counted 13 healings - may more days be THIS NORMAL!!
October 13, 2009
I told him that I believed God wanted to heal him. I quickly put my hand on the shoulder and began to pray. (I've learned that often it's better not to explain what you are about to do with muslims - I just quickly begin praying before they can somehow object or say no:)
After a quick prayer, I asked him what he was feeling in the shoulder. He said it was tingling. He checked it out and said there was no pain. (there had been pain before when he lifted it).
Then he asks for my telephone number - that's a good sign, he wants to talk more. I told him to let me know tomorrow if it was still pain free. I can't wait to tell him about the HEALER who touched his shoulder!
October 12, 2009
I have been trying to follow up with this man ever since - he took my number but hasn't called. I have dropped by his work place several times but so far nothing has happened.
Tonight I went to see him again and this time, I got another word of knowledge. this time it was about hearing loss in both ears and I knew it was for someone in his close immediate family.
I asked him who it was who had this problem - he said it was his grandmother. I told him that my wife would LOVE to meet with her and would pray for her healing. the ball is again in his court. As I left, I told him to not forget about his grandma!
We'll see what happens - God is obviously working on this man's life.
towards the end of my workout, I saw a woman walking with a cane. I had my 'target':) I approached her and asked her what had happened. She had had an operation 5 years earlier but was still in pain.
I told her that I pray for the sick and asked if we could go and sit down on a nearby bench. When we sat down, I noticed that she was wearing a cross. I asked her a bit about her faith. She was a Lebanese Catholic woman.
She pulled up her pant leg so I could put my hand directly on her knee. (which was cute). The Holy Spirit began to come upon her and she was clearly encountering God. I felt power being released! I took my hand away after praying and asked if she had felt anything. These days it seems that when I ask this question they will almost always say yes. She said she felt heat!
I asked if she would test it out but she seemed a bit nervous to do that. That was the end of our time as she seemed like she wanted to go. Not sure if the encounter with God freaked her out a little. Hopefully I'll see her again in the same spot soon!
I started by sharing lots of testimonies of people being healed. She responded, "so this is your good energy" and I said, "No! It's Jesus' power flowing through me!".
She wanted to know if there was anything she needed to during prayer. I just told her to relax and receive. As I prayed, the sharp stomach pain left. It kept coming back though.
While I was praying, she asked if I would pray loudly because she loves to hear Christians pray!
At the end of our time, she said she felt better but not 100%. We'll see how she is tomorrow. Even though she wasn't completely healed, she said, "so, you're a healer!" Of course I said, "Yes, I am!" She recognized the authority and honored it! May more muslims see our authority!
October 09, 2009
So why did these books not produce fruit in my life at the time? Why didn't I start to see an increase in healings? I would pray for the sick from time to time. Why wasn't I growing in the prophetic gifts? "All MAY prophesy", Paul teaches!
It wasn't because I lacked an understanding. I had been TAUGHT. But not in the way Jesus taught His disciples. Teaching for Jesus included DEMONSTRATION, PARTNERSHIP and ultimately RELEASE.
First He demonstrated healing and prophecy. He showed people the miraculous! It wasn't enough to give them didactic teaching. They SAW power. This was a critical stage for me personally - I needed to see these things. And for some reason, I was in Church for years without seeing any real demonstrations of power - even in Churches that were charismatic.
Secondly, Jesus partnered with His disciples in the supernatural. This is such an important part. He would do these things with them. He was present. They would be watching and doing the miracles. Again I can't stress how important this was for us. I had seen some stuff (conferences, etc.) but now I wanted to participate. The Lord has raised up many (Randy Clark, Bill Johnson and a host of other ministries) where people can go and participate in the miraculous themselves. We did this - and we saw deaf ears open of people we prayed for. We saw two blind eyes open. The Lord gave us the opportunity to partner with others a number of times like this.
Finally, Jesus released people to go and do the stuff when He wasn't there. He sent out the 12; He sent out the 70 and ultimately the vision for Pentecost was the beginning of the fulfillment of the Great Commission from Matthew 28. This stage also implied the confidence and the authority to repeat the entire cycle over again. Disciples who can demonstrate God's Power. Disciples who can invite others to join them in partnership and then ultimately release their own disciples to go and do the same.
