Nancy’s Story

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Everyone’s journey towards healing is different. I have learned there is nothing more gratifying than being used to by God to help someone on that journey!

A good friend of mine recently introduced me to Nancy, a childhood friend of hers that was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While asking those closest to her for prayers, our mutual friend thought of me. After an amazing few months of tests, surgery and an enormous faith in God – Nancy is completely healed!

Nancy offered to share her story with you directly:

“I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August of this year. A childhood friend told me about Holly, her Christian faith, and how she prays for healing for people. She asked if I’d be interested in being prayed for. Of course I said yes!

Since we live on opposite ends of Texas, Holly called me and prayed for me over the phone. I didn’t tell her or our mutual friend where the brain tumor was in my brain, but Holly said she could see it was in the front, in my forehead, which was true! She prayed for me for healing, and said she could “see” the tumor dissolving.

Holly also reached out a couple weeks later – when I had some cerebrospinal fluid leak, and after praying, the leak stopped and never returned!

I had the tumor removed surgically a few weeks ago. The procedure went very well and the entire tumor was removed. Afterwards, I ordered the medical records and saw in the description of the procedure that the doctor had used an instrument that breaks down the tumor then sucks it out (sort of like a tiny vacuum cleaner that first dissolves the thing).

So the tumor is gone, and, to match Holly’s vision, it was dissolved while being removed from my brain. Also, the pathology report showed no cancer. So, now I’m fine and the doctor said I should live to be at least 86 years old (I just turned 50)!

PRAISE GOD!!! And thank you, Holly, for praying and believing!!! Thank you for all that you’re doing for the LORD and for others!”

As a strong Christian, it didn’t take much to convince Nancy that God intends us to be happy, healthy, and whole. Sickness and disease are not passed out by our heavenly Father – rather by the evil one that intends to steal, kill and destroy us all.

God it not passing out tumors or cancer to teach those who have it a lesson. God does not let people get into accidents to slow them down or get them back on the right path. God’s will for each one of us is good, and pleasing, and perfect!

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10 NKJV)

I thank you, God, for having so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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A Thankful Heart

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I try not to follow a formula when I pray for someone’s healing, but I often follow a pattern that continues to work for me. First, I see if the Holy Spirit is guiding me to a particular problem, body part, or name of the demon attacking the person in need of prayer. Once I feel like I have caught the demon’s attention, I tell it to leave and never return (under my authority in Jesus Christ). From there, I remind the body part I’m addressing to do its job according to God’s perfect design.

The analogy I like most, is that our body is an intricate, inter-mingling set of highways, all designed to work perfectly and keep even the heaviest traffic flowing smoothly. An attack from Satan is often a single car that stalled in the middle of one of the highways that can eventually cause a significant pile-up – stopping traffic in its tracks.

Healing prayers are simply clearing the wreck from the highway, so traffic can resume as designed.

I then close my prayers with a simple reminder for me and the person I am praying for, to thank Jesus for making it happen. While Jesus told us to heal the sick, He paid the price when He was beaten and hung on the cross.

I recently prayed for a friend who was suffering from significant knee pain, long after a surgery which should have healed by now. My friend could easily move her knee and re-create pain that she described as an 8 to 10 on the pain scale. After a few minutes of commanding the spirit of attack away from her, and commanding her knee to do its job – she could not recreate the pain that came so easily moments before. Praise God!

But I felt her pause, the reservation in being able to thank Jesus for delivering this freedom. Her reaction forced me to wonder, how important is this final step – giving thanks?

God lead me to the story in the Bible called “Ten Lepers Cleansed” in Luke’s chapter 17.

Now it happened as [Jesus] went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17: 11-19, NKJV)

Jesus rewarded the one leper that returned to give thanks. But the scripter also says all ten were cleansed on their way to the priests. Did the nine lose their healing for not returning to give thanks? While it is not clear what happened to those who did not return, there are numerous passages in the Bible commanding us to be thankful to God.

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.  (Psalms 106:1 NKJV)

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.                 (I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21 NASB)

Giving thanks to God is a very small price to pay when we are delivered from the wiles of the evil one.

