Deliver Us From Evil, Part 1
March 1, 2019
It is coming up on 50 years since I was first introduced to the
ministry of Deliverance by Derek Prince.
In those 50 years, what I have learned and what I have seen has opened
my eyes to a realm of Jesus’ ministry that is still greatly misunderstood in
many parts of the body of Christ.
Because of what we have seen unfolding in the past few months
and years, it is clear that we are in the midst of a battle Royal with the
Enemy. He has been losing ground, and is
doing everything in his power to fight against what God is doing in the earth
today. He has opposed (and continues to
oppose) any and all believers whose very existence threatens his domain. He knows that his days are numbered and that
he is on the losing side.
In the coming weeks, I would like to take you through a renewed
understanding and revelation of this realm — a realm that encompassed fully
one-third of Jesus ministry as recorded in the Gospels.
past week, I woke up at 4:30 in the morning coming out of a vision that was as
vivid as any vision I’ve ever had. I
shared it with Neville and he agreed that it is a perfect description of what
has been taking place. He also had a
confirming word from Bobby Connor that fit with what the Lord has been saying
this vision, we were in an open field.
Our staff and leaders in the body of Christ were running around, trying
to avoid a bunch of vultures who were swooping down and pecking at them. Each time a vulture reached a person, he would
pick bits of flesh out of that person and drop them in the field. This happened again and again and again. The field was littered with bits of human
flesh and the people were rapidly becoming bloody messes.
saw a gigantic vulture appear — seemingly out of nowhere. In my spirit, I knew that what I was seeing
was a picture of spiritual warfare. The
vultures were demons, attacking God’s people, and especially those who were at
the forefront of what God is doing now.
The gigantic vulture was none other than Satan, himself, who was there
to direct the vultures and finish the destruction of God’s people.
on the ground in front of me was a very large rock, perhaps 15 inches across, 8
inches wide and six inches deep. The
Lord spoke to me and said, “Pick up that rock and bring the big vulture down.”
first instinct was that it was way too heavy for me to pick up and throw. A sudden surge of strength flowed through me
in that instant. I picked the rock and
hurled it at the giant vulture, striking it just below the head on the neck and
upper body. The vulture came crashing to
lay there flopping its wings in an attempt to get back up. Again I received the instruction of the Lord,
“Crush the vulture’s head with the rock.”
I picked up the rock again and brought it down on the vulture’s head
again and again and again until I knew it was crushed. Then I stomped on the head of that vulture,
all the bits of flesh that had been scattered over the field began to fly
through the air and come back to the people from whom they had come. In short order, everyone was whole
again! It was a very clear picture of
what is being required of us in these days.
That rock was a picture of Christ Jesus.
We use Him to crush the head of Satan, the vulture who is trying to pick
us apart and destroy our effectiveness — if not us as individuals. He is also trying to divide and conquer the
unity that exists between those of us who are working together.
few years ago, I met with a group of perhaps eight or ten pastors over lunch to
discuss what is a really contentious topic still in many parts of the body of
Christ: deliverance. You understand that
this topic is only contentious for those folks who’ve adopted the mindset and
doctrine that Christians can’t be afflicted with evil spirits.
doctrine really does come out of the mis-interpretation of the word, daimonizomai, and its usage in
the KJV as “being possessed” by demons.
Possession conveys the wrong idea entirely. Possession connotes ownership. People aren’t “owned” by demons, any more
than they are “owned” by the Holy Spirit.
we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, He takes up “his abode” with us. If we continue to yield to the leading and
guidance He provides through the Holy Spirit, we have the opportunity and
authority to become totally free in every aspect of our lives. Once a person has begun the process of
salvation, deliverance, healing, walking in health and prosperity, it is
somewhat like the kid who throws a big rock in a pond. You have a big splash, but then there are the
ripples that seemingly continue outward for a long time thereafter.
is like that. Your initial experience of
being set free from unclean spirits may be dramatic, but there are the ripples
– the ongoing revelations that come by the Holy Spirit – that continue on for
months, and sometimes years.
unclean spirits, evil spirits – no matter how you refer to them – can only
create impulses; they can lead you through the pleasures of your flesh, they
can create thoughts in your mind, and they can drive you through fear, through
doubt or through unbelief to commit certain acts or take certain actions that
lead you into sin, or take you away from the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
spirits operate in two ways: internally – through thoughts implanted in your
mind, and externally – by creating a set of circumstances or “supernatural”
manifestations that generate fear, doubt and unbelief.
eight or ten pastors that met with me that day over lunch knew, and confessed
to me, that Christians could be afflicted and tormented by evil
spirits. Nevertheless, they had adopted
– for the sake of convenience and political expediency within their churches –
the anti-deliverance doctrine.
took them to task over their arrogant expediency, and quoted to them from
Jeremiah’s lament and prophecy:
Jeremiah 8:11-12: “For
they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace,
peace; when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they
were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall
among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down,
saith the LORD.”
rebuked these pastors for telling their folks that they were free when many of
them were still being tormented. They
were saying to the people, “It’s just your flesh. You need to discipline your flesh and bring
it under subjection.”
what’s wrong with an answer like that?
