Isaiah 6.8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8; KJV (Picture taken in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia)

On April 3rd 1995 I received a phone call from a mother of a 2 year old child with severe scald (hot water) burns to the buttock region. The child was severely ill with septicaemia (blood infection) and doctors had given up all hope to treat her severe burns. I finally got to see the child on Wednesday April 5th 1995 and immediately explained to the mother that the situation was serious and I prepared the family for the worse. However, I was not going to give up because we serve a risen Lord and Savior Jesus of Nazareth who reigns in glory. I knew this was going to be difficult because the family were not Christians and they were in a state of shock that I had given them no hope at all. I told the mother that I knew only ONE person who would be able to save her only daughter. She said, “Doctor, I do not care how much it will cost! We will pay for this doctor to come from any part of the world to treat our daughter…just call the doctor to come!” I said, “His name is Jesus! Would you allow me to pray for your daughter and ask Jesus to heal your daughter”. In desperation she replied, “Yes!”

2 years old female - Scald Burns to buttocks Wednesday 5 April 1995

2 years old female – Scald (Hot Water) Burns to buttocks
Wednesday 5 April 1995

It was two months now since I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit into my life. I remember the date, time, place and outcome of the baptism of fire. It was on the 22nd February, 1995 at 5.30 am in the morning because it was immediately followed by a visitation of God that changed the course and direction of my life. (Please read A Slice from The Heart – My Gratitude Journal July 29 reflections) I was all fired up! The ward rounds were exciting because I would pray in tongues over patients who were Christians with no hesitation at all! The nurses would say to me, “Mr Lee! (that’s what they call surgeons) What’s wrong?” And I would reply, “There’s nothing wrong. I am walking right now!”

So, with the fire of the Holy Spirit in my belly, I prayed for resurrection power of the cross for this child every morning. No surgery, no operation theatre…just prayers. In ten (10) days, the Lord Jesus healed this child with new ‘baby-like’ skin. There was no scar, no blemish, no raw wound, just beautiful baby skin!! Praise to the Lord Almighty! On Saturday April 15th 1995, on the 10th day since admission into the Medical Center, the child was discharged well and totally healed and the family left the hospital praising the One and only living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Jesus of Nazareth. All glory to God.

Healed Scald Burns in 10 days 15.4.1995

Healed Scald Burns in 10 days 15.4.1995

The power of the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of prayer. I was amazed what God had done. If the Lord had healed a blind child before my eyes it would have been different for me because I am not an eye specialist. But the Lord healed a situation that I am trained to treat in my career as a plastic surgeon but I GAVE UP and GOD STEPPED IN. I immediately put down my surgical knife and told the Lord, “Here am I, send me!” I wanted to know the real Jesus of Nazareth who healed this child. I wanted to know the man Jesus of Nazareth…period! I took these two slides and my slide projector and traveled the nations – Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, England, Nepal…with one message: Jesus is alive! As a doctor I had only one message: In heaven is a resurrected body seated at the right hand of God reigning as Sovereign King and Lord. His Name is Jesus of Nazareth, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! My Lord and my God.

“Here am I, send me!” The rest is HIS-story. In May 1996 led by the Holy Spirit I attended the Shavuot Conference in Jerusalem and there birthed the vision of Summer Fruit Ministries to study the Word of God through Hebrew eyes. In July 1997 in Maui, Hawaii came the birth of the vision of The Asia Pacific Consultation On Discipleship (APCOD; pronounced A-P-COD) – a vision to restore the Hebraic- Christian foundations for authentic discipleship to Jesus. 5 Consultations have already taken place by the grace of God – APCOD 2001 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; APCOD 2003 in Colombo, Sri Lanka; APCOD 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand; APCOD 2010 Chennai, India and in APCOD 2012 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of APCOD. To God be the glory! (Please visit the APCOD website: http://www.apcod.net; Event Gallery)

Yet, despite ALL these wonderful works the Lord Jesus has done by the power of His Spirit alone, I still stumble and fall because of the plague in my own heart. Spiritual circumcision of the heart is a lifelong ‘surgical’ process that is deeply painful and the only ‘anesthetist’ I know that can ease the pain of falling into sin before a Holy God is God, the Holy Spirit .

Consider this dialogue between the Prophet Nathan and King David and between King David and the LORD GOD: 2 Samuel 12:7-9: Then Nathan said to David, This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: “I anointed you king over Israel and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master’s house to you…I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in His eyes? The child that Bathsheba had borne to David dies and on hearing the news of the child’s death, David gets up from the ground (as he had been fasting), washes his face, puts on his lotions, changes his clothes….and guess where the king goes?…into the house of the LORD to worship God. I believe it is there in the house of the LORD David wrote Psalm 51: 1-4: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

A dialogue between the lostness of the soul of man and the forgiving grace of a loving, living God. I can remember the number of times despite ALL the miracles and blessings the Lord has shown and given to me so graciously, it is the plague in my own heart that causes me to sin and despise the very heart of God and I continue to beg for forgiveness through repentance every day, beg for mercy and grace to finish the race faithfully and obediently. O Lord I pray, may His faithful follower I would be for by His hand alone, Jesus leadeth me!

Joseph H. Gilmore 1835 - 1918

Joseph H. Gilmore
1835 – 1918

He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain:
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

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