22 November 2010 (Shanee/Matzah)|
Day #251, 5934 AM
The Four Principles of Ministry
During a recent deliverance session with a client, I was led to do some thinking about the haphazzard sort of way in which we have been doing deliverance ministry over the years. We have wasted a lot of time, energy, and even health because we have not been strict enough in applying the Four Principles of Deliverance - two of which must belong to the [presiding] deliverance minister, and two to the one wanting deliverance.
First, the one seeking deliverance must:
Without these two, deliverance is impossible. And in the case of a multiple, all the alters - and especially the core alter(s) - must fulfil these requirements. Hence MPD (DID) cases often take time. The key is the core desire of the fragmented soul. From here we have to define what repentance is, and that is very simple: repentance is feeling godly sorrow for sin, turning away from it by means of moral will. Sin is transgression of Torah. Therefore genuine repentance is a willingness to cease being lawless and becoming Torah-observant, starting with the Two Great Commandments, then the Ten [Commandments], and then the rest of the Mitzvot (commandments). The 'desire to be set free' means essentially to be revolted by demons and their enslavement, and to have an overwhelming wish for liberation. That can only be accomplished through Yah'shua (Jesus). A desire to be delivered is therefore closely connected to a desire to be saved in the total sense of one's being.
- 1. Be REPENTANT; and
- 2. Have the DESIRE TO BE SET FREE.
Explaining what these two mean to one in bondage may not at first be easy or even possible, so we are working with very basic concepts which at first must be general. To desire deliverance is really preconditioned on having a broken heart and a contrite spirit. It is raw desire born out of an awareness that Yahweh is everything and we are nothing. There can be no "pride of life" in us (1 Jn.2:16).
Next, the deliverance minister must be in possession of two things:
Big words but critical...and a little frightening, in my view. The problem with the deliverance we have been doing up to now is that it's been too complex. The way we do it is not the way Yah'shua (Jesus) and the apostles did it. When they delivered, it was simple, powerful, and decisive. Read what it says in the Great Commission (Mk.16:15-16). It is a list of the signs that will accompany those who truly "believe/trust" in the Scriptural sense. It includes driving out demons, speaking new languages, handling snakes, being resistant to poison, and healing the sick!
- 1. AUTHORITY; and
- 2. HOLINESS
If we are to deliver as Yah'shua (Jesus) and the apostles delivered, then there are certain things we have to do with ourselves first! The list is given in Ephesians 6:10-12,18. I think it's worth going through it:
This bespeaks continuous spiritual activity, not 'occasional' when we are forced by 'circumstances' to 'change mode'.
- 1. Be strong in Yahweh and in His mighty power;
- 2. Put on the full armour of Yahweh so that we can take our stand against the devil's schemes;
- 3. Pray in the Ruach (Spirit) on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests; and
- 4. Be alert and keep on praying for the believer.
Next comes the specific armour of Ephesians 6:13-17:
It is therefore no small matter to be a deliverance minister. 'Authority' and 'holiness' are not small words. It means he/she must be in a continuous state of repentance, be walking in the Ruach (Spirit), and conversant with Torah. If we are called, however, we cannot easily back out, and we certainly can't make excuses or take short-cuts.
- 1. The Girdle of Truth (Emet);
- 2. The Breastplate of Righteousness;
- 3. The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace (Shalom);
- 4. The Shield of Faith/Trusting (Emunah);
- 5. The Helment of Deliverance/Salvation; and
- 6. The Sword of the Ruach (Spirit) which is the Word of Yahweh - the two working in unity, as it is written:
"'This is my covenant', says Yahweh: 'My Ruach (Spirit) that is upon you, and My devarim (words) that I have put in your mouth, shall not be withdrawn from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your desendants' descendants', says Yahweh, 'from this time and forever'" (Is.59:21, ISRV).
(Adapted from the Diary of Lev-Tsiyon, 9 October 2003, England)