Ruth Faircloth, testimony

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Testimony of Ruth Faircloth, evangelist

Our church’s women’s group invites a speaker once a month to share with our group.  We had a pastor’s wife, Ruth Faircloth, who is an evangelist come to share her testimony with us – she is from Faith Church of God.

Ruth told us that praise plants seeds.  We need to glorify the Lord.  He is still walking among us.  God wants to pour out His blessings and we can see the miracles of God.

2 Kings 4:2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.”

God is calling for the anointing of women.  Everyone who knows Jesus can be anointed.

The Hebrews used oil to anoint their body, for strength, health, and beauty.  They called their elders to anoint.

Our families need to be healed and restored, and that starts with a Godly woman.  You have the authority to speak.  Sometimes God wakes us up at 4:00 AM to pray.  We are to be obedient.

The Shunammite woman had a plan.  She took care of the prophet of God.  We need to do what we need to do, what we are guided to do by the Holy Spirit.  We may not know why we are doing it at the moment, but we are in the plan of God.  She walked in Godly ways and this woman recognized God’s man.

2 Kings 4:2-6 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased.

She was prepared and ready to be able to listen.  Our ministries and our spirits hold onto some of the same stuff, then we wonder why we are not changed.  We want to hear and obey God, and that is what brings change.

2 Kings 4:8-22 Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’” She answered, “I dwell among my own people.” So he said, “What then is to be done for her?” And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her. And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. And he said to his father, “My head, my head!” So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”

The woman prepared.  She fed the prophet, and then realized he needed a place to sleep, so she built a place for him, a permanent place.  She did not know why she was doing it at the time, except to take care of the prophet.  But she was setting herself up for a blessing.  When her child died, she called on the prophet to revive her son.

Ruth told us that April 10, 2008 she was told her son was in a car accident. On the way to the hospital she saw her son’s car, it was totalled in such a way she knew that it was very bad for her son.  Instead of focusing on the state of the totalled car, she began to pray more and got to the hospital.  Her son was in such bad shape and on life support and classified as brain dead, but they flew him to Westchester hospital. His brain was broken in five places and bleeding.  The pressure on the brain was hurting brain function.

She kept praying, “Lord, Lord you have promised that we can ask anything in Jesus’ name and you will give it.”  She kept the faith and drove to Westchester hospital.

The doctors at the hospital gave her son an MRI, and the family was called and told about the son’s condition.  They did not believe the testimony of the MRI.  Ruth held onto the fact that the God she serves will make her son well.  She planned to sit back and see what God would do.

The Shunammite woman went to Elisha and told him that what he proposed about her having a son was such a good promise that she did not want him lying to her.  She told him that he was a man of God and that he should not tell her a lie.  God does not lie.

Ruth began walking in faith for her son, and was almost about to give up, but she kept praying.  Two to three doctors came up to her and suggested she was not hearing what they were saying.  But what the doctors were saying about her son being brain-dead did not line up with the Word of God.  They were waiting for the first 24 hours to pass.

At 6 AM the phone rang with unexpected news.  The town supervisor called and let them know that their house blew up, there was nothing left.  Ruth became like the Shunammite woman. She knew who satan was, and nothing was left of her house.  She sat in a chair outside the hotel and said, “Lord, thank you for my son’s life.  I can’t lose both the house and my son.  Because the house blew up, you need to give me back my son.  This increased her faith. Walking in faith.  Had her son not had the accident, the entire family would have been dead in the blast, but they were all at the hospital so no one died in the house blast, so although it seemed like bad news, it was good news.

She continued walking in faith.  God wanted her to walk in faith for He knew that people were watching. She began celebrating the life of her son and prophesying to her self that if she asks anything in the name of the Lord it will be granted.

What was good about her son being in the trauma room is that only parents or close relatives could go into those rooms, and because of her son’s accident she had access to not only her son but to all the other patients and family members in that trauma room.  She was able to minister to many people who did not know Jesus.

Ruth already knew her son would be all right, so she went on a mission to tell others that God is God and she went room to room to touch the lives of others in that trauma area.

Ruth also told us that like the Shunammite woman, one day a pastor and his wife and family from Africa came to America and they needed a place to stay.  Ruth and her family split their house up, and shared it with this family.  What she did not know at the time that they housed that family from Africa was that God had a plan of action already in place and their obedience to share their house helped to set it in motion.

2 Kings 4:36-37 And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.

Now Ruth’s son is at home – he was in a coma for five months.  What makes this a miracle was that his brain was broken in five places and bleeding.  Most with this kind of brain damage do not survive, or if they survive they are in a coma.  Yet her son is one of the 7% who came out of the coma.

Ruth realized that if she serves Him and is obedient, He will take care of her needs.  We need to know when to prepare for God.  God has sent us to prepare.  Holy men and women do what is pleasing in God’s sight.  So often we try to please our brothers, sisters, husbands and mothers, but what is more important than pleasing man is to please God.  God sees what you are doing and who you are doing it for.  God gives you just what you need.  The Shunammite woman did not need Elisha to speak to an army or the king for her, God knew what she needed, the woman needed a son.  There is a difference between any old man and God.

