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
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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!

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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

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

Posted February 8, 2013 by rico7
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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.