...that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
Psalm 67:2
Vicki Jamison-Peterson Ministries
About Vicki

During Vicki’s 35 years of ministry, her life demonstrated the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She ministered in countries all around the world, including England, Switzerland, Australia, and Germany, among others. As an evangelist and a soul winner, Vicki led crusades in New England. Over 20,000 people were saved in the three years


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New England Place of Prayer

VJPM is partnering with Steve and Barbara Arbo to help Arbo Ministries establish a “place of prayer” in New England.

Long-time friends of VJPM, Steve and Barbara felt called by God to build this prayer center in the Northeast 30 years ago.  “We know that years ago God called us to establish a place of prayer,” says Barbara, “but we are just now stepping into what we’ve been called to be!”

During a scouting trip in March 2013, Barbara located a beautiful 1793 Colonial.  It was completely updated by its present owner.  During negotiations they were granted an additional 6.8 acres of land for growth.  “It’s absolutely the favor of God, and above and beyond all we would dare ask or think!” says Steve.

Fundraising began in July 2013.  They are scheduled to close on the property by the end of March 2014.  “We will continue to fundraise and trust God to pay off the entire mortgage so that this property can be debt-free for the glory of God, and be ready to move forward to establish the purposes for it in New England,” say Steve and Barbara.

VJPM is joining with Arbo Ministries to see this vision from God become a reality.  Vicki always had a heart for New England.  During her a ministry there, over 20,000 people became followers of Christ in three years.  Many churches were planted out of this revival.

Steve and Barbara worked for VJPM for years and were mentored by Vicki in the ministry.  They were some of Vicki’s “spiritual children.”  To see this place of prayer established in New England is a concrete way of honoring Vicki’s spiritual legacy.

Consider giving a gift of any size towards this dream.  The full amount of every donation will be sent directly to Arbo Ministries for the establishment of this place of prayer.


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Vicki’s Legacy: Stephen Arbo

My first introduction to Vicki was in 1974. I was given a tape of her ministering at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, TX. That was the first time I had ever heard anyone “sing” out healings!

I thought to myself, either this person is a real kook and this is not of God, or this really was God. The more I listened to the tape, the more I became convinced this was indeed God’s hand upon this woman.

In 1976, I attended Christ for the Nations.  I flew down to Dallas out of Bangor, Maine, as I lived in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, and it was much cheaper to fly out of there. We got in and had to spend the night, so I went by Glad Tidings Church where Bob Gass was the pastor to look up our old youth pastor. He was away at a youth camp. They said they had just extended meetings they had been having with Vicki Jamison. There was that name again! So I went to the meeting that night. This was the most anointed meeting I had ever been in!

After my second year at school, I noticed an ad in the daily announcement sheet that Vicki Jamison Ministries needed help on a mail out that they were doing. I had afternoons free and her offices were right on campus, so I went and spent the week helping with the mail out.

That week Vicki came into the office several times. What a joyful, glamorous woman of God I found her to be. She had a real presence of God about her–you could even say Holy–but real, a real person with joy, care, concern and a good sense of humor! She was just the same in the office as she had been in that meeting in Bangor.

That year I became a full-time volunteer with her ministry and that turned into a full-time job working for the ministry. One of the highlights of each month was working at her monthly meetings at Tyler Street Methodist Church in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas. The worship and glory of God that filled that church as she and Sharon Bell (now Stromley) would lead people into the very throne room of God.

And the miracles in the lives of people, as God showed His loving kindness to people that came was truly an unforgettable experience. I can remember the crowds that would wait outside the church for hours until the doors would open an hour before the service. And how Vicki would spend time at the end of each service to pray for everyone who wanted and needed prayer. She would stay until the last person had been prayed for.

In the following years, I would work closely with her in the radio studio that we had created in her new offices that she moved into on Jefferson Street. And during that time, we became very close.

I met my wife, Barbara, at one of Vicki’s meetings at Tyler Street Methodist Church. Vicki’s mom, Ruth Lamb, gave me Barbara’s phone number that Monday afternoon after the meeting–just in case I wanted to phone her. (Ruth was always the matchmaker.)

After Barbara and I were married, we had the opportunity to become even closer with Vicki when we moved in with her to be her companions. This was a role that was prayed into existence by Phil Halverson. On several occasions when we were with him, he would pray over us the word “companions.”

When you live with someone you really get to know them, and Vicki proved to be even more gracious, godly and fun-loving that I had thought, if that were at all possible. (And it was.)  Not many people get to know a person at as many different levels as we did. She was a spiritual “mother” to us and a mentor as well. She was our boss at work in her office, and she was a fellow minister, as we would actually minister with her on her daily TV program and in meetings throughout the United States and overseas as well.

She taught us how to relate to her on those different levels, and when we were at work she was our boss, when we were at home together we were friends, and when we ministered together, we were equals.  She taught us never to let one influence the other. Being able to “switch hats” and to live and work within the confines of that “hat” has been very helpful to us. It was a great lesson that we have used continually since then.

