Amazing Faith by Delphine Kirkland
My God is truly amazing! Forty years ago, I found out how amazing He was. The Bible tells us faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God (see Romans 10:17). For me, faith comes by hearing, reading, and believing the word of God. I don’t know about you, but there were times when I had problems understanding and believing God’s word.
During my teen years, I was not an avid reader of God’s word. I became an avid reader of God’s word when I needed faith to endure a journey of uncertainties. On December 1979, I was struck with leprosy! It was at that moment when I realized that I would need to commit myself to really reading and studying the word of God consistently and for myself. It was during that time when I received medical treatment, while also resorting to herbal supplements - only to see no improvements.
I must share this with you. I’ll never forget, one evening a family friend shared a testimony that changed my life! My friend Allen, who was a native of New York, shared a true story of a lady who had cancer. He told me that she decided to terminate her cancer treatments because they were painful and there weren’t any improvements. What I realized what that this woman had intentionally decided to believe God for a miracle. And with a joyful smile on Allen’s face, he revealed to me that the lady was healed by the power of God! It blew my mind!
I had never heard of a person that had been healed miraculously of cancer like that before! Lo and behold, that story planted a seed of faith in my own heart. After hearing it, I asked God for that kind of faith. I didn’t know how that lady prayed or walked in her faith, but I was determined to find out what God could do for me!
You may be asking the question, “How did I find the faith to believe God and trust Him to heal me from leprosy?” Well, I’ll tell you once more. I began reading and studying the word of God more and more, while asking for what I so desperately needed.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”So, the more I asked and sought the Lord, the more the doors of wisdom and knowledge were opened unto me.
In addition, God led me to two awesome women in the Bible who had amazing faith. The first one was the woman with the issue of blood who had been suffering from hemorrhages for 12 years (see Mark 5:24-34 and Luke 8:42-48). According to the Jewish law, she was labeled as unclean due to her bleeding issue(refer to Leviticus 15:25-27). Like her, I sought doctors, and no one could cure me. As I read on about lepers in the Bible, noticed that there were also people who were declared to be ceremonially unclean.
I must mention here, that while I was living with my parents, God protected them. I’m so grateful for that! However, one of my brothers was attacked with a small portion of leprosy (his hands were infected). That’s when I started praying fervently for him and due to the power of prayer, God expedited his healing. But as for me, I was still covered with leprosy because God wasn’t quite finished working out His plans for me.
For two and a half years, I was isolated. I missed those years of not being able to see my grandmother, not being able to go to church, shop, or being with my friends. It was downright heartbreaking. I began reading and asking God, “How did the lady that Allen told me about receive complete and instantaneous healing?”
My prayers were leading me to ask God for her faith. I asked the Lord to give me faith like she had in her heart. I remembered Jesus telling the woman that her faith made her whole. That statement alone encouraged me to seek for wholeness in my faith. One day, I actually looked up the word “whole” and found out that it meant “complete.”I pondered that for a moment and thoughts, “Her healing was finished and absolute.” I figured, once you are healed by God, that healing is complete.
When I read the Scriptures of those who had leprosy, I discovered that they were healed and made whole by God. Miriam, Naaman, and the ten lepers were made whole. It was at that revelation, Jesus gave me permission to ask, seek, and knock on my faith journey. God taught me how to knock. By this time on my faith walk, I had become an avid reader and seeker of God’s word.
I read about the widow woman and the unjust judge (see Luke 19:1-8). This particular parable taught me to be persistent in prayer. God said He would bring justice for His children who cried out to Him day and night. So, I asked and sought the Lord day and night, while consistently knocking on His door daily and requesting my healing.
“It takes courage to push through even when your body and mind are fighting you to stop and give up. Be courageous and persevere to the end.” ~Delphine Kirkland
As I waited for my healing, I read about another awesome woman in the Bible who had amazing faith. She was the Shunnamite woman found in 2 Kings 4:8-37 (personally, she is my favorite because she did some amazing things that I implement in all of my faith journeys).It was because of her hospitality to the prophet Elisha and his servant Gehazi, Elisha wanted to bless her. You see, Gehazi informed the prophet that her husband was old and she was childless. Elisha told the woman that she would have a son by that time next year and the prophecy was fulfilled.
Now, before I go any farther with this story, let me point out the first thing that I learned about this prophesy and prophesies in general is that when a word of prophesy comes to you and it comes to pass, you cannot control how things will happen. Only God knows and controls what happens. In this passage, the Lord gave her a son, but just know that in our lives there will be good and bad things that happen along the way. Yet, God is with us through it all.
