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How I Overcame an Incurable Disease!

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Being diagnosed with sickness or disease can be a traumatizing experience, especially when the doctors say there is no cure.

Read one woman's courageous journey from a sure appointment with death. to a divine meeting with Christ the Healer! Her account of healing will lift your faith to new heights

by Julia Frazier White

What I Learned About Receiving Healing.
Through this journey from sickness to health, I have learned that healing is a spiritual matter. Although the physical symptoms were still present, I received my healing as a gift that God provided for us. I started to confess my healing and incurred the ridicule of a good friend. At first, she was very quiet. Then she said in a very deliberate manner, "Julia, what you just said sounds crazy!

Are you sure that you're not going crazy?" Further, she stated, "Look at yourself! You can't walk. Your voice is so weak that I can hardly understand what you are saying. Your face and limbs are swollen and purple with inflammation. Maybe you should say that you hope to be healed." I stood my ground on the Word of God that says, "By His stripes, we are healed."

Healing is a present matter. It's ready when we are. As soon as we truly believe it, we receive it. The spirit rests. The physical manifestation of the healing may take longer.

The Day My Body Began To Deteriorate
Let me briefly describe what happened to me. In late 1999, I became so ill that I was miserable. I had suffered with what doctors were calling allergies for over two years. Doctor after doctor gave me different medications to control the symptoms. Nothing worked. I became progressively worse. Then the inflammation and severe pain started. My whole body was in tremendous pain.

The pain was so severe that I could hardly stand it. My eyelids were swollen to the size of two eggs - colored purple. A horrible rash covered my body. Every muscle ached. My muscles became so weak that I could not walk without severe pain. I fell down often.

I could no longer go up and down the stairs in my house. I stayed on the first floor in the family room. I spent days and nights there for several months. Friends and family members helped me. I depended on them for everything! My doctor said that I was actually too sick to be in the hospital where there would be exposure to more germs than my weakened immune system could handle.

My skin burned and itched so deeply that I tore my skin in several places while trying to scratch. The inside of my mouth was full of lesions from the inflammation. I couldn't eat. I lost over 60 pounds and looked very frail. My situation was grim.

The Diagnosis Was Dermatomyositis
Dermatomyositis is rare disease that strikes only 1 in 300,000 people. It is characterized by excruciating pain of all the muscles, joints, connective tissue, and the skin. The inflammation of the muscles and the skin leads to slow-healing lesions of the skin.

The abnormalities in my skin associated with Dermatomyositis included: a reddish-purple rash on the upper eyelids; reddish-purple, horn-like growths on the surface of the fingers and knuckles, elbows, and knees; and a red rash affecting the skin of my face, neck, and upper torso, swollen joints and limbs, irritated scalp and loss of hair. Even the labels in my clothes irritated my inflamed skin.

Washcloths were too rough to use on my skin. They felt like Brillo pads against my flesh, scraping away my skin - opening new lesions.

My muscles were stiff, sore, and tender and eventually showed signs of degeneration (atrophy). I experienced difficulty in performing certain functions such as raising my arms, standing from a sitting position, and climbing stairs. In addition, I experienced speech and swallowing difficulties.

The inflammation of the connective tissue led to very serious internal issues. When the connective tissue around my lungs became inflamed, it was difficult to breath and the pain was excruciating. I was taken via ambulance to the hospital where I was treated with massive doses of steroids. I was in so much pain all over my body that I didn't care where I was.

Medical Science Said, "There Is No Known Cure!"
I learned that there is no known cure for this disease and that in adults the disease rarely goes into remission. It is debilitating as major organs (kidney, liver, heart, and lungs) are destroyed - if not by the disease itself, then by the powerful steroids used to control the disease.

I started to lose my hair.

It came out in patches. Every day, I filled up the floor with my hair until my scalp was revealed. I think the fear of going bald was equal to the fear of being sick.

I Was Living In Fear
Yes, at first I lived in fear. I was still very fearful when I received a phone call from a young man I did not really know. His name is Gillis Triplett. Gillis said that he had missed seeing me at the data processing associates professional meeting for several months and was calling to check up on me. Little did either of us know that it was the Holy Spirit who stirred up Gillis' heart to call me.

The Lord, in His providential care was working behind the scenes, setting the stage for me to receive healing. I was so weak that I could barely talk. I said, "Gillis, I've been diagnosed with some auto immune diseases - lupus and Dermatomyositis." I started to cry. I couldn't hide my fear. Gillis said, "Oh, no! We come against that right now in the name of Jesus!"

From Fear To Faith
It was at that point that I moved from fear to faith! Gillis shared scriptures with me and brought over a series of healing tapes from Kenneth Copeland Ministries. I learned a lot from listening to those tapes and reading everything I could find on healing. I meditated on the Word of God. Gillis continued to sow the Word of God in my heart and prayed with me and for me.

Daily, he would call or come by to leave me with more powerful healing scriptures. Psalm 103 states that healing is a benefit of the Lord. It says that the benefits of the Lord are: He forgives all our sins, He heals all our diseases, He redeems our life from destruction, He crowns us with tender love and mercy, and He renews our youth.

