In February, at a meeting in an Anglican church, God turned up in wonderful power: many were super-miraculously healed (if you can exaggerate ‘miracles’!) – the meeting where a man with a totally wrecked leg (trampoline accident, landed with right leg pointing forwards 90 degrees – aarrgghhh!!!) – bones fused together, steel plates on outside and inside of leg, bolts, screws, pins… instantaneously healed…. and more. If leg man is there, I’d like to try and get his testimony on video….
In 45 minutes we head off to a meeting organised by the same people – Robert and Shey parents (both sets) – and so looking forward to what God is going to do there! I wish I could see into the future, just sometimes, a little way, and know what’s going to happen…! It starts at 12.30, have no idea what time it will finish, but that’s been the story not only of this week so far, but of every trip, it seems! So, Habakkuk’s words are my request to God for today (Hab 3:2), one of my most treasured verses in the Bible….
One story I missed from the night before last… I’m not even going to mention the sex of the person, as they wanted to be prayed for once the others had gone. Young, really good looking – yet totally wrecked: 10 years of more chronic/manic depression, and a suicide attempt very recently (within the last few weeks), eyes – lovely eyes if they were normal, but they’d sunk right back into the skull…. Rob, Sally, Kylie, and I prayed: many positive prayed in, and I prayed off and out the spirits of death, suicide, self-destruction. The others prayed into problems, issues, insecurity: and, as we prayed, prophesied, spoke scriptures, the face was changed, as Rob puts it ‘the eyes came out!’ (not all the way out, you understand!), and when we left, the person was smiling, at least having ‘heard’ (maybe for the first time, rather than just listened to) Paul’s words from Romans 8:38:
New International Version (NIV)
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Such an amazing blessing that Paul omitted ‘past’ from that verse, as the past, even from a nano-second ago, is not ours ‘legally’ anymore, as the past was – and continues to be, as present regresses into past – redeemed by Jesus. I’m so glad that I – and everyone who lives and breathes, if they choose to believe it – don’t have to carry the weight of history with us. I used to hear sermons about laying your burden at the foot of the Cross, and then, as you left, picking them up again, and dragging them once more. It just ain’t like that, is it??? Or is it? Maybe for you, that’s your experience: it doesn’t have to be, from right now….