One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Hebrews 13:8 (all versions), "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." It's simple to me, but maybe it's because I come to God in simple ways, but if Christ ever healed the sick, He's doing it today and will continue to do it tomorrow. In my thinking the issue is cut and dried. Yet many still struggle with the thought of God actually healing anyone, especially themselves!
I had breakfast with a fellow ministry leader this morning. He's wife has been suffering from the results of a broken leg for several months now. He told me this morning that she went to work yesterday, but can hardly walk, due to the pain, today. On August 17-19 we at New Beginnings Fellowship in Hernando, FL are hosting the miracle ministry of Roger Webb (www.rogerwebb.org) Roger has had hundreds, maybe thousands of miracles show up in his ministry, many of them doctor verified. I suggested to the fellow leader that he bring his wife to these meetings. All I got back from him was a blank stare and a sheepish smile on his face. Yet if you asked him if God still heals the sick he most likely will say, "Certainly!" OK... I just don't get it!
A favorite story of mine is about the ministry of William Branham. Years ago Branham was having meetings in a downtown, Midwest city's convention center. People were standing in line for several city blocks awaiting entrance so that the "man of God" could lay hands on them and pray for their healing. Here's what happened.... they filed in, Branham prayed for them, the people got healed by the droves. They immediately went home and called all of their sick friends and relatives and told them they needed to get down to that meeting. So, the line outside never got any shorter. Branham actually stayed with those people for days, only taking occasional breaks for a clean shirt and other needed things. He ate some light meals right on the platform while he prayed for the people. He even took some short naps right there on the platform. I don't recall exactly how many days this lasted, but if my memory is correct, it was 6 days! When Branham left those meetings to drive home from his wife and children he had to pinch and dig his legs with his finger nails to stay awake enough to drive. After he got home, he was in bed for days trying to recover from the physical stress of this ministry!
OK... here's what happens in a healing meeting today....Some come, some get healed, often with great manifestations of the miraculous power of God present. That is meeting #1... so it stands to reason that those healed would right away hit Twitter or Facebook and demand that all of their sick friends and relatives show up for meeting #2. Actually the opposite usually happens... Meeting #2 arrives and the crowd is usually 30% smaller and even those who got healed in meeting #1 never return to the meetings!
Yep... I DON'T GET IT!
Well we at New Beginnings Fellowship do believe that God still heals! We pray for all in need and we've seen some wonderful miracles take place. Our first meeting there, prior to Corinne and I becoming pastors of NBF, we saw a lady come with a broken back. That night she went home completely healed and decided to wash her kitchen floor, on her hands and knees! We've had several cancer healings take place, including a couple of doctor verified stage 4 cancer miracles. So...we do pray for the sick, and we do make available wonderful ministries like Roger Webb.
OK...do all get healed? Of course not! However if even only 10% of those prayed for get healed it's all worth it. Especially if you are a part of that 10%! But...I'll guarantee you one thing, don't come to the meetings and you will not have to worry about being in that 10%!
As for me and my house we declare that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! And we act accordingly! How about you?
Please spread the word about Roger's meetings. You won't be sorry!