Welcome to Miracles in the Marketplace : Heaven transforming our world

Posted April 12, 2020 by rico7
Categories: Christianity, evangelism, healing, Jesus, miracles, revival, streets

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MIRACLES IN THE MARKETPLACE

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News and Teaching for an Emerging Generation in the 2020s and beyond.

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Hi I’m Richard Steel. Thankyou for visiting my blog. For me, Jesus Christ is more wonderful than can be described. This is a blog about Him, not really about me or anyone else, but The King of Glory and what He wants to do through His Church to reach people for Him in the limited time before He returns. This blog was created to encourage YOU that God wants to use your life to move in His miracle working power, and all He has entrusted to you to extend His Kingdom. We are called to demonstrate His love, to demonstrate the gospel. Every supernatural healing and miracle is the work of God, it is because of the cross and His glorious resurrection.

More than anything though, He desires a deeper relationship with you, and it is so important that we focus more on Him than the awesome things He does in isolation. Miracles reveal the heart of God and His love for humanity demonstrated through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that saves born again believers from an eternal hell to to a blissful eternity in Heaven. If you don’t know Jesus, you’ll see evidence on this blog of how real He is. He loved you enough to die for you, and you can know Him and His salvation for you. If you do know Him and you are born again, You can pray for people and release God’s love, His presence and power to them to reveal Jesus Christ and His gospel of eternal salvation. We all have different spheres of influence and gifts that God has given us to share His love and truth in, but the mandate of Matthew 10 verse 8 to heal the sick and raise the dead is there for us all, and its potential to impact millions of people must not be underestimated. We need to surrender ourselves to Him, discern the times, love Him with passion, and the lost with compassion.

We owe it to the unsaved to give them an encounter with God outside of the church because otherwise they may never discover Jesus Christ.

You will see ordinary people on video share how the power of God has touched them in the streets, and in some cases you can watch miracles unfold. When Heaven breaks through through the miraculous it gets people’s to focus on Jesus Christ and the power of the gospel. Romans 2 verse 4 says that the kindness of God leads people to repentance. The supernatural is God’s gift to all of us, its unmerited, and it is for His glory alone. So as you read the accounts and view the footage focus on The Lord, get deeper with Him, and find out what He wants to do through you! Praying for the sick is for all believers.

I talk in this blog about Heaven touching Earth, and what He wants to do through His Church in these days, and the importance of us positioning ourselves to be used to bring in His harvest of souls.

The entry below is the most recent, and while there are some articles relating to the ministry of healing and miracles, there are many archived entries with video documentation of the power of God for you to view. Also if you scroll down to the archives section on the right hand side, in March 2009 I published an article with a video with teaching on prophetic and healing evangelism. Don’t put too great an emphasis on me or anyone else that are merely vessels, but draw closer to The King of Kings. I was a sinner with a number of addictions saved by the amazing extravagant incredible love and grace of my Saviour. I want to share that with people and see them get to know their Creator as Father through Jesus Christ, The God of the universe He fashioned in eternity before time began. God is preparing His Church for her finest hour!

Miracles are evidence of God’s love for every one of us. Jesus Christ is revealing who He is in these days, and wants to reveal Himself through you and me. To God be all the glory!

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The global outpouring and is coronavirus God’s judgement?

Posted April 12, 2020 by rico7
Categories: coronavirus, Uncategorized

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In Joel 2 and Acts 2 we read that in the end times God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. In John 14 verse 12 Jesus says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

We live in days when God is calling ALL  believers to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and through His anointing we can pray for the sick and see them healed, even see the dead raised as a testimony of who He is, His love, and to validate the message that He is the only way to the Father (John 14 6-7) and only when we give Him our lives can we be saved from an eternal Hell to an eternity with Him (John 3 16) . God will use every situation, especially adversity to prepare our hearts and draw us closer to Him. Many believe we are seeing a soon coming global outpouring of the glory of God to bring in a harvest of many souls. Will this be the final outpouring before Jesus returns? I don’t know, but there is an urgency to share like never before, and we are all called to, not just high profile ministers who operate with a gift of healing and working of miracles, but God wants to give authority to many believers.

I believe He is using the current crisis to cause unbelievers to seek Him and prepare His bride to share His gospel through demonstrations of power but did God send the coronavirus pandemic in judgement?

There have been many views and opinions that have been stated but are misleading. Here are some that I believe are wrong and why.

