Brother JF came from Trinidad to attend the Training in Houston
I have two very encouraging reports.
Firstly, as I mentioned I started teaching the Elijah Challenge material to my Sunday School class today using the powerpoint files. I was able to seamlessly bridge the teaching with some other teachings that I had been doing over the last several months which focused on the works of Jesus through a verse by verse study of the book of Mark.
When we started only about three people were present but soon enough more students arrived in time to hear most of the teachings. By the end of the class we may have had about 15 people or so in attendance.
I started off by sharing the testimony of Kurt and Mary Simms, then I shared the Caveat on false prophets and then I went into the material on the restoration of power, sharing the context of Elijah’s ministry and that of John the Baptist. This covered about 60 slides so I was not able to go much further as we had only one hour. However, I did notice that some people were taking notes and asking questions. It was evident that the teaching created some interest as people were very attentive and enthused. I think it would be fair to say that it also wetted their appetites for more.
The highlight of the class came towards the end when I said that we were going to have a practical component to the class to demonstrate healing. As you suggested, I asked if there was anyone who was experiencing any kind of pain in their body, whether it was headaches, back pains, knee pains, etc. One guy said that he had a headache, so I asked him to come forward.
When he came forward I asked him how long he had been experiencing these headaches and what part of his head was hurting. He said that he had the head ache for the last two weeks and that it was hurting on both sides of his head. In clear view of the class I proceeded to lay my hand on the left side of his head and with my eyes open I rebuked the head ache in the name of Jesus Christ and commanded it to leave and all the pain to go. After my short prayer I asked him how does it feel and he said he was still feeling some pain but he wasn’t sure. So I looked at the class and I said guess what we’re going to do? They said pray again to which I said yes. So I laid hands on his head again using my authority to rebuke the head ache and command the pain to leave. After my short prayer I asked how do you feel.
With a smile on his face and almost a look of disbelief he said that he wasn’t sure but that he felt different and that something moved. So I asked him if he could quantify the reduction in pain how much would it be… 15%, 20% or how much? His answer was a whopping 90% reduction! I said we thank the Lord for that and then I turned to the class and said we’re not satisfied with that so guess what we’re going to do now… and they knew, we were going to pray again. So for the third time I used the Elijah Challenge A-bomb and commanded that head ache to go and I said the Lord Jesus heals you. When I asked him how he felt he said with a smile that all the pain was gone! Praise the Lord… I could see the look on the faces of the class that they were buoyed and excited to see this demonstration of healing before their eyes. Later I told them that I didn’t want them to be too impressed with that because what they saw was not a magic formula or for someone who was gifted. I told them that they too will be doing that and more in the coming weeks.
So although I did not have sufficient time to get into how Jesus ministered healing to the sick in this session, my demonstration served to highlight how Jesus did it and I did point out to them afterwards certain things like speaking directly to the situation, not closing my eyes, not praying to the Father and not doing anything spooky. I think they were greatly encouraged and excited by what they saw although this was only the first step. I must say too that I was also greatly encouraged and I am looking forward to much more that the Lord will do in and through us!
I did see him after the service and he said that the pain was coming and going so I told him that it will try to return but that if it does that he has the authority to rebuke it in Jesus’ name.
For the second report, I went to the hospital this evening to visit a friend who has been in and out of hospital over the last several weeks. He has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and has been experiencing excruciating headaches. Along with my brother and another friend we prayed over him. Then I prayed laying hands on his head using the Elijah Challenge A-bomb a couple of times to rebuke the tumor, commanding it to dissolve and to die in Jesus name. What was visibly obvious was that before we prayed he was in pain which he confirmed. However, after we prayed the pain had subsided significantly and he yawned a few times while we were praying. I believe that our prayers did push that “mountain” towards the “sea” and I encouraged him after by saying that I believe the Lord will heal him. However, I anticipate that more prayer and commands may be necessary to completely obliterate that tumor. I am believing God to do it and I plan to call him on the phone tomorrow to pray over him again using my authority to destroy that tumor. Any advice you can offer to me here will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.
So in all, today was a very encouraging one for me and I believe that God will use me to do even greater works than these… I can’t wait!