God Will Meet You!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

It took a significant experience in my life for me to grasp that all that the world has to offer cannot fill the vacuum that God places in each one of us. A vacuum that only He can fill. I had an experience as a young man that clearly demonstrated to me that God will meet you wherever you are in life and fill you with an abundance of His love. And He will bring you into a place of restoration where life once again has meaning and purpose.

By the time I reached 26 years of age, I had accumulated an abundance of friends, stuff, and experiences. I had spent 4 years in the Air Force and had already traveled to many foreign countries. However, it was during this time that I emotionally hit bottom. I was in my last year at the university, working part-time and living on a sailboat in Sausalito, CA. I clearly remember sitting there one sunny afternoon saying, “God, I don’t get it. Is this all there is to life? What’s the point to even go on? If you are real do something, anything! If not I am ready to sail off into the sunset.” I felt that if this was all that life was about it was pretty pointless. I had reached the point that though I knew God existed I didn’t feel He was that intimately involved in my life and wasn’t sure He even cared.

Soon after this conversation with God, I came home to Bakersfield for a weekend visit. While there I met up with a good friend, Bob Hartley, who was the leader of our college group at the church I attended when I first returned from the Air Force. We were sitting in a room down at the church when I began telling him how low I was feeling. Bob listened to me patiently and then wisely said, “Mike, why don’t we just pray.”

We bowed our heads and I simply said, “God if you are real I need to know!” I immediately felt this warm rushing wind envelope my entire body and I heard God say, “Michael, when you accepted me as your savior at age 12 you received the gift of eternal life but you didn’t allow me to be Lord of your life. So you have missed the real joy of life and the power of my spirit living within you. That’s why you are so empty.”

I looked up and said to Bob, “Did you feel that?” He smiled and said, “Yes.” Now I’m not the smartest person around and sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake but I said, “Lord, I place myself in your hands and give you all of me that I know how to give, my needs, my desires, my goals, and my mind, emotions, and will. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit, let me experience your power and use me anyway you choose.”

After that experience life began to have some meaning and purpose for me. There have been up times and down times, struggles and temptations, failures and victories. But life has meaning, I have a purpose and a goal. There’s a deep joy that no amount of booze, sex, or drugs could ever bring. The Bible says that the pursuit of these things of the world is death. I experienced the first stage of death which is emptiness and that’s where you’re headed without the power of Jesus Christ in your life.

It is 2019 and I’m now 77 years of age and this is part of my story. I am excited and filled with deep love and joy beyond any I have ever known. I am thankful that my Father God not only stood by watching over me but when I reached those times of discouragement He was there to pick me up, brush me off, and lovingly put His arms around me. At no time did I feel God had given up on me or abandoned me to the consequences of my actions. Whenever I called out to Him he was there. What amazing grace and love my Father has for me. This is what you can experience when you move into an intimate relationship with God.

$$$ Finances have taken a dive the last couple of months. Can you help?
Thanks to all of you who have been faithful financial supporters over the years. If you have not yet made the decision to financially support Wholeness Ministries I would ask that you consider doing so. You can click HERE to visit our “Donate” page where you can send a one-time donation, set up automatic monthly donations, or simply write us a check.

Thank you,

Mike

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My newest book BEFORE YOU GET HERE: Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist you in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, A Look in the Mirror, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org and at Amazon.com. Check out the entire Wholeness Ministries Catalog right HERE.

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

When Life Gets Challenging!

Dear Friends,

Being one that is called to the healing ministry it is especially challenging to stay up and positive when sickness strikes me. For the last couple of months, I have been dealing with overall weakness and lack of endurance. The doctors are doing tests to see if they can determine what is going on, I’m receiving lots of prayer from friends and taking the steps I know to stay active and functioning under these circumstances. I’m sharing this with you to ask for your prayers but also to share the lessons I am learning while in this place. I have lived a life blessed with good health and energy so being in this place where there is limited energy is a new challenge. I know this is temporary because of the prophetic words I’ve received over the last twenty-five years that God has much more in store for me and I have faith and trust that He will indeed accomplish through me what He has promised. I am trying to stay alert to what He wants me to learn as I go through this time.

I remember many years ago as a young man in excellent health I had little patience with people in chronic pain. I was in ministry at the time and when these people would come for prayer week after week for the same thing, complaining and depressed I would pray for them but on the inside I would sometimes be thinking, “You need to just get over it and get on with your life.” Obviously, I did not understand chronic pain and that you don’t just “get over it!”

But then one day in 1985 all that changed. I was an avid snow skier and loved speed and taking jumps as I headed down the mountain. I was skiing down a ski run at one of our ski areas here in California. Near the bottom of the run, I went over a small jump but when I landed my skis stuck in the snow, I somersaulted out of them and landed on my back in the snow. I was momentarily knocked unconscious. When I came around I reached out to grab my ski pole and realized I had no feeling in my hands. That freaked me out but shortly the pain hit like hot needles down my arms and in my hands. It turns out I had broken some bones in my hand, done some damage to my neck, and severely pulled and tore some other muscles. After a trip to the hospital and numerous tests the doctor came in and said, “You are fortunate to be walking, you came very close to breaking your neck and being completely paralyzed!”

