INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION #5

The Hebrew word for salvation is y shuw ah, #3444 in the Strong’s Concordance. It means:

  • VICTORY
  • AID
  • PROSPERITY
  • HEALTH
  • WELFARE

In the New Testament there are two words for salvation.  Strong’s #4991 soteria  and #4982  #4982  sozo .  These two words have these English implications:

  • DELIVERANCE FROM DANGER (see Hebrews11:7)
  • DELIVERANCE FROM SLAVERY (see Acts 7:25)
  • DELIVERANCE FROM ENEMIES (see Luke 1:77)
  • DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONS
  • DELIVERANCE FROM IMPENDING PERIL
  • DELIVERANCE FROM SICKNESS
  • DELIVERANCE FROM ETERNAL DEATH AND PUNISHMENT
  • WELFARE
  • PROSPERITY*
  • VICTORY (BY IMPLICATION, ESPECIALLY FROM DEFEAT IN BATTLE)
  • VICTORY FROM SIN’S POWER AND CONSEQUENCES OF SIN  (see Luke 1:77;  Luke 19:9)

ASSIGNMENT:

1. Meditate upon all of these varied expressions and provisions of salvation with thanksgiving and praise. (Taking time to do this will help put roots down in your own heart, which gives greater confidence in your personal life and in ministry.)

2. Make a list of situations and circumstances where the different aspects of salvation are needed.

Consider all areas of life:

  • PHYSICAL
  • MENTAL
  • EMOTIONAL RELATIONAL/SOCIAL
  • SPIRITUAL
  • FINANCIAL
  • OCCUPATIONAL

Get SALVATION (the gift or grace) deeply rooted in your heart, mind, words and life.  Jesus came to SET US FREE.               John 8:32  …Know TRUTH….TRUTH shall set you free.

It is really amazing to see all the benefits of salvation.  We have a great opportunity to deepen our faith and to assist others in believing that the work of salvation, by Jesus on the cross and through the resurrection, makes victory possible in EVERY AREA of life.

We are to believe and enforce victory in our own life. We do not have to come short of complete deliverance.  There is no situation, whether a habit, a need or a problem, that the grace of salvation cannot intervene with deliverance, welfare and prosperity.

The final thought today is this, salvation in our soul and in all other areas of life is a process.  In Philippians 2:12-13 we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, because God is working within us to WILL AND DO His good pleasure.

Do you see it?   1) it is a “work-out” 2) it is a partnership between the individual and God.

BE FREE.  LIVE FREE.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION #4

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge  Hosea 4:6

Are you aware that many, many sincere Christians are being destroyed by lack of personal, and practical working knowledge of the scriptures pertaining to freedom and wholeness?  (Years ago I read in the preface of The Bondage Breaker, by Neil Anderson, that the number of Christians struggling with bondage may be as high as 85%) The percentage may even be higher in these days.

Many people are in chains of depression, rejection, addictions, fears of all sorts, and on and on. Many live defeated, miserable and empty lives, because they lack knowledge.

Why?

1. Many have had an initial experience with Jesus as Savior, but never have gone on to experience Him as Lord and transformer, through application of the word to all areas of daily life.

2. Many have sat under teaching that never went beyond the initial salvation message.   And others have been encouraged to “try, try, try to be good” (without the power of the Holy Spirit).

Isaiah 42:22 says But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”  This sounds to me like there is a GREAT need for many believers, ordinary believers, to step up and step out as deliverers.

Willingness to be used as a “deliverer” or “healing minister”, means that although you probably feel inadequate and/or unprepared, you are stepping up to the high calling of being used as the VOICE of the Lord on the earth….calling out to all the captives you encounter…“Be FREE.” “Be HEALED.”  “Be RESTORED.”

What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word salvation?

Salvation is a multifaceted word and you need a good understanding of its fullness.  In the bible the the word “salvation” is used 162 times, “save” is used 160 times and “saved” is used 101 times. Now, with access to the internet, or by using an old fashioned Strong’s concordance, you can do an in-depth study of the word from the old and new testaments.

Write down all the varied English words and applications of the words.  Study the scripture references also.  Jot down your insights.  Salvation is an awesome gift and provision of God’s Grace.

See what revelation the Holy Spirit will give you regarding the need for salvation past,  present and future.These revelations and insights should propel you into sharing freedom, healing and restoration with as many people as God brings your way, who are desiring all God offers.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION – MINI-LESSON 3 – SET THE CAPTIVES FREE.

