Stuff I’ve been reading: Uncovering the “Covering” Doctrine
On this past Sunday, I went to Jubilee with Ryan and Jaren; we arrived just as the first service was ending. I saw a guy leaving on crutches with a cast on his leg, so I asked him if I could pray for him. He wasn’t really in any pain, so I commanded it to heal quickly.
It was ~30 minutes before the next service, so we figured we should just heal the sick because we didn’t really know anyone.
I went up to two ladies and asked them if either of them had any pain/sickness in their body, but they said they didn’t.
I went up to another lady and asked her if she had any pain or sickness, she said her hip and ankle was hurting. I put my hand on her shoulder and commanded all the pain to leave. I told her to check it out, so she stood up and started walking around. To her surprise, all her pain was gone and her eyes started tear up. She kept thanking over and over.
I went up to a bigger guy who I thought had knee problems so I asked, but he said he was fine. I figured he just didn’t want to admit it, so I started talking to the guy in front of him and grew out his leg. While his leg was growing out, the guy behind him who I had just talked to was watching, so after the guy’s leg grew out, the guy finally admitted that his left knee was in pain.
I told him to come and sit in a chair closer to me so I could check his legs. His leg grew out and he let me pray for his knee. I commanded all the pain to go and when he tested it, he said he was pain free.
I went up to a couple and asked them if either of them had pain or sickness in their body. The guy said that he had pain running down both of his legs. I prayed for him once and he said all the pain left after I told him to stand up.
There was a group of young people near the front so I asked them if anyone had ever checked their legs. They looked at me confused so I told them that 9 out of 10 people had 1 leg shorter than the other. One girl was really interested and said, “I want to do it!”
I had her sit down and made sure everyone around saw her short leg. I had a guy who was watching put his hand on her foot and told him to repeat after me. “In Jesus’ name… right leg grow out, now.”
Everyone watched it grow and the girl felt it. I told her to stand up and she said it felt different. Jaren and I grew out about 5 more legs and they were all surprised.
There was a big guy who was walking with a limp. He couldn’t seem to straighten out his left leg all the way. I laid hands on his knee and prayed once, but didn’t see much immediate improvement.
I also prayed for another lady with a cane and she had a lot of nerve problems. She had pain along her back and legs and she let me pray. I hit it ~3 times but there wasn’t much apparent change.
After the message, Jaren, Jayne and I went to talk to a lady who was in a wheelchair. She said that she had 5 back surgeries in the last 7 years. She could walk, but not without limping with pain (back and knees), and not for a very long time. We prayed with her for the next 5-10 minutes, commanding life into her body.
We told her to stand and walk, and at one point, her right knee was vibrating because it was healing. She said she felt the Holy Spirit “working” on her knees. Soon enough, she was moving in ways she couldn’t for years, completely pain free.
We taught her a little on how to heal the sick and how to give away what she received. She ended up healing another lady who had years of knee pain because of surgeries and back pain.
This is how it ended:
On Monday, Ryan/Laura and I met with a guy (Savio) we met at Jubilee on Sunday. Ryan had spoken with him for about an hour about new covenant stuff and healing the sick. At first he was very against what Ryan was talking about, but by the end, he took us all out for lunch.
So on Monday, we met with Savio around the area. He took us out for a late lunch at an Italian restaurant so that we could meet some of his friends. Three of his friends came in and we grew out all their legs.
One guy had knee pain, so after I commanded the knee to be whole he moved it around for 2 minutes and concluded that it was completely better. He said he would also get a random pain in his chest after running for ~5 minutes so I prayed over his heart and then he went outside to run a little bit.
He came back 5 minutes later and said his chest was hurting. Ryan laid hands on him and commanded the pain to go. Immediately, he said the pain lifted and he felt normal.
After we were done eating, Savio brought us to another restaurant nearby because he wanted us to bless his friend’s business. When we got to the restaurant, there were 3 more people. We grew out their legs too (one of their legs was over an inch short (those are the fun ones…)).
Later, we drove out toward the coast and met up with another one of Savio’s friends. He worked on a farm somewhere near the mountains. He had a ton of knee pain and his right forearm was hurting. Just to experiment, I said, “In Jesus’ name, be healed.” And then I told him to check it out.
He said it was a little better, so I hit it a second time, commanding all the pain to go. After he checked it again, he said all his pain was gone!