Vicki was a loyal and faithful friend, someone you could always count on to be there to help you in any way she could. She would encourage you to follow and fulfill your dreams. We spent many hours “dreaming” with her when she would get something in her mind: from buying a small monastery and all moving in there to live and use as an office, to buying a 747 and using it to live in and have her office with her everywhere she went.

Oh, yes… Vicki had an imagination that was out ahead of the rest of the world. Those thoughts may not seem so far fetched now, but back then… they were out beyond “cutting edge” thinking.

Fun… Yes, that was Vicki’s middle name. We would have night picnics out under the moon and sing moon songs.  Or one time on our evening walk through the neighborhood, we salvaged a gas barbeque grill from the weekly trash at the side of the curb, laughing the whole time we were doing it!

It is no wonder at all that we were with her when the laughter revival started in a small church in Winchester, MA, as she was ministering. This was before anyone had heard of a laughter revival. For weeks, people were filled with the joy of the Lord and their bodies, marriages, minds and spirits were healed as we were filled to overflowing with God’s loving joy and grace.

The most memorable night was when Vicki herself slowly slid off the pulpit and onto the floor as the joy moved on her and touched her.  And, of course, Sharon slowly sunk out of sight as she was playing the keyboard until only her hands were visible on the keys–overcome herself by the joy of the Lord. Vicki was not one to hide the fact that many times in her own meetings she was the recipient herself of a touch from the Lord. That is what made Vicki so real to me.

She loved our boys and was so excited to be called “Grandma Vicki”! And her mother was dubbed “Grandmama Ruth.”  She loved us, as we were, and she loved our friendship. She never used us for what she could get out of us.

When working for her I noticed the positive way she would correct mistakes.  I think of one time when mailing list cards did not make it to a large meeting. When she came back, she did not yell at people and tell them they had better not do that again or they would loose their jobs! Instead, she asked, “What can we do to make sure that the mailing list cards always get to the meetings?”

She would help us expand and grow in ways we would never have done on our own. Many times during a service, with thousands in attendance, she would look at us and call us up to minister with her.  For a young couple starting out in the ministry that was pretty intimidating!  At times, we would joke about the fact that when we felt this was going to happen we would close our eyes and start praying–that she wouldn’t call us up on the platform!

Many people thought Vicki was a saint who lived on a cloud of Glory and only came down when there was a service.  But in reality, she was as real and as much an everyday person as you and I.  It was never her ambition to be in this ministry.  She simply obeyed God’s leading, and that is where He led her.

Many times in meetings, the anointing would get so strong that it was hard to even stand by her to minister.  There were times under the anointing, when she would look at you, it appeared that she was looking into for very depths of your soul–into the real you, not just the surface, external, physical shell of who you were.

Although Vicki was never a mother in the physical sense, she was a mother to many all over the world.  As any mother, she always wanted to see the best in a person.  And she desired to see them develop all the talents and gifts that God had given them.

I count it a great blessing that God allowed our paths to cross: to have learned from her, worked for her and then with her, and to have been a close friend.  I will always be thankful to the Father for our friendship.


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How Big Is God?

In Genesis 17 we find the story of a man who is called the Father of Many Nations.  People of Jewish faith claim him as their father; the Muslims also claim him as their father.  His name is Abraham.

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee,” (Genesis 17: 1-6).

Have you ever noticed that Abraham fell on his face?  (See verse 3.)  The charismatics aren’t the only ones who do it!  That is called the power of God.  Some call it being slain in the Spirit.  When Abraham fell under the power of God, God promised to make him the father of many nations. Then He changed his name from Abram to Abraham.  Before this God had spoken to him in Genesis 15:5 and said, “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

I want to ask you a question: How big is your God?  Is He bigger than a breadbasket?  Is your God bigger than your church?  Bigger than your problems?  Sometimes I walk through my house almost losing my breath thinking, “God!  If only I could tell people how great You really are!  Lord, isn’t there some way I can tell them You are a big God?”

Do you know what God was saying when He said, “I am the Almighty God”?  According to Dake’s Annotated Bible, He was saying, “I am El Shaddai.”  El means “the strong one,” and Shaddai means “the breasted one.”  Dake’s Bible says this passage “reveals God as the Fruitful-One who was to multiply Abram abundantly; the Life-Giver who was to restore life to Abraham and Sarah who were as good as dead, as far as offspring was concerned.”  You see, that term “the breasted one” means that God is sufficient for whatever you need.  This God is the one who in the beginning said, “Light, be!”

Time magazine (12/27/76) wrote about God saying, “Light, be!”  In a special cover story on stars, Time said, “Most cosmologists–scientists who study the structure and evolution of the universe–agree that the biblical account of creation, in imagining an initial void, may be uncannily close to the truth.”

