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Sleep is not an instantaneous occurrence. It’s a gradual process that comes in steps. But once we’re asleep, waking up can be difficult. The same is true with sin. We enter sin, like sleep, slowly, even methodically. But once we’re in it, once we’ve fallen asleep to what God has in store for us, we can fail to realize the potential impact we can have in the world.

In this message, Pastor Scott takes a look at one of the most tragic stories of what could have been—the life of Samson.  Samson fell asleep spiritually, and was found literally sleeping in a lap of sin.

We will also discover as Peter, James and John did that sleep will cause us to miss out of some the greatest opportunities of our lives.  Let’s come together this Sunday,  09-02-12, at 9 or 11, and learn how to wake up to our own unlimited potential!

Believing Kids and Promiseland will have a Donut Breakfast during each morning service for the kids to help celebrate the Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day incentive

Peter Promo

Tonight at 7 p.m. at Believers Church we will continue to learn about The Life and Teachings of Peter. Join us as Pastor Dan takes us verse by verse through this study.

YOUTH will meet in the GARAGE & Promiseland and Believing Kids will meet in the church building. We have something for everyone!

Sunday’s sermon is now online! Go to http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/ to watch or listen online.

Below are the notes from this past Sunday!

AWAKE Awake: Save A Nation Believers Statesboro 08-26-12

Arise, call on your God

Jonah is a great example of someone who was called to save a nation as well. But he, like many of us do, ran from his wake up call and actually, not just spiritually, but literally, fell asleep at one of the most crucial points in

his life.

Jonah 1:1-5 …Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. (NKJ)

Ephesians 5:16 … making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (NIV)

Right in the midst of a storm, many Christians have found a comfortable place and have fallen fast asleep just like Jonah did.

Jonah 1:6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, "What do you mean, sleeper?

Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish." (NKJ)

Ephesians 5:14, …"Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you," (NIV)

Romans 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your

slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (NIV)

Who is going to save our nation?

MEDIA

TV and Movies: Three basic themes. Sex / Violence / Rebellion.

There is a direct correlation between what we watch and what we listen to and our behavior.

GOVERNMENT

Can it save us? How is government doing in highlighting and underlining biblical values?

MARKETPLACE

I cannot say the corporate world is highlighting or underscoring biblical values.

EDUCATION

You’ve got the government totally handcuffing great teachers who can’t even make decisions about what to talk about in the classroom or how to discipline their children. No longer can the school highlight and underscore the transcendent values that should be taught and modeled in the family.

The Emperor is naked!

Like Lale Lubuka did, someone is going to have to wake up and say, “This is not working. This is not God’s way. I’m tired of being deceived and lied to. The Emperor is naked!

Rom 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

The hope of our nation lays in you, in your family, and in your church.

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

Pope John Paul II

Lastly, we talked about waking us individually, as a believer. Let’s look at ways that our families can wake up

as well.

#1 – Awake to your entertainment choices as a family.

Do they meet the guidelines of Philippians 4:8?

Philippians 4:8: …whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)

I’m not saying you can never listen to secular music or watch secular entertainment. I am saying that a constant diet of it will affect you and it will affect your family.

Next Step: I will awake to my entertainment choices according to Philippians 4:8.

#2 – Awake to discussing with your children the core values that are being transmitted through my family’s entertainment choices.

Don’t just ask, “Does it meet the guidelines?” Ask, “Am I discussing it? Talking about it with my kids?”

Ø What is the message there of the song or movie?

Ø Does this song highlight biblical values modeled and taught in our family?

They will begin to see the decision making process behind it so that they can make wise choices for themselves. That’s how we parent. Deuteronomy 6 and Proverbs 22:6.

Psalm 101:3, I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to

me. (NIV)

Next Step: I will discuss entertainment choices with my children.

#3-Awake and take advantage of the assistance of the local church.

I’ll say it again. Believers Church and churches we have been in prior to starting Believers Church have helped us raise our kids.

Psalm 122:1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’(NIV) The Church

helped us.

We at Believers Church place a high value on our children.

We are partnering together with you, the parents, to help you raise Godly children.

Next Step: I will gladly partner with Believers Church to raise Godly Children.

#4-Awake and make a difference in your corner of the world.

There is a lot of talk these days in church circles about influencing our culture. But is our home and family life just like every other home and family in our neighborhood, if we are just flowing with the status quo? Are we really making a difference in the culture?

