Wednesday, November 9, 2022

God's Property ~ Part 2

Dear Friends,

Fifteen year old Ethan Boldizsar* was possessed by demons. His mother Eva had been fired after exhibiting some very troubling behavior and her co-workers had become concerned about her. They suspected that there was something strange happening in her home and they were afraid for her. I was asked, as a pastor, to go to the house and talk with the mother and son. I agreed and took along one of Eva’s former co-workers - a Christian woman. (*names have been changed)

I knew we were going to be dealing with something spiritual. We had prepared by praying and fasting. I was filled with confidence that we were going to help this woman. And then... Walking up the steps to this house was like walking into a cloud of darkness. I started to feel dizzy and stepping onto the porch became an effort. It felt like I was walking up against a force that was trying to push me back. My confidence was immediately replaced with a feeling of apprehension. I started praying. Eva opened the door before we could knock on it.

The living room was dark. Filled with photographs, dried plants, scarves draped over large overstuffed furniture. Crystal balls. Strange little boxes with indecipherable writing. Small brass statues. Oddly shaped silver objects. The air was heavy. Oppressive. It was hard to breathe in there. Eva brought in her son, Ethan and when he walked into the room, I could feel an intense dark force enter with him. I asked him how he was doing. He didn’t answer and just stared at me. His body tense. His face expressionless. His eyes glazed over and lifeless. Eva became flustered and told him to go play in the garage. 

When he left, she told me he often gets like that. I asked her about the dozens of old black and white framed pictures of her ancestors and I learned that she was descended from a long line of fortune-telling, spiritist Hungarian gypsies. The scarves, silver statues and other objects in the room had been used by her parents and her to contact dead spirits. That explained the suffocating darkness. This place was a stronghold for the demonic.

I felt a powerful evil force coming from behind a closed door and was told that was Ethan’s bedroom. Eva’s mother and father had owned this house and that had been their bedroom. While lying in bed, her mother put a gun in her mouth and pulled the trigger. A month later, Eva’s father lay in bed and used the same gun. The day her father shot himself, Eva was at work and Ethan was home. She came home to find Ethan in bed cuddling the body of his dead grandfather and talking to him.

The day after his grandfather’s suicide, Ethan changed rooms so that he could sleep in his grandparent’s bed. Ethan insisted on keeping the door shut at all times and didn’t allow his mother in that room. Ethan wanted to keep the room exactly like it was when they died so that their spirits wouldn’t leave and he could still talk with them. I looked in. The grandfather’s dried blood and brain fragments had been left splattered on the wall behind the bed.

There was nothing I could do. The demons had a generational license to be there. The evil one had owned that gypsy family for generations and their occult beliefs and activities had given permission to the demons to possess that house. Those of us who are Christians invite Jesus to come into and “possess” our lives and our homes. We give our Lord God “ownership” over ourselves. It works the same way when a person, gives their “lord” Satan possession and ownership over their life and home. You can’t “exorcise” or cast out demons that have a “legal” right to be there.

I was very happy to finally leave that day, but much to my dismay, God wanted me to go back. You can understand why the last thing I wanted to do was to return, but God persisted and after more prayer and fasting I knew what He wanted me to do. This time I went alone. (Eva’s former co-worker understandably refused to go with me!) Eva and I sat outside in her front yard because I knew that the demonic stronghold had only the right to possess the house itself and I wanted to talk to her about something without the demonic interference. Away from the demons, I spoke to her about Jesus. I told her about the generational curse, how Satan operates and that a demon spirit of suicide was in her family. I told her that only Jesus could break the curse. We talked for a long time and she did pray to accept Jesus as Lord and Savor that afternoon. Hope was now invading the darkness. God had accomplished through me what He had sent me there to do.

I tell you this because we need to understand what demon possession actually looks like. I’ve been asked by too many Christians if they are “possessed” by demons. Absolutely not! If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are owned by God. That means you are possessed by God. God has legal right to your spirit. You belong to Him. You are God’s Property! When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and takes up residence in your spirit. Christians cannot be possessed but we can be oppressed. We can be harassed, hounded and tormented by demons as they exert outside pressure on us.     To Be Continued...

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