The below is adapted from my latest book, DEALING WITH DEMONS. Chapter two.
I sometimes describe my approach to deliverance as the Joe Friday method. Remember the old “Dragnet” TV series, and detective Friday’s droll rejoinder, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” Often it’s the most basic facts about an individual’s personal history that give clues to demonic intrusion into their lives. Consider the crucial role that elementary information plays in determining what the devil has done and knowing how to crack the code to Satan’s machinations. Just the facts. For example, it’s important to know ten things when dealing with demons: (1) age, (2) residency location, (3) occupation, (4) education, (5) marital status, (6) extended family, (7) ethnicity, (8) cultural identity, (9) religious history, and (10) current religious affiliation.
On the surface this list seems very basic and not too insightful. But there is more to be learned than the reader might suppose. These ten things alone could be sufficient to reasonably determine the extent to which Satan is operating in one’s life. Those who have attended my seminars or watched our YouTube Exorcism Channel know that some form of these ten bits of information introduce almost every exorcism in which I engage. Knowing these basics gives a thumbnail sketch, a snapshot of who the person is and what constitutes their self-perception and their place in the world. Agreed, these designations are broad brushstrokes of analysis, by nature categorical. Even so, such generalizations have often proven to be good indicators as to how to proceed with ministry. They provide a good place to start.
For example, consider the first on my list, age. Younger individuals will likely be less serious about life and the consequences of evil. Convincing them to stop a particular behavior in order to be free from Satan many not seem as urgent as it will with someone older. Younger people have a lighter grasp on the spiritual issues of repentance and correction where eternity is concerned. They are also more easily distracted by the things of this world and all its temptations. The older individual may also be harder to persuade, but for a different reason: Demolishing spiritual strongholds (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) gets harder the older the person is. Older people are more set in their ways and perhaps unwilling to alter the habits which the demons are manipulating. The older one gets, in my counseling experience, the more entrenched the demons are.
An encouraging word: DISCERN THE TIMES
Jesus said of the hypocrites of His day, “You cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3). Not much has changed. From my perspective, there has been more moral deterioration in the last half-dozen years then I’ve seen in my entire lifetime. Many Christians agree with me. And yet, the drumbeat of culture seems to be marching millions in the direction of corruption and decay. They don’t discern the times because they don’t know what the Bible says about right and wrong. Don’t let that happen to you. Only by staying true to God’s Holy Word can any one of us discern what choices to make in life, and how to discern good from evil.
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