God Is Still In Charge!

Dear Friends,

When illness strikes we will sometimes ask, “How could God allow this to happen? I am working hard and doing all these things for the kingdom of God.” Or we may wonder, “Is God still in charge?” Or, “Why am I dealing with this now, I have important work to do for the kingdom?” I read somewhere this statement that caught my attention; WE ARE NOT VICTIMS BUT VICTORS! But admittedly when illness hits close to home it’s easy to fall prey to the thinking that I am a victim and I need God to do something but I don’t see anything happening.

For the past few months, I have been dealing with something going on with me physically that the doctors at my HMO have been unable to diagnose. My energy has been affected as well as the endurance that serves me well when praying for large numbers of people. They have done a multitude of tests that all come back showing that everything is within the normal range and up to this point they have not been able to diagnose what is going on. I was becoming frustrated and a bit discouraged because if this continued it was going to be hard for me to operate at the level I am used to and would seriously affect my ability to travel.

Well, guess what, God stepped in and surprised me once again with how much he loves me and wants to see me in good health. A couple of weeks ago my friend Marilyn from Phoenix called me and said, “Michael, the Lord put your name on my heart, tell me what is going on.” So I shared with her what I was dealing with. She then said, “OK, I will get our warring intercessors praying for you.” Then within a couple of hours another friend from Phoenix, Dr. Dino Prado, called and asked me the same question.

I knew right away that Marilyn had called him to tell him what was going on with me. Over the years I have been to Phoenix a number of times to conduct healing seminars and it was during one of these that I met Dino as a young man in the early stages of his career. Since then, Dr. Dino Prado has established Envita Medical Center in Phoenix and they have been successful in treating a variety of illnesses. After a short conversation in which I described my symptoms, he said, “Michael I’m pretty sure I know what you are dealing with and if you will come over here to Phoenix and give me a few days I believe we can be of significant help.” That was very encouraging so I booked my flight to head over the first week of March. I look forward with excitement as this conversation with both Marilyn and Dino once again reminded me that God is intimately involved in my life and cares about my health.

Think about how this happened. My friends in Phoenix had no idea what I was dealing with, but God prompts Marilyn (a prayer warrior) over in Phoenix to call me. She then contacts her intercessors and Dr. Prado who then calls me and wants me to come over as he feels they can be of significant help. All this started with Marilyn listening to what God was prompting her to do and then following through by contacting me here in Bakersfield, CA.

You might be thinking why didn’t God just heal Michael? Obviously I believe strongly in divine healing but also know that God heals in a variety of ways not only through prayer but also through doctors and numerous treatment modalities.

Your giving to this work is a blessing. What is important to me is your heart of giving believing that what you are doing will make a difference in the Kingdom of God! Continue to lift us up in prayer. Thank you for your faithfulness.

God bless,


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