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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.”

Fresh oil coming to the body of Christ

October 2, 2010

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

The Kingdom of Heaven: miracles on the streets

January 12, 2008

Hi, I’m Richard. I am married with four children, and I like watching Newcastle United, Minnesota Vikings, The LA Angels, cricket, movies, and fast food! I attend Revival Fires Church, Dudley England. Above everything though I love Jesus Christ, and seeing other people come into a life changing relationship with Him. He is so wonderful, and fills the God-shaped vacuum in all of us, He meets the deep-seated need for love that we all have. I love seeing the miracles of Jesus here today in the 21st century. I’ve started this blog to draw attention to Him especially for those who don’t know Him, but also to show what our inheritance and commission as believers is in Him, that’s every believer, not just the likes of Benny Hinn and Reinhard Bonnke. We, with all our imperfections and weaknesses are called to share our faith in Jesus Christ and believe that He will back it up with signs, wonders, and miracles as a testimony to His love, and who He is. This is so the focus will be on Him and not us because only The Holy Spirit can draw anyone to a saving faith. If you are not a believer then I encourage you to pursue truth and you will find it. Jesus said I am the truth. When you seek truth you discover that it is a person, the Lord Jesus Christ, God eternal, co-equal with God The Father and God The Holy Spirit. See my website http://www.Jesusevidence.com and you will see how real Jesus is. If you are a believer please visit the website. It will encourage you in your faith, and you can share it with seekers so that they too can discover Jesus. To God be all the glory.

In 2007 I started seeing Jesus heal and save people as I went out on the streets in England. Conditions such as leg pains, stomache aches, headaches, arthritis, a painful wrist and deafness were healed by Jesus either partially or completely as I prayed. Sometimes God gave me a prophetic word for people. When they saw that Jesus was real they asked Him into their lives, prayed to turn from sin, and were saved. They came into an eternal relationship with God through the finished work of Christ’s death on the cross and were spared eternity in Hell.

When I went to India I saw conditions such as blindness, deafness, and tumors healed by the power of God. I laid hands on a large swelling on a man’s leg, most probably a tumor, and as I and one or two others prayed within seconds it shrivelled down to nothing by God’s power. That was part of an evening in Gangtok, India where we had a visitation of the glory of God.

It is now January 2008. I have just finished a short season of fasting and praying and will be going out on the streets soon. Jesus is the healer. It is all about Him. If you are a Christian you can do this too, just have a go, it doesn’t matter if nothing happens because I have experienced that a lot and felt discouraged at times. Just persist, seek His face constantly, live a Godly lifestyle, and trust Him and you will see miracles that flow from His throne of grace that will touch hearts. Most of all go out with His love and compassion. If you read the Bible the miracles of Jesus were rooted in His love and compassion for the people he prayed for.

Isaiah 53:5 says that “by His stripes we are healed.” God’s gift of healing is part of the new covenant for all believers but it is actually a gift available to ALL!