Knee Replacement Cancelled Thanks to God’s Miracle Power

I am currently writing my 5th book and I thought I would share one of the testimonies from chapter one.  This book is titled “Fresh Oil,” as it is a great reflection of what God is doing in our church called Kingdom Encounters.  We planted this church about 2.5 years ago, and I shared a message early on about the anointing of God from Psalm 92:10 where it says we shall be anointed with fresh oil.  So in our culture here, you will rarely hear an Amen of agreement, but instead you will often hear the phrase Fresh Oil when someone likes what is happening at Kingdom Encounters.  You can discover more about us at 

Okay – here is the testimony from Chapter One: 

On October 19, 2014 which was the first official day of our new church plant called Kingdom Encounters, God did something miraculous that truly demonstrated who He is, and how He will be with us, while showing where we would be going as a church.  We have a lady in our church named Sharon.  She happens to be the oldest member of church at the age of 76.  She was 73 when this miracle happened.  She is pictured above.

 Sharon was walking with a walker and a cane depending on the severity of her pain and discomfort as was scheduled to have knee replacement surgery just eleven days later.  I asked her if I could pray for her, and after a 20 second prayer she stated she felt warmth in her knee.  I suggested that she try walking up some small steps, which she was able to do with ease.  All week long she tried to get her knee to hurt, even bending it backwards in weird positions and at times jumping up and down, yet she had no pain.  About six days later she went into see her doctor for a pre-operation exam and she shared with him that I had prayed with her and that she had no pain all week.  After further examination he cancelled the surgery declaring that she was well. 

 The interesting thing about this is that she was also experiencing shortness of breath and dizziness too and both of these symptoms were also healed, even though we never even prayed for them.  All I did was ask for God’s presence to come, spoke and shared some healing declarations and Sharon got well, and now nearly three years later she still has not had the surgery.  I have seen her walk up and down flights of stairs with no problems.   She even cleans our church building as a volunteer.      

This is what having a Fresh Anointing is all about.  This is the importance of walking in and with Fresh Oil as we are Anointed 2 GO and do Kingdom stuff that God may call on us to accomplish.  

If you want to get to heaven, all you have to do is believe in Jesus, but if you want to be a disciple of Jesus, you must follow Him, and that folks takes risk, but God is faithful and loves to flow through people taking risky steps of faith.  Let me say it one more way.  If you want to move from Earth to Heaven someday, just simply believe in Jesus, but if you want to move Heaven to Earth today, you must be a follower of Jesus.   Fresh Oil!  





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ME.This is part of chapter two of my next book that I’m currently writing and decided to share it with you today. 

This is a story that makes my wife Diane cringe, but it fits the introduction of this chapter, so I am going to share it.  About thirty years ago when we lived in Texas we had some friends who had a farm in another county outside of the Houston area, and we would go out to help with projects and other various tasks.  One time I was invited to come and help bale hay, and since I grew up with citrus groves in California but had no experience with actual farming procedures and harvesting of products that did not grow on trees, I thought, this should be fun.  I mean how, hard could it be?

So we set out to help, and the bales for the most part were all over the pasture, and several of us would be assigned to different tractors pulling larger flat wagons.  I soon found out that these bales of hay were not light.  After doing this for the better part of the afternoon, I was growing tired in the Texas heat and began to carry the especially heavier bales up against my body near the belt line.  That was a big mistake when one of the bales was full of fire ants.  I soon had more bites than I cared for, but fortunately over the years I had kind of become immune to ant bites due to the sheer number of them that I had experienced.

Every time the wagon would get full, we would all jump on and sit on the bales and ride back to the barn to unload the wagon.  On one particular trip, I decided to ride standing on the hitch between the tractor and the wagon and balanced myself by holding onto the shoulders of the driver of the tractor.

Now this is where God intervened.  You need to remember, that I have no farming experience at all, and so riding in this particular position could actually be very dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, which I didn’t and no one warned me of one particular impending immediate danger. 

You see, when the tractor turns, then the place where the trailer hitches on the ball joint of the tractor also turns and I had my feet in a very narrow space that was fine when the tractor was going straight, but had my feet been left in that place when the tractor turned, my foot would have been crushed and I most likely would have fallen under the trailer too causing me great harm and pain.  But for some reason, and It can only be God, I looked down on the first hard turn and saw what was about to happen and simply lifted my foot up when the metal of the trailer moved tight against the ball joint.  And at every turn, I either lifted my right foot or my left to accommodate this action that was taking place. 

glassesI learned something that day and it changed my perspective and so I am using that story to launch this chapter.  For you see, the word perspective actually relates to the science of optics, specifically vision and that of seeing something.  The word engages the thought of viewing objects that are in right relationships to other objects.  The definition goes on to promote two phrases with two identical words, yet in opposite arrangement.  They are “Lookout” and “Outlook”

Lookout serves to express the idea of having a way of doing or seeing something with the idea of carefully watching with anticipation.  And outlook is simply a way of thinking, dealing with an attitude or a point of view.  Often your outlook will override your lookout even though it is based on something you have not yet seen.  This can be true in a positive or negative way.  I see people move up to the altar area for prayer who are often in one of those two categories.  They come believing and expect to get well, while others come because someone dragged them there, and they felt compelled to do this when in reality they don’t believe anything could happen.  It has been interesting to observe for sure.   So in reality they have different perspectives on why they are there and what might happen.

Let me illustrate this.  I am guessing that if I was there in person with you right now and I asked you to tell me about some glorious sunrises or sunsets that you have seen in your lifetime that you could immediately jump into the conversation by sharing with me about the place where these spectacular events took place.  And if it really made an impression, you might also have some pictures that you could show me and share to help me see what you enjoyed at that moment.

sunset San DiegoBut the truth of the matter is, and the reality of the situation is that you and I have never seen a beautiful sunset or sunrise in our entire lives, because the sun does not set nor does it rise.  The earth is spinning around the sun and so it appears to us as if it is rising and setting, but that is our perspective and in this case, our perspective is not really the truth or reality. 

Years ago when we lived in Dallas I was driving home one evening and it was dusk so you know that the amount of light is diminishing at those moments, and I saw what looked like a very large rattlesnake in the culvert on the side of the road, and apparently a couple of other people saw it too.  I quickly drove around the block and came to park my car a safe distance away from this snake and several others were staring at it too.  I got out of my car only to hear a warning from several people to stay back as this was a very big snake.  Every once in a while the snake would kind of raise up somehow.  I thought that this was a kind of unusual move for a snake, but then I am no expert and as far as I was concerned, the only good snake was a dead snake. 

I then took another step towards the snake and one lady yelled at me to be careful as she let me and everyone else know who had now stopped to observe this snake that she had called the animal control.

It appeared to me that the snake once again moved in an upward fashion but I noticed that this seemed to happen every time the wind would blow a little bit, which I thought was odd. And of course it was continuing to grow darker by the minute so if it became totally dark we would all lose sight of this snake before the animal control folks arrived.

Just then another wind gust came and there went that snake up in the air again, so I took a few more steps towards it and at this point I am now pretty close to it and even in the dim light I could see that this snake was an old orange and gold flannel shirt that was rolled up the gutter next to the culvert.  I laughed to myself and decided to head back to the car before the animal control folks got there and embarrassed everyone.

What happened?  My perspective and that of many others was obviously deceived and part of the problem was that darkness was developing and so our true vision of what the object was, positioned all of us to be deceived….

cover option 7I may post more on this later, but it’s easy to get deceived, but if you move towards the light of Jesus and the Word of God, you have less and less chance of being deceived and more and more opportunities to encounter the truth.  May God Bless you this day with more truth!