A Biblical approach to the ministry of deliverance

 

A Biblical approach to the ministry of deliverance Jesus referred to deliverance as children's
bread And said it was not fit to cast before dogs  (Those outside of covenant with God)
Chapter 1
What exactly does it mean to be possessed with a devil?
Before I can really show you how Christians can have demons, it is essential that you have a
correct understanding of what it means to be possessed with a devil. So what exactly does it mean
when a person is said to be possessed with a devil? A great place to start is the NT Greek. If we
look up the word possessed in NT Greek, we find absolutely nothing at all! There is no translation
for the word possessed. However, we can look up the word devil in the phrase "possessed with a
devil", and it gives us the Greek word daimonizomai. The Greek word daimonizomai means to be
exercised by an unclean spirit, to have one, to be under the power or influence of one, or to be
vexed with a devil. To be vexed refers to harassment, torment and troubling from an evil spirit.

Because the word possessed is not translated back to NT Greek, it is essential that we leave behind
the word possessed, because the proper translation is actually coming from the word devil when used
in the phrase "possessed with a devil". Many people today get demon possession confused with
ownership simply because the word possessed nowadays usually refers to ownership. I believe many
Christians feel that a child of God could not possibly be possessed, as in owned by an evil spirit.
The Bible makes it very clear that a believer cannot be owned by an evil spirit in
1 Corinthians 7:23:

"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."

           Therefore it is impossible for a Christian to be owned by a demonic spirit.
According to Ezekiel 18:4, it is impossible for even a non-believer to be literally
owned by a demonic spirit, for God claims complete ownership of everybody:

"Behold, all souls are mine..."

Isn't possession when a person is completely under a demon's control?

As pointed out earlier, the NT Greek word daimonizomai is referring to more than just one
condition. It is quite possible for a person to come completely under a demon's control. However, a
person who is

said to be possessed with a devil could merely be harassed by a demonic spirit, come under the
power or influence of one, or simply have one. Contrary to what many believe, there were perfectly
sane people in the Bible that were possessed with evil spirits. Take for example the man found in
Matthew 12:22:

"Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch
that the blind and dumb both spake and saw."

It is quite possible to have a spirit affecting you physically and not bothering you mentally.
Another example of this can be found in Luke 13:11:

"And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift up herself."

The woman was not said to be mentally insane or a lunatic, but was merely bound by an evil spirit
that was causing her to be crippled physically. Furthermore, she was even said to be a daughter of
Abraham, which clearly tells us that she was a believer. I will get more into that later.

Chapter 2
How do demons gain access into our lives?

Due to the scope of this teaching, I'm not going to list all the ways that a person can have a
demon, but I would like to show you how a believer is quite capable of acquiring a demon through
defilement.

In Colossians 2:13-15, we learn that by the forgiveness of sins, the demonic spirits are disarmed
(spoiled) and their legal grounds are removed:

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together
with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was
against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And
having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in
it."

As believers, we have a spiritual hedge of protection around us, but in Ecclesiastes 10:8, it
becomes evident that we can break a hole in our hedge and be bitten by the enemy:

"He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him."

There are several good reasons to believe that this is speaking of spiritual serpents and not
physical. The first part of this verse, speaking of falling into a pit, is also mentioned in
Proverbs 26:27 which has a clear spiritual and not physical context. Psalms 7:15 also speaks of
digging a pit, with a very obvious spiritual context. In verse 9 in Ecclesiastes 10, it is telling
us that if you remove stones (which form a wall of protection) you will be hurt, which is
physically untrue 99.99% of the time. Verse 11 tells us that the serpent will bite without
enchantment, which is also true 99.99% of the time. The Bible is not a gardening or home
improvement book and if it were speaking of physical snakes, then it would be basically telling us
never to take down hedges because we will be bitten. That would be absolutely ridiculous.

Paul warned the believers in Ephesians 4:26-27 not to commit sin and therefore give place to the
devil:

"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the
devil."

Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 tells us that through unforgiveness, Satan can get an advantage
of us:

"To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for
your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we
are not ignorant of his devices."

In Matthew 18:23-35, we are also warned that we can be turned over to the tormenters (which are
evil spirits) if we are bitter and unforgiving:

"Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his
servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand
talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and
children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and
worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that
servant was  moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant
went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands
on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down
at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would
not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw
what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his
lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that
debt, because thou desiredst  me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant,
even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he
should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye
from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Hebrews 12:15 also warns us not to allow bitterness to take hold in our hearts, lest we become
defiled:

"Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up
trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."

