Living in Liberty
Deliverance is like having your life spring cleaned. You will have already noticed a great difference but that is just the beginning! God’s desire for you is that those areas of your life that used to be under the enemy’s control might now be yielded to the Lord Jesus.
Deliverance is often a process. As you seek to live for Jesus you may discover other blockages and areas of bondage in your life you had not been aware of before but which are holding you back. Don’t be afraid to ask for more prayer.
Here are some practical things for you to consider as you seek to keep the door of your life firmly shut against the enemy. They will help you to develop a healthy and balanced Christian life.
1. Submit daily to the Lordship of Christ
Keep focused on Jesus. He is Lord. He will give you the ability to say ‘yes’ to him and ‘no’ to the devil’s temptations.
Victory over the enemy always comes as a result of our submission to God (James 4:7). There is a great promise if we are prepared to resist the devil – he will flee from us!
2. Break with sin
a) Get rid of offending objects
Remove things the enemy has used in the past as an open door into your life, objects linked to known demonic activity, e.g.:
- pornographic items (magazines, videos)
- occult paraphernalia (e.g. books, games, charms, tarot cards, New Age objects and related medicines
- religious objects (crucifixes, statues, literature from false cults etc.)
Don’t sell these things or give them away, destroy them (Acts 19:19).
b) Avoid all known sources of temptation
Don’t get involved with activities or go to places where unhealthy desires are stirred up in you (Romans 13:14).
3. Protect your thought life
Learn to get you thoughts quickly under control (2 Cor. 10:3-5). You can’t stop the enemy knocking on your door but you don’t have to let him in (Eph. 4:27)! Temptation is not sin, yielding is. If you do sin, confess it to God immediately and receive his forgiveness (1 John 1:9, 2:1,2). Fill your mind with good things (Phil. 4:8).
4. Get full of the Word of God
Read the Bible daily with the intention of meeting with the Lord (John 5:39,40). The scriptures:
- encourage us and give us hope (Rom. 15:4)
- equip us for every aspect of Christian life (2 Tim. 3:16,17)
- arm us to resist the enemy (Eph. 6:17; Matt. 4:1-11)
5. Get filled with the Holy Spirit
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
If you haven’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit ask one of the leaders to pray with you.
Ongoing infilling of the Spirit (Eph. 5:18)
live in forgiveness and reconciliation with others (John 20:22,23), this is one sure way of staying out of the hands of the tormenters (Matt. 18:34)
allow your character to be changed by the Holy Spirit. Desire to become like Jesus (Gal. 5:22; 1 Cor. 13:4-7)
pray for the gifts of the Spirit to equip you to serve the Lord (1 Cor. 14:1) See No. 10.
6. Develop a lifestyle of praise and thankfulness
Even when things are difficult (Phil. 4:4). It is not hypocritical to praise God when you don’t feel like it. We praise him because he is worthy (Rev. 4:11), not because we feel like it or not as the case may be (Psalm 42:11). Sometimes we need to bring a ‘sacrifice of praise’ (Heb. 13:15).
Knowing that God is in control of our lives, we need to learn to give thanks in every situation. If we trust him, even when things seem to be going badly, the Lord will use the situation to bring good into our lives (Rom. 8:28). This is definitely a verse to learn off by heart!
The devil will seek to undermine your faith and confidence in God by trying to make you resentful or even bitter because of difficult circumstances. Don’t let him get away with it. Resist him by confessing your confidence in God.
In everything give thanks (Eph. 5:20).
7. Develop a servant heart
Start making a conscious effect to serve others (family, church, work, neighbours).
The enemy thrives on self-centred people. As we deny ourselves and aim to be a blessing to others we enter the heart of what it means to follow Jesus (Luke 9:23).
What are you good at? What do you like doing? Use your gifts and abilities to help others. If you don’t know where to start, have a word with one of the elders.
8. Cultivate good relationships
a) Seek those who love Jesus
Healthy, steadfast and loving friendships among Christians can have a powerful effect on unbelievers too (John 13:34, 35).
b) Avoid bad company
Sometimes a false sense of loyalty can bind us to ‘old friends’ whose lifestyle represents a clear rejection of the gospel. The devil will try to bring us into situations in which our faith is compromised and our testimony is spoiled. (Psalm 1:1,2; 1 Cor. 15:33’ 2 Cor. 6:14).
Don’t worry if your refusal to get involved in certain things leaves some people offended (1 Peter 4:3,4). Our first loyalty is to Jesus!
9. Be committed to your local church
The church is like a sheepfold. It provides security and protection as well as a supportive and loving environment in which you can grow and develop as a Christian.
The enemy is always on the look-out for loners whom he can pick off at will (1 Peter 5:8). So, don’t be a wanderer!
- get involved consistently
- accept responsibility
- learn to be dependable
10. Start praying for others
Join us with a maturer, more experienced Christian and start praying for healing and deliverance, just as Jesus sent out his disciples two by two (Matt. 10:7,8). Ask the Lords to give you the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help you as you minister (1 Cor. 12:7-11).
The best people to pray for others for deliverance are those who have received it themselves! God will bless you as you step out in faith to serve him.