||MANTAINING YOUR DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL SPIRITS
SEVEN WAYS TO DETERMINE THE NEED FOR DELIVERANCE (EXCERPTS)
The presence and nature of evil spirits can be known by two principle methods:
(1) discernment: I Cor. 12:10 lists "discerning of spirits" as one of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, and (2) detection: the second method of knowing the presence and nature of evil spirits. Detection is simply observing what spirits are doing to a person (Mark 7:24-30). Some of the most common symptoms of indwelling demons are as follows:
Disturbances in the emotions which persist or recur.
Disturbances in the mind or thought life.
Outbursts or uncontrolled use of the tongue.
Recurring unclean thoughts and acts regarding sex.
Addictions to nicotine, alcohol, drugs, medicines, caffeine, food, etc.
Many diseases and physical afflictions are due to spirits of infirmity (Luke 13:11).
Involvement to any degree in religious error can open the door for demons as follows:
False religions, e.g. Eastern religions, pagan religions, philosophies, and mind sciences.
Christian Cults - all such cults may be classified as "bloodless religions" - having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (II Tim. 3:5).
Occult and Spiritism - Any method of seeking supernatural knowledge, wisdom, guidance and power apart from God is forbidden (Deut. 18:9-15)!
False Doctrine - a great increase of doctrinal errors will be promoted by deceiving and seducing spirits in the last days (I Tim. 4:1).
SEVEN STEPS TO DELIVERANCE (EXCERPTS)
One must be honest with himself and with God if he expects to receive God's blessing of DELIVERANCE. Ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you and to bring to light anything that is not of Him (Psalm 32:5; 139:23-24).
Humility involves a recognition that one is dependent upon God and His provisions for DELIVERANCE (James 4:6-7). It also involves a complete openness with God's servants ministering in the DELIVERANCE (James 5:16).
Repentance is a determined turning away from sin and Satan (Amos 3:3). One must loathe his sins (Ezekiel 20:43).
Renunciation is the forsaking of evil. Renunciation is action resulting from repentance (Matt. 3:7-8). If one has repented of religious error, he may need to completely renounce it by destroying all literature and items associated with that error (Acts 19:18-19).
God freely forgives all who confess their sins and ask forgiveness through His Son (I John 1:9). He expects us to forgive all others who have ever wronged us in any way (Matt. 6:14-15). Willingness to forgive is absolutely essential to DELIVERANCE (Matt. 18:21-35).
In prayer ask God to deliver you and set you free in the name of JESUS (Joel 2:32).
Prayer and warfare are two separate and distinct activities. Our warfare against demon powers is not fleshly but spiritual (Eph. 6:10-12 ; II Cor. 10:3-5). Use the weapons of submission to God, the blood of JESUS CHRIST, the Word of God, and your testimony as a Believer (James 4:7; Rev. 12:11; Eph. 6:17). CHRIST cannot fail! He is the Deliverer (Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; Psalm 18:2)!
SEVEN STEPS FOR RETAINING DELIVERANCE (EXCERPTS)
Put on the whole armor of God as set forth in Eph. 6:10-18. There are seven pieces of armor:
Loins girt about with truth.
The breastplate of righteousness.
Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
The shield of faith.
The helmet of salvation.
The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
Praying in the Spirit.
Refuse the thoughts that demons give you and replace them with spiritual thoughts (Phil. 4: .
Positive confession is faith expressed. Negative confessions characterize demonic influence and will open the door to the enemy (Mark 11:23).
JESUS withstood Satan's temptation by using Scripture. The Word is a mirror to the soul (James 1:22-25); it is a lamp unto the feet for guidance (Psalm 119:105); it is a cleansing agent (Eph. 5:25-26); it is a two-edged sword, laying bare the heart (Heb. 4:12); and it is food for the spirit (I Pet. 2:2 ; Matt. 4:4). No person can long maintain DELIVERANCE apart from the Word of God as a primary factor in his life (Psalm 1:1-3)!
Take up your cross daily and follow JESUS (Luke 9:23). If fleshly appetites, desires and lusts are not brought to the cross, a way for demons to return will be left open (Gal. 5:19-21, 24).
Develop a life of continuous praise and prayer which silences the enemy. Pray in the Spirit (in TONGUES) and also in the understanding (I Cor. 14:14). "Pray without ceasing" (I Thess. 5:17).
Maintain a life of fellowship and spiritual ministry. It is the sheep that wanders from the flock that is most endangered. Desire spiritual gifts and yield to their operation through you within the body of CHRIST (I Cor. 12:7-14).
Commit yourself totally to CHRIST. Determine that every thought word and action will reflect the very nature of CHRIST. Faith and trust in God is the greatest weapon against the Devil's lies (Eph. 6:16).
