Forever Changed!

I just returned from my annual ministry trip to Voice of the Apostles. Each year, I return with a renewed energy for my job as a prayer minister and a deeper love for my Creator. I follow Generals of the Kingdom like Bill Johnson, Randy Clark, Will Hart, Todd White, Rodney Hogue, Pete Cabrera, Jr., Jamie Galloway, Heidi Baker, Bishop Joseph Garlington, Reinhard Bonnke, and a handful of others. I see God using them to bring freedom to the captives and I yearn to do the same. Not to “be them”, mind you–but to be used by God like them.

This year, I was introduced to the bigness of the Holy Spirit and the reality of the Heavenly Supernatural realm in an overwhelming, life changing way! God became even bigger for me–as if that was possible! I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit engulf my entire physical being. I shook. I wept. I glorified His presence. I worshipped Him. I dreamed prophetic dreams and found answers I had been searching for.

There is much too much to share in this blog, but I will share one story with you. In the middle of the week, I prayed for a woman who was a complete stranger to me. In fact, I started out praying with her husband. He is the one I thought needed a “word from the Lord”. But God had so much more in store!

After praying for the man, his wife thanked me and shook my hand. It was then that I felt the Holy Spirit start to download information to me about her and her past. With each Holy Spirit guided statement or question, her eyes grew bigger. She, too, knew this was a life changing moment. She was being introduced to God in a new way. She was realizing that God KNEW her intimately and cared for her. And God was taking the time to talk to HER–through a complete stranger.

“Did you lose a child? Do you struggle with anxiety? Do you have a nephew who has walked away from the Lord? Is he in trouble with the law? Have you been mothering many young teens? Are you living in constant fear since the loss of your child many years ago?”

Folks, I  have no “special powers”. I am not clairvoyant. I am not a fortune teller and I don’t read minds. As Randy Clark would say, “I am just a ‘lil ole me’ waiting and willing to be used by my Creator.”

So let me give you a little warning. When you tell God you are willing to be used, when you push in for more, when you beg to be just the little donkey that Jesus rides in on . . . get ready! You might as well get down on all fours, flick your ears, and swing your tail a bit. Because God WILL give you the opportunity to be obedient. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by.

About 5 years ago, I begin to learn that God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are much more available to me than I had ever known. I began to dig deep and truly “show up” for Him. I began to realize that the very same power that raised Lazarus from the dead was living and breathing within me. I have the DNA of Christ pulsing through my body and our earth desperately needs to be touched by Jesus. We are to bring Heaven to earth. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are, to not only believe in miracles, but set these miracles in motion. God uses US to bring change, to bring healing, and to set the captives free.

So back to my story about the woman. I will call her “Susan”. When I mentioned the fact that she was living under a spirit of fear, her body went taut. She tensed up every muscle and closed her eyes. Her eyelids began to flutter at a rapid pace and she suddenly threw her body into a backwards L–no kidding! I don’t think I could duplicate this move if I tried! She stopped answering my questions and I realized we were on the verge of a full fledge deliverance.

I began to speak directly into her ear, “Spirit of fear, I recognize you and call you out by name. In the name of Jesus, I command you to leave Susan’s body. I send you to the dry places, never to return.” She stiffened, opened her eyes, and stared straight ahead. Susan was no longer conversing with me.

I repeated, “Spirit of fear, by the authority given to me by Jesus, I command you to leave this body, this Holy Spirit temple.” Then there was a loud, deep groan as she arched her back more. I told her to “let it out” and she did–all of the fear verbally and forcefully left her body. She then went limp as a noodle and her husband and I guided her to the floor.

She came into the room in love with Christ, but broken by the enemy. She left the room whole, filled with the peace of Christ and the Holy Spirit. She now knew that she was so important to God that He had sent a complete stranger over to her to release her from bondage. Jesus wins again!

Now for some of you reading this, you are thinking, “REALLY?? This sounds like something from a horror movie.” Throw in a little vomiting and a head spin and you would have a scene from some demonic flick.

You are asking the question, “How can a Christian be plagued by a spirit from the enemy?” Look around you. The enemy is the prince of this world. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. We are all affected by him in one way or another. This Christian woman was not “possessed” because she already belonged to God. But she was under attack . . . heavily! These attacks can come in many forms–illness, depression, anxiety, fear, addiction, despair, etc.

