But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think he shall receive anything from YHWH. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (JAMES 1:6-8).
It has been estimated that one in eight people have some degree of schizophrenia. If the truth be known about this mental illness, those statistics would not be so incredible. I remember a friend of mine in Cairns telling me once that he read something similar in Business Review Weekly. Most victims have not the least idea they are schizophrenic. This particular friend had been one of the Russian tank drivers who crushed people to death when he drove his tank over them in the Hungarian Uprising. He had sought me out in an effort to find peace from his demons.
Like other unholy emotions such as fear, anger, hatred, and bitterness, schizophrenia is not an illness at all. Consider for a moment that in the New Testament, Yahshua never healed a single soul of mental illness. He always cast out demons. Even some physical disabilities were correctly named as demons. The woman bent over who could in no wise lift up herself ofLUKE 13:11-13 had a spirit of infirmity cast out of her by Yahshua, after it had indwelt the woman eighteen years. He actually ‘loosed’ her from the demon rather than healed her from an illness.
Schizophrenia, according to a revelation given to Ida Mae Hammond, a deliverance minister who, with her husband, authored the book Pigs in the Parlour, is a nest of demons which usually come into a person when they are very young. Deliverance cannot follow the usual channels. Commonly a person can be delivered of demons by confessing and renouncing the sin that put the them there, asking Yahshua to wash them clean with His blood, and thereafter standing against that sin by having no part in it anymore. The demons in a schizophrenic, however, are so many and varied they take longer, with deliverance being more involved. Having been one of the one in eight victims of this insidious spirit, I can vouch for the truth of this.
My bad tempers were what Ida Mae terms hurricanes or schizophrenic storms. They were probably the last demons from the schizophrenic group I was delivered from. The split personality, for that is what schizophrenia is known to cause, often has among others a perfectionist spirit. If anything interferes with their carefully organized plans, the person ‘loses’ it, being unable to cope. Depending on the situation, they may become anything from simply angry to suicidal or murderous.
Coming into the person when very young, the demons interfere with the victims personality development. Each demon replaces, distorts, or causes the disintegration of a facet of the developing nature. So they and those around them have no idea the inner person before them is not the true person. For example, when I became angry as a child, I was considered to just have a bad temper. But in actual fact it was the demon that had taken over the YHWH-created calm, peaceful, and tolerant part of my personality.
Initially the demons start to enter such a child when they are rejected, usually by a one or both parents. I believe mine came from my mother. She was a very loving person, and a good mother. But when I was born, my father doted on me so much, my mother, having been an only child and rejected herself, grew jealous of me. All I ever knew was that my mother held me at arm’s length all my life. Until she got Alzheimer’s Disease. Then she seemed to forget she didn’t quite like me enough to let me close. I had five broken arms growing up and twice seriously injured it after I was a Christian, always the left one. Father showed me this was a curse of rejection put on me by my mother. Despite immediately breaking the curse, the last injury to my arm persisted. That night I was unable to sleep for the pain, so rose up to talk to Father. He showed me I had a spirit of inferiority as a result of the curse. Inferiority. How I had fought it, as a child and as an adult, never gaining headway against it. But I confessed it as sin and it too was cast out. The pain in my arm subsided within ten minutes. Thereafter I had to continue to stand against inferiority, but never with so much trouble as before.
Over time, with the demons of rejection come other evil spirits: fear of rejection, self-rejection, insecurity, inferiority, hopelessness, unworthiness, shame, perfectionism, withdrawal, talkativeness, self-pity, lust, harlotry, jealousy, and others. Of course, not every schizophrenic has all of these demons. It varies in its degree of severity. And not everyone with, say, a bad temper, is a schizophrenic.
Alongside rejection, spirits of rebellion set themselves up in the person where the personality should be submissive, obedient, trusting, giving, and loving. They do this in an effort to gain the love and attention a normal, valued child would receive. If a child is not given affection due to them, they will try to get attention by being naughty. And so into adulthood, with the personality stunted and stuck in childish immaturity. With rebellion comes demons mimicking love such as: control and possessiveness; and others: unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, judgmentalism, suspicion, distrust, fears, selfishness, self-deception, denial, blame of others, delusion, anger, violence, murder, revenge, and cowardice. Yes, they are all demons.
