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The Guitar – A Testimony by Carol Winkler

guitarFor those of you who may not know…God is able to do so much more than you think he can do. I have a little story that may encourage you, if you are needing help from God. This one isn’t about healing, although i have received healing from the Lord. This is one about something small, but it is still miraculous.

One time i was asked to sing at a church, and i had to borrow a guitar from a person who attended that church. I didn’t even know the man. He was very gracious, but i really wanted to have my own, and not have to ask others to use theirs.

I had just listened to a preacher, on the radio, say to ask God, specifically, for what we want. I thought about that, and it didn’t go along with what i believed at the time. I thought it was selfish to ask God for anything really good, when it came to material things. As i was sitting there, thinking about what the preacher said, i remembered Mark 11:24. I decided to ask the Lord for what i wanted, and needed, according to that scripture. I said, something like this, “Lord, you know i need a guitar. I don’t want to be greedy, but i am going to ask for something big…that way i can use it as a testimony about how you hear our prayers, and how you care about every little thing in our lives. Here goes Lord…i would like to have a 12 string Alvarez Guitar, in a hard shell case. ( I decided to ask for what i would really like to have, which was one of the nicer guitars at that time.) Then i went on to thank him, ahead of time, and i told him i received it, according to Mark 11:24.

For the next few days, when i would think about the seemingly impossible request, i would just say Mark 11:24 to remind myself of God’s promises.

It was only a short time, before i was invited to sing again. I went to the church, and had to borrow a guitar again, but i had peace, trusting God had heard my prayer. After church, a woman who was a visitor at that church…she had never been there, (she lived many miles away from this town, about an hour and a half trip,  and didn’t know anyone in the church.), came up to me, and said, “I was praying, and the Lord showed me a woman would be singing at this church tonight. He told me to come here, and give you something.” Immediately, i said, ” I know what it is!” She had me follow her out to her car. As she was opening the trunk, i told her what it was, before i saw it…that way she would know she had heard from God too. There it was! A new 12 string Alvarez Guitar, in a hard shell case! It was beautiful! I started crying, but it wasn’t because i got such a nice guitar…it was just so amazing to know that God Almighty, my Father, had heard my prayer. It is something…when you know he hears you, and when you know you hear him. What a wonderful Father!

This is a true story. The woman didn’t know anyone at that church…she didn’t know me. Isn’t God amazing!!!

If you are in need of anything, i pray this testimony will encourage you to go to the Lord, and believe you receive it at the time you ask.  Mark 11:24 Believe he hears you…believe, and receive! The Lord is waiting on you.

He cares about everything in our lives. I am so thankful!!! I have seen him come through, for me, many times for many things…healing, finances, relationships, unsaved loved ones, cars, houses, jobs, etc. I could go on, and on. I am not into the prosperity deal where it’s all about us getting rich, and concentrating on all the material things, but i do believe the Lord wants to prosper us, and he does not want his children living in poverty. I don’t think we should have our minds on wealth…we should have our minds on others needs more than our own. This doesn’t mean we can’t ask the Lord for help. Phillipians 4:19

I will never doubt the fact that the Guitar came from God, and that he heard my prayer.

I will always use this testimony to help others know that God hears us, and answers.

After i got the guitar…it wasn’t long before the Lord put it on my heart to give it to someone. What??? That’s right…that’s how God works. We are his hands extended. Not to worry…God blessed me back with an even better guitar after i gave that one away. It was a beautiful Martin Guitar! You guessed it…it was about two months, and the Lord had me give it to someone. Yep…i got an even better one given to me. This went on for years! Such fun!!!! Isn’t God good! I didn’t have to spend any money on a guitar after this. They just kept coming in, and going out! LOL! True! The fun part was getting to bless someone else with a nice guitar, who had been trusting the Lord for one. There were times i gave, that i didn’t even know for sure that person needed a guitar…but God knew!

Having the Lord sure has given me an exciting life! There is no such thing as boredom for a child of God. If a child of God ever gets bored, all he/she has to do is start focusing on the Lord again, because God has great plans for us, and they are always good, and they will always be exciting!

Do you have to give…to get? Well i had not given away a guitar before i got mine…so i would say no. But, always give when the Lord leads you to. It is so much fun, and you will never come out losing.

This story is for anyone going through anything…anyone needing anything from the Lord.

God is real. He loves us. He hears us. He answers us. Period.

