Acts 29 – Memorable – 18

The importance of words spoken cannot be overemphasized.  It’s a matter of life and death.

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Mark 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

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In the late 70’s, I was an itinerate minister, ministering wherever a door would open; churches, prisons, schools, nursing homes, and even conducting crusades on my own as I believed the Lord led me.  I was speaking in the Sunday evening service at a Church of God of Prophecy in my hometown.  We had a wonderful service.  The praise was high, the worship rich, and the message from the Lord strong.  As I ended the message, I opened the alter for those in need.  We were richly blessed to see people saved and filled with Holy Ghost.  Several people came for healing, standing at the alter waiting to receive from the Lord.  As I came to each of them, I asked what the need was.  After ministering to several folks, I came to one lady who said, “I want you to pray for my arthritis.”  I perceived an unction from Holy Spirit to simply go to the next person.  I did and continued on.  When I came back to her, she said the same thing; “I want you to pray for my arthritis.”  Again, I simply went to the next person. 

I watched her out of the corner of my eye, and saw that she was becoming somewhat irritated.  The third time I came to her, the request was the same.  As soon as she said it, I said to her, “Dear sister, your arthritis doesn’t need prayer.  It’s killing you just fine without it.”  This time I waited for her response.  At first, she appeared shocked at my words.  But over the next few seconds, the look on her face changed, and she excitedly said, “I want to be healed from this arthritis.”  Her hands were gnarled and twisted with the arthritis; her major joints were stiff and almost unyielding.  It was obvious she was hurting, but the truth had finally come alive in her heart and mind.  At that moment, I gave a faith command for her to be loosed from the arthritis, and for her joints to be made straight.  As I praised the Lord for the answer, she began to rejoice.  In a minute or so, she had both hands stretched toward heaven, and her joints were completely loosed.  And when I looked closely at her hands, they were normal in appearance, all swelling and inflammation was gone, and she was free.  She realized that Jesus has TAKEN our infirmities, and BORNE our sicknesses, and that which comes on us today does not belong to us.  And that faith still works today, 19-centuries after the writing of the Scriptures has been completed.  Acts 29.

Manna for Today – Mark 11:22-24; Matthew 8:17; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21