Saturday, May 22, 2010

Deliverance Has Come

Where do I start? These past several weeks have been amazingly wonderful. Very intense and painful, at times, but so wonderful. I have more hope than I have had in a very long time and I know the Lord has truly begun a deep work of healing and sanctification in my life. Of course, He has been doing it all along, I am just now being able to see some fruit of it.

As you know I have been very sick for about ten months now. We have been seeking God while pursuing natural medicine. All the while I have felt that what was going on physically was a spiritual issue and when the Lord showed me just what He wanted for me I would be well. I had no idea how 'spot on' I was. I began to feel like taking all the supplements and going to all the appointments were out of obedience to Brian and possibly for my doctor's sake. (we have a strong relationship with my doctor who is a believer) I began to realize that my doctor, my diet, nothing I did in the natural was going to bring about healing. That it was a spiritual issue.

Don't get me wrong, I hoped something would bring the healing! I wanted to put my hope into this diet or that diet. Maybe a cleanse, maybe a fast. Maybe going all raw for a season. (though I know this went against what I knew about food and God, I was desperate and wanted wellness so bad!) Maybe if I found the right supplements or the right combination. I knew in my heart all these things wouldn't bring healing, yet I pursued them, hoping I was wrong and just missing something.

The Lord had two people email a book suggestion that I poo-pooed. The first time (I can't remember who you are, if you were the one, please email me so I can give you a giant kiss!) I saw the title and description of the book, I thought, 'great, another book on healing. Like I don't already have shelves of books on healing. No thanks, been there, done that. I know, not all that teachable ;-)

The second time I also blew it off because I saw in the reviews that the book taught that disease had spiritual roots and that sin could be the cause of my disease. Well HELLO, I beat myself up enough, thank you very much. The last thing I need is someone telling me to work harder to overcome my sin so I will be well! Boy, was I wrong!

That second time, though, I couldn't leave it alone. I kept going to the website and nosing around. I prayed that if God wanted me to have it that I would be open to it, otherwise to just take it out of my mind. Well, within about one days time, I ordered it!

When it came I could not put it down. I opened it right up to find where it talked about what was wrong with me and much to my surprise, this book had nailed me to a tee!!!! I have learned a lot about the Endocrine system and the hypothalamus gland so I understood immediately what it was saying. It all clicked and began to pull all the pieces of the puzzle together.

I decided to go to the beginning of the book and read it from cover to cover. I am not exaggerating when I say that my jaw was literally dropped open pretty much the whole time I was reading it. I kept telling Brian that every puzzle piece of my life that is out there floating around is being put together. I was shocked. So much of my life, the way I thought, the things I have been taught. Somebody had been reading my mail, that I was sure of. (wink)

The ministry behind the book is called Be In Health and they offer a program at their campus in Georgia. It is a week long program called For My Life. We began to try to arrange a trip down there immediately. I knew that I knew this was from my Father and I wanted it all. Well, we just did not have a peace about the arrangements with the children. We decided to take the online version of the program called For My Life Online. This way we could do it with the children instead of going down to GA for a week and then trying to teach them all we had learned.

The online program is about 32 hours of teaching and we quickly rearranged our whole life to fit these teachings in. We all are forever changed. I cannot believe the wholeness and healing that this teaching has brought to our family. In my mind, I thought it was just about me and me getting healed, physically. Boy, was I wrong! The verse that keeps coming to my mind as I sit here with my jaw still dropped open is:

Now to Him Who, by the action of His power that is at work within us, is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams. (Eph. 3:20)

I am really struggling right now, because I so want to be able to pour everything I have learned into everyone I love, including you ladies!! I know this is a work of God and not for everybody right now, but you know when you get a real taste of Truth and freedom you just want to give to everyone?? Remember when you first got saved and you wanted to run out and tell everyone and get them saved too? That is how it feels! I feel totally inadequate to put to words all we have learned (nor do I think I have to, I just want to ;-) and just what this has done for our family, for us individually, for our marriage, for our future generations! I just feel like I could bust! I really think this type of teaching should be considered 'Christianity 101' and feel every family could and would benefit from it. We are considering making sure the future spouses of our children sit through this teaching before they get married, it is that big. (of course, we will let the Lord lead that, just telling you how huge this is to us)

