Ryan Bruss

Ryan BrussCARRYING THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Sid Roth - My guest has learned how to live in the glory, how to have rivers of God's beautiful presence flowing out of him. It's because of a decision he made. He said you can make the same decision and get the same, I mean an even greater glory, coming out of you. Want to find out how?

SID: My guest is Ryan Bruss, and it's kind of a reversal for him because he's one of our producers, and he's usually analyzing what's going on and giving direction rather than being in that chair. But he wrote a book that I am really, really excited about. Carrying the Presence, the presence of God. But you have an approach that is very, very different. But for starters, what do you mean by carrying the presence?

RYAN: Well, Jesus said "Pray this way. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." So whatever is going on in heaven, Jesus says bring it to earth. Bring it here. And because Jesus lives inside us, we carry the kingdom wherever we go, whether we're at home, our job, work, right in this studio, we're carriers of the presence. And right now, Sid, the Lord has been speaking to me all day, right now is a time for ordinary people with ordinary lives, doing extraordinary things for God. I mean, now is the time. Two-thirds of God's name is go, so we might as well just do it. We might as well just go and preach the gospel, heal the sick, cleanse the leper, and cast out devils.

SID: Tell me a bit about the supernatural early on.

RYAN: Well, I was born again 40 years ago. I know I don't look that old, Sid, but I was born again 40 years ago, and my dad died of cancer when I was 12. And right after he died, my mom looked at us three kids, looked up to heaven, said "You know what, I'm not going to do this by myself. You guys are going to get filled with the Holy Ghost." And so that night we all got full of the Holy Ghost. He stays—

SID: All of you?

RYAN: All three of us, just like that.

SID: Did you speak in tongues?

RYAN: All speaking tongues. Yeah, we went ... I'm telling you, I can remember like it was yesterday. We were laying on our bed, my brother in his and me in my bed. We were just speaking in tongues all night at just 12 years old, 10 years old. And so we didn't have a lot of money growing up at all, because my father died. The cancer just ate through our finances, and we literally had to lay our hands on appliances and believe for them to work. We had to ... True story, we had to pray over the food that it would multiply in our home. In fact, my mom said, I remember it, again, like it was yesterday. We sat on the front of our house, me, my brother and sister, and my mom, saying "You're going to pray, we're all going to pray in the Spirit until groceries pull up in our driveway." So we sat there, she said "Close your eyes," probably because she didn't know what to expect. But we closed our eyes and I had one eye open as I was praying, [speaking tongues], you know, and sure enough, Sid, a car pulls up in our driveway and brought us a whole car load of groceries.

SID: I don't know about you, Brian, but seeing that direct, amazing answer to prayer was more important than the groceries. I don't know. You might have said the groceries.

RYAN: Well, the groceries, that filled our stomach, that was the good part. But I grew up in a house with the supernatural, because you know my mom personally, she's a seer. And so we couldn't get away with anything.

SID: What does seer mean?

RYAN: A seer is somebody that has her eyes opened to the spirit realm. But I grew up with my mom seeing angels with us. I could tell you hundreds of stories of the glory angels, because that's just how we grew up.

SID: As a young man you were a dreamer, and God started speaking to you in dreams.

RYAN: I didn't have anybody. Because I grew up without a father, didn't have anybody to mentor me. So the Holy Spirit took over, and he would mentor me on what to do about this, what to do about that. And as a teenager, I had a dream where all these dirt clods were coming down a conveyor belt, and my job was to break them open and get to the center. And in the center I saw a diamond, and the Lord said "That's part of your ministry, is to help people see their value and worth before me."

SID: You say we have answers to everyone's need inside of us. Does everyone have answers to everyone's need, or just you?

RYAN: Well, I have some good answers. But if you are born again, you carry God with you. And the big revelation that the Lord is trying to speak to me about, Sid, is that you have to ... Everybody, if you call yourself a Christian, you have to begin to understand that you carry the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit with you. So everywhere you go, things are going to start happening. God is going to move. Bring the kingdom into your finances and bring the kingdom into your spouse's life. Bring the kingdom to your kids or any area of your life.

