“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied,” Matthew 5:6. Jesus told us to be hungry for more of God. Our hunger should compel us to seek His presence and spend time in the Word. In John 4:34 Jesus refused food that His disciples brought Him, saying “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.” Just as our hunger drives us to God’s presence, we will be satisfied as we understand His will for our lives and live in it. “And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” As we seek His face, He places His Godly desires in our hearts, and we desire to do His will. There is a satisfaction in living out God’s plan for our lives that nothing in the world can compare with. And the world takes notice when it sees someone who is satisfied. That’s not something that we can accomplish in the flesh. As the world sees Believers satisfied in God, we are living proof that He alone can satisfy. We glorify Him in our satisfaction!
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:17. Ephesians 1:11 says that “In Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” We know that as Christ followers we have an inheritance. Jesus paid the full price for it on the cross. Just like an earthly inheritance, we could not receive it until the one giving it had died. “For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive,” Hebrews 9:17. And just like an earthly inheritance, we are meant to receive all the benefits of it during our lifetime. We don’t save it until we die, because it has value to us during the time we spend on earth. In the same way, Jesus intends for us to receive the benefits of our inheritance from Him during our lifetime. We were never meant to view it as something that would only benefit us after we die. Jesus paid for our salvation, freedom, health, prosperity, and access to the presence of God! All the resources of God’s Kingdom are available to us!
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with SHOUTS OF JOY.” Zephaniah 3:17. Do you know that God rejoices over you? “And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5. Think about the excited reaction a parent has as their baby walks for the first time. In the same way a parent takes joy in their child and cheers them on, God takes joy in us! He loves to watch us grow and learn. He loves to provide for us and protect us. Do you have any needs today? “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17. Our Father in Heaven LOVES to meet our needs! And He always has our best intentions at heart, so you can trust Him to give you what is good. And He is always rejoicing over us!
Be a love ambassador for the Kingdom of God on this unique two week Asian adventure. Travel with Rodger Frievalt to the Philippines, a nation rich in culture and history, positioned for revival. You will witness the power of the Gospel demonstrated through healing, miracles, and salvation as you minister His love at large and small revival services and pastor meetings, as well as on streets of cities and villages. You will also be ministering directly to business and social leaders at various leadership and business seminars. Because this trip is designed to have maximum Kingdom impact for the Filipino people and their Nation the schedule will be extremely strenuous with the potential for little sleep. Come well rested and prepared to rely completely on Jesus as you are activated in healing miracles and the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: Rodger Frievalt
Cost *: $1,500.00 individual (additional $500 to add spouse) + Flight to Manila
Dates: September 25th- October 9th
God’s method of pruning is his Word, as Jesus describes in John 15 and also as Paul states in 2nd Timothy 2:16. However, thanks to our free will, we can choose to learn in other ways. Often times rather than letting the Word prune us we choose to learn through experience and error.
Unfortunately, we often give God credit for teaching us a lesson we’ve learned on account of our own stupidity. I don’t think God enjoys getting credit for so many dumb things. For example, I could choose to act foolishly and run out into traffic. If I got struck by a car and ended up in a body cast for 3 months I might end up spending more time in prayer and receive deeper revelation of God’s love for me. That could be a great outcome.
However, it would be very wrong of me to say “God had to teach me how to spend more time with him by hitting me with a car.” This example may seem ridiculous but it is a common practice for many of us to give God credit for our bad choices. God’s not the one who is making us do dumb things. He doesn’t want us to be harmed. That’s why he doesn’t want us to sin, sin is dumb and it always ends up hurting us. Giving credit to God for our own stupid actions is like saying God made us sin. That is ridiculous! Seriously, think about, how many times have you heard Christians give God get the credit for horrendous things such as natural disasters, incurable diseases, and untimely deaths? God’s not the one who brought sin into this world, we did. God’s the one sent Jesus to redeem us from sin. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Let God teach you by His Spirit through His Word. Our Heavenly Father is a loving Father and He wants you to teach and correct you in a loving way. If you are struggling in this area, ask the Holy Spirit to bring the Word alive as you read it. As James 1 states, ask for wisdom and understanding and He will give it to you!
In the past I’ve been accused of “gift projecting” when teaching on the believer’s authority to heal the sick. It usually sounds something like this “Oh Rodger, you have the gift of healing, when you tell others they can pray and see the sick healed you are projecting your gift on them and just setting them up for failure and disappointment.” To me that sounds crazy and contrary to what Christ teaches me in the New Testament. He clearly says his followers will be able to heal the sick among a list of other supernatural things.
However it wasn’t that long ago when I thought most supernatural healing had ended with the early Church. My logic was God could do anything, but he usually didn’t, especially when I was the one praying. Previously I had prayed for the sick and seen little in the area of results, but I also expected little. I didn’t just wake up one day and start healing the sick. I had renew my mind on the Scriptures in order to give up a lot comfortable thinking and safe beliefs about God, His sovereignty, healing, and the supernatural. Believe me, it was not an easy transition but a needed one for me to begin walking as Christ has intended.
Then through a series of events my paradigm began to shift. What if Jesus really meant what he said in Mark 11:23 that we should speak to the mountain? One day I actually commanded pain and sickness to leave a person’s body in the name Jesus and it did. They were shocked and so was I. I was shocked because I didn’t think it was going to happen but was willing to try it anyway. It was really more of an experiment then a great act of faith.
Since then I have not stopped stepping out in faith to release healing in the name of Jesus and seen many people supernaturally healed of all kinds of things from broken bones to cancer. I’ve also had the opportunity to train and activate many of my brothers and sisters in Christ in the area of healing. Time and time again I have seen the sick healed by a newly equipped and activated believer who had no previous experience in effective prayer for healing.
I do believe there is a specific gift of healing but I also believe that every follower of Christ has the authority to heal the sick. Jesus said it, so I believe it. Have I seen every sick person healed? No. Do I pretend to know why? No. I no longer limit God or the supernatural to my experience or my ability to understand. But rather I have learned to take Him at His Word and help others do likewise. On this journey I have seen and experienced more of God’s supernatural power than I ever imagined. Do I suffer from gift projection? I don’t think so. But don’t take my word for it, take His.