Deliverance from the Evil One

Through knowledge the righteous shall be delivered (Proverbs 11:9).

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Spiritual Warfare

 

The time has come in our series of foundational studies to consider the truths and principles related to spiritual warfare and deliverance from evil spirits. As we saw in lesson two, the Bible reveals to us the existence both of Satan, the chief enemy of God and mankind, and that army of evil spirits also known as demons which operate under Satan’s command. We briefly considered their main activities as they relate to us. The Bible teaches us that we as true disciples of Jesus are engaged in a warfare against these dark powers.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:12,13).

We observe from this passage the following principles:

1. As Christians we are involved in spiritual battle whether we like it or not. We are involved in close combat – wrestling – not combat from a distance only. God permitted Satan to come close to Jesus (Matthew 4:4-10) and at times permits dark powers to come close to us. We are at times going to be aware of their presence (especially in the evil day mentioned). In the midst of temptation and possibly oppression, we must resist and trust God for deliverance. There is a struggle that we must personally be involved in – against demonic powers which seek to influence our minds, wills and emotions against God and His will. To be effective in prayer and spiritual warfare we must deny ourselves and persist in resisting the devil.

2. There are various degrees of dark powers – there is rank in Satan’s kingdom.

a. Some evil spirits are called “principalities”. It is reasonable to suppose that “principalities” refer to strong spirits that seek to exercise dominion over particular geographical zones. The angel Gabriel was resisted by “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” (a demon prince) for twenty-one days (see Daniel 10:13). The prince of Greece is also mentioned as an ascending demonic power which will rise to power after the prince of Persia will be defeated.

b. Under the command of these demon princes are various “powers” – stronger spirits that perhaps influence the respective culture in certain negative ways. For example, there is a power of religious tradition strongly at work in some cultures working to blind peoples eyes to the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). In other cultures there may be powers of strife, or lust, or idolatry, or witchcraft all operating to varying degrees.

c. At the lowest level there are vast multitudes (“hosts”) of evil spirits at work in the heavenly places, in the atmosphere. There are more than enough demons in existence for every single person on earth to be attacked or influenced in various ways by them. These are the foot-soldiers in Satan’s kingdom – it is with these spirits that we must first of all learn to deal effectively. These spirits are not just in the atmosphere – they are also in people. Paul talks about the spirit which is now at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).

3. God has provided a spiritual armour for us to put on. We must do this daily by faith. Without our armour on we will be vulnerable to satanic invasion and attack. Therefore we must every day walk in honesty, righteousness, faith, love, hope, peace, readiness, speaking the Word and praying always in the Spirit. These are all necessary ingredients for success in the warfare against Satan. (See Ephesians 6:14-18).

4. God expects us to stand, and not be overcome by Satan’s attacks.

Satan’s Purpose and Plan

Remembering what we learned back in lesson 2, we know that Satan was originally created as a good angel – but because of pride and rebellion he was thrown out of heaven. Christians also must beware not to follow his example by walking in pride or rebellion against God’s Word or God’s leadership, lest they fall into the same condemnation as the devil (1 Timothy 3:6).

Having been rejected by God and thrown out of heaven, Satan is full of hatred, bitterness and hostility towards God. Unable to directly overthrow God by force, Satan wishes to attack God’s children and if possible cause them to fall. Satan is working also to further pervert and trample on the image of God which remains in man from the time of creation. Satan wants to cause God pain through destroying his prize creation – people – and by leading them to do evil against God. Jesus said, “The thief comes not but for to steal, to kill and to destroy.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10). So Satan is working to steal from people, to kill them and to destroy both people’s eternal souls and also all the good heritage of godly people.

How does Satan operate? His main weapon is deception. Operating through his vast armies of evil spirits, he is influencing people with all kinds of untrue things which keep them in bondage to evil until the light of the gospel breaks through. Satan is today using all kinds of philosophies, lies, religion and idolatry to keep people’s eyes blinded to the gospel and resistant to the message of God as long as possible.

