How To Identify the Enemy – The Basics of Deliverance, Pt. 1: Derek Prince (Transcript)

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

The theme of this and the following session will be “Basics of Deliverance.” The subtitle is “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Demons But Were Afraid to Ask.”

In these two sessions I’m going to seek to achieve a well-nigh impossible task, to cover in two hours every main aspect of this ministry. Of course, not in detail, but in outline.


I believe it’s appropriate that we begin by considering this aspect of the ministry of Jesus. And I’d like to turn to Mark 1.

I have said many times, as far as I’m concerned, I have no ambition to improve on the ministry of Jesus. Some people, I think, feel that it could be done better today. That’s not my attitude.

When He began His public ministry the thing that struck people the most was His way of dealing with evil spirits. And it’s worthy of note that this was one miracle of Jesus which had never previously been recorded in the Old Testament. Almost all His other miracles—healing, provision of food, control of nature—had already been recorded in the Old Testament. But there’s no Old Testament record of driving out evil spirits. And the people who witnessed it were immediately gripped by it and became excited about it.

Here’s the first account in a synagogue in Capernaum. It says in verse 23 of Mark 1…

Mark 1:23-24: “Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit…” (NKJV) The Greek says “in an unclean spirit,” which is not translatable into English. I think perhaps the best contemporary English would be “under the influence of” an unclean spirit.

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There are three phrases that are used more or less interchangeably, we might as well mention them now: Demons, evil spirits and unclean spirits. It also talks about specific types of spirits such as the spirit of infirmity or a spirit of fear. All right.

“And there was a man in their synagogue under the influence of an unclean spirit. And he cried out [Notice, the ‘he’ is not the man, it’s the spirit] saying “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God.” (NKJV)

Notice that the evil spirits instantly identified who Jesus was. It took His disciples maybe more than a year to begin to realize who He really was, they knew instantly. They feared Him. Also notice the combination of “we” and “I” which is very typical. When Jesus spoke to the man in Gadara, He said, “What is your name [singular]?” And he said, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” This combination of “I” and “we” is very characteristic of demons.

Mark 1:25: “But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” (NKJV) The Greek says literally be muzzled, come out of him.

Mark 1:26: “And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him.” (NKJV)

Notice there were very dramatic physical manifestations. It was not the kind of behavior that was normal in the synagogue. Somebody once said to me, in most churches what they would have done was put the man out of the church. But Jesus put the demon out of the man, you understand. And he left the man in the synagogue.

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