Dana Emanuel, a former Paranormal Investigator of 15 years, wrote this excellent article! My dear friend Dana from Florida, USA, kindly gave me permission to share it here! I really encourage you to read this and share it with friends! Laura Maxwell.
Finding Jesus While On The Wrong Path: Testimony of Ex-Paranormal Investigator, Dana Emanuel of
It is no secret that society is making a case that that the supernatural exists, and that there is a fine line between normal, and the paranormal. There is something intriguing about gathering real evidence that the spirit world truly exists. For some that have had personal experiences of the unknown, it only sparked the beginning of a life long journey on an adventurous path of seeking the truth.
Naturally, we all have an understanding that one day we will die. As we watch people we know and love, die through the years, it becomes more and more apparent that one day we too will face our own death. We all long for some kind of comforting assurance that as we take our last earthly breath here on earth, that we will wake up to our eternal existence beyond the grave. But, we all can’t help but wonder, is their really life after death? This remains to be the most common question of all time, by all of humanity.
There are two paths that can be taken to learn the truth regarding life after death, and the spiritual world. We can learn it by seeking God’s word on this subject, or we can venture out on our own to learn, through science and personal experiences. If we take the path which depends on our own logic and understanding, it can lead not only to the truth that the paranormal “really exist”, but that we can suddenly find ourselves in a spiritual war zone, resulting in devastating results.
As far back as I can remember, Ive always been interested in the paranormal (things such as ghost stories, scary movies, ufos, etc.) As for my religious beliefs, I have always believed in God, and the fact that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, and that He died on the cross for us and rose again the third day. I’ve went to church all my life, with the exceptions of only a few brief periods. I was always a Jesus “believer” but as you will see, my involvement in the occult shows I was not actually a Jesus “follower”. I never really read or studied the Bible. I wasn’t dedicated in attending church on a regular basis either. If it weren’t for my dear father calling me every Sunday morning, asking, “Hey, you going to church today”?, I probably wouldn’t have went to church as often as I did. My lifestyle did not truly reflect one of a “born again” Christian.
When I was approx. 29 years old, me and my family moved in with my grandmother. She was a widow, as my grandfather had passed away approx. 15 years prior. She was in the advanced stages of Alzheimers. I went to nursing school and I had worked previously in the medical field, so I volunteered to move in and be her full time caregiver. Soon after my family and I moved in, I personally witnessed such the sounds of footsteps up and down the hallway (outside my grandmothers bedroom) and her music box would start playing on its own.
This paranormal activity in her home fueled my interest in the paranormal even more. After we had several incidents of paranormal activity, I had an experience that would truly convince me that the paranormal/supernatural was indeed real, and that there really is a spirit world.
Like many nights before, I was awoken by noises in the house. Except this time, it was coming from the kitchen area. (in my grandmothers home) My husband and I slept in the old family room, which connected to the kitchen by 2 large sliding glass doors. We left those sliding glass doors open at night, so we could keep cool with the air conditioner. After I was woke up by the noises, I kept my eyes closed, and I continued to hear the noises. I laid there and wanted so badly to open my eyes to look across the room and into the kitchen to see what was making the noises.
But I was afraid. Whenever this would happen, I would get a very eerie feeling. It was a feeling that is hard to explain. Although I couldn’t “see anything”, I could literally “feel” a dark presence there around me. And if you looked around, It was when the dark was darker than the dark.
So, as the noises continued, I finally got up the courage to open my eyes to see what it was. As I was opening my eyes I could hear a noise, and as my eyes came into focus, I could literally see (and hear) one of the kitchen chairs move away from the table as it slid across the floor! I was terrified, and in panic, I got out of bed and ran out the side door and went outside. My husband heard me yell as I jumped up and ran out the door, and he followed me to find out what happened. Even though I was always attracted to the paranormal, this incident still frightened me.
My husband then calmed me down as he was reassuring me that this “spirit” that was haunting my grandmothers house was most likely my grandfather, which had passed alway several years before this. We finally just came to the conclusion that it must be him, and that he was just simply watching over my dear grandma. Because after all, the spirit didn’t try to attack any of us, or harm us, so this just reinforced our belief that it was probably my grandfather.