Satan is working hard to deceive Christians also, by opposing the central truths of God’s word which would have power to destroy his influence. It is Satan who is opposing Bible study, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, baptism in water, salvation by grace through faith and not by works and tradition. It is Satan who is doing all he can to make new believers separate themselves from fellowship and involvement in Biblical churches. It is Satan who is opposing free praise and worship in the churches. It is Satan who is opposing the message of faith and and the message of repentance. It is Satan who is opposing revival, evangelism and the call to prayer and fasting. Satan is also doing what he can to keep Christians from learning the truths about deliverance from demons so he can keep them in bondage. Through all these means of deception, he works to keep Christians from doing the will of God and therefore from being effective.

Satan is also working through fear, discouragement, accusation and strife. These are only just some of his devices. We need wisdom and power from God to overcome them, and a steadfast refusal to compromise with sin. God is calling us to walk in love, in the Word, and by the Spirit of God. Then we can overcome Satan’s devices and frustrate his purposes.

Who Can Have a Demon?

There are very few people who are totally owned or possessed by demons. Many Bible translations talk about people being “possessed” by demons when

in reality that is not the meaning of the Greek word used. The Greek word in these cases is “daimonizomai” which would be better translated “demonized”. It means to be affected by demons, to be under the influence of demons or to have demons. No doubt a Christian cannot be “possessed” by a demon because Christians belong to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Whether a real Christian can have a demon is a controversial question to some but for those of us who have been set free from demons after we gave our lives to Jesus it is not so hard to determine. Let us now consider this matter from a biblical point of view.

Without a doubt, demons are at work in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). The truth is, people who are disobeying God are giving evil spirits a right to work not only around them but also in them. This applies also to church members. Peter declared that Satan had filled the heart of Ananias. All Ananias did was pretend that he was giving to God more than he really was. Therefore, anyone who is lying could have their heart filled by Satan.

Paul told the believers in Ephesus: “Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). This implies that it is possible for a Christian to give place to the devil. There is strong biblical evidence that a Christian doing this will later need deliverance from evil spirits, because they have by their own choices given ground to Satan.

Although the spirit of a born again Christian is regenerated, recreated and not possessable by evil spirits, the salvation of the soul is a process which is not automatic and requires firstly persistent faith in God, and secondly, knowledge of the truth. It is clear that evil spirits do have access to our minds to inject thoughts of all kinds from time to time. We must be watchful so that we do not accept these thoughts so as to let the evil one build strongholds in our mind that are not pleasing to God. There is a battle for the mind of every Christian. In order to keep demons out of our minds, we must fill our minds with something else. We must be full of the Holy Spirit and full of the Word.

“When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to MY HOUSE from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it EMPTY, swept, and put in order. Then he goes out and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Matthew 12:43- 45)

Every unsaved man is a child of the devil and being a son of disobedience it is a fact that evil spirits are at work in him, If those spirits are forced to leave – either by the fact that the person receives Christ or the Word of God, or by a special operation of the Holy Spirit, they will do exactly what Jesus said they would do in the passage mentioned above. If indeed after the evil spirit goes out, the person’s life remains empty – that is, not full of God’s Word and God’s spirit, there will be a possibility for that evil spirit to enter into that man again – even if he has prayed to receive Christ. Why? Because although he may have confessed Christ, by ignorance or disobeience he denied Christ the first place in his life. He didn’t put the Word first, and he didn’t get really filled with the spirit. Therefore demons can be in Christians, as we know them.

Demons can’t stay in anyone who consistently submits to God and resists the devil. (James 4:7). The devil and all demons must flee from such a person. Such a Christian who is submitting to God in this way is not grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Therefore the Holy Spirit is making sure that no demon remains in the temple of God. Such a person is “keeping themselves, and the evil one touches him not” (1 John 5:18).

The Old Testament is full of examples given for our present day instruction (Romans 15:4), which contain principles of spiritual warfare and help us to see that even the temple of God can be defiled if God’s people are disobedient and break the covenant. In the book of Ezekial we see how the priests of God were idolatrous and unclean things were in the temple of God (Ezekial 8:6-17). This is the picture of the Christian who tolerates various forms of idolatry in his or her life. It was not until Ezekial 10 that the glory of God, the Holy Spirit – left the temple. This shows us that the Holy Spirit can be in the temple at the same time as abominations – but that eventually if idolatry persists the Holy Spirit will leave and the judgment of God will come.

