THE PADRA Analysis Part 2: The what, the how and the importance of…

Welcome Conquerors, in Part 1, we took a look at the background to conducting the PADRA Analysis. This post provides the steps in conducting the analysis and further highlights the importance of this process as a habit for Christians seeking to build a true relationship with Christ.

NB* This self introspection must never ever be attempted without the express will and commitment to surrender all to God and the resolution to be obedient to his word going forward. One must understand 1st that the solution is already there and that it is in the standard of the word. Failure to do so will have far reaching negative consequences in that the demonic already has an agenda to fill the inquiring mind with his own version of truth and further harm the unsuspecting individual.

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Proverbs 29:18

Have a vision first!

THE PADRA Analysis:

The PADRA Analysis is an action plan to deal with pain from the root according to the instruction and standard of the word. Woundedness influences a person’s response to incoming information in a negative way and so often negative perspectives are nurtured into more serious and otherwise harmful response mechanisms. The PADRA ( Pain Anger Disappointments Regrets & Anxiety analysis) is therefore a deliberate self-introspection exercise designed to zone in on areas that raise negative emotions or memories in us and analyse them using the Word of God with an agenda to outst them. (Pain Anger Disappointments Regrets Anxiety… replacing self-truths with God’s truth)
Scripture records that: THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE (John 8:32)
So with the PADRA analysis, one is basically required to take an audit of their negative emotions and feelings since childhood. These create dark spots (lies) in our innerman as they oppose the promises set out in the word of God. The more they are left to stay there, the more they seek to overshadow the light. Light (truth) manifests itself in the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) which then bring fruitfulness in the physical.

A simple example is where scripture says, “Love covers a multitude of sins” or “Love your enemies/pray for your enemies”

A whole person can do it and infact seeks to love always. One with a wounded spirit cannot as they find it difficult to love those that they have classified as enemies of their progress and as it were oppose them. They are vengeful and self protective so they will see negative treatment or responses from others or even the environment as war against them and their default response is –retaliate. Retalitation is not necessarily counter response but may even be internal response e.g anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, silent treatment etc. whereas a whole and sound individual will respond with compassion. This is a response that is more interested in the other person and why they would want to wound others by their choice of words or hurtful action. The mindset of compassion rest in the neverending and neverfailing love of God and will nit be moved ny negative actions from others.

A soul that exercises the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5.22) at all times is happier and more fulfilled than that which seeks to have its own way even if the fruits are bad.

How to conduct a PADRA Analysis:

  1. Draw up a two column table.
  2. State the negative memories and associated feelings and emotions in line with each PADRA on one column (write the people involved too)
  3. Write a corresponding scripture attached to the negative memory/ feeling/emotion on the other column i.e what the God says about it in his word (Bible). This can be researched from the Word of God

IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE:

The PRADA analysis seeks to bring Colossians 3:12-13 to life;

This noble scripture of the holy texts makes it clear that the fruits of the spirit are not automatically actionable by one because of salvation or knowledge of the Word and therefore must be ‘Put On’. Putting them on means they can be put off suggesting that one can even neglect to wear them. The self introspection exercise therefore helps serious Christians check their ‘spiritual fruits’ dresscode and dress accordingly by wearing the fruits of the spirit.

The following are guidelines to conducting a successful PADRA analysis;

FOCUS & DEAL WITH IT:

Pain must never be packed in. It must be worked and walked through until it is safely disposed without further harming self or anyone else. The process begins with accepting the unfortunate cause of pain as well as acknowledgement of the acts of violation by offenders whether verbally, emotionally or physically. After acknowledging pain, one must make deliberate and conscious effort to forgive the perpetrator(s) and move on from it forever. It must be noted that moving on does not mean what happened is nothing and must be left, it means that one chooses to carryon even as the clock has been ticking from the day the offense or unfortunate incident happened.

The process can often lead to unpleasant memories and should only be done at a time when one will not be distracted and they have set aside time specifically for this exercise.

