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JESUS CAME TO BRING RECOVERY OF SIGHT FOR THE BLIND

Sandy’s Story of Recovery

Jesus is our Jubilee: Learn how Sandy and Kim's RECOVERY taught them what this meant

Jesus’ words of “recovery of sight for the blind” is not only a spiritual and emotional healing, but also refers to physical healing. When the opportunity arose to give a testimony at a women’s gathering, Sandy sensed the Lord wanted her to do so. Out of obedience, she volunteered.

Two months before she was to share, a friend saw her at the grocery store and spoke to her about it. Sandy was still nervous and did not know what she was going to say, “I just really don’t have a testimony, but I know God wants me to do this.”

The next day, Sandy’s husband was in Kansas City on his truck driving route delivering mail, when she suddenly got a splitting headache. Sandy knew she was gravely ill and decided to drive herself from her country home to the hospital, over twenty miles away. Her husband encouraged her on the other end of the cell phone, helping her to find her way. She was immediately air lifted to Kansas University Medical Center since her husband was already in that vicinity.

A CAT scan revealed five aneurysms in her brain. Surgery repaired one that was leaking on the left side of her head. Further surgeries were planned. People from all over Kansas, and from Ohio to New Mexico prayed for Sandy, holding the blood of the Lamb over her, claiming that by His stripes she was healed. They knew that just as the children of Israel were delivered that night long ago, Sandy would also be delivered by the blood of Jesus.

Within weeks, Sandy was back to work full-time, and able to keep her planned testimony talk. And talk she did, rejoicing in the work of the Lord. Every participant was convinced, “this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in [her] life” (John 9:3).

Twice, she and her husband went to follow-up doctor appointments. Each time the doctor asked Sandy, “Are you having any problems, any headaches?”

“No, I’m doing just great!”

“Two hours to see the doctor, and that’s all there was to the appointments,” Sandy said.

A test was to be done two months later, but her doctors decided not to do it because she was doing so well; as of four years later, no further surgeries were ever performed.

Because of Jehovah Rapha recovery

JESUS CAME TO RELEASE THE OPPRESSED

Kim’s story of recovery through release

When Kim accepted Christ as her personal Savior and after the retreat where her friends prayed for her, God opened her mouth. She had been oppressed and now she was released! She went to business school and worked as a research assistant at a law firm. She prayed, “Lord please bring people to me so I can witness, because I cannot go to them here at work.”

One by one, men and women came into her office to ask questions, like, “How do I get saved?” “What is salvation?” “Who is Jesus?” “How do you know it’s true? One young man said, “I’m a nice Jewish boy, I don’t celebrate Christmas.”

“Did you know Jesus was a Jew?” Kim asked.

“Naw.”

“The first five books of the Bible, your Pentateuch, are our laws as Christians,” she explained.

Kim walked with girls in the office. They pumped her with questions. She was lied to so much by her mother that she would not tolerate lies coming from anyone else’s mouth when it came to her Savior or the Bible.

She could not keep her mouth shut. “Sometimes, I know I should not be such a big mouth, but I learned to pray God would speak through me so I would not blow it. It took me over eighteen years to learn this and not bulldoze people. I realized that sometimes I was taking the Good News, and like a good ice cream cone, sticking it in their face. God taught me to gently ‘water.’ I never directly led anyone to the Lord, but I could pour water, knowing God would give the increase (see 1 Cor. 3:8).”

After the deliverance retreat where Kim renounced the stronghold of the occult on her life, she found it had not only been completely removed by the cross of Jesus Christ and His shed blood for her, but also for her family. Her mom, dad and Hank quit reading their horoscopes, biographies and auto-biographies of physics, spiritualists and all that garbage. They also had no interest in the occult whatsoever after that retreat.

Kim’s whole family saved through recovery by Jehovah Rapha

whole household saved through recovery

After Kim returned home to California for the last time, within months, her mother died. This was shortly before Hank died. Kim did not know if her mother had made the right choice, but God gave her a clue in a dream:

All my family and I, including some cousins, were going to a restaurant down a flight of stairs in a little scoop inside some hills. We walked a long way to the bottom. I was leading the way, pushing my mother in a wheelchair. We went into the restaurant, ordered, and when we finished eating, we looked out and saw that the hills all around us were on fire. We could not see a way out, but I kept looking and finally saw a pathway that was not on fire. I told mother, “Come on, I’ll get you out.” We simply walked out, and the rest of the family followed. The other customers did not.

The following year, Kim joined her mother, her sister Hank, her grandparents, and her favorite aunt. Doctors were unable to give her that promised liver transplant because she contracted breast cancer and the liver treatments would have made her vulnerable to the cancer’s return. Kim’s father and other relatives she saw following her were left behind, but she knew she would see them again—when all the oppressed would be released, her whole household saved (see Acts 16:31).

JESUS CAME TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me . . . to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18). This statement Jesus made summarizes every word he had just revealed about Himself from the book of Isaiah. He was saying that in Him, all our debts (spiritual and physical) are cancelled, all slaves (spiritual and physical) are free, all lands are restored, all families are reunited, every day of every year.

