The Bible is filled with stories of God delivering his people from bondage. From Moses at the Exodus from Egypt, to Daniel in the lion’s den, to Jesus delivering us from sin and death on the cross, God has shown that He is a faithful and powerful Deliverer! The same God who delivered people throughout history is alive and working today, and he still sends His Holy Spirit to deliver his people from the Evil One. In fact, a DCPI church in Guinea Conakry recently experienced this firsthand!
At Grace of God International Ministry Church, a woman named Mariam was delivered from a demonic possession that had kept her from menstruating for three years. This unique oppression meant that, not only would Miriam be childless, but she would be socially ostracized.
When she came to the church for prayers, she recognized that her difficulty menstruating was related to a demon that had been possessing her for three years. The first day she came to the church, pastors prayed for her but she did not experience any change. However, the third day was “Holy Ghost Power Night,” when the leaders of the church worship and praise, asking God to show up powerfully in the church and in the lives of the people. God’s power showed up that night and completely changed her life.
The service concluded, and she headed home. But, when she got home, she started screaming, “fire, fire, fire.” Her family was afraid, thinking that their house was on fire. However, when they asked her where the fire was, she said that her whole body felt like it was on fire. This went on for almost an hour before she fell down on the ground. When she got up, she said that she now knew that there was power in prayer–power in God. Since that day, her menstrual flow started, and she was delivered from the demonic oppression that had kept her in bondage for three years.
Mariam’s story is just one of many stories we hear at DCPI of God delivering people today. God loves freeing His people from strongholds, demons, and bondage, just as he did in the Bible. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). When people gather together to seek the Lord, there is power and freedom!
The same God who delivered Miriam is alive and working in His Church today. And, He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). As God grows His Church around the world, people like Miriam are finding the wonderful reality that “if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed” (John 8:36). People who were lost in darkness, sick with no solution, tormented and hurting–people who God loves, people who needed Jesus–are being set free in Jesus’ name!