I am a man who lives by dreams and visions. God speaks to us this way. Dreams and visions are not something that died with the early church. When Peter stood up to preach, he proclaimed that the body of Christ had been visited by the Holy Spirit; and now the church would become people who would see, and who would prophesy (Acts 2:17-21).
I know many people who live in the realm of their own best ideas, and things never seem to pan out for them. Instead of going from glory to glory, and faith to faith, they seem to be going from misery to misery. They are like a bunch of “Eeyores” living in depression, who - when you tell them things are about to get better, and the sun is about to shine, they say, “I HOPE SO BROTHER.”
You need to spend a little longer in the bosom of the Lord. You need to be filled with his vision for your life, rather than your own. Proverbs 29:18 says, ““Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Now with that said, I can tell you that there are times that I get a little frightened and need to hear from the Lord; but the good news is, that he is always quick to speak. Recently, I stepped out on one of the biggest steps of faith I have taken so far to date. My family, which includes seven children and my wife, and I need a much bigger house. Two of my children are adults from my first marriage, but five of my children are from the ages of eight down to two. We have two bedrooms in a small house. We outgrew that house long ago.
The Lord showed me about nine months ago that it was time to start packing my bags and to believe for a much bigger house; but the house that he wanted me to believe for was much more expensive than I felt I could pay, although I had some extra money that was coming from a government pension and thought I could use it to get this house.
The problem is that governments don’t always move in the timeframe that you want them to move. I ended up depositing a large down payment down for my new house and started to renovate my old one, thinking that the money from the government would be there any day. Three months have passed by and I am still waiting. The fear of God hit me. I felt suckered into it. I felt my stomach falling out of my body. That’s a lot of fear.
I was in England recently, and I started to have some anxiety about the new house. I felt like I was in a miry pit and that there was no way out. That night I woke up because the bed that I was lying in broke and I ended up on the floor. I tried to fix the bed but it broke again, so I fixed it again only to have it break a third time. Eventually I just put the mattress on the floor.
As I was finally settling, I started to worship the Lord and that is when an angel appeared. I heard two things. The first thing was “THERE IS MORE FAVOUR IN THE MUCK THAN YOU THINK.” This shook me. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I knew that God was with me in the middle of this situation. I knew that I was not alone and that he was going to bring me to a new place.
Then the angel gave me a scripture. I heard Psalm 44:3: “It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” I knew that God was telling me that it wouldn’t be by my own understanding that my new house would come into my own possession - but that he was giving this to me as a gift because of the favour of God on my life. This word strengthened me.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Lord then gave me an encounter with an angel. As I was saying I was in England when this occurred. I was staying with a friend at the time. I went into a trance and saw myself sitting in my friend’s kitchen and an angel came and sat at the table with me.
I looked at this fellow who looked to have so much life, vitality and strength and asked him, “What is your name?” His response was marvelous. He said, “My name is EDIFIED TO DO ANYTHING.” It was much more than just a name. His name was an impartation. Excitement filled my chest. I knew that the Lord was saying, “All things are possible to those who believe (Matthew 19:26). I knew that the Lord was saying, “Nothing is impossible for God (Matthew 4:4).
I looked up the meaning of the word “EDIFIED.” It means to be built up or established in moral or religious knowledge. In my heart I had been edified by just hearing this angel’s name. I then knew that this house of mine was a done deal. I knew that God would work things through for me. I might not know the details. I might not be able to do this work by own strength, but he was going to strengthen me to establish me in the house that he wanted me to have.
I imagine that many of you reading this have gone through similar circumstances. Again, I will say to you that you have to hear God’s voice. Don’t step out into anything unless you do. You must be intimate with God and not depend on your own strength or ideas. But when God begins to move in your life, know for certain that he will accomplish what he said he will do. He wants you to be obedient to his word, and then when you are, you will be blessed. I heard God say to me recently, “I can’t bless your ideas for your life, but I can bless my ideas for your life.” If this is the case, then we need to know his ideas; and this comes through: intimacy, dreams and visions, the still small voice, and through the word of God.
I pray for you today. I declare that this is a new hour in your life. You will hear his voice clearly, and you will have the boldness and the confidence to step into the direction that he declares for your life. You will not fear, because God will be with you. You will look at the mountains and see yourself already over them.
I am learning a valuable lesson as my ministry moves forward. The job of the five-fold ministry is more of equipping the saints; rather than to stand at the centre of a large stage and amazing crowds with and ability to walk in the gifts of the spirit. I have noticed that as I have raised others up in my meetings, the miracles that take place are bigger than if I tried to act alone.
I have been in ministry for a long time, and one of the things that I have noticed is that ministers often try to “out-anoint” each other. This one boasts about their great healing anointing, and this other one will boast about how accurate prophetically they are, but let me today boast instead about the friends who I have ministered with, over the last couple of months, on two continents.
