Jesus Suffered to Set Us Free

As I stood outside the glass doors waiting for my client at the Vein & Vascular Institute, an elderly gentleman came out and stood with me waiting for his wife. I asked him, “What are you here for?” He said, “I can’t breathe. I just got off a stress test and I have a splitting headache.” I reached my hand over and touched the back of his head and said, “I rebuke this headache in Jesus’ name and command the pain to subside and go away, and the cause of it to be corrected.” The man looked a little surprised, then mused saying, “Well that’s something. I just got saved two weeks ago.” I said, “Praise God. He is working in your life. He is showing you that just the same way he takes your sins away, now he also takes your pain and sickness away.” At that point his wife came out and we bid each other adieu. They walked down the short hall and around the corner. I continued to stand there. I don’t care about sitting all day, so I stand or walk, taking breaks to sit down.  In a moment the gentleman came back around the corner. He said, “I want to thank you for what you did. It really took the edge off this headache.” I said, “And it will continue to subside.” Then with a little more conversation, they went on their way.

You know, I just got out of the heart hospital myself and I am taking the meds and going through the procedures, but that does not change the Word, the Spirit, and the power of God. If we will put God out there into people’s lives, he will do what he wants to do and set people free. The key is openness and being yielded. As we go, he will guide. The way he works is different for every situation, but he always works with love, compassion, and with boldness to help people out of their bondage and suffering. Obviously, the man was in a state of being open to the things and operation of God, having been saved two weeks earlier. In that state he just received what God had for him. Jesus said we are to receive the kingdom like a child. So there is balance. The Word also says the violent take the kingdom by force. Sometimes there has to be some standing and fighting. But in all times, we must be open and yielded if we are going to receive and experience the things of God. This applies to every facet of what God has for us. Most of the time we must close off the things and ways of man, religious traditions and teachings that are not in harmony with the Word and Way of God. Man’s ways will leave us deficient, whereas God’s ways are all-sufficient. The suffering and death of Jesus is given to us to set us free in spirit, soul, and body.


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