'I Knew I Was Healed'
— Kristen Greene
Last August 2012 when I was still pregnant, I attended a service at Valley Family Church in Portage, Michigan, where Pastor Hagin was the speaker for a few days. At one of the evening services, I went forward for healing because the doctor had diagnosed me with placenta previa. When I went forward, Pastor Hagin laid hands on me. I immediately fell backward and was overcome with the Holy Spirit! This was the first time something like this had happened to me! I knew I was healed!
A few weeks later, I went in for another ultrasound and the placenta previa was healed! They did notice, however, fluid around my baby's lungs. I was referred to a high risk doctor. Nine days later, when I went in for another ultrasound, the fluid was nearly all gone! The technician was quite surprised as to why I was at the high risk doctor.
Throughout the rest of my pregnancy I was monitored by the high risk doctors. [My son Luke] was born three weeks early on December 10, 2012. On December 11, they found two holes in his heart. He was then placed in the NICU for eight days. During this time, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. Although we didn't deny the diagnosis, we did not receive it for him. We began to stand on God's Word for Luke's healing and believed that regardless of the doctor's report, he was healed. Many miracles happened in the NICU and have happened since he has been released.
Luke's ears physically moved in the hospital, and his blood platelet level went from 60,000 to 105,000 in one day! He was on oxygen when we left the hospital, and they thought he'd be on oxygen indefinitely. However, he was off oxygen in less than a week! His thyroid has been tested, and he's in the normal range!
During those first few months, Luke ate well and continued to gain weight, in spite of having two holes in his heart. He rolled over at just one month old, the earliest of any of my other three children! He began cooing, talking, and smiling those first months as well.
On March 1, Luke had open heart surgery. He recovered very well and we brought him home six days later. Doctors were concerned that his pulmonary hypertension wouldn't heal and also said he'd be on oxygen for two months. Luke was on oxygen for just a week and a half, and then his cardiologist confirmed that his pulmonary arteries were completely healed and whole!
I believe that my encounter with the Holy Spirit when Pastor Hagin laid hands on me was a defining moment in this journey that we are on! That was tangible proof of the start of the Holy Spirit's working in my son's life and in my life. We continue to speak God's Word over Luke and believe that we are seeing God transform him before our very eyes. We praise God as we take Him at His Word which says that Luke is healed!
By Lynette Hagin
“The Lord will guide you always: he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” – Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
Last month in my column I admonished you to gear up and take your place in the Body of Christ this year—to commit to choosing God’s desires above your desires. I ran out of space, so I want to continue along those lines.
Q&A with Keith Nachbor and Brent Bailey
Q: I know what my pastor and my youth leader say about God. Do I need to have my own relationship with Him?
Brent: You should never live your life with God through your pastor, your parents, your youth minister, or your friends. You should have your own personal relationship with God. Sadly, a lot of people have a relationship with God through someone else.
Keith: Too many people are not digging things out of the Word of God for themselves. They’re not praying about things and hearing His voice. There’s nothing in their lives that causes them to act upon the Word of God other than what someone else says. Jesus took 12 guys and poured Himself into them, and everything He did was to try to teach them how to have a relationship with the Father.
The Battle Between the Human Spirit and the Intellect
// Kenneth E. Hagin
One of the greatest mistakes that has been made in our intellectual culture is the ignoring of the human spirit. Instead of allowing our spirit to dominate our intellect, we have allowed our knowledge, or intellect, to dominate our human spirit. In many instances, our intellect has taken the throne, and our human spirit, which should guide us, has been neglected or locked away in prison, so to speak.
When we shut away our spirit and never listen to it, we become crippled in life and easy prey to selfish and designing people. But when we allow our human spirit to gain the mastery and influence us during a crisis, we will climb to the top.
By Lynette Hagin
The Day of the Lord is coming soon, and it’s time that we are about our Father’s business. Most of us lead fast-paced lives, and we can become so busy doing natural things that we neglect what God would have us do. Although there are many legitimate things we must do, we don’t want to become so engaged in activities that we miss doing what is truly important.
In my own life, I’ve found that I can be too focused on my agenda. I love checking off the tasks I’ve written on my “to-do” list. And once I get started on a task, I don’t want to be interrupted until I’ve finished it.