In the book of Hebrews, Paul was writing to the church, which is the body of believers. Therefore
it becomes clear that believers are not immune from the ability to defile ourselves. Defilement is
where a hole is punched into our spiritual hedge of protection, and legal grounds become available
for demonic spirits in our lives.

1 John 5:18, "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God
keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not."

Many people misinterpret this verse to say that a Christian cannot have a demonic spirit. The first
part   of this verse is telling us that a believer won't continue in his old sinful lifestyle. The
second part is not saying that Jesus will protect us, but is rather saying that we who are born
(begotten) of God will keep ourselves. This word begotten here translates to the NT Greek word
gennao, which means to be born of. As John 3:5 tells us, Christians are born of God:

"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

The word begotten found in John 3:16 does not have the same meaning as the begotten used in 1 John
5:18. In John 3:16, the word is translated back to the NT Greek word monogenes, and refers to a
unique, an only. Jesus is the only begotten (unique) son of God. Whereas the begotten in 1 John
5:18 is referring to those who are born of God, and those who are born again are born of the Spirit
of God. Furthermore, if you look carefully at the wording in 1 John 5:18, it is telling us that he
who is begotten keepeth  himself. This makes sense for us to keep ourselves, but it makes no sense
for Jesus to keep Himself, especially in the context of this verse.

What 1 John 5:18 is telling us is that if we do not continue in our old sinful ways, and keep
ourselves, the enemy will not be able to have any new legal grounds into our lives. In other words,
we won't be picking up any new demons. However, what if we don't keep ourselves? What if we go out
and do whatever we want? If we cannot hold up to the first two parts of this verse, then we cannot
expect the blessing of the last part either.

Chapter 3
"But light cannot dwell with darkness!"

This is perhaps the most common argument raised against the idea of a believer having a demon. This
assumption is mostly based upon 2 Corinthians 6:14, which is actually lecturing the saints about
believers marrying unbelievers:

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"

It is important to point out that it is not telling us that a believer cannot marry a non-believer.
It is merely pointing out that there would be no communion (partnership) between the two. How can
they share the same spiritual goals if one is spiritually dead and the other alive? It's
impossible. But does that mean a non-believer cannot marry a believer? Of course not!

Obviously the Holy Spirit (light) will not partner with the demonic spirits (darkness) in a person
either, but that doesn't mean the two cannot coexist. Just as a believer (who is of the light) is
quite capable of marrying a non-believer (who is in darkness).

Man is composed of a body, a soul (mind) and a spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Our spirits are reborn instantly the moment we call upon Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. 2
Corinthians 5:17 makes it clear that all who are in Christ are new creations.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new."

When we accept Jesus, our spirits are united with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells within
our spirits. But there's another part of us that has not been instantly and wholly changed the
moment we became children of God.

Your soul, which is your mind, was not instantly changed the moment you accepted Jesus. This is
where the old fleshly nature can still be lingering in a believer's life. This is the part of us
that Romans 12:2 is referring to as we are told to be renewed in our minds:

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye
may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

This is why new converts often carry over so much darkness in their lives even after accepting
Christ. When is the last time you met a believer who can confidently claim that they've never
sinned since the

moment he has accepted Christ? Unless you happen to catch them on their way back to their seats
from an alter call, I doubt you'll find many.

We are given a new nature when we are born again, our old sinful nature is circumcised (cut) from
us, and we are given a new nature in Christ Jesus. But in Colossians 3:10, we are also told to put
on this man by growing in the knowledge of Him that created us:

"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created
him."

The more we spend time and fellowship with the Lord and in His Word, the more we put on the new
nature in Christ Jesus, and our minds are transformed. As Ephesians 5:26 tells us, we are cleansed
by the washing of the Word:

Ephesians 5:26-27, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such
thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish."

Apparently, if light could not dwell with darkness, then it would be impossible for Paul to have
the Holy Spirit or to even be a believer for that matter, at least according to Romans 7:17-18:

"Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which
is good I find not."

So if light cannot dwell with darkness, how would it be possible for Paul to have the Holy Spirit
dwelling within Him, and still have darkness dwelling within him as well? Apparently, the two can
coexist.

In Jeremiah 23:24, God tells us that the Holy Spirit covers the whole earth:

"Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill
heaven and earth? saith the LORD."

If the Holy Spirit covers the earth, and darkness could not dwell in the light, then that would
mean demons would be incapable of roaming this earth.

