Repost: You Need Power…..


In this series, I’m reposting some of my earlier contributions to this space. First, so that some of the good stuff isn’t lost in the archives, but is exposed for all to see; and, second, to get the blog active again while I battle a couple of things (including writer’s block – again…)

So here is a repost of – “You Need Power! – Don’t I Ever!” (first published on May 28, 2008…

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I have not abandoned the blog… just have been hit with writer’s block *grin*

I’ve had a wonderful time assisting with a group deliverance on Saturday May 24th…. great to see how God moves. I was exhausted afterward, tho!

Ok, so enough of me. I will post the devotion from Today God is First (TGIF) by Os Hillman for May 27th. I liked it – we all need power from the Holy Spirit to do what we are called to do!

You Need Power
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
05-27-2008

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).D.L. Moody was a shoe salesman until God moved him into a full-time preaching ministry, often in the streets of Chicago. There came a point in his journey with God that he realized he needed more in his life than what he was experiencing. “At the close of the Sabbath evening services I remember two holy women they would say to me, ‘We have been praying for you.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you pray for the people?’ They answered, ‘You need power.’

‘I need power?’ I said to myself. Why, I thought I had power. I had a large Sabbath school and the largest congregation in Chicago. I was in a sense satisfied. But then came these two godly women who prayed for me, and their earnest talk about “the anointing for special service” set me thinking. I asked them to come and talk with me, and we got down on our knees. They poured out their hearts, that I might receive the anointing of the Holy Ghost. And there came a great hunger into my soul. I knew not what it was. I began to cry as I never did before. The hunger increased. I really felt that I did no want to live any longer if I could not have this power for service. I kept on crying all the time that God would fill me with His Spirit. Well, one day, in the city of New York – Oh, what a day! I cannot describe it; I seldom refer to it; it is almost too sacred an experience to me. Paul had an experience that he never spoke for fourteen years. I can only say, God revealed Himself to me, and I had such an experience of His love that I had to ask Him to say His hand.

I went to preaching again. The sermons were no different; I did not present any new truths, and yet hundreds were converted. I would not be placed back where I was before that blessed experience if you would gave me all Glasgow.*

*Elmer Towns, Understanding the Deeper Life, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1984, pp. 224, 225

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Prophetic Word: Commissioning over MSN


Forgive me, I have neglected my blog as of late… I have not written anything in such a long time.  What I will do, starting from next time, is bring you some old posts from my archives to give the blog a kick start as well as to not lose some of the great testimonies that are in this space.  What follows is part of an MSN conversation I had a while back that I was supposed to post, but I never got around to it.  Enjoy seeing how God moves across the interwebs once again!

In the below excerpt I gave my friend (Name changed to L) a few prophetic words, which she confirmed, and I prayed with her over MSN – and she spoke in tongues out loud for the first time!   (That’s just for those who are too lazy to read through the whole conversation – and I only included the relevant bits…. hehe

PS – I did not alter the text – in the sense of checking for spelling or getting rid of instant-messaging contractions, (like ‘u’ for ‘you’, etc.) I’m expecting that most people will be able to understand it as written. At least, I hope so 🙂  Enjoy!

BajanPOET says:

I was gonna ask u how ur relationship with God was going    God interrupted me and gave me the word, “Fire-carrier”  ….  with the sense that you should ask him for ways to extend the reach of his Spirit beyond the church building and carry it to those around u, as it is inside you already    Your passion for him is radiating off of u… I can see it from here!

That doesn’t mean u don’t have bad days   JUst that God sees the direction of ur heart and it is still towards him, no matter what’s going on right now

L says:

 wowww   as usual God is always on time and i really thank God for u and even more for ur openess to allow God to use u as a voice piece…i have something on my mind (cant share it as yet) but that is jus some confirmation

BajanPOET says:

don’t have to share it with me, dearie…. just know that whatever the issues of your heart, be comforted in the fact that he has your heart in his hand.  Remember – u are encouraged to cast ALL your cares on him BECAUSE he cares for you!