Later that night, we were eating in a restaurant and Savio had a few more friends/employees for us to pray for. It was cool because they (Savio’s friends) were more excited to heal the sick than we were.
We grew out all their legs and I ministered to a guy who was Muslim. His left arm was broken a few years ago, and it didn’t heal properly, so his arm was a little disformed. Ryan and I hit it for a few minutes, we didn’t see much change.
Another one of the Indian guys also had a left arm that was disformed. He had a surgery a few years before and he lost some muscle and it caused him to lose range of movement in his arm. I hit it for about 2 minutes but didn’t see much change.
On Friday (June 25), we led an outreach in downtown Boulder; I was in a group of 3 (a guy and a girl both about my age).
The first person I spoke with was a lady who was in a scooter. I asked her what happened and she said she had ______ (a really complicated name I don’t remember) and it caused lots of pain and her hands to curl up.
I didn’t ask if I could pray, I just went ahead put my on her knees and commanded all pain to go, and her body to be whole. I asked her how she felt and she said all the pain was gone. Then I asked her how her hands were; she said there wasn’t any change.
I prayed for her hands ~5 times, until finally she said it was 100% better and her stiffness was gone. It didn’t look like she wanted to continue so she gave me a hug and was off.
Later, I saw another guy in a wheelchair, he said he had burns all over his body, he could barely talk. His left leg was amputated and his face was all distorted. One of the guys in the group prayed for him once, but there was no apparent change.
I ended up telling that guy I was going to pay for his dinner. He wanted to eat at BJ’s, so I brought him there and told him to get anything. He ended up getting fish & chips and I spoke with him for ~10 minutes.
A bit later, I mentioned how we should try saying “The Kingdom of heaven is hand, what do you want Jesus to do for you?” (Joe Funaro from the conference told us to try it)
The guy in the group went for it and went up to a group of 3 ladies and repeated that phrase. Immediately two of them smiled and showed us cards they just bought with Jesus on it. We asked if any of them had any pain or sickness and the lady in the middle said that she had cancer. We commanded the cancer to leave her body—even though there wasn’t any apparent change, she was grateful and thanked us.
After a little while, we got bored because there weren’t many people in the area where we were at. We passed by a performer blowing a whistle and shouting for people to watch because he was about to do a stunt.
I got inspired and suggested that we do the same. My brain was freaking out at that idea, but I knew the guy in our group would be on board with it so we went for it. We found a decent place and stood up shouting to everyone in the area to come get “Free healing!”
We did that for about 30 seconds and no one approached us. Oh well.
On Sunday, we went to visit Laura’s Aunt/Uncle’s church in Castlerock, Colorado. We were initially invited to pray for the ex-pastor’s wife who had back problems and was about to get surgery, but the wife announced it to the church body so it was “official” that a “healing team” from San Jose was going minister to church congregation.
They had us stay in a prayer room right next to the main sanctuary. After their service, people would flow in (almost like the healing rooms) and wait to be ministered to.
There was a guy who had liver cirrhosis and some other problems with his kidneys. I held his hands and as I commanded life into his liver, I saw his stomach move (I didn’t think much of it when it happened). After I prayed for ~20 seconds, I asked him how he was feeling. He said he felt his liver moving, and Laura, who was watching, confirmed that she saw it too.
That was enough for the guy to thank me and counted himself healed. BOOM.
There was a lady who was with a guy with something debilitating (he was in a wheelchair). The lady had issues with her right arm, there was a lot of itching and her wrist was stiff. I commanded it to go (had to do it ~3 times) and then it was completely better.
Then I asked the guy what he needed to happen. He said he dealt a lot with depression, anger, anxiety, so I commanded that stuff to go and for his body to be whole. His eyes started to tear up and he told me that he felt something lift off. They both thanked me and gave me a hug.
I prayed for an older lady who had neuropathy in both her legs. I prayed 3-4 times and she said there was better flexibility, less stiffness, but she didn’t feel a change in terms of numbness.
Ryan/Dennis/I took turns praying for an older Asian lady who was in a wheelchair. She didn’t have feeling in her legs and could not raise her left arm all the way up. I think we spent ~30 minutes with her, and by the end, she should raise her arm about 50% closer to full range from where she started.