RELEASE THE EMOTIONS:

Crying is a big possibility as one begins to trade on sensitive ground in the book of their life. Its all part of the healing process only as the crying is directed to the God of gods who is the chief of battles and fights for his own. Crying into emptiness or into the unknown or unspecified invites other elements or beings that are already there in the atmosphere to rush in and offer their own forms of comfort and protection or even further attack one in a form of pervetted warfare which then defeats the whole purpose of subjecting everything to the Word. Counterfeit sources of comfort have a pricetag on them whose payment will be a further complication and source of even more pain. Individuals are therefore encouraged to be vigilant, prayerful and strictly focused on the most Holy Spirit of the living God.

BE OBEDIENT:

If God commands it, confer not with flesh and blood. Like the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:16, drop every other human opinion, mindset or truth and move with the word henceforth. The fruits of the spirit are a major highlight during this process (Galatians 5:22). Practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, longsuffering and self-control and above all live it! Sometimes people that are in that list may show up from no-where and normally this is a divine set up for the issue connected to them to be resolved God’s way. It would normally be for the one doing the PADRA to revise their feelings related to this person and bring them up-to-speed with the instruction of the word e.g to forgive, again part of the process cultivating the fruits of the spirit and watering them (Galatians 5.22). Again when one chooses to address pain God’s way, it means that they have to believe his Word first. Now that signals the testing of the believed word as highlighted in the parable of the sower (Mark 4:16).

At this point, forgiveness is needful. It is a spiritual law which does not and should never equate to condoning violation of any sort. Forgiveness is not an event too. It a process which begins with the desire to let go and let God. Desiring to let go does not by any means translate into the removal of pain or memories associated with the pain onspot. This means that once one confesses forgiveness, the journey only just begins and pain is still very much present. However it is the continuous effort of total surrender, a positive mindset, feeding the spirit with Godly truth and self re-definition that will cast out the pain leading to inner-healing.

TRUST GOD:

Pain modifies an individual and recalibrates them into unbelief leading to negative emotions associated with PADRAs e.g rejection, bitterness, unforgiveness, rebellion, anger and pride. People become overly suspicious, develop trust issues as a means to self protect. Instead of the truth of God reigning, the pain causes an individual to assume that what has transpired is truth leading to self-truth based on self devised copying mechanisms which further shut down the heart from faith in God. Negative actions against us hurt because they are being forced on our ‘positive’ innerself causing pain. We are not made negative. We are created and loaded with positive energy and so negatives seems to push us into what we are not and it hurts. This is always a result of ignorance…lack of agreement between our spirit self (pre-loaded with all good and positive) and our physical self (born into this wicked, negative and opposing world). However regardless of negative experiences, God’s word remains the only truth and final authority. This is the reason pain becomes the lie. One must therefore yield to the Holy Spirit and the fact that he needs truth in the inward parts…that truth is not personal or worldly truth but his Word that is the only truth (Psalm 51.6). Moreover, always remember he says, ” I will never leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5) so he is in it throughout (in one’s past, present and future) for their good and ultimately HIS Glory.

PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD:

Honour God as if he is there with you and infact he is! In all feelings, in all the unsaid and said actions and emotions, have a consciouness of the presence of God. Always ask, what would Jesus do or say? Research it, pray about it and live it. When it hurts, cry unto God for help as sometimes being obedient to God defies self and becomes the most painful thing to do. One of the ways in which pain takes root in our lives as human beings is because of the seat of God we take in peoples lives. This is the seat of judgement which should only ever belong to God. The judgemental spirit we so often exhibit when offended and then have a final say on the matter concerning our own actions thereafter becomes a direct act of dishonoring God and stepping out of his holy presence. We create an opinion about others without making an attempt to inquire or understand what drives them into their negative behaviours, then we defile our own selves with that judgement thereby fortifying the stronghold of pain within our ownselves unawares.

Thus, assuming that God is present, ‘is here’ and he is watching may always help us act accordingly and allow for God to create in us a clean heart and renew the right spirit within us. (Psalm 51). Reciting biblical truth and acting it out helps displace the pain and will ultimately cast it out as the Holy Spirit himself confirms his Word in us. Good overcomes evil.

