Healing & Wholeness

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HEALING & WHOLENESS


Course Contents

Chapter 1. The Origins of Sickness and Disease

Chapter 2. Why suffering?

Chapter 3. God’s Word and His Will concerning healing

Chapter 4. Why some are not healed – roadblocks to healing

Chapter 5. Authority to heal

Chapter 6. Two Realms of healing

Chapter 7. Creative miracles

Chapter 8. How to minister healing

Chapter 9. Depression & Mental Health

Chapter 10. Inner healing

Chapter 11. Healing and Deliverance

Chapter 12. How to keep your healing

Bibliography


If you would like to complete the Certificate for Healing & Wholeness,  send in your homework to me . (Only one chapter at a time, please!) 

Fill in the form below with your answers.  Please number the answers and make everything clear.  


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CHAPTER 1:  THE ORIGINS OF SICKNESS AND DISEASES


In Genesis 3: 14- 19 it says: "And the Lord said to the serpent,  Because you have done this, you are cursed above  all cattle, and above every beast of the field, upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your see and her seed; it shall bruise you head, and you shall bruise his heel.”


To the Woman he said, "I will greatly increase your sorrow and your conception; in pain you will bring forth children; and your desire (will be) to your husband, and he will rule over you.”

 

And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you; in sorrow you will eat from it all the days of your life; thorns, also and thistles it will bring forth to you: and you will eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of your face you will eat bread; until you return to the ground; for out of it you were taken: for dust you are and to dust you will return."

 

Who of us has not known sickness?  You will find that pain, illness and suffering seem to go hand-in-hand.  It has become such a part of our lives that we just take it all for granted, don't we?  We seem to expect it and we even plan for it by picking up a bottle of aspirin or, cold medicines, etc.   We might even stock up on them and put them in our medicine cabinets at home.  We are not even surprised when sickness comes, our way or comes to other people.  We just accept it as part of this life we live.


People who believe mankind evolved may also believe that sickness and disease has always been with us, has evolved, that it has nothing to do with the fall of man. Most people take the scientific and medical view of sickness. Today we understand that sickness and diseases is either infectious or none infectious. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, fungi and parasites. They enter the body through the air we breathe, our food and drink or through openings in the skin. Viruses spread easily and quickly from person to person.


There are many non-infectious diseases, not caused by pathogens and cannot be spread. These diseases are often caused by environmental factors, such as skin cancer, caused by too much exposure to the sun’s ultra violet rays. Heart disease may be caused by a non-active lifestyle and poor diet, and is often a genetic disorder. Many people are born with disabilities, and genetic disorders and with their senses impaired…. that was NOT God’s plan. He made mankind perfect…. What happened?


The Bible teaches us that in the beginning, when God created man and woman, he created them perfect. We were made in God’s image, which is perfection and beauty. There is no sin, sickness or darkness in him……. (Gen 1:26-27) The world was created perfect. There was no sickness or disease, no suffering, no disability, no poverty, no pain, no sin. There were no earthquakes or floods, no fallen or cursed world.



The Effects of the Curse


The Bible teaches us that death, sickness and disease (infectious and non-infectious diseases) came into the world back in the Garden of Eden… When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they bought a curse and sickness upon themselves, upon the earth and upon ALL mankind, which has gone down the generations to our present time. Paul says, in the book of Romans (5:12) that sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all mankind.


The curse caused the woman to have pain in childbirth (and pain in monthly cycles) and caused the earth and environment to become hostile, resulting in mankind having to labour and really work hard to produce food and a living from the land. The curse, in effect, caused environmental disorder, sickness, diseases, genetic disorders and disabilities…. everything that was in order before the curse, became out of order and out of balance. Some people may blame God for the sickness and diseases in the world …. after all God cursed the earth……and if he is a kind and loving God, why does he allow sickness and suffering ? This is a question I often hear. People are good at blame-shifting, so we need to go back to the beginning of time…


Mankind was made whole and well, and they did not get sick – until they sinned.  They were tempted by the serpent, they disobeyed God. Lucifer (otherwise called Satan) who is a created being, is the cause; he is the originator of sin, sickness, disease, death ….. he was the serpent in the garden, the one who tempted Eve. …


Sin was found in him (Lucifer) whilst he was in heaven…. He was cast out and thrown to the earth….. he wanted worship, he wanted to exalt himself above the stars, above the heavens, above God….. and he was NOT happy with God creating mankind, and mankind having a relationship with God, a unity and a position of son-ship, that Satan could never have or acquire.


Adam was made in the image of God.  He was a spirit living in a human body.  Satan then came along, a spiritual being, but without a physical body, and did not have access to this world.  He saw Adam, who had access and a physical body and he was envious.  He wanted what Adam had.


Lucifer, planned to spoil and ruin the beautiful creation God made, and most of all to ruin, to kill and to destroy our bodies, and also the pure, holy, simple relationship mankind had with God… God walked with Adam in the garden….. they were in perfect fellowship, perfect union, until the sin that entered Lucifer’s heart, also entered Eve’s…. and the union was broken.


The Curse and Sickness


In Genesis 3: 14- 19 it says, "And the Lord said to the serpent,  Because you have done this, you are cursed above  all cattle, and above every beast of the field, upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life:


"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your see and her seed; it shall bruise you head, and you shall bruise his heel.” These verses tell us that we now have an enemy and his name is Satan, Lucifer, or Devil and he hates you and me.  He is very passionate about his hatred, and he is out to get us.  God said concerning the woman and her seed, "It shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.”

 

The ‘bruising of the serpent’s head’ meant that God was giving mankind authority over Satan, and the ‘bruising of the heel’ meant that Satan was put at enmity with mankind, and he became our enemy, our destroyer, the destroyer of our body and soul. Death now came upon our bodies, because Adam broke the commandment not to eat the fruit of the tree. Not only did death enter our bodies, but our life-span was shortened. God said to Adam, "In the day that you eat of that fruit you shall surely die."  You will also notice that mankind lived for hundreds of years in the beginning of time, which was shortened to 120, and then down to three-score years and ten, which is 70 years.

  

When man's spirit is dwelling in His body, his spirit dominates and controls that body and keeps it alive.  It is only when the spirit leaves the body that the body will begin to decay and die. So what Satan does, is try and make the body to be unfit to live in so that the spirit has to leave prematurely.  Sickness and disease will only occur in the body when the natural healing process is blocked.  Anything that prevents your body from healing itself results in sickness.  If you get a cut, your body will begin to come to the defence and form a scab almost immediately.


Our bodies are designed to heal itself.  The body will begin to purge itself to get rid of any poison in our system and begins the healing process.  All the time the body will be working very hard to rejuvenate itself.  The Body is designed to be a well-oiled machine: dead cells fall off to create new ones, and even in the blood, you will see the blood cells die but they will be re-created in the bone marrow.


The body is the designed to be the perfect machine and it has been designed to renew itself continuously as needed.  When something prevents the natural healing process, then you will find that sickness and disease will then manifest itself.  Satan will try every way to prevent this natural process from happening. So destruction entered in the garden at the fall, and there became enmity, strife, and conflict.  All of those things came because of the curse. We see here how a curse involves destruction, theft or loss, and conflict and strive.


So, if Satan has to use a virus to attack and destroy our bodies, he will surely do it.  If he has to cause strife and murder that is what he does best. Diseases are not just infections and viruses, but they are controlled by spiritual powers, due to the curse.

They have demonic forces behind them – and that is why they do not respond well to treatment.  You cannot treat a physical problem that is caused by a spiritual power. It is a spiritual problem and it is caused by spirit. We must understand that sickness and disease do not come from God.  God was not the originator of pain, suffering, sickness or disease – Satan was, because he is the originator of sin, that entered the world through mankind, and mankind has become affected and infected with sin, as Jesus said: “For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what made a man ‘unclean’ ...” (Matt 15:19-20).



The effects of the Cross – the curse is broken


In Isaiah 53:4-6 it says:   “Surely he took up our infirmities, and carried out sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”


This verse is prophetic, prophesying of the one who would free us from sin and sickness; and there was only ever one man who good enough, who never sinned and who could take our place: Jesus. On the cross every curse from Satan was broken, the curse of sin, iniquities, death, the curse of sickness and disease and infirmity, the curse of physical, mental and emotional disorders was broken, and the power of evil was broken, once and for all. It was a finished work. On the cross Jesus said: “It is finished.” He didn’t mean he was finished and he was about to die, what He meant was the work He had come to do was finished and the work of salvation is now complete. In Romans 5:18 it says: “consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.”



Paul says in Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We all deserved death because of our sin, but he became death for us and took our place. Paul also says; “what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son, in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering” (Rom 8:3). On the cross, a new covenant came between God and man. We no longer need to keep rituals and make blood sacrifices, nor laws, nor worship the way the Israelites did in the temple... when Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the curtain, that divided man from God was torn in two! Jesus, our sacrificial lamb, and our high priest, became the living sacrifice in our place. He took our punishment and He took our place. Because of his death, we can have new life. The new covenant bought a new relationship between God and man. No longer do we need to go via a Priest to worship, but we can go directly and boldly to the great high priest. We have been justified by faith through Jesus... “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Rom 5:2).


No longer do we need to ‘work’ at being holy and righteous, but we are now the righteousness of God, because His Spirit lives within us. We have come to a place of rest. We no longer need to keep the law, but we rest in the finished work of Calvary. The work is done. The curse of death and sin and sickness is broken, now we all we need to do is to believe it and receive it, and apply it, or appropriate it. Without application, we cannot receive the full and finished work of the cross.



For Homework / Journal:


1. Read Genesis chapters 1 to 3. Record what YOU understand and believe about

the origins of sin and sickness.


2. Looking at the effects of the cross, how will you personally apply the work that

Jesus did on the cross to your own life?


3. Pray for those who do not yet know Jesus, that they will have a revelation of

Him, and that you may personally be able to talk with them about the gospel.



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CHAPTER 2:   WHY SUFFERING?


The question of suffering is often raised, and we often answer it inadequately, but we will attempt to answer some of these questions here.


We know that people suffer because of the fall of man; man became selfish and sinful and did things his own way, often not taking into account the affect of his actions on others… for instance, Hitler, due to his desire for power and control, killed millions… Stalin…. Saddam Hussein… all killed millions of people for power and control. It was based in sin, in greed. Because of their sin, thousands of innocent people have suffered. So the question arises, “If there is a God, why does he allow all this suffering?” People have spread diseases such as AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and children are born with AIDS and suffer because of our sinful actions. Then of course, there are natural disasters that happen, some of which may be due to mankind’s treatment of the earth and it’s resources, some of it is unanswerable.



To answer the question of why people suffer, first we have to outline the two types of suffering and where they come from: natural evil and human evil. An example of natural evil, is hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes etc. An example of human evil is murder, rape, theft etc. However, the root cause of all of this is sin – when Eve and Adam ate from the tree of knowledge, the earth was cursed, and the rest of humanity was being born into sin (insert scripture here). Evil caused by humans stems from our sinful nature; hence we have suffering that we ourselves have caused.


Furthermore, natural evil is also rooted in human sin. A lot of people might question this claim, as they think “well, natural evil is caused by the earth, the wind, the water, so how can it be mankind’s fault that natural evil occurs?”



To answer this, we need to ask another question: “But who caused the earth, the wind, and the water to respond in that way?”. The correct answer isn’t God. The correct answer is mankind – us, we caused the problem. In Genesis 1:31, it states that the God saw all that he had made, and it was very good; so if it was created good, then why do we have atrocities such as tsunami’s, earthquakes and typhoons that kill millions? The sad truth is that when Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden and went out into the perfect world that God created, humanity from then on slowly started to pollute and damage the world: for example, petrol gases damaging the ozone layer; rainforests being cut down and the earth being dug into and damaged as a result.


So the next question that many ask is: “why does God allow evil?” This leads to further questions such as: is it because God doesn’t know that evil exists? If so, then God must not be omniscient (all-knowing); or is it because God doesn’t have the power to stop it? If so, then God must not be omnipotent (all-powerful); or is it simply because God allows this to happen? If so, then he must be evil.


We believe the correct answer is, that God does allow these things to happen, not because He is evil, but because God gave us free-will. Remember, it is mankind’s sinful nature that caused evil, so therefore, in stopping evil and not allowing it to happen, God would be breaching our human right of free-will. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-merciful, all-loving, and He is also completely just and righteous. If God breached our freewill and stopped evil altogether, it would make God unrighteous, which breaches his character and His Word. For God to breach our freewill, so that we do not commit acts of evil, He would be controlling us, which is not just, and therefore, not righteous. God will not deny his character, nor will he force mankind to make the right choices…. He will give us a choice, and it is our freewill, our decision, to choose how we act and how we respond.


The main thing we need to remember is that suffering DOES NOT COME FROM GOD. We all know the story about Job’s suffering, about the loss of his whole family and his health: we also know that although God allowed it, He did not cause it. We also know that he was fully restored and given back more than he ever lost. It is a myth and


unscriptural to believe that God causes suffering to make us better people or stronger believers etc in some way. God did not cause Job to suffer, neither will He cause you or anybody else to suffer. Suffering, sickness, disease etc comes from the enemy and from our sinful nature, and never, ever, from God.

Suffering originates from the evil one, Satan, and it comes from our sinful nature, sin the fall of mankind in the Garden. God does not cause suffering, but neither does he interfere, not at present…. But there WILL be a time and a day when He returns to judge the earth, and when mankind will be judged… there will be a day when the injustice is put right and when evil will end… and when Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:10); until that day, we still live in a world of sin and suffering: but we can be salt and light in this world, as the Lord asked us too (Matt 5:13-16).


THE GOOD NEWS IS…. Jesus came and died for us and suffered in our place. He took sin, sickness, diseases, and all our suffering upon himself, and yes, he REALLY DOES CARE ABOUT SUFFERING: He really cares about us and what we go through. He has also given us authority over sickness, and has given us a conscience, ability and freewill to help others who are suffering. The promise in Revelation 21, is that one day “all tears will be wiped away” – one day, there will be no more suffering.


But what is our response when we see suffering now? I believe our response needs to be one of compassion; just as the Father has compassion on us, so He would want us to have compassion on one another and take action when and where we can. The book of James says…. “if we see our brother in need and we bless him and say, God be with you…. What good is that? So James says, we need to love in action, not just in words…. And John also says the same thing…. We cannot just love with words or thoughts, but we love with action, with kindness, with mercy, with compassion… we help to feed the hungry, we give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, we visit those in prison, we need to help the orphan and the widow, and we need to help those who are sick those who are suffering; and we also pray for God’s healing, his mercy and his favour on them, that they may be fully and completely restored.



Our best response in the face of suffering is not to question who God is, and what He is doing about suffering …. our best response is to see the suffering, have compassion and act in compassion to help relieve the suffering, as far as we can. Our response is to love others. Our response is to be light and salt. Our response is to be Jesus to others. Our response is to bring salvation and healing.



For Homework / Journal:


1. What is your personal belief about suffering? Did God cause it? What or where

are the original roots of suffering?

2. What are the two types of suffering?

3. Is God a good God if He allows suffering in this world?

4. Record your personal response to people you know who are suffering, and what

you may be able to do to relieve the situation in the present or future.