The article goes on to say, “The universe, they believe, is the expanding remnant of a huge fireball that was created 20 billion years ago by the explosion of a giant primordial atom.  The debris of the fireball, like the fragments of a titanic bomb, is still speeding outward from this cataclysmic blast, which started the process that produces not only stars and planets but also the complex structure of life.  This startling concept, called the big bang theory, picked up its first substantial scientific support in 1929. […] Scientists can now envision a still expanding universe that began almost 20 billion years ago, extends for 20 billion light years and contains 10 billion galaxies each one an island of hundreds of billions of stars.  Looking into the star-filled firmament, astronomers actually perceive a four-dimensional universe, one that has the added measure of time.”

Have you ever walked outdoors on a beautiful, starlit night, looked into the sky, and said, “Wow!”  Have you ever thought, “God, You are out there somewhere!  You said it.”  Scientists are saying it looks like God said, “Light, be!” and it’s still going boom, boom, boom!  When God said it He never took it back, and it is still expanding.  This concept of God is more than the human mind can contain.

Abraham walked out of his tent and someone named God said, “Will you be My friend?”

Abraham said, “You mean me?  You–Who made the stars–want me for a friend?”  Abraham’s mind could not contain the bigness of this God, but he began to follow God by faith into a land he didn’t understand.  Abraham is an illustration of the fact that you can only take God by faith.

Have you ever looked out at the stars and asked, “God, how could You know about a personal need in my life?  How can You be concerned with my problem?  I mean, aren’t You busy with the booming, banging, expanding universe?”

Isaiah says, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?” (Isaiah 40:12).  What kind of hand does God have?  He meted out heaven with the span of his hand.  Can you begin to realize the size of what we’re dealing with when we wonder how big is God?

You may have shaken your fist at the heavens and said, “If there is a God, why doesn’t He answer my prayer!  Is there a God?  Where are you, God?”  In the Psalms, David says, “He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down” (Psalm 104:19) and “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handvwork” (Psalm 19:1).  That’s how big my God is!  Even the scientists are believing it!

Abraham stood looking up into the stars, and he believed that this God who spoke to him was able to give him a baby boy.  Abraham was an old man.  He was past the age of having children.  Sarah was old, also.  And yet he believed that his descendants would be as the myriad of stars he stood gazing at.  God had said, “So shall thy seed be” (Genesis 15:5).  Twenty-five years passed by, and yet Abraham believed God–more than he believed Sarah, more than he believed that he himself was an old man.  By this time he was almost 100 years old.  He kept looking up into the stars and remembering what God said in His promise.  He is El Shaddai–the breasted one, the all-sufficient God.  By faith Abraham saw a little son playing at his feet.  He even talked to his servants about his boy.

They probably said, “Poor Abraham…but be nice to him, he’s our boss.  We don’t want to lose our jobs…”

But one day they thought Sarah was looking a bit strange.  Then they heard a sound coming from her tent.  It was a cry!  Could it be a baby?

At last, Abraham’s son, Isaac, was born.  And do you know what the name Isaac means?  It means laughter!  Guess who got the last laugh!

Because of his faith, Abraham made the best-seller–he got into the New Testament as well as the Old Testament.  Have you noticed that faith people keep making best-sellers?  Paul said of Abraham, “As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).  That nonexistent thing was Isaac.  Abraham kept seeing him running around by the eyes of faith–but it was 25 years before he got to hold his son in his arms.  Abraham did not weaken in faith when he discovered the impotence of his own body.  No unbelief made him waver or doubt the promise of God.  He grew strong in faith and gave praise and glory to God.  The secret of it was that he kept saying, “Thank you, God, for my baby boy.”

Just look up at the stars and ask yourself, “How big is God?”  Is He bigger than your crutches?  Bigger than a wheelchair?

One Christmas Eve the pastor of a large church in New York City was busy preparing his Christmas sermon.  This church ran a home for emotionally disturbed children, but most of the children had gone home to be with their families for Christmas.  On Christmas Eve the governess of the home came to the pastor and said, “Tommy is upset because he has no place to go for Christmas, and he won’t get out from under the bed.  Can you come and talk to him?”

The pastor went into Tommy’s room.  Since the little boy was under the bed, the pastor sat down and began talking to the cowboys and Indians on the bedspread.  He began saying, “You know, Tommy, the Christmas carols are going to be beautiful.  This is going to be a wonderful Christmas…”

There was no response.  He had to hurry; it would soon be time for him to deliver his Christmas sermon.

Finally the pastor got down on his hands and knees and looked under the bed.  All he could see were two big, blue eyes.  Tommy was eight years old, but he looked only five.  The pastor scooted on his stomach until he was right next to Tommy, and he just kept talking.  “You know, Tommy, we’re going to have a wonderful Christmas dinner.  All the children are going to sing…”

He ran out of anything to say, so the pastor just lay quietly under the bed next to Tommy.  In a few moments a tiny hand grasped his and held on.

The pastor said, “You know, Tommy, it’s cramped under here.  Why don’t we get out?”

Without a word both of them slid out from under the bed and stood up, Tommy still holding tight to his hand.  And the pastor thought to himself, “I just got my Christmas sermon.”

