War for Those Imprisoned by Lies

On Sunday August 25, 2019 I had a very troubling dream.  I could not shake it all day.  Later in the morning God reminded me of three dreams I had had in 2002 and 2003, which were related to this current one.  Thankfully, there was time on Monday to really seek the Lord regarding the dream(s) and I believe He gave me some understanding.   I am not going to give details of the dreams themselves but will share with you the understanding I have gained.

Let me say that I do believe the Lord to be so gracious that He always warns us about the things He wants changed in our own lives, as well sometimes showing us things  beyond ourselves, so we can pray.  

Obviously, I do not have a wide sphere of influence or authority, but I do have a sphere, as do you.  And it is vital for me to obey His nudging to share things at certain times.  (I have to frequently remind myself that outcomes are never within my control.  I can pray, and do pray that those who are to able to “hear” will hear and heed.)

I am going to share the “bottom line” take aways from the dreams.

  • There is wide spread adultery and spiritual adultery (bowing down to other “gods”) within leadership and congregation alike  the body of Christ
  • The light is dim, grey.  Those who pray need to reach a higher place (by going lower) in order to release more light into church matters, leadership, practices, and  revelation of true holiness.  When the bright light comes it will reveal things that have not been seen or have been overlooked in the dim light.
  • The prayer closet is cluttered and in need of cleaning up.
  • It is a season when the Father Himself is going to bring His sons to the place of crucifying fleshly ways IF the sons will not do it on their own.
  • His discipline will be public and severe, but will lead to the peaceable fruit of righteousness IF there is humility with true repentance.

I want to share some thoughts from Luke 22:31-34.  Before Jesus  went to the cross He warned Peter that Satan had asked permission to sift him like wheat.  And Jesus, who had the authority to grant permission, obviously did so. Not only did He grant it, but He also prayed for the outcome – that Peter’s faith would not fail in the process. This aspect of the Lord’s dealings must not be overlooked or minimized. Jesus prayed for Peter to come out on the other side victorious – strong in faith. He wants that for us all.  

Please know that every time God allows a testing, a sifting, or a severe trial that His goal is not to harm us but rather to perfect us, purify us, and strengthen our faith and character.  Everything our God allows is redemptive in nature, IF we yield in humility.

The trial, the sifting, that visited Peter was only a tool God used to show him upon what he was relying.  Peter had to see what was really going on inside of himself.  See, he was proud and self-sufficient.  Everybody knew it but him.  Peter needed to be brought down “a notch” or two so he could truly be useful in the hands of God.

Please take note that during Peter’s day, wheat was sifted by beating or violently striking the wheat with a flail (a rather crude instrument) to remove the outer husk from the grain.  Peter could have and should have quickly acknowledged this warning from Jesus, instead of protesting.  But he didn’t believe it possible.  Wouldn’t it  have been great if he could have responded to the warning in humility. Perhaps he could have avoided the huge failure, sorrow and the  humiliation.  (But no,  flesh can rarely see it’s own inadequacy or smell its own stench.) 

The threshing, the sifting,  provided  Peter with exposure, a diagnosis, of his own heart condition.  Now it was in full view – he had failed terribly.  He was not all that he thought he was or proclaimed himself to be.   His inflated opinion of himself was brought low.  Painful, yes.  But in reality a good thing.  Look what he became.

Now all of that brings me to the present.  I  believe we are already in a season for a public SIFTING, exposure of sin in the camp, if we will not heed the warnings.  Whoever will not  honestly and humbly repent will have a public fall.   This will occur among the congregation and leadership alike.

Hear me.  There are leaders who teach and preach one way, yet live in a much different way.   It is possible for anyone to go through the motions of serving the Lord, being in ministry, of behaving like we love God with our whole heart, while yet we in hidden ways are bowing down to other gods….motivated by our own image, ambitions, performances,  or need for popularity and power.   The bible calls this spiritual adultery.  

God is already coming to His own house.  He is wanting change. He always sends out a warning first.  Do we hear? Do we believe? Do we care?  Often what other people believe or say about us carries much more weight with us than what God says about us. This must change.

God has good outcomes in mind for everyone who is currently trapped, ensnared by wrong thoughts, words, or habits.  And because of this I believe He wants us to ask Him sincerely  to search all areas of our heart and life. 

If we truly want to be holy and to be all that He has planned, we will welcome His searchlight.  We will not try to avoid it.  We will gladly repent and renounce the other “gods”, other lovers, in our life.