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CHAPTER 3:   GOD’S WORD & HIS WILL CONCERNING HEALING


Salvation comes from the Greek word ‘sozo’ which means wholeness, freedom from sin, sickness and disease and deliverance. Sozo means complete salvation, and it IS God’s will that ALL should be saved, in its entirety and completeness. In Matthew (10:1) we read: “and when He had called his twelve disciples to him, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” If we want to heal the sick, we need a revelation of the heart of God, and his desire is that they receive full salvation. His desire is to heal every sick person. Jesus was moved with compassion and he healed all those who came to him. Healing is part of the new covenant that Jesus paid for us on the cross. God is a compassionate God, a God who heals and is the giver of all good gifts. We need the heart of God in us when we pray for the sick. We need his heart of compassion for healing; we need to ‘see’ with his eyes, and ‘feel’ with his heart, and we need to realize that WE are commissioned, not just the twelve disciples! We are his disciples! In Matthew 10:7-8 it says: “As you GO, preach this message: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” The Spirit of the Lord was upon Jesus. He was anointed to preach good news to the poor, to release the captives, to heal the blind, to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18)... and we, His people, His church, are likewise commissioned.


We have many accounts in the Bible where Jesus healed the sick, the ones who came to him. Throughout the Gospels, we have accounts of healings of the blind, deaf, lame, mute, infirmed, fevers, the paralysed, even those who had died; we have accounts of the Centurion’s servant, the dead girl who was raised and Lazarus, the 10 lepers ....

all those who encountered Him, encountered healing.


In the New Testament we have lots of accounts of healing by Jesus. He broke new ground. He healed many people to display the Kingdom Of God, and I want us to look at some accounts of healing, of blindness and leprosy.



Blindness


In Matthew 9:27-30 is the story of two bind men, who called out aloud “HAVE MERCY ON US, SON ON DAVID”.


When Jesus had gone indoors, the bind men came to him, and Jesus asked them – “DO YOU BELIEVE I am able to do this?” “Yes Lord, they replied.” He touched their eyes and said, “according to YOUR FAITH will it be done to you” and their sight was restored. They called out aloud - Jesus, son of David, have mercy. They recognized their need to be healed of blindness, they recognized they needed him, they recognized who he was – the son of David.


The blind men pursued Jesus. They would not let him go without being healed. Do we pursue Him? The Bible says, “seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” We need to HUNGER and THIRST for God, for his touch, for his life. Jesus asked the blind men – “DO YOU BELIEVE?” and I need to ask you the same question – do YOU believe? You may ask, “can he do this for me, or for the people I am praying for? Will he? Does he want too – is it His will?” Does he want too? YES!!! HE IS ALWAYS WILLING – he wants us whole and healed. He healed EVERYONE WHO CAME TO HIM!


Leprosy


In Matthew 8:1-4 we read:

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said, “be clean.” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.


The man with leprosy was unsure if Jesus was willing to heal him – but he had the courage to ask! Jesus wants us to ASK HIM – and he IS ALWAYS WILLING to heal us, always willing to CLEANSE US, always willing to meet our genuine needs because HE IS COMPASSIONATE! HE is a God of love and wants to pour out his loving kindness and goodness upon us – because that is part of His nature – he came to save and heal, to redeem mankind. Matthews Gospel (14:14) says: “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Also in Matthew 20:34 it says: “Jesus had compassion on them (two blind men) and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” Jesus looks on us with eyes of compassion – He is a God of love and longs to pour His compassion into our hearts.


So the first words Jesus spoke were words of compassion, “I AM WILLING, BE CLEAN”. Jesus wants to HEAL our BODIES but also to MAKE US CLEAN, not just on the outside but on the inside. EVERYONE HAS SINNED. 1 John 1: 8 says, “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is NOT in us”. Sin mars our life – it makes it unclean. Because he is a HOLY God he cannot look on uncleanness – that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love us or want us, just the opposite – it’s just the sin he doesn’t want – BUT HE WANTS US, that’s why he gave us His son Jesus, to die for our sins, so that we could be clean and healed. He is willing – he wants to make US CLEAN, he wants to heal us! He does NOT condemn us, and he IS WILLING to accept us, NO MATTER WHO WE ARE, OR WHAT WE HAVE DONE – if we want forgiveness and healing, then HE IS WILLING to give it.


There is another story in the Old Testament (2 Kings 5:1-27) about a man called Naamen, who was a valiant solider, BUT he had leprosy. The prophet Elisha told him that he had to go and wash himself 7 times in the river Jordan, then his flesh would be ‘restored’ and he would be ‘cleansed’. We need to wash in the river of God’s forgiveness. He offers forgiveness, He offers to cleanse us, and heal us, but we have to get in the River of Forgiveness and Healing. When we get in, when we ask for forgiveness, cleansing and healing, our sin is totally washed away, and we become a new creation – never the same again.



We also need to realize that when Jesus speaks His Word – things happen. He spoke at the beginning of creation, and the World was formed. When He spoke the fig tree, it died. When He spoke to the wind and waves, they were still. When He spoke to demons, they fled. When He spoke to the dead, they rose. When He spoke to sickness, it went – people were healed. When He speaks His words of life to us and words of cleansing a healing, a miracle can happen in OUR LIFE.


Touch


So how did Jesus respond to this man’s request? Jesus reached out his hand – how many people do you know would touch a person with leprosy? Leprosy is extremely contagious that eats away at the flesh and the bones, and disfigures people – that is why they were separated from the rest of society – ostracized because this disease is contagious upon touch - BUT Jesus was NOT afraid to touch, he had compassion or he would not have touched him. Jesus has the power over life and death, and over disease and sickness, so he would NOT BE AFRAID to touch this man with leprosy. He knew who He was. TOUCH conveys a message – a message of LOVE and ACCEPTANCE; a message of warmth and security. His touch BRINGS LIFE, just like His Word.


His touch brings strength, healing, deliverance, wholeness. Touch, also transmits healing – through the hands. When we lay hands on people to pray for them, healing is transmitted, by the Holy Spirit, through touch, through the laying on of hands. Jesus said, “you shall lay hands on the sick, and they SHALL RECOVER” - not might recover, or just some will recover, but THEY SHALL RECOVER. It is His promise to us, when we touch, when we lay hands on others for healing, that they WILL RECOVER if we will believe and accept His Word for your healing for all. Our hands become His hands – God’s power is released by the Holy Spirit, when we pray and ask Him to heal.



For Homework / Journal:


1. Take time this week to talk to one or two people about healing, and enter what

transpires in your Journal.

2. Take time this week to pray for several people that you know who are suffering

and are sick. Record what happens in your Journal and report what happens during

the session in Class next week.

3. Read through one of the Gospels, noting accounts of healing, deliverance and

miracles. Is there anyone Jesus refused to heal? (Mat 12:15)



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CHAPTER 4:  WHY SOME ARE NOT HEALED

(Roadblocks to healing)


A very common question is, ‘why wasn’t I healed?’ or ‘why wasn’t so and so healed?’ or ‘why did they die?’ We know it is God’s will for everyone to be healed, because it is part of salvation and part of the atonement. We don’t really know why a person is not healed, and we do not have the full knowledge of a person’s life or spiritual state to determine the correct answer, and we need to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit concerning each case, however, we do know that there are some common roadblocks.


  1. Is healing for me? Some people believe healing is not for them - that they won’t or can’t be healed, and they think that God will not heal everyone, especially them. There is a lack of understanding of God’s will, purpose and plan, his grace, mercy and forgiveness, and a lack of understanding of the goodness of God and his unconditional love for us. Psalm 103:3 says, “He forgives ALL our sins and heals ALL our diseases.”


  1. Sickness returns: Some people get healed, but the sickness returns after a short while. Satan can bring back the symptoms, and then tell them they were not healed, and they agree with him... then they doubt their salvation, doubt if they were healed, doubt if God wants them healed. We need to make sure we do NOT agree with the enemy when he tells us we are not healed. We should not give up and don’t give in. We need to submit to God, resist the enemy and he will flee from us (Jm 4:7). Sickness is spiritual in it’s origin. Smith Wigglesworth and John G Lake both treated ALL sickness as spiritual, so we need to use our spiritual authority when praying for the sick. Matthew 10:1 says, “He gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”


  1. Unforgiveness: If there is any unforgiveness in a person’s life, it is unlikely that they will be healed. Unforgiveness affects the body, soul and spirit, and can turn into a root of bitterness, and a stronghold in someone’s life. Unforgiveness needs to be confessed, and people need to release others from it, forfeit their rights to revenge, release from others their judgment and pray blessing on them if they want healing in their life. This will bring both spiritual and physical healing to the person concerned. Luke 6:36 tells says, “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”


  1. Offence with God: Some people are not healed because they are offended with God, because of things that have happened in their life – they accuse and blame God for their circumstances. In the bible we read that Jesus was unable to heal or do miracles in some places, because they were offended with him; they were offended that he was merely a carpenter’s son, from Nazareth, and did not believe he was worthy to do these miraculous things. Offence blocks God out, and needs to be confessed and renounced.


  1. God’s glory: Some people believe that they are sick it somehow brings glory to God, especially when and if they get healed. It is illogical and unbiblical. God does not want anyone to be sick, or stay sick for long periods of time.


  1. Sickness teaches: Some people believe that God wants to teach them something through their sickness, like a punishment. We can learn things about God, it’s true, but he never brings sickness, it originates from Satan, and God would never use sickness as a means to teach us anything; it is not in his nature to do so.


  1. Thorn in the flesh: Some people believe they are meant to have a sickness because it keeps them humble and dependent on God. They take this belief from the passage in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. However, when we read this passage, there is nothing in it that indicates that the ‘thorn’ is a sickness, but if it were so, then most likely, few would qualify. Paul received the thorn because of his great revelations.


  1. Ignorance: A lot of people really do not know or understand biblical healing, how it works, or that they can receive it today.



  1. What we speak: James 3 speaks about bridling or controlling the tongue. We need to be careful what we say; if we gossip, have a critical spirit, are hurtful, back-biting or sarcastic, the bible says it is sin, and it will therefore become a blockage to our healing. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praise-worth – think on these things.”



  1. Believe the devil: Some believe more in the devil’s power than they do in God’s, and this is often unconscious, but comes out in a person’s confession. They believe the devil made them sick, but find it hard to believe that God can make them well. They believe his lies, and it keeps them bound and sick.



  1. Faith and Fear: Fear can have a big effect on our physical body and health. When we are living in fear, we are giving Satan a legal right of entry into our lives. We become anxious and worried and the body (and mind) becomes sick. The antidote is faith. When we walk in faith we activate God’s healing power and we give Him the legal right to heal us. This will positively affect our body. Fear needs to be confessed and broken, and it is a huge roadblock preventing faith for healing. “Perfect loves drives out ALL FEAR.”


  1. Personal and family sins: Lots of sickness is due to family or generational sin. Sickness that runs through families, like cancer, heart disease etc are curses and need to be broken. In the case of personal sin, there is only one solution – repent and stop doing it! It is not easy, but necessary for healing. Watch out for Free Masonry and ungodly soul ties.



  1. Liking the sickness: Some people have become so used to their sickness, and so comfortable with it, that they don’t want to let it go. They may also like the attention they get from others, and know that if they get well, they may not receive this attention.


  1. Wrong lifestyle: We need to live a lifestyle that does not cause, or contribute towards sickness and ill-health, eg smoking can lead to cancer, over-eating to heart disease. If healed of these things, then a change is lifestyle is necessary to maintain the healing!


  1. On their own terms: Some people want healing in a specific way, their way – and in a specific time-frame, rather than doing things God’s way. They can be unyielding and unteachable, which is a blockage to the Holy Spirit working in them.


  1. Seeking healing rather than the healer: Some people just want healing; they don’t want the healer Himself, and they don’t want to change their lifestyles, and they don’t want the holiness of God in their lives: it leaves little for God to work with, especially if there are sin issues or forgiveness issues in their life that they need to address before God can heal them.



  1. Not discerning the Lord’s Body: The Bible tells us that before we take communion, we need to examine ourselves. His body was broken for our salvation and healing. If we judge ourselves, then we will not be judged (1 Cor 11:31). We cannot hold onto sin and unforgiveness against a member of the Body of Christ, because we give the enemy a legal right into our lives. We need to leave our gift on the altar and go and make peace with our brother (Mat 5:23-24), and we must partake of the Lord’s table in a worthy manner (1 Cor 11:27-31).



Having looked at these roadblocks, we may now understand why some are not healed, or why some are healed, but loose their healing. We need to remove misconceptions and false beliefs about healing, replacing it with the truth. We need to encourage people to keep hold on to the healing God gives them, not condemn them, but encourage them, giving them scriptural answers and loving, caring guidance, pointing people back to Jesus, who is always willing to heal, and who will not give up on them.



For Homework / Journal:


Are there any issues or roadblocks in your own life that is blocking your healing?


2. Pray for the healing of people you know who are sick and still need God’s healing  power to be released in their life. Pray that revelation will come to them, and

that all blockages will be removed, so they may be healed.


3. Find Matthew 10:1, write it out, and meditate on it this week. By now you should have found another healing scripture to use with your practice and when you

take your walk. Write your new scriptures down, and as you take your walk this week each day, say both of your scriptures while you are walking. Speak your

scriptures for 10 minutes then pray (in tongues if you can) for 10 minutes.


Speak your scriptures for 5 minutes. End by praying in tongues for 5 minutes (if you can). If you do not pray in tongues, please pray in your own language.



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CHAPTER 5:  AUTHORITY TO HEAL


In Genesis 1 we read that man was created in God’s image who holds all authority and power in His hands. God delegated authority to Adam to right at the beginning, to rule over this world; to rule and have dominion over the earth and to subdue it; to rule and have dominion over all of creation. They did not experience pain, sickness, disease, death, or poverty (until the fall). God’s plan was for man to increase in numbers and to expand the boundaries. God’s Kingdom here on this earth was an extension and expression of God’s Kingdom in Heaven.


At the beginning of time, Adam had a close relationship with God; God walked with him in the Garden. There was no barrier, no divide between heaven and earth, but rather a permanent connection, an ‘open heaven’. This was the case until sin entered the world, and we experienced the fall of mankind, then this connection was broken and sickness, pain, death entered the world.


God had already given mankind delegated authority, but we were unable to exercise that authority, power and dominion, because sin and darkness had entered the world: Satan took dominion over the world, bringing with it sin, sickness, disease and death. However, Jesus, the promised Messiah came to redeem us. He came in the form of a man, so that God’s plan and purposes for mankind could be restored through Jesus, and his death on the cross. He redeemed the earth, redeemed mankind, and man’s delegated authority was restored through Jesus, the second Adam. Jesus restored all that mankind had lost.


We were created to rule over all creation, and Jesus has now put those keys, and that authority and power back into our hands. He said: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”


Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU,” therefore,  we have the power and authority to ACT on behalf of the Kingdom – to advance the Kingdom of God and to declare war on the Kingdom of darkness.  And in the book of Mark 16:15, Jesus said: "And he said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptised shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be condemned.  And these signs shall follow those that believe: they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” We have the power to minister forth healing and all it requires is faith! All we have to do is believe and put it into practice. We can do this because His spirit dwells within us.  His spirit created everything and Jesus Spirit created the human body.


Luke 10:19 also says:  “I have given YOU authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy…”   We therefore have authority over ALL the works of the enemy in our life, our family, our church, our city, and the world.  Authority means: the right to command; to enforce rules; to give orders; holder of power; official permission to act on behalf of someone else.  When we speak in His name the forces of heaven are right there to enforce what you have spoken.  Mark 16:17 says “and these signs shall accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons……”   and also John 14:12-14:  “You shall ask anything in my name and I will do it.”  We are empowered and commissioned to do the acts of Jesus – to carry out the great commission and we can damage Satan’s kingdom by breaking his power over people’s lives, communities and nations. 


