Archive for the ‘mercy’ category

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:

The marriage of mercy and miracle ministry

August 24, 2009

Acts 10 verse 38 “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with The Holy Spirit and with power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

It is certainly true that the body of Christ have not walked in their full inheritance in the last two thousand years ago in proclaiming and demonstrating the full gospel of Jesus Christ in Kingdom power, and yet God has used many to reach people with the love of Christ through doing good, through compassionate and merciful acts of kindness. Recently I heard a friend refer to an unnamed church in America that operates in prophetic and healing evangelism but feels led to leave other churches to feed the hungry, and provide material help for those suffering in poverty in the local community. In other words those other churches will be the “do gooders” but that church will distinguish themselves as being the ones that operate in the supernatural.
I had to ask myself, is that kind of separation biblical?

God has been speaking to me about convergence and fulness coming to the body of Christ where there isn’t an apparent excessive emphasis on one area of who The Lord is as in previous outpourings of The Spirit, and how He desires to minister through His body The Church. One example of healthy fulness is when prominence is given to The Word and The Spirit together. There can then be a move away from meetings becoming too information or experience driven, and the very “zoe” life of God can thereby infuse hearts and minds. Our experiences must never contravene The Word so we should be rooted and grounded so as to avoid opening ourselves up to deception, yet we mustn’t shy away from the new thing that The Lord wants to do in The Spirit because of sterile religious tradition, and a fear of the manifestation of His glory if it is “out of the box.”

When we are ministering to someone, The Word tells us about sacrificial giving and serving to meet a person’s needs, but The Spirit gives us specific strategies in how best to implement that. People need to know about the kindness and goodness of The Lord through our love for them (Romans 2 verse 4) , yet through a tangible encounter with His manifest presence they can get divine revelation to the reality of Jesus that can change them forever.

The Word and The Spirit together release mercy and miracle ministry to work harmoniously in tandem. About two years ago in the early days of going out on the streets wanting to share the gospel through prophetic and healing evangelism, The Lord spoke to me of the importance of compassion. Matthew 14 verse 14 says that “Jesus went out and He saw a great multitude, and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” We need to find out what people need. James 2 verse 19 tells us to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” We need to listen to God as we listen to people with compassion rather than preach at them. Some people might be hungry and need a meal, or a cup of coffee and someone to talk to, or a physical healing. We can get information by asking people what they need, but also The Holy Spirit can give us words of knowledge to reveal Jesus to them. I truly believe that mercy ministry can be the breeding ground for the miraculous. You only have to look at people like Roland and Heidi Baker in Mozambique adopting many orphans, yet seeing The Lord work through them in great acts of Kingdom power such as the blind getting their sight and even the dead raised. Moreover, testimonies of miraculous multiplication of food confirm how The Lord desires to do today what He did in His life on Earth, and even greater (John 14 verse 12) through His church.

There is a danger of compartmentalizing mercy and miracle ministry as being wholly separate. In Jesus’ parable of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10 we read that the Samaritan expressed his compassion for the man who had been attacked, left for dead on the side of the road, practically. In verse 34 it states that “He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine, and he set him on his animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” It goes on to say that he gave the man money. Clearly this parable talks about mercy ministry, and yet I believe the reference to the oil and wine ministered to the man goes deeper than natural medicine but can be seen as referring to the healing anointing that Jesus operated in that is available to all born again believers. Mark 6:13 says that the disciples “anointed many sick people with oil and healed them”. The Greek word for anoint is aleipho which literally means to rub, to cover over. He is covering over and filling His body the church with all His attributes, His very DNA for this hour in history so He will be glorified as His Kingdom comes on Earth as it is in Heaven. (see Ephesians 1 22-23 and Ephesians 3 17-19) I believe the day is coming where it will be just as natural for The Church to pray for the sick and see signs wonders and miracles as it is to do good to people through providing for their material needs and befriending them. We need to press in to function in the fullest expression of God’s love that we can. I believe we will see The Lord ignite churches with a fresh passion for souls and compassion for the poor birthed through intimacy with The bridegroom Jesus Christ where mercy ministry and prophetic and healing evangelism will flow together to see a mighty end time harvest of souls. Let’s not miss what The Father is doing, but embrace the exceptional privilege that has been granted to each one of us to be fruitful carriers of His love, His mercy, and His glory.