Sunday morning four of us – Gabi, Kristen, Renee and Terry – went to the local Flea Market for Street Ministry. We were sitting at a picnic table under a pavilion located in a park next to the Market. An older man rode up on a bike and sat at the same table where we were sitting. This seemed odd because there were three other available tables near us. I asked him if he needed prayer and he said, “maybe”. I asked what was wrong and what his name was. He said his name was Ralph and that he had severe back pain because he had two screws put in his spine after being hit by a car a few years ago. So we prayed for the Lord to remove the screws and to restore his spine. I asked how he felt on a scale of 1 to 10. Ralph said, ” it was better…maybe a 6″. We prayed again and he said , “the pain is less …maybe a 2”. So we prayed again and then he looked up and said, “the pain was gone…a zero”! Ralph said he could feel heat and tingling in his back while we prayed. He was homeless due to not being able to work after his accident. We prayed that he would get a job and a home. He said he would be able to work now that the pain was gone!
Praise the Lord!
I noticed a lady seemed to be in pain while standing at a checkout counter in a store. I asked her what was wrong? She could not straighten out her leg and was in constant pain since having her knee replaced. I asked what her name was and if I could pray for her. She said sure and that her name was Barbara. I prayed for her knee to be healed and for the pain to go. Well Barbara called me today to say God had blessed her! The pain had left her knee right after we prayed and has not returned! She is now able to walk normally and She also felt the Lord had blessed her entire body! Praise the Lord!
The Lord had healed Carolyn’s leg a few months ago. She later said the doctors had diagnosed her with lung cancer. She had several tests including a CT Scan which showed a spot on her left lung. She decided to refuse chemotherapy because her dad had died years earlier from lung cancer while having chemotherapy. Three weeks after praying for her, the doctors told her they could not find the spot on her lung and wanted her to come back the following week for more tests. Praise the Lord!
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My daughter Kristen prayed for Curtis outside the hospital. The Lord healed his cataract and arthritis!
Lee was on crutches and had a knee brace when I first saw him. The doctors had told him his knee was torn and needed surgery. Check out the video of his testimony.
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My wife Renee and I saw Carolyn walking down the street with a severe limp.
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What do you desire?
Can you believe that the Bible says you can have whatever you desire? This seems very profound to me. We can actually get what our desires are. This can be true of both holy and evil desires. Consider evil desires as discussed in the following verse:
James 1:14-15 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Desires apparently can be like seeds that sprout and grow until death is the result. However, desires can also bring life into our lives. Consider the following verse:
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
What is this “desire” that can become a tree of life? The answer is Jesus. The Bible refers to Jesus as the “Desire of all Nations” in Haggai 2:7. This is not completely a reality as of yet. However, the Lord Jesus is longing for all of the nations to desire Him.
How to obtain the desires that become life?
Since having Jesus as our desire brings life, how do we adjust our desires towards Him and away from the kind that bring death? We can answer that by seeing what Jesus desires.
Mathew9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus longs to give mercy to all people. It was never the Father’s intention to have His relationship restored to mankind with the sacrifice of animals. The Father has offered His Son as a final offering for the sins of the world. So how do we get the right desires? Accept His offer of Mercy and then surrender to His Spirit………
Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
We accept His offer of mercy by believing that Jesus paid for our sins when He died on the cross. The moment we accept this offer He goes to work changing our desires by placing His Spirit in us. When we surrender to His Holy Spirit, our desires align with His desires. These are the desires that are a “tree of life”.
So can you really have whatever you desire?
John 15:7-8 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Proverbs 10:24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Son 7:10 I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me.
Terry Witherspoon, July 2012