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What Encouraged Our Faith

 

We are often asked the question how were you able to keep believing for a miracle.

 

Five years ago Dan and I attended a church The River at Tampa Bay that believed it is God’s will that everyone should be well. I personally was healed at that time and we saw many people healed by the power of God. I believe without that teaching we would not have had the knowledge on how to even stand in faith. I know that before I attended that church I believed that miracles happened once in awhile but overall most people didn’t get well.

 

Today I think differently, I believe when Jesus died on the cross He bore our infirmities and became our deliverer. We receive our healing like we receive our salvation, by grace through faith. It is right there for the taking but we must take it. By sending His son Jesus to die for us, God has already done all that He going to do, offering us .salvation, healing, provision…this is God’s grace poured out for you. Faith is believing that His grace is there for the taking, and confessing that it is yours. 

 

 In the Bible, Daniel prayed for 21 days, on the 21st day an angel appeared to him and said your prayer was answered the very first day but I (angel) had to fight the king of Persia, which was the demonic principality over that area before I could come to you.

 

The devil tried to steal our son, Daniel.  When we prayed we stood in faith believing that he was healed. A spiritual battle was being fought and after 9 days Daniel woke up. It took three months to see the full manifestation of God’s miracle power, which is Daniel completely healed, totally normal.

 

I also know that God had many people praying for us that our minds would be guarded from the lie of the enemy…the lie being that Daniel was gone. This miracle is a lot bigger than my husband and I. Every person that stood in faith for Daniel’s healing and prayed for our hearts and minds is as much a part of this miracle as Dan and I. They helped us stand in faith.

 

Our Testimony

 

I think God gives us opportunities to learn about Him and His power for He knows what we will face in our lives. We do not always take advantage of the opportunities that have been laid out before us because we have free will, however; if you look back on your life you can always see where God was trying to call you into a deeper relationship with Him. Perhaps that is why you are reading this testimony right now. God wants more of you. He knows what you’re facing or going to face and He wants you to be victorious because He loves you and wants the best for you. He sent His son Jesus to shed His blood for you that you may have victory in this life as well as salvation.

 

It is the devil who is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (1Pet 5:8-9)  The devil wants to take you out and it doesn’t matter how much education you have, or how much money you have, or how strong you are, without Jesus we can’t defeat the devil. Jesus is our Savior, our deliverer, our healer, our provider, our protector. John 10:10 says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

 

When circumstances arise we have a choice. We can look at them through are carnal eyes or through God’s Word. When we looked at our son Daniel in his hospital bed our situation in the natural looked bleak. There was nothing we or this world could do for our son, but hallelujah, what a mighty God we serve. God had a different report for Daniel. He has a different report for you.

 

Many people prayed for Daniel and some people prayed that Daniel be healed if it was God’s will. Eph 5:17 says “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” God has given us His Word so that we may know His will. Romans 12:22 says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Search the healing scriptures and you will see that God wants His people well.

 

Knowing that God wanted Daniel well was one thing but believing without out a doubt that Daniel would rise up and be made whole seemed impossible. The first night as my husband was reading through the scriptures on when Jesus did miracles, the story of Jesus telling Jarius to only believe and his daughter would be made well stuck in our hearts. I can remember telling myself over and over “only believe, only believe.” We knew that the greatest and only gift we could give our son, at that time, was our faith and we knew we had to believe.

 

Fighting the fight of faith is not easy when circumstances do not seem to be changing. The only way we were able to hold fast to God’s truth was to be constantly renewing our mind to what the Lord’s report was for Daniel. We also had to guard our minds from those who wanted to console us and help us enter into a grieving process.  We know that this was motivated by love, but it made it difficult for us to keep believing. So we had to stand our ground and declare that we would not have any negativity around us but we were believing God for a miracle.

 

Daniel was in the hospital nine days before the manifestation of Gods healing came to pass. Four days after Daniel was admitted into the hospital, Doctors told us that Daniel’s MRI showed extensive brain damage in every area of his brain and there was nothing left of Daniel. They asked us if we wanted to let him pass away. We told them that we were believing for Daniel’s healing, and of course this sounded ludicrous to them.  I’m sure they figured that we just needed time to accept the situation. 

