E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett

B. Childress
Apr 28 2012

I often meet people who have tears streaming down their faces, their hearts burdened with indescribable hurts.  God’s
Word will help us to overcome any problem or affliction that threatens to cause us pain.  God’s Word helps us to
overcome our hurts!  Here are just five types of affliction that can be overcome
“by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of
[our] testimony” (Revelation 12:11).

1.  Extreme Poverty

“At twelve-fifteen, God walked in the door.”  This is the testimony of a business man named Charles.  He had been a
retail clothier for many years when adversity laid its blighting hand upon him.  Plunged into extreme poverty, he was
facing bankruptcy and total financial disaster that threatened not only his business but also his entire family.  When the
sad day came, he signed a writ of voluntary bankruptcy.  Standing in his store while the creditor was invoicing his stock,
he thanked God for so many years of financial blessing and success.  In the end, however, all he had were memories.  
He was losing his store.

Suddenly, a man entered the shop, although Charles remembers it differently: “And then, at twelve-fifteen, God walked
in the door.  I say this reverently because, to me, it could have been none other than God in the person of my keenest
competitor.  He rarely came into my store.  We were casual friends.  He quietly reached into his pocket and handed me
a sizable check, saying, ‘Would this change the picture?’  Stunned, and with tears in my eyes, I said, ‘Yes, I’m quite sure
it would.’  Of all the acquaintances I had in the city, this man was the last person I would have expected to do a thing like
that.  My other friends felt sorry for me, but this man said he was sorry with ‘money that talked.’”

Charles continued, “Who put it into that man’s heart in my crucial hour?  Nobody but God!  The years that followed were
successful and prosperous.  And, with God’s further help, I was able to pay my competitor back in full!”

Your poverty is likely much different from Charles’.  However, you serve the same God as he did.  God is your Source,
the Supplier of all of your needs.  Turn your double pains of poverty into double praise to the One of whom it is written,
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).

2.  Loneliness

Are you lonely?

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  (Proverbs

To have friends is important.  Remember, God
“inhabitest the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).  God lives in the place of
praise.  If you desire to experience God’s presence, go to His address: Psalm 22:3.  A sure way to overcome loneliness
is to be possessed by the spirit of praise.  God is never too busy to fellowship with you.

3.  Overwhelming Fear

What do you fear?  The loss of a job?  Illness or disease?  Your children’s future?  Lack of finances?  The threat of
war?  Death?  Hell?  Or worse?

Fear produces negative emotions and conditions, including torment, misery, defeat, destruction, and bondage.  But you
can stop the spirit of fear and live in true peace and confidence.  As you study the Bible, you learn where fear comes
from, so that you may tear down your insecurities and obtain freedom from their paralyzing effects.  Discover for
yourself how to conquer fear by speaking aloud these biblically based proclamations:

    “God has not given me the spirit of fear!” (See II Timothy 1:7.)

    “I will not fear what man can do to me!”  (See Hebrews 13:6.)

As you speak these truths, you stand against fear and deny it any place to dwell in your heart.

4.  Physical or Mental Torment

Learning to overcome physical or mental torment calls for discipline.

In March 2010, I suffered from constant, chronic pain for many weeks due to an accident.  Because of this, I have a new
sense of compassion and understanding for those who have suffered from pain for long periods of time.  The mental
torment is a battle in the spiritual world.  But, it is a battle we can win!

Like many believers, I pray for the sick whenever the opportunity arises.  I have no doubt that one of the purposes of
healing in Jesus’ day, was well as in ours, was to get the attention of those who were lost so that they would come to
know Him.

That is precisely what happened in my own family.  My mother’s miraculous recovery from a critical affliction was the
convincing factor that brought my entire family to hear the gospel for the first time.  Mother’s miracle was “heaven’s
advertisement,” attesting to the fact that Jesus is real and alive today and that He is still the Great Physician.

    [Jesus said,] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;
    he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the
    blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.  (Luke 4:18)

    And in that same hour [Jesus] cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that
    were blind he gave sight.  Then Jesus answering said unto [the disciples of John the Baptist], Go your way, and
    tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the
    deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.  (Luke 7:21-22)

Based on my injury in 2010, I can say that it’s no fun to be hurting.  There’s no joy in pain and discomfort.  When God
relieves a cold, stops a throbbing earache, restores strength to an accident victim, or cures cancer, it’s all part of
demonstrating His love for us.  Isaiah prophesied about this when he foretold,

    [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
    upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  (Isaiah 53:5)

Maybe you are battling an illness.  Or, perhaps you are struggling as you watch a close friend or family member suffer.  
Questions and doubts may plague your mind.  But the apostle James told us that
“the prayer of faith shall save the sick”
(James 5:15).  I have personally experienced healing, and I have prayed for thousands to be healed.  Some were
healed; others were not.  Nevertheless, Scripture is clear: I must trust the Word, pray for the sick, and expect God to
perform the outcome.  You’ll be amazed at what God does when you give Him the opportunity.  
“Lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover”
(Mark 16:18).

You can do that, in Jesus’ name!

5. Sorrow and Heartache

Based on my study of the Bible, I am convinced that if you are a believer, the happiest day of your life will be the day of
your death.

    We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  (II
    Corinthians 5:8)

    For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  (Philippians 1:21)

Someday, we all will die and depart to be with Jesus.  It is our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) to be caught up in the rapture
to be with the Lord Jesus forever.  Are you living with the daily expectation that today could be the day?

The Holy Spirit put it into the heart of the apostle Paul:

    Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of
    an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
    changed.   (I Corinthians 15:51-52)

What a day that will be!


KEYS TO RECEIVING GOD’S MIRACLES, by E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett, Copyright 2011, Whitaker House.