As we’ve talked about in the previous
two posts, they infiltrate our soul like parasites and attach themselves to our
mind, will, and emotions. They significantly
influence our thinking and behavior, even
cause a variety of illnesses, both minor and severe, and foment turmoil and
Most of the time we are unaware they exist.
Because many Christian erroneously
believe that once they accept Jesus and come to salvation, they no longer have
to deal with demonic entities internally. We are often taught that the spiritual
warfare we engage in is external only,
and so the enemy is unwittingly given freedom to operate. The Ministry of Deliverance is not on the top-ten
list of conferences Christians cannot wait to sign up for and, unfortunately,
few pastors believe in this ministry, because it doesn’t line up with their
religious views, or what they were taught in seminary. Sadly, as a result, just as the prophet Hosea writes, “[God’s]
people perish (are destroyed) for lack of knowledge. (Hos. 4:6)
The ministry of Jesus is not simply about
salvation. It is multilayered. Not only did Jesus teach in the synagogue and
among the people, feed the hungry, and heal the sick, He also expelled demons
on a regular basis (Mk. 1:39) and taught that those who believe He is the
Messiah and use His name, can expel demons as well. (Mk. 16:17) There are numerous scriptures supporting
these two truths, far too many to list in this short blog. The point is, if we are a legitimate follower
of Jesus, then He is alive in us through Holy Spirit, and we have both the
authority and the power, using His name and His blood, to command demonic
entities to leave, whether they have attached themselves to our soul, or
someone else’s soul.
Just because we have accepted Christ
as our Savior, endeavor to follow His commandments, attend church regularly and
use all the right religious language, pray, and live respectable lives, it is
no guarantee the we are free from demonic infestation. The moral and ethical code of Jews in the
time of Jesus was based upon The Ten Commandments and The Law of Moses. Most
Jews, especially observant ones, lived
better lives than many today in contemporary society, even some professing
Christians. Jesus made it clear that His practical ministry of healing the sick and casting out demons
was not temporary, but would continue unchanged until the end. “Behold I cast
out demons and perform cures today, and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be
perfected.” (Lk. 13:32) The phrase
“today, tomorrow, and the third day” in colloquial Hebrew can literally mean
“from now on until the job is finished.”
So how do we use the authority in
Christ we’ve been given to rid ourselves of these demonic parasites?
First, we ask God to forgive everyone
in our generational bloodline wherever they have intentionally or
unintentionally aligned themselves with demonic behavior by calling out the
specific demonic spirits we are aware of.
Things like anger, bitterness, shame, hopelessness, low self-esteem,
lust, pornography, alcoholism, drug addition, lying, gluttony, ungodly soul
ties, witchcraft of any kind, religious spirits, control spirits, unbelief,
fear, anxiety, trauma, etc.. Next, we
ask Him to forgive us wherever we have
come into agreement with any of these, or other, spirits. Then, we forgive everyone in our generational
bloodline for coming under the influence of the demonic spirits and forgive ourselves
as well. Finally, we put it all under
His Blood and ask the Lord to count it as of none effect. (Lev. 17:11; Ps.
103:12; Rom. 3:35; Eph. 1:7; 1Pet. 1:18,19: 1Jn.1:7)
By asking God to forgive us along with
everyone in our generational bloodline wherever they have been under the
influence of demonic parasites, especially where it has impacted us, and by
forgiving ourselves and those who have influenced us by their sinful behavior,
whether intentionally or not, we place ourselves on holy ground for the express purpose of casting out any
and all demonic parasites. (Ps. 24: 3-10; Ps. 91; Matt. 6:14,15,; 1Jn.1:9;
Acts 3:19) By forgiving anyone, known or
unknown, including ourselves, who has influenced us or hurt us to the degree
that a door was opened giving demonic parasites spiritually legal access to our
mind, will, and emotions, we proactively remove any argument they may throw at
us to condemn us, confuse us, or cause us shame
and thereby distract us from casting them out. (Rom. 8:1)
Once we’ve done this, we have scripturally positioned
ourselves to command the demonic spirits to leave us.
We do so by
putting them on verbal notice (Prov.18:21) that the legal contract they operate
under to torment and influence us is hereby nullified and broken. We confess we will no longer feed their
insatiable hunger for chaos in our life. We tell them they are no longer
welcome in the temple of the Living God (that’s us!) ( 1Cor.3:16). We speak
their name and command them to leave in the Name of Jesus and by His Blood.
There is not a demonic spirit in Hell, or on Earth, that can stand against the
Name of Jesus and His Blood.
Assumptive in this process is the fact that as a follower
of Christ you believe and acknowledge that demons exist, that they are active
today in the lives of men, women, and children, both saved and unsaved,
including your own life, and that because of your covenant relationship with
the God of Glory whose promises are “Yes and Amen!” and the God who keeps
covenant to a thousand generations you have the legal standing, the authority
and power to rid yourself of any and all demonic influences in your life.
(2Cor. 1:20; Deut. 7:9; Ps. 105:8)
Deliverance is the easy part.
However, what happens next is essential if you want to stay
cleansed. (Matt. 12:43-45) It’s also more challenging, because it is an
It is well-established that it takes twenty-one days
to break or create a habit. In Part 2 we
talked about strongholds that are erected in our soul as a result of demonic
infestation. When the strongholds are
brought down, like Jericho, it is
essential that we replace sinful habit patterns with new, righteous ones immediately. Think of deliverance and the ongoing follow
up like this. Our soul is like a
DVD. Over time, and for a variety of
possible reasons, scratches appear on the surface, causing the DVD to
“skip.” The remedy? Use a special, clean cloth and apply a
specific kind of cleaner to eliminate the scratches.
Isn’t it interesting that DVD’s work using light?
When the light is
“distorted” by scratches the DVD malfunctions. What an amazing analogy!
A final word.
Deliverance is similar to salvation in that it is a process and not an event. If you stumble, or fall, know that the Lord will never leave
your or forsake you and that He is merely a breath away for help. Call upon Him in the day of trouble, and He will deliver you. (Deut. 31:8; Josh.
1:9; Ps.50:15; Mat. 28:20)