NEW 1. God heals man’s shoulder in town (video) 2. God entrusting The Church with new authority and anointing

Posted March 13, 2012 by rico7
Categories: anointing, evangelism, God, harvest, healing, healings, inheritance, Jesus, outpouring, streets, supernatural, Uncategorized

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It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I’ve been involved with a number of projects which include healing and mercy ministry, equipping, preaching, and teaching. I still enjoy praying for people on the streets though, and I’m excited about the hour we live in which I will discuss in a moment. I’ve had the privilege to head up our Healing Clinic in church too, and help to teach and equip students on our church’s school in the area of healing, and prophetic street evangelism.

Recently I took the students out and while we were walking into town a young man from the local college asked us if we had a light. We do, but not the one he was thinking of! It helped to initiate a conversation with him and his friends. We were able to share God’s love, prophetic words, and release healing. Many other college students gathered, and we were able to reveal that Jesus is alive! Later on in the town centre, a man testified that after prayer his limited blurred vision was much improved, and he gave his life to Jesus.

The man in the above video testifying of how God’s power touched his shoulder, with pain leaving and freedom of movement returning also gave his life to Christ. God’s love is so irresistible! You and me as born again believers can pray and expect God to touch people. We have the privilege to see Him at work at close hand. Let me reiterate, the anointing to heal is for the many not the few!

2. God entrusting The Church with new authority and anointing

Many prophets have talked about this as being a time of kingly anointing and apostolic authority bestowed upon The Church for the purposes of harvesting souls for The Kingdom. I have been especially struck recently by Jesus’ last words on the cross before He committed His Spirit to The Father, and His last words before He ascended. In Acts 1 verse 8 just before He ascended, Jesus tells His disciples that they will receive “power when The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses” ultimately throughout The Earth. This is for you and me too! I reflected on Elijah and Elisha. Elisha asked Elijah for a double portion of his spirit. Elijah told him that if he could see him ascend that it was his. Elisha’s spiritual inheritance was confirmed when he saw Elijah go up in a chariot and he picked up Elijah’s prophetic mantle.  In John 19 verse 30 when Jesus was dying for us on the cross and about to breath his last, we discover that He said “it is finished.”  The Greek word is tetelestai which is a legal term meaning paid in full. We receive an inheritance NOT based upon our works and performance, but because of the redemptive work of the cross. In Luke 15 29 in the parable of the prodigal Son we learn that the older son is indignant that his brother received an unmerited reward but that he feels he hasn’t despite serving His father and not transgressing in his opinion. The Father tells him “Son you are always with me, and I all that I have is yours.” Luke 15 31 Yes we need to align our hearts rightly before God so we don’t miss out on all that He has for us, and we need to apply Kingdom principles in our lives such as fasting and praying, and sowing and reaping. But let’s be clear: ALL that we receive from God in terms of spiritual inheritance is because Jesus took our sin, and He is building His Kingdom to His glory, and the glory of The Father. If we understand this, we will be protected from the lies of pride and low self-esteem. In fact this revelation causes us to fall even more in love with Jesus and our faith to grow. Consequently we can obey God because we live in the Spirit not in our own strength to try to get something out of God with an orphan mentality. Our inheritance is because of our identity, our legacy because of our lineage.

