Pauls prayer for spiritual wisdom, written to the church in Ephesus :
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. [Ephesians 1:15-21, NKJV per BibleGateway: emphases added]
AND Mary’s wonderful ‘Easter’ present included the shrinkage of a cancerous tumour by 1cm. This was later confirmed by a scan and so her treatment by chemotherapy was no longer necessary – PRAISE THE LORD.
No wonder she’s happy to find she suddenly has new strength after Charlie Shamp prayed for her. As Nina had been wheelchair-bound and healed, he invited her to pray for Mary too (details here.)
Charlie also sensed someone with a crooked spine was going to receive healing too. This also resulted in a successful outcome, as may be read from the church Facebook entry, as below. A second lady responded to the same call and then found all her back pain disappeared. Here’s the first lady’s report to our pastor:
“Lindi, just to let you and others know that I was healed at the Sunday meeting. After being diagnosed over a year ago after the accident as having a curviture of the spine that had been disrupted, (John having been there when the mobile Dr showed him the curve) John checked me last night and it had completely gone, my spine is straight. I want to thank God for his love and healing also Charlie Shamp for his commitment to God and his ministry of signs and wonders and to you Lindi for your persistance in seeking more of God for us and the wider church. xx”
This was the event I referred to in Heard horses hooves yet? where I was surprised to discern the rhythm of a heavenly host galloping by, and which our worship leader and musicians tuned into and sang ‘Wave upon wave…”
After over an hour’s splendid free worship, our visitor started teaching about the ministry of preaching with confirmatory signs and wonders following on from the Holy Spirit. I was meant to be taking photos but, as I was sitting in the centre near the front, Charlie was wont to slap his hand on my chest a few times. The joy of the Lord came upon me and it distinctly seemed I headed down a big dipper and went riding an unending roller-coaster whilst sat in my chair – up and down, all around, faster and faster – terrific! So an hour or so later I was still riding high when the healings started.
As Charlie taught, our prolonged worshipful desire for Jesus, followed by focusing upon Him and His ways, resulted in His glorious response manifesting in not only healing but also in visible signs of His presence. It’s as though he inhales the fragrance of worship and breathes out something of His glory.
This was noticed afterwards by an abundance of glitter on the padded seats. It’s all too easy to assume it was merely dust catching the early afternoon light. But, in fact, before the meeting started one lady had noticed the chairs were dirty and decided to wipe all of them clean with a damp cloth. So what we saw had been newly laid. Also, a lady in our house group reported, upon returning home and changing, she saw glittery dust on the floor around her.
Thank you Lord and please release a lot more of Your blessings throughout this land…