14. Doing Greater Things Than Jesus

Mike Parsons – 

Loaves and fishes en.If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that in 1 Chronicles 12:32, the Sons of Issachar were men who understood the times, with the knowledge of what to do. Sue Davies prophesied that scripture over us here in Freedom Church, that we would be people who understood the times we are in, who would understand the times that are going to come, and that we would know what to do when those times came.

Miracles

We are going to need to know what to do, because those times are coming. The things that Jesus did here on earth were the template (or the pattern) of the things that we are going to be called upon to do in the times ahead. Jesus was able to do the things He did because He was able to operate in the supernatural realm, connected with heaven and earth at the same time. He brought the power of heaven into earth and manifested supernatural signs, wonders and miracles.

So He was able to turn water into wine; He could manipulate matter; He was able to walk through people so they couldn’t hold Him; and He was able to disappear – He became invisible at times, so they couldn’t stone Him. He was able to speak to a fig tree and it died; He was able to turn to Peter and say ‘there is money in the mouth of that fish’; He was able to provide supernaturally, to feed thousands of people from a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish – He was able to multiply them, to manipulate matter.

Jesus did miracles, and He said that we would do the things He did, and greater things. We are going to need to do even greater things than Jesus did because the enemy is going to be manifesting to a greater degree on earth, and we are going to have to overcome him. So we are going to have to be able to walk on water, still storms, challenge the prophets of our day (like Elijah did with the prophets of Baal when he called down fire from heaven). Those are stories which were written for us, to actually demonstrate what God can and will do. He is going to need to do them again, and He is going to want to do them through us. The healings, the miracles; everything that Jesus did is available for us to do too.

Now we may well think, ‘how can I do all that stuff?’  We need to become more like Jesus. That is how we can do it: we have to become more like Him, transformed from glory to glory. We need to be ready  to move and to act decisively. When God says ‘jump’, we jump: and He is going to direct us clearly like that.

Stuck

When Mike Bryant was here, one Thursday night, he prayed for me and I got stuck. The power of God hit me, and I went down like a sack of potatoes. Sometimes people kind of float down gently, but this was just ‘bang!’.

And for the next hour I could not move a muscle, I was totally fixed to the floor. I wanted to get up but I couldn’t; I could just about move my head maybe half an inch. Other people were responding to Mike calling them forward to receive more of God – I wanted to go forward for that too, but there I was, stuck to the floor. Eventually I managed to prop myself up on my elbows, but the bottom half of my body was still not moving. I made it up onto a chair with my elbows, and then I got stuck there – again, I couldn’t move.

By this time I was pretty fed up, because everyone else was being prayed for and meeting with God, and I couldn’t get up. I got someone to pull me up onto my feet, but my legs were totally rigid, I was standing up but I couldn’t walk – in fact I couldn’t even move my foot. I persevered and succeeded in shuffling one foot forward a few inches, but then I got stuck again. Absolutely, completely stuck. After a bit, I thought, ‘I really need to move my leg’ so I reached down and lifted my knee up with my hand… and fell over. Some people found all this highly amusing.

Now what was God doing?  It wasn’t just a sign – by this time there were only about five of us left in the building, and three of us were stuck on the floor! Now sometimes God doesn’t want us to move, he wants us to stay there and get stuff sorted out; sometimes that is why we are stuck like that. Sometimes we are stubborn, and it is God saying, ‘I can be more stubborn than you, and you are not going anywhere until you have surrendered’. But this wasn’t one of those occasions.

Protect, maintain, or move?

God actually told me what he was doing; he spoke to me really clearly, and one of the ladies from Folkestone that had come with Mike also came to me with a prophetic word which confirmed what I heard God say. He said, ‘This is what the church is like. It is paralysed. It is stuck. Every move of God in the past has got stuck; it has got so far, and then it has got stuck. It has said “Wow! Look what we’ve got! Let’s maintain it! Let’s protect it! Let’s keep it!’ But it isn’t ours, we have to give it away. Every one of those moves of God has become a denomination or a movement that has got stuck, can’t go any further. Every time I got to a new place, I got stuck. So what God is doing here at Freedom, and with others around the world, we cannot afford to get stuck with it. We have to be continually moving forward.

