Once some one came to our house requesting for prayer from Rob Roy Estate. His wife had an attack of evil spirits and when she would get possessed she would fall down cramped and be in that position for hours. They had two little kids. Literally they were suffering. She had this attack for several years and they spent a lot of money going to various people for cure. But nothing worked. At last in desperation he came to us, though they were Hindus, thinking that they would get some help from us .
During those days I was not very fluent in Tamil which was the local language there. Any how I went there to pray. Spirits became very angry with the family and their trouble increased all the more because they came to me. Whenever I was with them they would not have any problem. But as soon I came out, spirits would create havoc in their life. This continued for about a week. Then I went to a brother who had some experiences with casting out evil spirits. He told me a great secret. When the person shows symptoms of possession, if we would catch the person by our hand, spirits cannot leave until we release our hands! Till then I had not touched that lady. But now with this secret known to me, I was waiting for an opportunity to take hold of the person while in actual possession. On the following day, we spent the whole day in that house fasting and praying. There was no sign of possession at all for the whole of that day.
Evening again I went back to the house to agitate the spirits. I had several brethren with me. We went to the house and started singing. In the evening as we were singing the lady began to show signs of possession. She began to shiver and shake and her facial expressions changed. Bro. Elango of Lalgudi was present with me and I asked him to handle the lady. He took hold of the lady by her hand and got into conversation with the spirits. Following conversation emerged at this first encounter.
Lady under possession: “I am not happy here. Let me go to the other meeting below. I do not like the music here. There it is good. Let me go there. Please let me go there.” (The same evening a group from Salvation Army music band was conducting a public meeting half a km away. The spirits might have been referring to that)
Elango: “ No. Never. We will never let you go there.”
Lady : “You do not have grace to chase me. You cannot do anything to me.”
Elango: “We have received grace upon grace through Jesus Christ. We will chase you.”
In similar terms the conversation went on for some time. Later the spirits agreed to leave the lady and go. So Bro. Elango after some time rebuked the devil in the name of Christ and the spirits promised that they would leave the lady never to come back again. The lady became normal. We conducted the evening cottage meeting there in the house. Prayed and committed the family and the house into the hand of the Lord before we left. It was 11 pm by the time we finished that evening. We all went home thinking that the problem was over.
But at 2 in the morning came the husband to our house and woke us up saying that his wife was under very heavy possession and she was dancing on her feet with her hair let loose and threatening people with death. By the time I went to their house nearly fifty neighbors had gathered around that house at that part of the night! All were just frightened to see the lady doing very unusual things.
I did not have any of my friends with me this time as I did not want to disturb them at that part of the night. As I entered the room the lady was still dancing. I caught hold of her hair which was flying in the air. As soon I touched her, the devils became quiet but began to shiver like leaves in heavy wind. I saw with my own eyes how devils literally tremble at the name of Christ (Js.2:19). The Lord gave me great courage to handle the situation. I made her sit on the floor and for the next two hours I conversed with the devils.
I said: “Who are you?”
Lady under possession: “We are five of us. Our names are so and so.”
I said: “Why do you trouble this lady?”
Lady replied: “We did not come on our own. We were sent by some one else.”
I said: “Did you not know who I was, but still why didn’t you leave this lady till now?”
Lady replied: “Sir, we know who you are. We know we cannot escape from your hands. But we have no freedom. We are tied down here.”
Some one standing around: “Who tied you here?”
Lady replied: “Some one standing here has done it. But we will not tell you who it is. I know you will fight between each other if you know who it is.” (I thought devils sometimes have more common sense than the so called believers!)
I said: “Don’t tell us who it is. But leave immediately”.
Lady replied: “Sir, please release the knot. Only then we can go.”
By now the devils began to shiver all the more. I had held on to her hair so tightly that the devils felt there was fire on their head.
Lady began to shout: “Ayoo, Fire on my head. Fire on my head! Please let us go.”
I said: “Nothing doing. Unless you leave this lady permanently, I won’t let you go”
Then the lady under possession asked us to bring a shovel and dig in such and such a place in the room and then we would find the knot there.
Some one standing around: “Are you trying to cheat the poor preacher?”
