Sid Roth - How To Free Your Mind
Sid Roth: Welcome, welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. My next guest had incurable "schizophrenia". He was touched by the power of God, set free and then became an administrator in the institution he was hospitalized in, 50 employees under him. Now I asked my personal doctor, Dr. Dietry, last night a question on the phone. "He went off all medicine, all medication, Doctor. To your knowledge, what happens to a schizophrenic that takes no medicine"? Doctor: That's a good question. It's an unbelievable phenomenon, schizophrenia. When you come off medication, provided the medication was helping in the first place, you get an extra .... a spike of hallucinations, ideations and delusions. It's not a very pretty sight.
Sid Roth: Have you ever heard of someone that's diagnosed with schizophrenia? Oh, I forgot one more thing. In a few years, he was supposed to be catatonic. That was the diagnosis. A thousand pages of diagnosis, Doctor. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Doctor: Personally, I have never seen anybody come off of medication and be normal.
Sid Roth: Well but I have to tell you, Doctor, he is not normal according to the world. He is normal according to the Word of God. So Nick Griemsmann was raised in a secular home. His father left at age, when he was age eight. He got addicted to pornography at 10. At 21, he was a full-blown alcoholic and he was a bartender. But at age 23, you know, we take a lot of things for granted, at age 23, he's an alcoholic, he's a drug addict, he's a mess. I'm just saying it, Nick. And he gets a little tract about the Messiah, and he calls the person on the phone, because there was a phone number on this tract. And what happened?
Nick Griemsmann: The woman on the phone, she was really nice, and she asked me a question, she said something about, "Are you, have you received Jesus"? And I asked her, "What does that actually mean because so many people tell me different things about Christianity and I was studying different religions like Islam and Judaism, different sects in Christianity, and things like that. And so, "What does it really mean to receive Jesus"? And she said, "It's easy. The Bible says you can confess Jesus as Lord and he will come into your life". And so I said this simple prayer and he came into my heart, and totally changed me.
Sid Roth: What happened to your drug addiction, your alcoholism?
Nick Griemsmann: When I said this prayer, it was so incredible. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was on the phone with her and I prayed this simple prayer of faith. I had just faith in God at the time. I said the name of Jesus. And the moment I said the name of Jesus this liquid love came upon me, and for the first time, I knew I was completely free from all my sin, alcoholism, drugs. I had a sexuality immorality I was into, you know the lifestyle of a bartender, and God completely set me free from that.
Sid Roth: You know, only God could do something like that. But then right behind the devil came up to him when that seed was planted, immediately, he came up to him because Nick now wants to live for God. And he goes on the Internet and he finds out there's a place where the guy says he's one of the End Time prophets and they'll give him food, they'll give him shelter, they'll train him. It sounded pretty good.
Nick Griemsmann: Absolutely. I was trying to find a good church and I found this online. And I thought, wow, I can leave all my old friends and leave my family, and all the troubles I used to have, and I can serve Jesus with my whole heart, because I really loved God.
Sid Roth: But it turned out to be a cult. The first crack that you saw in this cult was two of the senior members having a disagreement.
Nick Griemsmann: Yeah. One thing that the cult would preach, that they were sinless. They would say that they never sin or anything like that. And I was there and the men, one night they started arguing over something and they were like almost like throwing blows at each other and swearing. And I thought, they're preaching that they're sinless, but it doesn't look like their sinless. And my heart started going, well maybe this really, maybe what they're telling me isn't all the truth.
Sid Roth: But you were so scared because they had this, was it a cassette that you would have to listen to. And what was the warning it gave you?
Nick Griemsmann: In the cassettes, the prophet, the false prophet, he would say that if we left the church, because they said that they are the one true church, if we left the church it meant that we lost our salvation, blasting the Holy Spirit. So as you know, if you're a young person in God and you don't really know anything, I believed it and I was very afraid that if I left or talked to my family, they said my family was of the devil, I couldn't talk to them. And they said that I would go to Hell if I did anything wrong or if I left the church, or said anything about the person in charge there.
Sid Roth: But he had such a heart for God. He was crying out and crying out. And one day, he takes off. He ends up in the Nashville Airport. What happened, Nick?
Nick Griemsmann: Well I entered the Nashville Airport and at this time, I started hearing voices in my mind. Before I left the cult, I actually started getting voices in my mind and I thought they were angels, and I thought God was speaking directly to my mind. And so I would listen to these voices. And I was, they would say things and they'd say bad things. And when I was in the Nashville Airport I was going to go to a phone to call my family to pick me up. And the voices came to me and said, "You need to go and you need to make a scene and yell, and scream, and praise God in the middle of the baggage claim area in Nashville Airport". But I really loved God and I thought God...
Sid Roth: So you were willing to do anything for God. I wish, even though it was the wrong voice, I wish more Christians would be willing to do whatever God said. So they picked him up obviously. He's diagnosed schizophrenic. He's told in a few years he'll be in a catatonic state. He goes home to be with his family and his mother insists he go to a little Assembly of God Church and we'll be right back.
