DELIVERANCE AND DEMONOLOGY

On what do you base your beliefs about the operations of demons? On deluded testimonies of delivered brethren? On deceptive manifestations during deliverances? On superstitious beliefs, or on presumed interpretations of omens and experiences? DELIVERANCE AND DEMONOLOGY sets out to show what the infallible, inspired Scripture has plainly revealed about the nature, state and operations of the devil and his demonic hordes.
Do you want a biblical understanding of the strongholds and limitations of Satan? Do you seek to discover how to effectively deal with and triumph over the agents and powers of darkness through Christ? Then, this book is what you need. Your life and faith will never be the same again!
As you receive the biblical truth in this book, you receive your total freedom from every yoke in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

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9. DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONS

CHARISMATA AND CHARACTER Right away, let it be made clear that charismatic manifestations and other phenomena are never certain evidences of genuine faith at any rate. Signs and wonders are possible either with evil spirits or with the Holy Spirit. Manifestations or signs and wonders could be: 1. genuinely given by the Holy Spirit (usually for common good 1Cor 12:7 and common edification (1Cor14:12); 2. masqueraded by Satan (2Thes 2:9); 3. pretended with self-serving intentions (2Cor 11:13-15); or 4. unconsciously induced due to mesmerism, somatisation, sympathy and other psychological factors. Despite these pitfalls nothing is wrong with expecting or experiencing any manifestation, provided it is genuine. Manifestations or phenomena need not be sought after as sure proofs or faith anchors since this becomes a distraction, they are to follow as God deems fit. Manifestations must not be opposed or despised, but they must be discerned and tested.

1Th 5:19-24 (ISV) (19)  Do not put out the Spirit's fire. (20)  Do not despise prophecies. (21)  Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good, (22)  but keep away from every kind of evil. (23)  May the God of peace himself make you holy in every way. And may your whole being-spirit, soul, and body-be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24)  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

1Jn 4:1-3 (ISV) (1)  Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (2)  This is how you can recognize God's Spirit: Every spirit who acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. (3)  But every spirit who does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist. You have heard that he is coming, and now he is already in the world.

The only certain proof of what is the Truth is God’s Word and the only certain evidence of the Holy Spirit in one’s life is the Spiritual Fruit of abiding obedience and wholesome conformity to God’s Word; every other thing is not full-proof.

Joh 8:31-32 (KJV2000) (31)  Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; (32)  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 15:7-8 (KJV2000) (7)  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. (8)  In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Spiritual Gifts are NOT criteria for heavenly reward but ABILITIES given by the Holy Spirit for helping others. Spiritual Fruit are BOTH criteria for heavenly reward and relational QUALITIES produced by walking in the Holy Spirit. Signs and wonders (i.e. charismata and miracles) are not reliable EVIDENCES or PROOFS of spiritual quality. It is faith and fruit (i.e. convictions and character) that are reliable evidences or proofs of spiritual quality. FRUIT refers to RESPONSIBLE ACTS or WORKS that are the EVIDENCE of one’s convictions and decisions. Signs and wonders are by miraculous powers given to us by Christ for the glory of His Name, so they are a measure of God’s grace and the power of Jesus’ Name. (They can also be a measure of satanic powers 2Thes 2:9). Many who are disqualified by Christ because of their dead faith may still manifest signs and wonders in Jesus’ Name. On the other hand Spiritual Fruit is the measure of the believer’s faithfulness and walk with God. It is the EVIDENCE that beyond merely believing in the Name of Christ, one also abides in the Word of Christ.

Deu 13:1-3 (KJV2000) (1)  If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder, (2)  And the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke unto you, and he says, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them; (3)  You shall not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Mat 7:15-23 (KJV2000) (15)  Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (16)  You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (17)  Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. (18)  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (19)  Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (20)  Therefore by their fruits you shall know them. (21)  Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? and in your name done many wonderful works? (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

