4 Factors of Deliverance
Understanding these four factors will greatly expand your understanding of the nuances involved when it comes to occult deliverance and spiritual warfare.
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4 FACTORS OF DELIVERANCE
What are the 4 factors of deliverance?
Divine Providence and Sovereignty of God
The Belief of the Afflicted
Repentance of the Afflicted
Prayers/Intercession of the Advocate(s) (and the Afflicted)
1 - DIVINE PROVIDENCE AND SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
1- ALL THINGS ARE CREATED FOR GOD’S GLORY.
God is a perfect and truly good God, who created all things for his glory and presents to humanity the free will choice of reconciliation to him through Jesus Christ, to be established as his people, to reside with him in the New Heaven and Earth. “The glory of God consists in the realization of this manifestation and communication of his goodness, for which the world was created. God made us "to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace" (Vatican Archive 294).
Psalm 50:15 captures the nature of deliverance: for God to be glorified. “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
2- GOD’S WILL SHALL BE DONE.
Wisdom chapter 14 describes the providence of God, reflecting upon his faithfulness to carry humanity forward to achieve his divine plan despite our weakness and frailty. “One preparing for a voyage and about to traverse the wild waves cries out to wood more unsound than the boat that bears him, for the urge for profits devised this latter, and Wisdom the artisan produced it. But your providence, O Father! guides it, for you have furnished even in the sea a road, and through the waves, a steady path, Showing that you can save from any danger, so that even one without skill may embark.”
Divine Providence is the action of God to bring about his divine purpose. Divine Providence is inevitable and cannot be thwarted. “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
God has absolute sovereignty over all events. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established” (Proverbs 19:21).
3 - HUMANS ARE GIVEN FREE WILL TO CHOOSE GOD.
God understands our needs intimately and we are told not to be anxious or worry about anything, but instead to seek the Kingdom of God and that all things will be added to us. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well” (Matthew 6:33).
Creation was created by God as good, but also incomplete. The universe is in statu viae, which means it was created “in a state of journeying toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it” (Vatican Archive 302).
“He so orders all events within the universe, that the end for which it was created may be realized. That end is that all creatures should manifest the glory of God, and in particular that man should glorify Him, recognizing in nature the work of His hand, serving Him in obedience and love, and thereby attaining to the full development of his nature and to eternal happiness in God.” (New Advent)
God does not force his Kingdom and partnership upon humanity. Humans are given the free will to choose to enter into a relationship with him through accepting the salvation of their soul through Jesus Christ, and actively partnering with him in the journey of theosis or sanctification.
4 - CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO ACCEPT GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER SUFFERING.
Certain afflictions are not removed from a person, not resulting from the judgment by God of a person’s character, but that God might be glorified. A person’s sin, belief, and repentance are factors that play into liberation, but ultimately, God’s will supersedes a human’s actions. A human’s suffering does not necessarily mean they have sinned, lack belief, or lack repentance, but that God might be glorified. Jesus said about a man born blind, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). Paul described his own affliction that he suffered willingly for whatever purpose the Lord had for it. “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited” (2 Cor 12:7).
Conversely, God might allow suffering in a person to bring them to full repentance. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). We are in a current grace period, the time of imperfection, the time in between Jesus conquering death and coming back to fully restore us to eternal life. In this time, we are given the option to choose life in Christ and so be perfected by the Holy Spirit working in us, for the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose for us, or not. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Cor 13:12).
Regardless of the phenomenon of suffering being present in a person’s life, we know that God is sovereign over our situations. We are called to trust him and know that we are divinely protected by the Blood of Jesus and are heirs to his eternal kingdom. We are called to work out our salvation every moment of our lives, to remain steadfast and vigilant, and to keep our eyes locked on Christ regardless of any suffering we endure. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). We endure suffering willfully and with faith, knowing that in spite of our suffering we are being perfected and brought to eternal redemption.
5 - GOD HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CAST DEMONS OUT OF PEOPLE.
Holy Scripture demonstrates that Jesus Christ has the authority to cast demons out of people. “there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him” (Mark 1:23-26).
The same anecdote is provided in the Gospel of Luke, which describes his authority and power to cast out demons. “And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out” (Luke 4:36).
Components of Divine Providence
God is perfectly good and kind and created all things for his glory.
God’s will shall be done. His plans are irrefutable and inevitable.
