See that guy? He’s not really Jesus. I can explain: Many have been taught to be way too worried about deceiving spirits. At the same time, I’ve run into plenty of those buggers, and can’t dismiss the issue.
The fear of deception is exactly what keeps us vulnerable to deception, because it keeps us from developing experience with the True. If we don’t push the edges of our comfort zones and grow in experientially encountering the Lord, we will always lack the knowledge of the true necessary to spot a deceiver.
The main issue is trusting his heart, that if we ask for bread he won’t give us a serpent. From there, once we’ve eaten a lot of bread, we can learn to spot a serpent, because a serpent isn’t very much like bread.
Did you know that there really are “false Jesuses” out there though? Even Paul wrote about “another Jesus,” and he’d never been south of the border. Recently, I prayed with three people for deep healing within the span of a week, each of whom needed to be delivered from false Jesuses. These people lived in vastly different parts of the world (West Coast U.S., East Coast U.S., and South Asia), had completely different ethnic backgrounds and life histories.
I’m sure that three in a week is a low number for some of those who are praying on this level with people full time (I’ve run into this so often). Dealing with these counterfeit spirits wasn’t any big deal, and I’ve never found them too difficult to recognize or to remove.
I’ve often run into “evil Jesus” while working with people’s fractured parts, especially if they come from a religious background or a religious heritage (i.e. most people on some level). The main problem I’ve seen these cause is that they prevent the person’s parts from coming into relationship with the true Jesus.
How I often walk people’s fractured parts through healing is to get them into relationship with Jesus, and then to have him do the heavy lifting of counseling and healing them directly. I’ve found that to be the most effective, quickest, and easiest way to bring healing in that area. This can be difficult though if they think they already know Jesus, but know a false one instead, or if they have been abused by something they think is Jesus, and now want nothing to do with him.
I’ve run into this when I’ve asked people’s fractured parts if they can see Jesus nearby, or to ask him about such and such, or to ask him to heal them from this or that, and they have turned to their familiar spirit who has been dressed up like Jesus, but who (for one thing) is unable to heal them.
Dealing with all this becomes necessary because people are very often fragmented, and sometimes dissociated at higher levels (like DID, etc.), and these fragments/parts have their own needs for ministry. I basically learned about this through getting healed from it myself, having plenty of dramatic experiences along the way.
I found out I needed such things by searching for answers for others who were dealing with worse, being led to the beginning of some answers, then realizing in the process that I needed the same kind of healing those people did. Then, it seemed that most people could benefit from this, just on various levels.
I wasn’t shy to experiment with Holy Spirit, or to learn from others who had lots of previous experience. A decade and a half later, I still have the privilege of praying with and seeing quite a few people being healed in this area. It’s just one more of the multiple facets of deeper healing and transformation paid for us through the work of the cross. I’m also watching as many more people are starting to learn about such things and applying them nowadays. That’s a long story made very short, but let’s move along with the subject, shall we?
All About Jesus’ Evil Twins as Seen in Fragment Land
Like I said, this area of working with people’s fractured parts is where I’ve run into many Jesus impostors. I’m not convinced that this is the only place they exist. I have a hunch that there would be lots of them hanging around your local house of religion, inspiring sermons and prayers and such, but I’ve only seen them exposed while working with fractured parts.
These “false Jesuses” have never been hard to recognize for anyone who knows to check for such things, and who has a basic familiarity with the ways of the true Jesus. One test I’ve never found to fail, is to have the fractured parts look into the eyes of the thing presenting itself as Jesus, and to check whether there is love in those eyes. The true Jesus always has love in his eyes, while a counterfeit will have cold eyes, or hateful eyes, or something of that nature (usually cold).
You can also often tell by the way “Jesus” treats a person and their parts. If he’s mean, condemning, sexually, physically, or verbally abusive, etc., then it’s not the real Jesus. Easy. Also, the bad Jesus won’t be able to heal the parts’ pains and issues, but the real Jesus can and will take those things away like magic as he is given permission to by the parts who were holding them.
The false Jesus tends to not be able to dress in all white (representing purity in the spiritual realm), but will have other colors. In one case, a false Jesus seemed to be dressed in all black with a white stripe down the center, like a skunk, and he even smelled like a skunk. Other times, it’s been more subtle.
The parts only need to be shown that the fake Jesus is fake, and to give permission for him to be removed. They only need to look into his eyes and check for love. Then, you can remove him with a command. Now, you can introduce the kiddos to the real Jesus, and let him start healing them.
So, making this relevant to more than just healing fractured parts, let’s look at how the “evil Jesus” has been known to operate. Maybe we can draw general principles from that of how the enemy counterfeits spiritual things in our lives.
