Before the Triumphal Entry

He still heals today! If you need healing, Jesus can heal you any time, any place. Today will be dedicated to healing and testimonies at Father’s House City Ministries, Portland, 11am. Free PSU lot parking. If you need healing, go to this celebration of Jesus and his compassion! They will continue to join with Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry to help release freedom and wholeness to people here in Portland. They’ve already seen so many healed and deciding to follow Jesus since April 8th this week!

In Matthew 20:29-34 – just before the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus stopped in the road and asked two men who were loudly calling for him to have mercy on them, “what do you want me to do for you?” Of course, he knew, but he wanted them to speak their need to him…a courageous display of submission and humility. “Lord”, they said, “we want to see!” BTW, “Hosanna” is an exclamation of praise that literally means “save now”. So Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. “Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.”

This stood out to me this morning – it took place just before the triumphal entry. Jesus took time to notice those in need and touched them. It was instant. They could see. And so they followed him. It the literal sense, no one can expect a person without sight to follow anyone. They are blind, for goodness sake! But once they see, all bets are off. They can now follow, with no excuse, the One who cares completely. The One who dissolved their affliction.

Spiritually, no one can be expected to follow him either, unless their eyes are touched with the undeniable truth of Jesus’ love and power. An no one can judge their behavior. Unless their heart is supernaturally turned toward his truth and they receive it, they are blind. But once they see, see the Truth for who he is, he will be absolutely magnetic! The things of earth will grow strangely dim around him and like these two blind men, they will follow him, too. Healing is so amazing. But to be a devoted follower of Jesus is even better. May the Church rise up, bring the sick (heart, mind and body) to Jesus, infuse courage to speak loudly their need to him and believe with them for his healing touch and for transformed lives.

He still heals today! If you need healing, Jesus can heal you any time, any place. Today will be dedicated to healing and testimonies at Father's House City Ministries, Portland, 11am. Free PSU lot parking. If you need healing, go to this celebration of Jesus and his compassion! They will continue to join with Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry to help release freedom and wholeness to people here in Portland. They've already seen so many healed and deciding to follow Jesus since April 8th this week!

In Matthew 20:29-34 - just before the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Jesus stopped in the road and asked two men who were loudly calling for him to have mercy on them, "what do you want me to do for you?" Of course, he knew, but he wanted them to speak their need to him...a courageous display of submission and humility. "Lord", they said, "we want to see!"  BTW, "Hosanna" is an exclamation of praise that literally means "save now". So Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. "Instantly they could see! Then they followed him."

{Pastor Steve Trujillo, this stood out to me this morning - it took place just before the triumphal entry.} Jesus took time to notice those in need and touched them. It was instant. They could see. And so they followed him. It the literal sense, no one can expect a person without sight to follow anyone. They are blind, for goodness sake! But once they see, all bets are off. They can now follow, with no excuse, the One who cares completely. The One who dissolved their affliction.

Spiritually, no one can be expected to follow him either, unless their eyes are touched with the undeniable truth of Jesus' love and power. An no one can judge their behavior. Unless their heart is supernaturally turned toward his truth and they receive it, they are blind. But once they see, see the Truth for who he is, he will be absolutely magnetic! The things of earth will grow strangely dim around him and like these two blind men, they will follow him, too. Healing is so amazing. But to be a devoted follower of Jesus is even better. May the Church rise up, bring the sick (heart, mind and body) to Jesus, infuse courage to speak loudly their need to him and believe with them for his healing touch and for transformed lives.
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Bill Johnson Conference – Day 3 – Sustaining Revival

Tues. night – Nov. 10th

…was Day 3 of the conference, When Heaven Invades Earth. Here are the highlights and strangities (my newly-coined word) that happened:

We arrived and again, and after all the seats filled to capacity, we started by laying hands on those next to us & praying for them. It just helped bring about a sense of one purpose and a spirit of compassion. Worship was weird – we sang some familiar songs from the past 2 days, and some new, but the Spirit had not yet fallen. It seemed much more conjured up- with good intention, but not very anointed.

But, the atmosphere changed as Pastor Bill began to preach. Below are some of the notes I took about sustaining revival:

  • Walk with God; hear his heart…then declare what is his heart, by spoken word. You may be just ONE decree away from your miracle – from living in God’s perfect will.
  • When you repent, your story gets “re-written”!
  • When you cannot celebrate another’s breakthrough, and let jealousy affect you, you’ve just sabotaged your own opportunity for personal breakthrough.

