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Apr152013

Wim "The Flier" Set Free to Soar

Wim (which means "The Flier") De Vlieghere spent more than two decades crippled by chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and religion.
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Wim De Vlieghere was just 15 years old when he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The medical professionals in Belgium, Wim's homeland, said his ailments were incurable and they could not offer him the miracle he needed.

As the years passed after his diagnosis, Wim slid into a dire state of hopelessness. He said, in his Flemish accent, "I got really depressed. Life didn't make sense because it was hopeless. I became suicidal looking for a reason to live, looking for a reason to go on."

Although the weight of his sickness became a tremendous burden, Wim was initially able to use a variety of medication to make it manageable, and he was able to hold a job. The company for which he worked was managed by a Christian man who took a liking to Wim. His boss began sharing the gospel with him, and Wim was quick to receive Jesus as his Savior. He had found a reason to live.

Shortly after finding this new lease on life, religion quickly became an unwelcome source of strife. As Wim read his Bible, he realized that God heals the sick. This revelation was met with violent opposition from the religious people in his church. Their counter and errant doctrine pressured Wim to abandon what he had seen in Scripture. He said they did everything they could to talk him out of believing in healing. Eventually his unwillingness to let go of his revelation led to his expulsion from their church.

"At first it seemed that these people really believed in the full Gospel and all the works of God that go with it. But very soon they started to give me all sorts of reasons why I wasn't healed, like secret sins, or it wasn't God's time or that God wanted to teach me something through the sickness," Wim recalled.

Andrew listens to Wim as he joyfully shares a little of his testimony at a conference in the UK.
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Unfortunately, Wim spent the next 12 years bound by religious legalism, manipulation and intimidation from within the Church. Finally, he stopped attending church altogether. He continued to pursue the Lord and His healing through ministerial streams outside the Church—all the while his health continued to deteriorate.

Wim became so sick that at one time he spent five years confined to his bed. "I had no life. I was a prisoner of my bed," he said. Through all those years he clung to what he had seen in the Word and the belief that God could heal him.

In 2011, Wim met with a friend he had not seen in a decade. The two had a short conversation about Wim's health, during which the friend asked, "Do you know you are already healed through the stripes of Jesus Christ?" The question sparked a heated debate that ended with Wim extremely angry.

"I thought he was mocking me. I asked, 'How can you say that I am healed, when I am sick as a dog?' I threw all the religious mumbo-jumbo at him that I had learned in the 22 years I had been in church, and he killed every one of them with the Word of God—he slapped me in the face with the Truth," said Wim.Wim at a Gospel Truth Seminar in the UK in 2011. (Click to enlarge)

Though the conversation with his friend was unpleasant, something changed in Wim's heart. The truth of the Scriptures his friend had shared stirred in him. A short time later Wim's brother gave him a CD about healing. The disk included various minister's teachings, including one by Andrew. Wim listened to the CD for months and studied the Word until he realized that healing was, in fact, for today. Wim wanted more than ever to be healed.

Needing a change in his spiritual surroundings, Wim went to Germany to visit some friends. While he was with them, he had access to a computer and the internet, something he did not have at home. Immediately, Wim went to Andrew's website to see the man to whom he had been listening. Once on the site, he began to watch archived videos of Andrew's Gospel Truth Seminars. He watched God Wants You Well and was energized. Then he watched You've Already Got It and the teachings pushed his energy and expectancy for healing into another gear.

Wim shares a teaching on his youtube channel. (Click to enlarge)"All of a sudden I realized that God had already healed me 2000 years ago...I had to stand up and take the power and authority He had invested in me and command these things to get out of my body," Wim said excitedly.

As Wim finished watching the You've Already Got It series, he stood in agreement with Andrew's prayer for healing at the end of the final session. He didn't feel anything, but believed in his heart that something had happened. Wim recalled that Andrew had said when a person has had a sickness like Wim's (one that had been around for a long time) that the person should attempt to do something they were previously unable to do. Wim decided to go out to dinner. As Wim ate, he prayed in the Spirit, and he had an overwhelming desire to go running—not something someone with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is likely to desire. In his mind he wondered if he was goingcrazy, but the desire to run intensified.

After dinner Wim went for a run. He said, "As soon as I started running, I prayed in tongues and there was an explosion of power on the inside. I started racing! I raced all the way up to the bridge on the other side of the city and back (2.5 miles) at high speed, shouting, 'Halleluja, I am healed!'"

When he went back to his friend's house, he declared that he would not be sick another day, and he promptly took his shoebox full of pills and threw them in the garbage. More than a year has passed since Wim received his healing, and he hasn't taken another pill. In fact, he left sickness behind and has gone into ministry sharing the truth of the Gospel with all who will listen.

Reader Comments (10)

Great Testimony. Glory to God! Healing done and payed for by Jesus Christ!
Thank you Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroy Dennison

Hallelujah ! Jesus heals ! He is the same yesterday, today and for all eternity. Our
GOD is a great and mighty GOD. All glory and honor to the name above all names.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCornelia Daniel

I have been seeking a 'key' for my healing of pain in my legs and ankles, stemming from childhood polio. I will get much better, then wake up in terrible pain. I have been searching the Word, praying in the Spirit, but there is something in this article that is the key I have been seeking. 'Do something that you previously were not able to do' For me, that would be walking any distance at all. I'm confident that this will lead to my deliverance. So, walking it is!

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor Lock

We rejoice with Wim and we say to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue: All sickness is a lie and WE HAVE A BETTER REPORT! By Jesus' stripes we are healed!!!

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLance and Gerri Weldgen

Thank you Jesus, we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free, hallelujah

April 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

Thank you Jesus for Wim's healing and the grace he received to appropriate it.

Oh... religion ...oh .. religion, man made you and you imprison him.... To Whom shall men go? To Jesus Christ, He is the Way, the Truth and Life.
Religion bow before our Lord Jesus Christ and release all your prisoners. You can not hold the true believers in Christ / the Word any longer than you held Wim.

Great testimony! Praise the Lord!!! :-)

July 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Fantastic that the gospel is the same in Belgium as anywhere else in the world. It looked like a long period of time, Belgium was forgotten, but the same grace and power Jesus raised from the dead is available for every Belgium person ! Nice to read, to share and ... to multiply !

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMar Tulleneers

Delighted to see the faithfulness of The Lord to keep Wim going until his divine appointment with his appointed Labourer Oh how I would love to see this multiplied in the Body of Christ. Excellent. Jean Cranney.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean Cranney

I knew Wim and his brother 20 years ago when we were young and wild. I never knew he was sick. We lost each other through time.
Today I just found out that something happend to his brother some time ago, if it's true i don't know (i hope not), i hope Wim is doing allright and just want to say that i still think about them!!! greating Tine

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTine

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