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One of the key elements of deliverance begins before the candidate ever arrives for their session. Preparation is critical if the person is to receive the maximum benefit from a deliverance ministry session. Certain areas must be faced, confessed and repented of before deliverance can be effective or lasting. If this is overlooked crucial areas related to further demonic infiltration may remain open and vulnerable.


One of the questions we are often asked is “do you think I need deliverance?”.


A good answer to that question is that everybody probably needs deliverance

(or can benefit from it) but not everybody qualifies for deliverance.


The following are areas we should look at when evaluating a candidate’s

qualifications for deliverance:


  Has the candidate been born again?

  Is the candidate prepared to give up anything necessary to receive and maintain their deliverance?

  Is the candidate willing to bring everything in their past out

in the open before God and into His Light?                 

  Is the candidate willing to receive TRUTH?

  Is the candidate willing to let go of their demon(s).







Jesus called deliverance “the children’s bread”. (Matt. 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)

Therefore, a distinction IS made as to who is qualified for deliverance. It is for God's children - believers.


Deliverance and healing are provisions of Christ’s atoning Blood. (Matt. 8: 16, 17)


To qualify for deliverance the candidate must be born again, in the family of God.  Until a person is born again they do not have a right to be free.  The enemy still has a right to their life.


It is only when we have come to Christ in total surrender, confessing our sinfulness, repenting of that sin, believing in the sacrifice Jesus gave for each one of us individually, that His Blood is applied to our lives, our sins are forgiven and we are born again by the Sprit of God. 

The Apostle Paul writes that we “have been bought with a price, purchased by the Blood of Christ”.

Literally we have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy and translated into the Kingdom of God.  We are in God’s family.  We are His children.

It is our birthright in Christ to be free.  We are in covenant with Him.


Put simply, a person who has not been born again does not qualify for deliverance.  Deliverance is “children’s bread”.




One of the qualifications for deliverance is that the candidate must be willing to receive TRUTH.  You will encounter those who are in torment and demonized but are unwilling to accept truth.  Unless a person is willing to relinquish and let go of the things (or things) which opened the doors to captivity and enslavement in their life they do not qualify for deliverance. Jesus said the TRUTH will set us free (Jn. 8:36) If the truth will set us free then certainly the lie leads us into captivity.







Unforgiveness is the number one doorway for demonic infiltration into a person’s life. Holding any unforgiveness in the heart is the quickest and most common way that unclean spirits gain access into one’s life. It is undoubtedly the single most popular poison that the enemy uses against God's people, and it is one of the deadliest poisons a person can take spiritually.


The Bible says that to be forgiven from God and to have your prayers answered, you must forgive others for their offenses against you (Matt. 6:14-15; Mk. 11:25; Ps. 66:17-18).


      Unforgiveness opens the door to self-pity, hatred, anger, resentment, criticism, bitterness, depression and many other problems. All of these can and will have a damaging effect on your body. A great percentage of physical sicknesses can be traced to unforgiveness.


You will find that many people don’t understand forgiveness. People will say that they are “in the process” of forgiving. Forgiveness is not a process!

  Forgiveness is a choice from the heart often devoid of feelings (feelings come after persistent forgiveness).

The best way for us to forgive from the heart is to recognize our own potential to offend others in the same ways we have been offended.


     We must forgive and release other’s offenses every time feelings of bitterness come up, even if it’s 70 x 7 times in one day. It is our responsibility to forgive others. God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins, so that we may be reconciled to Him, without spot or blemish. He asks that we give others the same forgiveness that paid for us.


Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 18:23-35 that says the same thing:


“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”


     An important part of preparing for deliverance is asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us any person or persons, including ourselves, toward whom we have unforgiveness or even a single negative, critical, resentful thought. A good ideal is to list their names and by an act of own free will choose to forgive them.




Father, I confess to you that I have held unforgiveness, bitterness or resentment in my heart against certain people who have hurt or disappointed me. I have also chosen to judge others, and as a result have withdrawn from them in my heart. Please forgive me for these offenses against you and them. Thank you for the cleansing of your blood.

I do now forgive and release the following people toward whom I have held any unforgiveness or judgments: (forgive each one that comes to mind). I also have not loved or forgiven myself for the ways I’ve sinned and fallen short. I do now choose to love and forgive myself and see myself forgiven and fully reconciled by the merciful love of Jesus.




     In the Name of Jesus I break every soul tie of the past which would bind me to my sin or hinder my growth in Christ and victory. I declare that Jesus Christ is my victor, my sanctifier, separating me from the world into righteousness.

I declare every evil soul tie to be broken with (name every person, group, organization that comes to mind) and I renounce, break and loose myself from all their cords, ties, tentacles and bands in Jesus Name.

     I also break any word curses spoken upon me by them. As of this day, I declare myself to be bound only to the true Body of Christ, knit together in love in the glorious liberty of the Lord Jesus Christ.




All you have to lose is a few demons.



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