In Job 1:12, we are told that Satan himself, the king of darkness, has been known to approach even
the presence of the Almighty God:

"...So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD."

Demons are known to operate in both the soul and the body.

There is no Biblical evidence that I am aware of where demons are known to specifically operate
within a man's spirit. Every time we see a demonic spirit at work in the life of a person, it is
either through the soul (mind) or the physical body. In Matthew 17:15,18, we find an example where
a young boy was mentally ill because of a demonic spirit:

"Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the
fire, and oft into the water. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the
child was cured from that very hour."

The term lunatic here in the NT Greek translates to the word seleniazomai, which means moonstruck
or crazy. To be moonstruck literally means mentally unbalanced, or mentally ill. Clearly the boy
was affected mentally by this evil spirit.

People are also known to be physically affected by demonic spirits. In Luke 13:11, we are shown of
a perfectly sane woman who was physically bound by a spirit of infirmity:

"And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed
together, and could in no wise lift up herself."

It is not uncommon for people to be tormented and harassed with fear and other mental torment, such
as the case 1 Samuel 16:14, where King Saul received an evil spirit:

"But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him."

When we trace the word troubled here back to the OT Hebrew, it gives us the word baath, which means
to terrify, trouble or overwhelm a person. It is not uncommon for people to be mentally harassed by
evil spirits in this manner.

Chapter 4
Deliverance is meant for God's children

In Isaiah 53:5, we find some things being prophesied that Jesus would fulfill in the atonement:

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of
our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

Now was this work done for the non-believing, or the believers? I believe it is obvious that Jesus'
work here was done for those who believe upon Him. After all, this same verse is speaking of the
forgiveness of sins, which is clearly not for the non-believing.

Now let's turn forward to Matthew 8:16-17, where we find Jesus demonstrating the fulfillment of
this prophecy:

"When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses."

Notice that two things are mentioned here. The first is the casting out of demons, and the second
was the healing of physical sickness. According to these verses in Matthew, the first one is
clearly pointing back to Isaiah 53:5, where He took our iniquities. This was something that Jesus
took upon Himself so that we could be freed from the grips of demonic spirits! Did Jesus take the
infirmities of the non- believers? Or was this meant for those who believe?

Notice that the demons did not automatically leave, but they were driven or cast out of the people.
Like healing, which is spoken of in both these passages, was not automatic manifested, nor is it in
the lives of believers today. If believers today automatically received the benefits to those works
that Jesus did for us, you would see people being completely healed the moment they accept Jesus.

Chapter 5
Deliverance is not meant for non-believers

In Colossians 2:13-15, we are told of the means by which Jesus paved the way for our deliverance:

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together
with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was
against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And
having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in
it."

Had Jesus not forgiven our sins, the principalities and powers spoken of here would not have been
spoiled (disarmed). The demonic kingdom, which works through demonic spirits, would have legal
grounds in our lives because of our sins.

Before you can effectively cast demons out of a person and rest assured that they will not return,
the legal grounds must first be removed. Jesus tells us clearly in Matthew 12:43-45 that if you
cast demons

out of a non-believer, who has not had his legal grounds removed, they are bound to return, each
wicked spirit bringing 7 more even worse evil spirits with it:

"When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and
findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is
come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other
spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man
is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."

As you can see, this warning applies to the non-believers, who are considered wicked and have not
receive atoning for their sins. The demonic spirits will still have the legal grounds in that
person's life, and can freely return as they please. In order for a deliverance to be successful
and bring lasting results, the person must be a believer. Casting demonic spirits out of
non-believers is only setting them up for an much worse disaster.

Jesus made it clear that deliverance is children's bread

In Mark 7:25-27, we find a woman who was a Gentile, and therefore outside of covenant with God, and
her daughter had an unclean spirit. Jesus referred to deliverance as children's bread and made it
clear that it is not proper to take what belongs to children (those in covenant with God) and cast
it before dogs (those outside covenant with God):

"...For it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs."

Chapter 6
The purpose of casting out demons... Removing legal grounds is not enough

A common question people have is, "Don't demons leave once their legal grounds have been removed?"
While it is possible for them to freely leave at that point, it is not always the case. I'd like to
point out that even while Jesus was here on earth, He was fully capable of forgiving the people's
sins, as Luke
5:20-24 shows us:

"And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. And the scribes
and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive
sins, but God alone? But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What
reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up
and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said
unto the sick of the  palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine
house."

