Some FAQ’s about SOZO:
What is Sozo?
Sozo is a church-based ministry framework of helping to heal individuals (both inside and outside the church) of the effects of wounding and sin, and of delivering people from the snares and presence of the demonic through finding past and present lies and points of access, removing them, and establishing healing, blessing and obedience in their place; and of restoring individuals to relationship with the Godhead and a more fruitful and fulfilling walk.
Where did Sozo come from?
Prayer and deliverance ministry have been around since Jesus demonstrated His power on earth as he healed (sozoed) many that came to Him. The term “Sozo” is a Greek word from the New Testament that means to save, make whole, heal, to be whole, rescue from danger, and deliver (basically, to save in every imaginable way!). Matthew 18:11 says “the Son of Man is come to save (sozo) that which was lost.” Jesus came to completely restore back to us all that the lies of the enemy have stolen from us! This particular style or format for ministry has evolved (and continues to evolve) from roots in the Argentine revivals, the understanding and writings of various practitioners of inner healing and deliverance, and from the experience of several churches and individuals including Randy Clark’s ministry and Bethel Church in Redding, California. It is changing and growing as we all learn, grow, and share experiences and tools with each other.
What is the biblical basis for what you are doing?
Our core scriptures are Isaiah 61 and Psalm 91. We often refer 1 John 3:5, 9b: You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Is “Inner healing” scriptural? No, but here are some scriptures that point to the work Father God does during a session:
Healing the brokenhearted is (Lk 4:18); confessing sins to another and prayer for them is (Jam 5:16); casting out demons is (Mk 16:17); setting up godly defenses is (Eph 6:10); speaking prophetic encouragement is (1 Th 5:20); taking thoughts captive is (2 Cor 10:5); releasing the captives is (Lk 4:18); forgiving is (Eph 4:32); renouncing past sinful practices is (2 Cor 4:2); being led by the Spirit is (Rom 8:14); asking God for miraculous input is (Jer 33:3); bearing one another’s burdens is (Gal 6:2); wanting freedom is (Gal 5:1); speaking truth to someone is (Eph 4:15); setting free the oppressed is (Lk 4:18); knowing and saying God is near to the brokenhearted is (Ps 34:18); comforting the afflicted with what God has shown us is (2 Cor 1:4); and… well…you get it. Thanks, Andy Reese of The Freedom Resource, for these insights. www.sozo.me
Sozo works directly with the two central purposes of Jesus’ ministry: (1) take away sins (ours, and the result of other’s sins in our lives) and to (2) destroy the works of the devil.
We work under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit in ministering these two key things to people (Rom 8:14). We believe we are competent to “speak the truth in love” (Eph 4:15) with each other and in so doing to partner with God in helping to mature and perfect them. We believe God has given authority to cast out/away demons from people (Mk 16:17).
What is a session like? What is the approach?
Scripture is clear that the enemy takes advantage of our wounds and sin to hold us in bondage. He is able to gain access at specific points in time through “open doors.” When we find those doors and close them, we remove any right of access. As a result, we are finally able to gain freedom from bondages we didn’t even know we had.
Sozo typically operates through the ministry of a two – to – three – person team in one or more sessions of one to three hours each. One person will be the main minister, the rest are to intercede and contribute as needed, without vocal communication.
Our core value is to honor the person being ministered to. Hence, the sessions are gentle, confidential, friendly, relaxed and informal. The role of the “sozoee” is simple – they are just the reporter of what they are feeling, seeing, hearing or sensing. We rely on God to lead each session and often stop and ask Him what He thinks. It is low pressure because our goal is simple to do only what God wants done in any session – no pressure.
The session involves prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit and the use of various questions which uncover any lies or strongholds. We “Do Kingdom Business” through confessing, renouncing, breaking, declaring, etc. We take authority and cast out in a gentle, non harmful way.
Every Sozo ministry session is different because, in each session, the Sozo team relies on the leading and revelation of the Holy Spirit to guide the direction and steps.
Why is there a fee?
Because one of our goals is honor, a fee is suggested for you to return honor to the ministry and the time the ministry team is investing in your freedom. The amount of $75.00 is suggested, but not demanded. Any amount will do, the main purpose is for you to use your money as a means of honoring Gods purposes in this session. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” as Jesus said.
Please prayerfully ask the Lord what He wants you to give as a seed for your healing.