In The Presence of the Almighty

I started this journal to express the many ways my life has been touched since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord. I hope to share joys, struggles, testimonies and anything I might receive from the Lord. My prayer is that anyone who reads my entries may receive in a way that is necessary for where they are at in life. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you as you come along my journey.

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Location: Ontario, Canada

I am a full time wife and stay at home Mom. I am married to a man who places the Lord first above all else. I am embracing this season in my life to be a Mom and look forward to having more children. My husband and I will raise them in the ways of the Lord.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Time for His Power and Blessing

Below is a word that came though the email today from a prophetic group I belong to. This word spoke to me (see my response following the word). Perhaps this word is for you too?

This word submitted by Lonnie Mackley

Time for My Power and Blessing

You have labored hard over these long years of preparation and purification, and although you did fight and hesitate at times, you always surrendered to Me in the end and you did not withhold even your most precious things from my hand.
You have let go of that which offended and hindered, and now you walk in purity and holiness because you cooperated with My daily training.
You have let go of the past now, and you have forgiven those who wronged you. You have eagerly obeyed me, when you knew clearly that it was I that was speaking to you. Slowly but
surely we made progress together day by day and the good changes that came were lasting ones.
Now it is finally time to begin to walk forward. It is time to believe for new things, and it is time for My power and blessing to flow through your life. Though you were held back in the past, and you seemed to have many false starts that just ended in more time of preparation, now you are ready to obey my voice and conquer the new land I am sending you to.
Trust me just as much now, as you have in the past; Obey me just as much now, even though it would seem, that you have more freedom to make choices.
I would call you to feed upon, and listen to me even more-so now, as we enter this new time of increased power, blessing, and service. I delight in restoring all that was sacrificed, and I delight in blessing you in front of those who judged you as a failure.
You bore my reproach in order to be obedient to my calling, and in order that My heart might be formed in you so that you could serve in My power and love.
Now I have a strong, reliable foundation of holiness, obedience, and love in you that I can build very high upon. Before, the cracks of pain and sin in your old foundation would have caused it to fail under pressure.
Now I will build a great house of blessing upon that foundation, for it is built upon Me, your Rock, and this new place will be a haven and storehouse for all I send to you. Be of good cheer my child for my time of power and blessing has finally come for you.

Last night as I was doing homework, as usual the Lord started to fill me up. Last night I wept, mourned and humbled myself before the Lord. I want to go further with the Lord. It feels as if sometimes I am having false starts like the word above said, but really it is my time of preparation. The last five months have been periods of brokenness, followed with great joy in the Lord. I have achieved forgiveness in areas that were difficult to forgive no matter how many times I said 'I forgive'. One area has been a struggle now since the end of November 2004, even going back to July 2004. Finally about one month ago, the footholds were broken and forgiveness in my heart is complete. Praise the Lord!

I have been obedient in areas that did not make sense to myself or to others around me. Some of these periods have come with great tribulation, yet always finished in a greater strength in knowing who I am in Christ Jesus.

This word is a fulfillment of a prophecy I received in 2004 with regard to the Lord working on those weak areas of my foundation. The foundation would be sealed in those weak areas as the Lord continues to work on me and I continue to pursue Him. I am looking forward to the blessings that the Lord will build on that foundation as I pursue serving in the Kingdom.

Thank you Lord to giving me direction to the questions I sought last night as I cried and wept before you. Thank you for your abundant grace and love.

Extreme for satan to Extreme for Jesus

Below is an account of a ministry experience from Monday February 13th. I wanted to share this email to others in order to glorify God.

