December 18, 2013
December 16, 2013
December 07, 2013
She was a Christian and wanted to know where I lived, where I went to Church. She asked for my number and kept testifying! It was awesome.
December 06, 2013
November 27, 2013
November 20, 2013
November 18, 2013
November 17, 2013
"We muslims also pray for the sick, BUT YOU CHRISTIANS ARE PROFESSIONALS", says Egyptian muslim man after being healed.
I realized it is clearly a demonic gifting. I then shared about my dreams. "If I see something bad", I explained, "it is so I can prevent it and pray". I said, "I know you are a muslim but next time you have one of these demonic encounters, you need to cry out to Jesus to help you". She agrees. Then I got another word of knowledge about ear pain and this time she doesn't deny it and admits that she has that problem. I asked her to put her own hand on her ear and as I am praying, the ear becomes hot and all the pain left. Then she said her knee hurt. We prayed, she felt God's presence in her knee and then the pain left her knee. Then the woman with me gets a word for upper back (her first word of knowledge) and the muslim woman's back was healed. It was my friend first word of knowledge and first time she's seen a healing outside of a Church or meeting context.
October 31, 2013
October 23, 2013
October 22, 2013
follow up - the day after I prayed I noticed that she was still wearing a wrap on her hand and was a bit discouraged thinking somehow she hadn't told me the truth. I was just about to actually delete this post but today I asked her about her hand noticing that she had no wrap on the hand. She told me that all the pain had left the day I prayed but that due to some medicine she had put on a cut associated with the original injury, she wore the wrap the day before. So I asked directly, "so you had a miracle then?" and she replied, "yes, something like that with a big smile on her face".
October 19, 2013
October 17, 2013
October 13, 2013
- Heb. 3:1 - "consider (fix your thoughts) Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession"
- 2 Cor. 4:5 - "for we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake"
2. Apostolic ministry begins in humility & continues in humility - Consider the Incarnation. God left heaven can became a man IN HUMILITY
- Phil. 2:3 - "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves"
3. Apostolic ministry honors women Mary "birthed" Jesus' earthly Apostolic ministry, women followed Jesus.
- Gal. 3:28 - "there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus".
4. Apostolic Ministry is "team-oriented" Jesus built a team, Paul built teams - even the Trinity is a "team"!
5. Apostolic Ministry is "released-oriented" / It's about Fathering & releasing sons and daughters to carry on the ministry in an even greater way.
- John 14:12b - "Greater works you shall do".
6. Apostolic Ministry is Kingdom-focused (not just Church-focused) is part of something GREATER. The Church is PART of the Kingdom. Jesus is PART of the Trinity
- Jesus spoke hardly anything about the Church and almost exclusively about the Kingdom.
- For example, the "Church" is mentioned 2X in Matthew and the "Kingdom" 50X!
7. Apostolic Ministry is relationally, NOT structurally-based begins with the Trinity.
8. Apostolic Ministry is "marked by signs wonders and miracles"
- 2 Cor. 12:12 - the signs/marks of a true apostle were performed among you with all perserverance, by signs wonders and miracles.
- 1 Cor. 2:4 - "my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power"
9. Apostolic Ministry doesn¹t build on another man¹s (churches) foundation - it is evangelistic.
- NOT SHEEP STEALING, Not Church "Transfer" growth, Not "collecting" other Churches into a so-called "Apostolic Networks"
10. True Apostles "have seen the Lord" and are chosen by Jesus Himself - they are NOT self-appointed, or Apostles because people "recognize" them as such.
- 1 Cor. 9:1 - Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?
11. Apostolic ministry will attract problems / Persecution
- 2 Cor. 4:8-11 - "we are afflicted in EVERY WAY, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying around in the body the dying of Jesus for we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus¹ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh"
12. True Apostolic ministry doesn¹t focus on money.
- Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give"
- To the Rich Young Ruler, who did Jesus say he should give his $$$ to?? The Poor!
October 10, 2013
I was shopping in a store in the mall when I had strong sense that one of the employees there had pain. I didn't feel clarity as to what it was, and she was in the middle of working with two other employees on the design of the store. I didn't know what to do since she was focused and occupied with work. I walked away hesitantly, though I felt like God was highlighting her. I was a little frustrated at myself, but I went on to pray for a few other people who were touched and experienced healing!
Probably an hour or more later I was walking in the main area of the mall, and I glanced over and noticed the girl from the store whom God had highlighted. I almost ran to her because I knew that this was a divine appointment. She was with her friend, and they told me that they are both from the country we are located in. I explained that I had seen her in the store, and I asked if she had pain. She said yes, that she had back pain. I asked her to put her hand where the pain was located, and looking into her eyes, I commanded all pain to leave in the name of Jesus, and I released the Kingdom of Heaven over her. I asked how she felt, and she enthusiastically proclaimed, "Woah, the pain is gone. Oh my, it's kinda creepy that it just totally left." She kept going on and on about how amazing and strange it was that the pain just left. Her friend said, "I want it too." I asked if she had any pain, and she said no, so I asked if she needed anything else. She said she had lots of problems. The girl who was healed asked, "Can you heal emotional pain too?" I told her that indeed Jesus heals all things. I explained that Jesus loves them so much! They didn't want to share right then, but we decided to meet up later to pray for emotional healing.
