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Break Every Chain

Break Every Chain

by John Eckhardt

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Chapter 1

Deliverance Is Your Inheritance

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. —JOHN 10:10

Most people think of salvation as being saved from sin and going to heaven. Jesus did save us from sin and the penalty of sin, but salvation means much more than just being saved from sin. Salvation also means to be delivered, rescued, protected, and set free.

The word deliverance is often translated from the Greek terms sozo and soteria. They mean to save, rescue, and deliver, and to be rescued from danger, destruction, and peril.1 Deliverance is a life-saving ministry. It saves you from torment, bondage, destruction, death, sickness, sadness, depression, and so much more. The Scripture says the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Demons will destroy someone’s life unless the person is saved, or delivered, from the power of the unclean spirit.

In addition to being preserved from danger or destruction, biblical deliverance includes the idea of being restored to a state of safety, soundness, health, and well-being. So one of the results of deliverance is that you’re made whole. When you’re rescued from danger, rescued from demons, rescued from evil spirits, you’re made whole. You’re healed. You’re brought back to a place of safety, soundness, health, and well-being. This is really what the Bible is about—bringing healing, deliverance, and salvation. I don’t teach on deliverance for people to become enamored with demons. Deliverance is a part of your salvation. It’s to be rescued, made whole, and brought back into a place of peace.

This is why deliverance is such an important ministry in the body of Christ. There are so many people who need deliverance from tormenting spirits that cause their lives not to be whole. Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Part of having the abundant life is deliverance—to be rescued and saved from things that are tormenting you.

Do You Need Deliverance?

All of us need deliverance from time to time. There are no exceptions. As we grow in the Lord and in our discernment, we can begin to understand when we need spiritual victory in certain areas of our lives. Many times as believers we can sense hindrances in our lives that keep us from living fully in the Spirit. Deliverance is an ongoing process in the life of a believer. It is a gift to us from God to keep us from being tormented by the enemy and living in our own cycles of bondage. In their book Pigs in the Parlor Frank and Ida Hammond named seven areas in our lives that will show signs that we need deliverance.

1. Emotional problems
2. Mental problems
3. Speech problems
4. Sexual problems
5. Addictions
6. Physical infirmities
7. Religious error

When these problems begin to surface in our lives, we may feel depressed, rejected, separated from God, or unsuccessful. This is what the enemy wants. But we have the help of the Holy Spirit who can reveal to us the areas in which we need to be set free. We are also instructed to use our authority against the enemy and cast him out, ending his reign in our lives. (We will discuss our authority as believers in the next chapter.)

How Demons Gain Access

All demons that are operating in your life have legal, biblical grounds. They may not torment at will. But if demons have legal grounds, then they have the right to remain. Some demons feel they have the right to remain based on longevity (being in a family for generations). Below is a partial list of common doors and avenues demons use to enter a person’s life.
  • Adulthood activities—active participation in sin, including alcohol, drugs, sexual sin, and occult involvement are doorways for demon spirits to enter.
  • Books, literature, music, movies—certain kinds of media and entertainment provide avenues for demons to enter. Cultic and occult reading materials and pornographic movies and literature are some examples.
  • Childhood—the majority of demons seem to enter during childhood. Parents who are involved in sin open the door for demons to attack their children, and what a father does affects the children the most because he carries the most authority.
  • Demons can enter children in the womb through curses. Childhood incidents also affect children. Children who have been sinned against (i.e., rape, incest, molestation, physical and verbal abuse, etc.) usually have many problems in adulthood. Demons start very early in life and attempt to build upon a foundation through active sin as the child grows into adulthood. Salvation at an early age will destroy much of the enemy’s plans for the child’s life.
  • Curses—Curses provide legal grounds for demons to enter through the bloodline and operate in the family.
  • Passivity, mind control, and domination—anything that encourages a blank or passive mind (i.e., hypnosis, drugs, alcohol, meditation) gives an open invitation for demonic habitation.
  • Tragedies, accidents, and trauma—bad experiences that cause abnormal grief due to serious loss and events that cause fear and depression, including long-term illnesses, can be open doors for demonic influence.
  • Soul ties—a bond between two individuals can be for good or evil, as there are godly and ungodly soul ties.

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