Joshua 24:15 …choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (NIV)

You might be saying, “But Scott, I thought you were going to tell us how to save our nation.” I did. Awake from your slumber and save your family and you will save your nation. Change starts at home.

Next Step: With God’s help, I will awake to save my family and save our nation.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. When it comes to national and cultural problems do you feel alert and awake or are you sleeping in the midst of the storm like Jonah.

2. Why don’t more Christians stand up and declare, “The Emperor is Naked”? What might they be afraid of?

3. What do you think about Pastor Scott’s belief that the hope of our nation lays in you, in your family, and in your church? “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” Pope John Paul II Explain your answer.

4. What guidelines do you use for you or your family when it comes to entertainment choices?

5. Why would discussing these choices with you family be more beneficial than saying, “Because I said so”?

6. On a scale of 1-10 rank yourself on how much you are taking advantage of the assistance of the local church. What can you do better? How can you encourage others to partner with Believers to raise Godly kids?

7. Looking around at the other families in your community, how different is you family from their family? Are you following status quo or are you really making a difference in your corner of the world?

You have heard Obama’s plan…you have heard Romney’s plan….. now hear Pastor Scott’s plan to SAVE OUR NATION!

See you Sunday morning at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. for week 2 of AWAKE!

08-26-12 AWAKE Save A Nation PIC

Join us this week for One Hour on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Pastor Dan leads us in a bible study on Peter. Our Youth meet in the Garage for worship and study at the same time. Look forward to seeing you here tomorrow night!

Peter Promo

AWAKE Eyes Wide Open Believers Statesboro 08-19-12

Sermon Notes…Listen/Watch online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/.

Acts 20:7-12 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep…(NIV)

There are a lot of people that fell asleep in the bible at crucial times. Sampson fell asleep in Delilah’s lap, Jonah ran from God and was found sleeping in the bottom of a boat, there were shameful sons in Proverbs who were sleeping through the harvest, and Peter, James and John were sleeping when they were supposed to be praying with Jesus! And then there is Eutychus, who you may not remember, but he was the first person reported in scripture to fall asleep in church! The first to fall asleep in church, and certainly not the last!

Sleep is a funny thing. We all need it, we have to have it, and we spend about a third of our lives doing it. When we’re asleep, we don’t even know it. It’s only when we wake up that we realize we had been asleep in the first place. It’s true physically; it’s also true spiritually.

Acts 20:9-12 …as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don’t be alarmed," he said. "He’s alive!" Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly

comforted. (NIV)

Eutychus went from awake, to deep sleep, to dead, and then to life! Where are you in that cycle today? A lot of us are sleeping in church. No, you’re not asleep physically, at least not very many of you. You’re asleep, though, maybe spiritually, or morally. You’re asleep to the opportunities that God has for you. You’re asleep to this amazing plan and purpose that God has for your life.

The 5:14 Alarm!

Ephesians 5:8-17

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,

14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise

from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." (Memory Verse)

15 Be very careful, then, how you live– not as unwise but as wise,

16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (NIV)

Next Step: I will memorize the 5:14 alarm! Ephesians 5:14b.

The Sleeping Giant

For many years I have felt that the church is a sleeping giant. Full of great power and potential, commissioned by Christ, but we have become complacent, lethargic, and are sleeping. We must wake up!

Stages of Sleep

Laziness Day Dreaming Napping Light Sleeping Sound Sleep

Spiritual Coma Spiritually Dead (2 Timothy 3:5)

Paul exhorts us to wake up and expose the evil work of darkness to the light. Ephesians 5:11-14

Paul goes on to say not to walk as unwise men but as wise and to make the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-17

Eph 5:8-10 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the

Lord. (NIV)

Are You Asleep? Asleep to Knowing Christ Jesus?

Are You Asleep? Asleep to knowing God’s Plan for You?

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

”We’re comforted by Christ. But we need to be uncomfortable for Him.” Ed Young

Next Step: I will ask the Lord to wake me up to His purpose and plan for my life!

Are You Asleep? Asleep to Sowing?

Notice here in Acts 20 that the disciples met together, the church met together on the first day of the week. Sunday. Why Sunday? That’s the resurrection, but it is also the first day of the week. They understood the law of the First Fruits.

I give God the first day of the week, that first element of time and that first day of the week as corporate worship as I obey Hebrews 10:25, then God is going to bless the rest.

