Deliverance is a spiritual event that takes place in the realm of the soul. It is designed to bring spiritual, emotional, mental and physical release from influence of unclean spirits.
Evil spirits cannot influence our spirit if it is redeemed. They can, however, influence our soul (mind, emotions, and will/behavior) and body. Demons align with our carnal mind, soulish emotions and fleshly ways and operate in that realm. Our soul is in the process of sanctification and transformation, but it is still subject to evil influence.
Problems in our soul have a direct impact on our ability to take in God's truth, to have a close and intimate relationship with Father, to relate in a healthy and loving way to ourselves and to others, and to exercise the spiritual fruits, especially self control. Deliverance is a ministry designed to help bring freedom from the influence of unclean spirits so the person can employ self discipline and see victory.
You may request an appointment with one of our deliverance team members by calling the Main Office.
What to Expect
What do I need to do if I want deliverance?
When you call for an appointment, you will be asked some questions designed to let us know if you are able and willing to do the spiritual work necessary after ministry to maintain your deliverance.
What will I need to bring?
A willing heart, a willingness to listen, a teachable spirit, something to drink if you want anything other than water, and a snack if you need one.
Is there a payment for services?
There is an expected payment of $60 for a deliverance session.
When does the deliverance ministry meet with people?
We meet with people on Tuesday afternoons beginning at 12:30. Most appointments run until around 6:00.
Can I bring my children?
There is no childcare provided and we do not allow children to be present. There are issues to which children do not need to be exposed. We love children, but deliverance is no place for them. We would like people focused and free from distractions.
How formal is it?
We're modestly casual in our dress. Please don't dress up! Layered tops are good because sometimes the temperature is either too hot or too cool for some. We try to have the temperature comfortable.
Do I need to fast?
If the Lord leads, but it is usually the team members who fast. If the Lord doesn't lead you to fast, then don't worry about it.
What does deliverance ministry cover? What kinds of things are addressed?
We can fall under the influence of demons in a few ways. The most common ways are due to generational issues, habitual sin, involvement in the occult or in certain false religions, making things our idols, unforgiveness, fears and anxieties, uncontrolled emotions (habitual), or lack of understanding.
We begin by asking the Lord to help us discover any generational things that need to be addressed.
Many times the sin of an ancestor will leave the future generations open to demonic influence. God warns there are certain sins which, when committed, will be visited to the third and fourth generations (Exodus 20:5; 34:7).
We then address areas of idolatry where things are out of priority in your life that need to be confessed.
Idols don't have to be statues. One of the reasons God hates idolatry is because He loves us and He knows no other "god" can do for us what He can and will do. God wants the best for us, and He knows he is the best. Another reason He hates it is because He is Creator and He really doesn't like us worshipping a created thing.
At the heart of it, all sin is idolatry. Someone has exalted either themselves, their own judgement, their own desires, their own intentions, their own will against that of the Father. Idolatry is when we give devotion to someone or something other than the Father.
Idolatry is when we allow anything or anyone to divert us from intimacy with the Lord. Many people understand various forms of entertainment can be idolatry, but don't see exalting their opinion against God's Word is also idolatry. When we choose to worry instead of trust, we have allowed idolatry. When we choose to fear instead of peace, we have allowed idolatry. Anything we put between God and ourselves is idolatry.
The really good news is the Good News. Jesus sets us free and then gives us the tools to remain free. Jesus paid our price. Idolatry is not unforgivable. It is not the final word. It is no worse than any other sin. God hates all sin equally because He knows it brings torment to us. Sin is missing the mark and it doesn't matter if we miss it by an inch or a mile, we've missed it. But God in His infinite love, grace, mercy, wisdom, and choice provides the way of escape from death to life and from the curse to blessing. Isn't He wonderful? And He's the only One who offers such a deal. No other religion has provision for remission of sin. We have such an awesome God!
We address any unresolved issues of unforgiveness that give the enemy the right to torment.