A severe root of schizophrenia is paranoia. Like me when I thought I could not trust YHWH against Philip’s demons, if a person cannot trust their parents, they believe no one can be trusted. And nobody is trusted by them. One of the most overridden parts of Anthony’s personality was in the area of trust, which drove him into paranoia. When we were first married, he forbid me to look into any of his drawers or cupboards, for to do so was ‘snooping’. Snooping was a very serious thing with Anthony. But how can a wife never open a cupboard in her home? When I eventually did open the forbidden cupboards to clean them, there was a bit of stuff from his past stashed away Anthony had forgotten about: some old porn videos and a couple of photos which he promptly disposed of. Nothing really. The paranoia was based on air. These demons are powerful, making of something when there is nothing but fear.
What I found happening as a result of this paranoia though, is that I caught it. The demons roam about the house affecting others who are not fully sanctified or ‘shored up’ with perfect love and faith. Because we did not have true intimacy, I found myself constantly searching through Anthony’s secret little recesses, places I had access to as his wife anyway, to try to find things about him I didn’t know. I desperately desired to know this man I had married but was a closed book to me.
Before I lived on the street, Father gave me a revelation of schizophrenia in an effort to help a friend of mine. It went something like this: These people live according to their emotions. So the faculty that ‘loves’ is the same one that hates. Sometimes they will be so confused, having been brought up with rejection and even hatred, the person will actually believe they are loving someone when they are in reality hating them. Or vice versa, when someone is hating them, they will believe it is love. Or that lust is love, or some such thing.
From childhood each rejection and hurt turns into bitterness, anger, and hatred, which build up into a wall around the child’s heart. Each hurt is a demon accepted into the victim when they sinned by being hurt and refusing to forgive. (Ignorance is no excuse with YHWH, however, a child’s sins are on their parents’ account until they are aged twenty.) The true personality of the person is locked inside this wall. If they are a Christian, so is the indwelling Holy Spirit. Each brick in this wall is a sin, or demon. Their job is to protect the person from further hurt by any means possible, usually utilizing false demonic personality traits such as anger. This situation will continue while the bricks, or sins, are not dealt with. Most of what others see, feel, or hear from the schizophrenic will be the demons possessing and mimicking them. A person with spiritual discernment will realize the true situation. In Anthony’s case, it took me a while but I did discern his condition when his behaviour started to deteriorate.
Everything that comes to the schizophrenic personality will be treated like a ball. It bounces straight off the wall back on to the giver. If they give hatred or anger, for instance, it will bounce back as hatred and anger. And not necessarily onto the person who gave it. If the original one rejecting was the mother, no distinction will be made between different females: he will hate all women. This self-defence is a way of life to the split personality.
FIGHTING THROUGH TO VICTORY
First of all this will take some time, possibly a year or more. Yahshua Messiah must be involved, for as demons lose their hold and are cast out, each area of personality must be replaced with that which was originally created in them but has been lost at some point. Only YHWH the loving Father knows where it is and who the person really is.
A schizophrenic must, therefore, go over back over their entire life and identify every instance in which someone hurt or rejected them. By name all these people must be forgiven. All lies of the enemy, sometimes called bitter root judgments, must also be dealt with and resisted by the person falling out of agreement with them. Then ask Father to take out all the false personality traits as they are identified. Ask Him also to forgive you (I’m talking to the schizophrenic here), and to forgive the people who hurt you. Relinquish all comfort activities such as drinking alcohol, watching pornography, and overeating that substituted for love previously denied, things which anesthetize or distract a person from the pain of rejection.
After a person has been delivered from the WALL, their conscience towards their own sins will be very sensitive. Towards others sins, where once was judgmentalism, there will be only mercy and compassion. Any hurts and rejections will from then be absorbed into their heart of love like a sponge absorbs many times its own weight of fluid. They will easily recognize pain and loneliness in others because they have suffered it themselves, and be able to minister in the Holy Spirit shining out of their heart like a beacon to ships foundering in darkness near a rocky shore.