Prepare yourself, your gift is your gift.  God gave her exactly what she wanted, and she received her son.

Ruth’s family lived in the house that they had for 13 years, and were paying the bills for the house, only to find that they were going to lose their house due to some irregularities in the paperwork. Their house, which they paid for, was being sold out from under them.  Even though they did the paperwork, somehow the house was not listed, and they were going to have to move.  When these troubles came they could have cried and found themselves in a weak place, asking why is this happening to me? But they prayed about the house.

God had a plan and had started setting it up years previously when they housed that African family.  God had a plan and He would carry it out.  When God calls you get in line with what God says.  Ruth prayed and told God that she would do whatever He wanted.  So, on the day when the family was in the throes of moving out, someone called and asked Ruth to minister.  She wanted to give an excuse and back out because of all the work that needed to be done for the move, but she remembered her promise to God and went and ministered. Ruth said that when God tells you to what to do, you need to obey.  She ministered about the goodness of God.

In April her house blew up, in September of 2008 her son came out of a coma.  She moved into a house that she ended up buying – it was not the house she wanted. She went to a Rod Parsley meeting in a pouty mood, and at the service she saw an image of her house coming down.  The house was like a mansion and had three dormers.  She thought this was to be her mansion in Heaven but was told that she would live on earth in this mansion.

Someone is watching us to see if we are faithful and how we deal in trials.  Ruth kept praying.  Five years ago she saw this house and her son at home.  Now her son is at home and she has the exact house she saw in the vision including the three dormers.

When we give God something, prepare something for God, God is getting ready to open up and give us the desires of our heart.

While Ruth was at the hospital with her son, her house blown up, etc, people put some money in her hand, and God directed her to give that to another mother at the hospital.  She obeyed, even though she and her family could have used that money, and the woman cried because she had no way to get to her child, and that money provided the needed transportation.

God wants us to stay steadfast, faithful and live for God in the little things.

The house blew up and she held onto God.  She realized that if her son had not been in the hospital, that there would have been 8-9 bodies in the rubble, for the house blew up in less than three minutes.  God hid Moses in a basket, Jesus in a manger, and God kept her family safe.

God will work it out.  He is a good God and we need to learn to wait on God. Nothing is too big for our awesome God.

The Shunammite woman wanted a son and God gave her exactly what she wanted.

Now Ruth has a son at home.  He has lost 10-15 years and is learning how to live and reason again.  He is a young man, and when Ruth looks at her son she sees him fully recovered and preaching the testimony of what God has done in His life. Many of her son’s friends were very distressed by the accident and the state of her son.  Ruth needed to mobilize their faith, so she had them march around the fish tank in the hospital and at the 7th time around the tank they shouted.  One of the young men told her son that God must have something special with your mom, for what she did is the reason you are alive, for God to get all the glory.

The doctors kept sending in pastors, priests, social workers and in desperation the head of the Hospital to try and convince Ruth of the impossibility of her son’s survival.  Ruth asked them if they ever had someone in a similar condition survive and they told her yes, one.  She told them, well now you have two.

When she had the money and gave it to that woman, she found out that this woman’s son had been in a coma for six months and the woman had no money to come and see him.  This money was a blessing for the woman and rebuilt her faith.  We have to obey when we hear from God. As we prepare for God’s people, God will work out the problems.

God has already covered us, He is looking for faithful people in unity. He will see how we walk.  What God is looking for is people in agreement waiting to see what God will do.  We won’t see many miracles if there is fighting in the house of God.

In our lives, God has predetermined events in our lives, and our obedience to God is what sets these events into motion.  God knows who will obey and if they will obey for God is not tied to earthly time, He knows past, present and future.

God is the God of faithfulness looking for faithful people, not phonies.  When things are good we too need to get up and pray, just for joy, for relationship with Him, not just when we need things.  Stand seeking God and connection with God, realizing what an awesome God He is.  God will never leave you or forsake you.

Ruth gave the example of how in Exodus God opened up the Red Sea, all Moses did was to be faithful and GOD will do it.  Some of us are not faithful.  but with God all things are possible.  When you repent, and believe, we can stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

Instead of taking the ventilator off four months after the accident like the doctors suggested, Ruth sought God, went to the secret place and prayed.   God told her to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.  Instead of giving in, Ruth claimed, “Thank you God, you said it and that settles it.”  That is what God is calling us to do, move quickly when it is a move of God.

When her son died, the Shunammite woman moved quickly to get the man of God.  She had told Elisha not to lie to her, and she believed that he would not lie to her, therefore her son would not be dead.  And her faith was met for her son lived.

Ruth’s son will preach the Word of God.  God woke him up out of the dead situation.  God will complete what he started.  Lots of young men were brought to God because of her son.  This caused the church to grow and blessings to multiply.

The church must stand for the truth, because there are many people who will see, and these people need the Lord Jesus.

Is this not a powerful testimony?  Every woman in our woman’s group was blessed by hearing what Ruth shared. It sure built our faith and I pray it builds your faith.

Have a blessed day,

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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