Psalm 133 is a well-known, well-quoted, yet unusual chapter, because as it starts by talking about unity of the brethren, it then likens that unity to things that seem to have very little in common with it.
While meditating on this verse, the Lord gave me some wonderful insight into this Psalm.
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren (brothers) to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment (fragrant oil) poured on the head, that ran down the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body].
3 It is like the dew... that descended upon the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.
So what does unity have to do with oil (lots of oil !!) and rain falling on mountains?
Let's start with v1
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren (brothers) to dwell together in unity!
Let's focus on the word 'DWELL'
In Revelation 2:13, Jesus says I know where you live - a place where Satan sits enthroned... - where Satan dwells. (AMP)
My focus on this verse is NOT on Satan, it's on two powerful words ('enthroned' & 'dwells') that, in this verse, are the same and interchangeable.
These words are closely related as we understand the word "dwell" means to occupy and live in. Its your domain and location from where you live and conduct your affairs.
To be "enthroned" is to sit on a throne, "dwelling" in a palace - ruling with authority over a conquered area.
Now in Romans 8:11, it states that if the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells (sits enthroned) in you, He will quicken your mortal bodies!
And if the Spirit has that throne or seat of authority in you, then you are a true son of God! For... as many are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God! Ro. 8v14
You see, God has many children, those born again into His family, but not as many sons! Galatians 4:1-7 is a must read and explains this beautifully!
It tell us that as long as the son is still a child, he differs nothing from a slave EVEN THOUGH he is heir to his father's whole estate! But when the child reaches a state of maturity and realizes that all belongs to him and he begins to rule over his father's estate with designated authority, he becomes a son in his father's house!
Ro. 8:17 states that if we are God's children, then we are heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.
As children, we are all heirs but with a mindset of being freed slaves or servants! But the sons are the ones who step into their rightful place, and begin to rule in His Kingdom with Christ - as joint-heirs with Him, being led by the Spirit!
And in Ro. 8:19, we see that the earth is longing for the sons of God - joint-heir rulers - to be manifested or come into the light! Sons dwell, occupy and sit enthroned!
Now let's take another look at Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren (brothers) to dwell together in unity!
Ro. 8:29 states that "God chose us to be molded into the image of His Son, Who is Jesus... the FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN'' or the oldest Son of many sons! Jesus is our older brother!
Therefore, because of what we now know, this verse can be read as "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brethren ie. you and Jesus, sit enthroned as joint-heirs together in unity!"
Wow! that verse takes on a whole new meaning! Ephesians 2:6 says He has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus...
Now in the light of this context, let's look at verse 2 and see what v1 is likened to!
2 It is like the precious ointment (fragrant oil) poured on the head, that ran down the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments[consecrating the whole body].
Two points to make here is that firstly, in Bible days, God-chosen kings were anointed with oil before they sat on thrones! (King Saul, David, Jehu etc).
Secondly, we are the BODY OF CHRIST, and Christ Himself is the anointed HEAD! Colossians 1:18
Acts 10:38 says "How God anointed (poured oil upon) and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil - for God was with Him."
Verse 2 again: It is like the precious ointment (fragrant oil) poured (anointed) on the head (WHO IS CHRIST), that ran down the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body (WE ARE THE BODY!)].
The same Kingly anointing oil that God anointed Jesus with flows down onto us... His body! YOU ARE ANOINTED WITH ACTS 10:38!
"How God anointed (poured oil upon) and consecrated ... YOUR NAME! ... with the Holy Spirit and power and how ...YOU CAN & MUST GO ... about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil - for God ...IS WITH YOU!"
Romans 8:31 "What shall we say in regard to all these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Now for verse 3
3 It is like the dew... that descended upon the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.
We are Zion, the city on a hill that cannot be hidden! Matt. 5:14
Just as the Holy Spirit anointing oil flows onto Jesus and onto us, so Heaven's rain falls on us and is not supposed to be stored up and held back like a dam wall, barracking the flow, but rather the rain forms the river of Life that flows down from Zion, down to the world below!
Isaiah 55 speaks about this rain, which is also His Word, that goes forth from His mouth and causes fruit to come forth!
For there... in that state of union and unity with Christ, being anointed and allowing our rivers of Life to flow (John 7:37-38) ... God commands the blessing (not 'a' blessing, but 'the' blessing), even LIFE!
THE RIVER OF LIFE FLOWING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD IS ON THE INSIDE OF YOU AND NEEDS TO FLOW! IT'S GOD'S CHOSEN PIPELINE CONNECTING HEAVEN TO EARTH !
You are sons, brothers, anointed kings and co-heirs enthroned in heavenly places WITH and IN Christ Jesus!
You have been anointed with the same Acts 10:38 oil that Jesus was anointed with! Go and do good and heal all oppressed by devil, for God is with you!
You have that river of life on the inside of you! Let it flow!
You have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwelling in you!
Freely you have received, Church, freely give! Now GO!
HEAL THE SICK, CLEANSE THE LEPER, RAISE THE DEAD, CAST OUT DEVILS. DECLARE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS COME UPON THEM!
I CHARGE YOU !
Today I've got such an exciting word to share with you. It's one of the
greatest revelations I've received through His outstanding grace, and I
believe it's a word for you and for NOW! We're entering a brand new season.
It's a season of coming out of the dry valley wilderness and arriving at a
table laden with a feast of the finest foods en-route to your promised land!
He's there to dine with us - in the presence of our enemy, our
circumstances, trials and hardship we may be facing.
This is a word close to my heart! Be blessed and encouraged!
But first I would like to share a story or two about what God's been up to
Last Thursday we did hospital ministry and saw awesome miracles and people
coming to Jesus especially after being healed. One guy had a huge abscess
(over half the size of a tennis ball!) on his hand and had it surgically
removed that day. From what I could gather, the scar beneath the bandage was
2-3 inches long! He was in much pain but God healed him instantly and he
rejoiced and thanked Jesus repeatedly as he kept slapping the back of his
After we had finished, we were waiting outside for the others to finish in
their wards, and a man hobbled slowly and awkwardly up the hill towards us-
his leg was in so much pain! After my wife and I interrogated him, we found
out he had been bitten by a dog and his leg was septic and swollen. He made
it quite clear though that he didn't want us to pray for him and was quite
scared! We eventually convinced him and after praying, he was about 50%
healed and he was so amazed! We prayed again and this time he lifted up his
crutch and walked perfectly - no pain! We gave him some sweets and
literature (that we give out to all the patients) and just then his phone
rang. it was his mom asking him if he had arrived safely at the hospital. He
replied without a hesitation, " Yes I have arrived and I've already been
attended to. You can come pick me up now, I'm finished!"
As he walked off he remarked," And to think I almost didn't allow you to
pray for me!"
At the beginning of the year God gave our ministry Isaiah 61 for 2010. The
Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me.
Then God gave us Isaiah 11 (All about the 7 Spirits of God)! And the spirit
of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the
spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the
I was really excited about this word and eager to walk in greater anointing
- manifesting the 7 Spirits of God in a measure much greater than before!
And yet, though revelation, miracles etc. have flowed in abundance,
spiritually, emotionally, financially, and even physically, this year has
been by far the toughest I've had to endure.
Often I reasoned, "where exactly does Isaiah 11 and 61 come in? That promise
sounds a lot more exciting then what I'm facing at the moment.
