WAR STORIES FOR THE JOSHUA GENERATION
War Stories for the Joshua Generation shares with you some of my experiences on the climb up my spiritual mountain. It is a climb that has gotten steep and lonely at times, but it is a climb that has been worth the trip. It is a climb that I hope you men of the Joshua Generation will join with me in taking. The higher you get on your spiritual mountain the more you will affect your generation.
The height that you reach on your mountain is not up to me, and it is not up to God, it is up to you! The call up the mountain comes from a still, small voice from within you; it is a voice that is easily muffled by the noise and excitement of our everyday lives. If you will answer the call, and learn to follow the still small voice of the Spirit of God within you, you will become "One of the Happiest People on Earth."
MY FIRST HEALING MIRACLE
In March of 1976, just five months after attending our first FGBMFI meeting, my wife Barbara and I drove to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to attend our first Regional FGBMFI Convention.
On the last day of the Convention Barbara and I attended an afternoon teaching session on divine healing taught by a man by the name off Joe Poppel. After teaching the group for thirty minutes, Joe suddenly stopped and announced “If there is anyone in the room who has a clinically short leg, come up here and God will heal you!” For a number of years I had been suffering from chronic back pain. The Doctors had determined that my left leg was about 5/8”shorter than my right leg.
I jumped up from where I was seated and ran to the front of the room, and up the steps leading onto the stage. But by the time I arrived where Joe Poppel was standing, another man had gotten in front of me. That man had a 3” lift built into the sole of his right shoe. Joe Poppel set the man down in a chair and lifted the man’s legs, so that those in the audience could see the 3” lift. Then in a quiet voice Joe prayed “Jesus please lengthen this man’s right leg and heal him.” I watched the man’s leg grow out three inches right before my eyes.
Finally it was my turn for prayer. Joe Poppel set me down in the chair, lifted my legs so the audience could observe my short leg, then in a quiet voice Joe prayed the same simple prayer, “Jesus please lengthen this man’s left leg and heal him.” I watched as my left leg lengthened I felt the pain leave my lower back.
After I returned from the Canadian Convention I witnessed to anyone who would listen. I would tell them how I got born again, how I got baptized in the Holy Spirit, and how God lengthen my left leg.
At one of the Seattle Chapter Meetings several months after Joe Poppel had prayed for the healing of my back, an usher by the name of Gene Williams asked me to give my testimony in the King County Jail meeting he was conducting the following day. I agreed to do so, and the next morning I spoke in Gene’s Jail Meeting. After I spoke, I asked if anyone wanted to receive Christ as their Savior. Two prisoners responded and I prayed with them to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
When we were getting ready to leave the jail meeting a young black man who had just received Jesus as his savior Jesus asked me, “What did you just say about your leg a minute ago?” I explained to him again how my left leg, which was 5/8” shorter than the right leg, grew to the same length as the right leg and I was healed. He said, “Wow! I wish that Joe guy were here”. One of my legs is 1-1/2” shorter than the other and my back is in pain constantly!” Gene Williams said to the young man “Well we are going to fix that leg right now! Bring that straight backed chair over here and set in it.” The young black man jumped up and said, “Wow, does it work every time?” then he sat down in the chair and sure enough, his left leg was 1-1/2 inches or so shorter than his right. Then Gene Williams said, “Bob come here and pray for this man.” Suddenly my mind shifted into high gear, I desperately wanted to find a way out of that jail room, but I was trapped I had to pray for the man.
I had been meditating on the word of God every day; I had been reading the Bible, and other spiritual books on divine healing, ever since the day I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. After I got over the initial shock I got ahold of myself. I picked up the young man’s legs like Joe Poppel had done to me, and prayed a lengthy prayer but nothing happened.
“One of the convicts got down on his knees with his elbows on the jail house bench and prayed, “Please God, let it grow out, don’t disappoint him. Show these men you are real!” While this was happeningI was still holding onto the man’s legs so I boldly commanded that leg to lengthen and the leg literally shot out one and a half inches. Gene Williams said “it is done,” and the young man jumped up and down shouting, “God healed me! God healed me!. Then the jail guard took the young man the other prisoners back to their cell block, to presumably to tell the other Prisoners what God had done for him in the Sunday FGBMFI jail meeting. As for me I could hardly wait to tell Barbara what happened in the Jail.
The scripture’s says “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee.” (John 4:11) Well Sunday July 24th 1977 was the beginning of signs that Jesus did in Bob Bignold’s life. And God wants each of you Joshua Generation Men to be so filled with His word and His Spirit so that He can work signs in your life.
In Jesus' Name,
Robert W Bignold
In the second “War Story for the Joshua Generation” I have shared with you the first time I experienced a healing miracle as a result of my prayer. After I was baptized in the Holy Spirit I experienced an insatiable hunger for the word of God. I spent every leisure hour reading my Bible and Christian teaching books on the subject of faith and healing. I also made it a habit to pray a great deal in the Holy Spirit (in tongues).
One of the principles taught in God’s word is that every word (or teaching) should be established by at least three witnesses (Matthew 18:16).
Now based on this principle let’s look at what the Bible teaches about divine healing. Below are three scriptures which reveal that healing is in God’s plan for mankind.
The first witness is Isaiah 53:4-5. “Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
The second witness is Matthew 8:17 “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick.”
The third witness is 1 Peter 2:24 “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
These three scriptures reveal that it is God’s will to heal men. It is also very important that we establish in our heart that sickness and infirmity come from the devil and not from God. Acts 10:38 tells us “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
And 1 John 3:8 tells us that “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus Himself said that “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
It is also very important that you as a believer establish these scriptures and others like them in your spirit by mediating on them (thinking upon them and confessing them with your mouth) day and night. Meditation on God’s word will build faith into your spirit, in order that faith will be in you, when you are put to the test, like I was put to the test that day in the King County Jail.