{RESEARCH: The Great Welsh Revival of 1904-1906)

Luke 17

  • Dream BIG. He said ask, and I’ll give the nations to you as your inheritance. Some things we need to ask for and we will rec’v as our inheritance – by no human effort. Other things we want, we need to press in & push for.

When God asked, “can a nation be saved in a day?” He was not asking to get an answer, but a testimony!  It’s rhetorical. He wants your answer not to be Yes or No, but, “God, it can! And here it is! I present this fruit as a once-impossibility, but it has become possible through the words of my mouth! Lord, help me to accurately re-present Jesus to the nations, speaking  that which is not, as though it were – that men & a nation may be saved!”

  • All we are, are the Lord’s delivery people. Delivering packages of _______ from His Holy Spirit to whomever he has in mind (through our inborn gifts and talents) by faith in the Sender, and obedience.
  • Worship is attending to the Lord 1st; serving HIM. We are here to serve HIM – not the other way around. TRY to keep that mindset every time you serve in ministry or just show up at church – all throughout the service. It REALLY is not about us, but HIM (Do servants labor in the field and then come in to eat, without 1st attending to the Master? NO! They are to make sure their master is fed and satisfied 1st before they feed themselves.) This brings new meaning to me, about the importance of worship before and after a sermon. Sandwiched in between two opportunities to serve our Master, we have the privilege of dining at his table of wisdom & learning his truths until our bellies are satisfied as well.

Matt. 11 (context: John was in prison & began doubting if Jesus really was who he said he was. “…or should we look for another?”)

  • Jesus told John to stop looking at what God has not done (he hadn’t released him from prison, and it was lookin’ like that day would not come). **RATHER, Keep your eyes – your attention – on what God is doing! TOO many Christians walk around with the ball & chain of “why he didn’t come though for me”. (Not forgetting that which lies behind).
  • Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are not offended in me.” Why? Because offense creates the perfect soil for UNBELIEF to take root.
  • Keep watch for, & walk in what God is currently doing. If you stop, you will stumble on what he has not done – labeling him unjust – which leads to offense – which leads to unbelief.

Leviticus 6:12-13

  • Priests were given responsibility to keep the fire BURNing on the altar. We are priests! May we as the body, sustain revival on to the next generation – with an ever-increasing flame, by becoming the offering ourselves … “The Burning Ones”. With NO other option but to obey.

***

After the service:

– prayer for healing – MUCH healing took place. Someone’s flat feet got an arch! Debbie, my friend, was healed of arthritis, a black woman testified that a drunk driver hit her yrs ago and she’s had pain since…but NO pain anymore. A man went up and said that he couldn’t bend all the way down before (lower back injury) but then he did – & was totally thrilled! There were like 100 more…

– prayer for ea. other next to us – BOLD declarations / prophesying over ea. other – “pray crazy prayers”!

– songs of angels – i prayed to hear them in the building as we were all praying. Then it started – from one corner of the room and made its way around… I still don’t know if it was angels for sure, but it was like no other sound I’ve ever heard: melodies and harmonies all around the same notes, with no words, really – a lot of continual ooohs, aaaaahs, mmmmms… and within a few minutes most everyone was doing this – including me. If it started with angels, or if angels were singing along with all of us, that was a direct answer to my prayer! I was not gonna let it pass me by without singing right along with ’em… but even if that’s not what was happening, it was still beautiful & irresistible. I have a feeling that was a rare thing we were able to be a part of.

– Rosa (44) prophesied over me, touching my head & stomach, that I would write songs from the depths of my belly, that would bring HEALING! Without effort, God would just begin to give me lyrics and melodies. Which he has already done – I have a NEW song he has given me just this week.

– Rosa was standing rt next to me & was healed of a hernia & kidney disease – something fatal if not healed supernaturally! Then, she was slain in the Spirit – TWICE! Right by me.  I just looked down and saw her all slouched down in her chair, with this half-smile on her face.

– “The Fire-Line” (hard to explain…but here’s my attempt: we walked through a long line, between two rows of 20-30 spiritual warriors, prophets & intercessors, pastors, ministers, etc., And were touched and blessed, confessed over, and prayed for…for more of the whatever the Holy Spirit has for ea. of us individually. Otherwise known as “impartation”).

What a crazy but interesting night. As strange and foreign as a lot of this is to me, so much of what I took in, rang true, as I knew much of it was exemplified in the early church (Acts 2 / 4) when the Holy Spirit fell on them. Sure it was more charismatic than what I’m used to, but there was nothing offensive, nothing spoken contrary to the Word of God. So I’m all right with all of it.  😉 In fact, I want more – more of anything God and his Holy Spirit has for me.