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  • 1. Ministering Below the Surface Step-by-step guides to effective inner healing and deliverance ministry Albert Taylor M.A. & Elisabeth Taylor with David M. Taylor M.A. Christ Centred Transformation
  • 2. Title: Ministering Below the SurfaceCopyright: © Albert, Elisabeth and David M. Taylor 2007. All rights reservedPublished by: Christ Centred Transformation (Formerly Christ Centred Therapy International) Stolzestr. 3 8006 Zürich alberttaylor@me.comDistribution: See internet for current info Quotes: Translation and © information Taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ® Copyright © 1973, 1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trade mark requires the permission of International Bible Society.Design:& Development: SoundsWrite GmbH, Switzerland. www.soundswrite.chPhotography: David M. Taylor (except archive photos)ISBN 978-3-033-01400-8
  • 3. Tips for using this E-bookViewingYou can control the size and view settings in your Acrobat Reader.If you have a smaller screen you may prefer: > View > Page Display > Single PageHave you tried reading mode and full screen mode?The Document is indexed so you can search for for words or phrases.> Edit > FindLegal © copyright infoWhat you can doPrint this E Book PDF for your personal use.Email it to other individuals whom you know personally.Please obtain our written permission before you:Email it to lists of more than tree people automatically.Print or electronically distribute it for commercial gain,Sell it or offer downloads from any website or via peer-to-peer networks.Please appreciateThis e-book is free of charge, but your much needed gift can help spread this ministry,through printed copies and workshops - more info on the second last page.
  • 4. Ministering below the SurfaceAlbert and Elisabeth Taylor withDavid TaylorSections1 Sins and Hurts2 Deliverance3 Ministering4 Background Material
  • 5. About the BookA clear, easy to use step-by-step guideThis book is for anyone seeking freedom or seeking to help others. Anyone with an open andupright heart who is sincerely interested in serving God and furthering his kingdom will beable to use and profit from the material contained in these pages.The content was developed and refined during the last 20 years. Early versions were pub-lished in Uganda in 1991. Copies in Spanish, Hindi and German followed as we travelledand taught counselling and inner healing seminars in churches all over the world.In meetings, especially in Africa and South America, we often had several hundred people allasking for ministry. There was obviously a need to minister to masses without neglectingindividual needs. We also saw that after seminars, as people saw their friends changed, manycame forward with deep problems. Local counsellors urgently needed accelerated training.So for “Ministering below the Surface” we completely revised and rewrote the material aim-ing at groups or individuals studying alone.Experience has shown us that a methodical guide speeds up the process of learning to minis-ter healing and deliverance. By having a clear step-by-step method, mistakes and abuses canbe avoided. Think of these steps as a framework or a foundation. We are not claiming thatthey are the only way. They are the way that God has confirmed to us in our ministry and theministries of those who have learnt from us.This book assumes that you accept the authority and truth of the Bible. The theoretical andtheological arguments have been kept to a minimum and the focus is on presenting a methodor framework that can be easily applied by individuals or groups.As you study this book, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and confirm the truth.Begin by applying the principles in your own life then be ready and willing for God to useyou to help others.Finally a word of warning. Early in the ministry the Lord showed us that he does not sharehis glory with anyone. All glory belongs to him. While we rejoice when people receiveChrist, repent, are healed and delivered, we must guard our hearts and not let pride spring upand defile us. For this reason Jesus said, “Do not rejoice that the demons are subject to you,but rejoice that your name is written in heaven” Luke 10:20.Let us remain dependent on God, committed to Scripture and sensitive to the prompting ofthe Holy Spirit. 1
  • 6. About the AuthorsAlbert and Elisabeth Taylor have been Christians for over fiftyyears. They have developed and taught Christ CentredTherapy ministry in four continents for more than thirtyyears.Albert Taylor has an M.A. and Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from CambridgeUniversity (U.K.), where he read Natural Sciences. In 1960, he went to Uganda, East Africa,with the CMS (Church Missionary Society) where he taught science and maths at a secon-dary boarding school called Busoga College, Mwiri. In 1963, he became the first Church ofUganda Schools’ Worker and Scripture Union Travelling and Organising Secretary.Elisabeth Taylor-Heer worked with the Swiss VBG after secretarial work and then did a two-year course at the French-speaking Emmaüs Bible School. In 1962, she went to Uganda withthe Swiss Mission Fellowship where she was seconded to Scripture Union.Albert and Elisabeth married in 1964 and continued together the pioneering work of Scrip-ture Union in Uganda until 1971. Their two sons, Philip and David, were born in Uganda. In1972 they moved to Kenya to work for the Kenya Teachers Christian Fellowship for eightyears. Their daughter, Esther, was born there. They moved to England in 1980, for their chil-dren’s education.Since then they have ministered in England, Belgium, Switzerland, Egypt, Romania, Uganda(each summer 89-92), and in one or more of the South American countries, Argentina, Bo-livia, Chile and Ecuador each year 93-2001. In 2002, they ministered in Switzerland and forone month in India. Then in 2003 in Switzerland, Spain, Uganda, Argentina, Singapore andIndonesia; in 2004 they were in Argentina and Peru, and in 2006 in Argentina. They now livein Switzerland, Elisabeth’s birthplace.By the grace of God, they have been used to minister individually and en masse to thou-sands, while also training others to do the same. They thank God for his love, provision andfaithfulness to them and their family and thank those who, through their gifts, made theirministry possible. They feel privileged to have been called to this work.Editor and co-writer David M. TaylorDavid studied Natural Sciences and specialised in Experimental Psychology at CambridgeUniversity, England. He graduated with an M.A. before moving to Switzerland where heworks as a music producer, recording artist and creative general consultant. He has minis-tered alongside his parents in Uganda and Switzerland. 2
  • 7. About the NeedThe importance of ministering below the surfaceWhile studying at Cambridge, I remember chatting to our psychology department librarianone afternoon. A motherly figure, she looked at all the books stacked on shelves three metreshigh and sighed as she said, “Despite all this knowledge we haven’t got a scientist in this de-partment with an intact marriage.” There was something clearly missing with the scientificapproach to life we agreed. There had been one man who had begun to investigate the para-normal. “But he went mad,” she said dryly.As Christians we smile smugly at such a story, safe in the knowledge that we have the truthand we have Christ. So why do our lives often look so bleak? How much better off are wethan the secular psychologists?We believe it when the Bible says, ‘at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and everytongue confess.’ But we look forward to its fulfilment in heaven. Meanwhile, life on earth isoften a losing battle marked by doubt, despair and double standards. I believe this is partlybecause we are neglecting a major element of the gospel. We cannot come to Christ andexpect victory over sin and abundant life while holding onto a rational-material world viewthat denies the role of healing and deliverance.Many people believe demons or spirits are simply mythical beings or psychologicalprocesses. Some believe they are real, but think they can safely be ignored if we focus ontruth, repentance and faith. But in the Bible, Jesus Christ addressed demons as real spiritualbeings that need to be cast out if they are present. That’s what he did and that’s what hisdisciples had to learn to do. Two thousand years of western civilisation do not change that.Jesus also said he had come to heal the broken-hearted. His ministry was balanced and holis-tic. He taught us to have faith but he offered healing and deliverance for the body and thesoul.This book offers hope to ministers and people struggling with sins they can’t seem to con-quer or wounds that don’t want to heal. Instead of discussing techniques and strategies tocope, you will learn to look below the surface and deal with the root of the problem.It is amazing the change that is possible when we receive inner healing and deliverancebased on the firm foundation of Biblical truth and sound experience.David M. Taylor 3
  • 8. A RecommendationInitially sceptical, Ana Maria experienced the life changingfruit of this ministry herself while translating at a seminar. Sheis now a minister herself and has trained hundreds of others.I met Albert and Elisabeth Taylor in 1997 in Quito. They were holding a seminar and I wasasked to help as an interpreter. While involved in the teaching ministry in my church, I wasvery sceptical about the spiritual world, my marriage was going through a very difficult timeand despite us being committed Christians we did not know what to do besides regular spiri-tual disciplines.While interpreting into Spanish, as Albert was leading prayers against participation in certainreligious rituals, I was surprised to experience deliverance myself. After a process of healingwith self-ministry and help from others, applying the steps taught in this book, our personallives and marriage were restored. During the next mission trips the Taylors made to mycountry I continued to be trained on the job on how to help others.I have continued to train hundreds of people using these steps and every time I equip others Iam amazed at how easy it is for people to learn these procedures. They are very motivated bythe fact that reactions and results are experienced immediately under the power of the HolySpirit.The orderly way in which the Taylor´s approach this ministry honours a God of order. It con-tributes to reducing the many objections against deliverance because less manifestations andpublic humiliations take place. The focus is on results. I appreciate the guidelines providedhere so as not to be side-tracked by manifestations of the powers. Testing and discernmentgo hand in hand.The authors believe that the process of sanctification, of which inner healing and deliveranceare part, is the responsibility of each Christian. They see the need for people to be trained insimple ways of doing it, so that they can do it for themselves and not depend on an expert oranointed person. Today there are many opportunities for people to receive inner healing anddeliverance at retreats, personal counselling, healing services, etc. However, once the experi-ence is over, how does one continue? This book can be a workbook for a person wanting tocontinue on his own, with simple instructions on how to deal with sin, with hurts and withcasting out demons.Albert and Elisabeth Taylor are gifted teachers who are putting their ministry at the serviceof the worldwide church. I have witnessed first hand that their work is motivated by thecompassion of Jesus Christ and the love for the world and his church.Pastor Ana Maria Cardenas, Quito, Ecuador 4
  • 9. ThanksAlbert and Elisabeth Taylor would like to thank:Our son David who encouraged us to put our teaching into book form and worked hard asour editor and co-author. Our son Philip and friends Dr. Ray and Anne Broome and Christianand Rachel Takushi for your love, input, encouragement and proof-reading.Our daughter Esther who paved the way for our ministry in South America and her husbandDaniel, with whom we worked many times in different parts of the world.All who gave themselves and time for the artwork. Mark Bishop - some sketches. Our photomodels Anjali Guptara, Alaeddine Fakhech, Saif Chadhury and Manuel Halter. David Taylorfor the photography and layout.The late Selwyn Hughes and Dr. Derek Prince; Peter Horrobin, Bill Subritzky and countlessothers who influenced us in the 80s and early 90s.All who have translated our material in various languages and those who were translators inour seminars and in personal ministry. Those who accompanied us in our seminars and thosewho continued to use the material themselves successfully. All who welcomed us in theirhomes and those who organised the seminar or workshop facilities.A very special thanks belongs to the following people: Oscar Lima who invited us to theYWAM bases in Bolivia and Argentina, and Ricardo Rodriguez to YWAM in Chile. LarryFish in Chile, who became a strong teacher and minister in deliverance. Fernando Reyestranslated for us and ministered with us in Bolivia and Chile and also provided a home for usin La Paz.Ana Maria Cardenas and Valerio Magrini in Ecuador who organised and translated for usand have continued the ministry in a beautiful and fruitful way. Kenneth and Sheila Macdon-ald in Buenos Aires whose home is always open to us and the Rev. Agustin Marsal in whosechurch we are always welcome.We are very grateful to all who have worked with us in Switzerland, Belgium, England,Uganda, Egypt, Romania, Indonesia, Singapore and India. Special thanks to Rev. Dr. Tho-mas Varghese who is our main partner in India.Heartfelt gratitude to those in Switzerland and England who supported us financially and inprayer. Without you this work would not be possible.Everyone who worked with us, blessed and inspired us. If we were to name you all the listwould be endless.Above all the Lord for his goodness in saving us, protecting us and using us in this ministry. 5
  • 10. IntroductionWelcome to “Ministering below the Surface”. Our goal is to share with you what we learntin our counselling and teaching ministry. Each of us is at a different stage in our walk withChrist and ministry. Nonetheless, we encourage you to work through the book systemati-cally. It is a good idea to read through the whole book fairly rapidly to get the main structureand ideas. Then go back and study each chapter in detail. Apply the ministry steps in yourown life. Then learn them by heart before starting to minister to someone else.Structure of the bookThere are four sections:1. Sins and Hurts2. Deliverance3. Ministering Healing and Deliverance4. Background MaterialsIn Section 1 we learn about natural problems in the areas of sins and hurts and how to dealwith them. In Section 2 we learn how demons can enhance the effects of natural sins andhurts and influence our lives. In Section 3 we look at the minister and the actual process ofministering below the surface in all three areas. In Section 4 we provide additional back-ground material that you can refer to at any time.About Venn diagramsWe have often used Venn diagrams to illustrate the relationship between body, soul and spiritand the types of ministry that we can apply.A Venn diagram does not show where something is. It shows the nature of something. Anexample of a typical Venn diagram is given below with the categories of Hot, Drink andFruit. Where would you add ‘cold tea’? What might we HOTput in the area marked with the * ?You do not need to understand these diagrams to minis- Fireter below the surface. But we have introduced them inthis book because they can help to understand how wehave organised the material. Furthermore, they can * Teahelp us to picture relationships between problems and Coffeeunderstand how the same issue can require differentareas of ministry. Coca Cola Mango Mango juice((Answer: Cold tea is put next to coca cola. The * could be cooked apples. Notecoffee is in all three because it is from a fruit and it is a hot drink. )) DRINK FRUIT 6
  • 11. Section 1Sins and Hurts 1 Spirit, soul and body The spirit, soul and body. Jesus Christ wants to heal each part Summary chart of ‘Inner healing and deliverance’ 13 2 Sins of the flesh How to deal with the effects of natural sin 17 3 Hurts & wrong reactions Dealing biblically with hurts and wrong reactions to those hurts 21 4 Healing painful memories How painful memories can be healed 25 5 Breaking soul ties How to break ungodly soul ties 27 6 New behaviour patterns Our role in changing behaviour for full healing 29Table of Contents 7
  • 12. Section 2Deliverance 1. Deliverance in the gospels Ministering deliverance is biblical and is part of the Church’s commission today 33 2. The two spiritual kingdoms The relationship of the kingdoms of God and Satan, demons as Satan’s helpers. Barriers to accepting the reality of the spiritual world 35 3. The nature and work of demons What demons are and how they try to affect our lives 37 4. Natural entry points for demons How sin, hurts and ungodly soul ties can let in demons 41 5. Spiritual entry points for demons Occult, ancestors, false religions & curses and contact with death 43 6. Preparing for deliverance ministry How we can prepare to have demons sent out 47 7. After ministry What to do after receiving deliverance 51Table of Contents 8
  • 13. Section 3Ministering Healing & Deliverance 1. Are we ready to minister? Qualities of a minister; what it takes for someone to share their problem; practical details. 57 2. Problems and Issues From the symptoms of the problems to finding the real issues below the surface 61 3. Choosing the remedy How do we know what steps should be taken to minister to the issue. 67 4. Ministry steps: natural issues without demons Sins, hurts, painful memories, ungodly soul ties, physical healing and thought patterns 71 5. Ministry steps: natural issues involving demons Sins, hurts, ungodly soul ties, domination, impurities and sicknesses 77 6. Ministry steps: spiritual issues involving demons Occult, ancestors, religions, spiritual experiences, other sicknesses and conclusion 81 7. Deliverance with an individual Practical advice 85 8. Ministry to a group Inner healing and deliverance ministry to a group 89 9. Sexual abuse Applying all we have learnt to minister in the case of sexual abuse 91 10. Case study A real life example showing all aspects of the ministry in practice 97Table of Contents 9
  • 14. Section 4Background Material Photos 102 Taste and see: Testimonies & Reports 106 Key background teachings: Statement of faith 112 7 Steps to the Christian life 113 Fatherhood of God 114 Rebellion 115 Repentance and confession 116 Rejection 118 The blood and name of Jesus Christ 120 Who is deliverance for? 121 Self-deliverance 122 Use of symbols in ministry 123 Ministering physical healing 124 Master copies for photocopying: Progress in ministry Questionnaire to identify issues Problem areas Demon groupings Summary of steps 126 Recommended books 138 Ministry partners 139Table of Contents 10
  • 15. Section 1Sins and Hurts
  • 16. Section 1Sins and Hurts1 Spirit, soul and bodyThe spirit, soul and body. Jesus Christ wants to heal each partSummary chart of ‘Inner healing and deliverance’ 132 Sins of the fleshHow to deal with the effects of natural sin 173 Hurts & wrong reactionsDealing biblically with hurts and wrong reactions to those hurts 214 Healing painful memoriesHow painful memories can be healed 255 Breaking soul tiesHow to break ungodly soul ties 276 New behaviour patternsOur role in changing behaviour for full healing 29
  • 17. Spirit, Soul and Body1 Spirit, Soul and Body Introducing the concept of spirit, soul and body and showing that Jesus Christ wants to heal each part What are the spirit, soul and body? Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23 The spirit, soul and body are terms used in the Bible and in everyday language to describe the make-up of a person. Because we can touch SPIRIT and see the body it is the easiest to understand. But we know there is much more. A living body clearly has feelings and thoughts and desires or intentions and these are described as the soul. Both the body and the BODY SOUL soul can be understood in the natural realm. But we can also know and experience in another intangible dimension. This is the realm of the spirit. The spirit is the part of man which interacts with the spiritual realm. When a person turns in repentance and faith and receives Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord then the spirit becomes alive to God. Otherwise the Spirit is said to be dead in sin. The soul is the mind, the emotions (or thoughts and feelings) and the will. The Bible also indicates that the soul exists beyond the point of death. The body is material, biological or chemical. This is our earthly body. And we have the promise of a heavenly body. The three circles Consider the diagram on the right. Although our spirit and soul reside within the body we have not put the spirit and soul inside the body circle because this is a Venn diagram not a map. We shall use this type of diagram throughout the book to show what we are focussing on in a particular discussion or ministry approach. Section 1 Chapter 1 13
  • 18. Spirit, Soul and BodyJesus is interested in all parts of usRead Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:14-21Jesus has come to help us in spirit, soul and body.• He has come to bind up the broken hearted (soul)• to proclaim freedom for the prisoners (spirit, soul or body)• and recovery of sight for the blind (body)• to bestow a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (spirit)A new creation takes timeWhen we come to Christ we become a new creation - 2 Corinthians 5:17. Our bodies stilllook the same and we still have the same capacity for both good and bad thoughts or emo-tions so our soul is obviously not new. We are a new creation because our spirit has receivedthe capacity to communicate with God and to become the decisive influence in our lives.Because we are a new creation we can begin to renew and repair our souls and bodies. Thisis not instant - it is a process. In Philippians 2:12-13 we see that we have to work at it. Butwe also see that God is actively involved.A house with many roomsJesus used the picture of a person as being like a house in Matthew 12:43. When we receiveJesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes into the best room, just as we nor-mally first receive a visitor into the best room of the house. Meanwhile, there may be lots ofrubbish and rats hiding in the back rooms. But if we allow him, the Holy Spirit will help usto clean the house room by room. Colossians 3:8 “Get rid of all ...” shows that this is an ac-tive process requiring our involvement. This book will help you to understand the differentareas that might need cleaning up and how to go about it. When we open a bottle or can of Coke the unseen gas will bubble up and may overflow. Similarly when we allow God to open up our lives, hidden problems can come to the surface. If we are willing these problems can be dealt with and we will experience new freedom. We need to be willing for God to show us where we need healing. It is easy to think that it is only other people who are in need. See the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 8:9-14. Are we willing for God to open up our lives and heal us?Section 1 Chapter 1 14
  • 19. Spirit, Soul and BodyThe three realms of ministryBefore returning to heaven Jesus sent out his disciples with a mission of to teach, heal andcast out demons. This gives the three areas of ministry that we cover in this book:• SINS - the areas where we can change by learning and applying the teachings of Christ.• HURTS - damage to soul or body that requires God’s healing. Deliverance• DEMONS - spiritual beings that try to prevent us making progress in the above areas. They must be cast out. DEMONSA holistic approachThe diagram shows that the issues of sins, hurts and demonscan be separate or may overlap and affect each other. We aregoing to learn to deal with each area step by step. SINS HURTSSo for example, the next chapter will look at sins in isolation.But as we see in the diagram there is an area where sin anddemons overlap and an area where all three overlap. Treating Teaching Healingthis type of problem will require us to understand how to dealwith sin and how to do deliverance, as well as how to do inner healing.This idea is vital to our approach because problems can be made worse if we prescribe thewrong solution or offer a one-sided remedy. For example, if someone is in the sin of bitter-ness as a reaction to a hurt, he will find it very hard to get free from that sin unless the hurtis healed. Similarly a hurt can have a demonic aspect. For example, a demon can increasethe pain of rejection. Healing of the hurt will only be complete if you also do deliverance.Our human tendency is to major on the area that we find easiest or most exciting. Therefore,we need to pray for guidance and balance as we learn to minister in each area.Physical and emotional healingJesus said that those who believe “will place their hands on sick people and they will getwell” Mark 16:18. We have found that the effects of sin and emotional hurts or demons areoften blockages to receiving physical healing.So we usually minister to these issues first. And this will be the focus in this book. Moreabout physical healing can be found in Section 4.Section 1 Chapter 1 15
  • 20. Spirit, Soul and BodyLooking AheadSteps for inner healing and deliveranceHere is a summary of the steps we shall be using throughout the book.As a memory aid notice there are 5 steps for dealing with sins, 5 steps for dealing with hurts,5 possible extra steps for complete healing and then 4 steps for deliverance. (5554) WHAT WE CAN DO WITH A SIN OF THE FLESH Step 1: Confess the sin. Step 2: Repent, forgive others and bring the sin to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Ask for and accept forgiveness. Step 4: Make restitution where possible. Step 5: Learn to resist. WHAT WE CAN DO WITH HURTS AND WRONG REACTIONS TO THE HURTS Step 1: Acknowledge the hurt. Step 2: Give the hurt to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Forgive those who caused the hurt. Step 4: Give the wrong reactions to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 5: Ask for and accept forgiveness for the wrong reactions. POSSIBLE EXTRA STEPS Step 6: Have healing of the memories. Step 7: Break ungodly soul ties. Step 8: Have deliverance. Step 9: Have physical healing. Step 10: Change thoughts and attitudes. HOW WE CAN BE SET FREE (for example bitterness) SAY ALOUD: Step 1: “I confess my bitterness. I repent of it. Heavenly Father, I ask for forgiveness and accept your forgiveness.” Step 2: “I put the bitterness under the blood of Jesus Christ.” Step 3: “In the name of Jesus Christ I command the bitterness to leave me now.” Step 4: “The blood of Jesus Christ is setting me free.” Continue to Repeat Step 4 then begin to expel the demon.Section 1 Chapter 1 16
  • 21. Sins of the Flesh2 Sins of the Flesh DEMONS DEMONS How to deal with the effects of natural sin Sin is anything which quenches our spiritual appetite, our desire to know God and please him. Sins of the flesh are our wrong thoughts and SINS HURTS actions from our human nature. What happens when Christians sin? Do we lose our salvation? No, but the relationship with God is hindered. Isaiah 59:2, "Your iniquities have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." It is as if a cloud has come between God and us. When a cloud comes between the sun and us, we feel colder. The Teacher’s Illustration same happens when a cloud comes between God and us. We feel Draw a pin-man kneeling in spiritually cold. We may lose our zeal for God, we may have feel- worship and adoration to GOD, written as a word ings of guilt, condemnation, shame, low self-esteem and unwor- above the man. thiness. Or we begin to doubt our salvation or even give up being a Then draw him standing on Christian. his feet and shaking his fist at God to represent his sin. David in Psalm 32:3 and 4 says, "My bones wasted away through my groaning all day long…your hand was heavy upon me; my Then draw a cloud coming between the man and God strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.." These are all pic- as a result of his sin. tures of heaviness, weariness, tiredness and gloom. What can we do when we have sinned? WHAT WE CAN DO WITH A SIN OF THE FLESH Step 1: Confess the sin. Step 2: Repent, forgive others and bring the sin to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Ask for and accept forgiveness. Step 4: Make restitution where possible. Step 5: Learn to resist. The above is the first box in the ‘Inner healing and deliverance steps’ on the previous page. Step 1. Confess our sin To confess means to agree with God about our wrongdoing and the seriousness of our sin. It is important to call the sin by its name and to take full responsibility for what we have done. King David said in Psalm 32:5, "Then I confessed my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord - and you forgave the guilt of Section 1 Chapter 2 17
