John 10:10: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
To have a life (an anointed journey) that is truly abundant, it is necessary to look at the spiritual as well as wellness, travel, finances, family, and all the other things that most people value.
- Have you ever been tormented by obsessive thoughts of self harm or suicide? Depression for no apparent reason? Anxiety? Bad dreams?
- Do you have difficulty sleeping, or losing weight even when eating right and exercising?
- Do you ever feel like gossip, conflict, accusation, fear, or rejection follow you?
- Have you dabbled in voodoo, witchcraft, Wicca, and other occult practices? (horoscopes, palmistry, spirit guides, smudging, Reiki, talking to the dead)
- Do you have health problems or symptoms that doctors cannot explain? Addictions? Obsessions? Heaviness?
- Do you have ancestors or family members who have murdered, stolen, committed adultery, or been members of secret societies?
- Have you been a victim of a trauma, rape, molestation, or adultery?
- Do you struggle with bitterness, anger, fear, pride, arrogance, lying, fantasies, legalism, lack/poverty, or self righteousness?
- Do you sometimes see spirits or orbs in your home or in your photographs?
- Do certain antiques, family heirlooms, or gifts from others give you uneasy feelings?
- Have you had strange or fluke accidents, illnesses, injuries, or calamities that make no sense?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are not alone. Most Christians have struggled with these challenges and I have never met any Christian who could not benefit from deliverance in these and other areas.
Ephesians 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Please know that there is no shame, hate, condemnation, or judgement here. Please know that we all have our story and are on this anointed journey together.
After two decades of deliverance training and experience, I have learned a great deal and continue to learn more. As a baby Christian in the 1990’s I first became aware of deliverance and spiritual warfare but in baby steps. Over time, I worked with various deliverance ministries acquiring more knowledge and I began to minister to others. Eventually, I completed further deliverance training through two other ministries and finally as a Certified Master Christian Life Coach I became keenly aware that more and more Christians I met as well as many of those I coached, were spiritually oppressed and demonically influenced and could use coaching to learn how to apply the power and authority that Jesus had given them, to cast out demons from both themselves and other believers such as children and family members.
In the very beginning it was difficult for me to fully accept or understand that many things that might seem harmless like unicorns, dream catchers, fairies, certain books, horror movies, ogres, amulets, trolls, fortune telling, hypnosis, horoscopes, gnomes, reading tea leaves, and other seemingly relatively harmless things, could open doors and attract demonic harassment or oppression. But as I learned that what the world says about these things and what God says are completely different and when I purged my own life of these things, I then realized how legalistic demons are and how, sadly, they will take any opportunity or open door to complete their assignments against believers.
As one who has traveled the world for nearly three decades as a professional travel writer, I have learned first hand, the hard way, about territorial spirits and other oddities that would have once sounded crazy to me, and to some degree still do, had I not experienced these things myself and been set free from deliverance.
I am a Certified Christian Master Life Coach with a ministry, not an exorcist. I teach, coach, empower, and guide other Christians through the deliverance process to assist them in discovering and exercising their own God given power and authority. Unlike some deliverance ministers I do not spend hours doing deliverance for someone, rather, I coach my clients in the effective prayers and steps to door closing and in how to address and cast out demons themselves rather than to create a perpetual dependence on others for ministry.
I am not opposed to helping in the process but I have seen too many people become dependent on a minister to keep doing ongoing deliverance for them instead of mastering the tools themselves that God has given them to use. It is not a complicated process but there are important things to consider and implement for lasting success.
Because demons are so legalistic, dishonest, and cunning, it often requires some thorough digging to determine why they have a right to stay and where they often hide. More often than not, there are generational curses or word curses that need to be broken first. At birth, we are born into generational sin that travels down the blood line for generations. For instance, if your great, great, great grandmother murdered, committed adultery, practiced witchcraft, or blasphemy etc. you are affected by that sin. And lastly, the doors demons came in through, must be closed once and for all. A thief usually picks the path of least resistance, and if allowed undeterred, will often return, even with other thieves. It is similar in the spiritual realm.
