All of us are involved in a spiritual war in time and space, a war that is constantly waging around us. Every nation on the planet, every people group, every … Read More
Recently we have encountered a dissociative identity, within a young lady, that goes by a code EZ29S. This particular part of her broken soul was purposely created by the sadistic cult that abused her. Why? This cult was involved in drug trafficking also, so, they created these coded personalities to disseminate critical information about a drug shipment, for an example, to other individuals involved in this cult that are located throughout America. Only those in the cult would have access to these codes (this keeps law enforcement agencies from accessing vital information about the criminal activity of the group). These groups can pour into these personalities all kinds of data ~ that is concealed to all ~ except to the cult ~ and of course, God almighty and His people!
I have been able to obtain the code and deal with the part that needs healing! There are numerous other codes that need to be brought into the light. It took several hours to get to this one coded personality. Often demons are inside these coded parts thereby requiring the deliverance worker to expel the spirit(s) before communicating with the part. Tremendous spiritual battles were waged to get this far ~ Jesus is liberating by His blood!
When dealing with demonized individuals who suffer from dissociation, be on the look out for these coded personalities, as many individuals are now possessing these kinds of parts due to the very nature of the group(s) they are involved in! You have to dig deep, but many people have these coded parts, and they need the church to assist!
The apostle Paul was no stranger to the enemy’s vicious attacks. He was constantly dealing with the demonic and facing down Satan. In 1 Thessalonians 2 we read of the apostle Paul being confronted with Satan,
“But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.”
Time and again, the apostle Paul desired to travel to Asia but was “hindered” by Satan. It wasn’t a one time face down, it was multiple times he was confronting Satan. You will notice, however, in the New Testament, though Paul was hindered he didn’t cease from preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a key in fighting the devil—persevering. Paul was stubborn for God, as he wasn’t about to let the devil win. He continued on, fighting to the very end. That is why he mentioned, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Though Satan hindered him at times, he persevered and “finished” the race. This is a key believers need to embrace, we need to persevere in fighting the demonic. When face to face with the enemy, persevere, believing the work God has started in you will come to completion as promised in His Word.
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Satan cannot hold on a believer forever, he may hinder as he did with Paul, at times, but he cannot win. So, with this in mind, believers are called upon to persevere with Jesus. This is what I have done. I have been attacked by the demonic forces and yet hold unto to Jesus, I persevere knowing my Savior will hold me. When staring at the face of the enemy do not run, hold steadfast and persevere knowing the love of God will keep you. Besides, in your spiritual wars with the devil, you have been given weapons to battle the enemy when standing face to face with him.
Never, never, never give up!
I have encountered quite a few spirits over the years who spoke in various languages that were unknown to the victim of the demon possession. I have encountered spirits who were in people who didn’t speak English but whom understood my commands in English and I have dealt with spirits who spoke in demonic tongues. Just as the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts—the gift of tongues, the gift of healing, the gift of miracles—so does the devil. Satan gives gifts to his demons. In many cases where demons are seen having the ability to speak various languages, it is due to Satan giving the satanic gift of tongues to the evil spirit.
Not too long ago, I was contacted by a 25 year old solider based in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina who had been experiencing some horrendous demonic attacks. He had sought out the help of counselors, pastors, and the church for healing. The church, however, was ill equipped in dealing with this solider who was severely demonized. In one counseling session a group of believers spent nearly 12 hours in prayer over him. None of the demons spoke and they continued to remain in his life.
This soldier, in desperation began to look on the Internet for ministries that dealt in the realm of exorcism. He came upon ours, which led him to contact us for prayer.
In my first conversation with him (Vance) I began to share some of my own personal experiences with the demonic and how Jesus was victorious over the enemy. This led to a demonic manifestation. A strange voice, a voice of a demon, came out from within him, threatened with all the talk of Jesus. The first thing the evil being did was to accuse me of past sins. I quickly informed the spirit that I had been covered with the blood of Jesus. Vance quickly came to and asked what was going on, as he had lost consciousness for a few minutes, as the demon manifested.
I explained to Vance that an evil spirit had manifested and that the spirit attempted to condemn me with the mention of past sins (common tactic of the enemy). Vance began to share that he had always felt that he had some unique ability to discern people.
“Perhaps it was a demon all along that gave me the uncanny ability to know people and their weaknesses,” he wondered.
“Perhaps, but Jesus Christ can help you and free you.”
The spirit then launched into a tirade and began speaking in what sounded like some Eastern European language.
“Who are you?”
“I’m not telling.”
“Yes, you will,” I wanted to know the demon’s name.
“I was sent here.”
