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Topic: Expire (08/01/13)
TITLE: Demon Expulsion
By Pamela Reed
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Attending a non-denominational church, we invited Al to join us for Sunday morning worship. His response was “that is what makes us so different, you guys go to church!” He emphasized it in such a way that made it sound like we were the ones that were wrong and he was the only one in this house that got it right. At least we were prepared. From day one we knew that it would be a challenge to share a home with Al.
Unfortunately, his words were not all that we had to deal with. Because he couldn’t be in charge, he would let things build up, and then act out physically. One night, at 2:00 a.m., we awoke to noise. Running into Al’s bedroom, we found him pulling out drawers and throwing his belongings on the floor. He emptied the clothes from his closet and generally made a huge mess along with the broken drawers. We talked and got him to settle down; but it was a difficult, long, and sleepless night for all.
The New Year’s first service at church started with an announcement by our pastor that our church was scheduling a three week fast and prayer. No one was obligated, but all were invited to join corporately together and spiritually grow as a congregation. We were also encouraged to pray for our nation and our leaders. We decided that we wanted to join. We prayed and studied the book of Matthew.
Two weeks into the fast, we were once again woke in the middle of the night with loud thumps and crashes. I awoke and ran to Al’s room. He had a roll of flexible plumbing which was in the dining room due to a remodeling project. He was wielding it like a weapon. Although I tried to take it from him, his strength was greater than mine, and I gave up and decided to talk him down instead. I thought that I had succeeded to calm him and he went into the bathroom.
Through the bathroom door came a huge crash as Al pulled the top half of our hutch onto himself. He was then unable to move and started yelling for help. Being unable to open the door because the hutch was jammed between the door and the tub, I finally figured out that I could lay on the floor and squeeze under the hutch top. I then stood up and was able to lift it off of Al and put it back in place. He walked out and went to the living room.
Following him, I heard the small still voice of the Lord. “You have been praying and fasting and now is the time.” I instantly realized that, having studied the book of Matthew, a demon was involved and it was time for him to leave. Although I had never experienced anything like this before, the Word showed me what had to be done. I stood in front of Al and said “In the name of Jesus, what is your name?” Al looked perplexed and said “What?” I repeated “In the name of Jesus, what is your name?” This time he said “My name is Caesar.” “Caesar, in the name of Jesus, come out of Al and leave this house never to return to this house or the land that we occupy.” Al’s eyes glossed over for a moment and then returned to normal. He looked totally confused, shook his head, and sat down in a chair and became quiet; and that was it.
He lived in our home for another year, but never acted out in anger after that day. Caesar’s reign over Als’ life had expired. Jesus set him free. This true story is for today. The story of Jesus setting people free is not for the distant past. It worked then and it works now. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
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