1972. We went to hang out at the same little restaurant every morning before work. We stayed long enough for me to drink four cups of coffee, devour runny over-easy eggs with toast and catch up on some local gossip. In that same little restaurant I caught hepatitis A. The whites of my eyes turned sickly yellow and I was messed up.
At the time, I had enrolled in a Bible research class. I really didn’t feel like going that night because I had a fever and was exhausted from the hepatitis. But my brother Mark talked me into it and I showed up. I learned about the healing power in the name of Jesus Christ and I believed.
After class Mark prayed for me and ministered healing to me. The same week I went back to the doctor’s office and he read my blood test. I was completely and miraculously healed of hepatitis—no yellow jaundice, no more signs of it ever being there.
I can tell you of other healing miracles I’ve experienced myself, seen in people I’ve ministered to or seen in others who’ve dared to believe.
I personally know God as the healer. “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Ex 15:26). “I will take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Ex 23:25). I’ve slipped up enough in my believing for healing and that’s why it’s so important to refresh ourselves in the scriptures—so we don’t let the world take us down in despair and unbelief.
“Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” (Matt 4:23). Jesus sent his disciples out to do the same and He sends us out today too. He has not changed his mind about healing. “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matt 10:1). We are His disciples today and we need to be healing people.
It’s not God’s will that anyone die before his or her time. Psalm 91:16 says, “With long life will I satisfy him.” After Noah’s flood, it’s available to live 120 years if we want to (Gen 6:3). So much wisdom and knowledge is lost because people die too early.
God created everything in the universe. The atoms and even tiniest electrons are constantly moving. Holy Spirit can move any atoms in or out of our bodies for healing. God’s power, the power demonstrated by the Lord Jesus, His disciples and His followers is just as real today as it was in Bible times.
Dodie Osteen was diagnosed with liver cancer in 1981. The doctors told her there was nothing more they could do. She went home and looked up verses in the Bible on healing and started to say them. Sure she got discouraged at times but she didn’t give up and she’s still alive and well today. It’s now 33 years since her diagnosis and she has no signs of cancer.
Satan will not stop attacking people with the threats of death, pain and suffering. It’s hard to grasp the truths of miraculous healing if we are bombarded and surrounded with disease and death. When Peter was walking on water he was doing great until he looked at the storm around him. The Bible says he began to sink (Luke 5). Jesus helped him and how do you think he got back to the boat? I think Jesus lifted him up and they both walked back on the water.
We can have miraculous healing in our lives, but we will have to keep looking at the truth of God’s Word or we will begin to sink into unbelief. Satan isn’t going to help us to see true miraculous healing. We have to search it out ourselves.
There’s plenty of counterfeits out there in spiritualism and the occult, but I’m talking about true Biblical, lasting, Godly miracles. If you aren’t seeing them in your church, that’s a shame, but with the computer, we all have access to finding examples of true healings.They shouldn’t be an unusual event in our churches or in our lives. They really should be the norm like in the gospels.
If miraculous healing isn’t in our lives, we need to look again at Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the book of Acts and the Epistles. We can go on-line to read about true healing, not the paranormal, new age or science fiction, but true healing through the power of the living Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit helps us know the difference.
Miracles of healing take place a lot more often than we think, if we’re only willing to look in the right places.
If you’ve seen or experienced too much pain or seen too much death, I understand you may have a hard time believing in miraculous healing for yourself or loved ones. No guilt. God understands. But if you just can’t see yourself believing in it, at least teach your children the truth about God’s healing. If you are a Christian, you owe that to them. It’s only fair. Kids will believe the truth faster and more completely. And it may just be that in teaching them, you will begin to believe yourself.
There are scriptures in the Bible for every part of the body, from joints to hearts to nerves and everything in between.
Remember, the only really good thing about sickness or disease is getting over it!
Love you, Carolyn
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