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Out of Darkness, into the Light
by Elaine Olelo Masters   
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Last edited: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2014

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Three miracles show the power and involvement of God.

 Scriptures quoted or alluded to in Teaching:

 

 

 

Colossians 1:13, 14 (Out of darkness into light)

 

Luke 8:26-33  (Jesus sets the Gadarene man free of demons)

 

Revelation 5:9 (Jesus is our sacrifice)

 

Luke 9:1 (Authority over demons)

 

1 Peter 5:7 (Cast your worries on God)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sermon, Pakistan 1

 

Good evening! Actually, it's morning for me on the other side of the world. How many of you live close by? Raise your hands.

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How many of you came from another village? Raise your hands.

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Thank you, all of you, for coming.

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This is the first time Younger Brother and I have worked together, and the first time we have used Skype to bring a message to you.

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Please be kind if we make mistakes!

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I like to tell stories, and Younger Brother tells me you like to hear about miracles, so I'm going to tell you about three exciting miracles.

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They are all about coming out of darkness into light.

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 The first is a Jesus story from the Bible.

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The second is a story about what happened to me several years ago on the border between Thailand and Myanmar.

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And the third happened just recently here in Honolulu.

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In fact, it's still developing.

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But first, let's pray.

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Lord God, we thank you for letting us have this time together. We worship You, Lord. We thank you for what you are doing in our lives and especially what You are doing in Pakistan. Open our hearts and minds to receive what You want us to hear. Amen.

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When I started praying about what to tell you, God showed me a Scripture about turning darkness into light. It's Colossians  Chapter 1, verses 13 and 14.

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"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."

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This is an amazing passage of Scripture.

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The apostle Paul, writing to a group of Jesus Followers at Colossus, tells them that God has already rescued them from the power of darkness.

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I don't know about Pakistan, but I do know that here in America, many people are living under the power of darkness.

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Many are depressed, thinking their lives are useless.

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Many people are fearful, afraid of drug dealers or gangs.

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Some are even afraid about money. Afraid of the rising cost of living, afraid that they won't have enough money to feed their families.

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Here in America, many people are suffering from illnesses, are in pain, or are not able to walk very well.

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And other people are angry at someone--a neighbor,

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a business partner,

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even their own parents.

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That's true in America. Is it true in Pakistan?

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Is it true for you?

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Nobody has to stay under the power of darkness.

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Everyone can come out of that darkness into the Light of Jesus!

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Jesus sets us free!

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Let me read another passage in the Bible where Jesus frees a crazy man, a man possessed by demons.

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In a book written by Luke, in Chapter 8, verses 26-33, we find:

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"Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when (Jesus) stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but he lived in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For (Jesus) had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

"Jesus asked him, saying, 'What is your name?'

"And he said, 'Legion,' because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.

"Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So (the unclean spirits)  begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd went violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.

"When those who fed (the pigs) saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind."

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Okay. So here's a man with demons inside of him. He's living in a graveyard, a cemetery.

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The Scriptures say he had lived there a long time.

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Poor man!

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What would you do if you saw a man like that?

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Run away? Maybe?

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I might.

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But Jesus takes pity on him. He speaks to the demons and tells them to get out of the man, and they do!

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A real miracle!

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A few years back, I had a similar experience.

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I was visiting Karen tribal people along the Salween river. They had escaped from Burmese soldiers who were trying to take over their land.

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Most young men had joined the Karen army to fight them, and many wives and children had escaped over the big, wide river to live on the Thailand side.

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One day, I was actually on the Burmese side of the river in a village called "Wang Ka", making friends with the Karens, playing with the kids, listening to the adults.

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 One man asked me,

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"Do you pray for crazy people?"

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Now, I pray for any one. It's God that does the work, right? Not me.

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So I said, "Yes, I do pray for crazy people. What do you have in mind?

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"Come with me," he said, ushering me into a Land Rover.

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As we bounced along a dirt road through the bamboo forest, he told me, "We have a bad situation in this village."

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It seems that a young man had been a soldier, recently taking part in his first skirmish.

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I don't know what happened, whether he had killed someone or whether the violence or fear got to him, but he came back to the village a raving maniac.

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The driver continued, "We gave him a Bible, but he tore it up in little pieces.

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I think we will have to send him to Bangkok. We're just not equipped to take care of him here."

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When we got to the house where the young man was held, I saw that he was in a room with three sides.

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He was chained from his wrists to the wall, and every few minutes, he screamed and lunged forward full strength.

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The fourth side of the room had wooden bars on it, leaving him exposed to the public.

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 Several people stood on the porch, laughing and making fun of him. He was the village entertainment.

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Now, I knew that story about Jesus and the Gadarene man.

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I knew that Jesus also said that His Followers would be able to do the things He did, even more. But…

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I was reluctant to test it out. I said, "God?? Are you there?"

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I turned to my driver.

 “How long has he been this way?” I asked.

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“Ten days. He hasn’t eaten anything, and I don’t think he has even drunk any water.”

