Pastor Taiwo Ayeni is an authority on deliverance ministry. This month, he concludes his three-part series on the basics of casting out demons.
The Process of Casting out Demons
1. Open with prayer and worship. Adequate preparation is required in prayer, worship, and praise of the Lord as you go into deliverance sessions. You need the strong presence of the Holy Spirit to guide your every step. You must be sensitive enough to discern every nudge of the Holy Spirit, so keep close to God through prayer. The seven sons of Sceva were disgraced because they did not know Jesus (Acts 19:13-16).
2. Always have a chaperone. This is very important if you are ministering to a person of the opposite sex. Jesus sent them out two by two, and the principle here is the power of two. It is also for your protection. Never minister alone to a person of the opposite sex. You can lose your reputation or ministry through false accusations. Beware!
3. Ask relevant questions to be sure the person is born again. If the person is not, you will compound his or her problems. It is better to lead them to Christ and wait a while till they are strong enough to maintain their deliverance before praying for them. This is because when demons leave, they make attempts to come back, and they come back with seven other stronger demons, "...and the last state of that man is worse than the first..." (Luke 11:24-26). Without this step they cannot be properly set free from demonic influence.
Furthermore, if they are born again, counsel with them to find out the issues they are confronting that require deliverance. You need the help of the Holy Spirit to know when half-truths or utter lies are being told. Identify which areas of demonic influence are in a person's life through (a) listening, (b) asking questions, (c) listening to God and depending on the Holy Spirit. While some things may be obvious, others require revelation from God. There is also a need to dig deep to know the family line issues--the familiar, ancestral, and territorial powers ruling both lines of the family, paternal and maternal.
4. Prepare the person by letting them know what they may experience when the anointing hits them as you lay hands on them. Also make them aware that while the demons manifest, they may be knocked out, not knowing what is going on. Let them know they may feel dizzy, thirsty, or nauseated, and could feel like spitting and vomiting. They also might find themselves yawning continuously, being pressed down, or feeling sleepy. These are all normal reactions during deliverance prayer. Some may tremble all over, experiencing unusual heat or coldness, while others may suddenly become light as a feather when the heaviness of the bondage lifts.
Use whatever information you gathered in the counseling session to lead the person in the prayer of family and personal confession, repentance, renunciation, and rejection of sin. We see a good example of identificational confession and repentance in the prayer of Nehemiah in Chapter 1, verses 5-11. You may also wish to study Ezra 9, Nehemiah 9, and Daniel 9 to see how these men of God identified with the sins of their fathers, confessed, repented, renounced, and rejected the activities of the enemy and willingly returned to God.
5. Exercise authority over the demons and cast them out. It may be necessary as the Spirit leads to begin by quoting relevant Scriptures to ferret out or stir up the army of demons operating in the person's life. While sufficient heat is released by the power of God's Word, you can then command them to leave in Jesus’ name. Be authoritative and let them know what the Bible says concerning their fate in the hands of a believer who bears authority (Mark 16:17).
6. Lead the person to prophetic prayer and action. For example, if the person is stagnated, lead him to prophesy that he is stepping out of delay, lack, or stagnation. As he does, make him take prophetic action steps out of stagnation. You can tear the letter of joblessness, for example. Prophetic prayer and action were what Elisha did over the accursed water of Jericho in 2 Kings 2:19-22, and what the prophet Ahijah did when he tore the new garment of Jeroboam into 12 pieces, gave him 10 as a symbol of his rulership over Israel, and reserved two pieces for Judah because of God's covenant with David (1 Kings 11:29-39).
7. Teach them on how to maintain their deliverance by giving them relevant Scriptures to fight back. Talk to them about standing on defensive Scriptures that they need to use when confronted by the devil. They must learn to fight and maintain their deliverance. They should never be discouraged or downcast but be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. In everything they must give thanks and rejoice always.
8. Warm then what to watch out for. They must be on the alert in the areas of dreams, visions, words, or signs of warning from God. Any dream that portends a return, defeat, loss, or death is a sign of an attack. It is a call for spiritual counterattack using the Scriptures. Counsel them never to accept defeat—stand up and fight back.
9. Schedule a follow-up when necessary. If you see that the person can’t handle a satanic assault alone, then it is time for a follow-up. A sister was having regular nightmares and was being choked in her dreams; she needed help. She was taught how to be pre-emptive before going to bed: “He that watches over me neither sleeps nor slumbers, therefore I am going to bed and I forbid any form of attacks through nightmares or being pressed down in my sleep. I will see evil no more. Therefore, I command the angels of God to stand guard and arrest any intruder in the name of Jesus. Holy Spirit, unto you I commit myself in Jesus’ name.”
While the deliverance process is best learned on the job, I pray that this will help those willing to learn and pursue the path of setting the captives free. May God bless you.
Taiwo Ayeni is president of Rehoboth Bible Ministries, Inc., in Grand Prairie, where he lives with his wife Abidemi and their son and daughter. You may contact him at rehobothbministries.org.