I want to tell you about a miracle, and this miracle happened to me. How? By one prayer, after I had the correct instructions about divine healing.
Everything that we receive from God comes through His grace, by faith. I had multiple sclerosis for more than 15 years. I could not walk around without stumbling and falling. Many times I was in a wheelchair, I often broke my bones, but I firmly believed that the Lord was going to heal me. If there is no cure for the illness humanly speaking, it matters not: healing comes from God and there is nothing impossible with Him (Luke 1:37).
My church did not teach divine healing, but my Bible does. So, if your church does not teach you about divine healing, your Bible teaches it. Isaiah 53:5 says: "With His stripes we are healed". Isaiah 59:1 says: "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is His ear heavy that it cannot hear". Oh, He can hear your prayer right now.
Hebrews 13:8 says: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever". Did you ever have a Scripture become alive to you? This was the first one that became alive to me. When I read Hebrews 13:8, I knew that "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever".
Then I read about Moses. Moses said to God: "Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus 3:13-14).
These words put God in the present; He has never existed in the past. He is always the God of TODAY. Then I also read in Acts 10:34 that "God is no respecter of persons". Then I said to the God: "Lord, if Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and there is no respect of persons and by His stripes we were healed, then this is for me".
The Bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). We receive a measure of faith when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, but if we want that faith to increase; this has to come through the Word of God.
I became more and more paralyzed. One doctor told me that the day would come when I would be completely blind, and thus it was: the optic nerves were paralyzed leaving me completely blind. Then one day they told me not to stay alone, for before the next 24 hours would go by I would be completely paralyzed -- so it was.
The ambulance came and they took me to the hospital, but on the way I said to the boys that took me: "You forgot something!" They answered: "What did we forget, Gertrude?" I said: "You did not bring my shoes". "Oh", they said, "What in the world is a paralyzed person going to do with shoes? You can't use them, you won't need them".
I said: "Oh, yes, I am going to need those shoes! One of these days the Lord is going to heal me and I will need those shoes to get out of the hospital". I believed with all my heart that God was going to heal me, but I did not know how to appropriate my healing.
Many people came to pray for me. I firmly believe that all the prayers that were said by my family and friends in my behalf were heard by God. When we pray in faith for someone, God hears and considers that prayer. Perhaps the answer is delayed, but it is never denied.
While I was in the hospital I had three heart attacks and one stroke. Every time they would put me under an oxygen tent, I would think: "There is room for two, Jesus and I". The nurse would come and say: "Don't say a word; you must not waste your breath". One does not have to speak in a loud voice to Jesus. I would pray and feel His presence and I knew the answer was on the way.
This was my prayer: "Oh, Lord, make me whole again, don't just make me better, but make me entirely whole again". I remembered how Jesus asked the impotent man: "Wilt thou be made whole?" and I answered that question: "Yes, Lord, make me entirely whole again".
The Lord had to deal with me concerning many things. I had worked in the church for twenty-five years and thought I was doing pretty good, but the Lord thought otherwise. One day He said to me: "Do you love your neighbor like yourself, all the time and all of them?" I answered: "No, Lord, how can I, when some I don't even like?" He taught me how to love them through the love of Jesus Christ. Yes, you can love your neighbor through the Love of Jesus Christ. He dwells in us and we in Him, so it is possible to love others such as He loves them.
The Lord also dealt with me concerning doubt, fear and unbelief, things that I never considered as sin. For three months He taught me about those things that were within me that were not according to His holy will.
I finally became completely paralyzed so that I could not do one thing except talk to Jesus. I knew that the Lord was with me and when we know He is with us, we can stand all the disappointments in life. One day they covered me up with a sheet for they thought I was gone. I could move one hand, so when they saw that move, they came and took the sheet off.
I was always asking those that came to visit me to bring my shoes. No one responded for everyone thought I would not need clothes or shoes. It wasn't their fault, they did not know Christ as their Healer. I would say to them: "Bring me some shoes, for when the Lord heals me I am going to need them".
One day the head doctor came to see me and said: "Gertrude, I would like to know your attitude about yourself". The night before I had suffered much thirst, as spasms produce thirst and they would not give me water at night for fear that I would swallow my tongue. Now came the question: "I want to know your attitude about yourself". I asked him if he wanted an honest answer, or if he wanted me to joke. He said he wanted an honest answer. So I answered: "I do not see myself lying here less than a human being".
