the Glory Testimony 20
Instantly the Arthritis Was Gone & His
Legs Became Limber
Pastor John Hamel
The following is an
excerpt from the JHM article
"Divine Blueprint for Faith, Part Two."
corresponding actions is dead as a doornail." (James 2:17 MSG)
I was once conducting a service for a
Pastor in Las Vegas, Nevada. I preached a message on faith and
healing. I was stirring up the people's faith with the Word of God to get
them to the place where they could receive their healings or
I then gave a call for those who were
ready for God to touch them.
man came before me in the healing line who had crippling arthritis in his
knees. He was unable to bend them in even the slightest way. I
watched him as he came forward to get in the healing line. He
literally walked like a mummy wrapped in burial cloths. His legs were stiff
as boards. Both of his knees were entirely immovable.
man explained to me that he had been attending that Church for a number of
years and had been prayed for many times, by many Ministers and never grew
better but rather grew worse.
explained to me that everyone in that Church knew who he was and could
verify that his knees had been locked in this frozen position for
years. I asked him what he had faith for - what he would like me to
pray for. He told me he would like me to pray that his knees would
bend normally so that he could walk normally again.
Him to Do Something He Couldn't Do Before"
got down on one knee before him, placing both of my hands on both of his
knees and began to pray. Immediately I heard the
voice of God in my spirit say, "Tell him to do something he couldn't do before."
the Lord did not tell me to tell him, "See if you can bend your
word "if" always denotes doubt.
tell the man, "See if you can bend your knees" would be an act of
Ministers wrongly believe that just because they have a special gift or an
anointing to minister healing to the sick, it will work automatically no
matter what they say or believe. But that is simply not true.
matter how much healing power or how many special healing gifts one
possesses, or how much miracle power is available through them, the Gifts
of the Spirit work by faith and only by
Gifts of the Spirit will not work in the presence of unbelief. There
must be expectation for the
Blocks the Spout Where the Power of God Comes Out
Jesus, the Son of the Living God Who was anointed without measure, could do
no mighty works because of the unbelief of the people in His hometown.
He [Jesus] could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hands upon a
few sick folk, and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.
And He went round about the villages, teaching." (Mark 6:5-6)
friend, Rev. Ronald Coyne, had
his eyeball surgically removed as a child. One year later he was prayed for
during a tent revival in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and he began to see
supernaturally through an empty eye socket.
the next forty-three years of his life he demonstrated that miracle around
the world, leading untold numbers to Jesus Christ through it.
Ronald once told me that when his miracle first occurred, whenever he would
come into the presence of someone who did not believe in his miracle, his
vision would cease through that empty eye socket. Only when the
unbelieving individual was removed from his presence could he begin to see
through the empty eye socket again.
is this so?
it were truly a miracle of God why would it shut down like that?
answer is found in the Ministry of Jesus as we read above. The answer
Bible says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and
forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
unbelief hindered Jesus' miracle working power yesterday. Human
unbelief hinders Jesus' miracle working power today. And human unbelief will
always hinder Jesus' miracle working power.
unbelief grieves the Spirit of God and blocks the spout where the miracle
power comes out.
is why the Lord did not tell me to tell the man, "See if you can bend
is why the Lord did not tell me to tell the man, "Try to bend your
is why the Lord said, "Tell him to do something he couldn't do
Couldn't You Do Before?"
the man with the crippled arthritic knees what the Lord had just commanded
asked him, "What couldn't you do before?"
Where others would have
resisted and complained, this man said, "I couldn't do this" and pulled
one of his knees up to his waist and it bent.
Suddenly both of his knees came loose and he began walking normally around the
sanctuary to the cheers of the congregation who knew his circumstances.
Every few steps he would pull a knee up to his waist like an athlete
stretches before a race. He alternated doing this between both knees.
he began to run around the sanctuary. He ran awkwardly at first, but he was running nonetheless.
The congregation was as ecstatic as he was.
next night as I stood on the platform I saw the formerly crippled man
sitting in the congregation with his knees bent like a normal person.
I called him up front to testify of his miracle. He came walking down
the center aisle, knees bending freely as he walked.
he stood beside me I asked him how he was doing since his miracle. He
answered me, "I'm doing just fine. I'm very tired but I'm fine. I
haven't slept since last night. I stayed up all night and then all day
enjoying bending my knees, walking, running, squatting. I'm still just so
excited I can't stop bending my knees long enough to sleep."
of joy and laughter rose up from the congregation again.
man had received an astounding miracle of God. His knees which had
been locked in a frozen position for years instantly and effortlessly came
loose by doing what he could not do.
is what the Bible means when it says, "Faith without corresponding
actions is dead."
Jesus told the man in the Synagogue with the withered hand, "See if you
can stretch forth thine hand" that would have been an act of unbelief
on Jesus' part. That would have prevented the man's healing.
Jesus told the crippled man to do what he could not do.
when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the
hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.
And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other."
I disobeyed the Lord, telling the man after praying for him, "See if
you can bend your knees," I would have prevented his miracle.
I disobeyed the Lord, telling the man after praying for him, "Try to
bend your knees," I would have prevented his miracle.
was important that I tell the man to do exactly what the Lord told
me, "Tell him to do something he couldn't do before."
the crippled man complained about what he could not do, he would have
blocked the flow of God's healing power and prevented his own miracle.
when I told him what the Lord said and asked him what he could not do, he
said, "I could not do this" and he pulled one knee up to his
waist. When he did that, not only did the knee he pulled up come loose but
the other knee came loose as well.
healing miracle demonstrates the absolute importance of following God's Word
explicitly, without variance.
matter who we are, how anointed we are or how much power God makes available
through us, if we speak or act in unbelief, it will absolutely cut off the
flow of God's miracle power.
Hudson Taylor Knew How to Cooperate with the Power Flow
Hudson Taylor was a great 18th
Century Missionary to
made many trips back and forth to China
by sea in
sailing vessels. On his first trip to
into the "doldrums." This is when there is absolutely no
wind to move the vessel and it just sits. In those days it was
possible to sit for weeks waiting for the wind to pick up again.
came to a standstill, the Captain dropped the sails to keep them from
becoming parched in the sun. Slowly the ship began to drift ashore
towards islands inhabited by cannibals. With the islands now in
clear view, the Captain approached Hudson Taylor, knowing he was a Minister.
He asked Hudson
if he would
go before the Lord, asking for Him to send sufficient wind to save them.
Hudson Taylor agreed but only according to the following conditions.
"If you'll set the sails, expecting Him to answer, I'll pray and ask
Him to do so."
went to his
cabin to pray while the Captain gave the order to "set sail" in
the midst of the doldrums. As Hudson
was on his
face in prayer, the ship began to rock, creak and move. Of course,
knew the Lord had answered his prayer. He
went topside to discover the sails billowing in the wind.
The Captain did a little thing and acted out his faith by setting sail when there was no
Almighty God did a big thing, sending
the requested wind, thereby preventing the passengers and crew from becoming
not let the devil eat you for lunch. Act and speak like you believe.
Be Blessed ... John and Barbara
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