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God is still healing!

Posted by appolus on April 18, 2012

I share the testimony below again, not as a formula but because there are so many reports of God’s people getting cancer and so on, facing life and death decisions. This is just one story, may God lead all of His children and may they be able to hear that small still voice above the great noise of the storm…………bro Frank

Eighteen years ago, just six weeks after my son Daniel was born, and just two years after coming to know Jesus at the age of 27, the doctors made a pronouncement to me that many people fear. I was told, after blood tests, x-rays, cat scans and finally a lung biopsy, that I had an incurable disease. One-third of each lung was covered with irreversible fibrosis, a disease known as Pulmonary fibrosis. Many of you will remember that DR Bill Bright of Campus Crusade For Christ died of this disease a couple of years ago.

This disease slowly robs you of your ability to breathe. As the fibrosis spreads, then your lung capacity decreases. I was already at stage three of a four stage disease. I could barely talk on the telephone without my breathing being extremely labored. The pulmanologist explained that the only treatment would be high doses of steroids on a daily basis.

Many Christians know in their heads that the secret to an intimate relationship, a dynamic relationship with the Father is founded upon dependence on Him. No one exemplified this more than the Lord Jesus. At no point in His earthly life did He act or speak without the leading and the guidance of His heavenly Father. This is the key to life for all Christians. We must follow His word, this is His revelation, and we must also know that small still voice that that leads and guides us always.

After just a few weeks of taking the steroids, that small still, beautiful, precious voice spoke into my spirit. “Frank, come away with me, I am your life, I am your stillness, I am your peace when all around you is falling apart, trust in me….trust in me.” The Lord was directing me to stop taking the pills yet I was aware that He was allowing me to make the decision and so I asked the Lord if He would lay a Scripture upon my heart for a confirmation of what i truly knew He was saying to me. He gave me …

Mat 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Mat 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

I stepped out of the boat and stopped taking the pills. One of the hardest things to do was to sit in the clinical doctors office and tell him that I was coming off the pills and putting my life into Gods hands. The doctor was very angry. My wife was hysterical, our Down Syndrome child had just been born six weeks earlier and she was simply overwhlemed. Good Christian friends came to my door and told me that I was wrong. My father said ” dont you know that you have a family to look after?” so many voices, so many opinions, yet that small still voice, in the eye of the storm, whispered…………….”Trust in me…….trust in me.”

Several weeks passed, and the many voices seemed to be right. My ability to breathe declined. It is imperative to notice that the small still voice made me no promises, my only command was to “trust.” A well known man of God from the last century said this “Lord, may I be an ox on the altar or an ox in the field.” None of is really know our purpose here in life, what we do know is that we have been called to bring honor to the name of Jesus, regardless of our situation.

There will be a time, or times, in every Christians life, when He will “Make you lie down in green pastures.” You may think to yourself, what is so “Green Pastures,” about a diagnosis of incurability or possible death. Let me tell you something brothers and sisters in Christ, when we have complete dependence upon God, even although we did not choose it(He makes you lie down) you will be in a place that is almost beyond description. The windows of heaven will open, you will hear heavenly choirs of angels, you will feel the sun on your face and it will feel so good, you will mount up with wings as eagles and soar high above the things of earth. From down through the centuries the martyr’s will call out to you and the same Spirit that comforted them in their greatest trials and allowed them to sing psalms of glory, even as the flames began to consume their temporal bodies, that same Spirit will burn like a mighty furnace in your chest, and if men could look into your situation, they would say “there is one like the son of man with Him,” and they would be right.

Ten weeks after coming off the pills, I heard the phone ring at 5.30 on a Monday morning. How many of us know that when the phone rings in “wee small hours of the morning,” that it is usually significant? This phone call would be perhaps the most significant phone call of my life. It was my mother calling from four thousand miles away. She apologized for calling so early, but she had been compelled by the Holy Spirit. She very simply stated “The Lord told me that He was going to heal you.” “The Lord has instructed me to attend a certain prayer meeting this week and to pray for you and He is going to heal you.” I find it significant that my mom was instructed to call and tell me beforehand. This was an act of faith, trust, obedience, this was a “stepping out,”

As she spoke, I was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit, I fell to my knees and in my spirit I knew that I was to be healed, I had no doubt whatsoever. I went for an x-ray two days later. The Doctor called me into his office, he seemed subdued. I had shared with him all those weeks before that I was putting my life in the hands of the Lord. He flicked the light of the x-ray board on and pointed to my lungs and said ” I dont know what you are going to call this,” they were completely clear. Apparently the Lord does not know the meaning of the word ,”irreversible.” That was eighteen years ago, and, as many of my friends could testify, my lungs are in good shape.

