by Michael Tyrrell
I Called To You For Help, And You Healed Me (Psalm 30:2)
This month’s topic, Spiritual Healing, couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been busy the last few months writing a book on healing, Wholetones: The Sound Of Healing. Not only did I write a book, but I also recorded a 7-disk healing frequency music project to go with the book! It is over 2½ hours of music designed to provide the perfect sonic environment for spontaneous healing in the body. This project is one of a kind! Barton Publishing will give you priority to order when it is first released.
As I write this article, I am pondering the ethics of leading pharmaceutical companies. They are producing well-made television commercials about a myriad of medications. This onslaught of media suggests these medications bring relief for everything from arthritis to impotence. What alarms me is the side-effects of the pharmaceutical drugs are often far worse than the condition itself!
It seems strange to me that in an era of medical and technical breakthroughs, Big Pharma fails to produce a drug without life-threatening side-effects.
What makes a bad situation worse is that large law firms pay for television commercials announcing class action suits against these same pharmaceutical companies that leave Americans unprotected from deadly and torturous side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Now, even the Supreme Court is ruling that drugs are exempt from legal liability. (1)
So, let me ask a question. If these pharmaceutical companies have truly performed the exhaustive clinical trials they claim, then why are we seeing so many lawsuits 3 to 7 years after a tragic drug hits the market? The answer is harder to swallow than their pills!
These outrageously wealthy drug companies make so much money during their launch of a medication that by the time a percentage of the consumers are impaired, they can easily settle the law suits leveled against them and STILL make a huge profit on the medication… even IF they are forced to take it off the market.
But with a Supreme Court ruling, if the FDA says a drug is safe, that takes precedent over actual facts, real victims and any and all adverse reactions. This makes Big Pharma exempt from liability for side effects, mislabeling or virtually any other negative reactions caused by their drugs. (2)Remember in the business world it is about the bottom line and profitability, first and foremost.
I want to make two very important points before we examine spiritual healing.
- There is an obvious difference between healing and medicating.
- Human beings are not born with a drug deficiency.
When someone is healed, his or her sickness is GONE. But when someone medicates, they only feel relief as long as they take their medication. Do we really believe that man-made, synthetic drugs are necessary for our survival?
The following story from the Bible perfectly illustrates my point.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5: 25-34
The secret to healing hinges on one word, FAITH. Faith is far more than merely thinking. Faith is an unshakable belief that one acts upon without seeing any evidence beforehand.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Here is an example. When a child has a wart, a doctor will often give the child a wooden tongue depressor and tell them it is a “wart stick.” If they hold the stick on the wart for a couple of days, then the wart will disappear. Usually, it does! The reason that the wart stick works is because the child believes it will, and that is childlike faith in action.
The same holds true in clinical trials; a participant receives a placebo and believes it is a powerful medication. The placebo (sugar pill) is historically from 15 to 72% effective and often outperforms the actual medication!
If you will allow me, I can help you move beyond the misunderstanding surrounding childlike faith so you can personally experience true spiritual healing.
Heart of Healing
You see, the heart and the head operate independently. Belief is a product of the heart. Thought is a product of the head (mind).
Infants and young children believe wholeheartedly what they are told is an absolute. (Their minds are not reasoning from past experiences or calculated thought processes.) In turn, they trust that what their parents or authority figures tell them is the truth. They simply believe it.
As these children grow and begin to base their “truth” upon personal experience and reason, “reality” begins to trump what they once believed in their heart.
When you were young, how many of you believed Santa would make a house call on Christmas Eve? You believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a white haired, bearded man in a red suit would leave a pile of gifts under your Christmas tree. You probably believed in Santa until some older kid told you that “Santa” was your parents. Then, it was devastating when you hid in the closet and watched Mom and Dad put the gifts under the tree, drink the milk and take a bite out of the cookies. It wasn’t your mind that was offended; it was your heart that was broken. You probably felt foolish for believing in the first place.
Unbelief is the nemesis of faith. Once you become an unbeliever, you will only believe something if you see it first because your mind is now running the show.
I will never be an unbeliever. I will never forget the life altering divine spiritual healings that I have received from the Hand of God. Here are just a couple true stories I would like to share.
Documented Spiritual Healing
In my first year of junior high school I attended a private Christian school. It was in another city so I had a long ride on the school bus every day. I had very poor eyesight, so I wore glasses. I despised them because they made me look goofy. (Designer shades they weren’t!) To add insult to injury, even with corrective lens I could only see the blackboard if my desk was just a few feet away from the teacher’s desk.
One day on my bus ride home, I opened the window and said aloud, “You are God. You can certainly heal my eyes!” and I threw my glasses out the window. I was INSTANTLY healed! I have 20/20 vision to this day and I am 54 years old.
I am not suggesting that you throw your glasses, hearing aid, or oxygen tank away. But I am urging you to trust God. He may choose to heal you!
While touring with the Christian band Mylon Lefevre and Broken Heart in 1986, the driver taking me to a music store hit a parked car. My head went through the windshield of his car because we did not have seatbelts. When I came to, I was strapped down in an ambulance and my neck was in a brace. A wonderful female emergency technician told me what had happened.
