Additional steps to deliverance (6-10)

steps to deliveranceThis list of steps is a continuation of the previous post of June 6th, 2014 preparatory steps to deliverance. Continue with the following steps if you feel that the person really desires to be free and only if the person is already a Christian.

6. Consider events that may have caused the bondage.

In the interview, look for the “open doors” that have been opened to evil spirits. Try to discover the origin of the problem. Begin with the possible causes of the particular area of bondage from which the person wants to be free. If there are no obvious places to begin, for example the person’s relationship with his or her parents, then continue with other relationships; then proceed to other areas of the person’s life.

The purpose of the interview is to expose any area of past conflict where the person may not have adequately forgiven those who have sinned against him. This is necessary for healing and so that the person can repent of any wrong actions or attitudes in reaction to the aggression, thus opening the way for breaking demonic strongholds. Failure to forgive aggressors is one of the most common ways to open doors to demonic infestation. For an explanation of how to close these doors, see step 7.

Try to discover any areas where the person has suffered emotional scars in past relationships, and areas in which the person has sinned or received evil spirits through ungodly emotions. Besides resentment, and anger, the person may be struggling with hopelessness, rejection, self-pity and similar feelings and may have subconsciously agreed to put up with these attitudes as a permanent way of life thus maintaining him in bondage.

It is easy to understand emotional reactions meant to wound others (like resentment, anger, rejection, self-pity and the like) and internal pacts (like “I will never be like my father!” or “I will never speak to her again!”). However, these emotions and pacts do not come from God and we need to repent from them and forgive ourselves, so that we can break their power and close the doors to their influence.

After dealing with significant relationships in their lives, prayer can continue in other areas such as the occult, extra-marital affairs, chronic and persistent sin, chronic health problems, drugs and similar problems. They may have merely participated in these sins in a passive capacity (not necessarily as victims). However, just the simple act of participating in some of these activities, can open a door to oppression by evil spirits.

If the person has a constant difficulty in a certain aspect of his life, like for example, a hard time keeping a job, the tendency to suffer occasional accidents, sterility, feelings of worthlessness, repetitive sicknesses, etc. you should consider the possibility that there is a curse involved. Curses can come as a result of occult practices such as rituals or satanic pacts, free masonry or other false religions, words pronounced by authority figures such as “You don’t do anything right.” “You will never amount to anything”, “You are just like your mother, father, etc. or confessions like “I would rather die”.

The more thorough the interview process and more detailed the prayer of repentance and declarations of forgiveness, the more complete the deliverance will be.

Some clues on how to conduct the interview:

  1. Refresh the person’s memory by asking about his or her inner hurts – It is easier than talking about the need to forgive. “Did your father hurt your feelings in any way?” will result in more significant answers than if you ask, “Do you need to forgive your father for anything?”
  2. Free masonry and activities of the occult can affect a person – Even if he is not personally involved or if it was someone from his family, and even if the activity was for a short period or just a joke.
  3. Fear is a point of entrance for many different spirits – not to mention the source of many sicknesses.
  4. If there are several spirits involved, make a list – It helps if a team member makes a list of them during the interview, then later the person can renounce each one by name.
  5. Don’t hurry. It is better to have two sessions than to have one that is rushed.
  6. Do not try to provoke the demons – Do not intimidate them, torment them, or force them to say their names. These things can hurt the person involved and they do not help, except to keep them quiet. Ignore the demons until the person renounces each one of them, then you can cast them out in the name of Jesus.
  7. In some cases, the person cannot remember things that you may consider important. For example, the person may not remember anything that happened to them between 8 and 14 years of age. The Holy Spirit will generally remind the person of significant details (in this case, the reason for the memory block).

7.  Lead the person to “close the doors” to evil spirits

In this case, to lead means to have the person repeat some phrases with you. After the repetition of some confessions, the person will probably be able to continue on his own.

a. Forgive those who caused damage, provoking wrong behavior

Forgiveness must be specific, item-by-item, the more specific the better. Ask the person to forgive specifically each situation that he has mentioned in his interview, and each situation the Holy Spirit brings to his mind. A specific request for forgiveness brings greater freedom than a generalized request of forgiveness.

A “releasing” of the person that has caused the hurt before God, blessing the offender, should follow forgiveness. Releasing the person that hurt him should include a commitment to cease from trying to change the person, allowing God to effect the changes.

