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THE STORY OF GENE LILLY
Dedicated to those people who have never found healing in his wings. May this book give you faith to be healed.
By Charles and Frances Hunter
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%ntroduction Be a Mountain Mover Co(e As a ittle Child +% ,ant ToThere ,as $till /od0 Her #a(e ,as 2hyllis0 $uccess333 /od4 ,e0ll do Anything0 +6esus4 "verhaul Hi(7,hat Follows Healing3 Freely /ive Faith Co(eth by Hearing
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During a Miracle $ervice4 as we follow the Holy $pirit4 it is difficult for us to focus on any individual because of our attention being on the Holy $pirit. "nce in a while4 however4 /od draws our attention to a specific person. At the ti(e of the service4 we (ay not understand the reason4 but it usually indicates a special healing in that individual. $uch was our (eeting with /ene illy. Although he sat toward the back of the Hilton Ballroo(4 so(ehow there was a special radiance about hi(. He see(ed to be al(ost bursting with e;cite(ent. ,e had no idea he was a sick (an because of the <oy ,e could see on his face4 even though he was =uite a distance fro( us7 $o(eti(es he al(ost looked like he was laughing as he sat in the aisle seat. As the crowds press forward at the end of a Miracle $ervice for individual prayer4 we are never aware of any particular individual4 as we are listening for the guidance of the Holy $pirit on how to pray for each person. Dece(ber 5*4 5:8* was no e;ception. ,e didn0t re(e(ber any particular person we prayed for and we didn0t even recogni>e /ene to be the sa(e person who had sat far in the back4 grinning fro( ear to ear. The person who got (ore and (ore e;cited as (ore and (ore people were healed7 The (an who should have been worried about having been (issed by the healing power of /od4 and yet he kept re<oicing7
Charles and Frances Hunter
BE A MOUNTAIN MOVER
Today is (oving day7 /et your (ountain out in plain view right now4 because it0s going to be (oved7 Have ?"@ ever li(ited /od3 Have you ever thought4 +% A#", /od CA# do it4 but % don0t think he ,% do it for (e3This is where so (any Christians find the(selves4 and %T %$ T%M! THAT ,! CHB%$T%A#$ $TA#D @2 A#D B! %!C! THAT TH! ,"BD "F /"D %$ TB@!7 %t0s ti(e that we stand up and accept A of the fabulous things /od has for us. %t0s ti(e that we stand up and act upon what /od has given us in his word7 %t0s ti(e to +B%$! A#D B! H!A !D7by Frances "ne of the first verses of scripture that % ever ca(e across when % beca(e a Christian was Mark 55D)* and )& EA6CF. “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those thin s which he saith shall come to !ass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, "hat thin s soever ye desire, 1
when ye !ray, believe that ye receive TH#$, and ye shall have TH#$.% This had the (ost tre(endous effect upon (y life because it (ade (e aware of the fact that /od was interested not only in the B%/ things of life4 but he was also very interested in the %TT ! things of life. %t also (ade (e aware of the fact that not only did he care about the %TT ! things4 he also cared about the B%/ things as well. Many ti(es we are willing to ask /od for so(ething s(all but we are afraid to ask hi( for so(ething B%/. % wonder what (akes us that way3 %$ %T "@B F!AB THAT /"D ,"#0T D" %T3 %$ %T "@B F!AB "F ,HAT "TH!B 2!"2 ! ,% $A?3 %$ %T F!AB THAT ,! D"#0T HAC! !#"@/H FA%TH T" B! %!C!3 %$ %T B!CA@$! ,! D"#0T B! %!C! TH! ,"BD "F /"D ,%TH A "@B M%#D$4 "@B H!ABT$4 "@B B"D%!$ A#D "@B $"@ $3 /od dealt with (e in the area of cigarettes. %n (y personal life cigarettes were a B%/ proble(4 because % s(oked five packages a day4 but % thought this was so(ething too %TT ! and inconseG =uential for /od to bother with. There ca(e that ti(e4 however4 when % reali>ed that in M? life cigarettes were a block between (e and /od. And so % A#!, % had to do so(ething about it7 As /od continued to deal with (e4 he first began to show (e scriptures to prove that % needed to (ake (yself holy and acceptable unto hi(. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye !resent your bodies 8
a livin sacrifice, holy, acce!table unto God, which is your reasonable service. &nd be not conformed to this world' but be ye transformed by the renewin of your mind, that ye may !rove what is that ood, and acce!table, and !erfect, will of God. ()omans *+'*,+. ,-./ Then he gave (e Mark 554 verses twentyGthree and twentyGfour to let (e know that4 if % had enough faith4 % could (ove A#? A%#D "F A M"@#TA%#. As a brand new Christian % was really loaded with faith for great B%/ things4 but it was the %TT ! things that % didn0t have faith for. And % sure didn0t have faith enough to (ove a little (ountain of cigarettes7 Then /od used a pastor in (y life in a very fabulous way because he ca(e in to (y printing co(pany <ust as % lit a cigarette. The $pirit of /od so convicted (e % would have liked to have swallowed the cigarette whole4 lit end and all7 %nstead4 % si(ply said4 +%0d get rid of this stinking habit if % could.He didn0t tell (e to use (y will power4 he didn0t tell (e to discipline (yself4 he si(ply looked up4 pointed heavenward and said4 +,hy don0t you ask H%M to help you3At that point4 /od put the +(ountain- scripture back in (y (ind. The iving Bible also beautifully tells it4 “If you only have faith in God 0 this is the absolute truth 0 you can say to this $ount of 1lives, 2)ise u! and fall into the $editerranean,3 and your command will be 9
obeyed. &ll that3s re4uired is that you really believe and have no doubt5 6isten to me5 7ou can !ray for &87THI8G, and IF 719 B#6I#.#, 719 H&.# IT' It3s yours5 But when you are !rayin , first for ive anyone you are holdin a rud e a ainst, so that your Father in heaven will for ive you your sins too.% /od said that % could pray for A#?TH%#/4 and if % B! %!C!D4 % could have it7 The sa(e thing is true in your life7 That night % very si(ply looked up to /od and said4 +/od4 %0( a (ess4 and % can0t do it4 but if %0( not presenting (y body a living sacrifice4 holy and acceptable unto you4 take away the desire7 At that (o(ent4 % had faith to believe that if % needed to (ove a (ountain4 if % wanted to (ove the Bock of /ibraltar into the Mediterranean $ea4 it would be done7 There was no lack of faith4 there was no doubting in (y (ind whatsoever7 % didn0t say4 +% hope /od is going to do it.- % stood on the word of /od as a believer in 6esus Christ4 and /od %#$TA#T ? delivered (e that night4 and % have never wanted a cigarette fro( that ti(e on. $o strong was (y faith in /od4 and (y belief that % had been delivered4 that % put a piece of paper in (y typewriter4 wrote the date on it4 placed it on the top of the package of cigarettes % had <ust opened4 sealed it shut with scotch tape4 and at * A.M. when % finally finished work4 % drove by the parsonage and threw the cigarettes onto the porch7 %t doesn0t (ake any difference what your (ountain is4 % believe if you trust /od and have faith in the word of /od4 that (ountain has to go7 :
D"#0T %M%T /"D7 M"C! THAT M"@#TA%# %#$T!AD7 Too (any ti(es we are afraid so(ething we pray for is not going to happen and this is where our faith wavers. Don0t let it7 $tand fir( on the word of /od4 because /od has a lot to say about a wavering faith. "n a trip to Canada4 we had a tre(endously e;citing thing happen. %t didn0t look like it was going to be too e;citing because as we flew in4 an une;pected snowstor( ca(e up. The winds were howling and whereas one week before4 the te(perature had been :*H in Toronto4 it was now )9H as we stopped to clear custo(s on the Canadian side. This was in the spring of the year when all the beautiful fruit trees on the #iagara 2eninsula were loaded with blosso(s4 and pear trees were bloo(ing and beautiful4 and all of the vineyards and the other fruit trees were covered with blosso(s. %t was a beautiful sight to behold4 e;cept for one thing. The snow was continuing to swirl and to co(e down4 all the beautiful little blosso(s were being covered with white snowflakes4 and all of the green branches on the trees were turning white. The econo(y of the peninsula above #iagara depends largely upon the fruit crop each year. A free>e at this ti(e could have had a devastating effect upon the econo(y of the entire #iagara 2eninsula and (any other areas of Canada as well. The young (inister who was driving us to the church where we were going to speak in $t. Catharine0s was telling us how the people depend upon the fruit crop for their livelihood for the entire 5.
year4 and so we really began to pray for the fruit trees. ,hen we got to our (otel roo(4 we all felt we were free>ing to death because we had not anticipated weather of this kind. ,e turned on the television to see what the weather(an had to say. %t was very interesting4 because it was gloo(4 gloo(4 gloo(4 gloo(4 / ""M I nothing but / ""M7 All he could talk about was the fact that it was going to free>e that night and they were going to lose their fruit crop. %t0s e;citing how faith can begin to rise in a believer4 and FA%TH B!/A# T" B%$! %# @$7 Faith really began to rise in Charles because suddenly we reali>ed what could happen to the livelihood of /od0s people. ,e began to reali>e what could happen to the churches in the area if the entire profit fro( the fruit crop was wiped out because of an unseasonable snowstor(. ,e knew so(ething had to be done. ,e knew so(ething C"@ D be done7 #ow4 we don0t always have this kind of faith. Faith is a gift fro( /od that he gives us at a certain ti(e4 and AT THAT 2"%#T we can really connect %F we believe in the word of /od4 and then A#?TH%#/ CA# HA22!#7 % believe that /od gives us faith A the ti(e4 but (any ti(es we don0t recogni>e it because we do not stand upon the word of /od and believe that /od is going to follow through on what he tells us. That night in Canada we prayed and took the authority /od gives to believers. ,! B! %!C!D ,HAT TH! B%B ! $A?$.
%f you only have faith in /od I this is the absolute truth I you can say to this Mount of "lives Esnowstor(F4 +$T"27?ou can say to the weather4 +$top7?ou can say4 +% C"MMA#D ?"@4 ,!ATH!B4 D" #"T /" D",# T" FB!!J%#/7 This is e;actly what we did7 ,e didn0t do it in the privacy of our (otel roo(4 either4 because this would be very easy to do and then co(e up later and say4 +"h4 we prayed for that.- #o4 we did it that night in front of a church packed full of people. ,e took the authority and spoke <ust like /od0s word says. He says4 +?"@ CA# 2BA? F"B A#?TH%#/4 A#D %F ?"@ B! %!C!4 ?"@ HAC! %TD %T0$ ?"@B$7He says4 +?ou can say to this Mount of "lives4 KBise up and fall into the Mediterranean40 and your C"MMA#D will be obeyed.Too (any ti(es we do not take the authority because we do not believe that we have the right to co((and so(ething to happen7 ,e forget we are children of /od7 That night Charles took the authority of the believer and said4 +,eather4 % C"MMA#D you to obeyL snow4 % C"MMA#D you to stopL you free>ing te(peratures4 % C"MMA#D that you rise and that you do not free>e on these trees.- Then he said4 +/od4 would you cause a soft gentle rain to fall4 a war( rain4 to (elt off the snow that is on all these blosso(s. Thank you4 6esus4 thank you4 6esus4 thank you4 6esus.- Then we very carefully said4 +,e0ll be so careful to give you A the 5)
praise4 A the glory4 and A the honor because that0s where it A belongs.There isn0t a thing in the world that we could do to stop a snowstor(7 There isn0t a thing in the world that we could do to stop free>ing rain7 There isn0t a thing in the world that we could do to cause a soft rain to fall I a soft4 war( rain to (elt the snow away4 B@T TH! ,"BD "F /"D %$ TB@!7 %f you have a (ountain in your life4 ask /od to (ove it4 and believe that he is going to do it4 and H! ,% D" %T7 ,hen we ca(e out of the church that night4 there was a soft4 gentle rain falling. A soft4 gentle ,ABM rain4 <ust like we had asked. The ne;t day we went through e:actly the sa(e thing again. The weather(an said it was going to free>e again4 but we said4 +Thank you4 6esusL thank you4 6esus4 we have asked for a (ountain to be (oved4 this ti(e a (ountain of snow and ice4 and we thank you that there is not going to be any free>ing to da(age their crop7Do you know what happened3 The crops were #"T da(aged and the fruit trees produced fruit e;actly the way /od wanted the( to. %s this gift of faith so(ething that <ust a few people have3 #o4 we don0t believe that7 ,e believe that there are T"" MA#? "F @$ ,H" %M%T /"D. ,e believe that /od can do things up to a certain point and then we run into an i(possible situation and we think4 +,hoops4 it0s not going to work here7- Beloved4 if you have a (ountain 5*
standing in your pathway4 B! %!C! THAT /"D %$ /"%#/ T" M"C! THAT M"@#TA%# B%/HT #",5 The thing that % think is so e;citing about this particular verse of scripture is the little word that starts it off. %n the Aing 6a(es Cersion it says4 +,hosoever.- %n the iving Bible it says4 +%f you . . .+ %sn0t that a beautiful state(ent3 %f ?"@7 %f ?"@ yourself have faith in /od4 ?"@4 anybody4 any bornGagain believer4 regardless of how little or how great an opinion you have of yourself4 regardless of how uni(portant you think you are4 ?"@ can say to this (ountain4 +Be (oved4 and be cast into the Mediterranean $ea.- 6esus ,A#T$ us to use this (ighty power. He gave us authority to do (ighty (iracles to prove that he is /od0s $on7 "ne of the (ost beautiful and e;citing adventures in the world is to stand upon that scripture and believe that /od is going to let you (ove (ountains. %f you believe the word of /od is true4 you can say to that (ountain4 +/o4- and %T HA$ /"T T" /"7 There are a lot of interesting things to be learned fro( a story like this. Many ti(es we pray and we TH%#A we have faith4 but because it doesn0t happen at that instant4 our faith wavers and we go down the drain. Do you know what the Bible says3 6a(es 5D' saysD If you want to ;now what God wants you to do, as; him, and he will ladly tell you, for he is always ready to ive a bountiful su!!ly of wisdom to all who as; him; he 5&
will not resent it. But when you as; him, be sure that you really e:!ect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then ma;e will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don3t as; with faith, don3t e:!ect the 6ord to ive you any soIid answer. /od has already given you a +solid answer./od has told you in Mark 55D)* and )& that if you have faith in /od4 you4 ?"@4 ?"@4 ?"@ can say +Be thou re(oved4 KBise and fall into the Mediterranean40 and your co((and will be obeyed7Too (any ti(es4 after we ask /od to (ove a (ountain and we don0t see that little inner working occurring inside that (ountain4 we think4 +,ell4 /od didn0t answer (y prayers.- And so our faith begins to waver and it begins to disappear. ,hen we prayed and asked /od to change the weather4 our faith could have really wavered the ne;t day when the weather(an said it was going to frost4 even though it hadn0t fro>en the night before. That is the ti(e we lose the victory in 6esus. Because our faith begins to waver4 we think4 +"h4 he didn0t do itL he did cause a little soft4 gentle rain to co(e last night4 but look what the weather(an says today4 he says it is going to frost and the fruit crop is gone.That0s the ti(e we have to re(e(ber what we asked /od. %f you ask /od for so(ething4 when he gives you the answer4 $TA#D F%BM7 Many ti(es 5'
the answer is not in so(ething he speaks into your heart at that particular (o(ent. Many ti(es the answer is in the word of /od that you have previously read where he said if you ask and you believe4 it %$ going to be done7 %t I< going to be done7 et your faith take hold right then4 don0t let it begin to waver and don0t begin to turn around and look at the circu(stances. 2eter sank when he did that7 ,hat happened to ot0s wife when she turned around to look at the circu(stances3 That0s the ti(e to be strong and to re(e(ber D"#0T %M%T /"D7 %f his word says he will do it4 H! "I66 D" %T7 %t0s when you let your faith waver that the (iracle power of /od begins to lessen. ?our faith and the word of /od are co(panions. Don0t look at the (ountain4 ""A AT 6!$@$7 Don0t look at the circu(stances4 ""A @2 T" 6!$@$7 Don0t look at the proble(4 ""A @2 T" 6!$@$7 Don0t look at the situation as it appears right now4 ""A @2 A#D $!! 6!$@$7 There are (any ti(es when we have a great opportunity to let our faith waver. The devil loves to see that happen7 There are (any ti(es when you realty have to walk on the water. 6esus walked on the water and it really showed so(ething to his disciples4 didn0t it3 2eter4 by faith4 stepped out of the boat and he began to walk on the water4 but what happened3 He took his eyes off of 6esusL he put the( on the circumstances of the waves co(ing all over the place and he sank7 51
