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Heavenly encounters, miracles, salvations in Dudley

March 22, 2009

Evangelism update

There is no doubt that God is still moving powerfully in our meetings at Revival Fires Church even though we have scaled down the meetings from last year. He is also breaking through into our local community as well. I have been really seeking The Lord for fresh prophetic revelation. As we tune in more, get intimate with Him, we can receive dreams, visitations, and downloads from The Throne Room. We can then impact the world far more effectively. Angels are being released to gather in the harvest.

Street evangelism: On Monday I had a lengthy conversation with an elderly lady. She wasn’t a believer but told me that she had had a meaningful supernatural experience about two years ago. I noticed she had a problem with her foot. She told me that she had had an operation a while back which had involved her having to have her toes removed to avoid gangreen. We shared some more, then I prayed for her. She felt tingling in the foot affected. She believed this to be God’s touch on her, and prayed to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

On Friday, as I was spending time with The Lord soaking and listening to Him, what seemed like a random thought came into my head, “yellow socks”. I wondered what that meant! When I went into town I didn’t get into conversation with anyone very much, so used the time to pray. I then saw two woman, one walking with two crutches. Having seen breakthroughs with people with crutches I got into conversation with this lady. It turned out she was from another faith and culture but said she had a relationship with Jesus. I prayed for her and she was touched by God. Her friend told me that although she had been to church, she was also a member of a different faith. I prayed for her and she didn’t really feel anything. We continued to talk, and she told me she had back pain. I prayed for her and Jesus healed her. After a while, she wanted to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour as well, trusting Him alone for salvation. This time during the prayer she felt The Holy Spirit touch her. I invited them to church that night. They came and were touched by God, especially the lady with injuries who had a radical encounter with Jesus. She and her friend told me that since I had prayed for her the pain had gone, and during the meeting The Lord continued to touch her leg.

Coming Soon: People have been asking me how I go about one to one evangelism on the streets. I would like to address that in a post soon. One point I do want to make is that it is all about allowing The Lord to work through us, and it is not about what we do but who we are. As we draw closer to God, allow His love to touch us, we are able to fall more deeply in love with Him, and consequently meet people with the love and compassion of Jesus.

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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.

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) .

Heaven invades Dudley after Bill Johnson teaching impacts

October 18, 2008

1) Report on week’s evangelism, and how God broke through after initial discouragement.

2) Video of lady testifying of double miracle healing, and demonstrating new pain-free movement!

October 13th-18th 2008: This has been some week, and it’s difficult to know where to start! On Monday I went into Dudley to share Jesus, and bumped into the resident and care manager of a sheltered home that God had used me to lead to salvation after the resident had received healing on the streets (see entry May 30th 2008). They invited me to the home where I had a cup of tea with them. The manager introduced me to two ladies who wanted prayer for healing. I prayed for one of them, and she testified of receiving partial improvement from arthritis. I had a word of knowledge for the other lady about her neck, and God healed her. I then went back to the first lady who told me she had been suffering from partial deafness in her right ear, and was concerned about having to pay a lot of money for a hearing aid. As I prayed, she felt something tangibly happen in her ear, and God healed her! She got quite emotional, and to be honest I started to as well.

They invited me back the next day, and I was pleased to find out that the lady had retained her healing. I prayed for a few others, but with no immediate manifestation of healing from anyone. Never mind! On Wednesday I was able to lead an elderly man to the Lord after praying for his terminal illness. Praying for people with life threatening illnesses can be a route into sharing the gospel with them whether they get healed or not because the very act of praying for someone can help them know the compassion of Jesus.

The next day Thursday I went into town to witness and frankly it was discouraging with a number of people not open to receiving prayer, and those that did get prayer really didn’t feel God touch them, and their conditions didn’t immediately improve. I talked with my co-leader of our church evangelism group Joyce who told me about Bill Johnson’s teaching on enduring faith. When we don’t see results, how can we avoid getting discouraged? In his book “When Heaven invades Earth : a practical guide to a life of miracles” (Destiny Image) Bill Johnson says wisely that we can’t lower the standard of the Bible to our level of experience. We need to contend and persist for breakthrough, but from a place of resting in God, trusting in Him completely, and agreeing with every good promise in His Word, even if we don’t see the manifestation and fruit immediately.

The next day I spent much time in prayer, and resolved that what is most important is to develop a deeper relationship with The Lord that will help me withstand disappointments. Paul was used greatly in winning people to Christ through the demonstration of the miraculous, and went through many highs and lows, yet above all else he desired to know Christ intimately (Philippians 3 verses 9-10). That should always be our highest goal.

