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Healed from “Suicide Disease”

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Healed from “Suicide Disease” with a Touch and a Prayer

Brandice Hudson – 700 Club Producer

“Out of nowhere I just had this lightning bolt of piercing, burning pain.  It was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt in my life, come into the upper part of my left cheek and just pierce straight through my face,” said Chris Carlson. 

It was 1997, when 25-year-old Chris Carlson started having the attacks. At first they lasted a few seconds but every day they returned, more painful, and more often.  

“Chris would have one of the shocks, the pain in her face.  I could see it instantly.  Her eye would close up, her face would kind of scrunch up,” said Chris’ husband, Dave.

“My face would swell up with the pain and so literally my face would constrict,” said Chris. 

Doctors couldn’t find the cause, and the faintest touch on her face or exposure to light would trigger an episode.  The pain from her sensitivity to light became so debilitating, she had to leave her job as an engineer and isolate herself from friends. 

“Our house was becoming darker and darker and darker.  I mean a light bulb would go out and we wouldn’t replace it.  And so literally it was dark and emotionally it was dark,” she said.

Finally after six years, doctors discovered Chris had a rare, chronic pain condition called TN or Trigeminal Neuralgia.  It affects the trigeminal nerve that carries sensation to the face and brain.  It’s also known as the Suicide Disease.  “Because people just can’t get out of the pain.  And so they will eventually take their own life,” Chris explained. 

“It was very stressful.  It controlled everything about our lives.  Every decision that was made was controlled by the pain,” said Dave. 

For the next nine years, doctors treated Chris with medications, injections, and surgeries but they provided only temporary relief.  Chris and Dave say during this time they prayed for everything – except healing. 

“We prayed to get the right doctor who would know what was going on. We prayed to get the right procedure, but never did we know to just pray to take it away,” Chris said.

So with all her options exhausted, Chris asked God to help her cope with the pain.

“You have to help me.  I can’t do this…. A lot of just looking for strength.  I was understanding I was going to have to live with this.  ‘Well if I have to live with it God, you have to help me to live with it!  I can’t do it all by myself so you’re going to have to step in and help me.’”

In August 2012, Dave encouraged her to attend a healing service hosted by a local pastor, Tim McCarthy. 

suicidediseaseThe guest speaker was Marlene Klepees, a woman healed of Cerebral Palsy.  Pastor Tim introduced her by showing her story that once aired on The 700 Club

Chris said, “Afterwards Pastor Tim said, ‘Marlene will pray for people if you’d like prayer.’  So I look at Dave and I’m like, ‘Okay let’s go. Time to go home.’  He’s like, ‘Are you kidding?  You are going up for prayer.’” 

Reluctantly she went forward.  “I said, ‘Look, I don’t believe in this whole healing business.’ And she looked and she says ‘Okay.’”

Marlene remembers, “I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll believe for you.  That’s not a hard task.’ Then I remember feeling that it was very important to touch the side of her face.”

“Nobody ever touched my face because it would just elicit extreme pain.  So she puts her hand on my face and says just a simple prayer.  She’s getting very bouncy and joyous and she’s like, ‘Oh, I didn’t expect that.  There it is!’  And of course I don’t say ‘Yes, I’m feeling heat in the back of my neck.’  She finishes the prayer and says ‘Okay.’ Then I say, ‘Thank you very much.  Have safe travels home.’”

As the couple headed home a tingling sensation spread throughout the left side of Chris’ face. 

For 25 minutes I had that.  And then I had nothing.  My face just opened up.  My eye opened and I had no pain.  We were both just confused.  Where’s the pain?  It had been 15 years! It was gone.”

17022315_1867722066842236_1488910348571738507_nChris was in awe of what God had done.  “In that moment I was quiet. The pain was gone but there was no reason for me to be healed.  I wasn’t in the Word all the time.  I wasn’t actively asking for healing.  And I was healed, only because He loves me.”

Chris and Dave say the miracle made them reevaluate their priorities.  They quit their jobs and sold their belongings. Today they travel as missionaries and spread the word about God’s healing power. 

