Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Holy Ghost Story: The Battle with Voodoo that Launched M16 Ministries

The first case M16 was called into was to go to battle and stop a spiritual attack of voodoo. This was before M16 Minsitries and literally the case that was the incarnation of M16. The time frame was around October of 2007. I was an active leader in Night Strike, with Bob Johnson's City Ministries International. For those of you reading who aren't familiar with Night Strike it is a ministry in San Francsico that goes in on Friday nights to the darkest neighborhoods under the protective covering of the Holy Spirit and ministers to the homeless, drug addicts and prostitutes. Night Strike literally is a special ops prayer team that has witnessed some incredible healings and miracles.

I had been going through an incredible year of where the Holy Spirit was revealing the supernatural. Nearly every time I set foot on the streets at a Night Strike in San Francisco something supernatural occurred involving spiritual warfare. School was in session for me with intense training during this season of my life and the Holy Spirit was my head school master. The Holy Spirit trains us to lead us to our calling.

At this point in time, Bob Johnson would always ask me, "so what is your dream? What do you plan to do with everything God was showing you?"

I didn't have an answer. I didn't really know what to do with what God was showing me but I knew Bob was right. There was a destiny and a purpose for what God was revealing to me. I was embarrassed at times that my only response to Bob was a shrug and saying, "I haven't a clue."

When the Holy Spirit opens your eyes and trains you, let me tell you, He has plans for you. Hindsite is always 20/20. Some revelations of the Holy Spirit are becoming clear to me as I look back and type this blog entry.

The Holy Spirit spoon fed me to my destiny in the form of releasing me to assist a person in Switzerland.

Wait a minute, didn't you just say you lived in San Francisco? Yes. I did say that. The time of spoon feeding was over and I was being weaned. Or what I tell the M16 prayer team now, we're praying with live ammo rounds.

The Holy Spirit called me in to assist a woman in Switzerland who was being attacked by a spirit of African witchcraft. She was a young African hairdresser named Edna. The rival beautician in town was also from Africa and decided to level the playing field of competition by using black magic.

The following entry is partially a testimony excerpt from my book, The Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare -the Power to Pull the Impossible from the Heavenly Realm, Destiny Image (coming out in Feb 2010) and part is more info I am going to fill in as the Holy Spirit recalls the events. Not meant as shameless plug for the book, well in a way it is, but my true intent is to blog a good Halloween story, or what my friend Gina Prince calls a Holy Ghost Story.

So how does a California boy get a divine appointment from Switzerland? Well, it went like this: One Friday evening in October <2007>, I was in San Francisco, setting up teams for Night Strike. Bob Johnson, who runs City Ministries and Night Strike, approached me and asked me out of the blue, “How good is your French?”

I gave Bob a puzzled look. I wasn't quite sure, but I thought he just asked me if I spoke French. Bob had now type-casted me as his demon buster. I knew then that speaking French had to do with demon busting. For clarification, I asked him to repeat the question.

Bob asked again, “How good is your French?”

I told him I had four years of French in high school, but that was back before electricity was invented. I didn’t remember my French classes at all except for reading French. Bob said he had some friends in France who needed help fighting demonic activity and witchcraft.

“France, huh?” I didn’t immediately tell Bob, “No!” But I didn’t say, “Yes,” either. I needed time to pray and think about this one. Bob said he would give me the contact information and I could follow up. That is Bob’s way of saying he heard me say 'yes'. Bob is my mentor in the prophetic and my friend. So there was no way of saying 'no' to Bob. And the Holy Spirit knew this. I wasn't given a chance to get out of this.

After wrapping up Night Strike and driving back home, I remember praying to God about this case. “God, if this came to my doorstep because You want me to be part of it, I need to know You are in it with me!” I was clearly thrown off by the fact I was in California and the people I needed to help were in Switzerland, near the border of France.

There's that whole 6000 miles of distance between the person I am supposed to help and my self. I needed plane tickets to manifest if I were to actually help this woman. And it would have to manifest quickly! Well, that was my plan -but it wasn't the Holy Spirit's.

