Illustration of Goals Applied in Ministry
In my last post I listed goals that need to be accomplished when ministering to someone for memories of extreme abuse. In this post I will give an illustration of how I applied these goals to a recent ministry situation.
A few days ago, I had the privilege of ministering to a man in his late 50s (I’ll call him Zeke), who was born into a satanic family and horrendously abused all his life. In spite of this abuse, he managed to overcome enough to have a good marriage and raise a loving family of five children. Now there are several grandchildren.
He has suffered with depression his whole life. As we prayed and asked Jesus to bring into Zeke’s conscious mind something he needed to know in order to get better, he had a memory of being four or five years old and doing something sexual with a child of the same age. The enemy had used that incident to constantly tell him he was “a bad boy.” The feeling that he was a bad boy had hounded him every day of his adult life. No matter how he lived his life or how many good and kind things he did for others, he could never shake the deep-seated feeling he was a bad boy. This was one of the roots of his depression.
As we talked about this, we (a ministry partner and I) were able to help him understand that little children aged four or five are not interested in anything sexual unless they have been sexually molested. In Zeke’s case he had been sexually abused since birth so as a child he knew nothing else. Satanic cults force little children (as well as adult victims) to do evil things against their will and then shame them for it and repeatedly tell them they are bad. They purposely do all they can to destroy a person’s dignity and instill in them a deep sense of shame.
Zeke was able to see his actions were the outcropping of his abuse and forgave himself. He then forgave his abusers in general. (There had been many but he was willing to forgive.) Then he renounced the lie that he was a bad boy and proclaimed the truth that he was a new creature in Christ Jesus and a friend of God.
At this point, the demons’ legal rights to be there had been broken, and they began pouring out at my command. It took just a few minutes for them all to leave. (Lies believed and unforgiveness are legal rights for demons to remain in a person.)
Then I asked Jesus to please show Zeke how he sees him. In his mind, Zeke was able to see Jesus placing a crown on his head and then clothing him in a kingly robe. Lastly Jesus put his arm around him. It was so rewarding to see the big smile on Zeke’s face at that point.
Of course, one memory cannot heal a lifetime of shame, but it was an excellent beginning. I am looking forward to more ministry times with Zeke. He is a humble man who is willing to do whatever it takes to get free from the effects of his lifetime of torture and abuse at the hands of his father and others in the satanic cult.
At this point I would like to restate some of the goals from the previous article that were accomplished during this short ministry session.
- There was a memory. (This particular one was not repressed as they usually are, but it had plagued him all his life.)
- He expressed verbally his emotion of always feeling he was a bad boy.
- He forgave himself and the abusers who had used him and sexually abused him all his life.
- He renounced the lie that he was a bad boy and proclaimed the truth of his position in God as a Christian.
- The demons, having lost their legal rights to be there, were cast out.
- The presence of Jesus was invited to minister to him.
I hope this brief illustration will help others involved in this ministry see how my goals for ministry are applied. As I have stated many times before, it is not a ministry technique. It is the application of biblical truth along with the presence of Jesus in prayer that heals the most horrendously abused people on earth—the satanically ritually abused and trafficked—one memory at a time.