The following scriptures reveal God’s intention to bring healing. The insight shared after each verse is to help you make the connection between the word of God and the Sozo prayer model. It is very important to us at SOZO Freedom to build upon a biblically based foundation so that all we do glorifies God.
Verse: The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV).
Insight: This verse is first and foremost speaking about Jesus and all that will be accomplished in and through his life. With the finished work of Jesus on the cross and the indwelling Holy Spirit, we also are anointed by Jesus to proclaim freedom to the captives. Notice the exchange that is happening in the verses: beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. In Sozo, this is called, the Divine Exchange. God exchanges the ashes, mourning and despair for beauty, joy and praise. This is an important piece of how inner healing through Sozo happens.
Notice more of this Divine Exchange found in Verse 7 of Isaiah 61:
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Here God is exchanging shame for a double portion and disgrace for inheritance resulting in joy!