Sid Roth: So my guest, Nick Griemsmann, had incurable schizophrenia. Nick, what is like to have schizophrenia?
Nick Griemsmann: Sid, if you could imagine, if you take a vice, a metal vice with spikes in it, and if you take this vice and you put it on your head like a helmet and then you start screaming in your head evil profane things, blaspheming God, you know, different things like that, the blasphemy, the yelling in the head to kill yourself, that there's no hope, and this cap would be on your head, and they tell you that it will never leave.
Sid Roth: So you go to this Assembly of God Church, you go up to the altar and someone begins to pray for you. What happened?
Nick Griemsmann: A nice man and his wife, they were praying over me and this spiritual force, I felt it, it lifted out of my head that night. It just lifted out of my head and at that moment I knew, I knew...
Sid Roth: What did you actually know? When this spiritual force lifted, what were, did you know?
Nick Griemsmann: Well I knew two things. One, that I was completely healed of schizophrenia at that moment. But two, I knew that there was some sort of evil nest of some type of spiritual force that some of it actually left, and I had hoped that I could pursue Jesus to receive my complete deliverance.
Sid Roth: So that your first hope after all the stuff you went through. Okay. So you, step by step, the Holy Spirit directed you to do different things. I'm going to take you to your parents' swimming pool. What, tell me what the Holy Spirit was teaching you and what you were doing?
Nick Griemsmann: I would put on worship music and I'd walk around the swimming pool outside and I worshiped the Lord, and I'd start commanding the demons to come out of my mind and stop causing torment. I used the Word of God and my faith, and I started commanding Satan to leave me in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I did this in one day. I was doing it for over an hour. And I just knew that eventually something else was going to come out like it did that night at the church. And this day, I was working around the pool, worshiping God and commanding Satan to come out and this spiritual force from my stomach, it came up and it went uhhh, and it manifested this thing and it went out of my head. And I fell on the ground and I started weeping. I was weeping with joy. I was so thankful because I knew I didn't need other people to pray for me to be delivered. I could actually do it myself.
Sid Roth: This was like self-deliverance. Now you have over a thousand pages of diagnosis of incurable schizophrenia. You also have something that it's referred to as a decertification certificate. In other words, he can't get any more welfare. He's not insane. But what is insane to me is he's now an administrator for that institution. Now how many people did you have working for you?
Nick Griemsmann: I had 40 to 50 working for me.
Sid Roth: Can you imagine that? Forty to 50 people with that same institution. I'll tell you, Doctor, that's cool. And you're taking eight to 10 meds. Were you off of that completely?
Nick Griemsmann: Not instantly. So what happened to me, I didn't instantly have a miracle like completely free from schizophrenia. The Lord took me through a process, which I noticed in the ministry that now that He does that a lot for people to teach them about His spirit and how to do spiritual warfare. So I went through a process and through that process with my doctor's help and my case managers, and my family, I decided to try to wean off the medications. I did it very slowly. I don't recommend to get off medications instantly. I went very slowly with my doctor's help. And eventually with, right about three or four months, I was completely off all the medications.
Sid Roth: Now you had a few doctors talk to you, especially your administrator now for this organization connected with the hospital. What did these doctors think when they saw your records?
Nick Griemsmann: The doctors, they can't really explain it.
Sid Roth: I'm sure not.
Nick Griemsmann: It's a great opportunity to witness God's love to people. I might not necessarily get to preach at people or anything like that in a work environment. But I could witness to them that, you know, my faith helped me.
Sid Roth: And you know what's so exciting about what happened to Nick? He says, this self-deliverance works for all sorts of problems, physical sickness, fear, emotional problems, addictions of all kind: pornography, alcoholism, drugs. It's wonderful. Jesus wants you free. He wants you free. He has a hope for you. He has a future for you. We'll deal with that when we come back.
Sid Roth: Now there's a question that a lot of Christians are wondering. Can a Christian have a demon? What do you say, Nick?
Nick Griemsmann: Yes.
Sid Roth: That's short. You're a man of few words.
Nick Griemsmann: Yes.
Sid Roth: But explain please.
Nick Griemsmann: Okay. First, I want to explain that you're not a bad person if you're dealing with an evil spirit. Our enemy is the devil. It's taught in the New Testament that we should cast out demons. Jesus went into the temple, which is a type of, the New Testament believer...
Sid Roth: The Temple.
Nick Griemsmann: Yes, the Temple of the Living God. And see, the temple had the Holy of Holies where the Holy Spirit dwelled, where no man could get in without the blood of the lamb. And then we have the inner court and the outer court. Jesus cast thieves, the moneychangers and the thieves. The thieves could be representing evil spirits out of let's say the outer court and the inner court. And so it's my belief that that the Bible teaches that there's a spirit, soul and body, and that our spirit man is sealed with the Holy Spirit once we receive Jesus Christ. And our flesh, it needs to be renewed with our mind. So our flesh could have stuff inside causing things that aren't of the Kingdom of God.
