How to Receive God's Deliverance

  1. 1. We must personally affirm our faith in Christ:
        A. We must acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
        B. Jesus becomes the High Priest of our confession (Heb. 3:1).
        C. If we do not confess our faith in Jesus, we give Him no basis to intervene on our behalf.
  2. 2. Humble ourselves:
    A. God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (1 Pet. 5:5). If we approach God with a prideful attitude, then He will resist us.
    B. We must choose between dignity or deliverance.
    C. If we do not humble ourselves, then we will not yield to take the steps that follow.
    D. We cannot worry about how we look or sound or what will happen.  We must trust God to be set free.
    E. Desperation brings deliverance.
  3. 3. Confess any known sin:
    A. John 1:9
    B. We must be honest about our sin and acknowledge it. God only forgives sin when we acknowledge it as sin. If our sin is hatred, then we must call it hatred. We cannot say we just dislike the person.
  4. 4. We must repent of all sins:
    A. Confessing sin is not enough. We must make a decision to turn from it completely. According to Proverbs 28:13, we must forsake our sin.
    B. As long as we have our sin, we are on Satan’s ground.  Repentance involves two things:
    1. Accepting personal responsibility for what we have done. We cannot try to hold others responsible for what we have done.
    2. We cannot try to minimize our sin or excuse it.  We must hate sin as God hates it. Then sin will have no more power over us.
  5. 5. We must forgive all other people who have hurt or offended us:
        A.Matthew 18:21-22, 33-35; Mark 11:25-26
        B. We must unconditionally forgive all those who wronged us.
        C. To be forgiven by God, which is the only way we can qualify for His help in deliverance, we must forgive everyone who has hurt us.
        D. Forgiving others is not an emotion, but a decision and an act of our will.
        E. We must verbalize it: “I forgive Bro. So-and-So for all the wrong he did to me.”
  6. 6.We must break with the occult and all false religions:
        A. Occult involves the use of supernatural knowledge or wisdom from sources other than God. Examples include psychics, fortune tellers, witchcraft, palm reading, tarot cards, séances, talking to the dead, black magic, levitation, horoscopes, astrology (Deuteronomy 18:9-13).
        B. False religions: Jehovah’s Witness, Mormons, Mosonic Lodges, Muslims, Buddhists, Christian Science, Scientology.
        C. Possession of occultic objects, symbols, souvenirs, books, charms, and objects of art in the home (Deuteronomy 7:25-26; Acts 19:18-19) indicates agreement with the occult.
  7. 7. We must prepare to be released from every curse on our lives.
    A. The curse is like a dark shadow over a person’s life that shuts out part (at least) of God’s blessings.  Two blessings that may be prevented by a curse include physical healing and deliverance from evil spirits.
    B. It is possible that a family generational curse has been passed down. 
    We may not be guilty of it, but we feel the effects and consequences of it (Ex. 20:3-5; Prov. 26:2-3).
    C. The following are examples of possible curses at work:
    1. Mental or emotional breakdown (Deut. 28:28)
    2. Repeated or chronic sicknesses (especially if hereditary) (Deut. 28:59-60)
    3. Barrenness; tendency to miscarry or other related female problems (Ex. 23:26; Deut.7:14; Deut. 28:18)
    4. Breakdown of marriage and family alienation (Deut. 28:30, 32, 41, 54, 56)
    5. Continuing financial insufficiency (Deut. 28:17-18; 38)
    6. Being “accident prone” (Proverbs 1:26)
    7. Family history of suicides or unnatural, untimely deaths (Ecc1esiastes. 7:17; Ezekiel 18:23)
    8. Abuse and victimization: mental, physical, verbal, sexual
    D. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provides all-sufficient scriptural basis for release from a curse (Gal.3:13-14).
  8. 8. We take our stand with God:
    A. We make a firm decision and speak it out: “Lord, I submit my will, my purpose, my future, my whole life to God.  I take my stand with God against all sin, all evil and every kind of demon.”
    B. God may reveal the identity of demons we need to expel.
    C. We must call a dog by its name. We have more authority over it.  We must call out any spirit we may be aware of according to its function. For example, we may say, “You spirit of lust or rejection, or you spirit causing me confusion.  I take my stand against you in the name of Jesus.  I no longer submit.  You have no more place in me.  I command you to go” (James 4:7).
  9. 9. Begin to expel the demons:

In the following excerpt from the book They Shall Expel Demons, Derek Prince explains the process of expelling demons.

This is so simple and practical that it does not seem spiritual.  But it works!  You should not attempt to do it, however, until you have prayed the prayer in the next chapter.

I explained in Chapter 11 that the word spirit in both Hebrew and Creek is the word for wind – but also the word for breath.  So how do you get rid of breath?  You expel it, usually through your mouth. Begin to inhale and exhale.