In Conclusion,

The PADRA analysis then means stepping out of the negative emotions (lies that oppose God’s word) by deliberately refusing to harbour them and surrendering everything to the judgement of God (truth). Accepting the reality of a bad experience or past, dealing with it and subjecting it to the truth of Gods word makes way for forgiveness as one starts working on loving and accepting those/what caused the pain – in a godly way. Sometimes it is God we need to forgive, not because he wronged us BUT because he was blamed in our innerman. Sometimes too, self must be forgiven as often blame falls on self for allowing things to happen or making bad choices. This takes practice and deliberate effort over time as the pain naturally resists this. As it were, lies resist truth. Commitment to truth will bring deliverance from the lies (pain) leading to fruitfulness.

Trusting this post has been helpful.

Till then

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Demystifying Deliverance Part 3: Workout your own Salvation with fear and trembling!

In part 2 we discussed the background to life’s problems and how as human beings we end up in trouble needing the hand of God to deliver us. We conclude this series by declaring the working out of salvation as the one true journey of deliverance.

Today the world is full of deliverance ministers and programs in which deliverance is now seen as an event of casting out demons. The whole show can be characterised by various manifestations from yelling to vomitting, screaming and rolling on the floor. While there can be nothing wrong with the manifestations as that is characteristic of the demonic, there could be everything wrong with the belief system of the one being delivered and sometimes even the deliverer (deliverance minister, pastor or fellowsaint) themselves. Afterall, the demon has been there all this while and it shouldn’t have to take an special ‘annointed man’ to announce its presence. The disharmony in one’s life is enough to already testify of the presence of contrary spirit(s) or opposing forces.

According to scripture, it takes submitting to the Lord, then resisting the devil, to cause him to flee (James 4:7). One can resist only by going the other way and refusing to partner with. Looking or going the other way is basically submitting totally to God and giving oneself fully to the instruction and guidance of his holiness. Anytime Jesus showed up, devils/demons manifested and ended up out of their hosts. It was always because of the holy word himself manifesting/showing up and speaking thus resisting their presence in a particular person. Today, Jesus is represented by the word and the holy spirit- the presence of which should also cause the exit of the demonic. So the very reason that brings someone to a deliverance stable is enough to prove the presence of a contending force in their life and the point is that manifestation and casting out can be a show that won’t change the life of an individual unless they themselves recognise the presence of ‘Jesus’/the Word, change their ways and submit to God who is present and speaking thereby resisting the devil also presenting himself and speaking. To add, deliverance has in some cases been transformed into long church services in which secret knowledge a.k.a prophecy is revealed and congregants are ‘supposedly’ set free from whatever is said to hinder them. The problem is that most have a strong leaning towards false doctrines or doctrines of devils and that’s a story for another day.

Our focus today is on the true meaning of deliverance, the actual walk of salvation that keeps one from dabbling with the devil to their own damnation. Ever wondered what the Apostle Paul meant when he instructed the body of Christ to workout their salvation with fear and trembling? (Phillipians 2.12). It is because mankind is predisposed to having it easy or living in a comfortzone. So one would ask, “the saviour has come and declared victory, why should i suffer.” That it was finished on the cross is wisdom meant to guide the christian in a world where the enemy wages war and takes the offensive. The first day Jesus Christ entered the synagogue, he read from the book of Isaiah, a prophecy about himself;

