1 Cor 3 v 5 & 7, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I (Paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
How easy it is for us to become followers of man, charismatic leaders or individuals that we admire spiritually. It’s part of one’s natural disposition to be dependent upon others, to rely on someone else’s faith to solve our problems and difficulties.
But God never intended for a select few to oversee the Church, His desire from the beginning is for a nation of priests, a body fully functioning, for all to be believers.
Peter was a fisherman who probably spent more time on his boat than on land. He learned its limitations and capabilities. He also new his fishing companions well. Through their work they had established relationships and within this working environment and a degree of security was achieved.
But one day at sea a storm began to shake their sense of security. All Peter had trusted in, the boat, his companions and experience were failing him. It was then that Jesus came along walking on the water (Read, Matthew 14 vs 25 – 31).
Peter faced a choice; to leave his source of security and step out on his own faith, or remain in his boat with his friends. And this is exactly what Jesus asks all of us to do, to leave our world of security, those individuals on whose faith we have been living and trust in Christ ourselves.
To grow in Christ, we have to let go of the hand we’re holding on to and trust in Christ above all others. He is calling us to do our own praying, our own seeking, our own walking. Do not let the fear of failure hold you back, for Jesus is able to save us to the uttermost. Our failure will not be sinking in the water after stepping out, but failure is not stepping out of the boat and not moving in God.
I am Roland Tann, founder of Flame of Revival, married to Margaret for over fifty nine years and we have two sons and three grandchildren. I joined the Port of London Authority Police where for three years I worked on a CID squad, fighting organised crime in the docks. I later transferred to the City of London Police and soon became a specialist instructor in physical training, life saving and self-defence attached to a Home Office Police Training Centre, Near Oxford. Qualified as a black belt for judo and later gained another for aikido. On occasions I taught specialist police instructors (for England & Wales) self-defence and disarming techniques.
In 1973 whilst driving to the Police Training Centre, my car broke down and the engine went up in flames. I put the fire out, the car was wrecked but I met the presence of the Lord at the side of the road. It changed my life, as I didn’t have a religious background, all I realised was that I was going to hell and needed to change direction and follow Jesus. My marriage which was on the rocks was healed and my sons wanted to become Christians because they saw the reality of what God had done in our marriage. The Lord later brought me out of the “Martial Arts” when I realised the occult influence behind it.
Since 1975, The Lord has led me, an evangelist with a healing ministry, with Margaret to minister around England and later to many other countries to take the Gospel. I have seen many signs and wonders following the preaching of the word of God. I trained part-time at Kingdom Faith Bible College. Later I became a police chaplain with Essex Police for 14 years. Margaret and I were directors of Chelmsford Healing Rooms for 5 years where we trained teams of people from 8 Churches to minister salvation, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, deliverance, and healing the sick. Here I’ll share some of the testimonies I have seen. In Essex there have been many people healed of various conditions from severe back pain, arthritis, deafness, diabetes, to blindness and multiple sclerosis.
Maria now reading without glasses.
In Schneeburg, Germany, Maria, nine years old, with thick pebble glasses and badly deteriorating eyesight and going blind. She now does not need glasses at all. and can read without them.
At a Lutheran Church in Ostingersleben, Germany, there was a man called Manfred. He was about forty five years old and had a withered left arm and hand, about 4 or 5 inches shorter than the other, with no feeling or strength in it. This was the result of a car crash when he was 11 years old. In Jesus name, the left arm grew out 2 inches longer than the other, with a loud cracking sound. Then I commanded the right arm to grow out and it grew level. The arm and hand were healed with feeling and strength completely restored.
In Bahrain, a man with a plastered, recently broken leg was healed and walked out with his crutches over his shoulder. I was told he was playing cricket the following week.
In a Pentecostal Church in Vancouver, Canada, there was a lady on a wheelchair/bed unable to sit or walk due to a spinal injury from a car crash thirteen years before. Jesus touched her and she walked the length of the Church and sat down without pain. Then she insisted on walking outside to wait for a taxi to take her home.
In Pavlograd, Ukraine, there was an elderly lady who had been totally paralysed for eight months, just lying on her bed, unable to wash, toilet or feed herself. Doctors could not help her, but Jesus completely healed her, She got up and walked me to the door to wave goodbye.
In Kiev, Ukraine, a young woman about 18 years old, had cerebral palsy — no use in her left arm and right leg. The power of God came upon her and she raised both arms to praise Him and was able to walk on the spot, lifting both knees waist high with both arms in the air. Praise God!
Many couples who were unable to have children, after ministry were told to send a photo of the baby in a years time. We have received many photos of their babies.
Margaret and I have healing testimonies of our own. In 2013, I had heart failure, and deep vein thrombosis. For a time Margaret had to push me around in a wheelchair. God touched me and I am now weight-training and exercising most days and I’m quite fit for an 81 year old. In 2016, Margaret had a fall fractured her skull and had a bleed on the brain. She was unable to walk or talk, but now she is a walking, talking miracle. Praise the Lord!
We serve a God who wants us to walk in the supernarural and see miracles happen, just like they did in Jesus’ day. In the UK and many other nations, crowds come forward at the call for salvation, healing and deliverance. Many people have been Baptised in the Holy Spirit and equipped to speak in tongues and prophecy. Margaret and I have a heart to see others moving in the power of God and to catch what the Lord has for them.
We restarted the Flame of Revival monthly meetings on 22nd October 2019, and will continue them, except in August & December. From January 2020, we will be hold our meetings on the 3rd Friday of each month. May God bless you. Roland Tann
In Elijah’s day there was a group of men called the sons of the prophet’s. They raised the dead, healed the sick, exposed and destroyed false prophets and revival spread throughout their land. They walked in holiness and knew God as their friend.