The insights and and principles that will be given in these “mini-lessons” are just that, principles, not formulas.

The “no-formula” approach is based upon God’s great desire for you to hear His voice, know His ways, and discern by the Holy Spirit what is going on and what He wants to do for each specific individual.

Incidentally, the more that our knowledge of God’s will, as revealed in scriptures increases, the easier it will be to discern heart issues.

As an example, if someone has not experienced new life in Christ, we do not have to wonder if salvation is the will of God. Scripture is very clear that God wants all to be saved. And the Word also tells us that “Today is the day of salvation”, so we do not have to think that God wants to wait. Now, the individual may refuse the offer of salvation at this time, and we should never force it. But, God’s will is for TODAY.

The Set the Captives Free: System of Principles, is not elaborate, complicated or costly.

It is easy to master the principles as we grow in our:

-Knowledge of the Word, in heart and habit
-Knowledge of His Ways
-Truly believe and walk in the authority, anointing and assignment that He has given
-Develop personal gifts, and give up imitating someone else
-Let His motivation and compassion for people in distress become our own

When, I quit my job in 1980 to obey the prompting of the Lord to start ministry to the “least of these”, I heard an instruction from the gospel of Matthew that has been my guide throughout all my years of ministry. This was, and is, the message to me from Matthew 10:7-8 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

Certainly finances were needed daily, and still are, but my challenge from God was to trust Him, obey Him and not charge ANYONE for ministry. (Can you picture this…. Jesus interacting with a blind man, or a demon oppressed man, and informing them of the cost for the ministry or “services”.) It is ludicrous, to even think of our Savior doing that, yet that happens with regularity.

The way I see it is this, if you are a licensed medical doctor or counselor and you are NOT entirely doing the work as ministry from the Lord or unto the Lord, but as your livelihood, then it is an occupation and it is okay to charge and make a living.

I am not saying that as a RULE that you cannot or should not have a fee for ministering to others. I have just shared my experience and my personal conviction, to “freely give” out of the gifts He has given me.

Now, there have been countless times that the one ministered to has given financially out of a heart of gratitude, not compulsion. And, of course I accepted with thanksgiving.

I encourage you to pray over what I have shared. I can tell you that God has never failed me in this area or any other area. My needs have always been met.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION – A VERY MINI-LESSON 2 – SET THE CAPTIVES FREE

I believe that preparing to help others and actually helping others become free and healed helps us more than we can imagine. So get ready, get ready.

Let’s begin by doing a quick self-check.  (When I conduct a training workshop, very early into the training, I provide an Initial Self-Check Inventory Sheet to assist in identification of personal  “heart-issues”.)

I am adapting it for this blog.  It will be beneficial to you to answer honestly. Following the completion of it, I strongly suggest that you go to the Lord in prayer, especially on the basis of 1 John 1:9 and Romans 12:1-2.

I. Is there a circumstance in your life that you believe is blocking you, or holding   back, from experiencing frequent joy, peace, and/or fulfillment in life, work, family, relationships, ministry etc.?

Specifically name it_____________________________________________________

Describe how it impacts you_____________________________________________

II.   Is there a person (presently in your life or from the past) who you believe may be holding you back?

Name this person_____________________________________________________

Describe what they do or did do that is holding you back______________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________

III.  What is in your mind and/or your emotions that may be holding you back?

(Be honest)  ________________________________________________________________________________

Remember to talk to the Lord and let Him talk to you about these things.  Apply 1 John 1:9 and Romans 12:1-2. And remember that our perception and reaction to events and people are under our control.  We have power to choose to not be limited or hindered. The truth will set YOU free.

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INSIGHTS & INSPIRATION – MINI-LESSON 1

The historical accounts of healing and deliverance as contained in the gospels and in the book of Acts, serve as our “playbook”.  Read and pray and notate revelation the Holy Spirit gives.  He is your teacher and guide.  Again, the value of your first hand experience with the Spirit’s instruction cannot be overly stressed.

It is so important to take heed to an account described in Acts 19. There were some Jewish “exorcists” and some other guys, seven of them,  who were the sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest.  They thought that all they had to do was “say the words” that they had heard the Apostle Paul and others say, in order to cast out demons.  They were absolutely mistaken, and were badly beaten up and defeated. They only knew ABOUT Jesus, they didn’t actually know Him.

