What is Deep Inner-Healing and Deliverance?
Deep inner-healing is a type of Christian ministry, connecting a person with Jesus, using prayer to bring a level of healing and freedom from emotional wounds, usually from one’s past, which often have been resistant to change to other forms of counseling. It involves revealing damaging encounters with others who have sinned against the person in their life, releasing the person through forgiveness and asking Jesus to come and reveal His truth. Inner-healing prayer, also usually involves revealing lies a person believes about themselves as a result of a being told these lies during childhood which has negatively affected the persons self-esteem and beliefs about one’s worth. These lies often translated to the persons view of God and how God views the person. Replacing the lies with the truth, through encountering Jesus’ presence and power, brings healing and changes the negative lens through which the person views his/her life to one based on truth instead of lies.
Deliverance is the ministry of dealing with the demonic activity in a person’s life and freeing the person from the effects of the demonic strongholds over a person’s life. The only way a person can be tormented by the demonic in one’s life is if there has been a door opened for the demonic to come in and harass the person. Some examples of open doors is fear, anger/hatred, sexual relationships outside of marriage, abuse, and involvement with occult activity. The ministry of deliverance is about finding out what is giving the enemy permission to remain in a person’s life and removing it, thus, closing the door to the demonic influences in a person’s life; called deliverance. The ministry of deliverance is bathed in an atmosphere of lovingkindness and respect towards the person receiving ministry and is without drama; it is not sensationalized like portrayed in movies. This is done calmly but with authority and without shouting, as volume does not equate authority. Jesus’ work on the cross bought us the rights over the demonic; the demonic has to submit to the name and authority of Jesus, who is the greater authority in the spiritual realm.
Is Being Demon Possessed and Demonized the Same Thing?
The terms possessed and demonized are often used interchangeably to mean a person who has a demon living inside them. But the two terms have two different meanings. Demon possession is where a demon takes complete control of a person, as with the Gadarene demoniac, in Matthew 8:28-34; which according to Charles Kraft (1992) is less than 10% of people dealing with demons. It comes from a poorly rendered Greek word, daimonizomai. The NIV rendered this word, demon possessed. But actually the word demon possessed is not in the bible. The word, daimonizomai in the bible is better rendered, to have a demon or demonized, which indicates a demon who has much less control over a person than a person who is possessed. 
But I Thought that Christians Can’t be Demonized?
A demon cannot live in a Christian’s spirit, where Christ dwells, but a demon can live in a person’s soul; their mind, will and emotions and a demon can also live in a person’s body. If Satan can get Christians to believe they cannot be demonized, then he will continue to freely harass such individuals.
How do I know If I have a demon harassing me and in need of deliverance?
If you are experiencing any of the following below, it does not mean a demon is harassing you, but it would benefit you to seek prayer ministry from someone experienced in ministering deliverance prayer and check it out with them.
Problems achieving victory or overcoming cycles of the same sin, habit or problems.
Persistent, unwanted, negative thoughts.
Generational sins or curses passed down.
Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, or self-hatred.
Addictions: pornography/lust, drugs/alcohol, gambling, eating disorders, adultery, anger/rage.
Frequent accidents or loss
What is the Connection Between Inner-Healing and Deliverance?
When people have negative or sinful reactions to emotional wounds, they often become demonized, therefore; doing inner-healing precludes deliverance and deliverance is often needed to emotionally free individuals—the two go hand-in-hand. Reacting to abuse with anger/hatred/bitterness/revenge and unforgiveness opens the door for demons to come in and become squatters in our lives. Only after we get rid of the “garbage” the demons feed on, can we become free of the demon. This is why it is imperative to forgive and release others from having wounded us.  Forgiveness the the main door for removing demons in a persons life; without forgiveness, deliverance is not possible.
Forgiveness, what it is and what it is not.
Forgiveness is taught throughout the scriptures and is the central point of the Gospel. Jesus taught in the Gospels; “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15, NLT). “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22, NIV). As we can see from Jesus’ teaching, forgiveness is not something to be taken lightly.
