posted on Aug, 14 2008 @ 05:35 PM
i've been a lurker on ats for quite some time and only recently began posting on here so be kind to me
anyways i wanted to share with everyone
here an event that happened to me when i was around the age of 21 which would be 7 years ago. I'll give you a little bit of history on myself first
before i begin. I am a third generation minister, my grandfather was a pastor, my dad was in helps ministry and i'm in helps/missions as well.
My story begins like this, i was in my parents house reading a book, the book was called demons and demon possession by Lester Sumrall who in our
circles was considered one of the foremost authorities on the subject of demons. I was about halfway through the book on a topic where he explains
different methods demons manifest themselves, he went on to explain they will knock on doors and walls, make animal noises so on and so forth. Now,
when i was reading this i was sitting in a recliner next to the fireplace, my mother was sitting in front of the fireplace organizing some books on a
shelf. The exact same paragraph i was reading where they make noises in walls and can make sounds like animals i heard a distinct and clear growl come
out of my fireplace. Well my first instinct was naaah its just the wind, Then i heard the growl again. I believe we heard the growl three times. My
mother looked at me with a frightened look and said "What was that?" i replied "I don't know." A few seconds later my Dad got home, walked in the
door and we never heard it again.
Well, that experience led me down a road of fear for the next couple weeks. I couldn't go to sleep at night, i would lay in bed and think about
what happened in the fireplace and when that happened my mind would just run wild with imaginations, thinking about what could happen, how i would
react so on and so forth. I know its kinda sad having a 21 year old afraid of the dark but it happened and it was a very good learning experience in
my life. I spoke with my dad what happened and he explained to me that the manifestation happened while he was gone, while the spiritual leader (head)
of the household was not present and when my dad showed up it left recognizing his authority, I was raised to believe we have power over demons and
its our right to exercise that authority and God responds to it with action in the spirit. Anyways, i went two weeks going to bed at night in complete
terror, i would lay in bed half asleep and half awake and hear things in my room and feeling things touching me, whether it was real or not i do not
know, i believe if you live in a state of fear you make yourself vulnerable.
Anyways, after two weeks of this i began to get sick of being afraid and decided i was going to overcome it. I got up at 2am and got the book out
"The Believers Authority" by Kenneth E. Hagin and explained how Christ defeated principalities and powers and put all things under his feet and that
christians are seated at the right hand of the father with christ, and certain scriptures in the bible stating how if you resist the devil he will
flee. I stayed up all that night and read that entire book 2 1/2 times, it was a small book about 100 pages or less. After that I have never been in a
state of fear like that since, i sleep good at night and never give it a second thought. I have had manifestations since and have completely overcomed
and put under any such manefestation by the authority that was given to me and the rights i have as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven not subject to
the authority and power of satan. Anways, this is my account and experience with one particular paranormal event in my life, i have many others i
might share with everyone as time goes on. I know not everyone here believes things the way i do and i respect that. I'm certainly not here to breath
fire and brimstone and proclaim everyone is going to hell. I am here to be a participant in the discussions that goes on here and be respectful.