What Is Deliverance?
Most of us experience some degree of negative circumstances
in our life. For many, however, the negative emotions have become an oppressive, destructive force that dominates our existence.
Things like trauma from the past, guilt, shame, fear, rejection, condemnation, hurts, bitterness, unforgiveness,
rage, anger, lust, addictions, pornography, lying, depression, physical infirmities and even financial blockage.
We do things we don't want to do and act in ways that are contrary to who we want to be.
It seems that we are struggling against forces that are stronger than we are. We want our lives to be free of these lies,
deceptions and crippling conditions. We may have tried self-discipline, self-help programs, counseling, behavior modification,
medication and every other way to overcome our problems, but still are unable to get free.
Deliverance is for Christians, we believe that one of the first things a newly born
again believer should do after baptism is submit their self before God for deliverance. We believe that everyone
probably needs deliverance, but not everyone qualifies for deliverance... It is only when we have been born again, purchased
with the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ that we have a right to be free.(1 Cor. 6:20)
Simply put, the enemy no longer has a right to be in our lives. When we are born again we
have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy, our citizenship is literally transferred from death to life. We are
no longer the personal property of Satan but become full members of God's Family, the Body of Christ. As such we are
given right standing and full benefits as a "child of God" through the redemption. We receive not only eternal security, but
relationship with the Father through Christ, and just as equally our healing and freedom were part of Jesus's awesome accomplishment
In the 21st Chapter
of Matthew we are given the account of Jesus going into the temple and finding the moneychangers and those that were selling
merchandise. Jesus overturned their tables of commerce and literally drove them out of the temple. Jesus told them in verse
13 that they had made His Father's House a "den of thieves".
He purged His Father's
Temple. The Apostle Paul refers to the body of the believer as the "temple of the Holy Ghost" (1 Cor. 6:19)
As believer's we have a responsibility to purge our temple. We need to drive the thieves
out. They no longer have a right to be there.Demonic forces are disembodied spirits (spirits that do not have a
physical body of their own) that invaded mankind when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Jesus
said the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Demonic oppression seldom leaves voluntarily.
It always takes a force superior to drive it out. Being supernatural in power, oppression
cannot be overcome in the natural by will power alone. It takes a power greater than the believer and greater
than the demon to drive it out. Demonic forces can be driven out through the Name of Jesus. That Name is
above all names. The Word of God says that at the mention of that NAME every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus
is Lord of All. (Phil. 2:9-11)
Many people believe only
evil people can be oppressed by demons. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you are alive, you are a candidate.
Deliverance is simply breaking the
oppressing power of the enemy in our lives. Just about everyone has been oppressed at one time or the other...
Jesus came to redeem us from the
curse. If you have been born again you have a "right" to be free of oppression. You have been purchased back from
the enemy by the Blood of Jesus Christ, your citizenship is now in the family of God. The enemy no longer has a "right"
to your life. From the beginning of creation the plan of the enemy was to get right between you and God. He does
that through a myriad of ways. He wants to hinder and prevent you from walking into what God has planned for your life.
He knows your potential.
Jesus paid a terrific price
for our freedom & healing. What a tragedy it would be if we don't avail ourselves of all that He gave...
We are composed of three parts, a
body, a mind (soul) and a spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The spirit of a man belongs to God, and their spirit is united with
the Holy Spirit, but our bodies and minds (souls) can still be afflicted by evil spirits. Just like you can turn a light on
in one room, and the next room in the house can be dark, the same is true in the spirit realm.
spirit of a man is where the Holy Ghost dwells, but the soul or mind of a man is where dirt can still remain long after he
or she accepts Christ. We are told to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (souls) through the Word of God. Our spirits
are instantly made new the moment we are saved, but our souls can take time to renew and clean up.
I do not believe a demon can touch the spirit of a man after he's accepted Jesus, but where
demons do their work is in the soul or mind. How do you see demons affecting people in the Bible? Through their mind (the
lunatic boy, the man with the legion, etc.), and their physical body (the woman with the spirit of infirmity, the man who
couldn't speak because of a demon, etc.). Demons can try to get our spirits overwhelmed, worn out, or tempt us to sin, but
their way of operating in our lives is through our minds (souls) and by troubling our physical bodies.