HE DID PROMISE IT! But it just seems so distant!"
Then recently God opened my eyes to the "BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER."
When Jesus was baptised, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and after his
temptation, he came out of the wilderness FULL of the Spirit's power. BUT
JESUS WASN'T ANOINTED.YET!
These were 3 different and specific encounters and infillings of the Holy
Ghost! They also occurred in order - "BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER" His trial in
God showed me that each verse in Psalm 23 is a direct prophecy to Luke 4
(His baptism, temptation, and His being anointed).
Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
23:2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still
Jesus was baptised in the Jordan by John the Baptist. Now, if the Jordan was
in flood, John would definitely not have baptised people because when the
converts were immersed, they would probably have popped up 100 meters
downstream! So Jesus was led by God and baptised in the still waters!
23:3 He restores my soul
As Jesus comes out of the water, the Father pours out His love and
reiterates the Father- son relationship they share. The Holy Spirit comes
and as in Isaiah 11, he rests upon Jesus. Think of the emotional and
spiritual impact that encounter would've had on Jesus!
23:3b. he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and
was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Wait a minute. Jesus has just had an awesome encounter with God, His soul is
restored, the Spirit's all over Him and the first place He's led is WHERE?!
23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
And Jesus is tempted of the Devil. NOW THIS IS WHERE IT REALLY GETS
Temptation no1: Jesus is hungry! Satan says, "If You are the Son of God,
turn this stone into bread!" Jesus takes the focus completely off Himself
and Who He is and even what He possesses and puts His full attention on God
by saying," man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
Temptation no2: Luke 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high
mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory
of them. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be yours.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Note: Focus is off of Himself again and straight back to God!
4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the
temple, and said unto him, If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down
4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep
4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, You shalt not tempt the
Lord your God.
The Devil was trying so hard to get Jesus to focus on Himself, His abilities
and even His identity! Jesus never even evaluated Himself but always
reverted back to God - His source!
AND JUST LOOK AT THE OUTCOME .
Temptation no1: Physical bread. "Devil, is bread the best you have to
Psalm 23: 5 Thou preparest a table (feast!)... before me .in
the presence of mine enemies (The Devil watched in horror as God fed Jesus a
Temptation no2: Power & glory. "all this power and glory I will give you"
Luke 4:14 (coming out of the wilderness) And Jesus returned in the power of
the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the
region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of
Temptation no3: focus on angels rather than God. "cast thyself down from
hence. He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee"
Matthew 4:11 And the devil left Him and ANGELS CAME AND
MINISTERED UNTO HIM!
Jesus received a far superior measure of everything He was tempted with
because He never allowed Himself to be the focus but always kept His eyes on
God alone! In other words He humbled Himself.
1 Peter 5:5 God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time:
HOW do we humble ourselves??? BY.
5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Allowing Him to be and bring the solution, and not putting any hope and
trust in the flesh!
So Jesus comes out of the wilderness/valley (Ps23).
Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and
there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to
Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into
the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he
had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
And he began to say unto them, This day this scripture is fulfilled in your
In other words: TODAY, I AM ANOINTED AND WHILE I WAS STANDING AND READING
Isaiah 61 IN YOUR MIDST, THE HOLY SPIRIT POURED OUT A BIG JAR OF ANOINTING
OIL ON MY HEAD!
Oh to have seen in the spirit realm at that moment! GLORIOUS!
NOW let's pick up where we left off in Psalm 23!
23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies(exiting the
widerness/valley): You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
When He was anointed, the miracles began to multiply and were so numerous!
His wisdom, knowledge and understanding were outstanding! The 7 Spirits of
God (Is 11) manifested through Jesus so powerfully and His cup truly
overflowed from that point onward!
ANOINT US OH GOD!! SO THAT: Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Put your trust in Him and allow Him to lead you! There's more than just hope
to look forward to! There's an overflowing cup that is your portion. There's
God's goodness and mercy ready to overtake you. His presence is about to
overshadow you in a greater measure!
Be strong, be encouraged!
Finally, see how this scripture summarizes Psalm 23 and Luke 4.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt
you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by
Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect,
establish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Be anointed with fresh oil and may your cup overflow.FOR HIS GLORY!
NOT SUPERMAN!! JUST SUPER C!!
I was on my way home one day (in a hurry as usual), enjoying a roll of Super
C's and I passed 2 men sitting under a tree. The Holy Spirit said the
strangest thing to me."Go back and give them the rest of your super C's!"
And that's all He said! Well, the negotiations in my mind began. Out of a
roll of 10-12 sweets, I still remember counting only 3 left. The excuses
kept filling my mind as I wasn't too excited to part with my last 3 candies!
Then I had the perfect excuse.. I thought very rationally. 'Lord, you want
me to turn around, greet the men, give them each a sweet (and expect them to
share the 3rd one!) and ask them if they want to receive Jesus (cos of my
"such great selfless generosity?!!!!")' Well, I didn't get an answer. But in
the silence, He was speaking. After a sigh I said "Alright Lord, I'll do
it," and turned around. To my delight, everything made sense the moment I
approached them! I noticed one of the men had a broken leg with a cast!
When God orchestrates a situation like that, you just know it's His will
that this guy gets healed NOW! You don't even need to stir up faith. With
100% confidence I could expect a miracle because I realized it actually had
nothing to do with super C's (which I forgot to give them) but with God
wanting to reveal His love to them. Praise God I obeyed a weird command!
That's why intimacy with God is so important. Jesus said, "My sheep hear My
voice." If I had not obeyed, He would not have said, "OK I'll just appear to
them in shining glory and do the job Wendell was supposed to do." No, that
guy would've had the cast on for the full 6 weeks and never experienced an
encounter with God.
He phoned a few days later to tell me the cast was cut off and he was
walking perfectly. and loving Jesus!
I'm so glad I obeyed, but sometimes neglecting that still small voice can
have disastrous consequences!
Recently I heard a heart wrenching story of a teenage girl who had given up
on life. She was going to end her misery and prayed and said, "God, I'm
going to the pier and I'm going to jump into the ocean beneath and end my
life. There's no meaning to this life. If You are real and You care, send
someone to the pier to stop me."
She went to the pier. Nobody came. She jumped.
Was there no one in the whole city who could hear His voice? Was there
nobody who would act upon the Spirit's unction to blindly obey and go to a
Perhaps that area was not safe. Maybe it was during winter and God's
children had 'rational' reasons why they couldn't go. What COULD have
happened? She could've been saved from destruction and become a fireball for
Oh, may we be sensitive to the still small voice!
A question I've asked myself is how do I KNOW that it's God speaking and not
my own random thoughts? I wish I had the answer clearly in black and white,
but if you think about it, how do you recognize people's voices? Only
through conversation! I have often put on an accent when phoning a friend or
family member and unless I'm really good, they catch me out because they
recognize something in my tone or in the way I speak that gives me away!
With regards to hearing God's voice, if I have an unction in my spirit or a
thought, I act on it! Sometimes I'm wrong, but the more I practice and spend
time listening for His voice, the better I hear and discern. The good old
saying remains true: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
Hebrews 6:12 In order that you may not grow disinterested and become
[spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith
and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the
I was walking with Tess, my wife, one day and we were on our way to pray for
a dear mother's daughter at the daughter's house. As we neared the house, a
name 'Tandeka' dropped in my head. I immediately turned to the mother and
said, "Who's Tandeka?"
