mikehill4jesus “The Body of Christ in 2016 and a Mission to Switzerland in 1986”
25th July 2016 (16.36) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
The Power of True Testimony
THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT
Produce two very different characters and these are incompatible! Where they exist in a Christian Fellowship, there will be conflict!
There are three groups of Professing Christians:
Group 1. These who are members of Christ’s Spiritual Body. The true Church that is connected to the Lord Jesus who is the Head of it and also connected to every other member of the Body. Therefore, those who Minister in the Body, know who is and who is not as described by the Lord Jesus in John 14:23. They are driven by the Spirit, though the Flesh can pop-up now and again.
Group 2. These are members of separate Christian Church Groups, of which there are a great many. They are not spiritually connected to the Lord Jesus in the same way as Christ’s Body are. They do not know who is Christ’s Ministers! They are driven by the Flesh.
Group 3. These are the Fellowships that try to combine spirituality with a Christian Church Group. Therefore, they can use the term ‘Body of Christ’, often in a well-meaning way. Not all of them hate God and Mankind. The problem is, and it’s a BIG problem, they are not part of Christ’s Spiritual Body – they are a sort of Hybrid! They do not always know or understand who Christ’s Ministers are, though they may have an idea.
Spiritual Warfare is the conflict between the Flesh and the Spirit.
Because of this, those in Group 3, find their Flesh (What the members want, John 14:24) is fighting against the Spirit (What the Spirit wants in, John 14:23). This is a real problem when a member of Christ’s Spiritual Body arrives through the Fellowship Door. The Flesh and the Spirit are incompatible. That is, they cannot work together. To help you see what I mean, I have taken a section from my Testimony of Living with God and Defeating the Devil
True Help at Last from a Real Apostle!
In June 1986, the Holy Spirit was to use an ardent disciple of the Lord who was based in Australia, to help me in a way that was truly remarkable. His name was Ken Newton. The Holy Spirit had told me that we were to go to Switzerland in the middle summer of our two years at College. I thought it must be for a holiday as we were all very tired.
Representatives of a child evangelism agency came to the Birmingham Bible Institute to talk about their work. They showed us a picture of a ship with no crew. While I sat there, the Holy Spirit confirmed that this was the reason he wanted me to go.
At Chapel Prayers, the Rev. Ken Newton, who was visiting BBI (He did this annually) had called people out front to give them teaching and guidance, some were laying on the floor under the power of the Holy Spirit. With sweaty palms I sat there and prayed for them not quite sure what was going on. I mistakenly thought they were being punished but this was obviously not the case. This was all new to me! I had no experience of the Body of Christ.
I knew that I needed some help so Wendy and I went to see Ken at the Principal’s home – Rev. Brash Bonsall. The queue was down the hall and up the stairs, but we took our place and waited.
When it came to our turn, Ken came out from behind his table and told us to have faith, he touched me on the shoulder and down I went. I lay there in a sort of red cloud not quite sure why, I could not feel any pain from the fall. It was certainly an exhilarating experience. However, why no advice about us?
Shortly after this meeting with him I noticed that my faith in Jesus had increased and the over acidic stomach that affected me during times of ministry preparation had gone.
I was so glad that the late Brash Bonsall, Founder and Principle, invited us to the Birmingham Bible Institute.
Mission to Switzerland 1986
Make Way! Make Way! To Switzerland. God organised everything for us as usual and we made our way by car to Switzerland, playing Make Way tapes for all to hear. We got lost and it took us 30 hours to get there. So much for spiritual guidance, could have done with a navigator! Now we have SatNavs!
An Important Message
During our first week at the CEF Institute I was elected Head Student, and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit gave a message to everyone based on Nehemiah and his rebuilding of the wall surrounding Jerusalem. I spoke about Gods desire to save the children in Birmingham from hell by building a spiritual wall, and the opposition that would rise up against such a work of Christ from various sources. Everyone was challenged and encouraged. The UK Office is now here.
These past years have shown my prophecy come true! Clearly, God had called me to take a message to Switzerland. One young lad, John Bonds, gave his heart to Jesus after a week of patient Bible Study by me concerning the Gospel. How God got me to him is another miracle to be told. Others learnt a lot and showed a great deal of interest.
John Bonds and others in our 5-day Good News Club
Hard to believe that, God willing, they are now in their 30’s & 40’s
God Strengthens My Faith in Jesus’ Power
I am no Moses, but I had in my role as Head Student entered a period of fasting in order to resolve certain difficulties. One evening I wanted to get away for some quite meditation but found the dark woods surrounding the Institute a bit scary.
