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 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.
NLT was introduced to this ministry through
Daystar Church under Pastor Johnny Enlow and
his team from Atlanta.
SOZO is a ministry of seeing people freed from
the influence and control of the enemy.
This is accomplished through a prayer session
with a team. As the team prays,
the Holy Spirit uncovers past and present lies
that the enemy has caused the individual to
believe (at least subconsciously) as well as
points of entry or access.
(Points of entry tend to be past sin we have
committed or sins against us, or wounding
the individual has been through, causing
When we remove the ground for this access,
the lies lose their ability to influence and
control our lives. It is then that freedom from
ongoing unhealthy strongholds and issues
can be released in the individual’s life.
Is SOZO like professional counseling?
SOZO ministry is not “professional” in that
Sozo ministers are not degreed counselors,
but simply Christians with a desire to help
each other overcome obstacles and
strongholds in their lives.
Sozo is not counseling, in that it may only
consist of one or a few sessions, which tend
to be approximately one to two hours in length.
Each session is designed to help remove
roadblocks and hindrances to spiritual growth,
relationships, and intimacy with Jesus.
One of the favorite things about Sozo Ministry
is that it helps you focus on the issues the
Holy Spirit seems to be “highlighting”
at the time.
We all have areas we need more freedom in,
but we believe it comes most easily when the
Holy Spirit surfaces something by bringing it
to the forefront in our lives.