During one week in
August 2008, God significantly raised the bar in the development of my
faith and abilities to be an effective spiritual warrior. Up until this
point I had gained an increasing understanding of the nature of spiritual
warfare and the armor of God. He had given me several opportunities to
put what I knew into practice helping others in the area of marriage. But
during this week, God would significantly elevate my understanding of the
spiritual realm that is all around us. He would show me how demonic
possession is very much a reality and how through the power and authority
that He gives us we should combat it.
Lynita and I are shepherds for a Tuesday night small group in our church
(Hill Country Bible Church Leander) and had just started a new moderated
study for our group. On this particular Tuesday morning when I was
preparing to go to work, the Holy Spirit prompted me to not prepare and
take a lunch like I usually did. He asked me to start a fast from food
instead. Being conditioned for this type of prompting by this time, I did
as I was led.
That Tuesday night in
our small group we were going through a DVD-based study called “The Truth
Project” that was presented by “Focus on the Family” and taught by Del
Tackett. In this, one of the initial lessons, Del made a challenge to the
students that cut right to the center of my soul and my faith. He pointed
to the bible and asked the participants if they really truly believed
everything that was written therein. He went on to say that if they truly
did believe it (that it was all true and was the word of the living God),
then this small group of students could go out and literally change the
world. Those words resonated deep within me, gently convicting me.
Before the end of the week, God would bring them back to the forefront of
During this time, my
wife Lynita had learned of another family that was having some moderate
behavioral problems with their 7-year old son. They had sought
professional care and advice from a doctor and were told that the boy
needed to be placed on medication to control his behavior. As the week
went on, Lynita occasionally told me of more “acting-out” episodes that
the boy’s mother had shared with her.
Thursday was the third day of my fast and during my prayer on this day,
God began to reveal to me the purpose of my fast. He was spiritually
preparing me for something that would require me to be very strong in the
spirit and weak in the flesh. He showed me that I was fasting because of
that little boy who was having problems. The problems were not physical
or psychological, but were spiritual.
My wife was a new acquaintance of the mother of the boy and I personally
had only experienced limited social interactions with the family. So that
evening at around 7:30 PM when God very clearly told me that He wanted me
to go over to their house and pray over the boy and take authority over
the demon that was tormenting him, my reaction was “You want me to do
what??” I thought “these people barely know me and you want me to call
and ask them if I can come to their home and pray over their son to cast
out a demon?” Surely they would think I was some kind of nut case and
hang up in my face.
much prompting and convicting from the Holy Spirit, I went and asked my
wife for the home phone number of the mother of the boy. I called her at
about 8:00 PM and told her who I was and that I was being led by God to
visit them and pray over their son. To my surprise she responded that she
thought it would be great and suggested we make an appointment for me to
come over sometime that coming Saturday. I said that would be okay, but
in my mind I was thinking “I have been preparing for this since Tuesday
morning and this will mean that I will have to continue to fast until we
meet on Saturday.” We agreed on Saturday and hung up the call.
Later that evening at
around 9:00 PM, the mother of the boy called me back. I could hear the
sound of the boy yelling and screaming in the background. She told me that
she had spoken with her husband and asked me if it were possible for me to
come to their house right then on that very evening. I felt relieved
because I had been preparing for three days and was more than ready to go
over and have this encounter.
Before leaving, I asked
Lynita to help me as I made sure my spiritual weapon (the word of God) was
ready. We searched through the New Testament scriptures looking to
refresh my memory with examples of where Jesus or the Apostles had cast
out demons from possessed people. We found several examples and I decided
to focus on Acts 16:16 as my example.
After I arrived at their house, the boy was initially calm and I was able
to speak with him, engaging in friendly conversation. I asked him if he
loved Jesus and he said “yes.” However, soon after this calm beginning
when his parents and I started to pray over him, he became highly
agitated, insisted that he wanted to run away and ran through the house
closing himself off in his room. This caused immediate concerns because
in recent weeks he had threatened and attempted to run away on several
occasions. His episodes of acting out had included such things as
attempting to get outside and run forcing someone to chase and physically
His mom went into his
bedroom to try to calm him down as his dad and I continued to pray outside
in the hall. What ensued that night was several hours of very intensive
prayer with often times one or both parents physically restraining the
After a time of this
intensive combat and trying to keep this little boy from running through
the house and hurting himself, I began to feel compassion for what he was
going through. Being led by the Holy Spirit in the midst of all the
turmoil, I found myself starting to pray earnestly to God to release this
boy from his torment. I asked my Father to take what was in this boy and
to place it in me so that he could have peace that night.
The boy’s father went
and located a cross in their home and brought it and held it over the boy
as we prayed. This little boy, who had just hours ago tenderly told me
that he loved Jesus, looked up at the cross and screamed out “Get that
away from me, I hate Jesus!!” As those words came from his mouth, the dad
and I looked at each other and at that point knew clearly that the one who
was speaking was not his little boy.
We addressed the evil
spirit, saying that it had just blown its cover and commanded it in the
name of Jesus to leave this boy and to leave this house. After a little
time, the boy calmed down and returned to the behavior that his parents
recognized as their little boy. By now, it was getting late and I briefly
discussed the events with his parents and talked about precautions they
should take and some actions to purge from the house some things that
might be inciting demonic activity.
Coming Back Home After
I returned home that night at almost midnight and went directly into my
closet. Still fully dressed, I got down on the floor on my face and
continued to pray fervently throughout that night. I prayed for God to
continue to protect that little boy and to keep His protective hedge
around that family’s home. I also prayed for the protection of my own
family and kids that nothing like I had just witnessed would ever afflict
my little precious jewels.
At around 3:00 AM
(Friday morning) the Holy Spirit prompted me to get up from the floor in
my closet and go to take a shower. After I finished taking my shower and
was cleaned up, I went out to our bedroom where my wife was still awake.
Even though I had not stopped to tell her much when I came home, she told
me that she had also been in the bed praying all of the time that I was in
the closet. She said that when I was in the shower, God had told her that
I was spiritually cleansing myself, washing off that which had been stuck
to me in my encounter earlier in the evening.
Of course after this
experience, we as a family have never thought lightly again about the
reality of the battle that is raging all around us in the spiritual realm.
Personally, it has helped me tremendously to understand the types and
intensity of attacks that are levied against me as I have matured in my
walk with God.
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