Sunday, July 24, 2011

Back Pain Instantly Gone

Local Fast Food
Yesterday, my wife (TammyM) and I went to see her dad (Bob) at the nursing home. When we came in he was at lunch and the lady serving him had put tarter sauce on his fish, which he hates. He loves fish, but hates tarter sauce. So my wife offered to get him a hot dog from Pal's, which is across the road. She wanted one with just mustard and Bob wanted one with chili and mustard and no onions. I set out on a hot dog mission.

Before I got out the door, however, I ran into one of the CNAs (Lisa) that I often speak to that works there. I asked her how she was doing and she replied, "Well, not too good." So I asked what's up? She said, "I hurt by back lifting and it is killing me right now." I said, "I'm headed out to Pal's, but before I go, can I pray for you?" She looked at me a little funny, but then agreed. "Sure, that would be nice." I took her to the side out of the way, laid hands on her, thanked Father He was the same and loved Lisa and bore her pain. Then I commanded her back to be healed. She sat there with her eyes closed while my hand was on her shoulder. I asked, "Do you feel that?" I assumed she was feeling something just simply because that's the normal thing Jesus does. I didn't know it was happening, just figured the odds have it. LOL!

She said, "My spine is getting hot." Then she opened her eyes and I could tell she was in amazement. I explained, "This is just what Jesus does. He loves us, and since we are believers, this shouldn't be unusual, but, sadly, it is. That heat you are feeling means we are connected to God and He is healing your back. Can you tell a change yet?" Her back was not merely warm, it was literally hot! She said, "There is no pain! I'm not kidding, there is no pain at all." She moved her back and arms around. I could see a little welling up of tears. She was looking sideways at me in amazement still, so I hugged her. Once again she said, "There really is no pain. This is exactly what I needed today. Thank you." It was very sincere.

I left the scene, and Bob and my wife loved their hot dogs. :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bench Press Chest Injury and Sore Back

All That & Kayla
This week my family and I went to Myrtle Beach, SC for vacation. My oldest daughter (Kimberly) and her husband (Grant) and their 7-month-old son (Gunnar) went with us. Also, Gunnar's other grandfather (Gary), Grant's dad. We had a blast. My youngest (Kayla) was supposed to stay an extra week and work with Carolina Opry's own All That clogging sensation group, along with several other guest cloggers, to reproduce another show. Unfortunately, that got postponed until later on in the year, but really this ended up being a greater blessing to Kayla. All That clogging team (consists of 4 guys) are well-known in the competition clogging world. They are regulars at the Carolina Opry and have been for years. They, instead, invited Kayla to join them for 2 shows this week. They are all about 30 years old and Kayla is 19. She was the star of the team being the only female among the 5 cloggers. Very cool.

Kayla's Solo with All That
I learned as the week went on that Grant was having a terrible time sleeping because a few days before vacation he had dropped a barbell on his chest while doing some bench press exercises. The spotter didn't catch it in time and the bar hit him squarely across the ribs, right about solar plexus level. Grant couldn't get comfortable because any way he lay it would put pressure on his ribs and he couldn't breathe without sharp pain.

Grant, Kimberly & Gunnar
So, he was telling me one day while we were down at the beach he had only slept about 30 minutes the night before. With the waves washing over our feet, I said, "Grant, you know Father wants you to sleep and not be in pain. Can I lay hands on you?" He agreed. Grant's dad, Gary, was standing there too. They are both believers in God's goodness and I have laid hands on both of them before. Once for Gary's back, which he got major pain relief from, and once for Grant having a fever of 103, which Grant was healed in about 30 seconds from that. His temperature dropped to 99 degrees in a matter of seconds and he broke out in the sweat. (Awesome Jesus). So, both Gary & I laid our hands on Grant right there on the beach. Jesus must've been standing in the water too because instantly Grant got pain relief (he said about 90%).

Gary then asked me to go ahead and lay hands on his sore back too. He'd had a very successful back surgery several weeks ago but still had some soreness. Me & Grant commanded soreness to leave... it did. Jesus is so reliable!

I don't know what passerby's were thinking about 3 men laying hands on one another in the surf, but, who cares? It worked, and Jesus was honored and happy, I'm sure, to join us in the surf... LOL!

As the day wore on, the little pain that was left for Grant kept diminishing. The next morning he got up and as we were getting some breakfast in the kitchen he said, "Greg, watch this." And took the heel of his palm and smacked his ribcage about 5 times right where the severe pain used to be! Before, he couldn't even touch it without pain, now he's pounding away at it with his fist! Amazing!

Jesus is the same, yesterday, today & forever. His attitude toward sickness has never changed. Wherever there was a crowd of people and Jesus was present, He always healed the sick. It is a very ordinary expression (and proof) of His presence. It should be the same today. Don't sit on your blessed assurance in the pew and do nothing. Don't sit there and waste your life trying to get all your doctrine right. Get up, walk out, and allow Jesus to express His most common attribute through you... healing the sick. If you will believe and understand He is reliable, you will have great results and the greatest fun you've ever had in your life! Every day will become an adventure. I promise. I've never had so much fun!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Lame Walk & Godly Persistence

Brother Albert
A dear brother (Albert) in the Lord posted this on his website the other day. Very encouraging. Please notice the persistence that is sometimes necessary when getting the sick healed and notice the open honesty at which Albert reports what happens; even his failures. Here is his post:

"Grace [Albert's wife] and I were called to heal a woman who was paralyzed waist down. For four months, her husband carried her from the bed to a chair before he went to work. During the day, the woman's mother took care of her. When the husband returned in the evening, he carried her back to the bed.

"The interesting thing was that the husband was a Chinese medical doctor who tried to heal his wife with acupuncture. However, after many sessions of treatment, nothing happened. Apparently all her nerves in the lower part of her body were not connected to the brain. 

"When we arrived, we found her sitting on the chair. After explaining about the love and miracles of Jesus, we commanded her to rise up in the name of Jesus. My wife and a few sisters from our church were standing by her left and right sides so as to catch her if she were to fall. She was a heavy-set woman and that explained why her husband was the only one strong enough to carry her. 

"On the first command, I pulled her up and she stood for two seconds and then screamed that she could not stand any longer. She collapsed back to her chair and was shaking with fear. 

"The second command in the name of Jesus got this lady to stand a little longer. To cut the story short, on the fifth command, she got up and walked around the living room by herself. Absolutely, without anyone holding on to her - she had recovered completely.

"What happened? The truth is that when I commanded and all my assistants followed every word in command, the faith was not dependent upon the woman's own. The faith had to be ours! This meant that during the healing ministry, my assistants and I had to believe completely that the power of Jesus was there to heal. We had to have no doubt that the woman could be healed. Thank God, she was healed and walked in the name of Jesus.

"Did we have any failures? Yes, there were some who were not completely healed in spite of our faith and belief. We do not understand why but we just continue to utilize our authority and power to command the diseases and pain to leave in the name of Jesus. 

"One man who had a frozen shoulder was healed only after three days of intensive commanding. His wife who had the same condition was healed on the very first command on the first day. An elderly lady was healed of deafness immediately on the first day but an elderly deaf man was healed only on the third day. A lady pastor had 9 arthritic fingers healed on the first day and the final finger was healed only the next day. 

"We never fully understand why such discrepancies in time of healing but we know only of one thing, we have to keep commanding by faith.

"Hope this little write-up will help you in exercising your faith to heal others in the name of Jesus."

Amen, brother Albert. Thanks so much for your encouragement!