I heard someone just today say that the statistics are staggering related to sexual abuse within the church. Plus there is widespread adultery, fornication, perversion, greed, deception etc. that is being overlooked or celebrated within the body of Christ.  This ought not to be.  

Take heed to the warning.  It is time, actually past time, for personal repentance, change, holiness. 

  • Take personal inventory. 
  • Study the scriptures about adultery; about spiritual adultery, about mixing truth with deception.
  • Spend and hour or two in prayer for a deep cleansing to come to the church.
  • Remember the Father, our Father, wants us to worship in Spirit and in Truth.

I can assure you that no one will escape the sifting, the disciplinary actions that are upon us.   And teachers and leaders will incur a stricter sifting or discipline.   My prayer is that all will turn away from error and darkness before it is too late and things become public. 

In His Great Love,

Gay Bissell

 

TRIED BY FIRE

When I first began my walk and work with the Lord, He kept me meditating in 1 Corinthians 3, as well as in the Sermon in the Mount.  I was very impressed by several things as I read and meditated in the Corinthian passage.

First of all, It became most evident to me that we do not all have the same assignments, field of service, roles, or responsibilities. And that it is God Himself that brings the increase (results).

Secondly, I understood that we must accept what we are assigned.  (This becomes our “lot”, as noted in Psalm 16.) Yet in light of that truth we must realize that we are not in a position to fully evaluate the significance of what He has called us to do.  We must ever be mindful that what matters to God is our obedience to the call, not necessarily our understanding.  The Bible tells us that “obedience is better than sacrifice”. (1 Samuel 15:22-23) Obedience, that emanates from a heart of love and gratitude, is what God is looking for. 

How important it is to rest in the knowledge that He is the potter and we are simply clay.  He reserves the right to fashion what He desires. In light of this reality, hopefully we see how utterly useless it is to compare ourselves or our work to others. How useless to think we are “something” or on the other hand to think that we are “nothing” of value.

Thirdly, Each assignment is to be carried out unto the glory of God, not grudgingly, and  to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.   Each of our smaller assignments, over the course our lifetime, will fit together forming a larger picture which turns out to be our “life assignment”.

And finally, one day our work will be tested by fire.  If our work goes through the fire and remains intact we will receive a reward from the Lord.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

During the very early years of ministry (in 1980) I was given a very clear instruction. Please note I would never, never, think that what I was told is what you were told or what you should be “doing”.  God deals with us uniquely, yet always within the parameters of the scriptures.

What the Lord told me was this:  “Do not set out to build an organization. Build people.” 

From my perspective and from my journey I have come to believe that as I have to the best of my ability kept to His instruction, I have in fact been participating  with Him in building His Kingdom.  (My part of the building process may look very different from your portion.)

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His Kingdom is made up of chosen people….people who are learning to co-rule and co-reign with Christ. He desires us to reign over our soulish realm and circumstances.  He desires us to be co-rulers in prayer on behalf of others.

Now let me share several nuggets from scripture in regard to  this “building”process

▪️Read 1 Pet 2:4 -5*  In this passage we are called living stones that are being built together into a spiritual house and priesthood acceptable to God.

▪️In Ephesians  2:22  we are told that we are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

▪️ 1 Corinthians 3:9-15  tells us that we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building, and that we are to build with precious materials not perishable ones

Read with care and prayer the entire passage from 1 Corinthians 3:

v. 10 according to the grace of God which was given to me as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. BUT LET EACH ONE TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDS ON IT.

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v. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is Jesus Christ  (the chief cornerstone).

v.12 Now if anyone builds with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw, EACH ONE’S WORK WILL BECOME CLEAR; FOR THE DAY WILL DECLARE IT, BECAUSE IT WILL BE REVEALED BY FIRE;

THE FIRE WILL TEST EACH ONE’S WORK, OF WHAT SORT IT IS.

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v.14 IF ANYONE’S WORK WHICH HE HAS BUILT ON IT  (the foundation of Jesus Christ) ENDURES, HE WILL RECEIVE A REWARD.  

v. 15 IF ANYONE’S WORK IS BURNED, HE WILL SUFFER LOSS; BUT HE HIMSELF WILL BE SAVED, YET SO AS THROUGH FIRE.

Ask God to reveal to you what the gold, silver and precious metals represent.

Then reflect on what I believe the wood, hay and stubble represent.

▪️Perishable Works: our “good works”, our “good ideas”, our “flesh empowered” ministry/activity.

