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Introduction to Prophecy, Healing, and Deliverance

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Freedom Christian Fellowship's Prophecy, Healing, and Deliverance Training Agenda

9:00-9:15

Introduction

9:15-10:40

Prophecy: Kim Bennett

10:40-10:50

Break

10:50·12:00

Healing: Jason Bennett

12 :00-12 :45

Lunch

12:45-2:30

Deliverance: Chad Cline

2:30-2:40

Break

2:40- 3:00

Wrap-up and Ministry Time

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The Basics of Prophecy

Introduction:

"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant" 1 Cor. 12: 1

• We cannot ignore the gifts of the spirit because we don't understand them.

"Follow the way of Jove and eagerly desire spiritual giNs, especially the gift of prophecy." 1 Cor. 14: 1

• Prophecy promotes intimacy with the Father. We sheep must know Hisvoice. Jesusdied on

the Cross not just to forgive our sins but ultimately to bring us into a relattonship with God. "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelist, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints forrhe work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ," Ephesians 4: 11-12

• We need ALLthe parts of 1he body of Christ to function as God himself created us to be.

Our Responsibility to Prophesy:

In the days of the prophet Elijah, there arose a company

of men who were called

the "sons

of the prophets." These men traveled throughout the world ravaging the powers of darkness, wreaking hovoc on evil kingdoms. They had no tolerance for the destructive

behavior of wicked kings but rather turned many to righteousness. They raised the dead, healed the sick, parted rivers, destroyed false prophets, and saw revival spread throughout

their land. They were feared by many and respected and God was their friend.

by all. They walked in great purity;

John 14: 12 says

works than these he will do:

are the sons of the prophets

inheritance! We must rid ourselves of complacency and restore the ancient boundaries of holiness and demonstrations of great power. We cannot be satisfied with illustrative sermons, great music, and friendly services. We have been called to see the powers of darkness destroyed and our ruined cities restored.

Father". In Acts 3:25 Peter says lilt is you who

"he who believes in Me,

because

the works that I do, he will do also; and greater

body of Christ to rise up and receive

our

I go to the

". It is time for the

What is Prophecy?

• is simply hearing from God and speaking to man.

Prophecy

Prophecy

• is

God breathed

and we are His echo.

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The Bible was God breathedl

 

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Jesus ':1 do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me." John 8:28

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Logos - written word, The Word of God - what we use to measure

prophetic

word. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the

Word was God."

John 1: 1

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Rhema - spoken word, a prophetic

word, a word for a specific

time

 

"Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees hisFather doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." John 5: 19 "The words I say to you ore not just my own. Rother, it is the Father, living in me, who is dOing his work," (John 14:10)

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The Rhema word will never contradict

the Logos wordl "Jesus Christ is the same

yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

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• Prophecy is calling out God's treasures within someone.

o Treasure Box VS. The Dirt -We all know the Dirt in our lives but it takes the eyes of God to see broken people like Simon (broken reed) and in the midst of their brokenness, call them Peter(rock}. 1Cor. 14:24-25

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"the secrets of his heart are revealed" Becomes aware of The greainess God has placed within them.

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"he will fall on

his face and worship God" It says they will

Worship God, not repent. It's not our job to bring repentance. Bring truth to who they are in Christl

• tt isfor NOW

not

just biblical times.

o Acts 2:17 '''In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your

sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions,your old men will dream dreams."

• It is something you CAN

We

have a free will.

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"Let 01/ things be done decently and in order" 1 Cor. 14:40

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"He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity." Proverbs 21 :23

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"If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless." James 1:26

What Prophecy is not?

• NOT Christian fortune telling. We do not prophesy, marriages, pregnancies, sex of babies, dates, and directional words.

• NOT Elitism. If you have the gift of prophecy, it does not mean that you are more spiritual or that you can hear God "better" than others.

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Gift vs. Award - Gift does not validate relationship with God

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Gifts are irrevocable but anointing and fruit of the Spirit is not. (Rom. 11:29)

• NOT directional - Can not set the agenda of the church or individuals.