I’ve seen the fake Jesus be like a voice of self-criticism on steroids, always drawing attention to something to accuse or condemn about the person. John 3:17 tells us that the the real Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it. That means that even “the world,” the system of people who are actively involved in sin and not even asking for a savior, are not being condemned by the true Jesus. Instead, he is saving them.
The false Jesus will beat you up for your sins, and anything else he can possibly get you to feel bad about just the same, all in the name of “conviction.” Self condemnation and self criticism leads us to become critical and condemning of others too, so it shows up outwardly.
The fake Jesus is cold and rigid, more about “obedience” than relationship. He seems to just kind of keep things “decently and in order,” as in everybody staying within the lines, staying wounded and dead inside, not daring to do much for the sake of avoiding being wrong, not making any real progress. The biggest thing he seems to do is to keep people’s hurting parts from coming into relationship with the true Jesus, because they think they already have that.
Talking about being lifeless, I recall one person who had a false Jesus who was only a framed picture of Jesus, like the picture at the top of this blog post. Instead of relating to this person’s fractured parts personally, this picture of Jesus merely stood for the teachings and rules passed down from authority figures early in life. This person’s fractured part needed to see that their “Jesus” wasn’t real, and that the true Jesus wanted to be in actual relationship with them.
Some people’s parts refuse to meet with Jesus, because they think they have met him already, whether in the form of a spirit or in the form of the example of religious institutions and people. I’ve found different folks’ parts refusing to receive help from Jesus because they think he hates everybody and is going to send them to hell, or because they think he endorses various forms of abuse which are common in religion, such as shaming and condemning people, oppression of women, etc.
I’ve had a few people whose parts have raised the objection of hell, that if there is a forever hell which God is going to send people to, he must be a bad guy and someone to stay clear of. As long as they held a belief in this “hell,” they weren’t going to dare let Jesus talk to them or begin healing them. I’ve had to explain to them how that is a false doctrine based only on mis-translations, and I’ve even had to invite the real Jesus to explain the truth to them directly. I’ve then listened in as he has explained how there is no such thing as a “hell” of eternal torment for anybody, how he would never create such a thing.
For those who are freaking out now, I know of no better current theology source on the subject than Richard Murray, who has a great, scholarly pdf, “The Question of Hell,” which is usually free online but down at the moment. For now, here is a FB note of his using some of its content:
We’ve been joined to the Lord, have become one spirit with him, and have now basically become the fourth person of the Trinity. Jesus said in John 17 that we would be one with him and with his Father as he and the Father are one. I didn’t make that up. It’s straight outta the Bible. This applies to all those who believe the gospel.
So… who’s spiritual authoritah should we submit to? If we are joint heirs with Christ, if all things belong to us, if we carry his literal authority on earth, what authority do we not have?
If you’ve ever spent time around the Charismatic world, you’ve surely heard the demand that, to be really right with God, to be really walking in his purposes, you need to “submit to authority.” You may have heard things like, “You need a spiritual covering,” or, “To have authority, you must be under authority!” I agree with those statements, but that’s because I understand their meaning way differently than those people do.
Some talk about five fold ministers as God’s designated authoritah which everybody needs to submit to. Okay… but what does that mean? We’ve gotten the Lord’s model of authority completely mixed up with the world’s model. The Lord’s model looks like Jesus… who humbled himself, taking on a form with “no beauty that we should desire him,” identifying with us at our lowest level, taking our guilt and shame upon himself, becoming the one who was wrong so we could be right when we were actually wrong, serving, washing feet, laying down his life for us.
The world’s model of authority looks more like a bossy corporate executive, like say… the Donald on The Apprentice screaming “You’re FIRED!” Our typical model of authority stands head and shoulders above us (or at least maintains that image), and if any of us start growing, it pushes us back down to keep us in order. Our standard idea of authoritah is something “over us,” holding us down, keeping us in check from stepping outside the lines it has determined for us.
It’s the loudest, rudest guy in the room, whose might makes right and who probably got where he is by stepping on someone. The traditional church’s model is based on a belief that people are untrustworthy by nature and need their freedoms restricted, that they need someone to control them so they won’t get out of line. Cartman (of South Park fame) shows us what this may look like.
Jesus turned that whole model on it’s head. Rather than dominating people with an organization’s visions and agendas, he laid down his own agenda and his own ministry for the people, to help them follow the dreams and desires of their hearts. He gave us the ultimate endorsement of belief in what is in our own hearts, freeing us from the laws and restrictions meant to control our behavior. (You have been released from the Law through the death of Christ -Romans 7:6.)
