John G Lake Diary Entry – Testimonies of Casting out demons 1910
Thursday Nov. 24, 1910
A remarkable case of casting out a Devil took place after the evening service. A Mr. Cornelious possessed of a devil for about 1-1/2 years said, that in a vision, God shewed him brother Gordon Hinds and said he was to come to our Tabernacle and that brother Hinds and brother Lake would lay hands on him and cast the devil out. We did. As we prayed, he fell backward on top of the platform, then slipped down into a sitting (position) on the floor with his back against the platform the devil caused him to cry out and fight with his fists but in a few minutes, but he was overpowered by the by the Holy Ghost and cast out. Throughout the struggle brother Lake held his head firmly between his hands and at the same time in the name of Jesus commanding the devil to come out which he did. When the Devil was cast out the Glory and praise of Jesus filled his Soul in a few minutes the Holy Ghost had such possession of him. He spoke in Tongues and Praised Jesus. J. G. L.
Monday, Nov. 28, 1910, at 4:00 p.m. I was called by Bro. Hunt to come to his home at once a Woman was in Violent fits of insanity . I hastened to the home as we prayed the dear Lord cast out the insane devils and when I left she was laying quiet and preparing to sleep it was a glorious deliverance the Spirit came upon me giving me a great and intense sense of dominion . Bro. and sister Hunt, and Bro. Rothchild had been praying with her for hours but had not sufficient dominion to cast the devil out. But being encouraged by my presence prayed with great power. The Lord united our hearts in a great unity of faith the woman’s name was Farmer .
Tues., Nov. 29, 1910 I visited Mrs Dockralls rooms at 56 Mosley bldg. Johannesburg overlooking the Market square. The Duke of Comnaught with the Duchess and Princess Patricha were visitors in the city the Duke was laying the cornerstone. 3000 school children dressed in white occupied the grandstand and sang. About 1:00 p.m. we started down stairs to the restaurant. Mrs. Dockrall was in front and was down about 5 or 6 steps, when she was seized with a violent spasm of Pain, her husband took her back to the rooms. I went down and ate dinner and returned to Dockrall’s rooms.
As I started upstairs I was joined by brother Gordon Hinds. We found Mrs. Dockrall suffering violently she was walking about apparently quite insane. We tried to get her to permit us to pray for her but she refused being persuaded she was not responsible for her actions, we took hold
of her, and prayed.
As we prayed, she became prostrated by the Spirit and we laid her on the bed. God answered the violent suffering ceased, but there remained a considerable pain throughout the afternoon. At about 6 p.m. as I prayed the Spirit came upon me intensely. I could feel the Spirit flow down my arm and through my hand into her body. I was praying and as I prayed laid my hands on the afflicted part, she became calm, her Pain ceased at once, and passed under the power of God. Jesus appeared to her and warned her to be brave and strong, that she was not yet entirely delivered that her suffering would return, she remained free from pain and slept till 1 a.m.
When her suffering returned with great violence, in the morning when I came out to breakfast a telegram from Mr. Dockrall my home was at 4 Millbourn Rd., Bertrams, J.H.burg, about 2-1/2 miles from Dockralls, said Helen had bad night come. signed Ben Dockrall. I hastened down, prayed again the intense suffering ceased at 10 a.m. A most violent attack came upon her she begged me to get her morphine, to bring a Dr. etc. I refused and fought the Devil with all my Power at the end of 1 hour I sent for her brother in law, to call the saints to prayer for her at about 12 p.m. Mrs.
Dockrall suddenly became conscious turned to me as I knelt at her bedside and said the Spirit of the Lord is upon you and instantly I realized it was. Again the healing virtue flowed through me again her Pain ceased. Again Jesus came in a vision to her with a Sword in His hand fighting enemies She asked the Lord, “why do you need a sword?”… “why do you have to fight?” The Lord said “for You!” when the Spirit of God left her the peace and glory of God remained upon her. I called again at night with brother Powell and found her recovering.
Dec. 1, 1910 In the afternoon I called on Mrs. Dockrall and found her almost entirely well and we Praised God.