And a Great Gettin' up Mornin' to ya!
Like I said in our last Coffee Break, so much is happening
even as I write that it's hard to keep up. Grab that cup of good really
dark roasted coffee, maybe a "vitamin" or two, and let's not waste
any time getting started today.
There's been a new development with the three-year-old
girl who was raised from the dead two weeks ago, but because the details I have
are sketchy, I will wait to share until I have the whole story.
We've just had an absolutely wild experience in the realm
of the so-called "supernatural." I add the caveat
"so-called" because what the world around us calls supernatural is
simply normal for those who will walk in the realm of the Spirit. Each
time we see the word, "miracle", in our English translations of the
New Testament, the actual Greek word is either semeion, or its root
word, semaino. In neither case is our modern concept of
"miracle" or supernatural event implied.
J. H. Thayer, in his Greek-English Lexicon, tells us that
these words are applied universally in Greek grammar to signify "that by which a person or thing is distinguished from
others and known." These were signs or
evidentiary proofs of the authorship, the power, or the authority of a person
or a message being delivered or announced.
The fact that you or I can articulate words and
communicate thoughts with each other is nothing more or less than the
evidentiary proof that we are not of the animal kingdom -- that
we are human beings created in the image and likeness of God. Were an
animal able to consider the difference between human beings and animals, our
power of speech would seem "miraculous" in today's sphere of
The ability to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the
lepers, cast out demons and speak in languages through and by the power of the
Holy Spirit that we've never learned is nothing more and nothing less than the
promised evidence of the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit as part of
God's innate existence functioning in and through us.
Brother! Did that come out OK? All right. Let me put it another way.
Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons,
etc., etc., as a normal, everyday part of His life and ministry while He walked
and talked in person here on earth. He made it abundantly clear through
numerous promises that, "Verily,
Verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he
do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go to my
Father." (John 14:12)
He also said, "The
works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness (or testify with
evidentiary proof) of me." (John
The ability, therefore, for us to do these
"works" is nothing more than the evidence and witness of the presence
of the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in and functioning through us.
That said, let me another one of these
"evidences" or "distinguishing signs" with you.
First off, however, let me share the Scriptural basis for
There are three verses of Scripture I will reference
before sharing this event. The first comes from Psalm 91:11-12: "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep
thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou
dash thy foot against a stone."
The second comes from Psalm 103:20: "Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that
excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his
Finally, the third reference comes from Paul's letter to
the Hebrews (Hebrews 1:4) and is a direct quote from Psalm 104:4: "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and
his ministers a flame of fire."
Paul follows his comments on angels in the same chapter by
describing their function in the earth, "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth
to minister for themwho shall be heirs of
salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14)
From each of these portions of the Word, it becomes very
clear that angels are sent to minister for and on behalf of God's people -- and
more specifically, on behalf of those who are or shall be "heirs of soteria > sozo: salvation,
healing, deliverance, wholeness, prosperity, safety."
Della and I have long understood that angels are subject
to us as believers and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; that they are available
to our commands when those commands incorporate the voice or sound of His
Word. Since His Word specifies that the angels are sent forth to minister
for us as heirs, whenever we have a specific need as it relates to life and our
ongoing walk with the Lord, we have the ability and the opportunity to command
Some fifteen years ago as we were gathered together in
corporate worship, Della had an "open vision." The Lord opened
her eyes to see the angelic hosts arrayed in front of us. The captain of
that host of angels came before her and dropped to one knee while holding his
spear upright. The Lord spoke to her almost audibly in that instant and
said, "Command him."
It was a command to send forth the hosts to do whatever
she instructed. We sort of knew -- intellectually, at least -- that the
angels were available to do our bidding, but this was the first time there was
a rhema (a direct, spoken Word) from the Lord which confirmed
it. From that moment on, we've had a much better grasp of the authority
we have, both on earth and in the heavenlies.
Now! To the present event.
