One must be honest with himself and with God if he expects to receive God’s blessing of deliverance. Lack of honesty keeps areas of one’s life in darkness. Demon spirits thrive on such darkness. Honesty helps bring them into the light. Any sin not confessed or repented of gives the demon a “legal right” to remain. Ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you and to bring to light anything that is not of Him.
I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:5 Search me, 0 God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23,24
This involves a recognition that one is dependent upon God and His provisions for deliverance. God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 It also involves a complete openness with God’s servants ministering in the deliverance. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. James 5:16a
Repentance is a determined turning away from sin and Satan. One must hate all evil in his life and fall out of agreement with it. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) One must loathe his sins. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. Ezekiel 20:43
Deliverance is not to be used merely to gain relief from problems but in order to become more like Jesus through obedience to all God requires. Repentance is a turning from all that hinders spiritual growth, ministry and fellowship. Repentance requires open confession of all sin. It takes away the legal rights of demon spirits.
Renunciation is the forsaking of evil. Renunciation is action resulting from repentance. When he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, 0 generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? BRING FORTH FRUITS THEREFORE MEET FOR REPENTANCE. Matt. 3:7,8 Bringing forth fruits meet for repentance involves more than words. It is demonstration of repentance… evidence that one has truly turned from his sins. For example, if one repents of lust he may need to destroy some pornographic materials. If one has repented of religious error he may need to completely renounce it by destroying all literature and items associated with that error. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. Acts 19:18,19 Renunciation means a clean break with Satan and all his works.
God freely forgives all who confess their sins and ask forgiveness through His Son. (See I John 1:9). He expects us to forgive all others who have ever wronged us in any way. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. 6:14,15 Willingness to forgive is absolutely essential to deliverance. (See Matt. 18:21-35). No deliverance minister can effect a deliverance unless the candidate has met God’s conditions.
Ask God to deliver you and set you free in the name of Jesus. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. Joel 2:32
Prayer and warfare are two separate and distinct activities. Prayer is toward God and warfare is toward the enemy. Our warfare against demon powers is not fleshly but spiritual (See Eph. 6:10-12; II Cor. 10:3-5). Use the weapons of submission to God, the blood of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and your testimony as a believer. (See James 4:7; Rev. 12:11; Eph. 6:17). Identify the spirits, address them directly by name in a commanding voice, and in faith command them to go in the name of Jesus. Enter the battle with determination and assurance of victory. Christ cannot fail! He is the Deliverer! “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils.” Mark 16:17a “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and MY DELIVERER.” Psalm 18:2a