  • 22. Sins of the Flesh my sin." Read Psalm 51:4,7,10,12 where David says, "Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight... Cleanse me... Create in me a pure heart.....Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit." 1 John 1:9 says,"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Note that the Holy Spirit convicts clearly of the sin we have committed. We can, however, also have false conviction or a general sense of unwor- thiness which does not come from the Holy Spirit (Psalm 139:23,24). Step 2a. Repent of the sin. Acts 20:21 Repentance means a change of mind and attitude towards God and towards our sin. It means turning away from the past sin to do Gods will. It requires a 180 degree turn. For instance, imagine we are going along a street looking for someones house. We ask the way and we are told, "You are going the wrong way. You must turn around and go back the way you came.” So we have to change our mind and use our will to go back. It requires determination. Re- pentance includes a change of our thought-life and behaviour patterns. Repentance is only possible with the help of the Holy Spirit and Gods love and mercy, which is waiting for us, when we come as sinners. If weActivity: Letting go dont feel like repenting, we need to ask God to help us.Hold a pen in your clenchedhand to represent the person Step 2b. Forgive othersyou need to forgive.The natural tendency is to Jesus taught us, “...and forgive us our sins as we forgive thosewant revenge and to want to who have sinned against us.” Matthew 6:12. In verse 15 Jesushurt the person. comments, “If you do not forgive men their sins, your FatherGrip the pen tightly. will not forgive your sins."But God wants us to open ourhand and let the person go Read Matthew 18:21-35, especially verse 35. If we find it hardfree. to forgive, we may need to have inner healing for the hurt orWhen ready you can pray,forgiving the person. trauma caused by the other person. After the hurt is healed it willOpen the hand and let the pen be easier to forgive. If not, we may need deliverance from a de-go. mon of unforgiveness. Forgiving means releasing people. Imagine holding them in our hands as we would a bird. Forgiv- ing means to open our hands to release it and let it fly away. It means cancelling whatever spiritual or emotional debt they owed us, and handing them over to the Lord to bless them or deal with them according to his mercy. We can now bless them in the name of Jesus Christ. Ideally forgiveness is complete when both parties forgive each other and the relationship is better than before. However, there are many situations where this isn’t possible. The other person may have died. It may be unhelpful or unwise to tell some people how much hurt they caused you. In cases of abuse it would probably be unwise to resume the relationship. Section 1 Chapter 2 18
  • 23. Sins of the FleshStep 2c. Bring the sin to Jesus Christ at the crossJesus Christ has carried our sins on the cross: Isaiah 53:11 and 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 Peter2:24 and 3:18. A simple action with our hands can help us to experience this. Imagine yourleft hand represents you, your right hand Jesus Christ. Take a heavy book and place it onyour left hand. It represents your sins. Transfer the book from your left to your right handand as you do so think about your sins. Give them over to Jesus. Say to him, “I put my sinson you Jesus.” As I put the book onto my right hand, giving the sins to Jesus, the weight ofmy sins have gone to him. I no longer have to carry the weight of them.“Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ for your sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. Thank you for for-giving me. I accept your promise in 1 John 1:9 that if I confess my sins I am forgiven.”Another wayImagine coming to the foot of the cross, where Jesus Christ is hanging for us. The cross iswhere the filth of the world can be left and where we can put our rubbish. We can writedown our sin on a piece of paper and imagine putting it at the foot of the cross and leaving itthere.Step 3. Ask for and accept Gods forgivenessAt the cross we ask for and receive forgiveness from God the Father. It is possible throughwhat Jesus Christ did on the cross when he took our place and bore the sins of the wholeworld. Then the cloud in our relationship with God is taken away.We need to accept Gods forgiveness. Our minds and thoughts will continue to accuse us,unless we accept the cleansing of his blood and the complete forgiveness from God. If Godforgives us then we must not be too proud to forgive ourselves, and we must not say, “I cannever forgive myself for what I did.”Step 4. Where possible, make restitutionRestitution means to do what we can to put right the harm we caused by our sin. This mayinvolve going to the person or group of people we have sinned against and asking for theirforgiveness. This is particularly important where we have sinned against someone with ourwords, attitudes or behaviour. However, there are some very delicate things that it may beunwise to confess. If the other party does not want to forgive, we have to leave it with theLord.Section 1 Chapter 2 19
  • 24. Sins of the FleshA Ugandan returned a lorry-load of things he had stolen from a hospital where he hadworked - beds, furniture, typewriters and more. When asked why, he said Jesus had arrestedhim.Zacchaeus promised to pay back 4 times the amount he had wrongly taken in taxes Luke19:8. This was more than the Jewish law required.Note. Certain sins, e.g. fornication or adultery, bring ungodly soul ties with the other person;these ungodly soul ties need to be broken. See Chapter 5 in this section.Step 5. Learn to resistWe also have to learn to resist future temptation to sin.James 4:7 says, “...Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” In 1 Corinthians 10:13 weread, “...when you are tempted, He (God) will also provide a way out so that you can standup under it.”Our resistance will increase as we offer our lives afresh to Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1,2). Wecan say, “Jesus Christ, I want you to be Lord in every part of my life - my mind, my emo-tions, my will, my body, my time, my possessions, my relationships, my work or lack of work,my future and my past, everything I am. Please fill me with the strength of the Holy Spirit.”Remember the overlapsRemember that the body, soul and spirit overlap and so the effects of sins, hurts and demonsalso interact and overlap. In this chapter we have learnt how to deal with sin without othereffects. Let us now look at the area of hurts and wrong reactions.Section 1 Chapter 2 20
  • 25. Hurts and Wrong Reactions3 Hurts & Wrong Reactions Dealing biblically with hurts and wrong reactions to DEMONS those hurts Introduction to emotional hurts SINS HURTS A hurt is pain that indicates that our souls or bodies have been dam- aged. A physical pain requires physical healing. Emotional hurts require inner healing. Hurts can go very deep. Some are buried, like the roots of a plant. The person no longer remembers the hurtful incident but they are still suffering the effects. Emotional hurts can cause physical pain or illness and even mental disorder. In the diagram, we see hurts in the coloured area and wrong (sinful) reactions to hurts in the grey area. The Bible illustrates the relationship between spirit, soul and body • Proverbs 14:30 envy rots the bones • Proverbs 15:13 heartache crushes the spirit • Proverbs 15:30 good news gives health to the bones • Proverbs 16:24 pleasant words bring healing to the bones • Proverbs 17:22 a cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones Hurts can come from • Words of others • Attitudes of others • Disappointments • Loss of father or mother • Other types of significant loss • Rejection: unwanted pregnancies or gender • Rejection by partners, peers, society • Difficult family situation • Quarrels of parents • Bad experiences at school Take time to consider where you might have unhealed hurts. It is important to deal with these because otherwise they will affect our behaviour, relationships and ministry. Section 1 Chapter 3 21
  • 26. Hurts and Wrong Reactions What can we do with these hurts? Some slight hurts can be easily healed by immediately forgiving the person. Deeper hurts may need more treatment. We deal specifically with sexual abuse in Section 3 Chapter 9. WHAT WE CAN DO WITH HURTS AND WRONG REACTIONS TO THE HURTS Step 1: Acknowledge the hurt. Step 2: Give the hurt to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Forgive those who caused the hurt. Step 4: Give the wrong reactions to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 5: Ask for and accept forgiveness for the wrong reactions. The above is the second box in the ‘Inner healing and deliverance steps’. Step 1. Acknowledge the hurt It is very important that we have our hurts healed. Sometimes Christians deny that they are hurt in their feelings. As a conservative evangelical, Albert learnt, while at University, that all we need is the Bible to give us understanding. But if we only believe in the mind we leave out the feelings. In the charismatic movement we can go to the other extreme of leav- ing the mind at the door, before we enter the church. The Christian life needs balance. We need to use both the mind and acknowledge our feelings. To acknowledge means to admit and to express: for instance, we might say, “What my wife said has hurt me” or “What that person did has really hurt me.” If we bury our emotional pain it will reappear somewhere else!ExampleIn Northern Ireland a group of It is also important to understand that God is not to blame for ourterrorists detonated a bomb. hurts; they are caused by people’s sins, present or past.One man’s grown-up daughterdied in his arms. Step 2. Give the hurt toHe testified on TV that he hadforgiven the people who killed Jesus Christ at the crosshis daughter, because he was aChristian. People were amazed Read Isaiah 53:3,4 “He was de-at this. But later he had terri- spised and rejected by men...”ble depression, probably be-cause he had not fully ac- You can imagine you are carryingknowledged the hurt. a heavy rucksack on your back. It is full of pain and hurts. Come with your bag to the cross. Imagine that you take it off and drop it in a box at the foot of the cross. The box is God’s rubbish bin of the world, where we can put not only our sins but our hurts as well. You can imagine writing down each hurtful incident and put- ting the paper in a box at the foot of the cross and burning it; or you can actually do it! Imagine you are looking at Jesus Christ on the cross. Say to him, “Please Lord Jesus Christ, take my pain. You have carried my burdens and my sorrows. You were despised and rejected by men. I now give you my pain.” Section 1 Chapter 3 22
  • 27. Hurts and Wrong ReactionsIf you have a physical pain in your heart, for instance, coming from your emotional pain,then put your hand where you are hurting and say, ”Please Jesus Christ, touch my pain.”Receive the healing as Jesus touches you through the power of the Holy Spirit. Keep yourhand there till the pain has gone.Step 3. Forgive those who caused the hurtForgiveness cost God all he had – his own life. He therefore requires that we too forgivethose who sinned against us. It may cost us a lot, but never as much as it cost God.Read the parable of the unforgiving servant Matthew 18:21–32. See the great cost of God’sforgiveness and the great cost to the unforgiving servant of his failure to forgive. How maywe be tortured if we do not forgive? Unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, anger, etc. can affectour physical health as well as our emotions. All unforgiveness cuts us off from God. Withoutforgiveness from God, we live in a prison of our own making. If we do not forgive others,we are thrown back into that prison, where we are being tortured. We will not be able to payour debt and will therefore stay in that prison for the rest of our lives.Unforgiveness prevents us from receiving healing. In a workshop in Buenos Aires in 2006, alady testified of the effects of unforgiveness. Her employers had hurt her in 2001. For 3years from that time she was tortured with back pain that felt like an elastic band across herback. In our workshop in 2004 she was helped to forgive her employers; the elastic bandsnapped and never returned!Visual aids to help us forgiveImagine standing or kneeling before the cross with the one who has hurt you. Jesus Christdied for both of you and his love is the same for both of you. It should now be easier to for-give and release that person.Taking the example from the previous chapter, hold a pen in your clenched hand to representthe person you need to forgive. The natural tendency is to want revenge, but God wants us tolet the person go.When you can, open your hands and say, “I let you (name of the person) go in the name ofJesus Christ. I hand you over to him to bless you and deal with you in his love and mercy.”Then ask for the love of Jesus Christ for that person to fill you. Repeat this until you feel freefrom hurt and grudge.If you cannot open your hands and let the people go you may need more healing or you mayneed to be set free from a demon of unforgiveness. This is dealt with in the chapters ondeliverance in Section 2.Section 1 Chapter 3 23
  • 28. Hurts and Wrong Reactions Step 4. Give your wrong reactions to the hurts to Jesus at the cross We can choose how we react to hurts. If we forgive and let go immediately, then the incident loses its power over us. If we react with the desire to hit back we choose the path of outward rebellion starting a chain: Rebellion to Resentment to Bitterness to Hatred to Anger to Rage to Violence to Murder. If we react with the feeling of rejection, we choose the path of inward self-pity: Self-pity may lead to Withdrawal to Depression to Hopelessness to Suicide. We may react with a mixture of both.Activity An example: We know of a Brazilian gardener in Salta, in theThink of and list other North of Argentina, who was constantly criticised by his Swissexamples from the Bible, orthe news, of these patterns employer. He eventually reacted by murdering her and her hus-of behaviour that arise from band.hurts. A much better response is to bring these wrong reactions to Jesuse.g.King Saul felt rejected Christ at the cross. We can do so in the same way as we broughtby the people in favour ofDavid. His resentment the sins and hurts to the cross.finally led to attemptedmurder. Once again the simple example from the previous chapter can help us to picture this. Imagine your left hand represents you, your right hand Jesus Christ. Take a heavy book. It represents your reactions. Transfer the book from your left to your right hand and as you do so think about your wrong reactions. Give them over to Jesus. By passing the heavy book from your left hand to your right you symbolise giving Jesus your wrong reactions to events; you let him deal with the situation or people involved. Step 5. Ask for and accept forgiveness for the wrong reactions Say to Jesus, “I bring my wrong reactions to you and ask you to forgive me, please, even though I do not deserve to be forgiven.” The book is on my right hand; I have given my wrong reactions to Jesus. I no longer have to carry the weight of them. “Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ for your sacrifice on the cross of Cal- Revision Go through these steps vary. Thank you for forgiving me. I accept your promise in 1 John 1:9 before proceeding to the next that if we confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us our chapter. Memorise them and use them sins.” If we are not able to let go of any of the above reactions, then every time you get hurt. we may need deliverance from demons that have come into our lives by holding on to those feelings for too long. Next In the next chapter we see how hurts or sins that are still causing painful memories can be healed. We go on to Step 6 of the ‘Possible extra steps’ in the summary of ‘Inner healing and deliverance’ chart. Section 1 Chapter 3 24
  • 29. Healing of Painful Memories4 Painful Memories How painful memories can be healed SPIRIT Hurts and angry feelings from painful events may exist buried in our sub-conscious mind or locked into our memories. Some- times the events are so traumatic or so deep that we do not expe- BODY BODY SOUL rience freedom and healing despite having followed the simple steps described in the previous chapter (acknowledging hurt, taking it to the cross, forgiving etc.). In this case healing of the memories may be necessary. We invite the Holy Spirit to enable us to return to these past events in our minds. As we relive that experience, we invite Jesus to enter the scene. We then experience how he does or says something that brings healing. After that we should be able to forgive. Step 6. Healing of painful memories 1. Sit or lie comfortably and relaxed. Testimony At a conference in Jinja, 2. Forbid any demon to enter your mind. Uganda we were teaching about the need to forgive 3. Say, “Please Holy Spirit, take me to a time which needs to be others. In the lunch break a lady came to us and said she healed." could never forgive the former President Obote’s 4. Wait for a memory to return; it may be a memory of something soldiers, who had killed all which happened in a room at home when you were a child. Relive her family in front of her. the incident. We asked her if she would be willing for us to pray 5. Let your emotions surface, for instance, you may want to cry or with her in front of the others to show how Jesus you feel afraid. could heal her memories and she bravely agreed. 6. When the feelings have been released you say, “Please Jesus We went through the steps Christ, come into this picture." described in this chapter. She saw the soldiers come 7. See what he does or hear what he says. into the house and all her pain surfaced. Then she in- 8. Forgive those who hurt you and bless them. vited Jesus into that situa- tion. 9. Can you now think of this incident without fear, hurt, anger or She said he came with so much light that she could pain?” If not, go back over some steps. not see the soldiers any- more. She was able to for- 10. Repeat all the above steps until no more painful memories give them and was so joyful come back. and thrilled, as were we all, at what Jesus had done! 10. Thank God and offer yourself afresh to Jesus Christ and ask Section 1 Chapter 4 25
  • 30. Healing of Painful Memorieshim to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit saying, “Jesus Christ, I want you to be Lord inevery part of my life - my mind, my memory, my emotions, my will, my body, my future andmy past. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit.”Step by stepThe Holy Spirit will only take us back as we allow him. Usually we begin with the leastpainful memories. Then as we experience his healing we have more confidence to let himtouch the more painful places. For instance, we ministered to a lady on every visit to Ecua-dor. It was only on the last visit that she was able to ask the Holy Spirit to show her thedeepest trauma and so receive healing.Bathing in the RiverSome memories are so painful that we prefer to not ask the Holy Spiritto take the person back to the incident, for example child abuse. In- DEMONSstead we ask the person to imagine themself at the the throne of Godfrom which a stream of clean water flows (Revelation 22:1). SINS HURTSLet them imagine themselves lying in the river and being washed fromhead to toe.Explain that the water from God’s throne cleanses from the feelings of being used and ofdirt, guilt and shame. When they can imagine themselves lying in the stream, let them liethere for a while enjoying the cleansing of the water. Ask them after a while how they feel orwhat they are experiencing.About blockagesIf we go through the steps for healing of the memories and we see only darkness for a longtime, this may indicate that a demon is there blocking the healing process.We can see that there is an area where the issues of hurts and demons overlap. This meansthat some hurts can be so severe that they have become entry points for demons. This will beexplained more in Section 2 Chapter 4. In this case we may have to do deliverance beforereturning to the steps for the healing of hurtful memories. See Section 2.Next chapterIn the next chapter (5), we look at Step 7 (Break any ungodly soul ties). which may be nec-essary to fully deal with the effects of sins or hurts.Section 1 Chapter 4 26
  • 31. Possible Extra Steps5 Breaking Soul Ties SPIRIT How to break ungodly soul ties We need to let go of people who have hurt us or when we have lost a loved one. Sometimes it seems impossible to let go. This may be due to BODY SOUL a soul tie. Soul ties are emotional and spiritual links to other people formed by deep relationships, shared experiences or dependencies. God designed us to form positive bonds with other people for our own protection and devel- opment: mother-child, husband-wife, friendships, etc. But sin, for example, sexual relation- ships outside marriage, perverts the purpose of such bonds. Disappointments, false hopes, abuse or control may enter and an ungodly soul tie comes into operation. Step 7. Break any ungodly soul ties The first step is to deal with the sin as described in Chapter 2. You must recognise and renounce false thoughts or hopes and be willing to release the person. Then to break an ungodly soul-tie you can imagine the other person with ropes going around you and that person. Then you can say, ”Lord Jesus Christ, I ask forgiveness for making this ungodly soul tie through sin (or by allowing that person to dominate me or abuse me). I forgive and release him/her now. Please come with your sword or big pair of scissors and cut the ropes which tie me to him/her. I want to be free to be myself and to be the person you want me to be.” Wait until you see the ropes lying on the floor. Repeat these steps for each person and any strong soul ties. Step 8. Receive deliverance if necessary Note to leader Deliverance will be needed where there have been windows You can illustrate these soul ties with string going around two opened for demons to enter through the sin, the hurt, the people, then cut with scissors. wrong reactions or the ungodly soul ties. Homework See the chapters on deliverance in Sections 2 and 3. Make a list of all the people with whom you have made ungodly soul ties. Go through Step 7 with this list on your own or with someone’s help. Section 1 Chapter 5 27
  • 32. Possible Extra StepsPossible extra stepsStep 9. Have physical healingSometimes sickness has not been healed because of blockages from the effects of sin orhurts, e.g. unforgiveness. When these blockages have been dealt with in the previous steps,we can then seek the power of God to heal.If necessary we can call ministers for anointing with oil and laying on of hands, as in James5:14-16, Luke 4:40 and Mark 16:18.See Section 4 ‘Ministering physical healing’ and ‘Recommended books’Section 1 Chapter 5 28
  • 33. New Behaviour Patterns 6 New Behaviour Patterns Our role in changing behaviour for full healing Behaviour patterns are habits or automatic chain reactions of responses. Whenever we repeat an action or thought for long enough it will become an unconscious behaviour pattern. To change requires that we recognise the pattern and begin to consciously take control until we establish a new pattern. With time this new behaviour becomes automatic. See the third box in the chart of `Inner healing and deliverance steps`. (page 16) Step 10. Change thoughts, attitudes and patterns of behaviour We have to change our thinking to God’s way of thinking. Repeated thoughts become the attitudes that determine our actions or behaviour: Read Philippians 4:8 “whatever is lovely... think about such things.” If we keep thinking about the old problems it will not be long before we backslide and return to them. If we keep thinking about the old hurts we have been healed from then we will soon be reacting in the old hurt manner again. Then people will see us and say that the ministry we had was a waste of time. But the problem isLow self-esteem not the ministry. The problem is that we have not built new patternsLow self-esteem is a feeling of behaviour to replace the old ones.that we are not worth any-thing and can not do anything. If we break our arm we need to wear a cast until it heals. But whenIt is caught, thought andtaught. the cast is removed we need to gently train the muscles until they• Caught from other people’s recover full strength. If we go out and play cricket straight away we opinions of me, may hurt or even rebreak the arm because the bone and muscles are• Thought by my wrong still weak. thinking about myself,• Taught by the teaching and Thoughts over-emphasis of the sinful- ness of man and the wrath We have to take out the old cassette in the mind containing the lies of God and neglect of the we used to live with and replace it with the truth that God reveals in doctrines of the love and patience of God. his Word and by his Spirit. If our problem was low-self esteem weA right estimate of myself as used to think “Nobody loves me”. Now we must put in a new cas-God sees me, Romans 12:3, is sette which says, “Jesus Christ loves me and there are in fact peoplethe answer to low self-esteem. who do or would want to love me.”ActivityWrite down where you haveto change in the above areas.How can you change? Section 1 Chapter 6 29
  • 34. New Behaviour Patterns If we have a wrong image of God this will be difficult. We need to learn what God is really like. He is very unlike many of our natural fathers. For more about the nature of God the Father see Section 4. (page 112) Attitudes Changing patterns of A thought can just come to us like a temptation. But when we give it rejections our attention and approval and allow it to keep returning it can We can read Bible verses such become an attitude. We change our attitudes by repeating the new as Psalm 103, John 3:16 which stress that God loves us and God-given truths and resisting the old thoughts. In Section 2 Chapter does not reject us. 7 we have a list of Bible truths for the child of God. Learn the truths Hebrews 13:6 says: “I shall not and the verses listed and you will see your attitudes begin to change. fear, what can man do to me?” Ephesians 1:4-5 tells me that We may also have to become less easily hurt or offended by what Jesus Christ chose me to be in God’s family before he created people say or do to us. We need to become more “thick skinned” and the world, therefore I am pre- also more aware of our faults and less proud. It maybe we have to cious to Him. So why should I reject myself whatever other break, for instance, a pattern of inviting rejection or other patterns people think of me? we have developed to cope with or avoid rejection. New behaviour patterns As we become more familiar with the truth and more practised in reacting in the right way it becomes easier and easier. Of course we may fall from time to time and slip back into our old ways. But we must not let the devil or others condemn us. Deal with the sin or the wrong reaction as soon as possible and return to the new ways. With time the behaviour becomes a habit and it will come as naturally as the old wrong reactions or sinful habits used to. Watch your influencesAvoid Legalism It is hard to establish new patterns of thinking while soaking yourselfBanning non-Christian in the thinking and ways of the world with TV, films, radio and maga-music and media from zines. Instead soak yourself in worshipful God-glorifying music andyour home can be veryhelpful for a time while literature. Build uplifting Christian friendships and avoid those thatyou develop new behav- lead to temptation.iour patterns and learnto discern and resist. When this doesn’t workBut don’t take a legalis-tic attitude saying all TV Sometimes all our attempts to establish new behaviour patterns seemis bad and all non-Christian music is dan- to get us nowhere. Try as hard as we like, it seems we just keep fallinggerous. Because this is again and again into our old ways. In this case it might be that moresimply not true, it willcause problems in the healing in other related areas is required or there may be a demoniclong-run especially for blockage.your children’s socialdevelopment. In Section 2 we will look at the area of deliverance. We will learn how demons affect us and how we can deal with them so that we can estab- lish new behaviour patterns and live as God intended. Section 1 Chapter 6 30
  • 35. Section 2DeliveranceIn Section 1 we learnt about natural problems in the areas of sins andhurts and how to deal with them.In this Section we will see how demons can enhance the effect of naturalsins and hurts. We shall explain what they are, what they do and how theyinfluence our lives. Then we shall prepare for deliverance ministry.
