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Before deliverance and healing
WEEKLY ENCOURAGER 25 SEPTEMBER 2016
After deliverance and healing
Scriptural advice, help and insight on how to trust Jesus Christ to defeat schizophrenia from James Stacey now in his 27th year of freedom - OVER 28 YEARS off all psychotic medication - thanks to Jesus Christ.
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CLICK BELOW TO SEE AND HEAR HOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST SET JAMES FREE AFTER 26 LONG YEARS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA When God heals and sets free it lasts For Part 1 click the left image below: 10,456 views Part 2 click the right image below: 7129 views
A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO THOSE HELPING CHRISTIAN SCHIZOPHRENICS INTO FREEDOM Wake Up Church! Release The Power Of Jesus Christ To Set The Mental Captives Free
THIS WEEK’S SELECTED BIBLE READING IS MARK CHAPTER 9: The Healing of a Boy with an Evil Spirit: Key Verses 14-29:
When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” “O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and dumb spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
Every person expressing love and concern in various ways to a family member or friend with schizophrenia needs to be encouraged and commended for their support.
It requires a deep level of commitment to remain alongside someone for months, or even years, whose life is in schizophrenic turmoil.
Such devotion acquaints one with the emotional toll and stress normally expended in showing compassion and help for an acute human need caused by such a complex mental condition.
How important it is for every Christian supporter to be living in hope of seeing the person suffering from schizophrenia set free through deliverance and healing. Faith in Jesus Christ is “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11: 1) and produces confidence that even a fellow Christian with the psychotic bondage can be released and restored in life.
The purpose of this Weekly Encourager is to declare aloud that THERE IS REAL HOPE - on two important fronts:- Firstly, faith in Jesus can fill YOU with hope that He has defeated schizophrenia, and, secondly, the person you are concerned about can receive hope from YOU of being set free and forever changed.
What confidence have I in announcing that? TWO WONDERFUL REASONS. Firstly, the SURE PROMISE OF JESUS CHRIST. In Mark’s gospel Chapter 11, Jesus says, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
These are the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As such they are totally true and reliable. Every promise Jesus makes He is well able to fulfil. Contrary to how circumstances look, if you are holding on to the promised word of God, it will come to pass. God cannot deny His word. You may have professed that you believe God can do anything. But wait a moment. Have you applied that statement to your loved one suffering with schizophrenia? Do you really believe that God possesses the power to defeat the bondage? Or is there a difference between what you say and what you believe?
In our reading quoted at the top of this article, Jesus exposes a lack of faith. There is a lack of faith within the Christian church that schizophrenia CAN BE DEFEATED today. But that does not alter the fact that the power of Jesus is just the same today as it was in the New Testament days. Christ’s ability to deliver and heal has not changed one iota because as God He “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
You may have come to the end of yourself in your personal care of a husband or wife, or son or daughter who has suffered with this embroiled condition for longer than you wish to recall. In a cry for help received last week-end, a wife confessed: “I do not know what to do or where to turn. My husband needs supernatural deliverance from demons. I just can’t leave him to rot away in an institution without doing everything possible to help.” How comforting it would be in her situation for her to know the support and fellowship of other Christians. Prayer and practical help coming from caring hearts would do a great deal in keeping hope alive!!
It’s easy to understand why human resources get depleted in caring for a loved one who is troubled with schizophrenia. So demanding are the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges over a length of time, that even the best of carers begin to faint. How to keep faith alive that there is a way out for your loved one is no mean achievement. If there is even a germ of faith in Jesus occupying your heart which believes in His power to bring healing through deliverance, then faith IS kept alive. Keep believing and humbly ask for more.
Never allow the devil to steal the precious faith you have in the Lord Jesus. The father who had some faith that Jesus could heal his son was desperate to see him delivered and healed. He brought the small amount of faith he had to Jesus and there was sufficient to work on. Jesus used the faith that the man had. Refuse to be discouraged in any way, and don’t be dictated to by what your circumstances tell you. Keep faith active, living and conscious in your heart expecting to see a healing of your family member or loved one. Keep calling out to God for His intervention, allow your faith in Jesus to be quickened by the Holy Spirit and so become filled with anticipation that something good and glorious is going to happen!!
