Prior to meeting the Lord Jesus, I did a lot of really stupid things. I may still do some stupid things, but extra stupid back in that day. Things I thought funny and harmless had very real consequences! And they came to collect at a time I thought would be the least likely of times.
If you are not a born again believer, then you are under the sway of the wicked one. “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19 NIV
And while under the sway, I said things, did things that entrapped me.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV
So, during those séances, tarot cards and Ouija boards, I didn’t notice the darkness setting in. When I spoke curses over myself, and others, I had no idea what I was doing. But I opened myself up to the enemy. Like a foreigner being taken advantage of due to not knowing the language; I had signed up to be in chains to the evil one.
And when I had my born again experience, when Christ forgave me, I became alive. During the day, I was filled with joy and the fruits of the Spirit. When I went to bed, it was a different story. For about a month, I was tormented – but only at night. Paralyzing fear entered and I was not alone in that room. I could feel the dark creatures line up around my bed. I didn’t see them, but I felt them. I could not talk and felt like I was choking. My only aim was to say the name of Jesus and it took so much effort to try to even mouth the word. Over and over I would attempt, but no sound. I couldn’t understand why I was experiencing this when I had just met God. But I knew that the word of Jesus was my only weapon. After much endurance, I would be able to say, Jesus, and the darkness would leave and I could rest.
Like I said, each night, I would have this experience. I tried sleeping with a light on. Turns out, these guys did not have a roach-like nature. They could stay with me and my lamp. I kept music on and the music did not stop them. I was afraid to tell anyone as I would seem crazy. At the time I went to a kind, warm Baptist church. I could not even picture any of those folk saying the word demon, never mind believing they existed!
Approximately a month after these nightly hauntings, I had a different experience. This time, I felt like I could see eyes. It was extra scary. I started calling, crying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus … over and over again, fervently. After about ten minutes, which is a very long time in this state, I felt something on my head – an electric bolt that went throughout my entire body. It felt amazing. My entire body was tingling, my tongue started vibrating, a sensation I had never felt before, all within the inside. I was not fighting this battle by myself anymore. I was protected. I was loved – and the room was clean. I wanted to laugh. I was in awe. My body felt lighter, like the feeling of not being sick anymore and the appreciation of an appetite. So was the presence of God in my room. My entire room was free of evil. My mind was free of tormenting thoughts. I didn’t want to move a muscle in case it would make the peace leave. That was the last night I ever experienced that kind of torment!
I was bold enough to tell a charismatic friend the next day. I felt it wouldn’t freak her out. She believed every word. She listened and afterwards said that I experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and had a deliverance. She showed me in the Bible where it speaks of being baptized in the Spirit. I believed that is exactly what had happened. Now, after much learning through my Heavenly Father, I understand that I had given my enemy access to me in those divination practices – and he was not leaving easily! Sometimes we can love Jesus and walk by faith but still need deliverance – I am proof!
“There was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit.
And he cried out, saying, ‘Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!’ And Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be quiet, and come out of him!’ And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.”
Mark 1:23-26 NKJV
By His Excellent Grace, I now stand on the victorious side of this battle. Christ was able to defend and scatter those demons that came against me.
Christ destroys demons. Christ delivers His children. Christ is Jesus of Nazareth. Christ is the Holy One of God … and He sweetly came to my rescue!
“His banner over me is love.” Song of Solomon 2:4 NIV
Shared by Laura Ogrodnik