Hasn’t God dealt with us just like that pastor dealt with Tommy?  He first called to us with his miracle of creation–the stars and the heavens, the mountains and the oceans.  He pleaded with us to enjoy the universe that He created.  When we wouldn’t listen, He drew closer through the prophets and lawgivers–holy men of God who spoke to other men face to face.  But it was only when a baby named Jesus was born that God stooped down and crawled under the bed.  He got close to us and showed His love to us; then He was able to lift us up from that place of despair.  He is big enough to rule the mighty universe; yet small enough to live within your heart.

Look up at the stars with the faith of Abraham and say, “God is big enough to take care of my problem and He is small enough to crawl under the bed and hold my hand.”


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God Gives the Greatest Gift of All

Christmastime is an exciting, joyful season because it reminds us of the greatest gift the world has ever received.  These are days of giving, a special time set apart from the rest of the year.  I read recently of three children in a poor immigrant family who one evening eagerly awaited their father’s arrival with the family Christmas tree and gifts for everyone. Each year, no matter how tight the budget, they always had a live Christmas tree with decorations the children made themselves. On this particular Friday, their popcorn chains and paper ornaments complete, they anxiously watched out the window for Papa to come.

 

A Substitute Tree

Finally their mother cautioned, “Don’t get your hopes up, children. Perhaps Papa won’t be able to bring a tree this year.”  Earlier in the day she had gotten news through a phone call at the neighbor’s house that Papa had lost his job. But her warning failed to dampen their anticipation.

When the old car turned in the drive, the children ran out to see what Papa had brought. Sure enough, there was no tree — no gifts — only a few groceries. Holding back the tears, the little girl ran upstairs, praying silently that Papa would be able to find a Christmas tree.

The next day, Christmas Eve, the children worked at household chores and, despite their disappointment at having no tree, hung their stockings on the bedposts. Seeing their expectation, Papa promised to see what he could do about a Christmas tree.

After a few hours of work in the garage, he came out carrying a tall two-by-four with holes drilled in it. Then he went up the street to a neighbor’s house which was surrounded by three even rows of beautiful evergreen trees, and got permission to cut some small branches from the bottoms of the trees. Returning home, he inserted the branches into the holes in the two-by-four to make the children’s promised Christmas tree. The little girl, deeply disappointed with the pitiful substitute tree, ran to the darkened window to hide her tears.

Just then a knock came at the door. The little girl opened it to find the neighbor lady from whom Papa had gotten the branches. Standing beside her was her son, who was holding a beautiful, perfectly shaped Christmas tree.  The children shrieked with delight as the smiling young man carried the tree into the living room, his mother behind him carrying a bag with gifts for the whole family. After putting all their ornaments on the tree, the children agreed it was the most wonderful Christmas tree they had ever seen.

The next day they saw the gaping hole left in their neighbor’s hedgerow. For years to come, that gap in a row of evergreens reminded the immigrant family that their neighbor had chosen to give them her most beautiful tree so their Christmas would be a happy one.

 

The Perfect Gift

That story causes me to remember that God gave the most perfect gift He had on the first Christmas. A makeshift substitute would not do; He gave His only Son. The message is so beautiful, yet so profound, that we do not always allow it to fully register in our spirits.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16,17).

God gave the finest gift He had in order to redeem man from his sinfulness. Ever since Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation in the Garden, God and Satan have been locked in battle for the souls of men. The difference is that Satan’s desires are totally selfish – he does not give; he takes away and destroys. But God, in His loving, forgiving, compassionate nature, made a way for fallen man to be reconciled to Himself.

 

The Perfect Union

When God pronounced a curse upon Adam and Eve because of their sin, He also pronounced a way of escape for man — a way to restore his relationship with God the Father. God declared, speaking to Satan,

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

The woman’s seed — Jesus, God’s only Son — would inflict upon Satan’s head a wound which would never heal.  Satan would merely wound the heel of Jesus at Calvary, for Jesus would triumph over death.

But before Calvary could happen, there had to be an incarnation — the perfect union of divinity and humanity.  God has to give the great gift of His Son, Jesus, to provide a substitute who would bear the penalty for man’s sin and meet the demands of God’s justice.  Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, yet borne in the earthly body of the virgin Mary, to accomplish the incarnation.  Jesus provides the way back to God.

While Satan’s control of man always ends in depravity, the man who yields to God and acknowledges His Son always finds blessing.

 

The Perfect Example

Because Jesus was the perfect union of divinity and humanity, He is our example of how the Father wants His children to behave. God’s nature is to give and to bless. That is why the Scripture says,

“Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands — all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you” (Luke 6:38, Good News Bible).

God’s spiritual law is activated when we give with the same unselfish spirit He had when He gave His Son.  We must give the finest we have, not second-best. Then He opens up the treasure of heaven that we might be blessed right here on earth.

 

The Principle at Work

At one of my meetings in Little Rock, Arkansas I saw this divine principle at work.  At the end of a morning teaching session I gave the people an opportunity to share in the expenses of the meeting. In praying before the offering was received, I said, “Father, I ask you to repay a hundredfold everyone who gives in this offering.”

