Testimony – Healings at SWFL Teen Challenge

Tonight was an unbelievable night here in Ft. Myers florida where we have stopped for about a day to do some media work and ministry. Tonight we had a service with the guys and girls from the program and saw some things that were so amazing! Tonight God’s presence was so thick and powerful and many lives (including my own) were impacted. There were many miracles and healing’s that happened and I simply want to record them here. I don’t have time because its late and I’m exhausted to elaborate much on them but just want to record them here! To God be all the glory for everything listed below…

  1. Knees healed- we prayed for at least 2-3 men who had knee pain that were healed by God when the men from the TC program gathered around and prayed for them.
  2. Back healed- I had a word of knowledge for mid back pain. One young man stood up and said he had it. I went and prayed with him and the pain moved to his upper back. We then prayed for any spirit of infirmity to leave. We also prayed for deliverance from a spirit of depression and not only was he set free and healed of all back pain but was filled with joy and then went to the front to share his testimony. Everyone was shocked that he shared b/c of how he would usually act!
  3. TMJ/ Lockjaw- I got a word of knowledge for TMJ. The ladies in the back prayed for 2 ladies who had it. Both of them were totally healed and were filled with joy.
  4. Neck – A man was healed of neck pain when we prayed
  5. Shoulder- A man was dealing with an afflicting spirit. as we prayed his pain moved down his arm and into his hand. The last time we prayed all the pain left completely and he was healed. (This same man then prayed healing over another man afterwards)
  6. Stomach Sickness – A young man missed the service and afterwards the guys came and grabbed me to come with them to pray for the sick guy. He had horrible pain and couldn’t eat anything. He was stuck in his bed. As we prayed he felt a tingling sensation and then heat all over his body. Then all the pain left his stomach and he was filled with the peace of God. We left and he was seemingly asleep and resting after we had finished praying.— Then about 1 hour later this same young man comes into the chapel where I was talking and said he had gotten up and eaten an entire meal! He said that all the pain was gone and that he was already healed! Also, the Lord gave him a word about his dream life that really encouraged him in a lot of things he had been thinking about. 

There are many other things that happened tonight, including people being set free through forgiveness and receiving God’s overwhelming joy. One man wept like he had never cried before in front of everyone for at least 15 minutes while God ministered to him powerfully. It was amazing to just be a part of what God was doing in the room. It was amazing to see God using the students there to pray for others and not just me. God gets all the glory and ALL the credit. He is the healer, the redeemer and the one who sets us free. I am so thankful for what happened tonight!

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Amazing Testimony! -Neck Healed

Yesterday at our Take the City outreach we took teams all over our city to express God’s love. This is just one of many amazing miracles that took place yesterday.

One exciting thing about this testimony is that this woman received 80% of her healing before I even prayed for her. When I asked her about her neck she shuddered and got chills all over her body. I then told her the Lord was gonna heal her neck. Just by expressing this word her neck already went from a pain level of 4-5 to a 1. Then when we prayed all the pain was gone and her neck had full mobility again!

God is so good!

Matthew 5:3 – Being Poor in Spirit

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3

A truly humble person is so poor in spirit that they trust God for everything and know that apart from Him they can do nothing.(Jn 15:5) Humility enables them to achieve greater things because they know God can achieve great things through them.  They trust God so much that God can use them to do things that defy common sense and display the mighty power of God for all the world to see.  When Christ called us to live a life being “poor in the spirit” he was not talking  about us being self-condeming or depressed but to realize our own spiritual poverty apart from Him. God wants us to see the infinite abundance that is available to those who seize the Kingdom of Heaven through a life of humility. (Matt 11:12)

The key to accessing the kingdom of heaven on earth is realizing our own deficiency and need for God. When we live a life of total dependence on the Lord then a door of infinite supply is opened up as we access heaven’s resources. When we access the abundance of heaven then God can allow our life to become a miracle, sign and wonder. He can do things through us that otherwise would be utterly impossible. A life totally yielded to God and walking in true humility becomes an ocean wave of heaven crashing into earth.

