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700 Club Interactive - July 28, 2017

Contemporary Christian artist Mandisa shares how the loss of a dear friend triggered food addiction and depression; she is learning to overcome through trusting God. Read Transcript


IT WAS THE WORST

DEPRESSION OF MY LIFE.

I STARTED TURNING TO MY

OLD WAYS, WHICH IS FOOD.

Gordon: AND REVEALS

HOW SHE FINALLY CAME OUT

OF THE DARK.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

MANDESIS VOICE AND SPIRIT

HAVE HELPED HER SELL MORE

THAN A MILLION RECORDS AND

BECOME ONE OF THE HOTTEST

NAMES IN CHRISTIAN MUSIC.

BUT JUST WHEN HER CAREER

WAS TAKING OFF, A TRAGEDY

DROVE HER INTO ISOLATION,

AND THE SINGER BEHIND HITS

SUCH AS "STRONGER," AND

"OVERCOMER," WAS LOSING

THE BATTLE FOR HER LIFE.

*

Reporter: EVER SINCE

HER APPEARANCE ON

"AMERICAN IDOL" IN 2006,

SHE HAS BEEN CAPTIVATING

AUDIENCES WITH HER

POWERHOUSE VOICE.

*

* HOLD ON JUST A LITTLE

BIT LONGER *

* YOU KNOW THIS IS GOING

TO MAKE YOU STRONGER,

STRONGER *

Reporter: AND AS SHE

LAUNCHED INTO HER SINGING

CAREER, IT WAS HER SMILE

AND POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON

LIFE THAT CAPTURED THEIR

HEARTS.

I KIND OF FEEL LIKE I'M

KNOWN AS THE CHEERLEADER.

YOU'RE STRONGER, YOU'RE AN

OVERCOMER, AND IT'S A GOOD

MORNING.

UM, IT'S HARD.

Reporter: MANDISSA

ADMITS THAT HER

PERSONALITY WAS SIMPLY HER

WAY OF MASKING HER OWN

STRUGGLES.

I DON'T LIKE TALKING

ABOUT MY EMOTIONS.

I JUST -- I DON'T KNOW, IT

IS NOT THE WAY I WAS

RAISED AND IT IS NOT

SOMETHING THAT COMES

NATURALLY FOR ME.

Reporter: BUT THERE

WOULD COME A TIME WHEN SHE

COULDN'T FAKE IT ANY

LONGER.

IN 2013, SHE RELEASED HER

FOURTH ALBUM ENTITLED

"OVERCOMER," AND THE TITLE

TRACK WAS DEDICATED TO HER

FRIEND, LAKISHA, WHO CHOSE

TO FOREGO TREATMENT FOR

HER BREAST CANCER IN ORDER

TO PROTECT HER UNBORN SON.

SHE PRAYED, CONVINCED THAT

GOD WAS GOING TO PERFORM A

MIRACLE.

BUT LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER

GIVING BIRTH TO HER SON,

LAKISHA PASSED AWAY.

IN MY MIND I WAS SAYING

TO GOD AHEAD OF TIME, I

KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HEAL

LAKISHA BECAUSE THIS IS

WHAT WILL GIVE YOU THE

MOST GLORY.

IF SHE COMES OUT OF IT,

SHE CAN USE THE TESTIMONY

TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE

GREATNESS OF GOD.

AND WHEN IT DIDN'T HAPPEN

THAT WAY, I DIDN'T

UNDERSTAND.

IT SHOOK MY FAITH IN A WAY

I DID NOT EXPECT, AND

REALLY THOUGHT I WOULD NOT

BATTLE WITH.

I THOUGHT MY FOUNDATION

WAS REALLY FIRM.

BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENED, I

WAS ANGRY AT GOD.

Reporter: SHE WENT

INTO ISOLATION, SHUTTING

OUT HER FRIENDS, FAMILY,

AND GOD.

I DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH.

I DIDN'T READ MY WORD.

I CERTAINLY DIDN'T PRAY

BECAUSE I FELT LIKE HE WAS

NOT HEARING MY PRAYERS.

AND THE RESULT WAS THAT I

FELL INTO THE DEEPEST

DEPRESSION OF MY LIFE.

