Easy Steps to Life-Transforming Inner Healing (and Deliverance)
The previous chapters covered many principles for receiving and ministering inner healing and deliverance. I hope you have found these principles to be exciting, informative and easy to put into practice. Even a little understanding of them will aid you incredibly in being set free and in setting others free as well. I strongly recommend that you review these previous chapters a number of times until the simple principles contained in them become a part of you. Your life will never be the same.
In this chapter I want to summarize these simple principles into steps for inner healing.
There are many layers of hurts in all of our lives, and it would normally take years for them to be removed. But don’t be discouraged. You have reason to be excited. Inner healing can come quickly This process can be sped up greatly! Even one or two weeks of fifteen to thirty minutes daily of deep self-travail or holy laughter can have life-changing results for you. I will show you how easily this can be done:
Step 1. Make a written list of your major hurts and big disappointments throughout your life, focusing on your childhood years.
Rejection, emotional hurts and abuse from your mother and dad are the most important. I had twenty-one names on my list! List all the people, including religious leaders, who have hurt of disappointed you greatly.
All of us live in much denial, even of the fact that we are in denial! We run from painful truths. We need to face the truth of how greatly our lives have been affected by hurts of the past and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in permitting Him to set us free. Steps two through eight will show you how to be healed from these various hurts on your list.
Step 2. Begin shouting very loudly in tongues in the privacy of your home, or in your automobile.
At home, you can do this either standing up or lying on your face on the floor. I shout in tongues and travail every day while driving in my automobile. Even a few minutes of this shouting will help release your suppressed emotions. Shouting in tongues will often cause a “cleansing” and/or inner healing to take place.
If you do not speak in tongues, see Chapter 3 and the appendix on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is a free gift from God, and you don’t have to earn it or deserve it. You do have to hunger for it and desire more of God in your life. God has it for you now!
Step 3. Continue shouting in tongues for about two or three minutes until self-travail comes, the “groanings” of Romans 8:26!
Shouting in tongues will help you to “open up” to the Holy Spirit so self-travail — sobbing, groaning, crying or even anointed screaming — can more easily begin for the hurts in your life. But you must, in childlike faith, cooperate with the Holy Spirit. He will not force His blessings upon you! As we have seen, such self-travail is the key to rapid, dramatic, life-changing inner healing.
Focus on a deep hurt in your life, rejection or a great disappointment, such as your marriage, your work, your church or your childhood. Then “cooperate” with the Holy Spirit in opening up to self-travail for the healing of your hurt or disappointment.
How do we cooperate with the Lord? You may be thinking, “I don’t want it to be in the flesh. If God wants me to scream or to laugh, He will cause it to happen.”
The primary cause of Christians being “in the flesh” is our fear of being in the flesh, the fear that we will not be in the Spirit! Because of such fear, we fail to open up to the Holy Spirit as He tries to bring upon us holy laughter, travail, groanings or even screaming! We hold back from prophesying, giving a message in tongues, or delivering a word of knowledge to a friend, pastor or other leader. Fear binds us from cooperating with the Holy Spirit.
Be childlike, be bold, be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. If you feel sobbing coming, you must yield and start sobbing. If you feel holy laughter coming, then you must start laughing. If you feel a scream could begin, you must yield to it. How? By faith, just start screaming! I do this often!
Don’t worry about being in the flesh. In faith, you are cooperating with the Holy Spirit. It will be “in the Spirit”! It will be “anointed”! It will be “bread” and not “a stone”! You will be blessed awesomely.
If you are at home, keep a pillow handy to cover up your loud travail! I travail almost every day in the automobile, so I don’t disturb anyone. Try it. It is an excellent place to travail before the Lord. Jesus said:
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
The Word of God further declares:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:27
So don’t be afraid to be childlike or to seem foolish to others. Let God have His way!
It is true that self-travail or holy laughter usually comes spontaneously, sovereignly, from God, but the Holy Spirit is always waiting for us to make ourselves available — to cooperate with Him in opening up to an anointing for it. He won’t force us to yield to Him. He is kind and patient.
Be childlike. Show your hunger for more of God. By faith, in childlike simplicity, just do it. Laugh, travail, scream! God is going to set you free. The longer it lasts, the more life-transforming your inner healing will be. You may need to repeat this step of moving into self-travail many times in one session of prayer.
Step 4. If self-travail does not come quickly, then ask the Lord for holy laughter for your hurts.
Holy laughter for specific hurts will produce deep inner healing. It will also help you to open up to self-travail. The greater the emotional pain, the more important it is to laugh in the Spirit about it! If your hurt is truly “no laughing matter,” then you must laugh long and hard at it!
