Summary: The Bible tells us to praise the Lord for His mighty acts (Psalm 150:2). It also tells us that one of our spiritual weapons to overcome the devil and his wiles is the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). That’s my desire today — to give praise to the Lord as I share with you my testimony of some extraordinary “mighty acts” of the Lord that I have seen in my 53 years as a born-again Christian. May they stir you, bless you, and cause your faith in God to grow.
The man lay there on the concrete, not breathing or moving and his face a pale, ashen color. Moments before he had suddenly collapsed at the gas pump a few feet away from where we were filling up our tank. A heart attack? A stroke? We didn’t know. Around us were confused people, not knowing exactly what to do. Someone in the gas station had called 911.
My wife and I approached his motionless body, his face still what I would call a waxy, ashen gray. A minute or so had already passed by. Suddenly my wife, a woman of great faith, cried aloud to the body, “You breathe, in the name of Jesus!” And he did! Instantly he began taking deep, gasping breaths. The normal color began to return to his face, and he sat up on the pavement. Hearing the sirens of the medics arriving, in those remaining seconds my wife said kindly to the now attentive man, “Jesus has given you another chance at life.” Then we had to move away to make room for the arriving EMTs.
Was he dead? I don’t know. Was he dying? Clearly yes, if not already gone. But the important point is that with faith in the name of Jesus Christ, “Nothing will be impossible for” a believer (Matthew 17:20). My wife had that kind of faith in that crisis moment. And the seemingly impossible was done by the Lord in response to my wife’s very public words of faith in the name of Jesus.
Postscript: that gas station in New York was just a stone’s throw from the Connecticut state line, where we were heading. I had finished planting and pastoring for several years a church in Yorktown, NY, and had turned it over to a successor pastor. Amazingly, my wife had been praying, “Lord, don’t let us leave New York without knowing that we have born some fruit unto You while we were there.” And there, mere minutes from the New York-Connecticut border, the Lord answered that prayer in a startling, miraculous way. Thank you, Lord!
My grandmother was a precious lady. Born in 1887, she came to personal faith in Jesus in the year 1900 and diligently served Him for the next 83 years. She lived in our home most of my growing-up years and for about two decades beyond that. “Grammie” was a delightful person and a woman of faith.
But in her many churches over the years she had never been taught about divine healing. In her later years she was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes, and this caused her vision to decline. One day my wife and I were visiting Grammie at my parents’ home, and we heard about her new cataract diagnosis.
So we showed her Scriptures about divine healing and encouraged her that it is the will of God to heal His children. She willingly allowed us to pray for her eyes before we took her for her follow-up appointment with the eye doctor. When Grammie came out of her doctor visit, she came right over to us and said (I’ll never forget the words!) that the eye doctor had told her, "I may have told you before that you had cataracts in your eyes, but you sure don’t have them now!”
What had my wife and I done? Nothing more than what the Lord Jesus had in His Great Commission told all believers in Him to do — “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe … they will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed” (Mark16:17-18, NLT). James 5:15 (NASB) confirms this: “The prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick.”
It was a Sunday morning service at our church, Abbott Loop Christian Center in Anchorage, Alaska. During the worship time a young man came down from the choir to the microphone and said to the congregation, “There’s someone here today who needs to get saved.” I thought to myself, “Oh my, that’s not a revelation from God. Surely in this crowd of about 1,000 people there are some unbelievers.”
But the young man wasn’t finished! He continued, “…And you know who you are, because before coming to church this morning you drank two beers.” Immediately a shocked man in the second row raised his hand and acknowledged being that person. He willingly went out with some elders to a nearby room and accepted the Lord as His Savior, being astonished at the goodness of the Lord to give that precise revelation concerning him — what the Bible calls a supernatural, Holy Spirit-given “word of knowledge” (1 Corinthians 12:8, KJV), completely unknown to the natural mind of the young man who delivered that God-given word of knowledge.
I was driving with my wife up the highway south of Bend, Oregon. All over the area were thunderstorms and lightning. We could see flashes here and there and heard claps of thunder. Then I felt a strong prompting to pray, “Lord, protect us from lightning.” And no more than a second or two later a huge flash and a simultaneous deafening crash of thunder struck close to the car. Escaping with no damage and our eyes and hearing intact, we thanked the Lord for His preservation.
A casual reaction to that might be to dismiss it as simply coincidence. But no! I keenly felt the need to pray at that very moment for God’s protection, a mere instant before the monstrous lightning and thunder crashed right by us. I choose to see that for what it was — a fulfillment of God’s promise to those who love and serve Him (Psalm 91): “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge’ (vs. 2) … ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him’…” (vs. 14).