Unforgiveness will leave us open to demonic attack and influence. In Matthew 18:34 Jesus taught about how the unforgiving servant was delivered by the master to the tormentors because he didn't forgive others as he had been forgiven. In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus says we are to pray in such a way as to ask God to forgive us in the same way we forgive others. If we choose unforgiveness over freedom, God will allow us that choice, but it isn't what He wants for us. It grieves the Lord greatly for us to choose torment over freedom, but He is the God of Justice, and He will not set aside His justice so He can condone our sin (Ephesians 4:30-32; Hebrews 12:15). If we choose torment, God will permit us the choice. This is free will.
Many times we have been asked, "Why should I forgive them? They don't deserve it." We know you have been hurt. Some have been hurt so badly the word doesn't even come close to the suffering inflicted upon them by another person. We know some of the atrocities and the torture. But we also know this: when you hold resentment it only hurts you. The person who hurt you goes on about their unclean and perverted life while you sit in torment. They could care less about whether you forgive them or not. As a matter of fact, nothing would probably give them more satisfaction than to know they still have that level of control over me. So, in cases such as this, forgiveness is purely a selfish act. You choose to forgive them so you can be free of torment. You choose to forgive them so you can be free of their influence over your life in your dreams, your memories, and in your responses to others. You forgive so you can be free.
It is also true that, within ourselves and apart from the Lord, we don't have it in us to forgive. If we have learned anything about forgiveness it is this: we need the help of God to forgive others. There are times when we know we cannot forgive someone. We also know there is a part of us not even wiling to forgive them because if we forgive the person it will be like saying what they did was okay. It isn't okay. If this is where we are, God understands. But He also knows the torment we are in and He wants to set us free and heal us. So in these cases the best we can do is to declare before God that we choose to be willing to forgive. God will honor this. When the person is sincere in their choice for God to help them to be willing to forgive, we have never known the Lord not to meet them there. God knows what we are and are not capable of, and He does not expect us to do any more than we are able. This is what grace and mercy are all about. Grace is providing for us what we do not deserve and mercy is doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He is not out to punish us for not being able to live up to standards we cannot achieve. He loves us. He is a great Dad, and a great Dad helps his children when He knows they are doing all they can, but still need an extra boost. God does this for us. If we set ourselves to choose to be willing to forgive, He will meet us where we are and lead us the rest of the way. Even if our emotions do not immediately line up with how we think we should feel, they will eventually come into line if we continue to allow the Lord to minister to us in this area.
It is also true that the one person most of us have the most difficult time forgiving is ourselves. This leads to self-condemnation, guilt, shame, and self-hatred. To state it briefly, this is rebellion, idolatry, pride, and lawlessness. God says we are forgiven. God says there is no condemnation if we are in Christ Jesus. God says He has wiped the sin out. God says He doesn't remember the sin as sin, but only as an experience for which we are no longer guilty and for which we need no longer be ashamed. God says He has forgiven us, cleansed us and remitted the sin. When we say otherwise, we are doing the same thing that got Lucifer kicked out of heaven. We are exalting our judgement against God's Word. God says we are forgiven and we say we are not. This is why many people who have been trying to overcome self-esteem issues have so much difficulty. We confess every sin except idolatry. All sin is idolatry. If we start with idolatry whenever we confess a sinful act or attitude, the rest will come in line.
Sometimes we resent God. It's okay, we can admit it and not be struck by a bolt of lightening. God already knows it anyway. Not admitting it doesn't make it go away. There are times in our lives when we think we know what needs to happen better than anyone, including God. Then we are disappointed and resent "it" when things don't happen quickly enough to suit us or in the way we thought they should happen. When we resent "it" we are really resenting God. If we are in this state, God can show us (if we are willing to listen) and then we can choose to have an attitude of forgiveness toward God so we can submit to Him and trust Him more fully.
Forgiveness is releasing the offense. If we really want healing, we will release even the right to be offended or feel hurt. If I feel God offended me, I need to release the offense. I need to forgive Him. God is never offended by honesty and He's never offended when we release offenses. He is pleased by our obedience and He is very pleased to bring freedom and healing. We need not allow denial or religious junk to rob us of the freedom God has for us.
