As it is with any river, even so infinitely more with the River of God (Psalm 46:4), the flow was relentless. God’s Spirit was granting us little breathing time. In fact, He was taking our breath away. No sooner was one miracle manifested, but another one quickly began. It was a flow of supernatural blessing upon blessing, without intermission. It truly can be called SPIRIT RIVER REVIVAL.
Though I didn’t realize it, I was spiritually like a man who was receiving money faster than he could count it; my accounts could no longer keep up with my income. The divine deposit that would now follow seemed like it would break the bank. The power of the Holy Spirit River now appeared to swell to such an excess that it became too strong to express it. But please, let me try.
BUT FIRST – THE FOUR ANSWERS OF GOD
Many years ago I heard Judson Cornwall teach in Bethany Pentecostal Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Dr. Cornwall without a doubt was one of the greatest contemporary Bible teachers in the charismatic renewal in the 1970s and 1980s. He told us that God has four different types of answers to people’s prayers.
The FIRST ANSWER IS “YES.” That’s the one that makes people shout for joy and turn cartwheels in sheer delight. That’s the answer that everyone wants to hear. Keep ‘em coming Lord! We all love a “YES GOD.” That is the God that many people have manufactured in their self-serving religion which is rampant today. Even as pastors like “YES MEN” on their church board, so people like a “YES GOD” in their faith.
And there are those who believe that if their faith is big and strong enough, they can make God a “YES GOD” every time. In short, God today in much of the modern church is viewed as a RUBBER STAMP and not as the SOVEREIGN GOD.
The SECOND ANSWER IS “NO.” What a bummer the “NO GOD” is! That’s the answer that causes us to pout and argue with God. We then go on to try to explain to Him why He is wrong, and why He should change His NO to a YES.
“NO” is the answer that no one wants to hear. That is the answer that makes people not only doubt the goodness of God, but when the answer is “NO” they doubt that God exists at all. They then, like little children, will not take “NO” for an answer! It will even go so far that when God says “NO,” they blame people for little faith or sin in their lives or both. That is very common in the day in which we live in church history.
“IF THE LORD DOESN’T KNOW BETTER THAN WE DO, THEN WHY PRAY TO HIM?
IF THE LORD NEEDS OUR DIRECTION, THEN WE ARE REALLY UP
A CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE.”
“YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY WE PRAY? BECAUSE THE LORD KNOWS THE
FUTURE, AND WE DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND THE PAST OR THE PRESENT.
HE ALONE CAN MAKE SENSE OUT OF EVERYTHING.”
The THIRD ANSWER IS “NOT YET.” That answer is kind of a bittersweet one. While it is “YES,” we simply don’t know when. It can be positively/negatively frustrating!
Then we become like little kids in the back seat of the car, and every five minutes we ask the parents in the front seat, “Are we there yet?” There isn’t a speck of WAIT in children’s bones. It is NOW or NEVER. I mean, what is the good in waiting anyway. Time is wasting, so let’s get on with NOW. I mean, how hard it is to suppress our restlessness and control our passions and desires!
The FOURTH ANSWER IS “I WILL IF YOU WILL.” That is a conditional promise with God saying that if we do our part, then He will do His. Most of my dad’s promises to me were conditional, such as, “Son, if you mow the lawn, I will give you a dollar.” In other words, you must shorten the green grass before you can get your long green one dollar reward.
Most of God’s promises in the Bible are conditional as well. For instance, this well-known promise of God in II Chronicles 7:14,
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.”
God will heal our land when we heed His commands. If you will, God will. The Biblically prevalent “IF YOU – THEN GOD!”
Or again, Jesus said in Matthew 7:7,
“Ask, and it shall be given to you….”
When we open our mouths, God will open His hands wide to fulfill His promise. But we must ask to be able to receive. It is a conditional promise. The world is too proud to have to ask God or anyone else. They would rather try and do it all themselves thank you.
There is a powerful promise made by God to Eli the high priest. God appears to state His promise in very absolute terms in I Samuel 2:30a,
“Therefore the Lord God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house
and the house of your father should walk before Me forever.’”
Yet God quickly adds in the very next words,
“Far be it from Me.”