Yes, there is a way through!! Jesus is still able to do the impossible. Keep believing that. The problem in the mind and life of someone suffering schizophrenia can rightly be described as a mountain of a problem to move. But it’s not impossible for you to move it with faith in Jesus. Faith CAN move that mountain, says Jesus. Take seriously the words of Jesus concerning proving His power to perform what He has promised - then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to witness a breakthrough in the life of the person you care for. The words of Jesus are eternally true. You remember, Jesus said: “These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (part of John 14:24). When you place your faith in Jesus and claim His promises, the mountains are moved, make no mistake. Keep faith ever-increasing and you will see the mountain sink into a plain.
Secondly, INSPIRING HOPE IN THE ONE YOU ARE TRYING TO HELP: Did you know that because of your confidence in Christ you can impart hope in someone considered to be “a lost cause without hope”. I love to be able to write about this because as someone who suffered with schizophrenia for 26 years, I was inspired to have hope of defeating the bondage by those who loved and prayed for me. Having been free of schizophrenia now for over 26 years, I ask God to help me send out beacons of hope around the world to those Christians longing to be free.
I mentioned in a recent Weekly Encourager that for more than 22 years, my daily discipline was one of holding on to Jesus in a bid to survive the demonic onslaught on my life. It was only as real hope began to be birthed in my spirit that I moved to a different stance of spiritual warfare to claim my freedom.
Through God bringing my wife Tina into my life, I progressed from “hanging-on to Jesus” and found a desire to want to become free. Hope was implanted in my spirit through Holy-Spirit compassion coming from Tina. Her prayers, and those of her late father Maurice Winterburn and his dear wife, Esther, supported by a group of Christian friends up and down the country, imparted REAL HOPE into my life that I could be free. Hope seemed to come more alive after the time God led me to come off all medication. After surviving a kind-of cold turkey period and the strangeness of managing to live without medication in one form or another, I began to get spiritually stronger and grasp hold of the promises of Jesus.
But don’t let me mislead you by saying that it was all easy and a smooth ride to live in those days of preparation for deliverance. My mind had become so entrenched in the condition of schizophrenia that I was in a real bondage. I battled too with a religious spirit and a spirit of suicide. A powerful trio indeed!! Not only did I know there was something wrong in my life but I looked as though I was in a prison-house. (see the picture lower down). After changing my job from being a post office clerk working in a demanding job behind the main counter in town, I moved into a less-pressurised office job 13 miles away from home. The light of God’s word which I daily read and repeated was beginning to shine into my mind. It says in the Psalms: “The entrance of your word gives light” and spiritual light was beginning to threaten the dark demonic spirits lodged in my mind.
The prayers offered for me were beginning to penetrate the darkness and I was beginning to pray more. A greater confidence in God grew in my heart as the days and months went on. I took over the baton of the prayer warriors supporting me in regular prayer and made a vow at work one day that I would “seek God” in my tea-breaks and dinner breaks until He broke the evil presence in my life.
Right up to the day of deliverance my mind was shackled and fittingly described as the Scripture puts it as having “gates of brass and bars of iron” encircling it. You can’t get a more entrenched description than that!! I was involved in such a spiritual fight with Jesus by my side that it seemed really unimportant to know that it was “schizophrenia” I suffered from. What really mattered was that I knew there was a power of spiritual darkness seeking to take ownership of my life and I must resist it at all costs and never allow it to overcome me. But out walking on the hills with Tina on Deliverance Day, she just happened to mention that my problem was one of schizophrenia. At the moment, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper in my spirit – “Yes, that is what it is.” In a prayer time that followed, God broke through and assured me that by the end of the day I would be free. (Details of the deliverance and healing can be found in Chapter 9 of “Schizophrenia Defeated”).
What I am seeking to point out is that through the efforts and prayers of Tina, her father, step-mother and others, HOPE was imparted into my spirit. HOPE BIG ENOUGH TO INSPIRE ME TO WANT TO BE FREE AT ALL COSTS.
Such hope anchored in your life through knowing Jesus Christ as your Saviour can touch a family member or friend who suffers with schizophrenia. Holding on to Jesus, you can offer to do what it takes to see that person released into the conquering love and power of Jesus. You know that Jesus has already won the victory so are you prepared to labour on in love and strong intercession until you see the chains around their mind completely snapped and the powers of darkness driven out for good. You can be sustained by the power of the grace of God until you have the joy of seeing a breakthrough. As you battle through, you are looking for signs of victory in the person you are helping. You wish to know an authority and power imparted by Jesus scattering the spiritual darkness in His Name and bringing freedom to the captives.
