As you may have read on this blog, I work in prison.
Depending on your assumptions about what it might be like to work in a place like this, you may or may not be surprised to hear that it is the best job I have ever had in my entire life.
I get so much joy out of working there and I am excited to go to work every day!
Of course, prisons are generally dark places and there is a lot of despair, drama, pain, misery, dirt, filth, violence and ugliness there.
But the SPIRIT OF GOD and HIS PRESENCE is also very, very imminent and potent and evident there – at least in the prison where I work, and from what I hear from other Christians working in other prisons, it is the same there as well.
For me, my job in prison is my ministry.
And my own experiences, all training I have ever had in my many years of working experience, all suffering I went through myself – including what I have been writing about here on this blog about spiritual warfare and demonization and black magic and spiritual attacks – and of course, including my SALVATION BY JESUS CHRIST, each and every thing I have ever seen, heard and experienced in my life has prepared me to do this job and I get to use a lot of my skills every day – more than possibly in any other job.
I will tell you a little more what I mean: when you look at my skill set from the academic side, I have a law degree and I am also a trained therapist – so this is evident that the guys in prison will benefit from my know-how.
BUT my spiritual background is even more beneficial for them as I have been DELIVERED by GOD from demonic oppression and everything the men in prison are experiencing, be it addiction (which is my “official assignment”, I am a Recovery Worker) or depression and suicidal thoughts, self-harming, mental health challenges like schizophrenia, personality disorders, paranoia, PTSD, ADHD….etc, gang issues, violence, abuse – every issue any of the men in there could possibly have has spiritual roots and also a spiritual solution.
And the funny thing is, I have yet to come across one client who will not immediately agree when I “compare” their addiction to a demon having entered them and controlling them – they all KNOW that this is what has been happening in their life!
The ones who are struggling the most, the ones who are actively and currently self-harming or having suicidal thoughts, are being placed on a so-called ACCT, which stands for Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork, and means that they are being assessed and observed regularly by multiple professionals from different departments and that the intervals during which they will have to be checked on by the staff on the wing is being determined based on the danger these professional see that they will not be safe if not monitored as closely – hopefully this brief description makes sense to you?
Basically, the leading assessor decides on how many observations this prisoner has to be placed by day and by night to keep them safe and to prevent them from taking their own lives.
As you can probably imagine, there are also other factors playing into this decision, such as staffing levels, which leads to professionals sometimes not agreeing on the level and frequency of observations needed to keep this person safe – and everything is recorded in writing and if something happens, there will be an investigation and the person who made the decision about the observations will have to defend their decision.
In my role, I often times find myself advocating for an increase of the frequency of the observations or for even placing someone on what is called “constant obs”, which means they have to be watched non-stop in order to prevent them from harming or killing themselves.
Today was one of these occasions when I recommended this.
And I will tell you why – which will show you how closely these cases are ALWAYS related to spiritual issues and to matters of GOD.
This man I am talking about is not my client, but a colleague’s, but she wasn’t in today and he had told her yesterday that he will kill himself today, so she was very concerned and I offered to go and see him and speak to him today.
The what I call “forefront-reasons” for his intention to end his own life was severe depression and also an appointment with his lawyers today where he would find out if he will be extradited to another country, where he states he has been a political prisoner and the government there has burnt his house before and has tortured him and he believes if he should be sent there, they will kill him.
Obviously, we spoke a little about his legal case, but then – as so often when I speak to the men – I was led to ask him about his beliefs (which is officially not my job, but more times than not, GOD comes up in my conversations with the men and I am not even the one bringing it up mostly) – and it turns out that he has sold his soul to the devil in the past!
You have read correctly.
My heart was racing and I have never actually spoken to someone in person who has had an experience like this. He told me that he had had a life of luxury and riches for exactly 6 years and then, he had lost everything in one day and his life had gone down hill big time and very fast and now, he found himself in prison (very, very short version of his story!!!)
When he started to tell me about his nightmares, it was clear to me that demons are coming to him in his dreams – something I am myself more familiar with than I would like….
And when we spoke about his case, he asked me to explain to him why I myself believe in GOD. In fact, when I gave my testimony (in a nutshell), this allowed him to tell me about his dark interactions with the devil – because he knew that what I was saying was 100 % true.
We then spoke about JESUS.
And GOD was present.
And I told him (the man) that he needs to start praying and then GOD will work on his case and will help him and will also deliver him from the residues of his dark decisions and actions – including addictions, depression, the spirit of suicide and that GOD will also intervene in his legal case.
The man was not 100% convinced that GOD will help him as he said he had prayed before and I promised I will pray for him.
Plus, I recommended that he would be placed on constant watch when coming back from the meeting with his lawyers, as he had said that he will end his life if the outcome of this meeting should be negative.
And it “so happened” – of course you & I know that this was absolutely no coincidence – that I bumped into one of the chaplains immediately after my meeting with this man and this chaplain agreed to go and see him as well…
From my experience, many of the men are more open for GOD than they would be in a “normal” situation and outside of prison – they are in a severe crisis, desperate and every single one of them is in need, in need for deliverance, practical help, comfort, housing or a job upon release – you name it, they need it!
And in times of need, it seems easier for GOD to show HIS love and HIS power to us, doesn’t it?
I see GOD move in the lives of these men every day and I am excited, happy and honored that I am allowed to be a witness and sometimes even a vessel GOD uses to connect them to HIM.
Also today, I saw an entry in the prison system about one of my clients:
he had given / “donated” his own dinner to a fellow inmate who had felt suicidal and he had received a “positive” (an entry for positive behavior) for this and the recording officer had commented “thanks for helping to save a life”.
Hopefully, GOD will save the life of this man I spoke with today.
Hopefully, HE will work on his case and bring him a breakthrough, comfort and relief.
Hopefully, HE will deliver him from the defilement and the residues of the evil spirits which have entered him when he was using drugs and “dancing with the devil”.
And this is a prayer we can ALL pray exactly like this or similarly – at least I can.
What I can say is that GOD has already done so much of what this man needs in MY life – so I will give him a “positive” today:
Thank YOU LORD for saving MY life and my soul!
I love YOU FATHER and I am forever grateful.
May I be worthy and capable of paying YOUR love forward and I thank you for the opportunities you have given me in this job and will give me in the future to do so!
And it is my prayer that you, too, my friend, will have and use many opportunities to forward the love and the gifts you have received from GOD.
And I also pray that this article will inspire, bless, encourage and heal you.
And that THE LORD will bless you richly in all areas of your life and that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and bring you PEACE. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.