MEET JOHN WIMBER Part 6

BLOG 81 April 16, 2018 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

GodSpeaking

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

Susan Conway told us about learning to hear the Holy Spirit speak through the Bible and her thought processes. Agnes Sanford added that determining the will of the Father was essential in knowing how to pray for someone. She taught that we can hear the divine message through our thinking. John Wimber added to these insights an assurance that anyone can develop an ability to receive what the heavenly Father intends. Anyone!

But two problems exist with these insights.

First, people sometimes make up messages by talking aloud in Biblical language while free associating. You don’t have to be in a Spirit-related prayer group long to hear someone launch into a “message” that is straight from their imagination, not God. In one such meeting a lady stood up and began shouting, “Yeah saith the Lord! If you do not repent, I will write across the door of this church Michelob!” We certainly don’t want to walk down that alley.

Second, people often resist what runs through their minds as being only a run-away thought. They don’t take it seriously and miss divine leading. Only later do they realize a special insight or direction had been given them and they overlooked an important opportunity. Many times they feel “God wouldn’t speak to someone like me.” Wrong.

Both extremes are pitfalls. Avoid them. John would want you to believe that you can participate in a ministry of divine interventions as surely as anyone. Remember. You can.

What have we learned so far? We have examined the ministries of a number of people with whom I have personally journeyed. I have known them to be people of integrity and honesty. I can vouch for their veracity. What have they taught us?

Turn Hard Times Into Productive Times! God is ready to respond.

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EARLY FAITH FOR TODAY

Surveying the first 3 centuries, we are examining the

simplicity,  mystery and awe of the ancient Christian faith

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MEET SUSAN THE NEXT CHAPTER

Blog 33 March 27, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

Last week, I shared Susan Conway’s first encountered divine interventions. A hard-working, mother of three grown children, she is now a successful businesswomen. However, her personal life continues to be open to whatever her heavenly Father wishes to bring. Her experience of divine gifts continues and is an encouragement to anyone seeking the door that opens for discovering the miraculous dimension.

Susan became aware that she loved the attributes of God, but didn’t really love the person of God. While she didn’t know how to reach further, she wanted more of a relationship. Often she cried about her limitation. Susan wanted to be honest but wasn’t sure how to proceed to a more loving connection.

Unexpectedly, Susan’s mother was moved to the hospital because of her serious heart trouble. Susan’s spiritual struggle was becoming even more intense. She wrestled with the possibilities of what might be happening to her mother. In the middle of the night, she awoke. Going into the bathroom where she could be completely alone, she got down on her knees and cried out, “I need to hear from you, Lord. I have no qualifications for you to talk to me, but I must know what is ahead. Please tell me.”

This was her first experience of talking directly to God in such a straight-forward manner.

Because Susan grew up in a church that put a strong emphasis on the scripture, a Bible was at hand. She picked it up and it fell open. Susan immediately read Isaiah 14:3, “It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow and from fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve …” Another translation said, “her hard service is completed, comfort, comfort …”

Susan knew her mother was going to die. And she did.

The voice of God had come to her through the printed words of scripture. She had been taught this was the way God continued to speak, except this incident was different and far more personal. The words were out of the biblical context and yet they fit her perfectly. She knew God Himself was speaking directly to her. Later she realized that as strange as it sounds, she had actually given God permission to speak. Another passage came to her mind. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in …” Susan realized that people have free will and the Holy Spirit waits for us to use that capacity of invitation before He enters someone’s life. We have to open the door. She had invited God to speak and He did! Another new dimension of spiritual insight had been give to her.

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