Wood = “fuel for fire” 

Hay = simply food for animals, stuffing for beds etc. very temporary

Stubble =  grass, sticks very temporary material

▪️Building with perishable goods – like a house built on sand, has no firm foundation, has a very temporary “life-span”.  Characteristics of the perishable:

  • more concern about temporal things/this life alone
  • live a life for our own self
  • seeking personal validation
  • seeking pleasure (without regard for the eternal)
  • seeking attention and applause
  • seeking power, position, greed
  • wrong words, deeds, attitudes, temporal “life-investments” (with no view of THE eternal)

▪️Time to ask: What  am I doing in relation to the people God has put in my life?  Am I directed and empowered by Holy Spirit?  Am I more concerned about the eternal than this temporary earth life?

These are matters of eternal significance and worth an investment of time to meditate under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  This life is so short.   It is vital for us to ask God if we are  truly building something that is eternal. What is built with gold, silver, and precious stones will come through the fire.  We will receive reward, ready or not.

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

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]

 

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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HEART ISSUES

 

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KEEP YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE, FOR OUT OF IT SPRING THE ISSUES OF LIFE. PROVERBS 4:23

In the USA heart disease is the #1 health issue. Americans need healthy hearts. Blockages need to be opened. Proper blood flow and proper oxygen levels are needed.

Please remember that things which occur in the natural realm very often show us or teach us spiritual truth and about spiritual conditions.

Among Christians there are many heart conditions that are preventing full joy, blessings and functioning from manifesting. Believers may often engage in religious activity and go to many meetings and conferences that inspire and stimulate, yet do not experience lasting change because personal harmful habits are not addressed. Heart issues can go unknown, unmasked, for many years.

I believe that many of God’s people, sincere believers, are not heart healthy. I have dedicated my Christian life to God’s call to be whole and to help others be whole. For over 30 years I have been used with a multitude of individuals to diagnose, and provide solutions to heart/life issues to all who were willing to follow the prescriptions consistently.

As I have been seeking the Lord in prayer about 2018, I have sensed that He wants me to once again offer to teach on Toxic Emotions, Life-Change, and Heart Health.

So, I am asking if anyone would be interested in making a commitment (to yourself) to learn how to overcome the toxic emotions that continually repeat and are blocking and defeating you in daily life.

This course, HEART ISSUES, is to meet on the last Saturday of each month in 2018 from 10:00 – 12:00.

IF you are seriously interested and willing to apply the principles taught, you can email me at prayerworks4victory@yahoo.com. I will get the needed information to you.

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BIBLICAL FAITH: “DE-MYSTIFIED” & “DE-COMPLICATED”

In the KJV and NKJV translations of Hebrews11:1 the verse is written “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for….”

The word substance can be very easily misunderstood and misapplied. When you look in a Webster’s dictionary you see they list the various meanings of any word from the most commonly used to lesser used meanings.  So when we look in the dictionary for the definition of the word substance we see that the first and most common usage of the word is “material of certain kind”.

If we stop with that definition we imagine that faith is actually an invisible material of some kind. We can become frustrated and doubtful because we can’t understand an invisible material.

I do not believe this is the correct definition of the word substance in this particular scripture.I have come to understand that the word substance means: confidence, assurance, based on truth (fact) that is solid, firm, unchanging and not of human imagination. (See Strong’s Greek Concordance # 5287 )

In the natural realm we develop confidence (or trust) in a person over time when they demonstrate that they do what they say – they keep their word.

Basically it is the same with having faith in God. First we must “hear” something that He is saying. We must encounter His Word. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” Romans 10:17. And then we either act upon the word and see that it is in fact true, or we do not act and remain in our unbelief.

Incidentally, we never know when someone will actually “hear” what God is speaking even though He is speaking truth continually. God is continually speaking through the scriptures. He is speaking through messengers. He is speaking through creation (Romans 1:20). He is speaking by His Spirit.

The woman with the issue of blood had tried all manner of approaches to become well, but had become worse. When she “heard” that Jesus was healing ALL who came to Him (v. 27) she was willing to do whatever was necessary to get to Him. (Remember she was an outcast, forbidden to be around others, but she wanted to be complete whole so she pushed passed all the barriers.)

She was confident that touching Jesus would make her whole. That is what faith really is. It is confidence that what we have heard, He will do.

We can make up all kinds of imaginations about life, our future etc. There truly is a power in the realm of our imagination, but that does not necessarily translate over to real, substantial confidence in God. It may actually just be confidence in ourself, or in someone else. This kind of faith does NOT please God and it will bring great disappointment to us in the next life.

True faith in God is not complicated either. We do not have to jump through hoops or add anything to our faith. Jesus said for us to become like a little child.