The ultimate spiritual authoritah thought it was better for us to just be ourselves from our hearts rather than to have an outside structure telling us what to do. Rather than demanding conformity to a cookie cutter image, he freed us to blossom into our uniqueness.
Jesus contrasted his model of authority with the world’s in Matthew 20:25-26, “The rulers of the heathen lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them, but it shall not be so among you. Instead, whoever would become great among you must become your servant.”
What many seem to miss is that Jesus said plainly here that we are not to exercise authoritah over one another. Jesus did not say that we are to have a “servant’s heart” while we exercise authoritah over one another. He said that we are not to do it at all.
Authority in Christ is exercised over the kingdom of darkness, not exercised over people. It serves people. It is exercised under people for the sake of supporting them rather than being exercised over them to control them.
In Matthew 23:6-10, Jesus once again warns against hierarchical, authoritarian relationships in spiritual communities, speaking of the pharisees, “They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.”
We’ve tried gathering around fathers before. It was called “the papacy,” and it didn’t work. (Pope means “father.”) Instead, we are meant to gather around the Father.
What Real Authority Does:
Real spiritual authority doesn’t boss you around, but comes underneath you and sacrificially serves you.
Real spiritual authority doesn’t demand that you think or believe in a certain predetermined theology, but helps you walk out your own process of discovering truth.
Real spiritual authority doesn’t try to convince you that they know best what God is really saying to you, but tries to convince you to depend on hearing the Lord for yourself.
Real spiritual authority doesn’t boast in how spiritual they are to try and convince you that you need them to teach you, but tries to convince you of how spiritual you are and that “you have an anointing from the Holy One and… have no need that anyone teach you.” -1 John 2:20-27.
Real spiritual authority doesn’t try to impose a parent-child relationship upon you, trying to impose a hierarchical system of command and obey where you need their permission before stepping out, but encourages you to walk in your own authority and to step out in your own authority.
Real spiritual authority doesn’t forbid people from ministering who aren’t under their umbrella, but like Jesus in Mark 9:48, in the case of the man found casting out demons outside their group, says, “Do not forbid him.”
Real spiritual authority doesn’t try to be the center of God’s purposes in a town or region, but tries to help everyone else be the center of God’s purposes in a town or region.
Real spiritual authority liberates you from outside controls rather than putting you in bondage again.
So, yes, we do need to submit to spiritual authority… but this means something opposite from what the Charismatics meant when they said it.
Some talk about an apostolic model of authoritah. Was Paul a good example of apostolic authority? When his authority was questioned by “super apostles” among the Corinthians, he pointed to his weaknesses as the best evidence of his apostleship. He didn’t claim to be an apostle based upon his popularity, his wealth, or his public speaking skills. Instead, he pointed to his often earthly poverty, his poor reputation as “the off-scouring of all things,” his suffering, and his reliance upon the power of Holy Spirit despite his poor presentation skills.
I’ve heard people teach about apostles today, and what I’ve typically heard has made it sound like apostolic authoritah needs to look like Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, or Randy Clark (or… the Donald?). I’m sure most of those guys are probably apostles and/or pastors, but I tend to think their highly visible corporate position and widespread prestige is the exception rather than the norm.
Is kingdom authority really based on how big your church network is, how big your name is, and how many book deals you get? If so, Paul himself would have been disqualified at times. He began as one whom the Christians kept their distance from, then became more recognized, then went back into obscurity later in his ministry, writing that all had forsaken him except just a few, and that even the very churches he started had left him. Jesus himself ended his life with no organization or network and with very few supporters.
Some say the apostolic is about networking among the who’s who… and that’s probably the emphasis for you if you are an administrator. If you’re more of a service motivation, then it’s more about moving in the miraculous and in authority over the demonic without grasping for attention, since the service motivation is the one which emphasizes those things the most. If you’re a teaching motivation, it’s more about producing life changing teachings. A prophetic/perceiver motivation will likely make it more about having cutting edge revelation, and a mercy motivation will likely see it as stewarding the atmosphere of heaven and making people feel loved. An exhorter motivation will likely see it as being about reaching and influencing large numbers of people, and so on. We tend to see these things through our own narrow perspectives.
A fivefold pastor, for instance, is not a pastor because they are a professional “pastor” of a church, but because they are gifted in such a way as to shepherd and nurture people, to equip them into maturity by doing so, and are walking in that gifting. “Submitting to their authority” is merely a matter of recognizing what God is doing in them and receiving it. It’s just allowing them to love you.
If real spiritual authority looks like Jesus, then real authority looks like someone born in a barn, who grew up in the ghetto and spoke ebonics, who was violently opposed and cast out by the religious systems of his day. He carried not only a stigma of heresy over his ministry, but a stigma of sexual perversion.
