Bob Aicardi - 05/23/2007
Healed of high blood pressure, stroke, hypersensitivity, migraines and back pain through God's faith.
With God's mercy, I have been the recipient of a multitude of faith-building miracles and events in my life. I have to confess that I cannot think of a single one in which I was not mindful of the fact that faith and steadfastness to the Word of God was not essential at the forefront of the undertaking. I would have to say that the main reason I have some 12-15 years with this ministry is because UBM believes in the truth of God's Word and believes in acting in faith upon that truth.
I would first like to throw out a disclaimer of God's Word: All the promises are only contingent upon bringing with you faith. You do not receive miracles without bringing what the Word commands: Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. You can pray, pray, pray until the cows come home but to enter into the rest, faithfully believing that the Lord has given the promise to you, you have to give up your own works of trying to save yourself in the ways of Egypt.
Again, Hebrews 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? The promises of God are for those who believe; and Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Without faith in the promises of God's Word we fall in unbelief. All the promises are contingent upon our faith in God's Word. We have numerous examples of the Israelites as they fell in the wilderness in their unbelief and were not able to obtain the promises of God. So we, too, should come to God earnestly expecting that He is a God that cannot lie and that if we do not receive we need to take our petition before the throne and ask God what it is in us that has kept us from receiving. God wants to give the promises to His people and it takes merely a mustard seed of faith to receive a lion's share of blessings healings and deliverances.
Some 15 years or more ago I received the scriptural revelation that Luke was not a physician but rather the great healer. I came to realize from God's Word: Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Luke was a great healer in the same way that Jesus and the disciples were. Looking at the cross as the symbol of our deliverance from the curse made taking medicine a catch-22 for any brethren who were focused to walk as Jesus walked and coming out from under the witchcraft of Egypt and the curse of sin and death. Healing by drugs is the Greek word Pharmakia, which is translated witchcraft.
At first lots of things dropped off easily as the Lord empowered me by His Spirit to put aside alcohol, marijuana, cigarette smoking and my pet worldly distractions such as hanging out at the clubs on Friday nights, going to the FSU football games and keeping up with the latest movies that fed my flesh (this is not a doctrine I wish to place on anyone, this is just what God has shown me). I would simply focus on the distraction, seeing it offered nothing more that an amusement to my flesh -- a distraction that slowed down and eroded the gains of Christ being born into my life. So I always began by asking the Lord to take away from my heart the desire for such worldly pastimes. Sin was falling off of me like water as the Lord empowered me by faith in His promises.
I began to ask for deliverance from my sicknesses: Beta blockers for migraine headaches with vomiting. Gotta go! A trial of 8 months with prayer and persistence in faith and finally, set free at last. I was hypersensitive to all allergens of 130 I was tested for (except tree leaves), only one not allergic to being brought to the point of having contacted Pneumonia. Daily Antihistamine regiment. Gotta go! With God's help I was able to put down the antihistamines and believe God, and God delivered me. Pain pills for back pain and chiropractor. Gotta go! I had high blood pressure and was taking Tenormin daily. This as in all the areas that I stepped out in faith for years the Lord relentlessly met me as I walked by faith through the trials.
One evening back in 2002, after having gone to dinner with my children (Adam and Christy) who lived at home while attending college, they noticed a change in me. I went to stand up next to my chair and began to fall down. My daughter Christy saw that when I went to walk I was going sideways and had difficulty maintaining my balance. My speech was slurred also! Both concerned at what they saw, wanted me to go to the hospital to be checked out. I told Christy I was not going to the hospital and if she wanted to help me to simply pray for my healing. I felt bad and had broken into cold sweats and lost all my color. I sat back down and told Adam and Christy that I would be fine and the Lord would take care of the matter.
They asked if they could help me to bed and I said no, I was going to stay up and read scriptures. As I went to go to bed I fell down to the floor and pulled myself up again. As I went down the hallway I fell against the thermostat on the wall and broke it. For some reason I felt complete trust in the situation, being that I had been walking by faith with Jesus and my Father for many years now, and fell asleep with little or no concerns. When I got up during the night I was spinning and was grasping to hold onto the walls. In the morning I was a little better and was able to get out of bed but still walked sideways, brushing along the walls. I called David and asked for agreement in prayer and attended the Bible study a few nights later. For weeks I continued to walk out my salvation but still walked sideways. When attending the Bible studies I would be asked how I was doing and I would reply, "Walking straight by faith as my body goes sideways". David would say, "Why don't you walk around from the living room thru the hallway into the kitchen and back, claiming your healing?" And I would do that. Well, in a short period I was delivered from all side-effects of the stroke attack. The devil had knocked me in the head and by God's grace I was completely healed.
