Archive for March, 2011

Today I’m preparing to head to Grove City, PA and join some Jesus Lovers for a time of rest before I got back to Ohio State. I went to take a shower and my knees starting pulsating and I instantly knew it was a sympathety pain.

If you don’t know, a sympathy pain is where the Holy Spirit will put pressure or even let you feel some pain somewhere on your body to point out what He wants to heal in someone. It’s basically Him putting His finger right where the persons pain is occurring. It must be clear God isn’t inflicting you with the same pain or disease that they suffering from. It’s simply a word of knowledge. Sometimes when you pray for someone you will get a sympathetic pain and know what to call out. Many times that shows people how real God is because there’s no way you would know that they just had back surgery, kidney problems or get recurring migraines.

For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

-1 Corinthians 12:8-11

I didn’t know who the Holy Spirit was trying to point out to me so I posted this status…

I than just began to type out the prayer I would pray if I was right there in the room with her…

At this point a lot was running through my mind. Thoughts entered my head like “What if she doesn’t get healed? Maybe I should of done in a message so only she could see it.” And “What if she doesn’t get healed and someone sees it and it becomes proof in their mind God doesn’t exist.” I then realized that the enemy was working against my faith and I said, “NO. She is healed in Jesus name!” That’s when she replied…

We serve the God that answers with FIRE. In 1 Kings 18 where Elijah went up against the prophets of Baal in front of all the children of Israel saying in verse 21,

How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.”

He went on to challenge the prophets to call on Baal to burn the sacrifice in verse 24.

“You call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.

Without preaching a whole sermon on this (which is going to happen in the near future), Baal doesn’t answer them. Elijah mocks them and then has them pour water on the sacrifice. He prayed to God and needless to say God answered with FIRE (verses 38,39).

“Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”

That’s the God we serve. He answers with FIRE and makes Himself known. Be an Elijah. Stand on faith when no one else will. We aren’t called to blind faith. We are called into His Loving arms where He takes care of us. It isn’t a religious chore, it relationship with the Creator of the universe!

“Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

-Romans 10:11, 13

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To God Be All The Glory!

Tonight as we worshipped I received a text message through the prayer line. It was from a man named Todd whom I’ve never met and I’m really not sure how he even found my blog, but it was certainly divine appointment. Here’s our conversation that happened via text message:

Todd: Hi Ryan. I love Yr site. Just found it. I have a very earnest prayer request. 9:09 PM

Todd: My name is todd. I would really be appreciative if u could pray for my total recovery from cigarette addiction and healing from damage from smoking. And 9:11 PM

Todd: ANY prophetic word from the Lord about what He thinks of me. God bless u. I need God s help and presence. 9:11 PM

Me: Well my brother, here’s what God thinks of you: He says you’re chosen (Romans 8:28-31), He says you’re made powerful in Him (John 14:12), and He says your Loved (Romans 8:37-39). I will pray for you and send you anything God gives me for you. Love you my brother. 9:37 PM

Me: God, I pray you just surround Todd with Your presence now Lord. Just coat him in comfort and peace. God, we know you’re the perfect father and You Love to pour out Your Love on Your children. Papa, I just ask that You pour out Your Love on Your son. Let him physically feel Your arms wrap around him. 9:41 PM

Me: Holy Spirit, began to let him feel Your healing power flow throughout his lungs as You remove all scar tissue and damage done by smoking. We know that Jesus died on the cross and defeated sin and death. And in death is sickness and disease so we stand on the authority of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit and say BE HEALED in the name of JESUS! Father, we thank you for grace and we ask that You be his strength. 9:48 PM

Me: Holy Spirit, bring strong conviction to where the very sight or smell of a cigarette makes him sick to his stomach. Let it be part of his testimony as people see how you broke it off his life. At the same time as you remove this that’s physical killing him God begin to weed out the things in his life spiritually killing him. God, even now let more of Your presence and Love rest upon him. 9:52 PM

Me: So we just declare complete and total healing in the name of Jesus. Amen 10:03 PM

Me: How do you feel? 10:08 PM

(At this point I was wondering how affective a prayer via text message could be)

Todd: Brother thank u. I can’t begin to tell u how I felt the presence of God and the Holy Spirit just move thru me as I read Yr words. I believe them and I believe God has healed me! Jesus defeated my addiction! The Holy Spirit flooded me like almost like a wind moving inside me! I believe That I will be able 10:09 PM