  • 36. Section 2Deliverance1. Deliverance in the gospelsMinistering deliverance is biblical and is part of the Church’scommission today 332. The two spiritual kingdomsThe relationship of the kingdoms of God and Satan, demonsas Satan’s helpers. Barriers to accepting the reality of the spiritual world 353. The nature and work of demonsWhat demons are and how they try to affect our lives 374. Natural entry points for demonsHow sin, hurts and ungodly soul ties can let in demons 415. Spiritual entry points for demonsOccult, ancestors, false religions & curses and contact with death 436. Preparing for deliverance ministryHow we can prepare to have demons sent out 477. After ministryWhat to do after receiving deliverance 51
  • 37. Deliverance in the Gospels1 Deliverance in the Gospels Ministering deliverance is biblical and is part of the Church’s commission today The word deliverance means to set free from oppression or dangerous circumstances. When we talk about deliverance we mean casting out demons otherwise called evil or unclean spir- its. This was a vital part of Christ’s ministry and he commissioned us to do the same. Deliverance in the ministry of Jesus Christ Read Luke 4:18-21 Jesus announced that his life was a fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-3. The prophecy had four elements: preaching, healing, releasing captives and releasing the oppressed. Two of these four elements clearly relate to deliverance ministry. So we can see that deliverance was a vital part of Christ’s mission. Jesus did not empty prisons and fight the Romans so he must have been primarily talking about spiritual bondage and oppression. He placed great emphasis on this part of his ministry: e.g. in Luke 13:31, on his way to Jeru- salem, some Pharisees told him to “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” Jesus replied “... I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow and on the third day reach my goal.” Jesus did not say that he would not be stopped from preach- ing. He spoke only of his work of driving out demons and healing people. Above all Jesus directly linked the coming of the kingdom of God with driving out demons. In Luke 11:20 he says, “But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.” This showed that Jesus had no doubts as to the reality of demons and regarded deliverance ministry as a central and vital sign of the arrival of the kingdom of heaven. Note also that Jesus discerned different problems and applied the appropriate remedy. Some- times he just healed, sometimes he pronounced forgiveness of sins first and then healed and sometimes he drove out demons and the healing followed. While he simply told the woman caught in adultery to go and sin no more, he cast out seven demons from Mary Magdalene. If we want to be like Jesus we need to take this aspect of his ministry seriously and seek his gift of discernment to know when this ministry is needed. Section 2 Chapter 1 33
  • 38. Deliverance in the GospelsThe great commissionRead Matthew 10:1-8; Mark 3:14-15; 6:12-13 and 16:15-18; Luke 9.When Jesus sent out his twelve disciples, he gave them authority and commanded them to:1) preach the kingdom of God 2) heal the sick and 3) drive out demons.The commission of the seventy twoIn Luke 10 Jesus sent out the 72 to proclaim the kingdom. In v. 1 and 19, Jesus says, “I havegiven you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of theenemy ...” So deliverance was an important part of their work. When they returned they re-ported “even the demons submit to us in your name.” So obviously they had been driving outdemons.The commission passed on to usIn Matthew 28:19,20 the disciples were commanded by Jesus Christ to go and makedisciples of all nations, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”. Thiscommission was passed on to each new generation of disciples down to us. The churchworldwide accepts that we have inherited this commission to evangelize, but often hesitatesto drive out demons or to heal the sick. Mark 16:15-18, says, “Go into all the world andpreach the good news to all creation, these signs shall accompany those who believe: In myname they will drive out demons... they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”The early Church did deliverance at conversion. But the modern Church has neglected thisministry. So we have found the urgent need to still do deliverance with Christians.Ignorance?During our first eleven years as missionaries in Uganda, we never drove out one demon, be-cause we were ignorant of them. Since we discovered their reality and learnt how to dealwith them, deliverance has become a frequent part of our ministry. We returned to Ugandafive times since 1989 and have driven out thousands of demons in the name of Jesus Christthere and in other countries.We were simply ignorant of this reality, because we were conditioned to not expect this as-pect of the gospel to be real in our lives. Albert was not taught anything practical about de-mons in one year in a missionary training college. Neither was Elisabeth who had attendedan evangelical Bible college for two years.Or fear?Sometimes people resist this command of Jesus Christ to drive out demons because of fear.Is it fear of what we can’t predict or control? There is nothing to fear and everything to gainfrom moving into the full truth of the kingdom of God. This is not about losing control. It isabout regaining control in the areas of our personal or church life where the enemy hasgained control.Section 2 Chapter 1 34
  • 39. Two Spiritual kingdoms2 The Two Spiritual Kingdoms The relationship of the kingdoms of God and Satan and the function of demons as Satan’s helpers The kingdom of God is where people accept the rule of God, the Holy Spirit, in their lives. The kingdom of Satan is where God is not obeyed. Satan is described as the prince of this world and 1 John 5:19 says that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” Therefore, without knowing it, we are under Satan’s control if we do not obey God. Life versus death: Our spirit is the connection to the two spiritual Kingdom Kingdom kingdoms. Our bodies and souls are affected by ei- of God of Satan ther the Kigdom of God or of Satan depending on the state or attitudes of our spirit. SPIRIT Spiritual God’s kingdom gives abundant life to its citizens. Natural John 10:10b but Satan’s kingdom is out to ‘steal, BODY SOUL kill and destroy.’ John 10:10a Differences between the Holy Spirit and Satan: The Holy Spirit can be in the heart of each person who has opened their life to him, through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan, by contrast, can not be everywhere at once. In Job 1:6,7 he is said to have been going to and fro about the earth. So he needs help- ers to carry out his evil plans. We say that Idi Amin or Saddam Hussein killed so many thousands of citizens. Yet his sol- diers or police actually did the killing. So while we blame Satan, the “dirty work” is carried out by his helpers - demons, unclean or evil spirits, as they are variously called in the Bible. God’s kingdom has already defeated Satan’s kingdom through the victory of Christ on the cross. Satan’s kingdom does not accept this and goes on fighting. God allows this until Christ returns, but then Satan and his demons will be put away. Mean- while, Christians have the weapons by which to fight Satan and his demons. Like any sol- diers, we need to be trained in how to use these weapons effectively; and then we need to use them. If we do not, we and others suffer. Section 2 Chapter 2 35
  • 40. Two Spiritual kingdomsBarriers to accepting the reality of the spiritual worldScientific materialismMost Christians in Europe and USA, and some in other parts of the world, are affected bythis. They have difficulty in accepting the reality of the spiritual world.They think everything must be proved or measured with the tools used in science. But noteverything can be measured by the same methods. For instance, you can measure the dis-tance between two points with a tape measure. However, you cannot measure the strength oflove between a husband and wife using a tape measure.Most other world views or cultures do not have this problem. They accept the reality of thespirit world. They know that demons or things in these dimensions can affect our lives.There are some Westerners who accept that the paranormal world is definitely real. But theyobserve that science has done a good job of explaining things that were once consideredspiritual. These people assume that one day everything will be explained away.Objective neutral observers?Educated Westerners prize objectivity very highly. They think science is objective and willlead to more reliable truth. Trained scientists, however, know that science is itself far fromobjective. They know that it is based on many assumptions and a system of beliefs. Moreand more scientists are coming to faith as they realise how little we really can ever know.A trained scientist also knows that we cannot observe an event without interfering with theevent and being affected by it. So it is with deliverance ministry. It cannot be observed andanalyzed by a neutral observer. When we are faced with a manifestation of the unseen worldwe can not remain neutral. We have to choose sides.In a war no one can remain neutral, you have to choose which side you are on. Switzerlandclaims to be a neutral country. But we now know that it made many compromises with Ger-many during the Second World War.Satan’s propagandaIt is in Satan’s interest to encourage disbelief in his existence or activities. Demons them-selves are behind some of the strong opposition to the ministry of deliverance because theywant to continue their activities in secret.Some people accept the reality of demonic activity but they think it is limited to those whoare involved in witchcraft or occult practices. The assumption is that anyone who reallyneeds deliverance will be obviously tormented and out of control, frothing at the mouth andscreaming like the portrayal of the demon possessed people in the Bible films. The reality is,however, more subtle. The kingdom of Satan is built on deception, lies and fear. Demons aremasters at the art of hiding, withdrawing or lying low in order to maintain their hold on anarea of a person’s life.Section 2 Chapter 2 36
  • 41. Nature and Work of Demons3 Nature and Work of Demons What demons are and how they try to affect our lives DEMONS The nature of demons The Bible and our own experience prove that demons or evil spirits SINS HURTS are not impersonal forces. Electricity for example is unseen, power- ful and dangerous but it is physical and impersonal. Demons on the other hand are spiritual beings with character and intentions. They can feel, express emotions, think, believe, know, speak, will and resist. Read Matthew 12:44: Mark 1:23-24; 5:6-13 and James 2:19. We observe that demons: 1. speak, shout, shriek, plead, argue, sing 2. manifest through people using their voice and body 3. have varying strengths, from weak to violent 4. have knowledge and beliefs 5. are subject to Jesus Christ 6. are usually in groups Since 1973, beginning our deliverance ministry, we have experienced all these characteris- tics of demons in five South American countries, in India, Indonesia and Singapore, as well as Europe and Africa. Some examples of manifestations we have seen In Nairobi in 1975, a Christian university student friend talking to us in our flat suddenly said, “I am going to beat you terribly.” It was a demon using the student’s voice. Once we ministered to a lady in Switzerland who had been involved in occult practices. Daniel, now our son-in-law, addressed the demons manifesting in her and they started speak- ing in Ancient Hebrew. Daniel understood the language thanks to his theology studies. In Zurich in March 1993, a demon spoke in Luganda out of a Swiss lady who had never been to Uganda and knew nothing of the language or culture. In Uganda demons have spoken in English, when the person did not know English. Section 2 Chapter 3 37
  • 42. Nature and Work of DemonsIn Busoga, Uganda, in 1990, an Islamic demon in an old lady spoke out in Arabic. Anotherdemon in Busoga said it could not leave a lady because she was her bicycle. The lady, whowas lying on the floor began to move her legs rapidly, just as if she was pedalling a bicycle.In 1992, we saw two ladies begin to dance vigorously when demons began manifesting inthem during deliverance ministry in a church in Gulu, in Northern Uganda.We have heard demons cry for mercy and plead to be allowed to stay. Although many de-mons will go quietly, we have seen violent manifestations. A demon does not necessarilymake a person look evil. The most attractive looking Nazi officer in a concentration campwas said to be the most evil and cruel of them all.It is good to have respect for electricity and fire but we should not fear them. Although weshould be cautious of demons, we need not fear them Luke 10:17-19.The work of demonsThe unfortunate translation of ‘demonised’ as ‘possessed’ in some translations has causedmuch confusion. It creates the idea of zombies and werewolves and makes it harder for peo-ple to understand the real nature of the demonic. Furthermore, the English word ‘possession’implies ownership and control of a person. While there are times when the demon affects ordrives the persons behaviour it is rarely total control. Even the man with a legion of demonsin Mark 5:6 could exert his will and throw himself at the feet of Jesus. The Greek ‘daimoni-zomenoi’ is thus better translated as ‘with a demon’.Christ commissioned us to cast out demons. This clearly means that demons can be inside aperson or in their lives. Whatever word we use, the important point is that while they can beaffecting part of the soul or body some of the time, the person may behave normally andlook quite normal most of the time.Demons can affect body and soul to carry out their master Satan’s aim to “steal, kill and de-stroy” John 10:10a. Let us look at how they affect each area.1. The bodySome physical sicknesses, such as blindness, deafness, or pains, may be caused by demons.e.g. Mark 9:17-27. Many times in Uganda we found people getting healed easily from theirpains and sicknesses after the demons had been sent out. A lame girl in Uganda in 1992 hada foot twisted 90 degrees. When the demon was sent out the girl’s foot came back to normal.A lady with arthritis, at a church conference in Highleigh in England in 1988, was able todance after we sent out the demon of arthritis, which was crippling her feet. In l994, a formerArgentinean Airlines pilot in Buenos Aires had a demon sent out which had been causingdeafness in one ear.We have often seen a person’s physical pain leaving after demons of unforgiveness, bitter-ness, resentment, etc., were sent out.Section 2 Chapter 3 38
  • 43. Nature and Work of Demons 2. The soul (the mind, emotions and will) a. The mind Spirits can greatly increase blasphemous or impure thoughts, like fantasy lust. They can also produce false doctrines 1 Timothy 4:1. Fortune telling is often a “gift” from a demon of divi- nation Acts. 16:16-19. Pride, deception and indecision may be increased by a spirit. Suicidal thoughts may be increased by demons. b. The emotions Demons can greatly increase the strength of negative emotions, such as bitterness, unfor- giveness or rejection, making it difficult to deal with them in the usual ways of confession, repentance, bringing them to the cross, self-discipline, reading the Bible, prayer, worship and fellowship. This is a very important principle and key to solving some An important key people’s problems. The natural negative emotion, thought or The natural negative emotion or sin can be intensified by a action can be intensified by a demon. demon which increases that negative emotion or sin. c. The will Some people under the influence of demons are bound in their wills from doing what they want to do. But it is very rare to find a person completely con- trolled by demons. It is still their responsibility to get set free; they can not blame the de- mons. Christians and demons? When someone becomes a Christian they give Jesus Christ the keys to their ‘house’. They declare him the new owner and invite the Holy Spirit to come in. But the house may still need repairs and clearing out. In a natural house, there may be woodworm, mice or rotting food. In a Christian’s life there may be sin and demons. The Word teaches that Christ came to break the power of sin andRemember: Satan. We are not instantly freed from sin, we learn to apply theAll our problems are not caused victory of the cross in our lives progressively. The same is true ofby demons ! the demonic. We cannot assume that freedom comes instantly atDraw the overlapping circle dia- the time of conversion.gram and label each of the areas-body, soul and spirit. Then addthe problems sins, hurts and de- In practical counselling, we and many others have found that de-mons to the diagram. mons can be in Christians’ lives until they are sent out. This isThink where different problems possible because the Holy Spirit has not been given full access towould belong on the diagram. all parts of their lives.Most will be in an overlap region. Could you say in all honesty that you have surrendered every part of your past and present life to the Lordship of the Holy Spirit? Section 2 Chapter 3 39
  • 44. Nature and Work of DemonsDiscerning between the natural and demonically enhancedIn the area of emotion, thoughts and will, demons can enhance or in-crease the intensity of natural problems. So how do we know when a per- Demonic emotions?son’s problem is natural and when there is a demonic element? In the area of the emo- tions a person’s problemWe can often judge from the intensity of the problem, circumstances and is either:the person’s history. a) the emotion or b) the emotion intensi-• Check out if all natural methods of overcoming have failed. fied by a demon.• Has a window been opened for a demon to enter? The remedies:• Sometimes a person can have negative reactions, such as anger or For a) you apply the principle Paul gives in headache in worship sessions or when the power of God is strongly Romans 8:13, “ the present (assuming it is not due to excessive sound levels). Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the• A demon will eventually react to hearing about the blood of Jesus body...” Christ whereas an emotion will not. For b) the person has to get rid of the demon as• Often demons are interwoven into the person’s personality and it may well as dealing with the not be easy to disentangle and distinguish the demons from the natural natural emotion. emotions; it’s rather like unravelling five balls of wool after a kitten has played with them.Diagram for chapter 4 Witchcraft Idolatry Ancestral demons Curses SPIRIT Area of Spiritual Entry Rebellion Area of Natural Entry Rejection Injury BODY SOUL Trauma Infection War AbuseDiagram showing entry points to our body, soul and spiritSection 2 Chapter 3 40
  • 45. Natural Entry Points for Demons4 Natural Entry Points for Demons How demons can enter people’s lives Demons enter our lives when they find an entry point. Think of the way our skin forms a natural barrier between our body and the natural world. If we are cut or burnt, germs can en- ter and infect our body. In the same way there is a barrier between our spirits and souls and the unseen world. When this protective barrier is damaged or broken, demons can enter. Open windows We call these entry points open windows. We may open a window to our house or someone else could break in. But it makes no difference to a Entry points based on issues thief who wants to enter. Jesus says that the one who comes to steal, kill in the natural and destroy does not enter by the door (John 10:1). area • Sins The obvious entry point for demons is involvement in the occult. We will • Hurts cover this and other religions in the next chapter. In this chapter, we shall • Ungodly Soul Ties cover the less obvious, but more common open windows. There are four: 1. Sinning beyond a certain point When we sin we rebel against God and we become friends of Satan’s kingdom. When we continually sin, we invite Satan’s helpers into our lives. Just as rotting meat attracts flies or rats, so continually indulged sins attract demons. Romans 1:18-32 tells us that because of continued sin, God gave men and women over to sexual impurity v.24, to shameful lusts v.26, to a depraved mind v.28. What are the agents which produce this behaviour? Some are the natural desires of people’s hearts, but this passage gives the feeling of opening the floodgate and removing the defences. We believe that demons come into play here and our ministry experience upholds this view. We have found that continued sins of the flesh, for example fornication, can be taken over by a demon which then greatly increases the natural desire for fornication. The same thing can happen with hatred. Continual hatred allows in a demon of hatred, which increases the hatred. e.g. 1 Samuel 19:9, Saul’s continued hatred of David. “God sent (al- lowed) a demon to torment Saul.” Paul says in Colossians 3:8, “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage , etc.“ In the parable of Matthew 18, the unforgiving servant is handed over to the jailers to be tortured. Jesus says, “This is how my Heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you for- give your brother from your heart.” How can God torture us? One way could be by allowing demons to torment us. This parable illustrates what we have found many times in practice. Section 2 Chapter 4 41
  • 46. Natural Entry Points for DemonsOther sins such as idolatry, involvement in other religions and sects,domination and control allow demons to enter. The sin of pride was thecause of Satan’s original downfall and can open the window to a spirit, Examples In Switzerland, a marriedwhich may manifest itself during deliverance. We have seen pride mani- man was set free fromfesting by the person’s nose going up in the air! strong unclean demons , which had entered through pornographic2. Hurtful events magazines.Traumatic events may break the natural protection and make openings for A demon of fear sur- faced in an elderly lady indemons, just as breaking the mosquito gauze over the window allows England. As a small childmosquitos to enter the room. she was taken to a hor- ror film by her brotherWe have found that rape, abortion, accidents and physical, psychological and was very frightened.and spiritual abuse can all be entry points for demons no matter whosefault it was. Many demons, such as grief, unforgiveness, fear, hatred ofmen or women, anger and rebellion can all enter in this manner.Many people experience great rejection, even before birth and it is a big issue or entry point.Frank Hammond has observed strong rejection and rebellion in schizophrenia, which seemsto have a demonic component. (see recommended books in Section 4). Rejection may comefor example from mother or father, step-parents, husband or wife, friends or other Christians.There are several types of rejection: rejection from other people, fear of rejection, rejectingof other people and then self-rejection. Each type of rejection can be related to demons thatenter through different incidents. e.g. Someone experiences strong rejection and makes aninner vow, such as ‘I am so unlovely, I will never let anyone know what I really feel?’3. Ungodly soul tiesWhenever we are emotionally very close to someone, there can be a soul-tie formed. Somesoul ties are godly: e.g. between husband and wife, family members, close Christian brothersand sisters like David and Jonathan.Ungodly soul ties are usually made through sex outside marriage. If these ungodly soul tiesare not broken, they can prevent one experiencing the complete soul tie in marriage, wheresex should be a joining of soul, spirit and body.Sexual unity leads to spiritual unity, so ungodly sex also allows demons to transfer from oneperson to the other. Also unclean demons of fornication, adultery, abuse or rape may enter.4. Dominating, abusive or manipulative relationshipsWrong domination or control of one person over another is sin. Parents sometimes overstepthe boundary between natural rearing and normal discipline and become controlling anddominating. A pastor may dominate the congregation or be himself controlled by the churchelders or heirarchy. Many wives are dominated by their ‘macho’ husbands. This continualdomination may allow demons to enter the dominated person or to manifest in the dominat-ing person.Section 2 Chapter 4 42
  • 47. Spiritual Entry Points5 Spiritual Entry Points Entry points based on spiritual sins, problems or issues In John 10.9 Jesus said that he is the gate. The only safe connection with theEntry points spiritual world is through Jesus Christ. Anyone who attempts to connectbased on issues with the unseen world except through Jesus opens their spirit and gives de-in the spiritualarea mons a right to enter. Unintended contact with the spiritual world can also• Occult create entry points.• Ancestors• Contact with 1. Occult involvement death The desire to understand or posses knowledge and power by contacting the• Religions spiritual world leads some people into activities collectively called ‘the oc- cult’ (meaning mysteries). Read Deuteronomy 18:10-12. Seeking knowledge: • of the Future through astrology and horoscopes, fortune Examples telling, pendulum swinging, water divining, using cowry A young man in YWAM, Uganda, shells, coffee cups or tea leaves, palm-reading, tarot formerly training to be a wizard, cards, crystal balls. An example of a demon of divination still had a strong violent demon - “The Chief of Wizards.” is in Acts 6:16-24. A boxing champion had a powerful • of the Past. Trying to contact the dead through seances, demon through taking medicine from a witch-doctor in Tanzania. mediums, ouija boards, etc. In these cases a deceiving A teenager in England played with demon gives the impression it is the dead person’s spirit a ouija board. When headaches speaking. (See Section 3 Chapter 5) began his pastor telephoned me to ask for help. After deliverance the headaches stopped com- Seeking power: pletely. In Switzerland, a friend went to • Physical power. e.g. a martial arts demon surfaced in a bed with a headache. The head- missionary who had read a lot of books on the subject. A ache continued all night. In the morning, her husband saw a new karate demon manifested violently in a man in Chile, calendar which she had just re- when anointed with oil during ministry. ceived and hung up the day before. He noticed that it included zodiac • Mental power - through Eastern meditations, scientology, signs. When it was taken down and thrown away her headache ceased. yoga. • Spiritual power - through witchcraft, meditations, wizardry. Section 2 Chapter 5 43
  • 48. Spiritual Entry Points2. Other direct contact with demons Witchdoctors• Seeking healing or help from esoteric healers, shamans, witchdoctors We met several demons in Uganda preventing or anyone using demonic powers, such as magnetopaths, spiritualists, conception in ladies who pendulum healers and some who practice natural medicine. had gone to a witch- doctor to get medicine• Objects associated with demons e.g. certain handicrafts blessed by to conceive! witchdoctors, carvings of idols or budhas; shrines and offering food to demons, ‘holy’ threads from Indian temples and gurus. Bracelets In YWAM Buenos Aires,• Ceremonies in some clans to invite demons to enter. a young Christian lady• Certain types of music or songs, e.g. black or death metal. In Chile, could not be set free until we removed with we met at least three instances where the person had let in a demon great difficulty embroi- through their involvement with such music. dered decorations from around her wrists.• Occult books.• Satanism: direct worship of Satan often involving blood pacts and or Grandfather ritual sexual abuse. May involve child abuse or offering of a child as a In Mbale, Uganda in bride to Satan. 2003, a lady had a de- mon which came from• Satanists or witch doctors can send demons to other people her grandfather’s in- volvement in witchcraft. e.g. voodoo.• Spiritualist Churches and Mediums Suicide Where a message supposedly comes from a dead person, through a Sanju’s father committed medium in seances in spiritualist churches, it must be from a deceiv- suicide. When Sanju was ing spirit. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:27 that after death comes 5 years old he climbed a high tree and threatened the judgement. Therefore, the spirit of the person is not free to com- to jump down to kill municate with the living. himself. Rev. Dr. Thomas Vargh-3. Inheriting ancestral demons ese who recalled this case says: ‘It was veryThe results of parents’ sin can affect children for several generations. clear that the spirit of suicide had passed fromRead Exodus 20:5; 34:6-7 and Deuteronomy 5:5-10. These passages father to son’.make it clear that, although the children do not carry the guilt, they carrythe effects of the sins of their ancestors. If these children in turn repeat thesame sins this opens the following generations to the same problems. In this way the de-monic activity can be passed down the family line.African and other cultures recognise that demons can be inherited. Tribal initiation ritessometimes involve ceremonies where the young person receives demons from the ancestors.We have found some people in South America with demons of pride and cruelty inheritedfrom the Spanish conquistadors.Some ancestral demons may cause untimely deaths in the family or pass on family sick-nesses or fear of sickness.4. Contact with deathDemons desire a body to inhabit and operate through. When a person is dying they are on thelook-out for a new host. So they may try to pass from a grandparent to a grandchild at or be-Section 2 Chapter 5 44
  • 49. Spiritual Entry Points fore funerals. So if we are going to be in contact with the dead or dying, for example at a funeral, we need to claim the protection of the blood of Jesus Christ for ourselves and our children. Medical staff also need to pray for protection when working with the dying. 5. Involvement with false religions or sects Religions which deny that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, Acts 4:12, have demons behind them. Religions are part of Satan’s overall strategy to prevent people from coming to know the true God. When people worship false gods they are really worshipping demons, so giving them the right to come into their lives. Dead Christianity ‘Dead Christianity’ as a religion of works is also part of this strategy. It makes no difference whether we are Protestant, Catholic or Charismatic: If our rites, institutions, heritage or building plan takes the place of Christ, then we can open ourselves to religious demons. In South America, we have met many demons in former Roman Catholics on account of the idolatory of saints and virgins. Children who are dedicated to a virgin or a saint may need to be set free from a demon. We saw this with an old lady in Yacuiba, BoliviaLion God who wept with joy after being set free from a saint to whom she hadIn the Far East, a strong lion been bound for many years.demon manifested with thegrowl of a lion and the handsresembling the claws of a Other religionslion. This was an ancestraldemon in a young Christian We have also met demons which entered through the Hindu, Moslemleader who came from an and Sikh religions. One Moslem demon manifested when we werearea where they worshippeda lion god. ministering to an English lady who had committed adultery with an Iranian!Snake God There can be demons from Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moonies, Freema-In India, a snake demoncurved the tongue of an ex- sonry, etc.Hindu lady who had wor-shipped a snake god 6. Counterfeit religious experiencesChristian Science When people lose control of their minds, it may be possible for a de-In Buenos Aires an American mon to enter and give a false religious ‘experience’. Deceiving de-repeatedly left the service,and went to the nearby rail- mons can also give false messages which seem to be from God. Theway station, then returned. demons can also counterfeit the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such asHe afterwards told me hecould not look at my eyes speaking in tongues. Because of this some churches reject the realwhile I was preaching! He gift! 1 John 4:1 tells us to test the spirits.was later set free from ademon which had enteredthrough Christian Science,and had badly affected hisstomach. Section 2 Chapter 5 45
