Jesus frees counsellor from shamanic curses
W struggled with unusual emotions that were beyond her control. She subsequently reached out to some friends for prayer. The Holy Spirit revealed the roots for some of these emotions as God delivered her from unseen spiritual bondages that came as a result of shamanic curses. Praise God!
I was led to do an impromptu renewal prayer with some friends who are prayer counsellors.
There was no form to fill in or any formality. Being trained to do prayer counselling for others, I have learned how to invite the Holy Spirit to help me release and heal my emotions whenever a traumatic memory comes to the surface.
However, one night, I realised that I hadn’t fully healed from my memory of when my father had an affair. I was only five years old and still have vivid memories of this time of my life. Whenever I thought about my father’s affair, I was filled with fear. This had never happened to me before.
My father passed away five weeks prior and his death brought up many emotions and memories. There was still unforgiveness over past wounds in the family and I was regretful that I couldn’t do more for him. None of us realised how serious his illness was. He passed away suddenly.
When I couldn’t hear Jesus speak into my fears about my father’s past infidelity, I decided to ask my friends for help.
I had been experiencing unsettled sleep and a strange restless anxiety. I had a nightmare where someone attacked me, and the night after, my sister who lives in a different city also had a nightmare where she was attacked. A close friend who had been encouraging me then experienced an unsettling nightmare a few days after that. All these unusual “coincidences” alerted me to how a spiritual battle might be taking place.
The friends who came to pray for me knew only a little of what had been going on in my life when we sat down together to seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel and guidance. God is faithful and He led us throughout.
As we began with praising and worshipping God, the lead prayer counselor sensed that something in me was terrified and asked me if I was beginning to feel panicky. I said, “Yes,” but the fear was not mine.
The prayer counsellor then received a revelation from the Holy Spirit that my father had been under a shaman’s curse.
When people seek the help of shamans or witchdoctors to cast spells or curse their enemies, they may also curse their families.
My mind said, “No, that can’t be”, but my body reacted immediately. I felt a heaviness and my face looked blank. Then, my upper body fell forward as if I had a great weight on my back. I sat with my head between my knees and couldn’t speak. It was as if my mind was aware of what was happening but I wasn’t fully in control of everything.
It was then that I was convinced, without a doubt, that I needed to pray against the shamanic curses and that Jesus would give us victory. I was led to forgive and cut ungodly soul ties with the witchdoctor, and break the curses in Jesus’ name. I had difficulty speaking at first but I was not afraid because I knew the King of king and Lord of lords was leading our prayer time. Only He could have revealed the curse.
Finally, when I managed to command the spirits to leave me and bow at the feet of Jesus, I began to speak more easily.
I was then led in a prayer to submit myself to Jesus and to declare that my body belonged to Jesus. The counsellor also declared over me that the demons were disarmed in Jesus’s name. At that point, my body flinched. With some initial difficulty, I commanded the spirits to submit to Jesus and at the end of that, I sat upright and looked up.
Colossians 2:13-15 ESV And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
I started to see things differently from this point, from a spiritual perspective rather than an earthly one. My father didn’t seem to care about his health even though he knew he was unwell. Instead, it seemed like all he cared about was gambling and becoming wealthy. Outwardly he looked calm and gentle, but it was as if he wasn’t fully “present”. We thought it was because he was hard of hearing or assumed that he was just lazy and irresponsible. But when he passed away, I felt as if a spell had been broken but I couldn’t put my finger on what and how.
When I was asked about the details of my father’s adultery, my body started shivering again.
The counsellor reminded me that I had the authority over all demons in Jesus’ name and demonstrated how to rebuke the demons. I did see that the counsellor was right and thought to myself that the whole experience was ridiculous. However, the spiritual battle was not over because I had to resolve other sins that had given the enemy a foothold.
Luke 10:17,19-20 ESV The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Because I still had some difficulty speaking, the counsellor asked the Holy Spirit for help and began to list out all the possible curses and judgment I had said or thought against my father. They were all true and I had to ask God for forgiveness for judging and cursing my father.
Matthew 10:20 ESV For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Again, with the Holy Spirit’s help, the counsellor began to describe the emotions I was feeling in towards my father.
She named rage, anger and sorrow, and I nodded in agreement. The prayer counsellor encouraged me to see that my father was not able to fulfil his father’s role because he was in bondage to Satan through witchcraft.
The emotions I had toward my father made sense and it was okay for me to feel them, but it was not alright in God’s eyes for me to judge him.
Next, I prayed to forgive my father for his adultery.
The Holy Spirit also showed us that the origin of the witchcraft curses was from this extramarital family. I prayed to forgive them for seeking out shamans to curse our family, cut ungodly soul ties with the woman and children they had, and to return their curses with blessings. I then prayed in Jesus’ name to renounce whatever curses and spells they had sent to us.
Luke 6:27-28 ESV “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
At this point, I started to look more like myself, but I felt very sad. I began to cry because I felt that I had no father, that he was gone, and that there were no second chances at making things better between us. The Holy Spirit moved the counsellor to tears as she stroked my hair and told me that God loves me, that I am His little girl, and that it doesn’t matter because I did my best.
