Frankly, I’d gotten weary of hearing about healings and miracles in other countries, as well as only experiencing them, myself, when I was on mine or someone else’s missions trips. I’d also grown weary of hearing other Believers commiserate, “When will it happen in the United States?”
Then I heard the Lord speak to my heart. He said, “Talking about the stuff, agreeing with doctrines about the stuff, and wishing for the stuff will not bring the stuff. You have to intentionally make room for it.”
Making Room Is Risky
What if nothing happens? It will further discourage people. Interesting. What that really is all about is fear of loosing personal reputation. C’mon. Let’s be honest. There’s a reputation risk involved. But, do nothing and that is exactly what you’ll get. Nada. Zilch. But…your reputation will be in tact, right? Anyway…let me encourage you with what began happening as we looked to God and ventured out:
The Stuff Started Happening (Right Here In America)
Marie was also recently diagnosed with a family inherited breast cancer that had taken the lives of several of her female relatives. Marie was told that, at minimum, she was facing a double mastectomy. Prayer was also given several times for Marie…against the cancer, and her fear. To make a long wonderful story short, she recently underwent her exploratory surgery. All her lymph nodes were clean, and there was a small irregular patch that they removed.
Christine testified and demonstrated, last Sunday, the hand of God at work on her behalf. Healing prayers have been prayed for Christine several times over the past few months. She is in a wheel chair, but she said, “watch this.” She proceeded to cross her legs. She said, “I haven’t been able to do this for 25 years!” She also said that a couple of weeks ago at her doctor’s appointment that he told her that she no longer needed her inhaler because her lungs were suddenly doing very well.
Larry had a two words of knowledge during last week’s teaching. In one, he saw a vision of a knee with a spear like rod going through it. The second second word of knowledge he heard the words depression and suicide together. His mother took Larry and his niece and her friend, who had come to The Sanctuary for the first time, to lunch afterward. As they were talking during lunch, Larry told them about the Words of Knowledge that he had had. He knew nothing of the two girls emotional lives or physical conditions. They both responded that they had severe knee problems that needed surgery. When Larry prayed with them (right there at Applebees) her friend’s knee pain – on a scale of 1 to 10 – decreased to a 4. Larry prayed again. She said the second time it felt like something in her knee when hard and then soft and then there was absolutely no pain left. His niece told Larry that she had been very depressed and had serious thoughts of suicide. He prayed with her an commanded the spirit causing the thoughts to leave. She was amazed and, in tears, she said she felt a heavy weight lift off of her.
Nope, it doesn’t appear so at the time. I don’t know why. I don’t trying to spend a lot of time figuring out why. I am always open to the Holy Spirit to show me a deficiency on our part, but gazing at the lint in my own belly button doesn’t appeal to me. Also spading up my mind with the “why shovel” has never proven especially helpful.
There are times – that at the time – it would seem like nothing happens. And most of the time it requires more than a quick formula “a little dab’ll do ya” prayer. One thing I do know, when the prayer is proceeded by a God-given gift of a Word of Knowledge, the results seem to appear more quickly.
I could give you an opinion on why, but I would just be cluttering the water with more nutty “this is why” teachings that we really don’t need any more of. Remember, opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one.
So….let’s bring the good stuff to our shores by making room for the stuff! Yay, God!!