Words of Knowledge and Their Place in Missions

Words of Knowledge and Their Place in Missions

The term “words of knowledge” gets used a lot in our community and in Redding in general. But what really is a word of knowledge and how is it different from a prophetic word or word of encouragement?

What’s the Point?

A word of knowledge, just like a prophetic word or word of encouragement, starts with Love. When you’re representing Christ to the people around you, it’s a good idea to ask God what HE is wanting to show them or speak to them. Our example is Jesus, who only did what he saw the Father doing. He will only ever do (or say) the MOST LOVING thing, so let this Love be your motivation and directive.

Words of knowledge, prophetic words, and words of encouragement are all things that we hear from God for another person. It’s a way that we can show them that God sees them, loves them, and wants to speak to them and encounter them. They produce faith and hope.

1 Corinthians 14:1 “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy … v3 the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation… v4 the one who prophesies builds up the church.”

Prophetic and Encouraging

So, once again, how is a word of knowledge different? Well, let’s start by explaining the other two. Words of encouragement generally speak to an individual’s identity in Christ. You may have even heard the phrase “calling out the gold”. This is to say that you identify the beauty and God given truth about who someone was designed by God to be. It may sound like this, “You bring so much joy into every room you enter, even without trying to!” or “You are such a great example of the Father’s love to your kids!”

A prophetic word is different in that it speaks about God’s plans for someone’s future; calling forth what may not yet be present in someone’s life, but will be according to God. It may sound like, “I see the Lord giving you ministry opportunities with kids. He wants to use you to bring healing love and acceptance to children who feel unloved and unwanted.” or “I see you working to bring business to developing nations, creating job opportunities and community for persecuted believers.” or even “God is giving you the gift of joy to see and speak hope in all situations.”

Words of Knowledge

A word of knowledge is a little harder to describe in short. But it speaks to something that the person you are ministering to is currently experiencing or has experienced in their life. It highlights a specific experience, situation, or detail about that person. For example, I’ve seen God tell someone the other person’s birth date (day month and year), or the name of the street they lived on as a child. I’ve had God tell me the name of someone’s brother or relative and about the current state of their relationship. Most commonly I’ve seen words of knowledge be about physical ailments. For example, knowing that someone has a right shoulder injury or chronic neck pain. I’ve even seen it be as specific as, “you were riding your bike as a kid and flipped over your handlebars and ever since then you’ve had lower back pain.”

God gives us words of knowledge about other people to raise their faith for what He is wanting to do in light of their circumstances. If you suffered from migraines every day of your life, had been prayed over dozens of time, and then were asked to be prayed for again, what would your faith level be for that healing? But what if someone came to you and told you, “You’ve suffered from chronic migraines every day since you were 21 because of a drunk driver hitting your car, and God wants to heal you today.” If that was your situation, your faith that you were about to be healed would absolutely skyrocket! And you would have no doubt that the God who always sees you and intimately knows you and loves you is the one who healed you!

Words of Knowledge and Prophecy in Missions

Words of knowledge, prophetic words, and words of encouragement, in the end, only glorify God. They show people that God is real and is alive and active in our lives today. It tangibly shows them that God sees them and loves them more than they could ever imagine. They back up our claims that Jesus is the Son of God come to save and redeem the world.

We recently had some of our DTS outreach teams over in the Middle East, and they had some opportunities to minister powerfully through words of knowledge. As a fuller example of how these gifts glorify God and how we can use them in missions and ministry, check out this amazing story from one of our teams.

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“One family we met at one of our creative events was Muslim and they had decided to come just an hour before we started. In the events there’s worship, testimonies, poems, and the gospel message.

When people were mingling afterwords, some of our team went to talk with this family. One of our guys talked with the son (who was 10-12), and heard from the Lord through a word of knowledge that the boy had nightmares. He asked him if he did, and the boy said yes. Our guy told him (as the Lord spoke to him) that he felt like these nightmares were satan coming to steal from him – and the boy immediately said “Yes!” and went on to share that in the dream there were snakes attacking him and literally saying that they were stealing from him. So he was able to pray over the boy’s dreams and the Lord brought peace!

