I love the atmosphere at Life Center especially when it is packed with 800 women of faith, seeking God together. Friday night of the 2022 Women’s Encounter was very powerful with worship, teaching, and every woman receiving a scripture.
My scripture was Matt 16:19, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
I had long known this scripture and believed it…or thought I believed it. I believed it in my head in a theological way. This time when I read it, it felt like the Father God was speaking to me specifically, literally handing me the keys.
“For me?! Really?” I responded.
Then He reminded me of the scripture a friend had given me on my birthday.
Is 22:22, “And the Keys of the house of David shall be on his shoulder. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”
Again, I felt God hand me the keys, and it finally clicked in my Spirit.
I HAVE THE KEYS!!!
That night I was on the ministry team. One woman told me of the serious, chronic effects of Lyme disease on her body. She was so sweet and cheerful. I took those keys the best I knew how and forbid the disease and effects to remain in her body and released health and life.
Later, I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time and learned that she was still struggling with Lyme disease. Being a young mother with many children and a husband who worked long hours, I didn’t understand how she coped with it. She was a hero in my eyes, and I used those keys again to pray for her, to bind and loose.
The next morning, as I was preparing for the final day of the Women’s Encounter, I began to pray for those women. I wanted to see them healed, to see their suffering ended, to see them free! I was singing and praying in the shower and I found myself singing,
“The voice of the Lord will cause infections to turn around and flee!”
I sang it repeatedly, full of faith. I thought perhaps this was a word from the LORD that He wanted me to share during the conference. I thought sure there was a scripture that would match, but I just couldn’t find it. If I couldn’t back it up with scripture, perhaps it wasn’t a word from the Lord… exactly. I began to think that I shouldn’t share from the stage and felt relief from the nervousness that had descended upon me.
I found my seat in the sanctuary and felt peace. The service began with the lovely MC, Sam, reading out a scripture that had been texted to her that morning, Ps 68:11-12.
“The Lord gives the command; a great company of women proclaim it: Kings and their armies flee in haste; she who waits at home divides the plunder.”
The verses hit me with an uncommon power as if God was saying, “You need a scripture? Here it is.”
I knew for certain that He wanted me to give the word. Inside I started to tremble with fear. I sat in my seat during worship and wrestled with myself and God. So stupid to do that, right? Why not just obey immediately and wholeheartedly? Why?! Because I couldn’t possibly walk up on the stage and give a word of healing. I had not actually prayed for someone and witnessed a miraculous healing.
Who was I to do such a thing?
The following interaction with God was one of the more humorous ones in my life. He cleared His throat and simply nodded with His head toward two images that had popped into my head. First was of the scripture I had received that night before, my subsequent commitment to believe it, and the keys that were now in my hands. Second was the verse on my mirror at home that read, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. I couldn’t use my weakness as an excuse. It was His strength and not mine after all.
“OK Dad, I CAN technically do this…but I really don’t want to,” I answered.
Soon I realized, “I must do this. My Father is telling me to do this, and I cannot disobey. I can try at least. If it doesn’t work out, doesn’t fit in the schedule, or doesn’t go along with what the leaders are getting from the Holy Spirit, at least I can try.”
Then I contemplated the best way to go about it.
“I need to ask the leadership who are all the way up front.”
I remained in my seat for a few fearful moments, trying to work out what I should say. Then I started walking. I ran into two friends and talked for a few minutes, all the while thinking, “Worship is going to end soon, and then I will lose my chance, and this will get really awkward.”
Finally I made it up to the Lovely MC and told her, “I think God has given me a word of healing.”
She said, “Let me go ask Marcey.”
She returned in a moment and handed me the microphone and said, “Go for it!”
I grabbed the microphone, made sure it was on, and marched up on stage, not knowing what to do. I think God worked it out, because the band was just playing music, no words were being sung. The worship leader was playing the keyboard with her eyes closed. I tapped her shoulder and said, “I have a word” while slightly lifting the microphone, and she nodded.
I stood in front of the hundreds of women and God took over and spoke through me. I am not 100% sure exactly what I said, but it felt like God, it felt like faith, it felt like power. It went something like this.
“I think God wants to heal Lyme disease. I prayed for two beautiful women last night who are suffering the effects of Lyme disease. I so want them to be healed. I was praying about it again this morning and I heard God say, ‘The voice of the LORD will cause these infections to turn around and flee.’ Then Sam shared Ps 68. ‘The LORD gives the word and great is the company of women who proclaim it.’
“We are that great company of women! God’s words are in your mouth, and you can speak the word of the Lord to yourself and to the women around you. The word of the Lord is in my mouth. ‘Kings and armies will flee before us!’
“So I speak the word of the LORD – Lyme disease, all infections- viral, bacterial, fungal, COVID – you must turn around and flee right now. I speak health and life to every body. Shalom, peace to every person here and to our families and those who are at home. Life and health in Jesus’ name!”
The women in the sanctuary were getting excited and praying and shouting with me. It felt like a God moment! I quickly walked off the stage and handed the microphone back to Sam. She hugged me and said, “Thank you!” Another dear friend hugged me and said, “Good job girl.”
On my way back to my seat, a woman pulled me aside and told me that her daughter had Lyme disease and it was awful. It was very loud in the sanctuary, so I asked the mother and daughter to come out to the lobby. I prayed for the young woman; prayers fueled by the faith of our shared God moment. Prayers that she would have a long and exciting life ahead of her without disease. She would have energy and strength again and soar like an eagle.
Later during the ministry time a dear friend shared with me that she had been suffering with the after effects of COVID. Her uncle told her she would never be free from it. When she heard me begin to talk on stage she prayed, “Let her say COVID. Let her say COVID. Let her say COVID.”
When I did, tears began to stream down her face, and she felt hope rise within her like it hadn’t done in a long time.
I was humbled that God would use my voice to rekindle her hope. Hope I didn’t even know she needed, because I didn’t know what she had been dealing with.
I realized that because I was willing to make my personal prayer time with God public, God could multiply the impact.
A year later this friend has told me that almost all the after effects of COVID have left her body.
What seems like a scary leap of faith for me is easy for God! To rekindle healing, life, peace, and hope is what He always does.