A bastard birth was taken very seriously in those days, and the Pharisees brought this up to Jesus repeatedly, such as with the woman caught in adultery. It says they came to tempt him when they asked him, “Moses says such should be stoned… but what do you say?” Later, after he told them their father was the Devil, they retorted back, “We know who our father is, we were not born of fornication.” He would have been considered unfit to enter into the presence of God for multiple generations to come due to the defilement of what were believed to be his birth circumstances.
If real spiritual authority looks like the people Jesus sent, then it looks like the unknowns and unlikelies, the prostitutes, the anarchists, the foul mouthed blue collar workers who had failed morally under stress in the past (aka Peter), and the tax collectors/liberal ACLU lawyers.
For some reason he seemed to pass over the upstanding rich young rulers and the prestigious, whitewashed scribes and pharisees for the sake of sending out the scandalous ones. He favored the poor above the rich, and in Luke 16:15 he said, “That which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”
In Jesus’ day, submitting to true spiritual authority meant that you would be blacklisted by the widely recognized leaders and banned from the synagogues.
What about the Bible verses so often used to club people into submission? Let’s look at a couple:
Let’s start with the ol’ standard, Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Case closed right? Obey your leaders who watch over your souls. Command and obey relationships in church are endorsed by scripture… until you look at the original language a bit.
The root of the word translated “obey” there (“peitho,” Strongs# G3982) is much more often translated as, “be persuadable.” “Be persuadable,” is different than, “obey,” although “obey” fits much better with the theologies of the institutions behind most translations (Church of England, etc.).
Another verse I’ve heard used to club people who don’t “respect authoritah” right in the groin is Jude 7-8, “Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.” (NASB).
I’ve heard this one used to say that people who “reject authority” (supposedly meaning hierarchical church systems) are totally out of control morally, sexually perverse, under wrath like Sodom and Gomorrah, etc.
This even goes on in the next verse to appear to be associated with spiritual warfare, that these people take authority over the Devil inappropriately when they should only ever say, “the Lord rebuke you.” This is really what I’ve heard people teach.
The word translated there as “angelic majesties” however, is “doxas,” meaning “glories” (Strongs# G1391). Nowhere else is this word translated “angelic majesties” as if it spoke of some sort of high spiritual being, but speaks of the nature of God, or of the act of worshiping or exalting God. This verse is talking about those who revile the nature of God, who revile “glory.” In no way is this saying that it is rebellious to know your authority in Christ and to exercise it over any and all levels of the demonic.
It seems though, that there is a common perspective taught in the church world, one which would like us to believe that we should respect the Devil’s authoritah over us, that we should submit to demonic authoritah, that we generally need to submit to religious control, oppression, and judgment, that to do otherwise is to be rebellious, and next to being grossly immoral.
In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and in earth has been given unto me.” That doesn’t leave any authority for the Devil, any of his principalities or powers, or any of his religious systems. In Luke 10:19, he says, “Behold, I give you authority over all the power of the enemy.” That doesn’t just mean some. The real authoritah in heaven and earth belongs to those who believe. Jesus has given it to us. It doesn’t belong to something which would like to oppress us and hold us down.
This is an enhanced version of something I wrote out for a FB friend, who knew that she was experiencing fractured parts/fragments in her life but didn’t how to heal them. The little write up included in the middle of this seemed to help her safely make progress in her own healing when she applied it, and it would likely be useful for more people in the same way.
In her instance, she seemed to already be comfortable with perceiving things in the spiritual realm, and seemed to even be quick to pick up communicating with parts of herself. These things tend to be more of a matter of having a willingness to walk in childlike faith, rather than being a matter of needing to have some unusual gifting.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about at all, here is a variety of teachings from Praying Medic on the subject of parts (fragments and alters), from his website:
There are areas of woundedness which don’t seem to respond to typical methods of inner healing, such as when we are attempting to heal emotions found in painful memories, but we just can’t seem to really get ahold of the emotions themselves or get them to fully release. Many times (not always), this can be due to fractured parts being involved.
Many times a pain or issue is within a fractured part of a person and not in their main personality, and so the person’s main personality simply doesn’t have the ability to hand that issue over to the Lord, to make the decision to receive his healing of that issue, etc., but the fractured part itself must make those decisions. I’ve found that ministering healing directly to these parts can resolve many pains and problems which couldn’t seem to be budged any other way.
I don’t want to make it sound like healing fractured parts always and only boils down to a simple written formula, like there are just a few steps in a certain order and that’s all anyone ever needs. Still, for many people, healing fractured parts can be much easier than it sounds. When we rely on the Lord to bring miraculous healing, things can be accomplished much faster and much more painlessly than any other way.
