A couple of weeks ago, we all got together to celebrate my parents anniversary. They are in great physical shape and take good care of their health. So, as a gift, I gave my folks a huge bottle of cod liver oil and told them how using it would help keep their blood thin.
We also passed along some first-hand advice from Pastor Omar, who is recuperating from a recent stroke.
He said, at the first sign of a problem, a person should immediately take 2 aspirin and then ask for this special shot at the hospital that could help prevent a lot of the worst effects of a stroke.
Let me assure you right now, God has a solution and a blessing all worked out for us…even before we know we have a problem.
Fast-forward to this past Friday morning when I’m getting ready to fly to Chicago to speak at a weekend conference. I got a frantic text from my mom.
“In the ER with your dad. He just had a stroke.”
I froze for a few seconds. What should I do? I committed to all these people to be at their event…but this was my dad!!!
But, God had prepared me for that moment. I called my mom and reminded her about the aspirin and the shot…but she was already on it. Then I pulled myself together and started speaking to the problem.
“Oh no, devil. Not today! My daddy serves God. ‘With long life He will satisfy me.’ He’s only 68 years old and he’s not satisfied yet! He’s planning a 6 week road trip! In the name of Jesus, devil, you take your hands off of my dad!!!”
I yelled at the devil…and God heard me.
When we make time to go to church, read our Bible, pray and talk to God, with no agenda of our own but to praise Him; we are preparing a special place for Him to work miracles in our lives.
Preparation is protection! X marks the spot!
I felt like I was supposed to keep my commitment in Chicago, so I went. I had complete faith that God was in control of the situation until I returned.
God is the Alpha and Omega. He can see the beginning from the end. He already knew how all this was going to shake out. He doesn’t prepare a blessing for us just to take it away. He goes out before us to surround our enemies, fight our battles and secure our victory!
Forty-eight hours after suffering a “massive” stroke, my dad was out running around the neighborhood with my mom.
Spiritual perception is because of spiritual preparation. Prepare carefully. Put the devil in his place and put God on His throne!