June 21

When we first began in ministry, the influencers in our lives were people of faith, for which we have been grateful.  The early years, we endured misuse and abuse of the “faith message,” but it also taught us to stand on the Word of God.  Sometimes those stances on the Word were taken out of context, but we discovered standing on the Word brought results.

One such verse, Ezekiel 16:6, “When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ “

The context is a metaphor for Israel being aborted, but God stepped in and brought salvation to her.

Our application was different.  Whenever blood began to flow that was the result of an injury, we did and still to this day, claim this verse to stop that flow of blood.

The first instance when we began to stand on this word was in 1976.  Our second daughter Renee, at the time only three, fell, landing on her mouth and a tooth was knocked out along with a considerable amount of bleeding.  Friends that were present immediately picked Renee up, placed the tooth back in her mouth and began to confess, “when I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, LIVE.”

Honestly, my first reaction was, “get this girl to the doctor.”  Being without insurance, I was willing to give God a chance.  (Can anyone relate?)  Within minutes not only did the bleeding stop, but Renee stopped crying and the tooth stayed put.

That experience led me to a personal revelation, that even though it was out of context, standing on God’s Word brings results.  To this day, when there’s blood flowing from an injury, I claim that verse.

A couple years ago, I accidentally cut my hand with a skill saw (it takes skill to cut your hand and not loose a finger).   I immediately began to stand on this verse while holding my hand and the bleeding stopped.

What has God revealed to you in times of crisis?  That revelation will stay with you the rest of your life and could be a testimony to others you are yet to come in contact with.

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