Ryan was with a lady for ~15 minutes who didn’t have a rotator cuff. She had pain, and had very little range of movement when she came in. By the time she left, it looked about 80% closer to full range from where she started.
Ryan was praying for a lady who was completely deaf in her left ear and had a hearing aid for the other. By the time Ryan told me to pray for her, her hearing in her left ear was 70% better. We did not see much change after that.
I took a break and went into the lobby of the building. I saw a guy who had a short leg (you can tell by how they walk) so I asked him if he had back pain. He said he did, so then I commanded his back pain to go, and then grew his leg out. He was sort of confused because it all happened so fast.
Ryan wanted to grow out the pastor’s leg, so we went into the sanctuary. While we were there, Ryan approached a lady and asked her if she ever had back pain. She said, “sometimes,” so Ryan pulled her over and showed that she had a shorter leg and then grew it out.
We also noticed her hearing aid, so Ryan went for it and after ~5 minutes she was able to hear much better without her hearing aids:
A little bit after that, I asked a group of 3 people if they had any pain or sickness. The lady in the middle said she had a lot of problems with her knees (she had ~4 surgeries done already). I sat her down, grew out her leg and she proceed to tell me about her knees. There was a lot of grinding (she had me put my hands on her knees, it was pretty nasty) and she couldn’t bend down very far without pain.
I commanded life into her knees and for the pain to go and told her to check it out. There was no change.
One of the easiest things to do when that happens is freak out, but if you do, you just let the world know that you aren’t walking by faith. We are told to have faith that does not waver. It is possible to doubt in your mind, but not doubt in your heart (Mark 11:23)
My mind raced, but I didn’t bat an eye. I said, “Let’s hit it again.” I hit it ~4 more times and each time I had her do a squat to test her knees out, and each time it got better. Soon enough, all her pain was gone, and she could bend down without any major pain. She said that was the first time she could do that in 10 years.
Meanwhile, Ryan and Dennis were ministering to the pastor. His leg grew out and he watched his daughter’s leg grow out. I don’t remember everything that happened, but they were amazed.
We went out to eat with Laura’s Aunt/Uncle, and Dennis healed a teenager who messed up his ankle and was on crutches.
That night, at Laura’s Aunt/Uncle’s house, we grew out one of their son’s leg. He and his girlfriend had some kind of virus and we had them pray over each other and they got better.
Later, another guy came in who played college golf, and he had been playing the last few years on pain meds with a broken back. Dennis and I prayed for him and pretty much all of his pain left his body.
On Tuesday (June 22) night we hit the streets of downtown Denver again. Even while we were getting out of the car, none of us really felt like doing it. Dennis and I felt tired, thirsty, we would rather sleep… yadda yadda yadda.
We decided to get a drink at JambaJuice first, but on the way, we saw lady who was blind (we saw her stick). As we tried to follow her, she all of a sudden disappeared (I think she got on a bus), but we all of a sudden saw another blind lady with her stick.
Ryan approached her by himself and told us later what happened. He said that she thought God was teaching her, and in His timing she would get better. Ryan helped dismantle some of those traditions and laid hands on her to pray. I don’t remember what happened, but when Ryan asked if he could hit it again, she said no.
When I went inside JambaJuice, I was somewhat relieved because I didn’t want to see any more sick people. There were so many broken people but at that moment I felt inadequate and unready (operating out of the soul/flesh, hello). After I got my smoothie, I turned to my left and saw a customer with a short arm (I found out that it was club arm, similar to club feet).
The first thought that ran through my mind was, “Crap. Why are there so many messed up people in Denver?” I was hesitant, but I pulled myself together and shifted focus off of myself. I asked the guy what happened and eventually asked him if I could pray for him but he said “no thanks.”
Later, while we were down a street, Dennis and I saw a homeless guy asking for money. I looked back at him twice, so I told him “Hey I don’t have any money on me, but can I pray you?” The ironic thing was that I was holding JambaJuice in my hands.
Long story short, he accused me of “taking the easy way out,” praying for him instead of giving money. I started to tell him that I dropped out of school and I was living off donations myself, and then he changed his perspective of me.
I eventually went to Walgreens to buy him stuff and gave it to them. After, I said, “alright, for real, do you need prayer for anything?” He said he needed healing all over his body. After I prayed, we talked a little bit and he gathered all of us (Ryan/Laura/Dennis) and prayed for us (he used to be a pastor).
