FREEDOM FROM FIBROMYALGIA

Here’s a testimony from Rachel, a member of Golden Valley Church, about her healing from Fibromyalgia.

 

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God is good, yes?

I want to share with you how good God has been to me – I want to encourage you and hopefully speak into your heart. “Encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11. So let me give you my story.

I married at a time when I wasn’t walking with the Lord – I believed, but I wasn’t living it. My husband was not a Christian. We were married for ten years and just after our 10thanniversary it came to an end. It was an unhappy, pain-filled marriage to say the least. The break up was even worse! Lots happened that took a very long time to recover from. In short he caused me a lot of pain. When he left I was faced with the immense challenge of bringing up 4 children alone, juggling bills, work, the home and occasionally course work too. It was hard! Still is! But God is good! He kept us going. He blessed us spiritually and we became closer to him as a family. But you know it was hard! 2 of my children had speech difficulties, one had abdominal migraines, caused by anxiety; there were days and weeks on end where he just threw up non- stop! He missed a lot of school and of course I was still trying to juggle work and now his illness.

There came a time when I was living in constant pain, which I was eventually informed was probably due to Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue (they are very similar). I couldn’t sleep because the pain in my body was so bad, I would have to crawl up the stairs because I couldn’t walk up them, I constantly felt sick, drained and exhausted. I couldn’t stand for too long or walk the dog. I was miserable! It was my lowest point.

Then 2 important things happened – well lots happened! But 2 main things in regards to this particular testimony! Firstly I met up with a lovely lady called Muriel. She introduced me to declaring and decreeing. She told me to thank God every day for my healing as if I was already healed, to claim it in faith! Isaiah 53:5 declares, “…by His wounds we are healed.” So I started to do that every morning – “thank you Lord that I am healed.” even when it was painful getting up – ” …by his wounds I am healed! I claim my healing.” In the Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Yes? Well is there sickness in heaven? No. Now I know we live in a world where the reality is there is sickness and sometimes God chooses not to heal, I don’t know why, but I do trust that He knows best. But in this case I felt strongly God wanted me to have faith for my healing and to show His glory in it.

Then I got together with another friend of mine called Bex. We were sat in my garden and she was speaking about judgements, how when we judge others it negatively affects ourselves. And as she spoke I had a light bulb moment! I realised that I was still holding onto a lot of judgements concerning my ex-husband. I had thought I’d forgiven, let go and moved on, but as Bex was talking God showed me judgements that I was holding on to.

She advised me not to dig for them, that God would show me. Which he did over the following days and weeks, maybe 5 at a time he revealed judgements to me that I needed to let go of, forgive and release. Some were easier than others! But you know Matthew 6:15 says, “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your father will not forgive your sins.” Wow, scary right? I don’t know about you but I don’t want my sins hanging onto me. The Lord’s prayer says “…forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” As we HAVE – past tense, not; forgive us and then I might forgive others. God wants us to forgive others so that we can be forgiven. Jesus then goes on to say inMatt 6:14, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you.”

Now it’s not easy I know. The hardest ones to forgive were the ones concerning my children – if someone hurts someone you love! Boy is that hard to let go of! And I realised I was holding him accountable for not only what he had done within our marriage but also for all the hardships that came after! I really needed Holy Spirits help! So, together Holy Spirit and I worked through it. But let me tell you, as He started to open my eyes and help me to see D through God’s eyes – just a lost, damaged, hurting soul stumbling, blindly through life because he doesn’t have the light of Jesus to guide him, when I truly understood where he is heading if I didn’t show him the truth of Christ’s love – then it became much easier to forgive, release and let go! And to love him! You can’t do that without Holy Spirit!

Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” And Eph 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” As I went through this process Holy Spirit showed me other people I needed to release and forgive too.  It’s not a quick process! I’m still working through it. But it is worth it.

Day by day, Holy Spirit would reveal them; I’d go into my room, “‘D’ I have judged you for…. I forgive you, I release you from this judgement and I break agreement with it – we need to break agreement with the judgement because if we are in agreement with it then we are not in agreement with scripture and if you break agreement with something then you are no longer walking together with it – I cancel the debt that you owe me; Jesus has paid your debt. Now this next bit is the important bit that we forget about because we are so hung up on what they’ve done to us… Lord forgive me that I judged him in this way”. We’ve sinned by holding onto that judgement. I also would declare scriptural truths over it, so when I judged him for abandoning us I would say God is our provider, He is our refuge, He will never leave us or forsake us.