As stated, Matthew 18:18 says: “Whatever is BOUND on earth, is BOUND in heaven, whatever you LOOSE on earth, IS LOOSED in heaven.”  In prayer and IN HIS NAME we can bind and loose spiritual forces, and we can bind up brokenness and pain, and release God’s healing.


There is power in the name of Jesus.  His name is one of those keys.  Phil 2:9-11 says, “Wherefore God had highly exalted Him and given Him a NAME which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in the earth, and things under the earth, and that EVERY tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the Father.”


HE HAS NOW GIVEN US THE KEY OF HIS NAME.  He said, “ask ANYTHING in my name, and I will do it.”   Jesus said, in His name we can heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, perform miracles, set captives free, bring healing and release … because of His power and his life within us.  We  carry and use the name of Jesus.  This does not mean we can use his name as a magical formula to get what we want – no we use his name when we are praying according to his will,   according to what the Holy Spirit is showing you,   according to the Word,  then we WILL BE granted out requests.  We only use the name of Jesus in prayer to FURTHER THE KINGDOM OF GOD, not our own little kingdoms!


Let me give you some examples:

Peter (the Apostle) said to the lame man, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth,  walk.” (Acts  3:6)   In his name a man was healed.  Healed has been purchased for us at Calvary and we have been empowered to heal in HIS name.  

In John 14: 12 it says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he that believes in me the works that I do shall he do also; and greater (works) than these shall he do; because I go to my Father. What Jesus was saying to them was this, "You saw me overcome sickness and disease, you saw me heal, you saw me rise from the dead,"  He then breathed into them and said: "Receive the Holy Spirit."  I am now sending you the Holy Spirit of promise and I am going to give you the same power to go and conquer sickness and disease. He gave us this same power and commissioned us also in His word. We can now go and do the greater works like he spoke of in John.  In Luke 10:19 we read: “I have given YOU authority to trample on snakes and scorpions (demons) and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy.” We can go forth in his power to do the greater works that he promised. 


We can go to people who are still in bondage to Satan, and we can set them free.  We can speak forth the life and power of God and raise them up, get them delivered of their pain and their suffering, just as Jesus did when he walked the earth.


When ministering to a sick person, it is necessary to recognize that this person is being attacked by the destroyer, Satan himself, and it is not just a physical source, it is spiritual in nature, and must be dealt with as such.  Because you have authority in the name of Jesus, every demon, every sickness, virus or whatever the issue is, has to bow!  You are in Christ and His name is in you, and you are in His name.  You are a Christian: you are part of Him and when you speak forth as part of the body of Christ, you speak forth His authority on earth.


Perhaps you are wondering whether you must have the gift of healing to be able to do this? This is simply not true. You have been given the authority in Him.  You have delegated authority, as a child of God. The Greek word for power is 'exousia', which is the 'power of authority'.  The second word is 'dunamis' which is, dynamite and it means dynamic power.

 

Exousia Power, is the power behind the authority, and is available in two different ways: it can be delegated, or it can be Autocratic authority. In Matthew 28: 8 it says: "After he has arisen from the dead and was about to ascend into heaven, Jesus spoke to His disciples and gave them a commission and He says these words: "And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, authority is given to me in heaven and in earth. When Jesus said; all authority is given - we could translate that to mean: all authority is delegated to me (Jesus) in heaven and on earth.

 

The authority that Jesus had was delegated to him from God; then Jesus delegated it to his disciples, which is delegated to ALL his disciples. We know that god is the Ultimate Authority.  He is the creator, of all the Universe and of everything.  All authority stems and originates from him.  There is no higher authority than His Authority: it all comes from God.  It is not the person who has been delegated the


authority that actually carries the power, but the power comes from the one who gave it, and it depends on Him.  The delegated authority gives you certain power and control.  If you have been given delegated authority you have the right to demand and command.  You have the right to go out in His name and to make the same commands. The Power is only as great as the authority and the power that is behind it: the one who delegated it.


But not only did Jesus give us delegated authority; He gave us his exousia Power.


Jesus gave His disciple the right to use his authority and the right to use his power.  When the disciples were sent out by Jesus in two’s, into the cities, the highways and byways to preach the gospel, they were not using their own power: they were using Jesus' power and authority Jesus had given to them the right to use it.  


We know that the early disciples operated under the authority before Calvary.  When the day of Pentecost had fully come, the internal anointing became available and highly magnified that authority and power.  These disciples could now walk down the street with the magnificent power of the Spirit of God upon them, in them and through them


In John 14, Jesus said to the disciples that he was going to pray to the Father, to give us another Comforter, and when the Comforter comes, power will come upon us.  This power that He gives us is not like any ordinary power, but is like dynamite!  It is raw, power that is resident inside us. 

 

Now the Holy Spirit, the Comforter has come, He has became a power that is resident with in us.  It is within us. After the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and boldly proclaimed: "Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I give it to you.”   It was dunamis power.  It was no longer a case of calling upon God to come and heal and to move by his power; it was the power of God literally being in him and gushing forth from him. The disciples knew the difference; they had been with Jesus and they had been given authority before they received the promise of the Holy Spirit.  This was something different and phenomenally wonderful.  They called it dynamite!  And it is resident within us also! 

 

The early Apostles turned the world upside down for Jesus.  They found something that had not been available before; but now that the Comforter had come they didn't debate about it, question it, or philosophise it....they totally embraced it.  They used this power that was in them.  They did the greater things that Jesus told them they would do.  They made the world a better place.  They changed the atmosphere wherever they went. 


Jesus said this, "These signs shall follow them that believe: in my name they shall cast out demons."  In my name they shall drink any deadly thing and it shall not harm them...in my name they will take up serpents and they will not harm them.  In my name they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover...In my name.....

 

The disciples did not always have to use the name of Jesus, because they carried it within them.  People got healed just by touching them, just like it happened with Jesus.  They took aprons off Paul and went and laid them on the sick, and they were healed.  They didn't say in the name of Jesus.

 

When we go out into the world "in the name of Jesus", we go out as Jesus Christ, because He is in us and we are in him. In the book of John, Phillip said to Jesus, "Lord show us the Father," Jesus said, “Phillip don't you know me?"  Jesus was not the Father.  Jesus was the Son, but the Father was in Him.  Jesus became so used to waking in the name of the Father, that he had become the Father. When we walk in His authority and power, we become Him to the world.


So when you come into the presence of sickness and disease it will know you.  Sickness and disease and demons and Satan are all interrelated.  We need to see sickness and disease as a person, as a demon, as a personality that you can speak to. We need to recognize that death as a spiritual personality.  There is a spirit of death and an Angel of death; there are two of them, so when a person is a death's door they are there to claim that life.  It is possible to use authority against death and speak against the spirit of death.


In Luke 9:1-2, it says, “When Jesus called the twelve together, he gave them POWER and AUTHORITY to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” Because we have delegated authority AND exousia power, and because we are His representation here on earth, we can speak forth words of life.  When we speak words of life it will begin to shine His light into the darkness, and it will counteract a curse and bring forth the blessing.  We can speak out a blessing and speak forth restoration in place of the spirit of destruction.  We can speak forth a spirit of provision in place of theft, and speak forth a spirit of harmony in place of a spirit of strife: by speaking forth the solution, we are dealing with the suffering and sickness and pain. So we can go ahead and speak to that force of darkness that is at work in somebody’s sick body and we can say, "Spirit of destruction, I resist you and you are going to leave now.  You will bow to the name of Jesus.”  We need to use authority as a believer;  it is provided for us, so we can do the greater works that Jesus promised ... we have the authority in Jesus Name AND we have the power.




For Homework / Journal:


1.  Describe what it was like in the Garden of Eden, before the fall of man?


2.  What was mankind created to be and to do?


3.  Record your understanding of delegated authority and power.


4.  Meditate on and pray over these scriptures so they may sink deep into your spirit and

be released in your life: John 14:12, Luke 10:19, Mark 16:25, Luke 9:1-2 and apply it to your life.



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CHAPTER 6:  TWO REALMS OF HEALING


We can experience realms levels of healing and we can minister in one area or more, and we can maximise our effectiveness by operating in all four of them. The first realm is the Realms of Faith, which includes the Word of Faith and the Prayer of Faith; and the Second realm is the Sovereign Realms, which includes Words of Knowledge, and the Healing Anointing.


The Realms of Faith


A Word of Faith (a command) can be released to heal the sick, and Words of Faith come from Gifts of Faith. (1 Corinthians 12: 9). Do you remember the story of the Centurion’s Servant? (found in Matthew 8:5-13)


In this story, the Roman Centurion’s servant was sick, so he asked Jesus to come and heal his servant. The Centurion did not feel worthy to have Jesus even come into his house, or ‘under his roof’ so he asked Jesus just to send his word, and his servant would be healed. The Centurion understood authority. He understood Jesus had authority to heal, and he understood that He just needed to give a command, and it would be done (like the Centurion would command his soldiers, and they would carry out the commands).


Even Jesus was amazed at this man’s faith. So Jesus sent his Word, and his servant was healed. Jesus said to the Centurion; “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” This was a Word of Faith. Jesus did not go in and lay hands on this man’s servant or touch him; he just spoke out in faith. Just by speaking His word, the Centurion’s servant was completely healed. Jesus did not pray long, difficult, begging prayers to His Father, to heal this man’s servant: He simply spoke a simple word of faith-command. This story is a perfect example of the Word of Faith being released; the word being released to carry out the assignment of healing, which we see this in Psalm 107:20, where it says: “he sent forth his word, and healed them...”



We have another example of Jesus sending a Word of Faith in Mark 7:24-30. This is the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman, whose daughter was troubled by demons. It did not look possible at first, because this woman was not a Jew, and Jesus did not seem to respond, but she persisted. This woman would not leave Jesus until she got an answer, and because of her faith, Jesus sent his word, and her daughter was healed. Jesus said: “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” Then the woman went home and found her daughter had been delivered and released from the demonic forces that were destroying her daughter.


Jesus just spoke his word, and miracles and healings happened. He spoke to the paralytic man on his sick bed (Matt 9:1-8). He saw the faith of the men who bought him and said to the sick man, “Get up, take up your mat and go home.” And the man got up and went home, to the awe of those who saw this. Jesus didn’t lay hands on this man or touch him, he just spoke a Word of Faith, a command, a healing word, and that word was received by the sick man, and it healed him.


In the book of Acts (3:1-10) we see Peter releasing a Word of Faith to man crippled from birth, who was begging at the temple gate, called Beautiful. Peter looked straight at the man and said: “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter knew God was going to heal him.  He saw it in faith and spoke and acted in faith.  His faith was not blind or based on assumption, but based on his knowledge, experience of Jesus and the Father, and on ‘seeing what the father is doing’ and doing the same; this is key in healing and ministry – seeing what the Father is doing, and doing the same.


So Peter gave a word of faith-command. Then Peter took him by the hand to help him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped up and began to walk... he then went walking and jumping and praising God in the temple courts. Although Peter helped him to stand (to put this man’s faith into action), it was the Word of Faith-command that was released through Peter that caused faith to rise up in the crippled man, for him to receive his healing. The word was released, faith was released, and through this, healing was released.


Now we need to understand that we have the same delegated authority as the disciples had. We have the Word of God in us; we are His representation, and we can send a Word of Faith-command to the sick (whether they are present or not) and they will be healed. Please note, like Jesus, Peter did not pray long, difficult or begging prayers to God for this man to be healed. He simply commanded healing in faith. That’s all we need to do. We can speak commands for sickness to leave, and they will leave. We need to follow Jesus’ example. He modelled the Word of Faith being released, and we can do the same because He gave us his authority and His power to do so.


Secondly, the Prayer of faith is also an effective tool in healing. James 5:14-16 says, “is anyone sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer, offered in FAITH will make the sick well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” So when we are sick, we can call on our elders for healing and we will be healed as the Word says. If we are an elder in our local church, then we can prayer the prayer of faith and the sick will be healed. We need to take, receive and believe this word. The prayer of faith WILL heal the sick. If God says it will, then it will. His does not lie and His word does not return void, but it accomplishes that which it was sent out to do!


In Hebrews 11: 1 it says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” And Hebrews 11:6 says, “without FAITH, it is impossible to please God.” Faith is a substance: it is tangible and real, although we may not yet see the answer. Faith believes and receives BEFORE it happens.  It is the evidence of things not yet seen.  It calls into being that which is not yet.  -  Faith grasps hold of a higher truth DESPITE evidence to the contrary, believing it until it comes to pass.   Faith is alive and active and it never gives up hoping and believing.



Sometimes the prayer of faith is about consistent and persistent prayer until we receive an answer. We need to push through for our answer to prayer and for our healing or the healing of our loved ones. We need to be like the persistent widow, in the parable that Jesus told (Luke 18:1-8). Jesus told this parable so that we would pray and not give up. In this parable the widow kept going to the judge pleading for justice. Eventually the judge gave her justice because of her persistence. Jesus went on to say that God will certainly bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night. He will not keep putting it off but see that we get justice quickly. The key here is that she was calling for justice in her situation. We can call on God for justice (not revenge) in our situations. We can call on him to deliver and to restore our lives, our families and our situations.


Let me give you some examples: myself and a friend met together regularly to pray for our families because some of them were in deep need and trouble. We met once a week for about a year and we persistently prayed for our family members, and we prayed in agreement. There is power in the prayer of agreement. Remember what Jesus said? “Again I tell you that if TWO of you on earth AGREE about anything you ask for, it WILL BE DONE for you by my Father in heaven.”


Jesus also said: “Ask and it SHALL be given to you. Seek and you WILL find; knock and the door WILL BE OPENED to you. For EVERYONE who asks receives; he who seeks fins; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8)


God began to answer our prayers, and like He said, he did not make us wait for a long time, but deliverance came into our family situations. We prayed for my friend’s nephew, who had Asperger’s syndrome, was home-schooled, had no friends, did not socialize, and hardly ever went out of his bedroom. He had been like this for many years. He was spiritually bound. The Lord showed me we needed to call him out of the grave, like Jesus called Lazarus out of the grave, and so we sent out a command: “Come out” in Jesus name. Come out of your room.” When my friend got home, two old friends this young man had called around for him, and went into his room to socialize. Two days

after that, he went OUT of the bedroom, and OUT of the house. Since then, he has progressed tremendously, and is now attending college, and is a student representative.


We also prayed for my son, who at this particular time was far from God, messed up with relationships with girls, cannabis, drink and other drugs, steeling, had emotional outbursts, verbally abusive, and could be destructive and violent to others because of his temper. We sought the Lord and prayed persistently for him also. Not too long afterwards he gave his life to the Lord, and not long after this, he started to come off all drugs, cannabis, smoking and bad relationships. He is now transformed by the power of God. He has been progressively healed and is continuing that journey. What caused the lives of these two young men to change? Persistent prayer and the prayer of faith, and God honoured his word to us. Likewise, if you have a sickness, or your family members, whether it is physical, emotionally, mental, or spiritual, God will honour your persistent prayers of faith. He will honour His Word to you.


We need to remember that God will meet us at our level of faith e.g. if we believe God can heal us just by speaking his Word to us, He will.  If we believe if can heal us through the laying on of hands, and the prayer of faith, He will. If we believe God will answer us through persistence prayer, and the prayer of faith, He will.   Jesus said the Blind man (who asked for healing) let it be (or happen) ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH (level of faith).   HE will honour the level of faith that we have and He wishes to build on our faith, so it grows deeper and goes to a higher place. 


