I love your presence (part 3)

I have been writing up my notes from a healing conference I went to a few weeks ago in Kent. The two key speakers were Joaquin Evans and Josh Stephens. I think Josh started taking at this point:

  • Testimony means do it again(me – I’m not quite sure how they get this. They made reference to Rev 19:10. When I looked up the word translated testimony there means “evidence given, a record or report, witness, the office committed to the prophets of testifying concerning future events, what one testifies i.e. before a judge”.
  • Allergies aren’t in heaven.
  • Always check things out with a doctor first unless God says otherwise.
  • You will know the truth, that is you will have an encounter which is not simply an intellectual assent of it.
  • God likes to heal through multimedia. Texts, skype, e-mail answering machines. I sometimes get words of knowledge when I receive a text from somebody.
  • The girl with an allergy once got a phone message from someone at a meeting where people were getting healed of allergies. She couldn’t hear anything on the recording just some mumbling. Later on she realised she hadn’t taken her medication and she was feeling much better. She was healed!
  • People that expect things get things (my paraphrase)
  • You don’t need to pray and fast harder. It is the grace of God.
  • God gives his gifts for free. It’s about impartation not just fasting.
  • That’s how we will see generational growth in this area. It can’t be limited to what we ourselves can do.
  • On the other side of fear is your biggest breakthrough.
  • Identify where your thoughts are coming from.

God speaks to you through your thoughts.

  • Josh went into Hindu temple while on a treasure hunt. Sometimes the holy spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with boldness. He was going to stay outside but then suddenly boldness came upon him and he went in. He had a Word of knowledge about someone’s dodgy knee. The first few people he asked were fine but then he saw some young people at the back of the room. One was 15 or 16. He said “no but you can pray for him”.  His friend had a hand in a bandage. As Josh prayed he said “you are releasing energy on me I can feel it, the pain is leaving my hand“. He takes the bandage off. Other kids gather and even pray with words of knowledge and people get healed. They get their family members and more people get healed. They ask “how do you do these things?”. After they ask you gradually tell them about Jesus. Eight kids give their lives to Jesus in a Hindu temple! 15 to 20 miracles take place. There are some other kids that started feeling extremely drunk. “I feel fire on my hands!” one says. He gets two of the people who have just become Christians to pray for and heal some of their friends. They haven’t been saved 2 min and yet God is working miracles through them. They haven’t earned it. It’s a gift.
  • me – if you don’t see anything happen don’t think it’s something that you are doing wrong. It’s not that. Its grace. Look to Jesus, looked to God alone its grace!
  • Take the testimony and repeat it until it happens again. Use other people’s Testament if you don’t have your own.
  • Share what you hear until it happens.
  • In Acts 18 Jesus says you shall receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you. It’s not a one-time experience. You will be a witness of what you experience. Josh has seen cancer healed and the deaf hear and is not because he is deserving of God working through him. Its grace.
  • It’s not about me or us. When we pray long and hard we can actually lose faith. Our attention comes on ourselves. “The longer I pray the less faith I have” says Josh. (me – that sounds odd at first but God does not do something based on our efforts. Jesus says we must not think we’re heard because of our many words. Its grace! All we need to “do” is trust God and expects him to work.
  • With words of knowledge it never hurts to ask even if you are wrong.
  • If you pray once and nothing happens simply praying again.
  • Sometimes it’s good to tell someone to do something and as they go they are healed.
  • The key to breakthrough is to get someone to step out and do something they couldn’t do before.
  • “Thank you God that you are good and that you hear and that it’s not about us. Let your Grace just rest upon so and so…. How does it feel?”
  • Expectancy brings breakthrough
  • Josh had grown up in a Christian and had loved God his whole life. He never really went off the rails. Then he went to Bible College and almost lost his faith!
  • He didn’t know about the spirit of God coming upon people until three years ago. Before that time he had never let anyone to Christ or healed anyone.
  • Them over the last three years he seen hundreds saved and thousands healed and delivered.
  • When someone said they had been prayed for many times before he said “let’s pray like it’s the first time then”
  • they prayed for someone in Virginia who had been trampled on by a horse. Most things in her body were not working properly. Swelling, numbness, ringing in the ears. 45 min later every symptom was gone!
  • Once, not sure if it was a time of the previous feeling they were on top of an Aztec temple where there had been in the past many human sacrifices. They were there for 45 min of miracles and salvation.
  • It’s way way way easier than you think.
  • Everywhere you go it is easy. But some places it’s really easy!
  • “When I feel nothing I think about how much God loves them”
  • someone said “when Joaquin gave his testimony I felt fire on my hands, oh this is why people do wacky things!”
  • You don’t have to pray really hard for God to show up. He wants to.
  • Everything in the kingdom is about increase.
  • It’s not about how much God pours out it’s how much we can receive.

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