TESTIMONY HOW GOD HEALED ME
I would like to thank you for allowing me to take a few brief minutes of your time to share with you my true life story. I was born in the year 1953. According to the Wickopedia that would make my birth stone a Pearl and Flower, a Rose. I would become the middle child of what would be a family of seven . For those of you who have a curious mind, my siblings included three sisters and three brothers; three siblings which were younger than I, and three were older.
Now if you're both curious and mathematically inclined, that makes me 20,172 days young, that is at the rewriting of this article, but whose keeping track? And No, I won't tell you how old that makes me, unless that is you email me.
Just to break the ice, here are some of the events that took place the year I was born:
: CIA Technical Services Staff head approves of the use of LSD in a MKULTRA subproject.
: Flint-Worcester Tornadoes: A tornado spawned from the same storm system as the Flint ..tornado hits in Worcester, Massachusetts killing 94.
: Egypt declares a republic.
: Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
: The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint (Michigan).
There's a lot that culd be said of "middle" children." In fact CBS published an article on June 11, 2007 dealing with Middle Child Personality Traits,. Here is a short snippet of what was said. "These kids are the most difficult to pin down. They are guaranteed to be opposite of their older sibling, but that difference can manifest in a variety of ways. Middle children often feel like their older brother gets all the glory while their younger sister escapes all discipline. Because the middle child feels that the world pays him less attention, he tends to be secretive; he does not openly share his thoughts or feelings. Middle children may not feel they have a special place in the family so friends and peer groups become much more important. They can usually read people well, they are peacemakers who see all sides of a situation, they are independent and inventive. If a firstborn is a company's CEO, the middle child is the entrepreneur. "
In spite of all these interesting facts, no Wickopedia, or news article could have prepared or predicted what was to take place in my life at the age of thirteen. You see, life for me took on a sudden and unpredicted change. Where once I was an active and healthy teenager, in one moment of time while I was out delivering newspapers in the dead of winter, I became dizzy and collapsed in the snow. That was to be the last time I would enjoy the use of my legs. I became instantly and permanently paralyzed.
NEWS FLASH - TWENTY SIX YEARS LATER.
I happy to announce to you that finally, after years of living life from a wheelchair, I have been totally and miraculously healed. "Sure, you're saying, What's the catch, what's the gimmick?" There isn't one. I mean what I said, and that is; I was one hundred percent healed!
Now Here's The Story Behind the Story
I was twelve years old when I discovered that in a relatively short amount of time there would be a good chance I could become permanently paralyzed. Although I was a healthy and active teenager at the time, my doctors assured me that they would attempt everything in their power to keep this from happening. But time would prove both to them and me that my "disease" had gotten the upper hand, and that even the best of their attempts would prove futile. In fact, if truth were told at that time, they would have also told me that I would most likely not live out my teen years.
This was all due to what they attributed to a sudden and rapid advancement of Scoliosis, one of the worst recorded in medical history. However, more debilitating than the paralysis that would soon seize my body was the sudden and complete sense of devastation and helplessness that invaded my soul. As a result I learned very early in life that it was far "easier and less painful" for me to "walk" around in self-denial (so I thought) rather than face my circumstance head on.
Although I was a Christian at the time, it was inconceivable for me to imagine how that a loving and caring God could allow something like this to come into the life of one of His own children. What made matters even more frustrating, was having to deal with all those "well meaning" people who in their enthusiasm to "help me see the light", had the unmitigated audacity to suggest that "God had a purpose in all of this, and that all He wanted was for me to hand over my heart to Him."
But how, I asked myself, could I turn my heart over to a God who had already taken something so vital and valuable to me as my legs. You see, for as long as I could remember, my whole ambition in life was that one-day I would become a Major-League Baseball Player. And boy was I good! But now all that was to change, for in a matter of seconds while riding my bike, my body collapsed, falling into the freezing Michigan snow, I would never walk after that.
I can't tell you the number of times I sat there in my wheelchair as a young man wondering what possible wrong I could have done to bring this dreadful thing upon me. I mean shouldn't such a fate be reserved for the worst of "sinners?" What foolish thinking! I once read where a very wise man wrote, "If God were to mark sin, then who would be able to stand in His presence?"
Even as a so called "innocent" teenager I knew I wouldn't be able to do that. In spite of all of this there was still an overwhelming feeling that was plaguing me, and that was, God must surely hate me and that for some reason or another He had it out for me. I had it my mind that God had made a serious mistake and that if I could only have an audience with Him I could point His error out and in turn He would make things right.
Not once during all this time did I ever pause and consider who I really was. Numerous times in my struggle to cope with my disability I found myself begging God, trying to cut some kind of deal with Him, or find some legality that would force God into healing me. Amongst my futile attempts was "rededicating" my life to God, even trying to be a better person. Surely, that would impress Him.