Lady under possession: “Don’t call him a poor preacher. He is a servant of the Most High God. I can never cheat him” ( What a tragedy. Some times people close to us, even some who break bread with us do not recognize this. But devils do! All the more our Father in Heaven who considers us as co-workers with His beloved Son!! Servant of God, take heart and live a life acceptable to Him.)
I said: “Nothing doing. You must somehow go. We can’t follow your instructions.”
Lady under possession: “Sir, we cannot suffer your hand upon us. Please let us go.”
After about one hour under my hand the spirits became so desperate and the lady was continuing to say, “We can’t suffer this fire any more. Please let us go.”
I said: “OK, You know where the knot is. Under my hand you can go and release the knot and go from this lady permanently. Until you do that I won’t release my hand.”
So the possessed lady went into the corner of the room and went under a cot. All the while her hair was in my left hand tightly held. With her bear hand she dug a shovel full of mortar from the floor and then screamed. “It’s gone. It’s gone.” (The suddenly we heard the noise of the door slash open!)
The house was in the estate line and the flooring was not done with cement but with lime mortar. But it is not possible for any of us to dig down into it with our bear hands. The possessed lady did it with her bear hand with ease.
By now the lady was profusely sweating. It was cold sweat.
Crowd was watching all this all the while. Now the lady came out from under the cot and there was a lot of relief on her face as the devils knew the knot was released. As soon as she came out, I made her to sit down once again.
I said: “Are you all ready to go out of this lady permanently “
Lady: “Yes, sir. Yes, sir.”
I said: “Will you ever come back again?”
Lady: “No, sir. No, never.”
I said: “OK. Now, one by one come and promise me that you will never come back to this lady again. You must do two things. First, you must take hold of the Bible in your hand and then you must give me promise in the name of the Father, the Son . and the Holy Spirit that you are leaving and will never come back again.”
Lady: “Sir, that is fire in your hands. We cannot take it.”
I said; “Unless you take the Bible in your hands and promise me, I won’t let you go whatever you say.”
I said: “Now, come on. Who is coming first?”
Lady: “Sir, I am ready.”
I said: “Who are you?”
Lady: “My name is so and so. ” (and the lady gave me a male name. Four spirits gave male names and one a female name).
I said: “Take hold of the Bible and say after me what I say as your promise.”
Lady: (with hesitation) took hold of the Bible.
I said: “Now say after me. OK. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I, so and so promise to leave this lady permanently never to come back again.”
Lady repeated after me.
I said; “Get out, you devil in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Never come back again.” And the first devil left the lady.
I repeated the process for all the five devils individually and made absolutely sure that all five devils left the lady. I did this because in the evening the devils had promised to leave the lady; yet they came back in the night with greater force. When the last one was gone, there was a blush and a smile on the face of the lady. Every one knew that she had become normal. She got up and washed her face immediately to live a normal life. Under possession the whole personality changes including the face cut. She was now healed completely and the family later became believers and the devils left her permanently.
Then at 4.30 in the morning I shared a brief word of the Gospel to the people who were standing around and some one by then had prepared a cup of tea for us. I prayed and left the house to go home.
This particular case took so much time and struggle because some witchcraft was involved in it. Later the man in the house told me that they had hidden some magic spelled items in various part of the house as a magician tried to remedy the situation. So after the lady became normal, they dug three places in the house where magicians had hidden magic spelled boiled eggs. To my surprise, boiled eggs without shell remained exactly the same after being buried there for months!
This incident made me a famous exorcist and several people came from different places with their problems and were healed almost instantaneously by a simple prayer. But I found that there was very poor response to the gospel even from those who were healed. There was one occasion when I failed in my attempt and I had to call on another brother to help me in prayer before the devil left. Later I knew that the one whom I had taken along with me first was keeping some grudges against me and our prayer was not effective then.
Once when a possessed person came to our house for prayer, I gave her the Bible which she refused to accept. But when a news paper was given the possessed held it close to the chest saying, “This I can keep. Please, don’t give me the other”(meaning the Bible). Yes, the devils are afraid of the name of Christ and they shudder even to touch the Bible!!