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Testimony Time

At the beginning of this year, on the 3rd January to be exact, I wrote a prophetic post about 2016 being the year of the testimonies. I encouraged people to bring their testimonies and share them. No one has shared any on the post, but now I have one to share, and it is a rather big one.

Here it is, I decided to do a video for this one.

To God be all the glory!

Richard & Wendy.

Time to Acts – Part 3

I am doing a series on Acts, one chapter at a time to see what we can learn, this is about chapter 3. I know that I may get out a different lesson to what you may, that is one of the beauties about the Bible, every time you read it, you get something new out. It doesn’t matter how often you read it, you will always learn. I also don’t go too deep into each chapter, just pull out a few things that speak to me. I encourage you to go and read the relevant chapters and see what God has to say to you. Here we go with chapter 3. Read the whole chapter and then take a look at Acts 3:4-8.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

There is so much to learn here, and I can say that I have done some of it, but there is one part in particular that I see as a huge challenge. The first thing that I see in the verses that I have highlighted here, is that the man was expecting one thing and Peter (and John) had something else in mind. This is vital when ministering to people. I have had so many people come to me for ministry and ask for prayer for something, I then ask God what He wants to do. The two often differ. I chose to listen to God, not because the person is wrong, just because God knows best. I have even seen people healed from what they wanted healed, because God healed them from something else which seemed unrelated. When ministering to someone, don’t just address their need, see what God wants to do, and lead with that. If Peter had money, do you think he just would have given some? I doubt it. Not that giving money is wrong, just that healing someone is so much better.

Now we move onto the healing. This is the part that excites me. Peter didn’t pray for the person, or ask God if it was His will that the person be healed. He merely told him to get up and walk, and he used the mighty Name of Jesus. He knew the authority that he had (and we have) and he did it. No lack of faith, no unbelief, he trusted in what God had said and he did it. Now I do this too, but I have to say that my success rate is not as high as Peter’s. Why? I have too much unbelief. It is something that I am working on, it doesn’t come right overnight, but it is a problem. This is what we should be striving for, commanding healing with such faith and lack of unbelief that it has no choice but to happen. This is not ‘forcing God’s hand’, it is merely forcing the demons and illnesses to vacate according to the will of God and to fall in line with what Jesus died for. When healing happens, it is not because God decided to heal, it is because we have finally got our actions and faith in line with what God has already provided. By His stripes we WERE healed. Jesus said that His job is finished. It is our turn now!

Now the last point I wish to make is the hardest one to swallow. This is one that I have never done, and I need to pluck up the courage to do it. Just because I haven’t done it, doesn’t make it incorrect though, I need to change here. Once Peter had commanded that the man be healed, he grabs the man and lifts him up. Now please note that the man is only healed as he lifts him up. This is incredible. Let’s just imaging for a minute that someone in a wheelchair comes to you for healing and God says that you must heal them. No pressure. You may be like me, and you may understand this theology and command that the person be healed in Jesus Name (as Peter did), but would you have the faith to pull someone out of a wheelchair? Most of the people reading this are probably in the UK or the USA, can you imagine the legal charges if you are wrong and the person falls down? Fear. Unbelief. Peter didn’t have any. I unfortunately do. This is what I am trying to remove. So how do I do that? Read the scripture, meditate on the word. Let these lessons soak in and go from mere head knowledge to actual belief and faith. Submerge yourself in the Holy Spirit, pray in tongues. Fully embrace the kingdom of God and what it has to offer you here on earth. I encourage you to join me in this.

Let’s move the mountain.

Richard

Not How it First Appears

I experienced an interesting event in the last few days, which I would like to share. It is confidential, so I won’t mention any names or the actual condition involved, but I will try and explain the lesson learned without spilling the beans. If it doesn’t make sense please just bear with me and I’ll try to explain as comprehensively as I can.

Someone (let’s call her Jane) had a condition that caused internal issues, as well as some external ones, but the only visible ones were internal. Which meant that we could pray for her, but we couldn’t see any change unless she went to the doctor for a scan. Now, one of the indicators that she had this condition were some internal scars which were visible on the scan, so this is how the doctor first diagnosed the problem. She was told that this condition vary rarely goes away and will probably just cause more damage and side effects. The other side effects being the more dangerous problems and causing the external problems. I know this must be confusing not knowing what is going on, but it gets easier.

Now it came time to pray. As I have mentioned in other posts, I don’t pray for illness, I speak to the illness and command it to leave – as modelled by Jesus and the disciples. The day in question I was particularly fired up and I wasn’t taking no for an answer, so I actually ended up shouting at the condition and commanding it to leave in Jesus’ name! Jane said that she felt some weird feelings in the area where the condition was most concentrated, so we trusted that God had healed her, but we could not confirm it until she went for a scan. That scan happened this week.

She went for the scan, and the first bit of information I received was that the internal scars were still there. I breathed a disappointed sigh. She then asked me why I was disappointed and proceeded to tell me the rest of the news. The other side effects that the doctor had said would happen, did not. The other news was that there didn’t appear to be any more scars. This means that the scars that were there (3 years ago) that were caused by the condition were still there. No new scars, no further damage, no new damage, no other side effects. In fact, other than the old scars, they could not find anything else (internally) wrong with her! Now even though the doctors see the scars and say that the condition may still be there (because they don’t see how it could have just gone), the fact that there is no new damage, I believe that the condition has in fact gone!

Now I thought about this and wondered why God would do a miracle and not remove the scars? Why do something 99% and not go all the way? I came up with two possible solutions, although there may well be others. Firstly, the condition was the problem, not the scars. If you have a pacemaker put in, are you more worried about the dodgy heart and pacemaker, or the scar on your chest? You see the scars may serve as a reminder of what happened, but it is also a reminder of what God has done! I’m not saying that He left them there on purpose, but He didn’t really need to remove them, the person is fine now, and that is all that matters. The other possibility I came up with is a far more simple and logical one. I didn’t command the scars to go, I commanded the condition to go. The condition went and the scars didn’t. Maybe it is just that simple.

Either way, I have learned a few things. Pray and command specifics, don’t underestimate God, and always look for the good as opposed to assuming that nothing has happened when you hear the first bit of news!

One day I will be able to tell you the whole story.

All glory to God!

Richard.