The last thing the woman that had the issue of blood did was she gave testimony of her healing! (Mark 5:25-34) We overcome by the blood of the Lamb AND the word of our testimony! (Revelation 12:11) Often, I talk about giving God glory and praise before you see the manifestation of your healing as an act of faith, just like Abraham did in Romans 4:17-23. Today, we teach on giving God praise and glory AFTER you get healed and delivered because it becomes a powerful weapon in your faith arsenal and a future defense against any attack of the enemy. There is something about giving a testimony of faith that transcends the natural. It will bring faith to hearer to receive their miracle from God. I have said something like this elsewhere: The testimony of a miracle carries within itself the power and anointing to produce a miracle again. In the podcast today, we learn about this important truth!
In line with this, I give you the following testimony of my earthly father when he was healed from cancer. Dad was mightily used of God in signs and wonders in a few different nations, and including the U.S. In the near future, we will be publishing a book on the mighty exploits of faith in the Name of Jesus that my mother and father saw as they ministered to multiplied thousands. It will cause a fire of the Holy Spirit tom be ignited in you!
Before I get to this powerful testimony of healing in my dad's own body, I want to tell you briefly about my grandmother. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 in her eighties. It was eating her up on the inside. She ended up in the hospital on what doctors believed to be her death bed. She was in a comma when my wife and I arrived to pray for her in the hospital. My mother and her sister were in the room. Within a moment or two, upon entering her room, the mighty presence of the Holy Spirit entered her room. I laid hands on her in the Name of Jesus and commanded her to be healed. Instantly, she sat up in the bed, breathed in deeply and called out my name! She was instantly healed! She was released from the hospital in three days totally cancer free, and lived for two more years after that! I share this powerful testimony in my book OUT OF THE MIRY CLAY. Below is information on how to get it.
I don't care if you are at death's door, there is still healing and a miracle available for you in the Name of Jesus. If you have a relative at death's door, read this post to them, listen to the podcast, and hear the testimony of my dad's healing through the words of Brother Kenneth Copeland. Brother Copeland was involved in my dad being healed miraculously, and he shares the testimony in a lot of detail. If God ever did it for one, He will do it for you or your loved one. He is NO respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34)
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, brother Kenneth Copeland shared on the Believer's Voice of Victory TV broadcast the story of how my earthly father (Israel Rodriguez) received a powerful miracle and healing from cancer. Here's the link to the program. It all starts about 7 minutes and 45 seconds into his message, and it continues until the end of the BVOV broadcast. Brother Copeland’s message is from this week’s series: Stay Steady On God's Plan. If the program is not available, the segment is from from the Kenneth Copeland 2012 Believer's Convention at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge, Virginia. It is from the final service saturday night (PM) November 10. It is available a free iTunes download. Click here. Here's the link address if the previous link did not work for you: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/saturday-november-10-evening/id566459366?i=126851982 The testimony is towards the end of his message right after he tells the story of Bob and Charlotte Deweese. The testimony starts about one hour and eight minutes into his message, and goes on for about 18 minutes! Here's the link for this message by brother Kenneth Copeland. Click here for the audio message. Again, if that link does not work for you, here is the address: http://download.kcmmedia.org/en_meetings/2012WDCVC/en_us_events_2012_11_10_1900_m_wdcvc.mp3
Brother Copeland does not mention our names, but the story, down to ALL the details, are from our family. He does mention that my dad was a pastor in Puerto Rico, and that we flew dad in a private jet (Air Ambulance) to the City of Faith in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I remember that vividly because I chartered the plane and paid the bill from my parents account! On the plane it was a nurse, my dad, mom, the pilots, and myself.
For those of you that never heard of the City of Faith, it was the beautiful medical facilities built by the Oral Roberts ministry. It was so far ahead of its time that many failed to see its value back then. All the doctors and nurses were spirit-filled believers that believed in prayer and in miracles. I have never, to this day, seen medical facilities like that. The rooms and all the building had nothing in them to remind you of a hospital. It looked more like a five star hotel! Yet, they were on the cutting edge of technology and science at the time. It was truly a wonderful alternative to hospitals that were available then or even today.
Brother Copeland also mentions my dad and mom's friendship with him and his parents, A.W. and Vinita Copeland.
All the above, plus the very detailed account of dad's miraculous healing, is our story. I have never shared publicly all the details of my dad's devastating sickness, and of his miraculous healing, the recreation of body parts, and the baby skin brother Copeland mentions as he retells the story. I have heard brother Copeland mention this extraordinary story over the years, but never in this much detail. I am not saying he hasn’t done it before, but only that I am not aware of it. I truly believe this retelling in the words of Brother Copeland will minister to you powerfully. Above all, if there is anyone at death’s door that hears this broadcast, or even that reads this post, may you learn today that NOTHING is impossible with God, and that sickness and disease MUST bow its knee to the Name of Jesus and to our faith in the Covenant and work accomplished through our Lord Jesus!
Neysa (my sister), Noemi (my mother), and myself, were deeply moved by hearing this personal story from our lives once again. The details just brought so many things to our memory and hearts that we believe that this story will impact you powerfully. Again, it is a story of NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD AND NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HIM THAT BELIEVES. (Mark 9:23, 10:27)
While in this terrible disease, dad went from 190 pounds or so to as little as 69 pounds. All his rectal area, internally and externally, was eaten away by cancer. Yet, on his deathbed, God miraculously restored his body and healed him of that horrible disease. Here is one more tidbit of information that I have never shared publicly. That cancer dried up and came out of my dad's body as a solid black, shriveled up, mass. That was medically impossible for dad to pass such a thing because he had no large intestine connected to his rectum. I know this detail may make some cringe, but it is only in the details that you can see how big a miracle this actually was.
