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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