Faith Pioneers – They Served Another by Nancy Dufresne

     The faith pioneers of the past who walked under a “Double Portion” Anointing faithfully served another man of God. They were students of someone who knew God better than themselves, and they walked in what they were taught. They honored another. They didn’t abandon those they were to serve; they stayed where God told them to be.

     The faithfulness of these pioneers affected future generations; many are enjoying the fruits of their labor. Because of their obedience, they walked with God, received revelations of the Word, and produced much fruit, and through them God rewrote the stories of multitudes. That was accomplished through the “Double Portion” Anointing upon them, which they received by faithfully serving another.

     It is of great importance for us to know what God did for them and through them, for they serve as examples of what God will do for us as we progress in this era of the Last Days. Their honor and faithfulness to serve turned them into examples that we can follow.

     It takes honor to receive from God. It takes honor to recognize and to receive of what is honorable. It takes honor to recognize God in another man and faithfully serve him.

     Faith pioneers walked in great honor, or they never would have been able to move with God as they did, walking in the degree of anointing they walked in.

(The following is an excerpt from Nancy Dufresne’s newest book, The Price of the Double Portion Anointing.)

The “Double Portion” Anointing is available to those who are faithful to another man, as Elisha was to Elijah. (Someone can’t just get in a ministry line and have hands laid on them to receive this.)

     In saying this, we not only point to the degree of the anointing upon a man, but how a man comes to walk in that degree of anointing.

     Faith pioneers were ones who walked with God, had robust faith, and produced much fruit because they closely followed another man. Joshua served Moses, Samuel served Eli, Elisha served Elijah, and Timothy served Paul. Before they were known as men of great faith, they were known to have faithfully served.

     During previous seasons of their lives, their primary interest was not in having their own, but in serving another. They lost view of their own; their attention was on another. They loved the man, and they valued, prized, and honored what was in him. They used all their energies in helping another man succeed and fulfill his vision, and thereby received into their own lives the outcome of their faithfulness to another man. In the service of another, they became students; they received the instruction, training, and divine impartations needed to fulfill their own call. They grew to have great faith as they took the path of faithfully serving another.

     Jesus stated, “And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:12). 

     A man’s zeal and ambition to have his own will not equip or qualify him for his own. Only through wholehearted desire, honor, and service to see another man fulfill his call can position him to be trusted to have his own.

     The leadership principles embraced by many portray that success is found only in having one’s own. That is the mindset of the world, but it does not represent God and His way of promotion. Promotion from God comes through the avenue of honoring and serving another faithfully. 

     To serve under another while having one’s own in view is unfaithfulness. It is a mistake to go through the motions of serving, while one’s heart, motives, affections, and interests are set solely on themselves and getting their own. Yes, we can understand that the godly principle of serving another blesses our own life, but our motive is not to serve just so we can get our own. We don’t just love what we can gain from a man, but we must love the man, otherwise we are not safe to serve him. We must lose sight of our own or we can’t serve another wholeheartedly. As we lose sight of our own, only then can God safely promote us. 

     Many may go a lifetime serving another man, never having their own. If that is the will and plan of God for a man, what an honor! It takes a faithful man who loves and honors another to rightly succeed in that.

     Before faith pioneers of the past carried a great anointing, they were first wholehearted in serving another man. That’s a man God can promote.

     If we are to walk in the “Double Portion” Anointing, we can’t expect to walk any differently. Honor is such a languishing quality in today’s society, but it is mandatory if one is to walk with God and under a greater anointing.

     When we live a life of honor, when we honor men of God He connects us to and we honor what God has done in the past, we position ourselves for God to repeat that through us. 

     I want to see what they saw, but in an even greater way.

Healing – Give God Something To Work With - Nancy Dufresne

Last month I wrote about a healing testimony that blessed me, but I wanted to tell you another one this month because these testimonies encourage us and give us instruction.

     There was a woman who had a condition that left her bedfast. The doctors had given her no hope. She called for a minister to come and pray for her, and as he talked to her, he knew that he needed to locate what she could believe for so they could get results with their faith.

     Many people just want to receive their answer instantly, which is good, but our faith may not always be at that place. So, to get results, we have to know what we can believe for.

     This minister knew that he needed to find where this woman’s place of faith was. 

     As he talked to her, he told her, “We’ve got to give God something to work with.” They looked to the Lord to lead them as to what that may be. The minister was led to ask the woman who was bedfast, “Can you believe God that tomorrow you will be able to make your own bed?”

     “Yes,” the woman agreed. “I can believe for that.” So they agreed in prayer that she would be strengthened enough to make her own bed.

     When the minister visited her on the following day, she told him, “It took me 4 hours, but I did it! I made my own bed!” She and the minister praised God together that He had strengthened her enough to do that.

     “Alright,” the minister said, “can you believe God to go to the restroom by yourself tomorrow?” 

