|DELIVERANCE: PREPARING FOR SELF-DELIVERANCE
HIS GLORY REIGNS
Dec 12 2008 08:00AM
Perhaps, as you have been reading, you have recognized that there are demons at work within you. You did not
previously understand the pressures you were enduring, but now you have been able to identify them. You no longer
need to endure those pressures passively.
The wonderful secret is this: You do not have to win the victory for yourself. You can enter into the victory that Jesus,
by His death and resurrection, has already won for you.
On the cross Jesus paid the full and final penalty for all the sins of all people of every age and of every race. He was
the Lamb of God who carried away the sin of the world (see John 1:29). By raising Him from the dead, God
demonstrated to the universe that His justice was fully and finally satisfied by the propitiation Jesus had made for our
The sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf is the one all-sufficient basis on which you can claim a full release from every
demonic force Satan has directed against you. Once you realize this and act in faith on it, you will be able to say with
Paul, "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57).
If you decide to claim the deliverance God has provided for you, you have two options: to seek ministry from your pastor
or fellow Christians, or to turn directly to the Lord for the help you need.
If you have access to a church or other ministry willing to help you, then by all means seek their help. It is important to
make sure, however, that they are sincere, Bible-believing Christians and that they understand what is involved in
dealing with demons. If you, as a Christian, approach them and discover that they do not believe a Christian can have
a demon, then obviously they will not be able to help you.
In our U.S. Office we receive letters regularly from people who have come to realize they need deliverance from demons
and are asking us to recommend some church or ministry in their area that will help them. Regrettably, more often than
not, we do not know anyone to whom we can conscientiously direct them. It reminds me of a scene in the ministry of
scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his
The ministry of deliverance is a harvest field in which many properly equipped workers are needed. I (Derek Prince)
realize, therefore, that many may not have any human source of help to whom they can turn. But thanks be to God, the
way is always open to the One who is the Deliverer - Jesus. If you decide t take this route, I (Derek Prince) have
outlined for you a series of nine steps that can lead you through to the deliverance and victory you need:
First, however, it is important to make sure of your personal relationship with God. If you do not already know you are a
born-again child of God, with all your sins forgiven through Jesus' sacrifice, then you can, by the very act of following
these steps, enter into a direct, personal relationship with God as your Father. If, on the other hand, you already have
a personal relationship with God, going through these steps will strengthen your faith and give you a solid, scriptural
basis on which to seek the help that you need from Him.
Read carefully through the nine steps in this chapter, step by step, until you are sure you fully understand each of
them. Then you can form a prayer by which you can claim your deliverance from every demonic oppression. You are
protected by the blood of Jesus only when you are rightly related to Him and walking in obedience. Be sure, therefore,
that you have prayed the prayer in faith before you take your stand against the demons.
Step No. 1: Personally Affirm Your Faith in Christ
Jesus is the "High Priest of our confession" (Hebrews 3:1). the Greek word translated confession means "saying the
same as..." Therefore, we say the same about what Jesus has done for us as the Bible has already said. We make the
words of our mouths agree with the Word of God. We proclaim the victory of Jesus in a bold and personal way on our
own behalf. When we do so, we invoke His ministry as our High Priest to bring our need before God the Father, thus
releasing the whole authority of heaven on our behalf.
If we fail to confess our faith in this way, we give Jesus no basis on which to intervene for us.
Step No. 2: Humble Yourself
"...GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, AND GIVETH GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Humble yourselves therefore under the
mighty hand of God..." I Peter 5:5-6
If we approach God with an attitude of pride, He resists us and we have no access to Him. So our first step toward God
must be to humble ourselves, to say to God, "I need you!"
Good never offers to make us humble. Throughout the Bible He places the responsibility on us. God can humiliate us,
and sometimes He may have to; but only we can make ourselves humble. If we are willing, however, God will supply all
the grace we need.
When we seek deliverance from demons, there may come a point when we have to choose between dignity and
deliverance. If dignity becomes more important than deliverance, we have not really repented of our pride.
If you are not prepared to humble yourself, you will not be willing to take the steps that follow.
