An air of excitement permeated the crowd in southern Germany to witness this grand baptismal service. It was a time of revival where the young church movement was growing fast. Little churches were springing up everywhere, according to early fathers of the Pentecostal movement in southern Germany.
A long line of baptismal candidates stood dressed in white. Among those in the line was a disabled person. He needed help to get in the water. People sang and the presence of God was strong. He professed Jesus as Lord and was immersed in the waters of baptism.
People could not believe what happened next.
When he came out of the water, the joy of God was all over him. He realized every crippling bone in his body had been healed. He jumped up and down, flailed his arms, celebrating God’s goodness.
The miracle reminded those of Naaman the Syrian who had dipped himself in the Jordan seven times and was healed from leprosy.
The man in Germany Naaman climbed out of the water without any assistance and full of joy. When he got to the top of the stairs, his face changed. The joy seemed to have vanished.
“Oh, but what about my disablement pension?” he said, knowing he would have to return to full-time work.
As those words came out of his mouth, his healing disappeared. He was disabled again and needed help off the stage.
I am sure he regretted those words the rest of his life.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (NLT)
Are your words faith building? Do they build people up or tear them down?
You can be killing your family without ever using a weapon. Be a faith builder who brings great glory to God!