God wants to entrust The Church which is the body of Christ on this Earth (Ephesians 1 22-23) with an inheritance of walking in the full anointing that Jesus walked in when He healed the sick and raised the dead on this Earth. As long as we are responsible, not squandering our inheritance, not using it with impure and selfish motives, but using it to glorify Him out of humble obedience rooted in faith and love then we can expect to see the promised “restoration of all things” (Acts 3: 21) in terms of The Church rising up in unity, apostolic authority, and kingly anointing. If we put Him first, point people to Jesus, and trust Him, then all things are possible. Jesus only did what He saw The Father doing in Heaven (John 5: 19) and Holy Spirit spoke with the authority of The Father bringing glory to Jesus (John 16 13-14) Jesus lived to glorify His Father (John 17: 1) In past revivals such as in the 1950s and 1960s there became to much of a focus on the healing evangelist rather than on The Lord. As a result the anointing did not spread to The Church (Ephesians 4:12) as God would have liked. in Joel 2: 28 God promises to “pour out His Spirit on all flesh” to release the heart of The Father to touch the world. While the fivefold ministry and apostolic structure very much still have their place in the modern Church, it is imperative that believers stop disqualifying themselves from being used by God because they do not feel they are sufficiently anointed or empowered for harvest. God wants the mature sons and daughters of God to rise up with His authority in this hour (Romans 8: 19) and release His love and miracle working power to touch cities, regions, and even whole nations. Jesus paid too great a price for this not to happen. We may feel inadequate and in ourselves we all are, but Colossians 2: 10 tells us that “we are complete in Him.” Philippians 4: 13 tells us that we “can do all things through Christ which strengthens” us. We are overcomers because He has overcome! It is time to press into God through praise and prayer, deep intimate worship, listening to His voice, and surrendering our lives completely to Him. Ultimately though, we must believe that He desires to use us in healing. How can we know this? He has commanded us in Matthew 10: 8 to heal the sick, and even to raise the dead!  The enemy has been allowed to lie  to The Church effectively for too long! There are many hurting needy lost people out there who do not know about Jesus. Let’s tell them, and most of all show them! Let’s be the gateway individually and corporately for His glory to bring in His full inheritance that He has paid for that He alone may be glorified!

1) Eyesight miraculously restored 2) Do people really get saved on the streets?

Posted April 20, 2011 by rico7
Categories: blindness, evangelism, healing, healings, Jesus, love, miracles

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1) Eyesight miraculously restored

2) Do people really get saved on the streets?

1)  I’ve been able to share Christ with people on the streets recently not just through healing and prophetic evangelism, but through what has been termed “presence evangelism” where people can encounter God’s love through His tangible manifest presence as they receive prayer. I never want to debate the reality of Jesus Christ with people, I believe that is fruitless, but when you get God’s heart of compassion for people, for their eternal destiny and their temporal needs, God can use you as a vessel to reveal who He is, and how much He loves them. When people encounter God’s manifest presence, their heart will be open for you to share what Jesus did for them.

I met one man in town last week who is wheelchair bound as a result of his left leg being partially amputated. I shared about The Father’s love and spoke out prophetic words that touched his heart. I asked him about any physical needs and he told me that he had pain in his chest as a result of bronchitis, asthma, diabetes, and a painful leg. I told him to expect heat on his chest, and as I prayed he confirmed that God’s presence touched him, and the pain in his chest went away. He also testified that his breathing was improved.  I asked him if he wanted to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. After he had prayed to accept Christ, he told me that he wanted to come to our next church service. He invited me to his house to pick him up to go to church that evening. I went with a friend, Darren to see him. We met his mother and sister. We were able to pray with his mother. He then told us that he had close to no vision in his left eye. We prayed for him there and then. Immediately he told us that his vision was much better. He has now been coming to church, and received a bible, and wants to live the rest of his life for Christ.

A few days later he confirmed much improvement with his leg, his breathing, his chest, and his vision. He went to see the doctor who was amazed by his improved vision and leg. He told his doctor that Jesus had healed him! Here’s a question. Is it possible that his leg and foot could grow back? Yes, and I believe he has the faith for it too . I did pray for his leg to grow back. He felt tingling, but we haven’t checked to see if there’s any growth yet. Have amputees received miracles in history? Yes, one of the most famous being the story of a man without a foot having shoes purchased for him by Smith Wigglesworth as an act of faith and the foot growing back overnight. In His glory realm, where faith works through love all things are possible with God. Consider John 14 verse 12 and Romans 8 verse 19. Greater works revealing Jesus Christ must manifest through His church in the end days.

2) Do people really get saved on the streets?

