WHY?

For over 35 years I have  functioned in my calling to set the captives free, heal broken lives, and equip others to minister in the trenches and on the front lines.  (Incidentally, the trenches are not a place of recognition or human glory)

Since 2001, I have also pastored the broken, disenfranchised, and marginalized people of God.  [Jesus said that it is not the well who need a physician, rather it is the sick. Luke 5:31]

I now sense that the time has come to really gear up, focus on, and share with others, what I have learned through study, experience and revelation by the Holy Spirit.

Also, I will be utilizing others, in the upcoming months, as instructors. They will be those who have been thoroughly tested and tried upon the battlefield, and found faithful and true to the call.

I sense that it is imperative to soon begin to pass the torch: which is the vision (the cause), the faith, and the tools to the next generation.

But, no matter what one’s age, participation in training, interaction and exchange is open. I hope many will commit to being pro-active in bringing others to freedom.  (Certainly not everyone we encounter is willing to be transformed.)

I am very grateful to those who have helped me along my journey and also for those who have faithfully ministered along side me over the years. We have seen God do amazing things, through weak human vessels.

In May of 2015, God spoke to my heart that the “best is yet to come”.  To me that means there will be more fruitful labor and more warring for the cause of Christ, which brings others to freedom and maturity.

No one has to have a  “super-star” personality. All that is really required is a desperate desire to be who God says you are and a willingness to risk the good life for the great life.

Please feel free to be in touch with me. You can message me or email me: prayerworks4victory@yahoo.com

Blessings,

Gay Bissell

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The Old Nature Cannot be Healed

Within every believer there are two natures. An old nature and a new nature.  The new nature has the potential to grow to full Christ-likeness.  The old nature, if allowed to rule, has the potential to almost completely choke out the God-life potential.

The old creation is full of:

◽️pride (self) and may also be full of the following

◽️anger

◽️disappointment

◽️bitterness

◽️jealousy

◽️insecurity

◽️impatience

◽️fear

◽️evil intents

◽️depravity

The old nature never ceases to war with the new, always attempting to reclaim it’s ruling position over the life.  It continues to desire enthronement upon the  seat of power – the human will.  

The RULER PRIDE congratulates itself when the individual performs well, and compares itself to others with great satisfaction.   On the flip side when the individual’s performance “falls short” the RULER PRIDE berates, tears down, relentlessly accuses and torments for as long as possible.

The new creation, the one noted specifically in 2 Corinthians 5:17, is the Christ-nature.  The perfect nature.  The pride free nature.  Selfish free nature.

The Christ nature has NO:

◽️jealousy

◽️insecurity

◽️fear

◽️sickness

◽️selfishness

◽️mean words

◽️lust

◽️disappointment

◽️toxic anger (hurtful)

◽️bitterness

◽️lack  

The Christ-nature was planted inside you when you believed and received Jesus as your Lord.  It was planted just as a seed is planted in the ground.  Over time, if nurtured, watched over, watered and fed it will grow and produce a full crop of Christ likeness.  The seed (nature of Christ) is intended to produce when cared for, cultivated, guarded.  Remember the verse Luke 2:52 Jesus GREW in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man.

The Christ-nature is implanted in seed form, literally housing the genetic program or blueprint of the Christ-nature.  (1 Peter 1:23)

Note several very significant passages concerning being born again:

Read John 3:3-8 in the entirety, noting the significant points of Jesus’ words.

◽️One MUST be born again in order to see the kingdom of God.

◽️One must be born of the Spirit.  (Flesh “begets” (reproduces) flesh.   Spirit “begets” spirit.)

◽️What the Spirit does is, by in large, beyond explanation, although “movement” of Spirit activity (like the wind) is generally noticeable.

Read 1 Peter 1:22-23

◽️Purifying the soul happens by obeying truth.  A purified soul is a soul (mind will and emotions) that has been set  apart to be used by the Spirit of God for His purposes (The Greek word used is #53 in the Strong’s concordance and means to sanctify,  to make clean)

◽️Being “born again” comes by receiving the incorruptible Word of God

Read  Romans 10:17 and verses 9-10

◽️Faith for experiencing the new birth comes by hearing the Word 

◽️Faith comes by believing in your heart that Jesus died and rose from the dead for you personally and expressing that truth verbally

Read Mark 4:1-20

◽️The soil referred to in this parable is an individual’s heart

◽️The seed is the Word 

Growing up into fulness of the Christ-nature is God’s goal and desire for all.

