Posts Tagged ‘deliverance’

“I Will Return”

March 28th, 2011 No comments

Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

A monument located in Palo, Leyte, Philippines commemorates the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the beaches of Leyte in October 1944. The Japanese army had invaded the Philippines in 1941. Gen. MacArthur was unsuccessful in overcoming their army and finally he retreated to the Bataan peninsula. Japanese assaults forced him back farther and finally with the promise “I shall return,” he retreated to Australia. While there he accumulated men and material. Finally in late 1942 he began his attack using his famous island hopping tactic. This involved amphibious landings on vulnerable islands avoiding frontal assaults. By the early part of 1944 his soldiers were victorious in most of New Guinea, New Britain, the Solomons and the Admiralty Islands. On October3 20, 1944 he invaded Leyte Island fulfilling the promise he made to return when he left in retreat. Within six months the Philippines were liberated.

A greater promise of deliverance was given in Genesis 3:15. This promise was repeated in various forms through the years and was finally fulfilled when God stepped into the body of a human infant being born in a stable in Bethlehem. In this manner God established a beachhead on earth to bring deliverance to sin enslaved mankind.

Dr. Gayle Woods

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July 21st, 2009 No comments

Matthew 8:28-34

Thomas was an older man who had been saved before. Each time, he went back on his faith because of the power cigarettes had over his body. He told me “A Christian can’t smoke. Until I can overcome cigarettes I can’t be a Christian.”

The church continued to pray for Thomas. Then the tragic news came. I rushed to the hospital. Just before he was to go in for open heart surgery I talked to him about his heart need. “Yes,” he said. “I want to ask God to forgive me of my sins.” We prayed and Thomas testified to victory.

During surgery the doctors nearly lost him. For the next month he hung between life and death. It was a struggle for life and for deliverance. It was pitiful to see him make hand signals as he begged for a cigarette. He pawed at his chest where he had always kept a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket. He went through the motions of puffing imaginary cigarettes. But God totally delivered Thomas so that he was able to live for the Lord in victory the next few years before he went to heaven. A miracle? Yes, a miracle of God’s healing power. Although slow and painfully drawn out, it was a conclusive miracle nonetheless.

Dr. Gayle Woods

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