Many have been my tutors in deliverance ministry - starting with Bill Schnoebelen who gave me a foundation and including Ed Smith who taught me the Theophostic method that deals with truth/lie issues, Cheryl Knight, Jo Getizinger and others of the C.A.R.E. staff who gave me profound insights into SRA and MPD, Liberty Savard who helped me better understand what binding and loosing really are, Ken Thornberg, and so on. To all of these, and to the survivors of ritual abuse themselves (especially my first client who really exposed me to the horrifying revelation of Satanism firsthand) I owe an immense debt of gratitude. I have learned from all of them and use many of their techniques. Along the way Yahweh has done some private tutoring and given me some keys that I have aimed to share on this website. The purpose of this article is to share one of those keys recently acquired and which has shown itself to be very effective.
There are not so many deliverance ministers and many of them have methods that I would consider not only useless by harmful. Many are trapped by this notion that all you have to do is charge-in with stomping feet, exercise your God-given 'authority', command the demons to identify themselves and then throw them out one by one. This is an entire fallacy because no matter how much 'authority' you have, without identifying and dealing with the grounds of demonisation, all you are doing is inviting worse demon infestation afterwards when the demons return in even great numbers:
Here I will say that Theophostic has had a major impact on my teaching and methodology. And yet I have asked myself - as have others - why demon expulsion is not 'as simple' as it apparently was in Yah'shua's (Jesus') day, and why greater supposed 'authority' is not being exercised? This has led to a clique of deliverance ministers who claim 'exclusive authority' to delivere because of some special 'anointing' which they alone are privy to. And whilst it may be true that some are extraordinarily endowed, in my experience there is no special 'office' of deliverance minister like an apostle or a deacon - everyone can do deliverance provided (a) they are properly submitted to Christ, and (b) they understand a few keys. Victims can even do deliverance on themselves. My testimony is based entirely on what I have experienced and not necessarily on the historical examples of others. I can only share what I know and am still learning.
"When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first" (Matt.12:43-45, NKJV).
One thing I have learned is that demon-stomping is a waste of time. The focus is all wrong. The focus must be the survivor and what he or she believes. But if you take the approach that only Biblical education is needed, you can end up in another blind alley, because - as Thoephostic teaches - there is a world of difference between experiential data and cognitive data. Where I go beyond Theophostic is in my use of flood-filling.
Those of you who like to play around with art programs on computers will all know what I mean by 'flood-filling'. If you have a Windows-based operating system, you will have played with the program called Paint and you may even use more sophisticated, programs like PaintShop Pro, PhotoShop, etc.. All of these have the flood-fill function. The screen shot on the left shows Paint being used to flood-fill a rectangle, first with black, then red, and finally yellow: At the click of a mouse you can fill an area with a boundary instead of painting it in line by line or stroke by stroke.
You can do exactly the same thing with the soul by asking Yahweh through Yah'shua (Jesus) to flood fill an area of your body, a part of your mind, a section of your heart, an emotion, a memory, or indeed your whole internal psychic system with the Light of Christ. You can specify whether it should be the 'Light of Truth', the 'Light of Healing', the 'Light of Peace (Shalom), or whatever. It does help to be specific. I have used it on myself and on clients to great effect. Flood-filling does several things:
This is not something that can be commanded 'with authority' - it is a petition or request to the Father, as all deliverance ministry should be. It is not enough on its own for a proper or full deliverance but I have found it an invaluable aid or tool.
- 1. It reveals truth and guides the client to self-healing through Christ;
- 2. It can confuse and immobilise oppressing demons and the spirits of projecting witches;
- 3. It can cause demons to flee;
- 4. It can give relief to survivors so they can recouperate their energy and collect their thoughts;
- 5. It can immobilise psychic attacks; and
- 6. It can give a temporary covering in areas where demons have legal rights.
On one occasion, as I was working with an issue in myself, I came across a demon lurking in some room in my internal system. I did not know what it was or its grounds for being there. All I knew was that I could see it and I wanted it exposed and expelled. In the past I would have simply taken authority over it, bound it up, and expelled it, never really knowing whether it would later come back or not. Expelling demons without finding their grounds for being there is, as I have discovered time and time again, both futile and harmful.
Anyway, there this demon was - sitting in the darkness of some unredeemed space of my soul, scowling and menacing. I at once asked Yah'shua (Jesus) to flood-fill the room where the demon was located with His Ruach (Spirit) so that I could immediately understand what its grounds for being there were as well as to neutralise its activities on me. The room was filled with light and the demon was covered in this white haze that looked like hundreds of yards of thin white glowing tape wrapped around him so he was barely visible (see right). To cut a long story short, what happened was that I discovered the grounds for the demon's presence and eventually expelled him.