At this point, however, we realised that I still had to confess and repent for other sins that I had committed against God and my father.
Prompted by the Holy Spirit, the counsellor carefully asked if I had mocked my father in the past. When we mock any of our parents, we sin against God. I was devastated inside because I had just done so a few weeks ago, and even encouraged my sister to laugh at my father. (See Cursing our parents curses us back)
Proverbs 30:17 ESV The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.
The counsellor explained this was a serious sin and that I ought to go on my knees before God to repent of mocking my father.
Additionally, I had to repent for the lies I told about my father because I was ashamed of him and for looking down on my dad, thinking that he was “useless,” “stupid,” or “weak.” I felt like he didn’t know how to do anything! By doing so, I had yoked myself to my father’s demonic spirits by “glorifying” their work in his life, instead of praying for my dad’s salvation. In order to be free, I had to forgive him and ask God for forgiveness for judging my father.
After repenting of judging my father, especially of thinking that he was “bad,” I became more energetic and started to looked more like myself.
The counsellor then gently pointed out that no one had taught my father how to do things like cooking or ironing when he was growing up, and that I had to repent for accusing him of not being able to do those things.
I was asked to repent of my pride towards my father, but the prayer counsellors noted that I didn’t sound humble and did not seem willing to repent of being proud.
Even though I was on my knees, I had difficulty humbling myself in front of God.
I remember struggling inside because I didn’t want to just say the words as if I was participating in a ritual. The counsellors had to wait until I was ready to truly repent of pride from my heart. I also needed to ask for forgiveness for hating my dad.
My counsellors encouraged me to praise God for revealing my dad’s bondage. I had focused on Satan’s work in my dad and did not see the frightened, sad, and terrified man inside. My dad didn’t know how to change things or make things better himself because he didn’t know Christ.
Jesus forgave me for sinning against my dad when I repented of mocking, looking down at, and dismissing him – and He immediately set me free from spiritual bondage at the same time.
The counsellor received another word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit and asked if I had fantasised about having sex with people.
I didn’t think I had – but then the word “dreams” came out of my mouth as we were praying. I remembered that in the past, I had sexual dreams with unknown people. I felt frustrated and scared at the time because I couldn’t stop those dreams and I didn’t ask for them. It felt like the sexual dreams were all intrusive and invasive.
All this happened before I began my training as a prayer counsellor when I did not know I could have called out to Jesus for deliverance in the midst of my dreams. By giving in to those sexual dreams, I could have allowed demonic powers into my body. As I spoke about those dreams, my body shivered.
Then I suddenly remembered the title of a literature classic that included a vivid description of a sexual scene. This led me to remember two other books that my mother owned that had vivid sexual scenes; I had found them as a child and read them. This gave the devil a foothold to plant impure sexual thoughts when my impressionable mind was unguarded.
I was led to forgive my mother for allowing me to read those erotic books and cut spiritual ties with the books’ authors and characters.
I asked God to cleanse me where my subconscious had been defiled by those books and those dreams.
The Holy Spirit next impressed upon the prayer counsellor to ask me if someone had touched me inappropriately when I was between two or three years old. I became very scared and started shaking. I said, “Yes.” I began to repeat the words, “bad,” “wrong,” and “naughty.” My body curled up into a fetal position. I felt ashamed and thought it was my fault when in reality, I couldn’t have done anything to prevent it.
I was given time to cry and grieve over the shame and lost innocence before I was asked if I was willing to forgive the perpetrator. I had not realised that I had been subconsciously carrying that trauma for so many years.
I forgave the man who violated me and cut ungodly soul ties with him.
Next, I was asked to invite Jesus to show me what He thought of me and received a vision of a path that was a bright, wide, and straight white road. I had no burdens and I just walked on it. I didn’t have to do anything, and there are no obstacles. I felt safe, comforted, at rest, and at peace. I didn’t know where the path led. Jesus patiently waited for me to take His hand. He showed me that I may not have the strength to do much on my own, but if I grasp His hands and hold on to Him, I will be alright.
That night after this renewal prayer, I realised that God allowed this experience to happen to show me how I need to lean on His strength. I thought I was “alright” spiritually but I had unknowingly submitted to different ungodly spirits. Instead, I need to walk more closely with Jesus. In His grace, Jesus had waited to deal with these sins because they were so deep-rooted. He waited for me to grow in spiritual maturity and emotional resilience before I could go on this much-needed journey of repentance and healing.
Since renewal prayer, my appetite for food has also become good.
In recent years, I found it difficult to eat most of the time, and have actually lost quite a bit of weight, so much so that I have lost muscle in my legs. I have finally felt hungry and I look forward to meals. God is good and faithful!
I am thankful that I reached out to my friends for a renewal prayer when I realised there was a fear I couldn’t deal with on my own. I initially thought I knew what the problem was, but God showed me that we need to fast, pray, and read His Word. But it is not enough to only read His Word, we have to obey Him with all our heart, mind, and soul.
There are some battles that require prayer support and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When I look back at this experience, I am thankful for God’s gentle leading and revelation. Nothing and no one can steal the victories that Jesus has given to me because it was God who fought for me.
Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.
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