On that particular Sunday, I attended church from 10 a.m. to noon. A married couple approached me before I left.
“Larry, we’d like to pray for you,” said the wife.
“When?” I said.
“Is right now, okay?”
“No, I’m taking my daughter Susan out to lunch.”
“Can we do it later?”
We agreed on a time for later that afternoon.
I gave no thoughts as to why the couple wanted to pray for me. We were close friends and these types of things often happened at our small church because many had strong prophetic gifts.
The couple waited for me in the apartment attached to the rear of the church when I arrived. The church’s pastor, her husband, and another couple also waited there.
What have I done now? I thought. Oh well, I guess they’ll let me know.
“Do you remember Ellen?” said the wife.
“Yes the intercessor who prays five hours each day.”
“One of the prophetic words you spoke to her was wrong.”
“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I’ll ask forgiveness of her.”
“No, that’s okay because your mistake caused her to spend time praying for you. She found some problems with you.”
With those words, I was thrown across the room. Everyone instantly began praying in tongues. The wife and her husband began commanding the demon to let loose of me. I rolled back and forth across the floor, out of control.
What was going through my mind during all this?
I hoped someone had enough spiritual power to set me free from this monster.
It ended after a few minutes. I stood up and hugged everyone.
“Do you feel better?” asked the wife.
“I don’t know…maybe,” I replied.
I noticed a big difference in the following days, which probably was not so obvious to others, but I felt freer in my spirit.
I eventually believed the Lord revealed it was a religious spirit, which had puppet-like strings attached to my soul − mind, will, and emotions. The demon could pull on these at certain times, causing problems. The strings were so tightly woven around my personality I did not even notice them.
Here’s my take on this: hang around believers who pray, hear God’s voice, and have spiritual power and anointing. You need strong friends in spiritual warfare.
(Excerpt from The Hunt for Larry Who by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2014, Amazon eBook)
My prayer for today:
Lord, help us American believers to turn away from persuasive words of human wisdom, but instead, to demonstrate the power of the Holy Spirit so that our faith will no longer be in human wisdom but rest on the power of God. (Based on 1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
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