For instance, God chose Moses to lead the children of Israel out of bondage and he did. Moses had no control over what would and should happen on that journey to the Promise Land. And Moses faced many challenges along the way, but God was with Him every step of the way, just as He will be with you and me.
So, I want to tell you that the Shunnamite prophesy were fulfilled. Yet, it was fulfilled several years later. She also faced a life-threatening challenge that required faith for her own son who became sick and died in her lap. I wonder how many mama bears are reading this blog post gasping right now. I’d like to think that this mama bear needed some supernatural help to revive her son and 911 wasn’t an option in her day!
After reading this passage of Scripture, most of us would think, “Who would leave their dead son at a time like that?”I’ll tell you who would…a woman whose focus was on God and believed in His supernatural power. It was because of her faith that led this Shunnamite woman to witness a miracle. She saw the prophecy come to pass out of the mouth of a prophet. Could it be because she believed what was spoken to a dead womb or body?
I must admit when I read verses 2 Kings 4:24 and 26, I was baffled with her answers when her husband questioned her journey. She said, “It shall be well.” I wondered, “Why is she lying to her husband?” But then she proceeded to tell the prophet that it was well with her son. The seeker inside of me began searching the Scriptures for the answer and I found it.
Romans 4:17 states, “As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Also, Romans 10:8 says, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” In addition, Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The Bible teaches us how much power the tongue can manifest. The tongue has the power to heal, destroy, bless and to curse. In this case, the Shunnamite woman used it to heal.
I must say, I admired this woman of Shunem because she was strong, courageous, and focused. She persevered unto the end. These two women that I’ve mentioned had encouraged me to fight to the end for my healing. Even today, whenever I am on my own faith journey, I execute these Scriptures in my prayers consistently.
I am proud to say, I am healed by the power of God from leprosy! This year (2023), marks 40 years that I have been healed from leprosy. Today, I share my testimony in my books, through podcast interviews, as well as virtual and LIVE events around the world. I strongly believe that Jesus is the Master healer and today I am healed not by the power of man, but by the power of God! Hallelujah!
“Testimonies are to be shared and not stored. Someone is going through what you have defeated, and they are still struggling to overcome. You are someone’s solution. Don’t rob them. Tell your story.” ~Delphine Kirkland
If you are fighting a battle in your body or a spiritual battle, I want to encourage you to persevere unto the end. The widow who persevered before the unjust judge taught me the importance of resilience. Life involves sorrows, discouragement, injustices, and hardships. Yet, these biblical examples are enough reasons why we should not give up and lose hope in God.
The woman with the issue of blood reminded me of my health issues. My sickness pulled me to God. Both me and this woman needed a healing. It was when we reached out to Christ, we received it and in His due time. During my sickness, I will say that I learned about a God who can be a healer for me.
I learned how to seek Him for His answers and in His perfect timing. I learned how to fast and pray. I even developed a deep hunger for the Lord, as well as a desire to be used by Him, while growing closer to Him. I praise God daily for giving me this amazing faith!
Let me pray for you…
“Eternal God, I pray for this dear reader who may be struggling and feeling defeated in her faith. Lord, you know how I’ve struggled, but I am a living witness of how You are willing and able to help us keep the faith and persevere unto the end. If this reader is getting weak and tired of waiting, I pray that You will grant her the supernatural strength that is needed, while bestowing patience to endure. Please remove all doubt and unbelief that the enemy may be whispering. Send prayer warriors to intercede on her behalf. Lord, You didn’t give up on me, and I know You won’t give on this dear reader. Strengthen this reader’s faith day by day, in Jesus name, I pray. Amen.” Delphine
Delphine Kirkland is an evangelist, Bible teacher, Christian blogger, Contributor Writer, and Faith Encourager. She served in the Women’s Jail ministry for over 25 years. Mrs. Kirkland is the author of three books, “Just Jesus and Me,” “Hiding God’s Word in my Heart,” and “Family Time with God.” She is also co-authored two books along with other women authors around the globe, called “When Grace Found Me. Volume One/Volume Three.”
Delphine is passionate in teaching men and women how to walk by faith without feeling defeated. Her goals in life are to keep writing books to encourage those who are struggling on their Christian and faith journey, and win souls for Christ. She is eager to share with the world her story of how she met a God of power and miracles.
Delphine is happily married and reside with her husband Ben, in Alabama.
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