Post deliverance follow-up

post deliverance counselingEven after having successfully administered deliverance to a person in need, your service is not yet complete. The bondage may have been broken however; the person may yet need inner healing of emotions, relationships, rest, and suggestions on how to continue living free of bondage in the future, counsel and other types of help. As a member of the ministry team, perhaps you do not feel qualified to help in all of these areas but we all need to be prepared to give significant help in various areas.

This help should always include prayer and counsel that freedom is not automatic and it is necessary to make some decisions to preserve it. Help them with suggestions to continue walking in freedom.

Practice healthy spiritual living

  • Time in prayer
  • Daily bible reading
  • Involvement in the local church
  • Active participation in a small group
  • Seek out a leader and share what is happening

Break bad habits

The person may need to break old harmful habits and there is a good chance that he won’t be able to do so just because he has received deliverance from demonic oppression. Help the person see the importance of changing bad habit patterns. Each time people find that they have fallen back into a bad habit, they must consciously decide not to follow that pattern; they should remind themselves that the spirit that formerly tormented them has been cast out. They should ask God to help them change their habits. They may have to train their minds. It will help if they appropriate and thank God for giving them the mind of Christ and not give place to the devil. Some people have to work consciously for several days, weeks or even months in order to change their habits, but eventually old habits die and new ones replace them.

Learn to forgive yourself

Explain that forgiveness is a decision and not a feeling. We can forgive others even if we do not feel like it. We can choose to forgive. The human spirit is above emotions; and it is necessary to forgive ourselves for our own good. Explain that it is necessary to forgive quickly for protection against present hurts.

Explain that forgiveness of past hurts is like pealing an onion; it happens in layers. You may forgive your father today for everything that the Holy Spirit has revealed concerning him. However, later, after a few days, you may remember something else that he did or said against you that hurt or irritated you and this causes feelings of revenge or thinking of a way to “pay him back” for the cruel words that he spoke against you. These signs point to the need for additional forgiveness. This process may last for an extended period before all hurts are resolved.

Participate in a small group

Joining a small group is one of the most important steps that a person can take. A support group, with trustworthy members is vitally important. If the person does not yet participate in a small group, help him to get connected to one as soon as possible, explaining that those who do not belong to a small group functioning as a body of Christ have no protection against spiritual attacks.

Promptly take all of your hurts to God for healing

Hurts will certainly come in this life, but we do not have to allow them to imprison us. Encourage those to whom you minister to ask God to heal them each time that a word or event hurts them physically or emotionally. Advise them that they might have to resist the urge to cultivate hurts that give way to self-pity.

Break all soul ties

Encourage him to restore any tangible or intangible thing of which he has defrauded others and to forgive those who have defrauded him. This is an important part of preserving freedom. If he does not move toward the necessary reconciliation and forgiveness, these situations will build up and form a spiritual burden that will hinder his spiritual walk and intimacy with the Lord.

Give other suggestions on how to continue to walk in freedom. You should make sure that he is aware that Satan is not happy with his deliverance and can send strong temptations to return to old habits and sins so that the demonic entryways can be opened once again. Encourage him to resist the temptation and give him some suggestions on how to do this.

After deliverance following these instructions:

  • Praise God, singing or listening to praise music; reading the Psalms
  • Pray in the spirit
  • Take authority of the spirit of temptation; in the name of Jesus, tell it to leave
  • Thank God for your deliverance
  • If you fall, repent quickly and shut the doors to the enemy again
  • If Satan accuses you of being a sinner, just tell him that he is correct but you have been forgiven and have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus
  • Find new ways of remembering that Jesus is your Lord. Make it a priority to serve God as your Lord in every area of your life and ask his Spirit to fill you daily.

Consider helpful scriptural passages

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

These passages will greatly help those for whom you minister to, make a list of other passages and give it to them.

Here are some things that can be included in your prayers during the deliverance ministry time:

  • Thank God for delivering the person for whom you prayed, and continue to pray
  • Encourage the person to continue to repent and forgive as part of his spiritual walk
  • Pray for his success in overcoming the practice of wrong habits of the past
  • Pray that he or she learn to remain free
  • Pray also for healing of inner hurts such as loneliness, confusion, depression or other emotional needs that have become apparent during the ministry time. Do not rush this time of prayer. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Show God’s love to those for whom you are praying and if they begin to cry, console them. Do not hesitate to embrace those who are of the same gender. The Holy Spirit may be operating deep inner healing in the person so you should not rush the process. Pray for other needs separately if you have time. Remember your principal focus must be on the person who is likely festering emotional hurts.

Don’t hesitate to pray for relationships that need healing, like with spouses, children or employers. Pray that the Lord guide them in their relationships with these people in grace, patience and forgiveness.

When you pray for someone with these needs there is no more need for the other team members to refrain from touching and reassuring them while they are receiving prayer. It is even better if there are several people ministering at the same time so that your time together is more effective because of the participation of a greater number of people.

Hidden spirits can appear at this stage. For example, a person can break down in tears when you begin to offer prayers for healing. If you ask the right questions, you can discover strong spirits of pain, fear, or other emotions, then you can deal with them in prayer and intercession.

Maintain contact with the person

We can deeply touch others through our constant zeal and this can be a great encouragement. Check up on them and offer them prayer and encouragement.

Offer a list of suggestions on how to maintain deliverance.

It will be a great help to the people who you minister to if some of your suggestions are written down and given to them as a reminder. You can prepare a list of the most common suggestions, truths that have helped you greatly. From time to time, you can update the suggestions that you have included.

If you have been ministering to more mature believers these lists may be a great help together with your prayer. If they are new believers however, we must be careful not to overload them with too many suggestions and too much information.

Always try to include others to pray together with you. You will benefit from their intercession and they can help you listen to the direction of the Holy Spirit. In addition, the presence of others is important in case a serious problem occurs during the ministry time.

Sometimes those for whom we pray will bring a friend, relative or family member to the meeting, or they may want to have someone they know present during the ministry time. This can frequently be very helpful. Generally, the friend or relative is eager to help deliver those for whom they care and if necessary, can encourage them to cooperate. This person can also be a key help to those we pray for to retain their freedom after their deliverance. In addition, the friend or relative can help those who are receiving ministry identify problems that they may have forgotten.

Be a teacher. Help the person see what you are doing – how you locate open doors, how you close them, how you break the power of evil spirits and how you cast them out. Tell those to whom you minister that they will be able to help with others in the future. Remind them that they can also become ministers and in the future, they can practice what they have learned from you.

Remember that you as a servant of the Lord, having helped others to gain freedom can also suffer the attacks of Satan. You may encounter sickness, discouragement, difficulties at work or at home, confusion and weariness. You can command any spirit that attacks you to leave in the name of Jesus. If you cannot get free on your own, call up a friend who you trust and ask them to pray for you.

Keep up your own defences

  • Be careful to maintain your spiritual activities
  • Pray in the spirit
  • Walk in repentance as a lifestyle!
  • Walk in love, peace and joy!
  • Always give an account to God
  • Continue to be accountable to your spouse, leader and discipler
  • Consider each satanic attack as an opportunity to demonstrate God’s great power!
  • Rest in God. Ask Him to show you how to react to the attack (James 1:2)
  • Ask God to defeat Satan for you. (James 1:5)
  • God is your strength and savior! (Psalm 18:1-2)

Keep your eyes on your family

If Satan is not able to get to you, he may try to attack the members of your family. Pray and rest in God because unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127)