Hear her testimony. Just a clear, simple, effective and Biblical way to hear from God!
Is it not yet a very little while
Till Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest?
In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book,
And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord,
And the poor among men shall rejoice
In the Holy One of Israel.
…They shall see the glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb sing.
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.
“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
7 To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Matthew 15:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
15:30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
The Answered Prayer
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
(All Scriptures are quoted from the Bible New King James Version (NKJV))
I posted the following in my God’s Way blog. Please visit and read if you are not already subscribed to the blog. The new series is part of the overall solutions for the economic, social, and physical ills that confront us today.
___________The post: Healing the sick world: God’s Way (2)
Here is the second installment for sick world solutions, God’s Way. At midnight I was led to look for this book. Here is the book (I quoted parts only). You may read the whole book online or download at the following web sites. I would encourage you to visit the Station of Life site too. many (including pastors) have been healed and delivered from various ills at this apostolic place.
My personal notes: Pastor Susan, a church planter and apostolic watchman/intercessor/preacher/Bible teacher, wrote among many other books, “How to deal with your broken-heart” which I have introduced in this blog previously. Tsunami (and other disasters) had been stopped by intercessions at the place where she has stationed herself raising up generations of faithful fervent intercessors (including housewives and children). Like an unsung Heidi Baker, she has adopted oppressed and poor widows and orphans and people without nations over the many years of serving the Lord at an unknown country, an unknown town. I have found her apostolic and prophetic messages recalled from back shelves when the right time came for their spot-on release. It was like she pre-recorded them long before the actual events took place! _________________________
Today’s book: LIFTING THE NATION ABOVE THE FLOOD (by Pastor Susan Tang, August 2006)…Read on:
The watchman is led to share the following for the benefit of a novice disciple of Jesus, who wants to learn reading the Bible with the purpose of following Jesus as a disciple, and practice fasting and seeking God more closely. Please do not think that we always talk about our own fasting experiences. Jesus taught us not to boast about it. The sharing in this blogger’s blog is for the purpose of learning and helping those who, like him, are learning and seeking to know more and more about God and the matters of God, and how to read the Bible as led by the Holy Spirit, and live our lives as disciples accordingly.
Fasting, reading the whole Bible and seeking God means you must be prepared to accept the consequences. Often you get to know God a bit more through reading His words with more spiritual sensitivity. Jesus called this blessed, as you are ‘setting your mind on the matters of God’, and not on the matters of man.
What are the consequences? In the watchman’s experience, it means agreeing to accept the words received through the Holy Spirit. Even when it may mean incurring considerable cost (in terms of time, money, effort, loss of comfort, physical inconvenience, mental anguish, emotional vulnerability etc.), there is no option.
The recent series of events started from practicing daily fasting, reading the whole New Testament in a week, and practicing spending more time before God, praying and singing in the Spirit. Another intercessor alerted him to watch the VOA (Voice of the Apostles) 2013 which was on at that time. So he watched a number of meetings at random online. He received the prayers and anointing by faith at a distance, without encountering much physical sensation. He just believed in the Spirit-filled words of God.
After it was over, he continued to watch and listen to some of the speakers’ previous sessions recorded elsewhere. One thing that stood out was the reality of the speakers’ faith and relationship with God, especially the Holy Spirit.
Why were they so close to God? Most of them have and are still spending a lot, some all, of their time with God. God is real to them in everyday living. Their entire life is God-focused. Jesus is not a mere name to be called out in times of need. Jesus is the closest living friend. The Father is not a distant indifferent deity. He is really a Father to His children. The Holy Spirit is not mere knowledge in the mind. He is the might of God. The power within them. No part of their ministries is done without the awareness of the ever presence and dynamic power of the living trinity God.
This reality of God in their lives makes the difference. The watchman prayed and believed that he too, can have this reality.
Prior to this, he has been on this spiritual journey to see God in the Bible for quite sometime. He did encounter God’s reality (in the Spirit-filled words) from time to time. But lately he noticed that the spiritual progress had decelerated.
