Lynn is a Kingwood resident and a fan of this column. She would like to share her story of overcoming evil spirits before they totally destroyed her.

They say that while no Christian can be possessed by a demon, we can be influenced by demons, and any area of our lives that is not controlled by the Holy Spirit is vulnerable to being controlled by Satan and his forces.

A basic tenet in physics is that nature abhors a vacuum. Apparently, the same truth applies to the spiritual realm. Some spiritual force is going to fill or control your life. Any area of your existence – finances, marriage, work and morality – that is not being directed by the Holy Spirit is going to be vulnerable to being controlled by demonic influences.

Lynn’s dad, as a pastor and evangelist, had given his daughter a solid biblical foundation. In early 2016, for her 40th birthday, Lynn decided to give herself a gift, to have her hormones checked. She was tired lately and wanted to be her best for her husband and two young children.

She found a natural hormone-therapy doctor in Humble who diagnosed her as having hypothyroidism. It ran in her family. She was prescribed synthetic hormones, usually a simple, safe and effective treatment once a patient and his/her doctor find the right dose.

After several months, Lynn returned to the doctor to “bump up her meds.” What a terrible mistake – it totally messed her up. She felt her mind snap, like she had been “hit by a train.”

By May 2016, it was only by the strength of God that she was able to do what she needed to do to care for her family. Her heart was racing and she suffered extreme anxiety as well as panic attacks. All she did was pace around the house – and read the Bible.

Lynn started running two-and-a-half hours a day and experienced rapid weight loss. Her family knew something was going on, but they had no idea how difficult it was for her and had NO idea how to help her.

A month later, she went to be with her mom in Alabama. Mom sent her to a doctor and a psychologist. Lynn had hyperthyroidism.

It would be a long, two-year process; her body had to re-adjust and get back to normal.

During those two years, she started recognizing evil spirits. She said, “NO!” to each demon, saying, “Jesus is my Lord. I do what God calls me to do.”

The root was that she had believed evil had been given power, preventing her total surrender to Christ. It was like a thief had come in through her front door.

Lynn used the simple formula found in “Unbound, a Practical Guide to Deliverance” by Neil Lozano.

In the name of Jesus Christ, she renounced the evil spirit, told it to GET OUT!

She asked God for forgiveness that she had ever believed evil’s lies of inadequacy and worthlessness which had led to her depression. She asked Jesus to take authority, to take evil out of her and replace it with Our Father’s love and help.

Today she says it has all been a blessing in disguise. Now she can understand terrible physical and mental anguish in others. She can empathize and let them know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now she can pray for others, speak out the word of God, proclaim; something she could never have done before.

She’s read that resisting demonic influences in our lives means to make sure that every area of our lives is filled or controlled by God.

“The man who was demon-possessed had been made well.” Luke 8:35-36

Terice Richards
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I am a hospital chaplain with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. I have been writing professionally since 1981 as a radio and television news reporter, anchor and producer. I earned an M.Ed. from the University of Houston and a B.A. from UCLA. I am a certified teacher for Pre-K through 12th grade and completed the practicum for pastoral care ministry certificate from St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. I live with my family in Kingwood.

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