• NOT correctional- Can not be rebuking or correction.

• Does NOT operates out of Woundedness.~ Can not minister through personal wounds.

• NOT flaky - mysticism - christianese - Can not behave in a manner that is "Super Spiritual"

• NOT Warnings/Doom and Gloom - Can not motivate or operate through fear.

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If you receive a word of this nature you must submit it to your leadership.

o

Authority comes from responsibility, not from revelation.

o

Word of Knowledge vs. Prophecy

Why does God want you to Prophesy? "But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. II 1 Cor. 4:3-4

• Edify/Strengthen- to build up the believer in their spiritual life; to increase the believer's faith and trust in God; to fortify the believers relationship with Christ

• Encourage- to

Iorword: keeps the believer from straying away from God; to prompt a progressive walk with God.

stir up the believer from a stagnant stage; to prompt and urge to go

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Comfort-

to come along side; to walk closely with another;

it is a comfort

and

consolation in times of trouble; link arms with and go into battle together.

The Power 0·' Prophesy:

 

A prophetic

word has the ability to create, form, transform, plant a seed and/or

confirm a

previous word.

• "The tongue has the power of life and death" Proverbs 18:21

A prophetic

Samuel 9: 19-1 Samuel 10:6) For Saul, prophesy revealed and restored the real man who was

hidden under low self esteem and sin.

word can turn a person into who God designed

them to be in the beginning.

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• True humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.

(DanieI4:36-37) Nebuchadnezzar

is saying "Look at what God has done for me!"

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Genesis:: Creation

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Resonance Square

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Speak of things as if they were

Romans 4:17

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Dry Bones! "SO I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great

army. If ElK 37: 10

There is a war to keep us spiritually deaf; "The sower sows the Word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the Word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the Word which has been sown in them"

(Mark 4: 14-1S) The enemy tries to convince

us that we didn't

hear God clearly, it

wasn't God's voice, makes us feel foolish, or think that it is our own imagination. When satan has done this he successfully stole the fruit of God's word in someone's life. That

ends todovlll

Can Everyone Prophesy?

YES!!!

"The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Rev. 19: 10

If you have the Holy Spiritwithin you, you have the ability to prophesy.

Tile Spirit of Prophecy - "/s Saul among the prophets?" (1 Samuel 10: 11) The spiritual condition of an atmosphere that is conductive to the speaking forth of God's word, not based upon gifting or office. Every believer can and should function at this level of revelation.

The Gift of Prophecy - Empowerment

of the Holy Spirit "If a man's gift is prophesying,

let him use it in accordance

A gift is a divine gratuity; a spiritual endowment

qualification. The Office of Prophet - Appointment or Governmental Office (Ephesians 4:11-12)

to his faith." (Romans 12:6)

and empowerment;

a spiritual

How do I hear from

My voice

each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith" Romans 12:6

We tend to want ,:,e are indeed hearin~

In supernatural sensational ways, they are not His usual ways for most Christians. It takes faith

God?

God is ALWAYS speaking! His goal is relationship. "My sheep hear

II John 10:27 "Since we hove gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,

the "handwriting on the wall" or the audible voice of God to ensure

God's direction for our lives. Although

He does and can speak to us

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to hear and discern the still small can remember that God himself

to come up with this stuff on your own. God's first language is not English!

voice of the Lord. It draws us intimately

closer to Him. If you

is your creator, you will realize you are not creative enough

Biblical Examples of how God can speak to us:

• The Scriptures 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

• Hearing the voice of God: 1 Sam. 3: 10; Isa. 6:8; Rev. 1: 10

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A still small voice- a soft and gentle thought or voice.

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An internal audible voice

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An audible voice

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It is not the volume in which He speaks to us it is how open we are to hear Him

speak.