Later I went into town and met a young man who was similar to a picture I believe The Lord had given me. I spoke words of knowledge into his life that surprised him, and this opened his heart to God. I didn’t feel it was the right timing to invite him to receive Christ, but he wants to come to our church, and apparently knows someone in our church!

On Saturday I decided to put my disappointment about Tuesday and Thursday behind me, and believe that I would see breakthrough. It turned out to be one of the best days of the year so far. I met a friend Tony. When I prayed for his head pains which were severe, he felt the power of God touch him, got drunk in the Spirit and the pain left him. He prayed for me too, and I felt that it was going to be a great afternoon. I was able to pray for a number of people with arthritis who tangibly felt God’s presence, and testified to being healed. I prayed for a lady with partial deafness who testifed to feeling heat in her ears, and improved hearing! Also, I met a teenage young man with a painful right foot. I prayed for him, he felt heat on his foot, God’s healing presence, and the pain left him totally! He and his friend gave their lives to Jesus Christ! I had a word of knowledge for one person which opened their heart to God too. It was amazing the transformation from Thursday. It felt like I was ministering under an open Heaven this time. The lesson has to be this: never give up, and stand in faith believing that God’s Word is the truth! As the saying goes, quitters never win, and winners never quit. If we pray for a few people, or many, and don’t see them healed should we give up and think that God doesn’t want to use us? Absolutely not, but sometimes we need to go back to the secret place of prayer, and use each disappointment as an opportunity for our faith to grow. See this video as one lady shares her miracle breakthrough after God touched her in town. I prayed for a mouth complaint, but unbeknown to me, God was also setting her free from another condition too:

I want to talk soon about how God uses angels in healing miracles, how they can help us, and their role in gathering the end time harvest of souls.

Welcome to Miracles in the Marketplace : Heaven transforming our world

October 12, 2008

MIRACLES IN THE MARKETPLACE
News and Teaching for an Emerging Generation in 2015

Includes Video Footage of Street Healing Featured on Revelation TV

Testifying to the healing and saving power of Jesus Christ,
and His plan to use You to release the miraculous to touch lives for His glory!

Do you need healing prayer? Email us here or call (07772) 746421 ( in UK) or (int. code) + 44 1 7772 746421 Believe for your miracle!

If your church or organisation would like us to come and minister where you are then please contact us. We want to see the lost healed and saved, and believers equipped in healing and prophetic evangelism out of the overflow of an intimate relationship with The Lord. You can find out more about us at our website.

We are River Harvest Ministries. For our ministry site go to riverharvest.org

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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Lady gets healed of 10 year condition then receives Jesus Christ!

October 8, 2008

1) Report 2) Video of miracle testimony

1) I was able to talk and pray with various people today in town. The warm autumn weather helped, but really it was God that opened all the doors today. One man, an ex-Christian who had got involved with the HariKrishna movement had been having problems with his legs. I asked him if he wanted prayer and he was happy to receive prayer. While he claimed that it doesn’t matter what the source is all you need is faith, I prayed in the name of Jesus Christ, and he experienced improvement, testifying of experiencing God’s power. Let’s pray this man comes back to Christ. A young woman and her mother had been watching the healing. I had felt led to go and ask them if they wanted prayer before but God’s timing is all important, and we need to be sensitive to The Holy Spirit. In fact I approached them and called out arthritis which the older of the two women, Tracey confirmed. What was good is that because they had seen the other healing take place, it released faith for them and myself. As I prayed for Tracey God gave me a prophetic word to share which she confirmed which was able to release her to receive healing from God. She felt the heat of his presence, then numbness, the pain left, and she was able to straighten her back pain-free after having been in acute pain for years! Not only that, but the demonstration of God’s love and power convicted them to give their lives to Jesus Christ. See this video as Tracey straightens her back without pain and testifies to what she experienced God do:

I want to encourage you that if you have prayed for people but not seen a healing or a miracle yet, don’t give up! God rewards persistence ( read the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18 verses 1-8 ) We as the body of Christ have been anointed to set captives free ( Isaiah 61 ) , and we should never forget that The Lord is greater than every power of darkness, sin, sickness, and even our own doubt and unbelief! He dwells in us – see 1 John 4 : 4 and Romans 8 verse 11. Remember how much He loves you, then give His love away to someone.

