Monday, February 06, 2012

Healed of Cerebral Palsy

Does anyone know Bob Turner? Tell him I'd love to chat with him, catch up. He had the most wonderful story to tell.

I met him years ago in a home meeting. He played the piano beautifully for our worship, then he gave his amazing testimony. I love to believe wonderful things and tell others, but I don't want us to be deceived. I wanted to verify Bob's story.

I did. I called his high school and asked the secretary if she remembered him. "Oh, yes," she said.

So I didn't put words in her mouth,  just asked what she remembered. She corroborated:

Bob was born with CP and at 14, his left side stopped growing. His left arm and leg were shorter and drawn up, and he walked with a dragging limp. His parents bought him an old piano for coordination therapy. He'd pound on it in frustration. But he still managed to learn a lot.

One night, a friend took him to a home prayer meeting and they laid hands on him and prayed. His left arm and leg straightened out and even his teeth on that side came in longer. 

His parents didn't believe it when he ran up the stairs to tell them. They had been through so much for so long. His mother put her pillow over her head. His father said, "Let's see if it's there in the morning."

It was.

He went back to school on Monday and teachers pulled him into their rooms to ask what happened. A Bible club was formed and at the end of the year, an assembly program speaker had to cancel, and Bob and the host of the home meeting were allowed to give their testimony to the whole school.

All this, the school secretary corrobrated--in her own words, not mine. Except for one mistake. She said, "He went to a revival..."

No. It was just a living room full of believers.

Bob spoke in several churches in the area, and in my living room twice. I made more friends on those occasions, strangers brought in by friends into my packed house.

It would seem that God is still in the healing business. Several times, the Bible says Jesus healed them "all." Acts 10:38. I don't know why all aren't healed who ask with faith today.

Nowhere does  Jesus refuse to heal anyone. Nowhere does He say, "I think I'll let you keep this affliction. It will make you more spiritual." But we have probably all seen situations where it does.

Nowhere does it say in the Bible the age of miracles is past.

In fact, I Corinthians 1:7-9 KJV says we are to come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Great Commission in Matthew says to do all things He taught/commanded them, until the end of the age/world/cosmos. What things would that include? Matthew 10 says He told them to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils. Again, to the end of the world....

Miracles do seem to happen more on the mission field than in more  "sophisticated"  science oriented-countries. Like ours. Ask a missionary back from the foreign fields. When everyone else isn't around.

Is much of the Western church pretty Laodicean, a la Revelation 3? I wonder, but that's another topic for another day.

Some people are still gloriously healed right here and now, and I hope that knowing that builds faith.

And we can dwell on the Word, such as Isaiah 53:5, "With His stripes, we are healed." And "Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today, and forever." But if His plans don't coincide with ours, we should also remember that God has His plans for us, and they're all good. "All things work together for good for them them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose," Romans 8:28.

And who does the healing? We are told in Hebrews that Jesus is at the right hand of God. God and Jesus are seated in heaven. So, God's work on earth is done by the wonderful Holy Spirit.

James says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." I'm no expert. I just suspect that God appreciates it when we recognize all three aspects of Him in their different roles. Like it says in the hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy--God in THREE PERSONS, blessed Trinity.

Too often today, we fail to mention one of these blessed Persons, God on earth today, the Holy Spirit, rather than act and believe for Him to minister accordingly, his gifts of the Holy Spirit. Healing, in Bob's case.

My novel's heroine's little girl is very ill and a new believer prays for her. This believer just lost a loved one, himself. He says he doesn't know why everyone isn't healed. He just knows that healing was part of the work of the cross. "With His stripes we are healed." So he prays for the toddler in faith, believing, and....

Pray for me to get a publisher and you can read the book and find out. LOL Thanks!

As for Bob Turner, he doesn't have all the answers, either. But he did get his healing, praise God. May we see more healings like his.

To read what a Southern Baptist missionary personally told me about another part of the Great Commission--casting out demons in Indonesia--click here.

God bless~


Margo Carmichael said...

My friend Kellie Gilbert just emailed me:

Lovely post, Margo. I have my own claims to healing...not physical, but I used to be a gal heading for trouble in all the wrong bars, and all the wrong cars. Know what I mean? I can attest there is One who makes the sick well.

Thank you, Kellie, and you are a sweet light today.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Good post, Margo. And a needed word for the church today.

Margo Carmichael said...

Thank you, Patty.

Margo Carmichael said...

Email from my friend, Julie Marx:

"Miracles are part of an abundant life in Christ. Good post, Margo. I am also a recipient of a miracle healing."

