HEALING and DELIVERANCE. Peter Horrobin.
The following is a summary of teaching by Ellel Ministries, Ellel, Lancaster, England. http://www.ellel.org in two books entitled “Healing through Deliverance” by Peter Horrobin
What is healing and why do I need it?
Jesus came to save and to heal and to set the captives free. Mat ch 28. The great commission was to make disciples of all nations. It was reduced to 3 things – preach, heal and deliver – welcome, teach and heal. In order to do deliverance it is necessary to be able to discern the presence of evil spirits. The commission was not to make believers. Spiritual birth is the work of the Holy Spirit. Making Disciples is the work of Disciples. They are to teach people to obey the commands of Jesus. Jesus taught the Disciples to do what He had done. “Proclaim the Kingdom of God, teach them about the Kingdom, heal the sick and cast out demons.” Discipline means to bring order and discipline into the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit is a spirit of order. A disciple is one who is under authority. Each person has a personal destiny to be fulfilled. Discipleship frees a person to be the man or woman God wanted him or her to be. There is a spiritual law: “You reap what you sow.” Believers have free will to disobey the commands of God but will reap what they sow. God does not alter gravity. The tiniest change would make life on the planet impossible. Planes could not fly as they do. If a man ignores God’s moral law he eventually discovers the hard way that life is unbearable. Many end up in prison or on drugs. Outside of the 10 commandments it is like a minefield. If a man worships another god than God, the spirit behind the false god will exercise authority over him. Many within the Church suffer the consequences of breaking the spiritual laws. When a man and woman have sexual union God regards them as one flesh or unit. Man is at the interface of the spiritual and the physical. God’s spiritual laws are built into the Universe. The New Covenant. When God introduced it, God did not change. Man did not change. The consequences of sin did not change. The principle of sowing and reaping did not change. The only change was that Jesus became the remedy for sin.
Jesus exercised His authority over Satan and the Kingdom of darkness. Because Jesus had never sinned He had authority over Satan. All men were under the authority of Satan because of the sin of Adam. Jesus commanded the demons to depart. He told the Disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God and gave them authority to do so in His name. The Kingdom exercises the authority of the King. A young policeman has delegated authority over a much older person, because authority is delegated to him by the chief of police. He receives his authority from Parliament. Those under authority can exercise the authority of the one under whose authority they are. Jesus sent out the 12 and then 72 with His authority. He told them to rejoice that their names were written in Heaven. That was the basis of their authority. “You are seated with Christ in the Heavenly places” and therefore have authority. Not to minister deliverance can mean depriving some believers of God’s best for them. The Disciples were to run the race and get rid of everything, which was in the way. Paul both healed and delivered people as an integral part of his work. Jesus taught the disciples that they might become clean.
The body reflects the presence or absence of joy in the life of a believer. Isaiah ch 53. Isaiah saw sin and sickness being dealt with on the Cross. Both came through the Fall. In Malachi there is the promise of the Son of righteousness coming with healing on His wings. For those who choose to do the right thing in life there is a promise of healing by Jesus. A Kingdom means people. There cannot be a Kingdom without people. When a person resists temptation by the Devil he feels stronger. The waters of death could not hold Jesus any more than a cork can be kept under the water – unless it is held down. For the believer who is “in Christ” it means that he has died with Christ and is raised with Christ to eternal life. The Spirit of God flows into the human spirit and then there is a battle between the spirit and the flesh.
The word for saved and healed is the same word in Greek. Each person should find out what is the destiny for his life. People come for healing when there is something wrong in their life, which is out of order and which they cannot control.
God’s best plan was that each child should be conceived and born to a couple who are married and who know God. The parents will then bring the child up in the knowledge of God and ensure that the child is valued and nurtured into adulthood. Then the child will be yoked with another believer and the process continues. The reality is that this is not the normal. For most children their education begins in front of a television. By the time a child is ten years old he will have seen 100,000 killings on television. The spirit takes in what is ungodly. This is their diet for living. Children are encouraged to take part in fornication. As a result most people come to God in a mess with ungodly things, which have become part of their life. Those who are richly blessed tend to be self-righteous and tend not to come to God at all. Many children are physically and sexually abused.
There is joy when a man is released from prison. A man may be sick in his spirit, in his will, in his mind, in his emotions, in his body or may have a spirit of sickness (infirmity). Man is spirit and flesh, which comprises the soul – will, mind and emotions – and body.
The whole of life is worship. What a man does is an expression of who he is. Everything a man does is an expression of worship. When a man worships God, God indwells him by His Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit comes into the man – hence the command to be filled with the Holy Spirit – everything should be done to please God. When a man does things, which do not please God he is worshipping the Devil and Satan offers his evil spirit to inhabit man. Ungodly behaviour does not please God. The Proverbs are given to help a man make Godly choices. When a man sins he gives rights to Satan to enter his body. When a man is born again there is a need for cleansing.
The healing and deliverance ministry of Jesus. The Church is full of hurting people who say: “I am fine.” This statement hides hurts and deep needs. Jesus had perfect discernment of the lives of the people He met. Truth without compromise can seem to be confrontation. Neh ch 8 v 8. The people need to understand what the Word means. The purpose of the Word is to bring wholeness into the life of the people. “Deliver us from evil.” Some believers need deliverance from demonic control. Inner healing is a key part of Jesus’ teaching. There is a connection between the physical condition and the sinfulness of the man. “Confess your sins to one another.” Pride is a major barrier to the need to confess sins. There is a process of healing when this is done. When the real issues are dealt with the power of God can flow into the body. Un-confessed sin brings guilt and shame into the life of a man and this affects the physical body.
The woman at the well. Jesus asked her to bring her husband, because Jesus should not have talked to her without her husband being present. He was her spiritual covering. Her marriages had broken down and now she was not even living with a husband.
The woman caught in act of adultery. Jesus was a rabbi. The woman may have been abused as a child by men. A word of wisdom from Jesus. The one to cast the first stone would have been guilty of blasphemy as stating that he was without sin. The punishment for blasphemy was also to be stoned to death.
Peter was in need of inner healing for his denial of Jesus. Fear made Peter tell a lie. A lie is a defence against the consequences of being found out.