The Year of the Lord’s Favor is the Year of Jubilee as described in Leviticus, Chapter 25. On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the most solemn holy day of the Jewish people, the sins of the nation were confessed. This was the only day of the year the priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies when he presented an offering for the “covering” of the peoples’ sin, and those sins were laid on the scapegoat that was banished outside the camp.

When Jesus (our scapegoat) died on the cross, the veil that separated the people from God in the Tabernacle split down the middle. Thus, sin was no longer covered, but washed away by Jesus’ blood so we can run into God’s presence through Jesus Christ every moment of every day. Better still, He lives within our hearts.

Jesus is our Jubilee of recovery

Jesus is our Jubilee of Recovery

Also, on this solemn Day of Atonement, on the tenth day of the seventh month every fiftieth year [September on our calendar], a trumpet blast announced the Year of Jubilee. Every seven years (the Sabbath Year) the land was to remain fallow; the whole year was to be dedicated to seeking the Lord; and He would provide for their food every six years, making their crops produce enough to feed them for three years. The Year of Jubilee arrived every seven times seven years, announced in the forty-ninth year, which meant that two years in a row there would be no tilling of the ground or work of their own hands. Those years were to be given to the Lord as they sought to learn of Him trusting Him to meet their needs.

Beginning on the Day of Atonement, all financial debts were cancelled; slaves of Israelite origin were set free. Any sale of land amounted to a lease that expired in the Year of Jubilee, when it would be returned to the original family (of the twelve tribes). God told them, “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants” (Lev. 25:23).

“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan” (Lev. 25:10). The Bible does not say, but possibly, the proclamation Jesus made in the synagogue was on this solemn Day of Atonement.

Jesus tells all those who have ears to hear and hearts to understand, that He alone is our Jubilee—in every area of our lives—every minute of every day. He alone is our Healer; He alone is Jehovah-Rapha.

Even Webster’s dictionary defines “kingdom come,” from the Lord’s Prayer as “the next world; heaven.” We can live in heaven’s freedom and liberty right now when we come before Jesus with exposed hearts, seeking forgiveness as we forgive, and face where we came from. May “[His] kingdom come, [His] will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

Jesus Came to Bring Recovery, and Release from Oppression

M8E A Step-by-Step Analogy to Understanding the Kingdom of God

JESUS CAME: TO PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF THE KINGDOM

After Jesus read from the scroll, he rolled it up and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. As every eye was on Him, He said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:20). He was speaking about the Kingdom of God, but no one understood.

All the people could do was to look upon the surface, that Jesus was Joseph’s earthly son, and they were unable to accept the Truth. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his hometown” (Luke 4:24).

The people drove Jesus out of town, but He continued with His mission, “‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’ And he kept on preaching in the synagogues in Judea” (Luke 4:43-44).

What is this Kingdom of God ?

What is this kingdom of God? Vickie S. had to know. She knew the Good News, having been raised in a Christian home, and at the age of six accepted Jesus into her heart. As a young bride, she came to see that the Holy Spirit could give her the power to become who God wanted her to be.

In seeking to learn more, the Holy Spirit put on her a desire to know more fully what Jesus meant when He said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33).

Kingdom of God like a house

Vickie poured over the Scriptures one evening at her dining room table, not going to bed until 4:00 a.m., disappointed. She still did not know what the kingdom of God meant. When she awoke, she saw a picture in her mind of all the rooms in her house. She saw that every person makes a choice at the entryway—the world or Jesus. The carpenter Jesus built the house, and we live in the kingdom right now He is building for all eternity—the spiritual side being more real than the physical.

Vickie saw that a Christian could live in only the entryway her whole life, alternatively choosing between the world and following Jesus. What about the whole house?

In the coat closet she could hang her cares. In the dining room, Jesus dined with her, but why eat all the time and not share with others?

Her kitchen had a trash compactor which she should use everyday to rid her house of unforgiving scraps, and a disposal for garbage.

In the bathroom, she must be willing to expose her heart before Him that she may be made clean.

In the bedroom she could enter into His rest, with the Word as her guide to show her how to run the house properly.

Over the years, Vickie added to her house analogy. One day, see saw an upstairs window left open. Cold air killed her unborn child. She knew God healed, but it was not her experience.

A few years later, Vickie’s three-year-old daughter said, “Mommy, my throat hurts.”

She’s swallowed that little ball that was lying around the house, Vickie thought. But it was under the skin of her outer throat. The family doctor discovered it was a rare thyroglossal duct cyst that could turn into cancer if not removed. They were sent to a specialist. “Come back next week for an operation,” he said.

“We’re Christians, and we want to pray about this first,” Vickie and her husband Larry responded.

“It will NEVER go away! IF it did, we would operate anyway to remove this duct.”

The Kingdom of God is built on faith, not feelings

Jesus came to preach the good news of the Kingdom. But, what does that mean? This is Vickie's wonderful analogy to help us understand what it means

Back home, they heard about the City of Faith in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By this time, the cyst was ugly, turning black and blue. They were fasting and praying before their appointment they had made at City of Faith.

