Archive for October, 2009

Host Invasions of Heaven

The most incredible moments in life for me are often those that come as a surprise… its not so much that I find myself unprepared as much as it is that some moments just sneak up on us as new information.

 I like the Bible story about the man who comes to Jesus for the healing of his son. His son had dealt with an issue of epilepsy for many years and it had often caused enormous trauma to the whole family. Unfortunately the father had to settle for the ministry of some of Jesus’  faithless disciples.

 Jesus was up a mountain being transfigured before Peter, James and John (Mk 9:2-13). As the mountain top experience comes to an end; the three disciples, with Jesus come down the mountain to find an argument over the healing of this boy. Those remaining 9 disciples hadn’t accomplished much, so they began to argue about theology with some local scribes.

 Isn’t that just like so many of the church services we have been to… we are prepared to meet the with God and all we find is empty words of men who hold onto faithless theological discussions. Jesus made the most accurate statement, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” The question must be answered…

 …how long shall we allow ourselves to explain the stuff of God rather than host an invasion of power into our impossible situations?

 Jesus now has the father in front of Him with a question… a question that I believe was not in his mind until he was presented with the frailty of human reasoning. He asks Jesus, “If You can do anything – have compassion on us and help us?” Without hesitation Jesus addresses the impossible situation with the touch of Heaven and the boy is made whole. But there is a surprise for the disciples and for us as we peer into this story from the outside.

 Some things can only be accomplished through prayer and fasting (Mk 9:29).

  1.  First we all need a fresh spiritual revelation that helps us see our situation with discernment… notice this was an unclean spirit and Jesus called it “a deaf and dumb spirit” as He rebuked it and cast it out (Mk 9:25). The revelation leads to the correct response. We know that revelation is given as we tune into Heaven… thus the need for prayer and fasting.
  2. Secondly at times in life we are all called upon to rise to the occasion and believe for the impossible. Although we may have a great amount of knowledge about how it all works; God is looking for those who can carry the glory and release it into the impossible.

 To rid ourselves of the harsh label as the “faithless generation” requires that we become a people who release what we carry. New information offers us an invitation to host Heaven’s influence. God wants to bring freedom but has given authority and power to us to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Lk 10:19). We must carry and release the power of God and host invasions of Heaven… on Earth.

Clyde’s Testimony

These past few weeks have been a season of increasing glory… God has been very good and very active. Some of what all Christians should hear is going to be the topic of this blog. Testimonies are more than just descriptions of an experience… they serve as the wisdom of God that invites us into deeper revelation of His love and purpose for our lives. So what follows is a testimony of a man that was raised from the dead October 25th 2009. The man’s name is Clyde and he is very much real and growing in His awareness of God’s purpose for His life. I wrote about his story in my October 27th blog, titled “Gateway People”… enjoy.

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 was a completely unusual day, I died of a heart attack during early morning church services. I remember my chest really hurting and the next thing I knew I was standing on a great abyss in which I saw 2 paths, one was like a goat path and the other a super highway ( I guess this was so that my mind might have a reference point); the goat path was all gnarled and hard to traverse, it seemed as if it hadn’t been travelled in years. The superhighway was all lit up and sparkling, being travelled by more (souls) than I could count. On what looked like an on ramp there was a creature a time and a half as tall as a regular man and eyes that were a piercing, yet dull, or drunk looking red. Hair that was long (to the mid-chest), unkept and coarse and wings twice as big as the body. The face was sunken in and had teeth that came to points, sharp and dripping with goo, and a smile that seemed intoxicated with a perverse pleasure. In the left hand was a staff taller by half than the creature, with a scythe at the top, glistening in the light of the highway. This creature beckoned to me, pulling me towards it’s grasp. My body seemed helpless to stop as I felt myself being pulled ever so slowly. I tried to speak. To scream at it to let me alone, but no sound came from my lips. It was as if there was no breath in my body. The creature let out a sound that was far worse than the cry of a banshee. It’s smile becoming wider and crueler the closer I was drawn to it. About this time everything stopped, and I noticed what seemed like a million fireflies floating in my direction, not fast nor slow, but with a movement that defied my understanding. As this mist drew closer the creature appeared to shrink away, becoming smaller and smaller. It was then that the mist engulfed me. Filling me with such complete and utter peace like I had never known. As the mist was carrying me along I was given the sight of a city such as has never been seen. The walls were translucent and shimmering with the brightness of the Morning Star. I closed my eyes, afraid to look, it was as if this was something I shouldn’t ever be able to see. But the mist urged me to open my eyes. To look once again on the city. As I looked I saw souls (spirits) going in and out and to and fro. Along with what I can only describe as my perception of Angels. They were clothed in white light, singing songs in languages I had never heard. Yet I know the songs were praises to the one who sat in the center of the city. I wanted so much to cover my eyes, feeling ashamed and unworthy to see the splendor that was flowing from what looked like a throne made of the purest gold. I saw a river flowing from this throne and to it’s left a tree so large it seemed to dwarf those around it. Suddenly the mist that surrounded me, took me to the goat path and I could see it winding this way and that from all directions yet at it’s end was a path into the city itself. My body felt a burning desire to walk into the city yet the mist clouded my view and then the city disappeared. As I found the mist departing I was standing once again between the goat path and the super highway. I started to take a few faltering steps towards the goat path and I heard my name being called. There was a burning on my right shoulder and chest and I heard myself being commanded back into my physical body. It was then that I awoke and was told I had been dead, and that Pastor Ron, through the Holy Spirit, had commanded me back among the living. I cannot say why this miracle was given to me, only that I was dead and that what I have written is what was given to me to see. Praise be to God. There is a Heaven and there is a hell. One only has to have eyes to see and ears to hear. From that moment on I have dedicated my life to the Lord and ask that the Holy Spirit fill me and use me as the Father would want. Clyde Reams