Thank you, Julie. I'd love to hear all about that.

S. J. R. Smith - Author said...

I am one of those who prayed for people and they either got worse for a long time or they died. I wrestled with this for years.

But I'll tell you what I know: I know it's not about me. I know it's the Lord who heals. I know that healing is real and available through the cross of Jesus Christ.

And even though I saw the opposite of my prayers take place, I didn't stop praying for people to be healed. I prayed for the prayers of others to be more effective. Now when I pray for people, they DO experience healing.

I'll tell you what the Lord has healed in me:
1. my kidneys work (I was told to get a transplant when I was a child, and five years ago the doctors said there's no trouble with my kidneys at all)

2. my migraines are 10x better than they were several years ago.

3. I no longer suffer from chronic fatigue (anyone who has had this knows what a miracle this is)

God is good.

Whether I'm healed on earth or healed in heaven, God is good.

And His miracle power is REAL.

Robin Shope Jansen said...

Margo, thank you for inspiring me once again. Such an inspirational story. A lady who attended our church in Illinois was healed of ms in an AA Allen ralley in the 50s. She left in a wheel chair and by the next day was mowing her lawn. What a testimony in the town of Mendota.

Margo Carmichael said...

Sarah, I'm so glad for your healings. God is compassionate and you are so lively and vibrant. Wonderful testimony, thank you.

Margo Carmichael said...

Robin, thank you for inspiring me! What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing that, I'll remember it always. From a wheelchair to a lawnmower.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Margo, nothing is impossible for our God! I've personally been healed from cancer, chronic Lyme Disease, I also had one softball-sized tumor the doctor felt inside of me that disappeared before surgery. I also have testimonies on my site... of people who have been healed or are walking testaments to God's power.

Our God is amazing!!

Margo Carmichael said...

Yes, Lisa, he is amazing. Thank you for your testimony. I look forward to reading more on your website, sweet thang!

Margo Carmichael said...

Another friend's email says:

I believe in miraculous healing. My mother was in a serious car accident when she was six months pregnant with me. She had to have surgery inserting metal plates the entire length of her thigh. In addition to the trauma of the accident and surgery, she also had RH negative blood, and my older brother had RH positive blood, which meant her body had already developed antibodies against the RH factor. The doctors didn't give much hope for my survival, but God had other plans. The elders of the church came and laid hands on my mother, praying for her and me. When I was born perfectly healthy and normal, the nuns in the hospital called me the "miracle baby."
Connie Leonard

Connie, and I'm glad you were one! Thank you so much for sharing that.

~ Brandilyn Collins said...

I'm a testament to God's miraculous healing as well. The whole story is on my web site at (under the link "My Healing"). And since that time God has granted me a prayer ministry in which I've seen many people physically, spiritually, and emotionally healed. Amazing, what God does. I continue to be overwhelmed, just watching Him work.

Margo Carmichael said...

Thank you for commenting, Brandilyn. I love your amazing healing testimony.

Everybody, click on her link and enjoy a wonderful story of God's healing power today.

And, Brandilyn, congratulations on your book, _Over the Edge_, being a Christy finalist in the Suspense category!

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Robin Shope Jansen said...

Yes! God is alive and still performs miracles. I used to be a missionary overseas and have seen hundreds of healing miracles both spiritually and physically...and usually they took place at the same time. Thank you for sharing these stories and being such a continual inspirtation to us all. love you! Robin Shope Jansen

Robin Caroll said...

Thanks for sharing this story.

Margo Carmichael said...

Robin Shope Jansen, thank you for that fascinating confirmation.

Robin Carroll, you are more than welcome.

Tina Moore said...

Amen, healing is the children's bread! I have also experienced healing in my life, nothing major but my wrist was hurting so bad pain slowly moved up my arm, it got so bad that I couldn't even lift a pen. I knew that my mother had surgery for Carpal Tunnel as did my brother not too long after her. And so I heard that word in my head, then I said "oh no you don't!" I began to speak healing over my arm, I spoke to the muscles, the tendons my joints and anything else I could think of. I cannot tell you the day it stopped hurting, I just realized one day that it wasn't hurting anymore! Praise God! His word is true when we believe it and act upon it! God Bless You!!

Margo Carmichael said...

Tina, thank you for sharing that. Someone prayed for a pain in my arm, too. It was from an old whiplash and it made my arm hurt and my thumb twitch every now and then. The pain stopped and occasionally it would come back and I'd say, "No, you are gone in the name of Jesus." It hasn't been back in years. Mark 11:22-24, "have what you say." It's in there, like it or not.