In the early years of life, a child just believes what they are told by the parent. (Of course if the parent is very inconsistent in what is said and done, the child will become very insecure and unstable.) But, God does not operate that way. He is not “wishy washy”. And He cannot lie. In fact it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrew 6:18)

Of course, when He speaks a specific direction or instruction to us, or instructions from His Word that specifically tell us what to do (like forgiving, and praising, and giving, and fleeing temptation etc.) then we MUST ACT accordingly. But even in the compliance to His instruction we must do so only by relying upon His grace and power within us.

Please, examine how you live your life of faith. Are you adding things to your walk that you think will enhance, improve or make you more effective? Determine to let go go all effort and simply believe.

Study the following verses and let the Holy Spirit speak clearly to you regarding effort.

John 6:63
John 15:5
Philippians 3:3
Galatians 3:3
Jeremiah 17:5

So, in conclusion, when the disciples requested Jesus to “increase our faith”, they were asking Him do what only they could do. They, and we, must place ALL our confidence in the One who keeps His Word, keeps His promises, and cannot lie.

 

Cursed?

Are you or is someone you know under a curse?

Do bad things keep happening to you?

Are you repeating the same destructive habits or patterns over and over?

Did these patterns exist in the lives of other family members?

You may be a really good Christian and yet thinking that you are under a curse.  Many people do think that.

Many Christians, as well as unbelievers, seem to really think that the devil has more power to harm, than God has to free and heal.

Many people seem to think that they are stuck and doomed to live with the generational curses.

Others spend countless hours reading and studying and searching for the hidden root of the curse, to no avail.  (Jesus said, You search here and there but won’t come to me in faith John 5:40.  You want to be “ok” because of your works, or your “goodness”,  or with your efforts to fix things.)

Freedom will never come this way.

But, I have a some good news to share.  And if you are open to it, it will change your life.

First of all let me say that YES there are “curses” that are passed down from generation to generation.  Let’s read Exodus 20:5.   “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me.”

That is real, but now that only stays activated when we refuse to make a quality decision to change the way we think, in other words, refuse to repent for not believing God’s Word of FREEDOM and VICTORY from our past and present circumstances.

When we believe circumstances and the “devil-lies” more than truth, then we have no confidence to believe God (I John 3:21 If our heart does not condemn us we have confidence before God.) When we are believing lies,  our heart is automatically condemning us, though it may be at an unconscious level.

Let me lay a foundation here.

  1. Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one, and He DID IT.  The works of the evil one HAVE BEEN TOTALLY DESTROYED (1 John 3:8).  The only power the devil has to enforce the “curse”, the family patterns, is the power we give to him by believing the lies instead of believing the Word of God.  [It is critical that we CHANGE OUR MIND about what we believe.]

2.   Believing TRUTH is the only thing that sets us free (John 8:32).   Therefore it stands to reason that we should make it a top priority to know THE TRUTH about every issue of life.

I remember when I first started walking with the Lord.  My life had been a huge mess. I had major emotional issues.  But, I also believed God’s Word contained the answers I needed.  I didn’t have a promise book, didn’t even know about promise books, but I had a bible concordance.  So I got a notebook and made a list of the different emotional problems I had and then took the concordance and began to search out what God said.  Fear and panic were particular issues of mine.  I had never heard of panic attacks back in 1980, but I surely had them.  Here is the truth though – the word of God brought total freedom and healing to me…to my emotions and my body.

There are many verses on fear.  I wrote them down and I carried one or two with me because I wanted to live in peace.  Over time, the light of the scriptures drove out the darkness of fear and the panic attacks stopped. I was no longer under the “curse” of fear.  Studying about fear didn’t bring freedom!  Taking  truth into my thinking, my heart and my practice, brought freedom.

3.   See, the devil is a liar and the father of lies, all he has is lies.  As long  as we continue to live in agreement with what he whispers, the longer we stay under the  “curse.”

4.   Jesus took away the devil’s power to control us and keep us in bondage.  Jesus actually became the curse in order to dismantle it so that the blessings can flow into our life  (Galatians 3:13-14). Jesus hung on a tree when He was crucified.  Verse 13 says that everyone who hangs on a tree is cursed.  Jesus went through this so that the blessings of Abraham could come to us, too.  Believe me Abraham was highly blessed.

Let me show you some more powerful truth:

In Jeremiah 17:5-8  we are shown some very critical information about curses and blessings.

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

When anyone puts their trust in themselves or in another human being they automatically come under a curse. Plain and simple.  You don’t have to believe me, but your life will prove it to be true.

