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700 Club Interactive: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles - Jan. 30, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jamie Grace shares how she makes music even while living with Terrets syndrome. Read Transcript


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Gordon: SHE IS THE

YOUNGEST ARTIST TO EVER BEEN

NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY.

BUT FEW KNOW HER PERSONAL

STRUGGLE.

I FELT LIKE I HAVE BEEN

SERVING JESUS MY ENTIRE LIFE

IN CHURCH, AND YET I PRAYED

AND SAID, GOD, WILL YOU FIX

ME AND HE WOULDN'T DO IT.

Gordon: HOW JAMIE GRACE

OVERCAME TOURETTE SYNDROME

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

TOURETTE SYNDROME IS A

DISORDER THAT CAUSES

INVOLUNTARY MOVEMENTS,

CALLED TICKS, AND THESE

TICKS CAN CAUSE HAVOC FOR

THOSE WHO SUFFER WITH THE

CONDITION.

SINGER JAMIE GRACE KNOWS

THIS ALL TOO WELL.

SHE HAS STRUGGLED WITH

TOURETTE'S SINCE CHILDHOOD,

AND IT NEARLY TOOK HER

CAREER BEFORE IT BEGAN.

* WHO IS IN THE WORLD ARE

YOU TRYING TO PLEASE *

* SUDDENLY UNITED

* DON'T GIVE UP NOW, AND

DON'T BE AFRAID *

* YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, AND

YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO

SAY *

* THE MEMORIES OF YOU

BURNING BRIGHT *

* OH, JESUS, HOW I LOVE THE

WAY YOU ARE IN MY LIFE *

*

JUST HAD 85 MILLION

DREAMS AVER FIVE MINUTES.

WHEN I GOT SICK, I KIND OF

STOPPED DREAMING ABOUT

EVERYTHING.

NOTHING WAS REALLY THAT

IMPORTANT TO ME, HONESTLY,

BECAUSE I FELT LIKE IT WAS

USELESS TO DREAM.

IT STARTED OFF WITH SIMPLE

ARM GESTURES AND LEG

GESTURES.

AND AFTER SOME WEEKS PASSED,

MY HEAD STARTED TWISTING,

AND I WOULD KEEP MY EYES

SHUT FOR FOUR OR FIVE

SECONDS.

I WANTED TO TRY TO RESTRAIN

MY BODY.

I REALIZED IT WAS A PROBLEM

WHEN I COULDN'T FIX IT.

I WAS 11 YEARS OLD, AND I

HAD AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY

NEUROLOGIST.

THEY TOLD ME I HAVE

TOURETTE'S SYNDROME.

AND THE NEUROLOGICAL

EXPLANATION IS INVOLUNTARY

TICKS AND INCURABLE.

I HATED HEARING THE WORDS

"INCURABLE," AND "TREATMENT"

AND "TESTS."

TOURETTE'S SYNDROME IS NOT A

LIFE-THREATENING DISEASE,

BUT IT IS A LIFE-ALTERING

CONDITION.

THE TICKS WERE GETTING

INCREASINGLY WORSE.

I HAD AN ISSUE WITH ALWAYS

PRINTING THINGS, A LOT OF

TIMES HITTING MY KNUCKLES

TOGETHER.

MY LEGS WOULD TWITCH EVERY

THREE OR FOUR SECONDS.

I WAS DIAGNOSED LATER WITH

O.C.D., OBSESSIVE COMPULSION

DISORDER ANXIETY.

I WAS TRYING SO MANY

MEDICINE JUST TO MAKE IT

WORK.

JUST TO BE ABLE TO FALL

SLEEP AT NIGHT OR JUST TO BE

ABLE TO GET THROUGH THE

DAY.

I WAS HAVING A HARD TIME

WITH IT.

I FELT LIKE I HAVE BEEN

SERVING JESUS MY ENTIRE LIFE

IN CHURCH, AND I PRAYED AND

SAID, GOD, WOULD YOU FIX ME

AND HE WOULDN'T DO IT.

