The Ministry of Deliverance Is to Be Conveyed
from A Pastoral Manifesto on Deliverance,
teaching message contains elements of Practical Pastoring and may
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Text: Galatians 5:1,
has to do with breaking the bondage of habits and practices of the
past. In this series, we are dealing
with believers who are tormented or trapped by a yoke of
bondage and dont know how to deal with it.
verses call us to liberty, and the liberty that were brought
into, we can stand in. A believer can abide in the victory that
the Lord gives, so you dont need to spend your life wondering
if the assault of hell means that every time you come under attack,
youre going to need deliverance. Most of the time you need
to do spiritual warfare, and then you gain victory by the
power of the life of the Lord in you, and stand in the liberty by
which Christ has made us free.
to religious spirits
Book of Galatians might rightly be called a "handbook on deliverance."
In Galatians, the deliverance was from legalism and entanglement
of habits of the past. Bondage to religious spirits is not any different
than bondage to spirits of addiction or involvement in the occult.
Often when you encounter people who spout Scripture with a brazen
hardness, breeding condemnation without any love, you may be dealing
with a religious spirit.
spirits gain hold in the hearts of people who themselves are in
guilt and condemnation, and though they do love the Lord, they
have never found a place of real peace in Him.
for conveying the ministry of deliverance
- Minister with sound-minded,
- Minister with sensitivity
that doesnt breed fear
- Minister with humility
- Minister with patience
- Minister with authority
with sound-minded, scriptural teaching
the Bible directs us not to lay hands on people hastily (1
Timothy 5:22), its talking about responsibilities of spiritual
not ordain or commission people to ministry too quickly.
not be hasty about forming an affiliation or alliance
not be too quick to tell someone that what they need is deliverance.
This is the application we are dealing with here.
person must want deliverance. Sometimes people will recognize
bondage and say they want to be free, but the Holy Spirit in you
will tell you, that they really just want ministry, not release.
They want attention, love, or somebody to pray with them. Or what
they want is a temporary reprieve from the problem as they
are feeling it right now. They dont really want to change.
or flesh? Oftentimes the way bondage is registered is because
a person gives place through the exercise of disobedience in their
own flesh. Deliverance does not bypass the need for discipline
of the flesh. One of the great debates on the subject of deliverance
is whether bondage is demonic or because of disobedience. Probably
more bondage has to do with flesh than with spirit.
with sensitivity that doesnt breed fear
are not to jump in without discernment (2
Timothy 1:7). Many people have been frightened away from the ministry
of deliverancewhich in fact they neededbecause somebody
began doing spiritual warfare without first explaining it and encouraging
them to be receptive to what will be in their best interest. Deliverance
should not be ministered by pressure or without explanation, but
with sensitivity that doesnt breed fear.
ministry will create an understanding in people and they will want
to receive deliverance ministry. They shouldnt be afraid
of whats going to happen as they are ministered to because
of the way the ministry is conveyed.
are to minister as servants. Sometimes what a person knows to
minister is valid, what they want to minister is real,
and what they discern needs to be ministered to is accurate.
But the way its gone about is destructive, injurious and
insensitive. Often it is prompted by an unperceived identity
problem in the person ministering who needs to verify their
strength, perception, dynamism and discernment. Weve got authority
over the devil, but the summons of the Holy Spirit for us is to
come as a servant of Jesus. In the spirit of servanthood,
we come to wash their feet, not throw the basin of water in their
convey the idea that a Christian is demon-possessed. Even if
you perceive a person has spiritual torment of a demonic nature,
you need to help them understand that youre not talking about
demon-possession. Dont tell someone young in the Lord that
they need deliverance from a demon or it will frighten them into
people understand the nature of this bondage can be communicated
by the gentle analogy of dust on the furniture, rather than
an infestation of evil, although there are times when that is the
case. Most of the time, however, when you remove the dust,
there comes the beauty of what was intended to be. Another
sensitive and gracious way is to use the figure of a sunburn or
a "hell-burn." Just as you put soothing lotion on sunburn,
the Holy Spirit anointing can take away and heal the pain.
with humility, recognizing the vulnerability of those who
minister to self-deception, elitism or pride (Proverbs 16:18;
of the most powerful ways in which to minister is to speak from
the context of having shared the kinds of struggles the person
you are ministering to is struggling with, not from a chest-thumping
superior position. Although Jesus never sinned, the Bible says that
as the Great High Priest, He understands the bearing of our infirmities
because Hes experienced so many of lifes struggles.
