THE EXTRA TOUCH

Blog 200

June 7, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

THE EXTRA TOUCH

While scanning through my files, I found a letter from a friend I’ll call George. He was wanting me to share with me his experience during a Fellowship of the Healing Christ service. George had been struggling with anger, bitterness, and frustration that had a devastating effect on his entire life.  During a time of intercession, he began to envision his negative emotions like a gigantic knapsack on his back. The figure of Jesus appeared before him and the Christ removed the burden from George. As he wrote to me, he could still see Him smiling at George as the weight disappeared.

            George wrote:

            I started to get to my feet. I felt we had finished. But the Lord had more to say.

            I felt (one of the ministry team’s) hands firmly press on my shoulder and then

            he began to pray for my diabetes I hadn’t written anything about that in my

            prayer request. What prompted him to pray for remission of my diabetes? I

            wondered.

In the weeks that followed, George discovered an amazing change. He cut his insulin dosage by almost 20%.  At first ten units dropped to 7 units.  Later over all, George dropped from 47 units per day to 8. He could only thank God for such a result.

In retrospect, George realized he had to deal with his harmful emotions before he could receive healing for his body. He began to think that the root cause of his diabetes began in unresolved anger and bitterness. His physical problem provided a convenient excuse to remain non-assertive. George had allowed himself to drift into acting like a turtle. He had a protective shell that he could retreat into when matters got personal.

During the worship service, George had released his bruised memories when the hand of God touched him. He let go and let God in. The results speak for themselves. George found that anger and frustration were replaced with patience, compassion, and love. He had come for one need and been healed of another. The extra touch made all the difference.

Doctors continue to tell us that hate and animosity can affect heart disease. In George’s case, it was the pancreas. One can never know how expansive the love of God can be … until they receive an unexpected extra touch.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

A GENTLE NUDGE

Blog 198

May 23, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A GENTLE NUDGE  

Many of my blogs convey stories of dramatic encounters that bring surprising changes and unexpected results. Miracles can certainly be like that.  However, divine interventions often occur without people realizing what is happening.  Sometimes we need to be alert to the possibility that God is working when we aren’t aware. This was the case with Lois Stagner.

Lois was a member of a local congregation and had been for years. She began to notice that her arm felt “funny.” Something wasn’t quite right.  She ignored the problem believing whatever it was would soon pass. Two and a half weeks went by. The arm didn’t get better.

Finally, Lois went to a hospital and her arm was checked out by the professionals. They didn’t find anything and reassured her there was no problem. Next Lois turned to a scanning machine that again reported she was okay.  However, Lois felt uneasy. There was an internal nudge that suggested she pay attention.

Once more Lois was sent back to her primary doctor who ordered another scan. Possibly the first one had missed something. With all of the back and forth, Lois’s arm continued to ache like there was a problem no matter what had not been found.  The next step was to see a neurologist.

The internal nudge persisted. Lois knew something more was telling her to pay attention to this irritation.  The neurologist agreed and ordered an arteriogram. Sure enough! There was blockage at a 50% rate. Usually, an operation isn’t performed until there is a 60% block, but the issue suggested that more needed to be done. They decided to operate. When the doctor came in after the procedure, they had found a more serious situation than expected. A tumor was abscessed and flaking off pieces that floated through her blood stream. Not only did Lois have a strange feeling in her arm, those pieces of the tumor could have killed her. Even though all those other medical procedures had missed it, her constant pursuit of the problem saved her life.

When I talked with Lois, she told me that she was convinced that the hand of God had been on her life all along. The unseen nudge had kept her searching. Although unexpected, the hand of God had prevailed even when medical diagnosis was to the contrary. Her experience can teach us to appreciate how the love of God is constant.  Even with people who aren’t spiritual attuned, He is at work. We should always be alert to those gentle nudges that can make such a difference.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

NEVER QUIT   

Blog 197

May 16 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

NEVER QUIT   

Last week, I shared two events from Leslie Draper’s  ministry that demonstrated the gift of divine intervention d. Leslie’s history also helps us develop insights into the possibilities that come with an increased awareness and dependance on the interventions of the Holy Spirit. Rita Jester is an example.