They got my number, and about two hours later they gave me a call. The girl who was healed asked if I could make the pain go away over the phone. She said the pain was back a bit. I told her that Jesus could heal her anywhere. So I asked Him to touch her, and immediately she told me that the pain was completely gone! In a text a little bit later she confirmed there was no more pain, and without me even suggesting it, said that she and her friends would like to experience church for the first time. Asking God to bring salvation and life transformation to both of these Arab women!!!
October 09, 2013
The next day I saw her get out of her car and run, yes run across the road, from my classroom window- no crutches! No bandage! She said her knee is 'all good!'! God is amazing!!!! I pray for an encounter with Jesus for this young lady!!!
October 08, 2013
October 07, 2013
October 04, 2013
October 01, 2013
September 27, 2013
A few days after that DesertCanuck was in a meeting; the woman sitting next her complained of a really bad headache. DesertCanuck prayed as the headache left. The woman looked up in total shock that it was gone. Her whole countenance changed to sheer joy. I reminded her that God really does love her and he keeps His word.
September 25, 2013
September 21, 2013
September 20, 2013
September 18, 2013
September 17, 2013
September 15, 2013
"In the beginning when school was just starting, I was stressed out, unable to sleep well, having panic attacks, and the worst of all, I had these horrible headaches that were inhibiting me of any kind of relaxation. About two or three days before class, I had a panic attack so severe, that it was getting hard to breathe. So I called out to the Lord and he rid me of my panic attack immediately. That was honestly, I feel, my first real encounter with God healing wise. Then when the guest speaker called out and said out of words of knowledge, "I am feeling that someone is having pain like headaches towards the back of their head, almost like a migraine."
That was exactly what I was having and in the exact area. Even after he had said that, I could already feel some kind of sense of relief. Then when he wanted the people he called out to go to the back of the room, I was a little too nervous and timid. After I emailed my professor, and she told me to read the prayer email with faith, and I did, I had this sense of almost full relief, and the pain in the top of my head was receding! I must have read that prayer at least eight times. Then I continued to pray further and thank God for my healing. That was my personal experience with God that day. I feel that what God did, truly furthered my want and need for him. Before as I would pray at night, I would almost feel as if I was talking to thin air, not necessarily losing faith, but beginning to feel as if He wasn't listening, or He wasn't paying attention. After my encounter, I truly know that He is always with me and never leaves."
September 12, 2013
Last Friday I was extremely skeptical about the whole healing process that was being explained to me. I listened intently to the speaker and genuinely was interested in what he had to say but I did not know if I could believe all that he was saying since I had not seen it with my own eyes before. When my teammates and I decided to stay after and see if a couple of our injured players could be healed, we were presented with incredible emotion.
Both my teammates Angie and Veronica had been healed and I was slowly beginning to feel the presence of God all around me. Never had I been surrounded by so many people who genuinely wanted to be a part of God's work. When it came time I finally stepped up and asked to have my right quad healed. As soon as the prayer began I felt an overwhelming amount of emotion and the pain had gone from my leg.
Even still I had been a little confused but when Rick had asked for prayer for his stutter and God answered him with an amazing gift, I was completely in awe. I was shocked and could not believe what I had just witnessed. This was honestly the most amazing moment I have experienced in my Christian life.
September 10, 2013
September 07, 2013
September 06, 2013
They have started a blog now where students are/will be posting their testimonies - http://vanguardmiracles.blogspot.com - check it out and be sure to leave comments to encourage them.
A couple of things that have come up that are important for them (and for us) to consider:
1. It is ALWAYS God's will to heal. There is so much bad/poor theology out there that isn't rooted in what the Scriptures teach, but rather are rooted in people's experience. This is also related to unbalanced concepts/ideas about God's sovereignty.
I could list dozens of NT Scriptures here to illustrate why I believe the statement I have just made, but Jesus reveals the Father. If you consider the number of times that the Gospels record, "and Jesus healed them all", we should seriously reconsider why our own lives look so different than His life. At the very end of the Book of Acts, far from Paul's healing gift somehow diminishing (as some have erroneously taught), EVERYONE on the Island of Malta was healed (Acts 28:9 - "and the REST OF THE SICK ON THE ISLAND came and were cured").
2. Faith is A FACTOR, but not the only factor. There was an incredible amount of faith on the Friday that the Holy Spirit fell at the University. The faith rose up through several means. One of them was that a message was brought with a challenge that "if we don't do the works that Jesus did, don't believe our message". And then, words of knowledge were given. Beyond that, once people started to be healed, even more faith, corporate faith, was being released and faith ALWAYS attracts heaven. It is one of the currencies of the Kingdom.
