字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 The atmosphere of heaven – Bill Johnson Miracles in people's bodies has been happening for a long time, you know ever since Jesus was up on the earth. In recent years, at least in our circles, it is just increased in extraordinary numbers. In the past when I travel and go to church all-conference I would take the first 20 minutes and just share testimonies to stir up faith. Most of the time it was to have a shock treatment for the people in the room to make them think it was possible for them to have the miracle. I've been in environments, where I felt that they would not need to believe God, if I could just get them out of unbelief, out of partnership with that lying spirit. If I could get them just out of unbelief we could get some miracle. I've been so encouraged in what i have seen in recent years. It's increasing so much. There is almost never the time when I'm picked up from the airport and people don't tell me about the miracles they've seen. Now I get of the plane and they are there with stories. Many of you have come up to me in the short time we've been meeting with stories of encounters and incredible miracles of the Lord. One of the most incredible miracles that I know of is the miracle that is happening in culture. Miracles that are happening in how people think. I went to just ramble for a few minutes. I want to talk from my heart, some of my personal dreams. I want to affect how people see reality, that's what I want. Out of my life, out of our church, I want to shift to take place with people learn to see out of divine perspective. To do that, there needs to be deep, thorough, repentance. Repentance is changing your view of reality, changing your perspective on things. I've such a desire of seeing the effects of believers actually changing people's view of reality. It's not the lofty dream anymore. There was a time when I thought it was a lofty dream and I didn't know if it was possible. I knew it was possible in paper, you know, because all things are possible with God. But I didn't know if it would be possible in my lifetime. But we see some things happening around the world, culturally, in places around the world, where the culture is changing so dramatically. I'm starting to think this might be actually possible. It might actually be possible to have entire cities turn to the Lord. On one hand I believe it's possible all my life, but I'm seeing it actually take place. The Lord is changing the value system of people that don't even know he Lord yet. Now the big target is always the conversion of souls. I would never want to shift the focus the issue of heaven is a big deal. The issue of hell is a big deal. It's very real. It's extremely sobering. And it always needs to stay in our minds. Someone asked the question yesterday about what to do with people that ont know the Lord that die. As a pastor I have had to do a number of those funerals. I stand at the end of the casket as the family walks by. I pray this prayer in my heart every time. I say: God I never want this to be okay. I never want to be so callous that this doesn't hurt. I want this pain to remain. Because I have to have this marker for eternity. So the salvation of souls is obviously a huge deal. I would never want to pull attention away from that. But I do think there's something important to be said about the conversion of culture, and learning to shape first of all how the church thinks. The church has the influence of salt, light, leven in the world. And is in impact that we need to have on how people live, how they think. It's not because we tell them the thoughts are wrong. It's not because we tell them what to think.it's because we as a straight a different way of seeing. We see from God's perspective. I had an interesting experience with that students last year. One of the first days of school, when I walked into the classroom that there was somebody there that had prayed for $500. And so mentioned that when I got into the class. I said if anyone together prayed to the Lord for $500. I asked if there was anyone there that prayed, that asked the Lord for $500. And the women on the front row raised her hand. I pulled out to $50 bill and said, here, this is not 500, but there is 500 in the 50. Just as there is an oak tree in an acorn. What wisdom does, what divine perspective does, is that it sees the potential of a moment. We sieze small moments because we have a conviction of what God is wanting to build and take us to. Learning how to grab our moments is such a big deal, because so many people are waiting for the one touch that changes everything, instead of the introduction to a process that changes everything. And often God will work through process as much as he will work through a sudden event. In fact, if you look at the "suddenlies" of Scripture, they will always preceded by processes. Are you alive? Acts chapter 2: suddenly there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. That followed 10 days of 120 people being together in prayer. They was a process of earth invading heaven, before heaven ever invaded earth. And the Lord honors process. He honors those who give themselves to the workings in dealings of the Lord. Sometimes we unwisely bypass things because they are too subtle and they are too simple. I want so much to be able to recognize the presence of the Lord when nothing is happening. It's not hard to recognize the presence when you praying for somebody and they fly back 15 rows. You know, a tumour drops on the ground and you can say, verily the Lord is here. But I want to recognize the movements, not only of his presence, but of his mood. Of his thoughts. I want the subtle breezes of presence to affect me. In order to be impacted by that, I cannot gauge what he is doing by what you are doing. Jesus told the story of healing 10 lepers. Only one returned to give thanks. By the way many people evaluate a move of God, they would say that is not a genuine move of God. Because the fruit is not what it should've been. There was only one person whose life was really impacted. So that's not a real legitimate move of God? No! They were healed of leprosy. That's how you know it was a move of God. What they did with its does not define God. God is not defined by our response or reaction. He is happy to define himself. Learning to pick up the mood and the heartbeat of God, the thing that he is thinking. Most leaders in this room… I would assume, because you have taken time off from what you normally do on a Thursday and you're here... Probably most people in the room have a desire, not just to be used by God, but how to discern his presence, how to pick up what is doing What is he thinking… What does he want to do… It's gone from being a tool in his hand, to being a friend that he sends… A friend that he empowers. The child tries to use a wrench to turn a bolt. And it's the hand of the Holy Spirit's that comes over, that enables us to accomplish what we don't have the ability to accomplish. So this is my life. I'm just trying desperately how to learn this. You can't learn that in the trenches, in ministry. And so many people try to recognize presence in ministry… I shouldn't say that you can't learn this, because that's not true. You can't go as far as he would like you to go… If you only learn it in ministry. Many of us actually started hearing the voice because he wanted to use us. That we didn't realize: God also wanted to know us. It's much easier to minister out of the overflow of the relationship… Than it is to minister out of the moment by moment directives, that he gives us, per situation. There's a difference Is a difference from being a servants, who would do whatever he says… To being a friend, that knows how he thinks. It's not that we do things instead of being in connection with him… It's that we do things because we pick up heartbeat, we pick up value… We think different, we see different... we see people different We see situations different. Everything changes in this intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit. Believe it or not, that's not the subject right now, but I can't get out of that hole. I like so much to talk about this Holy Spirit that is in us, and rests upon us. What I have in my heart for this afternoon… Is, I want to talk to you about something… Aren't you glad? The girl with $50… Goes to the store that evening… And there was a family there that couldn't afford the groceries… So she pulled the $50 out, and bought their groceries. The Bible says: when you give to the poor, you lend to the Lord. And God has outrageous interest rates. It's 30, 60, and 100 times. I mean, he is the best banker in the universe... And he is able to really work with your money and earn money… And it's a very beautiful thing. She took care of this particular family with a $50. When she got home, someone drove up with a check for $500 that she had prayed for that morning. It's a wonderful story… And it's a very quick answer. I love quick answers But I'm thankful they are not all that quick, because we can't be trusted… We would have a racket going on within a week... If we could give $50 and get 500 within a week, it would be the ultimate slot machine… Guaranteed wins on every pull… We would all be millionaires within a month… I'm thankful for delayed answers… Because delayed answers build character and gain interest. Any time the Lord delays the process, it's only because your answer is gaining interest. It's getting bigger than you asked for. A quick answer builds faith… A long answer builds faith and character.