(A True Story)
Jesus Christ spent one-fourth of His earthly ministry healing the sick and casting out demons. Acts 10:38 states, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL." 1 John 3:8 says, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, THAT HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL."
I used to think that demon possession was something that happened only in foreign countries such as India, Africa, etc., that is, until the night I happened to visit a Baptist church in Dallas, Texas.
We were standing in the church, singing from the song book, when suddenly, a young girl about 19 years of age, fell on the floor and began to have what I thought was a seizure.
A medical doctor that attended that church told several of us to take the girl to a near by house belonging to one of the church members, and there he would examine this young woman. By the time the girl got to the house, her eyes were dilated and a masculine voice was speaking from her. Although this girl was a United States citizen and had never traveled outside of America, she was speaking in a foreign language that seemed to be German, and at other times in English.
This unclean spirit, which the Bible also calls a demon or devil, immediately began to accuse me and say in a loud masculine voice, "Your going to Hell!" "No, I'm not!," I replied, and we argued that way for awhile. It seemed this demon had authority and power over me and I was not getting very far with it, when suddenly, I had an idea.
I turned in the New Testament to Philippians 2:6-11 and proceeded to read these verses out loud -- "That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Suddenly in a loud voice the demon screamed, "Shut up! Don't say that! I can't stand that!" I thought to myself, "This is quite a reaction." So, again, I began to read the scriptures out loud. "Stop that! I can't stand that!" the demon cried. So again I read the scriptures. This time the demon in the little girl began to make the girl hold her ears. I continued to read and this time the demon threw the girl on the floor and she began to bow before me at the Name of Jesus.
This is the first time in my life that I realized the power that is in God's Word, the Bible. The demons had the upper hand over me until I read them the scriptures. This is the first time that I also realized that every time I began to read the Bible, I was distracted. I remembered all the things that I hadn't done that day, I suddenly became hungry and had to go to the refrigerator, etc., something always distracted me. Now I realize that there is something in God's Word the Bible that Satan doesn't want you and me to know.
To make a long story short, Patti, the demon possessed girl was delivered from many demonic spirits over the next few weeks. It was Jesus' Name, faith in His Name and the power of God's Word that brought forth this miracle. Patti is now a beautiful Christian woman, who married one of my best friends and who is raising her children in the knowledge of the Lord.
My friend, have you realized that there is a Kingdom of Darkness and a Kingdom of God's Dear Son? The apostle Paul's commission from the Lord Jesus Christ was to "turn people from darkness to light, and from Satan unto God, that they may receive the forgiveness of their sins" (Acts 26:18). A "kingdom" in the scriptures were the people over which one has authority or rule.
What Kingdom are you in? What master are you serving? Jesus said, "No man can serve 2 Masters" (Mt.6:24). Would you consider turning today to Jesus Christ as the Saviour from your sins and following Him as your Lord?
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Tract No. 19 by Don Krow