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Exorcism & Deliverance
Fervent Prayer over inferior evil powers
Exorcism and Deliverance!
There is an ongoing spiritual battle all about us not readily detected with the natural eye! There are many seen and unseen dangerous forces about us to derail us from the "straight and narrow path" that leads to the LORD! Spiritual warfare is part of the everyday lifestyle of a Christian! All believers are faced at some time with tests and trials! The "broad road" leads to destruction!
The Word of God is quite clear that we either follow GOD or we follow satan. There are times when the battle can really get quite intense! The malicious activities of satan and his imps operate under GOD's Sovereign and Supreme authority. Meaning that they are inferior to God's POWER and exists to undermine the Lord's authority and deceive believers....Always keep in mind that satan is the father of lies! GOD is The SPIRIT of TRUTH and satan seeks to tempt believers in any way he can...
Through JESUS CHRIST and HIS HOLY SPIRIT as believers we who put our FAITH & TRUST in THE LORD CAN overcome! Once you have been ensnared there is a way out! There is none greater than the LORD! GOD is able! Deliverance is possible it yields Freedom! With the Lord by our side we can overcome the many challenges that are so often placed in our path to hinder us! In HIM is VICTORY!
Each day we are encouraged to adorn ourselves in the spiritual armor of the Lord to protect us! We can "be strong in the Lord and the power of His might..." Ephesians 6.
Today in this 21st century it is quite evident that there are a significant amount of diabolical demoniac influences and activities that persists throughout the universe. There are stories contained within the Scriptures that show evidence of those tormented by the persistent presence of demons. When satan rebelled against God there was a host of fallen angels that were in agreement with him. They were cast into outer darkness away from heaven because of their rebelliousness.
We have come to know them as imps or evil spirits!
They continue to work furiously to abort or disrupt God's will from taking place in our lives! They do not want the works of the Spirit of The Lord to manifest in our lives! They live to cause confusion, torment, anxiety, depression, unfaithfulness, division, instill fear and want to literally in some cases drive one insane... This is so only for a season. In the end satan will not prevail...
Exorcism is not a subject that many want to readily discuss. There is much ongoing on in the spiritual arena where evil continues to suppress, override and attempt to possess human beings. It wants to hinder individuals from reaching their full potential that God has created them for! Sometimes an exorcism is needed in order to free the individual from the clutches of evil! An exorcism is a ritual or prayer that is done in order to inhibit or cast away evil. In Protestant - non denominational religions there is what is usually referred to as a “Deliverance Ministry.” The Catholic Church also continues to use the Rite of Exorcism. Both of them are sincere pleas to the Lord in behalf of the one shackled or suppressed by evil. During this time the on oppressed or possessed will experience “Fervent Prayer” rituals!
First let me say that there is NO power or authority that is greater than the LORD! HE IS OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT & OMNISCIENT! The Scriptures tells us; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, the Word was GOD, HE was with God in the beginning. Through Him ALL things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the LIGHT of men. The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it…” John 1. JESUS IS the WORD made flesh; He was fully man and fully God! HE IS DIVINE! What is so amazing He never ceased to be God! He LOVES us so that He disciplined Himself in the flesh and lived a sinless life on earth in the flesh to be our only PERFECT example! This is why we CAN ALWAYS turn to HIM in our hour of need... HIS HOLY SPIRIT is available to ALL who ACCEPT HIM in their heart as LORD & SAVIOR! This world was spoken into existence through the Word! JESUS CHRIST is THE WORD!
The evil spirits under satan's rule want to subvert, corrupt and undermine any good and every part of God’s creation!
GOD IS LOVE! It is because of His love He designed a wonderful plan of salvation. Upon the profession of one’s Faith we are given the gift of His precious Holy Spirit! The evil wants to destroy or divide anything that is of God in a futile attempt to undermine His Sovereign Authority! As Christians we are in an ongoing spiritual battle against the evil principalities. One must learn to "STAND" on the WORD of GOD! We must depend on GOD'S STRENGTH that comes through HIS HOLY SPIRIT!
We must fervently pray in the “Name of Jesus!” In order to withstand these attacks, God has provided us with His spiritual armor! “Finally be strong in the LORD and in HIS mighty power. Put on the Full armor of GOD so that we can take a STAND against the devil’s scheme. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full of armor of GOD, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to STAND your ground, and after you have done everything to STAND…STAND FIRM” EPHESIANS 6
Spiritual warfare is real! This is not a fantasy, day dream nor is it a game! Being a Christian, a believer is not just a Sunday thing; it is meant to be a daily lifestyle. It is serious! This is why it is important to know that the battle is ongoing. There are two sides; GOD’s side and then there is satan. As believers we are automatically an enemy of satan. Therefore he constantly tries to find a multiplicity of ways to impede, divide and undermine our testimony and make us ineffective for God’s Kingdom! he seeks to destroy the family of GOD! Our strength resides in the Lord! The Lord has given us His spiritual armor for protection! We as God’s children are targets for spiritual warfare. God has given us power over the demons! "Then He called the twelve (12) disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick…” Luke 1. PRAISE GOD!
There are certain things that renders one vulnerable and susceptible to satanic attacks. The occult is not of God. Casting spells, contacting the dead, satanic worship, horoscopes, voodoo, witchcraft, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, depression, oppression, sexual abuse and pornography are few of the many vises that can become portals that allow one to be open to evil as well as living a Spirit led life.