* God has sent the virus as judgement

I do not believe this is true. We live in a dispensation of grace – Jesus took sickness and sin on the cross – Romans 6 23 Galatians 3 13 Jesus took the punishment for our sins John 5 22 “ For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” Jesus reaches out in love to all who will accept His free gift of salvation.

There WILL be a time of judgement when all who have rejected Jesus Christ are punished for their sins.
In the Tribulation millions will die of plague Revelation 6: 8 but we are not in that time yet.
So does that mean that the coronavirus crisis is not related to the millions of abortions, attack on the sanctity of marriage, lawlessness and turning away from God? No because although God promises to protect believers through His covenant sealed by the blood Jesus shed, promises such as are found in Psalm 91 are for believers only. This means that if you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Saviour you are vulnerable to demonic attack and disease , you don’t have the same covering that believers have even though God loves you very much and wants you to come to Him. Some say that suffering the consequences of sin is the same as judgement. I do not agree. For example, if you walk into a wall because you did not take care to look where you are going does that mean that God slammed you into the wall as judgement? No! You did not take due care and the consequences were painful, that is all.

* God sent the virus to give us a rest.

Again that is wrong. He might use it for that for some, but try telling that to our brave health and care workers who are working night and day, those suffering with the virus and grieving and worried family members.

* God sent the virus because He wants to stop mass gatherings, large churches and move to online services.

That is not true. In Heaven now millions of saints and angels are around God’s throne worshiping Him and there are parties in Heaven, God is not into people being isolated.

* God sent the virus to prepare His people’s hearts to share the gospel in greater dimensions of His love and power.

It is true that God can and does use every adverse situation for His glory Romans 8 28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” It is true He is preparing believers to share the gospel in greater dimensions of His love and power, for us to go to deeper levels of repentance and share with people now, but He hasn’t sent the virus otherwise why should we pray against it? The word corona is Latin and means crown. Coronavirus is a counterfeit crown of the enemy that I believe has come from Hell designed to bring destruction and death and cause the nations to be in economic subjugation to those who do not believe in the sovereignty of nations. Jesus is The One True King of Kings. We pray for His kingdom to come and His will be done “on Earth as it is in Heaven.” There is NO sickness in Heaven.

You can never go wrong with God’s Word and His Spirit.

I would like to encourage you to read your Bible everyday, speak out His promises and thank Him for your protection, prosperity and health, give Him all the praise and the glory, worship Him alone, pray and commune with Him, and you will know His peace (Isaiah 26 verse 3) as keep your eyes focused on Him in the days ahead. If you do not yet know for sure where you will go when you die, get right with God now, and make Jesus Christ your Lord and Saviour today!

New Season for evangelism in the UK

Posted March 7, 2019 by rico7
Categories: England, evangelism, miracles, UK, Uncategorized

Last week God clearly spoke to me about Luke 4:18 where Jesus confirms Isaiah 61: 1 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.” The same day I saw the England cricket team smash 418 setting an ODI world record for number of sixes. The cricket World Cup comes to England this summer and we have a good chance of winning it! Here’s what I believe God is saying:

We’re moving into a season of fruitful evangelism in our nation marked by an army of believers many of whom have been hidden that have been seeking God with no agendas other than drawing closer to Him, letting Him be glorified through their lives, and revealing Jesus and the love of The Father to the lost. This will be marked with an acceleration of signs wonders and miracles.

Just as our nation ultimately becomes free from the shackles of the EU so people will become free. Luke 4 18 ends with “to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

People won’t just be set free physically but have their eyes open spiritually. It is important though that we continue to pray at this time as the turmoil over Brexit reflects a new intensity of spiritual contention over our nation clearly taking place.

The Eagle and the Lion , USA and UK

Posted July 10, 2016 by rico7
Categories: Jesus, UK

imageWhy are the eagle and the lion associated as national symbols for the USA and the U.K. respectively?

The use of the bald eagle to represent the USA was put forward in 1782, when a drawing of the eagle was presented to the new Congress. It was accepted. In 1787 it was adopted officially as the national symbol representing authority and statehood. The eagle also has the ability to soar high above its enemies and see them from great distance.

The UK’s association with the lion goes back to Norman times, associated with royalty, nobility and bravery. It has been posited that the royal family descend from the monarchic line of Judah from biblical times , with the lion being the symbol of Judah.

From a spiritual perspective, in times ahead there is a need for prophetic revelation to see and discern what God is saying to The Church, the courage to implement His mandates, and a divine favour and authority to extend His Kingdom. The USA and UK historically have sent more missionaries out into the world than most if not all nations.