So he prayed and asked the Lord, based on Jesus’ promise to answer the disciples’ prayers. His prayers were answered. First he was told that he needed to know God’s love. The sharing by Heidi Baker had answered his prayer. Love motivates her. Her whole ministry is based on showing Jesus’ love (God’s love) to the hurting one before her.
The thing that stood out was that she went to look for them to love. She did not wait in a church building for the Lord to bring them.
Love means being vulnerable. The watchman learned. You may get hurt. You may be made use of. You may pay a price that you never want to pay.
But he was led by the Lord to read the four gospels again. So he read. By the time he read Luke and reached the last three chapters, he was led in his spirit to read Luke again! He was in a hurry to read John on the Jewish Yom Kippur day, but he never manged to do so.
Why was he required to read Luke again? Jesus showed what love looked like to individuals. He healed the multitudes. But he also stopped for the one hurting individual on his way. Sometimes he went out of His way to look for that one person!
During the Sunday after the Yom Kippur, the watchman and family worshiped together. After that he spent the remains of the day exercising and singing in the Spirit, interceding with another intercessor.
The next morning he woke hearing the two familiar statements from Heidi Baker: “Love looks like something” and “stop for this one”. Which one? He asked. But he immediately knew it was a hurting kid. The Lord prompted him a number of times but he was always busy with schedules and agenda. The Spirit said, hypocrites follow schedules and agenda. Jesus told them off in the synagogue. He challenged them in Luke 6:9, “I will ask you one thing: is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” After that He healed the man with the withered right hand. The religious hypocrites were filled with rage.
Jesus equated healing a man with withered right hand with doing good and saving life. healing and saving go hand in hand. On the other hand, not doing what He did was equivalent to doing evil and destroying life!
Many confused sticking to schedules and agenda with doing good. Jesus had demonstrated many times it is not so. Even synagogue (church) worship services can be modified or stopped, for the sake of healing and saving a person.
Again, in Luke 13:16, Jesus healed and made straight a woman who had bent over for eighteen years, reprimanded the religious hypocrites, “So ought not this woman…whom Satan has bound-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
Could He not healed both these two persons on the following day or at a more convenient time, so as not to incur the wrath of the religious leaders? Of course He could. But He chose to respond immediately when He saw them suffering under the bondage of infirmities, which in the later case He stated its origin from Satan!
In Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan who had compassion for and helped a Jewish man who had been robbed, wounded by thieves and left half dead by the roadside, Jesus clearly reiterated the importance and urgency to respond to the hurting person in one’s immediate presence. (Luke 10:30-37)
Coming back to the watchman’s story, he was further convicted by what Jesus said in the verses from Luke 14:13, 21, 23. “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.” “go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled.”
The kingdom of God must be filled with the number that God has prepared for. The servant is commanded to go out quickly and bring in the people. Who are these people? The same whom Jesus had personally stopped for. The hurting ones.
Right after this parable Jesus told the multitudes what it took to be His disciple. Count the cost. Bear the price. He said. Nothing, no one, not even yourself can take precedence over Jesus.
So that same day the two intercessors (watchman and junior) traveled ten hours and looked for one hurting child (latchkey kid junior junior newly back to school) assuring that her grandma would come by the end of next month, treating her pasta, ice cream and bread pudding, and before they left, they told her that Jesus loved her. She beamed and replied, “I know!”
The word of God said, Jesus stopped for this hurting child. Love looked like Jesus.
(Amazingly, the elder’s back and legs did not hurt despite not having sufficient training previously in walking, standing and traveling on public transport! The mind too felt refreshed just as the spirit prospered, just as apostle John had prayed in 3 John 2.)
Today’s message: Church, stop your dead works and go out now!