I FELT LIKE IT WAS SOMETHING

PERSONAL.

I WAS, LIKE, SERIOUSLY,

JESUS, I DON'T KNOW IF

YOU'RE LOOKING OVER ME, BUT

I'M FACING SOME BIG STUFF

HERE, AND I'M GOING TO NEED

YOU TO FIX IT, LIKE, NOW.

I WAS GETTING REALLY

FRUSTRATED.

I WENT THROUGH THIS PERIOD

OF MY LIFE WHERE I JUST

STARTED TO DOUBT HIM.

AND MY GRANDDADDY -- MY

MOM'S DAD -- I THINK HE JUST

SAW WE WERE KIND OF GOING

THROUGH SO MUCH AND FACING

JUST SO MANY TROUBLES.

HE JUST WANTED TO BRING

JOY.

HE BOUGHT A DRUMSET AND A

GUITAR AND AMPLIFIER, AND HE

WAS, LIKE, LET'S GO.

THE FIRST SONG WE EVER

LEARNED HOW TO PLAY WAS

"AMAZING LOVE."

IT SOUNDED AWFUL, BUT I

REMEMBER SITTING THERE

PLAYING "AMAZING LOVE," WHEN

I BARELY BELIEVED THOSE

WORDS MYSELF.

I LEARNED HOW TO PLAY THOSE

DRUMS, AND I FELT, LIKE,

THIS IS INCREDIBLE.

I PHYSICALLY FELT AMAZING.

I CONNECTED WITH MUSIC IN A

WAY THAT I NEVER CONNECTED

WITH ANYTHING BEFORE.

BUT ALSO I REALIZED EARLY ON

THAT WHEN I REALLY GOT IN

THE ZONE, WHEN I REALLY

STARTED TO PLAY, THAT I

DIDN'T TWITCH.

AND I LOVED THAT.

I FELT FREE.

I WAS 13, 14 YEARS OLD, AND

I WAS REALIZING THAT I LOVED

TO PLAY INSTRUMENTS AND

SHARE MUSIC WITH OTHER

PEOPLE.

AND I ALSO WAS REALIZING

THAT GOD WAS SHOWING ME THAT

EVEN THOUGH LIFE IS HARD,

LIFE ISN'T OVER.

I REMEMBER WAKING UP WEREN'T

MORNING AND REALIZING THOSE

TWO THINGS WORK TOGETHER.

LIKE, MAYBE I CAN ENCOURAGE

SOMEBODY ELSE.

THIS WHOLE CONCEPT OF

ENCOURAGING OTHER PEOPLE

BECAME MY NEW FAVORITE

THING.

I WAS, LIKE, I'VE GOT TO GO

TO YouTube.

I'VE GOT TO TELL PEOPLE ON

YouTube.

I ALWAYS SAY I WHEN YOU

SERVE A BIG GOD, HE CAN DO

BIG THINGS.

I GOT A TWEET ON TWITTER AND

SOMEBODY SAID, I WOULD LIKE

TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR

MUSIC.

AND THAT'S HOW IT ALL

STARTED.

LITERALLY, TWO WEEKS LATER

WE WERE IN THE STUDIO

RECORDING "HOLD ME."

I DO FEEL LIKE I HAVE

TOURETTE'S SYNDROME, AND

IT'S A CHALLENGE, BUT IT IS

NOT AS SEVERE AS WHEN I WAS

A KID.

I MIGHT GO THROUGH EVEN MORE

DIFFICULT THINGS AS I GET

OLDER.

MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE,

PSALMS 30: "WEEPING MAY

ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY

COMES IN THE MORNING."

THAT IS JUST KIND OF A

REMINDER TO ME THAT WE'RE

GOING TO CRY, AND WE'RE

GOING TO WEEP.