(Mark 11:24…Therefore i say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 🙂

For further reading and testimony:

God how generous is he?
Living in God’s supply part 2
Living in God’s supply part 1
Proving God
Healing of a slipped disc

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Living In God’s Supply (Part 2)

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do (exceeding abundantly above) all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

 What is God able to do? He is able to do ALL that we ask or think! If you think about that, it’s pretty awesome! It doesn’t say, some of what we ask or think, it says ALL. Nothing is impossible to God. That means, as his children, the full resources of heaven are at our disposal.

However, to activate God’s supply, our job is to ask and to imagine or think about what God might want to do for us. In other words, we have to use a bit of imagination and engage our brains! So right now, what can you believe for? What impossible situation can you imagine and believe that God will turn around when you pray?

Many a time, we don’t receive from God, because we haven’t actually asked him for anything specific. God wants us to engage with him, to communicate. He wants us to read his word, to find out what he has actually promised.

James 4:2 “yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”

As a result, now we have made our request (and it’s in line with God’s word) then, how he is going to respond? Our verse gives us the answer: “EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY and BEYOND!” (In the original Greek, these words are emphasised to underline just how excessive God’s supply is!)

However, there is a restraint on the release of those resources. If we simplify the verse even further, it reads: “God is able to DO according to the power that works IN us.

Therefore, his power (making, action and work) is in proportion to the power (dynamic strength) that works (energizes) IN us. It all starts on the inside with faith and the work of the Holy Spirit. For example, Jesus said to the blind men, according to your faith be healed.

Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 

These blind men already had an expectation of being healed on the inside – they had faith.  In other words, they could already see themselves healed in their imagination and so therefore all it took was Jesus to connect and ignite the miracle with a touch and a word.

Consequently, lets think about how maybe many of us could be thinking, imagining and praying with too small an expectation. Is our vision limited? Maybe we are limiting the flow of God’s supply? Maybe the prayers we pray are hardly breaking the bank of heaven!

I believe God loves impossible requests. He wants to exceed our expectations. He wants us to download his good and perfect gifts:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

So if God has a job for you to do, he’s already provided the means to get it done. Your job , is to believe God and access the supply of his grace by faith and practically as we have learnt, we express this by prayer.

Further reading:

Part 3 Living in God’s Supply (God how Generous Is He?)

Part 1 Living in God’s Supply

Impossible situations

In Christ

What is grace?

God is at work

Proving God

3 Grace Fundamentals

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Living in God’s Supply (Part 1)

Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.

In my opinion, this has got to be one of the best verses in the Bible! What an amazing statement. This verse gives us the key to a victorious life: you just receive! You don’t work hard, stay up all night, strive or earn, you just take what God is freely offering you.

The law put a demand on you, but God’s grace supplies your needs.

What do you receive? Two things: the abundance of God’s grace and the gift of righteousness.

violinImagine, a young and penniless concert violinist, who goes to an auction house looking for a better instrument. While there, he has the opportunity to play on an expensive and valuable Stradivarius Violin for sale. He plays brilliantly. When he’s finished, a businessman, who was listening closely, taps him on the shoulder and says: “The Violin is yours if you really want it. Meet me after the auction.”  Later that day, the businessman bids for the instrument and after bidding an enormous sum of money, obtains the Violin.

Now, if the violinist believes the promise made to him, he will simply turn up after the auction and politely take the instrument from the businessman’s hands. If he doesn’t turn up, then he certainly doesn’t believe the promise and he definitely doesn’t go home with a Stradivarius! If he turns up and offers to pay something towards the cost, he risks offending the businessman’s generosity. If he takes the instrument but offers to pay back the businessman in some way, then again he risks offence.

Similarly, God wants us to take from him his abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness! He wants you to live in the abundance of his supply. Get thinking, imagining, praying and believing and see your God exceed your expectations!

Further reading:

Gods supply Part 2

Impossible situations

In Christ

What is grace?

God is at work

Proving God

3 Grace Fundamentals

 


 

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Proving God – Sandra Kennedy

After watching Sandra Kennedy on the Sid Roth’s “Its supernatural show”, I started reading her book “Proving God” which I highly recommend.

Have a watch a couple of her teachings which are really in practical in getting your faith working:

Further reading:

Training For Reigning
Impossible Situations
Healing of a Slipped Disc

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Why Cessationism Is Wrong

What is Cessationism?

Cessationism is a teaching that claims that the gifts of the Holy Spirit died out after the era of the early church. Some Evangelicals even label the gifts strange fire!