“Because He’s absolutely incredible – that I could go from being so sick, to this.  It’s just amazing and we have the most blessed life,” said Chris.

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God’s Revelation of Himself as a Healer

Thermal pool, Taupo, New Zealand.In the book of Exodus chapter fifteen we encounter The revelation of God at Marah. It has only been a short while after their exodus from Egypt. It’s in this simple narrative that God reveals Himself as a healer. 

22Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the Shur Desert. They traveled in this desert for three days without water. 23When they came to Marah, they finally found water. But the people couldn’t drink it because it was bitter. (That is why the place was called Marah, which means “bitter.”) 24Then the people turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded. 25So Moses cried out to the LORD for help, and the LORD showed him a branch. Moses took the branch and threw it into the water. This made the water good to drink. It was there at Marah that the LORD laid before them the following conditions to test their faithfulness to him: 26″If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and laws, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:22-26)

This is where God showed Himself to both a deliverer and a physical healer.  The revelation at Marah came to give substance and promise to the Israelites experience in coming out of Egypt. If you recall in the ten plagues of Egypt demonstrated God’s power and supremacy over the gods of the Egyptians. Here in the wilderness He was showing His nature, character, strength, and power! They were developing a history in God for themselves. They were moving from only believing the stories of encounter from the generations before—Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham to experiencing their own encounters with Yaweh. 

In the Exodus God manifested Himself in Power and at Marah He revealed a facet of His eternal nature to His children. In giving the name of Jehovah “Rapha” Israel realized God was covenanting Himself to them forever. 

The tree is a picture of the cross, theologically known as a “type and shadow.” Many references in the New Testament refer to the cross as a tree. This picture reveals the source of Healing Power—The Atonement of the Lamb of God! It is clearly a type of the Cross of Christ. (See Acts 5:30, Acts 10:39, Galatians 3:13) Another type and shadow in the Old Testament pointing towards Christ and the Cross is found in Numbers 21, the story of the fiery serpents.

The tree being cast into the bitter waters and making the waters sweet (potable) is a picture of the Cross being cast into the bitterness of man’s sinful existence. Moses throws the tree in the waters and the waters were healed. In a moment we see God declaring His eternal name—Jehovah Rapha and shows how His provision is made possible through the precious blood of the Lamb, the atoning death of His Son. 

Beloved, are there bitter waters in your life? The bitterness of poverty? The bitterness of physical weakness? The bitterness of abuse and wounding of the heart? The bitterness of accidents and tragedy? The bitterness of betrayal and abandonment in relationships? There is no bitterness that Jesus can not heal! There is no loss, pain, or suffering that He can’t redeem in your life. He heals broken hearts as easily as He heals broken bodies. 

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Immediately after this revelation, God leads them to “Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.” God doesn’t simply long to heal your wounds He longs to lead you to fullness and find yourself at rest in the Oasis of His presence. 

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Please God, May I Have Some Healing?

Please Sir, May I have Some More?

Please Sir, may I have some more?

Does God still heal? Theologically most Christians believe that God can heal, that He is able to intervene into the affairs of man, yet most of us have little certainty that He will heal. We approach God asking for physical healing like that famous scene from Oliver Twist. Oliver, who toils with very little food, remains in the workhouse for months. One day, the desperately hungry boys decide to draw lots; the loser must ask for another portion of gruel. The task falls to Oliver, who at the next meal tremblingly comes up forward, bowl in hand, and begs Mr. Bumble for gruel with his famous request: “Please, sir, May I have some more!”.  We so often approach the throne of Heaven as though we ourselves were beggars and thieves who are expecting to be struck rather than loved and cared for. We look at God the Father, as one who at any moment might smite us! Nothing could be further from the truth.

“We are all the product of a culture of highly developed unbelief.” Bill Johnson

You’re not an orphan or a beggar. You’re a son. You’re a daughter of the King of Kings. You’ve been given direct access to His Throne room. There’s no waiting room hoping to see His majesty. He welcomes His sons and daughters into his inner courts! You’re not imposing upon the LORD when you approach Him. What would it look like if the body of Christ was actually a “Culture of highly developed belief?”  That we actually expected that God would act upon our behalf, that our prayers were actually heard and effective.

