“*Emily, if you come to the meeting tonight, the Lord will heal you,” I said into the phone.
This phone call occurred twenty-eight years ago while I was doing some teaching at a small home group. I was an office supply salesman and felt the Lord was going to heal Emily of multiple sclerosis. So, I phoned her that afternoon.
Later, she hobbled into the meeting, using a cane to steady herself. She sat down on the sofa. The other four or five attendees sat down near her.
I opened with prayer and then taught a lesson from the Bible. As I finished speaking, I looked over at Emily and saw her with my spiritual eyes. She was totally healed.
I put my Bible down and walked over to her. I reached out my hands and said, “Emily, let’s dance.”
She took my hands and stood up. We then danced all over the living room. I stopped after a few minutes and asked, “Have you noticed anything?”
“No, what?” she said.
She put her hands to her mouth. “Oh Lord, I’m healed,” she said through tears.
Emily walked home that night with the cane over her shoulder. The next day she joined a health club and began working out. Everyone in the city was talking about her miracle.
But sadly, forty days later, she was worse off than when she first arrived at the meeting that evening.
She lost her healing.
The multiple sclerosis symptoms starting attacking her body again, which caused her to react in fear and doubt rather than using her faith and trust in the Lord to resist the sickness. The sickness overwhelmed her.
Looking back, I feel it was my lack of experience that I did not take the time to teach her and follow up to help her fight the good fight of faith.
(*Emily: not her real name.)
My prayer today:
Lord, help us to learn how to submit to You and resist the devil so that he will flee from us. (Based on James 4:7)
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