While the ushers were receiving the offering, my attention was drawn to a young minister and his wife sitting in the audience. Because of their in-filling of the Holy Spirit, they had been put out of the church they had been pastoring.  Cecil kept busy ministering to others at every opportunity, and they trusted God to meet their needs. Suddenly I realized the Lord was telling me, “I want you to receive an offering for Cecil.”

I stood and shared this impression with the people and said, “If you have something God has placed on your heart to give to them, come forward and place it on the podium.”

Later I learned that as the first offering had been received, Cecil had turned to his wife and asked, “What do we have to give?”

“We have only two dollars, and we need that to pay for our parking tonight,” she answered. They were counselors for a Billy Graham film then showing in downtown Little Rock.

Cecil said, “Let’s give it in the offering.”

They had barely placed their last two dollars in the offering plate when the Holy Spirit spoke to me and I asked the people to bring an offering for Cecil and his wife. I knew nothing about their need; I simply obeyed the Holy Spirit’s prompting.  When the offering was counted it came to $210. Within minutes after they obeyed in giving all they had, God had given back to them more than a hundredfold!

The great truth of John 3:16 establishes the divine principle of giving by which God operates, and Luke 6:38 provides the example for us to follow.

At this wondrous Christmas season we say with the Apostle Paul,

“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15).


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The Sound of His Voice

The children of Israel were offered the chance to hear God’s voice directly, but they were frightened and refused.  They did not want the responsibility of hearing from God, so they delegated that responsibility to Moses.

Today, many Christians feel like they do not hear from God.  But the truth is that Jesus came into the world so that we can know God, and He sent His Spirit so that we can hear God personally.

Some Christians believe God does speak anymore.  Others desire to hear from God, but are frustrated that they cannot seem to discern His voice.  Others never allow themselves to be quiet and simply be in God’s presence and hear from Him.

In this sermon, Vicki explains how God called her to relocate her ministry from Dallas to Tulsa.  She also discusses the difference between intercessory prayer and spending intimate time with God.  Above all, Vicki explains how to hear the voice of God and experience the glory of God and His intimate presence in your daily life.

 

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“If we don’t have God outside these four walls, we’ve missed the point!  We come in here to get filled up so we can go out and spill over!” – Vicki


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God Takes Care Of His Kids

My mother lived the happiest childhood you can imagine.  Her parents did not have many material possessions, but wealth isn’t always measured in money–wealth is measured in many ways.  She was raised in a joyful home by a loving father and mother.

When she was nine years old, one day her father asked, “Ruthe, who do you love best, your mother or me?”

She replied, “My mother.”

He said, “Here, I have something for you, honey.”  It was a very expensive wristwatch; her father wanted her to have the best.  A father’s love overlooked that little child’s remark that she loved her mother the most.  But that experience, through she felt badly about it, showed Ruthe the nature of a loving father.

“For this reason (seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ), I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named–(that Father) from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name” (Ephesians 3:14, 15, Amplified Version).

When someone speaks the word “father” each of us instantly has his own mental image of what a father is.  We could add other words and adjectives until we have described our own father or what we think a father should be.  Because we live in a world governed by the senses, we base our attitudes toward our heavenly Father upon our experiences of childhood.  If we had a loving, kind father we have an accepting, respectful attitude toward God.  If, however, our father was harsh, unkind, or perhaps abandoned us, we have feelings of fear, rejection and lack of trust.  It is unfortunate that those who have been born into God’s heavenly family are not always taught that they have a loving Father-God.

The Scriptures give us insight into this perfect Father from whom all fatherhood takes its title:

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

“If God be for us, who (can be) against us?  Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?” (Romans 8:31, Amplified Version).

My mother grew up, married and raised children of her own.  Then one day my grandfather was walking down the hall of an apartment building, sharing with Mother great things God had done in his life.  He took off his hat and one glove, walked through the door of their apartment, and told Mother he was hungry.  Instantly, he was absent from the body and present with the Lord.  He just walked into eternity into the arms of Jesus.

In two weeks’ time my mother lost not only her father, but also her mother. Two weeks after that she was told she had been adopted. She was 45 years old when she found that out; it was traumatic and unbelievable.  Knowing she had been adopted didn’t diminish her love for her parents, but it made her wonder. It also made her understand why she didn’t look like them and have the same characteristics.  Because Mother couldn’t understand adoption, she had to seek the Lord as she tried to sort things out. Then one night she found this verse:

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4, 5).

Why, she was adopted by God before she was ever adopted by her father and mother! He sent the Holy Spirit into our hearts, crying, “Father, Father, Father!” That is why you need to pray in tongues. The more you pray in tongues, the more freedom the Holy Spirit has to speak to the Father through you. You must know what God’s Word says about you, and about the Father.  Look at what Jesus says about the Father:

“…for the Father loves you himself, because you have loved me and believed that I came forth from God” (John 13:27, Moffatt Translation).

