This is the sequel of my blog entry about the conference I attended a week ago. I want to share this experience to stir your hearts and entertain miracle thoughts because it really does happen if you believe.
So, before anything else, I also have to explain why I have resolved not to change the title after remembering what had all happened there. The title is known to be circulating in social platforms by netizens as they use this question an inside joke – and we all know why. Reading this blog post may require open-mindedness.
The conference was set to start by 2pm. The organizers considered the church’s attendance in the morning; hence, setting the conference in later time. It also worked well with the traffic (no congested roads and less commuters, too) because we arrived at the venue earlier. We got to choose the seats that are more comfortable.
At exactly 2pm, praise and worship started. I loved how it led us to the right atmosphere of worship. There was one song that really touched me and made me cry. The title of the song is Take Courage by Lindy Conant and Circuit Riders.
Above is the YouTube link of the song and I really recommend for you to listen to it.
As the worship concluded, Ps. Paul Yadal began to preach about God’s inheritance and mostly about King Uzziah.
At first, he cited one of the famous Bible stories that we know, Jacob’s story, to begin his preaching. Jacob, younger brother to Esau, stole his brother’s birthright by deceiving him with a meal. What a shallow thing to exchange with your birthright. Perhaps.
After stealing it, things didn’t come easily for Jacob. He would have thought that stealing it would be an easy peasy for him. Yes, he got the blessing from his father Isaac. But do you think God honored the way Jacob did to get it? There were trials. There were sufferings. Jacob realized he did a terrible. He repented. He got disciplined just as every child should be.
Later on, Ps. Paul emphasized that every trial we face is a go-signal to call upon the Lord. He said so after Jacob was tired about everything. This led to his two points.
First was what overwhelms you will shake you.
Let me ask you first before I elaborate on his first point. What overwhelms you? Think about it.
There are many things that overwhelm us — our personal problems, problems concerning our family, careers, businesses, relationships, or even our problems with our faith, perhaps. Whatever it may be, this gets into our cores. It later on begins to shake us. The worst scenario would be it becomes our identity.
The promise is, there is one above that loves us unconditionally – our Heavenly Father.
You are not defined by the ministry you have. You are not defined by your failures and mistakes. Instead, you are defined by the love of the Father.
Second point was what shakes you will release you.
In this point, came the story of King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26. Uzziah means the strength of God. He led at a young age of 16, not the youngest king to serve; perhaps, one of the youngest rulers that would ever be. Who serves at that age, anyway? None.
He was a great king. He was upright in the sight of the Lord. Everything changed. His pride led to his own downfall.
Our target is God’s presence and prosperity is God’s target for us, His people.
He sought more power and eventually thought of not needing God anymore. We can relate to that as we continuously ask for His blessings. It is good to His blessings but we should also ask His presence in our lives.
By asking God’s presence, there come His revelations.
To have God’s revelations is to have wisdom. That explains our need to read His word – the Bible. Have you ever had a moment when God revealed something to you? If yes, great! If the response is no, I pray that you would in the future.
Ps. Paul ended it by encouraging us to let Uzziah die. Let our pride die.
Following it was Ps. Hiram’s message about miracle. In all honesty, I was not wholehearted in topics like this. However, I still listened to his preaching.
He started it by reading the story of the hemorrhaging woman in Mark 5:25. I have heard this familiar story many times; but every time I hear this, my heart breaks.
25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
The story of the bleeding woman has impacted many lives. In fact, this was the word I shared to the youth and young professional in a local church. From this story, Ps. Hiram talked about three points on how to receive your miracles.
First, we should listen to the right word. In verse 27, the hemorrhaging woman heard about Jesus coming to the town. Just like us, not all things we hear should be listened to. Start listening to the right words!
Second, we should get close to Jesus. In the same verse, we could see that the bleeding woman pressed herself against the crowd to Jesus. She tried to get close to the healer. When she had the chance, she touched the cloak of Jesus.
Lastly, we should entertain miracle thoughts. In the succeeding verse, the woman thought to herself if she could be able to touch him, she would be healed. We all know what happened next. After she touched it, Jesus felt the power released and asked the crowd who’d touched him.
Trembling on what she heard, the woman told what and why she did so. Only to hear him say, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Then, Ps. Hiram concluded it by telling the congregation to intentionally find a prayer partner (someone you don’t know personally) right that very moment and pray for your partner’s healing.
I found someone in front of our seats and his name is Raymond. Raymond has a problem with his skin (mostly upper body and his armpit). I started to pray for him and commanded the sickness to subside and be completely healed.
Then, Raymond started asking me about the sickness I wanted to be gone. Do you still remember what I mentioned in my previous post? There was pain between my thumb and point finger. I told him that, and my hoarse voice due to sore throat, which was itching and aching. He started to release his prayers and right then, my throat was comforted and I couldn’t feel the need to forcefully cough to relieve it. Also, the pain between my fingers was relieved. After he prayed, I pinched and pressed using my right hand to know if there was still pain. To tell you honestly, it was all gone. I was amazed at that moment.
Before the next speaker was called on stage, the ushers told that those who occupy Gen Ad seats could now transfer to Upper Box seats. After looking and assessing the situation, we decided to stay in our seats. Fortunately, we were the only two people left there and were able to find more comfortable seats.
Ps. Jerome Ocampo focused his message on the youth, and asked the congregation aged from 35 and below to stand. Of course, I did. He encouraged us with the words that we, millenials, are the most powerful generation that this world has ever had. He also asked the older generation to stand, extend their hands and pray for us. At that moment, God empowered our generation.
He began the message with lots of statistics concerning this generation. He also said that we belong to the most prophesied generation, sadly, the most under challenged generation. However, a number of statistics presented have been telling us that we are also the most attacked generation.
Ps. Jerome explained many reasons why we are attacked. He emphasized that there are three identified great needs of this generation.
This generation needs to have destiny. As we all know, this is the generation that pursues what they want (Esther 4:14). They want to get what they dream about. If they aren’t given destiny, their energy will be wasted.
This generation needs to have militancy. In Songs of Solomon 6:10,
10 “Who is this, arising like the dawn,
as fair as the moon,
as bright as the sun,
as majestic as an army with billowing banners?”
Most importantly, this generation needs to have family. Our young people need to belong, to be appreciated and to be loved. They should be part of Christ’s family (Colossians 3:15).
We are dismissed for a dinner break. After that, Rick Pino led us in worship. As expected, it was Spirit-filled. It revealed many things – new beginnings, gifts, empowerment, and identity that is anchored in the Father. An hour of worship.
To end the conference, Heidi Baker was the last to preach. Touched by the worship celebration, she called Rick on stage again to lead the congregation in worship. Back in South Africa, she is used to worshipping God for hours and even for days. So we continued.
And there I saw visions. I posted it in FB.
I see walls being struck down right now
chains being loose
raging storms calming
cold hearts turning into flesh
How do you respond to these? Thank you to the Great I Am 🙏🏻
This continued for almost an hour. Heidi shared many of her stories about miracles and healing.
Going home after the conference, many lessons came and have been pondered on. I learned to believe completely. I learned to get close to the One Who heals and does miracles. I cannot just limit on my mind what our God can do in our lives. I cannot wait to attend conferences this 2017.