The paranormal was always something left for Hollywood, displayed through horror movies when I grew up. Maybe I was naive, but I believed the spiritual realm was simply a fantasy, too bizarre to be true. However, the older I become, I am beginning to open my mind to the reality of a dark, invisible and sinister power working behind the scene to strip individuals of freedom.
A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech, Mark 9:17.
Jesus’ disciples experienced a similar event which challenged their belief system. After initial success in healing people in need, an evil spirit halted their ability to heal a boy. Dumbfounded, the disciples appear to have reached out to the Pharisees to get their thoughts. Finally, Jesus arrives onto the scene to straighten out their misconception, explaining that certain demons require prayer to be cast out. This was the missing link for this boy to regain his speech, robbed from an early age.
“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us,” Mark 9:22.
Today, more than 70 million people worldwide suffer with stammering or stuttering. Every day more than three million Americans wake up not knowing if or when they will stutter. As someone who struggled to express myself until I was healed in college, I understand what I feels like to be robbed of your speech. Though I’m not a doctor, I believe conditions vary, based on medical issues, a lack of confidence and spirits of doubt. I’m not sure why God choose to heal me, yet I pray for those who are currently fighting against spirits trying to rob souls of their speech.
by Jay Mankus