“Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed” Luke (11:14).

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Deliverance is commonly associated with demons and exorcisms, and that’s certainly a big part, but I’ve found that deliverance, in a nutshell, is overcoming bondage. Every Christian, for example, has been delivered from sin and death through Christ’s atoning work on the cross (Romans 3:25). For a while now, I’ve felt called to deliverance ministry in some capacity. I don’t know what God has in store for me exactly, but whatever the call, training is well underway.

I’ve shared in past blog posts about my own struggle with depression in which I referred to it as a selfish and jealous spirit, and I wasn’t speaking figuratively. The twist is that it wasn’t just spiritual, my depression was also physical, and attempts to treat one side of the coin, at the expense of the other, was doomed to failure. As I’ve shared previously, I believe that nothing is only spiritual or only physical, because we are not only spiritual or only physical; however, my struggle with depression is but one example. Consider how many demons Jesus cast out that manifested physical infirmities alone. “Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed” (Luke 11:14).

Some event, some decision, something, provides the enemy with an opportunity to grab hold of us, and I don’t believe the trauma, in most cases, can simply be cast away, along with the impure spirit. Whatever happened that made conditions conducive to invasion must be addressed and resolved through the power of Christ as well. I suppose one might say that I’m advocating a holistic approach to deliverance; there probably aren’t too many easy fixes in spiritual warfare and definitely no one size fits all course of attack. When the house is swept clean, and the impure spirit returns, we must be ready; otherwise, our final condition will be worse than the first (Luke 11:24). Satan is the strong man armed in verses 21-22, but Jesus is the stronger man who attacks and overpowers the devil. Christ “disarmed the rulers and authorities” and triumphed over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15).

I’ve recently entered another season of dreams in which I’m beseeched by demonic spirits night after night, and night after night, the Holy Spirit uses me as an instrument to cast them back to hell; these are seasons of preparation. Last night, I encountered a demon; before I knew it, I grabbed the spirit by the head, looked it squarely in the eyes, all the while trembling with fear, and demanded that it tell me its name in Jesus’ name. After some resistance, the demon let out a growl and most grudgingly gave up its name. In my spirit, I’m emboldened and empowered in these situations, but my flesh is a whole other story. Fortunately, God is in complete control, and the victory already belongs to him.

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