When I was in England recently, I asked a friend to travel with me for ministry. His name is Kevin Dexter. I love this guy. I found myself learning from the way he ministered through healing. Everywhere I went to minister, I had him pray for people for healing. In one location, a man who had a brace on his leg was healed, and walked out of the church with the brace over his shoulder. Kevin also released a word over another person that they would minister in the streets. The very next day, this person, who had not done such a thing before, prayed for someone’s eye and it was healed.
We can’t worry about who God wants to use. We have to trust him that he is able to use us, and the people he brings to us as well. If we aren’t concerned about someone else getting the attention, then the things we will see done for the Kingdom will be far greater than if we want the attention and when we act alone. God sees our hearts and he knows our motivations. If we aren’t truly Kingdom people he will know it.
I saw another wonderful miracle recently in Louisiana. My friend Mike Barnett was with me. Actually the miracle started in Mississippi. We were ministering at a church in Biloxi. After I preached, I asked Mike to prophesy over some people. He saw one young man and pulled him up to the front of the church. Mike began to declare things over his life. He asked what his name was. The man said, “Jason.”
My friend looked at him and said, “Jason, the power of God be on you,” or something to that effect. When he did this, Jason fell to the floor. The guy behind him also fell to the floor ,and a third guy behind them got struck by the Holy Spirit, and started staggering all over the front of the church!
It turns out that the three of them were named Jason. This was an amazing miracle! Two days later, I was in Denham Springs sharing this testimony to the body gathered there. I had asked two ladies to stand so I could prophesy. I told the story between the two prophetic words. The lady who was left standing told me that she was shocked about my story of the three Jason’s because her son was also named Jason.
None of these miracles would have occurred if I worried about my own reputation. None of these miracles would have occurred if I was not willing to let God use other people over myself. The five-fold ministry is about equipping the saints for service. People who operate in the five-fold ministry must forget about their own reputations. They need to let God use them to raise others up. If I am truly going to multiply the talents that God has given me, I must raise up hundreds of others to serve within the garden.
Fathers and mothers birth sons and daughters. Our job as fathers in the faith is to raise up sons that will serve the next generations. My prayer is that I will raise up so many sons that the impact of my ministry will be felt till Jesus returns through them.
I had a dream recently that in my lifetime, thirty to thirty-five million souls would come to the Lord. I can’t even imagine how I could do such a thing on my own. It will take thousands to do such a thing. I pray that God will raise these folks up to work alongside me in the garden of the Lord. I pray that they will be birthed supernaturally, and that they will come quickly, so that we can accomplish this great work together. I also pray that they will be people filled with the fruit of the Spirit, and will walk in the power of God. May they see signs and wonders and may they be miracle workers all for the glory of God.
The wounding in a person’s heart will sometimes come out like venom toward those that are in that person’s life. Many people don’t know any other way except to hurt others. As far as they know, this is the right way. Their mantra or “inner lie” becomes I must hurt others before they hurt me.
This can become a defence mechanism, much like the defences that come into play in any war. When a city was besieged in the Middle Ages, things began to happen when an army was approaching the front gate. The gate would close, the archers would be readied on top of the wall, and the attack would commence when the opposing forces crossed into striking territory.
Without the security that comes in Christ, there is something warlike that lives in and haunts the heart of man. But you and I as soldiers of Christ, we are to live differently. Our sword is not steel. Our love does no harm. Our ability to overcome petty grievances is our honour and not our weakness. We will win many hearts by turning the other cheek. We must lay down our right to strike back.
I had a dream last night in which I saw a few young men. They were clawing and scratching at everyone that came near them. I saw one person’s face that one of these young men tore with a nail in his hand. As I stood before these young people, I felt fear in my heart but I continued to stand. One of them even pricked me with a tack that was in his hand. I continued to stand, despite the fear of my face being torn like the other man.
The truth is, when we start in the Army of the Lord, many will come against us with their words. Their own minds are filled with a thousand lies, and everything that you say in the name of Jesus’ will be interpreted through the lens of lies that besieges them. When they hear you talk about Jesus, they cannot understand you. They are deaf to the ways of Christ. They are blind to his precious ways. They neither see him, nor hear him, because they are deeply wounded by the aggression common to the hearts of men.
They have not experienced the compassion or the love of Jesus. The only way they will is if you and I lay down our rights to fight back. We must turn our cheek to the war of their words and overcome by the blood of the lamb.
In my vision, I heard the young man say, “I have pricked him with this tack many times but he has never complained.” When I stood before him hearing his words, I didn’t realize I had not complained. All I was thinking about was avoiding his hand the next time.
