Jeff Symons

Jeff SymonsMy name is Jeff Symons, and. I'm a full-time IT consultant here in Dallas, Texas. I’m a part-time Director of Evangelism at the Storehouse Church in Dallas, as well as the president and co-founder of Kingdom Awakening International Ministry. The ministry that we have in Juarez, Mexico, is through Kingdom Awakening International Ministry. We also have an orphanage in Juarez and do crusades.

    But the way the Lord really started things off with me, was about eleven years ago. I was raised in a Christian family setting and knew about God; but I didn't know God. I fell away from the Lord and became a drug addict. I'm one of those extreme people, either a hundred percent in one way, or a hundred percent in the other way. I was a hundred percent against the Lord when I was on drugs. But through a series of events, I repented from that lifestyle. But I still hadn't fully committed my life to the Lord. I needed to know that God was real, not just like a one-time experience that is distant from where we are. No one can argue you out of the position of knowing God is real.

   That was what I needed and asked, “God, if you're real, then everything in the Bible must be true.”

   I knew these stories, and I knew about the miracles; but I had never seen them. I've never seen the dead raise. I've never seen a sick person healed. I didn't have any idea what a tongue of fire on someone's head looked like or what it meant. I want to see it and do it. I don't want to just see it on somebody else.

   Then this crazy thing happened. For some reason, I had the TBN channel on at home, and there's like a thirty-second clip of a Chinese church worship service. They said you can call and order the DVD, And I called and I ordered one.

   After I ordered it, I asked, “Why did I just buy a DVD of Chinese people crying? What movie am I about to watch?”

   The movie was titled, Finger of God,. and it's documenting miracles. I love the authenticity of the filmmaker Darren, because he's going through that same discovery process himself. In the DVD, there's Heidi Baker and Bill Johnson, who were coming to Dallas and I planned to go see them.

   I attended this conference and started having open visions.  People were being healed all over the place.

   I  told the Lord,  “Lord, I love the gifts, but can I have prophecy and not tongues because I don't understand tongues.”

   I don't really get it. I think it's weird and was just being honest with Him. He overruled because He knew what I was really asking for was Him. Which was more important than my limited understanding requests. 

   Heidi Baker lays hands on me. I fell out, speaking in tongues and my brain is saying, What are you saying? Stop yourself.” But I couldn't stop myself. I went home from this encounter and started praying. I'm sitting by the fireplace, and next thing I knew I'm worshiping, I’m worshiping in Heaven. I didn't know if my body was there, I wasn’t sure. All I knew, I was experiencing the reality of Heaven. 

   I was under this thing that was like a showerhead of light. Drops of light are just spraying on me. But the substance wasn't light. The substance was joy. This liquid joy is pouring on me. Then the thought occurred to me, “Wait, what about Jesus? Where's Jesus?” The next thing I knew I'm with Jesus, and He's sitting at a long dinner table and the apostles are all next to Him. I knew all of their names. All I wanted to do was to sit close to Jesus. That's the one request I have. I wanted to be close to Him. That's what we all want. We want to be close to Jesus.

   The next scene, I want to ask for something. I was kneeling in front of the throne, and I was not looking up. I don't know if I was on the sea of glass. I think so. There was a holy fear that I wasn’t doing anything I wasn't supposed to. I wasn't moving and found myself leaving Heaven. I don't know if my body was coming back down. All I know is when I came to; I was in a different room in my house. I was in the kitchen under the ceiling fan, and the lights are all on.

   I'm just looking at the lights. I'm saying his name, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”

   Every time I say his name, I felt this tingling sensation over my whole body. The atmosphere of Heaven was like a garment that I was wearing. For about the next seven days, I could hear the Lord as clearly as I could hear a person talking to me asked Him something, he would tell me.

   We started to pray for people, and I saw a man in a wheelchair in Walmart. And this was – I had seen Bill Johnson and the kids at Bethel Church go and do it. I thought, if they can do it, I can do it. I mean how hard can it be? You go and you believe. That’s all it takes, right? .We went to the man in a wheelchair, and he had an oxygen mask on. We ask to pray for him and when we prayed the first time, nothing happened. We prayed the second time and nothing happened. I God is here. We prayed the third time and suddenly he goes, takes this deep breath, and takes the oxygen mask off. He was healed and starts worshiping the Lord in the middle of  Walmart. 