The mother gave me a shocked look and said, "That's the name of my daughter
whose house we're going to!"
I rejoiced because I had spoken out names in the past without much success
but perseverance and practice in discerning God's voice paid off!
God blessed that family mightily. Their faith was also built up through the
word of knowledge and a prophetic word about Tandeka's rebellious son! While
we were praying for her, I put Tess on the spot and told her to get a word
for her from God, bowed my head (avoiding 'the look' she gave me), and
waited. She asked Jesus though and got such a powerful word that, after she
gave it, the mother was blown away and kept on repeating to her "howu!! you
Thank you Jesus!
I was driving one day with my sister and we passed an elderly man who
clearly was in crippling pain and was walking slowly with a stick. I turned
to Kim and said, "Should we zap him?"
We stopped and turned around. But there was a problem. we had Maroon 5, a
secular CD, playing in the car at the time!
How high would your faith level be if you were about to pray for an almost
crippled man with a Maroon 5 song stuck in your head? Fortunately I had the
revelation of grace but didn't say anything to Kim. We prayed for him and he
was completely healed! As we drove off, I looked and saw the man standing in
amazement at what just happened (his back was to us) and watched as he
tipped his hat in reverence to God, and continued to walk perfectly - cane
under his arm!
Kim learned a valuable lesson: don't let anything condemn you and give you a
'valid' reason why you can't obey or why it won't work. Always be available
to allow his life to flow through you.
If you're gonna wait for a worship song to come on the radio, while in a
supermarket, so that you feel like you're in church, before you decide to
pray for someone, you'll definitely miss it!
We need to remember that as we're learning and God's teaching and maturing
us, there's more than enough grace for us to make mistakes, learn from them
and grow! The life we are supposed to live is one of 100% grace. God does
it ALL! We relied on 100% grace to save us, but after that, we often resort
to working and striving to be good enough for God and we began to mix grace
with law and condemnation. Its not 90% grace and 10% law! Romans 8 declares
that there's NO (zero!) condemnation for those who are in Christ. God's not
looking for our good works that we run around trying to perform so as to get
His attention somehow. We already have His attention. We're His favourite!
He's made us worthy!
All He requires of us is our availability and willingness - so that His life
can flow through us, His earthen vessels!
THE 'WHAT IF' FACTOR
I thought I'd just throw in this story. This is definitely one that baffled
me for a long time! If you have the answer, I'd love to hear it!
I was in Harrismith 2 years ago, visiting a pastor friend of mine. We prayed
for his neighbour's daughter who was about 12 years old. She was suffering
from an unknown muscle disease. It had become so severe that she had been
taken out of school because she could hardly hold a pen! Literally every
single muscle in her body was paining - all the time! Can you imagine every
muscle from your toes right up through your legs, back, neck, face etc. in
As we prayed for her that Saturday morning, the glory of God was so thick in
that place. We had been worshiping and praying in the lounge for hours! She
stepped into the glory and was completely healed within a few minutes.
I told her, "Freely you have received, freely give!" and we went straight to
town with her to minister to people on the street. This girl went with such
boldness! Going ahead of us (we tried to keep up!) I remember her praying
for a Gogo who had 3rd degree burns. She wept because she couldn't embrace
her grandchildren. If they tried to hug her, she would scream out because of
the pain! After this girl prayed for her, she was 100% healed. The Gogo was
slapping herself with no pain! The next Kathryn Kuhlman was prowling the
streets! We watched in amazement how a 12 year old just loved people and
grownups were weeping as she ministered to them! WOW what a success story
right?! Healed by 10am and healing the sick by 10:30! I went home that
The next morning I had a call from the pastor who informed me that around
3pm, the pain had returned and the girl was in a worse state then before!
What? I got so angry with that devil and made plans to go back and sort it
out - not with arrogance but with the authority we have (read David and
Goliath)! But the family, who were very religious (in the Pharisee sense),
wouldn't allow us near her to pray for her again and every door slammed
shut! This amazing story seemed to backfire horribly. What an attack on
I was very disappointed, but God used that situation to teach me one of
life's powerful lessons:
We are the vessels; He's the One who does it. The results are not up to us.
Our purpose is to be available and willing, have faith and trust in God. The
results are up to Him - not us! That's why I can pray for any sickness or a
cripple and not be scared to try again if they don't get healed! I've prayed
for people with cancer who experienced instant healing and prayed for others
with more faith, more expectancy, and they passed on to eternity.
It is humbling for sure when they don't get healed but since when are we
supposed to have a reputation?! Without pride and a reputation, you have
nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Hebrews 6:12 In order that you may not grow disinterested and become
[spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith
and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the
Since then, the Lord has opened the door for the pastor and his wife to
minister to and counsel the family. The family's growing spiritually and are
receptive and the girl is much better and returned to school this year. The
Lord knows what He's doing and we trust in Him!
The Bible says that without faith, it's impossible to please God. In other
words, the way we please God is through faith! Results belong to God.
Therefore, God is just as pleased when I pray and see a miracle and when I
pray and nothing happens! As long as I have faith!
If it was all about apparent results, Jesus ministry was a huge flop! He
healed thousands, fed probably well over 10 thousand people supernaturally,
had crowds trampling each other just to see Him, and eventually had 120 to
show for it! (Acts 2)
Hebrews 10:23 So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the
hope we cherish, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and
faithful to His word. And let us consider and give attentive, continuous
care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up to love and
helpful deeds and noble activities.
May you continue in the work without growing weary in well doing because in
due time. we shall reap if we do not faint, cease and lose heart. (Gal 6:9)
Tess and I have just come back from ministering in Vryheid and we were so amazed at what God had in store for the unsuspecting public!
We arrived about 2 hours early and decided to “test the waters” and see what God wanted to do.
We found a large Shoprite supermarket and immediately went crutch hunting! It wasn't long before we found what we were looking for – a perfect candidate and recipient of a miracle!
This lady's foot had been ridden over by a car 11 months ago and she was still very much in pain and dependent on her crutch. We prayed and she was 90% healed. As she walked off, her son, a Shoprite employee, said, “Praise God, my mom is healed! She couldn't walk like that before!”
We proceeded to look for others to share the love and power of God with and came across about 8 people. There was a lady there who looked very ill. We were told that she had cervical cancer and the hospital said they could operate only in October 2011! Her sister begged us to pray for her and said, “While we're waiting for October to come, my sister is dying!”
She had much pain and 2 cancerous growths in the stomach area. God touched her and instantly she was healed! She checked herself and told her sister in Zulu (which fortunately I could understand) that the lumps had disappeared and the pain was gone! PRAISE GOD! She began to walk and sported a beautiful smile!
The angels must have been walking behind people pushing them in our direction because within minutes a crowd had formed and we spent the next hour or 2 praying for people for all kinds of pains, sicknesses and needs. Almost every one of the people (about 30) were instantly healed! It was chaos... it was glorious! Jesus was in His element that day and people were loving Him and experiencing His reality.
It was also so encouraging to see how many young Zulu men came up for prayer. In my experience, they have almost always been closed to the Gospel, but that day the Lord showed me how their hearts are crying out for God's love and reality!
God is so good!
I took Spencer, my brother-in-law, onto the Durban streets a while ago, and God taught me 2 great lessons that day! I think it will really be worth sharing...