Jas 2:17-20 (KJV2000) (17)  Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone. (18)  Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. (19)  You believe that there is one God; you do well: the demons also believe, and tremble. (20)  But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Saint James wrote this because during the ministry of Christ many demoniacs confessed His Name in order to bargain for their private gain (Mark 1;24; 3:11; 5:6-8); also during the ministry of the Apostles charlatans confessed the Name of Christ to achieve their private aims (Acts 8:9-24; 16:16-18). So, NOT ALL “CONFESSION OF FAITH” IN CHRIST IS “CONVERSION TO ABIDE” IN CHRIST. True faith in Christ must also imbibe Christ’s Word. The problem of our day is that Apostle Judas Iscariot and the Antichrist have more converts today than Christ and Apostles Peter and Paul put together. But Christ and the Apostles warned us:

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall SHOW GREAT SIGNS AND WONDERS; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Mat 24:24 (KJV2000)

Even him, whose coming is after the WORKING OF SATAN WITH ALL POWER AND SIGNS AND LYING WONDERS,  2Th 2:9 (KJV2000)

Rev 13:13-14 (KJV2000) (13)  And HE DOES GREAT WONDERS, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (14)  And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of THOSE MIRACLES WHICH HE HAD POWER TO DO in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, that had the wound by a sword, and did live. <BACK TO THE TOP>

FORMS OF DELIVERANCE Deliverance comes through personally overcoming the devil on our own or by ministerially destroying the works of the devil in the life of others. Every Christian is as of necessity equipped and enjoined to personally overcome the devil and his demons continuously till the end. However, not every Christian shall ministerially destroy the works of the devil for others except those called to minister deliverance by: 1. appointment as ministers representing Christ’s Church; 2. invitation on the confidence of the victims or victims’ relatives (Lk 9:40); 3. direct leading from Christ (Acts 16:18).

To minister deliverance to others usually requires: 1. the spiritual habits of praying and fasting; 2. such spiritual gifts as: ◘ of wisdom and knowledge in the Word of God for demolition of strongholds through biblical counseling; ◘ of revelation and discernment of spirits for spiritual diagnosis; ◘ of powers of exorcism, healings, miracles and faith for declaration of deliverance; 3. certain empirical knowledge of medicine, psychiatry and psychology for scientific analysis of symptoms.

Overcoming the devil personally could be by: 1. Personal Commitment to Christ through Obedience (to submit and draw near) to the Lord Jesus and Steadfastness with the Whole Armour of God (to resist the devil). 2. Personal Conquest over the devil through: ■ the preeminent power in Jesus’ Name, that brings all things under subjection; ■ the cleansing of the Blood of Jesus; ■ their testimony of God’s Word that must come to pass; ■ their dedicated Lives of readiness to shame the devil and live or die for the Gospel; and ■ their persistence in the deliverance Prayer “deliver us from evil”.

Mat 28:18 (KJV2000) (18)  And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Eph 6:10-18 (KJV2000) (10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11)  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. (13)  Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Php 2:9-11 (KJV2000) (9)  Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10)  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11)  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Col 1:12-18 KJV2000 (12)  Giving thanks unto the Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: (13)  Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (14)  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (15)  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: (16)  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17)  And he is before all things, and by him all things are held together. (18)  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Jas 4:6-10 (KJV2000) (6)  But he gives more grace. Therefore he says, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. (7)  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (8)  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (9)  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. (10)  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.  Rev 12:11 (KJV2000) <BACK TO THE TOP>

Destroying (Terminating) the works of the devil ministerially could be done by: 1. Ministerially Casting-out demons in demonised and possessed persons or haunted property and places, 2. Ministerially Counseling others by using the Word to destroy psychological and psychic strongholds which the devil builds up in people’s minds.

Mat 10:1, 7, 8 (KJV2000) (1)  And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. … (7)  And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (8)  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give.

Luk 1:77-79 (KJV2000) (77)  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, (78)  Through the tender mercy of our God; by which the dawn from on high has visited us, (79)  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

2Co 10:3-9 (KJV2000) (3)  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: (4)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) (5)  Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6)  And having a readiness to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

The resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the right hand of power is the sign and proof that what He finished at the Cross is most acceptable to God above everything else on earth, beneath the earth and in heaven. Therefore, in receiving or ministering deliverance from demonic oppression/bondage, there is no need for any exhibitionism or sensationalism, rituals or rites, symbols or spells, objects or formulas, presumptions or pretensions. All that is needed is biblical faith in the abiding presence and power of Jesus and calling on that exalted Name of Jesus according to the Scripture.  

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