Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Dates, street addresses and phone numbers

A few of us at the King's Arms are trying to develop our ability to hear increasingly accurate information from God. You know, the kind of stuff that means people leave meetings with no doubt in their minds that God is real; that He's good and that He's interested in the specifics of their life.

As some of my friends made their way down to East Grinstead last week, Anna who was in charge of the team challenged them to ask God for something they'd never asked Him for before. It turns out that all of them got dates and that God broke in! One of my friends, Ruth, got a date and a month (I think it was something like 20th October) As she shared her word of knowledge a girl in the meeting responded. It turned out that the date Ruth had was the birthday of her housemate who she was having difficulties with. What was even more exciting was that just before Ruth shared her date, this girl had asked God to give one of the team something for her, to pick her out!

On Saturday, 9 of us went down to Kent to run a ladies day with Gateway church. On the car journey we followed the example of our friends from the previous week and asked God for specific stuff we'd never asked for before. Some of us got dates, one of my friends got a street address and I asked God for a phone number (I was prophesied over when I was at Bethel that I would start to get phone numbers from God, so figured it would be good to start giving it a go!)

When we shared our words, some of them were accurate - I felt God gave me a word of knowledge about March 2002. It turned out that this was relevant for one lady and her husband as this was the time that the church they were leading folded. God did a deeper work of healing in her heart as we prayed for her. One friend had a word of knowledge about elbow pain which a lady responded to and another friend talked about pain someone was carrying from a miscarriage. We had the privilege of ministering to this lady who was clearly still burdened from losing her baby. We celebrated all that God did through these specific words.

Some of the words were completely off and we still celebrated what God did - this time, in us! The street address didn't mean anything to anyone and neither did the phone number. Not this time anyway! I know, though, that my friend and I grew as a result of stepping out into new territory. How great is it that our security as daughters of the King isn't based on anything we do but is all wrapped up in what Jesus did on the cross. We can get words of knowledge completely wrong and it can still be really fun!

To finish, let me ask you this question: What could you start having a go at to try and stretch your ability to hear God's voice? Practise makes perfect! (I promise to let you know when we get a street address or phone number spot on.)

Friday, 12 March 2010

TSM Family Photo

As a church we started out on an adventure in September of last year to run a training school to equip people in supernatural ministry. The name of the school? TSM (Training for Supernatural Ministry) The aim of the school? To equip students to live naturally supernatural lives...to teach them to pursue God's presence, to know who they are in Him and to release the Kingdom of God wherever they go.

We're now over half way through the year and we've had the most amazing time! Above is a picture of our TSM family. 22 outstanding individuals all after one thing...more of God and His Kingdom on the earth. It's a privilege to know such amazing men and women. What a family!

(We're now interviewing for TSM students for our next academic year. Download a prospectus and application form here.)

Monday, 8 March 2010

Suspected Ovarian Cyst - Vanished!

I received an e-mail this morning that was so encouraging. It's true that our areas of greatest pain and disappointment can become our areas of greatest breakthrough...

'You came to Stamford Community Church at the end of 2009 for a prophetic evening. You had a word and prayed with me about my fears and anxieties concerning my womb - that week I had previously had a serious bout of crippling stomach pain and the doctors were concerned I might have an ovarian cyst of some sort. I was due to have a scan in hospital and was really stressed about it all.

Thank you for praying with me. That following week I was overwhelmed by a sense of God's love for me and felt a deep peace about going for the scan, knowing that God was in control and there was no need to be anxious. I went for my scan and the nurse said she couldn't find anything remotely wrong. It was all in top working order! :D

Incidentally, I am now 10 weeks pregnant!
How good is our God?!'

He is oustandingly good! Thank you Jesus!

40 Day Negativity Fast

A group of friends and I are going to give this a go starting tomorrow. Why don't you join us!

'A 40 day negativity fast is where, for 40 days, you choose to take every negative thought captive and choose to declare the goodness of God over your life and the lives of those around you.'

What a negativity fast is not:
1) It is not denying that problems exist
2) It is not 'stuffing things down' that are wrong
3) It is not critical of others who may be struggling
4) It is not irresponsible concerning things that need to be done.

What a negativity fast is:
1) It is determining to focus more on God's promises than on problems
2) It is learning to speak with hope about even the toughest of issues
3) It is becoming 'solution focused' rather than 'problem focused.'
4) It is refraining from giving voice to pessimism, criticism of others, self-criticism and other forms of unbelief
5) It is speaking about problems to the right people in the right way
6) It is replacing negative words and thoughts with positive words and thoughts based on the promises of God.

Let me know how you get on!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

God spoke through a word of knowledge about Rocking Chairs!

One of the things I had to do when I went to Bethel this time round was prophesy over someone off the back of a word of knowledge. I was attending Bethel's supernatural school when Kris Vallotton was speaking. At one point during his talk he asked us to pair up with someone, hold their hands and ask God what He wanted to say to them. Kris gave us one minute to hear from God, but he specified that we had to start by getting a word of knowledge about their bedroom and then prophesy off the back of that! (What really impacted me was when Kris asked all those who'd got their word of knowledge wrong to put their hands up and we all applauded them for giving it a go anyway - it's so not about performance at Bethel!)

So when I got back home, I was sat in my living room with my housemate Carly and friend Ruth recounting this story and laughing about how fearful I felt and how I was going to get all the TSM students to give it a go at some point soon. As I started to tune into God in the moment, I felt Him talk to me about rocking chairs so I asked the girls if rocking chairs had any significance to either of them. Carly said that in the last house she'd lived in while back in America there were 2 rocking chairs and that she'd really enjoyed sitting in them. So Ruth and I had a go at prophesying off the back of this word of knowledge.

We talked about the significance of there being two chairs; that God wanted Carly to know that He was with her. We talked about the fact that the chairs represented comfort and that we saw Carly sitting on the rocking chair around a fire and really feeling rested and safe. We talked about God wanting Carly to know Him as her comforter. That He wanted her to be free to be totally herself around Him. And that was pretty much that. Little did we know just how significant the stuff we'd been prophesying was.

Carly told us that she'd felt most able to be herself in this house with the rocking chairs. She told us how she'd loved sitting with the lady she lived with - that she felt really safe. What was most amazing though was that the rocking chairs had been round a wood burner and the wood burner had the word COMFORTER engraved across its front! Carly told us that she'd loved the wood burner so much that she'd even taking a photo of it before coming to England. She got her laptop out to show us...two rocking chairs, sat round a large wood burner called comforter. WOW!

(It turned out that rocking chairs had significance for Ruth and I too - I'd forgotten about it at first but there used to be a rocking chair in my grandparents house - so each of us received prophesy off the back of this word of knowledge...so fun!)