Jesus Still Healing After All These Years

I’m a Workplace Chaplain by profession. Like an ol’ Methodist Circuit Rider Preacher, kms auto I range all over the Great State of Texas for a company with ten facilities and over 500 employees. I have put nearly 20,000 miles my brand new car in six months. I thank God that I’m able to serve in this way; it was not that long ago that such a job would have been impossible for me.

At age 28, I was diagnosed with an incurable, dryer repair san diego hereditary spinal disease called ankylosingspondilitis (A.S.). Say that three times fast! I learned that my great grandfather had to quit working in his 40s because of arthritis in his back. Perhaps he had A.S. and they hadn’t assigned to it a fancy name yet. All I know is that my kindly Jewish doctor warned me that it was incurable and he assured me that, by the time I turned 50, I would probably not be able to walk because A.S. has the tendency to turn one’s spine into a bamboo pole.

Thanks, Doc…now, how much do I owe you?

From that point on, my back would “lock up” on me as well as my hips with excruciating pain moving from hip to hip and up and down my back. In time, fancy name I wound up walking with a cane and, eventually, had to quit my job. I “slept” sitting up. I referred to my own bed as The Chamber of Horrors. I felt as though I hadn’t slept for years. I couldn’t carry a laundry basket or bend over to load my dishes. I gained 40 pounds by sitting around doing nothing but trying to get comfortable and was not enjoying life all that much.

Somewhere along the line, garten I became a believer that Jesus still heals the sick. I began requesting prayer, asking to be anointed with oil. I recall a minister having an altar call for healing and I desperately asked if HE would mind coming down to where I was sitting. When I was up all night, I would begin praying for other Christians and situations around the world. I felt directly responsible when the Berlin wall came down, something I’d been praying for fervently. Fortunately, I had this new, growing online ministry to keep me focused on OTHERS rather than always on my own pitiful situation.

I took meds for pain. Lots of ’em, like the woman with the issue of blood who spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by anyone (Luke 7:6-8). I claimed verses on healing and how God gives sweet sleep to those He loves. I did warfare all the time and prayed for others who were sick and saw THEM get healed. Sure, I had moments of deep despair. I almost filled out the papers for Medicaid twice and looked into nursing home care.

The healing was gradual over a 3-year period as little by little, about 6 years ago, I caught myself bending and moving in ways I’d forgotten that I could. These days, I keep my cane as though it were a crutch left at the healing waters of Lourdes, a silent testimony to what God had brought me through. cat house

Last Summer, while sheetrocking my ceiling, I sprained my back. When I told my Christian chiropractor about the A.S. diagnosis, he was amazed because, he told me, I had a “textbook spine” with no sign of any disease at all. Well, I’m 47 now and strong as an ox. I carry things I probably shouldn’t, swing hammers, dig post holes and load and unload trucks as my wife and I have physically done home repairs, remodeling and landscaping on three houses in nearly as many years. SEO

So, take that, devil!


In Mark 16:19, Jesus declared, “In my name…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

In Matthew 10:1 we read,” And Jesus summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity.”

Luke 4:18-19, Jesus reminds us of what was prophesied in isaiah 61:1,2 when He says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, Home decor to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Let me get this straight…the Spirit of the Lord is upon HIM – the SAME Spirit that now dwells within us (Rom 8:11). Therefore, since Jesus was anointed to do all those things, so must we be, yes? I’ve seen far too many miracles to believe, as is the manner of some, that all miracles ceased with the passing of the last apostle. As I made the drive home from Paris, Texas yesterday – a round trip that’s nearly as far as a drive to El Paso – I began to recall all the miracles I’d seen and been a part of over the years. Here’s a partial list:

A 10-year old granddaughter of a coworker whose hips were not in their sockets. We prayed the night before surgery. The doctor was amazed the next day when he X-rayed her as the hips were suddenly in their sockets.

A 7-year old boy from my church was healed of leukemia.

An 86-year old Baptist preacher attended our House Church asking for prayer and was healed of liver cancer.

Breast lumps have been healed with some regularity.

A single woman I know rolled her small car, crushing the roof down to the back of the seats. Her kids in the back were fine. Her back was broken. She returned to her job as a hard working landscaper. God provided her with an outpouring of finances from the community, a house and a car as well.

My own son’s hands and feet were covered with warts as a child. As a new Christian, I prayed and anointed him with oil. All warts disappeared within 2 weeks.

After God gave me an incredible vision, I ran to tell a Christian neighbor. She dropped the apple she was eating in amazement and exclaimed, “God told me to let you pray for me” that morning as she prayed. I did and her neck, broken as a young girl, was healed. She quit smoking, too.

A toddler was diagnosed with leukemia in Michigan. Our Texas House Church group laid hands on a pink blanket and mailed it to her. She was cured. Acts 19 all over again!

A Catholic grandmother requested prayer at a Bible Study. Her grandson was in emergency and the doctors didn’t know what was wrong. We prayed and he was healed. The grandmother not only testified about God’s healing power but she bought a Bible and joined the Bible Study.


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