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Archive for August, 2011

Fear that guards the place of break through…“he who believes in Me, the same works that I do, he will do also” John 14:12 (NASB) – pushing through to the promise…

I was up at the local shopping centre on Tuesday 21st August 2011, looking for some red ballet shoes for my daughter, who had decided that she would be the Magic Ballerina from Darcey Bussell’s books series for the International Book Day at her school.

4 year-old M had not eaten his breakfast so we promptly got some raisin toast and a drink.  As I stood waiting for the drink I felt Holy Spirit prompt me to pray for the young girl behind the counter.  I offered and she said she was a Buddhist.  I responded that was fine, I was happy to pray for her, and asked for her hand.  I prayed favour, blessing, prosperity …  This was done with ease, not too much anxiety about what she may think.

We then went on to find some little red shoes …

I asked God which store and he led me straight to a children’s clothing store which, “coincidently”, had just what I was looking for.  I bought them with a few other items for M and we decided to head home, me marvelling at how smoothly the whole shopping excursion had gone.

As I headed up through the centre I walked past a “Ted’s Cameras” store and out of the corner of my eye I noticed a wheel chair.  I hesitated for a moment, and checked with Holy Spirit if I should stop … I didn’t really want to and all the excuses came flooding into my mind.  I felt I heard a “no” … I walked on a bit but queried the response feeling puzzled and recalling the same feeling when I had stopped and prayed for “A” whose two broken legs were healed miraculously and who was walking within two weeks after prayer, well before she was even meant to be out of her wheel chair and leg braces.

I wandered aimlessly through Myer, saying that I would approach the person if they were still there when I went back and I felt a sense of fear spread through me.  I tried to check again, asking Holy Spirit and I again felt I got another clear “no”.  I kept walking, sensing the fear … and then it dawned on me … this was potentially a place of great breakthrough and the words from one of Kris Vallotton’s (Bethel Church, Redding, California) teaching came back to me with force … he had said something like …

“the hounds of hell guard … make the most noise … at the gates of greatest promise …”

I recalled this comment and I wondered whether there was breakthrough in this … and so I resolvedly ignored the fear and doubt of “what if she isn’t healed” and I, walked in and offered to pray, seeing that she was still in the store, all the while reminding myself that the same spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is in me (Rom 8:11) and that Jesus had promised that …

“… he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “ John 14:12 (NASB)

The occupant of the wheel chair was an elderly woman who had suffered a stroke.  She was there with her daughter.  They very happily accepted my offer to pray.

I placed my hands on either side of the woman’s temple and she said she felt something happening in her head.  I recalled stories of healings from Randy Clark’s teachings and of A’s broken legs (see link below) and prayed again – feeling the anointing flow.

I would like to say that she got up out of the wheel chair and danced a jig through the store … she didn’t, but even so I felt I had pushed through something … a wall of fear and intimidation on which the other side there lay purpose and promise …

The woman felt the presence of God, both times that I prayed, and as I gave them my email address they promised to let me know how it all went.

I left the store and the centre … not elated … but not defeated either.  There was a definite sense of determination, achievement and breakthrough because I had chosen to walk through the gate of promise regardless of the fear, and I chose to be a vessel through which heaven could invade Earth … the outcome I had to leave with God.

M sat in the car after and he said he felt sad for her and had wanted to pray for her too.  I apologised to him for not asking him if he wanted to pray too (there is no mini size Holy Spirit in children, but full size and full strength Holy Spirit … and so at the age of 4 M is just as capable of seeing a miracle just as someone of 44 … in fact probably more so).

The hounds had barked, but they were soon silenced.  The worse case scenario was that I had got it wrong … I had offered to pray and they said “no” … and really … so what … I was a stranger reaching out to someone in need.

