Romans 4:19 – 22
Miss Oretha Hagin – Heart Blockage
The Price Is Not Greater Than God’s Grace
In 1984, I went through another severe test of my faith due to sickness. But God was so faithful, and He saw me through it. I had a blockage in my heart that caused me a lot of pain, and it left me weak and exhausted all the time. When my doctor ran tests and told me what was wrong, I was frightened at first. But I didn’t just sit down and wait for Kenneth to pray for me and not use my own faith. Yes, Kenneth prayed for me, but he couldn’t get my healing for me. I had to do it myself — just me and God. I had been very tired for about eight months before I went to the doctor for tests and found out what was wrong with me. I thought I was just tired because we had been so busy. We’d had a very busy schedule that summer with crusades. But finally I became so weak, I couldn’t even walk across the room without help. When I finally went to the doctor for a checkup, he said I had a heart blockage and that the blood wasn’t flowing through one side of my heart. He was very concerned. He ordered more tests to see if an operation was necessary or if I could take medicine for the condition.
He told me to go home and go to bed and not to do anything strenuous because he said my
heart couldn’t take it. People prayed for me too, although we didn’t tell too many people about it. When Kenneth came home from the office on the day I received the diagnosis, he asked me, “Well, what did the doctor say? What report did he give you?” When I told him I had a blockage in my heart, he turned white as a sheet, and I thought he was going to faint. That was his first reaction, but then we immediately looked to the Lord.I knew my husband was strong in faith and that he would stand with me for my healing. And
Kenneth did pray for me and believe God with me. But I also knew I had to be strong in faith too. I had to know for myself who my Healer is. The most important thing to know when sickness tries to attack you is that Jesus is your Healer. You’ve got to know Jesus for yourself. I’m so glad I knew Jesus when that crisis came. My husband has had a tremendous healing ministry for many years, but I still knew he could not get my healing for me. I had to get into the Word and stand on the Word myself. So I began to feed God’s Word into my spirit.
Kenneth had recorded a cassette tape called “Healing Scriptures” which I listened to constantly, and I meditated on the Word day in and day out. I built myself up in faith.
Healing doesn’t come to you just because you have faith. You’ve got to work your faith.
Just believing is not enough. You’ve got to tell God what you believe, and you’ve got to tell the devil what you believe.
You’ve got to say what you believe.
We had a crusade scheduled in California at that time. I promised my doctor I would get enough rest, so he finally agreed to let me go to the crusade with my husband. Kenneth wouldn’t let me go to the services in the daytime. I stayed in our room and rested. I’d have lunch with him, and I’d rest in the afternoon. Then I’d go to the evening services and help Kenneth minister.
As long as I was under the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the services, I felt fine.
But when the anointing began to wear off, the pain would start again. Sometimes the pain was so severe, I thought I wouldn’t be able to stand it for another minute. And I was so weak, I could hardly walk across the room.
But I kept using my faith. I did not give up.
Yes, I rested because I had enough sense to know that if I didn’t rest, my heart couldn’t take it.
So I rested, but I never quit using my faith.
Certainly, using my faith was a battle.
It was not easy. The devil tried to fight me every step of the way. It seemed the devil would hop on my shoulder and say,
“What are you going to do now? You’re the wife of a prophet and healing minister. You’re not going to get healed.
What’s that going to do to your husband’s ministry?” I would always answer, “It’s not going to do anything to my husband’s ministry because I’m not going to die…”
When the devil would talk to me and try to scare me with his lies, I didn’t just sit down and start crying; I resisted him.
I kept listening to Kenneth’s healing tape. I also read the Word and prayed. I’d get up in the morning listening to that healing scriptures tape, and I’d go to bed listening to it. Every minute I possibly could, I had that tape on, and I listened to it and kept God’s Word alive in my spirit.
Don’t ever think that just because you’re standing on the Word that the devil will leave you alone, because he won’t. He will be there every minute with his doubt and unbelief, trying to make you quit and give up on your faith.
But don’t quit! God is faithful, and He will never fail you if you are trusting Him and being faithful to His Word. I had been battling with that heart condition since April. We returned from our crusade in December, and I was scheduled to go back to the doctor for more tests. One evening asKenneth and I were sitting in our living room at home, I just began to meditate on the Scriptures.
I knew that in order to get my healing, the Word had to be in my spirit or heart, not just in my head.
As I sat there in my living room meditating on the Scriptures and thinking about the goodness of God, suddenly I felt what seemed like two hands reaching down into my heart. It was the Holy Spirit. Those hands lifted something out of my heart and set it down beside the chair. Right then I knew my healing was complete — that the full manifestation had come. Tears began to roll down my cheeks as I quietly thanked God for His goodness and His love. I was so happy! It was so sweet and so sacred to think God loved me enough to do that for me.
But He does love me that much, and He loves you the same way! God doesn’t love one of His children more than He does another. He is so wonderful and gracious to every one of us who will put our trust in Him.
Sitting there in my living room that evening, I was so touched by God’s love for me that at first I couldn’t even tell my husband what happened to me. I could only share my joy with the Lord, for it was He who had healed me. Kenneth had been sitting in the living room with me, watching the evening news on television.
Later, as we walked down the hall arm-in-arm to the bedroom, I said, “Honey, I’ve got something to tell you.” I told him my healing was complete, and we rejoiced together at what the Lord had done.
I went back to the doctor for more tests, and when the nurse called me about a week later with the results, she told me,
“Mrs. Hagin, all of your tests have come back negative.” Then the doctor wanted Kenneth and me to come to his office to meet with him. We did, and when we came into his office, the doctor just looked at me and said, “I want you to know there is nothing wrong with your heart. Your heart is perfect in every way. You don’t need medication, and you don’t need any surgery. Your heart is perfect, and you can tell people your doctor said so.”
Our doctor was a Christian, and he had seen many patients recover with the help of both prayer and medicine. But he told us that my healing was the first bona fide miracle he’d ever personally seen.
Someone asked, “Weren’t you nervous when you had to go back to the doctor for more tests? Weren’t you afraid the doctor was going to find something still wrong with your heart?” No, I wasn’t nervous or afraid at all because I knew God had done the work and that my healing was complete. I knew God’s Word is true and that He had touched me, and nobody could tell me any differ-ent.
I knew in my heart that I was healed, and nobody could take that knowledge away from me. But my heart didn’t get healed because I’m in the ministry or because I’m the wife of a prophet and healing minister. I could not have received my healing if I had just been sitting around all those years, not putting God’s Word in my spirit. Yes, God is always ready to heal us. But we have a part to play too. As I said, if we are faithful to God’s Word, He will be faithful to us. But if we don’t honor God’s Word and stand on His Word, He doesn’t have anything to make good in our lives.
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.