In this week’s teaching Pastor Don enumerates the miracles he received just 31/2 days following a “Faith Teaching Seminar” in April, 1974 sponsored by Charles Capps and Jerry Savelle Ministries. He was legally blind in his right eye, and already severely impaired in the left eye.
He also had been totally deaf in his left eye since the age of 4. As a little child, Don remembers waking up in the middle of the night with an ear ache so bad he would be crying out loud enough to awaken his parents. On some occasions, they would find his pillow soaked in blood from the severety of the his ear infections. He says, “They would kneel by my bedside weeping for me, just to pray these words, ‘Dear God, please lessen this pain enough for Don to be able to get sleep tonight.’ I would go off to sleep. But never do I remember them crying out to God, “Oh God, give us a miracle and restore Don’s ear and hearing!”
Beginning before his pre-teens, he developed an incurable skin disease covering the top half of his body, including his scalp and face. A clear liquid would ooze from the pores of his skin, severely blistering him, leaving him looking like a bad burn victim. The skin would then scale over with a monstrous appearance. To prevent this occurrence, he was forced to take oral and topical medications prescribed for him by the specialist in St. Louis, one of the few clinics in the U.S. treating this rare disease at the time. While it did not completely eradicate the symptoms, it gave the ability to manage them with less than 25% of the symptoms occurring. Pastor Don says, “Just one 24 hour period without this medicine and I would suffer the full excruciating symptoms of this disease.”
Additionally, for all of his adult life, Don suffered with a chronic sinus infection requiring him to carry 4 or 5 handkerchiefs with him almost all of the time. At the age of 16, he began suffering also with chronic bleeding hemorrhoids that had continued up until 1974. He also had extreme high blood pressure that medications of that period was unable to give him full relief. Finally, he had “broken arches,” caused by excessive wear and tear from running track throughout his tenure in school. At 27 years of age, in 1974, he was extremely obese.
On the eventful day of April 24, 1974 (exactly 41 years ago today!) everything changed in his life. At around 11AM he received perfect vision from his blindness. The thick glasses he wore became non-existent in his life. The same day, during the early afternoon, he picked up the phone and made a business call. As he put the phone to the ear that had been totally deaf all of his life, suddenly the sound came up to normal and his hearing was perfectly restored, although the Shea Ear Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, following tests in 1965, had told Don’s parents that there were “no inner ear” parts remaining to perform any kind of surgery to restore his hearing. But Don was seeing with perfect vision, and hearing perfectly.
Over the next six weeks, Don supernaturally lost 11 inches from his waist, two shoe sizes and three neck sizes, bring his weight back to the normal for his height/weight. The bleeding hemorrhoids disappeared along with every other symptom of disease. After 41 years, Don continues to enjoy all of the benefits of these miraculous healings.
This week’s teaching introduces the concept of the two kinds of words we speak: Heb: דּבר dâbâr (daw-bawr'), “intellectual discourse,” and Heb: אמר 'êmer (ay'-mer), and “a saying – a thing repeated, used in poetry and rhyme.”
Pastor Don deals extensively from proverbs regarding how to use sayings (Emer) from God’s Word to protect ourselves in our conversations with others (dabar). Our key scripture in the opening of this email becomes the key as he begins taking us through the book of Proverbs revealing God’s instruction regarding the use of scriptural “sayings” as we learn to confess what God says about us.
Get ready to receive revelation and greater understanding of this vital subject in the video and audio links below.