It is important to distinguish between what forgiveness is and what forgiveness is not. Some of us have been unwilling to release and forgive someone due to a wrong understanding of forgiveness. “The word forgive means to wipe the slate clean, to pardon, to cancel a debt; it is giving up my right to hurt you, for hurting me.”  Forgiving someone is being willing to say; “The person owes me nothing.” It is releasing—letting go, with no bitterness attached. What forgiveness is not; forgetting what has happened and acting like everything is fine; makes the offense O.K; means I am done processing, no longer affected by the offense; not setting boundaries, making me vulnerable to getting hurt again; a one time deal, never having to forgive that person again; means the offender is off the hook and does not have to face the consequences of their wrong doing; means I have to reconcile with the person. 
Forgiveness begins with acknowledging an offense has occurred against us. If we dismiss or minimize the wrong done or are unwilling to admit we have been offended, then we will not be able to release the person; harboring our pain and unforgiveness toward them. The consequences for harboring unforgiveness are dire indeed; instead of resolution, we remain in a perpetual state of emotional suffering; we remain forever shackled to the offending person (sounds like Hell); God will not forgive our sins; our intimacy with God is hindered; we open ourselves up to the demonic realm and may be inflicted with physical problems. As we can see, harboring unforgiveness can be a greater offense toward ourselves than the original offense we encountered.
After we acknowledge that we have been offended, it will be helpful for us to have a godly, biblical understanding on what forgiveness looks like: Forgiveness names the sin; is a process of working through our emotions; does not minimize or justify the person’s sin; lets us off the hook from bitterness; puts justice into God’s hands; may involve confrontation but not always; we are free to set healthy boundaries to protect ourselves; does not mean we have to reconcile with the offender; we forgive even if the offense happened long ago or the person has already passed away; and does not require the offender to repent or apologize in order for us to forgive.  Forgiving is a process; it takes time. To have realistic expectations that it is a process and not done overnight, will help us work through forgiveness and not become discouraged that we are still having to work through it. The process of forgiving is also fluid; there is a back and forth, revisiting steps, in order to fully work through forgiving.
The best person to do forgiveness work with is God. I have a suggested prayer model of forgiveness; steps we can take when we go before God to forgive. We can adjust these steps as the Lord leads. The first step in forgiving is we bring the offending person before God and lay the person at the feet of Jesus. We can tell Jesus what the person did that offended us and we can express our grief, anger, disappointment, hurt, betrayal and any other feelings we experienced because of what the person did to us. We acknowledge that God alone has the authority to sit in judgment between us and the offending person and we relinquish them over to God. As we do this, we relinquish our right to hold them in judgment for how the person sinned against us. We tell Jesus that it is by our own free-will, we chose to forgive the offender. It may be helpful for us to envision seeing Jesus take into Himself the person’s sin, along with the resultant hurt we experienced. As we see Jesus doing this, we also see that He is not affected by this sin in any way. Taking the burden off of us and onto Himself; He absorbs it into Himself and is not moved. In this way, we are released from the burden we have been carrying. We can also use this time with the Lord to confess any way that we have sinned as a result of the person’s sin against us. We can also envision seeing Jesus taking our sin into Himself and removing it from us; as we do this, we are free from its burden. Jesus carries our burdens for us; we are lighter and freer as a result. We thank Jesus for His work on the Cross and for His forgiving us of our sin and the person’s sin against us. We can now ask Jesus to restore and heal anything that was taken as a result of the sin against us. And the final step in forgiving is for us to ask God to bless the person with His light, His love and His presence. Practicing these steps of forgiveness can help keep our relationship with God open and unhindered so that we can maintain our intimacy with Him.
1. Kraft, C. (1992) Defeating Dark Angels, Ann Arbor, MI Servant Publications
3. Article; “Definition for Forgiveness-All About God, Retrieved from www.allaboutgod.com/definition-for-forgiveness-faq.htm.
4. Morrill, C. (2000) SOULutions: Relational Healing for the Next Generation, Anaheim CA. Desert Stream Press.