Posts tagged ‘healing’

Jul 24 2010

Thoughts on Taking a Little Step

In the last quote I posted, John Robert Stevens talked about how the preacher that prayed for his healing took a step of faith, and God did the rest. But I think it’s important to realize that the people who received healings in the Scriptures did so on the basis of their own faith. Jesus didn’t have to have faith to heal people as much as the people who needed healing had to have faith. I believe that it was John’s childhood faith in the Bible—a simple belief that what it said could actually be true in his own life—that caused the healing. Yes, the preacher needed to kneel and pray, and thank God he did, but that was only the catalyst for John’s faith to receive a healing.

What a great testimony for John Robert Stevens to have in his heart in every difficult situation he faced. I’m sure it was one of the proofs to him that God truly does interact in the lives of men. And out of that experience, John had a hunger to continue to see God move in his own life and in the lives of those around him. That was something he expressed for the rest of his life. In every Word he spoke, in every person he laid hands on, and every time he prayed, he knew that God would respond because he had seen it first-hand since the time of his youth.

 

Jul 20 2010

As a child, I was taught James 5:14 in children’s church. Once, when I was seriously ill, I asked my parents to bring the preacher so that he could anoint me with oil. My father went to see the evangelist. He said, “I cannot come because I have a service; but I will pray for him right here.” I believe that saved my life and brought my whole family into a walk with God. I was never anointed with oil by the evangelist, but he knelt and prayed. One step was taken toward a promise. God fulfilled it, even though the act of obedience was only partially done and could not be completed.

Performance is not what God is looking for; He is looking for that first gesture of faith. He looks for someone to “touch the hem of His garment” (Matthew 9:20–22). God does not wait to see what kind of ritual you go through to get an answer; He wants to see your hunger. Take a step toward God, and He will “draw nigh” to you (James 4:8).

  • John Robert Stevens, "Take a Little Step," 1980
    John Robert Stevens, "Take a Little Step," 1980
    Excerpt from the This Week "Take a Little Step" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1980 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.

 

Jun 22 2010

Thoughts on John’s Youth

I was thinking about the quote that I just posted, and how foundational those early years must have been for John Robert Stevens. Having that experience of the Lord healing him at such a young age, as well as having experiences with the Holy Spirit day-by-day, truly became a definition of how he lived his entire life. From that time, he never stopped seeking God. It’s difficult for me to imagine having services every night throughout the winter, especially considered how cold it gets in Iowa! But that could hardly have been an obstacle for someone who had as much spiritual hunger as John had.

I imagine the time of the “holy rollers” and the “storefront religion” to be like the Wild West equivalent in the process of God restoring His Church. In the Early Church, miraculous experiences with God were normal, and to see that John Robert Stevens had his formative years in an atmosphere where God’s presence was a reality truly reveals the roots of a man who sparked meetings with God for thousands of people. I think this is something that drove John Stevens: to see everyone know the Lord that He knew, not as a theory, but in the same tangible reality that he experienced since the time of his youth.

 

Jun 20 2010

I’m going to tell you something and I want you to listen carefully. I came into the Lord as a kid with the Lord healing me of infections in both ears. My life was saved; it was a wonderful thing. The first thing I ever knew was the old-fashioned tabernacles and the sawdust floor and all the red-hot potbellied stoves; we went through a winter of services every night. It was marvelous. Those were days when God met me and I found my heart reaching into Him. I can remember visiting a little tent meeting outside of town, and they were really holy rollers….

I was in that thing, carefully seeking the Lord, because I saw God in it: a little kid seeking God in that, because I loved Him and I wanted to serve Him. And I watched those other people do it; they’d all go home with sawdust in their hair. I can remember those days in which God began to open up a whole frontier. It was called “storefront religion,” because churches would not receive it, but they would rent a store building and they would preach the Word of the Lord.

  • John Robert Stevens, "The Sin of Not Loving Him More," 1982
    John Robert Stevens, "The Sin of Not Loving Him More," 1982
    Excerpt from the This Week "The Sin of Not Loving Him More" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1982 by The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.