“If anyone loves me he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up our abode with him” (John 14:23, Moffatt Translation).

Jesus is introducing you to the Father God. He is saying that if you love the Father, He will come and make His abode with you. How would you like to have God move into your house? Then you wouldn’t need to be concerned because He would assure you that your rent is paid, your taxes are paid, all your bills are paid. He will enable you to meet every obligation of your life. How would you like that?

Perhaps by relating the Father God to the earthly father you have known, you think He is there to beat you up or crush you under foot. You might see Him only as the Old Testament God of thunder and lightning. But He wants you to see Him as the God of the New Testament, the God of mercy and grace.

Jesus said that He and the Father will come and make their home in Your heart, right inside you. They will live through you, making your life something beautiful and good. Your earthly father may have been the most wonderful man on earth, or he may have been a tremendous failure. But he is not God. We’re talking about your real Father. Jesus said:

“Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?  For the Gentiles wish for and crave and diligently seek after all these things; and your heavenly Father well knows that you need them all. But seek for first of all His kingdom, and His righteousness, and then all these things taken together will be given to you besides” (Matthew 6:31-33, Amplified Version).

Most of us have been taught to fear and shrink away from a God of justice, but the Father cares for His own. And if God is your Father, then you can be assured He will take a Father’s place and fulfill a Father’s role.

Let me share with you how this worked in the life of my brother and sister-in-law.  Sam was 40 years old when he finally decided to answer the call God had placed on his life. When he came back into fellowship with the Lord he said, “But I don’t want to go to Bible school, Lord.” His wife felt the same way. She liked the security and the home they had. They have three teenage sons. But my brother kept hearing the word, “If you love Me, follow Me.” So they sold their house and took their boys and a U-Haul trailer from Quincy, Illinois, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to enroll at Rhema Bible Training Center.  They began to study the Word of God and experience what it meant to really live by faith. Toward the end of school the Lord began to deal with Sam about becoming a pastor, and he felt impressed that he should go to Sweetwater, Texas. He had ministered there on a weekend, but the church had not called him.  When Sam was asked what he was going to do, he said, “I’m going to Sweetwater.” If people asked, “Did the church call you?” he said, “No, but I’m going to Sweetwater.” He had that word in his heart.

Was Sam just saying something because he wanted it to come to pass, or was he saying what he heard God say to him on the inside? There is quite a difference in the two. We all believed God, but it came down to the last week before they had to move out of their house, and still no call.  I was down at our lake cabin that week praying about Sam. The Lord spoke to my spirit, “I want you to call your brother and tell him they can move into your house in Dallas and you will live down at the lake this summer.”

I thought, “It’s a long drive into town and this is a real tiny cabin. I sure like my house–this just couldn’t be God.” But I told the Lord I would call Sam the next morning. Secretly, I was thinking maybe I would forget the Lord had told me to do it!

The next morning I said, “Alright, I’ll do it.” I dialed and my sister-in-law answered. I didn’t expect her to answer.  I said, “Donna, the Lord has dealt with me that I should call and tell you that our house is your house as long as you need it–as long as you want it.”

Silence. Then sniffles on the other end of the line. Obvious tears and sobs. She is a very shy and reserved person. Finally, she said, “Thank you, Vicki.”

My brother told me later that the night before he was being tested in his faith. Donna was now without a visible place to go, and a home had always been important to her as it is to most women. By this time their house had been rented and they had no place to go. Sam was packing the truck, still saying, “We’re going to Sweetwater.” Donna began to cry. Sam told her, “Donna, let’s pray.” He took her hands and prayed, “God, reveal Yourself as the loving Father You are to Donna. Show her that You will provide a home for her no matter what happens. Father, reveal Yourself to her in the power of Your Word. Thank you, Father, that we know when we pray, You hear us and answer us. Amen.”  That was the same Wednesday night God told me to call her, and I didn’t do it. Thursday morning when I called it was like the Father saying, “Donna, you asked me for a house, and I want you to know there is always going to be a house and it will be beautiful, not just a beat-up old house. It is there any time you need it.”

Don’t you think she knew she was a child of the King? You may need that assurance yourself right now. You are a child of the Father God, your King. But you have to believe Him and trust in Him.

That evening the telephone rang. The voice on the other end of the line said, “Pastor Smith, this is Sweetwater calling.” They didn’t have to use our house. God gave them a beautiful home in Sweetwater. He knew what was going to happen, but He knew Donna had to have faith to get over that hump. Remember, Matthew 6:8 says, “…for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

When we are born again, we receive the life and nature of God the Father. His nature makes us righteous. All who receive His nature come into His family and are recognized as sons and daughters of the great Father God. And in this family, everyone has equal rights!

“Casting the whole of your care–all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all–on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully” (I Peter 5:7, Amplified Version).


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A Case of the “If Onlys”

Have you ever had a case of the “if onlys”?  You know what I mean? – if only I had done this or that, or not done this or that… if only I had gone here or said
that, or…

“If only…”  Just two little words, but their power to destroy and discourage is phenomenal.  Anyone who has ever made a mistake is susceptible, and if we’re not careful they will destroy us.