We who are believers are children of God! We daily grow stronger in the Lord as we study and apply His Word to our lives and "Walk in the Light!” We can speak forth boldly the Word of God as we grow stronger spiritually! Jesus Himself was a threat to satan and his imps while on earth! Pray for DISCERNMENT! REMEMBER! Jesus was THE WORD wrapped in sinless flesh! JESUS overcame sin in the flesh for us! On the cross He took on the sins of the world! By doing so He took back satan's power over mankind and thwarted his plans... in the end satan does not win... THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS! This is why satan tries to desparately get others not to believe nor know THE WORD of GOD! He knows that this is how they can become empowered!
We too can also invade the darkness by casting Light through the Word of God on evil! It only takes a little LIGHT to dispel darkness! This is why we PROCLAIM THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL! It is important to NOT compromise HIS WORD in order to be accepted! Remember JESUS was rejected by the very ones He came to help! There are times when it is necessary to fervently "Pray” and intercede for someone who is bound and needs to experience an “Exorcism or Deliverance” when they are under spiritual attack. The Word says; “Be self-controlled and alert! Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the FAITH, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings…” I Peter 5.
“Deliverance” through ministry, prayer, via counseling, evangelism or exorcism becomes necessary to deliver one from the evil that has them bound. There are various debates about exorcism and how it is to be performed or carried out. Please if you will, suspend the visual episodes from your mind that are so often displayed on television. Where there usually is a graphic depiction of extreme theatrical antics…..
Prayer is Essential!!!
It is to the Lord we
pray and petition in Jesus Name and ask “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy WILL be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the Power and the GLORY, forever and ever. Amen!” This is a model prayer Jesus taught His disciples. This is a guideline.... Sincere heartfelt prayer is necessary that yields results and touches the heart of GOD! Along with this prayer comes additional consecrated, contemplated inspired prayers of intercession… Earnestly and fervently praying and meditating on the Word of God is crucial when seeking deliverance! Silent fervent prayer is powerful as well for inviting the presence and protection of the Lord! Remember God knows our thoughts… “Be Still and KNOW that I AM God !”
Possible things to expect when interceding for someone’s “Deliverance”
When praying for one’s deliverance strong physical strength may be displayed by the one being prayed for, contortions of the face or body, or noises or unexpected phenomenon… One must not become fearful! One must be diligently, centered and focused on the Lord and His Omnipotent Power while praying! Anyone in attendance should be on one accord and steadfast in fervent prayer as well. This prayer vigil is designed to request the infilling presence of the Lord's Holy Spirit to dispel the presence of evil that has gained a stronghold on the person being prayed for. This should be done somewhat discreetly and it is not meant to be in anyway a sideshow… Praise, Prayer and Worship go hand in hand during deliverance! This should be done decently and in order! “For God is not the Author of confusion but of PEACE, as in ALL the churches of the saints.” I Corinthians 14. There is NO power or force stronger than the Lord! The battle is not our its the LORD! We who are standing, stand in the gap to beseech the Lord through prayer and petitions to intercede on behalf of the individual!
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with TRUTH, having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the GOSPEL of PEACE; above all take the shield of FAITH with which you will be able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one. Take on the helmet of SALVATION and the SWORD of the SPIRIT which is the WORD OF GOD praying always with all prayer and supplication in the SPIRIT being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” Ephesians 6.
Faith & Focus
Here are a few miracles in Scripture to ponder and help strengthen your Faith “Faith is the substance of the things Hope for the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11. "Then the seventy returned with JOY, saying. "Lord even the demons are subject to us in Your Name. And He said to them, "I saw satan fall like lightning from Heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather REJOICE because your name is written in Heaven..." Luke 10.
“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And moon in the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the revenge upon their enemies” The Sun stood still in the sky for a whole day as Joshua prayed while in battle! Joshua 10.
“They brought to Him one who was demon-possessed, blind and mute, and He healed Him so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. All the multitude was amazed…” Matthew 12.
“Lord have mercy on me my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to your disciples but they could not cure him…” Because of their unbelief they were not able to cast out the demon. “However this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17.
“Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly one of those who were with Jesus, stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I will pray to my Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve (12) legions of angels? Matthew 26. Jesus restores this man’s ear and heals him… Luke 23.
“Lord if You would had been here, my brother would have not died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God He will give to You… “Father, I thank You that You have always heard Me. And I know that you will always hear Me, but because of these people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe You sent me.” Jesus calls out, “Lazarus come forth ” Lazarus comes from the grave with his graveclothes on and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said: “Loose him and let him go.” Jesus raised him for the dead! Lazarus had been dead in the grave for 3 days! John 11.
The Power of the Lord is mighty! "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into HIS kingdom of the Son of His Love, In who we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by HIM ALL things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. ALL things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before All things, and in Him All things consists. And HE is the HEAD of the body, the Church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in ALL things HE may have the PREEMINENCE." Colossians 1.
The above passages of scripture are great to meditate on while under a spiritual attack! From them one can gain spiritual insight and encouragement!
I would like to especially Thank Itakins for suggesting we work together through FAITH ~ Protestant & Catholic ~ unity on the complex subject of EXORCISM & DELIVERANCE! satan-Exorcism-A Catholic Perspective This is a very compeling and spirit filled hub as she states:
Clearly Christ gave authority to all Christians to cast out demons –in His name. Faithful Christians, of all denominations recite the deliverance prayer, handed down by Christ –‘The Lord’s Prayer’-on a daily basis."
To GOD Be The GLORY!