When Sunday night rolled around, Lisa and I went to the Kingdom of Grace Maranatha prayer and healing meeting. We are part of the Kingdom of Grace prayer team and pray for people who come for healing. You will remember that Gary Paltridge is a friend and is the minster at Kingdom of Grace. He asked me to pray for a particular gentleman that night; he said the young man needed to be set free from—you guessed it—African witchcraft.

This was the second time in the same weekend that a spiritual battle with African witchcraft was assigned to me. A coincidence? Not likely. After two hours of praying, this young man was almost completely free of the majority of the witchcraft demons. He required several more prayer sessions after this. But he really got cleaned up on this evening. So why didn't the Holy Spirit remove them all? In deliverance, the person being prayed for needs to be involved and take responsibility for their own lives. Some people take responsibility and some don't. The Holy Spirit wants the person being prayed for to have an active part in their own deliverance. How many times did Jesus tell a person to 'sin no more' after he healed them?

What Gary pointed out to me during this prayer battle was how many nasty demons were removed in two hours. The Holy Spirit was showing me that He was with me during a spiritual battle. I walked away from this battle knowing that distance wasn’t an issue. The battle didn’t require proximity; it required faith and authority!

Sunday night to Monday morning God had literally spoken to me a lot about what I needed to do and I needed to have confidence in myself as well. I knew all about faith and authroity, now I was being schooled on the confidence I needed to move into the calling God had for me.

On Monday, I followed up and called the overseas husband and wife team, Jerry and Barbara, who had requested help with deliverance prayer. They were actually in Switzerland, but very near the French border. Barbara’s hair stylist, Edna, was the young Nigerian woman being attacked by voodoo. Edna’s house had snakes and spirits manifesting in it. She had become ill from the intense demonic attacks that she couldn’t eat and her skin had developed a strange rash. Edna was in stages of severe demonic oppression.

Edna learned from one of her friends that a competitor in town had sought the aid of voodoo priest in Nigeria to drive Edna out of business. The situation became so dire that Edna sent her son to live with relatives in France to get him out of the spiritual war zone.

Lisa and I spoke with Jerry and Barbara and immediately mobilized to equip them with spiritual warfare information. These people knew their authority in Jesus Christ; this made them the perfect people for the job. Lisa worked with Barbara on how to bless homes. We wanted to immediately stabilize Edna’s home environment. We found out that, because the spiritual activity at her home had gotten so bad, she had moved out and was living in an apartment with her friend.

The plan was to spiritually bless wherever Edna was currently living and prepare for a deliverance session over the phone on the upcoming Saturday. I immediately began fasting and going into intercession with Jesus.

Through the week, we worked with Jim and Barbara. We gave them material on breaking generational curses, including witchcraft curses. We knew we needed a translator. Edna spoke some English and I spoke some French. We needed someone who spoke both French and English fluently.

An interesting side note is that, during my times of intercession, I get some cool “download dreams.” In one dream I was given a leather-bound book on Edna’s life. I flipped through it and looked at the pictures. It looked like a personal photo scrapbook of Edna’s with her own comments handwritten in French. In the dream, one photo caught my attention; it was the photo of a woman with blonde hair. Keep this side note in mind; it comes into play later.

Throughout the week, Jerry and I exchanged e-mails of the material I sent him that was being translated into French. We also found an interpreter; it turned out to be the woman who was letting Edna stay at her place.

By Thursday, I believe, Jerry and Barbara had completed the spiritual house blessing and had blessed the apartment where Edna was currently residing. We found out later that the apartment building was very old and the residents saw shadows and apparitions there all the time, especially at night. However, the spiritual activity was suddenly shut down once the house had been blessed!

On Saturday, a small audience gathered in Edna’s apartment in Switzerland to witness the deliverance session. They came because they had witnessed firsthand the cessation of all spiritual activity in their building. Meanwhile, I had invited my good friend, Jimi Merrell, of DreamFusion ministries, to be part of the West Coast posse gathered in California.

When it was time, I dialed Switzerland. Based on my experiences with demons hanging up the phone on me, I had already taken authority in the spirit realm and bound demonic access to the phone lines.

Jerry and Barbara orchestrated the deliverance from Switzerland as Jimi and I listened in on the speakerphone. We interjected where we felt the Holy Spirit needed us to break something off Edna, such as soul ties or anything witchcraft-related that was bringing her harm.

