For those who read my last post, I thought it would be cool to hear more from the perspective of Devin. Although I have seen healings, I have never personally received a supernatural healing. Because of this, I am fascinated with hearing from the mind of the healed. After Devin read my post he sent me this in a message:
"I love it man, I also love the blog. Thanks for including the part where I was freaked out, I think that'll stand out to a lot of people who are skeptical. I was definitely skeptical at first, and when my back felt better I think I freaked out as a result of the skepticism. This should stand out to a majority of the people who are skeptical, and hopefully cause them to see that Christ's healing power is as real as himself. Hopefully it even causes them to go out and experience it for themselves. Thanks again Nate, and keep it up. Cheers!"
Devin's response was so powerful and full of life! It gave me goosebumps because it reminded me that all it takes is one touch from the finger of God and a person's whole perspective on life can change. His message inspired me so much that I asked him a few interview questions to get an indepth view of his heart from this experience. Here's the brief conversation:
Me: Can you explain what was going through your mind when I asked if I could pray for you?
Devin: I wasn't sure what to expect, and to be honest it caught me off guard. There have been very few times where people have offered to pray for me. So when you asked, it was as if I was flattered haha
Me: Can you describe what you "felt"?
Devin:I felt a warmness and peace come through me. It was as if every uncertain thought I had about my health was flushed out.
Me:What was going through your mind when you realized you were healed?
Devin: There's no way that just happened. I've always heard of healing happening to others, but to experience it firsthand can't be placed into words.
Me:What did this encounter do to your faith?
Devin: It made me better realize the gravity of God's power and how He is still very involved with daily life. It's funny, I remember reading about all of healing accounts in the Gospel and that same Lord that healed hundreds also healed me. Crazy.
If you or anyone you know needs prayer please let me know. Text me, call me, email me, find a way to contact me, I would love to pray for you!
One of the most amazing things to witness is seeing God heal somebody. What a beautiful sight to see God lift the pain and sickness off of a person within an instant. With tears streaming down and joyful smiles finding a new home in the person's face, it never gets old. I have witnessed a strong amount of healings before, some I have even been blessed to be a part of!
It's a shame that so many Christians have little-to no faith in healing. Many Christians have never witnessed Jesus heal someone, so they assume that either God doesn't do that stuff anymore or if someone prays for healing and it doesn't work, they just don't have that gift. Both point of views are drastically flawed. First of all, there is no scriptural evidence anywhere to suggest that Holy Spirit doesn't still supernaturally heal people. Jesus is still the "Sun of Righteousness with healing in his wings" (Malachi 4:2). Nothing changed. And the latter is wrong as it points too much attention on the individual and not on God who empowers individuals. No one owns the gifts of Holy Spirit in a way that they can just summon them whenever they please. No, Jesus is always in control and He is the source of all divine healing. There is much more I'd like to say about this subject, but I got a short story I want to tell first :)
I believe it was January, early in 2014 and my awesome friend Emily asked me to come over to talk about some faith-related questions. It is such a privilege to be in a position where my friends trust my council. It keeps me in a humbling spot where I must always rely on the Father's wisdom and not my own. As we were discussing each other's faith, her boyfriend who is also my good friend, Devin, came over. It was a pretty sweet moment as we all engaged in some fun God-talk. In the midst of it all, I couldn't help but notice the wrist brace that Devin was wearing. I asked him about it and he told me he fractured it. He also expressed to me that his back was giving him pain because of a pinched nerve. I felt like God was up to something so I asked Devin if we could pray for him. He said yes, so Emily and I placed our hands on his back where it was hurting. After we prayed, I asked him if he felt any better - "Nope." So we prayed again. This time something happened. I could totally sense God moving in this second prayer and when we finished, I asked Devin to test his back out. He did some stretching excerises and sitting motions which usually caused a strong pain to occur. He was able to do everything perfectly and without pain. God had healed his back right there in that moment! He soon admitted, "I want to say something but it will sound cheesy." I urged him to just tell us anyway so he said, "I felt something." He explained that he actually feel God healing his back. Isn't that amazing?!
It was pretty humorous because Devin seemed to be genuinely freaked out by the experience - but in a good way. I saw him in the caf the next morning and asked him how he was doing, he replied, "The back feels great, I'm still freaked out though." I can't blame him for feeling freaked out - this was an intense reality! Unfortunately, it isn't very common that a friend would pray for you and heal you with the power of Holy Spirit. In that moment Devin encountered Jesus the Healer and the power of the Trinity's Love.
(P.S. We prayed for his wrist as well. His wrist wasn't healed and I don't have the answers for why that didn't happen. However, I will always trust God's perfect plan.)
