A certain lady told a Pastor of her sad upbringing.

“It’s a sad story she said. I was brought up by a father who was given to drinking. I used to sit by his side while he drank his spirits, and he would open my little mouth, and taking the half-melted piece of sugar from the spirits, would put it in my mouth.

I loved it so much, that sometimes I would touch his arm and he would give me just a little spoonful of the cursed liquor.

Before I was of age I was a hopeless drunkard and lived upon the streets in shame. I do not suppose there could have been a more wretched creature on God’s earth. I had the delirium tremens, but my life was spared, and I continued in abject misery until a dear sister in Christ pointed me to the Saviour. I came to him and he delivered me from my sin and shame. Hallelujah, what a Saviour.”

 Prompt obedience

She added: “It is like a terrible nightmare from which I have awakened. I can hardly believe I am the same person.”

So the Pastor said to her “I am often speaking to young people, many of them want to know the way of deliverance. You must have had many evil habits and very strong passions. You must have had a terribly corrupt mind after that life of shame.”

“Tell me” he said “if you would, how you were delivered from it all after you were reconciled to God by having Jesus Christ as your Saviour.

Tell me your secret. How do you continue in this happy liberty and joy?”

Her reply was “I can tell you in a word – prompt obedience.”

The Pastor never forgot how she said the words “prompt obedience!” She added “God gave me the light and I walked in it and I was free.”

Dear Reader, do you want to be free from the power of sin?
Then obey from the heart, and as you walk in prompt obedience of faith, you will be made a free and happy person. God’s freed man or woman, made free from the power of sin!

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7).

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Harley Hitchcock




Australian Bible Ministries, PO Box 5058 Mt. Gravatt East, 4122 Qld, Australia