SID: Now, in 1996 you went to Pensacola, Florida. Tell me what that experience brought to you, besides a wife.

RYAN: It did bring me, that was good. And later on, kids. But the beautiful thing about the Brownsville Revival is, because I thought it was already, this is 1996 I went there, I thought I was already on fire for God until I went to a revival. And then you know where you're at with God. And it totally changed my life. As you know, I ended up working for Steve Hill, but it totally changed my life. See, revival wrecks you. I'm a pastor of our church now. I get frustrated when I don't see and feel what I felt in revival. We don't go to the past, but if it's not at least that, I need something else. I need the glory, I need more of God, because I know what is available.

SID: But you went out in the streets there with ... But then you didn't just go out in the streets witnessing, how many people did you have with you on the street?

RYAN: On the weekends we had sometimes 275 people that would hit the streets and evangelize. It was awesome. And one of the greatest testimonies that came out of that is, there was a man by the name of Chacho. He was going into a bar, and our group of students just said, "Hey, can we talk to you?" Anybody can say that, "Hey, can we just talk to you for a minute?" He goes "Okay, I'll talk to you." Well, this was over 20 years ago, and to make a long story short, he gets down on his knees, prays a prayer of salvation. When he stood up, he was set free from every addiction in his life. I mean, he was so saved, as we said back in the revival. He was so saved that 20 years later now, I'm talking about right now, I speak at his pastors' conferences and do missions trips, because he's planted orphanages and churches all over Mexico. Just because we met him going out of a bar.

SID: And what would have happened in his life if you hadn't gone out on the streets to do something a lot of people don't want to do? Just talking to people about Jesus.

RYAN: He would tell you himself that "I wouldn't be here today. I wouldn't have made it." I mean, he's doing work in Israel now, in Brazil, all because he was going into a bar, we say,"Wait, wait, wait. Just one second. We want to talk to you.".

SID: Comment on, anyone can bring the kingdom to anybody, anywhere.

RYAN: See, if you're born again, when you walk into a coffee shop, that means healing just walked into the coffee shop. Miracles just walked in the coffee ... Everything in that coffee shop.

SID: But what if you've never seen people healed when you pray?

RYAN: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter, because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has a plan and he has a purpose for everybody in that coffee shop. And you are coming in to get a cup of coffee, but little did you know that that man sitting in the corner is suicidal, and you have the joy of the Lord living in you.

SID: Okay. Give me a real-life experience of you going into a coffee shop.

RYAN: It wasn't too long ago, I went into a coffee shop and the barista, she looked like she wanted to hurt me, to be honest with you. She had this angry look on her face, and my flesh just wanted to get the coffee and go. She was just having a bad attitude. And as I was grabbing my coffee, I thought "You know what? No, no, no." And I said "Are you okay?" She says "I have migraines." And I thought "Well, you know, no wonder you're so crabby." And I say "Can I pray for you?" I didn't go into this religious rhetoric, are you this, are you that, you go to church? I just said "Can I pray for you?" She goes "Yes." I may have said I was a pastor. I grab her hand and I felt the presence of God shoot through me into her hand. I said "What do you feel?"

   Because she had her eyes on me, she goes "I feel so tingly." I said "That's the presence of God." I said "But how's the head? How's the migraine?" She goes "Gone." And then two days later I go back to that same place to see her. She runs and grabs another coworker and says "See, see, that's the man that prayed for me. That's the one that prayed for me." That's all you got to do to bring the kingdom and carry the presence of God.

SID: You say that these divine appointments are so easy. Do you always get positive responses?

RYAN: Oh, my goodness, no. In fact, one time, many years ago, I was in the park and we were just sharing Jesus with everybody around. And this man walks up to me yelling and I said, "What's wrong?" And as I put my hand on his shoulder to say everything's okay, he punched me in the face so hard he knocked me out cold. Sid, look at this face. I need all the help I can get. He punched me so hard my head actually hit a concrete water fountain that woke me up. And a satanist, Sid, that I had been ministering to, ran over to me and said "Can I help?" For a split second I thought "What do you mean?" But as God is my witness, I mean, he sucker punched me, Sid. He knocked me out cold. Had no anger, no nothing. I got hurt physically.