IT MAY LAST A WHOLE NIGHT,

IT MAY LAST A WHOLE WEEK,

AND SOMETIMES IT MAY LAST A

YEAR.

BUT GOD'S NEVER-FAILING JOY,

NEVER-ENDING JOY WILL COME

IN THE MORNING.

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Gordon: JAMIE FOUND A

RELEASE.

AND A RELEASE FROM A

HORRIBLE DISEASE,

TOURETTE'S.

HOW?

THROUGH SINGING.

SHE FOUND THAT WHEN SHE

SANG, AND SPECIFICALLY WHEN

SHE SANG TO THE LORD, THAT

ALL OF THE SYMPTOMS

DISAPPEARED.

AND THEN I LOVE HER LIFE

VERSE, FROM PSALM 30, WHERE

SHE TALKS ABOUT THE WEEPING

WILL ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT

THEN JOY COMES IN THE

MORNING.

LET'S LOOK AT PSALM 30

BECAUSE IT IS AN IMPORTANT

PSALM.

IT IS ONE THAT IS SONG AT

THE DEDICATION OF THE

TEMPLE.

AND IT BEGINS THAT WAY, IN

THE FIRST VERSE.

A SONG AT THE DEDICATION AT

THE HOUSE OF DAVID.

THAT MEANS THAT SOLOMON'S

TEMPLE -- THIS IS THE BIG

PSALM THAT DAVID

SPECIFICALLY WROTE TO BE

USED AT THE DEDICATION OF

THE TEMPLE HE DESIGNED.

SOLOMON BUILT IT.

AND THEN IT'S THAT DOUBLE

NOTATION AT THE BEGINNING, A

PSALM, A SONG, WHICH MEANS

IN THE HEBREW THERE IS FULL

INSTRUMENTATION TO THIS.

THIS IS SOMETHING FOR THE

WHOLE ASSEMBLY OF ISRAEL TO

SING AT THE DEDICATION OF

SOLOMON'S TEMPLE.

AND FROM THE BIBLE WE KNOW

AMAZING THINGS HAPPENED

THEN, THAT WHEN THEY WERE

SINGING, THE PRESENCE OF THE

LORD FILLED THE TEMPLE LIKE

A CLOUD.

AND EVEN THE PRIEST COULDN'T

STAND TO MINISTER ANYMORE.

HIS PRESENCE WAS SO HEAVY,

SO WEIGHTY, IN THAT

ASSEMBLY, THAT THEY COULDN'T

GO ON.

THERE WAS SO MUCH JOY.

NOW, WE KNOW THAT GOD USES

US AS TEMPLES NOW, AND WE

FIND THAT FROM ACTS 17.

GOD WHO MADE THE WORLD AND

EVERYTHING IN IT, AND SINCE

HE IS LORD OF HEAVEN AND

EARTH, DOES NOT DWELL IN

TEMPLES MADE IN HAND.

WHERE DOES HE DWELL?

HE DWELLS IN YOU.

SO AS WE READ PSALM 30,

LET'S LOOK AT IT AS WHAT

HAPPENED TO ALL OF US WHEN

JESUS ROSE FROM THE GRAVE.

HE ENABLED EACH ONE OF US TO

BE A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT.

EACH ONE OF US TO BE A

TEMPLE FOR GOD.

AND THEREFORE THIS PSALM 30

ISN'T SOME HISTORICAL PSALM

FROM 3,000 YEARS AGO.

WE CAN SING IT TODAY AND WE

CAN DEDICATE OURSELVES TO

HIS SERVICE THROUGH THIS

PSALM.

NOW, THE OTHER THING WITH

THIS PSALM, IT'S ALSO

PROPHETIC BECAUSE IT

FORETELLS THAT THE MESSIAH

WILL BE RAISED FROM THE

DEAD.

AND THAT WEEPING MAY ENDURE

FOR A NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES

IN THE MORNING.

