Deliverance With(out) Manifestations - Woman With Crutches
We were into healing time at a small conference on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Normally when there is a group we ask those with pain or sickness to stand and hold out their hands before God. Just by doing that most people lose the pain or sickness within less than a minute.
The remainder keep one hand out and bring the other one near to where the pain is - and most of them will sit down free of pain and sickness within less than a minute.
One lady down the front, though, was in trouble. She had hobbled in very slowly on crutches.
She had pain all over and could not stand easily because of her knees, but she could hold out her hands. As she did so she could feel joto (heat) in them.
"That's healing," I told her. "God is going to heal you."
The pain reduced a little, then stayed.
I don't normally do anything to take away pain or sickness*
- I see my job as teaching people to do it for themselves and others.
Her right shoulder was especially bad, and she could not hold that hand out for long. We always go for the worst area of pain or sickness, but using her good hand to "cover" her knees, even telling pain to go, didn't work.
“Have you had a big fight or disagreement with someone recently?”
She looked down, then said quietly, “Yes.”
“How long ago?”
“At the beginning of the year.”
“Is that when your pains started?”
Again she looked down a little as realisation struck her and she quietly said another Yes.
“We can fix that, you know - would you like to do that?”
With further questioning the story came out.
She and another woman, Mama Wanjugu, had been in business together at the markets. They had had a serious disagreement, a very bad argument; harsh words had been spoken and they had parted bad friends.
“Have you spoken with her since? Did you try to sort out the argument?”
“Would you like to sort this out so that you can be set free?”
She looked a little startled at the thought but willingly agreed - she wanted to fix up what she could.
“I want you to face where you think Mama Wanjugu would be now, and say these words after me.”
She half turned on her seat to face in the right direction and started to follow as Yvette translated.
“Mama Wanjugu, I'm sorry that we had an argument, I should not have fought with you.
I forgive you…”
She only got to say the word forgive in the next
sentence before she let out a piercing scream;
her eyes rolled back in her head, and she fell
backwards against the man who had
been sitting beside her.
He graciously held the unconscious woman so she would not fall.
As she gasped for breath I could hear a man's voice trying to speak out through her mouth and vocal cords as she breathed out quickly,
It took only a few steps to reach her side and as I came I was saying, “No you don't, stop it now.” Then, as the loud gasping and vocalising continued I said, “Get out, and go to the place that Jesus sends you.”
The noise stopped and the woman lay still. I checked with Yvette as to where she had been in the sentence and realised (Holy Spirit told me) who was at work.
“Enmity, get out now.” It was a quiet but
firm command, and as the spirit left
the woman opened her eyes and
looked around, completely oblivious
to what had happened.
We started again in the confession and declaration and got through the forgive part without a problem. By the time she said, “I would like you to be my friend again,” the look on her face showed that she really meant it.
This time as she ministered to her knees the pain left completely, as it did in her right shoulder also. She was even able to raise her right hand to shoulder height within a minute or two, and she left without using the crutches.
The lesson was not lost on the people watching. African deliverances are unnecessarily noisy, messy affairs where demons are invited or forced to speak, while the person involved often ends up vomiting or rolling around, sometimes even urinating in their clothes as the “pastor” involved uses demonic forces to put on a show. This just demeans the person, generally to show how "powerful" the pastor is.
Instead, anyone can learn to remove spirits with a word while forbidding manifestations, like Jesus did.
* By myself I can't take away pain or sickness, God does that. But it seems that unless we start things off in the way They have chosen, nothing generally happens. Or, when we do things the way God has established (like Jesus did things), then people get healed of all sorts of debilitating conditions, every time.
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