How To Get Demons Out
The Person Needing Deliverance
There is only one way to deal with demons and that is the Bible's way - the only hope we have is the victory Jesus won for us.
THE PERSON NEEDING DELIVERANCE. Must have confidence in the power of Jesus. Faith comes by God's Word. We're to encourage all to believe what the Lord can do - no demon is too strong for Jesus - so show them from the Bible examples of God's mighty deliverance. Don't tell people how difficult it is to be free, the demons will have already told them that; don't be like others who feel it's their task in life to persuade people that they're not saved!
b. Must have confidence in you. The demons know if you're operating in faith. If the person being ministered to won't accept your ministry, it s a waste of time to continue. Co-operation is important.
c. Must be honest. They must be honest with themselves, with God and with those ministering. Demons thrive in darkness. Pride or fear often keeps people from being open, but the Lord knows all about us. Many fear disgrace and being thought of as terrible, and also fear that their problem will become widely known.
You must give assurance that their problems are by no means unique, and anyway that what they have shared will be kept in strictest confidence. The Lord can and does indeed give revelation through a word of knowledge, but a person who says "If the Lord wants you to know, he'll tell you himself" is avoiding the issue. Why should the Lord disclose it when the person could? Very often it is sexual sins that people are fearful of sharing, but that is to fall into Satan's trap - he knows that confession is part of the answer, and he tries to deter us from it, (Ps 32:5)
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord" - and you forgave the guilt of my sin; (Ps 139:23-24) Search me, 0 God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting; (Prov 28:13) He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Sometimes a person will need encouragement to confess, and reassurance afterwards.
d. Humility. A recognition of our dependence upon the Lord and his grace is vital, ( James 4:6-7)"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourself, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you, and this will show itself in the response of the person needing help to those who seek to minister.
e. Repentance. Since it's nearly always sin that has opened the door to demons, repentance - being determined to turn away from sin - is necessary to close it again. This is vital for certain demons - of violence, hatred, sexual sins and occult practices.The person seeking freedom must come out of agreement with those activities and thoughts. At times it will be necessary to show why something is wrong, and also to explain the nature of repentance, that it is an act of the will, a determination to walk God's way.You must make it clear that we are not ruled by emotions or pressures, that God has given us the ability to choose.
f. Renunciation. Renunciation is what is said and done as an evidence of repentance.To speak out and say 'I renounce' this or that activity can be a trigger in deliverance.Some have great difficulty in saying it - they have a physical struggle to do so.A person can be hesitant and even confused as to whether they really do want to stop doing a certain thing, and it is renouncing it that breaks the bondage. Actions evidencing repentance are the destroying of books, emblems, charms or drugs, ( Matt 3:7-8)But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptising, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath ? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance; ( Acts 19:18-19)Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.A number who had practised sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.
g. Forgiveness, It is always good to emphasise the need to forgive; ask if there are any who have caused hurt and ask about the willingness to forgive, explaining that it's an act of the will, like repentance.Get them to say that they forgive, and name the person in a prayer; often it is good to lead the person in prayer. ( Matt 6:14-15)For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you yours.
h. Prayer. Encourage the person to ask God to set them free, before you actually get down to the deliverance itself, ( Joel 2:32)And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls; (Ps 145:19)He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.#THOSE MINISTERING) Recognise the authority we have in the name of Jesus.All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus, and he ministers it through us, ( Matt 28:18)Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me; ( Mark 16:17)And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons It's a serious business, but don't get too intense.It's good to operate in teams or as couples.It is good for the person receiving deliverance to know what you intend to do, and also what to expect.
b) Prayer is directed towards God, warfare towards the enemy. Identify the spirits and command them to leave in the name of Jesus, speaking directly to them. Our weapons are the blood of Jesus and the word of God, (Eph 6:17)Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ( James 4:7)Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you; ( Rev l2:11)They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.DEMONS GENERALLY LEAVE BY THE MOUTHThe Greek word 'pneuma' means spirit, breath and wind (it is translated wind in John 3:8), as does the Hebrew word 'ruach', so it is not surprising that demons should leave by the mouth.At one point the demon will be inside, and then it will leave - that's what we're aiming at, the expulsion of the spirits.Sometimes those seeking deliverance can help in the process of expulsion, and should be encouraged to do so; on many occasions no such encouragement will be needed - the person may be gasping, choking, yawning, belching, sighing, screaming, whining, whimpering, retching or sobbing.
At times when such manifestations are not forthcoming, a positive action of expelling will help, such as breathing out or coughing.You have to balance the encouragement you give people to do this with the criticism that will come that this is just auto-suggestion.Of course we are concerned not to let the ministry of deliverance fall into disrepute by unwise actions, but whatever you do Satan will seek to ridicule and cause criticism. Since the important thing is to get the person in need free, it's sometimes necessary to risk criticism to help the afflicted.KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN As you minister, watch what takes place. At times you will see the reaction of demons in the expression on the person's face, or in the movements of the body.
The person may be aware of the reaction - it may be violent - but not always.
