Traditionally, counselors have tried to transform lives by changing thoughts and behaviors. What limits the effectiveness of this approach is ignorance of the powerful laws by which the universe operates. Galatians 6:7-8 says: “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”

Dealing only with troublesome thoughts and behaviors is like weeding a garden by clipping off weeds at ground level. The bad fruit above ground eventually grows back. But Scripture teaches us to pull up roots: “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15, emphasis added).

A very common example: a boy sows weeds in his heart by judging his father for his abusive anger. He is unaware that he is judging, because he denies his own anger in a vain effort to keep from becoming abusive, like his Dad. But his anger is still there deep inside, and by natural law it must eventually reap a harvest.


As an adult, he will reap in any of the following ways. When suppressed anger finally erupts, he may become abusive, like his father. Or he may turn his anger inward, abuse himself, and become depressed and self-defeating. Or he may send subtle messages to others that they should be angry at him, and tempt them to make him a scapegoat and a victim.

This reaping is not God punishing him; it is the effect of natural law, as impersonal as the law of gravity. Jesus actually wants to reap on this man's behalf! If he comes out of denial, repents for judging, and forgives his father, the law of sowing and reaping will be satisfied by the cross. And the compulsion to abuse others, abuse self, or expect others to abuse him will be much more easily overcome.


Dealing with angry thoughts and behaviors is important. But the cross is what makes any such intervention fully effective.


Demonization can happen in either of two ways. One way is to be inhabited or, in rare cases, possessed, when a person sins in a way that is either major or practiced over a long period of time without repentance.

A far more common way is oppression from without. Satan is the “father of lies” (John 8:44). If, in his heart, the man with the anger problem believes a lie that abusive anger will protect him, a demon of abuse may be energized by that lie. If his heart believes a lie that self-abuse is somehow more righteous than abusing others, a demon of self-hatred may join him. If the lie is that others will always take offense at him, this may empower a demon to further tempt others to do so.

Inner healing and deliverance work so much better than inner healing alone. Inner healing removes lies and the roots of bitterness that feed those lies, depriving demons of their power. Then, when you send them away, they cannot return, for they have nothing left to return to.



Sin is not who we are; it is what we do. Therefore, bringing bitter roots to the cross clears away that which God did not create. Christ's resurrection calls us back to our original design.

We are already “raised up with Christ and seated . . . with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6, NAS). But how many of us really feel like we're living in the heavenly realms? At Elijah Rain, we want to use inner healing and deliverance to set God's people free to live that out experientially. 

“Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated 

at the right hand of God”

(Colossians 3:1, NAS).