God offers humanity the free will to accept salvation through Jesus Christ, which begins the process of theosis so they might enter the Kingdom of God for eternity. Although God is sovereign over all and his will shall be done, God does not force humans to choose him.
Despite the phenomenon of suffering, we as Christians are called to accept and rejoice in God’s sovereignty and his Divine Providence over our sufferings, for his glorification and will to be done through us in any way. God is faithful to his children.
God has the sovereign authority and power to cast demons out of people.
2 - BELIEF OF THE AFFLICTED
1 - BLIND MEN WERE HEALED BECAUSE OF THEIR BELIEF.
“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened’ (Matthew 9:27-30).
The word faith in this passage is the Greek word pistis, meaning “gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people… for the believer is "God's divine persuasion" – and therefore distinct from human belief (confidence), yet involving it. The Lord continuously births faith in the yielded believer so they can know what He prefers, i.e. the persuasion of His will” (Strong’s Greek Concordance).
The core of this passage refers to the “receptivity” of the believer. Pistis means “It is God's warranty that guarantees the fulfillment of the revelation He births within the receptive believer” (Strong’s).
2 - FAITH IS AWAKENED BY THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION IN CHRIST.
Faith is awakened by hearing the truth of the gospel, that is, our salvation in Christ.
“So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself)” (Romans 10:17, AMP).
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17, NIV).
3 - AN EXPRESSION OF TRUE FAITH OFTEN TAKES DEDICATION AND PERSISTENCE.
Faith in a person is a critical component of deliverance, because God does not force a relationship on people, but gives them free will to believe in him.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Rev 3:20). This passage describes a person who hears God’s voice, that is, listening to the message of salvation, and making moves to receive that message, that is, opening the door, and then the exchange of being received and reconciled to Christ. If you consider standing at the door and knocking, this indicates a desire and an action that a person must take in order to choose Christ, and then Christ’s response to the person intentionally requesting to enter the Kingdom of God.
We are called to be persistent and endure, to continually seek the Lord. It is not a one-time choice but the willful choice of a lifetime with every moment and fiber of our being. “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36). Holy Scripture says, “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
This passage has been improperly brandished to mean that anyone who claims to be a Christian cannot be oppressed by the Devil. This is absolutely not true, and this nonchalant perspective is exactly the approach the Devil wants people to have. This perspective also completely misses the core message of this passage, which actually seeks to present the opposite.
The Greek word for resist in this passage, anthistémi, means the following:
take a complete stand against; a "180 degree, contrary position"
to establish one's position publicly by conspicuously "holding one's ground”
refusing to be moved ("pushed back")
To oppose fully, to forcefully declare one's personal conviction (where they unswervingly stand)
to keep one's possession; ardently withstand, without giving up (letting go)
a military term in classical Greek (used by Thucydides, etc.) meaning "to strongly resist an opponent" ("take a firm stand against").
This word indicates a resoluteness and firmness of mind and heart, a confident intention that indicates that we have zero doubt to turn our backs toward evil and fix our eyes upon Christ. When it comes to deliverance, the faith in Christ and desire for the afflicted to resist, or anthistémi, can take time depending on the heart and mind of the person.
Components of the Afflicted’s Belief
Holy Scripture refers to Jesus healing and delivering based on the faith of the afflicted.
Faith is awakened by the afflicted hearing the Gospel of Christ.
An expression of true faith takes dedication and persistence.
3 - REPENTANCE OF THE AFFLICTED
Oftentimes repentance and faith precede deliverance. If a person does not have faith nor repents, why would the Lord deliver? The Lord is sovereign and therefore can do whatever he wills. However, taking into consideration all factors of deliverance, the Lord will wait for a person to come to faith and repentance before deliverance will occur. And even moreover than that, faith and repentance of the afflicted are just factors in deliverance and not the whole picture. This means it could be the Lord’s will to not deliver a person from some form of affliction (see the example of Paul and the demon that the Lord allowed to afflict him to prevent hubris). That said, we also know that the Lord is reliable and faithful to his word, and it is through the Blood of Christ that a person is delivered into the Kingdom of God.
1 - THE BLOOD OF CHRIST IS THE DOORWAY INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
We enter the Kingdom of God through the Blood of Jesus Christ. And after entering through that doorway we are confidently able to hold fast without wavering in our hope for eternal salvation.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:19-23).
