Make Me Steadfast And Willing!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

The other morning I had one of those moments as I was reading Psalms when I was struck by the words “steadfast and willing.” The passage reads, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from you presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalms 51:10-12. What struck me about this passage were the words, “renew a steadfast spirit within me”, and “grant me a willing spirit to sustain me” When I looked up “steadfast” in the dictionary it said, “unchanging, steady, loyal, constant.” When I looked up the word “willing” it said, “to decide on, to choose, to yearn for, desire.”

As I thought about this, I realized that in order to be steadfast and willing in my journey with God I was going to need God to show me how to do this because I could not be willing and steadfast in my own fleshly power. I turned over to Proverbs and just happened to be reading in chapter 3. As I was reading He began to answer my question, “God, how do I do this?” I’m going to take a little editorial license here but I think you will get the point. He begins in verse one with, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.” My response was okay, but why? He continues, “For they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” This is good I can understand this. Then He says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you.” Again I’m thinking why, “Because you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” By this time I’m becoming very interested. As I continue to read He says; “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” Why? “Because this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Health and nourishment, that’s good I like this, so I read on. “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.” Okay, what’s the benefit? “Then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Then He ends with “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke.” Why? “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

I’m thinking wow, this is great stuff! God shares with us His wisdom, and shows us exactly how it will affect us. If you heed His counsel, this is what will result. Doesn’t it make sense that if you don’t what you will reap will be the opposite of the good that God desires for you? What was exciting for me was when I fully began to realize that when we ask God to help us be steadfast and willing in our walk, He has already provided not only wise counsel but the benefits of relationship with Him as our loving Father.

MINISTRY FOR 2023
I have been invited to join Judith MacNutt at a healing conference in Alaska, April 19-22. Pray for us and all those who will be attending.

Thank you for your generous and faithful support of our worldwide ministry.

I’ve received some very encouraging feedback on my new book. Give it a read.

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, Front

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD

Filled With Healing Testimonies to Encourage You!

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

This newest book is filled with stories of over 150 healing miracles that I have witnessed in my travels. I believe God prompted me to write this to encourage His people that He is still healing and restoring today.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK – Riding Shotgun With God

God bless,

Mike

All is Grace – Indeed!

Dear Friends,

When I went back to read the January newsletter for 2022 the title was “All Is Grace”. One of the lines in that letter was, “Yes there is still much to learn and understand about His grace, but now I am aware of and appreciate His grace as never before.” At the time that I wrote this, little did I realize the challenges 2022 would bring and the grace I would need to power through the year. Covid19 was raging and a number of friends were down with it, some of those dealing with long-term covid. Others were experiencing financial or relationship challenges or wrestling with questions about the future.

One of the challenges I had to deal with was Candida, which is a viral gut fungus that calls for a radical change in diet. That has been difficult but again God’s grace has helped. Then I needed neck surgery to relieve some issues caused by pressure on the spinal cord. That has meant a recovery time wearing a neck collar for several months. Hopefully, it will end soon. Again, it has been God’s grace through this entire process that has helped me along the way.

What about you? When you think about your journey with God over the past year are you able to grasp the extraordinary power of His grace? I once heard grace described as “power under control”. How has that worked out for you this past year? Obviously, we all deal with major issues throughout the year and can hang onto God’s grace to carry us through. But what about those everyday things like the individual ahead of you in traffic doing 15 MPH under the speed limit? Or the person in front of you in line at the grocery store who pulls out a fistful of coupons with a basket overflowing, and you only have two items and there is no other cashier around? I can identify with both of these because I have been in these scenarios and did not always handle them with grace.

I think it bears repeating what I wrote in January of 2022. “I had to step back and think about my journey with God and try to grasp how His extraordinary grace has empowered and protected me.”

My challenge to you is this: stop for a moment and think about your journey and appreciate how God’s grace has been instrumental in your life up to this point. He has been there through the good times and the rough times for He says in His Word, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5).

It is both reassuring and exciting to look to the future in our own personal journey and know that God’s grace is always there.

MINISTRY FOR 2023
First, I am still available for individual ministry appointments, especially in the area of Inner Healing. For information go to our Personal Ministry page at THIS LINK and it will guide you through the process. Second, I have been invited to join Judith MacNutt at a healing conference in Alaska on April 19-22. Pray for us and all those who will be attending.

Thank you for the prayers and support you have given Wholeness Ministries over the years. You are much appreciated as we continue to spread the message of His healing and restoration to a hurting world.

God bless,

Mike

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, Front

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD

Filled With Healing Testimonies to Encourage You!

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

This newest book is filled with stories of over 150 healing miracles that I have witnessed in my travels. I believe God prompted me to write this to encourage His people that He is still healing and restoring today.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK – Riding Shotgun With God

WHY NOT WASTE TIME WITH GOD

It’s About Relationship!

