(delivered from the power of darkness)
"Therefore, if the Son makes you free,
you shall be free indeed,"
“God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love
and of a sound mind,”
2 Timothy 1'7.
What is deliverance? That's a question some Believers find themselves asking when they feel they are in strange spiritual troubles.
Having unwanted experiences and feeling helpless against their power causes much concern.
They also cause much self-questioning about what could the cause be. Have I sinned? Am I really saved? Could it be demon possession? Worse still, freedom seems to be impossible.
But is freedom possible? Yes, it is absolutely possible! Being free is God's will for His People.
Anything that is robbing you of your peace or joy today can be removed in Jesus' name.
This freeing experience is commonly called deliverance. Many Believers have been freed after having had troubling and disturbing experiences.
Believers should know that deliverance is not casting out demons. That is exorcism, and it is a ministry to unbelievers.
In fact, freedom may happen simply by reading through this message with a receptive frame of mind. It could be that at some stage the affliction had gone.
How did deliverance come about? It came about because conventional counselling was unsuccessful in helping those who were known to be sincere and diligent followers of Jesus but were, or had become, spiritually troubled.
Deliverance was successful. So much so that, to some, it became the answer for almost every problem. This brought "the ministry of deliverance", as it came to be called, into some disrepute.
On the other hand, some deliverance times were troublesome even chaotic with loud commands for evil spirits to come out, name themselves, demons "manifesting" and other distractions.
These sessions, so-called "ministry", do not honour our heavenly Father. Let's remember, because this ministry is based in the word of Christ the enemy is opposed to it.
It is important that scriptural counselling always precedes deliverance . For a Believer who has been discipled according to New Covenant Kingdom teachings, deliverance should be unnecessary.
THE ENEMY TELLS LIES
The Lord Jesus informed His People about the enemy in a number of ways. Jesus' interactions with him during the time of testing in the wildernesss shows him misusing God's Word, as he did with Eve.
Jesus described Satan's nature during a verbal sword fencing encounter with some Pharisees:
“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.
He was a murderer from the beginning,
and does not stand in the truth,
because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,
for he is a liar and the father of it," John 8'44.
The warning is clear:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world," 1 Peter 5'8-9 .
The power is clear:
"Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down," Revelation 12'10.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
The answer to asking what the cause of the distress may be could be as evident as something like unforgiveness, intentional disobedience or unrepented sin. (Check out Kingdom Forgiveness on the Menu.)
There is no value in trying to find out what a likely cause of the trouble is.
If a specific cause is known the Believer should go to the Throne of Grace and renounce it before the Father, repent, ask for forgiveness and thank Him.
Going through a process of trying to find a cause is at the least a distraction. But, more commonly, the distraction will be used by the enemy. If a cause is unknown, leave it that way!
The prime point is: the enemy has no legal power over any Believer.
Power may be ignorantly handed to him when a Believer has become vulnerable by being tricked into one of his "devices", or giving way to temptation.
Or perhaps he took advantage due to a Believer's ignorance of the word of Christ.
All in all, he is only able to exercise his power because a Believer gives him opportunity to enter in the first place.
The enemy's primary and most frequently used device to gain entry is to challenge the word of Christ. He did it first with Eve in Genesis 3'1.
He asked his innocent-sounding question: "Has God indeed said?". And what happened next resulted is being felt right up to this moment.
Keep the word of Christ in mind:
"... lest Satan should take advantage of us;
for we are not ignorant of his devices,"
2 Corinthians 2'11.
KNOW THIS TRUTH
One powerful truth has to be understood by every Believer before entering into deliverance. If it is not, the enemy is quick to take advantage .
The truth is this, Believers are not sinners. Unbelievers are sinners. True Believers are Saints. Righteous in Christ. Keep this in mind, Believers might sin but Believers are not sinners!
Knowing this truth guarantees freedom! And, by God's grace and the Holy Spirit's working, it is a quiet, simple and powerful ministry.
Through the delegated authority that our heavenly Father has given, a Believer's freedom is achieved in Jesus' name.