A couple weeks ago, I was on my way to Rock Harbor’s pre-service prayer. Since I’m on the prayer team, attending the prayer meetings is a great way to get a feel for what God may be planning to do during the night. Ironically, he actually spoke to me in the car on my way to the pre-service meeting. He gave me a brief vision. This wasn’t an open-vision like the ones Ezekiel had, it was more like a moving mental picture. It was kinda like a gif – sure, let’s call it a Holy-gif. You know who else had Holy-gifs? Jeremiah. If you don’t believe me just read Jeremiah 1:11-14. Anyway, what I saw was pretty rad, so please let me paint this picture for you.
I saw a huge iceberg and Jesus was holding some sort of blow-torch, shooting fire at this iceberg. The fire melted the iceberg to the point where there was a beautiful, clear ice-sculpture standing where the former iceberg was. It was a beautiful image I saw, but I had to ask God for the interpretation (Once again, much like what happens in Jeremiah 1:11-14). He didn’t tell me the interpretation immediately, but He hinted that it would be for a specific individual who needed prayer at church that night. Let’s fast-forward a couple hours. When it was time for people to come up to the front for prayer, God reminded me of the image he shared with me and he gave me the interpretation. As I was praying for one young man, I asked God if he was the guy that this vision was for. It felt like Holy Spirit was confirming it so I shared the vision with the young man. I then told him the interpretation,
I feel like you may have guarded some things in your heart that God wants to control. It’s almost as if your heart and emotions have been frozen-over, but God wants to warm your heart. Once you allow God to transform your heart, you will become the beautiful sculpture He created.
This is the gist of what I told him. He seemed to be moved by the words God spoke to him through me, and I am confident that God touched him that night. Very rarely will prophetic words for another person remain engraved in my mind. However, ever since that night, that vision has been circulating throughout my head. I think it is partly because it was action packed and awesome looking, but also because of the deep truth hidden within this imagery. I believe this is a beneficial word for every person, in all seasons of life. I have personally grown a lot due to this revelation and that is why I want to share it with all of you!
I am fascinated with the sanctification process of the Christian life. Certain verses in the Bible have stirred a passion in my heart to see the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in a person’s identity. As we Christians grow in our faith and become more like Christ, we can point the glory to Jesus even when we’re not trying! Take a moment to read this verse and meditate on it. Read this over and over until you realize how true it is about you.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” ( 2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)
Wait, so we are actually being transformed into the “same image” of God? And from glory to glory – what does that even mean?! I don’t know but it’s awesome. As we “behold the glory of the Lord” we begin to look like him. For example, this is clearly seen in Exodus 34:34-35,
“Whenever he (Moses) entered the LORD’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant.”
Because Moses had encountered the glory of God on a personal level, it caused his human face to literally radiate glory! This is what Paul is alluding to when he says we are being transformed into God’s image. We must allow our lives to radiate the glory of God. What that looks like practically, I’m not entirely sure. But smiling is a good start. So is loving people. And not gossiping. And not taking part in the darkness. We all know what it looks like to be the “Light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). The truth is however, many of us find it hard to believe the claims that the Bible makes about us. The enemy is constantly reminding us of our sins and failures, which gives us a mental hindrance keeping us from pursuing Christlikeness. We begin to feel unworthy and unable to point people to Jesus. But this is a lie. Few negative words often scream louder than many positive ones. We need to understand how powerful the Cross actually was. The Eternal sacrifice of Jesus was a worthy sacrifice and it covered all of our shortcomings as long as we put our trust in Him. Once we begin the process of following Jesus, the words of life must scream louder than the words of death. God wants you to look like him. I’m not saying he wants you to be him. But he wants your life, character, and deeds to be modeled after the perfect life of Jesus.
You see, you actually are a beautiful masterpiece that God created. Jesus is called the Author of Life. He is the world’s greatest story teller and he wants you’re life to be a part of His-story! We must get to a point of maturity where we allow God to melt our frozenness away, no matter how hot it gets. We all have selfish desires that we want control of, but we must remember that our plans fail miserably compared to the plans of God (See Proverbs 19:21). Jesus has your best interest in mind. Always. (See Romans 8:28) He has the perfect heart of a Father and He wants your life to be the beautiful artwork He had in mind. Let the Lord sculpt you. Ask Holy Spirit what he is growing in you and teaching you. Ask God how you can live like Jesus more practically in every-day life. Study the Gospels and see how Jesus interacted with every person. We can do this family, let’s actually look like the Body of Christ! There is no greater joy than playing a part in connecting people to Jesus, so let’s begin to walk in the promise that God prepared for us! Many of us live stagnant lives waiting to get into Heaven. What we all must realize however, is that eternity starts now.
As Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)