If someone prays to receive Jesus on the streets are they truly saved? It is one thing to make converts, quite another to see the fulfilment of Matthew 28 verse 19 where disciples are made. Any form of evangelism, whether it be on the streets or in crusades can see people accept Christ gladly, but if people do not make Jesus Lord as well as Saviour and there is lasting fruit then frankly that person cannot be saved ultimately. in 1 Corinthians 6 9-10 we see a list of people excluded from Heaven. If someone accepts Christ, but there is no repentance, no change then the seed of salvation is lost. The parable of the sower ( Mark 4, Matthew 13, and Luke 8 ) of Jesus tells us that the gospel is a seed that needs to be watered or it can be lost. When we get born again Holy Spirit comes to live in us. He refreshes us and waters us to make us grow as we yield to Him. We become dead to sin, dead to the old as we are made alive in Christ. God looks at the heart.  People can be saved before they have found a church, but if they do not get plugged into a church then they are living below God’s best for them, and the seed can be stolen because there is no accountability. We were not made to be isolated. Yes salvation is a work of grace and not based upon our works ( Ephesians 2 verse 8 )  but there needs to be some evidence that we are Spirit filled believers.

It has not been straightforward to see people that have been converted on the streets come to our churches and become disciples, but when God transforms a city or region with breakthrough revival and an outpouring of His glory that can change very quickly. Nonetheless people need to go to church where they can enjoy good relationships that nurture and encourage a deeper walk with God.  As we see from the gospels discipleship is about relationship. Jesus required His disciples to give up everything, and follow Him. In return, they entered into joyful fellowship with Him, and were taught by Him. Disciples must be teachable, and need The Word and The Spirit to flow symbiotically in their lives. If someone receives a miracle on the streets Jesus has been revealed to their hearts. If they receive Christ they should be encouraged to keep in contact with the person who prayed for them because many people can feel reticent about going to a church where they don’t know anyone.  If that’s not possible then it is important not to be discouraged, and know that good seed has been sown. We all have a mandate to fulfil Matthew 10 verse 8 as a demonstration and proclamation of the gospel of The Kingdom regardless of other mountains of influence we are called to.  We are all called to heal the sick. We may not always see people we have witnessed to come to our church. They might go to a church where they have a Christian friend or family member who has been praying for them for years, and we have just been there to reinforce what God is doing to draw them to Himself. We could be just one piece in the puzzle, but an important piece nonetheless. Also, as we pray for people and God comes, I believe it can cause a shift in the atmosphere over a town, especially when in conjunction with prayer and fasting for a move of God where we live. When His Kingdom comes, there is a shaking, and transformation occurs. Of course it is wonderful when people do get born again and come to our church and are open to being discipled, something that all new believers need. I have been blessed to see this  happen on several occasions,  but would love to see more people knowing the ongoing glorious transforming power of The Holy Spirit for a lifetime and not just for a day. I believe that as we contend for strategic divine appointments we will see more converts become disciples. We are moving into a season of harvesting harvesters. Yes it’s preferable to invite people that we know to church because most come in that way, but there are many who have no believer in their circle of family, friends, and work colleagues, so who will tell them about Jesus unless we do? Yes there are other mountains of influence to reach people for the gospel besides signs, wonders healings and miracles but consider this. What happens when these increase through His church? The potential cannot be underestimated.

In conclusion, I believe that people do get saved on the streets. It happened in the book of Acts. It’s happening today. Divine appointments are there for us all. Let’s always remember that it is God who brings the increase though, and pray for the harvest:

1 Corinthians 3 6-7  “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.7. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; but God that gives the increase.”

