On Sunday evening, July 7, 1991, I left the church service with a severe headache. A few minutes later, I suffered a seizure. Once at the hospital, many tests and MRI’s were done. “It appears that you have an inoperable brain tumor,” the radiologist said as he read the report from the CAT scan done on my brain. But before his words registered on my consciousness, I heard the voice of the Living God on the inside. Like a shield of faith and a fountain of refreshing water, the Word of God surrounded my mind. “He sent His Word and healed them...Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses...the strong spirit of man will sustain his infirmity.” These were scriptures I had learned and meditated on for years beginning as a teenager. They had penetrated my heart and now that Word was more real to me than anything the doctor was saying!
My husband, Mark, took a stand on Mark 11:23 and spoke to the tumor, commanding it to be dissolved in Jesus’ name. He posted a sign outside my hospital room door which said, “No Wavering Allowed.” Next, he placed a tough lady outside of my door with a list of people who were allowed in the room. Only those with a strong spirit of faith could enter. From Monday through Friday many tests were run, tears cried, battles fought and praises sung. I’m forever grateful to my family and friends who prayed fervently and praised God with strength. Sometimes we’d get a guitar and start singing songs about the power of the Word to heal. If it wasn’t time to sleep, it was time to speak the Word or to praise God. The TV stayed off and all conversations were filled with faith in God. We were in the fight of faith and there was no time for goofing off.
The Amplified Bible says in Numbers 21:9 that when anyone looked, “attentively, expectantly, with a steady and absorbing gaze,” they lived. Their hope and expectation were focused only on the brass serpent, which was a type of Jesus being lifted up on the cross. That’s exactly what we did in that hospital room for five days. We kept our focus on the Bible which fed our faith. Our expectation was on God alone. “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him,” Psalm 62:5.
Friday came and preparations were made for a surgery to determine if the tumor was cancerous. My husband was briefed concerning the complications that could result from this surgery and warned of possible paralysis or other brain damage. From the medical perspective, the future looked bleak as they presented the possibilities of more experimental surgery in Atlanta or Dallas. Thank God for the shield of faith. Those words of the doctors never penetrated my consciousness or moved us from a place of confidence in God.
After hours of waiting through the operation, Mark was met by a pleased but puzzled doctor. He said they had thoroughly and repeatedly explored for the tumor, but it was no longer there! WE HAD A MEDICAL CONFIRMATION OF A SPIRITUAL OPERATION!
A few weeks after the healing, Bro. Kenneth E. Hagin gave us some very valuable advice. He said that many times healing is lost in a counterattack and that we needed to hold fast to what God had done. This fight involved casting down imaginations such as thoughts of a recurrence and permanent paralysis caused by the operation itself. The good news is that the Holy Spirit will stick with you until the battle is completely finished! Again, He sent a Word just in time. Nahum 1:9 in the Amplified Bible is what we began to rejoice about. It says, “...He will make a full end...the affliction shall not rise up the second time.”
After the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years touched Jesus and felt the healing power come into her body, then told Him her story, He said these words to her: “Daughter, your faith...has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [distressing bodily] disease,” Mark 5:34, AMP. The Holy Spirit said to me, “Trina, stay in the position of faith, which is a position of rest.” My part is to believe and God’s part is to do the miracle. When you believe, you come to a place where your mind is settled and at peace and your attention is thoroughly fixed on God’s faithfulness and ability. Divine healing was received into my spirit and from there it affected my body. To this day, I am healed and made whole, continually experiencing God’s healing power and peace. I learned that the same faith that healed me will keep me well.
World Missions Partners
This month for your offering of $25 or more we want to offer you our book, God’s Healing Word. It's been almost 28 years since Trina experienced the healing power of God that dissolved an inoperable brain tumor. With God NOTHING shall be impossible! We are thankful that God sent His Word to heal anyone who believes and receives it. Psalm 118:17 (MSG) says, "I didn't die. I lived! And now I'm telling the world what God did!"
We want to thank you for your faithful partnership with us in World Missions. Your financial partnership is continuing to help us take the message of faith, who the believer is in Christ and the move of the Holy Spirit to many nations. We are also working on translating and distributing our books in more languages. The Word is multiplying and more people are receiving the Word than ever before! As partners, we believe God will multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10).
Mark and Trina