Are you ready to believe that the answer to schizophrenia is found in your Saviour, Jesus Christ? Knowing that Jesus has won this monster of a bondage in the “battle for the mind”, are you ready for a challenge to do all that needs to be done to implement the victory and see your loved one or friend set free?
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IF YOU HAVE NEVER INVITED JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR LIFE, AND WISH TO, DO PRAY THE FOLLOWING PRAYER WITH ALL YOUR HEART: “Lord God Almighty, I approach you in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. I know I have sinned in my thoughts, words and actions. There are so many good things I have not done. There are so many sinful things I have done. I am truly sorry for the sinfulness in my life, but most of all I acknowledge the sin that separates me from you. I accept the death of Jesus on the Cross to redeem me and extend the gift of eternal life. Gratefully, I give my life back to you as I now ask you to come into my life. Come in as my Saviour and Lord and cleanse me. Come in as my Lord to control me. Come with the strength of your grace and the power of your Spirit to defeat the evil spirit of schizophrenia that troubles me. Now you have set my spirit free, pour your delivering and healing power into my life as I take authority in the name of Jesus through the power of his blood over the intruding force. I assert your ownership of my life and resist any legal right that the devil seeks to hold over my life and bind up and expel any evil presence. I believe that my mind can be completely set free and my whole life enjoy the total freedom of Jesus. Amen".
WHEN I'M BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN!!
God is always working to get us "back on our feet again." He is well able to do it for YOU.
This video by Canton Junction from Godtube is sent out to all our website visitors who long for freedom over schizophrenia.
Receive sure and certain HOPE from Jesus Christ that He is moved with compassion to bring you through your present struggles and establish you "back on your feet again" in His victorious life and freedom.
"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free," said Jesus (John 8:31-32).
A warm welcome to our world ministry of offering real hope to schizophrenics and anyone mentally assailed.
Our website Pray Until Schizophrenia Heals exists to proclaim with a trumpet voice that the love and victory of Jesus Christ is today’s only answer out of mental bondage into lasting joyous freedom.
For 26 long years, I was enslaved in a schizophrenic mental prison house until in 1990 Jesus Christ delivered me and two minutes later healed my mind. It took a further 12 years to return to life as I knew it before the illness dawned in 1964.
In 2004, I released my life story, Schizophrenia Defeated, detailing a long, hard prayer battle into freedom in order to give hope, new understanding of the disease and a new strategy to unlock the gates of insanity of this invisible enemy.
It is our prayer that as you view our site, you will sense something of the compassion of Jesus which fills our hearts and lives to spread the message that His love and power can still bring His glorious freedom TODAY no matter how helpless and hopeless you may feel life has become.
With our love and prayers
James and Tina Stacey
We are told in the book of Acts, chapter 2, verse 17, that “... your old men shall dream dreams.” The painting by the artist Rebekah Laue is a portrayal of her husband’s prophetic dream. She pondered the dream for many years before she was able to capture it’s essence on canvas.
In his dream, Peter saw a rock wall with an ordinary stick lying nearby. He was prompted to pick it up and beat vigorously on the wall. Nothing happened! Then he saw a lion’s paw at his feet. He dropped the stick, picked up the paw and barely touched the wall. As he did, the wall began to crumble.
Peter awoke weeping and trembling as he experienced new authority, purpose, power, and confidence streaming into every fiber of his being. In lieu of a lion’s paw he has acquired a real sword, which he now uses in spiritual combat.
The stick is symbolic of man using his own strength and wisdom to tear down strongholds. The rock wall is symbolic of those walls around our hearts that imprison us and cause us to be isolated from God and one another.
The Hebrew letters on the rocks represent strongholds such as hate, anger, revenge, rebellion, witchcraft, bitterness, pride, fear, unbelief, unforgiveness, lust, idolatry, greed, gluttony, jealousy, self-pity, legalism, and man’s traditions.
The sword issuing from the lion’s mouth is the Sword of the Lord, which is the Word of God. The lion portrays Jesus Christ as revealed in the book of Revelation, chapter 5: “... Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed...”
The truth in the painting shall march throughout the land like a banner and confront the strongholds that imprison us. Has God singled you out to carry that banner and address those strongholds? Before saying YES or NO, count the cost or the opportunity lost! TAKE A STAND! TAKE BACK THE LAND!
