Paul Teske: Countdown to Healing
By Christine Wilson
The 700 Club
Pastor Paul Teske was always prepared to give his sermons. But one day in May of 2004, something happened during his message that he wasn’t ready for.
“About three or four minutes into my talk, as I’m moving back and forth, I went to transfer my weight to my left leg and as I did, I couldn’t put any weight on it. It was like a light switch had gone off because it was completely useless. It was just hanging there like a sack of potatoes,” Paul said.
Paul fell hard to the floor. People rushed to his side to help. Paul’s friends took him to the hospital, where a CT-scan revealed the cause of his collapse - a cerebral hemorrhage. The bleeding had stopped, but the doctor told him if it started again, he could die.
“I’m not thinking at that point at all about healing,” Paul said. “I’m thinking about, am I going to live? Am I going to make it through this?”
The doctors kept him 12 more days in case he started bleeding again. During his stay, Paul says the Lord spoke to him.
“God just spoke to me and said, ‘I’m going to heal you in 21 days,’” he said.
While in the hospital, Paul found out that healing evangelist Benny Hinn was holding a crusade - exactly 21 days after Paul collapsed. He knew he had to go.
“I was so convinced of it. I mean, I absolutely knew that God was going to heal me on May 28th. I had the stroke on May the 7th. May 28th,” he said.
Meanwhile, Paul was released from the hospital and started physical therapy. Doctors told him he would walk again, but the damage was permanent - he would always need a walker and a brace. Despite the reports, he held on to God’s promise.
The day finally came for Paul to attend the service. Paul says he got what he came for.
“While I’m standing, I start to shake,” he said. “I felt like I was just - my body started to vibrate. And River said, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘I think God’s healing me.’”
Then, out of the thousands gathered, pastor Hinn invited Paul and his wife, Rivers, to come up on the stage, where he prayed for them.
“So I went back to the hotel that night - I was completely healed,” he said. “Took the brace off, never put it back on again. I was completely restored. I was playing golf. I mean, my life was completely healed.”
Five years have passed and Pastor Paul Teske is still going strong – no walker and no brace. He even prays for others around the world.
“So for the last five years my wife and I have literally seen thousands of people healed,” Paul said. “From Iceland to India, from Israel to China, from Norway to You-Name-It.”
Paul says he will always credit God for his miraculous recovery.
“I think God revealed that He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus healed yesterday. Jesus heals today, and He’s going to heal tomorrow,” Paul said.
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