◽️This is the assignment of the born again believer – Work it out.  Phil 2:12-13.  Fruit in our lives and in others will be produced(John 15)

Read and then note what is stated in these verses:

◽️Romans 8:29

◽️1 Corinthians 13:11

◽️Ephesians 3:14-19b*, 20

◽️Ephesians 4:12-15

◽️Galatians 4:19

◽️Hebrews 2:10

◽️1 John 2:6

(Remember: primarily the scriptures were written for and to believers.)

Consider the following passages regarding the war between the two natures:

Read James 4:1-7

◽️your desires war in your members (ascendancy of Self, or rule of the old nature)

◽️your desires prompt asking God for things that please your own self life

◽️the self life tries to be a friend with the world – to get approval and affirmation  in the sphere of the world and not  from God and His the kingdom 

◽️only in humbling ones self before God, and often in front of others, will we  receive grace (empowerment to change, grow, go through)

Read Romans 8:5-16 (Specifically v.5-12)

◽️Motivation toward things that gratify the old nature produces death

◽️Motivation toward things of Spirit produces peace and life

◽️The “old nature” is and enemy of God – it can’t even obey God, therefore it cannot please God (no matter how “good” or noble it acts)

◽️v.12 we are not in debt to the flesh nature (the old nature)

Read Galatians 5:16-25

◽️Walk in Spirit – How? By a conscious choice, by faith.

◽️The war rages because there  are two completely opposite natures within us.

◽️How to know what is from the old nature and what is from the new? Measure by v. 19 -22

◽️Crucify flesh as often as needed – We have been crucified     (Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:11 and we “die daily” 1 Corinthians 15:31).

◽️The old nature cannot be healed

◽️The old nature cannot be transformed

◽️The old nature cannot be reformed

◽️The old nature cannot be restored

The old nature was crucified (positionally) with Christ.  This death must be walked out daily.  We  are empowered to walk in newness of life, if we will.

The body of sin is tied to the new man – Romans 7:24 – who will rescue me from this body of death.   This passage Paul is referring to the practice of tying a dead man to another.  The Romans had a hideous form of punishment – binding a corpse of amurder victim to the back of the murderer. 

The big question?  Who will rescue me from this body of death?   It has already been done. Christ has forgiven and freed us from eternal condemnation -Romans 8:1.

Our part is to believe and we are set free from the body of death; the rule of the old nature.  We can live out and grow in the Christ-Nature.

Gay Bissell,

July 2018

Backsliding and the Root of Abandonment

Many Christians have “dropped out” of church and have become captivated by their own purposes, pursuits, pleasures and the treadmill of life.  When the pursuit of God is left out or becomes secondary in one’s life, the heart then becomes cold toward God and toward the things that God cares about.

Other people can actually continue to go to church and even go through the motions of “serving” God yet their heart is untouched by His love, and therefore they live in a “masked” backslidden state.

Over the years I have seen that this  “backsliding” of heart can at times be triggered by  unaddressed and/or unhealed early issues of abandonment or rejection.  I want to address that soon, but first will look at what  2 Peter 2:19-20 says about backsliding.

“…for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.  For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge  of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them that the first.”

Restating the above passage:

  1. A person is enslaved to whatever overcomes him.  (It can begin with a deeply entrenched wound of abandonment or rejection, which most likely has formed a prison in the mind – a mental stronghold, or mindset that every life experience is filtered through.)
  2. If a person seeks escape from pain by returning to former ungodly practices, the bondage becomes worse than the original condition.
  3. It is better to have never known salvation/deliverance  than to know it and then walk away.
  4. Returning to former unbelief and ungodly thoughts, words,  practices is compared to a dog returning to it’s own vomit.

Yet, we know that the scriptures do teach us that restoration to right relationship with God and the congregation, or family, is possible IF there is true heart repentance.  If there is genuine godly sorrow there can be a new beginning. (2 Corinthians 7:10).  James 5:19-20 says that if anyone strays from the truth and is then turned back, his soul is saved from death.  We have all heard of King David’s extreme moral failure and return to to God in true repentance and humility.

We all have an obligation to pray, without a judgmental attitude, for backsliders.  1 John 5:19-20 tells us that we can ask for life for the one who is sinning a sin not unto death and God will grant it.