After this incident, I found myself beginning to really question the afterlife more than ever before. Because after all, if this was indeed my grandfather, why was he not in heaven? Why would he still be here, on earth lingering around my grandmothers house, and not in heaven?
It was already rumored within the family that my grandmothers house was haunted by my deceased grandfather, as a few of them had lived with her and had experiences of their own while living there. They all believed he was simply “looking after my grandmother”.
After the incident, I started researching the subject. I went to bookstores, and the local public library, reading everything I could find related to the paranormal, ghost hunting, and earthbound spirits.
Interestingly, I sought the truth in every book I could find, but neglected to seek the truth in God’s Word
As my curiosity grew, I started going to the local graveyards to “hunt ghosts”, using cameras and voice recorders. I remember the very first night we went to a local graveyard, we actually got a very compelling photo of what “appeared” to be a full bodied apparition of an earthbound spirit. (It was actually a demonic spirit, masquerading as an earthbound spirit)
I was also using a small audio recorder, attempting to capture “EVPS” (Electronic voice phenomenon) I started asking questions. One of the questions I asked was, “ what is your name”? After we finished the investigation that night, we went home, and I started analyzing the recordings to see if we captured any EVPS. Soon after I started playing the recording, I heard a very clear response when I asked that question, “what is your name”? And very clearly, I heard a male voice, say, “Frank”! We were all stunned, and so “fascinated” by this.
I remembered the exact spot where I had started asking questions with my recorder, so the very next day, I went back to the graveyard, and went to that exact spot, and looked at the grave. To my amazement, the first name on the grave stone was indeed “Frank”! I “thought” that the evidence I collected indeed “proved” that this voice was indeed the earthbound spirit of the man buried in that grave.
The more “evidence” I collected from other investigations, the more I become obsessed with the paranormal. And I admit, I loved the “thrill of the hunt”. I watched all the paranormal realities shows, and movies related to the paranormal.
Once I got my first computer it opened up a whole new world to me. I was then able to interact with many other people in the paranormal field that had the same interest and “passion” as me. I joined several paranormal community websites. I started reaching out to others in the paranormal field, and later joined a team of investigators. During these years I gathered a large collection of research equipment and tools.
After a few years, I decided to start my own paranormal research team. We would investigate people’s homes that claimed to have paranormal activity, hoping to provide answers for the families, concerning what “kind” of spirits were in their homes, or if there were any at all.
Hauntings were categorized by “earthbound human spirits”, poltergeist hauntings, residual haunts, or demonic haunts, as we mistakenly thought hauntings could be classified into such categories.
Other than private cases, we would go to public places that were rumored to be “haunted”. (Such as old jails, motels, clubs, graveyards, business locations, etc.)
Dana during a paranormal investigation at Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Motel .
Although I was a “Christian” during this time, I lived my life without any regard for what the Bible said about the afterlife, and most importantly, Gods stern warnings against practicing divination, necromancy, or consulting familiar spirits, etc. (See Deuteronomy 18) I truly didn’t see any harm in what I was doing. (At least not yet…)
During this time, I had a few people approach me, and tell me that according to the Bible, ghosts do not remain “earthbound” or trapped here on earth when we die, and that the spirits I was communicating with were in fact demonic spirits, masquerading as such.
One day I was at work, and while I was on lunch break sitting with my brother Billy, I started showing him pictures of apparitions I had captured during an investigation, and he looked at me and said, ” you do know that these things are not really ghosts, they are demons, right??” He told me that according to the Bible, ghosts do not remain earthbound when we die, and that we go to either heaven or hell immediately. And he told me that demons masquerade as earthbound spirits.
In the paranormal field, I did hear about something called “mimicking”, but I had learned that demons do sometimes do this, but I had also learned that earthbound ghosts were really here too. So I listened to what he told me, but sort of “dismissed it” at the time, as I knew that my brother was never into the paranormal like I was, and that perhaps my “experiences” superseded his “knowledge of the scriptures”.
I also had my other brother, Donnie warm me by telling me scriptures out of the bible, where it forbids the practice of necromancy, divination, and consulting mediums and familiar spirits. But at that time, I had been on my paranormal explorations so long that since I did not see any harm (at the time) in what I was doing, I did not heed his warnings, as I truly enjoyed the paranormal field, and I truthfully, I did not want the truth. Not only did I enjoy paranormal research, but I loved the paranormal community. (I still do) They were like my second family.
