Monday, October 24, 2011

Unexpected Healings

Friday, 21-Oct-2011, me & most of my family sang at a revival at a little church (New Hope Church) in Jonesborough, TN. Some of us had a little trouble finding the church since it was located in a very rural area. On top of that, my younger sister, Jennifer, my mom, Janice, and one of my nieces, Hannah, had gone on a trip to Pigeon Forge and had gotten caught in some thick traffic on returning. They were going to be late. But at about 15 minutes before 7 o'clock, one of the preachers who was there (Harold), who was going to start the singing off, came over to me and asked me to go into the back with him to pray before the service. So, I did. Along the way I noticed he was limping.

I let him lead the prayer, just agreeing with him. After he was finished, I asked him if his ankle was hurting him. "Yes, brother, it is. I have arthritis in this ankle and I can't even bend it." So, I asked if I could pray and lay hands on him for his healing. He agreed. He was wearing an ankle-high boot, so I just placed my hands on his boot and commanded it to be healed in Jesus Name. Harold closed his eyes and prayed out loud with me agreeing with me and asking God to forgive his sins. I thanked Jesus for taking Harold's pain. After several seconds, I could feel his boot getting very warm on the outside! (This is a normal manifestation of Father's power). So I asked Harold if he felt anything. "Oh yes, brother! My foot is so hot I may have to take off my stinky boot!" We laughed together while Jesus continued to heal.

After quite a few minutes, keeping my hands on his ankle and chatting, I asked Harold if he would stand up and see if anything was different. He stood up and put weight on it and it popped and cracked out loud! He looked at me and exclaimed, "Did you hear that?" Well, yeah! He said, "It just popped loose!" and he began to rotate his foot without pain. He immediately raised his hands and thanked Jesus. Tears flowed. He hugged my neck and thanked me too.

We Harold and I returned to the congregation, it had filled up with folks. His singing partner was also there (Donna Sue). Now, Donna Sue is actually one of the cleaning ladies at NHC, the nursing home that takes care of my father-in-law, so I knew her pretty good. In fact, it was her that officially invited us to this church.

Donna Sue was sitting on the front pew and I sat on one side of her and Harold sat on the other. Harold was still a little teary-eyed from his ankle healing and he was still rotating it. Donna Sue noticed and asked about it. Harold told him I had laid hands on him and Jesus had broke his ankle loose and removed the pain. So I put my arm around Donna Sue and asked her if she was in pain. She said, "All the time and everywhere in my body." I wasn't sure if she was exaggerating, so I asked her what she meant. She said she had rheumatoid arthritis in all of her joints and they ached all the time. She said, "I was just telling Harold I have a knot on my right foot that is just killing me today." I offered to pray for her, and Harold witnessed to her what had just happened to him. He said, "Let him lay hands on you, Donna, Jesus seems to use him to heal." 

I laid my hands on her shoulders and commanded arthritis to leave her body and for her pain to leave. I commanded her joints to be healed and for them to return to normal. Donna Sue had her eyes closed but I noticed she was moved and her eyes became a little teary. I said, "You're feeling something, aren't you? I'll bet every joint in your body is getting hot right now." She opened her eyes and said, "Oh boy, you are so right! I am hot all over all of a sudden. I feel tingling in my joints and I'm so hot I may have to take off some clothes!" LOL! Of course, she was joking, but that is her personality... she is so full of life. She got up and put pressure on her foot (where the knot was)... She said, "Oh my goodness! It's gone!" Harold began to laugh, "I told you!" Donna Sue just looked at me in surprise. She said, "Wow, I'm not in pain and I feel really light-headed." She closed her eyes and cried and worshiped Jesus. Me and Harold joined her in worship.

The night of singing was very special to us all. We sang many songs and several acapella ones. We were all very moved by the sweetness of this little country church and the refreshing presence of God.

I found out later this church is a "Church of the Brethren" denomination. Yep, Jesus loves them too. :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chicken Pox Fever

Me, Gunnar & my wife Tammy
Yesterday (Tue, 11-Oct-2011), my wife Tammy called me at work and asked that after I got off work and after visiting her dad at the nursing home, to go to my oldest daughter, Kimberly's, house and help her with my grandson, Gunnar, whose 10 months old. Gunnar suddenly broke out with the chicken pox the day before and he was running a fever of about 101.5°F and was a bit fussy. Kimberly hadn't worked all day but stayed home to take care of him and she was a bit wore out. So immediately after work and my normal visit to see my father-in-law (Bob), I went to Kimberly's house. Gunnar was happy to see me and I ended up following him around the house (holding onto his shirt to balance him) as he toddled all over seemingly wanting to play with all his toys at the same time. He was, for the most part, very happy and giggly with an occasional whine for his mommy. But once a hug was received from mommy it was back to trudging around the house. Eventually he began to get sleepy and Kimberly gave him an oatmeal bath (to soothe his pox marks) and put his PJs on him. We wallowed on the bed with him (he's so funny!) until he began to get sleepy. Kimberly took his temperature and it was about 101.3°F.

Kimberly hadn't eaten dinner yet so she asked me to lay down with Gunnar while she got something to eat. She also asked me to pray for him, for the doctor had told her if his temperature stayed above 101°F that she should bring him back in. So as she got something to eat, I laid my hand on him and focused my mind on Jesus and the way He rebuked a fever like He rebuked a demon and a storm. The same Greek word, epitimao, translated "rebuked" is used in all three passages:
Matthew 8 (ESV)
26 And he said to them,
"Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 
Matthew 17 (ESV)
18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 
Luke 4 (ESV)
39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.
Thus, Jesus' attitude toward the storm that could've hurt His disciples, and the demon itself, was very harsh. And this same harsh attitude was exhibited toward the fever of Peter's mother-in-law. So with this in mind, I rebuked the fever in Gunnar. I did this several times in the Name of Jesus. After some time I could tell his was cooling off. I got the thermometer and took a reading... 100.3°F. Wow, praise the Lord, a whole degree! Also, I noticed his breathing stopped being shallow and quick and started showing very peaceful and relaxed rhythms.

My wife arrived to help, and so I kissed him "bye," hugged Kimberly, and left for the house. Later on, my wife arrived home and we all began to settle down for bed. She suddenly got a text message from Kimberly, "Tell dad Gunnar broke out in sweat just now. He has no fever!" Amen! Praise You, Jesus.