QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT DELIVERANCE
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DELIVERANCE?
By the word “Deliverance” we mean the casting out of demons from people, particularly Christians. The New Testament model of Jesus’ ministry clearly verifies this definition.
WHAT IS A DEMON?
We have learned demons are disembodied spirits, possibly from some past generations. These entities have distinct personalities, desires and names. They have a strong desire to dwell inside humans since this is the only way they can fulfill their desires. They can exercise authority on the earth through a human tongue. They are invisible to the human eye.
WHY CAN’T I JUST IGNORE THESE THINGS?
Jesus did not ignore demons, so we should not think we can. Regardless, of some present day teaching, demons are not harmless. They can be so deceptive that most people are not aware of their activity in their own lives, homes and churches. Jesus gave every believer authority to deal with demons. Casting out demons is a primary sign to follow a true believer’s life.
CAN DEMONS GO OUT OF ONE PERSON AND INTO ANOTHER?
In some instances, demons can leave one person and go into another. If a person desires to have demons come into themselves (such as some people in witchcraft), they can take in the demons. This is common in certain religious rituals such as voodoo. People can be vulnerable to demonic entrance for several reasons. Where there is valid spiritual authority and discernment, such transference is very limited.
WHERE DO DEMONS GO WHEN THEY ARE CAST OUT?
Jesus said demons go to dry places after leaving a person. They seek rest and do not find it and come back to the same person seeking another entrance. If that person has only swept out their house (their body) and not filled the voided places with the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the demon will not only come back in, but bring seven (a complete number) worse than himself into that person. Then , according to Jesus, the last condition of that person will be worse than before he received initial deliverance. We also have the instance where Jesus allowed the demons to go into the pigs, but the outcome of that situation is another matter.
SHOULD I BE AFRAID OF DEMONS?
Believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ should not fear demons or even Satan. Jesus gave absolute authority over all the power of the enemy and said, “Nothing should be any means hurt us.” Fear is a demonic spirit and can be cast out.
ARE CHILDREN SAFE IN A DELIVERANCE SERVICE?
Children are always as safe as their parent’s level of belief. Once properly introduced and taught about deliverance, children often become more aggressive warriors than adults. The key to children’s deliverance is the deliverance of the parents. Often children will manifest demons leaving them while they are leaving their parents.
WHY IS DELIVERANCE NOT PRACTICED IN MOST CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES?
Satan and the demons have worked fervently to deceive the Body of Christ about their activity. Integrating deliverance into a life or ministry takes it to a new level spiritually requiring a more circumspect walk. Obviously, the enemy does not like such commitment and the exposure it brings to his activities and will seek to retaliate. Many believers do not want to deal with demonic issues in their lives due to embarrassment or shame. Leaders, especially, avoid such. The warfare of deliverance is hard work requiring a sacrifice of time and effort. Most turn away from this spiritual “front line,” choosing, as Israel of old often did, to dwell in their tents in fear rather than confront and destroy Goliath.
I WENT THROUGH DELIVERANCE ONCE, ISN’T THAT ENOUGH?
Most believers have been taught that deliverance is a one-time event like salvation in an evangelical setting. Actually, deliverance is a lifestyle. When one joins the army, their entire lifestyle revolves around war—preparing for war, going to war or being ready for war. The true calling of the church is warfare. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. We now know there are many levels of deliverance needed in everyone’s life due to rejections, traumas, sins and certain experiences. We are to keep fighting until we are free indeed!
DOES EVERYONE NEED DELIVERANCE?
Jesus was the only one to live on this earth in which the prince of this world could find nothing.
CAN A BELIEVER MINISTER DELIVERANCE TO HIS OR HER SELF?
One can renounce agreement with demons they discern in their own life. Falling out of agreement with an unclean spirit will often cause it to leave. The degree one can minister to their self depends on their level of faith. Sound teaching and the experience of ministry from others greatly enhances the ability to deal with some personal demons.
MY PASTOR DOES NOT BELIEVE IN DELIVERANCE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you are serious about maturing as a Christian and becoming an overcomer, you must find your place in a body with leadership that believes in, partakes of and practices deliverance. This ministry should not be delegated because leadership does not want to do it. God’s true leadership should set the example for the flock just like Jesus. This sign of casting out demons should follow all believers, including the leadership. Jesus offered no substitute for deliverance or the casting out of demons. He fasted and prayed, but He still confronted the demons and cast them out. God’s true leadership must set the Jesus-like example.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE DELIVERANCE MORE EFFECTIVE IN MY LIFE?
- Resolve your total commitment to the Lord.
- Repent of all known sin.
- Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- Find ministry you can trust to open your life to completely—become totally transparent.
- Get “knit-in” to a body of believers with like desires, beliefs and practices.
- Get your home in order according the standards of God’s Word.
- Begin to minister to others and give of yourself.
- Keep your eyes on Jesus and all He has done for you already and not the demons and what yet needs to be done in your life.