Look what I found!

5 Jan

Stories to Inspire

Are you ready to translate or travel in the Spirit?  Well, get ready.  It’s becoming much more common.

In history we’ve heard of an occasional crazy cool story of those who have traveled in the Spirit on missions to other places in the world and then returned to tell the amazing stories.  We’ve even heard of a very few who’ve brought back artifacts… or maybe they still had dust on their feet from their travels on dirt roads, etc.  These accounts intrigue us immensely, but may tend to stretch our envelope of credibility. 

In the middle 1900s there was a group of intercessors in California called the ‘Ladies of Gold’… and they were members of a prayer ministry called the Golden Candlestick.  There are confirmed accounts that these ladies physically traveled in the Spirit for up to days at a time… and then returned with artifacts from their Heavenly missions.  A book entitled Ladies of Gold: The Remarkable Ministry of the Golden Candlestick – Vol 1 by James Maloney, relates some of these incidents.  This group mentored James Maloney who then ministered widely until he passed into his eternal reward in 2021.  Accounts like these are forerunners and heralders of what’s available for more than just a few. 

The truth be told, as we’re entering the Kingdom age, the mode of operation in the Kingdom is getting upgraded all around us.  New frontiers are opening up.  And if you just think about it; If God is going to change the expression of Christianity in a single generation, then we’d better be prepared to be OK with some radical new upgrades!!!

Listen to this account of my good friend’s daughter who traveled in the Spirit in her dream and then found something very unusual the next day, which validated her travel the night before.  Was she actually there in her spirit only… or in body and in spirit?  You decide!
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Look what I found!

My local trusted friend has a teenage daughter.  (Her name shall remain anonymous, so we’ll call her ‘Susie’.)  Susie’s heart had been deeply stirred while on a missions trip to a foreign country a few years ago and since then her heart has been gripped with becoming a missionary.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is bracelet-from-guatemalan-girl-in-dream.jpg

Recently, ‘Susie’ had the dream of being in Guatemala on a missions trip.  In the dream, a little girl spent quite a bit of time making a bracelet.  ‘Susie’ did not know the little girl nor know her name.  There wasn’t too much more to the dream.  But it’s what happened afterward that makes this dream and this story so special.  The next day, in a random search, ‘Susie’ was surprised to find the exact same bracelet in her purse… the same design and same materials!  (Actual bracelet in picture) Susie had never seen this bracelet before, except in the dream.

‘Susie’ told no one about this experience, except her parents… and she wants to remain anonymous.  She has traveled in the Spirit, and in her dreams, but has never brought back artifacts before this.  So what do you think?  Was she there in spirit only… or in body and spirit?

O boy!!  The Heavenlies are getting more real all the time! 

— MLH

Dad’s favorite song

4 Jan

Stories to Inspire

How would you know if a Heavenly entity was trying to get your attention?   Would they talk to you… would they knock on the door… would they cause a feather to fall in front of you… would they appear in a dream… or ??

You see, as we begin to believe Heb 12:22-23 more fully, we realize that we are currently in the midst of innumerable angels and we are with the church of the Firstborn and all those who’s names are registered in Heaven, etc.  They’re all around us… because we’re in their territory – if we believe our Bibles.  So the communities of earth are learning to integrate with the communities of Heaven.  Paul charges us to set our affections on these things above… don’t think about earth-things anymore (Col 3:1-2).

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.  You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,…” – Heb 12:22-23 

So, not long ago we were activating our faith to engage with all the entities in that passage.  A thought popped into my mind, so I simply spoke, “Be open to a melody of a song which may help you be aware of one of these saints in ‘the cloud’ nearby.”

Here, Debbie relates what she encountered during that activation…
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Dad’s favorite song

One of my father’s favorite songs was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Years ago, in a beautiful outdoor setting at The Garden Gate Tea Room, a curious thing happened.  We were leading worship at a benefit in my father’s honor, and were in the middle of singing this very song, when someone came up and whispered in my ear that Dad had just passed away.  I looked up to the clear night sky full of bright shining stars, and with tears streaming down my face, we continued to sing…

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Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His Glory and Grace

Some of my last words to Dad were thanking him for leading me to Jesus.  So when I hear this song, I always think of him.  But now, this song has taken on new meaning. 