There are (any ti(es as a Christian that we have to walk on the water. %0( talking about walking on spiritual water7 Most of us don0t have to walk on water these days because we have bridges and we have airplanes to fly over oceans and we have boats that we can get into4 so it is not very often that we find it necessary to walk on the water physically4 but ,! #!!D T" ,A A "# $2%B%T@A ,AT!B4 stepping out by faith and knowing that we are going to be sunk if the ar(s of 6esus aren0t underneath us7 Do you know that so(e of the (ost e;citing ti(es in your life can co(e when you walk on the water3 ,hen you walk on spiritual water4 % guarantee you that you will have a thrill of a lifeti(e4 because this will allow /od to do what he wants to do4 and there is nothing that turns any of us on any (ore than seeing /od do what he wants to. During this sa(e ti(e when we were talking about the free>e in Canada4 we had another beautiful opportunity to +walk on the water.- The pastor0s wife had been having a tre(endous proble( with her back and it was giving her so (uch pain that she was unable to co(e to the final service when we were there. A prayer had already been said4 but /od told Charles to get up and use the authority given hi(. Charles obediently got up and spoke to the pain. The pastor0s wife wasn0t even thereL she had to stay ho(e because of the intensity of the pain. Charles got up and said4 +% believe /od wants us to take authority over this illness4 and %0( going to ask you all to believe with (e B%/HT #",758
He spoke the word of authority to the devil and bound hi( in accordance with Matthew 5)D)9G):4 “But if I am castin out demons B7 TH# <=I)IT 1F G1>, then the ;in dom of God has arrived amon you. 1ne cannot rob <atan3s ;in dom without first bindin <atan. 1nly then can his demons be cast out5% This pain was a spirit fro( $atan0s kingdo( which he had sent to the pastor0s wife. 6esus wrote his instructions very plainly to us. He told us to bind $atan and thereby cut off his power fro( his spirit helpers. 6esus said that was what we M@$T do before we cast out $atan0s de(ons. Charles si(ply said4 +$atan4 % bind you in the na(e of 6esus and by the power of the $pirit of /od. % C"MMA#D you to leave her body right now4 in the na(e of 6esus.Then he said4 +Father4 % ask you to go back into her body and restore any da(age that the pain has done and % thank you in advance7H!B!0$ ,H!B! ,A A%#/ "# $2%B%T@A ,AT!B C"M!$ %#7 ,e could have <ust let the situation die and left town the ne;t day and never found out what happened to the pastor0s wife4 but that wouldn0t have done anything for anybody0s faith4 would it3 Maybe they would have said4 +,ell4 she got healed in the night so(eti(e.- At that particular point4 Charles said to the pastor of the church4 +2lease go call your wife4 right now4 and we will wait until you co(e back to tell us what /od did.The pastor i((ediately got up4 went to the telephone and called his wife. $he had been lying 59
down sleeping4 and when she answered the telephone he said4 +Honey4 how is your back3He didn0t tell her that Charles had prayedL he didn0t tell her that Charles had spoken the word of authority and that he had believed4 without doubting. He (erely said4 +How0s your back3- And she said4 +Do you know4 there isn0t any pain there any (orel- The pastor ca(e running back in the church to share with the entire church what had happened because so(ebody stood on the pro(ise in Mark 55D)* and )&. ?ou can co((and it4 and it ,% happen7 ,e had breakfast with the pastor0s wife the ne;t (orning and her back was absolutely (arvelous. ,hy3 Because the word of authority had been spoken with co(plete faithL no doubting and no wavering. /od added faith to his people for a weather (iracle by perfor(ing a (iracle of healing and giving i((ediate confir(ation7 /"D ,A#T$ T" D" %T F"B ?"@7 Ask hi( right now7 D"#0T %M%T /"D7 As we walked into a (eeting in Calloway /ardens4 /eorgia4 a prophesy was co(ing forth. %n the prophesy4 /od said4 +Tonight %0( going to do creative (iraclesL tonight % a( going to put things in bodies that have not been in bodies before. Tonight is (y night to show (y glory through creative (iracles.,e really got e;cited because we knew that /od was going to do a tre(endous thing. "ur spirits had discerned that this (essage was fro( /od and we knew /od was going to do so(ething that we 5:
had nor(ally not seen hi( do in our services. "@B FA%TH B!A ? %/#%T!D7 All we could think about was what /od said4 +?ou can say to this Mount of "lives4 KBise up and fall into the Mediterranean40 and your co((and will be obeyed.%n Bo(ans 5.D58 we read4 +$o then faith co(eth by hearing4 and hearing by the word of /od.- EA6CF ,e believed we had heard /od speak a fresh pro(ise for that night. THAT ,A$ A ,! #!!D!D T" HAC! FA%TH7 /od had said he would perfor( creative (iracles THAT #%/HT7 "ne of the first things that occurred was a (an ca(e forward to have a short ar( prayed for. ,e asked hi( if he had known that his ar( was this short4 because (any people are not aware of the fact that their ar( is short. This (an was a very tall (an and his hands were =uite large. % would say they were probably eight or (ore inches long. The one ar( was a whole hand0s length shorter than the other. ,hen we asked hi( if he knew about this4 he said4 +?es4 when % was very young % al(ost had (y ar( cut off and as a result this ar( has never properly grown."@B FA%TH %/#%T!D7 ,hy3 Because we had heard /od say he was going to do creative (iracles that night and if /od says he is going to do so(ething4 you can believe that he %$ going to do it7 ,e got e;cited7 ,e knew4 ,! A#!,4 ,! A#!, so(ething B%/ was going to happen. "ur faith was at top level and we knew that by a co((and4 with the authority that 6esus had given4 so(e creative (iracle was going to occur. ).
,e begun to pray. ,e said4 +Thank you Father4 thank you Father4 we give you all the praise4 we give you A the glory4 in 6esus0 na(e4 because we know Father4 that not one (iracle will happen without your power4 and so we ask you4 in the na(e of 6esus4 to put the e;tra bone in this ar( that is (issing. ,e ask you4 Father4 to grow this ar( out4 in the na(e of 6esus.- Then we began to speak to the ar( and said4 +/B",4 ABM4 /B",4 in the na(e of 6esus.- %n co(plete view of so(e 54*.. people4 the ar( began to grow out7 %n less than fifteen seconds4 /od had supernaturally added all the bone needed to (ake both ar(s the sa(e length7 ,e have seen hundreds and probably even thousands of ar(s grow out because this is one of the very si(ple things that /od is doing today as he visibly de(onstrates his power and heals people of back proble(s. %t is i(possible to see a back proble( healed4 but when you see an ar( grow out as the back gets ad<usted4 then it is very easy to believe that the back proble( has been healed. However4 this was so(ething co(pletely different4 because this was not a back proble(L this was an ar(4 the growth of which had been stunted by an accident4 so there <ust wasn0t enough bone in it to (ake it the sa(e length as the other one. %t was really a superGcharged (o(ent. %T ,A$ !MC%T%#/. %T ,A$ THB% %#/7 There was no doubt in either of our (inds that when we said to the ar(4 +/row4- that it would grow7 The co((and had to be obeyed because the word of /od says if you only have faith in /od4 #"T FA%TH %# )5
?"@B$! F I but FA%TH %# /"D I and this is the absolute truth I you can say to this Mount of "lives Ethis ar(F4 grow4 and your co((and will be obeyed. %t says4 +A#D ?"@B C"MMA#D ,% B! "B!?!D.- %t doesn0t say (aybe4 it doesn0t say so(eti(es4 it says that your co((and ,% B! "B!?!D7 The thing that we need to re(e(ber is that we have to speak with authority and believe4 regardless of what the situation is7 ,e want to tell you so(ething very special. %f this (an had co(e to our (eeting si; (onths before he did and he ca(e forward when we were asking people who had short ar(s to co(e forward4 we probably would have said4 +,ell4 that0s a different thing4 we0ll have to pray for you when the (eeting is over.- B@T TH%$ #%/HT ,A$ D%FF!B!#T7 "ur faith had ignited for several reasons. ,e had begun to see /od do greater things. ,e heard /od in a previous prophesy say that (ore people were going to be healed and that we were going to see things that we had never seen in our entire life. Then we heard /od say THAT #%/HT in a prophesy that he was going to do creative (iracles THAT night7 There was no lack of faith4 there was no wavering4 there was no wishyG washy back and forth saying4 +% wonder if /od is going to do it.- There was all the faith in the world available if we believed without a doubt4 that the ar( would grow out that night right in front of everybody4 A#D %T D%D7 Three (edical doctors were standing on the stage with us. Three (en who4 understanding the ))
co(ple;ity and the (akeup of a body4 knew that it had to be a supernatural (iracle fro( /od for this ar( to grow.
COME AS A LITTLE CHILD
by Frances Because % was fortyGnine when % was saved4 there was a lot of speculation as to whether or not it would +last.- $o(eti(es it0s hard to convince people instantly that a real transfor(ation has taken place in your life7 % had so (any =uestions after transferring fro( the devil0s side to /od0s side4 % al(ost drove (y pastor out of his (ind. % called hi( at all hours of the day and night4 because when % wanted an answer to so(ething4 it see(ed like % couldn0t wait a (inute4 % had to know right then7 "ne ti(e he said to (e as % was =uestioning various things4 +Frances4 you0ll never (ake it unless you co(e with the faith of a little child4 <ust believing7And that0s the way % ca(e to 6esus7 ,ith the faith of a little child4 <ust believing4 and %0ve never changed. % still have that si(ple childlike faith % had in the beginning4 and % pray that % never lose it7 % pray that your faith will be childlike4 too7 Matthew 59D) saysD -esus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down amon them, and said, “9nless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never et into the ,in dom of Heaven.% %n the si;th chapter of 6ohn we find the story of a great (ultitude of people cli(bing the hill4 looking for 6esus. 6esus knew they were hungry so he asked 2hilip4 +2hilip4 where can we buy bread to )&
feed all these people3- Evs. 'F He already knew the answer4 but he wanted to see what 2hilip would do. 2hilip0s answer was like (ost of ours would be4 +%t would take a fortune to begin to do it7- Evs. 8F instead of looking to /od as the source. Can0t you see the little boy with the five barley loaves and a couple of fish3 %n his e;cite(ent4 %0( sure he never thought for a (o(ent about whether or not he0d get so(e back. He gave the( to 6esus. . . he gave A he had4 and e;pected a M%BAC !7 And he received one7 And so did all the other people4 including the disciples because after everyone was fed4 there were still twelve baskets filled with the leftovers7 All /od wants fro( us4 is A the faith we have4 and then he wants us to e;pect a M%BAC ! to happen7 %f we could <ust go back to that si(ple childlike faith and believe that A things are possible with /od4 what a blessing it would be7 % want to share a si(ple childlike (iracle that has happened to all of us who have been born again4 and show you so(e of the biggest faith in the world on the part of !C!B? believer. %0d had a real struggle with /od over a si(ple little (atter of sin. % refused to ad(it that % was a sinner because % had (ade so (any (ountains of tuna fish and crea( cheese sandwiches4 trying to work (y way to heaven4 but /od kept insisting that +All have sinned and co(e short of the glory of /od7- % had a real confrontation with /od in a hospital roo(4 but there still had to be forgiveness of (y sin4 and the cleansing of (y life by the blood of 6esus. % argued with /od for (onths4 and % )'
honestly believe one of the (ain reasons was because % didn0t really know +how- to be saved. Many churches give an altar call4 and an unsaved person only knows that so(ething is drawing hi( forward4 but the part that says +don0t do it- (akes hi( hang on the pew in front of hi( until his finger nails (ake grooves in the pew7 % did that for nine (onths because % didn0t know what to do or what would be e;pected of (e if % went to an altar. The pastor kept inviting people to co(e forward and +get right with /od.- A sinner doesn0t know how to +get right with /od4- so % continued to hang onto the pew in front of (e for dear life4 and each $unday (orning %0d co(e out of church and say4 +% (ade it again I % didn0t go forward7Then one day so(eone put a little booklet into (y hands called TH! F"@B $2%B%T@A A,$. % read the book through and when % finished % ca(e to a little prayer at the end and at the top of the book it said4 +,HAT T" 2BA? A$ A# ACT "F B!C!%C%#/ CHB%$T.- % got e;cited7 % couldn0t wait to get (y kids to bed that night because % knew what % was going to do. % was going to (ake a secret deal with /od4 and no one would ever know % hadn0t been a Christian. As soon as they were asleep % <u(ped in bed with (y flashlight and the little booklet4 pulled the cover over (y head4 turned the flashlight on and read the prayer4 + ord 6esus4 forgive (y sins4- but % had to add a little so(ething personal. % said4 +But you A#", % haven0t really sinned.- % continued the prayer4 +% open the door of (y life and receive you as (y $avior and ord. Take control of the )1
throne of (y life. Make (e the kind of person you want (e to be. Thank you for co(ing into (y life and for hearing (y prayer as you pro(ised.%nstantly % said4 +?ou didn0t co(e in7E#aturally he didn0t co(e in because % wasn0t ready to ad(it % was a sinner7F % thought a (o(ent4 then % said4 +"h4 % (ust have opened the door to (y heart the wrong way. % opened it on the left side4 and it (ust open on the right side.% prayed again. + ord 6esus4 forgive (y sins4 but you A#", % haven0t really sinned.- Then % continued on with the rest of the prayer. % said4 +?ou didn0t co(e in this ti(e either7Then % thought4 +Maybe it0s an overhead door like a garage door.- %n the security of a blanket over (y head4 % opened an i(aginary door to (y heart with an overhead (otion4 then % prayed again4 + ord 6esus4 forgive (y sins4 but you A#", % haven0t really sinned.- % didn0t even finish the prayer. % <ust stopped and said4 +?ou didn0t do it7% (ust have prayed that prayer ).. ti(es that night. % prayed it over and over and over and over and % began to think of every kind of a door in the world. % thought of (etal doors4 glass doors4 velvet doors4 pearl doors4 dia(ond doors4 steel doors4 iron doors4 alu(inu( doors4 wooden doors4 tall doors4 short doors4 skinny doors4 fat doors4 you na(e it4 and % thought of it that night4 and each ti(e %0d say4 +?ou didn0t co(e in7% was frantic when the night was over because % knew % had found an easy secret to beco(ing a Christian4 and yet it didn0t work7 #othing happened7 )8
% went to work early the ne;t (orning4 so % could work hard all day long4 <ust so % could co(e ho(e and pray again. % prayed the entire ne;t night through A#D #"TH%#/ HA22!#!D7 This went on all week long and by $unday (orning % was a nervous wreck4 but a desire had co(e into (y heart that wouldn0t be stopped by anything7 % (ade up (y (ind when % went to church that (orning that % wasn0t going to leave the church until % knew that % A#!, that % was a child of /od7 % don0t re(e(ber the ser(on Eif there was oneF4 % don0t re(e(ber anything4 e;cept the song at the end. They sang +Have Thine "wn ,ay4 ord7- The second line says4 +Make (e and (old (e after thy will4- and when we got to that point4 % thought4 +How can /od (old (e and (ake (e unless he breaks (e first3- ,ith (y fists clenched behind (e4 % said +/od4 break (e4 BB!AA M! D",# T" B"CA B"TT"M4 and then (old (e and (ake (e into the kind of a wo(an you want (e to be./od heard (y cry4 and /od broke (e4 but do you know how he broke (e3 He re(inded (e of sin in (y life7 #ot a big sin4 but a little one. % stole a penny fro( (y (other when % was four years old and % never told her about it4 and /od selected that (o(ent to re(ind (e of it. % was shocked7 % said4 +/od did you know about that3Then /od re(inded (e of another sin in (y life which wasn0t =uite so nice. % said4 +/od4 did you know about that4 too3- And /od said so(ething which has affected (y entire life. He said4 +% know every stinking thing you0ve ever done.-
