This is an amazing true story about how I was miraculously healed by the Lord. It’s well worth taking a few minutes to read about how God is working. I believe it will encourage you.
Some years ago I was involved with Broadway, playing the part of John Lennon in Beatlemania, and also recording as a solo artist for Atlantic Records. With my career going the way it was, a lot of people would think I was in the midst of fulfilling the American dream, but in actuality, it was a very stressful time in my life. My mother died from cancer and then my father was murdered shortly thereafter. Little did I know that it would all take its toll on me some years later.
It was a friend who led me to the Lord back then and helped me to break free from secular music, and learn to live my life for the Lord Jesus Christ. I will always be grateful to him for sharing Jesus with me and for being such a good role model to me. Anyway, I was out playing here and there doing concerts and ran into some difficulties a few years ago. Somehow I managed to come down with a heart condition. We are talking serious stuff here. I discovered that it also ran in my family tree, but having been an orphan now for a number of years, I did not know anything about this at first. The Bible talks about blessings and curses, and the sins of the father being passed on to the third and fourth generations (read Exodus 34:7, Deuteronomy 28, II Timothy 3:16 and Galatians 3:10-3:29). I will tell you that I did not grow up in a Christian home.
I was sent to see a cardiologist after a week in the hospital in the Fall of 1999, and the future looked pretty grim. I had just acquired a young 3-year-old Tennessee Walking horse, as I have been an equestrian most of my life and am as passionate about horses as I am about art and music. I was told I would never ride again. Soon I was put on some very dangerous medicines that actually have caused sudden death, the very thing it is supposed to prevent. Being a believer, I desperately ran after the Lord. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I was at a church service in Dallas, GA about that time. My friend who was a pastor there prophesied over me, and told me the Lord would heal me and I would receive a miracle, and live a long healthy life. He helped me understand that the Lord wants to heal us, but we still have our part to play. I mean, not everyone gets saved, and yet the Bible teaches that God wants to save all of us - that none shall perish. Of course, you can see God wants to heal all of us as well, but we still have a part to play. We have choices to make. How many times in the Bible did Jesus say to someone, “Your faith has healed you”? So faith must have a part in getting one healed. Without faith we cannot even be saved. You are saved by faith! (If you have not yet been healed, I am not saying that maybe you don’t have enough faith, because God gives us all a measure of faith. Faith can increase, however. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17) Also, “As a man thinketh so he is.” So I came to that place where I had to ask myself, “Whose report are you going to believe?” I sought after the Lord Jesus, day and night and discovered Hebrews 13:8 that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Malachi 3:6 - He changes not!
So, I got to thinking, “When did He stop doing miracles?” My Christian friends all prayed for me and the lead singer told me his dad had prayed for a blind man once back in Australia and he received his sight. My good friend of AIM (Adventures in Missions) encouraged me in the Word and also showed me amazing reports from around the world where the Lord was still doing miracles, healing people and even raising some from the dead. He got me to read a book by Jack Deere, Surprised by the Spirit, and in it I found stories that also helped build my faith. There was one story of a young boy who had been dead over six hours, and an evangelist from North Carolina was used to pray him back to life with many witnesses. Yes, this happened in our lifetime. Read your Bible and see for yourselves. It talks about casting out evil spirits and raising the dead (Mark 16 and Matthew 10:7-8 – KJV). After the Holy Spirit came upon them, even the Apostles did these things. As believers we are told “this and greater things shall you do!” Many Christians just do not study the Word for themselves, but trust their pastor instead to think for them, which actually puts extra burdens on the pastor. No offense, but they are still just men too, and in Romans 7, Saint Paul admits the things he wants to do - he does not always do, and the things he does not want to do – that he does, because of the evil that dwells within. All of us have fallen short of the glory of God. What I am trying to say is you need Jesus Christ to be Lord over all of your life – every aspect of it. So make sure all the thoughts you have line up with what God says. Think holy words always!
I started looking for the Lord in a number of churches and ministries and as He said, “Seek and you shall find!” Eventually I ended up at Pleasant Valley Church in Thomaston, GA. After receiving ministry there, I was healed of a so-called incurable heart disease! Then in July 2001, I was there for a church service just a week after I was ordained as a minister, which was also the same day I was taken off heart medicine. I was asked to share my gifts of music in that service, but instead of doing so I began to have heart trouble, of which I knew I was already healed. My doctor, who to me is the best doctor in the world, was with me at the time. I recall her taking my pulse and looking very concerned, but saying, “We have tried medicine, now we must just trust the Lord,” and she kept praying for me all through this time.
After the service had ended, I was talking to Pastor Henry and his staff and I suddenly started to pass out. Actually, I was dying right there on the altar of the Lord. My doctor was taking my pulse. For two and one half hours it had been faint and irregular and was at this moment completely gone! All I recall was hearing Pastor Henry say, “I know how to deal with this.” Pastor Henry prayed at this time, apparently casting out a spirit of death. I recall my doctor telling me how astonishing that was because she had her finger on my pulse and it was non-existent. The instant Pastor Henry prayed, my pulse came back so strong and healthy that it pushed her finger off, which had never happened to her before in all her years of medical practice and ER duties.
It’s impossible to have no pulse and then suddenly have a normal healthy one. A staff member who is a nurse was taking my pulse on the other hand and had the exact same experience as did my doctor. The Bible tells us, “Nothing is Impossible with God!” In a tape series called “Spirit World Realities 2002” by Pastor Henry, he mentions this story and goes on to say, “What should we have done, called 911? It would have been too late.” We called on the name of Jesus, and I am alive and well today!
Pastor Henry Wright is one of the most Christ-like men I have ever met in my life. I believe he operates in all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am eternally grateful to him for the work he does in ministry to teach the truth and set people free. I believe perhaps thousands of people have been healed of all sorts of terrible diseases by the Lord through this ministry all around the world. I would strongly suggest you take a look at the book, A MORE EXCELLENT WAY, written by Pastor Henry Wright.
A few months ago I was preaching at a church and my doctor drove over four hours both ways just to help me testify to what I have just shared. When she shared her side of the story at the end of the service, she went on to say that indeed, it would have been too late to call 911 and that I had already been on last ditch medicine. There was nothing anyone could have done to save me. I ask you, do we serve a living God or what?!!! All praise be to my Lord Jesus Christ! I thank Him everyday for my now good health, for allowing me to still be here to watch my children grow up in the knowledge of the Lord, to be here for my wife, family and friends, and to ride my horse again, to make music and art unto the Lord and serve Him through this ministry. Alleluia!
C.M., Canton, GA USA