NOTE: This is my testimony on how God started this global devotional ministry through the promise of a miracle healing in my life.
In 2003, I experienced a miracle healing in my body with others testifying to it. I had been called into a forty-day one-on-one with God, shortly after refusing to have a three–section spine fusion surgery on my lower spine. I had actually scheduled the surgery, and while I was driving home I distinctly felt impressed by the Lord not to have the surgery. In fact, I sensed that I needed to press into Him as never before, believing that He would heal me. I sincerely knew with all my being that God had said that He was going to heal me.
My husband stood with me and fasted for 40 days and nights as I began to journal what God was speaking to me daily. I also shared some of those intimate journals that I put in devotional form with family and friends, and thus in just a few weeks my devotional blog went viral, as many requested to be added to the mailing list. I started receiving emails on how other people were being healed just reading the devotionals that God had given me, yet I had not received my full healing yet when it came to my spine problem.
Forty days came and went without a healing. Had I heard correctly from God, or was I just hoping? I knew it was the former, as I do know His still small voice. I kept my faith, kept pressing in and kept doing what I was called to do, write about His goodness, and worship in His glory.
Three weeks later (21 days), as a precious couple who served as missionaries in Africa came to our church, they spoke on the real need, as believers, to pray for the lost, and how many neglect to do so. I was so convicted that I went to the altar and confessed that I needed a heart for the lost as never before. I asked forgiveness for not caring about those going to hell. In that moment, I sensed immediately that my back pain had left me. I suddenly remembered that I was wearing a TENS unit (designed to block pain signals from reaching the brain) just to be able to walk into the church and to lead worship. My mind tried to rationalize it, “It’s your TENS unit working, not a miracle.” However, Jesus spoke quietly in my spirit to me, “It is Me, take off your TENS unit.”
In obedience, I slightly lifted my lower blouse and starting ripping off the wires and patches underneath. No one knew that I wore a TENS unit but my husband. It was then he came up to the altar, realizing God was up to something. Those around me were clueless to what God was up to, but as soon as I removed that TENS unit and felt no pain, I sensed a touch from God like never before. His presence was so heavy on me and in me that I could not stand, so I knelt down and then laid down.
As I lay there, I sensed God working on my spine. You might call it a spiritual operation – no incision from the outside, but all-out restoration on the inside.
Meanwhile, I felt like a gigantic cement block was lying on top of my torso and I could not move. I could breathe, but not move. I was pinned to the floor. I laid there for what seemed liked only a few minutes, but it was literally thirty minutes or more. Some of my friends had gathered around me and just kept praising God that He was healing me. I was wide-awake, but immobile, as God continued working on my spine, then my spirit. One of my lady friends asked, “Jane, you want to get up now.”
I smiled, laughed and responded, “I would get up if I could, but I am pinned down here right now.”
I was filled with immense joy, knowing that my Father had my back, literally. After a while, I sensed a release to get up. My husband said, “Here hon, let me help me help you.”
I rejected his assistance because I wanted those standing around to realize what had just happened. I sprung up like a child I was from my youth. The small group began to applaud and praise God. The true test was to see if I could bend over and reach my toes, something that had escaped me for five years.
I immediately thanked God and said, “All right, let’s see Your handiwork!”
I bent over not just once but multiple times! My friends were ecstatic, realizing that I truly had been delivered and healed.
That night, I was able to put away muscle relaxers, pain pills and the TENS unit as I walked in my healing.
Why am I sharing this story? Believe it or not, there are many who reject the fact that God desires to heal His children today. They misquote the scripture in Luke where Jesus said,
“No sign will be given this generation but the sign of Jonah.” (Matthew 12: 39)
Jesus indeed said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.” (John 14: 12)
Why is it so hard for people to believe that God desires to heal us? Do I understand the confusion in other’s lives when healing seems to be out of reach? No, I do not. I will not say that I understand it, nor will I choose to try and judge it.
Since that wonderful time in my life, I have continued to write devotionals about God’s goodness, His mercy, and His truth to the Body of Christ. Out of my pain, God birthed a global ministry that is still touching lives today. I am humbled and blessed to be used by God. As I travel to speak, teach and to lead worship conferences, I find that I am no one special. I cannot tell you why God signaled me out for a healing, for deliverance, and why He continues to show me favor. I certainly do not deserve it, but I do have a most thankful and willing heart to let others know that God desires to do the same for them.
Are you wondering of God genuinely cares about you? Let me say this: if you are wise enough to trust HIM for something significant in your life, you can rest assured of this fact, dear ones – God has your back!
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That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: ( 1 Peter 1:7)
We had an eventful weekend. My husband had some health issues that required immediate attention in the emergency room and then he was admitted to the hospital. He is still incurring some tests today to rule out a life threatening situation. Anyone who knows us knows that God is the center of our home and heart. As I watched five of the medical team rush around him and begin treating him, my initial reaction on the inside was panic, and on the outside I just smiled to reassure him all will be well.
As my husband’s condition was serious---he continued to be his witty, joking self through the whole process keeping doctors and nurses laughing and surprised by his demeanor. He is a bit of a corn-ball, but he makes you laugh, and you just can’t refrain from it. I suppose being the baby of the family made him that way. Regardless, he has a deep walk when it comes to allowing the joy of the Lord resound from his lips.
As I am writing this, he is having another medical tests performed. I can tell you this, that through his health crisis, we have concurred that we are in this together. For sicker or poorer, and I have to say reluctantly that I have been the one who has had four major surgeries through the years of our marriage. He has always withheld a stellar medical record. So, imagine my surprise when we did a role reversal.
We experienced nothing short of a miracle during the most critical phase of this event. God is moving, and we recogonize it for what it is. I told my husband that people all over the planet were praying---and they were! I alarmed my prayer warriors who spread the news globally.
I am saying all this to say one thing---Take your impossible situation to God today! He will use it to develop His character in you. Once you go through a trial, you should be a little more like God. If you are not, get ready to go back to the starting line and run the race until you do it right. I pray that God finds our response and resolution to this trial to be found as Praise and Glory unto His SON!