Brad and Heather Bradley - 9/17/08
My wife, Heather, and I wanted to send in a big "PRAISE THE LORD" testimony of God's manifested delivery from the curse in our lives. By His grace we ARE saved and that is His gift to us, not of our own ability, so we cannot boast! (Eph. 2:8)
On Sunday afternoon/evening, I noticed our one-year-old daughter, Mercy Caroline, felt warm to the touch. I especially noticed the warmth when I kissed her face and nuzzled her close to me. Without even thinking much, I took her to my wife and asked her to feel Mercy's face. Heather responded with, "I know" because she had apparently noticed the fever earlier in the afternoon while I worked in the yard but had prayed for her and kept it at that, not wanting to put faith in the curse by even speaking of it. For a split second I was puzzled over what to do. We have dropped health insurance altogether, by God's grace through faith, since I changed jobs at the end of May of this year (2008), so our "normal" or "trained" course of action of giving fever reducer or calling the doctor was not an option. God quickly grabbed hold of me (actually, my "fog" or the veil only lasted less than 15-20 seconds). He caused faith to well up within me and I now almost instinctively spoke (confessed) the promises of the gospel: that we were healed at the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and we accept that healing by God's grace through the faith (Eph. 2:8) in His word that He has put in our heart (ref. John 6:44) and that Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse by becoming accursed for us (Gal. 3:13).
The verbal confession of these promises over our daughter naturally took the form of a prayer while we both laid hands on her. Well, what was definitely less than an hour later or could have been as little as 30 minutes later, Heather felt Mercy's forehead and the fever was gone; she felt cool/normal to the touch. Praise the Lord! We MUST "Hold fast the confession of our hope that it waiver not, for He who promised is faithful". (Hebrews 10:23) Hallelujah and amen!