I believe that God is in the process of bringing deliverance back to the forefront in this hour. The topic of casting out demons can no longer be ignored in the church. It was front-and-center in the ministry of Jesus and something He commissioned His followers to do. The following is the Introduction to my new book, Setting Captives Free. It explains why we must restore the ministry of deliverance to the church!
As the title states, this is a book about setting captives free. We will explore what the Bible teaches about demonic influence and how evil spirits gain access into people’s lives. And we will learn how to receive deliverance and break the chains of bondage, oppression, torment, and affliction. My goal is not simply to give you information, but to lead you into an encounter with God so that you can step into greater freedom and help others into the same.
The New Testament has many examples of freedom from demonic influence. But many modern believers have struggled to see how the topic of demons and deliverance is relevant to their lives. The Church has often ignored or neglected this topic, or relegated it only to the most extreme of situations. Jesus, however, made deliverance from evil spirits a central part of His earthly ministry. He preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and then He demonstrated the Gospel by healing the sick and delivering the oppressed. He called people to repent and believe the Good News, and He also showed that the Kingdom had come near as a present reality. Casting out demons was a normal occurrence in His ministry and a by-product of the Kingdom of Heaven being at hand. It was not a side issue, but a vital aspect of what He came to do. He also passed this ministry on to His followers and commissioned the Church to continue to set captives free. But in much of the Western Church, the ministry of deliverance has been lost or forgotten. Thankfully, this is changing. There is a fresh awakening happening in the Church regarding the reality of evil spirits and the need to cast them out.
Demons can impact a wide range of areas in our lives. Our spiritual growth, physical health, emotional and mental well-being, and relational dynamics can all be affected by demonic influence. Because of this, the ministry of deliverance can have a far-reaching impact. We must clear away the confusion, misunderstanding, and fear of this topic so that many more captives can be set free.
Obadiah 1:17 says, “But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.” This passage gives a progression of how God establishes His people, just like when He first established Israel. He delivered them from the bondage of Egypt, then He set up the law and called them to holiness, and then He led them into the Promised Land to “possess their possessions.” Before Israel could walk in holiness to the Lord or enter into their inheritance, they had to be set free from slavery. Deliverance was a necessary step in the process of their destiny, but it was not the end goal. In the same way, believers will not be able to grow in the Lord and walk in the fullness of His plan for them if areas of their lives are still in captivity to the enemy. If the Church is to be all that it is called to be, we must break free from the shackles that bind us. A Church in chains will not be able to advance the Kingdom of God on the earth or be able to fully emerge as the body of Christ to the world.
Jesus is still setting captives free and breaking the chains of demonic influence. Many are seeking help, but don’t know what to do or where to turn. I pray that this book will be a resource to facilitate the process of deliverance for you and many others. Throughout the book I have included prayers for deliverance that will help break chains and bring freedom. You can use these prayers for yourself or when praying for others in need. I have also included many modern-day testimonies of freedom from demonic captivity because I want to demonstrate that deliverance from evil spirits is very real and very relevant for today. If you are in need of deliverance, turn your heart to the Lord, let the Holy Spirit lead you, and call on the name of Jesus. He will break the chains and set you free!
I am excited about the release of Setting Captives Free. I believe it is a timely message for the hour we are in. It is filled with biblical teaching on the topic of demons and deliverance, powerful testimonies of those who have been set free, and practical prayers that you can use for yourself or others in need of deliverance. Make sure to get your copy!