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  • The atmosphere of heavenBill 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 thinkingWhat 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 goIf 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 moneyAnd 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 storyAnd 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 answersBecause 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.