Testimonies 2017-05-05T04:20:43+00:00

“Since my intensive for inner healing and deliverance, I am seeing changes in my life.  I am able to see the lies the enemy uses in my life and that of others.  My level of compassion for others has risen.  I am able to love in a better way, judgement and criticism is decreasing.  I have been able to enter into worship again.  [That was not possible since Mom died a year ago].  I am more hungry for His presence, spending more time in the prayer room, studying, praying, praising, and interceding.”

S.

“Thank you for the amazing OS training, June 8-11-2016. New revelations struck my heart each day. I especially appreciate your addition of Scripture to back each truth. Our Saturday morning meeting was life-changing! I spent the first half hour asking God to define and name my stronghold. When it was time to go for prayer, I went to a team… They prayed over me, calling out some of the very lies I had identified as falsehoods I had used to build an ugly stronghold. Then they started pronouncing gentleness over me. That is the one fruit of the Spirit I never felt I had. They just kept saying it over and over again. I kept saying, “I receive that. I receive gentleness.” We have spent the last couple of weeks with our 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren, and I have noticed a calm, quiet, boldness arise within me….I appreciate so much that you used scripture for each tool you presented to us. Our goal is to make Kansas City our home base, and I can’t wait to get back to join OS on Tuesday nights again. Thank you so much for sending the Tuesday night recordings, they keep me in touch with you as I continue to learn while I’m away.”

T.

“I struggled with a lot of fear when I moved out here, which hindered me in many ways….. When Tim and Olga took me through deliverance it REALLY changed my life. I experienced so much freedom and learned to fight for myself and for God. Praise the Lord!”

A.

“The Tuesday night Overcoming Strongholds has helped me learn strategies to not only get free but help others. I came to these classes heavy and sad and each week I got better…I am overcoming.”

S.

“Overcoming Strongholds weekly meetings and private deliverance ministry have truly been life-changing for me….In private deliverance sessions, two of the deliverance team members helped me uncover lies that had become part of my belief system. They then helped me replace the lies with truth. The freedom that I experienced after they cast out the demons has made a huge difference. With their discipleship, I have been able to maintain my new-found freedom through believing and focusing on truth instead of being overcome by the lies and accusations of the enemy. I am now able to recognize when I am having feelings from the enemy that are not mine (most of the time) and come out of agreement with that lie and regain self-control by Holy Spirit. My family has seen the difference and been so blessed also.”

J.

“I joined the deliverance team new trainee class….and started attending OS. I knew I personally had struggled with fear and heaviness since I was a kid and had gotten breakthrough over the years but felt like I had hit a wall. Through coming to OS Tuesday nights and seeing the model of how strongholds are formed, things started to make sense of why I’ve felt the way I have. God began to show me the lies I’d believed and I was able to see what the truth really is and agree with Him in it.I had 2 one-on-one deliverance sessions and am happy to say that I AM FREE!”

A.

“I signed up for a deliverance session with Tim & Olga Erickson in May (2013). I was hungry for breakthrough because I had been fighting the same condemnation, confusion, and addiction for years. God surprised me during that session as I began to embrace truth and feel a flood of hope and joy. I remember they said, ‘You shall KNOW the truth and the truth shall set you free.’ As we talked and prayed, I felt truth and hope taking root in my heart in such a refreshing way, that I knew God was doing something significant.”

J.

“Since I have been coming to Overcoming Strongholds, I have been very impressed with the deliverance model that you are presenting. One of the points that you made the other night was “…the only thing stopping you is your belief system.” This really sank in. I think that God has been showing me some of the lies in my foundation. Such as: you are worthless, you can’t do it and your thoughts and ideas are ridiculous. I know where these came from and I have tried to recognize them for the lies that they are…. Last night as we worshipped at the end of the evening, you told us to press in. So I stood up and asked the Lord,” What is the big lie? What is the belief system?” …..a disgusted voice say, ” You oughta be ashamed.” It was so stinging…Knowing it was a lie took the sting out of it. I knew immediately that this was a major part of the foundation – the end product of the other little lies. I then asked God “What is the truth?” The truth is that I am worth His sacrificial death on the cross. The truth is that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The truth is that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The truth is that my heavenly Father delights in me. Above all that truth is Jesus bearing my shame on the cross. I could just see Him hanging there in such humiliation, naked before everyone and receiving their ridicule and insults. He suffered all of that and more in my place. I don’t have to interpret everything through that lie. That’s like walking in the darkness of the lie when I can be walking in the light of the truth. So, as I stood there that night I renounced those lies, I forgave those who presented those lies to me. I made a choice to allow Truth to take their place. I am not worthless. I am a vessel of the Holy Spirit. Jesus died on the cross for me. He is the Judge of all things and it is He and no one else Who can determine my value. I am not helpless and generally unable to do anything. Scripture says that I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. I am not ridiculous. I don’t have stupid ideas. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I don’t have to be ashamed. Jesus carried my shame on the cross. The chastening for my well-being fell upon Him. I feel like this is another breakthrough into Jesus, the Truth the Light and The Way.”

E.

