Acts 29 – Memorable -1

To move victoriously into the future, we must remember His works of the past.

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1 Chronicles 16:8, 11-12 – Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people  ……  Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.  Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

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I don’t think I am unusual in this, but I have memories from my early childhood.  I believe that memories can be established in our minds, and in our spirit-man, as we are impacted by what our senses perceive, especially if those points of impact are reinforced with love and kindness from those who flavor the moments with their presence.  I consider myself highly blessed to have memories from my early childhood that have been seasoned and preserved in my life, even to this moment in time; memories I can share with others; memories that bear the mark of the Lord’s hand, not only in my life, but in so many lives that have impacted mine.  How thankful I am for each of those memories!

And there are memories of much more vivid substance that were created from events in my life from that time forward; events of which I partook, and in many cases, the people involved are still alive to testify to the truth of them.  And still there are the memories of others, decades and centuries before my memories, that have ample testimony for the proof of their truthfulness through the writings of multiples witnesses who have, with their own hands handled, their own ears heard, their own eyes seen, their full senses perceived, to stand the test of time.  And all these witnesses speak of their own memories that each of us can set in the archives of our own spirit and soul. 

It will be such memories, truly memorable events of which I prayerfully write the devotions for this year.  You may have many of your own.  Or it could be that your past has been one in which such testimonies and stories have been considered improper, implausible, or simply rubbish.  It is amazing to me that there are yet people on the earth who believe people like Jesus, the apostles, and characters of the Old Testament are purely fictional, or at the best, real characters with fictional histories.  Don’t think that so strange.  There are yet people in the 21st Century who still declare the earth to be flat.  I find it fascinating that there were more witnesses to the resurrected Lord than there were to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, yet in many schools, Biblical teachings are banned.  To that end I ask you to turn your thinking.  God is real.  Jesus is alive.  Holy Ghost is present in the earth today.  The church is still the body of Christ, and God still works through the church to perform the supernatural.

Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-17; Philippians 3:13

Acts 29 -Memorable – 2

Here is a real Acts 29 manifestation of God’s power through healing.

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James 5:15 – And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up . . .

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The year was 1976.  The Church of God we were attending was holding revival meetings with a true evangelist named Wayne Smith.  My father was very sick at that time, suffering with bleeding ulcers.  He was scheduled for one final exam, after which he was scheduled for surgery to attempt to correct the stomach issue.  I shared this with the evangelist, and on a Tuesday night after the service, he told me he believed he should go then and minister to my father. 

He followed me to my father’s house, and I took him in to introduce him to my parents.  He could see that my father was suffering and seriously needed healing in his body.  He quoted James 5:13-16, and then asked if we had any anointing oil in the house.  (The traditional thought is that anointing oil is olive oil.)  We had none.  He thought about it for a moment, and turned to my mother and asked, “Do you have any cooking oil?”  Mom went to the pantry and retrieved a bottle of Wesson oil she used for cooking.  The evangelist said that would be fine.  He anointed my father with that oil, and then he prayed the prayer of faith for my father’s healing.  There was in immediate felt presence of the Lord in the room, and my father, who had been lying on the couch, sat up abruptly.  Suddenly the color returned to his face, his breathing steadied, and he said, “The pain is gone.”  We had a wonderful time of rejoicing and thanking the Lord, and then my father walked Evangelist Wayne Smith to the door, thanking him for his ministry.

Two days later, my dad entered the hospital for some morning tests, after which he would stay the night and go into surgery early on Friday morning.  The tests were performed, and we began the wait for surgery the next day.  We arrived at the hospital early the next morning to visit with my father prior to the surgery.  As we chatted, his doctor came into the room.  He paused for a moment, and then spoke.  “Clyde, I don’t know what has happened, but you don’t need any surgery.  We’re releasing you this morning to go home.”  I asked the doctor about what he said.  The test performed on the previous day used a scope inserted into my father’s stomach so they could clearly see what needed to be done.  That examination revealed a completely well stomach with no signs of any kind of ulcers.  My friend, this miracle took place long after the Scriptures were written.  Anyone telling me that signs and wonders have passed away is too late.  This was indeed an Acts 29 manifestation.

Manna for Today – James 5:13-16; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 17:18; John 20:21