I have been hearing about a healing revival going on in Florida. I don’t know anything about this particular church, but I do believe God heals people miraculously today. This is because we have experienced His healing on numerous occasions throughout our lives. For example, I was born 3 months prematurely nearly 50 years ago, when preemie survival rates, especially at that gestational age, were very low. I weighed 2 lbs 13 ounces, and the doctor told my parents not to even give me a name, because I was going to die. But the hospital where I was born had just received an experimental new invention for testing the week before: an incubator. I think I was the first baby in that incubator at that hospital. My parents prayed over me, asked the Lord to heal me, and named me "Christine" in defiance of the doctor’s advice. And I lived, and thrived.
When I was in college the Lord healed me of debilitating scoliosis in my back. A friend prayed over me, and I felt my spine going "clink" "clink" "clink" in place, all the way down my back from the top of my spine to the bottom. And I have been pain and scoliosis- free since that day.
When my son was 8 months old, he experienced a fall of about 10 feet and landed on his head. His skull was fractured, swollen about twice its normal size. If he survived (which was in doubt), he would be brain damaged the rest of his life. So my husband and I prayed over him and asked the Lord to heal all his injuries and restore his brain the way it was supposed to me. I sure didn’t feel full of faith at the time; I have rarely been so scared. But after about 5 hours after the prayer, the swelling in his head was gone, he was active and playing, and a second set of x-rays showed no skull fracture, or any damage at all, whatsoever.
When this same son was about 5, we were up camping in the mountains, and he accidentally stumbled into a mountain bee hive in an old rotten log. He had hundreds of bee stings all over his body. I had a little baking soda to make pancakes the next morning, but not nearly enough to treat every bee sting. And we were hours away from the closest hospital. So we prayed over him, and all the bee stings were gone in about 5 minutes, and he was fine.
When my oldest daughter was pregnant with her daughter, she was diagnosed with gallstones, and they wanted to remove her gall bladder when she was in the hospital to deliver her baby. She didn’t want to live the rest of her life without a gall bladder, however, believing God gave it to us for some good reason, so we prayed over her, and her gall stones dissolved. She still has her gall bladder, btw.
So why would God do all that for us if He doesn’t heal people miraculously anymore?
I don't deny that God heals people miraculously. However, the "healing" meetings going on in Florida (near where I live) are much different than what you have experienced in the past. I've watched some of the footage on YouTube (which "mysteriously disappears" whenever there's a slight bit off controversy over it). A local pastor of a very large church (not mine) took a couple of Wednesday night meetings to cover what is going on there. You can find it here…
(Use the search terms "spiritual deception" for both parts of the message. 5/21/08 and 5/28/08)
I am really looking forward to checking into that. We are going to Florida later this year to visit my husband's family, so perhaps we will have a chance to see what's going on for ourselves. 🙂