Edna’s roommate read the deliverance prayer to her. If Edna didn’t understand the sentence in English, her roommate repeated it in French. About half an hour into the prayer and deliverance, I heard a woman weeping. I quietly asked Barbara if Edna was crying. Barbara whispered back that it wasn’t Edna. I asked her who was crying. She said it was the interpreter. Edna’s roommate was getting delivered too!

Then I asked Barbara if Edna had blonde hair, because I had seen a blonde woman in my spiritual warfare dream. Barbara said Edna’s hair wasn’t blonde, but her roommate’s hair was!

After the deliverance session Edna was able to eat again. Her rash disappeared in a matter of days. Barbara assisted Edna that week in unpacking her hair shop, which Edna had closed and had now re-opened for business. The woman who placed the curse on Edna was so freaked out that she went back to Nigeria to look for a more powerful witch doctor. Good luck with that! No witch doctor can compete with the Most High God.

I do feel that the woman who placed the curse on Edna is one day going to get down to her knees and call Jesus her personal Lord and savior -if she hasn't already. The entire village witnessed this intense battle against the forces of darkness and Jesus won. He won at the cross! Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. She has seen the fire power of God. With her own eyes this path that started in darkness can only end up in redemption. I know one day I will be sitting and listening to this testimony somewhere from her own words.

M16 was forged on this day. With Jimi, and my wife Lisa, working with me I realized a team was being put together and I didn't know what it would look like. Bob Johnson's question about, "what is my dream", resonated in my mind. I was starting to dream and I had the confidence the Holy Spirit was going to put this team together. M16 is now a team of about 12 people who know their authority and make the impossible bow to the name of Jesus. We have fought battles so demonic and crushed the powers of darkness. And the only reason we're all still breathing is because we stand firm in the supreme authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have had several nasty spiritural warfare campaigns against witchcraft in different areas of the world. Our minsitry has also expanded to include ministers in other countries.


Voodoo

I still receive e-mails now and again from Africa and Nigeria requesting help with voodoo. The people seeking my help are usually Christians. I tell them they have authority to cancel any assignments being sent against them by voodoo practitioners. If they don’t realize the authority in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross—they will never be set free.

Now when M16 receives a request for help I immediately check to see if they know Jesus. If not, we share the Gospel and invite Christ into their deepest, darkest problems. If they know Jesus, then they must stand on His work and their faith. Otherwise, they will live in fear, which means handing their authority over to satan.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Eye Site Healing in the Haight -with Lion's Pride Ministries

Our M16 Ministry team rarely gets to testify on all the cool healings we're a part of. The cool victories of people being declared by their doctors miraculously healed goes under the table for privacy purposes. When you share the Gospel, heal the sick, drive out demons -and we're still working on raising the dead. You tend to see miracles.

Many people seem to think we're all about fighting demons. And I get the warnings of be careful not to engage the enemy, "recklessly". But the truth of the matter is, it's not about the demons. We're not into chasing miracles and seeing the demonic. We're ABOUT sharing the Gospel with the people teetering on the edge, at the frontlines. And when you're on the frontlines you're gonna see warfare -the demons. I am talking about Ephesians 6:12!

We could care less about the demons, our focus is on the repenting heart. That is the true miracle we're after. And that's why our team goes to the streets in the darkest neighborhoods. We're seeking the repentive heart. Our focus is the Great Commision, Matthew 28:16-20

Lion's Pride

Jason and Bekah Amarant are the pastors of Lion's Pride, named after the Lion of Judah, is a powerful street worship and disciplship ministry. Jason and Bekah are also prayer team members for M16 Ministries. An incredible outreach ministry of Lion's Pride is street ministry in the Haight in San Francisco. Lion's Pride and M16 both share our roots back to Night Strike ministry in San Francisco. We're street ministers and this is where we all "live" in ministry so to speak.

On Saturday, October 9, 2010, our ministiry teams, M16, Lion's Pride and Mark Neitz of Why Now Ministires, attended the Bay Area Kingdom Advance conference, at Blazing Fire church in Livermore. The guest speakers were Bill and Carol Dews, and Gary Oates. The Bay Area Kingdom Advance is bi-annual meeting of Bay Area, and even as far away as Baja Mexico, ministries to share in what they feel the Holy Spirit is doing in California.

