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Cancer healed at Azusa Now meeting?


Natasha Higgins before and after scan Photo: Instagram

Natasha Higginson’s before and after scans Photo: Instagram

Natasha Higginson recently shared her PET scans showing a remarkable reduction in the cancer spots in her body after being prayed for a person attending Azusa Now.

In a posting on Instagram, Higginson said she has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes) for the past nine years. She has experienced brief periods of remission and when it recently returned, after taking two doses of chemo she decided to stop treatment because she “wanted to live the rest of my life feeling good.”

When she made that decision in 2015, the doctors did not believe she would live past March of this year.

When she first contracted the disease Natasha did not believe the cancer would kill her and when she decided to quit taking the medication, she felt an incredible peace about her decision.

Nevertheless she confessed on Instagram, “I was scared God’s promises weren’t real.”

Meanwhile she had gotten to know a woman, Nicole Jasien, via Facebook. Nicole had decided to attend the Azusa Now meeting in Los Angeles on April 9, 2016

The meetings were being held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the infamous Azusa Street revival that started in Los Angeles on April 9, 1906 and ended in early 1916.

It involved a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit that included healings, tongues and prophecy. This revival sparked the modern-day Pentecostal and Charismatic movement.

The revival also broke down racial barriers because one of the key men God used during this revival was a black man named William Seymour. The revival featured a coming together of whites, blacks and Asians — in itself a miracle in 1906.

Though Natasha never attended the Azusa Now meetings, Nicole did. She believe God wanted her to pray long distance for Natasha.

It was shortly after the meetings that Natasha sent Nicole the incredible report of God’s healing power. She even shared the medical scans on Instagram showing the remarkable transformation.

Natasha reported:

“And the results are they came back CLEAN! It’s literally a miracle… My Doctor was in shock. She kept saying ‘this is amazing!’ There are still some very tiny up takes and evidence of some cancer still present but to have this much of a change is just incredible.

Glory to God for this. There’s no way two rounds of treatment could take away all this disease. I still have a bumpy road ahead and there’s still a chance for it to come back but doctors told me I wouldn’t be here past March and here I am ALIVE and HEALED!! God is so freaking GOOD!!!”

Of course, immediately after posting, trolls surfaced to discredit the healing. Some pointed the last names were different on the two slides, easily explained by her marriage in the past year to her long-time boyfriend.

Natashs responded:

“If you don’t believe, it’s okay I’m not asking others to believe I know in my heart.”

But the Bible does offer an explanation as it speaks of two kinds of unbelief. The most common word used is apistia that speaks of a genuine struggle to believe. (Pisteuo is the Greek word for belief, apistia means unbelief.)

It is the word used when the man whose son was possessed by an evil spirit cried out to Jesus, “help my unbelief” (Mark 9:21-26).

However, there is a second type of unbelief “apeitheia.” It refers to deliberate disobedience — purposefully choosing not to believe.

But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient [apeitheia], speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. (Acts 19:9 NASV — see also Acts 14:2; Romans 15:31)

We see the two Greek words (pisteuo and apeithia) at work in John 3:36:

36 He who believes [pisteuo] in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey [apeithia — deliberately chooses not to believe] the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (NASV)

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