This subject is controversial and shouldn’t be (kinda like ending sentences with a preposition). I don’t like the rules. Maybe that’s why I love the New Covenant so much. With much shame, I must admit that I’ve avoided this subject. I apologize to God and everyone who might have been uplifted by this article if written years earlier.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful works among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3).
Divine healing and miracles have been pretty much relegated to certain factions of religion, and not spoken of as something that takes place in the real world. But it does.
We’ve all heard ‘far-out’ tales of remarkable coincidences from family and friends. And, we’ve all seen supposed true-life stories on TV that defy logic and the laws of nature and physics – Tales of angels, demons, and narrow escapes from certain death. We’ve all heard tales of doctors being baffled by cancerous tumors disappearing and other medical ‘miracles.’
But, if we’ve never experienced these bizzare happenings first-hand, there is always a seed of doubt. After all, Uncle Joe has been known to drink a little much and Aunt Betsy tends to embellish and exaggerate things. It’s sometimes difficult to believe the unbelievable.
I have been in many churches of various denominations over the years. A lot of that time was spent in the Pentecostal/Holiness brand of ‘churchianity.’ Now these folks BELIEVE in miracles! Others? Not so much. To be sure, there is a lot of emotionalism, sensationalism, and play acting that goes on in that movement. I’ve seen it firsthand. Forgive my being judgmental. But, I’ve also seen other things that I’m certain was the Power of God on display. I know it to be the case, and I don’t care who does or does not believe me.
Folks, I’m getting older and I just don’t care what others think anymore. I used to avoid this conversation because I didn’t want to offend my Baptist or Church of Christ friends who don’t believe that miracles are for our day and age. But, I don’t care any more. Why should we even pray if God doesn’t answer? It’s ridiculous to teach faith and prayer, then say, “Well, God doesn’t do that any more. That was just for the early church.” Sure, God and Christ performed miracles exclusively for that time for a specific reason, but the same God still exists today and He is your loving Heavenly Father who wants to help you in certain circumstances. Sometimes He just wants to open some eyes and remind people that He is still in control of everything!
So, why do Pentecostal churches experience things that other churches don’t? Because they are taught to believe. They are bold enough to ask and believe. They are taught to expect marvelous things, and they worship God loudly and unashamedly, and give Him time to work. But many don’t believe that is proper worship. However, we believe in getting out what we put in to worldly things. Why can’t it be that way with worship? Even most of the poor ignorant folk in the “snake-handling” churches are divinely protected by God because in spite of their ignorance, they are sincere and God watches out for them. And, while some are killed by the serpents, many more are protected.
I’m not saying that God only heals you if you scream and run around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, but I’m saying it doesn’t hurt to be willing to swallow your pride and become ‘genuine’ with God. It’s difficult for a prideful person to touch God’s heart in prayer. The Scriptures say so.
There are things I believe. There are things I’m not sure about. There are things I do not believe. Then, there are things I know.
When I was a child my parents told me not to touch the stove because it was hot. I believed them to a degree. But, the first time I touched it, I no longer believed it was hot. I knew it was hot! To experience a thing is to step out of the realm of personal belief and to step in to the realm of personal experience.
The Corona Virus hysteria has proven that many churches no longer believe in the Bible or prayer. If they did, they would open their churches in order to pray with and minister to those who are panicking. (Read my article HERE).
As I’ve said before, this is post-Christian America. The churches are harlots. They are reprobate. The Great Falling Away has taken place. The anti-Christ jews have ruined our culture and turned us into a nation of idolaters, fornicators, and neurotics. It will only get worse from here. The majority couldn’t care less about God, Christ, or the Bible. It’s just like the Bible predicted, “Now this you must know, that in the last days grievous times will arise. For men will be narcissistic, covetous, arrogant blasphemous braggarts, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unhallowed, unaffectionate, implacable, slanderous, intemperate, untamed, without love of goodness, reckless demented traitors, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of Yahweh. Having a form of piety but denying the value of it. And these you must turn away from” (2 Timothy 3:1-5, Christogenea New Testament).
This is why I keep a very small circle of friends. I have no social life to speak of. I no longer watch TV. I just care about God, Christ, and His Truth! I want to help our people if I can, but I’m no longer concerning myself with what people think of me. Just give me the truth, and you can have all of the worthless things that this society has to offer.
“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders You have done, and the plans You have for us–none can compare to You–if I would proclaim and declare of them, they are more than could be numbered” (Psalm 40:5).
For what it’s worth to you, this has been my personal experience. The supernatural is actually natural and the paranormal can be pretty normal. I’ve experienced things that would blow your mind. I’ve seen God’s power at work. I’m just ‘stupid’ enough to believe that God’s Word is true, and He does what He says He will do. If you want to deny or dis-believe it, then that’s unfortunate for you. If you want to cower in the corner and be in paralyzing fear of a virus, that’s your right. As for myself, I choose to trust God and live my life with peace and courage. I make no apologies.
My maternal grand-mother taught me to trust God. She told me how she dealt with my mother and her other children when they were sick. My grand-parents were poor. Grand-dad worked out of town and kept the family car. My grandma stayed home and raised the kids. She didn’t have transportation to get to the doctor’s office, nor did she have the money to pay them if she could have gotten there.
She told me that many times when one or more of her seven kids were sick in bed with fever, that she would lay her hands on them and pray for God to heal them. Many times, within minutes, they would recover and be up and playing.
Up until my dad’s recent passing, he was glad to tell anyone who was interested, how several years ago, a church laid their hands on him and prayed for him until he was cured from a serious kidney disease.