The Lord is so good, no matter what your situation is today, if you will trust Him, not even so much for healing, just trust Him, then you will fly where the eagles fly and you will venture into the realm of the miraculous, into the land of the dynamic, for trust is the gateway to the kingdom of God. This kingdom is here and it is now, since we have to walk through this life, let us walk together in the kingdom that was, and is, and is to come and the night will shine like the day.

Please know brothers and sisters that I do not put forward this testimony as a formula, God forbid. The key point of this testimony is this Joh 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

And thats the only formula I know brothers and sisters, whatever the Lord says to you, do it. Not doctors, not well meaning friends, not even spouses. Obviously it is imperative that one know and hear that small still voice. Just for the record, I have different surgeries since then including gall bladder removal and shoulder surgery, and in these matters I heard nothing from the Lord.

I praise God for this illness. It taught me that the steps of a righteous man are ordered of God. It taught me that I am not leaving this planet one moment before my King deems it. It taught me that no force on earth is greater than my God. It taught me that I could praise the Lord even in the valley of the shadow of death. It taught me that when He says that His grace is sufficiant His word is not broken. This word sufficiant does not capture the abundance of His presence that I felt through that time. To have to rely upon God for the very breath that I took was an amazing experience.

I wrote the two poems below years ago trying to describe something of what I felt in the midst of the disease and yet when when I read them, I know my words fall woefully short. There are no earthly words to describe the presence of God, one may as well try to catch gossamer butterflies.
But know that our God still works miracles. When we trust Him with our whole lives and worship Him with our whole hearts it opens up a realm of the ,miraculous, the greatest miracle of all though is to trust in Him and to hear His voice.

HIS REST

I HAVE BEEN TO A GLORIOUS LAND
THAT IS FAR BEYOND WHAT I HAD PLANNED
BEYOND THIS WORLD AND ALL ITS DREAMS
THAT LIES IN THE SHADOW OF HIS HOLY WINGS

I FOLLOWED HIM AND WE TOOK FLIGHT
AND HE CARRIED ME ON BEYOND THE NIGHT
THROUGH A VALE OF DARKNESS, PAIN AND FEAR
MY SWEET JESUS WAS OH SO NEAR

MAJESTY, GLORY, PRAISE TO OUR KING
THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT I CAN SING
THAT WOULD FULLY EXPRESS WHAT HE IS TO ME
AS HE CARRIED ME ACROSS A MAJESTIC SEA

MOUNTAINOUS WAVES ROSE UP TO FIGHT
YET IN HIS HAND I WAS HELD SO TIGHT
FARTHER, FARTHER, FARTHER ALONG
IN AN OCEAN OF PRAISE , AND ON THE WINGS OF A SONG

HE TOOK ME TO THE PROMISED LAND
AND I LAY DOWN IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND
AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
IN THE DARKEST DUNGEON, NO MATTER, FOR I AM FREE

Storm

Can I walk upon this water
In the midst of this mighty sea
Surely I will stumble, surely I will drown
Oh Lord how can this be?

The waves are high and the wind it howls
And the rain it lashes down
Yet you are there, I see you Lord
Now I know I shall not drown

Then the thunder roars and the lightening flashes
High above in the angry skies
Dark clouds rising, set on fire
To them do I lift my eyes

Heavier now the rain is falling
The noise so loud I cannot think
The lightening fractures the sky above
And my legs, they begin to sink

I look around , eyes wide with terror
As all this madness does unfold
I look once more, there , it’s Jesus
In the midst of the storm , standing bold

I am your peace when all hell breaks loose
Devils and demons flee
In the storm, in the night, when all breaks down
Remember , keep your eyes upon me.