That didn0t surprise (e too (uch. % knew /od could see7 He said4 +% know every rotten stinking thing you0ve ever said.That didn0t surprise (e4 because % knew /od could hear7 Then he said4 +% even know every rotten stinking thing you0ve ever thought7Then % knew that H! knew7 % cried out4 +/od4 have (ercy on (e a sinner4- because then % A#!, % was a sinner7 $uddenly there was a peace and cal( like % had never known4 and it wasn0t until a couple of days later that % looked down and beca(e aware of the fact that 6esus Christ was actually %C%#/ %# M? H!ABT7 %t had been such a surprise when it happened4 that % wasn0t even aware of the e;act (o(ent4 but when % A#!, that % A#!, that % A#!, that 6esus was in (y heart4 % put (y hand over (y heart and said4 +6esus4 % shut the door to (y heart. Don0t you ever get out of there.- And % (eant it. #ow your salvation didn0t happen the sa(e way as (ine7 !ach of us is a precious individual in /od0s sight4 and each of us has our own special salvation e;perience4 but this is where the childlike faith co(es in7 Can you prove that 6esus is in your heart3 % can0t7 %f % died right now4 and they did an autopsy on (e and cut (y heart into little pieces4 % doubt if they0d find 6esus thereL and yet4 B? FA%TH4 % A#", THAT % A#", THAT % A#", THAT % A#", that 6esus is living right in (y heart. ):
%f you can believe such an i(possible situation as to know that 6esus lives in your heart4 then you0ve got all the faith in the world that you0ll ever need4 because your faith is not in your heart4 it0s not in any hu(an being4 it0s <ust got to be where it ought to be I %# /"D7 And if you keep your faith that si(ple and that childlike it will be the biggest blessing in the world4 because if you can believe that4 then A things are possible with /od. $o(e people can only generate enough faith to believe in their salvation. That0s only the start4 and yet that0s probably the biggest step in the world7 %f you0ve got that (uch faith4 then you0ve got enough to handle all the proble(s which can ever co(e into your life7 Hallelu<ah7 et0s go on fro( there7 Mountains4 here we co(e4 because we0re not ever going to li(it /od again7
“I WANT TO”
By Frances %f you ever have a day when your faith is +lean4take a look at the eighth chapter of Matthew. This is one of the greatest places % know to strike a (atch and start a fire where your faith is concerned. 6ar e crowds followed -esus as he came down the hillside. 6oo;5 & le!er is a!!roachin . He ;neels before him, worshi!in . “<ir,% the le!er !leads, “if you want to, you can heal me.% -esus touches the man. “I want to,% he says; “be healed.% &nd instantly the le!rosy disa!!ears5 (vss. *?@/ The faithGbuilding secret of that portion of scripture lies in the words +% ,A#T T"7,henever so(ething co(es up and % need a boost in (y faith4 % read that scripture4 because it applies not only to healing4 but to every other proble( area in (y life. 6esus said it4 and he didn0t flower it up with all kinds of fancy words. He <ust si(ply said +% ,A#T T"7,hen the ti(e ca(e for 6oan to go to college4 /od had spoken to us and said that 6oan was to go to "ral Boberts @niversity. %n the beginning4 6oan felt /od had other ideas4 and she visited several ca(puses4 but each ti(e we let her visit4 we felt /od was telling us +#o4- because she was to attend "ral Boberts @niversity. *5
Finally ca(e the su((er when the decision HAD to be (ade because she had graduated fro( high school. Because she wanted to be obedient to her parents4 6oan sent away for the literature. #or(ally all universities4 especially "ral Boberts4 are very pro(pt in sending the infor(ation re=uested4 but the infor(ation didn0t co(e4 and it didn0t co(e7 ,e waited and waited4 and finally 6oan wrote the second ti(e for infor(ation. This was a year and a half since /od had told us that 6oan was to go to "ral Boberts @niversity4 and it see(ed like the devil was going to put all the roadblocks he could find in the way. %t0s interesting that /od told us to put 6oan in "ral Boberts @niversity where the baptis( of the Holy $pirit is loudly proclai(ed4 because this was before we received or even believed in a prayer languageL but4 nevertheless4 we knew that /od had said this is where she was to go. The applications finally arrived fro( "B@ at the end of August. 6oan sent in the initial application and then went with us to ,ashington for a twelve day trip4 believing that "B@ started on $epte(ber )9. %(agine our surprise when we discovered while we were on the trip that "B@ started August )94 <ust eight days after we returned ho(e fro( the $tate of ,ashington7 The day we got ho(e4 6oanie really got busy and ran around and got all her transcripts (ailed to "B@ along with a letter fro( our pastor. Then we began to ,A%T7 ,e called every day and #"TH%#/ had been received. #"TH%#/7 #"TH%#/7 #"TH%#/7 ,e called every day to *)
receive e;actly the sa(e news I #"TH%#/ had been received7 ,e couldn0t understand it4 knowing the ord had told us 6oan was to be in "B@. Finally they told us they had so (any e;cess applications that we shouldn0t have any hope for 6oan0s acceptance Eif her transcript ever did get there7F4 and said they would probably (ake a reco((endation that she go to a 6unior College for another year and then reapply. ,e couldn0t believe it4 because /od had been so specific in his telling us that 6oan was to go to "B@. Charles +happened- to run into the only "B@ alu(nus in Houston Eat that ti(eF while eating at a cafeteria one day. ,hen he heard about 6oan4 ,es called several ti(es to see if she had been accepted4 and finally the ord spoke to us through hi( as he said4 +%f she was (y child4 %0d send her up there with her luggage and deliver the transcript in person7%t was as though /od hit all of us on the head. 6oan0s things had all been packed4 the ord had graciously provided her with a beautiful new 2ly(outh $atellite $ebring for her very own4 and of all things4 Charles had a luncheon date that day with the Co(ptroller of the 6unior College where 6oan had gone to school the previous year. % called there4 asked Charles to bring another transcript ho(e4 called the other college here for her other credit4 called the pastor to write another letter4 and to (ake a long story short4 6oan was on her way to "B@ with her transcripts intact within one and a half hours after our phone call.
Do you have any idea how (uch faith it takes to let your only daughter go off in a car of her own4 all by herself4 loaded down with all her personal possessions3 Do you know what fear can grip the heart of a (other and daddy to send their daughter off on a five hundred (ile wild goose chase3 %t0s a good thing we trust the ord4 or we would have never let her go alone. %n spite of the tearful goodbyes4 there was peace in all of our hearts as we laid hands on her car and asked /od0s Holy $pirit to <ust envelop the car and 6oan and all who (ight ever ride in it and always deliver the( safely. $he had two days of +sweating it out- at "B@4 but so(ehow we didn0t do (uch +sweating4because we had heard 6esus say +% want to7- ,e had asked hi( if he wanted us to send our daughter off all by herself so he could open the doors for a (iracle4 and we re(e(bered that faithGbuilding answer4 +% ,A#T T"7- ,e had no doubt that she was going right where /od wanted her to go. !ven though there (ight have been a few (inutes of hu(an e(otion at letting her go into an unknown future4 because we knew the one who holds her future had said4 +% ,A#T T"4- we had the assurance that everything would turn out all right. Those three little words +% ,A#T T"- opened up a whole new world to 6oanie. #ot only did she have the opportunity to attend "ral Boberts @niversity4 but she (et Bob Barker4 the young (an who( /od had chosen to be her husband. +% want to7- 6esus says. +% ,A#T to7- 6esus says. +% ,A#T T"7- 6esus says. *&
6esus ,A#T$ to heal you4 6esus ,A#T$ to help you4 6esus ,A#T$ to deliver you4 6esus ,A#T$ to heal your (arriage4 6esus ,A#T$ to (ake your life co(plete7 6esus ,A#T$ to give you the <ob you need7 6esus ,A#T$ to heal your finances7 Ask hi( right now and see what he says. His word to the leper was4 +% ,A#T T"7- %t will be the sa(e for you7
GENE LILLY’S STORY
THERE WAS STILL GOD!
All parents want their children to be perfect in every way4 (entally and physically. Mine were no e;ception. My (other gave birth to a perfectly nor(al baby boy. They en<oyed this boy as his little body began to develop4 his coordination began to function4 his (ind learned first to recogni>e4 then to identify and so soon to be entering his first day at school. They watched with e;cite(ent his healthy body and (ind respond to learning4 playing4 doing little chores4 (aking friends and all the other activities which give <oy to a fa(ily. %t all started on an %ndiana far( on #ove(ber )4 5:*:4 when % was born. % loved living in the freedo( the far( provided. A far( boy (ay co(plain about doing chores or working in the field with his father4 but secretly he is proud to be a (an4 even when he has a long way to grow. % wanted to e;cel in being a strong worker. % had a desire to be the best in ga(es in school. % suppose everyone is like that. % had (y nor(al share of childhood sickness I perhaps even (ore than the average young person. $everal ti(es % had pneu(onia. %n the fourth grade4 % had the (easles and along with the( another bout with pneu(onia. % (issed al(ost a halfGyear of school because of this sick spell4 but % was deter(ined to pass (y grades with the rest of (y class(ates. By taking work ho(e4 % (anaged to pass. This co(bination of (easles and pneu(onia lasted a long ti(e4 and along with the sickness % *8
often ran high fevers. At one ti(e (y fever was so high that % slept three or four days and nights and al(ost died. This was during the war years and (uch of the (edication we now en<oy was not available. Due to this e;tended severe sickness4 % suppose4 % developed so(e particular weakness in (y body. % was deter(ined to get (y health and strength back. My parents were regular in church attendance and they saw to it that % was right with the(. ike (ost kids4 there were ti(es when % didn0t want to go4 but %0( glad they insisted. %t (ust have been good for (e4 because by the ti(e % was eight years old % wanted to be a preacher. %n fact4 (y fa(ily often had an e;tra church service because % got the( together and preached to the( on $unday afternoon. % was saved and bapti>ed at a Cacation Bible $chool when % was about eight. /od saw the war( response in (y young heart. !ven at this age4 % felt a co(passion for sick people4 sick ani(als and birds. % didn0t know anything about healing4 and % didn0t understand why % had this feeling. % suppose this co(passion never left (e. As % got a little older % wanted to be a doctor. 6esus always see(ed real to (e as $avior4 even though % didn0t know the Bible well enough to know hi( as (y Healer. By the ti(e % was fourteen4 % was e;pected to do (y full share of far( work. % had been a sickly looking boy since (y fourth grade illness. % was still weak4 but tried to do (y share of shoveling grain4 corn4 wheat and oats during the harvest. Al(ost everybody0s back gets to hurting and is sore the first *9
day or two of harvesting. Mine did4 but they <ust said4 K%t0s no proble( and it will loosen up with a couple hours of work the ne;t day.- The pain in (y back kept getting worse and worse. Finally % started getting nu(bness in (y legs4 particularly (y left leg. Then the leg started getting very weak. The pain in (y back beca(e (ore severe7 They began searching for the cause and % went into nu(erous hospitals in %ndiana and "hio. My condition continued to get worse. %t wasn0t long before % found (yself down in bed4 unable to walk. Both legs were totally nu(b and % was not able to (ove the(. The nu(bness soon (oved to (y left ar( and the left side of (y bodyL even (y face was nu(b on the left side. All % could do was to (ove (y right ar( and the right side of (y face. This all happened in less than si; (onths. The ne;t (ove was to the large diagnostic Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland4 "hio. Following e;tensive tests they diagnosed (y illness I I I MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS! They said % was one of the worst cases in the test group. "ut of the group of about twentyGfive4 there was one attractive young secretary4 only twentyGsi; years old4 who re(ained on (y (ind. Her condition didn0t see( very bad at all. $o(e days she could type4 but on other days the nu(bness prevented it. $he was bedfast within two weeks and within two years died. There was no one in her fa(ily who was a Christian. %t see(ed she didn0t have anything to hold on to the way % did. *:
They thought % (ight have a brain tu(or4 so they (ade tests and took MGrays. The tests were e;tensive and very dangerous and painful. As % understand it4 they in<ected air up around the brain4 e;panded the skull and co(pressed the brain and took an MGray. By this test4 a tu(or will appear as a different density. They discovered a large (ass of scar tissue on (y brain. The procedure caused a tearing and irritation of the scar tissue and left (e in a critical condition for about a (onth. They didn0t know whether % would live or die. The first thing % heard as % regained consciousness was the doctor talking to (y (other. He said4 +,ell4 Mrs. illy4 he will probably never walk again. He will probably not live (ore than a couple of years.% was fifteen years old and #"T !M2!CT!D T" %C! T" B! !%/HT!!#. That0s not a very encouraging feeling7 There is one great advantage4 though4 in being fifteen at a ti(e like this. ?ou0re a +s(art aleck7#obody can tell you anything. This was a great advantage to (e4 because % felt % could overco(e anything the doctor predicted. The doctor said so(ething else4 too. He said4 +%f he is healed or if he ever walks again4 %T ,% B! A# ACT "F TH! "BD.% didn0t know anything about healing4 and % sure didn0t know anything about the scriptures on healing4 but % felt definitely that /od would answer (y prayers. ?et4 % didn0t really know how to pray. The only thing % could say was4 + ord4 <ust give (e strength. 6ust help (e4 ord. 6ust give (e strength.&.
2eople of (y church and other friends were praying4 + ord4 if it be thy will4 heal hi(.- "r4 + ord4 (ake hi( co(fortable.- These prayers4 though sincere4 see(ed as ineffective as (ine. For the ne;t eight (onths they gave (e therapy along with other treat(ents. % i(proved considerably4 but not consistently. As (y strength i(proved4 % was taught to walk. My legs were nu(b4 so % could not (ake the( function nor(ally. ,ith the aid of a walker or a cane4 as (y condition per(itted4 % would stand4 concentrate4 and with a co((and % would think4 +Foot4 (ove.- Then % would hesitatingly think to the other one4 +Foot4 (ove7- To walk a hundred feet (ight have been a two hour trip at one ti(e in (y life4 because % learned to walk by +thinking- each step. /radually and deliberately (y walking i(proved. There were ti(es % could struggle and walk fairly well4 and then (ultiple sclerosis would defeat (y body and put (e back into bed4 unable to (ove about. My balance was never good. There were ti(es when a wheelchair was necessary. Fro( the ti(e % was fifteen until % was thirtyG four4 % never knew what it was to be well. My hopes for being a doctor were gone. My drea(s of being like everybody else were gone. % wanted to have a chance to e;cel like everybody else. This wasn0t possible4 but % was deter(ined to rise above this handicap. % would overdo the things the doctor said % could do4 thinking that because % was young4 % could overco(e the obstacles. But (y body couldn0t stand &5
up to the desires of (y heart4 and % would end up (essing up (y health again and again4 getting clear down4 losing4 it see(ed4 all the progress % had (ade. % beca(e very despondent at ti(es. % wanted so (uch to do things and be like everybody else. My pride would be defeated by deep depression. % wanted to e;cel4 but there was no way % could e;cel. $o(eti(es when % would get down4 % would reach such lows that % didn0t want to co(e out of (y roo(. % didn0t want anyone to see (e4 not even (y own dad4 nor so(eti(es (y (other. % didn0t want to see (y own fa(ily because % was asha(ed for the( to see (e on a walker with this infir(ity. % didn0t want to be a cripple. % graduated fro( high school and decided to go to Cleveland4 "hio4 to a (edical technology school and learn to be a lab technician4 because that was the closest thing % could think of that % could do for sick people. % could sit in a laboratory with a (icroscope and do lab work. % could handle a <ob like that4 because % didn0t have to get up and (ove around. Again % overdid it while in school and ended up (y usual way. % did not know how or subconsciously want4 to discipline (yself as % should have with the illness. % ended up getting sick again4 in fact4 % got clear down4 probably as bad as % had ever been and had to co(e back ho(e fro( school. % felt very de<ected because of the fact that now % couldn0t even go to school. % was growing so frustrated4 so wrapped up in (y own sickness &)
so(eti(es4 that % felt % was losing the co(passion % always had for others. % was beco(ing hardened4 yet under this hard e;terior crust there re(ained a flicker of co(passion for sick and afflicted people. %n spite of (yself4 TH!B! ,A$ $T% /"D7
HER NAME WAS PHYLLIS!