Notice how Jesus even asked if it were easier to say "Thy sins be forgiven thee," or "Rise up and
walk." If demons left the moment their legal grounds were removed, why did Jesus go about rebuking
and casting them out? Don't you think Jesus would have went about telling those bound by the devil,
"Thy sins be forgiven thee"? Wouldn't that have been easier?

If demons left the moment their legal grounds were removed, there would be no need to go about
casting them out, and Jesus wouldn't have bothered casting them out either!

To cast a spirit out implies that the spirit is stubborn and is not interested in leaving on it's
own. To cast out is a forceful action against it's will. This is the way many demonic spirits are,
they are stubborn, and will hold on until somebody comes along and drives them out.

Let's say that you lived in an apartment and had a roommate, but one day you chose to have the
place to yourself, so you started paying the full rent for your apartment (so you have full legal
rights to live there alone), but where your problem lies is that your stubborn roommate (who no
longer has a legal right to live there) refuses to leave. The same principal applies in the
spiritual realm when dealing with demons. This is why Jesus gave us authority over demon spirits to
cast them out. If demons left on their own accord once their legal grounds are broken, there would
be no need to cast them out! But in Mark 16:17, after Jesus rose again, He made it clear that them
who believe will be casting out demons:

"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils."

In Mark 9:17-27, we find a situation where Jesus' disciples tried to cast an evil spirit out of a
young boy and were unsuccessful. In verse 29, Jesus explains that this particular kind of demon
(unusually stubborn or strong) takes prayer and fasting before you will be able to drive it out:

"And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting."

Prayer and fasting builds up your faith unusually strong, and in verse 20, Jesus made it clear that
it was faith that they lacked in this deliverance:

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."

Apparently, forgiving this young boy's sins (removing the legal grounds) wasn't enough to drive the
demon out, and Jesus said they lacked faith that was needed to cast it out. For Jesus to tell us
that this kind comes out by nothing, but prayer and fasting, tells us clearly that removing legal
grounds isn't going to solve the problem.

Authority is necessary to drive out evil spirits

Demonic spirits do not leave automatically when their legal grounds are removed, or else there
would be no need to have the authority to drive them out. Back in the OT, there was no such thing
as casting out demons because nobody had the authority to do so. But all that changed when Jesus
came on the scene, as Mark 1:27 shows us:

"And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves saying, What thing is
this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and
they do obey him."

If you take the word authority here and look it up in the NT Greek, we are given the word exousia
which is referring to a privilege to subjectively force. Jesus didn't politely ask the demons to
come out, He forced them because of His authority. Without that authority, there would be no
driving out evil spirits.

Chapter 7
The kind of people that Jesus was casting demons out of

I think it's also important to look at the kind of people that Jesus was casting demons out of.
There were many people coming to Him for healings and deliverances, they believed that He could
help them, therefore it could be argued that they were believers. Another common scene is when
Jesus was preaching in the synagogues, and demons would manifest and He would cast them out of
people right there in the congregation. Mark 1:39 makes this very clear:

"And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils."

The people in the synagogues were either hypocrites or sincere children of God. Can you show me
just one example of Jesus casting an unclean spirit out of a hypocrite such as the Pharisees? Jesus
said Himself that deliverance was children's bread, and therefore not fit to cast before dogs!

A great example of a true believer and church going woman who was set free from an evil spirit is
the daughter of Abraham that we find in Luke 13:10-17:

"And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which
had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up
herself.
And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the
sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them
therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said,
Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and
lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath
bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said
these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious
things that were done by  him."

Let's back up and take a look at the setting here; she was a church going woman who was in the
congregation listening to Jesus preach, and while He was preaching He noticed her and stopped
everything He was doing so He could set her free:

"And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God."
(v. 12-13)

Now are you going to honestly try to tell me that this woman with this condition was a hypocrite,
and she went to church just to look good before others? This woman was severely handicapped, and
made a regular effort to attend church, even though it would have been much easier for her to stay
home! It costed her a lot of hassle to make it to church each Sabbath! Furthermore, have you ever
seen Jesus cast a demon out of a hypocrite such as the Pharisees? No, instead He went around
rebuking them for their hearts were not right before God!

After Jesus healed her, He then referred to this woman in a tone of honor as a daughter of Abraham,
which was something He had never done to a non-believer:

"And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen
years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" (v. 16)

The first thing people try to claim after I point out that she was a daughter of Abraham, is that
she was a mere physical Jew. This is simply not true. Let's examine what the requirements are to be
considered a child of Abraham:

John 8:39, "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye
were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham."