“Who sent you?”
“I know your master is Satan but who are you?”
“My name is Revealer,” responded the spirit in a very distinct voice.
“Why are you in his body?”
“I reveal things to him.”
I now knew where this uncanny ability to know people that Vance spoke of. The demon went on and explained his ability.
“I came into his body when he was 17 years old and I give him the ability to know people and their weaknesses. My master gave me this ability so that I might give it to Vance.”
Vance possessed a demonic spiritual gift, a gift that came through a demon who received the gift from Satan. Just as Holy God gives spiritual gifts to His children, the devil gives spiritual abilities (gifts) to his children, the “children of disobedience” (see Ephesians 2:2). I have known occultists, witches, and Satanists who possessed unique demonic abilities that included the ability to dematerialize, to speak in unknown languages (which the demons possessed in Vance), to carry out translocation, to levitate objects, and even the ability to fly. But these abilities pale in comparison to what God gives His children. The spiritual gifts, God gives, is for the “common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). Gifts that encourage, that equip, that teach, that builds up, that reconciles, that restores, that heals, that delivers, and that saves. The same can not be said of the devil’s gifts. Quite the contrary, as the devil gives gifts to his servants for the destruction of everything that is holy.
In the Acts of the Apostles there is a story of a young lady who had possessed a demonic spiritual gift, the ability to speak of the future (note: only the triune God truly knows the future, Satan merely guesses future events). We read of this story in the sixteenth chapter:
“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her” (see Acts 16:16-18, emphasis mine).
This young slave girl possessed an ability to predict the future and it was an evil spirit that enabled her to do so. A demon gave her a spiritual gift. In Exodus 7 it is recorded that some “sorcerers” had the ability to transform an inanimate object into a snake via their use of the “secret arts,” which incidentally are empowered by demonic powers. Satan gave his servants (the sorcerers) the spiritual ability to transform something that is inanimate to something that is living, a snake.
Moses recounts the story: “Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.” These Egyptian occultists performed their deed by virtue of their demonic gifts.
Vance had a demonic gift but this gift brought problems into his life, his relationships, and his family. Even the demon acknowledged that the gifts that were bestowed upon him from the devil were nothing in comparison to knowing God. For even the evil spirit exclaimed, “I miss the room.”
“What room do you miss?”
“I miss being in the throne room of God.”
This spirit whom boasted of the spiritual gifts that he possessed from Satan was now in great pain. This demon was once an angel serving the Trinity, whom had access to the throne room of God, with all of its glories and beauty, was now destined to an existence of torment. The spirit inside of Vance even realized that what he had (the ability to reveal people’s weaknesses) paled in comparison to what he did have, at one time—a right relationship with its Creator.
With the devil there is always a trade-off. He may give you a supernatural ability or a spiritual gift but in return he will take your soul. The devil and his evil angels may offer (and at times deliver) riches, fame, power, pleasure, and supernatural abilities but what the devil offers is nothing compared to knowing the Lord Jesus who offers the forgiveness of sins, spiritual gifts that bring goodness, joy, peace, love, spiritual satisfaction, meaning and eternal life.
It was unexpected. My wife and I had traveled to Austin, Texas to visit and encourage a family that had endured some horrible satanic attacks in their home. While in Austin visiting the family we were asked to attend a local Christian home prayer group, one night, to share some of our experiences in the area of the deliverance ministry. We gladly accepted.
I shared with the small group of believers some of our experiences and the group seemed very interested in the stories of God’s power of the enemy. Towards the end of the talk I asked everyone to join me in prayer. Up to this point the night seemed uneventful, nothing out of the ordinary occurred and my wife and I were just pleased to have the opportunity to share with this small group of fellow believers. The Holy Spirit, however, was at work.
After praying for this small group, a young woman began sobbing. I inquired what was wrong.
“I heard a voice speak to me while you prayed.”
“What did the voice say to you,” I asked.
“It said, ‘We are not leaving.’”
I knew instantly whom we were dealing with, an evil spirit hell bent on destroying this young lady’s life. So I approached her and told her that we would deal with this spirit that was tormenting her.
“I command the demon that was speaking to this young lady to subject itself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” I sternly spoke to the spirit inside this young woman.
Suddenly the demons manifested and pushed the young lady off the chair, she had been sitting on, and unto the floor. The demons within her growled, causing her pain, contorted her body, and caused her to go into convulsions.
Several of the ladies, including my wife and mother rushed to her aid in an attempt to assist her. The demons began to thrash her around, her body violently jerking in various directions. Some of the ladies were having great difficulty in keeping her from hitting herself on the living room furniture. I was concerned for her well being.
