What Difference Does It Make?
September 1, 2018
When you look at the world we live in and the people that make up that world how as Christians are we different than all those around us? We have jobs, children, and perhaps a mortgage. We have problems with our kids, we get sick, worry about the state of our country. We watch television, read books, listen to music, and work in the yard.
So when people look at you or listen to you what do they see? Are you much different than them or pretty much the same? We know from Scripture and personal experience that the Spirit of God lives in us. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (I Cor 3:16) If the Spirit of God dwells in us then what difference should it make in our lives?
What do you think your life would be like if you actually began to fully grasp that the Spirit of God, the Creator of the Universe, lived in you? Think about this. If He is dwelling within, doesn’t it make sense that He wants relationship with us? Though we may be comfortable with religion, rituals, and rules, relationships often make us nervous.
Relationships require work. Deep, long lasting relationships require honesty, transparency, intimacy. It’s a bit staggering to think that God has called us and wants to reveal Himself to us and through us to others. That He wants to have the same level of intimacy with us that He had with His Son Jesus.
The only way for that level of relationship to happen is that we must spend significant amounts of time with Him. If I want to be close to you I have to spend time with you. There is no other way to develop significant relationship. So the question becomes, how much time do you spend with God? Is it once a week at church or daily?
Also, one thing that made Jesus unique was his quality of life. We would probably begin to believe like Jesus if we began to live the quality of life Jesus had. His faith was such that nothing was impossible for Him. When food was needed, food was provided. When demons needed to be cast out or dead sons and daughters brought back to life it was simply done. Not a big deal to Jesus? Why? Because of his of faith and trust in his Father. He knew he was loved, he knew his identity, he knew his destiny. In Scripture it says we are destined to become like Christ. We will be conformed to his image.
If God’s Spirit is truly within us and in complete control of our lives, demons would tremble at our arrival. Some years ago I was on a ministry trip to Banff, Canada. At that time I was very naive in regards to demons and their activity. I remember a young girl at this camp who was a practicing witch. Even though I was not fully aware of what I was carrying she knew and as such avoided me. I remember asking one of her friends why she so obviously avoided me. She told her friend, “I stay away from him because he has more power than I have!”
So when demons look at you what do they see? When people look at you what do they see? I would like to think that they would say, “Behold, here walks a child of God.”
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Doctor Was Right!
August 1, 2018
Doctor said my recovery would be from 3-6 months. I found that hard to believe as I was feeling so good after 3-4 weeks. Then I tried to do more and found out quickly that he knew exactly what he was talking about. While the pain is gone and I have freedom in my back and the strength is returning in my legs, I tire out easily.
It has only been about 8 weeks since my surgery but I felt it was good enough to try and set up a couple of meetings to pray with people. Did I find out how right the doctor was. After one session I was wiped out! I know that my recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. Coming up August 15 will be three months from my surgery date. I should be able to start functioning again in the office first of September. That’s the plan.
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God Never Ceases To Amaze Me!
July 1, 2018
During this time that I have been recovering from back surgery I’ve been going over some of the old newsletters beginning in 1994. My purpose was to read and report on the many miraculous healings and truly miraculous things God has done as I’ve stepped out in faith to do what He has called me to do.
As I’m reading these stories I am reflecting on my own recovery from back surgery a little over six weeks ago. When the doctor did the surgery he said his goal was to keep me out of a wheelchair! I said my goal is to get back up on my paddleboard. He also told me that it would be a 3-6 months recovery. I can tell you that I feel almost back up to my old self, as the recovery has been amazing. I have almost non-existent pain, the strength is back in my legs and I am walking and feeling good enough to pick up where I was before the surgery. I still tire easily but know that will improve as time goes along.
I have seen God’s hand in this entire process. Obviously because of what I do I was praying for God to heal me so the surgery would not be necessary. He chose not to do it that way but I want to share with you how this came about.
I am under Kaiser insurance and they are somewhat hesitant to refer patients out as they would like to take care of everything in-house. Well, one Saturday I was having some pain and could not get in to see my primary care physician so I went to their urgent care facility on Stockdale. They called me back to see the doctor and as we were talking it turns out that he was working for Kaiser in Los Angeles but was filling in for one day here in Bakersfield. As we talked he shared with me that he was trained at USC Medical Center.
Shortly thereafter I received a letter from Kaiser referring me to the USC Spine Center. I believe he was instrumental in arranging that. Furthermore the surgeon who did the actual surgery was obviously very gifted. I remember talking to one of his team a few days after the surgery. I said to him, “It must be great to work with Dr. Hsieh.” He said, “We are lucky to have him here, he could be anywhere he wanted.” So not only do I get referred to a top notch Spine Center but a top-notch surgeon at the Center.
