Spiritual Deliverance and Warfare in the Bible
Christians who insist spiritual deliverance is not necessary because the devil is defeated might as well have been deceived (1 John 3:8). The demonic realm is real and remains active.
In fact, Satan continues to seek someone to devour. Although he is defeated, the struggle against demonic forces continues until Jesus returns. (Ephesians 6:12)
Apostle Paul mentions on four occasions how the devil can influence both unbelievers and believers in his letters to the Ephesians. Thankfully, victory is ours in the name of Jesus. (1 John 2:13; 2 Corinthians 10:4)
Exercising “Delegated Authority” to cast out demons
Jesus had 12 apostles, but He also had hundreds of disciples who have delegated authority to command demons to leave, among other abilities.
Before He returned to heaven, Jesus told hundreds of His disciples “to make disciples,” teaching them all the commands of Jesus (Acts 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:6). This tradition continues until the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.” He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a lightning flash.
“Behold, I have given you the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
Bible Verses on Spiritual Deliverance and Warfare
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 John 3:8
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
1 John 4:4
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
1 Peter 5:8-9
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
“Put on the whole armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the whole armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
…and He healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But He would not permit the demons to speak because they knew Him.
So He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name, they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages.
And they were driving out many demons, anointing many sick people with olive oil, and healing them.
Summoning His 12 disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, drove them out, and healed every disease and sickness.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.
“If You drive us out,” the demons begged Him, “send us into the herd of pigs.”
“On this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
“Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”