Sometimes the person was hurt so deeply that he feels like he will never be able to forgive the person that hurt him. Try to lead him to forgiveness. Explain that if he does not forgive he cannot receive forgiveness. The use of the phrase “I choose to forgive. . .” can help him in the step of forgiveness. For example you could lead him is a statement like, “I choose to forgive John for blaming me for the accident when he broke his arm.”

If the person remains unable to forgive, ask if you can pray for him; if he agrees, quietly bind the evil spirits of un-forgiveness and cast them out. Then see if he is able to forgive. Sometimes this prayer makes the difference.

However, if the person is still unable to forgive, you should stop ministering. Pray for the healing of the hurts (especially for the hurt of not being able to forgive) and ask God to bless him richly, but do not continue ministering deliverance. Do not judge the person, just show love. However, you must explain that you can no longer continue ministering deliverance unless the person is ready to forgive each person who has hurt him.

b. Repent of sin in each situation asking God for forgiveness

Perhaps the person is guilty of wrong behavior and needs to repent and ask for forgiveness. The situation or the action of others may have evoked negative emotions that appear to be normal from the human point of view considering the circumstances. These may include resentment, anger, hate, suicide, anxiety, pride, rejection etc. These reactions are perfectly understandable, because of this; they may seem to be acceptable. However, they are not of God, but of the enemy, because they open doors to oppression. If the person had opened himself up to spirits of anger and bitterness for example, he will probably not be able to get relief until he repents and ask God for forgiveness.

You can suggest the following as a model for a prayer of repentance:

Father, I repent of the sin of resentment, anger and bitterness that I have felt against my friend (or father, boss, etc.) I repent for having opened myself up to feelings of rejection, loneliness and hopelessness concerning this situation. I want to abandon all of these types of feelings; please forgive me in Jesus name.

Here is another suggestion:

Dear God, I repent for sleeping with so and so (speaking the names of each person). I abandon all fornication and illicit sexual activity. I commit myself to following your plan for my life. Please, forgive me for having illicit sex with those people. I give back everything that I have retained of each of these people through these acts and take back anything that they have retained from me transmitted to them through these sexual acts.

c. Renounce the spirit involved in the name of Jesus.

The renunciation must be audible and unwavering. Renunciation is not a prayer to God. It is a command directed to the evil spirit involved, to the enemy. We must speak it as a command to the enemy, and not as a request to God.

The renunciation of spirits should include any spirit that has entered into the life of the person whether it entered because of their sin or the sins of others around them. For example, children that are subject to abusive and hostile atmospheres can easily receive spirits of confusion, anxiety, fear and insecurity just because of their environment and not because of their own sin. They must renounce these spirits as well as those who have gained entrance through the sin of the person. In the case of sex outside of marriage, it is almost certain that a person has received a spirit of illicit sex from those with whom he has had sexual contact; therefore, he must renounce these acts also.

If the person has made any type of pact with Satan, or if he has made any promise to himself, or if he is under the power of some curse, these pacts and promises must be renounced and any curse should be broken in the name of Jesus.

Here are some examples of renunciation:

“In the name of Jesus, I renounce you: spirit of rejection, loneliness, despair and hopelessness.”

“In the name of Jesus, I renounce the promise that I would never forgive so and so.”

d. Break the power of captivity in Jesus’ name

Generally, you will do this (unwaveringly and vigorously) in front of the person, looking them in the eyes. If the person is participating unwaveringly also, he should do this on his own.

The person may have a hard time keeping his eyes on you. If he is unable to do so, you must not attempt to cast the spirit out at that moment. Wait until he has renounced the other spirits; then go back to this step.

It is a great help to declare that you have closed the doors to the evil spirits, so that after you cast them out, they cannot return, unless the host reopens the door.

In the name of Jesus, I break the power of this spirit of (anger, hate, fornication, depression) over you in such a way that they never return.

In order to break a curse, you as a minister, can firmly say:

In the name of Jesus, I break the power of any curse spoken over your life by your father, specifically including comments he made about you not ever doing anything right, and that you would never be anything in life.

Alternatively:

In the name of Jesus, I break all curses placed over you because of your father’s involvement with free masonry and I break every hereditary curse that any of your ancestors may have spoken over you.

e. Pray for healing

The interview process (step 6) and the door closing process (step 7) can be extremely painful when God is delivering the person from deep wounds. You may see a lot of crying and sobbing. Do not be afraid of embracing the person to help them feel comforted (man with man and woman with woman), if they indicate that they need some physical assurance. People in these situations need to be consoled, and hope to be understood and feel loved and protected, and even reassured that everything will be o.k. as part of the process of deliverance.

You can interrupt step 7 if needed. If the person can’t identify the cause of some of their feelings, like fear, it may be better to interrupt the prayer time if it isn’t getting too late, in order to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the cause of the fear.

8. Cast out the evil spirits in Jesus’ name

Simply cast them out. It is not necessary to tell them were to go as long as you have effectively shut the doors in the person’s life. The spirits will leave and retreat quickly and quietly. One or two commands is sufficient to expel them. If you feel like:

  • More than two or three commands are necessary, or
  • A spirit is stuck in the person’s throat, or the person starts to snort or sweat or bristle, or if he starts feeling nauseous, or his head begins to ache, these are signs that not all of the doors have been shut. Go back to the interview, discover the true cause, and close the door.

Many times, the person will know which door is still open. You can find out just by asking.

There may or may not be any manifestation when a spirit retreats and leaves a person. He can cough, yawn, burp, cower, shake, etc. Often the spirits seem to leave upon renouncing them, and there may be little or no manifestation when they are finally cast out. However, generally, the person will feel freed, light and almost giddy, or they may feel a deep peace. If none of these aspects appear, you may not be certain for a day or two that the deliverance was effective.

If after step 8, the anguish and heaviness continue to manifest, look for more doors to close.

You may need to use some discernment during steps 6-8 to decide if it is better to close all the open doors before casting the spirit out, or if it is better to close the doors and cast them out in groups, according to the subjects that you are dealing with.

Probably, the ideal method is to close all of the doors before casting out any demons. The reason for closing the doors first is that sometimes the spirits that you are casting out can grab on to a demon that continues to have the right to remain in the person. This can bring on the difficulties mentioned previously and indicates the presence of more doors that you must shut.

When step 8 is completed, ask the Holy Spirit to show one of the three or four people (you, an intercessor, the person receiving prayer, and any friend, spouse or parent that may be present) if there are additional spirits to be exposed and cast out. Wait a few moments to see if the Holy Spirit reveals something to someone. If He reveals something, gently ask the person if there is a need in the area that the Holy Spirit has shown them. Remember that you may have not heard correctly, therefore, be careful not to speak with an air of absolute authority, and do not accuse. Again, if God reveals something to you, deal with the matter according to steps 6-8.

9. Ask the person to thank Jesus for the deliverance

If the person is unable to thank Jesus, or if there are still any demonic manifestations, it is a sign that there are more doors to close, and more spirits to cast out. Ask the Holy Spirit for His help. Go back to steps 6 or 7 as indicated.

10. Pray for the filling of the Spirit displacing any evil spirits

If the person is not able to repeat this prayer, or if there are demonic manifestations when he prays, this is also a sign that you must close more doors, and cast out the remaining spirits. Again, ask the Holy Spirit to help. Go back to steps 6 or 7 as indicated.

EMERGENCY DELIVERANCE

1. Dealing with only one or two areas

If time permits, for people who come in off the street, or who want a “general house cleaning”, for new converts, or for people who are going through problems of depression, it would be good to consider using a list similar to that included in the Appendix of the leaders manual. Sometimes however, time does not permit a complete deliverance, and in cases where you only deal with the areas that are indicated by manifestations, or by the people who come in off the street requesting prayer. In these cases, you should advise the person that complete deliverance is necessary.

2. When to pray for the sick

Sometimes when you are praying for the sick, it can become clear that the person has areas where he needs to forgive someone and needs special attention. In these cases, take time to lead him into forgiveness and repentance for any sins that he has committed or for renouncing the spirit of anger and lack of forgiveness. Then break the power of the spirit and cast it out. Try to do this quietly without asking too many questions.

Frequently sick people have a spirit of affliction, pain, infirmity or tension. You can cast out these spirits with a single command. If you make short prayers interspersed with interview questions, you can cast out these spirits with just a word or two. In the case of sickness, like diabetes, cancer etc. there is a strong presence of this evil spirit. If this is the case, then perhaps you will have to cast out the spirit in a much longer session.

USING A QUESTIONNAIRE

(Confession and repentance guide)

Whenever possible use a questionnaire, this can greatly reduce, the time spent interviewing the person to find areas where deliverance is necessary and to find open doors (refer to step 6 of the 10-step model)

You should not use the questionnaire in a public place, but you can and should use one in a private setting in deliverance ministry. The person receiving prayer should complete the questionnaire and the person who will be ministering should have the answers before the ministry time. This is so that the minister can decide what form of prayer he should use and if more information needs to be gathered.

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