Kraig, Krystal, Dana, and Joe, with Ghost Search Investigations. In Virginia, the morning after conducting a private residential investigation.
Dead Time Paranormal, F.A.N.G., Pride Paranormal, and Florida Ghost Chasers, at a paranormal group meetup.
I rejected the truth, and I would try to justify what I was doing by convincing myself that I was doing my research to “help others”. The truth was, I was also doing it because I was obsessed with the paranormal and did not want to give it up. In reality, it does not help people when you go into their homes and open them and their homes up (like a spiritual portal to the demonic) when you engage with these spirits and provoke them into materializing and manifestation. (for “evidence” collection purposes)
A few of my family members were praying for me to see the dangers involved in the paranormal, and to see these spirits for what they really were, and for me to stop my paranormal exploration.
During my research, I learned that there was something indeed called “mimicking”. This was something that most, if not all, paranormal research teams know about, and many agree that it takes place “at times”. But they also believe that some hauntings are by earthbound spirits of our departed loved ones. After several investigations, I began to suspect that possibly ALL of these hauntings were in fact demons, masquerading as the departed spirits of our departed loved ones. In the cases we had, it always seems to be at least one “negative” spirit involved.
Even when there was a spirit of what appeared to be a child, there would always be another spirit there that was negative. It was what I call “good spirit-bad spirit” scenarios. For instance, there were cases where a “good spirit” was being held against their will by a “bad spirit”, and was not able to move on into the light, or “cross over”. And there were cases where a good spirit was hanging around to protect those in the home from a “bad spirit”. I had personally witnessed a spirit of what claimed to be a sweet innocent “little girl”, throw a man into a wall with great force.
It was cases like this that revealed to me the true nature and identity of what these “ghostly entities” truly were. I have also found that no matter what the entity claims to be, that if you tell it to leave in the name of Jesus, it always flees! I also noticed that when I started questioning this, things would happen.
instead of the usual paranormal occurrences that we were used to experiencing, There were a few things that happened… things that other people would not necessarily see as a “sign” from God, but It became clear to me that God was trying to show me that the true identity behind these spirits were indeed demonic spirits. And it seemed to become more and more obvious that this was the case. And as I began to talk to others about it, things would also happen. I didn’t know it at the time, but these demonic spirits would try to “interfere” everytime I would try to talk to others about it.
I remember one night I was a guest on a paranormal radio talk show We were to discuss an upcoming Paracon Convention where I was scheduled to speak at. At this point, my home was under severe demonic attack, and I was really questioning the true identity of these spirits. When I was talking to the host, I began to share with her my discoveries and why I believed it. But as we talked, we had several disruptions. And then our connection on the phone seemed to be broken several times. So I went out on my back porch where the connection seemed to be better, and as we began to talk again, my dogs began to bark. I checked on them and everything seemed to be fine.
We started to talk again and I felt a strong feeling of a dark presence there. Then as we were talking, my dogs grew more and more agitated.. to the point where they were growling and even barking in a howling manner. And oddly enough, they weren’t looking toward the fence or anything.. they were looking toward me. It was so freakish. And even began to feel nauseous. Eventually the show was cut short as all the interruptions become to be too much to continue.
During my years of paranormal research, I always used protection prayers before and after my investigations. We believed that this would protect us from any “spirit attachments” or from any “hitchhikers”. (Spirits following us home)
I remember one weekend, I went to St. Augustine, Florida with my daughter, as we went to the “haunted town” for the weekend. A town that is well known for its many haunted locations. It was only my daughter and I that went, as it was more like a “weekend get-away” for us. One of the nights that we were there, we arranged to take a late tour of the old jail. While we were on the tour, we separated ourselves from the others, and we started conducting an EVP session. And during the session, I was asking questions, and I asked the spirits to “show me a sign” that they were there, and to do something to prove to me that they do indeed exist.
After a few minutes, to my surprise, my husband called me on my cellphone. He was at home, as he did not come on the trip with us. He was not into the paranormal like I was. When I answered the phone, He was upset, and he told me, “Dana, I don’t know where you are right now, or what you are doing, but please STOP.. because you have got stuff stirred up here at our house”!!
