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The Purpose

   

Seeking An Deliverance

  

Basic Deliverance

   

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Seeking a Deliverance

 

Finding a qualified minister

A balanced minister: If a minister is quick to say that all your problems are demonic, without knowing anything about your situation, then I would be cautious. Some people see a demon under every rock, but I am careful not to blame everything on the demonic. On the other hand, I am not one to write everything off as non-demonic problems either. If there's a demon, I'd certainly like to see it, so I can get it out!

A knowledgeable minister: A complete deliverance ministry should be knowledgeable and work in three main areas of ministry: Strongholds (tearing down incorrect thinking patterns), legal grounds (taking away the enemy's right to bother you) and then the casting out part (which requires faith and is exercised by commanding the demons to come out). If you have less than 1 (one) year of Deliverance experience we recommend that you take this course and pass it and hold our certificate with at least 40 hours working under a trained Deliverance Minister and than working side by side with that Minister for the remainder of the year. (It sounds like a lot but, it really isn't. We will always be adding on to our training program)

A trained minister? If you can find a minister who has come through a training program, or a member of a deliverance group of ministers such as The Ministers Network Family Deliverance Ministries, or The Catholic Church, you will have a better chance of reaching somebody who is trained, experienced, and educated in this ministry. However, there are many who haven't been through these programs that are very good and effective in this ministry, so this is by means a requirement in my eyes to be certified or trained. I know there are a LOT of very qualified ministers who have never been trained or been involved in a group of ministers at all.

A good question to ask: "Can a Christian have a demon?" If he answers no, then you want to keep looking, because it's an obvious sign that he's not in the ministry of deliverance as the Bible preaches and I can almost guarantee you that he's never really cast any demons out himself. Jesus said that deliverance is children's bread and it's not fit to cast before dogs (those outside God's covenant). What this verse is saying is Non- Christians can have demons deliverance may not work because they don't believe. They can try to throw at you many convincing theologies and verses, but each one of them, if looked at with a magnifying glass can be taken apart. Trust me, I can show you a long list of verses that look like solid proof, until they are taken apart. Some of them have to be looked up in the Hebrew or Greek to take apart.

 

Preparing for your deliverance

Is prayer and fasting a good idea? Absolutely! It's obvious that prayer and fasting brings our faith levels up and helps us to cast out demons. Jesus said that some demons are so strong that prayer and fasting is required because a higher level of faith is required to cast them out, which is obtained through prayer and fasting.

Tear down any known strongholds ahead of time: Believe it or not, deliverances can be held up simply by incorrect thinking patterns. I personally had a deliverance held up due to a stronghold! If you see God as anything less then a loving Father who loves you, or if you don't feel like a victorious Christian, then you most likely have one or more strongholds to tear down.

Rip up any known legal grounds ahead of time: This will be addressed in your deliverance session, so why not clear the brush ahead of time? Legal grounds are things in our lives that have given or are giving the demons the 'permission' to bother us. Things like unforgiveness (Matthew 18:23-35), unconfessed sins (1 John 1:9), soul ties (1 Corinthians 6:16), etc. can give demons the 'permission' to influence and gain power over us. You can break up these legal grounds by repentance, renunciation, destroying cursed items, etc. There are times when this is best addressed in the presence of a deliverance ministry, simply because you may meet demonic resistance while trying to renounce or repent or break legal grounds. If you have been involved in Satanism, or have some heavy duty bondages to be delivered from, then you might best break the legal grounds with your deliverance minister nearby. One time I was just TELLING an ex-Satanist how to break up some of her legal grounds, and the demons got so ticked, they manifested right then and there!

Become educated: This will set your mind at ease, and safeguard you against ministers who aren't experienced or educated themselves in this ministry, and end up causing more harm then good (like putting fears in people that are wrong, false and unnecessary).

 

Deliverance questionnaires

Sometimes a deliverance questionnaire can be very helpful in getting an idea of what to look for in a deliverance session.

If you are in need of Deliverance Questionnaires, Please contact us and we will see you receive one. If you have one and would like for us to look it over for you we would be happy to. Even if you go through and break off all the legal grounds and tear down all the strongholds you can find, this does not mean you can hide those things from your minister when seeking a deliverance. It is still important that you communicate all the things you find with your minister. If he can see how you got into bondage and what doors were opened, he will be in a much better position to help you get out of it. If he knows what doors were opened, he will often be able to tell you what spirits would take advantage of those doors, and therefore he knows which ones to go after and cast out.

 

Watching out for the pitfalls

Although the deliverance ministry has helped countless people be set free from problems this world cannot solve, there are of course, some people walk away from deliverance sessions discouraged, confused and still in chains. Some people have actually felt hurt by people in the deliverance ministry.

