God Still Heals! My Testimony.
In early 2011, I began to have serious spine problems with bone spurs all up & down my spine (was shown this in x-rays). Having jobs for decades where I had to stand several hours per day, I was fully convinced that the bone spurs were caused or contributed greatly to by this. In March of that year, I had serious problems where my spine was pulled straight by my pelvic bone, causing pain like I had never experienced in my life! (I felt like I was plugged into 220 volts during the 10-20 second episodes!).
During the worst week, paramedics were called who finally got me off the floor. With my loving, supportive wife praying like crazy, I decided one night to REALLY cry out to God.
I knew I could not live like that for the rest of my life and did not have any insurance to cover surgeries (& did not want surgery even if I could have it).
That night I set an empty chair by the couch I was on praying and literally praying and believing that Jesus would come during the night and sit on the chair and talk to me and heal me. It was an amazing night of prayer and I know God heard my cries!
The next day or the day after, I went back to my Chiropractor walking in like a normal person. The previous visit I had to use a big umbrella like a cane & walked like a 100 year old man!
They did new x-rays that I saw with my own eyes and still remember the 2 doctors standing in the doorway looking at me and going “wow…wow”. They wanted to know if someone at my church had prayed for me (they had).
The before & after X-rays looked like 2 totally different people. Another chiropractor in New Mexico who heard my story & viewed the X-rays said that basically God did an adjustment on me!
I pray that someone who is reading this who possibly has given up hope or you may think that something like this can’t happen to you would reconsider that perhaps this may be the time for God to show His greatest power in your life.
My favorite verse is the part in Jeremiah 32:27 that says “..Is there ANYTHING too hard for the Lord?”
Why not set apart a special time and place to meet with God alone in His presence (read Ps 34:15).
I know from personal experience (“the man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with just an argument!”) that God can heal anything-our hearts, our bodies, our relationships, our spirits & even our finances.
Nothing shall be impossible to those who believe. Jesus said
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, ALL things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23
For more details, the before and after X-rays etc. http://dcgraphicsandvideo.com/march_2011/
“That’s not your stomach hurting, it’s your liver!” my local Doctor said to me examining my abdomen about a belly-ache that had been bothering me a couple weeks. It never seemed to let up. It hurt when I went to bed , it hurt during the night, and it hurt when I woke up. About a constant #4 pain. I was getting very tired of trying to treat it with the customary jello and mashed potatoes limitations. Buttermilk and crackers, cokes of whatever flavor; none of it helped.
My Mom had told me years before that I always had a “nervous stomach” and it had bothered me most of my life. I had been treating for acid reflux and it seemed to help until THIS episode.
The new blood tests showed the liver enzymes at 3 times the normal limit and my pancreas was acting up too. No meds available to fix this. Ugh! “Liver” and “Pancreas” are not words you want to hear when you get results back from blood tests. And the PAIN. No relief from the PAIN in sight.
Of course, I ran to God with it. I had already been praying but I prayed some more. I remembered a Bible teacher named Bill Gothard had taught that bitterness can directly affect the liver, so I began to search my heart and the Bible about bitterness that I might still be carrying. I listened to sermons I could find, reviewed old notes, and read a book that received great reviews called Total Forgiveness by R. T. Kendall. As I began to seek God further, God uncovered a bunch of junk that I had glossed over.
Reliving the memories of those hurts and those who hurt me was painful, but the liver pain drove me on. I had hope that as I repented, with God helping me forgive, the physical pain would subside too.
Forgiving is not easy. Releasing people from penalty of the guilt without them even apologizing or acknowledging they hurt me forced me to totally lose control of the situation. As long as I held them captive as guilty prisoners in my heart, I could take them out and scream at them, even slap them around in my mind when I wanted. (Please recognize that if you are in a dangerous situation that threatens your welfare or your children you don’t have to stay there, but you will have to forgive.)
Dr. Kendall’s book helped me to realize that I not only had to release them, but to bless them. Not only forgive them, but to actually pray for them to do well AND do something nice for them if I get the opportunity. Jesus said ” do what is good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ” With the command, comes the ability by grace to obey. So I began the process. Daily.
Every time those faces would come into my memory, I had to forgive and bless them. Every. Time. The memories eventually went away, but I still have to forgive and bless when they come to mind.
The abdominal pain was still there, but I had hope. Life without the bitterness was better and I had some new joy too.
To be continued…..
One Command from the Creator gave Courage to the Craftsmen.
Colossians 1:16 because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Jesus, the Living Word, had created the fish Simon sought. The Voice that gave existence was giving a command that would bring significance to Simon and those of us who would listen.
Jesus, as usual, was not making a suggestion. The Maker and Master gave a command that could correctly be translated from the original language “Move your boat from where you are to where I want you to be, right now, without delay!” The options were simple as usual, to obey or rebel.
Simon tried to argue from his vast fishing experience “we never did it this way before.” Simon was obviously the expert on this shore. Simon had been successful enough to have at least 2 boats and leader enough to staff them. He was loud and proud. Stud of the Hood. The Boss.
Simon probably knew the difference between talkers and doers. I believe Simon would rather show a boatload of fish over fancy talk about legendary catches. Simon had been introduced to Jesus by his brother, Andrew. Jesus knew Simon’s Dad’s name and called him “Peter.” This Jesus deserved an honest shot at some real respect, but Simon was still fishing for fish.
Simon had been listening as Jesus spoke and knew this man was different. So he said, “Master,… at your word…” Simon made it clear that he didn’t claim any credit or blame on the results.
Jesus, as usual, backed up His Word with demonstration. Like Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 2:4, following Jesus example.
Big change was in the works. Jesus rocks boats and clears tainted temples. Be sure you’re on the right side of the argument.
To be continued….
Luke 5: 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
- “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon” Jesus had been speaking generally, then stopped to privately address a disciple close to Him.
- “Launch out into the deep” time for action! It’s deep and out of your control. It may seem mundane because it’s a fishing boat, not a battleship or luxury liner set on a world cruise. But Jesus is in the boat. Maybe you expect to catch close to the shore like during the spawn, but there’s a risk of failure. Jesus didn’t say to study or remember others’ fishing patterns, buy a new boat (or guitar, ouch!), or even check the weather.
- “Let down your nets” Notice it is not “bait and switch.” No hidden hooks here! It’s more like planting seeds. Nets aren’t for collecting or holding onto. They don’t tear or need mending if you keep them safe and clean. Nets are easily managed if left in nice, quiet bundles just out of the way of foot traffic on your nice, pretty boat. Or hanging on your wall or even better, in the case under your bed!
- “For a catch” What do we expect? Fishermen expect fish. Farmers expect crops. Shepherds expect herds. It depends on how God made and prepared YOU.
TO BE CONTINUED….