Curt Richter had a special relationship with rats. In 1950 he put rats in a bucket with circulating water, to see how long they could swim before they would sink. Under normal conditions, a rat could swim for an average of 15 minutes before giving up and sinking. However, if he rescued the rats just before drowning, dried them off and let them rest briefly, and then put them back into the same buckets of circulating water, the rats could swim an average of 60 hours before drowning. If a rat was temporarily saved, it would survive 240 times longer than if it was not temporarily saved. That’s the same as 24,000% longer. A little hope goes a long way. The rats that had HOPE kept swimming.
Jesus didn’t send his disciples into cities, and say “When you go, be nice, trendy, hard-working, law-abiding citizens, start successful businesses, be super culturally relevant, and pray… And wait… Wait for that moment. That moment someone asks you why you’re such a great person and why you’re so successful. Then, and only then, preach the gospel to them.” Actually he told them to preach the gospel, heal the sick, cleanse lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Matthew 10:8 It’s dumb for us to do everything that helps us spread the gospel, but never actually preach the gospel. That’s just dumb. I understand that there are many “covert ministries”, and spheres where much wisdom is required, and I’m thankful for Christians who God has positioned to bring influence in the various mountains of culture. And I understand that in most cases, it would not be a good idea to jump up onto the table and start proclaiming a blistering bible message. However, I’m afraid that we’ve become kind of like hunters sitting in our hunting blinds, and we’re so preoccupied with the process of sitting in waiting and perfecting our animal calls, that we never take the shot. We just watch the game stroll by and we pat each other on the back, and pride ourselves in how close they got to us without getting spooked.
God is not impressed with our experience or expertise. He’s impressed with faith. However… There is a problem with faith. The problem with faith is that it will make you great. For example, if you have great faith, then you will see great miracles. Miracles are like expensive cars. The more of them you own, the more other people think you are great. They may even start calling you “Apostle So&So.” Imagine that. So the temptation to use faith to make you great is real.
Recently I read through many of the stories of Jesus healing people. Seeing people miraculously healed is one of the most exciting experiences in the world. It’s the moment when you see that sparkle in someone’s eyes as they start to realize they can’t locate the pain. Because it’s gone! The problem with all these stories of Jesus healing people is that they were all so different. I wish he left us a formula. I wish he did it the same every time, so we could just learn the methodology and go for it. He didn’t do that though. He’s more interested in partnership and relationship, than just giving us a manual for healing people, and leaving us on our own. The stories vary in so many ways. You find various levels of faith, various methods of how Jesus went about healing people. You also find various reactions to Jesus healing people, and that some repented as a result of healing, but some did not. Here are five issues that I have had to deal with for the ministry of healing the sick to blossom in my life.
Three years ago, on Valentines Day, a great man, who many came to call “The Prophet of Love” went home to meet the lover of his soul.
I had the honor to know Bob. He was a dear friend of our family. I never met anyone who knew scripture like he did.
And he truly lived to please the Lord. Many who heard him for the first time, might think he was just some corky, mystical hill billy, but he was a great prophet, and he was the real deal. He could also interpret dreams like nobody I’ve ever heard of. He blessed my parents, and our extended family tremendously through interpreting dreams, which he would do using scripture he knew so well. My earliest memory as a kid being exposed to the prophetic, was hearing how Bob predicted with precision to the day, a horrible earth quake that struck San Francisco, when the bridge was damaged. As a kid, that really impacted me, that God could use someone to actually predict something like that with such accuracy.
This was a conversation I transcribed from a podcast with Kris Vallotton. Kris was exhausted, and not interested in talking with anyone. However this liberal, Jewish, atheist businessman just wouldn’t leave him alone.
Kris Vallotton is a prophet with a unique calling that often involves ministering to leaders of nations, and people from various walks of life, outside the church.
He has prophesied to individuals about becoming presidents of nations, and these prophecies have been fulfilled.
God opens many doors for him to influence, and minister to people in very high positions of government from both sides of the aisle, politically speaking. He has a very unique Joseph/Daniel anointing to prophetically speak into people’s lives in ways that literally transform them.
He also is the co-founder and leader of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) in Redding, CA where I completed the BSSM program in 2011-2014. It was three of the best years of my life, and I highly recommend everything Kris has written.
All of us have a special drawer we use for storing spiritual things that we don’t really see any use for. Kind of like the junk drawer in the house, where you keep all the stuff you don’t want to throw away, but you’re not sure if you’ll ever use it. For many years impartation was one of those things I would just take with a complimentary smile, only to later stuff it into the drawer of “not sure if it works, and not sure if it’s real”. Starting out as a pastor’s kid, and living as a missionary kid from the age of 11, I can’t remember how many times I would head up to the front of church to get prayed for by a minister for some kind of impartation of anointing. Sometimes I would be touched powerfully by the Holy Spirit, but sometimes I would not feel anything. It’s not that I was in doubt or bitter or anything, but I just had a hard time seeing any measurable results from this spiritual ritual, we spirit-filled Christians love to practice.
“This is crazy! This is crazy! This is crazy! There’s no pain at all!” Those were the exact words of an excited young man in a juvenile detention center in Utah, after he and four other guys prayed for each other for healing for the first time in their lives. And every one of them was 100% healed from back pain instantly. Seeing someone instantly healed by the power of the blood of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit is probably the most exciting thing I’ve ever done on this planet. Over the last three years of being part of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California I’ve seen more healing than perhaps the rest of my life put together. Here I want to share a few points I’ve discovered along the way. They are kind of like the floor planks nailed to the joists, to create a a sturdy platform for this dance with the Holy Spirit we call supernatural healing.