We came across an Indian man with 2 crutches and a cast on his leg. The cast had worn through at the bottom from him trying to walk on it.
He told us that the doctor said he should rest his broken ankle to avoid complications and allow it to heal, but he was a poor man and if he didn't work, he couldn't get money to eat! He was a Christian and trusted God to heal him. We prayed for him 2 or 3 times and nothing happened! As we walked off, I said to Spencer a statement that a lot of us agree with: “It's sometimes a lot easier for unbelievers to get healed than for Christians!”
The very moment those words came out of my mouth we heard someone yelling about 50m behind us! The man we had just prayed for had suddenly been healed! He placed the 2 crutches in one hand and walked off pain-free!
And God spoke... “So where in the Bible does it prove your last statement?”
He had set me up for a mindset change! But He wasn't finished...
On our way back I told Spencer that the young black men are usually so closed to the Gospel and get a thrill out of wasting as much of my time as possible when I approach them. They therefore also steal the time of others who are open and in need of a miracle.
AGAIN... scarcely had I said this when, yes, a young black man came limping toward us! He'd been beaten and robbed the day before and was in a bad way. Some of his fingers were cut to the bone and he had an open wound on his head where they had hit him with a gun. He had bruised ribs and legs.
We prayed for healing starting with his spirit (removing spirit of fear and replacing it with love, power and a sound mind), moved onto his soul (emotions etc) and ended with his body. God did an amazing work! The young man was completely healed and even the open wounds on his head and fingers had no pain! He was filled with joy and received Jesus gladly!
Lesson no.2 learned : that statement I declared to Spencer also didn't line up with the Word.
So let's always use the Word as our basis, and not even our previous experiences. God heals Christians as readily as unbelievers because he loves and died for all equally. God is not in any way limited to whom He can touch – race, gender, or age!
The message I would like to share I feel is so necessary for the church – a challenge from the Lord's heart to move us from mediocrity to maturity, from children to sons, from condemnation to perfection!
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles (of laying foundations again and again)... let us go on to perfection! (italics mine)
I have often had people ask me or tell me that I have a GIFT of healing. My perhaps controversial response to that statement is that “I don't know and actually I really don't care!”
HEAR ME OUT...
If I'm labeled as having a certain gift, firstly, it can place an 'expectation limitation' on the person ministering ie. If I have a gift of healing, people can focus on one particular gift and have little or no expectation for God to work in any other way, like prophecy, wisdom etc.
Psalm 78:39,40 explains that they grieved God by limiting Him.
Secondly, people have used me as an excuse to say, “Well, Wendell prays for the sick and sees results because he has a gift. I don't have that gift so I'm excused from praying for the sick or prophesying etc. and expecting the same results. Send the sick to Wendell... He's got the gift.”
Sadly, that is often the feel I get from people. The gifts and anointings are available to all who will seek Him! They are developed through faith and practice (Heb. 6:12).
I understand that people are obviously called to different ministries and functions in the body of Christ, but that shouldn't place a limitation on what we can experience, expect, or flow in!
Here is my take on the SPIRITUAL GIFTS in 1 Cor. 12...
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul said he had fed them with milk (laying foundations because they were babes in Christ) yet he desired to feed the Corinthian church with meat – the mature stuff.
Then he goes on to say that “even now you are not ready for solid food, therefore I have to continue to give you … MILK.” So he continued giving them milk, and consequently I conclude that: THE REST OF HIS 1st LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS IS … MILK.
Therefore in 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul is speaking about the gifts of the Spirit, he is still giving them... MILK.
Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with milk. It is absolutely essential for every mammal and baby. But milk is essential for just that... BABIES!
You see, Jesus never operated in a gift. In 1 Cor. 12 Paul talks about the gift of knowledge, wisdom, and/or understanding (discernment).
But Isaiah 11 (Talking about Jesus) says the Spirit of knowledge, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding etc will rest upon Him.
John 3:34 says Jesus had and operated in the Spirit without measure! And that's the meat! And that's what I'm after!
Also, Jesus never said to His followers “Here's a gift of healing – go heal the sick and preach.” Nor did he say, “those of you with gifts of healing go heal, those with discerning gifts go drive out demons, and those with a gift of prophecy, you prophesy, and the rest of you are cheerleaders and spectators!”
No, Jesus didn't hand out gifts... He gave them authority in His Name over all the works of darkness!
“As the Father has sent me, even so send I you!” (John 20:21)
If Jesus sent us even as His Father sent Him, how can we expect to do what Jesus did (and greater works Jn 14:12) with anything less than the Spirit without measure? And we have this Spirit!
Galatians 4 says as long as the heir is a CHILD (under the law & needing milk), he differs nothing from a slave, although he is the MASTER (Heir or son, having full authority) of all the estate.
Verse 4-6 says: "But when the fullness of time was come God sent forth His Son... that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because we are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His son into our hearts crying Abba, Father."
When I was a young teen I really wanted to learn how to drive a tractor. I arrived at the shed and asked, then begged the labourers on the farm to give me just a 5 minute driving lesson. They were quite unwilling because it was "knock-off" time and to them I, and my pleading, became nothing less then a joke! A few years later though I started working on the farm full-time and became a son in the business. Because I had my grandfather's authority, things changed completely. Men, twice or even 3 times my age were obeying my every command (not request), and if we needed to work an hour or 2 overtime, they had to submit to me because I was no longer a child, but a son! And a son under authority!
So in Matthew 28:18, Jesus says "ALL power (Greek word is authority) is given to Me... therefore go." Therefore, if ALL authority belongs to Jesus, then the devil has no authority, and neither do we! But we are under His authority and go in His name and in His authority. And because the devil has no authority, all that he does is illegal and we have the right to do something about it!
When we were born again, we all became children of God and we know how children love gifts (1 Cor.12)! But the earth is waiting in earnest expectation for SONS TO BE REVEALED! Sons that will walk in authority and power - sons who walk in the Spirit and fullness of Isaiah 11!
As Galatians 4:5 explaines, the transition from a child to a son is not a gradual process, but rather a receiving of the great revelation of who we are and what we possess in Christ!
Let's look at these 2 Scriptures:
Col 2:9-10 For in him (Christ) dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him.
If you have Christ, you have the fulness of God within you! You won't "one day be complete"... In Christ, you are complete!
Read this next verse emphasizing on every word!
Heb 10:14 For by a single offering, He (Christ) has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.
That whole verse is written in the past tense! Not "will one day perfect us forever..." In His eyes, He sees us complete in Him, perfect in Him, and holy now and forever!
Now perhaps you're thinking, "wait a minute, I know I'm not perfect and the Christians around me sure ain't perfect!"
God sees us through the "it-is-finished" work of the cross. He sees us perfect through the blood of Jesus. That's why we have boldness in prayer etc because He doesn't see us with our sins and failures, He sees us as He sees Jesus - PERFECTED!
People live, hoping that one day they'll get there... instead of living and manifesting out of their perfected state purchased on the cross! They want to get from A to B, from imperfection to perfection, unholy to holy, incomplete to complete, unworthy to worthy, but IN CHRIST... we are already at B - perfect, holy, complete, worthy and we need to live and manifest Christ from there! In Him we live and move and have our being!