Can a believer be possessed by a demon? The words “having a demon” are translated in many Bibles as possessed by a demon. Possession means ownership. When a man is born again, he is owned by God.
When a man buys a book, he pays the price and receives the book. He owns it. The believer is bought by a price – the blood of Jesus. Jesus redeems a man from the pawnbroker (called Satan). It costs more to redeem than was received originally from the pawnbroker. The pawnbroker takes his interest on top of the price.
When a man buys a house he pays the price and receives a title to the house. He possesses it. However, the house might be affected by woodworm. If the woodworm is left alone the house will eventually collapse. It needs to be cleaned out. A person born again receives a new spirit but has the same soul – will, mind, emotions and body. They need to be cleaned up after conversion. Deliverance is cleaning out for believers. After conversion a house is under new ownership but still needs to be refurbished. 70% of people who respond to evangelists fall away in time, because they have never been cleaned up and made disciples. Jesus invites man to receive His Holy Spirit and get the whole mess cleaned up. It is false theology to believe that when a person becomes a believer he will have no problems. There may be an initial boost but then the hard work begins. “Jesus, take me as I am. I can come no other way.” Jesus does take people just as they are. When Jesus came to Earth Satan was still in residence. Jesus came into the mess. When the Israelites moved into Canaan the people of Canaan were still living there and God told them to wipe the out the people. The Israelites moved into the mess. So when a person becomes under God’s ownership he cannot be possessed in the sense of being owned but there may still be demonic activity in his life and this needs to be cleaned out by deliverance. Jesus comes into a man’s personal mess. He expects the Disciples to clean up the mess and to bring healing, restoration and deliverance where necessary into the life of the new believer to restore God’s hurting people. Disciples are to plunder the Kingdom of the enemy. Any demons present before conversion do not necessarily leave at conversion but they do not possess (own) the believer. They will continue to operate in the life of that person until cast out. They will limit the effectiveness of his Christian life and cause the maximum hassle and sickness to the new believer. Paul obviously had no problems with believers becoming demonised and as a result abandoning their faith.
1 Tim ch 4 v 1-5. He warned about doctrines of demons. Once demonic power has been given rights over a Church through the deceptive teachings of the leadership, that demonic power will remain long after the original leadership, which gave it access to the Church, has moved on. Believers can receive further demons through the practice of sin and other possible entry points.
A believer can receive further demons or new demons after conversion through the practise of sin and other possible entry points. The longer the period after conversion before deliverance takes place the harder it is to dislodge the demons. Sanctification is a life-long process. Some Christian leaders struggle with sexual sin because Jesus is Lord of part of their life but not Lord of their sexuality. The danger is that the person so enjoys the sin that he does not want to be set free. There is no verse, which states clearly that a new believer can have a demon but there are many verses, which assume that they can. Deliverance ministry is primarily for believers as part of the healing process. For a non-believer the demon will return with 7 other demons and his condition will be worse than before. Mat ch 12 v 43-45.
For effective healing there is a need for faith plus understanding. Jesus not only had faith but He understood matters. Without knowledge or understanding the people perish. Authority is the permission to use power. God gave Lucifer power and authority. When he was removed from Heaven he lost his authority. He retained his power. God created man with a soul and a body and a spirit – to know Him. The body is a wonderful machine but it needs a driver. The soul is the driver of the body. Part of the fruit of the spirit is the ability to say “No” to the soul. God gave man authority to rule over the World as a gift. When man rebelled against God and joined with Satan, the authority was taken by Satan from man. Mankind then came under Satan’s authority. Satan became the ruler of this World. Death of the spirit affected the soul and then the body experienced disease.
The first word of prophecy in Gen ch 3 v 15 was to Satan. One born of woman would come to crush Satan’s head and remove his authority. That means that He would destroy his authority. A person without a head has no authority. One day in the future Satan’s authority would be crushed by Jesus. In the meantime Satan would bruise the heel of man and cause a lot of damage to mankind but ultimately Jesus would take authority from Satan. God had an answer to the problem of the human race. The written Word was to give man understanding of the things of God despite man’s sin. If man walks within the Word of God he will find that God is his healer. Exodus ch 15 v 26 says that God is man’s healer but the promise is conditional on keeping the commands of God in their entirety. A man can live in safety within the Ten Commandments. They are liberating limits. The Commandments show a man his sin and the need for a saviour.
There is no casting out of demons in the Old Testament. Jesus alone had authority to set the captives free. The people were amazed at the way Jesus spoke with authority. The demons acknowledged that authority. “I know who you are.” The word used for ”salvation” is also used for “healing” and also for “deliverance.” Many who came to Jesus were in need of both deliverance and healing. Normally casting out a demon does not involve prayer but sometimes it needs prayer first – to ask God, if He would heal the person. It may be necessary to pray that the person would forgive the sin of the ancestors from whom the generational problem came. The spirit never goes unconscious. It is possible to speak to a person’s sprit, even if he is unconscious. The woman bound for 18 years. Something happened 19 years before. Jesus delivered her first and then He healed her. A person may be cursed as a result of sexual sin by his parents. There may be deliverance first and then healing afterwards. There may be an underlying issue, which is holding a person in physical pain. A person in captivity is captive to some person or power.
The Flesh comprises the soul and body. The soul is part of a man’s flesh life. The spirit and the soul are not the same thing. God has put together hundreds of mutually dependent and perfectly balanced organs to create the human body. The body has its own built-in defence system, which fights invading organisms. Cuts and bruises heal by themselves.
The soul. God has given each person a living soul. It is the dimension of the flesh life, which is eternal. The soul is not restricted to time. The spirit and soul reside within the body and make a person who he is. There are 3 parts to the soul – the mind, the emotions and the will. A dead spirit needs to be born again.
The mind is that part of the soul, which processes all incoming information through the physical senses. The mind thinks and provides a rational basis on which to make day-to-day decisions of life. The mind is not the brain. The brain is simply a large physical organ, which acts very much like a computer, storing much information and carrying out many routine functions, which control the body without the mind having to think about what needs to be done next. Most of the brain’s functional control of the body is involuntary – like the heart beating. God did not programme voluntary control of the beating of the heart into the computer. The mind can decide to store information in the brain for recall when it is needed. The ability to be creative is evidence that man is made in the image of God. Mental illness is when the mind and brain are dislocated so that there are no longer rational thought processes or sane behaviour. As the body can be sick, so can the mind. When a man calls for prayer it is man’s agenda rather than God’s agenda for that person. What does God have in mind for the person?
