Deliverance from evil spirits is a powerful and necessary ministry in the body of Christ today. It is one that God is highlighting and restoring to the church. In my previous article, I outlined a powerful prayer for deliverance that I have used many times when ministering deliverance to an individual or group. I have seen many people set free as they prayed through prayers to surrender to God and cast away demons.
When a person receives deliverance, there is often a question of “Now what?” What should a person expect after being delivered, and what are some keys for walking in the newfound freedom?
Jesus indicated that evil spirits will seek to return to the very people that they were cast out of (See Matthew 12:43-45). Therefore, it is important that we are prepared for any way demons may seek to attack or reenter. We must not in any way have a posture of fear or paranoia about this; however, we must be aware.
James 4:7-8 gives us some great instructions that will help us walk out our freedom: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” If we walk in the following three keys, we will maintain our freedom and grow in our walk with the Lord:
1. Submit to God: We must remain submitted to God and under the lordship of Jesus. Every area of our lives must be surrendered to God, and we must yield to Him as He puts His finger on different parts of our lives.
2. Resist the Devil: We must be on guard against how the enemy may seek to attack. We are called to take an active stand against the devil, not a passive one. We should not be caught off guard if he tries to come our way; we must walk in the armor of God and be ready to resist him.
3. Draw Near to God: We must fill ourselves with God. As we spend time with the Lord, being filled with the Word and with the Holy Spirit, there will not be a place for the enemy to have a foothold in our lives. If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.
Although deliverance can happen instantaneously, there is a process of walking in our new freedom and renewing our minds. Don’t focus all of your attention on the devil; focus on Jesus. But at the same time, be equipped to recognize the enemy and stand against his attempts to attack you. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you some specific keys for walking in freedom!
What are some ways that you have found to walk in freedom in Christ?