For the rest of this series, I will share some testimonies of speaking God’s glorious truth on sickness and healing forth so that it came to be manifest in members of my family. In each case I followed Jesus’ example of KNOWING God’s word on the matter, BELIEVING it, and SPEAKING IT FORTH (described in Part II). I must also share more of what the Lord has taken me through so that you have some understanding of how I have come to know His word on sickness and healing – that testimony within a testimony will be offset to the right.
Miraculous Healing Testimony: The Volleyball Player
This August, my 15-year old daughter’s Christian high school varsity volleyball team competed in a tournament in a rural town nearly two hours outside of the city. As we were about to leave our house to ride to the tournament with a friend and her daughter, my upbeat daughter made a passing comment about having dark spots in her vision; this had happened only once before, whereon it had resolved a few hours after I had prayed for her. I prayed a quick prayer about it, and we left.
My friend and I were engrossed in sharing testimonies virtually the entire drive, but I did note that my daughter did not appear to be as animated as usual with her teammate in the back seat. When we arrived at the gym and got out of the car, my stoic daughter stood weakly with her hand to her head, and cried out in frustration that she really wanted to compete but her head hurt badly. She quickly dropped back onto the back seat crying softly, mumbling that she just wanted to lie down and sleep. Nothing remotely like this had ever happened to her before.
As a recently retired physician, I could have been alarmed: the differential diagnosis ran the gamut from a migraine headache to an intracranial bleed (a neurosurgical emergency) from having hit her head while playing sports (she is quite the athlete). The fact that we were hours away from neurosurgical care and did not have what most people consider health insurance came immediately to my mind.
But, praise God, although I was very concerned about my precious daughter, I honestly was not alarmed – I was yoked to Christ, and I knew in my spirit that He was orchestrating a testimony (I actually knew that during this)! He had done an extensive work in this recently retired physician over the past few years.
Now I must digress to share more details of my personal testimony at this point that you may understand these testimonies of healing of members of my immediate family. I believe that you’ll be glad you read this; it clearly is not of this world (John 8:23)…
A Brief Testimony of Some of What God has Done with This Triple-Boarded Physician Since I Gave My Life to Christ
Jesus saved me midlife as I meditated on Galatians 2:20 while sitting in a Barnes and Noble Café on the busiest shopping day of the year, the Friday after Thanksgiving. God had given me an insatiable hunger for His word for about a year leading up to this: after full days of working at the hospital and then evenings of mothering at home, I enjoyed finally delving into the Scriptures at night in addition to weekends, focusing on the four gospels. I had just joined Community Bible Study, and was studying Romans 5-7 in depth: the glorious doctrine was finally being revealed!
The bookstore cafe was crawling with people as God brought me THE revelation of what our Savior had done for us. Tears of joy and relief rolled down my face as I immediately understood the Cross, and I was baptized by the Holy Spirit that very instant. Of course no one around me knew – they were otherwise occupied.
I was set on fire for Jesus because, similar to what our Father had done with His apostle Paul, He showed me the heavenly vision. I immediately gave my life to Christ, for the revelation of Christ within our hearts, our spirits, is the call to do the “impossible” with Him. I was baptized within a month on Christmas Day, 2005. (That in itself was an astounding experience – a testimony for another day!)
From day one, the Lord put on my heart to pray for “fast track sanctification”; He quickly brought me to be absolutely rooted and grounded in Christ, the Father’s love for me, and His glorious word. The Holy Spirit “home-schooled” me in the Word, revealing far above and beyond what was taught through Baptist Bible study on Sundays, our weekly in-depth Community Bible Study, and then some academic Bible studies at a local School of Christian Studies.
How did God do that? Through bringing me much experiential knowledge of Christ! He ensured that I know Christ intimately by causing me to depend on Him utterly, as a little child. (Humility and meekness are key to entering His Kingdom – see Luke 18:16-17.)
Perhaps the most extreme way that He did this was by sovereignly allowing and/or bringing two peculiar and outright bizarre Joseph-like experiences in my professional life within a five year span, the first coming just eight months after giving my life to Christ. Praise God, His favor clearly rested on me the entire time, just as His favor clearly rested on Joseph when he was sold into slavery by jealous brothers then wrongfully imprisoned by a false accusation. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:5-6).
While from a worldly perspective things appeared quite bad for me, my family, and my highly esteemed (and rewarding!) medical profession, God had been graciously affording me considerable rich experience in spiritual matters pertaining to the specific plans that He had called me to and was fashioning me for.
More specifically, over the course of a few years I came to know Christ personally as my Healing, for He taught me to seek Him regarding the spiritual causes of any illnesses that came (e.g. a flu, a cold, etc.) and to quickly realign my thinking with His (that means repent, mind you). Since the Lord did not permit me to seek the care of my medical colleagues or take any medications, the healings which I experienced could ONLY be attributed to having applied these spiritual principles that the Holy Spirit was teaching me.
In this manner, I first learned God’s principle that physical healing follows resolution of our spiritual issues. This is especially illustrated in Jesus’ healing of the paralytic in John 5:5-15 when He tells the man “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
Then I came to learn how intimacy with the Lord and receiving the discipline of the Holy Spirit keep a disciple of Christ healthy; no surprise, this entails habitually choosing death to self and obeying the Lord instead of doing what our outer natural self, our “soulish” nature, desires/thinks/feels is best. This is the process by which I came to know Christ as my Health.
Working solo part-time outside of a medical group, I experienced a drastic reduction in income (I had been a partner), and our family could not afford health insurance as most people know it; this is how I then came to know Christ as our family’s Health Insurance.
Within eight years of giving my life to Christ, I then willfully (different from willingly) answered His call (revealed incrementally) to retire from the practice of medicine and to serve Him in a few blessed ways, including this one which concerns us at present: leading and teaching His leaders by example to know and depend on Him as their Healing, Health, and Health Insurance instead of relying on doctors and our expensive worldly healthcare system.
Why is this so important to the Lord? Please pay the utmost attention to what follows. Although surgery can cure many conditions (often with non-ideal consequences), modern medicine is disease management, and, at best, treats it. In great contrast, God’s word is that through Christ, disease has been eradicated because it’s cause, our sin nature, has been crucified with Christ; by His wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). Both modern healthcare and God’s way of healing and restoration are very costly; His Way, however, came at infinite price, and the price has already been paid!
Please pause a moment to take that in, for it “uproots and tears down, destroys and overthrows” our worldly mindset (see Jeremiah 1:10). See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ (Colossians 2:8). (If this stirs you to learn exactly what the Scriptures actually say about disease and healing – that is, the spiritual truth which supercedes what we know via modern medicine and the scientific method of investigation – I direct you to a ~35 page Bible study the Lord led me to write: Looking Into God’s Word on the Cause and Eradication of Disease.)
This has been only a brief synopsis of my testimony, but it suffices for our present purpose.
Now, back to my daughter! 😊We will resume the “Miraculous Healing Testimony: The Volleyball Player” in Part V