"I will proclaim your mighty acts, O sovereign Lord." Psalm 71:16
Before deliverance and healing
WEEKLY ENCOURAGER 4 DECEMBER 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 AND OVER 28 YEARS off all medication - thanks to Jesus Christ.
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: 10,647 views Part 2 click the right image below: 7230 views
HOW TINA GOT THROUGH 25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE AFTER MY HEALING OF 26 YEARS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA
Praising God For His Faithful Love, Unfailing Grace and Keeping Power
THIS WEEK’S SELECTED BIBLE READING IS 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part, then shall I know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain, faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Just over 17 months after being delivered and healed of schizophrenia by Jesus Christ, I married Tina whose efforts to organise a prayer force on my behalf was marvellously rewarded.
She witnessed such a remarkable change in my life since the breakthrough into freedom on May Day 1990 that it was only a matter of time before we fixed the wedding day.
Though dramatically set free of schizophrenia after a 26 year long battle, life was not all plain sailing without difficulties arising – but when you think of the length of time my personality had been disintegrated by demonic foes then there is little wonder.
Just consider that for more than a third of a lifetime, I had been deprived of the enjoyment of natural life because the nest of spirits (schizophrenia, religious and suicide) had robbed me of that pleasure and many more.
When Jesus Christ assisted me in driving out those spirits and minutes later penetrated the inner core of my mind with His healing presence, it was not the end of restoration but only the beginning.
What happened on the evening of that Bank Holiday was simply this – my deliverance meant the end of demonic onslaught which had laboured vigoriously to disintegrate my personality and bring destruction, and the healing secured was the freeing of mind, will and emotions enabling me to move forward in obtaining wholeness in my life.
Hard to believe, it took 12 more years after deliverance and healing to fully regain the total normalcy of living enjoyed before the demonic bondage swept into my life. I had to continually co-operate with God the Holy Spirit in abandoning thought patterns and ways that a strong religious spirit had built into my life for so long.
New life in God was being imparted gradually as I started to live in a fulfilling and new way. As I yearned for fellowship with God in daily life and began to discover the preciousness of communion through the Holy Spirit, the restoration of wholeness became established.
By the time we married in October 1991, I had regained more natural strength, though Tina failed to see the evidence she wanted of my having returned to normal life sooner than I did. This caused her frustration. I had been delivered and healed without doubt, but where was the much-needed evidence to show the mighty work God had really done?
We both realised that my healing was going to be progressive, with restoration coming gradually as my mind received strength. I thought that in the same way a person’s body takes time to recover from major surgery, so my mind, which had suffered prolonged intensive onslaught for 26 years, needed time to be fully restored. The healing started on May Day would need to continue and my personal freedom become more enlarged.
I was again cast on God for the wisdom of His grace at each and every turn. The wonder began to dawn on me that over my long illness I had been able to keep a job down, whereas a large majority of schizophrenics are unable to stir themselves to work, let alone remain constantly employed. I had done that for long years, even when facing additional trauma caused by the terminal illness suffered by Pam, my first wife.
If asked how Tina survived 23 years of marriage following healing, I would pay the following tribute to her. Firstly, she was very patient in times of difficulty as I struggled to return to normal life; secondly, she was committed to seeing that we never allowed unnecessary shadows to remain in our relationship; thirdly, she believed that the Lord Jesus who had started a good work in me would continue and complete it for His name’s sake.
I realise how fortunate I have been in being led by the Lord Jesus to know Tina and to discover that she was His provision for my life. How God engineered circumstances in bringing us together through a Christian Dating Agency of all things was quite remarkable. How He gave me a real vision of Tina in a bridal gown at a time I was not even ready for marriage, and turned everything around on the day she determined to make it our final meeting, was such a great triumph.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ can only enable us to love and feel compassion in a special way – and I know that Tina has allowed the life of the Holy Spirit to flow out to me in the nitty-gritty of married life. We have seen the need to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace – even in difficult times – and have always sought to come through crises with a right and proper understanding of how God would govern our attitude and behaviour. When we tried one another to the limits, we have always finished up before the Lord Jesus getting totally sorted and restored.
Some reading this Weekly Encourager may feel lonely as they seek to cope with schizophrenia and often wish they had an understanding wife or husband – or even a close friend – to support them in their ups and downs brought by mental challenges. May I suggest that you take this and every need to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and ask Him to send someone alongside you who is genuinely concerned about you and wants to show His love to you.
I know it is immensely difficult in struggling through to freedom in Christ, but often the start of that wonderful breakthrough comes through knowing the friendship and help of another Christian. Why not speak to God today about bringing into your life the presence of such a friend.
Freedom from schizophrenia all started when Tina got relatives and friends praying for me. God quickened and enlarged those prayers in wonderful ways resulting in my ability to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. (see Romans 8:26-27). You too can be quickened in the life of the Spirit through other Christians praying and loving you – leading to the precious experience of knowing the freedom of Jesus from the bondage of schizophrenia.
Weekly Encourager - 11 December: Enforce The Victory By Jesus Christ On Calvary By Prayer Warfare
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
Celebrated 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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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
The One Year Bible Plan Appearing Week by Week: Dec 1 - 11, 2016
Dec 1~ Daniel 8:1-27 ~ 1 John 2:1-17 ~ Psalm 120:1-7 ~ Proverbs 28:25-26 Dec 2~ Daniel 9:1-11:1 ~ 1 John 2:18-3:6 ~ Psalm 121:1-8 ~ Proverbs 28:27-28 Dec 3 ~ Daniel 11:2-35 ~ 1 John 3:7-24 ~ Psalm 122:1-9 ~ Proverbs 29:1 Dec 4~ Daniel 11:36-12:13 ~ 1 John 4:1-21 ~ Psalm 123:1-4 ~ Proverbs 29:2-4 Dec 5~ Hosea 1:1-3:5 ~ 1 John 5:1-21 ~ Psalm 124:1-8 ~ Proverbs 29:5-8 Dec 6 ~ Hosea 4:1-5:15 ~ 2 John 1:1-13 ~ Psalm 125:1-5 ~ Proverbs 29:9-11 Dec 7 ~ Hosea 6:1-9:17 ~ 3 John 1:1-15 ~ Psalm 126:1-6 ~ Proverbs 29:12-14 Dec 8~ Hosea 10:1-14:9 ~ Jude 1:1-25 ~ Psalm 127:1-5 ~ Proverbs 29:15-17 Dec 9~ Joel 1:1-3:21 ~ Revelation 1:1-20 ~ Psalm 128:1-6 ~ Proverbs 29:18 Dec 10~ Amos 1:1-3:15 ~ Revelation 2:1-17 ~ Psalm 129:1-8 ~ Proverbs 29:19-20 Dec 11~ Amos 4:1-6:14 ~ Revelation 2:18-3:6 ~ Psalm 130:1-8 ~ Proverbs 29:21-22
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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