A pretty girl na(ed 2hyllis (oved to Hagerstown when we were in the eighth grade. ,hite we attended school together4 we didn0t start dating until after high school. But % always had (y eye on this fiveGfoot fourG inch beauty. The first ti(e % took her out on a date % had the nerve to tell her % wanted to (arry her. 2hyllis4 unfortunately4 at the ti(e4 didn0t e;actly share that drea(. $he has often said she thought % was an awfully +scrawnyGlooking kid- and wished %0d go away and leave her alone7 That0s not e;actly what you call ad(iration. ,hile % classified (yself as the selfGappointed president of her ad(iration society4 she held (e at ar(0s length. % really thought it was a big deal when she consented to go with (e to a driveGin for a coke. But % had so(e nerve7 %(agine4 asking such a neat gal out when % was a (ultiple sclerosis victi(. % (ust confess % was also selfish. %0( not certain what tipped the scale in (y favor4 or when e;actly 2hyllis started regarding (e as so(ebody other than a skinny nuisance. But she did7 2BA%$! /"D $H! D%D7 Together we started drea(ing. %t all happened rather suddenly the su((er after graduation fro( high school. % knew without a shadow of a doubt that she was the girl % wanted to spend the rest of (y life with. !ven though % was in this condition I and 2hyllis knew it I still she loved (e. $he wanted for us to be (arried. &&
#ow she ad(its that she didn0t know all the ra(ifications of the disease (ultiple sclerosis4 but even had she known4 she insists that her love was such that she wouldn0t have thrown (e overboard. %t wasn0t that she wasn0t warnedL she was. My (other saw to that because4 in all fairness4 she felt this young girl needed to know what the conse=uences of the disease (ight be in later years. #ot only did Mother atte(pt to discourage 2hyllis fro( (arrying (e because of the (ultiple sclerosis4 she considered that we were about to be une=ually yoked. 2hyllis had not been raised in a churchGgoing fa(ily. $he knew nothing about /od. About the only reference she0d ever heard to /od was (y state(ent that % prayed to the ord to give (e strength when %0d been told so(e years before that % had (ultiple sclerosis. % told her % guessed that /od heard (y prayer because % sure wasn0t down in bed now. ,hen % went to Cleveland % left her behind. Mother helped (e pack (y belongings4 but the one thing I person4 really I that % wanted to take with (e had to re(ain in Hagerstown. ater when % had to give up (y drea( of beco(ing a lab technician4 % did not give up (y drea( of the one re(aining bright spot in (y life I 2hyllis7 My faith was (ighty fli(sy for a guy who0d been going to church all his life4 and who was supposed to have invited 6esus into his heart at the age of about eight. % wasn0t adverse either to pressing (y advantage at this point4 and letting 2hyllis think that &'
/od had s(iled on (e and things weren0t really going to be all that bad. ,ho knows3 Maybe %0ll even outgrow this thing. % didn0t say it to her4 but % rather i(agine by other things % said that % led her along to believe that (y (other0s warnings were a bit e;aggerated. ?ou0d better believe % didn0t want to let this girl slip away fro( (e. ittle did either of us know about /od0s plan for our lives. ittle did we know of his patience and love. And little did we know what awaited us in the ne;t ten years7 Had either of us had any inkling of what lay ahead4 %0( sure4 on (y part4 %0d have selfishly hung in there ready and willing to drag 2hyllis down the tortuous path with (eL but 2hyllis4 because she is a wo(an with great co((on sense4 (ight have thought twice and insisted that we receive counsel and help before things got so outG ofGhand. % wonder if there are special rewards in heaven for wo(en like (y 2hyllis. My drea(s were all wrapped up in her. Before % returned ho(e fro( school while % was still eighteen4 2hyllis and % (ade plans to get (arried4 even in (y condition. Although 2hyllis was not raised in church and did not know the ord4 she went to church with (e (any ti(es. Then she started going regularly with (e. ,e went to a little Friends Church. "ne ti(e we went to %ndianapolis4 %ndiana4 to a Billy /raha( Crusade and there 2hyllis received 6esus as her $avior. "ne ti(e shortly before we got (arried4 we were out riding around with so(e friends on a &1
$unday afternoon. My leg (uscles suddenly started drawing. $pas(s such as this are not unco((on with (ultiple sclerosis4 but the sei>ure that day drew (e up into a ball. The spas(s kept getting worse and worse4 and % was getting weaker and weaker. Finally it was so bad that % couldn0t even control (y (ove(ents any (ore. % was scared7 They took (e to a hospital and % was totally out like % was under an anesthetic. The doctors feared that (y <oints would actually be pulled out of their sockets. Anesthesia was given and (ercifully % lay for days unaware of what was going on about (e. To (y parents the doctors indicated that brain surgery (ight be necessary. %t would have4 of course4 been very dangerous surgery I not only dangerous4 but % could have died I or if the surgery had not been altogether successful % could have been paraly>ed for the rest of (y life. But the spas(s stopped and they decided not to have surgery. Becovery was painfully slow but eventually % was back on (y feet. Then (y drea( ca(e true when our (arriage took place7 2hyllis was unco((only brave throughout the entire ordeal and % was the happiest % had ever been. % was able to work at a hospital in #ew Castle4 %ndiana for a short ti(e after we were (arried. But the pace of working was too (uch for (y body4 and % had to =uit. % tried going back to school and found % couldn0t do that either. % needed rest4 lots of rest. ,hen % tried to carry a load or responsibility4 % couldn0t handle it. &8
,hat was % to do3 The e;ertion re=uired for work or studies was too (uch of a drain and %0d constantly lose the battle physically. #ow % was a (arried (an. More than ever % felt the co(pulsion to (ake so(ething of (y life. As % struggled with the reali>ation that (ultiple sclerosis i(posed li(iting factors on (y future4 % found satisfaction in beco(ing involved with a youth group at the church we were attending. This was so(ething 2hyllis and % en<oyed doing together. %t was a growing group. ,e kept everyone busy and co(ing back for (ore activities. 2hyllis was working and contributing to our support. ,e had decided that we wanted a fa(ily. % was twenty and although the future looked uncertain4 still there was a deter(ination that kept (e going. And then 2hyllis had our first child4 Doug. A (edical (issionary fro( Aenya4 Africa was ho(e on furlough and4 as % listened to hi( speak4 (y heart was challenged. There was the old fa(iliar stirring I (edicine I beco(ing a doctor4 the drea( %0d abandoned earlier at the outset of (y battle with (ultiple sclerosis. Could it possibly be3 Could we go to the (ission field3 2hyllis was very concerned about this drea( % was nurturing. $he was also very aware of our need for security4 and the whole idea was frustrating to her. %n spite of all this4 she was still willing to go but was not e;cited about it like % was. #evertheless4 we were (aking plans to go. The (issionary was helping us. 2lans had progressed to
the e;tent that he was instructing us in packing for overseas. Then so(eone said to us4 +?ou can0t go to the (ission field. %f you do4 we0ll never be able to get (edicine to you and you0ll probably die.That scared (e so (uch that we decided they were probably right4 so we abandoned our plans. %t disturbed (e because % wasn0t sure how /od felt about our decision. % wanted to do what he wanted4 but % wasn0t sure of his plans. ,hen we didn0t go to the (ission field4 it see(ed that our fa(ily took a turn for the worse. %t was as though the devil put a ring in (y nose and started leading (e around. The thing that beca(e very i(portant in (y life was (oney. % knew we had to have (oney for our fa(ily. By this ti(e4 our second child /ina4 had been born. % lived with panic for a ti(e but deter(ined that % would provide for (y fa(ily. %t is interesting that during that ti(e4 as % look back on it4 no one ever encouraged us to go into the (inistry. ,hen % talked about the (inistry it see(ed people e;pected you to hear thunder crashing and see lightning flashing I you had to have so(ething dra(atic happen if /od was speaking to you. "bviously4 since % wasn0t hearing thunder or seeing lightning or hearing /od0s voice fro( a burning bush4 everyone felt this was <ust another of (y foolish drea(s. They suggested we pray about it again. But when % started out to (ake (oney with such a deter(ination that % would give up everything to do it4 everyone encouraged (e. ,hen % talked of going into business for (yself4 &:
suddenly everybody was gathering around4 slapping (e on the back and saying4 +Boy4 that0s great. % hope you have tre(endous success.An uncontrollable fear began to possess (e. Fear that % wouldn0t be able to care for (y fa(ily physically or financially. Fear of what people would think if % failed. Fear bred greed and a driving lust to (ake (oney ca(e upon (e. % wanted to (ake all the (oney % possibly could and % was willing to give up everything to do it. % didn0t know (uch about the furniture business but % decided that would be (y way to success. "n (y twentyGfirst birthday we opened our furniture store. !ven with very little (oney4 we (anaged to ac=uire a lot of inventory. But in a s(all town we couldn0t sell enough and soon went broke and had to close the store. This was a very frustrating e;perience. % was discouraged and e(barrassed. % got depressed. 2eople would try to help by assuring (e % could have (ade it go if % had been in good health. % felt this way too4 but it still hurt inside. %t also provided an e;cellent e;cuse. #o longer were we active in church. % was devoting every ounce of energy % possessed to (aking (oney since % wouldn0t likely be able to work and live a nor(al life and probably wouldn0t live to be very old. 2hyllis and the kids had to be taken care of now. A hardness settled in (y heart because the ord was not in the center of our lives. %n <ust a very short while our (arriage started going on the rocks.
"ur love for each other grew colder. Before long % started doing things % shouldn0t do. !ven though % was on (y walker or using a cane or stick4 % got to running around with the wrong crowd. % would go to taverns and carry on and drink. This (ade it even harder on (y health. %0d always been interested in cars4 even as a young boy. The thrill of a fast ride in an auto(obile was so(ething % liked. The idea ca(e to (e4 +,hy not drive a race car3- ,hy not7 That would be an easy way for (e to do one of two things I get killed or get rich7 As % look back now4 had % been honest with (yself4 % believe that the real (otive in (y wanting to drive race cars was nothing but a spirit of suicide. % was <ust trying to get away fro( it all4 trying to kill (yself. % think this was the real reason for drinking and not getting the proper rest. "ur (arriage had reached the point that it was a total wreck4 and % wanted to die. % reasoned that 2hyllis was a capable wo(an and could carry on even better without (e. ,ith (e and the hospital bills and doctor bills out of the way4 she could do very well. %t <ust see(ed like the best thing in the world was for (e to die and let 2hyllis and the children go on. Another thing4 in all honesty4 % HAD A F!AB "F /!TT%#/ ,! . Then % would have no e;cuse for failure. $atan is really a deceiver. He very cleverly4 slowly4 and syste(atically began replacing (y desire to please /od and (y fa(ily with a deceitful desire to please self. ,hen self couldn0t be pleased4 '5
selfGpity beca(e (y ruler. He created a lie in (y (ind to cause (e to believe selfG destruction would bring satisfaction. He hid fro( (y (ind the truth that /od co((ands us #"T to (urder. % even believed that if % died by a selfGinflicted +accidentor if % caused (y poor health to bring on (y death4 /od really wouldn0t know4 and % could still go to heaven. "r4 had % given up hope for this life as well as for eternity3 $atan tried hard to rush (y end and put (e into an eternal hell of terror and torture. But /od in his patient (ercy and love still wanted (e. He never gives up4 even if we do.
% HAD T" /" "#. % tried to sell4 but nothing worked. % landed a <ob in a factory as a lab (etallurgist. That lasted until the group insurance beca(e a factor4 forcing (e out. % had beco(e a very resentful person because of (y sickness and defeat. About the only thing 2hyllis and % had in co((on by this ti(e was a (ail bo;. ,e had spent ten years that really weren0t a (arriage. % had done about everything wrong that a (an could do to his fa(ily. % failed to provide for the(. % went all over the country driving race cars. % ran around on (y wife. % had totally fallen away fro( /od. % tried (y hand at data processing and that ended with a parting of the ways. Then a (an ca(e along and offered (e what % felt was a way to finally (ake real good (oney. And he talked about the ord7 % thought4 +This will really be an opportunity for (e7- % (anaged to scrape together so(e (oney4 bought into a co(pany which sold franchises and operated a retail business. #ot long after we started with this co(pany4 they lost their legal right to operate in %ndiana. ,e transferred to 2hoeni;4 Ari>ona. ,e had begun to (ake (oney4 but we spent it all and when we arrived in 2hoeni;4 we were broke again. ,e didn0t even own a car. %n our search for the answer to life and success in business4 we got involved in a lot of (indGcontrol courses. Think and grow rich7 ,e studied all kinds '*
of positive thinking courses. ,e got involved in occults. ,e studied astrology4 !$2 and practically every cult that ca(e our way. $atan had set new traps to capture us. The leaders of the co(pany talked about /od4 but actually were responsible for a lot of this devilish teaching we were drawn into. They talked about the Bible4 but they didn0t know 6esus. $atan talks about /od and the Bible4 but he was defeated by 6esus. Any ti(e we turn away fro( 6esus4 $atan is ready to trick us to follow hi(. Away fro( all ho(eGtown influences I fro( fa(ily and friends who knew us I 2hyllis and % found ourselves working to put our relationship into a better condition. ,e ca(e to the point where we recogni>ed that we were either going to try to (ake a go of our (arriage or we0d best get a divorce. % was willing to (ake any change in (y life to allow us to continue living together and have our ho(e. % know now that a ho(e without 6esus is no (ore than a house. 2hyllis and % began to depend (ore and (ore on one another4 because we were working together in this business. My up and down life of being sick and partially well continued. The business had a certain a(ount of success4 but not (uch. ,e began getting salespeople to work for us. "ne day at ho(e a new bread (an ca(e to deliver our fresh bread. As we (et hi( at the door4 he was a bundle of enthusias( and filled with e;cite(ent. % knew i((ediately that % needed hi( to work for (e as a sales(an. % asked hi( to co(e in and said4 +?ou0re a pretty good bread (an. ,hat are you doing delivering bread3'&
His reply wasn0t what %0d e;pected7 +,elt4 %0( out here to start a new church. % have two other couples here to start a @nited Brethren Church. %t0s a (ission work4 so % deliver bread to (ake a living.He then said4 +"f course4 we (inister as we are building the church. %0d like to invite you to co(e.% said4 +%0d like to put you to work in (y business7- He didn0t accept (y offer4 but did keep co(ing by our house to hold a Bible study <ust for us. ,e understood so very little about the ord and he really affected our lives by teaching us. % had been rebellious about going to church because % didn0t believe in what % saw in churches. % saw the hypocrites at church on $unday (orning that % (et at the bar $aturday night. % didn0t think about the fact that they were saying the sa(e thing about (e. %0( glad % have learned since then not to let a hypocrite send (e to hell. %0ve learned to look at 6esus instead of people. % had beco(e so hardened to the gospel4 the people4 the church and to life that % beca(e seared to the whole truth of life and the real desires in (y life. The +getGrichG co(pany- de(anded (uch of (y ti(e. They said we could help others as we (ade our (oney4 and that sounded good. But we really didn0t help others I we <ust +used- the(. % didn0t reali>e % had beco(e blind to what was actually taking place. But this (inister bread (an kept seeing us and teaching the Bible to us until we found ourselves in church again. ,e began to have a renewed desire to serve the ord.
