The kickstart weekend – healing ulcerative colitis.

Thursday evening, the day before the weekend was going to start, my mom and I attended the premier of the Last Reformation movie. Very inspiring and again an eye opener. It’s really so simple, just live the way Jesus did. Accept the authority given to the body of Christ and do the works Jesus commanded us to do. Brilliant video, I recommend it to all.

Then the weekend started. Approximately 500 people attended. The teaching was very good. The emphasis being on Jesus and his first disciples. Some really great examples given and testimonies shared. Some 30 modern day fellow disciples of Jesus were present to help kickstart people. All praying for those who came forward.

I needed prayer too. Having battled what was diagnosed to be a chronic illness called ulcerative colitis since 2011, I needed healing. A year ago the colitis flared up again despite medication and inflamed more of my colon than before. The specialist said I should take an immunosuppressant called prednisone. My whole being cringed at the thought and I knew that was not the way to go. I looked up everything about nutrition and diet and effects on the digestive system and came to the conclusion that a lack of micro nutrients, minerals especially, and diet high in gluten was the cause of my grave situation. (BTW did you know the average medical specialist received maybe 1 hour of education on nutrition during their entire education?) Our bodies are the most magnificent machines ever created and they rely on a good source of God’s created nutrients in order to function properly, see also Dr Peter Glidden on 90 essential nutrients.

I radically turned around my diet. Cutting out anything that contained gluten and taking vitamin and mineral supplements (the latter I still believe to be very important as our food is not as rich in nutrients, especially minerals, as it was some decades ago). Indeed I had found significant changes for the better for almost a year during which I took little to no medication. My specialist was surprised I had tamed the flare by diet. Unfortunately a year later the colitis flared up again and I blamed it on a soup I had eaten which by accident contained regular spaghetti instead of the gluten free kind. Since that flare of October 2015 I had to start taking the regular medication again. I have not been able to cut down the medication since without the symptoms coming back one or two days later. In fact a week before the kickstart I forgot to take my medication two days in a row and the symptoms re-appeared the third day.

So there I was, 12 February 2016 in Alkmaar. I walked forward and asked one of those who were offering prayer to pray for my healing. They commanded all sickness and disease to leave my body in Jesus’ name. They commanded all tissue to recover an be healed. I claimed that healing. And stepping out in faith the first thing I did was to go and buy a regular sandwich, thank God for it and enjoy it as my first conscious gluten containing meal in a year. And then it all dawned on me. I still believe a gluten free diet can do you good if you have digestive problems and you do not have faith in God yet. At the same time I have now come to understand as well that all the focus I had put on food and seeking alternatives for gluten containing foods could have been put into worship and trusting God for my healing. My lack of faith and lack of trust caused me to require medication and natural remedies. And don’t get me wrong, I do believe God in his grace has given us great advance in medical science. And I am thankful that this medication exists while we humans lack the faith in God that really we should all have attained by now, by 2016…

So now I’m writing this article it is 2 March 2016. I’m three weeks on since that Friday 12 February when I was healed and I stopped taking the medication cold turkey. And my bowel movements have been fine up to two days ago. I was worried the symptoms were re-appearing. But I now believe it is just an upset stomach as my daughter was having similar symptoms. I keep reminding myself and my body, that on 12 February 2016 I was healed by Christ and the day following on 13 February I was baptised. I died and rose with Christ that day and my body belongs to Him. There is no room for the devil to wreak havoc. This body is now a temple that houses the Holy Spirit. It is therefore perfect and I thank God everyday for it. Now while I’m writing this there is still a little voice in the back of my head that worries at times. But I have no ear for it. I will be perfectly honest about how things progress. And as if God is reassuring me at this very moment (which I truly believe He is) my toilet break was again perfectly normal just now! 🙂 (update of 4 March: I just found a testimony on colitis which describes the process well)

UPDATE: 19-2017
I’ve had a few minor symptoms since this post. Each time I have rebuked the Devil, aksed my friends to join in on prayer and now a little more than a year later I am completely off medication for months now. Before that but since the first prayer, I have not needed anything heavy just the minimum medication on occasion, but nothing like lifelong prednisone! It is really true, “resist the Devil and he will flee”! This means to resist always, not just once. It was a psychological and spiritual fight, I have grown in the process and come out victorious, thanks to God, thanks to Jesus, thanks to the people he put on my path to help in prayer!

I’m not apologetic for the detail here. Feeling ashamed about anything is a perfect way for the devil to keep you in his power. Do not be ashamed of anything that is holding your thoughts or your body captive. Rather bring it into the light, ask someone to pray for you and with you and then let it go and have faith. No matter how dreadful you believe whatever it is that is consuming your attention to be, whether sickness, disease or sin. Christ is bigger. Trust in and call on Him!

So how do you get back on the trust track?

  1. Confess your lack of trust. Read Psalm 51:17; Psalm 86:11; Psalm 51:10
  2. Ask God to re-deposit a hunger for His Word into your heart. Read Psalm 40:8; Hebrews 4:12
  3. 3. Recommit the details of your life—big and small—to God. Read Psalm 37:5
  4. Repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 each day until your trust returns.

For more scripture on trust, truth and triumph click here.

