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Soulaire posted a topic in Studies, Sermons & DevotionalsA few weeks ago, I was studying and wrote out about 6 pages of notes on notebook paper. Here is the copy of those notes: Deliverance quite literally means - "Set free and set at liberty; Rescued from evil; The act of freeing or the state of being delivered." To begin to understand the process of Deliverance, it is good to learn what starts the addictions, conditioning, obsessions, and other strongholds in your life. I'll explain the basics of that process first: Seducing spirits condition a person with imprinting, fixations, subliminal suggestions, and beguilement, until the person's mind becomes thoroughly fascinated and obsessed with the focus of that conditioning- whether it be pornography, sexuality, drugs, or many other things. God's Word reveals to us what real sin is, How to be saved, and Who our Deliverer is. It must be the Word that reveals to us that we need healing and deliverance, and it also tells us that we CAN have it. When we take his Living Word as truth and turn from or desire to turn from our sin, we are ready for Healing and Deliverance. If you need to be delivered from any perverse lifestyle, habit, or stronghold, you must submit to God and His Word as the Whole Truth and it will allow you to resist the temptations against you. (James 4:7) As we humble ourselves and submit to God's hands, His hands heal, deliver, and work with great might within us. Realize that it's having Real, Godly knowledge of His Word that keeps us from being destroyed (Hosea 4:6). Reading the Bible and believing God's promises are essential to your healing. The same power that Jesus used to heal and deliver people is still active and available today. He wants you to willingly come to Him for healing and deliverance. In fact, you need to be delivered from whatever goes against God's Word and hold you in ANY kind of bondage. God has given us His Word, which directs our footsteps and tells us of His Will for our lives (Psalm 119:105). (Matthew 6:13) The Lord's Prayer tells us that we need deliverance from evil. And right now, you may be thinking, "What is Evil?" Evil is whatever is harmful, distressing, or disastrous (this is a light description, and and a short one). And yes, evil may seem enjoyable for a while, but there are always consequences for dipping into that darkness. If you do not see your lifestyle or habits as wrongful, evil, or harmful to yourself and/or even others, in some cases, you should pray for guidance from the Lord, that your eyes might be opened with understanding. It is very hard to be healed or delivered from something that you don't fully believe is truly harming you or others in some way. This may not be easy to hear, but truth is truth, and truth will set you free. (2 Corinthians 5:10 and Romans 14:12) You may also be thinking, "Why doesn't healing and deliverance just come easily?" Healing and Deliverance, as the finished work of Christ, are available at ANY time. But something gained easily may be taken for granted, and you may not protect or cherish it as fervently as something gained through hard work, trials, and tribulations. Faith is something that grows, and God may want to see your faith in action (Romans 1:17) "The just shall live by faith" Now you might ask, "How do you get faith or how do you increase it?" You must ask God to give it to you (Luke 17:5-6). Developing and walking in real faith will take you to staggering heights (Hebrews 11). But even if you have a tine bit of Faith, God will honor it. Healing and deliverance come to you when you obey God's teachings, and believe that you must change the wrong, and that you can change the wrong or harmful lifestyle, habit, and/or stronghold though God. Accept with Confidence that the Word is true and He will do the changing work that needs to be done in you. Remember that receiving your healing takes a Personal decision, an act of Your Will that starts in the mind (Colossians 3:1-3) The process of deliverance will require patience, faith, and determination. It doesn't matter that you are an overcomer right now, but have faith that you are and will be! (Romans 8:37) Remember- "We walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7) Feeling that victory comes as we believe that God has given us the victory, and as we walk in that faith. Be ready to reject fretting and fears which may hinder you (2 Timothy 1:7). Relax and prepare your mind to receive (Matthew 11:28-29) Forgiveness also ties into being healed and delivered. Forgiveness means totally forgiving anyone, pardoning them, as the Lord commands us to do. The Lord has forgiven us, if we have asked Him to. And we must walk with that same mind of forgiveness towards others if we ourselves want to be blessed and forgiven (Ephesians 4:32) It's also important to know that God loves everyone, and He wants us to obey and Love Him. The whole world looks for love, and wants it's benefits. But only the Love of God is pure love: everything else is only temporary. But God doesn't condone anything that doesn't line up with His Will and Word. Nor does the Lord force any of us to change our lives. But realize that letting go of anything that keeps you out of God's will is real spiritual growth. (Psalm 23:1-3 and 2 Corinthians 12:10) After salvation takes place in your life, your lifestyle and habits must change, with God's help. You are not alone, especially in the process of delivery and healing. Without our Loving Father, we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with our Lord; we can do all things through Him who gives us strength (Phillippians 4:13). Deliverance can only come as you put yourself in God's hands and stay there, not looking or going back to your old bondages. Remember Lot's Wife? (Nehemiah 8:10) But even after salvation, we still have our flesh to feast further in the fullness of spiritual joy. The enemy knows how to manipulate the mind, to deceive, confuse, desensitize, and otherwise make us vulnerable to old perversions, habits, and strongholds of influence. But as you hunger and feast in God's joy and Presence, your old perversions will have no power over you. Never trust the flesh if you want complete, continued victory (Jeremiah 17:9) (Matthew 25:1-10) (1 Samuel 10:6-9) A person's whole Nature can be changed by God. Other scriptures that define and restate what is said here. (Hebrews 4:14) (Psalm 107:20) (2 Corinthians 10:5) (Psalm 139:23-24) (Isaiah 41:10) (Phillippians 3:13-14) (Matthew 9:20-22) (1 Samuel 17:47)