Winshape Retreat, Rome, Georgia
October 24-25, 2009
We are gathered as Christians to learn about deliverance, and to learn something about how to minister deliverance. We know that this ministry is made possible by our Lord Jesus, empowering and leading us by the Holy Spirit. Apart from Him, no deliverance can take place.
What we can know about deliverance and about the demon realm is available in God’s Word, and in the testimony of men and women who have faithfully served God in setting His people free from bondage through the ministry of deliverance over a meaningful period of time. We believe that God’s Word is literally “God-breathed” (II Timothy 3:16)…that is, divinely inspired by God and trustworthy in all that it teaches. I use the New American Standard Bible. I prefer it because it is known among scholars to be truest to the original Hebrew and Greek.
WHAT IS DELIVERANCE?
The American Heritage Dictionary says it is: the act of delivering a person from bondage or danger.
Exodus 3:7-8 “And the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So, I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…’”
Joel 2:32 “…It will come about that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord will be delivered.”
WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR DELIVERANCE?
I John 5:19 “…the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
Adam and Eve were given dominion over all living things on the earth (Genesis 1:28). However, when they sinned, they broke covenant with God and died spiritually. They also forfeited their dominion to the devil and his demons, so that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
I John 3:8 “…The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” This is marvelous news!
The Lord uses Christians, and even some non-Christians, to bring down the evil works of the devil. He used the President of the United States to initiate the collapse of the Soviet Union through his speech on June 12, 1987, at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”
Revelation 12:7-11 (v. 9) “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (see also Isaiah 14:12-15).
He is called “star of the morning” or “day star” in Isaiah 14:12. Some versions of this verse use the term “light bearer,” which is Lucifer, in Latin. The King James Version uses “Lucifer” in Isaiah 14:12, though most modern versions do not. Bible scholars believe that Ezekiel 28:12-19 also describes this angel of beauty and light, and his fall from grace because rebellion, pride and unrighteousness were found in him.
His angels became wholly devoted to him and his evil, and are now demons…billions of them. There is not a speck of good in a demon…100% evil. God said we are to hate what is evil (Romans 12:9). If we are to be involved in deliverance, we cannot be ambivalent about demons. They are vicious and hate all humans, including us. We need to ask God to develop in us a “holy hatred” of demons, so we will never be double-minded about this.
Jude 6 “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels’” (see also Revelation 20:10).
WHERE DO THE DEVIL AND HIS DEMONS LIVE, AND DO THEIR EVIL DEEDS?
There is some conjecture on this matter, but we do have II Corinthians 12:2 which tells us that Paul was granted a visit to the third heaven. It seems very likely that the third heaven is the Heaven we have always heard about, where God is on His throne and where we believers will spend eternity. This leaves us wondering about the first and second heavens. It seems that most students of the Bible believe that our earth’s atmosphere is the first heaven, and the second heaven is that unseen realm (see II Corinthians 4:18) where certain spirits live.
The second heaven is where archangels like Michael live. The devil and the demons that hold leadership positions in the devil’s army also live there. The devil is not omnipresent, like God is. He can only be in one place at a time. He undoubtedly has some kind of organizational structure in his evil system, like an army, with principalities and/or powers (the captains and commanders) living in the second heaven. His other demons were cast down to the earth, are on assignment to invade, manipulate, and torment humans here on earth. As we observe our world, we can readily see evidence of their presence.
Some of the works of the devil include murder, adultery, witchcraft, slavery, prostitution, Satanism, greed, abuse of power and authority, rebellion in all its forms, and all that you see and don’t see that harms people.
WHAT IS GOD’S PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE ON EARTH WHO ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THE DEVIL’S PLANS AND THE WORK OF HIS DEMONS?
Isaiah prophesied God’s plan for mankind about 700 years before Jesus ministered here on earth. What a glorious privilege to announce the ministry of Jesus, Who was to come.
Read Isaiah 61:1-3.
Part of what Jesus would do was to begin the deliverance ministry for the Kingdom of God. He was going to initiate the proclamation of liberty for captives and He was going to bring freedom to prisoners. The people were bound in captivity by various demons…but Jesus is our deliverer!!!! His plan is to take every individual that will trust in Him, make them disciples, and develop them into
Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.
We read in Luke 4:18 Jesus’ proclamation of his ministry in a synagogue, as He began His ministry. His proclamation was a shorter version of Isaiah 61:1-3.
WHAT IS OUR PLACE IN GOD’S PLAN TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY?
John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.”
Jesus said “he who believes in Me” because it is His will that every Christian, every disciple of His, shall do these things. This is not restricted to Apostles from the first century. This is for all Christians to do, until He returns.
Jesus demonstrated the ministry He wants done on this earth. Each time we lead someone to Christ we destroy a work of the devil (I John 3:8). Each time we lift a person out of despair, or build a person up, we destroy a work of the devil. He has much for us to do, including setting people free from demons. This destroys a work of the devil.
Matthew 10:1 “…He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Matthew 10:8 (He gave a command to His disciples…) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons; freely you received, freely give.”
Mark 6:7 “He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs; and He was giving them authority over the unclean spirits.”
Luke 9:1 “He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases.”
Luke 10:17-20 “And the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name.’ And He said to them, ‘I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.’”
Matthew 28:18-20 “…Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe (to do) all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus will be with us in the Person of the Holy Spirit, Who lives inside of us. We have Almighty God dwelling inside of us. “Nothing will be impossible with God” (see Luke 1:37). All the disciples of Jesus throughout all time are to be taught to cast out demons, etc., just like the first disciples.
Jesus has great confidence in His disciples who trust Him to lead and empower them by His Holy Spirit. He really does want us to carry out His ministry here on earth, while he “captains” this from Heaven. He knows that our enemy, the devil, will try to prevent us by any means he can, including causing us to fear what others will think of us if we are involved in deliverance ministry.
Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord shall be safe.”
The fear of man is actually the name of one of the devil’s demons, and it will cause a person to fear “what will they think of me; what will they say about me; what will they do to me?” This sneaky and powerful demon has secretly institutionalized fear of man in America, and other places. In the secular realm, it is called Political Correctness. It has paralyzed millions and millions of Americans…even church leaders.
However, if we do what the Lord wants us to do, and we turn over to Him what others might think, He will take care of us in His own special way.
Because I have found this demon in so many people, I believe this demon is assigned to every person…to try to get in. The tragic thing is that “the fear of man” is being taught to children in millions of our homes…”what will the neighbors think?”
WHAT ARE DEMONS?
Since demons are fallen angels, they are spirit beings. They have no corporeal body, yet they have the equivalent of a human soul: they have a mind, which can think, act, decide and plan; they have a will which is strongly determined to steal, kill and destroy in your life (see John 10:10); and they have some semblance of emotions, primarily hate and anger. They want to remain undiscovered, so they can stay inside you for your entire life. They don’t want to be detected and be cast out. They do not leave unless they are cast out. They operate by manipulating your thinking and your emotions, and they want you to think that the problems they are creating in you are “just you.” Some demons have an assignment to bring harm to your body, such as a spirit of affliction or a spirit of infirmity. We have discovered a spirit of migraine, and cast it out of several people. They stopped having migraines.
How can I tell if I have a demon?
Some people ask, “How do you know if the problem you are having is caused by a demon? One of the easiest ways to tell is if you are having emotions that are much stronger than the situation which prompted them would ordinarily warrant.
1. You are at the edge of the Grand Canyon. There is no rail, but you are 20 feet from the edge. You feel great fear of falling into the canyon to your death, even though there is no real danger that you will fall. That is fear “over the top.” Here is a manifestation of the spirit of the fear of heights.
2. Someone says something insulting to you, and you find yourself having great anger, so much so that you are having thoughts of hurting him. Here is a manifestation of the spirit of anger, and possibly the spirit of violence.
Couldn’t it just be a person’s flesh?” The answer is “Yes…it could be your flesh.” However, if you are having a flesh problem and you want to rid yourself of it, you can pray and ask God for help. You can exercise strong will power. You can avoid all the temptations that have caused you to slip into that behavior in the past. You can try really hard to get rid of that problem, and if it is just the flesh, you should have a noticeable measure of success in a reasonable amount of time. If you do all this and still have the problem, you have to begin to suspect that a demon is the problem.