  • I give God the first time every day. God is going to bless the rest.
  • I give my talent and abilities to the Lord God is going to bless the rest.
  • I give my resources, the first fruit of what I made to the local church. God is going to bless the rest.

Next Step: I will awake to sowing my firsts: my time, energy, talents and resources and allow God to bless the rest!

Community Group or Family Devotional Questions

  1. Like Eutychus, can you think of a time when you fell asleep in church, spiritually?
  1. Ephesians 5:8-17 says that we should live as children of the light and find out what is the will of the Lord. How do so many Christians fall asleep in the light of the Lord?
  1. What do you think about Pastor Scott’s sleeping giant theory?
  1. Concerning the Stages of Sleep: Laziness, Day Dreaming. Napping , Light Sleeping, Sound Sleep, Spiritual Comma, and Spiritually Dead, where would you honestly say you are today? What about in the past?
  1. On a scale of 1-10 where would you rank yourself as to knowing God’s plan for

your life?

On a scale of 1-10 where would you rank yourself at giving your first and best to the Lord in the area of time _____, energy _____, talents ____, and resources

Sleep is a funny thing. We all need it, we have to have it, and we spend about a third of our lives doing it. But the funny thing about sleep is that you don’t realize you are asleep until you wake up.  Starting this week at Believers we begin our new series, AWAKE. We will find out what it means to be spiritually awake, ready for what God has in store for us! We will learn about several people who fell asleep in the Bible at crucial times, including the first person who fell asleep in church! Join us at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and find out about the 5:14 alarm.

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Join us Wednesday evening as we study the life and teachings of Peter verse by verse. We have something for the whole family. Believing Kids & Promiseland will meet in the church and our Youth will meet for some fun and learning in the Garage! Look forward to seeing you and your family Wednesday evening!

Peter Promo

 

Hear or watch Sunday’s sermon online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/. Sermon notes are below.

HEALER Week 4 Why God Does Heal? 08-12-12 Believers Statesboro

Adapted from “Surprised By The Power of the Holy Spirit” by Jack Deere

God Heals Out of Compassion & Mercy

Matthew 14:14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their

sick. (NIV) Compassion motivated Jesus to feed four thousand (Matthew 15:32) / To heal the blind (Matthew 20:34) Compassion motivated Jesus to heal lepers (Mark 1:41-42) / To heal the demonized youth (Mk 9:22) / To raise the dead (Luke 7:11-17)

Because of mercy, Jesus healed the blind (Matthew 9:27-31; 20:29-34), the demonized (Matthew 15:22-28; 17:14-.21) and the lepers (Luke 17:13-14). Even the healing of the most severely demon-possessed person in the New Testament is attributed ultimately to God’s mercy. (Mark 5:19).

  • God is not in the business of gratifying our desires for excitement nor in helping some of His children win arguments over others. He is in the compassion business. To the degree that you can enter into His compassion for the sick and for the hurting, you can be a vessel through whom the healing power of Jesus can flow.
  • To argue that Jesus has withdrawn His healing ministry from the church today is to argue that He has also withdrawn His compassion from the church. But if we believe in a compassionate Savior, we ought to have confidence in His desire to heal in the church today.
  • If you really want to be used in a healing ministry take this NEXT STEP: I will ask my heavenly Father to let me feel His compassion for the hurting.

God Heals to Glorify Himself and His Son

  • When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He demonstrated that He was the resurrection and the life, and this demonstration brought great glory to God and to the Son of God. (John 11:4 & 40)
  • Jesus’ healing ministry brought praise to God. (Matthew 15:30-31)
  • The people glorified God when they saw Jesus heal the paralytic lowered through the roof. (Luke 5:24-26)
  • When Jesus raised the widow of Nain’s son from the dead. (Luke 7:16)
  • When He healed the woman bent over double by a spirit. (Luke 13:13, 17)
  • When He healed the blind man. (Luke 18:42-43)
  • At the Triumphal Entry people praised God for the miracles they had seen. (Luke 19:37)
  • Jesus actually expected people who received the healing power of God to glorify Him. After healing the ten lepers and seeing that only one returned to give thanks, Jesus said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine-where are they? Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner?"

(Luke 17:17-18 NASB)

Divine Healing of Crippled Beggar Brings Glory to God

Peter and John are careful to give Jesus glory when the lame man was healed.

