Healed of Paralysis
Dear Tim and Friend,
I just want to let you and everybody else know how Tim Greenwood's book
"Walking in Faith" and the Bible scriptures it led me to, have helped me
receive my healing from being paralyzed.
On September 8, 2001 I was involved in a serious automobile accident
in which, another motorist in a large SUV ran a red light and plowed into
the drivers side door of my small Oldsmobile Firenza.
After laying in bed for one and a half months, I started to do physical
therapy. But then I had to stop again for four more weeks and lay on my
side so that bed sores could heal. I was already in a deep depression about
never walking again and this just seemed to add insult to injury.
I went into an emotional tailspin and soon I reached the very bottom.
|While I was still comatose, my family was told I would most likely
die from my injuries, but that if I did live, I would certainly be a vegetable
on a respirator the rest of my life. The extent of my injury had severely
damaged my T5 and T6 vertebrae and massive stretching and bruising of the
spinal cord. I was classified as a T5/T6 Complete Paraplegic from
the mid chest down and had to have two rods and pins surgically implanted
onto my spine - the length of my rib cage - to hold me together. After
a month I awoke from the coma, and was informed what had happened and that
even after the spinal surgery I was now and would always be a complete
paraplegic - paralyzed from the chest down. And the doctors said
there was nothing more they could do for me.
I had always been a Christian but never was one to be rich with faith,
in fact I was very blind. The book "Walking in Faith" taught me to
BELIEVE. That was something that I could never do before - to me
- seeing was believing - but not anymore. Ten days after I read the
book and began to truely believe that I would walk again, I received my
first bit of movement being able to move my left leg side to side 8-10
inches but the doctors (of course) said that it meant nothing.
|I don't know who ordered it, but around December 15, I received Tim
Greenwood's book "Walking in Faith." I want you to know that this
book has helped me to find the FAITH I needed to receive my healing. And
I believe it has changed my life for the good - forever. That 20-page book
is so deep and intense. I read it over and over to really grasp what
it was saying! In two weeks I literally memorized it and it was just
what I needed. I began to apply the Word of God as the book taught
me and started to pray and pray hard. Praying - using the Shield of Faith
is the most rewarding prayer I have ever prayed.
There are many great scriptures in the book but my favorite and the
most convicting one (for me) is James 2:17. "… Faith by itself, if
it is not accompanied by action, is dead." Knowing that - I work
harder than ever developing and strengthening my faith as well as diligently
working at my therapy.
That story repeated itself over and over for about 11 months - No Kidding!!!
I would get a little more movement and the doctors would say that I would
never walk again. I told them that I BELIEVED I would walk
again and that I BELIEVED in miracles. During that 11 months I prayed
the "Shield of Faith" every night over and over - praising and thanking
God for my healing, restoration and letting me walk again. Now during this
whole time - in the natural, all I could do was lay in bed and suffer through
terrible neurological burning sensations, like laying on hot concrete.
But even so, I just layed there and continued to PRAISE GOD.
Well to make a very long story short: I got off of the respirator
and can breathe on my own just fine!
Many people lose all hope if they are not instantly healed, but that is
not the only way to receive healing. So far I have been receiving
my healing incrementally, similar to how the author of the book received
his healing from heart disease. If any of you reading this are sick
or injured and have lost hope, my prayer is that you focus your eyes on
Christ Jesus! If He is doing this for me - He will do it for you
||AND - I am starting to WALK again! At first with leg braces,
but now just with a walker! I was excited when I walked 120 feet
but then I tired out and had to quit. Over and over I could get 120 feet
but no further. It seemed as if I was stuck there at another limitation.
Then one day when I got to 120 feet, I began to sing praises to the Lord
and I was able to walk another 120 feet - then 575 feet - and I just got
through walking 1750 feet! And I'm getting stronger every day.
When the doctors said, "There is nothing more we can do," that just
means that no man can take the credit for my healing! This way, God
can step in and do even bigger things and we can give GOD ALL THE GLORY!
This is a powerful testimony to the glory of God and the greatest testimony
I have ever been able to share! PRAISE GOD!!! And this is a continuing
testimony, because I have complete FAITH that I WILL BE FULLY RESTORED
and receive my complete healing.
I love all of you and I am believing this testimony of my healing will
help many others receive their healing.
Mark A. Stever