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“Send these people away,” I said. “I need quiet.”

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I had no idea what I was going to do, but I felt embarrassed

and ashamed that people were making fun of the poor man, wild

as he was. I wanted them away from there.

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A word from my driver and they dispersed.

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“What language does he speak?” I asked.

“Burmese.”

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“And is he a Christian?”

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“His parents are Christian. I don’t know about him.”

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I pulled out my song sheets from my shoulder bag.

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I played my guitar and began to sing the Burmese words a friend had

taught me.

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The maniac stopped shouting and lunging and sat down to listen.

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I sang another song.

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He was quiet as long as I sang. But as soon as I stopped playing and singing, he

started lunging again.

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I prayed for God to calm the man, to heal the man, for God to give me wisdom about what to do.

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I sat down and waited.

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Then it occurred to me his problem must be demonic. I’d done exorcisms during prayer meetings in America, but I’d never seen anyone this violent who needed exorcism.

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 It was daunting.

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Nevertheless, I reminded myself that it was God who would be in charge of this whole thing, not me, and I was just to do what I’d been taught.

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I stood up and approached the barred room. “In the name of Jesus,” I said firmly and in a moderate voice, pointing my finger at the man, “foul spirit, come out of this man!”

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The maniac stopped lunging and cocked his head to one side.

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“You’re speaking English!” he said. “I don’t speak English.”And he said it in English. Whoa!

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I continued to speak to the spirit. “This man is a Christian!” (I didn’t know whether he was or not, but I was counting on the spirit not knowing for sure, either.)

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 “You have no jurisdiction here! Get out, in the name of Jesus.”

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The man listened a moment, then started flinging himself around again.

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About an hour had elapsed. I really was at the end of my resources. I’d sung Christian songs to him in his mother tongue;

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I’d prayed for God to heal him; I’d spoken to the spirit and commanded it, in the name of Jesus, to get out. What more could I do?

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I spoke to my driver. “Please tell him in Burmese that I have to go now. Soon, I will be going back to America. But I will come back again, and he will be well.”

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The guide conveyed my thought to him. Always leave them with a positive thought!

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Next afternoon, a woman came around to visit the people at the house where I was staying.

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After the woman left, I asked my interpreter what the visit had been about.

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“Oh,” she said, “that was the mother of the man you prayed for yesterday. She wanted to thank you.”

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"Really?"

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         "Yes. She said that after you left, he quieted down.

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He asked for a drink of water and some rice.

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Now he is reading the Bible.!

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Praise God!

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So that was a true miracle. I really didn't know what I was doing. Jesus did it all.

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Now, if you come across someone who is acting wild, who is saying or doing things that don't make sense, take courage!

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Speak to him gently. But if you believe an evil spirit might be causing the trouble, dare to speak to it firmly.

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Command it IN THE NAME OF JESUS to come out. Trust God to take care of him.

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This is very different from how Hollywood portrays exorcism. It has a priest lighting incense and chanting, or even hitting the afflicted person.

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I once saw a group of worshipers who were beating the demon-possessed person with sticks, trying to make the demon come out. Wrong! Don't do that!

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Worse still, in the movie, the priest offers himself to the demon, telling it that, if it will come out of the person, it can go into him, into the priest.

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The priest did not have to sacrifice himself to the demon. Jesus has already been our sacrifice.

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The method Jesus taught, and what I found successful, was to speak to the person in a firm voice and command the spirit, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, come out.

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A preacher once said, "Picture it as a stray dog you're trying to get rid of. You don't say, 'nice doggie, go away.'

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 No, you say, 'Get out! Get out in the Name of Jesus!' And if there is no result at first, keep it up!

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When the disciples tried to get a demon to leave a person and they had no results, Jesus told them, "This kind only comes out with prayer and fasting." So you might have to do that, too.

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Remember, though, if you are a Jesus Follower, you have authority over demons.

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 If the demon is not obeying you, then it is like a small child, testing you to see if you are serious, and if you know your rights.

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Don't let it fool you!

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Both of these miracles, the one Jesus did when He walked on this earth, and the one Jesus did through me, involved miracles. And both of them happened immediately.

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But there are other kinds of miracles. Sometimes they happen over a long time and we don't realize we're seeing miracles.

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I want to tell you about another miracle that's still unfolding in our church.

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I go to a church called "Bluewater Mission."

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Here in Honolulu, we have a lot of problems. Yes, it is beautiful here. Yes, the weather is great and people are friendly.

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Tourists come from all over the world to enjoy it.

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But we do have a lot of homeless people.  We have a lot of people who drink too much alcohol or use illegal drugs. And we have a lot of prostitutes.

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Our church has two houses that they open to people who cannot pay the rent for an apartment.

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 We have another secret house where prostitutes can live who have escaped their pimps.

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These women want to get out of prostitution. Many of them have been forced into the life and are afraid to leave their handlers.

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Some of them have small children, and the children escape with them.

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I want to tell you about one of them, a woman named Mary. We call her "Miracle Mary." 

