Definitions of Deliverance and Discernment
Deliverance from Oppression, Tragedy or Sickness
The term deliverance in religious use describes the process by which a person, believed to be under the control of an evil supernatural entity called a demon or demons, is set free - delivered - from the control of that demon. In the New Testament, Jesus and some of His disciples are described as ‘casting out demons’ from individuals and thus ‘delivering’ them from the oppression of a ‘demon’.
‘And He (Jesus) called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean (evil) spirits . . . So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.’ (Mark 6:7, 12-13). At the lower end of the scale of evil, demons can be the cause of sickness or tragedies in your life. Most people wouldn’t be aware that as Catholics, we have more power over demons then they have over us, because we were baptized. The outpouring of the spirit of God that we received at our Christening is more powerful than any evil spirit, so we have the ability to cast out minor evil attachments from our own lives, using prayers of deliverance.
Deliverance from Possession
At the higher end of the scale of evil, the Roman Catholic Church has a ritual that is used to deliver people from what is perceived as demonic possession. These rituals are usually performed by a specific religious official such as a priest, and are referred to as ‘exorcisms.’ There are lay people and religious from other Christian religions that have been blessed with the gift of exorcism too, however, they are few in numbers.
Spiritual Gift of Discernment
In May 2016 the CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH, at the Vatican, released the Letter “Iuvenescit Ecclesia (The Church rejuvenates)” to the Bishops of the Catholic Church Regarding the Relationship between Hierarchical and Charismatic Gifts in the Life and the Mission of the Church
‘There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills’. Corinthians 12:4-11.
The gift of discernment of spirits and knowledge that I received, has allowed the evil behind the problems in this book to be revealed.