Isaiah 53: 5 (NLT), "But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed."
James 5: 14, 15 (NLT), "Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well."
Normally I try to get at least one new blog published per week. Sometimes this is an effort as there is much time and work involved in getting these done. However, once again this morning, I awoke at 4:00 a.m. I spent some time in prayer over a few prayer requests that I recalled from yesterday's email, and in so doing began to pray harder for more healing to be released upon the Body of Christ. During this time the Lord reminded me of Corinne's testimony of healing and I felt the urge to share this with you, as it may help increase your faith.
In 1976 Corinne and I were very new Christians and were in the process of learning of God's healing power. Corinne, age 27 at the time, felt to schedule a long postponed physical with her doctor and after a few tests were done, suspicious cells were found in her body. More tests were completed and late on a Friday afternoon, we got the phone call -CANCER! We were young in the Lord, I was a Bible College student, seeking to fulfill the call of God. We had 2 young sons, ages 7 and 9, and our baby girl was 1. We did not have insurance and we were living by faith on a very low income. The "C Word" really brought a hard, stunning blow to our life of faith. "This can't be happening to us!"
We felt not to share any of this information with anyone right away, as we just needed to process some of it ourselves. We did try to call our pastor, TW French of Faith Temple Christian Center, Holland, MI, but we were unable to reach him, so we decided to fill him in after church Sunday morning. Sunday came and we were still in a state of shock. We entered into worship that day, maybe even more intensely than usual. About mid-way through Pastor French's sermon, he stopped preaching and said, "I really feel that there is someone here that just informed that they have cancer, and if they will for prayer we'll have the Elders anoint them with oil and we'll watch God heal them!"
Wow! The congregation that morning was several hundred strong. Corinne looked at me and I at her, and of course no else in the entire building was moving an inch. The word was for her! No one knew of the cancer, except for God! As we anointed Corinne, prayed over her, Pastor French prayed against all fear. He said, "The Lord is saying that the fear of cancer is actually worse than the cancer itself." We walked back to our seats totally spent. We had been in the presence of God and we just knew for certain that God had healed Corinne as God had given her a gift of faith.
The next week Corinne had to consult with a surgeon and was told that she needed an operation to have the cancer removed. At that time she declined the treatment and said that the Lord had healed her. The doctor told her that she needed to be continually checked, and Corinne did agree to regular tests, every two weeks, and to our surprise the tests kept coming back positive. Our family was quite upset. They did not have the knowledge of the Bible in the area of healing, so we faced a lot of heated discussions over this..."trusting God business!"
By this time a little over two months had passed. They were very long months, they seemed like an eternity, the cancer was still present. One morning Corinne was alone with God, thinking of the fact that the cancer was still present, and the Lord began to show her issues of unforgiveness that she had with her father. Corinne never had been physically abused, but she was very emotionally abused. The Lord told her that she needed to forgive her dad. During this time of prayer, to the best of her ability she did forgive her dad. It was then that she had complete peace come over her about the cancer. Something had changed!
It did not come as a surprise that her next scheduled test came back negative! The doctor was dumb founded. He said, "It's not gone, we just can't find it today." Two weeks later there was still no sign of the cancer. The doctor then said, "We just can't find it, but it will be back!" (and this was a Christian doctor!) For three months Corinne went back to the doctor every other week. Soon the tests were done monthly for another six months, then every three months for another year, and yearly ever since. The cancer that the doctor said would be back, that Corinne would see it again within five years, has never come her way again! For thirty years Corinne has been totally free from cancer!
I trust that this testimony will help someone today. If you are facing a physical affliction, turn to Jesus. If you have sought His provision of healing for your life, and it has not been manifested yet, let me encourage you... Do not give up! It seems like many of God's Children today are fighting strong physical attacks. I want to declare over you today the truth of God's word..... Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!
God loves you today as much as He loves Corinne! His provision for you today is the same as it was for her thirty years ago.
One last thing. If you or someone you know is needing healing for cancer, please let us all know so that Corinne and I and any other blog readers can be holding you up in prayer. You can do this by writing a short statement in the comment section of this blog. Just look to the bottom of this article and click on the small, red "comment" button at the bottom and tell us a little about what is going on. I can assure you that Corinne and I will be holding you up in prayer personally. And I trust that many others who read this blog will as well.
Father, I pray a total release of your healing virtue to all who read this testimony today. Lord I pray that many will be healed by just reading these words. Not just cancer, Lord, but every affliction that the enemy would send to us. Lord, we proclaim healing to all who read this, right now! Thank You for making the way possible through the blood and beating of Your Son, Jesus!