We cannot turn it into a tradition. Let me give you an example of how traditions work. I heard of a church in America where the power of God came one Sunday and split their plexiglass lectern in two, straight down the middle, and it opened up a massive move of God. Do you know where that lectern is now? In a case, on show, and that’s all that’s left of that move of God, just a broken lectern in a case. And they look at it and say ‘Oh, wasn’t it wonderful when God came and did that’.

We don’t want anything that we are doing to get stuck. We are not going to protect it, we are not going to maintain it, we are going to move with it. I don’t want a movement of God that fizzles out, I want something that brings Jesus back. That’s why we have to get prepared.

We don’t want a church that is paralysed – and a lot of it is paralysed. I think it is wonderful that some of the guys are coming from the Methodist church and they are getting touched by God, because what would Wesley think if he walked into some of the Methodist churches today? I was brought up in the Methodist church in St Ives, it was the Bible Christian church in actual fact, which started from a move of God just down the road here in Shebbear. There was a revival in Shebbear, and they started the Bible Christian Methodist movement. I was brought up in that church for about 15 years, and no-one ever told me it had its roots in revival. In fact, I am not sure they even knew because they were so far removed from what God had done. We cannot afford that to happen. We cannot create a new tradition, or a new religious doctrine, or something which is a doctrine of demons and robs us of what God is doing. We have got to be willing to move forward and be prepared, we have got to look at the signs of the times and understand what God is doing and saying.

There is so much that God is going to do through us… if we are obedient.

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13. Battle for Your Attention

Mike Parsons

What God wants is our worship.

It has nothing to do with singing songs, that is not what worship is – worship means obedience. It means that God wants us to be His people, who will do what He says and fulfil His purpose. It is described as service in Romans 12:1.

‘Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship’.

That is, giving our life to Him as an offering, surrendering our life daily to His will and purpose. That sacrifice is acceptable to God, it says, and it is your spiritual service and worship. ‘Spiritual service’ and ‘worship’ are the same Greek word, they mean the same thing. They mean that when we surrender to God, we become vessels fit for Him to use. But only if we do indeed surrender, and it is our choice: He gives us free choice to surrender to Him or not. And it is a daily choice, as Jesus said, daily to take up your cross, deny yourself and follow Him. It’s not something you just do once for all, you have to make that conscious decision daily.

And when we come together to worship, we need to release what is in us to fill the environment. We don’t come to suck it in, we come to let what is in us come out: the Presence of God in us.

Who are you going to serve?

But there is a battle going on for your attention, for your worship, and for your choice. Everything around you – the world, your flesh, the devil – everything is competing for your attention, for your worship, for your choice to say ‘yes’ to God on a daily basis. There is competition, there is battle, there is warfare. The question is, who are you going to serve – world, flesh, devil or God?

That is a choice we must make every day. Every day we need to come as a living sacrifice. Every day we need to say ‘Not my will, but Yours be done.’ Every day we need to say ‘I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in this body I live by faith in the Son of God’ (Gal 2:20). And not just faith in the Son of God, though that is what we start with: we become those who have the faith of the Son of God (Gal 2:20 KJV). We can do the same things Jesus did by faith; we can do the miracles that He did if we have that same degree of faith. So who are we going to serve? God is challenging us, He is challenging his church.

God is Love. That is His very nature. It was what caused Him to create the universe and to create every one of us. And Love wants the best; God wants the best for us, for each of us. He knows what the best is for each of us, that best is already written on a scroll, if you read Psalm 139 it says that He knew you before you were even born. Already on that scroll in heaven your whole life is set out, His will for your life, and He wants to reveal it to you. He wants you to know the best.

‘Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword’ (Matt 10:34).

God has plans for us

Now because God wants the best for us, He is not going to leave us as we are. He is not going to leave us in a mess. He is not going to leave us with all kinds of things going on in our lives that stop the best, that stop us being like Jesus. He is going to come with a sword, the sword of His Word, the sword of the Spirit, speaking the truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, so there is no other Way: He is going to bring the best. There is no other Truth, there is no other Life: it is the very best that God has got prepared for us. He has got plans for us.