One reason for this is because some people simply do not minister in love and compassion, and end up creating unnecessary fears that are based on lies and false teachings. Deliverance ministers, like any other kind of minister, are still people, and some of them don't minister the way they should. Some ministers like to begin by rebuking demons, and completely ignoring the legal grounds and strongholds. Demons can manifest, go back under, and the person ends up confused, and doesn't know what to think. It's an emotional shock that can leave the person confused if they don't understand what is going on or what happened. I believe that either we should start out with prayer (which brings things to the surface), or start out by uncovering legal rights and strongholds through deliverance counseling, but not start out by rebuking demons (unless that's what the Lord specifically tells us to do that).

If you are educated in this ministry, you will know what is going on, and be on guard for those few ministers who don't minister correctly, and would normally cause more harm then good. I am very confident that if you have a handle on things ahead of time, it will change the whole atmosphere and make you as calm as a cucumber when being ministered to, and put you in a position where you could encounter a would-be confusing situation, and come out laughing and taking things with a grain of salt.

So my advice is to get and stay educated!

 

Different deliverance models

There are different ways in which people will minister deliverance. Some people will begin simply by laying hands on you and praying over you. Demons often manifest, and the minister will likely ask for their name and how they got there. Then the demons are commanded to go back down, so that the minister can speak with you concerning the strongholds or legal grounds that the demon revealed which needs to be dealt with. Once the legal grounds are broken and the strongholds are torn down, the minister will command the demons to leave in Jesus' name. My preferred method of deliverance ministering is to first try to learn of any strongholds or legal grounds that needs to be addressed, tear down the strongholds, break up the legal grounds, and command the demons to come out. I know there are successful deliverance's that take place either way, so we are not against one method or another.

We usually promote the breaking of legal grounds and the tearing down of strongholds before attempting to cast out demons. This is a very effective way of ministering a smooth deliverance, and many new ministers in this field can easily minister deliverance this way once they have an understanding of strongholds and legal grounds.

 

What to expect and not to expect

More then one demon: It is not very common that a person only needs deliverance from just one demon. There's often a nest of them working together, such as murder, suicide and hate all in the same package. It is not uncommon for the minister to deal with one, and another one surfaces. The minister should continue casting out the spirits until the whole nest is cleaned out.

More then one deliverance session: Do not expect a complete 100% deliverance in one session. It may happen, and it's not uncommon, but it's also common to go through multiple deliverance sessions before the person is completely set free. Don't expect one deliverance session to solve all your problems. And don't expect every minister to have the faith to cast out every demon, because some of Jesus' own disciples ran into demons they couldn't cast out either. Sometimes it may be a heavy enough situation where the minister himself may need to prepare with prayer and fasting before casting the demons out.

Demonic manifestations: Some deliverances will involve the demons manifesting, while other sessions may not include any manifestations at all. Whether or not a demon manifests is not a sign of a successful deliverance, because in one deliverance session there may be no manifestations, and the person walks away free, and in other deliverance session there may be several manifestations, and yet the person walks away still in bondage. Do not expect manifestations. They may come, they may not, but that's not a sign of a successful deliverance.

Demonic resistance: Another thing that is common in this ministry, is to see demons try to fight the deliverance by telling the person that the deliverance minister doesn't really care about them, they are going to be hurt, they won't really get set free, etc. One person I know of told me that the demons told her that somebody was going to kill her on the train that she was going to get on to seek her deliverance. While seeking my own deliverance, I had demons telling me that it wasn't going to be successful and that I was wasting my time. You can expect the enemy to put up smoke like this before you when seeking your deliverance. They will always come before you and try to hinder you before your deliverance services. So you need to seek your own deliverance before you attend any others deliverance... don't pay any attention to the demonic spirits. This is what they do. It is freighting but, stand your ground and know your salvation and your own deliverance!

 

How to tell if your deliverance was successful

If a demon manifests during your deliverance, that's a good sign, but it never can be used to say whether or not the deliverance was successful. If you feel the difference afterwards, that's what you are supposed to look for as an indicator of a truly successful deliverance. Let's say you were working with a client struggling with suicide urges... if you tell them to walk away from their deliverance, and you're still struggling with no difference then before, then you need to continue seeking deliverance. You need to find the root of the problem and address it, Than if the demon shows it's self you must continue the deliverance and work with the client. Even if you feel the atmosphere is comfortable the demon may not have left. You must work with your clients Salvation. That is the key! Salvation.

 

What to do after your deliverance

Don't be foolish and re-open the doors to the enemy that landed you in bondage in the first place. If you got burned by watching demonic films such as the Exorcist, then use common sense and don't go back and begin watching those sort of films again. If you got burned by reading ghost stories, then please, don't read them anymore! Use your head! :)

Continue to grow in your relationship with your heavenly Father. He loves you! Work on Salvation. Get out your Bible each day and spend time in prayer and Bible reading each day to keep yourself built up. This will help safeguard you against the enemy when he tries to rebuild strongholds in your life.

