By Dale P. Kruse
(Taken From Chapter 13 of the Book: The Nature of Spiritual Warfare)
In order to deliver someone from demon possession and keep them free, you must do the following seven steps:
First, Fast and pray while waiting before the Lord for His revelation and instruction.
Second, eat protein and build up your strength.
Third, make sure the person has truly come to saving faith in Jesus.
Fourth, identify and write down all doorways to demon possession or oppression.
Fifth, have them confess and repent of these doorways.
Sixth, bind and command the related unclean spirits to leave in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Seventh, explain to them what they must do to stay clean and delivered.
Those who have followed these steps have had 100% results in deliverance without exception.
FIRST, FAST & PRAY
Before prayer for deliverance is carried out, it is good to first fast and wait before the Lord while reading His word, seeking His Holy Spirit wisdom and grace, strength and power for each individual situation you involve yourself in for demonic deliverance until the Lord has made plain His will for you in whether deliverance is what is needed or not and how He wants you to proceed.
SECOND, EAT PROTEIN
AND BUILD UP YOUR STRENGTH
Once you have received the Lord’s answers and assurance of victory, before you go into deliverance, take a couple of days to eat extra protein and build up your strength. You are now ready to assist the Lord in delivering your brother or sister from demonic possession.
THIRD, MAKE SURE THEY HAVE
RECEIVED JESUS AS SAVIOR & LORD
In order for a person to be delivered from possession of an unclean spirit, first the person needs to in Jesus’ name denounce Satan, surrender to and confess Jesus as the only Lord and then receive Jesus into their heart as Savior from their sins and as Lord of their life. Have them pray like this:
In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Satan I renounce and confess Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the only Lord and God.
Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and repent of my known sins. I ask You now to come into my heart as Savior from my sins and as Lord of my life. Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my sins through Your Son’s death and shed blood on the cross and that I now have eternal life. Now take control of my life, and through Your Holy Spirit lead me into your will and plan for my life; in Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s name, amen.
If the person is unable to do this because they are being hindered by the unclean spirits, then in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth bind the unclean spirits and command them to release the person’s will and to stop hindering the person from receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Then if the person is willing, have them do what I just said above. This is the first step to deliverance.
Once the person has confessed and received Jesus as Savior and Lord, They now have the power of the Holy Spirit in them to deliver themselves from demon possession (Acts 10:43-44, Eph 1:13-14).
FOURTH, IDENTIFY ALL KNOWN DOORWAYS
TO DEMON POSSESSION OR OPPRESSION
The next step to deliverance is to identify the doorways which led to demon infestation. There are primarily 3 doorways which lead to demon infestation:
Any involvement in the occult
What is a doorway? The Bible states that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The term doorway refers to any sin which defiles our temple. Through that doorway of sin demons can enter and cause problems in our lives. The person needs to determine what sins they committed in which of these areas. The first category is not their sins, but the sins of their ancestors. God says in His word:
Exodus 34:6-7 “Then Yehovah passed by in front of him [Moses] and proclaimed, Yehovah, Yehovah God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” (See also Num 14:18, Deut 5:9)
If the person has received demons through inheritance because of there parents involvement in the occult or the other areas above and they are aware of it, then what they need to do is confess and repent of the sins of their ancestors, thank Jesus for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 and then ask Jesus to cleanse them of the sin of their fathers.
If they have become infested through sexual sin, meaning intercourse outside the bounds of marriage or through any other kind of sexual deviation outside of marriage, they need to write down every contact they had and confess it to God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, Nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 5:5-6 “For this you know with certainty, that no fornicator or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”
Colossians 3:5-6 “Therefore put to death your members that are on earth to fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil lust, and covetousness which is idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come.”
They need to do the same with any involvement with the occult: write down on a piece of paper each individual involvement such as Ouija Boards, séances, seeking out Psychics or Fortune Tellers, practicing Witchcraft, etcetera. The sole purpose of the occult is to seek out and communicate with demons. Therefore, any activity which led them to seek communication with demons needs to be confessed. These are the sins which led to possession.
