Monday, June 19, 2006

From Sorcerer to Prophet

[The following is an excerpt from the book Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Power.]

Ian Clayton, a New Zealand prophet and father of four, is a man who found himself seemingly chosen by the demonic realm to become a great occult leader. Yet God had other plans, shifting the shadows of power aside to reveal Himself and lead Ian into an entirely different realm of grace. His story illustrates the powers of the occult as well as the ability of light to overcome the darkness in an individual’s life, shifting them out of the shadows until they enter into authentic power and supernatural experiences initiated by the Holy Spirit.

Psychics claim that the ability to see and move in the supernatural is often inherited and can trace the lineage of relatives who moved in psychic power for generations past. In Ian’s case, the generational lines seemed to offer two distinct destinies for Ian’s spiritual gifts. On his mother’s side of the family is a line of Jewish and Christian believers. One great grandfather was counted among the original Quakers in Africa. During the mid-1800s, another great grandfather experienced the Welch revival.

His father’s side of the family was exactly the opposite. His father was the head of the spiritualist church in Africa. His family lineage included free masons, Rosicrucian’s, and those with claims to other occult involvement.

It wasn’t long before the two warring destinies manifested in Ian’s life as power reached out and touched him at an early age. As a child, Ian would see visions of Jesus and angels. Eventually, his father took him to the spiritualist church and things began to change. The dark side aggressively pursued Ian, shifted him into the shadows, and lured him into the occult.

At age 12, his growing awareness of God led him to the Bible and he started reading it from the beginning. Halfway through Deuteronomy he decided that it was full of rules and regulations and didn’t want anything to do with it. Just as he shut the Bible he heard a voice say, “Put your hand on top of table and pick table up.” Ian put his hand flat on the table top and it rose, sideways off the floor.

“It was an amazing power rush,” Ian explained. “Suddenly, I walked in power.”
Spirits started materializing at night and taught Ian how to do things such as astral travel and psychic healing, pendulum diagnosis, use of herbs in healing and in gaining power, and the power of demons in the spirit world. As the lessons continued, people grew frightened of Ian’s power. Many would talk about the headaches they got after being around him—headaches Ian attributes to the demonic resonance of the spirit force around his life. Meanwhile, signs and wonders manifested in Ian’s life much to his surprise and others’ shock.

“I would put my hand out and it would go into the wall—not up against it,” he said. By age 17, Ian was frightened of his own power and turned into an introvert attempting to shelter himself from others because of the phenomena that would occur.

The power then transitioned him into deeper realms of a supernatural world. “A generational sentinel appeared as a jaguar then became a man who taught me for a year about issues of sorcery and how to make and destroy things,” Ian said. “I thought I would use this power for the good of others without realizing the source was evil and would actually release demons into their lives. I didn’t know this until I was born again.”

According to Ian, the spirits taught him to become a psychic healer and he would lay hands on a body and take out the bits that were diseased. He could heal and he could kill with the same power that resided within him. “The moment I touched their flesh they submitted to the demon in my life. When I got angry at somebody I would release spirits and the people either were killed or became sick. At one point, my father got sick and my mother ended up in hospital because of my cursing them.”

Eventually, Ian met a woman who would become his wife and she gradually grew accustomed to the strange nocturnal visitations Ian received from spirits, believing that Ian’s spiritual giftedness was destined to help many people. However, one of her college instructors challenged her beliefs during an after-class discussion when he opened the Bible and read a Scripture about consulting with demons being an abomination to God. Near the end of the discussion, he invited them over to his house for a barbecue.

She brought the Bible home to Ian and everything inside of him reacted. One night the sentinel appeared to him and tried to dissuade him from attending the dinner. But something else, some other part of his family lineage, drew him closer to the source of authentic power and his ultimate destiny.

They attended the dinner and adjourned to another room for worship and Bible study. “Suddenly, this thing came through the roof and descended into the room. It was so beyond what I had ever seen. As this cloud came down into the room I wanted to get away and ended up on the floor. I looked at this girl’s face of abandoned love worshiping this thing that came into the room and realized that what I wanted all my life was to be loved, not used. As soon as she stopped worshiping the cloud left.”

His girlfriend accepted the Lord and began weeping as she felt God healing her body and her emotions. Ian then asked Jesus into his life. The small group of believers went to Ian’s house to pray over the rooms and cleanse it from the demonic. They also encouraged him to throw away all his occult objects. “They said to me, ‘You’ve confessed Jesus as Savior now you need to confess Him as your Lord.’ The moment I did that it felt like a sword went right into my heart and I began to see the death, destruction, chaos, and all that what was using me; and I sat on the floor and wept.

“For me to get free I had to own what I had done. Satan knew that if I came into my destiny as a son of God, I would become his worst nightmare.”

It took time for Ian to disentangle from demonic influences and power. His salvation initiated a two-year process of healing and deliverance in his life. The last thing to go was the sentinel—smaller demons were easily cast out. “I realized that the sentinel was an imitation of the Holy Spirit, a trespasser who had no right to come in and teach me and shut my life down,” Ian said.

“When I got delivered, the inside of my heart tore as I felt it claw its way out. Afterward, for the first time since age 12, the grass was green. I heard the birds singing and the sky was blue. The deliverance began a hatred of anything to do with the demonic.”

Over the years, Ian grew in his faith and in the ability to discern the shifting shadows of power that infiltrate society. His openness to the spiritual realm enabled him to readily recognize the authentic power of the Holy Spirit—power characterized by life rather than destruction—and experience the supernatural Kingdom of God.

Rather than initiating astral travel as he learned to do through the help of spirit guides, he walks with the Father of Light and His son, Jesus Christ, discovering new realms of Heaven and insights into the supernatural. Rather than wallowing in depression and anger, he is a joyful person, full of light and exuberant with life. Rather than being a servant of the demonic, he is a servant of the Lord with a growing international reputation as a prophet who not only understands the spirit realm but teaches others how to access the power of God and enter the revelatory realms of God’s Kingdom—rather than access the revelation of the occult.

Ian Clayton is a man who has experienced not only the counterfeit powers of satan, but authentic power of God. Everything he had done through occult power he has also experienced through authentic power…and more. He believes that when Jesus Christ told his disciples that they will accomplish greater works and miracles than He, it should be taken literally. Christians operating in the authentic power of the Holy Spirit, can heal the sick, raise the dead, walk on water, dematerialize and walk through a crowd (or walls for that matter), see into both the realm of Heaven and satan’s dominion, and take authority over all of the enemy’s work. Having walked on both sides of the fence, Ian believes that God’s authentic power is greater. He is a New Creation Power Broker experiencing things most Christians cannot imagine—fourth dimension miracles that transcend our current knowledge of the laws of physics.

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