Fresh oil coming to the body of Christ

Posted October 2, 2010 by rico7
Categories: anointing, global, God, harvest, healing, impartation, inheritance, miracles, oil, outpouring, revival

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As I was waiting on God, I saw a large lorry going over an ice road carrying large quantities of oil. The lorry had to stop as the ice was getting thinner, and the sheer weight would cause it to sink. In season the ice had hardened up, was deep and secure, and the lorry was able to continue its journey to its destination. I asked The Lord about this and He showed me that the immense amount of oil was not to be carried by one or a few individuals but a whole body of believers but only when the foundations were secure, and the field to carry His power to was the world. In the natural in recent times, we have already seen the consequences of wasting oil. God does not want us to waste what He pours into our lives. (See Proverbs 21: 20)

We read about the dietary staples in the Old Testament of Israel, giving a picture of our complete dependence on The Lord, and foreshadowing what is available to us now through Jesus, the bread of life, and Holy Spirit living in us giving us the new wine of His presence and anointing oil:

Psalm 104 verse 15 “ Wine that makes glad the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread which strengthens man’s heart.”

Without the anointing of Holy Spirit and the presence of Jesus Christ we have nothing beyond the temporal to offer those outside the church. Jesus reminds us of that:

John 15 verse 4: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”

The Greek word for fruit is karpos which is used not only in the context of the fruit of trees, but also it refers to someone’s progeny and posterity. The greatest commandment is to love God “with all our heart, soul and mind” (Matthew 22 verse 37), but the greatest legacy we can leave are the people we have touched with His love and truth, believers and unbelievers alike. God wants to shine forth His glory through The Church because as the darkness grows in the Earth in these days, His light must come forth speedily:

Isaiah 60 1-2 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

We need wisdom and discernment to shine His light into those dark places. As we read the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 I believe we are given a paradigm for harvest for these days through the symbiotic flow of mercy and miracle ministry:

Luke 10 verse 33-34 “But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”

Here we see how oil is connected with healing. People can be touched by the wine of His presence and the anointing oil of His Spirit through believers and be set free from their sicknesses, sorrows and sins because The Church has risen up to be “the fulness of Him who fills all in all.”(Ephesians 1 verse 23)

RELEASING HIS OIL IN LOVE

The Lord reminded me of the aga cooker we had when I was a child. This required coal to be ignited. If there was oil in a pan ready to cook food it would be productive only when heated up. When we are truly ignited by God’s love the anointing oil that we carry will be most productive (see Matthew 14 verse 14-21) . When we have His love and compassion for people the miraculous can be birthed very quickly. Miracles demonstrate more than the reality of Jesus Christ, but flow out of the very heart of God, the intense unquenchable passionate love that He has for each individual. This is what people must discover through us.

A SECURE FOUNDATION

I believe that The Lord has much fresh oil ready to pour into His Church. Some is available now, but there will be much more after He has built an even stronger and more secure foundation of love, intimacy and identity in Him, faith, mature character, a culture of honour, and apostolic relationships so that the anointing will be carried responsibly in alignment with His plans and purposes. He is continuing to strip away what can be shaken:

Hebrews 12 verse 27 “And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”

When this secure Kingdom foundation is in place, we can believe that The Church will arise with the oil of anointing and horn of authority:

Psalm 92 verse 10 “But my horn you have exalted like a wild ox: I have been anointed with fresh oil.”

When this happens it could span a whole generation rather than just be a temporary visitation as in former times if previous mistakes are not made. In a number of moves of God there became an excessive focus on one individual, usually the evangelist so people opened themselves up to deception and even idolatry. Believers must take responsibility not to miss Heaven’s blueprint, to enter His timeline for harvesting, not leave it just to those in platform ministry. In Ephesians 4 verse 12 we see too that an evangelist has a responsibility not just to the lost but must use their office and gifting “for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
What was omitted previously does not need to happen again so visitation can become habitation. As we treasure Him above all else we treasure His presence more than the air we breathe, and He will entrust us with more:

Psalm 92 verse 13-14 “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.”

The Hebrew word for fat in verse 14 is dashen which can literally mean full of sap and is also used in the context of trees as in Jesus’ discourse on the vine in John 15.