Another example which illustrates how Christians can need deliverance is in the history of Israel’s wars, especially in the period of the judges. Every time the people of God broke the covenant and worshipped foreign gods, the Lord God sent their enemies to invade the promised land and cause them trouble. In the same way, when Christians break their covenant with God through persistent sin, inevitably the demons will come to take what has been surrendered to them. It is vital therefore that we respect the conditions of the blood covenant we have with God and give no place to the devil through sin and disobedience.

Jesus cast demons not only out of people with legions of evil spirits (Mark 5:8-9) but also out of people who were not affected by demons to anything like that extent (Mark 1:32-34, 39). The people being delivered were orthodox religious Jews – not satan-worshipping idolatrous heathen – or their modern day equivalent – drug- abusing sexually-immoral heavy rockers into witchcraft and violence. In the same way, lots of ordinary religious people need deliverance from evil spirits – evil spirits which are producing conditions such as fear, doubt, condemnation and sickness in them.

From reading the gospels we can see that Jesus cast out of people spirits which were responsible for the causing of diseases. One time a man brought his son to the disciples of Jesus. He wanted them to cast the mute spirit out of him. The disciples were not able to do it because of their unbelief (Mark 9:19) and lack of prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29). But when Jesus came, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter him no more!” (Mark 9:25). Here we see that deafness and dumbness can be caused by the presence of an evil spirit, which must come out. The spirit was in there and Jesus told it to get out. In His healing ministry, Jesus first cast out the evil spirit responsible for creating the disease in the person before He applied the power of the Holy Spirit to their bodies to restore the damage (Matthew 4:23; Matthew 8:16,17; Matthew 9:32-34; Matthew 12:22; Matthew 17:18; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:40,41; Luke 6:17-19; Luke 8:2; Luke 9:42; Luke 18:11-16). And Jesus, knowing that mankind would always need this kind of ministry until the full inauguration of the kingdom of God on earth gave the same power and authority to His disciples to cast out demons and heal the sick by the Spirit of God as He Himself did (Matthew 10:1-2; Mark 3:14,15). This power was given to the church in the name of Jesus, and like the baptism in the Holy Spirit, was never withdrawn by God (John 14:12; Mark 16:17,18). So we as disciples are called to drive out demons just as Jesus did.

The connection between casting out demons and healing the sick should come as no surprise to those familiar with Acts 10:38, which says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” This passage shows clearly that sickness is the work of the devil, not a work of God. That is why Jesus opposed sickness and cast out spirits of infirmity wherever He went. It is possible that many chronically sick Christians in fact need deliverance from spirits of infirmity just as that bent up woman did in Luke 13:11, named by Jesus, “a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound”. Jesus did not call every Jew a child of Abraham – see John 8:39,40. Even God’s children can be bound by Satan in various areas. Jesus came to set us free. Instead of making theological excuses – calling sickness God’s blessing or just closing our eyes and saying that God’s children cannot have demons, we should be as practical as Jesus and treat spirit-based infirmities as our enemies and cast them out – just as Jesus did.

Someone may object that God has given us promises of redemption in the new covenant so that we need not fear the possibility that there could be a demon in us as Christians. In any case we should not fear. The only fear we should have is a healthy fear of God. The reality is, though, God has promised lots of things which many born-again Christians are not experiencing. Why? Because of a lack of repentance, faith and appropriate confession! God has promised healing and the baptism in the Spirit to His children. But how many Christians have until now failed to appropriate God’s provision in this matter? In the same way, many Christians, through disobedience, ignorance, pride or unbelief have failed to appropriate God’s promises in regards to deliverance from evil spirits. Having a theology that says we are free from evil spirits just can’t compare in value to actually being free of their indwelling influence.

