Monday, April 20, 2009

Titus 2 Tuesdays

I loved the idea I found on this blog about women sharing wisdom they gleaned from other women.
Titus 2 says "...Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior."

Today I want to share a little of what my dear and extremely WISE friends, Mary Martinez and Andrea Martinez shared with me on a Walk to Emmaus last November.

I was on the prayer team for Women's Walk #34 in Stanton, Texas. I was loving it...we were seeing sign and wonder after sign and wonder. I mean God was showing off in a BIG WAY. We were seeing one prayer after another answered before our very eyes!!!
Saturday morning I woke-up sick as a dog: fever over 102 , dizzy, aching bones, and TONS of vomiting (is that TMI?=) Ha!!! I had my friends pray over me about 4:00 that afternoon and believed I was healed at that moment. I mean I felt the Holy Spirit flood my body and say, "Yes Daughter you are healed!"
5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and still I was sick...I mean so sick I started to cry. I asked Mary and Andrea, "What have I done wrong? God's Word says anything is possible for those who believe, and I BELIEVE. Why am I still sick?"

Andrea, in her sweet way, put her finger up to my mouth to quiet me. She and Mary told me that by the stripes of Jesus I was healed...
They told me to not be double-minded and voice my unbelief- 2 Corin. 4:12b "I believed in God, so I spoke." (Believing God -now that is another post for another day=)
Mary led me in the following prayer:
"Dear Father, Lord, and Creator. Forgive me for walking in fear. Fever has a name, nausea has a name, aching bones have a name, dizziness has a name, every symptom has a name and EVERY NAME BOWS DOWN TO THE NAME OF JESUS. Thank you for my salvation. By your stripes I am healed. Every muscle, every vein, every cell in my body will line up with Your Healing Spirit."
I realized at that moment God was allowing me to go through this sickness during this time because I was in "Spiritual Warfare Boot Camp" so to speak. Mary and Andrea were my "Titus 2 Sergeants" Ha!
After our prayer I went into the conference room...put on two or three blankets and rested in the peace that He who began a good work in me would be faithful to complete it. People kept coming up to me asking me how I felt (the fact was I looked awful). Andrea would give me a wink and smile, and I'd say, "My symptoms are there, but I am healed."

About 15 minutes later I thanked God for the trial. I thanked Him for being faithful. Then I don't know if I even asked Him the following question, but I thought to myself, "I have such an intense pain between my shoulder blades...if someone would just rub my shoulders, I think I could make it through the night."

WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT I WAS ASKING, God led Andrea (NOT EVEN 30 SECONDS LATER) to lean over and start rubbing my shoulders. She rubbed and rubbed for 10-15 minutes, and when she finished my fever broke INSTANTANEOUSLY.
I have never experienced a physical healing like that...I was in awe of the entire situation!!! MY GOD IS AT WORK ALL THE TIME (John 5)

I will forever be grateful to Ms. Andrea and Ms. Mary for showing me how to carry my Shield of Faith and wield the Sword of the Spirit.


Shanda said...

I had never thought about the fact that every symptom has a name...I'm going to take some time to think on that more!

Blessings & peace to you sweet sister!

jerriann said...

As time goes by I learn more and more of what went on that weekend. I have heard you tell this story before but I think I got more out of it this time.

YOu are a gifted writer and story teller. I am thankful that you re-told this here. Reading Mary's prayer in words made it easier to remember it, so then I can apply it.

Hi :)


blogger templates | Make Money Online