Updated : Oct 09, 2019 in Articles

‘Deliver us from evil’ (Original Version With Subtitles)


I took a year off
and I came to France. I wanted to take
a break from my work and I came to do a biblical and theological
training at the Abbey of Hautecombe. It was at that moment
that the Lord spoke to me, that He was really present. Before, when someone would say: “Oh the meal you made is really good.”
I would tell myself, “Either they are making fun of me,
or they are just being nice, or they don’t want to tell me
that what I made is not good.” For me, it was impossible to really
hear someone tell me that I am good. I would answer with a big smile,
without saying anything, but in fact, in my heart, I could not accept it.
I did not understand, I could not understand
that really I could be a good person. This is a habit
that I had acquired in my youth, because in my family,
I had experienced denigration. Also in society in general,
people often expect others to be perfect, so when we are not up to par,
we are considered useless. So there were many things that made me have this habit of considering what I do as useless and who
I am as useless and myself as unworthy. In the community, they suggested
that I follow the Siloam program which runs in 3 retreats over the course
of a year, to review our life, work on what we don’t like
and follow the Lord better. And it was during one of the retreats that I was able to discover
my relationship with the Lord. What happened is that I believed.
I believed that Christ really healed me. He really freed me. He is always there, and He loves me just the way I am. Christ sees me in this way
and this helps me be kind and capable. In our everyday life, we sometimes feel a lack of freedom. It’s as if we get stuck over and over again because of a certain attitude
or an inner thought. At times, this frustration shows up
in everyday situations as an exaggerated negative reaction. This could be a disproportionate anger, a closed off attitude, or a difficulty in trusting others. And despite all our efforts,
these attitudes keep coming back. In the end we even give up
fighting against these sins, these sins which are akin to slavery. Any of these difficulty situations
may be a sign that we need deliverance. Paul says in the letter
to the Galatians, Chapter 5 verse 1 “For freedom, Christ set us free.” The very word ‘deliverance’
may seem strange to some. Indeed there are some Churches
where there is little talk of deliverance. Either people think
that it doesn’t pertain to them or they think it is only
about exorcism. In some countries or places,
where people are more aware of the surrounding spiritual reality,
‘deliverance’ is on the contrary very present. This word can also be scary,
admittedly as we immediately think of something spectacular,
reinforced by imaginary scenes from the movies. However, deliverance and liberation are deeply rooted in the ministry of Jesus, Jesus who came to free every man
and every woman. In inaugurating his public ministry
in the synagogue of Capernaum, Jesus proclaimed that he came
to fulfil the words of Isaiah : “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” So we need to be delivered from evil. This is what we ask from the Lord
daily when we say the Lord’s Prayer. ‘Evil’ in the Our Father does not mean
an abstract force or a negative energy, but rather Evil in person, whom Sacred Scripture knows by the name of
“the tempter”, the “father of lies”, Satan,
or the devil. In summary : Christian life involves
a spiritual struggle, and the deliverance of evil spirits is part of the mission
that Jesus entrusted to his Church. Deliver us from evil Following the conference on the deliverance
ministry in Rome in 2014 organised by the ICCRS : (International
Service of Catholic Charismatic Renewal), which brought together theologians
and practitioners from around the world, the document The Ministry of Deliverance
was published. The ICCRS, an organisation recognised
by the Holy See since 1993, is responsible for providing the link
between worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the Church authorities. Dr. Mary Healy, chairwoman of the ICCRS
Doctrinal Commission and Professor of Sacred Scripture
at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan and Fr Etienne Vetö,
member of the Chemin Neuf Community and Professor of Theology
at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, are the main writers of this document. The drafting of this document
was also a significant event for the church. Firstly, because we worked with theologians in the United States, in India and in Germany as well as practitioners of all kinds,
from quite a few different countries. So this work provided an opportunity
to work together in a unified manner, and we realised to what extent
in the depth of our hearts, we thought and felt the same things. Despite the different ways we did things,
our hearts were united. We were amazed by the positive reception
we received from the church authorities. So, naturally, there were also
a number of people who reacted saying, “Stop talking about evil spirits! That’s just superstition! That’s a pretty primitive way of thinking.” And it seems to me that the most important thing
is to proclaim the Lordship of Christ, the power of the freedom
that he wants to give us and the effectiveness
of his power to deliver us and that we do not always have
to understand exactly every aspect of what we have been delivered from. Sin remains a mystery,
the forces of evil too. And in our times,
it is also important to find a simple but consistent message regarding
these powers of evil. What we see in the New Testament
is that not only are demons active in a few very troubled demon
possessed individuals but in some sense in all of human society,
in all of human life. So Jesus call Satan ‘the ruler of this world”.