Listen in to a service in Armenia, Colombia where James speaks about the joy of being free after 26 years of bondage to schizophrenia - supported by his wife Tina who prayed him through. (Length 1 hour 45 mins with translation. Our translator, Anita Keith-Gillon is pictured right)
A letter has been received from a Christian in Papatoetoe, New Zealand stating: "I am a fan of your Weekly Encourager for it exposes the underlying causes of schizophrenia whereas most other websites on the subject matter do not".
All Things Are Possible Through Believing Prayer
Celebrating 26 Years of deliverance and Healing from Schizophrenia through the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ on 7th May 2016 (the same length of time GOD faithfully held me safe and secure while battling the demonic bondage in His strength - James)
Click the video clip - right
“I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST; IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME”
EGO – WILLINGLY CRUCIFIED, OR UNWILLINGLY? by E. Stanley Jones
We are meditating on “self-abasement and severity to the body.” Paul knew the secret of dealing with the self. It is in this passage: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20.)
Here the essential ego is not suppressed and hated and debased. It is offered up lovingly as Jesus offered Himself on the cross as a sacrifice –“who loved me and gave himself for me.” The offering was out of love. Our offering of ourselves to be crucified with Him is out of the same love. We love Him so much that we can withhold nothing from Him, not even the very self.
But if you don’t willingly consent to be crucified with Christ, then you unwillingly crucify your self through its own conflicts ad contradictions. So it is crucifixion – willing or unwilling. The unwilling crucifixion has no resurrection in it –it is death and only death. But the willing crucifixion has a resurrection in it. We die with Him and rise with Him. I recently received a letter from a European turned Hindu ascetic. He signs himself “Sunya Bhai” (literally, “Brother of Emptiness”); he had emptied himself into nothingness. The Christian empties himself into fullness – the very fullness of God. But my brother above had reduced life to that of a vegetable and called it victory. He has lived alone in the Himalayas in meditation for many years –does nothing but meditate, and vegetate. You can see that he hates his ego and would destroy it, and that he has nearly succeeded. He has been in our Ashram for several weeks at a time, and, after saying scarcely a word during such a period, he will say good-by and add: “I’ve share with you my silence” –and his emptiness.
But after being crucified with Christ, Paul was more alive than ever –alive to his finger tips: “Nevertheless I live” –and how! For Christ who is Life was now living within him, heightening all his powers, putting a plus to everything, setting him atingle with LIFE.
O Master of my heart, I give Thee the one and only thing I own, myself, and find that self mine again, no longer a conflict-self, but a concord-self. I can live with it, because I can live with Thee. I thank Thee, thank Thee. Amen.
AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAY: Anyone nailed to the cross willingly, walks the earth free
A MEDITATION PUBLISHED FOR LENT & EASTER from Christian Maturity by E. Stanley Jones page 54
CLICK ON THE BOOK COVER to read the WHOLE of the book "Schizophrenia Defeated" and celebrate the gift of God's Son, Jesus Christ, who permanently delivered and healed me after 26 years of suffering the schizophrenia bondage. Click on the image - right - to read the book in its Spanish version. James
"A road map to victory for every person diagnosed with schizophrenia – every psychiatrist and counsellor needs to read it.” Peter Laue of Stretcher Bearers for Christ USA
11 Year-Old Proclaims Jesus Through the Bible - POWERFUL! Josiah Willis is an 11 year-old with a heart on fire for Christ! Listen to this AMAZING proclamation of Jesus throughout the entire Bible. It will leave you in awe and speechless!
READING THROUGH THE BOOK GOD WROTE
Jesus replied: “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” John’s Gospel 14: 23-24
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Well-known Baptist preacher, Charles H. Spurgeon, commenting on Psalm 119 verse 15 says: “Hearing, reading, marking, and learning, all require inwardly digesting to complete their usefulness, and the inward digesting of the truth lies for the most part in meditating upon it. Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord, and be this our resolve this morning, “I will meditate onyour precepts.”
In his book, Prayer Life, Andrew Murray teaches: “Little of the Word with little prayer is death to the spiritual life. Much of the Word with little prayer gives a sickly life. Much prayer with little of the Word gives more life, but without steadfastness. A full measure of the Word and prayer each day gives a healthy and powerful life.”
THE MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR 2016 “WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE IS NO FORGIVENESS” - Hebrews 9:22
By Charles Haddon Spurgeon
This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in Him? All men are on a level as to their need of Him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of Him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. What a blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?
Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice that all our sins are forgiven us for Christ’s sake. Their works, and prayers, and ceremonies, give them very poor comfort; and well may they be uneasy for they are neglecting the one great salvation, and endeavouring to get remission without blood. My soul, sit down, and behold the justice of God as bound to punish sin; see that punishment al executed upon your Lord Jesus, and fall down in humble joy, and kiss the dear feet of Him whose blood has made atonement for you. It is in vain when conscience is aroused to fly to feelings and evidences for comfort; this is a habit which we learned in the Egypt of our legal bondage. The only restorative for a guilty conscience is a sight of Jesus suffering on the cross. “The blood is the life thereof,” says the Levitical law, and let us rest assured that it is the life of faith and joy and every other holy grace.
Extract from "There is hope for the schizophrenic"
Chapter 16 of Schizophrenia Defeated:
As my testimony has shown, I had the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life before my illness went into full bloom in my early twenties. Without that power I would have been unable to fight the evil presence of schizophrenia.
I also had a tremendously long period after healing and deliverance had taken place to allow myself to "catch up" on 26 years in which I had not developed and grown normally.
BUT GOD DID IT! The years after healing and deliverance were times of slow but definite progress, requiring most of all a dependency on the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, inspire and show those things I needed to know. I needed Tina's help too, and the prayers of friends, to get me there.
“WHEN I FOUND FREEDOM FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA, I GAINED CHRIST HIMSELF” Bethany Behney
I suffered for a very long time from severe schizophrenia. I recently turned 28. My world began to unravel in college. With an incapacitated mind I was forced to quit. From the age of nineteen to twenty-four off and on I would lose and regain my life fighting for my sanity. I fought for two-and-a-half years until I was finally delivered by Jesus Christ our Messiah on July 25, 2009.
The hell I endured to freedom was no easy road. Everyone forsook me. Everyone. Including the church. There was only one that never deserted me. And that was Jesus. He held me all the way through. Even when I was hospitalized and the demons put me in a coma and was left for dead!! When I didn’t want to live anymore, God wanted me to live and refused to let me go.
Schizophrenia is a hellish thing. Only those of us who have been in its grip can truly understand one another. It cost me my livelihood and relationships. As I was searching and crying out to God for help, close friends ultimately gave up on me, of whom were “believers”. I dealt with constant misunderstandings. I faced character defamation, gossip from an entire congregation, abandonment and false judgements by those who claim they understood but were dead wrong. But I kept crying out to God. I kept pleading with Him to reveal what was happening. It is surreal to practically lose your mind overnight and now know why.
Despite the disturbance I grew close to the Lord. This of course stirred up spirits that had rights tied to my generational line. You see, schizophrenia is usually passed down the line from the sins of the father. It takes a fiery persistence to continue offering up prayers and banging on the doors of heaven until the angel tips the bowls. If you ask the Father, shall He give you a stone? Absolutely not.
I kept banging and asking, and banging and asking until He answered and opened the door. The inferno of psyche was so unbelievably torturous it was uncanny. Quite honestly, I did not want to make it through. To be martyred would have been sweet. And I do not say that lightly.
I was on a run for my very life from Satan and his hordes. The battle to get free was so intense, medically speaking I should not be alive. But Hallelujah! We who have been adopted by the precious blood of Jesus do no not belong to the medical field – we belong to Jesus Christ of Nazareth! I am a walking miracle, dear ones!! I searched high and low for someone who cared enough to fight for me and with me. Brethren of three years deserted me and left me for dead. Literally. Then Brethren took me and prayed for me in their home the first time I met them.
For two-and-a-half-years, I stared hell in the face. I had to bite the bullet in many crippling situations and go from place to place receiving deliverance here and there because I was such a mess; people who were practising deliverance thought I must have done something so bad that they didn’t want to touch me.
I was tortured in the psychiatric units by physicians of whom I am certain were Satanists. I was locked into solitary confinement in a cold square space with nothing but a flimsy hospital frock on. However, angels were assigned from heaven and I was supernaturally delivered out of the hands of the wicked.
What got me through all of this? It’s a simple answer. I held on tightly to the robe of Jesus. Though I wanted to go to heaven, I couldn’t. It wasn’t my time. I was given a promise from God that gave me the will to live. He promised if I would just hold on He would give me a family, that which I never had – and wanted. So I refused to give up and give in to Satan and fought for it.
