THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS STILL THE ONLY SAVIOUR, HEALER AND DELIVERER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WHERE 1 IN EVERY 100 PEOPLE IN EVERY NATION SUFFER FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA! 

ON THIS PAGE READ FOUR GLORIOUS TESTIMONIES OF WONDERFUL FREEDOM BESTOWED BY THE SON OF GOD
(Testimony 1, Testimony 2, Testimony 3, Testimony 4)

AND ACCESS ENCOURAGERS ON HOW TO DEFEAT THE MOST SEVERE MENTAL BONDAGE OF ALL

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O sovereign Lord."   Psalm 71:16
  
 

SEE BELOW IN THE PICTURES BEFORE AND AFTER DELIVERANCE AND HEALING, THE VISIBLE DIFFERENCE MADE BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON MY GREAT DAY OF FREEDOM ON 2nd MAY 1990.

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BEFORE DELIVERANCE
AND HEALING

showing the strong "gates of brass and bars of iron" behind my eyes and around my mind requiring the power of JESUS CHRIST to defeat.

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AFTER DELIVERANCE
AND HEALING
picture taken at 6.15 a.m. at Derby Station 5 days after Jesus set me free - on my way to show Tina "her new man."

SCRIPTURAL ADVICE, HELP AND INSIGHT ON HOW TO TRUST THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO DEFEAT SCHIZOPHRENIA FROM JAMES STACEY NOW CELEBRATING 32 YEARS OF FREEDOM FROM THE DEMONIC BONDAGE AND OVER 34 YEARS OFF ALL ANTI-PSYCHOTIC MEDICATION 

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: 14,570 views           Part 2 click the right image below: 9,254 views

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BOLDLY PLEADING THE BLOOD OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HASTENS YOUR SCHIZOPHRENIA DELIVERANCE

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THIS WEEK’S SELECTED BIBLE READING IS HEBREWS CHAPTER 10: Key Verses 19-25 - A Call to Persevere:

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.   Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 35-39 – So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.  For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.  But my righteous one will live by faith.  And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” (Habakkuk 2:3-4)  But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

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The day you discover the preciousness of the blood of God’s Son, Jesus Christ shed for you (and the whole world) transcends by far every other major event ever to dawn on your life!

To advance in the life of Jesus and launch into living, active and conscious faith in your Saviour, makes “you more than a conqueror”.  The Holy Spirit reveals to you that Christ has defeated your greatest enemy, Satan, and his kingdom of darkness.   What a confidence and boldness now pours into your life!

The message of the chorus that goes: “There is power, power, wonder-working power, in the blood of the Lamb,” would now hold great significance for your life.  Your access to the throne of God through the shed blood of Jesus dismisses forever the need of any other high priest.  His death, His resurrection, His ascension cancelled out the employment of any other go-between necessary for you.

Once the Divine sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross is revealed by the Spirit of God to you, life can never be the same!  Knowing that the shedding of His precious blood has redeemed you not only for time but for eternity is an established truth now written indelibly on your heart.  Your freedom was dearly purchased by none other than God Himself.   What a change in your thinking is permanently made!

Even the darkness of schizophrenia has got to be defeated in your life by the Saviour of the world who bled and died for your sins, and now wants to bring into your life deliverance and healing as well as salvation.

The revelation of how much God loves you and how special you are to Him must never leave you (see Romans 8: 37-30).  Jesus left the courts of heaven, came into our world as a baby to give His life to redeem you and the whole world.  Such knowledge is so amazing to inspire you to fight for your spiritual freedom.

As you read this Encourager, allow a longing to be created in your heart to see the operation of the blood of Jesus in your life.  Why should you live any longer shackled in your mind, body and spirit by a dark spiritual force that WAS DEFEATED by Jesus when he died at Calvary?

Don’t be discouraged if no-one in your church or any Christian friends are standing with you at the moment to bring deliverance and healing into your life?  Battle through in faith and talk to God even about this lack – because He is able to change that situation and send you help.  I write as one who for years was disappointed that no-one appeared, but God in His mercy and grace sent Tina and others into my life.  Keep “asking, knocking and seeking” until He answers your prayers for support.

PRAY UNTIL SCHIZOPHRENIA HEALS endeavours to throw out a life-line to those of you who are not receiving any help or support at all.  We understand the desperation within you that cries out for the intervention of Jesus to set you free.  Our prayer is for the church of Jesus Christ to arise “with healing in its wings” to deliver His freedom so dearly purchased.