I am thankful for the gift of healing granted to God’s children under our authority in Christ Jesus. I am thankful when God uses me in amazing ways. I am thankful for my simple, yet supernatural life.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Season?

Give Me A Break(room)

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Originally posted at gotoheavennow.com here.

Each new day offers us “divine appointments” – opportunities to be used by God. It is not every day I rise to the occasion. A million small reasons can stop me in my tracks. I know that fear is Satan’s attempt to keep me from stepping out in faith and asking someone who needs healing if I can pray for them.

God put several “divine appointments” in my path at work recently to pray for “Beth,” who I could tell was in pain. There were several wasted opportunities before I worked up the courage to do anything about it. I’d politely inquire how she was doing – would hear about the pain but also about an upcoming doctor appointment. So I thought, “let the doctors do their job, no need to put myself out there.”

But I kept running into Beth at work, and the last doctor update – that perhaps surgery was the only way forward – sent me into action. So I asked Beth if I could pray for her in the middle of the breakroom at work. She quickly agreed and said she had been healed through prayer before but had lost her healing. My faith for helping bring healing to her body rose exponentially!

Beth was suffering from a twisted spine that caused one leg to be shorter than the other, creating back, shoulder and leg pain throughout. Simply mimicking a healing video I saw online, I asked her to sit in a chair and put out her legs. By putting my thumbs on her ankle bones, we could easily see her left leg was shorter than her right by half of an inch. In Jesus’ name I simply commanded her left leg to grow to be even with her right. We both watched in amazement as it actually happened. I commanded her body back into God’s perfect alignment until my thumbs were perfectly aligned and then saw the tears build in Beth’s eyes.

Next I asked Beth to stand and straighten her arms, and similarly placed my thumbs on her wrist joints to see the alignment and commanded her arms to come back into alignment in Jesus’ name. Once again, perfectly aligned, a tear escaped Beth’s eye and ran down her check.

She said her shoulder blades were still in pain so that’s where we targeted our prayers next until the pain left, and there was no more pain in Beth’s body. I had her walk around the breakroom – which she could easily and smoothly do after limping for months. She could move her arms and legs around without feeling any pain. We thanked Jesus in a mighty way, and then decided it was time to get back to work. Amen!

Is it really so simple? Yes. Find any healing story in the Bible (or done by a modern-day minister) and mimic it! What you will notice is that Jesus does not pray to His Father in Heaven when healing the sick – He speaks to the problem in front of Him. It was Curry Blake who I heard say it best: “Don’t speak to God about the problem, speak to the problem about God!”

The numerous healing stories in the Bible were not Jesus showing off his own power or relationship with God – rather each story was meant as an example, a guide for us to follow so we could do the same.

Since Jesus knows that His Father’s will is for the person standing in front of Him to be well, He only has to tell the sickness or disease attacking the person to leave to bring that person back into alignment with God’s will. I will repeat – it is always God’s will for you to be well. It is always God’s will for us to die of old age, peacefully in our beds.

What Christ accomplished on the cross gave me authority over sickness and disease, and it is my responsibility to bring the perfection of heaven into the realities of earth. Being a child of God – accepting Jesus as our savior and inviting the Holy Spirit to become one with our own spirit – gives us everything we need to stand against the enemy.

I stand on the promise that our words, when spoken in Jesus’ name, carry power, that we only have to “say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV)

If you are not yet convinced that you can bring healings to others, I offer the training that got me started – Curry Blake’s Divine Healing Technician Training®. When I first learned of this free resource, I absorbed all eighteen hours of video in a single weekend! By the end, Curry had me convinced I only had to mimic what I saw Jesus do, or mimic the healing videos I saw other ministers do on-line – and God would use me. And He did! Trust me – He will use you too!

In the Shadows

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Earlier this year I titled a blog entry “Divine Appointments”, sharing the tale of running into a high school friend hundreds of miles from home, who was desperately in need of prayer for her daughter. I had to ponder a new title for this blog, as God continues to present me with divine appointments on a regular basis – including a recent trip to the dentist.