Vickie heard there was such a thing as a Rhema Word, or a personal Word from the Lord in a specific situation. She did not understand it until one particular day. While driving along, she praised the Lord even though she did not feel like it. She stopped at a stop sign. In her mind’s eye, she could see Abraham with a knife above Isaac’s throat. She heard the words, “It never touched his throat!” Vickie knew no knife would touch her daughter’s throat, either.

A couple days later, they walked by the large praying hands at the City of Faith and met a doctor who had removed one of these cysts. He started to explain how it would be done when Larry said, “We are praying about this.”

“In that case, we can give God time. There’s no reason to hurry.” The doctor picked up Mitzi, who never went to strangers, and quoted Scripture over her. To the parents, he said,

“Come back once a week. Our prayer team will pray, and we’ll watch it.”

Over the next two months the cyst decreased little by little; then it quit shrinking.

“God is there something wrong we need to get right?” Vickie and Larry prayed by their bedside. They looked at each other and wondered that maybe, with the miraculous moving of

God, they had become somewhat arrogant. They said, “God, please forgive us.”

Two weeks later, a sonogram revealed nothing. Doctors and nurses came out of the woodwork dancing and praising God. As a memorial so no family would ever forget, the parents gave Mitzi a figurine engraved on the bottom, “When God healed Mitzi at three years.”

After the sonogram, the battle-weary trio arrived home at 1:00 a.m. to a note on the front door that said, “Uncle Frank broke his hip.” They prayed with him through his surgery and recovery. The very day he was able to walk with his walker, Vickie found a lump on her breast.

The doctor showed her the X-ray which looked exactly like a picture of cancerous breast tissue. “Larry, I’m so tired. I don’t know if I have enough faith. I’m so exhausted.” “Did God tell you that you had to have faith in your faith?” asked Larry.

“I feel like I just need to listen to the Word and rest. I need revitalized.”

Jehovah Rapha, Kingdom of God

Shortly, Vickie’s mother called to tell her about Rhema Bible College in Tulsa where one could go and just listen to the Word all day long. From a Wednesday to a Friday, that is what she did. When the 1:00 p.m. appointment arrived at the City of Faith on Friday, the doctor came in with six young interns. He looked at her X-ray and asked, “Why did they send you to me?”

The X-ray was clear. The lump did not appear on the X-ray! Without even touching Vickie, he said, “There’s no reason for you to be here. You may go home.”

It was clear to Vickie, God led her and her family down a deepening journey of faith revealing His kingdom of health, healing, wholeness and power, not just of talk (see 1 Cor. 4:20). With Job, she could now say, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5).

Kim’s Kingdom Story Continued

Kingdom of God entryway

Kim Crowe’s family was one who made it only to the “entryway of salvation,” without getting very deep into the house. Kim’s prayer her whole Christian life was, “God, please don’t take my family from this earth until they accept Christ as their Savior.”

Shortly before returning to California, in her new Caravan, Kim’s sister started calling her on the telephone. Her sister, “Hank” (short for Henrietta) had accepted Jesus in her heart.

Hank had been divorced from a man who was a drug and alcohol addict. Because of that and an uncle who had raped her (the same one who raped Kim), as well as a gang rape, Hank hated men. She had a foul, mean mouth with everyone. Suddenly, and in one moment of transformation, she began calling Kim. Hank was filled with great joy and peace that never dwindled, even when she was shortly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Meanwhile, Kim was told she needed a liver transplant in Oregon. She had acquired Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion when her daughter was born twenty-seven years earlier. After Kim’s job was eliminated in Kansas, she went to a VA hospital where she found she had been treated for all the symptoms but never the bottom line: liver disease. One week after she was discharged from the hospital, she found out about Hank. Kim prayed every night, “Lord just let me get home so I can see my sister and talk with her face to face!”

Kim was determined not to wallow in her fear and guilt, feeling God wanted to do something with her in these circumstances; her mother was also dying of cancer. She fought putting up a wall, and feeling sorry for herself. The week she left for California, God gave her these words from a devotional, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Ps. 139:16).

Kim was able to pray, “Lord, if Hank dies from this disease, how can I complain? All I’ve ever asked of You is that my family become Christians before they die, and You have already answered that prayer.” Kim’s grandfather entered the kingdom six months before. He was ninety-four when her cousin gave him the Left Behind series, one book at a time. Her grandmother had been eighty-two when she was saved and died, and her aunt seventy-five, coming to Jesus when seventy-four.

Kim was filled with supernatural peace as the days unfolded. She had envisioned Hank and herself ministering to other people together; little did she realize it would be with doctors, nurses and caregivers as Hank was receiving chemo treatments; then, one day as Kim was getting ready to go back to the hospital, she received a phone call that Hank had gone to be with Jesus.

While driving to the hospital, Kim envisioned Hank, running in a lush, green, sunny bright meadow full of birds and trees in the background. She knew Hank could finally hear out of her deaf ear, and she was absolutely full of joy. She was laughing and smiling, with arms outstretched. Kim knew she was running to Jesus whose arms were also open wide

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