FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It is our desire that you come to a Deliverance Retreat prepared with a bit of knowledge about deliverance ministry in general and about our ministry in particular. There is a lot of crazy stuff being done out there in the name of deliverance and we would like to put to rest any of those preconceptions. The following are some frequently asked questions that may help.
What is Prophetic Deliverance?
Prophetic Deliverance is the prayer ministry of deliverance. We (Tim and Katie) have ministered deliverance for over 30 years. Over the years, we have been trained by the Holy Spirit to follow the pattern of Jesus’ ministry of deliverance initiated with Jesus’ declaration in Luke 4:18-19:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
We term deliverance as “prophetic” because we function by the revelatory gifts of the Holy Spirit; word of wisdom, word of knowledge, the prophetic and of course discernment of spirits. Prophetic Deliverance is the casting out of demons without allowing manifestations. Instead of talking to the demon, we talk to the Holy Spirit and ask Him what is the name of the chief and ruling spirit (aka the strongman.)
Demonization vs Demon Possession?
The phrase “demon possession,” which we find in most English translations of the Bible, is actually a misnomer. It’s not a mistranslation. Demon possession implies ownership and demons own nothing. They are more like squatters, affecting someone’s life by neglect of the owner. The Greek root meaning is “a demon-caused passivity.” Demon would like us to believe they’re not really here. We are trained to be passive to their presence and their influence in our lives.
Demonization is a more precise term that just means: influenced by one or more demons. We allow them through neglect or ignorance to have influence in our lives.
What does the term "Strongman" mean?
The Chief and Ruling Spirit is, biblically speaking, the Strongman or the one in charge. What we’ve discovered is demons function in a hierarchy and there is only one demon in charge. We ask the Holy Spirit who is in charge and command him to go and any other demons under his authority and dominion to leave. The Lord showed us that you only need to identify the one in charge instead of calling out each and every one.
After reading the Gadarene Demoniac (aka the demoniac from Garasene) was demonized with Legion. A roman legion was between six and eight thousand, which meant the man had six to eight thousand demons attached to him. But how many did Jesus interact with? One. How many did Jesus command to leave? One. How many left? Six to eight thousand.
Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20 , Luke 8:26-39
Why do Christians need Deliverance?
Everybody who comes into the Kingdom of God (gets “born again,” “saved,” etc.) needs deliverance. It is a part of the Good News of Jesus. The New Testament tells us that deliverance is the children’s bread, is it for believers. (Matthew 15:26) Unbelievers cannot get deliverance because it is a part of the atonement, the salvation process. Everyone who seeks salvation, needs deliverance.
From what Jesus stated in Luke 4:18, we can understand that everyone needs the gospel. Everyone gets broken hearted in life and needs healing in the emotions wounds. Everyone is deeply bruised and needs liberty from the rule of those bruises. Everyone is spiritually blind and needs recovery of spiritual sight to function in the Kingdom. Therefore, everyone is captive and needs deliverance. Deliverance does not automatically occur at the moment of salvation as many assume, just as healing the broken hearts does not automatically occur at the moment of salvation. Christians need deliverance because we bring our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual baggage into the Kingdom of Light with us when we receive Christ as Savior.
When we receive Christ, we are new spiritual creations (2 Corinthians 5:17) and now live in the Kingdom of Light, but we still have our kingdom of darkness thinking and much unbelief within us (Hebrews 3:12). Deliverance to the captives is the right and privilege of those who receive the good news. This vital ministry is missing from most churches’ salvation messages and ministries.
Why Doesn't the Church Teach about Deliverance?
Deliverance has been “civilized out” of the western church because we are almost entirely committed to the pursuit of God through the intellect. Not to disavow the intellect but we have removed the supernatural from our interactions with God. We depend upon Biblical stories to pacify the need for an understanding of the supernatural. In actuality, demons have convinced us that they are not present, which is demon-caused passivity. We are convinced that someone from a faraway third-world country might have interactions with demons, but people in this country don’t believe in the supernatural especially the interaction or influence of demons in our lives. The church doesn’t even approach the subject, so demons get away with whatever they want.
Why do I need Prophetic Deliverance?
As previously stated, since deliverance does not automatically occur at the moment of salvation therefore everyone needs deliverance. Many people who have come to us for ministry have received “deliverance” before through another ministry but still have struggles they cannot overcome.
Prophetic Deliverance is an act of the prophetic. By listening to the Holy Spirit, and functioning as a team to verify though the mouth of two or three witnesses, we identify what we term as the “chief and ruling spirit” by its functional name. Demons operate in a hierarchy. When the ruling spirit is identified as in the case of Legion, then the whole entourage can be cast out en masse.