The mom asked how our guy knew about the dreams, and so he started sharing about how God speaks to us and shared more of the Gospel. The mom was surprised/a little unsure about how God could speak to people – and then as they’re talking about hearing God, our guy gets another word of knowledge that she has pain in her knee. So he asked her about it. She was so shocked and said yes, asking how he knew. Again he shared that it was God speaking, even in that moment! A couple of our team prayed for her knee, and it was totally healed! She was amazed and by the end of the night, was so interested in Jesus that she got our team’s numbers to continue meeting up to hear more about this God who speaks to people. Praise God!”

Your Turn!

We want to encourage you that these things aren’t just for the super-spiritual. God wants to (and will) speak to you and minister powerfully through you

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A Muslim Man’s Journey to Salvation | Outreach Testimony

A Muslim Man’s Journey to Salvation | Outreach Testimony

Our current Discipleship Training School outreach team was just in Russia for the World Cup. YWAM outreaches teams have been going to large international events for years to do ministry and reach out to the nations that attend the event. Our team had an amazing time using the World Cup event as an open door to minister to people from unreached Muslim nations that have never had a chance to hear the Gospel.

Here is an inspiring testimony from their outreach in Russia written by one of our current students:

“On one of our days during ministry in Russia, my wife and myself had a chance to go out on ministry together. We began our time praying, we specifically asked God to lead us to people whose hearts were ripe, we wanted to reach someone who wanted it!

As we were out and praying for direction we both felt led to stop and chat with a man (that we will call Ken) at a park. We quickly found out that Ken was from Yemen! Which is a majority Muslim nation and currently unreached that is currently in a civil war. He was studying in Russia as there are not very many opportunities to study in his home nation. After briefly talking to him we felt like this was an open door to hearing the Gospel.

Ken came from a Muslim background but during the conversation we found out that he was way more curious about experiencing God. Which is amazing because in most conversations with Former Muslims or current Muslims there is usually an aspect of  defending Islam that takes place in conversation. Later we found out that one of his friends from Africa had been talking to him about Jesus and was reading the gospels with him! His roommate has moved away. Ken now lives with other Muslim men. My wife and I were delighted to be part of the story God was weaving in his life since his heart had clearly been prepared through all the discussions he had with his former roommate, it was an answer to prayer.

Ken was interested in a faith that was tangible and experiential, so my wife and I shared our testimony. After we had a chance to share he exclaimed “how can I have that?” We shared with Ken about accepting Jesus. He was afraid to pray in public because of the laws against praying in public in Russia. Ken wanted to know how to ensure that He had received Jesus once he prayed on his own. We explained about our own experiences of being born again and filled with the Spirit. We had also shared with Ken about our own experiences of God speaking to us through dreams, and he said he really wanted that. We prayed that he would be able to receive dreams and revelation from the Lord. Ken left awestruck as he walked back home.” – Ebby (current DTS student)

Romans 10:9-10 says because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

While Ken may not have prayed a prayer of salvation he did confess with his mouth that he wanted Jesus and wanted to have the Lord in his life. He understood the full story of the death and resurrection of Jesus and had a good understanding of what it looks like to be born again. Ken even wanted to make sure that he could be sure that he was able to receive Jesus as his savior! He didn’t have to pray a prayer to enter into salvation. The only requirement we see in scripture is confessing that Jesus is Lord and that he was raised from the dead.

Now all of heaven is rejoicing at Ken’s story to redemption and salvation! We are so excited to be a part of welcoming him home!

If you would like to learn more about what it looks like to minister to Muslims you should check out our school of Islamic Studies! The heartbeat of this school is to equip our students to go out and share the Gospel within unreached people groups. Click here to read more information!