My wife and I were called to join a Christian friend in ministering to an unsaved lady acquaintance of his. She was showing definite signs of demon possession. [Note: I don’t say that lightly. In a half century of Christian ministry in the USA I’ve been involved in very few ministries of deliverance from demon possession. This was a very, very real one.]
We arrived and began to talk to her about Jesus. At the sound of His name this young adult woman shrank back in horror and pulled a blanket over her head. As we continued sharing about Jesus, she put her hands to her throat and tried to choke out her own life. We of course quickly prevented her from doing that.
We were commanding the demons to “come out, in the name of Jesus!” This went on for some time, but with no apparent success. So I suggested to my wife and the Christian brother than we just stop and pray and ask the Lord for wisdom. Immediately I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me, “She thinks she has committed the unpardonable sin.” So I addressed her directly and said, “[Her name], you have not committed the unpardonable sin.” The demon replied through her voice, “Yes, she has!” [Note: Not “I”, but “she” has, spoken by the demon.]
We knew then that the Lord had guided us to the heart of the issue. Reassuring her that she had not committed the unpardonable sin, we quickly in succession cast four demons out of her in the mighty name of Jesus. After the fourth devil came out, a distinct sense of peace and light settled over her and over the entire room. I shared briefly the plan of salvation, and she immediately responded in faith and gave herself to Jesus Christ. I followed with a very brief sharing with her about the baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and she immediately received it! She burst forth praising God in a new language and, with tears of joy, exclaimed, “This is what I have always wanted!” She was in church the next Sunday.
Thank you, Lord, for the “revelation” (1 Corinthians 14:26) and the spiritual gift of “discerning of spirits” (1 Cor. 12:10, KJV) that we needed to bring Jesus’ great deliverance to this formerly possessed but now child of God!
My wife was childless in the first 6 years of our marriage. She had a medically diagnosed infertility condition. I recall her coming home weeping from a baby shower, where she had been the only woman present who was not a mother. We longed for children and prayed often for that need.
Then one day at church a godly, spiritual woman friend of ours came to us with a message from God. The Lord had awakened her during the night and told her to tell my wife, “Your barren days are over!” She delivered that message to my wife, and the very next year my wife gave birth to the first of our eventual total of four children. He is indeed “the Lord your Healer” (Exodus 15:26, ESV).
And those four children of ours went on to marry and have given me 12 grandchildren, fulfilling another promise of God that “children’s children are the crown of old men” (Proverbs 17:6, KJV).
My wife was young and healthy. But she had persistent soreness in one leg and hip. Then one day at an evangelistic meeting in Alaska in the 1970s, she went forward for prayer for healing. The lady preparing to pray for her had her sit down and extend her legs straight out. One was noticeably shorter than the other, thereby causing the pain as she would walk with a slight inequality of the two legs.
Well, the lady prayed for her. And instantly (I watched it!) the shorter leg grew longer, made up the difference, and stopped there. My wife let out a holler of pleased surprise. She told me later that it was as if the Lord had taken hold of her leg and stretched it like a rubber band, without pain, but when He let go it didn’t snap back to the previous length. And from that day forward she never had to deal with that leg and hip pain again. The healing was very real and very permanent.
Her healing reminds me of the wonderful dual promise from God to take care of both our sins and our sicknesses — “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3).
I was maybe 9 years old and living with my parents and siblings in Falls Church, Virginia. We were raised Catholic, and one day my mom and I were talking with our parish priest. He said a startling thing about me to my mother: “Jimmy’s going to be a minister one day.” Now back in that day some 70 years ago, Catholic clergy were called priests, and Protestant or Pentecostal clergy were called ministers. Perhaps he knew, perhaps not, but that priest prophesied that my ministry future was not going to be in Catholicism, but elsewhere.
Long story short, at age 25 I came under the beneficial influence and testimony of a Christian young lady. She told me about simple faith in Jesus, the Savior and
The priest had very accurately prophesied that I would be not a priest, but “a minister one day.” I didn’t personally remember him saying those words. But Mom still remembered them, long after I had entered into Pentecostal church pastoring and Bible teaching. Interestingly, Mom waited several decades before telling me of the priest’s prophecy to me when I had been a youth in Virginia.
A Christian brother who attends a morning prayer meeting that my wife and I also attend took a hard fall and injured his back badly. The X-rays enabled the doctor to diagnose the extremely painful injury as “a severe fracture.”
The injured man asked us at the meeting to pray for healing for his very painful injury. We prayed, and the next time we saw the man he told us how (after we all had prayed) the doctor had done some more imaging and found that the formerly “severe fracture” was completely healed!