The Sovereign Realms


The Word of Knowledge is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) that reveals the heart and mind of Christ and what he wants to do in a particular situation; it is NOT our own personal knowledge about someone or a situation, but is revealed by the Spirit of God. It also reveals people’s spiritual and physical conditions and how God wants to minister into those situations and people’s lives. The Word of Knowledge comes from the Holy Spirit, who reveals the mind of Christ to us. When we are listening to the Spirit of God, and we release the words He is speaking and the works he wants to do, then His Spirit will be released to heal the sick. Many times we see Jesus operating in this realm: he ‘knew’ about the Samaritan woman’s former husbands; he ‘knew’ the heart of the rich young ruler; he ‘knew’ the hearts and minds of the Pharisees and their intensions and knew how to answer them with wisdom; he ‘knew’ Judas would betray him. He operated in this realm constantly. He ‘knew’ beforehand by the Spirit of God and he did what he saw His Father doing.


We too can operate in this realm when healing the sick. We can pray before meetings or outreaches and ask the Lord for Words of Knowledge, and he can show us what he wants to do before we arrive. He can give us these words directly in a meeting and these words can release healing into people’s lives. When I was ministering with my mother some years ago, I asked the Lord before we went for Words of Knowledge. He told me that there would be somebody present in the meeting who had problems with their left eye, and that God was going to heal them. We invited people for prayer at the end of the meeting, and a little old lady came for prayer that responded to this Word of Knowledge. It was specific and it was for her, so we prayed for her healing. Another time the Lord gave me a word of knowledge for a non-saved lady I worked with, concerning her ankle. She came into work with a swollen, twisted ankle, and the Lord spoke directly to me and told me was going to heal her, and that I needed to tell her. So, taking courage in my hands, I told her, and prayed fervently for her during the night! The next day she came in without any bandages on her ankles, saying they were much better and she didn’t need the bandages any more. When we have Words of Knowledge in meetings, we just need to give them, ask people to respond to them, then break off the sickness and command healing in his name.


The Healing Anointing of God is in us (an internal anointing) and can flow out of us for healing to others. We carry the anointing within us. We always have the healing anointing within us, because we have the power and the authority of the Holy Spirit to heal the sick, and because we have the power of the risen Christ within us, the power of the Holy Spirit. But more than that, a healing atmosphere can be released in our meetings when we invite the Holy Spirit to come and release his presence for healing. We need to ask him, then wait, and his healing presence will come. God can heal and move in sovereignty without our help, and it does not require faith for healing to take place in this instance; it is just His goodness, His sovereignty. His Kingdom being released on earth as it is in heaven; we just need to cooperate with whatever He is doing, and allow Him to heal, deliver and do the things He wants to do in our midst.


We have some examples of the healing atmosphere in the New Testament. In Luke 5:17 it says: “And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.” Everywhere Jesus went, the sick where healed. In the book of Acts we see that people bought their sick out into the street, and when Peter’s shadow passed over the sick, they were healed (Acts 5:15). Many times in meetings, the healing anointing of God is released and people are healed without being touched or prayed for. When I was in Kenya once, a little girl was healed of ulcers on her legs. I did not pray for her or touch her, she was just in our presence, and the presence of the living God. She was healed by God’s sovereignty.


Many times I have prayed for the sick. I have released words of faith, had words of knowledge, and laid hands on people, and people have been healed. God can heal through the Realm of Faith and the Real of His Sovereignty, and if we open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit, we can learn to move and minister in both realms when ministering healing to others.



For Homework / Journal:


1. Read these accounts in the gospels and identify how they were healed, eg what

realm?

  • The Roman Centurion - Mat 8:5-13
  • The Syro-Phoenician woman – Mark 7:24-30
  • The Crippled man – Acts 3:1-10
  • Peter’s Shadow – Acts 5:15


Also try to identify anyone you know who has been healed by God, and how they were healed.


2. Explain the Prayer of Faith, and how this works? Have you had any experience of praying the Prayer of Faith for the sick and what was the result?


3. Explain Words of Knowledge, what it is, how it works etc. then pray that God will give you Words of Knowledge so that you can release healing and God’s Word into

people’s lives.


4. If you are experiencing any sickness or disease in your life, then take the scriptures and meditate on them each day, using 1 Peter 2:24 in particular. Take the scripture and say it out loud as you are walking in your garden or outdoors; begin to say it over and over, and just continue to praise the Lord while you are walking and saying and praying this scripture. Towards the end of your 20 to 30 minute walk begin to thank the Lord for your healing.




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CHAPTER 7:  CREATIVE MIRACLES


Our God is a creative God. In Genesis 1 we read, “in the beginning, GOD CREATED....” He created the universe, the earth and everything in it. God created simply by speaking his word.... “let there be light” and by His Word, creation came into being. When we believe and understand that God created man in the first place, from the dust, and he breathed life into the man and he lived, it should not be difficult to believe that God can do creative miracles in us today. He can create from nothing. God can create new body parts that were never formed. He can cause body parts to grow that have not grown, like ear canals to hear. To God it is not difficult. He was the one who formed us in the first place!


Creative miracles go BEYOND the laws of nature.  God is not bound by our circumstances, by time or in the natural realm, nor by the laws of nature! Creative miracles are instant manifestations of the healing, displaying the creative power of God. Faith for creative miracles comes from having REVELATION of WHO HE IS, and what he is capable of doing – in knowing his authority and his character, that He is creative, and He wants us to be whole and well.


Because we were created in His image, and we are born again of His Spirit, we now have the same Spirit in us that was in Jesus. We have been made like Him. It says in Romans 8:11: “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he raised Christ from the dead, will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” The SAME SPIRIT lives in us! The same Spirit who created the universe! Creation was subject to Jesus, and when we were created, we had dominion over the earth, and it was subject to us – this was broken by sin, but is now restored through Jesus.


Jesus demonstrated that the earth and creation was subject to him when he turned water into wine, when he walked on the water, when he multiplied food .... now we have the SAME SPIRIT within us, who is able to do creative miracles through us.


Even Jesus said that we are gods – with a small g (John 10:34, Psalm 82:6), meaning we are not God Devine, but we have his nature, we are god-like ones, mighty ones, rulers, and judges. We have His Spirit in us, therefore we have his DNA in us. He gave us creative powers and we have spiritual dominion, which He expects us to exercise here on this earth. We have the power to speak life and death with our tongue (Prov. 18:21) and we have the power to create and to call things that are not as though they were (Rom 4:17); so we can call things forth and speak things into existence in the spiritual realm (like Jesus did, when he said, “Let there be light..... and there was light”) and they will manifest on the earth.


We need to have a revelation to our spirits that we are made in His image, and we have the same Spirit IN US. If it is the same spirit, the same DNA, then the same Spirit can do the same things through us, including creative miracles and raising the dead!


God also likes to involves man in creative miracles... Elijah involved the widow in the multiplying the oil in the jars, and Jesus involved the disciples in the multiplication of the bread and fish, and he said to them: “you give them something to eat.” Jesus performed the miracle, but as the disciples took the bread and fish around, they saw it multiplying in their hands, so they took part in the miracle happening that day. We need to SEE our miracles in our spirit before it will manifest. We need to see it as finished and complete. We need to catch a vision and revelation of what Jesus has already done on the cross, and see ourselves and others healed.


Jesus raised people from the dead, and we can also, however, we need to be invited to do this by the relatives of the dead person (like Mary and Martha invite Jesus to heal Lazarus), and it needs to the leading of the Holy Spirit to raise someone from the dead. With God all things are possible, and raising the dead is one of His special creative miracles! Death is an opportunity for life.... Jesus said, “and for your sakes I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe....” (John 11:15). God allowed Lazarus’ death to bring new life and to bring glory to His father. Jesus IS the resurrection and the life, so even in the worst situation, we can believe, and we can speak forth faith, hope and love.

We may not understand miracles and healings whilst we are still in our human bodies, but we can surrender all we have to Him, and trust Him. We should not make creative miracles complicated. Creation does not happen without the Holy Spirit, and the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you and me.



For Homework / Journal:


1.  Explain how God was and is creative. See Genesis chapters 1 to 2.


2.  Explain creative miracles. What are they?


3.  How did Jesus demonstrate that he had power over creation? What did he do to

show this?


4. Practical Project:


To begin the project, take out your Journal and think about two things that you desire

to have. One of them should be a small temporal item. You could ask for something that

is small to begin with.


The next thing should be something spiritual - it could be one of the nine gifts of the

spirit, a higher level of anointing, and a chance to share something special at church or in

a Bible study. Write them both out in your journal.


Before you start your walk, hold the journal up to the Lord and ask him for both of the

things you have written in your journal. Just picture the Lord handing you two gift

boxes. On the boxes see the pictures of the items that you have asked for. See

yourself taking the gifts and opening them and receiving them.


1. Each day on your walk begin by speaking two very powerful scriptures.

They should be powerful ones like “Whatsoever you desire when you pray believe that

you receive and you shall have it.”


Ephesians 3: 20 “Now unto him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask, think or even imagine according to the power that works within us.”

Speak the scriptures while you take your walk in your garden or outdoors for 10 minutes.


Next you will want to pray in tongues (if able to) for 10 minutes.


Then you will want to speak your scriptures for 5 minutes.


Finally end with five minutes of thanking the Lord for your desires that are written in your Journal.




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CHAPTER 8:  HOW TO MINISTER HEALING


Healing involves, spirit, soul and body: Sozo  (1 Thes 5:23).  The three are all interlinked, like three circles.  Healing involves getting to the root cause  (See 5 step healing model) so be aware that when we are ministering, we can may be ministering in all three areas, not just physical healing. 


Healing can be blocked by sin,  unforgiveness and bitterness.  This hardness blocks what God wants to do.  Forgiveness is a basic requirement for healing.  We need to remove all blockages so God’s Holy Spirit can be released in us and on us  (see Isa 59:1,2).  Also  in Mark 11:24  it says, “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”    BUT….  Jesus goes on to say in verse 25… “and when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  In this verse we can see a direct link between God answering our prayers and our need to forgive others.  If we want healing and release, we need to forgive and release others.


We need to understand that it is Supernatural healing, with God being the source, no other e.g. new age, witchcraft  etc.  and that healing brings  blessing, wholeness, edification and evangelism – Mat 4:23-25,  Acts 19:11-12.We need to understand that healing comes by faith, and openness to receive the gift of healing.  We need to build people’s faith that they can receive it.  We can build people’s faith by telling them about healings from the Bible or our experiences or we can read bible verses that build faith e.g. Mark 16:18 says,  “they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;  they will lay their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”  (or they will recover)  and  Mark 11:24 says: “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” 



We also need to understand the principles of healing and recover. Let me give you an example of how Healing and Recovery work together.  When a doctor performs successful surgery, the patient is actually healed.  The condition has been put right, however, the patient needs time to recover from the operation, and may need physiotherapy or further medication to complete recovery.  This is ALL part of the healing process.  The person has been ‘healed’ but may not yet feel the effects of the healing until full recovery has taken place. 


Another example is when a sick person goes to his doctor, and the doctor gives him medicine or antibiotics.  The medicine doesn’t usually cure the illness or virus or condition straight away, and some need repeat prescriptions and ongoing treatment.  However, the patient needs to complete the course of treatment before the condition or illness is treated effectively, and needs to take the medication in the correct way for it to be effective and for him to recover.  If he does not believe the medication will work for him, or stops taking it before he’s finished the treatment, then of course, he will not get well.


So it is when someone ‘lays on hands’ and prays for you.   This is like the surgeon performing an operation or the doctor giving you medication.  At the point when hands are laid on you and pray over you and minister to you (no matter how you feel) you receive healing, and you start to recover from then onwards.  This may take time (however some are healed instantly). We may not feel the effects of the prayer for healing straight away.  Sometimes it takes a few hours, a few days, a week, or longer.  It is a bit like putting on a light switch, but the bulb is an energy saving bulb.  The bulb begins to light up, then it slowly comes on in full power - sometimes healing is like that.  We need to complete the recovery process, which will be aided by faith, prayer and the Word of God. 


Therefore, we can encourage people to thank God for their healing, even if it is not fully manifested yet, and to keep believing.  We can encourage people to believe although they feel nothing in the initial stages – many are healed or recover over a period of time.  We can encourage people to believe the Word, which says,  “they shall recover”….    


Healing is delivered immediately with prayer and the laying on of hands, but recovery takes longer, and may be a short while before it is manifested.  We can however, ask God to speed up the healing and recovery process – he often does. 


Speaking of doctors and medication, I would not encourage people to stop taking any prescribed medication because this could be dangerous.  If you think you have fully recovered, go to the doctor and check it out.  They can advise you about taking further medication, if needed.    There is no harm in medication and prayer working together until there is full healing and recovery. 


When ministering healing, you also need to minister God’s acceptance,  grace, and compassion for the person you are praying for.  If people feel judged and unaccepted, they will not be able to receive God’s healing and grace.  Many have experienced rejection, loneliness, hurt etc and need to know the love and acceptance of God the Father.  They may need help to open up their hearts to receive God’s love, release and healing, and may need to release forgiveness to those who have hurt them (by name).   We can tell them they are loved and accepted by God  and you could include verses from the Bible to reinforce this (Eph 3,  Ps 139,  Rom 8  or any other), or a specific Word of Knowledge.

When ministering in healing, we need to remember that ministry takes time, and we should not rush the process – this is the work of the Holy Spirit and he wants to do a deep and lasting work in the lives of people. 


We need to remember to keep the whole process simple, and there needs to be gentleness and dignity given to the receiver, there needs to be co-operation between the people ministering and those receiving, and mostly, co-operation with the Holy Spirit. We need to listen carefully to the Holy Spirit and watch what he is doing. The process only needs a short interview, e.g. what do you need prayer for, watching and listening to see and hear what the Holy Spirit is doing, and letting the Holy Spirit do His work, without interfering, preaching, teaching or counseling…. We can give words of knowledge or prophecy or words of wisdom, but it is essential we let the Holy Spirit do His work, rather than us trying to do it for Him. We can give commands to the sickness to leave, break off strongholds or curses, and cancel assignments or commissions against the person, release healing and health to their bodies…. We need to ask the Holy Spirit leads us… remember we follow His lead, not the other way around !


Let’s now look at one model for praying for healing on a one-to-one basis. Please do not follow this model or pattern rigidly every time you pray for someone; use this as a guideline, but let the Holy Spirit lead you whenever you minister to anybody.


STEP ONE: Interview

Questions and answers with person concerned. We do not need an in-depth medical history, just short and simple:

a. What is hurting ? (where is it hurting?)

b. How long have you had this condition?


At this point, it would be good to ask if there is anyone they need to forgive and release. Unforgiveness and bitterness binds us and stops us receiving what God has for us. Encourage them to name the people concerned. They can pray quietly, or you may want to pray with this with them.


c. Pray again and LISTEN - be asking the Holy Spirit to guide you quietly. Ask God “Why does this person have this condition?” is it:

Natural

Emotional

Demonic

Spiritual

Environmental

Bitter root judgements


WHILST WAITING, ASK GOD HOW TO PRAY.


Only pray what he tells you too. You may need to:

  • petition
  • intercede
  • or use a command of faith.


STEP TWO: Prayer engagement (one leads, others follow)


Ask person if it’s OK to lay hands on them.


THEN PRAY: “COME HOLY SPIRIT” or “COME HOLY SPIRIT, I RELEASE YOUR HEALING POWER” then WAIT.


You only need a very short prayer. God already knows all about the condition. LISTEN, WATCH, WAIT….


Watch for Holy Spirit’s anointing on person, who may or may not display:

Fluttering eye lids

Heat sensations where hands are laid

Deep irregular breathing (changes in breathing)

Shaking/trembling

Crying/moaning and groaning

Falling down

Contorting, bent, weighty posture

Intense emotion (laughter, anger, crying etc)

Tingling sensations

Hot flushes in various parts of the body

Strong electrical current

Laughter and joy

Intense sense of peace – sometimes person’s face shines/glows, become very quite, feel heavy sense of peace/God’s presence on themselves.