What a strange thing! He first makes what seems to be an absolute promise, then suddenly announces that it would be far from Him to perform it. As if God says,
“That’s the last thing I will do.”
The mystery is solved very quickly because, in fact, it was a conditional promise. He goes on to say in the same Scripture in I Samuel 2:30b,
“Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me
will be lightly esteemed.”
Eli’s sons had dishonored God by being profane and adulterous. Therefore, they could not walk in close fellowship with God while walking in fellowship with the devil at the same time. The promise made to Eli and his family hinged upon the condition of their obedience and holy behavior before the Lord.
The Bible is full of this. To simply take God’s promises without their conditions is to do injustice to God’s Word and cause great disillusionment to oneself.
That is exactly what is wrong with the PROMISE BOXES we find in so many Christian mothers’ kitchens. “Let’s see,” Mom says, “I think I will take a green promise for today.” No! Look at that promise in its context in Scripture. You will more than likely find it has a condition. In all covenants of God there are two parts–God’s and ours! God’s Word is not a grab bag of promises. It is a responsible relationship between God and His people. That is the essence of COVENANT.
“HOW WOULD WE LIKE IT IF GOD TOOK US AS SERIOUSLY
AS WE TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY?”
“I’m a Christian, but I don’t go to church much,” the man said, “you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian….” “I’m a Christian, but I don’t give,” another man said, “you don’t have to give to buy your way into the Kingdom of God.”….”I’m a Christian, but I don’t like to be around church people,” another man said, “you don’t have to fellowship to be a Christian.”
How shocked indeed the casual Christian would be if he was led to believe that Christ is casual about him too. But, Christ made a commitment before anyone of us was ever born. He said:
“I WILL GO THE CROSS FOR YOU. I WILL BE OBEDIENT UNTO DEATH.
I DON’T CARE WHO TRIES TO DIVERT ME OR DISTRACT ME.
I’M COMMITTED UNTO DEATH FOR YOUR SIN.”
UNCONDITIONAL PROMISES – DIVINE DECREES
But we must carry this one step further. There are promises in the Bible that are NOT CONDITIONAL. They are UNCONDITIONAL. They are not so much promises as they are DIVINE DECREES. They begin in God and they end in God.
The fulfillment of these promises is not dependent on any conditions outside of God. Rather, they are decreed by God in eternity and therefore, of necessity, they will come to pass in time.
To summarize a DECREED PROMISE:
“WHATEVER GOD UNCONDITIONALLY PURPOSES FROM ALL ETERNITY HAS NO
CONDITION IN IT, ONLY DIVINE NECESSITY.”
“A DIVINE DECREE TURNS ALL CONTINGENCIES INTO CERTAINTIES.”
“WHAT GOD DECREES, HE DECREES IMMUTABLY AND UNALTERABLY.”
It is not, “I will if you will.” Rather, it is simply, “I WILL.” Because it has been decreed by God, it is totally inevitable and it will not fail to come to pass. It makes no difference whether the church leaders and parishioners like it or not! Their likes and dislikes in this regard are irrelevant.
Let me just illustrate this for a moment. It was an eternally decreed promise of God that Jesus would be put to death on a Cross. We read in Acts 2:23,
“This Man, delivered up by the determinate plan and foreknowledge
of God, you nailed to the cross by the hand of godless men
and put Him to death.”
As His death and sufferings were divinely decreed; so was His resurrection from the dead. That is why we read of the impossibility of death holding Christ in its power. It was as impossible for Christ not to rise from the dead as it is for God to decree something and yet for that thing not to come to pass. So too we read in Acts 2:24,
“And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of
death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in
What was happening in our little mission church was divinely decreed. The promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a decree made by God in eternity. God had promised to the prophet Joel that He would pour out His Spirit upon all mankind. We read in Joel 2:28,
“And it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit
upon all mankind; and your sons and daughters shall
prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your
young men will see visions.”
Just as the grave of Christ burst open in obedience to DIVINE DECREE, so now likewise the heavens were opening and the Holy Spirit was being poured out upon us like Niagara Falls. This was happening worldwide whether denominations permitted it or not, whether churches approved it or not. It was an unconditional decree of God coming to pass.