After going to the same dentist for years, and having the same dental hygienist for most of my visits, I was initially put off by a stranger entering the room to clean my teeth. She was friendly and shared just enough to get my spiritual radar up.

“Angela”, the hygienist, was planning a fundraiser the coming weekend for a missionary trip with her church. As a dental practitioner, she is able to do light dental work for the members of a village they visit each year during Spring Break.

I recalled for Angela a news story I’d seen on TV of a church group that went to Africa for a week-long mission trip. One of the volunteers was a doctor who took the opportunity to ship numerous medical supplies from the U.S. ahead of time, so they’d be available to treat any in medical need when they arrived. Unfortunately the doctor’s supplies were detained in customs and never arrived to the intended village. The news coverage showed him explaining medical issues to the villagers, but ultimately the good doctor left them the same way he found them.

As a Christian that believes in divine healing, I was so disappointed that Christians were reflected in such a normal light – no medical supplies meant no relief for these villagers. Why could these Christians not bless this crowd like Jesus did while on earth – when His purpose was to train us to do the same?

It did not take long to learn that Angela grew up in a Pentecostal Church and witnessed divine healing in her youth. She grasped the concept easily, and got excited thinking about how she might help the villagers she would soon visit. She agreed that we have authority in Jesus’ name to cast out sickness and disease – even those afflictions effecting teeth and gums.

Despite our shared excitement over her trip, Angela also seemed sad, and revealed she has been very tired. She was worried about the cause of her tiredness – which a doctor suspected was two nodules he found on her thyroid. She was due for a biopsy the following Monday to find out if the nodules were cancerous.

I immediately thought of healing videos I had seen online, of Pete Cabrera Jr. healing people in a Walmart parking lot without ever touching them, or even praying for them out loud. His presence alone got it done just like the Apostle Peter, who could walk down the street and all were healed by his shadow.

“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people…so that they brought the sick out into the streets…that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them…and they were all healed.” (Acts 5: 12 – 16 NKJV)

I closed my eyes and imagined the Holy Spirit, that I know lives in me, exude from my body onto Angela. I could imagine the nodules – bright red and out of place. As soon as the Holy Spirit reached the nodules, they burst into bright stars like fireworks and disappeared. I knew it was done.

Angela started crying while she was cleaning my teeth without knowing why. I let her know I was already praying for her healing and immediately said she felt different. Her neck was flushed with divine power that penetrated her neck. It was obvious God was at work.

I am beyond happy to share that Angela’s doctor report was as expected – no cancer to be found! Amen!

God is looking for us to be His instruments, to bring healing to those we encounter in our daily lives. I hope this story inspires you to act, to see suffering, and know it is not God’s will. To know that sickness and disease has to submit to your authority in Christ.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”     (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)

Eve’s Burden

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To my sweet sisters in Christ, I would like to open your hearts to the idea that Eve’s burden is no longer your burden. We live under a new covenant in Christ that cancels out the punishment bestowed on women that fateful day in the Garden of Eden.

Regardless of your Christian walk, I’m guessing you know the story of Adam and Eve being deceived by the Serpent to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil – God’s only rule to them in the garden.

Once the offense occurred, God said to Eve: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Genesis 3:16 NKJV)

The rest of the Old Testament builds on the laws that man was to abide by during his time on earth. Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain which became known as the Ten Commandments. The commandments formed a covenant, or agreement, between God and man, in which God promised to protect man if he kept His law and was faithful to Him.

Throughout scripture, more and more laws were written, and curses defined for each law that man could not obey. Alas, man always fell short. God knew he needed a new covenant with man if he hoped to bring them into righteousness. The answer came in the form of Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

Jesus Christ enabled a new covenant (or promise) between God and man, in which we only had to believe in Him as our savior, to be saved.  

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14 NKJV) 

What does this mean for you ladies? That Jesus Christ has paid the price for Eve’s transgression, and her punishment no longer applies to you!   