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You Can’t Outrun God | Outreach Testimony

You Can’t Outrun God | Outreach Testimony

A Divine Interception

Our Discipleship Training School outreach team just finished up two weeks in Fremont, California continuing our mission called Fremont for Jesus to let every family in Fremont hear the Gospel and have a personal copy of His Word.

During the week our team was in Fremont, they saw 10 salvations, many healings, and they delivered hundreds of bibles! It is amazing how God uses people to change lives and bring people into wholeness! Keep reading for one of their favorite stories!

“Our team was walking down the street and saw a man on a bike. One of our contacts stopped him to see if he spoke Spanish and struck up a conversation. With a scared look on his face, he said that he was on the run from people he owed money to. Our contact shared with him in Spanish about how God is our protector and provider. As she shared the Gospel—about how Jesus can make him new—the man began to cry. With tears going down his face, he gave his life to Jesus by the side of the road.

We don’t know this man’s story or what he did to cause him to go on the run. What we do know is that God wants to interrupt our lives with his grace, love, and protection. He loves to swoop in and rescue us. The man thought he was trying to get away from people who could harm him, but what he didn’t know was that he was being intercepted by the Savior of the world.”

God is Our Protector and Defender

Our Father in heaven watches over His children. After we are transferred from the Kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, no weapon formed against us can prosper. Our God is for us and nothing can separate us from his love.

What do you need God to intervene into? Maybe you feel stuck, abandoned, or vulnerable. Maybe you feel like you’re so deep in that you can’t dig your way back out. The good news is that we have a Savior who knows the playbook and wants to intercept you where you are – just like the man in Fremont, CA. No problem is too big for our great God! Take comfort in this promise from His Word:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

This I declare about the Lord:

He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap

and protect you from deadly disease.

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

(Psalm 91: 1-4, NLT)

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What is Evangelism? | Turkey Outreach Testimonies

What is Evangelism? | Turkey Outreach Testimonies

This week, our Turkey team has been out and about sharing the good news of the Gospel, seeing God’s hand move hearts and minds to salvation in faith, healings and miracles. This is despite facing strict restrictions as to what they can say and do in the refugee camp where they spend most of their time.

The team packs food for Syrian refugees and then distributes the sacks of food along with sanitary necessities such as pads, diapers, baby wipes, and milk at the refugee camp. A government worker is tasked to accompany them to ensure that the team sticks to their given job of distributing supplies only. The Gospel could not be shared verbally. Keep on reading to hear testimonies from their week!

“Every week we have the opportunity to pack food for Syrian refugees and then distribute the sacks at the refugee camps. Even though we are not allowed to share the gospel with the refugees we are confident that the generosity and care we show towards them will give them a glimpse of Jesus. Even just a smile can have a huge impact on these people who live lives that seem so void of joy at times. Since visiting the refugee camps, I have gained a new perspective on what it means to feed the hungry. Sometimes it seems like we are not doing much for the Kingdom because we are prohibited from telling the refugees about the Gospel. However, God has recently reminded me through Habakkuk 1:5 that we do not always know what He is doing and how He is using us for His glory. “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”  – Alizabeth

“We were out doing street evangelism when we randomly stopped to talk to three young men. It turned out that they were all Iranian, and one of them was actually a believer. The other did not have any specific beliefs, and the last was a Muslim. We went for tea with them and talked for over an hour. We asked them if they had any pain in their bodies that we could pray for; the Muslim man said he had pain in his neck and back. We prayed for him and Jesus healed him. He was incredibly stunned and didn’t even know what to say in response to this miracle. Later on, he called his mother who was in Iran and we got to pray for her over FaceTime. Jesus healed her head and her shoulder, much to both her excitement and her son’s. The next day, the man who said he held no religious affiliation asked us if we could come to the hospital and pray for his friend who had been in a motorcycle accident. We got to pray for him and also share the Gospel for over an hour with them. The injured man was not receptive, but the man who had brought us there was listening intently the whole time. After we left the hospital, he said that he had been reading the New Testament we had given him the day before and that he really liked everything in it. He then asked us how he could become a Christian! We talked with him a little longer and then he prayed to accept Christ into his life right there on the side of the road. He is now connected with the local Iranian church.”  – Allan

Either way, no matter the method of sharing Jesus or perceived restrictions we face or give ourselves, we can be sure that God is at work and He has the power to affect hearts, renew minds and open eyes in ways we cannot see or imagine possible in normal human logic.

