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1Steps To Freedom in ChristSteps to Freedom in ChristBy Neil AndersonIt is my deep conviction that the finished work of Jesus Christ and the presence of God in ourlives are the only means by which we can resolve our personal and spiritual conflicts. Christ inus is our only hope (Colossians 1:27), and He alone can meet our deepest needs of life:acceptance, identity, security and significance. The discipleship counseling process upon whichthese steps are based should not be understood as just another counseling technique that welearn. It is an encounter with God. He is the Wonderful Counselor. He is the One who grantsrepentance that leads to a knowledge of the truth which sets us free (2 Tim 2:25, 26).The Steps to Freedom in Christ do not set you free. Who sets you free is Christ, and what setsyou free is your response to Him in repentance and faith. These steps are just a tool to help yousubmit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7). Then you can start living a fruitful life by abidingin Christ and becoming the person He created you to be. Many Christians will be able to workthrough these steps on their own and discover the wonderful freedom that Christ purchased forthem on the cross. Then they will experience peace of God which surpasses all comprehension,and it shall guard their hearts and their minds (Phil 4:7).Before You BeginThe chances of that happening and the possibility of maintaining that freedom will be greatlyenhanced if you read Victory over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker, first. ManyChristians in the western world need to understand the reality of the spiritual world and ourrelationship to it. Some can’t read these books or even the Bible with comprehension becauseof the battle that is going on for their minds. They will need the assistance of others who havebeen trained. The theology and practical process of the discipleship counseling is given in mybook, Helping Others Find Freedom in Christ, and the accompanying Training Manual andStudy Guide and video Training Program. The book attempts to Biblically integrate the reality ofthe spiritual and the natural world so we can have a whole answer for a whole person. In doingso, we cannot polarize into psycho-therapeutic ministries that ignore the reality of the spiritualworld or attempt some kind of deliverance ministry that ignores developmental issues andhuman responsibility.You May Need HelpIdeally, it would be best if everyone had a trusted friend, pastor or counselor who would helpthem go through this process because it is just applying the wisdom of James 5:16: “Thereforeconfess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayerof a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Another person can prayerfully support you byproviding objective counsel. I have had the privilege of helping many Christian leaders whocould not process this on their own. Many Christian groups all over the world are using thisapproach in many languages with incredible results because the Lord desires for all to come torepentance, (2 Peter 3:9), and to know the truth that sets us free in Christ (John 8:32) By Gospel Light. Permission to copy granted Ministering the Steps to Freedom in Christ

2Steps To Freedom in ChristAppropriating and Maintaining FreedomChrist has set us free through His victory over sin and death on the cross. However,appropriating our freedom in Christ through repentance and faith and maintaining our life offreedom in Christ are two different issues. It was for freedom that Christ set us free, but we havebeen warned not to return to a yoke of slavery which is legalism in this context (Galatians 5:1) orto turn our freedom into an opportunity for the flesh (Galatians 5:13). Establishing people free inChrist makes it possible for them to walk by faith according to what God says is true, to live bythe power of the Holy Spirit and to not carry out the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Thetrue Christian life avoids both legalism and license.If you are not experiencing freedom, it may be because you have not stood firm in the faith oractively taken your place in Christ. It is every Christian’s responsibility to do whatever isnecessary to maintain a right relationship with God and mankind. Your eternal destiny is not atstake. God will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), but your daily victory is atstake if you fail to claim and maintain your position in Christ.Your Position In ChristYou are not a helpless victim caught between two nearly equal but opposite heavenlysuperpowers. Satan is a deceiver. Only God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (alwayspresent) and omniscient (all-knowing). Sometimes the reality of sin and the presence of evil mayseem more real than the presence of God, but that’s part of Satan’s deception. Satan is adefeated foe and we are in Christ. A true knowledge of God and knowing our identity andposition in Christ are the greatest determinants of our mental health. A false concept of god, adistorted understanding of who we are as children of God, and the misplaced deification ofSatan are the greatest contributors to mental illness.Many of our illnesses are psychosomatic. When these issues are resolved in Christ, ourphysical bodies will function better and we will experience greater health. Other problems areclearly physical and we need the services of the medical profession. Please consult yourphysician for medical advice and the prescribing of medication. We are both spiritual andphysical beings who need the services of both the church and the medical profession.Winning the Battle for Your MindThe battle is for our minds, which is the control centre of all that we think and do. The opposingthoughts you may experience as you go through these steps can control you only if you believethem. If you are working through these steps alone, don’t be deceived by any lying intimidatingthoughts. If a trusted pastor or counselor is helping you find your freedom in Christ, he or shemust have your cooperation. You must share any thoughts you are having in opposition to whatyou are attempting to do. As soon as you expose the lie, the power of Satan is broken. The onlyway that you can lose control in this process is if you pay attention to a deceiving spirit andbelieve a lie. By Gospel Light. Permission to copy granted Ministering the Steps to Freedom in Christ

