How Do I Get Delivered?
Did you relate to some of the areas listed in “Who Needs Deliverance”? Are you struggling to overcome unwanted behaviors? Do you want help with things going on in your life that keep you from joy and peace? Take a moment now to prayerfully seek the Holy Spirit and wait on Him to give you guidance.
It is wise to seek out mature Christians who understand deliverance and spiritual warfare to pray with you. Jesus gives His followers the gifts of discernment, wisdom, and healing to minister to people for deliverance. (James 5:14-15) It is only in Christ and the glory of His Gospel that evil spirits are removed. And when a person turns in repentance and faith to Jesus then deliverance will happen!
Now, start with a prayer to Jesus, repenting of all your sins. Forgive everyone who wounded or hurt you in any way. Forgive all offenses and release all resentments you are holding against anyone. Forgiveness makes way for the power of the Holy Spirit to set you free. Unforgiveness is a roadblock to freedom and will bring greater torment. (Matthew 18:21-22, Matthew 18:23-35)
Now make an intentional decision to turn away from all sinful behavior and relationships. Break off the emotional soul-ties you have with ungodly or toxic people. Negative words are powerful and inflict deep wounds. Come out of agreement with them. Verbally release yourself from the curses spoken over you by the authority in Jesus’ Name and ask Jesus to cleanse your mind and emotions from their effects on you through the power of His Blood. (Matthew 18:18, 1 John1:9)
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a revelation of the demonic strongholds holding you captive. Take the authority of Jesus over the spirits and command them to leave. Speak out loud firmly: “In Jesus’ name, I command you (name them as the Holy Spirit reveals) to release me now! Go! You no longer own me; I belong to Jesus!” Often you will sense a change or manifestation as they leave. Sometimes this will result in physical healing. In Jesus Name, they must leave! Do the same for all generational curses.
Your sins created doorways for the entrance of the evil spirits because they aligned you with the kingdom of darkness. These pathways need to be permanently closed. As you turn to Jesus, beware that evil spirits will still bombard your thoughts, trying to get you to give in again to temptations and lustful acts. Rebuke them in Jesus’ Name! Verbally declare, “In the Name of Jesus, all these open doors are shut because I have repented!” Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to take back the ground you gave to them.
Turn off the voice of the devil in your mind; he only speaks lies and condemnation. Come out of agreement with them! Now, take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he! (Proverbs 23:7a, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Romans 12:3, Philippians 2:5)
Immediately pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. You want His Presence in those places vacated by the evil spirits. (Luke 11:26) Most important of all, confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior! Surrender yourself entirely to Him. You cannot have two masters; you will love the one and hate the other. Choose this day whom you will serve. Make this declaration out loud! “I will serve only Jesus; He is my Lord and Master! (Matthew 6:24, Joshua 24:15, Mark 16:17-18)
Note: Sometimes, deliverance can take several sessions of prayer. That is OK. You are dealing with strongholds that might not give up quickly, especially if you were their residence for a long time. Don’t get discouraged. The Holy Spirit is gentle and will bring you to wholeness and freedom. He knows what to reveal and deal with at each step. Take time to pray for wisdom and be persistent until you are entirely free. Have strong Christian prayer warriors hold you up through this process. At the end of each prayer time, bind the demons remaining to hinder them from tormenting you.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me because He has anointed Me … to proclaim liberty to the captives and … to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18)