Some people have long and complex healing processes, yet I’ve seen a decent number of people get a large number (maybe all) of their parts healed and integrated in one or two prayer sessions. It depends on the individual and exactly what they are dealing with.
For those who are already working with their parts and have a healing process which is taking years to complete, there is absolutely no shame in that, but they may be dealing with something more complex than what I can give all the answers to in a little blog post. Sometimes though, people just don’t know what they can do to speed things up to make these things easier on themselves, because.. who talks about this sort of thing?
What this is ultimately about is experiencing the “sozo” (Greek for: healing, rescue, “salvation” in the NT) which Jesus died for us to receive. This is about opening up the deeper areas of ourselves to allow him to work in those places and to bring wholeness and freedom where there has been pain and bondage.
I don’t get involved in labeling people with psych disorders such as DID, DDNOS, or the like, and I prefer to just talk about “parts” rather than trying to judge whether they should be called fragments or alters or whatever the latest psychological term is. Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t get involved in all the medical labels (which are subject to debate among the doctors anyway), but I just pray with people and invite the Lord to bring healing. Somebody else can put labels on you if you want.
I should include a warning: If someone reports missing time in their daily life, a history or signs of satanic ritual abuse, or being tremendously overwhelmed or traumatized by attempts at emotional healing, you probably want to back off and get help from someone experienced with those things. The info I’m sharing here is for more common, less complex cases. Healing parts usually isn’t that difficult, but there are certain people for whom it can be a more rough process.
A programmed SRA survivor for instance, may be programmed to kill themselves as soon as someone begins healing their parts or as soon as one of their parts shares certain information. That programming may take over and one of their parts may do the deed whether the rest of them wants that to happen or not.
Even a few non-SRA people, with complex and severe woundedness among their parts, may get hurt more severely if someone digs into their stuff too quickly or too recklessly. Most people aren’t going to experience anything like that with any kind of healing work though. Again, for the vast majority of people receiving ministry, these things will never be an issue, but there are some out there for whom they can be.
This post is for information sake only. Minister only to those you are truly prepared to help. You may need to find in person training, do more research, and even partner with someone else for awhile before taking on really tough situations. Still, with most people, Jesus just heals the parts quickly and painlessly (or close to painlessly), without complication.
The basic idea behind what I do is to get the parts in personal communication with the Lord, and to allow him to do the heavy lifting of counseling and healing them directly. He can bring exactly the truths needed to answer their questions, to resolve their concerns, and he can instantly take away all sorts of bondages and emotional issues which could otherwise take years for the person and their parts to work through in their own strength.
There are several ways that you can get in contact with fractured parts to communicate with them, to invite the Lord to begin communicating with them and bringing healing:
-Some people call them “up” or to the surface of a person’s consciousness, to actually “switch” or take control of the body. (People find success with this approach, but I prefer to use other methods when I can.) From here, you can have a conversation with a fractured part just as with the normal personality of the one you are ministering to as it speaks through their mouth. Depending on how seriously fractured a person is, they may experience a subtle or drastic shift take place with this, or even a headache as the switching takes place.
-Rather than getting people to “switch,” I typically like to talk to people’s parts out loud (they can usually hear you as you talk to the person out loud) and ask them to just put thoughts and pictures in the person’s mind, feelings in their emotions, and such. This is just as if the person were listening to the Lord, but instead, they are listening to a part of themselves. This seems to be easier on the person receiving ministry many times, and for one thing, also allows them to communicate with and walk their own parts through healing when nobody is around to help.
-Another way is to just perceive the parts in the Spirit, to see them in vision form for instance, and to go to them “in the Spirit,” bringing the Lord there with you. This way, you can communicate with them in the spiritual realm, without needing to physically say anything, and you can introduce them to Jesus, releasing him to minister to them however he wants to. As you watch the Lord begin to minister, just trust him to accomplish the one thing he is doing, and then wait for him to show you the next thing, watch him do that, and so on. You may recognize the part receiving all sorts of different kinds of help (it is often different every time) until they seem to disappear, becoming integrated into the rest of the person. (They don’t actually disappear, but they become one with the core person. They become more fully alive and “out” all the time in the person’s life.)
A FIRST STEP
In any of those three approaches, it can be very helpful to start by binding up and restraining the demonic from hindering ministry in any way, and specifically to bind up and restrain them from manipulating or controlling any parts of the person, causing them to cause hindrances or blocks to ministry.
