Unexpected Prophetic Word Takes Church From Mini to Mega

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Gossip is never pretty—but when it comes from one pastor about another pastor and his church, it seems to come straight from the enemy.

So when Pastor John Lindell of the then-fledgling James River Church, meeting in a storefront in Joplin, Missouri, learned of another pastor spreading unkind words about his church, he went straight to the source. He told the man, “We’re pastors; hey, we should be on the same team,” he tells Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of the Greenelines podcast on the Charisma Podcast Network. But Lindell had no idea of the dynamic prophetic word that would arise from this moment—or what God would do in fulfilling it.

“You’ve got a little church, and it’s full of a bunch of rebels, and it’s never going to do anything,” Lindell says the other pastor essentially told him. “What do you think of that?”

“I’m not given to these kinds of statements,” Lindell says. “But all of a sudden, these words popped out of my mouth, I believe by the Spirit of God. I said, ‘Well, all I can is the hand of the Lord is on those people. And whether it happens under my ministry or not, someday, that will be the largest Spirit-filled church in town.

“And he said, ‘And you have how many people?'”

“Eighty-five,” Lindell answered.

“That’s a big statement for somebody with 85 people,” the pastor told him.

Lindell explains that, as the Bible says, God puts eternity in our hearts. “I think sometimes God puts dreams and visions even we haven’t dreamed up for ourselves,” he explains. His church grew to become a multi-site church in both Joplin and Springfield, Missouri, with over 16,000 people in weekly attendance. And one day, when he saw the pastor again, the man told him, “Obviously, the Spirit of God had plans that no one else could see.”

For much more from Pastor John Lindell on experiencing God’s best for your life, listen to the entire episode of Greenelines at this link and subscribe to Greenelines on your favorite podcast platform for more inspiring stories like this one. Find Lindell’s most recent book, New Normal, wherever fine books are sold.

Look Again

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I was thanking the Lord for a word and it was very interesting. I had a vision and the vision was about a pause button, but it was a fake button. The Lord would say to you, “Satan has convinced you that you are on pause. He has convinced you that your life is not going forward; that the promises of God are not going to come true; that you’re not going to be rescued; that things will never be different; that you’ll never get the money you need or that you’ll never get to the place you dreamed of.”

But the Lord would say, “I want you to look again” because the Lord says that this is a fake pause. This is not a real pause; it is actually just taking a breath and the Lord is going to propel you into your new season. So, Father, I just pray right now and I break the power of any mind-bending spirits, anything that would tell people that their lives are just stuck and that they’re going to stay at that level for the rest of their lives, whether it’s a sickness that has come or maybe they’ve had a blow emotionally or maybe it’s during COVID or whatever it is.

The Lord says, “That is a false pause; you’re not really stuck.” So, rise up again and pull yourself up in your spirit and go back and dust off the prophecies that God has given you over your life. Dust off the promises that you have and say, “Okay, God, I can do all things through Christ! I am triumphant!” And the Lord says, “If you’ll do this, you’ll find a freshness come into your life. You will find that your own soul will begin to awaken and that you’re going to be catapulted forward into your future,” says the Lord.

Cindy Jacobs is an author, speaker, and teacher with a heart for discipling nations in the areas of prayer and prophetic gifts. She and Mike, her husband, co-founded Generals International in 1985. Cindy helps people walk in the ministry of prophetic intercession, equipping them to pray effectively for their families, cities, and nations. Cindy has been recognized by Charisma Magazine as one of their 40 People Who Radically Changed Our World and she is listed in the Who’s Who Among American Women. She has written for Charisma Magazine, Ministry Today, and Spirit-Led Woman, and is the author of eight books, including such bestsellers as Possessing the Gates of the Enemy, The Voice of God, and Women of Destiny. Mike and Cindy love to travel and speak, but perhaps their favorite pastime is spending time with their children, Daniel and Mary Madison, along with their six adorable grandchildren. The Jacobs make their home just outside of Dallas.

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