Sid Roth: Now you talk, you know what I'm thinking about. Have you ever read the New Testament about a spirit of infirmity? Have you ever been sick? You now are no longer with that institution. You help people full time all over the world. What about someone that is physically sick? Could that be a demon?
Nick Griemsmann: I run into a lot of times with people who have been praying for healing for many years. They go to the pastors, they go to evangelists and they come up front, and they want healing. They really want it bad. But they just want healing and they don't maybe possibly they've never heard of deliverance or they don't believe in deliverance.
Sid Roth: You know, at least a third of Jesus' ministry was casting out spirits from people.
Nick Griemsmann: Yes. The evil spirits actually cause all sorts of things that people think are just medical conditions like I've seen people healed of MS. I've seen people healed of...
Sid Roth: There was a spirit behind it?
Nick Griemsmann: Yes. A spirit of cancer, I've seen it come out of a woman. She said that it came out of her breast. A spirit came out of her breast. Also I've seen people healed of stage 4 liver cancer or actually, I'm sorry, bladder cancer, I've seen that. It was actually spirits.
Sid Roth: I don't have time to ask my doctor friend this, but I don't think too many people with stage 4 bladder cancer get healed and all they have to do is do what the book says: believe it and do it. The book is the truth book, otherwise known as the Bible.
Nick Griemsmann: Paul told us if we soaked the flesh, of the flesh we're going reap corruption. And so what happens is that we, sometimes we have a sinful life in our past and we get, we receive Jesus into our hearts and then we don't learn about deliverance, and bring those, let's say corrupt type things in the flesh, the curses from the law or from living in sin into our Christian life. And then we have to deal with these evil spirits later on causing disease and sickness, arthritis, cancer, all sorts of things.
Sid Roth: Now what I love about you, Nick, is this is not your emphasis in your life. His emphasis is intimacy with God, loving God. Tell me how you developed such intimacy with God.
Nick Griemsmann: Well when I was going through my healing of schizophrenia, I would, I started praying. I prayed about a couple of minutes at night then I'd pray about 30 minutes a night, and then I decided to look at the Word where it said, "If you seek God you will find Him when you seek Him with your whole heart". And He's a great rewarder of those who diligently seek him. So I prayed to God and I said, "This is your Word and I'm standing on it and I'm going to seek you until the day I meet you either in my room or in eternity".
Sid Roth: Give me an example, actually pray that right now. Just pray what you just said.
Nick Griemsmann: Lord Jesus, your word states that if I seek you with my whole heart, if I actually pray and seek you, your face, and I repent for my sins, I can actually meet you and see you, and you will come through for me.
Sid Roth: And you hear God's voice now. What's it like to have intimacy with God? Describe what it's like. I know that's hard, Nick. But, I like to ask hard questions.
Nick Griemsmann: I did every single drug you could name: ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana. I went to every party you could think of. I was a nightclub bartender. I did everything I could to escape from the pain of the world. The day I met the Holy Spirit, I never could ever imagine why anybody would ever want to do drugs or ever want to drink, because the Holy Spirit's love is better than all of it.
Sid Roth: Pray the Holy Spirit's love, but the Holy Spirit's love on people that are watching right now.
Nick Griemsmann: Okay. I have, I would like you to do like a heart sign, like a prophetic sign with your hands. I believe the Lord wants you to do this. Just as an act of faith, just this little heart sign. It's simple. Just as an act of faith, showing God that you really want His love, because He loves you. See the heart. In the mighty name of Jesus, Father God, I pray that the person or the people that are seeing this heart, that they would raise their hands up with this heart and agree with me that you will appear to them. You will show them your deep love that you will heal them of everything that afflicts them, that you will deliver them and their family members, and prosper them. Lord, I pray for each individual that you would send a dart of your love into their heart in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, the risen king. Amen.
Sid Roth: Amen. I'm going to tell you something. If there's someone watching right now and you say, I've gone too far, there's no hope for me, answer them in one minute.
Nick Griemsmann: Jesus Christ is standing next to you right now. All you have to do is just open your heart to him. If you doubt the Word of God, if you doubt that Jesus Christ is really real, you just pray to God and you ask Him about Jesus. God is a God that answers prayers. Listen. He is the one that answers prayers and He knows what you're going through. God is a God of hope and a God of love, not a God of religion, not a God of judgementalism, but a God of love and of peace. Reach out.
Sid Roth: Say, Jesus, I make you my Lord. Say it out loud wherever you are right now. I believe you died for my sins. I ask you to take over my life, be Lord of my life, fill me with your Holy Spirit and power. If you can do that for Nick, say that out loud, if you can do that for Nick, you can do whatever I need for me, in Jesus' name. Amen.