Todd: to minister to others and point them to Abba Father who loved me enough to send His Son for me and conquer this world for me 10:09 PM

Todd: And I could feel Him wrap Himself around me 10:10 PM

Todd: I know that I am healed. Thank u so much it is u reflecting Jesus and being so willing to pray for the hurting and lost That drew me to bring a prayer request to you 10:14 PM

(Jesus smacked me after Todd’s healing haha)

Me: A group is praying for you. Heres what we’re getting: 10:15 PM

Todd: I’ve agonized over thus addiction for so many years. Its been a stumbling block in my walk w Jesus for so long. But no more! 10:15 PM

(^That’s the freedom found in Jesus^)

Me: God is your defense. One person kept seeing shields and armor and towers and they all represented His defending you. And for so long you’ve tried to fight and God wants you to know its finished. You will even feel the need to keep fighting out habit but no more. 10:23 PM

Todd: Praise God thank u thank u. So true I have tried so many legalistic ways to ‘earn’ my way into right standing w God and I have battled addiction all my adult life. I will remember with God’s help each hour that He is my defense 10:27 PM

Me: That’s Jesus my brother! 10:30 PM

Me: He Loves you! 10:32 PM

Todd: Thank u thank u most of all Jesus and I will seek Him daily 10:33 PM

Me: I will be praying for you 10:37 PM

Todd: God bless u. I will be praying for you and Yr ministry. Jesus still heals and saves 10:39 PM

Me: Yes He does! 10:40 PM

(God really touched my heart with this part)

Todd: Father I just love you and thank you for What You have done, are doing and will do in all our lives and I lift up Ryan Your servant and ask that You daily 10:48 PM

Todd: strengthen and shield him. That you would strengthen him to continue leading people to You. That he continue to please You by loving those broken and 10:48 PM

Todd: hurting around him the way our king Jesus loves. Again we love you Father and You Alone are worthy the most High. Thank you That You have heard us abba 10:48 PM

Todd: father and thank you for your Son Jesus and for your Holy Spirit. Amen in Jesus name. 10:48 PM

Todd: Thanks Ryan I will be in touch. God bless and strengthen you 10:49 PM

Me: Thank you!

Jesus really healed someone via text message… He never ceases to amaze me! Moral of the story, there’s no limits on the power of the Holy Spirit! Amen.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

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To God Be All The Glory!

This blog is about our incredible Jesus weekend.

Last week Jasmine, Saria and I were at RMU (Robert Morris University) and were really feeling like God wanted us in Columbus. So what’s the sensible thing to do? Yep, drive on no sleep and no plan on where to stay. And of course Jesus Loves us so He found us places to stay.

Friday:

On Friday night we planned a worship night at a friends house. We worshipped in the basement with about 10 people and the presence of God showed up to give us a big hug. So amazing! But the night didn’t stop there. Everyone was hungry so we went to Buffalo Wild Wings to eat. Afterwards Saria and I ran to the gas station to get ice cream as everyone else went home. There we met a woman named Donna, probably in her 50s, working 3rd shift. She was so kind. I asked her if she could use prayer and she start telling us about her friend’s mom who passed away. The talk then turned to her faith in Jesus and we were able to encourage her to pursue a deeper relationship with him.

Saturday:

The original plan was for us to head to Cleveland and get some sleep before church Sunday morning. But Jasmine felt like we should go to Harvest Prep’s Girls Regional basketball game. The game starts turning into a blow out and Jasmine tells me that we probably will leave soon and head to Cleveland. I knew that wasn’t the case. We finish the game, HPS wins and we’re on our way. As we are heading to get on the highway Saria starts saying she’s hungry and wants McDonalds…

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A RECOUNTING OF ONE OF THE CRAZIEST PUBLIC MOVES OF GOD I’VE EVER SEEN!!!

This whole this has to be a miracle because I hate McDonalds but we decided to go in and eat (not that I was going to get anything). As soon as we walk in we seen about 10 or so high school kids hanging out. Also, oddly enough, our friends Christin Barthel and Juan Thomas happened to be there. God was up to something! Jasmine starts talking to this group of girls and then asks if we can pray with them. So we all joined hands and prayed. After we asked them if we could ask God what He thinks of them. With each girl that went everyone was getting words of knowledge. As Jasmine put it, “God was reading their mail.” They began to cry as they realized God is real, He Loves them and He knows them. Another boy walked up and said that he heard we knew peoples lives. So we prayed and God did the same for him. He went from goofing around to an understanding of how real God is. I took him off to the side after and he ended up giving his life to Jesus.