Jesus in Matthew 15:26 calls deliverance from evil spirits “the children’s bread”. So deliverance from evil spirits is for the children of God! It is not primarily for the unrepentant or unbelieving, since if they get delivered and don’t repent it is quite likely that they will end up worse than before! (Matthew 12:43- 45).

Jesus taught his disciples to pray in the Lord’s prayer, literally, “Deliver us from the evil one”. Who should pray for deliverance from evil spirits? Disciples! Whose deliverance should they pray for? For their own! Even the apostle Peter was used as a mouthpiece for Satan one time (Matthew 16:22,23). This is still happening today occasionally even through born again Christians who are ignorant of God’s total plan.

Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32). It is time for all believers everywhere to know the truth and through the truth get free of the indwelling power of sin in their lives. It is not time for religious excuses such as the Jews of Jesus’ day made, such as: “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free.’ “ (John 8:33) We need to be made free indeed by Jesus, not theologically free or ‘free’ because we have a doctrine that tells us we are free, while our own lives lack the promised peace, love, joy and power of God.

So we see that disciples must pray for deliverance, must cast out demons (Mark 16:18), and as children of God, need the children’s bread of healing and deliverance. May the Lord “deliver us from the evil one.”

The Difference Between “the Flesh” and Demons

We cannot blame all our problems on the devil and demons however. Many times it is simply a lack of application of the cross of Christ to the adamic nature at work within us. As new men in Christ, we must take authority over the adamic nature as well as any demons in order to get the victory over sin and self.

The apostle Paul in many places in the New Testament speaks of “the flesh” as being something at work in Christians that is striving against the leading of the Spirit of God.

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these things are contrary to one another, so that you may not do the things that you wish.” (Galatians 5:16,17)

Paul uses the Greek word “sarx” which means literally “flesh” or “meat”. Some Bible translations translate this as “the sinful nature”. When Paul speaks of the flesh he is usually not talking about our physical bodies, but something at work in our physical bodies which is working in opposition to the will of God. It is the old Adamic nature inherited through the fall. It has desires which run contrary to those of the Holy Spirit and indeed to our new regenerated spirits. It thinks and desires in accordance with the values of the world system that we knew and followed before we became disciples of Christ. Some of its works are listed in Galatians 5:19-21. The works of the flesh are not only unlawful physical indulgences but are also soulish and spiritual in nature. For example, hatred, contentions, heresies are listed as works of the flesh. A lot of the programming that governs our behaviour and responses comes into the category of “the flesh” also. There can be demons associated with these things but by the Spirit we can have the total victory.

God’s solution for the flesh is crucifixion. “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24). This Scripture teaches us that we are the ones who must crucify the flesh. This is done by the Spirit – “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit YOU put to death the deeds of the body you will live.” (Romans 8:13). Realise that it is we ourselves who, wanting to follow Jesus, must “deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow Him” (Luke 9:23). We must reckon ourselves dead indeed to sin (Romans 6:11), discipline ourselves, say no to ourselves and not avoid the pains that come to those who consistently seek to do the will of God in all things. Deliverance is no substitute for making these daily decisions to put down the flesh and follow the Spirit. You cannot cast out the flesh, you must crucify it.

On the other hand, self-discipline and reckoning oneself dead to sin and alive to God, for all its importance, may not be the total solution for our sanctification. There are demons that can be at work in Christians, fixing themselves as it were in “the flesh” and fortifying “the flesh”. These demons, unlike the flesh can’t be crucified. We can’t kill demons either. They must be cast out. A general rule is: if despite self-discipline and meditation on the Word a spiritual problem of some sort fails to be resolved, it is almost certainly a case requiring deliverance from evil spirits. Many times sincere Christians are using a lot of energy suppressing tendencies that are due to demons which could be cast out and should be cast out. We have seen in the previous section that it is possible for Christians to have one or more demons. Multitudes of sincere Christians baptised in the Holy Spirit can and do testify to this reality today. Therefore if despite all measures taken to deny self and crucify the flesh the victory is not received, certain steps should be taken to get free of evil spirits.