I STARTED TURNING TO MY

OLD WAYS, WHICH IS FOOD.

FOR YEARS I BATTLED IT,

AND I HAD ACTUALLY FOUND

SOME SUCCESS RECENTLY WHEN

I LOST OVER 120 POUNDS,

BUT I QUICKLY GAINED EVERY

LAST POUND OF THAT BACK

AND A WHOLE LOT MORE.

AND SO THEN I'M BATTLING

WITH SHAME AND THE ENEMY

TELLING ME, HOW CAN YOU

TELL OD OTHER PEOPLE THAT

THEY'RE OVERCOMERS WHEN

YOU CAN'T EVEN OVERCOME

THIS SAME ISSUE YOU'VE

BEEN DEALING WITH YOUR

ENTIRE LIFE.

Reporter: MONTHS

LATER, HER FRIENDS DECIDED

TO INTERVENE.

THE ONE TIME I LEFT MY

HOUSE, I WAS AT A MOVIE

THEATER.

AND WHEN I CAME OUT, I SAW

THAT MY CAR HAD A BUNCH OF

STICKY NOTES ON IT.

I REALIZED A LOT OF THE

STICKY NOTES WERE

SCRIPTURES.

AND WE LOVE YOU AND WE'RE

PRAYING FOR YOU.

AND THEN I SAW THAT EIGHT

OF MY FRIENDS STARTED

GATHERING AROUND.

THEY FOUND ME AT THE MOVIE

THEATER, AND THEY SAID,

LISTEN, THIS HAS BEEN

GOING ON FOR TOO LONG.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO LEAVE

YOU LIKE THIS.

Reporter: HER FRIENDS

CONVINCED HER TO SEE A

CHRISTIAN COUNSELLOR.

THERE SHE UNCOVERED THE

ROOTS OF HER DEPRESSION

AND ADDICTION TO FOOD.

I'VE BATTLED WITH JUST

A HEAVINESS AND A

DARKNESS, I FEEL LIKE MY

WHOLE LIFE.

I WAS MOLESTED AT AN EARLY

AGE.

I WAS RAPED AT AN EARLY

AGE.

AND I THINK THE DIVORCE OF

MY PARENTS PROBABLY HAD AN

IMPACT ON MY WORTH, AND

PLACING MY WORTH IN THE

WRONG THINGS.

AND I TURNED TO FOOD MY

ENTIRE LIFE.

WHEN YOU'RE HEAVY AT A

YOUNG AGE, YOU DEAL WITH A

LOT OF RIDICULE.

BUT THEN WHEN YOU HAVE

SEXUAL ABUSE ON TOP OF

THAT, IT IS JUST A VICIOUS

CYCLE.

Reporter: AND SHE

SOON REALIZED SHE COULDN'T

HIDE BEHIND A SMILE ANY

LONGER.

I'M REALIZING THAT THE

HEALTHY THING TO DO IS

BRING THOSE DISPOIMGHTS

DISAPPOINTMENTS AND ANGERS

TO GOD.

DAVID COMMITTED ADULTERY,

HE HAD SOMEBODY

MURDERED -- HE MADE

MISTAKE AFTER MISTAKE, BUT

HE BROUGHT THOSE THINGS TO

GOD AND THA THAT'S WHY HE WAS

A MAN AFTER GOD'S HEART,

AND I WANT TO BE A WOMAN

OF GOD'S HEART.

Reporter: AND SHE

FINALLY FOUND FREEDOM.

"HE LIFTED ME OUT OF

THE PIT, OUT OF THE MUD

AND MIRE.

HE SET MY FEET ON A ROCK

AND HE GAVE ME A NEW SONG

TO SING."

I WAS IN THE BIGGEST PIT

OF MY LIFE, BUT JESUS

LIFTED ME OUT.

AND NOW I FIND I HAVE A

NEW PURPOSE AND SENSE OF

WORTH.

Reporter: IT IS THAT

EXPERIENCE THAT DEVELOPED

HER LATEST ALBUM, "OUT OF

THE DARK."

