May 8th 1:20 am- Found out Josiah didn't have much luck at the emergency room he went to. Greg took him home and Josiah got a couple hours of sleep. Unfortunately Josiah woke up continually vomiting again. Greg and Diane thought that instead of taking him back to the hospital where they didn't get good service, Diane decided to take Josiah to a different emergency room.
May 8th 6:30 am- I wake up with a huge burden on my heart to call Diane. I call her to see how Josiah's doing and found out he's been taken to Texas Children's Hospital by an ambulance. Josiah was continually vomiting and the doctors couldn't figure out what was going on. None of the IV's were working and Josiah is miserable. Prayers were going up everywhere for little Josiah.
May 8th 10:48 p.m.- Greg got home from Texas Children's hospital with a great report! Josiah was better and was going to come home. Greg thanked our church body for praying for his sick little boy and finished the email by typing "Thank you Jesus for being the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are truly the great Healer. Your sovereign goodness and power never skip a beat, even when we can't comprehend our circumstances."
The morning of May 8th as Greg was walking into Texas Children's hospital, he heard the Lord tell him that God was going to use this situation for His purposes, and that Josiah would be O.K.
Sunday May 13th Greg comes to church with a heavy heart for his precious son who has relapsed with continual vomiting and was back in the hospital. The vomiting was constant and again nothing was working to help Josiah. It was Mother's day, but we (as a church family) spent the majority of the time praying for little Josiah; for healing... for peace, for strength, and for grace to endure once again the deep darkness of seeing little Josiah go through so much pain.
Monday May 14th 9:26 a.m.- we get an email that says Josiah had a bad night of uncontrollable vomiting. Greg said there would also be tests that day. His email ended with this " Pray that God will comfort and strengthen and heal Josiah. Above all, pray that God will manifest His glory through us a supernatural level, that the name of Jesus would be lifted up, that everyone involved will encounter the Holy One who is God our Savior..."
Tuesday -Thursday until around 4:30 p.m. - Josiah's condition continued to get worse. He began throwing up blood. Every test the doctors did, Josiah vomited right back up. The doctors saw through the X-RAYS that his little intestines were so backed up with fecal matter that the stomach was rejecting everything. Early Wednesday morning Josiah began throwing up fecal matter. The doctors couldn't do anything else but treat the problem, so they stuck a feeding tube down into his stomach and was vacuuming the fecal matter up so he wouldn't throw it up anymore. Soon after this the stomach stopped working all together.
Sometime during this time, our pastor heard from the Lord that God had a special message for the church Sunday morning that related to this situation and Josiah would be there (on the first row) to hear the message.
Wednesday as the conditions worsened and doctors baffled, the church called for a fast for little Josiah all day Thursday. Friends were telling friends and prayer was going out all over the Houston area. I heard that thousands of people were crying out to God for healing for this precious boy.
"An actual miracle did in fact occur last Thursday at TCH when the waste that was filling Josiah's intestines literally disappeared. On Friday morning I got to examine the before and after x-ray pictures with a team of half a dozen doctors and several techs and nurses. One picture (taken on Monday) was of intestines filled with waste. The picture next to it (taken on Thursday) was of empty intestines. They said that obviously Josiah had eliminated the waste. But we knew better. The GI doc said, "There's no magic. He had to have eliminated it." Indeed there was no magic. But there was an actual miracle done by the sovereign, omnipotent God for His glory and His good purposes. I the evidence with my own eyes. " - Greg Powell
Here is an overview of the message pastor Greg had for us Sunday morning:
(Much more simplified version- by the way!)
Our physical body needs toxic waste to be excreted, and so does our spiritual body, the Body of Christ.
The body of Christ needs Jesus to come in, as He did Josiah, and clean out all that waste that we allow in our lives everyday. The waste that is clogging up our relationship with Christ. The waste that is bringing toxic stuff into the Body of Christ. No doctor could fix Josiah's issue or find the cause and no one can take away the waste that is currently intoxicating the Body of Christ. Only Jesus. Only Jesus can clean out those places inside of us and bring us into complete healing and purity. Jesus is wanting to purify His Bride! He's wanting to clean us out, just as He did Josiah. We must submit to His headship and allow Him to come into those sinful places that we don't want to give up. It's only when we are purified that we can experience God's power, see His majesty, and glorify Him to the fullest. God was glorified in healing Josiah miraculously for a purpose. It was a clear correlation to a clear message;
What waste is clogging our relationship with God?
Psalm 139:23-24- prayer for the Body of Christ.
test us and know our anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in us,
and lead us in the way everlasting...
the Lord would not have listened;
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.