"I will proclaim your mighty acts, O sovereign Lord." Psalm 71:16
Before deliverance and healing
WEEKLY ENCOURAGER 21 AUGUST 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: 10,345 views Part 2 click the right image below: 7078 views
TRUSTING IN JESUS WITH ALL YOUR HEART WILL KEEP YOUR SANITY AND WIN FREEDOM
THIS WEEK’S SELECTED BIBLE READING IS MATTHEW CHAPTER 9 Verses 18-33
A Dead Girl and a Sick Woman While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.
Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.
When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.
Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”, and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no-one knows about this". But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
There are many precious lessons taught by the Holy Spirit I seek to pass on to Christian schizophrenics – among the most important of which is learning how to trust in Jesus Christ.
It would help and assist you in your battle against the evil invading the mind, if you ask God to deposit faith into your heart that will make you strong to both survive and triumph.
I am so grateful that God instructed me in the importance of having faith in Jesus Christ. Learning that FAITH COMES BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD, FAITH RESTS IN THE POWER OF GOD & FAITH TRIUMPHS IN THE VICTORY OF GOD provided a strong resistance against the demonic spirit of schizophrenia.
Graduate in Christ’s school of faith by learning these vital truths and you will survive the onslaughts of schizophrenia, as well as triumph over the bondage in the power of God!
Jesus Himself set such great store on having faith. In Matthew 21:21 it says: Jesus replied: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig-tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Jesus expects to see us living our lives with a vital, conscious faith in Him. He is often restricted and prevented from moving in the area of deliverance and healing through lack of faith. Can you see the importance of having active faith in Jesus? He commended those having faith who came to be healed when He was on earth. He still looks for the presence of precious faith in OUR lives.
Remember that your life as a Christian is meant to be a life of faith, even though you suffer with schizophrenia. You are saved or born-again through having faith in Christ when through the operation of the grace of God you know your sins forgiven. More grace is received through faith. Be keen for the Holy Spirit to teach you that your life will greatly benefit in your quest to be free of schizophrenia as it is marked out by living, active, conscious faith in a Wonderful God who responds to precious faith!!
1. FAITH COMES BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17. I was taught this truth in the early years of battling schizophrenia. Without it, I don’t know how I would have survived 26 years of spiritual onslaught. I can remember the day when God spoke to me around 06.30 in the kitchen as I was seeking His face and reading the Scriptures. It was an earnest prayer. I said: “Lord, I want to know how to abide in you, how to live in you.” I was directed to John 15 where Jesus says: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” There it was in a nutshell. God was guiding me to abide in Christ through knowing His words inside me. Then when I turned back a few pages and found in John 6, Jesus saying that His words “are spirit and life” it re-emphasised what I had just read. Since that Spring morning in 1968 I have endeavoured, though not always in the fullest way I should, to hold on to the important truth of hearing the Word of God.
Why is it so important to hold on to God’s Word when hounded by a spirit of schizophrenia? Simply for this reason. The Word of God is truth and it is truth you need to both survive attacks and become strong to defeat schizophrenia. A spirit of schizophrenia comes from the camp of Satan. Satan is a liar and no truth dwells in him. When he speaks, as Jesus said, everything coming from him is a lie because he does not live in the truth. His purpose is to feed lies into our lives and his goal is “to steal, kill and destroy” as Jesus said. Knowing Jesus as your Saviour you have eternal Truth within your life. It is important to be filled with the abiding truth of the Holy Spirit through having living faith in the heart inspired by the active and abiding word of God. Read, memorise and use the truth of the Word of God to hold your ground when Satan comes to attack. The Word of God can so grow in you that it invades your thought life renewing each and every thought.
2. FAITH RESTING IN THE POWER OF GOD. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:5 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” So here is the experience of your life. As you have faith in Jesus Christ, the power of His grace is obtained and it flows into your heart. Every Christian needs to find this resting place in Jesus. It is all part of the abundant life that Jesus came to bring us. You may say that your life is anything but restful because of the mad-activity of schizophrenia present. Your heart is disturbed and affected because the whole area of your mind is like a battle-field. So true! I’ve been there for more years than I care to remember. Today you may long to know all the benefits of the life that Jesus came to bring but at the moment FREEDOM has got to come to your mind. A very real bondage caused by demonic spirits has to be driven out. You may be doing all you know to become free in getting others to pray for you, standing fast in the liberty you have in Christ and yet this stronghold fixed in your mind is not shifting.
Keep trusting in the Lord with all your heart and you will prevent your mind from being “taken over”. I realised that as long as I kept the word of God rising from my heart it prevented gaps in my thought-life which would have given Satan an opportunity to sow his lies into my mind. FROM THE HEART I KEPT THE HELMET OF SALVATION FULLY COVERING MY HEAD. This was a procedure I followed whether at work or leisure. What an emotional outlay it involved!! But let me encourage you by saying that all the time I kept up this spiritual discipline, the presence and power of the truth of Jesus Christ was increasing in my life. Mixed in with all the trusting in Jesus was a huge resolve of will that was determined to get free of schizophrenia. All the time I was praying in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Himself was making intercession for me at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8:34). He also makes intercession for you and will continue pleading because YOU belong to Him.
3. FAITH TRIUMPHS IN THE VICTORY OF GOD: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work....This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 3:8 and 1 John 5:5 Isn’t it just wonderful when you find Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour and have a clear knowledge of what He has brought you through. He forgives you of your sin, wipes the slate clean, and restores you into a loving relationship of fellowship with God the Father. You understand that Jesus paid the price for you on the Cross of Calvary and how needful it was for the Holy Son of God to shed his blood in order to be forgiven. There comes the understanding that because Jesus died and was resurrected, you are now empowered to live possessing His glorious, victorious life. You begin to live in the power of His resurrection life and seek to glorify God in your body, soul and spirit. Such knowledge becomes so personal to you. Just think of it, Jesus Christ God’s Son came from heaven to earth to die for you and me. That makes us special – though His sacrifice we know was for the whole world.
No matter what you go through, you know that your life is in the hands of Christ. He has not deserted you. He did promise “to be with you always”, so you hold onto that promise. In the battle to defeat schizophrenia that is ensuing in your life you are thrown with all your resources of spirit and soul to resist the enemy who is against you. Despite how you feel, your faith remains in Jesus Christ whom you know. Sometimes it is only by a thread of faith that you keep hold of Jesus Christ – but remember He is watching over you and will never let you go. He gives the resources to survive by standing fast and strengthens the fight to obtain His freedom by defeating every evil spirit.
FINAL THOUGHT: Give some thought to knowing the ministry of Jesus through the Holy Spirit more and more in your life. Ask God to stir your heart as you seek to grow in living faith through hearing the word of God, and become more confident in prayer. Expect great things from God to happen as you assert the ownership of Jesus in your life and take authority in His Name over a spirit of schizophrenia by driving it out for good!!
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)
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“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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