STEPS TO DELIVERANCE

Introduction

steps to deliveranceIn the following ten steps, assume that the minister does not personally know the person receiving prayer, as is usually the case during a crusade or in public meetings. In some cases, you may eliminate some of these steps. For example, when the minister knows that the person is already a believer and really wants to be free he can skip steps 4 and 5. If there is a manifestation during the ministry time, you can probably skip steps 2 & 3.

PREPARATORY STEPS (1-5)

1. Prioritize the individual

Maintain an attitude of love, and not of a military officer. It is necessary to be firm and decisive when dealing with demons, but those to whom we minister must feel loved and accepted and that they are not a bother.

Be encouraging. Seek to build up the faith of those to whom you minister. Stress the fact that Jesus can deliver them. Never stress the power or ability of demons since they must submit to you in the name of Jesus. Remember that the person receiving prayer may have been bound for years, and may have received many prayers that were not completely effective; as a consequence, they may have lost hope of being set free. Therefore, if you strengthen their faith it will help you during the ministry time.

2. Take authority over the evil spirit

If an evil spirit manifests itself in someone during the ministry time, make it be quiet and submit to you in the name of Jesus. Take authority over the spirit. Tell it to submit to you in the name of Jesus, or tell it to be quiet in Jesus name. Tell it that you want to talk to (name the person for whom you are praying). Repeat similar commands until the evil spirit quiets down. If you perceive that the person you are praying for is conscious of what is happening explain to them that you are addressing the evil spirit that has manifested and not him or her.

Do not be surprised if the ministry time takes a long time. Be persistent. It is possible that you will need to rebuke a spirit or successive spirits that manifest several times before you are able to subdue them. However eventually you will be able to subdue them.

If other people gather around the person, ask them not to touch him or pray loudly while you are subduing the spirit. Touching, speaking to the person or praying aloud tends to provoke the spirit. Your objective is not to provoke the spirit but to make it be quiet, so that you can speak to the person for whom you are praying.

3. Establish and maintain communication with the person.

You should be able to talk to the person because you will need his cooperation for an effective ministry time in deliverance. If a demon is manifesting in the person, he will not be able to cooperate with you. If the person cannot cooperate or does not want to cooperate, the spirit will attack again later, even if the deliverance was initially a complete success.

If you are not sure whether the person can hear you or not, ask him, even if his eyes are closed. If you are not in a quiet atmosphere, tell the person that you would like to move to a quieter location. If the person is lying down or sitting on the floor, ask him to take control of their body and stand up. Encourage him to make the effort to stand up and walk reassuring him that you will help him if he has any difficulty.

In order to maintain communication you may need to give additional orders for the spirit to submit to you during the ministry time. The person may let his head fall back, forward, to the side, shut his eyes, or try to wander around the room. Ask the person to keep his head up and look at you. If you are unsure whether he is still listening, ask him if he can hear you. If the person cannot do any of these things then command the spirit to submit to you again. If the person stands and begins to walk around, subdue the spirit and command it to take a seat. An evil spirit that has taken control over a person can speak to you, snort or groan. The spirit may threaten you, argue with you, give you orders or ask questions. The spirit can make the person make faces or swing his hands and arms as if he were clawing at the air. Do not speak to it, except to give a command to be quiet in Jesus’ name.

Maintaining communication can take a lot of time, especially if you have to repeat the questioning process, but it is often necessary. Unless you successfully communicate with the person, he cannot cooperate with you and the ministry time will be unsuccessful.

Some difficulties can arise if the spirit speaks to you in the person’s natural voice. You will have to determine if it is the person or the spirit that is speaking. If there is argument, questioning, lack of cooperation, you can conclude that the evil spirit is speaking.

Make every effort to minister in an atmosphere without noise or distractions. If people at your side or other members of the ministry team pray aloud, giving separate and independent orders, your spiritual authority will be undermined causing the spirit to manifest and may provoke the person to resist the power of the Holy Spirit.

4. Make sure the person wants to be delivered

Ask the person who is receiving prayer from what type of bondage he wants to be free. If he has doubts, ask him what he was hearing when the spirit began to manifest through him. What truth or idea provoked the evil spirit into manifesting? Alternatively, you may ask if there are any bad habits that he is trying to break without success or if he has been behaving in a strange or inappropriate manner.

In a private ministry setting, the person receiving prayer will probably know from what prisons he needs to break free. If he is not willing to receive more prayer, then you must honor his decision. If he wants to leave after the initial ministry time, let him go. In some cases the person is unwilling to continue, and has insufficient desire to be completely free.

Some people want to be free from the compulsive behavior of a bad habit, like smoking, but do not want to go so far as to renounce the habit. It is important at this point to explain that the purpose of deliverance is complete freedom and not a type of “band aid” to put over unpleasant and unwanted compulsive behavior. The compulsion will return unless they renounce the habit.

Some people do not believe in the existence of demons or doubt that they are present and involved in their condition. They simply want a “little help”. They may ask for deliverance “just in case” there may be an evil spirit present. In this case, there is no strong conviction that they need help or little intention of changing their lifestyle. They must recognize that the purpose of deliverance is not just a means for getting relief from unpleasant symptoms, but the way to eliminate the foundation of all demonic oppression.

Some people want freedom from one particular prison but not from others. Others who manifest what apparently is an evil spirit will insist that it is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Other may seek deliverance just to attract attention or receive compassion.

Unless there is a supernatural intervention of God, it is highly improbable that a person who refuses to recognize that he is under demonic influence and genuinely desires to be free from it will receive deliverance. Successful deliverance requires sincere repentance of the behavior or attitude involved and the involvement with the evil spirit. If a person seeks deliverance without these attitudes, they will soon fall into bondage again, even if the deliverance proved to be complete.

If after discussing the pros and cons, you discover that the person does not wish to be delivered, or prefers to continue in the same lifestyle, or disqualifies himself as a candidate for deliverance for any other reason, pray for him and bless him. However, do not pray for his deliverance. Encourage him to return later if he decides that he really wants complete deliverance. Do not offend the person; treat him with love and gentleness.

5. Make sure the person has already accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour

The person that wants to receive deliverance will need the help of the Holy Spirit to remain free. If he is not a Christian, he will probably fall back into bondage in a short time, even if he initially received deliverance. You should clearly explain this to him. It is not wise to minister deliverance to someone in the hope that as a result of your success the person will become a Christian.

Perhaps you can lead the person to Christ, if not, pray for him and bless him. Pray for his inner hurts. Let him know through your attitude that you are not offended because he did not respond. Act in love but do not attempt to cast out any evil spirit. Explain that it would make things worse and he would never be able to maintain his freedom. Encourage him to make the decision to receive Jesus as his Lord and return for deliverance afterward.

If the person is a new convert, it is extremely important that he or she not only become part of a local church but also become part of a support group like a life group and that someone guide him in a discipleship relationship so that he can grow spiritually.

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