Rise and Walk
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. — JOHN 5:8
In 1950, I was preaching at a meeting in Oklahoma, and at the close of my sermon, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Minister to those who have anything wrong with them from their hips down.” So I just spoke that out.
Well, twelve people came. The first man looked like he was sitting down, but he was scooting his feet along because his legs were drawn up. I asked him what was wrong, and he explained that he had been burned. In fact, that was the first day he had been out of bed in a whole year. He had spent six months in the hospital and six months in the bed at home. His legs were burned so deeply that the muscles and ligaments had left his legs drawn up.
When the Lord said to minister to these people, I thought He meant to lay hands on them. But as the people were coming down to the front, the word of the Lord came to me again saying, “Don’t touch a single one of them. Don’t pray for them. Deal with each one of them individually, not as a group. Say to them, ‘The Lord told me to tell you to run down that aisle and back up this aisle, and you’ll be healed.’”
I said to the man who had been burned, “Can you run?” It so startled him that he just said, “No, I can’t walk, much less run.”
I said, “Well, the Lord told me to tell you to run down that aisle and back up this one, and you’ll be healed.” That man never doubted for a minute. He started scooting as fast as he could. He scooted down one aisle and back up the other one. And he was no better. Well, when God speaks to you, don’t give in to the devil.
I said, “Do it again.” He did it again. When he came by me, the Spirit of God came on me, and before I knew what I was doing, I leaped off the platform and took him by the arm and ran down that aisle with him. When we ran up the other aisle, he was running as well as I was! His legs were straight!
Confession: I obey God. Whatever He tells me to do, I do. I act in faith, and I back up my faith with works, with corresponding actions. Then I see what I have believed was mine. I see the manifestation of my healing.
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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