We address any areas of personal sin that may give the enemy the idea he has a right to cause you trouble.
Involvement in the occult opens us to demonic influences very quickly. Adopting the beliefs of certain false religions is seen by God as idolatry because we flirt with other gods or we are attempting to be our own god. Behind every habitual sin and habitual negative emotional response patterns there are corresponding demons. This does not mean every time we sin the devil made us do it. This does not mean every time we "blow it" we are going to be invaded by a demon. With certain sins it does just take one time because of the curse attached to the sin, but most of the time, it is when we engage is something habitually - when we establish a habit or pattern that we open a door for spiritual oppression. The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is sin (Romans 14:23; Malachi 3:5; Deuteronomy 27:15-26; Numbers 24:9; Ephesians 4:22-23).
We address the issue of breaking soul ties.
Soul ties are established with others who have emotional or mental impact or hold on us. Some people refer to these as soulish relationships. Relationship based on such things as obligation, performance anxiety, false responsibility, power and control, jealousy, resentment, guilt, worry, anxiety, sex outside of marriage, hurt feelings or grief we just can't work through, fixation, lust, seeing someone as our rescuer or as one we need to rescue, etc. are all possible soul ties. If we were part of a ministry where we were either taken advantage of or made to feel as if it was almost a sin to leave, this is a soul tie. If we were the victim of a crime, a soul tie needs to be broken with the perpetrator of that crime before a complete healing and freedom can come. Have you ever known someone who just couldn't "get over it"? Chances are there is a soul tie that needs breaking and they need a better understanding of forgiveness.
God gave us free will and He doesn't take it lightly when our free will is attacked or stolen. He also does not like it when we give the enemy or another human free access to our will. These kinds of relationships harm us and hinder our spiritual growth. God wants our souls free to come into line with our spirit. God is all in favor of covenant relationship, it is the soulish kind from which He wants to set us free.
Only after these things are taken care of do we begin telling specific unclean spirits to leave.
This process is very calm. The unclean spirits know they have no spiritual "legal" right to remain, so they usually leave with a breath or a sigh. Sometimes people have been known to yawn or even to laugh. Occasionally we minister to people who believe that unless they cough or burp the spirit hasn't left. We'll permit those kinds of things if people insist on them, but anything much more dramatic we don't encourage or support. Once in awhile someone insists on giving a yell, but that's usually a victory yell and that's great. Of all ministry that takes place in the Body, deliverance should be one of the most peaceful and least dramatic. It is when people focus more on the enemy and become excited that demons are subject to us in the name of Jesus that the more dramatic manifestations are seen. Jesus told us to avoid this attitude (Luke 10:17-20). We have found when we focus on the Lord an atmosphere of peace reigns.
When that part of the ministry is finished, the team prays for the person.
We see if there are any encouraging or prophetic words the Lord wants to relay. We also pray regarding any physical healing the Lord reveals is needed. We ask the Lord to seal the work done by the power of His Spirit and to release angels to do warfare for the person. This is taped for the person.
That sounds like a lot of stuff to do in one session. How long do appointments last?
We typically start at 12:30 and finish around 6:00.
What if I don't agree with something you want to do?
No problem. We can stop ministry at any time. If you have any questions not already addressed in the information provided, please call and ask to meet with one of the facilitators prior to ministry.
1. What is the difference between the soul and the spirit? Aren't they kind of the same?
No, they are not the same thing at all. The scriptures speak about them as being separate. Romans 8:16 says God's Spirit bears witness with our spirit (not our soul). 1 Corinthians 14:32 says the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. He says nothing about their souls being under perfect control. Hebrews 12:23 refers to the spirits of righteous men made perfect. Our spirit is made perfect at the time we are reborn, although there is some strengthening and maturing that will happen, no one is born mature! Our souls are not reborn. Our souls have to be changed. Our minds have to be renewed, our emotions have to become controlled by our spirit, and our behavior has to be disciplined so we can be obedient to the Word. Colossians 1:13 says God has translated us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His beloved Son. When someone is translated it is quick. The instantaneous translation of our spirit sets into motion the process of the transformation of our souls.