Doing these seven things will insure that your "house" (life) is filled after having been cleansed. Do not settle for anything less (Romans 5:10)!
HOW TO KEEP FREE FROM OPPRESSING SPIRITS (EXCERPTS)
Fill yourself with the Word of God and be obedient to what the Word says. You become God-possessed as you hear and do the Words of the Father. You become demon-possessed as you hear and do the words of the enemy (John 14:23).
Avail yourself of the Blood of JESUS. Learn to ask forgiveness when you sin. Learn to stand tall in His love and grace. Satan must respect the blood (Rev. 12:11).
Take your freedom by faith. This is your position, declare it, stand on the Word, get stubborn with the Devil, this is your heritage (Luke 10:19).
Resist the Devil, be sober and vigilant, resist steadfast in the faith, and he will flee from you (I Peter 5:8-10).
A loving spirit is needed. Refuse to be hateful and mean; confess love (Matt. 5:44).
A forgiving spirit is needed; an unforgiving spirit lets the enemy on you again (Mark 11:25).
A tender spirit is needed. JESUS did not bite back. He was tender: you be like Him. Refuse to yield to the retaliation spirit; away with critical spirits. Learn to recognize the striving spirit, it is from the Devil, do not yield to it; it will bring you into bondage again. Learn to yield to the peaceable spirit; be a peacemaker. Learn to exercise mercy and gentleness; these are CHRIST-like actions. Remember any enemy spirit that you yield to will bring bondage. Yield to CHRIST's love, meekness and tenderness, and liberation comes (II Tim. 2:24).
You must forsake sin lest a worse thing come upon you (John 5:14).
HOLDING YOUR DELIVERANCE (TESTIMONY OF A WOMAN)
After Pastor Worley cast out spirits of sinus trouble and migraine headaches, I had three glorious weeks of freedom from any pain.
Suddenly one morning I awoke shocked to find I had all the symptoms of sinus and migraine.
When I realized what was happening, I took authority over Satan and his demons and commanded them to leave me in JESUS' name.
Later the same morning this happened, I received a letter from Pastor Worley warning the Devil would use this very tactic but that I must resist him and refuse to accept his attacks.
I believe that, according to Mark 11:23, many times what we say or confess with our lips can be more important than what we believe. The word "believe" occurs only once in the verse while "say" is repeated three times. The last part of the passage is "he shall have whatsoever he saith".
The submitted, resisting child of God may expect Satan to flee from him (James 4:7). We must learn to hold the DELIVERANCE areas against the onslaughts of a determined foe (Joshua 1:7-9; Deut. 28).
WALKING IN FREEDOM AFTER DELIVERANCE (EXCERPTS)
Have you been delivered from unclean spirits? Praise the Lord (Eph. 6:12; Mark 16:17).
Walking in the Spirit after a DELIVERANCE is essential in order to keep a person free (Eph. 6:14-17).
It may be that unclean spirits from which you are now free had been with you for a very long time. In such cases, you can expect several weeks up to a year after DELIVERANCE during which the Lord will gradually heal your mind and emotions (Rom. 8:37).
In order to avoid the enemy's snares, it helps to recognize some of his strategy. Four typical methods of attack encountered by people after DELIVERANCE can be outlined as follows:
The Scriptures say that Satan is the father of lies. Even though they are now outside of you, unclean spirits still talk to you (John 8:36).
One meaning for the word "Satan" is" accuser". You may find yourself feeling guilty for having had unclean spirits or for your past sins (Psalm 13:5).
The enemy may try to intimidate you with demonstrations of his power. Don't be frightened if things seem to go wrong for you for a while or if some symptoms from before DELIVERANCE seem to reappear. You may find yourself tempted with old habits or behavior that doesn't fit in with Christian life. The Devil has a way of making the old times seem rosy to us just like he tricked the Israelites in the desert into missing the "leeks and onions" that they left behind in Egypt (John 10:10; Psalm 37).
Recognizing the enemy's strategy is helpful but it does not win the battle for us. It is more important that you learn and practice some positive principles that will enable you to gain ground quickly and hold it. The following five points are easy to remember and will help you tremendously: Focus your attention on JESUS (Rev. 12:11).
Allow the Holy Spirit to have His way with you (John 16:13).
Immerse yourself in the Scriptures; the Bible is the written Word of God (John 8:31).
Tell the Devil and his unclean spirits in JESUS' name to go away and leave you alone. Make it clear that you intend to follow JESUS no matter what (James 4:7).
Hang onto other Christians. The Christian walk is not a solo performance (Gal. 6:2).
