7 Ways To Determine if you Need Deliverance The presence and nature of evil spirits can be known by two principle methods: (1) Discernment. The verse I Cor. 12:10 lists “discerning of spirits” as one of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. An example of the operation of the gift of discerning spirits happened to me two days after I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. I had been asked to give a testimony at a meeting of the Full Gospel Businessmen and was sitting on the platform. In the back of the large auditorium were a number of hippies. One of them got up and started towards the front. Two others got up and followed him. As I looked at the first fellow a pain struck me in the stomach as though I had been hit with a fist. Turning to a stranger sitting next to me I whispered, “Is that man in the spirit of the Lord?” He replied, “I don’t know, but he surely doesn’t look too good:” “Why, he has a demon!” I exclaimed. The brother next to me suggested, “Perhaps you have a gift of discernment.” With an assurance that I could not account for, I said “I don’t know what I have, but I know what he has. He has a demon!” Now, the gifts of the Spirit were relatively unknown to me at that time, and I had learned nothing about demon spirits. As it happened the long-haired hippie came to the platform, took over the microphone, and lifting his hands in the air declared, “I am the Way; I am Jesus.” Then everyone knew he had a demon. As he joined his friends at the edge of the platform several in the audience simultaneously rose and rebuked the demons in the three young men. No one was touching them but they all fell to the floor, struck down by an unseen power. They were picked up bodily and carried out of the room. As a result of this demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power several in the hippie community were brought to Christ. These three young men were their leaders. (2) Detection is the second method of knowing the presence and nature of evil spirits. Detection is simply observing what spirits are doing to a person. When Jesus was here on earth in the flesh he found people well acquainted with demons. Jesus did not have to teach them of the existence of evil spirits or explain how they can indwell; this was common knowledge. An example is found in Mark 7:24-30. A Syrophenician woman came to Jesus with an appeal that He cast an “unclean spirit” out of her daughter. In Matthew’s parallel account the mother says, “My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil (demon).” How did she know this? She knew it by the symptoms. We can learn today to detect evil spirits by observing what they are doing to a person. Some of the most common symptoms of indwelling demons are as follows: 1. Emotional Problems Emotional problems disturbances in the emotions which persist or recur. Some of the most common disturbances are resentment, hatred, anger, fear, rejection (feeling unwanted and unloved), self-pity, jealousy, depression, worry, inferiority and insecurity 2. Mental Problems Disturbances in the mind or thought life, such as mental torment, procrastination, indecision, compromise, confusion, doubt, rationalization and loss of memory, 3. Speech Problems Outbursts or uncontrolled use of the tongue. These include lying, cursing, blasphemy, criticism, mockery, railing and gossip. 4. Sex Problems Recurring unclean thoughts and acts regarding sex. These include fantasy sex experiences, masturbation, lust, perversions, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, incest, provocativeness and harlotry. 5. Addictions The most common addictions are to nicotine, alcohol, drugs, medicines, caffeine and food. 6. Physical Infirmities Many diseases and physical afflictions are due to spirits of infirmity. (See Luke 13:11). When a demon of infirmity is cast out there is often the need to pray for a healing of whatever damage has resulted. Thus, there is a close relationship between deliverance and healing. 7. Religious Error Involvement to ANY DEGREE in religious error can open the door for demons. Objects and literature from sources of religious error have been known to attract demons into houses. (1) False religions, e.g. Eastern religions, pagan religions, philosophies, and mind sciences. Note: This includes such popular interests as yoga exercises and karate which cannot be divorced from heathen worship. (2) Christian Cults, e.g. Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Unity and many more. Such cults deny or confuse the necessity of Christ’s blood as the way of atonement for sin and for salvation. Cults also include some lodges, societies and social agencies which use religion (scripture and even God) as a foundation, but omit the blood atonement of Jesus Christ. All such cults may be classified as “bloodless religions”... that is, those “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (II Tim. 3:5). (3) Occult and Spiritism, e.g. seances, witchcraft, magic, ouija boards, levitation, palmistry, handwriting analysis, automatic handwriting, ESP, hypnosis, horoscopes, astrology, divination, etc. NOTE: Any method of seeking supernatural knowledge, wisdom, guidance and power apart from God is forbidden! (See Deut. 18:9-15) (4) False doctrine. I Tim. 4:1 warns of great increase of doctrinal errors promoted by deceiving and seducing spirits in the last days. Such doctrines are designed to attack both the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ; to deny the inspiration of Scripture; to distract Christians from the move of the Spirit; to cause disunity in the Body of Christ; to cause confusion in the Church through obsession with doctrines coupled with a compulsion to propagate such doctrines; to puff up with a sense of superiority in revelation, making the one in error unteachable; and to foster emphasis upon fleshly activities as a gateway to the spiritual, as in asceticism and vegetarianism.
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