  • Acts 3:11-12 While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? (NIV)
  • Acts 3:16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all

see. (NIV)

Peter was the first Teflon Christian. Nothing stuck to him. He didn’t take any of God’s Glory! (Acts 4:9-10)

Peter wisely chose to take no credit for the miracle, but rather turned the healing into an opportunity to declare Jesus Christ to the people. He stated that the healing was from God and that God, again, was glorifying His

Servant Jesus. (Acts 3:13)

Peter remembered what Jesus had taught him when He said, “I can of Myself do nothing.” John 5:30 (NKJV).

Peter knew apart from Jesus he could do nothing. “…for without Me you can do nothing” John 15:5. (NKJV)

When praying for the sick, our confidence and faith must be in His ability to heal, rather than in ourselves.

If you want to be used by the Lord in a significant way when you pray for the sick, cultivate a desire to see the Son of God glorified. Wanting only the Son’s glory is the most effective way I know to keep us from being deceived and led into error. Jack Deere[1]

The Deal – “If you won’t take the credit when someone gets healed, then you won’t have to take the blame for those who don’t get healed.”

Next Step: I will ask the Lord to help me cultivate a desire to see Jesus glorified as I pray for the sick.

God Heals in Response to Faith

  • Canaanite woman with demon possessed daughter. Matthew 15:28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (NIV)
  • Matthew 9:2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (NIV)
  • Acts 14:8-10 In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. (NIV)

Three lessons concerning Faith for Healing:

One – Matthew 9:28-31 Jesus’ question not only underscores the importance of faith for healing but also teaches us that faith in God for healing means believing that He has the ability to heal.

Two – Matthew 8:2-3 This man understood that just because he believed in God’s ability to heal, he did not assume that he would automatically be healed. Psychological certainty is not what “makes” God heal.

Three – Mark 9:22-24 Everything is possible! Jesus put no limitation on what we may ask God to do. Why

should we limit God? Does God have a more difficult time straightening a crooked spine than meeting your

financial needs?

QUESTION If God healed in response to faith in the New Testament, then why wouldn’t He heal today in response to Faith?

Remember these three characteristics of faith:

1) Faith in Jesus’ ability to heal is also faith that He does heal.

2) Faith in Jesus’ desire to heal is not to be equated with psychological certainty. He will heal when we don’t have psychological certainty.

3) Faith does not put restrictions on God’s ability to act on behalf of His children, for “everything is possible for him who believes.”

God Heals in Response to His Own Promise

James 5:14-17 QUESTION Why would God command the church to pray for the sick and promise the church healing if they prayed, unless God intended healing to be a normal part of Church life?

NEXT STEP: I will stand on the promises of God and apply James 5 with anticipation!

Other reasons God Heals:

  • God also heals to lead people to repentance and to open doors for the gospel.
  • He heals to remove hindrances to ministry and service.
  • He heals to teach us about Himself and His kingdom.
  • But lastly, God heals simply because people ask Him; no other reason is given.

Mark 7:32-35 … and they begged him to place his hand on the man. (NIV) / Mark 8:22-25 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him… (NIV)

This should encourage us to be freer in our request for healing and miracles from our Heavenly Father.

NEXT STEP: I will ask for, I will beg for ______________________________________________.

What do you want Jesus to do for you today? Now then, just ask Him.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how much compassion do you have for the sick and hurting?
  2. Do you feel like you have to take the blame for God when He doesn’t heal? “If you won’t take the credit when someone gets healed, then you won’t have to take the blame for those who don’t get healed.”
  3. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you desire to see Jesus glorified when you pray for the sick?
  4. What insights can you share concerning the Three Lessons for Healing?
  5. What promise in God’s word are you standing on as you pray for healing?
  6. What are you asking or begging God for that we can agree with you in prayer?

[1] Jack Deere, Surprised By The Power Of The Spirit, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1993), p. 125

Vision Dinner 8/17/2012

August 14th, 2012

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Are you new to Believers? If so the Vision Dinner this Friday night was created specifically for you! Join Pastor Scott and Janet and the staff for dinner along with others who are new to the church. This is a great way to meet new people and find out more about how the church was started. Please call the church office to sign up @ 912.681.1440.