We somehow have lost this process of discipleship as it relates to the supernatural. The Church has either not expected it to be possible (which is simple English is UNBELIEF). Elaborate theologies have been created to explain away our lack of power - i.e. cessationism (the miraculous gifts 'ceased' when the original Apostles died). Another major barrier has been unbiblical ideas about God's sovereignty and control (this is just FATALISM). This error says that 'if God wants to heal, He will' regardless of our role/partnership/anointing, etc. I think for years the reason I didn't pursue God's power with more diligence was because I simply had wrong ideas about how the Kingdom worked. I thought that if God wanted to give me a gift, He would. My pursuit, my desire and my growth notwithstanding. I also knew nothing of impartation which is the conveying of a spiritual gift through the laying on of hands. Hebrews 6 considers this to be a basic, fundamental Christian doctrine. Somehow the Bible Schools and 2 seminaries that I attended along with the many different ministries I had association with didn't remember to teach/emphasize this.
All this to say - make sure you are SEEING. Then align yourself with others with whom you can DO IT in partnership so that one day you will BE DOING IT by yourselves as you enlist others into the process that you are now repeating.
MORE POWER TO YOU!!!
October 03, 2009
We had no idea when we started this what would happen - we'll keep going and see what happens.
People really are hungry for the supernatural life of the Kingdom!
what a day - healings and prophecy in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. Sounds like another NORMAL KINGDOM DAY - let's be more normal!
I got a word of knowledge for one of the employees. I had the hostess go and see who had the pain in the back of the head. She came back and said it was for a guy in the back but that "he was shy". I told her to tell him that I was a pastor. He came out. We then went to the back to pray. He had had an accident. We prayed and the pain began to leave. He still had a little bit of pain and so I sent one of our team back - he prayed for him twice and he said that ALL the pain was gone.
Before leaving, I got another word of knowledge for a neck problem. Desert Princess and her friend went to pray for the Filipino server who responded to the word. She was completely healed - and was in tears!
not a bad lunch - but then there was our nightly meeting (next blog post)
We called out...
left shoulder - 3 were completely healed, one other about 75% - one guy was just totally in disbelief!
left knee - a woman who'd had surgery and was in chronic pain, was completely healed
pain in ribs - woman healed
right ear problem (a new condition) - man with ear infection felt something happening, would have to go an check it out
There were also other encounters - Desert Princess ministered to several woman who had major first-time encounters with the Holy Spirit.
Oh what fun Church can be! (and should be!!) - and then we went to lunch (next blog post)
September 27, 2009
I had tried to go back several times to see what had happened but due to Ramadan activities I hadn't seen him. Finally, I saw him the other day and asked him, "How is the pain in your mouth?". He said, "It's gone". I asked if it left the day I had prayed for him and he said that was when it left. I told him that God had blessed him and now I need to tell him more about the God who he doesn't know and His Son, Jesus.
September 25, 2009
While praying, I got a word for a jaw problem on the left side of the face. That was a word for the husband. I prayed for him and the Spirit came on him - he was going to let me know what happened as he had to test it out when eating.
After praying for him, I got another word of knowledge for a problem in the rib cage - that was for the 13 year old daughter. I had mom put her hand on the rib cage, we prayed together and the teenage daughter was completely healed! I asked if she wanted us to pray again if there was still any pain. She said that it wasn't necessary because all the pain was gone! What was most exciting was that she was clearly so shocked by God's breaking into her world. She was just amazed by His touch!
September 23, 2009
Just "leaking" the Kingdom - the normal Christian life!
September 22, 2009
September 19, 2009
she was also struggling with some emotional pain and Desert Princess told her that God didn't just heal headaches! They exchanged numbers and these women were hungry to encounter more of the Kingdom that their religion doesn't offer them.
Just because a healing isn't all God wanted to do, this young lady had a major encounter with God in the wake of her healing and even began to sing a prophetic song - her first!