On the day of Yom Kippur (full fast and pray), the watchman was led to listen to the destiny of Joseph. What struck him was the statement that you must have a dream. You must be a man or woman of destiny. How else can you expect to go through life if you merely wait for each day to unfold itself? On the eve of the day he was well prepared by watching another message. The statement that hit him was that you must take the step of faith and move out. What is the point of asking to be filled by Jesus (the power of the Holy Spirit) and soaked in His presence for yourself? You cannot sit there and expect things to happen. If you do not step out by faith how would you ever know whether you are in line with God’s will?
Whilst the day of total fast was a bit hard this round due to him missing his daily coffee. However, the throbbing of his forehead did not deter him listening to good teaching of the words of God as led by the Holy Spirit. He could not proceed to reading the gospel of John, but his spirit urged him to listen instead of reading. It was worthwhile!
Thus, after finishing listening all the five lessons, he slept about four hours and got up just in time to break his fast (by eating a sweet broth: beans, barley, and nuts). while eating he opened to the page of the Bible which described how people brought David some food, including beans and barley!
After this light refreshment, he sat down and read the words, thinking of completing the last three chapters of Luke which he did not finish. But the Spirit of the Lord led him to read Luke 14:12-24 instead and linked the passage to the powerful message he watched on the eve of the Yom Kippur.
Here is the message: Church, stop your dead works and go out now, to invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. Fill the house of God with this last group of end times guests and believers (who will gladly accept Jesus’ salvation). Go out to the highways and hedges!
The only remaining activity you should continue doing is round the clock worship, reading of the Bible (the words of God), praying and healing and deliverance (of those who have accepted your invitations to come).
The Bible verses_____________
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
The Parable of the Great Supper
15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”
__________________Church, Awake to this revelation:
Now is nearer to the time of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just look at the category of people He has commanded us to bring into His kingdom! Many of this last category are indeed being brought into His House, in recent years. (For example, watch the testimonies given by Heidi Baker on God’s miraculous works in Mozambique).
Who are the all nations that Jesus wanted us to make disciples of? The watchman had received that ‘nations’ include many kinds of categories as well as political, geographical and racial categories. The last category He wants us to reach NOW are: ‘the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.‘ (THIS IS INDEED THE LARGEST GROUP OF UNREACHED!)
The watchman cries out this morning that all churches have ears to hear this urgent message!
P/S: Of course, you must expect to be hurt when you go out by faith, in obedience to your call. Jesus warned His disciples. Luke 14:26-33.
14:33 “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
watch this video of Heidi Baker’s testimony
20 Heidi Baker Quotes on Love, Compassion & Ministry
1. “All fruitfulness flows from intimacy.” [Tweet this]
2. “Sometimes we make things too complicated when we really need to remember that the kingdom belongs to children.” [Tweet this]
3. “I never understood why people want to do big things… Just do little things, with great Love.” [Tweet this]
4. ”Yes, God wants you to do signs and wonders. But the love of God manifested through you is what people really need. So you first must see His face. You must become so close to His very heartbeat that you can feel what others feel.” [Tweet this]
5. “When you’re in love with God, you’re not afraid to yield your life to Him.” [Tweet this]
6. “Obedience out of love is joy.” [Tweet this]
7. “There is always enough because I died for you.” [Tweet this]
8. “Love looks like something.” [Tweet this]
9. “God has spoken to me many times that my job is to love and his job is to heal.” [Tweet this]
10. “Ministry is being one of theses sent out ones, a laborer of love.” [Tweet this]
11. “If ministry is not about compassion and passion, let it die.” [Tweet this]
12. “Love looks like something, yet it has no limits.” [Tweet this]
13. “Union and Communion: this is the essence of Christianity.” [Tweet this]
14. “Why go to the ends of the earth if you have nothing to give?” [Tweet this]
15. “We must give up all that we are in order to possess all that He is.” [Tweet this]
16. “Ministry is not about where you are or where you go, it is about where He is.” [Tweet this]
17. “If we are not full of Him we have nothing to offer to anyone else.” [Tweet this]
18. “It’s not complicated. Just love the one in front of you.” [Tweet this]
19. “I don’t want to grow up, I want to grow down” [Tweet this]
20. ”If you stand, worship, and love God in the midst of lack and difficulty, you will never lose” [Tweet this]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3ax-LlD274 (Heidi Baker – Believe God For Your Life – 2011 Catch The Fire Conf.)