As Mark led us in an activation, I couldn’t hold back the tears.  I realized that Dad had been singing that song to us the night he went home.  I understood for the first time, that Dad was in the great cloud of witnesses worshiping at the Heavenly Garden Gate while we worshiped from the earthly Garden Gate.  And we were singing the same song together.  I felt Heaven and earth merging more than ever before.

Now, every time I hear this song, I will be even more aware of the rich resource and blessing of all those in this “great cloud of witnesses”

Thanks, Dad.  Thank you for continuing to remind me to turn my eyes upon Jesus. – DH

— MLH

Grace or Works?

16 Nov

Let’s revisit one of our foundations…  which is it, Grace or works?

This question is a hot topic in some settings.  There are those who say that after salvation, nothing else is needed, expected or required as we live our lives on earth.  If Jesus’ work on the Cross is “finished”… and if Grace is complete then it doesn’t matter what we do or don’t do.

Well, I have to agree as it relates to salvation… entering the family of God, etc.

“It is not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us.” – Tit 3:5
 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” – Eph 2:8

So, before we go any further, what is the Gospel?  Let’s ‘nail it down’… because of the Love of God, Grace secured our salvation… nothing else needed… or allowed… for us to become the sons of God.  The Cross and Grace are all we need to be saved.  In fact, anything else added to it nullifies the work of Grace.  Paul makes that point very well in Galatians.  (Gal 2:22; Gal 5:4, etc.)  So we’ve locked that in!  We’ll not question that truth anymore! 

But, there are plenty of verses on how to live out our salvation, that apply to ‘works’.  And these verses… although they aren’t addressing salvation… are addressing what should be a natural outworking expression of the truly saved person. 

Some people have a mindset that says, Grace means you don’t have to do anything ‘good’… or practice ‘good works’, etc…. b/c that’s under the Law.  Having to do something good would be performance, obligation and Law-based, etc.  But if we extrapolate this out into every area of our lives we’ll hit a wall.  Try this…

What if I said, I didn’t want to brush my teeth today (that is too much obligation and performance, law-based mentality)… well, eventually my teeth would fall out.  Or I don’t want to eat today… eventually I would die.  Or let’s get really religious… the 10 Commandments say I shouldn’t commit adultery.  But of course, that’s just the old Mosaic Law… the Old Covenant… so today, I’m going to commit adultery because I’m not under the Law anymore.  Only the most hardened and deceived would espouse this. 

Then why don’t I do a lot of things that my fleshly appetites or base desires would want to do???  Why?  Because it’s wisdom… and right… NOT to do them!  So when I don’t do them, is it because I’m living under the Law?  NO!  Admittedly, at first, my motivation for not doing them, may be the fear of consequence… or simple realization of the negative disruption that will be caused by these base actions.  But as I gain wisdom about life, love and relationships, etc., I learn that some things are necessary to maintain a healthy and vibrant life.  On this level, the Law is not my motivator to do right, rather, I’m motivated to live right by wisdom, character and the principles of love.  I set my will (just like I set my will to brush my teeth) to do the right thing.

Paul says Grace doesn’t give us license for an unbridled life… rather it helps us to deny our carnal and base appetites.

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” – Titus 2:11–12 NIV

So, if we want to test whether someone understands Grace correctly it looks like we could point to their fruit or works as evidence.  We could say it this way: if you’re preaching grace, and immorality breaks out everywhere you preach, then you’re not preaching grace.  You’re preaching something else.

