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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Basics of Deliverance - Part One


The Importance of Deliverance In Ministry

According to the Bible, principalities and powers (demons of the second heaven) are under the power of Satan (Matthew 12:24).  Evil spirits have the ability to possess and control those who are unsaved. (Matthew 8:28-34)  Evil spirits can cause sickness (Matthew 12:22); insanity (Luke 8:26-36); bodily injury (Mark 9:14-26); long term infirmities (Luke 13:11-13) – so why does the church today have such an issue with the idea of modern-day demons and their influence on the saved and unsaved alike? If demons don't exist, why did Jesus spend so much time dealing with them? Did demons cease to exist after Jesus - and if they didn't why aren't we continuing the commission that Christ commanded us - ALL Christians - to carry out?

The fact is that deliverance, or casting out demons, never existed before Christ! It is an New Testament (Jesus) phenomenon. Also, deliverance is the only miracle that was not performed in the Old Testament. Healing, provision of food and weather control had all been done in the Old Testament – but casting out demons made its debut in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus.

Having been taught by the master demonologist, Dr. Derek Prince, when I (Mark) was in my teens, I had some direct and very real world insight and experience into how to deal with demons. This is the first part of a series on the basics of deliverance, which is based on those teachings.

1 -  DO NOT DEAL WITH THE MAN – DEAL WITH THE DEMON INSIDE THE MAN!

A demon won’t necessarily show himself until a person with the anointing is present. This happened in Mark 1:23-26 in the synagogue in Capernaum with the presence of Jesus

“Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” 26 Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.

Analysis of this scripture reveals several things associated with demons: 

a - ‘’with an unclean spirit”  - should really read ‘under the influence of’ and unclean spirit, according to the Greek 

b - “and he cried out” refers to the demon – not the man

c - “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” (the demons recognized Jesus immediately as being of God – it took His disciples a year to figure it out but the demons knew it instantly – and feared Him) 

d - Also, notice that the demon uses I and we referring to it(them)self

e – “Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!”Jesus was speaking to the demon. The Greek says ‘be muzzled’.

f – “Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.” Demons will sometimes cause convulsions or tremors when exiting and will almost always leave by the mouth – either screaming, spitting, vomiting or coughing up phlegm – even sneezing.

*The main thing here is that Jesus did not deal with the person, he dealt with the spirit within the person – another person (demon) inside the person!  

3 - Three terms used interchangeably are demons, evil spirits and unclean spirits. There are also specific types of spirits such as ‘the spirit of disease’ or a ‘spirit of fear’.

4Most of the time when scripture refers to ‘demon possessed’ it should say ‘demonized’. This comes from the Greek ‘daimon izomai’ where ‘daimon’ is the root and hence comes the word ‘demon’ and ‘izomai’ is the passive – demonized or, literally, “to be demonized”.
 
**Also, The term demon possessed is also the cause of the church not understanding demons –the door was shut on the subject because Christians cannot be demon possessed, which is true. A true Christian is possessed by Christ – but
they most certainly can be demonized, afflicted and affected by demons – in areas in their lives where they are not fully in control. Even with Christ in us, we are not fully in control – or we’d be perfect, and we’re not.

**My second deliverance experience was on a 25 year veteran and extremely strong and spirit-filled Christian leader, who was being temporarily but forcefully ravaged by a spirit of fear - one of the strongest demon spirits there is. This very strong Christian was rendered totally helpless in a very short period of time and the deliverance was lengthy and strenuous - even the strongest of Christians can be demonized!

5It was Jesus regular ministry as he visited synagogues to do two things: Preach & Expel demons. And he did this throughout Galilee in hundreds of synagogues, so the expelling of demons was a major part of His ministry.

6 – The church’s position on this is that IF demonized people exist, they are either in prisons or mental institutions – this is simply not the case – they are in the church and walking amongst us every day. Even in the time of Jesus the people he delivered were normal, church-going people who prayed and knew the scriptures, worked their jobs and were family men, etc. They just had certain areas of their lives that they had not fully given to God, areas that Satan took advantage of through his demons.

**The same applies today as in Jesus’ time. The demonized are regular, respectable people (Christian or not) who have areas of their lives that they have not fully given control to Jesus.