When deliverance is done by interview or lists, they are trying to identify demons by people’s symptoms. They may be successful in identifying a demon but are not identifying the "strongman" (aka chief-ruling demon) present. The strongman usually remains and unfortunately a person only receives a partial deliverance but assumes they are free. The evidence is in the spiritual and behavioral struggles they continue to experience.
How do I prepare for a Deliverance Session?
We require everyone to read Tim Mather’s book, Prophetic Deliverance to learn about our deliverance method and eliminate any faulty preconceptions about “deliverance ministry” in general. It is available for sale online at Bear Creek Mercantile. Soft cover or PDF eBook is available. (A PDF download is free when you register for a Deliverance Retreat.)
Also, prepare your heart. David said in Psalm 139:23, “search me.” Search your own heart. Demons are confined to live in the realm of spiritual darkness. When we have unbelieving parts of our hearts and hidden secrets and sins, these are the areas where the enemy functions. Confess to Father known and unknown sins. Express to Him your desire to change and live free. Be open to Him. In deliverance, you are giving others permission to look into the spirit realm on your behalf. The Holy Spirit shows them what is needed for deliverance to occur.
Each of our team members has been through Prophetic Deliverance. Each one is on their own journey of recovery and inner healing. It is not their intention to shame you. Jesus came to take away our sin and our shame. The team is coming along side you to serve you by looking into your “blind spots” to identify where the enemy is hiding and working. It is your part in the deliverance to come with an open heart to the Lord.
We do not require people to fast in order to receive deliverance. If it is your practice to fast then we ask that you complete your fast a week before the deliverance session. Fasting can be a practical part of walking with the Lord. But unlike surgery on the body where fasting can be a requirement, for the spiritual surgery of deliverance, fasting should be completed and food intake restored in preparation.
What is a Prophetic Deliverance Session like?
Each person or married couple will have a private session with a Deliverance Team. We have two teams running simultaneously and all deliverances will take place on Saturday morning.
The Deliverance Session: The Deliverance Team, consisting of 4 or more people, will sit in a circle with you in the middle. They will write down what they perceive from the Holy Spirit. They usually do not ask you any questions. There will be a person who will scribe, or write down a written record of your session. This will be for later reference during the debriefing session in the afternoon. Your part is to be open to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to give the Team the information they need for you to be delivered.
The Wounded Spirit Prayer: Immediately after the deliverance portion of the session, you will be guided to another room to receive the Wounded Spirit Prayer. This prayer is like the recovery room after surgery, to start the application of healing to the wounded places in the soul as soon as possible. This prayer is patterned after the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:34. Wine is a symbol of the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from sin. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, our agent of healing. These two are released upon a person’s soul areas even though we call it a prayer for a wounded spirit.
For the full details of how a deliverance session works, please read Prophetic Deliverance by Tim Mather.
What about my children? Do they need deliverance?
Heather Trim has written a booklet for parents and what we can do to help them. We recommend that parents never do deliverance on their children. We recommend breaking the generational curse and releasing the blessing. Please read Are My Children Demonized by Heather Trim for a step-by-step to breaking the generational curse line and other details concerning children and the supernatural.
What do I need to do after Deliverance and why is follow up so important?
During the deliverance retreat, the Saturday afternoon debrief is essential to “process” the deliverance by talking about what was found and how it applies to your life. Then Sunday morning Katie will present a Wholeness Jumpstart session that will reveal the roots of your damage and how to change.
What does the term "Inner Healing" mean?
Inner Healing (verb) is the process of healing the wounded soul. The soul includes the mind, will and emotions.
What does the term "Wholeness" mean?
Wholeness (nount) is the result of inner healing. It is taken from the word SHALOM meaning “nothing broken, nothing missing.” After deliverance a person needs to pursue healing for the wounded places in the soul, mind, will and emotions. The term “wellness” is used for physical wellbeing only. But the term “wholeness” is used for the healing of the human soul (mind, will and emotions.)
What is Wholeness Coaching?
Inner healing does not happen in one weekend. Healing transformation occurs in the recovery process. Coaching equips you with the tools to bring healing to the wounds and transformation to your soul. Wholeness Coaching follows the Deliverance Retreat with five topics per week with written and audio teaching arriving by email. A wholeness coach will also be available by conference call and email. Check out more information on the Wholeness Coaching page.
We currently offer five types of retreats:
Read testimonies from those who have attended a retreat at Bear Creek Ranch.
"The ministry at Bear Creek Ranch is a great gift to the whole body of Christ. My experience in this deliverance-healing ministry gave me a new and deep freedom that only Jesus can give. The whole weekend was covered with peace, power and His wonderful presence of Love."
~J from Georgia