A Spirit-filled friend and I were chatting the other day when she said she knew how to solve a problem we were discussing. Binding and loosing was her solution. I suggested that binding and loosing in someone else’s life was not a quick answer to a problem. Let me explain.
Binding and loosing is often used in deliverance from evil entities. If evil spirits are cast out without the host’s permission, they can come back with seven friends; thus, the last case is worse than the original situation. If the person to be delivered is a child, the parents need to give permission because they will be responsible for keeping the child free. Even when permission is given in these situations, there will be a period of testing as the demon(s) attempt to reenter the host.
There is no short cut to freedom from harassing demons. Prayers and intercession are necessary and sometimes fasting, as well, to get free. In difficult cases where I do not have permission to cast out demons, I have found it useful to bind and gag the entities to weaken their influence as I continue to pray and fast for the person being tormented. Binding will last only for a period of time, however. As the evil influence declines, the host person can realize the change and make a choice to have those entities cast out.
Just as we are all different, we will have different approaches to deliverance. In China I had the privilege of helping Christians get free of such torment, but choosing a place to do this was difficult. That is, many foreigners’ apartments were bugged. In one case the young woman who wanted deliverance chose a very large, busy restaurant where we would not stand out. Before the prayer for deliverance I forbade the demon(s) to manifest in any way. Then we prayed and the deliverance was silent but the lifting of the young woman’s spirit was obvious.
Sometimes the problem is not a demon at all. In another case, the young woman had mini-seizures and had asked a pastor and his wife to pray deliverance for her. She also asked me to come as an intercessor and I discerned that the seizures were a physical condition and not demonic. But the pastor and his wife persisted in praying deliverance for her as her body twitched. I felt sorry for her and prayed that she would not experience harm from the experience.
The spiritual tools we have been given as part of our inheritance are powerful and must be used with compassion and respect for the recipients. How did Jesus do it? He was so kind and patient and gentle. He is deeply respectful of our wishes, too. Even though He sees that deliverance is needed, He will wait until the individual is willing and able to maintain their new freedom. He is never pushy or eager to show His power. He doesn’t have anything to prove: He IS God!