It Sounds Like God To Me

© Copyright 2007 by Phil Scovell - All Rights Reserved


                                I AM HEALED

                              By Carol Pearson

          One day, as I prayed with Phil  over the telephone, I stopped and
     said, "I believe the Lord wants  to begin healing some of my  physical
     ailments now and that He wants to begin with my skin.  (I explained to
     Phil a little about  my skin complaint and  the amount of time it  had
     been really  bad over the past couple of years.   My legs were full of
     weepy holes,  very sore and red and often  bleeding as I just couldn't
     help scratching in my sleep!  I also said that God seemed to be saying
     to me  that the healing of my legs would be a sign that He was working
     in me  to make me really  whole.  (I am  aware that I will  fully know
     this wholeness when I stand before Him and see Him face to face, but I
     can enjoy some of  that healing right now).   Later I thought, "I  can
     really  put  the Lord  to  the  test  here because  many  people  have
     commented on the dark patches on my sore legs.  There will be tangible
     evidence; they will be gone if I am healed!"
          Just a few weeks ago,  whilst talking with a friend, I  remarked,
     "Oh, my skin is a lot better these days," and gingerly pulled up a few
     inches of my trouser leg to reveal (what had  been) a really bad part.
     I asked, "Do you see any dark patches now?"
          She replied, "No!"
          I said, "Are you sure, they're not darker at the backs?"
          She said again, "No, they look good."
     In that instant I knew God had done it!  The medications hadn't worked
     well, but He had healed me!
          Today I was  checking out Matthew 11  as a friend  had mistakenly
     given an incorrect reference and my attention was drawn to this verse:
     "Blind people  receive sight.   Disabled people walk.   Those who have
     skin  diseases are healed.  Deaf people hear.   Those who are dead are
     raised to life.  And the good news is preached to those who are poor,"
     (Matthew 11:5 NIRV).
          This thrilled  me and  I remembered I  hadn't said  anything much
     about this healing  to other friends  since it had been  confirmed, so
     here I am, sharing it with you all.
          Many people ask  "Why doesn't God heal  me?"  There are  books on
     this  subject written by those who  are much more able  than I am.  In
     this short article I don't even want to attempt to answer that one (as
     I still ask  Him some questions from time  to time about why  I am not
     seeing  more healing; but  here I  just want to  tell you some  of the
     reasons at least why God heals us.
          Let  me  first remind  us  all that  we  are often  aware  of His
     goodness and  loving-kindness when we  receive His healing and,  as He
     heals us of anything, let's ensure we go out and share it with others,
     giving  thanks  to  Him,  and we  don't  go  off  (as  I almost  did),
     forgetting all about what He'd done and not even really giving thanks,
     as was the case with nine out of ten lepers.
          Jesus tells why He heals in the story of the blind man in John 9.
     We read:   Jesus' disciples asked him,  "Rabbi, who sinned?   Was this
     man born blind because  he sinned?  Or did his parents sin?" "It isn't
     because this man sinned," said  Jesus.  "It isn't because his  parents
     sinned.   This happened so that God's work could be shown in his life.
     There you have a clear message from  Jesus - It was not anything to do
     with whether or not this man or  his parents had sinned but it was  so
     that the  work of  God could be  clearly seen.   In  other Scriptures,
     Jesus tells his disciples to go out and  preach and teach and heal and
     says  that these things will be  a "sign following," which means that,
     because they have met with Jesus, His works (done in His name by them)
     will be  a sign to others of  God's love and power, that  they too may
     believe and come to Him.  (See Mark 16:20).
          I am  always challenged as I read the words  of Jesus in John 14.
     In verse  12 we read, "What I'm about to tell you is true.  Anyone who
     has  faith in me will do what I have  been doing.  In fact, he will do
     even greater things.   That is because I  am going to the  Father."  I
     don't yet know  much about these "greater works" shown in my life, but
     I  sure am praying  that my faith  is increased daily,  and that means
     daily exercise of that faith on my part!
          One friend once prayed "Lord, please heal Carol of this bad cough
     to show your power," and  the cough went immediately!  No one was more
     surprised than I was  right then.   On one occasion I  was to sing  in
     front of  several hundred people.  The day  before my voice was really
     bad  and I could not sing.  On  that occasion I knew I should sing and
     trust God -  and He enabled me  to do it and  there was no sign  in my
     voice of anything  that had been wrong  the previous day!   Well, what
     can I say?  "Is anything  too hard for the Lord?" My  response, "Lord,
     surely, it is not.   Do for me and in me  that which you would do  and
     may you  have the glory and honour."   Perhaps after thinking on these
     things, you would also like to pray that prayer, in the full knowledge
     that, as we  respond with a  positive "Yes"  to Him for  His works  of
     healing  to be  done  in  our lives,  whether  emotional, physical  or
     spiritual, as He comes and challenges us in various areas and wants to
     heal us, truly He will do far more than we can ever ask or think!