Driving demons out of people is one of the signs to follow believers (Mark 16:17). What are the qualifications for someone to minister in deliverance? We have ministered deliverance to thousands of people and trained hundreds; I want to share our perspective on this vital question. [Read more…]
We have discussed in other articles how there are few standard practices in the realm of deliverance ministry. [Read more…]
This video is based upon an earlier written blog on Why We Look In People’s Eyes During Deliverance Ministry.
There are a variety of ways to minister in deliverance. We sit down in front of the person, hold their hand and look into their eyes as we call out spirits. This video explains our reasoning.
The phrase “there are many different ways to skin a cat” certainly applies to deliverance ministry. Apart from the furor of animal rights activists, the term colorfully illustrates the disparity of approaches that pastors, ministers and counselors use.
At Above & Beyond, we sit directly in front of the prayee, hold their hand and spend much of the two-hour session calling out spirits and looking into their eyes?
Why do we do that?
Let me first address the nature of our approach versus others. Some minister at the altar or in front of a large group. The session can be quiet or can become quite animated. Many ministers believe and expect that there will be physical manifestations and turmoil as they attempt to wrestle unwilling demons out of people.
We respect this diversity of methodologies in the body of Christ and rejoice in the knowledge that many are involved in this important ministry. Our view is similar to the apostle Paul who said in Philippians 1:8 that he was happy to have the gospel preached however it was done.
We avoid criticizing or commenting on other approaches and try only to do the best we can with the knowledge and understanding the Lord has given us. We attempt to draw as much as we can from the Bible and then adapt the process to what seems to work most effectively.
We hold people’s hands, or lay hands upon them, because that is what Christ modeled when he ministered healing to those who needed it. (Mark 16:18, Matthew 8:2-3, Matthew 9:29).
Driving Out Demons By Looking Into The Eyes
We look into people’s eyes for two reasons:
- The eyes are the windows to the soul (Matt 6:22-23) and deliverance ministry involves calling demons out of a person’s soul. We are looking into the soul and addressing the spirits directly. This practice is a matter of preference for us for this reason, although it is not modeled in Scripture. However, the next point offers a tangible physical benefit that helps us be more efficient in ministry.
- We can also see the person’s face and countenance for indicators that demons are manifesting or leaving. A spirit will often cause a person’s face or eyes to twitch. The eyes can narrow or widen. There can also be tears welling up, flaring of the nostrils, tongue movement and other signs that surface when demons are agitated or departing.
We have used this approach to minister deliverance to many thousands of clients and seminar attendees. Until the Lord gives us a better way, we will keep doing this.
If you are ministering in deliverance using any process or procedure, we suggest you give this a try and please let us know the results.
How does one best do deliverance ministry? What is the right way to do it? Are there wrong ways? Deliverance ministry is the driving out of demons, and I want to give you a quick overview of some of the current practices.
When Jesus came upon people who need deliverance from demons, little information is included in Scripture as to exactly what words he used and how he did it. (Matt 17:18, Luke 9:42, Mark 1:39, Matthew 8:16, Luke 4:35, Mark 1:25, Matt 8:32). It appears as though he just did it by commanding them to go. It is not clear as to whether or not he laid hands on people as he did with healing.
What are we to make of the examples in Scripture? What other examples do we have on how to lead worship, preach, pray for the sick or any number of activities we are called to do?
I use this analogy often in teaching sessions: there is no McDonalds in deliverance ministry today where a Big Mac is going to be the same wherever you buy one. Ministry is a cottage industry performed by relatively small and unknown centers so there is little commonality in approaches and methodology.
I believe we are to walk in Spirit and in truth. God has revealed different mysteries of the Kingdom to the church in various formats and methodologies so that His glory can manifest in a powerful mosaic. It begins with a desire to minister in a particular area and a passion to search for revelation and knowledge.
If God calls you to pray deliverance ministry at the altar and cast out demons in public, do it.
If He leads you to be part of ministry team that prepares people for deliverance and does it in a quiet setting, then be obedient to that.
Some of the deliverance ministry encounters I have seen in the past make me cringe. I find it hard to understand why several strong men must pin a person down, yell at him and perform all sorts of gyrations to try to extract a demon (or demons) that do not want to leave. Having said that, I refuse to judge our deliverance ministries.
Shouldn’t we focus on the hearts and character of those ministering deliverance and also look for fruit from their endeavors? Everyone involved in deliverance ministry, if they are honest, will tell you that they are learning as they go. No one person or ministry has cornered all knowledge and wisdom. If we have teachable spirits, we can all advance in the Kingdom.
Here are some of the most prevalent models out there today:
- One-on-one deliverances at the altar. The man or woman of God will call out one or more spirits from a person. If there are manifestations, the one receiving ministry will often be restrained by helpers. This ministry model reflects a true power encounter between God and the demonic realm. Many contend that this approach most closely resembles that of Jesus.
- Group deliverance. This format is typical in an audience setting where the leader will call out spirits or have the individuals declare, renounce or call out spirits as led. Another format (one we use) involves preparatory teaching on two nights followed by one-on-one ministry from a team. This approach requires a trained, ministry team.
- One-on-one deliverance by a group in a private setting. These types of sessions often contain teachings or preparatory work. The person receiving ministry will be led through declarations, renunciations or forgiveness that will facilitate the deliverance session.
- One-on-one deliverance in a private setting. While other helpers may be present, the actual ministry is frequently led by one person who is tasked to drive the demons out (Mark 16:17). This format is favored by Above & Beyond and is the one we use with clients in our office or over the internet. We do not minister deliverance until the fourth session, and there is also a follow up meeting to show the person how to stay free and be prepare for when the spirits return (Matt 12:45). Get more info about our Deliverance Training Boot Camp.
John Wimber, who began and led the Vineyard Church, memorialized the phrase “doing the stuff” long before it became trendy in advertising. Deliverance ministry was an important part of that mandate for him and that same call is still on the church today.
Do you believe it? Are you willing to step out and learn and grow in it? Just start to do it and see how the Lord will come along aside and lead you in the journey.