His presence is around u like sparks …. u need to stop doubting who HE is in YOU and ACT

L says:

 uhhhumm i keep getting that … i need to get up and do something i am a bit too relax

BajanPOET says:

“well maybe u need to do something about it”  That sounds familiar ….

hahaha

L says:

   yes it does … but i am trying but i am horrible at manageing my time

BajanPOET says:

well, I know exactly what u mean

L says:

 and it feels as thoa i have soooo much to do and no time to do it in

BajanPOET says:

Same here

so I’d encourage you with the same thing I’m encouraged to do… just ask God to help u with it, give it to him and then do what he says!

He will prompt u to start a project right now, stop in 5 mins ….

all u need to do is obey then

and the pressure is off u

coz God has your Blackberry lololol

and thus ur timetable

Hey I’m talking to myself here too

L says:

  uhhumm

 and ya know what i set out my timetable that i have all evening classes except on tuesdays maybe thats for some reason .(mine was that if i get a job i wud have time … but so far no job so i guess God has a better plan for my days. As i said i have something in mind that God birth in my spirit on monday on my way to school or in one of my classes so i kno i need to do something about it

 it is about time

BajanPOET says:

yes it is

L says:

 cuz i have done nothing so far and this is the 2nd time that it came back to me and the urge is stronger

BajanPOET says:

The Lord is telling you to GO FOR IT

L says:

 uhhumm

BajanPOET says:

He set your timetable

Cast off the self doubt and the “I don’t know…’ and JUST DO IT

It will not be on ur own

seek him … the ppl who u will work with are under ur nose

but he wants u to stop being scared and step out of the boat …. watch him and u won’t sink!

L says:

 yes yes

 well i will start to get things in order

 i done waste time

BajanPOET says:

good girl

Ok … prophetic encouragement for the day!

even thoa we mess up at times  God is always there with arms wide open says:

   oooo ok

 well i will give u a call , need to get a charger for my cell phone which i plan to buy as soonas possible and i will give u a call

BajanPOET says:

yes please.

I know that there’s a reason I connect with ur spirit every time we talk

so I want to keep u close lolol

L says:

 uhhum telling me and it always leaves me in awe because it encourages or re-affims and it is jus when i need it

BajanPOET says:

lolol

I want to see u step out coz I am sure that u have a prophetic streak in u that u’re afraid to use …. or don’t know it’s there.  I feel like u get thoughts about others but never say it coz u’re afraid u might be wrong … u know what? I started out like that too! Just have to jump for it and take the risk… and realize that u don’t miss it as much as u think u would!

L says:

 OOMMGG (g=goodness) ROBERT u need to stop it!!!!! no i am jus kiddin

BajanPOET says:

hahahahahaahha

laughing out loud here ….

u can close ur mouth now, sweetheart lolol

L says:

 if u cud only c

 BajanPOET says:

who says I can’t? rofl (ok THAT one’s tongue in cheek) lololol

But I’m not prophetic for nothing … whenever we talk the prophetic flows freely

that shows me that there’s a like spirit there

shows me that u’re open to it

shows me that God has plans for u

L says:

 uhhumm

 now this is profound

 wowwww

 but Lord i thank you

BajanPOET says:

u have gifts that Father wants to nurture

and release – not only back into your Wesleyan context – but outside into the world

there are people who are not going to grace the inside of a church but will meet God as u speak into their souls, revealing what God has shown u

what is happening with u is that u are seeing – for urself – that God is real, his VOICE is real and HE KNOWS YOU

so that u can use that as testimony to others when u tell them what God is showing u for THEM

When others challenge u, u can say, I know it’s real – it HAPPENED TO ME

L says:

 uhhumm but as u said what have me is that i doubt my self so much and i think i am wrong

 but from this day no longer will i allow doubt keep me back from saying what the Lord has placced on my heart

 i will be bold because God has given my a spirit of Love power and a strong mind

BajanPOET says:

I’m praying in tongues over u right now.  As I type this u will feel the heat of the Spirit of God wash over u

And if u feel like yawning, go right ahead

I command the spirit of Fear to loose her NOW

I command the spirit of BOLDNESS to come and flood her spirit

I release the FIRE OF GOD through her

and say that the rivers of living water are CHURNING in her BELLY right now

Be released!

