This is my praise report about my 40 days of tribulation. On February 28th, my wife and I went out for breakfast as we usually do on Wednesdays. Afterwards, we went to the mall to buy some new trousers for me. My first indication that something was really wrong was when we were walking up to the store. I felt severe chest pains and had shortness of breath, so I had to stop along the way. I paused to look into a store window to rest so my wife would not know anything was wrong.
Later that night after going to bed, I experienced more excruciating chest pains; and I could not get comfortable. The pain radiated down both my arms and into my hands. I had a burning lump in my throat. I started to get a headache with hot flashes and nausea.
As I tossed and turned in bed, my wife asked if anything was wrong. I was reluctant to tell her because I was concerned that she would call 911. That was the last thing I wanted her to do. Since I was unable to hide my severe pain any longer, I told her what was happening. I told her this was just a test from Father to see if I believed His Word. I declared I was healed at the cross, God was sovereign, and I was in His hands.
The pain was so intense that I couldn't remain in bed, so I went to sit upright in my chair. We prayed and rebuked the pain; and after 20 minutes, the pain lessened. If I would move even a little, the pain would quickly come back and stay for another 15 to 20 minutes. I knew that as severe and intense as the pain was that any moment a vein or blood vessel could rupture, and I would bleed to death.
I checked my blood pressure, and it was 238 over 135. I purposed in my heart I was going to trust God no matter what the cost. Revelation 12:11 came to my mind: "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death". I decided not to check my blood pressure again because it would make me doubt that I was healed.
My wife called my two daughters, Lorena and Corena; and the four of us prayed together to rebuke the pain. My daughter, Corena, picked a scripture by lot for me. This is the scripture Father gave her for me: Daniel 8:27 "Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and carried on the king's business".
For the next three weeks, I could barely move, walk, eat, or drink. I couldn't lie in bed, so I had to sleep in my chair. I could only sleep for ten minutes at a time. I barely slept. Every time the pain intensified, my wife would call my daughters; and we would all pray again. We purposed in our hearts not to call 911. No ambulances, no doctors, no medications. We were not going to trust in man according to Jeremiah 17:5: "Thus says the LORD, Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD". I was clinging to life simply by clinging to the Word of God.
Every time I tried to eat, the pain would intensify. I could only drink a tiny swallow of water at a time. At night, the pain would intensify and radiate into my head causing hot flashes and nausea. One night I threw up; but because I had not been able to eat or drink, I only had dry heaves.
I was dehydrated, and I decided I had to drink more water. That was a big mistake. I left the Sabbath Rest by trying to help Father with my healing. He brought it to my attention very quickly by chastising me with excruciating pain lasting for 12 hours. I couldn't sleep at all that night, not even my usual ten minutes. I stopped worrying about being dehydrated and asked for forgiveness.
My daughter, Corena, asked the Unleavened Bread Bible Study elders to pray for me according to James 5:14-16. "Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed".
David Eells said to speak to the blood pressure and command it to go down to normal and accept no contrary thoughts, and believe your prayers and commands have been done. Walk by faith and praise the Lord because healing is yours according to Numbers 21:8: "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live'". I kept my eyes only on the promise that Jesus bore my pain and sickness, and I was already healed.
One day I felt Father had a scripture for me, so I drew it by lot. Acts 4:10 "Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead - by this name this man stands here before you in good health". That was a huge encouragement for me and my family.
As the days passed, I noticed a pattern to my pain. When my wife was at work, I did not have as much pain. When my wife would come home, the pain would increase. When my daughters were at work, I did not have as much pain. When they would call me or come by, the pain would increase. As I noticed this pattern, they also noticed it. Father was teaching us to enter the Sabbath Rest, to stop praying for healing, and to start thanking Him for my healing that He accomplished at the cross.
Once we started praising Father for my healing, the pain started to leave. My wife and daughters quickly learned to simply thank Father for my healing and then go about their business whenever they saw me in intense pain. Father taught us to not acknowledge pain or symptoms but to thank Him and praise Him no matter what we saw with our physical eyes. He taught us to focus on His promises and not the curse. That was a huge breakthrough.
We also prayed and believed for me to receive a brand new heart. Then Father impressed me to check my pulse. For as long as I can remember, my heart would beat seven times and skip on the eighth beat. I inherited my heart and heartbeat from my earthly father whose heart beats the same way. When I checked my pulse, it no longer missed the eighth beat but was continuous. Eight means new beginning. I inherited my new heart and heartbeat from my heavenly Father. This was proof He gave me a new heart and a new heartbeat.
I missed a lot of workdays, and my job only grants a medical leave of absence with a doctor's recommendation. I asked Father to help me explain to them why I would not be seeing a doctor. I knew Father was working on my behalf when they said they understood and accepted it. Since I did not go to a doctor, I did not know what was wrong. There may have been more than one problem. I have had high blood pressure in the past. Regardless of what was wrong, I was healed.
I see my trial in three ways: One, for the past two and a half years, I have learned many new things through the Unleavened Bread Bible Study. I knew I would be tested on what I had learned.
Two, I believe I received chastisement from Father because of bad eating habits. Hebrews 13:9 "Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited".
Three, Father taught me and my family how to walk by faith. This testing has greatly changed us, and we have drawn so much closer to Father. Before I knew about the sovereignty of God, I would have called 911. Today 911 is not an option for us. If we could not get through this test, how will we ever make it through the tribulation?
Even though this trial has been extremely difficult, we now see it as a great blessing. Romans 8:28-29 "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren". Trials and tribulations perfect us into becoming sons of God.
We have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and Father has made us lie down in green pastures, and He has led us to quiet waters. Psalm 138:2 "I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name".
Thanks to all of you at Unleavened Bread Bible Study for your prayers.