* HE STARTED SOMETHING

GOOD, AND HE'S GOING TO

COMPLETE IT *

* I WANT TO CELEBRATE THE

TRUTH *

*

Reporter: NOW WHEN

MANDISSA WEARS THAT

WINNING SMILE, IT IS NOT

TO COVER UP THE

IMPERFECTIONS IN HER LIFE,

BUT TO SHOW THAT NO MATTER

WHAT HAPPENS, GOD IS IN

CONTROL.

I DON'T JUST SAY I HAVE

OVERCOME BECAUSE I STILL

HAVE TO, ON A DAILY BASIS,

MAKE THE CHOICE NOT TO GO

INTO MY DEFAULT, BUT TO

REALLY WALK IN FAITH AND

IN CONFIDENCE.

AND I LOOK IN THE MIRROR,

AND I JUST WANT TO LIFT

OFF EVERYTHING THAT I

HATE.

OR WHEN I FEEL LIKE I'VE

MADE ANOTHER MISTAKE, THE

SAME MISTAKES THAT I MAKE

OVER AND OVER AGAIN,

INSTEAD OF BEATING MYSELF

UP, I SAY, NO.

GOD BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN

ME AND HE WILL FINISH IT

ON THE DAY CHRIST RETURNS.

I'M A MASTERPIECE IN THE

MAKING.

I'M UNFINISHED RIGHT NOW.

Gordon: YOU'RE JUST A

MASTERPIECE IN THE MAKING.

I'M JUST UNFINISHED RIGHT

NOW.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET

PRAYER IN YOUR LIFE IS TO

GIVE US A CALL:

1-800-700-7000.

> COMING UP, A

MISSIONARY IN SUDAN IS

LOCKED UP ALONGSIDE ISIS

TERRORISTS FOR 14 MONTHS.

THEY CALLED ME A

FATALITY PIG OFILTHYPIG OR A FILTHY RAT.

AND IF I DIDN'T REACT TO

THIS NEW NAME, THEY

STARTED TO BEAT ME WITH

SLAPPING MY FACE OR A FIST

TO MY FACE.

AND THEN THEY USED A

WOODEN STICK.

Gordon: HEAR HIS

INCREDIBLE STORY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

STAY WITH US.

PEPETR JASEK SERVED THE

PERSECUTED CHURCH WITH

"VOICE OF THE MARTYRS."

THEN AT THE END OF A TRIP

TO SUDAN, HE WAS ARRESTED

AND CHARGED WITH ESPIONAGE

AND THEN PUT IN JAIL WITH

ISLAMIC MILITANTS.

NOW HE IS FREE, AND HE SAT

DOWN WITH OUR OWN GARY

LANE FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE

CBN TELEVISION INTERVIEW,

WHERE HE REVEALS THE

DETAILS OF HIS TIME IN

PRISON.

Reporter: ARRESTED

DURING A TRIP TO SUDAN,

MISSIONARY PETR JASEK WAS

IMPRISONED WITH MEMBERS OF

ISIS.

ONE OF THE ISIS

MEMBERS, WHO WAS A LIBYAN

GUY, WHO AT THE AGE OF 12

WAS A GUARD OF OSAMA BIN

LADEN.

AND WHEN HE RETURNED

LIBYA, HE WAS ONE OF THE

MURDERS WHO SLAUGHTERED

THE 20 EYPTIANS ON THE

LIBYAN SHORE.

WHEN HE TOLD ME IF I WAS

AN AMERICAN OR A RUSSIAN,

THAT HE WOULD BREAK MY

NECK IMMEDIATELY AND KILL

ME.

HE TOOK OUT A FISHING

STRING, QUITE A STRONG

FISHING STRING, FROM HIS

POCKET, AND HE WAS SHOWING

HHOW HE CAN KILL A PERSON

IN A FEW SECONDS WITH THIS

FISHING STRING.

Reporter: WHEN ASKED

TO SHARE NEWS FROM THE

OUTSIDE, HE TOLD THEM

ABOUT THE PARIS TERRORIST

ATTACK.

WHEN I SAID THAT 129

PEOPLE GOT KILLED, THEY

INTERRUPTED ME AND THEY

STARTED TO SHOUT "ALLAHU

AKBAR" FOR SEVERAL

MINUTES.

