I was in my early twenties and became ill. I did not know how bad my situation really was. I had to go back home to live. At some point I felt I needed to go and see my friends in New Zealand, hoping to recover there. This was the family of a minister and his wife in the Anglican church.
I went, but one morning I was so ill I felt I was not going to live. I prayed to God that I was ready to go home to Him. Without delay after that prayer, the minister’s wife saw me with the news that they were going to pray for me at the morning service.
I went up to the alter very sick. The minister anointed me with oil and the mister’s wife and the other elders who were quite young laid hands on me. After the prayer, I stood up and was immediately healed. The minister said that praying for healing was a normal thing to do, but of course we were all glad.
I recently asked the Lord if that illness would ever trouble me again. I felt a clear and distinct answer within me from Jesus that the illness was removed from me and it would never come to me again. I remember how the answer to this was quicker than I would have anticipated, almost before the moment I finished asking. I was relieved and happy, but thankful.
I like to use this part of my testimony for encouragement, but for me it also talks about the things we have once we are in Christ.
Psalm 89:14-15 says,
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.”
For me it is an evident truth that those who know Christ, who are known by Him, have the foundations of righteousness, faith, justice, judgement, atonement, salvation, prayer, and more as a new way of life, the things that are “intangible” and not mentioned in the experiences of those who do not know our Lord. The world looks at physical or tangible things, yet these foundations are of a higher value, are spiritual, real, and very tangible. I would not want to imagine an entire life on this earth in the absence of these values we now treasure.