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Praying for believers : Why do more not get healed?

May 9, 2014

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.

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1Why we need a fresh baptism of God’s fire for holiness 2) Healing video testimony, and healing prayer room update

October 20, 2013

1) There are a number of important prophetic voices that have confirmed that we are coming into a season where God is pouring out a fresh baptism of God’s fire for holiness to His bride. This includes Bob Jones and Patricia King to name but two. We should not run away from this, but embrace it wholeheartedly. This fire will ultimately consume sickness and disease and demonstrate Jesus to the lost. According to Bob and Bonnie Jones it will be “far greater than Pentecost and more powerful than Azusa Street of recent times.” The emphasis will be holiness, healing, and harvest. Let’s explore holiness briefly.

It is impossible to be holy without being born again, and without holiness no one will see The Lord (Hebrews 12: 14) . We cannot strive to be holy of course. When we become a new creation in Christ old things pass away, and all things become new, most importantly our spirit man. Our spirits get perfected, consequently we have access into the very presence of The Father because of the blood sacrifice of Jesus.  Does this mean that God stops working on our hearts, and we have no problems in the realm of the soul. No, far from it! Because Holy Spirit has come into our hearts, He is working on our souls to be become increasingly more like Jesus, and to the degree we co-operate with Him, this process can be accelerated before our lives here are over. As a result we can enter into that joyful union that He desires for each one of us:

“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 17 : 21 (King James Version)

Note the last part of the verse, “that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” The world wants to see something real that they are hungering for deep down. They must see nothing less than Christ in us and through us! Our union with the Lord is a glorious end in itself of course. In fact there is an awesome promise attached for those whose hearts have been purified by Him in that we will see Him (Matthew 5 : 8) and when our hearts are pure, with no mixed motives, we desire to live in the Spirit which results in obedience, and another wonderful promise that He will manifest Himself to us :

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14 : 21 (King James Version)

So we need a fresh baptism of God’s fire for holiness to be more intimate with Him. Ministering to Him must always come first because this is what we were created for. When ministering to those who do not yet know Him, we need it so that our flesh doesn’t rise up, and we can be laid down vessels of His love, glory and power so He brings a great harvest of souls into His Kingdom for eternity. Will this baptism challenge us? It does far more than that! It takes away our pride, and all in us that must be put to death!

It must never be forgotten that character is more important than gifting. People will tend to judge the external, but God is always looking at the heart (1 Samuel 16 : 7) We are transitioning into a greater works generation where God will show Himself strong on behalf of those who are devoted to Him wholeheartedly (2 Chronicles 16 : 9) , and those who intimately know God will be strong in the face of difficulty and do great exploits in His name (Daniel 11 : 32 ) which are of course His works manifested through us. Let’s allow God to get rid of everything in our lives that would quench The Spirit therefore. There is too much at stake eternally not to!

2) a) Cheltenham street healing

I had a great time seeing God’s love and power touch people today in Cheltenham England. There were healings, including legs backs and feet of people that received the healing power of Jesus Christ as pain left bodies such as for this man who shares what God did:

b) Stratford-upon-avon Healing Prayer Room Update

We are holding regular healing prayer rooms in Stratford-upon-avon with God releasing physical, emotional and spiritual healing to people coming. In recent months we have seen people accepting Christ as pain has left bodies. Most recently a young man who had received prayer for shingles on his face confirmed that a few hours after prayer the scabs started falling off. God’s power touched him and healed him! His face looks transformed.

God’s manifest presence has come revealing His reality and love, and now we are discipling people recognizing the importance not just of our mandate of Matthew 10 : 8 to heal the sick but Matthew 28 : 19 to “go and make disciples of all nations.” As discussed in an earlier article in this blog it’s vital that we make disciples and not just converts. This comes through love, relationship, trust, and a sound biblical foundation to all that we are imparting to people. It is time to harvest the harvesters! We want to reach people for Christ who in turn will reach others, and we will see His Kingdom expand gloriously! God is looking for co-labourers to the harvest. He is looking for you!