 

As things stood, the world’s report gave us no hope. But praise God there is hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. We decided not to accept the worlds report. Though we made this decision we had to really guard our thoughts for doubt and unbelief tried to come in and steal our hope. It took everything I had to walk to that ICU bed say “Daniel is the healed of the Lord…Thank you God for your word. Thank you for the blood of Jesus. Thank you for healing my son” Mark11:24 says "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”

 

At first we had been afraid that if we heard the MRI report that we would lose our ability to believe for it would seem so final but my mom’s pastor, Collin, who really encouraged us to stand in faith and told us that we needn’t be afraid of the ‘natural’ truth. He also asked what difference would it make, for we were believing God for a miracle anyway. Once the bad news had been confirmed my husband said, “Look at it this way.  It can’t get any worse.  We have no more need to fear their (the doctors) news; they have no more power over us.” It was true. I had felt that if I heard the report that it would be the final report but now it was God’s turn to show His power in a powerless situation.

 

That same day Ronda Sparks called us from Dallas and encouraged us with the story of the 12 spies of Canaan and how 10 of the spies gave a bad report for they saw the land through carnal eyes but two spies saw the land through the eyes of faith knowing that their God could give them victory…even over giants. This really encouraged me because the Israelites, in the end, did take the Promised Land.

 

Just as the Israelites had to go to war to take the Promised Land, we were in a spiritual war for the life of our son. The Bible says in Eph 6:12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  We took authority over our son’s body and declared God’s word, God’s truth over Him. The truth is that Daniel is sanctified by the believing parent therefore he is under the protection of God because we are believers. The promises of God are not only for us but for Daniel. Jer 1:12 says "You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it." So we as his parents stood in faith that God would perform His Word and raise Daniel up. We reminded God of His promises to deliver us and to heal us and stood in faith that He would perform it.

 

God used several people to encourage us. The day after Daniel’s admittance God gave Great Grandpa Yerex a scripture from 2 Kings  which he believed indicated that the Lord was going to raise Daniel up. Dan’s Mom, Dad and siblings came to the hospital everyday taking care of our little Lilianna and organized meals. This allowed us to keep pressing in, renewing our mind, and focusing on God’s report for Daniel.

 

Meanwhile, God was rising up an army to pray. Some friends of Danny’s parents went to a HymnTyme, and during their performance they stopped and asked everyone to pray for Daniel. There were almost 1000 people at that concert. I think this is a miracle in itself... Our pastor in Dallas said that churches from the Dallas area were phoning his office to get updates. Churches in the Edmonton and Calgary area were also praying. All different denominations were standing together, in the name of Jesus, in agreement, for our son. What a mighty God we serve.

 

A couple whom we saw frequently in the ICU also had a boy there whose legs were pinned under a semi truck for hours.  After several conversations with them, my husband felt that God wanted him to not focus on Daniel entirely, but rather minister to their son.  So Dan asked them if they wanted us to lay our hands on the boy and pray for healing for their son.  The doctors were struggling to save his legs, but there was internal bleeding that wouldn’t stop and it was hindering their efforts.  So Dan and I went and laid hands on the boy and Dan felt God’s power flow through him and the boy’s bleeding stopped. The fact that we had not seen such a quick response in our own son was difficult. However, we were excited because God had touched that boy, and opened a door for us to share our faith with the couple and the mother rededicated her life to Jesus.

 

One day I had three people give me the exact same scripture for Daniel (Great Grandpa Yerex, Pastor Dawn, and Mary Thompson). It was Psalm 118:17 ”I will not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”  That seemed to become a theme verse for Daniel. We spoke it over Him continually “Daniel… you shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord, Alleluia! Wake up Daniel for God has plans for you.”

 

That same night, funeral arrangements started going through my mind. I thought what am I thinking?!! Daniel shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord. The devil was trying to get me to start grieving or feeling sorry for myself which would cause me to loose hope. It was a fight to not let those thoughts or emotions take over. I opened my Bible and just read through God’s miracles until it had passed and I fell asleep.

 

The next day, we independently felt we had to ask my good friend Sheri DeJesus to fly to Calgary from Tampa and support us spiritually.  Sheri DeJesus is a faith-filled prayer warrior and is co-pastor of the Outreach Church of God in Brandon.  She dropped everything and flew to us the next day and stayed with us for five days.

 

I also asked my other good friend Trish Purcel, who also is a prayer warrior, to get me some supplies. She picked up some prayer clothes from our old church, The River at Tampa Bay, as well as a Healing Scripture CD, some booklets on healing including God’s creative Power for Healing by Charles Capps and some praise and worship music. Sheri brought some of her own books including Smith Wigglesworth Apostle of Faith. Dan read this book and it inspired him to believe.