If you are not afraid of what people might think, and you’re willing to consider whether it is a demon, some prayer time will probably reveal whether it is a demon. If so, then we can get that thing out in an afternoon, instead of you laboring for a year or more to try to defeat your flesh with your will power. Have you been impressed with your will power?
HOW COULD A CHRISTIAN HAVE A DEMON?
Unfortunately, the world’s various forms of media have created spectacularly scary ideas about demons and deliverance. We've had “The Exorcist” and other movies. Recently, there have been numerous movies released about vampires. The devil is having a big time with our media. Because of the scary publicity, most Americans would hate to even think about a person having a demon. In addition, some Christians have come to II Corinthians 6:14 in their Bibles, which asks the question “…for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” This leads us to ask how something that is evil, like a demon, could co-exist with the Holy Spirit inside us, the temple of God. This is a reasonable question.
Getting really practical, it does seem highly unlikely that the Holy Spirit is going to find any non-believers or even any Christians to live in who has zero evil in him. We all have some evil in us, because we are never made perfect until we are in Heaven. The Lord has very graciously given us in His Word (I John 1:9) a way to provide for dealing with our sins. The Holy Spirit is very kind and gracious to dwell in us while He works on cleaning out the evil in us.
Demons have come into people to manipulate our minds, our wills and our emotions. Our soul is their main target. However, when we accept Christ and the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, He begins His work of cleaning us up. Part of what He does is to help us develop discernment, which will alert us to the presence of demons inside us. If we have demons in us, ultimately He will show us that we need deliverance. If we are surrendered to Him, we will ask Him to lead us to a competent deliverance ministry. He is delighted to empower the deliverance that we seek out and find. He wants to bring us freedom and victory.
Because of what Jesus’ taught in Matthew 12:43-45, I have decided not to minister deliverance to any non-Christians. I don’t want to be the cause of that non-Christian finding himself in a worse state than before I ministered to him.
Read Matthew 12:43-45.
Our Lord’s teaching says that if the house is unoccupied, the demon that was cast out will bring seven other spirits with him when he comes to reclaim his place there. When Jesus used the word “unoccupied,” He was referring to the fact that there was no Holy Spirit present in that person. Every Christian has the Holy Spirit living in him (Romans 8:9), whereas a non Christian does not have the Holy Spirit living in him. So, if a person is a non-Christian, and therefore does not have the Holy Spirit living inside of him to protect him from demons, his “house” is unoccupied. If he has a demon cast out of him, he will be at risk of having that same demon come back into him, plus seven more demons “more wicked” than the one that was cast out. This is why I don’t minister deliverance to non-Christians.
Some have said, “Well, why don’t you cast the demons out and then lead the person to Christ?” It is not possible for us to know whether a person will accept Christ after his demons are cast out. We may well leave him in a worse condition than before he started. I had one session, during my deliverance training, where we were going to try to cast the demons out of a non-Christian, and then lead the person to Christ. A 20 year old young woman had numerous demons in her and was living in a sinful relationship with a man. She just wanted relief from the torment she was experiencing. When we asked her to renounce the sins that opened the door for the demons to come in, she refused. She wanted to continue to live the life she had made for herself, but just wanted some relief. We decided not even to try to cast those demons out. Because of her refusal to repent, I’m convinced that they would have had legal grounds to refuse to come out.
HOW DO DEMONS COME INTO A PERSON?
I Peter 5:8 First, let’s understand that demons are a good bit like a lion following a herd of antelope in Africa. He is going to kill some of them in order to feed himself and family. He will watch to see who lags behind as the herd moves, either because of an injury or weakness. He will pick off the young and the weak. A demon’s favorite target is our children. Many millions of our children have very poor prayer covering, with parents who have no idea what to do about demons. So, a great many of our children have demons in them before they are ten years old. Some of them come in as a result of curses and some of them come in because of exposure to harmful or sinful things.
SINFUL ACTS OR HABITS
When we cooperate with the devil’s plan for us to sin…any sin…we are opening ourselves up to the possibility of a demon entering us. This does not always happen, but when we add that sin as a regular part of our way of life, we are very likely to have it enter us because we are inviting it in. This would be the case when we begin to lie as a normal practice. We are very likely to have the spirit of lying enter us. After that, the spirit presses us into lying that we may not have even planned. Then, it becomes very difficult to resist lying.
Sometimes, one instance of a sinful act will open the door and the spirit comes in. A ten year old boy shoplifts an item from a store, and the spirit of stealing comes in. Later, as a man, he is arrested for embezzling from his company. When asked why he did it, he says, “I knew it was wrong, but I just couldn't stop myself.”
When the man mentioned above unknowingly invited the spirit of stealing into himself because of his stealing, he also opened the door for a curse of stealing to come upon himself and his children. God has said (Exodus 20:5) “…I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.” When the curse is upon the family line, the devil has the legal right to put the demon in babies that are born to that family line. When I am doing deliverance with a person who has sinful activity in her ancestors (and therefore the curse upon the family line), we simply break the curse off her family line and off of her, and then we are free to cast out the demon. This applies to any curse and any demon. The curses of rejection and rebellion are extremely common, among many others. An added feature of having a curse and its demon is that the demon will usually cause the parent to model the sinful behavior for the child.
About ten years ago, while serving as one of the pastors of a church, I met a wonderful sister in the Lord named Jane. She was in her fifties. She invited Carrie and me over for lunch after church, and when we got to her home, we greeted her husband and also found her mother was there. I discerned fear in both Jane and her mother. After lunch, her mother left and walked across the street to her own home. Jane then told us that her mother had such fear she couldn't sleep alone in her own home, so she slept each night in Jane’s home. I began to pray for the right opportunity to minister to Jane.
A year later, during a worship service, the Lord gave a word to our congregation that He wanted to minister to those who struggled with fear. We immediately opened up the front of the meeting for people to come forward to receive ministry from the pastors and elders. Over a third of the congregation came forward. I made a bee-line for Jane. She smiled and indicated that she was expecting me to do that. I asked her if she was ready to get rid of her fear. She said, “Yes.” I said, “You know the fear is driven by a spirit of fear, don’t you?” “Yes.” I began to minister to her and commanded the spirit of fear to leave her. Although she was fully cooperating, the demon wouldn't come out. Then, I remembered her mother’s fear, and told Jane. I explained that because of her mother’s fear, and probably her grandmother’s fear, we could discern that there was a curse of fear on her family line and upon her, and that was giving the demon the right to stay. I led her in breaking off the curse of fear, and immediately the spirit of fear came out with a few very strong coughs. She was set free. Two years later, her husband told me that she was remarkably free of fear now.
For more information, I recommend Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose, by Derek Prince, available for around $10.00 at Amazon.com.
ENTERING THE TERRITORY OF THE ENEMY
When we go into a physical area where we know the enemy has established a stronghold, we are knowingly exposing ourselves to attack by the enemy, and possible invasion by one or more demons. If we believe the Lord is sending us into such a place, we can pray for the Lord’s protection and also do spiritual warfare to defend ourselves, and then we can safely carry out such a mission. However, if a man goes into a bar where strippers are dancing, he is in the devil’s territory and is subjecting himself to all manner of sexual demons. If he is on a mission trip in South America and learns about a remote village where a witch doctor is the chief, he should not go in there and expose himself to the demons unless he believes the Lord is sending him in.
I was counseling a 50 year old woman whose father had died when she was just an infant. When she was 11 years old, her mother drove with her from California to New York. They stopped in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the night. They had the evening free, and her mother said, “I’ve always loved hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and I see there is a performance tonight. We’re going.” This 11 year old girl was taken into the headquarters of one of the devil’s cults without any spiritual protection, and the demon of Mormonism entered her. Thirty nine years later, she was sitting with me during some ministry, and the spirit of Mormonism began to speak through her mouth in a male voice, trying to frighten me. I took authority over it and cast it out.