And we had better grab strong onto what follows:
“WHATEVER GOD DOES IN TIME HE PURPOSED FROM ETERNITY, FOR THERE
CAN BE NO NEW PURPOSES IN GOD.”
Why do I say that? Because:
“HE WHO TAKES ON NEW PURPOSES DOES SO BECAUSE HE SEES NEW GROUNDS
WHICH HE DID NOT SEE BEFORE, SO THAT IT IS BACK TO THE
OLE DRAWING BOARD.”
It just doesn’t sound right if we were to hear God say:
“I NEVER SAW THAT COMING, TIME TO RETHINK EVERYTHING!”
More than that, we have deluded religious people all over the ecclesiastical spectrum today who, like pitiful self-appointed potentates, are DECREEING AND DECLARING this, that, and the next thing like they are some sort of gods. FIRST of all, as to religious people making DECREES AND DECLARATIONS, the very concept is not upheld in the Bible and is a total farce. Decrees only exist in the realm of Divine Prerogative. SECOND, everything past, present, and future that has been divinely decreed is set, and for man to go around barking his decrees is like spitting in the wind. THIRD, all these decreers and declarers are doing is trying to replace God, and we all know what happens to would-be God replacements – they get driven out of God’s presence. FOURTH, I would rather deal with preverbal children than with these self-enthroned pontificators who think they know and declare the future. I would much rather listen to cooing all day than these self-deified declarers and decreers.
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He made another DECREE-PROMISE about the age of the Spirit to come. Signs would accompany those who believed. Believers would cast out demons in Jesus’ name. Believers would speak with new tongues. Believers would pick up serpents, and if they drank any deadly poison it would not hurt them. Believers would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
How He does it, when He does it, where He does it, through whom He does it, is totally His business. But He will do it because He has decreed it.
Why God was choosing our little church to be the riverbed for the flow of His Spirit was His business. We had not been praying for anything of the kind, for we believed that all of this died with the apostles. We were totally unprepared and caught on the candid camera of DIVINELY DECREED SHOCK. I mean, what else could we do but what Moses commanded the Israelites:
“STAND STILL AND SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD.”
My ministry was now being followed by signs of God’s special presence and outpouring. We had already seen incredible miraculous healings and heard unheard-of tongues. To be honest with you, the resemblance to the Book of Acts was so strong, that it would have fit in perfectly as another entire chapter.
Another sign was about to follow which is impossible to begin to accurately depict.
A HOPELESS CASE
Throughout all of this I tried to remain in safe neutrality. I would do my best to keep my hands on everything that was going on. I would pay a visit now and again to some of the more prominent and strange NEW TONGUE SPEAKERS.
Visiting one such home, I was introduced to a young woman in a wheelchair. She had just been released from a mental institution into this couple’s custody. To describe the grotesqueness of her appearance is not possible. Confined to her wheelchair, her body was a twisted and contorted disaster. Unable to speak, bent over forward, her hands, feet, arms, and legs were curved and gnarled as if by the most horrible case of arthritis.
With a blank, distant look on her face, mouth drooping open and lopsided with spit running out, she was the most hopeless specimen I had ever seen. To try to straighten out her fingers or toes would be to break them off. She was a rigid, crumpled-up mass of immobilized, non-communicative flesh and bone.
(At the time, I did not know that demons can gain actual entry into and take personal possession of human beings, so as to move and act through them. In fact, the demons can become kind of vicarious souls so as to take control and use and abuse a man’s body to express Satan’s diabolical, grotesque, and sinister nature.)
Her parents could do nothing for her. The hospital was unable to help her. This dear Christian, charismatic couple who had newly joined our church were friends of her family. They had now welcomed her into their home and taken responsibility for her. I was more than a little awed by their compassion and faith.
Upon further inquiry, the bizarre scenario continued to unfold. While in the hospital, she spent the majority of her days in this rigor mortis posture. Then, on occasion, her body would release and she seemed to be infused with an eerie, extraordinary strength. She would literally take hold of hospital orderlies and like some vile maniac, throw them down the hallway like bowling balls. Then, suddenly, her body would snap back into rigidity and deformity. She would again be gripped as if by the rigors of death once more.