Isaiah 53 states that redemption includes forgiveness of sin and healing of our bodies. As I read the Word and believed the promises of God, my faith grew stronger. Since I began this journey of walking by faith concerning my health, my faith has increased greatly! I have watched God do what He said He would do for those who believe. He said that with just a small bit of faith, we could speak to the mountain and have it removed. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed. .and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." Hereby, Jesus instructs us to pray to God and speak to the mountain.

Jesus did not tell us to ask Him to speak to our mountains.

He commanded us to speak to them!

I have spoken to the mountain of disease and commanded it to be removed from my body. I have spoken bold words of healing to my flesh in the face of symptoms contrary evidence. All glory to God! I also moved from fear to faith in the area of my finances. My career as a Manager of Development of computer systems at a Fortune 100 company ended abruptly. I was forced to retire and live off a very small pension.

It can be very disconcerting to go from a very high-paying job with stock options down to about one seventh of what I was making! Trusting God more than ever, I stood on the Philippians 4:19 that says, "But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." I continued to tithe and give to others in need. God has kept me in perfect peace. All my needs are supplied!

Breaking My Destructive Habits
There came a day when I realized that I needed to change some of the habits I had adopted. habits that were aggressively and systematically attacking my physical body. In this repentant state of mind, I determined that I had to make some changes in my sleep habits, my eating habits, and my speaking habits. I wrote a letter to God. The letter said:

Dear God, I have sinned. My gluttony has caught up with me. I have abused my body through over eating and through sleep deprivation. Your Word warns against these sins. I have been disobedient to Your commands. Now I am suffering in sickness. It could be worse. I thank You that it is not worse. I ask that You please forgive me. I want to hear You say that I am forgiven. I want to hear You say that I can "Go! And sin no more." I need healing - a complete purge of all that is in me. I am truly sorry that I took on so much sin. Please forgive me.

Friends, I am writing to praise God for this miraculous healing. The rheumatologist stated 15 months after the diagnosis, "We find only a trace of the myositis left in your muscles." He seemed stumped by my progress, stating out loud, "They (five other doctors) agreed with me." I thought to myself, "But Jesus didn't agree with the doctors!" Jesus declared in His Word, "By His stripes, I am healed!!!"

I believe this with all my heart- no unbelief: God's Word can never fail. The disease and its symptoms did not leave my body all at once, but I hold fast to my confession of faith that "by His stripes I am healed." Praise God that I have been "weaned" off of the destructive steroid, Prednisone.

Things You Must Do To Receive Healing
God sent people into my life like Pastor Gillis Triplett and others to offer effectual prayers and to help increase my faith. Many have prayed, wrote letters, called or encouraged me to stand in faith and believe God. For me, those correspondences supercharged my faith and were tremendously beneficial in assisting me receive my healing. I don't believe I would have made it without them! Here are some critical steps you must take in order to receive healing.
  • Read the Word of God!
  • Meditate on healing scriptures constantly.
  • Speak the Word concerning your healing.
  • Surround yourself with people who have strong faith and who speak the Word of Life into your spirit.
  • Listen to tapes and CD's on healing everyday.
  • Constantly read books on healing and books that will stir your faith.
  • Don't focus your attention on your symptoms.
  • Stay away from people who speak death.
The Importance Of The Word
A major illness affects every aspect of one's life. Then it is important more than ever that we remember God's promises to us. When my body was wracked with pain and it looked like my body no longer supported me, I remembered the Word, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well," (See Psalm 139:14).

When my friends seemed to fall away and I felt deserted and betrayed, I remembered the Word, ". I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee, (See Hebrews 13:5). When I lost my job, I wondered how I would support myself - how I would pay my bills. I remembered the Word, "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, (See Philippians 4:19).

When I didn't even feel like reading my Bible, I remembered that, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee," (See Psalm 119:11) When I felt the need to fast and pray, I thought I couldn't because of the heavy medication that required some food. Scripture let me know that God had a tailor-made fast for me in The Word, which says, "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" (See Isaiah 58:6)

When my faith faltered, I thought of God's goodness and I remembered the Word, "I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." (See Psalm 34:1). When it seemed that I had run out of patience in healing, I recalled the Word, ".count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience," (See James 1:2,3).

When I was worried about many things, I remembered the Word, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (See Philippians 4:7). There were times when I would wonder if I ever be able to write, play tennis, swim, see my grandchildren, go on vacation, teach young people, socialize with friends, take a walk around my neighborhood, or read a good book.

Then I remembered the Word, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," (See Philippians 4:13) Daily I confess God's promise, "I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," (See Jeremiah 29:11).

I confess God's promises OUT LOUD throughout my house. Through faith I have hope and a future! Glory!!! God manifests Himself in circumstances that seem impossible to us. He has provided for us what we need.

Should you find yourself despairing over things bigger than you are, remember that the record of His accomplishments has not come to an end. What He does for others, He'll do for you. Only believe! (See Mark 9:23).

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About Julia Frazier White
Julia Frazier White is an active woman of God whose life is characterized by her service to others. She graduated from Murray State University in mathematics with minors in chemistry and German. Julia is a devoted Sunday school teacher and a Vacation Bible School teacher and works faithfully with various outreach ministries. Undoubtedly, one of her greatest accomplishments is the successful rearing of her three wonderful children. Their lives are a testament of Julia's ever-increasing faith!

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