At the end of the meeting Katie, Bekah, Jason and Mark, received a powerful impartation of healing, from the Dews and Gary Oates, to take to the streets that night.

Around 8 PM Satruday night the team met up in Golden Gate park and proceeded to worship and pray over hippie hill in San Francisco. At 9 PM we set out to minsiter to the people on the streets. We proceeded up through the pan handle and then headed down a street the Holy Spirit drew us to.

Jason, Bekah, Lisa and I recognized one of the homeless women immediately. The woman has a multiple spirit disorder. She manifests the spirits she received through soul ties and identifies herself as them. But mostly she stays on target with her own spirit. God gave me a prophetic word to share with her that she was loved. Lisa, Bekah and I ministered with this woman for a while.

Mark proceeded to speak and minister with another man at this location. It was a homeless camp and there were several people here on this evening.

Katie proceeded to walk over and sit down on the sidewalk and talk with a young man and woman, Trevor and Brenda. Whom she thought were in the age ballpark of 18-20 years old. Katie brought some notebooks with her from a dollar store purchase to handout. God gave Katie the prophetic word that these kids were writers.

Brenda sat kind of criss-cross indian style on the sidewalk. She was drawing on her green converse shows as Katie spoke to Brenda. Katie, sitting across from Brenda, reached out and touched Brenda's shoe.

Brenda let out a shriek, and then, "Don't F*@#ing touch me!".

Loud enough the team herd it and we knew immediately something spiritual was manifesting. We all looked over at Katie and saw she had the situation under control. We encounter the supernatural a bit on the streets. In most churches, people freak out when they see this. Don't fear it -take authority over it as Jesus would.

When Katie exercised her spiritual authority, the unclean spirit went down and Brenda's spirit was back to speak. Brenda then revealed to Katie about some traumatic events in her childhood. Then Brenda literally opened up to Katie. More so, she then started telling Katie about her eye site issues. Brenda confided her eye site was so poor she straight up couldn't see.

Katie asked Brenda if she could see the bricks on the wall across the street. Brenda didn't answer.

Katie got close to Brenda's face, about 18 inches away and asked her if she could see her face.

Brenda said she couldn't. She said she could see blurs and colors but couldn't even recognize her own friends' faces. Then Brenda put on her sunglasses. The lights from the street lamps were starting to give her a headache.

Katie asked Brenda, "Do you want your eye site back?"

Brenda said, "yes."

Katie leaned in, careful not to touch Brenda and agitate the unclean spirit. Katie put her hands over Brenda's eyes and spoke her authority for healing and restoration in the eyes of Brenda.

The team remembers looking over at Brenda again this time as she was freaking out. Her eye site was restored by Jesus!

Trevor, sitting onthe sidewalk, next to Katie and Brenda was equally as amazed!

Now Katie had an open door of favor to speak with Brenda about salvation. During this time of speaking candidly. Brenda showed Katie a cigarette burn on her wrist that was infected. As Katie prayed over the burn, a demon manifested in Brenda's stomach, travelled up her arm and down to wrist where the cigarette burn was.

At this time also, the unclean spirit in Brenda summoned for back up, and a possessed woman entered our area of ministry. Mark, Lisa and I target locked on this one right away and ran interference with the spirits in the possessed woman. This woman was pitching spitiual curses of perversion and physical harm as fast as it could. Lisa, Mark and I spiritually contained this person by using our spiritual authority of those in the possessed woman.

Katie continued ministering to Brenda as we kept the unclean re-enforcements at bay. While Katie was praying for the spirit in Brenda to leave, Brenda's hand manifested into a claw and tried to remove Katie's hand from praying. Katie kept calling down Heaven!

When it came time for Brenda to receive freedom from the torment, she refused. This happens a lot. Katie asked again and this time led Brenda through a salvation prayer. She accepted Jesus as her savior. And, when the battle was over, Brenda let Katie give her a long hug. Katie was able to touch Brenda!