JesusHealsBlindHow did Jesus approach healing the sick? Did He timidly ask the Father for healing? Did He passively pray, “If it be Thy will?” No, never! He knew the Father’s heart, character and Word on the matter. Interesting to note, Jesus didn’t heal every sick person, but everyone Jesus prayed for was healed! The issue may be more complex than a 60 second sound bite from a Televangelist but you can be certain when you read the scriptures old and new healing is in His heart. That sickness, disease, and death were never apart of His original design.  He told the Disciples “Greater works than these…” the ache in my heart is that these words may suggest there’s more healing to be had this side of eternity than we’ve been lead to believe. I long to grow a “a highly developed culture of belief,” in my heart, family, and community. If that’s your heart’s cry then I invite you to join us this week on a journey into the Scriptures on the subject of Divine Healing. It’s gonna be fun!

“The foundation upon which we build is Jesus. Our understanding of healing must be firmly fixed upon His character and person rather than our tradition or experience. John G. Lake, Wigglesworth, Dowie and so many others were successful in healing ministry because of their simple declaration – “Christ is all”. We preach – Christ – not an idea, not a theology not an interpretation of the truth, but a person – who is the final communication of God concerning Himself. He is the healer, He is the restorer, He is the re-builder of broken lives. The world is desperate for Jesus, but they cannot see Him. The Church must be His Body in the world – preaching the same Gospel of hope and deliverance, manifesting the mercy and grace of God in tangible ways, demonstrating His love.”Kevin Matthews

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Receiving from God!

jesus_healing_blindLet’s talk about the story of “Blind Bartimaeus”. Jesus shows up to town with signs and wonders. People are touched by his ministry of love and compassion. His teaching is so different from the other Rabbis, he speaks as one with authority. His message is as confusing as it is compelling. Many wonder if He could be the one. It is time for Him to leave town. The crowd is following after Jesus and others are stopping their work and coming near the road. Jesus probably came into town on this same road. Suddenly Bartimaeus starts raising his voice and crying out, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy upon me!” Those around him were offended. It wasn’t polite this was a loud disruptive shouting, he was using all He had to connect with Jesus. The Messiah was once again passing by and there was no way Bart was going to miss out on his healing. He kept shouting out over and over again.  Jesus called for him, and he threw his cloak aside and pursued Jesus. The next part seems a bit strange, Jesus asked the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?”  It seems really obvious, LORD, he is blind! So why did Jesus ask something so obvious?

Two possibilities stand out. 1. Jesus was asking so everyone in the crowd would know for sure. Remember he isn’t on Healing Blind Bartimaeusa platform, he is on dry and dusty road with throngs of people who had stood between him and Bart. Sometimes the reason you need to share your need with others, isn’t because God will use them to be the solution but to be a witness to the miracle of God. 2. I am convinced that Bartimaeus could have asked for a Big Mac and french fries, new clothes, money, or comfort and received them. The Messiah was in front of the blind man would he ask for a Miracle or a coin? Why do we have to ask? It makes things crystal clear, this need was met by God because I asked. It shows our dependence upon Him and our interdependence upon one another! Independence was the root cause of the fall, total dependance upon God is the foundation of the Kingdom of God!

You know the story, because Bart was desperate and kept on asking, he got an audience with the King. He knew there was an open door to receive what was His. He didn’t say: “Well, if its God’s will, Jesus will find me and heal me today.” No, with tenacious, determination, a blind man kept on asking, seeking, and knocking and because he did the will of God manifested healing in his eyes. Don’t relent! Ask God and keep on asking! He is the only source! 

” Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus theNazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”  Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.  And answering him, Jesus said,“What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.” Mark 10:46-52

 

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Carol Wimber Vineyard History Outtakes

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Carol Wimber A History of the Vineyard Pt. 8

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Carol Wimber A History of the Vineyard Pt. 7

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