Demons are finite. They occupy a fixed amount of space as we do physically. Whilst Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself only occupies a certain amount of physical space as a resurrected being, His Ruach (Spirit) or Light can be anywhere and everywhere. A demon in a part of our soul is only occupying a certain amount of space. He may by virtue of his parasitical nature swallow all the light up in that room because of his presence but he is not actually 'occupying' any of the space around him. Darkness is simply an absence of light - space does not belong to Satan per se. Thus you can invite Yahweh to flood-fill a part of your soul and isolate the influence of the demon while you are working out your repentance. Even angels on occasion do that. It is a facet of Grace. He cannot do that indefinitely because of the legal rights of the demon but can do so for a period of time. Thereafter the client is responsible for working things out as Yahweh reveals the truth to him, and taking appropriate action. This is part and parcel of "work(ing) our your salvation (= deliverance) with fear and trembling" (Phil.2:12).
I have found flood-filling useful when clients come under external psychic attack. A recent example is of a client subjected to much hypnosis who is saved and delivered internally but who is subjected to constant harrassment from a coven that unbalances her thoughts as well as planting thoughts that are not her own. She senses parts of her body under attack like an area of her head, her eyes (in which both she and I [in vision] have seen needle-like objects seeking to penetrate the eye), solar plexus, etc.. She has received long-lasting covering by simply asking Yahweh to flood-fill these areas. This she can do herself or with a minister's help. Such can be useful as mental programming is undone and a fuller control of a victim's own thoughts is acquired by the victim herself.
The Gospel of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is not a half-hearted affair but speaks continually of filling:
There are dozons of similar scriptures which speak of being "filled with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)" (Acts 2:4; 4:8,31; 9:17; 13:9, etc.), "filled with wonder and amazement" (Acts 3:10), "filled with joy and with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)" (Acts 13:52, NKJV), "filled with all knowledge" (Rom.15:14, NKJV), "filled with comfort" (2 Cor.7:4, NKJV), "filled with all the fullness of Elohim (God)" (Eph.3:19, NKJV), etc.. It seems we were designed to be filled, not sprinkled. Yah'shua (Jesus) tells, is moreover, when this 'filling' happens:
"For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Elohim (God); strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light" (Col.ö1:9-12, NKJV).
This scripture should be memorised because it contains TWO VITAL KEYS TO DELIVERANCE, namely, forgiveness and giving. When you have forgotten yourself and are losing your life for the sake of others and for Yah'shua (Jesus), then you are filled. The flood-filling technique helps remind us that we are called to be filled by giving of our selves.
"Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you" (Luke 6:37-38, NKJV).
Nature abhors a vacuum and so does the soul. The soul cannot be empty. It must be filled with something. So it comes as no surprise to learn that "sorrow has filled your heart" (John 16:6, NKJV),
"Satan filled your heart to lie" (Acts 5:3, NKJV - to the Ruach haQodesh/Holy Spirit no less, and by BELIEVERS too), "they were filled with indignation" (Acts 5:17, NKJV), "they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul" (Acts 13:45, NKJV), "the whole city was filled with confusion" (Acts 19:29, NKJV), "being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of Rlohim (God), violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful" (Rom.1:29-31, NKJV), and so on. Our natural disposition is to be filled with either good or evil.
When you lie your heart is filled by Satan! That is why there cannot be room for a single lie in us. Read Romans 1:29-31 - are any of these things in your life? Then they fill you one way or another and you must repent.
Flood-filling is not only a practical tool of deliverance but an illustration of what we should be seeking for. There is no such thing as a half-hearted Christian - you must seek for the fullness of light or darkness. Many people try half-way houses but end up double-minded and unstable (Jas.1:8) - such souls are neither saved nor delivered ... how can they be? They are in a kind of limbo, undecided whether to be filled by Yahweh or Satan. And that is why salvation demands everything of you - to be filled, you must be emptied of self so that Christ can rule in your heart, as He emptied Himself on the Cross so that the will of the Father, Yahweh-Elohim, was fully in Him. True Christians, then, may be said to be the flood-filled ones - filled with all truth, all grace, all love, all hope, all grace, all obedience, and all joy. Noone should ever rest until that state has been attained.
Thank goodness, though, we do not have to do this in our own strength, which is impossible. It requires only submission and trust. To do that, we must become as a little child:
"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of Elohim (God) as a little child will by no means enter it" (Luke 18:17, NKJV)