This blog entry is about a testimony that should enlighten and encourage all of our faith. It is about a woman who was miraculously healed three weeks ago and is better today than she has ever been! She has shared the testimony of her healing at church and is a living, walking testimony of God's love.
It was my privilege and honor recently to minister at a great church in Nogales, MX. Unfortunately I am not yet bilingual and the church is Spanish-only. My brother-in-law interpreted as I tried to keep things simple in my message. We ministers must remember that the Kingdom is often simple. The Kingdom of God is received by the children. I try to spend about half the time on a message and half of the time ministering to the needs of the people. Sometimes the ministry/altar time goes way beyond that. Anyhow, I've learned over the years to keep things simple... preach Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! I've also learned that there's at least one guaranteed way to see the power of God manifest at the end of a service... preach the Gospel of Jesus. In God's Word, God says He WILL accompany His Gospel with power. With that said, you can now see the context in which I write about a miracle that God performed through the name of His Son, Jesus, on April 18, 2010, in Nogales, MX.
The miracle, one of a couple, I might add, has to do with a lady named Julie. Julie had a debilitating back and spinal injury that made it very difficult for her to walk. In fact, after church she would have to be carried and placed into her car. She was also very exhausted all the time and rarely left her house for too long. Without a wheelchair, she had lots of trouble getting around. Unfortunately, like many, Julie had come up to the altar for prayer from many saints and ministers over the years. Such effort had actually discouraged her faith not encouraged it. Her problems persisted despite her faith and others' prayers of agreement that she would be healed. She just wasn't getting any better. Then came three weeks ago.
This time would be different, her son and daughter encouraged her with, when I called people to the front to be prayed for. She fought with them and was not interested in coming up to the front to be prayed for. She had seen this before... so she thought. Her son, Jesus, and daughter, Alejandra, just knew in their hearts that this time would be different! They practically pulled her up to the front! As I prayed for her, the power of God came on her so strong that she was literally falling and swaying backward, to the side, and to the front. Surely I thought she would fall over, but there was a crowd of her loved ones around her agreeing in prayer with tears, literally holding her up so I could minister to her. At that point the power of God was so strong, I also had tears streaming down my face. Needless to say, she felt the power of God and this time things WERE different! By the end of the service, to the amazement of the church people (even the Pastor's wife commented in shock to my wife) she was not only walking normally, but walking quickly and excitedly everywhere she was going. She was a new woman!
This past week, almost three weeks later, she showed my brother-in-law, Ben, that she can literally bend all the way to the floor and do "moves" that 25 year olds can't do. She takes her kids out to something fun almost every weekend and has a new appreciation for life. Her serious back and spinal injury, HEALED! Her pain and exhaustion, GONE! Praise be to God! The lesson here is that she didn't need the faith to be healed. Her children had the faith for her healing! So did this crazy white guy who believes in the power of God because I've experienced it way too much not to believe.
Remember, it isn't your faith that you need to be healed anymore than it is your righteousness and works that get you to heaven. True, pure faith comes from God. You simply must be open to receive it and believe that He is God and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
Let's rejoice together with Julie! Keep believing for your own miracle as we believe with you!