Scream or stretching – could be intense emotional pain or demonic: Ask the HS for discernment concerning this.


IF the above is evident, ask God for more.


ALSO: LISTEN, watch and wait for what the Holy Spirit is saying (words of knowledge) and doing at this present time:

Impressions

Words

Pictures

Pain in body

Scriptures


Give the words, but do not preach or teach. Pray the words into the person’s life.

You can ask the person what is happening; and go with what the Holy Spirit is doing. You are working with the Holy Spirit. Take his lead.



STEP 3: Evaluation – how are we doing so far?

Check with person what is happening. We may need to pray more into this area, or ask for more of God’s healing, etc. Pray again.



STEP 4: Finishing

Stop when the Holy Spirit appears to have stopped!


Stop when the person appears to have stopped!


The person may well be soaked in the Holy Spirit, so you may need to be guided by HS when to stop!



STEP 5: Post Counselling

This is a time for the person being ministered to, to sum up what God has been doing and saying – and we can add our thoughts to this (this is just to consolidate what God has done). We need to encourage people to receive and believe their healing, and to accept that they will recover.



Here is another model you can use when praying for people on a one-to-one basis:


Prophetic Prayer


Prophetic Prayer is also about praying for the whole person, their spiritual needs, emotional needs, mental health, and their physical needs, and praying with prophetic revelation.


Start by praying for the person who needs prayer for healing. Pray and ask the Lord to give you insight into their needs and their condition, and asking him to give you words of knowledge for this person’s needs. Intercession helps us connect with God. Then we can start thanking God for this person, and say their name out loud. For example: Let’s say his name is John.


You could pray: “Thank you heavenly Father for John tonight.” “ Thank you heavenly Father for your Spirit is moving in John right now.” (If you begin by doing this, the Holy Spirit will tell you reasons to thank God for John.) So, then you can continue thanking God for whatever comes to mind. Continue to speak positive affirmations out loud concerning John and his health and who he is in Christ. Say the things about him that the Word says about him.


This is actually the time when you can practice hearing what God will say. While you are praying you may get impressions about the person's physical condition and what the cause is, their hurts, their fears, and their feelings. You will be ministering to the whole person, body, soul, mind and spirit. You may even be suddenly distracted by a memory of something that happened in your own past experience. That has often been a


clue to myself about how to pray for the person. Trust the Holy Spirit to show you how to speak to the person. If you get only one or two words, then speak it. It is not the quantity of words, it is the quality that counts. If you only hear one word then give that to him. Remember, you are not listening for voices with your natural ears. You are not listening to voices in your head. You need to turn down the volume on your own internal thoughts and feelings so you can discern by a knowing. It is more like watching all those feelings and impressions coming through from the Holy Spirit … until you just know where to go with praying for John.


While you are thanking God aloud for John, your spiritual imagination will be activated and you may gain knowledge by revelation: remember that the Lord can reveal the

secrets of a person's heart. Speak words that will comfort and encourage the person. Try to build up and edify them.


For example: If you detect loneliness and abandonment, you could pray and speak like this:

The Lord says to tell you”.....”I have seen the loneliness and the abandonment.” “The Lord says “I have always been with you and you are mine.” “No one can take you out of my hands.” “I will never leave you or forsake you.” “You will see that my grace is sufficient for you.” “I will hear you when you call and I will answer you.” “You will not always be lonely.” “For I am giving you a new confidence.” “I am giving you new eyes to see your way.” “And you will begin to see my glory.” “You will know that you are accepted in the beloved.” “You will know that I have provided everything you need.” “I will make a way where there seems to be no way.”


If you say something and the person begins to respond either in tears or emotion...then repeat the last thing that you said again. This may again bring an emotional response. But, now you have confirmed what is troubling the person. Now you know exactly how to pray. You can use your discernment to see someone’s needs and pray for them.

Now is the best time to say to him “Repeat after me if you will?” Then begin saying positive affirmations about John. When he repeats those positive things out loud, her spirit will pick them up. You see, when he hears you praying it is passive and there is no commitment on her part. But, when he has to repeat what you are praying, then he has to hear himself saying it. It is decision time. Now he must make an instant decision to be in submission to the Holy Spirit. It is his spirit submitting to the Holy Spirit. It is his spirit agreeing with the Holy Spirit.


It is like a father saying to his child: repeat after me: “When I am at home alone....I will not open the door to strangers” or “I will not play with matches.” or “I will not chase the ball into the road.”


There is a trust involved. You are basically asking him to trust you with this particular prayer. He has to trust that you know what you are doing. If he declines to say the prayer out loud, you may tell him it is OK, but would it be alright if you just pray out loud for him? Or, he may pray out loud with you, and if he is not comfortable with a sentence he hears, then he can stop anytime.


You want John to repeat it out loud because you will become what your own tongue says about you. You can choose blessing or cursing, but you will eat the fruit of your own lips. That is scriptural. The tongue will follow the heart and the heart will follow the tongue. So if they repeat the words after you, then it will sink deeper into their spirits and will become in them the things they are speaking. When they have repeated things after you, or at the appropriate time, you can then speak confirmation of healing and restoration into John’s life.


Remember, this is not a set procedure. We submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit and let Him lead in all our ministry of healing to others.



Praying for masses


If you are holding a healing meeting or crusade, or lots of people are responding for healing prayer, then I suggest having a team of people who have been trained in healing, eg your elders/leaders. You may need to release a corporate/healing anointing of healing upon people, by asking the Holy Spirit to come and release his anointing. You may call out words of knowledge that the Lord gives you, giving commands to the sickness to leave, and release healing by the Word of God; then you can ask your team of prayers to go and pray with people that you see God is touching and healing. However, sometimes God just moves by his sovereignty, by his power and His presence, and we don’t need to do anything, except let the Holy Spirit have his way. He will heal just because His power and his presence is with us. Our job in this case, is cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s work.


The Word of Knowledge is a spiritual gift that we can release in meetings to heal the sick. The Holy Spirit brings insight and information to those praying about a person’s situation and spiritual condition, and this includes the physical condition. Remember, the Holy Spirit speaks what he hears and passes it on to us (Jn 16:13-14);  this may come in the form of an impression, thought, vision or picture, or voice.  It is something that we see, feel, read, know, and speak.   The Holy Spirit can give us Words of Knowledge about people’s physical conditions before we attend a revival meeting or prayer meeting, and he can give them to us whilst we are there. These Words of Knowledge can release healing to the people as we speak them and they are heard and received; we can then command their healing to come into place, and it is the Word of Faith being released over the congregation.

You can see how easy it is to minister healing using these models (but please don’t be rigid about them!) and anybody can minister in healing who has faith, because we have delegated authority. Some people have special anointing and gifts of healing, but others just have God’s authority. Whatever level or place we are personally working from, we need to know that God can heal through us; we just need to ask Him and trust Him, and let Him do the work. He is in charge, not us!



For Homework / Journal:


1. In your Journal, explain the difference between ‘healing’ and ‘recovery’ and how they work together in the healing process.


2. In your Journal, briefly describe the 5 steps of the healing process and briefly describe the Prophetic Prayer process and how it works.


3.  What are some of the ‘signs’ to look for, when praying for people for healing?


4. What should you always be listening for during prayer for the sick?


5. Describe the best way to pray for masses for healing, and how Words of Knowledge can help.


6. This week get your healing scriptures out and begin to speak them out and do the little exercise, where you pray in tongues for 10 minutes and then you speak

your scriptures out for 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes prayer in tongues (if you can) and last 5 minutes speaking your scriptures. Do this every day this

week and record every exercise, how you felt afterwards, and how successful you feel this exercise was.



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CHAPTER 9:  DEPRESSION and MENTAL ILLNESS


Ill mental health and depression is very common, in fact, four of my own family members suffer with ill mental health, ranging from dementia, major depression, to bi-polar with schizophrenia affective disorders, sometimes involving hospitalisation. It is very painful and difficult for those suffering, and for the families and loved ones around them to see them suffering and to manage the symptoms and behaviours that result, and to manage its effect on the entire family. When one family member suffers, we all suffer, and we all need support.


One of the first things we need to do is to recognize and understand the symptoms of depression and other forms of mental illness, and not judge and condemn those who are suffering; but support them, get along side them, and help them to find a way of managing and find healing for their pain, anxiety and distress.


Causes


Mental illness, like all sickness and disease, stems from the Fall of mankind in the Garden where sin, sickness and disease entered into the world. Mental illness is just another form of sickness, but in the mind, and we should not be afraid of it, nor avoid people who suffer. Many are born with learning or educational disabilities or disorders, or physical disabilities, which tend to be inherited, or may come after a serious illness or accident, or genetic fault. These are also the result of the Fall (not personal sin), and not the fault of the suffer, or their immediate family, and they need lots of love, understanding, practical help and guidance, and the whole family needs support. They may also receive total healing, especially when we confront the spiritual root causes.


Many questions are raised by Christians as to whether mental illness (not disability) has demonic roots, or whether they are demonised. Personally, I believe mental illness is manifested as a medical illness, just like any other form of illness, and the symptoms (not the causes) can be treated with medication - BUT it has spiritual roots, just like all sickness has spiritual roots. I also believe that demonic activity is at the root of mental illness, often coming through OPEN DOORS of trauma or abuse, unforgiveness or bitterness, or through genetic inheritance/curses down the generational line, or through drug misuse, eg cannabis; stress is also a major cause of mental illness, and bereavement and loss, and sometimes mental illness is inherited. However the illness began, the suffer no longer has control over their symptoms, and need a helping hand so the Lord can heal them.


I believe that people who suffer with mental illness are demonically affected, oppressed, or demonized, and need help, counsel, prayer and deliverance, alongside medical treatment to help them manage their symptoms until they are completely healed. There are generational spirits, spirits of heaviness and despair, self-pity, attention seeking, spirits of mourning, and tormenting and lying spirits which can attach themselves to one another, forming a stronghold in peoples lives; but 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us that we can pull down strongholds and demolish every pretention and argument that sets itself up against God (and this includes his children), AND we can take captive every (depressive) thought and make it obedient to Christ.


Some people with serious mental illness need a low dose of medication throughout their life to keep them stable, and I would not discourage this if it helps them to lead a normal, healthy lifestyle and stay symptom free; but I would also encourage them to seek healing from the Father who alone can heal the causes and completely set them free. However, we cannot force people to receive counsel, inner healing or deliverance as part of the healing process; some people will not be free from mental illness, unless they really want to be – they need to choose to forgive and let go of the pain, trauma and fear, lifestyle, or whatever the initial cause, ongoing causes, or open doors are. They need to shut the doors on the past, receive inner healing, and choose to move forward with their life; but it is their choice, not ours.


So how can we help those suffering with depression and other forms of mental illness?

Firstly, we need to know and recognize the symptoms of mental illness and depression, without putting blame or condemnation on the person. We can research into these illnesses via the internet or books and via people with knowledge and personal experience, preferably, professionals. Secondly, we need to know there is healing through Jesus.


Symptoms, Causes & Healing


The symptoms of major depression are: depressed moods, diminished interest in activity, disturbed sleep and eating patterns, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, poor concentration, and thoughts of suicide. According to the medical profession, they may gain some help and relief via exercise, proper rest, good nutrition, therapy and anti-depressants, and family and friends supporting them. God’s plan is to heal us completely, and this he can do, if he is given access and permission.


Some other causes of depression, alongside those mentioned above, are negative feelings that occur when we experience dashed expectations and disappointment, failure to gain recognition and acceptance, discouragement, marriage breakups, family disputes and separation, job loss and loss of income, financial and business problems, bullying, rejection, abandonment and failure, and emotional triggers from past painful or traumatic events. Whatever seems to be the cause, our enemy, Satan, is behind it. He wants us to give up hope, and to become despondent and despairing. He wants to steal our life and joy and hope, but the Lord Jesus wants to give us life abundantly, and to give us joy, hope, faith and strength.


Healing Depression


Joyce Meyer believes that depression can be healed by counter-acting the causes of depression by believing and applying the truth from the Word of God ....for instance, if the cause is disappointment (not achieving our goals), we need to let go of the past, and make new plans and goals to aim for.... we need to get a new vision, plan, idea, fresh outlook, a new mindset.... because in Philippians 3:13 it says, “but one thing I do (it is my one aspiration): forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” Also Isaiah 43:18-19 tells us not to remember the former things or consider the ways of old, because God is doing a new thing, and we need to perceive it... he is making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. New things are now springing up.


Joyce Meyer also teaches us that we need to resist the devil on the onset of depression. We must not flirt with him, because once we open a door, he will get a foothold, and will come in and form a stronghold within us. He will do it subtly but will destroy the life within us if we play games with him, eg by excusing ourselves from forgiving and becoming angry and bitter, or by allowing ourselves to enter self pity and start attention seeking; this gives Satan permission and a license to enter and stay, and it allows the depression to grow deeper and stronger... that is why we must resist these temptations at the start, and consciously choose to submit our thoughts and feelings to God, and allow Him to minister to us instead of allowing the enemy to take us down. We need to resist depression immediately by submitting ourselves to God and by using the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Jesus used the word of God to resist temptation in the desert, and we can also learn to do the same, and Satan will flee.


Also, through praising God and rejoicing, we can break the power of depression by changing the spiritual atmosphere and our levels of faith. We begin to see and perceive a great God, who is greater than our difficulties, who is able and willing to help and deliver us from our troubles. We begin to perceive our troubles as they really are, rather than magnified out of proportion. We can begin to declare things that are not, as if they were (Rom 4:17) meaning, we can pray and praise, establish in prayer by agreement, declare and decree the blessings and favour of God on our lives and in our situation and release it in the spiritual realm, which will then be released in the physical/natural realm of our lives. The physical and natural world follows the spiritual realm. When Paul and Silas began to praise God in their prison cells, the doors flew open and the shackles came off. There is great power in praise. Satan hates praise and will not be present when you are worshipping and seeking God. Praise and rejoicing can be one of our weapons of warfare against depression.


Several notable people in the Bible became depressed, including Elijah, Saul, David, and we are going to take a look at Elijah, and how the Lord helped him to recover.

Elijah became depressed after he defeated the prophets of Baal. He thought he failed God because the nation did not turn back to God, even after this incident, and when he heard that Jezebel was after him to kill him, he ran away, afraid and depressed. But God knew how to minister to Elijah and how to bring him out of depression.


God let him rest


Sleep is one of the best relievers of stress. It is the method that God has built into us to help us get all the stress energy out of us. Elijah probably had not had much sleep when he was preparing to face the prophets of Baal, so now he was exhausted and suffering from 'burn out.' He needed to sleep. If you are suffering from depression, then sleep is one of the best things you can do.


He made him eat


Our bodies need strength, and when we are depressed, we tend to lose our appetite. Elijah was woken up twice by an angel and told to eat. We are not sure what he ate, but it was clearly something that God provided to give him extra strength. If you are depressed then it is good to strengthen your body with healthy food and vitamins that are necessary to perk us up.  The body is important in your recovery from depression. A healthy body enables you to function in a way that gives you new hope, because then you can do the things you want and need to do.



