Wednesday, January 23, 2013

In Jesus - 01-23-2013 - Torn ACL pain gone and an angry man

Today I went to Walmart and met a woman in one of the isles, sitting in one of their motorized chair/cart thingies. I approached her and quickly found out that she had pain in her left knee from a torn ACL. I had my arms full of items as I so often do. I often end up not grabbing a basket or cart when I first enter a store thinking I'm only there to pick up one or two items and then see other things I need and they piles up in my arms. I'm sure you've seen those people. Ya, I'm one of them, haha. So she let me pray for her while simply putting my pointer finger on her knee and then commanding the pain to leave and her torn ACL to be mended and made whole in the name of Jesus Christ. After three times of quickly speaking to the knee to be healed, she was reporting that the pain was gone. I got to share a few other things to encourage her and she was visibly touched, just about in tears as we parted ways.

I just love seeing Jesus touch a person's body to heal them! It's so exciting! There is such JOY in being used by Him to bring freedom to those oppressed of the devil. It is our portion, brothers and sisters. We have been anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power to do the very same things that Jesus did when He walked the earth. It is Him in us that makes it all possible. We just have to believe and step out and do it. He is faithful! God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Just before meeting the woman above, I was at Superstore and got to meet an older man slowly walking out of the store in the parking lot who I thought was walking with some pain. After approaching him and explaining why I had, he said he was not sick or in pain. I asked him if he knew Jesus. He said that he didn't believe in God, but also doesn't hold anyone's beliefs against them. I assured him there was a God, or people wouldn't be getting healed when I prayed for them. He became agitated and angry with me and explained that he thought there was no God because if there was then women wouldn't be getting raped and children wouldn't be starving and dying young. I remembered reading a story on Facebook a few days ago about a barber declaring the very same things, so I simply told him the story. After telling him the story, I am not positive why, but he ended making a comment, saying 'people are supposedly dying from cigarettes, right?' and then explained that his grandfather, who had lived a very hard life, all the while smoking cigarettes, ended up living until he was 108 years old. I asked him if his grandfather knew God and he turned around, walked away, angrily declaring that there was no God. I think it was actually God that caused him to make that comment because it really didn't relate to our conversation, and I am wondering if it was a word of knowledge about his grandfather knowing God. haha. In any event, I pray the Lord softens his heart!

I figure I will post the story I shared with the man. Maybe it will give you something to share in a similar situation you may encounter.

A man went to a barber shop to have his hair cut as usual. He started to have a good conversation with the barber who was cutting his hair. They talked about many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched on the subject of God.

The barber said, "Look man, I don't believe that God exists!"

"Why do you say that?" asked the man.

"Well, it's so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Tell me, if God existed, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be no suffering nor pain? I can't think of loving a God who permits all of these things."

The man thought for the moment, but he didn't want to respond so as to cause an argument. The barber finished his job and the man went out of the shop. Just after he left the barber shop he saw a man in the street with long hair and a scruffy looking beard. It seemed that it had been a long time since he had his hair cut or beard shaven.

Then the man who had his hair cut turned back to enter the barber shop, walked up to the barber and said: "You know what? Barbers do not exist!"

"How can you say they don't exist?" asked the barber. "I am here and I am a barber."

"No!" the man exclaimed. He pointed out the window to the man he saw, saying "You don't exist because if you did there would be no people with long hair and a beard like that."

"But, I do exist, and that is what happens when people do not come to me."

"Exactly!" affirmed the man. "That's the point. God does exist, and what you said about all the suffering is what happens when so many people don't go to Him and do not look for Him? That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."

Grace, peace and love!

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