THAT WONDERFUL SUNDAY

MORNING, WHEN JESUS ROSE

FROM THE DEAD.

AND IT FORETELLS U OF YOUR

RESURRECTION, THAT WONDERFUL

DAY WHERE THERE IS NO MORE

TEARS.

THERE IS NO MORE SICKNESS.

THERE IS NO MORE

LONELINESS.

BUT WE'RE ALL WITH HIM FOR

ALL ETERNITY.

NOW, THAT WILL BE A

WONDERFUL DAY.

AND THAT'S WORTH LOOKING

FORWARD TO.

AND WORTH SINGING ABOUT

TODAY.

HERE IT BEGINS, "I WILL

EXTOLLE LORD, TO YOU HAVE

LIFTED ME UP.

O LORD, MY GOD, I CRIED OUT

TO YOU AND YOU HEALED ME.

O LORD, YOU BROUGHT MY SOUL

UP FROM THE GRAVE.

YOU KEPT ME ALIVE THAT I

SHOULD NOT GO DOWN TO THE

PIT.

SING PRAISE TO THE LORD, YOU

SAINTS OF HIS, AND GIVE

THANKS AT THE REMEMBRANCE OF

HIS HOLY NAME."

SO AS YOU DEDICATE YOURSELF

TO GOD, THINK ABOUT THE

RESURRECTION.

THINK ABOUT JESUS.

THE PSALMIST WROTE THAT HIS

BODY RESTED IN HOPE.

AND HERE HE IS, HE IS

FORSAKEN, HE IS BETRAYED BY

ONE OF THE DISCIPLES HE

LOVED, HE IS BEATEN, HE'S

EXPOSED FOR ALL TO SEE.

HE IS MOCKED, AND HE IS WITH

THIEVES.

AND YET HE ROSE AGAIN FROM

THE GRAVE AND HE IS ABLE TO

SING ABOUT IT.

AND SO WE, IN THE MIDST OF

WHATEVER DIFFICULTY WE'RE

IN, IF WE CAN SING OUR WAY

THROUGH AND CONTINUE TO SING

THIS PRAISE, THAT'S WHEN

WONDERFUL MIRACLES HAPPEN.

THE PSALM CONTINUES: "FOR

HIS ANGER IS PUT FOR A

MOMENT.

HIS FAVOR IS FOR LIFE."

UNDERSTAND, YOU HAVE HIS

FAVOR.

HIS FAVOR IS OVER YOU.

WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A

NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES IN THE

MORNING.

NOW IN MY PROSPERITY, I SAID

I SHALL NEVER BE MOVED, AND

SOME OF US DO THAT WHEN

EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL,

AND WE DON'T THINK WE'LL

EVER BE MOVED.

BUT WE NEED TO REMEMBER,

JUST AS THE PSALMIST, LORD,

BY YOUR FAVOR YOU HAVE MADE

MY MOUNTAINS STAND STRONG.

YOU HID YOUR FACE WHEN I WAS

TROUBLED.

WHEN HE HIDES HIS FACE,

THAT'S WHEN WE'RE TROUBLED.

WHEN WE'RE IN HIS MOUNTAIN,

THAT'S WHEN WE HAVE

STRENGTH.

"I CRIED OUT TO YOU, O LORD,

AND TO YOU I MADE

SUPPLICATION.

WHEN I GO DOWN TO THE PIT,

WILL THE DUST PRAISE YOU?

WILL IT HEAR YOUR TRUTH.

LORD, BE MY HELPER.

YOU HAVE TURNED FOR ME MY

MOURNING INTO DANCING, YOU

HAVE PUT OFF MY SACK CLOTH

AND CLOTHED ME WITH

GLADNESS, TO THE END THAT MY

GLORY SHALL SING PRAISE TO

YOU AND NOT BE SILENT.

O LORD MY GOD, I WILL GIVE

THANKS TO YOU FOREVER."

LET'S JUST DWELL ON THAT

LAST PART.