FEAR OR TRAUMA
The world in which we live is a hostile environment. It can be scary for adults as well as children. One of the ways in which a spirit of fear can enter a young child is when his mother takes him into a large department store. She gets distracted by the very attentive lady at the cosmetics counter, lets go of his hand and doesn’t notice when her child wanders away. He is intrigued by a large stuffed animal sixty feet away. When he gets there, he spots something else sixty more feet away. Soon, he is in a totally different part of the store than his mother. Suddenly, he feels a need for her and can’t find her. The fear builds, and he begins to cry. A store clerk asks him why he is crying. He says he can’t find his mommy, and after getting his first name, the store clerk calls over the speaker system for the mother to come to the toy department to get her son. By now the mother is filled with fear, and when she arrives at her son, her face is strongly manifesting fear. When he sees that fear in her face, this confirms to him that fear is the right thing to feel for that moment, and as he surrenders to the fear, the spirit of fear enters the boy right then. Often, in such a case, if the mother arrives with love and a calm spirit to comfort her son, his fear leaves right away, and the spirit doesn't get to enter him.
When a 12 year old girl is dragged from a store parking lot into the woods and raped, she is likely to have several demons enter her. First, the spirit of fear. Second, the fear of violation, which leaves her afraid to go lots of places. Third, the fear of men (not the same as the fear of man). Fourth, the fear of sexual activity. Fifth, shame. Sixth, unworthiness. Seventh, fear of vulnerability. Eighth, trauma. Others may have entered her, as well.
God’s word says (II Timothy 1:7) “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind.” But now, she is gripped with fear which is fueled by the demons living inside her. She is headed into a life of extreme guardedness, unless she receives the ministry of deliverance. She will also need healing of the wounds to her soul.
About 15 years ago, I ministered to a young man in his early thirties. He had grown up in the mountains of Tennessee, under a mean angry demonized father. His father would frequently beat him, and he would also slap him on the back of the head when he was even a bit irritated with him. All his father would have to do is raise his hand to scratch his own ear, and his son would duck, out of fear that he was about to be slapped on the back of his head. He was brought to seething anger inside because of his father’s treatment of him, but could not express it for fear of another beating. The spirits of anger and rage came into him as a boy. When he was in his thirties, his fiancé almost didn’t marry him because of her fear of his anger.
INVOLVEMENT WITH THE OCCULT
When the family is on a vacation at the beach, and the arcade has so many rides and fun games, it may also have a fortune teller booth. When the family member has some real questions about her life and she believes she needs some answers, she might be drawn to the fortune teller. Remember this important truth: whenever you seek information or help from a supernatural source other than the true Lord Jesus, you are asking demons for that help. There are only two supernatural sources: God, and the devil and his demons. In this case, you are asking the spirit of divination for help, and he is more than willing to “help” you, by guiding you into the devil’s kingdom of destruction.
Read Deuteronomy 18: 9-12.
Involvement with the occult will bring down curses on you and your descendants. Some other occult practices that amount to seeking information or help from a supernatural source other than the Lord Jesus are: Ouija board, palm reading, 8 ball, astrology/horoscope, water witching, and tarot cards. Of course any involvement with witchcraft, voodoo, Santeria, Freemasonry, Ku Klux Klan, Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Science, Unity, Mormonism, Baha’ism will lead you into trouble. Jubilee Ministries has lots of resources to inform you on false religions and deceptive cults. You can reach them at:
Occasionally, you may meet someone who is clearly traumatized and wants help. This person may have serious trouble remembering their childhood. You may need to learn about their childhood from someone else. You may find that this person was raised in a satanic cult, or an offshoot from it. In these situations, the cult tortures children in order to fracture their personalities into many parts, resulting in multiple personalities. This torture is called Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA), and is actually more prevalent than most people know. Multiple personality disorder has been renamed by the medical community. It is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder. Some special training is needed in order to minister to this condition. You can learn some about it on Google.com. Dissociative Identity Disorder exists in much milder forms, as well. There are large numbers of people with this disorder. Secular methods are totally ineffective in ministering to DID. The Holy Spirit knows how to do this.
NEGATIVE INFLUENCES WHILE IN THE WOMB
The human fetus (eight weeks to birth) is very sensitive to his environment. He can sense when his mother is fearful or stressed. At some point during gestation the fetus can hear voices outside the mother’s body. This hearing is a function of his soul, and his human spirit is also very sensitive to sounds. The primary messages that come to the fetus that are wounding and/or open the door for the entrance of demons are:
stress, anxiety, fear, fear of violence, rejection (e.g. when the father yells that he doesn’t want this child, or when the mother harbors anger over being pregnant), worthlessness, death and murder (when the abortionist tries to murder the child).
Rejection is probably the most prevalent demon in humans. Babies need love, and when there is no love coming to them, it feels like rejection and the spirit of rejection can come in. Carrie and I were serving in a church in North Carolina and knew a young mother named Terry, who had two children. We had known her for about a year when she came for deliverance. While interviewing her, we discerned the spirit of rejection. This spirit is usually accompanied by the spirit of the fear of rejection and also the spirit of self rejection. We cast all three demons out of her, plus several others. That was on a Thursday. On Sunday, she came running up to us after church, brimming with joy. She said she went to the mall on Friday evening with her family. Ordinarily, she did not ever enjoy going to the mall, because the spirit of rejection would manipulate her thinking and her emotions so that she would see hatred toward her on every face she encountered. She had come to believe that almost everyone hated her. This time at the mall, those hateful faces were not there. People smiled at her, and some even showed some affection for her. She was really stunned and blessed. Her years of torment were over.
A man is driving his car in the mountains toward a bridge which crosses over a train track 200 feet below and his tire blows out causing him to lose control of the car. The car rolls and he is thrown out of the car. He lands on the side of the bridge and finds himself hanging by one hand from the very edge of the bridge. This might be alright for a stunt driver, but he is filled with terror as he glances down at the tracks below. For several minutes he has no relief from this fear of falling 200 feet to his death. This is just long enough for the spirit of the fear of heights and the spirit of the fear of falling to enter him. Now, he will feel strong fright when he sees a movie about someone being on a ledge, even without being in any actual personal danger of falling, such as when he sees a movie like King Kong when Naomi Watts did her gymnastics in front of King Kong on the edge of his precipice overlooking the chasm.
About 10 years ago, 20 year old college student, Robin, was present at the end of our worship service when ministry to the people was happening. She saw a demon manifesting in a woman who had come forward for ministry, and she jumped up and ran out of the building. The friend who had brought her to the service chased her down in the parking lot and brought her back to meet me. We sat and talked for awhile. I asked her if she had some personal previous bad experiences with demons, and she said she could not remember anything like that. However, she recalled the time when she was 8 years old and her Roman Catholic mother had insisted that she watch a 30 minute TV program on an educational channel showing a Roman Catholic exorcism of a teenage girl. The film was terribly frightening. They had the girl in chains and she was thrashing around, which made the sound of chains rattling. She was moaning loudly, and was wild eyed. The spirit of the fear of demons came into Robin when she was 8 years old, and she was very much afraid. When I told her we could get that thing out of her, she was immediately ready to make an appointment to get it out. We met a few days later and I cast out that demon and numerous others.
During a deliverance appointment, a man told me of the time when he was 3 years old, and he was visiting a cattle ranch. He had wandered off from the adults and was walking down what seemed to be a kind of road between two tall white fences. He did not know that cattle were usually herded down this “path” into holding pens from the trucks that brought them to the ranch. Suddenly, he felt the ground tremble beneath him and he saw lots of bulls with great big horns racing toward him. He was terrified, and frozen with fear. Just in the nick of time his Dad came running up to him and scooped him up, and they both went over the fence out of harms way. His life was spared by his Dad’s rescue. However, for several months, he had lots of nightmares about threatening bulls, and remained very much afraid of bulls on into his adult life. He had a spirit of the fear of bulls. We cast it out, and he had no such fear after that.
ARE PEOPLE REALLY POSSESSED?
In January 1604, King James I of England convened the Hampton Court Conference, which was composed of 47 scholars. All of them were members of the Church of England. They were commissioned to create an accurate and usable English version of the Bible. The work was completed in 1611, and the finished work was known as the King James Bible. These men were all scholars and were quite unfamiliar with the ministry of deliverance. The primary place where deliverance was being done was in the ceremony of exorcism done by the Roman Catholic Church. So, when these well meaning scholars read of the man in the country of the Gerasenes (Mark 5:1f) who lived in the tombs and was wild, and cut himself with stones, and broke his chains, they had the impression that he was so totally controlled by demons that they controlled everything he did. They thought the demons owned or “possessed” him.
So, they used the term “demon-possessed.” Nowhere in the New Testament does the Greek text indicate that the demons owned or possessed anyone.
