Matthew 17:18 – And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
It was 1977, and I was speaking in a church in my hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We were having wonderful services, the Lord was moving, people had been saved and filled with Holy Ghost, and some had been healed. One night a gentleman came to the service, bringing his nine-year old son for prayer. During the ministry time at the close of the service, he brought his son to the altar for prayer. I asked him what the situation was, and he explained. Though his son was nine years old, he could not attend school. He was a chronic bed-wetter (nightly, it seemed), completely dominated by some kind of fear. We prayed for the boy, laid hands on him, and commanded the spirit of fear that bound his life to release the body, and thanked God for the answer. The boy fell into the floor like a dead person. He was breathing, showing no signs of distress, seemingly very peaceful, but could not be awakened. He laid in the floor for about three hours, his father and nurse who was attending the meeting sitting with him. The suddenly, his eyes opened, he sat up, hugged his father, and smiled. When it appeared all was well, his father took him home.
I did not know the man when he came to that meeting, and did not see him again until 1991. I was ministering in another church in a nearby city. At the close of the service, a gentleman came to me, and introduced himself, reminding me of the ministry some14 years earlier. He was full of the joy of the Lord. I asked about the boy, and he said his son was well. After a few minutes, he motioned for someone to join us. A handsome young man in his early 20’s walked up, dressed in a blue suit, wearing a tie, and well-groomed. This was that nine-year old boy to whom I had ministered those years before. He told me of his life.
After receiving ministry, the bed-wetting stopped, he was enrolled in school, and he moved up rapidly. He had graduated college at 20, had a job with a prestigious company, and was doing very well. As it was in our Text for Today, as a lad he had been ravaged and battered emotionally, and even physically, by a demon spirit. But Jesus delivered him. His life was completely turned around. He had a brilliant mind, what doctors and psychiatrists could not do for him, Jesus not only could, but did! He had become a fine, young Christian professional, and was a true asset to his family, church, and company for which he worked. Acts 29 in being lived.
Manna for Today – Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14; Isaiah 45:11; Matthew 16:19-20; Matthew 18:19-20