HEALING COMES BY GETTING RIGHT WITH GOD!!!!
Pastor Henry Wright Pleasant Valley Church
Feb 27, 2004 www.pleasantvalleychurch.net
GETTING IT RIGHT
God has intended that this planet be inhabited in righteousness. He has intended from the foundation of the world that we would love our God with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our might and that we love our neighbor as ourselves. Upon this all of the law and the prophet’s hang. The basic foundation of the gospel is relationship.
But, what do we do if there has been a breech in relationship? We must get it right. As I have written over the past two years in “A Still, Small Voice”, about 80% of all diseases of mankind have a spiritual root with various psychological and biological manifestations. All spiritually rooted diseases are a result of separation on three levels:
1. Separation from God, His Word and His love. 2. Separation from yourself. 3. Separation from others.
The testimony I’m about to share demonstrates what can happen when people, both individually and collectively, get right with God and each other. This testimony is from my own mother.
When I was in my mother’s womb, she was dying of fibrosarcoma cancer. It was fast growing and fatal, wrapped around her jugular vein, running up and down her neck into the base of her brain, leaving her paralyzed. This was a generational curse as her mother had died of cancer shortly after giving birth to her.
My parents were pioneer ministers in New Brunswick, Canada. My mother was dying. There was no hope. There was nothing they could do. There was no surgery. It was impossible, incurable and just a matter of waiting out until she died. All manner of people had prayed for her but she was still not well. Even in her state, she insisted to be carried into church on a stretcher and laid in the front so she could be part of the service. That is dedication.
It was in the middle of one of these services that the invisible, living God reached down out of nowhere and plucked masses of cancer out of her like it never existed. She had no nutrition, no surgery, no chemo, no nothing. No one was even praying for her.
An eyewitness has recently told me that this was one of those services that couldn’t get off the ground. Nothing was happening. But, somewhere in the middle of that dead, dead service, a man suddenly got convicted. He jumped up and shouted, “ This service is cursed because of me. I’ve had bitterness in my heart for 20 years toward a man across town and God’s not going to bless me, or you, or nobody in this church until I get it right. I’ll see you later. I’m out of here.”
That started a chain reaction. People began to repent one to another. Knowing a little bit about my father today, I would say, that even in that first year of marriage, my mother probably had developed a massive case of bitterness against him as he was a very difficult man. I’m suggesting that because the whole place erupted in repentance and forgiveness. Now, I heard growing up that she made a Hannah type covenant that if God would heal her of that, she would teach me in the nurtured admonition of the Lord. But in that meeting, paralyzed on a stretcher, with nobody praying for her, something happened. It was between her and the lord. She connected with the invisible God without even trying.
She came off that stretcher by herself and ran around that church shouting at the top of her lungs, “I’m healed, I’m healed, I’m healed.” She ran person to person, grabbing their hands, thrusting them into the air, yelling. “Praise him! Praise Him!” This is what can happen when you get right with God! That is what can happen when you deal with bitterness. She went on to live another 34 years!
When I was teaching at Wycliffe in North Carolina, there was a lady in the audience with tumors in both of her breasts. One of the things we’ve seen in Breast Cancer
as well as in breast tumors and cysts is the separation and breakdown of relationship between the female who has Breast Cancer
(or lumps) with another female (be it a mother, sister or mother-in-law). In this case, she had simmering bitterness against her mother and her mother-in-law. I was there teaching for three days. She didn’t come to me. She never said a word to me. I never talked to her. But, she went home from that conference thoroughly convicted, because what I said was her.
She went into her prayer closet and began to repent to God for the bitterness against her mother. And in her mind these words formed: “ You need to not just repent, you need to go to your mother and make it right”. So, she went to her mother and admitted this long-term bitterness and irritation and resentment, and made her peace with her. When she was rechecked by her doctor, the lumps were gone -- but from only one breast. She went back into her prayer closet and asked, “God, why only one breast?” And in her mind these words formed: “You’ve only done half the work, what about your mother-in-law” So, she went to her mother-in-law, took responsibility, repented to her and made her peace with her. When her doctor rechecked her, all lumps were gone from the second breast as well. This has been over four years now and she is still well today.
Nobody prayed for her. Nobody prayed for my mother. So sometimes it isn’t necessarily prayer you need. Getting right with God, your brother, and yourself, is what you need.
(From the book "A More Excellent Way" by Henry Wright)