“I used to have the perspective that the enemy is bigger than God. I never would have said it that way, of course, but that is how I acted. Since attending OS and hearing the emphasis on the truth of God’s Word, God has opened my eyes even more to how BIG He is. This, in turn, has led me to have a proper, true perspective of the enemy and how Jesus has given me authority over all his power (Luke 10:19).”

L.

“Through Overcoming Strongholds, I have been given an understanding of the enemy’s strategies and how to receive freedom through breaking agreement with lies and agreeing with the truth of the Word. Specifically, I have received freedom from attacks of the enemy in the night. I had ‘unwelcome visitors’ in the night and through the understanding of my authority in Jesus, I have been able to shut the door that I had opened through fear. In other areas, I am able to identify lies more readily and experience freedom at a faster rate than ever before.”

T.

“Before starting the ‘OS Truth Encounter’, I was stressed out 24/7. I felt like God didn’t speak to me. I had panic attacks and had a lot of fear. Just doing simple thinks like asking for a ride to work was really hard. I was afraid of people, and I had almost no self-esteem. Also, I was a fifteen year cigarette smoker and could not quit if you paid me. After the ‘Truth Encounter’, I am completely free from cigarettes. Also, the fear and the anxiety are gone. I feel like a new person. I’m doing better talking to others and asking for help. Its like I’m a different person. I still have some problems, but I know I can go to God with them. I recognize the lie and know how to replace it with scripture. It’s really nice knowing I don’t have to have it all figured out. Before I was walking in fear and shame and now I’m walking in victory as a daughter of God.”

C.

“My favorite part was the reality of truth and lies we believe. My first day I received a breakthrough about unhealthy soul ties with my grandchildren, totally felt free. During the 15 minutes soaking, I had a picture of a rejection wound totally closing!!! On the ministry day, I confessed boredom and anger towards God. I repented and am now working on writing scriptures on truths of who God is!!! Thank you, thank you, This is real!”

B.

“I can honestly say that since ministry with Overcoming Strongholds, people have told me that my countenance has changed, some have said, ‘radiant’, that my personality is much more vibrant and confident, and that the issues I was dealing with are much, much changed for the better. I feel more positive and hopeful than I ever have! I continue to put in practice the walking out of my freedom, and am eternally grateful.”

J.

“I have attended OS meetings for just over a year now, and I have always been blessed. The Lord teaches me a lot through everyone every time I go. Whatever issue of the heart I am personally going through I know will be addressed in the teaching time, and as God helps me understand the issue I become more free.”

C.

“I’m so moved by the Lord through the revelation that is striking my heart these last 4 times I’ve come to OS. I had dinner with a friend tonight and heard myself sharing all the rev. I’ve gotten while attending OS. God has used Overcoming Strongholds to strike my heart, and I’m not taking that lightly. When I look at the “ahas” that happened in my heart this last 4 weeks and compare it to the “ahas” of the last season of my life – there is NO comparison. I was dull/ho-hum/without any real revelation but definitely committed to God in all the ways I know how to be. Now I’m alive, encouraged and have things popping on the inside. Aware of how committed to me God is! That is a huge shift in my thinking. It’s not my commitment to God, it’s His commitment to me! Hard to explain….I love what you are doing and see the fruit of it in others – and in me.”

D.

“I….struggled in reading the Word and being easily offended and feeling defeated as a Christian. When I came to Overcoming Strongholds I felt very welcomed and accepted by Tim and Olga Erickson. The presentation on getting the lies out of the foundation of my spiritual life and to claim the truths in the Word made sense to me. I was able to receive healing and strength through the worship that was so anointed and the prayers the team prayed for me. God set me free from fear and now I’m trusting Him for my future.”

J.

“My sins were sexual immorality with an addiction to pornography and all the lies to hide this addiction and a fake identity. I came prepared to be condemned even more. But when I came I did not receive it from anyone and especially from God, who showed me just how much he loves me and my identity in him. Through overcoming strongholds, God highlighted that my sins were actually symptoms of a deeper issue. I had stronghold behaviors and thinking patterns which God needed to show and uproot in me. And that I was actually sinning by not choosing to go to God but going to my own stronghold- not trusting that God will fix things….I was expecting deliverance would involve shouting and intense exorcism activity, but there was no shouting but simply speaking out with authority as a son of God against the demons, telling them to leave and running to the stronghold of truth in God…..We can testify that there has been a massive breakthrough in our marriage as well as in our personal lives. The truth has truly set us free and I can say the hope for our marriage is not like a small speck of light in a dark tunnel, but in fact we have stepped into the light, a new spring season has come.”

J.

“My husband and I just recently had the privilege to be part of the Simeon Internship and during our stay I was able to attend OS on Tuesday evenings. Many times my mind has to go back and review the truths presented at OS to be able to walk in victory. I continue to review my OS notes which guide and remind me of the awesome resurrection power that Jesus died on the cross to give me. I am so grateful and thankful to OS leadership that is so faithful at presenting God’s love and truth in such a comprehensive way. I am so thankful to God for the Overcoming Stronghold team and the love in which they presented God’s heart to us. They truly went the extra mile with excellence.”

