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A greater works generation, resting in God

January 9, 2015

Hebrews 4:10 “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

As I was reflecting on this verse, God told me that it was connected with the restoration of the tabernacle of David Amos 9 11-12 reiterated in Acts 15 16-17, and Christ’s millennial reign but I could not immediately see the link. What does entering into God’s rest truly mean for us individually, and also how does it relate to our generation?

It does not mean lounging around doing nothing meaningful, and waiting for God to do something wonderful. It requires us to be proactive in drawing closer to God, surrendering everything to Him so we are ready to be His vessels with no limits on what He will do through us for His glory. It requires courage to obey Him as we respond to His call on our lives.

When Christ returns to rule and reign for 1000 years known as The Millennial reign, there will be glorious restoration with God’s redemptive purposes for mankind manifest. There will surely be 24/7 praise and worship as people from all over the Earth come to the temple to worship Him, not just during the feast of tabernacles yearly. The kingdoms of this world will literally have “become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ” (Revelation 11 15)

Today we see the tension and dichotomy of this glorious future increasingly breaking in now bringing shakings and birth pangs as the forces of darkness try to resist the inevitable conclusion of Christ’s return. Before He comes back however there is an opportunity for His bride to taste the powers of the age to come as Heaven invades Earth, and God tabernacles in us to bring in the final harvest of souls. That is why Hebrews tells us that we have to cease from our own works.

Psalm 90 verse 4 and 2 Peter 3 verse 8 state that a day is “as a thousand years” to the Lord. In reflecting on the millennial reign of Christ, it is interesting that Hebrews 4 verse 4 refers to God resting on the seventh day. It is well known that given that we are approximately 6,000 years from Adam, each 1,000 years is considered to represent a day, with the 1,000 year reign considered to be the third day since Christ was on the Earth, and the seventh day since mankind was created. So entering into God’s rest means allowing Him to tabernacle in us, with all of our agendas that do not align with His having to go. Entering into his sabbath rest means that our works must be His works. As He will rule and reign when He returns, we allow Him now to rule and reign in our hearts and lives so that we can manifest His Kingdom, His glory, Heaven, the future breaking in to the present!

Jesus tells us in John 14 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 he will do, because I go to My Father.”

To be a greater works generation we have to cease from our own works and allow Him to do His works in us and through us. This includes the fruit of the character of Christ, but also signs, wonders, and miracles. What is considered supernatural now will be part of everyday life in the 1000 reign of Christ on Earth. With satan defeated and bound during this time God’s people will enjoy rest from their enemies.

We cease from our own works, “as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4 10)

Isaiah 11 prophecies a coming King whom the Spirit of the Lord will rest on with sevenfold attributes reigning in a period of peace and prosperity. While this might have been partially fulfilled with the reign of King Hezekiah, it is clearly prophesying about the coming Messiah Jesus and the Millennial reign where it will find its true fulfilment:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11 6-9

As a result of The Holy Spirit coming to rest on and in Jesus during His baptism (Matthew 3 16) He fulfilled His earthly ministry of demonstrating the Kingdom before dying and rising again. As born again believers Holy Spirit lives in us. We are being “builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2 22) to bring The Kingdom of God to Earth, even a foretaste of Isaiah 11 before Jesus returns as the knowledge of His glory inhabits The Earth. There are gifts of The Spirit such as the word of wisdom and working of miracles that are available for believers but there is an even higher calling to be in such union with God that like forerunners such as William Branham there is a fuller expression of The Spirit’s attributes through Him abiding in us. Consequently we could function in abiding knowledge, abiding counsel, and abiding might rather than just the gifts. God will raise up an army of radical laid down lovers of Jesus Christ who will operate in this way. This is available to all believers though not all will respond to this call.

We can enter the finished work of Christ, the glorious future of the millennial reign and ultimately eternity now in terms of how we minister here because we are citizens of Heaven now (Philippians 3 20). We are all called to minister, we belong to Him, and we are His representatives here on Earth with a commission to make disciples, and a mandate to do greater works. That is exciting, awesome, but also challenging. It requires complete surrender, humility, boldness, faith, and above all the Father’s love flowing in us and through us to touch those hurting and lost. They can experience His manifest power revealing Jesus and the gospel to them.

The restoration of the tabernacle of David in Amos and Acts is not so much talking about restoring a building in terms of its prophetic relevance to us now, but ultimately restoration of intimate communion with God as His Church allow Him to abide and rest in them. As we rest in God, so He rests in us, and His Spirit transforms the world around us.

We only have to turn on the news to see another tragedy that can bring discouragement, sadness, and fear, but rather than be intimidated and sidetracked out of God’s purposes for us now, we should appreciate that the darkness represents an opportunity prophesied in God’s Word for us to shine in. Increasingly people are confused about why the world seems to be getting darker, but there is a hunger for Jesus Christ, the “desire of all nations” to give them the answers they seek, even if they do not yet know it. Many people are ready to encounter Jesus through us:

Isaiah 60 1-3 “Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Romans 8 19 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”

This is not a time to be passive, lukewarm, and neutral, but to press in to God, most of all because of the blissful union of our relationship with Him, the reason we were created, but also because His blood was shed for souls to come to know Him through you and me. We must allow His light to shine in the darkness.

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

April 20, 2011

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.”

Welcome to Miracles in the Marketplace : Heaven transforming our world

October 12, 2008

MIRACLES IN THE MARKETPLACE
News and Teaching for an Emerging Generation in 2015

Includes Video Footage of Street Healing Featured on Revelation TV

Testifying to the healing and saving power of Jesus Christ,
and His plan to use You to release the miraculous to touch lives for His glory!

