Friday, May 10, 2013

Pain subsides some, yet faith not reconsidered - In Jesus - 05-09-2013

Earlier this evening I met an elderly woman named Netty. She was walking with a cane very slowly down the street. I caught up to her and said "You look like a woman in pain. Do you have pain in your body? Why do you have the cane?" I found out that she had osteoarthritis in her left knee. I explained that I pray for people for healing and God heals them and that I wanted to do that for her. She let me. The pain was initially at an 8, with 10 being the worst. I first asked to place my hand on her knee and explained that the reason was that the Bible says that believers lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mark 16:15-18). So she obliged.

After commanding the pain to leave and the knee to be healed in Jesus' name, she walked a bit with me, and reported that the pain went down to about a 5. I asked to pray again and explained "Jesus, the Son of God, the Creator of heaven and earth, had to pray for a blind man two times before he was fully healed" (Mark 8:22-26). I told her that I thought that maybe He did that for our benefit, to show us that it was alright for us to pray more than once to get the job done. Whether that is the case or not, I do not really know for sure. But it's what came to mind. She let me again.

I commanded the pain out, and healing in, once more. This time she said it was just fine, but after asking more directly she said it went down to a 2 or 3. I spoke with her briefly about the gospel and she proceeded to tell me that she didn't believe in Jesus, didn't believe in the virgin birth, didn't believe He rose from the grave, or in the resurrection, etc. I asked if what she saw just happen to her own leg helped her to believe more. She simply said no. I gave her some of the reasons why I believe in Him, how He's always so faithful to me, so kind and has healed me in the past and how he speaks to me. She seemed interested about it. I just left it at that. Hopefully she will reconsider her beliefs and come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Grace, peace and love in Jesus Christ!

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