The emotions. These are the feelings, which a man experiences inside himself as a response to events, which are going on around him. These events may affect the body – like a noise or may affect the mind – a creative thought or may affect the will – a bad decision can lead to anguish and distress – or may affect the spirit. God created each man with emotions. Emotions may need to be healed just as much as the physical body. Being born again is an emotional experience. An inferiority complex is an emotional push from the past. Sources of emotional pain include abuse, memories, inferiority and the lack of relationship.
The will. This is the part with which a man makes decisions. If the flesh has not been crucified the will gets out of control. Control of the will is the key to controlling the flesh life. A weak will allows temptation to master a man. Healing for a sick will is possible but needs determination and obedience. If a man is sick in one area he will likely be affected in the other areas. A person who is physically sick in body may be emotionally sick as a result. One who is sick in spirit due to bitterness may become physically sick in body. A man can be sick in any one area due to the presence of an evil spirit.
Many sick people have lost hope. They have tried everything but without results. Healing is the restoration of God’s order to the spirit, soul and body. A man can be sick in various ways:
1. In the body.
2. In the mind. The mind is part of the soul. When the functioning of the mind is no longer under the ordered control of the person he is said to be mentally ill.
3. In the emotions. When a man is hurt in his emotions he can either express his hurt or repress it causing long-term damage to the emotions such as an inferiority complex.
4. In the will. This occurs if a person is too weak to resist the pressure people put on him or to overcome temptations. A weak-willed person lacks the ability and strength of character to make important decisions.
5. In the spirit. The spirit needs to be born again.
6. Through the presence of a demon or demons.
These 6 ways are not mutually exclusive. A person may be sick in more than one area.
After un-forgiveness of others, hidden and un-confessed sin is probably the greatest guardian of demonic power and sickness. One of the best deterrents against sin is the fact that someone already knows about a man’s weakness and it is no longer hidden in darkness.
ANGELS. When God created the Heavens He filled it with angelic beings. There are 4 kinds of angels.
1. Messenger angels. Gabriel is the chief. Gen ch 18 v 2. Angels warned Abraham about the destruction of Sodom.
2. Warrior angels. Michael is the chief angel.
3. Ministering angels. Heb ch 1 v 4.
4. Praise angels. Lucifer was the chief angel. He rebelled and wanted praise to be directed towards him. Lucifer had power and authority. When God ejected him from Heaven Michael removed from Lucifer his authority but Lucifer retained his power. Lucifer became known as Satan because he was an opponent of God. Angels fulfil various roles.
1. They always worship God. Mat ch 18 v 10. Rev ch 5 v 11-14.
2. They rejoice in the works of God. Job ch 38 v 7.
3. They have influence over the affairs of nations. Dan ch 10. ch 11 v 1 and ch 12 v 1.
4. They always execute God’s will. Psalm 103.20.
5. They watch over the interests of Churches. Rev chs 2 and 3.
6. They assist and protect believers. Heb ch 1 v 14 and 1 Kings ch 19 v 5.
7. They are used to punish God’s enemies. Acts ch 12 v 23. 2 Sam ch 24 v 16 and Isaiah ch 27 v 36.
8. They perform extraordinary acts on behalf of God’s people. Acts ch 12 v 6-10. Ex ch 23 v 20-23.
9. They minister personally to each one of God’s children. Mat ch 18 v 10.
DEMONS act to oppose what God is doing.
1. They always serve Satan. Their worship is not in adoration but out of fear. Punishment and retribution are the hallmarks of Satan’s Kingdom.
2. They rejoice in the works of Satan. They gain more power as a result.
3. They always execute Satan’s will and wishes. In this way they are committed to (a) attacking God’s special creation – human beings, (b) keeping them out of God’s Kingdom, and (c) opposing believers, especially those with a heart to do God’s will.
4. They are involved in the affairs of nations. Satan has placed his ruling princes in specific territories throughout the World. Sinful men give them the right to be there.
5. They oppose the interests of the Churches undermining the work of the Holy Spirit through division and criticism.
6. They oppose and attack believers, especially those who are seeking to do the will of God.
7. They do all they can to attack God’s children. This may include sickness, accidents, financial problems and relationship breakdowns. “Do not let the Devil get a foothold in your life.”
8. They perform extraordinary acts on behalf of Satan and his kingdom. (The Egyptian magicians.) They operate in deception. Even the elect will be deceived in the last days. Mark ch 13 v 22.
9. They would seek to give each child of God an evil spirit with a view to leading him into actions, which are outside of God’s will and purpose.
Demons are alive and active. They are disembodied. They are able to speak. They have job functions.
They know their end. They can have supernatural strength. They are legalistic. When the traditions of men become more important than sensitivity to the Spirit of God, the Church is in a bad way.
They are well organised and are under a higher authority.
Some demons have animal characteristics. Demons work together in families.
They will attempt to remain hidden. They have to bow to the name of Jesus.
Jesus told the Disciples to heal the sick and cast out demons. Jesus meant what He said. His ministry was very balanced, dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual sickness of His day. The medical
profession does not generally recognise spiritual sickness.
Satan’s objectives. Power, sex, wealth and false religion are at the heart of most of his tactics. Deception is his stock in trade. Depression, despair and suicide are close companions. Jesus died to set people free from Satan’s power. As ruler of the World Satan controls some nations and regions of nations, so that the “atmosphere“ changes from place to place. He also rules at a local level by placing ruling spirits over Churches, schools, companies and organisations. Satan will always seek to oppress, afflict and if possible occupy human beings with evil spirits who work to fulfil his objectives. Gen ch 4 v 7. Sin is crouching at the door. A demon is waiting to get in to a man’s life. Demons are given rights by man through sin. They are then legally entitled to remain.
