Michael Rumbaugh - 09/14/2010
I have written this testimony of my healing as soon as I could so that it might be a testimony to the body of Christ in all the world that by the stripes of Jesus Christ we are healed.
Praise be to God the Father, in Jesus' name!
It is enough to say that I knew of my Heavenly Father and Jesus at an early age. I did not learn any of the "man-taught" doctrines in the Sunday school I attended and believe it was the Lord Who protected me from many errors I might have otherwise learned. What man-made doctrines I did hear were in public places or being discussed about outside by the adults at the church where I attended Sunday school. I realized as I became older that mankind had changed a lot of the scripture to suit them and what I had heard as a child was not what Father God had said in the scriptures.
For 50+ years I flirted with making a real commitment to my God and the Lord Jesus Christ. I had no real understanding of what it meant to be a follower of Christ but did consider myself a Christian. I knew to give God credit for all my worldly success in the military, but at the same time I seemed to become more broken and evil. I purposely waited until I felt I was ready and then joined the Lutheran church. I thought that it was this commitment to the church and God and a moral life was what being a Christian was all about. Despite my desire to do good and please God, my sins were many but where sin abounds, there God's grace abounds that much more!
I remember around two years ago, in 2007 or 2008, we had planted a large vegetable garden and a few smaller ones under the front windows of our house. I was stepping up to enter the house through our front door and I tripped and started to fall face first off the step into one of the smaller gardens. As I was falling, I saw a sharp stake that had been used to mark off the rows of vegetables and I knew that if I continued to fall that the stake would hit my chest right where my heart is. I could do nothing and it all happened so fast. All I could do is think the name of Jesus! I called upon Him in my mind. Immediately, I felt this huge, unseen hand press against the full length of my abdomen and chest (my whole upper body) and, without lifting me off of the ground, it set me upright on my feet again. I knew, although I could not see it, that an angel had protected me from falling on the stake! I stood there giving thanks to God and my Lord Jesus.
Many of the brethren at UBM know that I had been sick for many years and I wish to praise God for healing me.
In the mid 1990s, while I was still in the military, I had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. One day I was out running in the early morning with our chaplain, as usual, and the next day, without warning, I was not even able to get out of bed. This fatigue continued to get worse for years and the medical community had no idea what had caused it and there was no cure for it that they knew of. I know now that Jesus Christ had healed me by his stripes over 2000 years ago, but I had much more to go through before I reached that understanding.
By 2003 I had also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia, genital herpes, adult-onset asthma, high cholesterol, restless leg syndrome, osteoarthritis and chronic migraines. Most of these illnesses have no known cause or cure. At best, the doctors can prescribe medications to numb the pain, or dumb you down, but there is nothing that can remove the sickness.
I had retired from the military and returned to college, thinking I would become a Physician Assistant and have a second career helping people. After my first year I had to drop out. I could not attend classes due to the fatigue. I could not think clearly due to the "fibro fog" and my hands would shake so badly that I could barely read my own writing! I was a broken man.
In 2003 the Lord spoke to both my wife and I through an article written by Andrew Strom that she had found on the Internet. It asked the question, "So you know Jesus, but does Jesus know you?"
I did not know what was happening at that time, but the spirit of repentance had fallen on my wife and I heard her weeping in the bedroom. I went to see if she was okay and found her on the floor, face down, crying out to God for forgiveness of her sin. She was not able to convey to me what was happening, so instead just handed me two pieces of paper that had this article on it that she had been reading. As I read, there were scriptures: (Mat.7:16) By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?(17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. (18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (20) Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
A spirit of repentance, which is a gift of God, fell upon me as well, as I realized that my life had not borne any fruit that the Lord requires of those who are His true followers. I realized that I had known of Jesus, I had known about Jesus, but I did not know Jesus and, most importantly, He did not know me!
Both my wife and I immediately wanted to clean up our lives and we did what we had learned to do. We tried to clean the outside of the temple by attending church and doing good works, paying tithes, etc. The Lord had other ideas, however, and our illnesses made it very difficult for us to attend church or meet others for fellowship. Looking back, I knew the Lord was using the debilitating symptoms of our illnesses to protect us from getting back into the very apostasy, idolatry and religious error we had just repented of.
In July of 2005, we felt that we were supposed to move to the mountains outside of Albuquerque and met with a realtor who would show us a house that was for rent. We loved it, as it was located along a half-mile, dead end gravel road, and although it was not actually isolated, we could only see the rooftop of our nearest neighbor. We loved the house and had told the realtor we would most likely take it, but we wanted to pray first.