The devil knew about this and worked his way back in through a pro(otion we received in the co(pany. ,e were re(oved fro( the distributor list and began training other people to beco(e like we were. As % look back today4 this is a frightening thought because we were a (ess. They sent us to Beno4 #evada for school and then we ca(e back to 2hoeni;. "nce (ore4 we got too busy to think of the ord and started falling away again. Then we (oved to Dallas4 Te;as. ,e were kept busy on $undays with sales (eetings and other activities and had no ti(e for church. %t didn0t see( i(portant4 anyway. 2hyllis and % grew closer together4 really for the sake of (aking (oney4 but in the process we forgot our children4 Doug and /ina. ,e didn0t provide the right kind of ho(e for the( nor give the( the attention they needed. They had never known (e to be well4 and seeing (e sick all the ti(e was hard on the(. There was a lot of fear and frustration in our ho(e. % was on an ego trip7 The co(pany called it (otivation. They called it pro(otions and % received one right after another. By whatever na(e you choose to call it4 it never satisfies. "nly 6esus can satisfy and he alone is a safe (otivation. But (y (ind had no ti(e for hi( I the pro(otions were (ore real to (e. 2ositive thinking4 selfG hypnosis I they taught (e that the answer to success was in your (ind. % was en<oying the best period of health that %0d had since early childhood. % still had health '1
proble(s and often had to get up two hours early to get (y legs to functioning4 but % was going strong. ,e were (oved again4 this ti(e to Beno. Things were going great7 % was traveling a lot and by now we were flying. %t see(ed like the (oney would never end. ,e were buying dia(ond rings and had a Cadillac and nice clothes. Boy4 everything was +hunkyGdory4- <ust what we had always looked for. 6ust what we always wanted. % was still drinking so(e and s(oking and doing things which were not good for (y body. #othing really satisfies when it0s done to please self. %n our search for the always evasive satisfaction4 we began to ga(ble for fun. But4 it wasn0t long until the fun beca(e serious and we were ga(bling (ore than we ought to. ,hen a person lives this kind of life4 it0s a neverGending race to satisfy. %t0s a very poor kind of life. ,hen % got ho(e at night4 it was all % could do to literally collapse in bed. %f % could find the energy and strength4 % would get up and we would go downtown to ga(ble or drink or go to a show or do so(ething to fill up the void we were e;periencing in our lives. Cicki was our friend and secretary. $he didn0t know the ord4 and had recently been divorced. $he was e;cited about falling into this (otivation thing. But Cicki started going to church. Another girl at the warehouse had invited her to church. ,hen % was out of town4 so(eti(es she0d take 2hyllis. Cicki and 2hyllis didn0t really know what to think about the church. 2eople would clap their hands and praise the ord and they <ust sensed that the presence of the ord was there. 2hyllis would try to '8
get (e to goL but % +never had the strength.- $he0d take the kids once in a while. % was no encourage(ent to her whatsoever. % "# ? HAD TH! $TB!#/TH T" D" ,HAT % ,A#T!D T" D"7 2hyllis was finally really getting a hold of /od. Do you know what happened in our co(pany as soon as she really got hold of /od and wanted to go to church3 ,e got (oved fro( Beno back to Dallas7 !C!B? T%M! ,! $TABT!D T" /!T C "$! T" 6!$@$4 ,! /"T A 2B"M"T%"#7 All these pro(otions were so wellGti(ed4 because they always see(ed to co(e <ust as we got interested in /od. ,e ca(e back to Dallas with great e;pectations of getting richer and living in the fine part of the city4 driving a Cadillac4 and having all the things anyone could want. But we didn0t have 6esus4 and % was getting (ore and (ore sick. % knew that for the last year and a half (y health had really been going down. Dallas4 too4 was shortGlived. Fro( Dallas we were (oved to Montgo(ery4 Alaba(a. %n Montgo(ery we (et with what (ost people would call success. ,e had a good inco(e7 ,e lived in a townhouse across the pool fro( the Attorney /eneral of Alaba(a7 Money was there7 The big auto(obile was there7 The social life was there7 !verything was there7 '9
B@T 6!$@$ ,A$#0T TH!B!7 All it a(ounted to was that we had a lot of drunken friends7 % had beco(e so afflicted again that % couldn0t even get out and drive. %f % went anywhere where % was going to be up for (ore than an hour or two4 %0d have to go to bed. $o(eone would have to drive (e4 because %0d <ust go to sleep. There % was4 see(ingly trapped and hopeless and getting ready to die4 even though I3d achieved what I3d started out to achieve many years before. % C"@ D#0T /" "#7 Deep down inside of (e % still knew that there was hope in the ord4 but % didn0t know how to get it. % thought it was in me, because of the (otivational training and all the occult that we had gotten into4 and the (indG idolatryGtype thing. % TH"@/HT TH! A#$,!B ,A$ %# M!7 % still believed that % could think (yself well. % used to go through rituals to get well. These were so(e of the occult for(ulas % had learned. +$tand before a (irrorL talk to yourself in the (irror.% used to say4 +%0( healthy4 %0( wellL %0( healthy4 %0( wellL % feel great7- % would sleep on a sleep tape all night that said4 +% a( free fro( s(oking.- % kept on s(oking. % wanted to =uit4 but % couldn0t. The tape would repeat4 +%0( in love with (y wife.- %t said all kinds of things. %t said4 +% a( healthy and % a( happy and % a( alert and % a( well.- This would play over and over4 going into (y (ind all night. % did all the things that you0re supposed to do cult wise and beca(e very positive in that. But4 M? ':
C"#F!$$%"# ,A$ #"T B%/HT. Too (any people don0t understand that. My confession was4 +% a( well.- That is not right4 because the Bible says4 +by his stripes % a( healed.- %t0s what 6esus did that provided healing. % finally decided that cults weren0t the answer. % didn0t know what % was going to do. ,e tried a little ?oga and a few things like that. % thought that would get (e well. THAT D%D#0T ,"BA !%TH!B. $ince % was (ostly confined to bed4 % started watching the church progra(s on television. They were of interest to (e because % knew that % had tried everything else7 Actually4 it was the Holy $pirit drawing us back in a way that down deep in our hearts we knew was the only way7 There was an evangelist talking on television one day. % don0t even re(e(ber his na(e. % <ust re(e(ber that he was at a Baptist Church near Montgo(ery4 Alaba(a. % wish % knew his na(e today4 because if % did4 % would go up and put (y ar(s around hi( and thank hi(7 Maybe %0ll have to wait until % get to heaven to do that. % re(e(ber he was in his eighties and was a guest at the church. He said4 +Maybe you0re not going to the church because of the hypocrites.Boy4 if there was any (essage that % thought needed to be preached4 it was that7 % said4 +That0s right4 because % know what those hypocrites in church are like.- Then % added4 +2reach on4 because that0s a (essage that needs to be preached for the hypocrites in the church.1.
% re(e(ber he had an old crooked finger4 and he pointed it right at the TC ca(era4 and said4 +%0ll tell you so(ething about the hypocrites. At least they0re trying7 ?ou ain0t doing anything.% re(e(ber that when he said that4 it was <ust as if the Holy $pirit ran so(ething clear through (e7 % B!A %J!D THAT % ,A$ #"T D"%#/ A#?TH%#/ AB"@T M? B! AT%"#$H%2 T" /"D7 % told 2hyllis about it. $he was living in great fear4 too4 <ust as % was4 because we were depending upon ourselves. The finances were shaky in the co(pany. !ven though the (oney was co(ing in4 it was shaky. ,e found ourselves by a bed upstairs in our roo(. ,e (ade an altar out of that bed4 % guess. ,e started praying4 crying out to /od. ,e both cried and prayed. % don0t re(e(ber all that happened4 but % know that /od really got hold of our hearts. 6!$@$ B!CAM! B!A %# "@B %C!$ A/A%# AT THAT !MACT T%M!7
GOD, WE’LL DO ANYTHING!
,e decided that we0d do anythin God wanted us to. ,e started praying for the ord to show us what he wanted. And he did7 $hortly after that4 on !aster $unday4 /od spoke to our entire fa(ily. He told us to go back to 2hoeni;4 Ari>ona4 and work in that little church. ,! D%D#0T A#", ,HAT /"D 2 A##!D4 B@T ,! A#!, ,HAT H! $A%D7 He spoke to each one of us. There was a perfect har(ony in what we thought. % called the co(pany and said4 +%0( =uitting (y <ob. ,e0re going to 2hoeni;. %0( going to work in the church.- % told the( we had already trained another (an. ,e had trained hi( because % hadn0t been able to work. My boss said4 +/ene4 you can0t =uit4 because you won0t have any insurance. ?ou don0t have any education. ?ou only graduated fro( high school4 /ene4 and with no education4 there0s no way you can =uit a <ob like you have now4 (aking all the (oney you0re (aking. ?ou0ve got to think4 because the (oney is there.% said4 +%t doesn0t (ake any difference about the (oney because %0M #"T /"%#/ T" M%$$ TH! "BD. That0s what he told (e to do4 and I3m oin to serve him5% ,e (oved back to 2hoeni;. % was al(ost at the point of collapse by the ti(e we got there. % went to a Christian doctor. He saw that % was e;tre(ely ill. 1)
He tested (y blood sugar4 A#D %T ,A$ 1*: when it should have been between 9. and 5).. My triglycerides4 which were supposed to be :.4 were )4.8'. The scar tissue on (y brain was hurting so badly that at night % C"@ D#0T !C!# %! D",#. % C"@ D#0T !C!# A!!2 M? H!AD "# TH! 2% ",4 % C"@ D#0T !C!# C"MB M? HA%B $"M!T%M!$. % was on a walker. My (ultiple sclerosis was so bad % could hardly get around4 and now % had sugar diabetes and other illnesses7 ,e went to church that first (orning and there were <ust a few people present. This church was not a Charis(atic church and didn0t know (uch about healing4 because healing wasn0t taught. During this ti(e % was desperately seeking the ord. % couldn0t get out and had to spend (ost of (y ti(e in bed. The doctor put (e on insulin and was working to get (y sugar down4 but it didn0t work. My health was continually getting worse. % ,A$ /!TT%#/ C "$!B A#D C "$!B T" D!ATH7 % had a lot of ti(e to co((une with the ord. % would stay in (y bedroo( and read the Bible. % praise /od for that ti(e. %0d read the word and pray. "n $unday night % would (inister at the little church. %0d get in the walker or else %0d get in a chair in front of that s(all group of people and share the Bible. ,hen %0d share the Bible with the(4 % would read and speak e;actly the sa(e 1*
words that 6esus or 2aul4 2eter or one of the other disciples did. ,hen 6esus or the disciples spoke4 people ca(e to 6esus4 people were healed and (iracles happened7 % spoke the sa(e words that they spoke4 and it <ust see(ed like they dribbled off the end of (y lip7 %t never did anything for anybody % was speaking to. % couldn0t understand it. The church wasn0t growing at all. %0d invite people to co(e to church and they0d co(e one ti(e4 and that would be it. "ne day in (y bedroo( % was troubled that what happened in the Bible wasn0t happening in (y (inistry. % slid off the bed and (ade an altar right there. % was on (y knees and % said4 + ord 6esus4 % don0t know what the power was that 2eter and 2aul and all those guys had that (ade things happen when they spoke your word4 but % know one thing4 ,HAT!C!B %T ,A$4 % HAC!#0T /"T %T B!CA@$! ,H!# % $2!AA TH!M4 81THI8G H&==#8<5 ,HAT!C!B THAT 2",!B ,A$ TH!? HAD % ,A#T ?"@ T" /%C! %T T" M!7/lory to /od4 he ave it to me ri ht then5 He bapti>ed (e with the Holy /host7 % didn0t know what it was that was happening to (e. %0d never heard of speaking in tongues. % had never heard of an individual praising the ord that way. % didn0t have any idea about the gifts of the $pirit4 but there was a welling up inside of (e. The roo( filled with the glory of /od and a great light see(ed to illu(inate the entire roo(. But the (ost thrilling thing was that 6esus was so close7
% got up4 pulled (yself up on (y walker and went to the bathroo(. That was (y prayer closet. % started praising the ord and it wasn0t co(ing out in !nglish7 As % prayed in this new language it see(ed that % was getting filled with the ord7 % HAD A HA ! @6AH T%M! B%/HT TH!B! %# TH! BATHB""M7 % couldn0t tell 2hyllis what happened because % knew she didn0t know any (ore about it than % did4 and % knew % couldn0t e;plain it. The ne;t day % went back into the bathroo( and started praising the ord4 and the sa(e thing happened again7 The presence of the ord see(ed to fill the bathroo(4 and as % stood there praising the ord4 so(ething interesting started happening in (y life. 6!$@$ B!CAM! M"B! B!A 7 &nd in the same way 0 by our faith 0 the Holy <!irit hel!s us with our daily !roblems and in our !rayin . For we don3t even ;now what we should !ray for, nor how to !ray as we should; but the Holy <!irit !rays for us with such feelin that it cannot be e:!ressed in words. ()omans A'+B/ At that ti(e % did not know how to pray as % should4 and the $pirit was (aking intercession for (e to get rid of the unbelief and the doubt in (y life and open up the word to (e. % developed a hunger for the word4 and earnestly started reading it. 2eople would co(e to see us and we0d ask the( to co(e to church. o and behold4 they0d co(e. And you know4 they0d co(e back again the ne;t 1'
week7 Things started happening and % knew % wasn0t doing anything different. %n a short ti(e we had fifty there. % still did not know what had happened to (e4 but % continued reading and praising /od and speaking in tongues4 even though % didn0t know what it was that (ade (e feel so good7 $o(e brothers in the church talked to (e about their seeking the baptis( of the Holy $pirit. % e;plained to the( that about a (onth before4 so(ething had happened to (e. %t was then that % reali>ed % had received the baptis( in the Holy $pirit and what it was. %T ,A$ %# TH! B%B !4 B@T @#T% TH!# % D%D#0T A#", ,HAT %T M!A#T. Then % reali>ed what had changed (y life and why people were co(ing to church. Things had gotten worse for us financially and we went to live with 2hyllis0 (o( and dad. "ne $unday (orning % said4 +2hyllis4 let0s pray for you to receive the baptis(.- ,e prayed and the ord really blessed her. $he didn0t receive her prayer language at that ti(e4 but because of her yielding herself to /od4 she found a new love for 6esus. ,e went to church that day full of <oy in the ord4 and the ord appeared to 2hyllis in a vision. He stretched his ar(s forth and said4 +Co(e on4 2hyllis. %t0s all right.The ord spoke to us to go to "rlando4 Florida. % didn0t know why. % had so(e friends there4 but % didn0t have any reason to go whatsoever4 e;cept % knew /od had spoken to our hearts to go there. 2hyllis knew4 too.
% told (y doctor what /od had said4 and the doctors started getting their heads together and said4 +There0s no way you can (ake the trip. ?ou0ll die before you can get across the country.+,ell4- % said4 +% (ight die4 but % didn0t go to Africa when % was twenty when /od told (e to and %0d rather die in Mississippi or ouisiana or so(ewhere trying to do what /od told (e to do than to (iss the will of the ord again. %0( not going to go through another fourteen years of being away fro( /od as % did before.They did what they could for (e in order to try and get (e stabili>ed for the trip. They didn0t know it4 but % had a lot bigger proble( than dying. ,! D%D#0T HAC! !#"@/H M"#!? T" B@? TH! F%B$T THA#AF@ "F /A$. 2hyllis had been so faithful so (any ti(es when we0d gone broke. $he0d have to sell the very last little bit of what she had (any ti(es in order for us to eat. $o again she packed up what re(aining things we had4 dishes and books and % don0t even know what all4 and took the( down to the parking lot in 2hoeni; and sold the(. That was the (oney we had for gas and food to go across the country.
“JESUS, OVERHAUL HIM!”
