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What is Deliverance?

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Deliverance is being set free from spiritual bondages and barriers that hold us back from walking in the victory that Jesus won on the cross for us at Calvary. Put more bluntly, it is the driving out of evil spirits by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an essential process, probably all Christians need, to ensure they can be totally set free. It is wrong to assume, that once you give your life to Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit, that you are automatically delivered from those demonic strongholds that hold you down. One of the many benefits of being a Christian is that only Christians filled with the Holy Spirit can be delivered! If you are not a Holy Spirit-filled Christian and a deliverence is performed, then you do not have the protection and guidance from the Holy Spirit to stop any demonic influence from returning and interferring in your life which could make things worse. “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” (Matthew 12:43-45 NIV).
Despite what many people think, deliverance is not about the demons. It is about being set free in Jesus' name. When deliverance is ministered properly, Jesus is glorified and our lives are changed for the better.

By Mark Francis