Oftentimes the enemy will manipulate and use parts whose job it is to protect other parts of the person, using these “protectors” to protect the person from getting healed. (Yes, different parts tend to have different jobs, protectors, helpers, ones carrying pains, ones to function in the outside world, etc.) He will drive these protector parts to cause mental distractions, outbursts of anger, feelings of numbness or of being overwhelmed, theological arguments, etc., and will shut down access to areas of woundedness you are trying to minister to. This is often forced by the demonic rather than being the real intention of the parts themselves.
If this happens during a session, just take authority over it, command the enemy to be restrained and moved back from doing these things, and it should immediately stop. The protector parts will appreciate being released from the demonic manipulation and control. This may get these “protecting” or “guardian” parts on your side if they weren’t before. Most importantly, this should get you past many defense mechanisms which you wouldn’t be able to get past normally, so that you can bring healing where you couldn’t even get access before.
Now that the demonic control of those parts is released, you can often get the parts’ permission to have those demons totally removed. Be sure to lead those parts into relationship with the Lord to take the place of that junk if you do. (Just lead them in receiving Jesus into their hearts and in meeting him personally.) Don’t leave the parts with an empty void that they don’t know how to fill on their own (without Jesus), or they may invite the enemy back in to fill that painful void once again. When introducing the protector parts to Jesus, it helps to explain to them that Jesus isn’t taking away their job, but is going to empower them to do it more effectively if they let him in.
What I’ll share below are some steps for when you are having the parts communicate to or through the person, as you communicate with them verbally (the first or second approach I shared above). These are what I find to be the most common steps useful for walking parts through healing:
-Discern the parts and listen to them: Get an image of what they look like maybe, what condition they are in, what they are carrying and what is around them. Ask them to share anything on their heart, their emotions, any statements they wish to share, etc.
-Bring Jesus or another member of the Trinity to the part/s (by faith) and help them get into relationship with him. He may need to reveal himself to them a little at a time, explain something to them, heal them from something small, or give them gifts or food etc. to help them become able to trust him. Just ask him to minister to them however he wants, and work with the parts to help them receive.
-There are sometimes false Jesuses who may need to be exposed and removed before the parts can come into relationship with the real Jesus. This is often the case w/ religious backgrounds or heritages. Have the parts make sure to look into Jesus’ eyes to check if there is love in his eyes. If there isn’t, that means it isn’t Jesus but a religious spirit. You don’t want a demon posing as Jesus ministering to the parts. It may hurt them. You can use your authority in Christ to expose the tricksters and get the parts permission to remove them. You can persuade the parts that Jesus isn’t like that, isn’t mean, is all love, all good, etc., and that the bad Jesus they’ve known isn’t really Jesus. As soon as the part gives you permission, you can cast out the false Jesus and invite the true one in.
-Make sure that all the parts receive Jesus as their Lord and savior. Just have them pray a simple prayer of surrender to his lordship and inviting him into their hearts, receiving the work of the cross. It makes a big difference in them getting free. Even among Christians, many fractured parts have not received the Lord as their savior yet, have not begun a relationship with him. If they aren’t ready for this, he can just reveal himself a little at a time, maybe from a distance, and minister to them at whatever level they are comfortable with until they become ready for more.
-Once the part is in a relationship with Jesus, get the part’s permission to let the Lord take away any anger, unforgiveness, trauma, negative emotions, demonic, anything negative, and he can take it away instantly and miraculously. If there is any hangup to this he can work with them to resolve it and get it done. Often there is a bad guy strapped to their back and they need to give permission to remove it. Often the parts’ clothes need to be changed from colored to white, representing purity in the spiritual realm. They may need to be taken out of a bad place such as a dark cave or a dungeon filled with demons, etc., and moved to a better, safer place to receive ministry.
-After they are healed up, they may go somewhere with Jesus to take a break for awhile before receiving more ministry another day, or they may help with finding and communicating to or for other parts or groups of parts so that the Lord can continue healing all of them in the same way. Or, they may be ready for integration into the whole person. Have them ask the Lord if they are ready to be integrated and to follow him into the light to be integrated if he says yes.
This is all done from a place of just listening and discerning the part/s, just as if you were listening to the Lord, rather than a place of exploring memories and re-living emotional pain. That means it’s a totally different approach than secular trauma processing, and is about the Lord miraculously taking pains away as the parts merely give him permission, rather than you having to feel the pains all over again and figure it all out.
These are just basics, but well tested. I would think that it would be enough to resolve many issues among fractured parts if a person’s case isn’t very complex.
I really consider having someone to help you with this valuable, especially if you get stuck, but I also find that it’s important to learn to do this sort of thing just with the Lord if we are ready for that. He wants to take us so much farther than we can go in just a few sessions on somebody else’s schedule.