WHATEVER GOOD THINGS ARE

GOING ON FOR YOU, MAKE SURE

THAT YOU'RE GIVING GOD THE

GLORY FOR IT.

AND WHEN YOU PRAISE HIM

THROUGH WHATEVER DIFFICULTY

YOU'RE GOING THROUGH, JUST

AS JAMIE DID, YOU'LL FIND

THIS AMAZING SECRET.

GOD INHABITS THE PRAISES OF

HIS PEOPLE.

HE WANTS YOU TO BE HIS

TEMPLE.

HE WANTS TO INHABIT YOU.

HE WANTS TO BE IN YOU.

AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, HIS

GLORY COMES.

AND, YES, YOUR MOURNING CAN

BE TURNED INTO DANCING.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO HEAR MORE

FROM JAMIE GRACE, HER NEW

ALBUM, "READY TO FLY," IS

AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE.

AND STILL AHEAD, HE WAS A

SINGLE DAD WITH NINE ADOPTED

CHILDREN, AND HE WAS GOING

BLIND.

FIND OUT WHAT RESTORED HIS

SIGHT, UP NEXT.

Gordon: ROBERT WILLIAMS

IS A FATHER TO NINE YOUNG

ORPHANS, BUT WHEN HIS SIGHT

WAS THREATENED, HE FOUND IT

HARD TO TAKE CARE OF HIS

FAMILY.

HE AND HIS CHILDREN REFUSED

TO GIVE UP HOPE THAT HE

WOULD SEE CLEARLY AGAIN, AND

VIEWERS JUST LIKE YOU MADE

THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE.

Reporter: ROBERT

WILLIAMS IS A SOURCE OF HOPE

AND JOY TO MANY POOR PEOPLE

LIVING IN NEW DEHLI,

INDIAMENT ANINDIA.

AND TO THESE NINE ORPHANS,

HE IS ALSO A LOVING FATHER.

IT BRINGS ME GREAT JOY TO

HELP THESE CHILDREN.

Reporter: BUT

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS CAUSED

A CATARACT IN ROBERT'S RIGHT

EYE.

HE COULDN'T AFFORD AN

OPERATION.

WHEN I CHECKED THEIR

HOMEWORK, I COULD BARELY SEE

WHAT THEY HAD WRITTEN.

IT IS ALSO HARD FOR ME TO

READ THE BIBLE TO ME.

M THEM.

Reporter: THEN ROBERT

REMEMBERED HOW CBN HAD

HELPED SOME OF HIS NEIGHBORS

WHEN THEY DESPERATELY NEEDED

IT.

THEY TOLD ME THEY WOULD

SPONSOR THE ENTIRE

OPERATION.

Reporter: ROBERT KNEW

IF THE OPERATION WAS A

SUCCESS, IT WOULD MAKE A

HUGE DIFFERENCE IN HIS LIFE

AND HIS ORPHANS.

WHEN WE VISITED ROBERT A FEW

WEEKS LATER, H HIS CHILDREN

COULDN'T WAIT TO SHOW US ALL

OF THE THINGS THEY COULD NOW

DO WITH HIM.

WE PRAYED AND GOD

ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS.

WE LOVE TO SING AND READ

BIBLE STORIES AGAIN.

I REALLY LOVE WHEN HE TELLS

US ABOUT ALL OF THE MIRACLES

JESUS DID.

I HAVE CLEAR VISION NOW,

AND IF THERE ARE ANY

COMPLICATED QUESTIONS IN

THEIR HOMEWORK, I CAN EASILY

SHOW THE CHILDREN HOW TO

ANSWER THEM.

I WANT TO GIVE CBN MY

DEEPEST THANKS.

BECAUSE OF YOUR HELP, MY

FAITH HAS GROWN.

WHAT SEEMED TO BE IMPOSSIBLE

WAS MADE POSSIBLE.

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UP NEXT, A MAN WHO READS AT

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GRADUATES WITH A MASTER'S

DEGREE.

