Deliverance to the
Read Luke 4:1-20.
Our precious Lord Jesus has everything for
everybody. Forgiveness of sin, healing of diseases and the
fullness of the Spirit all come from one source from the Lord
Jesus Christ. Hear Him who is the same yesterday, today and
forever as He announces the purpose for which He came: “The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he bath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor, he bath sent me to heal
the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them
that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Jesus had been baptized by John in Jordan,
and the Holy Spirit had descended in a bodily shape like a
dove upon Him. Being full of the Holy Ghost., He had been
led by the Spirit into the wilderness, there to come off more
than conqueror over the arch enemy. Then He returned in the
power of the Spirit to Galilee and preached in the synagogues,
and at last He came to His old home town-Nazareth, where He
announced His mission in the words I have just quoted. For
a brief while He ministered on the earth, and then gave His
life a ransom for all. But God raised Him from the dead. And
before He went to the glory He told His disciples that they
too should receive the power of the Holy Ghost upon them.
Thus, through them, His gracious ministry would continue.
This power of the Holy Ghost was not only for a few apostles.
but even for them that are afar off. even as many as our God
should call (Acts 2:39) even for us in this twentieth century.
Some ask, “But was not this power just for the privileged
few in the first century?” No. Read the Master’s
great commission as recorded by Mark, and you will see it
is for them that believe.
After I had received the Baptism of the Holy
Ghost (and I know that I received; for the Lord gave me the
Spirit in just the same way as He gave Him to the disciples
at Jerusalem), I sought the mind of the Lord as to why I was
baptized. One day I came home from work and went into the
house and my wife asked me, “Which way did you come
in?” I told her that I had come in at the back door.
She said, “There is a woman upstairs and she has brought
an old man of eighty to be prayed for. He is raving up there
and a great crowd is outside the front door, ringing the door-bell
and wanting to know what is going on in the house.”
The Lord quietly whispered, “This is what I baptized
I carefully opened the door of the room where
the man was, desiring to be obedient to what my Lord would
say to me. The man was crying and shouting in distress, “I
am lost! I am lost! I have committed the unpardonable sin.
I am lost! I am lost!” My wife said, “Dad, what
shall we do?” The Spirit of the Lord moved me to cry
out, “Come out, thou lying spirit.” In a moment
the evil spirit went, and the man was free. Deliverance to
the captives! And the Lord said to me, “This is what
I baptized you for.”
There is a place where God, through the power
of the Holy Ghost, reigns supreme in our lives. The Spirit
reveals, unfolds, takes of the things of Christ and shows
them to us, and prepares us to be more than a match for Satanic
When Nicodemus came to Jesus he said, “We
know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can
do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”
Jesus said to him, “Verily, verily I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus was impressed by the miracles wrought; and Jesus
pointed out the necessity of a miracle being wrought with
every man who would see the kingdom. When a man is born of
God, is brought from darkness to light, a mighty miracle is
wrought. Jesus saw every touch by God as a miracle, and so
we may expect to see miracles wrought today. It is wonderful
to have the Spirit of the Lord upon us. I would rather have
the Spirit of God on me for five minutes than to receive a
Do you see how Jesus mastered the devil in
the wilderness? He knew He was the Son of God and Satan came
along with an “if.” How many times has Satan come
along to you this way? He says, “After all, you may
be deceived. You know you really are not a child of God.”
If the devil comes along and says that you are not saved,
it is a pretty sure sign that you are. When he comes and tells
you that you are not healed, it may be taken as good evidence
that the Lord has sent His word and healed you. The devil
knows that if he can capture your thought life, he has won
a mighty victory over you. His great business is injecting
thoughts, but if you are pure and holy you will instantly
shrink from them. God wants us to let the mind that was in
Christ Jesus, that pure, holy, humble mind of Christ, be in
I come across people everywhere I go who
are held bound by deceptive conditions, and these conditions
have come about simply because they have allowed the devil
to make their minds the place of his stronghold. How are we
to guard against this? The Lord has provided us with weapons
that are mighty through God to the pulling down of these strongholds
of the enemy, and by means of which every thought shall be
brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. The blood
of Jesus Christ and His mighty name are an antidote to all
the subtle seeds of unbelief that Satan would sow in your
In the first chapter of Acts, we see that
Jesus gave commandment to the disciples that they should wait
for the promise of the Father, and He told them that not many
days hence they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Luke
tells us that he had written his former treatise concerning
all that Jesus began both to do and teach. The ministry of
Christ did not end at the cross, but the Acts and the epistles
give us accounts of what He continued to do and teach through
those whom He indwelt. And our blessed Lord Jesus is still
alive, and continues His ministry through those who are filled
with His Spirit. He is still healing the broken-hearted and
delivering the captives through those on whom He places His
I was travelling one day in a railway train
in Sweden. At one station there boarded the train an old lady
with her daughter. The old lady’s expression was so
troubled that I enquired what was the matter with her. I heard
that she was going to the hospital to have her leg taken off.