Not exercising responsibility and mature character responses in matters like this will automatically result in diminishing the joy and reward of living.  Destroyed relationships, reputation, vibrancy, health and joy are the outcome of this unbridled and unwise mindset.  In fact, Jude uses strong language to describe the extremes of this mindset:

“They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” – Jude v. 4 NIV

I believe that as speakers of Grace we must get skilled at defining the difference between these two very different areas of life:

‘Works’ have nothing to do with the left column… but are crucial in the right column.  True grace says that ‘works’ cannot possibly help obtain salvation and the love of God… but wisdom requires that ‘works’ are necessary in order to have any semblance of a healthy maturing life.  James says it much more bluntly,

“Faith without works is dead.” – Jms 2:20, 26

Much of religion maintains the erroneous concept that our ‘works’ in the right column will gain us ‘points’ in the left column.  This is error!!!  But the opposite knee jerk reaction says that no ‘works’ are important for living.  This is also error.

Let’s create an example that relates to our intimacy with Jesus. 

Some would say that if it’s all Grace, then spiritual disciplines are not necessary anymore.  But ask yourself how that would fly with your spouse.  If you never spent time with your spouse how would the level of harmony and unity fare?  Better… or worse?   Obviously, worse!

So, although I think we could ‘get into Heaven’ without any spiritual disciplines (because Grace secured our ‘ticket’) we may find ourselves in the condition that Paul refers to in I Cor 3:15… “he shall be saved yet as though by fire”.   In other words, all the things a person did or said… or didn’t say or didn’t do… had no positive eternal value, so those works (or lack of them) are ‘burned up’ and that person makes it into Heaven with only his salvation…  having no ‘crowns’ or fruit to show for the amazing gift of righteousness that was given to him. 

And to take the imagery of intimacy with Jesus even further, consider Jesus on the dance floor… He asks us out onto the floor with Him in an intimate time of exchange… He’s offering ‘secrets’ (Ps 25:14) and opportunities to do exploits with Him (Dan 11:32), etc.   But we tell Him that we are now free from the law of having to do spiritual disciplines and we (in misapplication) quote His word back to him, “it was for freedom that Christ has set us free.”  We stay on the sideline in our ‘freedom’ and obviously we now miss out… not on our salvation… but on the further life source that Jesus wanted to impart out on the dance floor. 

To be sure, we are free from the Law, and salvation is full and FREE… no strings attached.  But if we are not inclined toward walking out our faith by our works, then one might legitimately question whether we are married to just a grace theology… or to a Person… the One who is Grace… Jesus.  To be married to Grace and not express good works would make one question if they were really ‘married’.  In fact, Paul says that this is what we were created for…

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Eph 2:10 

So works prescribed by Law are a thing of the past.   But now, works as a fruit of the Spirit being manifest through us gives evidence that we are sons.

“These are the sons of God, they which are led by the Spirit of God” – Rms 8:14

I believe we must get better at our talking points.  We must discover a better way to communicate the distinction between these two areas of our lives so that we are skilled heralders of this astounding Grace while valuing the practical building blocks of ‘works’ which lead to maturity and give evidence of maturity. 

— MLH

I want my wallet back

28 Oct

Stories to Inspire

“The Heavens declare the glory of God.” – Ps 19:1

Yes, we know that the initial interpretation of this verse is referring to the celestial heavens.  But what if there is a broader meaning, such as when all of the resources (angels) of Heaven bring glory to God by their handiwork and service to the sons of men.  Without a doubt, it causes our hearts to be amazed at the goodness of God.  

Cindy and her family members in this story are faithful and solid Jesus lovers.  Their long term track record of walking with God gives testimony that they are not fickle, flippant or flighty.  But at this time in life, their hearts are awakening most delightfully to the ‘above the line’ realities.  Now more than ever, these new discoveries are gripping their hearts with how good God is and the largeness of Heaven’s resources toward us… angels just being one of those resources.


Check out one of Cindy’s first experiences with her angels.
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I want my wallet back

“My daughter-in-law Lila, dropped her kids and friends off at the pool and then she ran to the store to grab a few things!  Not wanting to take in her purse, she grabbed her wallet out of the purse and took out only her credit card!  Her last memory of her wallet was of it being on her lap.  Later when she couldn’t find her wallet, she assumed that she had jumped out of the car and that it had fallen to the ground in the store parking lot!  She texted us and asked us to commission our angels to help find it!”

