Countless books have been written on the topic of deliverance. Videos have been produced, workbooks have been printed, workshops have been held, and still, a cloud of otherworldliness hangs over the topic.
It has been mystified to such a level wherein it is no longer considered a function within the body of Christ, but rather some rare attribute that only a handful of people on the planet have been endowed with. If one needs deliverance, they must look far and wide for someone who knows what they are doing.
Some insist that there are special prayers that need be said, others that there needs to be anointing oil, or that the oil must be from olives grown in Israel, but it ought not to be this complicated. Everything that the body of Christ is mandated to do Scripturally is simple, straightforward, and easily put into practice.
God’s intent was not to overly complicate things but to simplify them to the point that anyone with an open, obedient, and humble heart might readily understand. The simple, straightforward truth is that when it comes to deliverance, the authority in which you approach the spirit is key as to whether or not the spirit will obey and come out. You can have the purest of olive oils, from the highest of hilltops in the Holy Land, you can memorize prayers and have perfect inflection if you do not possess authority, if you are not hooked up to the power source that is Christ, there will be no deliverance forthcoming. When Paul happened upon the slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination, there was no need for spectacle, Paul commanded the spirit to come out of the girl in the name of Jesus Christ, and the spirit came out that very hour. Simple, straightforward, and effective. But see, Paul wasn’t trying to build a brand, he wasn’t trying to put on a show, he wasn’t trying to promote himself as the next great deliverance ministry, he was annoyed by the spirit’s proclamations, and knowing the authority he had in Christ, he commanded the spirit to depart. Yes, there are those rare occasions when prayer and fasting are required for a spirit to depart. Much of the time it has to do with unconfessed sin because the spirit feels as though it has been granted residence due to said sin, but more often than not, the power and authority given you as a servant of Christ are more than enough. You can lay hands; you can anoint, you can yell in a commanding voice if you do not possess the power, it’s all for naught.
Men continue to try to substitute the power with methodology, or props, but there is no substitute for it. They may be able to put on a good show, blow on people, punch them in the gut, or throw their sweaty blazers at them, but in the end, if there is no authority behind their words, if there is no power residing in them, the spirit will remain, and the individual will continue to be tormented.
With love in Christ,
Posted on 16 July 2019 | 11:37 am