Marks of a Person Needing Deliverance

1. A person who consistently lacks the fruit of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control almost certainly needs deliverance in one or more areas of their lives.

2. A person who is often feels condemned by what they perceive as their failures usually needs deliverance, as well as a thorough understanding of the gospel which sets us free from guilt and makes us “the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

3. A person who testifies of being constantly harassed by evil spirits almost certainly needs deliverance from evil spirits.

4. A person who despite wise counsel never seems to break free of sinful habits needs deliverance as well as the real baptism in the Holy Spirit and solid Bible teaching on the Christian life and the victory we have in Christ.

5. A person who compulsively talks too much needs deliverance. Compulsion is a mark of demonisation.

6. A person who is attracted to occultic phenomenon and somewhere has yielded to this attraction almost certainly needs deliverance.

7. A person who is chronically sick and whose case doctors cannot succesfully diagnose almost certainly needs deliverance from a spirit of infirmity of some kind. There may be other curses at work which must be broken also.

How Demons Get Into People

It is often helpful to know the main ways that demons get into people.

1. When people yield to particular sins often enough – even at the level of mental acceptance – demons can enter them.

2. Demons very often get into people while they are still in their mother’s womb. Idolatry and occultic sins are transmitted to the third and fourth generations of those who hate God (Exodus 20:3-5). Demons have a right to enter the unborn babies of those who are under such curses. It is through demons that curses are transmitted from generation to generation.

3. Sudden shocks, traumas and crises can open the door for demons to get in – for example, a sudden shock might open the door for a demon of fear to enter a young child.

4. Rituals of non-Biblical religions and secret societies can open the door for demons to get into people – demons which will later work to blind them to the true gospel.

5. Many forms of modern entertainment open people to demonic invasion. Much in the film, television and music industries is inspired by satan and opens people up to satanic or worldly philosophy and the influence of demons. Pornography, occultic role-playing games or devices to supposedly communicate with the dead or tell fortunes all open people up to demons.

6. When people don’t deal properly with the hurts they receive from others in life, by forgiving them fully, they are going to be opened up to demons. Spirits of resentment, rejection, anger, hatred and bitterness are very common amongst people who have been dealt hard and hurtful blows by others.

HOW TO GET YOURSELF AND OTHERS FREE OF DEMONS

Although God is sovereign and can cause any person to experience some measure of deliverance, it is now well known that meeting certain conditions will make it a lot easier for you or any person you minister to to receive deliverance. People needing deliverance should be taught these things.

1. Have hope based on knowing God’s will for you.

The Bible says, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously” (James 4:5). We should realise that the Holy Spirit is very jealous for us and certainly wants to get all the demons out of us. So we can have strong hope in God and faith that He wants to help us. We must never fall into despair concerning God’s willingness or power to help us. We are getting free to make room for the Holy Spirit to bring the kingdom of God more fully into our lives.

It is the knowledge of the truth which makes you free (John 8:32). Therefore, meditate on the portions of the Word of God relevant to your problem, and ask the Holy Spirit to quicken them to you.

2. Have faith in the grace of God.

“But He gives more grace.” It is by the Spirit of God, by grace, that we are going to be delivered from evil spirits (Matthew 12:28). We need to trust and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in all this.

3. Humility. Therefore he says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6). God’s power flows to deliver us when we humble ourselves. In relation to deliverance, this humilty implies the following:

a. Be willing to be honest about it and admit your need for help. A proud person will not do this.

b. Admit that you need to change. Drop the rebellious attitude and get a teachable spirit.

c. Be willing to let God’s Spirit minister deliverance to you in any way He chooses, even if you feel that it might make you look silly. Don’t decide beforehand what you will and won’t permit to happen to you. You might just hold the demon in if you do that.

4. Know the Truth

Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the knowledge of the truth shall set you free”. (John 8:31,32)

Satan wants us ignorant concerning what he is doing in our lives. When we know the truth that knowledge is the key to our deliverance. “Through knowledge, the righteous shall be delivered” (Proverbs 11:9). The more relevant knowledge you have in your heart and mind, the greater and fuller can be your deliverance.