• An impression (feeling)- Perception or a knowing in your spirit. Matt. 9:36; II Cor. 1:4

• A sermon, teaching, prophetic songs (saying, parable, riddle) God may speak mysteries in parables, riddles, play on words. Luke 8:4-18; Col. 3: 16

• Prayer Language/Gift of Tongues 1 Cor. 12:8-12

• A vision- moving pictures while awake. Acts 7:56; Acts 10:3

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• A dream- moving pictures while sleeping. Gen. 28:11-12; Matt 2:12; Gen. 15:12-13

• Our senses- May experience a physical (smell, taste) or soulish (joy, peace, depression) sensations Isa. 16:11; Jer. 4:19

• Dance; Prophetic gestures- God may speak through a bodily movement. Hosea 1:2;

picture- An image

or a scene seen in your mind. Jer. 1: 11

Acts 21 :11; Jer. 31 :13

• A trance- Unaware of your physical surroundings resulting in total involvement of what is going on. Acts 10: 10

• An angelic visitation- Messengers sent from God tor the purpose of revelation and ministry. Acts 12:7 Acts 8:26

• Being caught up in the Spirit- You are transported

to another location

in body or spirit .

.Acts 8:39; It Cor. 12:2-3

• A word of knowledge- A specific fact about a person, place, or event that was not

previously known. John 4: 18

• A word of wisdom- A divine revelation from God concerning

for a specific circumstance.

Acts. 27

His will, plan, or purpose

• Discerning the spirits- The ability to recognize and distinguish spirits (good or bad) I recognize anointing and mantles, and see callings. Luke 8:26

What do I do with a Prophetic word? lilt is the glory of God to conceal a matter. But the glory

of kings is to search out a matter." Proverbs 25:2

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"00 not quench the Spirit; do not

despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fasts to that which is

good." 1 Thess 5:19-21

• Revelation- What you see, hear. and/or feel (listed above)

• Interpretation - Who is speaking and what is the meaning

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You must know God's nature, heart, and written Word

 

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You

must

determine

who

is speaking (God, Satan, or Self)

o

You

must

determine

who

word is for (Self, another, or corporate

body)

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Ask God for the interpretation

 

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o Discern if word is to be given or committed to prayer. (Every word received is a Kingdom secret and you need permission from the lord to release it.)

o Pray for timing if word is to be released Give ONLY what God has revealed to you- do not add to revelation for embellishment or omit part of revelation due to lack of understanding. When God stops speaking, we should too!

• Application - Why God is speaking and what to do about it.

Giving a Prophetic Word:

"Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, 'Now, I have

put my words in your mouth." Jeremiah 1:9 "Uke apples of gold in settings of silver is a word

spoken in right circumstances"

Proverbs 25: 11

Prayer Model:

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Open your heart to commune with God

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Thank Him for Hisgoodness

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Ask God to speak to you

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Be still,wait, and note what you see, hear, and feel

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Discern delivery

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Release word

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Ask God if He wants to reveal anything further

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Praise and thank Him for sharing Hismind and heart with you

It is never about the person giving the word. We are just the messenger/mailman. It is your responsibility to release the word but know that you may never have a response or reply. Do not allow the spirit of offense or rejection to rest on you.

If you are unsure of the word received for the person, do not release it just to have something to say. It is okay to just pray a blessing! Speak life! We do not stone you if you get it wrong. We know in Part and we prophesy in part. 1 Cor. 14:30-31.

Prophesy the answer nof the probleml Dig for gold not s;nl

Receiving g prophetic Word:

"Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?" Job 12:11 ''00 not quench the Spirit: do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully: hold fast to that which is good" (1 Thess5: 19-21 )

1.

Write it down

2.

Does it bear witness with you?

3.

Does it edify, encourage, or comfort you?

4.

Pray about the word for interpretation and application

5.

Do not change the word given to you to conform to your desires

6.

If unsure or confused, take the word to your leadership

7.

Release the word to God to fulfill it in Histime and manner - Pray the promise back to God.

8. Do not become dependent on others to hear God for you.

9. The word you receive

will NEVER contradict the scriptures.

