They are real. My family is in Christian Ministry and we have done several deliverances over the years. I expect Todd would say its just a figment of their imagination to help them deal with reality. Whatever. he has never experienced a demon in a young tormented child calling out by name certain peoples specific un-repented of secret sins in a church gathering. things a child her age would have no knowledge or understanding of...The spirit only leaves via a command given in the Name of Jesus, by someone striving to live a holy life. Not in the name of Buddha, Mohammed, Allah, Moses or any Hindu deity. It doesn't work. they only respond to the name of Jesus. Ive seen it hundreds of times over the last twenty five years.The way you measure a persons freedom after this deliverance is whether or not their life has changed. transformation is especially evident in the lives of children who knew nothing previously of the spirit realm and their lives radically change, no fear, no unusual anger or violent outbursts, no sadness, depression, etc.. remarkable. Its not a case of a child blaming their problems on a spirit then thinking in fairytale fashion that it magically is made to leave so their troubles vanish. People with severe emotional and even mental trouble aren't "cured" by 'thinking' a foreign entity left them, especially if they were not aware of one in the first place. But when someone with real -not imagined- problems has their life revolutionized... (ie) set free from addictions, fear, or trauma related behavior, anger, unforgiveness, lust etc are the major ones. esp. unforgiveness.... it opens the door to torment. a person must forgive the person they held anger towards first or the spirit has legal right to stay. once the person forgives whoever it is, then you can cast the whatever spirit is tormenting them out. Bottom line, 25 plus years of experience has shown me authority over the spirit realm is only found in the Name of Jesus. Holy water and crosses and Bibles pressed to your forehead do absolutely nothing. you fight a spirit with The Spirit. you can only evict an evil spirit by a Stronger Spirit, the Holy Spirit. tangible things like water, crucifixes and blessed water have no power over an evil spirit. Only Jesus works! p.s I am not at all suggesting you are demonized by any means. only that spirits are real and can be dealt with quite effectively if you know what you're doing or where to go for ministry. all you need to do if you think you are having an encounter is 1) make sure you've asked Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, 2) command in His Name (like power of attorney) for the evil spirit to leave. Reason: you have to Have Jesus' Spirit (the Holy Spirit) living inside you first, for it to work. Jesus' Spirit living in you is the only authority an evil spirit will obey. more info on this subject if interested in the New Testament, Mark 16:16, 17 , Luke 9:42 Luke 10 :16-21, notice when Jesus rebukes a spirit, a child is healed. its obvious they are real because you don't rebuke an inanimate thing like a chair or a ball, you only rebuke a personality, an entity with a will.... So Jesus himself recognized they are real and taught his disciples, including us by extension, how to deal with hem. ... Have courage! you'll be fine, trust Jesus!
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