Then he said: "How do you see yourself?" I said: "I see myself walking with shoes on". "Oh", he said, "I am sorry I ever asked you that question. That will never be! You will never be different from what you are now!" So, I answered: "According to you, I will never be different, but you have not considered my Lord. One of these days He is going to heal me and I will walk with shoes on".
His answer was: "Oh that is your imagination". He thought that for he did not believe the Bible, but I know that God gave me a faith vision concerning myself walking, just like He gave Abraham a vision when he was to go into a far country.
I was tired of being in that room in the hospital and one day I asked the nurses if they would take me outside and put me under a tree, for I knew there were trees out in the yard, having been in this hospital many times before, when I was in a wheel chair. They called for the head nurse and she said, "Gertrude, do you realize that if we were to take you outside we would have to have enough men to carry you bed and all? Don't you think this is unreasonable?" Yes, I answered; I withdrew my request.
One day a woman came into my room, Beatrice by name, and asked me: "Do you believe that God can heal you and do you want me to pray?" I answered yes to both questions and she said a short prayer and left. As she was leaving the room, an audible voice said to me: "I sent this woman to you".
I was frantic for I had no way of knowing what the woman looked like, for I was blind, so I called on the person in the next bed and asked them to call this woman. When she was by my bed, I said to her: "God spoke to me and said that He sent you to me".
Beatrice said: "I am so glad you called me back. I was in my home in Maryland when God spoke to me and asked me to come to Las Vegas, Nevada and visit all the incurable wards and ask people if they wanted me to pray for them. He added that one day a woman would say to me that God sent me to her. I was getting tired of getting a cold shoulder as I went around asking: Do you believe God can heal you and do you want me to pray?"
Oh, I am so happy that Beatrice obeyed God and traveled from one end of the country to the other to do His will. Once she knew who she was to pray for she started to fast without food and without water, in spite of the terrible heat, she obeyed our Lord. Every evening she would come to the hospital to pray for me, and every day I was worse.
She found me on July first and three nights after that on July fourth she was told that my grandson, who lived in this same city, had been called and asked to make arrangements to take care of my body.
When she got to my bedside, she asked: "Do you still believe that God can heal you?" My answer was yes. The she asked: "Even now?" Again my affirmative answer. This time she asked: "Do you realize that this is the last opportunity; it has to be now or never?" My answer was: "Yes, I know this".
Beatrice then said: "If I bring you a glass of cold water and place it here beside your bed, do you believe that if you would drink it, it would quench the terrible thirst you have?" "Oh", I said, "that is easy to believe".
She said, "Now if I bring the glass of cold water and place it here by your bed, but you do not drink it you would still believe that it would quench your thirst, but you would still be thirsty because you did not drink the water, though you believed. That is what you are doing with healing, you believe that God can heal you, but there is no contact of faith. It is necessary that you accept your healing in a definite way, even as you accepted Christ as your personal Savior.
There are many sinners who believe that Jesus died for their sins and was resurrected from the dead but they remain sinners because they do not accept salvation for themselves. That is what you are doing with healing, you believe that God can heal you, but it is necessary that you take this healing right now. That is true faith".
Oh, God knows the intentions of our heart. He knows our spiritual condition. He knows our spiritual stature. He knows if we truly believe in His greatness and power.
Beatrice told me to raise my hands and pray. I lifted my heart to God and raised my one finger that I could move and said to the Lord: "Lord, I take my healing this moment, I take it like water; I accept it, I believe, but I am afraid".
Of a truth there is no room for fear. Fear indicates unbelief. I said to God: "I am afraid that you will ask of me something that I am unable to do. I fear that I am not capable of fulfilling that which you would ask of me".
The Lord then spoke to me in an audible voice and said: "Go and say that God healed you. Go to those that believe in divine healing and go to those who do not believe, those who mock and scorn and tell them that God healed you". I then answered: "Yes, Lord, I will go".
It was at this point that I saw Jesus standing by the side of my bed and when I saw Jesus I could see the entire room. Jesus had restored my sight! I must say here that when I say, I saw Jesus, I saw all except His face which was but a very bright light. Then the Lord touched me with the tips of His fingers and healed me completely.
Many have asked, "What did you feel?" I will tell you what I felt. Fire started to go from my head all through my body and my body had been like ice. The divine heat circulated all through my body and I started to feel my bones crack, for my muscles were like cement, my hands and feet were all twisted, my body was a big arch, my head and feet touching the bed but the rest of my body in the air.