Rita shared her encounter with me the other morning. From her Choctaw Indian father, Rita inherited a problem with her heart and lungs. Her father died with the same condition. These issues increased until she was forced to seek medical help. The doctor quickly detected an internal issue that was diagnosed as Stage 4 lung cancer. A tumor had grown between her heart and lungs putting pressure on both systems. She was given 90 days to live.

Rita knew she was faced with a decision about living or dying. She had lived through a terrible trauma when her son was killed in a horrific traffic accident. Rita’s grief had been overwhelming. Constantly waking in the middle of the night crying, she wasn’t sure she could go on. But Rita did and now she was faced with another life-threatening decision. Would she acquiesce to the diagnosis or seek a divine intervention? She remembered the inspiration Leslie Draper had given her earlier. Rita turned to see Leslie.

Leslie had Rita lay flat on a massage table and close her eyes. Rita could barely hear Leslie praying when a burning sensation shot through her body. The pain became so forceful that Rita felt like her chest was being ripped apart. She opened her eyes to see what was happening.

Leslie continued praying and moving her hands back and forth above Rita’s chest. Although Leslie never touched her body, Rita felt like something was being pulled or burned out of her.  With her eyes closed and her hands moving back and forth, Leslie seemed to be in her own private space. Rita closed her eyes and hoped the burning sensation was positive.

Returning for her medical appointment, Rita was x-rayed again. The doctor was floored and insisted it couldn’t be! The tumor was gone and equally baffling there was no scar tissue.  The doctor was adamant and almost angry. Such didn’t happen!  They turned to the radiologist in case there was an error in the x-rays. After a second reading, his answer was clear. There was none.

Rita Jester had a miracle.

What can we learn? Rita refused to accept a medical diagnosis of death as final. She pressed on seeking life. Moreover, she stepped over the boundaries and reached out to someone who had a special healing gift. A divine intervention followed healing prayer. Of course, everyone’s problems are unique and individual. However, Rita Jester’s story demonstrates that seeking the hand of God is never a wrong turn in the road.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

More Miracles Here!

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Blog 196

May 9, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

I have noticed that with many people who experience a miracle or divine intervention, a door is opened that leads to a growing relationship with God and more encounters with His  grace follow. Once people step over the line and know what is possible, they don’t go back to the empty place where they once lived.

Leslie Draper is an example.

In earlier blogs I shared some aspects of her story. Through difficult childhood abusive situations and health problems, Leslie developed an extraordinary ability to communicate with angels. Finally, she began a ministry where people come to her seeking to discover the will of God. Leslie listens to them and then seeks to hear if the angels have an answer. Sounds unusual until people have tried her capacities. They come away amazed.

Recently I was talking with Leslie and she shared a couple of recent experiences that make the point. Leslie and a couple of girl friends had taken a little retreat and rented a cabin out in the trees. The place turned out to be more rustic than they were led to believe. As the experience was unfolding, Leslie stayed in contact with the angelic realm, asking leading and protection.  

The steps up the porch were fastened to cinder blocks. As Leslie walked up the steps, the cinder blocks slipped and she completely lost her balance. Her friends watched, terrified of what would happen.  After she got up, they explained what they saw. Yes, she went flying but seemed to be caught by unseen hands and floated easily to the ground. She could have broken a leg or arm, but experienced only a gentle bump.

Coming to the cabin, Leslie heard the voice of her protective angel say, “Slow.” She leaned over the seat and said to Regina, the driver, “Slow down. Danger is ahead.”

Knowing Leslie’s gift, Regina immediately hit the brakes as they topped a hill. Suddenly in front of the car were five or six deer stood in the road. At the speed they had been traveling, a serious collision would have wrecked the car. They were saved from a car wreck.

The Holy Spirit provides the gift that keeps on giving. It’s more than worthwhile to avail ourselves of the generosity of God.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

Blog 195

May 2, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

When Jana Branson was four-years-old, she had an usual playmate. Actually, she thought he was her brother. They would sit and talk. If she became afraid, he would always comfort her. Even at night as she was going asleep, he would sit on the bed as she dosed off. At one point, he told her someday Jana would become an Episcopal Church priest. Oh, yes, his name was Jesus.