As I did this over and over – and believe me it takes time – we’re not just talking about the old judgements here, there are brand new ones every day! As I did this, God started to heal my body. First I was able to walk for longer periods of time; I had more pain-free days. Eventually I was able to dance at church! Now I can’t keep still!!! And then I managed to climb to the top of Robinswood Hill! I can now say it has been a couple of years since I was in pain. I still get tired, but it’s now the normal, working mum of four, tiredness!

You see when we judge others and leave it undealt with it clings to us and it can literally make us ill. Unforgiveness pollutes your heart and will develop into bitterness. Psalm 32:1-5, “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

In Psalm 38 the psalmist says, “because of your wrath there is no health in my body,” He talks about festering wounds and back pain due to his sin. Read it – Psalm 38.  Now don’t get me wrong here! Hear me, not all illness is the result of judgements, we live in a fallen world! But it canresult in that.

Healing comes with forgiveness and actually blessings too! You might think “well they don’t deserve forgiveness; you don’t know what they’ve done!” Well maybe they don’t, I felt the same once about Dave, believe me! But who are we to judge what they deserve? Are we any better? In God’s eyes isn’t sin, sin? Don’t we all fall short? We are all born into sin; it’s only by Grace – yes? The only difference between us and them is that our eyes have been opened to the truth and theirs hasn’t – yet (love that little word! Yet – it changes a sentence from something final into – ‘ to be continued.’)

 Matt 7:1-2 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.”

You know words are powerful! They have the ability to tear down or build up! When you speak judgements over people it’s like you are cursing them and you will end up seeing more of the kind of behaviour that you don’t like because of that. But if we bless people then it releases God to work on them! Romans 12:14, “Bless those that persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

 If left un-dealt with un-forgiveness will cling to you and pollute your relationship with Christ.

Yes? So this is important! This is biblical. We can’t ignore it. It wasn’t a suggestion it is a clear command. If we judge – we will be judged! With the same measure that we use!! WOW. If we don’t forgive – we won’t be forgiven! I don’t know about you but I don’t want my mistakes clinging to me because I refused to forgive others! I have struggled with this! But Holy Spirit brought me through it! And now, with Holy Spirit’s help, I’m getting better at recognising when I am judging and I’m sorry to say it is still far too frequently! – But I deal with it! And as you release and forgive you feel better! You feel freer and lighter! It’s all good! Actually it can also take a good friend to say, “Hmm I wonder why you are reacting this way? Is there maybe un-forgiveness on your heart? Sometimes we don’t realise it ourselves. So look out for those over-reactions.

You know it is not just others we judge. We can be pretty hard on ourselves too – why on earth did I do that? / I always end up doing / saying something stupid etc – we need to forgive ourselves. And if we are being really honest here, we can also judge God. Why didn’t you do this Lord? Why did you let that happen? Why didn’t you do it this way? Our Father is ready and willing to forgive us, He’s just waiting for us to confess, break agreement with it and repent.  He loves us and longs for us to come out from under the yoke of the judgments and hurts we hold onto and find freedom and release.

If anyone knows they have unforgiveness in their heart I urge you to ask Holy Spirit to help you forgive, release and repent, if you need someone to stand with you in prayer, and sometimes we do, then please ask. If you are not sure then ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you any judgements that you are holding on to.

Rachel 

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS

It was June 26 1994 when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit broke out upon us in Golden Valley Church (known at that time as New Life Church Churchdown, and just planted three months earlier).

God had lovingly sent Dr Michael Brown to our churches in May 1994 to help prepare us for revival. A work began in our hearts. And there was a fresh level of hunger and desire for Revival every time people met together.

Rodney Howard-Browne
The meetings with Rodney Howard-Browne impacted us forever

Then, not many weeks later, it was followed by Rodney Howard-Browne coming to Birmingham for a week of Revival Meetings in June, hosted by Mike Price and Woodgate Church. We were radically changed in our hearts in those meetings as we encountered the Holy Spirit’s Presence and power in a deeper way. We will never be the same.

And so, immediately after, the Presence of God opened up to us. Holy Spirit moved in fresh outpouring in GVC.  There were wild manifestations and good lasting-to-this-day fruit. That revival, commonly known as the “Toronto Blessing “, shaped and defined who we are and how we see. We met the Father. We fell in love with Jesus. We experienced new levels of worship and prayer. God’s Word came more alive to us, than ever before. He kept showing up. He changed our hearts. And we were privileged to carry His Presence into the nations.

We are so incredibly grateful to God, and honour those who have walked with us in this amazing journey. Mention must be given to the late Bill Bates and his wife Alison, and the late John and Jenny Allan, fellow-pastors in the New Life Churches at the time, for their fellowship and encouragement in pressing into this revival in the beginning.

