February 20, 2017

muslim woman healed and shocked after word of knowledge

At the end of the lecture, there were 3 muslim students still in the room when I got a distinct word of knowledge in my left arm.  I asked one of them if she had a problem there and she said no, but one of the others said that she did.  I immediately got my wife on the phone to have her pray for this young woman.  I handed the phone to my student and she was prayed for over the phone after my wife explained what she was going to do and what was going to happen.  After hearing about God's love and concern for her and the prayer closing in the Name of Jesus, my student was totally healed!  All the pain left immediately and she began to inquire what had just happened.  I told her a bit about words of knowledge and that God revealed her pain in order to heal her.  She was quite shocked (as were her friends) and had many more questions.  As they were getting on the elevator they could not stop talking about what had just happened.

I'm excited to be able to follow up tomorrow when I will have that class again.  The fact is that 3 young muslim women saw the way God revealed a problem and healed it in the Name of His Son.  

February 17, 2017

when people are STILL healed months later

This week has been encouraging because I have heard back from 4 different individuals who were healed when we prayed for them who are all still healed!  One of them confirmed her healing as when we prayed, she couldn't tell but has now confirmed that the issue the Lord revealed to me via word of knowledge has never come back.  Also her muslim friend is still healed.  I can't imagine the conversations that his healed neck has opened up.  I heard from two others – one who had come to see me to tell me and another via social media.

In the moment, people will often tell you they are better when we pray.  Whether there is some psychosomatic effect, I believe that sometimes people feel better even when they haven't actually been healed.  The fact is though when someone is genuinely healed by the Lord, when God has worked, they will still be healed – a week later, a month later, a year later.  I am so encouraged when I get to hear back because so often we never know.  Somehow this week the Lord wanted to encourage me with some feedback.  I was/am encouraged.

February 13, 2017

visitor's left ankle healed after word of knowledge during worship

I am not sure yet of all the ways that the Lord ministered to a Lebanese visitor we had to our meeting this past week, but many prophetic words were given to him that he said were meaningful and accurate (one I gave didn't seem to make any sense, but oh well!).  At the end of our meeting as we were worshipping, I got a strong word of knowledge for a left ankle problem.  I didn't feel led to ask who it was and to pray for it, but rather I just declared that "whoever has the left ankle injury, it will be healed during this song of worship".  Sure enough, I found out that it was for our Lebanese visitor and it happened just that way.  Nobody prayed for his ankle and the Lord completely healed it.  He told me this after the fact.

We were all encouraged as our visitor wants to become a regular!

words of knowledge as we talked about words of knowledge

Funny how this happens.  A few of us met to discuss a book we are reading about words of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8).  After some coffee, I went out to find a bathroom and on my way back, I noticed a table of Arab women and one man.  I got a distinct word of knowledge for a stomach issue.  I went up and asked.  Two of the people said no, but one of the women said it was her.  It wasn't bothering her at that exact time, but the Lord gave me another prophetic insight as to how often it happens (2-3 times a week) and she said yes.  So instead of praying right then (not sure why I didn't offer), I asked her to come to our table before she left.  As I was saying that, I got a word of knowledge for the woman sitting next to her – for her neck and shoulder on the left side.  She had this problem and so I prayed for her quickly and the pain left.  Why I didn't then pray for the 1st woman, I don't know but I left and went back to my table inside.  As we were talking more about words of knowledge inside, a woman had come to the pick up her coffee and I got another word of knowledge about the back of neck (in the middle).  I went up to ask the woman and it was the woman from outside that had the stomach problem (not sure why I didn't recognize her).  She was actually from a Christian background (Lebanese) and I got the impression she wasn't following the Lord.  So she said that the neck problem was for her muslim friend outside named Muhammed.  So he came in and prayed for his neck and something "clicked" during the prayer and it was healed.  Then I prayed finally for the woman's stomach issue – I told her it was never coming back.  I gave them my contact details and was so encouraged  to see the way God wanted to draw a Christian back to Himself and demonstrate His love and power to a muslim man.  I am not sure about the 2nd woman who was with them.  It was a powerful divine appointment.

Before we left the place, the Lord also gave another word of knowledge about "anxiety" for one of the men working in the coffee house – it was a word for him and then while giving it, the Lord revealed a physical problem that was causing the anxiety in his father's life.  We got to pray for him as well.  

So – talk about words of knowledge and I'll bet you get words of knowledge.  Just seems like the kind of thing our Heavenly Father wants to do.

muslim man's shoulder dramatically healed

While I was leaving my work, I noticed a man with a makeshift arm sling on his right arm.  I asked him what had happened.  He told me that he hurt it playing volleyball.  I offered to pray for him and asked him to put his hand on the area that hurt.  I honestly thought it must have been a minor thing.  I prayed in the Name of Jesus, broke off the shock and trauma and then  asked him to test it out.  He couldn't lift it at all!  So much pain.  It was obviously much worse than I had initially thought.  He was wincing in pain as he kept trying to lift it.  I said, "I think you tore something pretty badly in your shoulder".  A woman who had been talking to him left and I offered to pray again.  I'm going to be honest – after NOTHING had happened at all after praying once, my faith level wasn't too great.  So, I did what I train people to do – pray again!  I prayed again and to be honest, was a bit more fervent and focused and really commanded the pain to leave.  After prayer #2, when he began to test it out, I could see a marked difference!  Had I not seen how bad it was after the 1st prayer, I wouldn't have known how much the Lord had done after the 2nd time.  He could now move it – up and down maybe 8-10 inches and without any of the pain.  So I offered to pray one more time and he was in complete agreement, encouraged by what had happened.  After praying the 3rd time, it was remarkable.  I personally was shocked (this never gets old!!).  He could move it everywhere – above his head and back and forth.  He was in total amazement and just kept expressing his disbelief and kept asking "what is happening?".  So I told him that God loved him and healed his shoulder.  I was extremely clear about Jesus in the prayers and this muslim man walked away powerfully touched by God's healing power.  I look forward to connecting with this man again soon.  I know he will have many more questions – they always do!!