(This young woman was totally SATAN’S SERVANT/SLAVE, though I did not discern so at the time. It is an obvious maxim of reason and fact of life:
“THAT HIS SERVANTS WE ARE TO WHOM WE OBEY.”
She was a pawn in Satan’s hands. She had lost her will to the Devil, and every time she helplessly obeyed Satan she dishonored God. She had the devil’s nature, and did the devil’s delight. Satan has no other sick joy but to dishonor his Maker, and to destroy God’s image-bearers.
Listen my brother and sister, it is truly the work of Dinive power and grace to bring a man or woman to Heaven. But it is a far greater work of Divine power and grace to bring someone out of hell’s grip, and to drive hell out of them.)
As I left their home that day, I could not fathom this couple’s hospitality. Opening your house to strangers is one thing; opening your home to the strangest stranger I had ever seen, is something else. After all, they had young children as well. Weren’t they now at great risk? What a hopeless and potentially dangerous situation, I thought. I returned to my home very distraught.
A few weeks later, my wife and I were hosting fellowship group ministry at our home. It was a lovely gathering of people, most of them the more traditional type, and some being of the strange new breed that had come into our midst.
As the guests arrived, there stood the young charismatic couple whose home I had visited a few weeks earlier. I asked them how their guest in the wheelchair was doing. They did not answer me, but pointed me to a friend whom they had with them. She looked strangely familiar, beautiful and radiant in her smile, most charming in her demeanor and freely communicative.
I couldn’t get over the feeling that I had seen her before, but I couldn’t recall where. What happened next caused my mouth to fall open and my legs to grow weak. The young woman told me that she was the girl that I had met recently in the wheelchair of horror. She freely told me that she had been possessed by demons. The demonic powers had taken possession of her body, her soul, her mind, and her spirit. She explained that through the ministry of prayer and fasting of this husband and wife team, Jesus Christ had totally set her free.
(He whom Jesus sets free is fee indeed. Before, every instance of her being and behavior was an expression of the devil. Now, every aspect of her being and behavior was an expression of the radiance and glory of God. Before, she expressed satanic darkness, and now Divinity beamed through her humanity. Before her life was a mess, and now it was a miracle. If Jesus Christ can do this for her, think of what He can do for us!
It is so important to note that on the day of her deliverance, the satanic forces that controlled her were as strong and mighty and demonnic as ever before. It wasn’t that the enemy had run out of hell’s steam, or that they could not wound as before. But here is the point:
“SATAN AT HIS WORSE IS NOTHING COMPARED TO GOD’S POWER.”
She had no strength in her to make an escape, and there was no power in her to resist. And yet, here she stood, glowing in the power and glory of God. It all comes down to the words of Psalm 118:23,
“THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING, IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES.”)
Chills ran up and down my spine. Unable to speak, I embraced her with tears running down my cheeks. That moment has never let go of me. I feel as if I’m reliving it now in the telling of it.
As the evening wore on, our demon-free guest was the center of attraction. She explained that she had come from a broken home. She had given herself over to a life of drugs and prostitution. She sank deeper and deeper into the abyss of sin. Hear me:
“FOR SATAN IT IS NOT ENOUGH THAT YOU REJECT JESUS AND DIE OF THIRST.
RATHER, SATAN WANTS YOU TO DRINK HIS POTIONS AND PAINFULLY
POISON YOU TO DEATH.”
(The Devil prevails over and possesses man NOT SO MUCH BY WHAT HE SUGGESTS TO MAN, but BY WHAT HE FINDS IN MAN. For what hold can he have on a man or woman in whom he finds nothing to take hold of him or her by? They are our lusts, our depraved appetites, our corrupt affections which eventually give Satan mighty and total power over us. This young woman was a classic case, in that the weaknesses of her sinful flesh became Satan’s greatest strength.)
Eventually the dark powers of hell had invaded her life and totally possessed it. Satan, she said, had knotted her body and mind into a gnarled, sickly, grotesque mess. Satan would also empower her to become the uncontrollable maniac of the mental ward. She then became a snarling animal. When I had seen her before, she was a picture of deformity, ugliness, and death. Now sitting before me was a woman of shapeliness, beauty, and fullness of life.