The foundation of evangelism is pouring out love to others. Though we may face fear that hinders the sharing of the Good News, we are reminded time and again through testimonies that Jesus is attractive and very much needed in lives! We are His image-bearers, we are a reflection of who God is in all we say and do.

Jesus said in John 5:19, that He only does what He sees His Father do. The Son of Man can do nothing of His own accord. As we serve in seemingly small or perceived big ways, be encouraged that God sees our hearts and faithfulness. He is the one who would bring to life and fruition the work He has called us to do with our hands.

His love for His lost sons and daughters is greater than the compassion we have for them. Smile to show love at all times and present the Good News when opportunities arise!

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Our God has Eyes and Ears | Outreach Healing Testimony

Our God has Eyes and Ears | Outreach Healing Testimony

Two of our outreach teams recently were apart of the Islamic festival in Turkey, that happens once every year. Our teams had the opportunity to pray and share the love of Jesus to thousands of Muslims that were there. Our teams witness many healings! Keep on reading to hear one of their crazy testimonies!

“We had an awesome opportunity to come alongside hundreds of other believers on an island in Turkey! Every year on April 23rd, upwards of 100,000 Muslims come to this island to climb to the top of a large hill to pray in desperate hopes their prayers would be answered. We lined the path leading up the hill with booths set up for Henna tattoos, healing, worship, prayer and blessings.

Our group set up at the very top of the hill. The amount of people around us was insane. We had prayed intensely before hand that God would reveal Himself through signs and wonders — AND HE DELIVERED. The spirit of The Lord was so present, and The Father was revealing Himself through healings. We held up a sign in Turkish that translates to, “do you need a miracle?” and hundreds of people responded! We got to pray for about 150 people and saw upwards of 70 healings! One of which was a young-teenage Turkish girl who was brought to us by her mother. Her mother began to tell us that her daughter was mute and couldn’t speak. We knew The Father wanted to heal her and after we prayed for a few moments, said amen, and asked how she was feeling, the girl uttered in Turkish, “I’m okay” for the first time. Her mother jumped up with so much enthusiasm after witnessing her daughter’s healing and quickly asked us to bless her as well!

We saw the mute speak, knees healed, backs healed, migraines healed, but overall, lost and hopeless hearts were able to be reminded that they are so loved by a Father who hears our prayers wherever we may be, and in the kingdom of God, there is no striving, we don’t have to climb to the top of a STEEP hill to reach Him because He is already by our side.”

– Explorer’s Outreach team

How good is our God! It’s so comforting to be reminded that you don’t have to strive to reach God but that He is by your side always. Our God is living and He is just waiting for your ‘Yes’ and step in obedience. By stepping out in faith and trusting God our students saw the young teenage Turkish girl healed from muteness. This miracle not only changed her life but planted a desire in her mother’s heart to ask for more in her own life. What else would God be able to do if we were defined by His character and not our circumstances?

It’s not about your ability to pray, it’s knowing Jesus’ ability to answer. Our God has eyes and ears! He knows and understands, He sees and hears everything that everyone in the world is going through! You have access to the keys to unlock healings and miracles – because you have access to the Father!

