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Darkness Defeated

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I can still remember the day as if it were yesterday. I was eight months pregnant, spending a Saturday at our French-speaking church while the worship team practiced. My son was playing in the church, dancing to the music, while my husband, Ben, was working in his office to prepare for Sunday’s service.

We heard a knock at the church’s front door and saw a petite, dark-skinned woman, Bernadette, standing behind the glass. We welcomed her in. She told us she was a Christian and asked for prayer for her and her family. She was from a French island and was in our city visiting relatives.

Ben and I took her into the children’s nursery room and sat down. Led by the Holy Spirit, Ben pulled a Bible off the shelf and asked her to read the Lord’s Prayer out loud. When Bernadette began to read, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” her voice changed drastically. It became deep and distorted.

We immediately realized that something dark and spiritual—something demonic—was present in her. Ben and I quickly stood up to take a physical posture of authority over Bernadette. Unknowingly, we were also distancing and protecting ourselves from this evil presence.

Suddenly, this tiny woman leapt off her chair with a physical force we had never seen. It was like we were watching a Marvel movie. Bernadette jumped on Ben, knocking him down along with a television set that was sitting on a corner shelf over his head. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

I backed up into the corner at the other end of the room, suddenly aware of the need to protect my unborn child, and began to pray fervently.

Prepared for battle

As we fought this battle, we remembered sitting in our graduate classes at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) in Nyack, New York, several years before. In one class called Power Encounter, we watched a video of deliverance sessions with cases rated 1–10. The “10” looked like a clip from the horror film The Exorcist.

Our professor, Dr. Gerald McGraw, confirmed this was not a movie—it was real life. We watched as the Holy Spirit confronted the demonic spirits. Our class clapped and rejoiced as He set this person in bondage free.

Bernadette was obviously a “10.” Although one is never ready for these types of spiritual situations, we were as ready as we could be. We reminded ourselves of what we learned in school through this course and the hands-on experience we had at ATS—“He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4, ESV). As Christ-followers, we could take authority over this spirit.

Ben managed to physically restrain the petite yet supernaturally strong woman. I prayed the spiritual armor of the Lord Jesus Christ upon us, our unborn child, our two-year-old, and the entire worship team just beyond the doors.

I could hear their songs of praise to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Exiting the room, I asked the worship team to continue singing—knowing that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). I then briefly explained what was happening and asked them to take care of our son and not allow him to enter the nursery.

They continued to worship, and I reentered the room to continue praying.

Free at last

While Bernadette writhed on the floor with seizure-like movements and foamed at the mouth, we declared in the heavenly realms the authority of Jesus Christ over us, our church, this woman, and all evil spirits. We commanded them to leave her and go directly to the abyss where the  Lord Jesus Christ sends them. We used God’s Word—the sword of the Spirit—speaking truth out loud as the Lord gave us His Spirit of wisdom and revelation. The worship team continued singing and playing the entire time, knowing that praise is our weapon.

After several hours of intense spiritual battle, this precious little lady lay quiet and motionless on the ground. There was complete silence in the room. The battle was over. Bernadette was exhausted physically and spiritually, and so were we.

When she came out of her spiritual stupor, Bernadette had very little recollection of all that had happened during the last few hours. We explained as much as we could and spoke the message of truth, freedom, and salvation to her.

Together, we prayed that God’s Holy Spirit would fill her to completion, bringing His light into all of those dark and broken places in her soul, heart, mind, and body—those that had been previously inhabited by evil and demonic spirits.

Bernadette walked out the door, and we never saw her again.

We are so thankful for our three years of study at ATS where we were equipped, prepared, and had opportunity to experience real-life ministry.

What would have happened if Bernadette had walked through the doors of our church and we weren’t prepared? Would she have found freedom in Christ? Would someone have been hurt physically?

Know your identity and authority in Christ, and put on your spiritual armor. We are on a battlefield, whether in the United States or on foreign soil. There are many prisoners out there just waiting to find freedom. Are you ready and equipped for battle?

*Names changed

3 responses to Darkness Defeated

  1. Amazing, our women’s Bible study this morning was about putting on the “Armor of God” and how to stand up in spiritual warfare against demonic powers… we actually prayed Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world….

  2. Reminds me of the similar circumstance that took place at Nyack in 1950. We need to be prepared as the enemy is fighting like never before.

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