Before anything positive can happen the person must be WILLING TO SUBMIT THEIR WHOLE LIVES TO GOD (Romans 12:1-2) and be willing to deal with any sin in their lives (1 John 1:9).  There can be no known sin they are holding onto, no immorality or pride.  They must be committed to daily Bible reading and prayer as well as regular attendance at a Bible-believing church.  If they are not willing to obey and submit to God they won’t find deliverance.  Ask them to pray confessing any sin that is still in their life and to reaffirm their total submission to Jesus and their willingness to deal with whatever He shows must be dealt with.  It is not in response to our faith that God delivers, but faith in Him is of the utmost importance.  It’s not that if we have enough faith good things will happen and if we fall short they won’t.  God’s deliverance isn’t determined by nor limited to our faith.  Still, faith in God to be able to deliver and trust in Him to bring to light what is necessary are primary ingredients for God to work.

Read Psalm 139::23-24 and ask God to show you any areas of your life that aren’t submitted to Him.

Read 1 John 1:9 and ask God to show you any sin in your life.  Confess any sin that hasn’t been confessed.

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