Monday, October 27, 2014

Headache Leaves - In Jesus - 10-26-2014

I stopped at 7/11 today after church on my way to the park for a walk. As I was mixing my pumpkin spice latte with some coffee I noticed a girl asking one of the store clerks where their Aspirin was located. I tried to hurry up and finish to see if I could get to her before she paid for the pain pills but I didn't make it in time. I quickly paid for my drink and on my way out I caught her in the parking lot just before she drove out in her vehicle. I walked up to her car door and made motion for her to roll down her window. She did and I explained that I overheard her asking for the aspirin and I wanted to know if I could pray for her headache. She said sure. I thought it was funny because I wasn't even sure she had a headache but said that right off. I then confirmed with her if she did have a headache and she did. I found out from her that the headache was at a pain level of 6 out of 10. She allowed me to put my hand on her shoulder to pray, so I commanded the headache to leave her in Jesus' name. She was a little surprised and said it was almost completely gone. I asked to pray one more time and she obliged. This time I placed my hand on her head and commanded it to go. She said it was completely gone now. Even the dark circles under her eyes were disappearing. I thought that was cool! I then found out that she was raised catholic but she was not born again. I shared the gospel with her and then encouraged her to seriously consider giving over her life to Jesus to follow Him and be restored to Him and forgiven of her sins. She thanked me for praying for her and wished me a happy sunday.

Grace, peace and love in Jesus Christ!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Want what I'm offering? - In Jesus - 10-11-2014

Earlier today I went to the mall as I wanted to see if I could exchange some defective shoe insoles that I had purchased a couple months ago and gladly I was able to exchanged them! Yay! The store was on the outer edge of the mall and I was going to just head on my way out the parking lot but then thought I should go back and walk around the mall to see if I could find anyone to pray for, at least one person. While in the mall I met James. A Christian man who was walking with one of those rollator walkers. I found out he had osteoarthritis in his knees and the pain was about a 5 out of 10. He let me pray the first time and when asked if there was any change he said there wasn't and how he thought it will all be in God's timing. So I shared some truth regarding God's healing with him about how He has already done the work to bring about healing for us by His wounds (1 Peter 2:24), we just have to appropriate it now in our bodies or those of others by faith. He let me pray again and it got a bit better. I forgot to ask what level on the scale this time though. I prayed one more time even though he seemed a bit reluctant as he seemed like he was in a little bit of a rush to get going. It got a bit better still, thank You Jesus for a bit better. He said that he was more so encouraged that I stopped to pray for him. He thought it was a nice gift for his birthday which was on Monday, the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. Some people just need someone to stop and talk with them and they are blessed. I also approached a man with a sling around his arm, but he, or more so his girlfriend, didn't want any of what I was offering. He seemed to need her approval.

I left the mall and in the parking lot I ran into a girl named Holly. She had sneezed a couple times and I yelled out bless you. So I approached her to see if she was sick or had allergies. She was just coming off of a bout with Mono. She said the symptoms weren't bad any longer, but just getting better. She let me pray. She didn't seem to experience a change but she let me lay hands on her shoulder so she will recover (Mark 16:18) Well, of course she would recover anyway, but I believe more so quickly. She seemed to appreciate that I stopped her to pray for her. I had the sense she didn't know Jesus though and I didn't get to share the gospel with her. She was in a rush too it seemed. But I believe she'll be free and have some thinking to do. Not every situation turns out as perfect as we'd like. I think sometimes they are just little seeds planted and not always with words.

I then went for a nice long walk at the park. Early on in the walk, I saw a man walking toward me and I thought I heard in my heart/spirit that he had back problems. I asked him once he got up to me, and he said "no, why?" I just said that "I just had the sense that you had back pain, that's all". He said "no, but I actually have pain from arthritis in my feet." I believe he said it was about a 4 out of 10. I didn't tell him why I was asking and had the sense not to. After he told me the level I just said, "Can I show you something? I'm just going to put my hands on them, ok?" He said "Ok, sure." I simply touched the first foot and then the next and then spoke very quietly under my breath commanding the pain to go in Jesus' name. I asked him how they were doing, if there was any pain. He said "I don't know if it's just my mind or what, but they do feel better. Why, what did you do?" I then explained "Well, I did that in the name of Jesus. I am a Christian and I believe that He will heal people and He does that to show you that He is real." He immediately said "Oh, Ok. Thank you." then shook my hand and high tailed it out of there. Haha. He didn't want to hear it, but God did a number on him I believe. Or maybe he'll just brush it off as me tricking his mind. The Lord only knows. More seeds. haha. Thank You Lord. I also approached another man who was walking but as soon as he heard "I pray for people..." He just turned to walk away and said thanks anyway.

