Last updated on September 27, 2023
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
Recently a deaf person contacted me, and it profoundly touched my heart. Her struggles are universal, not just confined to those who are hearing-impaired. I pray that my words are thought-provoking and helpful.
Satan’s biggest deception is to masquerade as an angel of light. He wants to trick us into believing, if it were possible, that Jesus Christ is not the answer. The paradox is that God made us both strong and weak. We are strong in fighting for life at all costs, longing for what He gave us in the beginning. We are weak because we can’t find true happiness except in our relationship with Him. If Satan can convince us we can be gods, our pride will make us reluctant to admit we need Him. Humility lies at the beginning of the road to salvation.
There are many kinds of prisons, and you’ve found one of them—the bottle. Prisons null our pain but also take away our freedom—most importantly, the freedom to choose. Similarly, God never takes away our freedom to fail, but He will give us what we need to succeed. The devil will give you what you think you want, but God will give you Himself. Some prisoners will go to their graves, having sold their souls to the devil. For what? A fabricated lie that will doom them to eternal damnation.
Freedom in Christ will never take away the freedom to choose. If you have made idols of your wants that you believe will bring you happiness, you will be imprisoned in your mind by false gods that can’t save your soul. You will have settled for Satan’s counterfeit. Sin feels good at the time, but a moment of bliss can bring a lifetime of regret. Ultimately, evil will destroy your ability to hear God’s voice. Don’t forget that eternity is forever. We will all spend eternity in heaven or hell. The choice is ours.
You are strong in the sense you have found freedom by conquering your dependency on alcohol. God has blessed you with a spouse to love and cherish. As you have discovered, however, it’s not enough to be free FROM something. We need to find our freedom IN something.
Nothing in this world is enough to bring us complete happiness. There are not enough power ball winnings, adoration of fans, cushy jobs, plastic surgery, or computer gadgets to fill our hearts. We weren’t made to have a relationship with idols. God created us to have a relationship with Him. God wanted an earthly human family like He had a heavenly family. All other pursuits may bring partial or temporary happiness, but they are fleeting at best.
That brings me to the root of your quest for answers. Who is God? You were born deaf, and you have devoted your life to overcoming this limitation to survive in a world where nearly everyone hears. You feel flawed and short-changed, and your perceptions have influenced your choices.
Has it ever occurred to you that God made you that way for a purpose? You might ask, “Why would God do that?”
We tend to ask that question about our own “flaws,” “disappointments,” or “shortcomings.” I have asked myself that same question. I’ve even asked it of others. Why did God take away my friend’s eyesight? Why did my beautiful, adopted daughter from Nepal suffer from partial-complex seizures? Why did God allow her to drink contaminated water in Nepal? Why are there 150 million orphans worldwide with little hope of being adopted?
My goal is not to make you feel guilty or to compare your disability with others. You have already done that. We all have. That is part of Satan’s ploy to guilt us into feeling like we’re no good or trick us into comparing ourselves with others using a legalistic yardstick. God does not measure our value in such a demonic, meaningless way.
We need to remember how much our sin grieves God. It took the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, to make it possible for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Can we truly know the cost of sin in today’s Kingdom of Darkness? Do we know the depths of our fallen state without God’s divine intervention?
We can’t see it—except through suffering. We see affliction when we see a young child die of cancer. We see death on the battlefield. We witness the trauma from a car accident that devastates a family. We mourn when a young person dies from a drug overdose, and we’re traumatized when we see the effects of sex trafficking. We shake our fists and proclaim the wickedness of man, aghast that any decent human being could rip out a young girl’s genitals and sell her into slavery. We cringe and become angry at what we know is wrong and inhumane.
Our infirmities remind us of our need for Jesus Christ. When we finally realize how weak we are in the spirit to do even one good thing, we’ll repent if God is in us. Our blindness, deafness, and diseases awaken us from an indifferent slumber and instill in us a longing for God to wipe away every tear and heal us. We don’t suffer in vain—we suffer for God’s glory.
If we give our weaknesses to Him, something supernatural happens within us. The Holy Spirit gives us boldness, enabling us to let go of past hurts and forgive. We take our eyes off ourselves and focus our hearts and minds on the One Who created us. We remember once again we aren’t made for this world. We are made for eternity.
Your ability to rise above your deafness can only take you so far—it can’t overcome that emptiness within you that only the Holy Spirit can fill. Jesus Christ is so much bigger than your deafness that if you allowed Him into your heart, your heart couldn’t contain Him. You would burst with happiness—not because you’re deaf, but because your cup would runneth over with joy.
God has given each person many talents. He has given you the gift of writing. If you want God to use you to help others, you must choose one gift you’ve not yet unwrapped. You need to claim His gift of salvation.
You have figured out how to live in this world marginally happy, but you know something is missing. You’re using the freedom God gave you to reject Him, His love for you, and His free gift—Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection three days later.
Forever is a very long time. If you die as a believer, you will be given a new body with perfect hearing in the Kingdom of Heaven. The greatest gift you’ll receive in heaven will be your appreciation for what you never had here. I believe my greatest gift will be the unconditional love of Jesus—the assurance that He’ll never leave me.
God manifests His glory in heaven, but we see glimpses of it here, in the twinkling of the stars against the night sky and in the glistening sand that covers the seashore. If God lavished us with all His gifts here, would we really appreciate them? How many people have died lonely and broken—seemingly, who had everything? How many truly happy people live in Hollywood?
It is out of our need that God fills us. The nothingness is what draws us to Him and enables us to be used by Him. We become His witness, His voice, His legs, His eyes, His ears, and His servants. We become part of the Great Commission.
Ask yourself: How can I use my deafness to draw people into a relationship with Jesus Christ? Use the one thing you don’t have to glorify Him—and you will discover your greatest need will become your greatest asset.
Remember that God loves you. He loves you more than you can imagine. Someday you will stand before heaven’s gates. Will they open and allow you to enter? Don’t let anyone take away your desire to know the truth. As the Bible says, the truth will set you free. The search for answers will lead you down paths only God can answer. You won’t find those answers in bottles of wine or quick fixes that lead to death.
I want to share a short excerpt from my book, Seventh Dimension – The Door, about a young girl who spent her whole life bullied and rejected by others. Her worthless and destructive self-image imprisoned her. Read what the King did for her and ask yourself, “Is this not me?”
Then the King turned towards me. I now knew the King completely—as my heavenly Father, the father who loved me, the father who would never leave me or forsake me.
“Your sins are forgiven.” He held out his hands, and the fresh scars on his wrists overwhelmed me.
Tears flowed freely.
He said, “I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
A birdcage gently floated down from the sky and landed in his outstretched hands. He took the cage and hung it on an olive tree. A small bird sat inside the cage. The King opened the door to the cage, and the small creature walked from its perch and alighted on his finger. He lifted the bird out of the cage, kissed it, and whispered, “You are a daughter of the king.”
I realized at that moment he was saying those words to me. I felt his tender kiss on my forehead. I gazed into the sky as the bird flew into the heavens. Before I could say anything, the King was gone.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the Gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
You’ve been a prisoner long enough. Jesus wants to set you free. He has opened the door to your heart, just as He opened the door to the bird cage for Shale and set her free. Don’t delay. Invite Jesus in, ask Him to forgive you, receive the Holy Spirit, and begin the first day of the rest of your life. You have a story to tell that only you can share. Someone needs to hear it, not the least of which is me. I want to know what Jesus has done in your life.
Dear Jesus, I thank you that you set all the prisoners free—even now and forever.