Crippled Woman Walks

Page 200-201 – “As God healed when He was on earth, so will He heal now that He is gone,” the leader told the afflicted. “God loves to do things now that He did when He was on the earth. Have faith in Him. It is He alone who will cure you. God is with us tonight and we pray that He will help those gathered about here.”

In the arms of several friends, Stella Blanchard, of the Stratford Hotel, was brought to the altar. For eight years she had not stood on her feet. Mrs. McPherson stood over her at the altar, prayed and anointed her with oil.

“Oh God, heal this afflicted woman,” she prayed. “You can make her whole and you will. We have faith that you will heal this woman.” And for more than ten minutes they both prayed. Suddenly Mrs. McPherson stopped her praying. Her silence brought a stop to all other praying and singing in the church.

“In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to walk. You are healed,” she called out. The woman rose to her feet. She steadied herself and began walking, slowly at first; then, step by step her strength was regained. It was the first time she had walked in eight years, in fact the first time she had stood on her feet alone…The woman continued and circled the church several times…When she left she walked to the street cars.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

Paralyzed Woman, Blind Man

Page 199 – Came another woman whose entire left side was paralyzed. She had little use of either her hand or leg. She was anointed and prayed for and, “In the name of Jesus,” she was told to use her limb freely. The woman, hesitatingly at first, began to walk. Then she hurried and then she danced.

“Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!” she cried out and for more than two minutes she danced and waved her hands in the air. The woman, 67 years old, had been paralyzed for more than 15 years.

An interesting feature of the services occurred when a blind man, with one eye gone and the other covered with a cataract, his sight lost entirely, was prayed over, and in a few minutes declared he could distinguish the white garments of the leader. He then looked about the room, counted the windows on the wall, and took great delight in admiring the stained windows of the church. “Thank God, I am well. I can see,” he called out when sight was first restored.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

Boy Walks Without Aid

Page 198-199 – There was another woman who entered the church, deaf. She approached the altar and prayed to God. While Mrs. McPherson was kneeling and praying over her she suddenly heard. This woman told her story of being instantaneously cured of deafness. It was the first time in twelve years that she had been able to hear anything lower than a shout. Now she could even hear whispering.

It was after the healing service was in progress for more than 15 minutes that a woman cried out: “My God! Look at my son! He walks, his limp is almost gone. I thank God!” The woman began crying, and gathered her son in her arms and nearly smothered him with kisses. She put him down and the boy started out into the aisle. He hesitated at first, then walked a little faster and gradually began to run.

“Look, mother, look,” he cried out, “see how I can run…and it doesn’t hurt me either.” Paralyzed many years, he so dragged himself, that at every step he took, one foot would hit the knee of the other. It was so much of a strain to walk that his body always surged backward. But he walked yesterday, his body erect, without exertion on his part.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

Invalid Since Birth

Page 198 – Twelve hundred heads were bowed in prayer in the McKendree Methodist Episcopal Church yesterday afternoon. At the altar among scores of others, kneeled Miss Emily Kruger, an invalid since birth. The entire gathering united in praying to God to heal this woman. Suddenly a hush swept over the church. Praying stopped. Mrs. McPherson was looking upward. The invalid hopefully, with outstretched arms, was watching her. And then – “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall walk. Rise, and you shall be healed.”

The woman, hesitatingly, rose from her knees; she cast a swift glance about, as if bewildered and in a trance. She looked forward, then started out. One step, -two-three-four, then on and on to the end of the aisle. She turned and continued walking–up the aisle once, back up again, back again and on and on until she, unassisted, had paced the narrow aisle, six times…The woman for the first time in her life had strength to walk unaided.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

A Cage of Steel

Page 187 – Then strange and wonderful things happened. Among the many healed that came under my personal observation was a case of a woman deaf for forty years, whose hearing was instantaneously restored; another, a paralytic, who had not walked for eight years, walked five times around the church, and when leaving, declared she intended to walk six blocks to get the street car to go to her home in a distant part of town. The last I saw of her she was going down the church stairs. This woman came in a taxi cab, was carried into the church like a bag of meal on the back of a husky man. A blind man rose to his feet and commenced to count and admire the beautiful church windows as vision gradually was being restored to his blind eyes.

