The Lord wanted me to share my testimony on how he healed my back. The Lord said I am doing a new thing. He said he works outside the box. My testimony is outside the box. People unknowingly put God in a box because our natural minds want to figure things out, but we can only understand so much. God is a spirit, and the Spirit supersedes the natural. There are elements, natures, and character traits we are yet to understand about God. I’ve heard people try to rationalize my healing. But when you try to explain it, you put your faith somewhere else. Is it in science? Is it in God? What is your faith in? Let the Holy Spirit challenge what you believe by humbly asking him if your theology is correct or off in any way. Ask him to show you so you can receive what he has for you.
God is about to release an outpouring of his Spirit that will reveal new aspects of his Character we have yet to understand. Throughout the Bible, He consistently reveals new sides of his nature to His people. We can see this every time his people give him a new name in the Bible.
In this outpouring of His Spirit, he will tear down religious structures we have built upon from previous revivals. He will show us where we have gotten off. He will tear down doctrines that oppress rather than bring liberty.
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”2 Corinthians 3:16-18
One purpose for my testimony is that it is supposed to shake people out of the religious box we so quickly put God in. God can work outside of the confines we put him in.
I had a repetitive workplace injury to my back. I didn’t realize I had been walking around with my hips out of place. After lifting something very heavy, I felt an immediate pain in my back. I could barely stand without a lot of pain. I was in constant pain, standing, sleeping, and sitting. Because my back was not broken, nothing would show up in an X-ray. My doctor didn’t want to expose me to radiation; she would not do an MRI. She had me take two weeks off of work and referred me to PT after.
In the process, I emailed my church to pray because of the pain I was in. They told me that the Lord had led them to do a healing service that Sunday. I went to service, and people started to get words of Knowledge for specific issues. One was given that the lower part of someone’s back looked like a V, and there was nothing the medical field could do for them. Immediately, my pastor looked at me and said, “That sounds like a lower back issue.”
In my mind, the pain felt in my mid to lower back, so I honestly thought the word was not for me. I did not go up thinking mine would get called out soon. Thank the Lord he is not like us. ‘Well, she messed up her chance; that’s her fault; she didn’t get her healing.’ Nope, despite myself, the Lord still pursued me.
The service had ended, and I stuck around, hoping until practically everyone had left. Then, as I was walking out, another couple got a word of Knowledge to check the curvature of my back. He asked if I could take off my coat to check my back. It was really curved in. He said to his wife it looked bad like hers was. He asked me to pray for me. Before he could pray, he said he saw an angel and asked if I had seen it. I did not see the Angel. He said the Angel had a gift for me and asked if I wanted to reach out and grab it in faith. I was willing to do anything, so I reached out to what looked like nothing and pretended to receive something.
Then the man asked to lay his hand on my shoulder to pray for me. Before he laid his hand on me, I immediately fell to the floor from the power of God. I was crouched over, holding myself up with all my strength from being pushed to the floor. I was belly laughing as hard as I could and could not stop for what felt like five minutes. As soon as I stopped, they asked how my back was feeling. I said, “I don’t feel pain. I stood up, and I had no pain!!!
I went home to take a nap and was shocked upon waking up that there was still no pain. It was the same day I had to go back to work. Although the pain had left my back, it felt super weak when working since my job consisted of standing all day. I couldn’t stand for long and would sit in between helping guests while prepping food items so I could still be productive at my workplace.
When I told a friend about my healing but felt weak at work, she told me about Kathryn Kuhlman’s healing revivals. When people reported their bones getting healed, they went to the doctor, who said that their bones were like the bones of a baby that needed to be strengthened. This helped me understand the Lord’s plan to keep my healing.
