Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
“Healed by His Stripes- Isaiah 53:5”
Hello, my name is Denise Davis
I would like to share my testimony so that others will know that God heals, delivers, and can set you free from any stronghold that you may have. Growing up as a child I was raped and molested. The rape and molestation caused me to be depressed, bitter, afraid, ashamed, and made me feel down-right dirty. I started to hate myself as time went on. I started to drugs. All kinds- you name it, I did it. I took drugs because I thought it would make the pain, hurt, and shame go away. Only to find out later that it caused more pain in my life.
I was young, confused, depressed, and suicidal; having no one to trust. I turned to the streets where things got worse- well let me back up for a minute. I realize today that it was worse but when I was living in sin and darkness, I thought my life was “A-OK.” I started to get chosen by the top notch drug dealers, lawyers, and doctors. See, I was a beautiful young lady and I guess the look that those kinds of men wanted I had, not to mention they all could afford my habit. Some even tried to help me get off drugs.
While on drugs, it separated me from my family, but most of all, from my one and only child, LaTonia. The enemy had me so far gone. I started believing that as long as I had a beautiful home and my daughter didn’t want for anything, there was nothing wrong with what I was doing. Yes, the enemy plays with the mind and will make you think wrong is right when you know what is really right from wrong. As time went on, my body was telling me to stop using drugs.
Of course, I paid no attention to the warning signs until I almost lost my life to kidney and liver failure. All I can remember was me and God walking and
Talking and I saying, “Lord, please give me one more chance.” I could hear people around me but wasn’t able to respond to any of them. I kept praying and praying in my head asking God to please give me one more chance and he did. I came out off my comma and off the life support machine, and the first thing I remember saying was to my daughter, “Please forgive me,” and she did.
After coming out the hospital and joining church, the enemy was still tempting me. See, I thought I could beat the addiction on my own, but of course I couldn’t. I went boldly to the throne and fell down on my knees praying to God saying, “Lord, I surrender! I can’t do this on my own. It’s hard and I know with you all things are possible. Lord, I’m tired I don’t want that life anymore. Please, Lord, heal and deliver me from every unclean desire I may have.” I then started to go to prayer, bible study, church, and changed the company I was keeping. I’m telling you there is power in prayer.
I have been drug-free for over twenty four years. Saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost-filled, and loving every minute of it. I promise you if you have a loved one or if you are on drugs, God is able to deliver you. If he did it for me, he will do it for you. Try him, and TRUST him. He’s able. He loves you so much and all he wants you to do is let him in. Be encouraged and trust God.
I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in July 2010. I consulted a naturopath after the initial shock and began a cancer-fighting regimen. I also consulted with the doctors associated with my health plan regarding treatment. Throughout it all I asked God for supernatural healing. I didn’t want surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. I wanted ‘instantaneous healing.
I was concerned that the doctors within my health network wouldn’t state whether I would have a colostomy bag for the rest of my life. I decided to come to Cancer Treatment Centers of America for a second opinion. Further testing showed there was a 60-70% chance that the procedure could be reversed. I chose CTCA for treatment.
I was blessed to meet many people on this health journey – to share hopes, prayer for healing, encouragement and tears over the next eighteen months. I underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries between September 2010 and September 2011. The colostomy was reversed. My 2012 tests show NO SIGN of cancer anywhere in my body. ALL HONOR, PRAISE AND GLORY BELONG TO GOD!
This experience forced me to re-examine my priorities. I had refused to answer God’s call to the ministry. I had begun writing a book about gospel music ministry that was not completed. I promised God that the rest of my life was His and that I would no longer say no to whatever He said. Make A Joyful Noise: A Brief History of Gospel Music Ministry in America was completed during my recovery and self - published in July 2011. I continue to watch what I eat, and adapt to the “new normal” that is my present body.
I thank all who are a part of CTCA-Midwest Center. The faith and hope present in that healing community inspires patients to continue to persevere in spite of their challenges. I also salute the caregivers who were there with their family and friends. I have come to realize that God’s plan for me is for my good (Jeremiah 29:11). I didn’t receive supernatural healing as I had imagined it – BUT I did receive supernatural healing. My prayer is that those still in the midst of this health challenge remember God has not forgotten or forsaken them. His promise in Hebrews 13:5b is true: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” I am a better, stronger, more compassionate human being – because of His stripes that healed me.
In Christ,Minister Kathryn Kemp