As our team prepared to depart, the possessed woman was still keeping up the attack even though we could care less. The spirit shot these barbs into Katie and I that we could physically feel. It's normal in spiritual warfar to get these. We prayed them off and it was the end of that.

We do see healings in street ministry quite a bit. If you like this testimony. There is another one on Lion's Pride in an older blog post on M16.

It's about Jesus and not the miracles! But when it's about Jesus ...EXPECT A MIRACLE!!!

God Bless

Monday, October 4, 2010

Christians and Ghost Hunting

The biggest night of the year for Haunted Ghost walk tours is Halloween. And more popular than the ghost walks are going on site on Halloween with ghost hunters. Christians are being lured into the fascination of seeking proof of the afterlife by ghost hunting. This fascination, which is actually a dangerous obsession, has people blindly chasing proof of disembodied spirits. Christians who are participating in ghost hunting are seeking signs, just like the people of Jesus' and Paul's time did. Remember what Paul said about this? Remember what Paul said about the Greeks and their rationalization (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)? They couldn't understand the miracle of the cross and its simplistic message. Ghost hunting is a demonic vice to separate the Christian from what we believe. We go to heaven or hell. We don't linger around as Casper the ghost because we fear judgment or have lost our way in the spirit realm  (Hebrews 9:27).

In the book of Luke (16:19-31) , we are told Lazarus was carried off by angels when he died. When my grandmother passed away I was in the senior home she passed away in. I was 15 minutes late, and wasn't there for my grandmother to pass to her glory. I was with her body a few minutes later and praying over her. I could remember feeling a spot over her where the angels had been when they came for her. Likewise, I had seen my wife's grandmother taken away by angel's in a vision. I was driving to the hospital to meet with my wife. She called 15 minutes later and told me her grandmother went on to her glory I told her I already knew. I saw the angels come for her.

God's system is perfect. We don't linger around. When we're done with this life we're done.

If those aren't ghosts we're seeing on TV then what are they? They're demons!

What is a disembodied spirit? Ghost hunters call them human spirits. They're not. They're demons. The book of Matthew(12:43) tells us the demons desire bodies because they are disembodied.

What about speaking and answering questions on the digital voice recorders? It's a demon using the NEW ouji board.

What's with turning the flashlite on and off on Ghost Hunters? If the TV producers aren't faking it. Then it's a demon.

What are we endanger of? The point of paranormal shows is to take you deeper and darker bit by bit into the occult. The Ghost Hunters calls themselves a 'family'. A family show with family guys. This is how the enemy reeled you in. Then came 'Paranormal State' a darker ghost hunter show with real demons. Only, now, we see Jesus can only tackle 'Christian' demons or Satan only. Witches or shaman are needed for other demons. And we see psychics talking to the dead (demons).


See clip below of Behind the scenes with Paranormal State at timeline 2:54 in the video.
Ryan Buell makes the following statement- "Sometimes we use spirituality in their faith. to kind of you know, almost like a priest or a shaman."

Ok. But what if its their faith causing the paranormal activity?. ...and it's not paranormal, it's supernatural. God's natural is supernatural and angels and fallen angels (demons) are encompassed in the supernatural.



Foxnews clip - Behind the Scenes with Paranormal State

With Ghost Adventures, we are taken darker and straight into the occult, right on your own TV. This show has gone darker by including actual satanic rituals in it. I don't even believe we're at the pinnacle of darkness with these shows.

The purpose of these shows is to water down the truth and to get you to buy into an alternative religious practices.

What about the video evidence? What are we seeing? The woman in this video is a psychic. Look how the 'spirit' hones in on her and moves the chair she is in.


This is demonic activity. Pure and simple.

The fact that they are demons doesn't justify ghost hunting either. Demons are fallen angels. Their language is that of lies (John 8:44). We are told not to converse with them. Nor seek them. Chasing demons for the sheer thrill is worshiping angels (Colossians 2:16-19)

These spirits can follow you home too. M16 has testimonies on these with people we have helped.

Do yourself a favor this Halloween and stay away from the paranormal. As Christians we live in the supernatural. God is the supernatural. Stay away from the paranormal period!

Want a really cool supernatural experience? Open the Bible and read the word. Ask the Holy Spirit to come to you.