KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 11:24 KJV “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out”.
The Lord continued to teach his audience on deliverance. This time he explains a very important aspect of deliverance to the people. He said when a demon is cast out, it leaves and roams around for a new habitation. If it does not find a new host, it would come back to see, if its former house is occupied. If it is unoccupied then, he goes for seven worse demons to fill up its host. This verse reveals two levels of deliverance. The first level is casting away the spirit behind the challenges of that individual. The second level is a transformation as a result of renewal of mind.
The first level of deliverance as the Lord said is when the spirit behind the condition is cast out. This is what we normally experience. In the second level the individual must be taught the word of God such that there would not be any spiritual void for the demon to come back. Many people have been receiving cycles of deliverance, which seem not to end. The challenge is that they are not taught the word, that would stop the enemy the next time he may want to come back. The scripture says, be ye. transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:2). In the Ministry of Jesus no one was delivered twice. People like, Mary Magdalene, the mad man of Gadarene and even Saul who became Paul, after their deliverance, did not need to be delivered again. They all continued in the Lord’s teaching.
The last level of deliverance is to take practical steps to consolidate your deliverance. You must be disciplined to do what the word says. If you have been delivered from smoking, you must stop meeting with friends who smoke. If you have been delivered from porn materials, delete them immediately from your phone. If you have such magazines of such things, quickly burn them. Take practical and pragmatic steps to consolidate your deliverance. Give attention to the word of God and prayer. Make it your habit to be in church services always.
I am grateful to you dear Lord Jesus, for setting me free from every bondage. I renew my mind through diligent study and listening to the preaching of the word.
Romans 12:2 BBE “And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God”.
Romans 6:16 BBE” Are you not conscious that you are the servants of him to whom you give yourselves to do his desire? if to sin, the end being death, or if to do the desire of God, the end being righteousness”.