 

The prayer clothes we laid under Daniel’s head and kept the healing scriptures playing in his room as much as possible. One nurse told us she had turned the CD player on again after it had stopped for Daniel had seemed more at peace when it was going. The Charles Capps booklet has healing confessions that we read over Daniel continually. We would insert Daniel’s name into healing scriptures and declare God’s Word over him.

 

Sheri helped Dan and me to continue to worship God through our trial. We would go into the prayer room and just worship. We would then start speaking God Word over our circumstance, declaring that His word was true and that it would be done. We also rebuked the devourer; we told the devil he couldn’t have Daniel. James 4:7 says “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

 

Friday afternoon while Dan and his mom were sitting with Daniel, an old-school neurologist walked in with some students and ran a few tests.  He seemed to think that we had wildly unreasonable expectations for Daniel’s recovery because he reiterated the bad report of the MRI to my husband and my mother-in-law. At that moment Dan said he felt what was like breastplate come over his chest and the words of this doctor seemed to bounce off of him. Mom Yerex who was standing beside Dan said that she felt it too. They said they felt at peace and it didn’t matter what he said.  Dan just smiled and said, “Yes, yes, we’ve heard all of that already.” God was protecting their hearts from the fiery darts of the enemy (Eph 6:16).

 

On the seventh day the doctors asked Danny and I if they could stop treating Daniel medically and put him into palliative care where he would be made comfortable until he passed away. We told them “no”, for we were believing God for a miracle.

 

Dan started feeling discouraged on Day 8. Dad Yerex had brought in a bunch of pictures of Daniel before the accident. Thoughts of not getting his boy back were flooding Dan’s mind. He missed Daniel. On that particular day God had given me such assurance that Daniel would be healed that I felt that I knew, that I knew, that I knew!! I shared this with Dan and he was able to pull himself back into a position of faith.

 

On the eighth day I believe victory was won in the spirit realm. That afternoon Daniel had opened his eyes and he reached out and touched my face. The nurses didn’t believe me but Danny’s brother, Darin, saw it for himself. Sheri, my mom and I were all praising God for healing Daniel when we were all filled with an inexplicable joy. We started to laugh and praise even more. The next day the doctors said they thought Daniel had enough consistent coughs, with sufficient strength, to attempt removing the ventilator once again. We all held our breath … and when they did, Daniel was completely at peace and breathed perfectly. A couple hours later he opened his eyes and Dan made a face at Daniel and when Dan went to tickle him in the neck, Daniel smiled and scrunched his shoulders up to protect his neck!  God had raised Daniel up!!

 

The family got together and had a time of praise. Sheri had a word for the family as whole. She felt that as a sign of our thankfulness we were to give God an uncommon seed. Give him something that was out of the ordinary something personal. Not as repayment, but out of love and thankfulness.

 

Daniel spent the next three weeks in the hospital and I found this time harder than when he was in ICU. Dan seemed to handle this part much better than I. He seemed to know Daniel was going to be completely restored. I had thoughts like… should I be content that I have my boy back? Is it asking too much to want him to be 100%? I had expected Daniel to rise up and be perfectly whole when God performed His miracle but in the natural Daniel didn’t look whole. Everyday I had to renew my mind of the healing scriptures. I kept telling myself God has a good plan for Daniel and I will stand in faith.

 

In Eph 6:13 it says “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” This is an interesting verse that precedes the scriptures of the armor of God. It is telling us that after we have stood our ground and done everything we can …we are to stand. And how do we do this…by putting on the armor of God. We don’t just put on God’s armor once it is something we have to do daily.

 

Daniel had many hurdles to overcome. He had excessive movement where he writhed on the bed having no control over his arms and legs. I couldn’t even hold him down. The doctors concluded that Daniel was likely as good as he was going to get, at least for the next year or so, and suggested that a few years of therapy might help marginally. They ordered a special chair for Daniel that I have seen many handicapped people in. They also wanted to do surgery to put a direct feeding tube through his stomach so he wouldn’t need a feeding tube through his nose.   Dan was adamant that this was not an option.

 

Dan and I held fast for a complete recovery while trying to make decisions of what to do until then. Pastor Collin came to stay overnight with us once a week during this time, his faith encouraged us greatly. Our pastor and our church in Dallas really helped us to stand in faith as well, for we talked with pastor Randy every night telling him specific prayer requests and our church stood with us in agreement for every swallow, for every controlled movement, every aspect of Daniel that needed healing. To the doctors and therapists amazement, Daniel had miracle healings everyday.