FIFTH, CONFESS AND REPENT
OF ALL KNOWN DOORWAYS
They next need to confess and repent of each of these doorways and any other sins they are aware of in their lives. They must be brutal with themselves, they need to confess and repent of each of these sins individually to Jesus and then thank Him for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 and then ask Jesus to cleanse them of that sin. They need also to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth denounce Satan in each of these activities. Pray like this:
In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Satan, I denounce you and the occult and this activity.
Until the person confesses and repents of each specific sin of involvement in any of the three areas mentioned and any other known sins, attempts of deliverance will be futile. The Bible teaches:
Proverbs 28:13 “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”
Proverbs 22:8 “He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, and the rod of his fury will perish.”
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, Yehovah’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His-ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.”
The only basis for deliverance is true repentance and a sincere desire on the person’s part to want to be delivered and willingness to carry out whatever is necessary to be delivered. Repentance according to John the Baptist in Matthew 3:1-12 and Luke 3:1-14 means to confess our sins to God, make right our wrongs confessed and then to bring forth fruit, continued changed behavior in keeping with repentance. Once the sins have been confessed to God and repented of and God’s forgiveness is received by faith through Jesus’ death and shed blood on the cross, the demons will then have no alternative but to obey and leave when the person in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth commands them to leave.
SIXTH, BIND AND COMMAND THE
RELATED UNCLEAN SPIRITS TO LEAVE
Once each sin is confessed and repented of and Jesus forgiveness is received by faith through His death and shed blood on the cross, this removes any legal ground the demons have to stay. The person can then by faith in Jesus’ name bind the unclean spirits and command them to leave forever and they will leave instantly. You command all the demons at once to come out related to the sin that let them in.
In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I bind all unclean spirits related to this sin and command you to come out and be gone forever!
Deliverance does not require knowing the demons name or anything about the demon or demons. This is not the key to deliverance and in no way helps the process of deliverance. The Bible is very clear about our not communicating with unclean spirits. We are not to communicate with them except to in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to bind them and command them to leave after the conditions the Bible lays out are met as explained above. By unclean spirits I mean demons. Demons are fallen angels, part of Satan’s unseen kingdom. We are not to seek them out or communicate with them. When you talk to a demon, you in essence make the person possessed a medium and you are disobeying the Bible’s clear command to not communicate with demons. Because this is forbidden in Scripture, doing so will hinder you from being able to deliver the person possessed. Here are passages which clearly teach this:
Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am Yehovah-your-Elohim.”
Leviticus 20:6 “As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”
Leviticus 20:27 “Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.
Deuteronomy 18:10-13 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is an abomination to Yehovah; and because of these abominations Yehovah your-Elohim will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before Yehovah your-Elohim.”
Isaiah 8:19-20 “And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.”
The only exception to this is when dealing with people who have been involved in the occult who have worked with familiar spirits. In this case these familiar spirits must be rebuked and bound in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and commanded to leave by name. These people will already know the names of these familiar spirits. If they say they do not know, they are lying. Understand however this does not mean this requires you to have the demon speak or for the demon to manifest itself in order for the person to be delivered from the demon. They simply must in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth bind it and then by name command it to come out and be gone forever. The more the person controls the demons inside them, the quicker will be their deliverance.
James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Acts 5:32 “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you.”
Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.”
Once the person commands them to leave, the Holy Spirit will let you know that they have left. They must then by faith accept that they are gone. This means they must accept it on the basis of God’s promises in His word: the BIBLE! as stated above, not on how they may feel. Feelings are an organ of our fallen soul which Satan has access to and can manipulate. Therefore, feelings must be ignored, not determined as a basis for deliverance. Our basis for deliverance is the promises of God’s Word, the BIBLE!, alone, which brings up another basis for deliverance: You must believe the BIBLE is God’s Word and believe it LITERALLY! Otherwise, how can you have faith in the promises of God in the BIBLE for deliverance? Jesus said in John 5:46-47, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” Jesus said if you don’t take Moses literally, you won’t take his words literally either. Jesus made it plain that if we are to have faith in any truth in the BIBLE you must take all truths taught in the BIBLE literally. Our faith and power against Satan in Jesus’ name is based on our having faith in the literalness of God’s Word: the BIBLE! Note what the Bible says about God’s promises in His Word: the BIBLE!
