This weekend, I watched some new friends, Svet and Neil, pray words of knowledge over various people. They were praying in tongues and blowing and laughing and using language that I would associate from the certain ministry under which they trained. Healing and deliverance sprang forth with each person they prayed for.
Later, I watched Aliss Cresswell speak words of knowledge at the conference. She brought words she’d been receiving from Holy Spirit. She didn’t pray anything. She spoke casually, in a friendly funny tone, in an ease of faith, knowing that people would be touched. They all matched someone in the audience. Everyone who had a word was prayed for by someone, not even Aliss necessarily. Every prayer was a different flavour, matching the person praying. Loads of healings and deliverance.
I thought of Todd Bentley’s unique style, with his Bams and Pows and ‘Smith Wigg’s’ ways of delivering miracles. Todd says that he just sees what the Father is doing, and he does that, and that’s when results come. He just has faith for miracles. Like Aliss. Like my new friends, Svet and Neil.
There seem to be so many different flavours of prayer and ministry, each unique, some owing a little something to a predecessor, some seemingly totally new and different. It stirred my spirit and soul…
How could any of us ever make a public declaration that seems to shout ‘Our way is the ONLY way!’ Sometimes speaking with a certain tone of voice that strikes somewhat of downright arrogance… speaking from a proud point of view as if ‘we have arrived’, and ‘all others who haven’t arrived yet are people that we feel sorry for’…
In the middle of him telling off the Corinthians for behaving so pridefully to one another, Paul said:
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Cor 13)
When will we know fully? When we get to Heaven and get our heavenly bodies? Or when we become the very Embodiment of Love Himself, Jesus?
Are we preaching the gospel of love and peace to lead many to Christ? Or are we accidentally bullying people for thinking differently, insulting our brothers needlessly in our zeal to educate others and release them into a Sozo Mature Son life with Jesus…
I am coming to really believe that believers ONLY know in part, no matter how much they seem to have it ‘all figured out’. There is One Way to the Father, Jesus Christ. But in terms of revelation of all there is to know regarding Papa God, the ways and flavours are limitless, just like the Father Himself. No matter how much we learn, there is so much more to learn. All I know for sure is that I really know NOTHING in comparison to how much there is to know about God.
I am coming to believe that every way that releases the Kingdom of Heaven onto earth is just as good as any other, so long as Faith is triggered and we are lead into an encounter with Papa.
I think therein lies the main issue that leads to pride in how we convey the ‘method’ of releasing Papa. We confuse the method, the prayer, the wording, the flavour, or denomination with the fact that all of those things are simply ways of believers connecting to faith and releasing the power of God in the process.
The truth is, there is no spoon… ;>)
As Blondie sang in the late 70’s, “One way, or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha”…
Let’s stop being divisive in our fervent preaching of truth as ‘the truth’. Let’s just preach in love about Truth Himself, Jesus Christ, and let Holy Spirit lead and guide people into all truth as to the ‘Way’ to access the things of the Kingdom.
I love all my brothers in the Kingdom. God loves you all too. So be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves…
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Let love prevail. Then the world will know that we are Christians.
Be encouraged. Be empowered. Be delivered.