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  • 51. Preparing for Deliverance6 Preparing for Deliverance How we can prepare to have demons sent out Good preparation is the key to effective, efficient and lasting deliverance. Returning from the commission of the seventy outreach period, the disciples asked Jesus why some demons did not leave. He answered that some only go with prayer (and fasting). In other words there is a need for preparation of the body and soul. Deliverance is not for the half-hearted. Ready 1. Be saved Some people maintain that deliverance is only for non-Christians. Actually permanent deliverance is only possible for those who come to Christ and make him their Lord. We can then begin the process of sweeping the house clean and inviting the Holy Spirit to fill it. This is essential for lasting deliverance. 2. Make Jesus Christ Lord of your whole life We should want to give the Holy Spirit control of every room of our house. If we were completely “Spirit filled” all the time, then there would be no room for any demons (Romans 12:1,2 and 1 Peter 1:17-19). Get-set 1. Understand the open windows by which demons can enter Do you need to close windows by repenting, renouncing or repairing? 2. Forgive everyone who has hurt us, especially parents and loved ones We need to forgive and to accept God’s forgiveness ourselves (Mark 11:25; Matthew 18:21, 22-35; Matthew 6:12,14,15). (See Section 1 Chapter 3) 3. Understand the name of Jesus Christ: Acts 3:16 and Acts 19:13-16. (See Section 4) 4. Understand the significance of the blood of Jesus Christ Rev. 12:11 “They overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and ...” The blood is for setting us free, as well as forgiving our sins. Demons fear and hate the blood because it reminds them of their own and their master’s defeat. (See Section 4) 5. Understand the use of oil James 5:14 tells the elders of the church to anoint the sick person with oil. Deliverance is a kind of healing. Demons do not like oil and it may speed up the deliverance. Section 2 Chapter 6 47
  • 52. Preparing for Deliverance6. Know how to exercise our authority and overcome any fear of demons This comes as we know who we are in Christ and as we are built up with Scripture. Proclaiming the truth can play a large part in getting free (Luke 10:17,18).7. Know how to keep our deliverance (See Chapter 7 in this section)8. Have our hurts or painful memories healed Deliverance without first healing of hurts can be more difficult and could leave us hurt- ing. (See Chapter 3 in Section 1)9. Learn the four steps which will be used during the deliverance time (See below the last box of steps in the chart of ‘Inner healing and deliverance’)Go - During deliveranceYou will need to:1. Play an active, not a passive role We have the authority to drive out demons and we are only getting help from others!2. Not be discouraged, if the demon resists and takes time to go No one likes to leave a nice house! The demons called Legion resisted Jesus and did not obey him immediately.3. Co-operate with the helper or minister You need to give feedback when asked about inner reactions, thoughts against the min- istry or physical sensations. During deliverance say aloud the four steps: Step 1a “I confess the sin which let the demon in.” or “I confess keeping it.” 1b “I repent of it.” 1c “Please forgive me God.” 1d. “I accept your forgiveness.” Step 2. “I put this demon under the blood of Jesus Christ.” Step 3a. “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you demon to leave me now.” 3b. The helper says: “I join with (name of person) and command this demon in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, to go where Jesus Christ wants you to be.” Step 4a. “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free.” Continue saying it with conviction. 4b. The helper continues to command the demon to go, looking in to the person’s eyes.Section 2 Chapter 6 48
  • 53. Preparing for DeliveranceBe aware of possible manifestationsWhen a demon is challenged the following reactions may be felt or observed quickly or aftersome time:1. Very slight reactions in the body but a sense of release, lightness, within the person and the one ministering when it has gone.2. Medium sensations, such as pressure on the chest or head or in the stomach region, tightness, headache, heaviness, coldness or unusual heat causing perspiring, trembling, heavy breathing, the demon giving thoughts, such as “I won’t go”, yawning, coughing, sneezing, popping in the ears, itching in the eyes, tingling in the hands, etc.3. Strong reactions such as screaming, mocking laughter, vomiting, writhing, becoming violent, face twisting, hissing, spitting, growling like a dog, howling like a wolf, mooing like a cow, or making other noises, looking as if dead, the demon speaking through the person’s voice, etc.The strength of the reactions seems to be affected by different factors such as the type andstrength of the demon, the preparedness of the person, the person’s determination to get free,the anointing on the ministers, or the meeting, etc.The manifestations can be kept to a minimum by the minister exercising authority over thedemons. However, we see in Mark 1:23-26 that some demons manifested loudly andviolently with Jesus Christ. “The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of himwith a shriek.” It says of the same demon in Luke 4: 35 “..the demon threw the man downbefore them all.” Also when Philip went to Samaria in Acts 8:5-7: “With shrieks, evil spiritscame out of many...”More details on the deliverance process are given in Section 3 especially Chapter 7.Tracking the movement of manifestationsIf the demon begins to manifest, you should place a hand where the manifestation is felt, forexample, a pressure in the stomach. Then you move the hand as the manifestation moves.This can be a guide to anyone helping you to get free. Usually, if there is a pressure in thestomach area, the pressure will slowly move up and then be felt in the throat. It will behelpful to stop speaking about the blood of Jesus Christ and begin to cough. The demon maycontinue to make you cough. If not or when the manifestation stops, you continue to repeat,“The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free” until there is no more reaction.Do not fearWe should not worry about other people seeing us manifesting. The nature of the manifesta-tions is not a reflection of our nature. It shows the nature of the demon. If we are determinedto be set free then we should not try to suppress the reaction.Have no fear and proclaim the name and blood of Jesus Christ.Section 2 Chapter 6 49
  • 54. Preparing for DeliveranceKnowing when a demon has leftWhen a demon leaves a person they may experience a sense of relief, lightness, joy or free-dom. Pain or discomfort will subside and peace or warmth may flow over them. However, ademon will often stop manifesting and try to hide without actually leaving. We need to learnto discern this situation. We teach people to focus on one demon at a time and to double-check even after we think this demon has left. We do this by applying spiritual heat. To dothis repeat Steps 4a and 4b. Step 4a. “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free.” Continue saying it with conviction. 4b. The helper continues to command the demon to go, looking in to the person’s eyes.The minister has to judge how long to continue.Applying spiritual heatWhen we put heat under a pan of water it takes time for the water to boil. But after sometime, the water will bubble and then turn to steam and the pan will be left empty.When we declare the blood of Jesus Christ we apply spiritual heat. A demon will becomeagitated until it can no longer stand it and will leave. It is important to keep applying the heatand not stop before the water has boiled. If there is not enough heat, the water will not boil.The pan stays full. Similarly the demon will not leave.A demon does not leave because we say, “I have faith it has gone.” It has to be expelled.The danger of stopping too soonAn example. Suppose you come home one day and find that a dog has come into your housethrough a window you had left open. The dog is in the kitchen, happily eating the chickenleft out for lunch! So you get hold of the dog by its collar and begin to drag it to the frontdoor to throw it out of the house. Then just as you reach the front door, the phone rings andyou let go of the dog to answer the phone. You forget about the dog until you come off thephone. Where do you find the dog? Back in the kitchen finishing off the chicken. You hadgot it to the front door but then you had let go of it and it had gone back into the house.Similarly, many times when doing deliverance, ministers will get the demon to the frontdoor, then they stop and let it go back down in to the person... They tell the person, “Nowyou are free.” The person still has the demon with the problems and ends up discouraged anddoesn`t know what to do.We shall explain the detail of the steps for deliverance in Section 3 Chapters 5,6,7.Section 2 Chapter 6 50
  • 55. After Ministry7 After Ministry What to do after receiving deliverance Jesus taught in Luke 11 and Matthew 12 that when a demon is expelled it will return from the arid places and try to reoccupy the empty space. So once our house or a room of our house has been swept clean and put in order we have to invite the Holy Spirit to move in and fill that space. And we have to be watchful. Keeping your deliverance a. Thank God for his love and his deliverance. b. Do not feel condemned, rather rejoice in what God has done. c. Offer yourself to Christ and pray with a helper for the filling of the Holy Spirit. d. Although demons have been sent out, you still have to resist the natural temptations. e. Be careful whom you tell. Christians who doubt our experience discourage us. f. Remember demons can not return if we walk with God and do not open windows. Renewing of the heart and mind Alongside the ministry of deliverance there needs to be a change of our hearts (mind and will) to obey the Word of God. Only as we read and meditate on the Word of God and put it into practice shall we be successful. 1. Perseverance - the first ingredient to freedom Deliverance is a process and may require several sessions or a number of opportunities of receiving deliverance. We have to be determined to want to be set free and do what- ever is in our power to receive it. Read more about it in Section 4. 2. Obedience - the second ingredient to freedom Lead a godly life. Sin will attract demons as garbage attracts the rats. Deliverance is not just to make life nicer for us, it is part of sanctification to make us more useful for the Lord. Seek fellowship with other Christians. 3. Abide in Christ. Have a daily quiet time of reading the Bible and prayer “Meditate on the word and be careful to do everything written in it! Then you will be prosperous and successful” Joshua 1:7. The ‘Bible promises for the child of God’ and ‘Daily prayer and resolve’ on the next pages can also be helpful. Meditating on and memorising the Word builds our faith in God. Section 2 Chapter 7 51
  • 56. After MinistryBible promises for the child of GodWhen Jesus faced temptation he responded and overcame by quoting scripture. Learningverses from the Bible off by heart builds faith and strengthens you in body, soul and spirit.We recommend that you learn the following truths. Look them up in your own Bible andcommit the verses to memory.Redeemed – forgiven - justified• I am redeemed through his blood. My sins are forgiven. Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14• My sins are blotted out. Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 43:25• I am justified by faith in Christ. Galatians 2:16Dead to sin, alive to God• I have died with Christ and am raised with him to new life. Romans 6:4,5; Ephesians 2:6• My old self has been crucified with him. Romans 6:6• I have been crucified with Christ. I have a new life through faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20Chosen and adopted by God• I have been chosen in him before the creation of the world. Ephesians 1:4-11• I have been adopted as his son through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:5A new status• God is my father. John 14:6-10• I am a child of God. John 1:12• I am precious to God. Isaiah 43:4• I am a son and heir of God’s kingdom. Galatians 4:7• The Spirit of God is in me. Galatians 4:6• Christ, the hope of glory, is in me. Colossians 1:27A new calling• I am created for God’s glory. Isaiah. 43:7• God formed me in my mother’s womb. Isaiah 44:24; Psalm 139:13,15• All my days are written in the Book of Life. Psalm 139:16• I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians l:3• I am chosen to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4• His grace has been lavished on me. Ephesians 1:8Section 2 Chapter 7 52
  • 57. After MinistryA new position• I am seated with him in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 2:6• I am a dwelling for God’s spirit. Ephesians 2:22• He crowns me with love and compassion. Psalm 103:4The Lord cares for me• The Lord’s love is with me always. Psalm 103:17• The Lord saves me from distress. Psalm 107:6,13,19,28• The Lord listens to me and hears my voice. Psalm 116:1,2• God heals all my diseases. Psalm 103:3• He satisfies my desires and renews my strength. Psalm 103:5• The Lord watches over me. Psalm 121:5,7My security in him• He is my loving God, and my strength. Psalm 18.1; 69:9;144:2• He is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer. Psalm 18:2; 62:2,6,7; 94:22• With God I gain the victory. Psalm 107:13• He rescues me from my powerful enemy. Psalm 18:17• He arms me with strength. Psalm 18:32,39• He trains my hands for battle. Psalm 18:35• He gives me victory. Psalm 60:12; 1 John 5:6• The Lord keeps me as the apple of his eye. He hides me in the shadow of his wings. Psalm 17:8• My soul finds rest in God. Psalm 62:1,5• My soul clings to him and is satisfied. Psalm 63:5,8Note: We have given summaries rather than full quotes of these verses.Section 2 Chapter 7 53
  • 58. After MinistryDaily prayer and resolveA prayer of dedicationHeavenly Father,Today, I want to worship you and praise you as my creator and God.You loved me before the foundation of the world. You made me your child and adopted meinto your family when I received Jesus as my Saviour. I am now seated with you in heavenlyplaces (Ephesians 1: 3-7). You gave me eternal life (John 3:36). You made me complete inChrist (Colossians 2:10).Lord Jesus Christ, thank you that in order to make the Father’s love real to me you werewilling to leave your throne and come from heaven to earth. You went to the cross and diedthere for me to make me righteous before God (1 Corinthians 1:30). You rose from the deadand you continue to live in me by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I choose to submit my wholelife to your Lordship today. I surrender my mind, my will, my emotions, my imaginationsand my body to obey only you and your word.I ask you to cleanse me with your blood from all that has come in between us, so that I canbe a clear channel for you.I now choose to forgive those who will hurt me today just as you have forgiven me.Holy Spirit, I ask for a fresh anointing today. Please fill me in every area of my life. (John7:37-39; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 1:8).May you be able to work through me and may my life bring honour and praise to the Father,the Son and the Holy Spirit.Amen.A prayer to forgiveHeavenly Father,I choose to forgive those who have hurt me (name them). I totally release them from the guiltof their sin. I release them into your love and care and your forgiveness. I bless them in yourname. I do this to the best of my knowledge from the heart and will not allow my emotionsto continue to revel in this wound. I ask you Lord to wipe out the memory of it through yourblood and replace it with compassion and love, through the Holy Spirit.AmenSection 2 Chapter 7 54
  • 59. Section 3Ministering Inner Healingand DeliveranceIn Section 1 we learnt about natural problems in the areas of sins andhurts and how to deal with them.In Section 2 we learnt how demons can enhance the effect of natural sinsand hurts and influence our lives and prepared for deliverance.This Section looks at the role of the minister and the actual process ofministering below the surface in all three areas.
  • 60. Section 3Ministering Healing & Deliverance1. Are we ready to minister?Qualities of a minister; what it takes for someone to share their problem;practical details 572. Problems and IssuesFrom the symptoms of the problems to finding the real issues below thesurface 613. Choosing the remedyHow do we know what steps should be taken to minister to the issue 674. Ministry steps: natural issues without demonsSins, hurts, painful memories, ungodly soul ties, physical healing andthought patterns 715. Ministry steps: natural issues involving demonsSins, hurts, ungodly soul ties, domination, impurities and sicknesses 776. Ministry steps: spiritual issues involving demonsOccult, ancestors, religions, spiritual experiences, other sicknesses andconclusion 817. Deliverance with an individualPractical advice 858. Ministry to a groupInner healing and deliverance ministry to a group 899. Sexual abuseApplying all we have learnt to minister in the case of sexual abuse 9110. Case studyA real life example showing all aspects of the ministry in practice 97
  • 61. Are we Ready to Minister?1 Are we Ready to Minister? The qualities of a minister The apostle Paul uses the picture of an athlete to remind us that the Christian life and par- ticularly the life of a minister requires training, dedication and endurance. So how do you train to be a good minister? The Bible would suggest that those ministering need to: 1. Abide in Christ Read the Bible, pray, and put on the armour of God daily to maintain our communica- tion with God (Ephesians 6:10 -17). Fasting and prayer can help us to increase our de- pendance on God. Faith increases as we see God use us. He uses us as we make our- selves available to him. 2. Walk in humility Just because God uses us, it does not mean we are perfect. We need to be humble, walk- ing in continual repentance and forgiveness toward others. Ask the Holy Spirit to show us our faults and be willing to have ministry ourselves. Seek to learn more from others by reading and listening. There is always more to learn. Keep revising this book. See recommended reading in Section 4. 3. Pray for compassion Jesus spoke some angry words of judgement to the Pharisees and teachers of the law. But his attitude to all who sought his help was quite different - he was compassionate. Colossians 3:12 says, “clothe yourselves with compas- sion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” True compassion shows (Romans 12:15) “Rejoice with those Your attitude and tone who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” of voice are important In ministry time at a seminar in 4. Learn to listen La Paz a young man asked for prayer ministry. The ‘minister’ “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak ..” spoke so harshly that it James 1:19. Our job is not to impress with our knowledge sounded as if the young man was being interrogated. of scripture or our own anecdotes and experiences. We are On investigating I found that to listen to the person and the prompting of the Holy the ‘minister’ was actually an Spirit. ex-policeman! Activity 5. Ask for discernment Ask a colleague what impres- Read Hebrews 5:14 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. Discern- sion you make with your tone ment can be either natural or supernatural. Both are valu- of voice and body language. able. Natural discernment comes through experience and asking questions. Supernatural discernment is a spiritual Section 3 Chapter 1 57
  • 62. Are we Ready to Minister? gift. The manifestations are enhanced natural discernment or specific words of knowl- edge – this is when God shows us something we would not otherwise be able to know.6. Seek wisdom We need wisdom to know how and when to share a word of knowledge. This gift is very easily counterfeited or mixed up with human thoughts. It is therefore good to share a ‘word’ with another Christian leader before announcing them to the Church or to the individual concerned. No one is infallible. It is better to say, "Is it possible that.?" rather than, "Thus saith the Lord."7. Seek the power of the Holy Spirit The disciples knew Jesus and followed him. They did miracles during the commission of the seventy. But they lacked power and boldness until the Holy Spirit fell upon them at Pentecost. Jesus was always in touch with the Father. At the age of 12, he impressed everyone in the temple with his wisdom. But his ministry only began in full power after his baptism when the Holy Spirit came upon him like a dove. The same goes for us. Acts 1:8. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to minister and witness. Ephesians 5:18 reminds us to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit.8. Seek the full anointing The anointing of the Holy Spirit is where we experience him in a greater measure than usual. It may come through Bible study, faith or praise. It is given for a particular time of ministry or work of God. This anointing can be experienced in various ways. Some ministers experience a physical sensation, but others feel nothing even though there is evidence of a special work of the Holy Spirit.9. Know and exercise their authority in Jesus Christ Authority is confidence that comes from knowing who we are and what has been en- trusted to us. In this ministry, authority means knowing that demons must obey the commands that we give in the name of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19). Par- ents, teachers or policemen with authority remain calm and speak with quiet strength because they expect to be obeyed. Shouting is unnecessary and a sign of weakness not strength. The ability to exercise the authority, which we have by virtue of our position in Christ, will grow with experience.10. Accept feedback Jesus was criticised constantly by the religious leaders. And he warned us to expect re- jection and resistance when we do God’s work. However, we should always be open to feedback and willing to listen to criticism. If we have the attitude of a servant we can take feedback and criticism and ask God to show us any truth that we need to take to heart. Read Philippians 2:5-11.11. Pray for perseverance and stamina - physical, emotional and spiritual But we should also know when to rest to prevent "burn out".Section 3 Chapter 1 58
  • 63. Are we Ready to Minister? What it takes for someone to share their problem Just as the skin protects the body, God has given us a natural protective barrier for our soul. This is what prevents us from sharing our intimate lives and problems with just anyone. Be- fore people will open up and share their deep problems they need to have confidence in you and to feel secure. This confidence is the product of your character. As you acquire the quali- ties of a minister studied above and as God uses you, the word will spread and people will come to you with the confidence to bare their souls. Security and trust These are practical aspects. A person will feel secure when you send signals that you really care about them and their spiritual and practical needs. Commitment They need to know that you are committed to helping them. So discuss how many times and when they can see or call you. Confidentiality No one will want to share with you if you are not confidential. If you have a policy of sharing with your wife or another church leader you must discuss this with the person in advance. Confidentiality needs to work both ways. If a person starts to discuss your advice or the ministry before they are free and firmly established in new attitudes and patterns, de- structive critcism and confusion can enter. Safety and Transparency Despite the rules of confidentiality you still need to be transparent. ThisWARNING means ready and willing to explain your ministry practices and princi-Many pastors have had toresign because of sexual ples. You also need to take a clear stand against the risks of sexual temp-sin with someone they tation by avoiding one-to-one male-female appointments behind closedwere supposed to behelping. doors.Also, a malicious woman Ordercould wrongfully accusean innocent pastor. It is best to minister in a team with a clear leader. The team should pray together before the person arrives. If you meet in your home and haveMen should only ministerto a woman with a young children you need to find a balance between the natural curiositywoman present. and potential fears of your children and the need for concentration dur- ing ministry. Comfort Seating arrangements matter. It may be less threatening if the leader does not sit directly opposite the person. Make the person feel welcome, help them to relax with the offer of a warm drink at the start. Give them a glass of water. Tools Have some tissues and oil ready. Have enough copies of this book and photocopies of the checklists and questionnaires from Section 4 that you might need. Section 3 Chapter 1 59
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  • 65. Problems and Issues2 Problems and Issues Ministering below the surface Jesus Christ promised us abundant life. He didn’t promise a life without problems - but he promised that we could experience his joy and his blessing in all circumstances. In this chap- ter we shall explain the difference between symptoms, problems and issues and see why we need to minister to the issue in order to experience the fullness of that promise. Symptoms Symptoms can be seen by everyone. They are obvious, public signs of a problem. If a marriage fails and a couple separate then everyone will notice. If we steal and go to prison our neighbors will see we are We can pluck the flowers or gone. People find it easiest to talk about their symptoms because they tear away the plant but are public anyway. But to bring change and help someone, while ac- unless we remove the root knowledging the symptoms we must go beyond them. the plant will keep growing. Problems Symptoms The problem is the thing causing the symptoms. But it is usually some- thing beyond our direct control. We cannot control the choices made by our marriage partner. We cannot change the law that forbids stealing. It can be helpful to understand the problem but this alone will not bring change. Issues Problem The issue is the part that we can influence through our behaviour or that we can deal with in ministry. Issues can be sins, hurts or demons. In the examples above the issues are sinful attitudes. We can choose to respond either in love and forgiveness or in anger and bitterness in rela- tionships. We can choose to submit rather than rebel against the law. Issues These examples show that it is the issues of the heart that determine how we behave and the consequences for our lives. We are going to learn how to clarify the problem and identify the issues. Summary • The symptoms are the surface evidence or fruit of a problem • The issues are the factors that we can affect that are preventing healing and change. • Unless we find and deal with all the issues, the problems will simply keep recurring. Section 3 Chapter 2 61
  • 66. Problems and IssuesSetting the sceneHaving made the person feel comfortable in the practical ways mentioned in the previouschapter it is time to begin.• Pray briefly, committing the time to the Lord and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.• Explain the ministry approach that we are going to use.• Explain that you want to hear the symptoms in order to identify the problem and find the issues.• You can give the example of going to the doctor. He always wants to know where it hurts, since when, etc. If he doesn’t get it clear he may give you cough mixture when you have lung cancer.• You can also use the picture of a plant. What is the fruit? What does it taste or look like? That will help us to know the kind of plant we are dealing with. But the goal is to destroy the roots.• Ask the person if it’s okay for you to take confidential notes to help you make sure you do not miss something.Helpful questionsTo get started you can ask some questions like:• “Would you like to tell us what is bothering you?”• “Why did you want to talk to us?”Sometimes someone will talk and talk and it is hard to know what they really want to say. Orsometimes they share so much it is hard to know where to begin. You can ask them:• “Try to say in one sentence what you hope God could do in your life today”.The symptom is not the problemThe same symptoms can come from many different problems. You can have a headache be-cause you have a cold, because you have not drunk enough water or because you had a caraccident. The list of symptoms in Section 4 may help the person clarify their symptoms.When the symptoms are clear look for the problem. This means go one level deeper. Example 1 Someone describes their symptoms as depression and frustration. You listen and realise that the problem is a broken marriage. The Holy Spirit shows you that the issues are wrong expectations and wrong reactions in the marriage.Section 3 Chapter 2 62
