Victory over Demon
On11/15 Thursday night at 11 pm, I got a phone call…a woman in her 60s gradually losing her ability to speak and respond to stimulus, the son described her mom in a catatonic state unable to eat or speak. My first reaction was, why didn’t you call 911? The husband came on the phone and said he thinks there maybe other problems. So I drove to their house in the night.
Her eyes wide open, staring straight into space unable to interact with anyone. Brother Lin arrived at around the same time. We started our prayer. She began to describe these red eyes, two small creatures that have been tormenting her for 3 or 4 days. They even bit her right leg. She was in pain. We began to pray for deliverance and she responded violently and defiantly. I felt the spirit was going to manifest, so I requested that the family members to leave the room. That was when the evil spirit spoke. We weren’t able to exorcise the demon that night but the woman became coherent and responsive. After speaking to her a bit we left the house at around 2:30 in the morning.
Next day, 11/16 Friday, I knew we had to confront it again. This time I brought my buddy Sam to the house. Knowing her condition from earlier phone call, we went right into deliverance. The spirit was defiant and we learned that it was an unclean spirit that was attached to her past hurt and present experience, but we ran out of time, because we had to get back to church for bible study.
Saturday, I was at a meeting in LA. On my way back from the meeting I prayed for this woman and called her husband. Apparently, all along, he thought his wife was going through an emotional breakdown, but in our conversation, he said it took a couple bites on her leg. I said, what? Well, he took a look at her leg found the teeth marks and even took a picture. He was eager to show me. I told him I’d come by Sunday afternoon.
Sunday morning I was to speak in our 2nd service…the music stopped and I prayed…lost my message…what I was doing…heat came over me…I wanted to continue but I couldn’t. Something was wrong. I told the congregation to pray for each other as I ran out of the sanctuary to wash my face. What is wrong with me, I thought? Am I experiencing hypoglycemia? So I ran quickly to my office and got a snack bar. When I got back, Sam said he felt it (spiritual Warfare) and encouraged me to continue. I struggled and struggled…the Holy Spirit came…I was in tears…the Word came…almost everyone was in tears…God was breaking through.
That afternoon, after our board meeting, I went with Helen to visit the woman, brother Lin came exactly at the same time (interesting timing). We went through purification and prayed for each other before we engaged in deliverance. This time, I felt more confident in the Lord. However, after almost an hour, I was ready to give. I told brother Sam, “let’s get someone more experience to do this.” But that was when I got another surge of faith and I prayed for the woman. I felt the demon weakening inside the woman. In an instant, I commanded the spirit to leave…she collapsed on the ground...it was over.
It took another two weeks before she was completely recovered physically, emotionally and spiritually.
in our effort to understand more concerning the demographic makeup of Cerritos, Helen and I decide to learn more about the south-asian Indians in our neighborhood. we got introduced to a young female pastor in the Norwalk area. while she is not your typical Indian woman, her experience as an ex-Catholic who had a visitation from Jesus transformed her life of party to a completely new path, surrendered to follow Him. her husband a Hindu witnessed her transformation and became her most trusted support in her ministry today. they've been feeding the local Hispanic and Indian-American population with delicious Indian cuisine and the Word, for several years now. they now have a small hispanic following on Sundays. after eating some delicious Indian food tonight, we prayed for each other. it was delightful. i'm sure we'll meet again.
we had a good turn out last night, a total of 36 people came. they were from all different ages and stages of life. i presented some philosophies as the fundamentals for this new ministry in Cerritos. this is the basic outline of what i presented last night.
What are we doing?
Revitalize an aging Chinese Immigrant church here in Cerritos
Initiate a English speaking Multi-Asian, Multi-Ethnic ministry
Why are we doing this?
The Local Church is the ONLY hope for the World
A Transforming Community will change a CITY, a NATION and the WORLD
How will this church be different?
Missional: Being and Making Glocal Disciples of Jesus; Focusing on Life and Lifestyle Transformation
Organic: Developing Life Group that will impact the Home, Work place and Everywhere; Changing Lives, Families in any Community
Relevant: Engaging Internal & External Culture to Build the Church; Serving the Poor, the Disadvantaged, and the Marginal in the City
Weekly Bible Study: the foundation for Christ’s Mission begins with the Word of God. Every disciple loves the Lord and desires to obey His commands. That is why every disciple who serves in the body learns to be a diligent student of the Word
Discipleship Training: the disciple of Jesus is a doer of the Word not a hearer only. So, discipleship training will require lifestyle alteration, making room for God to rule (God’s Kingdom). Also, a disciple learns to bring others along to follow Jesus
Vision Capture: the Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of the believer. This Kingdom will grow and extend into the family, the marketplace and the city. A disciple of Jesus learns to wait for God’s vision through prayer
Global Mission: the goal of the church is to transform the world through discipleship. The church participates in the movement of God locally and globally. Every missional effort is of God and nothing will come apart from Him
Natural Habitat: the church begins in the midst of the most basic unit of human relations, namely, marriage and family; it then moves beyond into friendship, hobbies, workplace, and beyond. There is no limit to God's reachThe Ministry Call: the church do not need to separate professing from profession; every disciple is called to serve a community, whether in the ghetto part of town or downtown high-rise. Ministry is not limited to "the church"
Life (cell) Group: every disciple is a member of a life group serving the need of a community; the community can be in any context that has the potential for growth and development. Accountability and support is what connects life groups together
Metamorphosis: the goal is community transformation, restoring the rule of Christ or Kingdom Culture; once the target community attains desired outcome, it becomes a hub to generate and regenerate more life groups
Fasted Lifestyle: a Disciple of Jesus lives a Life that is Solely Devoted to God; Battling against sin and sinful lifestyle; Fulfilling the call to be set apart; Observing Sabbath and winning souls for Jesus; not out of duty but of love.
Primacy of Family: the most fundamental unit of the Church is marriage and family; Holding each disciple accountable to his or her marriage and family is the call of the church; Ministering cross-generationally to preserve culture and to advance the Kingdom.
Cultural/Ethnic Diversity: the Church must embrace the manifold expressions of faith through celebrating diversity; Acknowledging God’s gifting through the nations; Examining each culture through Biblical lens; Embracing a Kingdom Culture of diversity
Leading through Change: the world is changing in an unprecedented rate. Instead of reacting to the changes, the Church must take lead in shaping the future, with God’s timeless truth; Mastering biblical leadership and management; Shaping marketplace leaders
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