Archive for November 2008

Update on street outreach in Dudley and the new wine

November 20, 2008

1) Report on recent street evangelism

2) The challenge for the church: new wineskins and the release of the new wine

20/11/2008

1) I prayed for a young man who had been suffering in mind body and spirit. God gave me some words of knowledge and touched him with His presence, His manifest love. Significantly, pain in various areas of his body left him. He told me that he was a backslidden Christian who had got involved in darkness and the physical pain was the result. He rededicated his life to Christ. A lady with arthritis testified to tingling in her legs as I prayed for her and improvement. Some days ago during our prophetic seers conference with Bill Johnson I had to go to my daughter’s school to drop something off. I had the opportunity to pray for one of the students with the full permission of the school. His neck got instantly healed by the Lord. I’m encouraged that God is creating divine appointments within the local community.

2) I’m excited that God is preparing His church to go for more of the harvest through bringing holiness and refining so we can carry more of Him. Nevertheless, while He wants us to carry more of His glory, we should always be aware that people are dying and going to Hell for eternity everyday! You won’t read a greater tragedy in the newspapers today. We must never neglect the lost. The Lord is saving people and building His Kingdom so we don’t need to feel desperate and defeated! The harvest is now! In John 4 verse 35 Jesus says “Do not say there are still four months and then comes harvest. Behold I say to you lift up your eyes and look at the fields for they are already white for harvest!” People make too many excuses for not sharing their faith with others. Let’s not fall into the same trap. God wants the wineskins of our character to be strong so we can hold the new wine. (Luke 5 37-39). However, as we’ve seen this year, God has poured out His new wine into the body of Christ. New wine that is unused goes stale. While we must press in for the greater glory and more new wine, The Lord is interested to see how we use what we have already been given as well. Could that determine what He pours out next? Let’s not forget about the parable of the talents. (Matthew 25 14-30) We must be faithful stewards of what He gives us so He can entrust us with more.

What does this mean in practical terms? It means being prepared to share our faith with those who don’t know Jesus, and taking the risk of asking people if they want prayer trusting that God will reveal His love for them through His miraculous intervention in their lives.

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The power of God on the streets gives access again

November 1, 2008

Encouraged by the outreach on October 18th (see recent entry with video) I went out on Thursday 23rd with other members of the church as part of our official outreach group expecting The Lord to reveal His love and power to more people. I had some words of knowledge that touched one young man, and I prayed for an elderly couple, John and Florence who testified to God’s healing touch upon them. Florence called me four days later to say that she was feeling much better after I had prayed for her to be healed of arthritis in her legs. She wanted to have prayer for something else and told me that her friend, another elderly lady who also lives in the same community of sheltered accommodation very close to our church wanted healing prayer. I went to see them with another member of our church and we prayed for Florence and her friend. There was a wonderful presence of God as we prayed. Florence felt God touch her again, and her friend also felt the presence of God. We were able to lead Florence’s friend to Jesus Christ. I am really encouraged that through the power of God on the streets He gave me access to minister to other people within a community again, and someone who I met through a person who testified of healing on the streets came to Christ through that witness as well.

There are at least two significant truths to be learnt from this: 1) Healings and miracles give access to witnessing to more people because they testify about Jesus Christ, and salvations can and do result. 2) Just one step of boldness in witnessing or praying with someone can open the door to God touching other lives for His glory. The ripple effect can be immense when God initiates something!

On Thursday 30th October I went into Wolverhampton. I met one Christian and told him I saw wheels. He told me that he and his family were about to move house. His leg was in a plaster. I prayed for him and he felt tingling. I encouraged him to go home, check his leg and prayerfully consider having the plaster removed! I also met an asian young man who I shared some prophetic words. Although he had been raised in a Christian home, he had been living a worldly life, and apparently never prayed the prayer of salvation. As I shared more, He knew that The Lord was revealing Himself to him. Revelation 19 : 10 says “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” He accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and Lord, and I then asked him if he wanted to be filled with The Spirit, the baptism of The Holy Spirit. He said yes, and when I prayed for him he felt tingling, a clear sign that God was touching him. I’m learning that God doesn’t do things by halves when we allow Him to! People can get healed, saved, and filled with The Spirit (Acts1: 5 and John 7: 37-39) within less than five minutes!

This is a time that we must press in to get deeper with God. When we become more attracted to Jesus He becomes more attracted to us, not that He can love us anymore by anything we do, but spending time with Him and being intimate with Him helps us to get more in tune with Him and allows the oil of His presence to pour into us, even His very glory can overshadow us (Luke 1: 35) . As a result we can minister to people more fruitfully because there is then less of us and more of Him! Becoming more attracted to The Lord means falling more in love with him, hearing and obeying His Word and His voice, and receiving more of His sweet presence into our lives. James 4: 8 promises “Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you.” God wants to change localities, communities, cities, and nations through an army of laid down lovers of Jesus Christ who don’t care about their own personal reputation, but will do anything for their Master because they love Him so much they “love not their lives unto death.” (Revelation 12 : 11) .