Instead, that text begins (Mark 5:2) by describing him as a man “with” an unclean spirit. One of his demons spoke through his mouth, and then Jesus cast out all the demons and they went into the swine. In verse 15, we read that the people saw that the man who had been “demonized” (in the Greek text) was sitting down, in his right mind. In my NASB Bible, he is described as the man who had been “demon-possessed.” However, the Greek word that is used there is “daimonidzomai,” which means to be demonized (to have multiple demons). In other New Testament references, the person with a demon is either “demonized” or “has” a demon, using the Greek word “ecko” ( to have). A practical way to look at this, I think, is to see a person with a demon like a person who has an infected appendix. His appendix doesn’t own him, but it will create a lot of trouble for him if it isn’t taken out of him. A person with lots of demons is someone who is demonized (“daimonidzomai”). He needs to get them out, or they will bring lots of torment to him.
WHAT DO DEMONS DO TO PEOPLE?
Remembering that demons want to steal, kill and destroy, bringing harm to people in as many ways as possible, let’s look at some of the ways that they bring such torment to people:
DEMONS ENTICE PEOPLE
Because of the vast works of the devil in the world, there are a multitude of kinds of temptations available to people, and demons work hard to get us to fall prey to those temptations.
“Go ahead and take it. Nobody will see you. Nobody will know.”
“He thinks he is such a big shot, telling all those things he has done. I bet he hasn’t done half of those things. I think I’ll just make up a few, and even the score.” These thoughts just seem like our own thinking, but they are cleverly engineered by demons.
DEMONS HARASS PEOPLE
Demons can ruin your day, by causing you to miss the turn you were supposed to make while driving to an appointment, and then causing you to speed trying to make up for the lost time, which causes you to get stopped by a policeman for speeding. When the policeman comes to your window, you are tempted to act in un-Christ-like ways. By the time you get to your appointment, you are certainly not in prime condition.
Demons can talk into your mind, and can cause you to hear a voice. You look around and nobody is there. This continues until you tire of being “tricked” into looking around. But you are face to face with the fact that you are hearing voices. Only a small portion of people with demons actually hear voices.
DEMONS TORTURE PEOPLE
Demons can create emotional and physical situations in our lives that will be truly torturous for us. A primary tactic is when the spirits of anxiety and stress increase their activity, and we live in stressful anxiety nearly 24 hours a day. We blame it on our schedule, and we can sort of see how that makes sense, but this is torture. We can then be attacked by the spirit of worry that lives in us, and we worry that it will get worse, which sends us into panic attacks where we are essentially immobilized.
These stressful conditions can have effects on our physical body, and we can develop irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcers, or skin conditions. In addition, stress weakens our immune system, and we become susceptible to colds, and other diseases..
The spirit of worry can work with the spirit of the fear of man to cause us to worry that we upset our manager, and that he is looking for a way to use that remark to do us damage in the future. This is torture.
DEMONS DRIVE PEOPLE
The pressures of our world affect just about everyone. Those with certain demons are affected much more than those who don’t have the demons. The spirit of perfectionism will cause us to be stressed as we try to “get it perfectly.” The spirit of accusation will cause us to accuse others to cover our own shortcomings, and just to make us feel better about ourselves by comparison. When we become obsessive and compulsive, we are being driven by the spirit of obsession.
DEMONS ENSLAVE INTO ADDICTIONS
We are familiar with common addictions like smoking and alcohol or drugs, but there are other kinds as well. Addiction is easily understood when we see that when we experience an emotional state that is uncomfortable or painful we want to alter that state so that we are feeling comfortable again. In order to get back to comfortable, we will engage in some kind of activity to get us there. Some people will use something that causes a “rush,” like bungie-jumping, to distract from the uncomfortable feelings, but this is only a short term relief. Most addictive behaviors bring only short term relief. The spirit of addiction wants us to become severely addictive, so that we fail in many areas of our lives.
DEMONS DECEIVE PEOPLE
There are demons of deception and also demons of self-deception. They often are found together in people. When the spirit of deception leads a person to build a plan to deceive another person, the spirit of self-deception will deceive the deceiver into thinking this is the right thing to do, the honorable thing (see II Timothy 3:13). A man can deceive a woman into thinking that he loves her, and when she responds in a loving way he can be self-deceived into believing that he actually loves her. Then, some time later, the demon of self-deception can step back and let him see that he doesn’t really love her, and point out all the things that he doesn’t appreciate about her. This moves the relationship to a place of great pain and trauma.
DEMONS ATTACK THE PHYSICAL BODY
Demons can manipulate physical things, even though they have no physical bodies. They can open doors during the night, so that the family finds them standing open in the morning, leaving the family spooked all day. They can move a plate off the kitchen counter in the night resulting in a crash that wakes the family up. Everyone is spooked, just as the demon planned. Some people in Germany call these spirits “poltergeists” (friendly ghosts).
In this same way, demons can push someone down the stairs, can create a distracting pain in someone’s eye while driving, causing the person to crash his car. These are activities that happen rarely, since the demon would likely “blow his cover,” allowing himself to be discovered and then be cast out. Don Basham, in his book, Deliver Us From Evil, tells of a time when he tried to minister deliverance to a woman in the empty sanctuary of a church all by himself, and the demon gripped his throat in an attempt to strangle him. He cried out for Jesus, and was released. As a result of this testimony and his admonition to always have a partner in deliverance, I have always done this. Jesus sent out two disciples together for ministry (Luke 10:1).
Once, when I was in seminary, a young man came to me and asked me to minister deliverance to him. We met in his room with two other brothers, and I proceeded, after proper covering prayers. As I began to deal with the first demon, the young man suddenly got this terrified expression on his face…terrified of me, although it seemed like he was looking right through me. He started scooting his wooden chair backwards across the wooden floor, to get away from me. Puzzled, I asked the Lord what was going on. He told me that the demon had taken over the young man’s optical nerves, and was causing him to see something in the room that was not real…something really scary. Immediately, I commanded the demon to loose the optical nerves and stand down, and it did just that. Suddenly, he could see reality and see me, but he insisted on looking around the room to make sure that monster was not there. He said it looked like Jabba the Hut, from the Star Wars movie, and it was going to eat him in the next 30 seconds. We went on from there, and had a successful deliverance appointment.
We have accounts in the New Testament of demons causing harm to the body. In Mark 9:14-27, we have the account of a man bringing his son to Jesus, because he was mute. As we read the account, it appears that he also had what we would call epilepsy. Jesus cast out the deaf and dumb spirit, and he was set free.
In Matthew 12:22, we have the account of a man who had a spirit that made him blind and dumb, and Jesus released him from that spirit so that he spoke and saw.
In Luke 13:10-16, we encounter a woman who, for 18 years, had a sickness caused by a spirit and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. Jesus ministered to her and she was healed. Was it just a healing? No. Jesus said, in verse 16 that Satan had her bound for 18 years.
Last January, I was in a healing conference and ministry was taking place. I began to minister to a 49 year old woman who had curvature of the spine. As I ministered, I was led to cast out the spirit of affliction. In a very short time, her back was healed. There was healing and deliverance taking place in the same time of ministry. I believe this combination is considered normal by the Lord.
The spirit of death comes to families through a curse, usually. This curse would likely come into being when a person commits the sin of taking an oath where death is considered an appropriate thing. This demon is one of those that remains dormant in the person, looking for the right time to try and kill its host. It is almost always in families where the men have taken their oaths to become Freemasons. Many premature deaths have been recorded in such families.
The spirit of death can take a person’s life in many ways, from a heart attack to choking to death on a piece of steak. It has devious ways to attack a person. Car wrecks, undertow at the beach, and, yes, an attack of a disease that is unto death. The spirit of death can cause the person in whom it dwells to start a fight with an armed man, so that he ends up being shot to death.
CANDIDATES FOR DELIVERANCE
Any person is potentially a candidate for deliverance. All humans are subjected to this hostile environment that we call “the world.” The potential for a demon getting into us is very high. I can’t say I’ve ever met a person that I was sure didn’t have a single demon. Most of those I have ministered to have from 30 to 80 demons. I don’t normally talk about numbers of demons when first discussing the ministry that is needed to alleviate a person’s troubles.
Since it seems clear to me that deliverance is not a cure-all, and that additional ministry is needed for almost all humans, I don’t represent it as a cure-all. People usually want something short and quick to solve their problems, and deliverance seems like it might be that quick answer. The Aspirin people say you can have the product at work in you in 30 seconds. Most of us are going to need a lot more than 30 seconds to get our stuff dealt with.