January 25, 2017

the agony of defeat AND the thrill of victory

One thing about praying for the sick, is that we don’t always get the results we are intending.  There is a mystery here and more often than not (actually almost all the time) we don’t know WHY something doesn’t happen.  Irresponsible theologians and pastors will often give their “opinions” (I.e “It wasn’t God’s will”, “there was sin or unbelief”, etc. etc.), but the fact is, they do not know and simply cannot know unless God reveals it.

I had a situation the other day where I prayed for both a muslim man and a Christian woman and neither of them were healed.  I had prayed for people in their shop before and I was asked to pray by both of them based on healings that had happened before.  I was actually really encouraged that the power of former testimonies was fueling the requests for further prayer.  I hadn’t seen them in a year.  Anyway, after multiple attempts (I prayed 4 or 5 times for the muslim and and close to that many times for the Christian) nothing happened.  Even worse, the following day when I inquired the woman said her pain was actually worse.  To be honest, this blog would not be a balanced one if I didn’t share things such as this.  And also the discouragement I felt after these reports.  These injuries were things we have seen healed multiple times and so it was quite disheartening.  Do I know why?  I have no idea and even when I inquired of the Lord, I didn’t feel like He said anything to the to answer the question, “Why”?  I have often said that there are lots of promises in the Bible, but one that doesn’t exist is, “I the Lord will answer all thy questions”.  Will we know “why” or “why not” in eternity?  Maybe, but then again we probably won’t care at that point.  So the last couple of days were for me “the agony of defeat”, that was until yesterday.  What do we do when we don’t see people healed?  We keep praying until we do.  

So the man I am staying with while on this trip had a migraine headache.  He had tried to sleep it off but with no effect.  When he came out, and I asked if I could pray.  After a couple of times of prayer, the “worst headache in 20 years” (his description) was gone and he was encouraged.  So was I after the defeats of the previous days.  And to add to that, the Lord spoke powerfully and accurately when we were praying for a young woman to be set free from demonic oppression that night.  God revealed things prophetically that were things only He could have know.  She even testified that about one of the details He revealed, “I’d never shared that with anybody”.  So after a couple of days of discouragement, the Lord turned things around and we experienced “the thrill of victory”.

As Randy Clark so accurately described the healing ministry, it truly is “the thrill of victory AND the agony of defeat”. (or in my case this week, the opposite!)

January 14, 2017

muslims healed on a plane

This isn’t my testimony, but one of the guys who has visited us and who I mentor a bit shared an incredible testimony of an Emirati muslim man who was healed radically during a flight 2 days ago (a wrist injury) - he got to share with the man a bunch about Jesus and then the man started testifying to the flight crew.  My friend got to pray for many of them and the Lord was healing all sorts of things.  Then one of the flight attendants said she had a muslim woman passenger in 1st class who was injured.  She went up to share with her what God was doing in the back of the plane and she wanted prayer.  My friend went up to 1st class and ministered to this woman for more than 20 minutes.  She testified to her pain going away (she had fallen before the flight) and he got to share the Gospel with her.  Talk about an amazing flight!  So much better than the movies!

3 year shoulder/back injury healed

A couple of night’s ago we were at a climbing wall.  No one was there except us and the man who oversees the wall.  We found out that he couldn’t climb any more because of a mountain bike injury 3 years ago.  We prayed for him, breaking off the shock and trauma of the accident in the Name of Jesus and he was healed.  He began to do what he couldn’t do before.  He was moving the arm/shoulder all around.  THEN he gets on the climbing wall and climbs up a bit and HANGS entirely from the arm that was injured.  He was so excited!  We took some pictures of him and then he even let me video him sharing the testimony and demonstrating what God had done for him.  Can’t wait to see him again next week and to share with him more about the Kingdom that visited him that night.

January 03, 2017

new year = reboot

I love new beginnings and the a new year gives us all a chance to reboot and recommit ourselves to the living the life Christ has called us to live.

Christ healed the sick and so should His followers.  He commanded it, He modeled it, He empowered us to do it and then asked the question if He would find "faith on earth when He returns" (Luke 18:8).
We have been empowered to do the works that Jesus did.  Are we doing that?  Are we casting out demons when we come across people in bondage?  Are we offering to pray for the sick whenever and wherever we find them?

These are some of the things we need to all recommit ourselves to be doing in the 2017.

I want to be about my Master's business.  I want to be one who has "always obeyed God" that Paul talks about Philippians 2:12.

Let us make 2017 a year to obey Christ's commandments to heal the sick and cast out demons AS we preach the Gospel of the Kingdom!