MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY

MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY WHEN I WAS DELIVERED FROM SMOKING

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DELIVERANCE

Based on the following scripture:    

1    “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 
61:2    To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 
61:3    To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” 
Isaiah 61:1-2
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4:16    When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 
4:17    and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 
4:18    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 
4:19    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 
4:20    And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 
4:21    Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 
Luke 4:16-21
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8:32    And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,
John 8:32
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18:1    I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 
18:2    The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, F44 in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 
18:3    I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 
18:4    The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men F45 made me afraid. 
18:5    The sorrows F46 of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. 
18:6    In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. 
Psalm 18:1-6
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MY TESTIMONY

I used to smoke.  I went through so much trying to quit and STAY QUIT but could not and GOD KNEW THIS.  That is why my miracle is so precious to me.  Because when it was all said and done I knew that HE KNEW ME TOO, AND THAT HE KNEW HE WAS MY ONLY HOPE.  Many are able to do it but without God I could not.

Because I wanted so desperately to be a non-smoker I had to admit something to God.  I pray that this testimony will help you.  I had begun even as a Christian teen, not believing that I could not just smoke if I wanted to and not smoke if I changed my mind, etc.  How little we knew in the 50’s about cigarettes!  Right? Okay – because of my dating a smoker I began to smoke with him at times.  We double dated and the other couple smoked too.  She went to my church but smoked and I knew so many sneaking around doing it.  Of course I didn’t know or realize how easily it was detected.  I bummed my way thru not having money for them.  Eventually working making my own money,  I became a real smoker.

So that was the beginning.  The ending came 22 years later, on December 29, 1980, at 3:30 PM I smoked my last one.  That is 29 years ago.

How?  Driving to school where I taught nursing to future LPN’s, I had a talk with the Lord.  It was about November, this same time of year…..as a matter of fact, in 1980.  I used to have the flu with complications due to smoking, by the clock, every January.  This year it jumped on me in August and I don’t think I ever really recovered and was around 96 students (teens and adults) and in and out of different hospitals during that time.  So, in November it hit me again.  Oh! Was I sick and I just could not get rid of the cough.  I was sick of being sick and sick of smoking and all the smell of dirty ashtrays, of trying to cover my breath so I didn’t smell like one, tired of having to stop all the time to get cig before going anywhere, tired of the tobacco in the bottom of my purse,
tired of the money it cost my family, and tired of giving the witness that was a lie. My children too were complaining all the time about the
smoke in the car and/or house. 

I told everyone God could heal, deliver, etc., and I had had my own miracles and knew God loved me anyway.  But this particular morning as I was
on my way in the car I just like GAVE UP or GAVE IN………whatever..
my moment had come.  I said God I confess I love to smoke.  I don’t want to quit.  But I DO WANT TO BE A NON SMOKER.  I so much want to be just like I was before I ever smoked.  Just give me that chance again.  You know I was so ignorant of the habit of smoking.  If I could choose again I would not touch one in a million years.  I will go to 700 Club or to PTL, or to Florida’s Christian Retreat where I could spend a week there with people available to pray over me anytime, I would go here or there and I named off all of these places.  I will even go to Karl Strader if you want.  Now he was the pastor of the large First Assembly of God Church in Lakeland and he BELIEVED it was a spirit or demon.  I DID TOO!!! I KNEW IT because once on the big smokeout day they used to have, I felt like some kind of presence entered my body and all but forced me to smoke………like I had no control of my own self.!!!!!!!! It was scary.  I wanted to belong ALL THE WAY to Jesus.!!!!!!!!!!!!  I expressed my great concern that I was such a witness tool and it was a wrong witness!!!!!!!  Well, I drove on to school and 2 weeks  later, one of the other instructors which was a Christian too asked me how I was doing with quitting……..I said great. I am smoking more than ever……..but I said no actually I told God I would do the best I could if He would do the best He could to supply that void to free me.  Anyway I did NOT tell her of my long talk with God.  She said to me, have you tried going to Karl Strader and letting him take you through deliverance.? I said no but you just answered a question for me and I am going to call right now.