Some of us may look at our lives and think, ‘Is that ever going to happen?’ That’s why He is coming as He is coming: to ensure that it does happen, to ensure that everything – every negative experience in our past – gets dealt with.

‘For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart’ (Heb 4:12). That is what has been taking place here. God has been challenging the thoughts and intentions of our hearts, asking what is our motive, why is it that we want to come and be touched by Him? Why do we want more of His Spirit? What is going on? Why is He drawing us? Well, it is because that sword of truth is coming to divide. It is going to show us what is in our hearts. It says in Jeremiah that the heart is deceitfully wicked, it can deceive us. So it needs purifying. God is coming to show us the truth, to purify and refine us, to create the best, to create the image of the glory of Jesus. He wants sons. That includes the ladies, it’s a generic term, He wants to reveal us to the world as His sons.

First of many sons

He sent Jesus as the first Son, who was the firstborn from the dead. He rose from the dead so that He could be the first of many sons, and we are all those sons, but we need to be transformed into that image of Jesus. So that we can be like Jesus, do the things that Jesus did, we need to be prepared.

Therefore we need to pay attention to what God has said. We need to pay attention to what God is doing, we need to listen, because He is saying to get ready. There are situations, obstacles, challenges coming that we need to be ready for. So let’s be prepared to see and to hear, in the realm of the kingdom of God. Prepared to act in obedience, to step out when He says to step out, even if it might cost us, still willing to step out. We have got to ‘be prepared to be prepared’. God is coming to prepare us, and we need to be prepared for the warfare that is coming. Prepared to be ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth, operating under another value system. We have got to be prepared to be revealed as sons, real sons of God, to take dominion and rule. Adam and Eve were given dominion of the earth and they lost it to Satan; but Jesus came and got it back, and now He wants us to administer it for Him. We have got to be prepared to bring heaven to earth, therefore we need to have access to heaven: we need to be able to access the realms of heaven in order to be able to bring them to earth.

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12. God in the Garden

Mike Parsons – 

sunset-50494_640There is a frequency of sound that is being released from heaven today: God’s voice. John 10:27 says, My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.’How many of you are hearing God’s voice? God wants you to hear his voice, not just in big meetings or when someone’s speaking or when you are reading the Bible, He wants you to hear his voice all the time.

He is speaking all the time: that voice is coming out of heaven and it is the voice of revival, the voice of God calling his people to himself. Look at Ps 42:7, Deep calls to deep at the sound of your waterfalls. That sound from heaven is like a waterfall. It contains all the frequencies of sound. You need frequencies which flow; you need something to move you. Low frequencies vibrate and you can feel them go through you. It is possible to move a house off its foundations using low frequency sound, and that is nothing compared to the sound of God’s voice. God’s voice is powerful, he wants to release his voice so that we can hear it. We looked at this before in Rev 1:15-16: His voice was like the sound of many waters… out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

God’s voice can sometimes be a voice of love. He comes to woo us, as we sing, drawing us close, letting his love surround us. When we have got to that place where we know the love of God, sometimes the sound of God’s voice changes and he comes to declare the truth.

The sound of revival is about a visitation of God.

Why is God coming the way he is coming in this revival? The answer is, because we are not doing what we should be doing. That is the bottom line. If we were manifesting the presence of God, the Spirit of God and the power of God that is in us, he wouldn’t need to come like that. When we come together, are we coming to receive, or are we coming to release? God wants us so connected with his presence on the inside of us, which is connected to heaven, that it is releasing the sound of heaven through us. ‘On earth as it is in heaven’: the sound of heaven, the light of heaven, the power of heaven would be released through us.