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  2. cindy said

    Love this testimony!!! The Lord healed me of ulcerative colitis with a spastic colon which became life threatening because I couldn’t eat, this was in my early 20’s, I’m 64 now, and have never had another symptom. I was in a church and the pastor pointed at me and said the Lord was healing me of a colon problem, the pastor said he had never done anything like that before. For three days I was eliminating and then was totally healed.

    I’ve seen Him heal people that were on life support and one that was only given hours to live. He’s an amazing God!

    • appolus said

      Amen Cindy, amen. I am 47 and this was when I was 29. I can go on my elptical and be on there for an hour, I come off not because I am out of breath but becuase of my creaking bones and joints. When the Lord heals He heals. I am sure when I die they will look at those lungs and think, my goodness, such good lungs 🙂 He is an amazing God is we allow Him to be……………….. bro Frank

  3. Justin said

    Praise God! Thanks for sharing!

  4. susan said

    Glory be to God:-) All things are in His hands. And this is timely for me. I have had 2 cancer surgeries this year, and even with a panicky mother and 4 still young children to raise alone, I found the courage to put myself in Gods hands. I have been given the all clear for now, for this is a recurring cancer and I will be followed up twice a year for many years, but I just have found the faith to put my trust in the Lord and to live without fear or concern. All things work to the Glory of God for those that love Him. Thank you for your inspiring testimony. Susan

    • appolus said

      Praise the Lord for your testimony Susan. Putting your faith and trust in the Lord and not fearing is the cuting edge of Christianity. Its the flesh on the bones. Its the reality of Christ in our lives. Its a mighty victory over our enemy. Its a fulfillment of the scripture that tells us to be anxious for nothing. Its an outworking of the Lords teaching about the nature of anxiety and worry and how it not only achieves nothing, that it harms us greatly. I love the Scripture that tells us that its by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testiminy and they loved not their lives unto death. This loving not our lives unto death is huge and overlooked but mighty and powerful. May God be praised for your testimony…………..bro Frank

  5. Tim said

    That is an awesome testimony Frank, God healed me of depression and I knew I was not supposed to use any drugs for that. I know exactly what you mean when you say total dependence on God will cause you to soar obove the things of the earth. Somtimes I get fustrated with why people dont get the ” not loving our lives unto death” and God reminds me that they have not been to that place of being made to lie down yet. Good word brother, good stuff.

    • appolus said

      Amen bro Tim, there are so many people suffering from depression and on prescription meds for that. Jesus is the antidote to depression, not Zoloft. I share your frustration over the ” not loving our lives unto death.” So much of Christendom is about the here and now and not the eternals. They say that to be too spiritually minded is to be no earthly good, I dont agree with that statement. When we are focusssed on Jesus and the fact that we are here for a very short period of time, that our lives are like vapors, like the grass of the field, here today and gone tomorrow then we have a proper perspective. In the blink of the eyelid of history, we will all be standing before God and things like politics and taxes and bigger houses and cars will mean, and I mean this, it will mean absolutly nothing. To be focussed on any of those things is to be conpletely entangled in the things of this world. If we would fix our eyes upon Jesus, then nothing could rob us of our peace. There was a reason that Scriptures talk about a people that love not their lives unto death, Scripture was not talking about a super spiritual group of Christians, it is talkiing about what an average Christian should be. This was the early church and this was the attitude for centuries. The mere fact of being born again almost certainly guaranteed deathn for so many in the early church, that was just the beginning of their faith. How many churches would be full today if, by being a Christian meant almost certain death? …………………………. bro Frank

  6. Rachel said

    This is fantastic Frank .. in that I feel that especially in these days we are to tune into that still small voice saying walk this way … it may sound foolish, irresponsible, against the world’s wisdom .. but those with enough oil, truth in spirit to trust God, will follow and as they do they will experience His power and grace that is being poured out. Thank you for sharing for it’s another confirmation of how I feel God is leading His people in these days. May we put our trust fully in Him and His words to us .. and not another – no matter how may letters they have after their name! Rachel

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