Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Acts 19:11-12
The Holy Scriptures tell us Jesus did so many miracles that if each of them were recorded there would not be enough room to store all of the written accounts. If so much of what Jesus did is not recorded in the Bible, it is easy to understand that Jesus did miracles in ways we do not know. Yet it appears that we have a tacit belief that the only way a true miracle of God can be performed today is for us first to find it in the Bible.
Jesus did not teach His disciples formulas or methods for creating miracles. He taught the only way you can move in any of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to pray, hear, and obey His Father. We should pray and do what He tells us and speak only what He says. That, my friends, is the way miracles work.
This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
John 21:24, 25
A Miracle God Did Through My Obedience; What Will God Do Through Yours?
In the summer of 1989, my weekly routine involved going to the early morning men's prayer breakfast each Friday. As usual, I was the first to show up, and since I had a key to the building I went in and started brewing some coffee. After a couple of cups, I wondered if anyone was going to show up.
I watched the clock tick away for twenty minutes, and still no one had shown.
As I waited I caught sight of an 18-wheeler slowly pulling up at the curb. The driver sat in his truck for a minute, then lumbered toward the building. I greeted the grizzly looking man, asked his name, and invited him in for a cup of coffee. He had never been to any of our prayer breakfast meetings and didn't know any members of our church.
While we waited for the others to show, the trucker began to tell me about his life. He was suffering from various addictions and was on the verge of divorce. His father was an alcoholic, as were his brothers, and they were always entrenched in argument with one another.
A short time later, a couple of the regular members showed up, and as we prepared to pray for the trucker, the Lord told me to take out my handkerchief and have everyone grab a corner. As we did this, the presence of the Holy Spirit filled the room, and in that moment the trucker gave his life to Jesus. When he gave his life over to God, his countenance immediately began to change. I instructed the trucker to take the handkerchief with him and tell his entire family what had happened.
A few months went by and, one Sunday morning as I looked over the congregation, I was surprised to see that once beaten-down soul now dressed in a suit and tie, with his wife and children at his side and a smile on his face. After the sermon he asked if he could testify. The trucker told the congregation that he took the handkerchief to his father who was in the hospital dying of heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol abuse. His brothers, who also abused alcohol and drugs, were in the room with them.
As instructed, the trucker took the handkerchief and laid it upon his dying father. His father suddenly came out of a comma, weeping and praying. Three days later, when the father was taken home, the entire family celebrated his miracle and the trucker led his father, brothers, and their families in the sinner's prayer to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Imparting Spiritual Gifts; Simple Obedience Results in God Doing What Only He Can Do
Since that day our Lord Jesus has graciously released hundreds of people from sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits.
On January 27, 2012, our Lord instructed me, according to 1 Timothy4:14, to use an anointed handkerchief in place of the laying on of my physical hands. I was instructed by our Lord to use the handkerchief when imparting spiritual gifts through His prophetic word into people's lives. The results have been overwhelming, with hundreds of testimonies telling of miraculous encounters and with evidence of the manifestation of these various spiritual gifts working in their lives.
Thank You, Jesus, for all You have done and continue to do for Your people. So be it, Amen!
You Shall Know All Things by the Spirit
We shall know all things by the Spirit. The things you have need of cannot always be successfully obtained by using the knowledge of mere men. That is why God has given us the window of prayer to find answers on how to obtain the things we need that exceed the limits of man's ability. If you have need of anything, you can find out how to obtain it through the Spirit of God who lives within you. When you pray, God will be faithful to send His ministering spirits delivering His revelation of how to obtain what you have need of.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
One of the recorded events regarding angels interacting with man is found in the story of Jacob's ladder. It is a Sunday School teaching many of us have forgotten. This recorded event is Biblical proof that angels do coexist between Heaven and earth (ref. Genesis 28).
The angels of the Lord are continually ascending and descending between Heaven and earth, delivering messages to us and taking our prayers back to the throne of God. In a dream, Jacob saw angels traveling up and down a ladder that extended from God's throne. The angels were making way for the word of God to be delivered to Jacob while he slept. The promise of the Lord was given to Jacob during this dream, and Jacob knew when he awoke that God had revealed His plan in this dream. The Lord gave him spiritual eyes to see how Jesus knew and operated in these supernatural gifts by giving him the gift of discerning of spirits.