Freed from the shackles of the EU the UK has an opportunity to support Israel in a greater way alongside USA, for the two nations to forge a greater alliance, and vitally join forces in the Great Commission. Many of the fires of revival have come from the USA to the UK in recent times. Reading in England is now experiencing revival similar to its namesake Redding California where there is an emphasis on all the Church, not just full time ministers sharing the gospel outside the four walls of the church with many getting saved.

God is giving a new authority to believers for Isaiah 60 and Isaiah 61 to be implemented and invade the enemy’s camp. Great Britain played a major role in defeating Hitler and his antisemitic Nazi regime, but they needed the USA. They came to the rescue of Jewish people. The special relationship between the USA and the U.K. can go to new levels but both countries support of Israel is vital to receiving God’s blessing on it.

The ultimate prize is that God will be glorified through a new co-operation and friendship between the two nations resulting in greater prosperity at every level, and His Kingdom extended as He brings in His harvest.

The UK: Convergence in the year of jubilee

Posted May 23, 2016 by rico7
Categories: evangelism, glory, God, greater works, outpouring, prophecy, revival, UK, Uncategorized

2nd May 2016 was a convergence of two great sporting achievements for Leicester in the UK, not just their unlikely Premiership title, but Mark Selby, a Leicester snooker player winning the world championship.

There are two rivers that converge in south Leicester, the river Soar and river Sence. These names mean flow and holy/saintly respectively. The convergence occurs at Jubilee park.

There’s been much talk about the fourth wave of the Spirit having started and going global, with this move representing a convergence of past moves of the Spirit and starting in the Hebrew Jubilee year.

The rivers Soar and Sence are tributaries going into the river Trent the name meaning a river prone to flooding.

In 1934 Arthur Burt had a prophecy about a flood of the Spirit with no ebb that he would see the start of in his lifetime. He passed away in 2014.

Leicester city’s stadium is called King Power and sits aside the banks of the River Soar. Leicester has been dubbed the city of kings. Significantly after centuries the bones of King Richard lll were discovered in a car park in Leicester. This happened in August 2012 a month after the bells rang out in July 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond jubilee and the London Olympics ushering in prophetic words for the UK.

The fourth wave of the Spirit with its convergence of past moves will usher in a kingly anointing as God moves in power through His Church to bring in a great harvest. In this generation God is restoring what has been hidden for centuries. It’s time for the church to arise as kings and priests demonstrating the power of the King of Kings in a time of unprecedented convergence!

Healing miracle, ankle healed, crutches discarded with video

Posted July 14, 2015 by rico7
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It’s been a while since my last post, but I believe that we live in exciting and challenging days. As we transition from the Hebrew year 5775 to 5776, God is bringing restoration of what was lost, and jubilee freedom to those who put their trust in Him. To those who have pressed in as priests ministering to God, He is drawing near, James 4 verse 8, so that He can transform us to do something powerful through us with a fresh kingly anointing with new authority. We must receive all that He has for us and use it with wisdom and humility giving Him glory. God has opened up opportunities on the streets recently that make me encouraged. I was praying for two Indian people of the Hindu faith visiting the UK from Delhi when a number of others in the group saw what was happening, and as God broke through they asked for prayer too! I was reminded of part of a verse “nations will come to your light” Isaiah 60 verse 3 Many will be attracted to the anointing that you and I as believers carry. We must not be amiss in taking the risk of demonstrating the gospel trusting that God will back up His Word. A few days ago my wife Sasha and I were having coffee when she had a word of knowledge that I would meet someone with a sprained ankle walking with the aid of crutches that God wanted to heal. About an hour later I saw a young man walking on crutches with some friends. I sensed that he was the person God had talked to Sasha about. I asked him if he had sprained his ankle, and he confirmed that he had. He received prayer, and testified that his ankle was getting hot. That was an indication to me that God was healing him. I asked him to try and walk without his crutches. This was the result that you can see, praise God for His love, goodness, and awesome power!

My first book “The Evidence For Jesus” out now

Posted January 24, 2015 by rico7
Categories: book, evangelism, evidence, Heaven, Hell, history, Jesus, miracles, NDE, NDEs, resurrection, supernatural

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My new book “The Evidence For Jesus” is out now in paperback form. I present evidence that Jesus is who He claimed to be, the Son of God for the unbeliever and the seeker, but also to encourage you in your faith if you are a believer, and to give you a tool for soul winning.

