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Getting victory over the kingdom of evil

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We followers of Jesus in America need greater understanding concerning the ways and tactics of evil. The bottom line is, you have a creator who loves you and an enemy who hates you and wants to destroy you. If you’ve never been involved in a deliverance session or at least studied about how to …
By Seth Barnes

We followers of Jesus in America need greater understanding concerning the ways and tactics of evil. The bottom line is, you have a creator who loves you and an enemy who hates you and wants to destroy you. If you’ve never been involved in a deliverance session or at least studied about how to help someone who is in the grips of evil get free, then to put it plainly, there is a serious gap in your discipleship process. It’s like playing a football game blindfolded. You owe it to yourself to learn more (you might begin with some of my past blogs on the subject).

 

As our teams travel around the world, it is quite normal to encounter spiritual warfare and demonic manifestations. This is not medieval and it’s not psychosomatic. It’s real. Jesus gave his disciples “authority to cast out demons” when he sent them out (Luke 9-10). It’s time you wielded that authority too. Our team will do better if you do.

 
A couple of stories from this past week may help you decide to delve into the subject. The first from Mwanza, Tanzania as shared by World Racer David Stothart. Please also watch the video that follows and share your thoughts.
We go to the first house and it was a lady from our pastor’s church. We all assumed that we were there to encourage her in some way so we begin to talk to her and she tells us about her daughter.
This woman’s family had been deeply affected by witch craft for generations. Her own mother is a witch-doctor and has been training the granddaughter in with-doctery for awhile. The witch-doctor that trained the grandmother had killed the mother’s husband, brother-in-law and her firstborn child through witch doctor ways. What?! And now the daughter was becoming involved in it through the grandmother.
Pastor told us that last time she had been around people who were worshipping God the demon inside her manifested and tried to kill her by choking her with her own hands. So now we know that we are dealing with a demon possessed woman. We ask the daughter a ton of questions but have to leave because of time. So the next day we bring some praise songs and try to see if what the pastor is telling us is true. We pour ourselves into it but nothing happens. She tells us she wants to be delivered but we run out of time again and so we ask her to come back again.
This time we dive right into a salvation prayer for her after she tells us she understands who Jesus is and his sacrifice for her. After this Pastor takes over and tells Amanda and Kerry to help pray and tells me to sing some worship songs to bring the Spirit to our situation. He says a few words to her in Swahili and she falls to the floor stiff as a board. Here’s the dialogue as translated by pastor:
Girl: (whining and crying)
Pastor: In the name of Jesus leave!
Girl: I am going but I was sent!
Pastor: Who were you sent by?
Girl: (says a name in Swahili)
Pastor: (looks at the mother) who is that? Do you know them?
Mother: yes that is her grandmother…
Pastor: (prays some more in Swahili)
Girl: (calms down and stops thrashing…finally wakes up and sits up)
By this point we were all asking her if she was ok. She had come in with bad stomach pains saying that it felt like something was wriggling around. And her eyesight had become worse since yesterday. After the demon left she had no more pain and could see completely clear! Bwana asufiwe (praise God)!
 
We of course had tons of questions and pastor answered most of them. The only conclusion I can come to is that God is way more awesome and mighty and sovereign than I thought. He is a God who cares so much for his people that He cries when they are hurt, shows them his creation in the most beautiful ways and even gaurds their very lives. Praise God you guys.  

The second story comes from Haiti this past week. In the video below, 14-year-old Nehemie shares her story
of being delivered from voodoo. Pastor David Douchard and others in their community in
Carrefour, Haiti are heroes in so many ways.

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