Every time, I say the word “Deliverance,” my atheist husband smirks and I know what he is thinking. I pray the day will come when his deliverance from the spirit of antichrist and the spirit of addiction will supersede and replace the most heinous scene, from the 1972 movie “Deliverance” starring Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight, in his mind. One of the jobs, Jesus left for us to do, as his representatives on earth, was to cast out evil spirits and while Hollywood’s version of exorcism seems to entertain the world, they aren’t entirely truthful.
At the age of 21, I had the desire to become spiritually clean so that I would not pass on my garbage to my children. So I decided to seek professional help from a counselling pastor. From the time of our births, we, human beings accumulate a lot sin in our souls unless we are dealing with it regularly. Often our ancestors pass down their sins from generation to generation until it resides with us. God is our deliverer but we must play an active part in acquiring freedom from the spirits that wage war against God within us. If we choose not to reconcile our sins with God, it just sits and rots our souls and our mortal bodies are eventually physically affected.
After a couple sessions with my therapist, he handed me the number of a deliverance pastor and suggested that there was probably more spiritually at work in my life than he could handle on his own. So I called the number and scheduled an appointment for us to meet. The day of the big “D” was hairy scary. I barely escaped 2 potential car accidents trying to get to the appointment and the second one was in the church parking lot. After entering the church, my body was suffering discomfort as I waited for the pastors to plan their strategy of attack. When they finally invited me into the office, my body temperature skyrocketed. I started peeling off articles of clothing without revealing it all. Noticing my beet-red face, the pastor remarked that he could see my discomfort, so he prayed and bound that spirit’s power over me. As we continued the questions and answers period, that would determine why the spirit(s) have legal right to reside with me, suddenly, my body’s thermostat went in the opposite direction. I was freezing. My hair stood on end, my teeth chattered and I started putting on the clothes, I had previously removed. Again he prayed and I was comfortable for a little while. I could feel the spirits’ within me getting antsy and their grip getting tighter. In fear and desperation, I grabbed onto the imaginary noose around my neck. I cried because I didn’t know at that time they only have the power we give them. The feeling of my life, being squeezed from my body, was very real but entirely invisible. As we prayed and I agreed with the truth, being spoken over me, finally, all at once, they were gone. I felt free and a lot lighter! From that time to this, deliverance has come in many different ways, at different times and with a lot less drama. The experience of releasing the enemy’s grip is unforgettable and life changing. Like housework, the work of forgiveness, repentance and cleansing the soul, needs to be done often.
I am certain however that I do not want to let them come back in. Some people do though. Some people have lived with their demons for so long, it’s as if they can’t live without them. Still, other Christians fear deliverance ministries and speak against them. Which I must warn against. Do Not Speak Against the Lord’s Anointed & Do Not Lean on your Own Understanding!!! If you are feeling angry and rebellious about this warning, consider getting exorcised. Accept and embrace the experiences that God gives, that lead to complete freedom, no matter how bizarre they might seem to your logical brain.