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.
it's been a month and God's been good. there were times when I wanted to look behind me during the worship and I was afraid if there wasn't going to anyone sitting back there, but I kept my cool and just focused my attention on God. so far, we're averaging about 30 per week in the English service. March is our mission's month. I will be introducing a few mission's project for our church. And starting April, we will be doing some outreach to the local community, passing out brochures in street corners and market. i wonder what will happen when we step out. will it be amazing? please keep us in prayer.
my uncle elder Peter passed away 1/1/2011, at 99 years of age, that is 100 years old according to Chinese calendar. pretty interesting huh! well, he lived an amazing life with many accomplishments. what's most amazing about him took place these last 24 years of his life, since his wife, my aunt Francis, passed away. before she passed away from an unexpected heart-attack 24 years ago, she'd always urged him to put his years of theological schooling (15 years in all) to work by writing and publishing them, because there were very limited Chinese theological work available (that's true even today). he'd always refuse her. but since her death he gained a renewed sense of purpose at 75 years of age to start his writing career. he finished one book a year, publishing them using his own money and distributing them to his friends and churches. He ministered to countless Chinese Christians around the world with his writing, until he could no longer see from his earthly eyes these last few remaining years. all together he wrote 18 remarkable commentaries and theological treaties in chinese. now, that's pretty incredible! what an inspiration! uncle Peter and aunt Francis prayed for our family for years until our whole family came to the Lord. today they're with Jesus and i miss them both. i am grateful for such faithful witnesses of our Lord. the Bible said "Abraham died at a GOOD old age."
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