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She works in the same restaurant where I volunteer, and we talk a lot.

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Mary tells me, "The first time I went to church was almost two years ago. I've been following Jesus for less than a year now.

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Before that, I'd been on the streets, a prostitute, for 36 years. My pimp, my handler, had great power over me.

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He beat me up.

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One time he broke my jaw so badly that it took the doctors two days to fix it.

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I was afraid of him.

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One day, someone told me that I could go to the police and get a paper that would keep him away from me.

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I did that. When I waved that paper at him, he left. And he left me alone from then on.

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But I'd been a prostitute since I was a young teenager. I didn't know how to do anything except be a prostitute.

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I could read and write, but I'd never finished high school.

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I didn't know how to use a computer. I had no job skills,

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so I continued to be a prostitute even though I wasn't forced to do it any more.

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The last two years before I found God, I was deeply depressed.

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I stayed in my room with the shutters closed, just me and my little dog and cat. No people. The only times I left my home was when I needed money.

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Some people kept coming around Waikiki, church ladies, we called them. Red Light Angels.

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They'd offer us gum or candy or ask if there was anything we needed.

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And they'd tell us they knew of a place where we could go if we wanted to leave the business.

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Through the years, so many people had lied to me and lied to the other girls on the street, people had tricked us. So we didn't know who to trust.

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But one day, I went with one of them, a woman who had been extra friendly to me, who came back week after week. I felt I could trust her.

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And she did have a safe house for me.

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That Sunday, I went with her to church.

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Something about that church service felt right. It felt like this was the truth, nobody was fooling me.

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I wanted to know more about this God they were talking about.

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I gave my heart to Jesus, and began to take classes to learn more. A few months later, I was baptized by a pastor in the ocean.

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Today, I feel 50 pounds lighter! The depression is almost gone.

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I have great conversations with God, just talking with Him like I would to a person. I find myself humming and singing. Really happy.

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Last Christmas, I finally forgave my Mom. I thought I'd forgiven her before, but evidently there were some bad things I was still holding on to.

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Now I'm at peace. I can relax when I lie down to go to sleep, not tossing and turning, not afraid of anything.  At peace."

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So that's  Mary's story. Our church calls her, "Miracle Mary."

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She's just as much a miracle as the exorcisms I talked about earlier.

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So that's the three miracles. Jesus cast out a bunch of evil spirits from the Gadarene man. With the help of Jesus, I cast out a demon from the soldier in the village on the Salween River.

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And then there's Mary, with a different sort of miracle. Like the demon-possessed men, she came out of darkness into light, the Light of Jesus.

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We have many people get healed physically in our church. Arthritis, cancer, headaches. But healing of emotions is also miraculous. It just takes longer.

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But nothing is too difficult for Jesus!

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Maybe all of this is new to you.

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Maybe you don't know much about Jesus.

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But right now, you feel a tugging at your heart.

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That's Jesus's Holy Spirit telling you, "Come!

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To come to Jesus, you can bow your head, or you can look up at the sky, the way you stand doesn't matter.

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Just say the words, "Jesus, I want to follow You."

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If you said those words, then after the meeting, please tell your pastor. He will be so excited to share your good news.

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Now, perhaps you need a miracle. Perhaps you are in darkness. Perhaps you are worrying about something.

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In a letter written by Peter, he says Jesus wants us to "Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares about you!"

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Let's pray about those worries.

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"Lord God, set us free from those worries. Let us trust You to take care of us and all the things we need."

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Are some of you needing healing in your body? The message tonight has been more about inner healing, but let's touch on physical healing, too.

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How many of you are Jesus Followers? Would you raise your hand, please?

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Do you remember that I said, if you're a Jesus Follower, you can do the things that Jesus did? According to the Scripture, that's true .

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Let's try if out. If you have a pain in your right arm, please put your left hand on that arm.

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If you have a pain in your left arm, please put your right hand on that arm.

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Now. If there are Jesus Followers near you, will all of you put a hand on the person's shoulder. Great. Thank you. Now. Repeat after Pastor Christopher these words:

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Arm!

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I speak to you in the Name of Jesus!

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I command every cell to do what it's supposed to do.

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I command arthritis to go, in the Name of Jesus.

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I command the arteries and veins to be clear and flexible.

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Muscles, release the lactic acid so the arm will not feel sore.

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In the Name of Jesus, arm be made whole. Be made well.

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Thank you, Jesus.

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Amen

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So that's the kind of simple prayer I use for healing.

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Who has an arm that was hurting and now the pain is gone?

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Sometimes the healing is immediate.

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Sometimes it takes a few more tries. Even Jesus had to try two times to heal one man's eyes, remember?

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Do you have other ailments? You know how to pray for healing now, so you can do it yourself. Just remember to command it in the Name of Jesus.

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I thank you for the privilege I've had speaking to you today. I hope you found something useful. 

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If you were in darkness, any kind of darkness, accept the light that Jesus is giving you.

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Just remember, God is alive and working with us today! Halleluja!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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