This is where I see some deliverance ministries miss the
mark. They think it's as simple as commanding the demon to come out, and
there's nothing more they can do. This is a grave mistake that causes a lot
of people to walk away from a deliverance still in bondage. There is more to
it than simply casting out demons. In Luke 9:42, we are told a story of how
Jesus not only rebuked demons in a boy who was mentally affected by evil
spirits, but also is said to have healed the boy. There is no mention of the
boy needing physical healing, but if you look up the word healed in this
passage, one of the meanings is, "to free from errors and sins...", which is
likely what Jesus did with the boy, Jesus removed the boy's legal grounds
(sins) and freed him from errors (strongholds). This case of deliverance
required more then just rebuking demons!
There have been times when I have successfully helped people
out of their demonic bondages, without even having to cast out demons!
Sometimes all that is needed is the pulling down of a stronghold, or a
breaking up of a legal right. Other times, all three areas need to be
addressed to bring the person into complete freedom.
A educated deliverance minister should be knowledgeable with
all three of these very important elements, and be prepared to address them
This requires two basic elements: knowledge of your
authority in Christ Jesus over the powers of the enemy, and faith in that
authority. Demons are cast out with a simple spoken command, such as, "I
command the spirit of fear to come out in the name of Jesus!" You can learn
more about your authority and how it works from the teaching on Spiritual
I believe it is usually a good idea to give the person
requesting deliverance a Deliverance Questionnaire that will give you an
overview of their background, the bondages they are facing, the root or
source of their problem, as well as legal grounds, strongholds and any
particular spirits that need to be addressed.
Then begin to work with them to receive inner healing, break
up any legal grounds, and tear down any strongholds you see in their life
and of course, cast out any demons that need to go.
It is always helpful to have a general idea of what the
different common demons are, what they do and how they enter, how they
usually operate, etc. For example, the Bible speaks of spirits that cause
physical health problems such as the spirit of infirmity, blindness,
deafness, etc. along with spirits that cause fear and depression (King
Saul), mental illness, etc. The teaching on Demon Possession is a good place
to start and will help you begin to understand how demons affect us, and
what it really means to be 'possessed with a demon'.
I don't necessarily recommend reading occult books or books
on demons that were not written by solid Christian ministers, because that
can cause you to pick up demons yourself! Whatever you do, don't wander into
the dark world to learn about it! The best place to learn about demons, is
from the Bible itself! Whatever you can't find in the Bible, you can learn
from other solid Christian ministers.
How Deliverances Can Fail
Not enough faith - Jesus said that some demons
only come out after prayer and fasting, which builds your faith to the
higher levels required to cast out some of the stronger demons.
Mark 9:29, "And he said unto them, This kind can
come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting."
Unwillingness to be delivered or let go - if
the person is not willing to give up certain things in their
life that are giving the enemy the legal right to remain, or
they are not willing to let go of certain demons, there's little you can do
to drive out those demons.
Legal rights were not broken - if you try to
go about a deliverance without first breaking off any legal grounds given to
the enemy, you will almost certainly fail, and even if you are successful,
the demons will almost certainly come back with even more demons, making a
worse mess then before.
Important steps were not taken - there are
some steps that can make a day and night difference in a deliverance
session, such as getting ahold of the demons names and commanding them by
name. If you simply command all the demons present to leave, you will likely
be ignored; it's like somebody trying to get your attention in a crowd by
yelling "Hey you!" Many times when Jesus cast out demons, He referred to
them by name, and He got their attention in quick order. Not every
deliverance session requires you to refer to the demons by name, but it sure
helps when you are able to get a hold of their names, either through the
person your ministering to (if they accepted a spirit guide by the name of
Daemon, then they would obviously know the name of one or more spirits that
are in them), another way to get the name is by the symptoms they are
causing, for example, extreme guilt feelings are often caused by a spirit by
the name of guilt, and other ways to get their names are by a word of
knowledge from the Holy Spirit, or from the demons themselves (if they
manifest, ask them for their name).
The person hasn't accepted Christ - trying to
cast a demon out of an unbeliever is like trying to kick somebody out of
their apartment when their rent is paid up; it isn't an easy task and even
if you did succeed, they are bound to come back with several more even worse
evil spirits as Jesus warned in
Matthew 12:43-45. This problem can be easily solved
by asking the person if they would accept Jesus, with a mouth confession as
the Bible says, and believe with their heart in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:9-11, "That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."