I explore healing miracles as you might expect if you’ve been reading this blog regularly, but also many other subjects such as The Shroud of Turin, experiences of those who have visited Heaven and Hell and met Jesus including my wife Sasha Steel who faced clinical death while giving birth before coming back , the Resurrection, the gospels from a historical perspective, the confirmation that not just from the Bible Jesus existed as a significant historical figure, Old Testament prophecies, and the Bible Codes that are embedded in Isaiah 53 and elsewhere that prophecy Jesus. There is an invitation at the end to receive salvation.

This book is ideal not to just to read and be uplifted, but also to give away to someone afterwards. It does not just aim to be a book of fascinating information, but reveals our awesome Jesus and how much He loves and yearns for His lost sheep. This is the front and back cover:

For more information about the book, and if you would like to obtain a copy go to http://www.jesusevidence.org/book.html

A greater works generation, resting in God

Posted January 9, 2015 by rico7
Categories: anointing, character, Christ, evangelism, greater works, Hebrews, Jesus, miracles

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Hebrews 4:10 “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

As I was reflecting on this verse, God told me that it was connected with the restoration of the tabernacle of David Amos 9 11-12 reiterated in Acts 15 16-17, and Christ’s millennial reign but I could not immediately see the link. What does entering into God’s rest truly mean for us individually, and also how does it relate to our generation?

It does not mean lounging around doing nothing meaningful, and waiting for God to do something wonderful. It requires us to be proactive in drawing closer to God, surrendering everything to Him so we are ready to be His vessels with no limits on what He will do through us for His glory. It requires courage to obey Him as we respond to His call on our lives.

When Christ returns to rule and reign for 1000 years known as The Millennial reign, there will be glorious restoration with God’s redemptive purposes for mankind manifest. There will surely be 24/7 praise and worship as people from all over the Earth come to the temple to worship Him, not just during the feast of tabernacles yearly. The kingdoms of this world will literally have “become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ” (Revelation 11 15)

Today we see the tension and dichotomy of this glorious future increasingly breaking in now bringing shakings and birth pangs as the forces of darkness try to resist the inevitable conclusion of Christ’s return. Before He comes back however there is an opportunity for His bride to taste the powers of the age to come as Heaven invades Earth, and God tabernacles in us to bring in the final harvest of souls. That is why Hebrews tells us that we have to cease from our own works.

Psalm 90 verse 4 and 2 Peter 3 verse 8 state that a day is “as a thousand years” to the Lord. In reflecting on the millennial reign of Christ, it is interesting that Hebrews 4 verse 4 refers to God resting on the seventh day. It is well known that given that we are approximately 6,000 years from Adam, each 1,000 years is considered to represent a day, with the 1,000 year reign considered to be the third day since Christ was on the Earth, and the seventh day since mankind was created. So entering into God’s rest means allowing Him to tabernacle in us, with all of our agendas that do not align with His having to go. Entering into his sabbath rest means that our works must be His works. As He will rule and reign when He returns, we allow Him now to rule and reign in our hearts and lives so that we can manifest His Kingdom, His glory, Heaven, the future breaking in to the present!

Jesus tells us in John 14 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

To be a greater works generation we have to cease from our own works and allow Him to do His works in us and through us. This includes the fruit of the character of Christ, but also signs, wonders, and miracles. What is considered supernatural now will be part of everyday life in the 1000 reign of Christ on Earth. With satan defeated and bound during this time God’s people will enjoy rest from their enemies.

We cease from our own works, “as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4 10)

Isaiah 11 prophecies a coming King whom the Spirit of the Lord will rest on with sevenfold attributes reigning in a period of peace and prosperity. While this might have been partially fulfilled with the reign of King Hezekiah, it is clearly prophesying about the coming Messiah Jesus and the Millennial reign where it will find its true fulfilment:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11 6-9

As a result of The Holy Spirit coming to rest on and in Jesus during His baptism (Matthew 3 16) He fulfilled His earthly ministry of demonstrating the Kingdom before dying and rising again. As born again believers Holy Spirit lives in us. We are being “builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2 22) to bring The Kingdom of God to Earth, even a foretaste of Isaiah 11 before Jesus returns as the knowledge of His glory inhabits The Earth. There are gifts of The Spirit such as the word of wisdom and working of miracles that are available for believers but there is an even higher calling to be in such union with God that like forerunners such as William Branham there is a fuller expression of The Spirit’s attributes through Him abiding in us. Consequently we could function in abiding knowledge, abiding counsel, and abiding might rather than just the gifts. God will raise up an army of radical laid down lovers of Jesus Christ who will operate in this way. This is available to all believers though not all will respond to this call.