Jesus said in John 3:17 that he didn’t come to condemn the world (or curse the world) but to bring salvation, which equals freedom, health, victory, peace, prosperity etc.

In verse 18 Jesus clearly says that those who do not believe are already condemned, or cursed.

When anyone of us trust in our own goodness, or our ability, or intelligence or whatever, and do not acknowledge God or learn His ways they fall “under condemnation or the curse”.

We have to move beyond our “victim mentality”.  WE can change the course of our life and find lasting freedom from all manner of “curses” provided we are willing to make the quality choice and commit to walk it out day by day.

If we make a mis-step, be quick to take responsibility before God, be cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:9) and get back on track.

These curses and patterns do not have to have dominion over you. You have dominion over them.

We have an incredible power within us to choose. Deuteronomy 30:19 says God has set before us life and death and we should choose life that we can live!

Be Free.  Then help others make the right choice.

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Back to the Basics

Sometimes we have to go back to basics, or  “back to the very beginning” (as Julie Andrews sang in The Sound of Music), and do a quick review of how we are actually “getting along” in living this life of faith, and in the effectiveness of our prayer life.

For several weeks I have personally been in that “mode”, as I have spent much time meditating and reflecting upon the “prayer-conversation” of Jesus and the Father as recorded in John 17, and other passages.

I would like to share some insights that have formed over the last few days. I am only sharing what I have personally had revealed to me and what I am purposing to walk out as I am surrendered to and empowered by the Spirit of God.

Crazy as it may seem to many, I am motivated by extreme desire to be effective in prayer and victorious in my mind and emotions.  I strongly desire to not be a believer whose joy and victory is dependent upon circumstances.  I strongly desire that my circumstances always bow to the TRUTH of God’s Word and that no matter what I will genuinely rejoice in God and in truth – regardless.

(It is my understanding that the early Christian martyrs, who were tortured or burned at the stake did so not with complaint or accusations against God but with praise on their lips.  To me, that is the “gold standard”.)

Here are a few simple keys I want to pass on today.

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#1  We must always look with spirit eyes into the unseen realm, in order to maintain the kind of victory that is based upon truth, not upon circumstances.  We must always keep our eyes upon God who CANNOT lie and who KNOWS HOW to work out the details of our journey in this life.

Of course this can be a major challenge to our mind…especially when we are certain we have ‘heard from God’…. as to what His will for us is.

#2  We must expend effort and invest time into increasing our deep trust in His word.  His Word must be the SOLID ROCK inside us, when the storms hit.  Our trust must never be in people.

It may sound easy enough to embrace this, but be assured it isn’t  because we are all basically “people pleasers” or “people reactors” at our core.

(We must know and personally believe that Jesus was not moved by external “evidence”, but by eternal evidence.  He was not moved by opinions of man. He needed no human attention, acceptance, approval, or applause. See John 5:41, 44 and John 2:25)

#3 The biggest battle we all must win is the battle in our mind.  So we must face it head on,  in order to win.

I will now share something very simple that can help anyone make progress in this arena.

Begin immediately to make the changes you want.

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Start here.   The scriptures declares that:

1. “NO weapon formed against you shall prosper….” Isaiah 54:17 (It would be good to read the entire verse)

2.  “You are more than a conqueror…(through Christ)  ” Romans 8:37

3.   “You have the mind of Christ…” 1 Corinthians 2:16

What was revealed to me was that most of our mind battles consist of facing one or all three of the following:

Fear   –  of the FUTURE:    of the unknown, failure, or exposure of our real self

Regret —  from the PAST:  of mistakes, or wrong choices

Emptiness – in the PRESENT:  no sense of a reason to exist, purpose, love, or joy

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The battle(s) can be won by first honestly “owning up” to what is bothering you.  Then realize that it is possible to exchange truth for the lies that are going round and round inside your mind.

In fact the cross of Jesus is all about the place where the “great exchange” took place -He gave His life, His emotions, His mind for mine, if I will but take what is offered.(Positive thinking and positive confessions can never match the power of the life giving word of God)

Take one scripture, all or add additional ones to the ones above.  Use  the scripture as your sword against the lies that come against your mind until the “skirmish” is completely over!

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Be aware that there will be new battles, but you will always win the same way….by starting off with “It is written…..”

Do it out loud. (You do not have to feel like it.)   The word is living and active and it works if you will work it.

Darkness in thoughts and distress in emotions will go.  Peace and joy will come.

And please remember, it does not glorify God to live in regret or fear or emptiness.  Jesus came to give us abundant life.

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