Habakkuk 2: 1 – 4 — I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. “Behold the proud His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
In this scripture God tells the prophet Habakkuk to write his vision. Each one of us also must make a vision according to the Word of God. What should we do when we feel like giving in and giving up? REFUSE! We must keep our focus on the Lord because God cannot lie and will never fail. God will see us through.
Once in Mumbai, I was teaching about how the Word of God is akin to a blank cheque – whatever we desire, pray in faith that we have received it and we shall have it.
Present in the audience was a drug addict struck with HIV. His sole motivation to attend the retreat was an amount of Rs. 250/- per hour promised to him by his mother if he attended the retreat. The retreat lasted for two hours and he had already planned to use that Rs. 500/- to buy drugs to overdose himself so that he would die a painless death.
The retreat ended and he along with many others lined up so I could lay hands on them and pray. However the Lord told me to skip praying over him but finish with all the people and then come back and hug him and love him and tell him that Jesus loves him. I did exactly that. I told the man that Jesus loves him, and I started to cry. He did not understand what happened – he returned to his house and I did the same.
Subsequently while at home and surfing through the TV channels he heard a preacher exhorting the audience to surrender their messed up life to Jesus who could turn it around for them. He decided to surrender himself to Jesus. The preacher reinforced this saying that every promise is a ‘yes’ and a ‘now’ in Christ Jesus. So the drug addict started a dialogue with God:
- Can you change my life
- But when?
- I am a drug addict, I suffer from HIV and medications do not work, can you heal me?
- My wife has left me; can you restore my marriage?
- My son has been taken away from me can you bring him back?
To every query, the answer he received was a “Yes” and “Now”.
Then he fell into a deep slumber. Since he wasn’t responding and opening his eyes the following morning, the last sacraments were administered to him. The following day all his relatives came to bid adieu to him. On the third evening he opened his eyes and asked for some food. Now he was on his way to good health and every promise made to him by the Lord was being fulfilled!
He was my constant companion for six months – travelling with me to every retreat and prayer service and healing session. Yet his friends from his past life were dying from AIDS, drug overdoses, tuberculosis and alcohol related diseases. He was distraught and confided in me the dire need for someone to help these alcoholics and drug addicts.
I now had a vision – a dream in my heart to open a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics and drug addicts.