A HABITATION OF HIS GLORY

God wants to tabernacle with us, the many not just one or two, as we prepare a holy habitation for His glory to abide in. In John 1 verse 14 we read about Jesus, the living Word becoming flesh and tabernacling among us. Numbers 11 verse 8 tells us that the manna provided in the desert to the Israelites tasted like oil. Jesus is the bread of Heaven, and He is literally the anointing oil because He is Christ, the anointed One and His anointing! Rather than just reside in a tabernacle made with human hands, God wants to tabernacle with us on a personal level. It is our ultimate destiny as believers! (see Revelation 21 verse 3)

What starts as a trickle can transition into a torrent if we lay hold on all He has for us. It is interesting that the Jewish new year 5772 which runs from September 2011 through to September 2012 contains the Hebrew character “bet” for two which is also Hebrew for house. Jacob had a dream where he saw a ladder from Heaven to Earth with angels descending and ascending. When he awoke he named the place “Bet-el” which means the house of God and anointed his pillow, a large stone, with oil. Today many believers dedicate a new house or church to the Lord by anointing the doors with oil. Oil is used as a point of contact between Heaven and Earth.

God is putting His House in order, in apostolic alignment, and building a strong foundation for corporate divine authority where Heaven is released on Earth. In many churches worship is going to new levels, and corporate prayer is intensifying. Churches that treasure Him, that treasure His presence above all else can believe for more signs, wonders, healings and miracles within meetings. He is restoring the Tabernacle of David (Amos 9 verses 11-12 and Acts 15 verse 16-17) which means a restoration of intimate communion with God through a lifestyle of worship and intercession. We can become more of a habitation of His glory. Consequently God is allowing His House, His Church to carry His glory to impact the world in increased measure. Just as church buildings house His glory, and many are healed in the atmosphere of worship during corporate meetings, and that is vital, so too we as individuals must house His glory.1 Peter 2 verse 5 exhorts us to be “built into a spiritual house.” We must be a habitation of His healing and delivering presence, carrying the anointing that breaks yokes.

LAVISHING OUR LOVE ON JESUS

Consider Mary in John 12 verse 3 anointing the feet of Jesus with the costly oil of spikenard so that “the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” When we lavish our love on Jesus sacrificially and unconditionally not to get anything out of Him we end up getting more of Him! Consider the widow in 2 Kings 4 verse 2 with “nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” She gives it to Elisha out of obedience to God then gets many jars full of oil to put into her house in return. To those who have been faithful, He will give more oil to be housed and released!

He wants to saturate us with Himself because He loves us, but people can soon discover that we have been in His presence ( see 2 Corinthians 2 verse 15 and Acts 4 verse 13 ), then they no longer see us, but Jesus. Through being intimate with God in the secret place being soul winners for Jesus Christ is not something we do so much as who we are therefore. We have learnt to house His glory as we have surrendered our hearts wholly to Him. As laid down lovers of Jesus, touching others with His love and power is merely a by-product of intimacy consequently.

OUR INHERITANCE AND LEGACY

People must experience Jesus both inside and outside the church. We carry the anointing oil in greater measure when we are truly carrying Him! That is why we can take Jesus at His Word:

John 14 verse 12 “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do He will do also, and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my Father.”

If the next move of God can be sustained through a generation because it has been built on a secure foundation, we can leave a legacy for our children so that our ceiling can truly be their floor, so this is a time to press into God and all that He has for us, and believe for as high a ceiling as possible!

It is the body of Christ’s inheritance to receive fresh oil. Romans 8 verse 17 tells us that we are co-heirs with Christ, or to put it another way co-heirs with The Anointed One and His anointing! Distractions, discouragements and doubts can limit the flow of anointing, but as we seek His face just because we love Him, and He alone satisfies the deepest desires of our heart, so our faces will shine radiantly with His oil as we reflect His glory to the world. In Romans 8 verse 19 we see the potential that can be realised as a body of believers walk in their full inheritance:

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”

Why not this generation?

As you align yourself with God and His purposes for you, be ready for fresh oil to touch your life!

Richard Steel October 2010

Oil photograph: m_bartosch
Oil on hand photograph Darrel Stott Ministries
Used by kind permission

Young woman’s knee gets healed instantly, with video

Posted August 5, 2010 by rico7
Categories: Dudley, healings, Heaven, Jesus, miracles, streets, supernatural, Uncategorized

I have been very busy with various projects so have not updated my blog for a while. I’ve been ministering inside the church, but still enjoy going outside the church. Jesus tells us in the gospels to feed the poor and heal the sick. Doing both together brings a fuller demonstration of who Jesus is to those outside the church. I’ve been heading up a food kitchen with my wife called The King’s Table, it’s part of our church where we feed the needy with meals. We also pray for the sick there. So far in two months amongst the patrons we’ve seen many healed, a few salvations, and some attending our main church meetings. We’re building meaningful relationships with those who have been going through hard times. We as the Church must be the very DNA of Heaven through His Spirit living in us and flowing through us. As we take risks, God comes and touches lives. It’s for all of us, for the many not just the few.

I went into Dudley today, and met a number of young men who I have got to know who struggle with various addictions, and one young man who is getting free who gave his life to Jesus last Sunday in our church. Let’s release The Kingdom, build relationships, share His love and put our trust in Him to do what only He can! This is a kairos moment for the body of Christ not just to have faith in God, but the faith of God, a gift imparted to us so we can believe for the impossible, and see Heaven manifest on Earth as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is glorified.

I prayed for a young woman on the streets with a painful knee. She was limping. God touched her, she felt a tingling sensation as a result, and the pain went instantly. She was able to walk free of any limp. See this and be encouraged that God wants to use you to share His love to set people free:

Jesus grows left leg out testimony with video

Posted November 28, 2009 by rico7
Categories: creative, HIV, miracles, testimony

The same man who testified to his breakthrough with HIV (see article below) through the power of Jesus Christ came to our church, and after we had shared, I asked him if one of his legs was shorter than the other. He confirmed this was true in that his left leg was about one inch shorter. This is what happened with a confirmation of the HIV healing miracle testimony and God’s power touching his left leg. Let your faith grow. Jesus wants you to know Him intimately, and He wants to use you to release The Kingdom of Heaven on this Earth. See this:

What’s interesting is that Victor said he had been on the point of buying special shoes to compensate for the discrepancy in the length of his legs (his left shoe would have had to have a higher platform obviously). Now this is not required! He spent some time walking and described the new found sensation of being able to walk with both legs the same length as being “weird!” I’ve noticed with these type of miracles that people actually feel their shorter limb elongating, and Victor was no exception as you can see. In fact he was overcome with joy. I want to testify also that Victor, who is a Christian and attends another local church, struck me as a man of great faith in God. For that reason it was easy to pray for him. There was such an atmosphere of Heaven in the prayer room too. Truly God was in our midst, and anything like this just makes me even more in awe of Him because only He can intervene and do something like this in our lives. It is humbling when you see something like this happen at close hand. I know in my own life how weak I am, and how helpless I would be without Him.

Remember Proverbs 18 verse 21: “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will it its fruit.” Hebrews 12 tells us that God created the visible out of the invisible and in Romans 4 we learn that by faith Abraham called that which was not as though it were, and as a result he received what was promised to him. If we are born again we can release creative miracles. Why not give it a go!

I want to impress upon you that it is Jesus who does miracles. Without him, without His death and resurrection they would not happen. Please fix your eyes upon The Lord alone. If you doubt that He could use you remember 1 John 4 verse 4 “Greater is He that’s within you than him that lives in the world.”

That’s if He lives in you.

If you are not sure if that is true why not ask Him into your life as Lord and Saviour now, repent of your sins, and follow Him with all your heart because He gave everything for you, and He is faithful to forgive you and cleanse you from all your sins (1 John 1 verses 8-9) . Do find a good church to fellowship in, and get to know Him through prayer and The bible on a daily basis. He loves you and has an awesome plan for your life.

All the glory to God.

HIV now undetected after encounter with Jesus on the streets!