A dozen or more of our mission clientele were healed and blessed, among whom was Nicholas Berezoski, twelve years old. For years he has been coming to the Mission, dragging his poor little body in a brace that seemed to barely hold him intact, a victim of the so dreaded infantile paralysis. Eight long years little Nick live in this cage of steel. Laying her hands upon him, Mrs. McPherson exclaimed, “In the name of Jesus you shall be healed.” “Gee, I can walk, and without holding my knee,” and “I do feel so fine; let me see how far I can walk, and lo and behold, up and down the aisle walked our little Nick. “Ha’int you goin’ to take my brace off,” anxiously inquired our little friend. “Of course we will, if you feel that way,” responded the evangelist, and a dressing room was formed by a human wall of women in the amen corner; little Nick was stripped and loosed from the steel bands, and, liberated, he walked again, to the joy of the multitude. ” never want that brace on me again,” he fairly shouted, as he struck out for home, where his Russian mother fairly shrieked for joy as she rushed to the neighbors and told of the marvelous thing God had done for little Nick.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

Woman Healed of a Back Injury

Page191-192 – Baltimore, Md., Feb. 9, 1920

To Whom It May Concern: This is to certify that I, Mrs. W. H. Jackson, 906 W. 37th St., Baltimore City, was thrown from a street car on February 3rd, 1919, causing an injury to my back which resulted in a decayed spine.

I was treated by doctors and steadily grew worse. Finally I was given up by the doctor, who said he could not do me any good. He then sent me to a hospital and had three X-ray pictures taken, which showed that my spine was decayed and holes eaten through it so badly that the doctors had no hopes of my ever getting any better.

They finally concluded to put me in a cast, reaching from my arm pits to my knees. This was done for a sham more than anything else, to keep from telling me how bad I was. I lay flat on my back about sixteen weeks, and no improved results. I thought I had to lie there and waste away till I died. But God sent Sister McPherson to preach to the sinners and heal the sick. I was prayed for and commenced to improve at once. They cut the cast from my limbs. In three days’ time I was walking and doing light work about the house. Have been working ever since. Can walk a good long distance now, attend the revival meetings and give HIM all the glory.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

More Miracles

Page 190-191 – A woman, whose eyes were blinded by cataracts so that she could not see her own teacup, who had been put on the street cars by a colored lady and guided into the church by the conductor, was touched in answer to prayer. She declared first that she saw a light – secondly, that she could see the electric sign on the wall – “Jesus saves.” She then read a small sign some forty feet away, next the title on the book, “This is That.” After this she read portions from the “Bridal Call,” praising the Lord loudly for His wonder-working power.

An elderly colored woman with a paralyzed arm, which had hung useless and dead by her side was instantly healed. In her delight, she swung the arm round and round and waved it high above her head, praising the Lord. So miraculous was her healing that she could pick up heavy articles and lift them the same as with the other hand.

A little boy, about nine years old, who was unable to stand or walk without the use of his brace was prayed for. The brace was removed and he not only walked, but ran and mounted the stairs that led from the chancel rail to the pulpit, and descended them again and again.

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

This is That

One of the desires I have for writing this blog is to help build the faith of the reader.  Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  What He did while He walked on this earth, He is still doing today.  For the next several days I am going to post excerpts from the book ‘This is That’ which shares testimonies of many people who were touched by the power of God through the ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson.  I hope you will enjoy and be blessed by these testimonies.

  1. Page 190 – Each Tuesday and Thursday of the entire campaign was devoted to Divine Healing, and the sick folks flocked by the hundreds – blind, lame, deaf and dumb, paralytics, rheumatics, consumptives, and those having tumors, cancers, neuritis, palsy, and many other diseases found their way to the church and the altar.

A man wasted and weak with tuberculosis – scarcely able to speak above a whisper – a nervous wreck for many months, was instantly healed at the altar. Leaping to his feet, he shouted the praises of Jesus in a great strong voice, that boomed high above the voices of the people and the pipe organ. Drawing long breaths into the very bottom of his lungs, he clapped his hands and thumped his chest, declaring rapturously that the pain was all gone, and that as a healed man he would live to serve and glorify the Lord.

