AS we receive many answers, how do we discern what is God, what is our mind and what come from demonic powers?
Answers from the mind: The nature of answers we come up with is slightly different from those from God.What the therapist hears is “I think God would say such and such.”Sometimes, “Of course I know what God would say to that!”The subject of the sentence is “I” and that is a clue that this comes from the person’s mind.
Answers that seem demonic: Sometimes the answer grates.I seems like a wrong or painful message.It is not encouraging at all to my client.“Ouch!”
Scripture says that prophecy is to be encouraging.Truly most messages received in listening prayer therapy are edifying and clarifying.Sometimes they are common sense wisdom.Those from God almost never confront, undermine or discourage the person. So when an answer seems out of character for God, I assume it has a demonic origin. However, I want my client to come up with the same discernment without revealing to them what I discern. This is a learning processor them.
When a message seems out of character and, therefore, possibly demonic in origin, I ask my client: “How does that feel?”
‘How does that feel?” is an often used phrase in my listening prayer therapy work.In this case I am wanting my client to taste and see if this is a good message – a godly encouraging word.
If the message is discouraging and undermining my client has no problem saying to me that it does not feel good.This is StepOne, if you will, in guiding the discernment process.
Next I ask: “Where do you think that message comes from?”By asking this, I am encouraging them to identify that it is not Jesus speaking.They usually have no problem realizing that this is not from God and, rather, from the enemy of our souls.Step Two.
Then I explain that they have the right to refuse to receive this massage.One can throw out junk mail put in one’s mail box.One can delete spam in your electronic mail.One can also refuse to receive and believe the message that demons offer.I ask them to renounce, refuse, this message and to ask to hear only from the true risen Jesus Christ.
You will notice that I do not ask them to address the source of the message.Just refuse the message.
My inner healing operates without the practice of “binding” demons or setting up a “deliverance” sessions. The guidance I have received from God is to focus is on inner healing. God has guided me to a variety of alternatives to confronting demons. `
In one session a demon some up through client. My thought was that we needed to have a deliverance session. God’s thought was to nullify the message not to fight the messenger. I obeyed God’s thought and mentally nullified the thought the demon spoke. That course correction in a single session became a course correction for every session after that. I never got dragged into a deliverance session and stayed focus on my calling of counselling and prayer therapy and inner healing.
If you want a Biblical understanding of God’s reason for this, do a study of the strategy of Nehemiah in dealing with the enemies to rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.Notice and meditate upon how he maintains battle readiness while focusing on rebuilding the walls.Notice that he avoids being distracted from his task or sidetracked by rumours and threats. Like Nehemiah, I focus on the inner healing work of reconstruction the walls of the personality. I do not respondto the taunts of the enemy.
With good spiritual guidance, Christians often hear from Jesus – the risen Christ.Perhaps we should credit the Holy Spirit for communicating these truths, for Jesus says: “I still have many things to say to you but you, but you cannot bear them now.”In John 16:13 – 15, Jesus goes on to explain that later “He, the Spirit of Truth” will tell us things that Jesus wants to say to us.
What clients report to me is simple, plain truth as they listen to God.These are often spoken with great clarity.They often convey good common sense.In spite of this, they never fail to surprise me with the reassurance they bring.I can almost sigh with relief because Jesus makes everything so simple, so clear, that all uncertainty and lack of clarity is dispelled.
If some explanation is needed Jesus speaks for several sentences.However, some messages are very short.Given the flow of the question, he may simply say: “Of course.”
I may have to convince my client that it is worth asking the question even if they know the answer.Our knowledge – head knowledge – does not provide emotional healing.The same truth spoken by Jesus - revelation knowledge – comes with healing power.