The New Testament gives confirmation that a similar occurrence took place during the days Jesus ministered on earth. While Jesus was ministering in the word of knowledge, He prophesied and imparted the gift of discernment into Nathanael (ref. John 1:49-51). Philip, from Bethsaida, found Nathanael and told him about Jesus who claimed to be the Messiah. Nathanael did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament. But, when Jesus saw Nathanael, He spoke a word of knowledge to Nathanael telling him He had seen him sitting under a fig tree. Nathanael knew there was no way that Jesus could have seen him sitting under the fig tree, thus, Nathanael believed that Jesus was the Son of God.
Then God gave Nathanael spiritual eyes to see how Jesus knew and operated in these supernatural gifts by giving him the gift of discerning of spirits:
"Jesus answered (prophesied) and said to him (Nathanael), 'Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man'" (John1:51).
Mission Impossible: Allow Yourself to be a Vessel of God to Speak Through and Work Through
In 1995 we were asked to go on television by a friend who worked at LeSEA Broadcasting (I've shared some of this story before). However, before I get started, allow me to go back to the day we met. I was introduced to this broken down pastor by another minister who had asked me if I could find God's word for his friend. This pastor of seventeen years and his wife became friends of ours after God was faithful in sharing His word and direction that day. This pastor was let go after serving his denomination for all his adult life. He had no skills outside of ministry, no money, and he had two teenage children.
After being asked to move out of the parsonage, they traveled from Hawaii to Fort Worth, Texas, to meet with me and receive a word from the Lord. While we ate dinner in a crowded restaurant, he and his wife began to tell us about all of their problems. They were destitute; they had lost everything and did not know where to go or what to do. I had brought a small tape recorder and a blank tape to record their prophecy.
It was not long before I received the message the Lord had for this man and his wife. The ministering spirit told me to tell them to go back to Hawaii; there would be someone there to meet them who would give them a place to live. This portion of the word was really hard to believe being that Hawaiian real estate is very expensive. He was also to go on Christian television and begin to pray for people over the air. Eyes were rolling as disbelief filled the room; but they realized they had nothing else to go on, so they took a leap of faith and agreed to go back to Hawaii. The pastor's friend in Texas paid for their tickets and he and his family flew back to Hawaii to find a home even though his pockets were empty.
Just as God had said, they were met at the airport by the new pastor who had taken over his pulpit. The new pastor said they could move back into the parsonage, for he already had a home, and they could live there rent free – the very place they were kicked out of.
As the pastor sat in the parsonage with his family, he found himself struggling with being in the "spiritual hallway," waiting for God to fulfill His promise. For two weeks he worked up his courage to go to the Christian television station and see if he could get a spot on the channel. This man had no money; however, he stepped out on God's word and was given a spot and he started his TV program, to be aired weekly. Within the first month he was unable to pay the expenses for his program and went off the air. Stressed out, and unbeknown to me, he sent me $50.00 he had borrowed to send for a prophecy and then waited for his word. The word he received was: "This very day things will change," along with other more personal words; but the main promise was, "This very day things will change."
The day he received his prophecy, he also received a phone call from the television station. The station asked if he would start up his program again, but this time he would become a paid employee working in sales for LeSEA Broadcasting, and his television program would cost him nothing. What a blessing it was for this family in Hawaii! By the way, the name of the program is "Prayerline Hawaii," and we do have a few of these programs on video where I appear on his show and prophesy to callers live over the airwaves.
I have shared this story in order to set the stage on how the Holy Spirit took us through an awesome spiritual journey. Becoming friends with this television minister became a blessing in many ways for many years.
The very first time I started prophesying live over his program we had 11 people on the phones to take prophecy requests. For over 20 minutes we were only able to answer a few of the 248 phone calls that came to the station. The owners noticed right off that this was a huge boost in their local ratings. After the program was over, the owners started calling all of the ministers who had live programing from their studio and set it up for me to help boost their exposure by prophesying live to their viewers as well. I agreed, and received no payment of any kind, because the Lord had promised me wherever I send out His prophetic word I would reap a harvest.
At the time, I did not know that Hawaii was a gathering place for people to come and vacation from around the world. Even after all these years I still hold close relationships with a number of people and churches from around the world due to allowing myself to be a vessel for God to speak through.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 1 John 2:20
Kent Simpson is a prophetic pastor and is the founder and senior pastor of Prophetic Ministries Tabernacle – a gathering place for the prophetic people of God to unite for the sole purpose of being used as vessels for the Holy Spirit to speak through. Prophetic Ministries Today is devoted to the truth that Jesus is not dead but alive and He speaks if you have an ear to hear the Spirit. His website is filled with prophetic teachings which will help you understand the process of "hearing" God for yourself as well as others. The Lord wants you to pray, hear, and obey Him because the Holy Spirit is the only One who can truthfully lead you into the abundant life Jesus promised us.
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