Many would run from those that hurt them and spitefully use them. Many would run from people who cause them great pain in their hearts. In the past when I was hurt by someone, I would avoid them at all cost, but this will not help to win them to the Lord. Our strength as Christians is to love despite the cost. Our relationship with these people becomes very human and real when we continue to love. We must not turn from those who would hurt us, but consider it a blessing when we face trials of many kinds. Our greatest offense is love. Our greatest defense is love. We will overcome when we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest the love of Jesus in our hearts at all times. The fruit of the Spirit in our lives will keep us on track.
There are many places that I travel to as a minister, where people hurt me while I am there. I am not telling you this so that you will feel bad for me. I usually can discern that this will happen before I go. I go anyway, because I know that the people need the Jesus inside of me to manifest his glory and love in their lives.
I actually feel this love increasing in my heart in this season. I sense a new fire rising to destroy the yoke over many lives. When we are with them, we are to brush aside the pain they are trying to inflect upon us. If we act in the spirit of Christ they will see Jesus in us.
I pray for you to be strengthened in your heart today so that you will overcome all things. I pray that you will withstand the persecution and consider it pure joy just to be alive and shine for God.
When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all. (Acts 19:1-7)
Impartation is an interesting concept within Christian circles. The Greek word for "impartation" is "metadidomi," which means "to give over, (i.e. share: give, impart") (Strong's); or "to give a share of" (Young's). When we lay hands on someone and impart we are giving them something. It isn’t that we have this power of our own. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit that resides inside of us and by faith when we pray for others his spirit and his gifts enter into them also.
I remember the first time I heard this term I was actually ministering in Seoul, South Korea. I had been invited to teach at a School of the Supernatural for ten days. The people that attended these courses were radical for the Lord and on fire for him. They had a great desire for more of God, and at the end of each service, they would run to the altar for prayer. So many of them started to run toward me; and it seemed that the only word in English they knew was “impartation.” I had no idea what they meant at the time. This was just over ten years ago. I learned quickly that they wanted me to lay hands on them to impart whatever gift God would give to them through my life.
Paul said to his spiritual son Timothy, “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all (1 Timothy 4:14-15).”
In a dream recently I was standing before a young man who was very zealous for the Lord and he was a leader of many others but he had not yet entered into the gift of prophecy. I asked him if he would like impartation because I did not have enough time to fully teach him about the gift. I told him that prophecy is laid out in 1 Corinthians 14:3 which says, “But he that prophesies speaks unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.”
He had a funny response and said, “Have you been to my church in town?” I said, “I have only been in your town for a short time.” I wasn’t sure that he wanted the gift because he didn’t understand the idea of impartation.
When Peter and John laid hands on the believers in Samaria, they were imparting the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-25). Holy Spirit came upon them much like he did on the disciples in the upper room (Acts 2). Simon the Sorcerer saw the Apostles lay hands on the people, and saw the Holy Spirit’s power was released on them. He offered to buy this power. This is a common witchcraft practice. There is a monetary market for the buy and sale of enchantments and curses, even to this day.
What is interesting about this story is how an unbeliever could see that something was happening in people’s lives when and after two ordinary men laid hands on them. My prayer is that the church will open its eyes to see the mysteries that await those (who by faith) believe that God can use them in such a way. Wherever we go in Jesus’ name, we should be praying and asking the Holy Spirit to impart his gifting into other believers. We can teach people for a week about the gift of prophecy, or we can lay hands on a person and it is imparted to them immediately.
The Lord can impart his gifts into your life any way he wishes. I pray that your heart is open to how he is moving. I pray that you will not allow religion and its ideas stop you from entering into the deepest place with the Holy Spirit. Religion would try to qualify you. It would have you pay for the course or the credential before you could be used for the gospel sake; But with God, he qualifies you, because of what Jesus did on the cross. I began to operate in the prophetic long before I understood what prophecy was all about.
I remember the first time I prophesied in a church. It was messy. I couldn’t help myself. I jumped up from the seat that I was sitting in and ran to the altar of the church during ministry time. Without the permission of the pastor of that church, I began to see things over the people’s lives. I knew things about them that I shouldn’t have known. I knew who the prayer warriors were, who the worshippers were, who the future leaders were, and I could discern those who were operating from false motivations. This terrified me. I wasn’t qualified to be used by God but I could see and hear nevertheless.
I believe that there has to be an order in the church, and so did the apostle Paul. I believe we must honour leaders and the people when we operate in our giftings. We must not push ourselves upon people, but that doesn’t mean we won’t do so as we are learning to operate more effectively.
I pray for you today. First, I pray that you will receive impartation upon your life for everything that God wants you to do. Second, I pray that you also will become like Peter and Paul, and have the faith to believe that you also could lay hands on others; and they too would be imparted gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This blog is dedicated to the prophetic writings of Darren Canning