When I arrived at the hospital, nurses worked to remove debris from my leg and arm and placed a stabilizing cage around my neck. While I was laying on the gurney, a wonderful Baptist minister sat next to me and began reading me passages from the Book of Psalms.
Suddenly, a rude nurse approached and said, “Your neck is broken and you may not walk again.”
True righteous indignation arose in me and I blurted out, “Either I will walk out of here in three days or you will carry me out in a body bag, Lady. God has plenty for me to do on my feet!”
Then the nurse called for a doctor and said, “He’s in shock. Give him a sedative.”
I told the doctor, “I don’t need a sedative. I am at peace. God will heal me.” And the doctor walked away.
One thing that was frustrating is that I could not move my arms or legs. I had no feeling below my waist so when they took me to x-ray they had to move me around on a board to get the position they needed for the films.
A couple of hours later the band showed up and told me they were leaving for the next gig because I was going to be in the hospital for awhile. They forgot to bring my bags so all I had were the bloody clothes I had on when I got to the hospital.
Later that evening, the surgeon on call came into my room to explain the x-rays. When I saw the film it was shocking! My C4 and C5 vertebrae were destroyed! The surgeon was kind but firm, informing me that I would no longer have use of my legs. They had contacted a renowned neck surgeon from New York who was flying in to see if anything could be done for me.
It was amazing that with all the evidence presented and no feeling in my limbs, I kept seeing myself running and jumping. I knew that I would be healed! I didn’t accept ANY other alternative!
Meanwhile, my fiancé and my mom had hundreds of people praying for me. Thanks to their prayers, I felt God’s presence every minute, though there was no one in my room. Not once did I feel alone.
Sometime in the middle of the night I felt an overwhelming burning sensation that started in my neck and went through my entire body. It was as if I had been literally set ablaze; I thought I was dreaming.
When a nurse woke me up in the morning to take my temperature, she informed me that the surgeon from New York ordered more x-rays. About an hour after the second set of x-ray films, a very kind man walked into my room and was visibly shaken. The man introduced himself and said in all his years of practice he had never seen anything like what he was about to show me.
The renowned surgeon put my x-rays on the screen from when I was first admitted. He showed me the destruction of my C4 and C5 vertebrae. Then he took those x-rays down and put up the x-rays he ordered when he arrived. I was floored! In place of my disintegrated C4 and C5 vertebrae, there were brand-new, perfect C4 and C5 vertebrae!!!
The surgeon went on to say that he was an orthodox Jewish man. Although he does not believe in miracles, he cannot explain how this occurred. What he said next was mind-boggling.
“I see no reason why you should not be able to move your neck or have feeling in your extremities.”
Suddenly, I moved my neck, my fingers and my feet. Up until that moment, I had no sensation, whatsoever! The surgeon smiled, touched my arm and left!
That burning sensation I felt the night before was the touch of God. That, my friends, is a perfect example of healing!
Now the plot thickens! Meanwhile, my fiancé, Lillian, and her friend Leanne were in route to the hospital. Lillian told me later that on the drive to the hospital they were numb and quiet on the trip. When they were about 45 minutes away, they suddenly looked at each other and said, “Oh my God! He is healed!” and joy filled their vehicle.
At approximately the same time, I disconnected my leg sling and neck cage and crawled out of bed. I pulled myself up using a chair and walked into the shower!!!
When Lillian and Leanne got to my hospital room, they heard water running and saw an empty bed. Lillian called out, “Honey, are you in the shower?” I said, “Yes.” Then she asked, “Are you healed?” and I replied, “Yes! I am!”
When I hobbled out of the bathroom I cannot tell you what I felt when I saw Lillian and Leanne. We were completely amazed at what God had done!
They brought me a wheelchair to get me into the elevator because I had stitches in my leg. When the elevator door opened, the rude nurse that told me I wouldn’t walk again was standing right in front of me. I got out of the wheelchair, walked up to her and said, “I told you so!” and had her cut off my hospital bracelet!
You see, friend…NOTHING is impossible to those who believe. What he did for me, God CAN do for you, as He is no respecter of persons.
Spiritual healing is a byproduct of unwavering childlike faith. It is YOUR faith in GOD’S ABILITY that makes you whole…period.
Like the psalmist in Psalm 30:2,
“Lord, MY God, I called to YOU for help, and You healed me.”
Do NOT doubt. ONLY believe. Call out to Him right now.
There is so much more I want to share with you on this subject…not theories but documented divine spiritual healing.
It is my prayer that when Barton Publishing releases my book and CDs, Wholetones: The Sound Of Healing, that you and you loved ones will experience spontaneous divine healing, just as I have.
Faith moves mountains and it also heals the sick.
Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities. Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise. Michael has been in full-time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well-known musician.
(2) Faith Brynie, PhD, “The Placebo Effect: How it Works,” Psychology Today, January 10, 2012, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-sense/201201/the-placebo-effect-how-it-works.