I asked him what happened, and he told me that he was sitting in the living room at home, and there was a basketball sitting in front of him on the floor, and suddenly, the ball started rolling across the floor, went through the dining room, and into the kitchen, and through the hallway, and around into the other door coming back into the living room, and then it stopped right in the same spot it was in before it moved.
Right away I realized that a few minutes before this happened, I was asking the spirits to show me some kind of sign that they are there and that they do exist. And to my surprise, after I reviewed the evp recordings, there was a voice that said the word “home”.
This incident was a real eye opener, as it showed me that when we are at different locations doing these investigations, these demonic spirits have a legal right to us and our homes. We are opening ourselves up to the demonic when we are communicating with them etc. Even when we think we are protecting ourselves with prayers. We cannot willfully sin and expect God to just protect us from the consequences of that sin. For us to pray for protection while engaging in a willful sinful, is to tempt God.
Unyielded sin causes us to lose ground with God in prayer, because unyielded sin is actually siding with the devil.
For example, when Satan tempted Jesus and told him to jump from the pinnacle of the temple, and he told him that he should not worry because God will send his angels to protect him.. Jesus rebuked him by reciting scripture and saying thou shall not tempt the Lord your God…
For us to participate in occult practices, while assuming that God will protect us, is to “tempt God”.
Matthew 4:5-10 KJV
 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
I also started to realize that these demonic spirits affect us in other ways as well, not always by paranormal occurrences; but also by wrecking havoc in our personal lives. Things such as marital problems, health issues, drug/alcohol addictions, obsessive disorders, anger issues, bitterness, unforgiveness, etc.
Not only in my own life, but also my paranormal friends, and even my clients. I had become so used to a “dysfunctional” lifestyle by this time, it was a fact that was easily missed. I just thought that everyone in my inner circle was just normal like me. They had the same type of dysfunctions and “struggles”as I did.
I used to have “blogstar” shows. Blogstar was a podcaster website that we utilized, to have interactive live videos on a platform that allowed several people at one time, to discuss a particular subject. It was similar to the format used for live YouTube videos. We would have discussions with others in the paranormal field, and we would discuss different cases, and we would share our “evidence” with each other and we would also discuss the newest research equipment, and techniques used to gather such evidence. (Evidence such as: photos of ghostly apparitions, orbs, EVPs, and video footages of paranormal activity.)
It was during these discussions with other paranormal enthusiasts, where I began to learn how often “spirit mimicking” was happening. I heard countless stories of “little girl ghosts” that ended up being exposed as evil demonic spirits . There were so many of these stories that I began to question to myself, ” if these demonic spirits mimic human spirits “some of the time”, how do we know they aren’t mimicking our departed loved ones, ALL of the time”??
When I was starting to “question” if these spirits were in fact, ALL demonic spirits, I would mention it to my friends and others in the paranormal community, and I would point out the fact that these “spirits” always seemed to leave when commanded to, “in the name of Jesus”. I noticed that many of the other investigators would strongly deny this possibility, and I would get a lot of backlash from them whenever I suggested it. I found that this theory was not a popular one within the paranormal community.
Many of my paranormal friends seemed to always be open to all other “theories” regarding the paranormal and the spiritual world, EXCEPT the possibly that all “ghostly spirits” were in fact demons, mimicking the dead. (Familiar Spirits)
Some of the theories believed by the paranormal community is; Residual Haunts, Poltergeist Haunts, Demonic Haunts, Ghostly Haunts, Bigfoot, Alien visitations, Angelic visitations, etc.
So I became a bit hesitant when bringing up this theory to others because I did not want to offend or anger them.
Since it seemed that the Christian “church” didn’t accept or understand paranormal exploration, (Paranormal research) it was nearly impossible to find a minister to really help when we had cases that appeared to be demonic or negative. This always left us with the option to turn to others in the field… those that identified themselves as mediums, demonologists, shaman, exorcists, etc.
Although I was in the paranormal field, I had my Christian beliefs and during this time I always had a conflict within my spirit regarding these other faiths and practice.