We need knowledge concerning two things – God’s Word and ourselves – our own condition. The two are related.

We must know the truth about ourselves. Not just what we are in Christ, but also about our heart condition, our words, deeds and behaviour. We must be willing to face up to it and acknowledge it. This takes humility. We need to call things by their right names.

Knowing the truth includes knowing what God means by sin. The moral law of God as revealed in the Bible gives us his knowledge. For example, idolatry (loving or valuing something or someone more than God the Creator), unbelief, pride, fear of man, complaining, slander, sex outside of marriage and occult activities are all sin and must be repented of. Occult activities, even on the part of our ancestors are especially dangerous in opening the door to demons. These activities include but are not limited to any form of astrology, consulting fortune tellers, channelers or psychics, witchcraft, divination or fantasy games containing these themes. (see Deuteronomy 18:9-12; Isaiah 47:12-14). We must know the meaning of words so we can identify whether we are committing any of these sins or not! Satan will be looking to exploit any ignorance in these areas.

Secondly, we must know the truth of God’s Word. Indeed, consistent meditation on God’s Word is vital for breakthrough. Understanding, confessing, declaring and proclaiming what the Word says relating to your life is a vital key to overcoming Satan in every kind of conflict.

We can know Jesus as the overcoming victor in our life through the revelation of Him in God’s Word. This releases faith for a victorious life.

5. Submit to God. (James 4:7). We are not in the place to receive deliverance if we will not submit to God and His Word. Submission to God means voluntarily doing all we know God is requiring. For thorough deliverance this will include

a. Confession of all known sin. (1 John 1:9)

b. Repentance from all known sin. (Luke 13:3)

c. Forgiving all those who have hurt us or we feel inclined to complain against. (Colossians 3:13; Matthew 18:35; Mark 11:25).

d. Making restitution or confession to others for past wrongs.

e. Trusting God completely for salvation and deliverance through the blood of Jesus alone.

f. Calling on the name of the Lord. “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered.” (Romans 10:13).

5. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Having fulfilled all the previous steps it is necessary to resist the devil. This word “resist” used here is not a passive resistance, but an active resistance. It implies:

a. Renouncing all contact with Satan. Renouncing all things which have opened the door for Satan such as personal sins and the sins of parents, objects or symbols associated with Satan’s work, sources of uncleanness such as pornographic pictures or occultic books (Acts 19:19).

b. Listening to God and His Word. Refusing to listen to the devil and the voice of demons.

c. Commanding the demons to get out, using the authority that you have in the name of Jesus. (Mark 11:23; Mark 16:18). Expect them to leave on the basis that they no longer have any legal right to remain and that “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4).

d. Expel them (Mark 16:18). Jesus said those who believe would expel demons. Expelling involves an act of the will and a breathing out. The word for spirit is the same as the word for breath in both Hebrew and Greek. Often you will feel the spirits coming up as you breath out. Different manifestations such as coughing or vomiting are possible at this point – but are not essential to deliverance. What is important is to be sure you get them out and that you keep them out.

6. Maintain your Deliverance by Drawing Near to God at all times.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). In practical terms this means:

a. Develop a lifestyle of praise and worship, for God dwells in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

b. Pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Keep seeking God through prayer. Develop communion with the Holy Spirit more and more. Through a life of prayer you can be full of the Holy Spirit as God requires – and then you will not be empty so as to leave openings in your life for evil spirits (Ephesians 5:18).

c. Give thanks to God always (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Thank God for your deliverance. Thanksgiving puts us on an upward path, strengthens our faith and solidifies our healing (Luke 17:14-19).

d. Hear the word of God and do it (Luke 11:28). It is significant that this instruction follows directly after Jesus’ teaching on the way evil spirits seek to return after they are cast out. Matthew 12:43- 45 reveals that the man’s problem here was that he was empty. That is why we must get filled with the Word and the Spirit to maintain total deliverance. This is what God wants for our lives.