WHY NOT WASTE TIME WITH GOD: MOVING BEYOND A SUPERFICIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD TO LIVE IN INTIMACY WITH HIM

“This book frames spiritual growth with God’s heart, given in his Son and validated by His Spirit. This book demolishes our excuses and defenses against divine intimacy. This book is for those willing to have a fresh self-encounter and a fresh God-encounter,” Dr. Don Williams

God wants to hang out with you. We so often feel as if we must be doing something even when we are with God that it’s difficult for us to grasp that He wants to be our friend. In order for deep friendship to develop there are times when we must spend time together doing absolutely nothing but being together.

This book will help you understand that, but only if you apply it will it help you live it. Everything in this world fights against time alone with God. Everything in God longs for time alone with us. Why would you possibly choose to be influenced by the former?

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Blessed Beyond Measure! (Living a Life of Thankfulness)

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

Often, as I think back over the years of my life, I find myself saying again and again, “I am so blessed sometimes I can’t even comprehend it.” This morning I was reading in a devotional titled, “Jesus Calling,” which started off with, “Rest in the assurance of my unfailing love. Let your body, mind, and spirit relax in my presence. Be awed by the vast dimensions of my love for you: wider, longer, higher, and deeper than anything you know. Rejoice that this marvelous love is yours forever!”

It’s hard enough to comprehend the vastness of this kind of Iove as it is so unlike what many often experience in their daily lives. If I just stopped right there it would be encouraging enough. But it gets even better as it goes on to say, “ The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness. Every time you thank me you acknowledge that I am your Lord and Provider. This is the proper stance for a child of God: receiving with thanksgiving. Bring me the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch to see how much I bless you!”

I’ve never thought about this being the proper stance for a child of God, nor have I ever thought about the connection between gratitude and blessing. I’ve read many times about a sacrifice of praise but somehow didn’t connect that with a sacrifice of gratitude. But that’s one of the facets of praise, isn’t it?

So for me what I heard God saying is, “The more your mind is set on gratitude and thankfulness STAND BACK AND WATCH HOW MUCH I WILL BLESS YOU!”

What an incredible connection that was for me and certainly gives me further reason to be thankful to God in all things. I trust that this reminds you that not only is the love God has for you never-ending, but the realization of that love will also cause you to have a better understanding of how much He wants to bless you.

As I’ve thought back over this last couple of years, I’ve been blessed all of my life with good health. Through your support, I’ve had the opportunity to travel around this world and watch God transform lives, by healing those blind, deaf, diseased, and crippled. Many of those were in countries where they had limited or no access to doctors or medicine. I’ve watched God lovingly walk people through forgiving others of the deep hurt they carried for years because of what was said or done to them by another.

In last month’s newsletter, I wrote that I was going in for neck surgery to correct some damage that was done when I had a serious snow skiing accident in 1985 and I came close to breaking my neck. Over the years that caused some deterioration and I now needed surgery. The surgery was successful and I am recovering. I’ll need to wear a neck brace for a couple more weeks. Thank you for your prayers of support. I know they contributed much to its success.

Let’s not forget as Christmas comes the reason we have so much to be thankful for and to celebrate. Not only is it great to gather with our family and friends, watch the kids and grandkids with great excitement open the gifts, and enjoy good food around the table, but the real reason we gather this time of year is to remember the incredible gift God sent us in the person of His son Jesus. I pray you enjoy this time of year.

Thank you for your faithfulness and prayers in supporting this ministry work.

God bless,

Mike

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, Front

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD

Filled With Healing Testimonies to Encourage You!

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

This newest book is filled with stories of over 150 healing miracles that I have witnessed in my travels. I believe God prompted me to write this to encourage His people that He is still healing and restoring today.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK – Riding Shotgun With God

Walk Worthy of Your Calling!

Dear Friends,

The moment we become a believer by inviting the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and come into our lives each one of us is responding to being called by God. In addition to receiving the incredible gift of eternal life, which is astounding in and of itself, that calling also includes our destiny. A destiny that God has opened up to us through Him to walk out in the remaining time we have here in this world. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-31, Paul writes about the spiritual gifts we all have, and that God gives them to each one of us as He determines. Furthermore, all are to be used for the common good. Then he writes about the various parts of the body of Christ, the church, and that we all have a unique role to play.

In the church, we often look to those Apostles or Pastors, and those with prophetic gifts or gifts of healing to be of more value than the gifting we have and so we do not live up to our calling. But your calling may be in the area of administration, helping, giving, encouraging, interceding or any number of ways that are just as valuable in maintaining the health and growth of the entire body of Christ.

