The last three years have been marked with many miracle touches of God. Thousands.
The last twenty years with many thousands more.
A man challenged me one day, “I’ve not seen any miracles.”
I answered, “Where have you been? Have you been regular in attendance? Have you given yourself to the work of the ministry? Have you buried yourself in the closet of prayer and fasting?”
He hung his head and walked away.
He missed the miracle healing of the leg of a dear sister, who went from surgery on Friday to back to work on Monday with no residual. The doctor told her it would take months.
He missed the miracle healing the legs of the woman, who came crippled and in great pain and left with no pain and all swelling gone by the next morning.
He missed the miracle healing of the woman, who slipped in one time and the snap of her spine back into place shocked the entire audience as she crumpled healed under the power of God.
He missed the miracle financial gift that pays for me to stay in ministry besides a small group of people, who have little to give.
He missed the thousands overcome by the presence of God on a regular basis in the streets and farms and churches of Mexico every year.
He missed the opening of cooperative relationships with an ever increasing number of government agencies coming to us for help.
He missed the personal salvation of one after another in the quiet of the cafe and across the glass at the jail.
He missed the meth addict, who has abandoned drugs and the alcoholic sober for years and both of these helping others.
He missed the baby with the hole in her stomach restored to total health as if nothing ever happened.
He missed. He was busy looking somewhere else when Jesus touched a soul. Don’t follow his path.
2017 is an Age of Adventure.
In just a few days, I will begin releasing short lessons on miracles as a way of daily life. At Hope Connection in Gainesville, we will include in every service with an offer of miracles. Miracles are not seen with some heebie jeebie super spiritual seance approach to prayer. Miracles are seen when God decides and in accordance with His word.
Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
A man after seeing the miracle intervention of God in a service asked me to come into the next service and just start praying for people. I scolded him. “We will preach the word. Faith will rise. Miracles will come. We will not pray until we have preached the word.” That evening hundreds filled the outdoor area in which we had services. The presence of God was strong and many saw answers. Last weekend, a woman came to me after a meeting in a dirt courtyard. Chickens ran underfoot. The music team was loud and relentless in a way that distracted faith. in all the chaos, God touched her. She left free. All her burdens were gone and she found me to make sure I knew.
“El peso es levantado” “The heaviness is lifted”, she declared.
in 2017, I declare the Age of Adventure for Cooke County, Texas. Miracle presence of God will seem commonplace.
How can that be, Pastor? How can you be so bold?
Can I hold back any longer? For three years, I have worked with the Holy Spirit to seed the ground, preach the word of faith, and pray for all. Now He says, “Go. Release. Do it in Me.” Enough with doubt. Enough with unbelief. Enough with religion.
Easy. Every time we ask in faith, He responds. I am quite comfortable casting off doubt and unbelief on behalf of the people and entering in to a constant opening to the presence and miracle power of Christ. I am uncomfortable with allowing the common disbelief of man in the God of Power and Love. I am uncomfortable allowing religious flesh to strangle the presence of the Holy Spirit. I am uncomfortable allowing self serving super spiritual Christians to destroy faith with hypocrisy. I am comfortable bringing light into darkness and joy into despair and hope into depression. I am comfortable with the I Am.
How do I know this is for me?
1 Thessalonians 1:4 For we know, brothers and sisters[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you,5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
This is what we will see with increasing common occurrence. And this book will be out guide.
If you want to prepare yourself for this Age of Adventure, take time to listen to each of these 41 lessons on 1 John explaining the love of Christ. Perfect love casts out fear. Fear fights faith.
Join me in the Age of Adventure. Make the drive. 5pm Sundays starting Jan 8th.