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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.

Being Ready For God’s New Thing

September 3, 2013

When God does a new thing it will always offend tradition and take us out of our comfort zone. Are we ready for it?

Take the 1906 Azusa revival for example. Frank Bartleman, evangelist, had been handing out gospel tracts in Los Angeles when He grew hungry for more of God. He asked Evan Roberts how his city could have a move of God like the 1904/05 Welsh revival. Here’s what Evan Roberts said:

“Congregate the people who are willing to make a total surrender. Pray and wait. Believe God’s promises. Hold daily meetings. May God bless you is my earnest prayer.”

When God hit Azusa Street Bartleman testified about receiving what he described as a “heavenly chorus” entering him, and receiving a supernatural gift. Here is part of his documented testimony about this new thing:

“It was a spontaneous manifestation and rapture no earthly tongue can describe. In the beginning this manifestation was wonderfully pure and powerful. We feared to try to reproduce it, as with the “tongues” also. Now many seemingly have no hesitation in imitating all the “gifts.” No one could understand this “gift of song” but those who had it. It was indeed a “new song” in the Spirit. When I first heard it in the meeting a great hunger entered my soul to receive it. I felt it would exactly express my pent up feelings. I had not yet spoken in “tongues.” But the “new song” captured me. It was a gift from God of high order, and appeared among us soon after the “Azusa” work began.

No one had preached it. The Lord had sovereignly bestowed it, with the outpouring of the “residue of oil,” the “Latter Rain” baptism of the Spirit. It was exercised, as the Spirit moved the possessors, either in solo fashion, or by the company. It was sometimes without words, other times in “tongues.” The effect was wonderful on the people. It brought a heavenly atmosphere, as though the angels themselves were present and joining with us. And possibly they were. It seemed to still criticism and opposition, and was hard for even wicked men to gainsay or ridicule.

Some have condemned this “new song,” without words. But was not sound given before language? And is there not intelligence without language also? Who composed the first song? Must we necessarily follow some man’s composition, before us, always? We are too much worshippers of tradition. The speaking in “tongues” is not according to man’s wisdom or understanding. Then why not a “gift of song?” “

In Azusa there was barely any focus on ministers and on people. No focus on the preacher, worship musicians and songwriters. Even the Pastor William Seymour covered his face with a shoebox. There was a level of humility that recognised that “no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1 29

People were that desperate for God, and would pay any price for more of Him. God sovereignly visited them in a way that has changed the world.

Most of us want to be blessed materially and God wants to bless us in that way, but there is a higher prosperity in the Spirit that has not had enough emphasis. There is great danger, especially in Western affluent culture of insouciance, complacency, and pride. We can get satisfied and comfortable with the status quo and not even realise how much we need Him.

God is ready to do a new thing (Isaiah 43 18-19) but are we ready for what that “new thing” is?

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

God breaks in again touching family with His healing and saving power

August 13, 2009

Had a great time on Tuesday with the rarity of warm sunshine so far this summer bringing out many people into town. I went out this time with my friend Dave from our church. I saw a young man walking with crutches and felt led to approach him. He told me he didn’t really believe in God. He had sustained a broken bone and was in pain. Then his mother, who told us she was a Christian who attends a good local church, joined him and his brother. He accepted prayer as we told him he had nothing to lose but the physical pain he was in. He started out being very sceptical, but as we prayed, the power of God touched him, and he testified that the pain went! We shared the gospel with him. We prayed for his brother too and left. As we walked away, his sister came up to us and told us that she wanted us to pray for her grandmother who wanted prayer. At this point the faith level in us was high having seen what God had done, but also because we were being approached to pray for someone. This always encourages me because when they are doing this on the back of a healing and miracle that they have just seen or heard about it means that they must have some faith to be healed to begin with. Testimonies beget fresh testimonies!

The grandmother told us she was due to have an appointment with a specialist that day because of a painful right knee, suspected to have arthritis. As we prayed, God touched her and the pain left! She tested her knee out and could do something she hadn’t been able to do before without pain. As we shared the gospel she wanted to give her life to Jesus. When she got saved with her daughter there, her daughter was able to tell her mother that now Holy Spirit lives in her. I told her about our church, but felt it was more likely she would go to her daughter’s church with her daughter that Sunday and encouraged her to do so. God set this whole thing up touching the different generations of a family! It’s days like this that make it so worthwhile doing this. Remember that as much as we want to see people come to our church to get discipled if they are newly saved, they might already be in relationship with someone who attends another good church and we need to use wisdom here and allow God to use the networks already in place. The point is that Jesus is building His Kingdom, and we must be open to how He does that through each one of us. Glory to His name!

