I certainly hope you are sitting down. The great and famous city of Portland Oregon has a new challenge. God has fallen here in an unprecedented manner. For the first time in over 45 years of preaching I can accurately say that there were so many healings tonight that we were not able to count them.
I am not exaggerating. The intensity of this meeting, the outright force of God’s presence was irresistible, overwhelming, earth shaking, and undeniable. Truly something was born tonight that is not going to go away anytime soon. God has set His mark on the Rose City and none of us can truly tell the magnitude of this single meeting.
Destiny Christian Fellowship, led by Senior Pastor Joel & Robbin Hjertstedt is an apostolic, young and vibrant church that is comprised of an amazing group of people from many different denominations, ethnic backgrounds, and spheres of influence. Their mission is to passionately touch Heaven, and significantly change earth by releasing and sending people throughout their region to be an influence in all the major areas of our culture, from education, to government, media, arts and entertainment, family, business, and religion.It is no wonder that Jesus fell the way He did tonight.
Tonight I preached a message entitled Fire is the answer. I began by telling them about the Stockdale paradox. Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy. Stockdale was the highest-ranking naval officer held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He was awarded 26 personal combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars.
When Collins asked Stockdale, “Who didn’t make it out?” Stockdale said, “Oh, that’s easy. The optimists.”
“The optimists … the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. They’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
Stockdale said, “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
Then I showed how Moses epitomized the Stockdale Paradox. The brutal fact was that an 80 year sheepherder cannot go to Egypt and liberate 2.5 million slaves.
Exodus 3: 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
It was the fire that changed Moses. So today as we face the erosion of our freedom of worship, and so many other rights it looks impossible. But God is able to restore the American church through that very same fire!
At the end of the preaching the blanket of healing fell immediately. Entire sections were being healed. Again and again the glory would fall and heal another and another. God simply took a broom and swept away disease. The healings were coming so fast that we simply do not know how many healings took place.
We also made an appeal for lost souls. They listened intently, and responded instantly
I am writing this as fast as I can to get the news to you that Portland is now the next outpouring of fire! This one is big, real big and there is no way that it will not overflow and begin to transform this ultra-liberal city! Stay tuned much more news of the way.