In this short article I want to clearly show you why from scripture this is false doctrine and is a philosophy invented to justify unbelief in the truth of God’s word.

Don’t be ignorant concerning spiritual gifts

Firstly this subject is important as the Apostle Paul wrote that he didn’t want Christians ignorant or uninformed concerning spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1).

If the gifts are no longer available then you can get your scissors and cut this verse from your Bible as it no longer applies to you

Why seek them?

The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:1 says: “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly (lust) spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.”

If the gifts have been taken away then get your scissors and cut this verse

1 Corinthians 14:39 “Desire earnestly to prophesy and do not forbid to speak in tongues.”

Get your scissors and cut this verse + its now ok to forbid tongues

Gifts Of Grace

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are gifts of grace. You don’t earn or qualify for these gifts so therefore how can they be taken away?

The scripture is clear: The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29

Maybe you should cut this verse from your Bible?

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:7 “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

Exception –  Christians living after XX AD!

If the gifts have ceased then get your scissors and cut this verse because it no longer applies to you

Maybe if the gifts have disappeared then the operation of the Holy Spirit has as well?

Maybe the rapture took place in AD 70 and he who restrains left along with the gifts? Maybe the Jehovah’s Witness’s are right!

People talk about the kingdom being rejected and the gifts ceasing so exactly when was the date of transition and a transition to exactly what?

Did God make another “new” covenant again?

Gifts & the operation of the body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12: 11 -27 clearly links gifts and individual members functioning. Take away the gifts and you have a body with no life!

Historically this is what much of the church has done in the past with the invention of the clerical system and one-man ministry.

Look in your history books and you will find the church becoming less supernatural as the church became institutionalized around 300 AD. Do persecuted Christians in China today have a problem with spiritual gifts?

No Need!

 1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administration, various kinds of tongues

Please cut out the gifts in red only the rest now apply!

Please cut Ephesians 4:11 -12 from your Bible!

We no longer need these people as we don’t need edifying, there is no work of the ministry and the saints are perfect!

Please cut Romans 12:6 from your Bible!

So which gifts have ceased?

Was it all of them or was it just say healing, prophecy and tongues?

How do you decide?

Has the gift of teaching become less supernatural?

What about the gifts of helps, and administration? The gift of teaching?

No Power

I believe the devil loves Christians to believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for today. Why? Because then what have we left? All we have is our own natural gifts and talents.

This doctrine was invented by lukewarm, theoretical and worldly Christians in order to explain why the church was so lacking in power.

The Sadducees had a similar philosophy :

Acts 23:8″ For  the Sadducees  say  that there is no  resurrection , neither angel , nor  spirit : but  the Pharisees  confess  both.”

In conclusion to be a Cessationist you have to be a pretty good scriptural juggler! 

© Paul Noble Sep 2012

Further Reading:

The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Patrick Apostle to The Irish

Healing Of A Slipped Disc

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Patrick – Apostle to Ireland

St PatrickIt is Easter night around 433 AD and a huge bonfire burns on the hill of Slane; its flickering flames and smoke rising into the night sky. Patrick, dressed in a simple tunic and holding a wooden staff, boldly scans the horizon for the confrontation he knows is coming. Around him, a few faithful and brave companions silently pray.

A few miles away in the palace at Tara, king Loegaire high king of all Ireland is about to celebrate the feast of Beltane by lighting the first fire in the land. In anger, he stares at the flames of Patrick’s fire he can clearly see on the horizon, “What is this?” he cries, “Who is it who has dared commit sacrilege in my kingdom? Let him be put to death.”

The king is not only angry, he is afraid. He recalls a druids prophetic ramblings warning of a new threat to his kingdom – the coming of a new religion. The druid Lochru warns the king: “ O king live for ever. This fire which we see and was lit this night before one was lit in your house, that is, in the palace of Tara, will never be put out, unless it is put out this night which it has been lit”.

Immediately the king takes soldiers, many chariots, and his two chief druid, and storms towards where Patrick stands beside his fire. He takes care however not to get too close, but commands Patrick to come forward to face his wrath. Boldly Patrick walks forward; his only weapon a prayer: “Some may go in chariots and some horses, but we will walk in the name of our God”

Lochru the chief druid insults Patrick loudly, calling down curses upon his head. Unperturbed, Patrick responds by lifting his staff and praying: “O Lord who can do all things, who sends me here, may this wicked man who blasphemes your name be carried out of here and dies straight away”. Immediately, the druid levitates into the air by some unseen power, and crashes down to the ground killed instantly as his skull shatters on a rock.

