This is a testimony I have never stopped sharing!
Before I became a believer, I regularly smoke close to 40 sticks of cigarette or 2 pack a day. It was even much more if I went out drinking with friends after work. That was more than 28 years ago.
I had become a believer then, about 3 to 4 months’ old as a Christian. But I was embarrassed to be still smoking. And then by the mercy and grace of God, a miracle happened one evening. I had returned home from work and was resting on my sofa reading a book by “Mel Tari” an Indonesian Evangelist, and was reading that chapter about drinking and smoking, when suddenly I leapt up from my chair! I had just heard the Holy Spirit spoke clear and loud “Pray now for the cigarette addition to leave”.
Immediately I obeyed and went into action! It was so convicting that all I knew was to immediately act on it. I took my new pack of cigarettes (20 sticks) and tore it open. I asked my son to join me to peel each cigarette to loosen the tobacco leaves and threw it on the floor. Then we stood up and started jumping over the tobacco and declared “satan you are crushed under our feet. While doing that, we could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. My son was shaking and he said “Dad, God is here”. Immediately, in a moment, suddenly I felt something just left me. I could feel it and I knew I had been set free, that tobacco spirit had left under the power of God. Yes, He is an Awesome God and His Power is Greater than any other, Amen!
Free from Cigarette Addiction!
Next morning, as was my usual habit, on my way to work I would visit the Indian provision shop just opposite my home to buy my daily quota of 2 pack of cigarette. You see, I worked on the 26th floor and it would be inconvenient to run out of cigarette. On yes, my boss too smoked the same brand and regularly he would come to take some from me. He too was a heavy smoker.
But that morning I just simply forget about the cigarette. I did not have any urge or desire to smoke and so I left happily for work without the cigarette. There was no need for the cigarette, God has delivered me!
When I reached the office, within minutes my boss came to me to ask for a few cigarettes and was shocked when I said I had none. He asked “What do you mean you had none?” So I explained. I said Mr Kay, I prayed last night and Jesus had set me free. I no longer smoke, that’s why I did not buy any!” Then he looked at me with much surprise and asked again, “What do you mean Jesus had set you free?” He added “Chris, all that is rubbish, only “Will Power” can set you free and he walked away to buy his own cigarette.” Since that day, I never had the urge to smoke another cigarette. I have been delivered and since then I never smoked another stick of cigarette! I am forever grateful to God. Amen.
A few years ago, I met him during a lunch break. He had retired but was still working part-time. He shared with me that he had given up smoking following a major operation. He said he was asked to give up smoking by the doctor who treated him. I suppose he knew then that it was not “Will Power” but the “Power of God” that I had been set free!
Recently, he attended one of the annual market place meetings we organised. After the meeting, he asked for a Bible to read. In our market place ministry, we give out about 100 Bibles free of charge every 3 to 4 months.
To God Be All The Glory!
Amen Be Blessed
“Delivered from drugs and alcohol, but I was still smoking!”
About 5 years ago my children and I were living at the Woman’s Shelter. The Lord led me there and had previously delivered me from drugs and alcohol. The only thing was that I was still smoking.
My friend told me about New Life Deliverance Center and that the Lord put an anointing on the Pastor, Bob Bassler, to deliver people from drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. Well, I was desperate and I wanted to be free from smoking, so I called Bob and he came and gave me a ride to the New Life Deliverance Center since I did not have a car. He would come and pick me up every Friday to take me to church.
I remember the first time he came and picked me up. I was waiting outside smoking a cigarette, thinking, “Well, this could be the last time I smoke so I’m going to try to get as much out of the cigarette and my lighter. Bob Bassler layed hands on me and I was instantly delivered from smoking! I also received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Women’s Shelter only gives you about 3 months, then you have to leave. Well, I was down to my last days and the Lord opened up a room for my children and me at the Homeless shelter. Every Tuesday, Bob Bassler came to the Homeless Shelter to preach the Word of God. I would look forward to going to the services.
Since then, the Lord has blessed me with an apartment and a car. I still go every Friday night and I get blessed each and every time. Thank you, Jesus for delivering me from cigarettes and for Bob Bassler and the New Life Deliverance Center.
Jennifer Cantu Indiana
I am from Attingal, my name is Mani. I have been a smoker for the past 46 years. I have tried to stop smoking a number of times on my own but could not stop even for a day. I smoked about two packets of beedi daily. Two months ago I started watching Blessing Today and every time Bro Damien prayed for the sick I would also cry out to Jesus to deliver me. One day Brother asked viewers to stretch out their hands and believe for deliverance from alcohol and smoking. I cried out loudly to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to come into me. I felt a new sensation on my right side and ever since I have not had a desire to smoke. My Jesus delivered me from smoking, halleluiah.
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, but quitting can be daunting.
