Chapter 19 Practical Suggestions for the Deliverance Minister How does one actually go about delivering a person from demon spirits? This is the practical side of deliverance. The suggestions made in this chapter are not offered as the ultimate in procedure. It is our purpose to share what has been gained by study, revelation and experience. We urge each person engaging in deliverance ministry to remain open to the Holy Spirit’s teaching and guidance. The Ministry Room and Equipment When a ministry is planned in advance a suitable place should be sought out. It should be a room so situated that others will not be disturbed or excited by sounds emitted. Of course it should be in a place where the ministry will not be disturbed by outsiders. Chairs should be provided for each one present. A straight chair without arm rests is most suitable for the candidate. It should be placed out in the room in order that the others can gather around. Since there are times when the demons come out with vomiting or spitting up of phlegm there should be equipment to take care of this eventuality. A plastic receptacle such as a wastebasket or bucket is easily obtainable. A supply of paper towels or facial tissues should be available. For record-keeping a notebook and pen should be on hand. The Pre-Ministry Conference We will assume that the candidate for ministry has not come under duress from family or friends and is ready and open for deliverance. It is explained that honesty and humility are keys to effective ministry. The person must know that whatever is shared is done so in confidence and that “his story” will not be divulged. However, those experiencing deliverance should be encouraged to give their own testimony as a witness to the love and power of the Lord. Jesus so encouraged the Gadarene demoniac: Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed and began to publish in Decapolis (ten cities) how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. Mark 5:19-20 The purpose of the conference is to detect the presence of spirits and uncover their nature. This is done through determining what are or have been problems in the life of the candidate. (See the chapter on “Seven Ways to Determine the Need for Deliverance”). Demons come in through open doors into our lives. The objective of the conference is to determine when and how such doors were opened. Someone on the deliverance team will act as secretary. At the top of the page write the person’s name, address and date of ministry. The notes taken have a three-fold purpose. (1) They will enable the deliverance team to proceed in an orderly fashion for a thorough ministry. (2) The person delivered may want a copy of the notes to help him understand what demons were dealt with, what their colonies or groupings were, and to know exactly what he must guard against in order to retain his deliverance. (3) The record is also kept by the deliverance team in the event it is needed for follow-up ministry. When a team ministers to scores of persons, it is not possible to remember all of this information. Have the person begin by recalling experiences and attitudes in early life that would have opened doors for demons to enter. Satan does not operate by any ethical rules and has no compunctions about taking advantage of childhood circumstances. In fact, he will seek to set up circumstances through which he can work and enter. This procedure will uncover such things as rejection, insecurity, loneliness, inferiority, resentment, rebellion, fears, hatred, self-pity, fantasy, jealousy and lying. The candidate may insist that some of these things are no longer real problems in his life. This may well be true. However, multiplied experiences are proving that once the door was opened for a certain type of demon to enter, it remains until it has been cast out. After one becomes a Christian and develops in spiritual life he gains strength over the influence of indwelling demons. This does not necessarily mean that the evil spirits get discouraged and leave. Jesus never taught any other way to get rid of demons other than to cast them out in His name. We have heard demons complain that they no longer have a comfortable home in the person in which they dwell and that their power over that person has decreased. Yet, the demon had rather stay there than run the risk of not being able to get into someone else. He lives there in the hope of catching the person in a weak moment when he can regain control. Current problems with the person usually have their roots in earlier life. For example, there may be tension and strife between a husband and wife. It could stem from a spirit of rebellion that entered the wife when she was a little girl and a spirit of resentment that entered the husband when he was only a small boy. These are the facts that the conference will bring to light. When one demon is detected, begin to look for his companions. (See the chapter on “Common Demon Groupings”). For example, the person may tell you that he has a problem with timidity. Companion spirits may include insecurity, inferiority, shyness and self-pity. When colonies of spirits are detected put them in a list together and deal with the whole colony when the spirits are cast out. If a straggler is left he will try to open the door for the others to return. There are a few things that will prevent a person from receiving deliverance. The most common is unforgiveness toward others. Those who have any unforgiveness toward anyone else, dead or alive, cannot be delivered. The reason for this is set forth in Matthew 18:21-35. Since God has forgiven us we must forgive others. The penalty for failure to forgive is to be “delivered to the tormentors”... the demon spirits. This can be easily cleared up if the person will pray a prayer of forgiveness toward all who may have offended him. Involvement in occult practices is a second block or hindrance to ministry. These things pertain to Satan’s kingdom and are serious offenses to God. Any contact with the occult realm, no matter how slight, should not be taken lightly. It should be positively renounced and God’s forgiveness asked. The same is true for involvement in any form of religious cult or false religion. Yet another thing that will hinder ministry is abortion. If a woman has had an abortion she must confess it as the sin of murder and receive God’s forgiveness. Any man who has been privy to an abortion must also confess his part in it. Once I was ministering to a woman whom I knew quite well. Her ministry was blocked and the demons refused to leave. That night God woke me up and gave me a word of knowledge - “abortion”. I felt that I knew the woman well enough to know that she had never had an abortion, but the next day I asked her if she had had any connection with an abortion. She wanted to know how I knew, and I told her the Lord had revealed it to me. She then told me that three months previously a neighbor lady had come to see her. The neighbor was pregnant with a fourth child. She did not want another child and asked my friend’s opinion about abortion. She counseled the neighbor to have an abortion. When she understood that this was wrong, she confessed it and the rest of the demons began to come out of her. Some persons well experienced in the deliverance ministry testify that unconfessed adultery will block ministry. It is said that the offense must