Over the years we know the church has become traditional and institutional and has stopped doing the things they did in the New Testament times. We have looked at how the church spiralled down and went into darkness in the Dark Ages, and how God has been restoring the church ever since, bringing it back to its intended glory, not just the glory of the former house, the New Testament church, but the glory of the latter house, the end-time church that is going to usher in Jesus’ return. And that church is going to be far more glorious; but who is the church? We are. So who is going to be far more glorious? I said last time that Adam was glorious in the Garden of Eden. We sing a song Nigel wrote about wanting to walk with God in the Garden of Eden; I could preach a whole message on the Garden of Eden but let me just pursue this a moment, I will try not to get too far off track…

The Garden of Eden was not the garden of God. Read it carefully and you will see the garden of God was in Eden, and he planted a garden east of Eden, and it was watered from the garden of God. The River of Life flowed from the garden of God into the Garden of Eden, then it came out in four streams that filled the earth. The Tree of Life was present there and if Adam had eaten of the Tree of Life, his destiny would have been fully revealed to him. We can now eat from the Tree of Life, but not on earth, because the Garden of God went back into heaven when Adam sinned. The River of Life went back into heaven. The Tree of Life went back into heaven. When it was on earth, heaven and earth overlapped and everything from heaven was flowing freely to earth. So God was able to walk with Adam in the cool of the day. He was walking in that place of intimacy and relationship. God breathed the eternal essence of his Spirit into man and he became a living soul, so we are spirit beings first and foremost – and Adam’s spirit was on the outside. He didn’t look the way we do now, he did have a body, but the glory of God clothed him on the outside. He shone. God is going to restore that.

God does not want to restore us to the purpose of the New Testament church, he wants to take us back to Adam and Eve. They were given a mandate to bring heaven to earth, to manifest heaven on earth, and they walked in intimacy with God and had a relationship with God which was way beyond what most of us have experienced. We are just beginning to experience that too, and God is going to restore it more and more.

God is shouting right now, he is calling HIS church. It belongs to him, it doesn’t belong to us. He sent his Son to die for the church, to establish it. God is calling to his church, he is coming to his church in this visitation, to prepare us. He wants our full attention fixed on Him. He doesn’t want us to be distracted, looking at the signs and wonders, only that they point to him. He doesn’t want us to be looking at the miracles and the healings, only that they point to him. Everything needs to point to him. When we fix our eyes upon him, we are we going to become like him. We will become like the one we behold, transformed from one degree of glory to another, one degree of being like him to another increased measure of being like him, being like the Son.

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8. The Sword Comes to Divide

Mike Parsons

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb 4:12).

This passage is not talking about the Bible, despite what we may have been taught. This sword of the Spirit, the word of God, is going to divide our soul and our spirit. It is going to divide what is of the flesh, what is of the soul, and what is of the spirit in our lives, and in the church, and the world. This is the living word spoken into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. He may use scriptures, especially if that is a way we are used to hearing from Him; He may not.

The sword is coming

The sword is coming to our lives, and we cannot avoid it. It is coming from the mouth of Jesus. It is going to divide the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. It is going to show us what our hearts are engaged with, and it isn’t going to be easy, but it is going to transform us and the world in which we live.

The sword is coming to the church. Not just this church, but the church, and it is coming to cause division: ‘Who are for me, and who are against me?’ It will cause division because there is so much of the church that isn’t really the church, it is just people who go along to church.

Church is not a building, we know that, but it’s not a meeting either. The church is a people called out and gathered to meet with the presence of the living God and to serve Him. In charismatic circles we jettisoned the idea that church was about buildings years ago, but then it became about meetings, about going to the meeting. Actually it is nothing to do with meetings, it is about Him, and is about who we are: we are His people and church is 24/7. It is about who we are every day of the week, in our jobs, in our homes, in our neighbourhoods.

A level of holiness

And God is bringing a sword to the church. We need to get ready so that we are prepared to see what God is going to release. We have got to see into that supernatural realm of what is to come. We need to be prepared to be transformed, because if our lives remain in the state they are in now, then when the glory of God starts coming we will not be able to bear it.

I tell you, Ananias and Sapphira couldn’t lie to the Holy Spirit without dropping down dead. I don’t want anyone dropping down dead around here, but the level of holiness required for the church of Jesus Christ to perform the works of Jesus in the world is far higher than the level of holiness we are living in right now. Levels of relationship and responsibility are going to increase, and at the new level God is calling us to, a new level of His presence, there is a corresponding new level of holiness required. What we could get away with before, we will not be able to get away with in what is coming.