Many fear it will take a long time to see improvements in health and well-being, but the timeline for seeing real benefits is faster than most people realize.
Health benefits begin in as little as an hour after the last cigarette and continue to improve.
Fast facts on quitting smoking:
Here are some key points about smoking cessation. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
- Quitting smoking means breaking the cycle of addiction and essentially rewiring the brain to stop craving nicotine.
- To be successful, smokers that want to quit need to have a plan in place to beat cravings and triggers.
- The benefits of quitting smoking begin in as little as 1 hour after the last cigarette.
- The sooner a smoker quits, the faster they will reduce their risk of cancer, heart and lung disease, and other conditions related to smoking.
Almost immediately after finishing a cigarette, the heart rate and blood pressure slowly return to normal.
The benefits are almost instant. As soon as a person stops smoking their body begins to recover in the following ways:
After 1 hour
In as little as 20 minutes after the last cigarette is smoked, the heart rate drops and returns to normal. Blood pressure begins to drop, and circulation may start to improve.
After 12 hours
Cigarettes contain a lot of known toxins including carbon monoxide, a gas present in cigarette smoke.
This gas can be harmful or fatal in high doses and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs and blood. When inhaled in large doses in a short time, suffocation can occur from lack of oxygen.
After just 12 hours without a cigarette, the body cleanses itself of the excess carbon monoxide from the cigarettes. The carbon monoxide level returns to normal, increasing the body’s oxygen levels.
After 1 day
Just 1 day after quitting smoking, the risk of heart attack begins to decrease.
Smoking raises the risk of developing coronary heart disease by lowering good cholesterol, which makes heart-healthy exercise harder to do. Smoking also raises blood pressure and increases blood clots, increasing the risk of stroke.
In as little as 1 day after quitting smoking, a person’s blood pressure begins to drop, decreasing the risk of heart disease from smoking-induced high blood pressure. In this short time, a person’s oxygen levels will have risen, making physical activity and exercise easier to do, promoting heart-healthy habits.
After 2 days
Smoking damages the nerve endings responsible for the senses of smell and taste. In as little as 2 days after quitting, a person may notice a heightened sense of smell and more vivid tastes as these nerves heal.
After 3 days
3 days after quitting smoking, the nicotine levels in a person’s body are depleted. While it is healthier to have no nicotine in the body, this initial depletion can cause nicotine withdrawal. Around 3 days after quitting, most people will experience moodiness and irritability, severe headaches, and cravings as the body readjusts.
After 1 month
In as little as 1 month, a person’s lung function begins to improve. As the lungs heal and lung capacity improves, former smokers may notice less coughing and shortness of breath. Athletic endurance increases and former smokers may notice a renewed ability for cardiovascular activities, such as running and jumping.
After 1-3 months
For the next several months after quitting, circulation continues to improve.
After 9 months
Nine months after quitting, the lungs have significantly healed themselves. The delicate, hair-like structures inside the lungs known as cilia have recovered from the toll cigarette smoke took on them. These structures help push mucus out of the lungs and help fight infections.
Around this time, many former smokers notice a decrease in the frequency of lung infections because the healed cilia can do their job more easily.
After 1 year
The risk of heart disease will decrease by half after quitting smoking for 1 year, and arteries and blood vessels will begin to widen after 5 years.
One year after quitting smoking, a person’s risk for coronary heart disease decreases by half. This risk will continue to drop past the 1-year mark.
After 5 years
Cigarettes contain many known toxins that cause the arteries and blood vessels to narrow. These same toxins also increase the likelihood of developing blood clots.
After 5 years without smoking, the body has healed itself enough for the arteries and blood vessels to begin to widen again. This widening means the blood is less likely to clot, lowering the risk of stroke.
The risk of stroke will continue to reduce over the next 10 years as the body heals more and more.
After 10 years
After 10 years, a person’s chances of developing lung cancer and dying from it are roughly cut in half compared with someone who continues to smoke. The likelihood of developing mouth, throat, or pancreatic cancer has significantly reduced.
After 15 years
After 15 years of having quit smoking, the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease is the equivalent of a non-smoker. Similarly, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer has reduced to the same level as a non-smoker.
After 20 years
After 20 years, the risk of death from smoking-related causes, including both lung disease and cancer, drops to the level of a person who has never smoked in their life. Also, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer has reduced to that of someone who has never smoked.
Smoking is a harmful habit that can lead to severe health complications and death. When a person quits smoking, the body will start to naturally heal and regain the vitality of a non-smoker over time.
Some effects, such as lowered blood pressure, are seen almost immediately. Other effects, such as risks of developing lung cancer, heart disease, and lung disease, take years to drop down to the levels of a non-smoker.
However, each year of not smoking decreases risks and improves overall health, making quitting smoking an excellent choice for anyone who started the habit.