In Philippians 2:12-13 we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Colossians speaks of our spirit. Philippians speaks of our soul. Our soul has been defined, by putting together an understanding of scripture and the Hebrew language as our mind, emotions and will. In many scriptures when it speaks of the mind, emotions, and will (behaviors) it also refers to the soul - not the spirit.
In 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 Paul speaks about strongholds in our mind. In the Old Testament, "will" was originally "soul" (Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 21:14; 1 Chronicles 22:19; Job 6:7; 7:15; Psalms 27:12). Many times where we read about the "soul" we see the Word describing an emotion (1 Samuel 18:1; Song of Solomon 1:7; Luke 1:46; Deuteronomy 14:26; Psalms 27:12; 35:25; 41:2; Jeremiah 44:14; Ezekial 16:27). With regards to the mind being part of the soul, see Proverbs 3:21; 24:14; Psalms 139:14; and Psalms 62 among others. With regard to the will or behaviors being part of the soul, our will to act is the result of our mind and/or emotions.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 speaks of our having a spirit, a soul, and a body. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
2 Corinthians 4:16 speaks of our inner man being renewed day by day. Colossians 3:10 tells us to put on the new self which is being renewed. Titus 3:5 speaks of the process of washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. Our soul is where we work out our salvation, because our soul is where we can hold sin such as resentment, doubt, unbelief, deception, lies, anger, a love of pleasure rather than God, and many other self-destructive, defeating things. It is where we need healing and maybe deliverance.
2. Can a Christian be possessed by an evil spirit?
NO. In the original Greek there are three expressions normally used to describe the influence of demons: to HAVE an unclean spirit (Matthew 11:18, Mark 7:25; Luke 8:27) and to be DEMONIZED, which means to be influenced by, to some degree (Matthew 4:24, 8:16, 28, 33, 9:32; Mark 1:32, 5:15, 16, 18; Luke 8:36). Unfortunately, many translators of scriptural texts have chosen simplicity over accuracy when they chose to use the term "demon possessed". Anytime you see this term in the Word, you may opt for greater clarity and use the term "demonized" instead.
3. Does the Scripture speak of people who are saved being influenced by a demon?
YES. Acts 4:32-5:6 tells us of Ananias and his wife who were counted among the believers, yet when the apostle confronted them about their deceit, he asked them why Satan had filled their heart. He didn't say they weren't saved, but he did indicate they had given themselves over to be deceived. In 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 Paul is writing to the church at Corinth. He is taking to believers, yet he tells them he is afraid lest they should let their minds be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. In his letter to the Galatians (Galatians 3:1-2), Paul asks the believers there who has bewitched them. In Galatians 4:8-9 Paul asks the believers why they are turning back again to the things that enslaved them. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 warns that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. So, yes, Christians can need deliverance.
4. Can the Holy Spirit and an evil spirit be in the same place at the same time?
Satan is called by God's word the "prince of power in the air." Does the Holy Spirit also exist and operate in the air? Of course He does. God is omnipresent - everywhere all at once. And does not the Bible tell of a time when Satan went before the throne of God to inquire of Job? If the Holy Spirit and an unclean spirit cannot co-exist in the same place, the Bible is not true. But the Bible is true. If there is a soul available to torment and a mind available to tempt, the enemy will seek to influence it. This is what he does.
Also, we need to stop applying physical limitations and rules to the spiritual realm. Spirits are disembodied. They don't have physical bodies of their own. Physical laws don't apply to them. It is very possible for more than a few spirits to reside within a very confined space of a human body. The demonized man Jesus set free had a legion of demons inside his body. They don't take up physical space. They're spirits.
