A message from I Will Stand International founder, Andrea Williams:
When I first began I Will Stand International, a ministry with the purpose of being a tool that the Lord would use to rescue, restore, equip, and empower women and children all around the world, I told the Lord that I did not just want to put a band-aid on issues or do character development. I wanted to see real change, restoration, transformation, and freedom at a foundational level.
In my early 20’s I struggled with depression, anxiety, fear, and suicidal thoughts coming out of a 10 year period in a domestic violence household as a child with physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse. I “got my act together” in my early twenties so that I could function, and quite honestly, I got tired of just crying in bed all day. I made a choice to function. I chose life. However, I wasn’t healed, and I wasn’t free. Over the course of 15 years, as I cried out to the Lord, sought him, and asked him to heal all my broken pieces, He slowly healed me and delivered me from the internal oppression. Throughout that time, I couldn’t articulate how I was healing, I just said Jesus when people would ask. While that is accurate, I was internally battling oppression and overcoming by surrendering it to Jesus day by day.
A few years into IWSI, we bumped into some witchcraft in Africa and some severely tormented and oppressed Christians here locally which caused me to question and dive in for answers. How could Christians be so tormented? Michael shared with me about deliverance and pointed me to some good (there is a lot of crazy) deliverance ministries.
For four years, I studied and prayed with people. We even went through a demonic attack with one of my children in which the Lord guided me through. Had I not been already seeking and studying, she would be on medication right now, but she is not and instead is walking in complete and total freedom. Praise the Lord who provides before we have need.
During my research and attempts to help people walk into freedom, there was one woman that kept coming back to me desperately seeking freedom, but we were stuck. I started asking questions like how do we know if someone is completely set free? I know that demons are suppose to obey the name of Jesus but how do we get them to do it. I had the knowledge, but needed some mentoring and a strategy. I remembered Don Dickerman Ministries and connected with them.
In 2020, they began training me in deliverance. I had a pretty good knowledge from my self study, but they trained me in efficiency and effectiveness and for that I am forever grateful. Their generosity with decades of knowledge and experience will make an eternal impact through me and IWSI. The Lord answered my prayer from 8 years ago about not wanting to just promote behavior modification, but to deal with hurts, hang-ups, brokenness, and feelings of being stuck at a foundational level. I am so grateful for the opportunities that the Lord has given me to be his tool to help and see people walk in complete freedom…to battle the external enemy from a place of full rest and peace instead of trying to fight through the heavy weights of internal oppression. I have had the opportunity to see people instantly go from heaviness to lightness, from burdened to joyous, and all the negative chatter in their mind removed which helps them to see, hear, and walk more fully with the Lord.
I stay in a constant state of awe at how much the Lord loves us and desires for us to live like Adam and Eve in the garden before the fall: at complete peace internally and in constant communion with Him.
Can a Christian have demonic oppression?
Yes! Christians cannot be possessed because we were bought by the blood of Christ (Galatians 3:13-5). We are the possession of God (1 Corinthians 6:20). However, sin is in the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 8:13). Don Dickerman answers it this way in his book, “When Pigs Move In”:
“Often people ask me how a demon could possibly be in a Christian if the Holy Spirit is there. My response is with a question, “How can sin and evil thinking be where the Holy Spirit is?” Sin is in the flesh, the mind, will, and emotions. Turmoil is the result. Demons cannot enter the spirit of man, just as sin could not enter the holy of holies. But demons can and do gain access to the flesh and soul of believers! This is a battle, and it is not being disclosed by most preachers. Hence, many Christians live defeated because they are not even aware of what the battle is.
Demonic oppression is common among believers…Demons gain access to the body or soul by many different doorways. My experience is that they stay until they are commanded to leave. They enter by deception and become “squatters.” They take and take, until in the name of Jesus Christ, someone puts an end to it.” (p. 134)
Jesus spent time when he was on earth casting out demons and setting people free. He has given us the authority in His name to do the same (Luke 10:19). Jesus loves you more than you can imagine and wants you walking in complete and total freedom so you can do the works that he has prepared for you.
“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21
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