Demons do not have bodies of their own. They exist as ruling territorial spirits but can express themselves most effectively by occupying a body of a human being. They are able to speak through a human body. They have job functions. Some spirits come down the family line, causing the same symptoms in generation after generation. Other spirits have a specific affect on the minds of people controlling the thought process of individuals – strongholds of the mind. Freemasonry. Demons can rule over emotions, especially those who have been abused. Demons can have supernatural strength. They are well organised and are under higher authority. Satan’s kingdom is organised in a hierarchy of demonic power. Few demons operate on their own but are under orders from a higher authority. Satan’s kingdom is built on fear. Fear was the first demonic principality to manifest himself in the Garden of Eden. When God approached Adam said: ”I was afraid.” Some demons have animalistic behaviour. Demons are legalistic.
Legalistic spirits can hold a Church from moving on. Many men are on fire for the Lord but end up as
Ministers of religion – “everything by the book and the Constitution.” The main battle Jesus had was with religious spirits in the Pharisees. Demons are given rights by man through sin. Unless the sin is repented of the demons will legally hang on to the ground they have been given, e.g. a demon of lust will have a legal right to stay, if the person is continuing in an adulterous association. Demons often work together in families e.g. rejection is accompanied by fear of rejection and self-rejection. A spirit of lust may invite in a spirit of fornication. Demons try to remain hidden.
The temptations of Jesus. Mat ch 4 v 1-11. Mark ch 1 v 12-13. Luke ch 4 v 1-13.
The first temptation. “If you are God’s Son.” It was the same doubt as Satan used against Eve. “Did God really say?” Could Jesus be mistaken in His role? Were the Scriptures, which spoke of Him really true? Was what Mary had told Him true? Jesus recognised the deception. Jesus would not doubt the Word of God. A believer should never doubt the call of God on his life.
The Second Temptation. Satan quoted Scripture to Jesus. Psalm 91 v 11. It was one, which was capable of different interpretation. Jesus was encouraged to put on a show for the people. If the people were won over it would avoid the cross. The Pharisees came seeking a sign. The only one Jesus offered them was His death and resurrection.
The Third Temptation. Satan offered Jesus the Kingdoms of the World without having to go through the pain of the crucifixion. This was what Jesus had come for – to win the World back for God. Satan offered them to Jesus without having to go to the cross. Satan offers believers the prospect of achieving God’s purpose for their life without suffering and obedience to God. There was no discussion between Jesus and Satan. Discussion leads to compromise and that leads to sin.
Unless a person is under the Lordship of Jesus so that after deliverance the person is filled with the Holy Spirit, the deliverance will open that person up to being filled with 7 more spirits. Jesus healed all who came to Him and in doing so they were accepting Jesus as Lord. 2 Peter ch 2 v 20-22. A believer is always likely to be vulnerable in the area of his life where there had been a weakness. Satan will accept the welcome mat and return and bring back stronger demonic powers.
The World, the flesh and the Devil.
The World is that source of general influence under Satan’s control that offers temptations, which are
contrary to God’s perfect will. The temptations offered by the World are attractive to the flesh for they
seem to fulfil base desires of man’s fallen nature, such as greed, lust and selfishness.
The flesh life can also be consecrated wholly in the Lord’s service. When with his will a man chooses to allow the desires of the flesh to be fulfilled in ways, which are contrary to the leading of the Holy Spirit, that man opens himself up to demonic activity.
Satan and Peter.
God and Satan can both speak through the same mouth on different occasions. Mat ch 16 v 22. Jesus
recognised that this was Satan speaking as He did in the wilderness attempting to dissuade Jesus from
going to the cross in Jerusalem. There could be no compromise with Satan. 1 Cor ch 10 v 12. “Whoever thinks that he is standing firm had better be careful that he does not fall.” Paul was speaking from personal experience. Was he thinking also about Peter? After Jericho came Ai. Leaders can be used to put down others. Test the spirits. Is what the speaker is saying from the Lord? In his denial of Jesus Peter was overcome by fear. Man is always likely to be vulnerable in areas of his life where there have been weaknesses. Satan will attack the Achiles heel. A besetting sin is a sin, which is being encouraged by the demonic from within as well as temptation from without.
Satan and Judas. Would Judas and the other Disciples face the same death as Jesus? Was that in the
mind of Judas? Jer ch 17 v 9. The heart is deceitful. The Judas spirit is the spirit of betrayal. Betrayal
amounts to sin. Judas was easy game for Satan. Judas was greedy and jealous. Jealousy gives rise to hatred and murder. One of Satan’s tricks is to persuade a man that to live is worse than to die.
The dumb spirit. Mat ch 9 v 32. The senses are vulnerable to demonic attack. Demons on the way
out of a person can have a restricting effect on the throat, the voice box, the tongue, the lips or even the
muscles of the jaw making not only speech but also the opening of the mouth impossible. There are exit defence tactics whereby the demons attempt to hold on to their place in the body.
The blind and dumb demoniac. Mat ch 12 v 22-32. Not all cases of blindness have the same root
cause. Jesus varied His ministry according to the root cause of the blindness.
The epileptic boy. Mat ch 17 v 14-21. It was the Disciples who lacked faith to heal the boy. Jesus
asked how long the boy had been like this. This was an important part of the pre-ministry. It was a
deaf and dumb spirit, which had brought the epilepsy. The deliverance was messy and noisy
Sexual sin always affects the spirit and opens up a potential gateway for demonisation. Sexual abuse brings with it a whole chain of problems. For those who minister to women there is a need for sexual purity.
The Gadarene demoniac. Many with a background of witchcraft have a strong compulsion to visit graveyards, lie on the tombs at night or lie on the grave of a freshly buried corpse. He had supernatural strength. Martial arts are a possible demonic entry point. Cutting of the body is a part of the enemy’s strategy of creating pain and drawing blood.
Nakedness is part of witchcraft. Nudity is part of the Worldwide explosion of pornography. Today is a time of unprecedented nakedness in the World, especially through television and computers into the
home. Lust is the opposite of love. Mat ch 5 v 28. Pornography encourages lust, which is a form of rebellion against God. A legion consists of 6,000. It is helpful to see demons not in spatial terms but as germs the size of which is infinitesimal. Just as there can be countless germs in a festering wound, so
there can be countless demons through a festering spiritual wound.