Typically, I begin to work with a person by working on the subject of giving over all control of their lives to God. This is needed because all humans have committed the sin of taking control of their lives into their own hands when they were young children. The consequence (see Galatians 6:8) is a continuing need to be in control. Since we simply can’t be in control, we have stress over that struggle, which steals away the peace of Jesus which He wants us to have (see John 14:27). When we give up all control to Jesus, through the ministry that He has shown me He wants me to use, we can live in His peace all the rest of our days.
The other area that all humans need is healing of the deep wounds to their souls. This ministry enables them to let down their hyper vigilance in guarding their wounded souls. God calls us to really love people, but we can’t do that very well if we have the spirit of the fear of vulnerability, since love requires vulnerability. God wants us to have the fruit of joy in our lives, but we can’t have fullness of joy if we are filled with emotional pain and have the spirit of anger. We are supposed to have the fruit of peace in our lives, but we can’t have that in its mature form if we have the spirits of stress, anxiety and worry. Just to pick one of these: let’s be clear…the spirit of stress is a demon whose primary mission is to create stress in the person in whom he lives. His name “spirit of stress” describes his primary function as he serves the devil in the plan to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
All of these areas need deliverance to get them straightened out. So, if a person wants to grow to maturity in Christ, he should begin to contemplate having the ministry of deliverance so the way can be made clear for all the developing and growing he is going to experience. He does, after all, want to become an “Oak of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).
Most Christian counselors want to address the issues that the new client presents, and this is good and proper. However, it is good to keep in mind that what might be behind his struggles may in fact be one or more demons. Most people live all their lives with demons, not realizing it, and therefore they never can experience the fullness of life that our Lord Jesus wants for us.
A simple little testimony comes from a senior college student that I worked with right before I officiated at her wedding. She had grown up in Africa with missionary parents. They lived out in the bush, and had no electricity. So, in the evenings they played board games by the light of an oil lamp. She became very good at Monopoly. She was a fierce Monopoly player. Ultimately, she would beat anyone who played her. By the time she was sent back to the US to attend college, nobody in her family would play monopoly with her any more.
She was so fiercely competitive that she would get aggressive with them emotionally. She could not bear to lose. She would get angry and sometimes cry. This competitiveness continued in her life in college. As her fiance talked with her about it, she decided to bring it up with me. I said it might be a spirit of competitiveness, a demon. She was amazed that I said that. She had thought that something was wrong with her and that she would have to live with it the rest of her life. It didn't take long to cast it out of her. A few months after the wedding, she reported to me that she was enjoying playing Monopoly with her husband and friends, and she didn't really care who won…really…honestly.
READY? If a person says they want to have their demons cast out we must try to assess whether this person is really ready to be rid of all the things in his life that made it possible for the demons to be there. Is he ready to repent? I have had a few occasions when, during the deliverance appointment, it became evident that the candidate was not ready to repent.
Let’s say this person has been lying all his life in order to gain advantage over others, and now he finds himself lying even when he didn't plan to lie, because of the spirit of lying, and it is getting him in trouble. Now, he wants the demon gone, so that he won’t get in trouble. However, he wants to reserve for himself the right to determine when he will lie again. He wants the privilege of lying when it can bring him advantage or achieve some other goal. He must decide whether he is willing to repent, and quit lying. The demon will know whether he is repentant about his lying and if he really wants to make a change and stop lying.
If he is making provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14), he is reserving for himself the right to make the final decision on whether he will lie again (that is rebellion against God). He is setting aside for himself that privilege, so that he can lie when it seems advantageous for him. The spirit of lying that lives in him will know this and will surely have a legal right to remain in him. I believe the Lord will knowingly allow the spirit to stay. The Lord says that He opposes the proud, but will give grace to the humble (James 4:6). The one who reserves for himself the right to sin is among the proud. The Lord revealed to me that the “proud” are those who say, “I can do it myself,” which is saying “I don’t need the Lord’s gracious help.”
Let’s now say that we have a person who is ready to repent of his sins, and yield to the Lord to the uttermost. This is good. If a person wants to do this, but says he doesn't know how to surrender fully, there is a prayer in the back of this syllabus that will get him to that place…the Prayer to be Baptized with the Holy Spirit.
I usually explain to the candidate that a full deliverance appointment will take 4 ½ to 5 hours, and I usually start at 1:00PM. Before the appointment, I will want him to read Don Basham’s book, Deliver Us From Evil, and also read my booklet, Preparation for your Deliverance Appointment. I want him to read Basham’s book because it is the best introductory book on demons and the demon realm that I have found, and it is an easy read. This will sweep away any idea that demons are just our bad habits. I want him to read my Preparation booklet because I want him to know what he will experience in the deliverance appointment. People usually don’t like surprises. You have been given a copy of the Preparation booklet, along with this syllabus.
PRAYER is very important for the candidate. He should be asking the Lord to search his heart and show him things that need to be dealt with: traumatic events that impacted him, sins that would have opened him up to demons, and attitudes that the Lord doesn’t like. He should also ask the Lord to bring to mind the names of demons that need to be cast out. If he gets some names, he should write them down and bring the list to the appointment. He should eat a light lunch beforehand.
GENDER OF THE DELIVERANCE CANDIDATE
The gender of the person to receive deliverance ministry is important. If the person is a man, then it is fine for my deliverance partner to be a man. However, if it is a woman, then I’ll need a woman deliverance partner. This is a time of substantial vulnerability in the person receiving ministry, and if it is a woman she needs to know that a woman is there for her. Also, there is the matter of the woman deliverance partner serving as a chaperone. In I Thessalonians 5:22 we learn that we are to abstain from any appearance of evil. This means, in a very practical sense that a man is not to be alone with a woman who is not his wife, especially in a ministry situation. Clearly, the Lord wants to protect the witness and reputation of the man, and the woman candidate, as worldly and immature people tend to assume the worst when a man is seen with a woman not his wife.
THE DELIVERANCE APPOINTMENT
The appointment is comprised of four parts:
The Interview (about 2 to 2 ½ hours), during which I examine his life from before birth to about mid-teens, and write down the names of all the demons that we discern are there. Lots of questions are asked.
The Legal Work (about ½ hour), during which I lead the person in important affirmations, dealing with forgiveness of others, dealing with unconfessed sins, dealing with bitter root judgements, ungodly soul ties, and ungodly oaths, and also breaking all curses off his family line and him.
Casting out the Demons (about 2 hours), during which the demons are evicted, expelled, or cast out.
Instruction for maintaining his deliverance, during which some detailed instruction is given on how to stand against any demons that may try to come back into him.
THE OPENING PRAYER
After we have become comfortable in our places and warmed up to each other some, it is time to pray over this very important event. This is what I think is important to pray:
1.Lord, we come to You because You are our deliverer. You are the Lord and Master of this universe, and You rule over all of it in Your majestic power and yet with your loving plan of healing and redemption. For this we are thankful. We are thankful that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and that You have put Your Holy Spirit in each one of us to empower and to guide us, all to Your glory and for the blessing of all Your people. We ask that you fill each of us with the anointing power of your Holy Spirit, so that Your work can get accomplished here today.
2.We acknowledge that you have given us authority over evil spirits and that You have called us to cast them out of people who are seeking Your deliverance. We thank you for this privilege, and for this authority, which we intend to exercise this day on behalf of ____________.
3.We ask that You bring angels to stand in this room and around the house to ward off any darts of the enemy. We ask that You push far away from here any principalities and powers and other cosmic beings, so they may not interfere or cause any harm. We ask that you hedge us about with the protection of the precious shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and that you protect all members of our families and all material things that you have given to us.
4.We ask that You rise up within each of us by Your Holy Spirit and bring forth all the gifts that are needed for this deliverance. We especially ask for the the gifts of word of knowledge, word of wisdom, working of miracles, discerning of spirits, and all forms of revelation that we may need today.
5.We ask that You bring a great victory today, as you guide each of us to do those things that are necessary to get all these demons out of ________. We ask that you manifest Your glorious power and majesty in this place and drive every demon out of this house, off this property and on to where You want them to go today.
6.We thank you now, in advance for this great blessing, in Your glorious Name, Lord Jesus.