  • 67. Problems and IssuesIdentifying the problemYou will find that almost every problem begins with:• Someone’s sin• An unhealed hurt or• An unmet practical needSo you can ask questions like “When did these symptoms (problems) begin?” or “What hap-pened just before the symptoms (problem) began?”. Once you think you have found theproblem ask the person to talk about it. As they talk, listen to the Holy Spirit and ask God fordiscernment to find the issues.More about the issuesThe ‘issue’ is sometimes called the:• ‘cause’• ‘key’,• ‘root’• ‘blockage’• ‘need’When a person has blockages or issues, the Holy Spirit can not flow through the whole beingbecause areas in the realm of the body, soul and spirit are occupied by sins or hurts and pos-sibly demons. These are the issues this person needs to face and deal with in order to experi-ence the abundant life that Christ has promised.It is important to discover and deal with the issues in a person’s life so that God’s healingand restoring power can be fully released.Remember the picture of our lives as a house in Section 1 Chapter 1. These issues are thepiles of rubbish in the back rooms. As long as this rubbish is rotting there, the Holy Spiritdoes not feel welcome. Example 2 A husband commits adultery. His wife is heartbroken and shows symptoms of hurt, anger, grief, and bitterness. She says, “My problem is my husband’s adultery.” However, that is not her issue. She will need to face the following issues: • Her need to forgive and let go of the anger and bitterness which otherwise will destroy her future life. • What is she to do about the husband – to stay with him or leave him? Were there things in her life which may have contributed to her husband going to another woman? If so, how is she to deal with them?Section 3 Chapter 2 63
  • 68. Problems and IssuesFinding the issueThe problem is something we don’t need in our life. The issue is what we need to do about it.It is the root that we need to deal with.The minister can ask the Holy Spirit to reveal whether the person needs:1. A practical response or change?2. To repent from sins present or past?3. Healing of hurts from the present or past (painful memories)?4. To change wrong reactions to sins or hurts or practical needs?5. To have deliverance?To spot the need for deliverance bear in mind the possible entry points: • Sins and hurts beyond a certain point (ungodly soul ties) • Occult involvement, curses or ancestral demons Entry points in the spiritual area occult / false religion curses DEMONS ancestral demons Entry points in the natural area 1 3 1 sin beyond a certain point SINS 2 HURTS SINS HURTS 2 wrong reactions 3 ungodly soul ties PRACTICAL RESPONSESSummary of issues and entry points. Example 3 A lady has back pain. Prayer for healing has failed. It began shortly after a divorce. We suspect the divorce may be the problem. We now ask her to talk about the divorce. We see that she is bitter and unforgiving towards her ex-husband. We suspect this might be the issue. She agrees to go through the steps for dealing with sins and hurts - especially bitter- ness. We do so and then command the back-pain to go. It disappears. This confirms that the unforgiveness and bitterness were indeed the issues to be dealt with.Section 3 Chapter 2 64
  • 69. Problems and Issues Check the basics Some symptoms, such as emptiness and loneliness, may come from the person being without Jesus Christ in his life. Remember that the greatest need of a person is to receive the life of God, by confessing and repenting of sin and accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour and making him Lord in their life. However, most of the people who come for ministry are Christians and the Holy Spirit is working in their lives showing them their need. But it is good to check. You can ask, “How did you receive Christ?” There are good booklets to help lead someone to Christ and it is important to know how to do this. See Section 4: “7 steps to the Christian Life”. In the example in the box we see that the symptom was pain, the prob-Example 4 lem was in the stomach, the cause was unknown, the issue was she hadA lady in a Christian not received Christ, the remedy was to help her to open her life towomen’s meeting invited Christ, which brought home to pray for herstomach trouble. The word of knowledgeAs we were about to layhands on her for healing, While one can use natural questions to find the issue, sometimes theElisabeth was shown that Holy Spirit will show us the issue supernaturally. We will have athe lady had gone tochurch most of her life thought, a feeling, a picture or a word in our mind which we can gentlybut had never invited suggest to the person at the right moment. If the impression is from GodJesus Christ into her life. it will be confirmed. This speeds up the ministry.We explained how shecould do this and when Jesus was able to tell the Samaritan woman at the well that she had hadshe did, her stomach five husbands and that she was living with another man. Many of theproblem disappeared! Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s tes- timony, “He told me everything I ever did.” John 4:49 A case study While ministering to a lady who had come to us in Oxford, one of our team, who knew noth- ing about the lady before, had a word of knowledge and said to her, “Is your husband a lorry driver?” She answered, “No, but my first husband was and I will never forgive him!” He had pushed her down the stairs when she was pregnant. This showed the problems of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness. The issue or need was for her to have healing of her emotional hurts and to deal with her sins of unforgiveness and bit- terness which were her wrong reactions. As we ministered to deal with unforgiveness and bitterness these emotions manifested viv- idly on her face. A demon of bitterness left her with a loud scream, of which she was un- aware. So we saw that demons had also entered as a result of her wrong reactions and had been in- creasing that unforgiveness and bitterness. When the demons had left, her face changed. The next day we had a phone call from her friend to tell us of the difference she had seen in this lady’s face. Section 3 Chapter 2 65
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  • 71. Choosing the Remedy3 Choosing the Remedy How do we know what steps should be taken to minister to the issue. Jesus was a Master at applying the right remedy. We read in Luke 4:40 that he healed all who came to him. But we also see that he often gave surprising answers which shifted the focus away from the obvious problem. In the last chapter we learnt how to look past the symptoms and to address the real issues. Now we shall learn how to choose the right ministry approach or remedy for them. This will depend on whether they are natural issues without demons, natural issues involving demons or spiritual issues involving demons. Natural issues without demons 1. Someone’s sin This may be the sin of the person seeking help or it could be the sin of someone else who has physically injured or emotionally wounded them. We do not condemn people who do not receive healing by saying they must have some hidden sin. We need to help them to see where they need to bring their actions and choices into line with God’s will. 2. An unhealed hurt If you break your leg you can’t walk until it heals. If it heals incorrectly you will be a cripple or at least limp for the rest of your life. Emotional hurts are exactly the same. If they do not heal cleanly, a person will have ongoing emotional problems. So a minister can lead a person to Jesus and ask him to heal these emotional hurts by following the steps for healing of hurts. 3. A practical need Sometimes someone needs help to find a job or encouragement to attend a training course. A lonely single person may need loving advice and tips on how to make them- selves more attractive to potential partners - with deodorant, a haircut etc. Natural issues involving demons If the sins and hurts have led to open windows or entry points for demons then you are faced with a natural problem with an additional demonic dimension. This means that you will need to deal with the natural issues and with the demonic issues. Spiritual issues involving demons Spiritual issues are those such as involvement in occult where demons have been directly contacted. Section 3 Chapter 3 67
  • 72. Choosing the Remedy Area of SPIRITUAL SINS + DEMONIC ISSUES 4. Deliverance Demons Area of NATURAL 3. Break ties Area of NATURAL ISSUES + DEMONIC ISSUES SINS wrong reactions HURTS HURTS 1. Deal with sin & effects 2. Healing of hurtsThe diagram shows the different types of remedies relating to the different problem areas orissues. There are three areas or realms in which we find the issues.• In the lower half of the diagram is the area of “Natural Issues” (white). This is the area of sins and hurts that we dealt with in Section 1. It includes the overlap between sins and hurts where we find wrong reactions.• From the diagram we see that the circles representing sins and hurts can overlap with de- mons - this is the area of “Natural + Demonic Issues” (light grey) which we explained in Section 2, Chapter 4.• Some demons enter on account of spiritual sins or issues - this is the area of “Spiritual Sins + Demonic Issues” (dark grey) which we covered in Section 2, Chapter 5.Section 3 Chapter 3 68
  • 73. Choosing the RemedySummary of issues and remedies in the book NATURAL ISSUES THE REMEDY Section / Chapter Sins of the flesh 1/2. 3/4. Hurts and reactions to the hurts 1/3,4. 3/4. Sexual abuse (light) As above Painful memories 1/3,4. 3/4. Behaviour patterns 1/6. 3/4. Ungodly soul ties 1/5. 3/4. Physical problems 1/2,3,5. 3/4. Infilling of the Holy Spirit 3/6. Mental problems Check out sins and hurts; pray in love of God; possibility of medical treatment NATURAL + DEMONIC ISSUES Sins and hurts beyond a certain point, As above for natural issues plus ungodly soul ties, domination, impurities, 2/4. 3/5,7,8. sicknesses with demonic element SPIRITUAL SINS+ DEMONIC ISSUES Occult, ancestors, religions. spiritual experi- As above for natural issues plus ences, sicknesses with demonic element 2/5. 3/6,7,8. Sexual abuse (severe) 3/9.ImportantExplain your suggested remedy and get the agreement of the person before going ahead.Section 3 Chapter 3 69
  • 74. Looking ahead to Chapters 4 - 8 The next three chapters are: 4. Ministry steps: natural issues without demons 5. Ministry steps: natural issues involving demons 6. Ministry steps: spiritual issues involving demons Chapters 7 and 8 contain practical guidelines for individual and group ministry. Why the ministry steps? The Bible makes it clear that we carry the responsibility for the effects of our choices and actions. It also paints countless pictures of a loving heavenly Father God who longs to heal, cleanse and restore us. But we have to come to him in faith and we have to ask him to intervene. Many people have found it a help to have a guide in praying, so we have developed these prayers to help individuals and groups to deal with the issues covered in this book. How to use these ministry steps The Holy Spirit will breathe life into these words if they are spoken from the heart. The minister should explain the prayers to see if the person is in agreement, before asking them to pray. He should break the sentences into phrases where responses or repetition is required and read out slowly so that the person can think about what they are saying What comes first: the study or the ministry? We recommend studying the whole book before applying these ministry steps. However, while teaching groups you will inevitably need to do ministry before covering all the ma- terial. Once people experience ministry they are more open and learn faster. • The ministry steps contained in Section 1 are suitable for individuals to use as they work through that section. • Here in Section 3 we present the same and more ministry steps in a form suitable for ministers working with individuals or groups. • The ministry steps in Chapters 5 and 6 should be used after studying the whole of Section 2 and Chapters 7 and 8Section 3 Chapter 3 70
  • 75. Ministry Steps; Natural Issues without Demons4 Ministry Steps: Natural Issues without Demons Sins of the flesh and hurts WHAT WE CAN DO WITH A SIN OF THE FLESH Step 1: Confess the sin. Step 2: Repent, forgive others and bring the sin to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Ask for and accept forgiveness. Step 4: Make restitution where possible. Step 5: Learn to resist. The first box in the ‘Inner healing and deliverance steps’. 1. Confession Minister says: “Please repeat this prayer after me, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for dying on the Cross for me to be my Saviour. I now want to confess to you any sin that has come be- tween us.’” Minister says: “We will have some minutes to confess to God privately any unconfessed sins. If you need to confess to someone else, do so now or later. We can also write down the sins on a piece of paper which we can later bring to the cross.” PAUSE FOR WRITING 2a. Repentance Minister says: “Please repeat this prayer after me, ‘Father God, I am sorry for the sins I have committed. I want to turn from them and leave them. Please help me. In Jesus’ name.’” 2b. Forgive others Minister reminds the person of the importance of forgiving others e.g. parents, marriage partners, children, teachers, neighbours, other Christians, politicians, oneself, etc. Minister says: “Holy Spirit we invite you please, to show us whom we need to forgive. Let us sit quietly for five minutes. Any picture or name of someone means we need to forgive that person.” Giving forgiveness Minister says: ”You can hold a pen in your clenched hand to represent the person or people you need to forgive..PAUSE..The natural tendency is to want revenge and to want to hurt the person so we grip the pen tightly. But God wants us to open our hand and let the person go free. When ready you can repeat a prayer after me forgiving the person and then you open Section 3 Chapter 4 71
  • 76. Ministry Steps; Natural Issues without Demonsthe hand and let the pen go as a sign you have released the person.”PAUSE Minister You can have a box into whichMinister says: ”Now we shall join in a prayer to forgive those whom the papers from Step 1 can beGod has shown us today. If you are ready say after me: ‘Father God, placed. Afterwards the papers can be torn up or burnt andyou are willing to forgive me through Jesus Christ, when I do not forgiveness pronounced ac-deserve to be forgiven. So likewise, I forgive these people who have cording to the promise insinned against me. I now open my hand and release them. Please 1 John 1:9.bless them today. Please give them everything they need, especiallyto know Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.”2c. Bring the sin to Jesus Christ at the crossMinister says: “Please repeat this prayer after me, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, I bring my sins to thecross and put them in the box at the foot of the cross. Thank you for taking the punishmentfor my sins.’”Alternatively you can use the symbolic exercise of the book on the hands given in Section 1Chapter 2.3. Ask for and accept forgivenessMinister says: “Please repeat this prayer after me, ‘I ask you to forgive me, please, eventhough I do not deserve to be forgiven. Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ for your sacrifice onthe cross of Calvary. Thank you for forgiving me. I accept your promise in 1 John 1:9 that ifwe confess our sins you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins.’”4. RestitutionMinister explains about restitution. Minister says: “Please repeat this prayer after me.‘Please show me what I can do to put things right with anyone I have hurt through my sin.’”5. Learn to resistMinister says: “Please repeat this prayer after me, ‘Jesus Christ, I want you to be Lord inevery part of my life - my mind, my emotions, my will, my body, my time, my possessions, myrelationships, my work or lack of work, my future and my past, everything I am. Please fillme with the Holy Spirit and help me to overcome temptations in your strength.’”Section 3 Chapter 4 72
  • 77. Ministry Steps; Natural Issues without DemonsHurts WHAT WE CAN DO WITH HURTS AND WRONG REACTIONS TO THE HURTS Step 1: Acknowledge the hurt. Step 2: Give the hurt to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Forgive those who caused the hurt. Step 4: Give the wrong reactions to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 5: Ask for and accept forgiveness for the wrong reactions.The above is the second box in the ‘Inner healing and deliverance steps’.1. Acknowledge the hurtMinister says: “Repeat after me: ‘I admit that I am hurt by what (name) did to me.’”2. Give the hurt to Jesus Christ at the crossMinister can read out Isaiah 53:3 and 61:1,2,3 and says: “These verses show that JesusChrist wants to heal our hurts. You can think of yourself carrying a bag on your back. It isheavy with all the pain and hurt. Can you imagine a box at the foot of the cross? Can you putall your hurt and pain in to that box? You can take off the bag and drop it in that box andleave it there.” SILENCEMinister says: “Please Holy Spirit, come and heal the hurts and wounds. If you can feel thepain in your heart, place your hand there and ask the Lord to touch the pain.”(Or use the illustration of “the book on the hands” on the opposite page, but this time thebook represents the hurts we are carrying). SILENCE3. Forgive those who have hurt youMinister says: “Hold a pen in your clenched hand to represent the person or people who hurtyou and you need to forgive. PAUSE The natural tendency is to want revenge and to want tohurt the person, so we grip the pen tightly. But God wants us to open our hand and let theperson go free. When ready you can repeat a prayer after me forgiving the person and thenyou open your hand and let the pen go as a sign you have released the person.”Minister says: “Say after me: ‘Father God, you are willing to forgive me through JesusChrist, when I have hurt you. So likewise, I forgive these people who have hurt me. I nowopen my hands and release them. Please bless them today, may they come to know JesusChrist as Saviour and Lord. If they hurt me out of their hurt, please bring healing to them’”4 and 5. Give the wrong reactions to Jesus ChristAsk for and accept forgiveness for the wrong reactionsYou can use the illustration of the hands on the opposite page, with the book representing thewrong reactions.Minister says: “Say after me: ‘I bring my wrong reactions to the hurt to you.(Name thewrong reactions). Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ for your sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. Iask you to forgive me, please. I accept your promise in 1 John 1:9 that if we confess our sinsyou are faithful and just to forgive us our sins. Thank you for forgiving me.’”Section 3 Chapter 4 73
  • 78. Ministry Steps; Natural Issues without DemonsPossible extra stepsIf the previous steps have not been sufficient to deal with the effects of sins and hurts wemay have to repeat them or take further steps. Step 6: Have healing of the memories. Step 7: Break ungodly soul ties. Step 8: Have deliverance. Step 9: Have physical healing. Ongoing Step 10: Change thought patterns and attitudes.The above is the third box in the ‘Inner healing and deliverance steps’.6. Healing of painful memoriesa. The person should be seated comfortably and relaxed.b. Pray that only the Holy Spirit will be able to bring up a memory. Forbid any demon to enter the mind of the person. Speak quietly and unhurriedly.c. Ask the person to repeat: "Please Holy Spirit, take me to a time which needs healing."d. After a while ask the person in a gentle voice: “What do you see?” (If the person can only see darkness consult the note about blockages below). “Where are you?” e.g. in a room at home where he was a child. What is happening? Ask him to keep his eyes shut and answer in the present tense, not the past.e. Ask: “What do you feel?” Encourage the person to express their feelings or negative thoughts relating to the incident about others or towards themself. e.g. “I am worthless”. They may cry or manifest buried anger.f. When the feelings have been released, get the person to say: "Please Jesus Christ, come into this picture." Leave enough time for the Holy Spirit to work. Then ask: “What do you see?"g. When he sees him, ask quietly: “What is Jesus Christ doing? or saying?” For example, he may be protecting the person or taking the person into his arms. (However, you must not interfere with your own suggestions or imaginations of what Jesus might do in the situa- tion.)h. Ask: “What do you feel?” The answer might be, for instance: “I feel very well” or “I have peace.”i. Ask: “Can you now forgive this person(s)? If yes, get the person to speak forgiveness aloud. If the one needing forgiveness is dead then the person can tell Jesus Christ that he is forgiving the other person. If he can not forgive, then it could be that the hurt is not healed and that he needs more time or there is a demon of unforgiveness which needs to be sent out first. This is explained in the chapters on demons in Sections 2 and 3.Section 3 Chapter 4 74
  • 79. Ministry Steps; Natural Issues without Demonsj. Ask: “Can you now think of this incident without fear, hurt, anger, pain or negative thoughts about yourself?” If not, repeat from step C.k. If the hurts were deep the person may need deliverance from any demons that entered through the hurts. e.g. rejection, bitterness, etc. See Section 2 and the next Chapter 5.l. Ask the Holy Spirit to take the person back to another memory which needs to be healed and repeat the process.m. In conclusion, get the person to ask Jesus Christ for the filling of the Holy Spirit, as he offers his life afresh to him (Romans 12:1,2). He can say: “Jesus Christ, I want you to be Lord in every part of my life - my mind, my emotions, my will, my body, my time, my pos- sessions, my relationships, my work or lack of work, my future and my past, in everything I am. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit.”n. You can anoint the person with oil and gently lay hands on his head. Sometimes a person may experience more deep healing and release of pain, as the Holy Spirit touches them, or they may get much joy, or peace, or a demon may react to the power of the Holy Spirit.o. If the person falls on the floor, bend down to them and ask what they are experiencing. If there is heaviness or a movement in the stomach area it may well be a demon manifesting and it should be sent out. See Sections 2 and 3 on deliverance. If they have peace or joy leave them there to allow the Holy Spirit to do his work.Notes about blockagesIf the person can only see darkness for a long time it may be that they can not visualiseevents. But it may also indicate that a demon is there blocking the healing process. You mayhave to do deliverance before returning to the steps for the healing of hurtful memories. SeeChapters 5 and 7, on ministering deliverance, in this section.Similarly when doing deliverance, unhealed hurts can provide a foothold that stops a demonfrom leaving. You may have to stop and get the hurts healed before proceeding with the stepsfor deliverance.7. Break ungodly soul tiesMinister says: “Can you imagine the other person with ropes going around you and that per-son? If yes, then say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, I ask forgiveness for making this ungodly soul-tiethrough sin (or by allowing that person to dominate me or abuse me). I forgive and release(name). Please come with your sword or big pair of scissors and cut the ropes which tie meto (name). I want to be free to be myself and to be the person you want me to be.’”Minister says: “I also ask you, Lord Jesus Christ to come and cut those ropes which are tying(name) to (name).”Minister asks: ”Where are the ropes now?” If they are not on the floor give more time.Repeat for each individual with whom ungodly soul ties have been made.Section 3 Chapter 4 75
  • 80. Ministry Steps; Natural Issues without Demons8. Have deliveranceDeliverance should not be necessary for natural issues without demons. Where ungodly soulties, sins or hurts have been entry points for demons you should go through the further stepsin Chapter 5.9. Physical healingWhere sickness has not been healed due to blockages from the effects of sin or hurts, e.g.unforgiveness, then after the blockages are dealt with we can minister the power of God toheal. As in James 5:14-16 this can be done by anointing with oil. We can also lay hands onthe sick person to allow the healing power of God to “soak through the person.” (Luke 4:40;Mark 16:18).See also Section 4 “Ministering physical healing.”10. Change thought patterns and attitudesThe minister should explain the following: ‘We have to change our thinking to God’s way ofthinking, which in turn will change our behaviour (Romans 12:2). Philippians 4:8says,”..whatever is lovely.. think about such things.“ We have to take out the old cassette inthe mind which says, “Nobody loves me” and put in a new cassette which says, “Jesus Christloves me; there are in fact people who do or would want to love me.”We may have to become less easily hurt or offended by what people say or do to us. Weshould become more “thick skinned” and also more aware of our faults and less proud. Itmaybe we have to break, for instance, a pattern of inviting rejection.We can meditate on Bible verses such as Psalm 103, John 3:16 which stress that God lovesus and does not reject us. Hebrews 13:6 onwards tells me that I shall not fear, what can mando to me? Ephesians 1:4 tells me that Jesus Christ chose me to be in God’s family before hecreated the world. Therefore I am precious to him. I do not need to reject or hate myself,only to reject and hate my sin and receive cleansing through the blood of Jesus Christ.Romans 12:3 tells me to have a right estimate of myself as God sees me.A prayer: “Father God, forgive me for having a wrong view of myself. Help me to acceptyour love. Thank you that when I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord, I came intoyour family. Help me to think and speak positively. Amen.”Section 3 Chapter 4 76
  • 81. Ministry Steps: Natural Issues Involving Demons5 Ministry Steps: Natural Issues involving Demons Sins, hurts, ungodly soul ties, domination, sexual impurities and sicknesses In the previous chapter we have dealt with the issues which come in the area of sins and hurts, which are not affected by demons. Now we want to deal with issues in those areas where there have been open windows which have allowed demons to enter. We learned in Section 2 about demons - who they are, what they do, how they may get into our lives and how we can prepare to get them out. Now we are to go through the steps to get them out. WARNING Just as we should study the maker’s instructions before using a new power tool, it is important to study these Chapters 5 to 8, before using them to minister. Preliminary steps Minister says: “We thank you God, that Jesus Christ has conquered Satan through the cross and has defeated the powers of darkness, and every demon. Thank you that Christ is ruling in heaven. We invite the Holy Spirit to fill, empower and lead us.” Minister says: “We cover ourselves, our loved ones and all in this place with the blood of Jesus Christ.” Minister says: “In the name of Jesus Christ we bind the demons of Jezebel, Death and Ha- des, and Anti-Christ and the ruling demons over this area, town (or village) and over this building. We order you to let these people go free.” Steps for deliverance from: 1a. Demon of unforgiveness If the person still can not forgive after going through the steps in the previous chapters for healing of natural hurts, then they can take the next four steps to be set free from the unforgiveness, which may be natural but increased by a demon. It is important to deal with unforgiveness first, otherwise it will hold in other demons. We use the authority which Jesus Christ has given to us as his disciples, we use his name and the power which is in his blood. Section 3 Chapter 5 77
  • 82. Ministry Steps: Natural Issues Involving Demons The person says each step after the minister: Step 1. “I confess keeping this unforgiveness. I want to be free from it.” Step 2. “I put the unforgiveness under the blood of Jesus Christ.” Step 3a. “In the name of Jesus Christ I command it to leave me now.” Step 3b. The minister says alone: “ In the name of Jesus Christ I join with (name) and command all unforgiveness to leave and to go to where Jesus Christ wants you to be. Step 4a. The person keeps on saying with conviction: “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free.” Step 4b. The minister commands the demon to go while looking into the person’s eyes. It is important to repeat for some time,“The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free", to give time for the demon to surface.Reminder about tracking manifestationsFrom Section 2 Chapter 6If the demon begins to manifest when going through the 4 steps above, the person shouldplace a hand where the manifestation is felt. Then he moves the hand as the manifestationmoves. Usually, if there is a pressure in the stomach area, the pressure will slowly move upand then be felt in the throat. It will be helpful to stop speaking about the blood of JesusChrist and begin to cough. The demon may continue to make him cough. If not, or when themanifestation stops, he continues to repeat, “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free” untilthere is no more reaction. Different manifestations may occur. It is very important to makesure the demon has left, by applying spiritual pressure after we think it has gone. The foursteps can be gone through for the next demon he wishes to send out.1b. Demons from other sinsIf any sins are still a problem after going through the steps in the previous Chapter 4 on deal-ing with sins, then go through the four steps for deliverance, as for unforgiveness, namingthe sin. When free from one, repeat the process for any others.2. Demons from the hurt and our negative reactions to the hurte.g. rejection, resentment, bitterness, hatred, anger or violenceUse the four steps naming the emotion or the reaction.Note on Rejection. With rejection there are usually several types of demons to be dealt with-1) rejection by other people 2) fear of rejection 3) rejection of other people by the person inreturn 4) rejection of self 5) pain of rejection. There are often several demons of rejection byother people, each one coming in through a particular event and person.The trauma of an accident may have allowed demons to enter. e.g. fear, pain, sickness, sothey should be dealt with.Section 3 Chapter 5 78
  • 83. Ministry Steps: Natural Issues Involving Demons3. Demons from ungodly sexual intercourseVictims of sexual abuse should proceed to Section 3 Chapter 9.a. Cutting the soul tiesThe person repeats after the minister: “I am sorry, God, for having used your gift of sex inthe wrong way. I repent. Please forgive me.“Minister says: ”Think of one person you had sex with outside marriage and say afterme: ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, I loose myself from (name) and I break the soul tie withher/him and cut off any connection of body, soul or spirit to him/her”Minister joins in breaking the soul ties. Take time to realise the breaking of the soul tie,which may give a physical feeling of release.b. Sending out demons which gained entry through the ungodly soul tiesMinister says: "Say after me: ‘I put every demon that came into me from (name) under the-blood of Jesus Christ and in the name of Jesus Christ I command them to leave me now.’”Minister joins with them to command the demons to leave. The person repeats:”The blood ofJesus Christ sets me free.” These steps should be repeated for each person with whom theyhad ungodly intercourse.c. Sending out demons of fornication or adulteryThe four steps should be gone through, naming the demon of fornication or adultery. If aperson has had sex with many people, as is common, it will obviously take considerable timeto pray through each relationship.4. Demons from domination and controlUngodly soul ties made through dominatione.g. parents over children, pastors over congregations, a husband over his wife,a. Cutting the soul tiesMinister says: “Can you imagine the person who has dominated you? Can you see ropes go-ing around you and that person? If yes, then say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, I ask forgiveness formaking this ungodly soul tie by allowing that person to dominate me. I forgive and release(name). Please come with your sword or big pair of scissors and cut the ropes which tie meto (name). I want to be free to be myself and to be the person you want me to be.’”Minister says: “I also ask you, Lord Jesus Christ to come and cut those ropes which are tying(name) to (name).”Minister asks: ”Where are the ropes now?” If not completely cut and on the floor give moretime.Section 3 Chapter 5 79