As Jana grew up, her friend faded away and she realized he was not as real as some of her other acquaintances. Nevertheless, Jana knew he had been a reality in her life and took him seriously. When she told her parents about wanting to be a priest, they informed her that such didn’t happen in the Episcopal Church. One had to be a man. Of course, Jana was angry. However, with the passing years, that rule changed and today woman are clergy.

Much later in life with grown children, Jana went to seminary and became an Episcopal priest. Her childhood relationship with Jesus continued to guide her life. While the revelations might have faded for a time, the special dimension remained in the back of her mind. Today, it is difficult for her to put these discoveries into words, the numinous is in many ways beyond words. Nevertheless, spiritual openness has guided her life.

More than interesting, you may find Jana’s experience to be helpful to you. Perhaps, you’ve had something similar and doubted the reality. Jana’s continuing spiritual encounters can help you find reassurance. I’ve found that experiences with God break in unexpectedly for many people. Here’s more of Jana’s story.

When Jana begins to reach beyond her daily experience, a bright white light often appeared. While she could only see an outline of a figure in the bright while light, she intuitively knew that once again she was communicating with Jesus of Nazareth. She was touching an adult expression of her childhood experience. The bright light guided her away from some detour situations. These flashing moments were revelatory and got her back on the right track again.

When Jana prayerfully meditates on her life’s decisions, the light often breaks in and brings insight. Today, one of the most important moments comes as she is officiating during Holy Communion. The Sanctus prayer proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might …” can become a moment of encounter. During the prayers of consecration when the celebrant prays, “With Angels and Archangels and all the company of heaven who forever sing the hymn…” is such a special moment. Often the white light breaks in and Jana will see parents, friends, people who have passed on standing around her as she prays. In these moments of Holy Communion, heaven opens its doors to Jana.

Seeing the unseen? That’s been Jana’s life experience. She doesn’t talk about it often, but it has defined her sense of reality.  Jana’s special ability gives us encouragement in our own journey forward. We may not see what she does, but we can have the same assurance of what is there.

That’s what divine interventions are all about.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

WAITING WAS THE KEY

Blog 194

April 26, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

WAITING WAS THE KEY

I met Sam Matthews on a wet, cold Oklahoma afternoon. His Family of Faith church was out in the country near Shawnee. At first glance you wouldn’t know he was responsible for and an overseer for over 10,000 churches across the world. In addition, Sam operated a school and a seminary. A busy man, none of those concerns defined him. His main concern was prayer. Sam Matthews is an intercessor.

His personal account of divine interventions makes a better book than a blog. Nevertheless, here’s what happened to Sam and his wife Kathy.

During a Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Sam was startled to hear the voice of God say “I am not the Lord of your Life.” Highly committed and devoted to the scripture, Sam heard a voice. He and Kathy heard the challenge that they did things out of their own power instead of out of the power of the Holy Spirit. Even though seminary trained, Sam had never studied I Corinthians 12-14 and was challenged to recognize the gifts of the Holy Spirit. From that moment forward, his wife and his ministry changed.

However….

Shortly after that profound commitment, Kathy became ill and was diagnosed with an ulcerated colin and a deadly condition. Sam went to his knees and was spiritual lydirected to read Matthew 8 and read the story of the woman healed after touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. The words “only believe” leaped out. Not only did Sam have reassurance, he knew he wanted a ministry where people knew how to listen to the voice of God.

But Kathy didn’t get well. Every morning Sam and Kathy sought a Word from the Holy Spirit, a unique and special Word of guidance, but Kathy’s condition didn’t change. For 18 months, Kathy’s condition worsened.

Once more Sam was directed to read Matthew 8: 16-17 …”he healed all that were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Sam was impressed he had to make a decision between that doctor who wanted surgery and the Gospel of Matthew. Sam chose Matthew.

On that Sunday morning, Kathy started improving. Her fingernails began to grow again as well as her hair.  When they returned to the Medical Clinic for tests, the technicians came running out shouting, “It’s a miracle!”