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Over the past three weeks we have learned that God is a Healer, and that the healing ministry of Christ Jesus was motivated by his compassion and mercy to not only heal our souls but our physical bodies as well. We heard several healing testimonies from our own church and continue to pray for healing for our church as well as friends and family members of our church body. We also know that Divine Healing is part of the new covenant that God has established with us and this week we will look at “Why God Does Heal”. Be sure to join us at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and invite your friends and loved one’s who may need healing to come and be prayed for.

We saw last week that Divine Healing was part of the New Covenant that God has established with us. Healing is included in the gospel message. God reveals himself as the healer. Healing was an attribute of the Messiah, the Anointed one, and the divine healing is a characteristic of the Church. But the question always raised, whether spoken or only thought, “If God can heal, why doesn’t everyone get healed?”

I would rather believe God’s Word, believe for healing, see some get healed, and have to ask why doesn’t everyone get healed, rather than not believe God’s Word, never believe for healing, never see anyone get healed, and never have to ask why doesn’t everyone get healed.

Join us Sunday at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. for part 3 of this series, Healer-“Why Doesn’t God Heal ?”

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Come for a mid-week boost Wednesday evening for one hour of worship, prayer and a verse by verse study on the life and teachings of Peter. Youth will meet in the Garage at 7p.m and Believing kids in the main church building. See you Wednesday!

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Miss Sunday? Want to hear it again or share with a friend? Listen online at http://believersstatesboro.com/home/online-sermons/. Below are the sermon notes for you to share as well.

Healer “Celebration of Life Sunday” Believers Statesboro 07-29-12

Lori Grice: God healed Lori of cancer. The big “C” is not cancer. The big “C” is Christ.

1 Thess 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

Lindy Burnett: When Lindy was a single mother of 3 young children, working 2 jobs just to survive, she received the devastating news that she had cancer. But God was faithful and healed her as well!

Gerald and Lori Spoon: God healed Gerald of flesh eating disease and in the process brought the family back into Himself.

Ed Claxon: By the time I was 40 years old I had 3 major back surgeries, each one approximately 10 years apart. After the third surgery I was told if I had another I would no longer be able to do my job as a logger, due to it being strenuous work. At this same time we were going to a Baptist church that was involved in church-wide prayer and fasting one day a month. On a Friday night, we met at the church to pray for people’s needs, much like we do here on Wednesday nights before the service. I had been fasting the whole week, something I had done before, even though I was in great pain. When it came time to go to the prayer meeting, I didn’t want to go because of the pain I was in. I went despite the pain and asked for prayer for my back. I was expecting God to heal me right at that moment, but He didn’t. Still in excruciating pain, I went to bed. The next morning I got up and realized that I was walking straight and without pain. God had healed me during the night. It has been approximatley15 years since that time without any back problems!

My second healing took place about two years ago. I am having trouble with the muscle in my right shoulder causing pain and burning. A cervical spine x-ray revealed bright spots on my third rib, bilaterally. The spot on the left side measured 9 mm. The following Sunday, Pastor Scott called me down front, had the leaders of the church come down to pray, and anointed me with oil. A couple of weeks later the follow up CT scan showed no spots on either side of the ribs. Praise God, I was healed.

Norma Malone: God healed Norma from a mass on her right kidney. When the doctor showed it to her on the ultrasound she said, “This thing does not belong to me.” I took communion every day to remind myself who Jesus is and what He has done for me. Every Sunday and Wednesday, no matter what town we were vacationing in, I went to God’s house. Three times I went forward at church and was anointed with oil and prayed for. I prayed, I praised, I quoted healing scriptures, I took communion, I talked faith, and I believed God to the best of my ability. About a month after the original appointment I returned to the specialist for the CT scan. NOTHING. No mass. All was well. Jesus did it, and because of the love of the body of Christ, I was able to receive His wonderful healing grace. Someone touched God for me. Ps 118:23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. (NIV)

Babies – Wynn and Jude Pearson: When Wynn was pregnant with Jude– it was probably the lowest of lows in her life. She was 19, unmarried, pregnant, had no money and was not in a relationship with the father. Wynn said, “I was ashamed, sick all the time, and unstable emotionally.” To make matters worse, at thirty weeks her doctors realized her body was failing, separating from the fetus and she needed an emergency C-section in order for her or the baby to live! That’s when it happened. Instead of freaking out- she experienced this awesome presence of God like she had never felt before. She said, “It hit me and this crazy peace swept over my body and God said “’Don’t worry.’” Jude entered the world very pre-mature, weighing 2.lbs 7 ounces. Wynn just looked at him and said, “His name will be Jude” and she was rolled away. Jude was in the IC unit for 10 weeks. He was the smallest baby in the IC unit, but the day he came home, Jude was the healthiest baby in the IC unit.

