MEET MIKE AND BETH Part Four

BLOG 49 July 31, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE! Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

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            Alcoholism is a disease for which there are significant medical treatments. At the same time, some forms of the addiction become a vehicle for evil. Alcoholism is not the only problem that is both a medical problem as well as the tool for evil intrusion. Often at the root of the problem are experiences that have created guilt or anxiety that the victims use alcohol to cover. In the last blog, I reported how the Bishops Mike and Beth Owen encountered evil and began a ministry of defeating the demonic invasion that has swept across this country. Here’s another example from their experience.

Mike’s father called about him and Beth ministering to a fellow worker whose addiction to alcohol was destroying the man’s life and pushing him to contemplate suicide. After picking up a friend who had experienced a miraculous recovery from addiction before entering the ministry, they went to the man’s house. Their friend was always soft spoken.

The curtains were drawn and the unkempt house was cold, and dark. A stale heaviness hung in the air, making the room smell like a dilapidated bar. An evil aura seemed to hover around the house. When the door opened, the blurry-eyed man stood there extremely drunk. At once, he dropped to his knees and grabbed the Owens’ friends around the legs.
“Christ forgive me,” the drunk sobbed. “Have mercy on me.”

In contrast to what they expected, Mike’s friend shouted with sternness, “Come out of him you spirit of addiction and you spirit of alcoholism!” The minister kept demanding release to break the hold Evil had on the drunk.

“Do you want to relinquish your life into the hands of Christ?”

“Yes!” he cried. “Oh, yes!”

“Be set free!” the minister exclaimed.

The drunk stopped sobbing and abruptly stood up. The awful odor and stench of alcohol seemed to float away from the room. His face cleared and brightness returned to his eyes. Peacefulness settled around him. In a matter of minutes, he had gone from complete intoxication to sobriety and a countenance of contentment.

The possession by Evil had been broken.

Whether the release would be considered a miracle or not, it was certainly a divine intervention. In these incidents, Mike and Beth realized that they were growing in their ability to minister with empowerment. Their ability to enter into the realm of the miraculous was increasing.

In the days ahead, they would be a formidable foe of evil. Their path is not unique. Anyone can decide to stand against evil and learn how to become a vehicle for divine intervention.

 

Phyllis

Blog 26, 2017 February 6, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

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At age twenty-four, Phyllis had three children. She had come out of a home where her parents struggled with alcoholism. To escape those problems, she married at age seventeen. With the coming of three children was also the awareness that her husband had been a poor selection. Phyllis considered him the handsomest man she had ever seen, but finally realized that he not only didn’t provide help for the family, he never would. The needs of the children and the failure of the marriage left Phyllis in bottomless despair. Phyllis decided to kill herself.

After putting the children to bed for the night, Phyllis went into the bathroom and filled the bathtub with almost intolerably hot water. She found a razor blade to slit her wrist and climbed into the nearly boiling water.

As she settled against the back of the tub, suddenly she began to speak. Her mouth moved. But it wasn’t her voice. Phyllis was speaking in a masculine voice – she wasn’t producing what her ears were hearing. A force within her was producing the words she heard. The “voice” began affirming her worth. Phyllis had never felt valuable to anyone and now was being told that she had great value. Her merit and usefulness were proclaimed in detail. Words came out of her mouth explaining the struggles that she had lived through as child. The mystery of her parent’s alcoholism was resolved and she realized facets of their problem that she had never known. Each of the difficulties of her life were unraveled and she began to see purpose that she wouldn’t have dreamed existed.

Almost in a trance, Phyllis’s “voice” explained the adversities she had faced and kept affirming her worth, her value for the future. Over and over, her importance for tomorrow was described. Deep within her welled up a new sense of usefulness, significance, and merit. Her life was of a far greater importance than she could have ever realized. She pushed the razor blade away and recognized she had a place in the world and an important assignment to fill. Phyllis no longer wanted to kill herself. She had to live.

Her voice stopped. No more words came out of her mouth. And the bathtub water had become cold.

Phyllis went on to become a friend to the poor of the Appalachian Mountains, helping struggling people believe they could rise above their station in life and hope for a better day. Because she was part of the plan of God, Phyllis touched hundreds of lives.

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