This is the point, dear friends. The blood of Jesus Christ is alive and powerful. It is sufficient and doesn’t need any medical tweaking. It is your only hope. Don’t give up. You know why? Because of this glorious truth and one of my favorite passages... “And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it!” Colossians 2:15. Oh, hallelujah! All glory to the Lamb of God who overcame the enemy and bought us back! How sweet is His victory! He is always steps ahead of our enemies plans and there is nothing He does not see. He is in total control. He sees you and your pain. He has not forgotten you.
Listen! I can honestly say, I have suffered the loss of all things. In every area. There are moments I can’t bear to think of all that’s happened to me. Time being the most invaluable. I never got to be 18,20,21,22,23,24. Formidable years. Time froze and stood still and many years I don’t remember. But one thing I do and will continue to set before me. This world is not my home and I must press forward with what remains and fight for others. I have resolved to forget what lies behind and press onward.
“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own yet; but one thing I do it is my one aspiration; forgetting what lies behind and straining to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the supreme and heavenly prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. Philippians 3:13-14.
I trust the Lord with the entirety of my life. Whether I live or whether I die, I am His. He has delivered me from the power of darkness and translated me into His glorious kingdom of light. I am forever indebted to Him and tears well up as I write to you because I know that what He has done for me He can do for you. He is no respecter of persons and loves his children all the same.
Bethany jumping for joy after being set free by Jesus from schizophrenia.
I thank our Father for everything. I would not want to do it again, but what I have gained from the vestibules of heaven can never compare to any earthly thing. For what have I gained? Christ Himself! I have been set free from death and sin! GLORY.. GLORY..GLORY!!! I could never have gained such intimacy with Jesus - wisdom, knowledge, and understanding I now possess. Such are the acquired gems which only suffering can buy.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy. I will fight against Satan in the strength of Jesus with all I have until my last breath for what he did to me - and because I have pledged myself to heaven. Keep your head up and look up for our redemption is drawing nigh and is closer than it has ever been. If I can do it, you can do it. I had no money, no support. And I am alive and free ... completely free! “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony”, Revelation 12:11. Jesus Christ alone is your source and He is never empty. He will never let you go. I send you my love. Even so come Lord Jesus! Amen. In Jesus Bethany Behney
At the age of 22 Nick Griemsmann was led astray by a cult. The downward spiral that followed led to a battle with mental illness, but his deliverance from "incurable" schizophrenia stands to testify of the power of being God's friend.
Click on the video below to see Sid Roth's full interview with Nick Griemsmann
As well as viewing the video above (which is via Youtube), it is available to view at Sid Roth's web site Used with permission.
SID: Welcome, welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. My next guest had incurable "schizophrenia." He was touched by the power of God, set free and then became an administrator in the institution he was hospitalized in, 50 employees under him. Now I asked my personal doctor, Dr. Dietry, last night a question on the phone. "He went off all medicine, all medication, Doctor. To your knowledge, what happens to a schizophrenic that takes no medicine?"
DOCTOR: That's a good question. It's an unbelievable phenomenon, schizophrenia. When you come off medication, provided the medication was helping in the first place, you get an extra [unintelligible] a spike of hallucinations, ideations and delusions. It's not a very pretty sight.
SID: Have you ever heard of someone that's diagnosed with schizophrenia? Oh, I forgot one more thing. In a few years, he was supposed to be catatonic. That was the diagnosis. A thousand pages of diagnosis, Doctor. Have you ever heard of such a thing?
DOCTOR: Personally, I have never seen anybody come off of medication and be normal.
SID: Well but I have to tell you, Doctor, he is not normal according to the world. He is normal according to the Word of God. So Nick Griemsmann was raised in a secular home. His father left at age, when he was age eight. He got addicted to pornography at 10. At 21, he was a full-blown alcoholic and he was a bartender. But at age 23, you know, we take a lot of things for granted, at age 23, he's an alcoholic, he's a drug addict, he's a mess. I'm just saying it, Nick. And he gets a little tract about the Messiah, and he calls the person on the phone, because there was a phone number on this tract. And what happened?
NICK: The woman on the phone, she was really nice, and she asked me a question, she said something about, "Are you, have you received Jesus?" And I asked her, "What does that actually mean because so many people tell me different things about Christianity and I was studying different religions like Islam and Judaism, different sects in Christianity, and things like that. And so, "What does it really mean to receive Jesus?" And she said, "It's easy. The Bible says you can confess Jesus as Lord and he will come into your life." And so I said this simple prayer and he came into my heart, and totally changed me.
