Yesterday (August 14) during a powerful time of praise and worship I joined in the celebration of praise with a youthful exuberance that I, due to bone-on-bone arthritis in my right knee, has been impossible without significant pain. I didn’t think much about it.
The occasion was Sunday morning service with special guest speaker Dale Everett. Though his healing ministry was highly regarded by my pastor, Bill Rogers, I was skeptical. Remember, I came to NW AR from Tulsa, where virtually every flaky ministry either started, wound up or at least passed through. But when Everett began to preach that skepticism began to fade. He was articulate, homilitically and theologically sound (my fundy and mainline friends might disagree), and exuded a humility that, frankly, surprised me. It was a good message, and he ended with a salvation altar call. Through the entire message the emphasis was on Jesus and not “his (the speaker’s) gifts.
Last night Everett preached from 2 Corinthians 120–a text I have used many times myself–and focused on hearing the “yes” of God, then adding our “amen” to seal the deal. At the end I heard the “yes”, sensing God telling me that my arthritic right knee was healed. Everett didn’t have a prayer line, but instead asked people who was hearing the “yes” to come forward to add the “amen”. Both Marsha and I went forward, Marsha for her degenerative disk disease, and me for my knee. As I write this Marsha is still in bed, but I am up (obviously) and have full flexibility in my knee and no pain!
This is not a review of Everett’s ministry, but of the power of Jesus Christ to deliver God’s promises through His sacrifice. There are over 7,000 promises in the Bible, and through Jesus EVERY ONE OF THEM IS “YES”! When we hear him speak the promise is fulfilled, and we say “Amen.” And it’s not about our faith, but His faithfulness.
So, when you pray, listen for His “YES,” and when He speaks, seal the deal with your “AMEN.” I’m going to be listening for those “YES” answers and expecting my miracles, knowing that when He speaks a promise into my life, it’s DONE!