7. Let love be your goal and motivation in all things.

(1 Corinthians 16:14; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Corinthians 14:1)

The purpose of God is that we walk in love. We must keep our minds on God’s love and how we can love others, and not get on an endless hunt for demons. God’s main purpose is to build us up in love. This is something positive for us to do and seek. Doing the positive will of God will enable us to avoid the negative traps of Satan. We must always keep Jesus in mind and seek to use our knowledge of deliverance to serve others and as a tool to help them both enjoy God more fully and also to fulfil God’s destiny for their lives.

May God bless you as you put these principles into practise in your own life and in the lives of those to whom God leads you to minister deliverance in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!

See also Turning Curses to Blessings | Spiritual Warfare and Breaking Curses

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  2. Jesus_Iz_Lord says:

    who the son set free is free indeed, I speak it by faith im free.

  3. Hello I’m struggling with an evil spirit coudl you please pray for strenght in Christ and that he would deliver me from this evil. Also is anyone unable of deliverance? Plz pray that the evil one would leave me and not return. I’m lost

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    • Marcela Horner says:

      Where can I take my son to a christian church in the Delaware are (Wilmington, Newark, Bear, New Castle area) He is being influeced by a demon (s) . He send him signs of shame and makes him do things, torments him, and has gained crontrol kver him. This is very urgent. Please help.

  5. I hope this isn’t a dumb question but is it possible for evil spirits to manifest in dreams? I went to bed at about 2:00 this morning after having spent time on this website. Before I went to bed, I felt such a peace within me and I was led by the Spirit to answer some Scriptural questions that my newly saved sister (praise God!!) had asked when reading the Bible. She and I had a sleep-over in my room, so while she was reading the Bible next to me, I was on this site and she would ask me questions about things she didn’t understand/was trying to figure out. I felt just a calmness and very much felt the presence of God. So I went to bed at 2:00 and prayed for a good night sleep. I remember as I started drifting, I felt an evil presence. So I came out of it and commanded, in the name of Jesus, for all evil spirits to leave me. After awhile, I fell asleep. I’m not sure how long it had been since I had fallen asleep but I remember being tormented by evil spirits in my dream. I could feel them grabbing on to me and pulling me away from God (I think they were invisible spirits) and I remember yelling out for Jesus in my dream state. Telling Him how much I loved Him and yelling for Him to protect me. I didn’t know what to do. They just kept pulling me away. I remember in my dream state that my sister was still sleeping next to me. I remember I was yelling out to Jesus in my dream and trying to get my sister’s attention. I think I remember her (in my dream) actually waking up (but I can’t remember exactly). Anyway, finally after calling and calling for Jesus to rescue me, I woke up. And my sister seemed to be sleeping calmly so I knew that I had only been yelling in my dream and not out loud. But I got up and went to my living room at about 3:45, give or take a few minutes, to read the Bible, pray, and read this site. I needed God at that time because the dream was pretty darn scary. But I also realized that right after I woke up, I was surprisingly calm. And eventually I realized that Jesus was there to protect me when I woke up. He kept me from being terrified as I was awake. And that provided me so much comfort. Those evil spirits that were trying to pull me from Jesus in my dream never succeeded in pulling me away from Him in my awakened state. I’ve been up now since about 3:45 (it’s now 6:47 AM where I live) and I’m about to go back to sleep for a couple more hours since I only got less than 2 hours of sleep.

    But I wanted to know for sure if that can happen. Thanks to whoever replies!!

    • MelodyCat says:

      I have had similar kinds of dreams myself. Being attacked by demons or some kind of evil force.

      I find having become more familiar with scripture these dreams have been less frequent (of course prayer helps as well ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Even in my dream state I have been able to recall scripture, strange as that may seem.

      Here is a scripture that would have some to my memory in my dream state if I was having your dream.

      RO 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      This would have helped me in my dream. Or if I woke up from that dream this scripture may have popped up in my mind giving me reassurance that it was only a dream and Satan has no power over me.

      You are not alone in experiencing these kinds of dreams. From reading the Bible we know Satan can mess with your mind. That is why we are to put on the Helmet of Salvation (Ephesian 6:17, 1Thess 5:8).