SO IMMEDIATELY I KNEW THE

COMPANY THAT I WAS IN.

AND I STOPPED TELLING THEM

ANYMORE NEWS.

THEY CULLE CALLED ME A FILTHY

PIG OR A FILTHY RAT.

AND IF I DID NOT REACT TO

THIS NEW NAME, THEY

STARTED TO BEAT ME WITH

SLAPPING MY FACE OR FISTS

TO MY FACE, OR THEN THEY

USED THE WOODEN STICK.

SO GRADUALLY I LEARNED TO

LIVE WITH THE NEW NAME.

I WAS NOT PETR ANYMORE.

IT WAS JUST FILTHY PIG.

Reporter: HOW DID IT

COME TO THIS?

WHY WAS THIS MAN,

DEDICATED TO HELPING

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS, NOW

HIMSELF PERSECUTED?

PETR'S ARREST CAME IN

DECEMBER 2015, JUST TWO

YEARS AFTER THE SUDANESE

GOVERNMENT THOUGHT IT HAD

EXPELLED ALL FOREIGN

CHRISTIAN WORKERS FROM THE

COUNTRY.

WHILE VISITING SUDAN, PETR

MET WITH CHRISTIAN LEADERS

AND RECORDED SOME VIDEO.

AGENTS CON CONFISCATED HIS

EQUIPMENT AND CHARGED HIM

WITH SPYING FOR THE

GOVERNMENT.

PETR ASKED GOD TO RETURN

HIM TO HIS FAMILY.

HIS EPIPHANY CAME AFTER HE

LED SOME EUROPEAN

PRISONERS TO CHRIST.

I SUDDENLY REALIZED

THAT THE LORD HAS A

PURPOSE FOR ME TO BE IN

PRISON, TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL WITH THOSE PEOPLE.

I STARTED TO BE MORE

COURAGEOUS, AND I STARTED

TO OPEN MY MOUTH AND SHARE

THE GOSPEL WITH THE

MUSLIMS WHO WERE IN THE

PREVIOUS CELL WITH ME.

Reporter: IN

JANUARY 2017, A SUDANESE

COURT SENTENCED HIM TO 20

YEARS IN PRISON.

HIS WORK HELPING

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN

SUDAN WAS CONSIDERED AN

ANTI-STATE ACTIVITY:

ESPIONAGE.

I REALLY WAS CONSIDERED

TO BE A VERY DANGEROUS

PERSON.

THEY MENTIONED, LIKE, THAT

I AM AN EMPLOYEE OF THE

SPY ORGANIZATION CALLED

THE U.N.

SO ACTUALLY THE U.N. IS A

SPY ORGANIZATION.

Reporter: NOT A

MISSIONARY ORGANIZATION?

NO.

Reporter: THE SON OF

A PASTOR, PETR HAD

EXPERIENCED PERSECUTION

BEFORE, GROWING UP IN

COMMUNIST CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

CHRISTIAN OPPRESSION

INTENSIFIED IN

CZECHOSLOVAKIA AFTER RED

ARMY TANKS ROLLED THROUGH

PRAGUE IN 1968.

GOVERNMENT AGENTS

CONSTANTLY MONITORED

PETR'S PARENTS AND THEIR

CHRISTIAN ACTIVITIES.

THEY KNEW WE WERE

RECEIVING BIBLES.

WEREN'T WE RECEIVING

CHRISTIAN LITERATURE AND

MY PARENTS WERE

DISTRIBUTING THEM.

Reporter: ONE DAY

PETR RETURNED HOME FROM

SCHOOL AND FOUND HIS

PARENTS MISSING.

THEY WERE ARRESTED BY

SECRET POLICE AND TARGET

INTERROGATED.

SECRET POLICE WANTED TO

KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON IN

OUR HOUSE.

Reporter: AND 36

YEARS LATER, LIKE HIS

PARENTS, HE WAS ARRESTED

FOR HIS CHRISTIAN

ACTIVITIES, ONLY THIS TIME

AT THE HANDS OF I ISLAMISTS,

NOT COMMUNISTS.

BUT GOD PREPARED HIM FOR

HIS PRISON EXPERIENCE

YEARS EARLY, WHEN HIS

FATHER GAVE HIM A SPECIAL

GIFT.

