Deliver Us From Evil, Part 2
March 8, 2019
My first exposure to Derek’s Prince’s ministry on Deliverance
was revelatory, to say the least. As he
was teaching, he mentioned having to deal with a person who was afflicted with
an “accident-prone spirit.”
Just like that, something leaped inside of me, and I knew that
an enemy that had tormented me for most of my life had been exposed. Insurance companies have a category that they
label as “Accident Prone.” It is the
result of folks having multiple accidents over a period of years, and a pattern
that continues on and on and on.
That was a perfect description of me. At that point in my life, I could easily
remember not less than 30 auto accidents that I had been involved in. Derek Prince’s description of that spirit lit
a fire inside of me. I took immediate
steps to cast out an Accident Prone Spirit.
I had not yet reached my 30th birthday. Nevertheless, as I approach my 77th
birthday next month, I can say that the pattern of accidents ceased from that
day forward. There have been no
accidents ever since.
That was only the beginning of my adventures in being set free
myself from the torment of evil spirits, and it has led to well over 40 years
of being able to minister the same kind of freedom to others.
wrapped up last week with a quote from Hosea’s prophecy.
Hosea 4:6: “My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
the knowledge of how to be free has been provided and folks fail to avail
themselves of it, either through ignorance or willfully because of a religious
doctrine that teaches otherwise, they suffer unnecessarily; and there are folks
who go to their graves who have given their lives to the Lord that never walk
in the liberty Jesus Christ provides – in this lifetime!
isn’t a when-we-all-get-to-heaven goal or objective. It is a here-and-now reality available to
everyone who seizes it and takes it by force from an enemy who seeks to cheat
them. And it is available to the newborn
Christian. It is available to the
seasoned Christian. It is available to
the weakest Christian. It is available
to all who will avail themselves of the power and authority Jesus Christ
demon or evil spirit can prevent a Christian from seizing his or her freedom
and kicking it out when they appropriate the name, the authority, the power of
the same token, no wicked spirit will leave of his own accord just because
Jesus is there in a person’s life. That
spirit must be commanded to leave, and once gone, the person now freed must
continue to resist Satan. There is
nothing automatic about it.
is war, folks! Spiritual warfare! Jesus is after a people who are
overcomers. One does not get classified
“an overcomer” if he or she does not overcome the world, the flesh and Satan,
just as Jesus overcame.
Wow! I didn’t mean to get preachy today. Just got started sharing things, and the
“preach” kind of took off.
isn’t my purpose to fight with folks over doctrines. You can hold any doctrine you want to hold –
as long as that doctrine has life and reality in it.
your doctrine(s) keeps you in a place where you lack real peace in your life, I
suggest you begin to take another looksee at where that doctrine comes from,
and what Jesus actually said and did, and what He is saying to you.
me take a minute to add one more piece to the foundational understanding of the
nature of deliverance. Consider
something that Jesus said in what we refer to as “The Sermon on the Mount,”
Matthew 5:14-15: Ye are the
light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light
a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house.
uses two metaphors here to help us understand something that gets glossed over
when we read this. He compares the human
frame to a house, and to a city. Ever
stop to consider why He would use those illustrations?
OK. Tell me something. What common characteristic is there between a
house and a city?
Easy! They represent multiple areas of
dwelling. A house has multiple
rooms. A city has multiple homes. Each represents an area of living. Do you occupy the same room in your house all
the time, and never go into the other rooms?
Of course not!
city has multiple dwelling places with multiple rooms — each capable of hosting
a person or persons. The same is true of
our lives. We have many areas of living,
thinking, dwelling, etc., in our lives.
Evil spirits tend to camouflage their existence in us as one or more of
these rooms or dwelling places.
the example of Jesus ministering to the man of Gadara — we refer to him as the
Gadarene demoniac —who comes and throws himself at Jesus’ feet. Consider the following narrative from Mark’s
Mark 5:6-9: But
when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And (the evil spirit)
cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou
Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean
he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is
Legion: for we are many. (with my
the picture? If you use this picture as
literal — and I see no reason not to — a legion consisted of 6,600 foot
soldiers and 172 horse-drawn chariots with expert bowmen and spear throwers. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it?
is a man tormented day and night. He
cannot keep clothing on. He lives in
caves and among the rocks, avoiding people as much as he can. With this multitude of demons dwelling in
him, he still has presence of mind enough when Jesus appears on the scene to
throw himself at Jesus’ feet and worship Him!
now speaks to the evil spirit (head-demon, if you please) and says, What
is your name? The demon speaks and says, My
name is legion, for we are many. Right!
whole episode makes the doctrine of demon possession fly out the window. In spite of his torment, the man still had
enough in him to throw himself at Jesus’ feet and worship Him. Those demons didn’t own him — they just dwelled
within him and tormented him. That’s how
it is today. We want to quickly jump on
the bandwagon when we see someone whose behavior is totally without reason or
rationale and accuse them of being demon-possessed.
they aren’t! They just need
deliverance. When we use the mantra of
“possession,” we draw the analogy of ownership, believing that these people are
without hope, and beyond the delivering power of Jesus’ onoma at work in us.
is time — especially in these days of division, strife and absolutely rampant,
illogical behavior staring us in the face — that we begin to exercise the
authority and power that Jesus has made available to us through His death and
resurrection. It is time to stop being
afraid of demons and walk in Christ Jesus!
the coming days, I will share with you some of the experiences I’ve had with
folks (and they would fill many books if I recounted them all) throughout the
years who have been set free.
made a statement that puts everything in context.
