How does God speak to us? How does the Holy Spirit give us guidance? In what form does God teach us what we need to know?
The Scripture is the only definitive structure God has given us for guidance, if we obey that, He directs our steps providentially. We have always been taught to listen to that “still small voice” in our head or what we call our heart. You imagine God is telling you something, and more often than not many have been tripped up in the direction God has for them. What we must learn instead is to see, hear, and obey the revealed will of God within the framework of His Word. We are never encouraged to listen to any inner promptings, but rather to heed what is clearly and concisely revealed in Scripture. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jer. 17:9). The heart is the inner self, which thinks, feels, and acts. It is the central part of man which is deceitful and unreliable to acumen God’s will for us outside of the boundaries of Scripture. Subjective impressions are not reliable, and we are not commanded by Scripture to tune into any inner voice, we are commanded to study and meditate on Scripture, we are commanded to cultivate discernment, to be sober and vigilant, to walk circumspectly.
One of the deficiencies of prophecy (as it is used today), is the lack of Biblical discernment and the ability to determine if what is being said is merely the dictates of one’s own heart rather than what the Holy Spirit is saying. 2 Peter 1:20 says; “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” To be “moved by the Holy Spirit” in the Greek means to be conveyed or borne, with the suggestion of force or speed. This means the Holy Spirit is the vehicle of such speaking, He is in control of what is spoken. To be moved by the Spirit is like being carried along, as a ship is carried by the wind. Prophecy is not the invention of men and since the Holy Spirit gives the Word, only the Spirit can interpret it accurately. Speaking by the Holy Spirit transcends human understand, the Holy Spirit is omniscient knowing both the mind of God and the heart of man. So then, why is it that those speaking prophetic words or words of knowledge in these sozo sessions always having to follow up with…does that fit for you?, or does that sound right to you? The Hebrew “ nabi, ” “prophet,” meant an announcer or interpreter of God: he, as God’s spokesman, interpreted not his own “private” will or thought, but God’s.
Taken with what is said in verse 19; “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,” Peter affirms Scripture to be more dependable than a voice from heaven heard with the natural ear. Much of what is seen today in the Prophetic movement and in the Sozo ministries are teachers who go beyond Scripture, constructing cunningly devised mystical theories. Have you ever noticed how personal prophecies, words of knowledge are always subjective, generic, and generalized? If a person is speaking “by the Holy Spirit” you would think there would be an exact, precise word given, hitting the mark. The snare and the trap of these personal prophecies and words of knowledge is it make it all about US rather than about God.
At bethelsozo.com they describe the SOZO ministry as a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry in which the main aim is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (emphasis mine) By using the six tools (Father Ladder, Four Doors, Presenting Jesus, The Wall, Trigger Mechanisms (Advanced Tool), and Divine Editing (Advanced Tool)) and following the Holy Spirit, wounds are healed, strongholds broken, truth revealed, and “doors” closed. (emphasis mine) 
The Greek word “Sozo” means “to be saved, delivered, to make whole, preserve from danger, loss, or destruction.” It is used in the four gospels fourteen times relating to deliverance from disease or demon possession. Twenty times it is used in reference to the rescue of physical life from some impending peril or instant death. The rest are all related to spiritual salvation. The three verses the sozo ministries use as their mantra verses are:
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you shall be saved (sozo).” Romans 10:9
“But Jesus turning and seeing her said ‘Daughter take courage your faith has made you well (sozo) and at once the woman was made well (sozo).” Matthew 9:22
“And those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well (sozo).” Luke 8:36
Do you see the problem here, first, the only ones having a sozo done are people already professing Christ and claim to be Christian. Romans 10:9 is dealing with spiritual salvation, not inner healing. Matthew 9:22 is dealing with physical healing, not inner healing and Luke 8:36 has to do with demon-possession, again, this is not an inner healing problem. From what I have learned from God’s Word, Christians cannot be demon possessed but oppressed. The verses they are using as opposed to the ministry service they are providing doesn’t jive. The main aim of the SOZO ministry (from their own words) “is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Does this mean that Christians are getting Spiritually saved? Physically healed? and de-demonized? all while crying out MORE LORD, MORE and doing more carpet time? HARDLY! Or, are they allegorizing the Scripture bringing out a hidden meaning that only the Apostle can interpret because they have an open celestial vortex above them with access to the throne of God? And yes, I’m being snide! These ministers and ministries try to challenge every precept of the Bible because they have been brought up in a permissive pre and postmodern world where “every man does what is right in their own eyes” (Jud. 17:6, 21:25; Pr. 12:15, 21:2). Judges 17:6 is a classic example of relativism. Relativism is the philosophical position that all points of view no matter how strange or ridiculous they may seem are equally valid and that all truth is left up to the individual to define. This means that all moral positions, all religious systems are truths that are relative to each individual. Hence the question, …does that work for you? In the Sozo sessions the prophetic words become suggestive from the Sozoer, but are converted into what is relative to the Sozoee. All prophetic speaking, words of knowledge, etc. are comparative to the Word of God by these people. In other words, they believe prophetic speaking flows out from the very mouth of God, therefore, it is truth, even if it contradicts Scripture. By their own actions they demonstrate they are rebellious unstable souls attempting to re-present a mystical Jesus rather than present the historical, Biblical Jesus who bled and died for the sin of mankind.