If you practice these five faith principles, your post-DELIVERANCE problems will be minimal and your progress steady (Luke 4:17-21).
TESTIMONIES OF CHRISTIANS ABOUT MAINTAINING THEIR DELIVERANCE
Scriptural basis is Rev. 12:11 for overcomers.
Earline Moody has a good testimony about how the soul (mind, will and emotions) works in maintaining her DELIVERANCE.
BY THIS I OVERCOME THE DEVIL (EXCERPTS)
Through the blood of JESUS, I am redeemed out of the hand of the Devil (Eph. 1:7).
Through the blood of JESUS, all my sins are forgiven (Psa. 107:2).
The blood of JESUS CHRIST, God's Son, continually cleanses me from all sin (I John 1:7).
Through the blood of JESUS, I am justified, made righteous, just-as-if I'd never sinned (Rom. 5:9).
Through the blood of JESUS, I am sanctified, made holy, set apart to God (Heb. 13:12).
My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed, by the blood of JESUS (I Cor. 6:19-20).
Satan has no place in me, no power over me, through the Blood of JESUS and the Word of God (Rev. 12:11).
TAKE HEAVEN BY FORCE
We are not wrestling against the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but against Satan and his forces of evil. God has given us the abundant life but we have to take it by force from Satan! This is analogous to Israel; God gave them the promised land and then told them to take it by force (Eph. 6:12).
Two verses clearly illustrate this Bible principle:
Matt. 11:12 Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force (abode of God is to be seized and the forces seized it).
Luke 16:16 Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it (rule of Supreme Deity is preached and every man forces into it).
Some other good fighting verses are:
Psalm 57:6......They have digged a pit before me.
Isa. 54:17........No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.
Matt. 15:26.....The woman fought for DELIVERANCE for her child (15:21-28)!
II Cor. 10:3-6..Weapons of our warfare.
Eph. 6:10-18....Put on the whole armor of God.
Rev. 12:11.......And they overcame him.
HOW TO TREAT DEMONS
Matt. 9:33........Cast - to eject, drive out, pluck (Dumb Demoniac).
Matt. 9:34........Casteth - thrust out, expel (Dumb Demoniac).
Matt. 17:18......Rebuked - censure, admonish, tax upon (Epileptic).
Mark 1:34........Suffered - to send forth (Sick or possessed with demons).
Luke 11:14......Casting - put out, send away (Demon that was dumb.)
Eph. 4:27.........Place - location, condition (Gave no opportunity to the Devil.)
James 4:7........Resist - oppose, withstand (Resist the Devil.)
II Pet. 2:11......Railing - blasphemer, slanderous, profane, wicked (Judgement)
I John 3:8........Destroy - loosen, break up, put off (Destroy works of Devil.)
Jude 9.............Railing - vilification, evil speaking (Reviling Judgement.)
As you can see from the above scripture, we forcefully drive demons out of Christians but we do not rail at demons.
Luke 9:1 says we have power and authority (mastery, superhuman force, violence, control) and Luke 10:7 says the demons are subject (subordinate, obey) to Christians.
STUDY OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS
The Old Testament told of rites and bloody sacrifices of the law to redeem the people from their sins which foretold the shedding of the blood of JESUS CHRIST.
The New Testament told of dignity and perfection of the blood and sacrifice of JESUS CHRIST.
The following scriptures will give you an overall view of what the Bible says about the blood of JESUS (Underlined verses are the more important):
Gen. 4:10; Exodus 12:7, 13, 22-23; 24:6, 8; 29:12, 16, 20-21; Lev. 4:6-7; 5:9;
7:2; 8:24; 17:11; Num. 19:4; Joel 3:21; Rom. 3:25-26; 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:7-
14; 10:19-22; 12:24; 13:20; I Peter 1:2, 19-22; I John 1:7; 5:7-8; Rev. 12:11
CURSING DEMONS AND INFIRMITIES
The Psalms contain imprecations (call down curses and evil) upon enemies and transgressors. For a good study, see "Strong's" or "Young's" Concordance for "curse, cursed, curses, cursest, curseth, cursing, accursed and Cursest". The following verses describe the meaning of cursing:
Gen. 9:24-27 Execrate - to abhor, loathe, detest (Cursed younger son.)
Num. 22:6 and Blaspheme - perforate, bitterly curse (King of Moab asked Balaam, 23:8 prophet, to curse Israel.)
Deut. 11:26- (Blessing and curse, curses and more curses.)28; 27:15-26;28:15-68
Judges 5:23 Execrate - (Curse bitterly its inhabitants.)