Another warning: If you work with more severely fractured parts who discover repressed memories, do not try to have the person go into those memories to re-explore them or to feel out the emotions in them, as they can go into what is called an “abreaction.” This is where they will totally re-live the experience of their abuse physically and emotionally just as if it were happening again. Traditional counseling often relies on that to heal dissociation, since it gets the repressed emotions up to a conscious level, breaking down the dissociative barriers in the mind, but obviously it can be a horrible experience. Instead of emotionally exploring the newly surfaced memory and abreacting, just have the Lord identify the pains and issues in the memory, and have the part hand all that over to him. He will take the pain and anger, etc. away instantly without them having to re-live it.
For much more in-depth info on ministry to fractured parts, you may purchase a book I and five other authors have written together, which goes into detail on many more advanced aspects:
There are some other good books out there on understanding dissociation and ministry to the more severely dissociated if you want to learn more. These are mostly from professional therapists who come from a strong psychology background, and who have limited understanding of the supernatural.
Most of these people rely on revisiting and reliving the memories which caused the parts to fracture in the first place, then doing secular methods of trauma processing. These are things that I find unnecessary and unnecessarily painful, but the general understanding these therapists have of what kinds of issues people deal with, and the great practical and relational wisdom they share should not be underestimated.
The Lord can be called upon to bring miraculous healing, and at the same time we can grow in practical understanding of what people are wrestling with on the human level. I think that if we are going to work with the more severely hurting folks, we are going to need all the help we can get, even from people who only understand the natural side of things.
These are books about ministering to the most severe cases out there, SRA and DID, so they get pretty intense and a decent amount of the info is not necessary for what this post is about. I don’t know of any books written about healing common fractured parts, so the real intense stuff is all I can offer when it comes to further reading beyond the one we wrote.
This first book, written in everyday language, Help for the Fractured Soul, is from a very experienced Texas based Christian counselor who combines a lot of practical wisdom and clinical understanding with some spiritual work. She does traditional memory work, having people revisit/relive their parts’ horrible memories, like most counselors do, but invites the Lord to come in and speak and heal in the midst of them. Everything else she shares in the book is tremendously insightful and helpful (invaluable?), not to be underestimated just because I believe there’s a better way to do the healing itself.
The second, written in psych jargon and aimed at those working with most severe folks, Restoring the Shattered Self: A Christian Counselor’s Guide to Complex Trauma, gets into even more detail and advanced understanding of working with parts. My favorite aspect is the early discussion on relational safety, an absolutely necessary thing to walk in while ministering to parts on any level.
The author shares a lot about relating to people in such vulnerable situations safely and ethically, shares tons of very practical wisdom, and puts the healing sessions (she uses memory work and secular trauma processing rather than the Lord, again) as a second step after a long phase of building safety and stabilization with the person first. After the memory work, (if the client chooses to go there, she makes it clear that they may not), she explains how she then helps the person develop a whole and balanced life once integrated. Lots of brilliant insights if you have the patience to wade through the professional psych jargon and totally secular perspective. (The title says “Christian,” but I think that means “using secular methods while having a traditional Christian worldview.”)
The third, Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control, is extremely informative about what people with SRA and mind control are dealing with, how they get programmed, challenges to healing them, and so much more. Again, basically a totally secular perspective, completely secular methods, but much information one probably needs to work with the most severe people out there. This book goes way beyond the previous two when it comes to understanding specific issues in SRA programming. Not for the feint of heart:
The fourth, The Shining Man with Hurt Hands, is a layperson’s journey in learning to work with the Lord and his angels to heal people’s parts from many levels of severity. This one is spiritually based (Woohoo!) and takes a very different approach than what I’ve shared above, but is very informative.
Finally, (but definitely not least) here is a great blog sharing an SRA/DID survivor’s healing journey and spiritual healing work with others:
Oh wait, then there are resources such as Restoration in Christ Ministries(a pioneer in working with SRA/DID, employing deliverance and some sort of ministry to parts which I haven’t learned from yet.), or HeartSync (great insight on deeper healing, much of which applies to parts), where you can purchase training materials in the form of audio seminars. I’m hoping they get their training materials uploaded to their site soon. For now you have to go to a seminar to attend in person or just to buy their training DVDs.)
This is a template for releasing bitterness, shame, trauma, and other negative emotions (the “made simple” version).
We are relying on the work of the cross, and the promises in scripture of what it accomplishes to liberate us from painful emotions and strongholds. Isaiah 53 says that Jesus would “bear our griefs and carry our sorrows,” and John the Baptist preached that he would be “the lamb of God who takes away our sins.” I’ve found that these are literally true and reliable promises that the Lord will “take away our sins” and “bear our griefs and sorrows” so that we no longer have to. He does this miraculously.
