Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
It was a day in healing school at Rhema Bible Training Center.
Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin entered the classroom. He walked to the podium. No fanfare. No shouting. No preaching or teaching.
Very calmly he spoke the following scripture.
Psalms 136:1. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” He then shortened the phrase. He spoke calmly again – absent of any fanfare.
He said, “For the Lord is good and His mercy endures for ever.”
This was healing school. Healing school had two purposes. To heal the sick and to train the ministry students how to minister healing. Therefore there were sick people there. One in particular. She was very sick. She even had a tube going up her nose. She was attached to medical apparatus.
Because this was is a Bible School – the room is filled with ministry students. The students are on fire and hungry for God. They are amazing “AMEN-ERS”. These students know how to pull messages out of preachers – they amen and shout with the best of them. However this day was different. Reverend Hagin did not seem to respond to their shouts – to their amens – or to their zeal.
Calmly again he spoke. “For the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.”
The students continued to shout and amen – hoping to arouse his passion and excitement. But he continued. Slowly – methodically – without emotion or intensity – to speak one scripture.
Not even a bunch of scriptures. You know. This is Reverend Kenneth E. Hagin. A father in the faith. He is known for his knowledge of the scriptures. He’s been known to quote whole books of the Bible. Doesn’t he know anymore scriptures?
Of course he does.
But – no. One will do. Just one scripture has enough power in it to do the trick.
And so he continued. Not frazzled. Not nervous. No show. Not moved by the congregation. Still they persisted with loud amens and excitement.
After about 15 minutes of this things got super awkward.
What is he doing? Why is he doing this? Why doesn’t he preach?
The amens started to die down.
Awkwardness filled the room.
People’s flesh got antsy. People’s flesh got embarrassed. People’s flesh wanted more.
But still he persisted – through the tangible awkwardness. Through people communal thoughts. Thoughts unspoken but screaming in the air – WHAT IS HE DOING?!?! WHY IS HE DOING THIS?!?!
About 20 minutes in – you could feel the atmosphere begin to clear of demands for a performance. A new quietness settled in.
Still he continued. “For the Lord is good – and His mercy endures forever”.
This quietness did not have questions and demands in it. The power of the Word had now caused a humbling – a deferring to the Scripture. A peace settled in
The congregation went from awkward silence to the manifestation of peace seasoned with joy. They had begun to bask in the presence created by the spoken word.
Their spirits were beginning to gain ascendancy over their minds and bodies.
Still he continued repeating just one scripture.
“For the Lord is good and His mercies endure forever.”
As he steadfastly and purposefully continued the atmosphere of the building changed.
The congregation had gone from excitation to irritation to meditation and now came a revelation. A revelation that catalyzed saturation.
“For the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever”.
The congregation began to realize that the Lord really is good and His mercies really are enduring – even to this day and their situations.
As this thought began to dawn upon them a thick healing anointing began to manifest from the ground up. That group of Christians had become one mind and unified regarding the goodness and mercy of God and here came a powerful corporate anointing in response to the revelation of one scripture.
As that ocean of anointing crested – the lady in the back with the tube up her nose – she stood up – she pulled the tube out of her nose. She was gloriously healed.
Because the Lord is good and His healing mercies endure forever – His mercies are over all the works of His hands.
*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.