During this time of year, we have to be particularly careful about contracting the “If onlys.”  They seem to be especially epidemic at Christmas time and the New Year when we think more about where we’ve been and where we’re going.  In fact, more people get depressed and even suicidal over the holidays than at any other time – and I suspect the “If onlys” are largely to blame.

It’s so easy to get down and give up when you start thinking about all your failures.  So what’s the answer for the “If onlys”?  Paul gives us the cure in Philippians 3:12-14:

“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect… but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

The only solution for the “If onlys” is to commit our mistakes and failures to Jesus Christ, and then FORGET THEM!  Instead of using our mental and emotional energy replaying the past, we need to use all of our strength to reach for the future and press to claim all that God has for us.

Forget the past.  It’s dead and gone.  And live today in the mercy, love, and power of Jesus Christ. Whatever you may or may not have done yesterday is under His blood, and only what you do today for Him counts.

Do you have the “If onlys” today? Do you feel discouraged about your failures? Friend, turn to Jesus. Give Him your past and let Him give you a bright, new future. If you never have before, ask Him to come into your heart and be Lord of your life. Begin to claim His blessings for your life.

Please take a minute to write to this ministry so we can pray for you.  We’re interested in you, in your needs, and in your hurts. We care about how you feel, and we want to know how we can minister to you better.

There’s hope for the “If onlys” in Jesus Christ!


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Resurrection Has Come!

Mary Magdalene stood on Golgotha surrounded by other women who were weeping and crying.  Her own face was distorted with agony and sorrow.  John was at the foot of the cross; Peter was lost in the crowd somewhere. “It can’t be,” she murmured softly. “It’s just not possible—we followed Him for such glory and splendor.”

Only days before Jesus had visited the home of Mary and her sister Martha.  Mary reflected on happier days. “We knew Him as a dear friend,” she thought. “If we needed bread, there was bread. The crowds were following Him and exalting Him—so anxious to see the next miracle. I remember the time He looked at me with such tenderness and I fell at His feet, bathing His feet with my tears and drying them with my hair.  He cleansed me from my sinful life…all my confidence was in Him. And now they have killed Him.”

Mary thought back to those days in Bethany when she sat at His feet worshipping and praising Him, while Martha bustled about preparing the meal. Jesus had lovingly rebuked her sister and said, “Martha, you’re too busy about too much. Slow down a little bit and sit at my feet with Mary.” There was so much to learn from Him!

Standing on that darkened hillside outside Jerusalem, Mary remembered the terrible day when they had waited for Jesus to come and heal Lazarus, their brother. They had sent a message: “Master, the one you love is ill.” They were waiting and watching, knowing He would come. But Lazarus drew his last breath, and Jesus was not there. Mary had worshiped Him and followed Him, but in the moment of crisis she thought, “Jesus if only You had come, my brother would not have died.”

Have you ever had that happen in your life? Have you ever resented God, thinking He was too late? Have you ever trusted God for something, and then had it look as though everything was lost because you had counted on Jesus?

Now we have a situation here: Mary was a worshiper; Martha was a worker; Lazarus was dead. And Mary and Martha are grieving because Jesus didn’t do it their way. When word finally comes that Jesus is on the way, Martha leaves the house and runs to meet Him.  She said, “Master, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” And then she made a great faith statement.

She said, “And even now, I know that whatever You ask from God He will grant it to you” (John 11:21-22, Amplified Version).  Yes, Martha was a faith person in spite of her busy-ness!  Jesus assured Martha her brother would live again. Martha said, “I know that he will rise again at the resurrection in the last day” (verse 24).

Jesus is now making His own declaration and sealing His own death warrant by the deed He is about to perform. No man could snatch His life from Him, but He chose to lay down His life for us. And in the next statement to Martha, He is already looking ahead to the Resurrection!

Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in—adheres to, trusts in and relies on—Me, although he may die, yet he shall live.  And whoever continues to live and believes—has faith in, cleaves to and relies—on Me shall never die at all. Do you believe this? She said to Him, Yes, Lord, I do believe that You are the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of God Who was to come into the world” (verses 25-27).

Martha made no further comment.  Her faith took hold of His confession of who He was.  She never questioned Him; she went to get her sister, Mary, who was still weeping and pitying herself.  Martha went to her privately and whispered, “Mary…the Teacher is close at hand and is asking for you” (verse 28).  [Did you know He doesn’t get mad at you even when you say “It will work for someone else but it won’t work for me”?]

Mary jumped up and ran out to meet Him and fell at His feet sobbing. When Jesus saw Mary and the others with her weeping, He was deeply disturbed and He began to weep. I can imagine Mary on the day of the crucifixion thinking, “I didn’t understand why He wept at Lazarus’ tomb that day, but now, standing here at the cross, I wonder if He was crying for all humanity.”

