Do you ever dream of a free, delivered, powerful, and healed body of Christ? I do! I long to see the “Bride of Christ” walking in the healing, freedom, and purity of God. I long to see each individual walking in their true God-given identity, and fully into their God-ordained destiny. Now, that would be a church with power! That would be a “religion” to which the masses flock. That would be a church full of the love of Christ where signs, wonders, and miracles are a common sight. That would be a church that binds up the wounds and sets the captives free (Isaiah 61). I believe that is the power that the body of Christ is meant to carry on earth (Matthew 6:10). That would be a church that overflows with God’s love (John 13:34-35)! That is the church that I believe God desires to release on this earth. And, receiving healing for our wounds is one piece of this…something that brings us a huge step closer to walking as God desires for us.
There are many excellent models for inner/emotional healing and deliverance. As with everything, each model has strengths and weaknesses. The leadership must consider those strengths and weaknesses before bringing a model into their ministry. We must listen to the Holy Spirit, take a look at the mandate for our specific church, ask lots of questions, and pray a lot! When it is all said and done, we will find that God desires freedom for his people. We will discover that God has something in store just for us.
It was through this “searching” that we developed a belief-based model. All models have similarities and differences. Some things in this model will look very familiar if you have had any emotional healing/deliverance training, while other things may seem foreign. In my experience, this is a very safe model for reasons that we will discuss as we journey through this course.
Let me share with you a couple of the reasons that I decided to develop and minister using this type of model, versus some of the other excellent models that are available. After all, why do we need one more model?
In Romans 12:2 we read: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” (NLT)
Think of how often we fall into the “behavior and customs of this world”. This trap leads to behavioral patterns, and patterns of thinking, that may be contrary to God’s Word. Paul is very clear that there is a transformation that needs to take place so that we know how God’s “good, pleasing, and perfect will really is.”
Also, the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19) tells us to go and make disciples. A disciple is more than someone who is “saved,” someone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior. A disciple is someone who follows closely, who sits at the feet of the teacher and learns. As we go before the Lord with our wounds, our minds will be transformed so that we walk in the fullness of healing that the Lord has for us.
As people’s lives are transformed, ground that has been stolen is restored. God longs to restore the hopes and dreams within our lives. He also wants to restore our identity. We understand that the book of Hosea is not only about Hosea’s life, but also about God’s relationship with Israel. Look at Hosea 2:15, “I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope…” (NLT). Many of us need our vineyards restored, and gateways of hope reopened!
Both reasons are undergirded by the following rationale:
When you look at people who have endured similar events, both positive and negative, you will find that each one processes the incident differently. One may come out stronger, more self-confident, relying on God, and making a difference. Whereas the other individual, while processing the event, may determine that they have no value, walk in shame, walk away from God, and have a negative impact on the world. What was the difference? The difference was the way they processed the event.
Remember Judas? He handed Jesus over to the Jewish leaders with a kiss. (Luke 22:47- 48) Ever wonder what would have happened if he had gone to Jesus and cried out for forgiveness? However, rather than choosing that route, he committed suicide by hanging himself. (Matthew 27:5) Peter, on the other hand, denied Jesus three times, (Luke 22:54-62) yet was fully forgiven and became a mighty voice in the church. That is the power of hearing the proclamation of forgiveness, and standing on the promises of God during trying situations. Peter did not allow his failure to define him – he allowed Jesus to define him. (Matthew 16:18)
Finally, some models encourage the ministry receiver to go back into the trauma. Personally, I believe that God wants to set the captives free and not re-traumatize them first! A belief-based model gets at the “root” of the belief system without the person reliving the trauma. We want to draw them out of the real/perceived mindsets that were developed, and bring them into a whole, healthy relationship with the Heavenly Father, which will ultimately impact every relationship in their life.
What Exactly Does Mashah Mean?
Original Word: מָ שָ ה
Phonetic Spelling: (maw-shaw’)
Short Definition: draw A primitive root; to pull out (literally or figuratively) — draw(out).
In Exodus 2, we have the account of Moses. Verse 10 reads: “When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water”. In this verse, the name “Moses” sounds like the Hebrew word for “draw out”. Take a moment and consider the life of Moses. As the little boys were being killed, Moses was hidden. He was placed in a basket in a river where he was “drawn out” of the water by the princess. Yes, he murdered and ran for his life, resulting in a desert life of herding sheep. However, what Moses didn’t know was that God used the desert as a training ground for what was to come. Moses eventually “drew” God’s people out of Egypt and led them through the desert for 40 years.
In 2 Samuel 22:17-20 and Psalm 18:16-19 (NIV) we find: “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
Again, we find that concept of drawing out, of being rescued. That is the meaning of the word Mashah. God desires to save us from all our enemies, the lies that hold us back, the pain that we carry, the dead hopes and dreams. He wants to be our support, to bring us into that spacious place, and for us to know that he genuinely delights in each one of us! Wow, now that is powerful!
Let me explicitly state that a belief-based model deals with the beliefs formed, rather than the specific event itself. Hence, the belief becomes the driving force, and the conscious (or unconscious) memories becomes secondary. We have seen over and over that as the belief system is healed and the pain is removed from the memories.