Healing breakout in Stratford-upon-avon

May 14, 2013

We have started holding weekly healing prayer room meetings in Stratford-upon-avon on Saturdays 1-3pm as well as praying for people on the streets. We start with some worship, reading of The Word and prayer and wait upon God. People are invited to come in from any faith background to receive healing prayer. Last Saturday a lady came in with a back problem and pain and restriction relating to a metal rod in her left leg. After we prayed God’s presence to touch her, and released destiny words we prayed for her healing. She testified that her back pain had gone and freedom of movement had returned. Also she testified that she could straighten her leg and walk without pain. Praise God! The atmosphere of Heaven for miracles continued on the streets as both believers and non-Christians were touched and healed. A young man, a footballer had a sports injury felt tingling and he could lift his leg again pain free. Another lady testified to God’s power touching her leg. The venue is The Buzz @ St. Gregory’s Hall Henley St. Stratford-upon-avon. If you cannot make it there you can call for prayer on (07772) 746421

The Mountain of Religion in God’s Seven Mountains Strategy for Harvest

February 8, 2013

For those who might not be aware of the Seven Mountain Prophecy it pertains to a strategy that God gave Bill Bright , founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth with a Mission in the mid 1970s along with Francis Schaeffer to see God’s Kingdom touch and reclaim the seven spheres of society, namely economy, government, family, education, arts, media and religion or spirituality. Contemporary exponents of it including Lance Wallnau and Johnny Enlow have received additional revelation and understanding from God concerning it, and I highly recommend getting hold of excellent DVDs and books by those two if you would like further information about the subject. 

In this article though I would like to focus on the mountain of religion and how it should be considered to be pivotal in the context of God’s seven mountain strategy of seeing the world reached for Jesus Christ, and not separate.

We live in times that are both exciting and challenging. I believe that the mandate of Isaiah 60: 1-3 for The Church to carry the glory of God to into the world is very timely, and we must position ourselves accordingly. What has been concealed in darkness in the UK has come to the light, now it’s time for God’s glory to be concealed no more, and not just in my nation. His glory is touching all seven mountains, and we are called to impact our spheres of influence.

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It is imperative that the body of Christ learn the lessons from history so that they can embrace the new awakening, and see the maximum impact in terms of transformed lives and eternal destinies.

WHAT IS THE MOUNTAIN OF RELIGION?

The word religion is not the most popular word amongst believers and unbelievers. Its negative connotations of man’s control, and sterile lifeless tradition and ritual are the very antithesis of a vibrant Spirit-filled relationship with a loving Father through Jesus. The word “religion” found in Acts 26:5 and James 1 26-27 is the Greek word “thrēskeia” which means both that related to external ceremonies but also worship. So the key is that there is nothing wrong with “religion” providing that it is the expression of a community of believers worshiping God and seeking Him corporately with Holy Spirit orchestrating and infusing all the activity helping us to be “unspotted from the world”. Those called into full time ministry are clearly called to the mountain of religion, but that does not mean that they are not called to other mountains. Similarly I believe that the mountain of religion is not the exclusive domain of those in full time paid Ephesians 4: 11 ministry either.

LEARNING FROM THE PAST

Historically churches shut themselves off from the other six mountains for either selfish reasons, ignorance, or both. As we can see in the book of Acts this was never God’s intention. The hallmarks of a genuine revival should be that it goes outside the four walls of the church to touch the marketplace, and indeed all sectors of society. There has been a danger of separating this mountain from the other mountains though because of the failures of the past in seeing it as effective as God’s primary agent to bring in the harvest. It must be remembered though that a program rather than a presence based approach to taking these other mountains will not only fall flat, but continue to alienate the world from going into a church setting. Pursuing professionalism and a spirit of excellence to touch the seven mountains is not without merit, but woefully insufficient in itself to see the the full emergence of a Kingdom culture that draws men and women to God.

We need The Spirit Himself flowing in and out of the Church uncontained to all the seven mountains in society.

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A wrong way to embrace the seven mountain strategy is to assume that the best strategy for evangelism is just to infiltrate the non-church six mountains because the mountain of religion hasn’t worked well enough in doing this. The consequence is a lukewarm church that loses faith in seeing the sick healed, the dead raised, and the belief in visitations and Heavenly encounters to touch the unsaved such as are reported increasingly more in nations of The Middle East and Third World. “Well let’s be relevant to our culture” you might hear people say. I agree with that, but

when people get desperate for God and they experience His manifest presence and power bringing genuine repentance that trumps any culturally relevant program.

THE MANDATE FOR ALL THE CHURCH

It is important to see all seven mountains reclaimed with the corresponding cultural shifts through people excelling in their sphere of influence in the workplace, but only Holy Spirit can save people and draw them into an environment with other believers where they can be nurtured and discipled. First, people need to know more than Christians being successful professionally as important as that is.

Everyone should have a personal encounter with Jesus.

