“Miss Lyndah” we called her. There was not a more happy person in our world, and those who knew her loved her with good reason. Lyndah’s embrace was impeccable, her eyes shown with great love and acceptance, her hand was available to hold when needed, and her voice gentle and compassionate; after all, Lyndah understood when no one else did. This beautiful woman had a comprehension about life that could hardly be explained, in part because she had known the dichotomy of two worlds. She now witnessed good as a follower of Jesus Christ; she had once known only evil. Lyndah had been born into a family of satanists.
She had no happy childhood nor fond memories of carefree play. All her life she had only known the worst of the worst and been forced to commit atrocities. For those who know the darkest side of the occult, Lyndah had done it all. However, when she learned that the God of Heaven was the actual Great and Mighty God, and that He alone was worthy of worship, she chose a new allegiance. She accepted Jesus Christ as her new Lord and Savior, and rejoiced that He forgave…even her. She read in the Holy Scriptures that accepting Him also meant He was her Intercessor, Best Friend and Older Brother.
She taught all of us that to be delivered from a place of such great capture, one’s will had to be for it. The will of another alone, could not obtain it for her, although their standing with her provided strength and necessary support. She explained that deliverance largely engaged one’s own will, combined of course with the help of God and His authority. He gave each person free-will, and no human or demon could impose their will on another forever, ‘only for a season’ she had said, and ultimately God would ask each human who they chose to worship. And in the deepest place of Lyndah’s heart she had chosen Almighty God.
Lyndah didn’t walk without struggle after finding Christ, but she did walk with a strength beyond what she imagined possible because her relationship with God was deep and profound. And when others spoke of a trouble they had, she reached into the resources she had discovered in God’s kingdom and prayed. She knew God heard and would answer. She knew His love was flawless. She had found God’s immense grace to be sufficient in her own life and therefore knew it would work in the lives of others.
Even though Lyndah was ill from the time I met her, she had more joy than any Christian I knew. Not only did she take seriously the study of God’s Word, but time with Him caused her to be most thankful for what He had enabled her to walk away from. She was content with the peace and forgiveness He freely gave. She counted each blessing, even those some of us would have overlooked, such as this: for her it was a miracle the day she laid down the guilt she bore and raised her hands to worship the One True King. It was a great victory because she had formerly raised those hands in worship to a fallen angel.
My dear friend passed into glory at the young age of 40. After a few moments of sadness I laughed with joy. Lyndah was in heaven being loved on by her God, the King of all kings, and now she could see Him face to face and rest safely in His arms. I asked the Lord to tell her I would miss her but that I knew she was now ultimately happy and free, therefore I would not have wished her back for anything!
1953 – 1993
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The Spirit of the Lord is on Me (Jesus), because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives … to set free the oppressed… Luke 4:18 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren (Lucifer) has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:10-11 NASB
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him (Jesus) who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 NASB
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts. II Corinthians 4:6-7a NLT