She began to weep as she told that the doctors had said there
was no hope for her except through having her leg amputated.
She was seventy years old. I said to my interpreter, “Tell
her that Jesus can heal her.” The instant this was said
to her, it was as though a veil was taken off her face, it
became so light. We stopped at another station and the carriage
filled tip with people. There was a rush of men to board that
train and the devil said, “You’re done.”
But I knew I had the best proposition, for hard things are
always opportunities to get to the Lord more glory when He
manifests His power. Every trial is a blessing. There have
been times when I have been pressed through circumstances
and it seemed as if a dozen road engines were going over me,
but I have found that the hardest things are just lifting
places into the grace of God. We have such a lovely Jesus.
He always proves Himself to be such a mighty Deliverer. He
never fails to plan the best things for us.
The train began moving and I crouched down,
and in the name of Jesus commanded the disease to leave. The
old lady cried, “I’m healed. I know I’m
healed.” She stamped her leg and said, “I’m
going to prove it.” So when we stopped at another station
she marched up and down, and shouted, “I’m not
going to the hospital.” Once again our wonderful Jesus
had proven Himself a Healer of the broken-hearted, a Deliverer
of one that was bound.
At one time I was so bound that no human
power could help me. My wife was looking for me to pass away.
There was no help. At that time I had just had a faint glimpse
of Jesus as the Healer. For six months I had been suffering
from appendicitis, occasionally getting temporary relief.
I went to the mission of which I was pastor, but I was brought
to the floor in awful agony, and they brought me home to my
bed. All night I was praying, pleading for deliverance, but
none came. My wife was sure it was my home call and sent for
a physician. He said that there was no possible chance for
me-my body was too weak. Having had the appendicitis for six
months, my whole system was drained, and, because of that,
he thought that it was too late for an operation. He left
my wife in a state of broken-heartedness.
After he left, there came to our door a young
man and an old lady. I knew that she was a woman of real prayer.
They came upstairs to my room. This young man jumped on the
bed and commanded the evil spirit to come out of me. He shouted,
“Come out, you devil; I command you to come out in the
name of Jesus!” There was no chance for an argument,
or for me to tell him that I would never believe that there
was a devil inside of me. The thing had to go in the name
of Jesus, and it went, and I was instantly healed.
I arose and dressed and went downstairs.
I was still in the plumbing business, and I asked my wife,
“Is there any work in? I am all right now, and I am
going to work.” I found there was a certain job to be
done and I picked up my tools and went off to do it. Just
after I left, the doctor came in, put his plug hat down in
the hall, and walked up to the bedroom. But the invalid was
not there. “Where is Mr. Wigglesworth?” he asked.
“Oh, doctor, he’s gone out to work,” said
my wife. “You’ll never see him alive again,”
said the doctor; “they’ll bring him back a corpse.”
Well, I’m the corpse.
Since that time, in many parts of the world,
the Lord has given me the privilege of praying for people
with appendicitis; and I have seen a great many people up
and dressed within a quarter of an hour from the time I prayed
for them. We have a living Christ who is willing to meet people
on every line.
A number of years ago I met Brother D. W.
Kerr and he gave me a letter of introduction to a brother
in Zion City named Cook. I took his letter to Brother Cook,
and he said, “God has sent you here.” He gave
me the addresses of six people and asked me to go and pray
for them and meet him again at 12 o’clock. I got back
at about 12:30 and he told me about a young man who was to
be married the following Monday. His sweetheart was in Zion
City dying of appendicitis. I went to the house and found
that the physician had just been there and had pronounced
that there was no hope. The mother was nearly distracted and
was pulling her hair, and saying, “Is there no deliverance!”
I said to her, “Woman, believe God and your daughter
will be healed and be up and dressed in fifteen minutes.”
But the mother went on screaming.
They took me into the bedroom, and I prayed
for the girl and commanded the evil spirit to depart in the
name of Jesus. She cried, “I am healed.” I said
to her, “Do you want me to believe that you are healed?
If you are healed, get up.” She said, “You get
out of the room, and I’ll get up.” In less than
ten minutes the doctor came in. He wanted to know what had
happened. She said, “A man came in and prayed for me,
and I’m healed.” The doctor pressed his finger
right in the place that had been so sore, and the girl neither
moaned nor cried. He said, “This is God.” It made
no difference whether he acknowledged it or not, I knew that
God had worked. Our God is real in saving and healing power
today. Our Jesus is just the same, yesterday, and today, and
forever. He saves and heals today just as of old, and He wants
to be your Saviour and your Healer.
