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I believe in miracles
My road to healing started with a simple prayer. "Lord, help me!"
Acute stomach pains would have me doubled up in agony, the only immediate relief would be to lie down and try to relax. It was a place where I literally rested in Jesus. If I was still the pain eased. Strangely I discovered more peace and knowing that God was with me during those times than I have at any other. After a while I could move again - slowly.
After a winter of being paralysed by stomach pains I prayed again. I needed to know what was wrong with me. The doctor was prescribing medication for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I saw an ad for Food IntoleranceTesting at my local beauty clinic. I rang the day before the consultant was due and they'd just had a cancellation. I was in.
This experience has already been described in some of my other hubs and taught me to look after my health and my body. The consultant listened to me and strongly recommended that I take the matter up further with my doctor. With her encouragement I did, and was sent for tests and discovered that I had Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or Colitis). The appropriate medication was given and the condition started to clear up.
So where is the miracle?
A few months later Marc Dupont prayed for my healing. I'd been prayed for before and the condition would clear up - for a few months. Then it would always come back. This time Marc told us a story about a guy who'd been healed but because he wasn't sure whether or not he was healed he stayed on his medication. Unfortunately, because he was healed his medication made him sick. He stopped the medication and has been well ever since. (Actually the details were far more interesting than that but you'll have to ask Marc Dupont to tell you about it).
I was left in a quandary - did I stop the medication or no? I had an appointment with the consultant anyway and was told that the medication I was on put the condition in remission, so if I stop the medication the symptoms will flare up. So - I stopped the medication. The stomach pains flared up again - but not for a few weeks. I took the medication for a couple of days then stopped. Whenever the pain flares up I take them that day, then stop. Over time I've been taking the medication less and less and experiencing the pain less frequently.
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Am I healed?
I believe so.
I haven't had to take any medication for a few months now.
But my belief is based more in knowing that God can and does heal.
Clip from the DVD Finger of God
A remarkable scar
In the summer of 2008 I was at a New Wine conference and Bill Johnson was speaking. There was no room inside the tent and we were in seats outside, right at the back. Bill started to call out conditions that he felt God was telling him God was healing. He asked people with scars more than 10 years old to stand up. I'd forgotten about the scar on my chin that I'd received in a car accident 10 years earlier, but my husband prompted me to stand up. Bill asked for people around those standing up to pray for them - to prove that God, not Bill Johnson, is doing the healing.
Three ladies prayed with me - one of them said she had never seen a healing before and she placed her finger over my scar. They also prayed for my stomach pains and we also prayed for one of the ladies' missing piece of spine. My stomach pains disappeared, the ladies back seemed to improve and the lady with her finger on my scar said that she felt heat under her finger.
I was so pleased not to have any more pain in my stomach, I forgot about the scar until the next morning. When I looked in the mirror to brush my hair I had the shock of my life - the scar had not gone but it had definitely changed! The scar had protruded for its full length before - but now the protrusion of half the scar had melted away - the half that the lady's finger had been on!
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Do you believe?
I have had too many toothaches, backaches and general grumpiness healed by prayer NOT to believe any more. True, a few prayers don't seem to be answered - but I believe God has His own reasons for how and when He heals people. Plus, I'm in the position of being pleasantly surprised whenever I pray for anyone else and he actually answers my prayers.
I'm still walking in the realm of partial healing - perhaps I'm still too cynical and disbelieving to be allowed to walk around shooting off healing prayers yet! I pray that changes. I believe God can and does heal. While I'm waiting for His authority to be used to pray for and completely heal others, I keep in mind how Bill Johnson always focuses on what God IS doing. Bill Johnson's success rate is rather too high to be ignored.
The power of Love
As I look at when healing prayers have been answered I notice two different types of healing:
- God has a healing appointment with that person and He wants to heal them and the person praying is blessed to be taking part at the time it happens. Quite often at those times the person praying has run out of faith themselves. Truly you know it's God at work.
- The person praying is filled with God's love for the person being prayed for and it is God's love that heals. At New Wine 2009 I watched Mark Marx pray for a lady and simply tell her how much God loved her. She was overcome with God's presence and healed.
- BBC - Nottingham - Faith - God made my leg grow
BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Frances Finn has witnessed a miracle. Watch the footage captured on a mobile phone at the New Wine conference 2008.
I tell you this - the Kingdom of Heaven is near. As you spread the Good News you will see heaven at work on earth.