As Treebeard said in the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – “Break the dam! RELEASE THE RIVER!”

And I release the river of the anointing of GOD OVER and through LEYANN in JESUS’ NAME

Tell me if u feel anything   coz I know something was released    Spirit of God moved when I prayed

and my hands are still warm

I release the prophetic call.  L… according to the Word of God, the young men will see visions and the old men will dream dreams…

I give u permission to speak the word of the Spirit

I break every shackle of fear NOW

INSECURITY leave NOW

SHYNESS leave NOW

FEAR OF FAILURE leave NOW

Fear of RIDICULE leave NOW

Fear of MAN leave NOW

Fear of RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION leave NOW

I release the BOLDNESS OF THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

Roar, my darling

ROAR with GOD’S VOICE

lay hands on the sick and they shall recover

prophesy to the breath and let the Spirit revive those slain (Ez 37)

God has a mighty work for Leyann to do

Do not fear the uninformed. Those who are tied to Wesleyan tradition (in ur context) will think u’ve gone mad!

God breaks you from your tradition NOW

in the name of JESUS CHRIST

He wants to be able to move you wherever, whenever

give him ur allegience

AMEN, LORD lolol

Come on, tell me what’s happening lol

L says:

 well i even as u prayed i prayed and believed God with u and yes i yawned and i felt a release and i started shaking and said something i did not understand and i kept saying Jesus is Lord

BajanPOET says:

u spoke in tongues, too? WOW

L says:

 i am still feeling as thoa something is sticking me

BajanPOET says:

Sticking u, where?

L says:

 in my side

 amen

BajanPOET says:

Well I rebuke that now… whatever is sticking her in her side, LEAVE NOW

U have no right to her

SHE IS UNECUMBERED

TOTALLY FREE

L says:

 amen

 well i have spoken in tongues in my head but i have never said anything out loud that was the first time

BajanPOET says:

Sweet

Keep practicing it, darling.

It’ll get more fluent

You’ve been refilled again    Empowered for ministry

Meeting with God


On Sunday I woke up after a long night out with my friends, intent on lazing around and doing laundry. I was starting my daily BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) chat with my best friend when I realized that I was feeling a nudging, an insistent poking in my spirit.

God was prodding me to go to church.

I resisted, because I have been running from him for a while, not wanting to face the painful past few years. I have holed away in my bedroom and not ventured into assembled worship for months because I have felt a lot of bitterness, pain and betrayal against both God and his people.

Anyway, today I was being prodded.

As anyone who knows me well knows, I may fuss and fight, quarrel and all-out bitch at God, but I ultimately do what he says. So, very unwillingly, I got ready to go. I wasn’t exactly sure which assembly I was to go to, but I was going. While driving, the particular assembly I was to go to was impressed on my heart, so I dutifully went, expecting that it would be on the verge of starting and I could slip into the back row. Oh. My bad. They start an hour later than I thought.

I sat in my car for the hour feeling the incredible urge to drive home; I had my best friend tell me over BBM – command me, really, “You are not moving from that spot!”

The assembly started their worship set, and as I started singing, I just felt the strong impression that I shouldn’t sing, but should just soak in the worship.  The power of the Lord hit me as the songs continued and I found myself on the floor, with the weighty glory of God pressing me to the carpet.  Normally I would just enjoy lying there in God’s presence, but recent bad experiences with people in church not understanding how my body reacts to His glory prompted me to try to get up and sit down – but really I felt like I was fighting through something like honey – sticky and hard to push through.

Anyway, I eventually got to sitting and when I was able to compose myself I thought it best to go outside – didn’t want any more attention drawn to myself.  (In contrast to what I have been accused of, I really don’t like being the centre of attention; I would rather NOT have everyone looking at me when I’m worshiping.  I don’t do anything for show!)  As I was going out, I stumbled as another wave of God’s presence hit me – and I found myself falling ….but this time I was caught by a couple of the men of the church who assisted me outside and started to pray for me.

They prayed until I had a mini-deliverance outside …. I felt something leave as I coughed and spit up, but I am not sure I can identify it.  They prayed until the pastor of the church was called – an old friend of mine from college, actually.