He came home on his original due date and today is a very healthy awesome kid. Wynn said, “Although this was the lowest of lows in my life physically, it was the greatest time spiritually! I had never felt God’s presence more than I had felt it then and at that point. I had never before put my trust in Him and got to experience His presence. So this is why this is a story of the healing of my body, Jude’s body, and my soul. PRAISE JESUS!”

Brandi and Isaac Bittner: When Brandi was pregnant with Isaac he was diagnosed with Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV). They also said his kidneys were multicystic dysplastic, therefore, Brandi was encouraged to terminate her pregnancy. Brandi said, “I was told that his lungs would not be developed and that his kidneys would not work.” But Brandi believed it was God’s decision and not hers so she prayed for him every day. “When I went for my first ultrasound in Savannah, he had almost no amniotic fluid (which the baby needs for lung development) which is another reason I was encouraged to terminate because they said his lungs wouldn’t be developed and they didn’t know how long he had been low on fluid,” Brandi said. But when she was transferred to Augusta, his fluid amount was perfect, and they could not explain how he went from having almost no fluid to having plenty! That was a miracle in itself! Brandi was given no hope of Isaac surviving which is why he is named Isaac because one, Sarah laughed and two, because God made a promise to Abraham and Brandi believed that those same promises were for us today! For her and Isaac as well! Brandi said, “I was frequently reminded of the scripture that talks about asking your mountain to be moved in faith and it will be moved. I constantly read scripture and prayed.” When it was all said and done… God healed Isaac and he is a true miracle from God!

Declaring A Healing. – Monica Williams: The doctors told me I had MS in April. I will have another MRI in 6 months, so around October or November. I believe that God has healed me. Our God is awesome and powerful beyond measure, regardless of what the doctors tell me or what I might feel in my body, I am healed. It says so in His Word. When Jesus came to earth, to bear our sins, He came with me in mind, me and countless others. He knew in His infinite wisdom that in the year 1975, I would be born. He knew every thought and deed I would commit all the days of my life. He knew a doctor would tell me about MS and He covered me in His Blood of salvation, redemption and perfection. I am healed by His wounds. The price was paid long before I was even a thought in a human’s mind. I am healed because Our God loves me. Now, no doctor has confirmed this and I have no clue when there will be scientific confirmation of my miracle. I was comforted today when the Spirit of the Lord told me that our timing is not God’s timing. All I need to concern myself with is the truth in the Word of God, knowing that when God promises you a thing, it will come to pass. He is not like us. So I take comfort that I am healed and one day, doctors will support that and if they never do, that doesn’t change a thing. I was healed the moment I accepted the precious gift of salvation, and I give God all the glory and the praise. I love the way

God works!

The Ultimate Healing – Angee Edenfield On Jan 12, 2002, I found out that my oldest sister had kidney cancer. I began praying every day and we did everything we could to get her well; healing services, pills, drinks, food and every doctor we could see. But she passed away on April 23 of that same year. I began to think that I didn’t pray or love my sister enough so that is why she had to die. It was a very hard time for me, a lot of tears and just missing her terribly. But in a dream one night I saw my sister Cindy and God. She asked me what was wrong and why was I crying. I told her that I just missed her so much. Then I asked God why didn’t He heal her? Were my prayers not enough? Then He wrapped His arms around me and said "I did heal her. Look at her. She is not hurting and can walk. She is healed.” So, even if it was not the way I wanted, God did heal her and she is living and well in Heaven! So even in death, He does heal and one day we will be together again.

The Meal That Heals: 1 Cor 11:24-25 “…and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."(NKJ)

Divine Healing: Jas 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (KJV)

Mk 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (KJV)

Is 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (KJV)

Deut 7:15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (KJV)

Ps 41:3 The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. (NAS)

2 Cor 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)

Is 58:8 "Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. (NAS)

Ps 103:2-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (KJV)

Ex 23:25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. (KJV)

Jer 33:6 ‘Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. (NKJ)

Ps 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. (NKJ)

Ex 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (KJV)

Mk 9:23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (NKJ)

1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness– by whose stripes you were healed. (NKJ)