One morning in December 1985, my brother came to my apartment and told me our
father was in the hospital. While in route to the hospital I ASKED God, in
Jesusname, to stop whatever had attacked his body and that he would completely
recover(ISAIAH 54:17). I also REBUKED any evil
which would try to attack his body
(MATTHEW 18:18). When I arrived, I was told it was a stroke. He was
severelyparalyzed. He could not even swallow his own saliva. He needed
suction to keephim from choking.
Even after praying, I felt so helpless. In hindsight, I was afraid. I did not
know if hewould live. The hope of a full recovery seemed far away. After
spending a pitiful dayat the hospital, I went home.
The next day, when I went back, there was very little change, but he was obviously
conscious and coherent. My mother went home to rest and I stayed in his room
andtalked with him a little. Once, I had to resist crying out loud. The
emotion was verystrong. It hurt to see him like that. He did not need to see
sorrow, so I held it.
While I was sitting, God spoke to me. No, I did not hear Him audibly, but there
was aknowing in my heart. How did I know? It came from spending time getting
to knowGod through His Word. His Word tells you who He really is. He is LOVE.
I willdescribe what His love is later because most people define it by THEIR OWN terms
instead of reading their bibles. Hence, they get thoroughly disappointed when some-thing
does not work out the way THEY thought it should. Building a relationship withGod is the
same as building a relationship with anyone else. You have to spend timewith the person.
It is not automatic.
Continuing with the story, I said God spoke to me. He had probably spoken much
earlier, but I was so wrapped up in my feelings I did not hear. It is the same
way weignore people and do not hear them because we are wrapped up in our own problems.
This is called a lot of things, but it is simply fear and selfishness.
He said "Cliff, your father needs your help. I will help you help him. This
is what I wantyou to do. Get up and lay your hand upon his body. Then say,
silver and gold I do nothave, but what I have I give to you, Bill. In the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth, riseup and walk."
I sat a little stupified. I said to myself, you want me to do what!!!! Now I
knew it wasGod. I realized that I had to command the results I desired and
follow through withcorresonding action. You must have action with faith. Your
actions should be dictatedby God and His Word, and not dictated by your own ideas. (JAMES 1:22; ACTS 3:1-10)
I was more than stupified, I was afraid. I was not afraid of whether it would work or not.I knew God's
Word would work. I did not know if it would work for me. God's Word tellsus it will work for
anyone who believes! Even though I had information about healingfrom the bible, I did not know much about it
through my relationship with God. Remem-ber, a lot of people know the bible, but they do not know the God
of the bible.
Now you would have thought, do it anyway. What do you have to lose? The answer isnothing. The
emotion was so strong for my father, I did not want it to fail. I did not saythat the "love was so strong"
because love does not have its roots in fear. Also, lovenever fails (1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8).
After a day of reading the scripture He gave me and talking to Him about it, the fear left.Why? The
scriptures say that faith in the Word of God comes by hearing the Word ofGod (ROMANS 10:13-17). God helped me to
understand, and our RELATIONSHIPgrew in this new area.
The next day, I walked into his busy intensive care room.....
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