We begin by asking about the emotional climate in the home while his mother was carrying him in her womb. We also ask if there were already siblings in the home. We have observed that just about every home is dysfunctional, to some extent. It is simply a matter of how dysfuntional, and in which ways dysfunctional. There usually are stressors in the home during a pregnancy. It can be because finances are tight, the in-laws think we should wait longer before having another child, or because the husband wanted to wait, and he is feeling the stress of “another kid.” If there is stress in the mother, caused for any reason, the baby feels this and he becomes stressed. He is wide open for the spirit of stress to enter. Usually, this is when the spirits of stress, anxiety and worry come in. When I ask if the wife’s mother exhibited these things, I usually learn that she did, and this shows the likelihood of the presence of the curses of stress, anxiety and worry. The curses open the way for the demons to enter. These three demons are found in a very large percentage of people.
One woman I ministered to was pregnant when her husband shot her with his pistol. She recovered fully, and had her baby. However, because of this violent incident, the spirits of violence, murder, fear of violation, rejection, fear of rejection, self rejection, and possibly more, all entered this baby, and also the mother if she did not already have them.
We ask how the pregnancy went, medically, looking for circumstances that could have caused various kinds of fear to enter. If the woman had become very sick and the doctors expressed real concern that she might lose her baby, she is filled with fear, and the spirits of the fear of loss, fear of death could have come in. We ask how the delivery went. If no complications, good. Again, if there were some complications, we consider what kind of effects this may have had on the woman and the baby.
All through the pregnancy, the delivery, and the event of coming home there are times when the three rejection spirits might come in. Almost everyone has these three spirits. When junior arrives home, the two year old sibling who used to be the apple of his parents’ eye is now supplanted by this stranger. He may be so jealous that he tries to harm the baby.
We ask about the first year of his life. Any incidents? Fall out of bed and break his arm? Scared by the neighbor’s dog? Beginning in the first year, there may have been an incident when some baby sitter, nursery worker, or family friend molested this child. A spirit of molestation can enter. Studies show that most pedophiles were molested when they were children, and nobody has thought to cast out the spirit of molestation and break off the curse of molestation. I’ve had a mother break into tears as she confessed that she has had feelings of being tempted to molest her own small child. She feels such shame, but then understands when we talk about her early childhood molestation. We break off the curse of molestation from her family line, from her, and from her children, and then cast out that spirit of molestation, the spirit of shame and the spirit of guilt.
We ask about the next years, leading up to his first day of school. Any unusual events in your life or the life of your family? Did your family move? If so, how was that for you? We are looking for things that would have been damaging to him, and that might have let one or more spirits in.
Then, how was your first day of school? Here we are looking for the truth, if he was fearful of going to school. If so, why? The spirits of rejection and fear of rejection may be at work, but there also may be feelings of inferiority and/or insecurity. If there was a scary time of being separated from his mother, he may have the spirit of the fear of abandonment. If he lived in a family where the demons of accusation were at work through his parents, this child may have been made to feel inferior and insecure…”I just can’t do anything right.” The spirits of insecurity and inferiority love to live in a person and bring torment. He’s afraid to step out and do things, for fear of being criticized. And to make matters worse, he sees others who are not fearful and he wishes he could do like they do. More torment.
We continue on in segments of time in school, 1st through 5th grade, 6th through 8th grade. High school…how was high school for you? Here we may find out that he got involved in drugs, illicit sex, stealing, etc. and we can talk about how the demons that come in really don’t want him to give up those practices. However, now that he is 34 and married with two children, it is certainly in his best interest to rid himself of those evil inner drives.
We ask about his involvement in the occult or occult practices. “Occult” means primarily “hidden,” and suggests that the thing is normally not an acceptable practice, so it must be done in a hidden way. We want to know if he or his family has been involved in occult organizations, like Freemasonry, Ku Klux Klan, or any other secret organization. We ask about the items under group 50 on the “demon list”, in the back of this syllabus, such as astrology, etc.
After we go through his life up to adulthood, I then get out my “demon list,” and tell the person I’m going to go over this list with him. I’m looking for the names of any demons that have given him trouble in the past. I explain that if he had a meaningful problem with anger when he was younger, it was most likely caused by a demon. Even if the problem with anger is not so bad now, the demon is still there, and should be cast out. Demons do not leave unless they are cast out. The reason he has not had as much problem recently is almost certainly because he has sought to live a more Christ-like life. For this he is to be commended. He has not lapsed into that old behavior as much, and so he has not been “feeding” the demon of anger by “stoking” the feelings of anger as much. He’s starving the demon of anger, and so it has less influence in his life.
As we go through the demon list, we find that there are more demons present than he thought. I explain that this is not unusual. Many people have over 75 demons. I usually put the fear demons over on the right side of the page, in a vertical column. They are usually easiest to deal with.
Once we have all the demons on the list, we are ready to take a look at what legal work we will need to tend to. We begin to ask questions that will reveal what we need to know in order to deal with the following problem areas, that could actually hinder the deliverance somewhat.
Bitter Root Judgments. I ask if he has judged anyone bitterly…someone who hurt him, or stole from him. Has he judged that person so that their relationship has now become somewhat different? This is known as a “bitter root judgment” (Hebrews 12:15), and must be undone (Romans 14:10,13). It causes a spiritual bondage on each of their lives. That person now has become trapped into the kind of behavior that hurt our candidate, and the candidate is now being pressed spiritually toward that same behavior. We break off the “bitter root judgment” by having the candidate confess that he has judged that person bitterly and that is a sin, repent of that sin, ask forgiveness for that sin, receive forgiveness with thanksgiving in his heart, and then pledge to God that he will never again judge that person. Instead, if he sees that person in sin, he will pray for him. He asks God to release him from the spiritual and emotional effects of that sin.
Ungodly soul ties. I ask if he can recall if there was an ungodly soul tie formed between another person and him, like one of his parents. Ungodly soul ties are ties that are intended by at least one of the parties to bind them together spiritually so that the other person loses at least part of his autonomy. The person making the soul tie wants to control the other one, at least to some extent.
Parents who want to keep their kids “down on the farm” will engineer such a soul tie by constantly reminding the child that “we don’t trust strangers, only family,” “we always guard each other’s backs, forever,” “we always stay near the old home place.” Here we lead the candidate in a prayer confessing our involvement in an ungodly soul tie, even if he was not the perpetrator. We acknowledge that it is sin, we repent of it and we renounce our involvement in that soul tie. We ask forgiveness for our involvement in the soul tie, and receive the Lord’s forgiveness. We acknowlege that we were deceptively led into such a soul tie and we ask the Lord to give us the discernment to avoid such a thing forever in the future. We pledge that we will not enter into any such soul tie again. We ask the Lord for His anointing to sever the soul tie. Then, we lead the candidate in declaring into the spiritual realm, “I now sever this ungodly soul tie…in Jesus’ Mighty Name.”
Sexual soul ties are always created whenever a person has sexual intercourse with someone. So, the sexual soul ties from previous sexual partners will diminish a person’s proper connection and intimacy in his or her marriage. We need to ask God to sever those ungodly sexual soul ties.
Ungodly oaths. These ungodly oaths are usually made in reaction to a painful circumstance in the person’s life. When a young man is hurt by his girlfriend breaking up with him, his emotional pain may be strong enough so that he makes this oath: “I will never allow a woman to break my heart again.” When he makes such an oath, he doesn’t realize it, but he is becoming the god over his own heart, and his true God is excluded from control in this area. Here is where the spirt of the fear of vulnerability comes in. He may not be a person who would even think of pushing God out of an area of his life, but this is what he is doing. Now, he will avoid any kind of emotional vulnerability with females, he will shy away from commitment to a female, and he will be very much subject to demons who want to convince him that females are just for his sexual pleasure, and that it just makes sense to take that approach in order to keep his heart safe. Here, we lead the candidate in a prayer to confess that he has made an ungodly oath, in which he has attempted to be the god over his heart, and he now realizes that he cannot be the god of his heart. He hasn’t got anything like the wisdom and power to do such a thing. He repents of this idolatrous act, and asks forgiveness for it. He receives forgiveness, and then officially releases his heart into the perfect care of his Almighty and Loving God, with total confidence that He will take care of it. He asks a special favor of God: Please speak really loudly if I start to go toward this sin in the future.