“When this all first happened, Lila had decided she would trust the Lord completely and not lean on her own understanding!  She would hold off a day before calling the card companies etc.  She was able to stay in a place of peace all day!”

“This was my first time to ask my angels to go on assignment!  I hadn’t even officially met them yet!  I simply ask for their help in finding the wallet!  Lila’s sister Sonya, also asked for a word of knowledge!  What she got was a picture of a towel and the car.  This was immediately confirmed in Lila’s heart because the children had left all their towels in the car on the front passenger seat instead of taking them to the pool!  She had already taken the kids home when Sonya shared about the towel in the car. So she went to her friends’ house and asked if her kids had found her wallet with their things!  She has 6 children.  So when she finally asked the youngest, he said, “No,” but then looked in his backpack and there it was!  I guess he had stuffed his towel in his backpack!”

“Praise God!  And yes, “Thank you angels!”  Getting to know our angels has been so much fun for all of us.” – CM

Getting started… learning to see

24 Oct


Stories to Inspire

Learning to see in the Spirit requires activating another sensory apparatus.  For some that activation is easy and for others it’s very foreign.  

When we get started, we never know whether we’ll have the ‘duck to water’ experience… or the incremental progress which comes with just being persistent.  Sadly, it is easy to get discouraged if you find yourself in the second group.  

Here is Karen’s very brief description of her incremental progress into seeing and experiencing in the Spirit realm.  And even now, she is mostly engaged with intimate encounter with Jesus… and only occasionally has “noteworthy” experiences.  Maybe you can relate to Karen and find confidence in your incremental growth into seeing in the Heavenlies.
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Getting started… learning to see
When we were first introduced to going to the Heavenlies (ascending), I joined in the best I could.  But, I did not see or sense anything, except peace.  I went home hungry for more.  So, I looked up Justin Paul Abraham and found an activation on YouTube.  I recorded this 10-minute activation on my phone and every night when I took my bath I would play this activation.  I remember Justin saying you don’t need to see, say or feel anything, just be present to Father.  

So that is what I did.  I “bathed” in His presence every night.  I did not have any remarkable experiences but I knew that this practice was filling me with something I’ve not had before. 

I think it was a few months later, I was on a Zoom call when I first saw something.  Then, it was maybe another month or so when I had a healing encounter in Heaven where Jesus took me back to a traumatic experience in a hospital when I was 12 and changed everything!  

I began this whole ascended life journey started just over one year ago.  Now, I experience some noteworthy things occasionally, but most times in the last few months, I am sitting on a bench with Jesus or my face is in his hair (very intimate). – KD

Ascended life possibilities

17 Oct

Mostly, Christianity has relegated the benefits of the Gospel to salvation, eternal life, healing, Baptism of Holy Spirit, prophecy and a few miracles.  And there’s nothing too shabby about that line-up of benefits!  But Scripture cites many more exciting… even bazaar… benefits that Jesus and the apostles modeled for you and me to emulate.

Let’s see: disappearing, levitating, walking on water, showing up in other forms, transfiguration, translation, looking like a ghost, talking with OT saints, walking through walls… just to name a few.  These… and more, are all plainly and inescapably recorded in our Bibles!  And since Jesus is the Pattern Son, then we owe our Father the courtesy of at least asking Him about the relevancy and possibility of these things manifesting in our lives today!

So, for several years, I’ve been identifying a growing list of Ascended Life possibilities.  Here is an overview of 25 of these possibilities… just for starters.

Then, at the end of the video accompanying this blog post, we ‘moved right into’ Col 3:4.  We observed what kind of glory Jesus or Father were presenting to us and then ‘put it on’.  We asked Him what kind of glory He’d like to give us, that we didn’t know about yet.  It was very tender and effective.

— MLH

I present these ascended life possibilities in a 35-minute video here: https://youtu.be/U1BkEMyBmcg 

Download the notes here:
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I saw satan fall like lightning

17 Oct

When Jesus sent out the 70 and they came back elated at the stupendous results, He responded, “I saw satan fall like lightning.”  What did He mean by that statement?