   That was my entrance into the ways of the Spirit. It's kind of extreme to go from a religious background to “now you've been to Heaven” and have seen miracles in a week's span of time, and heard the Lord's voice. There's no turning back from that. I will never be the same person from that experience. That's how the Lord started things with me. After those seven days, it was inspiring.

   There was a minister at that time, known for a mighty move; but he had fallen. He had a moral failure. There was one day when I prayed, for power. I had gone my whole life with never experiencing power. I prayed for power and more power. Lord, I want to see the dead rise up. The Holy Spirit starts impressing upon me to pray for character. In my immaturity, I said, “No, I don't want to pray for character. I want power.”

   It shows you where you are, when God tells you to do something for your own benefit; but your response is, no, thank you. In the Spirit, it felt like he was putting boulders on me. With that weight on me, I had to respond to Him. 

   Finally, I said, “God, I pray that you would only give me as much power as my character can handle.”

   Once I prayed, the boulders where lifted. However, the intensity of His voice that I experienced for seven days wasn't there at the same capacity. Why? Because I didn't have the character to steward it, but I understood that the Holy Spirit was in the midst of all this.

   I knew one charismatic Pentecostal spirit-filled person. My parents are Baptists and I'm so excited because now I've been to Heaven, and that’s a pretty extreme change.

   I was telling my dad about it and he said, “Well, I talked to my one charismatic friend.”

   He said, “Well, the Lord only does that one time and it's a nice experience.”

   I knew instantly, no, that is not it. That guy had it wrong, because God is a good God, and it would be torment if He gave me a taste of something that I couldn't step into. That wouldn't be very good. He gave me the desire for something and the ability to grow into it, so I could steward it. That was the beginning of my journey with the Lord. Now, I wanted to preach the gospel, and go do the crusade; I want to see the dead rise up, the blind see, and the deaf hear. There was a period of time when I started to get a little bit of recognition for being the prophetic guy. You know how you’re the prophetic guy. You’re the healing guy. You’re the deliverance guy. We tend to try to put people in a quick little box.

    I had a friend who told me, “Hey, do you feel called to ministry? You should start calling on churches and tell them you have this message and ask him to let you speak.”

   At the time it sounded good, but thankfully the Lord stopped me.

   The Lord told me, “It would be better for you to humble yourself and let Me promote you at the right time, then for you to promote yourself and we have to humble you.”

   Jesus said? Don't take the seat of Honor, take that other seat of Humility.

   It was a good lesson. You can promote yourself beyond what you’re anointed to carry. We've all been there. We've seen it. When somebody's trying to make something happen and doesn't mean the calling is wrong. It doesn't mean that they're hearing the Lord wrong, but you don't have to try to do it.

   I said, “Okay Lord, if that's not how You're going to build the ministry, then I'm just going to trust You with it. If this desire that You've put in my heart is from You, then You're going to fulfill it.”

   Fast forward a couple of years, the Lord told me, he said, “I need you to learn about spiritual warfare.”

   I said, “Okay, I will do that.”

   I have a friend who's the – he's the co-founder of Kingdom Awakening with me. He was pastoring a church in Kansas City.

   I said, “Okay, I'm going to go visit that guy.” His name is Cody. 

   I went to his house and we were getting ready for an inner healing deliverance session. I walk in and there's this big ministry team that I had never seen. I didn't know any of these people.

   This little old lady said, “Oh, you're the man from my dream.”

   “Oh, really.”

    She said, “You were leading me in my church through these double doors and then you were performing surgery on us.”

   I said, “Okay, where's your church?”

   Her church was in Juarez, Mexico. That was the beginning of us doing work in Juarez.. I had the absolute confidence of everything that we're doing there, is fully and completely orchestrated by the Lord. As we work, we can perform work that we aren't called to do. That's one that I know with an absolute certainty, that's where the Lord's called us. That's something that the Lord built. 