Continue to feed yourself on God's Word, Love, Relationship with Christ, and than strongholds will have an awfully hard time trying to go up. Strongholds are one of the enemy's entry points into our  lives, so feeding on God's Word can prevent these strongholds from being built in the first place.

 

 

Deliverance Preparation

 

Preparing somebody to receive and maintain their deliverance is very important. This is a basic list of things that you might explain to somebody before you walk them through deliverance. I always like to make sure they understand what is going on, and not feel confused or in darkness over the process of deliverance. Start with Confession, Receiving Christ, and understanding and Receiving their Salvation.

 

Deliverance is often a process

While deliverance can be a one-time event, it can also be a process. If you don't receive all your freedom at once, don't be discouraged! Sometimes it takes time to dig out all the junk in our souls. One session you may address one area of your life, while in another, you may address bondages in another. Or sometimes you may have several sessions to address issues in one area of your life. Either way, don't be discouraged. Many times it takes multiple sessions before a person is completely delivered. Sessions can range from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the bondage that must be sorted out and worked through.

Never be discouraged, but keep pressing forward to receive what Jesus purchased for you with His blood on the cross! Sometimes it may even take more than one minister to bring that freedom, as different ministers may be more knowledgeable in various areas of deliverance.

 

The goal of deliverance is wholeness

It is easy to think of the deliverance ministry as a quick-fix. (the magic pill).. simply casting out demons takes away all of a person's bondages. The ministry of deliverance is often a process which involves more than simply driving out the demons. There are usually strongholds to be torn down.

Since strongholds are incorrect thinking patterns, this is done through the renewing of your mind according to the Word of God. There is often inner healing that needs to take place as well. I cannot stress how important it is to pursue an intimate relationship with the Lord once you have been delivered. If you neglect your relationship with God, the enemy would be more than happy to begin finding ways to cause you to lose your new found freedom.

The purpose of deliverance is to receive Salvation and freedom from any hindrances in your life that would keep you from walking in the fullness of God's plan for your life and your relationship with Him.

 

The four elements of deliverance ministry

Deliverance ministry can be generally broken down into 4 groups of ministry:

Legal grounds, as many of us call them, are basically things in a person's life which are giving or have given a demon the right to enter or remain in the person. Unconfessed sins, ungodly soul ties, unforgiveness, holding cursed possessions (occult rings, etc.) and so fourth can give demons a right to inhabit and torment a person. These legal grounds are removed through repentance, renunciation, extending forgiveness, etc.

Strongholds are basically incorrect thinking patterns in your mind. If you think God is angry with you, then you will feel like He is (when nothing could be further from the truth). If you think you are worthless, then you will feel worthless. Strongholds are torn down as you meditate as specific areas of God's Word which reprograms your mind to think differently. If God sees you as a precious child of His, and you begin to realize and believe that... it will change the way you see yourself for example.

Inner healing is often required when ministering to somebody who has been abused, raped or has been exposed to a traumatic experience. Inner healing is a working of the Holy Spirit and is received as a person releases the inner hurt and pain from past experiences and allows the Holy Spirit to come in and heal those wounds. Forgiveness often plays a part in this releasing process and is done by faith (even if you don't feel like you could ever forgive somebody for the damage they've done). Oftentimes, self forgiveness needs to be received as the person is holding things against themselves which must be released.

Casting out demons is where the demons are confronted in Jesus' name and driven out of the person. This step is where the actual demons are expelled from the person and cannot be overlooked in most cases. Even if you do feel a measure of freedom after tearing down strongholds and breaking up legal grounds, demons may still be present and need to be cast out.

 

What you can expect during a deliverance

Sometimes you may manifest a demon, other times it seems like nothing happens when they are being expelled. The most common thing you can expect is the demon hiding from you. You may not feel it or even know it's there. It will give you a sense of (This is not a demonic case at all) or your client getting mildly uncomfortable with the feeling of not understanding. (Confusion) and almost a state of not wanting to listen to you. This is the most common . But, more can happen..

Mild manifestations often involve coughing, spitting up phlegm, burping, deep yawning or sighing, pressure or pain in areas of your body, shaking, screaming, etc. If you feel these things coming at you, don't resist them... let the demons manifest and come fourth. Demons may use your vocal system to speak through you to the minister.

Stronger manifestations are usually found in cases where a person is being delivered from severe oppression, deliverance from occult involvement or Satanism. You are often not conscience when these spirits manifest. They can cause your body to levitate, physically struggle with those present for the deliverance, cause a demonic convulsion, and so fourth. If you have been involved in energy healing, new age practices, false religions, witchcraft, occult, Satanism or other deeper demonic practices, then it doesn't hurt to let your minister know in advanced so he or she can have additional support present during the deliverance session.