A deaf and dumb woman – born of deaf and dumb parents, was prayed for and declared she could hear our voices – the organ – singing – and finally, even a whisper! While with her lips she formed her first word in fifty-four years – G-L-O-R-Y !

Excerpt from the book ‘This is That’ by Aimee Semple McPherson.

My Testimony

Last year I posted a daily devotional covering every book of the Bible. This year I have been posting excerpts from my book ‘The Heart and Soul of God’. Yesterday was the final post from that book. However, today I want to share something about the book that I have only shared with a few people.

It took a long time to write the book, and that was a good thing. It helped to solidify in my own mind the truths I presented, so that I developed a deep conviction and a strong faith in God, and His desire to do good to His covenant people. And that is the basic theme of the book: “Learning to trust in God – He is doing a good work in you.”

In September of 2013, as I prepared to send in my manuscript for publishing, I was impressed with a strong voice (not audible, but very clear): “If you publish the book you will be sorry. I will make you doubt your faith in God to do you good.” The first thing that I felt was fear. Maybe I shouldn’t publish the book. Nevertheless, I recognized that the voice wasn’t from God, but from Satan. So, I declared: “I will not give in to fear. I believe what I have written, and I will publish the book.”

I sent in the manuscript for publishing, and the very same week, almost to the day that it was published, I was diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia). I recognized it as an attack of the enemy in response to what he had said. I didn’t tell anyone because I was waiting for further tests to clarify my condition. At about the same time, my wife began to feel a pain in her lower back. As the days went on the pain increased. She saw different doctors, and even visited a chiropractor several times, but to no avail. Finally, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. Again, we recognized the attack of the enemy.

Both diagnosis are said to be incurable and can be fatal. My condition did not require treatment at the time, but my wife needed to immediate treatment. She began with radiation, and then 6 months of chemotherapy. So, much of 2014 was spent dealing with her disease, and seeing what good thing God had in store. I won’t elaborate here, but a lot of good came out of her situation.

Finally, in early September, she completed her treatment and was declared cancer free. This was one year after the enemy said that I would be sorry for publishing the book. However, the battle was not over. For another year I continued having blood tests, but not requiring any treatment. Then, in the Fall of 2015, I began to lose weight, feel a pain and discomfort in my abdominal area, and a few other symptoms. My oncologist said that the leukemia had activated and I was going to need to begin chemotherapy. He said it would take about 4 to 6 cycles of treatment, and hopefully it would help. Again, we wondered how God would work this together for good.

After only two cycles the doctor said it appeared as if I was already in remission, but he wanted to do a third cycle just to be sure. After the third round of chemo I had a bone marrow biopsy that showed no signs of leukemia. I am, as my wife is, cancer free.

During this whole time, from 2013 until today, we have sensed the peace and presence of the Lord. The enemy is a liar and a defeated foe. In Christ we are more than conquerors and always have the victory. God is a good God, and only wants to do good to His people. He is faithful and can always be trusted. Have faith in God.

God is at Work in You

Page 248-253 – Phil. 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – There are three important points to this verse: (1) God has begun working in you, (2) God’s work in you is good, and (3) He will keep working in you until He is finished.

God is at work in you. In fact, He began working in you long before you were even born (Ps. 139:13-16). He not only knew you, He designed you with a special purpose in mind that only you can fulfill. But, you help determine the outcome through your obedience, or disobedience. If we cooperate with Him by desiring to do His will, the good work will continue. If we resist Him through disobedience, He has to change His plan and refashion us into something else that seems good to Him.

God has your very best in mind. He will never give up on you. No matter how many times you fall, He will pick you up. God will never start something He is unable to finish. He has not only begun a good work in you, He will continue that work until Jesus comes. As John said (1 John 3:2), “Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

Excerpt from ‘The Heart and Soul of God’ by Dave Stone.  Available as an eBook from http://www.Smashwords.com, and as an eBook or paperback from http://www.Amazon.com.

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