That said, we are also called to remain vigilant and stay to the end to be saved. This demands that we hold fast to our confession and continue to grow in holiness as we are made perfect by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us.
2- THE AFFLICTED MUST CONTINUALLY REPENT WITH PENITENT HEARTS SO AS TO RID THEMSELVES OF SATAN’S INFLUENCE.
Consider the passage that states, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
We know that God has made promises to his children. But the question becomes, how do we know if we are actually his child? There are steps to take to fully lean into Christ that bring a person under his lordship and protection. Once those steps are taken and the faith is clearly demonstrated because it is locked into the person’s heart, it is more likely that the Lord would allow a spiritual affliction to be alleviated. Conversely, the Lord might deliver a person to bring them into an even deeper level of faith and repentance, due to the working of the Holy Spirit in the person. Usually, this is a process. Deliverance occurs over time and with dedication, continued and deepening levels of repentance, and growing faith.
3 - AURICULAR CONFESSION IS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR REPENTANCE AND DELIVERANCE, HANDED DOWN THROUGH APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Purification is a process. With the saturation of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit comes into a person and changes them, renews their mind, and brings them to repentance. As the person hears the Word and integrates the truth in it, they experience deeper levels of freedom from bondage.
Auricular confession plays a critical role in assisting the afflicted with the process of repentance. Apostolic authority was granted by Jesus to his apostles to facilitate the ministry of reconciliation.
John 20:21: Jesus grants the apostles the authority to forgive sins. “Jesus says to the apostles, “as the Father sent me, so I send you.”
John 20:22: Jesus “breathes” on the apostles, and then gives them the power to forgive and retain sins.
John 20:23: Jesus says, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” This would require the penitent to confess the sin out loud.
Matthew 9:8 “When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” God gave authority to Jesus to forgive sins, who gave this power to the apostles, who followed Jesus’ lead in passing that authority down to other men, as Jesus commanded.
This was handed down from the apostles to the bishops and priests today, and this laying on of hands and authority helps to deliver souls from bondage as they go through the process of deliverance and sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:18-21).
4 - THE AFFLICTED MUST HAVE FAITH, RENOUNCE THE ENEMY, REPENT, AND DEMONSTRATE AMENDMENT OF LIFE TO MAXIMIZE DELIVERANCE RESULTS.
The process begins with faith, and then moves into renunciation, repentance, and demonstrated amendment of life. “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8).
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent” (Revelation 3:19).
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8).
“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” (Ezekiel 18:32)
Components of Repentance of the Afflicted
The Blood of Jesus Christ is the doorway into the Kingdom of God. This truth must be first integrated into the person’s heart in order for repentance to occur.
The afflicted must continually repent with penitent hearts so as to rid themselves of Satan’s influence.
An auricular confession is a powerful tool for repentance and deliverance, handed down through apostolic authority.
The afflicted must have faith, renounce the enemy, repent, and demonstrate amendment of life to maximize deliverance results.
4 - PRAYERS/INTERCESSION OF THE ADVOCATE AND AFFLICTED
1 - CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED TO PRAY UNCEASINGLY TO EFFECTIVELY STAND AGAINST THE DEVILS’ SCHEMES.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
The call here is to pray. The word sober-minded here is the Greek word nēpsate, which means “be of sound judgment and sober [spirit] for the purpose of prayer” (Strong’s Greek Concordance).
The priest is given the authority by Jesus to directly adjure (through imprecatory prayer) the demonic to leave the afflicted. Faithful lay persons are called to utilize deprecatory prayer to ask the Lord to deliver the person from bondage.
2 - SOME DEMONIC ATTACHMENTS CAN ONLY BE REMOVED THROUGH PRAYER.
Holy Scripture describes the disciples not being able to cast out a demon, and Jesus explained that there are nuances to their ability in casting out the demonic. Whereas the demons are entirely subject to the authority of Jesus Christ, the disciples do not share the same level of efficacy in casting them out.
“But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer” (Mark 9:27-29).
“Why could we not cast it out?” The Greek word for cast here is ekballo, which means “to throw, cast, put out, banish, bring forth, produce” (Strong’s Greek Concordance).
Jesus answered, that this kind cannot “come out,” or exerchomai, “to go or come out of” except by proseuché, or “prayer to God” (Strong’s Greek Concordance).