Healing miracles revealing the love of Jesus again

October 3, 2008

2nd October
Yesterday I went out with our group again and many people had divine appointments and good fruit out of them. Nothing much seemed to be happening for me until near the end, and I had to keep in focus the very thing that I said to the group which is that it’s not about “results” but being faithful to what God has called us to do. I really don’t want to get into performance mode doing this. We all need a deeper revelation of The Father’s love, and I highly recommend the book I’m currently reading “Spiritual slavery to spiritual sonship” by Jack Frost (Destiny Image). Ministry should naturally be the overflow of our intimacy with God, and whatever happens in ministry is what God does through us and we must never lose focus of that. It really doesn’t matter what people think. The praise of men or vitriolic criticism don’t change what God thinks about us. His love is beyond what any of us can grasp, and in that place of security we can have peace and assurance always. When Jesus was around, His miracles would offend some people, and the same is true today. Paradoxically many Christians are the most vocal in their attack on the healing ministry. Keep in mind first and foremost that God wants us to learn to love. As we minister to Him through worship, and let Him minister to our hearts first, so we will be much more effective in loving people, and ultimately winning the lost to Christ. God challenged me that if I didn’t have any meaningful contacts with people but everyone else in the group did to rejoice about that and not be phased by it in any way!

Towards the end The Lord led me to meet a lady who had been suffering with arthritis in her wrists, and I discovered that her son had been a drug addict of 15 years. Please pray that this young man, Mark finds Jesus and is set free from the addiction. As I listened to her story, God filled my heart with compassion. I could then focus away from myself and just have one desire, to see her have an encounter with God’s love. As I prayed for her she felt His sweet presence, and He healed her wrists. Touched by His love, she was open to give her life to Jesus which she did subsequently, and I handed her a booklet, and warmly invited her to attend our church. If I’m being really honest, there had been a moment earlier in the outreach where I had thought, “I’m co-leading this group Lord, I need to see something happen personally!” The Lord gently reminded me to get a sense of perspective about ministry. Be encouraged that if you have started to reach out to people with Christ’s love and power the very fact that you are doing it counts for a lot, and remember that He is responsible for the outcome of our prayers for the sick and infirm. Yes we should have faith but even that is a gift that we can’t claim any credit for, and it is down to His faithfulness in the end.

3rd October I had to go into town to do various things anyway today, but decided to combine the trip with some outreach, especially as it was a wonderful crisp sunny Autumn day. In the morning I had gone to my daughters’ harvest festival celebrations, the first one being at the Church of England church at the top of the hill close to our house. At a time of great economic upheaval in the world, we should be thankful that we have so much more than most people in the world, and that we can expect a harvest as we sow into God’s Kingdom regardless of the economic conditions because God is faithful to His own principles as outlined in His Word.
Again I found it difficult at first to find people who wanted prayer, so I decided that I would start shopping, and I focused again on my desire that God has put into my heart to experience a greater level of intimacy with Him, to hunger and thirst for His presence, and to treasure that more than any miracle I might have seen or might see in the future on the streets or in my future ministry. As soon as I reflected on that, I saw a middle aged woman with a walking stick waiting outside a shop. From the expression on her face she was clearly in pain. As God again filled me with His compassion I approached her and she told me she had arthritis, fibromyalgia, and a terminal lung condition, COPD. I believe that at that point the gift of faith came upon me, I prayed for her, and the love and power of God touched her. She felt tingling in her legs and warmth as the arthritis left her, she felt better from the fibromyalgia condition, and also testified that her breathing was significantly better (see July 15th entry with video testimony of one man’s healing). As well as her improvement in breathing, I was really encouraged too when she told me that pain in her collar bone which I hadn’t known about had just gone under the anointing! It’s great when you can pray for one thing, and The Holy Spirit also heals another thing too without the person having even requested it in prayer! She said that she had regularly spoken to God in her life, but had never accepted Jesus in a personal way. She prayed to give her life to Jesus Christ. Please pray for this lady as well, her name is Lynn.

I really want to see breakthroughs in terminal conditions. After a few weeks of having been away from it I did the healing room in our church yesterday afternoon and everyone that came to our particular group wanted prayer for terminal cancer. I then meet someone on the streets who also wanted prayer for a condition they told me was terminal. Jesus is greater than any sickness though, and one of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 3 : 17 ” Where The Spirit of The Lord is there is liberty.” When Heaven invades Earth, it all changes!

Last night I read about this history of Elim Pentecostal Church in England, and the ministry of the Jeffrey brothers. What’s especially interesting is how George Jeffrey didn’t just operate in signs, wonders, and miracles and a powerful preaching anointing that lead many to Jesus, but he had a heart to see effective follow-up to the conversions, and hence a good church for people to grow in their relationship to God. As we pray for those who need a miracle in their physical body, it is very important to ask people if they would be ready to face God if they were to die, and give them an opportunity to give their life to Jesus. It can also be very helpful to keep in contact with those we pray for if possible, and give them every opportunity to know about a good church that they can attend when newly saved.