10. Take the nourishment from the word God gives you and discard whatever does not apply.

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Is there a place for Prophecy In my church? If you are experiencing a prophetic gifting, talk to your pastor. If a prophetic ministry is not yet established, submit your gift to them and operate under the guidelines given to you.

"Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give

an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable

Hebrews 13:17

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"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, aut of his heart will flow rivers of living water. II john 7:38

for you."

Without banks, a river becomes a floodl

REMEMBER ••• The goal of a

prophetic word is to edify, encourage, comfort and to share

the love of our God. Eph. 3: 16-19 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen

you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep

is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

you may be

EXTRAS:

Some New Testgment Biblical examples of Prophesy:

Acts 2: 14-19 The Holy Spirit is poured out and releases gifts.

Acts 9: 10-16 Paul's ministry

Acts 10:9-16 Peter receives prophetic revelation that results in ministry to the Gentiles. Acts 11:27-30 Agabus is recognized as being in the office of Prophet. Acts 13; 1-3 Prophets send out ministers.

is directed because of Ananias prophecy.

Acts

15:30-33 Prophets hold a

respected

place in the church.

Acts

16:8-10 Paul's ministry is guided by prophetic revelation.

 

Acts

19:6 Prophecy is an evidence

of the Holy Spirit's work in a believer's

life.

Acts 20:22-24; 21:4 The local church operates in prophetic ministry.

Acts 21 : 10-11

Agabus uses prophetic

gestvres to declare God's word.

1 Corinthians 14: 1; 24-25

1 Timothy 4:14 Timothy's

Prophetic ministry as a part of public worship.

gift is imparted

thru the laying on of

hands and prophecy

How to Increase Your Glft- Use your giftl Matt. 25:14-28 Know the written word and believe what is says about youl Have intimacy with The Father Live a fasted lifestyle Remain accountable and teachable Continually be open to allow Jesus to heal us when hurts arise in our Strive to be like Jesus leam to encourage yourself in the Lord Prophesy over yourself (Prayer of Jabez)

leam

Remain humble

to live in the Spirit

lives

Resources:

The Holy Bible

BasiC Training for the Prophetic Ministry by Kris Vallotton You May All Prophesy by Steve Thompson Fire School of Prophetic Training Semester One- Student Edition by Nicki S. Pfeifer

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Releasing Healing Through the Power of Jesus

We must be certain that God wants us completely healthy before we can begin to demonstrate and administer God's miraculous healing power. Getting this fact settled in your mind is the first step to becoming an effective healer. He wants us healthy! But under the constraints of religion, our past experiences, the advancement of medical treatment, and our lack of faith, healing has been pushed onto the back burner of Kingdom work.

In Jesus' day, the Pharisees and Sadducees didn't question his ability to heal or perform

miracles, but rather his ability to forgive sin. But over the past 2000 years, we have begun to question his ability to heal rather than his willingness to forgive our sins. Religious traditions have inundated us and many Christians wonder if Jesus still heals, and if he does, will He heal them.

In

Mark 7: 13, Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees, telling them that they had made the Word

of

God of no effect through the tradition they were handing down. The reality is that the

only way to destroy the barriers of tradition and unbelief, and to restore the truth of God's

healing power to the Body of Christ, is to examine the only basis for truth - God's Word. We need a strong. solid foundation, which can only be built upon the ageless rock of God's Word concerning healing.'

Jesus: The Model of Healing:

We are to model ourselves and our ministry after Christ himself. Time and time again, we see Christ having compassion on the sick and healing them. He healed so many people and did so many miracles that John states "if every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room [or the books what

would be written. (John 21 :25)"

Matthew 10:8 - "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. " Every Christian has been commissioned to heal

without measure!

Is healing still for today?

Jesus said in Mark 16:18 that those who believe in Him will lay hands 011 the sick and the sick will recover. Jesus said in Mark 16:17 that signs and wonders should follow

in John 14: 12 that those who

believe in Him will do the same miracles He did, and in the entire New Testament this ~romis~ was never c~celed. In the New Testament we see ordinary Christians operating

m the gifts of the Spirit and demonstrating signs and wonders, just as Jesus promised. All

believers as we obey

the Great Commission. Jesus said

I Cal Pierce, Healing in the Kingdom. Pg 16-17.

