Pastor Mike Mings
The most important miracle in my life was when
I became alive in Christ (born again) at the age of
8 and then when I received the Holy Spirit at the
age of 12. That being said I’m going to chronicle
some of the miracles that have occurred in my life.
I hope and pray that this book of miracles brings
hope and sparks faith in you to believe God.
Miracle Working Power
In Acts chapter one Jesus told his disciples
to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father,
that is to say the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
that Jesus said couldn’t be poured out until He had
ascended unto the Father.
Jesus said that when we receive the Holy
Spirit we will receive “Dunamus”
miracle working power in our lives and can be
witnesses of Him to all the
world. This miracle working power should be in
operation in believers and the church today so the
world can see that God is real.
Let’s see what the Apostle Peter said on the
day of Pentecost when those 120 or so in the upper
room received the Holy Spirit and the fire of
a prayer language of unknown tongues.
For these are not drunken, as
ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet
And it shall come to pass in the last days,
God, I will pour out of
my Spirit upon all flesh: and your
your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men
shall see visions, and your old men shall dream
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour
out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall
2:19) And I will show wonders in heaven above,
and signs in the earth beneath…
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call
on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
I will show signs in the earth beneath that
whosoever shall call on the name (authority) of the
Lord shall be saved (delivered).”
ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mar 16:16 He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned.
these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall
speak with new tongues;
16:18 They shall take up
serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the
sick, and they shall recover.
It is the operation of the Holy Spirit in the life
of the believer that opens the door for the miracle
working power of God to function and operate on a
regular basis in our lives.
It is also as we put our trust and faith in
our Father God and take hold of His promises through
faith and the confessions of our faith that we can
receive all the good things that God has prepared
for those that love Him.
“Let us hold fast to the profession of our faith
without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.”
“Instead of being lazy, you should be imitators of
those who through faith and patience are inheriting
the promises of God.” (literal
Fire Releases the Power
John the Baptist said, “I indeed baptize you with
water unto repentance but he that cometh after me is
greater than I, he shall baptize you with the Holy
Spirit and with fire.”
Now I used to think that the fire was the power of
the Holy Spirit but in Acts chapter 2:4 the bible
says; “There appeared unto them cloven tongues
like as of “fire” and it sat upon each of
them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and they all began to speak in tongues as the Holy
Spirit gave them the utterance.”
We see in this scripture that the fire is not
the power of the Holy Spirit but the fire is
actually the prayer language of tongues that we
receive when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Now there is some confusion as to whether or not we
must speak in tongues when we receive the Holy
Spirit, but the Word is clear that they all began to
speak in tongues when they received the Holy
Spirit. In my 35 years of ministry I have never
seen anyone receive the Holy Spirit without
receiving the prayer language of tongues
Remember that John the Baptist said that he
that cometh after me is greater than I and he shall
baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire,
and with fire, and with fire. You see when we
receive the Holy Spirit, the fire or these tongues
of fire always accompany it, always.
I received the Holy Spirit as a young man of
about 12 years old. Back then we really were not
taught about the importance of praying in tongues.
I just knew that when I received the Holy Spirit
that I got this language that I could speak in that
I didn’t understand.
Some people think that these tongues aren’t
that important simply because they don’t understand
them. After I received the Holy Spirit
I didn’t pray in tongues again for probably about a
year. Then I got “refilled” with the Holy Spirit
and prayed in tongues again. That was the way it
was most of the time back then, as most folks just
didn’t understand the real importance of praying in
One week we had a traveling minister come to
our church and he was teaching us how to resist
sin. Now I was striving to live for God and desired
to live holy so I listened closely as he taught us
how to resist sin. You see I was a teenager and
those hormones were beginning to kick in. You know
what I mean. I saw a good looking girl and all the
sudden thoughts would begin to come into my head
that had nothing to do with righteousness or
One of the things this minister told us was
that if we were tempted to sin that we should begin
to pray in tongues, that is
if we were filled with the Holy Spirit. He said
that it is hard to sin if you are praying in
tongues. Well, that sounded good to me so that’s
just what I did. I began to pray in tongues off and
on all through the day almost every day. Remember
those hormones? I had lots of temptations.
After a few months of praying in tongues on a
daily basis the Lord spoke to me one day as I was
praying and called me into the ministry to preach
the Gospel. Also I began having dreams and visions
from the Lord. Then the gifts of the Holy Spirit
began to rise up in me and supernatural
manifestations began to operate in my life.
One time our pastor told those in the church
to pair off and lay hands on one another and pray
for each other. As I placed my hand on a lady’s
forehead and began to pray she hit the floor like
someone hit her with a baseball bat. It really
shocked me because we didn’t have that kind of thing
happen in our church. I really didn’t know what was
happening but I did know that the power of God was
actively flowing through my body.
When she got up she wasn’t hurt a bit. In
fact she was very much blessed of the Lord and
healed in her body.
At the time I didn’t connect the praying in
tongues with these manifestations of the power of
God but many years later as the Lord was teaching me
about the importance of praying in tongues He
brought back to remembrance those early years in my
life and this is what he told me.
The Lord told me that praying in tongues
releases the “Dunamus”
miracle working power of God in our lives. He told
me that the fire of the tongues releases the Power.
He gave me an example of a gallon of gasoline. He
said that there was power in the gasoline but that
that power is not released until it comes in contact
The Lord told me that in that same way, when
we receive the Holy Spirit we will have “Dunamus”
miracle power available to us but we need to spend a
lot of time praying in tongues,
that is lighting the fire of the Holy Spirit
in our lives so that the Power can be released.
The Lord told me that “The Fire Releases the
Power”. He said that is exactly what began
happening in my life as a young man as I began to
pray in tongues and it is still happening today.
I encourage each and every person reading this
book to make Jesus Christ Lord of your life and if
you haven’t received the Holy Spirit yet I encourage
you to receive Him by faith and begin to pray in
tongues as much as possible so the miracle working
power of God can be released and active in your life
too. God is no respecter of persons. What He has
done for others He will do for you.
Cross in the Road
When I was in high school I had some friends that
didn’t know the Lord and they mostly hung out with
other unsaved friends but in times of crisis they
would come to me, perhaps because they knew that I
had a close relationship with the Lord.
One night a friend of mine came to me in a
panic. He said that his sister and their parents
were fighting over her baby. They had been drinking
and they were pulling the baby between each other
and he was sure they were going to kill the baby
unless we could find someone to help.
Now the town I lived in at that time was a
little town called Lathrop, Mo. The population of
the town was about 1,000 people and we didn’t have a
regular police force. We only had a night watchman
that would cruise in his car at night.
We had to find help or we believed my friend’s
baby niece was going to die. I didn’t really know
what to do but to try to find the night watchman.