This is a remarkable, documented, before-and-after healing, but it should not surprise us. Jesus still heals today! While He was on earth, “…people brought to Him [to Jesus] all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them” (Matthew 4:24). And we can expect the same healings today. Why? Because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
My wife and I were vacationing in Tucson, Arizona. One evening around sunset we were driving on a main road on the northern hillside. I glanced up the hill to the right and saw some headlights perhaps a few hundred yards up the hill. I was on the main road and he had a Stop sign. So I didn’t give it another thought. Then just as I was nearing the road where he would be coming to his Stop sign, I had a strong sense to “slow down” — a prompting which I quickly came to see was from the Holy Spirit of God.
Because of trees and underbrush I had lost sight of that car that was coming down the hill. But as I slowed because of that inner warning, right in front of me that car ran the Stop sign and entered the intersection at high speed and literally airborne. He bottomed out in a huge shower of sparks and continued on through the intersection. If I had not followed the Lord’s prompting to slow down, we very possibly would have been right in the midst of that intersection when he flew into it airborne.
Was he drunk? high? a daredevil? I don’t know. But I do know that the Lord’s quiet voice within saved us from a potentially fatal T-bone accident. I thank the Lord that on that day He enabled me to “hear” the Holy Spirit’s voice: “slow down.” In fact, very often my wife and I pray a prayer that occurs 7 times in the first 3 chapters of the Book of Revelation: “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7 and 6 other verses).
Many years ago I was working a job in the aviation industry. The nature of the job allowed some down times, in which I would often speak to some of my coworkers about faith in Jesus Christ. One particular man was always willing to talk, but he had some very different leanings in favor of a variety of occult practices and beliefs. But I persisted, and he continued to be willing to dialogue. But he continued to embrace his very antibiblical beliefs in various cultish theories.
After quite some time of this, I had pretty much concluded that there was no way this man was going to ever get saved. In fact, one Sunday morning as I was teaching our church’s adult Sunday School class, I (anonymously, of course) mentioned my experience with him as a sad example of some who will just never receive the Lord. Well, foolish me! A bit later that morning, during the service I was seated on the platform and saw this exact man walk into the church and sit down!
Even more shocking was seeing him respond to the altar call and come forward to receive prayer to get saved. I was thrilled to join the prayer team that went out to pray with him for salvation. My heart was stirred within me as I heard him pray — his own words, not prompted by anyone — “Lord, get this garbage out of my life!” Remember, as the prophet Jeremiah said of God: “Sovereign Lord…nothing is too hard for you” (Jer. 32:17). And that includes saving the souls of even what may seem to be irreversibly resistant persons.
In closing, let me share a vision I received the night I got saved/born again in February 1969. I was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and was on temporary duty at McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Washington. A friend had encouraged me to buy and read a New Testament of the Bible. I began to do that each night after work in my quarters on base. Night after night the wonderful Word of God reached deeper and deeper into my soul and spirit with the truth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for me and for all us sinners.
Right there on my bed one night I sincerely came to Jesus as the Bible tells us to. That is, to “turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21). I repented of my many sins and declared my faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
An immediate sense of joy flooded over me. And I saw a vision of Jesus at the foot of my bed. Whether it was a literal vision or a God-given vision in my mind’s eye, I can’t say. But it was clearly Jesus. And he was holding his hands out to me. From that day to this I’m confident that those hands of the Lord extended to me meant two things: (1) He was accepting me to Himself! and (2) He was asking for all of me. And for the past 53 years I’ve lived in the great joy of living in His gracious acceptance and love and have endeavored to surrender myself to Him fully. Have I perfectly succeeded? No. But as the apostle Paul stated, “But this one thing I do…reaching forth unto the things which are before,
There is a common denominator in the above-listed, remarkable supernatural works of God that I have seen. And that is: all of them involved things that only God could do. My natural skills and thinking were not and will never be sufficient to do the fullness of the “works of God.” Those require something beyond us, beyond ourselves, something in the realm of faith. Jesus Himself answered a question of His disciples—they asked Him, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus’ reply to them (and to us) was, “This is the work of God, that ye
Any and all of the marvelous supernatural acts and works of God are centered in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent from heaven to earth to die for our sins and rise again to grant us forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life. If you haven’t yet made that decision to receive and love and serve Jesus Christ, you can do that now. I encourage you right at this very moment to allow the late, respected evangelist Billy Graham to lead you in a prayer that will usher you into the family of God and into eternal life with Him. The webpage is here at “Peace with God - the Secret of Happiness”
If you wish to read more about the supernatural acts of God, take a look at our sermon on "God Confirms His Word with Signs and Wonders Following"
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