Nothing else is needed. No laying on of hands, no anointing with oil, no waving the Bible over the person, no "holy water" sprinkling.
Our heavenly Father's word of authority is absolute authority. When those taking part in this ministry agree together and declare that the Father is the authority over the situation, He is!
A troubled Believer will be troubled no longer. The enemy has to obey. Our Father has given all authority to the Son and Believers have authority from the Son.
Jesus said: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth," Matthew 28'18. The power is God's!
John 8'36 declares:
"... if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed".
Is it possible for a Believer to be demon possessed? Is a question that is sometimes asked. The answer is "No!". It may seem to be that way, but that's a lie of the devil - but be assured.
The absolute truth for everyone who believes, has repented of sin and received Christ is this: our heavenly Father "has
delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins," Colossians 1'13-14.
This is the truth. However, a Believer who is experiencing frequent distressing disturbances may be deceived by the enemy into thinking otherwise.
Nevertheless, because of this powerful basic truth complete deliverance is at hand. Believers are in "the Kingdom of the Son of His love". Amen!
To reclaim the peace and joy that the enemy has stolen the help of others is necessary. The enemy does not want to loosen his place evil hold.
But as has been said earlier, by God's grace and the Holy Spirit's working it's a quiet, simple yet powerful process. Nevertheless, vigilance is needed.
At least two other trusted Believers should partner with you. (It's essential that they are confident and agree with what they are being involved in.)
It's important that one partner is the same sex as you. If you're married your spouse may prefer another man or woman as appropriate to take their place.
Here is the crux of the matter. Jesus said:
"I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them," Matthew 18'19-20.
To achieve your freedom:
Find somewhere secluded where you can speak aloud.
Pray with your partners, thanking God for His love and grace, agreeing with each other and thanking the Lord for granting success.
Make sure to thank for the fact that He is the authority in the situation.
Thank Him that you and the partners have His delegated authority to deal to the enemy.
Confess and repent of any sin you have committed that has allowed opened you to being snared by Satan.
Ask God's forgiveness for it and any other sin or unrighteousness you know you have committed.
Thank Him for loving you, forgiving you and completely cleansing you.
And thank Him for making you righteousness in Christ.
TAKING BACK THE POWER
In the action of taking back power from the enemy he is likely to attempt to distract you. He will use anything, but don't stop what you're doing. Don't stop speaking.
Try to make you feel silly.
Ridicule you and oppose you.
Trivialise the bad experiences he has inflicted on you in the past.
Another of his tactics is to introduce contrary thoughts into the troubled person's mind in order to hinder success.
Don't engage with him. Ignore him. You have authority over from your heavenly Father over him in Jesus' name.
To finalise success means addressing him directly, clearly and simply with words such as these:
Satan. By the authority of the Father -
I take from you the power that you have had over me
and I put (name the trouble itself, don't mention demons)
outside the boundary of my mind and life.
When you try to come back I will resist you.
In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Now the enemy is outside the boundary of your mind and life. His power has been taken from him. He has been put out.
THANK GOD for the freedom you have received in Jesus' name. Thank and praise the Father for the Holy Spirit's work in freeing you from the power the enemy had over you.
Give thanks for His grace in giving you His freedom.
REMEMBER. When Satan's illegal authority has been cut off in Jesus' name he has to let go. He has no option.
His only option is to return to his various ways of tempting and lying to achieve his deceptions.
Understand that the enemy will tempt whenever he can - and he's a liar. Nevertheless, "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world," 1 John 4'4.
REJOICE in your freedom and give thanks to your heavenly Father ...
"... who has qualified us to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness
and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
in whom we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
Hide these words in your heart and rejoice in them. Never rationalise or diminish your experience and never tell anyone who is likely to be derisive or negative about it.
Go through "Your Kingdom Foundation" on the Menu to make your foundation sure in Christ. Refresh, renew or complete it and fulfill righteousness to the Father.
Always give God the glory for delivering you.
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,
but you received the Spirit of adoption
by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father',”
Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you for the word of Christ and the safekeeping power of the Holy Spirit.
Praise you Lord, for freedom. In Jesus' name. Amen.