Why did I say it is "a factor"? Because, sadly there are those who have taught extreme notions of faith making it somehow the only factor and even blaming people who aren't healed for the "lack of faith". I'm going to be completely honest - when it came to the young man who was stuttering, I really had no faith for that to be healed. We had seen so many healed before that, and so my faith level was up and surely the students' faith was high in wake of the healings and the powerful encounters people were having with the Lord. But, I had never seen stuttering healed before and one of the reasons I ended up praying a second time for the young man who had been a lifelong stutterer was because I was struggling. Can we be honest here? It doesn't help when we aren't brutally honest. Even when I asked him as he was having a powerful encounter with God to "go away and continue to let God minister to you", I was stalling. I was still not in a place of faith - I wasn't in a place of faith to ask him, "So, what has happened?" And yet, in spite of my clear lack of faith, God healed the young man. All this to say, the core basis for healing is GOD's LOVE. Check it out - see how many times it says that "Jesus was moved BY COMPASSION and healed the sick". Faith is "a factor" but clearly not the only factor.
3. The devil is a liar and wants to "steal" everything he can from the life of the believer. In the wake of the students being healed and walking away pain free from that Friday, some of them began to "feel" their symptoms again. This isn't uncommon. The cynics (and some reading this blog) will say that people weren't actually healed but only "thought" they were. That is an issue of profound unbelief that each and everyone of us needs to wage war upon. I emphasized in those lectures that we are all, every single one of us, in a lifelong battle to "have faith" - remember what Paul says in Galatians 5 - "the only thing that matters is faith working through love" - that is a foundational verse identifying our two most basic challenges in the Christian life - overcoming our lack of faith and our lack of love.
So what do we do when the enemy comes back and begins to lie to us - "you weren't really healed", "God doesn't really love you like they said He does", "you aren't worthy of...", etc. etc. And then a slight symptom comes back, a twinge, a little bit of pain. What do we do? This is a key thing - a vital principle. Stand in your healing. We aren't "enemy focused" - this isn't a time to go into intense spiritual warfare. The enemy is trying to come back; he wants to get you to believe a lie (or lies). So we simply say, "Jesus, THANK YOU for what you did and that you have healed me". That's it. We are to be Jesus-focused and thanking Him for His work, for His healing and as has been said, this is the "submitting to God" that results in the the "devil fleeing". (James 4:7). There were some students who thought that their healing was gone, or wearing off, or...BUT once they did this, they were again pain free and walking in their freedom.
4. The power of the testimony - word is getting out. A blog has been started. It was even mentioned in chapel several days later about "a revival that was starting on campus after an OT class". I think the word "revival" is a bit premature to be using, but there is simply no reason why that cannot and will not be the result of what God has started.
This goes back to point #1 - there are those who erroneously teach that God only sovereignly starts/ends revivals and that we don't play a role in that equation. This is just blasphemy. Jesus left heaven, came to earth to defeat the enemy, remove the barrier between God and man, returned to heaven and sent His Spirit to subsequently see the advance of God's Kingdom until His return. What would be the problem then? Everything has been provided and supplied. The problem is that God's people actually don't believe it. So much so that we had to "invent" theologies that explain away why we don't see God moving like we see in the pages of Scripture. As Bill Johnson has so convictingly said, "Jesus opened up the heavens and there is NO RECORD of Him ever shutting them up".
The enemy wants to extinguish the sparks that God has lit. He wants to divide and conquer. The power of the testimony is one of the ways we combat His lies, and a way forward that will lead a spark into a flame that will become a fire that will lead to..... If God is truly a "consuming fire", then His very nature is revival! To say that revival isn't always God's will (and by God's will, I mean "God's will right now") is like saying that God isn't always loving. We know that it is ALWAYS God's will to express and communicate love, because His very nature is love. In other words, He can't help Himself - He can't NOT love. So if revival is also His nature (and I guess I would define revival as "God's presence and power consuming everything and everyone in It's path"), then it can't ever not be His will to bring revival.
At this point, the question becomes, "What will the students at this Christian University do with what God has done and is doing"? Will they become a "one thing" community? - namely that the "one thing" that matters is God's Kingdom in their midst. Will they "co-labor", will they "cooperate" and "steward" what God is doing? Will they cry out and say, "whatever it takes, whatever it costs"? These are the questions that God is looking to be answered.
If you are a student reading this - I want to say this clearly. Don't look at the others right now. What will YOU DO? One living sacrifice is all it takes for the true fire of God to fall upon? Will you be that "kindling for God"? Will you be the one who God will use? The fact is, I know there are more than "one" - others are responding and the "ones" will find the other "ones" that will become the "twos", the "threes" and so on.....
This post is long enough. I'll leave it at that for now. We are now 9000 miles away contending for revival in a part of the world that is on the brink of literal war here in the Middle East - but I