Featured Favorite: Unbound, A Practical Guide to Deliverance

I discovered Neal Lozano’s book, “Unbound,” when our covenant community planned an Unbound Conference with him. About 50 of us learned how to cooperate with the Lord to gain freedom from the influence of evil spirits and then guide those coming to the conference in this prayer method.

We learned the five keys that unlock the doors we have opened to intimidating spirits and how to close them. The five keys are not complicated when we understand that not our power but the power of the name of Jesus accomplishes it all: Repentance and faith. Forgiveness. Renunciation of evil spirits. Taking authority over those spirits. The Father’s blessing. That’s the strategy that answers our prayer “deliver us from evil, freeing us from the lies Satan tells to keep us from God’s plan for our life.

Five keys

As we learned these keys, we tried them out on one another. Instead of believing the lie that I could never do this right, my confidence grew that the Lord could use me in this ministry. That attitude developed from many healings I experienced through ordinary people in the Unbound ministry with no extraordinary powers within themselves.

Using the keys, I then helped them discover and renounce the hidden roots of their difficulties that blocked their freedom. I heard reactions from “I feel lighter as if a heavy load of furniture shifted from my core” to ““Unbound by the Blood of Christ. My spirit is dancing and celebrating with the Lord.”

The Unbound conference displayed the Holy Spirit working beautifully among many strangers with the common goal of freedom, yet with such different blocks to unlock and remove. The blocks are lies we believe are part of us such as, “I can never do anything right. I don’t belong. God could never forgive me. I’m a victim.”  When the light of God’s truth shines on these lies, the pain of traumas such as addiction to pornography, death of a child or parent, child abuse, abortion and abandonment are healed. Forgiving others and ourselves is no longer impossible. As we recognize hidden guilt, fear and self-condemnation we are able to take responsibility for our sins and renounce their roots. The Father’s Blessing restores our self-worth.

Why it works

Neal says that the Unbound model works from several basic truths:

  • Because of Jesus, we have hope and can ask for the blessing we need.
  • Jesus is our hope; he is our savior.
  • Jesus saves us from sin and from Satan’s plan for our lives.
  • Jesus reveals to us our hearts so that we can repent.
  • Jesus gives us the power to forgive others and to renounce the enemy in our lives.
  • We have authority over the devil’s influence in our lives in the name of Jesus.
  • God wants to bless us by revealing who we are, so we might fulfill our destiny.

The “Unbound” keys are my do-it-yourself healing kit to apply Neal’s guidelines to the hurts and sins in my life that preoccupy my confessions and my depressions. I began to heal as the examples and reflections peeled back layers of lies I believed. Keeping a journal and engaging in the Unbound deliverance prayers with a trusted friend or small group benefits me even more. Many pastors, spiritual directors and confessors add the Unbound keys to their toolbox.

The keys help me keep resentment and unforgiveness from settling in my soul.  I no longer routinely Xerox my list of sins before Reconciliation, Some of them are gone and Jesus and I are working on some others. Every day my awareness of God’s conviction, presence and power to transform me, grows as well as my freedom to live as the woman he created me to be.

(© 2014, revised 2018 Nancy H C Ward)

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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10 Responses to Featured Favorite: Unbound, A Practical Guide to Deliverance

  1. Deanna Bartalini, M.Ed.; M.P.S. says:

    The book an then serving in this ministry in our diocese has been a tremendous blessing in my life and so many others. We are having a conference at the end of this month, can’t wait to meet Neal and Janet Lozano!

    • Nancy Ward says:

      You will be amazed at the work of the Holy Spirit through this conference. Neal and Janet are so down-to-earth, taking everything in stride for the gloruy of God!

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  4. anabela33 says:

    I sadly know of people who have been damaged by others involved in deliverance ministries. In our own Catholic faith we have the true Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confession, the Rosary, the Sacramentals etc. And also a very good way towards healing is to give thanks to God in all circumstances by using the Psalms and Scripture. By delving into deliverance ministries without proper training and guidance can cause many problems. We must not confront evil spirits ourselves. It is not a joke but is very dangerous. I know that myself. So please be careful. Remember all the gifts we have been given in the Catholic Church and give thanks to God daily for everything in your life,, good and bad. In all things give thanks as St. Paul says. Stay in the light of Christ and turn away from the darkness.

    • Nancy Ward says:

      Thank you for your wisdom. All that you say is true about our Church, sacraments, devotionals and scripture. I love and use all of these. You are right that we should not delve into deliverance ministries without training. Praise God that so many of us were trained by Neal Lozano for 6 hours on 6 days spread out over three months. Since you seem familiar with Unbound, you know that we do not confront evil spirits, so you are are right on! The healings I have seen in others and in my own life have brought us out of the depths of darkness into the light of Christ with him as the true healer. Praise God for his goodness!  

  5. Diane says:

    Thank you Nancy for your boost and also for being present in a powerful way to minister to myself and others present. I was extremely moved by the Father Blessing portion of the conference. That has made a big difference in my life in the few weeks since the conference. I got a reminder of it a few days ago when my cat jumped up next to me and I cupped his little head in my hands and said "you are so precious, I love you". What I really heard was God the Father saying those words to me! Bowled me over and Joy flowed through me..I really, for the first time in many years felt the Father's blessing!

    • Nancy Ward says:

      Love having you for a friend and seeing the Lord blossom in your heart! Praise God for all the ways he brings us freedom in so many areas of our lives! 

  6. Mary N. says:

    Hi Nancy,
    Thank you for this excellent post. I have this book and agree that it would help many people. Maybe even ALL people.

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