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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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]

 

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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