DO NOT fall into Satan’s lie that you are not of much value. I want to encourage you to understand that whatever calling God has planned out for you, it is because He sees you as a very valuable part of the whole body and as you walk out your calling, we will all benefit because we are all needed to keep the body healthy. So make a decision today that you will most definitely live out your calling in whatever time you have left in this world. Remember, you are here for a reason and are a valuable part of this body.

(Personal note) I, Mike, will have neck surgery on November 3rd due to a serious snow skiing accident I experienced in 1985. Dr. Terterov is doing the surgery and the goal is to take pressure off my spinal cord and to stabilize my spine from further deterioration. The initial recovery is 6-8 weeks. I ask for your prayers for me and the surgeon.

This is something I read every day to remind myself how much I am loved by God. I trust you will find it encouraging.

Let Yourself be Loved by God

“I am your God, you are my child. How can you ever doubt that I will embrace you again, hold you against my breast, kiss you, and let my hands run through your hair? I am a God of mercy and compassion, of tenderness and care. I so much want you to be close to me. I know all your thoughts. I hear all your words. I see all of your actions. And I love you. Do not judge yourself. Do not condemn yourself. Do not reject yourself. Let my love touch the most hidden corners of your heart and reveal to you your beauty, a beauty that you have lost sight of. Come, let me wipe away your tears, and let my mouth come close to your ear and say to you, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you.’” Henri Nouwen

Thank you for your continued support and prayers that protect us and allow this healing ministry to continue.

God bless,

Mike

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, Front

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD

Filled With Healing Testimonies to Encourage You!

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

This newest book is filled with stories of over 150 healing miracles that I have witnessed in my travels. I believe God prompted me to write this to encourage His people that He is still healing and restoring today.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK – Riding Shotgun With God

It is an interesting Journey!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

When I entered full-time ministry as a profession in 1976 little did I know that I would begin a life of adventure that just keeps me astounded at what I see and excited about what is yet to come. I still remember clearly the first healing conference Dr. John Lavender and I attended. It was held at the Vineyard in Anaheim, CA in a large warehouse with about 2,000 people in attendance.

Because of my exposure to healing as a ten-year-old boy, (not a good experience), I was not excited about this conference but Dr. John insisted I get in the car, and off we went. I was attracted to John Wimber’s teaching because it was presented low-key and easy to do. I was reminded of Jesus’ teaching which was so simple. He said to his disciples, “I have given you power and authority to preach the Good News of the Kingdom and heal the sick.” (John 9:1,2) He gave them two simple tasks. Proclaim it and demonstrate it. That command has not changed. We are simply to proclaim the good news and then demonstrate it by healing the sick.

I attend a weekly Bible study with a group of men, many with years in this walk of faith. I asked them how many of them had actually seen someone healed. Out of this group of 18 men, only four raised their hands. I wasn’t surprised but was grieved at this clear lack on their part of carrying out the second part of the Good News, healing the sick. To me, it is an indictment of much of the church for failing to train and equip people for this crucial part we have in bringing the fullness of God’s Kingdom.

My exposure to church as a young person included a strong emphasis on “getting ’em saved and discipled,” so they would go out and do what we had just taught them. We were good at that. But there was no importance placed on the second half of His command, “Heal the sick.” As a result up until I was 42 years old my experience of church was good, but it was obviously very limited.

When that changed in 1984 my journey became a life of adventure and astonishment at what I have personally seen and experienced! The blind healed, the deaf hear, the crippled walk, people are freed from demonic oppression, even a raging thunderstorm instantly stilled. These are not things I read about but experienced in my travels around this world. And this life of adventure is what I believe we were meant to live.

Yes, there are spiritual gifts given to all and I strongly believe we each have a particular gift we’ve been given that suits our personality. But we still have all been commanded to proclaim and demonstrate the Good News. There is risk involved but doesn’t everything that’s exciting or challenging involve some risk?

Whatever your experience be encouraged that there is plenty of opportunity for you to go “do the stuff”, as John Wimber would often say. It starts with you taking the risk, walking in the understanding that God is the healer. Grasping this is incredibly liberating as you realize that you are not responsible for what happens.

This book recounts over 150 miracles I have experienced in this journey.

Riding Shotgun With God, Evans, Front

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD

Filled With Healing Testimonies to Encourage You!

RIDING SHOTGUN WITH GOD: A JOURNEY WITH GOD ON THE ROAD OF HEALING AND MIRACLES

This newest book is filled with stories of over 150 healing miracles that I have witnessed in my travels. I believe God prompted me to write this to encourage His people that He is still healing and restoring today.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

You can order directly from our store at THIS LINK – Riding Shotgun With God

God bless,

Mike