St Paul calls him “the god of this world”. And the first letter of John says that the
whole world is in the power of the evil one. So every one of us is in some way affected
by the malignant influence of evil spirits. Scripture tells us a lot about how Satan works. He works through temptation to sin, he works to deception making good appear evil,
making evil appear good, making God out to be an enemy,
making us think we can’t trust God. Satan works through fear,
he fills us with all kinds of fear, fear of physical calamities,
but also subtle fears: fear of opposition, of failure,
of human disapproval and whenever we allow ourselves
to be ruled by those fears we can end up placing ourselves
under the influence of evil spirits. Their influence in human lives
is due to sin. Jesus says: whoever sins
makes himself a slave to sin.(Jn 8,34) So every time we choose
to disobey God we place ourselves in some way
under the influence of evil spirit. But the good news is that Jesus,
by his death and resurrection has defeated Satan
and we can share in his victory. The Gospels give us many beautiful accounts
of Jesus’ activity of casting out demons
and each one shows us something unique. For instance, in the casting out of
a demon from a man in the Synagogue, we see from the people’s response
that they are astonished. They say it’s a new teaching, he cast out the demon with a word
and that shows us it’s Jesus’ teaching of the truth,
his proclamation of the word of God that in itself, has the power
to free people from captivity to evil. Because spiritual oppression
is very often rooted in lies and deceptions. There is a great mystery, how is it possible for a spirit outside us, which is not us, to influence our will
and affect our freedom? Most theologians
throughout the centuries argued in my opinion quite rightly that this is not possible. That is to say, the devil and the demons can affect our imagination
and touch our emotions, so they can instil fear. They can suggest images that will scare or make us
fall into despair or that will attract us. But they cannot directly touch
our intelligence and our will, that is, they cannot control us like a puppeteer controlling a puppet. On the other hand,
what happens is that these concerns, this fear, this despair, these different elements
can lead us to react in a certain way and to certain forms of behaviour. For example: I shut myself away
whenever someone hurts me or I sense something bad
or I have been hurt. For example, the automatic reaction of a woman
who has been hurt by a man or by several men will be to feel a sense of hatred towards these men, at which point
the evil spirit will accompany this movement, accentuate it and gradually
lead the woman to consent to it. What happens is that the will,
by the consent that has been given to a certain form of behaviour,
to the lie and the spirit or spirits that lurk in the background,
becomes bound. There is not really a better description
than the word “bound”. We can also use the word “paralysed”,
that is, we feel like changing it but nothing happens. We can ask ourselves who can perform the prayer of deliverance, or more generally, the deliverance itself. I would like to distinguish between
performing deliverance and a ministry of deliverance
because they are not exactly the same. Anyone can perform
a certain form of deliverance. This is a power entrusted by Christ to us,
that is, every baptised person, every Christian, every believer. The most obvious sign of this
is that the Lord Jesus sent the apostles to cast out evil spirits, but in Luke, for example, chapter 10, when he sends out the seventy, that is to say those who are the image,
the model of all the disciples, they return from the mission, saying,”we have cast out demons
in Your Name.” And Jesus answers,
“I saw the devil fall from Heaven.” This is the sign that the disciples,
all the disciples, had received authority
in the name of Jesus to cast out demons, and that Jesus confirmed them,
and he was in agreement with this practice. And at the end of the Gospels,
when he sends them on their mission, to go out and baptise the Nations:
“baptise the nations, preach and cast out demons”, this is a mission that applies to everyone. There are many ways of
practising deliverance, many ways of praying
for deliverance, and there is not one model, but it seems to me that there are
at least two aspects that should always be present. One aspect is the renunciation
and the other aspect is the direct order given to the spirit, or at least a word of command. The renunciation means that the person
who is bound must, either spontaneously or when asked by those
who are praying with him, says, “I renounce, for example,
this spirit of shutting myself away, I renounce this spirit of hatred or I renounce my behaviour of hate, or I renounce etc…” Why is this important? Because, ultimately,
what opens the door to the spirit is my consent.