  • 84. Ministry Steps: Natural Issues Involving Demons4 b. Sending out domination which gained entry through the ungodly soul tie: The person says each step after the minister: Step 1. “I am sorry for having allowed myself to be dominated wrongly. I want to be free from it. Please forgive me. I forgive (name) who has dominated me. ” Step 2. “I put the domination (or Jezebel) under the blood of Jesus Christ.” Step 3a. ”In the name of Jesus Christ I command it to leave me now.” Step 3b. The minister says alone: “ In the name of Jesus Christ I join with these people and command all domination to leave and to go to where Jesus Christ wants you to be.” Step 4a. The person keeps on saying with conviction: “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free.” Step 4b. The minister commands the demon to go while looking into the person’s eyes. It is important to repeat for some time,“The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free", to give time for the demon to surface. Repeat for each individual with whom ungodly soul ties have been made.5. Demons of impurity which gained entry without ungodly soul tiesUse the 4 steps, naming the demon e.g. pornography. Often this will manifest by the eyesrolling or itching.Section 3 Chapter 5 80
  • 85. Ministry Steps: Spiritual Issues Involving Demons6 Ministry Steps: Spiritual Issues involving Demons Occult, ancestral and religious spirits Spiritual sins which create entry points for demons are issues that need careful attention. The battle may be more intense but the principles are the same. Objects associated with the issues should be destroyed before ministry (e.g. idols, charms, occult symbols etc.) The person needs to confess and renounce the issue. If they argue that these issues were dealt with when they were saved explain that while the relationship with God has been restored, the effect of the sin can still be present; the demon can still be there in the house if it was never told to go and evicted. Steps for deliverance from demons coming from: 1. Occult activities The lists in Section 2 and 4 can help to spot possible entry points. The 4 steps for deliverance, used in the previous chapter, should be gone through for each activity, naming each one. The person should also add in Step 1, “I break the covenant or agreement made with (name - Satan or the witch doctor, fortune teller, saint, etc.) and I re- new my agreement with Jesus Christ.” The person should also break the ungodly soul tie made with the witchdoctor or other occult practitioner as described in the previous chapter. Where a lady has gone to a witchdoctor or similar person to get medicine in order to con- ceive, she should also go through the 4 steps to send out any demons which came in. Some witchcraft demons manifest strongly and quickly. Others require some spiritual heat through persistant declaration of the blood of Jesus. After witchcraft demons have been dealt with sicknesses can often be more easily healed. 2. Ancestors Few of us know much about our ancestors. We might however, be aware of spiritual sins, sicknesses or patterns of problems in our family line. We need to forgive our ancestors for having opened the window and then deal with the effects in our lives. We do this by naming these things and telling them to go. Section 3 Chapter 6 81
  • 86. Ministry Steps: Spiritual Issues Involving DemonsMinister says: “Please repeat, ‘I confess the sins of (name - witchcraft, drunkeness etc.) inmy ancestors. I forgive my ancestors and I put any demons of (name) which came into mefrom my ancestors under the blood of Jesus Christ and in the name of Jesus Christ I com-mand them to go out of my life.’”Minister says alone: ”I join with (name of person) and command all witchcraft demons toleave, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God. Go to where Jesus Christwants you to be.” Person keeps on repeating: ”The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free.”Other ancestral demons can be named and dealt with similarly.3. False religions and sectsWays which claim to bring the worshipper to God without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ areentry points or open windows for religious demons. Destroy associated objects, then use the4 steps naming the religion, sect or activity in which the person has participated.4. Counterfeit spiritual experiencesThese can bring prophesies, messages or physical sensations from demons rather than theHoly Spirit. Use the 4 steps to send out the demons producing these.Section 3 Chapter 6 82
  • 87. Conclusion of the Ministry Steps Chapters 4 - 7  We have now seen the ministry steps for natural issues without demons, for natural issues with demons and for spiritual issues involving demons. The following steps apply to every situation subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Demons of sicknesses If prayer for physical healing is not working, there may be demons of sicknesses present. First, deal with any other demons or issues you identify. Check, especially, that there is no more unforgiveness. Then use the 4 steps naming the sickness. When the demon leaves, the sickness and symptoms may also dissappear e.g. pain in the back. If not, anoint the person with oil for healing and lay hands on them praying for healing of the physical problem. Give time for the Holy Spirit to soak the person in his healing power. You can ask, “What are you experiencing?” “Is there a change in your back pain?” “What can you do now that you could not do before?” A person may get healed quickly, gradually, after a delay or not at all. Sometimes there may be an undiscovered blockage on the part of the person or the ministers, sometimes the power to heal is simply not present. We cannot always explain this. But we should still persist in the belief that God desires to heal and we can try again another time. Pray for the infilling of the Holy Spirit Get the person to thank God for what he has done and ask Jesus Christ for the filling of the Holy Spirit, as he stands and offers his life afresh to Jesus Christ. Romans 12:1,2. He can repeat phrase by phrase after you: “Jesus Christ, I want you to be Lord in every part of my life - my mind, my emotions, my will, my body, my time, my possessions, my rela- tionships, my work or lack of work, my future and my past, everything I am. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit”. You can anoint with oil and gently lay hands on his head. Sometimes a person may experience more deep healing, joy and peace and the release of pain as the Holy Spirit touches them. But a demon may also react to the power of the Holy Spirit. If the person falls on the floor ask what they are experiencing. If there is a movement in the stomach area it could be a demon manifesting. Help the person sit up and begin to expel the demon. If there is a sense of peace then allow them to lie there and let the Holy Spirit operate. Do not rush them away. Thanksgiving After thanksgiving cover everyone with the blood of Jesus Christ as they go home. After care The person could be given encouragement (notes) on keeping one’s deliverance. Refer to the pages in Section 2 and 4. Make another appointment, preferably within the next week. Ask them to phone you meanwhile if they have any problems or questions. 83
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  • 89. Deliverance with an Individual7 Deliverance with an Individual Practical advice In the previous chapters we covered the various ministry steps for dealing with issues includ- ing the four steps for sending out a demon. Now we are going to add some practical and spiritual advice. This information will also help in ministry to a group. Working as a team with clear leadership Where there are several ministers for one person you need a leader to avoid chaos and confu- sion. If the leader wishes to rest he should clearly hand over the lead to someone else. One person can make notes, another can be praying quietly or seek words of knowledge (share with the leaders approval only). Another person can remind the demon of the blood of Jesus Christ. Sometimes we join hands and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to come more strongly into the situation, and particularly on the one coming against the demons. Never interrupt another person ministering unless you are in charge. Our weapons No need to shout Demons do not want to leave their comfortable houses. So we and the In Uganda, a minister person being helped must apply pressure to evict them. We can: was commanding a demon very harshly but the demon • command in the name of Jesus Christ would not leave. • speak and sing about the blood of Jesus Christ and Then he handed over to another • quote appropriate Scriptures. Jesus defeated the devil with the minister who spoke gently. The demon Word of God (Matthew 4) then said, ”That’s better. I didn’t like The Word the way that man talked to me. Now I Some Scriptures are very effective in causing demons to tremble, fear can go”. and leave. These include: And it went quickly! • passages about the victory of Jesus Christ on the cross defeating the devil and all his demons. • passages about the destruction of the devil and all his demons as in Revelation 20. As well as having prepared for deliverance, the one being delivered must also take part in evicting the demons by speaking his part in the four ministry steps. If there is a delay in the demon leaving, the person can declare the truth that the demon has no more right to stay be- cause Jesus Christ has conquered the master of demons Satan on the cross. If it is a demon of say sickness, one can declare that Christ broke the power of sickness on the cross. Section 3 Chapter 7 85
  • 90. Deliverance with an Individual Commanding the demon You command the demon to go while encouraging the person to look at you and repeat, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free’. It is best for only one person to address the demon at a time, otherwise the demon may take no notice of anyone. The demon should be spoken to forcefully, without shouting. A parent or teacher with more control shouts less. Speaking quietly near the persons ear can be very effective. It also keeps down the volume if a num- ber of people are having ministry at the same time. Some-Example times the demons will go without you saying much as youIn Uganda, a demon said that it look into the persons eyes; they hate the light of Jesus whichcould see the cross in the eyes of they see in your of our team. Sometimes thedemon will try to keep the per-sons eyes closed to keep out the When the demon is manifesting the person should put hislight. hand where the manifestation is, and move it as the manifes- tation moves. Often the demon will move up from the area of the intestines and then up on the chest and up the throat and out of the mouth. This can happen in a short time, say in a minute, or it may take much longer. As the manifestation moves up into the throat the person should stop saying, “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free” and concentrate on willing the demon out or telling the demon to go. Often the demon will cause coughing as it comes up through the throat. It can be expelled more quickly if the person starts to cough, then the demon causes the coughing. Helpers should be very careful where they place their hands on a person during ministry, especially men with women! There is no Don’t fight physically need to push, press or touch their body during deliverance. Per- In a service in Chile during the haps inspired by non-Christian exorcism rituals, some people ministry time there were many mistakenly think you can drive out a demon by force by beating, people being helped. While I was ministering to people I did not cutting, flames or potions etc. This is demonic nonsense! notice a man was wrestling with about six of our team! Because demons are a spiritual issue they must be dealt with When I saw what was happening I spiritually and that means by declaring the name of Jesus Christ asked the team, ”Which demon and spiritual truths. No physical force or action is necessary! are you trying to send out?“ They did not know, so I asked them to stop the wrestling and let the de- Finding the name mon go back into its house. We can say the name is the character, i.e. what it is doing in the Then we talked to the man and he confessed to doing karate. So it life of the person, e.g. excessive lust. Some demons have special was obviously a karate demon names. Often a demon will go without having to find out more which had manifested when the ministers had anointed him with about it. Sometimes the person knows what they wish to be set oil. free from. If we follow the previous chapters on how to go from So we took him through the 4 symptoms to the issue, we should be able to identify the demon steps, standing in a ring around him but without touching him. The before we begin deliverance. But in a large meeting a demon may demon would have liked another manifest without the person knowing what it is. You may have to fight but it went this time less vio- lently, only shaking the man, be- make it identify itself. cause the man was involved in the battle! In Mark 5:2-17 Jesus met a man with demons who lived among the tombs: He commanded the demon to leave the man but they Section 3 Chapter 7 86
  • 91. Deliverance with an Individual obviously did not obey, for Jesus then asked, “What is your name?” Answer: “My name is Legion, because we are many.” This shows that 1) Jesus addressed the demon and not the man and 2) one demon was speaking on behalf of many. The demons then pleaded with Jesus – so there was a discussion between the Lord and the demons before the deliverance was completed. We have had many similar experiences.Knowing the nameIn a church in Uganda, a de-mon said, “I won’t tell you my Is it right to speak with a demon?name, because if I tell you myname I shall have to go.” But it Several writers are strongly against allowing a demon to speak butdid tell us in the end and it Jesus did so, so we do not rule it out. Most demons should leavewent. without a word. If they do speak, this happens at the stage we callThe list of groupings of de-mons in the Section 4 may "coming to the surface". When the demon is manifesting veryhelp us to know which other strongly, there can come a time when the demon “takes over” as itdemons might be there, sothat we get them all out. were and begins to speak through the person. So when you begin to cast out the demon you only see the person, then you begin to see a combination of the person and the demon beginning to show some manifestations. Finally the demon may control the body, face and mouth so much that you are only seeing the demon. Sometimes these states alternate. So it may be difficult to know if it is the person or the demon who is speaking. Remember, the demon can sound exactly like the person because it is using the person’s voice. Demons can sound very cultured, even amusing. It is not true that demons can only tell lies. They will speak the truth when pressured sufficiently, as they did with Jesus. They do not want to give information about themselves, because that gives us more authority over them. We should only ask for the information that will help us to get them out and avoid the temp- tation to be fascinated by the things they can tell us. In Uganda we experienced demon delay tactics such as, “I will go, if you give me a goat!” We do not need to bargain or sacrifice a goat either. Warning against force Firing questions such as - ‘What is your name?’ ‘How long We do not send out a demon with physical force. have you been here?’ ‘What are you doing to this person?’ If a demon suddenly manifests can help break down the resistance of a stubborn demon. violently it is best to take the pressure off the demon manifest- Removing blockages ing and get the person more pre- pared and involved before pro- What should you do if the demon manifests but does not go ceeding. See Part 6. whatever you try? You have to stop and find out if there is an Occasionally helpers may need to hold a person to prevent them issue (blockage) which has not been dealt with, e.g. the per- being hurt. son has not really forgiven someone, is hiding some sin or has We have heard of some exorcists deep wounds that have not been healed. beating people with sticks, etc. This has nothing to do with Bibli- cal deliverance! For example, in a workshop in Catamarca, Argentina in 2004, a member of our team was ministering to a lady. A demon, A spiritual problem needs spiri- tual pressure. which called itself a wolf demon, was manifesting violently If you use physical force someone and loudly and would not leave her. will get hurt and your ministry will fall into disrepute. Section 3 Chapter 7 87
  • 92. Deliverance with an Individual The next day, during a time of healing of memories, the lady was able to forgive some peo- ple. When she had ministry again the demon left easily. Don’t wrestle - prepare If a demon is disobeying and manifesting violently only hold the person enough to prevent them from being hurt, e.g. their head bouncing on a concrete floor. Rather than having a wrestling match with the demon it is better to let go and stop commanding the demon to leave. Allow it to retreat or sink down into the place where it hides in the person. Then talk with the person and do more preparation before trying to send out that demon. Checking Often in deliverance ministry the minister stops too quickly and the person is not set free. When the manifestation ceases, do not assume the demon has gone. You should keep telling it to go and the person should keep on repeating, “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free.” Manifestations will start again if the demon has not gone or an- other one may begin to surface. It is easy to be deceived intoBeware thinking the demon has gone when it is just taking a rest! Once aIn a very big church inUganda, when people fell demon said, “Oh, I thought I had tricked you!”on the ground they wereleft there and it was as- Do not think that if a person stops screaming, the demons havesumed that the demons gone. Sometimes a person can fall on the ground as the demonhad gone. tries to escape and as the power of the Holy Spirit comes on theBut when I taught that the person. But falling to the ground does not mean that the demonshelpers should go andchase out the demons and have gone.not leave them, then theyfound indeed, that the de- The person may even say, “Oh, I feel better now. It has gone.” Themons were still there. test is whether he can say for several minutes, “The blood of Jesus Christ sets me free” without getting a reaction. We must remember that a demon will try its best to hide and not show itself. This is why they often go undiscovered for so long. One young lady came to three seminars before the demons in her manifested. However, another young man was at his first seminar, and much to his surprise he found that he could not move his arms during the deliverance time. He did not think he had any demons being a theological student and a long standing Christian from a highly respected evangelical church! Never assure people that they are completely free This only leads to disappointment if they need more deliverance. They will have to learn to change natural behaviour patterns anyway so be grateful and rejoice for what God has done but do not make absolute claims. Often there may be other areas to be dealt with, just as when we are peeling an onion there are many layers, also producing tears. In Uganda people said we sent out demons as if we were plucking a chicken, one handful of feathers at a time! Never hesitate to call for help from someone more experienced Section 3 Chapter 7 88
  • 93. Ministry to a Group8 Ministry to a Group Inner healing and deliverance ministry to a group The steps we have been through for helping an individual in the previous Chapters 4, 5, and 6 can also be used for a group. Prepare: This can be in a church service, a house meeting, a seminar or • Transparencies of Ministry in a series of weekly meetings. You can’t minister to a group Steps (5554) other illustra- without a team of helpers. tions, overhead projector and screen, or power point presentation How we have done this in practice • Photocopies of steps to give out to people We led some seminars in Quito, Ecuador where time was very • A team of ministers with a short. So we asked those who had been to previous seminars to coordinator to direct min- come for training an hour before the main seminar began. isters to needy people Elisabeth began training them while I went and taught the main • Identification for the minis- ters seminar. Then we joined together for the ministry time. • Small bottles of oil • Paper tissues, plastic bags We anointed the helpers with oil and laid hands on them before • Rugs or mats to cover the they helped others. Quite often, as the power of God touched floor at the front, if it is them, demons manifested and the helpers experienced dirty deliverance. Then they would help others to get free! Elisabeth • Cloths to cover ladies if on the floor and I would help them where necessary as well as ministering • A secretary to record to individuals ourselves and directing the service. names, contact addresses and phone numbers for A recent letter in Section 4 from Pastor Cardenas in Quito, Ec- follow up uador thanks us for training ministers on the job! She is doing • Worship group for songs that herself now. with emphasis on the blood of Jesus and the Cross How to use the ministry steps effectively in a church service Plan of the service A normal church service should begin with praise to draw people into the presence of God. Then there may be some announcements and the collection of an offering, if necessary. Then comes the time of teaching. The goal is to prepare hearts and minds to understand inner heal- ing and deliverance, particularly the aspect which will be dealt with in the ministry time. We teach Section 1 (about sins and hurts) and minister with Chapter 4 of this section and then teach Section 2 on deliverance before using the ministry steps of Chapters 5 and 6 of this section. After the teaching we sometimes respond with worshipful songs before beginning the ministry. You need two to three hours to teach and do inner healing and Section 3 Chapter 8 89
  • 94. Ministry to a Groupdeliverance in one or two areas. Ideally one should have five evenings in a row with peopleattending each evening. The effectiveness of the ministry increases each successive eveningas people understand more and become more open to the Holy Spirit.Ministering during the serviceThe leader should tell people to raise a hand for help if they feel a manifestation during thetime of ministry. Someone should be appointed to direct ministers to those needing help.Ministers can then help them to get free or to deal with a hurt.In most inner healing and deliverance services there are not enough ministers to have longsessions with each individual. We sometimes go through groups of issues asking all thosewho want to be free in a particular area to go through the steps together. Each person is toldto name their particular issue (demon) during the prayer in step 1. If help is required they cantell the helper what demon they are sending out.AuthorisationDemons want to create disorder, God is for order. We believe that those who want to assist inministry should be appointed by the leader before the ministry begins and be given badges orother identification. Sometimes other Christians who have not been trained in this approachcome to a meeting and spontaneously try to help. This can cause problems and confusion sodiscernment is required.Messy manifestationsSometimes people vomit during the ministry time, as if they are trying to expel foul food.We should not encourage vomitting. We can try to forbid demons to cause it. But they do notalways obey. So it is good to have plastic bags available for emergencies. The organiser of aweek’s conference we held in Chitoor in India, claimed that Indians do not vomit. “That’ssomething Americans do,” he said. However, later in a seminar in Delhi, Elisabeth was min-istering to an ex-Hindu lady who suddenly vomited without warning on the beautiful redcarpet of the Methodist Church!Worship songsBefore and during the ministry time it is helpful to have worship songs which focus on theblood of Jesus Christ and the cross, because demons do not like to hear about the blood andthe cross and the the power of God is released as we sing about them. Ask the worship groupleader to keep the volume down while ministry is taking place at the front of the church.Otherwise you will not be able to hear what the person you are helping is saying.Caring for peopleIt is good to have helpers with a supply of tissues to give to people who are crying, althoughcare should be taken not to interrupt the healing process. It may be necessary to put downrugs at the front of the church if it is a rough or dirty floor. Also if ladies fall on the floor, it isgood to cover their legs with cloths or towels. So be prepared. When using oil, be careful ofeveryone’s clothes.Section 3 Chapter 8 90
  • 95. Sexual Abuse9 Sexual Abuse How to use these ministry steps to help victims of sexual abuse. We recommend that you become thoroughly familiar with all the different ministry steps and gain experience with simpler problems before attempting to minister in the area of sexual abuse. Nonetheless, we present it here as a ‘master class’ to show how all of what we have taught can be combined to effectively and systematically ‘minister below the surface’ in one of the most challenging but important areas of ministry. 1. Are we ready? Revise the contents of Section 3 Chapter 1. Both men and women can be sexually abused and this ministry applies equally to both. The key qualities necessary when ministering to the sexually abused are compassion and wis- dom. Victims of abuse often carry self-hatred, false guilt and fear of the opposite sex. So this is a delicate ministry that should be done with great care and understanding. Initially, it may not be appropriate for a manPossible symptoms ofabuse to be involved in ministry to a woman. Rape can open a window• Confusion, loss of identity, to a demon of hatred of men. In time, praying with a man present feeling dirty or worthless can be an important step to full freedom.• Feeling of betrayal, mistrust towards men and God Always be loving and accepting, but hold back from physical ex-• Self-hatred, self-punishment, pressions like hugging. Never condemn or make the person feel suicidal tendencies guilty. Instead help them to see that Christ has not forgotten them• Anger, hatred and bitterness and that he is willing and able to restore their body, soul and against the abusers and the world spirit. Obviously the issues of confidentiality and trust are vital in• Guilt, shame, wrong attitude this area. If someone does not trust you, it is very unlikely they to sex will share that they have been abused.• Fear, anxiety, fear of men, of God, of herself 2. Clarifying the problems and symptoms• Compulsions: anorexia, buli- mia, washing rituals Revise the contents of Section 3 Chapter 2• Hearing voices At our seminars people often tell us straight out that they have• Extra strong desire for sex or been abused. Their trust has been won and their faith in God is giving sex to be loved high as they see others being helped. But in individual counsel- ling it can be a slower process. Sometimes people may test us by talking about other problems or symptoms. Section 3 Chapter 9 91
  • 96. Sexual AbuseIf you suspect abuse based on the symptoms or by a word of knowledge then when the basisof trust and compassion has been established you can say, “Is it possible someone has abusedyou?” Never say or suggest who you think the abuser was. Let them tell you.In ‘Identifying the problem’ we said that the first cause of problems is someone’s sin. Usu-ally the abused person is the victim of the sin of another person. They are innocent yet theyare made to feel guilty about what happened. This is especially common among children inthe case of abuse. It is also common when parents have divorced.Sexual abuse of boys or girls or violent rape can also create the problem of physical damageto the body that needs prayer for physical healing. There may have also been an unwantedpregnancy leading to an abortion. It is important to begin with the issues and then proceed todeal with the complications and problems afterwards.3. Finding the issuesRemember that the issues are those things that prevent the flow of God’s healing and restor-ing power in our lives.Natural Spirits fromRevise Section 1 Chapter 3 the abuserThe natural issues are the hurts, painful memories, Spirits ofand wrong reactions. The typical wrong reaction is the abuseblaming oneself or God - which leads to low self- demons distortingesteem and depression. Inner vows are made to pro- sexualitytect the wounded soul. The painful memories make it etc.very hard to forgive. Soul Ties Wrong ReactionsRevise Section 1 Chapter 5 Hurts Painful memoriesSex is one of the deep bonding mechanisms that God Blaming self or God Low self-esteemhas to join husband and wife. In sexual abuse the deep Body Inner vows damagedbond is still formed but it is an ungodly soul tie. This Unforgivenesstie must be broken.Natural +Demonic Sin ofRevise Section 2 Chapter 4 the abuserUnclean demons of abuse - rape, lust, fornication, homosexuality etc. are the demons thatdrove the abuser. The wound of the abuse creates an entry point for these demons. They thenseek to promote similar behaviour in the victim. Demons from the abuser could be any kindof demon that the abuser was carrying. When two people have intercourse they become aspiritual union. At this moment demons can cross from one person to the other. The uncleandemons and those from the abuser will need to be cast out.Section 3 Chapter 9 92