I thought I would give you a little background, and a time frame, so you get a picture of the story shared by Brother Copeland. My dad, mother, and I pioneered that church in Puerto Rico between 1977-78, but dad was the senior pastor up until he publicly set me in the position of senior pastor in 1981. We started that ministry as a teaching center, and did not originally intend for it to be a church. But, a church it became! I took some months off from that mission and worked in the “prayer department” for the Kenneth Copeland Evangelistic Association (as it was known then- today it is Kenneth Copeland Ministries) during 1978. At that time, the prayer department was only the prayer director, the secretary, and I! Brother Copeland's prayer director at the time was a very good friend of mine. I learned some VERY valuable lessons in prayer both from the prayer director and from Vinita Copeland. I went back to Puerto Rico in early 1979 to the place God had called me to be in ministry. While I was with brother Copeland's ministry (about 6 months or so), my cousin Stevie (Stephen) helped my dad in ministry. When I got back to Puerto Rico, within a couple of months, my cousin left Puerto Rico and went to work at Fred Price's church in Los Angeles, California as an associate minister. I continued at that church as the senior pastor from 1981 until 1993. Brother Copeland's reference to my dad mentioning "boys" (though I am the only son of Israel and Noemi) was probably a reference to the fact that we had two other young ministers that helped dad and me in ministry. Dad loved them and treated them like sons. They were not with us in the City of Faith and actually stayed in charge of the ministry while I was in Tulsa for a few days. When I came into my dad's room at the City of Faith, and saw brother Copeland under the bed praying in tongues (which was strange even for him!), a friend of the family (from Tulsa) and I did an about face and left! It was not the time to interfere or chat! We could feel the mighty presence of God in that room. You can read a little more (if you are interested) about IGLESIA FE ES LA VICTORIA in my BIO on our website.
In my book, OUT OF THE MIRY CLAY: A Restoration Manual, (published in 2012), I wrote about this period in our ministry from 1978 until 1993. I mention dad’s passing in 1983. You will find it in the chapter that retells, THE “REALITY” STORY OF A PASTOR under the heading ALAN SAVED AND CALLED. You will understand that title at the end of that particular chapter. I don't want to give it away here. Please get this book. It is a powerfully anointed book with many stories, examples, and much life-changing instruction from God’s Word. We wrote it under a powerful anointing for restoration of God’s people, whether in ministry or not. I tell you how to get it below.
I truly hope you do not miss Brother Copeland's retelling of this miracle. The fact that my dad got a miracle healing, and then still decided to go home to heaven, may be hard for some to accept. But, it happened just like Brother Copeland relates in his retelling of the events. For years, we did not say much about this because we had no proof to speak of except our own word. We suffered such terrible persecution over this, because it happened right in the middle of a faith and healing revival in Puerto Rico, that we have kept our mouths shut about it for years. We wanted to honor the memory of my dad as a man of faith and not allow people to deride it nor the ministry we were entrusted with. I believe we did the right thing to wait until now.
The other side of this is that someone of the international visibility of Brother Copeland was very much involved in the miracle. We didn't want to say anything until we heard enough detail about our story (from him) to share it, and have indisputable proof (at least for us). It took 30 years, but here it is in Brother Copeland's own words. You should understand that we have had NO communication with the Copeland family about this for at least 27 years. As for Brother Copeland, as far as I can recall, none of us have ever talked to him about this since the day it happened. It's not that we did not want to, but we never had the opportunity.
Another powerfully anointed man of God met us on the tarmac when we arrived at the airport in Tulsa, and prayed for dad before the ambulance took him to the City of Faith! His name was John Osteen! Brother Osteen and my dad were friends. Brother Osteen and Dodie received one call from my mother before we took off from Puerto Rico letting them know we were taking dad to the City of Faith, and without exact information, Brother Osteen met us on the tarmac to pray for my dad! He must have been led by the Holy Spirit as to the exact time of our arrival. There was no way to tell him in advance because the flight plan took us through the Bahamas, and we were delayed by customs. There were no cell phones back then to coordinate this! It must have been the Holy Spirit!
Be blessed with this powerful testimony that profoundly touched our lives!
Dan A. Rodriguez
OUT OF THE MIRY CLAY is written from the depths of personal experience seen in the light of God’s Word. It begins with the reality story of a man of God that lost his way and how he returned through a journey of restoration.
He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, OUT OF THE MIRY CLAY, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (Psalms 40:2)
The apostle Peter wrote about those that knew the Lord but go back and once again "wallow in the mire” of the wickedness of this earth. (2 Peter 2:20-22) That “mire” is a desolate and slippery down hill slope into despair, doom, and gloom from which there is apparently no way out. Only in God and by the power of His Spirit can a person be brought out where their feet can be upon the rock and their goings can be firmly established! This is what this book is all about because it deals with powerful scriptural principles that will put anyone on God's divine path for a complete restoration.
When there is true repentance, forgiveness from God is as instantaneous as is His acceptance, but complete restoration is a divine process. Many never enter the process of restoration because of not knowing where to begin. Others get frustrated or weary in the process and give up because no one ever told them that the fullness of restoration will take time. How much time it will take is mostly up to you! This manual will show what the process is, how to flow in it, and how to complete it so as become useful again for the Master.
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