Expecting Fullness

If you have ever been in an atmosphere of expectation; where the air seems to be charged with excitement and faith, then you know what the Upper Room must have felt like almost 2000 years ago. Ten days of waiting for a gift that Jesus said would revolutionize humanity.

 Somehow we have limited our desire to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Jesus made it clear to all that life was to be lived in the supernatural realm… with the resources of Heaven being available as our inheritance.

 It is not possible to live the Christian life from natural resources.

 We are called to a life of the impossible. The disciples did not have any difficulty waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit, because they had become very used to seeing demons flee, eyes open and dead bodies come to life. Their hunger was based upon an extreme standard of relationship… they knew the answer. They had become a close friend and had watched the One who held the answer to human need. His statement to them was the mandate of a lifelong dream and they would not have missed it for the world…

 ”Go wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

He was explaining their inheritance… what they could expect to “spend” after He was gone. Jesus was connecting the lifestyle they had come to understand with their available resources. It was almost like a Father explaining the family budget… except this budget has no limits.

 It was power to do the impossible.

 He had already taught them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all Truth and make the things that He taught and demonstrated relevant to their daily experience. Now they would see even greater things in their day. It would require the ongoing experience of being endued (equipped) with power from on high.

 No they were not about to miss this experience even though they wouldn’t have been able to define it before it happened. Their sense was that they would know it when they got it and that the flow of power that followed would enable them to do what Jesus had been doing. Amazingly Jesus was telling them the Truth. The power of the Holy Spirit, was a resource that met the need of their day to such a degree that they continually asked for more… and received it.

 This experience of the fullness of the Spirit was no small thing to them and it should never become a small thing to us. His power is our resource to live a life of the impossible… we must become a people expecting fullness.

Miracles Lead to Conversions

I firmly believe that “signs and wonders” and all the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 are valid for today and should be “earnestly desired” for the edification of the Body and the preaching of the Gospel. It is perfectly clear that in the New Testament the Gospel was authenticated by signs, wonders and miracles of various kinds and descriptions.

 Was it only meant to be true of the early church?

 The Scriptures never indicate that these things were only temporary… never! There is no such statement anywhere. For example, the disciples prayed in Acts 4:30, “Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to Your servants power to speak Your word with all boldness, while You stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Here we have godly men and women praying for signs and wonders to happen in the name of Jesus. And Luke does not portray them as a “wicked and adulterous generation” for doing so. They are exemplary.

 Not only that, Luke himself labors in the book of Acts to show how valuable signs and wonders are in winning people to Christ.

 He doesn’t portray them as a threat to the Gospel, but as a witness to the Gospel. The reason the church prayed so passionately in Acts 4:30 for signs and wonders to happen is because God was using them to bring in the harvest.

 There are at least 17 seperate examples in the book of Acts where miracles lead to conversions.

 The clearest examples are in Acts 9:34-35 and 9:40,42. Peter heals Aeneas, “And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.” Peter raises Tabitha from the dead, and “It became known to all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.”

 There is no doubt that God used the working of miracles–signs and wonders to help bring people to Christ.

 This is what the Lord wanted us to see in the book of Acts and that’s why the Christians prayed for signs and wonders to happen! Its why we too shall pray for the increase of the supernatural… miracles truly do lead to conversions.

Joy for Breakthrough

Abby having fun

Joy of Livin'

We speak of the joy of the Lord quite often as a strength in trouble or a fruit of the Spirit… but I truly believe it is a great weapon for spiritual breakthrough.

 God is completely faithful, beyond all other means of provision. When we are in need, He wants us to recognize His love and allow joy to lead us to our breakthrough.

 The psalms remind us that God’s loving kindness is new every morning. His mercies are like the rains that fall upon the fertile soil of the heart to bring forth the seeds of spiritual strength. No question, God is the instigator of our breakthroughs; yet we are all called to walk in step with Him for the achieving of spiritual victory.

 We are co-laborers in the Kingdom of Heaven for our breaking forth.

 As Kingdom Agents, we can and must see the joy of the Lord as a spiritually anointed tool that releases us from the chains of oppression. Joy is a great weapon against fear and depression.

 In Sunday School years ago we used to sing about the power joy had to bring great freedom in the Spirit. We would sing “if you want joy you must laugh for it” and off we’ld go with, “ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha”. Pretty soon we would all experience laughter that would cause us to see differently the rest of the day.

 Those little songs were a point of release, setting the atmosphere of joy that influenced our dispositions and changed our heart attitudes. In one sense we were taking our thoughts captive without even realizing we were having moments of breakthrough.

 I truly believe that the supernatural life of the Spirit is more natural than we think… try it – laugh a little and see if it doesn’t lighten the load. (Neh 8:10)

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