Arise. Be Ready. Engage.

These are exciting times. A time of SUDDENLYS. A time when God shows up and shows out – making Himself known in the affairs of men. He is responding to the effective prayers of HUMBLED people.

End Times? Sure. Much closer than we have ever been before!

On October 23, 2016 and October 24th I had two different dreams that communicated the same message. Especially that He, our Lord, is right at the door. He is KNOCKING. I literally heard the KNOCKING. First of all He wants to come in and sit down at OUR TABLE and share a meal, having intimate fellowship with US (Rev.3:20) He wants to tell us His plans and to reveal His heart for us, for our family, our neighbors and our world.

“Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” Matt. 24:33

He wants us to join our lives and prayers with the prayers that have gone before us in years past, as well as the prayers that are ascending now.

He is looking for those who will stand in the gap to love, to speak truth, to even WAR in the spirit realm in order that TRUE FREEDOM can come to as many who will receive.

I know from those two dreams that we must be alert, watchful, ready and available for any assignment He gives us…be it prayer or labor in the fields of harvest. (Obedience to our assignment brings reward. Eternal reward).

DO NOT BE PASSIVE. Be alert to the nuances (even slight movements) of the Spirit. DO NOT COMPARE YOUR ROLE OR ASSIGNMENT to another. This will bring sure discouragement or pride, which brings sure defeat! BE YOU!

Sit. Listen. Move when He says move. Find your “unit”. Your team, your tribe. Your family. Fit. Function. No more church as usual. Be ready and be JOYFUL!

Gay Bissell

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A Caleb Spirit

There were  g i a n t s  in the land.  Out of millions of people, only TWO  believed God was bigger and more powerful than the giants.  Everyone cried and complained….”if only….” [Numbers 14:1-2]  But Caleb had a different spirit. He followed God FULLY and was assured that he would enter the promised land and his descendants would inherit it [v.24]

Those who cried and complained were not allowed to enter.  And God was not at all pleased with them….you can find God’s account in 1 Corinthians 10.  In  v.5  it is recorded that with MOST of them God was not well pleased…and v. 6 tells us that these  things became EXAMPLES (warnings even) to us….

Read the whole chapter….

Stop fellowshipping with demons v. 20.  Stop playing with the demonic.  Give up fear and fascination with all that, and serve God FULLY.  Know Him.  That is the only place of PROMISE, PROTECTION, and PROVISION of supernatural grace and peace.

There is still time to develop a CALEB spirit.  Lay aside that which is distracting and disturbing you.  Walk as an overcomer, a conqueror, a grace empowered CHAMPION.

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A Very Short Dream; Big Implications

On February 20, 2016 I had a dream just before waking.  The dream was short and troubling.

I was seated in a “pub” between a high ranking government official and a church leader.  I was trying to speak to the government official, but all he wanted to do was blame others for the condition of our land.  I tried to say “why don’t you just take some responsibility?”  He pulled away in anger. Then I turned toward the church leader on my right.  I noticed a “beer can”.  On the can was the word ‘intoxication’.

When I awakened I was very troubled.  I asked the Lord what it meant and I sensed what I believe to be His revelation – that we as a nation and as “church” in our nation, by in large, are lacking in proper leadership and that there is a propensity within church leadership to be intoxicated with the music/worship, teaching/preaching, anointing, signs/wonders, ministry and gifts more than with THE giver of it all.

My prayer for myself and for the church at large is that we return to our first love, and put the “mechanics” of doing church on the back burner, or at least in the proper place.

Christ alone.  Christ to have preeminence. First Place. Even above our prayer burdens.

And my prayer for government leaders is to own up to, take responsibility for, actions and the impact of all the wrong decisions.  I pray for leaders to chart a new course and quit blaming everyone and everything.

For meditation and prayer:

Isaiah 56:10-12  “His watchmen are blind,They are all ignorant;They are all dumb dogs,They cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.11Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. And they are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, From his own territory.12“Come,” one says, “I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink;Tomorrow will be as today, And much more abundant.”

“In returning and and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

 

Prayer Strategies That Go Beyond…

From the earliest days of my renewed relationship with the Lord in 1980 I wanted to know how to pray to see results.  I began reading books and listening to great teachers, and studying the scriptures regarding prayer.