The following morning I was awakened by the Holy Spirit and told to go to the top of a nearby Mountain, the Belchenflue. It was 2.00 am and very dark with gusty winds, as I walked through the forest I noticed that my life-long fear of the dark had gone.
As I stood alone on the high observation platform looking at the storm clouds and wondering why I was not getting wet, the Holy Spirit told me to look up into the night sky. I saw an opening in the clouds and the stars were shining clear and bright.
Then I clearly heard a voice say, “I can do anything!” I am sure God was talking about Himself as able to do anything, not me.
It was a tremendous experience for me at a time of immense pressure. God blessed several of the students because of my going to Switzerland, and with some, the blessings are only now becoming visible to them. Please pray for the evangelism of children here in Birmingham.
Revival may not be Beautiful!
On the 1st March 1996, I was led by the Lord to give a message to a leader of the Birmingham revival team at a meeting held in a city-centre church in Birmingham. I heard about the meeting when a notice was delivered to a prayer meeting I was at in Balsall Heath.
On the morning of the Prayer Meeting, the Holy Spirit awoke me at 4.00 am and I fell into prayer for the Leaders until 8.00 am. It was obvious to me that Jesus was going to do something important for the Team.
We were invited to gather in the middle of the ring of leaders in order to pray for them. Four of us prayed for a man who was co-leading the meeting. The Holy Spirit stirred us with vigour, and with strong praying, he was given three pictures:
The first was of a sun that was getting brighter. The second was of a valley with bones in it [of which he was given a copy in writing]. The third was of a desert with a flower that was beautiful, and water that was able to give life. The Lord described through me how they were looking for beauty instead of the water!
That God revealed Himself to us in the person of His dear Son, Jesus Christ, there is no doubt. The messages were clear. Get right with Jesus – be right with each other – confront those who do not want to – get out into the community of Birmingham where the Holy Spirit of Jesus is, and has been for quite a number of years.
After the meeting everyone went into the coffee shop, it was packed with people and the only table with empty chairs was mine. Nobody wanted to sit with me. After a while some asked if the seats were saved. They did look puzzled.
I AM 39 YEARS INTO MY MINISTRY AND CHURCHES DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT
This is just a small part of my Testimony, and as of now, I have no positive response from Churches in Groups 2 & 3 despite sending it out to Christian Leaders since 1996 – 20 years. My ministry of witness to my Lord Jesus is in its 39th year. If they were truly in the Body of Christ, as I am, they would know all about me and allow the Holy Spirit to use me according to God’s will.
Now I have recently made contact with a Christian Fellowship and things look very promising. However, problems will arise as they have not been spiritually educated in key areas. That can be put right in time. But if the Flesh is strong in it’s fight with the Holy Spirit, it might not.
For example, 24 years ago, both Ken Newton and I ministered to Churches in Birmingham and Solihull. They were given promises from God that they would be blessed if they did certain things. They are still waiting and I don’t think they were obedient to the Spirit.
There are many hundreds of Churches that have refused to open their doors to me with tragic results.
A Testimony to Encourage not to Condemn
I do hope that you have been encouraged by the few extracts from my ministry that I have selected for you. I could have filled a thousand pages! I could share so much more with you but space is limited.
It is truly amazing, the answers to prayer I have seen these past years. We have seen lives altered; faith increased; times of testing entered; revolutions ended, and some started; despondent spirits lifted; ministries enriched; demons scattered. At times, I have often felt the devil, and other evil influences very close to me, even to the point of making the room darken. Nevertheless, my Lord Jesus has always kept us safe and in His loving care. I do hope that you have been encouraged by the few extracts I have selected for you.
THIS NEXT PIECE IS SO IMPORTANT!
The Lord Jesus predicts his death
Matthew 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.’
Peter was acting in the FLESH and was accused of being Satan! We must ALL respond to what the Holy Spirit wants before our lives end or the Lord Jesus returns in Power to destroy the evil of this world. The time for true repentance of our fleshly disobedience and a total obedience to the teachings of the Lord Jesus is NOW!!!!!
I know in my heart that many will not submit to the position of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s Body. But with His strength and guidance, I will do all that God has called me to do in order to save obstinate members of the Body of Christ. For that is what the Holy Spirit wants me to do at pain of my own punishment if I refuse to do it. I have been struggling to do it for 39 years.
Perhaps we are about to start winning the Spiritual War?
The Encouragement of Rev. Ken & Jean Newton once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Australia.