So we jumped in the car and he began driving around
town, trying to find the night watchman. It seemed
hopeless so I cried out to God. “We need help,
Lord,” I said within myself. As my friend drove
down the highway, I looked down a street; to my
amazement I saw a huge cross right in the middle of
the street. It was an open vision. I saw it just
as plain as I would see you standing right in front
I told my friend to stop. He said “why?” I
said, “ You have to drive
down that street”. He said, “why”?
I said, “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you right
now, just drive down the street.” He went ahead and
drove down the street and about four or five blocks
down the street was the night watchman.
He was able to go to my friend’s house, break
up the fight and save the little baby’s life. Thank
God He is ever faithful. When
we don’t know what to do. He always has an
answer, if we will only call out to Him in our need
and believe He is always
there to deliver us.
That night we needed a miracle and God
answered our need.
I’ve heard it said that God always hears our
prayers but sometimes He says yes and sometimes He
says no. That sounds nice and pretty but it doesn’t
really line up with the Word of God. This is what
the Bible says about God hearing us and responding
to His promises.
God’s Word is God’s will.
1:18 But as God is true,
our word toward you was not yea and nay.
2Co 1:19 For the
Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you
by us, even by me and Silvanus
and Timothy, was not yea and nay, but in him was
For all the promises of God in him are
yea, and in him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.
This portion of scripture tells us that the
promises of God are not yes sometimes and no
sometimes but that all the promises of God in Christ
Jesus are yes and Amen (so let it be).
Here is what the Apostle John said through the
Holy Spirit to us about having confidence toward God
to always receive what we need from him.
5:14 And this is the
confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask
any thing according to his will, he
1Jo 5:15 And
if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the
petitions that we desired of him.
Wow! Notice what God says here. This says that we
can always know the answer is yes, if we know that
God hears us, we know we have what we asked for.
That means that as long as we are asking a thing
that is His will (God’s Word is God’s will), if we
are asking a thing that God has promised us then He
will for sure hear us. This implies that He only
hears us when we are asking something according to
His will, doesn’t it? I believe this portion of
scripture lines up with other scriptures that
clearly states, “God doesn’t always hear
We can know that God hears us as long
as we are asking according to the promise of God.
And God says that if we know He hears us then we
know that we already have what we desired when
we pray. Why? Because it is
impossible for God to lie. If God makes us a
promise and we take hold of it by faith, He will
always be faithful to fulfill His Word.
23:19 God is
not a man, that he should lie; neither the son
of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and
shall he not do it? or
hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
In the mid 1980’s I was driving a truck for a
trucking company coast to coast. We were a team
operation. That is there were two drivers in every
truck. While one was driving the other slept and
We didn’t have any choice of who our driving
partner was. The trucking company just teamed us up
with someone. One time I was teamed up with one of
the vilest persons I have ever met. Everything that
came out of his mouth was vile. Everything he
said, did, or thought was
I thought, “Surely God you could have helped
me get a more decent person to get stuck with in
Then one day we were unloading a trailer load
of canned goods in Dallas, Texas. We had to stack
the boxes of canned goods on a pallet and then take
the pallet out of the truck. The boxes were very
heavy and we were in a hurry because we had another
load we were supposed to pick up that day.
Earlier in the week I had hurt my foot and was
limping so I couldn’t move real fast. As we were
moving the boxes of canned goods I tried to pick up
too many boxes at a time and I severely hurt my
My back actually cracked and I heard it and the
person helping me unload the truck heard it.
Terrible pain shot through my back and I was hardly
able to stand up. Immediately the thought went
through my head “well at least you won’t have to
finish unloading this truck.”
At that moment I had a choice, “Do I accept
this injury and let the other guy do the rest of
the unload, or do I stand
in faith to receive my healing and continue to
unload the truck?” Now I want you to understand, I
was in severe pain and could hardly move but I knew
that Jesus took my infirmities and bare my
sickness. I knew that by His stripes I was healed.
The man helping me knew I was really injured
and told me to go back in the truck and he would
finish unloading the trailer by himself. Now I’ve
got to tell you, I really was tempted to do just
that but I said, “No, I’m healed by the stripes of
Jesus”. You should have seen the look on his face.
He thought I was crazy.
I was hurting so bad I could hardly stand it
but I kept moving boxes and with every shot of pain
in my body I would say out loud with my mouth,
“thank you Jesus for healing me”. I continued to do
this for about 5 or 10 minutes then suddenly the
healing virtue of Jesus instantly flowed through my
entire body and I was completely healed.
Now not only was my back healed but my
foot, that was hurt
several days earlier that I had been limping on even
to that moment was totally and completely healed
right in front of that vile, evil man. I just began
to give God glory and praise. The partner I had
didn’t really say much at that point. He just kept
looking at me kind of funny.
The next day as we were driving down the
interstate highway toward California, I looked over
and saw tears running down the face of this vile
person. He just looked at me and said, “What do I
need to do to be saved?”
Right there in that truck I told
him about Jesus and he
received Him as his Lord and Savior. He even had a
desire to be baptized as soon as possible.
Now I hadn’t been giving him a hard time about
his lifestyle. I hadn’t been preaching to him about
how he needed to get saved or he was going to hell.
I’m sure he already knew that. I hadn’t even been
sharing with him all the goodness God had done for
me in my life. But he knew I was living for the
Lord by my life.
As that man saw the miracle working power of a
living God manifested in the life of a believer he
knew that God was real and he came to know Jesus as
his personal Lord and Savior (deliverer). His
character was instantly changed and that person that
I could hardly stand to be around was now a brother
in the Lord. Changed by the
miracle worker Himself.
I could have chosen to lie down in that truck
and nurse my injury instead of boldly saying and
receiving my healing but if I had, I wouldn’t have
been healed and more importantly, that young man
wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see the miracle
working power of God.
Because he saw the manifested miracle of God,
he believed. He knew God was real and wanted to be
saved. He wanted to know the living Lord that is
concerned and active in the lives of His children.
God is so good.
Is it really true that someone could desire to
repent and turn their lives to God just because they
see a miracle?
despisest thou the
riches of his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of
God leadeth thee to
It really is true. When people see the goodness of
God with their own eyes it will lead many people to
It’s Too Hot!
Like I said before, I drove a tractor-trailer truck
for a living for a season in my life. One time I
was driving through Phoenix, Arizona on my way to
the east coast with a load of produce. It was
really hot outside, 116 degrees to be exact. Now I
know it’s dry heat in
Arizona but let me tell you a little secret, 116
degrees is hot no matter how dry or wet it is.