The first people that approached us with the sign were 3 people (1 guy, 2 girls) from Georgia. They were there in Denver to pray for people on the streets by preaching the gospel of salvation. We spoke with them for about an hour and they got rocked… hopefully their youth pastor was ok with it. We grew their legs out and they had an encounter with the Holy Ghost.
One of the girls asked Ryan, “So you are you guys just experimenting with this healing thing?”
“Yeah, pretty much… here, I’ll show you”
Ryan went ahead and traced another square on the ground and said, “Step into this square and you’ll feel the presence of God.” She stepped in and started bawling.
She later explained that in a second, she gained a revelation of the fact that her sins were completely forgiven, past, present, and future. (She was completely wrecked for Jesus)
Dennis saw a guy in a wheelchair and said to him, “I’m a healer, I want to heal you.” One of his legs was turned inside and had metal and bolts throughout his legs. He knelt down, commanded it to be healed, and the foot snapped into place and the guy jumped out.
The guy was so freaked out that he ran away. (noooo idea how that works)
While we were standing next to McDonalds again, there were a few people at the corner of the street yelling and making weird noises. People thought they were “crazy” but we figured they just had demons.
Dennis went over to them and hung out with them and just speaking with them. There was a point when he just kept asking them, “Do you want to be free? Do you want to be free?”
I don’t remember the full story, but Dennis was able to deliver some of them.
A little bit later, another group of teenagers went up to us and asked what we were doing. Turns out, they were also “missionaries” from another state and they were out praying for people on the streets too. They wanted to pray for me, so I let them. I wanted to connect with them later, but they never came back.
Barry (the guy in the video) got totally rocked. He said he would get anywhere from 80-120 seizures a day and so he got healed and we spoke with him, he said he was going to walk around and see if he the seizures would come back.
10 minutes later, 2 guys showed up asking for healing, and said they wanted freedom from all kinds of addictions (drugs, alcohol, smoking); they said their friend (Barry) sent them over because he got healed. One of them had pain all throughout his body, and we prayed for both of them. They both said something lifted, the guy’s pain was all gone.
As we were speaking with them Barry runs back with his arms in the air, “THEY’RE GONE! THEY’RE GONE!!”
There was a family of 4, and I saw the dad looking at our sign and grabbing his elbow. He had a look on his face, so I just said, “Any kind of pain or sickness, I guarantee it will go.”
The guy was interested and starting walking over. He said, “So how does this work?”
His wife interjected, “If this has to do with Jesus, then no thanks.” I refrained from answering (be wise as serpents) and just asked the guy, “Are you in pain right now?”
“Alright, here” I reached for his elbow and said, “Be healed in Jesus’ name.”
The wife immediately turned and said “I knew it…” and walked away. The guy started to follow, but I told him to check it out. He walked away trying to convince his wife that there was no pain.
On Monday night (June 21), we went to downtown Denver with our “free healing” sign to minister to people.
As we were trying to find a good place to camp, we saw about 7 wheelchairs/walkers/canes on the way. Dennis and I approached one guy who was in a wheelchair; two guys were helping him to get repositioned because he had spasms.
I went up to the 3 guys and asked if I could help. They had me help reposition the guy in the wheelchair. After, I asked him what happened, and they said that he had been shot with a gun in the neck earlier that year. It left him completely paralyzed from the neck down.
I asked if we could pray for him, and he was totally open. I commanded his feeling to return and all numbness to go. Dennis started talking and loving on him.
I went off to the side and started talking to the two guys who originally with him and just telling them about Jesus. They were really chill about it.
After, Dennis and I apologized to the guy because we couldn’t get him out of the wheelchair.
When we found a place to camp, two guys who were eating outside a restaurant came up to us and asked what we were doing. We told them about Jesus and why we were doing this stuff. One guy was probably Christian because he kept asking questions about God’s will.
After speaking with them for 5-10 minutes, they were ready to go, so Ryan grew out both their legs, they both felt it and were glad to see/hear that we weren’t making it up.
A homeless lady came by and said she had all kinds of pain (she was carrying a really heavy backpack), slipped discs, herniated discs, her eye was bloodshot and some other stuff. Ryan, Laura, and I took turns praying for her but she barely noticed any change.
Soon, we got a bit fed up because no one was really interested, so Dennis and I went off to approach random people on the streets.
There were a lot of homeless people in the area and we prayed for a handful of people but didn’t really see anything happened. We approached a few more people who were in wheelchairs, got rejected each time.
One of the homeless people that we approached had a cane by his side. So I went up to him, asked him if he was ok, and he said, “no.” He told me that his foot was amputated – half of his right foot was missing – and he didn’t feel good.
I prayed once, commanded his leg to grow and be recreated, and I told whatever sickness he had to leave. After, I asked him how he was doing, and he said he still felt horrible. Dennis prayed for him a few times, and then he just started saying that he was hung-over and felt like dying.
It was really hard to leave him be, because we didn’t see anything happen and he didn’t feel any change.
This continued on for another 20-30 minutes. Approached more people in wheelchairs/canes, prayed, and saw little change. We got very frustrated and were just about ready to give up. We spent ~5 minutes venting our frustration until I finally realized that the failures were distracting us from our original purpose, so I said, “Alright! Shift the focus!” The guys caught on and then we went to McDonalds to take a break.
Even while we were there, we kept seeing people with wheelchairs/canes walk in. I was still recovering from our experience for the past hour, so I didn’t even try with those (felt too discouraged to after it).
We sat down at a table, and after ~5 minutes, a deaf guy walked up to us and handed us a donation card for helping deaf people. He was deaf himself, so Dennis communicated to him that we wanted to pray for him. He let Dennis pray, but we didn’t see any change.
A bit later, another guy who was on his way out passed us had a gel brace on his ankle. Dennis called him out and asked him what happened; he fell earlier that day and got stitches on his head in addition to his ankle. Dennis and Ryan prayed for him, most of the pain left his body, and Dennis got to prophesy over him.
As we were about ready to leave, Dennis saw someone in a wheelchair go by, so he ran outside to catch them. I don’t know what happened with that, but Ryan/Laura and I stepped outside and waited.
I saw a guy hacky-sacking across the street, and he was shouting out for people to join him. I joined him, and for the next 10 minutes the group grew to ~7 people. When I saw that Dennis was back, I left the group and we decided to set up camp in front of McDonalds.
Eventually a group of young people approached the sign and asked what the sign was about. They were skeptical as to what “free healing” meant so Ryan kept saying things like, “Why would we make this up? You have nothing to lose except your pain; I’ll prove it to you right now!”
Finally, one of them was willing to go with it; a young guy with shoulder pain. Ryan commanded the pain to go, and when he checked it out he freaked out and said “IT WORKED!!!” As a result of that, ~5 of his friends who had pain all got healed of pain. Ryan had some of them pray for each other and they still got healed.
We called Dennis and most of them were ecstatic as they started encountering the Holy Spirit and His presence. He prophesied over all of them and they were a captive audience.
Meanwhile, 3 young guys went up to me and asked, “What is this?” because a crowd was gathering. I told them, “If any of you have any pain or sickness, I guarantee you it will go after I pray.”
They thought about it for a second and agreed. The guy in the middle went for it and said he had pain in his ankle. I told him to give me his hand, he did and I commanded the pain to leave. I told him to test it out, and to his surprise, the pain was gone.
Immediately, the two other guys wanted me to pray for them. I prayed for them and they were healed, too. The first guy who got healed was extra surprised and told me later that he was Muslim.
One time, a group of 3 girls came and asked what we were doing. We explained a little and Ryan asked if any of them had any pain. One girl said that her feet were hurting. Out of total experimentation, Ryan bent down and traced a square box on the ground and asked the Holy Spirit to fill it with power.
Then he told the girl, “Step into this box and you will be healed.” The girl stepped in, Ryan told her to walk out, and she freaked out; all her pain was gone. The girl next to her wanted to try, so Ryan told her to do the same thing. She stepped into the box, stepped out, and all her pain was gone.
We were honest with them after, that we had never tried that before. The girls were very interested in what we had to say and eventually, Ryan asked, “Do any of you want to quit smoking?” Two of the three girls were smoking, and they both said they wanted to quit. We prayed for both of them and they felt something leave (and they threw away their cigarettes).
I don’t remember much more from what happened that night… spent another few hours ministering to people. Over and over, people who passed by would give us weird looks after seeing the sign, and we would typically reply with “why would we make this up if this wasn’t legit?”