As of next week I along with one or two others in our church will be teaching newly saved Christians and maybe some non-Christians a foundational nurture course, excellently written by a member of our church. I believe that this may well go some of the way to bridging the gap between the streets and church, and yet as I’ve said before let’s prioritize those we are already in relationship with within our sphere of influence, ie friends, family, colleagues in the workplace and such like because they are more likely to want to attend our church than complete strangers on the streets, though there have been some significant exceptions to that. When God breaks into someone’s world whoever they are it will make a difference to them. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3 verse 6 that there are people sent to plant and others to water, but it’s ultimately God that brings the increase, and He is doing so. Let’s not miss the kairos moment, but step into God’s timeline. He desires to use us all. Harvest time isn’t just for later, it’s now, and I believe that harvesting angels have already been commissioned by The Lord strategically to gather in many people in this new season.

Young man receives creative miracle, his leg grows!

April 28, 2009

Since my last entry I’ve been out on the streets here in Dudley and also went to Cambridge where I saw the Lord move with my friend Tim where we had some time to do some prophetic evangelism, and saw one man accept Christ. In this entry though I especially want to share what happened today as Jesus manifested His glory by not only healing a man’s leg so he was able to discard his crutch and even run, but grow his other leg by about an inch so it would be the same size as his right leg!

Things started out fairly quietly, and after a while of not much happening I sat down on the bench and asked The Lord for direction. I felt him leading me to walk in the direction of a certain shop and gave me a word about coronary artery. I ministered to various people, and prayed for healing including an 82 year old man, a Christian who had had a heart problem. He felt God touch him, and we believed by faith he is healed. Then I ministered to another couple who also know the Lord but hadn’t been to church in a long time. The lady wanted healing of depression, and as I prayed she felt God’s Spirit and felt better. The man had had a major accident where he was in a housefire caused by poor electric wiring and had had to jump. This had caused him to be in constant pain down his back leg and ankle. I asked the man to pray to forgive his landlord, and I broke off trauma from him as well. As I prayed he felt heat all down the affected side, and the pain literally went.

As he was receiving healing, a young man walking awkardly with a crutch came near. I asked the man who had just been healed to share his testimony with this young man so faith could be released. I started ministering to this young man. God told me a word of knowledge about him being a landscape gardener. I asked him if he had been operating as a gardener before his leg condition, and he confirmed that he had been a landscape gardener who had fallen on hard times and had had an ulcerated leg for a very long time and needed a crutch. I then noticed a friend from church, John and asked him to come and pray too. As we prayed quite literally the power of God went into this young man like electricity as he described it. The pain left him. He couldn’t believe it and he discarded his crutch. He was overwhelmed that he could walk and the joy that was overflowing from him was very infectious. Jesus is so wonderful, His love is so amazing isn’t it! I asked him if he wanted to come and have a cup of tea at our church which he did. I felt led to ask him if one of his legs was shorter than the other during our walk there. He confirmed that his left leg was about one inch shorter than his right. At this stage John and me had faith as the atmosphere of Heaven had well and truly invaded! As we prayed in town I commanded his leg to grow in Jesus name! That morning I had been reading Proverbs 18 verse 21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat the fruit its fruit.” Also God lead me to Hebrews 11 about faith. In particular He made me focus on verse 3 which talks about creation coming into being through God’s Word, and goes on to say “the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” God has given you and me the ability through Christ to realise creative life into people, wow! Anyway, he testified with bewildered amazement that he could feel muscles stretching as we were praying and the leg grew. In fact after about 5 minutes he felt like the leg was now too long! I had just kept on saying “in Jesus name grow, grow, grow grow!” We then had to pray that God would shorten his leg to be aligned with the right leg. The Lord did this! The young man then came into church, met some people in the coffee shop, and testified to the miracles he had experienced. I could have videod some of this, but I didn’t feel The Lord leading me to do this at the moment. I want to get to know him better, and see him discipled. This man had had something of a church background, but rededicated his life to Jesus in the coffee shop. I am looking forward to staying in touch with him, and seeing him become an active part of our church.

Let’s remember that miracles point to the miracle giver, The Lord Jesus Christ, and we must always be more excited about Him than the awesome things He does. Also let’s not forget that the greatest miracle is salvation, a life changed forever. Some people through the street evangelism have become part of our church family, but I am believing for many more. Let’s allow God to use us to give people an encounter with Him, lead them to Christ, and then build relationships so that they will feel comfortable about becoming part of our churches, and genuine disciples. Let’s harvest the harvesters to the glory of God!

2008 review : the church empowered as miracles hit the streets in the UK and around the world!

December 8, 2008

Review of miracles on the streets  in 2008 with video footage, and the challenge for the church in 2009!

It was December 1994. My health had deteriorated, I’d split up with my fiance, and I didn’t want to live anymore. On December 10th I attempted suicide with my world shattered. Perhaps seconds from death, and a lost eternity someone rescued me and called for the ambulance. I still don’t know who it was, but I know they were Heaven sent. Half way across the world in California on the very same day, my wife to be, who I had never met at that stage, was attending the funeral of her late husband who had been mugged in Los Angeles. Within four years we were married as hope and destiny returned again. This year we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. I love her more than anyone, except the one who gave His life for me nearly 2000 years ago, The Lord Jesus Christ.