HE BROUGHT A BOOK, AND

THE NAME OF THE BOOK,

WHICH MEANS "IN GOD'S

UNDERGROUND" IN ENGLISH.

HE GAVE ME THIS BOOK AND

HE SAID, READ THIS BOOK.

IT WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR

FAITH.

Reporter: PETR'S

FATHER PASSED AT THE AGE

OF 89, WHILE PETR WAS IN

PRISON.

> WHAT DO YOU THINK,

PETR, HE WOULD SAY TO YOU

ABOUT YOUR TIME IN PRISON

AND WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH,

IF HE WAS STILL AROUND NOW

AND HE KNEW ABOUT IT?

ALL OF THE DETAILS.

YEAH.

I'M QUITE SURE THAT HE

WOULD BE PROUD O OF ME, I'M

QUITE SURE.

Reporter: HE CREDITS

THE CZECH GOVERNMENT FOR

NEGOTIATING HIS RELEASE

AND THE PRAYERS AND

SUPPORT OF CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD.

NEARLY HALF A MILLION

PEOPLE SIGNED A PETITION

FOR HIM, AND THOUSANDS

SENT ENCOURAGING CARDS AND

LETTERS.

PETR SAYS HE WAS BROUGHT

TO TEARS WHEN HE HEARD

SOME SUDANESE WOMEN NEAR

THE PRISON SINGING

CHRISTIAN PRAISE SONGS.

*

Reporter: HOW DID

YOUR EXPERIENCE CHANGE

YOU?

HOW IS PETR JASEK

DIFFERENT NOW THAN

COMPARED TO BEFORE YOUR

PRISON EXPERIENCE?

WHEN YOU COME THROUGH

THIS SITUATION, YOU

REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING

THAT YOU IS THE GRACE OF

GOD.

AND IT IS ON HIS STRENGTH

THAT YOU ARE IN PRISON.

IT IS NOT YOUR OWN

STRENGTH THAT YOU CAN

SURVIVE.

BEING HUMBLE AND FAITHFUL

TO THE LAST MOMENT, THIS

IS THE MOMENT WHEN WE CAN

BE MORE THAN CONQUERORS

WHEN WE GO THROUGH

DIFFICULT SITUATIONS

BECAUSE OF OUR

CHURCH PERSECUTED HIMSELF.

Gordon: UP NEXT, A

PASTOR WITH A FRIGHTENING

DISORDER.

MY FACE PARALYZED FROM

THE CORNER OF THIS EYE

EYEBROW, TO THE BOTTOM

CORNER OF THE RIGHT SIDE

OF MY FACE.

I WAS UNABLE TO SPEAK OR

CONTROL MY FACE.

Gordon: WATCH HOW HE

OVER COMES PARALYSIS

THROUGH PRAYER.

Gordon: PARALYSIS WAS

CREEPING UP THE LEFT SIDE

OF DAVID CHOPCA'S FACE,

AND FOR A LONG TIME

DOCTORS HAD NO CLUE WHAT

WAS WRONG WITH HIM.

AND THEN ONCE THEY DID

FIND OUT, THEY TOLD HIM IT

WAS TOO LATE FOR

TREATMENT.

WHILE I WAS TALKING TO

THE DOCTOR, MY FACE

PARALYZED FROM THE CORNER

OF THIS EYEBROW, ALL THE

WAY TO THE BOTTOM CORNER

OF THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY

FACE.

I WAS UNABLE TO SPEAK OR

CONTROL MY FACE.

MY EYE COULD NOT CLOSE.

Reporter: A WEEK

EARLIER, ON FATHER'S DAY

2013, PASTOR DAVID CHOPCA

EXPERIENCED PAIN IN HIS

EAR.

I WENT TO BED THAT

NIGHT AND I HAD

EXCRUCIATING PAIN ALL UP

AND DOWN MY LEFT SIDE.

I SWEAT THROUGH FOUR PAIRS

OF PAJAMAS THAT NIGHT.