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luke 4:18

Therefore, if deliverance is the work of preaching it means the transformation that happens when one actually learns from the preaching is what deliverance is all about. It is a displacement of the work of evil embedded in a worldly, twisted and anti-Christ mindset. The work of evil is packaged within deceptions that the enemy creates and presents as truths in our innerman. These are intermingled with our experiences and how we interpret them through the lense of deception (devil/lies) and not truth (Word/Jesus Christ). Overtime they become our truths or templates for response to life’s issues. These personal truths are self-designed and self-centred so they actually pull us away from the one truth (Word/Christ) and condition us for the wrath of God. So, the work of the cross is the true deliverance which christians should draw from by working out their salvation, killing the flesh and awakening the spirit in truth. Killing the flesh is essentially stopping all rule of the flesh so that all of life’s matters and decisions are now governed by the spirit through the instruction of the word and the Holy Spirit of God. The crunch of the matter is that, before one gets born again, there are various teachers and shephereds taking them through the course of life. These range from parents, friends, school, peers, the system to religion, traditions, cultures and even self. Now the coming of Christ was an assignment to end this as he was to become the door and the good shephered of our souls – teaching us all things and showing us the way. This was according to God’s super redemptive plan to reconcile himself with all of humanity. Jesus explains this very well in the book of John, the 10th chapter. He further alludes to the fact that all that came before him (the door) entered not through the door as there was no door prior and therefore are thieves and robbers. The same are those that influence a person’s belief system and mindset before they get born again. Now, life before being born again can be compared to that of a person whose house has been plundered by thieves and robbers. The emotions and feelings consistent with such wickedness are e.g heartache, heartbreak or pain from loss of valuables or loved ones, fear, setbacks, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness etc etc all of which can further lead to feelings of rejection, emptiness, rebellion, loss of hope/faith etc. As it were, most deliverance cases are based on these and the demonic has a way of coming up with stories to explain these so that people are never able to focus on Christ but themselves or those that seem to have the power to deliver them and worsestill, the supposed perpertrators of the evil as defined by the lense of evil itself, the accusing lense that actual fosters negative emotions and that even against the very word and instruction of God (fruits of the spirit-Galatians 5.22)

After being born again, the door (Christ) becomes the filter of our thought system, directing our mindset, feeling, emotion and will power via his Word. This calls for the highest level of self-discipline and more importantly for a renewing of one’s mind to fit in this new doctrine of Christ. One must begin a habit of self introspection in which all of life’s templates (personal truths including copying mechanisms) formed throughout life (by the influence of ‘thieves and robbers’ explained earlier) are replaced by the only true template of the word of God (the door and good shephered). The expectation is that the new doctrine (new piece of cloth) will not tear the old garment (old self) making it worse. Normarlly, the flesh finds it hard to die and make way for the spirit to live so that there can be victory. The christian must therefore first become spirit inorder to accept the word which is spirit in their innerman. This way the flesh will yield. When the spirit is forced on the flesh, the two do not mix and so the flesh struggles and suffers from this new authority it can’t comprehend or understand. This is why you will often hear people saying things got worse when they started praying or going to church. Some usually quit when this happens or seek for deliverance.

It is possible to do self -deliverance by continuosly striving for transformation through the renewal of one’s mind ( Romans 12.2). Alternatively, one can get help from fellow brethren in Christ especially after just being born again. Counselling platforms can therefore provide a form of discipleship to bring back people to the ways of God, the love of God and the peace of God. This is expected to lead to Inner Healing as a person chooses life (spirit) more and more over death (body) using their mind, thoughts and intellect (soul) (Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 2:12; 2 Corinthian 10:5). Choosing life brings fruitfulness and peace while continuing in the course of death furthers problems and turmoil.

Quiz time:

Since we said problem means death or perception of, Did Satan have problems in heaven?

Key points in Self-deliverance
1. Self-Development: Aim to gain new knowledge about the work of the cross everyday. Get into the culture of reading about God in his Word. Practice self-introspection at all times reflecting on everything said and done (by self or others) against the mirror of the Word of God. The more of God you know, the more your faith grows, the more you become powerful over sin.

2. Drop the ‘I have arrived mindset’ or pressure to arrive/become: We never stop learning: Growth is continuous, it never stops so we don’t stop learning and we don’t arrive or fully become…we must always push for better. At our best, we have potential to become better still! Humility creates room for growth and victory.

3. Practice the presence of God: Be committed to killing the flesh and awakening the spirit. Let your whole life be governed by the spirit (word) and not the flesh (body). Yield totally to the instruction of God as you Read the word, spend me-time with God, love on him, worship him. This will activate your discernment faculties as you become more acquainted with ways of God. Minister what you have learnt to others, talk about God and be in places and events that preach and teach the word.

4. When you are stuck, pray. When confused, pray. When excited pray. Pray always. Enter with thanksgiving, commit all to God and end with thanksgiving.

Answer to the quiz:

Problem (inferiority) + Pride + Expulsion (Rejection)= Evil Assignment (John 10:10)

I trust this post has helped you. That’s it for today,

Till then

riseUPconqueror


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