Jesus frees fund manager from demons
S had been actively serving at church and was baptised a few months prior to a cleansing prayer. Here is her testimony of how Jesus set her free from demons that had hidden in her life through areas of unconfessed sins. Praise God!
I never thought I needed deliverance.
I believed I enjoyed a deep and intimate relationship with God, who had transformed my life in many ways. I thought I was already fully living my new identity in Christ. Yet I always found it difficult to understand and appreciate God’s grace and love. Little did I know, this had much to do with my past experiences with the occult, generational curses and relationship with my mum.
A week before my prayer session, I started reading the book ‘They Shall Expel Demons’ by Derek Prince. Prince vividly described his encounters with demonic spirits and the physical manifestations through the people being delivered. It all sounded quite fascinating to me and at one point, it left me wondering if it would be something I would personally encounter.
At the beginning of the prayer session, my counsellors reminded me of the significance of water baptism; that it is the dying to my old self and being born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. They asked if I would like to be baptised by the Holy Spirit. I thought why not! As we worshipped, I began crying intensely as we declared that I was dying to my old self. My prayer counsellor then sprinkled water on my forehead and invited the Holy Spirit to cleanse me. When that happened, the spirits within me began manifesting through roars, screams and frantic body movements.
I felt electricity running through my pulses and the spirits leaving through my upper body and fingertips.
The drama lasted for what seemed like a long time. I felt extremely exhausted and dizzy after.
As we began praying, I had difficulty in repeating the words of the prayer counsellor and felt a heaviness in my head. As I repented the sins of my past and of my family, the spirits would leave me through loud burps, coughs and puking of water but I didn’t feel completely clean yet.
God revealed that I had a spirit of lust, adultery and prostitution which passed down from my father who had previously committed adultery. I was then led to cut ungodly soul ties from people of the opposite sex that I’ve had lustful thoughts of, including leaders and members of the church. The Jezebel spirit, spirit of comparison and judgement also came up and I was led to repent for judging and comparing myself to a sister-in-Christ.
As I continued praying, I saw an image of myself by the Cross and a dark presence hovering around me.
My counsellor shared she has received the words “witchcraft” and “musical”, and I was reminded of the time when I dressed up as a witch for a musical during kindergarten. I had even chosen my name after my kindergarten teacher whom I admired back then.
As I repented and commanded the spirits to leave me, with my head bowed down in submission to God, I felt the spirits leave through my feet. I then saw an image of myself walking through a veil leaving the darkness behind and into God’s brightly lit kingdom.
Lastly, God revealed that I had a spirit of fear and lies which stemmed from my relationship with my mother.
Growing up, I had been enslaved to my mother’s emotions and desires, which had been corrupted by her broken childhood and marriage with my father. I learnt to accept her unreasonable behaviour in the false belief that it’s alright for her to hurt me, because of the tough life she had. By doing so, I began lying to myself and suppressing how I truly felt.
As such, whenever I failed to please her, I would fall prey to her false accusations and get caught up in an unending cycle of guilt, shame and self-condemnation.
This fear of my mother had been the barrier for me to experience God’s grace.
It caused me to develop an ungodly fear of God. All this time I have been trying to please God by my works and lost sight of the most precious gift from Him – which is His grace through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I was led to forgive my mother for all the times she had hurt me and to lay down all my buried feelings to God. God began speaking through my prayer counsellor to comfort me and reaffirm His unending love for me.
I was warmed by God’s tender affection for me but at the same time, astounded by my encounter with the spiritual realm.
I remember Prince said that one of the signs that shows a person has been delivered is when they begin to speak in tongues. After my deliverance, I was anxious that I had not been completely free and began praying to God for comfort. As I prayed, God blessed me with the gift of speaking in tongues! I was reminded of Isaiah 43, that I have been fully redeemed by God from the hands of the enemy.
I have learnt that when the enemy tempts me to fear, it’s an opportunity to praise God for what He has done and will continue to do in my life. No longer will I strive to be perfect in the eyes of God, but to let His grace and glory shine through my imperfections.
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