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Stories for His Glory

Do Greater Things by Robby Dawkins February 7, 2018

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How to Heal the Sick, Cast Out Demons, Raise the Dead–and More!

The Bible says that if you belong to Jesus, you have the power to:
· heal the sick
· cast out demons
· bring deliverance to those trapped in spiritual darkness
· prophesy in his name
· call forth creative miracles
· receive supernatural words of wisdom and knowledge
· even raise the dead

So why do so many Christians live powerless lives? Why do they operate with so little faith?

Having gone through his own journey from doubt to belief, Chicagoland pastor Robby Dawkins now ministers and speaks internationally, and where he goes, miracles happen. In these pages he shares incredible stories of God using ordinary people to do the impossible. And he shows that, when you begin to have faith in the power of God, take him at his Word, and understand his love for you, you will see his power released in healings, financial blessings, and miracles of all kinds.

My thoughts:

I read a previous book by Robby called Do What Jesus Did. I really liked it so when I saw this book come out I had to read it.

The title of this book is based on what Jesus told His disciples, that they would do even great things then He did. I still am amazed by this verse and I am fully aware that I am not living in that truth.

Anyway, this book is full of Robby’s own ministry and how he has done great things for the Kingdom. I admit as I read it I could feel less-than because I don’t go out and live as boldly. But Robby’s intention isn’t to shame us but to encourage us to live like Jesus and do even greater things.

I appreciate the chapter that talks about how the enemy will try to attack us as we live out the Kingdom on earth. So much truth. I also liked the chapter on discernment and hearing and knowing God’s voice.

If you want to be encouraged in your faith this book will definitely do that.

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Anointed to Heal by Randy Clark and Bill Johnson March 22, 2017

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Practical Insight on Praying for the Sick from Two Bestselling Authors

If you could sit down and talk privately with two world-renowned leaders in healing ministry–away from the spotlights, stages, and eager crowds–this is the conversation you would have!

Bestselling authors Randy Clark and Bill Johnson witness the miraculous regularly and see thousands touched by God each year. Now, in a rare behind-the-scenes format, these close friends interview each other, sharing with you the heartbreaks and victories, the failures and successes, the personal and candid insights into their extraordinary journeys. With honesty and humor, Clark and Johnson reveal
· how they first heard God’s call
· the hard-learned lessons that propelled them forward
· the most amazing miracles each has witnessed
· detailed strategies for more effective ministry
· and much more

These real-life reflections from two soldiers on the front lines of healing ministry will inspire your own obedience to God’s voice, your deeper faith that God is at work, and your trust in his power to bring the answers you need.

My thoughts:

Yeah, these two men are so inspiring. There is no way you can read this book and not want what they have, what Jesus has. This book will rock your world.

This book didn’t start out that way, it was supposed to only be a DVD but they decided to put it in book format and I am so grateful they did.

I wasn’t sure how I would like the format of an interview but I was easy caught up in Billy and Randy sharing their stories of healing and the format of interviewing didn’t matter at all

I love what Bill said in one chapter, “…action releases faith.” I so believe that. Sometimes we have to move and that will release our faith. Sometimes we have to raise our hands, get out of the pew.

This book has reminded me of what I really am missing in my faith, things that the world has pushed out in the busyness of life. I want to get back to that faith? How about you?

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Releasing the Divine Healer Within: The Biology of Belief and Healing November 10, 2015

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Unlock the Secrets to Walking in Divine Healing…

as Science and the Supernatural Collide

You were not designed to live with pain, sickness, or emotional torment. The same God Who formed you is also your Healer. Greater still, this Divine Healer also lives within you.

Get ready to experience the power of God like never before, as you uncover the biology of your belief, learn the revelatory science of spiritual healing, and unleash the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit within you!

Dennis and Dr. Jen Clark combine both science and the supernatural to bring you fresh revelation on how to:

• Welcome God’s creative power to transform every part of your life, even down to a cellular level

• Step into your Spirit-filled identity and let God heal through you

• Overcome toxic emotions and walk in supernatural rest

• Break through the barriers to receiving your miracle

• Release the energy of faith and prayer to experience healing, provision and abundant life

Release the Divine Healer and His miraculous power in your life today!


Dennis and Dr. Jen minister together as a husband and wife team, pastoring Kingdom Life Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. They are also founder/directors of Full Stature Ministries. Dr. Jen holds a Th.D. in theology and B.S., M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in psychology.

My thoughts:

This book is the perfect marriage of the Holy Spirit’s healing and how it relates to biology and science. If you are science minded person (I am not) I think you will find this book very interesting and also back up so many things we know in our hearts.