Yet, I never was man enough to take a close look at the real issues that God had intended for me to come face-to-face with, specifically, that my life was hid in God, therefore, I could trust Him as a Righteous Judge to determine what was best for my life, even if it meant that I may have to live life from a wheelchair.
Finally, when I realized that I wasn't going to be successful at manipulating God into giving me what I thought was in my best interest, out of desperation, I became content to drift along in life. (Can you imagine a person thinking that they were "All-Knowing" to the point where they could conclusively determine what was or wasn't in their best interest?)
The strange thing is that while all of this was going on, deep down in my heart I still had a deep longing to be loved and accepted by my maker, and to love Him back. Yet, before that could take place in my life I would have to sink even deeper into pit of despair and self-pity. Not wanting to expose my real feelings about what I was going through I carried on an outward facade for those around me, but I ceased to have a living, healthy, and personal relationship with God. Crazy as it sounds, the very thing that would bring me life, is the thing I snubbed my nose at.
I'm sure you've never experienced anything like that, have you?
Little did I know though, God would not be snubbed, rather He, the "Hound of Heaven", would continue to pursue, through His undying love, to have a personal relationship with me. As I stated previously, not once during the critical stages of my life (that is the time when I was opposing God) did I stop to consider who I, Dan, really was. I had mistaken myself to be someone I wasn't. "Who might that be", you ask? Well, to my detriment, I determined myself to be what the Bible refers to be as being the "old man" IN PLAIN ENGLISH, that is the body (the shell) that you and I were born with at birth.
case you've never heard that term thrown around before let me tell you what I
mean. Brace yourself, now comes the good stuff. You see God's Word the Bible say's,
"if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
" (II Corinthians 5:17) And it was here where the truth of my healing began to dawn upon my heart.
You see, for years I was trying to persuade God to give me something I already possessed. What I chose to believe all those years were the reports of well meaning men, who at their very best are finite. As a result of believing these reports I became convinced that there was no hope for me and that I was destined to live the rest of my life from the confines of my wheelchair, only to wait for the day when I would be released form the restrictions of this body. It was only when I sufficient time had passed that I was able to reflect back on my situation, I can definitely see how that these men, as scholarly and concerned as they were, had tried to help me based on their own limited knowledge. In reality, they were dealing with me in half-truths, something that Satan is an expert at.
Then came the point of my healing, a day I will never forget. I can recall how that God's Spirit started to stir within me. He led me to a section in Bible that declares, "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. "(2 Corinthians 4:16) It was at this very moment I discovered my healing. For years I had failed to see the truth, and that is although as a person I am subjected to carrying about the "old man", (my outward container) that's not who I really am.
I AM THE NEW MAN, WHICH IS BEING RENEWED ON A DAILY BASIS! In the Book of Ephesians (the Bible) we are admonished to "put on the "new man" who after God is created in righteousness and holiness. Wow! It couldn't get any easier than that. THERE IT WAS AND IT WAS MINE FOR THE TAKING. It would be foolish to pass it up. And all I had to do was by faith take hold of it and put it on!
Well, I am glad to report to you that's exactly what I did, and as a result my life has never been the same. I can tell you from personal experience that in the past when I chose to focus on what could be seen with the eyes of my flesh (the old man) and when I chose to perceive my circumstances using the mind of my "old man", my life was filled not only with fear, but, with one complaint after another. Interesting, this word "complain", means to; "ponder, converse (with oneself out loud), to utter, commune, declare, meditate, speak and chew."
Talk about frustration! What was I thinking about? No wonder why I had been filled with such frustration and overwhelming depression. I WAS CHEWING ON ALL THE WRONG INFORMATION. I chose to put my trust in man's knowledge instead of the SURE WORD that is to be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. The writer of the Psalms puts it this way; "It is BEST to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."
listen carefully to the following truth. It is a truth that comes with a guaranteed
Not only will it revolutionize your attitude and philosophy towards life, it will also lift you out of the pit of despair. In fact, it is the only way to experience genuine and lasting peace. "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report: if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS and the God of peace will be with you.
By the way, I just visited my doctors and in my conversation with them they told me that I am fortunate to be able to move about as I do, let alone be alive. In fact they told me that I could expect my condition to worsen. Further yet they said that there was nothing they could do to help me but to make me feel more comfortable (drugs). BUT THESE MEN, ONCE AGAIN, HAVE MISTAKEN ME TO BE SOMEONE I AM NOT AND THAT IS, THE "OLD MAN."
I am so thankful to God that He didn't allow me to live a lifetime before I discovered the real truth of who I am. I am the "NEW MAN". I am already healed. Sure there is still the temptation to focus on the physical limitations and suffering imposed upon me by my "old man", but praise God, there is a whole new walk available, a walk that knows no restraints. I'm not a prisoner any longer but a victor!
sure this article was different than anything you have read before.
