Eva contracted a disease called trigeminal neuralgia around the age of 13. Another name for this is the ďsuicide diseaseĒ because so many people commit suicide due to the constant, intense pain associated with it. Later she also contracted Lyme disease. They tried every medical treatment they could find, and at one point she had to stay in Tampa for six months straight for treatment. She was not getting better and was miserable.
Although Eva was a believer, she had never heard about divine healing. She was told, in fact, that this must be Godís will for her life. Eva had come to the conclusion that God must not like her very much if he wanted her to suffer like that, and because of her wrong impression of God, she did not grow closer to him through her sickness.
Can I tell you how much I relate to that? That was exactly how I felt many years ago, and the thought that God wants you to suffer makes it hard to trust him. I believe Eva would agree with me in saying it leaves a bad taste in your mouth toward God.
At the age of 20 Eva was engaged but didnít really think she would ever be able to get married because she was so sick. The doctors sent her home and said there wasnít anything else they could do for her. To the natural eye Evaís situation was hopeless. Eva just wanted to die and go home to Jesus and not be miserable any more.
But we serve a God of all hope, and as Gary started teaching others about healing, he met more and more people, one of those being a relative of Evaís fiancť who asked if he would mind coming and ministering to Eva. So Gary drove an hour to Evaís house, and when he got there, he found a very sick, frail, young 80-pound woman lying on the couch without a glimmer of hope in her eyes.
Gary felt pressed by the Holy Spirit to start sharing with Eva how much God loved her, how she was so special to him and how he didnít want her sick. He said as he shared, he saw a light come alive in her eyes. Gary didnít know that was exactly what Eva needed to hear because she had believed the lies of the enemy that God didnít like her very well and wanted her sick.
See how important it is for us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit? As Gary spoke those truths over her, hope and then faith rose up from her spirit, and as Gary prayed for her after filling her with the word, she knew she was healed because that was what Godís word said. And healed she was. After seven years of suffering with an incurable disease and thinking that was Godís will for her life, she had heard the truth, and the truth had set her free.
After Eva was healed, the devil tried, like he does so often, to steal her healing. Many times he attacked her with the same symptoms as she had before. Praise God she had the truth in her heart. She shared that when those attacks would come, she did not give in to them. Instead of saying, ďOh no, its back,Ē she powerfully replied, ďOh no you donít! I know I am healed, and you are not going to steal it from me Satan. I know that Jesus has already healed me.Ē
She did not back down, and her mother was right by her side, encouraging her as well not to give up. They were not going to allow Satan to steal from them any longer, and now they knew the authority they had over the power of the enemy through Jesus. Every time she would get attacked she held on to what the word said, rather than how she felt or looked. She resisted the devil, and he fled from her (James 4:7).
Eva has now been healed a little over a year, is married and is expecting a precious baby. As she shared her story about what Jesus did for her, the joy radiated from her face. She said God is so much better than we could even ask or think, like it says in Ephesians 3:20.
Gary will be the first to tell you that it wasnít him that got Eva healed but Jesus. He simply shared the truth from Godís word over her, prayed in faith and she received it in faith. This is a promise to all believers, not just an anointed few. As it says in Mark 16:17-18, ďAnd these signs shall follow those who believe Ö They shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.Ē
God shows personal favoritism to no man (Galatians 2:6), and what he did for Eva has been made available to you as well. Know that God loves you and doesnít want you to suffer but rather wants you healed and has already provided that for you through his own Son bearing your sickness for you (1 Peter 2:24 and Matthew 8:17). Renew your mind to these truths and receive it by faith. That is Godís will for you.
If you have been healed by learning the truth, Amber would like to hear from you. She can be reached at email@example.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.
Published: December 26, 2016