What gates are the hounds trying to intimidate you from walking through?  Is it stopping for the one on the street and offering to pray?  Is it starting a business, or believing in a miracle, a healing, or a salvation …or perhaps just telling someone “I love you”?  Whatever the fear is stopping you from doing, consider what the promise is on the other side before you retreat … if it is full of goodness, hope, peace, joy or love then there could be something there for you, waiting to be gained …

I doubt that this will be the last time I feel the fear try to inhibit me … and I know there is no fear in love, for “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18).  I now know that the fear was a signal that there was something for me on the other side (thank you Kris Vallotton) and so I am glad I pushed through this time … and I hope I will the next … the next encounters were far easier and 24 hours later I led the Gloria Jeans girl at the airport to Christ with ease (see link below) …

There is victory on this side of the cross … there is victory for us on the other side of fear, and so I figure, for me anyway, I need to decide what I am going to allow to shape me … my destiny … and the destiny of those around me, including those I love the most … the fear, the intimidation, … or love … for perfect love does cast out all fear because God is love for …

God is Good!


Praise reports that followed:

Salvation at the airport:

The Gloria Jeans anointing – Wednesday 24th August 2011

I think that God likes coffee … well … He likes the people who are at coffee shops anyway …

Last week I was heading off interstate again and had a spare hour at the airport and so I decided to pop into Gloria Jeans and grab a caffeine hit. As I waited, I got chatting to the girl making my coffee. As we chatted about working there and the challenges that stressed people could be for those in the service industry I felt God prompting me to offer to pray for her.  We chatted around this some more and she mentioned to me that she would in fact like to work with animals.

I looked at her, asked for her hand and prayed.

As I prayed for a new job, a new position and for favour, a couple of ideas “popped” into my head regarding work and study. I mentioned them to her and suggested she follow it up … she said she would.

As we finished up with the prayer I felt Holy Spirit say “ask her if she wants Me” … and so I did.

She looked at me with a big smile and said “why not!” … and so, I led her in a simple prayer of salvation. She received Jesus into her heart, I gave her my number, I suggested she find a local church to plug into and wandered off happy with my coffee …

This may read very simply … and I must say … it reads simply because it was simple … it was God’s idea and God’s ideas work … because …

God is Good!

“…And the peace of God…will guard [her] heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7) – praying for life 13th July 2011

I was flying interstate and had settled into my seat next to someone that was happily absorbed with his i-phone.  I was looking forward to a quiet time with God on the plane.  It was a short flight.  I had stopped and prayed for someone at the airport, and did not sense that the guy next to me was someone that I had to “engage with” in any way and was happily anticipating a quiet trip.

As the final passengers boarded I looked up and saw Sarah.  I did not know that was her name until later, but it was obvious she had been to my home town for some very serious surgery on her head … she was all bandaged up and was walking gently and carefully up the isle to the last seat, the one behind and opposite me.

As she walked down the aisle I just knew she was someone that God wanted to touch.  I knew I had to stop for this one and so I said to Him that he would need to give me the timing and the words, because she looked delicate – emotionally and physically.

I picked up my book as we took off, and then later got my i-pod out and “soaked” in Him, uninterrupted for nearly the entire flight.  As I soaked I could sense and feel Holy Spirit all around.  I sensed angels entering the plane, stirring the atmosphere, and as I did I sensed that with the angelic increase a lot of darkness left, which made me smile … like the flick of a switch the light dispels the darkness.

I was travelling with two other Christian friends, although we were not sitting together and I wondered whether one of my friends was praying for someone at the time, enjoying the thought of the entourage from Heaven we must have been travelling with.  I later found out that one of my friends also had an “assignment” on the plane – a single Mum who was deeply touched by the presence of God as he prayed for her.

The plane started its descent and my mind went back to the girl.  I started noting a sharp pain behind my right ear and I wondered whether that was the point where she had been operated on.  The anointing was very strong and I just knew that God wanted her dramatically touched.

Once the plane landed I quietly leaned back and spoke to the man travelling with her, who turned out to be her fiancé.  I mentioned that I had seen she had been battling something significant and that I was a Christian and would love to pray for her, if she would like me to.  He lent back and let me address her directly and as I spoke her eyes filled with tears, saying she would love for me to pray.  She then went on to explain that she had been battling recurring malignant (cancerous) brain tumours, on the right side of her head – approximately where the pain had been on my head. She was returning home after surgery, during which they had removed some of her skull as well.

I could feel Holy Spirit in a strong way as we spoke and I suggested we get off the plane and pray in the terminal – she agreed.

Once in the terminal I explained to my friends what we were doing and they stood and prayed with me as well.