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of these promises are still in effect! We simply need to believe Jesus and then step out in faith, just as Peter stepped out of the boat in faith and walked on water (Matthew 14:29).

Divine healing is for today and it is for you. It is part of the ministry which Jesus began while He was on the earth and which He turned over to the Church in the Great Commission. It is part of your "job description" (so to speak) as a New Testament disciple of Jesus Christ.

In all of the examples of healing that God has provided in the New Testament, notice that:

• There is not a single case where a person was told that his sickness was for the purpose of building character O! patience in him,

• There is not a single case where a sickness was called a "blessing. II

• There is not a single case where a sickness was left unhealed for the glory of God (this includes Lazarus, because Jesus resurrected him back to life and health).

• There is not a single case where God used a sickness to bring one of His children Home to heaven.

• There is not a single case where a person was told that it was not God's will for him to be healed.

Isn't it strange that none of these things appear in the Bible, yet these things are rarely

taught

today?

in

churches

Notice that Jesus did not withhold healing from anyone who wanted it:

• He healed them all (Matthew 4:23-24).

• He healed them all (Matthew 8: 16).

• He healed them all (Matthew 9:35).

• He healed them all (Matthew 14:14).

• He healed them all (Matthew 14:35-36).

• He healed them all (Matthew 15:30).

• He healed them all (Matthew 19:2).

• He healed them all (Matthew 21: 14).

He healed them all (Matthew 12: 15).

Jesus did not withhold healing from anyone who wanted it, and He is not withholding healing from. anyone today. Instead, He told us to do the same miracles that He did (John 14:11-15), and He told us to heal them all (Mark 16:15-18).

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So, How Do We Pray?

We will use a basic healing model. This is not the only way to pray for healing. This is a mode] that is widely used among various churches and ministries that is very effective. Use this as a guide hut most importantly listen to how the Holy Spirit is speaking and

leading you how to pray.

1.

Interview the person ill need of healing

 

Mark 9:17-18, 20-21

"A man in the crowd answered, "teacher, I brought you my son, who is

possessed

by a spirit

that has robbed

him of speech.

Whenever

it seizes

him, it throws him to the ground.

He foams at the mouth, gnashes his

teeth and becomes rigid. I asked you disciples to drive out tbe spirit, but

they could not ••.So they brought bim. When the spirit

saw Jesus, it

immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy's rather, "How

long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered.

 

You will be asking the person in need of healing just a few questions to get a feel for their need. Do your best to set them at ease and make them feel comfortable, Start off with introducing yourself and your team. Some questions you may ask them to begin breaking the ice and to set them at ease are:

 

• What is your name?

• How can I pray for you?

• How long have you had this condition?

 

• Have you seen a doctor and if so, what do they say?

• Build their faith by telling them of a testimony or scripture

• Reassure them that Jesus wants to heal them

 

2.

ldtmtify the need - What is the root cause of tire sickness or infirmity?

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You are not making a medical diagnosis, but are discerning how you will

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be praying. Possible causes can be but are not limited to accidents, generational

sicknesses, sin, or emotional stress.

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More than anything; ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the nature and/or possible cause of the condition.

3. Begin to pray and command in the name of Jesus.

o Addresses the condition of the body or an inflicting

spirit such as

affliction, infirmary, or pain. Commands can be used to break curses or vow and cast down any inflicting spirits. Examples:

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• In the name of Jesus, and disappear.

• In the name of Jesus Christ, broken arm, be healed!

• In the name of Jesus, I command this pain to leave her body now.

I command this cancerous tumor to shrink

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As you begin to pray, ask them ifit is okay tor you to put your hand on the area of pain. But remember; only touch them if they are comfortable with it. And use common sense when you are laying your hands on them (i.e. where it is appropriate. to rest hands).

