Finding Jesus While On The Wrong Path, Testimony of Ex-paranormal Investigator, Dana Emanuel
It is no secret that society is making a case that the supernatural really exists, and that there is a fine line between normal, and the paranormal. There is something intriguing to a vast majority in our society about exploring our “spirituality”, and gathering real evidence that the spirit world truly exists. However, the paranormal can be frustratingly elusive. 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 unknown. 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 eternal destination. 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 an eternal existence beyond the grave. We all can’t help but wonder, is their really life after death? This remains to be the most common mystery of all time, by all of humanity.
There are two paths that can be taken to learn the truth regarding the spiritual world and life after death. We can learn it by venturing out on our own to learn, through “so-called science”, personal experiences, and the alleged personal experiences of others, or we can learn it by seeking God’s word on the subject.
If we take the path which depends on our own logic and understanding, it can lead us not only to the fact that the supernatural “really exists”, but we can suddenly find ourselves in a spiritual war zone, resulting in devastating results.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve 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 loves me, and that He is the only begotten Son of God, and that He died on the cross for the remission of our sins, and how He rose again the third day. And that if you believe that or not, will determine if you go to either Heaven or hell when you die. This pretty much sums up all I really knew, and what I believed, considering that I never read my Bible. 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 life as a spiritualist, and my involvement in the occult demonstrates that I did not have a true, biblical understanding of the spiritual world, and that I was not actually a Jesus “follower”. I believed in Jesus, but I did not know other spiritual “truths” that are in Gods word, specifically what it says about occult practices. So if I had really read and studied my Bible and turned my life over to Jesus, my choices and actions would have reflected His Lordship over my life. 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, my husband, my 3 children, and myself moved in with my grandmother. She was a widow, as my grandfather had passed away approx. 15 years prior to us moving in. 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.
Paranormal activity begins..
Soon after my family and I moved in, my family and I witnessed the sounds of footsteps walking up and down the hallway (outside my grandmothers bedroom), when no one else was up. Her music box, that my grandfather bought her would start playing on its own.
We would hear, what sounded like, someone in the kitchen, walking around and opening cabinets, the refrigerator, and opening and closing drawers. We would notice things out on the cabinets that none of us took out. Such as cups, plates, and silverware. It sounded as if someone was in there preparing something to eat.
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. And as I heard before, it was coming from the kitchen area. 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, the noises continued, and at first, I kept my eyes closed, and as I continued to hear the noises coming from the kitchen, 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 things like this would happen, I would get a very eerie, dark feeling. It was a feeling that is hard to explain. Even when I didn’t “see anything”, I could literally “feel” a dark presence there around me.
So, as the noises continued, I finally got up the courage to open my eyes to see what it was. As I began to open my eyes, I heard another 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 startled, terrified, and in panic, I jumped up out of bed and ran out the side door of the house 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. Although I was always attracted to the paranormal, this incident still frightened me. My husband calmed me down as he was reassuring me that this “spirit” that was haunting my grandmothers house was “most likely” my dear grandfather, whom had passed alway several years earlier.
At this time we had not yet learned the truth regarding the deception behind familiar spirits and the paranormal.
So we came to the conclusion that it must have been the “earthbound spirit” of my dear grandfather, and that he was just simply “watching over my grandma.” Because after all, the spirit did not try to attack any of us, or harm us, so this just reinforced our belief that it probably was my dear grandfather.
After this incident, I found myself not only “intrigued ” with the paranormal, but I began 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? This went against everything I was taught growing up in church about the dead going to either heaven or hell immediately after death. This actually caused me to doubt God’s word. I still believed that Jesus was the son of God, but I now believed that my “experience” proved that the Bible had errors in it. 😔
It was rumored within the family that my grandmothers house was haunted by my deceased grandfather, as a few other family members lived with grandmother before we moved in, and had experiences of their own while living there. T giving to the same conclusion, that it was simply my grandfather “looking after my grandmother.”
So, after this incident🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓🌓☹️🌓🌓🌓😄🤣☺️☺️￼ took place, I wanted answers about the afterlife and the spiritual world, but instead of studying the Bible, in which at this time I believed it had “errors” in it, I figured… which better source to learn it from, but the spirits themselves. But I first had to learn how to communicate with the spirits. So I went to bookstores, and the local public library, reading everything I could find related to subjects such as, the paranormal/supernatural, near death experiences, ghost hunting, and earthbound spirits.