It's not in the becoming, it's in the being. One day, quite unsuspectingly, God boomed these words into my spirit "Why must we always DO, DO, DO, when we can just BE, BE, BE!" We are human BEINGS, not human DOINGS!
So be liberated into receiving the full work of the the cross of Christ. It's all about Him and what He has done. If I based my life and worth on my performance, I promise you, I would be constantly depressed! I work really hard at not "beating myself up" and make it my goal to base my life on His performance and, receiving sonship, aim to live a life where Christ is constantly manifested in and through me. And honestly, I feel that's the reason I have seen so many miracles etc. and God has used me extensively, because my confidence is in what He has done already and not in my prayers, fasting, or anything else!
Hebrews 12:2 "Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith..."
Now obviously we all need character building and constant spiritual growth in certain areas. We're constantly learning, but we are liberated when we realize that we learn from point B not point A! It's like an onion... we are that onion. An onion never has a strong tear-jerking smell... that is... until its fleshly layers start peeling off! We are a complete onion! We're not trying to produce a strong fragrance, we have it! But the more we pursue God, the more our layers seem to peel off and the stronger our fragrance (or anointing) becomes.
And the more we draw closer to God - walking in the Spirit, the less we will walk in the flesh. The Bible tells us that if we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. So stop trying to NOT SIN (because your focus will be on you and the sin!) and pursue walking and growing in the Spirit, looking unto Jesus constantly!
So milk is good! 1 Corinthians is very good. Drink milk and enjoy it! But don't settle on milk for your sustenance! There is so much more!
The babies are the ones who lie on their backs and cry for food - and get it. The Father's mothering nature gave the children of Israel whatever they wanted and whined for in the desert - manna, quail, water - but they limited God and never reached their promised land.
The sons open the fridge, make a milkshake, cook the meat and feast on all that's in the house - knowing all is theirs (though they didn't purchase it), they help themselves to the bounty therein - just because... they are sons!
Be liberated, be blessed
A few years ago I ‘stumbled’ across a whole new avenue of miracles! I was busy packing my bags preparing to minister in Harrismith for the weekend and as I put my CAT boots on, the Lord warned me to take another pair of shoes because I was to give my boots to the pastor (who I hadn’t met before).
During the evening meeting I kept glancing at the pastor’s feet to see what size he wore! When I asked him, Johann ( the pastor) told me he wore mostly size 11 shoes. I was suddenly not keen to part with my brand new, tight-fitting, steel-toe, from-America, CATERPILLER SIZE 9 boots! I thought, “Lord, why do you want me to give him shoes that won’t even fit him?” It just didn’t make sense and God wasn’t explaining!
After an awesome evening meeting that ended around 12 o’clock, we were in Johann’s kitchen and I brought up what God had said, and then joking added , “well, either God’s going to have to make the shoes bigger or your feet smaller!”
Johann, who had much more faith then me, took the shoes and put them on and they fitted him! Totally amazed, I demanded that he immediately take the shoes off again so I could put them on - only to find they were too big for my feet!
It was only a few days later that I came across the scripture in Deuteronomy 29:5 I took you through the wilderness for forty years and through all that time the clothes on your backs didn't wear out, the sandals on your feet didn't wear out.
Can you imagine wearing the same shoes from when you were 3 years old until you were 43 ?!
That miracle sent my friend Edwin and I on a tangent praying over shoes and clothes! We even saw a skirt change from size 32 to 38!
When evangelising in the taxi rank, I came across a lady who was standing barefoot with her shoes lying neatly next to her. After my interrogations she told me they were making her feet sore, and after my wife and I prayed over the shoes, the lady put them on and walked around. She said they were really feeling better but pointed to one spot on her right shoe and said, “this part here is still I little tight, can you pray again?”
Totally amazed at her simple faith, we placed our fingers on that exact spot and asked the Tailor of all tailors to fix it and He DID! She was happy and we were shocked! Africa’s faith!
So send me your clothes and shoes that you’ve outgrown. . . I know Someone who does a good job at modifying them to fit just right!! Some people pray for weight-loss, others pray for wardrobe-contents alteration!
A few Sundays ago, I sat outside in the warm Spring sun and read the whole story of Joseph in Genesis. God really opened the Word to me but I didn’t realise that within the next 24 hours, He would confirm the importance of this remarkable story at least 4 or 5 times! That afternoon I received an email from Thailand dedicated to Joseph! Then 2 different television preachers preached on Joseph etc., so I realised God was trying to emphasise something – JOSEPH!!!
I would encourage you to read the whole account, but I’m going to emphasise just a few points for now to whet your appetite!
I believe it’s a prophetic story as it ties in with the last email I sent (VALLEY EXIT). Remember how Psalm 23 relates so closely with Luke 4 – the temptation of Jesus and during His exit out of the wilderness, God prepares a table before Him in His enemy’s presence and then anoints Him? As I said before, I really believe many of us are now in this transition phase. Jesus ministry boomed after the wilderness/ valley experience. He was made manifest to the world, increased in momentum and fulfilled great destiny! Daylight is coming (Acts 27:29…). Breakthrough and promotion is near! It’s exciting times!
Joseph was just 17 years old – a cocky little teenage daddy’s boy with a ‘you-can’t-touch-me-‘cos-I’m-the-favourite attitude!’
In Genesis 37:2, Joseph brings and evil report about his brothers to dad Jacob, and gets his brothers into trouble. Shortly afterward, he dreams 2 dreams about his family bowing down to him as unto a king! I don’t think he told his family the dreams with a humble attitude! His brothers hated him and he even got a rebuke from Jacob! But Joseph didn’t care – he knew he was born for greatness… what harm could come to him?
A few days later the unimaginable happened. He found himself in a pit, and then sold to Ishmaelite’s. Imagine listening to his brothers negotiating his price and then, while his hands and neck were being bound, overhearing the fabricated story they would tell his dear father.
Being led away, his tears and cries for mercy fell on deaf ears. As he watched his brothers rejoice over the few silver coins, he realised no one would come for him. In time he would be forgotten – or perhaps remain a distant memory or regret. The pain of realising he would never see his loving father again became a reality as the sun set over the desert dunes and his night became even darker!
After days of walking the hot desert sands, this teenage boy suddenly found himself enslaved, forced into a foreign land with foreign gods, foreign language and no one who cared for him.
What hope would you give him? What hope would you give yourself if you were in that situation? Would you still trust, let alone praise God in that situation?!
Surprisingly he thrived because of one thing – 39:2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man.
A successful slave?! Perhaps God’s view of success is a little different from ours!
Don’t write people off because of their circumstances or upbringing, or give up on them because they haven’t been given a chance in life. Let us not reject the rejected! Throughout history God has used these kinds of people to surprise and impact the world!
He uses the foolish things and DESPISED things of this world to shame the wise!
God, Who was preparing him to steward a nation and feed the known world for 7 years, taught Joseph how to steward another man’s house and later steward a prison!
LUKE 16:10 He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
16:11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
16:12 And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another [whether God or man], who will give you that which is your own [that is, the true riches]?
I’m always amazed at how Joseph resisted the temptation of Potiphar’s wife. He had hardly been taught good family values for he was sold in Egypt at such a young vulnerable age and yet one of his oldest brothers, Judah – who had the “perfect upbringing”, growing up in a safe environment, and instructed in God’s ways – got up to a load of nonsense in Genesis 38!
I love Joseph’s answer to Potiphar’s wife.
