God Is Listening
Lynn's mother led her into prostitution when she was only 15 years old. She hated her job and used heroine to hide her pain. Major Joy Emmons tells in the Sept. 15, 2012 issue of The War Cry that she invited Lynn to go to a Salvation Army retreat with her, and Lynn agreed to go.
While together they talked about her past and the things of the Spirit. Lynn expressed concern about withdrawal from heroine. Normally the process would mean enduring awful physical symptoms.
The speaker spoke on the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). Jesus gave living water to this woman who was an outcast from society. He changed her life by giving her a personal relationship with God.
Lynn clung to every word and 15 years of drugs and prostitution began to melt away. She later told Major Joy, "I was in the bathroom Sunday morning brushing my teeth and felt the wind brush by me, but the windows were closed. Then there was a sound of heavy steel chains falling to the ground. I asked the girls if they heard something, but no one heard the clanging sound."
Major Joy told her, "That was the wind of the Holy Spirit and the noise was your chains of prostitution and drugs falling off."
That day Lynn was freed dramatically from the prison of prostitution and heroin. She became a new creature in Christ, "taking off the old self and putting on the new self" (Col. 3:10).
Ten years later, she is an active church member, doing outreach evangelism in the park. Recently the mayor of her town recognized Lynn for her work with youth.
The chains had indeed fallen off!
Thank You, Jesus, that no one is too chained by sin for You to rescue.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Cor. 5:17 NLT).