God made him exercise


To help Elijah recover, God told Elijah to go up to the mountain, and wait before the Lord. This was not just a little hill, it was a mountain. This would have taken a lot of effort and Elijah had plenty of exercise before he got to the top of the mountain. Exercise has an amazing way of dealing with our emotional state. Some people major on this and exercise just for the effect that it creates. When we exercise, the body produces endorphins, which is a chemical that is released in our brain, which gives us a boost and a sense of well being, a bit like a drug. God certainly knows that we need to feel good, and our physical condition plays a large part on our victory over depression. Exercise is one of the methods we can use to get there.


He spoke to him


A depressed person needs someone to talk to, who can see things from a clear perspective. We need to talk to someone who will not only listen and sympathize with us, but will sympathetically disagree with the wrong way we have approached things. We can read the account in 1 Kings chapter 19:

9 And he came there to a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD [came] to him, and he said to him, what are you doing here, Elijah?

Notice that God did not condemn him or put him down. He simply asked him a question. What are you doing here?

10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.


Elijah gave his answer to God's question, which showed quite clearly that he did not have all the facts. He thought that he had failed. His motives had been pure. He wanted to glorify God, not himself, but he thought that he was all alone in this, and that no one else supported him. He needed some words of encouragement and also a new direction.

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.



Elijah was looking for God in the wrong places. He was expecting a great manifestation of the power of God, because this is what he saw when he faced the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. He had called fire down from heaven, and then he prayed for the rain. After that, he outran the chariot. After these events, Elijah was probably expecting a great move of God's power on the people, with some spectacular results of them turning back to God. This is one of the big mistakes we often make that lead to depression. We try to assume how things will work out, and when it doesn't work out the way we expected, we think that God did not hear us, or He does not care, but we often don't see what is taking place behind the scenes.


God came to Elijah in a still small voice. He did not need to look for big manifestations or revelation of God. The same thing applies to us. Some want to hear from a prophet of who has a great word of revelation or we want some miraculous sign from heaven, but we need only look into our own heart, and to listen to the still small voice within, because that is where He lives by His Spirit.


15 And the LORD said to him, Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when you come, anoint Hazael [to be] king over Syria:


16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shall you anoint [to be] king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shall you anoint [to be] prophet in your place. 17 And it shall come to pass, [that] he that escapes the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and he that escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.


Elijah needed a new goal to aim for, and he needed a new direction. A depressed person has no future goals. They don't know what to do next. So if we want to break free, we need to set some new goals, and we need something new to get excited about. We need something to aim for. God gave Elijah some very clear instructions on what he should do next. God re-directed him and gave him a new mission.


Often depression causes us to sit around and do nothing, but we need some activity to get to re-motivated, and the best kind of activity, is helping someone else. Elijah had a job to do, he was to go out and give out the anointing that was upon him. So he did, and took his eyes off his own needs and started looking at the needs of others. When we do this we open the doors to the blessing of God in our life. The wonderful thing about helping others, is that it seldom leads to rejection. People gladly accept unselfish love.


So one of the best methods for breaking free of depression, is to see the needs of people around us, and go out and try to meet those needs in love; so we change our orientation to an outgoing one, where we put others first, instead of ourselves. Giving out to others takes our mind off ourselves and it brings joy that is found in giving. It is always more blessed to give than to receive.


18 Yet I have left [myself] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.

The final word of encouragement that God gives to Elijah, was that he was not alone. there were another seven thousand people who still served God and not the Baals. He had not failed at all. He had been faithful to do what the Lord had called him to do.


The Healing Presence of the Lord


Removing and healing depression is not simply a matter of applying a formula and getting results. We saw how God dealt with Elijah to bring him out of depression. Elijah broke free immediately, and went out boldly to do what God told him. After that, he went out in a blaze of glory, as he rode up to heaven in a chariot of fire.


We need to help people break free from depression because it is not something they can do alone. They need someone who understands and does not condemn them. They need someone who cares enough to get involved in their life. They need someone who can disagree with them in love. They need someone who can give clear direction on what to do. Ultimately, depressed people need to get into the presence of the Lord and hear His voice, but this is difficult for a depressed person, so another person who is hearing God can speak words of life to the depressed person. It is only the healing words of the Lord that can set people free from depression, because the Lord always accepts us without any conditions, and He who never condemns, but always has something good and positive to say to us. It is only He who forgives and gives a clear direction to us. He knows the end from the beginning, He knows us even better than we know ourselves, so He can tell us the things we need to hear. He can tell us where we should go from here. He can tell us the best set of actions to carry out right now, and He will give the depressed person a ministry task that will take their eyes off themselves and get them back to a place of balance, peace and rest.


There are some more serious forms of depression, such as Bi-polar or Schizophrenia, which can have deep and devastating effects on the sufferers and their families.


Bi-polar is a more serious form of depression, and involves a cycle of behaviours that range between mania and depression. Mania could include increased energy or rage, reckless behaviour, increased sexual activity, inflated self esteem, racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep, and sometimes drug and alcohol abuse. The mania may last for between 4 to 6 months, followed by months of major depression (as explained above), then the pattern of behaviour could be repeated. There are four different forms of bi-polar and this sickness may manifest itself in different ways in different people.



Schzophrenia or schzophio-affective disorders, have symptoms of major depression, hallucinations, which includes visual or audio hallucinations, eg hearing voices that condemn the sufferer, delusions of grandeur or persecution, behavioural problems or regression, disordered thoughts, e.g. believing their thoughts are being read or transmitted, apathy, and sometimes catatonic/physical symptoms, eg staying in a fixed position for hours, not speaking etc.


The cause or root of these sicknesses is spiritual, but the illness manifests itself in a mental illness. There are spirits of madness, depression and despair, lying spirits (accusations that condemn), spirits of confusion and many more that can attach themselves to a person, and attack their minds, causing great distress to the sufferer. God does not want this, He wants to see people suffering with mental illness, delivered and free. In Isaiah 61 it says: ...”He has sent me (Jesus) to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim FREEDOM for the CAPTIVES and to RELEASE prisoners from darkness ....” It is Satan’s job to bind and wound, destroy and kill the soul, but Jesus was come to heal the broken-hearted, set the captives free and brings liberty to ALL who are bound.... and this includes the mentally ill.


There are many more mental illnesses, and I cannot include them all here. We need to remember, suffers need our help, support and love, not spiritual bullying or rejection. Secondly, we need to offer help and God’s healing power, but use wisdom. Some people do not want to be helped, and it can be exhausting. We need the co-operation of the person affected, or we can go around in circles, accomplishing nothing; BUT we also need to understand that mental illness usually takes time to heal; it is a process, and we need to persevere and be patient - any support we give will need to be over a long term. We need to remember that medication helps with the symptoms but does not deal with the root causes, and that in order for people to heal, we need to deal with the root causes, gently, over time, with the full co-operation of the people involved. Healing for a person with depression or mental illness involves a mixture of approaches, and it is a process of Godly counsel, resisting the evil one, retraining of thought patterns and behaviours using a scriptural approach, taking care of the body and soul, and deliverance and inner healing over a course of time.



For Homework / Journal:


1.  What is the original cause of depression and mental illness?


2.  What are some of the ‘open doors’ that can bring mental illness?


3.  Why is it important to recognise symptoms of mental illness and depression?


4. In what ways can you counsel and minister to someone with depression and mental illness?


5. Pray for people with depression or who have some form of mental illness, that God will heal and deliver them; also protect yourself with the armour of God

(Ephesians 6) especially with the helmet of salvation and with the blood of Jesus, in prayer.



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CHAPTER 10:  INNER HEALING


Most of us as adults pick up wounds to our souls, our emotions, as we journey through life. We may be wounded by words spoken to us, by incidents that have occurred during our life causing us to be fearful or withdraw or just vow never to do again, by people inflicting pain or hurt upon us, or by accidents. Because we live in a fallen, sinful world, it is almost inevitable that somewhere in our life, we will receive wounds from others.


However, many wounds go back to childhood, and we may not even remember the incident, but we have sensory or body memories, and when we are in a certain situation, we automatically react in a certain way. There are times we may have been frozen in fear due to something that happened to us long ago. Some people even dream about their fears or things that have happened to them long ago.


Wounds do not go away on their own, or even heal on there own! The saying, 'time heals' isn't actually true unless there has been healing first. What we tend to do is bury our hurts and wounds and 'forget' them; however, whenever a situation occurs that touches on that wound, our old pattern of thinking and behaviour occurs and we respond from hurt and fear rather than respond to the situation as it is now. Trauma is also a wound, any sort of trauma, and so is abuse, any sort of abuse. These wounds go very, very deep and are harder to reach, but not harder to heal, once given over to God. Our old patterns or 'templates' of behaviour can change, once we have brought our hurts to the Lord and allowed Him to heal us.


We do not need to 'dig' or look for wounds, because they will show themselves naturally or the Holy Spirit will bring them to the surface, in order to show us what is there, and that He wants to heal them.  However, we do need to deal with wounds that surface or have been revealed, because at the least, they affect our behaviour now, and at the worst, they fester and become infected with the fuel of hate, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.


Jesus stood up in the Temple and read from the scroll, saying: "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners....." (Isaiah 61:1). Isaiah was speaking of Jesus. Jesus knew his purpose... to break the power of sin and death and sickness and to bind up the broken hearted and set prisoners free. We are prisoners when we are captive to old wounds. He wants to set us free.

The good news is that Jesus is the healer! He not only heals our bodies, but he heals the whole person, he heals our emotional wounds and scars. Inner healing, like physical healing, is part of ‘Sozo’ – part of our salvation.


Think of the parable of the 'Good Samaritan' (Luke 10:25-37) in this story we see how a man was beaten up by robbers and left for dead on the road side. After others pass him by, a Samaritan man comes along, pours oil into his wounds, bandages him up, takes him to an inn, and pays the inner-keeper to feed him and look after him; he even returns to see how he is and to pay more if needed.


When Jesus told this story, he was not just referring to how we should love our neighbours and look after them; but he was speaking of himself as the healer. He is the one who comes alongside us and pours oil into our emotional wounds, bandages us up, picks us up and takes us to a place of safety where we can recover. This is a picture of His healing love. Be assured, He wants to heal, it is in His nature to heal, it is part of who He is; AND there is NO WOUND SO DEEP THAT HE CANNOT HEAL IT! If we want to be healed, and we let him in, then He will heal us.


The healing Process


If you know that you are hurting, that there is a need, a wound in you that needs healing, then we can trust Him with our pain and He will not hurt us, or betray us, or humiliate us, but rather welcome us into his love and into his presence.


So to be healed firstly, we need to acknowledge that we have an area within us that needs healing. Sometimes we might need to ask Him to reveal the root, where it came from, if we do not know, and He will; what he reveals, He heals, and those things already revealed will also be healed, when we acknowledge them and then allow Him to come and heal. In John 8:32 it says, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free" and in John 8:36 it says, "whom the son sets free is free indeed!" He not only reveals the truth about who He is, that sets us free, but the truth about ourselves and our own spiritual and emotional state, which sets us free. And we can trust Him completely, and be vulnerable in his presence. His desire is to make us whole.


Once it is revealed that we have a wound, and we have acknowledged we have an area that needs healing, all we need to do is come to Jesus and 'pour out' our hurt, our feelings, our fears, our thoughts to him..... speak it all out to him, from our hearts, using our own words, as if we were talking to a friend.

One of the most important stages of the healing process is forgiveness. Forgiving those who have hurt you, or those involved in the incident, or even forgiving God for allowing it to happen to you, is crucial in your healing process, whether they deserve it or not. None of us are 'deserving' but we all forgiving and releasing. In releasing others, we release ourselves.


Forgiveness releases you from all the bitterness, hate, anger, revenge etc and also releases the other person from your judgment. When we judge others we bring judgment on ourselves, so we need to release people from our judgment.


I am not saying that in forgiving you will forget everything or that you should place yourself in that situation again - you will not forget, but you will not hurt like you did before - the wound will heal and you will be able to look back without feeling hurt or shame or anger, because in forgiving, you release, you let go of everything. In releasing everything, you release yourself, and you release the Lord to come in and heal you. Let him deal with the person who hurt you in His way. He knows what He is doing and He will bring justice and righteousness and peace into the situation; if not now, then in eternity when everyone is brought before his throne for judgment.


Once you have spoken out your forgiveness and release to the Lord, and to the person (who doesn't have to be present), then He is able to heal you. Ask Him then to pour into your wound the oil of healing and He will. Start to let His love and His presence fill you. Let Him 'take you back' to the time the situation happened and imagine Him, or bring Him into that situation. See Him protecting you, holding you, loving you, and comforting you in the painful situation.


You may feel a sense of peace and stillness, joy, love, or a sense of release; you may hear his voice speak words of healing to your heart; you may 'see' a picture in your mind of the work of healing He is doing in you.... Let me give you some personal examples...


Concerning curses, the Lord showed me, that all generational curses over my life and my family’s life are now broken. I saw the Cross and I saw curses broken in half, and he spoke and said they are now broken. Today He reminded me of this.


I forgave people who I felt hurt by, and gave up my dependency on them and handed my dependency over to God for my healing and the only one I can truly rely and depend upon. I also forgave my parents for past hurts and mistakes they made that impacted me so much.


I was hurting over absence of parental care, my mother in particular, concerning my emotional needs as a baby, toddler, and child; I had feelings of insecurity, fear, insignificant, abandonment and deep rooted fear of dark, loneliness and demonic. I constantly felt ‘in need’ have love and attention and that I needed to get this from someone else or somewhere else but it was/is not satisfied. I could also ‘hear’ and see things I should not have as a child and I felt the pain my mother felt and took it as my own. I brought this all to the Lord again, forgiving and releasing people and asking him to heal and redeem.



I saw a vision of Jesus holding me as a baby and toddler while the demonic voices where screaming and shouting (as my mum was being delivered from demonic spirits). He was holding me in his arms to his chest and he watched when I was a baby as I slept, so I could sleep in peace and not be afraid or feel fearful or feel lonely or abandoned.


He said I should not be afraid to look into the darkness, and that he would go with me. He took me by the hand and we went back down into that cave (I’ve been there with Him before). The cave was different on the inside. It had crystal stalagmites and stalactites and jewels on them. Jesus said he was turning what was meant to harm me (from the enemy) into good, turning the darkness and pain into beauty. I would be crystal clear, like the stalagmites and stalactites that he is healing, and the poison is being released.


I also saw myself as a young child and Jesus asked me to give him the stones in my pocket. I had all sorts of stones in them – little ones, big ones and even big boulders that I got from somewhere! The stones were the rejection, pain, abandonment, my mum’s pain etc. He asked me to give them all to Him – so I did. I gave them all to him, and He put them on the floor and crushed them with his feet. He gave me new crystals and jewels instead; jewels of peace in all situations, jewels of power to overcome all darkness and demons, of love and joy where there was depression, of confidence, of identity – my identity is in His family now, not my own natural earthly family. He said, you are healed, take my hand; you are not a baby now, not a toddler now, not a child, not an adolescent, but an adult; step out now and move forwards.


Another example is when I was in a situation as a young teenager for a while, where my step father at the time was molesting me, it was frightening, he was controlling, manipulative and made sexual advances to me, when my mother was absent. It left me with a fear of men, of men in authority. So I prayed and bought this to Jesus, I poured it out to him and I forgave him. He gave me vision which was healing . I saw myself holding Jesus' hand and going down into a cave.... The cave was dark and frightening, but he told me to go ahead, to go down. I couldn't see Jesus, but I could hear Him. He told me to let his voice guide me, although I couldn't see him, so I did. I walked down into the cave. And when I got there I could see bright jewels all over the cave. I picked some of them up.