Gen 39:8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, See here, with me in the house my master has concern about nothing; he has put all that he has in my care.
39:9 He is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept anything from me except you, for you are his wife. How then can I do this great evil and sin against God?
Perhaps others in Joseph’s situation would have reasoned that God had let them down, abandoned them and they needed to try find a way out themselves. Survival first, fear God second! He didn’t have the privilege of reading his own life’s outcome as we do!
It’s clear Joseph was not ashamed of his God, and being the head over Potiphar’s servants as well, he would have been a powerful testimony of purity and faithfulness. But when he finds himself falsely accused with even evidence to ‘prove’ his great guilt, it would’ve seemed that his very testimony of integrity was compromised!
Perhaps in Joseph’s mind, he was the lowest on the social scale – a slave. But he suddenly found himself even lower as he was made a prisoner. But what’s even lower than a prisoner is a slave-prisoner!
Think about it... a slave being sent to jail – there is no specific time to serve and no freedom in sight – he wasn’t free before he went to jail. They locked him up and ‘threw away the key’!
The journey to destiny isn’t necessarily how we envision it. The way forward may seem backward sometimes. Joseph’s road to great destiny involved being hated, betrayed, enslaved, falsely accused and imprisoned. But amidst these things, God was always with him to prosper, encourage and grant him favour wherever he found himself.
2 Corinthians 4:17 says For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory.
Just ask David about his journey to the throne! Perseverance will see our dreams fulfilled. Both David and Joseph were given a glimpse of their destiny around age 17 and both only saw fulfilment 13 years later. There was a journey to take but I truly believe we are nearing that time in our lives where great things – those things we’ve longed to see and haven’t; those things we’ve been promised and haven’t seen – will begin to take place!
Many of us are in that transition phase between the prison and the palace(Joseph), between Ziglag and the throne (David),and between the valley and the overflowing cup (Psalm 23), and between the wilderness and Nazareth (where Jesus was anointed)!
He’s prepared the table in the presence of our enemies. He’s brought us to the place of total bowing down – realising that it’s not our works, it’s not our prayers, it’s nothing on our part, and there’s no room to boast in anything except what He has brought about through His faithfulness alone!
Now, after Joseph was promoted to Pharaoh’s palace…
Genesis 41:50 Now to Joseph were born two sons… And Joseph called the firstborn Manasseh [making to forget], For God…has made me forget all my toil and hardship and all my father's house.
And the second he called Ephraim [to be fruitful], For [he said] God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction (2 Cor. 4:17).
I’m not saying we have arrived at perfection and a finish line. I’m saying that we’re entering a brand new significant season. We’re stepping into what GOD HAS PROMISED! The winter has been long and it’s time for Spring rain! When Joseph, David and Jesus entered their season of promotion, it wasn’t the end but merely the beginning. God made Joseph forget and God made him extremely fruitful and prosperous!
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you…
43:18 Forget the former things; do not consider the past.
43:19 See, I (God) am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive it? I will even make a way in the wilderness (Psakm23 & Luke 4) and rivers in the desert.
It’s time to let go of what happened – the failure, the loss, the betrayal, the humiliation - and begin to HOPE again. He will make us fruitful again and bring restoration!
Isaiah 60:15 Although you have been forsaken and hated (Gen 37:8) … I (God) will make you (Gen 41:50) the everlasting pride and joy of all generations.
Isn’t that verse so significant of Joseph? Gen 41:50-51 Joseph declares what God had made him and not what he had achieved –what humility! What a picture of Jesus!
Finally, I want to point out that David was anointed for destiny around 17 years of age but was only anointed king 13 years later at age 30. Joseph had his dreams at 17 and entered the palace at age 30. Jesus was anointed and entered his ministry at 30. Jesus went through great temptation – not only in the wilderness, but in his twenties too, I believe. The Bible says he was tempted in every way – yet without sin!
It’s clear that both David and Joseph were prophetic pictures of the life of Jesus but it seems only David and Jesus were ANOINTED… or does it?
When Jesus was anointed at Nazareth (Luke 4), the 7 Spirits of God (Isaiah 11) came upon Him:
1. The Spirit of the Lord
2. The Spirit of Wisdom
3. The Spirit of Knowledge
4. The Spirit of Understanding
5. The Spirit of Power
6. The Spirit of Counsel
7. The Spirit of the fear of the Lord
Now look at how the 7 Spirits of God are present when Joseph is standing before Pharaoh about to be promoted in Gen. 41!
1. The Spirit of the Lord (v38) And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find this man's equal, a man in whom is the spirit of God?
2. The Spirit of Wisdom (v33,39) And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Forasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is nobody as… wise as you are.
3. The Spirit of Knowledge(v32) “That the dream was sent twice to Pharaoh and in two forms indicates that this thing which God will very soon bring to pass is fully prepared and established by God.” (He had knowledge of God’s intent).
4. The Spirit of Counsel (v33) “So now let Pharaoh seek out and provide a man discreet, understanding, proficient, and wise and set him over the land of Egypt”. (He counselled Pharaoh in finding the solution).
5. The Spirit of Understanding (v33, 39) ) “So now let Pharaoh seek out and provide a man discreet, understanding…”
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Forasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is nobody as… understanding… as you are.
6. The Spirit of Power (33,40) “So now let Pharaoh… provide a man… and set him over the land of Egypt.”
“You shall have charge over my house, and all my people shall be governed according to your word [with reverence, submission, and obedience].”
7. The Spirit of the fear of the Lord (16,28) Joseph answered Pharaoh, It is not in me; God [not I] will give Pharaoh an answer of peace…
This is the message just as I have told Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do.
The Holy Spirit and the anointing empower us to prosper and be fruitful.
OH GOD! FILL US ANEW WITH YOUR SPIRIT. LET THE 7 SPIRITS OF GOD EMPOWER AND PROPEL US INTO THIS NEW THING THAT YOU HAVE FOR US! USHER US INTO THIS SEASON OF BREAKTHROUGH, THIS SEASON OF MOMENTUM AND ACCELARATION! ANOINT US WITH FRESH OIL THAT WE MIGHT MAKE AN IMPACT AND BRING GLORY TO YOUR NAME. LORD, YOU MAKE US FORGET THE FORMER THINGS, YOU MAKE US PROSPER AND YOU TAKE ALL THE GLORY! AMEN!
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray above all things that you may prosper in every way and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
Today I'm writing this email while my Drakensburg mountain range is capped
in snow! Yes, it is very cold, but the Lord has given me some awesome
revelation on the snowy winter!
But first I would like to share a really funny only-in-Africa experience
that happened to me last Saturday:
I made a visit to my hometown in the afternoon to find some sick to pray
for or just to allow God to use me in any way. I approached a man and his
wife in their sixties and asked if they had any pain in their bodies. They
were holding their packets of groceries and were hesitant to talk to me.
Just then a woman (with no space bubble) ran up to me and exclaimed, "Oh!
Please pray for me! I, I know I'm drunk but please pray that God will help
me find a job!"
She must have seen me pray for someone a previous time and wasn't going to
miss this opportunity! I admit I used to be a real Pharisee when I saw
people huddled around a bottle of alcohol in a make-shift Shebeen (pub),
until I sat down amongst them and listened to their problems and prayed for
them! To my surprise I found that often they readily received the Gospel!