But back to the battle of persevering to defeat schizophrenia yourself!!  I was encouraged receiving an email this week from someone who is writing in for help.  He testified to the power of the blood of Jesus in “silencing the voices” he was hearing.  Yes, there is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to do just that!  Deliverance is achieved when the stronger voice of the Holy Spirit in you drives out the hellish dark voices from the personalities of demons.

REMEMBER TODAY – 1.  THE POWER OF THE CROSS WHERE JESUS DIED (see Revelation 12:11) -  Satan and the entire kingdom of darkness were defeated that day when Jesus paid the price with His life for the sins of the world.   He rose again as He said He would.  Before battling with the powers of darkness for you and me on the Cross He declared that He had power to lay His life down and power to take it again.   Open yourself up to the victory of Jesus on the Cross for you.  Tell God you want to know His victory in your life today as you battle to defeat schizophrenia.  Boldly enter into prayer with the LORD and claim, petition, and expect to receive the benefits that are yours because of what Jesus has done for you.

2.   THE POWER OF KEEPING YOUR JOY IN JESUS -  Satan cannot stand a joyful Christian.  He can’t cope with anything in your life linked to praising God.   When Jesus brings His salvation, He brings His joy – something He said “no-one will take away from you” John 16:22.  Satan through the schizophrenia bondage seeks to rob and steal your joy.  He will do his best to take it away, but faith in Jesus must not allow it to go.  Possessing the joy of Jesus is all part of your inheritance of salvation.   If at this moment, you feel as though you have lost your joy, believe God can both restore it and increase it more and more. Ask Him to.

3.  THE POWER COMING FROM CHRIST’S INTERCESSION FOR YOU IN HEAVEN.  Enlarge your thinking to take in that not only did Jesus die for you, but today he ever lives to make intercession for you every single day, and 24 hours each day. Jesus is carrying on His heavenly ministry for you – praying for you on a far grander scale than you will ever know.    When you are uncertain how to pray, the Holy Spirit comes to your aid and helps you (Romans 8: 26-27).  Jesus is at the Father’s right hand fulfilling His heavenly ministry, releasing into your life the power to live victoriously and defeat the Satanic enemy of schizophrenia.    Take a hold of this truth of Jesus praying for you, for its knowledge will sustain you.   It also inspires you to develop the pattern of prayer where you continually cry out to Him for help to effect the breakthrough you desire.  Armed with the strength of Christ you can triumph in His Name.

A FINAL WORD:  Ask the Lord for a militant faith to defeat in your life the demon of schizophrenia  by pleading the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  Remember, your strength and power are only found in Jesus who has promised to work mightily in you.


The purpose of bringing out a Weekly Encourager for the past 13 years, and now replaced by the Freedom Encourager, is to highlight the promised hope there is in the Lord Jesus Christ defeating schizophrenia.  Our Archive file copies contain scriptural advice, insight and help designed to give encouragement to those like yourself struggling for long sought-after freedom – so do make use of the facility provided, asking God to reveal His truth to you from the various messages. May He richly provide all you need to bring you out of the prison house of schizophrenia into His most glorious freedom!!    HE IS ABLE!!  

Let me no more my comfort draw,
From my frail hold of Thee.
In this alone rejoice with awe,
THY MIGHTY GRASP OF ME!

John Campbell Sharp (1819-1885)
       And every virtue we possess,
And every conquest won,
And every thought of holiness,
ARE HIS ALONE.

Harriet Auber (1773-1862)

Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness. 

Psalm 115, verse 1


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".


CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE OF THE WEEKLY ENCOURAGER IN PDF VERSION TOGETHER WITH A PROCLAMATION OF GOD'S PROTECTION, LEARN SCRIPTURES CHOSEN TO HELP YOU IN YOUR PRAYER BATTLE AND RELEASE PRAYERS OF HOPE IF YOU SUFFER WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA OR NEED TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOUR

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FOR THE FULL RANGE OF WEEKLY ENCOURAGERS BETWEEN 2010-2023 CLICK HERE TO SURVEY THE MESSAGES OF HOPE, GUIDANCE, AND ENCOURAGEMENT CENTERED IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.


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Listen to 'Delivered And Healed From Schizophrenia After 26 Years'
James's amazing story of the faithfulness of God and the power of prayer

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FREEDOM ENCOURAGER 12 & 19 FEBRUARY 2023

  

Valentine Day SPECIAL Showing God’s ETERNAL LOVE

A LIFETIME VALENTINE AND DELIVERANCE MINISTER ROLLED INTO ONE!

THE REAL VISION I HAD FROM GOD WAS OF TINA IN A BRIDAL GOWN!