Also, it is very important to ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart to see if lurking in there are some fears and/or unresolved issues that might serve as “feeding ground” for demonic attack. I can tell you that demons, like vultures, feed on flesh and raw emotions that have not been healed.  These include, fear, jealousy, bitterness and more. Please be honest with yourself. It will not be beneficial to anyone or to yourself to not address heart issues.

In the next blog, I will assist you in your heart evaluation.

SET THE CAPTIVES FREE: INTRODUCTORY INSIGHTS

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I believe at this time we are all being given the opportunity to be “re-aligned” to the purposes of God, and to be stretched beyond our familiar habits.

It was never the intent of God that we become Christian ‘couch potatoes’, or rather, I mean “pew-sitters”, simply struggling in the flesh to attain the “good life” or the American Dream.  Instead we called to be participating in fulfilling God’s Dream.

Jesus said that we are to be salt and light. Really that means so much more than just being nice people. Yes, it is great to daily walk in love and mercy, doing charitable deeds etc., but we must also be willing to walk in the SUPERNATURAL POWER OF GOD.

Paul said  “I don’t come to you with just words, but in demonstration of the power of God.”  That motivation is not to be just reserved for corporate times of assembly or other “planned” events, but in our ordinary lives when we are aware of the destroyer’s work.

Let me suggest some scriptures and just a few more thoughts for your reflection and meditation as we are getting ready to  begin the mini-lessons. (Most of the lessons will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.)

  • Acts 10:38 …God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Everywhere Jesus went, after He was revealed in His appointed time/season, He carried with Him:

1. The Anointing (supernatural power of God) to heal and deliver

2. The Authority of God (needed to carry out Heaven’s assignment)

3. The Atmosphere of Heaven (manifesting Presence, Power and Peace)

Nothing was “random” about His ministry or the timing. Nothing was left to happenstance. He was on assignment. And He only did what the Father showed Him, John 5:19.

We are called to walk the same way He walked.  This reality should become our WAKE-UP CALL!

Think, pray and meditate on the following verses:

1. 1 JOHN 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He    walked.

2. 1 John 4:17b  as He is, so are we in this world.

3. Eph. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God……

4. John 14:12 …the works that I do (you) will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my Father.

If you will spend time in prayer over these verses you will receive revelation and a hunger to walk in this way.

Remember He has given us anointing, authority, and assignments.  God is not trying to figure out where to use us.  He is waiting on us to discover what we already have, and to use what He has given, wherever He sends us.

ARE YOU ALREADY ARMED AND DANGEROUS?

BEFORE WE BEGIN

If you feel called to function effectively in the ministry of deliverance and/or inner healing, I  encourage you to take time daily to seek the face of the Lord. Read and meditate on His Word, worship, pray, journal and also keep records of what He does through you.

Do not spend all of your time reading books on the subject of deliverance. You will consciously or unconsciously be letting others form you.  The unique work of developing and forming you belongs to the Lord.  Certainly, from time to time He will bring others along, as well as books, that will provide exactly what you need at that moment.

It is important for you to invest yourself into the process through study of the Word, prayer and meditation.  “Winging it” may work once or twice, but a great rule of thumb is to do what God instructed Joshua to do before he entered into conquest of the Promise Land.  Meditate on the word night and day and then YOU will make your way successful. (Read Joshua 1:7-9)

Also, become very observant as to how opportunities around you are unfolding. Are you finding yourself more and more in situations in which you must speak a word of deliverance or healing over someone or into some situation.  Is this your first response when there is a need?

Qualities of a “deliverer” can be observed in the lives of many biblical persons.  In your journal list some of the people God called and used to bring deliverance.

Note some of the characteristics you see in them.  Pray that those will become strengths in your life, if they are not already. Ask God to reveal insights to you regarding their lives and ministries.

In summary, the things that are extremely important for you to do right now, if your feel called to this ministry, are to

1. Develop a deeper personal (working) relationship with the Lord.

2. Sing to the Lord without CD’s

-Sing songs you remember.

-Make up songs to the Lord.

-Sing the Psalms and other scriptures

3. Study.

4. Keep a record of your experiences.

5. Keep a record of revelations.

6. Make yourself available to go and do what He puts before you.

Eph 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things to God

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