I recently stumbled across this post I wrote nearly five years ago and was astounded to discern that the truth of it is still as relevant today. I am still just as inspired as I was then, and I am still as committed to shouting this news from the rooftops! So, whether this is the first time you have read this, or like me, you are revisiting it, I hope it speaks loud and clear to your spirit. Enjoy and then join me!
How do I write about what I experienced over the weekend? How do I
impart the words of knowledge and freedom that I received, with both
gratification and glory to God for His revelation, and without offending
His Church and the Body of Christ? That's a very difficult tightrope
But, I guess the message I am getting from the Holy Spirit is this:
"Just tell the truth." So here goes... You know that God seems to be
leading me and my husband on a path towards accepting our position on
the battlefield of Spiritual Warfare. So, this past weekend, we had the
privilege to attend a 2-day conference taught by Dr. Charles Kraft, a
professor at Fuller Theological Seminary for 40 years. The title of the
conference was "Defeating Dark Angels", but the central topic of the
meeting was based less on the sensational-sounding aspects of that
title, and more on the Scripture-affirming concept of inner healing to
help deliver defeated Christians as they battle their demons.
There is no way in a single post that I can elucidate all the
insight and understanding that my spirit was given during the intense
instruction. So I will try to give you the points that opened my eyes,
my mind, and my heart to the truth of who I am meant to be as a follower
Let me start by saying that Dr. Kraft is unlike what the secular world
-- and for the most part, the Church -- views as a "Deliverance
Minister." He is a soft-spoken, gentle man, who never raises his voice.
He does not employ any of the histrionics of the so-called "healers"
or "exorcists" that characterize the modern perception of evangelists
who cast out demons -- there is no melodrama, theatrics, or artificial
showmanship; no Benny Hinn, here. There is no writhing on the floor, no
yelling, and no dramatic vomiting. As he reiterated many times
throughout the conference, "If the healing is not loving, it's not from
Interestingly, Dr. Kraft wrote that although most Christians recognize
that much of the New Testament was written by the Apostle Paul to the
new Christian Churches, they fail to acknowledge that 80% of Paul's
Epistles tell us of Jesus's Power, and about 20% talk about the Love of
Jesus. The average Christian knows about Love, Faith, and Redemption,
but they are weak on Spiritual Warfare and the Power and Authority of
Jesus that He transferred to us.
As a missionary in Nigeria, Dr. Kraft asked the people he had come
to serve in Jesus's Name, "What is your biggest problem?" Their answer?
"Evil spirits." I think it should be clear that we are all made in
the image of God (as spirit beings), so why would we be any different?
Oh, yeah... the prosperity, the level of comfort, and our ability to
hide from our demons through the means of entertainment, technology, addictions, and
a myriad of other distractions. So, in the end, we continue to ignore
the attacks and continue in our bondage, while focusing on loving Jesus.
We base our Christian Worldview on the 20% of Paul's writings that
talk about Love, and turn a blind eye to the 80% that tell us He has
given us Power in His Name to be free of all the oppression, pain, and
The first step towards this freedom is to make two major changes in this
worldview towards accepting our role in Spiritual Warfare: 1) Believe
there are demons, and 2) Be able to effectively use our conferred Power
and Authority (in His Name) to deal with these dark angels (demons) and
to "set the captives free". It was an eye-opener to me, when Dr. Kraft
pointed out that there are three things that are most important to
Christians: Salvation, Freedom, and Habits. We've got the first one
down; we understand the origin and process of Salvation pretty well.
And we've gotten real good at the last one; our habits are entrenched
in our Sunday attendance and all the ceremonies and traditions of our
denominations. As Dr. Kraft expressed so well, "Our churches are full
of people wonderfully saved, but they're not free."
We seem to have lost sight of the fact that Jesus obviously took
Satan and his demons seriously. And, even more importantly, He expects
us to take demons seriously and to use His power to get rid of them.
That is very evident in the Scripture that instructs us on His Great
Commission: Jesus came up and said to
them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth
has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My
words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have
commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you
perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to
the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
I have pointed out this
Scripture in the past, but now I have an even greater understanding of
it. Jesus passed on to His disciples all of His power. He set aside
His God Power, and never once used it on earth. He only acted as a
human being, using the power of the Holy Spirit. He intends for us to do the same! We
modern-day disciples of Christ are no different than the famous
Disciples of the Gospels. We are to see ourselves as Jesus sees us. He
tells them to go and make disciples of all the nations (and disciples
is who we are); to baptize; and to "teach them to observe (or do)
everything that I have commanded you." Down through the centuries,
each succeeding generation of disciples concentrated on evangelizing and
baptizing, but failed to teach how to defeat demons using the power of
the Holy Spirit.