I was the one who consented. So, I appeal to the same freedom, which the Lord gives me,
which is touched by grace, by my baptism, by the theological virtues and by the Christian life, in faith; and it is with an act of this same will that I willgo back
and renounce what I consented to. I was the one who let it in and I am the one
who is responsible for making it leave. On the other hand, given that
we believe these cases of bondage to be not simply a vulnerability, but the actual presence
of a force of evil, a spirit , it is not enough to renounce it.
The spirit must also be ordered to leave. Once again there are several ways
of doing this, either by asking the Lord to drive
this spirit away or to directly address the spirit yourself and tell it to leave. It really started
with a personal encounter with the Lord. I was baptised in the Holy Spirit
in January 1970 I began to realize over the years
that I was not as free as I would like to be and at that time
people who prayed for deliverance, only prayed for people
that were severely demonized and had big problems, so whenever I would ask somebody
to pray for me for deliverance they would say: “Oh don’t give the devil too much attention” and they looked at my life
and they could see that I prayed every day, I was serving the Lord
and nobody wanted to pray for me and so I had to wait for almost 15 years
before somebody said yes. So this one day I was at a conference
and the Lord really touched me, He renewed me
and you know like in worship I wept for the first time that I could remember,
just because He loves me and I saw this man
that I knew prayed for deliverance and I went up to him and said
“would you pray for me for deliverance, I always thought I needed some freedom”
and he said “what makes you think you need deliverance”
and I said “here we go again!” but this time I said to him
“you know, before a spiritual event often times my back would go out
and before I came to this conference my back acted up
and I spent the first couple of days of the conference at the back of the room lying
on the ground” and he said
“Ok, so I’ll pray for you”. He prayed and then
he said “do you feel that ?” And I felt something right
here and I said “Yes, I feel that ”
but in my head I was thinking “No it’s not of that, that’s me!”
And then he asked what happened to you and I did not really
respond from my memory, I just responded to his authority
in the questions he asked and I said I was humiliated
in front of the class in first grade the next thing I remember is that he said
“In the name of Jesus I command the spirit
of rejection to leave” and I felt this thing
that I thought belonged to here just kind gently lift off my head
and so I experienced what it means to be set free, what it means to be delivered and yet
it took a number of years before I learned how I could give
this away to other people. Neal Lozano of Philadelphia Pennsylvania
is Catholic. He is the founder of the ministry of the
“Heart of the Father”, and author of “Unbound:
A Practical Guide To Deliverance.” He was one of the main speakers
at the conference on the issue attended by 400 people
from different churches and led by the Chemin Neuf Community in Tigery near Paris France. So I’m best known for my book
“Unbound, a practical guide to deliverance”, it’s published in numerous
countries and languages and in that book
I talk about the 5 keys. And the five keys
are Repentance and Faith, Forgiveness, Renunciation, Authority and The Father’s Blessing. So the image that I use in the book
is that if you picture a door with 5 locks and you have 5 keys but you just use
2 or 3 of them, the door stays locked. But if you use all five the door opens
and so there is a way which all these 5 Keys fit together in a beautiful way
as we minister to people. Sometimes when we teach about
repentance and faith, people think only about repentance. But Jesus when He came in from the desert,
He proclaimed the Kingdom of God is here, repent and believe,
he connected the two together. So there is one action of conversion,
it’s turning away, renewing your mind,
embracing the truth. So we will lead people,
even those that have a commitment to Jesus, we will give them an opportunity,
we will say, “would you like to pray
a prayer of surrender to Jesus today” or if they’ve never had
that opportunity we say “would you like to commit
your life to the Lord, would you like Him
to embrace Him as your Saviour?” The second key
is one of the most significant ones, it is Forgiveness, most people know
that they need to forgive but a lot of people are stuck
they don’t quite kind of get freedom, the freedom they need,
that they should get when they forgive in Jesus’ name
and so we listen to this story and then we will help them
to pronounce forgiveness. And so we might say:
“In the name of Jesus, I forgive my Dad
for choosing alcohol over me. I forgive him for his angry words and I forgive him
to be emotionally absent for me, and I forgive him for not being
the Dad I needed him to be, I forgive him
for the way he treated Mom, especially when he yelled
at her and hit her.” You know whatever the story might be,
when someone is able to tell their story, sometimes that itself opens up
and validates their story so that they can forgive. I remember this one man, I prayed with him not too long ago