,e finally (ade it to "rlando. ,hen we got there we (oved in with so(e friends. ,e didn0t have any (oney to get a house. "ur friends were Methodists and the ne;t $unday we started going to church with the(. They said4 +,e don0t nor(ally go to this church4 but you know so(e people there and % think you (ight en<oy it.- %t was the Calvary Asse(bly of /od. The pastor4 Boy Harthern4 was preaching. %0d never seen so (any people in one church in (y life and % had to sit in a steel chair in an aisle. %0d gotten in there on (y walker and % thought4 +Man4 % don0t know what is going on here4 but it (ust be good to have this (any people.- They were clapping their hands4 praising the ord4 and were singing like % had never heard before7 % don0t (ind telling you4 % liked it7 Then % started hearing the word and it said the ord was alive7 H!0$ A %C! T"DA?7 He0s not a dead /od today7 H!0$ A %C!7 He wants to (eet your need4 whatever it is7 The pastor said4 +%f you0re sick4 the ord will heal you. +%f you0re broke the ord wants to prosper you. +%f you0re lost he wants to save you.Man4 %0ll tell you4 al(ost every need he (entioned4 % had. 2raise /od7 ,ith (yself in that state % knew that %0d found a ho(e7 That was when the ord revealed to (e 6ere(iah *)D)8D Behold, I am the 6ord, the God of aIl flesh' is there any thin too hard for meC 19
(,-./ % reali>ed it wasn0t too hard for /od to give what he wanted for (e. % went back ,ednesday night and the pastor was preaching on the word again. He was preaching on 2roverbs &D).G)). $y son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayin s. 6et them not de!art from thine eyes; ;ee! them in the midst of thine heart. For they &)# life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (,- ./ % wanted to <u(p up in the (iddle of that service and shout hallelu<ah7 For the first ti(e in (y life % had been +diagnosed7- %n al(ost nineteen years of sickness4 % was diagnosed4 but % was told % had (ultiple sclerosis4 and % did haveL % had scar tissue4 diabetes4 and a lot of other things. But (y real proble(4 according to the word of /od4 was that % HAD A $H"BTA/! "F TH! ,"BD7 %t said that if % had the word in (e and % had it in (y heart4 it would be life to (e and it would be health to (y flesh. % did not have abundant life4 and % didn0t have health. % HAD A $H"BTA/! "F TH! ,"BD. Then % found out that the ord said in 2sal(s 5.8D ).4 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (,-./ % kept reading and found out that it said in 2sal(s 5.*D 5G*4 1:
Bless the 6ord, 1 my soul' and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the 6ord, 1 my soul, and for et not all his benefits' "ho for iveth all thine ini4uities; who healeth all thy diseases. (,-./ % believed that. % believed that 6esus had shed his blood for (e and washed away (y sins4 and therefore4 % ,A$ washed and set free fro( sin. But the second half of that third verse said4 +who healeth all thy diseases.- And % didn0t even know that was in the Bible7 The Holy $pirit led (e into repentance for unbelief and doubt. The thing % was repenting of was4 how can % believe only half a verse3 %f % believed the first half4 how could % not believe the second half3 % really tried and it =uickened in (y spirit. Then4 % discovered so(ething else. %t was in %saiah '*D'4 But he was wounded for our trans ressions, he was bruised for our ini4uities' the chastisement of our !eace was u!on him; and with his stri!es we are healed. (,-./ %saiah had that beautiful vision seven hundred years before 6esus ever ca(e to earth as a (an. % re(e(ber looking at the footnotes at the side of the references4 and it had % 2eter )D)& and % turned in (y Bible to read there. %t said4 "ho his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, bein dead to sins, should live 8.
unto ri hteousness' by whose stri!es ye were healed. (,-./ 2eter wrote that 1& years after the cross and % knew that the +were- healed had already happened. ,e were saved4 but % ran around lost a long ti(e. 6esus had paid the price for (y sins and % started seeing he had also paid the price for (y healing. Then % read in Matthew 9D5&G5' where 6esus walked into 2eter0s house and saw his (otherGinG law sick of a fever. $he was sick4 and he touched her hand and the fever left her i((ediately. %t said that she got up and was restored whole right then. $he got up and (inistered to the(. That evening they brought to hi( (any who were possessed with devils and he cast out the spirits ,%TH H%$ ,"BD and healed A that were sick. Then it said in Matthew 9D58 that this fulfilled the prophecy of %saiah4 +Hi(self took our infir(ities4 and bare our sicknesses.- That said to (e Ethe Holy $pirit (ade it so realF at that ti(e4 +Hi(self took M? infir(ities.- 6!$@$ took M? infir(ities and bore (y sicknesses. % started reali>ing when that lash cut deep into his back that (y (ultiple sclerosis went into his body <ust like (y sin went into hi( on the cross. ,hen the whip ca(e down and cut his back again (y sugar diabetes went into hi(4 % was (ade whole by the stripes on 6esus0 back. ,ell4 % started saying4 + ord4 what have % got to do because % had to receive 6esus in order to receive eternal life. ,hat do % have to do to be healed3%n Mark 51D58G59 6esus said4
“&nd these si ns shall follow them that believe; In my name... they shall lay hands on the sic;, and they shall recover.% Then % saw in 6a(es 'D5' that it said4 &nd the !rayer of faith shall save the sic;, and the 6ord shall raise him u!. % kept (editating on these scriptures and seeing that 6esus wanted to heal (e and % kept praying. % thought4 +,ell4 % don0t understand the prayer of faith.- % wondered if (aybe it will take so(ebody that has a lot of faith to pray the prayer of faith.- % thought if so(ebody had seen people healed4 then TH!? would know how to pray the prayer of faith. $o(eone gave (e a copy of the book4 <ince -esus =assed by Charles and Frances Hunter. % read it and it really (inistered to (e. % thought4 +,ell4 if the Hunters or so(ebody would pray for (e because they0ve had a lot of great healings in their (inistry Enot because of the fact that they had healing power in the(4 but because of the fact that Charles and Frances had seen people healedF they would have the faith % was looking for. %t would be easy for the( to believe and pray the prayer of faith. % found out that they were co(ing to "rlando. % A#!, THAT ,A$ M? #%/HT T" B! H!A !D7 There were no steps in the building where % was going to be healed4 so % didn0t even take (y walker7 2hyllis and Doug helped (e out of the car and half dragged4 half carried (e into the building. The Holy $pirit had revealed to (e that when % went to 8)
be prayed for4 it would be no different than when % prayed the sinner0s prayer I % would be (ade whole7 % HAD #" D"@BT AB"@T %T7 There was no reason to think the Bible was not rightL it was right and (eant what it said7 2eople were getting healed all over the place. A (an <ust four or five seats fro( (e was healed of a deaf ear. 2raise /od7 A lot of people % knew got healed4 and % thought4 +Hallelu<ah7 this is (y night7 7+ ,e stood up then and started singing and praising the ord. ,hen % stood % got such a severe pain in (y back % didn0t think % was going to be able to sit down. Here ca(e the word fro( the devil. He said4 +?ou0re going to have to leave because you can0t sit down.- % <ust believed /od and said4 +/od4 you wouldn0t want (e out of hereL even if % wasn0t going to be healed4 ord4 you wouldn0t want (e to leave here. This is too beautiful.% did sit down4 and as soon as % started to sit the pain left. % wondered when it would happen to (e. The service continued and nothing happened to (e. The service ended I and still % wasn0t healed. B@T % A#!, TH%$ ,A$ M? #%/HT T" B! H!A !D. Could % have been wrong3 +But 6esus4 it is in your word and % believe it.- They dis(issed the service. Then Frances said4 +%f anybody has co(e with a need that hasn0t been (et4 we want you to co(e forward. ,e0re going to pray for you.-
,hen Frances said that % got up out of (y chair and started (aking (y way to the front4 one row at a ti(e4 hanging onto the chairs because % didn0t have (y walker and nobody was taking (e up. % finally got up there. Frances said to (e4 +,hat0s the (atter with you3+%0ve got (ultiple sclerosis4 scar tissue on (y brain4 sugar diabetes4 a high cholesterol and %0( dying.At that point % got the biggest surprise of (y life. $he looked at (e and said4 +2raise 6esus7% thought she had to be the hardest hearted wo(an in the world to say so(ething like that to so(ebody dying. % didn0t understand. Then what she prayed astounded (e. $he very si(ply4 e;citedly4 said4 +,hat you need is a 6esus overhaul.- $he placed both of her hands gently on the sides of (y head and said4 +6!$@$4 "C!BHA@ H%M7M? FA%TH %/#%T!D I $H! D%D#0T %M%T /"D7 $he didn0t ask /od to keep (e fro( hurting. $he didn0t say +if it be thy will.- $he didn0t li(it /od at all7 $he said4 +6esus4 overhaul hi(7$he was the first person4 % believe4 who ever prayed for (e who D%D#0T %M%T /"D7 % began falling backwards. % hit the floor like a ton of bricks. % fell under the power of /od. % didn0t know that would ever happen to (e4 but it certainly did. As % lay there on the floor % re(e(ber hitting so(eone behind (e and he went +oof- and % hit the
floor. % later discovered it was the usher catching (e. % had gone backwards harder than he e;pected. % A#!, % HAD B!!# T"@CH!D B? TH! 2",!B "F /"D. As % lay there on the floor it was like there was a great blinding light ca(e before (e. %t felt like /od had a blow torch on the scar tissue on (y brain at the back of (y head and it was burning. There were waves of light that went over (e. Then it was like (y spinal cord was a piece of rubber and so(eone took it and shook it and flopped it around. % don0t know how long % was under the power4 (aybe five or ten (inutes4 or (ore. % started feeling healing. The first thing % noticed was that (y feet began to hurt7 My feet had been nu(b for years and % couldn0t tell whether (y shoes fit or not4 but A "F A $@DD!# M? $H"!$ B!/A# T" 2%#CH M? F!!T7 % knew so(ething was happening because there had been absolutely no feeling there for years. 2BA%$! /"D4 TH!? ,!B! ACT@A ? H@BT%#/7 Then feeling began to co(e into (y legs7 Then in (y ar(s77 % started rubbing (y ar(. % could feel (y hand on (y ar( as % lay there under the power of /od. % was not unconscious I % was aware of what was going on and % A#!, A "T ,A$ /"%#/ "#7 The ne;t thing that happened was4 to (e4 the (ost e;citing part of the (iracle /od was perfor(ing. % $T""D @27
The (ost difficult thing for an M.$. victi( to do is to stand up once you are down. ?our e=uilibriu( has been lost. %t0s al(ost like you0re drunk. TH!B! HAD T" B! A /B!AT H!A %#/7 % stood up7 % C"@ D $TA#D7 Then % started to walk7 2raise /od7 % started walking back unassisted to (y seat without holding on to anything or anyone7 % began straightening up. !very step % took % got stronger. % knew that because /od0s word is true4 H! HAD H!A !D M!7
WHAT FOLLOWS HEALING?
"ne of the =uestions (ost often asked about healings4 is4 +Do they last3The sa(e =uestion can be asked about salvation4 +Does it last3The sa(e answer can be given to both =uestions4 +#ot if $atan can prevent it.But /od0s word is true and 6esus (ade full and co(plete arrange(ents while he was visiting earth for our eternal salvation and health. "n Thursday night4 Dece(ber 5*4 5:8*4 % ,A$ H!A !D of (ultiple sclerosis4 sugar diabetes4 scar tissue on (y brain4 and e;cessively high cholesterol and triglycerides. % woke up the ne;t (orning4 Dece(ber 5&4 5:8*4 with a new e;perience7 % got up feeling good. /lory to /od7 % cannot re(e(ber during nineteen years of sickness4 getting up feeling good. % /"T @2 ,H" !. % never knew what it was like to feel whole. % had a little spot of pain in (y back4 but it was like a sore (uscle4 nothing serious. The whole weekend was real good and so was Monday. % wanted to get in touch with the doctor. % wanted to find out about (y sugar4 but he was out of town. Charles and Frances had said during the (iracle service that if anyone healed was under the care of a physician or on (edication prescribed4 to continue the (edication until the doctor e;a(ined you and let hi( tell you what to do. To those who are not fa(iliar with sugar diabetes EDiabetes MellitusF4 let (e e;plain4 in language % understand4 a little about it. ,hen you 88
have diabetes4 the sugar content gets too high in your blood. %n (y case4 the highest (easure(ent was 1*: when it should have been between 9. and 5).. This was a severe case of diabetes. The sy(pto(s and reactions % had were weakness and nausea and % would perspire heavily. At ti(es % would pass out EfaintF. My doctor had (e wear a (etal bracelet4 on the back of which was engraved +D%AB!T%C.- This was worn so that if % was found unconscious or helpless4 % would be properly treated for diabetes. Ti(e Ein receiving treat(entF is i(portant when this condition e;ists. I cut the bracelet off the ni ht I was healed5 Diabetics are generally taught how to test the sugar content of the blood so they can regulate the intake of sugar into their blood. A little test tape is inserted into a urine sa(ple and the tape changes color4 thus identifying e;cessive sugar. %nsulin is the (edication nor(ally used to cause the e;cess sugar to be stored in such places as the liver and (usclesL then the sugar is returned to the blood in s(all =uantities. 2roper dieting4 rest and other care is needed for survival. Too little sugar can cause serious reactions <ust as well as too (uch4 so you have to (aintain a proper balance. % was instructed to drink orange <uice and eat candy or other sweets to raise the sugar4 and to take insulin along with a restricted diet to lower the sugar content. ,hen % was not able to reach (y doctor the (orning after % was healed4 to have hi( e;a(ine (e4 % did what Charles and Frances suggested. % T""A A 2B!TT? AB/! D"$! "F %#$@ %#. 89
%n about two hours % started getting shaky and weak. % knew this (eant % had too little sugar. %T M!A#T $"M!TH%#/ HAD HA22!#!D7 %t (eant (y sugar diabetes had been healed I %T ,A$ /"#!7 % was e;cited because this was the first identifiable evidence % had seen of this part of (y healing. M? FA%TH %/#%T!D A/A%#7 To counteract the effect of the insulin4 % started drinking orange <uice and eating candy bars4 and still felt (ost of the day like % was going into insulin shock because the sugar was gone out of (y blood strea(. 2raise /od4 %T ,A$ /"#!7 ,hen (y doctor got back4 % told hi( % had been healed. He wanted to know who healed (e4 and % said4 +6esus7+6esus who3- he snapped. He assured (e that the ord couldn0t do anything for (e and that % was <ust going to die. That was when a battle began within (e. $atan really got in the door by putting doubt in (y (ind. /od had been so co(plete in teaching (e what his word said about healing. % B! %!C!D %T7 Then he healed (e and gave (e positive evidences of (y healings. % would periodically check (y urine and the test would at ti(es be positive4 showing it contained sugar. % would rebuke it4 $2!AA TH! ,"BD4 and in ten or fifteen (inutes test it again and there would be no sugar7 %t <ust doesn0t work that way. ?ou either have it4 or you don0t have it7 %t was a de(onic presence. % never took any (edication for any of the illnesses after that one insulin shot the (orning after % was healed. %t was 8:
interesting to (e because at the ti(e of each attack4 % had a chance either to pray and battle the devil or accept the sickness. +$ub(it yourself therefore to /od. Besist the devil4 and he will flee fro( you.E6a(es &D8 A6CF % had a choice each ti(e to confess this powerful pro(ise of /od I a choice of sub(itting (yself to /od and resisting the devil I or of sub(itting to the devil and his sy(pto(s and resisting /od. 2raise /od4 he had (ade (y belief in his word so solid that $atan could not shake it. That0s why 6esus said it was so i(portant to study the word and hide it in our hearts. An hour or (ore each day (editating in the Bible and talking to /od is (ore vital than % thought (y lifeGgiving insulin was. % could have died without the insulin4 but even (ore real4 % could have died without the word7 %T A!2T M! A %C! ,%TH !ACH ATTACA7 % was sure of (y healings. They were <ust like the word said. But the negative power of $atan is strong I and si(ple4 but very deceiving. He put +doubt- into (y (indL it beca(e so strong at ti(es that % was te(pted to listen to hi(. % al(ost believed hi(7 +Al(ost thou persuadeth (e to be sick.My life had been directed around sickness for that whole nineteen years4 and around (y infir(ities. My (ind had been filled with belief in sickness. The devil is not going to let go of his teachings easily. He wants you to believe4 knowing that if you believe hi( you will succeed in accepting his inflicted physical4 (ental and spiritual sicknesses. Believe (e4 $atan is going to always put 9.