  • 97. Sexual Abuse4. Applying the remedyHealing of hurts Summary of ministry steps WHAT WE CAN DO WITH HURTS AND WRONG REACTIONS TO THE HURTS Step 1: Acknowledge the hurt. Step 2: Give the hurt to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 3: Forgive those who caused the hurt. Step 4: Give the wrong reactions to Jesus Christ at the cross. Step 5: Ask for and accept forgiveness for the wrong reactions.Revise Section 1 Chapter 3Step 1. Acknowledge the hurtShow the person that they are not responsible for what happened. And neither is God. Goddid not allow it for a purpose or as a punishment. He has given everyone free will and in afallen, broken world, many use it wrongly. We are all affected by other people’s sin. Whenthis happens God weeps with us and longs for an opportunity to restore and heal us. InRomans 12:15 Paul said, “Mourn with those who mourn.” So take time to acknowledge theirhurt.Then together you can look at Christ. He is the wounded Saviour and the innocent lamb ofGod who suffered for the sins of the abuser and for the hurts of the abused person.Read Isaiah 61:1-3. Jesus came “to bind up the broken-hearted, to release from darkness theprisoners, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - to bestow onthem a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a gar-ment of praise for the spirit of despair”. Explain that Jesus wants to do all this in her life, butit will be a process and it may take time.Step 2. Bring the hurts to Jesus Christ at the crossShe can include the anger she naturally feels against the abuser or others who may havefailed to protect her. Use the illustration of holding the heavy book or taking the hurt in a bagto show how one can bring hurts to the cross.Bathing in the riverBecause of the difficulty of forgiving an abuser we want to deal with the painful memories atthis stage before going on to the step of forgiveness. Use the ‘bathing in the river technique’rather than reliving the memories.Revise Section 1 Chapter 4Ask the person to imagine herself at the throne of God from which a stream of clean waterflows (Revelation 22:1).Section 3 Chapter 9 93
  • 98. Sexual AbuseLet her imagine herself lying in the river and being washed from head to toe. Explain that thewater from God’s throne cleanses from the feelings of being used and of dirt, guilt andshame. Wait and see what God does or what she experiences.Step 3. Forgive those who have hurt youSome people, as they receive healing, may be able to forgive easily. If not, while showingyou understand how she feels, help her, by reminding her that she has a choice: the abusermay have spoilt her life so far but he need not spoil the rest of her life. By releasing himfrom her anger, she frees herself to receive new life from God. Explain that her anger doesnot hurt the abuser - only herself. It is a barrier to receiving all that God wants to give her.It is important not to make her feel guilty if she needs more time or more healing before shecan forgive. Also she should know that she may have to keep forgiving if thoughts of theabuse return. She may also blame herself for allowing the abuse and therefore need help toforgive herself.Steps 4 and 5. Dealing with wrong reactions and receiving forgivenessRevise Section 1 Chapter 3 and Section 3 Chapter 4Encourage the person to see that confessing and renouncing wrong reactions is a vital step toreceive full healing and restoration. Get her to renounce any vows she has made. Use scrip-tures such as Isaiah 61:1-3 and 44:1-3 to build trust in God and encourage her to make a newvow to trust God. Summary of ministry steps Possible extra steps Step 6: Have healing of the memories. Step 7: Break ungodly soul ties. Step 8: Have deliverance. Step 9: Have physical healing. Ongoing Step 10: Change thought patterns and attitudes.Step 6. Healing of painful memoriesWe do not want anyone to relive memories of sexual abuse. So we do not ask the Holy Spiritto take the person back to the incident as is done in normal healing of memories.Steps 7 and 8. Breaking of ungodly soul ties and ministering deliveranceOnce the person experiences God’s love and the cleansing in the river, they should have theconfidence to break soul ties and to receive deliverance ministry.Revise Section 3 Chapters 5 and 6Teach the person how to prepare herself for deliverance (Section 2 Chapter 6).Go through the steps given in Section 3 Chapter 5 to break the soul ties and to cast out thedemons of abuse and the demons from the abuser.Section 3 Chapter 9 94
  • 99. Sexual AbuseIf there has been an abortion, you will need to minister to the effects of it when you sense theperson is ready. The issues here will be: sin, hurts, and deliverance from demons of guilt andmurder. This ministry will avoid a negative attitude to any subsequent children.An unwanted pregnancy will similarly need special attention and ministry to the child.9. Prayer for physical healingRevise Section 3- Chapter 4 part 8 and Chapter 5 part 6Where there are physical complications the Holy Spirit may lead you to pray for physicalhealing as the inner healing and deliverance progress.10. Establishing new behaviour patternsRevise Section 3 Chapter 4 part 9All of us and especially those recovering from abuse need to experience real Christian loveand friendship in a small group in the church. A mixed fellowship group where people sharehonestly is a good environment where fear of the opposite sex can be overcome.An abused person may have lost the ability to wisely control their level of openness and in-timacy. This exposes them to future hurts and disappointments and prevents them buildinghealthy new relationships.Having received inner healing and deliverance they should now be free to learn new behav-iour and thought patterns. They need to understand that this is work that we all have to do.Whatever our problems and issues we all ultimately need to do the hard work of creatingnew patterns.Having hope helps and motivates us and we can encourage the hope that one day the womanwill find a man she can learn to trust and eventually marry.Plenty of practical and spiritual encouragement is necessary. Freed from the effects of child abuse and fear Switzerland “I didn’t know what it meant to live without fear. I wanted to disappear in the ground when child abuse was mentioned. In this particular seminar in June 1994, I agreed to let my childhood experience come to light. After 3 1/2 hours I felt completely healed and freed! It was lovely to feel Jesus healing me and setting me free. Now I can live without fear. I wish everybody could experience the freedom and love I experience now in Jesus Christ.”Section 3 Chapter 9 95
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  • 101. Case Study10 Case Study To see how the methods were applied in a real-life example Let us look at the real example of a lady who attended one of our seminars. We will look at her problems then identify the issues and then move from the problem description to identi- fying the issues and applying the remedy. Setting the scene In the seminar, we had already explained how we work, what we are looking for and the en- try points of demons. Debbie came for prayer ministry. (All names are changed) Debbie’s symptoms and problems Debbie had Hepatitis B. Her mother had stopped her from going to school and made her work at home. Debbie felt unloved and rejected by her mother. She hated her for it and vowed she would take revenge when her mother got old. Some boys wanted her love. So they went to the witchdoctor to put a spell on her to make her fall in love with them. Debbie then went to the witchdoctor to have the spell broken. When her father was sick she wanted to take some medicine to him, but he died before she arrived. She felt disappointed with God. Her little sister, who had led her to the Lord, also died. Yet she did not get the news for months. Debbie was feeling great emotional pain. The issues • Rejection from her mother. • Bitterness towards her mother. Inner vow. • Visiting the witchdoctor - involvement in the occult. • Need for healing from hepatitis which started at that time. • Disappointment with God that her father died. • Hurt that her precious sister died and she didn’t even know. Entry points and open windows: • Rejection opened windows to more rejection – hurt. • Bitterness towards her mother and inner vow – sin. • Going to the witchdoctor – sin + occult. • Deep disappointment – an emotional hurt. • Blaming God – a wrong reaction to hurt. Section 3 Chapter 10 97
  • 102. Case StudyMinistry steps:Hurts from Debbie’s mother• Debbie prayed a prayer of confession and repentance in which she asked for forgiveness.• Then she brought her hurts to the cross and we prayed the love of Jesus Christ into her.• We asked her if she could forgive her mother. She did.• We broke the inner vow.• We sent out rejection from her mother, fear of rejection and rejecting others. Debbie vom- ited a lot.• We prayed for healing of her wound in her heart. She began to cry for joy of being loved by Jesus Christ.• As a check, we told a demon of bitterness to go and were pleased to see no more reaction.SpirItual sin - visit to the witchdoctor• We cut her loose from the spell the boys put on her through witchcraft.• We asked her to ask for forgiveness for having gone to the witchdoctor.• We cut the soul tie with the witchdoctor.• Then we sent out the demons which had come in from the witchdoctor: the demons from the curses from the boys, through the food and drinks she was offered and the demons which came from the witchdoctor. She vomited out a lot.• Lastly we sent out the demon of Hepatitis B.Hurts & wrong reactions - her disappointment:• Debbie asked for forgiveness for blaming God.• She also gave her deep pain to the Lord.• We went through the 4 steps to get rid of the disappointment. She cried. Then I asked her to imagine her father and her sister and hand them over to Jesus Christ. As she did this great joy welled up in her.The resultAs you see there were some immediate reactions and results during the ministry rangingfrom vomiting to a sense of great joy. While such reactions can be helpful indications ofwhat is happening during ministry we are not particularly interested in them. What matters islasting healing and a change in the person’s life.We are able to confirm that this ministry does bring about lasting changes because we haveoften returned to the same churches in different parts of the world over several years.In Debbie’s case we soon received a letter from the local pastor which we have printed onthe next page.Section 3 Chapter 10 98
  • 103. Case StudyA letter from a local pastor confirms the healing: “Dear Elisabeth, You might remember praying with Debbie. She had had very bad health for several years because of Hepatitis B. After the prayer meeting she felt fine and has continued to feel good ever since. This prompted her last week to return to the hospital and ask for a new blood test - the results came back all clear - what a miracle. I think she still has the old test results that confirmed Hepatitis B, so perhaps she should frame them, put them up in the lounge room as a testimony and talking point with visitors. Just wanted to pass on the blessing. Love and appreciation, Pastor Jim”Is this a miracle?Pastor Jim, describes the change in Debbie’s life as a miracle. A miracle is where Godsuspends his natural laws. In the case of Debbie, healing and deliverance came by applyingthe spiritual laws and principles that we have tried to outline in this book. This created theconditions for the Holy Spirit to do his healing work.SummaryNatural sin Confession, repentance and receiving forgiveness for bitterness Broke the vow, and soul tie with the witchdoctorHurts Brought them to the cross Forgave the mother and received forgiveness for her wrong reactionsDemons Sent out demons of rejection, all demons coming from contact with the witchdoctor and the demon causing Hepatitis BPhysical healing Hepatitis B after the demon was sent outSection 3 Chapter 10 99
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  • 105. Section 4Background MaterialThis section is a collection of various additional background material.Firstly some photos and testimonies from our ministry trips.Then some key teachings for revision purposes and other teachings thatmay only be of interest as you gain more experience and God grows yourministry.Finally, we have included pages that are ideal for photocopying to use ashandouts or overhead projector transparencies in your own groups, semi-nars or services.
  • 106. Photo Memoirs Jesus died to break the power of Satan. We have seen this truth changing lives wherever we have gone. These photos were taken from ministry trips in Africa and India. 1. Ngariam, East Uganda. Supporting a Church 2. Canoe trip to minister on the Islands in 3. Our bedroom on a ministry trip in post-war Plant. People had walked for hours. God did Lake Victoria. Uganda. great miracles. 4. Henry Bukenya (right), friend from the 60’s 5. Our daughter Esther helped us at this 6. Reunion in the 90’s with Canon Peter and Principal of a teachers’ training college Church of Uganda pastors’ seminar in West Kigozi who had taken Albert on his first Scrip- with friends in early 90s. Buganda. ture Union safari in 1963. 7. Daniel Baumgartner - now son-in-law. His 8. Cairo, Egypt ministering in a Christian 9. Elisabeth in the Ashram near Chitoor theology field trip to Uganda was an eye- Coptic Church. where we held a week’s pastors’ conference opener. in 2002. 10. The Chitoor conference in the Chennai 11. With Dr. Thomas Varghese & pastors, (Madras) region, India. Delhi and the organisers of the Delhi Seminar 12. The Taylor family in the 70s. (l-r) Philip, 2002. Elisabeth, Esther, David and Albert
  • 107. South America has been a focus of many trips. Past mistreatment of the indigenous by theconquistadores is a heavy spiritual burden. But here again Christ offers healing and freedom.1. Loud worship including flags is popular all 2. The first day is hard to adjust to the thin air 3. Praying for a child in YWAM base La Paz.over South America as here in Oruro, Bolivia. in La Paz: Almost 4,000 m high.4. A mission plane ride to a remote part of S. 5. Psychologist David Aguirre and his family 6. Mimi Aguirre translating for Albert inBolivia was a rare event. Usually we travelled in Guayacil, Ecuador warmly embraced our long distance buses. ministry in his church.7. Daughter Esther interpreting for Albert into 8. Quito, Ecuador counselling seminar team 9. Valerio and Elisabeth replenishing theirSpanish in the first seminar in Ecuador. with Valerio (bot. right), Colin & Annette, Ana energy level. Maria Cardenas (yellow sweater)10. An intercession with indigenous Indians in 11. Falling to the ground is a common 12. In the late 90s: (l-r) Dani & EstherEcuador. Colin and Annette Neave also with us manifestation when God’s power touches Baumgartner, Elisabeth, Lalita & Philip, Davidfrom Scotland. us or stirs demonic resistance. YWAM base and Albert Taylor Santiago, Chile.
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  • 109. Background Material Photos 102 Taste and see: Testimonies & Reports 106 Key background teachings: Statement of faith 112 7 Steps to the Christian life 113 Fatherhood of God 114 Rebellion 115 Repentance and confession 116 Rejection 118 The blood and name of Jesus Christ 120 Who is deliverance for? 121 Self-deliverance 122 Use of symbols in ministry 123 Ministering physical healing 124 Master copies for photocopying: Progress in ministry Questionnaire to identify issues Problem areas Demon groupings Summary of steps 126 Recommended books 138 Ministry partners 139Section 4 105
  • 110. Taste and SeeA taste of God’s power in this ministryHere are just a few testimonies which we have recorded over the years. Names in italics arechanged.Uganda (1989-1992)Between 1989 and 1992 we returned every year for some 6-8 weeks to Uganda. In thoseyears hundreds of people were delivered.Freed from rejection, bitterness, fear and inferiority“When I got saved, I received some physical healing also and was baptised in the HolySpirit. My local church rejected me when I shared it with them. Today, I was released fromthis rejection. Both my father and my brother were murdered. Today, praise the Lord, I wasable to let go of the bitterness and grief I had buried in myself.” - MosesFreed from terrible headaches“My testimony is that since you prayed for me for my terrible headaches, I have not hadthem anymore.” - MaryFreed from insecurity“I have such joy and peace and know that my heavenly Father cares for me.” - SaraAble to walk again after eight years“Albert, do you remember the last woman, Ida, we prayed for before we left that village?She had a fever and both legs and one arm were paralysed. She also had a tumour in her ab-domen. But what I want to tell you is, that one day later, she was able to walk by herself. Foreight years she had been lame and only able to crawl about. Isn’t God good!” - LoisFreed from violenceWilliam had been a soldier in the National Resistance Army from 1983 – 89 while it was stilla guerrilla force. He testified:“In the past I used to be violent and hard hearted due to the many years spent in the bush.This problem stayed even after I got saved. When Brother Taylor and others prayed for me, Iwas delivered from demonic powers. Now I am a free man and serving the Lord.”Section 4 106
  • 111. TestimoniesChile (1994)A mathematics professor’s back is straightened“I came to the seminar because there were problems in my family. I never thought I neededdeliverance myself. However, when we prayed over the 6th generation, an ancestral demoncaused a reaction in me for which I had deliverance. I went home and slept for 2 days. WhenI went back to college, I was passing a long mirror and I suddenly realised that I was walk-ing upright. I had been living with a hump and walking crookedly.” - LilianBuenos Aires, Argentina (1994)Free from pain“I had a pain for two and a half years on my shoulders and my back. I forgave my ancestorsfor their sin which opened me up to this pain and told anything from witchcraft to go. As Iwoke up in the morning I sweated and something lifted off me. I am free from that pain.” -RicardoEcuador (1997)Free from resentment, bitterness, rejection, self-rejection, and dedication to an idol“The first night of the seminar the Lord started to heal me of resentment, bitterness, rejectionand self-rejection. Last night something beautiful happened when we prayed over the 9months in the womb. My parents had rejected me and all the pain came out and I was free.The Lord also gave me a vision. I come from Cuenca, which is a very idolatrous city. I saw avirgin and the Lord gave me even the name of the virgin and showed me that I had been con-secrated to this virgin even before I was born. I asked the person beside me to untie me fromthe unclean tie. The Lord has begun a good work in me.” - JuliaSection 4: Taste and See 107
  • 112. TestimoniesA recent more detailed testimonySwitzerland (2007)Freed from fierce anger and sexual impurityBackgroundI was raised in a Christian family. I responded from an early age giving my life to Jesus inSunday school and again at camps. I was an active Christian and I knew the Bible well. Myfiancée said I was impure and that I looked at other women, but I insisted that my behaviorwas part of the normal struggle against temptation and sin. I had in the past consumed por-nography but I insisted that I was now free.The problemAfter we married the accusations and arguments became more intense and eventually got outof control. I became violent, she spiteful. I even hit her while driving on the motorway! Theelders of our church invested hundreds of hours trying to help us. The situation improvedoutwardly but never for very long. Counselling sessions felt to me like arguments leadingnowhere. We could never put in to practice the suggested change.All this time I knew about deliverance, but our church leaders argued against it. I feared Iwould soon either loose my faith or loose my mind. Finally I found someone I could trustand asked for help.The issue comes to lightI told him my problems were fierce anger and sexual impurity. We went through the prayersteps of confession and repentance and taking things to the cross together. Then he began tocommand the spirits to go for several minutes but nothing happened. I felt restless. So theminister asked the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the blockage; immediately, the word “lying”flashed through my mind. (I had often told my wife white lies to avoid a fight.) So I con-fessed the lying and began to take the prayer steps to deal with that sin.What I experienced during deliveranceSuddenly a strong power overcame me. My tongue was flickering wildly like a snake and Iwas vibrating as if I was being electrocuted and I groaned like a perverse monster. My mindwas filled with intense anger and rage. As I looked at the minister I was gripped with tre-mendous fear. Here was a kind little man just looking into my eyes, yet I was absolutely pet-rified. He continued to say, “In the Name of Jesus come out now you vile spirit”, – the fear,terror and shaking grew and I flew off my chair; screaming I covered my head with my armson the floor. The minister bent down and gently placed a hand on my shoulder. He continuedto command the spirit to leave. It must have gone, for then I felt a wave of remorse andshame – I began to sob and weep intensely thinking, “How could I have let something sovile have this place in my life for so long?”.Section 4: Taste and See 108
  • 113. TestimoniesJesus forgivesI was ashamed that I had hurt my Jesus and my wife so badly by tolerating these spirits inmy life and not seeking this help much sooner. The minister then said, “Jesus has forgivenyou now”. The shame and remorse lifted and my crying turned into tears of joy. I felt lightand free and began to laugh.A new kind of peaceThis happened eight weeks ago and the difference has been noticeable to other people. Theysay I am more peaceful and relaxed. I have joy and enthusiasm. Now it feels like my sexual-ity is a gift and a privilege to enrich our marriage rather than a dangerous subversive force.My wife and I have had some arguments since my deliverance but my part has been differ-ent. I feel in control of my emotions rather than controlled by them and the old strange, de-structive unwelcome thoughts have stopped popping into my head. Many people argue thatdeliverance is possible without manifestations. I am grateful to have experienced the strengthand reality of the spiritual world. It is a severe warning to me and will forever be a reminderto stay pure and holy.Marco (name changed)Section 4: Taste and See 109
  • 114. TestimoniesThe ministry spreadsAna Maria Cardenas translated for us for several years in Quito, Ecuador. Then shebegan to minister herself. Later she was appointed as a pastor of a large evangelicalchurch, called Iñaquito, and is now training many others to minister.She writes on February 10th, 2007“Dear Albert and Elisabeth,I am currently teaching a course on inner healing and deliverance in my local church, toforty five men and women. We are teaching them the four steps and applying them to manyareas of their lives. I wish you could see how exciting it is to see these people experiencetheir own deliverance and go teach their own cell groups.We held an inner healing and deliverance retreat on February 11th. We had 18 people. We didthe four steps through Galatians 5 and Romans 1 with them, as well as unclean inheritances.We also prayed for physical healing. Many were baptised in the Holy Ghost.I see more striking results in personal ministry, particularly with women who have under-gone such suffering in abuse that only Jesus can heal them. Thank you again for teaching mehow to train new counsellors ‘on the job’. I am doing ministry with an apprentice, Ruth, soas to have a multiplier effect. She came to me after a service. She was in adultery, separatedfrom her husband and under strong control ties with her own mother. She was delivered of aJezebel demon, adultery and debt ties. She accepted Jesus as Lord and received deep healingof a very tormented childhood. We asked Jesus to come and he restored her joy.The healing of Luciana and her two daughters is amazing. This mother brought her 18 yearold daughter for inner healing as a last resource. She was in deep depression and totally dis-orientated, all resulting from her parents’ divorce and a highly dysfunctional home. As wetalked, all three received Jesus as Lord and had deep healing and deliverance. They werethen reconciled with one another. The younger girl (9), after receiving Jesus, was baptised inthe Holy Spirit and had an amazing experience with the Lord for about an hour. Orlando andI watched and just cried to see how she worshipped the Lord in the Spirit.Hanna, a catholic lady, came to Jesus and was delivered of occult practices after receivingdeep healing. Last week we had eight people come to Jesus and receive the infilling of theHoly Spirit. We are committed to disciple these new believers. We have also seen three mar-riages restored through counselling and inner healing.Ana Maria”Section 4: Taste and See 110
  • 115. TestimoniesTestimony from counsellors and ministersFrom Dani and Esther Baumgartner from Salta, Northern Argentina“Susana had three types of cancer: in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the uterus. While talk-ing to her, we found out that she had been sexually abused. The Holy Spirit washed away herfeelings of dirt resulting in the fact that she was able to forgive the man who had abused her.Also, she was able to accept her body again which she had rejected as a result of the abuse.After healing, we prayed for deliverance from the three kinds of cancer which had enteredher. The following day, she went for a medical check-up preparing for the surgery in whichher uterus was going to be removed. Amazingly, all three types of cancer had completelydisappeared.”David Wakumire, our contact in Uganda writes on 10th April 2007:“Dear Albert and Elisabeth,After you left in July 2003, the Rev. Patrick Situuma of Mbale Cathedral and I wereorganising seminars on Inner Healing and Deliverance in churches.We have now integrated this teaching in renewal conferences and fellowships. This isso much needed in the church and rural communities and we have lots of stories ofdeliverance from our own ministries now. Edith, my wife, and I have been teaching itin marriage seminars entitled “The African Family”, where we have the sub-topic“The African Culture and Beliefs”. In this we explore the ancestral demon worship,witchcraft and curses and spiritual warfare...I feel your material contents are incom-parable! ...”Tasting God’s power through reading our earlier materialFrom Arphaxad, the Vicar of St. Andrews Cathedral, Mbale, Uganda“Dear Albert,...I thank the Lord for your presence in Mbale between 21st – 26th July 2003. Due to ma-laria, I was not able to attend your sessions at St. Andrew`s community centre but later gotthe much treasured copy of the Christ Centred Therapy handbook on inner healing and de-liverance… I had had blow after blow and through your book received much healing from the Lord. Ialso must add that your coming has left a great impact on the life of our staff at St. Andrew`scathedral and I believe it will spread on to others. I just pray that the Lord keeps you safe inhis Spirit. If you remember the vicar of St. Andrews remember also that you had one of thegreatest ministries to him.”Section 4: Taste and See 111
  • 116. Statement of FaithThe foundation of our belief and teachingWe believe in one God, creator of heaven and earth, being God the Father, God the Son andGod the Holy Spirit.We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching and training in right-eousness (2 Timothy 3:16).Through the fall of Adam, all men are separated from God Romans 3:23, and the wholeworld lies under the power of the evil one (2 John 5:19).God the Son came to earth as a perfect human being, Jesus Christ.He was born of the Holy Spirit into this world by a virgin (Luke 1:27-31). He always did hisFather’s will by being in contact with him (John 5:19; 6:38). He went about healing the sickand doing good (see Gospels).He died in our place on the cross to break the power of Satan, sin and sickness.He rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God the Father (1 Peter 3:21,22). He willcome again to judge all men.It is the work of the Holy Spirit to lead us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. He is givento live in us, guide and direct us.At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out to make the disciples effective witnesses.The same Holy Spirit is available to us to enable us to carry on the same work as the disci-ples, to witness to Jesus Christ, heal the sick and drive out demons.We rely on the Holy Spirit to work through us.We believe it is man’s responsibility to respond to the work of the Holy Spirit by: - coming to Jesus Christ in confession, repentance and faith - surrendering his life and bringing it under the Lordship of Jesus Christ - letting the Holy Spirit live in him and work through him.Section 4: Key Teachings 112
  • 117. 7 steps to the Christian life 1 ACCEPT Accept you are a sinner and that your sin separates you from God. 2 BELIEVE Believe that Jesus Christ has taken the punishment for your sins on the cross and that he was raised from the dead and is alive in heaven. 3 CONFESS & Confess your sins, repent of them and ask for forgiveness. Count the cost of obeying Jesus Christ in everything i.e., making him Lord of your life. CHANGE 4 DO ASK JESUS Do ask Jesus Christ to be your Saviour and Lord. Invite him to come into your life, fill you with the Holy Spirit and reveal God as your heavenly Father. 5 EAT & EXPECT Each day read the Bible and expect the Lord to work in you. 6 FELLOWSHIP Find other Christians who believe the Bible and who worship and serve Jesus Christ. 7 GET and GIVE Get inner healing and deliverance. Give out to others spiritually and materially. 1 Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death” (separation from God) 2 1 Peter 2:24 “He bore our sins in his body on the tree.” 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous.for the unrighteous to bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:21,22 “…the resurrection of Jesus Christ who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand.” 3 Luke 13:3 “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21 “...must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sor- row brings repentance that leads to salvation.” 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins a purify us from all unrighteousness.” 4 Revelation 3:20 “Here I am. I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” John 1:12 “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” 5 John 5:39 “These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” 6 Hebrews 10:24,25 “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together….but let us encourage one another.” 7 Isaiah 61:1-4; Luke 4:14-21 “to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free.” Ephesians 4.25 to 5.21 “Put off….get rid of bitterness, rage and anger….” Acts 20:35 “..the words of the Lord Jesus:`ìt is more blessed to give than to receive.`”Section 4: Key Teachings 113
