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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Basics of Deliverance: Part Four – How To Be Delivered and How To Keep Your Deliverance

What started out as a three part series grew to four and now five parts...there's so much information to get through on deliverance! In this, the fourth of five parts in the Basics of Deliverance series, we come to what is at the center of the issue of demonization, the solution and only cure – deliverance. 

The very first step toward being delivered of demons is to confess the sin that opened the way for the demonization in the first place – and repent for that sin. Once that is done, the process of deliverance can begin.

1)      Be Humble  The very first step toward being delivered of demons is to confess the sin that opened the way for the demonization in the first place – and then truly repent for that sin, asking God’s forgiveness. James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:6 both say that we are to humble ourselves before the Lord that He may exalt us. We must make the decision to come before the most high God humbly – God will not make us humble, we make ourselves humble. In true deliverance there will come a point when you must decide between your dignity and your deliverance, and whichever you choose can determine if you are delivered or not. If your dignity is more important that your deliverance then pride is an issue – and pride is one of the most destructive forces of evil that exists.

2)      Be Honest – This goes hand-in-hand with humbling ourselves. Call it like it is. Don’t try and put some fancy label on what the problem is – be honest enough to admit the issue and call it what it is. Call a spade a spade and not an ‘agricultural tool’. Be simple, not ‘sophisticated. If the demon is lust, call it lust. If it’s hate, then call it by its name, hate.

3)      Confess Your Faith in Christ – Jesus is the high priest of our confession. When we confess, He comes to our aid,  but if we don’t confess He will not show up.

4)      Confess Any Known Sin (By You or Your Ancestors) – Any and every known sin must be confessed. This may be done prior to the actual deliverance, but is a must. This is the equivalent to forgiving and asking for forgiveness before praying for a healing – it is an absolute pre-requisite. Note that this not only applies to you but also to your ancestry. If you know of any unrepented sin committed by your ancestors, you must confess it also. You will need to identify with the family problem, not run or hide from it, and lay it before God.  Here’s another point: You need to go back four generations when confessing ancestral sin!

5)      Repent of ALL Sin – Remember, confession without repentance is worthless. Without repentance, there is no deliverance…period! This is exactly why I tell every new convert to Christ that they need to repent for every sin, even the ones that they can’t remember. Upon my prodigal return last year I underwent a repentance that lasted seven days – 24/7 with no eating or sleeping – simply asking for forgiveness for every sin I could remember committing over a 40 year period. When I got down to where I couldn’t remember any more, I asked God to take the ones I couldn’t remember as well. This wasn’t something that anyone told me to do. In fact everyone was telling me exactly the opposite – that I didn’t need to ‘beat myself up’ because God had already forgiven me. While that is very true, I felt compelled to hold every offense before the Father. After all, when I came back I had no mentor, no minister, no one guiding me – except God the Father – and I spoke with God every minute of every day and He assured me that my repentance was very acceptable. As proof of the need for repentance in salvation, Proverbs 28:13 says “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them (repents of them) will find compassion.” According to God’s word, if you want mercy you must confess and repent. God knows all of our sins but wants us to confess and repent of them so that He will have mercy on us. Un-repented sin is like unforgiveness – and God says in Matthew 6:15 God declares that if we do not forgive others, then He will not forgive us!

As with salvation, in deliverance you are entering into a new existence, a cleaner slate, if you will, and you need to leave behind all baggage. Even though Christ died for our sins, the concept of repenting as part of salvation is extraordinarily biblical – in the old and new testaments – before and after Christ.  Psalm 51 is entirely about the repentance of David – which went on for a year! In the New Testament, when Paul urges the churches in Macedonia and Achaia to gather an offering for the churches in Judea, they might have had a special need, but part of the need was in Paul's heart. It wasn't all about the churches in Judea. You see, Paul had previous persecuted Christians and tried to destroy God's church – and had focused especially on the churches in Judea. He even says in 1 Timothy 1:13 "Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief". While it is true that God is always willing to forgive, Paul wanted to do what he could to make things right with those he had harmed – and we should do the same, even if it just entails asking God’s forgiveness in those matters. And remember, you can’t shock God. You can tell Him the very worst about you and He’ll still love you. In fact, by confession and repentance He loves you all the more. Isn’t that wonderful? THAT’s grace!

6)      Break With Occult or Secret Societies – This is really part of repentance but I want to make special reference to it here because affiliations with the occult or ‘secret societies can be the cause of some of the most demonic problems - especially Free Masonry. This is very strong because it is usually handed down from generation to generation, and like Daniel, who handed down his wealth from generation to generation until it was presented to the boy Jesus by the ‘wise men’, the further anything goes back the deeper and stronger rooted it becomes. The result can be retardation as well as crippling and all variations of physical infirmities.