I picked up a red jewel, a green one and a white one. The red one represented his blood, the green one, peace and the white one, purity. He gave me his blood to wash me, his peace in the situation and his purity. I was pure, not dirty, not guilty, and not harmed. This was healing... this is what can happen to you, when you allow him into your pain, wounds, darkness (cave). He goes with you and brings something good out of something bad. He releases his healing power, when we walk with Him and allow him in to do his work. But everyone's healing will be different; and your healing is unique and special, and just right for you.


Not only can God give us healing visions, but he can also give us healing dreams. Healing dreams are dreams where the Holy Spirit heals you and releases you from past traumatic and hurtful experiences, by taking you back to that same place, and showing you how he was there with you. These are dreams where you face the person or situation that has wounded you and in the dream, you are cleansed by this action and healed from the pain. This is the most common type of dream people experience.

I’ve also had several healing dreams recently, but I will share one.   I was hurting and I prayed into the areas of hurt concerning certain relationships, including my natural father (I called him dad). Before I went to bed, exhausted,   I asked God to speak to me in my dreams. 


In the dream, Jesus took me to my old home where I lived with my parents, and into a back room where my dad was – he was very angry and got out the broom (brush) to beat me (this actually happened in my life, it was my dad’s way of disciplining us).  I would not get off the chair I was sitting on, because I was so afraid of him.  So he started to beat me whilst I sat there.  The broom broke and he became even more angry.  I was afraid of his anger.  Jesus came and stood in front of me to protect me – he took my dad’s anger on himself, plus the beatings and reminded me that he was beaten too – he took my punishment. 


He asked me to release forgiveness to my dad – to say it to him, which I did (remember there is no release from pain without forgiveness).  Jesus then touched my face and hair gently, and said I was precious.


The dream seemed to go on all night, in phases.  It was like thoughts and moving pictures, and very, very gentle.  After this I felt a sense of peace and relief, like something had been taken off me.  I knew healing had taken place.  I felt incredibly peaceful.  The whole dream was incredibly gentle and peaceful, and I woke refreshed, knowing I had been healed by my gentle healer and friend, Jesus.



Keeping your healing


Once you have received healing, don't be tempted by those old feelings of guilt or anger etc; don't be tempted to go back into the pain and anger, but remember to give them to the Lord and remember what He has done and is still doing in you. Remember to keep releasing forgiveness and speaking forgiveness, and speaking God's peace into your own heart and into the situation. Inner healing can be a process... once one thing is revealed and healed, you may be aware of another.... You can repeat this process over again in and with EVERY hurtful or painful situation you have had to face. He is willing to heal them ALL. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever.... His love is always the same and He is the same healing Lord.


Once you have received healing in any area of your life, you also need to read the Word and Speak the Word of God into your life and over your life, and let the Word renew your mind. Our old templates, patterns of behaviour and thought patterns need to be changed! Our minds need renewing, our thoughts, our emotions and our behaviour and reactions. These can be renewed by changing our thought patterns; by allowing the light of God, His Word to change our hearts. When we read it and allow it to sink deep within our Spirits we are shinning his light and life into our hearts and when the light comes in, the darkness leaves.


Let’s look at some incidents of inner healing in the New Testament; starting with the story of the women caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) In this incident, Jesus extended grace, mercy and inner healing to a woman caught in adultery, when others around her wanted to judge her, stone her, condemn her. This woman could be me or you or anybody who has sinned.


This woman was brought to Jesus by the Jewish leaders, dragged before him, so they could trap him. She was to be judged by their religious standards. Others judge us by their standards, by religious laws or principals, by culture and tradition. Jesus looks at us with different eyes. People wanted to stone this woman to death, to pour judgement – to make her look bad and themselves look good. They showed no care or mercy for the woman involved. She did not matter – not to them. They put the law above mercy, but Jesus said he desires mercy, not sacrifice (Matthew 9:13). They did not care what circumstances led her to this or why. She too was aware that she was a sinner. She knew where she stood. Although she did not matter to these people, she meant a great deal to Jesus. He knew her story. He could read her heart. He spent his time with the outcasts of society – the unrighteous, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, because these people mattered to Jesus.


When questioned about what to do, to stone her or not? Jesus replied (eventually) “let him who has never sinned cast the first stone” (verse 7). He extended GRACE to her. Grace is undeserved mercy and forgiveness, kindness and generosity. Grace accepts us where we are now, acknowledges our weakness and sin and offers mercy and forgiveness in the place of punishment we deserve. Grace releases us from justice and judgement. He, our God and Father is gracious and compassion, ABOUNDING in mercy (Psalms 145:8). It’s because of His compassion that he offers us grace! He turns justice to mercy, and mercy to grace and compassion. And He pours that over us when we come to him and ask for forgiveness!


But people wanted to judge her and condemn her. Jesus said in Matthew 7:5, that we are not to be hypocrites! We are to take the log out of our own eye first before we take the speck out of our brothers! We may have huge logs in our own eyes/hearts and they have blinded us so we can not see our own failings. We may accuse others but fail to see ourselves as we are. ‘Logs’, if unconfessed, causes spiritual blindness, and causes us to have callous hearts – that are unyielding, judgemental, unforgiving, selfish, ungracious. Is this the kind of heart we want? Is this what God sees when he looks at us?


Thank God He is merciful. Thank God He is the one who takes away the heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). We may try to hide in the darkness but his light WILL shine on our lives, our thoughts, our deeds and actions. (1 John 1:5-7). Thank God that through repentance and confession we are made new. He opens the eyes of our hearts and gives us understanding (Ephesians 1:18). He gives us eyes to see ourselves as we truly are, then he shows us a way out of the darkness into the light and truth. The people in the crowd, ready to throw stones and to judge the woman, had a revelation of their own hearts that day. They saw for the first time their own hearts were sinful, therefore they were not in a place to judge. They had to put the stones down. The only one left standing there was Jesus, who could throw a stone, if he wanted too. He was the only one had the right to judge her, to condemn her or to stone her. But that was not the reason he came. The reason he came was not to judge and condemn the world, but to be it’s Saviour (John 3:16-17). He said, “Where are your accusers? Is there no one left to condemn you? I do not condemn you either… go and sin no more.” He came to bind up the broken hearted! He came to proclaim freedom for the captives! He came to release the prisoners and release us from darkness! (Isaiah 61:2).


Some of us have said and done things that we are really ashamed of. Some of us have felt really condemned and judged by others. Some of us have condemned ourselves. Some of us have been accused and condemned by Satan, who has constantly whispered lying thoughts in our ears and mind, telling us that we are bad, no good to society etc. Some of us have felt condemned because of things that have happened to us – may be you there has been abused, or rape, or force into prostitution, or force to steel and lie, so you have felt ashamed, dirty and naked.


Some of us have felt condemned and ashamed by things that have happened to us, or things we have done. Jesus says, I DO NOT CONDEMN YOU….. BE RELEASED. He knows your story and he reads your heart. He offers forgiveness, cleansing and healing. He offers reconciliation. He offers peace. He offers release. He offers freedom. He offers grace. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, not man. If this is happening to you, then the Holy Spirit is calling you to ‘confess your sins and turn from them – then to go and sin no more.


There is another story in the Bible (Luke 7:36-50), of the woman who washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, she kissed his feet, then she poured expensive perfume over his feet. She was a lady of ill-reputation, rejected, alone, despised. She came into Simon the Pharisees’ house and began to weep over Jesus feet. She was weeping because she was broken, she was weeping because she was repenting of her sins. Simon despised and rejected her, but not Jesus. He accepted her. He saw her repentance and brokenness, and with His words, he loved her and he healed her.


He offers cleansing from all our sins – our actions, words, and deeds. He promises to sprinkle clean water on us, and to remove our heart of stone and give us a give us a new heart, a heart of flesh, and put a new spirit within us (Ezk 36:25-26). He offers release and cleansing and inner healing. He offers cleansing and healing from accusing words and curses and condemnation put on us or spoken over us. He offers cleansing and healing from self condemnation. He offers cleansing and healing from the enemy’s accusations through our conscious thoughts, and sub-conscious thoughts and dreams. He offers cleansing and healing from self-hate and self-harm. He offers cleansing and healing from the pain and sin committed against you. He offers cleansing and healing from the past and cleansing and healing in the present. He washes us thoroughly and completely and heals us when we COME to him and ASK him. We need to COME. Anyone CAN COME. Anyone who comes to Him, He will NEVER turn away (John 6:37).


He takes us through the CLEANSING RIVERS and then the HEALING RIVERS. Those of us who have been wronged, sinned against, need to release forgiveness to those who have hurt us. By releasing them, it releases us from pain and torment, and it releases the Holy Spirit to come and work his cleansing and healing within us.


I would like to share a vision that I had, which is relevant to cleansing and healing rivers.

I saw a river and God asked me to put my feet in it. As I put my feet in the river, joystarted to rise right up through my feet and over me!

Then this rapid torrent of a river came down stream, over my feet, and I was right in it. The river, He said, came directly from his throne. A scripture came to me: “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.” (Ps 46:4)


He showed me other rivers. He showed me a deep and dangerous river that I will have to walk through, I may even go ‘under’ but He will be guiding me through and bring me out. Then he showed me a cleansing river, where sin, pain and sickness is cleansed and released. I need to enter the cleansing river before I could go through the healing river. He showed me healing rivers, where I am restored, healed, strengthened and renewed. He showed me a quiet, almost still river where I receive peace (Psalm 23). He said I will take you through many rivers and the Holy Spirit will guide me along.


He showed took me back to the rapid torrent, and he said, ‘jump in the river of joy!’ Others were jumping in also. There were shouts of joy and praise. He called us to “Come, come into the river”.


He said, “you will take this river with you – it will proceed you and follow you.” “Call my people to come into the river. The enemy cannot touch you in the river – he won’t get in!” He showed me that Jesus walks in the river with us. He spoke to me and said, that in the river there is liberty, freedom, there is joy unspeakable, abundance life, peace, grace and truth. Let the rivers flow into the land. He said, “Call my people to soak in the river! The river is released.”


So the question is, will you recognize wounds in yourself and allow the Lord to heal you? Secondly, will you recognize wounds in others, and that the Lord wants to heal them also? Will you allow healing in your own life, and will you be a channel of healing to others? It is your choice. God is the ultimate healer, and he is interested in the whole person; Sozo is whole salvation, not just a part, whole meaning healing of the heart,


mind, soul, the wounds and not just the body. He is the only one who can heal our inner hurts – no psychology, no therapy, no medication, no meditation no alternative therapy will actually heal us in our inner being; they may distract us and give us strategies, but no other source can heal the inner wounds but God Himself.



For Homework / Journal:


1.  In your Journal explain how we become wounded and need inner healing.


2.  Explain the healing process.


3. Can you identify where you have been personally wounded in your life? If not,

ask the Lord to show you, and He will. If something is highlighted to you, spend

some quiet time with the Lord and allow Him to take you through a healing

process. Record what happens in your Journal.


4. How do you keep your healing?



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CHAPTER 11:  HEALING & DELIVERANCE


If we want to set people free, we need to understand that healing and deliverance often go hand in hand, and we need to know how to minister in both areas, and we need to be actively open to the Gifts of the Spirit, especially Words of Knowledge and Discernment where healing and deliverance are concerned, and any other Gifts of the Spirit.

As already mentioned in Chapter 11 about how to minister in healing, the Word of Knowledge is insight and information into a person’s situation and spiritual condition. Remember, the Holy Spirit speaks what he hears and passes it on to us (Jn 16:13-14);  this may come in the form of an impression, thought, vision or picture, or voice.  It is something that we see, feel, read, know, and speak.  The Word of Knowledge is also a ‘rhema’ word that judges thoughts and attitudes of the heart (see Heb 4:12-13). 

Examples of the Word of Knowledge in Scripture:


Jesus had a Word of Knowledge (with Wisdom) for the Women at the well, concerning her husbands (Jn 4:16-18) and for the Rich Young Ruler, whose wealth prevented him from entering the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 18:18-25).       Peter had a word of knowledge concerning the deceit of Ananias and Sapphira, alongside the gift of discerning of spirits (Acts 5:1-11). 


We also need the gift of Discerning of Spirits when praying for people who need both deliverance and healing, and in the majority of cases, people need both.

The discerning of spirits is a knowledge, uneasiness, a revelation in your own spirit, concerning the presence of influence of evil in or on someone’s life,  or in or on a situation.  Discerning of Spirits may also mean that you able to see into a person’s heart and see their intensions e.g. Peter and Simon the Sorcerer’s.  Simon the  Sorcerer wanted to buy the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:9-24 ).  Peter discerned his spiritual condition; he discerned his heart condition was not right and challenged him to repent.  A person with the gift will also be able to discern the presence and power of God, when and how he wants to work… because the Spirit of God shows this to him. 



Examples:


Jesus discerned the thoughts and intensions of the Pharisees concerning him (Matt 12:22-25),  he discerned the presence of evil in the man who lived amongst the tombs and cast the demons out into the swine (Mark 5:1-16).  Jesus also spoke about driving out demons with the finger of God (Luke 11:20).  Demons DO NOT LIKE the Word of God; it is powerful and effective.  I imagine when Jesus used the finger of God, he also used the Word of God. 


Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick AND cast out demons.  Through the gift of discernment the Holy Spirit can show us which demons are controlling people and situations, including who the chief demon is, and their names, in order to cast out these demons to hell.    Demons can cause sickness, physically, spiritually and mentally, therefore the gift of the discerning of spirits is an important part of healing ministry and deliverance.  This gift can aid deliverance and freedom to the captives.   

We need to PRAY and ask for discernment concerning severely demonized and Christians who have we suspect are demonized.  The Holy Spirit  can show us the root, and how to pray and minister. 


YOU can then TAKE AUTHORITY  over every demon discerned or manifest and COMMAND it to leave.  You DO NOT need to shout. We need to respect the dignity of the person concerned and how they may be feeling.  When ministering to the demonized you not only need discernment, but WISDOM. If you are ministering to severely demonized you need a mature and experienced team, much prayer, and on-going pastoral care and counsel.


Christians and non-Christians may need deliverance and release. Christians can become demonized, if they allow sin into their lives in a way that it controls them. This might be a shock but demons are not our problem! Sin is our problem! As we submit to Satan's temptation through sin we have invited a demon power to come and control your life. We give Satan license to drive and control our life when we become involved in things that God has forbidden and especially things involving occult activity. If we have been reading horoscopes or going to fortune tellers or palm readers, then we are openly playing with snakes! When we do this we invite Satan in through sin. There is a solution, James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”


Two good examples of demons in believers are found in the Book of Acts - the first one is found in Acts 5:3. Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit…?” Ananias and Sapphira had lied to the Holy Spirit about the money they received and were giving to the Church. The other instance is found in Acts 8:9-24. Simon the Sorcerer who had been full of demons before becoming a believer, but when he saw the Apostles laying on hands and people receiving the Holy Spirit, he wanted to buy this gift. Peter rebuked him and said, “For I see that you are full of bitterness and a captive to sin” (verse 23). Both instances show that Christians can be demonized and influenced by demonic spirits – BUT there is a way out! There is deliverance for all those who want to be free.


Strongholds


In 1 Samuel 22:1-5 we read that David stayed in the stronghold (in the cave of Adullum) whilst hiding from Saul, who was trying to kill him. A Stronghold is a place we hide, or build around ourselves to protect ourselves from danger or harm, and to bring us comfort. A Stronghold can be any habit or behaviour that we do not have full control over in our lives, eg smoking, drinking, compulsive disorders, eating disorders, lying, fantasy, anything we cannot stop of our own accord ....it is a Stronghold; it is so strong we cannot break free from it and it has also become a comfort so we often don’t want to break free because we feel we couldn’t cope without it. This is a false comfort.