FIND OUT HOW, UP NEXT.

DISOL

CARA

Gordon: WELL, LIFE MAY

LOOK BLEAK FOR THOSE WITH

CEREBRAL PALSY, AND MANY OF

THEM DO SPEND THEIR YEARS

CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR.

CLAY RUSHING IS ONE OF THEM,

AND LIKE SOME OF THE OTHER

PEOPLE WE HEARD FROM ON HIS

SHOW, HE REFUSES TO BE

DEFINED BY HIS DISABILITY.

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Reporter: CLAY RUSHING

HAS NEVER WALKED, MADE

COFFEE OR TIED HIS OWN

SHOES, BUT SOME CALL HIM A

HERO.

OTHERS SAY HE'S AN

INSPIRATION.

I HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY.

IT IS A CONDITION OF THE

BRAIN.

I HAD A LACK OF OXYGEN AT

BIRTH.

WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHY,

BUT PARTS OF MY BRAIN WERE

DAMAGED.

I'M A QUADRIPLEGIC.

Reporter: WHEN HE WAS

19, CLAY OVERCAME HIS

DISABILITIES AND WENT TO

COLLEGE.

GOING THROUGH ALL SCHOOL

I WAS GIVEN AN ATTENDANT.

THEY WOULD WRITE NOTES FOR

ME AND THEY WOULD BASICALLY

READ TO ME.

Reporter: HE FIRST

HEARD ABOUT REGENT FROM HIS

TWO CHRISTIAN FRIENDS.

THEY JUST ANNOUNCED OUT

OF THE BLUE, CLAY, WE WANT

YOU TO COME WITH US TO

REGENT UNIVERSITY.

Reporter: THE THEY

WANTED TO HEAR AN EVANGELIST

SPEAKING ON CAMPUS AND

INVITED HIM TO COME ALONG.

WHEN CLAY HEARD THE

EVANGELIST SPEAK, HE MADE A

LIFE-CHANGING DECISION.

HE TALKED ABOUT THE HOLY

SPIRIT AND JESUS.

IT WAS THE MOST NATURAL

THING IN THE WORLD.

I SAID, LORD, OKAY, IF THIS

GUY IS FOR REAL, I WANT WHAT

HE'S GOT.

I RESPONDED TO THE

INVITATION.

I FELT THE FIRE OF GOD COME

UPON ME.

IT STARTED IN MY FEET, AND

THE HEAT TRAVELLED ALL THE

WAY UP MY BODY.

Reporter: NOW A

FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST,

CLAY WAS EAGER TO STUDY AT

REGENT'S SCHOOL OF DIVINITY

IN THE MASTER'S PROGRAM.

THERE WERE SEVERAL PEOPLE

THAT KEPT ME FOCUSED AND LET

ME KNOW THAT I WAS IN THE

RIGHT PLACE.

ONE WAS DR. FLYNN.

THE CURRICULUM HERE IN

THE SCHOOL OF DIVINITY IS

DIFFICULT.

IT IS CHALLENGING.

THERE IS A LOT OF READING

AND A LOT OF ASSIGNMENTS TO

DO.

AND CLAY NEVER CAME TO US

AND SAID, WHAT SPECIAL HELP

ARE YOU GOING TO OFFER ME.

Reporter: ANOTHER

MENTOR WAS ROGER CHEEKS.

CLAY IS ONE OF MY HEROS.

EVERY OBSTACLE THAT FACES

CLAY RUSHING, HE FINDS A

WAY, WITH THE HELP OF GOD,

TO OVERCOME THOSE

OBSTACLES.

Reporter: HE GRADUATED

IN 2010 WITH HIS MASTER'S

DEGREE.

WHILE AT REGENT, CLAY FELL

IN LOVE WITH A Ph.D.

STUDENT, LYNETTE.

TWO YEARS LATER THEY

MARRIED.