When I learned this simple lesson over five years ago, I have not suffered another minute with menstrual cramps. Every time I fell a cramp start to form, I say out loud that I no longer live under the curse, therefore cramps do not affect me. I tell the cramps to leave in Jesus’ name – and they vanish as fast as they came.  

I cannot attest that the pain and discomfort of child birth and menopause will flee as easily as menstrual cramps, but I would stand under the promise of His word that His will is good, pleasing, and perfect – and no pain aligns with that promise!  

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

God’s will is perfect. And by perfect, that means no pain, sickness or disease!

When I am given the opportunity to pray healing for others, my prayer is simple – using my authority in Christ, I command their bodies to come into alignment with God’s perfect will. Satan will try to show us otherwise.

A dear friend was recently called back for a second mammogram, so they could take a closer look at a potential issue. After a quick prayer commanding her body back into alignment with God’s will – the test came back negative.

Another recent divine appointment put me in the path of a woman who was about to go in for a biopsy of some nodules that doctors found in her throat. I commanded her body to come into alignment with God’s will – and that test came back negative as well.

Just last week I had the opportunity to pray for a woman with a brain tumor that doctors are contemplating how to remove with a risky surgery. I stand on the promise that she is healed by His stripes, and by the next doctor visit, they won’t find a tumor to operate on!

I challenge you, sweet friends, to take God up on this new covenant prescription – that He is the answer for all that ails you. While in Eve’s time, God said, “They shall not enter My rest” we live in a new time, under a new promise, where He promises we can enter His rest by faith – faith that His Son has paid the price for our sins.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV)

God Speaks

God Speaks CoverAbout two years ago, I submitted some of my favorite healing testimonies to Praying Medic, an author I started following after he published his first book, “Divine Healing Made Simple”.  As you may suspect, he is a paramedic that heard from God he would start healing patients as he transported them in his ambulance. Praying Medic has gone on to write numerous books on how to live a supernatural lifestyle in the most simple way – hearing the voice of God and answering the call.

Praying Medic solicited his friends and followers to share their stories as well, showcasing the many different ways in which God speaks to His children. I was one of 27 authors selected to contribute to this new book. “God Speaks” is the result of this collaboration and is now available!

The Kindle version of God Speaks is on sale now at this link, or the paperback version can be found through this link.

I hope you check it out – it could change your life!

 

 

 

 

I Get Knocked Down

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Those who know me personally, know I’m recovering from a silly fall that lead to a broken femur in my right leg. In the moment that it happened, I commanded time go back and undo the damage (yes, I heard a testimony where this worked). This time, it didn’t work. Instead, I took my first ambulance ride, to my first emergency room visit, to see the extent of my first broken bone.

The next day, a surgeon put the pieces back together with a titanium rod and some wire. Three months later, I just finished physical therapy and am on the mend to hopefully being as good as new.

As someone who believes in divine healing, my faith was shaken. Of course I blamed Satan, as I know he is the enemy who wants to steal our futures, kill our dreams, and destroy our lives if he can. Please see John 10:10 if you don’t believe me. I love that the second half of that verse is a promise from Jesus, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

On my third day in the hospital after surgery, the hospital chaplain paid me a visit. My sunny disposition threw him off, and he quickly realized that I was not going to let Satan win and steal my spirit. I remained confident that I would recover from this and that God is my healer.

Realizing he didn’t have much to accomplish, the chaplain asked if he could pray for me. I did not hear a word that he said, as my heavenly Father took this moment to help me understand how he would use this experience for good.

I heard my Father say, “I need you to have a heart for the broken-hearted. I need you to understand their pain.”

I have to confess, I knew immediately what this meant. I was developing pride in my ability to keep myself healthy. Through my belief that I am always healed by His stripes, I simply command my body to stay in alignment with this truth. While I stayed healthy, I became more and more frustrated seeing other Christians battle sickness and disease; I stopped having compassion for their plight.

I would think, “If only they knew what I know! If only they believed what I believe!”