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This is What Christianity Looks Like | Fremont for Jesus

This is What Christianity Looks Like | Fremont for Jesus

This last 2 weeks about 50 of us from YWAM Redding took to the streets of Fremont, California for an outreach we started called Fremont For Jesus.  Our days consisted of Worship, Prayer and teaching in the mornings and heading out in the afternoons for DOOR to DOOR EVANGELISM and Bible distribution. We have been answering a mandate from the Lord to put a bible in every home in the city.
We were able to reach out to over 7,500 homes and saw more than 40 miraculous healings and 14 salvations in an ethnically diverse area home to the largest Afghan population in America. The gospel is good news!  And hearts are turning to the Father!  Our Discipleship Training School students had so much breakthrough these past two weeks in preaching the gospel.

If you want to break fear of man, there is no better way than to go knock on someone’s door and be ready in season or not to present Jesus to them.  
We have been getting addicted to obeying Jesus no matter how we feel, or what is en vogue.  Simple obedience these past two weeks has been changing a city.

How do you knock on strangers doors and not be seen as another salesman or weird religious person wasting their precious time?

Our biggest breakthroughs have been…
1) Realizing the gospel is good news!  What we are offering them is amazing, and unlike anything they will ever encounter in this world.  If you actually get that revelation and share it accordingly trust me it will go different than what you expect, because Jesus really does change everything.  That is not wishful thinking it is the gospel.
2) It is only as awkward as you make it.  Our culture might say talking about Jesus to a stranger is weird or worse offensive. If you believe that and invite that mindset, it will be. We live by a different culture and rule than that of the day. We are actually called to change culture and bring a better culture to Earth.  If you treat talking about Jesus as the most normal thing, and not just normal but necessary thing, YOU can change a person’s perception in one encounter and potentially for the entirety of their life.  How…?

Because we have a secret weapon Jesus himself to validate this truth.  And he is really good at convincing people through the power of his spirit that he came to save the world not condemn it. 

Read some RADICAL testimonies from the last two weeks below!

“We were going door to door with Cameron and Tyler and we came to this house with two boys playing outside. One was sitting on the porch and the other was playing basketball. We approached them and struck up a conversation with them—we asked them how they were doing and eventually led the conversation into an explanation of the Gospel.

We each got to tell them about how Jesus had come into our lives and everything that he has done in our lives and the blessings he’s graced us with.

I personally got to touch on how even though I’ve had some major losses in my life, there is still just something in me that gives me peace and security. I know whose I am—I know who I belong to. When we were explaining the Gospel we also mentioned some of the miracles that Jesus did when he was on earth, we asked the who kids what they thought of it and they said, ‘it sounds really supernatural!’ and we said, ‘it is!’

Then Tyler asked a deep question: he asked, ‘do you know anyone that would die for you?’ They responded no, and we said, ‘Jesus did that for you—and he wants to have a personal relationship with you.’

After that we asked them if they wanted to accept Jesus into their lives and they said ‘yes!’ We prayed with each of them and were able to bless both of them with a Bible, a Jesus Film connection card.”
– Allison (Current Outreach DTS student)

God always challenges us in what He can do. It never is out of our own strength, but it is God who moves and speaks in such loud ways. Read this testimony about a C-R-A-Z-Y word of knowledge through one of our DTS students during door to door ministry. This should be our ‘normal’.

“A couple of girls and I went door to door asking people if they needed prayer and giving them Jesus Films if they were interested in it. We came to this one door and this older lady answered it who spoke broken English. I got to show her the film and she was VERY excited to see that it was in Mandarin. She believed in some sort of God but wasn’t sure who to follow yet.

Right before she closed the door, I felt led to ask her if she had a brother. I wasn’t sure why God showed me this information about the woman standing in front of me but I just went for it.

She hesitated and then said she had a brother who died a couple of years ago. Clearly this woman was still heartbroken about it and her eyes were tearing up. I got to encourage her that God sees her family and wants to bring healing to her and I got to pray for her! She was so joyous and I could tell that something had shifted and that she might just give her life to Jesus that day!” –
Olivia (Current Outreach DTS student)

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