 

events leading up to my attending the kickstart weekend

January 2015 I fell ill to a crazy out of nowhere pneumonia. At first I didn’t feel ill and besides coughing there was nothing to warn me I was becoming very ill. Finally after a month or so of coughing, the doctor confirmed it was pneumonia and I should take it easy. I explained I didn’t feel ill, in fact I was still very energetic, and perhaps I was on the road to recovering already. The doctor agreed. A week later, still coughing, back to the doctor’s office. The pneumonia had progressed and I received antibiotics. Only then did I really fall ill and was in bed for the next two weeks, with severe shortness of breath and no energy. Recovery to the point where I could return to work took 6/7 weeks.

During this “bed and couch ridden time” I started to look up testimonies of people who had experienced God and more specifically, and importantly, Jesus Christ. I wanted to get to know Jesus better, and besides the awesome biblical accounts of Him, I wanted to know Him as He is working in people today.

On basis of past experiences, and on praying that the Lord would help me to find the testimonies He wanted me to learn from, I was able to discern honest accounts of people who claimed they had met Jesus whether in a dream, vision or out of body experience. I realize this (besides the rest of this website ;)) remains debatable, it is not my intention to convince anyone through second hand experiences. But these experiences did help to build my faith to come to the point where I am at now. I have through the work of God delivered 1 person and healed another. It’s still early days for me but God is working in an amazing way and I know there will be more and more experiences I can share with you as I continue to step out in faith and while I am still learning and growing too!

Matthew 19:26 –  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

There are some truly amazing testimonies out there, and where I can I will put in links to those that I discern to be genuine. It helps that I have experienced the love of God as well as the trickery and seduction of demons in my life to discern this. I’ve had several out of body experiences too. But they usually left me in confusion. During most of those experiences it wasn’t God prompting me to come out of my body. It must have been something demonic. Nevertheless I know now God allowed me to experience these things, turning evil around for the good. For me to continue to grow spiritually during this time (this goes back years). So much so that I knew to call on Jesus during the latest out of body experience where I was under attack by a demon that had morphed itself into looking like an old friend of mine. When it turned ugly and I recognised it wasn’t my friend, I called out to Jesus and I fell right back into my body. I knew then how very real and timely His power is.

I needed more of Him. I was so hungry for wisdom, for his pureness, righteousness and love. I found more media content. I started to watch Sid Roth, and research the people he interviewed. Now try not to stumble over doctrine and details you may not agree with. Here too you will find some awesome testimonies and some real keys to living life to the fullest and seeing the magnificence of our creator God.

I started listening to beautiful and joyous gospel music, from Freddy Hayler to Aaron Neville. The young messiah and others. Through the music I could worship daily and found myself being overwhelmed with joy and other times with sadness too. Sad that I found this beautiful and gracious truth while so many still choose to condemn it and mock those that have found it.

I found a pentecostal church not far from my home town. Now I believe that church takes place anywhere two or more people talk about God’s Word and/or where they pray together. But I needed a place to go to so that I could worship in fellowship with others. This pentecostal church meeting was held in a school building where one of the classrooms was allocated as prayer room before the service. One hour of prayer before the service! I had never experienced this setting before. I sat there with a handful of others who started to pray out loud in turns. Sometimes some of them prayed in tongues. I was so happy to just sit there and pray along with them. Then I felt energy build up into my chest area and I felt I had to pray out loud too. I was nervous as I wasn’t eloquent in prayer yet (and you don’t have to be!!!) . And when I started to pray out loud I felt connected. I started to cry. And I cried so much, tears and snot were running down my face. I couldn’t help it. I think I satiated a whole toilet role. I was overcome with emotion. Very powerful. Where I used to cry a lot during my teenage years, since my late 20’s I hardly ever cry at all.

Mid January 2016 I fell ill for the second time this winter. With flu like symptoms I just couldn’t get out of bed. I asked God what was up, as I had never experienced having the flu twice in one winter before. And so I felt I was being “kept home” in order to do some more research. However on day one I couldn’t keep my eyes open, let alone read anything. Day two I still couldn’t concentrate enough to read anything. But listening to YouTube was fine. I quickly found myself listening to more of Torben’s videos.

The next day I looked up his website. And I couldn’t believe it! He and his team were coming to The Netherlands! To Alkmaar! I immediately enlisted myself and my mother. There was no doubt in my mind. We were going, and we were going to get kick-started!

Nothing beats a God given natural high!

I know that there are many spiritual principalities and powers out there, most of which can give any devotee a sense of spiritual awareness and power. However, I also know that the resurrection of Christ is unique and his loving personal interest in each of our lives is truly wonderful, He is the truth and the way. His power gives life and leads to eternal life and I am so thankful to experience the related joy and fullness of God on a daily basis now! This is no exaggeration. That feeling can last forever! It exceeds any type of drug induced high like I have experienced during my student years. In fact it’s not even comparable, as this God given natural high is “unhorrid” and gives life and healing!

Yes, you too can experience this! The proof is in the pudding. Find a disciple of Christ, that is, someone who has close fellowship with Christ as it was described to us in the Bibles “book of Acts”. They can share the gospel and the life of the early Christians to you, before Christianity became institutionalized. They will pray for deliverance, healing and the Holy Spirit for you and can provide you guidance into this new real life.