Step No. 3: Confess Any Known Sin
Nowhere in the Bible does God commit Himself to forgive sins that have not been confessed. But for those who
confess, His promise is clear, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9). God is faithful because He has promised. He is just because Jesus has already paid
the penalty for our sins.
If you are troubled about some specific sin, be honest about it. Do not call it by some fancy psychiatric name. Most of
the names for our basic sins are not pretty. And God forgives them only when we acknowledge them as sins. He never
promises to forgive "problems." If you have a "problem" with overeating, call it by its name: the sin of gluttony. If it is
lust, call it lust. If it is hatred, call it hatred. If it is gossip, call it gossip.
Remember, too, that once you have told God the worst about yourself, you have not shocked Him. He knew it all before
you told Him. Furthermore, He still loves you!
I (Derek Prince) refer to God's warning that He visits the sins of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth
generations (see Exodus 20:3-5). This may apply in your case. The sins of your ancestors do not make you guilty, but
they can be causing you to suffer from their consequences. It may be advisable for you to confess and disassociate
yourself from any sins that your ancestors committed. This applies particularly to the occult or a false religion.
It is not wise, however, to indulge in self-analysis. Simply relax and let the Holy Spirit bring to your mind any specific sins
you need to confess. Remember, He is your Helper.
Step No. 4: Repent of All Sins
It is necessary to confess your sins, but that by itself is not enough. You must also repent for your sins. "He that
covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13). You
must first confess, then forsake your sins. To forsake your sins means to turn away from them completely.
Repentance involves two things. First you must accept personal responsibility for what you have done. You cannot
hide behind some other person - a parent, spouse or minister, perhaps - and hold him or her responsible for the wrong
things you yourself have done. Nor can you blame demons for your sin. Your attitude must be: I am guilty, and I
Second, you must take the same stand against your sin that God Himself takes. Do not try in any way to minimize or
excuse it. Hate it as God hates it! Then sin will have no more power over you.
Step No. 5: Forgive All Other People
In Mark 11:25-26 Jesus established an unvarying spiritual law:
forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your
If we desire forgiveness from God for our sins, we must unconditionally forgive all those who have sinned against us.
Let us be reminded of the parable Jesus told about a servant whose master forgave him a debt equivalent to several
million dollars, yet he himself refused to forgive his fellow servant a debt of just a few dollars (see Matthew 18:23-35).
When we consider the incalculable debt each of us owes God for the sins we have committed against Him, the most that
any fellow human being owes us is, by comparison, just a few dollars.
The judgment on the unforgiving servant was to be delivered "to the torturers" (verse 34). The activity of demons is
equivalent to that of the torturers. If you want to be delivered from the torturers, you must freely forgive all those who
have offended or harmed you in any way.
Remember that forgiving another person is not primarily an emotion. It is a decision of the will. First you must make a
firm decision. Then you must verbalize it: "I forgive so-and-so of all the wrong he [or she] did to me. I lay down all
bitterness, all resentment, all hatred."
Deciding in your heart, then speaking it out with your mouth, makes your act of forgiving effective.
Step No. 6: Break with the Occult and All False Religion
God hates any doctrine or practice that puts some other person or thing in the place of undivided loyalty and
wholehearted worship that belongs solely to God. Somewhere in the background of all these other systems lurks the
one who is the archenemy of God and man. If you want to draw near to God, you must sever all contact with Satan.
This includes removing from your possession, and from where you live, anything that in any way links you to the occult
or to the satanic. This includes books, souvenirs, charms, and objects of art. Remember Moses' warning to Israel:
"Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest
it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing." (Deuteronomy 7:26).
The best way to dispose of such things is, if possible, to burn them. Remember, this is how the Christians in Ephesus
responded when they realized their occult scrolls linked them to the power of demons. Follow their example!
If your circumstances prevent you from doing this immediately, make a commitment to God to do it just as soon as you
have the opportunity.
Step No. 7: Prepare to Be Released from Every Curse over Your Life
The Bible has much to say about the power of blessings and curses. Altogether it mentions them about six hundred
times. Contemporary Western Christendom has tended to focus on the blessings and to regard the curses as a
superstitious carryover from the Middle Ages. But this is unscriptural and unrealistic.
I (Derek Prince) have compared a curse to a dark shadow over our lives that shuts out at least part God's blessings.
