The Spirit of the Lord is upon me [Jesus], because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.(Luke 4:18)
I received a letter from a gentleman who had attended a meeting I held in Phoenix, Arizona, many years ago. This gentleman mentioned that he had been an officer in the United States Army.
At the time of the meeting in Phoenix, he was retired and had just gotten out of the veterans' hospital for the third time. He had been in the hospital trying to be cured of alcoholism. But he came out drinking.
He had also admitted himself into three different private hospitals trying to be cured of alcoholism.
He finally got down on his knees and began to pray. He said, "Lord, I knew You when I was young. Take me back. I'm a wayward child. Forgive me. Like the prodigal son of old, I'm coming back home."
After he prayed, that burden rolled off him just like a heavy load rolling off his chest. But he was still bound by alcohol. He couldn't stop drinking.
A friend told him about our meeting in Phoenix and said, "There's a former Baptist preacher out there laying hands on people. They're getting healed and delivered."
He came to the meeting seeking help. I laid hands on him. A year later, I heard from him. He said, "Since then, I've never touched another drop of alcohol. I've never even wanted it."
Now in his letter, eight years had come and gone. He wrote, "The power of God came on me, surged through my body, and drove that alcohol demon right out of me. I've never had any withdrawal symptoms in all these years."
Isn't that just like Jesus? He wants to help people.
Confession:Jesus came to set people free. He came to bring healing and deliverance to the world. Thank You, Jesus, for giving Your life so that I could be free!
(Taken by permission from RHEMA Bible Church , aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries , Tulsa, OK , USA. www.rhema.org )