Reader Asks: Is it Okay to Practice Santeria and Serve God? Is This Why Demons are Haunting Me?

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A Cuban reader who wished only to be identified as “Confused” wrote in to share his experience with Santeria and a lifetime of trouble with evil spirits.  Here is his letter and my response follows:

“First of us, I will be 100% honest, otherwise there is no point in posting this message here. I am a 38 y.o. Cuban living in the USA. My first language is Spanish so I apology in advance for any butchering of the English language.


As many Cubans I grew up religiously believing in syncretism (catholic religion mixed with Santeria[African religions]). Santeria is spread throughout the country and as such I have practiced it in many forms: being in “consultations” with spiritist and santeros, done a lot of so called “remedies” (using different herbs, perfumes, powders, objects, etc). I admit that I still keep some of these remedies at home.

Since I can remember I have felt a lot of contradiction (religion-wise). As I have been doing these practices I have always felt guilty as if I have been doing something wrong in the eyes of God. Nobody taught me to believe in God, I just felt it. When I was a teenager, and due to all of this, I felt compelled to go to several churches (catholic, Methodist, etc) but found so much hypocrisy and shallowness that completely drove me away.

I don’t believe in the concept of church AT ALL. I also believe in the bible but in my own way; I see it more as a history book. I believe that God can only be found within ourselves.

When I was a kid I started having strange ideas and dreams with shadows, evil spirits and so forth. Sometimes they went away of their own but other times my mother took me to see either spiritists or santeros, who were able to fix the problem at a time. 15 years ago, while studying abroad, I had a recurrent strange dream that lasted for 2 or 3 weeks. In that dream the devil (or a demon, I don’t know) was doing really bad things to me and every night I tried to battle him (even physically fighting) with no success.

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  A Cuban reader who wished only to be identified as “Confused” wrote in to share his experience with Santeria and a lifetime of trouble with evil spirits.  Here is his letter and my response follows: “First of us, I will be 100% honest, otherwise there is no point in posting this message here. I […]

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Signs That a Demon or Evil Spirit is Leaving Your Body

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All of the following may be signs of a demon leaving your body.  Of course, since most of the below symptoms are normal bodily functions anyway, you’ll know there is something different and significant if they happen when you are either having demons cast out, praying, being prayed for, around people who are praying, or at church.

Signs That a Demon or Evil Spirit is Leaving Your Body

  • Coughing
  • Uncontrollable laughing
  • Screaming
  • Convulsing
  • Shaking
  • Shouting or swearing
  • Yelling
  • Burping
  • Sneezes
  • A strong wind coming out of your body
  • Pressure through any part of your body
  • Intense pain in one part of your body
  • Blood vessels bursting under the skin in one part of your body
  • Uncontrollable movements or jerking of your body or a specific body part

When the demon or demons are gone from your body, God will give you a knowing and a certainty of what has just happened.  You’ll have no doubt that God has just delivered you from Satan’s evil helpers.  Immediately praise God and Jesus and thank them for their mighty hands and strength!

Be aware that all demons will try to gain re-entry after they have been cast out of you, and as the Word tells us, they will bring friends.  It is interesting to note that they will usually try to get back into your body the same way they came out.  If one came out through your eyes, it will usually try to get back in through your eyes. 

To fight off their attacks, pray constantly and keep yourself filled with prayer and  read God’s Word to safeguard your body and your mind against evil spirits.

All of the following may be signs of a demon leaving your body.  Of course, since most of the below symptoms are normal bodily functions anyway, you’ll know there is something different and significant if they happen when you are either having demons cast out, praying, being prayed for, around people who are praying, or […]

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What Does it Mean to Cast Demons out of People in Dreams?

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What does it mean to cast demons out of people in dreams?  This is a very common question, so if you were looking for information on what is the casting out demons dream meaning, you’ve come to the right place.

You might have also wondered: What is the meaning of expelling demons in a dream?  Why am I casting evil spirits out of people in dreams?

Since these are very common questions, you now know that many people are having the same types of dreams you are about expelling evil spirits.  You’re not alone or weird, and nothing is wrong with you!

