I have been here in Redding for just over two weeks now, and what a two weeks it has been! So much has happened in such a short amount of time. It is my goal to keep all of you -my treasured friends, family and supporter- regularly updated on the happenings here at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and the amazing things God does in my life. I have been delayed in starting this blog because I have not had a computer to work with until now. This new computer I am typing on is a total gift from God, and it is exactly what I wanted. I just got it two days ago.
It would be rather painstaking for me to attempt to go back and account for everything that has happened to me these past two weeks, so instead I am going to post excerpts from my personal journal, which I have been keeping up with on almost a daily basis. Even with that, there are still things I am going to miss. God is so good to me 24 hours a day, to record one week of His goodness would take a whole book! But here I will share with you the highlights.
Friday, September 9, 2011
I can't believe I am actually here! I'm writing this sitting on my bed in my dorm room at Simpson University in Redding, CA. I am actually here! I flew out here yesterday.... God is good, I was able to work it out with some other Bethel students to give me a ride from Sacramento to Redding.... I had such a good time with them!... I really praise God that He allowed me to meet them. Otherwise I would have come all the way to my dorm and would have not met a soul. Now I feel like I already have two friends I can call on.... God has done so much to bless me. I can't even write it all down. Like the fact that He gave me exactly the amount of money needed to pay off my first tuition payment, through all the great people who came to my going away party. I am just so amazed by Him, I can't wait to see what he does next!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Yesterday was our first day of class for BSSM. What a start it was! Worship was intense and beautiful. I wonder if it will be like that everyday....Both Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson spoke to us and they were both amazing. Kris went over Bethel's core values.... He got me really excited for the teachings that will be happening this year. I can't wait to learn all they have to teach us. Bill spoke a message about how Christ came to transform our minds, the way we think.... He preached that once we have witnessed a miracle in our lives it becomes "illegal" for us to think of our problems according to what we don't have. Miracles must become the lens through which we see our next problem. That point really hit me. I have seen some crazy miracles in my life recently. From now on I MUST look at all my problems expecting God to do a miracle! I MUST. Otherwise I will be allowing my heart to be hardened, unchanged. Jesus does miracles so that something inside us can change. I am so excited. School has just barely started!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
During Bill's teaching yesterday I had an impression from God that I would soon have the opportunity to pray for someone's ears. I didn't know anyone that had trouble hearing (at least I didn't know I did). Last night at dinner my friend came in the room, obviously overcome with the Holy Spirit. With a big grin on his face he was practically convulsing under the power, I was surprised he could even walk! He had just come from his revival group meeting. I asked what had happened and all he said was, "My group is the drunk group," (meaning drunk in the Spirit).... He proceeded to tell us that God had healed his left ear and that he was waiting for Him to heal his right one (he had hearing trouble related to narrow Eustachian tubes and seasonal allergies).... Last night there was a little worship gathering in the Simpson University prayer chapel.... Worship was great and the Holy Spirit met us. [God dealt with me personally with some issues of timidity. Another friends prayed for me to have boldness]. After he was finished praying I walked right up to my friend with the hearing trouble and said, "We need to pray for your ears." So another friend of mine and I laid hands on him, prayed for him, commanding his ear ways to open, and God healed him 80% in his right ear and 100% in his left. Praise God!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Today I went to the healing room at Bethel, not really knowing what to expect. The Holy Spirit was definitely there I could feel His presence and was full of His Joy, much like I've been all this week. But I had people pray for my arm earlier this week and nothing happened, even when He was healing lots of other people. As I sat there today waiting my turn to be prayed for, the enemy tried to convince me that complete healing wasn't for me. But I know it is. God Loves me and wants good things for me. Two people prayed for me. A man and a woman. The Spirit was so sweetly on them. The woman spoke an image over me that filled me with such Joy. She said she saw the Father, Son and Holy Spirit together dancing circles around me, rejoicing over me as the precious daughter. What a beautiful image! I briefly told them my story and had them pray over my arm. At first nothing seemed to be happening. But the second time they had me check it I thought it seemed just a little bit straighter, but I wasn't sure if I was imagining it or not. But I told them anyway and we rejoiced together. When we prayed again my arm steadily became straighter and straighter until these was no question I was being healed! Now my arm is almost exactly as straight as my left arm and I can turn my palm all the way up! God has healed me! They had me stand on the stage and give a brief testimony. They had me pray over the crowd and release the anointing of metal related healing. God is so amazing!
These are just some of the amazing things that have happened since I have been here. The first thing I was here God seemed to be doing a lot of outward manifestations and blessings (healings, divine provisions, etc.) the second week He seemed to be dealing a lot more with internal things in me. Restoring promises, braking off chains, releasing things in the spirit, binding other things. A lot of that stuff is between me and God and I will not go into the details here. But I want you to know that the things He is doing inside me are just as marvelous as the things He has been doing on the outside of me.
I want my dear friends and family, and my spiritually family to all know that I am praying for you all and desire you to be greatly blessed by God as I am being blessed. I know there is so much more to come, and I can't wait to share it all with you. I cherish your prayers and support.
Be blessed! You amazing child of God!
Miranda Joy Turpin