You trap yourself in the Stronghold – you think you are in control, but actually, you are not, your enemy (Satan) is, and he has got you right where he wants you to be. If we have any sort of Stronghold, eg gambling etc, the Stronghold can become your security and comfort for a short while. You may even invite friends into your Stronghold, and they join you in it - like David’s friends who became an army, and they joined him in his Stronghold. But they are just as trapped as you are. You soon realize how trapped you are when you try to escape from the Stronghold, but you can’t get free. You can’t break out and you don’t know where to go if you did get out, and then you feel you are in danger of being caught by your enemy.


It’s like having your hands tied behind your back. Your legs are tied together and you have a wall built around you. You didn’t realize you were bound until you tried to break free. You thought the walls would protect you, but instead, they trapped you. So now you need to break out....


You can demolish the strongholds firstly by acknowledging and confessing the sin that has bound you, even if it has become a comfort zone. You need to recognize how much it has it hurt you, bound you and marred you. Then you need to renounce the Stronghold (by name) and ALL its associations and effects. Then the Lord can break you free from the Stronghold.... He will hold your hand and guide you out..... If other Christians are available to pray with you, they can pray and break off the power of the Stronghold and release you.


You can then tell the enemy, the habit, the problem and the spirit behind the Stronghold, to leave and to loose you. “Whatever is bound on earth is bound in heaven.... whatever is LOOSED on earth is LOOSED in heaven” (Matt 18:18).


Once you have confessed and renounced the Stronghold, it’s sin and it’s power, you can be released by telling the enemy (Satan) to loose you from..... (name the thing that has bound you) then you get up and walk free! Walk forwards in your freedom! But make sure you walk towards the light; walk towards Jesus, who is able to hold you and keep you safe in Him. Proclaim your freedom in Jesus and continue to loose yourself from any of the effects this Stronghold has had on you.... just like Jesus told the disciples to loose Lazarus when he was raised from the dead – he was wrapped in grave clothes – don’t stay wrapped in grave clothes or bondages, but loose yourself by the power of Jesus. Where there has been a stronghold, we need to replace whatever it with the truth found in God’s Word, eg if we were bound to drink, we mediate on scriptures that encourage us not to get drunk, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit, etc, because after we have taken to the steps to loose ourselves from the stronghold, we need to be renewing our mind, transforming it with Word, and this is something we need to do daily so we do not slip back into bondage.



Curses


Sometimes things seem to go repeatedly wrong in our lives; we may experience a succession of one particular thing that keeps going wrong, eg it could be financial difficulties that keep plaguing your life, or health issues, or relationship issues etc - or it may not be just one thing, but many things going wrong, often all happening at the same time. Sometimes this can be coincidental, but if there is a repeated pattern throughout your life or throughout a particular area of life, it is possible that there is a curse that needs dealing with.  If you find yourself under a curse it is like a motor boat that is in the water.  Your engine is going at full speed - you put the throttle out, but the boat is still tied to the bank and you can't go anywhere:  you are all tied up and going nowhere!


Generational Curses


If you look at families you will see certain sins, weaknesses and even diseases that go down the generations.  The experts will try to tell us that it is a genetic or social weakness passed down through our family line – but it is not in your genes, in your spirit. It is a curse.  In Exodus 34: 7 says: “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation.” This verse is talking about curses that have gone down the generational line, through our forefathers, brought on by their sin. What God is saying here, is that generational family curses will be upon those that have turned away from him and given Satan license in their lives by opening the door to him, through their sin.  Remember how Paul told Timothy, "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of others men's sins.  Catching a contagious disease is bad, but the worst on you could catch would be a disease from spiritual contamination; the contamination that you get from other people with curses on their lives,  and the strongest is from generational curses, e.g their can be 3 or 4 generations of families that lie and steel, or commit adultery, or take drugs etc, unless God intervenes. Thankfully, God limited these curses to the third and forth generation: but to those that walk in blessings, it will be for thousands of generations.


Breaking Generational Curses


Break these curses daily until the curse has completely lifted off your life. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

If you say this prayer daily, or something similar to this , it will help you to break any curses:


“Father, I submit myself wholly to you now in spirit, soul and body.  I give myself completely to you. And now Satan, in the Name of Jesus, I come against any influence and every family generational link and every power that you've tried to bring upon me through the sins of my forefathers.  I renounce them and have nothing to do with them, and I cut that cord now and I separate my spirit, in Jesus Name.”

 

Keep your spirit free ...you will have to do this daily if you still come in contact with those in your family or friends or associates that are under a curse, and are not open to breaking curses from themselves. Do it regularly!


Recognising Demonic activity


Demons can have partial control and the person has control. The entry points are: unconfessed sin & serious sin (including sexual), inherited from family sin, anger, hatred and self-hatred, revenge, drug and alcohol abuse, occult involvement, trauma such as rape, abandonment, serious accidents etc create FEAR and TERROR that are avenues for demons.


There are signs to look for: uncontrollable moods, fear, suicide, depression and mental illness, sexual problems, uncontrollable sins, self-destructive attitudes, chronic physical sickness passed down in the family, fits of anger, contorted physical reactions to the Holy Spirit. Demons can attach themselves to our weakest areas of pain.


The more severely demonised are often marked by moral depravities of some form. Demons will seek bodies to inhabit or possess. Immediate deliverance from demons is possible and is so restoration of mental health. The entry points are: occult practices such as witchcraft, spiritualism, new age practices, drugs, drink or violence or sexual immorality… sometimes, it can be passed on in a spiritual line, e.g. if occult is in the family.


We need to PRAY and ask for discernment concerning severely demonised and Christians who have we suspect are demonized. The Holy Spirit can show us the root, and how to pray and minister.


To help release someone and deliver them, we need to have revelation first. We can help the person see where their sin came in, so we can minister to the person by the Word of God and then identify their sin and show them how to get rid of it and overcome it by the power of the Spirit of God. If we want to bring deliverance to people, we need the gift of Discerning of Spirits. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit (found in 1 Corinthians 12 & 14) that brings knowledge, uneasiness, and a revelation in your own spirit, concerning the presence of influence of evil in or on someone’s life, or in or on a situation. Discerning of Spirits may also mean that you able to see into a person’s heart and see their intensions e.g. Peter and Simon the Sorcerer’s. Simon the Sorcerer wanted to buy the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:9-24). Peter discerned his spiritual condition; he discerned his heart condition was not right and challenged him to repent. A person with the gift will also be able to discern the presence and power of God, when and how he wants to work… because this is shown to him by the Spirit of God.


STEPS to Deliverance


These are some STEPS and procedures you can take if you or another Christian has opened the door to Satan and given him license. When ministering: work in 2’s or 3’s – NEVER on your own. This model is just an example, and we need to be led by the Holy Spirit when ministering to others, and not rigidly follow a set procedure.


1.  Sin must be acknowledged - Repent

2.  Sin must be renounced – Renounce

3.  Sin must be broken & the evil powers must be commanded to leave – Rebuke.

4.  Restore - the person needs us to minister God’s love, grace, peace and joy and to restore the things the Satan has stolen from them. They need healing!

5.  REPLACE - Follow Up!


Step one: Repent

If we are ministering to someone who appears to be demonized, then we need to share with them that they need to repent and submit and resist and be healed before they will be restored to fellowship and communion with the Lord. If, when we begin to pray for someone, a demon starts to manifest, it is a sure sign that Satan has been given license, so we need to take his license away. Always ask the person to co-operate with you through the whole process, even if it is a slow process. Without the person’s co-operation and agreement you cannot proceed to help them become free.


Step two: Renounce

Once the person has acknowledged their sin and confessed it and submitted to God, they need to address the enemy. The helpers can guide the person involved in what they need to say. Again, co-operation and agreement is necessary throughout the process. They need to say something like, “Satan I renounce every hold that I have given to you. I renounce my involvement in reading my horoscope, in fortune telling or having my palm read (or whatever the sin was) I renounce those things I have nothing more to do with them and Satan you must leave. Once they have done that you can join the person and gang up oh Satan. Tell Satan his license is revoked and he has to go!


If people want to be delivered of demonic forces in their life, the person concerned needs to submit, confess/repent and renounce, and then and only then, can we cast demons out or away and restore the person’s life. Deliverance needs the person’s full co-operation and involvement, not just Christians binding spirits and sending them away, because they could come back if the roots have not been pulled out. Not only do the roots need pulling out, but the space that has been left needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit and with His Word.


We need to TAKE TIME and care. We may need to take breaks (or minister over an extended time/days etc), and reconvene to refresh your strength, and out of care and concern for the person involved.


IF we are ministering to children TAKE CARE! Very rarely will children be possessed – they MAY BE demonized, usually through no fault of their own, but through TRAUMA or inherited through family line. Children need lots of care, and NO ONE should be involved in abusive practices – such as burning, scolding, shaking etc. This is NOT the way of the Holy Spirit and should NEVER happen. Children and young people need extreme care and gentleness. Take great care and prayerfully discern before you do ANYTHING! Most often the child you suspect is demonized has suffered emotional harm and neglect and needs pastoral love and care.



Step 3: Rebuke

We can then TAKE AUTHORITY over every demon discerned or manifest, and we DO NOT need to shout but rather respect the dignity of the person concerned and how they may be feeling. If we are ministering to severely demonized we need a mature and experienced team, much prayer, and on-going pastoral care and counsel. To REBUKE we need to BIND and BREAK it’s power and control over the person’s life, then tell it to LOOSE the person and LEAVE them… then we cast it out, off or away. The person involved can also rebuke the spirits and tell them to leave – their co-operation is essential.


If a demon is obstinate and will not respond to commands, we can step back and say: “Jesus, here is a demon of hell that is standing against you and your church. You take care of it…” They may shriek, they are all afraid of Jesus. DON’T allow demons to have a show and to degrade the person involved. Silence them.


Step 4: Restore & Heal

When the person has been released, you ask the Holy Spirit to fill the place it has left. We can then pray in healing to the hurt and pain and grief and loss. We pray in God’s peace, love, joy, peace, hope and life, and the opposite to all the negative the person had experienced before. In prayer we restore the things the enemy has stolen from them, and they leave you feeling and knowing they are free!


Step 5: Follow Up

Take care to follow up the person concerned with pastoral care and counsel and instruction. Some people may need several sessions to become completely free, and many will be tempted, doubtful, and very tender. They will need reassurance, pastoral care, and guidance in the Word and in changing their lifestyle. The person who has been released needs to be taught how to RESIST the enemy with the Word of God when he tries to get back in, lies to them etc. They need to use their spiritual armour and weapons we have been given. There needs to be follow up, and His Spirit and Word needs to renew the mind so that the person no longer thinks, acts, speaks in the way they did before - then there is complete transformation.


We need to TAKE  TIME and care if you are ministering in healing and deliverance. We may need to take breaks (or minister over an extended time/days etc), and reconvene to refresh your strength, and out of care and concern for the person involved.

NO ONE should be involved in abusive practices when ministering deliverance – such as burning, scolding, shaking etc.  This is NOT the way of the Holy Spirit and should NEVER happen.  Children and young people need extreme care and gentleness.  Take great care and prayerfully discern before you do ANYTHING!   Most often the child you suspect is demonized has suffered emotional harm and neglect and needs pastoral love and care. WITH the gift of discernment we need WISDOM, gentleness and God’s authority.



For Homework / Journal:


1. What is the believer’s authority over demons? Use scriptures to back this up.


2. How would the Gifts of the Spirit, namely the Gift of Discerning of Spirits and Words of Knowledge, help you in a situation of deliverance?


3. Look at these scriptures and identify the Words of Knowledge within them:  John 4:16-18, Luke 18:18-25, Acts 5:1-11.


4. How can you tell (signs to look for) if a person is affected by demonic activity?  And what should your attitude and approach be? (Think how Jesus would

respond).


5. Look over your notes from class concerning strongholds and curses, and if any of these are present in your life and holding you back, take authority over them in your own life, and break them off in prayer. If you have any difficulty, you could  pray with a partner from the group. Record what happens.




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CHAPTER 12:  HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEALING


Once we have received prayer for healing, or healing has been released, we need to maintain that healing, and sometimes that means we enter spiritual warfare against the devil who is a thief and liar who wants to steal our healing. The first thing the devil will do is lie to us, and will try to bring the symptoms of the sickness we had, to convince us that we are not healed. It’s in his nature to lie, and Jesus said, that the devil is a thief and a liar, and he comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus also said that the enemy is like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He is not pleased that we have received healing, so he will try his utmost to steal it from us. The devil will try to re-inflict us with sickness by giving us symptoms, telling us lies, discouraging us, and stealing the truth and seeds of the Word of God in us. In Matthew 13:20-21 it says: And the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the one who hears the Word, and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of he word, immediately he falls away.”



There are some things we can do about this. We do not have to let the devil steal our seeds! When we receive our healing and are prayed for, we can receive it with joy, but the word of truth needs to become firmly established and deep rooted within us, or we can easily be uprooted and our healing can be easily stolen.


In James 4:7 says: “submit to God, RESIST the enemy, and he WILL flee from you.” So when the devil brings back symptoms of the sickness, we need to submit to God, surrendering our life into his hands completely, and strongly resist the enemy and the feelings and symptoms he is trying to put on us. If we focus on the symptoms, or pain, or whatever is causing us a problem, doubt, fear and unbelief can come in, and this gives the enemy a license to re-establish the sickness. We need to keep our hearts and minds in check, free from anger, bitterness, judgment or unforgiveness and firmly fixed on


Him and what he has done for us. We need to continue to stand our ground, allowing the Word to take root in us, allowing for the full manifestation of our healing to take place in our bodies, keep confessing his Word, and worshipping and praising Him for the work He has done.


In Ephesians 6:11-13 it says, “Put on the full armour of God so that you can TAKE YOUR STAND against the devil’s schemes: For our struggle is NOT against FLESH and BLOOD, (eg our bodies in this instance) but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God so that when the day of evil comes (when you tempted to believe his lies).


Satan’s scheme is to make us believe his lies, that we are not healed. His scheme is to cause doubt, fear and unbelief in us, so that we are not able to resist him. He also wants to keep us trapped in strongholds of sickness and unbelief, so we are unable to be released and fully restored. But we can pull down strongholds. In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 it says: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish STRONGHOLDS. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT to make it obedient to Christ.”


So we can resist the assaults of the enemy, his assaults of sickness, symptoms and lies, by taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ, by choosing to believe the truth, and by taking up our spiritual weapons of warfare; by using the shield of Faith and keeping on the Belt of Truth (Eph 6:14,16). The truth is that we have been touched and healed by Jesus. The lie is that the sickness is back or that we were not healed. We need to resist by not submitting to those lies, not entertaining those thoughts at all, despite how we may be feeling, but taking our thoughts captive, and confessing the truth with our mouth, that we are healed and confessing the Word of


God that says, “By his stripes we are healed” and any other scripture about our healing. Ephesians 6, says, “...having done all, TO STAND.” So we need to STAND OUR GROUND, defend our territory, not believing the lies of the enemy, and not letting him steal the healing the Lord has given to us. We need to hold fast and stand steady and allow the Word of God to take root in us, so that it can complete the manifestation of our healing in our body; so when a symptom returns, we need to tell the enemy, that no matter what, we are not going to believe his lies.




For Homework / Journal:


Go back over the lesson, and reflect on what the Lord has spoken to you and taught you.   Write what has meant the most to you in your Journal and any questions or concerns. Read your Journal and keep it, and go back and refer to it often. You will be abundantly blessed in your ministry as you continue to live the lessons that you have learned and apply them to your life. 





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