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.

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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

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.

New Beginnings Int’l     540 Industrial Dr. Richland, Ms.

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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.