[notice]Marian Fitz-Gibbon interviewed Stephen De Silva (above), CFO for Bethel Church in Redding, California and author of ‘Money and the Prosperous Soul‘ at a conference in Johannesburg earlier this month. You can view the full interview on video below. [/notice]
As a young girl I recall being enraptured whilst my Dad retold history so graphically that you could almost feel the horses thundering over the hills into battle, the enemy being defeated and victory won. Dad would interject occasionally: “Kid, can you see it? Can you feel it?”
Hope for South Africa
This past weekend I sat riveted to my seat as Stephen De Silva retold both his personal history — His story, being the Story of Jesus — in the most seamless, liquid, vivid manner to a group of perhaps 250 men and women. Not only could I see with my mind’s eye, but he illustrated it with financial issues with ease, worked with objects and tokens, took us through activations, wove in history, other people’s stories, literature, insight into natural science, intertwined with quotations, back and forth we moved like a rising tide. Stephen painlessly took us to higher places in our spiritual understanding that money was not the problem. We delved into stewardship, toil, dreams, economics, the spirit of poverty the spirit of mammon and so much much more. He is humble and is passionately in love with the Lord Jesus Christ; Holy Spirit is clearly his counsellor. We shifted things in hearts collectively and individually and the rain poured down gently outside just the way it did when my Dad used to tell me great stories of how great battles were won. I left there with a full heart, a hopeful heart for South Africa, I knew we could do it – our thinking could change. We could see South Africa change.
I had the privilege of interviewing Stephen and you can watch the interview on YouTube above.
Living with God’s identity and purpose
In essence Stephen explains: to be a prosperous soul in the full sense of the word is to live a life with God’s identity and purpose and learn the keys on how to carry your dreams into reality. Both Stephen and his wife, Dawna (founder and co-leader of the International Healing and Deliverance Sozo Ministry birthed at Bethel Church) teach one how to stand in authority over your financial situations both defensively and offensively, through stewardship, dreaming with God finding and dislodging ungodly roots and cycles in your life, and breaking free from poverty and mammon, learning inquiry prayer and walking in dominion.
An overarching scripture they have for their ministry is : “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2
Stephen’s love and honour for his wife is admirable as he platforms her to aid him in facilitating the activations.
Sozo uses scripture to bring the twisted plans of the accuser to light. During a Sozo session one would learn how money exposes the nature of one’s heart, what happens when you “wrestle with a pig,” so to speak, and why the bottom rung of a ladder can lead to all that God has for us. They say “Let’s cut the roots of financial bondage, employ the wisdom of Christ in our finances, and embrace the financial breakthrough available to everyone!” I couldn’t agree with them more. They certainly have left an excellent deposit in our country in a very critical time.