While I was immensely relieved to be walking, from that moment on I have had to deal with chronic pain down my arms and in my hands. The only thing that keeps me functioning is medication that makes the pain tolerable. I am well aware that God did not cause this accident but I was trying to figure out what good could possibly come out of this. One day the lights came on and I realized, “This is what it’s like to deal with chronic pain, you don’t just get over it!”

My attitude towards those dealing with chronic pain changed dramatically. As traumatic as this skiing accident was to me personally, I can see how God has used what happened to help me understand better those dealing with chronic pain that I did not have before this accident.

$$$ Finances have taken a dive the last couple of months. Can you help?
Thanks to all of you who have been faithful financial supporters over the years. If you have not yet made the decision to financially support Wholeness Ministries I would ask that you consider doing so. You can click HERE to visit our “Donate” page where you can send a one-time donation, set up automatic monthly donations, or simply write us a check.

Thank you,

Mike

YOUR PURCHASES ON AMAZON CAN HELP WHOLENESS MINISTRIES!
AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Wholeness Ministries. As many of you shop on Amazon this could amount to you giving a significant amount of money to us over a year’s time. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Just go to AmazonSmile, search for Wholeness Ministries, and sign up. It’s that simple.

My newest book BEFORE YOU GET HERE: Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist you in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, A Look in the Mirror, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org and at Amazon.com. Check out the entire Wholeness Ministries Catalog right HERE.

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

So Many Good Things!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

There are so many good things going on that it’s hard to know where to begin. I am part of a men’s group called Influencers that meets on Tuesday night at 6:00pm on the Bakersfield Christian High School campus. It’s a citywide group that allows me to build some lasting relationships with other men. The best part is, I don’t have to do any teaching or leading. I can just enjoy being there. This is my second year with Influencers. If you are interested in being a part give me a call or just show up.

For the last eight weeks I’ve been teaching each Wednesday night at Christ Cathedral from my book Learning To Do What Jesus Did. Pastor Max wanted his people equipped to pray for those in need of healing. It’s been exciting to watch them respond positively to this training and to see God help them discover their spiritual gifts and how to use them. I have my last session this coming Wednesday the 25th and these trained teams will then be available to pray with you each Wednesday beginning at 7:00pm at Christ’s Cathedral here in Bakersfield.

Beginning this Thursday, September 26th I will be teaching a class here at Summit Bible College. We are using the Learning To Do What Jesus Did book and equipping them to go out to pray for the sick in their churches, homes and out in the marketplace. Give Summit Bible College a call at 661-328-1151 if you would like to be a part of this.

If you are interested in this training in Spanish I will be conducting a two-day training event October 11-12 at the Fairfax Assembly of God Church here in Bakersfield. We will be using the Spanish version of Learning To Do What Jesus Did. I will of course be working with a translator as my Spanish is very limited. They are located at 1408 Marion Dr. and their phone number is 661-366-6783.

YOUR PURCHASES ON AMAZON CAN HELP WHOLENESS MINISTRIES!
AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Wholeness Ministries. As many of you shop on Amazon this could amount to you giving a significant amount of money to us over a year’s time. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to AmazonSmile customers. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Just go to AmazonSmile, search for Wholeness Ministries, and sign up. It’s that simple.

My newest book BEFORE YOU GET HERE subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, A Look in the Mirror, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org and at Amazon.com. Check out the entire Wholeness Ministries Catalog right HERE.

My thanks to all of you that have been such faithful supporters over the years. If you have not yet made the decision to financially support Wholeness Ministries I would ask that you consider doing so. You can click HERE to visit our “Donate” page where you can send a one-time donation, set up automatic monthly donations, or simply write us a check.

Thank you,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

What Are Your Expectations of God?

Dear Friends,

In this journey of healing that I have been on since 1984 God has shown me over and over that when I pray, the answer to that prayer is often contingent upon my expectations. There are as many reasons why God does not answer prayer, as there are reasons that he does answer prayer. Sometimes it has to do with faith, authority, or timing. But it has also become clear that what I expect when I pray is an important component.

When I was a child my parents attended a small Southern Baptist Church in Tulare, CA. We prayed for people often but I noticed that we never saw anyone healed and what I picked up was that we would have been surprised if someone was actually healed. They had not seen healing and did not expect healing but prayed out of a sense of duty.

Fortunately, that all changed when I was exposed to the teaching of John Wimber at the Vineyard in 1984. His approach was simple and to the point. When I watched him pray it was obvious that he expected things to happen. In fact, he seemed surprised when healing didn’t happen.

When I first began to pray for the sick I was nervous and thought I wanted badly for healing to happen it often did not. But God kept taking me back to his commandment in the Gospels to, “Go heal the sick!” He didn’t say, “Go pray for the sick, but go heal the sick.” So it seemed to me that when I prayed for people I should expect change and sometimes keep praying until healing happens.

