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Inner Healing & Deliverance

Inner healing and deliverance are incomplete and inadequate without each other. Reconciliation between the fields of inner healing and deliverance will help to bring freedom, wholeness and maturity to the Body of Christ. This lesson seeks to correct the misunderstandings and abuses, which perpetuate the conflict between the two, and offers the scriptural support, which integrates them appropriately. The relationship between inner healing and deliverance is both necessary and practical in the process of sanctification.

Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will
II Timothy 2:25-26

A perspective on demon possession

Many Christians object to the idea that a Christian can be demon-possessed, because possession implies ownership. Since Scripture states, "You are not your own; you were bought with a price"
I Corinthians 6:19-20
their question is, how can there be dual ownership? The answer is, there can't be dual ownership! A Christian cannot be possessed as we think of possession as in "The Exorcist". The concept of this type of possession although Biblical is very rare. The example that we see in scripture is the Gadarene demoniac afflicted by not one, but many demons. When Jesus asked who the man was the demon in him answered "legion, for we are many." A legion number between 5 and 6,000 so as you can see this guy was pretty well filled up and controlled.
Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke8: 26

The word "possession" in not either in the Greek, or Hebrew text. The following 3 terms

are used to describe this condition.

o To "Have a demon" Matthew 11:18; Luke 8:27

o To "be in a demon"
Mark 1:23; 5:2

o To "be demonized" from the Greek daimonidzomal, the word most commonly translated as "possessed" Mark 1:32; Luke 8:36. Is literally, "to be bothered by a demon

Demons specialize in various areas of human nature

o Physical violation

Illness and infirmity
Matthew 17:15-18; Mark 9:17-27; Luke 13:11-13

Sexual problems
Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2; I Corinthians 6:18

o Mental Deception Acts 5:2-3; 16:16; I Timothy 4:1

o Emotional Turmoil I Samuel 16:14; Matthew8; Mark 5; Luke 8

o Relationship troubles Judges 9:23

o Involvement in occult, spiritual sins Deuteronomy 18:9-13; Leviticus 20:2 7; Act 13:1-13; 16:16-18

There are still some Christians who believe that Scripture refutes the possibility of demons in our lives. If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come. II Corinthians 5:17. This is however, truncated, incomplete theology, because we still sin. I John 1:8. Spirits can afflict or "demonize" us in any area where sin persists in us. Where there is unforgiveness, there is an opportunity for spirits to dwell and influence us. Because a demon afflicts rather than possess us, our choices are the determining factor in allowing demons
into our lives
In every case in the New Testament

o Bitter root expectation: "Everyone will disrespect me, and put me down. Satan's armor "girds our loins" with lies. "I can protect myself by criticizing me before anyone else does" This invites demons of self-hate. The helmet of salvation is confused with condemnation, blame, shame, guilt, and regret.

o Inner vow: "I'll never trust again" This is satan's armor, which is a "Shield of vulnerability" instead of faith This invites demons of isolation, As we choose sin over and over in our lives, satan has more access and more power to afflict us. Our feet are not shod with the gospel of peace, but rather strife, anger, offense, and misunderstandings. We then lose the desire for the sword of the spirit at which point we have lost our offensive weapon as well as all defensive weapons. We have exchanged the full armor of God for satan's full armor of despair. This sets us up for satan's use of oppression, which urges us into sin Our risk for demonization is much greater at this point.

o Disobedience and deception Acts 5:3

o Occult practices Deuteronomy 18:10

o Rebellion against leadership II Timothy 2:25

o Rank and deliberate sin Mark 16:14

o Abandoning the faith to follow false doctrine I Timothy 4:1

o Refusal to forgive Matthew 18:23

Satan is an expert at subterfuge. He burrows into the soft tissue of our souls, i.e., bitter root judgments, and inner vows. The termite effect is when he moves from his entrance point into other rebellions or sinful character structures in us. Therefore the client may have to be delivered from demons which have little to do with what they are presenting you with. There may be a spirit of rage against boys and men, but this may have opened a door for a spirit of defiance against all authority, or there may be a spirit of condemnation that keeps her from being able to accept any compliment. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in all these areas. Both deliverance and inner healing must be accomplished in most circumstances.

Cautions regarding a deliverance session

Do not command demons to name themselves. Do not converse with or curse demons. Do not seek or require any manifestations. Do not idolize methods; instead, respond according to the needs and condition of the client. If you have a Baptist sitting in front of you and you start to jump up and down screaming in tongues, your client may have a heart attack! You will have cast that demon out, but your patient dies. That may be a slight exaggeration, but I think you get the picture. Demons don't respond to the volume of your voice, they respond to the power behind the name of Jesus Christ. I can whisper the name of Jesus and it will echo into the spiritual world and shatter spiritual eardrums
and knock down towers and wall

Instruct client on how to maintain their healing. Repentance, confession, and forgiveness is, the way to cleanse him/her self. Humility is the secret to being exalted by God. If we choose not to take offense we open the door for the Lord to fight our battles, plus we give satan no opening for a toe hold, which turns quickly into a foot hold, which swiftly
turns into a strong hold.

Deliverance starts in your spirit, before you ever see
it in your finances, emotions or your body.


Leviticus 20:27 - "'A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be or their own heads."'

Deuteronomy 18:9-13 - When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

Judges 9:23 - God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem, who acted treacherously against Abimelech.

I Samuel 16:14 - Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.


Matthew 8:28-34 - When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Cadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted, "Have you come here to torture its before the appointed time?" Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of
pigs." He said to them, "Go!" So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their


Matthew 11:18 - "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.'"

Matthew 17:Th-1S - "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He is an epileptic and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him."
"0, unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me." Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.

Matthew 18:23-35 - The Unmerciful Servant

Mark 1:23-26 - Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!"
"Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

Mark 1:32 - That evening after sunset the people brought
to Jesus all the sick and demon possessed

earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the
Rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.

Romans 7:22-23 - For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my own body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.

I Corinthians 5:5-... hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.

I Corinthians 6:18-20 - Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

II Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

II Corinthians 11:3-4- But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the
one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

Ephesians 4:26-27 - "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians6:13-Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Philippians 2:12 - Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my
presence, but now much more in my absence- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling...

I Timothy 4:1 -The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

II Timothy 2:25-26 - Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Hebrews 10:14 - . -. Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

James 4:7-Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

I John 1:8 - If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Luke 13:11-13 - ... and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Acts 5:1-3 - Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife's full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself ,but brought the rest and put it at the apostles' feet.
Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?"

Acts 13:1-13 - In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been
brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper. They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit looked straight at Elyrnas and said, "You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun."
Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem.

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