We were all praying for God to intervene and then God spoke to my heart. I asked everyone to step aside and stop restraining her. We needed divine intervention.
The good Lord impressed on my heart to ask His Angels to intervene. So, I called forth the Angels, to travel to where we were, to assist us in warring against these demons, which had controlled this young lady.
Immediately the Angels came into the room and obeyed my command—as I asked them to restrain the young lady violently thrashing on the floor. The Angels stood her still and stopped the thrashing. Then I asked the Angels to pick her up off the floor and to place her in the chair that she had originally sat her in, before the demons pushed her off. Within a minute the Angels, unseen by the eye, though very visible in their work, picked the girl up and gradually lifted her off the floor and then placing her in the chair. As the Angels were picking up, there was this holy silence and a collective sigh as the believers witnessed the Angels working a miracle on the behalf on this tormented soul.
God’s Angels actually (literally) restrained, picked up, and placed this young girl in her chair without any human assistance. We simply observed the Angels working on the behalf of the one being demonized. Everyone one in the room was stunned! God is so faithful!
With the Angels’ help and the believers’ intercession we dealt with the demonic powers in control of the women and we drove the demons out of her body in the mighty name of Jesus. She was delivered and healed all to the glory of God.
Southeast Asia is a hotbed for demonic supernaturalism and gruesome ceremonies such as Thaipusam (a self mutilation ritual). Much of this region is under a sway of the devil and the spiritual needs of the people is great. Not too long ago my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to this region and to minister with the hopes of bringing some light into this darkened region.
After a brief layover in Japan we flew into Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. One of the largest cities in this region, we quickly found that the city had a traffic problem. Crowded and yet beautiful Bangkok was a city of many wonders. The landscape was littered with majestic Buddhist temples and towering buildings. The city also had its share of Hindu temples and as Hinduism Today noted, “Bangkok is the epicenter of Thailand’s Hindu and Sikh population…” In our drives through the city we noticed quite a few of these Hindu temples peppered throughout. I was distressed at the sight of them. I was reminded of when the apostle Paul was in Athens and how he was also disturbed to see that a city of “full of idols” (Acts 17:16). Idol worship is common throughout the third world and we witnessed firsthand the spiritual dynamic behind idol worship in these demonic temples.
I have seen the effect of idol worship has in places like Western Africa but traveling to Asia and seeing it in Bangkok was different. Allow me to explain. My wife and I entered a few of the Hindu temples and we experienced some devilish things. We were not prepared for the overwhelming clouds of incense smoke as we entered the temple grounds. Devotees were scattered about offering everything from food to money and toys to the various Hindu deities represented. The deities themselves were a sight to see. Some were quite grotesque and creepy looking. Some of the images of their deities represented horror and vile sexuality.
My wife saw a Thai lady quickly cross the street to get some bottled water from a street vendor to only offer it to a Hindu deity. Does she not know that this false deity is incapable of satisfying her deepest spiritual needs? I noticed a group of people bowing before these demon gods in worship. Emptiness was written all over their faces. A quick glance at their facial disposition tells the real story however. One could actually “see” the evils spirits in some of the devotees. It was a truly eerie sight to behold. While we were observing all of these strange things going on in the temple my wife and I begin to sense a strong spiritual oppression encamp around us. It as if the demons behind these Hindu deities knew we were a threat to their work.
Instantaneously, these demonic spirits attacked my wife and me. At about the same time we both experienced a very mild but noticeable discomfort in our bodies and spirits. We could actually “feel” it as if the demons were pressing in on us. I began to pray and speak for the Lordship of Jesus Christ to reign tangibly over the temple. I began to sense the devotees were disturbed by our presence. We continued to stand firm in our battle with the demons in Bangkok.
Amazingly, after leaving the temple we both noticed the minor discomfort that we had experienced in the temple had vanished. We were free from Satan’s attacks. Demons do often attach themselves to idols. In fact, the apostle Paul tells us that the, “…the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons” (see 1 Corinthians 10:20).
Many missionaries all over the globe speak of experiencing an evil supernatural presence when around idols. The reason is because there are evil demons nearby longing for false worship by the unsuspecting. That is why the apostle Paul cautions that those who offer sacrifices are in reality offering sacrifices to demons.
Moses tells is in Deuteronomy 32:16-18
They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols. They sacrificed to demons, which are not God- gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear. You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.
In Psalms 106:36-37
They worshiped their idols,
which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to demons.
Again, we see that those who participated in the false worship of idols are in reality in communion with demons. This is very dangerous as this can open a door for demon invasion.