Reporter: WHEN DAVID

VISITED A WALK-IN CLINIC

THE NEXT MORNING, THE

DOCTOR TOLD HIM IT WAS AN

INFECTED MOSQUITO BITE AND

PRESCRIBED ANTIBIOTICS,

BUT THE FOLLOWING MORNING

NEW SYMPTOMS APPEARED.

I WAS SHAVING, AND MY

WIFE CAME INTO THE

BATHROOM AND NOTICED THERE

WAS A RED RING UNDER MY

EAR.

AND SHE CAME BACK A FEW

MINUTES LATER AND NOTICED

IT WAS GETTING LARGER.

IT WAS QUITE

FRIGHTENING FOR US.

Reporter: HIS WIFE

DROVE HIM TO THE EMERGENCY

ROOM WHERE DOCTORS STARTED

A NEW ROUND OF

ANTIBIOTICS.

DAVID SHOWED SOME

IMPROVEMENT, BUT THE

FOLLOWING SUNDAY THINGS

TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORST.

I HAD A PIECE OF TOAST,

AND INSTEAD OF IT TASTING

LIKE TOAST, IT TASTED LIKE

SUGAR.

AND I THOUGHT, SOMETHING

IS NOT RIGHT

NEUROLOGICALLY.

AND MY LIP, I COULDN'T

FEEL IT.

I CALLED MY WIFE, AND SHE

LOOKED AT ME AND THE

PARALYSIS WAS EXPANDING

OUT ACROSS MY FACE.

Reporter: DAVID WAS

RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL

WHERE DOCTORS DIAGNOSED

HIM WITH RAMSEY HUNT

SYNDROME, CAUSED BY A

SHINGLES OUTBREAK THAT

AFFECTS THE FACIAL NERVES.

AND HE SAID, YOU ARE

EIGHT DAYS.

AND THE TREATMENT WINDOW

IS USUALLY TWO OR THREE

DAYS WHEN YOU DISCOVER YOU

HAVE A SHIN SHINGLES INFECTION.

I HAD A 40% CHANCE OF

GETTING SOME OF MY FACE

BACK.

Reporter: HIS WIFE

AND CONGREGATION BEGAN TO

PRAY.

MANY, MANY PEOPLE WERE

PRAYING.

PLUS OUR FRIENDS FROM

OTHER CONGREGATIONS WE

SERVE.

Reporter: DAVID WAS

ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL

FOR A ROUND OF STEROID

TREATMENTS.

WHILE THERE, HE OPENED UP

A BIBLE.

I WAS READING JOHN 5,

AND THE QUESTION OF JESUS

IN JOHN 5, TO THE MAN,

YOU'RE SICK.

HE SAYS THIS MAGNIFICENT

STATEMENT: "YOU HAVE BEEN

MADE WELL."

AND I KNEW I WAS TALKING

TO THE LORD, AND NOT JUST

READING A PASSAGE.

Reporter: DAVID LEFT

THE HOSPITAL 10 DAYS LATER

WITH NO CHANGE IN HIS

CONDITION.

HIS DOCTOR RECOMMENDED HE

FIND ANOTHER VOCATION.

HE SAID, YOU PROBABLY

ARE NOT GOING TO SPEAK

AGAIN.

AND I THOUGHT, WHAT A

TERRIBLE THING.

I WAS SLEEPING 16 HOURS A

DAY, UNABLE TO GET ENERGY.

AND IT WAS SCARY.

BUT THE STRANGE THING WAS,

THE SOLUTION, WHEN I

BECAME TERRIFIED, EVERY

TIME I WOULD SAY JOHN 5:

14: "YOU HAVE BEEN MADE

WELL," THE GIFT OF FAITH

WOULD RISE INSIDE MY SOUL.

I WOULD KNOW I WAS GOING

TO BE WELL.

EVEN THOUGH ALL OF THE

EVIDENCE SAID THAT I

WASN'T GOING TO BE.

Reporter: HIS CHURCH

GRANTED HIM A LEAVE OF

ABSENCE, AND FRIENDS AND

FAMILY CONTINUED TO PRAY.

THEN THIS WOMAN GAIL

SAID, I PRAYED FOR YOU.

AND WHAT HAS COME TO ME IS

THE STORY OF PAUL THE

APOSTLE WHEN THE SHIPWRECK

HAPPENED.

