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Confronting the demonic in Africa

Those of us who follow Jesus need to recognize the degree to which our western mindset has colored our worldview. You have been given all authority to cast out demons. Do you know how to do this? It’s as real here in America as it is in Africa. We need to learn from the church there. This is from…
By Seth Barnes
Those of us who follow Jesus need to recognize the degree to which our western mindset has colored our worldview. You have been given all authority to cast out demons. Do you know how to do this? It’s as real here in America as it is in Africa. We need to learn from the church there. This is from Brian Swanson’s blog:
 
In
Africa one of the most prominent issues- spiritually speaking- is
witchcraft. In my experience here in Tanzania I have witnessed the
effects of the Africans’ involvement in witchcraft. My first encounter
was a few weeks ago when we were doing door to door evangelism. Pastor
took us to the home of a woman who is a member of our church. The woman
called Pastor to cast out a demon that she thought was in her daughter.
 
The daughter, “Grace”, came into the room with a deep sadness in her
eyes. Her grandmother played a significant role in teaching Grace to
rely on witch doctors and to send demons to other people. We spent three
days talking to Grace, speaking truth into her life, getting to know
her story, and showing her love. Grace had a painful problem in her
stomach which felt like something was moving up and down her insides.
 
On
the third day Grace returned with trinkets that she wanted us to
destroy. She had been given the trinkets by the witch doctor to use for
witchcraft activities. Grace accepted the Lord and the next thing I know
Grace is writhing on the floor and Pastor is casting out a demon from
her. Her body lost complete control, even to the point that she urinated
on the floor. It took two of us to hold her legs down. A few moments
later, Grace stands up, set free from the demon that influenced her. She
smiled, gave us huge hugs, and returned home with her mother after
offering us enthusiastic gratitude. After she left, Pastor looked at me,
“Amanda, you have many questions, yes?” “Pastor, you have no idea.”
 

Two
weeks later we were brought to an open-air crusade meeting that we
would be watching over the next six days. While we w
ere there I noticed a
line of about twenty men and women who were dancing with long robes and
waving flags that said “Pray for Africa”. I leaned over to Pastor and
told him that I thought it would be so much fun to be a flag girl. The
next thing I know I was in a bright colored robe, dancing with a flag
around the crusade in a line of Africans. I loved every minute of it!
 
At
the end of the crusade we were mixed into the crowd listening to the
preacher call for those who needed healing to come to the front. All of a
sudden a girl in front of me fell back on top of me, writhing and
flailing the same way Grace did. I stood in shock until the crowds
yelled at me, “Take her to the tent! You take her!” In that moment I
realized that part of my job description as a “flag girl” was also
bringing demon-influenced people into the big blue tent where the demons
were being cast out. I was kicked in the nose several times, clawed,
hit, etc.., as I carried these individuals who were manifesting the
demon that was influencing their bodies.



At
the end of the week I attended church. In the middle of the service,
Pastor asked the congregation to come to the front to be prayed over. In
the middle of his prayer a girl in front of me fell back rigidly on top
of me. Four other men helped me carry her to the back as her body
flailed and flung all over the place. At the back of the church I held
Esther in my lap tightly making sure her head did not hit the concrete
floor. I wiped the foam from her mouth and tried to avoid her fists. At
one point she grabbed my arms so tightly I could not remove her grip
without help from Lisa. After about thirty minutes, Esther was no longer
influenced by a demon, and she accepted the Lord into her life.
 

I
am one of the world’s biggest skeptics. It was terribly difficul
t for
me to actually accept what I saw with my own eyes. By the end of the
month, however, I found so much purpose in my experience with the
demon-influenced. I saw these individuals as the people that they are,
not the demon who influenced them. I felt so strongly that they needed
to walk away deeply loved.
 
When people cast out demons, there is a lot
of shouting and addressing the demon. I found my purpose in loving and
ministering to the person inside. By the end of the month I really
enjoyed caring for these people. I have a whole new
understanding in how to love and minister people in general from my
month experiencing spiritual warfare in a new capacity. Love the person.

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