Demons will try to remain undetected, but the power and authority of theHoly Spirit will force them out into the open.it is good to ask people if they can feel anything while being ministered to, because physical reaction becomes something tangible, showing that they are getting to grips with the enemy.So it can be an encouragement to their faith and confidence.Make the point that the reason the demon reacts is because it is having to yield.
When you first start to minister, Satan will try to put you off, frighten you, bring you into criticism or ridicule, or simply try to make nothing happen.If you pray for people while others who are sceptical are present, it may be that nothing happens.Their unbelief doesn't help, and the enemy doesn't want them enlightened. Jesus sometimes asked people to leave when he was about to minister, because he did not want to operate in an atmosphere of unbelief, (Mark 5:39-43') He went in and said to them,'"Why all this commotion and wailing?'The child is not dead but asleep."'But they laughed at him.'After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.'He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!")'Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old).'At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.INDIVIDUAL TECHNIQUES As in many other ministries, people develop their own way of operating. As long as it is in line with scripture that's fine, but don't let people tell you that their way is the proper way with a whole list of rules and techniques. Some people have strange ideas about deliverance; e.g. the person must kneel, make the sign of the cross, take bread and wine before, or apply oil afterwards.
We must beware of superstitions.NORMAL PROCEDURE
- Encourage the person seeking deliverance to relax.
- Ask about the problems or the need.
- Say something about what deliverance is, and the victory being ours only through Jesus. Be wise and don't frighten the person.
- Satisfy yourself that the person is saved, if not lead them in a prayer for salvation, If not sure, do it anyway.
- Encourage the person to talk about himself/herself (demons often give themselves away by boasting), putting in a question from time-to-time if you need to (ask about trauma, childhood fears etc).
- Write down what you will probably have to deal with.
- Mention the requirements for getting free.
- Explain what you are going to do in a positive fashion, making it not too lengthy or complicated.
- Encourage the person to pray.
- Bind demons outside if necessary (the demons in the person may be drawing strength from objects in the room).
- Begin to speak directly to the demons, commanding them to go in the name of Jesus. Be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Laying on hands at times can help. You don't need to shout. At times there is a boldness that is more impassioned that comes from an anointing. From time-to-time give encouragement. Even if a spirit manifests strongly and begins to talk, the person generally can still hear you and co-operate with you. Since the aim is to get the demons out as quickly as possible, don't get taken up with their antics. And don't be intimidated by them either, should they threaten you; "I'll get you, I know your secret" or "I'll get your family".DO'S AND DONT'S FOR DELIVERANCE MINISTERS
- Don't use pat answers: "I know just how you feel", "Just trust in the Lord" or "Just give it all to Jesus".
- Don't think you must have an instant answer for everything. If you don't have an answer, don't make one up. It's all right to say you don't know, but try to find out.3. Don't feel responsible to cast out every demon you can in one session. The person can only keep out so many demons. They must battle to keep whatever ground they have gained.
- Don't wear yourself out, or the person being ministered to. Limit personal sessions to about two hours.
- Don't become a permanent crutch. Teach the person to stand in their own faith, practice self-deliverance and to discipline their life.
- Don't give advice contrary to scripture.
- Don't advise a person to presume on God e.g. to throw away his medications. Let him proceed at the level of his own faith.
- Don't discuss the person's case with others without their permission.
- Don't minister alone in private with someone of the opposite sex. In every situation do your best to have another person with you. Jesus sent out his disciples two by two.
- Do be very careful about physical contact.
- Don't be sloppy; in the way you counsel, personal appearance, body odour, bad breath.
- Don't minister when tired: be rested.
- Don't think you can't fail, (1 Cor 10:12) So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!. Don't be filled up with pride, ( 1 Tim 3:6) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgement as the devil.
- Don't interrogate demons. Develop the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially discerning of spirits and the word of knowledge.
- Don't resort to fleshly methods.
The same sorts of demons tend to manifest in the same way; but this is a guide not a rule, for they are deceivers. Often the manifestations will give you an idea of what demons you are dealing with. In the USA, Germany and Spain we have seen the same manifestations in people who know nothing of deliverance. Some of the manifestations that are often seen effect the eyes, tongue, hands, feet and legs. The following list may prove helpful but should be taken as a guide only.
Mocking laugh - witchcraft - Cramped hands and fingers - lust - Pins and needles inhands - masturbation - Sensations in upper legs - adultery - Deathly look - death- Buzzing in head - occult etc.
Often the expression on the person's face will remind you of something, and give a clue as to the spirit there. Generally you can take it that when the manifestation is finished, the demon is out. At times it needs perseverance. If there seems to be a b lockage, take a break - talk to the person, and look for something that is stopping the person getting free.BLOCKS TO DELIVERANCE
Unforgiveness, involvement in the occult, involvement in cults, abortion, unconfessed adultery, various idols, non co-operation, resentment, fear, rebellion.
Know when to stop. We give the lead, not the demons, so don't be pressurised into going on when you feel you should stop. Counsel and advise afterwards.