The trial? Certainly, Kathy’s illness was a struggle. But what about waiting and trusting God to do what He said? It’s easy to read about someone else’s difficulty until it’s our problem. Waiting on God to fulfill His Word can be excruciating. Waiting is hard. Waiting is exasperating. Finally, waiting became rewarding.

The Bible says, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”

In your struggles, could you wait out 18 months?  It might just be a life and death decision.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

An Angel?

SILENCE BECAME SOUND

Blog 193

April 19, 2021

Faith heals

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

SILENCE BECAME SOUND

Lee Strobel writes in The Case For Miracles about miraculous events that changed his mind from skepticism to faith. These stories were picked up from his experience and journeys. Here is another one of those events that created a new hope for Lee Strobel.

A well credentialed physician, Dr. R.F.R. Gardner had the opportunity to review the medical evidence both before and after the miracle occurred. This is unusual since circumstances don’t usually produce the same occasion for confirmation. However, the medical records for the nine-year-old British girl diagnosed her with untreatable lateral sensorineutral deafness.  (For personal reasons we will only call her Annie.)

Once diagnosed, Annie was fitted with hearing aids that helped her to a limited degree. However, Annie didn’t want to wear these devices all of her life. She went on a crusade to ask friends to intercede for her. Annie constantly prayed for herself and her parents joined in.  She was soon surrounded by intercessors.

“I kept feeling God was telling me to pray especially for healing,” Annie said.  “Passages kept coming to me.” She read in the Bible, “If you have the faith of a child … if one among you is ill lay on hands… And you shall receive …. Your faith has made you whole.” These scriptural verses encouraged Annie not to give up and keep praying

Unfortunately, Annie’s hearing aids were damaged at school. She had no other recourse but to return to the audiologists. She was examined and the devices refitted. Satisfied with the adjustment, she went home.

The following morning when Annie awoke, she knew something was different. Suddenly, she realized she could hear. Jumping out of bed, she rushed down stairs to tell her parents. Bounding down the stairs, she cried out, “Mummy, I can hear!”

The mother called the audiologists. “I don’t believe you,” he said dogmatically. “It’s impossible.” Finally, he hesitantly acknowledged it would take a miracle to restore hearing and wanted another audiogram done immediately.

To the astonishment of everyone, Annie could not only hear words and sounds, but whispers.  The audiologist concluded “I have no explanation for this. I have never seen anyting like it in my life.”

What happened? The medical profession had no answer. Annie did. People prayed. She constantly interceded and believed in biblical passages.

Can it still happen? It does everyday.

 By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

Are there Angels among us? Hear for yourself.

A SNAKE IN THE BUSHES

Blog 192

April 12, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A SNAKE IN THE BUSHES

Lee Strobel writes in The Case For Miracles about a situation in Africa where Dr. Craig Keener’s wife’s sister had been attacked by a poisonous snake. For years he heard strange stories about Therese Magnouha. Had she been dead? Revived? What happened? When Dr. Keener flew to Congo-Brazzaveille, he discovered the whole story.

After returning through the jungle from helping a neighbor with food, Therese’s mother found the child crying. The marks on the child demonstrated the frightening fact.  A deadly snake had indeed struck the child. The mother grabbed the child and ran for help. With no clinic or doctors, she carried the child over the mountains, running as fast as she could.

But the child stopped breathing. The mother found a family friend and together they calculated that the child had not taken a breath in more than three hours. The two women knew there was no medical assistance or help to be found. All they could do was pray. Crying out with fervent intercession, they prayed to Jesus, over and over again.

Therese began breathing.

Dr. Keener discovered another amazing result. The child suffered no ill effects.  Dr Keener knew that brain damage begins only six minutes without oxygen.

The next day there were no lingering medical problems. Years later Therese Magnouha completed a graduate seminary degree. No brain damage or other problems developed. The doctor discovered the family had not been part of any emotionally exuberant church – just a mainline Protestant denomination. The doctor concluded that no matter what anyone said or thought, the child recovered after the prayer began.

Dr. Craig Keener had once held a highly-skeptical outlook. This and other similar situations blindsided him. He said, “With respect to my worldview, I had the chair pulled out from beneath me.”

The mother’s prayer revealed a far superior perspective.

                        By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!