Jesus said that as long as we live in this
world that there would be tribulations. That is to
say we will face troubles. Not might, not maybe, we
will have trouble. Well He was right. That day,
when it was so hot, the air conditioner quit working
on my truck. I was driving a cab over truck. That
means that the cab set right over the engine. Now
that engine heat rises right up into the cab and
with the outdoor temperature what it was, it got so
hot in that cab that I just couldn’t physically take
I called the company but they were not willing
to have the truck fixed until I got to the terminal
in Springfield Mo. They said that it would cost too
much to get it fixed on the road.
Well I’ll tell you, I got so hot that I felt
like I was going to have a heat stroke. Like I
said, I just couldn’t take it any more so I called
out to the Lord. I said “Jesus I need your help.
Your word says that you will supply all my needs
according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
So I don’t know how you are going to do it but
I’m just believing you
right now for relief from this heat.”
Now either God’s word is true or it’s not. I
just began to praise and glorify the Lord that I had
relief from that heat. I didn’t know how He was
going to do it but He is almighty God and more than
able to help us in time of need. God’s Word says
that we can come boldly to the throne of grace to
find help in our time of need.
Nobody was there in my truck. I don’t have
any witnesses to this so you are just going to have
to believe me or not but this is the absolute
truth. After about ten to fifteen minutes of just
praising the Lord for giving me relief from the heat
there was a miraculous change in the temperature
outside. The Lord is my witness, the temperature
dropped from 116 down to about 75 degrees and it
stayed cool for the next thousand miles till I got
to Springfield, Missouri the next day where they
fixed the air in my truck.
Now you may think that God wouldn’t change the
temperature in a large area of the country for just
one person but I’ve got to tell you, there is just
something about believing the promise of God. I
believe God will step over a million people, or even
a billion people just to touch the life of one of
His children who will only believe and put all their
trust and faith in Him.
What is interesting about this miracle is that
as soon as they got the air fixed in my truck the
temperature went back up to over 100 degrees within
the hour. I have had two other times in my life in
a similar situation where I was about to overheat
and both those times the Lord performed the same
miracle, just for me.
We serve an almighty God who is more than
enough in any circumstance of our life. Yes, Jesus
said that in this world we would have tribulations
but he went on to say, “but
be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” As
long as we put our faith and trust in the Lord
nothing is impossible. Jesus said “only believe,
all things are possible for those that believe (put
their faith and trust in God).
34:7 The angel of the
LORD encampeth round
about them that fear him, and
Several years ago my wife, my little boy and I
lived on Table Rock Lake in the Kimberly City area
of southern Missouri. It was a beautiful area and
we really enjoyed living there.
One spring I decided to go out mushroom
hunting. We just loved those morel mushrooms. I
hadn’t been mushroom hunting in many years and
couldn’t remember if I really knew what they looked
like for sure but I figured it would come back to me
when I found some.
I was searching in the woods in an area that
someone had told me that I might find some. It is
really hard to get someone to tell you where you
might find some good mushrooms, as most people will
keep that as one of the biggest secrets, like a gold
mine or something. Well there they
were, a whole bunch of
mushrooms on one area. They looked a little weird
but I just figured it had been a long time since I
had seen them.
Well I brought that whole bag home for my wife
Kathy to fry up for us. We ate them all. My little
2-year-old Daniel just ate them like he was
starving. Within a few minutes after we had eaten I
began to feel a little funny. I was down stairs in
the den and thought maybe I should look up those
mushrooms in a book I had on mushrooms.
I found them. They were called “false
morels”. They looked kind of like morels only
different and they were POISON. It said that the
symptoms were that they caused severe illness and
Right there I had a choice to make. You see
God promises us that if we eat or drink any deadly
thing that it will not harm us. He said that He
would give His angels charge over us lest we dash
our foot against a stone. I had to decide, do I
believe the promise of God and thank Him for keeping
my family and me healthy or do I panic. I decided
to believe God.
I felt as if my wife might get upset if I went
ahead and told her I had given my family poison
mushrooms, so I just didn’t tell her right then. I
just called out to God and began to thank Him for
his healing and preserving power. We had given
thanks over our food and the Word says that it is
sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.
You see either God’s Word is true or it is
not. I believed God and covered my family with
words and prayers of thanksgiving and faith and we
all were just fine with no sickness or symptoms
whatsoever. That being said my wife did forbid me
from picking wild mushrooms for quite a while after
I told her what happened and showed her in the book
that they were poison a few days later. Well, maybe
she didn’t actually “forbid” me but I promise she
didn’t suggest I do that any more for a long time.
I have a really good wife.
4:4 For every creature
(created thing) of God is good, and nothing to be
refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1Ti 4:5 For it is
sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Both Boys Are Dead
A few years back my wife and I were out shopping in
Kansas City. We were in our first year of a church
we are pioneering and it is the church we currently
pastor, Living Word Church in Lawson, Missouri. We
were about to go into Penney’s to get some clothes
when we received a frantic call from my sister in
law saying, “the boys are
She frantically began to tell me what had
happened. She had been in the house talking on the
phone while her children and a boy she was
babysitting were playing outside. She lived way out
in the country and her nearest neighbor lived what
must have been about a block or so away.
While she was in the house the
children had strolled over to
the neighbor’s house and was playing with a
ball. Apparently one of the boys had thrown the
ball over the neighbor’s fence into the swimming
pool and decided to crawl over the fence and get
it. One of the boys was 3 years old and the other
one was 4.
Neither of the boys knew how to swim but one
jumped in the pool after the ball and began to
drown. The other boy jumped in after him and they
both drowned. My sister in law’s daughter ran to
the house to let her know what had happened. She
estimated they had been dead over 15 minutes is what
she told me. When she got there they were both
floating face down in the water.
When she called me she was on the way over to
the hospital. She had started CPR on the two boys
and had called for an ambulance. When the ambulance
arrived they started treating both boys.
When Rhonda called she told me that they were
on the way to the hospital and she didn’t know if
the boys were alive or dead. They had placed both
boys on respirators at the hospital and put them on
life flight helicopter to transport them to
Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
As soon as she told me what happened fear came
against me. I had a
choice right then, do I begin to speak words of
doubt and unbelief or do I believe God? I
immediately began to speak words of life over the
boys. I told my wife Kathy what happened and that
we might have to raise those boys from the dead.
We drove to the Hospital and waited for the
helicopter to arrive. If was
5:30 in the afternoon when the copter arrived and
they rushed both boys into the hospital with
respirators breathing for them.
Both boys looked dead and lifeless.
We waited in the waiting room for several hours
without any word. The mother of the boy that had
drowned that was being babysat was a nurse and she
kept saying that she had seen cases like this and it
was worse than we could imagine. Another pastor was
also there and we had everyone in the waiting room
stand up to pray. We joined hands and began
speaking life over those boys. Just as the
Shunemite woman did in
the Bible we began to speak over those two boys,
all is well; thank you Lord, all is well.