and I said : “You know when
you’re alone in your thoughts what kind of negative thoughts
come to your mind?” And he says : “Well, I think I am a loser,
I am never going to amount to anything” and I say then :
“Did anyone ever say that to you?” He thought for a moment and he said
“My Dad spoke those words” And you know sometimes words have power
and when words are spoken, even if they are isolated
they can stick. So recognizing the lies,
recognising the strategies of the enemy and just speaking out loud and saying
“in the name of Jesus I renounce self hatred in the name of Jesus
I renounce loneliness, isolation, in the name of Jesus
I renounce sadness in the name of Jesus
I renounce shame in the name of Jesus I renounce the lie
that something is wrong with me, that everything is my fault,
in the name of Jesus I renounce the lie that I have to be perfect
to be accepted…” You know there are as many lies
are they are people and as many different lies
as there is in our imagination, if it does not wind up with God’s word,
if it does not line up with the truth, then we can renounce it. The fourth Key is authority
and I find that lot of Christians don’t understand that they have authority. In the Scriptures,
it says that we have been given the power, another translation
of that word is authority, we’ve been given the authority to become the children of God
and we have authority over anything that God has given us responsibility for. And one of the things that we know
He has given us responsibility for, is our own souls,
our own lives! And we shouldn’t be bashful about knowing
that we can speak in the name of Jesus to break the power of the lies
that we’ve believed and command any spirit
that’s attached to them to leave And the fifth Key
is the Father’s blessing which is something
that I needed to learn over the years, something on the very beginning
of my walk with Jesus, Jesus began to show me
the face of the Father. Some of us want to be free
from things but we will never understand the full freedom Jesus wants for us until we understand
what He is bringing us into, which is the love of the Father,
the heart of the Father. To me deliverance is about freedom. Jesus said to Peter:
you are rock and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of another world
will not stand against it. That tells us that Satan is on the retreat.
The church is on the offensive, just as Jesus was,
against the kingdom of darkness, taking ground from
the kingdom of darkness. So no Christian should feel like
we are fleeing in terror from the advance of Satan. I can say that in the last
few years of my ministry, and also in the writing
of this document, I have become increasingly aware
of how simple the issue of deliverance is. As I have already said, it is part of
everyday life and it is very simple. I realise that, quite easily,
even as I’m walking down the street, I may suddenly feel
that I am being attacked by a thought, and then after a while
I start to recognise my personal demons, I start to recognise the thoughts
that come to mind and I say, “I renounce it”. And I keep walking,
and everything is fine again. Deliverance ministry
has also become a more important part
of the prayer ministry that I do, when I’m praying over people,
I have a deeper consciousness of the fact that evil spirits very often
are playing a role when someone is in some way
oppressed or depressed or feeling that they are in bondage
in some way. And I have a greater sense
of the authority that all baptized believers
have in the name of Jesus, to resist evil one, to cast out demons,
to tell them that they have no place in those who have been purchased
by his precious blood. So I’m more confident of his victory
and of sharing his victory. As the great Pastor Thomas Roberts
used to say, “you have to believe in a very big Jesus
and a very little devil”. And I would add:
you must believe in a big Jesus and then you must know
that a very small devil exists, because one doesn’t believe in the devil. So the devil and the demons
have been defeated. They are small in relation
to the saving power of Christ, but they exist and if we refuse
to accept that they exist then we become vulnerable to superstition and ultimately to leaving
the back door open to them. The evil will want to make his stand
more powerful than he is. He’s lost, he’s a loser
and even the gates, the last stand of an army
against an advancing army, even the gates of another word
will not stand against the church in the power of the name of Jesus
overcoming evil. Letter of Paul to the Colossians
(Col 1: 12-14) “Let us give thanks to the Father
for having made you worthy to share the lot of the saints in light.
He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into
the kingdom of his beloved Son. Through him we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.” Lord Jesus,
you who have come to save us and have already
won the victory over evil, open our eyes to all the ties that bind us
and come deliver us. Help us to be aware
of the authority over evil spirits that you granted to us at our baptism.
To carry out this ministry of deliverance, may the Holy Spirit
inspire and guide our Churches to all those
in such urgent need of redemption.

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