What about WHEN DELIVERANCE IS SLOW OR NOT AT ALL?  Remember sometimes God has a greater purpose than casting out every demon as soon as we pray.  Sometimes there is delay.  Jesus even had times when He had to persevere for awhile (Luke 8:31 Greek).  Usually deliverance is a process.  Its like peeling the layers off an onion.  As new sin is revealed and removed, more ground is taken back from Satan’s forces.  This gradual process allows the person to better fill the ground which has been reclaimed with God’s Holy Spirit and gives him time to grow spiritually (Psalm 59:11; 119:50,67,71) before the next ‘layer’ is removed. That’s why the Jews under Joshua only conquered the Promised Land bit by bit instead of all at once.  If they would have driven out the Canaanites immediately then lions would have come in and harmed them. There is a learning process involved that can be used to help others, too (II Corinthians 1:3-4).  Other times complete deliverance never comes.  Paul’s thorn in the flesh is an example (II Corinthians 12:7).  Paul testifies God then provides the grace needed to withstand.  God wants us to learn to depend on Him (Psalm 119:59,92). Of course if the opening is allowed to continue then the demonizing will continue, too (Psalm 94:12-16; 81:11-14).

When you start sensing that as much as will take place has taken place you can begin CHANGING THE DIRECTION you are going.  Ask the counselee if he has had any thoughts of impressions that he should share.  Deal with whatever these may be.  Ask if there is anything they would like to talk about or pray about.

PRAY AGAIN FOR WISDOM, asking God if there is anything else to be dealt with at this time and for His continued leading and guidance.  Ask God what else needs to be done.  Some times there is lots of spiritual growth and maturity needed.  Other times it is consequences of sin that need to be faced.  Faith gets tested.  Quite often there are other demons or rulers (which are demons, but the leaders) that will need to be dealt with later.

If these apply to you then ask God for wisdom as to what steps to take next.

(If I can answer questions or offer personal counsel, or if you would like a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook, email me at or download it from  My next book, Spiritual Warfare in the Bible, which is a more advanced treatment of spiritual warfare, is also available there for free.)


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