As intercessors we must pray that the backslider will “rise again”, even as Jesus told His friends that Lazarus would rise again, through the power of His Word and compassion. He still offers restoration. It is a process .  Friends must “unbind” and remove the grave clothes.  This must be done with an attitude of meekness and awareness of our own vulnerability to fall prey to temptations.

Let’s look at some of the ramifications of being abandoned early in one’s life. Abandonment can be real or imagined and can occur through a variety of ways.  A parent/caregiver may die, leave, divorce, work continually, or just be emotionally unavailable.  The child that habitually experiences a lack of emotional security, “specialness” and stability, protection or care, will be driven (throughout life) by those unhealed wounds to seek resolution to the emptiness.  Remember, most individuals are usually not aware of the hidden driving forces.

Emotionally abandoned children learn to shut down their ability to feel or they learn to over react in pursuit of the attention they crave.  Many times as the child grows older he tries to meet his emotional needs through other channels.  He may become a “performing overachiever”, perfectionist, a controller, or develop  harmful coping mechanisms such as various addictions.  They too can become abandoners.

Now when a person comes into relationship with Jesus and with the “church” these patterns of do not automatically disappear, although they may be hidden for a season.  Since church relationships often mirror what one has experienced in the natural family, you can be sure that sooner or later situations will arise that are similar.  If a believer has not learned the ways to biblically address “heart issues” then it is very likely that old pain and old reactions will be triggered.   When old patterns are triggered, tension intensifies and the need to escape becomes very attractive – highly motivating.

“Escape” will most likely mean leaving the “family of God”, running away from all the hypocrites  and back to old friends and old ways. Bitterness kicks in along with accusing voices that condemn the “church” for being no different than the world. In fact it is often believed that “non-professing” Christian friends are more accepting, inclusive, and caring than those in the church.

The cycle can be broken — it must be broken, so that true life and destiny can be the daily path, not the short-lived exception.   But, for the cycle to be broken there must be a deep desire for freedom and truth – not just a quick fix.  To face realities of what is really going on requires courage.  One must also truly believe that there is supernatural power available for things to change.   Supernatural solutions are recognized and received in an environment of heart humility, honesty and caring and safe relationships.

God’s supernatural solutions must be applied with diligence, over the long haul and with the support of true healers.

Healing for wounded hearts must be ministered at a recovery speed known only to God.  There is no standard formula.

God truly is looking for worshipers and warriors, but in His wisdom He makes heart healing for His warriors a top priority.  Wounded warriors simply cannot fight the good fight for very long.

Healing early emotional insults doesn’t provide us with guaranteed protection from similar occurrences in the future – within or without of the church walls. There will always be occasion for hurt, rejection, betrayal, abandonment.  Jesus was well acquainted with the failures that occur within relationships.  But, He was whole inside an out.   He didn’t  fall.  He didn’t give into ungodly behaviors, escape or retreat from His assignment.

Because He overcame WE can overcome.  He said to be of good cheer in the midst of all the trials because He, THE OVERCOMER, lives within and can manifest complete victory in every trial IF we will but believe.

Seek the Lord.  He will show you the way out. He will heal your broken heart.  Do not look to people as the answer, even though He will use people.  Draw near to God and He WILL draw near to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strongholds in the Mind

We all have mindsets, belief systems, and strongholds in our thinking. Many of them have been established by our early life experiences, our unique perceptions of events and through “life-conditioning” – training by parental figures, teachers, television, culture etc.

Many of our beliefs are not accurate.  They are skewed in wrong  directions and not built upon truth.  (Truth is a person who is revealed in the scriptures.  John 8:32 “Know TRUTH and you will KNOW FREEDOM”.   John1:1 tells us that Jesus is “THE Word”.)

God desires that all of our mindsets that are opposed to the truth be transformed.  To do so requires a desire as well as a commitment to learn the “language of heaven”.    It does take a significant investment of time to remove old thought patterns and to bring our thinking in line, in agreement, with God Himself and His word.

WHAT IS A STRONGHOLD?

Stronghold defined: A stronghold is an established way of thinking, or a habit pattern of thought. Strongholds can be individually personal, familial, or corporate [societal].  The Greek word (Strong’s #2192+3794)  means fortress or castle.  So it is a fortress, castle or wall built with thoughts (either lies or truth).

In a positive sense, the Name of the Lord is a stronghold and the Word of God is a stronghold to those who believe.  This is why we must meditate on the truth as found in scripture: Joshua 1:8; Philippians 4:8; Romans 12:2.  (Meditate on relevant verses from the whole bible, from Genesis to Revelation related to whatever issue you are facing such as hope, or fear or loneliness etc. and what God’s solution is.)