About 9 o’clock they called my sister in law
into the doctors room to
talk to her. They had told her that they didn’t
know if the boys would live. They said that if they
did that there would be a good chance they would
never be the same. They would probably at least
have brain damage.
When she came out she was pretty upset but we
just kept speaking words of life over those boys.
We were now allowed to go in and see my nephew.
Rhonda went in first and after that I went in with
her sister. When we went in Jason was lying there
totally limp and appeared to be lifeless. The only
action was the breathing machine that was breathing
for him. Every time the machine went in and out you
could hear the water gurgling in his lungs. They
were still full of water.
As we stood over him the nurse standing there
kept telling us that they didn’t even know if he was
there. She just kept saying, “Now we don’t know if
he is here”. She was warning us not to have hope,
that if he did live he could be like a vegetable.
Well his aunt that was in there with me said to me,
“doesn’t the bible say something like if two people
will agree in prayer and ask for something that God
will do it?” I said, “Absolutely it does”.
I laid hands on Jason’s chest and every time
it went up and down I could hear and feel the
water. I said “chest I command you to clear up
right now in the name of Jesus” then I laid hands on
his head and said, “Mind I command you to be sound
in the name of Jesus.” As I spoke over him with
words of faith the nurse was standing right there
and she heard me say it.
I took Rhonda’s sister out and brought back in
my father who was Jason’s grandfather. I said dad
feel his chest. You see his chest had been full of
water and they expected it to take several days for
it to completely clear up. His chest was no longer
gurgling as the machine was breathing for him.
Then I spoke to Jason. I said, “Jason this is
your uncle Mike and your grandpa, in the name of
Jesus I command you to wake up!” When I did his
eyes fluttered. Then I said it louder, “Jason this
is your uncle Mike and your grandpa, I command you
in the name of Jesus to wake up!”
This time he came totally awake and alert and
the nurse began exclaiming; “He’s here, he’s here!”
You see she had kept telling us that they didn’t
even know if he was here. When Jason came awake he
was totally and completely healed by the power of
God. What was also cool is that the other boy was
also completely healed that very evening.
They wouldn’t take the breathing machines off
till the next morning when the doctors came in but
when I called in the next morning and talked to the
nurse I asked her detailed questions about how the
boys were doing and she told me everything was
They kept the boys for about 3 days I believe
just for observation. I don’t think they could
believe what happened. They kept bringing new
doctors in to tell them the story. I think everyone
familiar with the case knew the hand of God was in
on those boys healing.
This is one on the most powerful miracles I
have ever personally seen in my life and I just wish
everyone could have been there to see the power of
God concerning these boys being raised up from death
14:12 Verily, verily, I
say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works than
these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
She Had a Stroke!
In about 1980 I had just gotten out of Bible College
and Kathy and I were working with an Assembly of God
church in Ennis, Texas as the youth pastors.
We ran a bus ministry in that church and
bussed in children from all different kinds of races
and economic status. We actually did get some
criticism from one or two of those elders in the
church for bringing in some “undesirables” (they
actually used much worse words that I would rather
not put in this writing) but I just told them that
all those children needed the Lord just like
everyone else and I told those elders that they just
needed to pray through and get right with God.
That didn’t go over so well. Maybe I
shouldn’t have done that but I didn’t want them to
go to hell for hating children just because they
were poor or not their favorite color.
Besides working for the church I also worked
for a company called Joy Petroleum, which made
oil-drilling equipment. I worked as a machinist and
sometimes I painted the parts. One night I got an
emergency call from my wife. My mother had called
from up in the Kansas City area to let us know that
my sister was in the hospital and that she had a
blood clot in her brain that had caused a massive
stroke. We were told they didn’t know if she would
live or not.
I immediately began to pray. As I prayed the
Holy Spirit spoke clearly to me and said, “If you
will go right up there and lay hands on her she will
be healed.” That night I left work early and
borrowed a car from a friend that got really good
gas mileage and we headed to Kansas City.
We arrived at Liberty Hospital in the wee
hours of the morning and even though they weren’t
going to let me in at first, even though I was her
brother, I told them I was a minister also and was
definitely going in to pray for my sister. They let
When we got in her room we were told that she
was paralyzed on one half of her body and that she
had a blood clot lodged in her brain. We were also
told that they couldn’t really do anything about
it. I laid hands on her and prayed like the Holy
Spirit had instructed me to do. Now sometimes when
I lay hands on someone I don’t feel anything but
this time I felt the power of God all over that
place. Even though she was asleep I knew she was
We left the hospital and went to my parent’s
home to get a few hours of sleep before we came back
to the hospital. When we came back later in the
morning and my sister was sitting up in her bed
completely healed. We visited and after a while the
doctor came in. I believe he was from another
country. They had taken my sister in for tests when
she woke up healed and they could no longer find any
sign of the blood clot in her brain. This doctor
said that it couldn’t have just disappeared and that
it had to be somewhere.
Well, I just told that doctor exactly what
happened and that my sister was healed by the power
of God. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a doctor get
so upset in all my life. I think he thought I was
crazy or something. I’ve just gotten used to
that by now. That doctor got so upset that he
refused to come back in my sister’s room the rest of
the time she was at that hospital.
They could have just went ahead and sent her
home but they were so determined to find out what
happened to that blood clot that they kept her for 3
more days running tests but to no avail. She really
was healed and there was nothing they could say or
do about it. They just had to let her go home.
I truly believe that the reason my sister was
healed was simply because of our obedience to the
leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus
gave us the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct
us. Jesus said that He only did what He saw the
Father do and he only said what He heard the Father
In everything Jesus said or did, in the work
of the ministry, He only did under the direction of
the Holy Spirit. I am persuaded it is that precise
reason my sister was miraculously healed by the
power of God. We only did what the Holy Spirit told
us to do.
as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are
the sons of God.
My Arm is Broke
As I said earlier, I pastor Living Word Church in
Lawson, Missouri. Well a few weeks back on Sunday
morning a member of our church came in with a cast
on his arm and it was in a sling. When I saw him I
said, “Rick, what happened to your arm?” He told me
that the day before, while he was at work, he walked
out in front of a semi truck and it hit him and
broke his arm and tore up something in his shoulder.
During service I just felt in my spirit that I
should call him up for prayer. I invited others in
the church that would also like to agree with us in
prayer to join us. As we were praying we spoke to
the bone in that arm and commanded it to be whole in
the name (authority) of Jesus. Then we spoke to the
shoulder and commanded those tendons and ligaments
to be whole in Jesus name (authority) also.
The next evening Rick called me at home, this
was Monday evening, he said that he had to go back
to the doctor that day and when they x-rayed his arm
again it was no longer broke.