I impart two decades of knowledge and first hand experience in identifying possible/likely open doors and how to close those doors through prayer and repentance, so that lasting and effective freedom can take place. It does little good to cast away a spirit of infirmity, depression, anger, poverty, mental illness, insomnia, lust, greed, procrastination, or worry, if shortly afterwards, the door is reopened to invite it and others back. Matthew 12:43-45
You will likely need to do your own self deliverance from time to time even after I coach you through the process. Breaking free can and does happen instantly for many but sometimes it is like peeling an onion as the Holy Spirit may reveal additional things you need to pray about and address or turn away from. It’s much like cleaning a baked-on skillet. Wiping it a few times doesn’t always remove it all. It may require extra elbow grease or even a scouring pad to remove the hard-to-reach build up. Many demons have hung around for years or generations and don’t especially like to be evicted. As an example, sometimes an object associated with the occult is in a house, or an area of bitterness must be dealt with and removed first.
Even Jesus explained how certain demons can be harder than others to cast out in Mark 9:28-29: And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
I don’t coach possessed people; I pray for them. Christians cannot be possessed as they are filled with the Holy Spirit. But we have a body, mind, spirit, and soul. Although your spirit is saved and possessed only by Jesus Christ, evil spirits and demons can influence and even torment physical bodies or one’s mind and may even take possession of body parts or the mind. (the soul is comprised of the will, mind, and emotions) This oppression can also wreck havoc, oppression, and chaos in almost all areas of a Christian’s life. Health, finances, family, marriage, and ministry are often common targets.
Definition of oppression: unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power, something that oppresses especially in being unjust or excessive exercise of power, sense of being weighed down in body or mind, depression, an oppression of spirits.
As children of God, many Christians are far too often sick in their bodies and sick in their minds, and can’t seem to serve God the way they want to. More often than not, demons cause or contribute to this. Most infirmities are both physical and spiritual. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that Satan has come to kill, steal and destroy, but that He has come to give life and life more abundantly. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 and He has given us the power authority to do so. Hosea 4:6: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Deliverance should be another way to truly experience our salvation, instead it has become shrouded in mystery, and sometimes warped to look like some sort of side show. This is just another ploy of the Enemy to deceive, steal, kill and destroy.
Being affected by curses or demons in your life does not necessarily have anything to do with your relationship with Christ, or of what kind of person you are. Jesus was constantly casting demons out of believers during His earthly ministry. This was not due to those victims being bad people or even that they had committed certain sins. It was simply part of the human condition.
People seeking deliverance are actually bringing freedom into their lives and those of all of the people they love. They break off strongholds that would have gone down into future generations. They are walking out personal healing and freedom for their family members, which will have a profound effect and legacy on them. Many times one spouse will do self deliverance which then allows for the other spouse to do it as well. Or parents will do it and then assist their children to do the same. Walking in the authority and the power that Christ gave us should not be scary, shameful, or embarrassing.
If as Christians, we follow and model Christ and we believe He and His word is the same yesterday, today, and forever, then it is 100% biblical to use our God-given power and authority over darkness. Luke 10:19 It is extremely important to remember that Jesus supplied everything we need for victory through the cross and by grace. We must never take credit for the results. It is only by God’s power we are delivered; not ever by our own.
Here are just a few references in the bible to Jesus and to His followers casting out demons and spiritual darkness:
Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:20, Matthew 12:27, Mark 16:9, Matthew 9:33, Matthew 8:31, Mark 7:26, Luke 8:29, Mark 5:8, Luke 4:35, Mark 1:39, Mark 1:34, Matthew 8:16, Luke 11:14, Acts 16:16-18, Mark 9:29, Mark 16:19, Luke 10:19, Luke 9:1, John 14:12
If after reading the FAQ below, you feel that you may need to address these issues then please feel free to contact me. I would be honored to assist you in the anointed journey of breaking free and staying free so that you can step into the abundant calling God has ordained for your life. I am happy to offer a consultation, free of charge, to see if we feel it would be beneficial to work together.
Q: How can a Christian suffer from demonic oppression or harassment?
