Thursday, November 16, 2006

How Evergreen Deals with Demons – Part 4

In previous posts we started looking at the principles for spiritual warfare found in Ephesians 6. Those principles for spiritual warfare are:
  1. Be strong in the Lord.
  2. Recognize the enemy.
  3. Stand for God—and, keep on standing.
  4. The belt of truth.
  5. The breastplate of righteousness.
  6. Our feet fitted with readiness.
  7. The shield of faith.
  8. The helmet of salvation.
  9. The sword of the Spirit—the Word of God.
  10. Under-girded with prayer.

Today we will look at how Evergreen Presbyterian Church deals with instances of demonic oppression.

First, we get the elders involved. The elders will be informed of the situation and asked to begin to pray that Jesus Christ would be glorified through this situation. The elders would then be praying that Christ would be binding the demonic forces involved in the situation.

Second, we would ask the elders to pray about being on a team that would go to the person’s house to confront the demonic forces. It is important that only those elders go that feel called by Christ to be a part of the team.

Third, we would inform our prayer team to begin praying for the situation.

Fourth, we would invite the elders and the prayer team to be fasting and praying for a day or two before the elders would be going to visit the person.

Fifth, on the day of the encounter the elders and the prayer team would gather at the church. There would be a time of extensive prayer. We pray through the Ephesians 6 passage and put on the armor of God. We also look at and pray through other relevant scripture passages that speak to Christ’s disciples dealing with demonic powers.

Sixth, the elders would then travel together in one vehicle (if at all possible) to the person’s house while the prayer team stays at the church praying for the team and the entire situation.

Seventh, pray before getting out of the van!

Eighth, go and minister to the person involved. If demons need to be cast out, then that is what we do. Remember, everything we do has to be done in the power of God through the Holy Spirit—human effort will fail.

Ninth, make sure that the person knows Jesus as Lord and Savior and has experienced the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Arrange follow up contacts with the person involved. Close with prayers of thanksgiving.

Tenth, return to the church and have prayers of thanksgiving with the prayer team. Praise God!

This is our “normal” way of dealing with demonic powers. We have not had to deal with that type of situation for a few years. There was a period of time where we had to deal with several demonic situations. I hope that we never have to deal with that type of situation again but we will always be ready to go into that type of spiritual battle.

Check back tomorrow for some insight based on things that we have learned.

2 Comments:

At 3:09 PM , Blogger Dave Moody said...

Lance,
The sequence you've laid out is very helpful, thanks. My question to you though- is how did you (whether this is you sg, or y'all as a session) determine a demonic situaiton was at hand?

Did someone come up and say, "I think my cousin/friend/girlfirend... might have been messing with a Ouiji board, can you help?" Or are these folks in your congregation already who're experiencing some sort of bondage from past stuff?

You've laid out a helpful process once you've discerend demonic activity, but how did you come to that realization/determination? Do you take the lead as pastor, or are there foks in the body there that take this lead?

Thanks for taking this on and posting faithfully,
dm

 
At 1:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have some friends in Louisville who need an exorcism...One's Clifton, another one's Jack, well, there's a whole building full...

 

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