SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. Many believers are under spiritual attack and here’s the thing. They don’t know it. How can you fight an enemy if you don’t even know you have an enemy, if you think it’s your self? There are many believers that are under attacks of loneliness, under attacks of depression, under attacks of fear. There are so many areas. Once you can identify that these attacks are demonic you can throw them out the window every time. You ready? Ryan, you remind me so much of myself. When you were a young person you were gifted and you didn’t even realize you were gifted. You had no grid. You had no education in things of the Bible and things of the supernatural. And then you had a relative that, how cruel can humans be, he locked you in a closet and what did he do?
RYAN: Well he locked me in and told me ghost stories and scary stories, which really opened up the gateway to the supernatural on the dark side. Of course, in our family we didn’t understand the principles of the Bible, as you said. We didn’t understand the Gospel. And I really believe it’s one of the great dangers, Sid, of a generation that’s void of the supernatural.
SID: But it’s not void of the supernatural because wherever you look on television, in school, they got the supernatural, the devil is on display. They just don’t say it’s the devil.
RYAN: That’s right.
SID: That’s what happened to you. I mean, you got into things like hypnosis and new age, and all the things that everyone is getting into today. And today they have all these games that open the doors and videos, and movies. And you’re doing just fine, you thought, until the best thing that ever could happen to you, happened. You got arrested.
RYAN: That’s right.
SID: What did you do?
RYAN: Well this just led me down a pathway of darkness. When you’re introduced to darkness you’re going to live in that dark realm. So I kept advancing darker and darker into that dark supernatural realm and not the supernatural realm of angels and the Holy Spirit, and Jesus. So now as a teenager I’m looking for some kind of thrilling activity. So I’ve got friends that are going on these excursions to see how much merchandise they can steal out of the store, and I get swept up in this. So I’m doing this, not for merchandise, but for the thrill of this adventure so we think. And I get caught, and I end up spending a weekend in juvenile hall, and in that weekend, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me because in that weekend God sent somebody to preach the Gospel and prayed a prayer, Sid, that is still working in my life all these years later. I basically said, it’s the prayer that everybody prays when they get in trouble, but God really hears and answers it. I said, “God, if you deliver me out of this situation and get me out of this I’m going to serve you the rest of my life.” And I can’t tell you how many times, being in Haiti and sleeping under a mosquito net, traveling around the world, being away from family, God has reminded me of that prayer.
SID: I’m sure.
RYAN: That prayer took my life in a whole new direction.
SID: I mean, you opened yourself up to a lot of demonic spirits.
RYAN: I did. I did. I got saved and I was probably like a lot of people. And this is why I’m passionate about this message about overcoming spiritual attack, because many people get saved Sid, and they’re going to what I call a nice church. That’s what I was doing. We loved Jesus, we sang songs, but we didn’t understand breaking the power of the enemy. We didn’t understand spiritual attacks. We didn’t understand the realm of the spirit. So fortunately, I end up through a supernatural event, the Lord, the voice of the Lord comes to me in a service and says, “I’ve called you.” I was then given a tape series by Norvel Hayes on the spirit of prophecy. Now remember, I am prophetically gifted but not trained. So I end up going to his Bible college. I’m there the first day. His daughter is directing the school and she calls me up with a word of knowledge. You see, one revelation can turn your life in a whole other direction. And that’s why we need churches and ministries, and Christians and people that believe in God’s supernatural realm and operate in the gifts of the Spirit and the power of the anointing, and the Glory of God. Because when you have a bondage, when you’re under that cloud of depression, when you’re that cloud of heaviness, you’re under that financial attack, that marriage attack, that mind attack, you need supernatural insight and you need supernatural power to break it. Now Sid, sometimes, people get so far under an attack that they need the help of somebody else’s faith or anointing to break through and that’s where I was, because I didn’t know how to break