Dialogue communication between a believer and God (the Father in heaven):
What is the Revised strategy for today’s churches, Lord?
Walk as My Son had walked.
I have anointed My believers to be My disciples, to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Where the poor, the sick, the captives, the blind, the oppressed are.
How to go there, Lord?
You will find them. You will see them. Just open your eyes. Open your ears. Open your hearts.
But I don’t know their languages, Lord.
You will know the universal language: the language is called: Jesus is love.
But, Lord it is expensive.
No, it is not expensive, it is costly. My Son is costly. Love costs.
Are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow My Son – Jesus?
____________________________THE PRACTICAL ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE
The one thing Jesus commanded the church (believers-disciples of Jesus) to do was already written. There were two commandments for the church: Mark 12:29-31; Luke 10:27-28
- Love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, all our strength.
- Love our neighbors as ourselves.
How to put into practice the above commandments? Go and make disciples of all nations. Teach them to observe all that Jesus has commanded the disciples. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-29; Luke 24:45-49; John 14:12; Acts 1:4-5, 1:8
All churches are familiar with the above last words of Jesus on earth.
Let us revise today how we have been doing on this only reason of our existence as church.
How did Jesus make disciples?
He went to them. He called them. He preached repentance and the gospel of kingdom of God to them. He made them follow Him and learn from Him. He practiced what He preached. He lived the kingdom of God life even while on earth. He lived the Father’s (God’s) will. He spoke what God spoke. He did what God did. He obeyed God. He lived with just one goal, what God had called Him for. “I was born for this.” He said. He commanded His disciples that they do what He did and even greater works than what He did! (John 14:12)
How did He achieve what God has sent Him to do?
He was born of the Holy Spirit, baptized with the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit, led by the Holy Spirit, and manifested the power of the Holy Spirit. He fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah had prophesied regarding His spiritual empowerment and His mission on earth:
Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
Luke 2:47 “And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.” He was twelve years old and the parents found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 49 He said to His parents, “Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.
Luke 4:18-19, 21 Jesus declared this in the synagogue on Sabbath day, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
What did Jesus do during His ministry? He brought good news of the kingdom of God to the poor; He bound up the broken-hearted, proclaimed liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; He proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; He comforted all who mourn.
Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
He told the disciples of John the baptist, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by Me.” Luke 7:22
Here are some of the healing and deliverance done by Jesus in between preaching and teaching the kingdom of God: great multitude came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases and He healed them all. Those troubled with unclean spirits were cured. “And all the crowd sought to touch Him, for power came out from Him and healed them all.” Luke 6:19; Mark 5:30, 6:56 Even demons acknowledged that He was the Son of God, He was the Christ. Luke 4:40-41
He taught with authority. He commanded the evil spirits and they obeyed Him. Mark 1:27 He healed many with various diseases and cast out many demons. Mark 1:34
He prayed. Mark 1:35, 6:46, 9:29, 14:32; Luke 5:15-16; 6:12-13; 9:28; 11:1-13; 18:1-14; 21:36-37; 22:39-46; John 17.
He trained His disciples in the practical: by bringing them along with Him as He went round doing His works. He also sent them out to do the works He did, by giving them power and authority.
In the four gospels these are amply recorded: for example, Matthew 4:23-24; 5:1; 8:23; 9:10, 9:19; chapter 10; 13:10, 36; 14:14-33; (and many more interactions between Jesus and His disciples in the book of Matthew) Luke 8:1-3: 9:1-6, 10; 10:1-20. When we read the four gospels we can note that these are indeed the records of the interactions between Jesus the Teacher and His disciples! Complete with teaching in words and in practical application and hands on practical training (internship).