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Your manner of prayer

• It is okay to pray silently.

Just let the person

hands are on them you are still praying.

know that if your

• J find it helpful to pray with my eyes open to see if the Spirit is at

work in their body.

• You don't have to shout or pray loudly to be effective.

• You don't have to preach, prophesy, or give advice unless directed by the Holy Spirit

Mark 16: 17a, ISb

17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will

drive out demons get well."

Mark 9:25-26

18 they will place their hands on sick people, and they will

25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. fly ou deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again." 26'fbe spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and

crone out.

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If they have multiple problems, attack one condition at a time.

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Always follow the Holy Spirit's leading. If an area that you are not

praying

for begins to tingle, get hot, feel better,

switch to the area that the

Spirit is moving.

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Don't

strain - you move out of the spirit and

into your flesh when you

strain

Command

on earth as it is in heaven!

That's

the way Jesus taught us to pray with

the Lord's

Prayer.

Aud it is never wrong to pray for them more than once. Jesus

had to pray for a blind man twice before he received his healing.

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4. Ask them to check their bodies out.

IIave them try and do something

they were having shoulder problems and couldn't

point,

they could not do before if they are willing.

If they suffered

If

raise their arm to a certain

from a migraine

see if they

can raise

it any higher.

headache, ask them how the pain level is now.

Any improvement is good

improvement

If any improvement

God praise. A good way to get them to judge the amount of healing is to ask them how much of a percentage are they feeling. 10%? 50%? 90%?

and can begin to build their faith for a complete

is made,

even if it is

and total healing.

only slightly noticeable, begin to give

Colossians 3: 17

17And whatever

you do, whether

to God the Father through him.

in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks

5. Pray again if necessary.

Mark 8:22-25

22They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23He

took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the villa~e. When he had spit on the man's eyes and

put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?'!

look like trees walking around." 250nce more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were

opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

4He looked up and said, "I see people; they

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If a healing comes only partially at first, continue praying for a complete

healing until you find it no longer produces further healing

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If after a time there is no progress, consider further interviewing

the

person

• Family history, fear, unbelief, a curse, occults, etc.

6. Post-Prayer Suggestions

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Encourage them in their walk with the Lord

 

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Give strength through scriptures and testimonies

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Suggest that a change of lifestyle may be needed if condition resulted from

an occult experience or habitual sin

 

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Never accuse of unforgiveness, lack of faith, or other sin in their life if the

healing is not complete

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Warn them of possible spiritual attacks from the enemy after a healing

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If a person is on medication

and they feel they

are

healed, have them

continue taking alJ medications until they see their doctor.

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o You can stop praying when:

• They are completely healed

• The person wants you to stop

• The Holy Spirit has you "shut it down"

• If you are simply not gaining ground

Common Roadblocks

o Dealing with the issue of unforgiveness,

This is a huge stumbling block to

receiving ones healing. They could need to forgive the person who may have caused this condition such a car accident, a spouse that may have

left, the betrayal of a close friend, etc.

o Repentance of ones own sin or conduct. Encourage repentance and ask

for God's forgiveness.

hinder the healing process.

Sin that is not confessed

and repented

of can

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If you lay hands on someone and nothing seems to happen, there might be

some issues that need to be dealt with such as fears, doubts,

theological

misunderstandings about healing, demonic interference, emotional

blockages, and so on. These issues might require a number of sessions of

prayer and teaching,

and the person might need to be referred

to a trained

and experienced Christian counselor for counseling and/or deliverance

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Make sure that the person actually wants to be healed! Jesus asked a man

at the pool of Bethesda if he wanted. to get well (John do the same if nothing seems to be happening. Under

you will not be able to cast out demons does not want to let go of these things.

or minister

5:6), and we should most circumstances

healing if the person

Do not get discouraged

Apostle Paul was not always successful when ministering healing (see 2 Timothy 4:20).

That

Sometimes

always, always, always pray expecting to see the healing take place immediately.

if the person you are ministering

of healing.