through. So I’m there in Bible college, I’m called out through a word of knowledge, the attack is discerned and then it’s broken just like that. Now here’s what happened to me. I leave that class. I go back to the place I’m staying at. The Bible says, “The thief comes immediately to steal.” Immediately he comes to steal the Word. When you get a healing the devil comes to tell you you’re going to get sick again. When you get a breakthrough from a spiritual attack the devil tells you you’re going to fall back into that. Immediately he comes. Right after I get set free I’m sitting alone and the enemy says to me, “They embarrassed you. They shouldn’t have called you out and prayed for you in front of everybody.” And I’m warring with this in my mind, because your mind, without the Word of God, will think crazy thoughts. That’s why you’ve got to have teaching and that’s why you’ve got to understand how to renew your mind. And so my mind starts agreeing with the voice of the enemy and says, “That’s right, they shouldn’t attack.” Thank God for the voice of the Lord because the Lord says to me, “Did you come here to get free or did you come here to serve your pride?” And in that moment I got a revelation to change my whole life. When you want to be free, you’re desperate, Sid. You don’t care what it takes. You don’t care how hard it is. You know, I remember one night preaching at this place and the Lord gave me a word of knowledge about breaking the spirit of [unintelligible] people. And it’s a long story. We don’t have time to get into it. But it was challenging. I didn’t want to do it. In the realms of freedom, there are radical realms of obedience and I told the Lord, I don’t want to give this word of knowledge. I don’t want to pray for people about this. This is embarrassing. And the Lord said, “Then you can do the meeting on your own.” I said, “I don’t want to do that, Jesus.” So I began to give the Word and I’m praying in a prayer line and this man grabs me. Now I learned something from this about how to break the spiritual attack. This man grabs me and I thought he had a demon. I thought he was attacking me because that has happened to me before. He grabs me and he says these words to me. He says, “Preacher, you are not going to leave me until I get free.” Sid, when he said that to me it was like a thousand volts of electricity shot down from my head to my toes. I leaped forward and laid hands on him. The power of God hit him and down he went. He said, “I was molested as a child repeatedly and a dark cloud came into my room one night and entered into my body, and I’ve been bound ever since. No matter what I’ve tried to do I’ve been bound.” But through desperation he got free. And one of the keys to breaking a spiritual attack, you’ve got to get desperate, that you don’t care about your pride, you don’t care what it costs you, you don’t care what it looks like.
SID: Define for me “spiritual attack.”
RYAN: It’s a great question because most people don’t recognize it and recognition is half of the battle. So a spiritual attack, well the devil is stupid, but you to have understand the devil has studied humanity for its entire existence. There are demons of anger. There are demons of depression. There are demons of fear. I had the spirit of fear. That was one of the demons that plagued me. It’s a literal spirit. The Bible says God has not given us a spirit of fear. There are classes of demon powers and God has given us the gift of the discerning of spirits to recognize and discern these. Every believer has that. But a spiritual attack is a coordinated series of events coming from the realm of hell to stall out destiny and to shipwreck your faith. So I want to give the picture, Sid. In Hell, they have planning sessions where they say here’s how we’re going to target this person. They understand the destiny declared over someone, sometimes far greater than we understand it. I had a prophetic destiny. God had called me to the realm of seeing and knowing. And so the enemy, how does he come? He comes with a counterfeit. He comes with familiar spirits, with dark side stuff, with hypnosis, he comes to get me off track. In a spiritual attack, sometimes it begins many, many years ago, even as a child, the devil starts introducing things to you.
SID: With you, it started as a toddler.
SID: I’ll tell you what, when we come back, not only was he set free, but he says once you identify what the enemy is doing, who your enemy is, it’s easy to get free. Now he moves in amazing signs and wonders, but this is off the table. He sees someone that has no eye on one side and the other side, no pupil, totally blind. This person ends up seeing. But I haven’t told you the great miracle yet. It’s way beyond what you think. I’ll be right back.