That is why there are more people in the workplace taking a risk in praying for the sick and speaking a word of knowledge over a colleague. Many believers have believed the lie that if they just do their job they can avoid “stepping above their station.” They have forgotten who they are in Christ, and their Heavenly citizenship being relevant NOW to fulfil the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20

The mountain of religion must do more than inform the other six mountains but be inextricably linked and not separate. In Spirit-filled worship there is a divine exchange where God draws near to us (James 4: 8) and as a consequence we can do more than just go out and do our jobs better. Worship is surely the most important part of the mountain of religion. Psalm 22: 3 tell us that God inhabits the praises of His people, and spirit-filled worship is not just the responsibility of the worship team but the whole congregation. When people are worshiping together it can shift the atmosphere not just in the church but in the city, even an entire region! We are changed in worship as we encounter Him helping us to fulfil the two greatest commandments of loving God and loving people (Matthew 22 37-39). From the mountain of religion we can now go to the other mountains with His love, power, and glory.

If all people see is just professional excellence without the reality of God’s love it counts for nothing.

Around 95% of the church are not in full time ministry but called to touch the world through the market place, and there are a variety of ways that God is already doing this. We need films, TV shows, professional sports, novels, schools, wealth creation, and civil laws that glorify God in communicating Jesus. However, I contend from God’s Word that 100% of born again believers are called to another mandate as well which transcends all eras and cultures:

“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10: 8

We no longer live in an age where this ministry is exclusive to the preacher at the front nor should it ever have been. The mandate of the fivefold minister of Ephesians 4: 11 is found in the next two verses and this involves equipping the saints for the work of ministry! Many revivals stopped because they became too focused on the preacher at the front.

It was always God’s plan to find a dwelling place in a body of believers who could take out His DNA, His love, His Kingdom power and all that He is to a lost and dying world  because the body of Christ must be full of Him to overflowing. (Ephesians 2: 21-22)

Unlike the other six mountains that have ministers such as evangelists, prophets, and pastors as the significant displacing authorities, the mountain of religion has Holy Spirit fulfilling this role! That is not to say that there cannot be strong leadership and the right structure of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher within the church so there is safety, true alignment to Heaven and order that brings a revelation of His mandates, but the believer that is called to the mountain of media for example cannot claim exemption from the mountain of religion, and no believer can, because the church is not about a building or an institution but a close community of believers who meet together but also go out into the marketplace. This is why it is essential that there is unity in the Church to bring God’s commanded blessing (Psalm 133) and why Jesus told his disciples that the world would know that they belong to Him by their love for each other (John 13: 35).

It is no surprise that the enemy wants to attack the mountain of religion more than any other.

If we want to see all seven mountains reclaimed then I contend we need to cry out individually but especially corporately for more than just a temporary revival. Often after people have sought God and He has shown up in a powerful visitation or revival, they have forgotten to cry out to ask Him to stay and not leave!

There is a convergence of divine strategies past and present to reach people for Christ in these days, and a need to accommodate this fulness. Above all though, we need a sustained awakening that is so powerful, so supernatural, and so sovereign that there will be an ease in reclaiming the seven mountains represented in Deuteronomy 7:1 and then glorifying Him in them through Revelation 5: 12 We must repent of being critical of the mountain of religion and the missed opportunities through bygone ages, but reclaim this mountain in pursuing God with passion and purpose together. As we do so we will see God infiltrate all spheres of society to bring in the greatest possible end time harvest of souls for His glory.

 

 

 

 

 

Stratford-upon-avon ministry update with video testimony

October 4, 2012

We have been living in the Stratford-upon-avon area for over a month now. Though there have been challenges God has been so faithful to us. By His grace and mercy new doors have opened to us. We have had the opportunity to enjoy a time of refreshment in His presence as we have been settling in. I have learnt more than ever that there can be no fruitfulness without intimacy. More is less and less is more in God’s economy. It is vital that we lay aside our agendas and ideas and just pursue Him seeking the revelatory realms so we can be fully in alignment with His plans and purposes for our lives. Our dreams must be subservient to His dreams for us. We must seek first to build His Kingdom alone. God is looking for a bridal company with burning hearts who are laid down to everything but Him and His mandates given to us.  The Church is increasingly moving to an apostolic structure seen in the book of Acts. This will offend the religious mindset because it requires a paradigm shift many do not want to take. It is essential to be in right relationship therefore, and Sasha and me recognise how important it is to have good accountability and covering as we move forward. It is a time to get excited about revival again. I do not believe that the new move will be like previous moves where there was an excessive focus upon the evangelist at the front. God is breaking down those walls of pride, religion, control, and restriction. I do not believe that the new move will be just visitation but will be about habitation where God has control of a yielded body of believers entrusted with a deposit of His glory.