up a battle when /od is doing a work. My life had revolved around so(ething that belonged to the devil4 so he wasn0t going to let so(ething happen that would give credit to /od4 if he could prevent it7 But /od0s ar(y is ready to do battle against $atan if we will believe in /od and listen to his voice. /od will always win if we will do our part. He even wins by allowing us to go through trials4 difficulties and proble(s. He (akes our faith stronger. He never allows these tests to co(e <ust to see if we can fail. He wants us to win4 because when we do4 it0s easier to have faith to believe in hi( once we have won the battle. He allowed (e to be severely tried4 but % learned to distinguish the silent4 soft voice of his Holy $pirit fro( the boisterous4 enticing4 deceiving voice of $atan. The sy(pto(s of +his- diseases E% used to call the( +(ine-F ca(e back ti(e after ti(e. % had been asked to give (y testi(ony at church on ,ednesday night a week after (y healing. 6ust before % was to speak4 % broke out in a heavy sweat e;actly like % always did when (y sugar was too high. % al(ost soaked (y clothes in the pew. As % sat there4 % got so weak % thought % wasn0t going to be able to get up. But % rebuked those thoughts and in (y (ind % kept thinking4 +%0( not going to receive this because the ord healed (e4 and % A#", H! H!A !D M! because the sugar is gone fro( (y bloodstrea(. The diabetes is gone4 and so %0( not going to accept it and % a( going to testify to the church of (y healing. &s soon as I ot u! to testify, all the sym!toms left5 95
% had heard the very apparent voice of $atan say4 by the sy(pto(s and acco(panying thoughts of fear4 that % wasn0t healed. Doubt ca(e because of the sy(pto(s. But the word of /od had taught (e that fear4 doubt and sickness all co(e fro( the devil. % had received the word of /od in (y (ind and heart and believed what it said. All the scriptures % (entioned to you earlier were a part of (y inner belief and (e(ory. They were (y source of stability and % let the( beco(e (y thoughts at the ti(e of the sy(pto(s. % had recorded 2sal(s 559D58 in (y (ind and it was available to (y (e(ory with each attack of the devil4 +% shall not die4 but live4 and declare the works of the ord.- % boldly4 =uickly and fre=uently declared the healing of the ord to everyone % could4 but perhaps of (ore i(portance4 % declared it to (yself I in (y own (ind as thoughts. ,hen % depended on (indGcontrol tactics to battle diseases4 % declared to a (irror4 +% a( well4 % a( well4 % a( well.- But % didn0t declare the works of the ord. % was now able to testify boldly that it was the ord who did it. ,here % once confessed (y infir(ities4 % now confessed his word4 +By his stripes4 % AM healed.% could feel the presence of the Holy $pirit when % was in the church. %t was there that /od had first re(oved the sy(pto(s as % stood to declare the works of the ord. The church daily beca(e (y intensive care roo( and (y recovery roo( during this recovery period. % needed a place sterili>ed by the cleansing power of the Holy $pirit4 to be away fro( the polluted at(osphere of $atan0s deceiving 9)
sy(pto(s and lies. Al(ost every day for the ne;t four or five weeks % went to the church4 knelt at the altar alone and talked to /od for ten to fifteen (inutes. Most of the ti(e4 nobody knew this. ?ou have probably seen cartoons of a dog chasing a cat as fast as they could run4 and suddenly the cat <u(ped behind a tree and took a deep breath or two4 then the chase began again. That0s the way % felt. % would go to the church4 take a deep breath of the presence of /od4 and then return ho(e. % asked others to pray with (e when the battle got rough. %t got so bad at ti(es after the first week4 that % spent the biggest part of that five weeks in the word4 in prayer4 and testifying about (y healing. % would4 at ti(es4 get nu(bness over (y whole body. %t would co(e like waves over (y body and then % would rebuke it and say4 +% won0t receive thisL by his stripes % a( healed A#D % A#", %0M H!A !D. Because % have been healed4 % won0t accept it back.- Bight away feeling ca(e back as the nu(bness left. The nu(bness would not go i((ediately4 but gradually would go away while % was saying to it4 +% won0t receive thisL by his stripes % AM H!A !D.There were ti(es when the devil attacked (e with this nu(bness and other sy(pto(s that we (et in full battle in the bathroo(. % don0t (ind telling you % really got to shouting the ,"BD at hi( a few ti(es because4 you know4 he has a little proble( with his hearing. % know there is nothing in volu(e. %t is the authority of 6esus by which the devil is defeated4 but it helps (e when % use a little volu(e7
These sy(pto(s were <ust as real to (e as the actual diseases. % believe % had every sy(pto( of every illness with which % had previously been afflicted. The pain of the scar tissue on (y brain returned as intense as before. %t used to be so strong that % would black out. %t was so(ewhat like so(ebody thrust a knife right down through (y skull into (y brain where the scar tissue was growing. The pain shot into (y brain. The scar tissue was a growth on (y brain which beca(e infla(ed at ti(es. %t0s like a swelling condition of the brain. As it grows4 it causes this intense pain. The pain that ca(e after % was healed felt <ust a little different4 but it appeared the sa(e. % learned to identify the difference in the feeling. % learned to =uickly recogni>e the voice of $atan. % knew the difference between the way 6esus spoke and the way $atan spoke. % learned after (y healing that the devil and all his helpers talked to (e <ust as real as when % talk to 2hyllis4 Doug or /ina. As soon as % had this pain4 here would co(e a whole flood of doubt and fear into (y (ind4 <ust as plain as if they were saying4 +?ou know you0re not really healed.The whole five weeks was a battle of4 +A( % going to believe what /od said he had done4 or a( % going to believe all this other gossip that is co(ing into (y head3- % constantly prayed4 praised /od and testified of the healing. These attacks went fro( very severe the first week to less and less and less until at the end of five weeks there was hardly any trouble. %t see(ed like the devil let go gradually4 or else the word beca(e so (uch (ore real to (e4 and the victory beca(e so 9&
(uch (ore real that % didn0t hear what he was saying. !ven after (ore than two years have passed4 once in a great while %0ll have a short visit fro( the devil. Becently4 a wave of nu(bness flowed over (y body and the devil said4 +$ee4 you0re getting sick againL your healing of M.$. was <ust a re(ission.- % prayed4 rebuked it in 6esus0 na(e4 and went on about (y business for 6esus4 and it left right away. %f a sy(pto( of stiffness or so(ething else related to the signs of M.$.4 or a thought about it co(es into (y (ind4 % =uote the word4 +% shall not die4 but live4 and declare the works of the ord.% go right on with what % a( doing at the ti(e and have no (ore trouble. Another portion of scripture that has been i(portant to (e when these thoughts co(e into (y (ind4 is %% Corinthians 5.D*G'D For thou h we wal; in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh' (For the wea!ons of our warfare are not carnal, but mi hty throu h God to the !ullin down of stron holds;/ Castin down ima inations, and every hi h thin that e:alteth itself a ainst the ;nowled e of God, and brin in into ca!tivity every thou ht to the obedience of Christ; (,-./ The attacks by thou ht have been as severe as the attack by sy(pto(s of illness4 but by the word of /od and the power of the Holy $pirit4 % have brought into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. !very thought the devil has put 9'
into (y (ind has been replaced with what the word of /od says. The prayers4 the word4 the fellowship with those who believe in healing4 the praises to /od and the confessing of the healing4 giving the glory to /od4 are so i(portant. % believe if a person is healed4 he should do everything possible to be around believers4 especially during the early period following the healing. He should be in church where healings fre=uently occur so he will be in an at(osphere of belief. My friends and (y church stood close by (e during (y first trying five weeks. $o(eti(es a fa(ily will not even believe when the evidence of healing is present. ittle do they reali>e that their unbelief (ay cause their loved one to return to suffering and death. 6esus saw unbelief at work when he returned to his ho(e town. He only did a few (iracles because of their unbelief. ,hen a person gives his life to 6esus and is born again4 his priorities change. He can go on4 like % chose to do4 and serve 6esus4 or he can return to his old ways of sinning4 like % did so (any years. 2riorities of desires4 activities4 habits and environ(ent (ust change or the devil will co(e to steal and kill. He wants to defeat our healing the sa(e way. But 6esus is the winner if we do our part7 The night % went to the Hunter (eeting4 % A#!, B!F"B! % ,!#T THAT ,H!# % ,A$ 2BA?!D F"B4 % ,A$ /"%#/ T" B! H!A !D. % A $" A#!, THAT %T ,"@ D#0T B! A#? D%FF!B!#T F%C! ,!!A$ AT!B4 B!CA@$! %
A#!, THAT ,A$ ,HAT TH! "BD HAD F"B M!. % had read it in his word4 and % believed. % still believe4 and always will4 because “I <H&66 81T >I#, B9T 6I.#, &8> >#C6&)# TH# "1),< 1F TH# 61)>.% 6esus certainly won in (y body7 My health is better than (ost people. % feel good continually. My strength is with (e fro( the ti(e % wake up until % end long days of work4 (inistering and traveling. % have been given a supernatural energy by the ord that never see(s to have an end. % recently walked (iles in /rand Cay(an as we (inistered in rural areas. There is no pain in (y head fro( the scar tissue. % praise /od for the (ighty (iracle of salvation and transfor(ation of (y spiritual life and for the power of the Holy $pirit given. % praise hi( for doing the sa(e for 2hyllis. % praise hi( will all (y heart and give hi( all the glory that % have been totally healed of sugar diabetes4 (ultiple sclerosis4 scar tissue on (y brain4 high cholesterol4 and high triglycerides I % shout praises that he gave (e a total4 co(plete and lasting 6!$@$ "C!BHA@ 7 A copy of a letter fro( (y Christian doctor is reprinted here so you can re<oice with (e in the (ighty acts of /od I all in the na(e of 6!$@$7
!. BA#DA . H"BT"#. D.". "steopathic 2hysician *15& ,ebber $treet $arasota4 F **'9. 2hone N #ove(ber )84 5:8& T" ,H"M %T MA? C"#C!B#D This is to state that Mr. /ene illy was first seen and e;a(ined by (e on 6une %4 5:8*. As a result of our e;a(ination and history4 we confir(ed that he was suffering fro( (ultiple sclerosis and that he also had diabetes (e 55 it us. A urinalysis perfor(ed in our office 6une 54 5:8* showed a & plus sugar and a ) plus acetone. $ubse=uent laboratory tests confir(ed the diabetes and he was then referred to an internist. Copies of letters and reports concerning Mr. illy0s condition are attached herewith. ,e last saw Hr. illy on August 5'. 5:8* at which ti(e he was still being treated for the diabetes and (ultiple sclerosis4 ,e did not see Mr. illy again until April 54 5:8&. !;a(ination then revealed no signs or sy(pto(s of (ultiple sclerosis or diabetes and a blood sugar deter(ination showed his blood sugar to be in nor(al range. lie was able to walk unassisted and even could run as he de(onstrated to us. %t is our clinical i(pression that he has been co(pletely cured both of his diabetes and (ultiple sclerosis. !. Bandall Horton4 D. ..
Boy A Harthern4 /ene0s pastor saysD +This is the story of a (iracle of healing4 but even (ore i(portant than the actual healing is the way the author discovered the source of faith to bring the power of /od into his own life to (eet his personal needs. +,hen % first (et /ene4 he was writing a book to encourage sick people to Kre<oice in their sufferings.0 That book was never published because /ene found the source of healing and /od has not only healed hi(4 but has also given hi( a (inistry of building faith through the ,ord of /od and (any people are being healed through his (inistry. /ene began to (editate on the truth of healing and he confessed the ,ord of /od every day until it influenced his thinking and changed his believing. +% knew /ene illy when he could not walk without the aid of a Kwalker.0 He suffered fro( (ultiple sclerosis4 sugar diabetes and other co(plications. 2hysically he was a pathetic sight. +% know /ene illy today. %t has been over two years since his healing4 and his e;perience is a testi(ony that /od still heals today.-
by Charles &nd as ye o, !reach, sayin , The ;in dom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sic;, cleanse the le!ers, raise the dead, cast out devils' freely ye have received, freely ive. ($atthew *D'E?A ,-./ A very vital part of /ene0s (aintenance of his healing was by his testi(ony to everyone who would listen4 telling the( that /od had healed hi(. He told the( what the Bible said7 He (inistered at every opportunity to others7 He even (ade opportunities by his bubbling <oy and e;cite(ent about the wonders of his new life in 6esus. He led (any to 6esus. Many Christians found power in their life as he (inistered the baptis( of the Holy $pirit. At every opportunity4 he prayed for the sick and healings began to happen (ore and (ore fre=uently. The (ore healings and deliverances that occurred4 the (ore /od opened doors to hi(. /ene had freely received I abundantly4 and he @nselfishly gave to others with all his heart and newGfound strength. Here are so(e e;cerpts fro( a letter fro( /ene telling how /od is using hi(. +$ally $. had pain in her breast for several (onths. Her (other had died with cancer. $ally was very frightened. $he went to the doctor on Monday :.
and he confir(ed that there were suspicious lu(ps and that she would have to enter the hospital on Friday for further tests. "n ,ednesday 2hyllis and % prayed for her. Friday she entered the hospital where they (ade tests and took MGrays. $he <ust A#!, it was so bad they could do nothing about it. %n ca(e the radiologist4 and said4 K,hy did your doctor put you in the hospital3 ,hat did he think you had3 ,e can find #"TH%#/.0 +!velyn D. writesD KFor several years4 % had suffered every day and night with agoni>ing sharp pains fro( arthritis and arthritic spurs in the vertebrae of (y spine. This necessitated (y sleeping with a cervical collar on a special pillow. % was able to get very little rest or sleep and was always tired4 tense and nervous and rather irritable at ti(es. Ouite often % wore the cervical collar during the day at ho(e and in the office. %n addition to the surgical traction device that % used at ho(e4 % went for physical therapy and traction as an outG patient at a local hospital. % gave this up as it was e;pensive and the treat(ents only gave (e te(porary relief. "n several occasions % even tried to get relief with alcohol. At ti(es the arthritis affected the use of (y hands and fingers. The nu(bness in (y hands caused (e to drop things in the kitchen and the office. % found % could not type or hold a pencil on so(e of (y bad days. The tension and lack of rest caused (e in addition to suffer with tension or (igraine headaches al(ost constantly. +"n $epte(ber 554 5:8'4 /ene illy prayed for (e. $ince (y healing4 % have discontinued the use :5
of the surgical collar and traction device. % have discontinued the use of aspirin and all (edication. % feel ten years younger and (y fa(ily tells (e % a( a different person. % give all glory to /od. "n #ov. )&4 5:8'4 (y healing was confir(ed by the doctor when % was e;a(ined and MGrayed.0 +%n $epte(ber4 5:8'4 #orva ee B. was healed of bowed legs and gastritis. $he has not taken any (edicine since she received her healing. +%n 5:8&4 Millie H. ca(e to a Catholic prayer group where % was speaking. $he had a tu(or on her foot for which she was supposed to have surgery. The doctors had decided against it because it was on a tendon and there was a danger that it (ight cripple her. Millie was %#$TA#T ? healed4 she received the baptis( of the Holy $pirit and while slain in the $pirit4 the ord 6esus Christ healed her back. $he was born with a spinal curvature due to two e;tra discs. The spinal proble( caused (uch disco(fort in the legs. $he wore a =uarterGinch lift in her shoe at ti(es. $ince the healing she has not worn the lift and has been free fro( pain. +April 514 5:814 Art C. ca(e to a prayer group. He was not a Christian4 had never seen anyone slain in the $pirit and ca(e because his wife asked hi( to. As we prayed for Art4 he fell face forward under the power and /od operated on his back. ,hen he got up he said for the first ti(e since 5:1' he had absolutely no pain in his back. He was operated on in 5:1' for a ruptured disc4 again in 5:8. for a nerve fusion4 and in 5:8' for a double spinal fusion. Art was saved four days later and received the :)
baptis( of the Holy $pirit the following week. This Methodist (an was healed at our prayer group4 saved at a Catholic prayer group and received the baptis( in an Asse(bly of /od Church. /od is good7 +%n #ove(ber 5:8'4 % went to Cay(an %slands4 B.,.%. ,e (inistered in a Church of Christ where a Catholic couple attended. 2aula and 6erry had been (arried for over *. years. They had not told each other they loved the other one for )9 years /od healed that (arriage4 and gave the( a burning desire to work for hi(. They had not lived as (an and wife for 9 years. /od restored their love for one another. +To( B. ca(e to our prayer group in 6anuary of 5:81. He was 9) years old4 had cataracts on both eyes4 was scheduled for surgery in February. He had been a Baptist all his life and never knew anything about healing. % prayed for hi( on Friday night for one eye. He ca(e back the ne;t week and said4 K/od did a good <ob on this left eyeL now pray for the right one.0 ,hen he went to the doctor to be scheduled for the surgery4 the cataracts were gone. The doctor was a(a>ed7 2raise /od7-