“And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” – Lk 10:18

I believe He meant that the success the 70 experienced had shattered long-standing fortresses in their minds.  They now knew God was real, was big, was here and was moving through them.  Never again would they say that God was afar off or not relevant!  Diabolic strongholds had told them that God was a distant uncaring God.  But these megaliths had just crumbled to the ground… and great was the fall thereof!!

The father of lies had created lie-based strongholds in their minds and had tyrannically ruled over those erroneous strongholds as a jeering squatter-king.  But he came a-tumbling down in this life-altering experience. Yes, in a moment, he fell like lightning… decisively and permanently!!  His castle was irreparably destroyed.

In the same way, outdated and erroneous strongholds between our ears (mindsets and belief systems) are quickly coming down as we discover a fascinating and dynamic world ‘above the line’.  New and upgraded Heaven-based strongholds are being constructed in our belief systems.  Ooo, and do they feel good… and right!

Thank You, God!!!

— MLH

I present these thoughts in a 6-minute video on our ALC video channel. https://youtu.be/BXrOzw8B7YA

ALC Conference 2021 – Oct 7-9

27 Sep

Dear Ascended Life Community friends

ALC Conference almost here!

We’re getting really excited about the ALC Conference coming up on Oct 7, 8 and 9.  We feel Heaven’s excitement… and I’m sure you are too!  That’s Thursday, Friday and Saturday… only 10 days from now!!!  And it’s all FREE!  Please register now if you haven’t already!

Already, we’re hosting over 40 guests from out-of-town, in local homes.  Amazing meals are being planned.  Debbie has her administrative / planning ‘hat’ on and is coordinating with lots of you to make it all come together. 

We’ll have a folder of helpful documents relevant to the Ascended Life for everyone who attends.

The host church is being SUPER gracious to ALC.  You will love the pastor and his wife – Drew & Melinda Smith.

On the spiritual front, there is an increasing expectation of God’s Heavenly surprises for us.  I’m confident that we’ll have many first-time personal encounters.  And I believe that we’re going to have some first-time corporate experiences.

There will be lots of sharing of testimonies, insights, revelations… frequent group interactions and participation… many activations as a whole group and in small groups.  

Lydia leading worship
We’re excited that our daughter Lydia, will be leading some of our worship.  Get ready for free flow and extended worship times, with a focus on sharing real-time Heavenly encounters and letting them ‘springboard’ us along the way.  We’ll be committed to listening for Heaven’s directions and emphasis’… and implementing them. 

ALC Conference registration
Here’s the ALC Conference announcement and registration form Read this for more info about the conference.  If you are attending and have not formally registered yet, please do so ASAP!!  This helps with food planning.

ALC website
Our new ALC website: www.ALC.one .  It’s under construction, but several pages are fully functional with lots of resources and inspirational material.

Girl goes to Heaven
Recently, a girl from the church hosting the conference, had an encounter where God told her that something very important was going to happen in that church in October. (she frequently ‘goes to Heaven’)  She had no idea of our conference.  I’ve asked the parents for more specific information about this.  🙌🙏

Man feels God for first time
Last weekend, I spoke in the conference host-church.  When I facilitated an activation of ‘going to Heaven’, an older gentleman was deeply moved when he felt God for the first in his life.  I know this man and it made tears come to my eyes to know that he had an encounter with Jesus, the likes of which he’d never had before.  Wonder what Jesus thinks of that?!  

See you face-to-face OR in the Heavenlies
Whether we see you in KC or in the Heavenlies, we’ll see you soon.  Actually, we’ll be looking for you in either case, in keeping with Heb 12:22-23 (we have come… to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven).  That’s you and me!  Whether we’re in the same building or in different locations we’ll plan on meeting in the Mountain of the Lord as our starting place.  From there… only God knows for sure!!!

View our greeting and welcome video to this ALC ‘family reunion’.  Welcome home!