They pulled up the x-rays from two days
earlier and his arm was broke on that x-ray. So
they took a total of 3 more x-rays but they showed
it still was no longer broke. They could have taken
100 extra x-rays and it still would have been
healed. They went ahead and took off the cast.
Wednesday night he came to church with no cast
and an arm and shoulder
that was healed by the power of God and he was
This same man had been healed a few weeks
earlier spontaneously in our service from another
shoulder injury that he was scheduled to go into the
doctor for the next day. In the middle of the
meeting he began swinging his arm around and saying,
“It’s healed, it’s healed.”
He told me later that he didn’t really know if
this healing stuff I had been teaching was really
real until God had healed him by his power.
Now both him and
his wife are laying hands on other people and they
are getting healed.
By the way, he got copies of both x-rays.
One broke, one healed.
any sick among you? let
him call for the elders of the church; and let them
pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name
(authority) of the Lord:
the prayer of faith shall save (deliver or heal) the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;
Out of Gas!
In the early 1980’s my wife and I were doing
traveling ministry. We were preaching a revival in
an Assembly of God church in Waxahachie, Texas. God
really moved by his Spirit. We had several people
saved, healed and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Back then we had a little travel trailer we
pulled around with us and we lived in it during
meetings. As I was praying and meditating on the
Word of God in that travel trailer one day the word
of the Lord came to me by the Holy Spirit and began
to teach me about faith. The Lord told me that,
“Faith doesn’t say I believe I am going to get
something, Faith says I HAVE IT NOW!” Well that day
I really began to get a better understanding of
faith and I really needed it because when we got
through with that meeting that lasted eight days we
got a check for $50. I was so shocked that I just
donated the money back to the church.
Now this was our only source of income and we
had driven all the way down to Texas to do this
meeting and one other meeting the next week, however
we did do better financially on that one since they
gave us $76. That one I didn’t donate back to the
church. We needed to get back up home to Missouri.
Understanding faith really helped on our way
back to Missouri because half way through Oklahoma
we were unable to find a gas station that was open
and we ran out of gas right smack in the middle of
I called out to the Lord. I said, “Now Lord I
wasn’t negligent about not looking for a place to
get gas, there was just nothing to get.” I really
didn’t know what to do but to believe God. I knew
God’s word said that “My God shall supply all
your need according to His riches in glory by Christ
Jesus.” So I quoted that promise to the Lord.
I said, “Lord, I don’t know how you are going
to do it but I just thank you right now that all my
needs are supplied through Christ Jesus. I thank
you Lord that we are going to be able to go down
this road and get back to our home in Missouri.” I
didn’t know how the Lord was going to do it but I
believed my need was met. I didn’t tell God how to
do it, I just continued
thanking Him for his supply. I thanked him that “I
have it Now!” and somehow
I really believed that I did.
As I continued to pray and thank the Lord for
his goodness and supply, suddenly I heard a voice in
my spirit man. It said, “Start the car”. Now even
though I knew in the natural that the car was out of
gas and that cars don’t run without gas, I obeyed
the voice of the Spirit and started cranking the
starter. The engine didn’t even start to turn over
and I just kept cranking until the battery started
running down. Just about the time it wouldn’t crank
over another time, it started.
Somehow I was in a place of supernatural faith
and it didn’t surprise me a bit but my wife was very
surprised, to say the least. I estimate that we had
to drive about 50 miles before we found an open gas
station. This was when there were supposedly
Gasoline shortages. We drove 50 miles with no gas
in a car that got about 8 miles per gallon pulling
that travel trailer.
By the time we stopped at that station my wife
was a nervous wreck. Well, I don’t know about a
wreck but she was very nervous. At least that is
the way I perceived it. I just looked at the price
at that station, thought it was too high and
suggested we go on down the road and find a cheaper
place. I wish you could have seen my sweet little
wife when I suggested that. I just figured if we
could drive 50 miles without gas then we could drive
51. Well I submitted to my wife and we went ahead
and filled up where we were.
Now back to that church where we only received
$50 for eight days work. The
revelation of faith that I received from the Lord
there and the miracle that I received because of
that understanding of faith on my way back home has
been worth more to me than if I had received $10,000
at that church. It is not always about
money. It is about following God and being obedient
to his direction. When we work for the Lord he will
always pay us for our work for Him.
Also I’ll tell you what happened at the next
church where we only received $76 for a week. One
night a young man with a crippled foot or ankle came
forward on crutches for prayer and the next night he
came back totally healed. Also another night the
visible glory of God filled the ceiling of that
sanctuary I don’t know if anyone else could see it
but I could and I couldn’t lift my hands up into it
without falling under the weight of that anointing.
Now to tell you the truth, I was disappointed
with those small offerings but what kind of a price
can you put on those kinds of miracles in your life
experience. I’ll tell you, when I need a miracle
again, I can always look back and remember what God
has done and know that he is able and willing to do
it again. Even as I am writing and recalling these
events the tangible anointing of God is covering me
I know that the only reason I was able to believe
and have the kind of faith that was needed for this
miracle to occur was that I was imparted with a
special endowment of the Gift of “Special Faith” by
the Holy Spirit.
I just “knew” that car had to start because of
that impartation of “Special Faith” by God’s
Spirit. I’m careful to give God all the glory here
because it was His gift in operation here and we
simply submitted to that gift.
12:1 Now concerning
spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you
1Co 12:8 For to one is
given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to
another the word of knowledge by the same
1Co 12:9 To another
(special) faith by the same Spirit; to another
the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
another the working of miracles; to another
prophecy; to another discerning of spirits;
to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the
interpretation of tongues:
1Co 12:11 But all these
worketh that one and the
selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally
as he will.
Several years ago I was ministering with a
church in Excelsior Spring, Missouri as the
associate pastor. I wasn’t receiving a full time
salary from the church so I made money from other
enterprises. One of the things I did for money was
to buy and sell antiques.
Now I don’t handle the paying of the bills in
our household, my wife does. I don’t really think
about our bills. I just tell my wife to let me know
if we need more money for bills. Well, one day my
wife walked up to me and said, “We need $2000 to pay
some bills in the next few days.” I asked her how
much we had in the bank and she said $100. I said,
“OK I’ll get the money” not having a clue where the
money was coming from.
I have a website on the Internet for selling
some antiques and I also do some business on e-bay.
About two weeks earlier I had listed several items
up on e-bay, about $3800 worth of antique glassware
and nothing had sold. Normally I was selling about
70% of what I listed and if this had been the case
we would have had the money to pay those bills.
That night we had church and just before the
offering I was thinking about what I needed to do to
get that money to pay those bills. I felt in my
spirit that I should sow an extra seed offering. My
wife and I were already tithers, that is we give the
first 10% of everything we make to the Lord through
our home church but I felt like I should sow a
special offering for this particular need.