What the prophetic has become is similar to a psychic reading where you return over and over for the next word. It develops into an addiction as people want more, they become dependent upon it for guidance rather than searching the Word of God and letting it marinate within you and bring about the growth God desires. We use to go to a prophetic conference every six months with the anticipation of hearing a fresh word from the Lord. The prophetic conferences were held at a church under the umbrella of Bill Hamon. We were always told that the prophetic was partial, progressive, and conditional which meant the prophetic words given and there outcome were totally dependent upon on us, its subjective. Bill Hamon defines prophecy as: “…simply God communicating His thoughts and intents to mankind. When a true prophecy is given, the Holy Spirit inspires someone to communicate God’s pure and exact words to the individual or group for whom they are intended. It is delivered without any additions or subtractions by the one prophesying, including any applications or interpretations suggested by the one speaking. To be most effective, it must also be delivered in God’s timing and with the proper spirit or attitude.” In Bill Hamon’s definition the individual (prophet or one speaking by the Gift of the Spirit) is speaking under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit communicating God’s pure and exact words. This then would lead one to conclude that a prophetic word or personal prophecy would have to be considered the infallible Word of God. But are they bringing into the Prophetic a doctrinal “hobby horse” into a prophetic situation, twisting and or giving an unbalanced presentation of what they think is the Holy Spirits voice. Or worse, is it a “Trojan horse” tactic of the Devil to gain access into the Body of Christ to decisively trick the church.
The Sozo sessions, from what I have read, and from what people who were involved in it said, is much the same. At bethelsozo.com they say “A sozo session is a time of interacting with Father, Son and Holy Spirit for wholeness and pursuing of your destiny.” And of course it is the prophetic which guides you to discover your destiny. From their FAQ page under the question “How to handle team members who need to get the client totally healed” they say “All of us wish that everyone would walk out completely healed. However, sometimes, the sozoee won’t allow you to go any farther. We tell team members to look at what was accomplished rather than what was left to be done. We also tell the sozoee to live with the healing they have received and come back in 3 to 6 months for more healing.” How much healing does one need? And, if Jesus could heal completely and instantaneously, why is it that these ministries who claim they can do “greater works than Jesus did” have to spend such extensive time getting people healed and still can’t get it done? And again, in the sozo session they bring Jesus into it to heal and close doors, yet people leave the session incomplete, unhealed! It becomes an habitual “got to get my fix” dilemma. I’m amazed at how people will put more faith in failed prophecies and botched healings and still run back for more. It’s like hanging a carrot in front of people who can never quite reach it, they have to keep coming back. Is it that the Sozo sessions does more damage than good as they probe and attempt to heal area’s that God has already completed in some of these people?
M’kayla, a fellow blogger commented: “Before I was walking with the Lord I went through some guided imagery with a therapist. I can’t say why and it makes no sense, but the sozo was far more dangerous than what was considered secular. I had more visions and strange experiences during those moments than ever. It did more damage than good in an area that God had already settled in me some time before. All the peace he gave me previously seemed to erode away after those sessions and my experiences were horrifying. In the end, nothing positive comes of the sessions and nothing inside ever changes, but becomes worse. I think it is possible for a person to lose their sanity because of what transpires.” As I stated in my second article, one lady who was involved in the Sozo ministry made a strong point that the Sozo sessions were nothing short of spiritual rape. It makes victims of people seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and I am astonished at how aggressive these ministries are to get everyone Sozoed.
“No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Here Jesus focuses on the truth that service for His kingdom demands undivided attention. “Is not fit for the kingdom of God” means that halfhearted discipleship eliminates one from God’s maximum use. As servants of the Most High God we cannot afford to have divided interests, the expression “looking back” has a manifest reference to Lots wife (Gen. 19:26). The Sozo ministry centers around the concept of “looking back,” into ones past through imagery and prophetic words. Scripture teaches we are forget what is behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead (Phil. 3:13-14). Those reluctant to break with their past are not useful to the Kingdom of Christ. The very context (Luke 9:57-62) insist we put “me first” aside for the sake of following Jesus.
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 Is it Wrong to Judge? by the way of the master, Youtube.com
 Dr. Bill Hamon, Prophets and Personal Prophecy (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image)