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The Word Of God Brings Healing To One Man’s Hour Of Need

Warm greetings from our heart to yours in Christian love. Your prayers were much appreciated and effectual as I am now able to give this account of the Word of God in action, and show that our Lord Jesus Christ is faithful and true. Let us begin.

Upon arriving back into Vancouver, Canada after a vacation in the United States, and while attempting to get from the airplane into the building, I found myself short of breath. I had to stop and wait while I regained my breath, with my wife, Sheila, at my side. We eventually made it to our car and back home to Abbotsford, an hour away from the airport. It was Saturday and I could not see my doctor until Tuesday. During this time, my activities were limited, due to my shortness of breath.

Tuesday came and I went to see my doctor. He immediately sent me for blood-work, x-rays, and an ECG. After viewing the results, the doctor told me to go to emergency at the hospital to see a cardiologist for his professional opinion and evaluation. Two more blood tests, spaced over a thirteen hour period, revealed that there was no damage to the heart, but because my breathing was still an issue, my heart was both the doctor’s and my concern. The cardiologist scheduled a stress test which could still trigger a heart attack. The consolation was that if one came on, what better place to be than at his office in the hospital, where the odds of survival would be in my favour. But what if? The test was scheduled in one week’s time. At 57 years young, it was questionable if 65 was obtainable, which was the age of my father when his life was cut short by a heart attack.

Being out of fellowship for over a year, my heart problem was compounded not only physically, but spiritually as well, as I had lost His blessing and His Presence in my life.
Only one objective was before me; find favour with God through prayer and supplication. The hour glass was emptying itself, and there was no time to waste. I had to redeem time. Upon rising from my knees in prayer, I desired to read my Bible to find comfort from the Word of God. I was inspired to go into the book of Psalms 138:3 and 8:

“In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul…”
and “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

One scripture led to another, and I went to Psalms 57:7:

“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”

God had spoken through His Word; believe it and live. Faith had to take hold and I had to confess my healing.

Sunday morning arrived, and it was time to be gathered together with those of like precious faith, joyful in attendance and shut in with God. After the morning service, I went to the front for prayer, requesting that the results from the stress test would only confirm what was already declared in God’s Word; I was healed.

The moment of truth arrived. It was time to meet my Goliath; my Rock being my revelation of the Word God had given to me in my hour of need. Both Sheila and I arrived at his office, explanation was given of the process at hand, and I was hooked up to a heart monitor. The treadmill was turned on and I held onto a promise. I had the confidence that all was well, and no matter what the outcome God was in control. When the same cardiologist who saw me in emergency stepped into the room, I was at the third level of resistance in the test, still going strong, with my faith increasing. Based on what he observed on the monitor, he indicated to the nurse to halt the test. He had seen enough. He told me he liked what he saw and that there was no need to go any further and to come back to see him in a year’s time. I was instructed by the doctor to take six weeks off of work to rest up.

This time was spent strengthening my relationship with Christ through prayer, Word, fellowship and testifying. I leave you with this Scripture found in Psalms 34:19. Notice the word “all”:

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”

Your Brother in Christ,

Sterling Maxfield
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