If Christ  gave up everything to come into this world to die for you and me, what is worth sacrificing everything for? What is truly worth getting excited about? I get excited when I see Newcastle FC and the Minnesota Vikings win which happen too infrequently for my liking! But what really excites me is knowing The Creator of the universe, glorifying Him, knowing His love, and seeing Heaven break into Earth,   the supernatural intervening as a higher reality than natural law. I get excited when I see someone else experience God’s touch on their lives, and coming to know Him too. That’s worth fighting for, surrendering everything, even dying for. The wonderful thing is that every human being on planet Earth was created to know Jesus, and not only that, but be used as a vessel to see His miraculous touch break into other people’s lives. As I share some highlights from this year, I want you to know that God wants to use you in the coming year to bring Heaven to your sphere of influence.

in 2008 we saw a powerful outpouring of God’s Spirit hit the Western world for the purposes of empowering the worldwide church to evangelise the lost, not least through signs, wonders, and miracles. It brought opposition, controversy, failure, and a challenge to the church to get refined, yet despite this a lot of fruit and grounds for much optimism as we go into the new year. God is depositing His very glory into regular people like you and me, and releasing His gathering angels, so that His Kingdom will be extended. The question is do we let the new wine get old and stale? Of course we need new wineskins, but what will we do with the treasure we’ve been given in 2008?  As I share highlights of my street ministry activity in 2008, be encouraged that God wants to use you too because Acts 10 verse 34 tells us that God is no respector of persons ( Acts 10 verse 34 and Romans 2 verse 11) . To God alone be all the glory.

2008 review: On April 7th my wife Sasha and I went into town to share the love and power of Jesus Christ with someone. Sasha called out an elderly man for me to approach. He told us that he didn’t live in Dudley, and was legally blind in one eye. We prayed for him, and the power of God touched him. He gave his life to Jesus Christ. Here is his testimony recorded seconds after the double miracle. (apologies for the picture quality which was limited before June) :

Earlier in March, I had prayed for a lady stone deaf for over 10 years in her right ear, and Jesus had healed her ear. She testified about 2 weeks later:

In June Sasha, myself and a friend prayed for a group of people, some of whom got miraculously healed and saved. Here is one testimony:

One man testified of healing from a terminal lung condition after prayer, having had confirmation from his doctor!

One young woman, not a believer got touched by Jesus as we prayed for her in July. See the miracle unfold here:

There is much more video footage and testimonies, if you are interested go to the monthly archives on the right column of the blog.

I’ve done this blog to show people seeking spiritual truth that the answer is found in Jesus Christ. I want to motivate and encourage all Christians to share their faith, and pray for the sick and infirm, as well as releasing His presence and the prophetic, the demonstration of The Spirit’s power ( 1 Corinthians 2 verses 4-5). God wants to use all believers in the end time harvest of souls. If you have never received an impartation to move in Kingdom power to release healing and miracles then there is a prayer at the end of this blog entry for you to receive what God has for you. Then, the challenge is this: will you take a risk for Jesus in the coming year? Too many people are dying without Jesus, we need to share His love and power like we never have. We need to get closer to The Lord through spending time with Him, there is a need to fast and pray, we need to allow Him to refine us, but when all is said and done, we must not hold back anymore through feeble false excuses in reaching out to the lost. People may not feel worthy or anointed, but if they’re born again, then Jesus Christ (The anointed one and His anointing) lives inside them! Do I consider myself worthy to carry an anointing to move in signs, wonders, and miracles? Do you?  Well is anyone? The wonderful mystery revealed through God’s word is that He calls all of us to be His vessels. Let’s use what He’s given us, and believe for the greatest demonstration of His miracle working power. This could be the greatest hour for the church! It is time for her to rise up in maturity, authority, and power and take ground! Here is my prayer for you. Receive all that God has for you by faith:

“Father,  release Your healing anointing and Your fire to those who want to share their faith with love and power to the unsaved right now. Give them a fresh hunger and passion for Jesus Christ. Let them pursue new levels of holiness through the sanctifying work of Holy Spirit. Through intimacy, let them know Your voice, and be obedient to the great commission. Let them know you in a deeper way, and let Your love for them overflow into people’s lives. I pray for boldness, and divine appointments. Let Heaven touch Earth. Send Your angels to gather in the harvest. Empower Your people for Your glory Lord in Jesus name Amen.”

Now use all that God has given you to release within your sphere of influence.  Be persistent even if you don’t see immediate results. God is faithful to confirm His Word. May God bless you in the coming year, and thank you for visiting my blog. Please pray for me and my family, our church and our community, and don’t forget to check back for updates. If you have any prayer request or just want to get in contact please email me at steelsfirm@aol.com

“For God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1 verse 37