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What is Deliverance Ministry?
Deliverance ministry is what Jesus commanded his disciples to do in Luke 9: To drive out demonic spirits.
All human beings experience struggles in their spiritual, emotional and physical health. Throughout scripture we see these struggles connected to toxic spiritual roots with demonic influence. – Jesus himself used his authority to drive out demonic spirits from afflicted individuals and bring freedom, and commanded his disciples to do the same.
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:1-2
Is Deliverance ministry biblical? Where can I find it referenced in the Bible?
Yes. When Jesus walked the earth, His ministry included teaching, healing, and driving out demons. Jesus said “that one of the signs to follow believers was that they would cast out demons”
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well. After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:17-19
Jesus himself said “but if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” – Matthew 12:28
Does everyone need Deliverance ministry?
We believe yes, all Christians would benefit from Deliverance Ministry. Why? If you’ve never been through the process of cleansing your soul after salvation, there are going to be areas of spiritual oppression and generational bondage that you need to be set free from. Deliverance ministry was and is, an intricate part of healing and restoration. They go hand in hand!
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Matt 10:8
How do I know if I need Deliverance?
If you are experiencing continual bondage, oppression, or illness in your life without resolution (fear, depression, addiction, infirmities, anger, broken relationships, financial crisis, repeated loss or accidents – just to name a few) , it’s usually a strong indication that it is spiritually rooted and deliverance ministry would be beneficial.
Some say Deliverance was only for the time of Jesus to demonstrate his power – how do we know it’s for the church today?
Our experience is that believers still struggle with bondage and oppression today. These struggles were not just in biblical times. The Enemy is still actively attacking Christians – leading us to wrestle with spiritual strongholds that need spiritual solutions.
“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons…” Mark 16:17
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
“They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” Mark 6:12-13
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Luke 10:17
What are the benefits of receiving deliverance ministry?
- Physical Healing through deliverance – unclean spirits, spirit of infirmity, many other spiritual roots have physical manifestations
- Freedom from toxic emotions and bondage that doesn’t seem to have any natural solutions
- Renewal of the mind – freedom from spirits afflicting the mind
- Restored Hope
- Renewed spirit – deeper connection with The Lord and increased access to your spiritual gifts
- Breakthrough in life circumstances and breaking generational patterns
- Restored relationships with God, yourself and others
Can a Christian have a demon?
Yes. There is no scripture that states Christians cannot have demonic oppression in their soul and no scripture that states demons will automatically leave at the time someone receives salvation. No scripture states Christians are automatically exempt from consequences of what happened to them before they became believers or exempted from the effects generational sins and iniquities passed down through ancestors.
It would be naive to assume that being born again means we would never again be subject to demonic pressure, seduction, sin, spiritual attacks, and torment.
In fact, the ministry of Philip in Samaria suggests the opposite. Acts 8:5-13
If demons left automatically when people believed (were born again) why would Philip have spent time and energy driving them out?
Again, there are no scriptures suggesting, or assuming that freedom from demons comes about automatically.
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9
“But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons” – 1 Timothy 4:1
What is the difference between being possessed and oppressed?
- Possessed – unbelievers who have their spirit possessed or “owned” by evil spirits that control their actions
- Oppressed – Christians who’s spirit man was sealed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation who experience bondage via open doors of sin. Oppression happens in our mind, will, and emotions and impacts our thoughts, words, actions, and relationships
We believe that at salvation you belong to God and spirit is sealed; you cannot be possessed (owned) by demonic spirits., ,
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30
How do I choose a trusted/reputable, biblically based Deliverance ministry?
They provide teaching:
- Their teaching is supported by biblical truth
- They explain what you are experiencing and how to get free
- You gain biblical tools to stay free
- You grow in understanding of your spiritual authority
Years of experience
- The call to deliverance ministry is a set of skills developed over time with years of training, practice, and work alongside or study from other skilled leaders in deliverance.
Fruit of the ministry
- Evidence of people healed, delivered, set free, restored.
Ministry Model is based on the teachings of Jesus and doesn’t include modern modalities
- Doesn’t include things Jesus did not do: holding objects with supposed power,guided imagery
- Lack of repentance/personal responsibility
- Not directly addressing demonic spirits and driving them out. (commanding them to go in Jesus’ name)
- Does not mix psychotherapy techniques/psychology with deliverance
Ministry operates from God’s Love for us… and not punishment/correction
Can I trust all Deliverance ministries?
No, not without biblical research. Why? Because not everything someone calls deliverance is actually biblical deliverance. Mixing new age modalities with biblical principles has become very common, and it’s up to the individual to research what they are doing, and determine if it lines up with scripture. A good question to ask, is “Did Jesus ever do this, did the disciples do this in the New Testament, and do we have authority for this…”
Are all Deliverance ministries the same?
No, they aren’t. Why?
- Every ministry has a different call as an organization, and utilizes their own ministry model and criteria.
- Some organizations offer a light/brief session that focuses on a single area to bring freedom.
- Some organizations focus on specific areas as a specialty (like trauma/PTSD, or bitterness/unforgiveness).
- There are other deliverance ministries similar to ours that focus on a variety of deep soul issues and address many spiritual roots – Derek Prince, John Eckhardt, Dr. Henry Wright (Be in Health)
What are the requirements to be a Deliverance minister?
Every ministry will have their own set of requirements and training to minister deliverance. At RLI we require that every team member has received deliverance ministry themselves prior to completing our training program.