I saw my first exorcism (in person) this past weekend and I already know a bunch of you are curious as to what happened. So I shall share, and as I do you will hear about the power of God.
One of my teachers, Ken Brewer, was asked to teach about the Holy Spirit at an event in the Chicago area, and so he brought a few of us along to help do ministry. It was our job to pray for people, play music, and do whatever other jobs came along.
And so we did so.
The first night was pretty much over and Brewer was praying for a few more people. Three people had already collapsed to the ground under the power of the Holy Spirit and were calmly lying down. In case you’ve never heard of this, this is a phenomena that happens sometimes when the Holy Spirit comes upon people. They will fall to the ground calmly or fall into convulsions brought on by the Holy Spirit. This was the first time it had ever happened to any of them.
Now a fourth person went down and she was crying very, very loudly. It was a little odd to me compared to the many, many others I had seen hit the ground, but I didn’t think too much about it. But then, as I was talking to my friend Jesse I thought I heard Brewer tell a spirit to leave the person.
“Wait…” I turned to Jesse. “Is this an exorcism?”
Silence. “I think so.”
That explained why she was yelling and crying so incredibly loud (well, actually it was the demon inside of her crying so incredibly loud). A few others came around and held her down to stop her from moving in a serpent-like fashion. Brewer would tap her and tell the demon to leave in the name of Jesus and every time she was touched she would yell louder and louder.
No, this particular demon didn’t talk and no, it wasn’t like all the Hollywood movies you’ve seen. This demon just yelled for quite awhile, refusing to come out, which seemed stupid since it was obviously in such great pain, but it continued to fight regardless.
We grabbed Bibles and began to read scripture to the demon. I randomly chose Mark 1 which I thought was quite interesting for this reason:
When we had left for Chicago, Brewer told me that he was reading in his Bible and he came across a passage that talked about the authority we have in Christ. He felt in that moment that God was going to have us do a deliverance at this event. And He did! And as I read Mark 1 this verse came out:
21They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.
22They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
23Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are–the Holy One of God!”
25And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”
26Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.
27They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
Brewer had me stop reading and emphasized the demon of this passage:
“You hear that demon? Jesus has authority and you have to leave.”
It cried some more and others began to read out of Revelation, which made the demon cry even louder as images of the throne room of God were described.
Finally, after what was probably about half an hour, the demon left. The girl was at ease and as you might imagine, quite a few people had questions as to what had just happened. Just as you may have now.
The power of God is ALWAYS stronger and ALWAYS wins.
P.S. Video blog of the trip coming later today.