My bones ached as the Lord was straightening them, but it did not matter about the pain, for my eyes were on Jesus. When we have our eyes on Jesus, pain does not matter. He told me many things that night. He ordered me to stay in the hospital three days and three nights, that I might testify to all that God had healed me and speak about salvation in Him.
Jesus said to me: "I am not returning you to your old life. You cannot live your own life anymore. I am loaning your life to you that you might testify about Me. I will take care of you". So, I know I am living on borrowed time, but that does not matter. The important thing is that I obey Him.
Many people have asked me: "What did you say to Jesus?" I'll tell you, when one is in the presence of the Lord, you do not say anything to Him; you listen to what He has to say and you will hear it with every fiber of your body and you will never forget it.
For a while after Jesus left, I did not get up, I had a bit of fear of saying that God had healed me. I was not prepared to tell them and they were not prepared to hear me. Of a truth the City of Las Vegas was not prepared to see the evidence of God.
Someone had finally brought me a pair of shoes, so I got up and put them on. Afterwards, they asked me if it was difficult to walk, since I had not walked for such a long time. I said: "Oh no, it was difficult to stay on the floor, under the powerful anointing of God". I felt like I could float, for two weeks I felt like I was walking on my tip-toes.
I walked out in the hall and one of the patients who saw me raised his hands and said: "Glory to God, look what the Lord has done for Gertrude!" There were people in the hall and as they would see me they would fall on their knees and start to pray. They were calling on God upon seeing the evidence of someone who had been completely paralyzed, now walking.
I walked into the nurses' room. I did not mean to hurt them, but two of them passed out when they saw my face. They had to carry them out on stretchers. Later they told me that my face had been discolored and bags of water were under my eyes. When the Lord healed me, He wiped it all off and gave me a natural face.
One of the head nurses came. She went into hysterics and said: "Gertrude, you can't be here because you can't sit and you can't walk and I have signed the last papers on you, you can't see and you can't stay here". Then I said to her: "Oh yes, I can be here, I am just like you. Look at my hands, God has healed me; they are not like the hands of a paralytic person, I am just like you".
Then she said to me: "I know that you can't be alive, this is not you that is here. Tell me how many people helped you down the hall?" I said: "Just one". She said: "Please tell us who it was". I said: "It was Jesus Christ".
They called the superintendent of the hospital. He had known me for years, for I had been in and out of this hospital many times and he knew my condition. Now he said: "Gertrude, I am an unbeliever, but now that the Lord has come and worked a miracle in this hospital, this old hospital has rocked on its heels. Ever since Jesus came to heal you no one has worked in this part of the hospital, but that does not matter. Look what the Lord has done!" Here was an unbeliever admitting that Jesus had worked a miracle. Hallelujah!
Yes, it was a miracle, for if it had been a healing I would have had to learn to walk. God left many signs for them. One was the sign of the bed. People would come and touch the bed and it would give them a shock. Then I understood that when Jesus came and anointed me for healing, He anointed the bed also and left it for a sign for the unbelievers.
The next morning they came to doctor a bed sore. I asked them: "Did you come to doctor me?" They said: "This is duty". I told them to go ahead and what a surprise when they found the place just like the palm of my hand. They exclaimed: "This truly is a miracle for the flesh had flaked away so that we could see the bone and it does not heal up like this!"
Praise God for His perfect work and signs for the unbelievers. Hallelujah! This did not take place in a corner but in a public place so that people could see the manifestation of the power of God.
I told the director of the hospital that I would only be there for three days and three nights, but he answered: "Oh no, you have to stay 30 days for observation". I said: "It is impossible, for Jesus told me to stay for only three days and three nights".
When it came time to sign the final papers, the phone rang and the nurse said to the director: "It is your Chief of Staff". He answered: "Lay that phone down, for if I take that call the time will be past when Jesus Christ said Gertrude should go and I don't want that on me". Oh yes, they obeyed what the Lord had said!
Another thing they had noticed was the change in my handwriting. Some said that I was not the same person. So I said to them: "I know you have a psychiatrist here in this hospital. Bring him here". He came and I said to him: "Take me to your part of the hospital and ask me any question you want to, for I am still me. Jesus came and made me whole again".
The psychiatrist looked at me for a while and then said: "Oh no, I will not examine you, for the One who performed the healing will give you the answers and I will be left there like a fool".