As a general rule demons hate each other and are afraid of their master. They will fight one another for self-gain and elevation to a higher position. Demons may be answerable to a ruling spirit in the area. The only reason for Jesus talking to the demons was to establish His authority over them. To know a person’s name gives a degree of authority. Jesus went out of His way to save one lost man and was in this way teaching the Disciples of the need and the cost of such ministry.
The woman with the spirit of infirmity. Luke ch 13 v 10-17. It is relevant that the sickness had been there for 18 years. There was a definite event 18 years previously when the demon entered the woman. Perhaps a relative died at that time and the demon transferred to the individual. Usually this is between people who have a soul tie. There is procedure in Numbers ch 19 for cleansing for those who are in contact with the dead.
Obedience does not always lead to times of great blessing. Moses spent 40 years in charge of a rebellious people. Paul lists some of the hardships, which he endured. Acts ch 16 v 18. Paul waited for the girl to give up her opposition to him. When she refused Paul could not let it go on as it was disturbing the ministry.
Satan can and sometimes does cast out demons through a medium. It may be to encourage the person to give up going to Church and worshipping the Lord. The greater evil is used to totally destroy the person, whereas the sickness was only robbing the person of life in all its fullness. The latter situation is worse than the former.
“If you want to break into a strong man’s house you must first bind the strong man.” There are strong demons, which control lesser demons. Sometimes it is necessary to defeat the strong demon before tackling the lesser demons. The air cover needs to be defeated before the ground troops can go into battle. The strong man may not be inside the person but controlling the airwaves. Alternatively the strongman may be inside another person – through a soul tie. A person needs not only to receive salvation but also to be delivered from matters, which have controlled his life in the emotional and spiritual dimensions. Many believers nurse their hurts and pains. They have emotional needs, which remain unmet. In this way the flock is scattered and not gathered. Jesus warns about people being further demonised following deliverance, if they are not filled with the Holy Spirit and come under His Lordship.
The flesh is the soul and the physical body. These with the spirit of man comprise a human being. The spirit links man to God. Whomever man obeys brings him under authority. The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the heart of man. When man rebels against God’s rule he places himself under the authority of Satan. There is ample evidence in each news bulletin that the World is not as it should be. Satan is described as the ruler of the World.
Jesus keeps bringing people back to the question of forgiveness the demons will go to great lengths to prevent a person uttering words of forgiveness. 1 John ch 1 v 9 is so important. To confess sins to one another and receive forgiveness releases a great surge of power of sin and its consequences. Man has to learn to forgive himself and to accept that natural disasters are ultimately under the control of God. So there are times when man needs to “forgive” God for allowing a disaster to overcome him e.g. a flood or storm. Man has to accept himself as he is and not take part in self-rejection. This is the outworking of rejection from others. Unwarranted critical attitudes are a subtle form of manipulation and control. Such control is witchcraft. Failure to accept others as they are has far-reaching consequences in relation to healing.
Observable symptoms of possible demonisation.
1. Addictions. Behaviour, which is out of control. Some are a cry for help from circumstances and a lack of love.
2. Appetites out of balance. Anorexia and bulimia. These are both a form of rebellion often against parents in an attempt to punish the parents for real or perceived ill-treatment. Gluttony may be over-eating for comfort. Sexual abuse may lead to an attempt to make the body unattractive. Allergic conditions may have been inherited. Witchcraft in the generational line may be the cause.
3. Behaviour extremes. These are used to isolate people from the group.
4. Bitterness and un-forgiveness. Working through the pain of feelings, which have been damaged by the hurts and abuse of others is not easy.
5. Compulsive behaviour patterns. These may be phobias like hand washing. Compulsion is a hallmark of the demonic, which may have come in at a time of fear and trauma.
6. Deceitful personality and behaviour. Deception is a trademark of Satan.
7. Depression. Depressed people find it hard to make relationships with people and with God. Medication makes it harder to minister to a depressed person.
8. Emotional disturbance. Demonic control may enter at a time of emotional distress.
9. Escapism. Running out of a meeting is a sign of demonic control. Escapism into hobbies, etc can take people out of fellowship with others. It may be an excuse for a breakdown in relationship. Satan is interested in division at any level.
10. Fears and phobias.
11. Guilt and self-condemnation. The Jebusite spirit.
12. Hearing voices. This may originate through a strong soul tie. Another person impresses their thoughts and words on the person who hears voices.
13. Hereditary illnesses. Exodus ch 20 v 5. The sins of the father are visited to the children. Some sickness comes down the generational line. When people die, demons do not. A demon may jump down the generational line to the next generation.
14. Heretical beliefs. Satan works through denominations spreading false teaching. Lev ch 26 v 16.
15. Involvement in false religions. Man is incurably religious. Satan seeks to draw man into any false religion. Behind every false religion there is a demonic power, seeking to enmesh the worshippers in its hold.
16. Irrational behaviour. Outbursts of irrational behaviour are usually powered by the demonic.
17. Lack of mature relationships. When people behave in childish ways it may stem from the trauma of abusive childhood experiences.
18. Legalism and spiritual bondage. When loyalty to the denomination exceeds that of loyalty to Jesus then there are signs of the demonic. There are times when Satan comes as an angel of light.
20. Occultic involvement.
21. A tongue, which is out of control. Swearing, blasphemy and gossip are the consequences of a tongue out of control. “Out of the heart the mouth speaks.”
22. Recurring or long-term sickness. There may be a spirit within a person, which invites one spirit of infirmity after another into the person. People who use sickness to gain attention have given the demon the right to be there.
23. Self-centredness. There are some people who are only capable of sustaining a conversation if they are talking about themselves. Self-idolatry and self-elevation reign supreme. A powerful demonic stronghold is operating on his personality. The arrogance and self-importance of the person prevents them seeing or understanding anything, which they have not first thought of themselves. A familiar spirit may have ruled in the family for generations.
24. Sexual aberrations. Wherever ungodly sex is taking place, Satan will be present. There is much sexual activity in the rituals of Satanism and witchcraft.
25. Suicidal tendencies. There is always a demonic dimension to suicide attempts or desires. When there is no hope for the future the demons whispers: “I might as well die today.” An attempted abortion leaves the child who survived with a sense that he was not wanted and should not be there.
