This is a brief transcription of a message given by Bill Johnson uploaded to YouTube Jan. 28, 2010. Healing Out of Intimacy
You and I will always reflect the nature of the world we are most aware of. Your shadow will always release what overshadows you. If you engage with the Holy Spirit merely because you want to be “effective in ministry” then you’re developing professional intimacy. What do we call people who are intimate as a profession? We want the lifestyle of the Kingdom to emanate from the yielded life. This relationship we have with the Holy Spirit is essential to learning the life of miracles because the relationship is where you learn to release the Presence. He will give you the measure of His presence that you are willing to jealously guard. Whatever measure you’re willing to take a bullet for, that measure is what you will learn to carry on a continual basis.
There is a difference between that which has been provided by Heaven for us and the measure we actually walk in. The Holy Spirit has been given without measure and we have been called to carry this Presence. God can be influenced by what is in us, the timing and the outcome of a situation. For example: Mary and Jesus at the wedding of Cana.
The worst thing we can do when what we’re praying for doesn’t happen is to blame God. There is no lack on His part. He’ll let you have as much as your body can handle. But our bodies can handle a whole bunch more than we’ve got right now. Give place to the Holy Spirit as a lifestyle. Whenever intimacy with the Lord is developed for ministry, you have professional intimacy. We have a name for people who develop intimacy as an occupation. Learn to host the Presence out of relationship so that when we get into places where there is a demand, the demand can be met without our will being involved. (Peter’s shadow healing the crippled man) A relationship with the Holy Spirit cannot be developed for the purpose of the miraculous; otherwise, you reduce Him to a principle instead of a Person with whom we have a relationship. There is a Person whom we host that we give place to. The Spirit remains in us and we have continuous connection with what the Father is saying, what the Father is doing. Walk every step carefully with the heavenly Dove in mind.