Our love and blessings ❤❤

Mark & Debbie Hendrickson
www.ALC.one

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Good dogs go to Heaven

8 Aug


Stories to Inspire

My friend Sully is a down to earth creative. He loves God as well as anyone, but isn’t exactly your garden variety cookie cutter church go-er. His style is somewhat maverick and very industrious. But God took him by surprise one evening in a group Heavenly experience. There were several great Heavenly encounters that evening, but I think Sully’s impacted me most deeply because Sully wasn’t exactly Sully, when he shared his story. His eyes wouldn’t stop leaking… and his sharing was labored and jerky, between deep waves of emotion. One needed to look no further to be solidly convinced of the powerful nature of Sully’s encounter. He was tearfully happy and a much free-er man than I’ve ever seen. For Sully, Father’s highly personalized Heavenly encounter was unforgettable and life changing.

O Lord, for many more Heavenly encounters!!!

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Good dogs go to Heaven

I was raised to believe that going to Heaven was going to be really cool when it happened.  I was told, “You’ll be with Jesus, the 12 Apostles and all the saints.” Wow that’s cool, is Judas gonna be there, dad?  He was an apostle, right?” Yes he was son; but he got cut from the team, and we made a trade with the Pharisees for Saint Paul”… You’ll be surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, too.” Okay, are they like fluffy clouds or more like stormy clouds?  “No son, the cloud of witnesses is all those who have gone to heaven before you.” Oh, so Grampa will be there? “Yes he will”.  That’s great, I miss him.  What about Teddy (our dog that got killed by a car) and Toots (the turtle whose death was caused by eating beyond his shell capacity)?  No son, only people will be in heaven.  You see son, animals don’t have eternal souls like we do.  Oh…uh….okay.  And so, that was my introduction to Heaven.  Oh, one more thing, you had to be dead to go there.

Fast forward about fifty years and my friend Mark is in my barn with about 20 other people asking all of us if we want to “spirit travel, and go to heaven”. I no longer had a child’s view of Heaven, which was rather unfortunate, because Mark told us that children have a much easier time of spirit traveling because their head doesn’t get in the way of their “golden imagination”.  I didn’t think I’d be going to heaven on Mark’s Spirit bus, with my thick head; but I figured, what the h…eaven, I’ll give it a try.

And so, the journey began, with Mark gently encouraging us to let go of our earthly tethers; and enter through the door… “Jesus is the Door”.  Those were the last words I remember him saying, my mind slipped it’s adult mooring and I was a child of God, wandering in His green and golden Heaven.  I found myself (a much younger me, maybe 13 or so) wandering carefree in what appeared to be an endless green field, on a bright and beautiful sunny day. Suddenly, out of nowhere, my favorite dog, Jedidiah was there with me. He was jumping out of his skin with joy, wagging not just his tail; but wagging his entire body. His excitement was all consuming and as I fell to my knees to hug him, he intensified his affection with sloppy wet face licks for his master. We were having such a joyous reunion, that time seemed to stand still; and all that remained was joy, pure unabashed joy.

I should tell you that I was in my 50’s, not a boy when Jedi was my dog. Also, you should know that Jedi was a ranch dog and didn’t like going to the vet, AT ALL; but when he started acting sluggish we took him anyway. We were heartbroken when our vet delivered the devastating news, our young, ‘wonderboy’ had inoperable cancer. A tumor was growing inside him and the best we could do was to keep him comfortable until it was time to put an end to his suffering.  So when the time came, rather than add to his suffering by taking him to the vet, I took it upon myself to end his life. I’m not a stranger to killing; but putting down my favorite dog was a bitter pill to swallow. 

I’ve been around joy junkies for a while now; and to be honest, I never really trusted them. Haha. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t judge them for their “drunk in Spirit” behavior, I just simply didn’t have a clue as to what the heck they were doing or talking about.  Well, that little trip to heaven really flipped the script on me.  NOW I have an understanding of the joy they are talking about; but I have to say that little 3 letter word is woefully inadequate to describe my experience.  