As we prayed she felt dizzy and a touch “drunk” and she swayed as the anointing came so we encouraged her to sit down.  My friends stepped aside to wait discretely and I continued to talk to her and pray.  As we spoke she told me that she was engaged to be married.  I had already prayed that her skull would regrow and that the tumour would leave, never to return, telling the cancer to get out, and releasing health, healing etc.  Once I found out about her wedding I prayed for her hair to grow back rapidly for her wedding day – some might say that something like this is insignificant given what she had been facing, but I believe God is interested in these little details too…

We continued to speak and I felt that she had known God, but was very angry with Him.  I felt Holy Spirit ask me to ask her if she wanted Him back … I asked her if she had asked Jesus into her heart.  She explained that she used to attend church but …  I asked her if she was angry at God and she said “yes” and I quietly explained that this condition was not from God and went on to explain that we are taught by Jesus to pray “on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:10 NIV) and since there were no brain tumours or cancer in heaven it did not belong in her body, that He could not give what He did not have … I asked her if she could forgive God, and she said “yes” and so she prayed a quiet prayer of forgiveness.  I then asked if she wanted to ask Jesus onto her heart.  She did and so in her own words she rededicated her life to Him … the anointing growing in strength and with her gently weeping as she did. I also spoke to her about the Holy Spirit, thinking as I did of Jesus’ warning of the empty house (Matt 12:44-45; Luke 11:25-26) and she gladly invited Holy Spirit to come into her heart and to fill her up …

I gave her details of a local Church and a contact there so she could attend and be encouraged.  I gave her my own home number too.

Her fiancé had gone to get the car while we spoke and on his return she gently started to walk through the terminal, saying how giddy she felt with the Holy Spirit on her.  I suggested she go home and rest and press into the presence she felt.  I suggested she ask Holy Spirit for “more”, and bless what he was doing and in doing so He could continue doing what He was doing in her body.  I had explained that sometimes it took time for the fullness of healing to come.

I waved her goodbye as she climbed into her car …

Sarah was sent from God.  I know she was.  She had a destiny and a purpose and God wanted her well.  There were more coincidences around this whole event, but suffice to say I absolutely knew I had to stop for this one, and I know that Holy Spirit turned up … the airplane was pregnant with purpose, presumably with the angelic, ready to be released on a prayer, to minister to her for God’s goodness and healing to be released.

A heart turned back to Jesus, a young woman ready to step back into His arms, a healing being released … yes the battle has been won on the cross, yet she was still to see the victory in her body …

I hope she sees break through.  I know we are all special, but she was specialI want her to be tumour free, for her skull to grow back and for her hair to be pretty at her wedding.  I want her to enjoy her wedding day, grow old with her husband by her side and see her children’s children’s children grow.  I want her to be full of life and health and vitality and strength … and if I want that for a stranger called Sarah, how much more does God?

“If [we] then, though [we] are evil, know how to give good gifts to [our] children, how much more will [our] Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13 NIV)

I am trusting that:

“…the peace of God … will guard [her] heart and mind in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7)

We have the authority (Matt 28:18-19).  Healing is in our hands (Mark 16:18).  The Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 3:2), at our hand … Will we stop for the one and risk embarrassment, rejection, ridicule?  Will we stop for the one and in doing so “risk” life being released through us by a loving God … ?

He wants us to release Him so He can touch a dying world … will we slow life down and release Him to others … and in doing so release life?

Sarah could be healed, and she could go on to live a long and healthy life …

There is a Sarah out there for us all, if we would just look for them, and then stop our business long enough to care and pray for them …

Look around, ask God for a Sarah and then dare to stop, … risk something and offer the Kingdom of Heaven … we have nothing to lose, but they, out there have life to gain because …

God is Good!

Ice cream and prayer at the pool – God is Good

We were up at the local swim school with our 4-year-old son this morning (Saturday 13th August 2011).  I was at the reception desk arranging a “make up” class for him when the girl (for what reason I do not know) looked at me and said she felt sick because she had just eaten an ice-cream …

As she checked make up lesson times I checked with God and felt He wanted me to pray for her.  We finished sorting out the “make ups” and I said “give me your hand, I am going to pray for you”, and I mentioned a few examples of people being healed of upset tummies in the past.  I said to her that she had nothing to lose in giving it a go.  She agreed and so I prayed.