be confessed to the one sinned against, as the husband confessing his unfaithfulness to the wife and vice versa. My own experience has shown that this is not a fixed requirement to deliverance since demons of lust and adultery have been cast out of persons who have not confessed to their mates. We all know that sin of whatever sort must be confessed to God before deliverance, and it is my personal conviction that one should be completely open to confess adultery to his or her spouse as the Lord directs. One’s mate may not be prepared to hear such a confession. Wisdom is needed. Our objective is to “give no place to the devil”, either by failure to confess or by untimely confession. The Deliverance Prayer Prayer is especially appropriate at the time of deliverance. Any of those present may wish to lead in prayer. But before the actual deliverance gets underway the candidate should also pray. For this purpose we have found a written prayer to be very effective. Each member of the team keeps a copy of this prayer in the back of his Bible. The particular prayer which we have used is one that we obtained through the ministry of Dr. Derek Prince. Lord Jesus Christ, I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. You redeemed me by your blood and I belong to you, and I want to live for you. I confess all my sins- known and unknown- I'm sorry for them all. I renounce them all. I forgive all others as I want you to forgive me. Forgive me now and cleanse me with your blood. I thank you for the blood offesus Christ which cleanses me now from all sin. And I come to you now as my deliverer. You know my special needs - the thing that binds, that torments, that defiles; that evil spirit, that unclean spirit -1 claim the promise of your word, “Whosoever that calleth on the name of the Lord shall be delivered.” I call uponyou now. In the name of the Lord fesus Christ, deliver me and set me free. Satan, I renounce you and all your works. I loose myself from you, in the name offesus, and I command you to leave me right now, in fesus’ name. Amen! Taking Authority Over Spiritual Powers We have already shown in the chapter on “Our Spiritual Warfare”, that demon powers are set in array in a chain of command. Satan has his representatives assigned over nations, cities, churches, homes and individual lives. The scripture, instructs us to engage this power structure in spiritual warfare. Therefore, take authority over all higher powers that have authority over the demons indwelling the one being set free. Bind off these higher powers from interfering in any way with the ministry. Then bind the “strong man” or ruling spirit which is over the lesser demons that indwell the person. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. Matt. 2:29 Command all indwelling spirits to unlink themselves from one another. Forbid them to lend help or encouragement to one another in any way. Command the Demons to Go As one of the ministers begins to command the specific demons to go in the name of Jesus, the others in the room will be engaged in prayer, praise, singing and/or reading of Scripture. This should generally be done in subdued voices. In the early stages of my deliverance ministry I would use up my voice in a few hours. It is not the loudness with which we speak that makes the demons tremble and obey, but the authority with which we speak in the name of Jesus! I usually speak to the demons in this manner: “Demons, I know that you are there. I know of your presence and of your evil works. I tell you that you have no right to stay in this person. This person belongs to Jesus Christ. Jesus purchased him with His own blood. This body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Everything that defiles is cast out. You are a trespasser and you must go. I command you to go now in the name of Jesus.” The one being delivered should cooperate in the following ways: He should refrain from praise, prayer and speaking in tongues. These are ways of taking in the Holy Spirit, and the mouth and breath must be left free for the departure of the evil spirits. He should be encouraged to enter into the battle with his will. He can address the spirits himself and let the demons know that he is determined that they leave, for he wants no further part with them. Next, the person being delivered should begin to expel his breath forcefully a few times. Since the spirits come out through the breath, this will help to expel them. Or, he can force a few healthy coughs. Ordinarily this is enough to “prime the pump” and the demons will begin to move out readily with the manifestation being sustained without conscious effort. The voluntary manifestation may not prove to be a manifestation prominent throughout the ministry. The person may force a cough and the demons then begin to yawn themselves out. Keep commanding the demons until you get results. Confidence increases with experience. Demons seem aware of any lack of confidence in the deliverance minister. As authority of faith grows, the demons will respond more readily. If no spirits have been released within four or five minutes there may be some hindrance. One young man came for deliverance. We commanded the demons to come out. They immediately began to manifest their presence by shaking his body. The battle was pressed for almost an hour. It was evident that the demons were there and stirred up but none would come out. We stopped to seek the Spirit’s guidance. As we prayed the boy became very nervous and began to go through his pockets excitedly. I asked him what he was looking for. He told me that he was looking for a little St. Christopher medal that he wore for good luck and protection. He finally found it on a chain around his neck and down inside his shirt. We explained that this was an idol that replaced his dependence upon God. He had only been a Christian a few days and was open to teaching. He agreed to remove the idol, renounce it and ask God to forgive him for depending upon it for help. Immediately the demons began to release him. They had no more legal right. Scriptures, songs and references to the blood of Jesus are packed with power. Some persons do not understand “pleading the blood”. It is not a matter of repeating the word “blood” over and over or of the phrase “I plead the blood”. Rather give testimony of what the blood does for the believer. The blood redeems, cleanses, justifies and sanctifies the believer. Through the blood of Jesus all our sins are forgiven. When ministering to a young woman, the demons took her over and she was rolling on the floor all over the room. We were speaking to the demons about the blood of Jesus and the demons pled with us not to speak and sing of the blood. One demon said, “I can’t stand to hear the word.” I commanded the demon to tell me why he could not stand to hear about the blood of Jesus. (I fully understand that we do not get our theology from demon spirits, but this demon spoke the truth.) He said, “Because it' is so red, because it is so warm, because it is alive, and it covers every thing". A little reflection brought to mind that red blood is living blood. Blood that is warm is also living blood. The blood of Jesus is alive | That is why it is still as powerful today as it was the moment that it flowed from His veins. It is atoning blood. Atone means “to cover”. The demons are defeated by the covering blood of Jesus. Amen!