In the summer of 2006 we took a road trip from Florida to Minneapolis to visit family and friends. We made stops in Indiana and Michigan. We stopped in to visit with some friends in Michigan who we knew 25 years ago. Tony and I were two of the 10 elders (Shepherds) who watched over groups of the congregation. I asked if Tony or Anne (His wife) if they ever see Gert. Their eyes lit up and said, “Yes we saw her a couple months back and she is doing great. You know every time we see her she tells us the story of that thing that happened when you were teaching the adult bible school.”
The Pastor had asked me to take over the Adult “Pastors Class” so that he could attend to other duties and prepare for the services. I was glad to do it. The Pastor’s wife and several of the elders were part of the class of about 20 people. One Sunday I was teaching on the validity of the spiritual gifts and how the Apostles testimony was verified with miracles. (This was a United Methodist Church). I noticed that one of the older ladies in the class was holding her arm which was in a sling, and was rocking back and forth in pain. I stopped the lesson and asked what had happened to her. She said that she had fallen down a small flight of about four stairs. Her arm had been broken in 3 places, in the Humorous near the shoulder. The doctors at the hospital emergency room X-Rayed it but could not set it until the swelling was able to go down. Gert was in her early 60’s at the time. She was all wrapped up and in a sling. She was really worried because her daughter was going to have a baby at any time and she feared that she would not be able to hold the New Baby, their first Grandchild, or help with delivery.
I felt a nudge of the spirit which said to me, “Are you going to teach it or live it?” So I asked Tony to stand with me as we laid hands on Gert and prayed for healing. We did and this which in itself was unusual for a Methodist church. She seemed more at ease. The next afternoon we received a phone call from a very excited Bert. She had returned to the hospital as scheduled to have the arm cast. She reported to the Doctor that the pain was gone. When they did the X-rays to check alignment, the arm was totally healed, and no longer broken. As you may be aware, with older patients healing time is usually greatly extended. But for Bert the time was cut from 8 weeks to three days. Praise HaShem. This is the kind of provision we need to have in the days of tribulation that are coming. To this day Gert tells her story to everyone she meets. This is the kind of witness that makes the Lord real and touchable. If any among you are sick call the elders of the Church and they will anoint you with oil and lay hands upon you and the prayers of the faithful will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up. (my paraphrase)
Please understand that in my sharing these things the point is that Yeshua still lives in his people as he did in the days of the disciples and that if we trust Him and actually live by our faith and not just hold it in our hearts, then we will witness Him walking among us. I lay no claim to anything that happened here in these testimonies. I know some preachers that do and I feel it is Blasphemous to do so. I don’t wear a white suit and I have no power to command any action from God. I am just like you, a regular man, often insecure, sometimes a little confused. But IF I can get past the clutter in my brain and pray , hear the spirit and act accordingly then things happen. Some have asked, “why don’t you go through the hospitals and heal everyone?” And if the power was in me I might do that. But it is NOT me. Even Yeshua said that He could only do what he saw the Father doing. Sometimes God chooses to heal us and sometimes he doesn’t. It is His work, we are His property and I trust that all things good and some not so good work to the Glory of God and we receive what is best for us.
During the Tribulation that is coming we must know how to walk by faith, how to trust, how to pray, how to hear from God. We serve a living God. He wants us to be over-comers. Who are the true believers of the last days?
Rev 12:  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Here is our word for this time.
Rev 14:  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
They keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah. They do both. They live what they believe. They are obedient to YHVH. They follow the Torah of YHVH the way that Yeshua taught it and the way He wrote it upon our hearts.
Nicodemus thought that salvation was a matter of being Hebrew / Jewish and if a Gentile man was to be saved that he had to convert and become Jewish. But Yeshua tells him that being born of the flesh or being adopted into the flesh had no value. We must be born of the Spirit. In the Hebrew this means to go back to the beginning and start fresh in a new life, one that is born in the Spirit of God.
JN 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
"When you awake in the morning, learn something to inspire you and mediate upon it, then plunge forward full of light with which to illuminate the darkness." -Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
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