I held her hand and I prayed for “peace” in her tummy in Jesus name, and for God’s “shalom” to be within her stomach.  As I did so the words “dairy intolerance” came to mind.  I asked her if she had “dairy intolerance” and she responded that she did not know but she did not drink much milk – she didn’t like it.  I explained that I felt she may be dairy intolerant and she should check it out since that was what I “heard” for her as I prayed and that, if so, the ice-cream could definitely trigger nausea and an upset feeling in her tummy.  She then said that she had eaten a richer ice cream last night and felt ill after that too … she noted the “coincidence”.

I then prayed that her body would cease to be dairy intolerant and I suggested that she take it  easy on the dairy … especially the ice-cream.

I finished up.  She said she felt no immediate change, but she agreed that the nausea may lift more quickly due to the prayer.  I reiterated that she really had nothing to lose in giving prayer a go.

This is a simple story.  There is nothing seemingly remarkable about it.  There were no immediate “hallelujahs” … she didn’t feel anything, her nausea had remained … but I sense that God was letting her know that her body did not tolerate dairy well.  He cares about our physical well-being too.  He wants us healthy and He will let us know, in various ways, if we are doing something that is not too great for our bodies.

Perhaps she will get it checked out … perhaps she is already healed of the intolerance.  Either way, I know God wanted me to pray for her.  She had an encounter with a loving God who wants only the best for her – I know this because He wanted me to stop and pray and the “prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” James 5:16 (NIV).  I believe every time you pray you effect change.  He gave me the words “dairy intolerance” because He wanted her healed of it and I know He would not have had me stop and pray for her unless He wanted her better! 

This may seem an insignificant story; however, I have learnt along the way that even the little encounters matter.  Each encounter with our loving Father is one more step to knowing and receiving Him … He will continue to reveal Himself to her; He will continue to draw her to Himself … and this I know because …

God is Good!

Greek Grandfather is healed and captures the heart of God … Praise report from K

On Thursday 28th July I received this praise report from a friend “K”.  Many of her stories are posted on this blog, and I know more will come because she has chosen to take God at His word and believe what He says in the Bible about what and who we are in him.  This was just one of four praise reports she sent …

She writes:

Office Healing:

A lovely elderly gentleman in our office had a quadruple bypass last year. This winter season he has been struggling with a chest infection that just won’t seem to heal. He said it was related to his operation last year when they had deflated his lungs during the operation. So I asked him if he believed in God to which he replied yes, he was Greek Orthodox. I explained to him that I have been challenged by the scripture in Mark 16:17-18 where it says: ‘And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in my name…. they will lay hands on the sick & they will recover’ I either believe or I don’t and if I do, then I have to activate it.

So I asked if I could lay hands on his chest & pray for him. At which he replied yes, that would be good. (He’s Greek so imagine the heavy Greek accent!) I then thanked God for this gentle man that has such an amazing heart for his family & others. I then commanded the infection to go in Jesus name. I then felt compelled to pray healing, favour & blessing over him and his family. He thanked me very much when I had finished & we went back to work. That afternoon he took the time out to come downstairs and thank me again and said he was going to claim the blessings!

Yesterday he reported to me that he saw his doctor on Monday who was astonished to see that there was no more infection in his lungs! Praise God! & Yay God!

What are we all activating in our lives?  I think we are activating something, I do not think we can remain neutral, even if we want to.  I believe that we are either activating God’s word in our lives, which seems to activate His power too … or we are activating something else …

A post script came in from “K” about this gentleman on 4th August 2011.  She writes:

And, an add-on to the Greek grandfather in our office. He shared a story where he had left is wallet at the swimming pool. Got home & realised he didn’t have it. Went back to the pool, but on the way asked God to help him find it.  When he got to the pool, the lady at reception asked him if his name was “P”, he said yes, she said I have your wallet. So now he wants to know more about this prayer thing! God is sooooo good!

