7-Steps in preparing for spiritual warfare and deliverance
Key elements in deliverance warfare
- Fasting and prayer.
- Conscious surrender every area of our lives to the control of Jesus.
- Confess all known sins.
- Identify the spirit and command it to leave.
- Cancel footholds or grounds held by a demonic entity.
1. Declare Satan’s judgment
Satan is not powerless, but He cannot do anything to us unless God allows him to do so (Job 1:12). It is essential to pronounce Satan’s defeat and declare Jesus’ authority.
- Satan, the ruler of this world, you been judged! (John 16:11)
- Jesus destroyed the power of death, the Devil. (Hebrews 2:14)
- Jesus delivered us out of the power of darkness. (Colossians 1:13)
- The Lord rebuke you! (Jude 1:9)
2. Declare your confidence is in Christ
Apart from Jesus, we can’t rebuke demons, but we can declare victory in Christ that weakens them. Through Jesus Christ, we can tell them to leave our presence and command it to leave a demonized person.
- Christ who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
- Go your way… I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
- “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” (Luke 10:17)
3. Ask for reinforcement
Reinforcements are critical. Ask God to send angels in advance (Daniel 10:12-17). If the incident is demon possession (exorcism), such as in the case of Clarita Villanueva—seek help from those with experience in spiritual deliverance.
- Confess, repent, and make reparation for your sins so that the devil has nothing against you.
- Prepare by immerising yourself in reading God’s words. , and more importantly—fasting with prayer. (Mark 9:29)
- Be completely humble, walking, and filled with the Holy Spirit when dealing with demons. (Acts 1:8).
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in a time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
4. Share the Gospel
Whether it’s a demonized person or demon possession, healing comes when we declare that Jesus is Lord. Sharing the Gospel is critical. The person must swear their allegiance to “Jesus Christ of Nazareth.”
5. Declare that Jesus Christ is Lord!
When sharing the Gospel, telling the person to renounce and confess sin before God is part of the process; repentance is required for salvation. We must acknowledge our sinfulness and realize our need for a savior. After all, Christ died for the sinners.
if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth, one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
6. Casting out demons by binding the ‘strongman’
According to Dr. Richard Ing, even if the demons are driven out, they will return later if we fail to bind up the strongman. They are usually high-ranking demons.
Although scriptures do not provide a comprehensive manual on spiritual warfare, ex-Satanist John Ramirez describes how the demonic realm operates.
They have, in fact, leaders or strongmen, together with minor demons and humans, who actively seek people to possess, torment, and oppress.
Casting out the “strongman” assigned to possess someone is critical when we command the rest of its minions to leave. Often, Christians merely bind an entity, and nothing happens.
How can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property unless he first ties up the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
Can we cast out the strong man and call demons by their name?
Those involved in Spiritual Warfare insist we must identify the name of the “strong man.” Dr. Richard Ing, Dr. Karl Payne, and Dr. Lester Sumrall, who performed the exorcism of Clarita Villanueva, demanded the name/s of these demons to command them to leave.
Dr. Ing, in particular, emphasized “binding Satan’s strong man,” critical to casting out the rest of the demons in a person possessed by the devil. (Mark 3:22-30)
However, others disagree. The parable of Mark 3:22-30 for them was meant to reflect Jesus was not in league with Satan (they accused Him of being possessed by Beelzebul). There’s no evidence He told His disciples to “bind the strong man.”