Luke 10:17”And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “ Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name”
Luke 10:20”Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven”

I met Ryan 3 weeks ago after Street Church, Ryan is in his mid twenties and came up to me and said,” that he was a follower of satan and heavily into witchcraft, he also claimed that he cast spells, and curses and had power in the spiritual realm”. Ryan said he prayed to his god all the time and his god was satan. I could tell in the Spirit that Ryan was telling the truth. I explained to him that satan is a liar and a deceiver and that he only comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and if he continued following satan he would ultimately end up in total destruction in hell. He started to argue and I just looked him in the eyes and asked him why he was so empty and lonely, and I told him to look at his life and see where satan had taken him. Then I started sharing scripture with him, and I asked if I could pray for him, he said I cant let you touch me, it hurts me whenever a Christian touches me, he said he had entered a church one time and felt like he was going to burn. He then he walked away from me.
Last night after the message, outside the Salvation Army, I was handing out the last slices of pizza and I gave a piece to Ryan, not recognizing him, he came up to me and said to me,”I need help, following Satan is superficial”, Ryan started to confess some of his sins and share about his life. He has a child who he is not allowed to see, because of his lifestyle, he stated he was a drug dealer, and heavily into witchcraft, and darkness, I asked John Naud to come over, because I felt in the Spirit that it would be a battle for Ryan’s soul, since Ryan had opened himself up completely to the enemy. We talked about repentance, and he said he would repent, then we asked him if he believed Jesus died on the cross for his sins, he said I believe he died on the cross for sins, but not mine, I have done to much. We started quoting scripture to him and he started to shake and the demons started to manifest physically, we were sitting down on a bench, and Ryan started to shake, cough, facial contortions, grunt, growl, and spit. We had Ryan say the sinner’s prayer and then prayed over him for the filling of the Holy Spirit. Ryan was set free last night and is a new creation in Christ; he has gone from a child of darkness to a child of light! Ryan is respected on the streets as a tough guy, pretty boy, drug dealer, and his friends came around and were asking him if he was OK, they did not understand what was going on. As we were leaving, one of Ryan’s friends said this to Ryan,” you didn’t repent did you,” and he pointed to the Bible in Ryan’s pocket, Ryan said,” yes I did, I am not yours anymore as he held his Bible!” I believe Ryan will now live extreme for Jesus Christ.

Rob is going to disciple Ryan; Rob lives a few doors down from Ryan at the Salvation Army. Lets pray mightily for Ryan this week that
he would feed on the word of God and grow in Christ, and that he would never go back to darkness.

We had much fruit at all locations last night; we praise God for His work in and through us, what a privilege it is to be part of His redeeming work.
I cant imagine ever leaving the front lines of the battle for souls, this is where you truly see and experience the power of God, and it opens
your eyes to the unseen battle that goes on for peoples souls. Thank Jesus that greater is He that is in us then he that is in the world.

A man that works at the Drop In Centre has been against our ministry for a year now, and has done everything in his power to shut us down, even
locking the doors so people can’t come over to the park to get pizza, calling police, physical threats, etc. When we started preaching outside
the Drop In Centre a year ago, this man said, “ how can you preach when there are Muslims who stay here”, Art replied, “Muslims need Jesus, and so
do you”. A miracle took place this past Sunday before Street Church, this man came over to Art and apologized and hugged Art. Last night he came
over again and apologized to David, Arts brother and said he went to Centre Street Church on Sunday morning and responded to Jesus and he has a changed heart.

A reminder to never give up on anyone for salvation!!

Live life in light of eternity, and get into the action if you’re not already!

Lawrence

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

February Already!

Wow...it feels like a long time since I have written on this blog. Life has been so busy praising Jesus and building His Kingdom, it is hard to find spare time. Most of my free time is spent in the word, worship and prayer. Hallelujah!

My trip home to Ontario over Christmas was wonderful. It was great to see family, friends and acquaintances. I had an opportunity to talk much about Street Church. I hope the DVD encouraged them. We now have a DVD that has been produced and is now available. We also have a web site up and running: www.streetchurch.ca

Ministry has been wonderful, with many people every week coming to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour! We are seeing people regularly healed, released from demonic bondage and literally seeing lives changed! Some are off drugs, alcohol, walked away from prostitution, are no longer on the streets, some are preaching, evangelizing, etc.! Glory be to God!

I will try to write when I can, but school, work and ministry fulfill much of my time. The Lord has me working on a special project, in obedience to Him. I want Him to be glorified through all I do!

I pray for the women we prayed for this evening for healing. I pray they will confidently walk in faith and seek Jesus with a deep thirst. I pray for all the workers to be well rested after a long two days of ministry. I pray for all those who heard the messages tonight, that the Holy Spirit is continuing to work on their hearts. I thank you Lord! Amen!