 

A few days prior to being discharged, we had a meeting with Daniel’s neurologists.  We discussed his anti-seizure medication, which they felt was necessary for 2-3 months.  At the end of the discussion, they asked if we had any more questions. Dan then asked them bluntly why they gave us no hope whatsoever, when our son had been recovering so amazingly?  He wanted to know if they weren’t honest about Daniel’s possibility of recovery, or was Daniel’s situation was entirely uncommon?   Their response was that given Daniel’s situation when he was admitted to the hospital – his ph level, the temperature of the water, his liver enzymes, and the amount of oxygen in his blood – that Daniel’s chances were zero, and the MRI confirmed their diagnoses.  And yes – Daniel’s recovery was entirely uncommon.  Afterwards, one of the neurologists privately admitted to us that he thought it was a miracle.

 

One of Daniel’s pediatricians said that she has worked for 25 years and had never seen a recovery like Daniel’s.  She also added that if it had been her own son, she would have opted to let him pass away when he couldn’t breath on his own the first time the ventilator was removed.  She thought she had it all figured out … now she didn’t know what to believe.

 

Within three months of Daniel’s near-drowning Daniel is back to normal. He does not take any medications and people who meet him wouldn’t ever know that anything happened to him. May God get all the glory for the wondrous miracle He has done.

 

 

 

So what about the people who pray for a miracle and don’t get it?

 

We don’t have an answer to that question.

 

What we do know is:

 

That as believers we are required to fight the fight of faith no matter what the circumstance, no matter the report. We are to declare the word of God, the true reality, over our circumstance and believe. Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

 

We are also to make sure there is nothing such as unforgiveness or bitterness, in our hearts that might hinder us from hearing from the Lord and being obedient.

 

Many people asked if we were angry with Dan’s parents

Dan’s parents were babysitting Daniel when the near-drowning occurred. Most people expected that we’d be struggling with anger and unforgiveness towards them; both Dan and I knew that any bitterness would hinder our prayers for Daniel’s miracle. Mark 11:25 says “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”

 

For our sakes we would not even let one negative emotion or thought about that accident stay in our mind. The Bible says in Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” The good report we dwelt upon was the Word of God.

 

Also, we firmly believe that being angry with others is another form of being angry with God.

 

Why did God allow this accident to happen

 

We don’t know the answer to that question

 

What we do know is:

 

That God was not punishing us or our parents, for the blood of Jesus has washed away our sins in the past, the present and the future. God poured out His entire wrath on Jesus when He hung on the cross. Through the finished work of the cross we are the righteousness of Christ heirs to the promises of God. It is the devil who seeks to destroy our faith, our families, and our lives.

 

1Pet 5:8-9 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert for your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

 

Jesus came so that we may have life! We are to be overcomers through Christ Jesus. We are to live and reign in victory. Christ came to be our Savior in heaven and on earth. He came to deliver us from the snare of the fouler. He came to empower us to have victory over every attack of the enemy. By the blood and the name of Jesus we have been delivered but we need to receive that deliverance and walk in our authority.

 

John 16:23-24 says, "In that day you will not question Me about anything Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”

 

We must come boldly to throne room, knowing we are the righteousness of Christ, ask our Father to move on our behalf, bring Him into remembrance of His Word, and believe we have received whatever we have asked for and begin praising Him.

 

Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”

 

 

We did everything we learned to do in a time of trial.

 

We prayed and prayed and prayed. We prayed the Word. We prayed in faith. Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

 

We thanked God for the answer we had not yet seen.  Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”

 

We called people who we knew would pray and believe with us for a miracle:

  • People that believe it is the will of God that all people be healed. Isaiah 53:4-5, Matt 8:17, 1Pet 2:24
  • People that would stand in faith that Daniel was already healed in the name of Jesus. Mark 11:23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.”

 

We got a hold of a copy of healing scriptures that we read over Daniel continually asking other family members to do so when we were not in the room.  Then we got a copy of Charles Capps mini-book that has healing confessions which we spoke over Daniel. We had a CD of healing scriptures “By His Stripes” we kept playing when we had to leave the room. We also got prayer clothes to put under Daniel’s head.

 

 

We reminded God of His promises concerning healing. Isaiah 43:25-26 25 "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together; State your cause, that you may be proved right.” Jer 1:12  Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it."

 

We would not allow people around us to contradict the word of God concerning Daniel or speak negatively. We were guarding our minds so that we would not doubt.

 

We meditated on the Word, constantly renewing our mind to the promises of God Proverbs 4:20-22 20My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.

 

We spent time in praise and worship