Many of those people were facing such desperate situations and turned to
alcohol to help ease the pain and I was judging them!
Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples,
Why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those sinful?
But when Jesus heard it, He replied, Those who are strong and well have no
need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick. Go and learn what this
means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not
Back to the story.
I prayed for the woman as if I was praying for myself and encouraged her
in the Lord. Fortunately the other couple stood by to observe and it seemed
they thought I was legit. The husband had painful arthritis for the past
nine months and after sharing a testimony about a lady who was healed
instantly after 18 years of arthritis, we both came to the conclusion that
if God could heal an 18 year condition, his 9 month problem was no problem
I often share a testimony before I pray because it builds my faith, their
faith and in doing so, I'm prophesying that God will do it again (Rev
I laid hands on him and rebuked the arthritis. He was instantly healed!
Then I took the groceries out of his hand and told him to show the devil he
could now run! We were all excited and he was about to start sprinting when,
without hesitation he said, "No! If I run, you're going to run off in the
opposite direction with my stuff!"
I was so shocked I almost hit him! No, not quite. I told him he just got
healed and now I'm going to steal from him? He weighed up the odds, 'took
the risk' (of losing his stuff) and ran!
I've witnessed many reactions from people but this was a first for me! I
guess you gotta be careful! Only in Africa!
Now for the snowy revelation:
Isaiah 55:10 says For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and
return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and
sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall
My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void
[without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which
I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
I love the fact that as the rain and snow fall, they MAKE the earth bring
forth fruit - results! The earth doesn't have a choice in the matter! It
just has to bear!
Now God says, in the same way the rain and snow fall (forcing fruit) so
does His WORD proceed from His mouth into the earth. Therefore, whatever
comes into contact with His Word cannot help but to accomplish, prosper, and
bring forth fruit. The Word has to be fulfilled! It is an absolute!
Now we read in John that Jesus is the WORD!
John 1:1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
1:4 In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
So when God spoke the Word in the beginning (Gen 1), and said "LIGHT BE!"
the darkness had no choice.
Now if the rain and snow in Isaiah 55:10 are compared to the WORD in
55:11, and the WORD is Jesus (John 1) then we can substitute 'rain, snow and
word' with 'Jesus' and Isaiah 55 would read something like this:
When Jesus comes down from the heavens and waters the earth and makes it
bring forth and sprout, He will give seed to the sower and bread to the
eater, So shall Jesus be that goes forth out of My mouth: He shall not
return to Me (Father in heaven) void [without producing any effect,
useless], but He shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and He
shall prosper in the thing for which I sent Him.
He is the Water of Life. He is the seed that was planted to produce you
and me (John 12:24). He gives us seed to sow. He is the bread of life we eat
(Mark 14:22) at the communion table. He returned to the Father after
birthing us on the cross for 6 hours and left us with the authority and
power in His name to continue to accomplish and prosper in the Father's will
and bring Him glory!
He MAKES us bear fruit when we simply abide in Him (John15), and we
subsequently ooze His LIFE, His LIGHT, His LOVE etc.
John 6:51 I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven.
When we declare His Word into a situation, we're not just repeating God's
word, hoping He'll remember what He promised, but because He IS the Word, we
bring the very Person into the midst of that situation! It becomes personal!
I'm sure you've heard the phrase 'Alright.now this is personal!'
Like a thief robbing houses in a neighbourhood. Yes, the investigating
officer is concerned for the victims and is trying to catch the thief, until
one night the thief breaks into his house and steals something of great
value! That's when it becomes personal!
"Oh, now you've gone too far. You've stepped over the line buddy. Now I'm
gonna catch you if it's the last thing I do and get back what's mine!"
When we realise that the Word is a Person and not an utterance or a sweet
promise, and realise that the Word cannot return to God void, our
expectancy, faith and hope must rise! His blood MUST accomplish. His Kingdom
MUST come. The earth has no choice! It MUST obey the Word. Sickness,
darkness, etc MUST obey! It MUST submit!
I was in Ladysmith one day and had stumbled into a "hot spot"! It was a
government disability pay out building with lots of cripples, blind people
etc. a breeding ground for miracles!!! Actually, I found the place through
persecution! I was in a mall and had approached 2 elderly woman who were
clearly in much pain and was about to pray for the grateful gogo's when a
policeman stopped me and threatened to arrest me because I was conning old
women and was going to steal their money. He made quite a scene but he had a
serious stuttering problem which made him even more angry! I offered to pray
for his stuttering, but as you can imagine, my kind suggestion didn't go
down so well with him! Immediately he jumped back in fear and told me not to
touch him (that was a pretty funny moment)! He then threatened to arrest me
if I didn't leave, so I left and God led me to my hot spot!
I saw Jesus heal so many people that day! A witch doctor had seen me
praying and healing the sick (Luke 10:9), and wanted prayer for a painful
back problem but was in a hurry to get to her business by taxi. I was
unaware of this but later a man who knew this woman told me. I asked him to
take me to her business. On the way, he told me how this witch doctor had
had a dream about heaven a few months before and told him about it. He told
her to follow Jesus but unfortunately, in her pursuit of the supernatural
she unfortunately found herself on the devil's route.
When we arrived, even though she wanted to listen to the Gospel, there
were so many distractions, and we found it difficult to retain her undivided
attention. Eventually the man I was with managed her take-away business
while I gave her the uncompromised Gospel. She readily wanted to receive
Jesus, the free Gift, but then I told her that she would have to renounce
and cut off all the witch doctor paraphernalia! She was very hesitant and
backed off immediately. I told her she must choose one. She can't go 2
directions and follow God and Satan!
After a long pause, she said slowly, "I want the free Gift."
I didn't believe her though and said, "OK, this is how it's going to work:
I'm not going to pray for your healing. You're going to receive Jesus into
your heart and if you're really genuine about it, then Jesus will come in!
If Jesus (the WORD in PERSON) comes in, all sickness will leave."
She prayed and received Jesus into her heart and instantly she was
completely healed! Then I knew she took the Gospel seriously!
I've seen many miracles take place like that. Just by receiving the Word
they are made whole. That's the true meaning of salvation! Complete life and
wholeness. It also gives people solid faith in the fact that Jesus is really
in their hearts!
Psalm 107:20 He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from
In closing, God showed me that when snow falls, it brings a significant
change to the atmosphere and normal day-to-day temperatures!
Facebook statuses are dominated by comments on the snow and cold, and even
the toughest of warm-blooded humans quickly put on a jacket. Nothing and no
one escapes the chill!
Now if Jesus is the snow that falls, imagine what should be taking place
in our communities and spiritual climates! If Jesus could really come to us
like thick falling snow, the spiritual temperature would change and we'd see
even the hardest of atheist hearts realising their hypothermia and running
to our light, ready to be clothed in a thick, heavy robe of righteousness!
The lukewarm comfortable ones will suddenly realise the dwindling fire in
their hearts can't sustain the drop in temperature and they'd return to
their first-love with the Consuming Fire. And we would truly have awesome
revival on our hands!
Isaiah 64:1 OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come
down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence!
Psalm72:6 May he be like rain that comes down upon the mown grass, like
showers that water the earth.
Even so come Lord Jesus! Come like rain! Come like snow! Come like thick
lingering dew! Just come Lord!
Recently the Lord laid it on my heart to start emailing testimonies about
the great things He?s doing, especially in regard to healing miracles.