But the one thing I want you to get from this abbreviated summary of the conference is this: There is no deliverance from our demons without inner healing first. As
a visual person, it helped me a lot to picture Dr. Kraft's illustration
on what that looks like... "Where you have garbage, you have rats. If
you just get rid of the rats, and don't get rid of the garbage, the rats
will come back. But if you get rid of the garbage first, [the cycle]
of the rats gets weakened, and it is usually easy to kick them out. The
rats, if they are there, are always the secondary problem, not the
So his model of "Deliverance" is to accomplish the inner healing of
the Christian first, then see if there are any demons present. In
other words, the "garbage" could be a number of things resulting in
unresolved pain and hurt in one's life. It could be broken
relationships, areas of unconfessed sin, involvement in the occult, or
sexual or physical abuse in your past --- anything else that gives the
Enemy a "legal right" to influence you, either from the outside or the
When we deal with the "garbage" and get healed from
that -- through getting in touch with how Jesus sees us; this Jesus whom
we know as our loving Savior who created us, chose and planned us from
before God made the world -- then the demons lose their hold on us, and
we can often kick them out of our lives without a fight.
But now comes the part that is difficult for me. How do I express my
frustration with the Church for their inability to see this dynamic?
How do I make my fellow Christians and members of the Body of Christ
understand that if Jesus instructed us to be taught on how to use His
Power and Authority through the Holy Spirit to defeat Satan and his
demons -- yet we don't recognize that authority, or refuse to consider
it -- then I humbly see that as irresponsible on our part, as His
disciples. This Power and Authority is available to all who follow
Jesus, and is meant to be a means to offer Freedom to those held captive
by Satan. I will agree that certain people of faith seem to have a
"knack" or "gifting", if you will, to "take the ball and run" with the
power and authority. But as Dr. Kraft so wisely counseled us,
"Obedience precedes gifting." If we will only be obedient to Jesus's
command of John 14:12, (We will do the works He did, and do even greater things),
I believe we will find that our ability to engage in His Power and
Authority, through the Holy Spirit, will come in greater measure.
We should not be afraid of our Commission, and we should not shirk
our responsibility to follow our Savior's commands. As 2 Timothy 1:7
says, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or
fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound
judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm,
well-balanced mind and self-control]." THAT, my fellow Christians is living in true Freedom! And THAT is
why Jesus performed the will of His Father on the Cross... to give us
the ability to use the same Authority from our Father, and the Power of
the Holy Spirit to not only live a free life ourselves, but to help set
other captive Christians free.
You see, "Deliverance" doesn't have to be a violent, theatrical
show of God's Power and Authority. It can be just like Jesus showed us
... loving; practiced by any Christian; and it leads to healing, not
But ultimately, the choice to practice His Power and Authority is still
ours. I agree with Dr. Kraft... God will not violate our Free Will. He
will not force the use of His authority upon us, nor will He change our
free will. But He can change the circumstances that result from our
free will when, in the Name of Jesus, we take authority over demon
spirits and break their power in Jesus's Name and through the Holy
The final thought I want to leave you with is this ... Deliverance
is not a science; it is a journey of faith. Jesus has given us tools to
empower ourselves in our spiritual warfare, and they do just that...
empower us; but they don't fix us. We are in a spiritual war, and no
war is won in a single battle. Throughout our journey through life, we
will engage in many battles, and growing into a mature faith is our
goal. But God has a goal, too. He always wraps His Power in His Love,
with the goal of setting people free. My prayer is that His people will
learn to use that Power and Authority to heal themselves and others
from the attacks of the Enemy, and to free those whom Satan has in
captivity from "the sins that entangle us." It's time for all
Christians to begin that journey of healing towards true Freedom.
I wouldn't change a word about this five-year-old post. Every word still stands on its own. But the Lord has added new revelation in context of the Kingdom of God. Inner Healing is an important component of the Kingdom culture on earth. Without freedom, a Christian is subject to the lies of the Ruler of this dark world and unable to walk in his or her full power and authority as an ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven. We have been appointed to take back territory [physically, geographically, and spiritually] for our King, and if we are shackled by wounds or pain, then lives remain in enemy hands. So, I am grateful to be able to re-share my initial enthusiasm for the ministry of Inner Healing, and to declare that my passion has not waned. God bless Dr. Kraft for the countless lives he has influenced while working with Jesus to "set the captives free". May we all answer the call on our lives to "Go!"
Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you."