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Know Your Authority

JESUS QUOTES SCRIPTURE OUT OF CONTEXT, OMITS SOME OF IT, AND ADDS SOME OF HIS OWN.. WHAT A REBEL!!

Steve Harmon

Here is Isaiah 61:1-2 (NIV)

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, 
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, 
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God, 
to comfort all who mourn,"

Here is Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, 
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, 
to set the oppressed free, 
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

As you can see here, Jesus put His own rendition on Isaiah 61.. This scripture passage was Jesus' mission statement to the world. This is what Jesus was here to do, besides the obvious of atoning for the world's sin. And as it was his mission, it was passed on to us, until He returns. "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you" - John 20:21.

The thing that strikes me the most are two aspects of this. One, we see Jesus add the verse, "and recovery of sight for the blind", which meant he came to physically heal, not just emotional healing. The other thing is that Jesus stops in mid verse of verse 2 and doesn't quote, "and the day of vengeance of our God". The reason why He didn't quote that was because it was not what He came to do. He came on earth to do everything that He quoted in Luke. It's also what we as the body of Christ are supposed to do. We are "to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor", rather than proclaim "the day of vengeance of our God".

We are living in a time of favor. God is in the business of reconciliation. We as the church are to promote that. There will be a day of judgment, but it's not now. Right now, we live in Day's of grace. If you don't know what you are supposed to do on this earth as a follower of Jesus, again, read Luke 4:18-19.. That's the role you have to your brothers and sisters all around the world who don't know their father yet.. YOU are the light of the world. YOU are the salt of the earth. YOU change the atmosphere when you walk in the room because you bring hope, not just to a person's eternity, but to their present broken state. What lives in you can change their whole world as they know it.. That's why the Spirit of the Lord is upon YOU, and in YOU.

MY ENCOUNTER WITH "OLD SCHOOL" CHRISTIAN IN TRADER JOES

Steve Harmon

Was out in Santa Cruz on thursday and was shopping in Trader Joes. A woman in her 70's gave me a little piece of paper with the Lord's prayer on it and then gave them to other people. People who know me know that the type of evangelism that she was doing bothers me. Not just because it's unbiblical, but because it impersonal and pushy. It's an old method that doesn't work as much as it used too and usually makes people uncomfortable. Jesus never handed people booklets or pieces of paper. He talked to them like they were human. I've seen it where tracts work, but overall, I've seen them do more damage than good because times have changed.

Instead of getting irritated I felt the Lord tell me to go and equip her. So I went up to her and asked her if she ever tried praying for people. She said, "No". I told her how effective it can be and that it really works. I told her all about healing the sick as well. She was open to everything I was saying. I told her testimonies. Her friend came up and was listening as well. I asked if I could pray for her, she said, "Sure".

I asked if we could pray outside because I didn't want her to get slain in the Spirit in the store. She didn't care. I prayed for her in front of the butter and she started getting hit by the Ghost with electric jolts. I had my hand behind her so she wouldn't go down. When people would walk by I'd act like I was just having a conversation with her. Then they'd pass and I would speak fire. She got lit up and equipped. She had been evangelizing for 40 years and nobody taught her how to pray for the sick and move in the gifts when evangelizing.. I've been realizing that it's not that people are refusing to do what scripture says. They're just doing what they've been taught.. So I guess the moral of the story is, let's equip!!

YOU CAN HEAL THE SICK WITH THE POWER IN YOU

Steve Harmon

Met up with a friend today that recently came back to the Lord last week. I showed him how to pray for the sick 2 days ago. And I taught him that the power of God lives in him so he doesn't have to wait till God gives him it, cause God already gave it to him on the cross. On my friend's third day out praying for the sick, on his own, this girl he prayed for with a broken arm got healed. He prayed the first time and she felt heat. The second time he prayed the pain was completely gone. He could not believe it. He got more excited then she did. She actually was getting scared and was freaked out. He told her that Jesus heals today and loves her. Her fear went away and she was in disbelief because the reality of God was just demonstrated for her.

The point of why me or others post a lot of these miracle stories is that we really want believers to know that they have the ability to heal the sick, cast out demons and yes, raise the dead right. The Holy Spirit lives in the believer and wants to be given an opportunity to touch people's lives. If we are willing to approach people despite the fear of rejection and failure, God will use you, guaranteed. It's my desire, and many others, to have outlets flooded with testimonies everyday from different believers all over. If it's just the same people posting their testimonies of healing and salvation every week, then the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus told us to preach is not being completely accomplished. The more that we have believers moving in THEIR authority, given by Christ, the more we are going to see the results of cities and regions being impacted by the love of God. We will see real change to our communities. These changes can't be done by only a few individuals. It needs to be done by the whole church moving in their God given authority.. Luke 9:1-2, Mark 16:17-18.

 

TIPS WHEN YOU'RE PRAYING FOR THE SICK

Steve Harmon

When you first start out praying for the sick, many can get discouraged because they will pray for people and nothing will happen. They always question themselves and say, "I just don't have the gift of healing" or "I guess God doesn't want to always heal." Discouragement sets in and eventually they are contemplating on quitting. Eventually they do. Here are a few tips to counter act the discouragement.

-- I tell people who are starting out doing this that the first 10 to 15 people you pray for aren't going to get healed so deal with it. Of course, there is always the exception to the rule, but set your mind in this fashion so you know it's okay that they don't get healed. When the first healing comes, you'll most likely be shocked because you won't be expecting it. Why does it take this long sometimes? Because demons are fighting your prayers and work hard so you don't see these miracles. They don't want your faith to increase let alone the person get healed.

-- Also, if you're starting out praying for healing, don't go after all the diseases first. Go after all the joint and bone injuries and headaches. When some christians start out, they go after cancer, auto-immune diseases, crippled, mental illness, etc.. In other words, they start off with the severe cases. Nothing is going to sack your faith quicker than to pray with these cases off the bat. Why? Because, most likely they won't get healed because they require more power and knowledge. Now, please understand me. I'm not saying to avoid them. I'm just saying, don't go out of your way to pray for these cases first. Eventually, you're going to want to pray for these, but you want to be able to see healing first so your faith will start increasing.

-- Never approach people on the streets like this. "Excuse me, can I pray for you?" Don't let that be the first thing you say to them. It's too weird for people. Just say, "Excuse me, what happen to your knee?" All you need to do is ask them 2 questions. What happened and how/ when did it happen? You ask two questions so you can establish a brief relationship. It makes the person feel more comfortable with you. Then ask if you can pray.

-- Keep the prayer short, like 15 seconds. Then ask them to see if it still hurts. If it does, then pray again.