Deliverance in the earthly ministry of Jesus

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Deliverance was part of the earthly ministry of Jesus

deliverance ministry of JesusAt evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. (Mark 1:32-34)

The ministry of deliverance was also an integral part of the responsibility and tasks that Jesus gave to his 12 disciples as well as the 70 when he sent them out two by two. In Matthew 10, speaking to the twelve, Jesus said:

And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:7-8)

In Luke 10, speaking of the seventy, He said:

Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Luke 10:17)

The ministry of deliverance is part of the great commission that Jesus designated to all those who believe.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons. . . (Mark 16:15-17)

The casting out of demons in the name of Jesus is for “those who believe”, which of course, includes all believers!

Occasions for deliverance ministry

Crusades

In programing evangelistic crusades, churches can and should include messages of deliverance from slavery, offering prayer for people who come seeking freedom from the demonic chains that bind them. During these prayers, demons may manifest themselves in those who attend such events, causing them to shake, tremble, sweat profusely or maybe even to fall and start screaming. It may be necessary to silence these people and take them to a side room for more intense ministry so as not to create too much distraction.

Ministry of praise and worship

Powerful times of worship can provoke demons to manifest themselves during the singing or prayer time in a large church service or in a smaller group setting. The bible says that God abides in the praises of his people and this greatly distresses demonic spirits.

In private settings

Perhaps it is more frequent for a Christian to seek help in a private setting with no type of manifestation, however with a spiritual or emotional problem like depression, unexplainable fear, a lack of ability to stop an unwanted compulsive and embarrassing habit, or other symptoms.

When we minister to the sick

Spiritual barriers are generally found when we minister to the sick. It is common to come across a spirit of affliction, a spirit of pain, or a spirit of a specific infirmity, such as for example, cancer. In this manner, you can occasionally minister deliverance to people who present visible manifestations, probably more frequently than people who have no demonic manifestations when you begin to pray. Many times, in this last case, there are no strong external manifestations during the ministry time. These are merely suggestions however so don’t neglect the importance of a constant readiness to minister deliverance.

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Deliverance – an Introduction

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An introduction to deliverance ministry

deliveranceNothing can substitute the experience of praying for a person and seeing his or her deliverance as a result of our prayers. If you have an opportunity to participate in a class or practical course, or if it is possible to accompany someone who has experience in this ministry, take advantage of it. The Holy Spirit is a marvelous teacher and wants to help those that cannot get experience in any other way other than taking a step of faith and praying with a dependent and learning heart. Those with more experience must greatly depend on the direction of the Holy Spirit in their ministries. The most important ministry that you can have is to be a channel through which the love of God can flow until a person is able to receive deliverance. The second most important ministry that you can have is to be a vessel through which God can pour out His Spirit and the life of Jesus upon a person to receive prayer for deliverance.

…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)

… you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ , nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. (1Timothy 4:6)

…and exercise yourself toward godliness . (1Timothy 4:7)

Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. (1Cor. 14:12)

Let all things be done decently and in order. (1Cor. 14:40)

What is deliverance?

Deliverance is freeing a person from the oppression of an evil spirit. Demons are bodiless evil spirits, under Satan’s authority, that seek to torment people and if possible, enter into their lives. Demons become restless if they are unable to enter into a human body. (Matthew 12:43-45). A demonic spirit, when given the opportunity, will torment and manipulate its host in various ways. It is extremely important for the church to understand demons and deliverance because of the effects that such spirits can have over believers, in the area of church unity and evangelism.

I will use the term “oppression” in this post instead of “possession”. “Possession” implies complete ownership and control which is not a feasible situation in the life of the believer. Since the Lord Jesus Christ has purchased the believer, neither Satan nor his emissaries can possess him. However, many believers do not surrender themselves completely to Jesus and thus open themselves up to the possibility of demonic affliction and oppression in the areas that they have not surrendered to Jesus.

The effect of demonic oppression

A demon can torment its host with problems such as insomnia, panic, general accusations of uselessness or guilt, pain, sickness, depression, irritating behavior and the like. Sometimes, they can provoke the host with seemingly unwanted and uncontrollable evil desires to sin in a particular manner. In Acts 5:3 Peter pointedly asked Ananias, a believer:

“Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” (Acts 5:3)

Luke relates an event that happened at the Last Supper:

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. (Luke 22:3-4)

A demon can force his human host into sin and persistent habits from which the host may try to resist and break free. This is one of the greatest causes of believers becoming discontent with the Christian life and falling away from the faith. After committing a particular sin in cyclic periods, repenting, receiving forgiveness, resisting, sinning again, and repeating the process over and over, believers may feel like leaving the church. If they do not leave the church they may remain but with a hopeless existence and lack of perspective of ever experiencing practical sanctification, never dreaming that they can be delivered of such oppression.

Demonic spirits can cause sicknesses, and sometimes block inner and physical healing. Jesus cast out demons that caused deafness, muteness and epilepsy, among others.

Demonic spirits can impose a weight of spiritual and emotional oppression so effectively that it blocks the spiritual perception of the host and in the most serious cases, can cause depression.

The remedy for demonic oppression is deliverance, which has been a sign of the power of God over Satan for non-Christians. Different from prayer for a physical healing, which sometimes does not result in an immediate healing, the ministry of deliverance is usually effective when the born again believer that truly desires to be free receives prayer for deliverance. There can be no passivity when we seek any type of blessing from the Lord.