Jan and I recently returned home from a series of meetings in California and Toronto,Canada where we witnessed and experienced great demonstrations of the Holy Spirit of God in ways I've never seen before. We've noticed a marked increase in physical healings along with healings of every manner of emotional and mental weakness and oppression being broken off of people in powerful and dramatic ways. People hungry for the presence of the Lord are coming to these gatherings to rid themselves once and for all of the weight of oppression and affliction that has kept them down and feeling like they are unusable and unworthy of the Kingdom of God. We witnessed close to 150 people in Toronto going through mass deliverance at the alter being cleansed healed and reignited for God.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALINGS
Most had been carrying these oppressions and afflictions for years and even decades. As we ministered to individuals, many were delivered from mental and emotional oppression, which in turn resulted in the release of specific physical healings. So we noted that as the Lord brought deliverance to individuals from the strongholds of the mind, the end result would be further healing in their physical bodies directly related to the stronghold of mental oppression or affliction that was broken off of them first.
In Truckee, California just 3 days prior to being in Toronto, the Lord delivered and healed many from mental afflictions who had suffered nearly all their lives. That night there were individuals who testified of physical healings such a Scoliosis, compression fractures, compacted discs, asthma, COPD and others, but even more interestingly, over the coarse of the next 7 to 10 days reports came in from pastors about others coming forward and testifying of physical healings as well. Many stated that they felt the power of God surge into their bodies instantly in the meeting, freeing them from mental confusion and anxiety, but several days later, they received physical healings from infirmities. As spiritual blocks were being broken off, natural blockages that brought on physical sickness could no longer stay. The natural process of "flow" resumed in the body which in turn resulted in physical healings! We truly are "Fearfully and wonderfully made,"(Psalm 139:14)
CLEANSING OF THE MIND
As I look back over the past season it's clear that the Lord has had us dealing with the mindsets of individuals and regions everywhere we go. God is after our minds. All wisdom, understanding, revelation, perception, self-worth, and evaluations of God and others enter into and go through the mind of man. I've been writing and teaching much on the subject of the renewing of the mind. If our mind is clear and clean, our body and emotions will be also. Ephesians 4:22-23 says, "strip yourselves of your former nature which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt (which destroys body, soul and spirit) through lusts and desires that spring from DELUSION; v.23 and be constantly renewed in the SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND"! Most if not all oppressions and afflictions come as a result of us becoming captives or slaves in the mind to the trickery of the enemy. God wants us to be armed in our minds with the right kind of thinking that will allow us to see ourselves the way He does. God is after our minds. This process of the renewing of the mind is primary to God now and the Holy Spirit is wanting to release fresh revelation and great increases of spiritual knowledge that only the spiritually mature mind can accept. In order for a bank to receive an electronic transfer of monies it must first have in place the proper grid necessary to receive everything wanting to be deposited!
A NEW GRID
Our thinking needs to be radically transformed and changed in order to take on the necessary "grid" that will allow us to accept the great increases of spiritual truths and knowledge that are coming from the presence of the Lord for end time revival. In Mathew 13, Jesus was talking to the disciples about the "seeds" that fell on different ground. He said in verse 11: "To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. V.12 For whoever has (spiritual knowledge), to him will more be given, and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away"! If we allow the increases of wisdom to that God wants to give us by the Holy Spirit to come its clear that He will continue to add too and pour out even more. But if we resist Him, we're in danger of losing even the little that we have!
Gabriel told Daniel; "Go your way Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall purify themselves (mind, emotions, body and spirit) white and be tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked shall not understand. The teachers and those who are wise shall understand!" (Daniel 12:9-10)
We see the parallels in Daniel 1:17 and Ephesians 1:17 that God is wanting to download knowledge and skill into us like he did with Daniel. "As for these four youths, God gave them KNOWLEDGE and SKILL in all LEARNING and WISDOM, and Daniel had UNDERSTANDING in all kinds of VISIONS and DREAMS."
Daniel 2:20-22-"Blessed be the name of God forever for wisdom and might are His! He gives WISDOM to the wise and KNOWLEDGE to those who have UNDERSTANDING! He REVEALS the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the LIGHT DWELLS WITH HIM!"
GREAT STOREHOUSES OF KNOWLEDGE
There are great storehouses of knowledge coming from the presence of the Lord that will completely transform the hearts and minds of believers in preparation for world wide evangelism. This transformation is so radical that the present church needs to recognize it when it comes. When Jesus showed up on the scene He was a "brand new thing". The religious community had extreme difficulty in accepting the authenticity of Jesus and ultimately ended up rejecting Him. Even though Jesus moved with great authority and with demonstrations of power, these religious leaders just couldn't bring themselves to accept Him as being from God. They even accused him of casting out devils by the prince of devils, Beelzebub. Jesus said, "If it's by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you"! (Mathew 12:28). Jesus had to constantly rebuke these religious leaders for their lack of spiritual understanding. So will it be in our time. This transformation or wisdom from above is unlike anything the church has previously yet experienced. The renewal process of the mind by the Holy Spirit will equip us with the proper framework to allow us to be able to receive the download of the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation of the secret mysteries (like Daniel) of the intimate knowledge of Him! The "eyes of our heart" will be "flooded with light" (because the light dwells with Him) so we can KNOW and UNDERSTAND the hope of His calling, and the "inheritance of the saints". God wants us to know the greatness of His power so He can "demonstrate His mighty strength in and through us." (Ephesians 1:17-19).
PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A HOLY VISITATION OF GOD
The church in North America has seen very little in terms of great demonstrations of power because we have simply forgotten that God is a supernatural God. We've forgotten that He moves in supernatural ways with miracles, healings, signs and wonders and that He has commanded us to do the same. The hearts of nations of the earth melted like wax when they heard of the great and mighty acts of power that God performed for the children of Israel. God is beginning once again to remind the church of who we are and what we're called to be in the earth.... TRUE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN POWER!
Prepare yourself and make yourself ready for a holy visitation from God. Jesus started his earthly ministry like this; "Repent; (radically change your thinking) for the Kingdom of God is at hand! (Mathew 4:17). It was followed by the greatest displays of miracles, healings, signs and wonders the world has ever known. Now, like the early church, it's our turn to display the same raw acts of power associated with the preaching of the gospel.
"This same message was proclaimed throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee after the baptism preaching by John; How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing ALL who were harassed and oppressed by the power of the devil for God was with Him"! (Acts 10:37-38)