Christian Deliverance Continued

May 11, 2012 · Print This Article

Pathways of Biblical Deliverance
from A Pastoral Manifesto on Deliverance, Part 2
This teaching message contains elements of Practical Pastoring and may be most useful
in increasing your own understanding of the topic.

 


The Word

Text: Revelation 12:7-12

Most deliverance ministry takes place in group settings

In the ministry of deliverance, we should beware of the notion that the only way to get delivered from bondage is through private, personal ministry. Most deliverance ministry takes place in group settings. That doesn’t mean private counsel isn’t appropriate, but the fact is, many people aren’t looking for deliverance ministry as much as they want personal attention. And it’s not that they don’t deserve personal attention; but there are other ways that they could get help without it.

You can get personal attention and grow in other situations like small group fellowships or by working in team ministry in the church—music ministry, usher ministry, Sunday School ministry. We’re not talking about giving people who are suffering some inordinate or deep bondage a platform for ministry that could be injurious to others, but your own dreams will be fulfilled when you’re giving yourself to serve the interest of other people (Matthew 16:25). There comes amazing freedom just in the willingness to give and to serve.

There are five ways that deliverance comes about:

  • Submission to regular teaching of the Word of God
  • Receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit and allowing His indwelling to increase the fruit of love
  • Welcoming the encompassing, supportive and restorative ministry of prayer by fellow saints
  • Obediently walking in the Spirit — responding to His promptings as He seeks to beget the character of Jesus in us
  • Being ministered to by mature believers who move in the ministry of deliverance in the authority of Jesus’ Name

Submission to regular teaching of the Word of God

Growth and expanded freedom come through the truth which sets us free (John 8:32; Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6). These texts of scripture acknowledge the fact that there is a great deal of bondage related to the fact that people don’t know the truth. They either haven’t been taught it, or they haven’t received it. By submission to regular teaching of the Word of God, enormous freedom takes place.

When Word of God is taught, truth makes people free. When the Word of God is taught with the presence of the Holy Spirit, deliverance will happen in church. Scores of people have probably experienced some dimension of deliverance in their life when—hearing the Word in church—a truth dawned upon them and they sensed something inside themselves responding to it. That isn’t just revelation, but with the entry of truth, something was set free.

Regular submission to the teaching of the Word of God will bring about more deliverance than sporadic participation in excitement. Many people will substitute excitement for real edification of the Word of God. You don’t have to make a choice; you can have both. That’s the reason people need to go to church regularly. Everyone has areas in their life that need growth, disciplines need to be mastered, and understanding that needs to be expanded (Philippians 3:12).

Receiving the fullness of the Holy Spirit,
and allowing His indwelling to increase the fruit of love

Amazing deliverance happens through the teaching of the truth and the ministry of love that gushes toward people when they let the flow of Holy Spirit fullness happen in their life

The Holy Spirit casts out fear (Romans 5:5; 1 John 4:18). First, when He comes to dwell in us, the Holy Spirit pours into us the love of God that brings salvation and a love for Jesus. Then, being baptized in the Holy Spirit opens up these rivers of living water, streams of the love of God that flow in your life to progressively uproot places where fear is locked in. The Spirit of love casts out the spirit of fear.

Liberty can begin to happen in people just through acceptance. We have in the church such a need for the ministry of love. Small groups create a web of love of unconditional acceptance that ministers to people where they are, and loves people free of bondage.

Welcoming the encompassing, supportive and restorative
ministry of prayer by fellow saints

(Galatians 6:1-3) The term pneumatikos, translated here as “spiritual,” is the same word used in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14 where it talks about people who are moving in the gifts of the spirit. It’s the life that is drawing on and functioning in the resources of Holy Spirit-giftedness. When Paul says, You who are spiritual, restore such a one, he’s talking about people who function in gifts. Every one of the nine gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 relate in one way or another often in deliverance ministry.

Every situation isn’t the result of a demon’s activity. There are things that are physical, things that are human, and things that are purely from hell. When people get together and pray with someone, sometimes as prayer is taking place, what will be discerned is that this person is locked in warfare with a point of demonic bondage that’s tormenting them. Other times it may simply be that they just need somebody to pray for them.

What we do in our prayer room at is show people the Word of God, and help them see their life, and how to make the two meet in the love of God, in the power of the Spirit, and by the ministry of prayer. And then, wherever there would be difficulty or bondage, we pray for them. We try to remove the necessity of people thinking that the only way to solve their problems is with an appointment with a pastoral counselor. We teach and pray for people, and we see a lot of fruit.

The purpose of the ministry of the prayer room isn’t just for deliverance but a lot of it happens there (Psalm 32:7; 142:7).

Obediently walking in the Spirit — that is, responding to
His promptings as He seeks to beget the character of Jesus in us

Lust is not just sexual craving; it is seeking to have it your own way, and it gives place to the devil, and thereby to bondage (Romans 8:1-39; Galatians 5:22-23). Obedience is the key to breaking of bondage. There are some people who want deliverance so they can obey; the Lord says we are to begin with obedience, then there will be the breakloose of deliverance.

For example, there are people waiting until their finances get straightened out before they obey the Lord with their tithe. It will never happen. You’ll still go to heaven, but if you want deliverance in your finances, the Lord tells us to obey first and then watch the deliverance begin to work in the economic areas of your life.

Being ministered to by mature believers who move in the ministry
of deliverance in the authority of Jesus’ Name

Jesus not only cast out demons, He said, These signs will follow them that believe (Mark 5:8; 16:17) That often takes place in the prayer room, but also in private counsel or following a small group situation by members of the pastoral team and elders who move boldly and with discernment. They aren’t brash, but walk in a holy simplicity and a desire to love and serve people. They live in submission to the body life of the Church, and walk in soundness in the light of the Word so as not to confuse or be footloose.

Teaching on this subject is not intended to engender fear, which has torment, but to engender a sense of peace. These are pathways of deliverance for walking in the full liberty that is in Jesus Christ.

 

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