My friend asked me to come and visit him a while back; he’d just come out of hospital with pneumonia and was recovering at home. While chatting, he mentioned it had been extremely difficult because of his asthma and was causing him difficulty to breath. I was unaware of this and, me being me, I just so wanted to see God set him free from this sickness. And so, as I prayed for him, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that something terrible had happened to him as a child, and this had allowed a spirit of grief to enter him. By faith, I mentioned this to him and he replied that, when he was eight years old, his father passed away and it wasn’t long after that he developed asthma. His grief was so bad that his mind had blanked out all his previous memories before this incident, and had left him with no recollection of his father at all.
So I placed my hand upon his chest and started to command the spirit of grief to come out of him and, while praying, the Holy Spirit gave me some more names – depression and fear – and, as I declared these to come out of him, he stated that there was something stirring in his stomach! The ‘something’ being all these unclean spirits! Well, as me and his wife kept praying, this ‘something’ (the unclean spirits) moved up his body to about the heart, and then his wife said that the Holy Spirit was revealing to her that he had a freemasonry curse that needed to be broken from him. So we started breaking curses as led by the Holy Spirit, which actually led to us having to break off a generational Scottish clan covenant too (another story), but after we had done all of this, the ‘something’ then moved up, into his neck! See how the Holy Spirit was guiding us to break the demonic strongholds, which were trying to stop him from becoming free.
At this point, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the guy was, in fact, the only son that hadn’t been allowed to his father’s funeral, having been considered too young at the time to attend, and this had stifled him so much that it had led to him holding ill feeling towards his brothers. And the moment he repented and forgave his brothers, the ‘something’ (unclean spirits) came into his mouth and he coughed them out! And began to inhale deeply, Amen. I then placed my hands upon his head and started praying for a renewing of his mind and memories. Just then, the Holy Spirit showed me a vision of a young boy waiting in a room and then his father entered and knelt down beside him and started hugging his son tightly. Suddenly, as I was watching the vision, the man just burst into uncontrollable crying, his tears running over my hands, which were now on his chest holding him up. He shouted out, “I can see my father! I can see my father!!!! My memories are coming back!!!!” I looked over at his wife, whose eyes were now also watering up too with a smile ear to ear – such a powerful and emotional encounter, where God restored that which had been stolen.
You can see how from a very early age, things had entered his life, bringing sickness and distorting how he saw his father and heavenly Father. We are in a battle to set captives free and take back that which has been stolen. All authority has been given to us; we just need to step out in faith to use it. I hope this has inspired people to take up ‘sword practice’, to use their gifts to build up bodies and souls of the church.
Kevin Dexter, Derby UK