7)      Forgive Others – As I pointed out in the section on repentance, the forgiveness of others is crucial not only to salvation but also to deliverance. My folks and Don Basham once had a friend who wasn’t delivered until he had forgiven the IRS. It seemed that he had a tax issue that took some time to resolve and he really hated the IRS. As silly as that may seem, it wasn’t until he finally gave that hatred up that he was delivered. As is stated in Matthew 6:15, “ But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” How then can you think that God will hear your prayers if you have unforgiveness in your heart? He will not and He says it right there. Again, it is entirely up to us to forgive – and we must make the move regardless of whether or not the person that we haven’t forgiven has apologized or asked for forgiveness from us. We must do it unconditionally. We don’t forgive for the sake of the person being forgiven; we do it for our own sake. Forgiving others isn’t being ‘super-spiritual’ either, it is simply following God’s command.

8)      Expel – Passivity doesn’t get you anywhere – you must take action. The simplest action to take is to begin to breathe out, expelling the demon inside. In both Hebrew and Greek the word for spirit is exactly the same as the word for breath. This is why some ‘allergies’ or asthma can actually be the manifestation of an evil spirit. I’ve seen asthma cured through deliverance by commanding the spirit to leave in the name of Jesus and having the person simply blow it out. Deliverance can be just that simple. This is especially true in children. Children don’t make the simple difficult and hence have an easier time with almost everything of a Spiritual nature, especially healing. This is why most missionaries in the field don’t do healings themselves, they will have the children pray over everybody – and see incredible miracles as a result! There have been countless blind eyes and deaf ears opened by having little children of 5 or 6 years old do the praying. Why? Because they don’t complicate it! They simply pray for God to do it! Making something easy into something complicated is what us ‘adults’ are very good at. This is exactly why Jesus said in Mark 10:15Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 

How To Keep Your Deliverance 

The following describes eight ways to keep your deliverance. Just as someone can backslide from salvation, people can backslide from deliverance as well. To protect your deliverance pay attention to the following.

1)      Make Jesus Lord of ALL – Upon deliverance the delivered should make Jesus Christ Lord over every single area of their life. In Matthew 12:43-45, Jesus speaks about what can happen when an evil spirit goes out of a man:

“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came (Meaning the body of the person delivered); and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. (the body has been cleaned by way of deliverance) 45 Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.

From the above we can see that we must protect ourselves after deliverance, for fear of being attacked again, possibly resulting in a situation seven times worse that what we were delivered from! The one key word in this scripture is ‘unoccupied’. The only way to be protected from Spiritual attack is by having Jesus Christ living in us and at the very center of everything we do. If Jesus is in us, then we are full of the Holy Spirit. Do you think a demon is going to even attempt to get in if when he comes he finds Jesus inside you? That demon is going to be moving on to the next person – he doesn’t want to tangle with God – he already has, and lost!

In Part Two of this series we discussed the ‘areas of demonic operation’. In order to have full protection from demons we must have Jesus covering every area of our lives – from our emotions to our minds, tongue, sex and our physical bodies (general health).  Remember demons are cruising, looking for a weakness in you. Like the traveler looking for a motel to rest in, the demons are looking for one sign – vacancy! When they see that there is a vacancy inside of you they know they can get in. Don’t be caught off guard, without Jesus living inside you, covering every single area of your life. Make sure your shingle right out front reads in bold, red letters of the blood of Jesus – NO VACANCY!

2)      Put on Your ‘Garment of Praise’ – This comes from Isaiah 61:3, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

When you praise & worship God you put up road blocks to Satan. Worship takes me to the throne room faster than any other way – and when you are in the presence of God (and He with you) Satan cannot get in – period!

3)      Put on The Full Armor of God – From Ephesians 6:14-17. This is not an option!

4)      Live by The Word of God – You must be in the Word every single day! It never fails to amaze me that there are people who call themselves Christian who don’t read His word! I can’t even fathom missing more than a day of not reading the breath of God, and then it would only be because of traveling by car. We must all be active in the Word of God. The Bible says there is power in  just reading the Word!

Matthew 4:4 says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that cometh out of the mouth of God.” We cannot survive by how we ‘feel’ about something, even when we think we are acting by the word of God. As Christians, the Bible is our handbook. It gives us instruction on how to behave in situations and without it we are dead in the water.

Remember the Three F’s:    Fact – Faith – Feeling  as a guide to Christian living. The key is keeping them in this order:

The Facts are in the Word of God. Faith believes the facts and then Feelings fall into place.

5)      Submit to God and Resist SatanJames 4:7 says “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Again, make sure the order is correct. Don’t let your guard down or you’ll be submitting to Satan and resisting God.

6)      Good Fellowship1 John 1:7 says “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son washes us from all sin.” We are washed by the blood of Christ and need to be around others of the same cloth. I cannot stress how important this is. When two or more are gathered together there is POWER!

7)      Come Under Discipline1 Samuel 15:23 tells us that “ Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” We must stay disciplined – see all of the above!

8)      Make Jesus Central (See #1 above) – John 12:31-32 says “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” We must keep on lifting up Jesus, making Him and not demons the center of our lives. Don’t give the devil too much publicity, he loves it. Don’t go seeing demons behind everything either – but be aware of demonic activity and learn to spot it based on what you’ve learned in this series.

Stay tuned for the fifth part in the series, "Why Some People Don’t Get Delivered"
coming in a few days.

©2013 Mark Williams, First Love Missions

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

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