Nothing. Except that it doesn’t
go far enough. It stops short. You cannot bring unclean spirits under
subjection. You don’t discipline evil
spirits. You kick them out!
the months that followed, three of those men fell “among them that fall” – they
fell into sin themselves. All three were
removed from their places of ministry.
One was indicted by a federal grand jury and wound up in prison.
the remaining pastors, one began to suffer ill health and turned his senior
pastorate over to his son – who also happened to be among that group of
pastors. The son, when he took over the
pastorate, later called me and acknowledged that they had been wrong. He asked me out to lunch, and made it clear
that I would be welcome to come and share and teach in their church any time.
of the pastors present that day at the luncheon began to repent of his
anti-deliverance stance when the fall began for the three who were later
removed from their ministries. I was
pleased to sit in his church one Sunday and hear him openly repent for having
taught error. He began to call people to
acknowledge their need for deliverance and respond to the authority available
in Christ Jesus.
sixth man in that group was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease. Although he acknowledged to me privately that
he knew I had spoken the truth, he refused to acknowledge it publicly and died
two years later. It was a real loss to
me because he had been a dear friend and brother in the Lord whose ministry I
had otherwise greatly appreciated.
other pastors moved on, and I never heard how their ministries prospered or
failed. It was a graphic picture I’ve
is something that the Lord Jesus Christ takes very seriously. You cannot pretend that folks are free, tell
them they are free, and withhold the deliverance from them or the understanding
that deliverance is necessary to deal with certain issues in their spiritual
lives, and not suffer the consequences.
The responsibilities that accompany spiritual leadership are great.
paid the complete price for our freedom on the Cross. He took back the authority that had been
given Satan and made it available to all believers. Everything that Satan stole from us –
everything! – was now available to those who would seize it.
put it like this.
Matthew 11:12: “And from the
days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence and the violent take it by force.”
an individual is called by the Lord, anointed for leadership, and equipped by
the Holy Spirit to teach and to lead folks into a relationship with Jesus
Christ, and then that individual knowingly avoids teaching and sharing truths
that will set folks free from bondage, he or she effectively leaves Jesus hanging
on the Cross instead of presenting Him as the resurrected and risen Christ who
has taken the final authority over death and all that Satan seeks to do to
retain his control of the human race.
Wheww! That was a mouthful! Let me put it another way.
death and resurrection proved that there is no enemy man cannot subdue when
that subduing takes place utilizing the power and authority He has given. To cheat folks out of that authority is
of the worst fables being taught by those who seek to make Salvation a
once-and-for-all event, presupposing that once a person is a Christian, it is
impossible for Satan to afflict them, is the idea that evil or unclean spirits
cannot remain in the presence of the Lord.
flies in the face of Job, Chapter 1, where Satan presents himself before the
Lord and God asks him if he has considered his righteous servant, Job. It becomes an event in which Satan repeatedly
tests Job and returns to stand before God to continue his arguments, “Yeah, but
if you do this, Job will turn on you…”
for a moment, each and every event where Jesus ministered deliverance. The individuals who were under the influence
and/or being afflicted by the evil spirits did not flee from His presence. Not one of the evil spirits fled from the
individuals until they were ordered to do so by the Lord, and in a couple of
cases we have examples of them arguing with Him over having to depart.
each case Jesus held firm. The unclean
spirits recognized His authority over them and finally departed at His command.
they didn’t leave until they were commanded to. There is not one single case of an evil
spirit leaving as soon as Jesus was present.
makes a nice, religious doctrine for folks to believe that once they have
Christ in their lives, no unclean spirit can remain, but there isn’t one shred
of evidence in Scripture to support such a doctrine.
is truth is that individuals who allow these spirits to remain in their lives
after they have accepted Jesus Christ and made Him the Lord of their lives will
suffer raging spiritual battles in their lives.
Sadly, too many Christians seem to be unaware of the fact that He has
given them the authority to deal with the situation. They do not have to remain in the midst of
is replete with the stories of some of the most influential Christians, saints
of God and profound leaders in the body of Christ who have lived their lives
with certain aspects of their character under the torment of evil spirits.
Luther, one of the most incredible leaders of the Reformation, and a man
responsible for beginning the process of leading Christians out of the Dark
Ages, was tormented by a spirit of racism.
It hounded him to the day of his death, and he never recognized that
Christ had given him the authority to be free of his hatred of the Jews.
Bunyan, who wrote one of the all-time classics of Christian literature, The
Pilgrim’s Progress, was tormented by a spirit that drove him to demand
everything at half price. You may laugh
at that and think it is something of little consequence, but he was never free
to the day of his death. Because of his
continuous demands on people to sell him whatever he wanted at half-price, his
testimony was compromised, and people had difficulty seeing the Grace of the
Lord Jesus Christ in him. Was he a
Christian at the time of his death?
because folks are tormented and do battle in certain areas of their lives with
unclean and evil spirits does not in any way alter the fact that they have
committed their lives to Christ and seek to walk with Him in a
love-relationship. It simply means they
have not taken advantage of the authority available in Christ Jesus to kick out
was the prophet Hosea that prophesied the following:
Hosea 4:6: “My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
is where we have to leave it for today.
We have lots of territory to cover in this series, and we will spend a
number of weeks getting through all of it.
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