AND THEY'RE BUILDING A

FIRE, AND HE PICKS UP A

PIECE OF WOOD TO THROW IT

IN THE FIRE, AND A VIPER

LANDS ON HIS WRIST.

AND HE SHAKES THE VIPER

OFF INTO THE FIRE.

SO THIS WOMAN SAYS, "THE

ENEMY IS TAKING ADVANTAGE.

YOU ARE TO SHAKE THIS OFF

IN THE SAME WAY AS THE

APOSTLE PAUL SHOOK THIS

OFF.

AND THEN WHEN YOU HAVE

BECOME WELL, THE LORD WILL

USE THIS AS A PLATFORM."

Reporter: THE

FOLLOWING SUNDAY DAVID

WENT TO A NEIGHBORING

CHURCH TO HEAR HIS COUSIN

PREACH.

A STRANGE THING

HAPPENED AT THE BACK OF

THE CHURCH.

THERE WAS A LADY THAT

WALKED IN.

AND SHE GOT UP AND SHE

SAID, THE ENEMY HAS TAKEN

ADVANTAGE, BUT YOU MUST

SHAKE THIS OFF.

AND WHEN YOU DO, THE LORD

WILL USE THIS AS A

PLATFORM FOR THE

PROCLAMATION OF THE

GOSPEL.

SHE SAID EXACTLY WHAT MY

FRIEND HAD SAID JUST A FEW

DAYS BEFORE.

THE SMALL HAIRS ROSE ON

THE BACK OF MY NECK.

Reporter: DAVID BEGAN

TO NOTICE A CHANGE.

I FELT A TINGLING IN

THE CORNER OF THE UPPER

EYEBROW, AND THAT NIGHT I

WAS ABLE TO MOVE AND OPEN

AND CLOSE MY EYELID.

SO I CALLED MY WIFE AGAIN

AND SHE CAME AND SHE SAW

IT, AND SHE SAID,

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.

THE LORD IS BEGINNING THE

HEALING.

AND OVER THE COURSE OF

THAT WEEK, ALL OF IT CAME

BACK.

Reporter: WHEN DAVID

RETURNED TO HIS DOCTOR, HE

WALKED IN THE DOOR, SMILED

AND WINKED.

THE DOCTOR'S REACTION

WAS, THAT'S MEDICALLY

IMPOSSIBLE.

AND I SAID, I KNOW IT IS

MEDICALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

AND HE SAID, YOU HAVE

RAMSEY HUNT, AND YOU CAN'T

DO THAT.

AND I WAS GOING TO TALK TO

YOU ABOUT PAIN MANAGEMENT

AND GOING DEAF, AND THIS

DOESN'T HAPPEN LIKE THIS.

AND I SAID, I BELIEVE THAT

THE LORD HAS MADE ME WELL.

Reporter: SINCE THEN,

DAVID HAS SHOWN NO I

UNDERSTANNO SIGNSOF ILLNESS, AND IS BACK T O

PREACHING FULL-TIME.

JESUS IS THE HEALER.

HE CAME TO HEAL.

HE CAME TO LOVE.

HE CAME TO SAVE.

HE CAME TO DELIVER.

IT IS A DELIGHT TO BE THE

RECIPIENT OF IT AS WELL AS

TO WATCH OTHER PEOPLE

RECEIVE IT.

I'M THANKFUL FOR THE

OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY

THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY

TRUE.

Gordon: AND IT CAN BE

ABSOLUTELY TRUE FOR YOU.

THESE TESTIMONIES ARE TO

GIVE YOU THE FAITH THAT

YOU NEED TO BELIEVE FOR

HEALING.

AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT

HAPPENED TO DAVID.

HE RECEIVED WORDS OF

ENCOURAGEMENT.

WHAT WAS HIS FIRST CHOICE

FOR ENCOURAGEMENT?

WELL, LET GO TO THE BIBLE.

HERE IS A PASSAGE FROM THE

GOSPEL OF JOHN.

YOU HAVE BEEN MADE WELL.

AND HE SEIZED ON THAT.

THAT VERSE WAS QUIC QUICKENED.