5. I am saved. I have the Holy Spirit in me. "Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world." Right?
Yes, God is definitely greater than the enemy; however, God must allow us the consequences of our choices. If we open a door of opportunity for the enemy to torment us or harass us, God in his justice will allow it, yet in His mercy He makes a way of escape. When we learn to recognize we are being harassed, confess our sin, take care of any related ways of thinking that are not of the Lord, and repent, then tell the unclean spirit to leave us, God honors it and brings deliverance. If, however, we have some unresolved issues giving the enemy a spiritually legal right to continue to torment us, we may not see relief until that issue is resolved. For instance, if we are being tormented because we have unforgiveness toward someone we will not be delivered from the torment until we get rid of the unforgiveness.
As stated previously, just because our spirit in translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of Light (Colossians 1:13) does not mean our soul is instantly made new.
Deliverance removes obstacles in our soul and makes it possible to gain victory where we have met only disappointment in our past efforts. It makes possible to not only silence the voices in our mind that tell us ungodly things about ourselves, others and situations, but to actually get rid of those voices. It is one thing to silence a voice and another thing to get rid of the speaker. Deliverance gets rid of the things inhabiting our mental and emotional strongholds influencing us to continue in self-destructive patterns. It is then possible to employ the self-discipline needed to stop doing the enemy's work for him and to stop being our own enemy.
6. Why do I need to come to deliverance ministry? Why can't I just tell the unclean spirits to leave myself?
You certainly can, if you recognize they are influencing you and if you discern the nature and extent of the unclean spirits in operation. We are not always the best judge of what is really happening in us. We certainly believe in "self-deliverance", but we also recognize that there are times when we need help. Also, there are times when the Lord chooses to require us to seek the assistance of our brothers and sisters. James 5:14-16 tells us to confess our faults one to another and to seek assistance from church elders when we need healing. The ministry of deliverance is all about healing. If you think of needing deliverance like needing a splinter removed, we can understand that for full healing to be present, the splinter has to be removed first. When Jesus said believers would lay hands on the sick and cast out demons, He didn't qualify that believers would do this only for those needing "saved." Just because our spirit is reborn and we are, in that sense "saved", the concept of salvation includes the concept of SOZO - to be saved, healed, delivered, and made in a totally sound condition.
7. Who is "the enemy", and why should I think this "enemy" is a real problem for me?
The enemy is the devil. The Bible says he has a kingdom (Ephesians 6:12; 2:1-3, 3:10). He has unclean spirits that serve him and torment us (Matthew 4:24; 8:16; 28-32; 12:22-28; 17:14-18; Mark 5:1-13; Luke 4:33-35; 10:17; John 10:10).
The Word calls him, among other things: Satan (Job 1:6-12), Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24), God of the Age (2 Corinthians 4:4); Devil (John 8:44), Ruler of this World (John 14:30), Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), Tempter (1 Thessalonians 3:5), Accuser of the Brethren (Revelation 12:10), Thief (John 10:10), Prince of the Power of the Air (Ephesians 2:2), Fowler (Psalms 91:3), Adversary (1 Peter 5:8), Murderer (John 8:44), Enemy (Matthew 13:39), Wicked One (1 John 5:18-19), Angel of Light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), Liar (and the Father of Lies) (John 8:44), Aboddon/Apollyon - Destruction/Destroyer (Revelation 9:11).
None of these names describe him as anything other than our enemy. As far as whether or not he is a problem for us, Jesus said the enemy's whole purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. No one is exempt from this. Satan hates everything and everyone. That is his nature and purpose.
8. Does this mean after deliverance all my problems will just go away?
No. The fact is, after deliverance the enemy will try every trick in the book to make it so his minions are given our permission to enter us again. This is what Jesus taught. He said that when unclean spirits go out of a man they go to the dry places and then return to the "house" they just left to see if it is clean and empty. If they find it empty, they go and get seven of their evil "brothers" and the last case of the man is worse than the first case (Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24-26). This is why it is so important to feed ourselves on the Word of God and to have scriptures we can declare over ourselves after deliverance. Paul speaks of doing spiritual warfare in our minds by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and casting down speculations that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We have responsibility to see that our "house" is not only clean, but is occupied by the Word.
