It’s been a while since I wrote the last blog – ‘Under Attack!’ – between that one and this one we’ve seen the whole world come under attack from something named after a fizzy drink when I was young,, and what an attack it’s been, and is.
The news and the press are full of almost full of nothing but Covid19 – Coronavirus – so I’m not going to double up. I’m grateful that corona hasn’t killed any of the people I know and love (though a few have had it and recovered, thank God), and grateful, in these days of isolation, that through social media resources I’ve been able to pray for some people with it, and it doesn’t sound much in the light of the number of victims, but three have been healed, for which I also thank God.
When Paul wrote his famous chapter on the armour of God, Ephesians 6. he so emphasised the need to be ‘armoured-up’, in verse 13, that in the ‘evil day’ we’d be able to stand. STAND. Not move, run, hide – but stand. Stand on God and his word. There’s nothing about forward movement – until God says ‘go’.
As you know from the last blog, I’ve never experienced spiritual attack like the last – well – 24 months. I’m not counting in the 20 odd years of ‘knees’ – but these 2 years have been unlike anything I’ve known. I mentioned my right hand in the last blog – I’d never had need to think about how difficult – virtually impossible – it is to live without a hand you’re used to and have used for 67 years! Whenever I get anything wrong with my body, my first thought goes to people I’ve prayed for with that problem – and those I haven’t had opportunity to pray for yet. (With the experiences I’ve had in hospitals in South America, India, and Africa, a large part of me would love to get into the ‘corona wards’ and see them emptied, as has been my joy and the teams I’ve had with me in those places from every type of illness from TB to AIDS to cancer and so much more).
One of my heroes is John G Lake, who went into homes and hospitals at the height of the bubonic plague he was helping doctors, and carrying out the bodies wearing no protection . Lake was asked why he had not contracted the disease, since he used no protection. He said, “It is the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” To demonstrate, he had them take live bubonic plague germs still foaming from the lungs of a newly dead person and put them in his hands, and then examine the germs under a microscope. The germs were dead! The energy and presence of God was invisible to the naked eye but magnified under the microscope’s lens—there proved to be a real formidable, existing power that killed the virus. This is how John G. Lake explained why he did not get sick—he carried the cure in his body and spirit to heal disease through the power of the Spirit through Jesus. In another amazing testimony, John G. Lake asked doctors to bring him a man with inflammation in the bone. He asked them to take their instruments and attach it to his leg while he prayed for healing. Then he asked them what they saw taking place on their instruments. They replied that every cell was responding positively! John G. Lake replied, “That is God’s divine science!”
I’ve always said that I’m not with someone with faith to CATCH what they have, I’m there, with God’s Holy Spirit’s power, to see them healed!!
I purposely haven’t said much about my hand and knees (and boomps-a-daisy!) because they don’t compare to corona, AIDS, and TB, On a trip to Cali with a team from West Church, Bangor, I had the privilege of praying for a young lady with AIDS, with one of the ‘NornIrelanders’. Sandra was 25, dying with AIDS, no future and was being sent home to die, being disconnected from her oxygen tank. She was desolate and near-hysterical. We sat on her bed, and I hugged her for about 30 minutes, telling her in my broken Spanish about Jesus. At which point she got off the bed, and started to run round the ward shouting ‘I’m healed’ – the proof was that she disconnected herself from her oxygen tank!
I’ll do another blog as this one’s getting a bit long! God can heal corona – just like bubonic plague. AIDS, TB, and more… and he says ‘Don’t fear! Just stand….!