I was beginning my second year as a staff pastor in Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry for 1st year students when the hordes of hell were released on my physical body. That was in 2009, and it was three weeks before my new Revival Group (a subset of approximately 60 students from the 1,000+ first year students) arrived.
We were in a staff meeting going over the schedule and other things for the new year when all of the sudden I was unable to speak. My vision became limited and I began to panic. I was unable to express to anyone verbally what was happening, and they all began to pray for me thinking that I was under some sort of spiritual attack. Well, they were right, but it took me a process of about four years of walking through the “valley of the shadow of death” to figure out what happened.
It turns out that I’d had a stroke, and through a series of tests, the doctors found blood on my brain. I spent the next six days in an ICU as they ran numerous tests, finding out that I was born with a rare disease called fibromuscular dysplasia. The symptoms include headaches, stroke and death-not very promising. I was told to limit my physical activities and monitor my headaches closely as each one could be a sign of something more serious going on. This only instilled more fear into me. Being a leader in a “supernatural” environment where we are going after healings and miracles, I felt I was living a double life. On the outside I did my job, but on the inside I lived in fear thinking that at any moment I could have a headache and then just die. Three years later, in June 2012, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was told I was going blind. The tumor turned out to be a pseudo tumor that permanently damaged my optic nerves.
I’d had enough! I had sought prayer throughout this entire process, but I was fed up with the enemy devastating me with fear. I simply stopped believing the lies and began to do all that the doctors told me to do. I took their prescribed medication faithfully and monitored my physical activity level. I just stopped believing the lies, and within three months things began to turn around.
My first visit to my neurologist after this mindset shift was extraordinary. The nerve endings that I was told could never be restored were in fact restored! I was not going blind! My MRI showed no sign of disease, and the doctor even stated, “You show absolutely no sign of ever having a stroke!”
Just four weeks ago I had a complete physical including blood tests showing that I am completely healthy, and the doctor sat in utter amazement at the change. I have every intention of living to be 120 years old, of sound mind and body! Thank you, Jesus!