Do you feel defeated? tormented? unable to stop bad habits or recurring personal problems or "bad luck"? If we are honest, we have all faced one or more of these situations at one time or another. They are most likely caused by curses and/or demons. The good news is that God provides solutions that have been tested and proven to be effective in getting rid of them, fighting them or at least neutralizing them. Victory is available for those with faith in Jesus and the Bible (1 John 5:4). This web page provides a very basic introduction to the spiritual world, deliverance ministry and some basic yet powerful spiritual warfare tactics (like binding and loosing in Jesus name and applying the blood of Jesus).
There is more to the 3D world we live in than what we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. There is also a parallel universe called the heavenly realm in which invisible beings are waging a war. All of human history is a great struggle between God and Satan, good and evil. The battlefield is our world and our lives. Our struggle is not against people, but against various classes of fallen angels and demons who work in and through people. (Ephesians 6:12) To some extent, we have all received the blessing and supernatural protection of Jesus and the good angels. But to some extent, we have all suffered defeats at the hands of Satan and his bad angels and demons.
The good news is that we need not wage the war alone. Jesus said, "The thief [Satan] comes only to steal, kill and destroy: I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8b)
Deliverance ministry is an important part of the Christian life. It involves breaking curses upon people and cleansing them of demons or evil spirits in or around them or their property. It is based on the example of Jesus Christ in the Bible. He called it "the children's bread" in Matthew 15:26, which means that it is a special benefit for the children of God, i.e., those people who have repented of their sins and who follow Jesus Christ. (See How to Be Saved.)
Curses are the opposite of blessings. God promises blessings upon those who obey His commands and curses upon all who break His command:
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." - Exodus 20:3-5
Thanks to Jesus' work on the cross, all followers of Jesus can have their curses broken:
"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." - Galatians 3:13,14
Some curses may be broken automatically upon repentance and conversion, but most need to be dealt with one by one afterwards, as the Holy Spirit brings them to mind. Some curses are the result of our own disobedience, and some are the result of our ancestors' disobedience. They can be broken simply by confessing and renouncing the sins (of oneself or of one's ancestors) and then breaking them in Jesus name. Here are some examples:
In some cases, it will also be necessary to destroy cursed objects (like ouija boards or stuffed kachina dolls) or throw away or delete pagan music or books that promote immorality, idolatry, rebellion or other serious sins or make restitution for damages caused (like paying for pilfered office supplies). It may also mean breaking ties with people who practice or promote such behavior if such relationships cause us to fall back into sin.
According to the Book of Enoch, evil spirits, a.k.a. demons, are the spirits of deceased hybrid (divine-human) beings:
"And now these monsters, who are formed from the spirit and flesh, will be called evil spirits on the earth, and on the earth will their abode be. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies because they are born from humans and from watchers [fallen angels] - the latter were to be separate - but now their beginnings and primal origins are mixed. Therefore they will be evil spirits on the earth, and evil spirits [ruachim] will they be called. As for the spirits of the skies, they will stay in the skies; but as for the land-bound spirits, those born on the earth, on land will be their abode. These monstrous spirits will afflict, oppress, havoc, attack, do battle, ruin, and work destruction upon the earth. Though evil spirits need no food, yet they still hunger and thirst; and they offend. These spirits will always rise up against the children of human-king and especially against women, because they proceeded from them." - 1 Enoch 15:8-12, True Names Version
The Bible discusses these hybrid (divine-human) beings in the Book of Genesis:
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown [Giborim]." - Genesis 6:4
Some demons are also the spirits of deceased hybrid divine-animal beings:
"They started to sin against birds, beasts, reptiles, fish, and then to devour one another's bodies - even drinking blood." - 1 Enoch 7:5-6, True Names Version
Basically, demons are squatters who need the body or soul (mind, will and emotions) of a human or animal to live in. (Demons cannot live in a Christian's spirit, since that is owned by the Holy Spirit - 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 1:13,14.) Any time a person has an uncontrollable bad habit, it is usually a demon inside causing it. This does not relieve personal responsibility for sinful behavior, but it is a problem that can be resolved once and for all. Deliverance is not the same as crucifying the flesh through self-denial. That is something every follower of Jesus must do every day (See Luke 9:23-25.) Demons cannot be crucified, nor can the flesh be cast out.
Much more information about the identity of demons is available from Christians who have actually interrogated demons and cast them out of people. Just search Frank Hammond, Win Worley, Derek Prince, Jay Bartlette, Shannon Davis, Charles Costello, Josef Jazinski or other deliverance ministers. See also Origin of Demons by Tom Brown.
Deliverance can be a very difficult and complex ministry. Sometimes, it can be dangerous if people are presumptuous (see Acts 19:13-17). However, it is a good thing, and getting started is not difficult if a person is humble and honest.