P5. The Deliverance Session, Part 4
The Steps and Processes in More Detail
The following things need to happen in a deliverance session for a victim to be delivered:
The minister must at all times be guided by the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) to do what is required there and then. I have many times been inspired to add extra prayers or change the order of deliverance prayers to meet a specific demonic manifestation unexpected spiritual or psychological condition of the victim. Demons can masquerade as the victim so if you are unsure, challenge the person/demon to reveal their true identity in Yah'shua's (Jesus') Name. If you are not being led by the Ruach (Spirit) find someone who is. Careless mistakes can cause great harm (like sealing doors before the demons have been expelled). The minister must be alert and attentive at all times because Satan will try to trick him. The enemy will do everything possible to impede or abort the deliverance session. And the victim, under subconscious demon control, can often try to waylay a deliverance session. Identify demonic activity quickly and take authority. Deliverance ministry is first and foremost about authority an legality and not about sweet-talking or negociating with the dark forces.
- a. If the minister cannot be physically present with the victim in a deliverance session, try to arrange for someone to be with him/her for prayer support and to ensure the minister's directions are carried out. Often this is not needed so long as the victim is not completely possessed, but it is desirable;
- b. Make sure there is a glass and pitcher of water available before the session starts as the victim may dehydrate during sessions;
- c. Make sure the victim has been to the toilet/bathroom before a session starts. I have known of victims to lose consciousness there and the session to be ruined because of demonic activity behind locked doors;
- d. Make sure that the time and room where deliverance takes place is such that there will be no interruptions. The room/space in which the deliverance takes place needs to be spiritually sealed off. I have known interruptions by unbelievers and those not properly covered ruin a session because Satan uses these people to interrupt the spiritual flow. Choose a time when visitors are unlikely. Don't answer the telephone or door bell during a session. Make sure that children are being baby-sat by someone. If deliverance can be done in a church or meeting hall set apart specifically for the purpose, or a pastor's office, so much the better.
- e. Before doing anything else, the minister or victim should command all demons to shut up or get out. Never allow a demon to speak! Never consult a demon about anything because this is a form of mediumship or channelling (1 Sam.28:19). If a demon manifests using the victim's voice (you will know from the tone and spirit present because the natural voice will be distorted) command it to be silent in Yah'shua's (Jesus') Name.
- f. The victim must verbally (unless mute, in which case it should be written) confess and renounce all sinful behaviour to God (Yahweh). If you are using an Internet Chat, get the victim to confess and renounce verbally and than indicate to the minister that she has done this by typing something (like an X) - if you have Voice Chat, use it!
- g. The victim should cast out the demon/strongman through the power of Yah'shua/Jesus only and not through any "priesthood" or religious institution
- h. Once the demons/strongman has been cast out, the victim should ask Yahweh to dismantle the stronghold
- i. The victim should then surrender to Yahweh's Lordship all areas of emotional and thought life which Satan has power to control
- j. The victim should then pray for the healing of any emotional scars caused by the stronghold
- k. Finally, the victim should ask Yahweh's help to forsake the sinful habits which caused the stronghold and make her best effort to do so. This is not a passive commitment. This needs to be done with each type of strongman/demon.
- l. Depending how the Spirit (Ruach) leads you, generational curses should be dealt with either right at the beginning of a session (if they are the principal cause of the victim's spiritual disturbance) or at the end (to ensure that the deliverance is not undone - this is particularly important for victims of SRA because Satanism frequently passes along many generational lines. Cutting all mental, emotional and spiritual bonds through Christ with family members involved in satanism is crucial.
- m. If at any time the power of the enemy seems to be too great for the victim during a deliverance session, enter into prayer and/or the singing of spiritual hymns. The minister should ensure that he has prayer cover from other believers prior to a session.
- n. Prior to the deliverance, extensive interviews need to be conducted with the victim to identify any demonic doorways. These are legal points of entry or access points for demons. Examples would be hypnosis (Dt.18.11; Is.19:3; 47:9,12 cp. 2 Ki.21:6; 17:17), divination (Acts 16:16-18), cult artifacts in the home, unrepented of abortions, involvement or continuing belief in cults and false religion, etc.
- o. The minister must make sure the victim avoids all passive states and must resist the temptation of iatrogenic abuse, i.e. the power of suggestion. The victim must be in possession of his/her own mind and will at all times otherwise the deliverance will do more harm than good. It is important that the minister ensures that everything is done in the right, scriptural way (e.g. 1 Sam.13). Just randomly casting out demons by following carnal feelings, as I have seen some charismatics do, is worse than useless and undermines true faith as well. To do a deliverance properly, proper homework has to be done by the minister. Wrong assumptions can lead to dangerous situations. There is no use casting out a demon if the way for its return is not also blocked.
The power which demons have should be handled with respect (no 'demon-stomping') and caution, even if the demons themselves should be treated with contempt and disdain. The minister must be in complete control of himself and not let his feelings be waylaid. His eyes must be on Yahweh through Yah'shua (Jesus) continually. Deliverance is a battle to the death with the powers of darkness - armistices are not permitted. Do not blame the demons for the unrepented sins of the victim or try to take authority over them when you have no legal grounds to do so. But by the same token do not allow demons to challenge the authority which you do have in Yah'shua (Jesus) when the grounds for their expulsion are clearly there. They will hold on even when they have no grounds and lie to you to convince you that they do have legal grounds.
Therefore know what you are doing.
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