Do you need healing prayer? Email us here or call (07772) 746421 ( in UK) or (int. code) + 44 1 7772 746421 Believe for your miracle!

If your church or organisation would like us to come and minister where you are then please contact us. We want to see the lost healed and saved, and believers equipped in healing and prophetic evangelism out of the overflow of an intimate relationship with The Lord. You can find out more about us at our website.

We are River Harvest Ministries. For our ministry site go to riverharvest.org

Hi I’m Richard Steel. Thankyou for visiting my blog. For me, Jesus Christ is more wonderful than can be described. This is a blog about Him, not really about me or anyone else, but The King of Glory and what He wants to do through His Church to reach people for Him in the limited time before He returns. This blog was created to encourage YOU that God wants to use your life to move in His miracle working power, and all He has entrusted to you to extend His Kingdom. We are called to demonstrate His love, to demonstrate the gospel. Every supernatural healing and miracle is the work of God, it is because of the cross and His glorious resurrection.

More than anything though, He desires a deeper relationship with you, and it is so important that we focus more on Him than the awesome things He does in isolation. Miracles reveal the heart of God and His love for humanity demonstrated through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that saves born again believers from an eternal hell to to a blissful eternity in Heaven. If you don’t know Jesus, you’ll see evidence on this blog of how real He is. He loved you enough to die for you, and you can know Him and His salvation for you. If you do know Him and you are born again, You can pray for people and release God’s love, His presence and power to them to reveal Jesus Christ and His gospel of eternal salvation. We all have different spheres of influence and gifts that God has given us to share His love and truth in, but the mandate of Matthew 10 verse 8 to heal the sick and raise the dead is there for us all, and its potential to impact millions of people must not be underestimated. We need to surrender ourselves to Him, discern the times, love Him with passion, and the lost with compassion.

We owe it to the unsaved to give them an encounter with God outside of the church because otherwise they may never discover Jesus Christ.

You will see ordinary people on video share how the power of God has touched them in the streets, and in some cases you can watch miracles unfold. When Heaven breaks through through the miraculous it gets people’s to focus on Jesus Christ and the power of the gospel. Romans 2 verse 4 says that the kindness of God leads people to repentance. The supernatural is God’s gift to all of us, its unmerited, and it is for His glory alone. So as you read the accounts and view the footage focus on The Lord, get deeper with Him, and find out what He wants to do through you! Praying for the sick is for all believers.

I talk in this blog about Heaven touching Earth, and what He wants to do through His Church in these days, and the importance of us positioning ourselves to be used to bring in His harvest of souls.

The entry below is the most recent, and while there are some articles relating to the ministry of healing and miracles, there are many archived entries with video documentation of the power of God for you to view. Also if you scroll down to the archives section on the right hand side, in March 2009 I published an article with a video with teaching on prophetic and healing evangelism. Don’t put too great an emphasis on me or anyone else that are merely vessels, but draw closer to The King of Kings. I was a sinner with a number of addictions saved by the amazing extravagant incredible love and grace of my Saviour. I want to share that with people and see them get to know their Creator as Father through Jesus Christ, The God of the universe He fashioned in eternity before time began. God is preparing His Church for her finest hour!

Miracles are evidence of God’s love for every one of us. Jesus Christ is revealing who He is in these days, and wants to reveal Himself through you and me. To God be all the glory!

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April 10th: Two people saved and touched by God

April 10, 2008

I led a woman and a young man to Christ on the streets today. God gave me words of knowledge for both of them. The woman had arthritic type problems, and told me her pain level was 6/10. After I prayed she told me there wasn’t any pain. The young man felt the presence of God, and a little improvement with his eyesight. I took him to the coffee shop in our church for a drink.

The miracle of eyesight restored in Dudley town centre!

April 7, 2008

April 7th 2008: After I lead an elderly man to Christ and prayed for his healing, my wife Sasha joined me and we talked to another elderly man who had problems with his eyes. In fact his left eye was almost completely legally blind. He could just about make out the blur of an object at very close proximity. We prayed for him, and started to experience some improvement. Sasha noticed his eye tangibly changing in front of us. As we prayed again he experienced marked improvement! He was amazed at God’s healing power. We lead him to Jesus Christ. He was happy to have us record his testimony. The demonstration of the Spirit’s power contributed to him being saved. Thankyou Jesus! This truly was a miracle, and to Him be all the glory.

April 3rd: Lady healed of arthritis

April 5, 2008

I prayed for a lady with arthritis in much pain, barely able to walk even with her two crutches. She felt the power of God touch her, and almost all the pain left her body. She testified that she was healed in an interview I recorded with her which you can view here. She told me that before I prayed her pain level had been 10/10 off the scale. Not only did the pain go, but freedom of movement returned. I also prayed for her to be healed of distonia, a serious brain condition. She believes she is healed of that too.

God’s miraculous touch on woman in the streets

February 4, 2008

On January 31st, it didn’t start out easy by any means, but I did have some meaningful conversations with people, including a muslim man, but at the end I approached a lady who I sensed had a physical condition. I told her that God loved her and wanted to heal her. She told me she had lupus. I told her to expect God’s touch as I prayed, and that that wouldn’t just mean she was receiving healing, but getting God’s manifest love. As I prayed the lady said she felt a tingling sensation, then a charge, and improvement in her  shoulder. I lead her through the prayer of salvation, and she gave her life to Jesus. I invited her to our church.