7Healing the sick may also involve delivering them as well. Look at Luke 4:40-41: “While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. 41 Demons also were coming out of many, shouting…”

**Here healing & deliverance are interwoven. In many cases healing will demand the expelling of evil spirits. An example would be a drug addict suffering organ failure. True healing won’t take place until the demon of addiction is expelled! 

**I can personally verify that healing and deliverance are closely tied together. On my first solo deliverance, which started out as a healing, when I laid hands on the person I was praying for, the demon inside the person spoke to me in the first second and a half that my hand was on her head, telling me everything in that time. I knew, through the power of discernment that God gave me there on the spot, that this wasn't going to be a 'normal' healing - that to be healed this woman was going to have to be delivered from a demon of addiction.

**Also, notice in these scriptures that Jesus laid His hands on every single one person deliveredthis totally does away with the unscriptural (and uneducated) idea of not laying hands on people with demons. 

Again in Luke 13:11-16 “And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.” 13 And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. 14 But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, “There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites, does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead him away to water him? 16 And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

**This scripture directly states that the woman was ‘sick’ because of a demon. Notice that when Jesus healed her he used the word ‘freed’ which indicates being bound by the evil spirit. Again Jesus laid His hands on her. 

In verse 16 Jesus directly states that Satan had bound the woman with an evil spirit – and uses the word ‘released’ to describe he healing. The moment that the spirit of sickness was released from her she was ‘healed’ not of a physical ailment at all, but of a spiritual one.
 
*This is a situation where discernment would dictate what to do for the healing to take place.

**Also notice that the woman in question was in the synagogue, indicating that she was a church going, ‘religious person’

**Physical conditions that may also fall under deliverance include deafness, dumbness and blindness. (Derek Prince as well as my parents saw many healed of all three through deliverance)

8 – Continuing in Luke 13:31-32, Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill You.” 32 And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I [a]reach My goal.  ( [a]SHALL BE PERFECTED)”

**The term “today and tomorrow, and the third day” is a Hebraism meaning ‘until the job is finished’ so Jesus was stating that deliverance would be a permanent part of His ministry. The fact is that deliverance & healing was 33% of Jesus’ ministry activities, including teaching, etc. and the two were so intertwined that they were indistinguishable. 

9 “In the New Testament, nobody was ever sent out to evangelize without being commissioned to cast out demons.” – Derek Prince.  

There is not one example in the NT where someone was sent out without being instructed to deal with evil spirits – it is unscriptural to do so:

**Matthew 10:1 says Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority (power) over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.”  

**Matthew 10:8 Jesus gives further orders to His disciples, Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.
 
**Jesus first power given to His disciples was the authority over evil spirits. It was a major part of their arsenal.

** In Luke 10:1 Jesus sends another 70 disciples out to everywhere he was about to go: Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.” 

In Luke 10:17 they come back with their report that: “The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” Out of everything they did, including raising the dead, they were most impressed with power over demons!

**As part of the Great Commission, Jesus says in Mark 16:15-18, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Jesus would not send His disciples out without them first knowing how to deal with demons! In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commands His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
 
Jesus commanded His disciples to teach other disciples to cast out demons until His return! The sad thing is that the very act of casting out demons, or deliverance, is a lost art – the church has turned its back on this command!

10 There is only one person in the New Testament designated an ‘evangelist’ – there are by the way 28 Apostles! The only person named as an evangelist is Philip. Isn’t that incredible? Today we call any Pastor with a message an ‘evangelist’ but Jesus only referred to Philip as an evangelist…so Philip’s ministry must be the very definition of the word evangelist. 

Acts 8:5-7 contains a direct reference to the ministry of Philip: Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing. For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed.
 
Again the first thing mentioned in the ministry of Philip, the one and only ‘evangelist’ of the Bible, was driving out evil spirits.

“Both the pattern of Jesus’ ministry and His commission to other disciples leaves no room for the servants of God today to go out into a ministry of evangelism without first being equipped to deal with evil spirits.” ~Derek Prince


©2013 Mark Williams, First Love Missions

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 

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