I TRUSTED OUR

RELATIONSHIP, AND I KNEW I

LOVED CLAY, BUT I ALSO KNEW

IT WOULD BE CHALLENGING.

I KNEW THAT I WAS TAKING ON

A LOT MORE THAN MOST WIVES

WOULD BE BECAUSE CLAY IS IN

A WHEELCHAIR, AND BECAUSE OF

HIS CEREBRAL PALSY, HE HAS

HAD THIS AMAZING PATH WHERE

HE WAS ABLE TO REALLY GET TO

KNOW THE LORD.

AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN, HE

HAS PUSHED THROUGH AND SAID,

I REFUSE TO LET SOCIETY

DEFINE ME.

I REFUSE TO LET THE FACT I'M

IN THIS WHEELCHAIR DEFINE

ME.

IT IS SO INSPIRING TO ME.

Reporter: CLAY IS

STARTING HIS OWN MINISTRY,

AND WILL FACE THAT WITH THE

SAME DETERMINATION THAT HAS

BROUGHT HIM THUS FAR.

IT IS NOT ABOUT THE

PHYSICAL.

IT IS ABOUT THE SPIRIT.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT IS SO

RICH, SO POWERFUL.

AND WHETHER I AM SITTING IN

THIS CHAIR OR RUNNING AROUND

THE ROOM OR NOT, THAT

DOESN'T MATTER.

I NEVER WANT TO BE DEFINED

BY MY DISABILITY.

NEVER, EVER DOUBT THE

GOODNESS AND THE MERCY AND

THE POWER OF OUR GOD,

NEVER.

NEVER.

Gordon: CLAY IS ONE OF

THE HEROS ON THIS CAMPUS.

AND YOU SEE HIS FAITH AND

HIS DETERMINATION.

HE STARTED HIS OWN

MINISTRY.

IT IS CALLED "CHARIOTS OF

FIRE."

AND IT HAS A WHEELCHAIR ORCH

FIRE.

ON FIRE.

THAT'S THE LOGO FOR IT.

IT IS AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN HE PRAYS.

OTHER PEOPLE GET HEALED.

OTHER PEOPLE GET FILLED WITH

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THERE ARE REMARKABLE

RESULTS.

BECAUSE HE HAS LEARNED THAT

HE CAN OVERCOME.

AND HE HAS LEARNED THAT YOU

CAN OVERCOME THROUGH

PRAISE.

SO REGARDLESS OF YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, REGARDLESS OF

HOW THINGS LOOK FROM THE

WORLD'S PERSPECTIVE, YOU

ALWAYS HAVE THAT OPENING

WHERE YOU CAN DEDICATE

YOURSELF AS A TEMPLE FOR THE

HOLY SPIRIT AND SEE AMAZING

THINGS HAPPEN.

NOW, WE'RE GOING TO PRAY.

AND AS WE GET READY TO PRAY,

I'M GOING TO READ SOME

PRAYER REQUESTS.

AND HERE IS WHAT I WANT YOU

TO THINK ABOUT, I WANT YOU

TO THINK ABOUT PSALM 30.

"WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A

NIGHT, BUT JOY COMES IN THE

MORNING."

THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE GOOD

THINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN

YOU.

THINK ABOUT JUST YOUR

BREATH, THE FACT THAT YOU

HAVE BREATH COMES FROM HIM.

SO LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS

BREATH PRAISE THE LORD FOR

WHAT HE HAS DONE, FOR WHAT

HE IS DOING, AND FOR WHAT HE

IS ABOUT TO DO.

AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, YOU

HAVE THAT BREAKTHROUGH.

YOU HAVE THAT BREAKTHROUGH

IN THE SPIRIT, WHERE ALL

THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

THE FIRST PRAYER REQUEST

COMES IN FROM ANNIE, WHO

WRITES IN AND SAYS, "FOR 20

YEARS I'VE STRUGGLED WITH A

BIPOLAR DISORDER.

MEDICATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN

EFFECTIVE.

I'VE HAD PRAYER OVER AND

OVER AGAIN FOR THIS.

THE RESULTS HAVE RUINED MY

MARRIAGE.

AND MY CHILDREN NOW HAVE THE

SAME ISSUES AS ME.

PLEASE PRAY WE'RE ABLE TO

OVERCOME THIS."

AND CARLA SAYS, "FOR A YEAR

I'VE BEEN DEALING WITH

NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES THAT

AFFECT MY FACE.

IT IS VERY PAINFUL.

I NEED DENTAL WORK SO I CAN

EAT AGAIN WITHOUT PAIN.

I LOST MY INSURANCE AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, AND

NOW I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO

PAY FOR THIS TREATMENT.

I NEED A MIRACLE."

AND MICHELLE WRITES IN,

"THREE YEARS AGO I CAME

THROUGH BREAST CANCER, AND

RECENTLY I WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE.

AND NOW I JUST BROKE MY

WRIST.

I FEEL LIKE JOB.

PLEASE PRAY THAT THIS CYCLE

OF SICKNESS WILL END AND

THAT I WILL OVERCOME THESE

TRIALS."

WELL, DO LIKE JOB DID,

MICHELLE.

DO LIKE JOB.

BLESS THE LORD.

DON'T CURSE HIM.

DON'T THINK HE IS THE

CAUSE.

REALIZE THAT THE SOURCE OF

ALL OF THIS IS THERE IS A

VERY DEFINITE ENEMY AGAINST

THE CHILDREN OF GOD.

AND THAT'S WHO YOU ARE.

YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD.

SO LET'S COME TO HIM.

LET'S PRAISE HIM FOR WHAT HE

HAS DONE.

LET'S PRAISE HIM FOR WHAT HE

IS DOING.

LET'S PRAISE HIM FOR WHAT HE

IS ABOUT TO DO, AND LET

MIRACLES COME TO YOU.

LORD, WE LIFT THESE REQUESTS

TO YOU RIGHT NOWMENT AND

NOW, AND FOR THIS

PARKINSON'S, THIS

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION THAT

CAUSES PAIN, FOR THE

INABILITY TO EAT PROPERLY,

AND FOR ANNIE'S REQUEST FOR

PEACE OF MIND, NO MORE MOOD

SWINGS -- WE COME WITH ALL

OF THESE, AND FOR THOSE

WATCHING RIGHT NOW, WE COME

INTO AGREEMENT WITH THEM AND

WE SAY OVER THEM, REJOICE

FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS

NOT.

AND, LORD, WE ASK THAT YOU

COME TO THEM AS HEALER NOW,

THAT YOU WOULD INHABIT THEIR

PRAISES NOW AS THEY REJOICE

OVER WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND

WHAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO DO.

WE RECEIVE YOU AND WE

RECEIVE YOUR HEALING NOW.

IN JESUS' NAME.

AMEN.

IF YOU'VE BEEN TOUCHED BY

GOD, WE ALWAYS REJOICE IN

WHAT HE IS DOING IN THE

WORLD TODAY.

AND WE WANT TO SHARE YOUR

TESTIMONY WITH OTHERS.

IT'S REAL EASY.

JUST CALL US,

1-888-777-1999.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO AGREE

WITH YOU IN PRAYER, WE'RE

HERE FOR YOU.

IT'S OUR HONOR, OUR

PRIVILEGE TO PRAY FOR YOU.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PICK

UP THE PHONE AND CALL US.

AND WE BELIEVE IN

PERSEVERING PRAYER, PRAYER

THAT GETS AN ANSWER.

SO IF YOU WANT TO HAVE

SOMEONE PRAY AND STAND WITH

YOU IN PRAYER, WE'RE HERE

FOR YOU.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALMS: "WEEPING

MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING."

GOD BLESS YOU.

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