I suggest that we need to activate God’s truth, because His truth will always give us “…a future and a hope …”(Jer 29:11).  His truth is not only remarkable for us in our lives, but in other people’s lives as well … it is contagious; it is wonderful, for both us and the others we meet, like the precious Greek Grandad that has caught the vision that his prayers get answered.  We need to stop for the one, as we go because …

God is Good!

From our lips to God’s ear … calming the storm at Mt Kosciusko, Australia’s snowy mountains

My husband loves to ski, but has not been skiing for many years. His sister was heading up to Kosciusko for a week and I suggested he go with them … after thinking about it … for about 3 seconds (no he did take longer than that), he decided to go for it, and in a matter of days was all booked to go.

He had his first day of skiing today.  He was up at Perisher and there was a weather warning – everyone was advised they should head down the mountain due to anticipated oncoming high winds and a lightning storm.

People started to leave and the ski lifts closed.  He stood and thought “No” and he spoke to the storm in the name of Jesus … to be still …

The storm never eventuated, and the lifts opened…

He, his sister and her husband kept skiing all afternoon.  Many had already left the mountain, and so they skied with very few people on the mountain, and in all had a delightful day skiing both Thredbo and Perisher …

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” … A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. …

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

(Mark 4:35-41 NIV)

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

(John 14:12 NIV)

My husband was determined to ski, and so he stepped out into his authority, spoke to the storm, and it was stilled.  A storm diverted, and he could ski because …

God is Good!

Stepping out with the Kingdom of Heaven at the basketball (K’s story of a Good God)

A friend of mine has been stepping out and offering the Kingdom of Heaven as she goes … where ever she is … be it work, her son’s basketball, where ever.  I love her testimonies (see link for some others).  She sent me more testimonies last week and they continue to inspire me to keep going.  She sent this testimony today. 

Because K chose to believe and release Heaven’s healing in faith, a young boy may be healed and may be ready to play basketball sooner than he would have been.  As a minimum, at the time, the pain receded, relief came for the boy as he waited for the ambulance, and favour was released …

K writes in her email dated 4th August 2011:

This stepping out is really becoming a lifestyle thing …

Last night I went to pick up S [her son] from basketball training. When I arrived one of the boys on the team had fallen and hurt his elbow pretty badly, so much so that the Coach had called an ambulance. They feared it was dislocated or even broken. All the boys had run down to the entrance of the school to wait for the ambulance & the Coach was outside speaking to 000. When I went into the gym, the boy J was sitting with his mum looking quite ill and he was in a terrible amount of pain.

I sat next to him and his mum and asked if I could pray for him while we waited for the ambulance.  They agreed.

I commanded the pain to go and asked the Holy Spirit to come in and heal his elbow. I asked that his elbow would not be broken and that the peace of God would flow over him and his mum.  I then asked how the pain was, he said it was still there but not as intense. I said I wouldn’t touch his elbow but would hold my hand near it and keep praying, so I sat there quietly praying for peace & healing & praying in my heavenly language.  I asked him if he could feel anything. He said he could feel heat coming from my hands. I explained that he could feel the healing presence of the Holy Spirit. I then began sharing testimonies of healing with him & telling him I believe God is going to heal him & he will be playing basketball in no time.

When his Coach came in she said he looked much better and had his colour back. He was still in some pain though. Unfortunately I had to leave as I had family waiting for me at home as we had to go to a function that night.

I just spoke to his mum this morning [the day after].  She was thankful for my prayers and she believed it made a great deal of difference for him.  God is so good, because they were shown favour went they went to the hospital & were seen in 1 ½ hours when the place was absolutely hopping.  The x-rays couldn’t confirm a break as there was too much fluid to see, so they have put  a support cast under his lower arm to protect it until they can x ray again on Monday.   They said if he can stretch his arm out straight by then all will be good.  – Yay!

So I encouraged his mum to keep praying healing scriptures over him & to keep commanding the pain to go. I shared with her my journey in believing God’s word and activating it. So I am still waiting and believing in a complete healing…

My friend knows, and is discovering more and more, who she is in Christ, and she is choosing to step into her identity.

Jesus said:

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”

John 14:12 (NASB)

And so she steps out … and God backs her up, because we have His word that He will, His word is good, and he fulfils His word because …

God is Good!

Link to another of K’s testimonys (healing of migraine):

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