To me the greatest example of an “apostle of prayer”, other than the Lord Jesus, is Paul who thankfully recorded many of his own prayers.   He lived a life of praise and prayer regardless of the circumstances in which he found himself. He didn’t just pray when nothing else seemed to work, he lived out his life as a prayer.  What a model.

Paul expressed a heart attitude that has inspired me since my earliest days and it is this:  “my circumstances are turning out for the furtherance of the gospel” Philippians  1:12.  He expounds upon this view even further in 2 Corinthians 1:6 when he states that whether he is AFFLICTED or COMFORTED it is for the consolation and salvation of others.

If the people of God could simply embrace this view regarding this very temporary life on this earth (again as he states in Philippians 1:12) I believe it could change everything!   Embracing this “philosophy” would enable us to shed our “rejection complex”,  our fears, our jealousies and fleshly strivings for acceptance and prominence.

There is so much to be learned and experienced in prayer by studying and applying what and how Apostle Paul prayed.  He never prayed from a standpoint of fear or uncertainty.  He knew in whom he believed and was confident that God was truly able to do exceedingly MORE THAN what he could even ask or think.

His prayer pattern was always one of thanksgiving toward God and for the people in his sphere of influence.  His heart was humble and filled with love and faith in all his prayers.  I highly recommend studying the prayers for yourself as recorded in the epistles.

Now, I want to share what I have been meditating on this week.  I still look for models and patterns in scripture that I can apply in my life.

This is what stood out to me this week.  It seems that right  now whenever I hear or read  something outside of the bible, the highlighted phrase is from the Lord’s prayer.“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

YES!  I wholeheartedly agree and often pray it,  AND take time to actually reflect on what that means.  It is so important to realize what is and is not in heaven and what we are truly asking to  manifest on the earth – particularly in our assigned realm, or sphere of influence.  (Often we forget that in order to fulfill that prayer there is a process that will also manifest to move us and circumstances toward the desired outcome. Process is not always a “picnic”. We tend to not like that part.)

As I meditated this week upon that passage called the Lord’s prayer, I realized that the prayer primarily does two things.  First, it clearly honors the person of our Heavenly Father and His power, rule and Kingdom Dominion.

Secondly, it is basically a pattern of prayer for MY individual daily needs….including provision, protection and pathway.

Well, we must all develop a deeper prayer life than just praying for our own “survival” and blessings.

So, I then spent time in meditation on the prayer of Jesus that is recorded in John 17. Jesus is our high priest and lives to make intercession for us. Did you know that in this prayer record there is no request made by Jesus specifically for the “lost”?  Rather the requests that He makes to the Father are for His disciples and those who will later believe through their life and testimony.

(I am not suggesting that we not pray for the lost, unbelieving or backslidden individuals, or nations or governments.  Certainly we are instructed to pray for EVERYONE and for those who are in authority so that we can live quiet, peaceable, godly and reverent lives. 1 Timothy 2:1-2)

I am suggesting that there is a prayer pattern revealed in John 17, given by our Lord, that we can implement to deepen our prayer life for those that God has given to us.  Those He has given to us may include our family, our friends our co-workers, or individuals we have frequent ministry interaction with.

Ten things in this prayer stand out to me which I will list, but not discuss right now.  Holy Sprit may ignite something in your heart to study this passage to see what He will reveal to you.

Remember, Jesus prayed to the Father for those that He, the Father, had given to Him, Jesus.

Here are the things which Jesus prayed that were highlighted to me:

  1. That the Father would keep them.
  2. That they would be one.
  3. That they would have the joy of Jesus in them.
  4. That they would be kept from the evil one.
  5. That they would be sanctified.
  6. That they would be sent into the world as He (Jesus) was.
  7. That they would be where He is.
  8. That they would behold His glory.
  9. That those who would believe through the words of the disciples would also be one.
  10. That these all would experience and know that the Father loves them even with the same love that He loves Jesus****                                                                ******This last one is deep, profound, and deserving of much reflection, meditation and prayer.

May God Bless you as you reflect and delve deeper into a lifestyle of prayer

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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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