I was launched into deliverance ministry because of a dream I had one night. This is the dream that propelled me into my destiny and prepared me for the unfolding of what was to take place. It was the first in a series of dreams and visions. Although it was many years ago, it is still so vivid to this day, and keeps me anchored in the fight to see souls delivered from the kingdom of darkness. I believe the dream was a divine setup from the Father to give me a hunger to see souls set free from the darkness, the fear, and the resulting pain. He used it to prepare me for what I’m doing today, and I am forever grateful. When you know that you know you are in the perfect will of God, you can endure many things. While these things are not always easy, He truly does go before us making the path straight and smooth. This was the dream God gave me all those years ago: I was on the most incredible beach with a calm, warm breeze blowing, and I stopped for just a second to shut my eyes. The beauty and peace of my environment was surreal and the sound of children at play reached my ears. As I opened my eyes and looked up, expecting to see children laughing and having fun, instead I saw only one boy, about of 9 or 10 years of age, sitting in a lounge chair. He was fully dressed and his eyes and hair were pitch black.
I was unsettled, but not afraid; as I drew closer to him, I began to feel sick to my stomach. Something was deeply wrong, and as I looked around, I saw many more people coming close. The people gathering were normal, everyday people: teachers, doctors, businesspeople, mothers, and fathers. They came nearer. The more I looked at them—through spiritual eyes and insight, rather than the natural—the more I began to see demons in their faces as they looked at me. They were hardly human anymore; the façade of normality receded, and they looked warped and twisted, even possessed.
As much as I wanted to run away and flee this horrible scene, I knew I had to wait to see what was next. The devil’s voice began to speak to them with seductive and enticing false promises, and the crowd was utterly enthralled and captivated by his speech. As the joyful sounds of playing children morphed into torturous screams of pain and abuse, I knew the next step I took toward the crowd would be a hard one. But the step had to be taken.
All of a sudden, the earth opened up, and I could see what was going on. It appeared as if hell itself had been fully exposed. I saw the people screaming and on fire, swimming in a lake of fire. I saw silhouettes of people; all I could see was their faces as I thought to myself, That could have been me.
I knew I needed to help these people, and that’s why I was hesitant to take that next step. I didn’t know what it would mean if I did, and I wasn’t sure if the earth was going to open up wider and swallow me as well. I had a strange presence come around me; and as I looked to my left and to my right, my two angels were with me, and I knew in that moment that I would be okay! Once I took that step to help those who are trapped and heading to hell, I knew it was my calling and my only choice.
When the dream was over, I jumped quickly out of bed—it felt like my heart was coming out of my chest! I could barely breathe, I was so overwhelmed, I knew I was in a crazy dream of pure darkness. Honestly, I was scared to death, but I didn’t understand the fullness of what the dream meant. I was on my knees for three days, praying and trying to understand what was going on. What did I need to do next?
On The Third Day
By the third day after the dream, I knew what had to be done, and I’m still doing it to this very day. I am to be a voice for those who have no voice, a defender for truth and justice, and to restore the paths of those back to the Father’s true heart. I had a surge of confidence after praying into what this dream meant. It reminded me of the television show Star Trek, like being beamed up and transported somewhere otherworldly. I felt a beam of fire shooting through my bones, my entire being.
For the first time in my life I knew who I was, and I was comfortable with being myself. I began to speak the Word, and I told the devil he cannot have any of the souls I saw in my dream. I didn’t feel the need to argue with him for long—I just kept saying the same thing over and over and over again, “By the blood of Jesus, you must let them go! By the blood of Jesus, by the blood of Jesus, by the blood of Jesus!” It was as if the more I said it, the more people kept walking across the chasm from hell to Jesus.
On the surface, everything can look perfect in people’s lives. They appear to have it all together and have a measure of pleasure. We can never underestimate what is below the surface of appearance or what goes on behind closed doors. People mask their pain in many ways. As you look into the eyes of a person, you can get clearer insight to what is going on below the surface, and can speak life and love into the person. Before I learned what true freedom was, I myself was there many times before—held hostage by my own pain and fear when I believed lies about myself and my circumstances. In retrospect, when it is over, these people will literally be in hell forever if we do not speak the love of God to them. It would be a scary thing to stand before the Father and give an account as to why we did not tell them about Him and His love.
So my plea to you is, “Go, and do not look back!” Run into the fire and bring them out! When I did just that, I believe at that moment my life was changed forever. I thought about Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water (Matthew 14:27-31). As he took a step of faith, he did not know what he was going to do, whether he was going walk securely, or sink and drown. To see through our natural eyes, our own understanding and perception, this is what it would look like, but in the spiritual realm, that’s not what happened. God took an impossible situation and made a possible one.
This story about Peter gave me the encouragement I needed to take that step, knowing my life would never be the same. Since that day, it never has. There will be times when you may second-guess yourself, not sure if you should get out of that boat and walk on the water, but be assured that whatever God is calling you to do, He will equip you to do it! I think sometimes we believe that all of the details, wisdom, and power we need will come to us all at once, or that everything will go according to our own plans. While that is the case sometimes, other times we must simply trust the Lord’s prompting and go. He will provide what we need along the journey, and often uses the steps we take along the path to help us learn, grow, and move into our destiny.