Hi, I’m Rebecca Greenwood of Christian Harvest International, and I want to welcome you today to God Today. I want to talk to you about a personal testimony because as I travel and minister to our nation and the nations, I realized there are so many people that sometimes struggle with what I am going to call a spirit of fear. I’m very passionate about sharing my testimony with you because I’m a firm believer that what God has set me free from and what God sets others free from, He wants to set you free from as well.
We know the Scripture that, “I have not given you a spirit of timidity or fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” And I actually had a traumatic accident at the age of three, where I fell from a very high place and I broke my elbow. My parents were away and the lady babysitting my sister and I became very angry because I would not stop crying. And she put me in a crib in a back room and it was totally dark – pitch black. And she was yelling at me to be quiet and to not cry. And so I actually ended up breaking my elbow.
What happened from that time is I had a fear of heights, fear of the dark, and fear of authority figures. What happened in that moment? In that moment, in that trauma, a spirit of fear came into my life and friends, I’m here to tell you, even up to the age of 14, I was so terrified of the dark. I had so many nightmares, so many night terrors that my mother would have to lay down in bed with me for 10 minutes so I could go to sleep. Finally, at the age of 14, I said, “Mom, I’m 14. I can get this. I can do this. I can do this.”
I was raised in a wonderful Christian home, but I hadn’t been taught or we didn’t understand about deliverance ministry because what happened to me in that trauma, a spirit of fear, a demonic spirit of fear attached itself to me. And I’ll never forget at the age of 23, I was at this conference and they taught all of these women about what a spirit of fear is, how it functioned, how it would appear, and how it would manifest in your life.
As they described it, I’m like, this is me. And so they had all of us stand up who had a spirit of fear out of 120 women, 110 of us stood up. They prayed over us. I could feel something leave. I’m like, “Ooh, praise Jesus.” I would go home and friends, I was an intercessor praying in the night – hours – spending a lot of time in prayer. And even in the midst of the night hours, when I would be in intercession, I could feel that spirit of fear enter my home and try to come back on me.
So I asked the Lord, “What do I do?” And He said, “Get up and go address that spirit where you feel it.” So I would get up. I would walk over and I’d say, “Now, what do I do?” And I’d listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. And He’d say, “Repeat after me: In Jesus’ name, I say, ‘Go, your assignment is over. Your assignment is over in my life. Get out now in Jesus’ name.’” And friends, that spirit of fear would leave. And I thought, “Lord, this is good stuff. It works.”
So every night for two months, that spirit of fear tried to come back in my home and gain an entrance in my life. And every night I did what the Holy Spirit told me to do. And the true test came. My husband went out of town on a business trip. Beforehand, I would sleep with every light on in the house and the radio and the TV on. I’d put my newborn daughter, who’s now 28 years old, in bed next to me, like she could protect me. And I wouldn’t sleep.
But when my husband, Greg, went out of town, I put our baby daughter in her bedroom, in her crib, turned the lights off, and stood in the foyer of my home. And for the first time in my life, I was not afraid. Spirit of fear, it is over. It is finished. I have power, love, and a sound mind. I have the spirit of adoption by which I cry out, “Abba, Father.” I am free and I am free indeed. And right now, for all of you who struggle with fear, I pray that over you. You have power. You have love. You have a sound mind. You have a spirit of adoption by which you cry out, “Abba, Father.” You are free and you are free indeed.