Looking at the context of this verse, it is clear that Jesus was speaking to non-believing physical
Jews. He made it clear that they were not true children of Abraham, yet they had full physical
blood-line rights to consider themselves Abraham's children!

What does it mean to do the works of Abraham? What works was Abraham known for? The answer can be
found in Romans 4:3:

"For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for
righteousness."

It is also impossible to believe in God, and reject Jesus, because God prophesied about and
testifies that Jesus is indeed His son, and whosoever believes upon Him will have everlasting life.
In other words, he who does as Abraham is a believer in Jesus Christ.

Another argument that is very common, is that people were unable to be saved before Jesus died and
rose again. But as Luke 19:9 shows us, salvation was quite possible while Jesus was here on earth:

"And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house forsomuch as he also is a son of
Abraham."

Romans 2:28-29 also makes it clear what the requirements for a true child of Abraham are:

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the
flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the
spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."

As we look at these passages, it becomes very evident that a true child of Abraham is not a
physical Jew, but a spiritual Jew. The daughter of Abraham was a true child of God who was crippled
by a demonic spirit.

What is the point in casting out demons, if they leave automatically?

If Christians could not have demons, then there would have to be an automatic shedding of them at
the time of salvation (I call it the auto-shed theory). If the spirits were automatically shed at
the time of salvation, there would be no real point in casting them out. What is the point of
trying to battle demonic spirits in a person and command them to come out, if all you had to do was
get the person saved? If you ask me, if people aren't willing to accept Jesus as their Lord and
savior, I don't think you're wise to go around casting them out at all. As you could see earlier,
deliverance is not geared for unbelievers, and would only be setting them up for a much worse
condition later on. If Christians couldn't have demons, there would be no real need for casting out
demon spirits, but in Mark 16:14-17, it is clear that this ministry was meant to continue long
after Jesus died and rose again:

"Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief
and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he
said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils..."

Chapter 8
There has always been a great need for this ministry

Another common myth that is going around is that it's rare for a person to have a demon and need it
cast out of them. Many people go through life with demons, and try to ease the symptoms through
much counseling, medications, etc. only to find some relief from their problems. When somebody who
approached Jesus that had a demon, Jesus set them free from it and they were made whole again.
Rarely do you find today's pastors solving the problems that Jesus was solving on a regular bases
in His ministry, and He said that we will not only do the work that He did, but even greater!

According to the Bible, it was very common to find people who had demons and received deliverance.
Jesus was known to cast out many demons during His three years of public ministry. Deliverances
were quite popular in not only Jesus' day, but also the early church. Even if Jesus delivered one
person for every two people He healed, that's an awfully high number of deliverances. For that
matter, many healings Jesus did were actually clearly known as deliverances! Therefore it should
come as no surprise to find Jesus casting demons out of many people in one sitting, as we can see
in Matthew 8:16:

"When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast
out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick."

If you look up the NT Greek translation for the word many, it gives us a clear indication that this
was far more than just a handful of people; this was a large amount of people according to the
Greek. The Greek word for many here is polus polos and means a large amount or plenteous. The same
Greek word  behind this verse was also used to describe the number of demons in the man with the
legion, which when properly translated in NT Greek, stood for nearly 7,000 demons!

As Mark 6:13 tells us, Jesus disciples were also very active in casting out unclean spirits as
well:

"And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them."

Notice that it is not uncommon to find multiple deliverances mentioned in the same verses as
multiple healings. Both divine healings and deliverances were very common in the NT. There were
many recordings of deliverance, just as there were many cases of healing. I believe there is a good
reason that our Bible speaks so much of this one subject; it's a very common problem that we
shouldn't be overlooking.

In Mark 16:15-17, Jesus even felt that casting out demons was worthy to be considered a sign that
will follow them who believe. Notice that this wasn't speaking of pastors or evangelists, but
everyday believers:

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these
signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with
new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

Those who are experienced in this ministry usually don't even want to advertise their ministry
because they are backed up for months with appointments to minister deliverance to those who are in
need.
This ministry is never boring or lacks referrals.

Chapter 9
It is not God's will for His people to be troubled by demons

A lot of Christians get demonic vexation (oppression, harassment, torment and troubling by evil
spirits) and spiritual warfare confused. Many of God's children live their lives being troubled by
evil spirits simply because they think it's normal and consider it spiritual warfare. I have news
for you, I see people

break free from what most people live their lives battling with, because they recognized the vital
difference and sought the help they needed to break free!

