“Prayed for a guy in Reading tonight, begging on Duke Street bridge. Noticed he had a crutch, so went over and after giving him some soup and a sandwich, offered to pray for him. He has circulation problems in his leg from where he injected heroin. Commanded the circulation to get better in his leg ,in Jesus name. As I was walking away asked him how it felt. “Better” . Came back an hour later and asked how it was and he said “it’s weird, I don’t know what to make of it” (because it is much better) In the flow of conversation I forgot to ask him to rate the improvement, but judging from his response, much better. To be honest , I have been feeling pretty flat spiritually in recent weeks and when I prayed for him , didn’t “feel” much happening. Just shows healing is not dependant on feeling His presence. Keep going for it – Steve Olney”
Are you a “Feeler” or a “Believer”?
Just imagine how limiting it is if you have to feel anointed before you minister. How many opportunities will pass you by, if at the moment they present themselves, you don’t feel like it?
And also think who might be just enjoying those moments? Steve Backlund has a wonderful quote in his book “Victorious Mindsets” which goes like this: “The enemy of our souls hopes that we will limit our ministry to times when we feel anointed.”
You bet he hopes for that! After all – how often do we really feel like it?
In fact, I wonder how often Jesus really felt like it? We think that because it was his mission, he must have always felt like doing it. Yet the bible specifically says that he was tired, exhausted, and when it was time to come to the cross he was in agony about it and sweated drops of blood even after an angel had come to strengthen him! (Luke 22:43-44).
No doubt about it, feelings are not our friends when it comes to pushing through in ministry! Instead we need to trust what the bible says. And the bible says we are commissioned to go and proclaim the good news,, drive out demons, heal the sick, speak in new tongues, raise the dead and disciple nations! (Matt10:8, 28:18-20)
Our authority rests on our commissioning, not on our feelings.
That’s why I love Steve’s testimony below.
It would be great to know if you are also encouraged…