SID: What happened to your drug addiction, your alcoholism?
NICK: When I said this prayer, it was so incredible. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was on the phone with her and I prayed this simple prayer of faith. I had just faith in God at the time. I said the name of Jesus. And the moment I said the name of Jesus this liquid love came upon me, and for the first time, I knew I was completely free from all my sin, alcoholism, drugs. I had a sexuality immorality I was into, you know the lifestyle of a bartender, and God completely set me free from that.
SID: You know, only God could do something like that. But then right behind the devil came up to him when that seed was planted, immediately, he came up to him because Nick now wants to live for God. And he goes on the Internet and he finds out there's a place where the guy says he's one of the End Time prophets and they'll give him food, they'll give him shelter, they'll train him. It sounded pretty good.
NICK: Absolutely. I was trying to find a good church and I found this online. And I thought, wow, I can leave all my old friends and leave my family, and all the troubles I used to have, and I can serve Jesus with my whole heart, because I really loved God.
SID: But it turned out to be a cult. The first crack that you saw in this cult was two of the senior members having a disagreement.
NICK: Yeah. One thing that the cult would preach, that they were sinless. They would say that they never sin or anything like that. And I was there and the men, one night they started arguing over something and they were like almost like throwing blows at each other and swearing. And I thought, they're preaching that they're sinless, but it doesn't look like they are sinless. And my heart started going, well maybe this really, maybe what they're telling me isn't all the truth.
SID: But you were so scared because they had this, was it a cassette, that you would have to listen to? And what was the warning it gave you?
NICK: In the cassettes, the prophet, the false prophet, he would say that if we left the church, because they said that they are the one true church, if we left the church it meant that we lost our salvation, blaspheming the Holy Spirit. So as you know, if you're a young person in God and you don't really know anything, I believed it and I was very afraid that if I left or talked to my family, they said my family was of the devil, I couldn't talk to them. And they said that I would go to Hell if I did anything wrong or if I left the church, or said anything about the person in charge there.
SID: But he had such a heart for God. He was crying out and crying out. And one day, he takes off. He ends up in the Nashville Airport. What happened, Nick?
NICK: Well I entered the Nashville Airport and at this time, I started hearing voices in my mind. Before I left the cult, I actually started getting voices in my mind and I thought they were angels, and I thought God was speaking directly to my mind. And so I would listen to these voices. And I was, they would say things and they'd say bad things. And when I was in the Nashville Airport I was going to go to a phone to call my family to pick me up. And the voices came to me and said, "You need to go and you need to make a scene and yell, and scream, and praise God in the middle of the baggage claim area in Nashville Airport." But I really loved God and I thought God—
SID: So you were willing to do anything for God. I wish, even though it was the wrong voice, I wish more Christians would be willing to do whatever God said. So they picked him up obviously. He's diagnosed schizophrenic. He's told in a few years he'll be in a catatonic state. He goes home to be with his family and his mother insists he go to a little Assembly of God Church.
SID: So my guest, Nick Griemsmann, had incurable schizophrenia. Nick, what is like to have schizophrenia?
NICK: Sid, if you could imagine, if you take a vice, a metal vice with spikes in it, and if you take this vice and you put it on your head like a helmet and then you start screaming in your head evil profane things, blaspheming God, you know, different things like that, the blasphemy, the yelling in the head to kill yourself, that there's no hope, and this cap would be on your head, and they tell you that it will never leave.
SID: So you go to this Assembly of God Church, you go up to the altar and someone begins to pray for you. What happened?
NICK: A nice man and his wife, they were praying over me and this spiritual force, I felt it, it lifted out of my head that night. It just lifted out of my head and at that moment I knew, I knew—
SID: What did you actually know? When this spiritual force lifted, what were, did you know?
NICK: Well I knew two things. One, that I was completely healed of schizophrenia at that moment. But two, I knew that there was some sort of evil nest of some type of spiritual force that some of it actually left, and I had hoped that I could pursue Jesus to receive my complete deliverance.
SID: So that was your first hope after all the stuff you went through. Okay. So you, step by step, the Holy Spirit directed you to do different things. I'm going to take you to your parents' swimming pool. What, tell me what the Holy Spirit was teaching you and what you were doing?
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”. Luke 4 verse 18
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