I was out looking for people Holy Spirit specifically highlighted to me to bless when a man approached me. He was clearly distressed and wanted to use someone’s phone. I offered him mine. Only then did I see the blood on him.
When I offered to pray for him, he started to weep. He told me how he had been attacked with a baseball bat and kicked out of his house. He was filled with tremendous fear, and with my spiritual eyes I could see the demons he was carrying. He told me how he was abused as a child, addicted to drugs, and up for a probable jail sentence for stabbing someone after being convinced that the abuser was following him and wanted to hurt him.
We took him inside Taco Bell and bought him something to eat as he continued to share his story. Halfway through, I looked him in the eye and told him he was a man of integrity and honor. He recoiled and showed physical signs of the demonic affecting him. I continued to declare truth over him and proclaiming how God sees him.
Shortly after this, he remembered he hadn’t lost his phone after all and that it was in the back of his car. We helped him find it, and then I asked him if he wanted to be free of the dark mountain lion (demon) that he said he saw following him around everywhere. He said yes, so I led him through deliverance.
When I started to lead him in the sinner’s prayer, he began by following my words but then just started pouring his heart out to Jesus. He was radically born again. I shared how he could experience a “drug” that was better than any drug he’d ever experienced, one that was free and that had no negative side effects. I asked him if he wanted it, and he said he did. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and began to dance and preach to anyone and everyone who would listen.
He then told me he had been on his way to park his car on the train track when he saw us praying for a homeless man and decided to stop. He said it was the best decision he ever made.
He went from being a suicidal, drug-addicted, demonized unbeliever on his way to jail to being dramatically saved, delivered, and filled with the Holy Spirit in one encounter. The next week, I bumped into him at church (where he is now a regular attendee), and he told me that all anxiety, fear, and addiction to drugs had left and that he was probably no longer going to jail.