Initially I was hesitant but God was persistent so to him be all the
glory! It?s my prayer that you?ll be inspired to step out in greater
measures and see our God of the impossible do wonders! Be blessed!
Revelation 19:10 says ?for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of
This means when we testify about what God has done, we are actually
prophesying that it can happen again! I?ve seen it time and again when
I?ve approached people who need a miracle, I tell them of a previous
miracle of someone who had the same problem and it stirs up faith and
expectancy that IF HE DID IT BEFORE? WHY CAN?T HE DO IT NOW AGAIN?!
My passion is to preach the proving Gospel. As Elijah put it, ?Let the
true God answer with fire!? With so many religions out there, I want
people to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what I?m saying is true.
Jesus sent them to preach the Gospel and heal the sick. Other times He
said,? when you get there, heal the sick, then preach!
Throughout the Gospels and Acts, miracles and evangelism always went hand
We are all part of the Great Commission.
Bill Johnson said,? The Holy Spirit is trapped in too many unbelieving
believers! He?s in you and He wants out!?
This Gospel of miracles, signs and wonders are for believers NOT
?To those who BELIEVE, in My name they shall do these same works and
greater works than these shall they do!?
When I pray for people in the street or wherever. I expect instant
miracles and check immediately after I?ve prayed to see if there?s a
difference. It?s not always instant, obviously, but if we pray and run
away we?re not stretching our faith or expectancy. Throw yourself in the
deep end and see what God does!
Someone asked me the big question ?. ? what if they don?t get healed? How
do I believe for the next one? ?
Well? what if they DO?!
The Bible says that FAITH PLEASES GOD. (Heb 11:6)
It doesn?t say the miracle pleases Him but the faith! So even if you step
out in faith and pray for 100 people and see no results, your faith is
still well pleasing to Him as if every one got healed!
Also, not all miracles are instant (therefore it?s considered a healing if
it takes time) so you never know if they?ll be healed on their way home or
tomorrow etc. so never give up!
A few months ago I passed a woman who had a big open wound on her leg that
hadn?t healed after 3 months. It was bad! I begged her to pray for her and
assured her she?d be healed! While I prayed (literally 10 seconds after I
started praying), she laughed and gave me this look like ? you?re so crazy
man!? and walked off! I was so irritated because I had the faith and
wanted her to be healed. Four days later I walked into Spur and at the
salad valley (yes, farmers do need to eat salad like their cows) this guy
kept staring at me with a massive grin. He asked me if I remembered that
woman I tried to pray for and proceeded to say, ? ?you know, the woman who
rejected you and you got irritated with?? (Wow the Lord was teaching me a
lesson that there?s more people watching you than you think!) He proceeded
to tell me that he knew the woman and that 2 days after I had ?prayed? for
her, the wound was completely healed and there wasn?t even a scar!!! He
told her that the crazy white man was telling the truth and she needed to
follow Jesus! That?s grace!
I was in Estcourt recently and had an hour to spare while a part was being
repaired so I hit the streets! I saw about 7 or 8 miracles but Jesus had a
surprise waiting! As I was walking back to the repair shop, I passed an
old Gogo who was walking tortoise pace with a walking stick! I noticed
just next to her were about 5 high school students leaning against a wall.
I ignored them and asked the old lady if I could pray for her. She thanked
me but said her ailments were too great for 1 prayer to help! I convinced
her though and knelt down to lay my hands on her knees. Just before I
prayed, I asked the student if they had ever seen a miracle before. They
said they hadn?t so I told them to watch cos they?ll see one now
(expressing faith which is confidence of things not yet seen!). after I
prayed, I told her she was healed, held up her stick and told her to say a
very religious thing: ?BYE BYE CRUTCH! JESUS HAS HEALED ME!!!? with that
she proceeded to walk perfectly? then run! The students started jumping
and, for lack of a better word, FREAKING OUT! One young man had his hands
on his head saying over and over ?Now I?ve seen God! Now I?ve seen God!?
A group of about 13-15 students formed around me, I gave them the Gospel
and in the street the sinner?s prayer was shouted out! They were all set
ablaze for Jesus!
Now just as I moved on from there, a young guy attached himself to me and
was asking me questions. He was so disappointed because he hadn?t seen the
miracle but was only told by his friends. God granted him his desire
immediately cos walking toward us was a ?FREEBEE? (PEOPLE WITH CRUTCHES
AND/OR CASTS ARE KNOWN AS FREEBEES BECAUSE RELIEVING PEOPLE OF CRUTCHES IS
BOTH FREE AND FUN!). She didn?t want prayer but she had no choice cos she
was surrounded by lunatic students trying to convince her she?d be healed!
She was healed and interestingly enough walked off without receiving Jesus
or even saying thank you! God is good!
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your shopping experience:
Tess, my wife, and I were in Pick n Pay grocery shopping. A guy passed us
who limped with two crutches- hit by a car in May 2009. We prayed for him
and he got healed! His daughter, who was captivated looking at the sweets
turned around and screamed, ?Haaibo!? when she saw him walking perfectly!
A few minutes later, 2 employees (who saw the before and after of the guy)
came for healing. They brought their friends who brought their friends
(fellow employees) from all over the store to get healed! They just kept
coming from everywhere! Uninvited! Our shopping was ruined!! At one point
we had 12 people blocking the aisle to be healed and even saved shouting
the sinner?s prayer in aisle 5! -- So hungry for God! Words of knowledge
were plenty - teeth, deaf ears, backs etc healed. A family even came from
the parking lot after seeing the first guy walking out the store carrying
his crutches! The father brought his wife and son. The son who had seen
the miracle, ran to the parking lot to tell his dad (who obviously wasn?t
the shopping-with-your-wife type), and his father wouldn?t believe his son
- that?s until he saw the man walking to his car, pushing his trolley with
2 crutches in it! They got healed of sugar diabetes and poor eyesight. The
Hindu manager approached us and wanted to know what we were doing
(disrupting the store!). I told her Jesus was possessing and healing the
people and gave her the Gospel. Just then another employee came up to me
to be healed and I told the manager the guy would be healed as he received
Jesus into his heart ? without me praying or laying hands on him, to prove
Jesus is real. He was healed and the manager was shocked and hurried off.
Over 30 miracles in the grocery store!
We forgot to buy half our groceries, but I?d have a day like that anytime!
Jesus was awesome!
Well I hope you were blessed by the testimonies. It?s my deepest desire to
see people making miracles signs and wonders a lifestyle. Sometimes one
miracle has a greater impact then 100 really good sermons! In John 4,
Jesus got a whole city saved through a word of knowledge! Remember, faith
is spelled R-I-S-K! Go for it, try it, partner with Him and see what
Please don?t hesitate to send questions or comments. I would love to hear
Be mightily blessed,
Mark says that 3 things will hinder you from bringing fruit to perfection after receiving the Word (seed). 1. CARES. 1peter 5 says humble yourself under His mighty hand (how) by casting your cares on Him for He cares for you!
2. Riches. The constant drive for riches. Paul said those who have this strong desire pierce themselves with many griefs!
3. Pleasures. Bible says that in the last days people will be lovers of pleasure MORE than lovers of God.
Wait a minute... LOVERS OF GOD?!?!?! LOVERS. To be Almighty Creator God's Lover!!! - there is no greater pleasure! ♥