During the time where I really started to question this possibility, was when I had a case that involved a client (young man) that was suffering physical attacks. He was having instances where he would suddenly be thrown into the wall by an invisible force. Once when it happened, it injured his back. He went to the ER, with back pain. When he told the doctor what happened, the doctor sent him to “Circles of Care” (a mental health hospital) for evaluation and observation. While he was there, he told one of the nurses what happened, and she believed him.
It just so happend, that she too too was “ into the paranormal”. She had a “business card” of another paranormal investigation team, which was friends of ours. This friend of ours wasn’t able to take the case, as she already had several other cases, so she called a man we knew, that founded another team.
We were at another investigation with his team, when he got the phone call. A few of the members left that night, and went to talk to the other people that lived in the house where the young man was getting attacks, to do a preliminary investigation. While they were there, they put a few voice recorders around the house, and they interviewed the family. While they interviewed them, a young lady started “talking to the spirit of what she believed to be a young female child that alleged to be the victim of abuse by her father. Once she started doing this, she went into a bedroom closet and started “manifesting” as if the girl was channeling through her.
“The practice of channeling — a person’s body being taken over by a spirit for the purpose of communication”
She was acting as if she was being abused by her father and she sobbed and was asking for help. After hearing about the young man being thrown with supernatural strength, by what we questioned to be an evil spirit or demon, this incident with the “spirit of a little girl” confused us. This is when I was suspecting that it could possibly be a demon, posing as a little girl, just so it could gain our trust and sympathy, and deceive us.
After reviewing the audio recordings that were collected at the house, we heard several voices, saying things like, “ Get out, get out now, all of you!!!!” So, we all felt like it was “possibly” an evil spirit of a man (perhaps the abusive father of the little girl) or even worse, a demonic spirit. We scheduled the full investigation for the following week, because by that time, the young man would be released from the mental hospital.
The day of the investigation came, and one of the team members went to their church (Catholic Church) and talked to someone there, and they got some holy water. When we arrived at the home that night, we sat in the van and prayed. We were praying to Jesus and St. Michael the archangel, for protection.
We should never do this, but at that particular time, I wasn’t aware that praying to angels, the saints, or Mary was considered necromancy and/or idolatry. As this is placing our faith in someone or something else, besides Jesus. And we should never pray to the dead.
When we attempt to call on Michael the archangel, A demonic spirit will respond, pretending to be Michael, because holy angels only respond if God chooses to send them. God gives angels charge over us.
The bible tells us:
Psalm 91:11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
I later found out that we should only call upon the name of the Lord, for protection. And another important thing I learned was; if we engage in occult practices, We are leaving God’s umbrella of protection. So even if we call on the name of the Lord while doing these occult practices (necromancy, divination, witchcraft, etc.,) we are still in harms way. God will not “bless a sin”, and He will not hear our prayers while we regard iniquity in our hearts.
After praying in the van, we went inside and began praying throughout the house, we put holy water over every door, and over all the windows. We set up our monitoring equipment out on the front porch and we placed several stationary IR cameras in the house. When we started the investigation, the young man (that suffered the violent attacks) left for a while, and come back later that evening. While he was gone, we did several “ séance sessions”, using dowsing rods.
A few times, when we asked the spirits questions, the bedroom door of the room we were in, would open and then shut, and we were getting responses using our dowsing rods. But this was the only thing “paranormal” that happened at this point of the investigation. Later that night, the young man came back to the house, and we were talking to him and telling him what had occurred thus far. And he asked us, “ well, since the spirit seems to target me, maybe it will help if I go in with you?”
We told him that it was up to him if he wanted to go in with us, but that if anything happened, we wouldn’t be liable. After all, he basically lived there, as he was best friends with the teen age girl that lived there. So, he went in with a few of us. We went into the bedroom again, and my daughter Krystal sat on the bed behind me as I was using a handheld camcorder.
During this séance, I was filming another team member while he was asking questions, using the “dowsing rods”. During this “session”, the man was suddenly thrown into the wall, with great force! This was the first time I ever witnessed anything like this! Although I found out what these spirits could actually do, my obsession with the paranormal only got worse..
I had the footage of the incident on tape, and I was asked to speak at a few paranormal conventions for a few years and I would show the footage and discuss with others, the “dangers involved in paranormal research”. I would teach others how to conduct investigations safely, and I would also teach the public on how to communicate with spirits.