Now I did not even go to his church.  I was in a Charismatic Baptist Church and I DID believe the same as a Pentecostal did.  I had to wait till God told Dave to send us to that church and he did.  5 years later after both kids were married.  Anyway I called and talked to his sec’y with my story.  She said well he rarely takes private appointments but I am going to put you down.  Can you come Friday, December 29, 1980, at 3:30 PM.  I agreed.  I smoked a cigarette just before I went into his office.

With a cough still plaguing me I had a menthol cough drop in my mouth.  I explained the situation to him and he said “we will take care of that cough too.”  Now this man preached/es on national TV.  Used to be on TBN all the time.  Anyway, he interviewed me first.  Made sure my life was truly given to Jesus and that I have been filled with the Holy Spirit and not living in any secret sin or sexual perversions that kinda stuff.  Then he put a trash can kinda in front/side of me and he came around and laid hands on my head.  He began to speak to the DEMONS of nicotine and addiction.  He told them I belonged to JESUS of Nazareth and that I did not want them inside of me and had me to state that that was true and that I did not give them permission to be there.  I renounced anything I had done to open a door to allow them inside and he then commanded them to “come out now!!!!!!!” and go to where Jesus told them to go.”  Well, I burped and burped and burped.  I did not throw up but some people do or cough etc.  He did not say who but often told of the lady who was delivered from cigarettes by burps.

To this day I am free. I HATED THEM FROM THAT MOMENT.  He prayed that I would hate them and not stand to be around smoke. I now am allergic to smoke!!!!!!!!  I don’t even like smoked meat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He also asked God to make anyone around me feel uncomfortable to smoke and Dave still did.  He tried tons of times to quit, etc., but never successfully did till last April.  But I guarantee you he never smoked in a car again with me and never in the house.  We got new carpet shortly after wards and had the whole house cleaned, drapes etc.

When I got home I discovered my healing had come.  NO more chronic bronchitis or whatever, and I never even coughed up that black stuff like many do when they quit.  I was FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I believe the healing gave me the faith to KNOW I WAS TRULY DELIVERED.

This testimony has been written up and given tons of times but I never ever tire of telling it because in Revelations Jesus says we overcame the enemy Satan this way:  ”They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Rev. 12:11

So, everytime I tell it I am overcoming more and more.

Let us pray…
Lord today I am even more thankful for the freedom I have because of Jesus Blood!  Thank you Lord for the
deliverance that is ours if we believe it and seek it.  I pray
that as others read this testimony they too will have a testimony of their very own to give over and over again for whatever demon that is oppressing them and hindering their walk with you.
I know you have given us salvation as a free gift and that often we come to you with “grave clothes” still on yet
you send those about us to help remove them.  This is the same thing you did for Lazarus when he came forth from the grave with grave clothes still binding him.  You told your disciples to remove them………you didn’t tell Lazarus
to remove them but others.  How that has spoken to me throughout the years.  Lord I pray this ministry will be a blessing to help Christians by removing their grave clothes when you speak to us to do just that.  I love you Lord and never will forget the mighty miracles in my life that only could have come by you.  I continue to look for your intervention in the things in my life now that Satan sends to hold me down and back from doing all I can for you.
Touch, heal and deliver all who read this testimony today I pray.  In Jesus name.  Amen.


Arlene Sheridan Jones©
1999

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Responses

  1. It’s so good to hear your testimony. I once had a testimony about how God delivered me from debt. I shared my testimony, but instead of being able to share God’s blessings, they were stolen. What happens when the Christian ministers thieves invoke the Name and the Blood of Jesus too? The New Covenant Church is still thriving. But I am in debt and sick. So it is great to hear that God still has chosen ones. Your are so blessed to be one of them.


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