Two weeks ago, while we were still at Mary Ellen's place
in Red Deer, Alberta, our oldest son, Chris, called from Alaska in somewhat of
"Dad, you remember when I asked you to go to Bank of
America about six weeks ago and pick up a cashier's check for $3875 and send it
to Citi-Mortgage for my past due house payments on
the house in
Chris continued. "I just received a phone call
from Citi-Mortgage. They claim they never
received it, and because I am now almost four payments behind according to
them, they are going to begin foreclosure proceedings. I've talked to
them about the cashier's check and they say they've never received it. I
called Sandra at Bank of America and asked her to cancel that check and reissue
a new one in its place, but she says that B of A has a policy of waiting for 90
days after a cashier's check is issued. If the check is not cashed within
that time, they will cancel and reissue a new one.
"Dad," he continued, "I told Sandra that I
can't wait for ninety days or I'll lose all of that investment in our
I called Della and Mary Ellen to come to the phone and
then said to Chris, "Son, we're going to command the angel of the Lord to
go and find, and retrieve that check and place it in front of whoever needs to
Chris has seen us do this sort of thing before, and the
panic began to die down in him. "OK, Dad. I'm going to send Chelsi to the bank tomorrow morning and have her sit down
with Sandra to see what we can work out. I'll let you know what
Mary Ellen joined Della and me and we commanded the angel
of the Lord to retrieve that lost cashier's check. 24 hours later Chris
called again. The voice on the other end of the phone was a radically
different voice than we'd heard the day before. He was bouncing off the
"You won't believe what happened," he
shouted. Chris proceeded to tell us just how effective that prayer of
command was. Chelsi had gone into Bank of
America and sat down in Sandra's office. Sandra is our longtime personal
banker with B of A, and when Chris and family moved from
Sandra called Citi-Mortgage with
Chelsi in her office. As it happened, the woman
who answered the phone was the person to the cashier's check had been
originally directed. As Sandra described the situation to her, she
responded, "I remember receiving that check. The problem was that
when it arrived, the remitter was a Christian Carpenter. (The girl who
had prepared the cashier's check for Chris had spaced it out when she was printing
it and mis-spelled the last name.) For the life
of me, I couldn't find any account in that name, and I didn't connect it with
Christian Capener. I held the cashier's check
for 30 days, and when there was no follow-up phone call and we had no way to
apply it to an account, I put the check into the shredder and destroyed
She continued. "Since I can tell you as one
bank officer to another that the cashier's check is destroyed, you can simply
cancel it and reissue a new one to the Capeners."
Sandra's face took on a look of both consternation and
frustration. "Ma'am, Bank of America has a 90-day cancellation
policy. I can't reissue the check until 90 days have passed."
You have the picture, I'm sure. Sandra is sitting in
her office with Chelsi sitting across from her, on
the phone to the woman at Citi-Mortgage who verifies
that she received the cashier's check, and then destroyed it after 30 days had
passed without being able to credit it to an account. Sandra is sitting
there, phone in hand, and suddenly the cashier's check appears on her desk in
front of her, INTACT!
She says to the lady on the phone, "Hang on just a
minute." She picks up the check, blinks her eyes more than a few
times, then turns it around and shows it to Chelsi.
"Chelsi, is this the
cashier's check?" Chelsi can't quite
believe her eyes, either. "That's it" she exclaims. The
woman at Citi-Mortgage in
But it was! The angel of the Lord hadn't just
retrieved it in its shredded pieces: the check had been restored and placed
right in front of Sandra while she was talking to the woman who had destroyed
Was that a miracle? How do you get a shredded check
I'll tell you what it was. That's the angel of the
Lord doing exactly what he's been sent to do. It was the evidence, the
testimony of the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ working in and
through us as faith-speaking believers.
The end of that story was that Sandra cancelled the check
immediately, put the funds back in Chris and Chelsi's
bank account and then wired the funds to Citi-Mortgage.
Problem solved! Not only that, Chris was given retroactive credit for
making his payments on time.
Don't you just love the way God works? Don't you
thoroughly enjoy the blessing of His presence, and the way His Word works in
and through us?
Yup. You betcha! More to come, folks.
Here's an update for you on the streaming video from the Lakeland Outpouring with Todd Bentley on GOD TV. There's a new server connection athttp://www.god.tv/stream
Healing is the gift of God. It is part of the Blessing of Abraham
restored by the Lord Jesus Christ to and for all who believe. Do not for
a minute think that sickness or infirmity is a blessing from the Lord. It
is a curse from Satan. Jesus came to redeem us from that curse!
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