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Oops, She almost did it again.

April 22nd, 2012 by | Leave a comment

Penniless, jobless, and hopeless she abandoned her three month old baby in the middle of the day. She just left and didn’t return. The baby was taken to the police. The police called Baby Safe. This healthy infant girl was placed at a baby home.

One week later the mother retraces her steps and contacts us. Full of shame, fear of punishment, and a sense of loss she explained why she left, but that she has changed her mind and misses her baby. This mom was in her early twenties had never held a formal job in her life, had no support from the baby’s father, but returned with humility and a desire to start over.

After a thorough investigation and matching her with a Baby Safe ‘mummy mentor’ who lives in this women’s community, the baby was returned and she was given intensive relational support, and job coaching. She landing a job with in just 3 weeks. Many people look for work for months on end. She was empowered and coping well.

But recently she lost this job, and things started to feel like they were caving in on her again, no diapers, no formula, no rent money….she actually was thinking of where and how to leave the baby again. But then…Then she recalled the words of her mentor, saying that God is her provider, He is the one who she must turn to for help, and He is faithful to those who call to Him. She said a simple prayer and waited. And then…

Then the next day a neighbor arrived with a fresh pack of nappies, and a tin of formula. This mom was amazed that He heard her prayer.

She has begun the job pursuit again and we know that this time she has first hand experience with the One who sticks closer than a brother. This is a snapshot of what we are laboring for, its our joy and aim to build a bridge from creation to Creator, eliminating the temptation for those we serve to become dependent on us. He is in it with her for the long hall, far longer than us. She is discovering His commitment to her and He is delighting in a daughter learning to trust.

” Blessed be God— he heard me praying. He proved he’s on my side; I’ve thrown my lot in with him.
Now I’m jumping for joy, and shouting and singing my thanks to him.
God is all strength for his people, ample refuge for his chosen leader; Save your people and bless your heritage. Care for them; carry them like a good shepherd.” (Psalm 28:1, 2, 6, 8 MSG)

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The Tangible Kingdom

February 9th, 2012 by | Leave a comment

So one of the problems I have had for over 6 years is with my neck and jaw. There are a variety of mechanical issues but I have discovered after having a headache that never left for  3 years that a chiropractic adjustment on my neck can instantly relieve it. So when this same headache returns every few weeks and I start to feel lots pressure and pulling on the left side of my head and face, that is when I go to the Chiro.

But ever since a wise man in Tulsa last August prayed for me and exhorted me into a season of taking the kingdom by force, John and I have been praying for every physical ailment of mine, and every small and big need, sometimes up to 6 times a day. I have experienced remarkable relief through prayer on a daily basis. So two weeks ago during a staff meeting I was leading I asked my team to pray for this specific headache that I had woken up with. They laid hands on me, it began to fade and was gone by the end of prayer. The same thing happened the next Tuesday.. I think it was my jaw that was all seized up that time but they prayed and it released. I usually endure about 3-5 days with this until I can get into the Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, or massage therapist. I was going to each of them up to twice a week. The last 6 months it has been once every 2-3 weeks. Huge difference. But after these two healing times I thought why am I even still going at all? I want to faithful ask for prayer instead of making appointments that cost a lot of money and a lot of time.

So over the weekend my neck slipped out of place again and the discomfort was huge. I couldn’t even go to the Chiro if i wanted, it was the weekend. It was a remarkable experience that I can’t quite explain, but the first time John pray for me, just after my neck actually popped and did exactly what the chiro would have done. It has never done that before, I don’t normally snap, crackle, pop on my own. That day there was great relief. On Sunday however after doing a bunch of things, it was out again. We literally prayed about 5- 6 times, each time it went back into place. I can feel the pressure on the left side of my entire head move to the middle, as we invite the Holy Spirit to release His power, so its like its realigning.  But it would slip out shortly after, this happened 5-6 times, our prayer got shorter and ended up being, ” be healed.” Kinda verbatum how Jesus prayed.

Sunday night I was trying to figure out why the release of power and relief only for it to be fleeting and not remain? I couldn’t explain it but before I fell asleep, John and I prayed once again. This whole concept of knocking until the door opens is what we were practicing.

“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” Matthew 7:6-8

The Lord honored His word as usual, the headache left just before I fell asleep and has not returned. Today is Wednesday.

Since the beginning of time the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing… it is the development of the unseen domain around us. This is where there the King releases His rule, and His verdicts of healing, justice, and peace. Tap into it, its ours for the taking, but it does not become tangible with a out passionate pursuit.

Matthew 11:12
And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize–a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].