Two of the blessings that may be excluded by a curse are physical healing and deliverance from evil spirits.
Over the years I have compiled a list of some problems that commonly indicate that a curse is at work:
There is, as I have said, one all-sufficient scriptural basis for release from a curse: the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross
by which He took on Himself every curse due to us, that in return we might inherit the blessings of Abraham, who was
blessed by God in all things (see Genesis 24:1; Galatians 3:13-14). (For further instruction, refer to my book Blessing
or Curse: You Can Choose!)
If you sense there is some curse over your life, seek release from it on the basis of what Jesus did for you on the cross
when He was made a curse.
Step No. 8: Take Your Stand with God
Make a firm decision and speak it out: "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."
As soon as you take your stand with God, He also takes His stand with you. You can enjoy the confidence expressed in
Romans 8:31: "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
One way God may come to your help is by revealing the identity of any demons you need to expel.
I (Derek Prince) have compared dealing with demons to dealing with a fierce dog. When you call the dog by its name,
you have more authority over it. You may already be aware of the names of a specific demon or demons from which
you need to be delivered. Or it may happen that as you enter the process of deliverance, a name of a demon will come
to your mind. These are two of the ways the Holy Spirit may come to your help.
If the Holy Spirit does give you the name of a specific demon, your next step must be to take a deliberate stand with God
against the demon, and to verbalize it. Speak it out: "You spirit of lust [or rejection or confusion, or whatever], I take my
stand against you in the name of Jesus. I no longer submit to you. You have no more place in me. I command you to
You cannot afford to be passive. Remember James 4:7: "Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
Step No. 9: Expel!
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 a prayer for deliverance.
The word for spirit in both Hebrew and Greek is the word for wind - and also the word for breath. So how do you get rid
of breath? You expel it, usually through your mouth.
There are, however, eight other orifices in the human body. At times a demon may come out through any one of them,
or in other ways. I (Derek Prince) remember the story of Christopher and how a demon of doubt came out through his
left ear. I have also witnessed the demon of masturbation frequently coming out through the fingers. A spirit of
crippling is often expelled with convulsive movements of the body.
If it happens that a demon does not come out through your mouth, but through some other orifice or area of your body,
you will become aware of it. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit and He will show you what to do. But most frequently you
may expect to expel a demon through your mouth.
After you have said your prayer for deliverance and concluded with "Amen" begin to expel. That is a decision of your
will, followed by an action of your muscles.
At the same time, make way for the demon or demons to come out. Keep the exit clear! Do not go on praying or start
to speak in tongues. I (Derek Prince) have discovered that movement of the lips and tongue in speech acts as a barrier
to keep the demon in. Think of an ambulance coming down the road, lights flashing and siren blaring. All other traffic
moves off to the side of the road. Do the same in your throat. Clear the way for the demon to come out.
As you begin to expel, what comes out first may be just natural human breath. But after a short while, something other
than human breath will start coming out. That is your enemy! Keep the pressure on.
There may be different manifestations as a demon emerges. It may be scarcely perceptible, just a little sigh or yawn.
Or it may come with sobbing, groaning, coughing, screaming or roaring. Remember, in the ministry of Philip, the
demons came out with loud cries. One woman delivered from a demon of nicotine yawned so widely that she thought
she was going to dislocate her jaw. But when she closed her mouth, she was free from nicotine.
Set no predetermined limit as to how long you will go on expelling. Keep on as long as there are any demons to come
When a demon is coming out, some people - usually women - may go on screaming without receiving any release. This
indicates that the demon has stopped in the narrow section of the throat and is holding on there to avoid being
expelled. In such cases, a deliberate, forceful cough will usually dislodge the demon and force it out. In a deliverance
service, sometimes a demon's screaming will distract others seeking deliverance, hindering them, and even making
them afraid. This is when workers need to act quickly and help the person screaming to get released.
Many different things may happen when a demon comes out. But remember, when you speak in the name of Jesus,
you have authority over the demons. Do not yield to a spirit of fear. Remember, too, that the Holy Spirit is there with
you to help you. Yield fully to Him and let Him guide you through to full victory.
They Shall Expel Demons, by Derek Prince, Copyright 1998, Chosen Books.