FAITH COMETH BY HEARING
by Charles /ene has shared his testi(ony of the (ighty power of /od in his salvation and healing. Both salvation and healin were acco(plished by faith. FA%TH %$ $%M2 ? TB@$T%#/ /"D7 ack of faith is si(ply not believing /od. /ene finally wanted /od4 sought hi(4 found hi(4 accepted hi(4 believed hi( and loved hi(. %t took a long ti(e for this to happen4 but all the way fro( a childhood conversion4 through years of rebellion and sin4 /ene so(e way4 behind all the struggles4 (aintained a very thin thread of faith in /od. Faith to hi( wasn0t servin God or else he would not have kept his faith to believe /od while he wasn0t serving hi(. Faith wasn0t a (ind acco(plish(ent4 or he could have thought his health back. Faith to be saved ca(e when /od $2"A! to hi(. %t was when /od $2"A! through the voice of an eighty year old (an on TC and when /od used the crooked finger of this old evangelist to point at /ene4 that he H!ABD /od $2!AA7 But H! H!ABD /"D7 $o then faith co(eth by hearing4 and hearing by the word of /od. EBo(ans 5.D58 A6CF He heard hi( as plainly as Moses H!ABD /od $2!AA fro( a burning bush. Having H!ABD /od4 Moses began the work /od called hi( years before to do. /ene and 2hyllis responded to /od when :&
they cried out to hi( and yielded their hearts to his call. They obeyed /od7 They H!ABD /od again a short ti(e later on !aster $unday when he $2"A! to the whole fa(ily to +/"7- They didn0t wait. %((ediate preparations were (ade to go to 2hoeni; where /od $A%D to go. That wasn0t easy for a crippled4 penniless (an to take his fa(ily across the nation4 not even knowing why /od wanted hi( to go. THAT %$ FA%TH7 By F&ITH &braham, when he was called to o out into a !lace which he should after receive for an inheritance, 1B#7#>; and he went out, not ;nowin whither he went. (Heb. **'A ,-./ THAT %$ FA%TH7 That wasn0t easy4 either but it was what /od said to do. ,hen he obeyed4 /od abundantly blessed4 <ust as he did /ene. Did you notice how Abraha( and /ene got their faith3 /"D $2"A!7 TH!? H!ABD7 TH!? "B!?!D7 THAT0$ FA%TH7 <o then faith cometh by H#&)I8G, and hearin by the word of God. ()om. *D'*E ,-./ ,hat is the word of /od3 %T0$ ,H!# /"D $2!AA$7 /od knows every language there is and creates (ultitudes of new languages. He speaks each one :'
fluently. /od speaks to A who will listen. !very word he speaks is e;act and plain. He has a purpose when he speaks. He also knows who will listen and when. He speaks in (any different ways. 6on a o God <=1,# in many different ways to our fathers throu h the !ro!hets (in visions, dreams, and even face to face/, tellin them little by little about his !lans. But now in these days he has <=1,#8 to us throu h his <on to whom he has iven everythin , and throu h whom he made the world and everythin there is. (Hebrews *'*?+/ Then God <&I>, “6et there be li ht.% (Gen. *'@/ ,hat did /od do3 He $2"A!7 ,hat happened3 ight appeared. !ven light obeyed and ca(e into being7 "ne day a young wo(an ca(e to a (orning teaching session. As she walked in4 she ca(e to (e and said4 +% ca(e because % believe % will be healed when you pray.- ,hy did she co(e3 /od4 by his (ighty Holy $pirit4 $2"A! to her. $he probably didn0t think about /od actually telling her to co(e so he could heal her. 2aul re(arked that he was utterly co(pelled by the $pirit to go... /od $2"A!. This young wo(an e;plained that two years before she had been in an accident which left her body crooked. Her neck was tilted4 one shoulder was higher than the other4 one ar( shorter4 her hips were uneven and one leg was shorter than the other. ,hen she ca(e to (e for prayer4 she ca(e :1
B! %!C%#/ she would be healed4 even though4 if % re(e(ber correctly4 she had never seen anyone healed before5 % don0t even know if she had read the Bible. $he had H!ABD that people were healed in our services4 so she ca(e to be healed. As % stepped in front of her to pray4 /od $2"A! to (e. He said4 +$tand back4 point at her body and C"MMA#D it to straighten7$he had H!ABD /od $A? to co(e. $he had obeyed hi(. $he believed4 because he $2"A!7 $o then faith co(eth by H!AB%#/4 and H!AB%#/ by the word of /od. /od $2"A! to (e4 instructing (e how to pray. After all4 6esus spoke with authority. &nd he arose, and )#B9,#> the wind, and said unto the sea, =eace, be still. &nd the wind ceased, and there was a reat calm. ($ar; F'@G ,-./ 6esus again $2"A! when he went to 2eter0s house where 2eter0s wife0s (other had a great fever. &nd he stood over her, and )#B9,#> the fever; and it left her; and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. (6u;e F'@G ,-./ /od told (e to $2!AA to this young wo(an0s body. /od had4 by his $pirit4 $2"A!# to (e while % was reading his written ,"BD about three years before. He +i(pressed on (y (ind4- $2"A! to (e4 by letting (e be aware that 6esus $2"A! to the fever. % had never thought about speaking to a :8
disease or part of a body before that. He had $2"A!# in his ,"BD another ti(e in Mark 51D58D &nd those who believe shall use my &9TH1)IT7 to cast out demons and they will be able to !lace their hands on the sic; and heal them. He gave (e A@TH"B%T? to heal and deliver. How did % know3 % (editated on his ,"BD and he $2"A! to (e. 6esus said % could use his authority. % H!ABD hi( $A? that to (e in his ,"BD. % believed it. #ow4 all % had to do was put it into action. ,"@ D %T ,"BA3 $o then faith co(eth by H!AB%#/4 and hearing by the word of /od. % H!ABD hi( speak. % H!ABD it by the ,"BD of /od. My faith was established. % backed away fro( the young wo(an4 pointed (y finger at her body4 spoke to the body with the authority of 6esus4 and said4 +Body4 % co((and you in the na(e of 6esus4 straighten7%((ediately her neck straightened4 her shoulders leveled4 her hips leveled4 her ar(s and legs beca(e even and she al(ost shouted4 +,hat0s happening to (e3- $he had received what she ca(e for. $he H!ABD /od. $he "B!?!D. $he B! %!C!D. $he B!C!%C!D7 :9
$o often we seek +FA%TH.% have sought faith for years to atte(pt to attain results in healing. "ne ti(e4 after searching and seeking over a thousand hours in the #ew Testa(ent for +faith without a doubt4- 6esus si(ply $A%D to (e4 +Have faith in M!L not the healing.That (ade it so easy to have faith. 6ust believe in 6esus. 6ust believe what he $A%D in the ,"BD. %t0s so si(ple. ,e try to (ake it so co(plicated. ,e have discovered that when /od $2!AA$ to us and tells us to do so(ething4 we have A the faith we need. ,e si(ply do what he says. He is the giver of faith. $urely he wouldn0t tell us to do so(ething we couldn0t do. #ot our /od7 ,e have learned to be sensitive to what God says and then with no further atte(pt to try for faith4 we <ust obey. TB@$T A#D "B!? F"B TH!B!0$ #" "TH!B ,A? T" B! HA22? %# 6!$@$4 B@T T" TB@$T A#D "B!? $i(ple4 isn0t it3 <o then faith cometh by H#&)I8G, and H#&)I8G by the word of God. 6isten5 6earn his word5 1bey5 )eceive5 Be sensitive to what /od wants you to do. Then do it7 Faith3 ?ou don0t need any (ore than that7 That0s /od0s faith7
How did /ene receive his healings3 /od got his attention4 saved hi(4 and taught hi( a few si(ple4 choice pro(ises about healing. But what caused hi( to have faith for these re(arkable healings3 /"D $2"A! and /!#! H!ABD7 The Holy $pirit utterly co(pelled hi( to go to a church where /od0s $pirit was present. /ene thought his Methodist friends got (isdirected. But /od $2"A! by an act to bring hi( to a source of knowledge. /od opened /ene0s ears to hear the ,"BD of the ord. /ene ,A#T!D to hear. /ene H!ABD /od $2!AA through a (inister. /ene B! %!C!D what he H!ABD. He actually didn0t =uestion or doubt what /od said. #o doubt4 he had read these words before. Maybe even heard ser(ons about healing and faith. But he had never H!ABD /od $2!AA to hi(. The $pirit of /od had $2"A!# to the spirit of /ene I to his heart I to his understanding4 receptive inner being. /!#! H!ABD /"D $2!AA7 H! H!ABD /"D +$2!AA- H%$ ,B%TT!# ,"BD. He didn0t read words in the Bible. He H!ABD /"D7 He believed in his heart. He knew he H!ABD the word. But still he couldn0t get healed by trying to apply the word. /ene kept searching. He was sincere. He (editated on the word. He loved /od. He wanted to please hi(. /!#! ,A#T!D T" 2 !A$! /"D7 /od put a thought into /ene0s (ind4 +%f so(ebody had seen people healed4 then TH!? would know how to pray the prayer of faith.5..
,ould you believe it. %n effect4 /ene had asked /od how to get faith and /od answered by $2!AA%#/ a thought into his (ind. /ene listened. He heard7 /od sent hi( a copy of $%#C! 6!$@$ 2A$$!D B?. He read it. /od $2"A! to hi( by showing hi( <ust what he askedL so(eone who had seen people healed. He wasn0t seeking faith. He was searching for the way to apply the faith he already had been given. Then /od sent us to /ene0s ho(etown and let hi( know about it. %((ediately he A#!, he would be healed that night. He not only ca(e I he left his walker at ho(e. ,hat had happened3 /"D $2"A!7 /!#! H!ABD H%M $2!AA %# TH! ,"BD7 /!#! H!ABD /"D $2!AA $!C!BA "TH!B ,A?$7 /!#! B! %!C!D7 H! "B!?!D7 H! B!C!%C!D7 $o then faith co(eth by hearing4 and hearing by the word of /od. Have you a (ountain to (ove3 Are you saved3 Have you been born again3 Have you received the Holy /host since you believed3 Are you sick3 Are you afflicted3 Do you have proble(s you can0t solve3 Do you have an evil spirit oppressing you3 Do you have an attitude that controls you3 AB! ?"@ B!AD? T" M"C! ?"@B M"@#TA%# B%/HT #",3 ?ou have every ingredient you need4 right now4 right where you are to have your need (et. ?ou 5.5
have H!ABD /od speak to you in the pages of this book. He has $2"A!# to you fro( the declaration of his ,"BD in this book. ?ou believe /od has spoken to you in (any ways while you read this book and the scriptures. $ince you have H!ABD /od speak4 by his word4 then you already have all the faith you need7 ,e are going to pray with and for you right now4 so be ready to +B%$! A#D B! H!A !D7First4 let0s be sure you are a child of /od. $o then4 faith co(eth by hearing4 and hearing by the word of /od. et0s start by H!AB%#/ the ,"BD of /odD &fter dar; one ni ht a -ewish reli ious leader named 8icodemus, a member of the sect of the =harisees, came for an interview with -esus. “<ir,% he said, “we all ;now that God has sent you to teach us. 7our miracles are !roof enou h of this.% -esus re!lied, “"ith all the earnestness I !ossess I tell you this' 9nless you are born a ain, you can never et into the ,in dom of God.% “Born a ain5% e:claimed 8icodemus. “"hat do you meanC How can an old man o bac; into his mother3s womb and be born a ainC% -esus re!lied, “"hat I am tellin you so earnestly is this' 9nless one is born of water and the <!irit, he cannot enter the ,in dom of God. $en can only re!roduce human life, but the Holy <!irit ives new 5.)
life from heaven; so don3t be sur!rised at my statement that you must be born a ain5 (-ohn @'*?E/ How do you get born again to receive this new life fro( heaven3 $i(ply pray this prayer sincerely and 6esus will co(e into your life and save you I B%/HT #",7 Dear ord 6esus4 % need you to be (y $avior. Forgive all (y sins. ,ash (e and cleanse (e of all unrighteousness. Co(e into (y life. Thank you4 6esus. Thank you for co(ing into (y life as (y $avior and ord. % love you4 ord 6esus. A(en. Confess right now4 +% have been born again. % have new life fro( heaven. 6esus is (y $avior and ord.,elco(e into /od0s Boyal Fa(ily. ?ou are a child of /od. ook up right now4 s(ile at /od4 and say to hi(4 +Father4 (y Father4 % love you7et0s pray ne;t for you if you have an attitude that you and /od are not pleased with. et0s read a few verses fro( the iving Bible. #", H!AB TH! ,"BD4 re(e(bering4 <o then faith cometh by hearin , and hearin by the word of God. for ive us our sins, Hust as we have for iven those who have sinned a ainst us. ($att B'*+/ %s there anyone who has done so(ething to you I hurt you4 lied about you4 cheated you4 hated you4 5.*
stolen a person or property fro( you4 gossiped about you3 Are you holding a grudge against anyone3 Be(e(ber 6esus wants to forgive ?"@4 #",. %t0s probably not your fault that they sinned against you. But that0s not what 6esus is $A?%#/ E$2!AA%#/F T" ?"@ I H!AB H%M I He is wanting to forgive you of your attitude4 your reaction to their sin. ?ou are not responsible for their sins I only yours5 et0s pray. Father4 % have been sinned against by PPPPPPPPPPP Esay the na(esF. My attitude has been unforgiving to the(. 2eople sinned against 6esus and he forgave the( and wants us to be like hi(. $o4 Father4 please forgive (e now <ust as % forgave PPPPPPPPPPP. Thank you4 Father7 Have ye received the Holy /host since ye believed3 EActs 5:D) A6CF <o then faith cometh by hearin , and hearin by the word of God. <o let3s a ain H#&) the "1)> of God. For -ohn truly ba!tiIed with water; but ye shall be ba!tiIed with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (&cts *'J ,-./ 6esus is the bapti>er with the Holy $pirit and he co((ands us to receive. %f he co((ands it4 he also provides it and provides faith for it. 5.&
&nd when the day of =entecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one !lace. &nd suddenly there came a sound from heaven li;e a rushin mi hty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sittin . &nd there a!!eared unto them cloven ton ues li;e as of fire, and it sat u!on each of them. &nd they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and be an to s!ea; with other ton ues, as the <!irit ave them utterance. (&cts +'*?F ,-./ #ow we have H!ABD /od speak through 6esus4 the ,"BD4 and fro( the written word of /od4 so faith is already sufficient for you to receive right now4 so let0s prayD 6esus4 % believe the power you pro(ised is available to (e right now4 <ust like you gave on the day of 2entecost4 so % ask you4 6esus4 to bapti>e (e with the Holy $pirit. "n the day of 2entecost when TH!? Ethe 5). peopleF received4 they A began praising /od4 and speaking in other tongues4 as the $pirit gave the( utterance. % know that all languages are (ade up of a lot of (i;ed up syllables and % know % can only speak one language at a ti(e. #ow4 Father4 % don0t know a $pirit language4 so % ask you to give (e a new language with which to praise you4 <ust like you did your other disciples in the Bible. % can (ake syllables4 so % a( going to do that right now as your Holy $pirit fills (e and gives (e the utterance. 5.'
Begin B%/HT #",4 by faith, praising /od. Turn your heart towards /od4 and begin praising /od4 but not in !nglish7 /lory7 #", !T0$ 2BA? F"B ?"@B 2H?$%CA H!A %#/4 $" /!T B!AD?7 After spending so (uch ti(e in the word of /od writing this book4 and reading /ene0s e;citing story of faith and healing4 we have enough faith right now to (ove your (ountain of sickness or affliction. Be(e(ber4 you are =ualified to be healed B%/HT #",4 and /od wants to heal you4 <ust as easy as he healed /ene. $o then faith co(eth by hearing4 and hearing by the word of /od. ?our faith has already been given you so you don0t need any (ore. ?ou have e;actly the right a(ount to be healed. %t doesn0t (ake any difference to /od and 6esus how little or how big your (ountain is. /od loves to heal his children of all si>es of illnesses. 6ust one (ore scripture before you get healedD &nd a certain man lame from his mother3s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the ate of the tem!le which is called Beautiful, to as; alms of them that entered into the tem!le' "ho seein =eter and -ohn about to into the tem!le as;ed an alms. o
&nd =eter, fastenin his eyes u!on him with -ohn, said, 6oo; on us. &nd he ave heed unto them, e:!ectin to receive somethin of them. 5.1
Then =eter said, <ilver and old have I none; but such as I have ive I thee' In the name of -esus Christ of 8aIareth rise u! and wal;. (&cts @'+?B ,- ./ ?ou have believed7 Q ?ou have been given faith7 ?ou have heard /od speak7 Q ?ou have heard his word #ow $atan4 you have sent so(e spirits causing incurable diseases of deafness4 blindness4 du(bness4 (ultiple sclerosis4 diabetes4 arthritis4 epilepsy4 and (any others. % speak the word to youD $atan4 we bind you by the power of the Holy $pirit. #ow you spirits causing these afflictions we co((and you4 in 6esus0 na(e4 C"M! "@T7 6esus4 we ask you to now heal the da(age done to these bodies. Father4 we ask you now to heal any other need in the bodies4 (inds or souls of your child who has read this book and received your faith by hearing you speak I %# 6!$@$0 M%/HT? #AM!7 Bight now4 %# TH! #AM! "F 6!$@$ CHB%$T "F #AJAB!TH4 B%$! @2 A#D ,A A7 %f you are la(e I get up right now4 in the na(e of 6esus I and ,A A7 %f you have an ar(4 leg4 back4 neck4 knee or any other (ovable part4 M"C! %T right now4 in the na(e of 6esus7 ,hatever your illness or affliction is4 if you can test it4 do it right now4 %# TH! #AM! "F 6!$@$7 %n 6esus0 na(e4 we take authority over your body and co((and you4 body4 be healed I right now7 RISE AND BE HEALED %# TH! #AM! "F 6!$@$ Thank you4 Father7Q Thank you4 6esus7 5.8
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