“The only safety in paranormal research is to not do it.”
You see, I was still being deceived by these spirits, as I still had not accepted the truth, that in fact, all these spirits were actually demons in disguise, mimicking the dead, and that my involvement in the paranormal was giving demonic spirits legal rights into my life, and the life of my family.
It was during this time, I really started questioning it, because the only real evidence we had, was how these spirits manifested, and what these spirits said to us, and what they claimed to be. We were merely taking their word for it. It had not come to my full knowledge of truth yet, that all these spirits lie about their true identity.
It’s very interesting to know how many ghost hunters truly rely on their own 5 senses, and trust what these spirits “tell them”, or how they “appear”. When coming to a conclusion in “paranormal cases”, the evidence that is always presented as “proof” of ghosts include things such as:
*EVP recordings (having to trust in what the spirits tell them)
*Photographs of paranormal anomalies (familiar spirits can “appear” as ghost)
*Temperature readings of the area during the investigation.
*EMF readings (again, this can be manipulated by demonic spirits)
*Video footage of paranormal activity.
*Information given through a medium or psychic. (Demonic spirits are known to do this, as even many in the paranormal/psychic community agree that occurrences such as “demons mimicking the dead” do happen at times, but many deny the possibility that this is perhaps always the case.)
All of the types of evidence above, are determined by using our natural senses. How do we know they are telling the truth? How do we know that when that ghostly apparition manifests to appear like “uncle Bob”, how do we know it isn’t truly a demon masquerading as uncle Bob? We already know that sometimes these demonic spirits will mimic a dead loved one, so why is it so hard to accept the fact that this may very well always be the case?
When we determine the presence of a “spirit”, we do not have the “natural” ability to distinguish whether the spirit is that of a deceased loved one, or if the spirit is truly demonic. We cannot go by our own senses or “feelings” according to scripture.
The Bible tells us:
Proverbs 14:12 KJV
 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
 The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Proverbs 3:5 KJV
 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Therefore, we must seek the truth in God’s Word.
Once I started realizing that perhaps this could indeed always be the case, I started really seeking the truth and started praying for God to show me the truth. I prayed for God to show me the true identity of these spirits.
Then I started experiencing a lot of negative paranormal activity in our home, which after some time, began to get severe. This was much different that our normal “hearing footsteps in the middle of the night”. The activity became very negative. It was as if the “spirit/s” became angry.
My husband began suffering physical attacks. My husband suffered a lot of these attacks. He dreamed of what appeared to be a beautiful woman with long red hair. One night, he told me about his dream, and how the woman tried to seduce him, and he said that the dream seemed very real to him. And a few nights after he told me about this, I was at a paranormal investigation, and while I was there, another one of my newest team members told me that her husband was having dreams about a woman with long red hair, and that she was trying to “seduce” him. I was shocked as she was telling me about this, but, I chose not to tell her that my husband was also dreaming about a woman with long red hair, as I felt this was something my husband would be sensitive about, and that perhaps he wouldn’t want me to tell anyone about it.
When I got home, I immediately told him what she told me, and we both come to the conclusion that the same “spirit” that was coming to my husband at night in his dreams, was most likely the same spirit that was coming to my team members’ husband, in his dreams. I thought that perhaps, it was a case of “transference of a demonic spirit” from her, and now it was attached to my husband. Soon after we come to this conclusion, these “hauntings” became more severe, and physical.
Another night, this spirit came to my husband again, but this time, it became violent, and attacked him… he got up and grabbed a rosary bead necklace and started rebuking this “spirit”, “ in the name of Jesus”. Suddenly, the necklace busted in mid air, and beads flew all over the room! But then it seemed to leave.
After everything was settled down, he noticed that the “spirit” actually left bite marks, in his groin area! We had several other incidents after this one, and I came to believe that it was the same spirit that my friend was dealing with, or perhaps it was the demonic spirit that threw the man on my previous investigation, and that it followed me home, and possibly it “attached to my husband” and was now tormenting Him.