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Wes Boxall with memories of the Outpouring of 1994

In January of this year we celebrated Toronto’s 25 years of Revival. Yesterday we celebrated our own 25 years of outpouring, in Golden Valley Church.

Awesome God! All we can say is, “More Lord!” We so love You, and honour You with all our hearts. Let’s ascend the Hill of the Lord in fresh worship and intimacy in these days. And let’s see Him move in fresh outpourings of love and power in the nations.

Wes & Sharron Boxall

21 YEARS AGO

It’s the twenty-fist anniversary of God outpouring the FIRE of His love in Toronto, Canada! That’s an incredibly joyful and thankful thought, but it’s also a very sobering thought!

John & Carol Arnott
John & Carol Arnott

We are so thankful for this renewal which is still continuing and impacting individual lives and nations. We are so thankful that we are alive for such a time as this.We are so thankful for the way that John and Carol Arnott and the team at Catch the Fire have stewarded this move of God, with faithfulness and integrity. We are so thankful for the impact, healing, blessing, and God-encounters we have received ourselves as a result.

But it is also sobering. Where have those twenty one years gone?! This is a big chunk of life! And how much are we going to allow this revival to impact the rest of our lives?

As we reflect today on all that our God has done, may we be freshly inspired to push into more of Him. May we love and hunger after His Presence more than ever. May we find new depths of personal renewal and healing. May we carry His amazing love wherever we go. May we allow Him to take us into all the changes He wants to, laying aside our fears and resistances.There’s still so much more of Him to be found.

WHOLEHEARTED FAITH

Thank you for sharing this, Michele.

Note: I hadn’t meant this to be reposted initially, just to thank Michele. But somehow it reblogged! So let it touch you today. May Father bless you.

(Michele Perry was leader of IRIS ministries Sudan, for several years. Please visit her blog for more, or get her books from Amazon. And let’s pray for her, and for the ‘family’ left in Sudan.)

Wes

TORONTO BLESSING

As I sit in my room in an unusually deep-freezing January in Toronto, I am thankful; very thankful. It’s the twentieth anniversary of the day the Holy Spirit came and poured Himself out in renewal and revival to a small Vineyard church near Pearson International Airport. Within weeks thousands were flocking to the nightly meetings from all over the world, with airlines putting on extra flights from the UK, just to accommodate all the Brits who wanted to go over.

Toronto BlessingAnd twenty years later, the phenomenon of revival continues, and countless lives globally have been changed for the better, as they have experienced God the Father’s tangible love, received revelation and healing, and entered into deeper intimacy with Jesus.

In Golden Valley Church (then known as New Life Church, Churchdown) we initially experienced this revival in 1994 as a result of Rodney Howard-Browne’s visit to Birmingham, where we hungrily queued to attend the meetings and encountered God’s amazing Presence in a new and intimate way, with much joy and laughter, tears and cries, shouting and shaking, falling and resting. We were never the same again, as Holy Spirit kept on coming. Over the following days and months, Continue reading “TORONTO BLESSING”

TWENTY YEARS ON… WITH THANKS

guest post by Kathleen Wright 

I have felt the Holy Spirit twisting and turning within me for a couple days regarding the 20 year anniversary of overwhelming visitation of God Almighty at an unknown church nestled next to a huge airport near Toronto.

Let me use an analogy. Also about 20 years ago most people did not have computers or access to the internet. Those who did found it very slow. And it was mostly just text, not much color or graphics, very little sound or motion. But now it is common, and even among the poorest nations somewhat available. What little we had we treasured and marvelled at in the cyber world 20-some years ago. In fact, it was through the baby internet that many of us old timers first got news that God was doing supernatural things (and extravagantly!) in our own lifetimes!

ctfSometimes having an abundance of something for a long time dulls us to its marvels and preciousness. God has ALWAYS been doing something supernatural with humanity and always will. But sometimes is it is relatively dry in many, maybe most places. We read about the supernatural in the Bible and in biographies of evangelists and missionaries. We longed to see something supernatural at least once before we died! But 20 years ago, everything changed. Suddenly the floodgates burst open. There had been serious leaks happening already, and some of them are direct forerunners to what began in Toronto. But Toronto impacted the WHOLE GLOBE with with too many signs, wonders, and miracles to even categorize, let alone count. And that ended up not even being the BIG thing. The BIG thing was the Heart of God, and his tender fatherly-ness, all open and exposed and lavishly poured out on us. My eyes are tearing up as I write.