False humility tries to masquerade itself as a person that is “poor in spirit” but is actually blatantly prideful and independent from God. False humility breeds a fear to step out and do anything that requires great faith and courage. It can also help steward a persons apathy and laziness that can sometimes appear as humility.  Jesus is not calling us to beat ourselves up on a daily basis but to simply see that we really are bankrupt apart from him. False humility is rooted in pride and is focused on self. Someone who is poor in spirit is focused on God and the abundance of heavenly provision.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Eph 2:10

God wants to shift our perspective and help see that he truly desires to establish his kingdom through our lives. He wants us to become aware of the amazing destiny that he has for each one of us. Each one of us was designed for a life of good works that would be even greater than what we read in the gospel accounts of Jesus. In Christ, he is calling us to do even greater works. (Jn 14:12) As we live a life of total dependence on God we can begin to step out in faith and take risk. The greatest risk takers in the Kingdom of God are those who are the most poor in spirit. People with true humility realize that God can do great things through them, not because of who they are but because they know how great He is.

Is there something God has called you to do that will require you to be totally dependent on him if you were to step out in faith and pursue it?

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Lessons from story-time with my son

This morning my son came into my bedroom as I was spending time with the Lord. When he came in I began to read him a story out of the book of John. When I read him the stories I love to add my own comments on the background of the storyline and help him to imagine what happened in those moments. I’ve noticed that each time I do this with my son it actually opens up even my own ability to read the Word. So many times I find that I simply read from beginning to end of the chapter in the Gospels and take very little time to actually think about the fact that these recorded gospels were very real situations that happened over 2000 years ago.andrew chalmers

This morning I read out of John 6 where Jesus feeds the 5000 with the loaves and fish. As I read the story to my son Landon and elaborated on the storyline to help him understand I found myself captivated by the this story. I mean, really think about it for a minute… A man pulls out 5 loaves and it ends up feeding a multitude of people with a bunch leftover. I’ve always wondered how it literally happened and if like new loaves just appeared out of thin air or something. The account of John really leaves it up to your imagination and just sticks with the fact that it happened and everyone was so blown away afterwards that they wanted to take Jesus by force to become their king.

One thing the Lord showed me this morning as I read this story to my son is the significance of him saying thanks for the bread and fish before he dispersed it among the crowd. This morning I had been asking my son before we began to read the story to say some things he was thankful for and he resisted with everything. He did not want to have to endure the mental process of trying to think of even just a few of the things he had to be thankful for. He (my son) reminds me of myself so many days when I always have so much to be thankful for but just frankly don’t want to force myself to think that way. Sometimes it’s easier to stay where we are at rather than stepping outside of our comfort zone and thanking God especially when things are hard.

When Jesus had all these people in front of Him he was not exactly in the easiest of circumstances. He had 5000+ hungry people and enough food for maybe 1 or 2 of them. Even though it wasn’t enough in that moment he demonstrated to all of those people and to us the power of thanksgiving. When he said thanks to our Father in heaven it opened up the possibilities for this sign and wonder to take place. His act of thanking God even when it didn’t make much sense created room for the abundance of Heaven to invade earth. I believe that this act of thanksgiving was what set into action this mighty miracle. In our own lives God is calling each of us to live a life of thanksgiving to Him because He knows that it opens up our lives to receive all the abundance he wants to bless us with. This isn’t an act of manipulating God to get what we want. When we offer God this true thanksgiving that comes from deep within our hearts it opens up the possibility for the impossible to become possible so that He can be glorified.

The last thing I noticed from this story was how Jesus snuck away from the crowd when the wanted to make him king. For many of us this moment might seem like the pinnacle of our life. He had finally arrived in the eyes of the world and yet he snuck away to be alone with his Father. He placed a higher value on intimacy with His Father in heaven than success on the earth. We can gain all the attention, all the success (even in ministry or family) and still end up so empty and hollow. What Jesus knew is that He did not come to be served but rather to serve. His primary focus was to love His father and be obedient to Him, even unto death. Sometimes what we deem as success may really just be another thing drawing us away from the time up on the mountain, alone with our Father in Heaven, which is truly what we need. My hope is that as I continue to grow closer to Jesus that I will become more and more like Him. My hope is that if I were ever faced with a circumstance of great fame, power or prestige that I knew was outside of God’s will that I would also sneak away and just get alone with my Father.