KJV: "And said, if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the God that healeth thee." (Exodus 15:25)
We want to dedicate this article to the memory of Pastor Frederick B. Marine, 1897-1979. Recently, a kindred spirit of mutual acquaintance with the late Rev. Marine, Rev. Terry Patchett, was my tour guide through some small towns on Maryland's Eastern Shore, as I revisited my roots of childhood. Brother Terry is an outstanding, award-winning poet.
My father, the Rev. George W. Pyle, in the early 1950s pastored the same church as Terry's dad presently leads, in a small village called Brookview. We visited Brother and Sister Marine's gravesites as well as former congregants mutually remembered. As a personal testimony, Pastor Fred Marine was known as a Holy Ghost man of great healing faith in Jesus Christ (see 1st Corinthians 12:9).
While suffering an automobile/pedestrian accident at age 9, in June of 1961, I laid in Baltimore's Lutheran Hospital seriously injured. Previous to that, this writer experienced mononucleosis with high white blood cell counts. The accident increased my white blood cells to a leukemia level. Upon arriving at the hospital, my doctor was in urgent, medical emergency, authoritative form in my behalf. Pastor Marine was summoned, and I was anointed with oil.
He placed his hand on my wounded body, and the prayer of faith in Christ restored me overnight to only half the white blood cell count previously diagnosed. Young Stephen Pyle fully recovered from his injuries. Praise Almighty Jehovah God, His Son Jesus Christ, our healer through the power of the Holy Ghost!
Dear Hearts: I rejoice and am thankful for my Wesley Pentecostal Holiness roots. Oh, he's Pentecostal! Folks, I wouldn't have it any other way, period! Listen, when you buy those tennis sneakers, they come with tongues. In Acts 2:39; Peter speaks of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit), designed for every Christian
"For this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call," (Or call to repentance. The Bible says: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." This promise is for everyone on this planet who is born again, and sanctified in Jesus Christ).
John the Baptist declares about Jesus Christ: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor (or threshing floor, see Psalms 1:4); and gather his wheat into the garner, but will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:11,12).
My mom, Frances Claire Pyle, went to heaven seven years ago. The August before her death on Nov. 4, 2006, while on the telephone, I listened as she prayed in the Holy Ghost for about 45 minutes in tongues (see Jude 1:20). She envisioned Christ dressed in red. A visible angelic presence was with our family in Mom's last hours. (see my article: "Angels Unaware.") At Hershey Medical Center, one of the nations' top neurosurgeons performed brain surgery to remove Mom's massive malignant tumor. She remained with us for about five months.
My dad, a Holy Ghost-filled believer, suffered two major heart attacks. At Ruby Memorial in Morgantown, while going through this trauma, the Lord kept speaking to his heart the words: "I Am the God that healeth thee." He now has been with the Lord 12 years. At the time of his death, I called 911, and wish to never hear my frantic recorded call.
Eyewitness accounts reveal, Rev. William Asher, while preaching a sermon, collapsed to his death after speaking in tongues. Award-winning, female Southern Gospel singer Priscilla McGruder, after battling with cancer, sat up in bed, raised her hands, spoke in that heavenly language (tongues), then laid back safely into the everlasting, healing arms of Jesus Christ.
Malachi 4:2; "But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness (Christ) arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Isaiah 53:5; "But he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed," Jeremiah 8:22 "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered"?
Balm in Gilead: The region of Gilead abounded in spices and aromatic gums, which were exported to Egypt and Tyre. Balm is the short word for a special evergreen tree yielding medicinal oil in it's bark. Jeremiah 46:11; "Go up into Gilead, and take balm, (salve, ointment, cream) O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured."
Personally and Biblically speaking: nerves, bi-polarism, and mental maladies can be completely healed by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ!
We must surrender our hearts and minds to the Lord (see 'imaginations' 2nd Corinthians 10:5). 2nd Chronicles 16:12: "And Asa in the 30 and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great; yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord; but to the physicians."
Mark 5:24-34: After spending many things of many physicians, spending all her money, growing worse, a certain woman, which had an issue of blood 12 years, was healed by Christ as she touched his robe. Luke 5:31-32; "And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Colossians 4:14 speaks about Luke, Gospel and Acts writer, the beloved physician. He was saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. Luke understood that only Christ alone could heal. Luke medically doctored Paul for the bruises, lashes, snake bite and marks he suffered for Christ. Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Ezekiel 47:12: "And the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
Revelation 22:1-2 "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and of either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Mankind lost the right to the tree of life in Eden. Jesus died and is risen, to give us healing access, once again!
John 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." John 12:32 "And if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." Acts 5:15: "Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them."
Acts 19:11-12 "And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. So that from his body were brought unto the sick, hankerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them." James 5:14-16; "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (if needed, call 911 too!). And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." 2nd Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hand, eternal in the heavens."
Our outward man will perish. Our inward man is renewed daily. The global future of the medical industry is shaking at it's very foundation with costly apocalyptical health plans. We must choose our course: Saving our temporal bodies, or our eternal souls through Christ our healer. (Psalm 107:20).