Interestingly, I sought the truth in every book I could find, but foolishly neglected to seek the truth in God’s Word
As my curiosity grew, I started going to the local graveyards to “hunt for ghosts”, using cameras and voice recorders. Ij remember the very first night we jzzzjzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzwejjjjkjjjj jjjnt to a local graveyard, we seen several shadow figures there, whisking around between the graves and under the trees. I captured a very compelling photo of what “appeared” to be a full bodied apparition of an earthbound spirit, in what appeared to be KKK attire, ie a long robe with a cone shaped hood, with 3 kkk small orbs close behind it.
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, we went home, and I started analyzing the recordings to see if we captured any EVPS. Soon after I started playing the recording, and when I asked the question, “what is your name”?, I heard very clearly, a male voice say, “Frank!” We were all stunned, and “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 headstone was indeed “Frank”! I “thought” that the evidence I collected indeed “proved” that this voice was indeed that of the earthbound spirit of the man buried in that grave.
The more “evidence” I collected from the investigations, the more I become obsessed with the paranormal. And I admit, I loved (past tense) the “thrill of the hunt”. I watched all the paranormal reality shows, and movies related to the paranormal that I could.
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 shared the same interests as myself. I joined several paranormal community websites. I started reaching out to others in the paranormal field, learning all I could, and later joined a team of investigators. During my time with this other group, I began to gather a large collection of research equipment and gadgets. 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 mistakenly categorized by “earthbound human spirits”, poltergeist hauntings, residual haunts, or demonic haunts, as we thought hauntings could be classified into such categories.
Other than private cases, we would also go to public places that were rumored to be “haunted”. (Such as old jails, motels, clubs, graveyards, buisness locations, etc.)
Dana during a paranormal investigation at Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Motel in Deland Florida.
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, God’s stern warnings against the occult; 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, ” don’t you know that these spirits are not truly ghosts, and that they are really demons??” He told me that according to the Bible, ghosts do not remain earthbound when we die. He explained that when we die, we go to either heaven or hell immediately. (Luke 16) And he warned me, by telling me that in all these cases, it was demons masquerading as earthbound spirits. Unfortunately, I did not believe it, and I brushed off his kind warnings, and assumed that my “experiences” superseded his “knowledge of the scriptures”.
In the paranormal research field, I was taught about something called “mimicking”, but, unfortunately, I was also taught that this was a rare occurrence, and that “trapped human spirits” made up a majority of the cases.
I was also warned by my other brother Donnie, who shared bible scriptures with me, 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 I was obsessed with it, as it consumed much of my life, and I did not see any harmful effects it had on me ( or my family) at the time, so again, I did not heed to the warnings given to me. I truly enjoyed the paranormal research, and truthfully, I did not want the truth at that point.
Not only did I enjoy the paranormal research, but I loved the paranormal community. 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”.
A few of my family members were praying for me to see the dangers involved in the occult , and to see these spirits for what they really were, and for me to stop my paranormal exploration.
During my research, I had learned that there was something indeed called “mimicking”. This was something that most, if not all, paranormal research teams also knew about, and many would agree that this only took place “at times”. But they also believe that some hauntings are earthbound spirits of our departed loved ones.
After several investigations, I began to make some connections suggesting that perhaps this was always the case, and that ALL of these hauntings were likely to be demons, masquerading as the departed spirits of our departed loved ones.
In the cases we had, there always seemed 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 “allegedly” being held against their will by a “bad spirit” there, 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”, which ended up throwing a man into a wall with great force. Then afterwards, taking full responsibility, admitting it was the same spirit, and that it lashed out “because she (the spirit) did not like the man because he reminded her of her abusive father.”
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 claimed to be, that if you tell it to leave in the name of Jesus, it would always flee! So as I started noticing this, and started looking further into it, watching videos about it, that were actually “testimonial videos”, where Bible scriptures were also shared, which pointed to the truth, and started to convince me even further, validating my suspensions. It was at this time that the activity in our home started to pick up, becoming more severe.
There were times when other things would happen. Things that other people would not necessarily see as a “sign” from God, but It started to became clear to me that God was trying to show me the true identity behind these spirits.
And as I began to reach out and talk to others about it, things would also happen. I didn’t know it at the time, but these demonic spirits were trying 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 interruptions. 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 a very bizarre incident. And I 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. I 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.. I replied and asked him “why?” He answered, “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.
I found myself a bit hesitant about 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/occult”… 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, which sadly I ignored.