I write all that to say this. A few of us have open doors to return to Toronto on January 20 and celebrate God’s unbelievable love for us there, but millions who have been touched do not have that opportunity. My heart cries out for you all over the globe, to take a bit of January 20 and passionately and reverently thank God for lavishing Himself upon humanity in our own lifetimes. Imagine the outpouring of love and gratitude arising from all over the planet, for what happened that one day in the dead of winter twenty years ago. And for what is as now as common and accessible as today’s internet. I wonder what would happen in the spirit, if such an outpouring of worship happened January 20. Will you join me?

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Kathleen Wright

 Kathleen and her husband Cameron, are pastors of New Day Community Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, US – a partners in harvest church. This post originally appeared on Facebook. Shared with permission.

REPORT ON PRESENCE KEEPERS

by Jean Packer

It was a great pleasure to again welcome Jeremy and Connie Sinnott to our church for the ‘Presence Keepers’ Conference. Like us at Golden Valley Church they have a passion to see the Body of Christ drawn into intimacy with God through worship and soaking in His presence where hearts are healed and renewed in preparation for the coming Bridegroom.

The conference was well attended by people who came from a wide range of churches and areas. All of us had been drawn by a desire to have a deeper knowledge and experience of God in our lives. Jeremy and Connie led us in worship that was beautiful and gentle, yet tremendously powerful. There was a great sense of God’s Presence that arose and emanated throughout the place that lasted all weekend.

Throughout their teaching and sharing, we had fun and laughter with Jeremy and Connie. Connie shared how she used a little buzzer that went off every ten minutes that reminded her to praise and thank God for all her blessings and circumstances, which is so important to do. It was so refreshing in the way they taught us not to have a divide from God that made it easier to receive. They exhorted us to practice intimacy with God’s presence and to have a deeper knowledge of His heart of love for us and explained how we need God to be able to flow out of us to reach people and touch hearts. We can do nothing of ourselves. We need to be channels for Him. It was also wonderful to have time to experience some special times of ‘soaking’ up His presence and our Heavenly Father was able to gently draw us closer bringing release and freedom as He touched us. Our lives were opened up to Him in a deeper way.

Faith levels continually rose as the manifest presence of God came down. Signs and wonders were demonstrated on our second day and healings were in our midst.

Prophetic sessions were also arranged for people who wanted some encouragement from God over their lives and these proved to be enjoyable and affirming both to those who prophesied and those that received. It is such a joy when we allow God speaks and we receive all He has for us!

The ‘Fire Tunnel’ at the end of our meetings was magnificent! We all lined up and went through the tunnel formed by leaders (some of us several times)! We were enveloped by the Holy Spirit’s power and we mostly staggered through with much hilarity and laughter.

HEALINGS AT PRESENCE KEEPERS

It was great to hear testimonies of healings last weekend at Presence Keepers. One man with a lazy eye for 70 years was able to see much more clearly after prayer… another lady reported the cloudiness in her vision from a small cataract had gone… another suffering from ringing in her ears reported it had ceased… two others unable to lift arms above shoulder height were able to reach up and praise God… Thank You Jesus for Your great love.

FOR THIS CAUSE

I came downstairs this morning, sometime after my wife, to the sound of an ‘old’ Hillsong cd playing; “For This Cause”. I’d forgotten what an amazing set of truly anointed worship this is!! From the stirring song ‘Faith’ to the intimate love song ‘It is You’. As I listen I am simply drawn back into God’s Presence. So precious!

“This treasure that I hold, more than finest gold, Jesus it is You..” How relevant are those words right now to me, to us, to Golden Valley Church! In an age where we become bored with everything and move on so swiftly to the next thing, there’s some amazing life and hidden nuggets of gold from the Father in here. Don’t move on too fast, savour the nourishment inside the sweet!

I want to take a moment here and truly honour Hillsong Church, its pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, its worship pastors, Darlene Zschech, Reuben Morgan, Miriam Webster, etc. Who can tell the impact that they have truly had in this generation? Thanks guys, you are true treasures, a priceless gift to the Body of Christ worldwide.

THE DANIEL VOICE

by Wes Boxall

Having spent several hours this past week in our month of prayer sessions, especially crying out to God for our nation and Government, and for Him to raise up the godly in authority, and then having spoken this weekend on our “School of Prophets” regarding the prophetic voice being released into every area of government and society – the ‘Daniels’ – I was well blessed to read a tweet from Beth Redman this afternoon.

“Beth Redman: Heading home from an extraordinary mtg in Westminster talking to MP’s about @TheA21Campaign schools program#didthatreallyjusthappen?!!”

Well done Beth! Bring it on!! May God establish His ‘Daniel’ voices and His agents throughout this land and release a turning back to Him… for the sake of us all, especially our children and grandchildren.