3Steps To Freedom in ChristYou Must ChooseThe following procedure is a means of resolving personal and spiritual conflicts which have keptyou from experiencing the freedom and victory Christ purchased for you on the cross. Yourfreedom will be the result of what you choose to believe, confess, forgive, renounce andforsake. No one can do that for you. The battle for your mind can only be won as you personallychoose truth. As you go through this process, understand that Satan is under no obligation toobey your thoughts. Only God has complete knowledge of your mind because He is all-knowing.So we can submit to God inwardly but we need to resist the devil by reading aloud each prayerand by verbally renouncing, forgiving, confessing, etc.This process of re-establishing our freedom in Christ is revealing a complete moral inventoryand a rock-solid commitment to truth. It is the first step in the continuing process of discipleship.There is no such thing as instant maturity. It will take you the rest of your life to renew your mindand conform to the image of God. If your problems stem from a source other than those coveredin these steps, you may need to seek professional help.May the Lord grace you with His presence, as you seek His face and help others experience thejoy of their salvation.Neil T. AndersonPrayerDear Heavenly Father, we acknowledge Your presence in this room and in our lives.You are the only all-knowing, all-powerful, and always present God. We are dependentupon you, for apart from You we can do nothing. We stand in the truth that all authorityin heaven and on earth has been given to the resurrected Christ, and because we are inChrist, we share that authority in order to make disciples and set captives free. We askYou to guide us with Your Holy Spirit, protect us from deception and lead us into all truth.In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.DeclarationIn the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I/ we command Satan and all evilspirits to release in order that can be free to know and chooseto do the will of God. As children of God seated with Christ in the spirit realm, we agreethat every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ be bound to silence. We say to Satan and allyour evil workers that you cannot inflict any pain or in any way prevent God’s will frombeing accomplished in life.PreparationBefore going through the Steps to Freedom, review the events of your life to discern specificareas that might have become pathways for demonic attachment and may need to beaddressed. By Gospel Light. Permission to copy granted Ministering the Steps to Freedom in Christ

4Steps To Freedom in ChristFamily History Religious history of parents and grandparentsHome life from childhood through high schoolHistory physical or emotional illness in the familyAdoption, foster care, guardiansPersonal History Eating habits (bulimia, binge eating, purging, anorexia, compulsive eating)Addictions (drugs and alcohol)Prescription medications (purpose)Sleeping patterns and nightmaresSexual, physical or emotional abuseThoughts (obsessive, blasphemous, condemning, distracting, poor concentrationMental interference during church, prayer or Bible studyEmotions (anger, anxiety, depression, bitterness, fear)Spiritual (salvation: when, how and level of assurance)Now you are ready to begin. The following are seven specific steps to process in order toexperience freedom from spiritual bondage. You will address the areas where Satan mostcommonly takes advantage of us and where strongholds have been built. If your problems stemfrom a source other than those covered in these steps, you have nothing to lose by goingthrough them. If you are sincere, this process can only strengthen your relationship with God.STEP 1Real vs. CounterfeitThe first Step to freedom in Christ is to renounce your previous or current involvement withsatanically-inspired occult practices and false cults and religions. You need to renounce anyactivity or group that denies Jesus Christ, offers guidance through any source other than theabsolute authority of the written Word of God or requires secret initiations, ceremonies orcovenants. In order to help you assess your spiritual experiences, begin this step by asking Godto reveal false guidance and counterfeit religious experiences.Dear Heavenly Father, I ask you to guard my heart and my mind and reveal to me anyand all involvement I have had, either knowingly or unknowingly, with cults or occultpractices, false religions or false teachers. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amenUsing the following Non-Christian Spiritual Experience Inventory, carefully check anything inwhich you have been involved. This list is not exhaustive, but it will guide you in identifying nonChristian spiritual experiences. Add any additional involvement you have had. Even if youinnocently participated in something or observed it, you should write it on your list to renounce,just in case you unknowingly gave Satan a foothold. By Gospel Light. Permission to copy granted Ministering the Steps to Freedom in Christ

5Steps To Freedom in ChristNon-Christian Spiritual Experience InventoryPlease check all that apply Astral-projectionOuija boardTable or body liftingDungeons and DragonsSpeaking in tranceAutomatic writingMagic Eight BallTelepathyUsing spells or cursesSeanceMaterializationClairvoyanceSpirit guidesFortune-tellingTarot cardsPalm readingAstrologyRod/pendulum (dousing)Self-hypnosisMind swappingBlack and white magicNew Age medicineBlood pactsSelf MutilationFetishismObject worshipCrystals, charmsIncubi and succubusOther Christian Science Unity Church The Way International Unification Church Mormonism Church of the Living WordJehovah’s WitnessesChildren Of GodChurch of NewJerusalemMasonsNew AgeThe Forum (EST)Spirit worshipOther BuddhismHare KrishnaBahaismRosicrucianismScience of the oy MastersSilva Mind Controlfather DivineTheosophical SocietyIslamBlack MuslimReligion of martialartsOther1. Have you ever been hypnotized, attended a New Age or parapsychology seminar, consulteda medium, spiritist or channeler? Explain.2. Do you or have you ever had an imaginary friend or spirit guide offering you guidance orcompanionship?3. Have you ever heard voices in your mind or had repeating and nagging thoughts condemningyou, or that were foreign to what you believe or feel, as if there were a dialogue going on in yourhead? Explain.4. What other spiritual experiences have you had that would be considered out of the ordinary? By Gospel Light. Permission to copy granted Ministering the Steps to Freedom in Christ

6Steps To Freedom in Christ5. Have you ever made a vow, covenant or pact with any individual or group other than God?6. Have you been involved in satanic ritual worship in any form? Explain.When you are confident that your list is complete, confess and renounce each involvementwhether active or passive by praying aloud the following prayer, repeating it separately for eachitem on your list:Lord, I confess that I have participated in , and I renounce .Thank you that in Christ I am forgiven.If there has been any involvement in satanic ritual or heavy occult activity, you need to statealoud the following special renunciations which apply. Read across the page, renouncing thefirst item in the column of the Kingdom of Darkness and then affirming the first truth in thecolumn of the Kingdom of Light. Continue down the page in this manner.All