A: We are made of body, soul, and spirit. While demons cannot get into your spirit, they can surround your spirit much like a glass jar surrounds its contents. Believers can be affected by a sickness or disease just like non-believers. Often demonic influences cause these illnesses of the body or mind. Is there a history of mental illness or a physical ailment in your family line? That is quite likely something of spiritual or demonic nature. The body of Christ is experiencing oppression at a level, today, that undermines the ability of the church and individual believers to fulfill their God-given roles in casting out demons, healing the sick, and preaching the gospel so people’s lives are transformed forever and so that they can also follow the great commission.
Some Christians think that since they have the Holy Spirit, darkness cannot dwell in them. They fail to recognize that darkness can exist in a Christian’s mind, such as lust, ungodly anger, addictions, etc. Also, others may believe that every person who is saved, would immediately be healed of any and all illness and affliction. We know that this is not the case.
Paul said in Romans 7:17-25, that there was evil present in him: As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Q: What resources do you recommend?
A: I have a new book on deliverance coming out in 2019. Please feel free to join my mailing list over on the right hand side of this page and I will send you a complimentary copy of my new eBook on deliverance, scheduled to release in mid 2019. It is my FREE gift to you. In the meantime you will receive a FREE copy of my recent release on FREE travel, as well as other valuable tips on living abundantly.
If you choose to schedule a free consultation, I can offer many excellent referrals to free resources for deliverance.
Q: Does demonic activity, oppression, and deliverance have anything to do with my salvation?
A: Only Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit and have the authority to cast our demons. Jesus gave His power and authority to all Believers. While many saved Christians live lives of oppression and bondage, we don’t have to have demons cast out to make it to Heaven.
But it sure makes sense to live a life as clean and free as possible from any darkness, so why wouldn’t we want to spiritually ‘clean house’ like we do our own homes? You don’t need to have all your demons cast out before you can minister to others. I would hate to get to Heaven, only to have Jesus ask why we didn’t do deliverance like He commanded and modeled for all Believers to do.
Q: Wasn’t casting out of demons only done by Jesus and the disciples?
A: Look at how Matthew ends: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘ All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.’ ” Matthew 28:18-19. Many Christians are afraid or ignorant of the power and authority they have been given.
Jesus also sent out 70 disciples to preach the gospel and cast out demons. They returned full of joy as this was a very real and important ministry, and they came back with praise reports which tells us that even though they were on foot, there were many in their sphere of influence that needed deliverance. Luke 10:17: “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
Q: How can I address the areas in my life that may be demonically influenced without giving too much power to the Enemy and losing my focus on God.
A: I have seen this done and seen people lose balance. When fighting any battle, we must recognize our Enemy but we must always put God first and our focus must be on Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross. God has not given us a spirit of fear so we must live with discernment and wisdom but not with fear and certainly not looking for demons under every rock.
Q: Do demons cause manifestations when they leave?
A: Sometimes yes, but most often they are felt through yawns, burps, breath, or other benign sensations. Sometimes a slight heaviness or feeling is felt in the head, throat, stomach, or chest. Some people tingle a bit. I have seen odd things like people experience a fuzzy tongue sensation. Usually prayer and/or holding God’s word (the Bible) where the sensation is, will stop the sensation as demons hate God’s word. Often, there is no manifestation at all. Before deliverance is started, a prayer is said calling on the name of Jesus and His power and authority to prohibit any severe or unpleasant manifestations from occurring.
Q: Can’t I just tell demons to go in Jesus’ name, and be done?
A: Possibly. However, if you simply command all the demons you believe may be present to leave, you may be ignored. If somebody in a crowd called out to you “Hey you!” you might not respond, but if they called you by name you are much more likely to respond. Jesus often cast out demons by referring to them specifically by name, and He got their attention in this manner. One way to get the name is by the symptoms or problem they are causing. There are other ways as well.
I realize that this can seem overwhelming and a bit daunting. A lot of it may even seem hard to believe at first. I was there once. However, I encourage you to pray about this and see how the Holy Spirit leads you.
I have a new book on deliverance coming out in 2019. Please feel free to join my mailing list over on the right hand side of this page and I will send you a complimentary copy of my new eBook on deliverance, scheduled to release in mid 2019. It is my FREE gift to you. In the meantime you will receive a FREE copy of my recent release on FREE travel, as well as other valuable tips on living abundantly.
I hope to hear from you soon.