Some thing that made so much sense to me was when the book talked about so much happening with our stomach when it comes to the Spirit. That’s interesting because when I got filled with the Holy Spirit I definitely felt it in my gut.

This is great for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of healing and all the Spirit can do in and through you.

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A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


Part XVII-Opening the Gift June 15, 2012

We left our first appointment with the counselor, holding a folder. Inside the folder was a paper. On that paper we were supposed to fill in ten memories that made us feel uncomfortable.

I knew what I needed to write. But I didn’t want to. I still believed the abuse played no role in my behavior as an adult.

I sat at my dinning room table one day and allowed myself to remember.

I remembered the first time. The confusion. The questions.

I remembered other times when my requests were ignored.

I remembered me initiating the abuse because I wanted love.

As these memories took shape on the paper something happened inside me. I grew angry.

Patrick said something to me as I worked, I don’t remember what he said. But I know I yelled at him.

He looked at me, shocked. He did nothing wrong, but I snapped.

And then I cried.

He came and sat down beside me. “What’s wrong?”

For thirty years I lived in denial about my abuse. For thirty years I pretended it didn’t matter.

“This is really hard.” I pushed the paper away. The memories glared back and seemed to taunt me.

“Take a break.”

I grabbed the paper. “No, I just want to get it over with.”

I went back to work. When I finished I placed the truth of my past back in the folder but knew I only hid the facts temporarily.

At our next appointment our counselor said she wanted to meet with me by myself for a while. She wanted to work through my abuse. She told us about a technique she used, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Truthfully, I thought this sounded a bit new age for me. I thought this was a Christian counselor.

She gave me a book to read about the treatment. After reading the book I realized it wasn’t some weird thing but might actually help me reprocess my memories.

When I returned for my individual session we first worked on a memory unrelated to my abuse. She thought it might be easier to get into by taking a step away. This memory I had from my freshman year in high school. I shared something in a class that was personal, I cried in front of a bunch of the popular kids. I felt shame for letting people see a piece of my heart.

As we processed that memory I saw how God was preparing me even then to share my heart as a worship leader. I have had many people thank me for being so honest as I lead. In high school my honesty caused me shame but now my honesty brings God glory.

We moved on to the memories of abuse.

I won’t go into detail but an amazing thing took place over the next few weeks. I saw God beside me the whole time. He hated what happened to me. It wasn’t okay with Him. But he whispered to me, “This will be used for good.”

I had no clue how God wanted to use my abuse or my affair. I never wanted to tell anyone what I did.

But I heard His promise. I felt His love. I was never alone. Even when no one else saw the little girl silently crying out for help, my Father saw, He heard. He had a plan to rescue me all along. He waited for me to reach up and allow Him.

He extended the gift of healing. The gift I thought was too pretty to open, the gift I placed on the shelf when I asked Him into my heart, He took down from the shelf and handed it back to me.

To heal I had to tear off the pretty paper and receive the gift. Week after week at my appointments I tore off a little bit more of the beautiful wrapping. The more I tore the less it hurt. The more I tore the more love I felt.

I finally reached inside and accepted the gift of healing. This took several weeks of counseling.

I could look at my abuse and not feel angry. I saw what had been done to me for the horrible sin it was but that it did not have to define me. I saw my abuser in my mind and I forgave him. I would never say that to his face (yeah right, never say never to God) but I could forgive him in my heart.

The same thing happened with the verbal abuse. I could finally forgive my father for his hateful words. I knew my Heavenly Father would never speak to me that way. And I heard His voice more clearly every day, drowning out the lies I lived with most of my life. His promises of love, forgiveness, hope.

The abuse did affect my behavior as an adult. I didn’t know boundaries because there were no boundaries when I was a little girl. I knew one way to receive love, that was to give myself. The rules didn’t apply to me when I was a child why should they apply to me as an adult? Abuse messes up the way people think. Our normal is different from people who have not been abused. If you have never been abused this will be hard for you to understand, if you have been abused you know what I am talking about.

But there is hope. God can heal us.

The abuse is not an excuse. It is not an excuse for anyone. I will never use the abuse to say it was okay for me to have an affair. But the abuse was the chosen route the enemy took to try to destroy me, my marriage and my family.

I sped through about a month in this post. I will go back next week and share some things God was doing in my personal relationship with Him and what was going on in my marriage as well.

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 NIV

Have you had a time in your life when you knew God saw you? Have you had a time when you know you saw Him?