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No Traces

A member of Desert Joy Christian Fellowship in Arizona told the pastor how God changed his life. Several years after becoming a Christian, he developed a substance abuse problem, becoming cocaine/marijuana dependent. His addiction grew so serious that his wife left him. Finally, desperate for help, he checked himself into a rehab center in St. Paul, Minnesota.

An initial urinalysis collected upon check-in showed extreme levels of THC in his system. Cocaine will stay in a person’s system for only a few days, but marijuana for over a month. That night he fell to his knees on the cold tile of a hospital room and called on God to change his life. God heard him. He was freed from his addiction, his marriage was restored, and he eventually went into youth work, then seminary, and finally the mission field.

Here’s the amazing thing. The very next morning, according to standard protocol, another urinalysis was taken at the rehab center. A few hours later, they asked him for another urinalysis, then another, and finally one more—all in the span of 10 hours. Why? The tests showed no traces of the drugs that had been in his system the night before! They had never had a client go from extreme positive in THC levels to extreme negative the next morning. In fact, this was impossible. They figured there must be some mistake. Later in outpatient care he was even accused of faking the initial test, though all admitted they could see no reason why he would, or even how he could.

God has the power to deliver.

Reference: William Ray, Knowing God through Prayer—the Plan Jesus Gave (Ambassador International, 2008), p. 142-143