I wanted to put something together in the area of inner healing as I was asked about it. If you want to read the conversation it can be found beginning with comment #2 under the topic Generational Curses here – http://mkayla.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/generational-curses/#comments. I’ve copied most of the teaching to this article, so it may not be necessary.
I don’t have a large amount of experience in this area, but I want to share what I do know with you. I was trained under a specialized form called SOZO which was written specifically for the ministry I was involved with. I participated on teams approximately 6 or 8 times and personally underwent the process.
Many years ago I learned and used the same methods while in secular therapy referred to then as “inner child healing”. When someone comes and makes a connection like this we should pay attention. It should be a huge cause for alarm.
This is the process. The person is asked by a counselor to go back in time and remember the first time she felt a certain negative way about herself or the first time she remembers suffering abuse or trauma, whatever the presenting problem. Once the memory is there she is asked to “connect with” the feelings of the memory. When that is achieved she then is told to “speak into” that moment to the child affirming she is loved, worthy, important, safe etc. Then, the “child” is assured she is safe now because the “adult” can and will protect her in the future.
The idea here is to speak to the negative influence thereby breaking negative thought patterns or behaviors believed to have been brought on from some trauma in the person’s life. This is known as visualization or guided imagery.
So imagine this same scenario in a “Christian” setting, but instead of the “adult” speaking, the “counselor” or “prayer partner” asks Jesus to speak His truth into the memory. Same process just a different “savior”.
Hmm…so where is this in the bible?
We already know as Christians we are not to look back and that we are in a process of discipleship, having our minds renewed and looking to God who is our hope.
Consider these scriptures:
Luke 9:62 – But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 4:20-24 – 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Romans 12:2 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Acts 20:32 - “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Psalm 43:5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul?And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Romans 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
The story of Nicodemus came to my mind as I was considering healing. This is just kinda paraphrased from John 3. When Nicodemus didn’t understand the words of Jesus in being “born again” he questioned how could it be possible to enter the womb a second time. And Jesus clarified so that Nicodemus understood it is not a matter of the flesh, but a matter of the spirit. It struck me because our growth is not a matter of going back into the past, its a matter of being born again and going forward from there.
John 3:1-6 1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The best argument is the truth of scripture against the lie. There isn’t a single instance of this or any “inner healing” process, visualization or guided imagery techniques being taught or practiced by Jesus or the disciples. We do not borrow techniques from the world or other religions. Christianity has its own methods for healing and we don’t need the ideas of man in the form of psychology or New Age practices to get us there. God does not “show up” just because we expect him to or just because we stamp the name of Jesus onto some method or program.
This inner healing for the Christan is a very wicked, very evil practice. God is very much aware of our sufferings and our focus is on Him, not the past. God does not violate what He has already designed and as born again believers and followers of Jesus we already have what we need to be overcomers. I believe the “jesus” speaking to these people is not Jesus Christ, the Messiah, but a demon disguising himself. I say this out of my own personal SOZO experiences and those I helped lead.
Stay far away from any prayer ministry involving the healing of past memories no matter how good it sounds or how much sense it seems to make. It is a dangerous road to go on and you may find yourself with more trouble than when you started.