Friday, 22 January 2010

He Wears a Stripey Scarf!

One of the things we do at TSM from time to time is to challenge ourselves in receiving words of knowledge from God (to be totally honest, I tend to do the challenging by asking 4-5 students at a time to get a word of knowledge as quickly as possible!) Basically we're wanting to develop our ability to hear accurately from God and because of the amazing family feel at TSM it's an ideal place to step out and learn from mistakes.

So a couple of weeks ago I 'picked on' 4 students and asked them to get a word of knowledge for someone in the room; I gave them about 5 minutes. As I'm a great believer in leading by example I also asked God to speak to me (I'm really wanting to grow in hearing Him more quickly so that when I'm speaking to people on the streets I can bring words of knowledge easily in the course of conversation). Within the space of about 30 seconds I had something and where previously I would have questionned it and wondered if it was really from God, this time I decided to trust that I'd heard Him and go for it.

I'd seen a man wearing a long black coat and a stripey scarf who I felt was called David. God had told me that this man suffered from some sort of mental illness. As I shared the word one of the students responded and told us that her Dad's name was David - he wore a long black coat and he'd been suffering from stress recently (she wasn't sure about the scarf) I got this text from her later in the day:

'My mum just popped in...she told us my Dad had been very stressed and down this week. He does have a long coat and stripey scarf...'

I left the training that day feeling very encouraged and challenged afresh to trust God's willingness to speak and my ability to recognise His voice. I am His sheep after all! Why don't you give this a go!

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

I wouldn't normally do this, BUT...

I got to preach at King's Arms on Sunday on the topic of my choice. It was lots of fun! Just under a year ago while I was in my bedroom reading a very familiar passage of scripture, God spoke to me in quite a profound way, giving me revelation that has literally changed the way I'm living my life.

I wouldn't normally put a link to preaches I've done on my blog, but I know that God is really on this one and so I'd love for you to have access to it. If you find yourself with a spare 30 minutes anytime soon, have a little listen and then let me know what you think. Enjoy!

You can access the preach here.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Salvation at the Spa!

I got an e-mail from a friend of mine the day after I got back from Center Parcs. She's an FP student based in Northampton and she's passionate about seeing God's Kingdom break out wherever she goes. She heard me share my story of Jane (the cleaner) getting healed in the toilets as I prayed for her and she decided to go one better! :o)

She told me that the evening after Jane had been healed and I'd shared my story she'd gone to the spa with a friend of hers to to get some pampering. At one point during the evening a guy walked past her and she felt God tell her that he had a sporting injury in his ankle and she was to offer to pray for him. So she did!

When she went to speak to him to tell him what God had said it turned out that she had heard absolutely right. He did have a problem with his ankle that was the result of a sporting injury. He was up for her and her friend praying so they did and straight away God's Kingdom came and he got healed!

But here's what's even more amazing... After about an hour of the guy asking my friends questions about what the heck had just happened. After them telling him about their relationship with God and what it means to know Him and follow Him; there and then in the spa he prayed a prayer and gave his life to Jesus! How incredible is that (you should be wooping with delight right now!) Healing and salvation in a doesn't get much better than that. Yay God and yay Claire and Hannah. Here's to much, much more!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Healed in a Toilet Cubicle!

I was at center Parcs this week - just for a day. I went to visit the FP-Impact students, to pray and prophesy over them at a session Simon Holley was speaking at. It was lots of fun! (especially the fire tunnels!) But God also had another fun (quite unexpected) thing in store!

On the Thursday morning I popped to the loo at one point, only to bump into the cleaner who I later found out was called Jane. As I made my way to a toilet cubicle I greeted her as I greet most people I meet; 'Hey, how are you doing?' I didn't really expect her to respond, but to my surprise she immediately told me that she was in pain because she'd just pulled her achilles tendon. How could I not offer to pray?!?

I explained to her that all the people meeting up the hall were Christians and that we see people healed all the time and did she want me to pray for her. She immediately said yes and so as she stood in a loo cubicle (about to put a new lot of loo roll in) I crouched down, put my hand on her achilles and commanded the pain to go in Jesus' name (it must have been a pretty funny sight!)

When I'd finished praying I asked her how it felt. She said she'd be able to tell me if she walked around a bit and so I encouraged her to do so. After one lap of the ladies toilets she looked rather felt better. I asked her that if the original pain had been somewhere between 0-10 what would it have been. She said 10. 'And now?' I asked. 'Probably a 2' she said! I asked if I could pray again to get rid of the last bit of pain - she agreed. This time as she stood by the toilet sinks I crouched down and prayed again. This time as she went for a little walk she said that the pain had totally gone! How amazing is God! And who knew how much fun it could be to pop to the toilet!