C.

“I struggled with stealing, lying, fear, depression, and occasionally thoughts of suicide. I have never known what it’s like to live without fears and lies bombarding my thought life everyday. Thoughts like “you’re not good enough”, “you’ll never amount to much”, “you’re worthless” were familiar things to me… I started sessions with Tim and Olga. The first thing I noticed about them was that there was no reaction out of them when I confessed what I had done. The other thing that I noticed was that instead of focusing on what I had done (which was the physical act of stealing) they were more focused on my heart. We worked through those deliverance sessions and by the end I came to the conclusion that I really needed a relationship with Jesus. I couldn’t do life on my own strength because I kept messing up all the time… I’m now able to think more clearly, fears are not as overwhelming, I am discerning what are lies and what is truth. The most awesome thing is I have a stronger relationship with Jesus. My relationships with others have changed. All in all my life has changed and is turning around. I’m trusting and believing that God is who He says He is, instead of having all these doubts. I’m actually able to lay hold of who I am in Christ and see the pleasure God has in me. I’m also able to follow and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to me and not get it confused with what whatever lies the enemy tries to get in. I’m reading the Bible more, praying more, and able to trust God with my heart.”

P.

“The Lord first brought my family to IHOPKC to be a part of the prayer movement and forerunner ministry. However, I had so much bondage to lies and woundedness from my past that I first needed healing and freedom. The Hoy Spirit worked through Overcoming Strongholds (OS) to reveal that I was bound to a victim mentality and other lies which manipulated my life with fear, anger, and a sense of worthlessness. Also, through many events in my past, I had developed not only a wrong understanding of my own identity, but I believed lies about God. As much as I loved God, His Word, and serving Him, I had a basic mistrust of Him and of people that held me back. Once these lies were exposed, repented of, and renounced, I started to know real freedom in Jesus. The Holy Spirit revealed truth to me that deepened my intimacy with the Lord.”

J.

“I came to Kansas City in 2011 to do Intro to IHOP. I came with tons of fear from my past. I had experienced a lot of trauma growing up as well as major rejection. Part of that trauma was my father’s illness and passing. After that, I experienced ongoing nightmares, panic attacks/anxiety. There were times when I wouldn’t leave my house because the fear was so strong. Growing up I remember being really shy and not speaking very much. I was afraid of bad things happening to my family or me. I felt very alone and unsafe. I went through deliverance and my life was totally changed. Other than being joyful overall, there are a few things that really stuck out as monumental. The first being a revelation of my authority in Christ. I didn’t have an understanding of this before. The truth that I can use my authority over the enemy’s power, and he will leave was a life-changing revelation!”

A.

“Tuesday, I attended the meeting “overcoming strongholds” for the first time. I was really impressed, in a very positive sense. The meeting was a good mixture of teaching, praying, ministry, worship. I really liked the fact that we received tools so that it is not just a “receiving” time but that we, ourselves, can be active in our day to day life. I learned more about how strongholds start, what to do to prevent and what to do when I see strongholds in my life…. But, a very intense, deep moment of the evening was the worship, intercession for our own hearts… ministering to Him from our own hearts… that was amazingly powerful. There came such a freedom in the room… it was amazing :)”

L.

“I wanted to send you a quick word of encouragement and testimony. I was able to attend last night’s OS meeting and was very encouraged and filled as I listened…on my way home I felt like something had been emptied out of me on the inside… Something DID happen in the crowd as you were prophesying would happen, even last night… No one laid a hand on me or even had a conversation, and God did something great for me just being there! How cool is that?”

D.

“We want to thank God for his amazing testimony and faithfulness over our marriage. We came from Australia to Kansas City really out of desperation. We have been married for 2.5 yrs, and it has been very difficult and painful. We came with deep scars, anger, unforgiveness and unrepented sins. I felt like I was neck deep in water without hope. I came prepared to be condemned, but when I came I did not receive it from anyone and especially from God, who showed me just how much he loves me and my identity in him. Through Overcoming Strongholds, God highlighted that my sins were actually symptoms of a deeper issue. I had stronghold behaviours and thinking patterns which God needed to show and uproot in me. And that I was actually sinning by not choosing to go to God but going to my own stronghold- not trusting that God will fix things. I was expecting deliverance would involve shouting and intense exorcism activity, but there was no shouting but simply speaking out with authority as a son of God against the demons, telling them to leave and running to the stronghold of truth in God. We can testify that there has been a massive breakthrough in our personal lives. The truth has truly set us free, and I can say the hope for our marriage is not like a small speck of light in a dark tunnel, but in fact we have stepped into the light, a new spring season has come. We still have our struggles and many tests will occur when we return back to Australia but we will choose to contend. We will not run to our old strongholds but run to God and his words of truth. Knowing that we can “enjoy the process”! Because this is God giving us the opportunity to daily depend on him as we grow in intimacy. We want to thank God for everyone from OS. Whether directly or indirectly your love, time, prayers, prophecies, advice and ministering has blessed and sewn seeds in our lives. I believe God has excitedly stored eternal blessings for you.”

R.