II Sam. 16: Vilification - revile, slander (Curse David.) 10-12
II Kings 2: Despise - speak evil of (Cursed them in the name of the Lord.) 23-25
Job 3:1-10 Contempt - vile (Cursed the day of his birth.)
Mark 11:21 Doom - execrate, imprecate (Fig tree which you cursed.)
Gal. 1:8-9 Anathema - solemn curse, excommunicated (Let him be accursed.)
SCRIPTURE BRINGING ASSURANCE, CONFIDENCE, DELIVERANCE, PROTECTION, and REDEEMING
Psalms 1:1-3 (Meditate), Matthew 8:17 (Sicknesses)
17:4 (Words), Mark 11:23 (Saith)
23:4 (Fear of Evil), Luke 9:23 (Cross)
31:2 (Defend), John 8:36 (Free)
34:7, 10, 19 (Deliver), 10:10 (Life)
46:1, 5, 10 (Help), 16:13 (Truth)
55:18, 22 (Sustain), Romans 8:1, 2, 32 and 37 (Free)
68:19 (Benefits), I Cor. 2:16 (Mind)
71:1 (Trust), 6:17 (One Spirit)
91:5 (Not Afraid), 10:13 (Temptation)
97:10 (Preserve), 12:7-14 (Gifts)
103:3 (Forgiveness), 14:33 (Peace)
107:2, 6 (Redeemed), II Cor. 2:14 (Triumph)
119:133 (Order Steps), 3:17 (Liberty)
147:3 (Health), 10:5 (Mind)
Proverbs 1:33; 3:26 (Dwell Safely), Galatians 6:2 (Burdens)
Isaiah 26:3 (Peace), Eph. 6:16 (Shield)
41:10, 13 (Help), Phil. 4:7-8, 19 (Needs)
50:7 (Help), I Thess. 5:14 (Praying)
55:7 (Pardon), II Thess. 3:3 (Keep)
59:19 (Standard), II Tim. 1:7 (Power and Love)
61:3 (Oil of Joy), Hebrews 10:17 (Forgiven)
Jeremiah 15:21 (Redeem), I John 2:14 (Overcome)
Ezekiel 33:16 (Live), 3:8 (Destroy Devil)
Micah 7:19 (Compassion), 4:4 (Overcome)
50:7 (Help), Rev. 12:11 (Overcome)
61:3 (Oil of Joy)
NAMES OF DEMONS
Scornful , Lying , Palmistry, Destroyer, Cursing, Handwriting Analysis, Fear, Blasphemy, Automatic Handwriting, Death , Criticism, ESP, Poverty, Mockery, Hypnosis, Afflictions, Railing, Horoscopes, Trouble, Gossip, Astrology, Confusion, Fantasy Sex, Divination, Terror, Masturbation, False Doctrine, Hate, Lust, Deceiving, Diseases, Perverseness, Seducing, Distress, Homosexuality, Asceticism, Domination, Fornication, Vegetarianism, Broken Heart, Dishonesty, Dismay, Incest, Proudness, Heaviness, Provocativeness, Pornography, Mourning, Harlotry, Unforgiveness, Infirmities, Nicotine, Yoke of Bondage, Sicknesses, Alcohol, Serpents and Scorpions, Stealing, Drugs, Blindness, Murder, Medicines, Retaliation, Doubt, Caffeine, Striving, Condemnation, Addiction to Food, Sinus Trouble, False Gifts, Eastern Religions, Migraine Headaches, Imaginations, Pagan Religions, Negative Confessions, High Things, Philosophies, Unclean spirits, Mind Sciences, Powers, Resentment, Yoga Exercises, World Rulers of Darkness, Hatred, Karate, Spiritual Hosts of Wicked, Anger, Mormonism, Guilt, Rejection, Jehovah's Witnesses, Temptation, Self-Pity, Christian Science, Strongholds, Jealousy, Rosicrucianism, Depression, Theosophy, Worry, Unity, Evil Thoughts, Inferiority, Bloodless Religions, Disobedience, Insecurity, Occult, Evil Weapons, Mental Torment, Spiritism, Evil Tongues, Procrastination, Seances, Nets and Pits, Indecision, Witchcraft, Wiles, Compromise, Magic, Principalities, Rationalization, Ouija Boards, Loss of Memory, Levitation, Rulers of Darkness, Spiritual Wickedness, Fiery Darts, False Gospel, Affliction, Sore Boils, Lust of Uncleanness, Presumptuous, Self-Willed, Corruption, Spots and Blemishes, Deceiving, Adultery, Covetousness, Madness, Vanity, Lust of Flesh.
Extracted by permission from Gene Moody’s book: Deliverance Manual. To buy a copy,