I thought, in my mind, “I’ll give $25” but
something said deep down inside me, “No give $50”.
I said within myself, “I don’t want to give $50, I
only have $100.” But something said again down
inside of me, “Give $50”. I realized that my flesh
wanted to give $25 but the Lord was leading me, in
my spirit man, to give the $50. My flesh didn’t
want to give the $50. Sometimes we miss the
blessings of God because we do what we decide
to do instead of following the direction of the Holy
You see one of the things Jesus did for us was
to give us the Holy Spirit to lead, guide and direct
us and He will always lead us into blessings and
favor. We may not always see it at first but if we
are willing and obedient we will be able to see the
deliverance of the Lord in our lives.
I’ll be honest with you, my flesh didn’t want
to give that $50 but I knew it must be God because I
knew the devil wouldn’t be telling me to give more
to God than I really wanted to.
I went ahead and wrote out that check real
quick before my flesh could convince me not to and I
forced myself to be a cheerful giver. Now the word
says that we should be a cheerful giver. We can
choose to obey God. We don’t have to feel cheerful
to choose to be cheerful. We don’t have to be
controlled by our feelings; we can simply choose to
do what God says even if we don’t feel like it in
our flesh or emotions.
I just thanked the Lord that he was supplying
all my need according to His riches in glory by
Christ Jesus. You see, I didn’t have to give
that $50. I didn’t have to give anything but
that is what the Lord was leading me to do and if we
want to have good success in receiving from God we
had better get in the habit of obeying the leading
and direction of the spirit. I really believe if I
had done my own thing instead of following the
direction of the Lord, I would have missed the
miracle the Lord had for our family.
God’s Word says that if we will give that it
shall be given unto us, good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, and running over shall men give
unto you. God’s Word is true.
As soon as I got home from church that evening
I opened my email and there was an offer from
someone of $800 on a piece of glass that I had
listed at auction about 2 weeks earlier. Normally I
don’t get offers on items after the auction ends so
this was an unusual thing. Also this was an item
that I would have been willing to sell for much less
so the offer was a very good one. I was excited.
My seed was already producing fruit.
I immediately called my Pastor and told him
the good news. I shared how we had a need of
$2000. I shared how we sowed a specific seed for
that need. I shared how the harvest was already
coming in. He joined my excitement.
I want you to know,
that $800 was nice but remember we needed $2000.
Well, that was just the beginning. Within less than
24 hours of us giving that seed offering to our
church, we just kept getting more, and more offers
for items I had listed for a total of about $3500 in
sales. After my cost for the items I had made over
$2200 worth of profit. That was enough to pay our
bills and pay our tithe on the profit. We reaped
our full harvest within less than 24 hours of
planting our seed. God is so good.
The next evening we had a church gathering and
my pastor wanted me to share the good news of our
giving and receiving of the $800 but I told him,
“You haven’t heard the rest of the story”.
So we shared with all our friends in our church
family the miracle God had supplied for us and we
all rejoiced together for the goodness of the Lord.
and it shall be given unto you; good measure,
pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,
shall men give into your bosom. For with the same
measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to
See a Demon!
The Word of God says that we should desire spiritual
gifts. Years ago, when I was a teenager, I went to
a camp meeting and there was a minister there
teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. On the
night I was there he was ministering on the gift of
Discerning of Spirits. As he told stories of this
gift operating in his life I began to desire this
gift. I told the Lord, “Lord I would like this
gift”. He gave it to me.
This gift operates in different ways.
Sometimes I will just know what spirit is operating
in someone. Sometimes I will know what anointing of
the Spirit is upon someone. Sometimes I will just
know if someone has a devil and the intent of that
spirit. But one other way this gift operates is
that sometimes I actually see the spirit. Here are
just a couple of examples of how this miracle gift
has manifested in my life.
In the early 1980’s when my wife and I were
just starting in the full time traveling ministry we
ministered primarily in Assembly of God churches.
The Assembly’s were who I was licensed through and I
hardly knew there even were even any other full
gospel churches. Well, I knew there were, but I was
raised Assembly of God and up to that point never
considered ministering anywhere else.
We were holding a weeklong revival in a fairly
large Assembly of God church in northern Missouri.
A church with two or three hundred people was
considered a fairly large church back then. Now
after I preached I would usually invite people who
had needs to come forward for prayer. I would just
have them line up across the front of the church and
I would go down the line and minister to them
This one particular night I came up to a lady
and asked her, “What do you need?” She began to
explain to me that she suffered with severe migraine
headaches. She said she had been to the doctors and
had done everything she knew to do but nothing had
given her any relief. She said that she was
suffering from one right then and her eyes were red
Just as I began to lay my hands on her and
pray, I saw a demon sitting on her shoulder. It had
one hand on each side of her head. I jerked my
hands back and stepped back. I realized her problem
was simply that demon of infirmity. I thought to
myself, “Now that’s an easy fix”.
Jesus said that he has given us authority over
all devils. Jesus said that in His name, we as
believers have all the authority we need to cast out
devils. Jesus said, “In my name they shall cast out
devils”. No demon can stand against the authority
of Jesus Christ when exercised by faith through a
child of God.
As I stepped back, I just looked right at that
demon and pointed my finger at him. When I did he
just looked right at me and he looked kind of
dismayed. He was shocked I could see him. I
pointed my finger at him and said, “Devil I command
you to leave in the name of Jesus.” Instantly he
was gone and instantly she was healed. Her physical
problem was totally caused by that demon that had
taken up residence on her shoulder. As soon as he
was gone, she was healed.
There are demons that can cause all kinds of
infirmities but all of these infirmities are not
always caused by demons. If it is a demon it can
simply be cast out and the person will be healed but
even if it isn’t a demon they can still be healed
through the prayer of faith. Jesus provided for all
healing for our physical bodies through the stripes
he bare at Calvary.
When the devil leaves us we need to guard
ourselves and not give him place again. Usually he
will come back to try to attack us again but if we
will submit ourselves to God and his Word and resist
the devil, he will flee from us. I gave her these
instructions and she left totally healed by the
miracle working power of God.
It was about 1999 that my wife and I were in
bed just getting ready to go to sleep when suddenly
a sharp pain hit my knee. If felt like a knife
stabbing in my knee. It hurt me all night long and
I hardly got any sleep. I got up the next morning
tired but had a lot of work I had to get done so I
worked all day and my knee wasn’t bothering me that
That evening as I sat down in my recliner to
relax suddenly that sharp pain hit my knee again. I
looked down at my knee and was startled. There was
a demon sitting on my knee. He had one hand on each
side of my knee just like that lady’s case years
earlier. My wife was in the kitchen fixing supper
and I hollered out, “Kathy, there is a demon on my
knee!” She thought I was being wacky.
