Darrell Strong - 10/16/2009
(David's notes in red)
Darrell wrote Bill and the prayer ministers:
I was inspired to pray for a microphone on my Bluetooth headset that stopped working last Sunday. I heard the testimony from the brother who prayed about the audio problems he was experiencing while creating the UBM videos. After hearing that and reading a few more testimonies about restored hard drives, iPods, etc., I want to stand in faith that God would restore this microphone on my headset. I recognize that God can heal not only physical ailments but also physical devices.
Bill replied with a prayer. Here is a portion of it:
Father, we add our faith to Darrell's and believe, according to Your word, Mark 11:24, Matthew 18:18-20 and Hebrews 11:1.
Bill, just wanted to pass on a testimony. You agreed in faith with me on 10/06/09 that my microphone on my headset would begin to work again. Well, praise God, sure enough on 10/08 my mic began to function properly again. I told others around me the 'real good' news and gave glory to God, not me.
But then the next day came and the trial of my faith began. My microphone would not work the next day for no apparent reason. I resisted the thought of buying another set or take the unit apart myself and sought the Lord through his Word in order to come against the doubt that was beginning to grow in my mind.
It's funny, as I looked at the examples given for saved and salvation (sozo and soteria), I realized that this includes physical healing, saving from difficult situations and deliverance from demons. But I wondered if this indeed included the fixing of things. And although I have read of others having their broken items fixed via prayer, I still had this doubt inside my mind as to whether God desired to do this or not.
So I looked at the two verses you had mentioned in your response to me: Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Based on these two verses, I KNEW God desired to do this. By scripture, I had the right to ask and believe. So I did all I could do at this point ... I rested. Then, on Monday morning, 10/12, I tried my mic again and it worked! And it has given me no problems since. Praise God!!!!
When I testify to other Christians about standing in faith on the promises that God has given us as believers, I am usually always met with a response of "God will only heal/deliver/fix/etc. by faith those people/things that He gives you a specific word before hand". (This is the Logos / Rhema error that the verses above soundly refute.)
Most Christians I know think that God won't honor His Word or His promises for every believer, unless He tells them He wants to. I don't agree with this. I believe that His promises of salvation ARE available to us today IF we stand on them without doubting and we put ourselves in a position of weakness for God to deliver us. This is not an easy thing to do since we need to wield the sword of the Word in our own life to come against our own doubting thoughts and feeling that betray us.
As a matter of fact, I discovered these verses two nights ago which confirm this:
2 Peter 1:2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
2 Peter 1:3 seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue;
2 Peter 1:4 whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers (partners or companions) of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in that world by lust.
So I read that and it confirms to me that He has ALREADY given these promises to us. THEY ARE OURS if we believe them and walk in them by faith. We don't need a voice from God telling us when to walk in them. We can today! (Amen!)
Funny thing is, I've heard these three verses many times through the years but it wasn't until yesterday that I realized just what they meant. AWESOME stuff. Thanks for praying with me, Bill and all you folks at UBM.