It Means You Have Been Chosen by God for a Special Job – Expelling Demons

If you have had dreams in which you were casting out demons or spirits, it’s important to know that you’ve been chosen by God for a very special job.  Casting out demons is something that every Christian is charged to do:

17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

-Mark 16:17-18, NIV

While every follower of Jesus is given this job and this power over Satan and his demons, much of the Christian church today has stopped teaching about it.  Many people do not know what deliverance is, how to cast out demons, or even that it is our responsibility to expel demons in Jesus’ name!

Because you likely won’t hear about this in your Sunday sermon at church, God is calling people all over the world to this responsibility through prophetic dreams.  Yes, the dreams you’ve been having about casting out demons are prophetic: God is showing you what you are capable of doing with His power and what you will soon be doing for His glory.

So the first meaning of dreams about casting out demons is to alert you to your Godly calling.  But that’s not all.

It Means You Have Started Your Training – The First Ones Will Seem Like Dreams

Battling demons in your sleep may seem like a dream because you are asleep and things are happening.  However, it is most likely that your first demonic encounters will be while you are sleeping.  These dreams that you are having are real, the fights are real, and the power God gives you during them is real.

You are learning to cast out demons in a dream situation where the Holy Spirit controls how difficult the encounter is and how long it lasts.  Casting out demons is physically and emotionally taxing and can leave you exhausted, even after a full night of sleep.

In my experience, the dream training for casting out demons in dreams starts out with relatively easy demons that leave quickly, then progresses as you get stronger to tougher demon fights that take longer.

The situation in your early dreams will likely seem like a dream: it will take place somewhere else and have other people around you in the scenario.

God will not give you harder dreams for casting out demons that what you can handle.  He usually will give you a few nights in between dreams so you can rest and recover to get back your strength for the next fight.

If you are especially tired, make sure you pray before you go to sleep and ask God to please let you skip tonight in order to get more rest.  He listens – I know because I have done this in my own experience!

It Means You’ll Move Onto the Next Step – Casting Out Demons While You Sleep but are Not Dreaming

The next part of this progression, in my experience, is that your dreams of expelling demons will change.  When you are ready, you’ll be casting out demons while you are asleep but NOT DREAMING.  What does this mean?

It means you will probably be sleeping, lying in your bed, with your husband or wife lying next to you, having words with a demon for possibly hours in your OWN BEDROOM.  This is not a dream- it is real, even though you are asleep.

Demons can do a role reversal, which can be really scary or upsetting the first time it happens to you.  In a role reversal, you will see yourself and your spouse lying in your bed and you may even see yourself talking.  You are seeing yourself through the demon’s eyes, and it may even be making its own words come out of your mouth.  It has gone into you, and you into it.

The reversal will usually end as soon as you realize what is happening.  Usually, it will startle you so much that it will end and you will sit up in bed.

If you realize the demon has reversed roles with you and it doesn’t stop, take action right away.  If this happens to you, it’s important to realize it and begin to speak about Jesus firmly.  Be stern with the demon and bind it immediately (say, “I bind you in heaven as on the Earth in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”), then command it to leave you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It Means You’ll Start Seeing Demons While You are Awake – Be Ready to Fight Them

This dream training for casting out demons is not for nothing.  God will grant you discernment if you pray for His help, allowing you to see demons in your everyday life and know when people are not acting under their own control.

You should be thankful and pray to the Lord, thanking Him for this gift right now!  You are being trained to go forth and do Jesus’s work of expelling evil spirits and preaching about the coming salvation!

If you have had dreams in which you were casting out demons or spirits, it’s important to know that you’ve been chosen by God for a very special job. Casting out demons is something that every Christian is charged to do:

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Derek Prince Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit Part 1 & 2 (Video)

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The late Derek Prince is a comprehensive speaker and has great information on the 2 types of infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Watch below part 1 of this series.

Derek Prince Receive the Holy Spirit Part 1

 

Derek Prince Receive the Holy Spirit Part 2

Stay tuned next Sunday for part 3 in this exciting 6 part sermon series!

The late Derek Prince is a comprehensive speaker and has great information on the 2 types of infilling of the Holy Spirit. Watch below part 1 of this series.

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