To help holy laughter flow, to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, do two things:
1. Pray very loudly in tongues — shouting loudly in tongues is best.
2. Then, by faith “prime the pump” with “Hee, hee! Ha, ha! Ho, ho!” about specific hurts in your life. If laughter still hasn’t come then try, “Ho, ho! Ha, ha! Hee, hee!” This sounds totally foolish, but as indicated earlier, the Bible does say:
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. 1 Corinthians 1:27
These “laughter” words (Ho, ho, ha, ha, hee, hee!) are heavily anointed by the Lord, and are holy words! They will either lead us into deep holy laughter or into self-travail or both! See Chapter 5, “Inner Healing through Holy Laughter.”
God wants hunger and childlike humility from us. Cooperate with the Lord. In faith, in expectancy and with your eyes closed, try out a few Hee, hee’s, Ha, ha’s and ho, ho’s for a deep hurt in your life. You may be amazed at what happens!
3. Force yourself to laugh loudly. Be determined that you are going to be set free.
Step 5. In Jesus’ name, through spiritual warfare, break the power of generational curses (generational iniquity) unto the third and fourth generation in your family line.
We need to “pray through” until we know we have the victory in every generational area that involves a curse — a negative generational inheritance. With great authority, in the mighty name of Jesus, do spiritual warfare until you feel a witness of the Spirit that the curse is broken. Warfare in English is effective and best at times, but I have found that warfare in tongues is usually dynamically more powerful! Try it. Do it often.
It may take a number of sessions of heavy spiritual warfare to obtain significant victories over generational curses in your family history. For example, I had to break the generational curse of occultism in my life in several different areas of involvement. These included the ouïja board, the “pendulum,” visiting a fortune-teller and trying to hypnotize someone. I spent a number of days of much spiritual warfare, including self-travail, to break these curses. Effective prayer is hard work! See Chapter 7, “Breaking the Power of Generational Iniquity.”
Step 6. Follow steps above at least two or three times a week for several weeks!
This is of great importance. There are many layers of hurts and many new areas that the Holy Spirit wants to heal. You will need much more inner healing and deliverance.
Step 7. Feed much on the Word of God, the Bible, renewing your mind from being partially negative to being positive.
The Bible tells us that we must meditate on the Word of God day and night — not just occasionally. Read good books and listen to good tapes on faith. Each day, force yourself, discipline yourself, to speak only words of faith, for we walk “by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Quote slowly to Jesus from your heart (not just mentally), seven times per day for one week, the following scriptures. As you do, be aware that He is present with you. Tell Him how much you love Him:
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37
I can do all things through Christ which strengthen-eth me. Philippians.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Other Special Steps to Follow to Walk in Victory
Here are a few other steps that will ensure victory in your life:
1. Develop a life of praise and worship.
Begin with at least fifteen minutes a day alone with God, just praising and worshipping Him. Sing songs of worship to the Lord Jesus Christ. Much of this praise and worship should be in tongues. Then increase this time to twenty minutes, and then more as you feel the desire — but don’t just do it by formulas or legalistic rules.
Make a list of the many blessings in your life — everything good, including His shed blood, your salvation, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, His friendship, your loved ones, your home, your health and your country. Praise Him often for all of these many blessings in your life.
2. Develop a spirit of thanksgiving in place of complaining. Whenever self-pity tries to rise up, begin praising God for the many blessings in your life.
Complaining and self-pity are faith killers. Thanksgiving is a language of faith and appreciation. Only yesterday the Lord showed me that in my heart I was complaining about the large debt I had. Now I must praise God for this trial and for the future victory of becoming debt-free.
3. Be a forgiving person.
Make a habit of praying blessings on those who hurt you. Jesus has instructed us to bless those who curse us and to love our enemies (see Matthew ). The Lord also has commanded us to judge not and condemn not, and to forgive. We must not judge others but bless them in prayer, and sometimes in other ways also. We must be dispensers of blessings, not of instruction or judging. Then we won’t be judged or condemned. We will be forgiven! That’s good reaping.
4. Repent for any sin in your life, particularly for the sins of negative reactions to hurts and other trials in your life.
This includes the grumbling and complaining about trials in your life, the judging of others, and the desire for revenge. Ask the Lord to search your heart, particularly about judging and criticizing your mother and father and, secondly, your marriage partner.
5. Never, never condemn yourself.
Godly conviction is good, and it brings victorious repentance. Condemnation of oneself brings self-pity, unbelief and spiritual death. Avoid it.
Jesus loves us so greatly. He has taken our pain, our sickness, our fears, our hurts, our rejections, our shame and even our disappointments UPON HIMSELF.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. Isaiah 53:4
Through His shed blood on the cross of
DO THIS: FOLLOW EVEN A FEW OF THE SIMPLE GOD-GIVEN PRINCIPLES IN THIS BOOK, and you will be set free to walk in greatly increased joy and intimacy with God and others. You can be released from the hurts, pains and disappointments of life and become an instrument for setting others free. You can become the person God created you to be. Jesus wants to free you to be able to give and receive love, and to enjoy greatly improved relationships with family members, friends, co-workers and with God.
Laugh and Cry Your Way to Freedom, and be Changed Into His Image Through Inner Healing.