I vaguely recalled something I had read in Scripture – something about a man who lived in a graveyard. He was known as the Gadarene Demoniac who was possessed by multiple demons. He would cut himself with sharp stones, and the people who knew about him mercifully tried to protect him from himself. They attempted to bind him with chains, but there were none strong enough to hold him. With supernatural strength he would break his fetters like pieces of string. Jesus delivered this man of demons, too. The last we see of him, he was marvelously set free, fully clothed, and in his right mind. (Luke 8:35)
(The emotions that came over me as I beheld this delivered daughter of God were hard to describe. I had no questions. I had no answers. This was supposed to happen only in BIBLE TIMES. You know, those good old days of yesteryear, when God still went around acting like God. I had been taught that those Bible days ended with the Book of Revelation. Now all we could do was read about what used to be.
Dramatically, God’s Word was coming to life like a contemporary headline in a modern newspaper. Could it be that the Bible was not intended to enable us to think back on what had been? Rather, was the Bible a book intended by God to inform us of what we could expect to appear in our doorway? My theology was dying before my very eyes. It had the smell of must and mold all over it.
The young woman before me had the fragrance of Jesus upon her and it was glorious. Her presence told me that I was living in Bible Times.)
AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT FROM DAY
I found my eyes being riveted on this ex-demoniac phenomenon. One thing was gripping me more than anything else. Before her deliverance she was DARKNESS AND DEATH; after her deliverance in Christ she was LIGHT AND LIFE. The before-and-after pictures were those of complete antithetical oppositeness! Jesus had brought her from darkness to light, from night to day, from death to life, from insanity to the mind of Christ. It was a complete reversal, as completely different as HEAVEN is from HELL.
The devil is the complete opposite of God. We read in I John 1:5,
“…God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”
But hear me now:
“SATAN IS DARKNESS, AND IN HIM THERE IS NO LIGHT AT ALL.”
It comes as no surprise therefore, that his eternal abode is outer darkness as well.
Listen! Why did Jesus command us to LET OUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN, but that the whole world lies in the darkness of sin and Satan?
Now then, get a hold of what I am about to share. It all was revealed to me like rays of heavenly light with that now beautiful EX-DEMONIAC STANDING IN MY DOORWAY. It was as if God’s voice was audible, teaching me truths that I had never seen before.
“SATAN’S DESIRE AND GOAL IS TO TURN GOD’S CREATION COMPLETELY INTO
REVERSE AND THROW IT BACK IN GOD’S FACE.”
For instance, God designed a woman’s womb to be a conceiving and birthing place. Satan, through abortions, has turned the wombs of this world into killing places – the complete contradiction to God’s holy plan. The battle is not ultimately between RIGHT-TO-LIFERS and PRO-CHOICERS. The battle is between God and the devil. Nothing is so heavenly as a baby. Nothing is so diabolical as an aborted infant.
God created man and woman to be husband and wife. Satan, the antonym to God, desires to turn it all around. He twists men’s desires and now they lust for other men. He twists women’s desires and now they lust for other women. There is no explanation for HOMOSEXUALITY and LESBIANISM on the natural plane.
Thinking about sexual relationships between same-sex people causes me to vomit. It is unfathomable, inexplicable, unimaginable, except for the fact that the devil wants to turn God’s creation completely around so that they will become like him, the opposite of God’s nature and purposes. It is not genetics. It is not even environment. It is Satan, whose desire it is to completely pervert and invert God’s created order.
God’s purpose for marriage is that husband and wife be joined together until death writes the word “complete” in green grass over quiet graves. Divorce is always sin, that’s why God hates it. That is why Satan majors in separation and divorce. What God hath joined together, Satan is hell-bent on parting asunder. The kingdom of darkness seeks to turn upside down, outside in, inside out, everything that God has ordained.
Sitting in front of us that evening was the explanation to the world’s plight. Before, Satan had changed this former drug addict and prostitute into a nightmare of horror. Now Jesus had delivered her of demons and translated her from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Because of that, she was now a vision of loveliness, holiness, and spiritual beauty.