   Let's make it a legal meeting. Hebrews 6:12 – We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

   We have imitate through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. We have these words over our lives. These things in our destiny that we want to accomplish. These dreams and desires, where we have prophetic words and confirmation after confirmation and we want to step into it. The temptation is to try to work it ourselves. But I want you to pay attention to the word, through faith and patience, inherit what has been promised.

   An inheritance is different from a gift. A gift is something I received and an inheritance is something I received and pass on. An inheritance only comes through the death of the one that performed the work for it. The reason that we can have the glory of the latter house exceeding the former is because there's a greater inheritance. One of the reasons that we're in church history, was that we missed it because we've been so focused.

   Each generation has been so focused on receiving a gift. There hasn't been the perception and the mindset of inheritance, of leaving a legacy of the things that I have contended for, and received grace for, and the promises that I can transfer to the next generation so they don't have to go through that same process. 

   See, we have the inheritance of the Kingdom. We inherit the Kingdom. We are the heirs of salvation. You have received the inheritance through the death of Christ. It's not just salvation, it's the Kingdom.

   This is Matthew 25:34, “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

   We receive the Kingdom, and we are Christ's inheritance. In Ephesians 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” We are his inheritance. That's why there's so much power in His name is because when we do things in His name, He gets the glory for it. We inherit the promises. We don't work for them. You can't work for them. You're receiving the benefit of someone else's work. Now, we inherit it through faith and patience. 

   We love faith. We love the faith side of this equation. We will have movements of faith. We will preach series on faith. When was the last time somebody heard the series on patience? I'll tell you, you don't get a whole lot of Amens when you start preaching patience. But it takes both. It takes both. Consider Abraham: He gets the promise when he's old. It's credited to him as righteousness because he believed in the Lord. But Abraham actually made a mistake along the way. What did he do? He thought, “Well, I have this promise from God of I'm going to have an inheritance that my descendants are going to outnumber the Stars.” Maybe He needs my help. Maybe this is something I need to do. Abraham goes gets Hagar, and they produce Ishmael. That the child produced through the work of the flesh and Ishmael becomes the enmity, the enemy of the child of the promise. 

   That what we try to do in the flesh, actually works against us by stepping into the promise. So what does faith look like? If faith doesn't mean that I'm always doing stuff, what does it look like? That's kind of where our minds go. If I'm not supposed to do stuff, what am I supposed to do? This is going to be real simple. This is like Christianity 101. You hear and obey. It's not based on what you're doing, because you can have two people performing the exact same actions with two different motives. One of them is going to produce fruit and one of them isn't. One can be enacted the flesh.

   Somebody could have the Lord speak to them and say, “I want you to be my end-time intercessor and you're going to be prophesying to the nations.”

   I say, “Okay, Lord.”

   He says, “I want you to go and pray in the prayer room for three hours a day,” and they go and they are praying in the prayer room for three hours a day.”

   I go and pray in the prayer room for three hours a day. They could even have the same word that you're going to be an intercessor to the nations. But because they try to make it happen, they could go into the prayer room for three hours a day, and its just the work of the flesh. The Lord showed me something funny one time, because I'd heard some of those messages about how much time you need to spend in prayer. I saw this picture of somebody praying in tongues, and they're praying in tongues and saying the same phrase over and over. The interpretation of the tongue that this person was praying was, “Lord, deliver me of this religious spirit.”.

   It's not so much the external action. It's what we're doing from a place of faith, and what we're doing because we don't have faith and trying to manipulate God. How many of you know manipulating God is never going to work? He's the immovable object. You are not going to like trick Him. But faith is not passive. It is the earnest expectation of something to come. So what does it look like when I'm in a place of faith? It looks like rest. Hebrews 4:3 says, “Those who believed entered the rest.” When you believe, you enter rest. There's a quiet confidence. I know what I'm doing is the right thing. 

   I know that God is going to come through for me. I don't have to try to manipulate Him or to convince Him that I'm doing well enough to earn what he's already promised me. I trust that what he's promised is coming.  Jesus had a thirty-year preparation time before he had a three-year ministry.

 

Jeff Symons Hearing His Voice Testimony

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