He prayed for me, and as he released the power of God over me I started shaking again. Then he started to prophesy to me.  In part, he told me that God was restoring the voice of the prophet to me, and that my prophetic mantle is my protection.  He said that the anointing on my life is strong, and is scary to some, but that God would validate my calling. (At those words I am sure I started to cry – the last couple years have been tough as I have not been ministering at all.)  It felt good to hear him say those words – I have not used the word ‘prophet’ in reference to myself for a long time now.  After the prayer time, we just talked.  I told him that what he said rang true in my spirit and my experience, and he prayed for wisdom for me.  He told me that my reactions to the presence of God are in part because I am holding back. (I agreed – I so don’t want to be a spectacle and be accused of ‘showing off’ that I try to rein in when God releases his presence… but it has the opposite effect: like when you take a bottle of Coca-Cola and shake it vigourously before opening it!)

So that was my first meeting with God after over a year in an assembly.

Since that time I have seen my prophetic voice pick back up again….  there have been prophetic words for friends over BlackBerry Messenger, interpretations of dreams, and prophetic encouragements – but those will have to be written in another post!

How have you met with God recently?

Prophecy in Action


My friend Linda posted this comment on my last blog post:

I’m suspicious of prophets because of all the creepy stuff I see on TV. How can a person know if the word they are receiving is real?

I went to a really lame church for awhile, and this woman was constantly telling me she had a “word” for me from the Lord. It was always something she wanted me to do (to humiliate me) but she swore she was a prophet.

So now I’m skeptical… not of you Rob, but of the gift itself. Would you please help me understand this gifting better?

So I promised her I’d email her.  I started to wax poetic on one of my favourite topics, so I decided I would edit my answer to her and post it here for all to see.  It has some links into the archives of my blog – and this post goes back to the original intent of this blog called the Hand of God – to document and testify to the awesome hand of God working in my and others lives as He interacts with us right here on Earth!  Here goes…

One of the things I wanted to tell you? Prophecy isn’t scary – much. LOL

Seriously. You said in your comment that you had some awesome times with the Lord where you wrote what he said and knew that you knew it was him, and looking back you could see how he led you, right? Well, prophecy is getting one of those same kinds of messages – but for someone else. That’s it in a nutshell.

I post about some of it on my blog: Thoughts on Prophecy

Here’s a link to one of my first prophetic experiences:  First Prophetic Word

And here’s a practical example of prophecy in action: Prophetic Word Leads to Re-commitment!

I can totally understand why what you see on tv freaks you out. It isn’t all true, although some is. And how do you know? Really, I believe that the Holy Spirit lets you know. Put another way – how do bank tellers know counterfeit money? True they are trained in what to look for and stuff, but take it from me – they know the false because they handle the authentic on an ongoing basis.

I will post one more… it is the first time I was exposed to the gift of tongues, but it has a deeper meaning. God was showing me that any gift (Tongues, Prophecy or any other) HAS to come out of LOVE – or else it is no use. THAT is the real test. Do you sense love or manipulation when you watch or interact with a person who claims to be prophetic?  For example, in your comment you spoke of the fact that this lady was saying she had a prophetic word for you – but the goal and motivation wasn’t love, but manipulation and humiliation.  That’s not true prophecy. That is witchcraft!

So what are your thoughts after reading this post and reading the testimonies linked here?

The Prophetic Intersect


Logo from the NBC television program Chuck

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I promised a good friend of mine (Hi Wen!!!) that I would get back into blogging about what God shows me through movies and television shows.  Anyone who knows me personally would know that I spend just as much time quoting from The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and “300” just as much as I do from the Bible when I’m praying or prophesying over someone.

People would roll their eyes or groan whenever I was moved by the Holy Spirit to say,  “As Gandalf / Morpheus / Leonidas said….”  but God works in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, right?  I’ve mentioned this method of hearing God in some of my earlier blog posts.

And now, to the inspiration for today’s post.