I was left with the following realizations being burned into my mind and spirit:
“EVEN AS HE WHO DOES NOT STAND AGAINST SIN WELCOMES IT, SO THE CHURCH
THAT DOES NOT KICK THE DEVIL OUT OF PEOPLE INVITES HIM IN.”
WHERE DID I LOSE CONTROL?
After seeing and listening to this deliverance miracle, someone else in the fellowship group asked for prayer in order to be set free of bondage in her life. There was not to be any typical religious chit chat that night. The charismatic husband spoke up and said, “No problem, pastor (me) and I will take you into his study, and God is going to set you free.” I did not know what in the world was going on! So the two of us went into my study to pray with her in private! Sure enough, she was set free indeed!
By the time I came out of my study I found that my house had been transformed into a celebration that I could not fathom. Most of the group was still in my living room praising God. The praise was electric and very demonstrative. That was acceptable, but other things I found to be a bit unnerving.
A line of people had begun to form at the doorway to my bathroom. It wasn’t because suddenly they all had to relieve themselves. No, no, nothing as mundane as all that. The explanation for the bathroom line quickly came as I heard the sound of the shower in my bathtub turned on full blast. I suspensefully went over to find out what was going on. Lo and behold, people were being baptized in my shower with all their clothes on! They were literally singing in the shower.
Where did I lose control? Did I ever have it? They are such sweet people. I can’t kick them out of my shower.
Then I saw that this beautiful ex-demoniac was also awaiting her turn. Apparently, like the Ethiopian eunuch, someone had said, “Here is water, what prevents us?” A mass baptism in my bathtub!
This must be kept silent. I felt like I was in an underground church. We pulled shut the living room drapes in case an elder or deacon rode by.
As if that was not enough, someone else was being delivered of demons in my basement right below my children’s bedrooms. The screams and cries were coming up through their registers. The children came out of their bedrooms with eyes as big as silver dollars.
At this time, I remember my dear wife’s eyes meeting mine. I am sure that she saw the same bewilderment on my face that I saw on hers. But it was too late. The River that now in decreed prophetic fulfillment was literally raging through my house. We joined in the praise and allowed the River to flow.
Before anyone left the meeting, I gathered them all together and gave them firm instructions. They were very clear and simple. Jesus had given others the very same counsel in His ministry. If it was good enough for Jesus, it was good enough for me. I felt most sanctified in issuing the orders that I gave. I simply looked at all of them and said, “Go, and tell no man what has happened here tonight.”
I forgot what the Bible says about the people to whom Jesus gave His fiat. We are told that the more He ordered them to be silent, the more widely they continued to proclaim what He had done. We read in Mark 7:36,
“And He gave them orders not to tell anyone, but the more
He ordered them, the more widely they continued
to proclaim it.”
Human nature changes very little over the years. Before long, church leaders were asking me about what transpired in the fellowship group that evening in the church parsonage.
These signs will ACCOMPANY those who believe. In my Jesus’ name believers shall cast out demons. It has been DIVINELY DECREED. We have God’s Word on it! It is a promise that will come to pass.
Accompany they did! The ex-demoniac in my doorway opened my eyes to true Christianity and spiritual warfare. What had followed traditional religion all my life long had been doctrinal debate and dialogue and duking it out. What followed New Testament Christianity was demonstration of the Spirit and power through deliverance of those held captive by Satan. True Christianity had come to my house and my church.
What we have instead today instead is a CANDYLAND CHRISTIANITY where pastors hand out sweets every Sunday to satanically bound sinners. Satan loves the taste of CANDYLAND CHRISTIANITY, and the snake can hide out in most churches without being detected.
If we really saw the human race as Jesus sees it, the emergency lights would be whirling and flashing all over the place, and the sirens would be wailing spiritually speaking. So it was daily in Jesus earthly ministry, and if we are truly following Christ, so it will be in our ministry.
Oh how we need the blessed Holy Spirit’s power and discernment in a world bound by Satan! Without the Holy Spirit and His gifts, we are sending church people into the world blindfolded and armed with little more than a straight pin to impale whatever they encounter. That was me as a pastor before I met THE EX-DEMONAIC IN MY DOORWAY. Amen!