The Overflow of Intimacy in a Company of Believers

Posted April 15, 2014 by rico7
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True ministry has been well described as the overflow of intimacy. What does that really look like? It is a lot more than operating in natural talents and even spiritual gifts. Someone may have come into a gift of The Spirit such as the working of miracles following a time when they were pressing into God in right relationship with pure heart motives, and yet that person’s relationship with God could now be lukewarm at best or they could even be in serious sin. Yet still the gifting flows because “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” (Romans 11: 29)

As a number of important prophetic voices have enunciated recently we are at the threshold of the greatest outpouring of God’s Spirit in history, and the true Church’s finest hour to be God’s instrument to bring in a great end time harvest of souls. The preparation process in those believers who have yielded to God has been painful at times but necessary to remove all that would hinder Jesus Christ being the “fulness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1: 23) through them. New levels of His love, purity, holiness, faith, and humility have been required.

It is easy for a non believer to be impressed with gifts such as prophecy, the word of knowledge, healing and miracles but it will not change them unless they know in their heart that they have had an encounter with Jesus. The world has seen double standards and mixed motives at times when what they have been really seeking is Jesus Himself! That’s why the healing of the lame man in Acts 3 at the Gate Beautiful had such an impact. The key is in Acts 4:13 when the Sanhedrin realized that Peter and John “had been with Jesus.”

It is possible to get more excited about supernatural phenomena that is an outward manifestation of the “parousia,” (greek) the presence of The Lord than The Lord Himself. This could have contributed to revivals being shut down in history when people got caught up with the evangelist and the miracles rather than God. Imagine for a moment that like Peter you were walking on water but you were looking at Jesus. Would you get more excited about the fact you were walking on water or you were looking at the face of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself? Who or what do we treasure most?

God is getting ready to give a new level of “exousia” (greek) which is delegated power and authority to a company of believers to represent Jesus to the world. I believe this has always been God’s desire as we see from John 17:

And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17 22-23

John had the unique privilege to share this most profound prayer of Jesus for His true bride to be in union with Him. It is no surprise that we learn that John was the beloved disciple who rested his head on Jesus’ chest. He would have been able to hear Jesus’ heartbeat, and if Jesus spoke His voice would have resonated through His very being. Being close to The Lord can mean that we not only hear His voice and respond in obedience, but capture something of His very heart. Hearing His voice through a deeper relationship with Him means that God will use the prophetic in a new way. Similarly if we have a fresh passion to see lost souls come home and faith for miracles it is because this is also an outworking of our intimacy with Him.

When we are abandoned to Him we are no longer swayed by either the praise or persecution of man but only His voice. We obey Him in pursuing the assignments and mandates He has for us corporately and within our unique ministry callings out of our love for Him only (John 14:15)

When we adore Him and are fascinated with Him we become desperate for more of Him. In the words of the Shulamite in Song of Solomon we become “lovesick” (5:8) He has truly captured our hearts, now we have surrendered to Him, and He can use us as vessels that are fully possessed by Him and ready to do more than function in gifting but display Him in character, nature, power and virtue. Forerunners such as William Branham and Katherine Kulhman have epitomized what God has planned for His people. He will not just use great high profile evangelists like Benny Hinn and Reinhard Bonnke, but everyday believers like you and me in these exciting days ahead. Holy Spirit abides in every believer, but there is a company who have prepared a home for Christ to dwell in so there is a greater fulness of His anointing activated and expressed to demonstrate the gospel (1 Corinthians 2 4-5) In 1 John 3 24 we learn an important truth:

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

The English monk Bede 672/673-735 AD helped to translate portions of the Bible from Latin into Old English centuries before Wycliffe and Tyndale. The Amplified Bible has used his translation of part of this same verse:

They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.

How much will you and I allow that to happen and see the impossible birthed through the overflow of intimacy?

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

Posted October 20, 2013 by rico7
Categories: evangelism, fire, healing, Heaven, Jesus, Uncategorized

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!

AB Simpson on healing at the Holiness and Healing Bethshan Conference London 1885

Posted September 23, 2013 by rico7
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AB Simpson, one of the pioneers of the early Pentecostal movement in the 1800s spoke at the 1885 Bethshan Conference on Holiness and Healing, London England, giving a fascinating insight about how he came to the revelation that healing is always God’s will, and God’s Word:

“After years of teaching from and waiting on Him, about four year ago, when broken down physically in every way, so that I had no strength for my work, the Lord Jesus Christ showed me that it was His blessed will to be my complete Saviour for body as well as soul; and with a heart that fainted at the slightest effort–almost caused my death when I tried to climb a little mountain in Europe a few years ago–having been laid
aside a dozen times from my work, I came to Him, and alone with Him I lifted my hand to heaven and made three solemn pledges:

The first was, that I solemnly believed that this Gospel of healing was truly God’s Word–I had to stand on the truth or I could not get the life;

the second was, I solemnly took it for myself as given to me, and believed it was mine and that I was now healed, and not only healed, but that I had the full strength of my risen Lord for the rest of my work for Him–I did not take Him merely for healing, but for the strength of life until He had done with me:

and the third thing
I believed was this–that He keeping all these pledges in me and for me, I should not refuse to use this truth for the help of others, if he needed it.”

God healed his heart so that he was able to climb a mountain the next day! Not only that, but he prayed for his daughter Margaret to be healed from diphtheria and she was. This same disease had killed his son Melville earlier.

Thank God for this lesser known Canadian preacher, and for the way He pressed in to leave such a lasting legacy.

The sons of Issachar and Joshua, seeing and stepping in.

Posted September 17, 2013 by rico7
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Greater revelation requires greater responsibility. Not only did the sons of Issachar have “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12: 32 KJV) but we learn from 1 Chronicles 7 1-5 that they were “valiant men of might.”

Increased revelation, wisdom, understanding and discernment will often require an act of obedience which requires courage. We cannot always just sit on what we receive. Jesus says in Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”

Consider Joshua who received the spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9) imparted through Moses. Like his predecessor he was exhorted by God to be “strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:9

Stepping into the new first requires that we see the open door that God has given us very clearly in this season, but also requires courage to walk through it into all the fulness that He has for us, not being intimidated by any opposition, but trusting Him completely.

Being Ready For God’s New Thing

Posted September 3, 2013 by rico7
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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 at Fast food restaurant

Posted May 19, 2013 by rico7
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We had an interesting afternoon in Stratford-upon-avon yesterday. When someone tells you they will punch you if their leg isn’t healed when you pray you hope that God shows up just that little bit more! It all started as we got into a conversation with a young man who was causing a disturbance, upsetting some customers, and complaining of a painful leg. I’m happy to say there were no punches but a good outbreak of healing and destiny words with two sore throats instantly healed, a wrist touched by God, and the guy with the bad leg said nothing but could move his leg fine and seemed to be much happier! That all happened at McDonalds because our car acted up so we didn’t make it to healing prayer room because our car had some issues, but as ever God had the last laugh, and we caught the bus home happy! Our healing prayer room is every Saturday at the Buzz, Henley St. , Stratford-upon-avon 1-3 pm and during the afternoons there is also the opportunity to do healing and prophetic evangelism on the streets.

Healing breakout in Stratford-upon-avon

Posted May 14, 2013 by rico7
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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