I can 100% tell you that there is a complete difference between pain and weakness, and I could tell that difference in how it felt in my back. In the meantime, I decided to keep my PT since I needed to strengthen my back. I believe this was all a part of God’s plan. He knew I was doing things wrong at work that were weakening my back and making injury more likely to happen. He didn’t want it to happen again. In PT, I learned from the constant pressure of standing all day that my hips would get out of place. I was walking around with my hips out of place and not doing anything about the slight pain I was in because I had the walk-it-off mentality. It was causing my back to overcompensate in certain areas and caused my lower back to go weak, leading to injury.
From then on, whenever I felt my hips get out of place, I took care of it by getting adjusted at the chiropractor and have never had an issue since. I also learned I was using my back to lift instead of my legs for very heavy items and learned some other techniques for the workplace that were helpful in not bringing reinjury to my back.
Soon after my healing, the pastor’s wife told me when God healed her back in a worship service. When she took a shower the next day, she felt that twinge of that familiar back pain again. She said by the Holy Spirit, she immediately said, “No! I have been healed!” Then she commanded the pain to leave. She said she didn’t even know how to do that, but the Holy Spirit rose up inside her and gave her wisdom in that moment. It immediately clicked with me when she told me, and I knew to do the same if it happened.
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;”Revelations 12:11
And it did happen quite a few times. Whenever I felt that same twinge of pain in my back, I rebuked it. I said I had been healed and commanded the pain to leave. God is so good he knows precisely what we will need to keep our healing because the devil wants to steal it from us. A few years later, I was working out and overexerted my back. People would comment, “Oh, it’s your back again.” I would not come into agreement with that. I said no, I over-exerted myself. The devil is sneaky. He wants to steal our healing. Praise God, my back has been healed since.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”John 10:10
“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.”Mark 9:25
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”Proverbs 18:21
I can honestly say I didn’t believe I had the faith to receive healing. I knew God had called me to that job I was at. I knew I couldn’t keep working there if he didn’t heal me. I told God, “You had better heal me if you want me to keep working here.” To this day, what happened still shocks me. He will give us more opportunities and help us along the way. When my brother in Christ had the word of Knowledge, it gave me hope. The Holy Spirit helped me in that moment by instructing me through this man who helped me use faith to grab my healing. At the time, I didn’t realize this was how faith worked. Your faith is your response to God because of the gift of faith he gives us. The faith he gave me was a rhema word, and this brother walked me through how to receive my healing. I believed him when he said there was an angel there even though I couldn’t see it, even though I did not feel it, even though I didn’t feel any different on the inside. The instruction to reach out and grab the gift the Angel had for me was my part of faith. Faith is an action.
The woman with the issue of blood reached out and grabbed Jesus’ robe. If she had not heard of Jesus and the Holy Spirit hadn’t stirred her thoughts, ‘if I go and met him, I would be healed,’ she would have never been healed. Her faith was her belief that Jesus could heal her, but if she did act upon her thought to meet him, she could’ve missed her healing in that moment. I believe the Lord would not have given up on her. She faced another challenge when she went to meet Jesus for healing. The crowd made it difficult to approach him. The Lord gave her a God-inspired thought, his gift of faith, that if she reached out and grabbed his robe, she would be healed. Her faith was her action to act upon that thought and push through the crowd so she could touch his robe. God’s gift of faith propelled her to take action. God’s gift of faith propelled me to email my church. Hope infused me when they said they felt led to do a healing service. When I missed it, I lingered; I still had hope. The Lord sent another gift of faith, a word of Knowledge, and instruction to grab the gift from the Angel. All I had to do was respond and pretend to reach out and grab it because I could not see it.
Faith is a gift from God, a Rhema word, a direction that gives us hope to respond to him; our responses are our actions. Our faith then becomes our action. Even though we can’t see it, we receive what we cannot see when we respond to Him.
I want to point out that it was not only my faith that brought me to this place, but the faith of those who responded to God’s direction and were obedient to release the words of Knowledge they felt the Lord was giving them. When we both responded, the Lord’s power moved from the spiritual realm into the natural to align the natural with the spiritual.