As with some of the other Inner/Emotional and Deliverance Ministries, the Biblical mandate for Mashah ministry is Isaiah 61. He has sent us to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim release of captives, and rebuild shattered lives. It is time that the followers of Jesus move forward with the full authority that comes from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Choosing Mashah Ministry Training
Interestingly enough, this model was developed while I was on the Pastoral Staff at Washington Crossing United Methodist Church (yes, it’s a spirit-filled/on-fire church). I had the honor and privilege of working with a fantastic team of Mashah Ministers who ministered to people within the church, from other churches, and unchurched. Over and over we were amazed at the power of God and the freedom that He brings. Over the 13 years, I was on staff, we trained over 50 people in this ministry model and have ministered to well over 500 people, which equals thousands of ministry sessions.
As you step into Mashah, you are stepping into an arena where you will have a front-row seat at seeing God move in ways that will leave you astonished. As you hear the stories, your heart will break in one moment and soar in the next as God begins to move. As one of my team members put it: “There is no joy greater than seeing others get set free. Certainly, as my discernment and knowledge grew and become sharpened through ongoing training and ministry practice, my inner healing has been accelerated.” Another team member put it this way: “Mashah has been an exciting journey, both as a receiver and as a member of the ministry team. I have seen healing and demonic releases that I could never have seen otherwise, nor do I think could have happened as smoothly and easily under other types of ministries.”
This model will take some time to adjust to so be patient with yourself. When we train people to minister, we watch them hang on to their manual like a life-line – and we see people healed. Safe boundaries are important. Integrity is important. Keeping people safe is important. Honoring God is essential. And you’ll be amazed! To quote another team member: “As a Mashah minister, I have the privilege of assisting in what feels like heart surgery. All of us have had pain, trauma, crisis or the like, that causes us to build protective walls around our hearts. Dismantling those walls requires help from someone willing to walk with us to uncover those things that have dulled or numbed our heart. We extend ‘love in action,’ which I call compassion in real practical ways by helping people go through layers of unbelief, lies, unforgiveness, ungodly soul ties or vows (just to name a few) of the blockages that have drained their hope, vitality, and life. It is always a process, and at times it feels like we don’t know what we are doing, but Jesus always shows up, and the training we receive helps us to navigate through the murky waters. There is nothing more refreshing than giving life and hope to those in need. We don’t counsel people, we walk them through a model where they can experience God, through an encounter with Jesus and find the truth. We have the steps to release their heart to beat again. We are loaded with tools to assist them in the rebuilding of lives. The resurrected power of Jesus is evident in each session, causing hearts to beat again! Being a minister is like being a heart surgeon, with the Great Physician in the room leading the way!”
With all that said – welcome to Mashah Ministry!
Pastor Ruth Hendrickson
Ruth Hendrickson Ministries
“I joined the Mashah team because the other ministries I was involved with were introducing me to a lot of people without hope. On returning home from a youth outing, I had a 16-year-old student tell me he had been planning to kill himself upon returning home—but he had, instead, met the Lord and had changed his mind. He was the fourth student to talk to me about self-harm that weekend and, as a result, I had a meltdown of uncontrollable tears during Sunday service.
Ruth met with me to talk through some strategies on how to help the youth group students, and I came out of that meeting changed. I went into that meeting carrying several peoples’ emotional baggage. Ruth led me through a Mashah session for myself that day during which I took all the baggage that I was carrying, and I put it back on Jesus. I felt so free that I left that room agreeing to serve as a team member.
As a Mashah team member, I learned the tools to help facilitate people strengthen their relationship with God. As a facilitator, I was in many sessions where I saw God break cycles that had held people in bondage for years. I was in the room when men’s marriages were saved; when men had cycles of depression they had lived in broken; and when men learned to control the anger issues they had lived with for years. As a facilitator, the number one lesson I learned was how to effectively minister to people on an emotional level without taking on their emotional burdens. I have learned that boundaries can be a tool to empower ministry and not constrict it. Mashah has not only enabled me to help others find an authentic life with God; it has also given me a front row seat to witness that God is alive and moving today.”
“As a director of Member Care for an international, multi-denominational missions’ organization, I regularly face the grief of trauma and injustice with our missionaries. I debrief with them and help them reframe their experiences within the context of the living Word. Frequently, the losses they experience, the sorrows they encounter, and the questions they have about surviving difficult situations leave them questioning and hungering for a new revelation of God and his goodness. It is then that I will invite them to try an experiment with me. I wonder aloud if they would like to try seeing if God would like to speak with them in a fresh way to help them in their situation.
Being missionaries, they are usually adventurous enough to try something new. I introduce prayers from the Mashah model to reestablish the Lordship of Christ, walk through some thorough forgiveness prayers, and ask God to reveal Himself and His wisdom to the receiver in the midst of their situation. Within the outline of the model prayers, there is space for them to pour out their hearts before God and process issues of responsibility, blame, and judgments. They appreciate the opportunity to sit quietly with their troubles before God and hand the problems they endure over to Him.
Having purged themselves in the presence of the Spirit and a fellow human, I have found they are able to receive love and understanding from their incarnate Savior that heals their sorrows and comforts their broken hearts. I discovered that my receivers are able to hear incredible revelations from God which move beyond the questions of right and wrong to a place of surrender and trust in God’s plan and ways. In a very short time of ministry, God faithfully directs their path back into His presence and His purposes.
And I am left standing in awe of Jesus who is big enough to carry all our sorrows and exchange them for the joy and peace that comes through the assurance of His attentive care. I am grateful to have the Mashah model as a capable tool of reconciliation.”