Sometimes

to do not get healed.

Even the

is the nature

and mystery

the healing comes i.nstantly.

is doesn't

come at all.

But

it comes in a few hours or days, but sometimes

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I)eliverance Teacbing

If you have been in the body of Christ for any am'Ount 'Oftime you will find yourself

in 'One 'Oftwo camps when it comes to Satan. You will likely be one that underestimates

the powers of darkness or 'Overestimates the power of darkness but there are few who

actually see their: battle with Satan as the bible defines it. Today we are going to study

demcnology 101 and get a feel for the 'Onethat we

fight against on a daily

basis. Lett s

start by simply acknowledging

our commission to destroy these critters.

Mark 16:15~18 15 And H~ :said to them, IfGD .mto aU the world and preach the gospel to every creature.16 He who believes and is baptized wfn be saved; hut he who does not believe will be condemned. 17·And these signs will' foBo.wthose who believer In My Dame they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;18 they will bike up serpents; and if they drink anything de'.ldly, it will by no means burt them; they wUllay bands on the sick, and they will recover."

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L Casting out demons is not an optional part o,four life but a necessity to living free!

a. Jesus gave us these signs as a way to identify gennine believers;

b. The casting out of demons is a commission not an elective.

e. .A'ihough demons are a very real enemy, they cannot be the focus 'Ofour entire

ministry. Jsa 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peaee, Whqse mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You; 4 T'rUst in. the;LORD 'forever, For in 'l'AD,

the LORD, is everlasdng strength. NKJV

Story 'Ofthe demonic bondage

The fact is 'that the church teaches telati\1e:ly little about our struggle with satan or our responsibility to remove him and the: result is often a culture that is blindly Swinging at

the air and helping no one.

Eph 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.ll Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the Wiles of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle apinst flesh and blood, but ag;tinsf principalities~

again.st 'pewees, agatnst' the I1llers of the darkness. of this age, against spiritual hosts

of wickedness in the heavenly places. NKJV

If the body of Christ is wrestling against prmcipalities and powers then why would we

teach self help classes instead of spiritual warfare? The answer is simple, most pastors

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don't understand the battle with satan and therefore we can not take people places we are

not going ourselves. Most pastors are not familiar with the demonic

they have

daily without recognizing it. Let's look at some demonic manifestations to give us an understanding of how they operate and what that looks like.

because they think

not encountered it

but it is more prevalent

than you think and most of us see it

Demonic Manifest.ations

The Oppressed

This is a very common manifestation. Oppression works on the outside. It is a continual bombardment that is seemingly relentless and its soul purpose is to breakdown our resistance. It will come through temptations, persecutions, trials and tribulations. It is satan's way of getting people to look back at their old sinful lives and become defeated by wearing out the saints. This is why we are told, "do not let the sun go down on your wrath,27 nor give place to the devil." Ephesians 4:26 NKJV

The Tormented

Demons torment people from the inside out also. With torment you will often find fear,

depression, and affliction. But we must not assume that a person who is tormented is

demonized. Those who are demonized are not many but there are many who are tormented by satan. A tormented person most often offers little to no resistance to the spirit that is afflicting him or her because they are usually unaware there is a demonic influence. Let's look at Mark 7 for a moment.

Mark 7:29-30 29 Then He said to her, "For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter. It 30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed. NK.JV

In this passage Jesus says the demon has left your daughter. The actual language suggests that the demon withdrew from her which indicates the demon was inside her. This tormented person was not demonized but rather had a place in her life that was obviously unsurrendered to the Lord or there was a pact or maybe even unforgiveness that allowed the demon to torment her. The person being tormented knows there is an influence but is unaware what is causing it.

The Possessed

People that are possessed temporarily lose their ability to control themselves or their will. The possessed person will often not remember their deliverance session because the demon had control of their mind, will, and emotions. They will do things that they do not

remember in their daily lives as well. If later questioned about a situation respond that they remember nothing of the event.

