PRACTICAL APPLICATION, 08.02.19
Healing Through Deliverance Vol.1, 1991,1994, Peter Horrobin, Sovereign World, ELLEL MINISTRIES.ORG
Peter Horrobin, Pure Passion Media, https://youtu.be/M3CnmKC3p7I
Much has been written about the demonic and spiritual warfare; yet there is a failure of practical application. The church universal has done far too little in equipping God’s people in this most significant area. Let us look at just a few examples of Yeshua’s encounters with the demonic, and see what may be gleaned from these.
22 Then a demon-plagued man, who was blind and mute, was brought to Yeshua; and He healed him, so that he spoke and saw.
23 All the crowds were astounded and saying, “This can’t be Ben-David, can it?”
24 But hearing this, the Pharisees said, “This fellow drives out demons only by beelzebul, the ruler of demons.”
25 Knowing their thoughts, Yeshua said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 If satan drives out satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
27 And if I drive out demons by beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason, they will be your judges.
28 But if I drive out demons by the Ruach Elohim, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he will thoroughly plunder his house.
30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
Most significant from this set of passages is the demonstration of four very basic principles:
- Demons can only be cast out by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus.
- The casting out of demons is demonstrative of the arrival of the Kingdom of God, displaying God’s power through His Holy Spirit, through the power and presence of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach.
- There is always a Strong Man in charge who must be bound, in order to evict the demonic presences.
- Deliverance Ministry has always been controversial.
“It seems that whenever Jesus exercised his authority over the powers of darkness there was controversy. Things haven’t changed. Wherever there is an effective deliverance ministry taking place there will be opposition and controversy. . . .” (Horrobin, p.225, 1994).
Yeshua gave authority to His disciples to cast out demons:
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with tzara’at, drive out demons” (Matt.10:8).
“Behold, I have given you authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Lk.10:19);and
“in My name they will drive out demons” (Mk.16:17).
The principle of binding the Strong Man reveals “A hierarchy of power and control; and if you want to deliver the person of all the lesser demons, it makes a lot of sense to so invalidate the power of the strong man, that he is unable to defend his possessions – the demon spirits who were defending him under his control” (Horrobin, p.235, 1994). Taking the Strong Man out of commission would be analogous to taking down the gang leader or drug lord; once they are out of the way, it’s easy to put the entire gang out of commission, and a lesser task to capture the ones under them, intercepting the ongoing criminal activities. The ruling and controlling spirit of Jezebel, and of witchcraft would be a prime example of this. I have yet to see curses and the demons that accompany them be successfully dealt with, unless these two Strongmen have been effectively bound.
20 They brought the boy to Yeshua. When the spirit saw Him, immediately it threw the boy into a convulsion. The boy fell to the ground and began rolling around and foaming at the mouth.
21 Yeshua asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
“Since he was a child,” the man answered.
22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion and help us!”
23 “‘If You can’?” Yeshua said to him. “All things are possible for one who believes!”
24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out, “I believe! Help my unbelief!”
25 When Yeshua saw that a crowd was gathering fast, He rebuked the unclean spirit, telling it, “I command you, deaf and mute spirit, come out of him and do not ever enter him again!”
26 After howling and shaking the boy wildly, it came out. The boy became so much like a corpse that many were saying, “He’s dead!”
27 But Yeshua took him by the hand and lifted him, and the boy stood up.
28 After Yeshua came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him in private, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer.” (NOTE: KJV says “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting).
Many important lessons appear from this set of passages:
- Demon spirits immediately recognize the presence of Yeshua. In the same way, they will, of course recognize whether or not the Holy Spirit is not only present, but in charge, in the person doing deliverance (v.20).
- Evil spirits will often react/manifest at the presence of Yeshua/Holy Spirit (v.20).
- Evil spirits can definitely cause epilepsy, and some forms of mental illness (v.20).
- Evil spirits will attack and inhabit children. Evil spirits can enter in at conception, in utero, early childhood, whenever, wherever there has been an open door through immoral (sexual promiscuity, rape, and all forms of sexual deviance are a great playground for the Enemy), sinful activities, trauma, or curses through other channels (v.21).
- Demons can attempt to destroy the person they have inhabited (v.22).
- Evil spirits can create violent manifestations such as physically throwing someone down, causing them to scream, shake, etc.(v.26).
- Evicting the demonic usually involves the agreement of the recipient, in this case, the father’s authority over his son sufficed (v.22).
- Confessing/Believing: in this situation, the father’s authority over his son represented/stood in for the child; and since he declared, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” that was sufficient (v.23,24).
- Yeshua did only three things to complete this deliverance (v.25): (1) He rebuked the unclean spirit; (2) He commanded the deaf and mute spirit to come out of the boy; and (3) He commanded it to never enter him again.
- There are occasions where the person faints, or appears dead (v.26).
- The person administering the deliverance is responsible for ensuring the recipient is physically and emotionally in good order before releasing them (v.27).
- In cases of severe infestation, deliverance of demons requires a period of prayer and fasting (v.28,29).
When Yeshua said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” (John 8:32), He was talking about much more than just hearing and/or even believing. It means much more than simply agreeing, Horrobin points out; it requires application. One must do what Yeshua is saying with the truth He has taught. “A disciple is someone who does what the teacher says to do,” explains Horrobin. This is the reason, Horrobin emphasizes, that so many of God’s people are in bondage: they are not putting into practice what Yeshua has taught “There is a necessary part that we have to play . . . . The truth will set us free, but we need to apply it. We need to actually apply the Gospel . . . . and people will be set free. It requires a commitment. Medicine in a bottle is good medicine; but without taking it, it won’t do anything . . .” (https://youtu.be/M3CnmKC3p7I). “We have to do what Jesus asks us to do”(Horrobin). Some things simply require practical application; and this is true for most spiritual growth.
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