Two years ago I posted a healing testimony of a Satanist who I met on Haight/Ashbury in San Francisco where the start of the hippy movement began. God taught me a lot about that experience regarding the process on how people get set free. It basically works with three components and it was these three components that Jesus used in His ministry.
In a nutshell, I met this guy on the street who was a Satanist. I wanted to pray for his shoulder but he wouldn’t let me. He hated Jesus. I didn’t engage with him and argue all of his outlandish ideas of Jesus and the Father. I ignored it, changed the subject and told him about the love that I saw in his heart. I kept hitting that point and he finally softened. I got to pray for his shoulder and then it got healed. I then got to pray and prophesy into him, while he got to feel the presence of God, which made him intensely weep. The guy changed from a hardened Satanist to a sensitive puppy dog. The way it worked is this.
Love brings down the walls. Power brings validity to truth. Truth sets the person free. When I first met the guy and he found out I was a Christian, he immediately put up a wall to me. My goal was to get truth into the man, but I couldn’t because of that wall. So what did I need? Love. Love brings down the walls. It makes the person feel you’re not a threat. Once the wall was down, he let me in and then I could display God’s power through the healing. Once the power was shown to him, when I spoke truth, he was more open to believe it because the miracle testified of the truth.
Many people have walls up and it’s because they’ve been hurt. Trying to display God’s power and speaking truth to them can be difficult. Love should always be the thing that starts out and goes through all ministry. For some people, love is all you can do for a long time without even having a chance to display God’s power or speak truth to them. It’s because their walls won’t come down easy. At the same time, you can’t ONLY work in love and expect that everybody will change. Mother Teresa did a lot of loving throughout her life and yet thousands died in her loving arms, scared, depressed and fearful. When love and truth is shown, minus the power, then you can have a person who believes in the existence of a supernatural God, but has very shallow faith that is shaky and can waver. Moral of the story: A person needs all three.