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”, and “Ghost hunting safety”.
The truth is, there is NO SAFETY in paranormal research, as it involves occult practices.
Dana at a paranormal convention, discussing paranormal research with the public.
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 fact that this is 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 a 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 may 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, became severe. 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. One 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 perhaps 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 praying deliverance prayers with people that had evil spirits and they would cast them out of people. They 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.
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 huge 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. 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 followed me home and 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 only wanted the truth, and 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. And the truth was what I wanted. God opened my eyes to the truth. The pastor 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, I thought it was supposed to give us protection. My husband took it off. I then asked the pastor why. Then he 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 in my spirit. He started praying for us. I came there, expecting that my husband had a “evil spirit attached to him, and he needed deliverance. But I was not aware that my involvement in the occult truly led to demonic oppression. Suddenly I knew that I never really had true faith in Jesus. I also seen my sin for what it was, and that I could never be “good enough”, or earn my way to heaven. I suddenly realized the magnitude of what Jesus did for me. I knew and really “felt” how much Jesus loves me.
I had a powerful, life changing moment. I turned my back on the enemy and I turned to Jesus, It was a true submission to God. I’ve accepted what His only begotten Son did for me when he died on that cross. It is because He died for me, that I now live for Him. ❤️💫📖✨
I felt tremendous peace come over me! I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit!! And from that moment on, my eyes were truly opened, and I could see all the deception for what it was!
You see, it’s possible to “go to church” all your life, and know “who” Jesus is, but until you truly put your faith in Him, and believe on Him, you will be lost.
God truly opened my eyes. He removed the scales that the enemy had over them . Suddenly, I could see through all the enemies’s lies. I knew that all these “alleged ghosts, spirit guides, aliens, etc., were actually all demonic spirits. Demonic spirits that have a purpose and plans against you.
Their purpose is to keep people away from the truth in God’s word. They want to keep us from realizing how much Jesus loves us. They want to keep us from realizing the magnitude of what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross, so that we may live. They do not want us to know that when we die, we have eternal hope that Jesus gives to those who believe in Him.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
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, to offer salvation to those whom will believe. As there is not a more important message than the gospel.
Satan wants to lead us astray, and to allure us into the paranormal/occult, by using our grief, and the love we have for our deceased 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.
After my deliverance and born again experience, ALL paranormal activity in our home stopped! I did not have to walk around my home reciting certain prayers, it just STOPPED! The spirits no longer had “rights” to me!
God truly saved and delivered me that day. God opened my eyes by taking my blinders off, and gave me discernment, it was an awareness of those things he hated.
God took out of me, my heart of stone, and He put in me a heart of flesh. He regenerated my heart and spirit.
As I flip through the channels now on my tv, and see all those paranormal shows on the guide, I understand how the enemy deceives people, using sensationalism, and also giving people a false hope of communicating with their deceased loved ones. It seems “fascinating” to them. It grieves my heart to see this taking place. 😢
Some may say, “Well I go to psychics, and go out ghost hunting and nothing has happened to me”…
What I would say to that is, I too have been there. I too believed it was truly our deceased loved ones, and there was time when it didn’t seem that anything bad was happening to me. I have been there too, but I have been “through” it. I’ve come out on the other side. I’ve “had” what I thought was “good times”, I cried when spirits spoke through others portraying as my long lost loved ones, and I wanted to hold onto that moment. It was a “special” moment. But after I went through all that, and found out that these same spirits were actually evil demonic spirits, that mimicked my loved ones, and it was/is a strong delusion. After time goes on, and you start asking questions about their true identity, they will reveal themselves for what they really are, and all hell will break loose.
(But if you turn to Jesus, and rebuke them, they will not harm you, and they will STOP!)
If you truly want to know the truth, I urge you to start reading the Bible and pray about it, God will reveal it to you! He loves you and does not want us deceived!
I pray that my testimony will help lead others out of darkness and into the glorious light of Jesus Christ!
Ezekiel 36:25-28 KJV
 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
A word of comfort to those that are grieving the loss of a loved one:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV
 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
John 3:16 KJV
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
It was truly a miracle that Jesus saved and delivered me that day! I give God ALL THE GLORY!! ❤️🤗✨👆🏻💫🙌
Seeking first the Kingdom of God,
*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
Praise God! The GOOD NEWS newspaper in England published my testimony in their 2020′ October edition!! Please pray with me that many will read it and be led to the Lord as a result!!