Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Prayer, Prophecy & Pizza

We're almost 4 days into our time here in a Redding so here's a quick update on a few highlights of the past 100 hrs....

Visit to Healing Rooms - having been here before on our last trip I had some expectation of what to expect but I still found the time spent in the "encounter room" simply profound & moving as I encountered the presence of God washing over me... The room has musicians, painters, dancers & pray- ers and as they each expressed their worship you sit & soak it all in, for me personally the depth & breadth of God's love for me overwhelmed me afresh as I sat & received from Him. The words from "How he loves me" were being sung & the words from this verse completly undid me...

He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. 
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are, And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh, Oh, how He loves us, How He loves us all

Sunday evening service - with baptisms...
It was amazing to witness the baptisms of 34 individuals, to listen to a short snippet of their story as to why they wanted to be baptised, then to celebrate for over an hour as we sang our worship songs as a congregation interspersed with spontaneous cheering & clapping as each one was baptised on the main stage.

Betgel Sozo Ministry
Today both Sue & I has our Sozo appointments at the Transformation Centre. Bethel Sozo Ministry uses some specific tools which enable you the "sozoee" to be prayed with so that you deal with issues of unforgiveness, inner healing & deliverance. We've been training with others at HBC over the past 12 months to be ready to launch the Bethel Sozo Ministry hopefully in the New Year. So this was our opportunity to experience a Sozo at the HQ so to speak and we were not disappointed as both Sue & I encountered Father, Son & Holy Spirit and received revelation & prayer to deepen our relationship with each person of the Trinity.

Prayer & Prophecy
Finally something that happens pretty spontaneously whenever you meet someone new from the church or on the BSSM as a student is you get prayed for and given prophetic words that strengthen, encourage and comfort (1 Cor 14:3) However this time the context was a limited different as we were in a Pizza Resturant next door to our hotel. We went there last time so knew it's owners were ex BSSM students now living in Redding, a number of staff are also ex students & now members of the church so as our pizza was served, Jessy asked us if he could share a "word" for us & pray for us, of course we said yes so for the next 10 minutes he shared some sense/thoughts he had for us & prayed. Then at the end of our meal the waitress came to take away our finished plates and we chatted & prayed together, this time we shared somethings with her for which she was really grateful for & then she blessed us with words of affirmation from our Heavenly Father as she prayed over us!