26. Un-diagnosable symptoms. When the medical profession cannot find a reason for the illness there is a possibility that the source is demonic. Where there is pain in the emotions the physical pain may refuse to heal. There can be demonic curses, which cause apparent physical symptoms even when there is nothing medically diagnosable.
27. Violent tendencies. The person who perpetuates violence opens himself up to being used by the demonic and the trauma associated with being a recipient of violence leaves the victim vulnerable to the demonic at the time of the attack. A soul tie can be used to transfer the demon from the perpetrator to the victim. There may be buried anger from earlier years. Martial arts introduce the right to the demon to be present.
28. Withdrawn anti-social behaviour. Rejection may be at the root of the problem.
Knowing how demons enter is a major key to their eviction. A demon can only enter if it has a right to do so. How do demons enter the life of an individual? There are a number of entry points.
1. The generation line. It is much harder for people to be obedient to God when they have been damaged through the sins of their parents. Sin always has a consequence. Transference of demons can also take place as a result of soul ties. God always intended children to be covered by their parents. Like father like son. Prov ch 22 v 6 works in the negative as well as the positive. Train a child to choose the right path and when he is older he will remain on it. Children are created by God to learn about God from their parents and to be blessed by their parents. Satan can use the process to bring problems to children. It is when a person becomes a new creation in Christ that it is possible for the work or restoration to begin. Idolatry gives the demonic a right of entry. Conception and death appear to be the most commonly encountered moments of transference.
2. Personal sin. The ongoing practice of sin, which remains un-confessed and un-forgiven will inevitably give rights to the demonic to enter and control a person in specific areas of his life. Satan is no respecter of a person and hates the followers of Jesus. A particular sin may open the door for entrance. When a demon enters the temptation from without is strengthened by power from within to control the behaviour of the person. Demons have access to the thoughts of a man and seek to deceive him into thinking that their thoughts are the man’s personal thoughts, making him think that he wants to do what they want him to do. The more entrenched the thought pattern the harder it is to get the demons out. Confession and repentance are essential. Do not give the enemy a foothold. A door-to-door salesman puts his foot in the door and had a foothold. These are the personal responsibility of the individual and he cannot blame another – lies, gossip, anger, bitterness, jealousy, impurity, ungodly talk, immorality and heavy metal music.
3. Occult sin. Many are demonised through just one encounter with a fortune-teller, a ouija board etc. Treatment of deliverance has to be radical and determined.
4. There are dangers in some of the alternative medicines and the alternative spiritualities lying behind them. Some healing may take place but it opens the way for the enemy to take a greater control of the life of the patient. It opens the door to superstition.
5. Religious sin. Paul warned Timothy about doctrines of demons – false teaching. Satan is a religious being. He sought for himself the worship that was due to God alone. This involves (a) religious practices (b) denominationalism (c) heretical beliefs (d) wrong attitudes to the Scriptures – disbelief in the truth and authorship of the Scriptures is a demonic entry point of major proportions (e) abuse of the gifts of the Spirit (f) universalism (g) false religions. These are very hard demons to evict.
6. Ungodly soul ties. Godly soul ties are God’s provision for healthy nurturing and for relationships throughout life. When a man and woman have sexual relations it is a spiritual union. There is something of the spirit of each within the other as God places His Holy Spirit within a man. Sexual relationships, which are outside God’s plan will always introduce ungodly soul ties into a person’s life and make that person vulnerable to the demonic. Ungodly soul ties may lead to sickness and the danger of letting in demons. All abusive relationships result in the formation of ungodly soul ties. Man is made in the image of God and has free will. God respects the free will of a man and each man must respect the free will of other human beings. To force sexual relationship on another breaks that image. 1 Sam ch 15 v 23. Domination and control are like witchcraft. When a soul tie is broken there needs to be deliverance and emotional healing hand in hand. Where there are sexual partners in an adulterous relationship the soul tie is likely to give rise to demonic entry. Sex before marriage even though the parties subsequently marry and have had no other partner can allow entry to a demon. Manipulation and domination within marriage is nothing but sin. Anything other than natural sexual relations is a possible entry point within a marriage.
7. Sexual sin. Sex was designed by God as His way of allowing mankind to express His creativity. Human beings have the ability to know each other in the spirit as well as experience each other with the emotions and be connected via the sexual organs in the flesh. Intercourse, which does not reflect this divine and spiritual knowing is less than God intended for mankind. Sex is primarily spiritual and when people enter into sexual relationships, which are sinful, they should not be surprised that the demonic will take advantage of the channel, which has been opened through sin. When a person has had sexual union with many partners it is as if his spirit and soul is spread out all over the place. One partner may have been involved in witchcraft and the other party may have picked up powerful witchcraft controls. Perverted sex inside marriage is also a direct entry point. The moment a person loses his virginity is a spiritually traumatic occasion. Adultery brings about a spiritual act of divorce. Divorce and remarriage have taken place simultaneously. The husband or wife who denies his or her partner regular and willing sexual relations is abusing the other partner. (a) Generational sexual sin. A spirit of adultery may affect subsequent generations. (b) sexual abuse. A demon in a girl who was abused in childhood may interfere with her married relationship through fear or shame. (c) dominating soul ties. A dominating maternal spirit will always oppose attempts at liberty. (d) pre-marital intercourse and trial marriages. This is sin even if the parties intend to marry and do marry soon thereafter. The soul tie is ungodly. (e) Oral and anal sex. There are no grounds for encouraging this, even if there are problems in engaging in intercourse in the normal way. These are major demonic entry points. (f) Fantasy and pornography. Spirits of lust, which entered through the eyes, induce the desire and to complete the victim’s misery of having fallen into temptation, leave the person with a burden of guilt. (g) Bestiality. Lev ch 20 v 15-16. It always results in demonic entry. Death was the normal remedy for perverted sexual behaviour to prevent it passing down the generational line. (h) Transvestism. Deut ch 22 v 5. (i) Sexual abuse. (j) Homosexuality and lesbianism. Lev ch 18 v 22 and Rom ch 26 v 32. There are 6 basic causes of homosexuality.
