I want you to understand that at the time we prayed for Esther she was a professing Christian. Her spirit was born again; the demon spirit was in her body not in her spirit. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of Peace sanctify you all; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT and Soul and Body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Esther is a sprit, she lives in her body and she has a soul (a mind, a will, and emotions).
An evil spirit had apparently got into Esther’s body when she was child, perhaps when she was born, or maybe there were wrong influences around her when she was a child, I don’t know. But if I and the three Chinese men in Taipei had not confronted that devil, and cast it out of Esther; she would still be in the wheel chair today.
Jesus has delegated His Authority on earth to you and me (Mark 16:15-18). “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name – they will cast out demons and they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”
Demon activity in America was relatively low before 1960. Today, with an increase in cultic practices, drugs and alcohol, out of wedlock sex, and internet porn, etcetera demon activity in America has began to increase again. I believe that understanding how to deliver an individual from demonic activity will become increasingly more important to you men of the Joshua Generation.
Mankind lives in a physical world, our bodies and our physical senses are in contact with that physical world. The Bible says that Satan is the god of this world, (this physical world) and his evil spirits are continually looking for ways to get into our bodies and souls. Satan is the author of sickness and disease, and if he can get into your mind or your body he will put that disease in you.
Now there is a caveat to War Story No. 10. Esther’s father, a Colonel in the Taiwanese army was so appreciative of the time we took with his daughter, that he accepted Christ that day. We had some food brought up to our room and we all fellowshipped together for an hour or so. During that time Esther’s father told us that when he was a young man he had attended a Christian church for a time and was planning on becoming a Christian. But one day he observed the pastor of that church at a bus stop. The driver of the bus would not open the bus door and the pastor was pounding on the doors and cursing the driver. When the Colonel, who was a young soldier at the time of the incident, saw the pastor acting like a heathen he said, “If that is what Christianity is then I don’t need it.” But that day in the hotel room after we had spent more than Three hours praying for his daughter he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Esther kept in touch with Barbara and me for several years after we prayed for her, informing us from time to time of the progress of her healing and praising God that we took the time get her delivered. Recently I found one of her letters; I have included a copy below should you care to read it.
Typed copy of Esther’s handwritten letter:
Dear Mr Bignold & Mrs. Barbara
Do you remember me? My name is Esther. You gave me this name when you were in Taiwan last time. At that time, because I had sclerosis of the spine, I couldn’t walk at all and I sat in a wheel chair. In the Full Gospel Business Men’s Meeting, you especially laid hands on me. Later, in the hotel, you especially prayed for me for several hours.
Thank you! Praise the Lord! My body is getting better every day! Before I had to sit in a wheelchair but now I can use crutches to walk. Before I had to take medicine so I could pass liquids, but now I don’t have to take this medicine. Thank the Lord! The doctors all say my improvement is very fast! I believe God will continue healing me until I’m all the way better.
Now I stay home every day to recuperate. I had to stop studying my school courses for one year. These days I’ve been able to draw nearer to God and eat more spiritual food. Every Thursday night I go to Buzz’s home group meeting. My house is a long way from his house and every time Buzz comes to pick me up. Really praise the Lord!
Christmas is almost here; Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America