      Anyway I’m glad to hear you had peace despite the spiritual attack in your dreams. Yes the Lord is our tower, our fortress against the enemy. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.

      Not sure if I answered your question. Of course I will leave you with the following scripture from Ephesians 6:-

      10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

      So as you can see we are in a spiritual battle even when we sleep. Here is how the Bible instructs us to fight. Putting on the FULL armour of God and prayer.

      Cheers
      Mel

      • Thank you, Mel!

        Yes, you did answer my question. I am definitely finding as I walk more in Christ, that putting on the armor of God is sooo important. I now fully understand that we really are in a battle with Satan and his demons. I will definitely continue to immerse myself in Scripture and prayer. These things have helped me out so much.

        I also want to ask for your (and anyone else’s) prayers. I’ve been dealing with an ear infection in both ears for a few months now. One of them is almost completely healed but the other is still giving me a hard time. I have been praying for God to heal my ear so if you all could do the same for me, I would be forever grateful. Also, my newly saved sister has been complaining of dizziness lately and I immediately thought it could be evil spirits that are tormenting her. The dizziness just came on a few days ago. My sister is still in bondage of television watching, and I keep dropping hints that what she is doing isn’t good (I’ve been there too and Christ has helped me rid myself completely of tv watching. it’s been about 20 days now) but she’s still doing it. I’ve been praying that her eyes will be opened and she will see that she is harming herself by still watching tv and not completely following Jesus. I’ve also started praying for her dizziness to go away. But I could always use additional prayers or any advice on this situation!

        Thanks again,

        Sara

    • LovingtheLord says:

      The mind is the main thoroughfare that they use, and sleep is a perfect time to attack the believer. They cannout hurt you, but they are excellent at causing fear. Pray and remember that they are bound by God thus their powers are limited. Pray and shrug it off with praise and worship! And believe it or not, your mind will begin to heal itself of the fear!

  6. I found it very helpful for assisting me with my personal struggles. God bless you and your continued efforts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Anna Ryan says:

    Dear Michael Fackerell,
    Thank you for this article, for it came at a much needed time. First I will explain, that when I was an infant, two people kidnapped me and threw money at my mother’s feet and told her that it was the same as selling me to them, even though it was completely against her will. The couple who kidnapped faithfully repeated this account to me every Monday, from the time I was about 8-years old. They would also take me to places where little girls were illegally being sold, so they could take bids for how much men would pay for me. Then, on August 16, 1964 when I was about 10-years old, I was born again. But, I was not completely set free spiritually until today, when a spirit of slavery left my life. As a response, I was doing web searches to search for information to ensure I remained free. That is how I found this website, and your much needed article. Thank you!

    • Greetings in Christ, Anna.
      First, I praise God for your deliverance from slavery. Hallelujah!
      I understand all too well the evils of human trafficking, having been trafficked myself. I am nearly 70 years old, and I also am free of slavery, although those connected to my “training” and exploitation still harass me. But I do not fear them. I pity them, for they are truly blind and deaf to the Lord.
      I just found this website yesterday, and am reading some of the lessons. This particular article is so helpful. I pray you not only remain free, but become an example for others still enslaved through your faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
      Julaine

  8. I needed to read this today! Everything is explained so clearly. Very clear teachings indeed. I am going to save this article, and hope to find more like it. As Christians we often open the door for satan to work in our lives, but not many know this and those who do won’t admit it, such is the deception of satan. If we are filled with Word of God then demons would have no place to enter, this is beautifully explained by the author.

  9. Julie laurecne says:

    Hi, praise the lord,
    This is amazing, as i was looking for this topic n god gave it to me in the right time, it helped me personally to understand that even christians can have demons, but we can be free if we continully be in God’d presence. I have forwarded this article to many of my friends too.

  10. Iris Hiemstra says:

    This is great reading! I needed information on deliverance and this said it all! This information along with the scriptures have been a blessing. A blessing because out of so many articles from the internet this one explain fully what it means to be delivered in which I can associate with the teachings at my church and also teaches me where to find the scriptures for reference. I just want to thank you for your help. God bless.

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