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A Promise Fulfilled
Joyce C. Lock

As young people often tend to feel invincible, my daughter would be employed two and three places at a time. Being born flat-footed, her feet didn't always cooperate.

In time, x-rays proved her bones had actually moved to where they were laying side by side (instead of on top of each other). Additionally, there were bone spurs.

Joints throughout her body would swell, and doctors had failed in diagnosing it. Shoes often created too much pain to wear. Medical tests required funds that were otherwise needed.

Becoming a common thing for her to run to the basement to put clothes into the dryer, only to find her sitting at the bottom of the basement steps crying (not being able to climb back up the stairs), we began to supply a wheel chair for outings.

Having no insurance and two young boys to provide for (not being able to take 6 mos. off work), God would provide her with feet just long enough to finish a shift.

Though having been a person with a heart for the needs of others, she was never able to manage her own spiritual walk.

Finally realizing God had allowed this to physically happen, so we'd realize her spiritual condition was an infirmity, I began to research scripture.

If two shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven, Mt. 18:19.

The verse God gave us was this ...

"Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." He.12:13

Receiving that verse as God's instruction to teach the straight gate, she then began to walk both spiritually & physically.

Setting out to fulfill the required condition, we focused on listening for God and receiving His every next step of instruction - to not follow the laws in ink, but seeking to know God's heart.

Already knowing she had the gift of prophecy, her abilities became more refined. As long as her focus was on God, she'd continue improving. Seeking God with your whole heart, He reveals himself to you, Je. 29:13. A few months into this journey, and she began experiencing God in newfound ways.

The following months were so exciting, she could hardly put God's Word down! She'd say, "Oh, this is so neat! I have to tell you what I found! I finally understand this!" ... as the phone would ring all hours of the night (being about to burst just to tell the wonderful truths of God).

From the day God began revealing Himself, she's had no desire to turn back ... and has had to separate from whomever would hold her to the Biblical laws (as both physical and spiritual conditions otherwise begin deteriorating).

There's no medical explanation as to how it's possible for her to walk, as surgeries were never done - or bones healed. Today, she is a walking testimony (both spiritually and literally) that you 'can' walk, if you keep your eyes on God. He isn't dead. He'll tell you when and which laws apply to accomplish His purpose.

God kept His word ...

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Ch. 7:14

As the ability to stay home with her children was thereafter provided for, God even fulfilled a promise that wasn't sought.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Ep. 3:20

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed, Ja.1:6. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. I Jn. 3:22

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. I Jn. 5:15

See Also:

Petitioning for Your Needs
Human beings are blessed with a unique gift: the gift of prayer or petition to the Infinite for our needs. A religious person would call it prayer; others may call it petition or meditation.

Do You Experience God?
We experience God when our deepest intention is to be loving rather than controlling. Inner emptiness is the result of not experiencing God due to controlling behavior.

Three Ways to Develop Our Faith in Christ
We can develop our faith in Christ by hearing the word, studying the word, and praying for understanding of the word of God.

by Joyce C. Lock

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministry "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ . Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

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