Then a few days later I got this letter from the VA saying, "Mr. Aicardi, we have not seen you for your appointments or blood pressure medication for so many years that unless you come in for an appointment you are about to lose all VA privileges". I thought to myself, well I will just go in and let them check me and I will continue to do as I have been. Proverbs 6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? I walked in, rolled up my sleeve, and the nurse immediately said, "Let's try your other arm". My blood pressure was hitting 200/135 and they said, "Mr. Aicardi, did you take your medication today?" I replied, "Yes", which was a lie. They refused to let me leave until the blood pressure came down following 2 hours of drug treatment. They spoke fear to me concerning the dangers of such readings. Well, I began to fear that perhaps this was where my stroke came from and began to take medication once again. I spoke to David about what might be happening in this lesson. I felt the Lord was trying to teach me. Instead of moving forward in Christ, suddenly I found myself backing up due to fear of the curse. I discussed matters with David and he said, "Are you doing this because it seems like the right thing to do or because you believe by faith you were delivered?" Well suddenly I began to doubt that I truly believed enough to overcome. I had clear enough understanding that faith comes before works but what if I had this backwards this time?
What if I was seeking justification by my works instead of showing my faith by my works? James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. What if I was seeking approval by my Lord and instead was becoming bound up in confusion? I heard the devil questioning my faith, saying, "Do you just talk faith or do you have faith?"
Well, I decided to wait on the Lord, prayerfully, to figure all this out. It took one-and-a-half years. I hated every day feeling I had backed up to the devil and was retreating in my faith. However, I continually knew that it was the Lord Who would show me what was needed for me to overcome and unlock this mystery. I never at any time felt the loss was at all permanent. I kept on track with walking to separate from any sin in my life. The desire in my heart was to be born from above and this was taking place in me as I allowed Christ to be born in me. I knew in my heart that through Christ in me I would be shown the way to overcome this fear and the curse.
That day came on a visit with Reuel and Christina to our ministry some years ago. While returning home from a UBBS at David's one Wednesday night, we talked. I made mention that I had been down this road where it appeared the devil had overcome me and replaced my faith with fear. I did not blame God but knew I would overcome the problem of hypertension again. I knew that the promise was always there when I could bring forth the faith to believe but I was waiting on the help of the Lord to show me the way. Christina and Reuel made mention of Greg Dawson, a friend they both knew. He had a great testimony on our site of overcoming the threat of high blood pressure. So I read the testimony and was inspired again. I argued with God in the morning while in bed. God said to me, "Bob, don't you think that I can keep you if your blood pressure were to hit 175?" I answered, "Well, yes Lord". "At 200?" "Yes, of course, Lord". "How about 275 or 300?" "Yes Lord, I am in Your hands to take when You please". Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
With that being said, The Lord went on to encourage me that He alone is in control and I can trust my life to him: James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. He is in the business of creating sons and in all conditions through the many test of producing fruit 30-, 60- and 100-fold to His own liking, as He alone is the potter.
Our Lord, with His grace and mercy, has continued to form all of us into His divinely healthful image. For the Lord has encouraged us in his Word, stating: Romans 4:20-21 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. As of this moment, I rejoice in Him after being set free from these previous bondages of the world and curse of Deuteronomy 28, putting my total trust in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, manifesting His divine health in my flesh. None of the curses mentioned above have overtaken me, as I continue my walk, being formed by the Potter's hands, as faith in healing continues to plunder the devil's kingdom. Today, I still remain free from the effects high blood pressure, stroke, hypersensitivity, migraines and back pain and much, much more -- thru faith, mixed with the Words of truth, realizing: 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Today, I serve the brethren in other ways who come to UBM seeking the truth, desiring to walk the crucified life of the Word as a disciple of Jesus and, likewise, bringing any questions of being set free from the bondages of this world. I wait here in Pensacola, faithfully in His rest to serve my Lord, knowing full well He will soon call His sons to walk in the coming wilderness (judgments on America and the world) after receiving His latter rain anointing, as He prepares us to be used for His glory. Amen.