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
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
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).
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!
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.
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
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:
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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!