Posted November 24, 2009 by rico7
Categories: evangelism, healing, HIV, miracles, pain, streets, supernatural

It’s been a while since my last entry. I’ve been focusing on building relationships with those I have already prayed for on the streets but have still had time to pray for people and see The Lord break in to their lives. About a month ago I prayed for a man who had some pain but also told me he was HIV positive and needed prayer for that. I had to remember that regardless of the scale of the problem, no mountain is too big for God. We mustn’t focus so much on the level of anointing we operate in, we must focus on The Anointed One who breaks yokes, sets captives free and reigns as King Eternal, Jesus Christ!

As I prayed for him Holy Spirit touched him tangibly and pain left him. This built faith in both of us to agree that HIV must bow the knee to Jesus and leave him. As I prayed for the HIV to go, he told me that he felt electricity touch him, he was truly encountering the glory of God. I felt humbled as The Lord broke in by the shopping mall. We believed that God had done something in his body. He told me when he was getting retested to check for HIV in the blood and I took his number. I wanted to know how the test went. A few weeks past, and I spoke to him on the phone. He told me that the result of the test was that the doctors could not detect HIV in his blood! Understandably they aired on the side of caution and told him to keep taking his medicine which I agree is sensible, but it would appear that The Lord has done something. What impressed me was that this man believed The Lord had healed him that day. It’s easy to pray for people who have faith. He did tell me that there had been encouraging signs before I had prayed for him, and as a Christian he has had other people pray for him too. On that basis it can’t be ruled out that he could have been partially or fully healed even before I prayed for him, and even if he was healed or the healing was completed when I prayed for him, I might well have been reaping where other people had sown by praying in tears. The point is that JESUS healed him, but what is encouraging is that The Lord can use you and me in conjunction with others to fulfil His glorious plan in people’s lives in setting them free.

Jesus tells us in Mark 11 22-24 ” Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

This is a challenge to me to take to heart. Just recently my daughter’s 4th finger on her left hand suffered a severe laceration as it was trapped in a door at school after another child slammed the door shut accidently. The worst case scenario was not good, however my wonderful church started praying, and God, through all the prayers and the medical profession did something amazing in restoring her finger with sensation coming back despite a gloomy prognosis.

As I write there is a glorious outpouring of God’s Spirit at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City. God is pouring out His new wine. Let’s pray it goes around the world.

Whatever you’re going through, whatever dreams seem like they’re dead in the ground in your life, I want you to know that you can trust God. You can trust in His unfailing love for you. What you’re going through may be tough, you may be asking questions, but hold on to God, He will see you through to Your promised land. Have you given your life to Jesus? You can ask Him in right now to be your Lord and Saviour, repent of your sins, and thank Him for all He’s done for you.

UPDATE 29/11/09 You can see Victor’s testimony in the next article on video as The Lord touches him again, this time it’s his left leg being prayed for and on video you can see what happens!

The marriage of mercy and miracle ministry

Posted August 24, 2009 by rico7
Categories: anointing, mercy, ministry, miracles, teaching, Uncategorized

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.

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

Posted August 13, 2009 by rico7
Categories: evangelism, healings, miracles, prayer, supernatural, teaching

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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.