While all of this was going on a group of about 8 guys walked in and immediately started commenting on what was going on. Jasmine and I walked over while the rest of the group continued playing music and praying. We started introducing ourselves and the proceeded to ask if anyone had any pain or anything because Jesus would take it away. One had a sore neck, Jesus healed it. Another had a strained hamstring, Jesus healed it. One jokingly asked if he could be made flexible since he couldn’t touch his toes. He bent over and could only get 6 inches from the ground. We prayed and he asked skeptically, “So I’ll be able to touch my toes now?” To which Jasmine replied “Try it.” He bent down and touched the ground. All his friends started jumping around and he ran out yelling “ILLUMINATI!!!” Hahahaha! Next a guy came up with a broken finger. It was twice the size of his other fingers. The first pray, Jesus took the pain away but it was still swollen. The second, it shrunk significantly and everyone was freaking out. The third, Jesus completely healed him. One girls back and feet got healed. Another girl got healed of a swore throat. There were 8 or so healings including almost everyone of the guys that walked in making fun of us praying in McDonalds. One thing I must also add is that we didn’t lay hands on or even pray for any of them to get healed. We had each of them pray for one another. They put their hands on one another and asked Jesus for the healing and it happened. They got to see it had nothing to do with us.

By this time many of them had called their friends and there were 30 plus high school kids in this McDonald’s at about 11pm. We were able to share the Gospel and show them that Jesus isn’t church, at least not in the sense of a religious organization. They got to see Him in a way they’d never seen or believed. They got to experience His Love and presence for the first time. It was pretty incredible to watch.

We invited them to come back the next day at noon to talk more about Jesus if they wanted and we cancelled our trip to Cleveland.

Sunday:

Noon rolls around and two of the girls from the night before were there waiting for us. Jasmine took lead in the conversation asking what they thought about the night before and what they knew about Jesus. She explained the Gospel and the necessity of the sacrifice of Jesus using a McDonalds sweet tea, a french fry, some change, and a straw wrapper. Both girls decided they

“God” in Jasmine’s illustration haha

wanted to dedicate their lives to Jesus. Jasmine prayed an example prayer by rededicating her life then let them pray their own prayers. One of the girls was praying and towards the end said “I want to have a relationship with you.” It was so beautiful! They are going to get baptized soon and we will all be getting back together for that. We also have worked out a way for Saria to disciple them and we give them our information if they need anything. Jesus is so amazing!

That night we came back to RMU and decided to go to the chapel and worship. When we got there we found out that mass was supposed to be going on but it got cancelled so there were several people there. Everyone left but one girl named Brittany (hope I spelled it right). She decided to stay and worship. After worship we prayed for her and another girl. We then taught them how they can hear from God by having them pray for Jasmine. We asked asked God what He thought of Jasmine and both girls, one Catholic and one Baptist, got incredibly deep words for her. It really showed the beauty of what God’s doing. Through the Holy Spirit, denominations are unifying to be the Bride of Christ. That’s the Beauty of Jesus!

Point that must be made:

Jasmine, Saria, and I aren’t these special people that God chose to put magical powers on. Anyone can do this. In fact, when you realize you have the Holy Spirit inside you… the same Spirit that was in Jesus, raised the dead, cast out demons, and healed the sick… the Holy Spirit is in EVERY follower of Jesus. I’m learning this more and more myself, but we need to live like we have the power and authority of Jesus within us because WE DO. The Holy Spirit is VERY real, VERY powerful, and VERY fun. Living life as one big Jesus adventure never gets old.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” -Romans 8:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” -2 Corinthians 13:14

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14:12

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” –Mark 16:15-18

Please Pray For:

-Donna, the gas station attendant.

-Donna’s friend whose mother just passed away.

-Boy that gave his life to Jesus and his family.

-Both girls continue to follow Jesus with their whole hearts and that He would surround them with more Jesus people.

-Brittany continues to see the fullness of God and we get to form more of a relationship with her.

If you connected with these words and are interested in sowing into my ministry as I travel and preach the Gospel, please click HERE.
If you’re interested in me speaking at your church, email me at ryanrhodesbooking@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Be blessed!

To God Be All The Glory!