(Meditating on Psalm 64)
It is in our church, Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry, that our family learned, really learned, to have a strong and unmovable faith in God and to trust in Him no matter what. It is not only because the Word teaches it, but this faith is built upon pure testimonies that our ears have heard and our eyes have seen.
Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” (Luke 10:23-24)
By the grace of God through the light of His Spirit, our hearts and minds have been steeped with the truth of the Word and the manifestation of the power of God through constant hearing of testimonies upon testimonies.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17)
Belonging to an apostolic church, we were also taught to pray and lay our hands for the healing of the sick. Our family has lived this way ever since we surrendered our lives to Jesus. In times of sickness, by the grace and power of God, we don’t panic and run to the doctor or the hospital or rummage for medicines (for we don’t have a medicine cabinet and we don’t keep medicines, except a first-aid kit, and a tooth antibiotic for me for I’m still unable to go to the dentist to have my tooth extracted). What we do:
We praise and pray agonizingly, lay our hands on the sick and cast out the demons of sickness and claim healing in Jesus’ name.
We may also call our Pastoral House’s 24/7 hotline and ask for back-up prayer.
Or request for pastoral workers – preachers or prayer warriors – to come and pray for the sick and lay their hands on him or her.
And, there’s prayer with fasting.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confessyour trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:14-16)
A lot of people have persecuted our church because of this strong faith in God, but if you really believe that God is real, lives forever, has unequalled power and heals all kinds of disease, by His Spirit that works in us and through us – what is there to fear? And a multitude of testimonies have proven His mighty power time and again. If we cannot get ourselves to truly trust in Him, how can we prove that He is a miracle-working God?
One night last week, our little Tim was suffering from asthma-like cough. We had done our routine – praise, pray, lay hands – then we all went to sleep. At dawn, he woke up still coughing and breathing with that asthma-like sound. I asked if he was hungry. No. Thirsty? No. I asked what he wanted Mommy to do. He answered, “Pray, Mom.” So, we prayed. And went back to sleep. He was healed and went back to school after two days of rest.
All men shall fear,
And shall declare the work of God;
For they shall wisely consider His doing. (Psalm 64:9)
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