I realize that some well-meaning (but sadly deceived) pastor probably taught our brother that his deafness was from God. He surely didn’t get it from the Scriptures. After he left, I opened up the Scriptures for the rest of the group to show them what the Bible said about deafness – Jesus told the disciples of John the Baptist to go and report to him that…the deaf hear…
September 16, 2009
September 09, 2009
After the phone call, the first guy says, "before we do anything else, you have to tell me how you knew I had a problem with my left elbow". I quickly explained that the Lord had revealed it to me and that He has given us Christians different gifts, including the gift of healing. I told him that God wants to heal his elbow right now. I then grabbed his elbow and prayed a brief prayer commanding all pain to leave and asking God to release His Kingdom. After prayer, I ask him to test it out. At this point, he rolls back in his chair, looking shocked at his friend exclaiming that he was now afraid. His friend and I were laughing a little. He was totally freaked out. I gave him my phone number and said that when he was ready we needed to get together and talk more about what the Lord had just done for him. Looking forward to that phone call.
September 07, 2009
September 05, 2009
last night as a group of us gathered to worship seek God's face, it was the kids who stepped up and stepped out to pray for an injured young man - the Lord took away all of the pain. they also shared testimony of what God had done in their lives. Later the Lord took several of them into a place of revelation (pictures and visions) and they shared with all of us what the Lord had shown them.
Those of us who love to train, equip and release people to do the works of Christ, would be wise to invest heavily into youth - even the 5, 6 and 7 year olds are stepping out to prophesy and heal the sick.
These are marks of the End of the Age.
September 04, 2009
When I had the opportunity, I approached the man with the tattoos and asked if he had an ankle problem. He didn't but then said that his wife did - she had just gone. I showed him the word written in my book - "left ankle, man with tattoo". I definitely had his attention. His wife's problem was with her left ankle too! I prayed for him to take a gift of healing for her. He said he'd call me after he prayed for her and let me know what happened.
After that, I noticed a friend of ours who has deafness in her ears. Having seen two deaf ears open over the summer, I was eager to pray for her again. We didn't see too much change with her, but the word of knowledge for the middle back came back. I asked her husband if he had pain there, he did! We prayed. He said that he would only know what had happened after sleeping. Waiting for that call too!
Next as we were leaving, I got the the left shoulder/upper arm word again when standing next to a Filipino man. He said he had that problem -he wanted to know how I knew. He had had a heart attack and had pain in that area since then. It was hurting him at that very moment. I prayed for him and the Holy Spirit came on him and he fell to the ground (good thing I was able to catch him!). When he got up, he was completely healed! He was overjoyed. He couldn't figure out how I knew he had the problem, nor that he was now healed. He began testifying to his friends. The way it should be.
Not a bad end to an otherwise slow week. When it rains, it pours!
August 30, 2009
It was so clear last night as we were seeking the Lord that His hand came upon us and renewed the vision of some who were weary. A fresh anointing from the Heaven to live out and release His supernatural Kingdom in this muslim country. Let the stories begin again of His mighty works flowing through His children....
August 20, 2009
DJ, you prayed over me with j and h and the Lord lengthened my right leg. I was hesitant to accept what I saw and felt. I work as a massage therepist inside a Physical Therapy office. The P.T. is a man of God also and he happens to be the peson who measured my legs the first time to determine that my hip problem was due to a leg deformity. My right leg was a half inch shorter. He has now remearsured and found out that the miracle was legitimate and that both of my legs are now exactly 86 cm. I smile every time I get to that part of the story... and I've told it has a testimony of God's love and favor for me many times to many different people in many walks of life.
In the 2 services, we saw a number of conditions healed - back pain, headaches, shoulder problems. Some conditions we will have to wait and see what the Lord did.
During the outreach we saw a couple of guys healed in a skateboard park - interestingly, others who watched their friends get healed refused prayer for their own conditions (believe me, skateboard parks have lots of conditions that need healing amongst the skaters!). Another guy let us pray for what seemed to be a minor scrape and pain left his leg! A homeless man received healing in his knee and shoulder.
Maybe the greatest thing we saw on the outreach was when we were getting dinner afterwards - a couple of young college girls were standing next to us and I got a word of knowledge for a "sports injury". One of them responded - she was a cheerleader and had a stress fracture accompanied by a 'lump'. One of the girls with us laid hands on it and prayed - THE LUMP DISAPPEARED! The girl was so shocked! So were we - too much fun!
August 13, 2009
One lady the Lord gave a new gold filling in her mouth - she needed a dental miracle and the Lord gave her one. Why gold? Who knows ask the One who gave it to her - we just asked for God to come and touch her.
