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    DELIVERANCE to THE CAPTIVES

    -Smith Wigglesworth


    After I had received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (and

    I know that I received; for the Lord gave me the Spirit in

    just the same way as He gave Him to the disciples at

    Jerusalem), I sought the mind of the Lord as to why I was

    baptized. One day I came home from work and went into

    the house and my wife asked me, 'Which way did you

    come in?" I told her that I had come in at the back door.

    She said, "There is a woman upstairs and she has

    brought an old man of eighty to be prayed for. He is

    raving up there and a great crowd is outside the front door,

    ringing the door-bell and wanting to know what is going

    on in the house." The Lord quietly whispered, "This is

    what I baptized you for."


    I carefully opened the door of the room where the man

    was, desiring to be obedient to what my Lord would say

    to me. The man was crying and shouting in distress, "I am

    lost! I am lost! I have committed the unpardonable sin. I

    am lost! I am lost!" My wife said, "Dad, what shall we do?"

    The Spirit of the Lord moved me to cry out, "Come out,

    thou lying spirit." In a moment the evil spirit went, and the

    Lord said to me, "This is what I baptized you for."


    There is a place where God, through the power of the Holy

    Ghost, reigns supreme in our lives. The Spirit reveals,

    unfolds, takes the things of Christ and shows them to us,

    and prepares us to be more than a match for satanic forces.


    When a man is born of God, is brought from darkness to

    light, a mighty miracle is wrought. Jesus saw every touch

    by God as a miracle, and so we may expect to see

    miracles wrought today. It is wonderful to have the Spirit of

    the Lord upon us. I would rather have the Spirit of God on

    me for five minutes than to receive a million dollars.


    The devil knows that if he can capture your thought life, he

    has won a mighty victory over you. His great business is

    injecting thoughts, but if you are pure and holy you will

    instantly shrink from them. God wants us to let the mind

    that was in Christ Jesus, that pure, holy, humble mind of

    Christ, be in us.


    I come across people everywhere I go who are held bound

    by deceptive conditions, and these conditions have come

    about simply because they have allowed the devil to make

    their minds the place of his stronghold. How are we to guard

    against this? The Lord has provided us with weapons that

    are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds

    of the enemy, and by means of which every thought shall

    be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. The

    blood of Jesus Christ and His mighty name are an antidote

    to all the subtle seeds of unbelief that satan would sow in

    your minds.


    Our blessed Lord Jesus is still alive, and continues His

    ministry through those who are filled with His Spirit. He is

    still healing the broken-hearted and delivering the captives

    through those on whom He places His Spirit.


    At one time I was so bound that no human power could

    help me. My wife was looking for me to pass away. There

    was no help. At that time I had just had a faint glimpse of

    Jesus as the Healer. For six months I had been suffering

    from appendicitis, occasionally getting temporary relief. I

    went to the mision of which I was pastor, but I was brought

    to the floor in awful agony, and they brought me home to

    my bed. All night I was praying, pleading for deliverance,

    but none came. My wife was sure it was my home call and

    sent for a physician. He said that there was no possible

    chance for me -- my body was too weak. Having had the

    appendicitis for six months, my whole system was drained,

    and, because of that, he thought that it was too late for an

    operation. He left my wife in a state of broken-heartedness.


    After he left, there came to our door a young man and an

    old lady. I knew that she was a woman of real prayer. They

    came upstairs to my room. This young man jumped on the

    bed and commanded the evil spirit to come out of me. He

    shouted, "Come out, you devil; I command you to come

    out in the name of Jesus!"


    There was no chance for an argument, or for me to tell him

    that I would never believe thart there was a devil inside of

    me. The thing had to go in the name of Jesus, and it went,

    and I was instantly healed.


    I arose and dressed and went downstairs. I was still in the

    plumbing business, and I asked my wife, "Is there any

    work in? I am all right now, and I am going to work." I found

    there was a certain job to be done and I picked up my tools

    and went off to do it. Just after I left, the doctor came in, put

    his plug hat down in the hall, and walked up to the bedroom.

    But the invalid was not there. "Where is Mr. Wigglesworth?"

    he asked. "O, doctor, he's gone out to work," said my wife.

    "You'll never see him alive again," said the doctor; "they'll

    bring him back a corpse."


    Well, I'm the corpse.


    Since that time, in many parts of the world, the Lord has given

    me the priviledge of praying for people with appendicitis; and

    I have seen a great many people up and dressed within a

    quarter of an hour from the time I prayed for them. We have

    a living Christ who is willing to meet people on every line.


    Oh, if you would only believe God! What would happen? The

    greatest things. Some have never tasted the grace of God,

    have never had the peace of God. Unbelief robs them of

    these blessings. It is possible to hear and yet not conceive

    the truth. It is possible to read the Word and not share in

    the life it brings. It is necessary for us to have the Holy

    Ghost to unfold the Word and bring to us the life that is

    Christ. We can never fully understand the wonders of this

    redemption until we are full of the Holy Ghost.


    Are you oppressed? Cry out to God. It is always good for

    people to cry out. You may have to cry out. The Holy Ghost

    and the Word of God will bring to light every hidden, unclean

    thing that must be revealed. There is always a place of

    deliverance when you let God search out that which is

    spoiling and marring your life. That evil spirit that was in the

    man in the synagogue cried out, "Let us alone!" It was a

    singular thing that the evil spirit had never cried out like

    that until Jesus walked into the place where he was.

    Jesus rebuked the thing, saying, "Hold thy peace and

    come out of him," and the man was delivered. He is just

    the same Jesus, exposing the powers of evil, delivering the

    captives and letting the oppressed go free, purifying them

    and cleansing their hearts.
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