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  1. 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. 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. 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. 4. Ministering below the SurfaceAlbert and Elisabeth Taylor withDavid TaylorSections1 Sins and Hurts2 Deliverance3 Ministering4 Background Material
  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Section 1Sins and Hurts
  16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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