  • 118. Fatherhood of GodSome common wrong pictures of God• The God who requires continual sacrifices of material things to buy forgiveness.• The God who expects us to punish our bodies to pay for our sins.• The servant God who is there for our convenience.• The stern God waiting to judge us and punish us for every offence.• The slave-driver whom we can never satisfy with our work.• The God who wants to take the joy out of life.• The distant, absent God whom we can never know.• The unreliable, moody God with whom we feel insecure.• The easy going God who lets us do whatever we like.These pictures of God can be reflections of earthly fathers.The picture of God given by Jesus ChristThis is different from any of the above pictures. Jesus Christ showed us that God surpassesthe best earthly father we could imagine. In Luke 15:11-32 we see a father who has compas-sion for his son who has hurt him, he runs to him, embraces and kisses him. Then he makes aparty to celebrate his return. The elder brother who has been serving his father with possiblythe wrong attitude, more like a slave than a son, is told “...everything I have is yours.”In Galatians 4:6 and 7 we read, “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son intoour hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son;and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”Knowing the truth about God can change our thoughts, attitudes and behaviour. Jesus said,“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This truth can free us to enjoy arelationship with God which is like that of a son with a beloved father. It is a relationship ofrespect without a wrong kind of fear, serving freely out of love not of slavery, a sense ofsecurity that nothing can separate us from the love of God and of knowing that we have ahome waiting in Heaven.Those who have experienced deep rejection or abandonment by their father may need furtherministry to remove obstacles that prevent them enjoying the relationship which God wants tohave with them. This is explained in Section 2.Section 4: Key Teachings 114
  • 119. RebellionDefinition: Rebellion is being opposed to a higher authority, to have a proud heart, toknow better, to disobey, to be stubborn or to be corrupt.Rebellion towards God• Called a morning star, Satan was cast down from heaven to the earth because of his pride, his desire to be like the Most High and to set his throne above God (Isaiah 14:12-15). From then on there has been great trouble in the world, as Satan makes war against God, his creation and his people.• The first ones to suffer were Adam and Eve who disobeyed God’s command and were sent out of the presence of God Genesis 3.• Then the people of the earth became more and more corrupt and were drowned in the flood, except for Noah and his family who obeyed God (Genesis 6:5 to 9:17).• The Egyptians, who were opposed to God and his people, drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:23 -31).• The people of Israel grumbled in the desert and many never entered the promised land. In Numbers 16, Korah and 250 men died because of their rebellion and after that, in the same chapter it is reported that 14700 men died with the plague because they rebelled against Moses, the Lord’s chosen leader. In Numbers 21:4-9 the people of Israel grumbled against God and Moses. The Lord sent venomous snakes and many were bitten and died. Because of immorality and idolatry, 24000 died in yet another plague Numbers 25:1-9.• Moses and Aaron both rebelled against the Lord at Meribah. Neither of them entered the promised land Numbers 20:22-29 and Deuteronomy 32:48-52. Achan, in Joshua 7:19-26 disobeyed God and was killed with all his tribe.• King Saul rebelled against God and he lost his kingdom (1 Samuel 15:23).• Stephen, in his speech addressed the leaders as “stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 7:51).• We have all sinned against God and deserve to die (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).• Hebrews 3:7 to 4:1 warns us not to rebel against God by hardening our hearts.• Rebellion towards God leads to rebellion towards others. We feel rebellious towards others when we feel they do not give us the respect they should, when we cannot get our own way. There are usually hurts attached to rebellion.Section 4: Key Teachings 115
  • 120. Repentance and Confession• True repentance is a realisation that my thoughts, beliefs, attitude and acts or any one of them have been contrary to God’s ways and a willingness to change and allow God the Holy Spirit to take over my life so that I can live in obedience to God’s laws.• John the Baptist and Jesus preached repentance: “Repent and be baptised.” Baptism by immersion means washing off or dying to the old nature and emerging from the water as a new person (Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14,15).• Peter begins in Acts 2:38 with the same message.• In Luke 15:11-31 the son who went away from his father decided to go back home. He gets up, turns away from his way of life and walks home.• Because all sin brings pain to God and to people, true repentance is accompanied by sor- row (2 Corinthians 7:9,10). Realising that my sin has nailed Jesus Christ to the cross, I want to hate that sin and de- termine in my mind to leave it.Confession is a vital part of repentance• Confession is to admit my guilt in all honesty without any excuse.• Confession is to be made to those we have wronged.• Our wrong is always against God. The Bible calls it sin. See Psalm 51:4, Psalm 32:1-5. The confession is first to God.• Unconfessed wrongs or sins hinder God to work in our lives and also block our contact with others. In Joshua 7:19 Achan was hiding his sin from Joshua.• Only an honest confession leads to forgiveness of sins (1 John 1:9).• We can confess a sin as soon as we are aware of it and claim the promise of forgiveness. Living in forgiveness is the secret of the Christian life.• Where we have wronged others we need to confess it to them. Public confession is only appropriate when our sin has been known openly or we have offended a group of people.• Where there is constant confession of a repeated sin, e.g. an alcoholic, it may indicate that the repentance was not genuine or there are underlying causes which need to be dealt with; for instance, the person may need inner healing or needs deliverance from a demon that keeps him/her bound.Repentance and deliveranceBill Subritzky in his book “Demons Defeated” emphasises that repentance is the key to alldeliverance. Where there is a lack of repentance deliverance is much harder or might even bein vain. It is therefore important to make sure any person seeking deliverance has truly re-pented of all sins (and if necessary the sins of the parents and forefathers) and renouncedthem in the name of Jesus Christ.Section 4: Key Teachings 116
  • 121. Repentance and restitutionReal repentance is followed by restitution. Restitution is to do what we can to put right theharm we caused by our sin.Zacchaeus, the tax collector is a good example (Luke 19:8).Regret, remorse and repentanceRegret is the wish you had not done something. Remorse is a strong feeling of regret andguilt about something wrong we have done to another. Regret and remorse do not necessarilylead to repentance. Judas felt remorse that he had betrayed Jesus, but he went and hangedhimself (Matthew 27:3-5). Peter on the other hand repented and came back to the Lord (Mat-thew 26:75; John 21:15-18).Confession can mean proclamationConfession can also mean witnessing to what God has done for us. The Bible encourages usto do this. Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say this...”. Confession seals oursalvation. Romans 10:10 says, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Our confession is also a declara-tion that Jesus Christ is Lord as written in Philippians 2:11, “and every tongue confess thatJesus Christ is Lord.”Section 4: Key Teachings 117
  • 122. RejectionRejection is the feeling of being unwanted, unneeded and unloved. Rejection comes to all ofus. It takes many forms. It can come through words that hurt or letters of refusal of jobapplications or through rejecting attitudes where one feels left out or ignored, or through actslike attempting an abortion or a wife or husband going off with another person.The hurt of rejection causes different reactions in us: Strong reactions Weak reactionsRebellion WithdrawalResentment Self-pityBitterness LonelinessHatred DepressionViolence and Rage DespairMurder SuicideWe can either have the strong reactions or the weak ones or some or both. Any one of thesefeelings can open a door to a demon which then drives us. Often people drown their feelingsthrough alcohol and drugs, compulsive eating, smoking, sex or fantasies.Locating the rejectionEveryone gets rejected in different ways. However, rejection can become one of the deepestwounds in a person’s life. Repeated deep rejection can leave devastating marks.a) Rejection in the womb and at birthSometimes a parent rejects an early pregnancy in marriage or outside marriage. If the coupleis unsettled or going through a divorce during pregnancy or if there is an attempt to abort,the unborn baby can feel rejected.b) Rejection during childhoodSome babies and small children are left too long without their mother or father. Some aregiven away for adoption, others are left in the streets. Not being hugged and loved, parentsnever satisfied with the performance of the child or his gifts or lack of gifts, children pun-ished or criticised a lot are forms of rejection. Teachers can make fun of children or ignorethem. Being left in front of the TV for hours or being left with other people when they wantMum, being put in a children’s home or crèche or even school, all can have serious conse-quences.Section 4: Key Teachings 118
  • 123. c) Rejection from the mate or friendsRejection from a boy or girlfriend in courtship or husband or wife leaving for another personcan lead to very deep hurts.d) Rejection in jobsMany people are being rejected when applying for jobs, that is normal. However, beingrejected in the job one is doing can be very hurtful.e) Rejection from societyAny groups of people can be rejected by other groups.Four types of rejection:1. Rejection from people2. Fear of rejection3. Rejection towards people4. Self-rejectionHow to deal with rejection1. Acknowledge the hurt. Do not try to deny it.2. Give your hurt to Jesus Christ. (see illustration in Section 1 Chapter 3).3. Forgive those who have hurt you.4. Ask forgiveness for your wrong reactions.5. Bless the person in Jesus Christ’s name.6. Have deliverance, if the rejection has let in demons. (See Section 1 Chapter 3 and Section 2 for more details)The rejection Jesus sufferedJesus was rejected by the religious people at every turn of his life. Herod wanted to kill himas a child and his parents had to flee to Egypt. Whenever Jesus did a miracle, the religiouspeople mocked him or wanted to kill him. He was crucified because he claimed to be the sonof God. On the cross, the Father left him briefly, because of the sin Jesus Christ carried forus. For further study: Isaiah 53:1-12.Section 4: Key Teachings 119
  • 124. The Blood and Name of Jesus ChristWhy we use the blood of Jesus Christ in the four steps fordeliverance?The full meaning of the blood can only be understood from a thorough study of the OldTestament, God’s covenant of blood and the meaning of the sacrifices. However here aresome key New Testament references. In John 1:29 Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes awaythe sin of the world. Revelation 5:6,9 This Lamb was slain but is now seated in heaven.Revelation 12:11 says that they (the redeemed) overcame the accuser by the blood of theLamb. The demons hate the blood of Jesus Christ, because it means defeat for them. On thecross Jesus Christ shed his blood for the forgiveness of our sins and to bring us into his king-dom.Why do we use the name of Jesus in those four steps?The meaning of a nameThe name stands for the character and authority of a person. A person often calls his businessby his name. We say a person has a good name or a bad name, i.e. a good or bad character.The name of JesusGod gave his Son the name that is above every name Philippians 2:9, because of hisobedience until death. v.10 “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and onearth and under the earth.” This means everything shall be subdued to him. The multitudes inRevelation 19:16 proclaim, “His name is highly exalted. He is called King of Kings andLord of Lords.”A name to saveThe angel tells Joseph in Matthew 1:21 to give the baby the name Jesus, “because he willsave his people from their sins”. In Acts 4:12 Peter says, “There is no other name underheaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Paul in Romans 10:13 and Peter in Acts2:21 say, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”A name of powerPeter said to the crippled man in Acts 3:6, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth walk”and the man walked. In John 17:11 Jesus prays for the disciples, “Holy Father, protect themby the power of your name – the name you gave me...”A name of authorityJesus says in Mark 16:17, “In my name they will drive out demons.”John 14:14, “If you ask anything in my name I will do it.” It is as if Jesus Christ has given usa cheque signed with his name to go and cash at the bank of heaven or his Master card withthe pin to use.Section 4: Key Teachings 120
  • 125. Who is Deliverance for?To clarify when deliverance is appropriate and workableDeliverance is for the desperate. We need to repent with all our heart of that which has let thedemons in and want to be free, whatever it will take. However, deliverance is not the answerfor every trouble or problem in our lives.Deliverance is not getting rid of something that troubles us in order to have an easier life orto be more successful. If we seek it for selfish reasons it won’t work. It won’t work either ifwe are not convinced of the need for it. Jesus himself says that those who take the kingdom,take it by force. It won’t fall into our lap.Deliverance has not so much to do with us, as it has to do with Christ. Just as a brideprepares herself for the wedding day to meet the bridegroom, so we are to prepare ourselvesto meet Jesus Christ. In Revelation 20:9 we read about the bride, the wife of the Lamb. Thisbride is “those who have their robes washed” Revelation 22:14 and “whose names arewritten in the book of life” (Revelation 21:27).2 Peter 3:14 says, “Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace withhim.” Paul says to the Ephesians in 4:31, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawlingand slander, along with every form of malice.” And he writes in Philipians 2:12, “Continueto work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”Jesus Christ has done everything to save us. But it is our responsibility to take all he has forus. It is our responsibility to read the Bible, pray, repent, and change our thought patterns andactions. If by these means we cannot achieve a change in any given area, we may needdeliverance. It is our responsibility to seek deliverance in order to be cleaned up and pre-pared for the bridegroom.Children and deliveranceIn Mark 9:14-27 Jesus did deliverance with a boy who had been troubled since childhood.This shows that some children can need and have deliverance. We have experienced childrenhaving deliverances.It can be helpful not to talk directly about demons or the blood of Jesus with very youngchildren. Instead the child can simply say, “I tell this nasty thing in my life to go in the nameof Jesus Christ”.Section 4: Key Teachings 121
  • 126. Self DeliveranceThe step-by-step guides to inner healing and deliverance should make it possible toexperience healing and deliverance alone with the Lord. We have no doubt that where aperson diligently seeks the Lord to reveal their own heart to them for cleansing and healing,real discernment, light and deep repentance can follow and lead to healing and deliverance.Many people are isolated from other Christians and only have this option. But if there areother Christians available we should consider our motives: Often we do not want any one toknow the truth about our past or present lives. But a Spirit-filled person who is experiencedin inner healing and deliverance and used by God in the power of the Holy Spirit can be agreat help in discerning our need and in setting us free.Many people have testified that it wasn’t until they came to our seminars that they began tobe aware of things in their lives that were holding them back from growing in Jesus Christ.Possible hindrances in self deliverance1. The strength of the demonIf there is any indication that the demon is too strong for us to do self deliverance, we shouldseek help.2. The deceitfulness and hardness of the heart• The Bible says that our hearts are deceitful Jeremiah 17:9. Therefore we can have a false picture of ourselves. We may not face the real issues.• Our hearts harden each time we hear the truth and do not put it into practice.• Hebrews 3:8-10. Only an attitude of repentance keeps our heart soft.3. Bitterness, resentment, hatred and unforgivenessWe can easily be deceived into thinking we have no bitterness. A bitter root can spring upsuddenly. Because it does not feel bitter, we may fail to recognize it. Negative thoughts orwords about others or unloving acts and attitudes indicate a spirit of either unforgiveness,anger, hatred or bitterness. These in turn contaminate others.It is like a weed: it shoots up, produces a flower which then turns into seeds. When the seedsdrop into the earth, many new weeds grow up.For study: Ephesians 4:31; 1 John 1:5-10; James 5:16.Section 4: Key Teachings 122
  • 127. Use of symbols in ministryThe Bible is packed with symbols. Everyday physical objects can have spiritual meaning orsymbolise a decision we have made. For example the ‘water of baptism’ or ‘holy commun-ion’. Here wine or grape juice and bread are symbols for the blood and body of Jesus.Many Christians have a healthy aversion to using symbols in deliverance. After all, a spiri-tual issue needs a spiritual remedy. Deliverance depends on the person’s preparation and de-cisions and the declaration of Christ’s work on the cross.However, there is one biblical symbol or sacrament that we are specifically instructed to usewhen praying for healing. Read James 5:14Anointing with oilDemons understand the symbolism of oil as used in James 5:14 and they hate it. However,we are not saying you can not send out demons without using oil. When anointing with oil,be careful not to drop it on clothes or let it run into their eyes. We can hold the oil in a smalljar or bottle.You can say, “I consecrate this oil for healing and deliverance in the name of God the Fa-ther, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.”Then you can dip your finger in a small amount and then make the sign of the cross on theperson’s forehead slowly, saying, “I anoint you with oil for your healing and deliverance inthe name of God the Father, who loves you and gave his son, Jesus Christ to die on the crossfor you (slowly making the sign of the cross with more oil) “who went about healing everydisease and sickness among the people and setting free all who were oppressed by thedevil.” At this point you may sometimes feel the demons begin to manifest in the person’shead, sometimes very strongly “and in the name of the Holy Spirit, whom we ask to come inpower upon (name of the person).”You can repeat this several times during the ministry, especially if you find the demonsreacting to it.Section 4: Key Teachings 123
  • 128. Ministering Physical HealingGod wants people to be healed and requires our involvementin the process of healingWhy we need to play a partWhile the power for healing comes from the Holy Spirit, we have an active part to play.Jesus told his disciples to go and heal the sick. Acts 10:38 tells us, “how God anointed Jesusof Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healingall who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”He showed us that basically God wants us to be healed. There is a distinction between whatGod wants for all men and what happens. e.g. it is God’s will for all men to be saved as weread in 1 Timothy 2:3, 4 and 2 Peter 3:9, but not all men are saved. We do not blame Godwhen some men are not saved – so why blame God when some men are not healed?We need to go on trying to help them and find the cause stopping them from being saved orwhich may be stopping them from being healed in spirit, soul and body.Unforgiveness or involvement in the occult, for instance, can be a big hindrance to receivinghealing.Being equipped to pray for the sickWe need to pray for the follow qualities and attitudes:1. The compassion of Christ Mark 1:40-422. The faith that God can still heal today by direct intervention In Galatians 3:5 Paul writes, “Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law or because you believe what you heard?” We need to build up our faith and overcome obstacles to believing that God can heal directly. Some obstacles to overcome: • There are wrong ideas that God only uses doctors today and that healing stopped after the Acts of the Apostles when the church had been built up. While we can thank God for doctors and still be helped by them, they are not the only way God has to heal to- day. • Many people have the problem of the Western world view, finding it hard to believe in a God at all or if they do, that God can intervene supernaturally in our world. Peo- ple in some countries may find it easier to get healed because they are more open to God working supernaturally. • There may be confusion between sickness and suffering. In James 5, we are told “If anyone is suffering, let him pray. If anyone is sick let him call the elders of the church.” (in order to get healed).Section 4: Key Teachings 124
  • 129. • The idea that God wants to bless us through the sickness. There is no beatitude “blessed are the sick” and Jesus never told anyone to keep their sickness, rather he saw it as coming from Satan. God can help us to get good out of every situation, even illness, but that does not necessarily mean he wants us to be ill or he has caused the sickness. • Paul’s thorn in the flesh. A doctrine has been made that this was a sickness. Usually, however, in the Old Testament a “thorn in the flesh” referred to people who caused trouble. So Paul may have been referring to all the troubles he went through or people who brought troubles. But even supposing it was a sickness, very few people have experienced and done what Paul did with God, so they would not need a thorn in the flesh to keep them humble! • Our past experiences. When someone has not received healing, our faith can lessen.3. A readiness to let God use us We should not think that healing can only be done through special people Acts 6:8 Stephen; Acts 8:6 Philip; Galatians 3:5 ”.. miracles among you.”4. A desire to seek the Holy Spirit and his power Jesus started his healing ministry after the Holy Spirit came on him like a dove in the River Jordan and after his testing in the desert (Luke 3:21-23; 4:1,14,18 and 1 Corinthians 2:4,5).5. To learn how to pray for the sick The disciples learned by seeing Jesus do it. We can learn from more experienced minis- ters and by reading and observing. There are many good books available. See Recom- mended Books at the end of this section.6. To be relaxed if healing does not come as expected The kingdom of God has not fully come yet. We don’t have to be concerned about our reputation or God’s reputation. Also not all healing is immediate and we can minister again; there may be a key which has not been found. Sometimes a person has to be soaked for some hours in healing prayer, as Francis MacNutt describes it.7. Not to fear other people’s reactions Some may regard us as fanatical or weird. Don’t worry, remember that people said Jesus was demon-possessed (John 8:48).8. Wisdom We should tell people to see their doctor before stopping any medicine.Section 4: Key Teachings 125
  • 130. Progress in Ministry1. Conversion To become born again and have a relationship with God2. The filling of the Holy Spirit For power for daily living and the fruits of the Holy Spirit3. Confession and repentance about a sin. Need for assurance of forgiveness, to forgive others/themselves, to let go of bitterness, resentment etc.4. Healing of painful memories and hurts Dealing with rejection, bitterness, to experience personally the Father love of God etc.5. Deliverance from demons6. Dealing with generational sins, family influences, soul-ties, domination, curses etc.7. Ministry for physical healing8. Correct teaching from the Bible9. Change of life style, thoughts, speech, positive confession10. Physical exercise, medicine etc.11. Love from other people12. Material assistance13. Help from someone more experienced, if necessarySection 4: Checklist for Photocopying 127
  • 131. Issues QuestionnaireFinding the cause of the problem1. Area of practical needsRegular work?Financial problems, debts or responsibilities that burden you?Real friends and a social network?Feel valued and appreciated at work, privately and socially?Have a partner of the opposite sex? Is that a godly positive relationship?Language or communication problems that hinder your work or relationships?2. Area of sinsDo you know that your sins are forgiven?Do you have assurance of eternal life?When and how did Christ enter your life?What is your experience of the Holy Spirit?Do you pray and read the Bible daily?Do you obey God when He shows you anything?Is there anyone you need to forgive?Have you a problem with anger, resentment or bitterness?Do you struggle with wrong reactions to the sins of others?Are there sins that you are aware of that you do not really want to let go?Are there things you do that you would rather not tell anyone about?3. Area of hurtsFamily and BirthWas your birth normal?Were your parents married, were you wanted?Were you adopted?Which faith do your parents follow?How was your relationship with your father?Did you feel rejected by any family member?Was there constant fighting or any kind of abuse in the home?Did you suffer traumas, illnesses or accidents?Were there any deaths of a close person or a pet?Or other family tragedies. e.g. divorce?Your teenageWhat special difficulties did you encounter during teenage?e.g. peer pressure, studies, friendships, rejections, sexual relationships, violation.Section 4: Checklist for Photocopying 128
  • 132. Current problemsDo you feel abnormally tired?Do you feel lonely, depressed or suicidal?Do you have problems with the opposite sex?Have you any physical illnesses?Are you afraid of the future?Are you comfortable with your weight? Do you have an eating disorder?Are you addicted to anything? e.g. cigarettes, drugs, surfing etc.Have you problems with pornography?Does fear ever control you?Are you very sensitive? Do you get angry or cry too easily when certain topics are raised?Your marriageDo you feel rejected by your spouse?Is there violence or fear in the home?Do you have extra marital relationships?Have you any family problems, e.g. with in-law?4. Area of spiritual sins and entry pointsHave you, your family or ancestors been involved in?The OccultWitchcraftHoroscopesTarot cardsPendulum swingingOuija boardSpellsWhite or Black MagicVoodoo or FetishesSpiritualismDivinationHypnosisCultsTranscendental MeditationMental ControlFreemasonryAstrologySection 4: Checklist for Photocopying 129
  • 133. Recommended BooksAdditional sources of informationThe Handbook of Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Ed Murphy ISBN 0-7852-1151-9Thomas Nelson Publishers, LondonHealing through Deliverance by Peter HorrobinVolume 1 Biblical Basis ISBN 1-85240-345-4Volume 2 The Practice ISBN 1-85240-346-2Sovereign World LtdTruth and Freedom9 Teaching DVD’s on the Basics of Healing and Deliveranceby Peter Horrobin www.ellelministries.orgDeep Wounds Deep Healing by Charles H. Kraft ISBN 1 85240 148 6Sovereign World LtdDemons Defeated by Bill Subritzky ISBN 1 85240 185 0Sovereign World LtdHealing for Damaged Emotions by David A. Seamands ISBN 0-88207-228-5Victor BooksHealing by Francis MacNutt ISBN 0-553-13792-1The Power to Heal by Francis MacNutt ISBN 0-87793-133-XOvercome by the Spirit by Francis MacNutt ISBN 0 86347 365 2Deliverance from Evil Spiritsby Francis MacNutt, Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0 340 65657 3Demons and Deliverance by Frank Hammond ISBN 0 947852 93 XNew Wine PressThey Shall Expel Demons by Derek PrinceOthers from www.derekprinceministries.comHow to Heal the Sick by Charles and Frances Hunter ISBN 0-917726-40-5and others, also teaching videosHealing the Wounded Spirit by John and Paula Sandford ISBN 0-932081-14-2Section 4: More Informtaion 138
  • 134. You can help change lives andrevive and empower churchesDear Reader,We are confident that you have been greatly blessed by this teaching and welcome hearing from you. We aredelighted that it can be spread freely online and encourage you to forward a copy to others you think will beinterested. It is a powerful tool in a hurting world.“I have suffered blow after blow in my life but thanks to your book I have received much healing from theLord.» Arphaxad, Vicar of St. Andrews Cathedral, Mbale, Uganda.“Using the approach outlined in your guide, we are seeing big changes in the lives of those who seek prayerministry,” Pastor Thomaskutty, Delhi.These, like many other ministers in India and Africa do not have access to a computer and have very low in-comes. So we want to subsidize physical printing and distribution.Your gift of 100 CHF / 60 EUR / 90 USD will allow us to subsidize 20 copies of “Ministering Below the Sur-face” to pastors working in poor communities. Larger gifts are also welcome for new translations.Thank you for partnering with us in the great commission. You can help change lives, revive and empowerchurches.Yours in Christ, The Authorsp.s. Every gift counts no matter how small.Donate by Paypal: ministry@soundswrite.chLarger gifts can also be made by bank transfer:Please enquire to <>Phone + 41 44 939 24 88
  • 135. In full-time Christianservice since 1960Albert and ElisabethTaylor have ledprayer ministryworkshops onfour continentssince 1980. ‘Ministering below the Surface’ is a Christ centred book that: • Equips you to help yourself and others • Prepares you to receive & keep deliverance & healing • Teaches the conditions for the life-changing work of the Spirit • Is suitable for individual or group study Recommendations “I’ve been using the prayer tools and teaching material developed by Albert and Elisabeth Taylor for many years, with wonderful results with hundreds of people. Easy to learn, very practical and biblically sound. Most of all the people ministered to end up being equipped to continue the battle for their own freedom and sanctification in Christ.” Pastor Cardenas, Inaquito Evangelical Church, Quito, Ecuador. Master in Christian Studies, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. “A concise presentation of what they learnt over four decades in ministry. Practical and easy to learn. They are a valuable aid to believers, teachers and ministers of Christ.” Rev. Dr. Varghese Thomas, M.Div & Th.D from Freedom Christian University. U.S.A. Director of Mission to the Unreached, New Delhi. “You don’t have to be a specialist to minister using this material. I’ve seen it work in Europe, Africa and South America!” Rev. Daniel Baumgartner, M.Th., STH Basel & Advanced Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Trinity College, Bristol, UK. Missionary in Salta, N. Argentina, Training Church Leaders. “I have been a counsellor for 40 years, but the Taylor’s Conference in Delhi in 2002 revolutionized my attitude and approach to counselling. Albert’s holistic methods are paving the way for miraculous healings of mind, body and soul and transformation of character in people of many different backgrounds.” Pastor Thomaskutty, Delhi, India. SPIRIT BODY HURT HURTS SOUL ISBN 978-3-033-01400-8