That night the Lord spoke to me as I was asleep and told me we were not to move there. He did not say why but I knew that I had heard Him clearly. So I called the realtor the next morning and told her that God had told me we were not to move and that we were sorry. She said she understood and that she was sorry because she felt like we "belonged in that house". About two weeks later the Lord spoke to me in another dream and said, "Because you were obedient and did not move when I told you not to, you may now call the realtor and tell her that I am allowing you to move. I just wanted to see if you were willing to obey me now and not follow after your own will and desires". I realized after Rachele and I had talked about what the Lord had told me that both of us had throughout our lives pretty much made our own plans and had just asked the Lord to bless those plans we had made. Neither of us had ever sought the Lord for His will or directions for our lives. A new day was dawning!
We moved in August of 2005 and in September of 2005 Rachele had found UBM online. During the first month of our new living arrangements, we had discovered that the distance to town to meet with the believers of a house church was too difficult for us, due to the illnesses, and the " brethren" from the group did not wish to make the drive up into the mountains either. The Lord slowly removed people from our lives and we became less and less able to reach out to others. Soon our only fellowship was with the brethren at UBM and we were so thankful for every email and phone call.
In late September, David shared one night about healing and we were in the Paltalk chat room and Rachele requested prayer for our healing from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. It was the first time we became aware of this scripture: (1Pe.2:24) who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
The Lord had planted the seed of His Word into our hearts that night and as our faith increased we began to stand and confess our healing to one another and also to people whom we would see at the store, etc.
I have to confess that much of what happened over these past few years is very sketchy to me. I was so medicated and under the influence of the "fibro fog" which steals your memories and thoughts that I really only have small stretches of memories. I rely on Rachele to fill me in on some of the events that took place over these years as I truly have no memory of them occurring. That is how far I was gone.
I had lost quite a bit of weight, was sleeping in my recliner, unable to lay flat, about 18 hours of each day. By God's grace alone I was able to come out of the fog long enough to make trips to the store and buy the groceries we needed and make the appointments with the doctor every three months or so.
By 2009, both Rachele and I had become bedridden for the biggest part of the day and we had learned the literal meaning of the scripture, "In Him we live and move and have our being".
We had no family who was able to help or upon whom we could call, nor had we ever been well enough to really meet our neighbors. We were totally sustained by the hand of God between August 2005 and August 2010! Praise be to My God and the Lord Jesus, my Christ.
In August 2010, Eric De Jesus had called us to ask about a scripture Rachele had shared concerning communion. She had received the manifestation of her healing from all of her diseases on May 13th of 2010 and had told Eric about some of the trials and victories she had seen during her sickness. Eric had said he had not had any idea about all the trials she had faced and she was telling him that she had learned only to confess that she was healed. For some reason, she had mentioned to Eric that I had not yet received the manifestation of my healing and was still facing similar trials myself. Eric felt led to pray for me, that I would receive my manifestation, but wanted to do it the following night when we were to share a conference call with a few other brethren. He felt we should have as much agreement as possible.
The following night, during our phone call with some of the other brothers, Eric prayed that the manifestation of my healing that I had been confessing and believing God for would be seen. As he prayed, I felt this warmth come over me from head to toe. When it flowed through me, all the sickness, pain and brokenness exited my body. It was as if the Spirit of God filled me as it pushed out the spirit of infirmity! I could not speak and tears just flowed from me. I felt SO CLEAN. I was totally delivered from all the illnesses I have mentioned! ALL OF THEM!
My next healing came in the form of deliverance from the very addicting medication I had been on. I had asked the brethren to pray for me so that I would be delivered. One medication was an opiate-based narcotic for pain. It was created for stage-four cancer patients who were in hospice. It was not meant for people who would recover or need to withdraw from it.
I had tried more than once to lay this medication down on my own, but the withdrawals were more than I was able to endure and I knew that I would have to call upon the Lord to be delivered and it would have to be by His power, not my own will.
I have been totally delivered from ALL medications. I had only a few very mild withdrawal symptoms that were no worse than the sniffles one might have from a mild cold. The Lord totally delivered me and I praise Him and give Him the glory for all of it.
In the beginning of this testimony, I stated the many illnesses I had and each of them was because I was under the curse which came due to disobedience and sin. However, Jesus Christ came to deliver us from the curse, our sin and the snares of the enemy! He has been faithful to watch over His Word and perform it in my life, in His perfect timing.
I just want to testify to the goodness of the Lord and the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am healed and my words are true!
Praise be and ALL GLORY TO GOD AND TO MY CHRIST JESUS, THE LORD!
I would also like to thank all of the brethren at UBM who have stood with us, prayed with us, confessed the Word over us and agreed with us for the manifestation of our healings. There were many times when you did not know how hot the trials of our faith were and I know it was your petitions on our behalf that made them lighter and helped us obtain the comfort and encouragement we needed to stand. Rachele and I both are so very thankful to all of you because we know you are part of this victory. We pray the Lord will reward each of you for the many "cups of water" you provided to us, as you were giving unto Jesus by being a blessing unto us and I know His rewards are much better than any "thank you" we could give.
(Mar.9:41) For whoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.