Acts 3:6-10 "Then Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."
My name is Steve Bramham. I have been healed by the grace of our Almighty Lord and Savior. Here follows my story and testimony. In 1986 I severely injured my back in an on-the-job work accident. I ruptured two discs in my lower back at levels L4-L5 and L5-S1. After months of therapy to relieve my pain, and having several myelograms, an MRI and CT scan performed, the doctors determined that surgery was needed. They performed a procedure called a lamenectomy and fusion. This involves making an incision from the middle of my back down to my buttocks. Two steel rods were attached to my spine and donor bone from my right hip was used in the fusion process. I was bedridden for nearly 4 months and not permitted to return to work for a year after surgery. But the pain continued. In fact it was worsening. I had multiple epidural injections of cortisone which not only provided no pain relief but severely aggravated a skin condition I have called cylindroma.
About five years after the initial surgery and with a constant level of pain, the doctors performed a series of bending and flexion X-rays and a discagram discovering the initial fusion was broken. They performed a second operation called an anterior fusion. They went through the abdomen, removing internal organs and laying them out of the way. Then with donor bone from a cadaver they hammered bone wedges into my spine, held in place by titanium screws. (There is a fibular strut graft at L4-L5 and L5-S1 as well as inner transverse process bone graft at L4-L5 bilaterally. There are two surgical screws, one each located in the bodies of L4 and L5 anteriorly centered at the midline. There are also two rods, one each to the left and right of the midline anchored to the posterior elements of L4 and S1. There are surgical clips projected just anterior to L5 and S1.) The doctors had me using a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit to help with the pain. It provided very little relief. I was also being treated at Northside Hospital's Pain Clinic in Atlanta with Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) also with no success.
The doctors at the Pain Clinic prescribed daily dosages of Methadone and were planning on implanting a morphine pump as a means of controlling the high level of pain I was experiencing. I was being treated with Zoloft for severe depression due to the constant pain I was under. I had to use a walking cane all the time just to keep from falling down. Scar tissue had grown around the sciatic nerve where the donor bone had been taken causing my right leg to give way. I had uncontrollable leg twitching at night that was so severe I could not get any sleep. I was drinking a large glass of whiskey every night, along with the pain pills and anti-depressants, just to get some temporary relief from the pain. The doctors told me there was nothing else they could do and that I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life just to attempt to control the pain. I was at the lowest point in my life, even considering suicide as an option to end the pain.
In June of 1999 I was given a wheelchair due to the problems I was having with my mobility. The depression was getting worse. Our youngest daughter, Kimberly, attends Kennesaw State University and had become involved in a youth group at in Acworth, Georgia. My wife, Sharon, and I started attending "Christ the King" Church for Sunday worship services and we really liked the pastor, the people of the church, and the message that was being taught. After being out of the church for nearly 20 years, we had found our new home.
About four weeks after we started attending church, a wonderful lady named Delores Winder came to the church to tell the story of her miraculous healing during a Katherine Kuhlman service. I must tell you that growing up in the Southern Baptist faith, I was a more than a little skeptical this faith healing stuff. It just wasn't what I grew up with, and I was uncomfortable with the idea.
Sharon, Kimberly and I attended the first service Saturday night. I found myself in the first row, aisle seat, right where Delores was speaking. Delores spoke for about an hour and then said there were some there that were in need of healing and she started praying for them. Then she came over to where I was sitting and laying her hand on my head began praying for me. She told me to give her my cane. I hesitated because I had just received this new cane and didn't want to give it up. But she said once again, "Give me your cane." Then she told me to get up and walk. Getting up from the sitting position was difficult enough when I could use my cane. Trying to get up without it, I knew, was going to be impossible. I slowly started to stand, expecting severe nerve pain to shoot up my back and down my leg. But there was no pain. I came to a full standing position with no pain. Delores told me to walk. Now I figured this would be the real test. Can I walk without falling down? Will there be any pain? I walked to the rear of the church, then back to the front. I tried climbing the steps to the podium. No pain, Praise the Lord! I was totally free from all pain for the first time in over 13 years.
The most important thing though is not the healing - while I certainly enjoy being free of pain after 13 years - but being able to follow Jesus Christ and minister to others that are still hurting. I now serve my Lord Jesus Christ in a faith based ministry traveling throughout the world proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Steve said in his testimony, "That being brought up in the Southern Baptist Church he was skeptical about this healing stuff." The Southern Baptists are not the only ones that have helped produce a population that is "skeptical of this healing stuff."
How many times have you heard someone say, "If God was going to heal today, why would we have so many doctors and nurses?" Who do you think would be the first to tell you that the doctors and nurses can only do so much? The doctors and nurses!
When you have bought an appliance and it breaks down, what do you do? You take it back to the manufacturer (the one who created it). He may repair it on sight, or he may send it to a repairman (doctor). But we go to the manufacturer first because of warranty. The warranty is a free gift of repair.
1 Peter 2:24 "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."
He didn't ask for anything. He loved us so much that He took on our sins. He, who had no sins, took on all of ours. He knew that the Father could not look on sin and by taking our sins; he would estrange himself from His Father. That must have been the hardest thing for Him. To separate himself from His Father, even for a second. He did this because of His deep love for us and that we might desire to die to sins and live for righteousness and by His wounds we are healed.
Jesus loved us enough t die for us and God loved us so much "that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
I cannot find any place in the scriptures where God said that healing ended with the death of the disciples. Can you?
I believe that many have failed to preach on it because some have not been healed when they were prayed for and people started to take on the blame for the lack of healing. Therefore, if they didn't mention it, they couldn't be blamed. It is God's decision who will be healed and who will not be healed. None of us can take the credit or the blame for the results of our prayers. We are only called to "lay hands on and pray for the sick" the rest is up to God.
The Great Commission Mark 16:15-18 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
Who will do these signs accompany? Believers!!
I do not want to stress that "picking up snakes and drinking poisons" are not to be done to test God. When Paul was bitten by a snake, he shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects (Acts 28:5). But this verse gives us the assurance that "if these things should happen to us" that God is with us and we will be protected.
It says "they will lay hands on the sick and make them well." That is exactly what we are called to do as believers. When we see someone that is sick and wants to be healed, (John 5:6) then we are called to lay hands on them and pray for them to be healed.
Look up scripture and read for yourself what God has called us to do. We can no longer stand on the fact "that our pastor didn't teach us." We can pray that god will enlighten us as we read His word and learn for ourselves what the Bible has to say about this and other subjects. The Bible is our manual for living. If we do not read the instructions, we will never know what to do.
If you would like to contact Steve for prayer, feel free to contact him at:
Abiding Light Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 3083
Kennesaw, GA 30156-9119
Tel: (770) 426-0325
Fax: (770) 426-1094