THE LEGAL WORK
This is often a good time to take a bathroom break, and refresh our supply of water.
The legal work is done by means of a prayer. After reassembling the team and candidate, we proceed with the leader leading the candidate in a prayer somewhat like this:
“Father, I am here seeking deliverance from the demons that have been tormenting me. I recognize that I am responsible before you to take care of this problem by submitting to the ministry of deliverance through two of Your disciples, for whom I am very thankful.
I declare that I am Your child, and not a child of the devil. I have been bought with the pure and precious shed blood of Your Son Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Universe. I have been granted through Your mercy everlasting life and a place in Heaven. I have been included into the Body of Christ, and I am very grateful for this. Because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, I have been forgiven of all of my sins, past, present and future, and I am very grateful for this as well.
Because I have been forgiven, I want to make sure that I have forgiven everyone. Please show me all those who You want me to forgive, and I will do it.”
Here, the candidate is instructed to wait on the Lord while my partner and I quietly intercede for him. He is to listen for names that the Lord brings to mind. Then, he is to simply say “I forgive the person’s first name” for each person. He is not to speak about what he is forgiving the person for, etc, just the name.
Then, after he indicates that believes he has forgiven all those the Lord showed him, we lead him in this prayer:
“Thank you, Lord, for enabling me to forgive these people, and for cleansing me of any remaining unforgiveness. Now, Lord, I want to be sure that I am forgiven. Show me any sins you want me to confess, and I will do it.” (Here the person confesses what the Lord shows him to confess. He can do this inside or out loud. But he is to keep it brief).
Then, “I thank you for that portion of Your Word in Joel 2:32, ‘All who call upon the Name of the Lord shall be delivered.’ Lord Jesus, I thank you for being my Savior and my Lord. Now, I ask You to be my Deliverer. Please come in Your mighty manifest presence and drive out all the demons that are in me.
Now, Lord Jesus, I thank you for giving me Your delegated authority, and I announce into the spirit realm that I forgive all the sins of all my ancestors that led to curses coming upon my family line and upon me. I renounce all the sins of all my ancestors that led to the following curses coming upon my family line. The curses of: _____
(here I lead him to say the names of all the demons on his list) Now, with your delegated authority, and with your anointing upon me, I break all these curses off my family line, off of me, and off of my children to a thousand generations. These curses are broken, I am free, Hallelujah!!”
Among the demons on the list we have assembled, there are several that have a particular ability to manipulate the candidate’s emotions in such a way that they can cause him to just “shut down,” so that there will be no deliverance today, after all the effort we have invested in getting ready for the eviction of the demons. It is our job as the deliverance team to discern which they are, and then we go after them right up front. When we get them cleaned out, the rest are fairly easy to get out. The candidate might be able to discern some of them, too. Generally, there are 4 to 7 Gatekeepers.
One that is always a Gatekeeper is the spirit of control. We will always find this demon in people, and it is usually strong. It doesn't want the deliverance team or God or anyone to gain control over the candidate. I explain to him that we are going to have to be in control for awhile, in order to get this job done.
Here, I lead the candidate in a special bit of legal work to deal with the spirit of control:
“Heavenly Father, I confess that when I was a child and didn’t feel altogether safe I took control of my life into my own hands. In doing this I now realize I was inviting the spirit of control to come into me. He lied to me, telling me he would give me the power to control my life so I would be safe. He has continued to lie to me. I hate this demon, and want it out of me. I repent for the sin of taking control and letting the demon in. Please forgive me. I receive your forgiveness. Never again will I trust in control for my safety. I will trust in You. Please drive this demon out of me, in Jesus’ Name”
Other typical demons that go on the list as Gatekeepers are: fear of loss of control, fear of vulnerability, fear of failure, fear of emotions, fear of change, and rebellion.
CASTING OUT THE DEMONS
Before we get down to the work of casting out the demons, I have a word with the demons inside the candidate. I look right at the candidate and speak something like this, “All you demons in _________, I am speaking to you. I am a child of the Most High God, and I have been bought with the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. He has given me authority over you, and I intend to use it today, right now. Listen carefully. This is your day to lose your home. You will be coming out of __________ in just a few moments. I forbid you to resist, to balk, or to hide. You have been discerned and you will come out when I command you to come out. When you come out of this child of God, you will leave this house, you will get off this property, and you will go to wherever Jesus sends you. I forbid you to harm _________ , or any of us, in any way. I forbid you to threaten or torment him in any way. You will simply come out when you are told to come out, in Jesus Name. I also forbid you to speak through him, or to make any noises at all. You may not manifest in any way except to come out when you are told. Now, pack your bags and get ready to leave. In Jesus Name.”
Having given these instructions to the demons, we have to recognize that they are 100% evil and filled with rebellion, so they will sometimes try to disobey and resist. We just have to stay on their case, and they ultimately obey. At this point, I explain to the candidate that there are some things that demons will sometimes do in order to interfere with the deliverance. Sometimes, the demons will speak into the candidate’s mind, accusing the deliverance team of being phonies, incompetent, they don’t love you, etc. Sometimes they will threaten the candidate in his mind with words like, “If you let them cast me out, I will take your lungs with me.” And sometimes they will create a physical discomfort in your body, like a pain in your shoulder, in your head, etc. Just tell us about that and we will command him to stop and he will.
During the work of casting out the demons, the candidate sits in a chair that allows him to sit upright, not a cushy easy chair. I sit in a chair in front of him, facing him, but just off to the left side of his left knee. My partner sits in a chair on his right side and up close to him.
I am the one who manages the list of demons, and I check off the ones that we cast out as we do it. We usually cast out anywhere from 4 to 12 demons at a time. I am the one who leads the candidate in speaking to each batch of demons just before we begin to command them to leave. After I have led him in saying to the demons what needs to be said, I get up and come around behind him, so I can lay hands on his head, shoulders and back, for the impartation of God’s anointing into him.
When I get up to go behind the candidate, my partner places his right hand on the candidates belly, with his permission, since that is where we believe the demons reside. His hand is there to impart God’s anointing into the candidate and directly onto the demons. Generally, the demons come up out of his belly and into his throat (the launching pad) from which they come out of his mouth, almost always with coughing (sometimes they come out with belching, yawning, or a scream of some kind). We arrange with the candidate that if he feels something in his throat, he is to point to his throat so my partner can know it is time to move his hand up to the the area at the base of his throat. We want to put the anointing on the demons, to get them out. Some candidates experience real heavy coughing, and some don’t feel a need to cough at all. In that case, we will ask the candidate to give us some coughs to get the air moving to expel them.
The four things I have the candidate say to the demons are as follows:
1.You six demons, (for example: anger, wrath, retaliation, violence, rebellion and self-will), I renounce all of you in the Mighty Name of my Lord Jesus.
2.The curses by which you came are all broken, and you are finished.
3.I hate all of you. I hate what you stand for, and I hate what you have done to me. It ends today.
4.All six of you, come out of me right now, in Jesus’ Name.
At that point, I say “I’ll take it from there” and then I get up from my chair and move behind the candidate. At that point, I speak to the demons. I name the demons again, and remind them that they have been renounced by this child of God, the curses are broken, he hates them, wants no more to do with them, and he has commanded them to leave, so they have to go.
Next, I lay hands on the candidate’s left shoulder and back, applying the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and speak to the demons and tell them, “I cut you off from your father Satan. You have no information or help from him. I cut you loose from inside this child of God, and now you have to come out. In Jesus’ Name and with His authority I command you to come out!!! Come out, now!!!!” I continue to command them out until they come out. If the candidate doesn't seem to feel anything stirring inside, I’ll sometimes ask him to give me a couple of good hearty coughs.
My deliverance partner is also commanding the demons to come out at the same time, as well as applying the anointing to the candidate’s belly.
Since the word for spirit and the word for air are the same: “pneuma,” in the Greek, and since we know that in Ephesians 2:2, the enemy is called the “prince of the power of the air,” we can figure that demons are in a way “air creatures.” So, when I ask the candidate to give us a couple of good coughs, I’m doing two things. I am asking him to show that he means business (“I want you out”), and we are also just getting the air moving.