We can enter the finished work of Christ, the glorious future of the millennial reign and ultimately eternity now in terms of how we minister here because we are citizens of Heaven now (Philippians 3 20). We are all called to minister, we belong to Him, and we are His representatives here on Earth with a commission to make disciples, and a mandate to do greater works. That is exciting, awesome, but also challenging. It requires complete surrender, humility, boldness, faith, and above all the Father’s love flowing in us and through us to touch those hurting and lost. They can experience His manifest power revealing Jesus and the gospel to them.

The restoration of the tabernacle of David in Amos and Acts is not so much talking about restoring a building in terms of its prophetic relevance to us now, but ultimately restoration of intimate communion with God as His Church allow Him to abide and rest in them. As we rest in God, so He rests in us, and His Spirit transforms the world around us.

We only have to turn on the news to see another tragedy that can bring discouragement, sadness, and fear, but rather than be intimidated and sidetracked out of God’s purposes for us now, we should appreciate that the darkness represents an opportunity prophesied in God’s Word for us to shine in. Increasingly people are confused about why the world seems to be getting darker, but there is a hunger for Jesus Christ, the “desire of all nations” to give them the answers they seek, even if they do not yet know it. Many people are ready to encounter Jesus through us:

Isaiah 60 1-3 “Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Romans 8 19 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”

This is not a time to be passive, lukewarm, and neutral, but to press in to God, most of all because of the blissful union of our relationship with Him, the reason we were created, but also because His blood was shed for souls to come to know Him through you and me. We must allow His light to shine in the darkness.

Praying for believers : Why do more not get healed?

Posted May 9, 2014 by rico7
Categories: church, healing, miracles, prayer, Uncategorized

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Someone asked me the other day why many Christians do not get healed and those that are not yet believers do. I was led to look at the healing ministry of Jesus and the early apostles. They were operating with great authority, faith and love and were able to cast out the sickness with a word instantly. I believe that a false unbiblical mindset has crept in today that has resulted in a lack of love, compassion, faith, and power. Really?!

There is a belief that God heals non-believers because of His love and grace with no strings attached but Christians need to not only have more faith to receive their miracle but deal with “issues” first but is this biblical?

To excuse a lack of authority and power Christians can pray for other Christians putting too much of the responsibility on the person they are praying for. Look at Jesus. He did not tell people to clean up their lives and jump through hoops before He healed them. We learn in Luke 4 40 and elsewhere that He healed ALL instantly. The greek word therapeuo is used here which refers just to physical healing not sozo or iaomai which are connected with salvation and wholeness.

I do want to emphasise that I do believe that there is a difference between being healed physically and walking in wholeness, and in divine health. People can get healed and lose their healing, especially if the root is not addressed and eliminated. The ministry of inner healing and counselling is very important and sometimes it can take time to deal with underlying issues. I firmly believe in this approach but it should never become a substitute for powerlessness. Remember that just one encounter with God can take away the root and sickness forever.

It is easy to pray for people’s physical healing with a lack of love and faith especially if we complicate things. Jesus and the early apostles had a hatred of sickness and took their authority over it whether the person was a believer or not. Often times the operation of The Spirit of knowledge and casting out the spirit attached to the sickness happened in a moment. God is restoring this to the Church.

According to the biblical record Jesus would heal people first and then exhorted them to walk a repented life that would promote holding on to what they had received not the other way round.

In Matthew 14:14 the compassion of Jesus was aligned to the dunamis power He operated in. When non-believers receive a miracle they are often more open to having a relationship with Jesus. There is a danger that we can put too many false conditions on believers to receive their miracle when they are prayed for. Performance mentality is the enemy of grace. When a believer gets healed physically they will surely be more open to dealing with any issue in their life that could inhibit wholeness. God does not let us stay in sickness to teach us a lesson. That is false theology.

People can talk about blockages to physical healing. Where the power of The Lord is present (Luke 5:17) there do not have to be any blockages. The only blockages can be to walking in divine wholeness after the physical healing miracle has taken place and they can be dealt with in a separate context. We are called to be a greater works generation (John 14 12) who take our authority over sickness in Jesus name with great love faith and power as we operate out of the overflow of our relationship with The Lord. It is time to go back to the powerful basics of God’s Word over man’s traditions and formulae. He is ready to heal both Christians and those who do not yet believe because of His love and grace and the stripes that Jesus took for us. When we learn how good God is we desire to walk in The Spirit all the more (Galatians 5: 16) so surely it is easier to counsel people who have received a miracle of physical healing first before the inner man is addressed.