I started seeking ways to rid this spirit. I was getting desperate. I tried doing things that I heard from other people to do. I put bibles in every room of my house, I hung rosary bead necklaces over every door in our house and over windows, I put “anointing oil” over every door also, while praying for these spirits to leave in Jesus name. The activity would stop temporarily, but would soon return again, yet another night. I was seeking ways to stop it and to cleanse my house. I bought an audio book, called “The Invisible War”, by Chip Ingram. I let it play on my laptop, on a nightstand next to my bed. We fell asleep while it was playing. The audio book was approx. 8 hours long so it played most of the night. On this audio book, it has some “Deliverance prayers” on it.
During the night, my husband suddenly felt the “presence” in our room. He could feel it get on our bed next to him. When this happened, the audiobook was saying a deliverance prayer. My husband was terrified as he could feel the presence next to him, and so he started following along in prayer, in agreement with the prayer that was playing on my laptop. Suddenly, when he started “saying the prayer”, our fan flew across the room and slammed into the wall! It woke me up, and my husband started shaking my shoulder, and said, “Dana, hurry, turn that off, whatever it is, it don’t like that”!! When I realized the audio that was playing was actually deliverance prayers, I started rebuking the spirit in the name of Jesus! The activity stopped that night.
I began searching more on the internet about deliverance, I found a few deliverance ministers on blog talk radio. I listened to them talk about doing deliverances on people that had evil spirits and they would cast them out of people. But they also talked a lot about God’s Word and would read scriptures, so I heard a lot about what the bible said on the subject, that I never heard about before, in my years of “going to church”. I started looking at what the Bible said about demonic spirits and how to be delivered from them.
I also found testimonies on YouTube of others that also were tormented by demonic spirits, and left the occult. I watched a video of Laura Maxwell’s testimony, which had a big impact on me. Laura explained how she lost her dear mom to suicide, after she suffered severe demonic attacks. It gave me a strong sense of urgency to find help.
The attacks were so bad, and then finally, we had an incident that was the “final straw”, it was when a demonic spirit actually manifested and appeared to my 4 year old grandson. He was in my room on my bed, watching tv, and I walked in my room to check on him and when I walked in, he was sitting on my bed, and he looked terrified and confused, staring at the foot of my bed, because he had seen something, and when I asked him what was wrong, he was trying to tell me he had seen something.
He was having a hard time trying to explain to me what he actually saw, he just said, “I don’t know what it was, it was maybe a monster or something”.. then I relied, “there isn’t no such thing as monsters”, then I said, “ I don’t see no monster, where is the monster”? He looked so confused, and he jumped on the floor and rubbed his hand across the floor and said, ” I don’t know, it went in the floor or something”, and he kept looking around confused, as if he couldn’t figure out where it went to.
Well, needless to say, that was when I had had ENOUGH, and could not take anymore! It was bad enough that these spirits were terrorizing us, but now they were targeting my grandson!! I became terrified, as I knew these spirits were also capable of physical attacks, and I couldn’t bear the thought of my grandson possibly getting attacked! After this incident with my grandson, I finally talked my husband into going to a local church for prayer and possibly deliverance.
We went to a local church the following Sunday. After the church service was over, we went up to the assistant pastor, and asked for prayer. I told him that “my husband needed deliverance”. I explained to him that I was a “paranormal investigator”, and that I believed an evil spirit attached to my husband and was now tormenting him. He looked at me and told me, ” oh…you are going to have to stop doing what you are doing, you are in the occult and that’s most likely why these things are happening”.
Although I was so obsessed with the paranormal, and I was totally unprepared to hear the minister say that, somehow I knew this to be true, deep down. At this point, I was far more desperate to help my family, and to stop the attacks we were going through.
It was at that moment, I made the decision to repent and truly turn to Jesus and to live for Him, no matter what that meant. Even if it meant to give it all up. I was willing to do whatever I needed to do to save my family from these attacks. I knew deep down he was telling me the truth. He looked at my husband, and noticed he was wearing a rosary bead necklace. He asked my husband, “why are you wearing that”? My husband and I both explained that it was for “protection”, and the pastor told him, “please take that off”. We both were confused by this, as I thought this was a “Christian” thing to do, to wear a cross.