1. Generational. Deut ch 23 v 2 speaks of 10 generations. It could arise from anal sex between the married parents.
2. Rejection of sexuality. Parents wanting a child of the opposite sex. It is fertile ground for a demon to enter.
3. Rebellion against parents.
4. Homosexual sexual abuse. The spirit jumps from the abuser to the abused.
5. Maternal or paternal domination.
6. Willing homosexual relationships. The demons suggest that this is one of the possibilities in life. This is being taught in schools.
8. Rejection. A loved and accepted child grows up in the security of relationships, which are non-abusive and safe. A child who is the victim of rejection is vulnerable to being accepted and owned by the demonic, causing much pain and anguish throughout his life. When a child is abused an ungodly soul tie is established between the abuser and the abused. This acts like a demonic tube along which the demonic can transfer from one person to the other. A demonic fantasy friendly demon may take up residence to take the place of true acceptance and love. Rejection may take place (a) at conception, if the child is unwanted (b) in single parent families and unwanted pregnancies (c) where the parents want a child of the opposite sex and (d) where there is sexual abuse. An ungodly soul tie is formed between the abuser and the abused. The sexual abuser is almost always someone who has been abused himself as a child. (e) physical abuse. The emotional hurt may be more damaging than the actual physical pain. Violence against the body of a person is an offence against the person in the body. (f) emotional and psychological abuse. Any behaviour, which seeks to take away the godly free will of another is abusive behaviour. Manipulation, dominations and control are the tools of witchcraft. (g) separation and divorce. Ministry to the divorced must include, at an appropriate moment, the cutting of the soul ties to the previous partner. (h) death. A dead body is generally useless to demons. Ritual uncleanness is always associated in the Scriptures as being associated with something spiritual that is making the person, place or object unclean. Sometimes after death demons induce exactly the same symptoms in the new person as were prevalent in the person who died. (i) trauma or accident. These include (a) major illness (b) accidents (c) unemployment and (d) fear. People who have suffered accidents are often broken on the inside through the trauma and this can result in their failing to be fully healed. People are spiritually vulnerable during moments of great trauma. Unemployment can open the gateway to rejection. (j) through ungodly soul ties. Self-rejection is the outworking of initial rejection from others. Rejection of a child will often lead to rebellion of teenage years, manifesting itself in drugs, violence, promiscuity, crime, running away and other rebellious activities. From the moment the sperm meets the egg there is a spiritual person. Arguments about whether life begins at 12 weeks etc are all built on the dictates of secular convenience as opposed to the reality of spiritual truth and understanding. Unless a child receives the discipline he needs and deserves in a measure appropriate to the misdemeanour the spirit of the child will sense that the parent does not really care for him and rejection will take root. Even at conception the spirit of a child will sense what is going on in the mother and may begin to feel rejected, if the child is not wanted. There can be three spirits working together against the child’s welfare – rejection, self-rejection and the fear of rejection. There are many consequences of sexual abuse.
9. Death embraces grief, loneliness shock and rejection. When a child loses a loved one it is sometimes nothing less than being rejected by that loved one. It is almost as if they feel the person had died deliberately and left them behind.
A. By God. Deut ch 28 v 15-68 lists the curses, which follow disobedience towards God’s Word. This is a curse from God for disobedience and rebellion. God’s curse is brought about through the loss of protection as a result of wilful decisions. Jesus became the curse for fallen man. Gal ch 3 v 13.
B. By Satan. There are evil spirits, which have specific job functions to fulfil the terms of the curses, which are made by men against their fellows. Prov ch 26 v 2. “A curse without cause will not alight.” A man walking in the light cannot be cursed with a curse that will stick. Truth will protect him. Believers should not let their defences slip to give the enemy grounds for curses to be able to land on them.
C. Curses deliberately placed by men. There needs to be something physical to link the one who curses with the victim. Witchcraft, Freemasonry and Satanism have built in curses into all their rituals to try to prevent people from leaving or holding them in bondage. Some are curses of death and of poverty.
D. Non-deliberate curses. Very few understand that when they speak wrongfully against someone, they are creating an opportunity for the enemy to attack and possibly demonise the person they are speaking about. “I will not raise my voice against the Lord’s anointed.” Words spoken against another person, which are contrary to God’s plan and purposes for that person can amount to a curse. Demons can use words spoken carelessly, which hurt the recipient of the comments, when they are accepted and believed. Sometimes things begin to go wrong with relationships or work without any explanation. Children are especially vulnerable to criticisms spoken to them by parents because they think that the parents truly care for them. These may involve words by a husband to his wife or by a wife to her husband or a parent to a child or a teacher to a pupil or an employer to an employee or a minister to a congregation or by a congregation to their minister.
E. Curses spoken by an individual to himself. “I will never do that again.” This may be contrary to God’s purpose for that person. When people are hurt by the cutting remarks of another person and that hurt is not properly dealt with, then unwittingly that person can become the agent of demonic transference and an evil spirit can gain access to the person who was unfairly criticised. Many who are seriously hurt may build defensive walls around their emotions so that they cannot feel anything at all, let alone the Holy Spirit.
11. Cursed objects and buildings. 2 Chron ch 29. Jewellery and family heirlooms may have been cursed in the past. Second hand engagement rings can bring a curse on a marriage. Taking off shoes before entering a temple places a person under the rule of the false deity reigning there. The home of a believer is a temple to God. A demon living in a person who has died at a house may leave the body at death and inhabit the house – a ghost. This can happen if there has been a tragedy in the house such as suicide. Occultists attach great power to objects, which have had a Christian use and are then stolen and given a pagan use. Cursed objects carry with them a hidden potency, releasing demonic power into the home and family. They need to be destroyed. Acts ch 19 v 18-19. Buildings to be used in the worship of God are consecrated. Ex ch 3 v 5. Moses was told to take off his shoes for the ground was holy.
12. Addictions. These may relate to the intake of food or things such as alcohol or drugs, which contain chemically addictive substances. These may arise due to the response of a person to something else going on in the life of that person. Much obsessive addictive behaviour has roots in emotional damage, which is in need of healing – such as rejection, fear, loneliness, relationship break-up, abusive background, control and domination. In helping addicted people it is essential to find out the root and meet the real need. Addictive patterns are almost always a reaction to gaping holes in a person’s life, which are not being filled in a rightful way.