I was listening to my friend Leah recount a story in which an international intercessor had a dream about her.  I read her story,  and as she was recounting it I started seeing all the connecting pieces – Scriptures came to mind, impressions and Spirit led conclusions just tied everything all together; when I told her what I was sensing she could only say, “Yes, that’s right.”

While that was going on I had a ‘flash’ of my own – I started remembering Chuck.  Now, for those who have not watched this show yet – GO AND FIND IT.  (ok, that’s my own bias and love of spy stories coming out! Ignore me if you’d rather watch sappy romantic comedies rather than guns blazing. Anyway… I digress….)

Chuck is a twenty something year old computer geek that accidentally downloads government secrets into his brain, and is now a secret agent going on spy missions.  Whenever he sees something that is relevant, he ‘flashes’ – bits and pieces of information from the “Intersect” (the collection of government secrets) link together – and he spits out the data to his friends in the secret agent friends.  This allows them to put pieces together that they could never do on their own.

As I was spitting out Scripture references and Spiritual impressions relevant to my friend’s story, it made me think of how the Holy Spirit in my life is like the Intersect in that show.  He resides within me, and based on the knowledge of Scripture and my experiences with Him, things tie together in my Spirit in much the same way as the Intersect interacts with Chuck.

In fact, one of the titles I was bandying around in my brain for this post was “Do Prophets have an Intersect in their Heads?)  😆

How many of us have Scripture references drop into our minds at the weirdest times, but the Scripture references fit perfectly into your situation?  How many of us feel like seemingly random events just tie together in some weirdly divine way?  How many have watched Chuck and feel like there’s an Intersect in their heads???? Ok, ok, maybe it’s just me….

For those who know that they prophesy – do you find this to be true for you as well? For those who don’t, does it still feel like the Holy Spirit drops things into your head – ties things together that otherwise wouldn’t make sense?

Fear


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

I wanted to write a pithy post based on this quote. But honestly? I think I’ll just post it and let in marinate in our minds.

I know I have to keep this part especially in my mind: “Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

My playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around me.

How many of us do this? In the name of “humility”?  I know I do.  But I am working on it.

Personal Devotions: Sonship


Welcome to the first Personal Devotions post for 2011!

I have started to use Youversion on my Blackberry to get back into reading the Word.  Last year I was interacting with the Scripture using the Daily Audio Bible website and community, but in November I couldn’t keep up the momentum… it petered out.  So although I almost made it, I didn’t finish reading the entire Bible last year.  It was becoming a lot to take in all at once – Brian reads from the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Psalms and the Proverbs every single day – as well as gives his own inspired commentary on what was read.  Then he would pray, and there was also be a section where people from the community could call in and ask for prayer, pray for others in the community or give a praise report.

It was  great. But it was a lot to take in as the year progressed and my battle with depression deepened.   So this year, on the advice of a few good friends, I have endeavoured to look for another strategic Bible plan that will ease me back into the reading of the Word.

I had downloaded the Youversion app on my Blackberry for a while, but hadn’t really used it much until I was challenged to read the Word more – specifically the Psalms.  I decided that I would find a short Bible plan using the smartphone.  And this is day two.  I’m reading a Psalm and a Proverb.  that’s’ it.

But today I heard God speak through his word in a way that I have not heard in a while.  I was arrested by Psalm 2:7

I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.

I heard him: YOU ARE MY SON.  I cried out to him, “I have not felt like your son in ages!”  But in spite of what I feel or don’t, his word still rings true to my heart today.

This Scripture naturally makes me think of Romans 8:15 as well

15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, Abba,[b] Father.”

And looking at Proverbs 2, I was also arrested by the beginning two words: “My son”  The entire chapter spoke to me, but I am picking out the part that I really feel impressed on my heart right now.

1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.

I have had so many depressed moods, so much negativity, so much pain – that focusing on the positive was a welcome change.  So here is my devotion for today.

Lord, I have not felt like your son for ages. I can say like the Prodigal, “I am not worthy to be called your son.” But you call me son anyway. Even if I fail.  Even if I fall. Even if I decide that I am still feeling rebellious… all of this time you still call me son, and still seek my heart turning back to you. I ask that you will acknowledge my baby steps, and help me to increase my momentum. Thank you Jesus. AMEN