John 8:31-36: Then said Jesus to
those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye
my disciples indeed; And
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We
be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye
shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house
for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore
shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are
Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
you see the prerequisite to being “free indeed?” If ye continue in my
word, then are ye my disciples indeed!
impossible to KNOW the Truth and genuinely be free IF we do not continue in the
Word of the Lord — and that means without compromise, without twisting the
scriptures to mean what you want them to mean, without trying to get around
what Jesus is saying, but being obedient in every respect and utilizing the
real authority that He has made available!
is free “indeed!” Not free because you
think you are free; not free because your pastor says you are free; not free
because I say you are free; not free because you have a doctrine that says you
are free; but free in reality, free experientially, free indeed!
begin today with religion. We’ve already
talked in past discussions about the three families of fear, the Fear of Evil
being the dominant granddaddy of all fears, and the fact that it is the root of
all that is religious.
way of refreshing, the Fear of Evil came into the human race when Adam ate of
the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The knowledge of Evil brings the Fear of Evil. It manifested when Adam ran and hid from God
when he heard the sound of the Lord approaching in the Garden. When you stop to consider that on its face,
nothing could have been more illogical!
Adam and Eve had walked and talked with the Lord for at least a couple
of thousand years. He had been their
friend, their confidant, the source of all that they had and lived.
was it, then, that they could suddenly be afraid of Him, as though He was going
to bring down a sledgehammer on them?
All they needed to do was to acknowledge that they had sinned. They messed up. Adam could have reversed Eve’s actions
because of who he was, but he didn’t.
OK. Enough! We don’t need to continue to expand on this.
the dominant characteristic of the Fear of Evil is to make people afraid of God
so that they begin to try to compensate for their failures utilizing their own
folks, is the true definition of all religion.
Religion attempts to please God on human terms, adjusting the Word or
manipulating it so as to pacify their own feelings of guilt. They compensate by then creating actions,
doctrines or behaviors they hope to appease God with so that He will overlook
first exposure to really understanding this came when I was ministering to a
group of people in an unnamed church in southern California. There was this one lady in particular who
heard the Word, knew that she was in bondage, but had no clue what was
was early in my realm of ministry of deliverance, and I had yet to understand
the core of religion. I had no
revelation of what this lady was dealing with.
I knew that Jesus had asked the question of the Gadarene demoniac, “What
is your name?” That seemed to be the
approach I needed to take, so with the lady sitting in a chair in front of me,
I said, “What is your name?”
my astonishment, a man’s voice growled out of her, “My name is Church of
was no small revelation. What I realized
was that an evil spirit had taken up the doctrines of the Church of Christ,
blinded the lady to any truth that didn’t fit the doctrines of this particular
denomination, and then tormented her every time she saw or heard something that
didn’t jive with those doctrines.
spoke to that religious spirt and commanded it to leave the woman. Immediately she was set free. Her countenance changed. She brightened up. In the weeks that followed, I heard that
everything about her life changed as she began to walk in the freedom that is
in Christ Jesus.
was a few years later that I was sitting at LAX, waiting for a flight. A voice spoke up behind me. “Regner, is that you?”
turned to see who was speaking, and it happened to be a man I’d come to know
some years before. He was now the
Director of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Hawaii. He said, “Do you have a few minutes to
talk? I need to share something with you
that I don’t know what to think about.”
nodded, and he sat down beside me.
had the strangest experience the other day.
I know that the Lord has been moving you in the realm of deliverance,
but this is something I’ve never encountered before.”
was intrigued. “Go ahead, my brother.”
man was engaged in constant warfare in himself.
He just wasn’t getting the breakthroughs he needed in order to be free
of the struggles. I didn’t know what
else to do, so I spoke to the evil spirit that obviously was tormenting him and
said, “’What is your name.’ A different
voice spoke out of him and said, ‘My name is Assembly of God. Can there be such a thing or is this my own
answer to him was, “You’re not crazy, and this is real!” I shared with him my experience. He subsequently ministered to the young man
with the religious denominational spirit and saw the fruit of freedom in him in
the weeks and months that followed.
know that some of this may ruffle some folks’ religious feathers, but if we are
open enough to recognize that the Enemy will use anything at all in our lives
to keep us from growing up in Christ Jesus – including our involvement in
church life – he will readily use it against us to blind us to the four walls
of a denomination. He doesn’t want us to
awaken to the fact that we’ve only scratched the surface of the life that is
More to come.
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