Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Teaching and teaching without testimonies is fruitless and I am tired of it. I want to go hear preachers that have gotten a revelation from God and are walking in it. I especially want to hear testimonies about people who have done stuff I haven't done yet, like raising the dead. I have been practicing on dead animals and renewing my mind with the promises of God but I haven't found a dead person to pray for that wasn't under supervision. LOL.
When I was 20 I went to the Christian camp that my mom liked to go to and I heard this fellow teach about the revealing of the sons and daughters of God and how all creation is awaiting for us. (Rom 8:19) He taught with authority because he had commanded thunder storms to move and they did for him. I thought, "Wow! I've never heard of stuff like this!"
Less than a week later I was confronted with a nasty thunderstorm over the highway I had to bicycle down to get to work. I remembered what I had learned the previous weekend, now what was I going to do about it? I thought... well God is not a respecter of persons, so what worked for him will work for me!
So... I asked the Lord to move the thunderstorm out of the way for me and to leave a tiny piece of it so I would know that He had answered my prayer.
I continued getting ready for work and about 10 minutes later I looked outside again. Imagine! I saw the huge dark clouds moving really fast to the left and there was a tiny piece of the darkest cloud left over the highway. Impossible you say? Nope! I saw it myself. It was so amazing because the lighter clouds were stationary, just the dark thunderstorm clouds were moving fast.
I never forgot that day. I rode my bicycle under that little piece of thunderstorm cloud about half an hour later. God held it in position for me. The rest of the storm was miles away by that time. Another miracle. Oh I did I forget to mention that I didn't get wet? It rained before I got under that cloud and after I passed. I could see it falling.
I never forgot it.
May you be encouraged to own the revelation you have been taught so far and to speak to your mountains (or storms). Truly, all creation is awaiting for us to stand up and do the works of God. (Rom 8:19,14) We are all sons/daughters of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. (Gal 3:26)
Brenda Gale Thompson
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I didn't know what to call this post and it came to me. Be the Change you want to see. In North America we have the habit of letting the pastor and a few people carry most of the responsibility of the Kingdom advancing. This should not be so. We all have gifts that we can contribute to the body for the greater good.
On that note I have asked the Lord to let me be a fool for Him if it means that He can use me more. We are in an upside down Kingdom where the way down is the way up. "He who wants to be great must be the servant of all". (ref. Mark 9:35) God chose and still chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and the weak things to shame the strong. (ref. 1Cor. 1:27) That means that we all qualify to be used in God's kingdom.
How that looks can be completely different than anything you have done previously. All I can say is, be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Let me share a neat example with you.
A few weeks ago we were having a Friday night service and a few of the regular intercessors were missing. The music had started and as I walked in late I said to a friend, "I guess I'm going to make a fool of myself." I was surprised at what I blurted out and was thinking about it as I made my way to the front. (Our church opens up the alter area for passionate worshipers so they can intercede and worship and break through for the whole congregation. I wish all churches did this!)
The music was great, but we weren't going anywhere in the spirit so I asked Holy Spirit what to do. He said, "Dance."
"Right." I thought and I didn't, because I didn't have the foggiest idea of how to start. I was holding a flag and waving it around a bit, but that's a far cry from dancing.
Well, the next song started and we still weren't going anywhere. The Heavens felt like brass so I asked Holy Spirit what was up and He said again, "Dance!"
I thought to myself, "Okay but You have to show me how." I took one step to my right and all of a sudden I was waltzing around the front. The people moved out of the way and I was holding/waving my flag and singing a beautiful harmony in tongues. But the most important thing was that I felt a 'boom' in the Spirit as the Heavens opened up. Breakthrough! That's what I was longing for. Then the tears were streaming down my face and I was whirling around, dancing with my Lover and I couldn't care less what the people were thinking. It was just me and Jesus and Holy Spirit was teaching me how to move and flow in the Spirit. I felt like I was dancing on air.
The rest of the service was good, but nothing can compare to the joy that Holy Spirit gives when He's happy with you. When He says, "Thank you!" every fiber of your being knows it!
So let me encourage you to be a fool for the Lord. Be the change you want to see. It shouldn't be just at conferences, that you see spiritually hungry Christians. I have asked the Lord to keep me hungry!
It always pays to obey Holy Spirit's promptings, even when they don't make sense to your natural mind. As we honor Holy Spirit by obeying Him, He helps us to bless the Father's heart. Since we can never out give Father God, He responds by pouring out more healing, more glory, more deliverance in waves and the whole crowd gets touched around us too.
That's Heaven on Earth folks. That's what I have experienced when I've been in the Spirit. There is so much love in Heaven and all the people use what they've got to help and bless others. There is no fear of loss there because Father gives us more and more of whatever we have been giving out.
I want Heaven here too. I really think that if some of us keep pressing in, we are going to open up an even bigger oasis of Heaven on Earth and the glory waves will flow out and touch our nation and the nations of the world.
Let Your Kingdom come more Lord Jesus and May Your will, not ours get done today in our lives, in Jesus' name we ask. Amen!
I Bless you as you go!
Brenda Gale Thompson