To be successful at taking our junk to the cross, it can be important to learn a few practical things. First, it’s important to let the Lord into the real content of our hearts, which is why I’m going to advise really getting in touch with the emotions and tracing them back to their earliest root in one’s life.
It is also important to get rid of anger, bitterness, and shame before getting rid of other negative feelings. This is because anger and bitterness put us in prison where we are “handed over to the tormentors,” literally as Jesus said, and shame likewise keeps us in bondage because it is a matter of not believing the gospel in that particular area of our hearts. If we don’t believe the gospel, we miss out on its benefits. Once we let the Lord remove these issues, other painful emotions can typically be removed completely.
Step 1) Get in touch with the root of the pain:
Feel your negative emotion which you want to get to the root of and get resolved, whether fear, powerlessness, low self-esteem, rejection, abandonment, hopelessness, anger, humiliation, whatever it is. You may try to define it in words. Really get a feeling for it.
Now relax, turn your logical “thinker” off, and just focus on that emotion, drifting back through that feeling (again, not through your logic, not through your opinion of where the issue probably comes from, but only through the emotional feeling) to the first time in your life you felt exactly that way. You will most likely drift backward through memories until you settle on one memory or on a set of memories at an early age.
Explore this memory that your emotions led back to and try to define what you feel there. Really try to get in touch with what is there emotionally. Don’t try to figure it all out. Don’t try to figure out the reason why you felt the way you did or some complex theory of where your problems might have come from. Just get in touch with the emotions at a simple level.
You want to get to the earliest root of the emotional issue in this way because dealing with it at a later stage will often not be fully effective.
Step 2) Get rid of any anger:
The good news is that, instead of trying to forgive in our own strength, we can rely on the Lord’s promise that he “takes away our sins.” Let the Lord supernaturally take away any anger towards others or even towards the Lord himself.
Get in touch with the anger (remember the incident and feel the emotions) so that you aren’t just “jumping through forgiveness hoops,” parroting empty words without being in touch with your heart.
Confess the revengeful emotions as sin (or confess holding onto them as sin) and renounce them (say you don’t want them anymore). Genuineness on these two points is a necessity. God is looking at the heart, not at the words.
Trust the Lord to remove the revengeful emotions and all other painful emotions from the memory based on the work of the cross. Just believe, hand them over, and wait a few seconds to let him take it.
You may need to command the enemy to go if he his holding the negative emotions in place (if they don’t immediately leave). You also may need to take authority to restrain the enemy if he is working to hinder things in other ways before this point (such as shutting down your emotions, blocking off your memories, causing anxiety or distractions, etc.).
If some anger is still left over, don’t give up, just do it again and trust the Lord to take the rest of it. If any STILL remains, you may need to trace that anger back to an even earlier memory it is rooted in and do the process there.
Once you get rid of the anger, all other negative emotions in the memory will often spontaneously leave as well. The job could be done at this point.
Step 3) Get rid of any shame:
Examine the root memory and check if you feel any shame or guilt in it. If you feel a need to, quickly repent of any wrongdoing on your part.
Realize that Jesus died for the sins of the entire world. That means all the sins of Hitler, every child molester, every serial killer, and whatever it is you did wrong that you are feeling shame or blame about. Put your sin in that light, compared to all the sins of the entire world, past, present, and future, which Jesus died for.
Receive the Lord’s forgiveness, and forgive yourself based on his love and forgiveness towards you.
Now, command the shame to go along with any spirits trying to hold it in place. Give the Lord a few seconds to take the shame. This also may spontaneously resolve other negative emotions in the memory. If nothing else, by this point you are free from the shame and anger, and you are ready to get rid of the rest of the negative emotions.
Step 4) Trust the Lord to remove all other negative emotions.
He bore your sorrows so that you don’t have to. Just trust him to take them, that simple. You may need to command the enemy to go if he is holding them in place.
Again, if some remain, they often need to be traced to an earlier memory where you will find their true root. Just deal with them in that memory to get rid of them for good.
Extra: It also seems that any hurt in the soul also affects the human spirit, so at the end, declare by faith that you are removing all the issues you dealt with from your spirit too.
Many times, if you cannot get in touch with the emotions or memories, or if you cannot get them to completely go, the issue can be that they are found in a fractured part. In that case, you will need to learn how to do this.
For a little bit deeper explanation of why I do memory healing like this, and how this can make you more consistently and fully successful at it (as opposed to haphazardly trying to remove any emotion in any order) you may want to read this.