And now my recovery is going so well I know it’s because of all your prayers and what God is healing me quickly. It’s amazing to step back and look at this whole process and see how God has arranged everything. Why he chose to do it this way I don’t know but I can tell you the entire process has given me a new understanding of how God works in our lives.
Although I will still have a somewhat limited schedule and am limited by my energy I want to get back to work soon. Thank you again for your prayers and encouragement during this entire process.
Inner Healing and Physical Healing
Often when God heals someone physically there is also Inner Healing needed. I want to share one of those stories with you. We received to following letter from a lady who attended one of our healing conferences.
“I’m the lady in the workshop that came forward for prayer for back pain. The Lord, who knew my deeper need, chose to restore my lost joy as well. That very day was the second anniversary of my oldest son’s death in a horrible auto accident, leaving us with many unresolved issues. Although I finally accepted his parting, the deep sadness lingered. When Bob Vibe received that word about restoring my gladness, I knew the Lord was going to release me. That was so exciting that I forgot about my back. When I did think about it the pain was gone. However, after I returned to my seat I became aware of an intense burning heat centered in the area where the pain had been. At first I though the pain was returning but after a short time, the burning subsided and there was no more pain. I praise Jesus for His healing touch on my soul as well as my body.”
Isn’t that exciting. God is so amazing and always seems to give us just exactly what we need. Thank you for your many prayers and continued support. It is much appreciated.
Update On Back Surgery
June 1, 2018
The surgery has been completed. Some of you are aware of this but I wanted to be certain all of you knew what I was facing. I have been experiencing increasing weakness in my legs over the last year. After numerous tests at the USC Spinal Center it was determined that I am dealing with a condition called spinal stenosis. The doctor said my spine was such a mess he was surprised that I was not in a wheelchair!
On May 15th I returned to the Keck Spinal Center at USC for the surgery. In talks with the surgeon afterwards he was very satisfied with the surgery and said the recovery process varies depending on a number of factors. I returned home Saturday May 19th and am doing quite well. I no longer have need of the walker and can be up and around a significant amount of time although I do tire easily. I appreciate all your prayers and know that both the surgery and the rate at which I am recovering are due to those prayers.
Ruach Israel is Still Rocking!
May 1, 2018
I just returned from Needham, MA and the second annual healing conference at Ruach Israel Messianic Synagogue. This year Judith MacNutt joined me. It was great to see my dear friend again as I always enjoy sitting under her teaching and ministering alongside of her. The theme of the conference this year centered on Inner Healing. This is such a diverse topic and we were able to cover trauma, deliverance, and unforgiveness, which helped people specifically identify what some of their issues were.
Because this was held with a group of Messianic Jews we were able to observe and participate in their traditions and how they understood and celebrated Yeshua (Jesus) and healing. Rabbi Nathan is the spearhead for this movement among the Messianic community and is backed and encouraged by his senior Rabbi Rich. It’s encouraging and exciting to see how this is catching the attention of other Messianic Rabbi’s who want this in their synagogue.
As a result of my visit last year Rabbi Nathan has been invited to other synagogues to teach and minister healing. In addition to the teaching times we observed powerful ministry as people came for prayer and God freed them up from many issues they had been crippled with emotionally for years. It amazes me to watch him impact and change their lives so quickly and in such a powerful way. As we are praying for them there is often crying or laughter and often times there is such power that they cannot stand. I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference!
BACK SURGERY MAY 15
Some of you are aware of this but I wanted to be certain all of you knew what I am facing. I have been experiencing increasing weakness in my legs over the last year. After numerous tests at the USC Spinal Center it was determined that I am dealing with a condition called spinal stenosis. The doctor said my spine was such a mess he was surprised that I was not in a wheelchair! My immediate thought was that God has kept me going all these years because of what I am doing!
The Surgeon informed me that unless he goes in and corrects this I will continue to lose strength in my legs. So after much thought and prayer I decided to schedule the surgery at the USC Keck Spinal Surgery Center on May 15th. I’ve met with the surgeon three times and have confidence in his ability to do this surgery. My wife and daughter will be joining me in LA for the surgery. The Dr. said the recovery will be 3-6 months depending on what they find when they actually get in there. So be praying for the surgeon and me.
I have had significant prayer for this and obviously would much prefer for God to heal my back. I will continue to expect divine healing up to the moment of surgery. Pray that this will all go well and I’ll be back up to 100% soon. Thank you.
I’ve been going back over the newsletters pulling out testimonies of healing since we started in 1994. I am amazed, as I look back how many there are. My intention is to share them in my next book.
Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. It is amazing to me we have been doing this for over 23 years!