SID: Only God could have ...

RYAN: Only God could do that.

SID: Because he's in you.

RYAN: That's right.

SID: You carry his presence.

RYAN: You carry his presence, absolutely. It was awesome.

SID: It seems like almost every day you're having these divine appointments. What about me? Am I Swiss cheese? I mean, why do you have divine appointments all the time, and most people don't? Why?

RYAN: Because they're just not looking for them. And see, I've learned a huge secret, that if I'm focusing on my bills, my health, my problems, I walk into a coffee shop, I'm not going to have any kind of joy for anybody else.

SID: Nothing left.

RYAN: No, there's nothing left, even though Jesus is in here. So what I've done, and that's what we did in the CD set, is teach people how to break through all the drama and junk of this world and get full of Jesus no matter what your bills look like, no matter what ... See, Sid, there's a time in my own marriage that we were down to baked potatoes. Twice. There's only so many times you can slice and bake and mash a potato. Eventually you just start throwing them at each other. But what I'm saying is I've been there, done that. And you got to get to a place where, you know what? I've lived long enough to know that Jesus has always seen me through everything, and I'm not going to let these problems bother me. I am just like everybody else. And you listening, you're just like everybody else. It's time to just let go of everything that's tethering you to this world and say "You know what? I'm a carrier of the presence of God. I'm going to get through this in Jesus' name."

SID: Tell me about the restaurant you went in with the lady with the nice smile. I mean, this sounds little, but that's the type of thing you can do.

RYAN: We walked in, we were seated, and she just had a big smile. I said "I just want to tell you, you have a very nice smile." She said "Oh," and so ...

SID: And by the way, isn't that something you could do?

RYAN: Easy.

SID: Of course you could.

RYAN: And that's what I teach in the book. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman "Can I have a drink?" Anybody can say that. And then her life changed forever. So we sat down, we dialogued a little more, and every time she would walk away, the Holy Spirit would say "Ask her this." She walked away one more time. The Holy Spirit said "Ask her about her father." And now, Sid, see, I have a open door in her life because I'm just loving ... I valued her. She's worth it. I'm not just "Give me my food." She's worth my time. I feel like crying right now because everybody's worth it.

   And so she came back that last time and I said "Can I ask you a personal question?" Because I had a right to, because of how far I've gone with the conversation. And I said "Can you tell me about your father?" She started to weep. She goes "He molested me. He molested me." And so we ministered to her. Her whole countenance changed. She was free of that. The joy of the Lord hit her, all because we just said "You have a nice smile." And then she was touched forever. I heard this saying the other day, "Love people until they ask you why." Just love people, and doors will fling open for you. Absolutely.

SID: Well, now listen to this. Ryan went to heaven to learn how to love. And when he tells us what he learned in heaven, many of you will feel rivers of love flowing out from the screen itself, or in the studio audience from Ryan. It's the supernatural atmosphere of heaven. Be right back.

SID: So Ryan, one night you're minding your own business. You go to sleep and you end up in heaven. What happened?

RYAN: It was awesome. Again, whether, like Paul said, in the body, out of the body, everybody says it, because nobody really knows. And in the middle of the night I found myself up in heaven. Now, when I begin to tell this story, I feel it now, I feel the presence of the Lord just flow out of me. I feel the rivers, man. I feel ... who, and let me tell you, there's nothing like that in the sphere of heaven, Sid. and when I was

SID: By the way, I don't know about you at home or in the studio audience, but it is flowing like a river.

RYAN: I'm serious. The first thing that happened to me when I was in heaven is, the Lord gave me a good length of time. Because he had to talk to me about something, but he gave me a length of time to enjoy the atmosphere of heaven. And again, like being in revival, because I was in that atmosphere in heaven, you get spoiled, because that's all you want, is what is in heaven. And it's hard to explain, but it was so electric and so full of joy and love and life at the same time, it's the glory. When the glory is on me sometimes, I feel that, that atmosphere of heaven, so I know that the glory is the atmosphere of heaven. And I feel that glory in meetings.