This clearly indicates that there is a difference between God himself casting a demon out of a person, and the petition of a human to God to do the same. Jesus can cast out demons without any resistance. Humans are not God, and therefore, there are more factors at play here when it comes to the success of the deliverance of a person as a whole. When it comes to “casting out” or ekballo, and the resulting actual expulsion, or exerchomai, there are factors that humanity experiences that Jesus Christ himself does not. This is the result of the fall. During this time of imperfection before Jesus Christ comes back to establish His eternal kingdom, we are humans must consider all aspects of the ministry of reconciliation, taking into careful consideration all of the moving parts, and do our due diligence in helping our brothers and sisters in Christ toward faith, repentance, renunciation, and amendment of life.
3 - THE FAITH OF THE ADVOCATE IS A FACTOR IN THE EFFICACY OF DELIVERANCE.
The faith of the advocate is a factor in the efficacy of deliverance.
“And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:14-20).
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).
The Body of Christ is called to intercede on behalf of the spiritually afflicted. The Lord listens to the prayers of the faithful. Faithful intercession helps to bring souls from bondage into faith, repentance, and full conversion.
The Holy Spirit empowers the Body of Christ through giftings of faith, discernment, and
intercession to bring the afflicted to liberation.
4 - THE AFFLICTED MUST PRAYERFULLY ENDURE AND REMAIN FAITHFUL THROUGH TRIAL. THEY MUST TAKE UP THEIR CROSS AND FOLLOW JESUS.
As a person goes through the process of truly repenting and coming to faith, they will likely suffer from spiritual affliction. This is a time of reflection upon past sins and usually is experienced in conjunction with a person not having fully given their heart to Christ. This is a middle ground area where the person is engaged in a spiritual struggle between the light and the darkness. A person must remain faithful during this time. This time period tempers a person and they learn many things about entering into a true relationship with the Lord if they stand firm during this time. The main biblical concepts that a person should cling to during this period include passages about God’s promises to his people, God’s protection of his children, and God’s inheritance that he gives to those who have faith in Christ. Focusing on these three key aspects of God’s plan help tether a person to the truth of Christ as they go through the deliverance process.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Cor 10:13).
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
5 - DELIVERANCE PRAYERS ARE ONE ASPECT OF A LARGER DELIVERANCE PROCESS.
One question that often arises is, why would the Lord not deliver a person from spiritual affliction? Let’s look at Matthew 12.
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45)
Given that a person can put themselves in a much worse condition if they get freed of the demonic and then turn back to their old ways, I believe we must consider the concept of God’s mercy in this case.
Let’s say a person is not fully repentant, or perhaps they don’t fully believe in Jesus Christ. If the Lord allowed them to be freed of the demonic influence, they would end up in a worse state than before. Does the Lord prevent deliverance in some cases to prevent the worsening of a spiritual issue?
Jesus Christ demonstrates the casting out of demons in Holy Scripture with no issue whatsoever. However, Holy Scripture also makes it clear that the apostles and disciples do not share the same level of success. Jesus Christ is God, therefore, the demons obey. However, Jesus explains that the human’s lack of faith prevented the demonic from being ejected. Also, in some cases, the demons could only be removed with prayer. Additionally, the warning is given that a person is freed of the demonic without filling their hearts with the Holy Spirit, this leaves the person in a much worse situation. It seems that with a holistic view of the climate surrounding deliverance ministry, we must consider all factors. We must diligently work with the afflicted to come to faith, repentance, renunciation, and full amendment of life.
Components of Prayers of the Advocate and Afflicted
Christians are called to pray unceasingly to effectively stand against the Devil’s schemes.
Some demonic attachments can only be removed through prayer.
The faith of the advocate is a factor in the efficacy of deliverance.
The afflicted must prayerfully endure and remain faithful through trial. They must take up their cross and follow Jesus.
Deliverance prayers are one aspect of a larger deliverance process.
About The Author
Teresa Yanaros, a degreed journalist with a passion for Jesus, has dedicated her life to investigating media, exposing occult lies, and driving home the truth of Christ. Earlier in her career, Teresa was a successful author who gave speeches and practical workshops across America, after publishing a book that investigated the phenomenon of modern American online spiritualism and attempted to reconcile her Roman Catholic roots with new-age practices. She then had a radical deliverance experience from the occult and now coaches Christians who left the new age to follow Jesus.
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