We have a Lord Jesus who understands us, not by reason of having
participated in sin but having confronted it so much. That same
spirit needs to come through in the humility with which we minister
is a certain elitism that can so easily beset people.
Because of the ministry of deliverances cutting edge into
the frontal areas of the powers of darkness, the enemy would more
like to lure those called to this ministry into pride or self-indulgence.
A sense of pride removes the spirit of submission, and your identity
becomes your ministry, rather than your identity being in Jesus.
is the One who gives us ministry. It
is His power, His glory, His Person, not my knowledge of the Word
of God that makes me an effective minister of His life. A brilliant
mind can lecture the Word of God but when there is arrogance
with the delivery, it is simply passing out information to prove
how knowledgeable we are.
are to speak the truth in love and see that love, in the Spirit,
set people free. Rejoice in that,
let your identity be Jesus, not the fact that you have this authority
with patience and love
patiently and with love, not condescendingly
or with an air of judgment that is born of discernment (Romans 12:3-16).
a person in the Body is hurting, your discernment of their pain
isnt what they need. What they need is for you to stand
beside them and love them on through to freedom. Just as you
would be loving and supportive of a brother or sister in Christ
who was physically in prison, so if a person is chained by something
of the devil, there needs to be a gentleness in our hearts and a
compassion toward them (Hebrews 13:3).
not dealing as academicians on a truth; were dealing as people
who are physicians. You dont just make a diagnosis; you go
in and love the person through and nurse them to the place of
deliverance and victory.
with authority given by the Word
of God, sustained in the spirit of worship and exaltation
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
the realm of spiritual warfare, weve been endowed with authority,
and that authority only works when its applied (2 Corinthians
10:3-5). Principalities and high things that boast themselves against
God are not merely ideas. They are spawned in hell, advanced by
the powers of darkness, and so the call is to enter into warfare
and to draw on the resources given to us in Jesus Name.
in the spirit of worship in the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ
(Philippians 2:8-11) is that through Jesus death on Calvary
and the mightiness of His resurrection, God has given Him a Name
that is above every name, and at the Name of Jesus every knee
should bow. That authority has been given to us in Jesus
Namethat every principality and work of darkness has been
brought into submission to His kingdom, wherever that kingdom
advances and enters in. Wherever its ministered. Wherever
we are to minister it on the grounds of our having submitted
to His authority, humbled ourselves, and walk in worship before
Him. When you are in a deliverance situation where you need
to declare dominion of the Lord, declare it on the grounds of
His authority, not yours. There is a fairly widespread carelessness
that comes on people who forget to start with worship and praise
of Jesus before they take authority in His name.
the situation for which youre interceding, identify the
nature of the spirits that youre coming against in the invisible
realm, the demon works of hell that need to be overthrown, strongholds
that need to be cast down, and then when you get ready to pray,
start with praise. Start with worship. Glorify the name of
the Lord. Invoke His Name with worship. Living in that spirit of
understanding whenever youre given to do warfare will keep
you walking in appropriate humility and sustain authority.
anyway, it makes the devil mad when you praise Jesus.
otherwise noted, all scripture verses are from The Holy Bible,
New King James Version,
(Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.
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Encyclopedia of Deliverance: Finding Freedom Through Christ and
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Copyright © 2001 Jack W. Hayford,
The King's College and Seminary, Van Nuys, CA 91405