I just pointed my finger at that demon and
commanded it to leave in the name of Jesus and
instantly it left and instantly the pain left my
knee. Later that night I woke
up from a deep sleep with that same stabbing pain,
only now it was in my wrist. Even though I
couldn’t see it this time, I recognized it was that
same demon. I said firmly, “I told you to leave.
Now you leave in Jesus name and don’t you ever come
back.” Instantly the stabbing pain left and he has
never been back.
13:11 And, behold, there
was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in
no wise lift up herself.
13:12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her
to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed
from thine infirmity.
13:13 And he laid his hands on her: and
immediately she was made straight, and glorified
Should Pull the Plug
The last few years of my father’s life he had lots
of health problems. He had more than one heart
attack which severely damaged his heart. He also
got lymphoma cancer which had spread all through his
body, including even his lungs. The cancer kicked
in over 6 years before he went on to be with the
Lord. There were several miracles that kept my
father alive or he most likely would have
went on to be with the
Lord 10 years before he did. I am going to just
share a few of these miracles with you.
When my dad first got lymphoma cancer they
started chemotherapy but doctor pretty much let me
know that it was hopeless and that my father didn’t
have much time to live. The cancer had already
spread throughout his body and even into his organs
and lungs. We just prayed and believed the Lord for
that cancer to leave and within a few months the
cancer had completely cleared up.
About two years after my father had been
healed of cancer my dad and mom came by our house
one day. My mom said, “Mike I want you to look in
your fathers ear.” When
I looked I was shocked. The whole inside of his ear
was black and discolored. It looked like the skin
was actually rotting and being eaten away. I never
had seen anything like it. Years later I saw some
pictures of skin cancers in a cancer center and they
looked just like my father’s ear looked. My mother
said that the doctor told them the cancer was
probably coming back on my father starting in his
ear. It was on the same side of his head the cancer
had started before.
As I sat in my living room thinking about that
ear I just felt a prompting in my spirit man to ask
my father if he would like me to pray for his ear.
So I said, “Dad would you like me to pray for your
ear?” He said, “Yes I would”. I immediately went
over to his chair, laid my hand over his ear, and
commanded that ear to be whole in the name of Jesus.
I said, “Ear I command you to be whole in Jesus
name. Cancer I command you to leave in the name of
Jesus.” This time when I prayed I didn’t feel
anything. I didn’t feel the power of God fill the
room. I didn’t see his ear instantly clear up. I
didn’t see or feel anything supernatural at that
moment but what I did do was believe that what I
said happened when I said it.
Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “What things
soever you desire when
you pray, believe you receive them and you shall
have them.” In the Greek it says that we should
believe we have already received them when we pray
and then we will see that we have them. Men say,
“I’ll believe it when I see it.” God says, “You
won’t see it until you believe it.” If we are
waiting until we see that we have something
before we believe we have it we are going to
be waiting for a long, long time with no results.
God says we have to believe we have the promise of
God when we pray and then we will see it. That is
faith in the promise of God.
Like I said, when I prayed I didn’t see
anything but I did expect results. God says in the
book of James, “The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth
much.” When we pray we need to expect results
because God’s Word is true.
About 2 weeks later I went by my
parents house to see how
my father was doing. I went in the house and seeing
my mother I asker how dad was doing. She said he
was outside and that I should go and ask him. I
went outside and seeing him I said, “Hi dad, how is
your ear doing?” He said, “Oh, it is all black and
eaten up inside.” I said, “Let me see it.” As I
looked in his ear it was completely normal. His ear
was completely healed. There was no scaring, no
discoloration, nothing abnormal. You would have
never known anything was ever wrong with it. The
last time he had looked at it there was no
improvement but now it was totally and completely
healed by the power of God and he didn’t even know
it. He was still saying it was sick.
We went in and told mom what had happened and
showed her dad’s ear. We all gave God the glory for
A couple of years before my father went on to
be with the Lord he had a massive stroke. I was out
shopping for a car with some minister friends of
ours and I received the call from my mother. They
had been eating out when dad had just dropped over
unconscious. They were at Liberty Hospital and I
needed to get over there as soon as possible. I was
about 40 minutes away but I got there as quick as I
When I arrived the news wasn’t good at all.
My father was unresponsive and the only thing
keeping his body alive was the machines they had on
him. There was a large blood clot that was in the
damaged part of his heart that had discharged
numerous pieces and showered them into his brain.
They said this was the worst kind of stroke since
numerous blood clots had caused damage all over his
They called my mom and me into a private room
to talk to us. They told us that there was nothing
else they could do and that the only reason his body
was still going was because of the machines. They
suggested we disconnect the machines and let him die
(pull the plug). They suggested if we didn’t he
would just be like a vegetable being kept
I said, “Mom I don’t think we should do that,
we haven’t even prayed yet.” We told the doctors
not to disconnect him because we wanted to lay hands
on him and pray and believe God to touch his body.
They told us that since there was nothing else they
could do that they would just go ahead and prepare
to transport him to St. Luke’s Hospital in an
They let us in to his room and we laid hands
on him and began to pray. We commanded his body to
recover in the name of Jesus. We commanded his mind
to regain consciousness in Jesus name. The nurses
were there and heard us pray. When we were through
praying, it didn’t take long, they rushed him out to
the ambulance to take him to the other hospital
about 20 minutes away.
By the time we arrived at the other hospital a
miracle had already occurred. In less than 20
minutes of our prayer as they were traveling in the
ambulance to the other hospital my father had become
fully conscious and was over 80% normal. He was
fully conscious and could even walk and talk
normally. He did have a period of rehabilitation
but that day we saw a mighty miracle of God as the
Lord gave my dad back to us from the brink of death.
Cut in baby’s heart healed
There was a lady in our church that had a baby that
was born with some life threatening heart defects.
They didn’t really give that child much chance of
even making it through the birth but through the
prayers of God’s people she was born apparently
healthy from all outward appearances even though
they said the condition was still there and was life
threatening. She would still need several surgeries
over the years. There was miracle after miracle in
her life but I will just share one of them with you
She was less than two years old and doctors
needed to do several procedures on her heart over
the years so she could live a normal life. I went
in to the hospital with her mother one time so they
could do one of those procedures. They intended to
go into her heart through an artery and make an
opening between two parts of her heart to allow
blood flow. They went in with a knife and something
They called the mother and me into a room and
began to tell us the problem. They had a projection
up on the wall that showed the procedure they had
filmed and had actually performed on the child. As
they were attempting the procedure they had made a
mistake and had accidentally cut a hole right
through the side of the baby’s heart and they needed
permission to open her chest up and do emergency
surgery to close the hole.
On the film we could actually see large streams
of blood surging into the chest cavity every time
the heart would beat.