Wickedness is growing and taking root in many lives, destroying the foundation of our country. Satanism and occult is spreading while psychics demonstrate the powers of darkness. Family breakups and divorce is rife. Violence is corrupting our youths and children. Knife crime is on the increase. Sickness and disease attacks and even takes the lives of many people, well before their time.
But praise God, we have a promise from Jesus in John 14v12, “…he who believes in Me (Jesus), the works that I do, he will do also, and greater works than these will he do; because I go to the Father.”
Peter said, “It is you who are the sons of the prophets…” Acts 3v25.
It’s time that we the Church, the Body of Christ should take authority and our inheritance and rise up. Demonstrate God’s power by the Holy Spirit! We’re not to be satisfied with friendly services; services with visual aids, loud music, but no power. We are called to see the powers of darkness destroyed and our communities restored.
God speaks to people prophetically in various ways. The Bible tells us that we each view the Kingdom of God through a glass dimly. If we develop prophetic communities, our collective perspectives will inspire healthy young prophets and prophetic people. We can help them to discover their divine destinies, and their full calling. Also help them to learn how to hear from the Holy Spirit or receive Words of Knowledge, so that Jesus will have a greater impact on our communities and nation.
Moses was called by God to demonstrate His power to Pharaoh, but Pharaoh got his sorcerers to copy the miracles of God. Then our God who is all powerful did amazing miracles so that the sorcerers had to say, “That must be God. We cannot perform these miracles.” God’s power overcame and finally Pharaoh let God’s people go.
The god of this world will have to let go of our communities as the God of Heaven demonstrates His almighty awesome power through His people, the Church. Soon we are going to see the greatest revival in our history.
The Church of God is the bridge between history and His story.
We are the sons of the prophets!
The deaf, the blind, the sick and the demonised, with the poor and the lost are waiting for us.
Don’t disappoint them!
May the Lord give us supernatural wisdom and knowledge as we seek to train a prophetic people.
THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY
The prophetic ministry is searching for treasure amongst the rubbish in peoples lives.
The price that Jesus paid on the Cross of Calvery, determined the value of people that He purchased. God recognised something good in us even when we were sinners. It does not take a gift of prophecy to see the sin in sinners or the rubbish in Christians lives. It takes the eyes of God to see the brokenness in people and then to see beyond the brokenness to their potential in Christ. Look at Simon (Simon means a broken reed) and in the midst of his brokenness Jesus called him Peter (Peter means rock). The prophetic ministry is looking for the treasure in peoples lives amongst the rubbish.
OBSTICLES TO GETTING STARTED
Christians who ignore Jesus command to heal the sick, often wake up to the need for it when a family member or close friend gets seriously ill. I’m thankful that the Lord can use crises to draw us back to His will. Praying for family members can be the hardest place to start learning to move in signs, wonders and miracles. Don’t lose heart if you are in this position, just realise it is challenging to pray for people you know well. Now repent for not taking up His commission in the past. Repentance is a good place to start in enlarging your kingdom experience. It increases your confidence before God as you seek a breakthrough in any area of life. Familiarity is the problem when we try to minister to those we know well. People of Nazareth knew Jesus in the natural, saying “Is this not Joseph’s son?” Thinking of Him merely as Joseph’s son prevented them from knowing Him as Lord and Saviour. For that reason, Jesus did few miracles in His hometown (see Mark 6v1-6; Luke 4v22). When we pursue healing as the responsibility of every believer, we realise breakthroughs as we seek to serve those in our community and those around us. This increases our understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in the miracle realm. It increases our confidence and faith when dealing with those closest to us who need a miracle.
It is inevitable to have disappointments when pursuing a miracle lifestyle. This is the biggest stumbling block for those who want to see the whole ministry of Jesus restored to the Church. Some people who believed for a miracle for a dying relative and didn’t get it, turn away from God. They reject our God who is personal, powerful and at hand. Even a few ministers do this. They become people who believe in God, but approach a problem the same way an atheist would, without a miracle-working God at the centre of the answer. These leaders see something happen that they can’t explain, and in response create an answer or belief system to take away the pressure of mystery.. An example could be when a child dies, they may say, “God took the life of this child because He needed another angel in heaven.” This statement may give temporary comfort to the grieving family, but it is a lie. God doesn’t turn the dead into angels, and he did not cause the death of that child. The lie brings temporary peace while undermining the parents ability to truly be healed in their hearts, then rise up and seek the justice of the Lord in giving them vindication for their loss. There is a potential power in loss that gets lost itself in a cloud of disappointment. The lie also keeps them from pusuing a breakthrough anointing, so that other parents do not have to feel the same grief and loss. The fact that God can use tragedy has caused many to attribute tragedy to God. The truth is, “What would Jesus do?” He healed all who came to Him. His is the only standard worth pursuing.
Why did Jesus raise people from the dead? Because not everyone dies in God’s timing. If we have the Father assigning people to die and Jesus raising them from the dead, we have a divided house. Those who believe that everything that happens is God’s will are contributing to the immaturity of the Church. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3v9). It is not His will that any perish, but people perish every day in spite of it being against God’s will.
Learning to live with the unexplainable is one of the most necessary ingredients of the Christian life, especially for those pursuing the authentic Gospel displayed through the miracle realm. If we don’t give up our right to understand, we will seldom experience the peace that passes understanding that Philippians 4v7, talks about. If everything worked perfectly for us the first time we tried, there would be little need for promises like, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8v28).
Verses like this are given because we are all in process. AMEN!
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