HE WOULD GO BACK TO THAT

VERSE, YOU HAVE BEEN MADE

WELL.

AND IT WOULD ENCOURAGE HIM

AND ENCOURAGE HIS

INNERMOST BEING.

AND THEN GOD SENT TWO

WORDS TO HIM.

JUST LOVE HOW GOD

ORCHESTRATES THINGS.

HERE HE IS ORC ORCHESTRATING A

FRIEND COMING TO HIM AND

SHE SAYS, YOU'RE SUPPOSED

TO SHAKE THIS THING OFF.

AND SEEMINGLY RANDOM, HE

IS GOING TO ANOTHER

CHURCH, A CHURCH WHERE HIS

COUSIN IS PREACHING, AND

IN THE BACK OF THE CHURCH,

A WOMAN STANDS UP AND

REPEATS THE SAME MESSAGE.

GOD WANTS TO REINFORCE IT.

HE WANTS TO HAVE TWO OR

MORE WITNESSES TO WHAT HE

IS ABOUT TO DO.

HE ALWAYS REVEALS THINGS

TO HIS PROPHETS.

AND FROM THAT MOMENT, THEN

THE HEALING BEGINS TO BE

MANIFESTED.

NOW, FOR DAVID, FROM THE

TIME HE FIRST FELT A

TINGLE ABOVE HIS EYE, IT

TOOK A WEEK.

SOMETIMES THINGS HAPPEN

THAT WAY.

SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS

INSTANTLY.

AND WE NEED TO REALIZE HE

WHO HAS BEGUN A GOOD WORK

IN YOU IS FAITHFUL TO

COMPLETE IT.

NOW, FOR YOU, YOU HAVE

HEARD THIS STORY AND

YOU'RE WONDERING, OKAY,

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR

ME?

HOW DOES THIS WORK FOR ME?

HERE IS A PASSAGE FROM

PSALM, PSALM 103: "BLESS

THE LORD, OH, MY SOUL, AND

FORGET NOT ALL HIS

BENEFITS.

WHO FORGIVES ALL YOUR

INEQUITIES, WHO HEALS ALL

YOUR DISEASES."

NOW, THAT'S A WORD FOR YOU

BECAUSE YOU ARE PART OF

THAT.

HE FORGIVES ALL YOUR

INEQUITIES.

IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH TO

BELIEVE FOR THAT, YOU HAVE

THE FAITH TO BELIEVE FOR

HEALING.

HE HEALS ALL OF YOUR

DISEASES.

WHAT PART OF "ALL" ISN'T

INCLUDED IN YOU?

ALL OF IT.

RIGHT NOW LET'S GO TO HIM.

LET'S PRAY AND LET'S

BELIEVE AND LET GOD DO ALL

OF THE REST.

PRAY WITH US.

JESUS, WE JUST COME TO YOU

AND WE COME BOLDLY TO THE

THRONE OF GRACE BECAUSE

YOU HAVE ENABLED US.

YOU HAVE TORN THE VEIL IN

TWO.

AND BY YOUR STRIPES, BY

THE WOUNDS OF YOUR

PRECIOUS BODY, WE ARE ABLE

TO ENTER IN TO THE HOLY

PLACE.

AND SO WE COME BOLDLY,

ASKING, BECAUSE YOUR WORD

ENCOURAGES US TO ASK.

SO WE ASK NOW FOR ALL WHO

HAVE INFIRMITY, ALL WHO

ARE SUFFERING WITH PAIN,

ALL WHO HAVE DISEASE, AND

WE DECLARE OVER THEM THAT

THEIR DISEASE HAS BEEN

HEALED BY YOU AT THIS VERY

MOMENT.

THERE IS SOMEONE, YOU'RE

SUFFERING WITH A TORN

HAMSTRING, AND GOD IS JUST

HEALING YOU RIGHT NOW.

IT'S IN YOUR LEFT THIGH.

GOD IS HEALING IT IN

JESUS' NAME.

AMEN, AND AMEN.

HERE IS A WORD FOR YOU

FROM PSALM 27: "WAIT

PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD.

BE BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS.

YES, WAIT PATIENTLY FOR

THE LORD."

GOD BLESS YOU.

WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN.

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