This is not the first time I have seen this. Nor will it be the last. Healing–physical, spiritual, and emotional is meant to be ours. Jesus already paid for it. Yet so many of us sit around begging God to DO SOMETHING.

He already has! He created you. He created me. WE are meant to bring Heaven to earth. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit want to be in relationship with you. They want to be REAL in your life. They want YOU to use the power and authority you have been given.

I used to only share this information with my closest charismatic friends. I feared that the rest of you would think I was a weird “Jesus freak”. I no longer fear this because I now know I am a Jesus Freak. I am proud of it. In fact, the t-shirt is on the way . . . “Jesus Freak. I’m willing to pray for YOU!”

 

 

 

How do you do this?

As most of you know, I am a prayer minister. I work out of my office in Rochester and I counsel women and children who find themselves in need– whether emotionally, physically, or spiritually. I work with these individuals to better their lives and help them understand their unique relationships with Christ. We pray together in my office and I often pray for each of these clients throughout the week, as well.

This week, I was asked by a few of my clients “how” I do this without going crazy. How do I listen to each woman’s story? How do I continue to have faith in a world that’s gone crazy? How do I continue to hold onto hope when it looks like all hope has been lost? How do I sleep at night, knowing the intimate details of so many personal atrocities? How can I block out the terrors of the world when they are all too real for many of my clients?  How do I remain joyful when I literally see joy being sucked out of women and children on a daily basis? My answer?? I don’t.

I don’t do anything remarkable without my God. I don’t remain joyful unless I read His promises. I don’t hold onto hope unless I stay close to my creator. I don’t sleep at night unless God blankets me in peace. I don’t do anything spectacular. HE does!

If I rely upon myself, all is lost. I am nothing without His love, His grace, His mercy, His strength, and His protection. He does the hard work. I just show up. I am obedient to His call. He is the one doing all the hard work. I make myself available to Him and He does the miraculous.

We, as humans, make life much more difficult than it needs to be. God simplifies things. He highlights what is truly important.

Give your life to God. Give Him the little things, the big things, and everything in between.

How do I do it? I don’t. God does. I simply have the faith that if I show up, HE will do the hard part. And He does!

 

Finally!

Dear Readers,

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally created a blog. I have been writing for years, but I’ve decided to put my thoughts and reflections into a blog format to make it easier for those of you who follow my posts at Patchwork Faith Ministries.

For those of you that have been praying for something or someone for as “long as you can remember”, my advice to you is, “Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep the faith. Don’t stop believing. Don’t stop praying. Don’t stop asking God to intervene. Don’t stop short of your miracle manifested.”

For 25+ years, I prayed that my brother would stop abusing alcohol. I threw prayers up to Heaven much like a thundercloud throws down rain. Sometimes fast and furious–other times, slow and gentle. Intervention never came. His drinking got worse over the years. His health deteriorated . . . and I wondered if God was even listening.

And then it happened. All those prayers piled up in Heaven–their weight finally shifting the Supernatural Realm, releasing Heaven’s mercy and grace–raining down upon my brother like fresh water on thirsty ground. He entered treatment two weeks ago and he is flourishing. I am witnessing a miraculous change in his thought processing and his behavior.

My brother is a very private person, so I have refrained from putting this out on Facebook or on our ministry prayer page. But with his permission, I am now asking that you, too, add him to your prayers. Addiction is a beastly disease. Like other diseases, it comes to kill, steal, and destroy. But Jesus has come that we might have LIFE and have it ABUNDANTLY.

We are seated in Heavenly realms where all disease, destruction, conflict, and evil is beneath us. We have been given power as Christ’s disciples. Through prayer, we can BEAT down the evil attempts of the devil to destroy our lives.

Have you been praying for someone or something for so long that you have begun to give up hope? Well, don’t. Hold on to HOPE with both hands, knowing that God is in control. Claim healing. Pray against disease. Rely on HIS strength to get you through “the wait”. After all, Abraham waited a very long time.

Love, peace, & God’s blessings,

Carissa