It’s time to talk deliverance. The increase of demonic activity in our city streets and the exposure of witchcraft happening behind closed doors should serve as a call to action from the Church. Hopefully by now you have realized just how heinous and vile the devil really is and how he uses people to do his dirty work. We must rise up to confront his assaults and challenge his supposed authority. To do so will require us to say as Jesus did, “…he has no hold on me.” (John 14:30)
Our corporate spiritual authority to displace these evil forces is only as good as our individual jurisdiction over these demons. The principalities at work in our nation are being fueled by rebellion and it’s not just unbelievers that are walking in it. Sadly, many sincere followers of Christ have opened the door to these demonic spirits because of offended minds and bitter hearts. Ultimately, it’s not just our desire for deliverance that qualifies our intercession, but the state of our own souls that the unseen realm acknowledges.
“But the evil spirit answered them, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?’” (Acts 19:15 ESV)
Even Spirit-filled believers need deliverance and it’s time to deal with some our strongholds from the dark side if we are to displace hell. Though we cannot be possessed by a demon while Holy Spirit resides within (1 Cor 6:19), we can be oppressed by them – “demonized” by them. This is because they usually get attached in our SOUL realm which includes our MIND, WILL, and EMOTIONS. It is in our THOUGHTS and FEELINGS that demons can afflict, torment, harass, and seek to commandeer our lives (see Mark 5:15). Like a monkey on our shoulder, a demonic spirit will whisper lies into our ears, seeking to control our thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Their influence will become a heavy yoke until we recognize their presence and renounce the lies and agreements that have given them access.
In the early days of being an ordained minister, I personally experienced deliverance from several demonic strongholds. Even as a newly commissioned five-fold prophet, I had to deal with past roots of offense and rebellion before my prayers could bear their full weight in the spirit realm. I learned that “taking strongholds captive” had to start in my own mind, will, and emotions before I could claim any rights over the devil’s territory.
We can actually open the door to demonic oppression when we refuse to deal with our own stuff. By denying the existence of our personal issues and flaws we become disobedient to the Spirit’s promptings, and our disobedience attracts and fuels demonic influence. I believe this is what has brought on much of the lawlessness across the earth. It is the rebellion in our own hearts that has become a seedbed for anarchy.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)
We need to reassess the tools of our warfare. When we recognize the enemy’s presence, it isn’t enough to just REBUKE or BIND the devil. We must DISPLACE those ungodly beliefs and mindsets by demonstrating a different spirit and bearing different fruit (see Luke 11:24-26). Recognizing the lies and declaring the truth is only the first step to overcoming.
There is a deadly trio that is opposing the coming move of the Holy Spirit across the earth. The Religious, Jezebel, and Leviathan spirits are all collaborating to totally overwhelm our systems with futility and hopelessness. Each of these principalities work against the presence and activity of Holy Spirit. The Religious Spirit DENIES AND RESISTS the power of the Spirit. Jezebel COUNTERFEITS AND CONTROLS the work of the Spirit, and Leviathan STRANGLES AND CHOKES the life of the Spirit.
Many intercessors and believers sensitive to the spirit realm are feeling the effects of these demonic spirits and its time we take them out! YOU can be a catalyst of breakthrough by walking in a level of personal freedom that THE ENEMY CAN’T TOUCH! It is those who are truly free from rebellion against authority and walking in humility of heart that will be used to displace these minions of darkness (see James 4:6-10). Will you be one of them?
WE ARE IN A SEASON OF DELIVERANCE. Defeat the devil by freeing your own mind and emotions of his influence and determine to expel his hold over your life. Allow Holy Spirit to search your heart to see if there is any wicked way in you. Lay down any need for vindication, repent for any rebellion against authority, and refuse to take up any offense. It’s time for the body of Christ to become spotless and pure, without blemish or wrinkle. We can pray that the Lord would “deliver us from evil,” but it’s up to us to take the first step and get delivered from ourselves.