When we stop complicating things as we pray for people we are dangerous to the enemy! God is restoring foundational truths in our generation. He is preparing a bride who are not powerless but empowered to bring in the greatest harvest of souls in history who have equal love and compassion for anyone sick or in need of a miracle whether they are a believer or not.

The Overflow of Intimacy in a Company of Believers

Posted April 15, 2014 by rico7
Categories: evangelism, glory, God, harvest, Jesus, love, ministry, miracles, outpouring, Uncategorized

True ministry has been well described as the overflow of intimacy. What does that really look like? It is a lot more than operating in natural talents and even spiritual gifts. Someone may have come into a gift of The Spirit such as the working of miracles following a time when they were pressing into God in right relationship with pure heart motives, and yet that person’s relationship with God could now be lukewarm at best or they could even be in serious sin. Yet still the gifting flows because “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” (Romans 11: 29)

As a number of important prophetic voices have enunciated recently we are at the threshold of the greatest outpouring of God’s Spirit in history, and the true Church’s finest hour to be God’s instrument to bring in a great end time harvest of souls. The preparation process in those believers who have yielded to God has been painful at times but necessary to remove all that would hinder Jesus Christ being the “fulness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1: 23) through them. New levels of His love, purity, holiness, faith, and humility have been required.

It is easy for a non believer to be impressed with gifts such as prophecy, the word of knowledge, healing and miracles but it will not change them unless they know in their heart that they have had an encounter with Jesus. The world has seen double standards and mixed motives at times when what they have been really seeking is Jesus Himself! That’s why the healing of the lame man in Acts 3 at the Gate Beautiful had such an impact. The key is in Acts 4:13 when the Sanhedrin realized that Peter and John “had been with Jesus.”

It is possible to get more excited about supernatural phenomena that is an outward manifestation of the “parousia,” (greek) the presence of The Lord than The Lord Himself. This could have contributed to revivals being shut down in history when people got caught up with the evangelist and the miracles rather than God. Imagine for a moment that like Peter you were walking on water but you were looking at Jesus. Would you get more excited about the fact you were walking on water or you were looking at the face of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself? Who or what do we treasure most?

God is getting ready to give a new level of “exousia” (greek) which is delegated power and authority to a company of believers to represent Jesus to the world. I believe this has always been God’s desire as we see from John 17:

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17 22-23

John had the unique privilege to share this most profound prayer of Jesus for His true bride to be in union with Him. It is no surprise that we learn that John was the beloved disciple who rested his head on Jesus’ chest. He would have been able to hear Jesus’ heartbeat, and if Jesus spoke His voice would have resonated through His very being. Being close to The Lord can mean that we not only hear His voice and respond in obedience, but capture something of His very heart. Hearing His voice through a deeper relationship with Him means that God will use the prophetic in a new way. Similarly if we have a fresh passion to see lost souls come home and faith for miracles it is because this is also an outworking of our intimacy with Him.

When we are abandoned to Him we are no longer swayed by either the praise or persecution of man but only His voice. We obey Him in pursuing the assignments and mandates He has for us corporately and within our unique ministry callings out of our love for Him only (John 14:15)

When we adore Him and are fascinated with Him we become desperate for more of Him. In the words of the Shulamite in Song of Solomon we become “lovesick” (5:8) He has truly captured our hearts, now we have surrendered to Him, and He can use us as vessels that are fully possessed by Him and ready to do more than function in gifting but display Him in character, nature, power and virtue. Forerunners such as William Branham and Katherine Kulhman have epitomized what God has planned for His people. He will not just use great high profile evangelists like Benny Hinn and Reinhard Bonnke, but everyday believers like you and me in these exciting days ahead. Holy Spirit abides in every believer, but there is a company who have prepared a home for Christ to dwell in so there is a greater fulness of His anointing activated and expressed to demonstrate the gospel (1 Corinthians 2 4-5) In 1 John 3 24 we learn an important truth:

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

The English monk Bede 672/673-735 AD helped to translate portions of the Bible from Latin into Old English centuries before Wycliffe and Tyndale. The Amplified Bible has used his translation of part of this same verse:

They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.

How much will you and I allow that to happen and see the impossible birthed through the overflow of intimacy?