When the candidate goes into coughing a group of demons out, my partner and I encourage him in this. “Yes, make them go. You demons get on out of there, never to return. Thank you, Lord. Bring more of Your anointing!!” Pretty soon the candidate feels a peace come in his throat. This is a pretty good indication that this group of demons is gone. I sit down and take a minute to make check marks by these demons’ names on the list. Then I plan for the next group…what kind of demons and how many. Then I ask the candidate, for example, “Are you ready for 11 this time?” He will usually be eager.
There are times during the commanding of the demons to leave when the Lord brings to mind a Scripture for the candidate to say to the demons, as a further strengthening of our case. I will ask the candidate to speak the verse to the demons. When dealing with fear demons, the verse might be: II Timothy 1:7, “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
After we have cast out the Gatekeepers, we just start at the top of the list and work our way down through the whole list. We pause between groups of demons just long enough for me to check off the ones just cast out, and for the candidate to catch his breath. It is very common for the candidate to become a bit woozy, after we have been at it for awhile. I believe this is partly the result of the coughing leading to a bit of hyperventilation, but also from God’s strong anointing.
The prayer afterwards
Eventually, we will have cast out the last group of demons, and it is time to give praise and thanks to God and to pray for the candidate. Both my partner and I lay hands on the candidate and pray something like this:
“Oh, Lord, how majestic and glorious You are as You rule in Your universe. You are our Mighty King, and we worship and praise You. Thank You for the mighty work You have done today in the life of Your disciple. We ask you to seal this work in the Heavenlies, so it won’t have to be done again. We ask that you come and fill Your servant afresh with Your Holy Spirit. Fill him to overflowing. Fill up all those places where the demons used to be. We don’t want any empty places where the demons might be tempted to return. Fill him with your awesome goodness, peace, joy and love. Go with your balm into those areas where the demons used to be, and heal the sore places where they were attached.
Now, anoint Your servant with the mighty power of Your Holy Spirit, show him Your glorious character so that he will forever love You and want to serve You, and bring You glory. Guide him into the exciting supernatural life You have planned for him, so he can experience the great joy of doing exploits for you, defeating the enemy and blessing people for the rest of his life on this earth.”
At this point, the list of demons is given to the candidate, and he is instructed to carry it in his Bible for a year. It has the date of his deliverance on it.
TEACHING AFTER THE DELIVERANCE
Now, the demons are on the outside of you. Now, you can lean on the truth in
I John 4:4 “Greater is He Who is in me (the Holy Spirit) than he who is in the world.”
The Holy Spirit is Almighty God. He is the One Who showed you that you needed deliverance. He is the One Who empowered your deliverance. He is the One Who intends to empower you to keep your deliverance. Depend upon Him on a daily basis. No more independent or self-sufficient living. Remember that James 4:6 says “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The proud are those who say “I can do it by myself” and determine to live independently from God. He opposes them by letting them go their own way and end up with consequences for their arrogant ways. The humble are those who have the sense to realize that depending on God is the way to godly living, which will bring fulfillment and joy, and the opportunity to join with Him in doing exciting things in this life.
As we set out to live our lives with Him in control, we may find that some of the demons that are now on the outside will try to come back in. They cannot just step back inside us. They have to woo and seduce us, and get us to be willing for them to come back in.
So, for example, if you have been delivered from a spirit of gossip, the spirit will be sure to arrange for you come across a juicy bit of gossip that you know some people would be so excited to hear. You know that if you supplied them with this gossip, you would be a “hero for a day” in their eyes, and you would feel special for perhaps two hours. You would have the feeling of power for those two hours. But, be assured that if you fall for this demonic plan, you will have opened up the door for this spirit of gossip to come back into you, and torment you for the rest of your life.
Yes, it can be cast out again, but you won’t be willing to do that right away. First, you would be embarrassed to go back to the deliverance team that just cast it out. So, you’ll wait. The thought process goes something like this. Just enjoy it for awhile. You can get it cast out any time. Besides, there are some really juicy bits of gossip available right now. Get to the deliverance stuff later. Months and years go by, while you are busy gossiping. There is a 100% chance that you will not be living a life close to the Lord. You’ll not be paying attention to what the Holy Spirit is showing you. You’ll not be involved with any ministry that glorifies God. You will be a sidelined Christian…sitting on the bench because of one dirty demon.
Instead, stride boldly forward toward becoming an Oak of Righteousness. Determine that you will not let one single demon back inside you. You will do whatever is necessary to keep them out. You will be vigilant and stand guard. So, when you get that first feeling that one of them is tapping on your window, immediately (not tomorrow) ask God to help you identify it by name. If somehow you can’t seem to get the name that way, go to your Bible and get your demon list out, and run your finger down the list. You will find its name.
Then, stand up…yes, stand up and point your finger at him. I know you can’t see him, but when you point your finger, he knows you are pointing it at him. Let’s say it is the spirit of fear. Then you speak to the demon with authority:
You spirit of fear, I see what you are trying to do. I resist you, in Jesus Name. I will not let you in. According to God’s Word in James 4:7 I am submitted to God, and I am resisting you, and you must flee from me. I rebuke you in Jesus’ Name. I will not let you back in. I stand with Jesus, and against you. You are finished here. Get away from me right now, and stay away. In Jesus’ Name.
It is possible that he may make several more attempts to get back in. Well, you make several more stands against him. You do it as many times as it takes. I had a battle with one some years ago, and he came at me at 3:00AM for three nights in a row. I stood strong each night, went to the living room where I could speak to him loudly and authoritatively, and he got the idea and left. I haven’t heard from him since. So, you determine that you will stand strong against him at the very moment he begins to tempt you.
Remember that you still have the flesh to deal with. Your flesh has been living in some form of accommodation with this demon for some period of time. Your flesh has become at least somewhat comfortable with the things the demon had you doing. So, here is where you need to ask the Lord to renew your mind (Romans 12:2) regarding this subject. You want to have the Lord’s way of thinking installed in your mind, and your old way of thinking uninstalled. If you were involved in some kind of sinful practice, it was an attempt to take care of some kind of “need” that you felt. So, ask the Lord to show you what that “need” was, and also ask what He wants to do about meeting that “need.” This is all part of that work that God wants to do in all of us…Sanctification. We all should want the sanctification that God wants for us. It will make us more Christlike, draw us closer in our walk with the Holy Spirit, and tend to glorify the Lord in our behavior.
Take the List to God
It would be a very good idea for you to take your demon list to the Lord in a serious quiet time, very soon. Slowly go over the list (this may take several quiet times) with the Lord, and thank Him for casting these demons out of you. Thank Him for this work demon by demon, and ask Him to show you what life will now be like for you without these demons. Ask Him what steps He wants you to take to strengthen yourself to keep this and that demon away from you…what lifestyle changes He wants you to make. Seek the help of brothers and sisters in being discipled. Remember, the Lord can see you fully developed as an Oak of Righteousness, and He yearns to see you get there.
Rev. September, 2012
PRAYER ASKING TO BE
BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
“Lord Jesus, I want to be baptized with your Holy Spirit. I want to be controlled and directed and empowered by Him, so that others are blessed and You are glorified. I confess that I have resisted Your Holy Spirit. I have not fully trusted Him. I have had fear of man, selfishness, stubbornness, and willfulness in my life. All of this is sin, and I repent of all of it. I am sorry that I have rebelled against Your will.
“I declare bankruptcy on my old self-sufficient life, which has stifled the flow of Your Spirit in me. I hate that I have done this, and I renounce this old way, in Your Name, Lord Jesus. I ask You to forgive me for this sin. I receive Your forgiveness, with thanksgiving in my heart. I forgive myself. Now, I release my whole life into the control of Your Holy Spirit. Please baptize me with Your Holy Spirit; fill me and empower me for Your service. Take over, and run my life the way you want to run it.
“Please bring to maturity in my life the fruit of Your Holy Spirit. I want fullness of love, joy, and peace, and the rest of the fruit, not just for my blessing, but so that I may radiate Your presence before others, all to Your glory. Please use any of the gifts of Your Holy Spirit through me for the blessing of others. Give me the faith I will need to step out and operate in these gifts. Direct me in learning about Your gifts, so that I will be better prepared to serve you in this way.
“I want to live the adventure of the supernatural life, serving you. I pledge, right now, that I will obey Your nudges, trusting You to go before me to prepare the way for the ministry You want me to do. Thank You for the privilege of serving You in this way. Thank You for baptizing me with Your Holy Spirit. I pray all this in Your glorious Name, Lord Jesus. Amen.”