I am also reminded of the people we prayed for and did not see breakthrough for. We continue to contend for the ministry of Jesus and will not let up, slow down or back off until our lives and ministry match what the Scripture tells us they look like (John 14:12a).
be encouraged and pray for people - you just never know what what happen!
August 08, 2009
August 07, 2009
However, the guy with the hand problem, also had one leg shorter than the other causing other problems. Having seen a Todd White video of someone healed of exactly the same condition the day before (http://www.xpmedia.com/rGymCKku3gmx), I was ready to go for it. A couple of us prayed for the leg to grow out - and it did!!!! We watched them become the same length right before our very eyes!
A woman with an arthritic shoulder - that caused a lot of pain when she would move it a certain way - after praying 2 times, ALL THE PAIN LEFT. We also prayed for another condition she had, and the Lord came upon her in a powerful way - she had a hard time describing with words that encounter.
We also prayed for a couple of knee conditions - in both cases, the Lord had done something, but it would take some time to really tell. One of them was heading into surgery the next day (today) - we'll see what the surgeon finds when he goes in!!
This all happened in a Church that isn't particularly accustomed to praying for the sick and expecting healing. The hunger was tremendous - may God add to their hunger, radical encounters and faith to contend for the ministry of Jesus - who healed people wherever He went
August 03, 2009
my children and I had arrived about the same time as another Christian friend of hers. eventually we got around to praying and i had my kids right there involved, with my daughter actually laying hands on the affected area. We prayed a couple of times and there was no noticeable difference - again, NOT the ministry of Jesus. We kept on praying. There is something about being stubborn in these things that leads to breakthrough. Eventually, pain began to leave and within a few minutes to our friends' amazement, she was up and walking around with almost no pain. Since she herself is a medical doctor, she knew very well that it is physically impossible for a totally locked up, inflamed, lower back to change like that.
What happened next was equally as important. The Christian friend didn't happen to be from a Church that was known for an emphasis on physical healing (we'll leave it at that). I then asked her if she went to "....... Church". The Lord had given me an impression that she attended that particular Church. That seemed a bit odd, but it is a large, well-known Church in the area so maybe I was just a good guesser. She had had surgery on her elbow and so we prayed for that. After we prayed, mobility returned to elbow that she hadn't had since the surgery. We prayed again and she got even more breakthrough. After that, we prayed for her foot, as she had been diagnosed with a particular condition that caused pain and limited her activities. After praying, I was prompted to tell her, "You WILL run again". She looked a bit surprised, "How did you know I was a runner"? This was funny because at this point, our friend (whose back had just been healed) was jumping in, and explaining "oh, this is the kind of thing that happens all the time" (i.e. words of knowledge and prophecy). Finally, I felt like the Lord gave me a word for her husband and I said, "By the way, the Lord wants to heal your husbands left shoulder problem too". This just seemed to completely bewilder her as her husband who I had never met actually had a left shoulder problem. She didn't seem to know how to respond. But she knew that God was in the room doing His stuff!!
This Kingdom stuff is just breaking out everywhere - God had so much more in mind that morning than only healing our friends' back. He wanted to recruit another precious sister in the Lord into a greater expectation that the God of the Bible is in fact doing the very things He did in the Bible today!!
This stuff never gets old.
I guess the Lord was behind the prompting because she said, "Yes I do, how did you know"? In short, she needed a major financial breakthrough. The Lord gave us some prophetic words for her and we got to pray for her. But wait, there's more - as we were praying, I got a word of knowledge about some kind of dental need. This got her attention further as she had had a filling fall out and was in need of a dentist. It was just a fun encounter that really encouraged this young woman and pointed her to Jesus.
After that we headed into a food court, and again, I went in with the same question, "Do you need a miracle"? - this time to a group of Sikh women who were working in a Subway sandwich outlet. I almost immediately got a word of knowledge that someone had a leg problem in a particular leg. The mother had this problem and let us pray. We actually prayed several times but saw no discernible improvement. This is NOT the ministry of Jesus and we weren't going to leave until we saw something happen (this is actually a key thing that enables us to persevere and keep pressing in for breakthrough). We learned that two of them had headaches and they allowed us to pray for those and both of these Sikh women were healed. We apologized about the leg, but were encouraged to see God's Kingdom come - there are NO HEADACHES in His Kingdom!!!! We got to invited these women to our nightly miracle/healing meetings and give them a number to call for follow-up.