Welcome to “The Global Story,” a weekly glimpse into how God is at work through the global Body of Christ.
Sometimes we lose sight of just how great and powerful our God is. But this story from northeast India reminds us the Lord has victory over spiritual forces around us.
Madhu directs a discipleship-mission training in a spiritually dark area. He went with the disciple-makers he was training to a village where he prayed with people and they shared the Gospel of Jesus. They were told of a family needing help. Omana, the young wife in this family, had been bedridden for five months. Her family had spent lots of money consulting doctors and witchdoctors but with no result.
Madhu’s team visited the home and told the family about Jesus. And in the name of Jesus, they prayed for Omana. After prayer, her behavior turned strange. She was rolling on the floor, shouting and vomiting. And her family tried to restrain her. At one point, she fled from her bed!
The village went looking for Omana and one man found her trying to hang herself from a tree. He managed to get her loose and they carried her home. Soon after, she told everyone she was leaving, then she went outside and acted like she was starting a motorcycle—but there was no motorcycle. Finally, Omana fell to the ground unconscious and the demon left her! Her illness and erratic behavior caused by demonic forces had troubled her since childhood. The demons fought to maintain control, but they were no match for the name of Jesus and God’s power.
After she was freed and healed, Omana along with her husband, daughter, and mother-in-law all accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and were baptized. By that time, the whole village witnessed the power of God and marveled at Jesus who can set spiritual captives free. Many of them have been slow to repent and put their faith in Christ. “It will take time,” Madhu said, “and our ongoing prayer.”
God is greater than any spiritual or physical power we encounter. And Jesus is the only One who offers true freedom.