   I turned a corner in this huge house in heaven, and I met Jesus. And Jesus said to me "I want to show you something." And so we walked together, and he was on my right, and we looked to the left at this massive room. And there was a huge pile of jewels, crowns, rubies, necklaces, all jewels, all beautiful. And we looked at that together. It was about eight feet high, about eight feet wide. And then our eyes turned together. We looked at another one, same thing. And then another one, same thing. And then we looked over here, and I noticed that there was a smaller pile, about a quarter of the size of the rest of it. He told me "That's your love reward right there, compared to these." He goes "I want you to work on your love reward.".

SID: I bet you were surprised.

RYAN: I was, I was really surprised. Not hurt, because when Jesus corrects you, he doesn't bring hurt, he disciplines out of love. And when Jesus showed me that, I remember thinking "I'm going to do whatever I can when this is done to go back and love.".

SID: One of the things you do that I do admire is you have a friend that's a police officer, and you ride with him many times. Tell me about the time that there was this young man that was having a fight with his mother.

RYAN: Such a sad story. He was a teenager and not saved. And the police officer went to his car, and I just began to minister to him. And Sid, I have nothing in common with him in the natural. Nothing, except for that we both didn't have a father. And I said "Holy Spirit, show me something about this man." And we began to talk, and he said this statement to me, "I've never had a good day in my life." A teenager saying that, "I never had a good day in my life." And so the Lord told me that the calling on his life is for the creative arts and music. And so I told him about his destiny, and he began to change right before my eyes, because hope was coming in.

   And anybody can do this. When you carry the presence, you can do this. So I began to talk to him about Jesus and the love that Jesus has for him. And the police officer walked back in, who loves the Lord, walked back in. As I was praying the prayer over him to be saved, we both literally witnessed his eyes go from dark to light and he became born again just like that.

   Everything changed. And then I found out later, the police officer told me, when his mom came home, because that's why we were there, because of a big fight. They hugged each other and just ... Just one life can change so many others because we're carriers of the presence of God. And you don't have to be a minister. You don't have to be a pastor, a preacher, apostle. Anybody can do this. I have a friend who for years struggled with her identity because everybody said she had to be in the ministry, she had to be in the ministry, she had to be in the ministry. So we prayed for her and prophesied over Janet. She goes to our church, and she finally realized "You know what? I'm just going to do what God called me to do." So she became a nurse. And the testimonies that we hear of her bringing the presence of God to emergency room are incredible. In fact, she's the second person to ever touch a newborn as it comes out of the womb, and she's doing this, [speaking tongues].

SID: That's my kind of nurse.

RYAN: Here you go, Momma.

SID: I'm glad she didn't go into ministry.

RYAN: I'm glad, she's in the ministry.

SID: Ryan, the presence of God is sky high. I want you to release that to the people that are watching in the studio and at home. Now I want to get in on it.

RYAN: Yeah, I do too, trust me.

SID: Right now it's strong.

RYAN: So just lift up your hands wherever you are, if you can, everybody watching, everybody in the studio audience. And Father, I'm asking you for a personal favor, that that atmosphere that I felt in heaven, that glory, there it is. Whew. That glory just comes on everybody watching right now. Whatever you're going through, it's just for a moment, the Bible says. Do not lose heart.

   Now invite the presence of God. Invite the glory. Everybody in the studio audience, just receive that presence. I know you are. At home, you are healed right now because the presence of the Lord is there. You are set free. I see somebody with drug addiction right now. You're being set free. You're being set free of that drug addiction. I see it. I see it. Just lift up your hands and write this ministry, and you tell them that "Jesus set me free of my drug addiction." Lord, I pray, whatever they're going through, that you fill them with your glory. Fill them right now with the atmosphere of heaven in Jesus' name, Jesus' name.

   I see somebody with a plate in their head and it's causing you, your self-esteem has sunk real low because you don't articulate things correctly. And the Lord is healing you right now. He's healing you right now in Jesus' name. I see a woman. You're away from God right now, and Jesus is touching you right now. You have a renewed hope. That's what it is. I see a renewed hope, and Jesus is touching you, and you're going to be on fire, and you're going to do everything that God has called you to do, in Jesus' name.

Ryan's Hearing His Voice Testimony

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