Deliverance – The Purpose

This is Part 3 of my series “Deliverance Foundations”.

In the last article, I dealt with strongholds and how Satan uses open doors to gain legal access to our soul and body regions, and how Satan’s kingdom is founded on a legalistic view of the law.  It is that legalistic viewpoint which makes it difficult to remove demonic oppression unless those contracts have been legally nullified.

What is the purpose of deliverance? It was part of Jesus’ ministry – he declared it as he referenced Isaiah 61:1 –

Isaiah 61:1 (New International Version)

The Year of the LORD’s Favor

 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, 
       because the LORD has anointed me 
       to preach good news to the poor. 
       He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 
       to proclaim freedom for the captives 
       and release from darkness for the prisoners
[a] (my emphasis)
Deliverance, in this context, is the process via which demonic entities that have had prolonged access to a person’s soul are forcibly removed.  This is seen prominently in Jesus’ earthly ministry, where demons were cast out of several who were oppressed.  
One of the websites I turn to for Biblical exposition www.greatbiblestudy.com has this to say on the article “The Ministry of Deliverance”:
 The purpose of ministering deliverance is to set free those who are in bondage. As Jesus was sent fourth to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to… preach deliverance to the captives…”), so we are also sent out (John 20:21, “Then said Jesus to them… as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”) to do the works He did (John 14:12, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also…”), and this includes casting out of devils (Matthew 10:8 )
It also states that: –
The ministry of deliverance is about bringing spiritual victory and freedom to those who are in bondage. It doesn’t matter what you call it (demonized, possessed, oppressed, etc.), if they are in demonic bondage, whether they need to tear down a stronghold, break up a legal ground, cast a demon out, or all three… it’s still deliverance, because it’s setting the captives free. Casting out demons, is just part of the overall ministry of deliverance.
The article continues that there are several components to deliverance:-

Inner healing: Many times when a person has been abused, rejected, wounded, or hurt in some way, there is an emotional wound that needs to be healed. Demons will use these wounds and weaknesses against the person, as leverage to hold them in bondage and get them to re-open doors so that they can re-enter. Inner healing is a vital step in the overall restoration process that needs to take place in the lives of many who are seeking deliverance. There is more information on this process in the teaching Steps to Inner Healing.

Inner healing needs to take place so that memories and past experiences can’t be used against the one seeking help.

Tearing down strongholds: Strongholds are incorrect thinking patterns that people develop over time, and are often set up and nurtured by demons through lies and deception. Demons thrive on strongholds, and use them to hang around a person and torment them. I recommend reading the teaching onStrongholds for a clear insight into exactly what a stronghold is, and how to go about tearing them down. Failing to tear down strongholds can hold up a deliverance and prevent us from walking in complete spiritual freedom.

Take the time to go to the links – they’re good to get more information about areas that you are interested in.

Removing legal rights: Legal rights are things that give demons permission to enter and remain in our lives. Before demons can often be cast out, it is important to address and remove these legal rights. The teaching on Legal Rights lists the most common legal rights and how you can go about removing them. Failing to remove legal rights can hold up a deliverance very easily.

This expands what I mentioned in my former post on Strongholds and Legalism.  

Casting out the demons: This requires two basic elements: knowledge of your authority in Christ Jesus over the powers of the enemy, and faith in that authority. Demons are cast out with a simple spoken command, such as, “I command the spirit of fear to come out in the name of Jesus!” You can learn more about your authority and how it works from the teaching on Spiritual Authority.

I like the fact that we are all called to the ministry of casting out demons. In fact, we’re called to the same ministry as Jesus, with it’s three fold emphasis – evangelism, healing and deliverance!

Mark 16:15-18 (New International Version)

 15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.

In my experience so far, deliverance is not a one time event.  The Scripture says that when an evil spirit is cast out it will search for another “house” and if it doesn’t find one, it comes back looking for an entry point…

Matthew 12:43-45 (New International Version)

 43“When an evil[a] spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

Remember, demons see a person’s body as their ‘house’.  If they are removed, they look for another ‘home’, but finding none, they go back to their first residence. If it is clean, swept but ’empty’  the demon will reenter, and the last condition is worse than the first.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.

What would you fill the house with?  It is not as easy as praying that the Spirit of God ‘fills all the empty spaces’ – although there is benefit in praying that prayer.  No,  those who enter the kingdom of heaven are  those who are ‘doing the will of the Father.’  With that in mind,  the person who does not start “doing the will of the Father” is in jepordy of re-infestation, as obedience to the Lord will keep one from putting oneself in a position of danger.

I spoke of the purpose of deliverance in this article.  In the next installment of this series, I will give a case study of an actual deliverance session that I performed recently online.  I have recognized that God is truly omnipresent – and God’s power is evident whether his word is spoken by mouth or typed online!  Stay tuned for the final installment on deliverance in this series!

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