We are thankful to God that we have been able to find families and individuals who have a genuine need for food within the local community working with secular organisations and other churches. We are thankful to Trevor and Sharon and Revival Fires too for supporting us to get this off the ground. It is so important to get increasingly more of God’s passionate heart of love for the lost. We must not judge people we see on the streets and in our sphere of influence. We should see people as HIS creations, HIS lost children that are looking for a way back home. We must show them that way home. I believe that signs, wonders, healings and miracles demonstrate how wonderful a Father we have. Let’s look for opportunities to share God’s love and power. They are not hard to find! Jesus must have all the pre-eminence and receive His full inheritance. See this video of a man testifying of being healed of an injury sustained thirty years previously, then look for someone to pray for.  They deserve an encounter with The Lord too, and it could influence their eternal destiny:

Our move to a new ministry

August 24, 2012

After five and a half years we believe that God is calling us to leave Dudley and relocate to take the fire out. It is a major step of faith, a venture into the unknown, a step outside of our comfort zone, but an exciting time nonetheless! We will continue to operate in healing the sick, feeding the poor, sharing Jesus and equipping the Church. We feel called to Stratford upon Avon. God has opened a number of doors for us since we responded to His mandate already. One of these is an amazing opportunity for us to use the surplus food of a well known supermarket to feed those in need. We are looking to see God build a new centre in the area as well ultimately. We need people, major financial provision, premises, a storage place for the food ministry, but most all all His presence and His voice guiding us into all we must do for Him. Above all we desire that all that we do glorifies Him, and our first love and first priority is Him, and we will seek Him with all of our heart. Our ministry is His ministry. As of now it is a small seed that we are trusting that He will water and nurture and grow into what He wants.  At every stage we want to be lead by His Spirit in total obedience. All fruitfulness comes only through Him, and abiding in Him (John 15). Please pray for us as we embark upon this journey of faith. If you would like to be involved or feel led to support us in any way please let us know. Thankyou for reading this blog with testimonies and videos of healings and miracles on the streets. I pray you have been inspired to a deeper walk with God, and a renewed passion to see people touched by God’s love and power  and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Watch this space, there’s more to come!

1. Broken foot healing miracle (with video) 2. The Wine, The Fire, and The Wind

June 9, 2012

1. God wants to use you to release His miracle working power to reveal His love to the lost and draw them to Himself for eternal salvation. The key is love. If you see everybody as having been created and fashioned in the very heart of God with a destiny and a purpose you will soon be overwhelmed with God’s love and compassion for them. You will then have a boldness to ask people if they want to receive  prayer because you will forget about yourself, seek to glorify Him, and focus on the people He loves so dearly. You can remember that it is God’s responsibility not yours to see them healed and saved ultimately. In this video this lady shares how she was prayed for, and her broken foot was healed by the power of Jesus Christ. She gave her life to Jesus Christ:

2. We live in exciting days. Around the world revival fires are being lit and spreading as God’s glory touches lives and the harvest comes in. Now is the time to reach out to the lost and expect God’s favour to back up your outreach. Recently in our meetings at Revival Fires in Dudley the fire of God has come, a new healing anointing, and a fresh passion for Jesus. Recently we had itinerant Jim Paul share around Pentecost time about the times we are living in. He shared significant testimonies of healings and miracles that have been happening as he has been ministering, but also about the season we have moved into. A prophecy of Bob Jones given to Mike Bickle in 1984 and later elaborated on by Jill Austin was that God would pour out His Spirit in three distinct stages before His return to draw His Church closer to Himself and bring in the harvest through her, namely the Wine, the Fire, and the Wind in that order, the reverse order of Acts 2 in fact. In 1994 The Wine of The Father’s love was poured into Toronto bringing a revelation that would draw The Church into a new intimacy and identity. Jim shared that the Fire has now started. Other prophetic voices and leaders concur to this. The Fire cleanses, purifies, sharpens, refines, gives fresh passion for Jesus and for souls, and empowers for evangelism with signs, wonders, healings, and miracles to bring in the harvest as in Acts 2. As Jill Austin said the fire boils the wine. Also, we can believe that ultimately The Wind will blow on The Fire to bring in the greatest end time harvest of souls prior to Jesus’ return. With that in mind, this is a time to seek God like never before and foresake worldly distractions, and go after what matters to Him most, which is our relationship with Him, our loved ones, and souls.