13. Fears and phobias. Rightful fear is a God-given gift, which is designed to protect man from harm. Satan will always take what God has given and distort it for his own purposes.
14. Fatigue and tiredness. Bodies need rest and sleep. When a man is over-tired he is vulnerable to temptation and demonisation. Many are tired because they are doing things, which God has not asked them to do.
In deliverance it is important to deal with the entry point and remove the rights on which the demon is depending for its security.
Qualities of a Christian counsellor. The counsellor should be a person who is
1. Born again. John ch 3 v 3 and Rom ch 6 v 23.
2. Spirit filled. Eph ch 5 v 18.
3. Prepared to exercise the gifts of the Spirit. Rom ch 12 v 6 and 1 Cor ch 12.
4. Manifesting the fruit of the Spirit. Gal ch 5 v 22-25.
5. Walking in the model of Jesus by listening to the Father with a deep compassion. John ch 2 v 25.
6. Willing to receive ministry as well as giving it. Prov ch 3 v 11, ch 12 v 1, ch 15 v 32. John ch 21 v 15-19.
7. With a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 1 Tim ch 4 v 6-7. 2 Tim ch 3 v 16.
8. An active member of a local Church under a secure covering of good leadership. Heb ch 10 v 25. Rom ch 12 v 4.
9. Denominationally neutral in ministry. Rom ch 12 v 1.
10. Wholly available to the Lord. Heb ch 12 v 1-2.
11. Obedient to the Holy Spirit. Rom ch 12 v 2. Gal ch 5 v 25.
12. Prepared to accept that forgiveness is a way of life. Mat ch 6 v 14-15.
13. A person of prayer. 1 Thes ch 5 v 17.
14. One with an awareness of his position in Christ. Rom ch 8 v 1. 1 John ch 4 v 4. Eph ch 1 v 19-20.
15. Sacramentally sensitive. James ch 5 v 14-16. 1 Cor ch 11 v 26-32.
16. Anointed for the task. 2 Tim ch 1 v 6-7.
17. Able to lead a person to Jesus. Phil ch 4 v 9. 1 Cor ch 2 v 1-5.
18. Looking after his own body and being fit. 1 Cor ch 3 v 16.
19. Clean and well-presented. 1 Cor ch 14 v 40.
20. Willing to eat anything and sleep anywhere. Rom ch 14 and ch 15. Mat ch 18 v 18-32.
21. Willing to fast. Mat ch 5 v 16-18. Acts ch 13 v 2-3.
22. Willing to prefer others to self. Rom ch 12 v 10.
23. Sexually well-informed.
24. Well-informed in relation to the occult. 2 Cor ch 2 v 11.
25. Well-read on the healing ministry. Prov ch 8 v 1-10.
26. Unshockable. John ch 4 v 17-18. ch 8 v 1-11.
27. Morally above reproach. 1 Tim ch 3 v 1-7.
28. Willing to speak the truth in love. Eph ch 4 v 15.
29. Not afraid of physical affirmation by touching. Rom ch 16 v 16.
30. Prepared not to project his own opinions. Prov ch 3 v 5-7.
31. Prepared not to let his own problems interfere in the ministry. 2 Cor ch 12 v 9-10.
32. Willing to love and even hug the unlovable. Luke ch 5 v 13.
33. Flexible and available when it does not really suit him.
34. Willing to be a servant of others. Isaiah ch 52 v 13-53. Phil ch 2 v 7.
35. Willing to accept attacks without bitterness or resentment. 1 Peter ch 3 v 8-9.
36. Totally confidential.
37. Non-judgemental. Mat ch 7 v 1-6. Totally confidential with details of the counselee.
38. Patient and a good listener.
39. Polite and courteous at all times.
40. Willing to give all the glory to God for what He chooses to do through him. Psalm 96 v 1-8.
Possible demonic manifestation.
4. Falling to the ground.
7. Physical pain.
8. Lumps in the throat.
9. Deep breathing.
10. Stirring in the stomach.
11. Feeling ill or faint.
12. Sudden headache.
13. Unnatural body movements.
14. Contortions of the body.
16. Pupils dilating.
17. Convergence of the eyeballs.
18. Pupils disappearing upwards.
19. Sexual feelings.
20. Demonic tongues.
21. Sudden violent actions.
22. Running away.
26. Snarling or barking.
29. Pungent smells.
30. Claw-like actions.
31. Slithering across the floor.
The practice of ministry.
1. The ministry team.
2. Making a start.
3. God’s agenda.
4. Note any symptoms of demonisation.
5. Investigate false beliefs and occult involvement.
6. Check out generational lines.
7. Explore sexual history.
8. Look for signs of rejection.
9. Investigate other ungodly soul ties.
10. Find out about traumas and accidents.
Why some people are not delivered.
1. The counselee does not really know Jesus.
2. There is no faith that God is able or willing to heal and deliver.
3. Bitterness and/or un-forgiveness.
4. Unresolved pain or guilt.
5. Praying for the wrong thing.
6. Life is out of balance – in disorder or spiritual chaos.
7. A belief that believers cannot have demons or in a Church which holds this belief.
8. There is un-confessed sin.
9. There are ungodly soul ties still in place.
10. The person is suffering from a sickness unto death and needs to be prepared to meet the Lord.
13. Blocked memories, which need to be released.
14. Lack of togetherness in the ministry team.
15. The counselee does not really want to be healed but is seeking attention.
16. There are occult powers in place, which have still to be broken – a strong man.
17. No anointing due to un-cleansed building or organisation.
18. There is hidden abuse or emotional damage, which needs healing.
19. Curses of sickness or death are still in place.
20. Generational sin has not been dealt with.
21. There is an inner broken-ness through trauma and deeper healing is required.
22. The counselee has made inner vows, which need to be renounced.
23. The counselee is in disobedience to something God has already told him about.
24. The ministry team need to seek the Lord for specific revelation about hidden demonic controls affecting the individual concerned.
The spoken word is an expression of the mind, heart and will of an individual. It carries the force of the person’s spirit and also the authority and power of the person. Gen ch 41 v 44. Eccles ch 8 v 4.
Words have power. Peace is not the same as passivity. Phil ch 4 v 11-13.