Many things happened in those three days and nights that I was in the hospital. They called my grandson, Tom, and asked him to come to the hospital immediately. He is the one who had been asked to prepare to take care of my body. I was walking down the hall when I saw him coming and I called to him: "Look, Tom, look what the Lord has done for me. He came and made me whole again". Someone said to me: "Tom can't hear you, he is in complete shock".
They worked on him for hours. When he came to, he said: "When I saw you walking is when I went into shock. I never saw you walking before. I remember the grandma who pulled one foot and scraped the other. I remember the one who held to the walls, why didn't they tell me that Jesus had healed you?"
I still wanted to go outside and see the trees. I want to tell you this so that you will see how easy it is to get out of the Lord's will. The Lord told me to stay in the hospital three days and three nights. He did not say anything about going outside. But I still wanted to know what it would be like to breathe the fresh air.
I went outside and stood under one of the trees thinking: "This is just like I thought it would be, wonderful to see the trees and partake of the fresh air".
Just then one of the nurses tapped me on the shoulder and said: "What are you doing here? Don't you know that the halls are full of people wanting to know if you can really walk?"
When I heard this, I knew that I had gone outside thinking only of myself and that I was outside of the will of God. Jesus wanted me to testify to the people.
As I stepped back into the hospital, I saw a black man sitting in a wheel chair. As I got near him he asked: "Aren't you the woman that they used to bring to this hospital tied to a wheel chair so she would not fall?" I answered, "Yes, I am she".
He asked: "Aren't you the woman that used to fall out of bed with spasms?" I said: "Yes, I am she". Again he asked: "Are not you the woman who was blind?" "Yes", I answered, "I am she".
He said: "Tell me about your Jesus, for I do not know Him". Oh, what a blessing it is to be in the will of God and be able to guide a soul to Jesus!
One day I was walking down the hall praising God when I saw a man on a stretcher at the door of the operating room. He was ready to be wheeled into the operating room to be operated on. He had witnessed my paralytic condition and when he saw me walking and praising God, he said: "If God can heal Gertrude, He can heal me, too". He wrapped the sheet around him, got off the stretcher, went to his room, got dressed and walked right out of the hospital!
Two years later I met that man on the street and asked him if he had signed his dismissal papers and he said no, because Jesus Christ had dismissed him and he did not have to sign any papers. Then I asked him if he ever had that operation and he said: "No, I did not need it". The Lord knew that He was going to accept divine healing at the last moment, so He saw to it that the spinal that they gave him did not take effect. Hallelujah!
Those three days in the hospital I witnessed what is written in Mark 2:2 -- "And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them". The people filled the halls day and night, even staying until two o'clock in the morning for they wanted to see the evidence of God.
In closing, I want to tell you about Mr. Martin. He was in charge of us eight hours a day. When Jesus came to heal me he had his day off, so the following day the Lord said: "Go to Mr. Martin".
So I went to Mr. Martin and said: "Mr. Martin, look at me. Jesus came and made me whole again". He did not turn, he had his back to me, but rather said: "You go away woman". And I went away.
Again the Lord said: "Go to Mr. Martin". So I went the second time to him and said: "Mr. Martin, look at me. Jesus came and made me whole again". But Mr. Martin refused again, saying: "You go away. I am not going to look at you".
I returned to the people standing in the hall and the third time the Lord said: "Go to Mr. Martin".
So I went and this time I said: "Mr. Martin, please look at me, for Jesus has said to me three times: 'Go to Mr. Martin' and you know how far it is from my place with one hall going this way and one that way, so please look at me".
Then Mr. Martin turned and said: "Yes, I am going to look at you. When I had my day off was the time you were to have died, that is why I did not want to look at you when you came the first time. When you came the second time I had heard rumors about a miracle of healing. I am a good Catholic and they do not teach me in my church that God can do miracles in my part of the hospital". Mr. Martin did not mind seeing a miracle but he wanted it in a church; he wanted it in a cathedral. But God wanted it in a hospital so that many would hear the testimony and see the evidence of God.
Mr. Martin said: "When I turn around to see you I will have to admit that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. I will have to confess that He works miracles today, even in my section in the hospital". Mr. Martin has now returned to his country, Canada, but he has returned believing that Jesus Christ can do the same miracles that He did when here on this earth.
Once Mr. Martin accepted my healing he said: "Oh, let's do something; let's call that woman who prayed for you, let's do something!" Yes, when we see the reality of God and know that He has visited us we want to do something. May God bless and use this testimony in the lives of all that read it!
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.