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Saturday, 5 May 2012

There Is More

This week I was lucky enough to go and see Randy Clark speak and minister at HTB in London. For those that don't know Randy was involved in the Toronto outpuring right from the start and has had an amazing ministry that has taken him all over the world preaching and imparting Gods power.

I know that some were and are hugely skeptical about Toronto. I didn't attend any of the Toronto meetings and so I have no personal experience but a friend of mine went and despite being skeptical felt a move of the Holy Spirit. Of course with anything like this the evidence of the Holy Spirit is in the fruit of it, and so often we get side tracked and thrown off course by the manifestations because the fruit is not apparent immediately. I admit I have been guilty of this, I long to see more of the spirit moving and I have experienced the spirit manifesting in odd and unusual ways. But last week I went to an event (which I won't name) but there were people behaving in very odd and loud ways and I have to admit I was frustrated by it, very doubtful and judgemental. It really affected my thoughts on how the spirit moves and what is of God and what isn't. Anyway, I am so glad I got to go on Tuesday because it just gave me some balance!

Randy Clark was amazingly inspirational. He spoke with grace, humility and control, whilst sharing some amazing stories of how God has used him and others, to see healing and see impartation. He prayed for impartation for pretty much everyone in the entire church. And he did it with control, humility and not a hint of sensationalism. I was humbled. People were clearly touched all over the place and whilst there was a fair amount of laughing, falling over and other behaviours, it just seemed totally real and not hyped up or fake. I was with some friends and each of us got touched in different ways, including a friend who was adamant she wouldn't be affected and as soon as she was touched was on the floor!! Personally it just made me realise that in any event like this, there will be a real mix. A friend put it like this: that there is bound to be a mixture of some of the Holy Spirit, some human emotion and excitement, plus a bit of the enemy too.

Randy Clark has written a book, which I would really recommend called 'There Is More'. It is his account of Toronto and it gives masses of testimony about people who were touched by the Holy Spirit during the Toronto outpouring and how God has used them in the years since. It is an amazing and inspiring book and puts to rest some of the criticism that was thrown at Toronto and those involved, showing the huge amount of fruit that has come out of it.

In the last few months God has really been speaking to me about my calling and how I will minister to people. Well, this is what I want: to see peoples lives transformed, to see people healed, to see the kingdom of God break out in real and unimagined ways, and all for His glory. I will pray for the sick, I will step out in faith anywhere and everywhere, I will love as he loves. I want more. I do not believe in a God in name only, I believe he has so much more for us, and we just have to step into it. If I have to pray for 100 people like John Wimber before I see someone healed, then I will, 200, more even, because I believe that is His will. Call me crazy, call me naiive, I dont care. There is more and I want it...

The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Mathew 11:5

For more on Randy Clark see here:  http://globalawakening.com/



5 comments:

Lucy Mills said...

I don't think you're crazy and naive...but even if you were, you'd probably be a perfect candidate for God to use - he uses the foolish to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong, and those who are poor in the eyes of the world...people watching the disciples at pentecost thought they were drunk!

Think your friend's words are very wise. This side of the new earth, everything is mixed...but we shouldn't dismiss God's power working within that mix...he has always got his hands dirty - even pierced - to bless us.

Red said...

Hey Lucy, how you doing? thanks for the comment :)
redx

Anita @ Dreaming Beneath the Spires said...

Hi Red, I too heard someone from the Toronto Airport Fellowship last week--Patricia Bootsma, and was hugely inspired and re-motivated to seek God. I wish I had know about Randy Clark in HTB. If you go to similar events, do let me know via FB.
I was at a John Arnott conference 2 years ago, and felt changed. Much stronger, and more devoted to God. Of course, as with all things of the spirit, we "leak" and so we need a fresh encounter, a fresh filling, fresh wind, fresh fire!!

Red said...

Hi Anita
How you doing?
yes of course will do... In fact just saw Carl Tuttle last night at our local chapel - he worked for years with John Wimber. Inspiring guy. he's doing a few things in Sussex this coming week but not sure if thats too far for you to come? Sunday night he is at our evning service which starts at 7pm in Burgess Hill. FB me if you want some more info..
red xx

Lucy said...

Hey Red - doing OK thanks - busy! Rather weary at the moment - you know how that feels! xx