Joshua 21:45 “Not one of the good promises which Yehovah had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.”
Numbers 23:19 “Elohim is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
1 Samuel 15:29 “And also The-Glory-of-Israel will not lie or change his mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”
Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.”
Psalm 119:89 “Your word is settled in Heaven forever, Yehovah.”
Psalm 138:2 “You have magnified Your Word according to all Your name.”
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our-Elohim stands forever.”
Malachi 3:6 “For I, Yehovah, do not change.”
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever.”
Hebrews 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie.”
Titus 1:2 “In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by appearance.”
How we know the BIBLE is absolutely true and reliable:
John 2:22 “When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken.”
If the person has gone through the six steps laid out above but the person is truly not yet delivered, it means there are sins they have not yet confessed. The person must ruthlessly confess and repent of all known sins, otherwise commanding the unclean spirits to leave in Jesus’ name will not work. If they don’t know what they need to confess due to lack of memory, then have them pray and ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom to bring back to their memory specific sins they have not yet confessed and repented of according to God’s promise in James 1:5,
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
Whatever the Lord shows them, have them go through the steps above and then accept by faith it is done.
SEVENTH, WHAT THEY MUST DO
TO STAY DELIVERED & CLEAN
Once delivered, in order for the person to stay clean they must absolutely ruthlessly disassociate themselves from whatever led to there possession in the first place. They must cleanse their home of all familiar objects related. By familiar objects, I mean that which is associated with their involvement with the occult, all porno magazines, films, pictures, occult objects, ancestral objects related to the occult, etcetera. These also will hinder the person from being delivered and staying delivered. Passages in the Bible which talk about removing familiar objects are the following:
Deuteronomy 7:25-26 The graven images of their els [gods] you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to Yehovah your Elohim. And you shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.
Exodus 32:19-20 And it came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water, and made the sons of Israel drink it.
1 Corinthians 10:19-20 “What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.”
Acts 19:17-19 “And this became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord-Jesus was being magnified. Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of all, and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.”
In order for the person to to stay clean, if you helped them to get there, you will need to stay with them in follow up for at least six months until they are strong and stable enough to stay clean themselves. Ideally, you should have them live with you. This is because it takes time for this person to get to the place of being strong enough in themselves to fight off Satanic forces which will try to come back and re-establish their home there.
Matthew 12:43-45 “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it said, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”
If you want to be in the deliverance ministry, you will then need to be committed to stick with this person for as long as it takes to help them become stable and be able to stand on their own two feet and stay clean of demons. You can’t do this unless you are willing to take them into your own home where you can be with them day and night for as long as it takes.
John 21:15-17 “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you-love [agape, focus of effection love] Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I-love [phileo, loving someone as a Friend or brother] You.’ He said to him, ‘Tend My lambs.’ He said to him again a second time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love [agape] Me?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.’ He said to him, ‘Shepherd My sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love [phileo] Me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love [phileo] Me?’ And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love [phileo] You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend My sheep.’”
To stay clean they will have to regain control over their thought life. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We are subverting computations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Demon infestation is the result of a passive mind, a person giving over their thought life to Satan. The spiritual battle is in the mind. It is in the mind a person decides what he will or will not focus on. What he focuses or does not focus on is what will determine who he or she is and how much control Satan will have over them. Therefore gaining control over their thought life is the first step to staying delivered.
How do they do this? First, by studying and meditating upon God’s word. Paul wrote in Philippians 4:8-9,
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.”
