It is a beautiful sunny day in the mountains… the air crisp and sweaters feel good. I had worked through last night’s bedlam in my mind, talking it out with the Lord, and am looking forward to tonight’s Bible Study. I know it will be a good one, that it will challenge Cal and I as the young people will pepper us with questions.
I need to go to the store and buy plenty of French bread, and guava, and a few other things. As I leave the store, on an impulse, I decide to stop and visit an older Christian couple that we all love. They used to be spiritualists, but began following the Lord about ten years ago. Maybe they could give me some added perspective on what happened last night… and some hot coffee would taste good.
I wasn’t disappointed. We have a good conversation, along with some good coffee. As I begin thinking of leaving, Dona Maria Helena stops me; she has a book she wants me to see. I sit back down.
The title of the book in Portuguese is “Methods Satan Uses.” I start to leaf through it. It is well-written and illustrated. Some of the methods you may recognize. Alcoholism. Drugs. Break-up of Homes. Dishonesty. Different Formats of Spiritism. I was concerned, for all were very well illustrated but there was no mention of Christ and how He breaks people free.
On the section of the book that taught about spiritism, there was an illustration of a medium using ectoplasm from her own body to create the body of another person: a very dangerous process for if the link between the two bodies breaks down, the medium dies. This was something that Dona Maria Helena had done when she, herself, was a medium. I became concerned, for I sensed she was drawn to the book. I commented on this, and she said she was just fine. She wanted to show me the book, for a friend had given it to her, and she wanted me to see it.
I thank her, take the last sip of coffee in my cup, and stand, holding out my hands to Maria Helena and her husband, João, so we could pray together before I leave.
I close my eyes as João starts to pray, , , but my eyes fly open as I feel a violent movement on my left. Maria Helena has dropped both of our hands, and hers are curled like claws towards me.
I don’t move, for I sense that if I move she will rake me with those nails. As I look at her, I hear a deep guttural voice growling at me and that voice is coming from her mouth!
“Get out of this house – NOW! We do NOT want you here! You don’t belong!”
João begins praying, verbally and quietly. I do also. Neither one of us moved. The only distraction is their cute, little dog running into the living room out of curiosity, looks up at Maria Helena, tucks his tail between his legs and runs out of the room as fast as he can. (I still smile when I remember that.)
The three of us continue standing, João and I praying, and casting out the evil spirits. The power of the blood of Jesus and the power of His name causes the evil spirits to flee.
I watched Maria Helena as her physiognomy changed in front of my eyes.
The stiffness of her body relaxed, her hands dropped, and she began weeping. Her husband and I stood with our arms around her.
She understood what had happened. I hurt for her as she wept.
In a few minutes, she stirred, then walked over to the coffee table and gave me that book, asking me to get rid of it. I took it and agreed.
After a few more hugs and tears, I leave; in awe at what had happened and what God had done.
What did I do with that book?
When I get to the house, I carry everything in, then go to the fireplace and rip the book apart, using it for part of the kindling to start the evening fire,
as the colder air was creeping into the house.
I stand in front of the fire getting warm as I watch the pages of that book turn into ashes. No one else will read it, to be influenced by evil! I turn, go get a sweater, then go to the kitchen and start cutting the bread for supper.
All the while, thanking God for His mercy and His power.
PS – We had a fun and challenging Bible study that evening. Each one of us learned.
Life is interesting - and can be challenging. Voni shares with you her experiences