As stated above, on the negative side, or unhealthy side, a stronghold can be formed by believing anything that was taught us through our parents, siblings, media, friends, society and/or repeated traumatic experience.

Examples of negative strongholds include:  racial and denominational prejudice, anorexia, bulimia, poverty, sickness, homosexuality, “get rich quick schemes”, unworthiness, rejection, fear, even infirmity etc. etc. etc.

A stronghold is not a demon, but demons can empower a stronghold/fortress/castle to stay in place. Demons can, and do, often hide behind the fortress walls of a stronghold.

Read: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, learn, believe, speak these scriptures until they are well established in your mind.

The weapons we have been given are supernatural.  Fleshly strength and wisdom cannot free us for wrong thinking.

 “Supernatural weapons” (tools to war with) mean that the “super” is the God part.  Super means beyond the natural realm and abilities: His Word + His power.

The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:14) and is supernatural.  When Jesus faced the devil prior to beginning His ministry, He used the sword to speak to him.  He said  “It is written…..”   Matthew 4:4   The Holy Spirit empowered Word of God defeated all lies and temptations thrown at Jesu and will do so in our lives as well.

The “natural” part is my part: My voice speaking + my heart believing.  See how believing and speaking are connected.

Read: Romans 10: 9-10

Read: Deuteronomy 30:14

Read:  Luke 6:45;  2 Corinthians 4:13      We believe therefore we speak.

We must use our voice – our words.  Imagine going into a restaurant and not opening your mouth to place your order.  Nothing would happen.  You would not get what you want.  It is the same with dealing with the enemy and with your own soul.  Your voice must be used to “place your order”

Look, according to the 2 Corinthians passage noted above, we are to  v.4  pull down, v.5   cast down  and to bring every thought into obedience of Christ. (Our words should line up with the Word,  John 1:1 Jesus is the living  Word of God.)

Practice saying:    “I take this thought, this lie, captive.” [Say aloud whatever the “thought” happens to be.]

Example: “I pull down this thought  of ___________________” 

 “I bring this thought into the obedience of Christ, to the Word of God which says_______________________[this should be a relevant scripture like “God has not Given me  a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind”.  Or “I am favored by the Lord”.]

In preparation to take thoughts captive read and meditate on:  Romans 1:25  then exchange lies for truth John 8:32.  Also, meditate on Philippians 4:8

Purpose in your heart to make the exchange from wrong thinking to right thinking. (Think God thoughts, which equal what the Word says.)

(Read Isaiah 61– See that you can exchange – beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, garment of praise for the spirit of depression…)  Practice making the exchange of lies for truth until it becomes habit.

PRAYER WARRIOR?

There is a cosmic conflict of epic proportions going on. The invisible kingdom of darkness has intensified in it’s asssault against the King and His Kingdom of peace, truth and righteousness.

Thank God that we know that the rulers and authorities of darkness will not win. Yet, we must remain alert, vigilant and active resisting and warring against wicked schemes and attack.

We must not be passive or have a “que sera, sera”attitude.  God’s Word tells us that He will train our hands for war!  Our hands. Mine. Yours.  The battle doesn’t belong to someone else.  It belongs to all of us.  We must all engage.  All have a part.

These end time battles will primarily be won on our knees, and with high praise and the Word on our lips —- the two-edged sword…. “it is written”!

It should be so  clear to all believers that we are not battling against flesh and blood. We must become more familiar with, and more practiced with, our supernatural weapons in order to  effectively engage the enemy of our own soul and mankind.

Let’s purpose to learn to become expert in spiritual warfare – so that prisoners of war can be  released.  Let’s also decide to put away our “fleshy strife” —the kind that wounds our fellow soldiers.

Let’s together ask God to help us rescue as many as we can out of the snares, traps and prisons of darkness, deception, and the bondage to the vast array of toxic emotions.

It is not just the “physically impoverished”that need our help.  Truth – truth that frees, truth that heals – has fallen in the street (Isaiah 59:14)

Lives are devastated, broken, hopeless and/or addicted  because  biblical faith wasn’t practiced or seen as relevant to the smallest details of our personal lives.

Cry out. Lift up your voice. Spare not, while there is still today.  God’s grace continues to extends hope, promise, peace, joy and purpose.  Let us note how many lives can be changed through our faith filled prayers and warring.