Oh, if you would only believe God! What would
happen? The greatest things. Some have never tasted the grace
of God, have never had the peace of God. Unbelief robs them
of these blessings. It is possible to hear and yet not conceive
the truth. It is possible to read the Word and not share in
the life it brings. It is necessary for us to have the Holy
Ghost to unfold the Word and bring to us the life that is
Christ. We can never fully understand the wonders of this
redemption until we are full of the Holy Ghost.
I was once at an afternoon meeting. The Lord
had been graciously with us and many had been healed by the
power of God. Most of the people had gone home and I was left
alone, when I saw a young man who was evidently hanging back
to have a word. I asked, “What do you want?” He
said, “I wonder if I could ask you to pray for me.”
I said, “What’s the trouble?” He said, “Can’t
you smell?” The young fellow had gone into sin and was
suffering the consequences. He said, “I have been turned
out of two hospitals. I am broken out all over. I have abscesses
all over me.” And I could see that he had a bad breaking
out at the nose. He said, “I heard you preach, and could
not understand about this healing business, and was wondering
if there was any hope for me.”
I said to him, “Do you know Jesus?”
He did not know the first thing about salvation, but I said
to him, “Stand still.” I placed my hands on his
head and then on his loins and cursed that terrible disease
in the name of Jesus. He cried out, “I know I’m
healed. I can feel a warmth and a glow all over me.”
I said, “Who did it?” He said, “Your prayers.”
I said, “No, it was Jesus!” He said, “Was
it He? Oh, Jesus! Jesus! Jesus, save me.” And that young
man went away healed and saved. Oh, what a merciful God we
have! What a wonderful Jesus is ours!
Are you oppressed? Cry out to God. It is
always good for people to cry out. You may have to cry out.
The Holy Ghost and the Word of God will bring to light every
hidden, unclean thing that must be revealed. There is always
a place of deliverance when you let God search out that which
is spoiling and marring your life. That evil spirit that was
in the man in the synagogue cried out, “Let us alone!”
It was a singular thing that the evil spirit had never cried
out like that until Jesus walked into the place where he was.
Jesus rebuked the thing, saying, “Hold thy peace and
come out of him,” and the man was delivered. He is just
the same Jesus, exposing the powers of evil, delivering the
captives and letting the oppressed go free, purifying them
and cleansing their hearts. Those evil spirits that inhabited
the man who had the legion did not want to be sent to the
pit to be tormented before their time, and so they cried out
to be sent into the swine. Hell is such an awful place that
even the demons hate the thought of going there. How much
more should men seek to be saved from the pit?
God is compassionate and says, “Seek
ye the Lord while He may be found.” And He has further
stated, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.” Seek Him now, call on His name right
now, and there is forgiveness, healing, redemption, deliverance,
and everything you need for you right here and now, and that
which will satisfy you throughout eternity.
BLESSINGS IN AUSTRALIA
Sister Winnie Andrews, N. Melbourne, Australia,
writes: “Our Brother Wigglesworth landed here February
16th, and had a meeting that very night. The dear Lord was
present and that to heal. A little girl of six, having never
walked, after she had been prayed for, walked out of the front
door with her mother, who was full of joy for what the Lord
had done for her little one. Another man who had been suffering
with bad feet for years and walked only with the aid of a
stick was instantly healed and has been along several times
to testify to what the Lord has done for him. Many deaf people
have been delivered in answer to the prayer of faith. One
night a dear man and his wife whom he brought to the meeting
in a wheel chair, were both healed. He had been suffering
from deafness for 20 years and she had not walked for over
6Y2 years. After prayer she got out of her chair and walked
to the station, with her husband pushing the empty chair.
He, too, was rejoicing in that he was now able to hear perfectly.
O what a wonderful God we have. Blessed be His holy Name!
“At the Sunday afternoon service, a
dear young woman who had been suffering with tuberculosis
for 13 years and who was in the last stages, came leaning
on the arm of a friend and was prayed for. At once she received
new life and was perfectly delivered. The terrible burning
sores which were eating their way into her bones have dried
up and are peeling off, and she is looking so well and happy
and is as strong as can be. Glory to God! Last night a young
man suffering from consumption was prayed for and was instantly
made whole. O, our hearts overflow at the glorious things
God is doing in our midst!
“Many have been healed of neuritis,
heart and lung trouble and stiff joints. One woman who had
not walked for 22 years and could not as much as turn her
head-after prayer-got out of bed and walked, Praise God!”
––Pentecostal Evangel, April 15, 1922.