I asked to speak with Mr. “J” to discuss the issue at hand in an attempt to settle it amicably. His wife Mrs. “M” came instead. She appeared so frail with tears running down her face. I asked her what was wrong. She answered, “I have Crohn’s Disease and my gut hurts me like a “10” on a scale of 1 to 10". I was impressed to pray for her, and due to her frail condition, I suggested that I should talk to her husband, but she insisted that I talked to her because he was busy. I asked her if I could pray for her first and she agreed. After I prayed with her, I asked her to release her faith which she did. She reported that her abdominal pain was gone. She received her miracle! We both rejoiced in the Lord!
We discussed about the eviction notice and I asked her when they were going to vacate the apartment. She promised that they were leaving in two days and she was going to pay what they owed.
After I spoke with her, I proceeded to the Barangay Office to let the Barangay Secretary know that the lessees and I already settled amicably and the meeting with the Barangay Captain was no longer necessary. When I mentioned to him about Mr. “J”, he remembered that in August 2016, when Mr. “J” received the letter of eviction from my lawyer, he was irate and came to the Barangay Office and complained about me. I was back in the United States at that time so, we were not able to come together to discuss our dispute. In this light, the Barangay Secretary called for Mr. “J” to come to the Barangay Office. When he arrived, I introduced myself to him. He started yelling on top of his voice, cussing, and threatening me. I tried to present the documents with all his payments to show the Barangay Secretary that he owes Php23,500.00 in rent. He cut me off and yelled that he was not paying me a dime and insulted me in front of four witnesses.
In that moment, I believed that I was face-to-face with a demon! So, I began to declare the kingdom of the Lord in tongues and I broke off all word curses spoken to me by Mr. “J”. He started to get confused…he continued to spew word curses. I looked into his eyes and prayed in tongues and again broke off all word curses he spoke over me. He had to leave the room about 5-6 times but still tried to curse me when he came back to the room. I continued to look into his eyes and broke off all word curses and prayed in tongues. He finally stopped and left. I continued to pray in tongues on our way back to the car. While driving home, I prayed the forgiveness prayer and blessed Mr. “J”. When we arrived home, I sent Mrs. “M” a text message about the encounter I had with her husband at the Barangay Office. I assured her that I had already forgiven and blessed her husband. She apologized for him and thanked me.
That night, God’s goodness settled in my heart, I declared victory over my situation and magnified the Lord because He has pleasure in my prosperity (Psalm 25:37). I looked to Him to deal with my situation and to come to a place of “rest”. I declared God's promise written in the Bible: "This (what God was a bout to do for me) will be an honor to the Lord, and it will give Him joy and be a source of praise and glory to Him…The people will see the good He does for me and they will tremble with awe!" (Jeremiah 33:9).
On Monday, February 20, 2017, I sent Mrs. “M” a text message reminding her of the promise she made two days prior. She responded to my text message stating that they should be totally moved out that same day, she was just waiting for the garbage collector to pick up the garbage and will proceed to the bank in the afternoon.
At about 3:30pm, true to her words, I received a text message from Mrs. “M” to notify me that they are totally moved out and she had just deposited Php23,500.00 to pay off what they owed for rent. I responded to her text message thanking and blessing her. Once more, God has shown me that He, indeed, dealt with my situation and acted on my favor even when the enemy said, “Not a dime…”
A couple of days later, I sent Mrs. "M" a text message asking her how she was feeling. Her response was, "Oh, i'm fine now. No more gut problem." Once again, we both thanked God for the miracle she received.
I can truly say that God is good. Everything is defined by His goodness. His goodness is not defined by our circumstances. God turns the bad experiences that happen to us into good for His glory!