May 15, 2016 2 Comments
When life becomes too hard what do you do?
Family or relationship issues, drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, pride, anger…
Do we have to live with these issues?
Does anyone have answers for this?
Seems like more questions than answers. But there are answers. This blog seeks to help with those answers. At least to point you in the right direction.
This series is focused on the most overlooked, underutilized and most misunderstood ministry of Christ.
This is more than a topic. It is more than a ministry. It is a process. The entire Bible is one deliverance after another from Genesis to Revelation. Deliverance is for everyone. It starts when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ends when your life on earth is done. The church is hurting because these principles are not taught as completely anymore. The entire truth of what Jesus did through his life, death and resurrection has been watered down and lost over the years. But the truth is still there and Jesus does save, deliver and heal to this day. He does have all the answers.
The previous post in this series, Part 1, begins to define Deliverance and discuss some frequently misunderstood statements and questions.
Now, we will look at all the ways Jesus delivers us. There are so many. I realize I don’t know every method yet. But I have experienced many. I have studied many more.
Sovereign Move of God
Some people with a life controlling issue like drugs might be completely delivered all at once from that addiction. It’s an awesome sight! I was witness to this recently when a lady who was addicted to drugs and alcohol was set free after one night during prayer service at revival.
Others have been delivered from anger issues. Some from love issues. They had difficulty receiving and feeling loved or loving others. After one moment with Christ all those issues are gone.
It would be wonderful if this sovereign move of God was the norm. Some things may come immediately but others must be a process. Never underestimate the process! It is a worthwhile journey creating in us the fruits of the Spirit.
Power of Authority
Here’s an example: Let’s say a police officer walks into a retail store and a thief is there. That thief will immediately leave because of the authority of the police officer.
Now, not every demonic attack you are under will leave the moment you get saved or decide to undergo a deliverance session or submit to prayer. But many will.
Other times we speak with the authority of Jesus Christ and command the demonic oppression to leave. Either way, it’s all the authority of Christ.
Power of Process
This is where you get to walk out what the Bible says by applying God’s truth to your life. Practical application.
This is an entire post on its own. Most of deliverance is this method. Key points for this:
- Don’t walk it out alone. You need a godly friend, mentor, pastor, teacher, someone to confide in and keep in truthful contact with.
- Daily reading of the Bible is necessary. God’s Word changes us from the inside out. It is not through our might or power but through the Spirit of God.
- Deliverance sessions with a balanced and Biblical deliverance ministry is most helpful.
- Apply God’s truth to your life and reject the lies of the enemy.
- The truth will shine the light on the dark areas of your heart and you will be able to see your identity in Christ
Holy Spirit led deliverance ministry is the most effective and thorough method for this process. Deliverance ministers mix biblical counseling, Bible verse teaching, Bible truths and Holy Spirit led prayer to walk you through the process of becoming free from addictions, destructive behaviors and bitterness, anger or pride.
Closely related to Process Deliverance, this is the spiritual process that will happen over time as you read God’s Word, attend church services, and hang around with godly people.
As you learn the principles taught and apply them you will see some measure of freedom in your life.
This is very important part of your walk to freedom and is a lifelong strategy for freedom.
5. Holy Spirit
Whether you realize it or not the Holy Spirit is already at work in you. Even before you accept Jesus, He is speaking to you and teaching you. He is the great Teacher and Comforter.
I always say “You can’t be someone’s Holy Spirit”. That means that you cannot change anyone. You cannot nag your spouse into changing anything. We can’t even change ourselves usually. It takes the work of the Holy Spirit. For any effectual deliverance He is involved in every step.
6. Prayers of Intercession
There was a lady (call her Joan), that was so severely affected by the demonic that she was put into a psychiatric hospital. Her friends were godly women and decided to meet on a regular basis to intercede for Joan. They did this for several months. One day, the hospital decided that she was well enough she could go home for a short visit. During that time the women continued to pray. By the time she went back her demeanor had so completely changed that the hospital workers did not recognize her. A few days later she was dismissed from the hospital.
Prayer really can change things. I don’t understand how a prayer can affect the spiritual world so much but the Bible teaches it and its truth.
7. Bible Based Counseling
Any other type of counseling might help but only God’s Word can set you free completely and totally.
Some measure of freedom can be reached through counseling. Sometimes you need a one on one session to see your problems as they really are.
8. The Bible
This is not just a collection of stories or a history book. This is living Word of God for us that transforms lives, heals, and directs.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
This cannot be an exhaustive list. God is bigger than we can imagine and I’m sure HE has multiple ways to set people free. In fact, He doesn’t just use ONE method, He uses many over our lifetime. The end result is the same…FREEDOM!
A good deliverance ministry uses many methods to reach the end result of deliverance. But it is up to the individual to continue to apply the truths taught in practical application to their lives.
Ask the Lord to show you if you have an area of your life that still requires HIS freedom.
Here’s some resources: