Finding Your Purpose: Part 3
Hello again, this is Jim Jarrell, and this is third video of "Finding Your Purpose".
In my last video I quoted Luke 8: 38-39 which said; “But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying, return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you. So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.” In that verse I found my purpose, I now understood what I should do. That one verse has led me to make these videos.
On May 11, 2001 I had to have back surgery. I had been being pushed around in a wheelchair by my wife, as the doctors found what was causing me pain as I tried to walk. They found I had a disk explode between L5 and S1 in my lower back. Anyone who has had this kind of back surgery can tell you how long the pain remains. Any time they have to cut your muscles off your spine and put them back, they do not heal right away.
In early January 2006 my back was still hurting. I was standing on my back porch thinking about how to deal with a specific problem. My cell phone rang. The phone call came from a friend named Neal Richard, but the voice on the other end sounded different today. He started his conversation with; “Jim, God tell me you are thinking this...", and he went on to quote my earlier thought word for word. I had never experienced something like this before. There is no way Neal could have known what I was thinking unless God told him. He went on to say, “God wants you to come to our church, He has a purpose for you there.” We finished the call with some small talk and we hung up. After talking with my wife about the phone call, we decided to attend the church to see what this was all about.
The church was nearly 35 miles away, and we must have driven past 20 churches on the way. God made it clear in Neal’s phone call that we come to this church. It was not until I crossed the threshold of the door that I had this strange feeling we were in the right spot at the right time. We found seats with Neal and participated in about an hour of praise and worship. That may have been the best worship music I had ever heard.
The pastor came to the pulpit and started to teach on the gifts of the Spirit being for today. He had been speaking some fifteen minutes and he just stopped. He was quiet for a few minutes and when he spoke the next time, the pastor said, “God had just spoken to him and God wanted to minister to someone.” He had someone bring a chair to the front and he called a young lady to sit in it. He then came and spoke to my wife and I, he asked us to come see what was about to happen. The pastor said you two are new here and I understand you have never seen anything like this. He was right, I had never seen anything like what happened. He said to the young lady, “God shows me that one of your legs is longer than the other and He wants to fix that.” I watched closely as that pastor prayed and God lengthened her leg.
Then the pastor looked at me and he said; “God shows me that one of your legs is longer than the other and that is why your back would not heal.” He said if I would sit in this chair and let him pray for me, God would heal me completely. I did not know what to think, but as she got up, we sat down. He got me square in the chair and sure enough my right leg was longer than my left. When he started praying, I watched as my left leg came out to meet my right. Then all of a sudden, I started to feel this strange heat start in my lower back, it went all the way to my feet. It started up my body and went all the way to my head. He started telling me about how God wanted to use me in the future. I truly had never seen anything like that. When he finished, I got up out of that chair, I had no pain in my entire body. No one can ever tell me that God can’t heal in this day, because it happen to me. I truly felt younger than I had in years. We started going to that church every time they had a service. I saw things happen there that can only be God.
The best part of all this was it was God’s idea from the beginning. Thank you, in my next video, I will tell you more!Read more at: www.refreshinghope.org