Set Free from Sicknesses and Addictions, Life Transformed

I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 5 years old, and He instantly became my best friend. But I grew up in churches that were very law-based and ended up seeing Him as a harsh, judgmental, and demanding God. I couldn’t understand why everyone else seemed to be able to love God with their whole heart, whole strength and whole mind, but I couldn't. Eventually, as I got older, I stopped going to church.

I became an alcoholic by the age of 17. I had a terrible temper and would even go out and get into bar fights with men. We lived in very dangerous neighborhoods, so fighting became second nature to me. I also began smoking over a pack of cigarettes a day and had a very foul and vulgar mouth. I was just a complete mess, trusting in my own efforts to make myself perfect.

While deployed in Iraq, I suffered a head injury which resulted in my brain developing epilepsy and debilitating migraines. I had also been exposed to toxins that caused many other conditions in my body. The doctors couldn’t really help and it seemed as if they could only watch as my health dangerously deteriorated and different systems in my body began shutting down. Eventually, they told my husband that they would keep me as comfortable as possible, but by the time he got back from his deployment, I would be dead.

As I lay on the couch, mostly incapacitated due to the many medical conditions I had, someone gave me one of Pastor Prince’s sermons. I don’t remember what it was about, but I went online as soon as I could to order his 4-DVD sermon series on the holy Communion. As I watched the first sermon, “Health And Wholeness Through The Holy Communion,” my mind kept saying, This can’t be right. What I was hearing was nothing like I’d ever heard before! Even though my mind kept telling me to stop watching, the Spirit within me kept saying to keep watching, so I did.

In fact, I watched all 4 sermon DVDs in a row. As Pastor Prince described the new covenant, the gospel of grace, and the gift of righteousness, I felt weights and bondages begin to dissolve in my mind and heart. I also received the holy Communion.

At one point, I was taking up to 18 medications a day. As my seizures went uncontrolled for the first 2 years, I eventually developed amnesia and was unable to form new memories. I woke up every day for years with no knowledge of where I was, who the people around me were, what happened the day before, and who my own husband was. Yet, somehow, I knew to receive the Communion! The Lord kept that knowledge in my heart! He reminded me day after day like He promised in John 14:26, and I continued receiving the Communion every time I took my medication—all 18 of them.

As I continued to partake, my health began to improve slowly. I learned from Pastor Prince to first give thanks for the 30 percent healing. Some years later, I could see that I was 60 percent healed.

Around the 7-year mark, I began to get discouraged. I was still dealing with quite a bit of pain and physical limitations at that time. I asked the Lord how much longer, and He showed me how I was still getting healthier, stronger, and more youthful. Today I am only on 1 daily medication. Hallelujah! My brain now retains new memories, and I can do things the doctors never thought would be possible for me to do again. All glory and praise to our sweet Savior, Jesus!

This has been a 10-year process for me, and I am so grateful for it. I now know my Jesus in a way I’d never dreamed possible. He has also healed my heart through His abundance of grace and gift of righteousness. I have experienced 3 John 2 again and again and never knew having peace and joy like this was possible.

When I got hold of that first teaching by Pastor Prince, I began to order more sermons. I listened to one particular sermon almost every day for the past 10 years. During the years I couldn’t see and could only lie in bed, my husband would just keep playing Pastor Prince’s sermons for me. The Word of God and the holy Communion have literally brought me back to life!

I had tried and failed numerous times to stop drinking. But I know now I had been stuck in the cycle of condemnation when my efforts failed. Through listening to the teaching of God’s grace and His gift of righteousness, my alcoholism just fell off. I don’t even know when the desire to drink left me. One day the Holy Spirit asked me, “When was your last drink?” It hit me then that it had been so long since I drank that I couldn’t even remember! It has been about 11 years since my last drink. I have also not smoked a cigarette for the same amount of time. My mouth is now full of praise for Jesus and Daddy God instead of vulgarities and curses. The truth of His love for me, His grace, and the confidence I have because of His gift of righteousness have set me free!

Now I am a life group leader and get to share all these wonderful things with others. I’ve had the opportunity to speak at engagements and witness others receive the same life-transforming grace I have. During this time of isolation due to the pandemic, under the guidance of my church (and following government guidelines), my husband and I started a home church. We receive the Communion together every week and have already had numerous testimonies.

A lady in our group had not been feeling good and had lost a tremendous amount of weight. The doctors found a lump in her breast. At that time, I just received Pastor Prince’s printed sermon, “The Grace Of God In The Law Of The High Priest’s Evaluation.” I read the testimony of the lady who also had a lump in her breast. When I went to visit my friend the night before her mammogram, I read the testimony to her, and we received the Communion together. I also anointed her with anointing oil.

She later called to tell me that they could not find the lump during her mammogram! They did a second mammogram and still could not find the lump. In addition, she has gained back some weight already. Hallelujah!

I give our Lord Jesus Christ all the glory, thanks, and praise! Thank you, Pastor Prince, for continuing to declare the goodness, grace, and love of our God. To God be all the glory!

Charlotte Tracey
Washington, United States