Sasha Steel’s near death experience of Jesus Christ and Heaven

Posted July 26, 2009 by rico7
Categories: death, experience, Heaven, near

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I want to share with you a short video where my wife Sasha shares her near death experience of where she literally met Jesus and went to Heaven. I pray this will encourage you and stir your faith. Because of medical complications, Sasha faced clinical death not once but twice while giving birth. The first time her heart stopped and her breathing stopped for a brief period, and the second time her breathing stopped at the very least. With signs of life all but gone, her spirit came out of her body and she literally met Jesus Christ, and went to Heaven before coming back. God spared her, and only after many years does she now believe that God has released her to share this truly awesome testimony publicly on the video you will see at the end of this post.
Sasha has been involved in one to one evangelism whether it be going out with me, praying at home, but she also places a strong emphasis on building relationships with non-believers. Heaven and Hell are real and Sasha has seen both. This is what is at stake when we share the gospel. There is nothing more important than where we will spend eternity. The only way we can get to Heaven is through accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, repenting of our sin and following Him for the rest of our lives. He died for our sins and made a way for the veil of separation between us and The Father to be torn in two, so great is His love. Because The Kingdom of Heaven is within us (Luke 17 verse 21) if we are born again knowing Jesus Christ, we are gateways to Heaven where people can literally encounter The Lord through us. Holy Spirit lives in us. That is why people can experience His love and compassion, and His miracle working power that will change them forever. If we can allow people that we are already in relationship with to experience The Lord in this way, all the better. If we don’t believe in miracles then we need to look at His Word again. We want to see Heaven heavily populated. I recognise that sadly not all will be saved, but my prayer is that as many as possible will be saved in line with what God’s Word says. The end goal of our lives must be to glorify God and enjoy intimacy with Him because that is why we were created. When Sasha was in Heaven she encountered its beauty which is beyond human description yet her eyes were focused on Jesus Christ for nothing in all creation is more beautiful than The Lord Himself. He is the end of our searching and the longing we have in our hearts and souls that can only be filled with Him, with His love and His very nature transforming us forever, defining us as our Father’s children. If you would like Sasha to share more about her experiences at your church email us here

See this video as Sasha shares what happened to her, and be blessed:

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Video: Woman’s leg grows, she leaves wheelchair!

Posted June 20, 2009 by rico7
Categories: anointing, creative, healing, healings, Jesus, miracles, wheelchair

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Today was an encouraging day on the streets. I prayed for one lady who started to feel “woozy” as God’s presence hit her, and then as I prayed for her arthritis she told me that she felt more of God’s presence and no pain! More importantly she accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and I took contact details from her. She expressed an interest in doing something like an alpha course or similar.

I then saw a lady in a wheelchair being transported by a man I presumed to be her husband. She had multiple infirmities, not least a spinal injury, an ankle problem, arthritis, and as I later found out one leg half an inch shorter than the other. She was in pain. As I prayed the power of God hit her. She felt heat, and pain left her back. As I continued to pray strength for her, I encouraged her to get out of her wheelchair and she took some steps, supported by her husband initially yes, but pain free! Not only that but I asked her to bend her legs which she hadn’t been able to do without pain! Jesus is wonderful! I prayed for her ankle and again she felt heat and pain leaving her. I asked her if one of her legs was shorter than the other. She told me her right leg was, but by this time faith had risen in the atmosphere of Heaven that was there tangibly and we believed that God would do this miracle. As I prayed she testified to feeling a pulling on her leg and warmth as God’s healing and creative power touched her. She walked again and testified that her leg had grown! See this video:

They told me that they were born again Christians who already attend a church. Many people think that miracles on the streets are just for those who don’t know Jesus. Not so, Christians must believe for their healing because it was provided in the atonement of Jesus. His Word says that “By His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53 : 5)

As excited as I am by the power of God, as you can see from my previous entry I really want to build relationships with those I meet on the streets so they really will feel welcomed into the church family if they are not already in it. God is stirring my heart and others in our church to reach out to the homeless, the broken, the drug addicts and the orphans. We need mercy ministry and power evangelism, it’s not a case of one or the other, after all Jesus combined both when he was on the Earth around 2000 years ago, so should we! Acts 10 verse 38 says that “Jesus went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.” Matthew 14 verse 14 tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion toward the crowd and healed the sick. When they were hungry He multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed thousands. We need this wonderful marriage between mercy ministry and power evangelism with signs, wonders, and miracles rooted and grounded in the love of God. Roland and Heidi Baker exemplify this so wonderfully in all The Lord has done through them in Mozambique and elsewhere. This is the restoration of proper biblical Christianity, but it will go way beyond the book of Acts as the body of Christ embrace their Heavenly mandates.