11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 11:17-19
What does this passage speak to you? Is there something that you are awaiting God's answer to prayer?
Years ago, at a prophetic meeting, a lady I didn't know other than her name was there. She stood up and shared a dream she had about me. She dreamed that I had the gift of healing and miracles. With that spoken word, something rose up inside me and I became consumed (in a good way) in learning and growing in the healing gift. I took it seriously and was hungry for everything I could get my hands on. I read book after book - sometimes 1 or more a week on healing, deliverance, miracles - some from the great ones that went before us, Smith Wigglesworth, John Wimber, Kathryn Kuhlman and others. The book that really spoke to me most was the Bible. Reading primarily the gospels, the book of Acts and a few others in the New Testament.
Everywhere Jesus went, He healed. The only place He had a hard time was in his home town. They knew Him, they grew up with Him so they just couldn't believe. Jesus had compassion and mercy on all that came to Him. He healed everyone that came to Him. In most cases, healing was instant. Did you notice that those He healed, were filled with joy and couldn't wait to share their testimony and give God the glory.... all but the 9 lepers highlighted in passage above. Are you the 1?
That passage about the lepers, I read many many times years ago and still even currently. It spoke to me when I first read it. Our pastor just preached on Gratitude and this scripture and so I felt it was a good topic for my blog. The words of that passage leapt of the page. ONLY ONE Leper came back and gave thanks to God for his healing. Tragic and sad really. I remember praying a prayer like this after first reading it- Lord, I want to be that ONE! I want to be the ONE who comes back and gives you thanks and praise all my days for the healing you do in my life. I want to always thank and praise you for the blessings you have given me. I prayed that prayer with very little understanding but with the right heart.
Over the past five years - in our extended wilderness - an attitude of gratitude has sprung forth. My prayer above was answered. Though quite difficult most days, dealing with chronic health issues, new symptoms popping up out of nowhere and challenging finances cause us to be utterly dependent on God for our everyday provision and care. When someone blesses you with a bag full of fresh garden vegetables...... you praise God and thank Him for His provision. When you are able to get a "utility credit" to cover your electric bill for a month or two, you thank God for the favor and the blessing of provision. And for me especially with my health..... In my last blog, I shared how a pain in my right side/back came on out of the blue - in June. I had mentioned that I immediately felt compelled to change my eating as a matter of life or death. I did as I felt led and God's grace has been so amazing to give me such a desire to eat healthy. (Ken too). I have not had a bite of dessert or sweet. This might freak you out - but Ken and I probably ate 1-2# of butter a week in all that we cook for us and others. We have had less than a half stick in the past 6 weeks Seriously!!! I haven't touched gluten. Been making things with almond flour, flax seed and homemade applesauce (no sugar added) and eating that daily. Even no dairy except a few crumbles of cheese on a salad. Why am I telling you this? Well, first obedience is what God rewards. God taught Ken and I early on in our walk, the importance of obedience (Deut 28). Many think I am off my rocker, because I won't go see a doctor. I trust that if God wants me to see a doctor, He would speak to my heart and to Ken's. I put my trust in doctors for too long - not that they are bad....but they became an idol unknowingly. I am on the opposite end of the pendulum at this time...and am trusting God as He is leading me daily. It is not easy at times, but I know the outcome will be beautiful! Which leads right into the next paragraph.
I want to share a vision I had about a month ago. But first - a little set up. I have been asking God for deliverance from fear forEVER! I've done all I know how to do, but it truly is up to God to bring the healing. He prompted me to email an old friend I hadn't talked to in years and explain the pain in my side/back. She asked the Lord what she was to do and she sent me some information on how much "chronic unexplained pain and illness" is brought on by FEAR!!!!! That was such a confirmation. Fear was a big deal and the enemy was trying to take me out. He almost did.....BUT GOD SUSTAINED ME!
Psalm 41:13 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
VISION - I had watched a testimony of healing on Facebook..and in it the lady used the words "Lord, reveal what you want to heal". For some reason, that spoke to me to pray. I immediately went into a vision (with eyes closed and fingers on keyboard) I journaled for 22 minutes. The Lord took me back to a time when I was younger where I had been violently violated (I knew I had multiple trauma and by who - but I didn't have any details. I completely blocked out my childhood). The scenes in the vision were graphic and extremely painful to experience and I heard and saw myself crying out for Jesus and for help to protect me. I was angry, hurt, full of shame, fear, condemnation and hatred for myself. That was the open door. the enemy used to begin to wreak havoc in my life and my health. In the vision, the Lord showed me a vow I had made and I immediately repented of it. (I've done tons of inner healing ministry over the years and repented of unknown vows) However, this one was the key to unlock and set me free from fear. The remainder of the vision, the Lord spoke to me and told me that every ounce of fear He was removing - from every cell of my being, every memory. All trauma erased. He spoke His peace and love into me. He told me that I would know this was a done deal - that FEAR would be no longer just by the fact that I would begin to sleep better starting with that night. I slept 6 hrs first night, 7 hrs, then 9 hours. I am still a month later getting great sleep. Maybe just a night or two that haven't been perfect. Every morning, I wake up and I thank GOD for the healing! I thank GOD for the sleep. I thank GOD that He did what He said He would do!! Oh and I haven't had a headache either for the past 4 weeks. I thank GOD for that daily too! He is so kind!!! I still have a bunch of symptoms going on - the pain in my back/right side and others.... I asked the Lord, why? Why do I still have
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these pains. What I sense Him telling me is that - He is using this time to build my confidence that His WORD is living, active and powerful and that when the complete healing comes, it will be permanent. If we don't fill ourselves up after healing comes, we can lose it. In the past I would believe, then pray help me with my unbelief because I wasn't standing firm. I was more wobbly in my confidence and trust in God. Now, I can see the ground I've been taking back and am able to take thoughts captive and release them quickly. I am able to STAND firm. When all you have left to do is STAND, you STAND and watch the salvation of the Lord. The battle is His!!! This is a good song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Zd7gGS00g. FEAR IS GONE!!!
When the complete healing comes, I will be the ONE who praises HIM all my days! I am already in that posture, confessing His promises over my health and thanking HIM for already making provision for the healing. He is worthy of ALL praise - even without the answered prayer. There is so much to be thankful for and I am so glad that my heart has turned the corner and am able to thank HIM for everything.
Will you be the ONE?
My last blog post got sent to Elijah List by a friend and they published it...and then Charisma Magazine picked it up yesterday out of the blue and published it on their website. Both of these have huge followings and exposure. Wow God!!!! I am getting quite a few emails from people who have read it and are greatly encouraged. It's so fun!!!
We are still believing and thanking GOD in advance for the provision to step into destiny. He has been really ramping up some encouraging words to us directly and through others.
We are hosting 2 gourmet cooking classes for our church in August - pray for the grace on that because I am not used to cooking for 20. I prefer groups of 4-6. Intimate and cozy.
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We are thankful and blessed by those of you who support us financially from time to time. Would you please pray for us to have consistent, regular donors to help fund what God is doing in us and through us? Any amount is truly a gift from the Lord. Thank YOU!
Here are three ways you can give: 1. Non tax deductible donations can be made to: Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744. This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time. or through PayPal.Me/micheleacole 2. Tax deductible options: Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 371, El Dorado Springs, MO 64744 This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision. Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund. 7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212 Phone 913 310 0279 www.thesignatry,com This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted). We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord.
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.
The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers. We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church.
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.
Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world. To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas. Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!! We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.