As I write this, I am overwhelmed by the love of our Lord. A year ago, Michael, my cousin through marriage, was diagnosed with cancer. In the last two weeks his condition worsened, taking big toll on him and the family. Not able to eat and on heavy medication has brought drastic changes to his countenance, making him unrecognizable. Things looked very bleak in the natural, but for God! For He is good and what He does is so good! In Psalms 34:8 it said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” I have tasted His goodness, I have seen how just, upright, and good He is.
I began seeking God on Michael’s behalf a week before my flight to see him, was scheduled to depart. Pressing into God with prayer and fasting, I witnessed a breakthrough at the end of that week when the Holy Spirit moved so powerfully at our church service in North Vancouver. Our Father never sends you into any situation without the necessary tools or the right equipping to be an overcomer, to be victorious in Christ Jesus. And that morning, as the Spirit moved in prophetic and power, the anointing specifically for this trip has come upon me in the form of pillar of fire. Encouraged and build up, I have received particular instructions how to minister to Michael.
It became very evident, as God opened doors to witness and minister to various people He brought across my path as I was traveling, that He was in this trip. First was the taxi driver. Originally from Iran and of Muslim religion, he was some what surprised when he learned the nature of my trip, but became open to the gospel when I shared many healing testimonies. One in particular had a strong impact on him. The night before, a lady came to me asking if I remembered who she was, proceeding to tell her story. Number of months ago I received the word of knowledge that someone in her family was having a surgery. As it turned out it was her sister, who was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and was scheduled to have her wrists operated on. After prayer for healing and edified with a prophetic word she went home to learn that the tenants in her sister’s hands were discovered to be totally healthy. Encouraged by this testimony, my taxi driver, whose name unfortunately I cannot remember, began to tell of the same condition his wife was in. On disability and not able to work for seven years, she exhausted just about every medical option available to her without any success. After praying for his wife, he asked me for the address of the church, desiring to come for further prayer, this time with his wife.
“You are good, and what you do is good,” it said in Psalm 119:68. God is always good! What He does is good! And when He shows up good things happen! On my flight there I was sitting besides an older gentlemen, whose name was Mike. Now Mike was a farmer in good health, but after lifetime of working with his hands, he had developed numbness in his right index finger. After praying a short prayer for him, the feeling began to come back into that finger. I was filled with joy because of His passion for us, and Mike was rejoicing with me. It’s a privilege to share the gospel, not an obligation. We get to pray for the sick, it’s not a have to. We are honoured to speak of His love, not forced to do so. And on top of it all, we get to demonstrate His goodness.
I was profoundly impacted by “Catching The Initiatives Of Heaven”, a book written by Dennis Walker. In which Pastor Dennis speaks of revelation on the verse 19 in John chapter 5. It said, “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ” Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner”. The secret to success in Jesus’ ministry wasn’t because He was God, for He came in the form of man and gave up His godly attributes. Because of His intimate relationship with the Father, He was able to access the heavenly realm, and seeing the Father’s doing, partnering together, He ministered exactly what He saw. I was struck by the importance of us co-labouring with Christ, catching the initiative of heaven, and then doing exactly what the Spirit reveals. With that on my heart I began to pray for Michael.
The first day I was there, even though the Spirit was moving strongly and His Presence was so gloriously evident, we did not attain the breakthrough over the sickness. Being aware of this, I secluded myself in my room to seek the Lord for specific instructions in how to pray for my cousin. In the intimate time before the Father, I felt Him say, “Karate chop the tumour in Michael’s throat”. I have never done anything like it before, and being concerned that i might hurt him, I asked the Lord if I could bonk his throat with my hand instead. Feeling that it was good as well, I asked Michael’s permission to do so, as we began to pray again. It was a time of one of the strongest connections to heaven I have ever experienced. I began to see the Spirit move like a river, washing over dead ground so dry that it was covered with deep cracks. As the power continued to flow with such intensity, wave after wave came, bringing life back. The cracks were gone and vivid green shoots began to spring out of the ground. I lightly hit Michael’s throat, being led by the Holy Spirit, breaking the power of cancer and releasing healing into his body. I saw in the Spirit that the same pillar of fire came and rested on his chest, feeling the heat coming from it. Michael felt it as well and asked for the fan to cool him off. I began to know hidden things about the people in the room, and prophesy began to flow with such power. Later I heard the Father say, “Don’t pray for his healing, for he is healed. Just minister to him.” Shortly after, Michael ate, and for the first time in weeks, his body did not reject the food.
“The wicked hemmed me in, there was no way out, but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. I get up in the middle of the night to thank You; Your decisions are so right, so true, I can’t wait till morning! I am a friend and companion to all who fear You, of those committed to living by Your rules. Your love, God, fills the earth! Train me to live by Your counsel! Be good to your servant, God; be as good as Your word. Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living Your way. Before I learned to answer You, I wandered all over the place, but now I am in step with Your word. You are good and the source of good, train me in Your goodness,” we read Psalm 119:61-68 in the Message Bible. He is the very source of good! The next morning my heart was filled with thankfulness to Him when I heard that for the first time in weeks Michael felt better. And for the first time since I got there Michael was smiling.
He is so good!