Jesus heals music teacher of hidden strongholds
K had been feeling heavy laden and sought help from some friends to pray together and seek the Lord for revelation and relief. The Holy Spirit faithfully led her through a time of confession and renunciation, and He set her free from various strongholds related to her family’s idol worship and manipulative ways. K felt lighter and the joy of the Lord filled her. Her eyesight also improved. Praise God!
In late 2022, I was told that my job responsibilities were being cut but I would not be fired.
At that point, I felt that all the work I had put into helping students succeed and enjoy music was not being recognised. In fact, I felt like I was being punished. Although I did not see eye to eye with my coworker and her ways of teaching or running the program, I was faithful and responsible for the students I was to teach. I felt as if others would have seen my efforts.
Around this time, I also noticed that my soul and spirit felt heavy, weighed down, and tired. I had to really make an effort to smile at my students.
At the same time, the Bible verse in Ephesians that says to get rid of anger, bitterness, and malice kept recurring in my heart and mind.
But nothing specific was revealed as I meditated on the Bible verse on my own.
So I began looking for someone to pray with me to see what sin I was living in and for God to give me clarity on this verse and other revelations.
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
In early 2023, I was having dinner with some friends when I asked if one of them would be willing to pray with me to seek God’s revelation together. She suggested I do a renewal prayer and recommended I go through the process since I had already done the prerequisite Love The Lord course.
At this point, I was tired of being spiritually sick and heavy.
The idea of doing a renewal prayer seemed like the answer to help me feel lighter and reveal God’s truth in my life. In addition to the fatigue, I had been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and felt like the eyesight in my left eye continued to worsen.
Once committing to the renewal prayer process, I felt warmth in my left shin, as if heat was escaping from that area of my leg. It was not consistently there but I have noticed it seemed to occur in times of revelation of sin. This time, the heat was inconsistent so I was not able to track what type of sin or what the Lord was trying to reveal. I fasted for days, asking the Lord to reveal the answers to the questions in the prayer form.
Based on my answers to the questions, I noticed patterns of rejection in my parents’ life as well as in my own life.
On the day of the prayer session, I was looking forward to breakthroughs and revelations, but felt super tired and bloated. It seemed like no matter how many hours I slept, I never felt refreshed.
At the start of the renewal prayer, my prayer counsellors and I began with praise and invited the Holy Spirit to cleanse us.
The prayer leader then prayed to cast out any spirits behind fear, anxiety, manipulation, control, fear of not being good enough, rejection, and lies in the mind in Jesus’ name.
A tingling sensation overcame my body as if a hole in my soul had opened up and I was being operated on.
I then renounced anxiety, fear, pain, rejection, sickness and affliction, cancer, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, anger, frustration, and ungodly submission to mother and father.
The prayer counsellors led me to pray and cast out any spirits behind the gods my family on both my dad’s and mother’s side had worshiped. This also included any activities done and prayers my relatives and family had prayed over me from previous generations. I remember having to concentrate really hard on repeating all the name of the gods after my prayer counsellors.
There was a very real spiritual battle going on and thankfully I had their support.
I was led to renounce all rituals my ancestors had done in honouring the dead, especially in honouring my uncle who had died in stillbirth or miscarriage. I was also led to renounce participating in all the rituals of my grandmother’s Taoist funeral.
As the session went on, the prayer counsellors led me to renounce ungodly soul ties and activities associated with a professional Greek organisation I was involved with as well as pledging to the United States and Texas flag. Since then, I have stopped receiving mailings from the sorority, without me cancelling any subscriptions.
In one part of the session, my prayer counsellors led me to renounce eating foods dedicated to idols, and at that point, I felt lighter.
1 Corinthians 10:19-21 (NIV) Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.
However, I still felt tingly like someone who’s heart was open for surgery but it was not complete.
Throughout the session, my prayer counsellors were asking and teaching me to renounce lies and asking the Holy Spirit to fill me with His truth. I felt I needed to say the right words and in the right order. I kept renouncing the spirit of perfectionism and fear, but just kept feeling blocked.
I then asked my prayer counsellors for help. They told me to simply come to Jesus and be honest with Him. As I did, the song came to mind, “Just as I am.” As I just sat in God’s presence, having that song sung to me and singing it together with my sisters-in-Christ, I could sense He had been waiting to pour and speak truth in my life.
But because of the demonic oppression as well as the lies I had heard and believed, God’s voice in my spirit had been muddled.
Once I sensed that God was pleased with me, “Just as I am,” I could continue the prayer session, knowing He would give me the words to renounce areas of sin and spirits. I felt more confident and lighter. My prayer counsellors commented how much brighter I looked and how many more teeth I had in my smile.
From that point, whenever I was asked to renounce something, I had the confidence and power from Christ to be able to do so. I could also forgive those who had hurt me in the past and bless them (i.e. my mother, church group mates, my co-workers, school principal, cousin, sister, self, and ex-boyfriends).
I then renounced any thoughts of suicide, the spirit of death, anger, and all emotions related to death to leave me and never come back. I prayed for life to fill my soul, spirit, and mind. I could renounce sickness and illness, and asked God to give me life.
With each lie renounced and more truth filling my soul, spirit, and mind, I felt lighter.
Next, my prayer counsellor asked me to be honest about my feelings about my mother and talk about how I felt, as if she was there. Earlier in the prayer session, they had sensed my mother had the gifting to be a prophetess but had spoken words of judgment and condemnation over us instead. They had also received the word of knowledge that there was rejection running in the family and that I have felt rejected.
I confessed to my mother the hurt I had felt when she didn’t accept my decisions in my career or faith, how I had been emotionally manipulated by her, and how she had often vocalised and placed her will on my life.
My prayer counsellor then prayed to cancel all the word curses that my earthly mother had unintentionally placed on me.
They prayed for me to be filled with God’s truth, that I am more than enough. All my decisions were affirmed by the Lord, whether it was in my choice of whom to date, clothing, and life decisions, because I had sought to honour God in all of them.
I could wholeheartedly receive these truths. At this point, I felt so much lighter. Joy filled my soul, mind and spirit.
Something also seemed to “pop” in my left eye and it appeared like I could see better than before!
Before my prayer session, I felt like I had to force a smile but now, I could just smile naturally for no reason. Christ had given me joy and I felt lighter and cleaner. I felt empowered and equipped to recognise lies and to renounce them in the mighty name of Jesus.
I deliberately planned this prayer session prior to my trip back to the US to visit my parents. Feeling clean and lighter, I was a little weary of what curses were going to be unintentionally said by my parents again.
God reminded me that He was going to provide me with the words to dispel the lies.
My prayer counsellors encouraged me that I was going to see my relationships in a new way. I would be protected by Jesus’ blood and truth. Both God and my prayer counsellors were correct.
While back at my parents’ home, I have been able to renounce lies and speak truth into my mind, soul, and spirit. I no longer feel as exhausted as before and the heat in my shin has not been as prevalent. The heat acts like a sign of sin in my life and once I confessed and repented, it disappeared again.
Prayerfully, I’ll continue to sprinkle bits of truth into our family conversations and help my parents recognise the lies and curses they have been speaking.
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