Spiritual Minefield

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(Part 3) Visitations: My testimony about Witchcraft (Santeria)

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My family practiced Santeria in my house between the front door and dining room. They would make a circle with one of my uncles in the middle. It was obvious that something was taking control of him (he was possessed). He was telling those around the circle things they had to do to get out of their bad circumstances or for other reasons. What you need to understand is that when you open up the door inviting demons into one’s house through these practices, they will never leave your home. This was the reason that as a child, seeing them in my house was almost expected.

When I was young I used to sleep next to my mother. One night I remember waking up when it was still night time. I was facing the opposite side of my mother. I was sleeping on my left side and with my right hand, I went to feel if she was still there with me. I didn’t feel her next to me so I started to turn to her side to take a look to make sure if she was there and to my shock, I saw a man sleeping next to me. Mind you, the only people in my house at the time was me, my mother and my uncle. My eyes widened to its full capacity and I looked at this person from head to toe. I was so frightened that instead of getting off the bed to the left of me, I scooted from where I was to the foot of the bed (I took the long way to get off the bed because of my fear). The thing that I saw which I now know, was a demon that looked like this; He was cross-eyed wearing a Cuban shirt called a guayabera traditionally worn as a going out shirt with church pants. He was really still and didn’t move nor look at me at all. I ran downstairs where my mother and uncle were. I told them frantically that there was someone upstairs in the room. My uncle headed upstairs and found no one and laughed at me like I made it up.

Another night, my cousins were in my house and all of us were sleeping in the same bed. I remember the door from the room was open and I could see across the hall to the next room. The room across the hall had the door open as well. All of a sudden I saw a demon coming out of the room across the hall to where I was. It looked like a knight from the medieval times. It was glowing with a bright light and was like see through. When the demon would start to come to where I was, I would put the covers over my face and when I took the covers out of my face to look at its direction, it would start all over again coming out of the room. Why he would do that I have no idea. My guess is that thing just wanted to mess with me. I thought to myself, let me see what happens if I keep looking at it and see what he will do. I did just that and to my terrifying surprise, the demon made his way to the door of my room. I kept looking with dreadful fear and he came to the foot of my bed then he turned to the right and made a left to go straight where I was sleeping. When he did this, fear was too great for me to keep watching I just covered myself quickly and did not dare to look again.

Another paranormal incident occurred when I was taking a shower and from the corner of my eye, I saw as clear as day a hand opening the curtain. I just held my breath for action I quickly slung the curtain open and threw a punch. What else could I have done without having the Holy Spirit at the time? I reacted according to my fear. The hand looked like a werewolf’s hand with long black nails and was very hairy. Believe it or not, I did know that God existed so I prayed to the best that I knew how and asked God to please let me not see this again. Guess what, it happened again but this time it wasn’t a werewolf’s hand but it was normal. This time I just took a shower with the curtain opened because I had had enough of creepy hands trying to open the curtain. I didn’t want water to get all over the place from the curtain being open so I started taking showers throwing water over myself using a cup. I did this for weeks until everything went back to normal. Shortly after this when I was 13, I met a man who shared the gospel with me and I repented and asked Jesus to be my Lord and savior. After I got saved, I stopped seeing demons in my house but I started to dream a lot like never before. They now were attacking me in my dreams. I would like to share one of them that I had back in 2012. In the dream I was in the house I grew up in (the one where my relatives practiced Santeria) and in my backyard was my family having a party or a get together. All of a sudden, one of my cousins said to me, “So and so is asking for you or looking for you.” I saw a black shadow coming towards me and I knew in my dream that it was a demon. The black shadow transformed into a man and he was bald headed with a nicely trimmed beard. He said to me, “What must I do for you to worship me?” I sarcastically said, “Did you die for me on the cross?” He looked down and shook his head with his palm to his forehead. He then said “Everyone wants to be rich. If I make you a millionaire would you then worship me?” I said no and then I awoke from dreaming. I told my wife immediately what I dreamt and she reminded me of this verse in scripture.

Matthew 4:8-11
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” 11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

My hope is that these personal testimonies will help those who might be going through the same thing. I am living proof that God will protect you and rescue you from all troubles and attacks from the enemy. I grew up in an extreme situation delved into paranormal practices where Satan was and is still god to most of my family members. Amid all that darkness, the Lord protected and saved me so likewise, He will do the same for you. May the Lord bless all who read this and find comfort that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua 1:9
Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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