An overview of the meeting
We had an awesome meeting on healing and JGLM last Saturday with a whopping 65 people turning up from different churches – of which probably half are either from New Creation or formerly from New Creation. I shared a little about my journey into healing and my experience in the States meeting different groups of young people living a lifestyle of healing, then Alastair and others also shared about their journey and involvement with John G. Lake Ministries (JGLM). We also shared a bit about what we learned from Curry Blake and the sacred cow doctrines related to healing he destroyed for us – and how that affected our thoughts on, and practice of, healing. We had a time of Q&A, prayer for healing and then most importantly a time of fellowshiping and connecting with others interested in healing.
The idea of an informal meeting first came about when I asked Curry for his contacts in Singapore so I could find people to learn with and put into practice this message of healing – and also with whom I could invite Curry to Singapore in future. Curry referred me to Alastair (an Australian who’s the representative for JGLM for Western Australia and Asia) who said he’d be coming to Singapore. He knew a group of Singaporeans (including Michael, Wilfred and Eddie who shared on Saturday) who had been to a Divine Healing Technician (DHT) training in Perth in May. He told me to organize an informal meeting for those interested in Curry’s teachings and so I planned for a meeting and invited some of my friends – some are familiar with Curry’s teachings, but most had only heard a bit about Curry through me. I’d initially planned for about 15-20 people, but many more than expected showed interest and people started to invite their friends and there were a few who came (whom I didn’t know before) who got to know of this event solely through this blog. There were people from around four independent (inter-church) cell groups, two of which focused on the prophetic, another on grace and another on healing. Then there were people who came who were involved in the School of Supernatural Ministry. While not everyone knew much about Curry and JGLM, I think almost all knew of Bethel Church and Bill Johnson – and John G. Lake. We had a few students who are either starting or continuing Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry this coming school year and some who are going to Randy Clark’s School of Healing and Impartation in Sydney later this month where Bill Johnson will also be ministering.
Steps forward: Active encouragement of each other
Some people have asked me what’s next and Alastair and some other Singaporeans who have been influenced by Curry’s teachings have discussed how we can go forward from here. The turn out showed that there are quite a number of people interested in learning more about healing and practicing it too. I think this is super exciting – I believe it’s only in the past 5 to 10 years, and especially in the past year or two, that many Christians (especially internet-savvy ones) throughout the world have come to realize that God can use them to heal people. I think Bill Johnson and Bethel ought to take a lot of credit for that as they’ve influenced so many Christians around the world. Nowadays, you’ll be able to find tons of people who have posted YouTube videos and/or written blogs (see below) sharing how God has used them to heal people on the streets.
I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they are interested to go to the streets to pray for people. My heart is to see people encourage and challenge one another to learn more about healing and practice it in the streets and as a lifestyle. It took me more than two years from the time I started to get into Bill Johnson’s teachings to step out onto the streets and to do this as a lifestyle. Two things helped me in stepping out: 1) Curry Blake’s teachings which totally destroyed everything in me which said that I can’t or wasn’t ready yet to heal the sick 2) Being around people (in America) who were living the life, going to the streets and practicing healing as a lifestyle.
Before encountering Curry’s teachings and doing it with my friends in America, my mindset was pretty much:
This thing works but I have to learn more, pray more and work on this and that in my spiritual life. Without all this, I’m not going to get much success. I need a while more to do all this then I’ll feel ready enough and I’ll come out with a blast!
Now it is:
I am ready already because I have all things in Christ (authority, anointing, presence, open heavens, etc.) and even if I step out now and don’t see many healings, I’ll be learning along the way and perhaps the best form of learning is through practicing. I can’t wait to step out everyday and pray for everyone I see who is sick!
I am just beginning on this journey and still learning tons from other people besides Curry. But I’m still going to the streets to put into practice all I know because I don’t think I have to know it all or reach some spiritual level before going out and seeing people healed. And through going out and putting into practice all I know, I know I will learn even more.
I’ll be arranging for a gathering of Christians (I’ll post about this soon) interested to learn more about healing and also going to the streets to practice healing. I’d like to create an environment that includes the two things above that helped me greatly to step out – 1) Studying good teachings on healing (e.g. from Curry Blake, but also from others like Andrew Wommack and Bill Johnson) 2) A community that will encourage and challenge each other to step out. It’s all about learning together, encouraging and challenging each other. No one is an expert, but we don’t have to be an expert for God to use us because this is for every Christian :) That’s what makes it so exciting! We just have to keep renewing our minds by learning about healing and meditating on Scriptures and practicing it. Before long, we’ll be doing things that most Christians would never expect we could do. And we can do it simply because Christ is in us and we have His anointing that abides. Hallelujah!
Steps forward: Resources
Here are some resources that have been instrumental to my learning – and they are all free!:
1) Curry Blake’s Divine Healing Technician (DHT) training. The best foundational teachings on healing around. It’s long, but I think everyone who has heard it would say it’s well worth their time. Will transform your thinking on healing! By the way, those interested in more of Curry Blake’s stuff can email me at idealist at stillhaventfound.org and I could send you more stuff.
A lot of what Curry Blake teaches in the DHT are in the above teaching sets by Wommack. There are nuances between the two on healing – I’m more with Curry when it comes to healing. But Wommack is stronger on grace and he’s probably my favorite teacher/preacher overall.
I’ve listened to most of the above teaching series at least twice. It takes time for all these teachings to sink in especially when you don’t hear all this often in churches – in fact, you hear a lot of the opposite. It’s really all about adopting a New Covenant mentality/identity in relation to everything – including healing. The church is filled with teachings based on the Old Covenant mindset and way of doing things – even the charismatic and prophetic sections of the church. The Old Covenant is all about lack, disqualification and asking for something that we in the New Covenant actually already have in Christ! Focusing on the Old Covenant doesn’t give us the faith to believe we can heal whereas understanding the New Covenant and who we are in Christ encourages to believe that we can heal people. By the way, Pastor Joseph Prince doesn’t talk a lot about healing but his whole ministry is focused on the New Covenant and that has also helped tremendously.
3) Blogs: Ryan’s Revival or Riots Ministries, Brandon’s I am a Spirit, Michael’s The Jesus Method and Nick’s Lyfestyle Ministries. I met all of them when I was in America and they’ve all influenced my life. Thank you guys and keep living it out!
4) YouTubes: There are tons of YouTubes on street healings and other good healing stuff like from Revival or Riots or Whizzpopping (Brandon above). Or just search for “Todd White” or “Pete Cabrera”. My favorite (everyone’s favorite?) is probably the disneyland healings.
Curry Blake’s coming to Singapore!
Yay! The date would be around Feburary 2011 :) Churches or Christians interested to be involved with his meetings here or getting him to teach at your church can talk to Alastair. Email me at idealist at stillhaventfound.org and I’ll put you in contact with him.