9. If deliverance won't automatically solve all my problems, why go through it at all?
Because after deliverance we can be rid of all of the generational baggage the enemy uses to torment us. We can get rid of the soul ties that give others the means to manipulate us and intrude into our thoughts and emotions. We will be free to make better choices, to learn new ways of coping and thinking, and we will be able to enter into new depths of intimacy with the Lord. Deliverance makes possible a whole new level of freedom and growth.
10. Can't I just use self-discipline to get rid of an unclean spirit?
We cannot discipline a demon and we cannot cast out the flesh. If a problem is being driven by an unclean spirit influencing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, discipline will not get rid of the demon. We can make the behavior go away if we are always vigilant to do so, but we won't be in a state of true peace or rest. It will be much like people who abstain from alcohol or drugs, but who have never really done the inner work to recover from the issues that drove them to use or abuse alcohol or drugs in the first place. They may be drug and alcohol free, but they are fairly miserable and tend to make everyone around them pay for their sobriety.
11. Does this mean people can blame problems on the devil and not take responsibility for their choices? Is "the devil made me do it" a valid explanation for behavior?
No. Deliverance isn't our escape from personal responsibility. We are responsible for our behavior choices. However, where a demonic influence is at work, the responsible thing to do is to get rid of it. In personal spiritual warfare deliverance is a valuable tool in overcoming the enemy in our lives and demolishing the strongholds where the enemy has nested in our minds and hearts.
12. Does this mean all the old, self-defeating thoughts will go away and stay away?
Not necessarily. If we have fallen into a habit of speaking self-defeating and self-destructive things to ourselves, deliverance won't stop us talking to ourselves. It is when the unclean spirits join the "chorus" in our heads deliverance can bring relief. Deliverance can remove some of the voices that support the negative thinking, then we will have to learn to think in a new way in order to achieve victory. If we are the source of the negative self-talk, it will require the washing of the water of the Word and vigilance on our part to renew our minds to remedy it. It will mean taking those thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (the Word) and following His example. When Jesus was tempted, each time His answer was, "It is written..." Jesus showed us how to silence temptation and negative thinking. Again, we cannot discipline a demon or cast out the flesh. If it is a flesh problem then we will have to employ self-discipline to overcome it.
13. What work will I have to do after I go through deliverance?
Everyone who goes through deliverance at The Covenant Center is given tools in the form of handouts to help them maintain their freedom. These handouts address issues such as: why deliverance may be needed, how to deal with confusion, understanding what it means to be in covenant relationship with the Lord, whether or not we can lose our salvation because we make mistakes and sin, what is our realm of spiritual authority, what spiritual weapons we have and how to use them, who is our enemy and how to recognize him, how to handle it when we feel an unclean spirit trying to influence us, and scriptures to help after ministry. It will be your responsibility to read them, study the scriptures contained in them, and to apply that understanding in your life. There will be practical suggestions for doing daily spiritual warfare in your life. There is no commitment required regarding how much time you read the Bible every day or how long you are to pray. It is just learning to walk in a manner that keeps you free, excited about being alive, yet at peace.
14. What if I think my child needs deliverance?
Call us and we will discuss it. We are not opposed to ministering deliverance to children, but we do it in ways designed to fit the age and level of understanding of the child. It may be a case where we minister to the child as they play or as they sleep. With older children, again, it depends upon their age and level of understanding. If we can minister to them without causing them fear, we will do so. Otherwise, we can train the parent(s) to minister to the child so the ministry can be done while the child is asleep and the parent can work with the child to maintain the freedom.
15. Will you minister deliverance to my unsaved family? They really need help!
No. People who are not saved have no way of keeping themselves free from the demons when the demons try to come back in. Sometimes the Lord specifically leads us to minister a little deliverance to an unsaved person, but only in a very limited capacity. There are other ways to help unsaved people without setting them up for a battle they cannot win.