I then stopped at Bulk Barn on the way to my parents place for dinner and got some almonds and green tea. I was informed that the store was closing in 5 minutes while going through the isles. So, while paying for my items I asked the girl at the cash register if she was happy the day was over for her. She was, emphatically. I then asked if she had pain in her feet. She said she sure did, with a lot of emphasis again. I asked if I could pray for them for the pain to go. She didn't hear me or maybe was surprised at my request, so I repeated and said she would love that. I said I'm just going to put my hand on your shoulder here and pray, then put my hand on her shoulder, and the two ladies she had just finished with, who were lingering around standing beside me, high tailed it out of the store. Some people get afraid of this stuff it seems. Then I spoke "Pain get out of this girls feet right now, in the name of Jesus." I asked her where the pain was and she said she doesn't know. She can't find it. Hehehe, I love that! She was quite amazed. I had the sense she knew Jesus and after asking I found that she did. So I shared with her about how she can do that too and it will bring glory to Jesus and help others to believe in Him. She was amazed and thankful. Thank You Lord! The store manager was holding the door to shoo us out. So I asked him if he had any health issues that he was dealing with but he said he didn't and really didn't seem interested in what I was offering.

Christian, disciple of Jesus, do you know that you can be used by God to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, etc? He will use you. Just step out and love on someone. You will see. It will bless you and them and bring Jesus glory. :)

Grace, peace and love in Jesus Christ!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

He lives through us - In Jesus - 10-04-2014

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

I had already left the apartment to go for a walk at the park and found that it was quite cold and rainy out. I was on my way there in my vehicle when I decided to turn back and grab my gloves, a hat and an umbrella. I drove by a gas station and figured I'd fill up my tire which has a slow leak and headed back home. Once home I parked my vehicle just outside the front door as i figured I'd just run in and grab my things and go. I got them and ran back out.

I noticed a car had pulled up in front of the block on the opposite side of the road. I hopped in my car and looked in the drivers side mirror to see who it was as he was just getting out of his vehicle at that time. It was a pizza delivery guy. As I looked through the drivers side mirror I thought I saw a bandage on one of his hands. I hopped back out and approached him.

He was facing away from me with his hand hidden now, so I said "Hey there. What happened?", while trying to look around him at his hand. As he started to turn after hearing me, I found he didn't have a bandage on it at all. I wondered what I had seen. Asking further, "Did you have a bandage on your hand?" He turned further and held out his hand toward me saying "No no." Smiling at me. It was just a sticker with a barcode on it from something I assume he had purchased. Haha.

I explained why I asked him saying that I pray for people and Jesus heals them and I was going to offer to pray for him. He was very thankful and smiled again saying "Thank you very much" and reached out to shake my hand. I figured that this was too much of a coincidence, so I asked him if he was dealing with any sickness or pain in his body. He said that a few days ago he started to get a headache and there was now also pain up and down his right arm. I asked if he could feel the pain right now. He said he could. I asked to pray for him and he said that would be ok. I stepped beside him and asked if it was ok to put my hands on him as well. He was ok with that. I reached out and put both my hands on his right arm and commanded the pain to leave in the name of Jesus, declaring "Jesus is Lord."

After about 5 seconds I let go and asked him how it was. To his surprise the pain was all gone. He was grinning ear to ear. I asked him if he had ever had anything like that happen to him before. He said no. I shared the gospel with him explaining that Jesus healed him to show him that he was real, and that He is the Son of God, one with the Father and one with the Holy Spirit, and that he could be forgiven for his sins and know God and have a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ because Jesus had died on a cross for our sins, and rose from the grave. And that if we believe in Him and follow Him, He takes our sins on Himself and then His righteousness is given to us. I also explained that he was coming back one day soon for those who believe in Him and follow Him. He listened intently and nodded his head saying "Yes." after pretty much every sentence.

After sharing the gospel with him he remarked "Thank you so much. That was truly a miracle." We shook hands again and I drove off and he continued to deliver the pizza to the apartment block.

Bless God!!

Grace, peace and love in Jesus Christ!