Contrary to what many believe, oppression is not normal and to be expected in a believer's life. It
is certainly possible for a believer to be troubled by demons, but as Acts 10:38 tells us, Jesus
made it clear that God's will was not for His people to be oppressed, harassed or troubled by evil
spirits:

"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good,
and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

The term healing here actually includes casting out demons according to the NT Greek. It means to
be made whole. Luke 8:2 shows us that Mary Magdalene was one of those that were healed from demon
spirits:

"And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene,
out of whom went seven devils."

Mary Magdalene was made whole because Jesus cast seven demonic spirits out of her.

Spiritual warfare is often blamed for many cases of oppression. Spiritual warfare includes three
basic elements that we need to be on guard for and war against. The problem is, those three areas
are very limited and does not begin to explain the harassment that many believers face with evil
spirits. The three basic elements of spiritual warfare include:

- Temptation: This is where the enemy is known for tempting God's people, and trying to cause them
to sin. The more we grow in our relationship with the Lord, the less this remains a problem in our
lives.

- Accusations: This is where the devil will try to beat a person down through accusations that he
throws at them. He tries to constantly beat them down because of their past. The way to overcome
this is to learn that your sins, once repented of, we forgiven and no longer to be dwelt upon. They
have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb, and continuing to think about our pasts is giving
the devil the ability to beat you down spiritually, causing you to feel guilty and worthless before
God. If you allow this to continue, eventually a stronghold will form in your mind that will need
to be torn down later on if you want to experience freedom and feel clean again.

- Deception: This is where the enemy tries to deceive a person by planting thoughts in their minds.
The enemy is known as the deceiver. If he can get you to believe his lies, you will feel the
effects and be dragged down by those lies. I often see the enemy trying to deceive people into
believing there is no hope for them, or that God is angry with them (even after they turned from
their sin and repented of it). It is not uncommon for a person to have a hard time accepting the
fact that they are forgiven, because the enemy has been constantly telling them that they messed up
too much to be forgiven or that God doesn't love them anymore. If a person allows themselves to
feed on the lies the devil feeds them, strongholds can form. Strongholds are incorrect thinking
patterns, such as seeing God as a distant cold taskmaster, which makes it hard for a person to draw
near to Him and have a close living relationship with Him as long as they see Him that way.

Physical warfare is when you are guarding yourself against the bullets of the enemy, and sending
bullets against your opponent. Spiritual warfare resembles physical warfare in that you are
guarding yourself against the fiery darts of the evil one, and tearing down his strongholds that
have formed in your mind. In physical warfare there are prisoners of war (POW), where a person it
captured and the enemy gains the ability to torment, harass or even kill the person. In the
spiritual realm, if a person falls into temptations and takes the bait of Satan, he or she can fall
into the enemy's hands in one or more areas of their lives. The enemy then has the ability to
harass or torment the person. In Ephesians 4:26-27, Paul tells us not to give place to the devil
through sin, and in 2 Corinthians 2:10-11, we are told not to hold unforgiveness in our hearts,
lest Satan gain an advantage of us:

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."

We can expect to be thrown temptations, deceptions and accusations, but if they find themselves
being troubled, harassed or oppressed by the enemy, then it's time to step back and figure out what
is going out and seek the help they need to break free.

It is true that spiritual warfare can bring a certain amount of torment if the person falls into
the devil's trap and takes his bait, however, spiritual warfare by no means explains the things I
often see God's people being tormented with by demonic spirits. There is no excuse for a believer
to have to live with demonic oppression or harassment from evil spirits.

Chapter 10
The ministry of deliverance didn't end when Jesus' ministry was over

John 20:21 makes it clear that we are sent fourth into the world just as Jesus was sent fourth:

"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

Jesus demonstrated the casting out of demonic spirits so that today we can follow in His steps and
do the works that He did, as John 14:12 tells us:

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

What was one of the single most popular works that Jesus did? Casting out demons! Casting out
demons was one of the signs that followed Jesus around, and in Mark 16:15,17, He said that them who
believe will also have that sign following them around as well:

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature... And
these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils."

As we can see in Acts 8:6-7, the early church continued to cast out demonic spirits:

"And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing
the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were
possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed."

As we can see the early church was still very active in this ministry. We ought to be following
suite today
as well and continue the ministry that Jesus has bestowed upon us.