Feelings or emotions will often rise up as spirits are confronted. For example, if we are dealing with a spirit of grief, the person may experience deep levels of grief as it is manifesting and being driven out.

You may experience loss of consciousness or partial loss of consciousness. As the spirits manifest, some will suppress your conscious as they manifest. Sometimes you feel drownded out but are still aware of what is happening. Other times nothing happens along these lines and you are fully conscience. If you do feel yourself falling into a deep sleep stage, I wouldn't try to stop it... it is recommended to allow the demon to come to the surface where we can deal with it.

Demons may speak through you at times to the minister. Sometimes they will simply take control of your mouth and speak. You may or may not be aware of this when it happens, but don't try to prevent it.

If you hear yourself spewing out curses and foul language towards your minister, don't be ashamed... it happens!

Sometimes spirits can be stubborn and require persistence to drive them out. If the minister repeatedly confronts the same spirit, don't worry... I often have to spend a little time just trying to get the demon to come to the surface so I can deal with it. Demons can resist our authority and therefore they require persistent pressure before they cooperate.

 

Things not to do during deliverance

The enemy can try to bombard you with doubt, fear and make you feel like you will never be set free. I advise to fight those feelings as much as you can. Saying to yourself, "I will never be set free!" is doubting the work that God is trying to for you and wages war against your faith. You might find it helpful to say to yourself something along the lines of, "I resist those feelings and believe in the work that Jesus is doing in my life!"

It is important not to be afraid of the demons. God is much more powerful, and His angels are here to assist! We may encounter some strong spirits that will resist our authority (that is why we need to be persistent), but your freedom has been paid for by the precious Blood of Christ, and we need to stand on that as we confront and battle the spirits at hand.

When demons are manifesting or being driven out of you, it is usually best not to do much talking.

Spirits often leave through the person's mouth, and it is true that we can hold them back from coming out if we obstruct their passageway. If you feel something evil coming up your throat, don't try to stop it from coming out... let it come fourth!

Hanging on to your bondage can literally keep you from being delivered. It is important to LET GO and allow the demons to be released. Trying to remove a spirit of fear while you're choosing in your mind to agree with it (being fearful) is not an easy task. You need to be determined to have faith in Jesus, which is the opposite of fear. Let those demons come out... let them come to the surface and be expelled... don't hold them back!

 

Keep your or your client's minister informed on what is going on

Before your deliverance, while filling out the questionnaire, do you experience any uncomfortable feelings, nervousness, shaking, etc. while trying to answer certain questions? If so, let the minister know what the questions were because it is likely arousing a spirit in you that doesn't want those legal grounds to be broken.

Throughout the deliverance session, the Holy Spirit may bring to your remembrance a past sin or situation that may have opened the door to demons... tell your minister about this right away so they can help you remove any legal grounds to the spirits. If you feel the Holy Spirit sharing anything with you during your deliverance, don't hesitate to share it with your minister.

You are often going to experience things that your minister cannot perceive or know about. For example, physical pain in an area of your body indicates a spirit manifesting. If the minister knows where it is, he or she may place a Bible over that area of your body and confront the spirit. If you feel any discomfort, pain or pressure in your body or confusion, headache, racing thoughts, irrational emotions, etc. rising up in your mind, then it can be very helpful to let the minister know what is going on. If you feel release from a spirit or feel something leave you... let the minister know. If you experience any feelings of anger, hate, rage, rebellion, the desire to run out of the room, etc., I recommend telling the minister about what is happening. Always try to keep him or her posted on what is going on inside you, unless they are right in the middle of casting it out and your clients feel it is coming out of their mouth (I mentioned above not to talk or obstruct airways as the demons are being expelled).

Your clients are often the best person to determine whether the spirit has left. Did you feel a release or relief as if something has left? Let the minister know! Sometimes they can go into hiding (to trick you into thinking they are gone) and other times there are additional spirits to be driven out, but keeping your minister/partner updated on what is happening is helpful. Normally speaking though, when you feel a release, it means that spirit(s) had departed. Remember it will not stay departed unless the client finds salvation. Help them find a family Church or offer to take them to yours.

 

Have questions? Don't hesitate to ask!

It is important to communicate with your minister/partner and client while doing deliverance; if there's something you don't understand, don't hesitate to ask him or her. We may not have all the answers, but I believe it is important to help you understand the best we can.

If demons return, don't hesitate to seek freedom again Every once in a while, a person may re-open doors to the demons which they were delivered from. When this happens, if the person has repented for any sins committed, then there is no reason to hesitate seeking that freedom again. Sometimes a person can feel embarrassed or condemned for messing up again or allowing the spirits to re-enter them. This is a tactic of the enemy to keep them from re-seeking that freedom. I do not judge or condemn those who re-seek that freedom, but rather encourage them to do so... it's their freedom... don't let the devil re-claim that area of their or your life!