As Mary stood weeping near Golgotha she heard Jesus say, “It is finished.” She thought, “Oh, my God, it’s finished. All is lost.”  Her hopelessness was like that of Betty, a woman I met in California.  Betty believed that God could heal; she went to a church that believed in healing. But she could not lay hold of healing for herself. After her child was born she developed an incurable kidney disease, the doctors could do nothing for her. One night in the shower she heard a crunching noise in her back, and she began to lose all the feeling in her body from her neck down.

Betty’s marriage was almost on the rocks because of her long illnesses, and her husband was not particularly sympathetic about her back problem.  The next day they went to church, although Betty was suffering anguish in her body and mind.  A woman at church noticed how she was suffering and said to her, “Betty, I want you to go to a chiropractor. I’ll pick you up in the morning.”

The next day in the chiropractor’s office, Betty was shocked to hear the doctor ask her, “Mrs. Watson, do you believe that God heals today?”

“Yes, of course,” she answered, stunned.

“I’m not going to treat you,” the doctor said. “I’m going to believe God for your healing. Come back tomorrow morning.”

Her friend took her back the next day.  After a lengthy wait in the examining room, the doctor came in and said, “Mrs. Watson, I’m not going to treat you. But as you leave I want you to tell the people out in the waiting room that God heals and He is going to heal you.”

Betty was a bit aggravated, but she decided it was worth a try. As she passed through the waiting room she said in a feeble voice, “God heals today and He’s going to heal me.” Then her friends had to almost carry her to the car. That was the first time she had made that declaration of faith, but she was no better.

At home Betty said, “All right, if God’s healed me, I’ll just sit up and watch occupied, so they laid her on the doctor’s desk with her head hanging off the edge. Finally the doctor came in and said, “Mrs. Watson, I have a patient in the next room who is a missionary and she doesn’t believe in healing. She cannot move her neck and her head. I want you to come and pray for her.”

By this time Betty didn’t care any more. The doctor was peculiar—there’s no doubt about that. But she was ready to try anything. They helped her to her feet and almost carried her to the next room in her agony. She was almost totally paralyzed and still suffering with kidney disease and heart problems.

Betty laid hands on the missionary and prayed, “Be healed in the name of Jesus.” To her great surprise, the lady’s neck was instantly healed!  Then they helped her back to the doctor’s office and laid her on the desk again. The doctor said, “Mrs. Watson, I believe the Lord is ready to heal you today.” He touched her, and she told me she was immediately able to stand up unassisted. She said something like hot oil came over her from the top of her head to the soles of her feet, and as that happened she began to speak in another language.

As she spoke, the doctor gave the interpretation. The gist of the message was, “Satan has bound you long enough—I have set you free.  Resurrection has come.  Resurrection has come!”

That’s what Jesus spoke to Mary and Martha. “Resurrection has come!”  When Jesus stood before Lazarus’ tomb, He told those present to take away the stone—they had to exercise faith in His words. Then He cried, “Lazarus, come out!” (John I l:43).  Lazarus came out, and Mary instantly had her faith in Jesus restored. Never had there been a day like that day.

But now Jesus was on the cross. It seemed so hopeless. Disillusionment set in once again. An eerie silence covered the face of the earth; then suddenly there was an earthquake. As the earth shook, the veil in the temple that separated God from man was ripped open from top to bottom. God was breaking forth so that men and women could approach Him directly.

Mary did not understand the darkness of that hour, but on Resurrection Morning, she was the first one to whom Jesus appeared. He called her name, then told her to go and tell the glad news to the disciples. At last Mary understood what Jesus meant when He said, “Resurrection has come!”


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The Mercy of God

What does the mercy of God look like? What does it mean for us? What did it cost? Learn all of these wonderful truths and encounter the healing mercies of Christ in this special miracle service led by Vicki.


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Moving Mountains

Would you like to go on a great adventure?  Would you like to speak to mountains, and watch them be removed?  You can as you dare to trust God!  Following these simple principles, you can release the power of God in your life.

 

1. Realize that as a believer you have the authority to speak to the mountains of life.

“Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions and (physical and mental strength and ability) over all the power that the enemy (possesses) and nothing shall in any way harm you” (Luke 10:19, AMP).

 

2. Find Scriptures that support what you are believing to be done.

God’s will and His promises are found in His Word:

  • – Infilling of Holy Spirit: Acts 2:17-18
  • – Salvation for our household: Acts 16:31
  • – Healing: Isaiah 53:4-5; I Peter 2:24
  • – Your needs abundantly supplied: Philippians 4:19; II Corinthians 9:8-15; II Corinthians 8:9; Luke 6:38

 

3. Speak the Word of God to your mountain.

Follow Jesus’ example by resting in the assurance that the mountain has to go.

 

4. Do not doubt or fear.

Do not doubt in your heart or check circumstances.  Keep your mind and mouth in agreement on the promise of His word.

 

5. Walk by faith.

Refuse to look at the mountain, knowing that we walk by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7).

Praise the Lord!  Let the praises continuously flow from your mouth!  The mountain has to go!


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