 

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Our Mission: Freedom & Restoration

WHAT IS RESTORATION?

JESUS PROCLAIMED HIS MISSION as recorded in Luke 4:18-19.  He came to bring good news to the poor and destitute.  The good news was a message of freedom.  He was on earth to bring freedom from every bondage, prison and torment of mind and body.  The good news also included sight for the blind and healing for wounded hearts.

In verse 19, we see that Jesus also proclaimed the favorable year of the Lord.  The Greek word for favorable is dektos and it means to accept, decide favorably — a time in which God has pleasure and which He Himself has chosen.

This is very significant!  In essence, Jesus said this is the time God has chosen to proclaim favor upon you.  It is the year of Jubilee!  During the year of Jubilee all debts were cancelled, slaves were released and everything was restored! (See Leviticus 25.)  Yowbel, the Greek word for jubilee, means the signal of silver trumpets. Imagine the celebration that would take place at the announcement that all your debts were cancelled!

If the people of God, if the world, could only grasp the reality that it is still the favorable year of the Lord. Cancellation of debt, complete pardon, complete restoration, joy and celebration are available if we will believe and receive!

Restoration (the Greek word katartizo) means to adjust, finish, to put a thing in its appropriate condition or position; reinstatement and restitution.

We were created for wholeness, intimate communion and partnership with God, safe relationships with others and to reflect His glory.  Although much was lost after the fall of man, it can all be completely regained – restored – through faith in Jesus.

We were created for:

✅ Wholeness…not brokenness

✅ Intimate communication with God and people…not isolation and loneliness

✅ To reflect God’s glory…not darkness

[Taken from Set the Captives Free, by Gay Bissell, (c) 1995]

 

Effective Prayer

In order to be able to pray in faith we must have a very real knowledge of the One to whom we pray.  The God to whom we pray must not be, CANNOT BE, a god of our own creation or imagination.

God is not “Santa Claus” nor is He a “grinch”.  God is the origin of all things – the original source of all that is good and beautiful, right and pure.

And, He wants to be known.  He is reaching out to us all the time. He is continually inviting us to get to know Him.

“Listening prayer” is one way to get to know Him.  How is that done?  Find a short passage in the Psalms or in the gospel of John (or any other portion from the bible), meditate on the verse(s) for at least five minutes.  Listen to the Spirit nudges – make notes as to the impressions that come to mind.

Remember, God doesn’t want to just be “talked to or talked about”. He wants us to listen to Him and fully experience Him by the revelation that comes through our spiritual senses, not through human logic.  As we begin to experience Him in this manner and as we listen to His Words, true faith will arise in our hearts.  (See Romans 10:17).

It seems that almost everybody prays, especially when in big trouble.  Everyone needs help from time to time.  But, there is more to be experienced than just “fox hole” praying.

We need more than help and answers, we need instructions, directions, encouragement, hope, plans and workable strategies for living in peace and victory and on how to rescue those who are imprisoned by the forces of darkness.

Prayer is the primary means of getting to know Him and to receiving necessary daily life instructions.  Every situation we encounter is a set up for us to learn to know Him better and trust Him more.

Here is the key to being effective in prayer:  Base all prayers upon who He is and what His Word says.  END OF STORY.

Do not base prayers upon how well the problem can be articulated,  or upon any person’s  ability,  position, intelligence, books, teachings etc. etc.

REMEMBER: The size and seriousness of a need does not make a thing impossible to God. THERE ARE NO IMPOSSIBILITIES WITH GOD.

WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.  PRAY ACCORDING TO WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAS ALREADY SAID IN HIS WORD.

“My Word…that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to Me void, but shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRYING OUT

There are so many voices screaming “unfair, unfair!” It seems unrest is everywhere. The path of peace and truth appears long forgotten. Everyone does what seems right in their own eyes without even taking a quick glance at the Words of Life.

BUT DO YOU HEAR the voice of the Lord crying out “unfair” in the market place? NO, other voices yes, but not His. His “cry” is  still a gentle call to all “Come to Me, find rest for your soul.”

And in silence, He moves forward with His plan, through the work of His Spirit empowering the prayers and tears of His people. Be confident. God always WINS and He has set His face like a flint. “He does not cry out, His voice is not heard. He will not be discouraged or fail until true justice is established in all the earth.” Isaiah 42:3-4

We have been given keys to the Kingdom.

I invite you to come study God’s Word in Isaiah 42 with us this Sunday. Service begins at 10:00.

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