I feel it in my bones, you’re about to move
I feel it in the wind, you’re about to ride in
You said that you would pour your Spirit out
You said that you would fall on sons and daughters
A couple weeks ago I finally had the chance to hear Todd White speak in person. Todd was an atheist and a drug addict for 22 years, and about to commit suicide when he had a pretty crazy encounter with God in 2004. As a baby Christian he saw someone miraculously healed from leukemia, and after that he went after the gift of healing like there was no tomorrow. He prayed for over 1000 people before he saw one single healing, but one day it happened, and now a healing happens every day of his life, everywhere he goes. Even so, he says he’s just doing what every Believer is called to do, and his passion is to “raise the bar to normal” for the body of Christ.
Anyway I finally got to hear him speak, and I knew it would be amazing but I wasn’t prepared for it to wreck me the way it did. (And by “wreck me” I mean basically cause me to crawl out of my skin with joy.) His spoke for almost 3 hours and I have listened to his talk at least 4 times since I got home, just trying to get it in my blood. Anyway I know it’s long but if you get the chance to listen, I guarantee you won’t be the same.
I can see it now, your kingdom come
I can hear it now, the sounds of heaven
You said that if we ask, we’ll receive
So we are asking for your greater measure
2017 has been a pretty rigorous year for my church family. We’ve undergone long periods of fasting and seeking God’s presence, spent 8 weeks pursuing healing and freedom from any type of bondage we personally were dealing with, and another 8 weeks studying Jesus’ ministry of supernatural healing. Last night for the very first time, after 11 months of training, we went on the streets of downtown LA in small teams, to see who the Spirit would lead us to pray for.
Let’s just acknowledge the idea of approaching a stranger to ask if they need prayer or healing is enough to make the modern Christian’s skin crawl. But we certainly didn’t do it carelessly or without preparation. And the motive was simply and plainly to love on our city. And it was incredible. I won’t even try to describe what it feels like to have the very first person you approach instantly start weeping and say “Are you guys Christians? Yes, please pray for me! One hour ago I almost died in a car accident.” And then when it’s all done, to look you in the eyes and say, “You have a healing gift, I feel the pain leaving my body.”
Why doesn’t the modern church do these things? Among the common excuses are, “God doesn’t heal like that anymore,” “Jesus only gave that authority to the 12 disciples,” “It’s not always God’s will to heal,” “That’s just pentecostalism,” “It’s not respectful to push your religion on people.”
Aren’t we just more loyal to political correctness and social customs than we are to the Word? Aren’t we just afraid of rejection, and afraid of how powerful the Holy Spirit inside us really is?
Yet Christianity isn’t just another belief system, it’s reality. And we can’t ignore what the Word plainly says — That Jesus gave his disciples “authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness,” then told them to teach everyone “everything I have commanded you.” That he extended his glory not only to the twelve/ seventy, but “also for those who will believe in me through their message.” That “whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” That “signs will accompany those who believe.” That the power in us is the “same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead.”
So come and blow on through
Spirit move, we’re ready for you
Come and do what only you can do
What does any of this have to do with sexual purity? The thing is, purity isn’t just for you. It’s not just a way to bolster up your own sense of self-righteousness. “I’m 34 and still a virgin, yippy skippy!” It’s so you can host his presence. It’s so your body can be a physical temple for his Holy Spirit power — not for you, for others. There are people all around us who are hurting, depressed, addicted, suicidal, and trapped, and they need an encounter with the resurrected Christ, and we are his physical body on the earth.
“The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.” Jesus went so far as to say, “Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.”
I pray you are all living right smack-dab in the center of your calling!