One more thing, it is not like we have never had this type of teaching before. I think we have sat under or been taught just about every type of teaching within Christianity. I mean from the 'name it and claim it' prosperity message all the way over to a very passive 'sovereignty of God' type teaching. ( I am not knocking or judging any of these lines of thinking, I am just saying, we've been around) It could just be where we are in life and what the Lord is doing, but I really don't think I have ever felt like so much teaching just plain old made sense and has made the Word of God come more alive in my heart more than ever! We are very much 'Word of God' type people. We love the Word! We were thrilled to hear so much Truth taught. Yes, no man, no church is perfect and that is where we are responsible to be like the Bereans and also to study and be able to rightly discern the truth.
I have hopes and plans of future posts. I would like to do a post on who, IMHO, I think would benefit from these teachings. Trust me, you don't have to be 'sick' with a physical illness to be changed forever by these teachings!

I would like to do a book review of A More Excellent Way.
I would like to share from some of the teachings and how the spoke to my heart and brought deliverance and freedom.

Maybe a post on a little more of my testimony, physically. Maybe even have some of the children share their hearts and even Brian, if he would be so kind. (batting eyelashes)

Thank you ALL who have been praying and a part of this journey. It's not over yet, but the Lord has brought such deliverance!!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Stay Tuned!


J said...

Michelle, I am rejoicing with you!!! God is so good and so faithful. To Him be the glory!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I knew that I knew, when we spoke a couple of weeks ago, that something good was going on. Then, after our conversation last night....well then, I KNEW THAT I KNEW! I could literally hear the deliverance in your voice. God is SO good.

cooperkelly4 said...

wow!!! this sounds so exciting! Can't wait to hear more and see how it applies to my life and my family. Without going into detail, I will say that I am all ears to hear this! Thanks so much for sharing and I would love to hear from your family too.

Natalieh said...

SO looking forward to future posts about this. :) I love this ministry and the biggest thing that I appreciated about them (as you mentioned) is that they revolve around the Word so much. There is SO much Word in their teachings and that is why it works.

You are correct that a person does not need to be "sick" I was not sick when I attended the For My Life program in Thomaston, GA - but the spiritual and emotional healing that I received was astounding! And I see it as disease prevention! Thank You Father! He is so good. I too am still rejoicing with you!


American Home said...

This is a wonderful post! I have already shared it with several friends. Thank you for putting in all of the links.
God bless you.
Have a wonderful week.

Ellen said...

I am so glad you shared eager to read myself along with my is exciting to read how the Lord works in others...and encouraging. He uses us in so many ways!! I have said before you have been an encouragement to me many times....
Blessing to you! ♥

mamabeck said...

Looks like you're my #2, then! ;)
IOW, you're the second person to suggest this book/ministry to me.

I've been walking alongside you as you heal from your crashed adrenals. I also am battling this, and it's so very exhausting at times. My "newest" is a clearly defined diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, as clear as it can be. And the source seems to stem from a moldy former home, affecting my adrenals and body, still a year after we moved.

I've got the link open and look forward to browsing through the site! May God bless your every step!

Michelle said...

I praise God that you are well again! This is really peaking my curiosity! I will try to look into it some more when I have some time. (How's that for commitment?!)

Have a blessed week! Would love to have you visit again sometime!

Gloria said...

Praise God!! Super testimony! Keeping up the prayers on this end. Glad to hear the good report. We should talk sometime. :)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Wow! Praying God will continue His good work in your lives!

busymomof10 said...

WOW! Rejoicing with you Michelle!!!! May God get all the glory!