Monday, March 11, 2013

Hearing Test Result

The result of Michael's hearing test came back.  Our son Michael who was clinically profoundly and severely deaf now has clinically perfect hearing in both ears!  Previous audio testing showed flat lines in both ears.  Now both have mountain peaks in the normal hearing range...and that was before they were able to clear the fluid and wax out of his ears, which indicates that his hearing is even stronger than the tests indicated.

He was intensely prayed over on Friday and began to show immediate indication that he could hear: turning toward Sarah when she would call him (never happened before), babbling along with worship on Sunday morning as we sang and a few more indicators.  We were strongly encouraged to continue praying for confirmed healing.  We just happened to have this test lined up today! :)  Divine healing still happens!!!

PRAISE THE LORD GOD WHO HEALS!!!


Prayer request from Sarah

Do you believe that what the Bible says is true? Do you believe that Jesus came, He healed, He died and He rose? Do you believe that we, as believers, possess the authority and power that Jesus did when he healed the deaf? I do.

In John 14:12 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father."

With everything in me I believe these words. If you are a believer, then take hold of your inheritance and pray big! Pray with the authority and the power that Jesus did. And watch God move. Watch God heal. Watch God blow your mind.

Michael is undergoing a hearing test today that will determine which type of hearing aid he will need. The tests run in the recent past have shown severe to profound loss. Doctors say we need to move forward with aiding his hearing so his speech isn't too effected in the future. I agree. We need to do something. I believe God can heal him and I believe that power of that healing is in us. Will he? I don't know, but I will pray with the expectation that He will. Devastation happens everyday and people plead with God, beg God for a different outcome, a healing, a redo in life, and the result isn't always what we desire, but we have to lean into what Isaiah 55:9 says about His ways being higher than ours. We may not always understand, but we need to trust that our God is good, He is who He says He is, He is Love and we can trust him.

It's important to me that our little boy can hear and I will do whatever is necessary for him to attain that, but first, I will pray with the authority that has been bestowed upon me by the God of the Universe. Please pray with me. It is very important to me that you go into prayer on our behalf with the confidence that this is possible, so I'd encourage you to first bind, or ask God to take away, any doubt that this is possible and then loose, or ask God to fill you with, an unyielding faith that what the doctors claim to be impossible, IS possible. This is not just thinking on the bright side or being positive… This is declaring that the miraculous Can happen and you believe it.

Please pray with us today. Go before the Father with the boldness and confidence that He created you to walk in.

-Sarah

Saturday, March 9, 2013

3 Promises from Proverbs 3

I'm sitting outside on a sunny, cool Pennsylvania Saturday morning, the Rudy soundtrack and welcome-home birds filling the crisp air, reading Proverbs 9 when a breeze blew my page back to Proverbs 3.  The subtitle of that chapter is "Wisdom Bestows Well-Being".  What a great chapter, with the famous verses 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."  I love that promise.  I try to make those kind of passages my prayers.  "Lord, may I trust You with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding, may I submit to You in all my ways, believing that You will make my paths straight! I can bank on that."

Verse 7 also has a promise. "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones."  When we harbor sin in our lives, refusing to address it, ignoring the Spirit that lovingly, yet insistently, calls out to our spirit for holiness, it can physically affect us!  It's not a punishment (that was taken care of at the cross!) but it's a byproduct, a side effect, a consequence!  Few people deny the effect the mind can hold over the body (We see something gross and it can turn our stomachs!) It is the same when we know we are not living as we are called to and we try to carry that weight ourselves.  Bank on it.

The third promise I read is in the next verse. "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing; and your vats will brim over with new wine." Giving to God, of our time, our talents and our treasure makes sense! (Randy Alcorn has written multiple books on this subject.)  Pastors may be hesitant to talk about tithing because it could come across as their desiring selfish gain, but not only is giving to God of our wealth (the firstfruits of our wealth) beneficial to the furthering of God's Kingdom here on earth, but it's in our own best interest!  I have no intention to preach a prosperity gospel here!  God forgive me if I am.  But I do believe that God will provide our needs just as Jesus promises in Luke 12:27 when He reminds us God clothes the flowers of the field with more splendor than Solomon ever displayed, so how much more will He clothe us, His children?

Give freely to God's work, give generously, give joyously! Honor the Lord with the firstfruits of your wealth and bank on the promise attached.