HOW EFFECTIVE IS YOUR CHURCH’S DELIVERANCE MINISTRY?
Not every church who offers deliverance is run by a person who is delivered themselves. Often you will see those who are prideful try to take charge of it. Sometimes you will see people who are into witchcraft who will try to run it and then hurt people more. And often you will see people who don’t understand how deliverance works thinking you have to yell and scream the demons out of people, or thinking they have to vomit to be delivered or trying to override people’s freewills and not addressing the need to get their soul wounds healed and forgiving those who hurt them and repenting for their pride and sin.
A true godly deliverance ministry will always have the person in charge of it living a godly lifestyle of sexual purity, fruit of the spirit and have much humility like Christ.
If you attend a church whose leadership don’t believe a Christian can be affected by demons and don’t need deliverance you need to run! They are wrong, unbiblical and will lead you away from what Jesus did and allow sin to stay in your life and excuse it instead of deliver you from it. Many of these pastors will be living a sinful life behind closed doors, looking at porn and lusting after women in their church, treating their wives and children in harsh, unloving ways.
Deliverance allows you to forgive people who hurt you which removes legal rights of demons to torment you.
““For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV
““Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt. “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.””
Matthew 18:23-35 NLT
Deliverance frees you from living a pride filled life. The spirit of Leviathan is the demon behind all pride.
On earth there is nothing like him, Which is made without fear. He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride.””
Job 41:33-34 NKJV
“These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 NKJV
Deliverance delivers you from living a life full of sin. It makes sin a rare thing in your life.
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:15-23 NKJV
“Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.”
1 John 3:7-10 NLT
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Hebrews 10:26-31 NKJV
Therefore make sure you attend a church who provides a deliverance ministry that is effective, with testimonies from people whose lives were changed, breaking them free from unhealthy addictions, whose leadership walk in humility, sexual purity and the fruit of the spirit.