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)

Alas, we are all human. While I prayed for divine intervention and a miraculous recovery for my broken bone, I healed the old-fashioned way – through rest, patience and a bit of determination.

What makes me keep smiling? Our God has legions of angels that protect us at every turn. And when a demon sneaks through and attacks, God promises to turn the tragedy into something good.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

God can amazingly weave a beautiful outcome from a tragedy. I will continue to stand on this promise of God’s word, and can’t wait to see what else He has planned!

First Signs

stop-sign-1444007-1920x1280Just like you, I get attacked by the evil one all the time. How do I respond? I recognize it as an attack and tell it to go.

The first premise at play here, is that I believe all sickness and disease is an attack from Satan and his demons. I believe that God is good and does not attack His beloved children.

Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come expect to steal, to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

By understanding this, when something attacks me, I operate within my authority in Christ to command it to go. And since Christ defeated Satan on the cross, Satan has to obey when I command him in Jesus’ name.

I remember walking down the hall at work not too long ago, and a sharp pain in my knee came out of nowhere – stopping me in my tracks.

Realizing that I hadn’t done anything to cause this pain, I paused, put my hand on my knee and said under my breath, “In Jesus’ name, pain I rebuke you as a lie and command you to go. There is nothing wrong with knee.”

As fast as the pain came, it left and never came back. Had I embraced the pain as real, it would have stuck around. If I ran to the doctor for treatment of this pain, I would have received treatment as if I had sustained an injury and still be dealing with knee pain in my life today.

Tooth pain is another way the enemy tries to sneak into my life. On any random day, a pain pops into my mouth. The normal response is to assume the worst – a cavity! But just like in the example above, I don’t accept the pain as real. Rather I put my hand on my mouth and say “In Jesus’ name, pain I rebuke you as a lie and command you to go. There is nothing wrong with my tooth.” And the pain goes.

The attacks I send away are pretty constant and never ending – headaches, back pain, random pinches, pokes and strains that come out of nowhere. But there is another way!

In first Peter, Satan is described as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). A lion’s roar can be scary, and we believe the ferocity of the pending attack.

However, we are instructed to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11 NKJV).

You may not be familiar with the word “wiles” which means tricks, schemes, or deceptions. So Satan is going about roaring to scare us, but it is a lie!

If we recognize the attack as a lie, a scheme, a trick – we can stand on the promises that if we “resist the devil, he will flee” (James 4:7 NKJV).

Sometimes I see a friend or co-worker feel an attack come on, and immediately rationalize why it makes sense that it happened. The most frustrating excuse is genetics. Because a parent suffered an affliction, the child assumes it is their fate as well. I now understand that if a demon can get away with attacking a parent successfully, they will go after the children because they will believe it is their genetic obligation to bear the same attack.

When we experience Satan’s initial lie, scheme, or trick, and accept it as a real injury or affliction, we lay down our authority in Christ and let Satan in.

The Bible promises…God’s will for you is good, and pleasing, and perfect. Don’t let Satan convince you otherwise!

My Birthday Wish

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I started writing because I wanted to share what I’ve learned about living a supernatural lifestyle, in the hopes it would be a blessing to my friends and family.

I hoped to pass along the peace that comes from understanding the love of our Heavenly Father. Instead, I feel I’ve reached a point where I am no longer relatable.

I remember thinking this of other Christians in my youth – how unrelatable the outspoken were. We even had a nickname for them – “Bible-thumpers”. They were so focused on citing scriptures to drive us towards following the rules, and attempted to instill a fear of going to hell if we didn’t conform. I always felt they were missing it – missing how to relate to their audience. They forgot to live as Jesus role-modeled while on earth – simply demonstrating love and relationship with the Father.

The Father wants us to know Him, understand His love, and understand His will for our lives. It is always God’s will for you to be well. It is always God’s will for us to die of old age, peacefully in our beds.

I know these are bold words that contradict what you have been taught – that sickness or disease must be from a powerful God who is trying to teach you a lesson. That God must need another angel in heaven so He took your loved one. Not true! Satan caused your pain. Satan brought sickness and disease because he hates us! If he cannot kill a child in the womb – he will continue to try throughout infancy and into adulthood. If you lost a loved one before their time – get mad! Satan stole them from you!

