Saturday, March 23, 2013

Personal Care: After the Deliverance

By Stephen Piersall,
God’s Preservation Ministry       

I am sure many of you will agree with me after completing deliverance on someone, you might be exhausted. Keep in mind too, that this is NOT going in and doing a Cleansing or a Blessing. There are and SHOULD be many hours of preparation for you and whomever goes with you in research; interviewing, reviewing questionnaire answers, doing a walk-through, fasting, Bible study, and prayer. Effectively ministering to the client, you should also be doing follow up to ensure they are; attending a local church, reading their Bible, etc. MANY levels of clergy, demonologists, exorcists, deliverance personnel that perform some sort of deliverance will end it right after they walk out the door. Follow-up with the client in Christian counseling is just as important if not more! (1 Kings 19:5-7) He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, "Arise, eat." Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you."
The impact of deliverance affects every part of you and here are some examples of what to do and how you might feel:

Just remember we cope in diverse ways
Body is tired, no energy, eat a good meal to include plenty of protein to rebuild the body.
You may feel defiled, and unclean. Take a long warm relaxing shower or bath
Soul may feel empty, drained and vulnerable, variety of emotions, weepy, depressed, negative, discouraged; loss of desire for ministry, an attraction to fleshly things
Want to be away from people.
You may experience emotional pain, grief, and emptiness.
You may experience backlash or reaction from spirits or occult.
Your spirit needs to be refreshed and restored:
You need to learn how to refresh your own soul; do something you enjoy that takes little effort, go out for a walk in nature, fishing, swimming, etc.?
Play worship music continually.
Have time alone in the Word of God
Receive ministry by friends or intercessors
Have a good restful nap and most importantly get a good night’s sleep.
Stay hydrated
Read (Psalm 23:2-3) “He restores my soul”
Follow-up care for the client (things that come to mind):
Ministry in deliverance is often progressive. One visit may not be enough; in fact, more issues may emerge.
Notify Pastor of the Church they will be attending so follow up can take place.
Contact the person to find out how they are doing, do they need support or counsel?
Teach the person how to maintain their freedom, and how to deal with old thoughts, ideas, mannerisms, and habits
Seek medical/mental assistance as needed.
Develop a strong consistent prayer life, as a minimum first thing in the morning and before going to bed at night (1 Thess 5:17; Eph 6:10-17)
Read, believe and live by the Word of God (Matthew 4:4; 1 Thess 2:13)
Praise God in all circumstances (good and bad) and expect his blessings (Isaiah 61:3; 1 Thess 5:18)
Join a local church, get involved, and cultivate good Christian relationships (Heb10:24-25)
Make forgiveness a way of life (Matt 6:14-16)
Be alert for, and resist spiritual attacks (1 Pet 5:7-9)
The devil will try to come back and invade their lives. Submit to God, Resist evil, and draw near to God (James 4:6-8) “God gives grace to the humble”
Cultivate discipline and self-control (Matt 28:19)
Separate yourself from objects, places and relationships those are catalysts for sin or spiritual bondage (Rom 13:14; Acts 19:19)
Cultivate respectful attitudes to authorities in your life
Watch over your relationships; avoid those that draw you away from God’s plan.