  
When I accepted a friend's suggestion about joining a Christian dating agency, I never realised it would eventually lead to finding a wonderful "Miss Right" and a compassionate intercessor rolled into one.

Struggling to cope with 20 years of diagnosed schizophrenia, I found my membership with Doncaster-based Christian Friendship Fellowship a lifeline of hope.  It was the mid-eighties and I had been a widower for just four years.

Although a born-again Christian, who came to know the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 14, I was terribly lonely and still missed the support and care of my late wife Pam, to whom I was married for 14 years.  I wasn't looking to marry again, but I desperately wanted friendship to answer the tremendous loneliness and isolation that schizophrenia brings.

I was working as a letters administrator with Royal Mail in Sheffield, and the thought of sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold winter's night, chatting with a variety of female contacts offered some comfort.

After sifting through the quarterly lists of "available ladies", I pursued meeting up with those in easily accessible locations like Stockport, Sheffield, Mansfield and Birmingham, but soon came to the conclusion that these romantically inspired meetings were going nowhere, and so I curtailed all my activity.

I was still on regular, fortnightly injections for schizophrenia and was struggling more and more as the debilitating illness advanced.  My main fight centred around a daily confrontation with an evil force within me that was bent on destroying my life.

The exhaustion caused by contending in prayer using God's Word to ward off this 'inner foe ' had often resulted in being either sectioned or admitted to the local hospital in Chesterfield.  This was no low-key spiritual battle to survive, but one requiring discipline and perseverance in prayer, starting at 5 a.m. before going to work.

I lapsed my membership with CFF for a while, but then in 1987 I decided to try again.  I prayed in desperation: "I'll try again, Lord, but I am going no further than Birmingham."

Still perusing old and new A4 lists of eligible women and their brief résumé covering their personal details, interests, recreations and desires for friendship, companionship and possible marriage, I stumbled across an unusual entry which hit me right between the eyes.

It read: "Christina Winterburn, d.o.b. 1944, born-again Christian, interested in friendship, companionship, possibly marriage, likes cooking,  travel, embroidery, Bible study.  Requirement: someone with a regular prayer life."


A PRAYER OF HOPE FOR THOSE SUFFERING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA:  “Lord God Almighty, will you hear my prayer and make the sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ real to me. Wipe away my sins that were atoned for on the Cross of Calvary by Jesus in order that I might not have to die eternally.  I believe that Jesus took all my sins and my sorrows and made them His very own and  after three days He rose again from the dead and now makes intercession for me.   By the power of His shed blood, I believe I am now set free and opened up to all the resources of His grace and power.  I am looking forward to the day – why not today – when the evil bondage of schizophrenia surrounding my mind is totally defeated.  I ask You, Heavenly Father, to help me drive out the dark, spiritual presence by the light and power of your conquering Holy Spirit’s presence.  I want to know the reality of the promise Jesus made that whoever follows him will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.  Make it happen for me, as I pray in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen. 


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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).

Canton Junction Back on My Feet Again from canton-junction on GodTube.


james and tina stacey 2011A 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


the sword - image march 2015We 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.

the sword - image march 2015 - lionIn 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!      

For more insight and information go to www.stretcherbearers.com


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 32 YEARS OF DELIVERANCE AND HEALING FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA ON MAY DAY 2022 THROUGH THE AMAZING POWER OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
 
Not only has the Saviour of the world defeated Satan and the demonic bondage but He continues to impart His power to maintain and enlarge the freedom He brings. 
 
When God sets free His freedom BRINGS LASTING VICTORY!
 
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schizophrenia-defeated-web-front cover onlyspanish book cover - headernumber 1SCHIZOPHRENIA DEFEATED by JAMES STACEY

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.

Author's Information: 

The book is an autobiography of an amazing deliverance and healing from the evil of schizophrenia after 26 years.   It is an inspiring human interest story of triumph and hope over the worst kind of psychotic illness for which there is no present-day medical answer.