I thought it was supposed to give us protection. My husband went ahead and took it off. The pastor then told him to just put it away, or put it in his pocket. My husband put it in his pocket. I then asked him why. Then the pastor explained, He said “you cannot put your faith into an object”. He said, “when you are putting your faith in an object, you are taking your faith off of Jesus… You must put ALL your faith in Jesus, and Jesus alone.”
As crazy as it may sound, I thought to myself, ” oh wow, can we really just trust Jesus, and Him alone, to free us, really??” Everything he was telling us, rang truth with me. He started praying for us. I came there, expecting that my husband would get delivered, but as he started praying for us, I started have strong feelings of fear and I felt an urgency to run out of the church.
I had feelings of panic and I couldn’t figure out why I was having these feelings, because of how desperate I was to be there and to get us prayed for. But then it occurred to me that it was actually me that had an evil spirit all along, and that I needed to rebuke it in the name of Jesus, and to have faith in him alone to do it.
I knew that I had to take a real leap of faith and just trust Jesus to free me. I prayed along with the pastor silently, and kept rebuking it and telling it to go, in Jesus’ name. I made up my mind to truly turn my back on the enemy and to turn to Jesus, in everything! It was a true submission to God. And finally, after a few minutes, the feelings of fear left me and suddenly I felt tremendous peace come over me! As if I had been dipped in warm oil, and my whole body became relaxed. I felt the presence of Jesus!!
And from that moment on, my eyes were truly opened, and I could see all the deception for what it was! God truly opened my eyes. He removed the scales that the enemy had over my eyes. Suddenly, I just knew that all these “alleged ghosts, spirit guides, aliens, and so on, are actually demonic spirits that lie.
They lie to us for a reason. Their purpose is to keep people away from the truth in God’s word. The truth is, when we die, we either go to heaven or we go to hell. And if we have reason to believe that we remain earthbound after death, then we have no reason to fear the possibility of going to hell, and we won’t have the hope of our promise of going to heaven if we believe in Jesus.
God’s word tells us:
2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV
 We are confident, I say , and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Hebrews 9:27 KJV
 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
What happens when we die, according to Gods Holy Word:
Luke 16:22-31 KJV
 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
The scripture above, from Luke 16, is very clear. It tells us that immediately, when we die, we are either carried by angels to heaven, or we will lift up our eyes being in everlasting torment. It also tells us that there is a great gulf “fixed” in place, so that anyone in heaven or hell cannot leave.
And most importantly, this scripture tells us that God will not allow one to come back from the dead, even if it is to warn others. And if God were to have any exceptions to this rule, it would definitely be for the gospels sake, as there is not a more important message than the gospel.
Satan tries to keep us from getting saved. He wants to lead us astray, and to allure us into the paranormal, by using our dead loved ones to do it. This is an especially cruel tactic he uses, but, we can’t expect anything less from him. He is the father of lies, and he wants to take as many to hell with him as he can.
Now as a minister, after observing firsthand the amount of destruction that the enemy brings into peoples’ lives when they give him a foothold, I am even more convinced now than before that I made the right decision to close the door to the enemy by leaving the occult. ~ Dana
I repented of all my involvement in the occult, and got rid of all my paranormal research equipment and anything else I had that was related to the occult. I had alot of equipment, as I had my own paranormal investigation team.
Mark 8:36-37 KJV
 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
ALL paranormal activity and attacks from that day forward, stopped! God truly delivered me that day. He physically healed me too! I had a large tumor in my breast, but I got prayed for, and the biopsy came back negative! And I give God all the glory, and I pray that my testimony will help lead others out of darkness and into the light of Christ!
It was truly a miracle that Jesus saved and delivered me that day!
Seeking first the Kingdom,
Recommended Books By Dana:
*A Spiritual Quest, by Laura Maxwell
*Seeing Ghosts Through God’s Eyes, by Mark Hunneman
*Dancing With The Devil, by Jeff Harshbarger
*Invisible War, by Chip Ingram
* The Case for Christ, by Lee Stroble
* 220 Fifth Street, A Terrifying True Story, by Patrick Meechan
*Nightmare in Holmes County: A True Story, by Patrick Meechan
*Ron Rhodes (The truth behind ghosts, mediums and psychic phenomena)
*The Beautiful Side of Evil”, by Johanna Michaelsen
*Grandma, is that you in my closet? By Dan Langenfeld
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