On a certain morning, I had a dream. In the dream, I was in a “different location” than I was in originally, where I had met this man before. The man I had met in the “previous location” I was now also meeting in the “new location”. I was on a trip of some sort. Meeting the man at this new location was very pleasant. Thus it was that I awoke and I had no idea what this dream was all about. I thought maybe I should jot it down (I usually do), but this time I did not.
Later, I decided to go swimming. But my spirit felt very grieved. The more I traveled in the direction of
“said swimming pool,” the more grieved I felt. I took this as being a”sign from the Lord” (which it was) so I turned around – now heading inthe general direction from where I came. Thus, I did NOT make it to the swimming pool. Obviously, the Lord had something else in mind!
Where was the Lord leading me and why? I didn’t really understanding it.
Since I was very close to the library, I decided to stop and get a new library card. Obviously, this is a small item in and of itself. But perhaps the Lord had someone that He wanted me to meet there. So I went in, and got my new library card and soon was off.
I still did not have FULL PEACE so I pulled over onto the side of the road. My spirit was grieved, so I just prayed. I did not much attain peace by praying either, so I found a piece of paper, in which I decided to write down the top 10 things that I thought were the most likely “candidate” of things that the Lord wanted me to do. But I never got to number ten because as soon as I wrote down four items, any more ideas just stopped coming. In the number four spot was “Get the oil changed.”
Getting the oil changed was indeed pressing, because I was overdue.
The thought came to my mind, “OK. Find out who is willing to change the oil in THE NEXT 10 MINUTES.”
I called up the usual spot. “No, we can only book you in for tomorrow, sir,” they said. I said thank you and hung up.
I called up the sister location of that same company, which was about 10 miles away. I also asked them if they could take me within the next 10 minutes. They said YES! This is rather amazing because it’s usually very hard to get someone to change your oil that quickly. But sure enough they said they could do it, so I quickly brought my car there!
There is a lot that happened that I cannot write about, due to time issues. But let me explain a few things.
There is a very nice man from the PARENT location — the location that I originally called — that I know. He loves the Lord.
When I went to the NEW location, who should be there but this SAME MAN because he had just SWITCHED employment locations. So that was his new work place.
It was almost closing time when I went to pick up my car after they did the oil change.
This same man was there and he saw me come pick up my car and came out to see me. HE WAS THE MAN I KNEW FROM THE OTHER LOCATION IN THE DREAM THAT SAME MORNING.
My friend said, “I have something to share with you.”
My friend shared with me that he had been diagnosed with a frightening disease.
Since it was closing, we had time to talk. We spoke for more than one and a half hours while sitting in my car. We talked about healing. We talked about the Scriptuers. We talked about the Lord. We prayed. This was an extremely important time for this man.
It was while I was talking with him that the Lord showed me, “This is the man I showed you in your dream this morning.”
God cared about this man. He knew about his fears and concerns. The Lord had deliberately put us together. I spoke healing, encouraging, comforting, assuring words into his life which were based on the Scriptures.
I also told him to STOP SMOKING. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, I told him. Take care of it.
The man also told me that his own mother was diagnosed with the same frightening disease some time ago. In response, he had told the Lord, “Give ME the disease and take it away from my mother.” His mother got healed, Now, he had the SAME disease!
I told him, “You must realize that when you said that, even though the Lord knew your heart and your desire and your concern, that the devil heard your words. You have given the devil an opening by saying what you said. You must tell God you are sorry for saying those words. That is not God’s will for you to have a disease in exchange for healing your mother! It is not YOU who healed your mother. It is GOD! You did NOTHING!” I also told him how BIG God is, and how SMALL the devil is! I said to him, “By saying those words, you have given the devil power. Also, by smoking, and not taking care of your body, you are giving the devil power and making him to be very BIG! If you will take care of your body, and speak words that are aligned with God’s word (the Bible), then you will give God His rightful place. You will DIMINISH the devil’s power!”
Yes, we indeed spoke a long time. And he was listening to every word I was saying, because the Lord was really working all of this out — even the very timing of my oil change — to make all of this work out. So really, I wasn’t “late” at all in getting my oil changed — I got it changed EXACTLY at the RIGHT TIME!
That had been a God-ordained day. I left that day feeling assured that the Lord had indeed guided me right to this man’s doorstep, in order to speak healing, encouraging, truthful words to him. The Lord did it because I was available, and because this man needed healing and loved him. The Lord cares for you in the same way and wants to minister His healing to you. To procure that healing, remember to take care of your body — eat well, do not abuse it, sleep well, and exercise well. Second, align your words with God’s word (the Holy Bible), so that the devil’s power will be minimized. You INCREASE the devil’s power over your life every time you act, or speak, or even think in accordance with his ways. That’s why you need to take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to the obedience of Christ! (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
If you are sick and in need of healing, take time to consider these things. There are many verses I could quote, but here are a few to consider. Read God’s word and make it a part of your DAILY LIFE!
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” (Psalm 103:2-3)
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'” (John 8:31-32)
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.
It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water todestroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” And Jesus said to him, ” ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.” After crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!” But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up.” (Mark 9:20-27)
“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.” (James 5:13-18)
Many more verses like these could be quoted. If you desire life, put God’s word into action, take care of your body, and start believing God for your healing.
God bless you as you consider these things.