I noticed in this journey that as my expectations increased, so did the answers to my prayers. Some years ago I heard Bill Johnson say, “The more you expect, the more you see, and the more you see, the more you expect.” So my question is, “What are your expectations of God?” Not only when you may be praying for healing for someone but in all your prayers. Prayers for finances, family members, jobs, difficulties you may be facing at work or at home. Come to the point in this amazing journey we are on where you Expect God to Answer Your Prayers.

OSL Healing Conference
RESCHEDULED – TO BE ANNOUNCED
Mike Evans and Timothy Berry

God Bless,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

My newest book BEFORE YOU GET HERE Subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, it is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, A Look in the Mirror, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org and at Amazon.com.

My thanks to all of you that have been such faithful supporters over the years. If you have not yet made the decision to financially support Wholeness Ministries I would ask that you consider doing so. You can click HERE to visit our “Donate” page where you can send a one-time donation, set up automatic monthly donations, or simply write us a check.

Do You Trust Me, Michael?

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

Everywhere I go around this nation, again and again I hear Christians who are dealing with issues in their lives, involving relationships in their families, or issues at work or school, or with their health and finances. We look around us and see our nation in chaos; the level of stress and frenzied activity in our lives is increasing dramatically. Never have I seen an election for President bring about such contention among people. Once again God brings us face to face with this question; “Do you trust me or not?”

I am reminded of a time when my son and I were at a gentleman’s home here in Bakersfield. This man was well known and quite knowledgeable working with snakes. He had in a cage the largest Diamond Back Rattlesnake in captivity. He said to my son, “I want you to reach in that cage and pick up that rattlesnake.” This rattlesnake was coiled and ready to strike. When my son hesitated the man said to him, “You came to me for help and information regarding reptiles because you needed my help; now I am asking you to do something. I am telling you that if you reach in and slowly pick him up he will not hurt you. Now, DO YOU TRUST ME OR NOT?”

The point is that we often go to God when things are going well or we need His help in the day-to-day circumstances of life. But then there comes a time when we are facing something very scary and He allows it to bring us to a point where the question from Him becomes, “DO YOU TRUST ME OR NOT?” How would you answer?

WE OFFER TRAINING
At Wholeness Ministries we conduct training at local churches for those wanting to learn how to better minister with the gifts and tools God has given us. We are in week four but you would still be able to attend and learn a great deal.

We are currently conducting classes at:
Christ’s Cathedral 2301 White Lane, Bakersfield, CA
7:00pm-8:30pm

We will be teaching in the areas described below:
The Role of Faith
Faith is a spiritual substance and when we become a Christian, God gives us a measure of faith. We will look at the role that faith plays in the ministry of healing.
The Authority of The Believer
In addition to understanding the role of faith we need to understand the authority that has been given to us in Jesus Christ. We will explore the nature of this authority and how we have been given authority to heal. When we awaken to our spiritual authority, every aspect of our lives will be transformed and freed from the oppressive power of Satan.
Introduction to Inner Healing
Often when we are praying for people we discover that there is a need for inner healing that is healing in the emotional core. Put very simply, inner healing is healing in our heart. Inner healing is a truth encounter with God and deals with those words and actions that caused wounding and pain in our lives.
Forgiveness, The Key to Inner Healing
We will explore the roots of these hurts and the role that forgiveness plays in the healing of our emotions and memories.
A Balanced Approach to Deliverance
The definition of deliverance is to liberate, rescue or set free. The responsibility to minister total healing and wholeness has been delegated to every Christian. This teaching explores what deliverance is, the examples we have in scripture and how we can be equipped to minister deliverance.
Spiritual Warfare and The Healing Ministry
When we become aware of a war the first thing we must find out is the identity of the adversaries. We are in the midst of spiritual warfare. When you become a believer you are either actively or passively in warfare. What we will do is to give you some understanding of the purpose of this warfare and some weapons you can use to fight.

Saturday September 7, 2019
ONE DAY TRAINING & EQUIPPING SEMINAR AND HEALING SERVICE
Trinity Anglican Church
11300 Campus Park Dr., Bakersfield, CA
Seminar begins at 9:00am, Healing Service that evening begins at 6:00pm.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

God bless,

Mike

BOOK AN IN-PERSON MINISTRY SESSION
We have found these ministry sessions with people to be invaluable in healing them from wounds from their past. In some cases after two or three sessions, they experience freedom! If you need deep-level healing prayer or know someone who could benefit from this, here is how to start the process. Send an email to mevans@wholeness.org or call 661-833-2920 to schedule an appointment. On our website, simply follow the instructions under Personal Ministry.

My newest book BEFORE YOU GET HERE Subtitled, Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, it is a guide to assist in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, A Look in the Mirror, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org and at Amazon.com.

My thanks to all of you that have been such faithful supporters over the years. If you have not yet made the decision to financially support Wholeness Ministries I would ask that you consider doing so. You can click HERE to visit our “Donate” page where you can send a one-time donation, set up automatic monthly donations, or simply write us a check.