Angrily, the king orders his soldiers to seize Patrick and put him to death. Patrick though, calmly trusting in his God utters: “May God arise and his enemies be scattered”. At these words, a thick darkness descends and a tremendous earthquake shakes the ground. The horses flee in panic overturning and smashing the chariots. The queen, realizing the futility and danger of resisting Patrick, cries out pleading for the king’s life. Patrick agrees and the king sullenly pretends to acquiesce, inviting Patrick to preach at the palace celebration the following day.

Easter day and Patrick powerfully preaches on the resurrection of Christ. After he has finished the king invites Patrick to dine, and secretly a druid adds a drop of poison to Patrick’s drink. Patrick however, blesses the cup before drinking and the poisoned liquid miraculously turns to ice. Lifting the cup he turns it upside down and only the drop of poison falls out! In the hushed silence he then blesses the cup again, and the liquid returns too normal. The defeated king exclaims: “It is better for me to believe than die!”

Thus, Patrick exemplifies a Christianity that demonstrates the boldness and miracle power of the Holy Spirit as in the early church. Humbly though, he attributes this power and boldness to God rather than his own charisma. In the “Confession” – one of two documents written by Patrick himself – his humbleness is revealed as we discover a man aware of his sinfulness and lack of education. However, we also learn that he is a man of earnest prayer, frequent prophetic dreams and a deep relationship with God.

The Confession begins: “I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many”. He tells how he was born in a small village called Bannavern Tabernaiae, possibly on the Cumbrian coast in what was then Roman Britain, the son of a nobleman called Calpurnius. As a youth although his grandfather, Potitus, was a priest and his Father a church deacon, he had no desires after God.

Just before his sixteenth birthday however, the idyll of this rustic life was rudely interrupted: Irish sea-raiders attacked the coastline and enslaved over a thousand people – among them young Patrick. Arriving in Ireland – or Hibernia as it was known then – Patrick was sold as a slave in Co Mayo to a chieftain and druid called Milluic. Thus began a lonely existence as a Shepherd boy.

In this enforced solitude however, Patrick awakened to God: “ I prayed, the love of God and his fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. As my spirit was moved so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, an almost as many in the night, and this even when I was stating in the woods and mountains; and I used to get up for prayer before daylight, through the snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm, and there was no sloth in me, as now I see, because the spirit was fervent”

 One famous prayer attributed to Patrick is his “Lorica” or breastplate prayer, part of which follows:

Christ be with me, Christ within in me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger

Six years and then his fervent prayers were dramatically answered: One night he heard a voice in a dream saying: “See your ship is ready.” Patrick, taking this as God speaking to him, escaped from his master and travelled nearly two hundred miles overland to the coast. There, he found a merchant ship but the ship’s captain refused him passage. Undismayed, Patrick retired to a hut on the beach where he had been staying and prayed. The captain relented and invited him onboard.

Three days later the ship arrived at an unspecified land for twenty-eight days the sailors, the sailors travelled across country. Finding neither man nor beast and desperate for food, the captain challenged Patrick: “Tell me, Christian: you who say that your God is great and all-powerful; why, then, do you not pray for us As you can see we are suffering from hunger; it is unlikely that we shall ever see a human being again”. Patrick prayed and at that very moment a herd of pigs un-expectantly appeared on the road and the sailors were able to kill and eat.

Eventually, it seems he did arrive back in Britain and his people were pleased to see him and begged him to remain. However, the missionary call of God was soon upon him and one night in a dream, he saw a man called Victorious coming from Ireland with many letters. He handed a letter to Patrick, which read: “The voice of the Irish, they who were beside the Wood of Voclut, which is near the Western sea and this did they cry out as with one mouth: “ We ask thee, boy, come and walk amongst us once more”.

Many years later, after possibly studying under Bishop Germanius in Gaul, Patrick was ready and the church ordained him to replace Bishop Palladius – sent by Pope Celestine on an unsuccessful mission to convert the Irish. So began St Patrick’s apostolic mission to the Irish.

Today, fifteen hundred years later, he is the patron saint of Ireland and celebrated by the Irish the world over on the 17th march. Over time, many fanciful legends and myths have multiplied around him. These however, do not really discredit of diminish the man: the fact that Patrick converted the whole of Ireland to Christianity without any bloodshed, speaks for itself!

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