The question is often asked of me, "Can a person deliver
himself of demons?" My answer is "Yes", and it is my
conviction that a person cannot really keep himself free
of demons until he is walking in this dimension of
How is it that a person can deliver himself? As a
believer (and that is our assumption) he has the same
authority as the believer that is moving in deliverance
ministry. He has the authority of the name of Jesus!
And Jesus plainly promised them that believe: "In my
name shall they cast out devils." (Mark 16:17)
Usually a person needs only to learn how to go about
self-deliverance. After a person has experienced an
initial deliverance at the hands of an experienced
minister he can begin to practice self-deliverance.
He must keep in mind that deliverance is a process. It
would be nice if a person could get all indwelling
demons out of himself and then forget about them for
the rest of his life. But how many of us can keep
ourselves completely free?
If we never sinned in thought, word, or deed, there
would never have any need for deliverance. Sin opens
the door for demons to enter. This is not to say that
each time a person commits a sin a demon enters. Yet,
sin is a way by which the door is opened and sometimes
it does not take much of an opening.
The biggest problem facing the self-deliveree is that of
accurately discerning the spirits. Most persons are
prone to confuse demon activities in their lives as
merely expressions of human personality. It
is not uncommon for a person to react to the
discernment of a certain spirit with, "Oh, I thought that
was just me." There are those who want to follow the
do-it-yourself route so no one will know about hidden
sins in their lives. This is not a good motive with which
to begin self-deliverance.
The Word teaches us that there is a place for
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
A few cases have come to light where a strong deceiving
spirit controls a person to the point he cannot see
anything wrong in self. In such cases the person is
unable to receive true discernment about himself. I
recall one woman who came on the pretense of
wanting deliverance. Her true motive soon came to
light. She had come to propagate a false doctrine
in which she was caught up. Then she told me that she
had "the gift of opening her Bible" to answer questions
for herself and others. Before she had come that day
she had opened her Bible and placed her finger down
at random and she received this message: "Daughter,
thy faith hath made thee whole." She had interpreted
this to mean that she had no need for deliverance.
During our conference she had revealed that she had
lived with a fortune teller for some time during the
formative years of her life. The influence of this
association had opened her for a "spirit of divination"
which operated through her practice of opening the
Bible for answers. There have been times when a
Christian has received a word from the Lord in this
fashion, but when one depends upon this as a primary
way of hearing from God he is treading on thin ice.
One does not need to go around thinking demons all of
the time. We are to keep our minds on Jesus and things
that are true, honest, pure, lovely and of good report.
Yet, when there comes a troubling that is from the evil
one we should not hesitate to recognize it for what it is
and to deal with it in the authority which our Lord has
vested in us. The objective in dealing with the devil is to
remove the hindrances to our spiritual fellowship and
Self-deliverance is experienced in the same way that
occurs when a person is ministered to by another. The
only difference is that the person delivered in his own
minster. He will, by prayer, make his confession to God
that he wants no part of the devil and desires the Lord
to set him free. The demons will be addressed and
called by name, one by one.
After he has commanded several times for a specific
demon to go in the name of Jesus, he will begin to expel
his breath forcefully a few times or to initiate a cough
from as deep as possible.
Since the manifestations vary from person to person no
simple explanation can be given as to what to expect.
As in other deliverances, This display that accompanies
the departure of the demon spirits can vary widely. In
my own experience, as soon as I would address the
demon I would feel a pressure in my throat followed by
coughing and bringing up of phlegm. There would then
be a perceptible release that the thing was out. Some
individuals are able to accomplish this with greater
confidence and aggressiveness than others.
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