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Jesus dealt with many who were possessed in the scripture. Tnone situation we see a father who took his son to Jesus for deliverance because the boy could not speak. The father elaborates to Christ that the demon would seize the boy and throw him to the ground and cause him to foam at the mouth and gnash his teeth and become ridged all over. He followed this with telling Jesus that the demon would throw his son into the water and the fire trying to kill rum. What amazes me is that this father had such a great understanding of what was happening without ever sitting under Jesus' teaching. The father said that from his childhood this was happening which leads us to believe that he was at least a teenager. He described many ways that this demon manifested but screaming was not one of them. Let's watch the Master deliver this boy. Mark 9:2S"Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!" The first thing Jesus did was to call him out and expose his true identity. Why? Because demons hide in deception and are powerless when they are exposed. If this demon was deafhow could he hear Jesus? Because the demon was not deaf nor mute but manifested this way in order to keep from being exposed. Look what happens when he is removed. Mark 9:26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead ".NKJV Fortunately Jesus knew who He was dealing with and was not deceivedl

The Insane

This kind of manifestation indicates permanent and complete possession. The devil has taken control of mind, body, soul, and spirit. It is the exact opposite of a person being filled with the Holy Spirit and you cannot miss this one because the demons become some arrogant and rebellious that they don't try to bide anymore because often they have found that if they get loud and boisterous they can create fear and control through fear instead of deception. This is not common in the general public but I am convinced our mental institutions are fined with these people. Let's look at the man at Gadarenes for some insight into this condition.

MarkS:2-17

2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs 3. man with an unclean spirit,3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains,4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains bad been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.S And always, night and day, he

was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 When he saw .Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him.7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High

God? I implore You by God that You do Dot torment

8 For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit! "9 Then He asked him, "What is your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many."lO Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.

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11 Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mounrains.Iz So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." 13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. 1480 those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. IS Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and bad tbe legion. sitting and clothed and in bis right mind. And they were afraid.16 And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demou-possessed, and about the swine.I? Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region. NKJV

Notice that this man had no understanding of anything but was completely under the influence of the demon. The only hope for freedom in this case is an encounter with Jesus

Christ. Another thing that amazes me is that these people from town were fine when this man was naked and bleeding and cutting himself but when he was clothed and in his right

mind they became afraid! Sounds just like the world doesn't it?

We must understand that this battle IS both fought and won ill the heavenly realm. We

will never put a dent in the demonic with psychology, medication. or therapy but we must use the weapons of the Kingdom of God to defeat them.

Dan 10:12-14 12 Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, aDd to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have eeme because of your words.13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with·the kings of Persia.

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We do not have carnal weapons that will affect demonic strongholds but have mighty

weapons through God that will completely demolish the demonic! 2 Cor 10:3-6 3 For though we walk in the :flesl4 we do not war according to the fles.h.4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,S casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. NKJV

Demons do and can cause sickness but not all sickness is from the demonic. Luke 13:16-17 16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound -- think of it -- for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?" NKJV

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Notice who it was that kept this woman bound. It was satan. I also want you to notice that Jesus wasn't screaming at the top of His lungs and shouting COME OUT YOU DEMON SPIRlT!! He was more concerned with keeping this woman's dignity in tact than making

a public mockery of the demon. Louder does not mean more authority. Parents, this does not work on your kids and do NOT do this to another brother or sister. Look at Luke 9: 1

for the distinction.

Luke 9:1-2 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

NKJV Notice that Christ made a distinction between authority over both.

diseases and demons but we have

Tn every case we see Christ or a disciple deal with a demon there was only one way to remove them and that was commanding them to leave. But there was one thing they had that allowed them to do so and it was an intimacy with the Father and not just a casual

friendship. Look at what happens when we stupidly approach the demonic.

Gen 1:1 - Acts 19:18

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases

left them and the evil spirits went out of them.13 Then some or the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches."14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?"

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was

leaped on them, overpowered them,

and prevaiJed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.I? This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. NKJV

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