I’ve been asked why there are not so many miracle stories in the blog and on Facebook recently. and I ‘sense’ the assumption is that not much is happening. That couldn’t be further from the truth, to be honest! A lot of what I DO post here and on Facebook are things that are ‘reportable’ and that I have asked people’s permission to post. An even ‘bigger’ side of what I do involves people with issues and situations that are NOT for public ‘consumption’ – personal /church/ family issues which, thank God, he deals with – but if those issues related to YOU, say, you wouldn’t WANT them put out for public viewing, even if no names are mentioned it’s often possible for other people to identify those concerned.
It’s a fine line to walk when you’re dealing with people’s lives, especially when it comes to any form of abuse – whether that’s actual, physical, sexual, or spiritual abuse, and those issues are NOT for general publication! The last few months – apart from blogs where I’ve been out preaching and can report what God has done through the people I’ve taken with me, and through me, where healing is concerned. Healing isn’t just physical, though: is very necessary when the issues have been destructive through emotional, often even worse when it’s spiritual, and devastating when it’s physical.
I believe that God told me – and it was confirmed by a number of other prophetic friends and advisors, that as well as the things that I have been doing. the move to England (and now Wales) was going to involve a whole new raft of things that God was opening up for me – things I’ve been involved with in the past but not to the extent that I was going to see, and that there’d be a whole host of new things – ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’ sort of time.
That’s certainly been the case since moving back across the Irish Sea, and countless hours of listening, talking, advising, ‘pulling’ on experiences I have had over the past 40 years as they’re still relevant today, have certainly filled and occupied time, and – Praise the Lord – seen real fruit in people’s lives.
I was going to do a blog about my sadness of the catastrophic ‘demise’ of the ‘Jesus Army’ in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire: but it’s been well-documented in ‘Christianity’ magazine this month, and tragically, is so serious that it’s featured on the BBC News, too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48447066 – it bears comparison with ‘Operation Yew Tree’ (Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, et al), and when a church issue causes the police to launch a similar operation – ‘Operation Lifeboat’ – you KNOW we’re moving into an era in history that brings the latter part of Scripture into vivid perspecitve. Hundreds of people have filed complaints about spiritual, personal, sexual, and physical abuse against the Jesus Army, which began as a perfectly normal Baptist Church in 1969, with an ‘Apostolic Social (Kingdom)’ charismatic vision, but it grew to a point where the leadership took over control of people’s lives, similar to Jonestown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonestown) when 918 people (including over 300 children) were ‘told’ by Jim Jones, the former charismatic Apostolic Church pastor, to drink cyanide, and they all died. Six men from Bugbrooke/Jesus Army have already been sentenced to prison.
Control and manipulation in a growing number of influential churches is on the increase – and the rapid rise of the Jezebel spirit (see Revelation 2:20-24) is destroying people’s lives – or attempting to destroy them – in increasing numbers. I had experience of battling that very spirit a good few years ago, it nearly destroyed me (burn out, near nervous breakdown) but thank God I survived and came out of that battle stronger. And it’s this very issue I’ve been involved in helping people with over recent months. And that help doesn’t involve a short prayer at the end of a meeting: it involves countless (very worthwhile) hours of talking, praying, explaining – and Jezebel attacks the person praying too, which is why I believe (along with 36 or so stairs at an apartment block!) that my knees have been pretty grim, as the spirit goes for your ‘weak-points’ too. Control in churches is on the rise: it’s evil it’s witchcraft, and when one of the last things God had to say to humanity in Scripture, was about Jezebel, we need to take it seriously. It’s in churches that ‘seem’ good, look good, and attractive to people with many migrating from existing churches to them….
So maybe you’ll understand why I haven’t blogged so many miracle stories: people’s LIVES are vital, as well as healing their ailments, and I’m grateful to God for what I’ve had personal experience of in order to help others in the same situation!