What is true, pure and excellent? Joshua wrote in Joshua 1:8,
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
David wrote in Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Other Bible passages teach us about God’s word:
Psalm 12:6 “The words of Yehovah are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.”
Proverbs 16:20 “He who gives attention to the word shall find good, and blessed is he who trusts in Yehovah.”
Proverbs 22:17-21 “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in Yehovah, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth that you may correctly answer to him who sent you?”
Psalm 19:7-11 “The law of Yehovah is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of Yehovah is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of Yehovah are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of Yehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Yehovah is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of Yehovah are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth, Your word is truth.”
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-affective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasonings and intentions of the heart.”
The first step to their gaining control over a passive mind is to study, memorize and meditate on God’s word. Chapter 2-4 also talk about how to gain control over a passive mind and the flesh and how to keep the flesh from sinning.
Second, they need to be in the fellowship of believers. A Christian cannot live the Christian life in his own strength. He or she needs the support of other believers. Jesus commands in His word in Hebrews 10:24-25,
“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.”
Hebrews 12:12-13 states “Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”
Third, you need to instruct them about the importance of spending a daily quiet time with Jesus in His word to submit themselves to Him and His will and plan for their lives, and to draw upon His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to carry out His will. James wrote in James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 & Psalm 105:4 state “Seek Yehovah and His strength; seek His face continually.” Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.” Again a Christian cannot live the Christian life alone in His own strength. He needs the strength and support of other Christians, and the strength and power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life. Proverbs 3:6 states “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Jesus promises us that when we submit ourselves to Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways, in our day, that He will give us the power of the Holy Spirit to keep our ways straight in Him.
Fourth, you will need to teach them the importance of seeking God’s will in their use of time and then for them to obey the Lord in their use of time. In Chapter 4 we shared that the flesh never did obey God’s laws and it never will (Rom 8:6-8, Rom 7:14). If this is true, how then does one keep their flesh from sinning? How does a person who has been delivered out of the occult and cleansed of demons stay out of the occult and cleansed of demons? Paul gives us the answer in Galatians 5:16. Paul wrote “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” How does one know when they are walking in the Spirit and when they are not? We are walking in the Holy Spirit when we are using our time according to God’s will (Rom 13:14, Eph 5:15-17). When we are occupied in our use of time from the time we get up until we go to bed with Jesus’ will, there is no opportunity for the flesh to carry out its desires and lusts. Paul tells us in Romans 7:14 that the flesh is in bondage to sin. What this means is that when the flesh is idle, when given opportunity through being idle, the flesh will gravitate to its lusts and it will sin. This is why in Romans 13:14 Paul doesn’t say get rid of the lusts of your flesh because on this side of heaven that is impossible. Instead, what Paul says to do is to not give the flesh an opportunity to carry out its lusts. How do we do that? by keeping the flesh so occupied it doesn’t have the opportunity to focus on or pursue its lusts. Therefore, the way you teach the person how to have victory over their sinful lusts and desires is by instructing them to daily seek God’s will in their use of time and then encouraging them of the importance of their using their time as God has instructed them to. This is the only way they will be able to keep from slipping back into the sins of their flesh which is by putting “on the Lord Jesus Christ. . .” and making “no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” You do this by instructing them to fill their time from the time they get up until they go to bed with God’s will.
See The Nature of Spiritual Warfare, Victory Through Time Management, and The Nature of the Flesh which explains this principle in greater detail and how to put it into practice.
See also the book titled Jesus Is The Answer To Your Needs. This book explains to a believer how to relate to Jesus in prayer for the answer to their needs, how to know what is truly Jesus’ voice, how to know what is His will and plan for their lives and how to succeed in that plan. The book can be purchased through this website.
For more information on spiritual warfare, see the following articles on this website:
1. How Satan Gains Control of the Mind
2. How to Have Victory Over a Passive Mind How To Have Victory Over Sexual Sins
Sincerely in Jesus,
Dale P. Kruse