When Mark asked if anyone wanted to share their experience to the group, I was very reluctant and finally, under the unction of the Holy Spirit, tried to explain what happened. However, I was so saturated by this emersion in God’s bottomless ocean of JOY, that salt water was springing from my eyes! Now, if those tears had letters or words, I’m sure they would tell you about this level of joy a whole lot better than me. I simply cannot find adequate words to describe it; and for 6 months I’ve tried! The closest I can get is “Heavenly Joy”… and I pray you and I get to have some more of it before we get there! – SS

–MLH

New heart granted

10 Jun

Stories to Inspire series…

As we grow in God, we realize that He gave us a new heart, we just have to learn to live from our new heart instead of the old patterns of yesterday.  “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (kainos – new species) (II Cor 5:17).  We must be diligent to “get a new mind” (Rms 12:2) and experience “the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).  

O, it’ll take some time to wean ourselves from the earth-centered consciousness to the upgraded Heaven-based consciousness… but it’s so worth it.  

Below, my buddy Earl shares a story of how God recently gave him a new heart… at least took away all the problems that his old heart used to have.  If you have heart or blood pressure issues, let this testimony be your ticket to a position of faith for your own miracle.  


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New heart granted

About three months ago, I started to have issues with my blood pressure.  When I exercised it would rise instantly to over 180/100 and I would feel pressure in my chest. Just resting I would feel it rise and my head would start to pound.  It was constantly above 150/90 even when resting. I would wake up in the middle of the night with it 165/98. I was feeling fatigued all the time.


Add this with my history of having a quadruple heart bypass surgery 9 years ago; I have been understandably concerned my arteries were getting clogged again.  These were all the same symptoms I had before that last surgery.

Another concern was the VA Doctor has been after me for years to take cholesterol-lowering medications and I refused them.  I could hear them saying “I told you so.”

The first thing I did was give up salt and sugar.  Yes, I salted bacon.  Sylvia, my other Holy Spirit, has been saying I needed to quit the salt for years.  Amazing what you will do when you hear the “shot across the bow.”  That was five weeks ago and my resting blood pressure returned to normal, but I was still having chest pressure and extremely high blood pressure when I exerted any activity.  Going up the stairs twice caused it to spike and my chest to tighten.

At a meeting at Mark Hendrickson’s, I explained to him what was going on with me and asked for prayer sometime during the meeting.  Later there was a time of prayer for those who needed healing… so several gathered around me to pray.  God’s presence was wonderful.  I felt that something had happened but no real outward signs.
Five days later I went for a stress test at the hospital.  I walked and eventually started jogging and continued for 9 minutes.  They got my heart rate up to 125 and my blood pressure rose slowly from 125/76 to 135/80 to 175/88 and then when I rested it immediately came down to 135/65!  No chest pressure at all!!  After that, they put dye in my IV and had me run for another minute.  After nuclear imaging, I was sent home.  At 4 pm I received a call from the doctor’s nurse.  She said there were no issues and no further tests needed.  She said I was at low risk for heart problems.  I have not had a high blood pressure reading since that prayer time.

This gets even better.  I have been taking 12.5mg of Carvedilol for a heart arrhythmia problem.  The VA put a 24-hour heart monitor on me and my heart skipped a beat over 6,000 times during that period.  I have been taking that for 9 years.  I felt the Lord say to stop taking it, so that is what I did.  That was several weeks ago and my heart has not skipped a beat.  I have not had one side effect from the sudden discontinuation of the medication.  I feel like my youth is being renewed according to Psalm 103:5, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  I have quoted this Psalm at least once a week for years.  And to think this is under the older covenant.  What does the New Covenant promise? – EA

Follow-up: “It’s been a month now. All blood pressure and arrhythmia issues are still healthy normal as they should be. But I’ve discovered another blessing… Since I’m off of the meds, my short term memory has dramatically improved. I began noticing a marked improvement… and even my wife and friends have noticed it. Wow!!! Thank You, God!!!”

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget ALL His benefits!!!” – Ps 103:2