The strengths and appeals of the 16 Chapters embrace several thrilling themes:

1.  The power of the faithfulness and love of God is supreme
2.  The remarkable perseverance and endurance of my first wife Pamela, who died in 1981, and of my present wife, Tina, who were both inspired by God's love in helping me to freedom
3.  The relevance of the power of prayer to cast out the demonic bondage, and revelations about the illness which throw light on the burning question - "Is it in the genes or is it demonic?"
4.  Here is the answer for the medical world impotent to bring a lasting solution to the illness of schizophrenia
5.  There is clear evidence for the church who can't make up its mind whether genuine born-again Christians, like myself, can still have evil spirits enslaving their lives

The account charts my "history" of schizophrenia and how I was affected by rejection in my mother's life from the time of conception.  It details life up to teenage years, starting work as a journalist and the outbreak of the illness shortly after leaving Bible College.  Visits to psychiatric hospitals, struggles with a growing nest of evil spirits taking up residence in my life and eager to destroy me, the inability of Christians to help me, are all recorded from a memory amazingly preserved by the Holy Spirit despite perpetual onslaught.  Self-deliverance and healing by the power of the Holy Spirit within a matter of minutes are graphically described, as is the return to normal life after more than a third of a lifetime in bondage. 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

Read a summary of James' remarkable story here, which appeared in the magazine 'Woman Alive' in 2009

 

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

1 year bible planThe One Year Bible Plan - Appearing Week by Week
January 27 - February 11, 2023

January 27 ~ Exodus 4:1-5:21 ~ Matthew 18:1-20 ~ Psalm 22:19-31 ~ Proverbs 5:15-21
January 28 ~ Exodus 5:22-7:25 ~ Matthew 18:21-19:12 ~ Psalm 23:1-6 ~ Proverbs 5:22-23
January 29 ~ Exodus 8:1-9:35 ~ Matthew 19:13-30 ~ Psalm 24:1-10 ~ Proverbs 6:1-5
January 30 ~ Exodus 10:1-12:13 ~ Matthew 20:1-28 ~ Psalm 25:1-15 ~ Proverbs 6:6-11
January 31 ~ Exodus 12:14-13:16 ~ Matthew 20:29-21:22 ~ Psalm 25:16-22 ~ Proverbs 6:12-15
February 1 ~ Exodus 13:17-15:18 ~ Matthew 21:23-46 ~ Psalm 26:1-12 ~ Proverbs 6:16-19
February 2 ~ Exodus 15:19-17:7 ~ Matthew 22:1-33 ~ Psalm 27:1-6 ~ Proverbs 6:20-26
February 3 ~ Exodus 17:8-19:15 ~ Matthew 22:34-23:12 ~ Psalm 27:7-14 ~  Proverbs 6:27-35
February 4 ~ Exodus 19:16-21:21 ~ Matthew 23:13-39 ~ Psalm 28:1-9 ~ Proverbs 7:1-5
February 5 ~ Exodus 21:22-23:13 ~ Matthew 24:1-28 ~ Psalm 29:1-11 ~ Proverbs 7:6-23
February 6 ~ Exodus 23:14-25:40 ~ Matthew 24:29-51 ~ Psalm 30:1-12 ~ Proverbs 7:24-27
February 7 ~ Exodus 26:1-27:21 ~ Matthew 25:1-30 ~ Psalm 31:1-8 ~ Proverbs 8:1-11
February 8 ~ Exodus 28:1-43 ~ Matthew 25:31-26:13 ~ Psalm 31:9-18 ~ Proverbs 8:12-13
February 9 ~ Exodus 29:1-30:10 ~ Matthew 26:14-46 ~ Psalm 31:19-24 ~ Proverbs 8:14-26
February 10 ~ Exodus 30:11-31:18 ~ Matthew 26:47-68 ~ Psalm 32:1-11 ~ Proverbs 8:27-32
February 11 ~ Exodus 32:1-33:23 ~ Matthew 26:69-27:14 ~ Psalm 33:1-11 ~ Proverbs 8:33-36

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 on your 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 2023
“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.

“Oh! how sweet to view the flowing

Of my Saviour’s precious blood;

With divine assurance knowing

      He has made my peace with God.”      

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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.

Click here for full chapter.

 Read The Pharmacy and The Purple Pamphlet

peter laue - webnumber 2Read another testimony of how Jesus Christ defeated schizophrenia in the life of ministry partner Peter Laue of Colorado, USA.

Download his amazing life story:   TO HELL AND BACK
(file size approx 2.9 mb)

and from Peter Laue's 'Life Letters':   "Caution: These Words Might Make You Angry"

 


bethany behney - webnumber 3“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.

 freedom - bethany behney

Bethany jumping for joy after being set free by Jesus from schizophrenia.

peter-laue-revelation-12-11I 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

BETHANY WRITES ABOUT THE NEED FOR CONTINUAL PERSEVERANCE TO DEFEAT SCHIZOPHRENIA


At the number 4age 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.   

 The interview is available to view at Sid Roth's web site
Used with permission.

TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW WHICH APPEARS ABOVE download the full interview here

   

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  Nick Griemsmann

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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