When the doctors came in to us just before the
surgery they were telling us just what they were
going to do. They said the surgery should take
about 4 hours. The little girls mother said, “This
is my pastor and I would like him to pray for you
and the surgery.” You should have seen those
doctor’s eyes. I thought they might just pop out of
their heads but they went ahead and let me pray for
them and the surgery. I just said, “Lord God show
yourself mighty. Touch this baby’s heart in Jesus
name. Guide and direct these doctor’s hands and
give them wisdom in Jesus name.
Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord.”
Those doctors left us saying it would take
about 4 hours to repair that baby’s heart. The
mother of the child went ahead and went down to the
cafeteria to get something to eat and I just stayed
up in the waiting area in case they came in to let
us know something.
About 20 minutes later a nurse came in and
said the surgery was finished. I said, “They told
us it would take 4 hours.” She said when they went
in that the hole had already spontaneously healed
itself. They didn’t have to do a thing. The Lord
had answered our prayers. He had shown Himself
mighty and miraculously healed the hole those
doctors had cut in that child’s heart. We serve an
almighty God who is still in the miracle working
business for those who serve and place their trust
and assurance in Him.
own Personal Healings
In the late 1970’s I was first introduced to the
Word of Faith message. At the time I was attending
Bible College at Southwestern Assemblies of God
College in Waxahachie, Texas. I met a young man
there named Don Burton and we became friends. He
had attended Rhema and
was taught about faith by Kenneth
Hagin before coming to
One day he was over at my house and asked me a
question. He showed me a scripture talking about
the God that calleth
those things which be not as though they were. He
said to me, “What do you think that means?” I said,
“I don’t have a clue.” Without saying anything else
he gave me a book written by Kenneth
Hagin called The
Authority of the Believer. I read that book and the
revelation of God began to explode in my life. I
began to see and understand I had never understood
I read everything Kenneth
Hagin ever wrote and learned to walk in
faith. I especially learned to walk in faith for
healing in my own personal body. I had certain
times of the year I would get sick. Every year
since I was young I would get very ill with flu like
symptoms in the spring and would be sick for 2 or 3
weeks. When I learned to stand by faith in the
promises of God and receive my healing and health
that Christ had already provided to us through the
atonement I began to walk in divine health.
No longer did I have to have the flu and colds
that I had learned to suffer with year after year.
I lived in divine health for over 10 years.
The first three or four years things would
still try to come against me but I just came against
them with faith in the promise of God and confession
of that faith and they were not able to take hold
and always just left. I would daily, through that
period of time, confess the promises of God over my
life and regularly meditate on the promises
concerning healing and health for my body.
Basically after those first 3 or 4 years of walking
in divine health sickness or disease just gave up
and didn’t even try to come against me any more for
several more years. I had been walking in divine
health by faith for over 10 years.
After about the first 5 years however of
walking in divine health I just thought I had it
made and didn’t even continue to meditate on healing
scriptures of make daily confessions of my faith
concerning my healing. I knew what God’s Word said
and I think I just began to take it for granted that
sickness, disease and infirmity had no place in me.
I didn’t think I would be sick another day of my
After I had been walking in divine health for
those 10 years I began to get some injuries in my
body. Now because I hadn’t been keeping up with my
confessions of faith and meditation on those
promises for the last few years I was weak in my
faith. I had let down the hedge and the enemy was
aware of it.
I began to accept injuries,
after all I was getting older. Within just about 3
or 4 years I had received a ruptured disc in my
back. I had received two bum knees. I had received
bone splints in my feet. I had received a torn
rotator cup in my right shoulder. Then arthritis
hit me. When it did something said inside my mind,
“Well you know your mother has
rhumatory arthritis and after all you are
getting older.” I just agreed and began to suffer
with it. Every joint in my body was hurting and
getting inflamed to the point that I was
having to take pain pills
all day just to be able to do my job. Then my heart
started bothering me. There was lots of heart
trouble in my father’s side of the family so I just
accepted that as heridetary.
I was in such bad shape physically that I really did
think that I only had a couple of years to live so I
took out a large life insurance policy on myself so
my family would be able to make it after I left.
You are probably saying to yourself, “How
could a guy really walk by faith in divine health
for over 10 years and then end up in such poor
health?” Well I’ll tell you. All you have to do is
to take your focus off of the promises of God and on
to the circumstances. What I did was to take it for
granted that sickness had no place in me and had let
down my guard. I had gotten lazy about meditating
on the promises and not held fast to the confession
of my faith.
I began getting dizzy and when it wasn’t going
away I went to the doctor and he suggested to me
that I might have a brain tumor. Now between this
and all the pain I was going through every day I
finally called out to God. It was about time.
I said, “God I am physically a mess. I don’t
want to die yet. What am I going to do?” The Lord
spoke back to me just as clear as if He was sitting
in the seat next to me and He said, “You know how to
receive your healing!” You know what, He was right
From that day on I began to actively stand by
faith against every symptom in my body. I commanded
my joints to quit hurting. I commanded my mind to
be sound. I commanded my knees to be healed. I
commanded my shoulder to be whole. I commanded my
heart to not attack me. I commanded my feet to be
whole. I began to thank God all through the day for
the healing virtue of the Lord. I said, “I thank
you Lord that your healing virtue is flowing through
my body now making me completely whole. I thank you
Lord that this arthritis is healed in Jesus name. I
thank you Lord that my knees are healed in Jesus
name. I thank you Lord that my shoulder is healed
in Jesus name.” I continued to thank the Lord every
day all through the day for taking my infirmities
and bearing my sickness. I thanked Him almost
continuously that by His stripes I was healed.
I spoke those words out loud with my mouth
every day for about 3 or 4 months till my body was
completely healed of every symptom by the power and
virtue of Jesus Christ. The only symptom that
lingered was the torn rotator cup in my right
shoulder but within a short time that was completely
That has been over 10 years since I received
my own personal healing from all those problems and
I have been walking in divine health ever since.
Only this time I am not letting down my guard. I
start out every day in prayer and the confessions of
Now I strive to pray out loud with my mouth
every morning like this. “I thank you Lord that you
took my infirmity and bare my sickness and with your
stripes I am healed. I thank you Jesus that your
healing virtue is flowing through my body now making
me completely whole. I thank you Lord that
sickness, disease and infirmity have no place in
me. I thank you Lord that I am the head and not the
tail. I am above only and not below. I am blessed
coming in and going out. I thank you Father God
that your blessings chase me down and overtake me.
I thank you Jesus everything I put my hands to
prospers and is blessed. I thank you Lord you bare
my sins in your own body on the tree so I could be
dead to sin and live a pure, holy and righteous
“Himself took our infirmities and bare our
Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his
own body on the tree that we being dead to sins
should live unto righteousness, by whose
stripes we were healed.”