7 Steps For Retaining Deliverance
- Put on the Whole Armour of God The Christian’s spiritual armour is set forth in Eph. 6:10-18. There are seven pieces of armour: (1) Loins girt about with truth, (2) The breastplate of righteousness, (3) Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, (4) The shield of faith, (5) The helmet of salvation, (6) The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, and (7) Praying in the Spirit. Pay special attention to the "helmet of salvation” for the guarding of your thought life. Most demons seeking to re-enter assail the thoughts. Become watchful of any thoughts that could be considered negative; they are from the enemy. Separate their thoughts from your own. Refuse the thoughts they give you and replace them with positive spiritual thoughts. (See Phil. 4:8). Resist the devil at the first sign of his attack.
- Confess Positively Negative confessions characterize demonic influence. Positive confession is faith expressed. Confess what God’s Word says. Any other confession will open the door for the enemy. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he SAITH shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he SAITH. Mark 11:23
- Stay in the Scripture Jesus withstood Satan’s temptation by using scripture. The Word is a mirror to the soul (James 1:22-25); it is a lamp unto the feet for guidance (Psalm 119:105); it is a cleansing agent (Eph. 5:25,26); it is a two-edged sword, laying bare the heart (Heb. 4:12); it is food for the spirit (I Pet. 2:2; Matt. 4:4). No person can long maintain deliverance apart from the Word of God as a primary factor in his life. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
- Crucify the Flesh. Take up your cross daily and follow Jesus. (Luke 9:23). Break old habit patterns set up in league with evil spirits. If fleshly appetites, desires and lusts are not brought to the cross, a way for demons to return will be left open. (Gal. 5:19-21,24)
- Develop a Life of Continuous Praise and Prayer. Praise silences the enemy. Praise is not an attitude of heart; praise is the expression unto God of thankfulness, adoration and joy by speaking, singing, shouting, dancing, leaping, playing musical instruments, clapping the hands, etc. Pray in the Spirit (in tongues) and also in the understanding (I Cor. 14:14). “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17).
- Maintain a Life of Fellowship and Spiritual Ministry It is the sheep that wanders from the flock that is most endangered. Find and fulfill your function within the body of Christ. Desire spiritual gifts and yield to their operation through you within the body of Christ. (See: I Cor. 12:7-14). Keep yourself under authority.
- Commit Yourself Totally to Christ. Determine that every thought, word and action will reflect the very nature of Christ. Abide in Christ that the fruit of the Spirit might come forth in abundance. Demon spirits are enemies of the fruit of the Spirit. Faith and trust in God is the greatest weapon against the devil’s lies. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Eph. 6:16
NOTE: Doing these seven things will insure that your “house” (life) is filled after having been cleansed. No demon will be able to return much less bring any others in with him. If a spirit should trick you and regain entrance, see that he is cast out as soon as possible, either by yourself or with the help of other believers. If other areas of demonic activity in your life are subsequently brought to light, seek deliverance, Jesus has made possible complete deliverance. Walk in daily deliverance. Do not settle for anything less! For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more (certain), now that we are reconciled that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His (resurrection) life. Romans 5:10, Amplified.