These stories, and many, many others inspired me to trust God later in life as I ministered to people. I also would have to depend on my Heavenly Father to help me and my family through difficult life situations. There are undeniable miracles and answers to prayer that have happened to me, such as; narrow escapes from harm, immediate healing from illness, and money showing up from unexpected sources at precisely the exact time it was needed. Many other instances that would be considered “coincidence” to some people have occurred. But, I no longer believe in coincidences – I believe, no, I know that God answers prayer!
I used to work for a medical supply company. Many of our customers were hospice patients at the end of their lives. It was common for me to deliver medical equipment for a patient on a Friday, only to pick it back up on Monday, because they died. However, on a few occasions, I would be sent to pick up equipment and find the customer had recovered and no longer needed it. I’ve seen many people who weren’t given much hope from the doctors, be given new life from Christ. Some are friends and family.
One case in particular was my little Grandma that I mentioned earlier. 90 year old Grandma had fallen off her bed. She suffered severe head trauma with blood clots on her brain. The family was called to the hospital and told that she wouldn’t live through the night. My aunt and I prayed for her. Within ten minutes she was up and sitting in a chair speaking coherently. She left the hospital a few days later and went to a nursing facility where she taught the Bible and an exercise class for seniors for a couple more years until her eventual death from old age. It happened whether you believe it or not.
At a particular church I once attended, a strange lady came in. During the service, we noticed she was very upset. We asked what was wrong. She said her daughter and grandchild had been missing for a week or two and she was very worried. We stopped what we were doing and prayed for her. Within five minutes her cell phone rang with the good news that her family was safe and sound and she would see them soon. Unusual timing? Coincidence? I choose to give credit to God.
A young man came to our church and was dealing with a financial hardship. He needed 1,000 dollars by the next day to avoid repossessions and the loss of household utilities. No problem. We prayed for him. When church was over, a lady leaving the parking lot backed into his car. The next morning her insurance company wrote the man a check for 1,000 dollars. Just the amount he needed at just the right time. His prayer was answered before he left the parking lot. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
I could tell you true story after true story. There are many times in my life and the lives of others I’ve known, where similar things have taken place, to which we give God the thanks and the glory. Myself and others continue to trust God and we continue to see His Presence in our lives. This is why I will not live in fear of the Coronavirus or any other thing. I’m in my 50’s and God has always taken care of me. By His Hands, He has provided my every need. Every drop of water, every thread of clothing, every crumb of food is a gift from God to be appreciated.
Don’t misunderstand me. I do not subscribe to the ‘Prosperity Gospel’. I do NOT believe in asking God for fancy cars, diamonds, mansions, and private jets. That’s bullshit! God is not Santa Claus. God is not your sugar daddy! Megachurches and Televangelists are charlatans and con artists. They just use religion to try to get rich. They are scum. Don’t listen to them. Don’t attend their ‘churches’. And, PLEASE DON’T send them your money.
God isn’t here to grant wishes like a genie in a bottle. James 4:3 says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
A former co-worker of mine needed $3,000 to pay his taxes. He prayed and prayed for God’s help. A few days later he went to a casino and won…..$3,000! BUT, instead of paying his taxes, he bought a riding lawn-mower. The man’s son, who didn’t know about the lawn-mower, came home and drove into the garage demolishing the man’s new mower! But, being the typical brainwashed churchian, my friend told me this story and thought God was punishing him for gambling! I said, “NO! You dumbass! Don’t you see that God gave you exactly $3,000 to pay your taxes, but you spent it on a lawn-mower!” Church doctrine makes you dumb, but trusting in God, prayer, and God’s Word makes you smart. Just be sure to keep your word to God and be thankful when He answers your prayers.
So, why does God not always answer our prayers! Well, He does – sometimes the answer is NO! There are various reasons. God’s Sovereignty and His Will outweighs your choices and desires. Some people don’t receive because they don’t ask! God wants you to ask. He wants you to talk to Him. Sometimes you ask for things you don’t need or you’re being selfish or greedy. Don’t ask for something unless it’s important, needed, and according to God’s will.
I’ve prayed for many elderly people. However, growing old and dying is a natural process that many of us must go through. If you’re 80 or 90 years old, it may be God’s determined time for you to go. If so, our prayers may not keep you here. There is a certain amount of suffering that each of us must endure. It’s God’s way of experiencing all aspects of His creation through us! Scripture even tells us that Christ was MADE PERFECT through His suffering on the cross. Still, it doesn’t hurt to ask if you feel you are justified in doing so. God still wants to hear from you. So pray to Him. Ask Him for your needs. Share your concerns with Him. Ask for others. Just know that sometimes His answer is “NO”. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are above ours. He knows everything. He knows what is best. He knows when to say “Yes” and He knows when to say “NO”. If you don’t get the desired answer, then realize that Father knows best. Trust Him. God will never do you an injustice. If He withholds something from you, it’s because He has a good reason to do so – whether you understand it or not. AND, He will NEVER deny you what you absolutely need.
And while many ‘church-goers’ deny Divine healing and the miraculous, they can keep betting on the devil. They can’t take away my reality that I’ve experienced and know to be true. Just because God’s people don’t understand Him and His ways, doesn’t mean that He, and those that put faith in Him are liars. Again, you can choose to dis-believe. It doesn’t make me or God a liar. It makes you a liar. We know who the ‘father of lies’ is. God is Truth. His Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and Christ is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life. The so-called ‘church’ is supposed to be the pillar and ground of Truth. By denying God’s power and closing their churches over a virus, only exposes them for what they are. I don’t have time for such cowardice and nonsense.
Put your faith, not in church, but in God. He will NEVER fail you!