     “Yes, I can believe for that,” the woman assured him. When he visited her the next day, she gave him the good report. “I did it. It took me a while, but I got to the restroom on my own!” And they praised God together.

     Then she and the minister believed God every day that she would be able to do an additional chore around the house. One day, he arrived to find her up and walking around her house. She wasn’t walking fast, but she was up! A few weeks later, he arrived at her house to find her outside walking around the block!

     No, her healing wasn’t instant, but it was still divine healing. The doctors had helped her as much as they could, but they could give her no hope of ever getting out of her bed. But with God, there is no such thing as “impossible” for the one who believes.

     This woman didn’t just lay down her faith because she couldn’t believe for instant healing, but she hooked on where she could and gave God something to work with.

     Don’t lay down your faith just because you may not be able to believe for instant healing. What can you believe for? Give God something to work with!

     Look to the Spirit of God to lead you as to what to hook your faith to. He’s our Counselor. He will counsel you as to what your faith can hook on to.

     I love a statement that Dad Hagin made. “I can’t promise anyone instant healing, but I can promise everyone healing!”

     Thank God for instant healings, but we don’t have to dismiss ourselves from healing just because it doesn’t show up instantly. Give God something to work with! What can you believe for today? Find where you can hook on with your faith and get results, then just keep hooking on every day, and it will all come to pass!

Healing – Hook On! - by Nancy Dufresne

I want to tell you a healing testimony I recently heard that I love. There was a man who was hospitalized and suffering with great pain. He was in so much pain that if the doctors didn’t give him pain medication that completely knocked him out, he was virtually screaming. 

     A minister was called to come and pray for him, and on the way over to the hospital, the minister asked the Holy Spirit what he should minister to the man. Yes, the minister knew that healing belongs to all of God’s people, but he also knew that sometimes people aren’t in position to receive God’s best. So he wanted to find out from the Spirit of God what this man’s faith could hook on to. The minister knew that the man was suffering with great pain, and he knew it would be difficult to locate the man’s faith while he was in that condition. As the minister inquired of the Lord about what to believe for with the man, the Spirit of God spoke to him. 

     When the minister arrived in the man’s hospital room, he saw how much pain he was in and realized that the pain level was increasing day by day. He knew that the man wasn’t even really able to listen to much counsel because he was so distracted by the pain. The minister knew that he needed to speak something quick and short that the suffering man could hook his faith on to.

     The minister didn’t even ask the man to believe for the pain to leave instantly; he knew that he wouldn’t be able to lay hold of that with his faith. So the minister said what the Spirit of God had told him as he drove to the hospital. “Can you believe with me that the pain won’t be any worse tomorrow than it is today?”

     “Yes,” the man said, “I can believe for that.”

     “Good! Let’s pray together and set our faith for that,” and they did.

     The next day the minister went back to visit him. When he arrived, the man’s family met him in the hallway and said, “He’s still in a lot of pain, but at least it’s no worse today than it was yesterday.”

     The minister didn’t say anything to them, but on the inside he was jumping up and down. Their faith had worked!

     The minister walked into the hospital room, and although the man was still suffering in pain, he encouraged him. “Brother, our faith worked! We found a place where we could hook on and get results. Things have turned and are going in the right direction now. You’re not getting worse every day! Praise the Lord!” And he got the man’s attention on the victory that they had received. “Now, let’s believe that you’ll have less pain tomorrow than you have today.” They agreed in prayer.

     When the minister went back to visit him the next day, the man told him, “I am still in pain, but it is a little bit less than it was yesterday – just a little bit less.”

     The minister rejoiced. “Brother, God’s power is working! Not only has the pain stopped increasing, but now it’s decreasing. Even though it’s just decreased a little bit, it’s still decreasing. Praise the Lord!”

     Every time the minister went back, he found that the man was getting better and better, until he went back one day and found out that the man had been sent home.

     No, it wasn’t an instant healing, but it was still divine healing.

The key is to find the place where your faith can hook on – and then hook on! - Nancy Dufresne

     Brother Hagin used to say to us, “Many confine God to the instantaneous and miss the supernatural.” In other words, many don’t think that faith or the Word is working unless they receive instantaneously, but this man was having healing power working in his body every day, even though it wasn’t instantaneous. The Bible tells us that the centurion’s servant “began to amend.” His healing wasn’t instantaneous, but he began to get better little by little.

     If there’s something that you need to change in your life, whether it’s healing in your body, a financial change, or some other change, don’t limit God to the instantaneous. Find the place where your faith can hook on. Can you believe that things will get better every day? Well, it takes faith to believe that, and God is pleased with faith. God isn’t only pleased when you can believe for the instantaneous, but He is pleased when you release your measure of faith – whatever that measure may be. 

     In Mark 11:23, Jesus spoke of the mountain being moved, but who said that it would move all at once? A mountain can be moved a little bit every day. 

     The key is to find the place where your faith can hook on – and then hook on!