We are a lost people who do not understand Satan or his tactics. We are innocently getting picked off by an enemy we cannot see.

Being a child of God, accepting Jesus as our savior, and inviting the Holy Spirit to become one with our own spirit gives us everything we need to stand against the enemy.

I loved learning about the armor of God in Ephesians chapter 6, versus 10-20. God’s instruction, as passed along through Paul, was to put on the armor of God, so that we may stand against the powers of the enemy. To stand against an enemy means to adopt a stance that will allow you to not get knocked down. It does not mean to fight, to battle, to throw punches. That is the Holy Spirit’s job. Our job is to stand in the knowledge that we are a child of God, covered by the blood of the Savior.

If you know the price has already been paid for your salvation, then you don’t have to suffer attacks of the enemy. So the important revelation here – is that when Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected – he didn’t just pay the price for your soul, but your physical body as well. Jesus completely paid all of your debts – both spiritual and physical.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t really know or understand this point – and were taught the cross only won us our salvation – our ticket into heaven. To not appreciate that the cross also covered us physically, means we bear physical affliction even though the price has been paid. This is the equivalent of Jesus paying off your mortgage and you are debt free! But you don’t want to risk losing your home, so you keep paying the price each month by sending in your mortgage payment. You keep taking on sickness, pain, disease when Jesus said you didn’t have to!

I pray these simple messages sink in. God loves you and has a perfect will for your life! He wants you well and to die of old age! But you have an enemy that hates how much God loves you; Satan wants you to suffer. Understanding that Jesus already won the war, we simply have to remind our enemy of that, and tell him to go. Resist the devil and he will flee.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godʼs will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2 NKJV

Divine Appointments

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I still remember the day I heard from my friend Gail that her daughter’s doctor proclaimed her as healed! A 5mm cyst that threatened removal of her ovaries is completely gone. What does that have to do with me? About two months earlier, I had run into Gail in the middle of Oklahoma, after not seeing her for 20 years.

Driving back to Texas after a healing conference in Missouri took me and my parents through Oklahoma for several hours of this 400-mile journey. Knowing we would need dinner, we decided on Durant as a good stopping point. After my handy iPhone produced the list of 40 or 50 restaurants in Durant, we decided we were in the mood for Tex-Mex. It was a random pick, but we navigate to Salitas.

I certainly didn’t expect to see a friendly face greet us at the door, but there was Gail, a friend from high school, working at the hostess stand. It was instant recognition, followed by instant connection.

After a few moments of catching up, Gail guided us to our table. She stopped by toward the end of our meal and eventually shared how worried she was about her 18-year-old daughter. The doctors had found a cyst on her daughter’s ovary, and it was not a good sign; they were considering removing her ovary. I didn’t jump out of my seat right away, but moments later I couldn’t contain the words, the prayer bubbling up in my mind–it had to come out.

At the front of the restaurant, I approached Gail and asked if I could prayer for her daughter. I had Gail place her hands on her own ovaries, and placed my hands on hers. We both agreed to focus on her daughter as I prayed.

I began my prayer just like I was taught: first command the spirit of infirmity to go, and then order her ovaries to be healed and whole. Without a thought, the next words that spilled out of my mouth surprised me. My prayer reclaimed her future according to God’s will for her life, that Satan could not steal her daughter’s future children. It is obvious looking back, that was the prayer God needed spoken over her life, as the dark one is a thief.

Gail and I parted ways as re-found friends and agreed to stay in touch. And since I started with the end, you know the rest. We don’t always know the outcome of our healing prayers. God asks us to be obedient, to offer prayers to those in need, but we don’t always get to feel the amazing joy of celebrating when they are so beautifully answered.

I praise God that my Lord can land me in the exact restaurant over 80 miles from home, to answer someone’s desperate prayer. It is exciting and amazing to be used by God, to see the power he has entrusted us with come to life.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 NKJV