And God is going to open up and reveal those things to us. We have to be prepared. We have to be prepared to act. We cannot sit here and do nothing.

We have to be prepared for warfare, because warfare is coming, and what we see today is nothing compared to what we are going to see. We have to be prepared to be ambassadors for the kingdom of heaven on earth. We cannot live by the ways and means of the world; we have to be in it but we cannot be of it. We have to live by the kingdom, and the presence and the power of the kingdom of God. We are ambassadors to bring heaven on earth.

Bring heaven to earth

That is our commission, to bring heaven to earth. As it is in heaven, so it is on earth, through our lives. That’s what God is calling us to. We have to be prepared to be revealed as sons of God, who are going to shine with glory. Because Jesus was transfigured here on earth, that means we can be transfigured here on earth. People are not going to know what to make of it when the glory of God starts shining out of us visibly. But Jesus did it as a demonstration of what we are to do. What did He say? ‘These works that I do, you will do also, and greater things than these’ (John 14:12). Greater things: there’s a whole load more that we will have to grow into. We have to be prepared to take dominion.

God called Adam and Eve to take dominion over the planet. Satan took that from them, Jesus came to restore it. We have to be prepared to operate in the ways of God’s kingdom.

‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’.

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5. Faster Than The Speed of Light

Mike Parsons
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Einstein was working on something curious when he died, and many mathematicians went back to the last two blackboards that he was working on, to try to disprove what he had found (he had been trying to disprove it himself).

What he had found was that there appeared to be a particle faster than light; such a particle ought not to exist, but his equations seemed to indicate that it did. Eventually, a mathematician named Feinberg, having failed to disprove Einstein’s maths, proposed the concept of tachyons.

Tachyons are theoretical subatomic particles that run faster than the speed of light, and they are a theoretical particle that quantum physicists hate because if they go faster than the speed of light then they can’t measure them. If you tried to set a computer to measure them at 12 o’clock it would have to run backwards towards 11.59 because they would get there faster than the speed of light. But think about this: everything we receive from God comes to us faster than the speed of light. Our future, prophecy, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, it all comes to us before it actually happens. Two-thirds of the Bible is prophecy, God speaking before it happened.

Feinberg made this statement: ‘Einstein’s equations prove that at the speed of light an electron is present at all points across its trajectory’. In other words, if an electron moves from one place to another at the speed of light, it is present everywhere along that path, all of the time.

Now, we know that God is present, everywhere, all of the time. We call it the omnipresence of God. That means he is present all the time in our lives, past, present and future. As Jesus said, ‘before Abraham was born, I am’.

This is something really important for us to get hold of. Think of the arc in this diagram as the trajectory of your life, the path of your life, what has happened in it and what’s going to happen:

Quantum Vision

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. He was there before your life started, he called your life into being, he will be there all through your life and he will be there at the end of this physical life, though because we are eternal beings we will never end. So Jesus is here in the present, he’s here with us today, and he wants to engage with us on a daily basis every minute of every day. That means we can have a relationship with him which is intimate and real, and can have fellowship with him in which we are communicating and hearing his voice and seeing what he is doing all the time.

But we have a past. How many of us have things in our past that we don’t like? Most people do. How many of us are still dealing with some of those things? Again, quite a few. Therefore we need Jesus to be operating in our past. But because he is omnipresent, of course he can. He’s there: to him it’s still ‘now’. Those of us who are familiar with Liebusters have seen this at work when Jesus reintegrates our ‘stuck’ parts.

You can engage your past with Jesus so that he can heal you and restore you and set you free, release you from captivity, and bring everything into the present of where He is.

Now, can you really grasp that? Everything that has happened in your past, he is present in it, because in the spiritual realm it’s all ‘now’. Jesus can change things, because he is present in your past today. There is nothing he can’t heal or restore or make whole. It’s really important for us to know that there’s nothing he can’t do. He is present in our present. He is with us, we walk with him. He is also present in our future, and he wants to reveal our future. Jesus is before all things, past present and future, and we can be connected to all three, through him.

So nothing in our past can hinder our future if we surrender it to God.

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