Since you have read this far I can see that you are interested in spiritual things. I hope you realize that this tract wasn't really about me. It's all about you. How's that you say? Well, now you're faced with a choice, and that is, do you continue to ignore God's voice and call on your life, or do you now humbly bow before Him as your maker? Life or death awaits your answer.
I'm sure that you have lived long enough by now to figure out that life is both short and uncertain. That being the case, wouldn't it make sense to trust the ONE who has the power over life and all of its circumstances? It was He who determined that you to read this tract in the first place. Pretty clever isn't He.
How reassuring it is to know that God is totally aware of your need, after all you are the workmanship of His divine hand. Even before you were born the very hairs of your head were recorded, and before you ever took in your first breath, God fashioned and formed you. Did you know that God cares for you so much that He takes special notice of each and ever tear you have ever shed and has recorded them in His Book of Remembrance?
BUT HERE'S THE BEST NEWS YET. Not only can God redeem your life, regardless of where you are, or what you have done, He also has a plan and purpose for your life. God paid a high price for your soul. The Bible says; "What, know ye not that your body is the temple of God? For ye are not your own, and ye have been ought with a price.
I would like to take this time to commend you. It takes a great deal of courage to come face to face with the truth yet still be willing to want to know more. The Apostle Paul wrote, "When I was a child I acted as a child, I spoke as a child. I thought as a child. Now I have put away childish things. So I ask you, are you now ready to dump the "old man" and become the "new man" I've been talking about? Are you tired of living your life based on the dictates and desires of your "old man?"
Wouldn't you like to experience life on a level that makes sense for once? You can you know. If you answered yes to these questions then it's time for you to take the next step.
You say, "Well then, how do I become that new creature? Romans 3:23 say's; "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." All have sinned. That means that you are a sinner and that I am a sinner. This also defines sin for us. Falling short of God's glory. You don't have to be a murderer or a liar. All have fallen short of God's perfect standard. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Now when you go to work, you receive, or deserve wages for your work, do you not? In the first half of this verse we see what the wages is that we have earned for our sinning. That's right! Death. Death means eternal separation from God, the source of beauty warmth, wholeness. HOWEVER, this verse goes on to say that eternal life is a Gift from God. Can you work for a gift, of course not? You don't deserve, merit, or work for eternal life. Ephesians 2:8,9 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works least any man should boast." Now if you receive something that is not based on works, what percent of works gives it to you?
Yes. Zero %. Zero percent of your own best efforts or works aid in your salvation. Zero percent! Now according to this verse what percent of God's grace (God's work on the cross) saves you? What percent is a gift? So this verse says that 100% by God's love and work, through faith and believing, and 0% by our works are we saved.
Alright, we have already established that you can not work for a gift. So how do you get one? Suppose I could be right there with you and say, Here is a gift for you. That would be your gift, would it not? It would be your gift but you don't possess it at that point. You get a gift by receiving it (no works on your part) and not rejecting it by pushing it away.
DON'T QUIT NOW! John 1:12 says, "But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God; even to then that believe on His Name." As many as would receive Him! Who then is the gift? God or Christ. Receive and believe (notice no works on your part).
WHAT'S ALL THIS TALK ABOUT A FREE GIFT?
Really, there is only one thing you need to have, and that is a receiving belief. I am not talking about a historical belief, that Jesus, perfect God, and perfect man lived and walked this earth. I'm not talking about an intellectual belief, that Jesus lived a sinless and perfect life and died for the sins of the whole world. I am talking about a personal, receiving belief. We are to receive Christ as a gift. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life." Now isn't it time you put your name in that promise? "For God so loved _________ that He gave His only begotten Son, that if ________ would believe in Him,________ would not perish but have everlasting life."
Christ's death and suffering on the cross proved His love for you. But it does you no good until you receive Him. A priceless gift; but it has to be received, otherwise it is of no value to you. Revelations 3:20 says, "Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and opens the door I will come in and sup with him, and he with Me."
I'm sure you understand by now that God wants to come into you. He has been simply waiting for you to open your hearts door and let Him in. He wants to give you His free gift of eternal life and make you one of His own. He stands ready this moment to forgive all your sins, for which His Son died for. He wants to give you a clear conscience, give you guidance, save you so you never have to worry about hell, and give you a guaranteed ticket to heaven. Some gift, isn't it? AND IT'S ALL FREE! Now I know you want it! Don't you? If you just said yes, then think about the following words, if you really mean them then pray them to God.
Dear Heavenly Father
I know I am a sinner. I know I deserve hell and eternal separation from you. I know I could never earn my way into your grace or heaven. I know that eternal life is a gift that only you can give me. I know that salvation is 100% your saving grace and work and 0% works on my part. I ask you now to put your Holy Spirit inside me. I believe Jesus Christ is God himself that He died on the cross for my sins, that He paid the entire penalty for my sins, and that He rose again from the dead. I now receive Him as my personal Savior. I now receive your free gift of eternal life. Forgive all my sins. In the mighty Name of Jesus I do now ask it. Amen
THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS